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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

Lucía Puenzo wins best director award for EL NINO PEZ at the first Romania International Film Festival

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Palmarès of the first Romania International Film Festival RO-IFF held in Arad Georgian director George Ovashvili wins the CineBlackSea competition with his film THE OTHER BANK. Arad, Romania: The award ceremony marked the closure of the festival's first edition. For eight days, the festival in Arad allowed the discovery of new cinematic trends and unusual films - most of them as Romanian premieres. The CineBlackSea section focused exclusively on films produced in the Black Sea region – th...

Palmarès of the first Romania International Film Festival RO-IFF

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Palmarès of the first Romania International Film Festival RO-IFF held in AradGeorgian director George Ovashvili wins the CineBlackSea competition with his film THE OTHER BANK.Arad, Romania: The award ceremony marked the closure of the festival's first edition. For eight days, the festival in Arad allowed the discovery of new cinematic trends and unusual films - most of them as Romanian premieres. The CineBlackSea section focused exclusively on films produced in the Black Sea region – this yea...

Boston Jewish Film Festival to explore themes of Home

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2009 Boston Jewish Film Festival: Family to Fables; Homeland to HomesickOpening November 4 and continuing through November 15, the 21st annual Boston Jewish Film Festival presents a wide range of films exploring themes of "home." These films survey families, faith, doctrinal sects, nationalities, immigration, and exile as facets of our powerful stories of "home.""Home is a word that acts like a Rorschach test," said Sara L. Rubin, artistic director. "Some of our images are intensely unique and p...

VIFF announces the line-up for the Festival's showcase of East Asian Cinema

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Tony Rayns and Shelly Kraicer, programmers of the Vancouver International Film Festival's big Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia section, today announced that the program will showcase a total of 35 features, four mid-length films and 22 shorts (programmed to date). Dragons & Tigers, one of the pre-eminent showcases of East Asian films in the world, is presented with the generous support of Brad Birarda and Robert Sali. The series will feature five World Premieres, eight Internat...

Making worlds at Venice 66th Film Festival - An interview with Pere Portabella, director of Mudanza. 5th September 2009

An interview with Pere Portabella, President of The International Jury of the Orizzonti section, director (Spain) of Die Stille Vor Bach and, this year the 20 minute short film Mudanza(Removal) in the Orizzonti Events. I had passed through a set of three walls at Arsenale Art Biennale - displaying just walking sticks, and then entered through several adjoining rooms of pure colour - red, green, yellow, blue. As I mo

An interview with Pere Portabella, (Venice Orizzonti section President)

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Pere Portabella is the President of The International Jury of the Orizzonti section, director (Spain) of Die Stille Vor Bach and, this year the 20 minute short film Mudanza (Removal) in the Orizzonti Events.I had passed through a set of three walls at Arsenale Art Biennale - displaying just walking sticks, and then entered through several adjoining rooms of pure colour - red, green, yellow, blue. As I moved through each space with my eyes closed I could still see their colour, and I asked Portab...

11th Annual EROS Film Festival coming sooon!

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11th Annual EROS Film Festival : Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009at Cinestudio at Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CTTicket Prices: $8 general admission; $7 students & seniors; FREE for Trinity Student & Staff with proper IDOut Film CT, organizer of the CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and EROS (Encouraging Respect Of all Sexualities), the Trinity College student organization, present the 11th EROS Film Festival from Nov. 4th through the 8th including 4 evening and 2 matinee p...

FESTROIA 2009 Winners Announced

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  THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (Bulgaria) by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor    FORBIDDEN FRUIT, a comedic-drama about two religious girls who flaut their strict Christian fundamentalist community rules forbidding the pleasures of television, music, drinking and dancing, won the Gold Dolphin Award as Best Film at this year’s FESTROIA Official Competition. The Finnish film, written by Aleksei Bardy...

Tribute To Actor Michael Madsen

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 by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor  In its 25 year history, FESTROIA has welcomed such luminaries as Lauren Bacall, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Jane Russell, Ben Gazarra and Mickey Rooney. This year, career achievement honors go to American actor Michael Madsen, who will be in Portugal to receive his prize. He is also being represented on the big screen in two films: STRENGTH AND HONOUR by debut Irish director Mark Mahon, where he gives a s...

Festroia Tribute to Actor Michael Madsen

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In its 25 year history, FESTROIA has welcomed such luminaries as Lauren Bacall, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Jane Russell, Ben Gazarra and Mickey Rooney. This year, career achievement honors go to American actor Michael Madsen, who will be in Portugal to receive his prize. He is also being represented on the big screen in two films: STRENGTH AND HONOUR by debut Irish director Mark Mahon, where he gives a superlative performance as a washed-up boxer who must en...

Canadian Films In The Spotlight at Toronto Fest

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The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His newest film CHLOE, starring Julianne Moore and Li...

Canadian Films In The Spotlight

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His...

The 20-year anniversary for The Stockholm International Film Festival

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The 20-year anniversary for The Stockholm International Film Festival is drawing closer! We can already present five films that will be screened during the festival in November. The first batch contains Andrea Arnolds award winning Fish Tank, Precious: Based on the novel ”Push” by Sapphire by Lee Daniels which have already garnered great acclaim, the winner of Un Certain Regard Dogtooth, this year’s American indie-darling Humpday by Lynn Shelton and Sebastián Silvas much talked about The ...

"Cold Souls" Upclose with Paul Giamatti and French Director/Writer, Sophie Barthes

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"Cold Souls", a dark comedy with a philosophical and metaphysical twist, is written and directed by Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film",  Sophie Barthes,  and stars well-trained and comedic actor, Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn. The film begins with a quote from Rene Descartes and continues down this dark journey of an actor named and played by Paul Giamatti, who is anxious over his live theater performance of "Uncle Vanya".  Whe...

Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! will open the 22nd Helsinki International Film Festival

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Steven Soderbergh's dark, comic drama The Informant! opens the 22nd Helsinki International Film Festival ? Love & Anarchy. The L&A Gala Film selection is the original version of John Woo?s historical spectacle, Red Cliff I-II. This is the first time the original version of almost five hours will be screened in Europe. The Festival closes with the awaited new film by Jane Campion, Bright Star. Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! is a dark, comic drama on the chaotic, corrupt...

"Cold Souls" Upclose with Paul Giamatti and French Director/Writer Sophie Barthes

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"Cold Souls", a dark comedy with a philosophical and metaphysical twist, is written and directed by Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film", Sophie Barthes, and stars well-trained and comedic actor, Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn. The film begins with a quote from Rene Descartes and continues down this dark journey of an actor named and played by Paul Giamatti, who is anxious over his live theater performance of "Uncle Vanya". When Paul Giamatti, well known for his film ro...

Gifford will host a masterclass at Abycine

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ABYCINE – ALBACETE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SPAIN The eleventh edition of Abycine arrives to Albacete, Spain, from 25th September to 2nd of October 2009 - a new standard for lovers of young and upcoming film. Abycine continues to be at the forefront of new cinema and digital creations. This year’s line-up is as strong as ever. That’s why this festival is unmissable, and is continually one of the festivals of the year. Author of Wild at Heart, Lost Highway and Dance with the DevilBARRY...

2009 New York Film Festival Official Lineup

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The 47th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at Lincoln Center, Friday, September 25 - Sunday, October 11, 2009. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase the best in American and International cinema. This year's festival showcasing 29 feature films from 17 countries includes Special Events, HBO Films Dialogues, Avant-Garde, and Oshima. HBO Films Dialogues with directors Jia Zhangke, Wong Kar-wai, Darren Aronofsky and Arnaud Desplechin focusing on t...

2009 New York Film Festival Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - August 14, 2009 The  47th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at Lincoln Center, Friday, September 25 - Sunday, October 11, 2009. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase the best in American and International cinema. This year's festival showcasing 29 feature films from 17 countries includes Special Events, HBO Films Dialogues, Avant-Garde, and Oshima. HBO Films Dialogues with directors Jia Zhangke, Wong Kar-wai, Darren...

Celebrating Film As Art In Wroclaw

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The ERA New Horizons International Film Festival has a reverence for “film as art”. This is indeed the focus of the FILMS ABOUT ART International Competition, which will present 14 feature documentaries from around the world. An international jury will award a prize of 10,000 euros, with a guarantee of distribution in Poland. Peter Greenaway, who will be at the Festival tomorrow to deliver a lecture on film and art, will present his latest film REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE, which uses the famed...

Celebrating Film As Art In Wroclaw

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor The ERA New Horizons International Film Festival has a reverence for “film as art”. This is indeed the focus of the FILMS ABOUT ART International Competition, which will present 14 feature documentaries from around the world. An international jury will award a prize of 10,000 euros, with a guarantee of distribution in Poland.  Peter Greenaway, who will be at the Festival tomorrow to deliver a lecture on film and...

Michael Haneke: Cinema's Dark Poet

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by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor   Michael Haneke relishes his reputation as one of the controversial directors working in the film arts. He is a provocateur with a mission to shock audiences out of their complacency and contemplate the good, bad and ugly of modern society. “My films are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false answers……for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus”, he stated in a recent inter...

MONO NO AWARE FILM PERFORMANCE EVENT

You are welcome to submit. MONO NO AWARE is open to any person or group of persons making work incorporating Super8 or 16mm film format as part of that presentation. For example: blending film & theater performance, musicians creating a visual experience for their sound, & experimental filmmakers working with story tellers. Entries will only be accepted on Super8 or 16mm film. FILM ONLY. No Digital Video. Part of our purpose in having this gathering is to put an emphasis on the cinematic experience. Film & video are so easily accessible, you can watch something on a website, television, a home projector, or even your cell phone. For some filmmakers those vehicles are copies of the original artwork, each one degraded by its format. We believe there is a magic in seeing the film as a print. There is a presence a poet has reading his/her own writing. There is a feeling that resonates in your chest when you see a band live. For these reasons we are encouraging live music, performance, and audio to expand the cinematic experience beyond the screen. We ask that in the spirit of the festival you not video or create copies of your performance. Some participants have gone as far as to destroy the work after its first run at the event. Embrace the film medium. Cut & splice found footage you picked up at a yard sale. Take all your unused footage from an old project and create something new with the unused scenes. Spend 50 bucks to shoot & process 100 feet of 16mm & make a 3 minute masterpiece with a friend's Bolex. Paint on the film surface. Go on eBay and pick up a dozen old reels for ten bucks. Run 10 projectors at once on a single screen. Splice, dice, paste, shoot, and do it all over again. Create visual poetry, colorful abstractions, a comedic narrative, a cinematic comet that will light up the space for several minutes and live in the minds of those there to see it in its pure state. While it's there, fill the audience's ears with a score nothing short of sonorous.

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