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IDFA Films: Inform And Engage

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  As someone who appreciates attending documentary-only film festivals, I must admit that after a few days, it can become a bit of a slog. This is not due to the excellence of the films, particularly at a high-end event like IDFA, the acclaimed International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, which ends its 11 day run today. If anything, it is the opposite. The films presented are so visceral, so challenging, so disturbing, so awakening, that it truly is a shock to the system to see th...

PLUS CAMERIMAGE HONORS LIAM NEESON

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Liam Neeson will be this year's recipient of the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award at the 18th Plus Camerimage Film Festival in Poland. The Award, founded in memory of the late director, recognizes Liam Neeson's outstanding artistic achievement in film - a body of work that reflects and personifies Kieślowski's ideals on the universal truth about humanity and human emotions. Past honorees include Ralph Fiennes, Irene Jacob, Charlize Theron, Isabelle Huppert and Julia Ormond. Hosted by Grażyna T...

Liam Neeson honored at Savannah Film Festival

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The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by SCAD, presented Liam Neeson with the Achievement in Cinema Award on November 2, 2010. SCAD President Paula Wallace presented the award to Neeson to a standing ovation from a standing-room-only audience."I'm humbled and embarrassed but it's lovely to be here at this extraordinary festival," said Neeson upon acceptance of his award. "I'm the luckiest man in the friggin' world." He dedicated the award to the crews he's worked with on his sets. "They...

New discovery of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI in Hollywood

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By Ron Gilbert I must applaud Christopher Columbus who was commissioned by the Spanish Crown of Queen Isabella and discovered America in 1492. .Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo officially set foot in California is 1542 and for over 400 years we have had the pleasure of the influence of Spain. In the current film program of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI at the historic Egyptian Theatre Hollywood which is the home of the American Cinematheque we are again exploring the filmmaker talent from SpainWe are traveli...

A New discovery of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI in Hollywood

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A New discovery of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI in Hollywood By Ron Gilbert I must applaud Christopher Columbus who was commissioned by the Spanish Crown of Queen Isabella and discovered America in 1492. .Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo officially set foot in California is 1542 and for over 400 years we have had the pleasure of the influence of Spain. In the current film program of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI at the historic Egyptian Theatre Hollywood which is the home of the American Cinematheque we...

Helsinki International Film Festival highlights

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The 23rd Helsinki International Film Festival ? Love & Anarchy launches off on the 16th September with the total line up of 125 films. International filmmaker guests attending the festival include film producer Christine Vachon and directors Silvio Soldini, Janus Metz and Jaco van Dormael.Christine Vachon (Happiness; Kids; I?m Not There) will be arriving to Helsinki as a guest both to the festival and to the Faculty of Cinematic Arts at the Aalto University. Vachon will be presenting her new fil...

Films competing at san Sebastian

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Directors Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Peter Mullan and Victoria Galardi will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Festival alongside John Sayles, Raúl Ruiz and Daoud Aoulad-Syad, all repeat contenders for the Golden Shell.The Japanese moviemaker Naomi Kawase will present Genpin. Kawase won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes with Moe no Suzako (1997) and was the first woman to win the Special Jury Prize in Cannes in 2007 for Mogari no More (The Mourning Forest). The British director, screenwriter...

Tarantino's Machete will open the 67th Venice Film Festival

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Machete, Robert Rodriguez’s highly anticipated new action film, conceived as an expansion of the faux Grindhouse trailer, directed by Rodriguez with Ethan Maniquis, will have its world premiere at the Lido as the Midnight film, on the opening night of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. The 67th Venice International Film Festival will take place September 1 through 11, 2010, directed by Marco Müller and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta. To be released on ...

Zurich Film Fest will honor Milos Forman

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Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present multiple Oscar® winner Milos Forman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “Amadeus”) with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a director. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Milos Forman is regarded as one of the most boundary pushing filmmakers of our time and will receive the “Golden Eye” for his life’s work as a director on Saturday, October 2nd within the fram...

God, What's Up With Sharon Stone?

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Q: What's up with Sharon Stone? A: God. No kidding.  Specifically: Elohim, IHVH (i.e.; the Tetragrammaton), Allah, Mohammed, Vishnu, Buddha, Krishna, Jehovah, Generic Other-Worldy Beings, A Force Greater Than Ourselves, The Universe, and L-O-V-E, in the soul sense. Apparently Ms. Beaver-shot-seen-'round-the-world has lost her baser instincts.  If this sounds cryptic, wait until you hear Stone's narration of the upcoming docume...

NEWSLETTER N° 471: july 10, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 471: july 10, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 81 000 film professionnals e...

Corman high priest of american kitsch live at LA Fest

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Another trophy guest of the L.A. fest was 84 year old Roger Corman, producer, director, writer, actor, promoter, distributor, and living legend of B-and-Below kitsch/trash movies -- as part of the "Conversations with Hollywood Celebrities" sidebar, which has been one of the highlights of the current L.A. Int'l Film Festival. To start with, let us say that Roger does not look a day over seventy-four, and was greeted upon arrival on stage by a most respectful whole-room-standing-up ovation which h...

Nordic Angst On The Big Screen

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  STEAM OF LIFE (Finland)    I am not sure if it was completely intentional or just one of those alchemic side effects of working with what was available, but one of the unintentional strands of this year’s AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival can only be described as “Nordic angst”, a unique kind of melancholy only found in the sun-starved nations of Scandinavia and northern Europe. A group of films from the region, of diverse subjects and filmic s...

Digitally restored Rashomon to screen

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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION RASHOMON
(Japan 1950) Directed by Akira KurosawaStarring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo 88 min / b/w / cert 12AA BFI releasewww.bfi.org.uk/releases
Release date: 18 June 2010Opening Venues: BFI Southbank, Irish Film Centre, plus venues tbcTo coincide with Akira Kurosawa’s centenary, the BFI is delighted to release to cinemas on June 18 the stunning 2008 Academy Film Archive restoration of Rashomon, the brilliant and hugely influential meditation on the relativ...

Preview of the Festival of German Films in Australia

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GERMAN CINEMA - VIBRANT AND VARIED Vibrant and varied, German cinema is riding a wave of popular and critical success - and this festival is a showcase to some of its offerings, ranging from the Opening Night comedy Whisky With Vodka about an actor in crisis, through the Oscar winning and astringent The White Ribbon to the sensuous relationship drama of unlikely love, in Aimée and Jaguar. And then there is young Adolf ....  Andrew L. Urban reports. Aimee and Jaguar ...

From Cuba to Gotham: Havana FF Comes To New York

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  The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) launches its second decade, April 16-23, with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with noted international filmmakers, actors and producers. Over 40 highly anticipated and influential films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. will be screened. A variety of genres and themes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru...

Awards : Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010

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On behalf of the Cape Winelands Film Festival, I want to take a moment to formally thank all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff that put forth the effort in this year's 2010 Festival to help make it as successful as it was. This year'sevent that was held from 17 – 27 March at the beautiful Spier Amphitheatre, Labia Theatres, Iziko Museum, and CityVarsity Theatre and was financially sponsored and supportedby : The City of Cape Town, The Spier Wine Estate, The Brazilian Consulate Ge...

Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition and After Party

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Master of Ceremonies: Elliot Grove Venue: TBA Date: October 2010 (exact date to be announced) Duration: Evening Time: 6:30 - 9pm Price: $10.00 This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top Canadian film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts - they are the people who decide what will be made and what won't. Your chance to pitch your movie idea to the people who can get it in cinemas in this intense emotional...

Santa Barbara wrapped with awards to Letters to Father Jakobs

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The 25th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2010 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, hosted by KTYD Radio's Julie Ramos. The festival, which celebrated its Silver Anniversary February 4-14, was a huge success. By the look of the theaters you'd never know the economy was in the fight of its life as audiences packed the theaters for the last 11 days, proving once again how p...

Mark Ruffalo Dons Director's Cap

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  Actor Mark Ruffalo, a genial leading man who has been one of the most consistent (and unheralded) actors in significant films over the past decade, has made his directorial debut here at the Sundance Film Festival. His sturdy direction offers a quirky spin to SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, a comedy drama bout a diabled disk jockey who wakes up one day with the power to heal. The DJ, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair, is winning played by Christopher Thornton, who also wro...

The Godfather´s Lover

Director: Sven Heinrich.
Edward gets involved with a sect, conducted by the “Godfather”, and he becomes his lover. After a shoot-out he ends up in prison without having committed any crime. During an interview, Edward has the chance to remember his life with the “Godfather”, who served as a Satería priest for the businessman Z and the prosecutor Don Juan.

A New Chapter for Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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When you have already won an Oscar, have your own theater stage company and are one of the go-to acting talents in the business, there is a need for new horizons to keep oneself fresh. Such is the case  for actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, an Oscar winner for his role in the biopic CAPOTE, who debuted as a feature film director this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival with his film JACK GOES BOATING. Hoffman was born in Rochester, New York on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in hig...

Phillip Seymour Hoffman debuted as a feature film director in Sundance

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When you have already won an Oscar, have your own theater stage company and are one of the go-to acting talents in the business, there is a need for new horizons to keep oneself fresh. Such is the case for actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, an Oscar winner for his role in the biopic CAPOTE, who debuted as a feature film director this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival with his film JACK GOES BOATING. Hoffman was born in Rochester, New York on July 23, 1967. After becoming inv...

The New York Jewish Connection

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  It is often said that everyone in New York, no matter what your religion or ethnicity, is just a little bit Jewish. The Jewish influence in culture, art, politics and in every stratum of society gives all New Yorkers a kind of common bond that no other group quite inspires. If you can recite the lines from a Woody Allen film, if you cannot imagine breakfast without a bagel, if you find yourself uttering the words "oy vey" with a heartfelt sigh, you are Jewish, if you are a Ca...

Croatian Film on 15th Author Film Festival

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Jury of the 15. Author Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, lead by Russian film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, the chairman of the jury, Nadia Turnicev and Antonio Nuić-Croatian film director, in Belgrade Serbia awarded with Grand Prix Aleksandar Saša Petrović Award, for The Best Film of festival and 7,000 Euros prize, Croatian film “The Blacks”, directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević,” for the film that successfully combines minimalism and insight dept.”The film already awarded i...

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