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ÉCU’S PARTNER RO-IFF FILM FESTIVAL

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This Romanian Festival, founded in 2005 by the “Artis Foundation” film production, it is the only international film festival that, from the very beginning, looked towards the Black Sea region’s film industry, doing something different. The festival has grown every year and became noticed abroad due to the quality of the submitted movies as well as the events included in the official program. Since 2007 each edition is held under the High Patronage of the Romanian President. Ro-IFF i...

The Co-Production Prize choose Sofia to expand its workshops for young Eastern European filmmakers

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Karin SchyleThis year the Robert Bosch Stiftung carried out a training for short and documentary projects with a focus on Black Sea and Caucasus during Sofia Meetings. Three teams (director and producer) from the Caucasian countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, three teams from the Black Sea countries Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and further four teams from Bulgaria were invited to participate in it. The event was organized in cooperation with the partners of Тhe Co-Production Prize o...

Mira Staleva: “Jamie King will present the platform for online distribution VODO”

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How did “Sofia Meetings” exact­ly help in the production of movies of young Bulgarian filmmakers and in finding partners? It helped in establishing contacts with extremely helpful and experienced people, with sharing of the experiences of these people by raising the level of writing the screenplays, screenwriting development, the basics of the regula­tion mechanisms for doing co-produc­tions. It turned into a know-how on how to do the things and how they happen. Which a...

LOVERBOY at SIFF 2011

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  Catalin Mitulescu's latest film LOVERBOY (Romania, 2011) screened in competition (features) at the 17th SIFF. Actress Ada Condeescu received and award for BEST ACTRESS at the closing night award ceremony. Cast of the film includes: George Piştereanu, Ada Condeescu, Ion Besoiu, Clara Vodă, Bogdan Dumitrache, Coca Bloos, Remus Mărginean, Alexandru Mititelu, Adina Galupa. At the press conference SFF 2011, director Catalin and actor George were asked what the meaning of LOVE m...

WHITE AS SNOW, an interview with Selim and Nur Gunes

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One of the most memorable films I have seen this past year was the haunting and lyrical film WHITE AS SNOW (Turkey, 2010) by director Selim Gunes and producer Nur Gunes. This is an unforgettable experiment in storytelling, disrupting our linear-prone conception of time in order to think in fragments. The mind doesn’t look back in time sequentially so why should a film that is retrospective? In this film about a poor young boy, Hasan, from the 1970’s, the viewer is forced to struggle through...

WHITE AS SNOW, an interview with Selim and Nur Gunes

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One of the most memorable films I have seen this past year was the haunting and lyrical film WHITE AS SNOW (Turkey, 2010) by director Selim Gunes and producer Nur Gunes. This is an unforgettable experiment in storytelling, disrupting our linear-prone conception of time in order to think in fragments. The mind doesn’t look back in time sequentially so why should a film that is retrospective? In this film about a poor young boy, Hasan, from the 1970’s, the viewer is forced to struggle through...

Cannes Film Market 2011... WHITE AS SNOW, an interview with Gunes

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  One of the most memorable films I have seen this past year was the haunting and lyrical film WHITE AS SNOW (Turkey, 2010) by director Selim Gunes and producer Nur Gunes. This is an unforgettable experiment in storytelling, disrupting our linear-prone conception of time in order to think in fragments. The mind doesn’t look back in time sequentially so why should a film that is retrospective? In this film about a poor young boy, Hasan, from the 1970’s, the viewer is forced to struggl...

WHITE AS SNOW, an interview with Selim and Nur Gunes

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  One of the most memorable films I have seen this past year was the haunting and lyrical film WHITE AS SNOW (Turkey, 2010) by director Selim Gunes and producer Nur Gunes. This is an unforgettable experiment in storytelling, disrupting our linear-prone conception of time in order to think in fragments. The mind doesn’t look back in time sequentially so why should a film that is retrospective? In this film about a poor young boy, Hasan, from the 1970’s, the viewer is forced to struggl...

ÉCU Attends 9th Annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival in Balchik, Bulgaria

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 ÉCU recently attended the 9th annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival which ran from June 18 to June 25 and took place in Balchik, Bulgaria to network, meet new talent and enjoy the black sea! Winners of the event can be found at this link: http://www.inthepalace.com/en/2011/news   ÉCU vient d’assister au 9è Film Festival “In The Palace” qui se passait à Baltchik en Bulgarie du 18 juin jusqu’au 25 juin pour tisser un réseau de relations, découvrir de nouveau tal...

Thure Lindhardt: Bulgarian filmmakers are not quite aware yet of how good they really are

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Thure LindhartKamen Kalev’s second feature The Island, which tells the story of a young couple heading to a remote island in the Black Sea where their relationship is questioned, was invited to the Directors Fortnight section of the 64 Cannes International Film Festival, where it will be screened on May 16.    The film was first pitched as a project during Sofia Meetings’04. The cast includes the French model and actress Laetitia Casta, the Danish actor Thure Lindhart and their Bulg...

Triupmh of the new Bulgarian cinema

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Kamen Kalev’s second feature The Island, which tells the story of a young couple heading to a remote island in the Black Sea where their relationship is questioned, was invited to the Directors Fortnight section of the 64 Cannes International Film Festival.   The film was first pitched as a project during Sofia Meetings’04. The cast includes the French model and actress Leticia Kasta, the Danish actor Thure Lindhart and their Bulgarian fellow actors Boyka Velkova, Russi Chanev, Mihai...

Bence Miklauzic: "The interest towards the others, co-habitation and solidarity are the main issues for the world today"

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Bence MiklauzicThe director of one of the films from the International Competition, Children of the Green Dragon, Bence Miklauzic, replied with a smile to the question that is asked to every guest of the festival, whether he has been to Bulgaria before, “It is my first time in Sofia, but my second time in Bulgaria. As a child, 20 years ago, I was also one of the tourists that came for their vacation to the Black Sea.” - Is the story of the unusual friendship between a Hungarian and a ...

13th TDF documentary film lineup

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film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...

'Duel' gives Chekhov piece its overdue due

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I wanted to share my "coup de coeur" around my discovery of this brillant film produced by Donald Rosenfeld who brought us 4 masterpieces from James Ivory, including his best "Remains of the Day". This is another delicate and smart story adapted from Anton Chekhov's novella THE DUEL. Absolutely superb performances, brillantly shot by Dover Kosashvili. I was about to write a lavish review when I found this one, by Michael Phillips, a Chicago Tribune Movie critic. I cannot...

'Duel' gives Chekhov piece its overdue due

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I wanted to share my "coup de coeur" around my discovery of this brillant film produced by Donald Rosenfeld who brought us 4 masterpieces from James Ivory, including his best "Remains of the Day".This is another delicate and smart story adapted from Anton Chekhov's novella THE DUEL.Absolutely superb performances, brillantly shot by Dover Kosashvili.I was about to write a lavish review when I found this one, by Michael Phillips, a Chicago Tribune Movie critic. I cannot resist ...

Kurjan-Siberian Crane

Kurjan-is the local name for the Demoiselle Cranes, migratory birds from South Western Europe, Black sea, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, North and South Africa and Mongolia

IV Russian Film Festival Opens This Friday

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On Friday, 29 October, 7pm the 4th Russian Film Festival opens at the Apollo West End in London, with the UK premiere of cult director Garry Bardin's stop-motion animation, The Ugly Duckling. This year the opening film is an unconventional choice - a sparky and affecting animation with Orwellian overtones which has met with great critical acclaim in Russia. This screening is complimented by a retrospective of Bardin's work. Other highlights of the main programme include Alexei Popogre...

Sarajevo Film Festival

actress Melissa Papel and director Ari Folman at the Sarajevo Film Festival Ari Folman is the director of one of my favorite films ever, Waltz With Bashir (2008). interview here with Ari Folman and interviewer Farai Gundan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8lnHy6_OUU   And one on one interview with Melissa Papel below:   In my interview with actress Melis

Turkish cinema

Off Karadeniz (2010)A young girl from the very liberal Smyrna in Turkey is sent to Of, a very conservative town on the Black Sea coast... starring Turkish TV and film actress Melissa Papel.

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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  Penelope Cruz in BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)  European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents.   Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK direct...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents. Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK director Richard Laxton’s biopic on gay icon and wit Quentin Crisp, focuses on the rac...

Film Festival Cottbus to establish a new record of premieres

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19th edition of Film Festival Cottbus to establish a new record of premieresIn its 19th round, FilmFestival Cottbus is starting off with both a new record of national and international premieres and a significant raise of the prize money. A special highlight at the festival-opening is the screening of the German-Russian co-production THE LAST STATION, starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer as the main characters Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofya. “This is a wonderful start for our festival...

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...

Ro-IFF presents program for main competition CineBlackSea

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The Romania International Film Festival today announced the complete line up of films to be screened in the official competition between September 26 and October 4 in the City of Arad. The CineBlackSea section focuses exclusively on films produced in the Black Sea region – this year’s program features a total of 22 feature long films from Azerbaidjan, Turkey, Armenia, Romania, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia and Russia. Rada Šešic, Selector of the CineBlackSea compe...
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