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Two new arab films reviewed, "LUST", (Egypt) and "DEATH FOR SALE" (Morocco)

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by Alex Deleon LUST (Al Shooq) is an Egyptian film set in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, on the Mediterranean. However the part of the city we see is no tourist dream -- but a poverty stricken warren of side streets where the central figure, Umm Shooq, a charismatic possessed lady, and her two mod daughters live. When her youngest son falls seriously ill with a kidney condition and needs dialysis treatment --very expensive -- she is forced to beg on the streets to raise the money. When she...

“TRASHED” HITS PICCADILLY AND TAKES JEREMY IRONS ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, DISBELIEF AND HOPE

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM 'Sally Fischer Public Relations' “TRASHED” (2012) screened Saturday, September 29 at 9:00PM at the Apollo Piccadilly Cinema in London Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and Academy Award-winning composer Vangelis attended screening “TRASHED” HITS PICCADILLY AND TAKES JEREMY IRONS ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, DISBELIEF AND HOPE   London, UK: Candida Brady brings her hot topic film "TRASHED" to the Raindance Film Festiva...

Euromed Audiovisual to hold first workshop on distribution in the South Mediterranean

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  Euromed Audiovisual to hold first workshop on distribution in the South Mediterranean On July 5 and 6, Euromed Audiovisual will hold a workshop in Jordan on strengthening film distribution in the South Mediterranean, in partnership with Europa Distribution andEuropa Cinemas. It will bring together 18 distributors, selected experts, and sales agents. This first workshop will include presentations on: Existing multi-territorial acquisition structures Network initiativ...

Jeremy Irons speaks about 'TRASHED' (2012) at 65th Cannes!

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  On May 21st, 2012 at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, docu-director Candida Brady and Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons presented their film ‘TRASHED’ (2012) in the Salle Bunuel theater to press. The film is about the horrific state of plastic and garbage, the ever looming and impossible to ignore eco-crises of our planet, which is being consumed by its own waste. Q and A with Jeremy Irons. Q: Where does your desire to make this environmental documentary come from? ...

Jeremy Irons speaks about 'TRASHED' (2012) at 65th Cannes!

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  On May 21st, 2012 at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, docu-director Candida Brady and Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons presented their film ‘TRASHED’ (2012) in the Salle Bunuel theater to press. The film is about the horrific state of plastic and garbage, the ever looming and impossible to ignore eco-crises of our planet, which is being consumed by its own waste.   Q and A with Jeremy Irons.   Q: Where does your desire to make this environmental ...

Amour and Beyond the Hills top critics fave list at Cannes, by Moira Sullivan

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  From the clear blue waves from the Mediterranean washing up on the shore, to a new film by Jackie Chan, and nearly non-stop fireworks every few days, the city of Cannes is nothing less than spectacular in ushering in 12 days of cinema magic at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. This is an inferno of media, fans, celebrities and press. Churches stay open at night, street singers set up stages, and red carpets are out everywhere. Hundreds of people ascend "les steppes"...

Romantic Getaway

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Kino Otok Isola may offer new experience of film reviewing, chill out spirit and direct contact with the audience, celebrating the originality of cinematic language, radical contents or unconventional forms. The picturesque ancient town center of Izola in Slovenia is reborn as a true cinema island with its romantic Manzioli Square, with open cinema at its centre emerges as the festival's main attraction. Its thorough selection of the films and an interesting experience of the open cinema within...

Movie magic in Cannes

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Since I can remember, I have been in love with the magic of the big screen – the magic of movies.   I love how characters come to life on the screen, how their hopes become my hopes, how their happily ever-ever-afters make me feel like such a thing might really be attainable.  I love the high stakes, the excitement, the magic.  That’s what brought me to Cannes.  That is, I believe, what is at the root of why most of us are here working during the film festival.  Many filmmake...

"But he has seven badges."

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Thursday night the Cannes Film Festival began its Cinéma de la Plage series of late night screenings on the beach.  The first movie to be shown was Dr. No, a 1962 James Bond film starring Sean Connery and directed by Terrence Young.  The beach side viewing drew large crowds of locals, tourists and even industry members. In fact, some industry members who came to the beach to watch the classic Bond film caused a bigger scene than the fireworks that intermittently erupted over the Mediterran...

Cannes - Off the Red Carpet

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So you’re attending the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, but what else is interesting off the red carpet? While Cannes is mainly appraised for its highly esteemed film festival, there is much more to be discovered in this trendy and posh French town. As an attendee of the Festival, it is very likely you will take stroll along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette. This street stretches 2 kilometres along the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea, and is filled with many prestigious sh...

Preparing for Cannes Festival Opening Gala Dinner at Electrolux Agora

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Preperation for Cannes Festival Opening Gala Dinner at Electrolux Agora 11th May4 Electrolux bring 90 years of Culinary Expertise to  “the most important annual dinner in France” at Film Festival de Cannes with award-winning partner chefs. The Electrolux Agora Pavilion will host the official 2012 Film Festival de Cannes Opening Gala Dinner and the Jury Deliberation Lunches. The former of these is considered “the most important annual dinner in France” by Electrolux part...

Interview with Edgardo Cozarinsky at Istanbul Film Festival

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An Argentine Istanbul writer… Memories of a lovelorn man, walking around Buenos Aires after a break up, unites with memories of world and cinema history. Poems praising the night are the music of the film. Screened within the “Challenging the Years” section of the Festival, Nocturnos addresses the audience on the point where literature and cinema come together. It is just like a sweet dream that leaves a short and temporary taste behind. Istanbul streets continue to inspire Edgardo...

ÉCU 2012 Partner Festival: Cape Winelands Film Festival

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Cape Winelands Film Festival, South Africa, 14th – 24th March Do you like your film festivals to come accompanied by a wine tasting, a cooking demonstration, and some live entertainment? Perhaps catch a glimpse of the odd celebrity mingling amongst the festival goers? Then the Cape Winelands Festival in Stellenbosch, Western Cape of South Africa, could be just the festival for you. A ten day long celebration of South African film plus the best of international cinema set in a med...

PRESS CONFERENCE with EYAL SIVAN at 14th TDF

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  PRESS CONFERENCE EYAL SIVAN   -14th TDF PRESS- Israeli director Eyal Sivan held a press conference on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Mr. Sivan is attending the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century on the occasion of the Tribute to his work that the festival has organized. Mr. Dimitri Eipides, Director of the TDF and TIFF, introduced this leading representative of political documentaries, known for his unconventional views regarding the Pa...

14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Opening Night

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FROM: -TDF 2012 PRESS- 14th TDF: Opening Ceremony (3/10/2012) OPENING CEREMONY The curtain rose on the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century on Friday, March 9, 2012 in the packed Olympion Theater. The simple ceremony, with musical accompaniment, was followed by the screening of Tony Gatlif’s documentary Indignados, a cinematic homage to the Occupy movement. The percussion group Krousi set the rhythm for the evening and afterwards Dimitri Eipides, di...

Admissions in Europe prove to be slightly down after two record years

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AFTER TWO RECORD YEARS, A SLIGHT DIP IN AUDIENCES IN EUROPE’S CINEMAS SLOWDOWN OR STOP IN THE GROWTH OF AVERAGE TICKET PRICES OVER 50% OF EUROPEAN SCREENS NOW DIGITAL   In the 31 countries where initial – not yet final - figures are available on cinema-going in 2011, from Russia to Portugal and from Ireland to Turkey, admissions prove to be slightly down after two record years: audiences stand at 1,188.6 million, compared to 1,195.9 million in 2010, with a 0.6% dip. The 1...

'How Big Is Your Love?' Interview with Fatma Zohra Zamoum

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              Algerian director Fatma Zohra Zamoum (‘How Big is Your Love’, 2011); speaks. The film ‘How Big is Your Love’
(Kedach ethabni, 2011) by writer/director/producer Fatma Zohra Zamoum is set in modern Algiers, Algeria. It is a touching tale about a young eight year-old boy, Adel, whose parents are in the midst of an irreconcilable separation, during which time Adel stays with his grandmother. To c...

'How Big Is Your Love?' Interview with Fatma Zohra Zamoum

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  Algerian director Fatma Zohra Zamoum (‘How Big is Your Love’, 2011); speaks. The film ‘How Big is Your Love’
(Kedach ethabni, 2011) by writer/director/producer Fatma Zohra Zamoum is set in modern Algiers, Algeria. It is a touching tale about a young eight year-old boy, Adel, whose parents are in the midst of an irreconcilable separation, during which time Adel stays with his grandmother. To cope with the emotionally challenging situation, Adel finds an escape with...

52nd TIFF - Thessaloniki AGORA / MARKET Awards

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Crossroads Co-production Forum and Works in ProgressTHESSALONIKI AGORA / MARKET, the industry activity of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival headed by Marie-Pierre Macia, is pleased to announce its awards. I. The jury of the 7th Crossroads Co-production Forum, consisting of Roberto Olla, (Eurimages – Executive Director, France), Guillaume De Seille, (Arizona Films– Producer, France), Yorgos Tsourgiannis, (Horsefly Production – producer, Greece) grants the 2|35 co-production award...

M'zab l'architecture egalitaire

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Director: José Manuel de S. Lopes.
When, in the beginning of the tenth century, the IBADITS settled in El-Atteuf, currently in the Algerian Sahara, looking for a safe haven from the FATIMIDS’ attacks, they considered their community to be in a stage of survival. Such means that luxury and exuberance were forbidden and the members of the community should be content with the very minimum. The austerity reflected in the style of the IBADITAS buildings of the M’zab is a result of a voluntary search for the essential, which largely responds to religious preoccupations

ZÉ DA GUINÉ CRÓNICA DUM AFRICANO EM LISBOA

Director: José Manuel de S. Lopes.
An African youngster, Zé da Guiné, arrives to Lisbon looking for an abundant city, a wonderful World, where all dreams can come true. By that time, in the mid-70s, the city is only abundant in its motion and words. There was no other richness, that richness of the cornucopia he was expecting. He tries to get used to this idea, which is facilitated by the size and movement of the city. He grasps the opportunity and does what he can do best, and which is taught by experience to every African: making the new with the old. He becomes acquainted and friend with all new currents’ protagonists, from arts to the media. He reinvents fashion and invents the night. It is the Brown, the Souk, the Rockhouse, the Noites Longas, the Bebop. Lisbon prevails the night, a colorful night, where all quadrants and all chapels meet and recognize each othr in the mythical Fridays of Noites Longas. Lisbon grows, proud of its people from so many places, and creeds. Before Zé da Guiné, nights were dark, cold and scary. A quarter of a century after, what remains of all this?

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

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The Agora Market Awards TIFF 2011 -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: Agora Awards (11/12/2011)AGORA AWARDS The Agora/Market section of the 52nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival concluded on Friday, November 11 at Warehouse C, with the Works in Progress and Crossroads 7th Co-Production Forum awards ceremony. The ceremony took place in a festive atmosphere in the presence of TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. Mr. Eipides warmly thanked all Agora participants. Taking the floo...

52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening

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TIFF PRESS RELEASE! 52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening (11/9/2011) CROSSROADS OPENING The launch of the 7th Crossroads Co-Production Forum, which is part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Agora / Market section, took place on Wednesday, November 9, at the Electra Palace hotel. “This is an important day for both you and the Festival”, said TIFF director Dimitris Eipides in his short welcoming speech, addressing the Forum’s participants. The Festival gives great emp...

AGON, INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM Calling for entries

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CALL FOR ENTRIES 9th INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL FILM OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA ... and Beyond Athens, 8 - 13 May 2012 ► DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS NOVEMBER 25th, 2011 The subject is Archaeology in its wider sense (i.e. Antiquity, Middle ages, or even Industrial archaeology), the Patrimony and the dying Popular Art and Traditions of the Mediterranean Area and Beyond... Are accepted all kind of films: documentaries, fiction, animation, rep...

Io Sono Li, interview with Andrea Segre

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                photo from Venice poster at La Biennale, 68.This past week I attended the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF) after going nonstop from Venice La Biennale, then to TIFF and then to RIFF. I was tired of course but so anxious to catch up on the films that I had missed at the former festivals that appeared also in Iceland. One of these films was one that had received a great buzz in Venice, a lyrica...
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