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MY SWEET CANARY, Q and A

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  MY SWEET CANARY (Israel, Turkey, Greece, 2011) opened the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival to a full enthusiastic audience and standing ovations. Director Roy Sher and two singers featured in the film, Mehtap Demir and Martha D. Lewis, attended a Q and A after both screenings of the film.   In response to a question from the audience of how his fascination with Roza began, Roy explains: ‘My first interaction with Roza was through hearing her and her Jewish...

MY SWEET CANARY, Interview with Roy Sher

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MY SWEET CANARY (Israel, France, Greece, 2011) by director Roy Sher opened the 13th Thessaloniki Film Festival at the Olympian theater to a sold out audience on March 11th, 2011 and screened again on March 15th. The energy and excitement of the audience began with the presentation of the film by the director and sustained right to the end. Filmed in Turkey, Greece, Israel and England, MY SWEET CANARY is a purely captivating story about history, love, art, passion and vibrant radian...

MY SWEET CANARY, Q and A

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  MY SWEET CANARY (Israel, Turkey, Greece, 2011) opened the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival to a full enthusiastic audience and standing ovations. Director Roy Sher and two singers featured in the film, Mehtap Demir and Martha D. Lewis, attended a Q and A after both screenings of the film.   In response to a question from the audience of how his fascination with Roza began, Roy explains: ‘My first interaction with Roza was through hearing her and her Jewish...

MY SWEET CANARY, Interview with Roy Sher

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  MY SWEET CANARY (Israel, France, Greece, 2011) by director Roy Sher opened the 13th Thessaloniki Film Festival at the Olympian theater to a sold out audience on March 11th, 2011 and screened again on March 15th. The energy and excitement of the audience began with the presentation of the film by the director and sustained right to the end. Filmed in Turkey, Greece, Israel and England, MY SWEET CANARY is a purely captivating story about history, love, art, passion and vibran...

Motel Nana

Director: Predrag Velinovic.
Ivan teaches history in a Belgrade high school. In his class, Ivan is provoked by a student and ends up slapping him on the face. In Serbia, in the heat of transitional changes, Ivan’s presence in school is no longer welcomed. He finds a temporary job opportunity in a war-scarred mountain village in Bosnia. On his way there, he meets Yasmina, a young Muslim woman, back from Germany to her homeland after the war and after being invited by an old friend – Hazim - who now runs a motel. A lone kiss in a stormy night, in a village still lying in ruins, will bring Yasmina and Ivan closer together in a joint escape from reality and to a ride on a dusty bus, where neither one of them wants to sit next to the window.

What Takes To Be A Film Critic?

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  One of the guests of festival and the jurist of Europe Out Of Europe is  an American film critic and journalist Deborah Young and recently from 2007 the Artistic Director of the Taormina Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian film festivals.  Deborah has been working on other Mediterranean festivals by now, including Pula in a period old Yugoslavia and has been more than 20 years an official film critics for Variety and today she is the lead critic of European fil...

Berlin Buzz 4

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  FULL IMMERSION INGMAR BERGMAN The subject of the Berlinale Retrospective this year is legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The Festival is presenting more than 60 of his taboo-breaking films, including such classics as SUMMER WITH MONICA, THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE VIRGIN SPRING, WINTER LIGHT, PERSONA, HOUR OF THE WOLF, CRIES AND WHISPERS, AUTUMN SONATA, FANNY AND ALEXANDER and his final film SARABAND. Three of Bergman's actress collaborators have also been in town to introduc...

THE DOG

Director: Nikos Labot.
A middle-aged father lives with his daughter, whom he treasures more than everything else in the world. He has one aim in life: to protect her, whatever the cost, and anyone who dares approach her will have him to deal with. When a young tramp wandering the area with his dog dares just that and the girl and the youth fall in love, it means war

THE DOG

Director: Nikos Labot.
A tale of rage, hate, love and passion. Of guilt and revenge. A middle-aged father lives with his daughter, whom he treasures more than everything else in the world. He has one aim in life: to protect her, whatever the cost, and anyone who dares approach her will have him to deal with. When a young tramp wandering the area with his dog dares just that and the girl and the youth fall in love, it means war…

Festival Les Instants Vidéo 2012 25th edition

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Founded in 1988, the Festival  Les Instants Vidéo is an event dedicated to electronic poetry and media art, organized by L'association Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et poétiques. We are preparing the 25th edition of the Festival Les Instants Vidéo. Les Instants Vidéo is an event dedicated to electronic poetry with its multiple forms, monobands, installations, performances, multimedia... It is all together a festival and a laboratory where interna...

Microphone - International Competition in 51st TIFF (Thessaloniki Film Festival)

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) runs in International Competition this year at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" (2010) which is touring festivals worldwide th...

The Agora Market Awards

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  December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia. The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwriter (Greece), Richard Kwietniowski, screenwriter/director, (UK/ Poland) 1) The jury of the 8th Balkan Script Development Fund awards 3 development grants of 7.000 euros each (out of 10 projects): SEPTEMBER, ...

Agora Market Awards

December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia.     The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwriter (Greece), Richard Kwietniowski, screenwriter/director, (UK/ Poland)    

Thessaloniki Film Festival 2010

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    December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia.     The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwriter (Greece), Richard Kwietniowski, screenwriter/director, (UK/ Poland)     1) The jury of the 8th Balkan Script Development F...

A Gracious and Grateful Closing Night at ARPA International Film Festival

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A Gracious and Grateful Closing Night at ARPA International Film Festival By Ron Gilbert   On one of the warmest evenings the closing night at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Alex Kalognomos the festival’s artistic director introduced the hostess actress Raya Meddine  who welcomed everyone in 6 languages The event was attended by many celebrities and dignitaries including Grigor Hovhannissian, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia I was very tak...

Microphone to Toronto

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) will be featured at this year's TIFF.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...  creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" They just printed their first 35mm print one week ago, and are very excited...

KINOTOK Isola CINEMA Festival : a Festival for film friends off the beaten track

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   ISOLA: Port in Slovenia From: Helen Dobrensky DAY ONE : Kino Otok, Slovenia Outstanding films of developing countries, cinephiles and friends gathered together again, September 8th, 2010, on the Adriatic Coast, for the KINOTOK Isola Cinema Festival - a laid-back feast of cinema off the beaten track in SLOVENIA.        This charming Mediterranean town, until year 1796, was a former part of the Republic of Venice, across the Bay...

Godard Or Hockey: Choices Abound On Toronto Film Festival Opening Day

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  FILM SOCIALISM (Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland) Well, one can't say that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which opens this evening, does not offer its audience a wide range of choices. On its opening night, film lovers can decide to sample the official Festival Opener, a campy Canadian hockey musical (yes, you read that correctly) titled SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL by local filmmaker Michael McGowan or the latest movie meditation by one of the art form's masters Jean-Luc...

Godard Or Hockey: Choices Abound On Toronto Film Festival Opening Day

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Well, one can't say that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which opens this evening, does not offer its audience a wide range of choices. On its opening night, film lovers can decide to sample the official Festival Opener, a campy Canadian hockey musical (yes, you read that correctly) titled SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL by local filmmaker Michael McGowan or the latest movie meditation by one of the art form's masters Jean-Luc Godard. FILM SOCIALISM, presented in the Festival's Masters se...

From 'Il Postino' to 'Sul Mare'

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  Sul Mare (On the Sea) (2010), the new feature film by director Alessandro D'Alatri. Read Alessandro's exclusive interview about his film below: me: "Ale, thanks for joining us. Can you please start by telling us what Sul Mare is about?" Ale: "It's a struggling love story between a young seaman from the island of Ventotene and a young student from north Italy, on the background of the contemporary Italians contraddictions. The story is adapted fr...

The Cannes amfAR Star Studded party

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  Since 1993, wonderful Cinema Against Aids events around the world have raised money for lifesaving AIDS research. The seventeenth annual Cinema Against AIDS, held during the Cannes Film Festival, is a black-tie event featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, and live auction. Over the years, Cinema Against AIDS has become the most eagerly anticipated and best-publicized party held during the Cannes Film Festival. Cinema Against AIDS events are always marked by unforgettable momen...

Bienvenue à Cannes

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It's that time of year again... After huge storms and surfable waves in the Mediterranean last week, the opening of the Cannes International Film Festival yesterday looked like it would be blessed with sun... until the skies opened on the red carpet premiere of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, out of competition. Today, however, the sunny blue skies of the Côte d'Azur seem to have returned; the beaches are beginning to be populated with beautiful people, and throngs are crow...

Romeo & Julio

Director: Ivan Peric.
Parody on William Shakespeare`s Romeo & Juliet, break dance gay musical comedy

Line up of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century

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12th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL : Images of the 21st Century : March 12  - 21, 2010 The 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 190 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 26).   OPENING FILM The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (Opfindelsen af dr. Nakamats, Denmark, 2009, 60 ...

The Final Day

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Guest of FEST 2010 Sergey Lavrentiev, a film critic and the presenter of the Russian film “Ward #6” based on a famous Chekhov novel and directed by Karen Georgievici Sahnazarov, on a very last day of festival discussed with the press, program of this year’s FEST The International Film Festival in Belgrade . “The program is great, as always thanks to Mr. Vuckovic who is one of the most film educated people I have met, and is doing a great job over the years. This year, FEST has presen...

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