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Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54) announces the launch of the region’s first incentive scheme

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twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi as the first choice for international and regional producers needing location, production and post-production services. The scheme will be operational from September 1st.  The incentive, in the form of a rebate of up to 30% of qualifying spend in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be available fo...

Second annual Documentary Lab selects 10 filmmakers

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and projects selected for its second annual Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. Starting this week and continuing through the end of April, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program in Los Angeles, with the main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All ...

The UniFrance Rendez Vous with French Cinema will be hosted both in London and Edinburgh

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  RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA uniFrance films announce the full line up for 2012's RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA, featuring eight avant-premieres, hosted across five cinemas within London and Edinburgh.  The festival will run from March 21st-24th in London and from March 23rd-25th in Edinburgh.   All films featured in the festival's programme will be released in the UK in the coming months.   Opening with BELOVED on Wednesday March 21st, at London's Curzon Soho,...

Arabian Nights in Palm Springs

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  Focus on ARAB CINEMA at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this year (January 05-16, 2012), a showcase of Arab cinema from North Africa to the Middle East will be screened. The film lineup entitled: ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS: A Showcase from the Middle East’ will premier 11 films from the new wave of pan-Arabic cinema this past year during one of the region’s most explosive and revolutionary per...

Fifteen films competing for IFFR's Tiger Awards 2012

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Fifteen films have been selected for IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition 2012. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro, includes eight world premieres. Five competing films have received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012 comprises twenty-one films, ranging in length from five to fifty-six minutes. Nine short films in competition will see their ...

Arabian Nights at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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  Focus on ARAB CINEMA at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this year (January 05-16, 2012), a showcase of Arab cinema from North Africa to the Middle East will be screened. The film lineup entitled: ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS: A Showcase from the Middle East’ will premier 11 films from the new wave of pan-Arabic cinema this past year during one of the region’s most explosive and revolutionary per...

8th Dubai Festival to unveil 171 films from 56 nations

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8th Dubai International Film Festival runs December 7 to 14,• 46 world premieres, 25 international premieres and 78 Middle East premieres • Award-winning films and A-list talent from the Americas, Europe, Asia Africa and the Arab world • 89 films vie for prestigious Muhr Awards with total prize money of over US$600,000 The eighth Dubai International Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler o...

Focus on Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

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The 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film began this Monday with a festive opening. In the sold-out CineStar movie theater State Minister of Culture Bernd Neumann, Saxon’s State Minister of Culture Prof. Sabine Schorlemer and festival director Claas Danielsen welcomed 750 guests from all over the world and made clear media-related and political demands in their speeches. From the very beginning Bernd Neumann emphasized the importance of the genre. “Documentar...

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...

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...

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 festiv...

Sex and redemption

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29 July: Day 5 Day 5 was a great day with outstanding movies, a nice chat with the manager of the festival and a sold out premiere! The source (La source des femmes) is a fantastic film, fresh from its debut at Cannes. It's set in North Africa or the Middle East in a very conservative society and it must have rocked the boat of the Muslim community when it was released. I've never seen a film set in such a society that dares to talk about sex so openly. In the film, the women of the v...

2011 In The Palace Festival Draws Talent from 5 Continents

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Français Spanish By Alexander Acosta Osorio The ninth edition of In The Palace International Short Film Festival, held from June 18-25 in Balchik, Bulgaria, brought together more than 150 filmmakers from five continents. Cinematographers from South and North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa presented work in four categories: fiction, animation, experimental, and documentary. Their films were judged by a panel of notable filmmakers, journalists, and industry...

Sander Francken on BARDSONGS at CPHPIX 2011

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Since BARDSONGS (2010) screened in Palm Springs this past PSIFF 2011, I’ve been speaking to director Sander Francken about doing an interview about what I thought was an extremely intriguing subject for a film, that of oral storytelling in a time where storytelling has changed so much that the old modes have long since departed us. Or have they? Sander’s film is a tribute to oral storytelling and ‘bardsongs’. I tracked him down in Copenhagen at CPHPIX 2011 where his film screened and we ...

18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film is ready to start

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Today the 18th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, one of the largest animated film festivals in the world, will be opening its gates. And so for six days animation in all its glory will again be the order of the day with controversial issues, colourful worlds and well-known figures. The very best animated films from all over the world are competing against one another in the competitions and expected guests include famous animated artists such as Oscar-winners Andrew Ruhemann a...

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...

Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion

"Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion" is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. The film tells the story of an ancient Saharan nomadic tribe who, since the 12th century, have linked North Africa and West Africa, guiding their camel caravans across the desert, spreading art and music from Egypt to Mali. Check out the trailer!

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

Ronda International Festival, new addition in Spain

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Ronda International Festival, Political Cinema for the Twenty-First Century, was conceived in order to give a twist to cinema and politics, and to be an event aimed primarily at a young public, who are more adept at handling the new forms, codes and references used to decribe the real changes in the language and obligations of the citizens of this century.In this new festival our first major task is to encourage a lively three-way dialogue between the filmmakers, who will attend with their films...

Oliver Assayas: Post-Punk Auteur

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  In CARLOS, the riveting and expansive 5 1/2-hour biopic of the charismatic 1970s terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, writer/director Olivier Assayas relies on a dizzying cinematic style that is also punctuated by the punk music that characterized the rebellion of the age in which he lived. Music and visuals are among the many pallettes that Assayas has used with great fidelity and skill throughout his diverse and diverting 25-year career. As an added panache to the theatrical release o...

Day 7: Schedule

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Official Selection Of God And Men of Xavier Beauvois 8.30 13.45 19.30 Synopsis A monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choi...

Official selection: Of God And Men by Xavier Beauvois

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Synopsis: A monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may. This film is loosely based on the li...

International Film Festival Summit Europe: The Agenda from the Amsterdam conference April 8-9, 2010

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 8:30 am - Registration Opens 9:15 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair 9:30 am - 10:30 am Panel "What's Really Going on?"          There has been a great deal of scrutiny on what some say are problems with the current festival model.  Take a step back to look at the big picture.  You spend all year with your nose to the grind and making your festival the best it can be, this is a great opportunity to hear from industry...

Forget Me Not

Director: Abel Gonzalez.
Meg is still mourning the death of her husband when her lover asks her to move in with him. Is it too early to forget?

Tobruk

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Director: Václav Marhoul.
There is only a very thin line between heroism and cowardice. Courage is the will power, which no man has enough to spare. If used, it is soon exhausted. Courage is the capital, which we spend gradually. Thus, the last order may be the order to pay out the account drawing to zero. The deepest fear rises when a man is floundered by a current, all alone, having nothing to hold on and not being able to cope. This is the main topic and the artistic motto of this wartime psychological drama. North Africa, II. WW, Fall 1941. Jiri Pospichal, twenty years old, signs up as a volunteer in the Czechoslovak army. His naive ideas about heroism are rawly confronted with the hell of the African desert, complicated relationships in his unit and the ubiquitous threat of death. All this takes its cruel toll in the shape of his gradual loss of self respect and courage. He is full of self-confidence and patriotic ideals, yet at the same time is deeply frustrated by his father, whom he views as a collaborator. His closest companion is a Jewish soldier, Jan Lieberman, in many ways more mature. Their opposite, in turn, is Corporal Kohák, a former member of the French Foreign Legion, for whom warfare is above all a profession The psychological drama between these three characters, the differing attitudes and personalities of each of them, are, during the course of the story and most clearly in its dramatic climax, brought into confrontation with a clear and harsh test of the moral character of all. The plot of the film is freely based on the classic American novel “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane, first published in New York in 1897.

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