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Discover the trailer for Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA

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  Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo. The trailer for Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA is launched online today and available to view at www.melancholiathemovie.com. A beautiful movie about the end of the world. MELANCHOLIA is written and directed by von Trier and produced by Meta Louise Foldager and Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments27. Artificial Eye will release in the UK on July 1. ...

NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011

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"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">  .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011 Season's greeting to all our friends on the festival circuit! Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly ...

NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011 Season's greeting to all our friends on the festival circuit! Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  Thi...

Sunny Lund's Fantastic Film Festival

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With a reputation as being Scandinavia's largest festival devoted to fantasy films, the 16th Fantastisk Filmfestival (23 September to 2 October,2010) in Lund, a lovely University city in the south of Sweden, was a notable success, and a memorable discovery for myself,  as a first-footing member of the International Jury alongside my colleague from London, the noted Gothophile Kim Newman and the lively Finno-Swedish critic Andrea Reuter.The historic venue- a sort of Swedish Oxford that appare...

POFF In Focus: North American Independents Competition

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   WHITE IRISH DRINKERS (John Gray, USA) For the third year, POFF: the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the largest and most influential festival event in the Baltics region, is opening its arms to embrace American and Canadian independent films. Eleven recent gems from such prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest, Montreal and Toronto are being showcased in the North American Independents Competition. The prize includes a distribution deal in the B...

Professionals From 34 Countries Arrive In Snowy Tallinn

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The snow is heavily falling in Tallinn, as it is across Europe, which has played havoc with travel plans for film professionals this week (I still am waiting for my lost suitcase). However, a big contingent of film professionals is expected in Tallinn this week to attend the professional events in parallel with POFF, the Black Nights Film Festival, which runs from 25 November to 5 December in the capital city of Estonia.  Most professionals come from the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, E...

Animation Winners In Tallinn

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  Animated Dreams, one of the most important animation festivals in the Baltic and Nordic regions which ran between 19th and 23rd November, has revealed the winners for 2010. The International Competition showcased some of the finest global animated shorts selected from more than 400 entries. The winner of the Grand Prix, in addition to the Wooden Wolf made by Estonian puppet masters, received 1000EUR sponsored by Premia. The international jury members Wiola Sowa (Poland), Tatu Po...

Black Market and Baltic Event industry focus

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Black Market and Baltic Event provides important industry focus for the 14th Black Nights Film Festival The 14th Black Nights Film Festival will once again prove to be an important meeting point for industry professionals from across the world interested in discovering the very best projects coming out of North Eastern Europe with the Black Market (for films and projects for North East Europe) and Baltic Event (concentrating on films and projects from the Baltic regions). With the chance for tho...

Tallinn Film Festival Kicks Off With Kids Fest

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  It is one of the longest film festivals on the international circuit......running from 19 November to 5 December, nearly 2 1/2 weeks. However, POFF, the local name for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia is actually several different festivals, each with a specific focus. Festivities begin this Friday with Just Film, which is oriented to children, young adult and family audiences. To celebrate it's 10th anniversary, Just Film: The Children and Youth Fillm Festival (w...

Black Nights Film Festival 2010 Jury members

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20 film professionals from more than 12 different countries will make up the 6 competition juries for films screening at the main programme of the 14th Black Nights Film Festival which runs from 24th November – 5th December 2010. Concentrating on films from Europe and Asia, the International Competition EurAsia Jury will award a Grand Prix and jury prizes for Best Director, Actor and Actress from a diverse and excellent selection of competition films. The jury is made up of David Willis (USA),...

Just Film: Tallinn's Children’s and Youth FilmFest to screen harry Potter

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Just Film, the Children’s and Youth Film Festival to be held in Tallinn between 19th- 28th will bring an extra special present to young audiences as it celebrates its 10th birthday. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), the premiere of the first half of the eagerly awaited conclusion to the Harry Potter franchise, will provide an exciting way to kick off 9 days of films, guests and events dedicated to the next generation of cinema audiences and filmmakers. The films sees Harry, Ron a...

NEWSLETTER N° 477: September 20, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 477: September 20, 2010 THE SUMMER WRAP NEWSLETTER Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter...

TIFF Film In Focus: MAMMA GOGO

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  When a filmmaker draws on his own experience to the extent that Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson has done in his wonderful memory film MAMMA GOGO, the intimacy of the revelations is almost disarmingly intimate. The prolific director, probably the best known from his native country and one of the most consistent in Scandinavia cinema, takes his audience on a personal journey as the film’s protagonist, a filmmaker himself, becomes immersed in the downward spiral of his mothe...

The Invocation is provocative

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Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I sat down in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 years and after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t know about him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holds barred.  RGEmmanuel I just want you to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know about anything that you do not want me to pu...

The Invocation is very provocative

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"Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I satdown in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 yearsand after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t knowabout him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holdsbarred.  RGEmmanuel I just wantyou to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know aboutanything that you do not want me to pu...

Destination Durban

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Hello out there! This is my first entry for my trip to the 31st Durban International Film Festival. The festival kicks off with the world premiere of the SA film, State of Violence, on Thursday 22 July.  I'll be in Durban from 28 July till the end of the festival on 1 August. More about my programme and what's to offer at DIFF in my next blog entry. First I have to thank the organisers for allowing me, a small-town journo, to travel to their city and attend their esteemed event. This wil...

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...

Marche Deals not making Headlines

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According to an article in "The Hollywood Reporter: The Cannes Daily," this years Cannes Marche du Film was a quiet one, with limited headline grabbing deals. Between buyers being more selective and sellers working to create profits in a difficult economy, deals are taking longer to be worked out. Typical big North American buyers such as IFC Films, Phase 4 Films and Sony Pictures Classics went through Tuesday without making any deals. Newcomers Red Flag Releasing and Oscilloscope La...

Fox International Productions (FIP) and Fortissimo Films sign new deal

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  Fox International Productions (FIP) and Fortissimo Films have entered into a ground-breaking agreement whereby Fortissimo will act as sales agent for FIP on a number of its high profile local language motion pictures. This pivotal deal was announced today by FIP president Sanford Panitch and Fortissimo chairman Michael J Werner. Fortissimo will handle international sales on mutually agreed FIP projects in the majority of territories.   In making the announcement, it was dis...

Tallinn Black Nights FF Winner Finds Distribution

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  (UNTITLED), the satire of the New York art world directed by Jonathan Parker, has secured distribution by Swedish sales company Nonstop Enterrtainment as a result of its win in the North American Independents competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held this past December in Estonia. The film, which stars Adam Goldberg as an avant-garde musician who romances a gallerista who is involved with his successful painter brother, was one of ten American and Canadian films...

Short Films: Exploring New Direction in Norwegian Cinema at Scandinavia house, April 8 & 9 in New York

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Scandinavia House will host A COOLER PERSPECTIVE: EXPLORING NEW DIRECTIONS IN NORWEGIAN CINEMA, the premier event of the upcoming SubZero° Short Film Fest: Emerging Norwegian Directors Break the Ice in New York, April 8 and 9, at its stunning flagship on Park Avenue at 38th Street. The 2 day program will feature screenings of short films by Lasse Gjertsen, Charlotte Blom and Joachim Trier, on Thursday evening, as well as Jens Lien' celebrated 2006 feature film, The Bothersome Man, preceded by...

Opening of 33rd annual Göteborg International Film Festival

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33:rd Göteborg International Film Festival has started! Indian tigres, samosas, skateboarding, and dancing all night long – the 33:ed edition of Göteborg International Film Festival stated off with a huge eclectic party last night. The classic venue Trädgår’n was transformed into an international party house to celebrate the start of this year’s edition of Scandinavia’s biggest film festival. This year’s  theme is SHARING; a timely word in our increasingly global...

Testimonials from Rome Business Street / New Cinema Network

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723 accreditated professionals took part in the five-day-long Roman film market, The Business Street | Mercato Internazionale del Film, which opened on Thursday, October 15 in Via Veneto. Market venues included the Terrace at the Hotel Bernini Bristol; the Spazio Cinema at the Hotel Majestic, where conferences were held; the Casa del Cinema, the Levi'sҭov, and the Green House at the Auditorium.The Business Street is growing, with an increase in the number of countries represented and a 16%...

DOK Leipzig announces program and events

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DOK Industry:DOK Leipzig International Documentary Industry Gathering 2009In the past three years, DOK Leipzig has developed into the central German documentary film industry meeting place with a major international aura. An important function of DOK Leipzig is to offer the documentary film industry a lively platform for current debates, financing new projects and the distribution of finished works. DOK Leipzig offers international industry professionals both a window on the world of German docu...

Norwegian film week in NY

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NORWEGIAN FILM WEEK :October 14 – 24, 2009$9 ($6 ASF members)Series Pass: $45 ($30 ASF Members)Scandinavia House presents a selection of six recent films from Norway with the aim of exposing an American audience to the work of both established directors and a new generation of filmmakers.In 2005, Norway celebrated its 100th anniversary as an independent nation; in 1905 the Swedish-Norwegian Union was dissolved. Cinema, of course, was invented just ten years before that, so it could be said tha...

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