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 Edie is a 2017 British drama film directed by Simon Hunter and written by Elizabeth O'Halloran. Discovered at the SBIFF not to be forgotten.

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival presents its Tallinn Industry Days 2012 (November 26 - 28, 2012)

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  Tallinn Industry Days boasts a line-up of Asian and North American professionals. The top movers from Asian and American independent industry from producers to financiers, festivals amd institutions are meeting up in Estonia this fall on 26 -28 November to boost their cooperation across continents, Estonia and North-Eastern Europe. Multinational hits, Asian project markets, potential genre biz, and crowd funding are tackled in a two day meet with an unique finance and matching program wi...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012

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Human Rights Watch, in cooperation with The Film Society of Lincoln Center, presented the 23rd edition of its film festival from June 14 – 18.  Headquartered in New York City the Human Rights Watch is a global non-governmental independent organization considered to be the leading force in   protecting human rights and identifying their violations. By shifting the focus of media and policy makers to violations and to the need for corrective actions HRW prepares the ground for effec...

FOCAL International announces list of nominees, Senna receiving 3 nominations

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Ninth Annual Awards celebrate the best in the world of footage FOCAL International, the international Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, has now announced the shortlist of nominations for the ninth annual FOCAL International awards in association with AP Archive. The nominations are diverse in terms of both geography and subject matter with projects telling stories that range from politics and war to F1 racing and football.   The BAFTA-wi...

The World Cinema at 23rd Ankara Film Festival

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23rd Ankara International Film Festival, supported by Ministry of Culture and Tourism and organized by The World Mass Media Research Foundation announced today the films screening in this year’s World Cinema Categories. World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year. Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Director of the CRAYZ) latest film Café de Flore, visually breathtaking 'Three and a Half / Seh o nim’, 2011 San Sebastian Film Festival ‘Best Film...

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...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...

RAW MATERIAL at 27th SBIFF, 2012!

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photo still from film RAW MATERIAL at 27th SBIFF, 2012!  One of the documentaries highest on my list in the past year is the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek ...

'Eighty Letters' at Cinedays, Skopje

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 EIGHTY LETTERS (2011) by Czech director Václav Kadrnka is a day in the life of European bureaucracy in 1987 Czechoslovakia. While the mother of a fourteen year-old boy runs around town from one office to another, signing this paper and that, the boy joins her and watches with intrigue this dizzying official system of communist Eastern Europe. In one scene, the boy must run to the post office to get a stamp that is missing on the papers, this being one of the highest action scenes in the f...

'EIGHTY LETTERS' at 52nd TIFF!

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         EIGHTY LETTERS (2011) by Czech director Václav Kadrnka is a day in the life of European bureaucracy in 1987 Czechoslovakia. While the mother of a fourteen year-old boy runs around town from one office to another, signing this paper and that, the boy joins her and watches with intrigue this dizzying official system of communist Eastern Europe. In one scene, the boy must run to the post office to get a stamp that is missing on the papers, this...

Review of 'EIGHTY LETTERS' at 52nd TIFF!

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         EIGHTY LETTERS (2011) by Czech director Václav Kadrnka is a day in the life of European bureaucracy in 1987 Czechoslovakia. While the mother of a fourteen year-old boy runs around town from one office to another, signing this paper and that, the boy joins her and watches with intrigue this dizzying official system of communist Eastern Europe. In one scene, the boy must run to the post office to get a stamp that is missing on the papers, this...

'PLAY' at 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival.

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       photo still from 'PLAY'  In the 'Open Horizons' section of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Swedish film (co-production with France and Denmark) PLAY (2011) by director Ruben Östlund was screened to audiences. PLAY premiered at Cannes this year in the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight)' section.This is a compelling account of theft by bullying which confronts the immigration problems during economic recession, a fitting se...

'PLAY' by Ruben Östlund at 52nd TIFF

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              photo still from 'PLAY'     In the 'Open Horizons' section of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Swedish film (co-production with France and Denmark) PLAY (2011) by director Ruben Östlund was screened to audiences. PLAY premiered at Cannes this year in the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight)' section. This is a compelling account of theft by bullying which confr...

In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011

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In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011... Last year the film at RIFF 2010 which stirred up quite a debate was this documentary, WHEN THE DRAGON SWALLOWED THE SUN (2010), which threatened to destabilize the friendly relationship between China and Iceland (the film is about China's oppressive hold over Tibet). Now one year later the film is being sold at the world's biggest TV market, MIPCOM, at Cannes; October 03-06, 2011.   Interview with director Dirk Simon from ...

RAW MATERIAL at RIFF 2011

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photo still from filmRAW MATERIAL... Screening at the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF), 2011.   RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek who subsist on the collec...

SISTERS (Serbian: Sestre/Сестре) won 3 awards at the Serbian TV Awards

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  The Serbian made for TV movie SISTERS (2011) (Serbian: Sestre/Сестре) won three awards this week at the Serbian TV Awards...Ivana Vukovic (Marija) for Best Actress, Ana Mandic (Saka) for Best Supporting Actress and Ljubomir Bandovic (Tadija) for Best Actor. SISTERS is based on the horrific situation of human trafficking taking place in Eastern and Western Europe which preys on young girls coming from lower economic countries, their desperation and dream to find a better lif...

Make Me Man

Director: Dmitriy Rozin.
Make Me a Man is about a Russian immigrant family where the husband (and a father) is trying to prove his manhood, his ability to control the hardship the family is facing. Upon arrival to Brooklyn, USA, the father and the son are forced to look for work. Trying to “make a man” out of his son, the father takes him along to the gathering at the daily laborer location. Shortly, a Hassidic Jew, who needs his pool washed, drives in. The father suspects that the employer tries to molest his son at the poolside, but when they get home, it turns out otherwise.

AS IF I AM NOT THERE, interview with Juanita Wilson

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Interview with director Juanita Wilson   Director Juanita Wilson won the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE), presented in scope of Human Rights in Cinema competition with her film AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Ireland, Bosnia, 2010). I interviewed with Juanita Wilson at the Marmara Taksim Hotel in Taksim Square on the 20th floor with a stunning view of Istanbul surrounding us. Juanita spoke passionately about her film that has now traveled around the world and which has e...

Interview with director Juanita Wilson

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Director Juanita Wilson won the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE), presented in scope of Human Rights in Cinema competition with her film AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Ireland, Bosnia, 2010). I interviewed with Juanita Wilson at the Marmara Taksim Hotel in Taksim Square on the 20th floor with a stunning view of Istanbul surrounding us. Juanita spoke passionately about her film that has now traveled around the world and which has even provoked change in Bosnia to recognize rape as a war crime fo...

AS IF I AM NOT THERE, INTERVIEW

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    Interview with director Juanita Wilson   Director Juanita Wilson won the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE), presented in scope of Human Rights in Cinema competition with her film AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Ireland, Bosnia, 2010). I interviewed with Juanita Wilson at the Marmara Taksim Hotel in Taksim Square on the 20th floor with a stunning view of Istanbul surrounding us. Juanita spoke passionately about her film that has now traveled around ...

RAW MATERIAL, interview with Christos Karakepelis

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  photo still from film One of the documentaries highest on my list at this year’s 13th TDF was the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek who subsist on the collecting...

RAW MATERIAL, interview with Christos Karakepelis

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photo stills from film One of the documentaries highest on my list at this year’s 13th TDF was the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek who subsist on the collectin...

Iranian Cinema, a tribute cont'd

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  In continuation of my tribute to Persian cinema (previous article) I am still long overdue to review this stellar film of 2009 that I watched months ago and again recently with the intention to interview actor Navid Akhavan; but alas, our schedules rarely coincide to make the time to meet up so in the interim I will take this time to say a few words about ‘For A Moment, Freedom'.   Directed by Arash T. Riahi, ‘For A Moment Freedom' features an ensem...

Marian Crisan's 'Morgen'

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Marian Crisan's Morgen (2010) - Romania-France-Hungary Summary: “Nelu is a security guard at the supermarket in Salonta, a town on the Romanian-Hungarian border where illegal immigrants attempt to cross to Western Europe. Nelu’s passion is fishing in the mornings; after work, he returns home to his ill-tempered wife. One morning, while fishing, Nelu finds a Turk; he takes him home, providing him with clothing, food and a bed. The men don’t speak each other’s languages, but communicate h...

TIFF 2010 International Competition Contenders

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 Today, December 10, 2010 marks the last day of screenings for the films in competition at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.  Films in competition are:1)     David Michod's Animal Kingdom (2010) - Australia"Where do you fit? Where's your place and where do you belong? For J. Cody, the task of answering these questions will mean making the hardest decisions of his life." 2) Ari Bafalouka's Apnea (2010) - Greece"Everything’s quiet when you’re in the water. No ...

Films in competition at 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival on December 08, 2010

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 On December 08, 2010, the films screened for competition at Thessaloniki FF were:  1) Morgen (2010) is a Romania, France and Hungary co-produced film (2010) by director Marian Crisan. Summary: Nelu is a security guard at the supermarket in Salonta, a town on the Romanian-Hungarian border where illegal immigrants attempt to cross to Western Europe. Nelu’s passion is fishing in the mornings; after work, he returns home to his ill-tempered wife. One morning, while fishing, Nelu finds ...

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