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Bahman Ghobadi: Heart Of Courage

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  In this awards season, where the industry unveils prizes for some of the world's wealthiest and most pampered celebrities, can we not find a small prize for a filmmaker with almost unimaginable courage? I am referring to Bahman Ghobadi, the Iraqi filmmaker who has been forced to leave his native country because of a crackdown by the government over "unauthorized" filmmakers. As another example of its repressive agenda, the Iraqi government made a Christmas Day announce...

Introducing Manchester's Fourth Kurdish Film Festival

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4th Manchester Kurdish Film Festival14th -16th  August 2009 Cornerhouse Manchester will be the venue for the 4th Annual Manchester Kurdish Film Festival, which returns in August for an enticing weekend of feature films, shorts, and Q&A sessions with international directors. The festival programme offers eight feature films including one partnership screening with Family Friendly Film festival, one documentary programme and a second partnership screening with KINOFILM. We have a fantastic l...

Harris delivers a heavy duty Beethoven (from San Sebastian)

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In the handsome press book for the new Agnieszka Holland musical biopic "Copying Beethoven" writer/producer Christopher Wilkinson, regarding the appearance of actor Ed Harris in the title role, is quoted as having said on a visit to the set, "I see Beethoven standing there -- but what have they done with Ed Harris?" If Ed Harris does to some extent disappear into the skin of the composer in this not-to-be-denied bravura acting job, and if the trompe l'oeil maquillage really does makes it hard ...

Turtles can fly: San Sebastian winner's statement

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TURTLES CAN FLY won the GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM at San Sebastian.Bahman Ghobadi, (the director's) Statement.Three days after the collapse of Saddam, I went to Baghdad to show my film Songs of my motherland as it was being released. Just as the superpowers were sending heavy weaponry to Iraq, my purpose was, on a symbolic level, to contribute artistically to what was going on.With the small DV camera I was carrying, I shot for a few weeks what I had witnessed in Baghdad, as well as in the othe...

List of prizes at San Sebastian

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The International Jury of the 52nd DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL consisting of the members MARIO VARGAS LLOSA (President) YAMINA BENGUIGUI TOM DiCILLO MARTA ESTEBAN LAURA MORANTE EDUARDO SERRA DITO TSINTSADZE has decided to grant the following awards:JURY AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY toGuy Hibbert y Paul Greengrass OMAGH (UK-Ireland) JURY AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY toMarcel Zyskind. NINE SONGS (UK-USA) SILVER SHELL FOR BEST ACTOR toUlrich Thomsen BRODRE (BROTHERS) (Denmark) SIL...
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