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AFTER THE WEDDING is Festival Centerpiece

Saturday, October 7----The Woodstock Film Festival, which opens this coming Thursday, has announced that its Centerpiece Film will be the latest work from acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier. AFTER THE WEDDING will be screened as a US Premiere on Saturday evening, October 14 at the Tinker Street Cinema. The film will be released later this year by arthouse distributor IFC Films. The film tells the story of Jacob Petersen, a man who has dedicated his life to helping street children in Ind...

Max von Sydow in San Seb: «You have to fight not to be typecast»

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The legendary Swedish actor, Max von Sydow, had the chance to provide an overview of his long, illustrious career in film and theatre at the press conference that he gave before receiving the first of this year’s Donostia Awards yesterday. He admitted that it was “a great pleasure and honour to accept this award”, as he very much admired the great Spanish filmmakers. Several of the questions inevitable focused on his work with Ingmar Bergman and he acknowledged that he owed him tremendous ...

Triers is "The Boss Of It All" at Copehagen: magic opener

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Copenhagen International Film Festival was kicked off Thursday night with a Danish comedy and a low profile, when no less than the world premiere of Lars von Trier’s latest film, the comedy The Boss Of It All, opened the festival in three cinemas in Copenhagen, namely Imperial cinema, CinemaxX and Palads. Lars von Trier once again proves himself to be a man of many surprises with his revitalised and simple-produced comedy, and the world premiere on Danish soil can be seen as an expression of a...

The Selection of European Film Awards contenders: best from Europe

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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2006Herewith the Selection in alphabetical order of film contending for best from European productions.9-YA ROTA (9th Company), Russia/Ukraine/Finlanddirected by Fyodor Bondarchukproduced by Slovo/Art Pictures/STS TV Channel/Ukraine Media Group/1 + 1 TV Channel/Matila Röhr Productions OyA FOST SAU N-A FOST (12:08 East Of Bucharest), Romaniadirected by Corneliu Porumboiuproduced by 42 Km FilmÄIDEISTÄ PARHAIN (Mother Of Mine), Finlanddirected by Klaus Häröproduced by MRP ...

Copenhagen International Film Festival jury

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Shortly, Denmark’s big film event, Copenhagen International Film Festival 2006, kicks off. On the evening of Sunday 3 September the festival programme will be launched with free drinks and programme paper in four Copenhagen cinemas showing four different films.When the fun begins for real on 21 September, the focus will be on ten films, namely those competing for The Golden Swan, the festival’s prestigious statuette. The Swan has become the emblem of the Copenhagen International Film Festiva...

Danish director Henning Carlsen to be honored in Copenhagen

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At the Gala Award Show on September 30th which wraps the Copenhagen International Film Festival 2006, acclaimed Danish director Henning Carlsen will receive the Golden Swan Lifetime Achievement.‘Henning Carlsen has been a role model for filmmakers in generations. And he has given the audiences unforgettable moments in the darkness of the cinema’ says festival director Janne Giese.Henning Carlsen can be compared to a lighthouse in the Danish film landscape. Though the year on his birth certif...

Copenhagen Fest Masterclasses with Stephen Frears

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Come close to some of the masters of film – amongst others Stephen Frears, Ghita Nørby and cinematographer Robby Müller. Copenhagen International Film Festival is proud to present Robby Müller as a member of this year’s festival jury. At Copenhagen International Film Festival from 21 September to 1 October, it will be possible to meet some of the masters of film and get a unique insight into their universe. During the festival, the Danish Film School and Cinemateket will be the setting fo...

Dreyer is back on the big screen At Copenhagen Film Fest

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At Copenhagen International Film Festival it will not only be possible to see the latest film by Denmark’s most significant film director today, Lars von Trier, but also to enjoy the work of the greatest Danish film maker of all times, Carl Theodor Dreyer.The fact that no less than two of his films - Thou Shalt Honour Thy Wife and Day of Wrath - have been chosen to be part of the official Canon of Danish Art and Culture, underlines that Dreyer’s films play an important part in Denmark’s cu...

Alice : New Copenhagen International Film Festival’s Prize

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Copenhagen International Film Festival’s prize for Best Female Director has now been named the Alice Award.The award is named after the first Danish female sound film director, Alice O´Fredericks (1900-1968) who made her debut as a director in 1934 and continued to work energetically until one year before she died. She has created some of the greatest Danish family films and will be remembered for Fy & Bi, the cherished Far til Fire-movies and the adaptations of Morten Korch’s novels. Moreo...

Ghita Nørby to preside over Copenhagen Festival

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Acclaimed actress Ghita Nørby to preside over the international jury at the Copenhagen International Film Festival The Copenhagen International Film Festival is proud to announce that Danish actress Ghita Nørby will be the president of this year’s international jury.The prolific actress has won international acclaim in films like the Oscar nominated Waltzing Regitze og Palme d’Or winner The Best Intentions and recently the Emmy-winning TV-series’ Unit One and The Eagle. Throughout her 5...

Berlin prizes announced: Grbavica debut feature wins 2

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And the Winners were...Golden Bear, the big one for best feature film in competition, "GRBAVICA" directed by Jasmila Zbanic of Bosnia. Zbanic has received fairly wide recognition for her documentary films, among them '"Do you remember Sarajevo?". This her feature film debut and the picture focuses on the traumas of the Yugoslavian wars and their current aftermath. This is basically a study of the relationship between a young mother and her twelve year old daughter. The child wants to believe t...

Closing Gala at the 29th Göteborg Film Festival

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At a special gala ceremony at the Museum of World Culture, the Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Film Award went to the director Dagur Kári for Dark Horse (Voksne Mennesker), which, “with a young careless rebel in focus, with insight and humour unites fragments from an alienated society into an artistically challenging unity”. The award consists of 150 000 SEK and the Filmdraken (Film dragon)statuette."To be nominated for an award like this is like having a race horse", expressed a happy Dagur...

Florence Festival dei Popoli focus on family

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The festival dei Popoli will run in Florence, Italy between December 2 and 8.The competition section proposes thirteen films; all Italian premieres, all representative of the new trend of the contemporary documentary cinema for style, language and content. Over 900 titles, which came from 65 different countries, participated at the pre-selection: these figures established an absolute record for our festival and we consider this a tangible sign of the extraordinary attention that Festival dei Pop...

Pike time in Vallalodid, awards and memories

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Somehow eight days of compact quality cinema viewing have slipped by, the main problem being how to find some time to write at least some of it down between widely spaced out screenings. Downtown Valladolid is a tricky maze of narrow streets with sixteenth century churches at every turn, but fortunately, with an extremely friendly populace willing to steer you straight every time you get lost -- on average, three times a day -- but what a nice city to get lost in! The festival is centred at the...

Danish film "Adam's Apples" won in Warsaw

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Danish film "Adam's Apples" by Anders Thomas Jensen won the Audience Award at the 21st Warsaw International Film Festival, October 7-16, 2005.The Top Five films of the festival, according to the Warsaw audience, were: 1. "Adam's Apples" by Anders Thomas Jensen 2. "A Driver for Vera" by Pavel Chukhray 3. "Live and Become" by Radu Mihaileanu 4. "As It Is In Heaven" by Kay Pollak 5. "Corpse Bride" by Tim Burton & Mike Johnson.The first Audience Award at WIFF went in 1987 to "Birdy" by Alan Pa...

Lars Von Trier's "Manderlay" is All Set

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Lars Von Trier's anticipated Manderlay nominated for the Golden Palm met with some of the same scepticism that was leveled at Dogville two years ago. "I am 60% American, he claimed " even though I can't vote". "America is all around us", he replied, regarding, how he can make a film about a country he has never visited - except in fantasy. Manderlay has the same Brechtian set design as Dogville , this time the floor is white with black lines. With the debut of Bryce Dallas Howard, the star appe...

Toronto film buzz 1

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TORONTO BIZ BUZZ 1SONY PICTURES CLASSICS HAS A RECORD TORONTOThe first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival has seen a spurt of buying for US distributor Sony Pictures Classics. The company already has a record six films screening in Toronto, including Festival opener Being Julia (directed by Istvan Szabo), Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education, Zhang Jimou’s House of Flying Daggers, John Duigan’s Head In The Clouds, and Al Pacino-starrer The Merchant of Venice, has announced som...

Peter Aalbæk Jensen named producer of the year

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Focus on Europe, organized by MEDIA Salles within Cinema Expo International 2004, at Amsterdam, concluded with the presentation of the “European Producer of the Year” award, given to Peter Aalbæk Jensen of Zentropa Entertainments.During the final Gala of CEI 2004, in fact, Domenico Dinoia, President of MEDIA Salles, presented Aalbæk Jensen with the recognition “for his determining role in the valorisation of Danish cinema on a worldwide level”. Together with the director Lars Von Trier...

More European efforts to tackle piracy

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EUROPEAN FILM AGENCIES TO SUPPORT ACCESSION COUNTRIESAND PRIORITISE COMMITMENT TO TACKLE PIRACYDuring their meeting held at BERLINALE Europe’s national film agencies have formally committed to support the 10 new European member states of the European Union in their efforts to develop their film industries. The directors of the film agencies of the current EU member states welcomed their counterparts from the accession countries at the weekend at a meeting in Berlin hosted by the Filmfoerderung...

2 new board members at Copenhagen fest

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TWO POWERFUL BOARD MEMBERS TO COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALCopenhagen International Film Festival (CIFF) is proud to announce the two new board members Managing Director of Zentropa, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, and Managing Director of Nordisk Film, Kenneth Plummer.With these two powerful gentlemen at the board CIFF has gained unique competence and resources. Mr. Aalbæk Jensen and Mr. Plummer are very focused on making their best efforts to have Copenhagen International Film Festival become ...

Victoria opens festivals to film lovers

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The 2004 Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival opened to an enthusiastic crowd with WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF. This UK/Denmark film has been a hit on the festival circuit and Executive Director Kathy Kay knew she picked a winner for the filmgoers of Victoria Island. Now in it’s 10th year this Annual Festival officially kicks off the 10 day Festival in the beautiful setting of British Columbia, Canada. WILBER WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF tells the story of two brothers Wilbur and Harbour and...

Cool 63 films line up at Miami with fest favorites

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The 21st Annual Miami International Film Festival showcases work by acclaimed filmmakers from around the world, between January 30th and February 8th, 2004. The Festival brings to Miami audiences new and exciting documentary and dramatic features, providing an opportunity to view films that may otherwise never reach Florida’s theatres. Sixty-three films from 34 countries will be offered in 2004, many of which have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy...

AFI day 7

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Day 7 featured what AFI FEST does best: Present an extraordinary spectrum of films, while giving fest-goers the opportunity to converse and meet with the filmmakers who made them. Within one evening, films from all eight sections were screened, in addition to a line-up of shorts and the Centerpiece Gala of the World Premiere of Norman Jewison's THE STATEMENT, starring Tilda Swinton. The evening began with a bolt of lightning and the US Premiere of Natasha Arthy's OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE, an ...

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