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"Breath" by Kim Ki-duk

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On the fourth day of this 60th Festival, South Korean cineaste Kim Ki-duk returns to Cannes to present Breath in the Competition selection. His film The Bow was one of the highlights of the 2005 Un Certain Regard section. This time, Ki-duk tells the story of a prisoner condemned to death. He is visited by a woman who feels neglected by her husband, and she falls in love with him. With this drama revolving around jealousy, unhappiness, and the lack of love, Kim Ki-duk is  "referring indir...

Korean Genre Master In New York

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Thursday, February 22---Korean director Bong Joon-Ho will be feted with a min-festival retrospective of his signature cinema of black comedies, gritty crime dramas and horror thrillers, including the 2006 Cannes Film Festival sensation THE HOST. The IFC Center, downtown Manhattan's most ambitious cinema complex, will present the program on Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27, with the director himself in attendance at the Tuesday evening screening of THE HOST.The film series begins ...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Monday, February 19------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony on Saturday evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' pred...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Saturday, February 17------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony this evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' predictio...

Kim Ki Duk and many more...back to Fantasporto

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It happens every year. In February, the month of St Valentine and Carnival, the second most important city in Portugal receives thousands of film enthusiasts for another edition of Fantasporto. A fortnight of the best cinema in the world. And, as usual, new discoveries and new creators together with old talents and retrospectives. The 27th edition of the biggest film festival in Portugal is supported by the Ministry of Culture, through the ICAM, the Portuguese Film Institute, as well as the Opor...

Day 1 of screenings and events at the New York Film Festival

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Saturday, September 30The first full day of screenings and events at the New York Film Festival, following last evening's gala premiere of THE QUEEN, was a full program of diverse delights, with something for every cinematic taste.Following its enthusiastic reception last evening, and amidst glowing reviews upon its theatrical release today, THE QUEEN director Stephen Frears was in high spirits at the HBO Films Directors Dialogue , held this afternoon at the Kaplan Penthouse, high atop the Linco...

11th PIFF is Biggest Film Festival in Asia

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The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), which takes place every October in the south-eastern port city of Busan, South Korea gears up for its 11th edition, its largest thus far. In fact, the festival has grown to such proportions that US entertainment media Variety will begin publishing dailies at PIFF this year, something it until now had only done for the world’s top three film festivals, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. In Seoul, South Korea at an unusually crowded press conference, PIF...

world premiere of new film by Kim Ki-duk at Karlovy Vary

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41st Karlovy Vary IFF will open with world premiere of new film by Kim Ki-duk The 41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will open with the film Time by renowned Korean director Kim Ki-duk, who will present its world premiere in person on June 30. In his 13th film, one of the most original filmmakers of modern times tells the story of a young couple deeply in love, who test their relationship with fatal methods - changing their own appearances to refresh their passion. "It is an honour fo...

In Jeonju, springtime is for movie-lovers

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Once a year hundreds of foreigners from around the world flock to the picturesque city of Jeonju, in Jeollabuk province, where one of Korea’s top festivals is held. Praised for both its audience record and its organization, the 7th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is set to take off next week for a 9-day run. Beginning April 27th, over 190 films from 42 countries will be presented to the general public. Both Koreans and expats, seeking a reprieve from the smog and bustle of the capita...

The Sarasota Film Festival Competition awards

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8th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL March 31st – April 9th, 2006The Sarasota Film Festival Competition, Audience Awards and Filmmaker Honorees were announced at the annual black-tie Filmmakers’ Tribute Dinner hosted by the Longboat Key Club & Resort, the Official Resort of the Sarasota Film Festival, on Saturday evening, April 8th, 2006. The evening, which was introduced by Dinner Chair Mary Ann Robinson, Board President Neil McCurry, Festival Executive Director, Jody Kielbasa and Master of C...

Berlinale Talent Campus: Spotlight on Young Professionals

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“The Talent Campus provides an inspiring opportunity for filmmakers to come together and gives us all the chance to listen to and learn from each other“, summarizes film music composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) his experience at the Berlinale Talent Campus. The concluding event of the Campus yesterday was the presentation of the awards: the winner of the Volkswagen Score Competition is Alasdair Reid from Great Britain. In a vote, the 520 talents from 101 countries named High Main...

The Very Latest New Wave at Central Asian Film Fest

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Central Asian Film Festival at the Pacific Film ArchiveThe notion of 'new wave' is probably one of the most meaningless concepts used in film criticism. Since the French nouvelle vague of the sixties, each time a nation produces two or three talented directors, the critics start to talk about a new wave. If this term had existed in the twenties, German expressionism and French impressionism would surely have been described as such. In the last four decades, however, there are few new waves that ...

Art Cinema Pearls at Venezia 62

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Fellini’s Il Casanova and the competition film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance by Park Chan-wook brought world class art cinema to the screens of Venezia 62 yesterday. There is Casanova, and there is Il Casanova. Fellini’s Il Casanova is required viewing before or after the popular success of Lasse Hallström’s Casanova. The restoration of Fellini’s 1976 print began in 2001 and was supervised by Giuseppe Rotunna, the photographer of the film present at the press conference at Venice today a...

3 Iron wins the Fipresci Best Film of the Year

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Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to "3-Iron" by Kim Ki-dukThe international recognition granted at the Donostia-San Sebastian Film Festival by FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) with its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year clearly underlines the importance of this award, now in its seventh year. 300 members of the Federation from all over the world have cast their votes for a film released between August 2004 and July 2005. The prize, created to back the most audacious, ori...

24 New directors contenders at San Sebastian

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Twenty-four films from eighteen countries will compete at the 53rd San Sebastián International Film Festival (Sept 15-24) for the Altadis-New Directors Award, sponsored by Altadis and carrying a cash prize of €90,000 (approx. US$95,000). Five of these movies will be screened in the Official Selection and the other nineteen in Zabaltegi-New Directors. ALTADIS-NEW DIRECTORS AWARDZABALTEGIAGUA CON SAL (SALTED WATER), Pedro Pérez Rosado, SpainIn this, his second film, the director of Cuentos de ...

Hadida falls for the Spell Korean horror remake

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MIROVISION and DAVIS Films agreed on English remake deal for THE SPELL, from the original film directed by AHN Byung-ki.Producer Samuel Hadida, Davis Films, today announced that he has acquired the remake rights to the South Korean film Bunshinsaba (original English title Ouija Board). The new English-language remake of the film will be titled The Spell. Cassie Yoo of .40 Caliber Films and E. Thompson facilitated the deal between Samuel Hadida’s Davis Films and Jason Chae of Mirovision in So...

Bin-Jip's 3-Iron drive on the festival circuit

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Bin-Jip/3-Iron Korean 95 minutes South Korea Color 2004 Kim Ki-duk Kim Ki-duk Film/Cineclick Asia Director Kim Ki-dukScreenplay Kim Ki-dukDirector of Photography Jang Seung-beck Editor Kim Ki-duk Cast Lee Seung-yeonJae HeeKwon Hyuk-hoJoo Jin-moCostume Designer Koo Hea-heonArt Director Joo Jin-moMusic SlvianSynopsis Tae-suk drives his motorcycle around Seoul, papering neighborhood doors with advertising flyers. He is not interested in making money. If the flyer remains posted, he breaks into and ...

Oporto International Film Festival: Fantasporto awards Nothing

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25th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival – Fantasporto has closed its doors on Saturday, again with more than 100,000 spectators.FANTASPORTO 2005 AWARDSVINCENZO NATALI DOES IT AGAIN!OFFICIAL SECTION FANTASY CINEMAThe Canadian director Vincenzo Natali does it again! After “Cube” and “Cypher” he wins the Fantasporto 2005 Grand Prix Best Film Award of the Official Fantasy Section, with the movie “Nothing”. The Best Film Award of the Director’s Week was the South-Korean...

Kim Ki-duk retrospective in Italy

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Retrospective of Kim Ki-duk to be held also in Milan, Rome, and TurinKorea Film Fest 3rd International Festival of Korean Cinematography in FlorenceSouth Korea invades Italy in the third engagement of the Korean Film Fest, an international Korean film festival with a retrospective of the director Kim Ki-duk taking place from April 8th through the 14th at the Stensen Auditorium in Florence (Viale Don Minzoni, 25/c).Whether it be first screenings or contemporary classics, the one-of-a-kind festiva...

Vicenzi (Cube, Cypher...) wins again at Fantasporto

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25th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival – Fantasporto has closed its doors on Saturday, again with more than 100,000 spectators.FANTASPORTO 2005 AWARDSThe Canadian director Vincenzo Natali does it again! After “Cube” and “Cypher” he wins the Fantasporto 2005 Grand Prix Best Film Award of the Official Fantasy Section, with the movie “Nothing”. The Best Film Award of the Director’s Week was the South-Korean action/thriller movie “Old Boy”, by Chan-Wook Park. In t...

Honorary Golden Bears for Im Kwon-Taek and Fernando Fernán Gómez

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Honorary Golden Bears for Im Kwon-Taek and Fernando Fernán GómezThe 55th Berlin International Film Festival will this year honour the Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-Taek, and the Spanish actor, director and screenwriter Fernando Fernán Gómez with Honorary Golden Bears for their lifetime achievements. Im Kwon-Taek will be awarded the Honorary Golden Bear on February 12, 2005 at 9:30 PM in the Filmpalast. Following the award ceremony, Im Kwon-Taek’s impressive film Chunhyang dyeon (Chunhyang, 200...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival awards

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47 575 viewers attended the 8th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival that ended last Sunday.The Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF) with its 3 sub-festivals (Sleepwalkers’ Student Film Festival, Children and Youth Film Festival “Just Film” and Animation film festival “Animated Dreams”) showed altogether 553 films in 563 screenings. The festival took place in 4 towns (besides Tallinn and Tartu selected programmes were presented in Viljandi and Pärnu too), in 21 cinema theatres.This year th...

Fantasporto 2005 25th edition line up

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FIRST LINE UP FOR FANTASPORTO’200525 YEARS OF FESTIVALWelcome to Oporto, Unesco World Heritage Town and to its 25th edition of Fantasporto!The Oporto International Film Festival, or Fantasporto, as it is better known, is the biggest and most prestigious film event in Portugal and it is spreading its wings internationally. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary next February 2005, the festival is going to bring to Oporto some of its winners, some well known faces of the cinema of today as well as...

Program for Stockholm International Film Festival 2004!

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The festival program of the 15th Stockholm International Film Festival offers 170 films from more than 40 nations, divided into fourteen sections. The party begins on the 18th of November. We are proud to present this year¹s program! Stockholm XV CompetitionThe competition for directors making either their debut, second or third film offers innovative, thought-provoking productions by new sharp talents from all over the world. Half of the films entered in this year¹s competition are directed b...

Bin -Jip (3-Iron) from Kim Ki-Duk

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Bin-Jip (3-Iron) Violence has always been a dominent component of Korean films and for some directors it is almost a tic. Kim Ki-duk has spilled a lot of blood over the years, sometimes justifiably because of the subject, but often over-spilling the borders of necessity. With Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... Spring (2003), a serene contemplative Buddhist film, it seemed as though Kim had a change of heart. His latest, 3-Iron, combines the two aspects of his work. It does contain much violence, of...

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