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Festival on Wheels shoots for Police, Adjective The winners of the 15th Festival on Wheels have been announced. Among the 10 films competing from 10 countries, Corneliu Porumboiu’s latest feature Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) won both the Golden Bull and the SİYAD (Turkish Film Critics’ Association) awards. İki Dil Bir Bavul (On the Way to School), co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özg

L'alternativa 2009 Awards

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AWARDS. L'ALTERNATIVA 2009 FICTION FEATURE FILM AWARD (6500€) Poliţist, Adjectiv (Police, Adjective) Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania)     DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD (4500€)   O'er the Land Deborah Stratman (USA)   SPECIAL MENTION DOCUMENTARY FEATURE   Archipels Nitrate Claudio Pazienza (Belgium / France)   SHORT FILM AWARD (3000€)   14 Asitha Ameresekere (UK)   SPECIAL...

We catch up in London with Cristian Mungiu, the director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.

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Cristian Mungiu returns to the Festival with Tales from the Golden Age, a comic creation from a collective of Romanian directors which takes a darkly ironic look at Romania under the Ceaucescu regime and the idiocies of daily life in a dictatorship.   What was the idea behind the making of this film? People answer these questions very easily, but actually what happened was that I was travelling a lot in festivals with my first film, and I was seeing lots of people my ag...

We catch up in London with Cristian Mungiu (4 months 3 weeks...)

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Cristian Mungiu returns to the London Festival with Tales from the Golden Age, a comic creation from a collective of Romanian directors which takes a darkly ironic look at Romania under the Ceaucescu regime and the idiocies of daily life in a dictatorship  What was the idea behind the making of this film? People answer these questions very easily, but actually what happened was that I was travelling a lot in festivals with my first film, and I was seeing lots of people my age - most of them had...

Sarajevo Under the Sun

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15th Sarajevo Film Festival this year celebrates a small jubilee. So among many celebrates this year the festival will record visits of an important guests such as Mickey Rourke, Gillian Anderson, James Nesbitt, Kerry Fox, Tamar Novas etc...This aspiring regional festival once again creates regional place to celebrate and promote film, regional cinematography, in order to affirm young and new film expression and to establish a professional platform for the experience exchange and valid film reso...

Fipresci critics prizes in Cannes

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  The Cannes Critics Prizes At the Cannes International Film Festival (France, May 13-24, 2009) a jury of FIPRESCI presented three prizes. Prize to a film in competition:      "The White Ribbon" (Das weisse Band) by Michael Haneke      (Germany, Austria, France, Italy, 2009). Prize to a film in the section "Un Certain Regard":      "Police, Adjective" (Politist, Adjectiv) ...

Hanneke's White Ribbon takes away the Cannes Palme d'or

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The official Jury of this 62nd Festival de Cannes, presided by Isabelle Huppert, revealed the Prize winners during the Closing Ceremonies on the evening of May 24th. IN COMPETTION - FEATURE FILMSPalme d'OrDAS WEISSE BAND (The White Ribbon) directed by Michael HANEKE Grand PrixUN PROPHÈTE (A Prophet) directed by Jacques AUDIARD Lifetime achievement award for his work and his exceptional contribution to the history of cinema Alain RESNAIS Best Director Brillante MENDOZA for KINATAY Jury PrizeFI...

Cinéfondation Prizes 2009 awarded

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Cinéfondation Prizes 2009 awarded today by the Jury presided by John Boorman This year, the Cinéfondation Selection showed 17 films from Asia, Europe, North and South America selected from the 1400 student films submitted. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by John Boorman and composed of film directors Bertrand Bonello and Ferid Boughedir and actresses Leonor Silveira and Zhang Ziyi has awarded prizes to the following films during a ceremony in Buñuel Theatre:First Prize:BÁBAd...

Cinéfondation Prizes 2009 awarded today by the Jury presided by John Boorman

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This year, the Cinéfondation Selection showed 17 films from Asia, Europe, North and South America selected from the 1400 student films submitted. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by John Boorman and composed of film directors Bertrand Bonello and Ferid Boughedir and actresses Leonor Silveira and Zhang Ziyi has awarded prizes to the following films during a ceremony in Buñuel Theatre:   First Prize: BÁBA directed by Zuzana Kirchnerová-Špidlov...

Cinéfondation Prizes 2009 awarded today by the Jury

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This year, the Cinéfondation Selection showed 17 films from Asia, Europe, North and South America selected from the 1400 student films submitted. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by John Boorman and composed of film directors Bertrand Bonello and Ferid Boughedir and actresses Leonor Silveira and Zhang Ziyi has awarded prizes to the following films during a ceremony in Buñuel Theatre:First Prize:BÁBAdirected by Zuzana Kirchnerová-ŠpidlováFAMU, Czech RepublicSecond Prize: GOO...

Certain Regard: "Police, Adjective" in Competition

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Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu, acclaimed in Cannes in 2006 for the much admired 12:08 East of Bucharest, that year's Caméra d'Or winner, will be presenting his latest, Police, Adjective, to an eager Certain Regard audience and jury. Porumboiu made his Cannes laureate debut by winning Cinéfondation Second Prize in 2004 for his short film A Trip to the City. About Police, Adjective,  he says, "I wanted to make a film about language and  its meaning, or rather, its...

Cannes: Program for friday 15th

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COMPETITION  - Grand Théâtre Lumière 8:30am, 3:00pm and 7:30pm : BRIGHT STAR 2h00 by Jane CAMPION 11:30am – 7:30pm : BAK-JWI (Thirst) 2h13 by PARK Chan-Wook UN CERTAIN REGARD - Salle Debussy 11:00am : POLITIST, ADJECTIV 1h55 (Police, adjective) by Corneliu PORUMBOIU 2:00pm et 10:30pm : PRECIOUS 1h49 by Lee DANIELS SPECIAL SCREENINGS  Salle Debussy 7:45pm: THE RED SHOES 2h16 de Michael POWELL, Emeric PRESSBURGER presented by Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoon...

Short to the Point

STTP Projects Short to the Point is an international distribution link, broadcasting and promoting short films. Starting from 2009, Short to the Point's objective is to constatly promote this side of cinema. 1. Short Film Factory- With the motto "Don't let your movie get dusty on the shelf!", SPS offers proffesionals the possibility of signing up their films, older than 5 years, that will later on be projected in over 20 citys in Romania and abroad. 2. STTP LOW/NO BUDGET OSFF- " Any story can be made into a film" is the division with whom STTP attracts film amateurs (unproffesionals) to test their creativity, directing films low/no budget for the short film contest Short to the point Low/No Budget Online Short Film Festival. 3. STTP Talent Camp- STTP Talent Camp wishes to promote romanian film at national and international level. STTP Talent Camp also wants to discover and promote young cinema talents, by offering colaboration opportunities, exchange of experience and ideas or by participating in the thematic workshops presented by wellknown proffesionals. STTP Talent Camp reunites young romanian cinema talents within the interactive workshop that takes place each year in Raciu, Mures County 4. Walls tell stories- Every two years, STTP goes thrue the longest tour of a Romanian Short Film Festival. The caravan lasts 45 days and includes 29 cities:Buzau, Slobozia, Galati, Ramnicu Sarat, Focsani, Bacau, Iasi, Piatra Neamt, Suceava, Bistrita, Borsa, Baia Mare, Satu Mare, Oradea, Caransebes, Resita, Timisoara, Hunedoara, Deva, Alba iulia, Cluj, Targu Mures, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Valcea, Pitesti, Ploiesti, Brasov, Fagaras. 5. Kara Film Fest- The only Short Film Festival for children in Romania. It's being held anually,in several cities in Romania. 6. BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FILM FESTIVAL – Tourism is the essential element in a city's life and film is the perfect mecanism for promoting such a product. Combining the two, a proffesional environment is created, perfect for cultural-tourism evolution of Bucharest. BITFF is taking place every two years, in March and October, in Bucharest. Distribution, broadcasting and promoting Short films don't have a long life. In theory, a filmmaker can make is work known just within short film festivals. Short to the Point comes with many promoting opportunities , broadcasting and distribution of the films signed up in the festival. SPS offers proffesionals and amateurs the possibility of watching their work on tv, cinemas, unconventional spaces, online and on DVD. Contest Every year, in May, Short to the point organizes a short film contest, wich takes place online and is recomended especially to amateurs. The participant films are made within the sistem low/no budget and can be made even with the mobile phone. Education Short to the point has launched the first film school for kids in Romania. The classes take place periodly,as a workshop in wich young people can experiment with video techniques,montage, directing or scenografy, sound and film, makeup etc.

Tales from the Golden Age to open Transilvania Film Festival

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The eighth edition of the Transilvania IFF (May 29 – June 7, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) is beginning to shape up. Over 250 films are expected to be screened in this year’s TIFF. The opening gala on Friday, May 29, will be highlighted by the national premiere of Cristian Mungiu’s latest film, Tales from the Golden Age, a collection of Romanian urban legends from the communist era, written by Mungiu and directed by Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Constantin Popescu and Cristian Mun...

Golden Starfish Award Narrative Films At Hamptons FF

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BOOGIE (Romania)  Saturday, October 18--------The Golden Starfish Awards Competition is the heart of the Hamptons International Film Festival. There are two competition categories, one for narrative films and the other for documentaries.   Golden Starfish Narrative Competition: ·         ’77 ( USA , World Premiere) Dir. Patrick Read Johnson - with John Francis Daley, Colleen Camp, Austin Pendleton. Part autobiography, part fever-dream, ’77 is...

The Hamptons Starfish Award goes to Boogie

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The Hamptons International Film Festival, celebrating its 16th anniversary, has become a destination event for a wide array of film talents, industry attendees and local audiences with a penchant for independent and international cinema. The Festival, which this year will present 122 films, including 14 World Premieres and 23 North American Premieres, runs through this Sunday, October 19The Golden Starfish Awards Competition is the heart of the Hamptons International Film Festival. There are two...

Returning To Romanian Roots

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In the world of cinema, there is always a “new wave” occurring in a country or region or even genre. No question, in 2007/2008, that new wave is centered in the country of Romania, which has flexed its muscles on the international stage with a series of lauded films. At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Romanian abortion drama 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by Cristian Mingui was the surprise winner of the Palme d’Or, the Festival’s highest honor. Another Romanian film 12:08 OF BUCHA...

Returning To Romanian Roots

 Tuesday, April 22----In the world of cinema, there is always a “new wave” occurring in a country or region or even genre. No question, in 2007/2008, that new wave is centered in the country of Romania, which has flexed its muscles on the international stage with a series of lauded films. At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Romanian abortion drama 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by Cristian Mingui was the surprise winner of the Palme d’Or, the Festival’s highest honor. Another Roman...

"My Blueberry Nights," by Wong Kar Wai opens IndieLisboa 2008

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International Independent Film Festival of Lisbon officially opens on the 24 April with the film: «My Blueberry Nights», by Wong Kar Wai. From the same director of «2046», «Chungking Express» or «In the Mood for Love», «My Blueberry Nights» has a suit of very well known actors (Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman) and with Norah Jones in the leadig role. The film shows us a young woman who went on a demand for herself, after a love deception. Her demand leads h...

FIPRESCI's "Best Foreign Language Film of 2007" to Croatian "Armin"

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From almost all national submissions to the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film, a jury of FIPRESCI selected at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA, January 3-14, 2008) — its first special award of the year, the "Best Foreign Language Film of 2007": "Armin" by Ognjen Svilicic (Croatia 2007) The jury presented also prizes for best actor and actress. Best Actress: ex equo Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu in "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zil...

Interview with Ron Holloway Guest of Belgrade’s New Author Film Festival

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Ron Holloway :(Guest of honor of Belgrade’s New Author Film Festival 2007) -On Internet it is said you are an expert for German film, you live in Berlin for very long time?-I have been writing my dissertation of cinema on Dryer or Bergman and I was very happy when I got my first job and I was said that I could go anywhere Eastern from Berlin, not only German Cinema and everywhere Eastern from my territory (USA). And, first of all, German Cinema at time was in the revolution. I just arrived to ...

European Film Awards: The Year of The Romanian Film

Tuesday, December 4----------The year 2007 will be remembered for many things.....but one of the biggest surprises, at least in the worlds of film and media, has been the emergence of the former Communist state of Romania as the hottest film producing territory, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. Of course, a few international arthouse hits does not a thriving industry make, but if one wanted to get a sense of where the energy and inspiration in contemporary cinema could be coming from next...

Winners at the Stockholm International Film Festival

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The jury now presents its selection for the 18th Stockholm International Film Festival. The film that leaves Stockholm with the 16 lb Bronze Horse 2007 comes from Romania, and tells a gripping story of illegal abortion and societal control. The Bronze Horse for best feature 2007 goes to 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu. Mungiu’s gripping account of his native Romania and its totalitarian past takes the form of a story about a young woman helping her friend to undergo an illegal ...

Four Months 3 weeks 2 days The opening film of the festival

The International Film Festival of India will open with the most celebrated film of the year ‘FOUR MONTHS, THREE WEEKS, TWO DAYS" directed by Cristian Mungiu from Romania.  The film won the prestigious Palme D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival this year and has received wide critical acclaim all over the world.  The Director Cristian Mungiu and the leading actress of the film Anamaria Marinca will attend the gala opening ceremony on 23rd November 2007 at the Kala Academy in Goa.  Th...

The Romanian Boom

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By Ben Cookson Romanian filmmaking attracted world attention in 2007 when two films were honored at the Cannes Film Festival. Cristian Mingui’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a harrowing portrayal of illegal abortion, was awarded the prestigious Palme D’Or, and California Dreamin’, a tale about American soldiers during the Kosovo conflict, won Un Certain Regard for its director Cristian Nemescu.Tragically, Nemescu won the award posthumously, as the young director was killed in a car acciden...

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