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I SAW THE ENCHANTED FOREST

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  The fables of peasants in the Enchanted Forest are typically Gallician folklore. "El Bosque Animado" ("The Enchanted Forest"), Jose Luis Cuerda's bittersweet fantasy set in Galicia in northwest Spain in the 1920's celebrates the enduring character of the Spanish peasant: his passions, biases, superstitions, strengths and weaknesses. A series of interlocking tales about mercilessly picturesque characters who live in or near the ...

Matadero Madrid is the new headquarters for DOCUMENTA MADRID 10

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The 7th International Documentary Film Festival DOCUMENTA MADRID 10 will be held from the 7th of May to the 16th of May, organized by the Arts Department of The City of Madrid with support and backing once again from HRH the Princess of Asturias,who will be the Patroness of Honor for this event. This year, the festival has received more submissions than ever, with 1,153 films from 92 different countries. Out of the total, 233 films are Spanish productions, a figure that increses year to ye...

And the winner is CELDA 211 !!!!!

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Last night in Madrid we attended the Goya 2010 Gala where Celda 211 the prison drama film directed by Daniel Monzón became the greatest winner with 8 awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress. (see the winners list below)The night´s fight was against, Alejandro Amenábar´s Agora who ended up with 7 Goyas but most of them in technical categories. No big surprises with the winners but there were a couple. One is that Oscar winner and nominee Pen...

The Global Film Village: Cruz, Penn and Winslet To Present Awards at 82nd Oscar Show

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Three of last year's Oscar winners will return according to tradition to present the awards to this year's winners. Kate Winslet has been nominated for six Academy Awards and took home an Oscar for her leading role in 2008’s The Reader. Sean Penn has been nominated five times for Actor in a Leading Role and twice took home an Oscar:  Mystic River(2003) and last year for  Harvey Milk in Milk. Penélope Cruz,Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona...

Honorary Goya Award to Antonio Mercero

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Honorary Goya Award to Antonio Mercero The Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España will give its Honorary Goya Award to Antonio Mercero for his cinematographic career full of success in all fields and for being able to join humor and sorrow in almost all of his productions in television and cinema with his very own style for more than 50 years now.Since 1962 we has developed his career on the small and big screen.He is best know as the director of a 1972 surrealist...

A road to the GOYAS – Best Film Nominees

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Los Goyas,Spanish equivalent to the OSCAR or BAFTA were created in 1987.Let´s get to know the Film Nominees a bit better.CELDA 211 – 16 nominations Prison drama directed by Daniel Monzón Plot : Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscio...

The "Sneak Preview" trailer for the new Ryan Reynolds film, "Buried", has been released to select media outlets - & we have it!

Ryan Reynolds is coming to Sundance! The "Sneak Preview" trailer for the new Ryan Reynolds film, "Buried", has been released to select media outlets - and we have it!!!

Calling for the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

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  The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival is now accepting entries (feature, shorts, documentaries, music videos, etc.)  for LA, February 2010 (LAST CALL for LA Fest) and NYC 2010. If you want to submit a film, please visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102952828493&s=66391&e=0017OHZ1aYA0OXi_oboMSlOVQjqNLyHJf2YtZ7fpatDY9CfGCSDszbBY4IpxL2yKneqLAd6CQ0N_oCV2X6BuVcp052SkG0Hyg3z9X-d5MqtWaKVTt4eTzK8Sw== LA Festival screenings w...

Maurizio Scaparro and Rafael Azcona exceptional protagonists at the Closing Gala of the Seville Festival

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  Alfonso Guerra spoke in praise of the Italian director while Fernando Trueba did so for the Spanish scriptwriter. The Seville politician defined Scaparro as “the man of our fantasies and our hopes, the last pulcinella”. Words of praise for the person responsible for the Theatre Sector of the Venice Biennale from Guerra, who congratulated Scaparro for “being the last romantic crossing Europe in the caravan of the commedia del arte”.   After giving his thanks...

San sebastian awards winners since 1953

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1953 La Guerra de Dios by Rafael Gil Spain 1954 Sierra maldita by Antonio del Amo Spain 1955 Giorni d'amore by Giuseppe de Santis Italy 1956 Il ferroviere by Pietro Germi Italy 1957 Oh! Sabella (La nonna Sabella) by Dino Risi Italy 1958 Le coeur au poing by Charles Binamé France 1959 The Nun's Story by Fred Zinnemann United States 1960 Romeo, Juliet a Tma by Jiri Weiss Czechoslovakia 1961 One-Eyed Jacks by Marlon Brando United States 1962 Arturo's...

Sir Ben Kingsley presents '50 Dead Men' at the Seville Festival and receives the Gold Giraldillo

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The British actor, Sir Ben Kingsley, presented his latest film, '50 Dead Men', at the Seville Festival. The film was chosen to close the Gala organized in his honour to award him the Gold Giraldillo in recognition of his professional career. Speaking of his latest film, Sir Ben Kingsley said that it had been very well received in Great Britain because 'although it deals with a very recent problem, people have been able to see many changes and we can see it as a closed chapter'. He...

The part for the whole. The Seville European Film Festival 2009 commits to multiculturality and respect

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      A red carpet of contrasts. Colin Farrell, hidden under his Hollywood hat. Carlos Saura more flamenco than ever. And the stunning words of the honoree Vittorio Storaro. Seville aspires to live the European cinema as passionately as its Andalusian streets are lived. The part for the whole. The small helping to understand the big. Apart of some problems with the video screenings, the gala presentation highlighted the very best of every section: the Of...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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  Penelope Cruz in BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)  European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents.   Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK direct...

47th New York Film Festival Closing Night Premiere “Broken Embraces” Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves - October 28, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Closing Night Premiere of "BROKEN EMBRACES (LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS)," written/produced/directed by Pedro Almodóvar was held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on Sunday, October 11, 8:00 PM.  NYFF09 closing night red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, directors, producers, industry executives, and celebrity guests. BROKEN EMBRACES, a Sony Pictures...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents. Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK director Richard Laxton’s biopic on gay icon and wit Quentin Crisp, focuses on the rac...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tendency is to pay very close attenti...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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  CHILDREN OF INVENTION    With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tende...

Helsinki International Film Festival ? Love & Anarchy

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22nd Helsinki International Film Festival ? Love & Anarchy proudly welcomes interesting filmmakers from around the world as its guests.HIERRO, screened in the festival?s Selection Semi-Officielle, is the latest film from producers of Pan?s Labyrinth and The Orphanage. Director of HIERRO, Gabe Ibáñez, will visit Helsinki with his leading actress, Elena Anaya. Anaya is familiar from Julio Medem?s and Pedro Almodóvar?s films. In addition to the stylish thriller HIERRO, Anaya is also starring in...

Broken Embraces

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Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Almodóvar’s "Broken Embraces" is also taking place on www.sff.ba Sarajevo Film Festival. Some might say that the film is homage to Bergman, one of the key film directors of today or that“Broken Embraces uses simplicity of Rossellini’s “Voyage to Italy” to show the effect on Lena of the discovery of the couple burned to death in Pompeii”. But in order to reflect the great Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar in his maturity, I find that h...

In Competition: "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo" by Isabel Coixet

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About the film: The Competition feature Map of the Sounds of Tokyo by Spanish director Isabel Coixet tells a story of love and vengeance in the Japanese megacity. Coixet recalls the genesis of her film: "Films, like tunes or poems, spring from strange encounters, from odd associations that can be completely incongruent but full of magic. In the case of Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, I “saw” the story (I don’t want to sound like some kind of visionary, but this i...

In competition: "Broken Embraces" by Almodóvar

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About the film: The Cannes Festival Official Selection is glad to welcome Pedro Almodóvar to the Competition with Broken Embraces. After Volver (Best Screenplay, in 2006) and All About my Mother (Best Director, 1999), the filmmaking Spaniard is returning with a new homage to the seventh art. "I feel it's the first time I've made such an express declaration of love to cinema," Almodóvar says. "Not with a specific sequence, but with a whole film. To cinema, its materials, to...
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