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"Volver", by Pedro Almodóvar to Receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix at San Sebastian

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The film Volver, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for the Best Film of the Year at San Sebastian International Film Festival. This Grand Prix, awarded each year by the International Federation of Film Critics, means recognition from film critics in over 60 countries. More than 350 critics from all over the world have voted for a film released between July 2005 and July 2006. The producer of Volver, Agustín Almodóvar, will collect the FIPRESCI Grand Prix on the...

Sixteen films will compete in the Official Selection of the San Sebastian

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Sixteen films will compete in the Official Selection of the San Sebastian International Film Festival from 21st-30th September.John Boorman, Bahman Ghobadi, Carlos Sorin, Tom DiCillo, Agnieszka Holland, Marion Hänsel, Nick Broomfield and Hirozaku Kore-eda are some of the accomplished directors whose new movies will compete for the Golden Shell and other official awards at San Sebastian.The Official Selection will be rounded off with two out-of-competition screenings: the latest creation by Lars...

Vancouver to open with latest Almodovar's Volver

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The 25th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will open on September 28 with a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s VOLVER. Festival Director Alan Franey also announced a few of the special events and thematic highlights of this year’s festival, which will take place September 28 to October 13 at ten theatres in the Vancouver area, again centred at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas.“In our 25th year, rather than reflecting on the past, the VIFF looks to the future with much curiosit...

Cannes 2006 Best Screenplay Award, Pedro Almodovar for Volver

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The Best Screenplay Award goes to Pedro ALMODOVAR for the film Volver: Director: Pedro ALMODOVAR Screenplay: Pedro ALMODÓVAR Cinematography: José Luis ALCAINE Set Designer: Salvador PARRA Music: Alberto IGLESIAS Film Editor: José SALCEDO Sounds: Miguel REJAS Actors: Penélope CRUZ Raimunda Carmen MAURA Grand mère Irène Lola DUEÑAS Sole Blanca PORTILLO Agustina Yohana COBO Paula Chus LAMPREAVE Tante Paula Synopsis: Three generations of women survive the east wind, f...

Cannes 2006 Best Actress Award, Penélope CRUZ, Carmen MAURA, Lola DUEÑAS, Blanca PORTILLO, Yohana COBO, Chus LAMPREAVE

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The prize goes to the 6 actresses of Volver by Pedro Almodovar: Penélope CRUZ Carmen MAURA Lola DUEÑAS Blanca PORTILLO Yohana COBO Chus LAMPREAVE Director: Pedro ALMODOVAR Screenplay: Pedro ALMODÓVAR Cinematography: José Luis ALCAINE Set Designer: Salvador PARRA Music: Alberto IGLESIAS Film Editor: José SALCEDO Sounds: Miguel REJAS Synopsis: Three generations of women survive the east wind, fire, insanity, superstition and even death by means of goodness, lies and boundless vitali...

Cannes Film Festival 2006 Awards

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After 12 days of a rich Festival, the award sceremony took place at 7:30 pm on Sunday 28, 2006. And the winners are: - Feature Films Palme d'Or: the Wind that Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach Grand Prix: Flanders by Bruno Dumont Best Actress Award: Penélope CRUZ, Carmen MAURA, Lola DUEÑAS, Blanca PORTILLO, Yohana COBO, Chus LAMPREAVE for Volver Best Actor Award: Jamel DEBBOUZE, Samy NACERI, Sami BOUAJILA, Roschdy ZEM, Bernard BLANCAN for Indigènes Best Director Award: Alejandro González I...

Cannes Competition Heats Up

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Seven days in, the 59th Festival De Cannes’ Competition section is heating up. While Pedro Almodovar’s Penelope Cruz starrer, “Volver, ...

Goya winners have been announced

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The list of the GOYA winners: Best FilmThe Secret Life Of WordsBest director:Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life Of Words)Best New Director:Jose Corbacho and Juan Cruz (Tapas)Best Original Script:Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life Of Words)Best Adapted Script:Marcelo Pineyro & Mateo Gil (The Gronholm Conspiracy)Best Actor:Oscar Jaenada (Cameron)Best Actress:Candela Pena (Princesses)Best Supporting Actor:Carmelo Gomez (The Gronholm Conspiracy)Best Supporting Actress: Elvira Minguez (Tapas)Best New Actor: ...

Fragile by Jaume Balagueró, won 4 awards at Gerardmer

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FRAGILE, directed by Jaume Balagueró, won 4 awards (from a total of 6 nominations) at the 13th Gérardmer Fantasy Film Festival, one of Europe’s most important fantasy/horror genre festivals, which took place from January 25th to 29th 2006 in France. The film is distributed by Studio Canal in France.These awards were:"Prix du Jury" (Jury Prize)"Prix du Jury Jeunes" (Young Jury Prize) "Prix du Public l'Est Républicain - La Liberté de l'Est" (Audience Award)"Prix 13ème Rue" (Prize awarded by...

Upcoming, 19th edition of Stuttgart Filmwinter

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19th Stuttgart Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded MediaFilm Video New Media Installation Performance Workshop TheoryFestival: 19.-22. January 2006 • Warm Up: 12.-17. January 2006Exhibition: 18. January – 19. February 2006Filmhaus (FH), Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein (WKV), Oberwelt (OW) and other locations Mondo CannibaleWith the slightly martial sounding motto „Mondo Cannibale“ the Stuttgart Filmwinter enters the 19th round. However the Filmwinter has not transformed into a horror or ...

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival awards

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The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival closes its 9th edition with an award ceremony and the Gabi prize to Ricardo MontalbanThe 9th edition of the Los Angeles Latino Internacional Film Festival concluded tonight with a gala ceremony at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.The festival awarded its prizes to the winners in several categories. The Best Documentary prize went to the Spanish filmmaker Javier Corcuera for INVIERNO EN BAGDAD. LA CAÑADA, directed by Carlos Corea, from Mexico, ...

Sauras's Iberia aesthetic extasy, the Master strikes again

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Valladolid Festival, October 27 One might say that there are three kinds of musicals; (1) Hollywood MGM type musicals with a flimsy plot as an excuse for stringing together a bunch of hit songs and "production number", (2) filmed Broadway shows such as "Showboat" or "Westside Story", and (3) CARLOS SAURA MUSICALS, or, Serious Dance and Music as Pure Cinema. His latest such work, "IBERIA", a suite of flamenco and balletic dances, vocalizations (Canto Hondo), and instrumental recitals (piano, sma...

Ferpect Crime a side-splitting comedy at Vallalodid

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After viewing Costa-Gavras' "Couperet" (Arcadia) screened at the opening ceremony as the festival curtain-raiser, (out of competition), I am still holding my breath trying to decide what to think of it. Yes, it did have certain Hitchcockian echoes of "black humor", and yes, it was a thriller of sorts, and yes, there were certain socio-political overtones, and the performances by Jose García (the harried serial killer) and Karin Viard (the harried wife of the harried serial killer) were good an...

Habana Blues opens LA latino fest

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The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is dedicated to presenting the best Latino films made in the US, Spain, the Caribbean, and Latin America. LALIFF is spearheaded by co-founders Marlene L. Dermer and Edward James Olmos, the acclaimed actor, director, and community activist.The Festival was launched in 1997, growing from 42 films and an overall attendance of 5,000 people, to last year’s Festival with 15,000 attendees viewing 130 films (features, documentaries, and short...

San Sebastian Basque diaries: crowd pleasers and more

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53RD SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH SEVERAL BANGSby Alex Deleon, San SebastianThe Donostia-San Sebastian film festival on the incredibly picturesque North Spanish coast, ("NAZIOARTEKO ZINEMALDIA" in the exotic Basque language of the region), has opened heavily "front loaded" as the saying goes these days, which means that many of the big guns, films with high prize potential, have already been fired off in the first few days. The festival opener was, appropriately, "Obaba", one of the m...

London festival dedicated to cinema from Spain

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London Spanish Film Festival: 23-29 September 2005 at Ciné Lumière This is the only film festival in London dedicated exclusively to cinema from Spain, the festival is a selection of recent Spanish films and this first edition will include several UK premieres and encounters with directors, iconic actress Victoria Abril and one of the most important young actors in Spanish cinema, Eduardo Noriega.The festival will showcase films from well-established directors such as Carlos Saura’s El sépt...

San Sebastián will open with Obaba

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OBABA, by Montxo Armendáriz to open the 53rd Donostia-San Sebastián International Film FestivalThe world release of Obaba, much awaited latest oeuvre by Montxo Armendáriz based on Bernardo Atxaga’s prizewinning novel, will open the 53rd Donostia - San Sebastián International Film Festival on 15th September next as part of the Official Section in competition for the Golden Shell. Ever since he read Bernardo Atxaga’s book Obabakoak, published in 1988, Montxo Armendáriz had wanted to take ...

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...

Tango & Tapas closing for Miami with

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Throughout its 22-year history, the Miami International Film Festival has earned a position as a major US film festival, launching to national prominence such filmmakers as Pedro Almodóvar, Lasse Hallstrom, Fernando Trueba, and Atom Egoyan. Under the leadership of Nicole Guillemet, former co-director of Sundance Film Festival, more than 150 filmmakers, producers, and talent from around the world attended the 2004 Film Festival to introduce their work to industry professionals and Miami audience...

Winners of the European Film Awards

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At the European Film Awards Ceremony in Barcelona the European Film Academy announced this year’s award-winners: Gegen Die Wand, Head On winner of the Berlin Film Festival took best film, Mar Adentro took best director and best actor. Mar Adentro had also received in Hollywood the "Hollywood European Award" for best film.Award winners list:EUROPEAN FILM 2004:GEGEN DIE WAND (Head-On)directed by Fatih Akin, Germanyproduced by Wüste Filmproduktion/ Corazon International/ NDR/ ArteEUROPEAN DIRECT...

New York love affair with Europe

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In a remarkably crowded end-of-year film season, New York film audiences are buzzing about the excitement being created by European films, which have been on abundant display in theaters across town. In short, New York loves European cinema.Of course, this is no new story. The films of pioneers Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Francois Truffaut and Luis Bunuel first took root with New York film critics and film buffs. The Festival’s major film festivals always feature a strong contingent of f...

EFA nominees compete for best from Europe

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NOMINATIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2004:EUROPEAN FILM 2004ETT HÅL I MITT HJÄRTA (A Hole In My Heart), Sweden/Denmarkdirected by Lukas Moodyssonproduced by Memfis Film, Zentropa, Film I Väst, SVT, Nordic Film- & TV FundGEGEN DIE WAND (Head-On), Germanydirected by Fatih Akinproduced by Wüste Filmproduktion /Corazon International /NDR /ARTELA MALA EDUCACIÓN (Bad Education), Spaindirected by Pedro Almodóvarproduced by El Deseo D.A., S.L.U.LES CHORISTES (The Chorus), France/Switzerlanddir...

AFI closes with solid 20% public attendance growth

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Standing ovations for international cinema masters like Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Terry George at AFI FEST 2004, which concluded Sunday at ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome with the US Premiere of New Line Cinema's SEA INSIDE. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, the film stars Javier Bardem. Both filmmaker and star were in attendance.Although attendance figures are still being tabulated, festival organizers have seen a 20% increase in Box Office receipts over the previou...

AFI FEST 2004 Announces a Tribute to Almodóvar

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AFI FEST 2004 Announces Six Galas and a Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar!Los Angeles' longest-running film festival opens on November 4, 2004, with the US Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. The Centerpiece Gala will be THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford. The Festival's Closing Night Gala on November 14, 2004, will be the US Premiere of THE SEA INSIDE, directed by Alejandro Amenábar. The other Gala Presentations are HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, directed by...

Film Fair at Venice

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Several films in Venice are turning heads on days 4 and 5. Agnes und seine Brüder(Agnes and His Brothers) by Oskar Roehler (Germany) is a kitchy tale of three brothers who grew up with an alcoholic pedophile. The grown children make messes of their relationships--or lack of them. Hans-Jorg (Herbert Knaupt)is a sex addicted librarian and Werner(Moritz Bleibtreu) - a rageaholic politician that ignores his wife and kids. The most tender of the three - Agnes (Martin Weiss) as had a sex change and i...
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