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Politically incorrect films at San Sebastian

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INCORRECT THEMATIC RETROSPETIVE OF THE 52 DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL In this age of politically correct doctrinaire thinking, the San Sebastian Film Festival has selected a series of films that contradict this false uniformity. Throughout history various filmmakers have questioned the established order, by attacking the injustices and arbitrary nature of society, or by openly making fun of its myths and taboos. They are the people that we are paying homage to here.The cho...

Day one in Cannes

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The Cannes International Film Festival is officially open. Protesters from the french shobiz industry were invited to walk up the stairs, which they did rather peacefuly, without disturbing the festival protocole, (Gilles Jacob's baby).It was Pedro Almodovar and his film crew representing Bad Education (La Mala educación) who had the honors of being the first to do the red carpet walk for this 57th edition. Despite the raindrops, the celebrities arriving for the opening ceremony did not cower, ...

Day one in Cannes

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The Cannes International Film Festival is officially open. Protesters from the french shobiz industry were invited to walk up the stairs, which they did rather peacefuly, without disturbing the festival protocole, (Gilles Jacob's baby).It was Pedro Almodovar and his film crew representing Bad Education (La Mala educación) who had the honors of being the first to do the red carpet walk for this 57th edition. Despite the raindrops, the celebrities arriving for the opening ceremony did not cower, ...

Almodóvar at Cannes

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Today was the long awaited debut of the 57th Cannes Opening Film, Pedro Almodóvar's new film Bad Education. Fele Martinez and Gael Garcia Bernal, tackle the subject of sexual child abuse, set at a religious school in the 1960's and the free Madrid of the 1980's, the Spanish Mystic River at Cannes this year. Almodóvar, Martinez and Garcia Bernal were all present at the press conference on opening day. The gender bending Spanish director that has liberated film in his country after Franco explai...

The Forgotten World of America’s Orphanages

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We have conducted a series of interview with first-time filmmakers showcasing their work at Newport Beach Film Festival: April 15 - 23Gregg Schwenk, the festival director, vowed from the beginning to make the NBFF a filmmaker-friendly affair. "I think a lot of the bigger festivals have forgotten what they originally set out to do," he said. "And that's to assist talented filmmakers in getting their films shown in a theater and exposed not only to audiences but to potential investors." That inclu...

Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education Cannes opener

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From Cannes comes the fabulous news that Pedro Almodóvar will open the 57th Festival de Cannes with his new film La Mala educaciòn (Bad Education) on May 12.Bad Education is the story of two young boys, Zahara and Paca who discover love, film and fear in the 1960's in a religious school run by Father Manolo (Lluís Homar). The three characters meet again at the end of the 1970's and during the 1980's.Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, the leads are Gael Garcìa Bernal, Fele Martinez ...

TLA acquires Box 507

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IN ITS SECOND DEAL AT THE 2004 AFM, TLA RELEASING ACQUIRES FROM SOGEPAQ THE SPANISH CRIME THRILLER BY ENRIQUE URBIZU, BOX 507 (LA CAJA 507)In its second acquisition during the 2004 American Film Market, TLA Releasing has picked up the Spanish crime thriller BOX 507 (LA CAJA 507), directed by Enrique Urbizu and written by Urbizu and Michael Gaztambide.TLA acquired the US/Canadian home entertainment distribution rights to the film from Sogepaq and will release the film on DVD/VHS in fall/winter 20...

Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education Cannes opener

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From Cannes comes the fabulous news that Pedro Almodóvar will open the 57th Festival de Cannes with his new film La Mala educaciòn (Bad Education) on May 12.Bad Education is the story of two young boys, Zahara and Paca who discover love, film and fear in the 1960's in a religious school run by Father Manolo (Lluís Homar). The three characters meet again at the end of the 1970's and during the 1980's.Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, the leads are Gael Garcìa Bernal, Fele Martinez ...

Viva Espana in Manchester

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With Manchester's most prolific export now settled in Madrid, Spain returns the favour this March with some of the very finest Spanish films and filmmakers coming to Manchester to celebrate the 10th birthday of ¡Viva! the UK's only Spanish Film Festival. Held annually at Manchester's internationally acclaimed cinema, Cornerhouse, the festival features the best of recent Spanish cinema, a themed section, archive screenings, and special events. This year the programming will expand to encompass f...

In Berlin: the first 5 revealed

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The opening of the Berlinale is still one month off – yet Festival Director Dieter Kosslick is pleased to be able to announce the first films in the Competition. Five entries are definite and they range “from tragic love story to political psychodrama, from historical thriller to intimate family saga”, as Kosslick explains. The entries are from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Croatia and the USA, and their celebrated directors, such as Romuald Karmakar or Academy Award-winner Ron Howard, are a gu...

Fantastic line up for Fantasporto 2004

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24th OPORTO FILM FESTIVAL WITH A STRONG NORTH AMERICAN PRESENCEWith the High Patronage of the Ministry of Culture and the Oporto City Hall, the 24th edition of Fantasporto (Oporto International Film Festival) will be held on the 20th February till March, 1st), with its main Competitive Sections beginning on the 20th February (Official Fantasy Film Selection and Directors Week). Retrospectives and Homages complete the programme, as usual. Showcasing, as usual, the best of European Cinema, the p...

Berlin releases first 5 selected

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BERLINALE COMPETITION 2004: FIVE ENTRIES ALREADY CONFIRMED The opening of the Berlinale is still more than two months off – yet Festival Director Dieter Kosslick is pleased to be able to announce the first films in the Competition. Five entries are definite and they range “from tragic love story to political psychodrama, from historical thriller to intimate family saga”, as Kosslick explains. The entries are from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Croatia and the USA, and their celebrated director...
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