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Simon Lavoie presents his film le Torrent at FNC

A profoundly moving and richly cinematic exploration into the condition known as XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum), a genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to process light from a variety of sources, making exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet rays a constant and present danger. In this enigmatic documentary by filmmaker/writer Carlo Shalom Hintermann (who served as second unit director on Tree of Life—we can thank him for those gorgeous shots of birds and other natural signs&mdas...

Interview with director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY

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Director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY, director of the Golden Globe winning film ‘RUNAWAY TRAIN’ (1986), held a master class on May 21st in Cannes. Read below interview with the director during the 65th Cannes Film Festival.     Q: Was it easier to make your second film?   Andrei: Easy? Nothing is easy. To make films is difficult anyway, even to make bad films. As a matter of fact, to make bad films its as difficult to make as good. The difference is very little and it&r...

Interview with director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY at Cannes

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Director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY, director of the Golden Globe winning film ‘RUNAWAY TRAIN’ (1986), held a master class on May 21st in Cannes. Read below interview with the director during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Q: Was it easier to make your second film? Andrei: Easy? Nothing is easy. To make films is difficult anyway, even to make bad films. As a matter of fact, to make bad films its as difficult to make as good. The difference is very little and it’s not money or...

Winners of Animated Dreams 2011 announced as animation film festival and AnimaCampus come to a successful close

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                                          The Animated Dreams Animation Film Festival Awards 2011:   Grand Prix - Wooden Wolf 1000 euros The External World Germany 2010, 15' Director: David O'Reilly The film is aggressively funny and full of surprises, and invents a totally new and unique world itself.   Best Design Metachaos Italy 2...

A look back on Tokyo fest 2011

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~THE YEAR OF THE QUAKE ~by Alex DeleonNot to forget that this was the year of the Great March 11 Earthquake cum nuclear disaster and "Tsunami" Tidal Wave that washed away whole cities up north, the 24th Tokyo Intl Film festival was a somewhat restrained affair with the lingering effect of the disaster in evidence in various forms, toning down the overall climate of festivity. Right outside the entrance to the main tower housing the festival offices was a green collection booth where passers by w...

Emily Hearn and Bill Murray in Opening Night's 'ROOFTOP' Premiere

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Hey all you Film Fanatics, are you just as excited about the Charleston International Film Festival as we are? With things just around the corner, here's an article on one of opening night's premieres entitled ROOFTOP. The independent film/music video stars singer/songwriter Emily Hearn and the one and only Bill Murray. Like what you read? Can't get enough of that hilarious Bill Murray? No need to call Ghostbusters, all you have to do is log onto the Charleston International Film Festival ...

Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence

March 9-19, 2011

This season, the Globus Film Series presents the Japanese gangster movie genre through its various avatars, transformations and contradictions, from 1960s productions featuring chivalrous kimono-clad, sword-wielding gangsters and gamblers to today's ruthless gun-toting villains dealing in debt, hustling hardcore porn and scheming and scamming in dark trades and deeds. Over the past 50 years, they've remained snarling, swaggering, tattooed and inexplicably sexy. In the line-up, there will be blood and broken bones, hookers and hopheads, and plenty of juicy political blackmail… in 15 films that rack up the stiffs like Jacobean tragedies and show grand visions of manly amity and betrayal: classics and lesser known titles by Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive), Hideo Gosha (The Wolves), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage), Rokuro Mochizuki (A Yakuza In Love, Onibi: The Fire Within) and Sydney Pollack (The Yakuza), among other offerings you can't refuse.

The violent romantic world of the yakuza (the Japanese mafia) steeped in cryptic ritual and customs involving full-body tattoos and missing digits, has long excited the imagination, decades before viewers started existing on a diet of Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire melodrama, and has been one of the mainstays of the Japanese film industry since the 1960s. Harking back to the days when samurai still embodied traditionalist values of honor, selfless duty (giri) and the noble warrior spirit (ninkyo) on the silver screen, the shadowy demimonde of organized crime (which included wandering gamblers and lowly peddlers) rivaled with the noble swordsmen as the representatives of honor and heroism, in the context of a rapidly changing society trying to come to terms with a shameful defeat. In the darkness of movie theaters, they became the very picture of superhuman macho cool and reptilian menace.

Cast of Japanese film 13 Assassins in Venice

This was director Takashi Miike (left) and his actors walking into premier screening of '13 Assassins' at Venice Film Festival 2010   I sat right in front of QT, Guillermo Arriaga and Tilda Swinton watching this film. Miike surely makes the audience go 'hmmmm!' Intense film!

IFF Bratislava presents All at the beach!

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Aside from its competition sections IFF Bratislava each year presents three focus sections. One of them is All at the beach! dedicated to films connected to the ocean the beach and the unique aura these places create. The section will include one program conceived of eight European shorts and nine feature films (most of them never screened in Slovakia):Agua fría de mar, Paz Fabrega - Costa Rica, 2010Alamar, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio - Mexico, 2009Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (A Scene at the Sea)...

Digitally restored Rashomon to screen

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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION RASHOMON
(Japan 1950) Directed by Akira KurosawaStarring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo 88 min / b/w / cert 12AA BFI releasewww.bfi.org.uk/releases
Release date: 18 June 2010Opening Venues: BFI Southbank, Irish Film Centre, plus venues tbcTo coincide with Akira Kurosawa’s centenary, the BFI is delighted to release to cinemas on June 18 the stunning 2008 Academy Film Archive restoration of Rashomon, the brilliant and hugely influential meditation on the relativ...

Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano at Outrage press conference: "I'm a swinging pendulum."

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Japanese director Takeshi Kitano presented his newest film, Outrage, as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection Monday morning. The violent film focuses on the Yakuza, that is organized Japanese crime. Kitano said he made a conscious effort to break the boundaries of the stereotypical Yakuza genre, and to portray violence in an innovative, original way. The film, which lacks a predominant hero, has many different characters including Kitano himself. Kitano explained why he enj...

Outrage Takeshi Kitano

60th Berlinale Opens with World Premiere from China

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60th Berlinale Opens with World Premiere from China, Yoji Yamada's Latest Film to Close Festival The 60th Berlin International Film Festival will kick off with the world premiere of the Chinese Competition film Tuan Yuan (Apart Together) in the Berlinale Palast on February 11, 2010. Together with Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann, Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit and Jury President Werner Herzog, Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the festival. Anke Engelke will hos...

Akira Kurosawa

Hommage To Akira Kurosawa

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  On any poll where the greatest directors who ever lived is compiled, the name of Japansese director Akira Kurosawa is certain to show up in the top three slots. More loved outside of his homeland (as are many film artists) and acknowledged by film scholars as a true visual artist, the oeuvre of this cinematic giant is the focus of a 4-week festival to be held at the Film Forum, New York's great arthouse treasure. The 28-film festival celebrating the centennial of director Akira...

22nd Tokyo International Film Festival

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The 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival, held from October 17 (Sat) until October 25 (Sun), 2009, has played an integral role in Japan's film industry and cultural scene since its establishment in 1985. TIFF aspires to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the world - in the same league as Cannes, Venice and Berlin, which now stand at the summit of the more than 2,600 international film celebrations. "Films don't necessarily have to portray the era, however,...

Celebrating North America's Oldest Film Festival

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  San Francisco, April 17----- While it is common these days for every city, resort and college town to have its own international film festival, it is San Francisco, the glittering city in North California, that can make the singular claim of having hosted North America’s first on-going film festival event. Launched in December 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival was the first event to offer a mix of international cinema, the first stirring of th...

Celebrating North America's Oldest Film Festival

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While it is common these days for every city, resort and college town to have its own international film festival, it is San Francisco, the glittering city in North California, that can make the singular claim of having hosted North America’s first on-going film festival event. Launched in December 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival was the first event to offer a mix of international cinema, the first stirring of the American Independent movement and a smattering of serious-mi...

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International Film Guide Inspiration Award At Vancouver Film Festival

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  Wednesday, October 15-----Canadian debut filmmaker Cameron Labine has been awarded the inaugural International Film Guide Inspiration Award at this past weekend’s Awards Gala at the Vancouver International Film Festival (www.viff.org). Labine won for his feature debut, the comedy Control Alt Delete (www.controlaltdeletemovie.com), which screened in the Canadian Images section of the Festival. The film was chosen from among nearly 100 Canadian films by the Programming Committee ...

International Film Guide Inspiration Award

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Canadian debut filmmaker Cameron Labine has been awarded the inaugural International Film Guide Inspiration Award at this past weekend’s Awards Gala at the Vancouver International Film Festival (www.viff.org). Labine won for his feature debut, the comedy Control Alt Delete (www.controlaltdeletemovie.com), which screened in the Canadian Images section of the Festival.The film was chosen from among nearly 100 Canadian films by the Programming Committee of the Canadian Images section of the Festi...

Asian film Festival will showcase Talents of Young Director

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Contemporary Asian films will be showcased in this section to capture the cinematic trends in Asian countries. The Festival is starting a competition of first or second film made by Asian director. Director of the film must have debuted not before 2007. Best Film will be awarded Trophy + cash prize of US$ 2,000. Many aspiring young directors and film school students in Asia are making digital short fiction films. 7th Asian Film Festival is organizing Short Fiction Film Competition. The idea is t...
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