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Board Member updates: Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “...

Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “It is a great privilege to be hosting his master...

Impatient waiting will end at the Festival

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  Impatient waiting will end at the Festival Ingenious directors are heading for Flying Broom again this year to halt the impatient waiting of the festival followers.  Doris Dörrie, Margarethe von Trotta, Iciar Bollain, Tahmineh Milani, Dorota Kędzierzawska and Marta Meszaros will meet film lovers with the best examples of their own cinemas on 5-12 May at 14th Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival. Flying Broom will present to its followers a week fu...

Women Directors Rule At TIFF

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Female directors have been the toast of town in Toronto this week, with films that have been embraced by the industry, film critics and audiences. Although women directors still make up an anemically small percentage of the ranks of film directors everywhere around the world, their special spins on a number of high profile films here are worth noting. No film premiere generated as much excitement as the red carpet gala of JENNIFER'S BODY, a vampire comedy scribed by Oscar-winning scenarist Diabl...

Women Directors Rule At TIFF

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Female directors have been the toast of town in Toronto this week, with films that have been embraced by the industry, film critics and audiences. Although women directors still make up an anemically small percentage of the ranks of film directors everywhere around the world, their special spins on a number of high profile films here are worth noting. No film premiere generated as much excitement as the red carpet gala of JEN...

11 Masters Screening At TIFF

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  THE WHITE RIBBON (Michael Haneke)  by Sandy Mandelberger, TIFF Dailies Editor  The 34th Toronto International Film Festival is presenting 11 works that will be presented as part of the Masters programme, which brings audiences new works from the world’s greatest filmmakers. MASTERS ...

Telluride Film Festival comes to a close

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Today marks the close of the 36th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Twenty-four feature films played in the Festival’s main program, not including three Sneak Previews added throughout the four-day event. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, September 4 and closed today, September 7, 2009. The following unannounced Sneak Previews screened at the 36th Telluride Film Festival:UP IN THE AIR ...

Volker Schlöndorff turns 70

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"Light, Shadow and Movement. My Life and My Films" Now we can also say Happy 70th Birthday to Volker Schlöndorff who was born on March 31, 1949 in Wiesbaden. In his recently published autobiography "Light, Shadow and Movement" he candidly describes the steadfast bond between his life and his work. Schlöndorff`s career began in the early 1960s as an assistant to the then leading masters in France: Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville and Louis Malle. He made his first movie as early as 1966: YOU...

Berlinale Film In Focus: Cherry Blossoms

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When a German film has its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, it can be both a source of local pride or a target for local critics. One of the truisms on the international film festival circuit is that oftentimes local filmmakers are appreciated more outside of their home country.....and in their native land, are sometimes the brunt of criticism that is both pointed and relentless. So far, the film CHERRY BLOSSOMS, one of two German productions competing for the Golden Bear at this year...

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The Feminist Cinema of Margarethe Von Trotta

Saturday, March 3-----The Miami International Film Festival has traditionally been a supportive environment for female directors. This year, the Festival is showcasing more than 40 films from women directors from all over the world, including several highly anticipated films from acknowledged film veterans. One such pioneer is the German director Margarethe von Trotta, whose newest film I AM THE OTHER WOMAN (Ich Bin Die Andere) screens this evening as a Gusman Premiere at the Festival's prem...

Sevilla European Film Festival, revamped 100% European

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The sun certainly shone on Sevilla's successfully revamped 100 Per Cent European Film Festival, which ran from 3rd to 11th November 2006 in the sensuous Andalucian city.(Actually, much of the downtown of this beautiful southern Spanish metropolis is currently scarred by the construction of a new underground transport system so not only the flamenco dancers have to watch their steps to cross from one florid architectural wonder to the next. Personally, I am rather fearful that whenever the first ...

Sevilla European Film Festival

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The sun certainly shone on Sevilla's successfully revamped 100 Per Cent European Film Festival, which ran from 3rd to 11th November 2006 in the sensuous Andalucian city. (Actually, much of the downtown of this beautiful southern Spanish metropolis is currently scarred by the construction of a new underground transport system so not only the flamenco dancers have to watch their steps to cross from one florid architectural wonder to the next. Personally, I am rather fearful that whenever the firs...

Denver Fest RAY'S the Roof at 27th Year

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The Rocky Mountains of Denver were privileged to have one of the nations top ten film festivals take place at the Denver International Film Festival this past week. Opening up with Universals anticipated RAY staring Jamie Foxx as the magnetic soul blues man Ray Charles; the Festival presented a dynamic Opening Night Gala. The downtown Buelle Theater filled to capacity, Director and co-writer Taylor Hackford, producers Stuart Benjamin, Karen and Howard Baldwin, cast members Jamie Foxx, Regina K...

Audience Award for ROSENSTRASSE in Madrid

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Over 6,000 film fans attended the 35 performances of the sixth Festival of German Cinema in Madrid (8-12 June, 2004). The extensive programme was enthusiastically received by the Spanish audience and press. Compared to last year, the attendances increased by a third.The event was opened by Eric Till's LUTHER in the presence of producer Alexander Thies. LUTHER generated great interest among the audience, press and distributors in Catholic Spain. Rosenstrasse by Margarethe von Trotta won the Audie...

Taormina opens with the 50th anniversary ceremonies

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Happy Birthday to you, Taormina. The oldest Italian internatiomal film festival, celebrates its 50th anniversary, Launched in 1954 when Taormina, Sicily, was the preferred resort of the Hollywoodian stars, At that post war time, Sicily development was a step behind (still a bit behind today), the institution of an international event was meant to promote its great touristic resources. The Italian island has given much to this Festival, the Festival did too. The "partnership" has led today to one...

Important German presence in Moscow

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No less than 16 German films and two German-international co-productions are being shown at the 26th Moscow International Film Festival (18 –27 June 2004).Germany will be represented in the competition for the St. George Award by OLGA'S SUMMER by Nina Grosse. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Olga who lives with her father and brother at a petrol station in the countryside and is ready for life, love, adventure - in fact, for everything that would take her away from her boring everyday l...

Tied donatellos for Rosenstrasse and Dogville

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The Italian Film Award DAVID DI DONATELLO for ROSENSTRASSE by Margarethe von Trotta The Accademia del Cinema Italiano awarded the Premi David di Donatello for the "Best Film of the European Union" to ROSENSTRASSE by Margarethe von Trotta ex aequo with Lars von Trier's DOGVILLE. The DONATELLO (the Italian Film Award) was first awarded in 1950. After Katja Riemann's COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress in Venice last year, yesterday's presentation in the Palazzo die Congressi in Rome was the second import...

Berlin and Beyond in San Francisco

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Undeniably one of the most unique German language film festivals in the United States, BERLIN & BEYOND provides Bay Area moviegoers with a chance to enjoy highlights of recent European cinema. Almost all the films in the series will be making their Bay Area premieres and many filmmakers will appear in person to introduce their work to the public. The festival runs from January 8th –14th at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and January 18th in Point Arena at the Mendocino Coast.The festival...

25 years of German cinema at MOMA

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KINO's jubilee event in 2003:25 years of German Cinema in the Museum of Modern Art in New YorkBig round of applause for ROSENSTRASSE at the opening and a substantial increase in admissions for KINO 2003On the occasion of KINO's 25th jubilee, the Export-Union of German Cinema and the Museum of Modern Art opened the season of German films (6-16 November 2003) with the Venice prize-winner ROSENSTRASSE in the presence of director Margarethe von Trotta, co-author Pamela Katz and the lead actress Mari...

AFI day 7

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Day 7 featured what AFI FEST does best: Present an extraordinary spectrum of films, while giving fest-goers the opportunity to converse and meet with the filmmakers who made them. Within one evening, films from all eight sections were screened, in addition to a line-up of shorts and the Centerpiece Gala of the World Premiere of Norman Jewison's THE STATEMENT, starring Tilda Swinton. The evening began with a bolt of lightning and the US Premiere of Natasha Arthy's OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE, an ...

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