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Love, Amour takes home the 4 best prizes at the 25th European Film Awards

                                The more than 2,700 members of the European Film Academy - filmmakers from across Europe - have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2012: AMOUR France / Germany / Austria, 127 min written & directed by Michael Haneke produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan ...

Arbitrage opens the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival

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The 60th San Sebastian Film Festival was officially opened in a ceremony hosted by Spanish actors JoséCoronado, Barbara Goenaga and Cayetana Guillén Cuervo. A look back over the highs and lows of 60 years of cinema in San Sebastian with the help of archive footage was the storyline of this gala night. Producer Christine Vachon, Official Jury president, expressed the jury interest in working hard to arrive to the best agreement to hand the 60Th Golden Shell Awards. Durin...

Michael Haneke's "Amour", winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix

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The award will be presented at the opening gala of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awards its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to AMOUR, directed by Michael Haneke. The award is the result of votes cast by members of FIPRESCI, 225 critics worldwide, for any feature-length film premièred internationally during the previous year. The prize will be presented at the opening gala of the San Sebastian Festiv...

Award-winners announced at Durban International Film Festival

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The 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund,  this evening (Saturday, July 28) announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film. Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Love (Amour) was applauded by the International Jury as “unmissable”, and the film’s director Michael Haneke, as a “contemporary master with an astute understanding of his cinematic world”. The Best Feature Film award carrie...

A whole new world at DIFF

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Film allows you to see the world without leaving your seat. My third day at DIFF took me from Lisbon to a farm in Africa, the Deep South, the Philippines and Paris. Dark clouds rolled into Durban yesterday, but the sun always shines at the movies (thank you A-Ha). My first film was the wonderful black and white Portuguese film, Tabu. The competition film is filled with nostalgia. It is set in modern-day Lisbon and in 1930s colonial Africa. It is a wonderful love story remi...

The good, the bad and the ugly

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Day 2 of DIFF was a day of extremes. It was wonderful to see all the film fans studying their guides - some of the guides visibly well-read. I watched three films today and they are very diverse. Chicken with plums (Poulet aux prunes) premiered at Venice. It is a beautiful love story of a musician, played by Mathieu Amalric of The Diving Belle and the butterfly fame, who can't get over the loss of his violin and he decides to rather die. It sounds like a depressing film but it is in...

The Cannes 2012 award winners comments

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After the presentation of the awards at the the closing ceremony, the award winners met for a press conference. One by one, they answered questions from  journalists. Excerpts. Michael Haneke, winner of the Palme d'or for Love (Amour) The story I tell is based on the promise my wife and I made to each other: not to separate in a situation like the one in the film. We see that all the time and it is a widespread problem. I experienced it in my own family and that is what pushed me to mak...

The Palme d'Or was awarded to Love (Amour, Liebe...) by Michael Haneke, a second one after The White Ribbon

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Michael Haneke received his award from Adrien Brody and Audrey Tautou. Michael Haneke © AFP The director said: "I am very happy to be with my actors on this stage, it makes me less shy. I would like to thank the entire Jury and Thierry Fremaux, who gave me the opportunity to present this film here. Thanks to everyone who helped me make this film. Thank you to my wife, who has been supporting me for many years. This film is in part an illustration of the promise that ...

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Cannes 2012 selection revealed

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The Selection was revealed at Grand Hotel in Paris by Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob Opening Film: Wes ANDERSON MOONRISE KINGDOM 1h34 *** Jacques AUDIARD DE ROUILLE ET D'OS 1h55 Leos CARAX HOLY MOTORS 1h50 David CRONENBERG COSMOPOLIS 1h45 Lee DANIELS THE PAPERBOY 1h41 Andrew DOMINIK KILLING THEM SOFTLY 1h40 Matteo GARRONE REALITY 1h50 Michael HANEKE AMOUR (LOVE) 2h06 John HILLCOAT LAWLESS 1h55 HONG Sangsoo DA-REUN NA-RA-E-SUH (IN ANOTHER COUNTRY) 1h28 IM Sang-soo DO-N...

Braunschweig International Film Festival honours Isabelle Huppert

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25th Braunschweig International Film Festival honours Isabelle Huppert with the European Actors Award ”The Europa“The 25th International Film Festival Braunschweig honours French Actress Isabelle Huppert with its main prize, the European Actors Award ”The Europa“. Huppert receives the award for her outstanding artistic performances and contribution to European film culture. Isabelle Huppert will be presented with the statue ”The Europa“ on November 13 during the award ceremony in Bra...

Locarno to honour Isabelle Huppert, the Mona Lisa of Cinema

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Sadistic piano teachers, lovesick young hairdressers, frosty chocolate-factory directors, dark ladies crushed in the French provinces, stuttering factory workers, honest magistrates or evil mothers who can slice the screen to shreds with a single glance. There are truly few actresses on the international scene who, like Isabelle Huppert, have that ability to give shape, in the versatility of the her many roles, to that disturbing femininity that is a narrative all on its own and all o...

Locarno to honour Isabelle Huppert, the Mona Lisa of Cinema

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Sadistic piano teachers, lovesick young hairdressers, frosty chocolate-factory directors, dark ladies crushed in the French provinces, stuttering factory workers, honest magistrates or evil mothers who can slice the screen to shreds with a single glance. There are truly few actresses on the international scene who, like Isabelle Huppert, have that ability to give shape, in the versatility of the her many roles, to that disturbing femininity that is a narrative all on its own and all on its own m...

Christian Friedel on 'The White Ribbon'

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Interview with Christian Friedel from 'The White Ribbon' (2009)   Today I have the privilege to share with you a much anticipated interview for me...Christian Friedel from the award winning sensational film by director Michael Haneke, ‘The White Ribbon' (2009) (German: Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte), a dark story filmed in black and white about a German village in pre-World War I and the almost supernatural forces bubbling beneath the surface during this key time in...

Interview with Christian Friedel on 'The White Ribbon'

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Christian Friedel from 'The White Ribbon' (2009) Today I have the privilege to share with you a much anticipated interview for me...Christian Friedel from the award winning sensational film by director Michael Haneke, ‘The White Ribbon' (2009) (German: Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte), a dark story filmed in black and white about a German village in pre-World War I and the almost supernatural forces bubbling beneath the surface during this key time in German history. From...

Festival With A View: Martha's Vineyard International FF

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  It is known as the playground of the rich and famous. In fact, it is the preferred summer holiday destination for U.S. Presidents (including Barack Obama and his family just two weeks ago). It is the tony enclave of Martha's Vineyard, an island off Cap Cod, Massachussets, that is hosting its 5th annual film festival this weekend. The Festival is showcasing some of the strongest films from the festival circuit, bringing top flight independent and international films to both locals ...

Honor for the Director of Last Year's Palm d'Or

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Sunday brought renewed honor to Michael Haneke, Austrian director and winner of last year's Palme d'Or for his film, "White Ribbon."  He received what "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes," describes as the country's highest arts honor, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.  The ceremony of French Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterrand inducting Haneke into the French legion of honor occurred in Cannes yesterday.  Festival de Cannes President Gilles Jacob and t...

Diagonale Prize Winners 2010

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Diagonale Prize Winners 2010 Grand Diagonale Prize for Best Austrian Feature Film (€ 21,000) Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel for La Pivellina (AT/IT 2009) Grand Diagonale Prize for Best Austrian Documentary Film (€ 21,000) Brigitte Weich & Karin Macher for Hana, dul, sed ... (AT 2009) Diagonale Prize for Innovative Cinema for Best Experimental, Animated or Short Film (€ 10,500) Sabine Marte for B-star, untötbar! reloaded (AT 2009) Diagonale Diocese Graz-Seckau...

The European Film Awards Winners

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THE WHITE RIBBON wins European Film 2009. Picture: EFA/ActionPress/Guido Ohlenbostel Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 2,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Few surprises at the 22nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon), Germany/Austria/France/Italy written and directed by Michael Haneke produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz & Andrea ...

Béatrice Dalle a guest at the Viennale 2009

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French actress Béatrice Dalle will personally present Domaine, her latest film by Patric Chiha. She is widely known through works such as Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix), Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch) or Wolfszeit (Michael Haneke). The Viennale is proud to welcome her on Tuesday, October 27. Following the screening, a discussion with the actress will takeplace on the cinema stage.DomainePierre, a teen of 17, spends all his time with 40 year old mathematician Nadia. Their rapport is friendly, ...

New York: the 2009 New York Film Festival

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Presenting 28 feature and documentary productions the 47th edition of the New York Film Festival running from September 25 through October 11, certainly retained its standing as the premier US showcase for the international films and for presenting the best emerging and recognized international film directors. Culled this year mostly from other festivals the NYFF had few films from the United States (THE ART OF THE STEAL, Don Argott; SWEETGRASS, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaign-Taylor; L...

Checking The Pulse of European Cinema

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  Penelope Cruz in BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)  The New York Film Festival, which enters its final weekend today, has presented a program with a large emphasis on European cinema. With a strong showing of films from Portugal (http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/filmnewyork/a_peek_at_portugese_cinema_at_nyff) and France (http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/filmnewyork/the_french_invasion_of_new_york), the Festival finds that contemporary European cinema from other nations not only has...

HBO Films Directors Dialogues At NYFF

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The New York Film Festival provides extraordinary access to some of world cinema's most interesting film talents via the HBO Films Directors Dialogue Series. Among those who are participating (all of whom have films in the festival proper): MARCO BELLOCCHIO With a career that spans the heyday of 60s Italian art cinema (Fists in the Pocket, China is Near) to religion (My Mother’s Smile, NYFF 2002) to political drama (Good Morning, Night, NYFF 2003 and this year’s Vincere), Marco B...
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