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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 Bellocchio ha...

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 ...

Critics Vote for "The White Ribbon" as Best Film of the Year

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At the opening ceremony of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2009 for the Best Film of the Year. Although the film has barely been screened apart from the Cannes Film Festival (where it won both the FIPRESCI Award and the Golden Palm), The White Ribbon was chosen the Best Film of the Year by the 223 critics throughout the world that took part in the poll for Grand Prix. The award will be handed...

Michael Haneke: Cinema's Dark Poet

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by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor   Michael Haneke relishes his reputation as one of the controversial directors working in the film arts. He is a provocateur with a mission to shock audiences out of their complacency and contemplate the good, bad and ugly of modern society. “My films are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false answers……for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus”, he stated in a recent inter...

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Ulrich Seidl At New York's Anthology Film Archives

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor Not nearly as well known as his countryman Michael Haneke, the Austrian film director Ulrich Seidl has his own individual signature as a chronicler of human truth. His films are, in turns, disturbing and paradoxical, difficult and dispassionate and not easy to classify. Mixing documentary realism with a kind of poetic neo-realism, the director mainly uses non-professional actors to give his film essays an essential core of...

Ulrich Seidl At New York's Anthology Film Archives

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Not nearly as well known as his countryman Michael Haneke, the Austrian film director Ulrich Seidl has his own individual signature as a chronicler of human truth. His films are, in turns, disturbing and paradoxical, difficult and dispassionate and not easy to classify. Mixing documentary realism with a kind of poetic neo-realism, the director mainly uses non-professional actors to give his film essays an essential core of truth. Seidl will receive his first ever retrospective in the United Stat...

Lydia Lunch Launches Music Series

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor The avant-gardist Lydia Lunch, whose varied career has ranged from punk music to indie film acting, will kick off the music events of the Festival at a special concert following the Opening Night Gala screening of THE WHITE RIBBON, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner by Austrian auteur Michael Haneke.   Lunch has been called “one of the most influential performers of the age” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper....

The white ribbon to open ERA New Horizons Fest

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THE WHITE RIBBON, the celebrated Austrian film by auteur Michael Haneke, which recently won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, will open the 9th edition of the ERA NEW HORIZONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, to be held in the city of Wroclaw, Poland from 23 July to 2 August. The film, which also won the prestigious FIPRESCI International Critics Prize in Cannes, is set in a small town in northern Germany just before World War I, and refers to the origins of the totalitarian systems that...

Cannes Palme d'Or Winner To Open ERA New Horizons International Film Festival

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor THE WHITE RIBBON, the celebrated Austrian film by auteur Michael Haneke, which recently won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, will open the 9th edition of the ERA NEW HORIZONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, to be held in the city of Wroclaw, Poland from 23 July to 2 August. The film, which also won the prestigious FIPRESCI International Critics Prize in Cannes, is set in a small town in northern Germany just before World War...

Fipresci critics prizes in Cannes

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  The Cannes Critics Prizes At the Cannes International Film Festival (France, May 13-24, 2009) a jury of FIPRESCI presented three prizes. Prize to a film in competition:      "The White Ribbon" (Das weisse Band) by Michael Haneke      (Germany, Austria, France, Italy, 2009). Prize to a film in the section "Un Certain Regard":      "Police, Adjective" (Politist, Adjectiv) ...

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Palme d’Or: "The White Ribbon" by Michael Haneke

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 The Palme d'Or was awarded to Michael Haneke for "The White Ribbon" ...

In competition: "The White Ribbon" by Michael Haneke

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About the film: For the fifth time in his career, Austrian director Michael Haneke is presenting a Competition feature at the Cannes Festival. The White Ribbon is set in a small Protestant village in Northern Germany on the eve of World War I. In these austere surroundings, a series of strange accidents is noticed. They gradually take on the character of a ritual punishment. Who is behind it all? "The story of the children and teenagers in a choir run by the vil...

Michael Haneke Remake Opens In US

 Friday, March 21-------It is a very rare thing indeed for a European director to have the opportunity to remake a small art film in another language (the only other recent example was Dutch director George Sluizer’s THE VANISHING). But Michael Haneke is that rare director. The English-language version of his domestic thriller FUNNY GAMES, originally shot in his native Austria in the German language and starring Ulrich Muhe (the Stasi spy in THE LIVES OF OTHERS) has just opened in the United ...

The Provocative Cinema of Michael Haneke

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Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is among the most celebrated and controversial figures in the world of contemporary world cinema. His films have been divisive and disturbing affairs that leaves audiences shaken and uncertain. He holds up a mirror to a world of extreme anxiety, offensive violence and a lack of human empathy. He has inspired amazing performances from his actors, leading many to win international awards. His cinema is ferocious, compelling and unforgettable.Those wishing to track...

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The Provocative Cinema of Michael Haneke

 Monday, October 1---------Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is among the most celebrated and controversial figures in the world of contemporary world cinema. His films have been divisive and disturbing affairs that leaves audiences shaken and uncertain. He holds up a mirror to a world of extreme anxiety, offensive violence and a lack of human empathy. He has inspired amazing performances from his actors, leading many to win international awards. His cinema is ferocious, compelling and unforget...

Istanbul International Film Festival announces juries

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Istanbul International Film Festival announces juries and special programs to mark 25th editionNew section for women’s films also announcedISTANBUL - The jury for the International Golden Tulip competition of the 25th International Istanbul Film Festival will be chaired by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, the accomplished French director known for his period films and in particular for his Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Gérard Depardieu. Other members of the jury include: Prune Engler, director of the La ...

Dubai line up includes awards winners from Cannes, Berlin...

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The second Dubai International Film Festival begins on Sunday, December 11, and will feature 98 films including features, retrospectives and short films until Saturday, December 17The award-winning films are from a variety of genres and traditions, from American independent to African contemporary, Chinese drama to German-Lebanese documentary. An additional seven films are also on the short-list for next year’s Academy Award (Oscar) nominations. The Festival’s Opening Gala film, Paradise Now...

Haneke's Caché awarded European Film at EFA Awards

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The European Film Awards 2005The European Film Awards ceremony took place for the eighteenth time December 3 in Berlin (the last one for DDA) and included 19 categories. Michael Haneke's Caché was one of the strong winners of the evening and took away best film, best director, best actor, best editor, and Fipresci award.European FilmHidden (Caché), Directed by Michael HanekeEuropean DirectorMichael Haneke for Hidden (Caché) European Actress Julia Jentsch in Sophie Scholl, The Final Days Europ...

Festival on wheels: 11th Festival of European Films

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11th Festival of European Films11 november - 2 december 2005festival on wheels: ankara, bursa, izmir, kars europe europeThe Festival of European Films on Wheels presents, as usual, feature films produced in 2004-2005 from all around Europe to the viewers under the tile of Europe Europe. This section consisting of films selecting from a wide spectrum of productions from Danemark to Hungary brings together films of both directors already included in previous years' programs and promising talents. ...

Double french success at Sevilla Film Fest 100% European

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More than 65.000 viewres followed the Festival screenings and activities, a 20% more than in 2004.French cinema, which has been dedicated this edition and which represented nearly a third part of the films in the different sections, has been the winner at Seville Film Festival 100% European, contest that has been closed this Saturday with more than 65.000 spectators, a 20% more than in 2004. De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté, by Jacques Audiard, won the Golden Giraldillo, awarded with 60.000 ...

European Film Awards 2005 - The Nominations

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The European Film Academy has announced the nominations for the European Film Awards of 2005 (to be presented in Berlin, on December 3). European FilmBrodre (Brothers) by Susanne BierCaché (Hidden) my Michael HanekeDon't Come Knocking by Wim WendersL'Enfant (The Child) by Jean-Pierre & Luc DardenneMy Summer of Love by Pawel PawlikowskiSophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl, The Final Days) by Marc Rothemund European DirectorSusanne Bier for Brodre (Brothers)Roberto Faenza for Alla luc...

Pike time in Vallalodid, awards and memories

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Somehow eight days of compact quality cinema viewing have slipped by, the main problem being how to find some time to write at least some of it down between widely spaced out screenings. Downtown Valladolid is a tricky maze of narrow streets with sixteenth century churches at every turn, but fortunately, with an extremely friendly populace willing to steer you straight every time you get lost -- on average, three times a day -- but what a nice city to get lost in! The festival is centred at the...
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