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Meet Indie Filmmaker: FOUR ROSES

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Article by Anna Takayama  Four Roses, a recent submission to the ÉCU 2010 European Dramatic Feature category, explores themes of isolation, love, and being. Director Kris De Meester talks to Anna Takayama about the charm of police sirens, the color of black and white, and flying hippos in France.    Q: What is your film about? Four Roses is about everything and nothing, the unbearable lightness of being and the eternal sense of every passing minute. As Henry David Thoreau once w...

Interview with Cairo Film Fest President Dr Ezzat-Abou-Ouf

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Cairo International Film Festival president, Dr Ezzat-Abou-Ouf, talks to Jeremy Colson about this year's festival and his hopes for the future. CAIRO ~ 20 November 2009 Could you tell us a bit about yourself, your background? I graduated from medical school but still being young I wanted to practice something more creative than medicine so I enrolled at the conservatoire and learned more about music. After that I played western and jazz music. It was a family affair, me and my si...

Cairo International Film Festival president Dr Ezzat Abou Ouf talks to Filmfestivals.Com

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Cairo International Film Festival president, Dr Ezzat-Abou-Ouf, talks to Jeremy Colson about this year's festival and his hopes for the future.  CAIRO ~ 20 November 2009 Could you tell us a bit about yourself, your background? I graduated from medical school but still being young I wanted to practice something more creative than medicine so I enrolled at the conservatoire and learned more about music. After that I played western and jazz music. It was a family affair, me a...

Bill Mechanic: don't ignore the warning signs!

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Bill Mechanic, President/CEO of Pandemonium LLC and former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, (my boss when I was running Fox distribution in France)delivered the keynote speech at the annual Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference in Santa Monica. here below is a transcript ofhis keynotesHe addressed the current state and the future of the independent film business and offered a number of observations about his experiences at FOX and Disney."I was asked to address yo...

A Festival Wife - Chapter 7: Secrets Of San Lorenzo

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Henry Dean, veteran publicist, resists retirement by holding onto his PR job for the San Lorenzo Film Festival, where for twenty-eight years he has stayed at the Hotel Medici, maintaining a long-running affair with his beloved Leticia, one of the hotel’s chamber maids. But Henry’s job (and love affair) depends upon looking after the Festival’s guest of honor – a cantankerous older film director who only needs a little press – and the task has entangled Henry in a world of trouble. Part...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis": “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss. In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navon, played by Rona Lipa...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis":   “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and  “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss.   In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navo...

Interview with Fernando Meirelles

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From the highly acclaimed director of The Constant Gardner and City of God comes the compelling post-apocalyptic thriller BLINDNESS. This must-see chilling thriller has an all-star cast including: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. BLINDNESS is released to buy and rent on DVD on 30 March 2009 from Pathé Distribution Ltd.As a city is ravaged by an epidemic of sudden blindness, its victims are quarantined in a derelict hospital where a women (Moore; Children of Men...

Liam Neeson can beat Bond at ass kicking: he proved that with Taken... Q&A with Liam

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We here, at fest21.com, loved Taken Liam Neeson latest film which was produced by Luc Besson. What a surprise to find out that Liam could beat Bond at ass kicking. The film goes out on DVD and Blue Ray. We had a chance to discuss with Liam about the film. This is an intense film – can you talk about the difficulties of the shoot? First, I love the physicality in films. It’s always great to get the chance to flex your muscles. I’ve done quite a few action films, sword mov...

Liam Neeson Q&A on Taken

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We here at filmfestivals.com loved Taken. what a surprise to find out that Liam could beat Bond at ass kicking.We had a chance to discuss with Liam about the filmThis is an intense film – can you talk about the difficulties of the shoot?First, I love the physicality in films. It’s always great to get the chance to flex your muscles. I’ve done quite a few action films, sword movies, plus there’s been a lightsabre or two, and this was something, which, when I read the script, I thought ‘...

An Interview with Award-winning Famed Icon Randy Jones

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Looking at life as art, actor-performing artist Randy Jones (RJ) is defined as an icon in popular culture.  RJ began performing on stage at the age of eight, is known as The Cowboy from the pop musical group Village People, has appeared in three biographical films, performed 22 interviews, 122 articles has been written about him, has taken 56 pictorials, and appeared on 24 magazines front cover. RJ has been honored with countless awards, given keys to several American cities, including a ...

An Interview with Award-winning Famed Icon Randy Jones

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Looking at life as art, actor-performing artist Randy Jones (RJ) is defined as an icon in popular culture. RJ began performing on stage at the age of eight, is known as The Cowboy from the pop musical group Village People, has appeared in three biographical films, performed 22 interviews, 122 articles has been written about him, has taken 56 pictorials, and appeared on 24 magazines front cover. RJ has been honored with countless awards, given keys to several American cities, including a Star on...

Lisa Schwarzbaum's panel of up and coming new talent

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A "Precursor to "The Gotham Awards"Lisa Schwarzbaum, film critic for "Entertainment Weekly" led the panel of up and coming new talent. She began by asking, "Chop Shop" star, Alejandro Polanco, "How did you adjust to making a movie, how did you balance the movie and school?"A.P. ~ "I had to wake up in the morning very early, and we shot during a heat wave, I just did it, got through it, loved it, and now I want to be an actor."L.S. ~ (Addressed to Rosemarie DeWItt from Jonathan Demme's film, "Ra...

Interview with Marc Fitoussi

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Following an actor, writer and would-be chanteuse on their solitary quests for fame and glory, Marc Fitoussi’s La Vie d’artiste bristles with sharp observations and unpalatable truths about creative pursuit, artistic compromise and personal disappointment. La Vie d’artiste concerns a singer, an actress and a writer in pursuit of recognition. Are there any parallels with your experiences as a filmmaker? How did you come up with this story? I wrote it when I was not re...

Interview with Donald Mugisha

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Donald Mugisha is a founding member of Ugandan film-making collective Yes! That’s Us. Their debut feature Divizionz is a refreshingly authentic portrait of African inner city slum life, centred around a group of young friends striving to make it in the city as musicians. Donald Mugisha Could you start by talking a bit about your film-making collective Yes! That's Us - how you formed, how you work together, and how you came to make this feature? We're a guerrilla filmmak...

Interview with Giles Borg

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Equally at home filming Death in Vegas on stage or Tom Jones for a commercial, there isn’t much musically that Giles Borg hasn’t captured on film. He’s won acclaim worldwide for his short films, showing at major festivals around the globe, and now you can catch his charming feature debut. 1 2 3 4 follows bespectacled cardigan-wearer Stevie as he learns rock 'n' roll doesn't always come with the sex and drugs attached…  How has the London Film Festival been going for y...

Focus from London Fest on Sugar: Interview with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

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Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck released their first feature, Half Nelson, in 2006 to critical acclaim, popularity and awards. Their next film, Sugar, is a beautifully realised study of the American Dream seen through the eyes of a talented young baseball player from the Dominican Republic. Sugar is a coming-of-age story and an immigrant story set in the world of American baseball. How did you come up with it?RF: Well in the United States, boys grow up being obsessed with baseball, a...

Cinequest 18 Press Conference - March 1st 2008 - Selected Highlights

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Joint organizer of Cinequest 18, Jens Hussey, introduced the press conference on Saturday afternoon, noting that on the previous day, the festival had recorded its highest ever numbers for mid-week audiences. At this rate, the estimated total attendance of 80,000 people seems a strong reality.The following segments from the 90 minute conference  should give you an overview of the talent involved in this year's festival.Robert Peters (Director) - Half Empty “It’s a musical filmed over eight ...

A conversation with Bela Tarr, Hungarian filmdirector

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On the margin of the 39th Budapest Film Week: a conversation with Bela Tarr - the famous Hungarian filmdirector.BudapestBrigitta Bokor (Q): Recently when people are talking about Hungarian films, they usually mention your name - Bela Tarr. How do you deal with the fact there was no Tarr movie at the 39th Budapest Film Week competition and even the opening film – which supposed to be your “The Man from London” -- was cancelled? Béla Tarr (A):In fact we would have liked to be part of the We...

Sundance Film Festival Insider Interview with Gilmore

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Sundance Film Festival Insider: With 3,600 features and 5,100 shorts submitted, the Festival’s numbers were notably up this year. What do you make of these numbers?Gilmore: It’s astonishing how many good films we’re seeing. Every year we get more submissions, and every year the percentage of those that are solid films increases. Insider: What’s driving this? Gilmore: It’s a huge question and there are myriad factors at play. Partially, I think more and more people are drawn to the powe...

As the events of the London Film Festival draw to a close... here are a few words from an interview with Sandra Hebron

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A few words from an interview with Sandra Hebron, Head of The London Film Festival 2007 WHAT DO YOU REGARD AS THE KEY INGREDIENTS OF A ‘GREAT’ FILM FESTIVAL? Well I think the key ingredients really are great films; you can’t have a great film festival if the films themselves aren’t up to scratch. So, everything starts from the programme and the quality of the films. Of course, a festival is always about more than just films. So, having people here to present the films and talk about ...

We lost Jack Valenti

Jack Valenti, the former head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America for almost four decades and the prime mover behind the movie ratings system, died Thursday. He was 85. Valenti had checked out of Johns Hopkins University Medical Center on Wednesday where he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke. We loved his strong tenure, relentless battle against piracy, strong advocate of american cinema from majors and independents...I had the priviledge of dining a few times with his family and celeb...

Antalya’s Eurasia Film Market gets thumbs up

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The first film market ever held in Turkey ended yesterday in Antalya and was hailed as a success both by buyers and sellers, several of whom were clearly taken aback by the sheer professionalism of the organisers.A combined total of some 200 buyers and sellers from approximately 30 countries attended the inaugural Eurasia Film Festival which took place over four days during the week-long 43rd Golden Orange Eurasia Film Festival.The launch of the film market is a bold bid by the Turks to position...

Interview with Alan Berliner (wide awake)

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During the San Francisco International Film Festival, Susan Tavernetti spoke with Alan Berliner about his intriguing new documentary, WIDE AWAKE. The first-person film offers an understanding of insomnia in cinematic terms, inventively tossing and turning through the sleepless nights and bleary days of Berliner’s world while he ruminates on the topic. Nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the multi-layered work is a delightful collage of interviews, dream interpretation, quirky arcs of ...

Meet Emily Watson and Peter Medak (from Dubrovnik)

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Press conference with Emily Watson and Peter Medak on Dubrovnik International Film Festival 2005 Q&A with Emily Watson and Peter Medak“-Tell us your impressions of Dubrovnik”Emily Watson: “ Its completely stunning. Blows your mind away. It’s absolutely beautiful. We should make films here, its perfect. And the fact you have managed to do not have cars. It’s amazing, it’s really beautiful. ”“-About Dubrovnik impressions?”Peter Medak: “Just magical, absolutely! We just walked a...

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