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The Class (Entres Les Murs)   Friday, September 26-----The New York Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious showcases of international cinema in the US, opens this evening with the US Premiere of the Cannes Palme d'Or winner, The Class by director Laurent Cantet. The film, a neo-realistic look at the crumbling standards of the French educational system, is one of several French films and co-productions that are highlighted at...

NEWSLETTER N° 366: May 28, 2008

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Filmfestivals.com and CFC Media Lab, Telefilm Canada in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter, Moving Pictures, Film & Festivals Magazine and Cineuropa.org are proud to present another installment of our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Cannes Film Festival. This year 3rd installation of the Salon includes included - The Blockbuster Pane...

Athens Film Fest will feature two competition sections

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14th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOpening Nights Conn-XSeptember 17 – 28, 2008The long, scorching summer stretches punishingly ahead. But waiting for the first cool breezes of September is sweeter when you can look forward to the good things to come. And, rest assured, they are coming - the 14th Athens International Film Festival – Opening Nights Conn-X is just around the corner! You know the dates and you know the venues: so meet us again from September 17 - 28 for the ultimate cinemat...

Cannes Palme d'Or Winner To Open New York Film Festival

 by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor Friday, July 18-------The winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s most prestigious award, the Palme d’Or, will open the 46th edition of the New York Film Festival (NYFF), one of the most important film showcases in North America.The Class (Entres Les Murs), a gritty but very human story of the dysfunctional French education system, won the top prize at Cannes for its director Laurent Cantet. Three of Cantet's four features have played in ...

And the Palme d'Or goes to Laurent Cantet (entre les murs)

      At long last The Palm d'Or goes to a local film Betweens the wall: a French Palm much awaited for the past 21 years (The last helmer to receive some gold in the Palais was Maurice Pialat in 1987 for "Under the Sun of Satan" - Sous le soleil de Satan.)The official Jury of this 61st Fesival de Cannes, présided over by Sean Penn, revealed this evening the Prize winners during the closing Ceremony. Édouard Baer hosted Robert de Niro on the stage of the...

Last Minute U.S. Pickups As Cannes Closes

  Monday, May 26--------With major U.S. distribution companies, for the most part, sitting out this year’s Cannes Film Festival, there was some last minute activity as the Festival came to a close this past weekend. Among the winners announced on Sunday (a European clean sweep), only Three Monkeys, the latest film from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (who won the Best Director prize), has a U.S. distributor in place. New Yorker Films, a specialty outfit, picked up the rights prior to the ...

And the Palme d'Or goes to Laurent Cantet

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And the Palme d'Or goes to Laurent Cantet (Entre les murs) At long last a French Palm much awaited for the past 21 years (last to receive was Maurice Pialat in 1987 for "Under the Sun of Satan" - Sous le soleil de Satan.The official Jury of this 61st Fesival de Cannes, présided over by Sean Penn, revealed this evening the Prize winners during the closing Ceremony. Édouard Baer hosted Robert de Niro on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best film among th...

In Competition: "Lorna's Silence" by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

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The film:  Palme d'Or laureates for Rosetta in 1999 and L’Enfant (The Child) in 2005, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne return to Festival Competition with Lorna's Silence. The filmmaking brothers have also served as Presidents of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Juries (in 2000) and of the Caméra d'Or Jury in 2006. In their latest feature, they take another plunge into their hometown, Liège, Belgium, to explore the character of Lorna, a young Albanian woman drawn by love into a sordid...

Cannes unveils 61st edition line up may 13-25

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The festival will once again offer a mix of veteran filmmakers returning to Cannes, along with a few VIP star studded red carpet events and the fresh blood and energy of newcomers.Soderbergh, Kusturica, Wenders, Dardenne and many more previous award winners are competing for Golden Palm again.Highly anticipated Indiana Jones, Woody Allen and Kung Fu Panda willbear Hollywood Flag high on the steps.54 feature films were selected among 1792 from 96 countries (up 11% over last year, 23 over 2 years)...

The Berlin Buzz Begins

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Wednesday, February 6---------As thousands of film professionals and cinemaphiles descended onto the German capital today, the buzz for this year's Berlinale is just beginning. Films in competition and the adjoining sections are already creating some must-see momentum, one day before the Festival officially opens tomorrow evening (with Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones on tap, no less). Attention is also being paid to the jury, which this year is headed by filmmaker Constantin Costa-Gavr...

Berlin Jury shook by desertions as Bier and Bonnaire go awol

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The star-studded international competition judgment panel under the baton of celebrated Greco-French director Constantine Costa-Gavras was reduced to a Sextet when Danish ace director, Susan Bier, and top drawer French actress, Sandrine Bonnaire, both announced their enforced withdrawal from jury duty due to inescapable commitments elsewhere. In Bier's case it was a sudden need to visit the location of the next movie she’s shooting, while Bonnaire submitted her regrets due to "personal family ...

Cannes got U2 but Berlin scores Scorsese & the Stones for the opening

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With the world premiere of the Rolling Stones concert film, Shine a Light by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese, the 58th Berlin International Film Festival will open tomorrow, February 7, 2008. Director Martin Scorsese, and Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood are all coming to Berlin to attend this big event. Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the Festival together with Minister of State and Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs Bernd Neumann, Governing Mayo...

Cannes got U2 but Berlin scores Scorsese & the Stones

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With the world premiere of the Rolling Stones concert film, Shine a Light by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese, the 58th Berlin International Film Festival will open tomorrow, February 7, 2008. Director Martin Scorsese, and Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood are all coming to Berlin to attend this big event. Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the Festival together with Minister of State and Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs Bernd Neumann, Governing Mayo...

Behind the Scenes from Choppard and the Palme d'or at Cannes

Behind the Scenes from Choppard and the Palme d'or at Cannes, the other festival that Choppard sponsors!             The stress behind the shine: minor mishaps and long delays are the order of the day for the organizers. But thanks to their secrets and sleights of hand, all we saw was the show! In 2001, the Cannes Festival nearly ended without one if its leading lights: the Golden Palm. After being held for the entire duration of t...

Berlin Film Festival Begins Announcements

 Friday, December 7---------The Berlin Film Festival, which will be held in February 2008, has begun to make announcements that are just now beginning to shape the flavour of one of the world's most important film showcases. News comes from the press office that Constantin Costa-Gavras, the celebrated Greek-born director of such films as Z and MISSING, will head the Competition Jury. The director, known for his ouevre of political and social message films, has won virtually every major film pri...

European Film Awards: The Year of The Romanian Film

Tuesday, December 4----------The year 2007 will be remembered for many things.....but one of the biggest surprises, at least in the worlds of film and media, has been the emergence of the former Communist state of Romania as the hottest film producing territory, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. Of course, a few international arthouse hits does not a thriving industry make, but if one wanted to get a sense of where the energy and inspiration in contemporary cinema could be coming from next...

Four Months 3 weeks 2 days The opening film of the festival

The International Film Festival of India will open with the most celebrated film of the year ‘FOUR MONTHS, THREE WEEKS, TWO DAYS" directed by Cristian Mungiu from Romania.  The film won the prestigious Palme D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival this year and has received wide critical acclaim all over the world.  The Director Cristian Mungiu and the leading actress of the film Anamaria Marinca will attend the gala opening ceremony on 23rd November 2007 at the Kala Academy in Goa.  Th...

The Munich Film School Fest Screens 2007's Best Student Films

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For the 27th time, the Munich International Festival of Film Schools is inviting the next generation of filmmakers to town and screening the best student films of the year from around the world. The festival is the most important of its kind worldwide. It gives audiences the rare chance to get a look at current trends and meet tomorrow's top directors. The festival will be screening 39 films from 28 film schools from 20 countries at the Munich Filmmuseum (St.-Jakobs-Platz 1).Over 300 films from ...

9th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival opens this week

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Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, which opens its doors to public and industry this coming Thursday, September 20, has confirmed that it will top and tail with world premieres.Thursday’s opening night (20th) will see the first public screening of the final cut of José Padilha’s highly anticipated Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite).The true story of two childhood friends employed in Rio de Janeiro’s military police special unit has been the subject of local contro...

New York Film Festival goes live Sept 28th

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The 45th New York Film Festival runs through: September 28 – October 14, 2007The 45th New York Film Festival will premiere 28 films when it runs September 28 - October 14 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and sponsored by Sardinia Region Tourism and The New York Times, also features three showcases, three music documentaries and six retrospective films.Opening NightThis year’s festival opens on Friday,...

Fipresci Grand Prix Award to 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

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4 Luni, 3 Saptamini si 2 Zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), by Cristian Mungiu, winner of the Fipresci Prize and Golden Palm at Cannes 2007, has been elected Best Film of the Year at the Fipresci Grand Prix votation. 248 members of the International Federation of Film Critics participated in the election, clearly carried away by the Rumanian film. The Fipresci Grand Prix will be presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival opening gala on 20th September. The Fipresci Grand Prix for Best Film o...

Deauville Tributes

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The thirty-third edition of the American Film Festival of Deauville will take place this year :From Friday, August 30th to Sunday, September 9th, 2007 Cinema is an art and as such, has its codes and its history.Just as music didn’t start with the Beatles, cinema didn’t start with George Lucas.There was Mozart, and even before, Guillaume de Machaux ; just as for the cinema there were Griffith, McCarey, Keaton, Chaplin, Capra, Ida Lupino…Here is the screenplay the Festival wants to direct: t...

Romanian Film Wins Cannes Palme D'Or

Sunday, May 27-------The Romanian film 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by director Cristian Mungiu (whose celebrated debut film THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU was cited by US film critics as one of the best of last year) has won the prestigious Palme D'Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was picked up for US distribution by IFC First Take, is the first film from Romania so honored. The prizes in all categories were presented prior to the Closing Night screening of the Quebec fi...

"Promise Me This" by Emir Kusturica

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Two-time Palme d’Or winner for When Father was Away on Business in 1985 and Underground in 1995, Emir Kusturica is once again showing a film in the Official Competition entitled Promise Me This. The action takes place in the Serbian countryside and centers on the promises made by Tsane (Uros Milovanovic) to his aging grandfather (Aleksandar Bercek): go over the three hills into the nearest town and sell their cow at the market there. With the money, Tsane must buy a religious icon and then any...

Coen brothers, Quentin, Emir, Gus, Wong Kar Wai, Moore... return for Cannes 60th

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Thierry Fremaux unveiled the Cannes Festival Official Selection in Paris on Thursday.21 competition titles are lined up including a very strong presence of American films (5) and such longtime festival friends returning to cannes: Joel and Ethan Coen's, Quentin Tarantino's, Gus van Sant, Emir Kusturica, Wong Kar Wai....The Coen brothers, Tarantino and Van Sant are all previous Palme d'Or winners, Emir won two awards from his past presentations. Good to see a german film in the lineup.Surprised ...

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