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An Education: Lone Sherfig's last film An Education (2009) won her Academy Award nominations for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan and Best Sceenwriting adaptation. Her next film, One Day (2011), is in production now.    I met Lone in January in California on a panel for her US premier of An Education, an unusual dark romantic comedy/drama inspired by a memoir about Rachmanism in London during the 1960's. The main antagonist David (played by P...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Guests highlights

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Stanley Tucci and Christoph Waltz with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 25th edition of the Fest, which runs February 4-February 14, 2010, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  The Tribute will take place on Friday, February 12, 2010.   The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path - taking artistic risks and making a signific...

Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announces their Special Presentations

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) is thrilled to announce their Special Presentations including the Opening Night Film.   MEIFF will kick off its impressive first annual event on Sunday, October 14th with Joe Wright’s ATONEMENT starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Veteran choreographer Otis Sallid will direct the Opening Night and Closing Night Galas’ dance numbers.   His Excellency Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority ...

Atonement Launches Inaugural MEIFF Abu Dhabi Film Festival

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) is thrilled to announce their Special Presentations including the Opening Night Film. MEIFF will kick off its impressive first annual event on Sunday, October 14th with Joe Wright’s ATONEMENT starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Veteran choreographer Otis Sallid will direct the Opening Night and Closing Night Galas’ dance numbers. His Excellency Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority for...

Toronto Opening Weekend Galas

 Tueday, August 28----------The Toronto International Film Festival has become a key launching pad for the careers of films in the North American market. This is even more true for films chosen for the Gala Presentations.....mainly American prestige pictures and international titles from known auteurs. Early buzz for the awards season can be created here, and with over 3000 journalists attending from all over the globe, the international aspects (and pressure) are enormous. A film can either be...

The Comic Touch of Mike White

Monday, January 15----Mike White, whose off-kilter humor and perceptive writing made such films as CHUCK AND BUCK and THE GOOD GIRL major Sundance discoveries of the past few years, is back in Park City with an auspicious directorial debut, YEAR OF THE DOG. In this richly crafted tale of self-discovery, White invests his characters and their comedic confusion with a poignant and compassionate touch that has pundits dubbing the film as next season's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Not only has White c...

Stockholm 16th Fest will pay tribute to Cronenberg

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The 16th Stockholm International Film Festival, held November 17-27.The countdown has started. The Stockholm International Film Festival is now This year will present 160 films from close to 40 countries. Herewith a glimpse of this year’s extensive programme. Here are some highlights of the selection.A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE The Festival opener.A convincing drama, where director David Cronenberg tells a story of the cruel way in which humanity relates to violence. Family father Tom is unexpectedl...

Outfest will open with Cote d'Azur and close with Dying Gaul, so french

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One of the world’s largest gay and lesbian film festivals and the largest film festival in Southern California, the 23rd edition of Outfest will showcase a very strong year of gay/ lesbian/bisexual/transgendered filmmaking at its finest and most diverse. Outfest 2005, July 7 – 18, will screen 232 high quality narrative and documentary shorts and features from a record 28 countries around the world, beginning with the debut of the sexy comedy “Cote D’Azur,” starring Valeria Bruni-Tede...

Miami G&L opens with The Dying Gaul

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Miami Gay & Lesbian Festival will open with Craig Lucas' feature film debut, entitled THE DYING GAUL.the festival runs April 18th to 21stThe Dying Gaul is a 3rd century B.C. sculpture (pictured above) that sits in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. It reveals the Greeks' ancient admiration for the Gauls, who fought naked and without armor. "The Dying Gaul" is also the title of a screenplay that Hollywood writer Robert Sandrich (played by Peter Sarsgaard) has written about 2 gay men, one of whom is...

Dublin International Film Festival highlights

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Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2005 (February 11-20, 2005)Announces Early Programme Highlights:Planning for the 3rd Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is now entering an advanced stage, and the event will present over 90 feature films from all over the world, along with retrospectives and special seasons. Once again, the festival will be running films at all four cinema sites in Dublin city centre - at the Screen, Savoy and UGC and IFI. Among the titles already confirmed for ...

Chicago fest will open with Kinsey

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The 40th Chicago International Film Festival will kick it off with KINSEY,the new film by Bill Condon starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker.Thursday, October 7th at the Chicago Theatre The film fresh from its Toronto VIACOM GALAS premiere is quite remarkable: a star-studded, glossy Hollywood film about Alfred Kinsey, a man who was once considered among the most dangerous figures in post-war America...

LA fest opens with Garden State

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LA Film Festival Blooms with Fox Searchlights GARDEN STATE as Opening Night FilmThe 10th annual Los Angeles Film Festival opens on June 17th through June 26th with the Sundance favorite GARDEN STATE Premier Sponsors In Style and Target Stores will sponsor the Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Gala, to the appreciative filmgoers.Dawn Hudson Executive Director has been fortunate to have Rachel Rosen and the staff working around the clock to assemble the 10th Years outstanding program. The numb...

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