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A profoundly moving and richly cinematic exploration into the condition known as XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum), a genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to process light from a variety of sources, making exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet rays a constant and present danger. In this enigmatic documentary by filmmaker/writer Carlo Shalom Hintermann (who served as second unit director on Tree of Life—we can thank him for those gorgeous shots of birds and other natural signs&mdas...

Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence

March 9-19, 2011

This season, the Globus Film Series presents the Japanese gangster movie genre through its various avatars, transformations and contradictions, from 1960s productions featuring chivalrous kimono-clad, sword-wielding gangsters and gamblers to today's ruthless gun-toting villains dealing in debt, hustling hardcore porn and scheming and scamming in dark trades and deeds. Over the past 50 years, they've remained snarling, swaggering, tattooed and inexplicably sexy. In the line-up, there will be blood and broken bones, hookers and hopheads, and plenty of juicy political blackmail… in 15 films that rack up the stiffs like Jacobean tragedies and show grand visions of manly amity and betrayal: classics and lesser known titles by Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive), Hideo Gosha (The Wolves), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage), Rokuro Mochizuki (A Yakuza In Love, Onibi: The Fire Within) and Sydney Pollack (The Yakuza), among other offerings you can't refuse.

The violent romantic world of the yakuza (the Japanese mafia) steeped in cryptic ritual and customs involving full-body tattoos and missing digits, has long excited the imagination, decades before viewers started existing on a diet of Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire melodrama, and has been one of the mainstays of the Japanese film industry since the 1960s. Harking back to the days when samurai still embodied traditionalist values of honor, selfless duty (giri) and the noble warrior spirit (ninkyo) on the silver screen, the shadowy demimonde of organized crime (which included wandering gamblers and lowly peddlers) rivaled with the noble swordsmen as the representatives of honor and heroism, in the context of a rapidly changing society trying to come to terms with a shameful defeat. In the darkness of movie theaters, they became the very picture of superhuman macho cool and reptilian menace.

IFF Bratislava presents All at the beach!

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Aside from its competition sections IFF Bratislava each year presents three focus sections. One of them is All at the beach! dedicated to films connected to the ocean the beach and the unique aura these places create. The section will include one program conceived of eight European shorts and nine feature films (most of them never screened in Slovakia):Agua fría de mar, Paz Fabrega - Costa Rica, 2010Alamar, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio - Mexico, 2009Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (A Scene at the Sea)...

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Takeshi Kitano at Outrage press conference: "I'm a swinging pendulum."

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Japanese director Takeshi Kitano presented his newest film, Outrage, as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection Monday morning. The violent film focuses on the Yakuza, that is organized Japanese crime. Kitano said he made a conscious effort to break the boundaries of the stereotypical Yakuza genre, and to portray violence in an innovative, original way. The film, which lacks a predominant hero, has many different characters including Kitano himself. Kitano explained why he enj...

Outrage Takeshi Kitano

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Casanova with a Feminist Twist at Venice Fest

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Lasse Hallström’s out of competition film Casanova is the story of Casanova, a man searching for way out of being condemned to death for his amorous adventures. He needs a wife or maybe a new perspective. Soon he meets Francesca (Sienna Miller),a young Venetian who writes under the name of Bruno Guardia. Jeremy Irons plays the inquisitor Pucci who searches for both Guardia and Casanova (Heath Ledger). Lisa Olin, Hallström’s real life wife plays Francesca’s mother, and Oliver Platt, a lar...

Dante feretti, W Salles and Emi Wada at Berlinale Talent Campus

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Berlinale Talent Campus - Hosts Emi Wada, Dante Ferretti and Walter Salles Leading International Filmmakers announced as Hosts In their function as hosts Emi Wada, Dante Ferretti and Walter Salles will look after the up-and-coming filmmakers at the next Berlinale Talent Campus:Designing the costumes for Akira Kurosawa˜s Ran was the beginning of Japanese Emi Wada˜s international career. Since then she has worked on numerous films, amongst others, by Peter Greenaway (Prospero's Books, The Pillow...

Kitano’s “Zatoichi” to open Makati Cinemanila

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“Zatoichi,” winner of the Silver Lion Award at the 60th Venice Film Festival and the People’s Choice Audience Award at the 28th Toronto International Film Festival, will be the opening film at the 6th Makati Cinemanila International Film Festival, which runs from July 1 to 12 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.“Zatoichi” (2003), a revival of the cult series that hit Japan in the early 60s, is writer/director/actor Takeshi Kitano’s first venture into period drama. Aside from winning in Venice ...

Hawaii Festival Spring Fling will feature 21 films

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For Immediate Release Contact: Chris DacusMarch 11, 2004 Email: media@hiff.orgHAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPRING FLING PRESENTED BY COMMERCIAL DATA SYSTEMS SHOWCASES 21 EMERGING INDEPENDENT FILMSFilm Festival offers movie buffs a wide diversity of 21 films from 13 countriesHONOLULU –The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is proud to present its 7th annual SPRING FLING presented by COMMERCIAL DATA SYSTEMS, a showcase of new, emerging cinema to kick off the New Year. Signature Do...

Youkoso Nippon Connection he! (in Frankfurt)

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Welcome to the Nippon Connection Film Festival 2004!Film and culture from Japan: that is Nippon Connection. Taking place in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the festival is going into its fourth year already. Nippon Connection ranks among the major festivals of its kind, providing its visitors with a range of brand-new feature films and digital productions from one of the most exciting film industries. The program additionally features a wealth of cultural events: workshops and lectures (from classes on...

Zatoichi Kitano Rotterdam opener

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ZATOICHI opening film IFFR 2004Special sidebar ‘Once We Were Birds: Romani Cinema’Isaac Julien (UK) selected as ‘Artist in Focus’The major director, star and entertainer Takeshi Kitano will attend the opening of the 33rd International Film Festival Rotterdam to present his latest feature ZATOICHI. Kitano himself plays the title role as the legendary, blind swordsman with the young star of Japanese cinema Asano Tadanobu as his opponent. “Full of vitality, wit and marvellously choreograp...

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