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30 filmmakers from the Talent Campus present their projects in the Berlin House of Representatives

30 international filmmakers from the Campus present their projects in the Berlin House of Representatives   At the Berlin House of Representatives—home amongst other events to the Co-Production Market and located across the street from the Martin-Gropius Building where the European Film Market is held—30 selected Campus filmmakers have the unique opportunity to present their projects to the festival public. In addition to participants busy advancing their feature film projec...

'Thai Night Cannes 2012'

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    'Thai Night' On Friday, May 18th, 2012, her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi spoke to press and invited guests at the prestigious ‘Thai Night’ event during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The event took place at the Grand Salon of the Intercontinental Carlton and was held to honor and promote filmmaking in Thailand. New Thai Cinema has recently put itself on the map with a burgeoning of national Thai cinema which became mo...

Thai Night Cannes 2012

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'Thai Night' On Friday, May 18th, 2012, her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi spoke to press and invited guests at the prestigious ‘Thai Night’ event during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The event took place at the Grand Salon of the Intercontinental Carlton and was held to honor and promote filmmaking in Thailand. New Thai Cinema has recently put itself on the map with a burgeoning of national Thai cinema which became most famous with the 2010 ...

Thai cinema and the Thai film industry to shine during Thai Night 2012

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Cannes' Thai Night 2012 Friday May 18th, 2012 at 6:00pm Grand Salon, Intercontinental Carlton Cannes     Presided by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, Thai Night 2012 will be the occasion to celebrate another banner year for Thai cinema. Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul is back in the official selection with "Mekong Hotel".  Also present in Cannes this year is an ec...

Hong Kong's Heard Music

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Hong Kong Film Festival is the 2nd festival visited by the 9th "Pacific Meridian" commission.Programme curator Natalya Timofeeva who was in Hong Kong for the first time shared with us her impressions.Hong Kong Film Festival is called the most important and influential film forum in the eastern hemisphere. Apparently, it's because several important events connected to cinematography take place in this megalopolis at the time of the festival. I want to draw your attention to some of them...

Interviews with Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul                           During the 15th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Sofia, Bulgaria, the film UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Thailand, 2010) screened to an international audience.    INTERVIEW WITH Apichatpong Weerase...

Berlin Buzz 4

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  FULL IMMERSION INGMAR BERGMAN The subject of the Berlinale Retrospective this year is legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The Festival is presenting more than 60 of his taboo-breaking films, including such classics as SUMMER WITH MONICA, THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE VIRGIN SPRING, WINTER LIGHT, PERSONA, HOUR OF THE WOLF, CRIES AND WHISPERS, AUTUMN SONATA, FANNY AND ALEXANDER and his final film SARABAND. Three of Bergman's actress collaborators have also been in town to introduc...

NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This newsletter reaches 83 000 film professionnals...

INTERVIEW WITH: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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                      Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul     INTERVIEW WITH Apichatpong Weerasethakul.   During the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, I had the grand pleasure to speak at length with Mr. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or ‘Joe' as he likes to be called. This was a one-of-a-ki...

APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

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 MASTERCLASS APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul delivered a masterclass on Wednesday, December 8th at John Cassavetes Theater, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival and presented his entire body of work as a filmmaker, as well as a short film and multimedia project artist. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the artist and expres...

Masterclass with Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki

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This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul delivered a masterclass on Wednesday, December 8th at John Cassavetes Theater, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival and presented his entire body of work as a filmmaker, as well as a short film and multimedia project artist. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the artist and expressed his joy over the filmmaker's presenc...

Festival sunset in Thessaloniki

Wow! What a view on my way to interview Mr. Apichatpong Weerasethakul  at Thessaloniki 2010. Stay tuned for interview coming soon!

Asian Cinema Showcase at MoMA

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(A LETTER TO UNCLE BONMEE, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)    September is only 9 days old, and already the pace of the worldwide film scene is in high gear. As the Venice International Film Festival goes into its final weekend, the excitement is just starting today at the Toronto International Film Festival. Add to that an excellent regional event on the lux island of Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod, the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival (www.mvfilmsociety.org), a...

Latest Jury decisions of Berlinale World Cinema Fund:

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Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Jury decisions and WCF-Spotlight in South AfricaAt the 12th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 4, three new film projects were selected for production funding.Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 73 projects chosen from 1275 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed so far have s...

Nine Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart linked films in Cannes 2010

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Continuing its strong presence in Cannes, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has nine films linked to the Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart in Cannes festival sections: five titles are selected in Competition, two in Un Certain Regard and another two in Directors’ Fortnight (see full list below)   Palme d’Or contenders UNCLE BOONMEE by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and MY JOY by Sergei Loznitsa were supported in script stage by the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund; Loznitsa later launched his p...

The Global Film Village: 63rd Cannes Film Festival Announces Film Line Up

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 by Marla LewinThe Opening night film already announced  is Ridley Scot's ROBIN HOOD. 20th Century Fox will have an Out of Competition screening of Oliver Stone's WALL STREET - MONEY NEVER SLEEPS. Additional Out of Competition screenings are YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER from Woody Allen (Sony Classics) and TAMARA DREWE from Stephen Frears.This years line up is a virtual Boy's Club with not  a single female director represented so far in the main competition. Although there are s...

From Rotterdam to Sundance Vancouver International Film Festival

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A couple of years ago, the Vancouver International Film Festival (October 1 – 16, 2009) used to be one of the best film festivals, not just in North America, but in the world. This is a very strong claim and it is not just the usual rhetoric exaggeration of the film critic. But this is no longer the case. It is still a very good film festival, but, alas, it has lost the bold and unconventional flavour that used to make it absolutely exceptional. The reason why the Vancouver International Film ...

Abandon Normal Devices Fest dedicated to New Cinema and Digital Culture

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Abandon Normal Devices Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture23-27 September 2009, Liverpool, UKwww.andfestival.org.ukThe debut edition of Abandon Normal Devices, festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, is now less than two weeks away. Featuring an eclectic array of exhibitions, film screenings, online work and live events, the festival will spill from screens and galleries onto the streets of the city.Expect artists and filmmakers offering striking new perspectives in a festival that qu...

Ann Arbor Film Fest Touring program

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46th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOURING PROGRAMDecember 17-18The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running experimental film festival in the country and one of the few that circulates the winning works. This year’s Festival Tour is comprised of two programs featuring 31 of the finest short films from the 46th Festival—personal, documentary, animated and narrative works by artists from throughout the country and the world. Together, they offer a singular snapshot of the state of independent...

Bangkok International Film Festival busy red carpet

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The world's celebrities and directors joined the Red Carpet Gala Premiere -'Queens of Langkasuka' at the Bangkok International Film Festival 2008 A number of leading Asian celebrities arrived for the red carpet, including Leon Lai, Lee Dong Wook, Michael Wong, Makoto, Robin Shou, Andrew Lau, Peter Chan, Ananda Everingham and HSH Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol MC, accompanied by cast members from 'King Naresuan'. Also, famous actor also a director, Jean-Claude Van Damme, accompanied by Cludia Bassol...

Art for the world Project

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In order to celebrate the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, the “Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)” initiated the project ART FOR THE WORLD. This project consists of a feature that is compiled from several 3-minute short films by approximately 22 filmmakers and video-artists. In collaboration with the Italian authorities and the World Cinema Foundation of Martin Scorsese, the world premiere of this film will take place during the International Film Festival ...

61st Cannes Festival Opening Ceremony

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AFP The Wednesday evening opening ceremonies for the 61st Cannes Festival featured the In-Competition screening of Blindness, in the presence of director Fernando Meirelles and actors Danny Glover, Julianne Moore, and Gael García Bernal. A number of celebrities were spotted on the red-carpeted steps to the palace, including Un Certain Regard jury president Fatih Akin, Claude Lelouch, and Faye Dunaway. Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, also attended the...

Barcelona Asian Fest Awards

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BARCELONA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL came to an end on Sunday May 6th with an afternoon dedicated to three of the most important contemporary Asian filmmakers: Jia Zhangke (Still Life), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century) and Tsai Ming-lian (I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone). The previous evening, Saturday May 5th, the Festival’s closing was held at the Fòrum Park’s Movistar Space with the prize-giving ceremony and the screening of the Bollywood film Don, starring Shahrukh Khan. The B...

Adelaide Fest Natuzzi and Fipresci prize winners announced

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to announce STILL LIFE by Jia Zhang-Ke as the winner of the inaugural NATUZZI International Award for Best Feature Film with special mention to SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and DARATT by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, as winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Award for Best First or Second Feature. The winners were announced last night, at the closing night of the Adelaide Film Festival and world premiere screening of Rolf de Heer’s...

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