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J.P. HUCHON Bullish About FIFE Paris Environmental Film Festival

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FIFE     It was a proud President of the FIFE International Environmental Film Festival of Paris, who stepped on to the stage of the Conseil de Paris, near the Pagode Cinema Babylone to announce the closing night ceremony of the 37th event. President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France : Since 1998 and reelected in 2004 and 2010 for a third term, Jean Paul Huchon traced a short history of the festival, created in 1982 and organized by the French Min...

ŚOLIDARNOSC = It is ALREADY 30 Years ~ KINOPOLSKA Polish Film Festival in PARIS

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Yikes, can it already be 30 years since Lech Walesa successfully led the Polish freedom movement, Solidarnosc, against the repressive Communist Regime and paved the way to liberty in the other Central and Eastern European satellite countries* This year’s edition of the KINOPOLSKA festival paid tribute the 30th anniversary of the historic Solidarity movement.        The  KINOPOLSKA Festival  promotes contemporary Polish cinema, and this year,  celebrated the ...

Jane GOODALL's Journey over 57 Years for Environment

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         " I can't believe it's been over 50 years since I first stepped foot in GOMBI," explained Dr. Jane GOODALL in introduction at the PAGODE CINEMA, in Paris,  of German Director, Lorenz KNAUER`s new autobiographical film of the British paleontologist " JANE`s JOURNEY", at a special screening of the Paris Environmental Film Festival, end November 2010. Still a sprightly world traveller over 70, she spends 300 days of the year criss-crossing the globe, lect...

THE EYE AND THE STAR: " I was JOHNNY HALLYDAY's Photographer"

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Johnny Hallyday: Photo Alain Robert      All photos by Alain ROBERT : ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Alain ROBERT comes from a genuine Parisian family implanted in the Quartier Latin. His father who was an artisan specialized in photography, gave him his first camera when he was twelve.. During 40 years, ROBERT  worked with equipment and supplies for photo and media services as well as for conservation departments of large...

European Avant-Première of "TROPICO de SANGRE" marks Important Achievements in Eradication of Violence Towards Women

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Helen Dobrensky saw the the avant Première of the dramatic film TROPICO de SANGRE, illustrating the life and death of the three Mirabal sisters, on November 4th at UNESCO. In 1999, the United Nations established the day of November 25th, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the murder of the three Mirabal sisters. Ms. Dedé Mirabal still lives in the same household they all grew up. She has been responsible for keeping their le...

RAINS OF BLOOD : THE FATE OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC`s MIRABAL SISTERS

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Tribute to Mirabal sisters:Photo by Alain ROBERT RAINS OF BLOOD : The Fate of Dominican Republic`s MIRABAL Sisters PATRIA, MINERVA, MARIA TERESA : How did three graceful sisters in their twenties, from a good family, happy housewives and moms, end up savageously bludgeoned and strangled to death, and dumped down a ravine in the idyllic countryside of this tiny Caribbean country, the Dominican Republic, in a mock car accident, some fifty years ago on November 25th, 1960 ...

KINOTOK ISOLA CINEMA : Video na plaži : Day 2

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           Yousry Nasrallah Screening outside, on the second evening of KINOTOK was Egyptian film director, Yousry Nasrallah's seventh feature, SCHEHERAZADE, TELL ME A STORY, a film about women for women, by the socially conscious director, a Copt, born in 1952.   This contemporary portrayal of politics and female issues in today's CAIRO stars the glamorous and utterly modern Hebba (Mona Zakki) as the speaker of a SUN TV show that opines on cases of corruption in Egypt. She...

KINOTOK Isola CINEMA Festival : a Festival for film friends off the beaten track

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   ISOLA: Port in Slovenia From: Helen Dobrensky DAY ONE : Kino Otok, Slovenia Outstanding films of developing countries, cinephiles and friends gathered together again, September 8th, 2010, on the Adriatic Coast, for the KINOTOK Isola Cinema Festival - a laid-back feast of cinema off the beaten track in SLOVENIA.        This charming Mediterranean town, until year 1796, was a former part of the Republic of Venice, across the Bay...

W.C. FIELD's only grandaughter talks about his REAL persona on Leonard Lopate show

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My dear friend, Dr. Harriet Fields, a Social Affairs Officer for the government in Washington, has long dedicated herself in restoring the 'grumpy' image of her grandfather, W.C. FIELDS, who she says was a "very sweet and generous person". Enjoy the recent National Public Radio (NPR) interview recorded and broadcast last month in New York. http://www.wcfields.com/news/17-news/36-the-leonard-lopate-show.html. The W.C. Fields Exhibit is going beautifully. Now through August 21 at the Ne...

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DAINTY Korean Actress Revives Legacy of Her Maverick Film Director DAD, LEE Man-Hee 이만희

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Lee Hye-Young in Paris Cinémathèque Lobby Photos by Helen Dobrensky Dainty Korean Actress Revives Legacy of her Maverick Film Director Dad LEE Man-Hee 이만희   Slender, elegant Korean beauty, LEE Hye-Young, one of the country`s famous actresses, flew into Paris for a few days early June, from SEOUL, to present the exclusive and unprecendented tribute to her father LEE MAN HE, Korea`s unforgettable national cinematographer who disappeared at the too early age of...

COMPOSER RENZO ROSSELLINI RECEIVES Achievement AWARD AT CANNES 2010 from his compatriots

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              Honoured at the Cannes Festival Italian beachfront Pavillion, by the leading film industry pros in attendance, Renzo Rossellini, the Italian composer was awarded a special Trophy for his life contribution to Italian cinematography. Born in 1941, Renzo Rossellini first collaborated with his father Roberto as an assistant Director and later as his producer until 1977. Then he founded and served as chairma...

UDINE FAREAST Film Festival wrap for 2010

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UDINE Teatro Giovani: Photo : Helen Dobrensky     23rd April/1st May 2010 - Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” and Visionario FAR EAST FILM 12 50 thousand spectators: a record-breaker for the twelfth edition! The Korean masterpiece Castaway On The Moon triumphs at the Audience Awards 2010! In the spotlight is also Japan, with Accidental Kidnapper, and Indonesia, with The Dreamer. UDINE – A time of success for Far East ...

FESTIVAL TALK : Around the FAREAST UDINE event

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TOURISM AT THE DISCOVERY OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY of UDINE What lies beyond the hallowed halls of the 12th Fareast Film Festival in Udine, Northern Italy ? In an attempt to introduce the Friuli Venezia Giulia region to foreigners visiting from far away and  open the doors of their factories and show rooms  to learn about the culture and tradition of the region, CONFINDUSTRIA UDINE organised a trip to 3 flagship sites on the outskirts of the city. The purpose was to allow enterpreuneur...

FAREAST Udine festival opens lid of Shin Toho Treasure box

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The twelfth edition of FAREAST Film Festival has opened the lid of a treasure box containing vintage New films produced in the 50s and 60s, from the defunct SHIN-TOHO ("New Toho") film company, an off-shoot of the major TOHO-TOEI, created in 1947 to make genre films which the latter would distribute. The studio was one of six functioning during the Golden Age of Japanese cinema in the 1950's and employed some of the most famous directors like Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, a...

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ? (2) Interview PANG Ho-Cheung (Dream Home)

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How did Gabriele Roberti (an Italian composer based in Hong Kong) get into the project to compose the music for the film ? Gabriele : " I come from a small town in Italy and had no connections in Rome, so I started sending out demos of my work and got an offer for a film in Hong Kong. PANG saw it and one of his agents contacted me. When I read the first three lines of the synopsis of DREAM HOME, I really went for the idea and made up my score from there. The nice thing about w...

What would you do, if someone blocked your view ? FAREAST FESTIVAL UDINE

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Dream Home, the incredible slasher movie, in Udine for its World Premiere and directed by Hong Kong's Pang ho-cheung, who will be guest of honour amongst all the stars appearing at the festival. Theme : If your dream home costs a fortune, how can you lower its price? Simple. Kill all of your future neighbours and you will soon find that potential buyers are put off. This is the  strategy used by Josie Ho to give her brother and dying father a new home. Pang Ho-Cheung writes grues...

GORDON M. DOUGLAS DIRECTED IT ALL !

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Surely the most versatile of Hollywood Directors, and although his name rings no bells, Gordon DOUGLAS - sometimes billed as Gordon M. Douglas, created a remarkable piece of work, his cinematic career spanning over five decades. Indeed, what Hollywood film director could boast having helmed such a spectrum of personalities ranging in the 30's, from a hoofing Al Jolson, through action westerns with Randolph Scott in the '40's, rambling on to culminate in rock sensation Elvis Presley...

Yolande Racine, Head of the Quebec Cinémathèque

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Yolande Racine YOLANDE RACINE   Having grown up in Canada, it was my pleasure to meet, on the occasion of the Rencontres Cinéma Paris/Berlin/Madrid, held in Paris, early December, the Head of the Québec Cinémathèque, Madame Yolande Racine. This accomplished lady holds an M.A. (Master of Arts) in Art History from the University of Montréal. She began her career in museology in Canada, as Head of the Education Service at Montréal's Museum of Contemporary Art,  then movi...

Turkish FESTIVAL on WHEELS awards 2010 GOLDEN BULL Awards

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Festival on Wheels Prizes Festival on Wheels shoots for Police, Adjective The winners of the 15th Festival on Wheels have been announced. Among the 10 films competing from 10 countries, Corneliu Porumboiu’s latest feature Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) won both the Golden Bull and the SİYAD (Turkish Film Critics’ Association) awards. İki Dil Bir Bavul (On the Way to School), co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan, was named second best film. ...

From Young Paupers and Slaves to Businessmen and women

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What is Voix Libres? Voix Libres is an international association that was founded in 1993 by Marianne Sebastien.   Overall Goal Voix Libres’ goal is to offer alternatives to child labour in the mines, fields, garbage dumps and streets of Bolivia. Once trained and educated, the young people direct their own projects. Their commitment ensures long-term development for the common good. Interest-free micro credits: From slave to wo...

USHUAIA MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL in ARGENTINA hands out prizes

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THE THIRD EDITION OF THE USHUAIA SHH. MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL TOOK PLACE 19TH TO THE 24TH OF AUGUST 2009, IN USHUAIA, TIERRA DEL FUEGO, ARGENTINA. ONE WHOLE WEEK FILLED WITH FILMS, NATURE, CULTURE, ADVENTURERS' STORIES AND MOUNTAINEERING AWAITS THE AUDIENCE IN THE WINTER'S AIR. EXPERTS, FANS AND GENERAL PUBLIC ONCE AGAIN ABLE TO ENJOY AN EXQUISITE FILM EXHIBITION. THE EVENT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESSMEN, AMATEURS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO MEET, EXCHANGE EXPERIENCES AND IDEAS, CRE...

ART Films and videos prevail at RENCONTRES PARIS/BERLIN/MADRID in December

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From November 30 to December 9, the "Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid" will create a space of discovery and reflection betweennew cinema and contemporary art in Paris:  • at the Centre Pompidou,  • the Jeu de Paume national museum, • the Châtelet Theatre. • the Reflet Medicis movie theater. With the presence of 120 artists and filmmakers from all-over the world, this rare event will propose an international programme of film, video, multimedia. ...
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