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LKFF Preview of I SAW THE DEVIL + Q&A with director Kim Jee-woon

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 I SAW THE DEVIL is the last delivery from cult Korean director, Kim Jee-woon exploring the theme of vengeance; young secret agent goes on a hunt and torture rampage of the killer of his fiancée.  I SAW THE DEVIL does not shy away from vicious violence, both displayed by the killer and the agent, with some graphic scenes that resulted in the film being panned by critics in Korean and also banned. Twice. The government being fearful for the mental health of Korean citizens. However, when th...

London Korean Film Festival Opening Gala A Great Success!

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   The Opening Gala of the fifth London Korean Film Festival has been declared a resounding success with many celebrities, filmmakers and diplomats attending. The Man From Nowhere directed by Lee Jeong-beom closed with a standing ovation from the likes of Jonathan Ross, Simon Field (producer of Uncle Boonmee), Tony Rayns (film critic), the ambassador of South Korea and film fans alike. The proceedings kicked off in classic film premier style with The Man From Nowhere receiving the first ever...

LTFF - SLEEPING PRINCESS [2010] dir Cagan Irmak

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 SLEEPING PRINCESS is about Aziz, a librarian with a permanent smile on his lips who lives with his childhood friend, Necet. A young girl and her mother move upstairs and Aziz takes an interest in the mother, Secil, which she readily rebuffs. As her ex-boyfriend finds out where she has moved to, he decides to get an explanation for her walking out on him; an argument ensues and Gizem, the young girl, ends up hitting her head and slipping into a coma. Whilst the girl is in a coma, Aziz decides t...

16th London Turkish Film Festival Opening Gala

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The Opening Gala for the 16th edition of the London Turkish Film Festival took place last night at the Empire Leicester Square, an enviable setting and historical location with strong ties to British cinematical history.  With the red carpet rolled out and crowd congregating with curiosity, everyone waited with anxiety for the arrival of the talent - most notably Sener Sen, soon-to-be winner of the Golden Wings Lifetime Achievement Award, Cagan Irmak, director of the opening film "Sleeping...

1st London Iranian Film Festival Press Conference

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 The improvised press conference room, behind a thick set of red velvet curtains, would probably be best described as "Iranian". A homely, cosy middle eastern feel with chairs in neat rows, leather sofas edging the walls and the screen behind the panel's desk. The festival director, Pejman Danaei, wanted to make clear the reasons for the existence of the festival:- A a platform to showcase the great cinema that is coming out of Iran and Iranians all over the world and encourage the co...

London Greek Film Festival Press Release

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  The 3rdannual London Greek Film Festival opens its doors on Monday 8th November; a cultural event that has rightfully secured a place in film lovers’ calendar.This year’s festival has been upgraded, most notably through its new premises. The week long screenings (8-14 November) will be held at Westbourne Studios in West London (242 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London W10 5JJ), an impressive space conveniently situated just a few yards away from Portobello. This multi-purpose artistic ven...

The New Czech Cinema 2010/ 14th Czech Film Festival Press Release

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 Now celebrating its 14th year, the annual Czech festival presents this year a selection of award-winning new Czech features, and demonstrates an increased interest in exploring subjects dealing with the years of Nazi occupation, the different decades of domination by Soviet communism and more traditionally dreams and fantasy as seen in the latest Svankmajer’s movie fresh from Venice and London Film Festival. The season kicks off with Marek Najbrt’s Protector (2009) in the Gala scree...

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5th London Korean Film Festival Press Release

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   Now in its fifth year, the London Korean Film Festival is proud to bring an exciting range of Korean films to one of London‟s most prestigious venues, The ICA. The festival looks to promote the most essential contemporary cinema that Korea has to offer, covering a wide spectrum of subjects and genres including war, action, period drama and children‟s entertainment. The LKFF will feature 21 screenings at 3 different venues in London including a talk chaired by the Sight & Sound, Eas...

The British Independent Film Awards 2010 Press Release

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  The nominations and jury members for the thirteenth annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, Monday 1st November at St Martins Lane, London by Jared Harris. The Film receiving the most nominations is The King's Speech with eight, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and two Best Supporting Actor nominations.  Monsters, Never Let Me Go and The Arbor all received six nominations,Four Lions five and four nods went to Another Yea...

1st Zipangu Film Festival - Japanese Film is Coming to Town!

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 London’s premiere festival devoted to Japanese cinema announces its much anticipated  first ever programme. During the sold‐out Japanese Halloween Shlockfest Double Bill of RoboGeisha and Big Tits Zombie 3D at London’s Barbican Centre on October 29th, festival director Jasper Sharp will be announcing the full lineup of the inaugural Zipangu Fest, to be held at various venues across the East End of London from November 23rd to 28th.Zipangu Fest begins on Tuesday November 23rd wi...

1st London Screenwriters' Festival

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  This past 3 days, 29th till today the 31st, I have attended the 1st ever edition of the London Screenwriters' Festival at Regents' Park. (http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/)Organised by Chris Jones (of "Guerrilla Film Makers' Handbook" fame) and David Chamberlain, it's a festival with every imaginable aspect of screenwriting in mind. It is interesting to see so many writers in the same place, because they are different with being a film festival - quieter, I think. I ...

London Screenwriters Festival

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London Screenwriters Festival is a festival that runs from the 29th - 31st October it is only about screen writing and its for screen writes. I'm not really a screen writer but the line up of events looked kinder cool. Also as most film makers know some times its just easier to write your own work then it is to wait for some one else to write it.The event i enjoyed from the first day was Kate Lays "Your Script, From Good to Great" this event was all about getting you script up to the b...

RAINDANCE - ABSENSE SENSE - Shorts Programme

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Another of Raindance's shorts programmes - Absense Sense - in order of screening:LATITUDE CHASE dir Mark Wilkins {1 min} - The winner of Latitude 2010, a young girl runs through Latitude Festival away from something; it ends up being her mother, I think. I didn't get the sense that she was running away from anything, I thought she was running towards something. She ends up running towards a tent and going to sleep. If this was the winner, I wander what the contender's were like. SIGN LANGUAGE d...

SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola) added to the LFF programme

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    The BFI has added the latest award-winning feature by Sofia Coppola - SOMEWHERE - having won the Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, now it will have it's UK premiere at the LFF.  SOMEWHERE is the story of Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess (frenzied girls, booze and cars) at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, totally disconnected from the real life. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), Johnny ...

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL - SHORTLISTS AND JURIES ANNOUNCED/ DANNY BOYLE TO RECEIVE BFI FELLOWSHIP

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This year's London Film Festival jury has finally been announced along with the shortlist of the films up for Best Film Award, Best British Newcomer, Sutherland Award and the Grierson Award for Best Documentary. The Best Film Award jury will be chaired by American actress Patricia Clarkson (Green Mile, The Pledge, Shutter Island) and includes Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing), Sandy Powell (costume designer in The Departed, The Aviator and pretty much all Scorsese/DiCaprio c...

18th Raindance Film Festival - Press Launch

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 The 18th Edition of the Raindance Film Festival has officially been announced. The festival's opening film will be "JACKBOOTS IN WHITEHALL" dir. Edward & Rory McHenry and starring Ewan McGregor, Rosamunde Pike, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Merchant and Richard O'Brien - a satirical animation presenting the possibility, back in WWII, what would have happened had the Nazis invaded England. The closing film will be &...

54th London Film Festival - Press Launch

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 This morning, the press launch for the 54th BFI London Film Festival took place in Leicester Square. As usual, Amanda Nevill,  the director of the BFI gave a thank you speech for all the sponsors, old and new, volunteers and benefactors of the festival. She also pointed out that, although the world is not in the best of financial situations, this year we will have a great selection of films demonstrating the importance of the continual of the survival of this industry in the world. Sand...

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