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The Golden Glove (Der goldene Handschuh): one of the stronger Berlinale competition films

  (© Boris Laewen / 2018 bombero int./Warner Bros. Ent.)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Honestly speaking, I had heard negative reviews from many journalists before heading into the extra press screening for Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove). The first two press screenings at Cinemaxx Potsdamer Platz were already to the max 20 minutes before the screening even started. I've never seen that happen before. There were so many of us standing there, a bit stunned and sur...

Best 25 photos from Berlinale 2019: A man and his golden camera

(Nora Fingscheidt, Helena Zengel and Albrecht Schuch with their Silver Bear for System Crasher, © Antonio Castello 2019)     By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The man with the golden camera. I first noticed photographer Antonio Castello during a press conference, due to his old-timey looking camera with a golden vintage lens. He captured over two thousand photos over the course of the massive eleven-day film festival. Looking through his snaps of festival director Di...

SEEfest 2019: themed Cinema of Audacity

The 2019 South East European Film Festival (SEEFest) in Los Angeles will explore the theme of cinematic audacity by drawing attention to South East European filmmakers whose works grapple with complex existential, ethical, and historical questions in innovative, and provocative ways. The festival will bring to the fore unconventional forms of artistic expression and cinematic representation that inform a diverse body of films. These...

Forty and Over Film Festival Open Call for Short Films

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Hello Film Makers, The Forty and Over Film Festival is now accepting submissions for it first Annual Film Festival.  We are looking for short films written by or directed by storytellers 40 years of age or older.  Check us out and submit your films. www.fortyandoverfilmfestival.com   ...

2019 Official Poster of Tiburon International Film Festival

www.TiburonFilmFestival.com April 12-19, 2019

Leakage | Nasht by Suzan Iravanian (Forum): Berlinale Review

  Foziye’s husband, an employee in the regional oil company, has vanished into thin air. Although her questions remain unanswered about his whereabouts, her faith prevails that he is still alive. During her visit at the local pension centre, she still replies “married” when her marital status is requested. Her life has metamorphosed into an arduous journey, considering her financial hardship and lack of work. Her mother incriminates her inertia, whilst her daughter ince...

The Golden Glove by Fatih Akin: Berlinale Review

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Meager, for the most part, is the attempt by Fatih Akin to recreate the unambitious life of Fritz Honka, a schizophrenic killer who, in the seventies of Hamburg, brutally murders and dismembers four prostitutes in his hideous attic.    Unquestionably crowned the most abominable film of 2019, Akin&...

Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY Reveals Sixth Edition Official Selection

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60 feature, short and documentary films from 30 countries Expert panels on film industry and social issues Women directed films on the forefront  SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2019 (SRFF 2019) unveiled its SRFF 2019 Official Selection in the presence of a group of film critics and journalists at Pisticci Restaurant. The festival’s Sixth season brings international and local films, industry workshops and panels, and other events dedicated to social issues to New York. SRFF 2019...

2019 Great Lakes International Film Festival Call for Entries

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Always striving to be one of the most progressive and creative Festivals in the world, the Great Lakes International Film Festival is now officially accepting films of all genres and lengths from around the world and across the United States for our 2019 Festival.   The passion and commitment that each filmmaker and writer puts into his or her work is both noble and unique, to say the least, and deserves to be acknowledged. As not only the cornerstone of our Mission but as the fo...

A little bit of history about the town of Tiburon

  The word "tiburon" comes from the Carib Indian dialect for shark and was adopted by the Spaniards since their earliest explorations of the Americas. Punta de Tiburon (or "point of sharks") as it was originally called, first appeared on maps of the San Francisco Bay in 1776. It's a well-earned name considering the number of sharks that roam the shallow waters of the peninsula that forms the town. Abundance has always been associated with th...

Berlinale Bears awarded tonight closing a wonderful last edition by Dieter Kosslick

Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I 8 I Animation in Focus I Final I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                      Email us to be featured in the next  newsletters "Back with the bears" PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY Members...

Marighella press conference: directorial debut from Wagner Moura

(Marighella cast and crew, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director/co-writer Wagner Moura revealed that it wasn't really his intention to make the film feel exactly as if it takes place in the 1960s, rather he preferred that it felt like it didn't feel like a specific year since this type of story is still very relevant today.   (Wagner Moura, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   (Wagner Moura, Seu Jorge, ...

South Korean film Woo Sang (Idol): world premiere and press conference

(Sol Kyung-gu, Chun Woo-hee, Lee Su-jin, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Lee Su-jin's second directorial feature Woo Sang (Idol) made its world premiere in the Panorama section at this year's Berlinale. For those fans of more offbeat Korean cinema, not just romantic comedies or straight dramas then this film might be right up your alley. Politics, familial bonds, illegal immigrants, newlyweds, brothels and a hit-and-run are all part of...

Photograph: press conference with Ritesh Batra and stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Sanya Malhotra

(Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Ritesh Batra, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra have an understated chemistry on-screen in Ritesh Batra's Photograph, without any unnecessary sentimentality that could have made this film feel a bit kitschy. Batra's script has so much heart it's very hard not to walk out of this film without some sense of self-reflection and wonderment.    (Naw...

World Premiere: the cast and crew of Synonymes shine on the red carpet

(Jonathan Boudina, Tom Mercier, Dieter Kosslick, Navid Lapid, Quentin Domaire, Louise Chevillotte, Synonymes team, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The cast and crew of Israeli filmmaker Navid Lapid's wonderfully splendid film Synonymes (Synonyms) were all smiles as they hit the red carpet for the world premiere of their film on February 13, 2019.      (Tom Mercier, Navid Lapid, Jonathan Boudina, Quentin D...

The Festival Beat: Volume 853, with Bears still kicking

Filmfestivals.com Newsletter View Email in browser Wishing you a happy new year on the festival circuit! Advertise in our Newsletters reaching 196 000 subscribers from 200€ email us for a quote FOLLOW FILMFESTIVALS.COM ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:            &...

The New Orleans French Film Festival kicks off today

The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced the complete lineup of films and live music performances for the 22nd annual New Orleans French Film Festival, February 15-21 at the Prytania Theatre.   The festival lineup features 17 feature-length films, 3 short films, and free live music performances—in partnership with Krewe du Kanaval—prior to select film screenings and the World Premiere of On Va Continuer!, a documentary about the Grammy-winning Louisiana band Lost Bayou Ra...

The 24th Seattle Jewish Film Festival brings 36 Films, 180 Emotions, Thousands of Friends

      Announcing the 24th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival 36 films. 180 emotions. thousands of friend...

ECU announced their Official Selection

ÉCU WILL SCREEN 80 OF THE WORLD'S BEST INDEPENDENT FILMS IN PARIS ON THE 5th, 6th and 7th of April 2019.  The European Independent Film Festival is honoured to announce its Official Selection for its 14th edition which will be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April, 2019 in Paris, France.  ÉCU 2019 will showcase 80 films from 31 countries ranging from features, shorts, documentaries and animations to student films and experimental works. Filmmakers will compet...

The very first edition of the Montreal International History Film Festival (FIFHM) will take place from May 3-5, 2019

The very first edition of the Montreal International History Film Festival (FIFHM) will take place from May 3-5, 2019, at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal. Founded by two filmmakers and two historians passionate about the representation of history in film, the FIFHM’s aim is to promote exchanges between filmmakers, historians and the general public, offering a showcase of films of any genre or other media products (especially television series or, ev...

L.A. Italia 2019 - February Program

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February 17/23 - TCL Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, Ca OPENING CEREMONY: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 - 5pm SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 10:00am The Italian Masters – Special Screening The Lark Farm (122’) dir. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Actor Alessandro Preziosi will introduce the movie. 12:20pm Celebrating Matera Basilicata – US Premiere Mathera (90’) Dir. Vito Salinaro and Francesco Invernizzi 2:00pm The Italian Masters – World Premiere Leonardo 500 (9...

Fantastic Web Contest III

FANTASTIC WEB CONTEST III : Looking for an extraordinary web series ; a call for projects from the NIFFF and the RTS Driven by the desire to support a new generation of Swiss filmmakers, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), in collaboration with the Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), is launching its third call for projects among web creators, affirming once again its engagement for innovation. ...

Looking Forward to the Next Mistakes – Summary of the 17th Edition of Berlinale Talents

In front of a full house yesterday, anti-Mafia author Roberto Saviano brought the 17th edition of Berlinale Talents to a successful close. Charlotte Rampling, Erika Lust, André Téchiné, Adina Pintilie, David Lowery, Sandra Hüller, Guy Nattiv, James Schamus, Joanna Hogg and 120 other guests discussed with 250 Talents and thousands of Berliners about making (wrong) choices and dealing with them productively. One thing was clear: Mistakes happen and quitting is seldom th...
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