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English Film on Kino Otok Isola

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If we are talking about British film shown on Kino Otok Isola, then we are talking about minor English films definitely worth mentioning. That would be Archipelago by Joana Hogg and Two Years at Sea by young film director Ben Rivers. But first thing first! Joanna Hogg is a woman, a friend of great late British film director Derek Jarman and a filmmaker coming from the middle higher class in England, which is very obvious in her films. This is the second one. So this is how her seco...

Io Sono LI at Kino Otok Isola

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„Io Sono Li, “ said the Chinese illegal Shun Li in the film Io Sono Li (Shun Li and The Poet) directed by Andrea Segre, gorgeous Italian film director. Kino Otok Isola proves again a quality bringing out the awarded Italian film, starring with Rade Sherbedgia and only Chinese (actually Mandarin speaking) actress Zhao Tao. Zhao Tao is a Chinese actress with no knowledge of English, Italian or any other than Mandarin language at all and is Jia Zhang-ke’s muse in Platform and The World. In ...

Celebration on Kino Otok

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The Kino Otok festival in Slovenia, 1st of June brings a live meeting of filmmakers and visitors joined by film art, taking place in a relaxed hectic atmosphere characteristic of Isola Town; brought to living with an excellent selection of films and guests from all around the world. During the festival, Isola's picturesque old town center is transformed into a film island, where the entire film festival community gathers together with the locals to enjoy the screenings under the bright light s...

Noces ephémères

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If you are talking about Iranian film, the first thing on your mind are films about Iranian divorce, gender issue and very bad position of women in the countries like Iran. But film Ephemeral Weddings/Noces ephémères by Reza Serkanian is not about the position of women in this culture. It is about women, customs and mentality all together. I say women because the film discusses love and women in the focus via Iranian customs. Colorful representation of Iranian film director Reza Serkanian gi...

Romantic Getaway

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Kino Otok Isola may offer new experience of film reviewing, chill out spirit and direct contact with the audience, celebrating the originality of cinematic language, radical contents or unconventional forms. The picturesque ancient town center of Izola in Slovenia is reborn as a true cinema island with its romantic Manzioli Square, with open cinema at its centre emerges as the festival's main attraction. Its thorough selection of the films and an interesting experience of the open cinema within...

The Artist is Present

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Even though as a member of one of the FIPRESCI Jury section on BELDOCS 2012 in Belgrade I (we) voted for the Best Film of Festival to be magnificent piece of 3D documentary  The cave of forgotten dreams directed by Werner Herzog, I feel obligated to mention a wonderful Marina Abramović - The Artist is Present (Marina Abramović – Umetnik je prisutan). The most well represented film in US production shown on festival is without doubt Marina Abramović - The Artist is Present (Marina Abramov...

BELDOCS Festival

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Award for Best Documentary at the Serbian fifth Beldocs Festival- fifth Festival of Documentary Film in Belgrade went to Srđan Keča for Pisma ocu (Letter to his father) and Dušan Čavić and Dušan Šaponja for the film Biba struja (Bibba the Current) The official declaration of the award ceremony and screening of American films about Marina Abramović completed 5th International Documentary Film Festival Beldocs.   Large audience greeted the board member of the festival dire...

Spider Spider

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A little more about Serbian Short Film production and Serbian filmmaker Marko Kostić and about his promising career and interesting ideas you can read in this interview. Marko Kostić directed short film Mašinica (The Gadget), a little  film that Belgrade film lovers had the chance to see on the last Documentary and Short Film Festival in Belgrade.     - What is the advantage of the short film in Serbia and general? Distribution options are limited to short film festi...

Short Film in Serbia

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You prob. heard about expression short but sweet! According to many aspects of new technology, it has never been easier than it is now to produce a low-budget short feature film. Short features are far cheaper then a feature film, plus such film has a great possibility to become a masterpiece and to make a great breakthrough for any filmmaker today. The media talks all the time about great success stories of little films that made out pretty well, and about opportunities for film direc...

The Men Who Fell to Earth

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Just like Ziggy Stardust in an alien theory based pop concept-starring Bowie 30 years ago (in The Men Who Fell to Earth) the Slovenian film director Jan Cvitkovič in his latest film Arheo (Archeo) talks about party of 3(man, woman and a child) who has fallen from the sky to the Earth. And he is using a powerful close ups, the images to instrument his very own private film concept. However, this is no The Men Who Fell to Earth pop concept by Nicholas Roeg and Slovenian film director Cvit...

Subversive Slovenian Film

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Following the latest Retrospective of Slovenian Film in March in Belgrade, Serbia, ever since the 70s, films coming from Slovenia were representatives of the Yugoslav black wave film or one way or another, film avant-garde. Slovenian cinematography was and still is today somehow, closely related to a Serbian cinematography, but without burden of present Serbian film-a post civil themes. Slovenian film today may be overburden with social questions of a coming liberal capitalism be...

Days of Slovenian Film in Belgrade

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  Another event related to the film marks the month of March. Belgrade’s Yugoslav Film Archive (Kinoteka) presented the Days of Slovenian Film, the program that shows nine most recent achievements of Slovenian cinematography. The Deputy Ambassador of Slovenia in Serbia Mr. Milan Predan opened the event, Slovenian Film Days opened with film  A Trip (Izlet) by Nejc Gazvoda, films also showed were: Custom Officer (Varuh Meje) by Maja Weiss, Desperado tonic (Desperado tonik ) by Varja Močn...

Wicca in Serbia

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A brand new Serbian film Loveless Zoritsa ( Crne Zorica) Serbian-Greek co production directed by Greek film director Hristina Hatziharalabous and Serbian film director Radoslav  Pavković is a comedy with elements of adventure, released recently, and it may predict new era of contemporary Serbian film. Producers of this film are international; Super Films (Belgrade), Federico Film (Warsaw), Frame by Frame (Nicosia) and 'Pan entertainment (Athens). Well, let me start with this! ...

Makavejev in France

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  EUROPE AROUND EUROPE FESTIVAL OF DIRECTORS’ FILMS OF GREATER EUROPE SEVENTH EDITION  –  Paris « SOUND AND SILENCE »   The world premier of film The Mystery of Makavejev (Misterija Makavejeva) film about Dušan Makavejev directed by Dragomir Zupanc is right now, in Paris tonight  Europe Around Europe Festival in Paris at Serb Cultural Center at 7 o clock tonight, 22nd of March 2012.   www.ccserbie.com or www.confrontat...

Bedouin Wins

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The Best Film Award Statuete on FEST 2012 the International Film Festival in Belgrade goes to a Russian film Bedouin (Bedouin) by Igor Voloshin for "directing and mastery of composition, as well as skills in working with actors and telling tales of the modern mother until ready to go, out of love for his daughter to die, leading from her native Kiev to St. Petersburg and then to the Jordanian desert. "   Jury Special Mention goes to the Croatian film Spots (Fleke) directed by Aldo...

Contract With the Devil

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Tucaković reconstructs his story, yet not much as it is known, as chapter of Ray Nicholas´ life.   The film is quite diverse and eclectic: there are poetic sequences that evoke old Nicholas’ movies, which is in general more or less cinematic poetics. Central subject is the arrival of Ray in Belgrade at the beginning of 60s, and the ambition of Yougoslav communist leader Dražević to make his own communist Hollywood and get hold of Oscar Award for the film done by Nicholas....

Dr. Ray and the Devils

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Before I write more about Serbian film premier on the International Film Festival FEST 2012 I would like to present you Dinko Tucaković, Serbian film director, film historian, critic, essayist and the principal of Belgrade’s Kinoteka (Yugoslav Film Archive). This time he made rather interesting film with great care and distinctive humor depicting the old communist state of mind in Yugoslavia in 60s. The film’s called,  Dr. Ray and the Devils (Doktor Rej i đavoli)  film that closed the ...

Le Havre - liberté and égalité

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Veteran French actor André Wilms, guest of the International Film Festival FEST 2012 in Belgrade has delighted journalists and Belgrade audience with his vital, remarkable and high-spirited energy. The star of, must be over 50 films by now, including Le Havre, the Cannes FIPRESCI Prize winner directed by Finish film director Aki Kaurismäki sounds as he’s getting tired of acting (Le Havre won FIPRESCI Award on International Film Festival FEST 2012 as well).     ...

Golan Fantasy Comes True

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The 40th International Film Festival 2012 FEST brought to Belgrade major filmmaker, Israeli director and Hollywood producer, Menahem Golan. Director who has signed close to 80 films, produced over 250 Hollywood and international films, had more than ten nominations for the "Oscar", whose works have received several "Golden Globe" awards at festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin ... This author has worked with major film artists of our time Coppola or Goddard etc. On the press...

Serbian Film and Film from Region

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Couple of Serbian films by now, already shown on The International Film Festival - FEST 2012 would be: --a documentary about Jiri Menzl visit to Belgrade made by Purisa Ðorđević  I am Afraid That She Understand All, -short and I may say rather ridicules film directed by young director Miroslav Stamata  Take-Off  film co-financed by the FEST Directorate, starring with Emir Kusturica and -Doctor Ray and Devils by Dinko Tucakovic film already discussed last year, about Nicholas R...

Peter Bogdanovic in Belgrade on FEST International Film Festival 2012

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Regarding Oscar Nominations Gala Night of this very night in US, American film director of Serbian origin Peter Bogdanovich, Hollywood film director, together with another prime guest of festival Jiri Menzl opened 40th FEST- the International Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. In addition, today he was awarded with the highest recognition of the Yugoslav Film Archive in Belgrade "Golden Seal". This acclaimed director was born in New York 1939 in family in exile, and at the 16th he en...

Cvitkovič on Berlin Festival 2012

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The screening of the latest feature film Archeo, by acknowledged slovenian film maker Jan Cvitkovič, will be held in Cinemax 15 in Berlin on 14th of February 2012 at 14.30. Archeo is a voyage of three people and one planet. A voyage towards each other, a voyage into to the core fo things. Arhceo is a prayer. Film Archeo is last year's winner at 14th Slovenian film Festival, besides he won the awards for Best director and Best photography. Jan Cvitkovič about a film: ...

Magnificent 7 Documentary Film Festivals 2012

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January 25th, 2012 distinguish the opening of the 8th Magnificent 7 Film Festival, one great Belgrade documentary film festival, www.magnificent7festival.org  “I am one of those, who never leaves the cinema untouched and who comes to Belgrade once per year for a week of pleasure focused on the finest film genre, some would say the only one that still gives space for the independent film: the documentary, “ stressed Danish film director and the selector of festival Tue Steen Mϋller.   ...

Alternatives on Alternative Film and Video Festival 2011

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Academic Film Center was founded as Akademic Film Club in 1958. Through its history, thanks to authors such as Kokan Rakonjac, Sava Trifkovic, Živojin Pavlovic, Tomislav Gotovac, Dragoslav Lazic, Vjekoslav Nakic, Milan Jelic, Radoslav Vladic, Ivan Obrenov, Ivko Šešic, Nikola Đuric, Miodrag Miloševic, Bojan Jovanovic, Miloje Radakovic, Dejan Vlaisavljevic, Igor Toholj, Bob Miloshevic, Zelimir Zilnik, Godina etc… it became very significant and most awarded of all film clubs in ex Yugoslav...

Tribute To Jacques Tati at Belgrade’s Author Film Festival

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Belgrade’s Author Film Festival hosted Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon and gave a couple of screenings of The Fairy (La Fee) to a festival audience, including the screening of their previous film Rumba. The actually amazing Belgian based filmmaking trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy are back with their second (actually third) old school approach film The Fairy (La Fee). Even if the film is firmly grounded in dedication to the artwork of Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, authors here g...

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