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Size Matters

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Human nature is one of those things that everybody talks about but no one can define. Human behavior is a product both of our innate human nature and of our individual experience and surrounding environment or culture.  Our preference for certain type or a size is an evolved psychological mechanism, it is something that we do not consciously choose; but it may feel as such a good subject to talk about. Do you know the situation at crowded movie in theatre, at the beginning of screening, wh...

Tyrannosaur Honest and Powerful

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Author Film Festival FAF 2011 offered very different a high quality films. And for start I would like to write about Tyrannosaur by Paddy Considine film that ended with several awards on festival. At a very least, what we can expect from downbeat art film is to be distinctive and most of all, honest. All authors who may have made money with their film are well advised to focus on some sort of  happy notes in their films as a relentless mechanical proves that film will hit a theatre boxes. S...

Awards to Tyrants and Shame in Belgrade

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Aleksandar Sasa Petrović Grand Prix achievement in film, of the 17th Author Film Festival (FAF) in Belgrade last night ended in hands of Argentine film Acacia (Las Acacias), directed by Pablo Giorgelli, while the award for Best Director of FAF went to British actor and director Paddy Considine for the film Tyrannosaurus.  Special Recognition Award went to Israeli director Eran Kolirin for Replacement (Hahithalfut). The jury of 17th FAF, chaired by Australian film director now based in Mexico M...

FAFF 17, It’s A Shame ...

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          Author Film Festival FAF 2011 opened Israeli film director Eran Kolirin whose film Replacement hits the direct competition program of festival this year and is known as the award-winning author of film couple years back The Band's Visit. Author Film Festival FAF in Belgrade, Serbia, 30-5th of December began with the film Shame directed the British director and visual artist Steve McQueen. McQueen’s film Shame awarded at the b...

Great September in Belgrade-Žilnik Strikes Again

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Another exciting event of September at the most popular art cinema in Belgrade Serbia, Dom Omladine is most definitely retrospective of Želimir Žilnik films that is ongoing and it will be over Sunday night. Žilnik’s retrospective started Wednesday night with gala opening of his brand new documentary One Woman One Century about glorious life of Istran woman Dragica Vitolović Srzentić: a great partisan woman warrior against II World War Fascism and later on a prisoner of Tito in 60s. One ...

French Film in Belgrade

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23st – 25th of September 2011, Belgrade’s most popular city cinema Dom Omladine in the collaboration with French TV 5 Monde and French Institute for Culture in Belgrade showed revue of new production French films on the subject of rebellion and passion “la rébellion et la passion” due to issue of political or intimate passion of contemporary France. French film yesterday and today offers real lovebirds of contemporary French cinema to view with pleasure the greatest talents such as Ca...

Coyote & Road Runner versus Short Film Competition

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While Coyote’s epic quest to capture the Road Runner capture a lot of attention on festival, Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux's The Rabbi's Cat won the Feature Film Crystal at the Annecy Animation Film Festival on Saturday, The Cat was judged by many to be one of the most striking French animation debuts lately. A Japanese drama cartoon about a soul reborn in the body of a suicidal teenager, Colorful won The Best Asian Anime Award in a feature film competition. Moreover, another high-concept p...

The Glamour Of Annecy, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner kicked

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 How does it feel to live in a virtual world? Festival International Du Film D’Animation 2011 approves once again, glamour and a great class. The Opening Ceremony 6 June, included exclusive screenings of studio short films by the leading animation teams of Pixar and Disney. The Festival “Giant Screen” in front of the main building showed a variety of Between Frames presentations providing behind the scenes and the process of making features. Festival included many exhibitions...

Walt Disney Production and Jap Anime On Annecy Festival International Du Film D’ Animation

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Following the busy 3 days of Festival International Du Film D´ Animation, Annecy, France, FIPRESCI Jurists, the selection of 2011; Mathilde Lorit from the French Rolling Stone, Gabriel Barrera, professor of film from Turin University in Italy and Radmila Djurica, a film critic from Serbia, the festival made a strong impression on us. Regarding the fantastic organization of many events , red carpet of the well known names in the world of animation industry and potent new coming market of th...

Belgrade 58th Festival of Documentary And Short Film

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Film Festival that originates from The Festival of Yugoslav Film, from 1953 in Pula, Croatia in socialist old Yugoslavia would be nowadays 58. Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival in Belgrade. Festival that ended last week, screened both, short fiction films and documentaries. Centre of the festival’s program were short feature films while socially engaged off documentary program, called Vrelo that featured documentaries dedicated to a worldwide cancer campaign and awareness. The offic...

Mothers Win All

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FEST 2011 ended last night with a brand new film directed by Serbian film director Dejan Zečević  Enemy. The president of the Jury Europe Out Of Europe (Deborah Young, Barbara Lorey de Lacharriere and Dubravka Lakic), one of the best Serbian film directors Goran Paskaljević handed over Erythrocyte Award to a Macedonian film director Milcho Manchevski for his latest film Mothers (Majki). The award went to Manchevski because of, according to the jury, "really subtle exploration of truth...

Le Positif and Makavejev

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Another exclusive guest coming from France on FEST2011 is indeed writer and author of a book about Stanley Kubrick  and Editor of the most exclusive French film magazine ever “Le Positif”, a film critic, Michel Ciment. Ciment held a Master Class, moderated by the black wave old Yugoslav film Dušan Makavejev on the festival, because Ciment (as many others) is truly nostalgic for the times of the big Yugoslav cinema. And for those who do not know, Pavlovic, Djordjevic and Makavejev of the ...

A Tribute To Nicholas Ray And The Devils

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  To emphasize the exclusivity, the guest of festival Susan Ray,  the widow of film director Nicholas Ray and Chairperson of the Nicholas Ray Fund, presented and supported film to be made in Belgrade and to be directed by Serbian film director Dinko Tucaković “Doctor Ray And The Devils” about Susan’s husband Nicholas Ray. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of US film director Nicholas Ray, most famous for his film „Rebel without a Cause“, with late James Dean. Ju...

What Takes To Be A Film Critic?

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  One of the guests of festival and the jurist of Europe Out Of Europe is  an American film critic and journalist Deborah Young and recently from 2007 the Artistic Director of the Taormina Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian film festivals.  Deborah has been working on other Mediterranean festivals by now, including Pula in a period old Yugoslavia and has been more than 20 years an official film critics for Variety and today she is the lead critic of European fil...

Milcho Manchevski Talks About Macedonia

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A true star of An International Film Festival FEST 2011 Milcho Manchevski presented his brand new film Mothers, film that could be seen as the continuance of previous 3 films, Dust (2001) and Bones (2007). Films where he talks about Macedonia his home country and where he talks of Macedonian contemporary family. Even if entirely different in style and form, Mothers is, by its subject related to his previous films. Most of Mancheski’s films were shot in Macedonia, written in New York and financ...

Shakespeare's Coriolanus to open FEST

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British actor and now film director Ralph Fiennes opens Belgrade 39th International Film Festival FEST 2011. After the second premiere of Fiennes’ directorial debut of Shakespeare's adaptation of Coriolanus, Belgrade’s 50 000 people of Sava Centar Hall sighed frantic by the very fact that the film was all done in Belgrade. Fiennes here stars next to Brian Cox, Gerard Butler, James Nesbitt,  Vanessa Redgrave and couple of Serbian actors Dragan Micanovic and Slavko Stimac. The film, as I sa...

Freedom Comes First-Anarhism On Film

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  Belgrade’s Auteur Film Festival, according to its international jury Zvonimir Jurić - Croatian film director, Thomas Lemarquis- contemporary artist and actor from Iceland and Vladimir Perišić-young Serbian film director awards Australian born film director Michael Rowe. Rowe, winner of Cannes’ Camera d'Or in Belgrade honors Best Film Award for his Mexican film. Indeed, it seems that incredible Aussie Rowe for the year 2010 has picked up prestigious awards for his featured grap...

Giorgos Lanthimos' 'Dogtooth' Wins the 'Kingfisher Award'

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   Greek film eg Giorgos Lanthimos' film 'Dogtooth' won the 'Kingfisher Award' first prize at the 21st Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFE) held in Ljubljana 10th to 22nd of November 2010, in Slovenian capital, as explained by judges Goran Vojnović, Charlie Cockey, Frank L. Stavik the film has been awarded due to a creating “a most unique air of disquietude.  Executed with utter meticulousness, the film has been written and directed with accomplished precision. Communicati...

Taxiphone The Center of the World

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Isola Film Festival awarded film Taxiphone directed by Mohammed Soudani: a Swiss director originally from El-Chelif, Alergia that made more then 30 documentaries for Swiss Television RTSI. His directorial debut Waalo Fendo, Là où la terre gèle, gave him international recognition first time in 1997.               This time in Isola he presented his latest film Taxiphone , a film about Oliver and Elena, young Swiss ...

Clouzot's Inferno on Kino Otok Isola

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  Small 6th edition of  International Film Festival in Isola Slovenia presents already established film community and festival Kino Otok – Isola 8th/12th of September.  Evening screenings of films on a charming little square in the Isola Old Town offers various program and remains faithful to a program that is fairly open to a curious gazes. The festival is open to a new aesthetics and poetic of film and beside an international character, it is focused  on African, Asian and |Latin America...

Tribute To European Film

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Another small and unpretentious film festival, Palić  International Film Festival founded in 1992 in Subotica, Serbia ended last night. 17th Issue of the festival  this year substrated all values of European film. And to make things clear, Palić Film Festival has an international character and this year presented New Belgian Film and Hungarian Cinematography in the section of a New Hungarian Film, beside the usual competitive program at Official Selection and Parallels and Encounters. But ...

Kusturica Won Best Actor Award

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Cinema City Film & Media Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia presented over 120 films, 30 premieres and three competition selections and recorded over 80.000 visitors this year. The festival had international film but it is actually focused on Serbian film. An absolute winner of festival, according to audience and jury members is a Serbian film Srdjan Koljevic’s “The Woman with the Broken Nose” with several awards. And special award went to Emir Kusturica for Best Actor Award within Exit P...

Juliette Lewis And Natural Born Filmming

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Cinema City, another International Film & Media Festival in Serbia, officially began last night, 5th of June on Saturday and will end 12th of June 2010, in a quiet little town Novi Sad. The grand opening of the Cinema City Film Festival celebrated the film The Secret in Their Eyes by Juan José Campanella, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. The festival ruptured charismatic actress and singer Juliette Lewis, a special guest of the Festival at Katolicka ...

Erotic Drama Aka In Between Us Mammals

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 Today there are many films that talk about adulteries and love affairs, especially in France. Ever since 1958 French film about adultery Les Amants directed by Louis Malle with Jeanne Moreau rediscovered human nature. While in 1965, French director Agnès Varda created a minor shock wave in American film with her release of film Happiness (Le Bonheur), a film that openly confronted the topic of adultery in an era before the conception of “open marriage.” And another French film of this era...

End and a New Beginning with Coriolanus

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The final day of 38th International Film Festival announced next year FEST2011 a glamorous opening with Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus” a modern day version of Shakespeare's tragedy, based on the life of the legendary Roman leader, Gaius Martius Coriolanus, that will be 99% shot in Belgrade Serbia. Mr. Fiennes announced the coming of entire crew, on the opening next year: Vanessa Redgrave, Joseph Fiennes, Gerald Butler, Brian Cox etc…    In the meanwhile, the Jury of fest...

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