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The Final Day

Guest of FEST 2010 Sergey Lavrentiev, a film critic and the presenter of the Russian film “Ward #6” based on a famous Chekhov novel and directed by Karen Georgievici Sahnazarov, on a very last day of festival discussed with the press, program of this year’s FEST The International Film Festival in Belgrade . “The program is great, as always thanks to Mr. Vuckovic who is one of the most film educated people I have met, and is doing a great job over the years. This year, FEST has presen...

Pandora’s Box

  The day before the last day of festival, the International Film Festival FEST 2010 presented 3 different authors, German artist Ulrike Ottinger, Albanian film director Artan Minaroli and Serbian film crew of “Flashback” another small author Serbian film.          One of the most interesting guests of this press conference was definitely Ulrike Ottinger with her film “The Korean Wedding Chest”. Ulrike Ottinger is, beside being a film and theatre director, a ...

Greek Cinematography

7th press conference of FEST2010, the International Film Festival in Belgrade, went by pretty interesting, and a dear guest from Greece Dimitris Kerkinos, the director of International Film Festival in Thessalonika talked about well known festival, the program they hold, mainly about giving the possibility for cooproductions to promote projects and screenplay, a pitching prospects, and eliglibility for a film projects to apply for Balkan Fund. The truth is, we do not know much about Greek Cine...

Roman Polanski in Hitchcockian Twist

The International Film Festival FEST 2010 talks about the Blair Bush administration. Well, not really, but Roman Polanski does! The Office of film festival has got an official letter from Roman Polanski to congratulate and thank FEST 2010 for screening of his new film “The Ghost Writer” in Belgrade. Polanski nowadays is under house arrest in his Swiss House and could not attend The Berlin Film Festival or any other festival because he’s been accused for allegedly having sex with minor, b...

Emperors’ New Clothing

The 6th press conference of International Film Festival FEST 2010 went by quickly and hosted a distinguish member of the Festival Jury Macedonian Winterbottoms’ muse Labina Mitevska, that spoke about the regulations and criteria of the film jurist and about the importance of Art and European Film. No matter how hard is with film financing, the art house films will be shoot and it will be existing. The best films ever, are often shot with very little money, and even today they set the perfect...

Lust And Metastasis

The 6th press conference of The International Film Festival FEST 2010 presented the only English director of the festival Gareth Jones with his Film “Desire”, a low budget film nominated for Best UK Feature at the prestigious West End Raindance Festival 2009. The directional debut of Jones, according to Empire Online, “Cinematographer Alex Ryle makes intelligent use of encompassed space in acclaimed screenwriter Gareth Jones’ directional debut “Desire”. This is always more the work...

Snow White And A Bad Trip

Guests of 5th press conference of FEST 2010 were Polish film director  Xawery Zulawski and Jacek Samojlowicz the producer of film“ Snow White and Russian Red“ a charming little film based on a contemporary Polish novel, written by the 19 years old author Dorota Maslowska. The film receieved couple awards in Poland and was invited to be showed on Cannes Film Festival.  „It is hard to describe Polish society after the fall of communism, .I have tried to stay faithful to a book and youn...

Eat Your Cherry Dear

The 4th press conference of International Film Festival FEST 2010 was dedicated to Iranian film, “A Man Who Ate His Cherries” directed by Payman Hagani: film explores divorce on Iranian way, inspired by the same documentary shot 10 years ago. The film was not very welcomed in Iran because of the social taboo subject that explores the subject of divorce in Iran. That is why film director decided to present reality in black and white and dreams in color. The film, as director explained, “W...

Israel Cinematography

The honored guest of the 38th International Film Festival FEST 2010 is Kartiel Shory, the Director of the Israeli Film Fund, a main film foundation in Israel, that supports, and encourage Israeli feature films and important international coproduction. Shory was a guest of FEST in previous years, where he’s been financially supporting film „Babylon“, shown to a Belgrade festival, as well as other films. Israeli Film Foundation is a main institution to encourage film investment and product...

Wonderful European Film at Belgrade FEST

Second day of The 38th International Film Festival - FEST 2010, in Belgrade, Serbia passed very quickly especially as we had the honor to watch film with someone like Ralph Fiennes. One of the guests of festival is Alisse Simon, a selector of the Palm Springs Festival and a well known Variety Magazine film critic, for 25 years now. At the first press conference, everyone wanted to know about her criteria while judging films on festival. Simon was a jurist on many festivals by now. „ I ...

Ralph Fiennes at the Screenings of FEST 2010

The 38th International Film Festival - FEST 2010 opened 19th of February in Belgrade, Serbia, at the gala ceremony, by Serbian actor, director and producer Ljubisa Samardzic, member of the FEST Committee. After the gala opening in Sava Centar, the audience had the opportunity to see Aleksey Balabanov's new film "Morphine" based on Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "Notes of a Young Doctor", with a special role performed by a Serbian actress Katarina Radivojevic.      ...

Croatian Film on 15th Author Film Festival

Jury of the 15. Author Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, lead by Russian film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, the chairman of the jury, Nadia Turnicev and Antonio Nuić-Croatian film director, in Belgrade Serbia awarded with Grand Prix Aleksandar Saša Petrović Award, for The Best Film of festival and 7,000 Euros prize, Croatian film “The Blacks”, directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević,” for the film that successfully combines minimalism and insight dept.”The film already awarded i...

20th LIFFE Closing

 22nd of November, the 20th LIFFE  came to the end. 20 years of feature films, short films were screened, in Ljubljana, a beautiful little country called Slovenia. This year, over 45,000 tickets were sold for 254 screenings. The Kingfisher Award of International jury Dana Linssen, Elma Tataragić, Martin Turk of the 20th LIFFE went to “The Blacks” Croatian film directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević. a film that is “courageous in its portrayal of a war situation...

Lets Talk About Liffe

20 years of Ljubljana Film Festival-LIFFE film festival of the world starts tonight, 11th of November 2009. The Ljubljana International Film Festival presents Slovenian particular audiences of about 50,000 the standouts of Slovenian cinema, for two weeks. The Festival presents the best in international cinema and is your chance to catch films that may have been unnoticed and evaluate those who has already been written by the critics. The twentieth anniversary also symb...

Here and There Festival Awards

The most successful Serbian film "Here and There" starring with Cyndi Lauper, Mirjana Karanović and David Thornton directed by Serbian director Darko Lungulov, beside awards in Serbia, New York and Japan, recently won the Spirit of Independence Award, Best Actor Award in Foreign Film (David Thorton) and Best Director Award in Foreign Film (Darko Lungulov)  on prestigious Fort Lauderdale International Film. Also, the Best Foreign Film Award on US Orlando Film Festival and 3 Awa...

After the Skip City International Award Milan

Already awarded Serbian film directed by Darko Lungulov „Here and There“, starring with David Thornton, Cyndi Lauper, Mirjana  Karanović tonight, 9th of September, after the fruitful and successful festival life, have a cinema premier in Belgrade Serbia. After prestigious Tribeca Film Festival Award in New York, „Here and There“ kept on winning: Thornton and Mirjana Karanovic have won Best Actors Award on Serbian film festivals, while Darko Lungulov scooped on Skip City International i...

Sarajevo the City of Film

With this year selection, Sarajevo Film Festival Competition Program has reached certain level after 15 years of existence: the aim that has been discovered, in order to recognize talents and encourage filmmakers under the special production circumstances. The regional production structure has had a lot to deal with production that dramatically changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. And as it is celebrated the Berlin Wall Fall, the festival is now celebrating the birth of the new cinema ae...

Hollywood Sex Symbol in Sarajevo

Mickey Rourke in between the process of undergoing the knife almost too unrecognizable familiar face of Hollywood sex symbol of 80s had no means to conceal the damage caused to his face, but only to rise above all in rather flirty matter, with addressing the Sarajevo Press Audience. Something that you can check out on official festival site Born in New York in 1952, Rourke's teenage years were more aimed towards sports than acting. He took up self-defense training at the Bo...

Special Agent Scully

Gillian Anderson, a special star and prettiest guest on 15th Sarajevo Film Festival presented herself to the audience and press representers in Coffee With Program, which you can actually download, hear and see if you go on the official site    This outstanding American actress, well known by „The X Files“ television serial, as a special agent Scully on FOX Television, is the most critically-acclaimed drama series ever, in the history of American television, she is actu...

Coffee With...Stellan Skarsgard

Katrin Cartridge Foundation on Sarajevo Film Festival, awarded young film director and producer Juanita Wilson with Katrin Cartlidge Fondation Scholarship, handed over by Swedish actor with an international career Stellan Skarsgard, for her film „The Door“ that features great Chernobyl tragedy in Russia.  Talking about Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Stellan explained the decision to award the Foundation scholarship to Juanita Wilson for the film „The Door“. “I saw her film couple of mont...

Five Minutes of Heaven

    A topic that Bosnian people can relate is definitely reconciliations of two individuals set at opposite side in war. Such a good film, the one that trades in harsh, dark emotions, but never loses the true nature of humanity. One individual kills older brother  before the very eyes and you end up getting to be blamed for it, for the rest of your life. All this happens when you are about 10 years old. Imagine the pain and the burden that you carry for the rest of your life? This i...

Small cinematography meets industry

This year’s winner of the Special Heart of Sarajevo Awards is the executive director of the MDM Fund Manfred Schmidt. The award is being granted for the outstanding contribution to film industry a support in development of Sarajevo Film Festival 2009.  But beside the usual program of one festival day I would like to mention an interesting talk about small cinematography, in Coffee with Program and its guests Denis Tanović and Jasmila Žbanić. „Small cinematography often need to step behin...

Stormy Sunday

  Sarajevo Film Festival warmly greeted Kerry Fox and the rest of the crew of Hans Christian Schmid's “Storm. In this engaging German-Danish-Dutch drama about a prosecutor Hannah (Kerry Fox) at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague and about war atrocities during the war in Bosnia. Sarajevo hosted Fox before, on a occasion of Michael Winterbottom’s “Welcome to Sarajevo” twelve years ago. We all know Fox as an international star, after her success in Jane Campion’s “An...

My Films Are Independent

The Swedish blockbuster film director Lukas Moodysoon reveals, on Sarajevo Film Festival why he is so different, from the image that other people normally have of him. Moodyson also make films, that no one expect of him. Such as case with his new film „Mammoth”, shown on Sarajevo Film Festival two nights ago. This film, his first film on English, starring with Gael Garcia Bernal, talks about relationship of one couple that neglects their child. The 8 years old Jackie spends most of the tim...

Broken Embraces

Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Almodóvar’s "Broken Embraces" is also taking place on Sarajevo Film Festival. Some might say that the film is homage to Bergman, one of the key film directors of today or that“Broken Embraces uses simplicity of Rossellini’s “Voyage to Italy” to show the effect on Lena of the discovery of the couple burned to death in Pompeii”. But in order to reflect the great Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar in his maturity, I find that h...

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