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Figgis Cold Creek River

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Cold Creek Manor" was born when screenwriter and executive producer Richard Jefferies was writing "Tron 2.0" for Walt Disney Pictures. Over dinner with the studio's top creative executives one night, Jefferies mentioned an idea that he had been toying with for several years. It was a thriller about a family that moves from the city to the country, where they buy a great old fixer-upper house. But their dream turns into a nightmare when the home's former owner shows up and a mystery unravels. ...

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Figgis

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Untitled Document The Future's Bright, The Future's Figgis Despite the imminent release of Cold Creek Manor,a thriller he made for Touchstone, Mike Figgis spent last week promoting artistic autonomy and experimentation. Returning to the very cinema in Newcastle where he was first infected with the film bug, Figgis performed - yes performed - an enthralling remix of his real-time, split-screen LA story Timecode. The performance was the final act of the city...

Fipresci awards in Thessaloniki and Manheim-Heidelberg

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At the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (Germany, November 20-29, 2003) The Prize of the International Critics has been awarded to "The Arm of Jesus" (De arm van Jezus) by André van der Hout (The Netherlands) "For its visually and intellectually multilayered and also humorous and musical representation of an existential search." Special mention: "Saturday" (Sábado) by Matías Bize (Chile) "For its innova...

D Event : IFCT 2003 kicks off

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The International Festival of Cinema and Technology launches its second annual event taking place in Manhattan December 6th-10th. The event will showcase a wide variety of independent cinema including dramas, comedies, documentaries, features, experimental films and animations. The "Technology" in the festival's name occurs both in the content of the festival, which tends to focus on themes of technology or feature unique creation techniques, as well as in the method of showcasing content at th...

The Katorza Cinema, a special host

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HistoryThe Katorza Cinema, where most of the festival of the 3 continents takes place, has a long history that makes it play a special role in the hearts of Nantes’ moviegoers. In fact, it was founded on June 4, 1921 by a Jewish immigrant from Tunisia named Salomon Kétorza. This fairground entertainer was at the time quite famous in the City of the Dukes because he had created in 1900 a huge 14-wagon long travelling cinema and 2 brick-and-mortar theatres : the Apollo which opened in December ...

Seven days, seven nights wins top prize at the Festival of the 3 Continents in Nantes

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Fiction film sectionOrisel Gaspar, one of the lead actresses of Siete dias, siete noches (Seven Days, Seven Nights), had written a song especially for the closing ceremony of the Festival of the 3 continents in Nantes, western France. She definitely put her whole heart in her voice when she sung her moving lyrics after Cuban director Joel Cano received the Montgolfière d’Or for the film in which she co-stars. The movie, which depicts a week in the lives of three very strong women in Cuba, i...

Salford Fest flies

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The first ever Salford Film Festival drew to a close with crowds flocking to see the premiere of Oscar-tipped Salford short, Talking With Angels. Two screenings had to be hastily arranged at the 500 seat theatre at Red Cinema, in Salford Quays, as the 15 minute feature, starring 12 year old Stephen Buckley and a host of residents from the city's Langworthy Estate, proved incredibly popular. At the premiere - a highlight of the Salford Film Festival - messages of support were read out from an ar...

The treaty: a successful short on the circuit

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THE TREATY was honored as the BEST SHORT FILM at the 2003 Midwest Entertainment Industry Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The MEIC is the nation's FIRST non-profit entertainment industry conference. The conference is an annual convergence of national entertainment industry personnel representing a wide spectrum of companies and services within the entertainment industry, and artists from the worlds of film, music, game development, and publishing. THE TREATY also made its international debut...

Plastic Tree wins in Mannheim-Heidelberg

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Main Award Mannheim-Heidelberg, Best Fiction Feature Film goes to Plastic TreeRainer Werner Fassbinder AwardMatias Bize for "Sábado"Special Award of the JuryDaniel Lind Lagerlöf for "Miffo"Special Mentions of the International JuryRyuichi Hiroki for "Vibrator"Blanca Lewin in "Sábado"Best Short FilmAndrus Tuisk for "Perebisnes"Audience Award of Mannheim-HeidelbergGoran Rebic for "Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunarea"Prize of the FIPRESCI-JuryAndre van der Hout for "De Arm van Jezus"Prize for the...

Vibrator

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At first sight, the title of Ryuichi HIROKI’s latest movie refers to sexual misery and loneliness. After all, it’s what a vibrator is about and we cannot forget that the helmer made his directing debut in 1982 in erotic films before receiving the Grand Prix in the video section of the Yubari Fantastic Film Festival for the 1993 film "Sadistic City". Or maybe it refers to the cellphone that vibrates in the inner jacket of 30-year old Rei Hayakawa (played by Shinobu Terashima, Arts Festival pr...

Ghosts, spectres and dragons in Nantes

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On Saturday the 29th the competition arena of Nantes’ 3 Continents was haunted by the cinematic ghosts of Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu San) and by the torturing spectres of a dramatic political past in Pakistani Sabiha Sumar’s Silent Waters (Kamosh Pani). Tsai’s sixth feature, winner of the Fipresci award in Venice, pays homage to cinema and to the magic experience of viewing films in movie theatres. Taking an old theatre bound to permanently shut its doors as his actual prot...

Go Figure! Science film fest in Quebec winners

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13th Annual Quebec International Festival of Science and FilmGO FIGURE!2003 AwardsTéléscience is proud to announce the award winners of GO FIGURE !, 13th Annual Quebec International Festival of Science and Film. During this ceremony, hosted by Gregory Charles, in attendance of Madame la Sous-Ministre associée à la Science et à la Technologie au Ministère du Développement Économique et Régional., 8 awards have been handed :Grand Prize for the Best Film (all categories)Awarded to A Nose f...

Festival kicks off with Rai music

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The 25th edition of Nantes’ Festival des 3 Continents kicked off on the captivating tunes of rai, Algerian traditional music. Singer Abderrahman Djalti, also the star of one of the documentaries on show, Jamel Fezzaz’s La mélodie de l’espoir (Melody of Hope), unwrapped the opening ceremony singing a song usually performed during circumcision ceremonies.The quarter of a century anniversary of Nantes’ 3 Continents was introduced as an unexpected achievement for a festival that started sma...

Ararat Durban winner

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eThekwini Feature Film Awards   BEST FEATURE FILM: Ararat directed by Atom Egoyan    BEST SOUTH AFRICAN FEATURE FILM Shooting Bokkie directed by Rob de Mezieres   AUDIENCE PRIZE:  The Magdalene Sisters directed by Peter Mullan   BEST FIRST FILM Samsara directed by Pan Nalin   BEST DIRECTOR: Atom Egoyan for Ararat   BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Katsumi Yanagishima for Dolls   BEST ACTRESS: A...

Hamburg best of 116 films from 38 countries

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Hamburg, September 28, 2003 - From September 19 to 26 Filmfest Hamburg had 28.000 visitors. There were shown 116 feature films from altogether 38 countries. These were projected onto 12 screens in five cinemas (CinemaxX, Abaton, Grindel, Holi, 3001). Filmfest Hamburg welcomed among its guests German stars such as Heike Makatsch, Goetz George, Christiane Hoerbiger, Corinna Harfouch, Juergen Vogel, Armin Rohde and Katja Flint. Its international guests were among others Julie Walters, Sophia Loren ...

70 years of Chinese cinema

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The Festival takes part in the Year of China as one of its very first events. This an opportunity to know more about a cinema which still has a few surprises in store for us, especially as regards the flourishing period prior to the Communist take-over in 1949. Until then China went through troubled times, with the Japanese invasion (in 1931) which fostered civil war. In spite of such a context, pre-1949 Chinese cinema was very active. It started developing in Shanghai in the 1920s, especially a...

Tribute to Humberto Mauro

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Humberto Mauro is the first major figure of Brazilian cinema and its first auteur. In 1963, while his fiction films had fallen into oblivion, Mauro was the only film-maker, together with Mario Peixoto, to find favour with Glauber Rocha who considered him as the father of cinema novo.The Cataguases cycle Humberto Mauro was born in 1897 in Minais Geiras. He made his first film, Valadião o Cratera, in 1925 in the small town of Catagueses with a 9.5mm camera. This was going to be the beginning of a...

A discovery of faraway cinematographies

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Every year, the Jalladeau brothers, tirelessd globe-trotters, share the planet between them to go and see on location films that are born away from the major international channels. Philippe goes all over Latin America, the Arab and Muslim world and the Asian republics of the ex-URSS, while Alain travels throughout the length and breadth of Asia and Black Africa.After having screened several hundreds of ilms, they offer a selection which is the most capable of reflecting the social, historical a...

Nantes trois continents: a festival open to the world

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Created in 1979 in Nantes by Philippe and Alain Jalladeau, two brothers with a passion for cinema and travels, the 3 Continents Festival has assered itself, with the passing years, as a gathering which cannot be ignored by the cinematographies of Africa, Asia, and Latin and Black America. Since its creation, it has presented over one thousand films and has gained both national and international prestige. Exclusive screenings of works of fiction, tribute to an actor or an actress, historical pres...

Schultze gets the blues AND 3 Stockholm awards

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Grand Slam winner Schultze Gets the Blues rides away with Stockholm Bronze Horse and BEST FIRST FEATURE Grand Slam at Stockholm Film Festival by Michael Schorr Michael Schorr's Schultze Gets the Blues rode away with the "Stockholm Bronze Horse" and Best First Feature Award at the 14th Stockholm International Film Festival, which ended November 23. Schorr's film won in two other categories: Best Actor, Horst Krause, and Best Screenplay. The story of a man who has spent his whole ...

San Francisco winning films travel to Cuban fest

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Well if you missed them last spring: here is another chance to view San Francisco award-winning films in Cuba.The 25th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana will present a selection of award-winning films from the 46th San Francisco International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba, December 2 -12, 2003.The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival Awards section of theHavana Film Festival will include LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, Golden Gate Award BestBay Area Documentary Feature;...

Boston award winners

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AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 15TH ANNUAL BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVALGay-themed Israeli feature and personal/historical documentary by first-time filmmaker are 2003 winnersThe 15th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival ended a great run (November 6-16) on Sunday, November 16.Audience members participated in the Festival¹s second Audience Awardballoting. Winning Best Feature and Best Documentary filmmakers eachreceive $1,200 in film stock, generously donated by Eastman Kodak.Ballots have no...

14 fest awards for Bacherloman

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Grand Slam winner Schultze Gets the Blues rides away with Stockholm Bronze Horse and BEST FIRST FEATURE The phrase "Independent Movie" has been abused over the last five years. "Indies" now have bankable stars, studio financing and distribution deals. Where's the real independent projects with no names, low budget and people working for the love of filmmaking - not the money? "Bachelorman" is just such an in...

Marco Island winners

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Marco Island Film FestivalBest Actor this year went to John Cassini for his performance in Break a Leg. Directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Frank and John CassiniBreak a Leg earlier this year won the Audience Award at Cinevegas film festival for Best Feature. Jim Sheridan won Best Director for In America ...

Children's film fest in Oulu concludes

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INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL IN OULU, FINLAND 17.-23.11.2003The children's jury's decisions:"The Jury had a really difficult job deciding on the winner. All twelve films in competition were of the same quality.In the winning film:'The plot is based on a true story and is also interesting.''The story is beautifully and fluently told.''Time travel is a difficult topic. However, it was exquisitely carried out.''The music of the film appeals to everyone.''The scenery created an atmosphere ...
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