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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

Santa Fe 4th ready to kick off

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The Santa Fe Film Festival launches its fourth, and largest, season. Salutes to British director Stephen Frears, actor Peter Boyle and New Mexico novelist/screenwriter Max Evans anchor this year's Santa Fe Film Festival. In addition, the festival expects more than 200 filmmakers and other special guest artists to attend. The roster includes actress Elisabeth Moss (seen on TV series "The West Wing"), "The Wild Bunch" screenwriter Walon Green, legendary casting director Lynn Stalmaster and the te...

La fin du règne animal took best film at Torino

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TORINO FILM FESTIVAL took place between November 13-21, 2003 wrapped announcing awradsINTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION* jury members: director Alison Maclean (Canada), director Pappi Corsicato (Italy), director Goutam Ghose (India), director Michael Almereyda (USA) and director Manuel Mozos (Portugal).- BEST FEATURE FILM (20,500 euros): Joel Brisse's LA FIN DU REGNE ANIMAL (France)- SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: (tie) Parviz Shahbazi's DEEP BREATH (Iran) and Lukasz Barczyk's CHANGES / PRZEMIANY (Poland)-...

Corneau honored at french fest in the UK

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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL UK 2003Every November the French Film Festival UK provides a unique and eclectic close-up of film-making from France, a wonderful opportunity to discover the genuine pulse of le cinéma français.With the 12th edition (Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, Aberdeen Belmont, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Stirling MacRobert, and an enhanced London presence at the Ciné Lumière and other venues) the festival looks set to provide yet another exceptionally strong line-up after ...

Viper Basel 2003 kicking off

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VIPER Basel 2003, the international film and new mediafestival, will run from 21 to 25 November. The city on the Rhine will againbe a lively meeting-place for examining the latest trends in film, art andthe new media.VIPER is both a catalyst and an impulse generator for innovations, ameeting-place for authors and producers, the art business and the massmedia, culture and industry. The principal programme items in VIPER Basel2003 are the international film, video and new media competition and the...

Fest of film schools in Munich

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INTERNATIONALE MÜNCHNER FILMWOCHEN27.11.- 30.11.2003International Festival of Film Schools – November, 2003 in MunichFor the first time in five years, the most important European festival for filmschools returns with a new concept to its original time frame in November.Tomorrow’s master directors will present their films, documentaries andanimated films from November 27 to 30 at the Munich Film Museum. A totalof 77 films from 43 film schools in 31 countries can be seen during the 23rdannual...

Bruce Willis aids Sonoma Valley Festival

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It seems that luck, skill, timing and talent go hand-in-hand when making a good movie or a commercial, and the Sonoma Valley Film Festival had all that going for it this past weekend when Hollywood mega-actor Bruce Willis showed up to lend his talent.Willis is starring in a commercial promoting the 2004 Sonoma Valley Film Festival, known as Cinema Epicuria. The 60-second trailer, titled "Cinema Epicuria or Bust," is being co-produced by Brenda Lhormer and Kevin McNeely, both Sonoma Valley reside...

Thessaloniki: breathe cinema not oxygen

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"Michel Demopoulos has given the Festival a new vitality, opening it up to a young audience. During the Festival, in this town, you breathe not oxygen but cinema!" Bernardo Bertolucci Some history about the festival: First held in 1960 as a modest "Week of Greek Cinema", the Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become, 43 years later, an annual event focused on the discovery and promotion of new directors from all over the world; a true celebration of film. For t...
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