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Eye on Europe: Sundance's Strong European Film Presence

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Wednesday, January 10----Narrative films from the European continent are among the most anticipated in the World Cinema Competition: Drama competition at the Sundance Film Festival, which opens next week. Of the sixteen films to be presented in the program section, eight are European productions or co-productions with other nations. The strong presence of European films, and the introduction of new film talents, will have industry executives keeping a watchful eye on Europe during the 10 day ...

Director Mario Monicelli has won the “Capri Legend Award – by Fiuggi,"

Director Mario Monicelli has won the “Capri Legend Award – by Fiuggi," a special prize which honors an Italian legend in the entertainment world. The award was presented by Aurelio De Laurentiis, chairman of Capri, Hollywood 2006, the festival of international cinema held on this famous Italian Island December 27 to January 2. Pictured: Pascal Vicedomini (producer of Capri, Hollywood), actor Forest Whitaker, director Mario Monicelli producer Aurelio De Laurentiis and writer/director Bob...

Director Mario Monicelli has won the Capri Legend Award

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Director Mario Monicelli has won the “Capri Legend Award – by Fiuggi," a special prize which honors an Italian legend in the entertainment world. The award was presented by Aurelio De Laurentiis, chairman of Capri, Hollywood 2006, the festival of international cinema held on this famous Italian Island December 27 to January 2. Monicelli was honored Saturday December 30, at a gala sponsored by the Casino of Venice. He was among a plethora of Hollywood superstars including writer Bobby Mo...

PAN'S LABYRINTH Named Best Picture By National Society of Film Critics

Monday, January 8-----The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), one of the most prestigious film critics organizations in North America, has chosen the Spanish-language film PAN’S LABYRINTH as the Best Picture of the Year. The choice of a non-English language film harkens back to the heyday of foreign films in the 1960s and 1970s, when the films of Truffaut, Fellini, Bergman and Kurosawa were given the Society’s highest accolade. In fact, all top three vote-getters in the Best Picture c...

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Announced

Friday, January 5------With the 2007 only four days old, the awards season frenzy that had a brief respite over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays has resumed in full force. Yesterday morning, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the organization that represents acting talent on both the large and small screen, announced its nominations for the prestigious SAG Awards. Announcements were made by Elijah Wood (LORD OF THE RINGS) and Sandra Oh (SIDEWAYS, GREY’S ANATOMY). The honors, which are p...

Rotterdam Festival line up

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The world premiere of La antena by Esteban Sapir from Argentina opens, Wednesday January 24, the 36th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Sapir’s film, supported by Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund, is screening in the festival’s Tiger Awards Competition. La antena is one of nineteen new Hubert Bals Fund supported films, including eight world premieres, in Official Selection. Festival Director Sandra den Hamer: “La antena is one of next season's most lovingly crafted and st...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival line up

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The 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces their slate of films for the 22nd installment. The festival, which welcomes Chrysler and The New Yorker as Premiere Sponsors, takes place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 25, through Sunday, February 4, and will feature 22 World Premieres, 18 US Premieres, and introduce films from 40 countries. “This is the most ambitious and most diverse line up of events and films the Festival has ever had,” commented SBIFF Director Ro...

1st Salon du Cinéma, Paris Porte de Versailles

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Le Salon du Cinéma goes backstage and will offer 3 days of cinematic adventure (12-14 January 2007) to more than 50 000 expected visitors in one location (8 000 m2). The Salon du Cinema offers cinema lovers of all kinds this unique occasion to discover cinema. "Cinema has its festivals, premieres, gatherings and award shows. Meanwhile, there are Salons and Exhibitions in almost every field; from cars and chocolates, to plants and bathrooms. Suprisingly, however, there has never been a "Sa...

The Last of the Film Critics Prizes

Friday, December 22----The final film critics prizes were announced by the film critics associations in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas and the Southeast (including Florida, Georgia and other states south of the Mason Dixon line). There was concensus in certain categories, but critics also differed enough to keep the Oscar race varied and interesting. BEST PICTURE The Phoenix Film Critics Association, along with the Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association, chose the 9-11 docudrama UNITED 93...

"Actor's Actor" Alan Arkin Honored At Lincoln Center

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Alan Arkin, one of the most respected actors of his generation, makes a rare appearance this evening at New York's Walter Reade Theater. The special evening includes a screening of Arkin's latest hit, the quirky indie comedy LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, followed by an onstage conversation between the actor and Kent Jones, Associate Director of Programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The evening will also feature clips from Arkin's remarkable career, which has now spanned four decades of supe...

"Actor's Actor" Alan Arkin Honored At Lincoln Center

Tuesday, December 19----Alan Arkin, one of the most respected actors of his generation, makes a rare appearance this evening at New York's Walter Reade Theater. The special evening includes a screening of Arkin's latest hit, the quirky indie comedy LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, followed by an onstage conversation between the actor and Kent Jones, Associate Director of Programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The evening will also feature clips from Arkin's remarkable career, which has now spa...

Helsinki is hit by documentary fever: DocPoint’s Finnish Selection Published

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The 6th edition of DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival takes place in 24-28th of January 2007. Accreditation for the festival has started on the festival’s website The jury of DocPoint’s domestic programme has made its selection. This year’s jury included DocPoint’s artistic director Kristina Schulgin, journalist and director Reijo Nikkilä, director Pia Andell, author Sofi Oksanen and member of Finnish parliament Ilkka Taipale. Films selected for DocPoint’s New Finnish Docume...

DocPoint’s Finnish Selection Published

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The 6th edition of DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival takes place in 24-28th of January 2007. Accreditation for the festival has started on the festival’s websiteThe jury of DocPoint’s domestic programme has made its selection. This year’s jury included DocPoint’s artistic director Kristina Schulgin, journalist and director Reijo Nikkilä, director Pia Andell, author Sofi Oksanen and member of Finnish parliament Ilkka Taipale.Films selected for DocPoint’s New Finnish Documenta...

New York Critics Circle Chooses UNITED 93

Tuesday, December 12---UNITED 93, the harrowing re-enactment of the last hours on one of the doomed planes hijacked on September 11, 2001, has received the nod as Best Picture of the Year, from the New York Critics Circle, considered the most prestigious and influential of all the national film critics associations. The win by UNITED 93, which was echoed last week by the Washington DC Film Critics Association, catapults the docudrama into prime position for multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nomi...

New York Critics Circle Chooses UNITED 93

Tuesday, December 12---UNITED 93, the harrowing re-enactment of the last hours on one of the doomed planes hijacked on September 11, 2001, has received the nod as Best Picture of the Year, from the New York Critics Circle, considered the most prestigious and influential of all the national film critics associations. The win by UNITED 93, which was echoed last week by the Washington DC Film Critics Association, catapults the docudrama into prime position for multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nomi...

8th Panorama of Independent Film Makers - T.U.C.TH. - Greece

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The Trade Union Centre of Thessaloniki and the Cinema Club of Culture Department, welcomes you at 8th Panorama of Independent Film Makers - T.U.C.TH With plenty of care by the team of volunteers of our Club, the entire support of Secretary of Culture Grigoris Katsiarmas, as well as the big correspondence of the Film Makers that honoured our festival with their attendances, we exceeded all the problems and kept the "dream", for one year more, alive! We thank our sponsors for their precious...

Ne creative team for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Jeff Margolis, executive producer and director of the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, has announced the creative team for this year’s Actors® honors. Many of the talented producers and artists behind the 12th Annual SAG Awards™ are returning to create this year’s ceremonies, joined by two new film segment producers.Nominations for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 6:05 am PT / 9:05 am ET at the Pacific Design Center in West Holl...

New York Critics Circle Chooses UNITED 93

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UNITED 93, the harrowing re-enactment of the last hours on one of the doomed planes hijacked on September 11, 2001, has received the nod as Best Picture of the Year, from the New York Critics Circle, considered the most prestigious and influential of all the national film critics associations. The win by UNITED 93, which was echoed last week by the Washington DC Film Critics Association, catapults the docudrama into prime position for multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. The film, direct...

Film Critics Associations All Over The Map With Awards

Monday, December 11----With the glut of announcements from various film critics associations, the Oscar race is beginning to take shape. However, as opposed to recent memory, when one film (be it GLADIATOR, LORD OF THE RINGS or MILLION DOLLAR BABY) was recognized across the board as the Best Film of the Year, this year's race has been flung wide open, with a few films making an impression and certain to be among Oscar nominees for the Academy's highest honor. In the past 72 hours, film critic...

Forrest Whittaker oscar campaigning at Capri Hollywood Festival

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Forest Whitaker’s race for an Oscar will come to the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival on December 30 with the screening of The King of Scotland, in which Whitaker portrays Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. The festival runs from December 27 through January 2. The popular African-American actor will take time out from a crowded schedule to come with his wife and four sons for the special screening of the Kevin McDonald film as part of the “Kimbo Premiere 2006” series. That same evening at the Cin...

Shoot The Messenger wins ADFF 2006 Competition

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SHOOT THE MESSENGERUK, 2006, 100 min, drama, English, Ngozi Onwurah, dir. With his career in ruins, and with his life at a crossroads, Joe Pasacale (Shakespearian actor David Oyelowo) is forced to come to the unhappy conclusion that all of his problems stem from black people - that is, his very own community. British-Nigerian director Onwurah and screenwriter Sharon Foster interrogate the notion of black self-im age (and self-loathing) with the audacity of a young Spike Lee in this funny, provoc...

Habana Blues wins DLA Film Fest Audience Award

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HABANA BLUES WINS THE DLA AUDIENCE AWARD and we are all sad the festival is over one more year... Habana Blues by Benito Zambrano was voted the "most loved" film of the 5th edition of the Discovering Latin America Film Festival, as part of the Audience Award sponsored by the Meliá White House Hotel. The audience award is based on the average scores given by the audience, as well as attendance numbers.Habana Blues tells the story of two young Cuban musicians who share the same dream: becoming fa...

Film In Focus: WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE

Thursday, November 23----One of the exciting events of the Opening Night festivities of the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the international premiere of acclaimed American director Spike Lee's moving opus WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS. The film, which was produced by television cable giant Home Box Office and had its world premiere last month to honor the first anniversary of the devastation in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, will be shown in ...

Film Academy Ludwigsburg - Innovation Prize for animation research project

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The Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, Filmakademie, Baden- Wuerttemberg has been distinguished with the Innovation Prize 2006 from the Federal Film Funding BKM presented by the Minister for Cultural and Media Affairs, Bernd Neumann. During the award ceremony for the German film script prize and innovation prize, which took place in the Film and Television Academy (HFF) in Potsdam, Professor Thomas Haegele, Head of the Institute of Animation, was awarded a prize o...

The Prestige Tesla's magic, Bowie's mystique

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After the little liked and little seen Canadian drama, Mr Rice’s Secret, in 2000, David Bowie makes a stylish return to movies as brilliant Serb-born scientist Nikola Tesla – the only character based on a real historical figure in Christopher Nolan’s new film, The Prestige. Tesla’s life and work are every bit as magical as the film’s subject matter, reports Andrew L. Urban, and Bowie gives him a profound mystique.The first time you see him on screen, there is a moment of hesitation; yo...

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