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NEWSLETTER N° 506: April 29, 2011

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NEWSLETTER N° 504: April 9, 2011

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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...

NEWSLETTER N° 503:April 2, 2011

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NEWSLETTER N° 502: march 25th, 2011

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Milcho on MOTHERS at SIFF

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One day before arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria to speak to press about his latest film, MOTHERS, Goran Paskaljevic (above, left) awarded Milcho Manchevski (above, right) the Best Feature award from the 'Europe Out of Europe' section in Belgrade Film Festival March 06, 2011.    Director of newly released in festivals ‘Mothers', Milcho Manchevski explains his film to press in Sofia, Bulgaria at SIFF 2011. March 08, 2011. Because this press conference was given in Bulgarian and ...

NEWSLETTER N° 501: march 18rd, 2011

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Milcho on MOTHERS at SIFF

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One day before arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria to speak to press about his latest film, MOTHERS, Goran Paskaljevic awarded Milcho Manchevski the Best Feature award from the 'Europe Out of Europe' section in Belgrade Film Festival March 06, 2011.  Director of newly released in festivals ‘Mothers', Milcho Manchevski explains his film to press in Sofia, Bulgaria at SIFF 2011. March 08, 2011. Because this press conference was given in Bulgarian and his answers in English I have just be...

Motel Nana

Director: Predrag Velinovic.
Ivan teaches history in a Belgrade high school. In his class, Ivan is provoked by a student and ends up slapping him on the face. In Serbia, in the heat of transitional changes, Ivan’s presence in school is no longer welcomed. He finds a temporary job opportunity in a war-scarred mountain village in Bosnia. On his way there, he meets Yasmina, a young Muslim woman, back from Germany to her homeland after the war and after being invited by an old friend – Hazim - who now runs a motel. A lone kiss in a stormy night, in a village still lying in ruins, will bring Yasmina and Ivan closer together in a joint escape from reality and to a ride on a dusty bus, where neither one of them wants to sit next to the window.

NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011

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MOTHERS at SIFF 2011

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'Mothers', Milcho Sound like a RHCP album??? :-)   Well, it's not. No, this is the latest film by celebrated Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994). This week he spoke in a press conference at the 2011 Sofia International Film Festival after just winning an award in Belgrade days before for his new film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale.   I havent seen the film yet but there is a fantastic in depth article o...

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...

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...

Belgrade Film Festival 2011

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    This year's Belgrade International Film Festival 2011 which runs from 25 February till 06 March will open with the film Coriolanus, the directorial debut of British actor Ralph Fiennes, starring the actor himself alongside Gerald Butler and Vanessa Redgrave. The film was shot last year in Belgrade.   Other films to be shown at the festival include: Darren Aronofski's Oscar nominated film Black Swan, Tom Hopper's Oscar nominated The King's Speech,...

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...

Make Mine Mannheim

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Arriving at any festival on the 13th of the month does not augur well, though my journey from home to Heathrow Terminal 4 had been surprisingly smooth, if long before Dawn's dusky fingers had opened the strike-free ticket offices of any of the Underground stations circling London's Regent Park. Both my Air France flights, via Paris to Frankfurt, had departed and landed on time (though we should draw a veil over the Economy Class croissants of uncertain age and provenance on the earlier flight)an...

Make Mine Mannheim

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Arriving at any festival on the 13th of the month does not augur well, though my journey from home to Heathrow Terminal 4 had been surprisingly smooth, if long before Dawn's dusky fingers had opened the strike-free ticket offices of any of the Underground stations circling London's Regent Park. Both my Air France flights, via Paris to Frankfurt, had departed and landed on time (though we should draw a veil over the Economy Class croissants of uncertain age and provena...

PLURAL+ 2010 winners were announced

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PLURAL+ 2010 winners were announced during the Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media On Friday November 12, a crowd of nearly 200 gathered at the Paley Center for Media in New York City to honor the winners of the 2010 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. A joint program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration, PLURAL+ provides a platform for young people globally, ages nine to 25, to share their personal experiences, views, questions an...

PLURAL+ 2010 Awards

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Young filmmakers from India and Austria come to NYC to accept award from United Nations-sponsored youth video festival on migration and social inclusion Every day the news is filled with coverage of hot button issues like migration and cultural polarization. Youth around the globe have taken notice and are speaking out about these issues. They picked up video cameras and trained their lenses on the challenges of diversity and integration in their communities and presented a vision of a world fr...

Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) announces slate of 22 Films

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  Museum of Tolerance Announces Slate of 22 Films for its First International Film Festival November 13-18, 2010 in Los Angeles The Museum of Tolerance has announced its lineup of films for the first Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) taking place November 13-18, 2010 in Los Angeles, it was announced today by Museum officials. The opening night film will be "The Way Back," directed by six-time Academy Award® nominee Peter Weir. Inspired by Slavo...

Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) announces slate of 22 Films

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Museum of Tolerance Announces Slate of 22 Films for its First International Film Festival November 13-18, 2010 in Los Angeles The Museum of Tolerance has announced its lineup of films for the first Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival (MOTIFF) taking place November 13-18, 2010 in Los Angeles, it was announced today by Museum officials. The opening night film will be "The Way Back," directed by six-time Academy Award® nominee Peter Weir. Inspired by Slavomir Rawicz's acclaimed novel, ...

AFM begins tomorrow. Nov 03-10

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        November 03, 2010 marks the beginning of the American Film Market 2010.  Film producers, sales reps, distributors and filmmakers from all over the world will meet to buy, sell and make deals on current and future global cinema.    Check out Film Planet Entertainment lineup for AFM. FILM PLANET ENTERTAI...

Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma line up

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Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma celebrates its 39th edition from October 13 to 24. Once again this year, the Festival will delight you with a spectacular lineup, more than ever in tune with real-life changes in the film landscape and new technologies. Features and shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations and events will be served up over 12 days, for all audiences. Over 295 films from 51 countries, inclu...

Gary M. Lumpp's Serbian Scars

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  Gary M. Lumpp is the writer of the film Serbian Scars (2009), an action/thriller that takes place between Belgrade, Chicago and Kosovo about two divided brothers, Alex and Peter, who reunite in America. This is their story of war, discord, ill-fated love and the heavy price of freedom.  I asked Gary to tell us about his film Serbian Scars as well as to share with us what he is working on now, between Ballad of Broken Angels (2010/1) and Harmony (unknown).   ...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival
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