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LOVERBOY, an interview with Daniel Mitulescu

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LOVERBOY (2011) is the newest film by the Mitulescu brothers, Catalin and Daniel. LOVERBOY opened at Cannes 2011 in ‘Un Certain Regard’ and screened in competition in Sarajevo at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival where the stunning lead actress, Ada Condeescu, won a merited Best Actress award for her magnetic and arresting performance in the film as a her loverboy’s greatest conquest. LOVERBOY examines the nature of love and questions the psyche of a lover in not only m...

Periferic (Outbound) by Bogdan George Apetri , an interview

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‘Periferic ‘is a dark story about a woman named Matilda (played by actress Ana Ularu) who has only 24 hours release from after two years in prison, after which she must return back to serve another three years. In that 24hours she plans to escape with money promised to her by her ex-boyfriend and to find her son, Toma. She visits her brother and her ex-boyfriend and then goes in search of her son, but just when everything appears like it's going to work out all goes terribly wrong, lea...

The members of Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by Michel GONDRY

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The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by Michel GONDRY will welcome Julie GAYET, Jessica HAUSNER, Corneliu PORUMBOIU and João Pedro RODRIGUES. They will have to choose First, Second and Third prize winners from the sixteen final-year films featuring in the 2011 Cinéfondation Selection. These three films will walk away with prize money of 15,000€, 11,250€ and 7,500€ respectively. The prizes will be awarded by the Jury on Friday 20th May during a ceremony in the Salle ...

The Film Festival Forum

2nd International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” Vilnius

International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” is being held for the 2nd time in Vilnius as a part of 16th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”.

The event intends to become an annual gathering place and creative ideas production lab for main international film festivals of the region.

The festivals Forum is taking place on the March 28-31st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Vilnius and will make it possible for more than 20 International film festival representatives and highly experienced keynote speakers to discuss topical issues for contemporary film promoters, such as building up closer relations with other film industry players, improving cooperation with private sponsors, increasing the diversity of the audience, developing sustainable cross-border cooperation, contribution to the growth of Europe’s creative economy, and many other.


The organizers of the Forum hope that this new initiative will generate answers and creative ideas that will help to meet new challenges and enrich film festivals of the Eastern-Central Europe in new cross-border undertakings.

Program for the Vilnius Film Festival Forum

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  10.00-10:10 Welcoming speech by the director of Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino pavasaris" and the representative of Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. 10.10-11.30 *"What Should I Know about Central-Eastern European Film Festival" (PART I) This panel will open the floor for the guest-festivals and will give them an opportunity to introduce their individual festivals, their different programming, submission specificities as well as the scope of the in...

Bruno Chatelin to speak at the 2nd International Film Festivals Forum

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2nd International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift”Vilnius, 28th-31st March, 2011In March 2011 International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” will be held for the 2nd time in Vilnius as a part of 16th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”. The event intends to become an annual gathering place and creative ideas production lab for main international film festivals of the region. The festivals Forum will take place on the March 28-31st at the Crown...

JUST TALKING at 13th TDF

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    PRESS CONFERENCE- THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B. / PORTRAIT OF A MAN / A SMALL ACT / CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN On Friday, March 18, 2011, a Press Conference was held as part of the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were the directors Carol Dysinger (Camp Victory, Afghanistan), Alexander Nanau (The World According to Ion B.) Visa Koiso-Kanttila (Portrait of a Man) and Jennifer Arnold (A Small Act). In her documentary Camp Victory, Afghanistan, director Carol Dysinger...

Hitchcock reloaded

Director: Mirel Bran.
An actress wanted to play in Hitchcock’s “The Birds” but she didn’t succeed. Since then she has been seeing birds everywhere.

The Birthday

Director: Luiza Parvu.
Adina tries to make a birthday for herself, but this is not an easy job for a lonely bus ticket saleswoman, living alone in the old apartment of her late parents. She finds an unusual way of spending the day, when she decides to call a professional party entertainer agency.The Birthday is a sincere and sensitive short film about the need to get close to someone and, at the same time, the impossibility of doing it. The motivation of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Short Competition jury, who awarded this film with the 2nd Prize was: 'The jury found this film effectively acted and directed to express a young woman's sense of isolation, but there is a stubborn hope in despair which resonated with us.'

Periferic (Outbound) wins the Golden Alexander!

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‘Periferic ‘is a dark story about a woman named Matilda (played by actress Ana Ularu) who has only 24 hours release from after two years in prison, after which she must return back to serve another three years. In that 24hours she plans to escape with money promised to her by her ex-boyfriend and to find her son, Toma. She visits her brother and her ex-boyfriend and then goes in search of her son, but just when everything appears like it's going to work out all goes terr...

Periferic (Outbound) wins the Golden Alexander!

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‘Periferic ‘is a dark story about a woman named Matilda (played by actress Ana Ularu) who has only 24 hours release from after two years in prison, after which she must return back to serve another three years. In that 24hours she plans to escape with money promised to her by her ex-boyfriend and to find her son, Toma. She visits her brother and her ex-boyfriend and then goes in search of her son, but just when everything appears like it's going to work out all goes terribly wrong...

New York: HBO's Sheila Nevins documentary programming

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In the US and overseas two organizations have become more prominent over the last few years at film and television festivals: the French-German consortium arte, and the U.S. based HBO. A growing number of their productions have been selected and received a disproportionate number of awards. HBO and arte are now leading funders and producers of outstanding documentaries and feature films. This article covers HBO and a different one will cover arte.     For HBO much credit for the succes...

The 2010 New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival, still after 22 years under the outstanding stewardship of Richard Pena, has completed its 48th edition running from September 24 to October 10. It has remained a most desirable platform for directors and the place to detect tendencies for high quality commercial movie making and for films in the art cinema sector. It is a festival where film tastes are shaped and where an upscale discerning audience derives pointers for serious filmmaking and for features they should...

Deaf Sounds

Director: Gheorghe Andrei.
The sounds that a boy and a girl make just by sitting on a bench are combined into a song that reveals a certain thing … they fall in love.

Romanian Revolution Continues At NYFF

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  The revolution in Romanian cinema that began several years ago with the astonishingly original films THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (2005), 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST (2006) and 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (2007), continues to flex its muscle, with a strong showing at the New York Film Festival, which opened this past weekend. Three extraordinary films from Romania will be featured at the Festival, New York's most prestigious film event. AURORA, the latest effort from director Cristi Puiu...

Berlin Today Award 2011 project starts shooting

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On Thursday, August 19, 2010, shooting begins in Berlin for Mother’s Little Helper; a short film about what happens when dieting goes wild. The film is one of five projects that have made it to the final of the Berlin Today Award 2011 – the Berlinale Talent Campus short film competition. 150 young filmmakers from 55 countries responded to the call for projects that address the competition’s motto “Leaving the familiar sector”, to be realised in collaboration with producers from the Ber...

BITFF (Bucharest International Tourism Film Festival)

Bucharest, a continuously changing city once known as “Little Paris”, is trying to take back it’s rightful place on the World Map as an important cultural place. BITFF, The Bucharest International Tourism Film Festival, wishes to be the first step towards accomplishing this goal. Tourism is the essential element of the city’s life and film is the perfect approach of promoting such a product. Combining the two elements, we will obtain a professional environment, ideal for developing Bucharest’s cultural and tourism aspects.

The 10th Birthday of the Residence of the Cinéfondation

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The Festival de Cannes is to celebrate on May 19th 10 years of the Résidence, created in 2000 to encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers. To illustrate the action undertaken this last decade, the Festival has invited several of its former residents to come defend their current project: the Iranian Mitra Farahani, the Australian Ben Hackworth, the Korean Kim Hee-Jung, from China, Kit Hui, from Kazakhstan, Abay Kulbayev and the Israeli Noam Kaplan. During the celebrations for...

Cannes Day 3: The Schedule!

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Official Selection THE HOUSEMAID by Im Sangsoo 11h45 22h30   Out of competition WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS by Oliver Stone 8h30 14h30 19h00   Un certain Regard AURORA by Cristi Puiu 11h00 Synopsis: An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. A wasteland on the outskirt...

Un certain regard: Aurora by Cristi Puiu

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Synopsis: An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. A wasteland on the outskirts of Bucharest: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what seems to be a family. The same city, the same man: driving through traffic with two hand-made firing pins for a hunting rifle. The man is 42 years old, his name - Viorel. Troubled by obscure thoughts, he drives acr...

Where will the Festival de Cannes be in five years time?

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A note from the President Politics, allegedly, is the art of answering questions you haven’t been asked. I won’t be doing that today. People often ask: where will the Festival de Cannes be in five years time? The only question that I find important is that of the future of independent, auteur cinema, and thus the future of film festivals, as they are basically the same thing. For a long time I believed that cinema was a kind of royal processional road along which one went from Lu...

When we leave (DIE FREMDE) is handed the Europa Cinemas Label Award in Berlin

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Live from Berlin: Feo Aladag's WHEN WE LEAVE (DIE FREMDE) from Germany has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Panorama section of the 60th. Berlinale, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors - the seventh year the Label has been awarded in the section.   WHEN WE LEAVE (DIE FREMDE) will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional promotion across...

Festival on Wheels shoots for Police, Adjective

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  The winners of the 15th Festival on Wheels have been announced. Among the 10 films competing from 10 countries, Corneliu Porumboiu's latest feature Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) won both the Golden Bull and the SİYAD (Turkish Film Critics' Association) awards. İki Dil Bir Bavul (On the Way to School), co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan, was named second best film.   The awards ceremony of the 15th Festival on Wheels, an event organized by the Ank...

Turkish FESTIVAL on WHEELS awards 2010 GOLDEN BULL Awards

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Festival on Wheels Prizes Festival on Wheels shoots for Police, Adjective The winners of the 15th Festival on Wheels have been announced. Among the 10 films competing from 10 countries, Corneliu Porumboiu’s latest feature Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) won both the Golden Bull and the SİYAD (Turkish Film Critics’ Association) awards. İki Dil Bir Bavul (On the Way to School), co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan, was named second best film. ...

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Festival on Wheels shoots for Police, Adjective The winners of the 15th Festival on Wheels have been announced. Among the 10 films competing from 10 countries, Corneliu Porumboiu’s latest feature Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) won both the Golden Bull and the SİYAD (Turkish Film Critics’ Association) awards. İki Dil Bir Bavul (On the Way to School), co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özg

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