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European Film Awards: The Year of The Romanian Film

Tuesday, December 4----------The year 2007 will be remembered for many things.....but one of the biggest surprises, at least in the worlds of film and media, has been the emergence of the former Communist state of Romania as the hottest film producing territory, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. Of course, a few international arthouse hits does not a thriving industry make, but if one wanted to get a sense of where the energy and inspiration in contemporary cinema could be coming from next...

Four Months 3 weeks 2 days The opening film of the festival

The International Film Festival of India will open with the most celebrated film of the year ‘FOUR MONTHS, THREE WEEKS, TWO DAYS" directed by Cristian Mungiu from Romania.  The film won the prestigious Palme D'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival this year and has received wide critical acclaim all over the world.  The Director Cristian Mungiu and the leading actress of the film Anamaria Marinca will attend the gala opening ceremony on 23rd November 2007 at the Kala Academy in Goa.  Th...

The Romanian Boom

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By Ben Cookson Romanian filmmaking attracted world attention in 2007 when two films were honored at the Cannes Film Festival. Cristian Mingui’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a harrowing portrayal of illegal abortion, was awarded the prestigious Palme D’Or, and California Dreamin’, a tale about American soldiers during the Kosovo conflict, won Un Certain Regard for its director Cristian Nemescu.Tragically, Nemescu won the award posthumously, as the young director was killed in a car acciden...

Riding The New Wave of Romanian Cinema

 Monday, October 22---------On Saturday, veteran film journalist Nick Roddick led a provocative discussion on the sudden emergence of film gems from what had seemed like a most unlikely source: Romania. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (which is screening at the London Film Festival) was the surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival (a first from the cinema of that rather unknown and misunderstood country). Attention is definitely focused on the former Communist state as a ...

Feature and short film competition at Cotbus: look East

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17. FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema: 6.-10.11.200780 The festival will feature films from 25 countries and explore everyday life and visions of our East European neighbours1. The feature film and short feature competitions Ten films from ten countries of Eastern Europe were nominated for the feature film competition. Eight of the selected films will have their German premiere in Cottbus. This year's focus region of ex-Yugoslavia will also have a particularly high profile ...

MV International Film Festival kicked off

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The annual MV International Film Festival kicked off last evening under blue skies atop the Mansion House Inn with more than 200 participants enjoying the acoustic sounds of Phil DaRosa and fabulous food provided by Zephrus Restaurant and Net Result.  The spirits of the opening night reception were heighten by serving of Charles de Fere champagne (provided by Bossiet America), Stella Artois, and sparkling water provided by San Pellegrino.   And then movie-goers were treated to the sights and ...

Tricks wins Europa Cinemas Label in Venice

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7 September 2007: Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski’s TRICKS (Sztuczki) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded tomorrow.This marks the fourth year that the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded at Venice, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and Karlovy Vary.TRI...

Romanian Film Cited As Year's Best

 Wednesday, September 5----------4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, the searing drama by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu which won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, has added to that triumph by being named as the Film of the Year by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). The film, which also won the FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes, is making its Canadian Premiere next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film, the latest in a recent renaissance of...

Europa Cinema label travels to Venice

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Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this year's Venice Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section (August 30 to September 8).This marks the fourth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Venice, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, The Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and Karlovy Vary.A jury of four Eur...

Anton Corbijn’s CONTROL wins Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes

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Anton Corbijn’s CONTROL has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded this evening at the Directors Fortnight prize ceremony.This marks the fifth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Cannes, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, the Venice Days section of the Mostra del Cinema,...

Fifth Cannes for Europa Cinemas Label

Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this years 60th. Cannes Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs  section (May 17/27). This marks the fifth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Cannes, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, the Venice Days section of the Mostra del Cinema, and Karlovy Vary.A...

Bermuda International Film Festival Opens Tonight

Friday, March 16----The 10th edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival opens this evening, with a series of film premieres, including screenings of  Paul Verhoeven's World War II epic BLACK BOOK, the Mexican drama THE VIOLIN (which just won the Grand Jury Prize at last week's Miami International Film Festival), the Cannes Film Festival Camera D'Or winner 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST, Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic's acclaimed debut GRBAVICA: LAND OF MY DREAMS, and a speci...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

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For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards ceremony airs live on Sa...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

     Friday, February 23----For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film I...

Antonio Banderas’EL CAMINO DE LOS INGLESES (SUMMER RAIN)wins Europa Cinemas Label at Berlin Film Festival

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Antonio Banderas’ El Camino de los Ingleses (Summer Rain) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded this evening at the joint Europa Cinemas/Fipresci awards ceremony.This marks the third year that the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded to the Best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, and complements the Labels awarded at the ...

El Camino de los Ingleses wins Europa Cinemas Label

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Antonio Banderas’EL CAMINO DE LOS INGLESES (SUMMER RAIN)wins Europa Cinemas Label at Berlin Film FestivalFebruary 16/Berlin: Antonio Banderas’ El Camino de los Ingleses (Summer Rain) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded this evening at the joint Europa Cinemas/Fipresci awards ceremony.This marks the third year that the Europa Cinemas Label ...

Maverick Spirit Events

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Globally unique in its concept, the seventeenth edition of the Cinequest Film Festival presents an event that goes beyond the traditional concept of “film festival," providing the world of independent and foreign filmmakers, technology innovators, students and film lovers with a revolution of discovery, empowerment and distribution. Cinequest Film Festival is not only a platform to premiere films and celebrate talent, but Cinequest Distribution is a viable option to reach a worldwide audi...

Rotterdam wrapped with impressive figures: 367 000 vistors

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The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam has attracted more international festival guests then during its 2006 edition. Also the public attendance has gone up: the festival organisation registered 367,000 visits to its film screenings, arts exhibitions, talk shows and many special events. Sunday February 4, the festival closes with the ‘Volkskrantdag’, a pre-booked screening day of festival favorites. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) took away the KPN Audience Award. The 37t...

The Lives of Others wins Rotterdam Audience Award

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The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam has attracted more international festival guests then during its 2006 edition. Also the public attendance has gone up: the festival organisation registered 367,000 visits to its film screenings, arts exhibitions, talk shows and many special events. Sunday February 4, the festival closes with the ‘Volkskrantdag’, a pre-booked screening day of festival favorites. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) took away the KPN Audience Award. The 37t...

Europa Cinemas Label: third year in Berlin

Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this years Berlin Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Panorama section (February 8-18). This marks the third year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Berlin, and complements the Labels awarded at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, the Venice Days section of the Mostra del Cinema, and Karlovy Vary. A jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibi...

Kim Ki Duk and many more...back to Fantasporto

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It happens every year. In February, the month of St Valentine and Carnival, the second most important city in Portugal receives thousands of film enthusiasts for another edition of Fantasporto. A fortnight of the best cinema in the world. And, as usual, new discoveries and new creators together with old talents and retrospectives. The 27th edition of the biggest film festival in Portugal is supported by the Ministry of Culture, through the ICAM, the Portuguese Film Institute, as well as the Opor...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival awards

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47th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALNOVEMBER 17-26, 2006The jury of the International Competition Section of the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprised of, Christine Vachon, Producer, (USA) PresidentPierre Rissient, Film director, distributor, film consultant (France)Katia Lund, Film director, screenwriter, producer (Brazil)Diego Galán, Film critic, film director (Spain)Mogens Rukov, Screenwriter, professor (Denmark)Xu Jinglei, Film director, screenwriter, producer, ac...

Belgrade’s New Author Film Festival opener cancelled

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Belgrade’s New Author Film Festival was not officially opened with Chinese film “Summer Palace” (Yihe Yuan) by Lou Ye, because Serbia didn’t wanted to politically compromise with Chinese government. Just minutes before the movie “Summer Palace” supposed to open the festival, Serbian authories pulled the movie off the festival because China threatened to freeze all diplomatic relations with Serbia. Chinese movie is problematic because it mentions events from Tiananmen Square (Tiananm...

Long verboten DDR films surface in Cottbus

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The 16th Cottbus International Film Festival festival closed its five day run on Saturday November 18th with the distribution of the prizes and the premiere of the new German film "Herzentöter" (Heartbreaker) by Cottbus born director Bernd Heiber. This absurd slap-sticky comedy set completely in the local Spreewald area, went over well with the local audience but is not likely to travel very far from Lusatia. The main prize, 25,000 €, for Best Film went to the Serbian competition entry "Sutra...

Long verboten DDR films surface in Cottbus

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The 16th Cottbus International Film Festival festival closed its five day run on Saturday November 18th with the distribution of the prizes and the premiere of the new German film "Herzentöter" (Heartbreaker) by Cottbus born director Bernd Heiber. This absurd slap-sticky comedy set completely in the local Spreewald area, went over well with the local audience but is not likely to travel very far from Lusatia. The main prize, 25,000 €, for Best Film went to the Serbian competition entry "Sutra...

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