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Portrait of an independent filmmaker: Egil Pedersen

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by Catherine Rierson   I met Egil Pedersen on the way to one of the festival’s after-parties. With his hands stuffed in his jacket’s pockets, the scarf tightly wound around his neck, and his overall quiet disposition, I was initially hesitant to approach the seemingly timid director. Nonetheless, in the bright, fluorescent light of the metro, and later in the dim blue-filtered light of the ÉCU after-party, we discussed his personal history with independent filmmaking in par...

31. Istanbul Film Festival's Winners

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GOODBYE FESTIVAL! The awards of the festival were given out at the Closing Gala and Award Ceremony at Lütfi Kırdar. Memet Ali Alabora host the night. Here are the films awarded at the ceremony: “Golden Tulip International Competition Award” on behalf of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev) Golden Tulip International Competition “Special Jury Prize” Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier) “Golden Tulip National Competition Best Picture...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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  YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL (12.04.2012) • GOODBYE IRAN! Director Mohammad Rasoulof focuses on an Iranian woman in his film. He shaped the whole story on the Iranian lawyer and her efforts to find a visa out of the country. Goodbye was screened at Atlas Sineması at 11.00 with the participation of director Rasoulof. Rasoluof stated: “It is difficult to make independent films in every part of the world. But it is even more difficult in Iran due to censors... Besides, there isn...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL (11.04.2012) • PROGRAMMES WERE MADE IN ADVANCE There were a number of events in the festival yesterday. Festival audience who determined their priorities not to get lost in the programme had another amazing day! • MUSIC AND CINEMA WORKSHOP AT SALON A workshop was given by the acclaimed film music composer Nathan Larson, whose filmography includes a number of soundtracks, together with renowned Turkish contemporary and electronic mu...

Scandinavian Invasion Of Sundance

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  TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)  It is now pretty clear that Vikings made landfall in North America several centuries before Columbus collided with the West Indies. If they had colonized the land, we would all be blonds and speaking Norwegian. Such, my children, are the vagaries of history. Well a new invasion from the Scandinavian nation is about to commence at the Sundance Film Festival, where a strong sampling of films from Norway, Sweden and Denmark are literally making waves. De...

This year's winners at Stockholm International Film Festival

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After an incredibly strong line-up the jury has now made their decisions and present the winners of the 22:nd edition of Stockholm International Film Festival. The 7,3 kilogrammes heavy Bronze Horse for best film goes to a film with intelligent dialogue, brilliant photography and astounding performances from the actors - a perfectly painted portrait of a generation. This year's Bronze Horse for Best Film is awarded Oslo August 31 by Joachim Trier. This year's jury consists of direc...

Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg opens with Our Own Oslo

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Opening with true love – The Icelandic romantic comedy OKKAR EIGIN OSLÓ (Our Own Oslo) by Reynir Lyngdal will start off the 60th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg The great anniversary edition of the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, which is now 60 years old, starts cheerfully and amourously: the romantic comedy OKKAR EIGIN OSLÓ (Our Own Oslo) by newcomer director Reynir Lyngdal marks the official start of the programme of the second-oldest German film festival....

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

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New Best Icelandic Short Film Award established to honor Thor Vilhjálmsson Record festival attendance nears 27,000 admissions RIFF 2012 September 27 – October 7    The Golden Egg Winner was "Auf wiedersehen papa" by Sandra Nedeleff: "An everyday drama that navigates from stone cold reality into a fairytale and back again, throwing in a few twists along the way. This is a beautiful and elegantly realized film, shot on location in Berlin and is only the ...

RIFF 2011 Awards

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RIFF 2011 Awards   New Best Icelandic Short Film Award established to honor Thor Vilhjálmsson Record festival attendance nears 27,000 admissions RIFF 2012 September 27 – October 7 "Auf wiedersehen papa". The Golden Egg Winner was "Auf wiedersehen papa" by Sandra Nedeleff: "An everyday drama that navigates from stone cold reality into a fairytale and back again, throwing in a few twists along the way. This is a beautifu...

European Film Awards 2011 the selection of titles

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European Film Awards 2011 THE SELECTION ALMANYA – WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND ALMANYA Germany/Turkey, 101 min. DIRECTED BY: Yasemin Samdereli              WRITTEN BY: Yasemin Samdereli & Nesrin Samdereli PRODUCED BY: Andreas Richter, Ursula Woerner & Annie Brunner AMÉRICA AMERICA Portugal/Spain/Brazil/Russia, 111 min. DIRECTED BY: João Nuno Pinto WRITTEN BY: João Nuno Pinto, Luisa Costa Gomes & Melanie Dimantas PRODUCED BY: Pandora Da Cun...

Fest Director introduces the Bollywood Festival Norway 2011

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The 9th Bollywood Festival has the honor to present you one and all " a vibrant journey through culture, dance and music of Bollywood".  You are warmly invited to take part in this 7 days the Indian dance and film festival. This year also, the festival  encompassing  best films from bollywood along with instrumental folk music, Classical Indian dance, Modern Bollywood dance, Bollywood ballet, and a tribute Music Concert. All the main events will be held at the heart of Lørenskog,...

Magmart | video under volcano awards

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  The VI edition of Magmart | video under volcano is over. And the winners (33 not 30, due some æxequo, and strictly in alphabetical order) are: ...niland 2 / Marius and Rocio / Leneweit and Rodriguez - Germany Again (bloody painting) / Fabio Sanna - Italy Android / Hicham Lasri - Morocco Butter cow / Junichiro Ishii - France Cesta / Marta Daeuble - France Cuerpos deshonrados (dishonored bodies) / Juanma Carrillo - Spain Cyanide / Barbara Agreste - United...

Magmart | video under volcano is over. And the winners are...

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  The VI edition of Magmart | video under volcano is over. And the winners (33 not 30, due some æxequo, and strictly in alphabetical order) are: ...niland 2 / Marius and Rocio / Leneweit and Rodriguez - Germany Again (bloody painting) / Fabio Sanna - Italy Android / Hicham Lasri - Morocco Butter cow / Junichiro Ishii - France Cesta / Marta Daeuble - France Cuerpos deshonrados (dishonored bodies) / Juanma Carrillo - Spain Cyanide / Barbara Agreste - United...

Industry event during the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Fest in Prague

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  Documentary Campus Industry Session 11-13th March Prague, Czech Republic   "One World, Many Ways" - New Directions in Human Rights Documentaries   Documentary Campus is honoured to present a three-day industry event during the acclaimed One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague (8-17 March 2011). Thought-provoking panels and case studies for industry professionals will be run parallel to workshops on low budg...

The 12th Nordic Film Market begins!

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On Thursday, another 250 guests will arrive to the Göteborg International Film Festival as well as to the 12th edition of the Nordic Film Market, the leading market for Nordic film. This year, 28 films and future projects from the Nordic countries will be presented to international buyers, distributors and festival programmers.
 
– It is particularly gratifying that we’re able to present a seminar for the movie industry on international film distribution. The film industry has u...

The nominees for the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film!

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  Från Árni Ólafur Asgeirssons Brim  It will be a thrilling battle with eight new feature films contending for the festival's award for Best Nordic film. Now the award is even more coveted as the prize money from this year and on is set to a breathtaking SEK one million (app. $143.000), an increase from the previous years' prize of SEK 100,000. 
 Dragon Award Best Nordic Film is one of ten awards presented at the Dragon Awards Gala on Saturday, February 5. Contributing to ...

Exclusive Interview: with Gore Vidal

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Exclusive Interview: Gore Vidal, Friend of the Country, Champions THE ENEMY OF THE SMILEby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentOn Pearl Harbor Day, literary lion Gore Vidal, 85, allowed a rare exclusive interview at the offices of Dr. Hessam Nowzari, DDS, PhD, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Vidal made himself available to discuss Dr. Nowzari's documentary THE ENEMY OF THE SMILE that "addresses the serious global dental health issue of early-in-life oral infection" (the bacterium known as AA, a...

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation will be honored at an event in Oslo

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The Norwegian Crown Prince, His Majesty Haakon and film director/actress Liv Ullmann officially opens a Film & Music Live Gala screening at The Norwegian Opera on October 10, 2010, presenting legendary Brazilian artist Mario Peixoto´s masterpiece, LIMITE, in a newly restored version. Celebrated Norwegian composer/musician, Bugge Wesseltoft, has composed new music for the film and will be presenting it live in collaboration with acclaimed Brazilian musicians, such as Naná Vasconcelos, Marlui Mi...

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Heart

Director: Laurent Clermont.
A little heart creature is looking for any kind of love in an urban environment.

Rotterdam's Signals section includes first international focus on Sai Yoichi

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39th International Film Festival Rotterdam 27 January - 7 February, 2010  As part of its main Signals section, the International Film Festival Rotterdam honors Japanese filmmaker Sai Yoichi with a tribute program that includes many of his works including his latest, brilliant ninja action movie Kamui. Furthermore, Signals presents the thematic program ‘After Victory' with recent war films as well as seven works by legendary master of the postwar Japanese cinema Yoshida Kiju.   T...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: SÆKZI

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Article by Anna Takayama    SÆKZI, a recent submission to the ÉCU 2010 Dramatic Short category, is an honest story of a woman’s battle with her lack of self-confidence through the eyes of her devoted lover. Director Lars T. Moen gives interviewer Anna Takayama his views on women, beauty, ideals, and love in modern times.   Q: What is your film about? Sækzi is a film about self-confidence, and how it shouldn’t matter what you look like. The film port...

The Tiger and the Lamb

Director: Ulf Kristiansen.
Based on 2 poems by William Blake, animation by Ulf Kristiansen. Blake is building on the conventional idea that nature, like a work of art, must in some way contain a reflection of its creator. The tiger is strikingly beautiful yet also horrific in its capacity for violence. What kind of a God, then, could or would design such a terrifying beast as the tiger? In more general terms, what does the undeniable existence of evil and violence in the world tell us about the nature of God, and what does it mean to live in a world where a being can at once contain both beauty and horror? The open awe of "The Tyger" contrasts with the easy confidence, in "The Lamb," of a child's innocent faith in a benevolent universe. By letting the tiger recite "the Lamb" , the tiger appears somewhat mephistotelian even though the lamb is not letting herself be seduced. The tiger is also less than impressed by the lamb’s poetry reading and seems to be planning his next meal.

The puppeteer of Havana

Director: Wolf Hermsen.
Roberto, a puppeteer from Havana, has a dream. He hopes that a festival manager, whom he met years before, invites him and his puppets to Oslo. His dream turns into an obsession and his family starts doubting his mental state. They don't know that Roberto owns another set of puppets in an old ruinous shed in a backyard. He once prepared these puppets with the hair and blood of his deceased wife Olga to lend the puppet a stronger artistic expression.

Hammerhead

Director: Sam Donovan.
Oddball Boris tries to reunite his parents on a shark-spotting trip off the North Yorkshire coast. Only, his biggest enemy is along for the ride… his mother’s girlfriend, Lilah. Only once Boris accepts Lilah can he unite his family in his own unique way, through his obsessive love of sharks.
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