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What Takes To Be A Film Critic?

  One of the guests of festival and the jurist of Europe Out Of Europe is  an American film critic and journalist Deborah Young and recently from 2007 the Artistic Director of the Taormina Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian film festivals.  Deborah has been working on other Mediterranean festivals by now, including Pula in a period old Yugoslavia and has been more than 20 years an official film critics for Variety and today she is the lead critic of European fil...

Shakespeare's Coriolanus to open FEST

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...

The Italian Film Festival 2011 will kick off on 1 March 2011

  LONDON'S ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2011 1 - 6 March 2011   The Italian Film Festival 2011 will kick off on 1 March 2011 with a concert at London's Cadogan Hall by Nicola Piovani, winner of the Academy Award for the score of Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful in 1998. The festival, due to become an annual event, is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in London and Cinecittà Luce in Rome...

Turkey's celluloid connections

Did you know  the wooden horse from the 2004 film Troy, is preserved on the seafront at Çanakkale, Turkey?   ( The Trojan Horse was a wooden contraption  in which Greek soldiers hid to trick  the Trojans into opening their city gates, thus losing their long drawn out war. Helen,wife of King Menelaus of Sparta was "given" by the goddess Aphrodite  to Paris, who  was married and deeply in love with a nymph named Oenone, but left her for Helen. The Spartan queen eloped with ...


Currently running in Indian cinemas, Alejandro Gonsalez Inarritu's Biutiful presents a gritty, grimy Barcelona  which is a far cry from the exquisitely beautiful city showcased by Woody Allen in "Vicky Cristiba Barcelona". But Barcelona is only one of several Spanish cities that Indian tourists can set their sights on thanks to Espana's sunny weather, natural beauty  and splendid culture (13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 42 World Heritage cities !) Indian travellers w...

Can Film Festivals Work Together?

  Can film festivals work together? That was one of the provocative questions brought up on the first full day of the International Film Festival Summit, a "meeting of the minds" event that is bringing together leading film festival reps in Berlin today and tomorrow. The event is being held at the Berlin Hilton Hotel. "While I think that collaboration can always happen, the idea that film festivals will share their contacts, films or sponsors is rather utopian", ...


From March 18 to 25 at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila in Rome   The 10th Rome Independent Film Festival Italy’s new generation directors: Dominedò, Rocchetti, Zampino, Albanesi. In the Jury: Fariborz Kamkari       January 24, 2011, Rome - RIFF AWARDS 2011, March 18 - 25, at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila - this year, celebrates a decade of "independence" puts focus on Italian production and showcases the best foreign films. ...

The Athlete, Palm Springs 2011

Beautiful documentary style narrative portrayal of Olympic gold medal winner Abebe Bikila played by newcomer actor Rasselas Lakew.   IMDB SUMMARY Plot Summary Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his own country and to the contin


Director: Kurt Hoerbst / Alexandra Grill.
When wandering through rural Bangladesh with a camera in your hand the sentence „Bideshi…chobi, chobi…! – Stranger! Take a photo of me!” will soon be heard all around. An unbelievably delighted eagerness to be photographed is definitely there. When Kurt Hoerbst met and fell for the village Rudrapur and its dwellers in 2005 the idea for the project BIDESHI Photostudio was founded. People in Rudrapur live simple, agriculture and craftsmanship dominate everyday life. Family itself as the highest rated value in society, is nevertheless rarely preserved in a photograph as it would be in more western parts of the world… Technology and the arts simply are too far away or not affordable- up until… The project BIDESHI Photostudio, which started off in December 2008 after intense preparations and diligent planning by Austrian Kurt Hoerbst, first and foremost provided a welcome opportunity to earn money for the men of Rudrapur. The experienced bamboo and clay specialists constructed a simple but impressive building within a month’s work – by hand! The hut and the entire project were organised in cooperation with Dipshikha, a well-established organisation in Rudrapur. As a close neighbour to the Meti-School, which is well-renowned through various prizes in architecture, the daylight studio offered locals to be photographed professionally from the beginning of February 2009. A glass roof and light Sari-fabrics on the side walls created a soft ambience in combination with the clay ground and back wall. While project assistant Alexandra Grill took digital photos of the families, Kurt Hoerbst photographed the villagers analogue in a large format system. Single portraits in front of the even clay background of course had to be taken as well! The digital data was edited, printed and laminated the same and passed on to the curious models the next day. Surprised by their image (and often amused) they usually welcomed their photographs with great fascination.

Je ne suis pas morte, Jean-Charles Fitoussi

by Marie-Charlotte Fossard Last Saturday, I went to an event called Table ronde «Dessiner le musée» at the Louvre museum. The event hosted various artists like architects, scenographers and designers who meet to talk and debate about art. These «carte blanche» events give artists the opportunity to share their passion for their vocation. This Saturday it was carte blanche to Richard Peduzzi, a scenographer, painter and designer, who has demonstrated his passion...


Director: Stella Leonetti.

NEWSLETTER N° 487: December 4, 2010

 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 487: December 4, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film profession...

From 'Nazareno' to '6 Days on Earth'

Check out these two exciting thriller films set in Rome by director Varo Venturi... the up and coming force behind 'Deus Film'  

Deborah Hadfield on 'The Kindness of Strangers'

                                  Deborah Hadfield is the proud debut director of her first feature film, the romantic road movie entitled, ‘The Kindness of Strangers' (2010). I spoke with Deborah recently about the making of her film and what it was like to shoot on location throughout three different countries in Europe...

NEWSLETTER N° 484: November 11, 2010

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Dino Di Laurentiis dies at 91

He was born at Torre Annunziata in the province of Naples, and grew up selling spaghetti produced by his father. His studies at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome were interrupted by the Second World War. Since his first movie, L'ultimo Combattimento, (1940) he has produced nearly 150. In 1946 his company, the Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, moved into production. In the early years, De Laurentiis produced neorealist films such as Bitter Rice (1946) and the Fellini classics La...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th

River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFlorence, Italy, 3-9 December 2010Odeon cinema - Piazza Strozzi 1 Spazio Uno cinema - Via del Sole 10River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition with a tribute and a photographic exhibition on multi-award winner and celebrated director Satyajit Ray, in addition to the films in competition and special screenings.The 10th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, founded and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place ...

NEWSLETTER N° 483: November 4, 2010

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The boss comes to Rome...Fest

Bruce Springsteen will be at the Festival for the film The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of TownOn 1st November, Bruce Springsteen will be at the International Rome Film Festival for the screening of the film The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town by Thom Zimny, in competition within the Extra section coordinated by Mario Sesti. One of rock and roll's greatest living myths has accepted to participate in the Rome Film Festival, where the film will be premiered. The...

European award to Zeynep Özbatur

Turkish producer receives Prix EURIMAGESThe winner of the fourth edition of the EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD - Prix EURIMAGES, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, was just announced at a lunch held in the framework of the “New Cinema Network” in Rome attended by a large number of professionals from the cinema industry and the press.This year’s prize will go to an outstanding producer who has always joined forces with European producing ...

Rome Opens to Protests!

Read latest news on Rome International Film Festival 28 Oct- 05 Nov:   Read article about opening night red carpet protests in Rome:  

Rome Opens to Protests!

  Last night saw the open of the Rome International Film Festival. But during the red carpet opening, thousands of protesters blocked the red carpet and stars Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes were forced to enter the cinema through a back door.   A local filmmaker this morning told me: "Here the Rome Film Festival has been quite miserable (as usual) as yesterday there was a strike of cinema producers and directors that occupied the red carpet. There were over 2,000 peo...

NEWSLETTER N° 482: October 28, 2010

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Rome to open with Last Night and a tribute to Kurosawa

the exclusive premiere of Tron Legacy and the opening event at the MaxxiThe fifth edition of the International Rome Film Festival opens on Thursday (28th October – 5th November) and it will take place under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic. The Sala Santa Cecilia of the Auditorium Parco della Musica will be hosting the first film in competition in the Official Selection, Last Night by Massy Tadjedin. At 6:45 p.m., before the screening of the film scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Kei...

Rome fest gives a tribute to La Dolce Vita

The tribute to La Dolce Vita: the restoration of Fellini's masterpiece, the retrospective, three themed exhibitions and a documentary The fifth edition of the International Rome Film Festival will be dedicating a broad and variegated tribute toLa Dolce Vita. On 30thOctober at 6:00 p.m., on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Fellini's masterpiece, the Sala Petrassi of the Auditorium Parco della Musica will be premiering worldwide the digital restoration ofLa Dolce Vita. The event ...


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