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TWO EYES STARING wins best film and screenplay at Fantasporto

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  The Psychological thriller TWO EYES STARING (original title: ZWART WATER) by Dutch writer/director Elbert van Strien has won the Grand Prix Best Film Award of the 31st edition of the International Film Festival of Porto 2011 (Fantasporto), and also the Award for Best Screenplay. "...the film "Two Eyes Staring" by Elbert van Strien is the Grand Prize Best Film Award Winner of Fantasporto 2011. The Dutch film that will be...

Taiwan Film Days

The San Francisco Film Society in association with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, Taiwan's Government Information Office and Taiwan's Tourism Bureau presents Taiwan Film Days, October 22–24 at Viz Cinema at the New People center, 1746 Post Street. This exciting showcase highlights the best of contemporary Taiwanese cinema and provides Bay Area audiences with unique opportunities to view bold new Taiwanese films and engage with visionary filmmakers.

Independent Spirit Awards Filmmakers grants winners

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  SPIRIT AWARDS WINNERS TO BE REVEALED ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26,  WITH CEREMONY AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON IFC AT 10:00 PM ET/PT   Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the winners of its four filmmaker grant awards at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.  Sandra Oh and Terrence Howard hosted the casual event and handed out the honor...

Independent Spirit Awards nominees for Best Feature 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right , Winter's Bone

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone. Please Give was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given...

NEWSLETTER N° 484: November 11, 2010

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Satoshi Tsumabuki Arrives at Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei

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Satoshi Tsumabuki, the lead actor of the film, Villain, arrived in Taipei today. Before his plane landed at the Taipei Sonshan Airport around three this afternoon, thousands of fans and the media had already been waiting for him there. When Tsumabuki was finally seen at the airport, he was greeted with excited cheer and screams of his fans and swarmed by photographers. He went straight to the hotel to get ready to meet the audiences in the cinema at seven this evening. When he appe...

Satoshi Tsumabuki Arrives at Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei

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Satoshi Tsumabuki, the lead actor of the film, Villain, arrived in Taipei today. Before his plane landed at the Taipei Sonshan Airport around three this afternoon, thousands of fans and the media had already been waiting for him there. When Tsumabuki was finally seen at the airport, he was greeted with excited cheer and screams of his fans and swarmed by photographers. He went straight to the hotel to get ready to meet the audiences in the cinema at seven this evening. When he appeared in the ci...

International Voices At FLIFF

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  WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Shirin Neshat, Iran)  At the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, bringing international cinema to the attention of local audiences is a major priority. Since most of the films presented will never find traditional theatrical distribution, their showings are FLIFF are (unfortunately) a rare occurrence and maybe the only opportunity for a film to be seen on the big screen. The lack of ...

CMJ 2010 Music Marathon and Film Festival Lineup Announcement

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    CMJ 2010 Music Marathon and Film Festival will be held in downtown New York, October 19 - 23, 2010. The festival features the best new music and film from around the world. This year’s talent showcase featuring over 1,200 artists include Phoenix, GZA, UNKLE, Black Sheep, John Vanderslice, Cute Is What We Aim For, Justin Townes Earle, Black Label Society, Angus & Julia Stone, Corin Tucker Band, Dan Black, Eli Paperboy Reed, Freddie Gibbs, Frankie And The Heartstrings...

2011 Taipei Film Festival Call for Entry!

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Taipei Film Festival is currently preparing for its 13th edition, which will take place from June 24 - July 14, 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. In this year's programme, we have non-competition and competition sections. For non-competition section, we have City Vision, Selection of City Vision, Global Chinese Cinerama, Director in Focus and so on. For the competition section, we are the only festival in Taiwan that offers a New Talent Competition for aspiring directors from around the...

Tokyo International Film Festival Focus on Taiwan

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By Liza ForemanThe 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival will hold a special-focus on films by the nextgeneration of directors from Taiwan to have emerged since the golden age of the great masters HouHsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, and Edward Yang. "Taiwanese CinemaRenaissance 2010: New Breeze of the Rising Generation," will be part of thefestival’s Winds of Asia Middle-East section.Titles set for thesection include: - "The FourthPortrait" from director: Mong-Hong Chung. ...

Highlights from Vancouver International Film Festival

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  Dragons & TIGERS: THE CINEMA OF EAST ASIA Vancouver International Film Festival  September 30 - October 15, 2010   VIFF's Dragons & Tigers program continues to be a leader in introducing the most exciting new cinematic talents from East Asia to the world. The distinguished jury for the 2010 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema includes three of the bes...

NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010

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NEWSLETTER N° 474: August 26, 2010

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2010 Asian American International Film Festival Q&A: Ketchup

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By Maria Esteves - August 21, 2010 The 33rd Asian American International Film Festival 2010 (AAIFF10) Special Presentation of Eye on Taiwan short film series sponsored by Asian CineVision (ACV) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), New York, commenced Saturday, July 17, 7:30 pm, at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, New York. A special Q&A session with producer/director Wenchung Lu, of Ketchup, moderated by AAIFF program manager Martha C.M. Tien immediatelyfollowed the presentat...

33rd Asian American International Film Festival Eye on Taiwan Shorts

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By Maria Esteves - August 21, 2010 The 33rd Asian American International Film Festival 2010 (AAIFF10) Special Presentation of Eye on Taiwan short film series sponsored by Asian CineVision (ACV) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), New York, commenced Saturday, July 17, 7:30 pm, at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, New York. A special Q&A session with producer/director Wenchung Lu, of Ketchup, moderated by AAIFF program manager Martha C.M. Tien immediately followed the pre...

Asian American International Film Festival

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New York: 2010 Asian American International Film Festival: New Films from TaiwanVirtually all Southeast Asian film making countries were represented at the 33rd edition of the festival organized by the non-profit New York based Asian CineVision. Held from July 15-24 in four central Manhattan locations the selections focused on independent films and ranged from a presentation of a collection of short films by emerging film directors from Malaysia to a special program on the New Taiwanese Cinema....

31st Durban International Film Festival Unveils Programme

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Daring, innovative and controversial films and filmmakers from around the world will take the spotlight at the 31st Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 22 July to 1 August. The festival programmers have scoured the globe for films that excite, thrill, raise awareness and provoke. These films will be presented in over 200 screenings at venues across Durban and in surrounding communities.Alongside the screenings of films, the festival offers an extensive workshop and seminar ...

33rd Asian American Intl Film Festival

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By Maria Esteves – June 28, 2010 The 33rd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF’10) presented by Asian CineVision (ACV) will commence July 15-24, 2010 at the Clearview Chelsea Cinena, New York. The festival founded in 1978, annually presents the largest independent Asian and Asian American celebration of film and culture. This year’s Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night films are MANILA SKIES, directed by Raymond Red, Thursday, July 15, 7:30 PM, AU REVOIR TAIPEI, dire...

Cannes Day 5: The Schedule

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In Competition The Princess Of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier 8.30 15.00 19.00 Synopsis: 1562. In France, during the reign of Charles IX, the wars of religion are raging... Marie de Mézières, heiress to one of the kingdom’s greatest fortunes, loves the young Duc de Guise, known in the annals of history as Le Balafré, “Scarface”. She believes he loves her back. To increase his family’s prestige, her father, the Marquis de Mézières forces Marie to marry the Prince d...

Un Certain Regard: I wish I knew of Jia Zhangke

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Synopsis: Shanghai, a fast-changing metropolis, a port city where people come and go. Shanghai has hosted all kinds of people – revolutionaries, capitalists, politicians, soldiers, artists, and gangsters. Shanghai has also hosted revolutions, assassinations, love stories. After the Chinese Communists’ victory in 1949, thousands of Shanghaiers left for Hong Kong and Taiwan. To leave meant being separated from home for thirty years; to stay meant suffering through the Cultural Revo...

Un Certain Regard: R U There by David Verbeek

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Synopsis: Jitze, a young Dutch professional gamer, travels the world to compete in video game tournaments. During a stay in Taipei his arm starts to hurt and he‟s forced to take a few days rest. A night in his hotel, Jitze meets a girl and starts realizing what it means to be human in the age of the virtual worlds. Trailer: ...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) nomination council

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) today announced members of the 2010 APSA Nominations Council, comprising international film industry experts from eight countries drawn from high profile academic institutions, film festivals and film organisations across Asia-Pacific. The 2010 Council chaired by Professor Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea) includes two new members: producer/ director Nan Achnas (Indonesia) and producer/author Peggy Chiao (Taiwan). Entries open toda...

Berlin prizes of the Independent Juries

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A jury is considered independent when its members are not selected by the Berlinale. A number of independent juries award prizes at the Berlinale. The high level of quality and diversity of the films are an invitation for critical examination and discerning judgment that opens up new directions. Accordingly the independent juries award their prizes along different criteria, in accordance to the special intention linked to each award. Award ceremony of the Independent Juries 2009 The fo...

A world in pieces

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A world in pieces: the films of the 40th Berlinale Forum In its 40th year, the Berlinale Forum features a selection of films that capture the mood of the times in a sensitive way. Rarely have there been, in feature films and documentaries alike, as many people caught in insolvable conflicts, faced with essential decisions or staring into the abyss as in this year’s selection of films.   Domestic filmmaking makes its presence felt in the programme in a manner exciting, varied and surprising...

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