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DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival selection

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The 7th edition of DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival is approaching. Highlights of the festival programme include new Finnish documentary films, Masterclass and retrospective by and about Ulrich Seidl, a focus on Austria and a facinating selection of documentaries from Iran. The opening film of the festival is Recipes for Disaster by John Webster, which has its world premiere at DocPoint.DocPoint takes place in 23rd-27th of January 2008 in Helsinki, Finland. Accreditation to the festiv...

The 45th NYFF Closing Night Premiere of "PERSEPOLIS" Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves - October 19, 2007 The 45th New York Film Festival (NYFF) 2007, Closing Night Premiere film, PERSEPOLIS a Sony Pictures Classics, directed/written by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, was held at Avery Fisher Hall, Sunday, October 14, 8:30pm. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center was sponsored by SARDEGNA and The New York Times. Winner of the Special Jury Award, 2007 Cannes Film Festival, Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language in France, ...

All Roads in Iran...First Look!

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All Roads in Iran...First look...Due to some unexpected connection issues we were unable to provide real-time updates to you from the field.  Alas, now that we have returned, a retrospective.  Everything you may have heard about the extent of Iranian hospitality is true.   As special invited guests of the first ever Cinema Verite Iranian International Documentary Film Festival, the whole notion of VIP has taken on new meaning.  From the moment we were able to clear customs, we were treated ...

The Hollywood Film Festival announces the line up

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The Hollywood Film Festival(r) and Hollywood Awards(r), has unveiled the line-up of the finalists for this year's festival, as well as the Hollywood Awards(r) nominees and honorees. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival. HFF also announced the nominees for the Hollywood World Awards(r) and the Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards(r).The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival(r) will take place October 17 to 21 at ArcLight Cinemas. This year...

Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition slate, with filmmakers competing for the coveted Black Pearl awards. “The production support awarded with the Black Pearl is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Nashwa Al-Ruwaini. “We are confident that it will help propel its recipient into the next level of filmmaking.”“We are thrilled with the line-up of films we have in Competition,” said Festival Director Jon Fitzgerald. “They represent world-...

"Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

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This is a year of many firsts for Persepolis co-directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Their first feature-length film has won them their first In-Competition selection at the Cannes Festival. The team has come to the Croisette with an animated film which, as a first feature, is also in the running for a Golden Camera award. Adapted from the Satrapi's original graphic novel, based on her own life, the action in this animated  feature begins in Tehran in 1978, on the eve of the Isl...

Yasmin Ahmad retrospective at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is presenting a retrospective of the acclaimed Malaysian film director Yasmin Ahmad at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The retrospective will screen all four of her feature films, including MUKSHIN, her latest film, which won two prizes at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The retrospective will also screen Ahmad's "Orked" trilogy, which explores love, religion and race in a multi-cultural Malay...

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...

1st South African Film Festival in Tehran, another niche fest

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The Durban International Film Festival has announced that it will co-present, with the South African Embassy in Iran, the 1st South African Film Festival in Tehran, from 4 to 7 December 2006. The films selected for the festival are Yesterday directed by Darrell James Roodt, Forgiveness by Ian Gabriel, Conversations On A Sunday Afternoon by Khalo Matabane, The Mother's House by Francois Verster and Tamat by Munier Parker. These directors will travel to Iran to present their films and engage with ...

High Fall Festival celebrates women in film

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The 2006 HIGH FALLS FILM FESTIVAL celebrates its sixth wonderful year of honoring the cinematic achievements of women around the world. This unique and exciting festival will take place in Rochester, New York, November 8-13, 2006. The Festival has grown exponentially to become one of the vital cultural assets in Western New York. This international festival of films made with women taking an integral place behind the camera draws people from around the country and globe to this stimulating eve...

Iranian film Towards the Sunset wins best at Marbella

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IRANINANS ARE AT IT AGAIN!! The Iranian film Towards the Sunset, by Iraj Emami, wins the award for the best feature film in Marbella International Film Festival; this is another film from Iran which has won a major award in International film festivals in recent weeks.This comes in the same time as another Iranian film directed by Bahman Ghobadi scored a big victory at San Sebastian film festival. The Story, opens at night in Tehran. A man conceals a large amount of money in a purpose built com...

Harris delivers a heavy duty Beethoven (from San Sebastian)

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In the handsome press book for the new Agnieszka Holland musical biopic "Copying Beethoven" writer/producer Christopher Wilkinson, regarding the appearance of actor Ed Harris in the title role, is quoted as having said on a visit to the set, "I see Beethoven standing there -- but what have they done with Ed Harris?" If Ed Harris does to some extent disappear into the skin of the composer in this not-to-be-denied bravura acting job, and if the trompe l'oeil maquillage really does makes it hard ...

52 first features and shorts at Angers Premiers Plans

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8 european first feature filmsEen ander zijn geluk (Someone Else’s Happiness) - Fien Troch - BelgiumMeleğin düşüşü (La Chute de l'ange) - Semih Kaplanoğlu - TurkeyPavee Lackeen - Perry Ogden - IrelandRyna - Ruxandra Zenide - Swiss / RomaniaSauf le respect que je vous dois - Fabienne Godet - FranceSchläfer - Benjamin Heisenberg - AustriaStesti (Something Like Happiness) - Bodhan Slama - Czech RepublicThe Passenger - François Rotger - France / Canada / Japan8 european fi...

50th Cork Film Festival awards winners

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50th CORK FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS Jameson Award for Best Irish Short FilmKilling The Afternoon, dir. Margaret CorkerySpecial MentionThe Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish, dir. Andrew LeggeClaire Lynch Award for Best First Short by an Irish DirectorHitch, dir. Mik DuffyBest International Short FilmMuseum Piece (Hotel Diaries 2) dir. John SmithSpecial MentionsHeydar, An Afghan in Tehran, dir. Babak Jalali. Iran/EnglandAutobiographical Scene No. 6882, dir. Ruben Östlund, SwedenYouth Jury A...

Ghent opens in a week with focus on Russia and Activism

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This year's Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent is proud to announce David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen (History of Violence), François Ozon and Jeanne Moreau (Time To Leave), and Mike Leigh, one of contemporary Britain's most renowned directors, as expected guests. Leigh makes remarkable films, known for their levelheaded, unsensational portrayals of topics that would become four-hankie "message" melodramas in the hands of mainstream directors. This "slice-of-life" realism of Leigh ...

Tiburon ready to kick

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4th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival March 10-18, 2005Tiburon (California): At its 4th edition, the Tiburon International Film Festival will screen 270 films from over 60 countries, including four tributes: One to great Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) with F For Fake (Saturday, March 12, 2005 @ 07:30 PM) and a special program with his longtime cameraman, Gary Graver, who will show never seen film clips with lots of anecdotes (Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 2:40 pm). Second, to S...

Mania Akbari has 20 fingers on a M. Moore route

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2O Fingers won Best Film Venezia Cinema Digitale: interview with the author: Mania Akbari 20 Fingers - one of the most controversial films to come out of Iran, and the debut feature from Iranian actress and filmmaker Mania Akbari - has beaten off tough competition to be awarded the top prize in the inaugural Digitale competition at the Venice Film Festival.An international jury composed of English director Mike Figgis (president), Japanese producer Shozo Ichiyama, and French director Claire Simo...

Turtles can fly: San Sebastian winner's statement

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TURTLES CAN FLY won the GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM at San Sebastian.Bahman Ghobadi, (the director's) Statement.Three days after the collapse of Saddam, I went to Baghdad to show my film Songs of my motherland as it was being released. Just as the superpowers were sending heavy weaponry to Iraq, my purpose was, on a symbolic level, to contribute artistically to what was going on.With the small DV camera I was carrying, I shot for a few weeks what I had witnessed in Baghdad, as well as in the othe...

Next Hubert Bals Fund Spring Selection of 39 projects

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Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund Spring Selection 2004 supports 39 film projectsIn the Spring 2004 Selection Round, the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) grants a total of Euro 525,000 (USD 642,000) to thirty-nine non-Western film-makers. Among the films receiving distribution grants are Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll's WHISKY (a former CineMart Project) and IFFR 2004 Competition discovery DAYS OF SANTIAGO. VISITING UNCLE IDRIZ, the opening film of the Sarajevo...

Tribeca features in competition

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Features in competition at Tribeca FestivalMay 1 - 9, 20041/2 Price [HALFP] France 62 min preceded by Paper Route A rare attempt to portray children's activities utterly without sentimentality, this debut by a 21-year-old actress follows a trio of kids aged 7, 8, and 9 as they fend for themselves in a world nearly free of adults. The film drew considerable attention in Paris after Chris Marker likened it to Breathless in its depiction of something we've never before seen on screen. ( more....

Dubai Media City sets inaugural festival dates

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Inaugural Dubai International Film Festival aims to build cultural bridgesCultural understanding and international harmony will be the themes of the inaugural Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai Media City’s newly launched film festival scheduled for December 2004 6-11, 2004.To be held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, the festival will showcase a wide selection of contemporary and classic glo...

HIFF fest director shopping film in Berlin

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HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RETURNS FROM IRAN AND BERLIN FILM FESTIVALS WITH NEW FILMSChuck Boller, Executive Director of HIFF, secures new films from Iran and Berlin film festivalsChuck Boller, Executive Director for the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival just returned from two major film festivals, Fajr International Film Festival held in Iran and the Berlin International Film Festival held in Germany. “Our focus at the Louis Vuitton Hawaii Internation...

The Santa Barbara full program

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Opening NightValentin2002 Argentina/The Netherlands 79 min 35mm Dir Alejandro AgrestiArgentina's Foreign Language Film Academy® submission. After the bitter separation of his parents and living with his eccentric grandmother, the life of a young boy begins to change in sweetly unanticipated ways when he opens up to the last in a long line of potential stepmothers. Director and cast to attend.Fri 1/30, 7:00pm GRAClosing NightReckoning, The2003 UK 110 min 35mm Dir Paul McGuigan This murder myst...

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