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Prizes of the International Film Critics at the Festivals of Valladolid, Warsaw, Abu Dhabi

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Valladolid (Spain, October 20–27, 2012). Prize: "The Fifth Season" (La cinquième saison) by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium / Netherlands / France, 2012) and "Lapidation of Sain Etienne" (La lapidació de Sant Esteve) by Pere Vilè Barceló (Spain/France, 2012). Jury: Angelika Kettelhack, Germany ("Die Rheinpfalz"), Alexey Gusev, Russia ("Séance"), Joan Millaret, Spain ("Diari d'Igualada"). Print...

The members of the Jury - FNC

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AWARDS AND JURY 2012 Sélection internationale Louve d’or presented by Quebecor  Best feature film in the International Sélection ($15,000 cash from Québecor) Prix d’interprétation Best actor or actress in a feature film in the International Sélection Prix de l’AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) Best feature in the International Sélection Prix de l’innovation - Daniel L...

Montreal World Film Festival launched with Million Dollar Crocodile...and 212 feature films

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  212 feature films (110 world or international premieres)  16 medium length films (12 world or international premieres)  144 short films (94 world or international premieres)  60 films in the Canadian Student Film Festival   A Chinese film “Million Dollar Crocodile” for the opening                              ...

Day 1 of the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival began yesterday.  Opening the festival last night was the latest Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, which Anderson co-wrote with Roman Coppola.  The film stars Bill Murrary, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Tilda Swinton. Of course, the festival didn't begin without at least an ounce of controversy. A group of female filmmakers wrote a letter, which was published in Le Monde, voicing their discontent over the fact that there are no female-made mo...

16th Festival of German Films in Paris opens with WESTWIND and numerous guests

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  The Festival of German Films will be held in Paris for the 16th time from 23 to 29 November 2011. A total of 12 new feature films, six shorts and the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2011 program of short films will be presented at the Cinéma L'Arlequin. The festival will open with WESTWIND by Robert Thalheim who has already made a name for himself in France thanks to AND ALONG COME TOURISTS (AM ENDE KOMMEN TOURISTEN). Director Thalheim and actress Friederike Becht will be present at the...

New And For Sale - "Candid"

Here is a short preview to New And For Sale's music video "Candid" by filmmaker Andreas Janzen is a new ÉCU 2012 submission. Deep down in his lonely mansion, Cody Runner feels haunted by the beast in himself. In a city, where planes fly deep and lightning strikes in dangerous heights, he seeks help in his employer's room of super-secret double danger - activating the underground mills of the shady Gravity ...

Interview with Monte Hellman

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< p>  ROAD TO NOWHERE (2010) premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and since then has screened in prestigious festivals around the world, its latest at the Copenhagen Film Festival, CPHPIX, 2011. Monte has won numerous awards throughout his career and was recently guest of honor at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2011.  When I went to interview Monte at his home in Los Angeles, tucked in the sundrenched hills of Laurel Canyon, not only did I have the ...

Interview with Monte Hellman (Road to nowhere)

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ROAD TO NOWHERE (2010) premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and since then has screened in prestigious festivals around the world, its latest at the Copenhagen Film Festival, CPHPIX, 2011. Monte has won numerous awards throughout his career and was recently guest of honor at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2011. When I went to interview Monte at his home in Los Angeles, tucked in the sundrenched hills of Laurel Canyon, not only did I have the privilege of screenin...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Presents New Series of Master Classes and Salons

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Conversations Offer Opportunities for Deeper Audience Engagement with Festival Films and Filmmakers The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will present two new Conversations series designed to deepen and enhance the Festival experience, giving filmgoers the opportunity to go a step beyond the post-screening Q&A. An extension of the Film Society’s year-round Film Craft & Film Studies program, Master Classes are an opportunity to engage with special ...

Le Piano / Dashnamoure

Director: Levon Minasian.
Thirteen years after the Armenian city of Leninakan was destroyed in an earthquake, Loussiné, a 13 year old orphan lives with her grandfather in a "domik" – a prefabricated small house. She is dumb, but a talented pianist. To prepare for an international competition, the Ministry of Culture lends her a beautiful piano. But when the instrument is delivered, it’s clear that the trailer where they live is too small to hold a piano…

13th TDF documentary film lineup

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film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...

Hitchcock reloaded

Director: Mirel Bran.
An actress wanted to play in Hitchcock’s “The Birds” but she didn’t succeed. Since then she has been seeing birds everywhere.

Isabelle Giordano, Paris Fife's Godmother launches the festival with Naked Beauty -Pollen from Disneynature

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Isabelle Giordano the godmother of the 28th edition of the International Environmental Film Festival opened the festival at MK2 Bibliothèque to a full crowd of VIP's and environment and industry players. Jean Paul Huchon introduction speech detailed the Ile de France - region's plans and challenges in the environmental field. Jean François Camilieri the founder of Disneynature opening film Naked Beauty Pollen introduced the  movie. The 28th edition of the International Environmental...

NEWSLETTER N° 481: October 22, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 481: October 22, 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...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

Outdoor Screenings: Le Café de la plage

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For several years now the Festival de Cannes has put forward a programme of outdoor screenings as part of the Official Selection called the Cinéma de la Plage. Every night à 9:30pm at the Macé Beach and for the duration of the Festival screenings will be offered to the residents of Cannes who wish to watch films under the stars. This year several films will be screened as world premieres and will be free and open to the public. The programme Thursday May 13th at 9:30pm FROM HERE TO E...

Cannes Palme d'or winners since 1939

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1939 Union Pacific by Cecil B. DeMille United States 1946 Torment (Hets) by Alf Sjöberg Sweden The Lost Weekend by Billy Wilder United States The Red Meadows (De røde enge) by Bodil Ipsen and Lau Lauritzen Jr. Denmark Brief Encounter by David Lean United Kingdom Portrait of Maria (María Candelaria (Xochimilco) by Emilio Fernández Mexico Neecha Nagar (नीचा नगर) by Chetan Anand India The Turning Point (Великий перелом, Velikiy p...

Festival Itinerrance

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Festival pluridisciplinaire thème exil et migrations. Hors les murs/29 mai-4 juin 2008/banlieue parisienne Les Voûtes /4-10 juin 2008/Paris: 20 films, 2 expositions multimédias, spectacles vivants et concerts.

13th Festival of German Films in Paris opens with JERICHOW

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The Festival of German Films will held for the 13th time in Paris from 15th to 21st October, 2008. A total of 15 new feature films, two documentaries, six shorts and the NEXT GENERATION 2008 short film programme will be presented in the Cinéma L’Arlequin. The festival will be opened by Christian Petzold's JERICHOW which was met with an enthusiastic response at the international festival in Venice. The director will introduce his film to the audience in person. After the screening, a cocktail ...

Festival Regard sur le Jeune Cinéma: « Sexe, liberté et cinéma » du 30 avril au 6 mai 2008

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Après Ces films qui travaillent le réel en 2006 et les films sauvages en 2007, la programmation annuelle 2008 de "Regard sur le Jeune cinéma" explorera les luttes pour les libertés sexuelles et l'émancipation des femmes. L'occasion pour la Mission cinéma de l'Espace Magnan de soutenir l'initiative de l'Association culturelle Polychromes et de partager quelques unes des soirées de la 1ère édition des Rencontres Cinématographiques "D'un genre à l'autre". En la prése...

Cine Gay showcase at San Diego Latino Film Festival

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What started as a student exhibition- A Student Film Festival (Cine Estudiantil), has grown to become the internationally celebrated San Diego Latino Film Festival in its 15th anniversary edition, from March 6-16, 2008 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, presented this year by State Farm Insurance. Once again, the upcoming film festival will celebrate the diverse world of Latino Cinema and spotlight the best in Cine Gay. Media Arts Center San Diego’s 15th Anniversary San Dieg...

A conversation with Bela Tarr - the famous Hungarian filmdirector.

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On the margin of the 39th Budapest Film Week a conversation with Bela Tarr - the famous Hungarian filmdirector.Brigitta Bokor (Q): Recently when people are talking about Hungarian films, they usually mention your name - Bela Tarr. How do you deal with the fact there was no Tarr movie at the 39th Budapest Film Week competition and even the opening film - which supposed to be your "The Man from London" -- was cancelled? Béla Tarr (A):In fact we would have liked to be part of the Week, ...

A conversation with Bela Tarr, Hungarian filmdirector

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On the margin of the 39th Budapest Film Week: a conversation with Bela Tarr - the famous Hungarian filmdirector.BudapestBrigitta Bokor (Q): Recently when people are talking about Hungarian films, they usually mention your name - Bela Tarr. How do you deal with the fact there was no Tarr movie at the 39th Budapest Film Week competition and even the opening film – which supposed to be your “The Man from London” -- was cancelled? Béla Tarr (A):In fact we would have liked to be part of the We...

Festival of German Films to open in Paris with Nothing But Ghosts

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The Festival of German Films will be held in Paris for the twelfth time from 10 - 16 October 2007. In total, 15 new feature films, one TV movie, four documentaries, six shorts and the NEXT GENERATION 2007 short film program will be presented in the Cinéma L’Arlequin.The festival will be opened by Martin Gypkens' NOTHING BUT GHOSTS (NICHTS ALS GESPENSTER) which received an enthusiastic audience response at the international festival in Locarno. The director and the actresses Maria Simon and In...

City of Lights, City of Angels will line up 20 premieres

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40 new films, including 20 features (all premieres) and 20 new shorts, will be shown at the 11th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA). Acclaimed Berlin Film Festival opening film, “La Vie En Rose,” writer-director Olivier Dahan’s masterful biopic of Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard and Gérard Depardieu, will open the showcase on Monday, April 16, 2007. Picturehouse will release the film on June 8th in New York and Los Angeles. The U.S. Premiere of “Michou D’Auber”...
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