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Julian Schnabel, Summer exhibition at San Sebastian

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The exhibition Summer by the artist and film director Julian Schnabel (Brooklyn, New York, 1951) will open in the Tabacalera International Centre of Contemporary Culture in Donostia - San Sebastian on July 27th. The exhibition includes over sixty paintings and sculptures, with works from the 1980s to the present, and will occupy most of the ground floor of the building. The artist has prepared the exhibition in dialogue with the building itself which remains more or less intact from its original...

Locarno Film Festival goes 60

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This year the Locarno International Film Festival will celebrate 60 years of existence.Yet it remains young at heart: no less than twenty first films will be unveiled. It remains curious: no less than thirty countries are represented in the official selection.And it remains courageous: the programme for this edition is distinguished by its diversity, its contrasts, the way it pushes the envelope, and its surprises. All of which confirms that Locarno is the Festival for discovery par excellence.A...

Stephen Frears & Visconti to be honored in Ischia

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Luchino Visconti will be remembered on July 13th by British director Stephen Frears during the annual gala of the Global Film & Music Fest, in the bay of the Colombaia, the legendary Milanese director’s Ischia residence. Italian Minister of Culture Francesco Rutelli will honor 65-year-old Frears, who has received two Oscar nominations and is president of the jury at Cannes 2007. On the eve of the Global Fest’s debut, Minister Rutelli sent the following message: “Ischia Global is an imp...

Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

"Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer" says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

Three documentaries on three great personalities!

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“Films Division” is the visual encyclopedia of India. Films Division is a media unit, functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, since 1948. It has contributed immensely for the promotion of documentaries, short and animation films. Films Division is entering its 60th Glorious year. In these six decades, Films Division has captured on celluloid nearly 8000 films. It screens these films in theatres as well as by organizing film festivals in ever...

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival ready to launch

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly announces its return to its hometown Manhattan for an eight day extravaganza of film screenings, world premieres, industry panels and after-parties, taking place July 19-26, 2007. The festival, known as "the voice of independent film," will showcase over 200 international and domestic features, shorts, documentaries and animations during its new summertime dates. The festivities kick off with a welcome party at prem...

More Documentary Reviews and Film Noir Previews

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Documentary features are beginning to come into their own, not only on the festival circuit but in selected commercial cinemas as well, as more and more perceptive moviegoers, tired of paying ten dollars a shot for mainstream mindlessness, are beginning to look for films that actually have something to say. Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" was a real ground-breaker when it was awarded the top prize at Cannes two years ago, the first time a documentary film was so recognized at this topper of al...

Ten Films Compete For Sterling Award

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 Friday, June 15------The Main Competition section of SILVERDOCS consists of 10 documentary features, all competing for the coveted Sterling Award. The films represent some of the most innovative, provocative and compelling non-fiction films of the year. Jurors determining the prizes include: Liesl Copland, head of acquisitions of Red Envelope Entertainment, the newly created original content division of Netflix; Matt Dentler, the Producer of the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festiva...

Nanking '37 at Seattle '07 Shocking reconstruction of the rape of a city

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Directed in tandem by Bill Gutenburg and Dan Sturman, "NANKING" (USA 2007, RT, 91 minutes, in Mandarin, English and Japanese) is a startling and shocking reconstruction of a gigantic atrocity perpetrated by the Japanese army in China nearly 70 years ago, but presented in part by leading actors as if it were taking place today. The result, graphically depicting the sack and destruction of the city along with the indiscriminate bestial massacre of just about the entire civilian population, is a p...

NY Asian Film Fest line up

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NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2007: June 22 ­ July 8 June 22 ­ July 5 @ the IFC Center(323 Sixth Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets) July 5 ­ 8 @ Japan Society(333 East 47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues) Full write-ups are available at:http://www.subwaycinema.com/ The final line-up for the New York Asian Film Fest. More guests, more movies, more fun! SPECIAL GUESTSDirector E. J-Yong of DASEPO NAUGHTY GIRLS will be attending Director Shusuke Kaneko of DEATH NOTE and DEATH NOTE: THE LA...

The festival returns to Manhattan July 19-26

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Featuring the talents of Oscar winner Meryl Streep; Oscar nominee and Tony Award-winner Alan Bennett (The History Boys); influential musician Allen Toussaint; Robert Rusler (The Whole Ten Yards); Brittany Daniel (White Chicks) and Ted Lange (Loveboat) The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly announces its return to its hometown Manhattan for an eight day extravaganza of film screenings, world premieres, industry panels and after-parties, taking place July ...

Film and Television Distribution & The Internet Book launched in Cannes

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Download Devastation?Cannes Film Festival Launch of New Book provides the answers to online film distribution. The Internet and mobile platforms are not a threat to the film industry but represent a huge opportunity to reach new markets and audiences - provided film companies understand how to set up digital deals. The claim has been made by a lawyer who is launching a new book at the 60th Cannes Film Festival which explains the plethora of legal issues relating to Internet and mobile film dis...

The Other Cannes Awards

Tuesday, May 29------While the Main Competition Awards at the Cannes Film Festival generally get the lion's share of press (particularly the Palme d'Or, the Festival's highest honor), there are a number of other awards that are equally significant. Each one of the parallel sections of the Festival (Un Certain Regard, Directors Fortnight and the International Critics Week) bestows its own prizes. In addition, film critics and other guilds have their own set of awards. All in all, a pr...

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival returns to NY

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“THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS SELECTION OF FILMS FOR THIS SUMMER’S FILM EXTRAVAGANZA” July 19-26, 2007 Featuring the talents of Oscar winner Meryl Streep; Oscar nominee and Tony Award-winner Alan Bennett (The History Boys); influential musician Allen Toussaint; Robert Rusler (The Whole Ten Yards); Brittany Daniel (White Chicks) and Ted Lange (Loveboat) The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly announces ...

Cannes trophies, closing 60th edition with a charm

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The awards ceremony concluded a fortnight of sunny star crowded Croisette. Power block busters came to make an impression along with glamourous stars, while the competition films from non commercial cinematographies made an impact with the critics.The Roumanian 4 months... Palme D'Or Winner and Persepolis were among the ones much discussed after their official screening.INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY Palme d’Or: "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," Cristian Mungiu, (Romania)Grand Prix : "The Mournin...

Emden-Norderney line up highlights

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18th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney from 13th-20th June 2007 19 feature films in competition in Lower Saxony’s largest film festival The competition nominations for the 18th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney have been finalised. 19 feature films from 11 countries will be competing for the three feature film awards – the Bernhard Wicki Award, the DGB Film Award and the NDR Young Directors Award, presented at the Festival for the first time. A further 9 films from 5 coun...

Awards of the 27th edition of Fantasporto

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“El Laberinto del Fauno” and“Un Franco, 14 Pesetas” are the winners Asian and hispanic cinema rule in a fantastic edition of the Oporto festival -Fantasporto The Mexicano Guillermo del Toro wins again the main prize, the Grand Prix Fantasporto 2007 for the Best Fantasy Film, following his triumph in 1994 with his first film, Cronos. The now Oscar-winner director of “El Laberinto del Fauno” has convinced the Jury.Also a winner, but  of the Directors Week, the Spanish “Un Franco, 1...

The Shape Of Things To Come

Tuesday, April 17---While Sarasota may be noted for its beautiful sunsets, pristine beaches and cultural offerings, it is also an important city of architectural interest. In the years after the second World War, a number of architects, influenced by modernism and the Bauhaus movement, built a number of intriguing public and private buildings, which constitute an architectural legacy of some renown. Whether this legacy is properly prized by local authorities is another issue. As Sarasota grows i...

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

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The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)The ERT3 Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection, accompanied by Euros 3,000, goes to: “A SONG FOR ARGYRIS” by Stefan Haupt, USA, 2005The ERT3 Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection, accompanied by Euros 2,000, goes to:“THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT” by Ruby Yang, China/ USA, 2006The ERT3 Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’, accompa...

Eight Documentary Features In Competition

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Tuesday, March 20-----Eight documentary features from first or second time directors are competing for Jury Prizes at the Bermuda International Film Festival, which has come to its mid-way point. The Award for Best Documentary Film, along with other prizes, will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday night, March 24. NEW REALITIES – COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIESBEYOND THE CALL(Adrian Belic, United States)In an Indiana Jones meets Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged ...

Cinequest 17 Wraps

Monday, March 12—The Cinequest Film Festival may not generate buzz about industry distribution deals or celebrity sightings, but a record-breaking 70,102 indie film lovers joined several hundred filmmakers and technology innovators in downtown San Jose for the 12-day salute to all things maverick. Writer-director-cinematographer Stephane Gauger, Executive Producer Timothy Linh Bui (director of GREEN DRAGON, co-producer of THREE SEASONS) and actor Cat Ly (JOURNEY FROM THE FALL) closed the festi...

Cinequest Film Festival 17 closed

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Cinequest Film Festival 17 closed last Sunday night with the Vietnamese film Owl and the Sparrow in the capital of the Silicon Valley after 12 days of showcasing 160 films. Over 40 features and over 40 shorts were World, North American or United States premieres. Several hundred filmmakers and a collection of distributors came in from around the globe, and over 70,000 film fans were in attendance. This year’s festival broke attendance records and was about true discovery, empowerment through k...

Hommage To A Chinese Film Master

 Thursday, March 15----The Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting a mini-hommage to Chinese film master Tian Zhuangzhuang, which includes the premiere U.S. engagement of his newest film THE GO MASTER, The director has had a long relationship with the New York Film Festival, the flagship event of the Film Society, who will also screen two of the director's past classics (and past New York Film Festival premieres) THE BLUE KITE and SPRINGTIME IN A SMALL TOWN. “Over the past twenty...

Ally Derks Honored In Tel Aviv

  Friday, March 16---- Ally Derks, the director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the vital role she has played in the development and recognition of the documentary genre worldwide. The award was presented to Derks last evening during the opening of the Docaviv Documentary Festival. The award was presented by the ambassador of the European Commission in Israel. Docaviv’s organisation chose to present Derks with this...
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