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Mifed market calling for emerging talent

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II EMERGING EUROPEAN FILMMAKERS 71st MIFED (Oct. 12 – 16, 2004)On the occasion of 71st MIFED, the Mercato Internazionale del Cinema e del Multimediale [International Cinema and Multimedia Market], which will take place in Milan from the 12th to the 16th October 2004, the Ministero per I Beni e le Attività Culturali [Ministry of Cultural Property], the Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia [National Film School] and Audiovisual Industry Promotion-MIFED are promoting the second edit...

Taormina opens with the 50th anniversary ceremonies

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Happy Birthday to you, Taormina. The oldest Italian internatiomal film festival, celebrates its 50th anniversary, Launched in 1954 when Taormina, Sicily, was the preferred resort of the Hollywoodian stars, At that post war time, Sicily development was a step behind (still a bit behind today), the institution of an international event was meant to promote its great touristic resources. The Italian island has given much to this Festival, the Festival did too. The "partnership" has led today to one...

Important German presence in Moscow

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No less than 16 German films and two German-international co-productions are being shown at the 26th Moscow International Film Festival (18 –27 June 2004).Germany will be represented in the competition for the St. George Award by OLGA'S SUMMER by Nina Grosse. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Olga who lives with her father and brother at a petrol station in the countryside and is ready for life, love, adventure - in fact, for everything that would take her away from her boring everyday l...

MIFF Moscow line up announces an open competition

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The 26th MIFF Competition Films program will include: ANGULIMALADirector: Sutape Tunnirut, Thailand, 2003Cast: Nopachai Jayanama, Stella Malucchi, John Rattanaveroj, Caterina Grosse A parable based on the code of Buddhist morality. The story allegedly happened in India more than 2,500 years ago. Ahimsaka was born of Brahmin parents, the social group of high virtue in the Hindu caste system. Despite his noble birth, Ahimsaka was predestined to become a murderous bandit killing those people to who...

Salento Fest lines up 26 shorts from 15 countries

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THE SALENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ANNOUNCES THE SELECTED SHORT-FILMS "THE WORLD IN SHORT" COMPETITION, The Salento International Film Festival (SIFF) here proudly announces the Short-Films that have been selected for competition "THE WORLD IN SHORT" and the change of dates due to the high demand to submit films. The new date is September 18 - 26 to be held in Tricase, Lecce, Italy. http://www.salentofilmfestival.comTHE GRAND FESTIVAL: A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD CINEMA The Sa...

Berlin Black Nights 19th edition

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19 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONGBLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA BERLIN 2004The 1st edition of the BERLIN film-video festival begun in 1986, as part of a three week Black Cultural Festival, has been presented in the Klick Film Theater May 6-9 and followed by a second presentation in the Nickelodeon Kino, May 13-16.The opening ceremonies in Berlin Charlottenburg, were attended this year by the Berlin press, cinema goers from Berlin, other European cities and the U.S.A..As the producers of the festival, ...

Which Market for European Films?

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“WHICH MARKET FOR EUROPEAN FILMS?”The aim of this research by MEDIA Salles is to provide a detailed description of the distribution of European films in Europe and to make a quantitative analysis of the phenomena lying behind the difficulties that have always been experienced by European films in crossing the threshold of their country of origin.Although the results of the research are rather complex and difficult to classify, some main trends do emerge:1. The considerable variation in admis...

On the Road to the Palmarès

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With two days away to the Palmarès, and two films left to screen, here is the official selection which has commanded the press attention for over a week - with comments by the directors. No one can ever predict what a jury with a chemistry of its own will decide. We have some ideas though from the day one press conference: Benoît Poelvoorde is going to take revenge on the films because he's never won an award (prompted by Bob Hope and Billy Crystal). Tilda Swinton and Quentin Tarantino will po...

Tribeca - the Success of Diversity

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The Tribeca Film Festival - the Success of DiversityThough pundits have frequently called Tribeca a festival in search of an identity, its founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, or the co-chair Martin Scorcese are not concerned at all with that question. Nor does the third edition show an emerging branding of the festival. Tribeca is developing very well without the reputation of representing a particular programming philosophy, genres, or niche in the festival market. Co...

Films Day 6

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Films Day 6In CompetitionFAHRENHEIT 911 by Michael MOORE (USA)WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN by HONG Sangsoo (South Korea/France) THE EDUKATORS by Hans WEINGARTNER (Germany/Austria)A Certain RegardHOTEL by Jessica HAUSNER (Austria/Germany)THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON by Niels MUELLER (USA/Mexico)Cannes ClassicsBEFORE THE REVOLUTION by Bernardo BERTOLUCCI VIDAS SECAS by Nelson PEREIRA DOS SANTOS DEUS E O DIABO NA TERRA DO SOL by Glauber ROCHA ...

Official Selection

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2046 directed by WONG Kar-wai (CHINA)CLEAN directed by Olivier ASSAYAS (FRANCE) CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE directed by Paolo SORRENTINO (ITALY)EXILS directed by Tony GATLIF (FRANCE) FAHRENHEIT 911directed by Michael MOORE (USA) GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE directed by OSHII Mamoru (JAPAN) LIFE IS A MIRACLE directed by Emir KUSTURICA(BOSNIA)LOOK AT ME directed by Agnès JAOUI (FRANCE) MONDOVINO directed by Jonathan NOSSITER (USA / ARGENTINA / ITALY/ FRANCE)NOBODY KNOWS directed by K...

Films Day 2

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Today's films from the official selection are:Nominees for the Golden PalmNobody Knows (Daremo Shiranai) is by Kore-Eda Hirokazu (Japan), and his film Distance was in the official selection in 2001. His fourth feature treats the true story that took place in 1988 "Affair of the Four Abandoned Children of Nishi-Sugamo" where four children fathered by different men and abandoned by their mother learn how to survive and talk care of each other.Consequences Of Love (Le Conseguenze Del...

ACE producers films in Cannes

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Ateliers du Cinéma Européèn: ACE Producers films in CannesOfficial Selection / In CompetitionTilde Corsi (R&C Produzioni) co-producer of the film La Niña Santa (The Holy Girl) by Lucrecia Martel Official Selection / Out of CompetitionEmmanuel Giraud (Les Films de la Croisade) for Mondovino by Jonathan NossiterOfficial Selection / Un Certain RegardNatacha Devillers (Artcam/Les Petites Lumières) co-producer of the film Schizo (Fifty Fifty) by Gulshad OmarovaCritic’s WeekAlain Benguigui (Som...

The Boys from County Clare to open Karlovy Vary

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PROGRAMME FOR THE 39TH KARLOVY VARY IFF 2004The Karlovy Vary IFF is the most important international film festival in Central and Eastern Europe and the only A-grade festival in the Czech Republic. Its A-grade status (a “non-specialised festival with a feature film competition”) ranks the Karlovy Vary IFF among a group of prestigious festivals which e.g. also includes Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Tokyo. The conception of the festival, screening over 200 new films from all over the world for t...

Warsaw Fest: Films on jewish motifs in

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JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL IN WARSAWBy Alex Deleon-PevnyTHE First International Festival of Jewish films ever to be held in Warsaw --officially "FILMS ON JEWISH MOTIFS -- '04"-- took place from 18 to 27 April. Produced essentially on a shoestring budget, by Mirek Chojecki,himself a veteran documentary film maker, it was also given a good dose of moral support by various luminaries of the Polish film world, including Andrzej Wajda, awarded a Hollywood Oscar for his life's work two years ago. Sixty f...

Jester Wins at Sprockets - Toronto children's Fest

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JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) receives Audience Award for best animation film at the prize-giving ceremony for the 7th International Children's Film Festival SPROCKETS in Toronto. The Audience Award for Best Animation Film was presented at the closing ceremony of SPROCKETS in Famous Players Canada Square to the animated feature JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) by Eberhard Junkersdorf. The film was produced by Munich Animation Film (in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg and De Familie Jans...

Early Prizes at Venice

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The "Arca Cinema Giovani" announced three awards that will be presented tomorrow at the Golden Lion ceremony: Prize for the movie that has best treated the theme "Passagi d'Occidente: encounters, diversities, contrasts" (my sentiments exactly!): Fernando Meirelles's The Constant Gardener, "for having chosen such a difficult and up-to-date subject; for the intense elaborated artistic direction." (France/Germany, 2005)Prize for Best Italian Film: Cristina Comencini's Don't Tell, "for having harmon...

Beverly Hills Fest full line up

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The Beverly Hills Film Festival, to be held May 6-9, announced programming for its fourth annual event. Twenty-nine films, comprising features, documentaries, and shorts, will be presented at the Clarity Theatre in Beverly Hills, with a full complement of after-parties and receptions. The week will be capped when the Golden Palm Award is bestowed upon the top film at the annual Awards Ceremony gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Sunset Room on May 9.“This year’s program is our most diverse...

Beverly Hills Fest announces its program

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The Beverly Hills Film Festival, to be held May 6-9, announced programming for its fourth annual event. Twenty-nine films, comprising features, documentaries, and shorts, will be presented at the Clarity Theatre in Beverly Hills, with a full complement of after-parties and receptions. The week will be capped when the Golden Palm Award is bestowed upon the top film at the annual Awards Ceremony gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Sunset Room on May 9. “This year’s program is our most diverse...

Cleveland awards Born into Brothels

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HIGHLIGHTS FROMTHE 28th CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)MARCH 18-28, 2004TOWER CITY CINEMAS ON THE AVENUE AT TOWER CITY CENTERCLEVELAND, OHIOAWARD WINNERSThe Roxanne T. Mueller Award for Best Feature Film (audience choice award) goes to BORN INTO BROTHELS directed by Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski (USA).Runners up include HOME OF THE BRAVE directed by Paola di Florio (USA), BUDDY directed by Morten Tydlum (Norway), A PANTHER IN AFRICA directed by Aaron Matthews (USA), KOPS directed by J...

Buenos Aires awards Parapalos and 15

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BUENOS AIRES 6 ° FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE INDEPENDIENTE AWARDSOFFICIAL PRIZESInternational CompetitionBest picture: “Parapalos”, by Ana Poliak (Argentina)Best Director: Royston Tan for “15 (Fifteen)” (Singapore)Special prize of the Jury:“Las horas del día”, by Jaime Rosales (Spain)Best Actor: Pietro Sibille, for “Días de Santiago” (Peru)Best Actress: Hwang Jeong-min, for “Save the Green Planet!” (South Korea)Argentina brand-new novelties CompetitionBest picture: “U...

Philadelphia closes with record attendance figures

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PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL SETS NEW RECORD OF 61,000 ATTENDANCE AND 70 SELL-OUTS Award Winners include ANATOMY OF HELL, BAADASSSSS!, UNKNOWN SOLDIER and Documentaries THE CORPORATION and PROTEUS The 2004 Philadelphia Film Festival ended its 14-day celebration of cinema by posting an attendance record of 61,000, beating last year’s record of 57,500. Of the 293 screenings the Festival held from April 8-21, 70 screenings sold out, and 16 films drew an audience of over 600.At its Closing Night on...

Marco Island fest line up

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2004 World Cinema Naples Film Line-upSee you at the Movies!FEATURE NARRATIVESThe Barbecue People (Hamangalistim)Feature Drama, 102 minutes, 2003, Israel, Dir.- David Ofek & Yossi Madmony, Prod.-David Ofek, Joseph Madmony, Screenplay- David Ofek, Yossi Madmony,Starring- Victor Ida, Raymond Abecassis, Makram Khuri, Israel Bright, Dana Ivgi, Gili Sa'ar, Igal Adika, World Premier Mar del Plata Intl Film Festival - winner of the silver Ombu for Best Screenplay. Israel in the late 80's; a wild BBQ fe...

Peace in Borderlands:14 films promoting peace

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BORDERLANDS – TERRE DI CONFINEInternational Film Competition Bolzano 28-29 May 2004The purpose of the Festival is to promote peace and mutual understanding amongst different peoples through works of film that address history, situation, life and problems of peoples or individuals who live in “borderlands”. In this context the concept “borderlands” identifies places in which different languages, civilisations or ethnic groups either meet or clash, in any possible way.Fourteen films part...

The Green Butchers win Melies d Or

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« The Green Butchers » and « El tren de la bruja » win the Méliès d’Or for Best European Fantastic Film.The 8th Méliès d’Or Ceremony for Best European Fantastic Film took place this Saturday, April 17th 2004 at the occasion of the 20th Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival. The Jury, presided by Dutch filmmaker Rudolf van den Berg, has awarded the Méliès d’Or for Best Fantastic Feature to « The Green Butchers » directed by Anders Thomas Jensen and the Méliès d’Or for Best Fanta...
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