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Introduction presentation of the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation in Berlin

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For the first time the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation gives an overview of the country´s filmic works at the European Film Market. The presentation will be held under the chairmanship of Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko, Ukraine’s First Lady and Head of the Supervisory Council of the International Charitable Fund “Ukraine-3000”. Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko also plans to attend the Berlinale and the events of the Ukrainian Cinema Foundation.Visit us during the Berlinale at the European Film Market (EFM ...

Berlinale 2008: International Jury

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This year, eight international film experts and stars will decide who is to take home the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears. Jury President Costa-Gavras (France) is one of the most renowned figures of dedicated, political filmmaking. His international breakthrough came in 1969 with the political thriller Z, which won him two Academy Awards. In 1990 Costa-Gavras was awarded the Berlinale Golden Bear for his film Music Box (with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jessica Lange). He last participated in the Be...

Berlinale jury with Jury President Costa-Gavras

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This year, eight international film experts and stars will decide who is to take home the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears.Jury President Costa-Gavras (France) is one of the most renowned figures of dedicated, political filmmaking. His international breakthrough came in 1969 with the political thriller Z, which won him two Academy Awards. In 1990 Costa-Gavras was awarded the Berlinale Golden Bear for his film Music Box (with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jessica Lange). He last participated in the Ber...

Lamb of God to open Rotterdam

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Fifteen films have been selected for Rotterdam’s VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. The line up consists of eight world premieres, two international premieres and five European premieres. As always, all are first or second features by young, promising filmmakers. Five competition films have been supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The festival will open January 23 with the world premiere of LAMB OF GOD (CORDERO DE DIOS), the first feature by Lucía Cedrón (Argentina). The film is also selecte...

Rotterdam Hubert Bals Fund Harvest;

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In its feature film selection, the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam will include fifty world premieres, thirty international premieres and twenty-five European premieres. International sales agents to bring world and international premieres to Rotterdam include Fortissimo, Memento, Wide Management, Trust, Match Factory and newly formed Elle Driver. Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund adds an enticing harvest of 22 new films to the festival. All of these are nominated for the newly installed...

An Interview with IDFA director Ally Derks

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As International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam puts finishing touches on its 20th edition, set to launch November 22-December 2, festival director Ally Derks takes a moment to muse on this year’s standout themes, the joys of playing with a three-million-euro budget and the merry mischief of hiding a fake film for audiences to smoke out. Filmfestivals.com reached her in Amsterdam during the calm before the storm. FF: Is it a challenge to program a documentary festival that comes a week af...

A Market Blooms At Rome FilmFest

 Wednesday, October 24-------The Rome Film Festival has released the statistics of its parallel market initiative The Business Street. Just 48 hours after the second edition of The Business Street came to a close on Sunday, film sales and acquisitions are still being finalized, but the activity clearly points to a successful venture that gives the Festival a unique profile in the sales of films to the international marketplace.In all 142 industry screenings were held (up from 130 last year), ...

Rome Business Street, second year wraps

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Just forty-eight hours after the second edition of The Business Street has come to a close, while film sales and acquisitions are being confirmed and deals finalized, it's the figures that best represent the success of this event:- 142 screenings (up from 130 in 2006)- 83 films available in the video libraries (Hotel Bernini, the Auditorium Cinema Village)- 25 market premieres, among them Piano, solo by Riccardo Milani (sold by Adriana Chiesa Enterprises), The Secret by Vincent Perez (EuropaCorp...

Rome Business Street, second year wraps

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Just forty-eight hours after the second edition of The Business Street has come to a close, while film sales and acquisitions are being confirmed and deals finalized, it's the figures that best represent the success of this event:- 142 screenings (up from 130 in 2006)- 83 films available in the video libraries (Hotel Bernini, the Auditorium Cinema Village)- 25 market premieres, among them Piano, solo by Riccardo Milani (sold by Adriana Chiesa Enterprises), The Secret by Vincent Perez (EuropaCorp...

Punto de Vista 2008 has doubled docu entries

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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL OF NAVARRA - PUNTO DE VISTAFebruary 15 - 23, 2008The Official Section of Punto de Vista has received 804 entries from 70 countries preparing for its best edition ever next February.The number of participants for the festival (a client of filmfestivals.com Bulletin Board Service) doubles last year´s figureA total of 804 films are to take part in the selection process for the Documentary Film Festival Punto de Vista, to be held in Pamplona for the fourth ti...

BARBICAN YIDDISH RETRO, '96

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Chaim Pevner, Film CriticFILM NOTES TO THE BARBICAN YIDDISH FILM RETROSPECTIVE(London, October 12-24, 1996) THE YIDDISH language cinema is nearly unique among world cinema cultures in that it had no specific homeland.  Yiddish films, including “silent Yiddish” films, were produced wherever there were major Yiddish speech communities and a Yiddish theatrical circuit  from which  talent could be recruited.  The majority of Yiddish language films were therefore made in New York or in P...

Journey Of A Haunted Writer

 Monday, August 13------Films with a Holocaust theme remain a bottomless pit of fascination for those who still attempt to comprehend the immensity of the tragedy nearly 70 years after the fact. As with any human experience, the power of an individual story is infinitely more moving, fascinating and haunting than the repetition of numbers (in this case, a staggering six million) that the mind can simply not comprehend. A worthy addition to the canon of Holocaust films is the new documentary, PR...

NYC rural route festival begins this friday

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THE ANNUAL NYC RURAL ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY!!! JULY 20-22 @ Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan's East VillageHick films from Sweden, Iceland, India, Hungary, Texas, Nicaragua, Georgia, Ukraine, Nevada, Kentucky, Germany, Winnipeg, Iowa, New York, Minnesota, Scotland, Montana, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee, and Lithuania. Music videos from Saddle Creek artists Bright Eyes and Eric Bachmann, plus German techno artist/ornithologist Dominik Eulberg.2007 Sch...

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...

Los Angeles Film Festival full line up

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Film Independent announced the full program line-up for the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, July 1), including the Opening Night and Closing Night films.As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28 at a special event sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will pre...

Feature documentaries shine at Seattle Fest

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The 33rd edition of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) initiated its marathon 24 day run on Friday, May 25, with 18 films bursting out of the starting gates at six festival venues strategically located around the city from the landmark Space Needle to the University District (and a seventh across the lake in satellite city Bellevue). The opening event I chose to attend was "An Evening with Lisa Gerrard", hypnotic Australian song-bird/composer, introducing the screening of a mystico-...

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 ...

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 ...

« Import Export » d’Ulrich Seidl

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Import Export, présenté en Compétition, marque le retour d’Ulrich Seidl à Cannes, cinq ans après qu’il ait dévoilé son sulfureux Dog Days à la Semaine Internationale de la Critique. Son nouveau long-métrage évoque deux trajectoires opposées : celle d’une jeune infirmière ukrainienne se rendant en Autriche pour trouver un emploi et celle d’un jeune Autrichien s’installant en Ukraine afin, lui aussi, de gagner sa vie. Tourné dans des conditions extrêmes, par des températur...

"Import Export" by Ulrich Seidl

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Import Export, presented in Competition, marks the return of the Austrian director Ulrich Seidl to Cannes, five years after having presented his startling Dog Days. His new film tells the story of two characters on opposite tracks: a young Ukrainian nurse who goes to Austria to find employment, and a young Austrian man who settles in Ukraine, also to earn a livelihood. Shot in extreme conditions, at temperatures of 20°F below zero, Import Export features the work of two amateur actors, Ekateryb...

Paul Mazursky: A True American Original

 Tuesday, May 1-----For those of you who only know Paul Mazursky as Larry David's nemesis on the HBO series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, let me tell you....you are missing a lot. For audiences who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s, Mazursky was one of the important filmmakers of his time. Falling somewhere between Woody Allen's self-conscious angst and Mel Brooks' baudy burlesques, the best of Mazursky combined deep emotional drama with soaring comedic heights, to produce films that were ...

A GREEK-JEWISH ENCLAVE IN NEW YORK AND FRENCH-SPEAKING JEWS IN GREECE

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by Alex Deleon, for <www.filmfestivals.com> March 20, 2007 After the opening weekend at the expansive Cinerama theater downtown the Festival has now moved over to more modest quarters in the auditorium of the Seattle Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on the edge of the University of Washington campus. The museum  lobby is quite interesting itself with an exhibit of old Seattle photos currently on display featuring celebrity visitors to Seattle in the good old days. Among them, ...

Greek Jewish enclave in NY and french-speaking jews in Greece

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After the opening weekend at the expansive Cinerama Theater downtown the Festival has now moved over to more modest quarters in the auditorium of the Seattle Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on the edge of the University of Washington campus. The museum lobby is quite interesting itself with an exhibit of old Seattle photos currently on display featuring celebrity visitors to Seattle in the good old days. Among them, a very young Marlon Brando, shown fishing with a local native American,...

A BRIVELE DER MAMEN ("A little letter to mama")

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Viewed on video, at J.M's Seattle, Wed. nite, March 7, 2007. This one of the great classics of the pre-war Yiddish cinema and one of the great all time films on the subject of immigration to America. It was the culmination of Joseph Green's amazing four film cycle of Yiddish films made between 1937 (Yidl Mitn Fidl) and 1939, on the brink of WW II. This saga of a Jewish family opens in 1912 in Lubin, a little shtetl in the Ukraine and terminates in America -- New York -- in the twent...

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