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Hungry Ghost will open Rotterdam Fest

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The 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam opens on Wednesday evening 21 January 2009 with the world première of the American feature THE HUNGRY GHOSTS. This is the film directing debut of scriptwriter, theatre director and actor Michael Imperioli, who came to fame in his role as Christopher Montisanti in the TV series The Sopranos. THE HUNGRY GHOSTS has also been selected in the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. In THE HUNGRY GHOSTS, Imperioli’s characters float like ghosts through life, ...

The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (USA) Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Written by: Robert Siegel Produced by: Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky Executive produced by: Vincent Maraval, Agnes Mentre, Jennifer Roth Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood   Synopsis:  Back in the late ‘80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of die...

Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone Directed by: Matteo Garrone Written by: Roberto Saviano (book) Produced by: Domenico Procacci, Laura Paolucci Cast: Toni Servillo, Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Salvatore Ruocco, Gianfranco Imparato   Synopsis: Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the “System,” the Camorra. O...

In Bruges by Martin McDonagh: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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In Bruges by Martin McDonagh Directed by: Martin Mc Donagh Written by: Martin Mc Donagh Produced by: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy   Synopsis: Mr. McDonagh makes his feature directorial debut on the film, from his own original screenplay. His plays (which include The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman) have brought him two Olivier Awards and four Tony Award nominations. He wrote and directe...

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Woody Allen : Festival Film of the year Nominee

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona by Woody Allen Directed by: Woody Allen Written by: Woody Allen Produced by: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gareth Wiley Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem   Synopsis: Vicky and Cristina, these two young Americans spend a summer in Spain and meet a flamboyant artist and his beautiful but insane ex-wife. Vicky is straight-laced and about to be married. Cristina is a sexually adventurous free spiri...

Changeling by Clint Eastwood: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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Changeling by Clint Eastwood Directed by: Client Eastwood Written by: J. Michael Straczynski Produced by: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz, Clint Eastwood Executive Producer: Tim Moore, James Whitaker Cast: Angelina Jolie, Amy Ryan, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan    Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1928: On a Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, Christine said goodbye to her son, Walter, and left for work. When she came home, she discovered he had vanished. A fr...

Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle Directed by: Danny Boyle Written by: Simon Beaufoy Produced by: Christian Colson Executive Producer: Paul Smith, Tessa Ross Cast: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto   Synopsis: An illiterate kid looks to become a contestant on the Hindi version of Who Wants to be A Millionaire in order to re-establish contact with the girl he loves, who is an ardent fan of the show.      ...

Samuel L Jackson and Baz Luhrmann to receive Capri Hollywood Legend Award

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Samuel L Jackson will join Baz Luhrmann and Quentin Tarantino to receive the Capri Legend Award at the 13th Capri, Hollywood – Honda International Film Festival. Festival chairman and producer Mark Canton and festival director Pascal Vicedomini made the announcement : Luhrmann and Jackson will attend screenings of their latest projects – Australia and The Spirit, respectively. "As with his current film Australia, Baz Lurhmann continues to carve out his own unique path in the fi...

Gomorrah, from Cannes to Festival Film of the Year Nominee

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Gommorrah by Matteo Garrone is one of the 8 FILMFESTIVALS.COM's nominees of Festival Film of Year by filmfestivals.comthe other nominees are:Frost/Nixon by Ron Howard London, Golden Globes, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild AwardsSlumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle Toronto, London, Austin, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild AwardsChangeling by Clint EastwoodCannes, New York, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild A...

Samuel L Jackson, Baz Luhrmann and Tarantino honored in Capri

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Samuel L Jackson will join Baz Luhrmann and Quentin Tarantino to receive the Capri Legend Award at the 13th Capri, Hollywood – Honda International Film Festival.Festival chairman and producer Mark Canton and festival director Pascal Vicedomini made the announcement :Luhrmann and Jackson will attend screenings of their latest projects – Australia and The Spirit, respectively."As with his current film Australia, Baz Lurhmann continues to carve out his own unique path in the film industry, maki...

Consumers said “Gimme Gimme Gimme” to Mamma Mia DVDs!

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The Movie, the most successful film musical of all time worldwide, as first day domestic DVD and Blu-ray™ consumer spend totaled over $30 million. Universal Studios Home Entertainment sold over 2.25 million units of the Golden Globe® -nominated blockbuster on December 16, 2008. An unprecedented worldwide box office phenomenon, Mamma Mia! The Movie has already been proclaimed the fastest selling DVD of all time in the U.K. after first-day sales reached 1.6 million units, surpassing the previo...

Focus On Turkey In Tallinn

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The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is presenting a Focus On Turkey as one of its special highlights. Turkish cinema is as old as cinema itself. Over the years, Turkish cinema has been incredibly well received and diseminated, particularly in the Middle East and Europe, mixed with periods of artistic decline. Since the 1990s, a younger generation of film auteurs have found a receptive critical and audience response around the world, introducing such artists as Dervi Zaim, Bari Pirhasan, Nuri ...

Focus On Turkey In Tallinn

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  Thursday, December 4------The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is presenting a Focus On Turkey as one of its special highlights. Turkish cinema is as old as cinema itself. Over the years, Turkish cinema has been incredibly well received and diseminated, particularly in the Middle East and Europe, mixed with periods of artistic decline. Since the 1990s, a younger generation of film auteurs have found a receptive critical and audience response around the world, introducing such a...

British Independent Film Awards Announced In London

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  Wednesday, December 3-------The British Independent Film Awards, referred to as the "Brit indie Oscars" were announced this past weekend in London. A groovy event held this year at the Old Billingsgate Market, the BIFAs have become the cool alternative to the BAFTA Awards, which will be given out in January 2009.   The big winner of the evening, further consolidating its international box office performance is SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, the crowd-pleaser fr...

Gotham Award Winners Announced In New York

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  Wednesday, December 3-------On the same day as the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced (cheeky, that), the annual Gotham independent Film Awards were given out in New York City. Winning top honors were FROZEN RIVER by Courtney Hunt as Best Feature Film and TROUBLE THE WATER by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal as Best Documentary.   FROZEN RIVER'S lead actress Melissa Leo also won the Gotham Breakthrough Actor award, and along wih her Film Inde...

Clint Eastwood to receive the Santa Barbara Fest honors

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Clint Eastwood has been selected to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor, The Modern Master Award, it was announced by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Thursday, January 29, at the historic Arlington Theatre.The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her accomplishments in the motion picture industry. ...

Savannah Film Festival awards War Eagle as best feature

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The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Entertainment to entertainment entrepreneur Suzanne de Passe Nov. 1.R&B singer Kenny Lattimore serenaded de Passe from the award stage, singing the hits And I Love Her and Come Down in Time from his new album, Timeless. Fellow entertainment moguls Michael Mauldin, chief executive officer of the Artistic Control Group, president of Mauldin Brand Agency and chairma...

Visionary Dreams – worldwide at Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

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The 57th International Filmfestival Mannheim-HeidelbergNov. 6 – 16, 2008The 57th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg will present 34 visionary dreams by newcomer directors from 22 countries captured on film in the festival's main sections. There are 18 films by young authors in „International Competition“ for the Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg, the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize and the Special Award of the Jury. There are 14 new discoveries from 11 countries out of competiti...

Benicio Del Toro Screen Talk at London Film Festival

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival is delighted to announce an addition to the 2008 programme, as a new wave of tickets go on sale.Benicio Del Toro will participate in a Tiscali Screen Talk on Friday 24 October.Multi award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro discusses his film career and gives us an insight into his astounding performance in our Tiscali Gala film CHE (Part 1 & Part 2).Benicio Del Toro’s acting has been described as fearless, magnetic and savagely emotional. He has garnered a r...

An Israeli Animated Fog of War

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Wednesday, October 1------The effects of combat take on an added dimension, caught somewhere between nightmares and surrealism, in the celebrated Israeli animated epic Waltz With Bashir. The film, which had its US Premiere at the New York Film Festival tonight, brings the viewer in the furtive and fervent imagination of director Ari Folman.   Beginning with the startling image of wild dogs running straight towards the camera, the film exists between psychological turmoil and exi...

James Earl Jones to receive SAG Achievement Award

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Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that James Earl Jones, whose acting prowess and iconic voice are world-renown, will receive the Guild’s most prestigious accolade—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Jones will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the “15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®,” which premieres live on TNT and TBS Sunday...

50 new projects looking for co-financing at the 12th Mannheim Meetings 2008

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The 12th MANNHEIM MEETINGS 2008, taking place 12 through 16 November 2008, will introduce 50 new, independent arthouse film projects. The international market for co-production, sales and film distribution, which is attended by about 300 participants annually, will present new productions by noted and established directors such as Karim Traidia or Ivan Fila, as well as debut features of international newcomers.The selection offers a wide geographic distribution, as the projects are coming from 2...

Che Finds A Home With IFC Films

Friday, September 12-------Che, the 4 1/2 hour epic on the life of revolutionary Che Guevera, has been acquired for all North American rights by IFC Films. The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film's lead Benicio del Toro won the Best Actor prize. It screened this past week at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be screening next at the New York Film Festival. Che gives IFC Films a strong contender for end-of-the-ye...

Aspen announces its line up of film & events

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Aspen Film announces its program for the 30th annual Aspen Filmfest, running September 24 - September 28, 2008 in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado. Award-winning features and documentaries from around the world will be showcased at the Wheeler Opera House and Isis Theatre in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale during five days of unforgettable films during the height of the Rocky Mountain fall season. Special guests include composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement), director Angus Yates, (Crim...

Hollywood Awards: 10 Actors to Watch

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"Variety," the authoritative entertainment industry publication, will present its annual "10 Actors to Watch" lineup of exciting new talents onstage at the Hollywood Awards(r) Gala Ceremony. The 10 actors, selected by a team of "Variety's" critics, editors and reporters, will be recognized at the prestigious Hollywood Awards(r) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 27. "We are very proud and honored to join 'Variety' in presenting 'Variety's '10 Actors to Watch' at the Hollywoo...
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