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Film-noir 'Drive' shifts Cannes into high gear

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  Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (AFP, Anne-Christine Poujoulat) CANNES, France - The Cannes film festival got a shot of high-octane drama on Friday with "Drive," a violent film-noir thriller set in Los Angeles, rich in Detroit iron and inspired in part by the Brothers Grimm. Canadian actor Ryan Gosling stars in Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn's tale of a solitary Hollywood stunt-car driver and part-time wheelman for armed robbers who morphs into a cold...

Lars van Triers and Nazis...Statement from the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes

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The Festival de Cannes provides artists from around the world with an exceptional forum to present their works and defend freedom of expression and creation. The Festival's Board of Directors, which held an extraordinary meeting this Thursday 19 May 2011, profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars Von Trier to express comments that are unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the Festival. ...

Earthquake shaped work of Japanese Cannes contender

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by Deborah Cole (On Twitter: @doberah http://twitter.com/#!/doberah)CANNES, France Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March had a powerful impact on Naomi Kawase's haunting new film in competition at Cannes, the Japanese director said on Wednesday.   "Hanezu" -- one of 20 contenders for the coveted Palme d'Or to be awarded by jury president Robert De Niro on Sunday -- tells the story of a love triangle in the mountainous Asuka region, seen as the birthplace of the Japane...

Cannes 2011: Palme d'Or race begins to come into focus

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  Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Courtesy of IMDb. It's never too early to begin handicapping the Palme d'Or race.  The film-festival world's most prestigious prize captures the attention of attendees in Cannes the way the New Hampshire primary mesmerizes political pundits -- it's hashed out and obsessed over for every possible shade of meaning -- and provides a film festival with a certain level of suspense. With the competition now one-third underwa...

'Morgen' at CPHPIX 2011

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  MORGEN screens at this year's Copenhagen film festival... Let's hear it for Romanian cinema! This definitely seems to be a year full of films about the ever increasing global situation of international border crossing… from ‘For A Moment, Freedom’ (2009, Iran) to ‘Illegal’ (2010, Belgium) to ‘The Albanian’ (2010, Germany) and the internationally award-winning film 'Morgen’ (2010, Romania) by director Marian Crisan. While each film shows its unique and...

UNCLE BOONMEE at Copenhagen Film Festival

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INTERVIEW WITH: Apichatpong Weerasethakul                       UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Thailand, 2010) screens at Copenhagen Film Festival 2011   Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul     INTERVIEW WITH Apichatpong Weerasethakul.   During the 51st Th...

The members of Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by Michel GONDRY

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The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury presided by Michel GONDRY will welcome Julie GAYET, Jessica HAUSNER, Corneliu PORUMBOIU and João Pedro RODRIGUES. They will have to choose First, Second and Third prize winners from the sixteen final-year films featuring in the 2011 Cinéfondation Selection. These three films will walk away with prize money of 15,000€, 11,250€ and 7,500€ respectively. The prizes will be awarded by the Jury on Friday 20th May during a ceremony in the Salle ...

Bertolucci to kick off Cannes with Honorary Palme d'or

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This is a novelty for the Festival de Cannes: from 2011, the organizers will award an annual Honorary Palme d'or, which will be presented during the Opening Ceremony. This recognition is attributed to an important filmmaker, whose work is authoritative but never got a Palme d'or. In the recent past, Woody Allen, in 2002, or Clint Eastwood in 2009, were awarded this distinction by President Gilles Jacob, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes. Now, the act becom...

Discover the trailer for Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA

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  Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo. The trailer for Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA is launched online today and available to view at www.melancholiathemovie.com. A beautiful movie about the end of the world. MELANCHOLIA is written and directed by von Trier and produced by Meta Louise Foldager and Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments27. Artificial Eye will release in the UK on July 1. ...

Interviews with Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul                           During the 15th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Sofia, Bulgaria, the film UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Thailand, 2010) screened to an international audience.    INTERVIEW WITH Apichatpong Weerase...

Demy, Noir and Chinese: Three cycles at next Sebastian International Film Festival

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 The programme of this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival include three cycles This year, the 59th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival, running from 16-24 September, returns to its tradition of programming three cycles. The usual retrospective dedicated to a classic filmmaker will be accompanied by another two thematic cycles. JACQUES DEMY In its 59th edition, San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a complete retrospective to...

The Jury of the 64th Cannes Film Festival will be headed by Robert de Niro

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The American actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will preside over the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, running May 11th to 22th 2011. When he accepted the invitation, Robert De Niro said : « The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world. » A very true and nice compliment from Robert de Niro, himself a festival Director (founder of Tribeca). Robert de Niro is a long time friend of the festival with mul...

All that you wanted to know about women and more – i.e. the new section at OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011

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In the “Filming Women” section we will present the most interesting films made in the last few years. As the name of the section might suggest, these will be films touching upon the women's issues, not necessarily made by women though. The selected titles may serve as proof that contemporary cinema is full of genuine portraits of women far from the stereotypical perception of the representatives of the fair sex. The section “Filming Women” and its contents set questions about criteria o...

OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011 – the first titles revealed!

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The programming novelties for this year's festival are: “Filming Women”, and a special section presenting new Irish, German and Asian cinema. Other sections include as usual the main competition “Making Way” (with $100k award), “Discoveries”, “From the Gut” and “Catching Up”.In the section “FILMING WOMEN”, we will present “On Tour” (“Tournée”) directed by a popular French actor Mathieu Amalric. The film got excellent reviews and was awarded with Palme d'Or for di...

Today, 'Morgen', by Marian Crisan

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  This definitely seems to be a year full of films about the ever increasing global situation of international border crossing… from ‘For A Moment, Freedom’ (2009, Iran) to ‘Illegal’ (2010, Belgium) to ‘The Albanian’ (2010, Germany) and the internationally award-winning film ‘Morgen’ (2010, Romania) by director Marian Crisan. While each film shows its unique and gripping personal story, ‘Morgen’ surprises through its expressive simplicity.   ...

IFI Highlights 2011

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  Jim Sheridan: In Focus (3rd-21st Feb) IFI Stranger Than Fiction: Ireland A programme of Irish and American feature films curated by Gabriel Byrne- IFI/MOMA Collaboration with the support of Imagine Ireland(New York, May 20th-30th) Hidden Ireland: Irish Documentary Film - In collaboration with New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center with the support of Imagine Ireland (New York, March 19th-May 19th) IFI Open Day (June) IFI Family Festival (July) ...

Robert De Niro will be President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes

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The American actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will be President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, due to take place from May 11th to 22th 2011. When he accepted the invitation, Robert De Niro said : « The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world. » Inviting Robert De Niro as President of the Jury of Cannes, the organizers want to pay also tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival whic...

INTERVIEW WITH: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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                      Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul     INTERVIEW WITH Apichatpong Weerasethakul.   During the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, I had the grand pleasure to speak at length with Mr. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or ‘Joe' as he likes to be called. This was a one-of-a-ki...

Interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki FestivalDuring the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, I had the grand pleasure to speak at length with Mr. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or ‘Joe' as he likes to be called. This was a one-of-a-kind interview as I was tempted to keep him for hours to just hear him passionately speak about his visionary POV on cinema and his cross-genre, trans-borders, duality, disassociating and completely groundbreaking auteurship body of work whic...

Interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki FestivalDuring the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, I had the grand pleasure to speak at length with Mr. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or ‘Joe' as he likes to be called. This was a one-of-a-kind interview as I was tempted to keep him for hours to just hear him passionately speak about his visionary POV on cinema and his cross-genre, trans-borders, duality, disassociating and completely groundbreaking auteurship body of work whic...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members presided by Puttnam

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members who will join previously announced President, Lord David Puttnam, for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on December 2. Lord David Puttnam, Academy Award winner and producer of Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields, has assembled a Jury of highly experienced industry professionals from across the globe. They are: ...

54th BFI London Film Festival Awards

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Yesterday, the 54th BFI London Film Festival, rounded off a highly successful year with the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s 127 HOURS, attended by the director and star, James Franco. This year’s festival hosted 201 feature films and 112 short films from 68 countries including 11 World premieres. There were 530 screenings and 629 filmmaker guests, including 346 UK based and 283 from outside the UK. With 990 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and rep...

Festival With A View: Martha's Vineyard International FF

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  It is known as the playground of the rich and famous. In fact, it is the preferred summer holiday destination for U.S. Presidents (including Barack Obama and his family just two weeks ago). It is the tony enclave of Martha's Vineyard, an island off Cap Cod, Massachussets, that is hosting its 5th annual film festival this weekend. The Festival is showcasing some of the strongest films from the festival circuit, bringing top flight independent and international films to both locals ...

London Film Festival program launch

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The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of highly anticipated films by both established and emerging talent from around the world. A particularly strong feature this year is the selection of British films including the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Galas. Over 16 days the festival will screen a total of 197 features and 112 shorts, including 11 World, 23 International and 33 European premieres, ma...

Highlights from Vancouver International Film Festival

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  Dragons & TIGERS: THE CINEMA OF EAST ASIA Vancouver International Film Festival  September 30 - October 15, 2010   VIFF's Dragons & Tigers program continues to be a leader in introducing the most exciting new cinematic talents from East Asia to the world. The distinguished jury for the 2010 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema includes three of the bes...

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