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Hadewijch

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Blind faith is a very strange sort of thing. On the one hand, blind faith can help a person to achieve things that never would have otherwise been possible. On the other hand, blind faith can bring a person to do things that they never would have done. Hadewijch is a French film in the official selection at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and it is a film that explores this very idea. It follows the life of Céline, a French girl so enamored with God and her religion that she i...

San Sebastian at Night

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The San Sebastian film festival happens right across the bridge from the "parte vieja" (old part) of the city at the Kursal. When the sun sets over the ocean, you get an amazing cinematic view of the skyline and the bridge.   -Emily Monaco ...

Chloe, by Atom Egoyan, will open the San Sebastian competition

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The Canadian director Atom Egoyan will open the competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival with his film Chloe, starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. Egoyan, one of the great renovators of modern film language with movies like Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1987) or Ararat (2002), will compete for the first time at San Sebastian.Another outstanding name in contemporary cinema, Rodrigo García, will close the Festival with the North American film Mother and Child, st...

Cannes Cinefondation next session, under Gilles Jacob presidency

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18th Session March, 2 to July, 15 2009 Jury's president : Gilles Jacob Participants Andreas Bolm Andreas Bolm was born in 1971 in Cologne, Germany, from a Hungarian mother and a German father. After working as a musician and sound engineer in Manchester, England, he began to experiment in photography and video. He studied film and theatre science in Berlin and at the film FAMU academy in Prague. In 1999, Andreas enrolled in the documentary department of the University of Televi...

Rare Screening of A Coppola Masterwork

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  As part of its tribute to iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, the San Francisco International Film Festival will host a rare screening of THE RAIN PEOPLE on Friday evening, as part of An Evening with Francis Ford Coppola & Friends.   The film, released in 1969, was the first production from Coppola’s own company, American Zoetrope. An original script by Coppola, one year before his Oscar win for PATTON, the film stars Shirley Knight as a Long Island housewife on the run...

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...

Some media got it wrong about San Seb: here is the official story

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John Hopewell from Variety wrote the following title "San Sebastian faces budget crisis: Festival chief and staff threaten to resign" Read the full article on Variety.com (you probably would have to pay to access the article) "...The head of the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Spanish-speaking world’s biggest movie confab, is threatening to resign if his budget is slashed. If festival director Mikel Olaciregui ankles, he’ll be followed out the door by his entire...

San Sebastian Film Festival growth reports

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San Sebastian Film Festival reports 83.52% occupancy level, up 7.17% The number of spectators per session increased 8.84%Revenue from ticket sales was up from 2007 despite 38 fewer screeningsThe occupancy level at the San Sebastian Film Festival increased 7.17% at the 56th edition, which came to a close on September 27th. Compared to 76.35% in 2007, this year’s figure accounted for a 83.52% occupation rate between the various venues, including public screenings as well as screenings for the p...

San Sebastian 56 Will Have an 'Infusciating' New Look

If you're tired of those same old raggedy Red Carpets every year the 56th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival which opens on September 18 has anounced a major change in decor --the Red Carpet this year will be FUCHSIA... and not just one rug for the stars to cavort on on on their way to the galas, but two! A carpet 9O metres long (about one American football field) will lead up the main beachfront thoroughfare to the surrealistic Kursaal complex, otherwise known as 'The Cube', where ...

San Sebastian 56 Will Have an 'Infusciating' New Look

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If you're tired of those same old raggedy Red Carpets every year the 56th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival which opens on September 18 has anounced a major change in decor --the Red Carpet this year will be FUCHSIA... and not just one rug for the stars to cavort on on on their way to the galas, but two! A carpet 9O metres long (about one American football field) will lead up the main beachfront thoroughfare to the surrealistic Kursaal complex, otherwise known as 'The Cube', where the f...

Jonathan Demme to chair the Official Jury at San Sebastian

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Academy Award-winning director, Jonathan Demme will present his new feature film, Rachel Getting Married, and a “work in progress” version of his latest Neil Young concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes from a Concert.Jonathan Demme, winner of an Oscar for best director for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and director of films including Something Wild (1986), Philadelphia (1993), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) will chair the Official Jury at the co...

"European Distributors: Up Next!" to be held on September 26 at San Sebastian Festival

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EFP and San Sebastian International Film Festival join forces for "European Distributors: Up Next!" to be held on September 26  With the aim of increasing the wider distribution of non-domestic European films, European Film Promotion (EFP) and the San Sebastian International Film Festival are to launch the initiative "European Distributors: Up Next!" which is scheduled to take place on September 26, 2008 during the festival. The first edition of the programme is focused on d...

European Distributors: Up Next to be held at San Sebastian

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EFP and San Sebastian International Film Festival join forces for "European Distributors: Up Next!" to be held on September 26With the aim of increasing the wider distribution of non-domestic European films, European Film Promotion (EFP) and the San Sebastian International Film Festival are to launch the initiative "European Distributors: Up Next!" which is scheduled to take place on September 26, 2008 during the festival. The first edition of the programme is focused on distributors from Centra...

Jonathan Demme to chair the jury at San Sebastian

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Jonathan Demme to chair the Official Jury at this year’s edition of the San Sebastian Film FestivalAcademy Award-winning director, Jonathan Demme will present his new feature film, Rachel Getting Married, and a “work in progress” version of his latest Neil Young concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes from a Concert. Jonathan Demme, winner of an Oscar for best director for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and director of films including Something Wild (1986), Philadelphia (1993), The M...

Jonathan Demme to chair the Official Jury at this year’s edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival

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Jonathan Demme, winner of an Oscar for best director for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and director of films including Something Wild (1986), Philadelphia (1993), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) will chair the Official Jury at the coming edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Academy Award-winning director, Jonathan Demme will present his new feature film, Rachel Getting Married, and a “work in progress” version of his latest Neil Young con...

Demi Moore In Miami For FLAWLESS

 Monday, March 3----------When you have one of the most famous and recognizable faces in both Hollywood and the tabloids, it is a challenge to be recognized for your talent and not your fame. The plain, unvarnished truth is that Demi Moore is a damned good actress. She makes that abundantly clear in her role as the buttoned-down executive who becomes involved in a major diamond heist from the vaults of her employer in last night’s Gusman Gala. FLAWLESS (which describes the jewels, but certain...

Demi Moore In Miami For FLAWLESS

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When you have one of the most famous and recognizable faces in both Hollywood and the tabloids, it is a challenge to be recognized for your talent and not your fame. The plain, unvarnished truth is that Demi Moore is a damned good actress. She makes that abundantly clear in her role as the buttoned-down executive who becomes involved in a major diamond heist from the vaults of her employer in last night’s Gusman Gala. FLAWLESS (which describes the jewels, but certainly can be applied to Ms. Mo...

LOOKING EAST: The Cinema of Goran Paskaljevic

 Wednesday, January 9-------The cinema of Eastern Europe is one of the world’s most complex and rewarding for filmgoers willing to take the journey into the hearts and minds of its singular film artists. Among the most idiosyncratic of these talents is Goran Paskaljevic, one of Europe’s most respected and critically acclaimed directors. While New York audiences may have caught a few of this iconoclastic director’s choice films at film festivals over the years, the Museum of Modern Art (Mo...

LOOKING EAST: The Cinema of Goran Paskaljevic

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The cinema of Eastern Europe is one of the world’s most complex and rewarding for filmgoers willing to take the journey into the hearts and minds of its singular film artists. Among the most idiosyncratic of these talents is Goran Paskaljevic, one of Europe’s most respected and critically acclaimed directors. While New York audiences may have caught a few of this iconoclastic director’s choice films at film festivals over the years, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is offering the first maj...

First Award Winners Announced At Rome FilmFest

 Friday, October 26-----------As the Rome FilmFest enters its final weekend, award ceremonies abound and we will cover them for you in detail. The first award was given out last Saturday to 19-year-old Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf, who received the Paolo Ungari UNICEF prize for her film BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME, which screened in the Alice In The City Competition section. The prize was awarded "for her courage and subtlety when dealing with such a sensible issue as the girl's d...

First Award Winners Announced At Rome FilmFest

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As the Rome FilmFest enters its final weekend, award ceremonies abound and we will cover them for you in detail. The first award was given out last Saturday to 19-year-old Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf, who received the Paolo Ungari UNICEF prize for her film BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME, which screened in the Alice In The City Competition section. The prize was awarded "for her courage and subtlety when dealing with such a sensible issue as the girl's discrimination in schooling" . The film ...

Palm Springs Festival will honor Sean Penn

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Sean Penn with the Director of the Year Award for his latest film Into the Wild at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Past director honorees include Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel, Anthony Minghella for Cold Mountain, Alexander Payne for Sideways and Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “Into the Wild is a magnif...

San Sebastian Film Festival Winners

 Tuesday, October 2--------A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, the latest film from Hong Kong-born and United States-based director Wayne Wang, was the big winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as the awards were announced on Saturday evening in the Basque coastal resort town. The film won the Festival's Golden Shell as Best Film, also winning a Silver Shell for Best Actor for the film's lead Henry O. The film, based on a short story by award-winning author Yiyun Li, depicts the tensio...

Lloyd Kaufman (Troma) new chairman with IFTA

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Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment, Inc. has been elected Chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) during the organization’s annual members meeting today, it was announced by Jean Prewitt, president and chief executive officer of IFTA. Kaufman begins his two-year term, effective today.IFTA membership also elected new Executive Committee members to two-year terms: Michael Ryan (Handmade Films International and former IFTA Chairman) to Vice Chairman and Paul Hertzberg (Ci...
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