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Romanian Oscar Entry 'Morgen' at PSIFF

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    Question: What do you get when you mix ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ (USA, 1987) and ‘The Visitor’ (USA, 2007), minus all sex and violence? Answer: Something a little bit like ‘MORGEN’ (2010, Romania) by Romanian director Marian Crisan, but also totally different.   There is almost nil violence in this film; rather, it is paradoxical in its nature using a very tough subject of much heated contention and portraying it in such a gracef...

WITHOUT (2011), Interview with Joslyn Jensen

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WITHOUT (2011) is a haunting coming of age psychological drama about a young girl who becomes a caretaker to an old man who is practically a vegetable. In small town America almost in the middle of nowhere Joslyn has little to no internet signal and is cut off, ‘without’ any and all outside communication. She has to assimilate into this new life with her near-death patient and the provincial frustrated locals; further, she is dealing with the overwhelming loss of the love of her lif...

Interview with actress Joslyn Jensen from award winning film, WITHOUT (2011)

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  WITHOUT (2011) is a haunting coming of age psychological drama about a young girl who becomes a caretaker to an old man who is practically a vegetable. In small town America almost in the middle of nowhere Joslyn has little to no internet signal and is cut off, ‘without’ any and all outside communication. She has to assimilate into this new life with her near-death patient and the provincial frustrated locals; further, she is dealing with the overwhelming loss of the love of her l...

Romanian independent cinema at 2nd MIFF

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Romanian director Gabriel Achim’s ‘ VISUL LUI ADALBERT  - ADELBERT’S DREAM’ is one of the films in competition for the Crystal Apricot Award at the 2nd Malatya Film  Festival. The film was screened last night at Malatya Park Avsar Cinemas, joined by the director himself, associate producer of  Cristian Mungiu's 2007 Golden Palm winner ‘4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS’, Daniel Burlac, actor Gabriel Spahiu and actress Anca Androne.   In Q&A session, associate and delegat...

Thessaloniki Film Festival awards Twilight Portrait

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52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALNovember 4 -13, 2011 The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator - Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art NY, USA, Jury PresidentSitora Alieva, Program Director - Kinotavr Film Festival, RussiaFrederic Boyer, Director - Les Arcs European Film Festival, FranceConstantine Giannaris, Film director, GreeceHisami Kuroiwa, Film producer, USABestows: THE AWARDSBest Feature Film Awar...

MORGEN at SFF 2011

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MORGEN (2010) screened 'IN FOCUS' at this year's Sarajevo Film Festival, SFF, 2011. Director Marian Crisan attended the festival in support of his multiple award winning film. To read more about the film at SFF: http://www.sff.ba/film/show/id/1585 Read below a review of the film MORGEN.  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 ‘Illeg...

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) line up

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– Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) has announced the 2011 line-up of films for its 5th annual Festival, which runs June 9-12 at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Seven feature films, five documentaries and nine shorts, including three world premieres, ten US premieres and eight LA premieres will be presented during the 4-day Festival. The Festival has also added an industry panel “Crossing Borders: Foreign Films in Hollywood” to the schedule this year."This year's films rep...

'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...

11 East and Central European films compete in Vilnius international film festival's competition programme

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The competition programme "New Europe - New Names" at the Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" has selected a formidable collection of Eastern and Central European films. The audience is invited to 11 thrilling, refreshing brand new films thoroughly selected by an international jury. These particular foreign films are all contenders in the line to become the highlights of the festival. They have already proved their potential at Cannes, Venice, Berl...

KINBAKU, A REVIEW

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Kinbaku- Art of Bondage (Finland, 2009), at 13th TDF, Thessaloniki Film Festival This fascinating short documentary film by director Jouni Hokkanen tells the story of ‘tight binding’, a Japanese form of art through bondage on women who want to be bound. Apparently, tying things up is a sacred quality in the Shinto religion, and this does not exclude the tying up of people as well. Rope artists who express themselves through bondage are considered to have ‘rope fetishes’ usin...

KINBAKU, A REVIEW

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Kinbaku- Art of Bondage (Finland, 2009), at 13th TDF, Thessaloniki Film Festival This fascinating short documentary film by director Jouni Hokkanen tells the story of ‘tight binding’, a Japanese form of art through bondage on women who want to be bound. Apparently, tying things up is a sacred quality in the Shinto religion, and this does not exclude the tying up of people as well. Rope artists who express themselves through bondage are considered to have ‘rope fetishes’ using o...

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.   ...

RELEASE jafar-panahi

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  MOHAMMED RASULOFThe Thessaloniki International Film Festival denounces the sentences conferred upon Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammed Rasulof.  The recent accusations against them, as well as the excessive penalty imposed on them for spreading “propaganda against the system”, for participation in the protests that ensued after Ahmadinejad’s re-election and for their socially focused work, is a direct and unabashed violation of civil liberties. Thessaloniki Film Festival...

Iran jails Jafar Panahi and one other prominent opposition filmmaker

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Iran has sentenced two prominent filmmakers to six years in jail each on vague charges of working against the ruling system, their lawyers said Monday. One of the two, the renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi, has won awards at the Chicago, Cannes and Berlin film festivals. His films have been screened at various film festivals in India. He was invited as chief guest at the recently concluded 41st international film fest in Goa (IFFI) but was not allowed to leave the country. Iran has ...

NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This newsletter reaches 83 000 film professionnals...

NEWSLETTER N° 488: December 11, 2010

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Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film professionnals every week. _______________________________________  FESTIVAL NEWS FROM THE CIRCUIT Masterclass with Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival...

Microphone - International Competition in 51st TIFF (Thessaloniki Film Festival)

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) runs in International Competition this year at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" (2010) which is touring festivals worldwide th...

Site of 51st annual Thessaloniki Film Festival

December 06, 2010. Calm Gulf of Salonica waters lap against the site of the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2010 Stay tuned for interviews, news, awards and more from December 06-12!

Thessaloniki Film Festival 2010

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    December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia.     The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwriter (Greece), Richard Kwietniowski, screenwriter/director, (UK/ Poland)     1) The jury of the 8th Balkan Script Development F...

Day 4 of Thessaloniki Film Festival 2010

December 06, 2010. Calm Gulf of Salonica waters lap against the site of the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2010 Stay tuned for interviews, news, awards and more from December 06-12!

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

Thessaloniki Film Festival wrapped and delivered its awards.

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The jury of the International Competition Section of the 50th Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Theo Angelopoulos, Director (Greece), President Lissy Bellaiche, Sales agent for the I/S Danish Film Producers (Denmark) Mirjana Karanovic, Actress (Serbia) Eugenio Caballero, Production designer (Mexico) Lav Diaz, Director (Philippines) Gyorgi Palfi, Director (Hungary) and Amos Poe, Director (USA) THE AWARDS Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander (40.000...

2009 IFFS Europe: The list of speakers continues to grow

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2009 IFFS EUROPE - Featured Presentation- Measuring Success: Where to Set the Bar? There are so many different definitions of success and “bigness.” There are film festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of people, and yet are not on the mainstream radar, and festivals which show only a few dozen films that are world famous. This session will address considerations and metrics for success including: number of films, number of acquisitions, celebrities, size of audience, longevity, numbe...

Frost/Nixon by Ron Howard: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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Frost/Nixon by Ron Howard Directed by: Ron Howard Written by: Peter Morgan Produced by: Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Executive Producer: Matthew Byam-Shaw, Karen Kehela-Sherwood, David Bernardi, Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Todd Hallowell Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones   Synopsis: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-ch...

Closing Ceremony of Thessaloniki Film Festival

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CLOSING CEREMONY The 49th TIFF's journey which started 10 days ago reached its final destination on Sunday, November 23rd with the closing ceremony at the Olympion hall. Despina Mouzaki, director of TIFF thanked all the personnel and the volunteers of TIFF, the press, the critics, the jury and all the organizations that helped towards a successful 49th TIFF. She also thanked the film makers by saying: 'Thank you for trusting us with your films and for being present to 49t...
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