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The MWFF to honour Mel Hoppenheim

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The 36th Montreal World Film Festival announces that it will honour Mel Hoppenheim with its Grand Prize of the Americas. "There are few men in our cinema with the Mel Hoppenheim's stature," declared MWFF president Serge Losique. "He is among the men most responsible for the concrete development of Quebec and Canadian film industries. As a builder and entrepreneur but also as a generous philanthropist, Mel was a prime mover in the establishment of a true domestic film industry....

Speakers and FELA! Ticket Raffle during Celebrating 20 Years of African Cinema program at ADIFF!

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CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF AFRICAN CINEMA IN ADIFF Fri, July 27 to S un, July 29, 2012    The election of a new president in Senegal, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ANC and the turbulent situation in Mali are some of the events that have recently been on the airwaves about the African continent.   Senegal, Mali and South Africa are part of our 20 years of African Films in the African Diaspora International Film Festival TC Series from Jul...

Frank Pierson: another legend goes...

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The news broke yesterday, legendary writer and director, Frank Pierson passed away. He was 87 years old. Sometimes I'm glad to be some kind of a "hoarder". I have religiously kept the interview I made of him in 1996. We spent nearly 2 hours chatting over lunch next to his office. In these days, I was fresh off the university, and it was a big deal that he so kindly accepted to be interviewed by a swooning rookie with a thick French accent.  As a side note, he was ...

Venice Festival to open with Mira Nair's Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the new film directed by Mira Nair, will be the opening film at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and presented by Doha Film Institute. Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, translated into 25 languages, The Reluctant Fundamentalist  is a riv...

Karlovy Vary 2012, echoes and encores, with a Certain Geriatric Regard!

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Besides the customary unveiling of new and upcoming talent from far and wide which is the hallmark of this festival,  Karlovy 2012 provided such an extensive look at film history that these selections alone could have constituted an entire festival on their own.  Among digitally restored new prints of landmark old films were Fellini's "La Strada, 1954, which among other things made burly actor Anthony Quinn into an arthouse icon, and Miloš Forman's "Fireman's Ball" (1967) the...

Karlovy Vary awards and comments

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KVIFF 47, AWARDS AND COMMENTS, A TALE OF FOUR WOMAN by Alex Deleon   SUSAN SARANDON AT KARLOVY VARY The 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival closed shop on Saturday July 7 with the customary gala awards ceremony and a screening of Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" in the vast 1,500 seat Grand Hall (Velky Zal) of the Thermal Hotel. This was followed by the usual swanky closing reception at the stately Hapsburg era Hotel Pupp (Pronounced "poop&quo...

REMEMBERING MANI KAUL

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'To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.' (Thomas Campbell,1777-1844,Scottish poet) There they were, Jahnu Barua, Udayan Vajpeyi, MitaVashist, and Siddharth Sinha among others,going down memory lane and paying rich tribute to and sharing their experiences of the acclaimed film-maker and  Renaissance man, Mani Kaul inside the jam-packed Films Division  theatre here today,          Painter, musician, teacher and film maker whose movies have been h...

Tallgrass Film Association Brings Award Winning Filmmakers to Wichita

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Producer and Director Emily Lou will attend the Tallgrass Special Screening of her supernatural comedy film THE SELLING on July 13 at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. THE SELLING (trailer here) follows Richard Scarry, a too-honest-for-his-own-good real estate agent who buys a property to flip for a profit...only to discover the house is haunted. “It’s a comedic story about ghosts, demonic possession, and real estate that is fun for both kids and adults,” explains pr...

Carax rides supreme in Karlovy Vary with Holly Motors in a trio of depressants

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KVIFF CAPSULE REVIEWS by Alex Deleon   The competition film “Zabic Bobra" (To Kill a Beaver) by Polish director Jan Jakub Kolski is a grisly psychological drama that tries to show what it is like inside the head of a returning professional soldier who cannot readjust to everyday life. Kolski, 56, has been described as a master of Polish “magical realism” and is certainly one of the few directors of his generation who can be called an auteur. At his press conference Kolski said ...

The Winners at Edinburgh: Here and Then win best film

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The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival announced the winners of its awards today at a prestigious ceremony held at Filmhouse, hosted by Grant Lauchlan of STV Moviejuice. Scottish stars presenting awards included Kate Dickie and Jury member Ewen Bremner. The ceremony took place ahead of the Closing Night Gala of the European premiere of BRAVE which closes the 12-day Festival.    The Award for Best Film in the International Feature Competition, supported by Innis & Gunn, was ...

Review of the amazing Spider-Man

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The Amazing Spider-Man Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary,  Martin Sheen, Irrfan Khan and Sally Field Director: Marc Webb For some readers, Holden Caulfield, the 16-year-old protagonist of  J D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, is the epitome of teenage angst, anger and rebellion. Like many teenagers, Peter (Andrew Garfield) Parker, a solitary high schooler and the alter ego of SpiderMan, does not keep his word. He...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul will preside the Jury for the Locarno competition

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Thai director, screenwriter, producer and videomaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be Jury President for the Concorso internazionale (International competition) at the 65th Festival del film Locarno.   © Chaisiri Jiwarangsan Born in 1970, Apichatpong Weerasethakul holds a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Apichatpong Weerasethakul has come to be recognized as one of the most original v...

Director William Friedkin and actress Gina Gershon opened the red carpet at Edinburgh’s Festival

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  Director William Friedkin and actress Gina Gershon took to the red carpet at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre last night for the UK Premiere of KILLER JOE which opened the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Arriving in AF Noble Subaru cars, in attendance with the filmmakers were EIFF guests including Jim Broadbent (Chair Michael Powell Jury), Elliott Gould (Chair International Jury), Edith Bowman (Juror), Kate Dickie (actor), Steven McCole (Actor), Paul McCole (Actor), Craig Hil...

Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Leos Carax

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French director Leos Carax will receive the Pardo d’onore Swisscom at the forthcoming edition of the Festival del film Locarno.   © Copyright Wild Bunch 2012 To mark the occasion, the filmmaker’s five features – Boy Meets Girl (1984), Bad Blood (Mauvais Sang, 1986), The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, 1991), Pola X (1999) and Holy Motors (2012) ¬¬– will be screened, as well as the portmanteau film Tokyo!, to which he contributed the segment Merde in 2008. On the d...

Cinema City Cloud No 9

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5th day of Cinema City brought many interesting screenings from all over the world. As for Serbian film on the 5th day of the festival the screening of the film The Parade (Parada), the most successful film in the region of ex Jugoslavia by now, directed by Srdjan Dragojević provoked many people. Of course all the seats were taken and all tickets were sold. This was the Best Film according to the FIPRESCI Organization of Serbia; the only Serbian film that made on the International Film Festiv...

Danny Elfman at the Los Angeles Film Festival

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"His work features an undercurrent of faith and malice you just can't shake out of your head." Great film composer Danny Elfman was introduced at the LA Film Festival Saturday night with such ideas as, "His work brings the life of the mind to the screen." As an 18-year old, Elfman's first performance was in Paris, where he followed his brother. Together they were in Le Grand Magic Circus, an avant-garde musical theater group. "It was a crazy experience that put t...

COWS AND BELLS

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Director: Christian Günzler.
Peter is in love with his best friend Johannes. While the cattle is driven back from their summer residence down into the valley, their two different concepts of life collide… COWS AND BELLS is a film about friendship and the courage to find happiness.

Shangai fest opening with JJ Annaud as chair of the jury

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Shanghai International Film Festival 2012 opens on June 16. SIFF Project, the key program of the festival, presents CFPC and Co-FPC projects, 32 projects in total. CFPC is aimed at supporting young Chinese rising directors. This year, 8 young directors develop their ideas, and provide us both original and promising projects. Co-FPC focuses on encouraging the co-production market, and discover commercially potential project with well-known directors. This year 24 projects are to ...

Prathyayam

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Director: Rajesh Touchriver.
Provocative, shocking and surprisingly tender amidst an explosion of unbridled emotions, “Prathyayam”(Trust) in telugu and “Ente…”(Mine…) in malyalam explores the consequences of sex trafficking, testing the vulnerability of trust in human relations. Srinivas(Siddiq) is a wonderful and devoted father to Durga(Anjali Patil), and he provides her the best. Working in the city and maintaining his family in a small town works well for him for years. One day everything is shattered when Durga comes unannounced to the city to appear for an interview concerning her college admission. Durga’s life is brutally torn apart as Srinivas wrestles with grief, remorse, self pity and guilt.

Roger Corman to head 25th TIFF Jury

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  Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced that one of Hollywood's most gifted masters of filmmaking, Roger Corman will serve as Jury President for the International Competition at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival TIFF (20-28 Oct). The 86-year-old Corman produced more than 550 films and directed fifty others in a career spanning nearly 60 years. He has often been described as a rebel, a maverick and the king of genre film-making. "My last visit to T...

Know Thyself

Director: Réjane Ruby.
Arthur is a solitary man, unable to get away from the imaginary world he has created. As he discovers the deviations of his own self, he rebels and chooses to be free. But can anyone escape from their inner mind and seek freedom outside themselves?

Zucchero to Present Clive Davis with 'ISCHIA LEGEND AWARD’

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Clive Davis, the American music producer and recording industry icon who is currently Chief Creative Officer for SONY Music Entertainment, will be presented with the 2012 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest’s rarely bestowed highest honor, the “William Wolton Ischia Legend Award” on the opening night of the 10th annual event. Zucchero, the GRAMMY®Award-nominated Italian blues singer and one of the best selling artists throughout Europe (who has performed at Royal Albert Hall ...

JAGTEN (THE HUNT, 2012) at 65th Cannes

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On May 20th, the film ‘JAGTEN’ (‘THE HUNT’ 2012) premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in Official Competition. A press conference was held with Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, screenwriter Tobias Lindholm and cast Mads Mikkelsen and Susse Wold.   Excerpt from ‘THE HUNT’ (2012) press conference at 65th Cannes Film Festival: Q to Mads: First of all we loved seeing you as a brute in ‘Valhalla Rising’ (2009) but also are thrilled when you do a c...

JAGTEN (THE HUNT, 2012) at 65th Cannes

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  On May 20th, the film ‘JAGTEN’ (‘THE HUNT’ 2012) premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in Official Competition. A press conference was held with Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, screenwriter Tobias Lindholm and cast Mads Mikkelsen and Susse Wold.   Excerpt from ‘THE HUNT’ (2012) press conference at 65th Cannes Film Festival: Q to Mads: First of all we loved seeing you as a brute in ‘Valhalla Rising’ (2009) but also are thrilled when you do a ...

IV KIFF programs

This year IV Kiev International Film Festival will be dedicated to the family cinema and will consist of two competitions: family and animated features and three non-competitive programs: "Music in Focus" (movies about musicians, cinema-koncerts etc.), "The Best Comedies of 2011-2012" and "Sport in Action". Now we are selecting the best movies of the last two years (2011-2012) to these programs. So we'll be glad to get your creations till 15-th of August to our post address: 03057, Kiev, Prospekt Peremogy, 44, Dovzhenko's Motion Film Studio, office 4 or write to us by e-mail: program@kievfilmfest.com or lilia@kievfilmfest.com (Program Department).
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