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Bruno Chatelin handed out the Award for Best Film from the festival circuit to Michel Hazanavicius

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  The International Film Festival Summit Europe IFFS and filmfestivals.com  - fest21.com,  close observers of the festival circuit, have honored Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist with the “Festival Film of the Year Award”  which recognizes the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and the extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS)...  The award was handed by Bruno Ch...

Another speaking engagement in Bogota Colombia for our editor Bruno Chatelin

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My next speaking engagement (after Katowice Ars Festival) will include a  presentation of my Short Film Ensemble and Claude Lelouch's Roman de Gare http://issuu.com/alianzacolombofrancesa Alliance Française in Colombia check for details page 47. I will also be giving 3 masterclasses and organise a 48 hours shoot out in Bogotta. In cunjunction with a "Bruno Chatelin Award" (OMG) at the Festival of French Cinema Watch their fantastic trailer below. ...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: CATHERINE DENEUVE

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ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CATHERINE DENEUVE – THE QUEEN OF FRENCH CINEMA Catherine Deneuve: The queen of French cinema that winks at the Independent cinema by Alessia Massa If you have a love for film, you must have a certain appreciation for French cinema. From the Lumière brothers to today, the French cinema has contributed many masterpieces that have helped to write cinematography history. Independent cinema is able to strike the heart’s chords; it can make you smile, touch you,...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Marcel Carné

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This week the spotlight is on Marcel Carné, an innovative filmmaker who led the poetic realism movement and was arguably considered the most admired French filmmaker of his era. He produced his great works just before the mid-twentieth century, some of which include; “Quai de Brumes” (1938); “Les Portes de la Nuit” (1946); and “Le Jour se lève” (1939). In 1936 Carné directed his first full length feature film “Jenny” and it was with the production of this fil...

Bruno Chatelin handed out the Award for Best Film from the festival circuit to Michel Hazanavicius

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@ The International Film Festival Summit Europe IFFS and filmfestivals.com  - fest21.com,  close observers of the festival circuit, have honored Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist with the “Festival Film of the Year Award”  which recognizes the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and the extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS)...  The award was handed by B...

The first screening of the Venice International Film Festival took place 80 years agao

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  Eighty years ago, on the 6th of August 1932 at the Lido di Venezia, on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior, the first international film festival in the world – conceived and organized by the Biennale di Venezia – was inaugurated. At 9:15 PM, on a screen set up outdoors for the occasion, under sporadic rain showers, it began with a showing of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian. The screening was followed by a grand ball in the Excelsior ballroom. “Stemming di...

New international film market: Red Square Screenings to launch this october

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The first annual Red Square Screenings will take place on October 15-20, 2012, on the Red Square, in the historical building of the State Department Store. http://www.screendaily.com/news/europe/red-square-screenings-to-showcase-latest-russian-cinema/5044583.article?blocktitle=Latest-news&contentID=1846 This is the first specialized film market for films from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. It will represent the film industry of the post-Soviet territory as a whole, no...

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 ...

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...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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  YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL (12.04.2012) • GOODBYE IRAN! Director Mohammad Rasoulof focuses on an Iranian woman in his film. He shaped the whole story on the Iranian lawyer and her efforts to find a visa out of the country. Goodbye was screened at Atlas Sineması at 11.00 with the participation of director Rasoulof. Rasoluof stated: “It is difficult to make independent films in every part of the world. But it is even more difficult in Iran due to censors... Besides, there isn...

Michel Hazanavicius will be awarded with the "Festival Film of the year Award" at IFFS Fest Summit in Paris april 3

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The International Film Festival Summit Europe -IFFS and filmfestivals.com  - fest21.com,  close observers of the festival circuit announced today that they will honor Michel Hazanavicius the  director of The Artist with the "Festival Film of the year Award"  which recognizes the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and the extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS)... 2011 saw...

Expanding French Film Markets

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For France, much more so than any other country, film making is an established art form and an integral part of French culture. Public financial support for film making and distribution in foreign territories is a considered an important tool of foreign cultural policies. French cinema represents France. This perception is also reflected at the box office with indigenous films having a much higher share of the domestic box office than other countries and a larger proportion of the French going...

Expanding French Film Markets

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For France, much more so than any other country, film making is an established art form and an integral part of French culture. Public financial support for film making and distribution in foreign territories is a considered an important tool of foreign cultural policies. French cinema represents France. This perception is also reflected at the box office with indigenous films having a much higher share of the domestic box office than other countries and a larger proportion of the French going t...

French Embassy New York Party for Restored "Les Enfants du Paradis"/ Gary Lucas plays Coffin Joe at SXSW!!

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Gary Lucas Plays Coffin Joe SXSW posterWhat a great party last night at the French Embassy here in NYC for the restoration of Marcel Carne's seminal "Les Enfants du Paradis"! One of my favorite films, possibly the best film of all time--and a new restored print wll soon be available on DVD through Criterion and is about to commence a 3 week run at the Film Forum here.   As usual, the crowd at these parties was exceptionally glittery--hung out with my old friend Dr. Ann...

The UniFrance Rendez Vous with French Cinema will be hosted both in London and Edinburgh

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  RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA uniFrance films announce the full line up for 2012's RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA, featuring eight avant-premieres, hosted across five cinemas within London and Edinburgh.  The festival will run from March 21st-24th in London and from March 23rd-25th in Edinburgh.   All films featured in the festival's programme will be released in the UK in the coming months.   Opening with BELOVED on Wednesday March 21st, at London's Curzon Soho,...

Fantasporto Tribute to Robbe-Grillet, fantastic screenwriter of "Last Year in Marienbad,"

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EVOKING ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET     To most cinema lovers Robbe-Grillet is best known for the fantastic screenplay of  "Last Year in Marienbad," directed by Alain Resnais and the winner of the Golden Lion in Venice. A story about the the paths of memory, the game of Marienbad has become one of the most interesting mathematical challenges that subverts the very idea of ​​the game since the first one to play is the one that always wins. The film caused an uproar...

Rendez-vous with French Cinema january 11-16 in Paris

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Unifrance Films is the organization dedicated to promoting French cinema worldwide.It was founded in 1949 as an association under the French 1901 Act, and operates under the supervision of the CNC - Centre National de la Cinématographie.Unifrance Films currently has around 800 members, including feature film and short film producers, sales agents, directors, actors, authors (screenwriters), and... talent agents.Unifrance organizes every year a must attend showcase of the recent french productio...

French Film in Belgrade

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23st – 25th of September 2011, Belgrade’s most popular city cinema Dom Omladine in the collaboration with French TV 5 Monde and French Institute for Culture in Belgrade showed revue of new production French films on the subject of rebellion and passion “la rébellion et la passion” due to issue of political or intimate passion of contemporary France. French film yesterday and today offers real lovebirds of contemporary French cinema to view with pleasure the greatest talents such as Ca...

French Cinema Now in San Francisco...next october

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Fourth Annual Week-long Festival Celebrates the Best in Contemporary French Language Cinema with Filmmaker Guests and New Works by the Dardenne Brothers, Aki Kaurismäki and Mia Hansen-Løve The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance, presents French Cinema Now, Thursday, October 27 - Wednesday, November 2, at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema and the Film Society's new theatrical home, San Fr...

How to watch films in France without going to the cinema

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By Jen Wallace With the days of Blockbuster well and truly over, Netflix unavailable in France and the epidemic of dodgy pirated downloading online, ÉCU has researched alternative and 100% legal ways of watching your favourite movies in Paris. With an emphasis on French classics, rarities and independent cinema, here are 5 ways to watch movies around the city. (Note: Always carry ID and proof of address with you, as most libraries will ask to you to prov...

Demy time in San Sebastian

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Retrospective on Jacques Demy at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival The season will be presented by hi widow Agnès Varda, Mathieu Demy and Rosalie Varda   The 59th San Sebastián Film Festival will be devoting a comprehensive retrospective to the work of the French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Pontchâteau, 1931- París, 1990), a key figure in French cinema who breathed fresh life into the musical genre. Although initially linked with the young directors who formed part of the nouvelle v...

NY Exhibition of 95 Photos of french talent Taken by former UniFrance US Chief

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An Exhibition of 95 Photos Taken by Catherine Verret-Vimont, During Her Tenure As Executive Director of The French Film Office UniFrance Films USA   September 10 – October 4 : The Furman Gallery at the Film Society of Lincoln’s Center’s Walter Reade Theatre   As Executive Director of the French Film Office UniFrance Films USA, the leading proponent of the Frenchfilm industry in the US, Catherine Verret-Vimont had a unique opportunity to casually photograph many of the visiting French...

Toronto Film Festival Takes Shape

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For most of the planet, the official end of summer does not come until the autumn equinox on September 21. However, for people in the film industry, the Fall season begins in only a few weeks, with the beginning of the autumn film festival cycle. Kicking off (startingly early this year) in Montreal on August 18 with the Montreal World Film Festival and then dashing across the pond to the Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 28, and then back across to the Toronto Film Festival, ...

59th San Sebastian Film Festival - Classic retrospective. JACQUES DEMY

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   In its 59th edition, San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a complete retrospective to the work of French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Pontchâteau, 1931-Paris 1990), a figure key to French cinema who pumped surprising new breath into the musical genre. Although initially grouped with other young directors belonging to the nouvelle vague movement,Demy's work eventually became so unique and difficult to classify that he set off along his own, absolutely personal path. His original approach t...

NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011

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