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FAREAST Udine festival opens lid of Shin Toho Treasure box

The twelfth edition of FAREAST Film Festival has opened the lid of a treasure box containing vintage New films produced in the 50s and 60s, from the defunct SHIN-TOHO ("New Toho") film company, an off-shoot of the major TOHO-TOEI, created in 1947 to make genre films which the latter would distribute. The studio was one of six functioning during the Golden Age of Japanese cinema in the 1950's and employed some of the most famous directors like Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, a...

First highlights of Nippon Connection film program

  The 10th anniversary of Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection is waiting just around the corner, holding many surprises. From April 14 to 18, 2010, we will show more than 150 of the latest Japanese feature and short films, ranging from avant-garde to blockbuster, as well as a broad cultural program. For the tenth time, the biggest festival for Japanese cinema worldwide will offer exciting and innovative films, with many international premieres being presented by the film makers pe...

Mad, Bad... & Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties

March 31 - April 18 At the opposite end of the stereotype of docile Japanese women—heroic good mothers, chaste daughters and hardworking faithful wives—actresses Ayako Wakao, Mariko Okada and Meiko Kaji embodied the transgression of limits, breaking rules, flouting norms and generally upsetting everyone. This series explores the idea of unconventional beauty that these spellbinding actresses created through an unparalleled body of films. Both Wakao and Okada were muses and inspiration for two major film directors, Yasuzo Masumura and Kiju (Yoshishige) Yoshida, respectively, while Kaji navigated between filmmakers, a wild card of Japanese cinema at the time. Put together, their films delineate what one could call an aesthetic of “convulsive beauty” (André Breton). Featuring a line-up of 13 films of many different genre, from anti-melodrama to jidaigeki, girl gang movies to women in prison films, with entries from Kiju Yoshida, Yasuzo Masumura and Toshiya Fujita. Don't miss the DRESSED TO KILL party following the opening screening of "Tattoo," Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 7:30 PM. Visit for full line-up and schedule. Buy Tickets Online or please call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 6 pm, Weekends 11 am - 5 pm.


Libertas Film Festival opened its doors in 2005. The Festival takes place in Dubrovnik, the famous Croatian city on the Adriatic coast, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. For this year's, sixth, edition we are planning 7 different program sections which include:

- competitive feature and short feature program (applications open until April 1st)

- non competitive documentary section dedicated to different cuisines from all around the world, 'Film & Food'

- Focus on Japanese cinema trough works of Takeshi Kitano

- section dedicated to horrors and thrillers, Midnight Madness

- special children's section that will consist of 20 Croatian short animated films and 28 polish animated films, organized in collaboration with Croatian Film Clubs' Association and AleKino! Children's Film Festival from Poland

In 2010 Libertas will organize two workshops as well. An animation workshop in collaboration with Croatian Film Clubs' Association meant for Dubrovnik's high-school film club and a Mediterranean Cross Cultural Workshop in collaboration with an Italian film school and production company NEST. The workshop will gather 4 groups of 3 young professionals - a director, producer and cinematographer. These groups will have to make a short 3 to 5 minute film on a set topic - SEAMAN, chosen because the motive of a seaman is in common with all Mediterranean countries. The participants of the workshop will have to ‘start' the film in their homeland and ‘finish' the journey in Dubrovnik. Applications for the Mediterranean Cross Cultural Workshop open until March 25th!


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Nippon Connection – Preview on the Festival Program

10th Japanese Film Festival in Frankfurt/Main April 14-18, 2010  The preparations for the 10th anniversary of Nippon Connection Film Festival are moving into high gear. From April 14-18, 2010, more than 150 new short and feature films from Japan accompanied by a wide cultural program will again find their way to Frankfurt. Once more, the biggest festival for Japanese cinema worldwide will show what has recently moved the screens in Japan. We can already announce the first highlights of t...

International spotlights once again to shine on the highly anticipated festival in Udine!

2010 edition will begin on 23 April and will present around sixty titles and two major retrospectives: one on the glorious Shin-Toho - which is to Japanese cinema what Roger Corman's Factory is to American film - and the other on Patrick Lung Kong, who inspired John Woo's masterpiece A Better Tomorrow  (Golden Lion, 2010). UDINE - 9 days of programming, from 23 April to 1 May, and over 60 films on their way from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, ...

Hommage To Akira Kurosawa

  On any poll where the greatest directors who ever lived is compiled, the name of Japansese director Akira Kurosawa is certain to show up in the top three slots. More loved outside of his homeland (as are many film artists) and acknowledged by film scholars as a true visual artist, the oeuvre of this cinematic giant is the focus of a 4-week festival to be held at the Film Forum, New York's great arthouse treasure. The 28-film festival celebrating the centennial of director Akira...

Torino Film Festival full line up

the 27th Torino Film Festival Torino Grand Prix Starting this year, the Torino Film Festival presents Torino Grand Prix, an award which is given each year to filmmakers who, from the surfacing of the nouvelles vagues on, have helped renew the film language, create new aesthetic models and communicate the new trends that are the basis of the most interesting works of contemporary cinema. This year, the prize will be given to Emir Kusturica, for the inventiveness o...


YATTERMAN (YATTAMAN) FROM THE CELEBRATED CARTOON, COMES THE LIVE ACTION FILM OF THE GREATEST POP-ROBOT ADVENTURE IN THE WORLD! …a film already destined to become a cult… The European Premiere of the highly anticipated blockbuster, directed by the legendary MIIKE Takashi, will close the eleventh edition of Far East Film.   UDINE, 9th April 2009 UDINE – A truly sensational event, on Saturday 2nd May, will close the eleventh edition of...


 The past few years has seen a steady revival of interest in classic Japanese cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, with a stream of retrospectives and the issues of DVD packages devoted to the works of such films masters as Yasujiro Ozu, Kenzi Mizoguchi and Shohei Imamura. The latest Japanese director to get the revival treatment is Nagisa Oshima, widely considered a major force in world cinema for his provocative films of the 1960s and 1970s. A national tour of Oshima’s work has opened at the Bro...

Oscar BEST Foreign Film Winner "DEPARTURES" to Première at UDINE

  Departures         2009 Far East Film Festival in Udine       Best Foreign Film 2009, DEPARTURES will celebrate the return of Takita Yojiro to Udine, whom the Far East Film Festival had already discovered in the year 2000, and brought to Europe (where he presented his much appreciated film Secret) UDINE - After defeating the Israeli film Valzer con Bashir (the bookies absolu...

Leiden International Film Festival - Leids Film Festival

6 days, 150 productions, 7 venues and, in 2011, almost 25.000 visitors. Every October, the beautiful city of Leiden warmly welcomes visitors that attended the young and energetic film festival.


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