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REHENES / HOSTAGES

Director: BRUNO ORTIZ LEON.
"HOSTAGES" IS THE HISTORY OF THE DIRECTOR OF THEATRE WHO MEETS INVOLVED IN THE EVENTS OF THE CAPTURE AND RESCUE OF THE RESIDENCE OF THE AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN IN PERU, A POLITICAL LOBBIE DURING THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTO FUJIMORI (1996 - ' 97). At the cost of THE LIFE GIVE 72 HOSTAGES IN A COMPASS OF WAIT GIVE 122 DAYS. SINOPSIS: Breve sinopsis de la película Rehenes (Toma de la residencia del embajador japones, Lima-Perú 1996-´97, durante el gobierno de Alberto Fujimori). Una de las embajadas más protegidas del cuerpo diplomático de Lima Perú durante el gobierno de Alberto Fujimori, es tomada por un grupo subversivo al que se había dado por extinguido. Situación gravísima para el país, que indudablemente el poder ejecutivo no dejaría pasar sin beneficiarse políticamente. Resulta asombroso que después de tantos años de violencia terrorista en el Perú, no existiera un dispositivo de estado que hubiera permitido reaccionar rápida y ordenadamente a las fuerzas de seguridad del país. Por ello Rehenes llevado a la pantalla grande por una reciente cinematografía peruana contrasta quizá con éste, uno de los sucesos mas trascendentes de las últimas décadas que se haya dado en nuestra convulsionada Latinoamérica. Un traumático compás de espera de 122 días, para socavar el subsuelo y penetrar a la residencia del embajador nipón se convierte en pretexto para que el gobierno central se auto confiera facultades extraordinarias. Una incursión perpetrada por el Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru MRTA, previa a las fiestas navideñas de 1996 el operativo de rescate a los rehenes encabezado por un servicio de inteligencia poco transparente a los 122 días de cautiverio son recreados por la ficción cinematográfica de Rehenes donde Mario miranda un joven audaz y transgresor periodista, intenta varias veces tener tribuna en distintos medios de comunicación sin éxito alguno, debido a que todo el país estaba parametrado. Nuestro Protagonista Mario Miranda quien también es director de teatro, prepara una obra sobre la toma de la embajada, pretendiendo revelar algo que va a remover el escenario social de su momento; los entretelones de un lobbie político a costa de la vida de 72 secuestrados, así como la transacción con la dictadura y la corrupción gubernamental por parte de varios de los subversivos del movimiento revolucionario. Mario aunque tiene sueños y pesadillas recurrentes, donde ve cadáveres, balaceras y fosas siente sin embargo que aún le falta un ingrediente para que su historia camine. Por otro lado, aparece lucía una joven y guapa actriz quien se une al elenco teatral para interpretar el papel de la camarada lucero impregnándole a sus actuaciones un fervor revolucionario que va mas allá del libreto teatral. Mario aclara que la obra no es un panfleto en favor de los subversivos. Todo ello ocurre en esta nuestra Lima: una franja gris de víctimas y agresores, que colisionarán en 90 minutos de ficción. ¡Ahh! pero lo que Mario no imagina es que a partir de este momento su vida va a verse seriamente amenazada. Bruno Ortiz León

Top Ten Foreign Film Releases In North America

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  Figures are now emerging of the Top Ten international titles that saw the light of day in theatrical venues in the US and Canada in 2010. As one would expect, most of the films share the English language and come from the United Kingdom. Of the ten films cited in order of their theatrical box office take, three comprise the Swedish-language adaptations of the phenomenally successful Stieg Larsson trlogy. One film with French production origins (BABIES) and one title from Italy (I AM ...

DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

Film Comment Announces Top Ten Lists

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  Film Comment, the highly respected film magazine that is the publishing initiative of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, has thrown its hat into the ring of the current awards season with an announcement this week of its Top Ten Films of the Year. Since the film journal is known for its international and eclectic taste, the list is not a carbon copy of the ones that are the mainstay of the awards roundelay, but point to lesser known titles that are worthy of greater attention....

A World Of Film In South India

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  Kerala, in the southwest corner of India, is a truly magical place that contains majestic mountains, lush backwaters, golden rice paddies, towering coconut palms and a gorgeous coastline in what is India’s most cine-literate and culturally discerning state. Therefore, the yearly International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), which is currently running in the city of Trivandrum through December 19, is a much anticipated film event that brings together filmmakers and appreciative...

POFF In Focus: North American Independents Competition

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   WHITE IRISH DRINKERS (John Gray, USA) For the third year, POFF: the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the largest and most influential festival event in the Baltics region, is opening its arms to embrace American and Canadian independent films. Eleven recent gems from such prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest, Montreal and Toronto are being showcased in the North American Independents Competition. The prize includes a distribution deal in the B...

Rotterdam IFFR celebrates XL anniversary

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam is marking its fortieth year with a look back and forward, and in particular at the current state of affairs and the future. Under the motto 'XL', the festival’s anniversary programme will embrace home port Rotterdam by making use of forty locations, including the new LantarenVenster cinema. In addition, Frank Scheffer is making a documentary to mark forty years of IFFR; the festival is issuing an anniversary DVD boxed set and the festival website will...

Directors and Cinematographers Debuts Competitions!

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Plus Camerimage Festival Presents the first edition of the Cinematographers' and Directors' Debuts Competitions. Each of the Debuts Competitions will present eight feature films selected out of the submitted titles. The directors' and cinematographers' debuts lined up in the Competitions will be judged by two separate juries, chaired by: Jos Stelling (Directors' Debuts Competition) and Michael Ballhaus (Cinematographers' Debuts Competition). Three movies were selected to be screene...

Claire Bloom To Be Honored At Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

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  The 25th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) comes to a climax this weekend. Among the special events is a hommage to English stage and screen actress Claire Bloom, who will receive a Career Achievement Award on Saturday evening for her 60 years in show business. The Festival, centered at the Cinema Paradiso art theater, will screen the actress' film debut, a role for which she won a BAFTA Award as Best Newcomer. She was chosen to play the crippled...

London Film Festival Points To The Oscars

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  Inevitably, any major film festival that occurs in the Fall season has a role play in determining eventual Oscar nominees and even winners. It all starts off at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where Oscar hopefuls get their debuts, and continues into the season, presumably climaxing with nominations that come at the first of the year. With the Academy’s recent expansion of the Best Picture category to include 10 films, it is very likely that several of the films present...

54th BFI London Film Festival Awards

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Yesterday, the 54th BFI London Film Festival, rounded off a highly successful year with the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s 127 HOURS, attended by the director and star, James Franco. This year’s festival hosted 201 feature films and 112 short films from 68 countries including 11 World premieres. There were 530 screenings and 629 filmmaker guests, including 346 UK based and 283 from outside the UK. With 990 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and rep...

American Indie Auteurs In Poland

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  While the Polish public certainly is aware of the latest Hollywood films, and with current American television series also freely available here, it is a little surprising that some  of the American indie world's most celebrated auteurs are virtually unknown. That is one of the goals of the inaugural American Film Festival, the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to contemporary and classic American cinema. And if the size of the audiences at the screenings is any indica...

Nancy Kwan to be honored at Hawai Fest

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The 30th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is honored to present and spotlight one of Asia's most recognizable actresses of all time, Nancy Kwan with it's "Maverick Award." Her newest film, a documentary called TO WHO IT MAY CONCERN: KA SHEN'S JOURNEY, directed by Brian Jamieson will screen on Saturday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. This special event is presented by Dr. Lawrence KW Tseu.Nancy will receive the Maverick Award after the screening of her film at the Regal Dole Cannery...

YOU ARE INVITED TO NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL-SF BAY AREA FRIDAY, NOV 5 & SATURDAY, NOV 6

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New Media Film Festival is pleased to announce its newest program New Media Film Festival-SF Bay Area, Friday, November 5 & Saturday, November 6 at VizCinema in Japantown, San Francisco.   This event brings together Industry Professionals and Content Creators across Film, TV, Games, Publishing, Mobile, Web and Technology.  We’re presenting The Best in New Media - What’s New, What’s Next and honoring stories worth telling in emerging platforms.  Our premiere event that took place in ...

NEWSLETTER N° 476: September 13, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 476: September 13, 2010 THE SUMMER WRAP NEWSLETTER Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter...

European Directors In TIFF Spotlight

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 Manoel De Oliveira (Portugal) The Toronto International Film Festival has always had a love affair with European cinema and this year, in its 35th anniversary year, is no different. Nearly half of the films presented here this week are European or have European co-production partners. The European Film Promotion organization is assisting nearly 50 European sales companies with their presence here in order to assist the films in finding North American distribution here. More in ...

Bell Lightbox: An Instant Film Treasure

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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the largest and most important film events in the world, unveils its permanent home today with a day long “block party”. The Festival, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, was once centered in the chic Yorkville neighborhood, north of the urban center. This year, however, the Festival has moved to the city’s Entertainment District, home to its live theaters and the city’s most trendy district, about t...

18th Raindance Film Festival - Press Launch

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 The 18th Edition of the Raindance Film Festival has officially been announced. The festival's opening film will be "JACKBOOTS IN WHITEHALL" dir. Edward & Rory McHenry and starring Ewan McGregor, Rosamunde Pike, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Richard Griffiths, Stephen Merchant and Richard O'Brien - a satirical animation presenting the possibility, back in WWII, what would have happened had the Nazis invaded England. The closing film will be &...

Aspen Film announces the selections

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Aspen Film announces today the selections that will be screening at the 32nd annual Aspen Filmfest, a five-day feast of film and fall color that will be held September 29 - October 3, 2010. With an emphasis on independent productions from around the world and a uniquely intimate scale, the festival champions filmmaking at its finest for film lovers and filmmakers alike. Screenings will be held at the historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale, and tickets will...

The EFA Selection 2010

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THE 23rd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:The EFA Selection 2010It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFA Productions gGmbH announce the titles of the 46 films on this year’s selection list, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2010! With 32 countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema. In the 20 countries with the most EFA Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the sel...

London BFI programme of french films

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  London BFI programme includes 43 films from FRANCE. This is part of a worldwide selection of 197 feature films and 112 shorts from more than 67 countries. The BFI 54th London Film Festival runs from October 13 -October 28. French FEATURES: BENDA BELILI!: Dir, Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye                BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (BOUDU SAUVÉ DES EAUX): Dir, Jean Renoir COPACABANA: Dir, Marc Fitoussi              HAND...

London Film Festival program launch

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The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of highly anticipated films by both established and emerging talent from around the world. A particularly strong feature this year is the selection of British films including the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Galas. Over 16 days the festival will screen a total of 197 features and 112 shorts, including 11 World, 23 International and 33 European premieres, ma...

Bran Nue Dae Rocks and Rolls

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Falling in love with Bran Nue Daeby Ron GilbertJust to be teenager again and with music to make your hearbeat faster. From the opening scene you know that you will be in store for areal treat. Even though I was unfamiliar as to the origins of this film, I couldimmediately see why it was such a big hit as a staged musical.Bran Nue Dae has a long and influential history in Australia.Set in the summer of 1969The story was inspired by the teenage experiences of writer/musician Jimmy Chi and the memb...

Russellmania: The Missing Movie

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No offense to Argentine screen vamp Coca Sarli, but Ken Russell is one hell of an act to follow.   This weekend the Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting Fuego: The Films of Isabel “Coca” Sarli, and while entries like Leopoldo Torre Nilsson's The Female: Seventy Times Seven look plenty enticing – Sarli plays a femme fatale who undid both her husband and her lover – it's doubtful the three-day series will spark epiphanies like the Film Society's Russellmania.  On J...

Mid-Summer Report: European Films On North American Screens

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The summer film season in North America is usually filled with a mix of Hollywood big budget special-effects epics or low-brow buddy comedies. Despite the impressive box office take of such SFX films as INCEPTION and SALT (and the latest in the vampires-are-people-too franchise THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE), this summer has also been marked by various big budget duds like the Tom Cruise-actioner KNIGHT AND DAY, the M. Night Shymalan mystical mess THE LAST AIRBENDER and the Nicolas Cage-tr...

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