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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...

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DE CINEMATOGRAFIA at 65th Cannes Film Festival!

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  Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal at Cannes, 2012 CINETECA NACIONAL MEXICANO INSTITUTO MEXICANO DE CINEMATOGRAFIA at 65th Cannes Film Festival! Official Press Release: MEXICO’S NEW CINETECA NACIONAL UNVEILED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO THE INTERNATIONAL FILM INDUSTRY OFFERING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR FILMMAKERS AND AUDIENCES CANNES – Sunday 20 May 2012. The restoration and redevelopment of Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional, the country’s state-owned archive and cinémath...

Launch party on the Croisette for the reopening the Cineteca in Mexico

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The Mexican Government has spent €22 million on restoring and expanding the country’s film archive and national film centre to create the world’s biggest cinematheque to bring world cinema to cinema-goers and restore film treasures.   The Cineteca Nacional has screened more than 1,200 individual films a year in the past and now will be able to offer Mexico’s audiences so much more. Mexico is the fifth largest country in the world for cinema-going and the audience of the Cineteca is uni...

27th Midnight Sun Film Festival celebrates screen gems

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The 27th Midnight Sun Film Festival (13.-17.6.2012) will be graced by the presence of two female actors who began their career in the 1950s: Finland's only Hollywood star Taina Elg, and Ingmar Bergman's protégé Harriet Andersson. Of directors, together with their productions, the American cult movie maker Alan Rudoph, Hungarian Béla Tarr, whose quite personal films never fail to cause a stir, two Swedish talents of a younger generation - Ruben Östlund and Axel Petersén - and the Portugues...

Tribute to Todd Solondz

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The 18th Sarajevo Film Festival (6-14 July 2012) will proudly present the Tribute to Todd Solondz. This exceptional US filmmaker will be joining us in Sarajevo to present to our viewers a selection of his impressive opus that earned him a place among the most renowned directors and writers of today. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia", a reflection of his own background in New Jersey.  ...

Berlinale Special 2012: Series of Talks at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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 For years, discussions with filmmakers directly after the screenings of their films have been a special attraction of the festival experience for many Berlinale visitors. With the establishment of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele as a new venue in 2012, the Berlinale now has the opportunity to use this space to expand discussions between filmmakers and the audience. “Some topics simply demand more attention and a broader platform than the time allotted to them usually allows,” comments Fes...

Films created in Bela Tarr master classes were presented in Kaunas International Film Festival closure

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In the evening of October 9, Kaunas International Film Festival presented films, made in Bela Tarr two-day master classes at café “Suflerio būdelė, The 5th Kaunas International Film Festival and “MEDIA Desk Lithuania” arranged an event and invited 6 young film makers by giving them an exclusive opportunity to create with a legendary Hungarian director Bela Tarr. Film professionals were able to develop their knowledge of how modern technologies influence filmmaking. Each participant lau...

Hungarian legend Bela Tarr wins FIPRESCI AWARD at PSIFF for 'The Turin Horse'.

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At the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI AWARD went to the Hungarian film 'The Turin Horse' (2011), Hungary 's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the latest and last film by the legendary auteur director Béla Tarr. I interviewed Mr. Tarr, Béla in September while in Reykjavik during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF) where he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Golden Puffin Award for greatness in filmmaking from the Ice...

THE TURIN HORSE at Cinedays, Skopje!

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  This week at 'Cinedays' in Skopje, Macedonia, during the 70 films in 10 days event, Bela Tarr's latest film (and final the director says), THE TURIN HORSE (2011) screened to local and international audiences. Bela Tarr is a loved auteur around the world and some even say, an 'apocalyptic' director.  The first time I had heard about Béla Tarr was from a Serbian filmmaker friend who told me that if I wanted to know some real avant-garde plucky cinema, I hadn’t lived until I had seen a Bé...

Morelia International Film Festival wrapped

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The ninth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival drew to an end on October 25 after nine days of red carpets and fanfare. Notable guests such as Quentin Tarantino, Salma Hayek, and Gael Garcia Bernal made the trip to Morelia, a colonial city full of rich history and beautiful architecture in the state of Michoacan. Visitors also flocked to nearby Patzcuaro, which was named one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities by the United Nations. M...

INTERVIEW WITH BELA TARR, RIFF 2011

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   The first time I had heard about Béla Tarr was from a Serbian filmmaker friend who told me that if I wanted to know some real avant-garde plucky cinema, I hadn’t lived until I had seen a Béla Tarr film. As a writer myself, I’m big on unadulterated organic creativity and this exemplary director has gone against all the rules doing everything a filmmaker is taught not to do, making himself quite a name in his 34 years of doing so. Tarr even holds the credit to having directed one...

INTERVIEW WITH BELA TARR, RIFF 2011

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  The first time I had heard about Béla Tarr was from a Serbian filmmaker friend who told me that if I wanted to know some real avant-garde plucky cinema, I hadn’t lived until I had seen a Béla Tarr film. As a writer myself, I’m big on unadulterated organic creativity and this exemplary director has gone against all the rules doing everything a filmmaker is taught not to do, making himself quite a name in his 34 years of doing so. Tarr even holds the credit to having directed one of the ...

Q and A with Bela Tarr at RIFF

Q and A with Bela Tarr at RIFF 2011 after the screening of Tarr's latest film THE TURIN HORSE (2011) photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Q and A with Bela Tarr at RIFF

Q and A with Bela Tarr at RIFF 2011 after the screening of Tarr's latest film THE TURIN HORSE (2011)  

Interview with Bela Tarr

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By Vanessa McMahonThe first time I had heard about Béla Tarr was from a Serbian filmmaker friend who told me that if I wanted to know some real avant-garde plucky cinema, I hadn’t lived until I had seen a Béla Tarr film. As a writer myself, I’m big on unadulterated organic creativity and this exemplary director has gone against all the rules doing everything a filmmaker is taught not to do, making himself quite a name in his 34 years of doing so. Tarr even holds the credit to having direct...

Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award at RIFF, 2011

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 BELA TARR receives Lifetime Achievement Award at RIFF, 2011  The legendary, exemplary, unconventional and inspiring filmmaker Bela Tarr traveled from his native Hungary to Reykjavik, Iceland last week during the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) to receive the honorary award for Lifetime Achievement for greatness in filmmaking. The president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, awarded a statue of the nation's symbolic puffin to an emotionally touched Bela. The ce...

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Bela Tarr and president.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award at RIFF, 2011

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  BELA TARR receives Lifetime Achievement Award at RIFF, 2011    The legendary, exemplary, unconventional and inspiring filmmaker Bela Tarr traveled from his native Hungary to Reykjavik, Iceland last week during the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) to receive the honorary award for Lifetime Achievement for greatness in filmmaking. The president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, awarded a statue of the nation's symbolic puffin to an emotionally ...

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

A cozy situation in the president of Iceland's house... President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Bela Tarr, IndieWire's Alena and the beautiful house pet :-) photo by Vanessa McMahon

Bela Tarr received lifetime achievement award at RIFF

Legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Reykjavik during RIFF, 2011. Film press and professionals, filmmakers, civilians and politicians gathered to celebrate the event.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr's Puffin Statue

Bela Tarr's Puffin Statue for Lifetime Achievement awarded by the Icelandic president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson  photo by Vanessa McMahon  

Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Reykjavik during RIFF, 2011. Film press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians gathered to celebrate the event. In this photo, Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Reykjavik during RIFF, 2011. Film press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians gathered to celebrate the event. In this photo, Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr received lifetime achievement award at RIFF

Legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Reykjavik during RIFF, 2011. Film press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians gathered to celebrate the event.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr received lifetime achievement award at RIFF

Director Bela Tarr receives lifetime achievement award at president of Iceland (Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson) house during RIFF. photo by Vanessa McMahon 
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