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For 28 years, Mill Valley Film Festival has been presenting the best in American Independent and International feature films, hard-hitting documentaries, cutting edge video, delightful children’s fare and tributes to celluloid luminaries. This year is no exception. With more than 150 slated films and videos from around the globe, the Mill Valley Film Festival unspools October 6-16 at the CinéArts @ Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley; 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Aven...

A Very Black Carmen and other films of interest in Berlin

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"U-CARMEN eKHYELITSHA" is an extremely unusual version of the opera Carmen set in a squalid shanty-town "Township", Khyelitsha, near Capetown, South Africa --and sung entirely by African singers in the "click language", Khosa! This black Carmen is a light year beyond the light brown "Carmen Jones" of 1954 which starred Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge and seemed so sucy and racy at the time. For one thing, Pauline Malefane (Carmen) is not a slender Hollywood mannekin type like Dandridge ...

SXSW 2005 line up

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After months of receiving and reviewing submissions, the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival (SXSW Film) announces the lineup of feature films for this year's event. The lineup includes over 40 world and U.S. premieres, set to be unveiled March 11-19, 2005 in venues throughout Austin, TX.The following is the lineup of features for SXSW 2005. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION:CAVITEDir: Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana; Cast: Ian Gamazon, Dominique Gonzalez.An American citizen visiting his ...

Vera Drake took best at British Independent Film Awards

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7th Annual BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS Announces the winners for 2004The contentious story of an abortionist in 1950s England swept the board tonight at the 7th annual British Independent Film Awards. Vera Drake scooped a massive six awards including the prestigious Best Film and Best Director.Mike Leigh and actress Imelda Staunton repeated their Venice Film Festival triumph where the film was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film and Best Actress award for Staunton. Again, Leigh, who has en...

Spacey talks about his character in Beyond the Sea

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Beyond The sea: Kevin Spacey’s film is a lovingly crafted account of ‘50s heartthrob singer and actor Bobby Darin. BEYOND THE SEA steers well clear of most biopic conventions, instead delivering a complex portrait of a gifted performer driven to succeed, following a childhood illness that gave him a life expectancy of just 15 years.The film effortlessly blends fantasy and reality, past and present, as Bobby struggles to find the best way to tell us his story. It begins with his nostalgic chi...

Vanity Fair, 5X2 and a few more reviews from London

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Alex Deleon,London Film Festival,November 1, 2004Today’s films:(1) “Vanity Fair” with Rees Witherspoon as the social climbing “mountaineer”, Becky Sharp with seamless English accent, in Napoleonic era England, via Thackeray – A lush high budget production by Mira Nair (of “Monsoon Rain”) – fantastic costumes, makeup, sets, horses, rich colour photography, good acting all around from a full cast of English stalwarts, Bob Hoskins, Gabriel Byrne, nearly the entire British “a Li...

Pierre Ange le Pogam from Rio Fest

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EUROPACORP PLATFORMS RIO FILM FESTIVAL TO ANNOUNCE LANDMARK BRAZILIAN CO-PRODUCTIONEuropacorp, Luc Besson´s filmmaking European studio created in 2000 with his partner Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, is rapidly expanding its potential for international co-productions.Le Pogam, CEO of Europacorp, announced the first co-production with Latin America today at the Rio Film Festival in front of festival delegates, confirming that the first Brazilian movie will be shot mid-2005.The French-Brazilian co-producti...

Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th Film Festival

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Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th International Film FestivalThe Toronto International Film Festival now in its 29th year, brings the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood, the film industry and the world to this prestigious Film Festival. TIFF takes place from September 9th to the 18th and is known and the largest and best Film Festival worldwide. The list of visitors who will be on hand in Toronto will be meeting greeting and highlighting there newest films and projects to best promote the m...

The International Juries of the 61st Venice Fest

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The international juries of the 61st Venice Film Festival Venezia 61. - Venezia Orizzonti - Venezia Cinema Digitale Venezia 61 - Golden Lion John Boorman (UK, President). Director. He began his career as a documentary filmmaker in 1955 at the BBC. He won the Best Director Award at Cannes in 1998 for The General (the story of an Irish criminal) and in 1970 for Leo the Last (with Marcello Mastroianni). What stands out in his work is his great iconographic and narrative talent. Since his first Ame...

Venezia 61 - In competition so french!

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Films that will play on the Lido next september in official competition include the following titles:(of which 5 french productions out of 21)Gianni AMELIO Le chiavi di casa (Italy France Germany) - 105'Kim Rossi Stuart, Charlotte Rampling, Andrea RossiAlejandro AMENÁBAR Mar adentro (Spain) - 125'Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola DueñasGuido CHIESA Lavorare con lentezza (Italy) - 111'Claudia Pandolfi, Valerio Mastandrea, Tommaso Ramenghi, Marco LuisiClaire DENIS L'intrus (France) - 125'Michel S...

Venezia 61 - In competition so french!

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Films that will play on the Lido next september in official competition include the following titles:(of which 5 french productions out of 21)Gianni AMELIO Le chiavi di casa (Italy France Germany) - 105'Kim Rossi Stuart, Charlotte Rampling, Andrea RossiAlejandro AMENÁBAR Mar adentro (Spain) - 125'Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola DueñasGuido CHIESA Lavorare con lentezza (Italy) - 111'Claudia Pandolfi, Valerio Mastandrea, Tommaso Ramenghi, Marco LuisiClaire DENIS L'intrus (France) - 125'Michel S...

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