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This year the Festival de Cannes celebrates Brazil as its “special guest country”. Following on from Egypt in 2011, it is the second year in a row that the Festival has shone the spotlight on a great filmmaking nation. The quality of Brazil’s output is clearly on display with four films in Official Selection, plus On the Road by Walter Salles in Competition. A Música segundo Tom Jobim by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, co-directed with Tom Jobim’s granddaughter Dora Jobim, ...

Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues to chair the Jury for the Caméra d’or

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  After Bong Joon-Ho, Gael García Bernal, Roschdy Zem and Abbas Kiarostami, the demanding task of selecting the best new filmmaker this year falls to Carlos Diegues.   The Caméra d’or, launched in 1978, is awarded to the best first film presented in the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard), La Semaine de la Critique or Directors' Fortnight – a total of 22 films in 2012.  He will be accompanied in...

The best of new Brazilian cinema will be on show in Berlin as Première Brasil Berlin

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  For the third year, the best of new Brazilian cinema will be on show in Berlin as Première Brasil Berlin again returns to the city to unspool a selection of the most important new films from Brazil, along with a special focus on the work of Oscar®-nominated director Héctor Babenco.   As in previous years, the Première Brasil programme is being curated by Ilda Santiago, director of Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the 2012 edition of which...

El Misterio de las Lagunas, Fragmentos Andinos (The Mystery of the Lagoons, Andean Fragments)

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Director: Atahualpa Lichy.
« The Mystery of the Lagoons, Andean Fragments » has as a principal stage the so called « Villages of the South », located in the region of the Venezuelan Andes. These lost villages were isolated among mountains, until a few years ago. Even though the access using four wheel drive vehicles started bringing in the “civilization” the traditions are kept, while in places with an easier access these are disappearing. The stories told with humor by the peasants and artisans will allow us to recreate old times. Trough them, we will have a lesson of life. They will tell and sing their stories for us, often accompanied by the typical Andean violin, with its rustic sound, by the guitar or the cuatro, a kind of small four string guitar which is the traditional Venezuelan instrument. The “taitas”, the Indians’ ancestors, left record of their pass in the Venezuelan Andes and their mark has remained alive in the daily life and in certain practices and believes imbued in a marked syncretism. Even when the general image of the Andean is of a fervently catholic people, we find ourselves before the presence of the “Mohanes” powerful Shamans, who still keep the secret language to dominate the elements of Nature, they are respected and feared at the same time. We will travel backwards in time, following the thread that created the legends, through oral tradition and songs that will reveal a collective conscience and the characteristics of their culture.

Cinéfondation Prizes 2010 awarded by the Jury presided by Atom Egoyan

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This year the Cinéfondation Selection showed 13 student films coming from Asia, Europe, North and South America. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided by Atom Egoyan, composed of film directors Carlos Diegues and Marc Recha and actresses Emmanuelle Devos and Dinara Droukarova, has awarded the Cinéfondation prizes during a ceremony in the Buñuel Theatre. First Prize: TAULUKAUPPIAAT (The Painting Sellers) directed by Juho Kuosmanen Aalto University, Finland Second Prize: ...

Premiere Brazil: Sultry Cinema At MoMA

Monday, July 16--------As the summer turns sizzling in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is appropriately presenting a program of sultry cinema from Brazil in its fifth annual exhibition of contemporary Brazilian cinema, entitled PREMIERE BRAZIL! The program began last Thursday and continues through January 23rd in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. The series is a collaboration between MoMA and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. This year, 12 new films, all US or New...

Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards

Thursday, January 25----As the Sundance Film Festival moves into its final days (and the announcement of its competition awards on Saturday evening), the first of several awards announcements was made today. The Sundance Institute and NHK/Japan Broadcasting Corporation announced the winners of the 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The four winners were selected from among 12 finalists by members of an international jury which included: Guillermo Arriaga, Carlos Diegues, Toshio...

Jeanne Moreau Presides over San Sebastian Jury

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The French actress Jeanne Moreau is one of the few performing artists who both epitomize and transcend their eras by the originality of their work.Jeanne Moreau was born in Paris on January 25, 1928. Her father, Anatole Désiré Moreau, was the proprietor of a Montmartre bistro. Her mother, Kathleen Sarah Buckley, left Lancashire, England, at the age of seventeen to dance at the Folies-Bergère. After honing her craft as a principal member of the Comédie-Française and the Théâtre National Po...

Look at me: first French entry in the festival

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France entered the competition of this 57th edition with Look at Me (Comme une image) from director Agnès Jaoui, a film that belittles power and fame. Another female director was honoured, Lucrecia Martel from Argentina presented The Holy Girl (La Niña Santa), a film that deals with religious and love constraints and choices. Quentin Tarantino took a break from jury duty to present Kill Bill: Volume 2 out of competition, accompanied by Uma Thurman and David Carradine. Three other events punctu...

San Francisco Film Festival opening night

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47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15-29) April 15th is tax day. But all the stress of income tax preparations and payments evaporated when the rousing theme song from San Francisco, the 1936 movie starring Jeannette MacDonald and Clark Gable, blasted from the pipes of the Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Everyone in the 1400-seat movie palace clapped along. As Wu-Tang Clan producer and Kill Bill composer RZA proclaimed about the 1922 historic landmark: ...

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