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Frenchie Jaoui Look at me" opens the NY Festival

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JAOUI OPENS NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALThe 42nd edition of the New York Film Festival opened this past weekend, with one of its most diverse and anticipated slates in recent years. Featuring an exciting mix of the new works of acknowledged film masters and fresh discoveries, the Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is generally acknowledged as the crown jewel of film events in a city that boasts more than 25 film festivals during the year. “It is the gold standard as far as Ne...

Viva Pedro, Leigh and more at NY Fest

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VIVA PEDRO! An exclusive evening with Pedro Almodóvar, the legendary Spanish director of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and the upcoming Bad Education. Highlights from the director's rich career will be screened, followed by a conversation between Mr. Almodóvar and Richard Peña, NYFF Selection Committee Chairman. We expect onstage appearances by special guests who have appeared in Mr. Almodóvar's films. 7A Thu. Oct. 7, 6:15 pm Alice Tully Hall HB...

Toronto film buzz 1

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TORONTO BIZ BUZZ 1SONY PICTURES CLASSICS HAS A RECORD TORONTOThe first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival has seen a spurt of buying for US distributor Sony Pictures Classics. The company already has a record six films screening in Toronto, including Festival opener Being Julia (directed by Istvan Szabo), Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education, Zhang Jimou’s House of Flying Daggers, John Duigan’s Head In The Clouds, and Al Pacino-starrer The Merchant of Venice, has announced som...

Mike Leigh's Vera Drake wins Golden Lion

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Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" won the coveted "Leone d’Oro" - Golden Lion - at the 61st Venice International Film Festival, presided over by John Boorman, jury president. The awards were announced at the closing ceremony September 11. Imelda Staunton who plays Vera Drake, a midwife in the 1950's prosecuted for "helping young girls and women in trouble" won the Coppa Volpi, best actress award. There is an irony in the award of the Golden Lion to Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake". Tod Solondz "Palindro...

More Films at Venice

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Other screenings on day 8 and 9 include Horizon selection Izo by Takashi Miike. An assassin for the anti-Shogun Lord Hampeida is crucified in 1865 and comes back to revenge his murder. But what has he learned? The film is an endictment on war and displays a basic hatred of women for giving life. Briefly featuring Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano) as prime minister, the film reminds Venice fest goers of what cinema is about with multilayered tableau, entries to new worlds, imagery that confronts. ...

Vera Drake from Mike Leigh

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This is the first time in Mike Leigh's nine feature films that he has used the name of a character in the title. There is a reason for this. Most of his other films had various characters revolving around a central theme. Here, everything revolves around one protagonist, Vera Drake, a cheerful cleaning lady, who helps everybody she can. She is a loving wife and mother. However, sornething else she does out of the goodness of her heart, though unknown to her family, is help young girls get aborti...

Leigh to open next London, david O'Russel to close

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The 48th London Film Festival has selected Mike Leigh’s VERA DRAKE as its Opening Night Gala, and David O. Russell’s I HEART HUCKABEES as Closing Night Gala.The Opening Night Gala, on Wednesday 20th October, will be the UK Premiere of Mike Leigh’s VERA DRAKE starring Imelda Staunton and Phil Davis, it will be released in the United Kingdom by Momentum Pictures early in the New Year.The Closing Night Gala, on Thursday 4th November, will showcase the International Premiere of I HEART HUCKABE...

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...

Dandelion Cleveland Fest opener

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THE 28TH CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH DANDELIONCLOSING NIGHT FILM – BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS DANDELION opens the 28th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) on Thursday, March 18, 2004. The film, written and directed by Mark Milgard, stars Mare Winningham and Arliss Howard and was produced by Molly Mayeux. A favorite at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, DANDELION tells the beautiful and touching story of Mason Mullich, whose family leads a life of quiet desperation....

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