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If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival

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Four thousand film festivals populate the globe. But more than many, the San Francisco International Film Festival may satisfy a collective hunch of what such a gathering should be. Perhaps age has something to do with it; at 53 years old, SFIFF, held this year from April 22 to May 6, 2010, is the oldest film festival in the Americas. Then there's the topography of San Francisco, which rises, falls and yields vistas that themselves cop filmic metaphors. Or maybe it's because San Francisc...

If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival

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If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival Four thousand film festivals populate the globe. But more than many, the San Francisco International Film Festival may satisfy a collective hunch of what such a gathering should be. Perhaps age has something to do with it; at 53 years old, SFIFF, held this year from April 22 to May 6, 2010, is the oldest film festival in the Americas. The festival logo, inside the historic Castro TheatreThen there's the topography of San Francisco,...

Torino Film Festival full line up

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the 27th Torino Film Festival Torino Grand Prix Starting this year, the Torino Film Festival presents Torino Grand Prix, an award which is given each year to filmmakers who, from the surfacing of the nouvelles vagues on, have helped renew the film language, create new aesthetic models and communicate the new trends that are the basis of the most interesting works of contemporary cinema. This year, the prize will be given to Emir Kusturica, for the inventiveness o...

IFI French Film Festival

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The IFI French Film Festival, the IFI’s annual celebration of Gallic cinema and a key date in Dublin’s film calendar, is perfectly timed to restore Franco-Irish relations in the aftermath of the World Cup playoffs. This year’s programme is packed with sneak previews of major new releases, fantastic revivals and a host of new French films that won’t be shown anywhere else.Launching the festival IFI Programmer Niall Macpherson said, ‘This year’s IFI French Film Festival aims, as ever, ...

Our Paris Series Part II: La Nouvelle Vague

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By Sophie Nellis   Belmondo and Seberg    The French New Wave – known as la nouvelle vague– was a celebration of youth, Paris and, above all, cinema. Many people don’t know that the term nouvelle vague was first used in 1957 to describe the new generation of French youth, emancipated 18 to 30 year olds who were free-thinking and keen to throw off the legacy of the Second World War. It was only following the success of François Truffaut’s Les...

Jane Birkin guest at the Viennale 2009

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The Viennale will welcome the french actress and singer Jane Birkin. The festival dedicated a tribute to Jane Birkin in 2005. This year she will personally present her directing debut Boxes and her latest film, 36 Vues de Pic Saint Loup by Jacques Rivette. BoxesThe day before the summer tournée starts, the owner and founder of a small circus dies tragically. In an attempt to save the season, the members of the company decide to turn to the eldest daughter, Kate. Although she left the circus al...

From Rotterdam to Sundance Vancouver International Film Festival

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A couple of years ago, the Vancouver International Film Festival (October 1 – 16, 2009) used to be one of the best film festivals, not just in North America, but in the world. This is a very strong claim and it is not just the usual rhetoric exaggeration of the film critic. But this is no longer the case. It is still a very good film festival, but, alas, it has lost the bold and unconventional flavour that used to make it absolutely exceptional. The reason why the Vancouver International Film ...

The French Invasion of New York

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  BLUEBEARD (Catherine Breillat)  With French film master Alain Resnais kicking off the 47th edition of the New York Film Festival last evening with his Cannes Film Festival winner WILD GRASS, this year's event is another example of the New York audience love affair with French cinema. With French filmmakers and actors in town for the Festival, the premieres this week of Cedric Klapisch's PARIS and Anne Fontaine's COCO BEFORE CHANEL (starring Audrey Tautou), not to mention the on...

The New York Film Fest kicks off today with Alain Resnais

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With French film master Alain Resnais kicking off the 47th edition of the New York Film Festival last evening with his Cannes Film Festival winner WILD GRASS, this year's event is another example of the New York audience love affair with French cinema. For the French, it is almost a semi-invasion of Manhattan island. Other Gallic giants in this year's fest include: HADEWIJCH, directed by Bruno Dumont. The director has directed more than 450 commercials, shorts and documentaries. He is the direct...

Festival du Film de Beauvais - Régions d'Europe

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  FESTIVAL DU FILM DE BEAUVAIS - REGIONS D'EUROPE Le 19ème Festival du Film de Beauvais Paris capitale du cinéma 9 au 14 octobre 2009   Le festival du film de Beauvais (1 h de Paris) se consacre à la découverte du cinéma européen. Après Berlin, Prague, Rome, Madrid, Bruxelles et Dublin, l'édition 2009 rend hommage à Paris, berceau du cinéma, et aux artistes parisiens qui l'ont immortalisé au cinéma. Les rencontres et temps forts : V...

The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival

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The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill...

Full programme for The Times BFI London Film Festival

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The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill...

2009 New York Film Festival Official Lineup

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The 47th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at Lincoln Center, Friday, September 25 - Sunday, October 11, 2009. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase the best in American and International cinema. This year's festival showcasing 29 feature films from 17 countries includes Special Events, HBO Films Dialogues, Avant-Garde, and Oshima. HBO Films Dialogues with directors Jia Zhangke, Wong Kar-wai, Darren Aronofsky and Arnaud Desplechin focusing on t...

2009 New York Film Festival Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - August 14, 2009 The  47th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at Lincoln Center, Friday, September 25 - Sunday, October 11, 2009. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase the best in American and International cinema. This year's festival showcasing 29 feature films from 17 countries includes Special Events, HBO Films Dialogues, Avant-Garde, and Oshima. HBO Films Dialogues with directors Jia Zhangke, Wong Kar-wai, Darren...

Martine Marignac, Best Producer 2009 at Locarno

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At the 62nd edition of the Locarno International Film Festival the Raimondo Rezzonico Prize 2009 for Best Independent Producer will be presented to French producer Martine Marignac. A graduate in philosophy and film aesthetics, Martine Marignac began her career as a press officer for Simon Mizrahi, with whom she worked for seven years. She has mixed with then New Wave directors such as Godard, Truffaut and Rohmer, as well as Italian filmmakers Comencini, Risi, Scola, Bellocchio and Ferreri. Mart...

Key Speakers from Future of Cinema Salon Series in Locarno

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Locarno Film Festival, Fest21.com, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada are proud to premiere our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Locarno Film Festival. We will be hosting the Future of Cinema Panel on Digital Distribution that brings together international voices around the table, plus a special hands-on demo of some of the most innovative works coming out of Canada and Switzerland, including Late Fragment a critically-acclaimed dramatic interactive feature film which premiered last year at ...

Amos Gitai to speak at Locarno Future of Cinema Salon

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Amos Gitai will speak at the panel on Digital Distribution at Future of Cinema Salon Locarno 2008Future of Cinema Panel on Digital Distributionin association with XDC The Hollywood Reporter and  Cineuropa.org  Saturday August 9th, 2008: Forum, 11:00AM - 12:30AM What is the current International panorama of D Cinema, how many screens.Which business models prevail in Europe, what is the status in Switzerlan?Which content from film to opera and sports in the theatres?Which new consumers’ habits...

Cannes Directors Fortnight Celebration In New York

 Tuesday, July 1----------With the American economy in the crapper and the dollar at near record lows, a trip to the Cannes Film Festival has become an inexpensive indulgence, even for the media professionals who “must” be there. For the general public, who may be curious about what goes on along the famed shores of the Riviera, the difficulty of being part of the Cannes action is doubly difficult. Well, for the past month, Cannes has been made affordable and surprisingly accessible, with t...

Berlinale Competition Jury Is An International Mix of Talents

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Saturday, February 9----------As the Competition Screenings at this year's Berlinale move into high gear, it is a good moment to comment on the credentials and the international mix of jurors who must view an impressive group of awards contenders, all vying for the prestigious Golden and Silver Bear Awards. Jury President Costa-Gavras (France) is one of the most renowned figures of dedicated, political filmmaking. His international breakthrough came in 1969 with the political thriller Z, whi...

Berlinale 2008: International Jury

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This year, eight international film experts and stars will decide who is to take home the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears. Jury President Costa-Gavras (France) is one of the most renowned figures of dedicated, political filmmaking. His international breakthrough came in 1969 with the political thriller Z, which won him two Academy Awards. In 1990 Costa-Gavras was awarded the Berlinale Golden Bear for his film Music Box (with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jessica Lange). He last participated in the Be...

Berlinale jury with Jury President Costa-Gavras

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This year, eight international film experts and stars will decide who is to take home the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears.Jury President Costa-Gavras (France) is one of the most renowned figures of dedicated, political filmmaking. His international breakthrough came in 1969 with the political thriller Z, which won him two Academy Awards. In 1990 Costa-Gavras was awarded the Berlinale Golden Bear for his film Music Box (with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jessica Lange). He last participated in the Ber...

A Red Carpet Weekend At The London Film Festival

 Sunday, October 21--------It has been a busy weekend on the Red Carpet at the London Film Festival. Friday night saw the UK Premiere of three exciting new films, which could not be more different. First was the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS, directed by current hot Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. The film, which is the current frontrunner for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is a harrowing account about one woman’s odyssey of desperation in 1980s Roman...

Corona Cork Film Festival Programme to Set the Screen Alight

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The 52nd Corona Cork Film Festival which takes place from October 14-21 has announced its bumper packed line up which includes world premieres, big budget films, innovative independent films, international documentaries, drive-ins, an Irish showcase and short films from all over the world.Re-named Corona Cork Film Festival, title sponsorship has been taken up by leading drinks distributors Barry Fitzwilliam Maxxium for its Corona Extra premium bottled beer brand.Michael Barry, MD of Barry Fitzwi...

Best from Europe at Rio International Film Festival

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16 European films receive EFP´s Film Sales Support at the Rio International Film Festival (20 September – 4 October 2007)Starting off on 20 September and closing on 4 October, the Rio International Film Festival is one of the most important and longest events in Latin America. It has meanwhile become a busy place to discover Brazilian as well as international films and to conduct business as the festival also holds its new RioMarket which runs from 21 September to 3 October. RioMarket combin...

European Film Masters Reveal Their Latest Masterworks

 Thursday, September 13---------In a Toronto Film Festival, at over 350 films, a tale of hit or miss (how could it be anything else?), some of the most satisfying and resonant films come not from the new young turks, but from the old masters. Several of Europe's finest filmmakers have shown their latest masterworks here in the past week. It is interesting to consider that most of these films may not make a big splash in the theatrical distribution market (a far cry from some of these masters' e...

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