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Io Sono LI at Kino Otok Isola

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„Io Sono Li, “ said the Chinese illegal Shun Li in the film Io Sono Li (Shun Li and The Poet) directed by Andrea Segre, gorgeous Italian film director. Kino Otok Isola proves again a quality bringing out the awarded Italian film, starring with Rade Sherbedgia and only Chinese (actually Mandarin speaking) actress Zhao Tao. Zhao Tao is a Chinese actress with no knowledge of English, Italian or any other than Mandarin language at all and is Jia Zhang-ke’s muse in Platform and The World. In ...

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.  ...

New theme "Changing Perspectives" for the Talent Campus

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The 10th edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus received applications from 4382 up-and-coming filmmakers from 137 countries. On February 11, 2012, the doors of the Theater "Hebbel am Ufer" will open for 350 selected participants during the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. With the theme "Changing Perspectives", the Talent Campus offers this new generation of filmmakers a prominent programme featuring many Berlinale guests and international experts. In addition, these young filmmakers gai...

DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

Locarno FF: The Leopard In August

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DEEP IN THE WOODS (Benoit Jacquot, France) While most of Europe is on vacation and the film business is enjoying a brief pause in its frenetic pace, the action is strong and the movies are fierce at the Locarno Film Festival, the esteemed film event taking place this week in the beautiiful mountain city in southern Switzerland. The Festival, celebrating its 63rd year as one of the world's oldest and most respected, is the first for newly installed Artistic Director Olivier P...

SuziejuBEAT!

Director: Ramón Ayala.
A lake. A girl in an empty house. A family letter. A road.

Festival des 3 Continents

Each year in Nantes, since 1979, the Festival of 3 Continents (F3C) presents between 80 and 100 films, fiction works and documentaries, from Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Films with a political or socially conscious pulse at DOCLISBOA

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“The Whole World Fits in Lisbon” is the rallying cry of Doclisboa’s sixth annual blitz of international documentaries that rains down on the Portuguese capital October 16-26. Rousing words indeed for Lisbon audiences who, still hungover from Portugal’s Age of Discovery, crave global stories that the inward-looking media tends to eschew.And that’s the big seduction of the country’s sole festival dedicated to nonfiction films. In its short trackrecord, Doclisboa has cultivated a public...

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival is ready for 15 days of celebration

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FESTIVAL DO RIORio de Janeiro Film FestivalSeptember 25 to October 9, 2008 Commencing this Thursday, September 25, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, embarks on a 15 day celebration of cinema with the start of Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.In presenting over 350 films selected from 60 countries at over 30 different venues across Rio, Festival do Rio digs deep into a rich catalogue of world premieres, Brazil and Latin premieres and tributes and retrospectives ...

New York Film Festival goes live Sept 28th

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The 45th New York Film Festival runs through: September 28 – October 14, 2007The 45th New York Film Festival will premiere 28 films when it runs September 28 - October 14 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and sponsored by Sardinia Region Tourism and The New York Times, also features three showcases, three music documentaries and six retrospective films.Opening NightThis year’s festival opens on Friday,...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

Durban International Film Festival Awards

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The 28 th Durban International Film Festival finished 12 days of glorious film. The filmfest ran from 20 June till 1 July.Award winners:* Best Film: Ezra, directed by Newton Aduaka. "This bold and daring film takes viewers into the heart of the politics of war and hatred. Ezra does not want to appease the eye - instead it wants viewers to look the ugly truth in the face. The film boasts a superb dramative narrative structure, and an excellent cast of faces and locations. It is a deserved winner....

Durban International Film Festival

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The 28th Durban International Film Festival 20 June to 1 July 2007 With over 200 films from 77 countries, the 28th Durban International Film Festival, from 20 June to 1 July, offers a selection of the finest in world cinema, spread over more than 300 screenings at 24 venues across the Durban district. The festival also provides an extensive programme of free workshops and seminars to inspire young filmmakers and stimulate the film industry in KwaZulu-Natal. The festival opens on 20 June with the...

Adelaide Fest Natuzzi and Fipresci prize winners announced

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to announce STILL LIFE by Jia Zhang-Ke as the winner of the inaugural NATUZZI International Award for Best Feature Film with special mention to SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and DARATT by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, as winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Award for Best First or Second Feature. The winners were announced last night, at the closing night of the Adelaide Film Festival and world premiere screening of Rolf de Heer’s...

Rotterdam wrapped with impressive figures: 367 000 vistors

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The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam has attracted more international festival guests then during its 2006 edition. Also the public attendance has gone up: the festival organisation registered 367,000 visits to its film screenings, arts exhibitions, talk shows and many special events. Sunday February 4, the festival closes with the ‘Volkskrantdag’, a pre-booked screening day of festival favorites. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) took away the KPN Audience Award. The 37t...

The Lives of Others wins Rotterdam Audience Award

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The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam has attracted more international festival guests then during its 2006 edition. Also the public attendance has gone up: the festival organisation registered 367,000 visits to its film screenings, arts exhibitions, talk shows and many special events. Sunday February 4, the festival closes with the ‘Volkskrantdag’, a pre-booked screening day of festival favorites. The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) took away the KPN Audience Award. The 37t...

Between East and West : Vancouver International Film Festival

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Organizing a major film festival in Vancouver may seem an impossible task. Two of the very best film festivals in North America take place in Toronto and Montreal, and if one thinks of major Canadian film festivals, Vancouver will not be the first one to spring to mind. North American film festivals, however, tend to cater for the most important ethnic minorities present in their location. Vancouver has the great advantage of being home to minorities that happen to come from those countries (Jap...

Venice Wraps with una bella spaghettata in lieu of Lynch

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The "Spettacoli" (entertainment) sections of the Italian dailies on Mondy (September 11...) all carried detailed commentaries -- mostly recriminations -- regarding the distribution of awards and other aspects of the festival which wrapped on Saturday. To start with, hardly anyone stuck around for the "Gala Closing Film", Pavel Lounguine’s „The Island -- but cut out quickly and headed for the closing bash at the Excelsior down the road. Pavel may be a fairly big name in Russia but he’s n...

Furtive Chinese entry grabs Golden Lion while Mueller scoffs at resignation rumors

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The surprise winner of the Golden Lion (Grand Prix for Best Film) was the untouted Chinese entry "Sanxia Haoren" (Still Life) by youthful director Jia Zhang-ke, immediately styled "a perplexing verdict" by dean of Italian film critics, Tullio Kezich. The general reaction to the jury's off-the-wall decision was something like "they must be kidding!" Although residing in the competition section, the pic was projected mostly at late night red-eye screenings, when most of the press had either packe...

Golden Lion to Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke

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The Official Awards of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica The Venezia 63 Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, chaired by Catherine Deneuve and comprised of José Juan Bigas Luna, Paulo Branco, Cameron Crowe, Chulpan Khamatova, Park Chan-wook and Michele Placido, having viewed all twenty-two films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film: Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke Sanxia haoren was the surprise film in Competi...

Golden Lion to Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke

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The Official Awards of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte CinematograficaThe Venezia 63 Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, chaired by Catherine Deneuve and comprised of José Juan Bigas Luna, Paulo Branco, Cameron Crowe, Chulpan Khamatova, Park Chan-wook and Michele Placido, having viewed all twenty-two films in competition, has decided as follows:GOLDEN LION for Best Film:Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-KeSanxia haoren was the surprise film in Competition at...

Melbourne highlights preview

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The 2005 Melbourne International Film Festival takes place from july 20 to August 7. EDGY EUROPE, CHAN FROM CHINA – NOTHING LIKE SYDNEYFrom Lukas Moodysson’s provocative A Hole in My Heart to Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s confronting 4, this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival explores edgy European cinema, as well as films direct from Cannes, and takes a look at Chinese cinema, with a focus on the revealing and entertaining director, Fruit Chan – among many other things, as Executive D...

Newport International Film Festival all set for next week

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six glorious days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. The Newport International Film Festival draws filmmakers and celebrities from around the world. This year the festival will honor wri...

Newport International Film Festival highlights

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. This year the festival will honor writer/director/actor/musician Michael McKean with the annual Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement....
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