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Liam Neeson Q&A on Taken

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We here at filmfestivals.com loved Taken. what a surprise to find out that Liam could beat Bond at ass kicking.We had a chance to discuss with Liam about the filmThis is an intense film – can you talk about the difficulties of the shoot?First, I love the physicality in films. It’s always great to get the chance to flex your muscles. I’ve done quite a few action films, sword movies, plus there’s been a lightsabre or two, and this was something, which, when I read the script, I thought ‘...

Focus from London on Eric Serrat (with Birdsong)

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Birdsong (El cant dels ocells) Waiting for Godot meets The Passion According to St. Matthew in Catalan maverick Albert Serra’s imaginative treatment of the Biblical tale of the three wise men travelling to see the newborn baby Jesus. Albert Serra Birdsong is based on an extremely famous Biblical story. What was it about the story of the Magi that made you want to recreate it? I think it’s special… I wanted to shoot another film with the historical ambience, the countryside, not inside, wit...

AFI Dallas in full swing with heavy line up

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 AFI DALLAS International Film Festival Presented by Target, Founding Sponsor Victory Park announces Helen Hunt's directorial debut, THEN SHE FOUND ME, as the festival's Opening Night Gala presentation and Stuart Townsend's BATTLE IN SEATTLE as its Closing Night Gala presentation.The eleven-day festival (March 27 - April 6), will feature 210 feature films and shorts with 290 screenings. Once again, the Target Ten Narrative and Target Ten Documentary Competition winners will receive two unre...

Richard Widmark: Salute To A Sneer

 Thursday, March 27--------No one quite mastered the sneer as did actor Richard Widmark, who died Monday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut at the age of 93. That sneer and a high-pitched giggling laugh is what shot him the stardom in 1947, when he played the psychopathic killer Tommy Udo in the gangster film KISS OF DEATH. Nothing in the movies before or since can compare with the scene in that film when Widmark tied up an old woman in a wheelchair with a cord ripped from a lamp and shoved he...

Cinequest 18 – March 2008 - Weekend Viewing and Anywhere, USA

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Cinequest 18 is turning out to be a particularly strong festival this year. The quality of filmmaking on view is quite staggering, and, in this reviewer’s opinion, surpasses previous years for quality of storytelling and technical accomplishment.  Becoming John Ford – United StatesI began my weekend with this well-crafted and insightful documentary by director Nick Redman. Through archival footage, interviews with the great man’s contemporaries and film clips, a multi-dimensional portrait...

History of Oscar winners and nominees for best director

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Each Academy Award ceremony is listed chronologically below along with the winner of the Academy Award for Directing and the film associated with the award. In the column next to the winner of each award are the other nominees for best director. Following the Academy's practice, the films below are listed by the years of their Los Angeles qualifying run, which is usually (but not always) in the year of release; for example, the Oscar for Best Director of 1999 was announced during the award cerem...

History of Oscar winners and nominees for best film

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Winners and nominees In the lists below, the winner of the award for each year is shown first, followed by the other nominees. Except for the early years (when the Academy used a non-calendar year), the year shown is the one in which the film first premiered in Los Angeles County, California; normally this is also the year of first release, but it may be the year after first release (as with Casablanca and, if the film-festival premiere is considered, Crash). This is the year before the ceremony...

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,...

Dialogues With Cinema Greats

Wednesday, September 5--------While high potency celebrities making their way on the red carpet capture the bulk of media attention here (hey Brad, take off those sun glasses, we want to see your fabulous face.....), the Festival has assembled a group of true cinema greats for a program it calls DIALOGUES: Talking With Pictures. This is the rare opportunity for film buffs (comme moi) to hear from some of the most illustrious names of the past half century in film in an intimate setting. This is ...

New Director for the Fribourg International Film Festival

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The President, the Committee and the Director of the Fribourg International Film Festival announce the engagement of film critic Edouard Waintrop as programmer for the 2008 edition. He will officially take office at the beginning of September 2007. Edouard Waintrop:Born June 3, 1952 in Suresnes, Hauts de Seine, France.After studies in economics, he worked for six years (from 1974 to 1980) in the socio-cultural sector as head of cinematographic and jazz programming in Montreuil, in the Paris subu...

All Hail The Duke

Monday, June 18---------He still rides tall in the saddle. John Wayne, known to his friends as Duke, would have turned 100 years old this month. In celebration of the iconic actor's 100th anniversary, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is presenting the John Wayne Centenary, a six-film retrospective of selections from the Museum's film archive. The series begins on Thursday, June 20 and runs through June 30. Films will be screened in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at the Museum.The serie...

Winners of the Tiburon Golden Reel Award

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The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF), founded in 2001, has just completed another very successful 9-day event in Tiburon. Tiburon, California is just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge in beautiful Marin County. This year’s Festival was the 6th Annual Film Festival to be held in Tiburon. More than 3,000 films were submitted for consideration in 2007 with 250 independent films selected for the Festival from 90 countries. The rich and varied Special Programs this y...

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival line up ready

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder, CEO and Artistic Director Nancy Buirski released the slate of eighty-three new documentaries chosen for New Docs: Films in Competition as well as the lineup of special programs and invited films. The attached document contains the full list of New Docs: Films in Competition, invited films and special programming. To celebrate Full Frame’s tenth anniversary, New Docs: Films in Competition reaches a record number with a mix of sixty-two features a...

Tiburon Film Festival to showcase over 240 films

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The 2007 Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) is set for March 22 - 30, 2007. TIFF will be showcasing over 240 films from 90 countries. The Opening Night Film & Gala is scheduled for March 22, 2007. The Opening Night Film of the 2007 Tiburon International Film Festival is Even Money, directed by Academy Award nominated director, Mark Rydell (starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Forrest Whitaker, Kelsey Grammer, Ray Liotta, Nick Canon and Tim Roth). Even Money will be making its West Coa...

New York Jewish Film Festival, 2007 edition

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New York Jewish Film Festival, 2007 edition took place January 10 to 25.Playing to a captive, though a bit aged, audience the 16th edition of theNY Jewish Film Festival presented 31 feature film, documentaries and shortsdepicting the complexity of Jewish lives, its history and culture and the endless themes of coping with a murderous past. Paradoxically, only few productions in the program focused on Jewish life in Israel and the problems that country faces, possibly due to the Israeli Film Fest...

The Northwest Film Center tribute to Janet Gaynor

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In the decade from 1927-1937 Janet Gaynor (1906-1984) emerged as one of Hollywood's great stars, immensely popular with the public for her portrayals as the sincere but spunky waif in a series of popular musicals, melodramas, and romantic comedies conceived especially for her at 20th Century Fox. Gaynor started out as an extra in silent pictures- Hal Roach comedy shorts as well as features-before earning her break with a small but crucial part in THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD (1926). A long-term contract ...

The party of the week and honors to von Sydow in San Sebastian

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Nursing a bit of a "resaca" (aka "jengober", or just plain hangover) ... after the JAMAN reception yesterday at the Hotel Londres, which has leapt to the fore as a hot contender for the unofficial "BDPW" Concha, or "Best Damn Party of the Week Award. The thing that characterized this reception -- which started at eight and went on until well after midnight -- was, understated class and a quality mix of people, exquisite "amuse-gueules" (bitey snacks or 'pintxos'), and an endless supply of tasty...

European Films in the United States panel at Venice

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Tuesday 5 September, from 3.30 to 5.30 p.m.The European Films in the United States conference is scheduled for Tuesday 5 September, in the Conference Room (2nd floor, Palazzo del Casinò), from 3.30 to 5.30 p.m. Chaired by the initiative’s guardian, Peter Cowie, journalists Molly Haskell (New York Observer), Jonathan Rosenbaum (The Chicago Reader), Richard Corliss (Time Magazine), Nick Vivarelli (Variety), having first sketched out a brief history of European films in the United States, will d...

Jim Jarmusch's Dialogue with Martin Scorsese

Thursday, June 15----It doesn't get much better than this....legendary film director Martin Scorsese being honored for his documentary film career, in a rare on-stage dialogue with independent auteur Jim Jarmusch. That was the scenario this evening, as Scorsese was honored at the SILVERDOCS 2006 Guggenheim Symposium, named in honor of four-time Academy Award winning documentarian, and Washington DC resident, Charles Guggenheim. Scorsese is one of the few Hollywood directors who has moved from...

Backlot Film Festival kicks off: oldies but goodies

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BACKLOT FILM FESTIVALTHE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN MOVIESA TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSIC FILMS OF 1939 SHOWN IN 35 MILLIMETER DECEMBER 16TH THROUGH DECEMBER 19TH AWARDS BANQUET, DECEMBER 15th HONORING DANIEL M. SELZNICK. WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGEThe Backlot Film Festival is pleased to announce The Golden Age of American Movies, a tribute to the classic films of 1939, honoring 65 years of extraordinary achievement in film. Some of the blockbusters, shown in 35-millimeter format, include GONE WITH THE WIND, ...

Viennale closed with 81 000 visitors

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Following today's Bonus-Track at the Urania cinema, the Viennale 2004 has come to a happy and exceptionally successful conclusion. With a growth of almost 6400 visitors compared to 2003, the festival could increase the number of visitors by nearly ten percent. In total, 81,600 spectators attended the festival this year. Within the main program, the elaborate selection of documentaries enjoyed exceptional popularity. As a result, for the first time in the festival's history more tickets for docum...

Digital synthetis tech For HD 3D

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‘DIGITAL SYNTHESIS’ TECH SYMPOSIUM FEATURES HD 3DSPEAKER LINEUP ANNOUNCEDRetuning to Santa Barbara, California for its biennial Tech Symposium,Digital Synthesis, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is presenting a compelling lineup of speakers and premiere screenings. Participants will venture from deep sea to deep space in special High Definition 3D screenings featuring NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Journey to Mars and selections from James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep as well as...

Bergamo Film Meeting awards James 'Journey

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BERGAMO FILM MEETING AWARDS JAMES’ JOURNEYThe 22nd edition of Bergamo Film Meeting (13-21 March), one of Italy’s veteran cinema festivals, came to a close, awarding its main prize, the Golden Rosa Camuna, which takes its name from the Northern Italy town’s effigy, to James’ Journey to Jerusalem. First feature by widely-appreciated Israeli documaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, James’ Journey to Jerusalem, which premiered last year at Cannes’ Quinzaine, is an astonishingly subtle and insi...

Film Star Awards in New Orleans

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2004 LE PRIX INTERNATIONAL FILM STAR AWARDS AND GALASUNDAY, MARCH 28th AT 5PMORPHEUM THEATER AND FAIRMONT HOTEL NEW ORLEANSThe 2004 Le Prix International Film Star Awards will be held Sunday, March 28th at 5pm at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana.A black-tie patron Gala follows the Awards presentation in the famed Blue Room of the Fairmont New Orleans Hotel. The Le Prix International Film Star Awards is the only international awards show that honor entertainers for their body of work...
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