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HOLY MOTORS (2012) at 53rd TIFF

HOLY MOTORS (2012) premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and most recently opened the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival   HOLY MOTORS: Is it gratuitous shock-value pomp or high surrealistic cinematic genius? You decide… A swarthy dwarfish (though not a dwarf) Parisian, ‘Monsieur Oscar’ (played by Denis Lavant), lives for the night like some kind of vampire or ancient fiend feeding off humanity’s basest Chthonic nature. By day he is a loving f...

HOLY MOTORS (2012) at 53rd TIFF

HOLY MOTORS (2012) premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and most recently opened the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival   HOLY MOTORS: Is it gratuitous shock-value pomp or high surrealistic cinematic genius? You decide… A swarthy dwarfish (though not a dwarf) Parisian, ‘Monsieur Oscar’ (played by Denis Lavant), lives for the night like some kind of vampire or ancient fiend feeding off humanity’s basest Chthonic nature. By day he is a loving f...

53rd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / 2 - 11 NOVEMBER 2012

                              -OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 53rd TIFF: Opening Ceremony (11/3/2012) OPENING CEREMONY The curtain rose on the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Friday, November 2, 2012 with a simple ceremony. The opening ceremony took place at the packed Olympion Theater, with the jazz and swing rhythms of the band Milky Lady & the Cookies and the lindy hop Jitter...

Rio International Film Festival 2012 Awards

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HIGH TENSIONS AS FESTIVAL DO RIO AWARDS 2012 PREMIERE BRAZIL PRIZES   The Rio Film Festival, which has been running in the city these past two weeks, came to an end tonight, Thursday October 11, and at a glittering closing ceremony at Rio’s Cine Odeon BR presented its “Redentor” awards given to the best filmmaking and acting achievements of its Premiere Brazil competitive section.   Premiere Brazil, the centre-strand of the festival, focuses specifically on n...

Inauguration of the Locarno's 65th edition

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The 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will open on Wednesday 1 August. At the traditional Welcome Cocktail - attended by Federal Councilor Alain Berset and by Mayor of the City of Locarno and Vice-President of the Festival Carla Speziali, as well as by representatives from cultural institutions and Swiss and Ticino politicians - President Marco Solari and Artistic Director Olivier Père will open this edition, in the presence of the numerous directors, actors and film pro...

Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Leos Carax

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French director Leos Carax will receive the Pardo d’onore Swisscom at the forthcoming edition of the Festival del film Locarno.   © Copyright Wild Bunch 2012 To mark the occasion, the filmmaker’s five features – Boy Meets Girl (1984), Bad Blood (Mauvais Sang, 1986), The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, 1991), Pola X (1999) and Holy Motors (2012) ¬¬– will be screened, as well as the portmanteau film Tokyo!, to which he contributed the segment Merde in 2008. On the d...

AMFAR, Cannes 2012

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Without a doubt the hottest ticket in town during the Cannes film festival is not a premier ticket to a competition film, as most would think; in fact, it’s a ticket to the annual AMFAR Cinema Against Aids dinner and gala at the Hotel du Cap Eden Rock in cap d’Antibes. This decidedly elite event is attended by the most sought after celebrity and royalty accompanied by the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs. The event has been going on for 19 years now and alway...

The Palme d'Or - Short Film was awarded to L.Rezan Yesilbas for Sessiz Be-Deng (Silent).

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After receiving his award from Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Kylie Minogue, the prizewinner said: "I'd like to thank the jury for choosing me. It is very important for me to receive this award from Jean-Pierre Dardenne. I'm very excited to be talking in front of so many filmmakers. And thank you to my team." ...

Holy Motors: Review by Moira Sullivan

                                            Holy Motors, a film presented in the official selection yesterday at Cannes, is probably in a class of its own and has caused a lot of discussion.  It does need to be discussed, however, and maybe it is the ...

ARIA Awards In Sydney's Olympic Park: Gotye, Kimbra, Boy & Bear roaring Success by Eva Rinaldi

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  ARIA Awards In Sydney's Olympic Park: Gotye, Kimbra, Boy & Bear roaring Success - 28th November 2011 It was that time of the year again - the night of night's for Australia's music industry. What a night it was for the the 25th anniversary ARIA awards at Sydney's Olympic Park last night. There were so many highlights. How about Gotye (one of my favorites) winning three gongs, and then of course Prime Minister Julia Gil...

IFFR brings Gondry's Home Movie Factory to Rotterdam

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam announced today it is bringing the successful interactive installation "Home Movie Factory" by French filmmaker Michel Gondry to the Netherlands. Following the example of Jack Black and Mos Def in Gondry's film BE KIND, REWIND (2008), the installation gives participants the opportunity and resources to make a short film in under three hours. Gondry will open the installation in Rotterdam on 26 January 2012 and it will run until 5 March 2012. ...

WSA Discovery of the Year nominees announced

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The five nominees for the Discovery of the Year Award, via which the World Soundtrack Academy rewards up-and-coming talent from the previous year, have been announced. The award will be granted during the World Soundtrack Awards & Concert on 22 October at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent. Through the Discovery of the Year Award, the WSA aims to reward young, talented composers and encourage them to develop further. The nominees are: Alex Heffes – The First Grader, The Rite ...

Abu Dhabi’s Film Festival’s line up

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The lineup of Gala evening screenings was announced today for the third Middle East International Film Festival to be held October 8-17 in Abu Dhabi. Among the festival’s highest-profile offerings, these nine films include, in the words of the Festival’s Executive Director Peter Scarlet, ‘’far more than the minimum daily requirement of big-names - in the cast, or behind the camera, and on the Festival’s red carpet.” The Festival’s Centerpiece offering will be the World Premiere o...

Abu Dhabi lineup of Gala evening screenings

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The lineup of Gala evening screenings was announced today for the third Middle East International Film Festival to be held October 8-17 in Abu Dhabi. Among the festival’s highest-profile offerings, these nine films include, in the words of the Festival’s Executive Director Peter Scarlet, ‘’far more than the minimum daily requirement of big-names – in the cast, or behind the camera, and on the Festival’s red carpet.” The Festival’s Centerpiece offering will be the World Premiere o...

East End film Festival programme announced

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In just four short weeks East End Film Festival will be launching its biggest and most colourful programme of premieres, panels, parties, 3D cinema, live music, free outdoor screenings and unique special events, across eight days and eleven East London venues.• OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 23rd April sees the World Premiere of an exclusive cut of the East End gangster documentary THE END. First time filmmakers and sisters Nicola and Teena Collins turn the camera onto their father Les Falco and his ...

Babelgum’s talent-scouting continues with film and music videos competitions

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Babelgum The free, independent Web TV platform today announced the launch of its brand new “Babelgum Music Video Awards” ™, in partnership with Music Nation. Following the success of the Babelgum Online Film Festival, which showcased the work of gifted independent filmmakers, Babelgum has now created a special contest focusing solely on music videos. The Web TV company has launched this new competition to seek out and reward talented musicians and video directors, with a focus on indie art...

Mainstream or Maverick: Film Vs. Fashion in La La Land

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Los Angeles may mean mainstream when it comes to movie-making, but when it comes to ‘la mode' think maverick. Liza Foreman reports.  Paris - The poster boy for far-out fashion, L.A. designer, Jeremy Scott, stuck to his trademark of outrageous, comic designs at Paris Fashion Week Tuesday, with his aptly named Happy Daze Fall/Winter 2007 ready-to-wear collection.Scott’s eccentric line-up of retro-clothing included psychedelic dresses and outlandishly colorful coats. Models sported giant cone ...

Mobile Movies in Stockholm competition

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The short film competition Mobile Movies is one of the new additions at this year’s Stockholm International Film Festival. Equipped with a Nokia N93, ten selected filmmakers set out to produce a short film on the theme ”together”. The line-up of filmmakers in the new short film competition for mobile films span from the up-and-coming to the already established, from Swedish to Singaporean, from feature film to commercial directors to cartoonists. Diversity is key, ”together” the premis...
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