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Awards Announced: 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

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The jury has spoken! Top winners in the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Awards include War Witch, The World Before Her, Una Noche, and Wavumba.  The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by founding sponsor American Express, announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony hosted at the Conrad New York in New York City. The Festival runs through April 29, 2012. The world co...

The Duel : the Filmmakers

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Dover Kosashvili - Director Born in Soviet Georgia in 1966, Dover Koshashvili immigrated to Israel with his family in 1972. He has directed two feature films and a short. His short, Im Hukim (By the Laws), first earned him acclaim at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where it was considered for the Cinefoundation award. In 2001, Koshashvili made his feature film directorial debut with Late Marriage, from a screenplay he wrote himse...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Director: Dover Kosashvili.
The pivot point is an emotional and psychological triangle: a civil servant, Laevsky (Andrew Scott, appalling and appealing); his married mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott, a milky beauty); and a zoologist, Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, suitably rigid). The story gets going with Laevsky bitterly complaining about Nadya to an older friend, a doctor, Samoylenko (Niall Buggy). Laevsky claims to no longer care for Nadya, who, having left her husband, now inspires her lover’s contempt or, perhaps, fatigue. Like a caged animal, he wants out and claws at Samoylenko as Von Koren watches and seethes, stoking his loathing for Laevsky. For his part, by cutting to Nadya during Laevsky’s rant and capping the scene with a disapproving look from Von Koren, Mr. Kosashvili suggests that his own sympathies are divided.

The Global Film Village: AFI announces 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of 2009

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by Marla Lewin The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2009, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the film and television creative ensembles as a whole—those both in front of and behind the camera—acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television. Un...

AFI announces 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of 2009

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by Marla Lewin The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2009, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the film and television creative ensembles as a whole—those both in front of and behind the camera—acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television. Un...

Honoring Documentary Royalty At Silverdocs

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 by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies EditorIn a theater full of documentary filmmakers and film lovers, the appearance of an eminence grise the likes of Albert Maysles is the equivalent of having a member of documentary royalty in your midst. Maysles, along with his late brother David, was responsible for some of the most iconic documentaries of the past fifty years and has served as a mentor to hundreds of filmmakers.Albert Maysles is widely recognized as a pioneer of “direct cinema” a...

A Brief Review of the Premier of Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"

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With director Ang Lee and stars Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton and Demetri Martin present, the premier of "Taking Woodstock" last night was an event not to be missed. While the film's mixed reviews were nothing short of extraordinary, on the contrary the crowd's response to the film was a pleasant one. It could have been the fact that it was my first premier and I was not used to sitting in an tuxedo for two hours while watching a film on 1969's Woodstock, but it plainly did not hold my...

NEWSLETTER N° 392: December 3, 2008

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Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. Publish your video on fest21.com Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly OPEN YOUR FESTIVAL BLOG ON fest21.com "the new Myspace and Youtube for professionnals!..." 10 good reasons to open yours Publication tips ...

Lisa Schwarzbaum's panel of up and coming new talent

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A "Precursor to "The Gotham Awards"Lisa Schwarzbaum, film critic for "Entertainment Weekly" led the panel of up and coming new talent. She began by asking, "Chop Shop" star, Alejandro Polanco, "How did you adjust to making a movie, how did you balance the movie and school?"A.P. ~ "I had to wake up in the morning very early, and we shot during a heat wave, I just did it, got through it, loved it, and now I want to be an actor."L.S. ~ (Addressed to Rosemarie DeWItt from Jonathan Demme's film, "Ra...

New York Film Festival 2008 notes Sept. 26 – Oct. 12

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Like other festivals, the Lincoln Center Film Society’s 46th New York Film Festival experienced a steady increase in films submitted amounting to about 1500 productions this year, far below the 8500 which the Sundance program coordinator Zakheim is quoted as having received for the 2008 edition, even less than the 1600 productions send now to the four year old Dubai festival. Yet the importance of the NYFF and of the 2008 main selection of 28 titles is not measured by competitive numbers, rat...

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,...

New York Film Festival To Celebrate 45th Anniversary

Wednesday, July 18-------The New York Film Festival, one of the pre-eminent film events in North America, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The event, which will run from September 28 to October 14, has begun to announce some of its programming and special events, tantalizing New York film lovers with some gems to look forward to. The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which presents the Festival along with its yearlong programming at the flagship Walter Reade Theater, has announced that...

LA fest wrapped

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Los Angeles – The 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped here this weekend as festival really has come into its own at it’s new digs in Westwood. Now in it’s second year in the Westwood Village this years fest shrugged off some of the first year jitters it experienced last summer to firmly establish itself as L.A’s premiere festival. The Westwood village is one of those rare places in this city that are not dominated by car culture but instead are pedestrian friendly. The number of quali...

Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped

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The 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped here this weekend as festival really has come into its own at it’s new digs in Westwood. Now in it’s second year in the Westwood Village this years fest shrugged off some of the first year jitters it experienced last summer to firmly establish itself as L.A’s premiere festival. The Westwood village is one of those rare places in this city that are not dominated by car culture but instead are pedestrian friendly. The number of quality theatrical ve...

Billy The Kid wins Target Documentary Award at the LA Fest

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Film Independent announced the winners of the Target Filmmaker Awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence event honoring Clint Eastwood on Thursday, June 28. These awards, presented by Terrence Howard and Aidan Quinn, include the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, which went to Chris Eska for August Evening, and the Target Documentary Award for Best Documentary Feature, which went to Jennifer Venditti for Billy the Kid. "These films represent the unique visi...

New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend Begins On Friday

Tuesday, January 2----The New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend, which begins this coming Friday, is fast becoming one of New York’s most anticipated cultural events of the new year. With a mix of discussions, panels, concert performances and other delights in the fields of theater, dance, film and music, the Weekend is bringing a post-Holidays lift to the Big Apple. The Arts and Leisure Weekend will present several film programs….a combination of screenings of some of the year’s most...

IFP Gotham Awards Announce Nominees

Friday, November 24----The Independent Feature Project (IFP), the membership organization that represents the interests of independent filmmakers across the United States, has announced the nominees for its 16th IFP Gotham Awards, which will be given out at a gala Awards Ceremony on November 29th in New York City. The event, which was begun in 1991 as a way of recognizing New York-based independent producers and distributors and their films, also serves as a major fundraiser for the organizat...

Day 1 of screenings and events at the New York Film Festival

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Saturday, September 30The first full day of screenings and events at the New York Film Festival, following last evening's gala premiere of THE QUEEN, was a full program of diverse delights, with something for every cinematic taste.Following its enthusiastic reception last evening, and amidst glowing reviews upon its theatrical release today, THE QUEEN director Stephen Frears was in high spirits at the HBO Films Directors Dialogue , held this afternoon at the Kaplan Penthouse, high atop the Linco...

NY Fest Opener: A Dialogue With Stephen Frears

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It would be hard to find a more entertaining guest for afternoon tea than the director Stephen Frears. His self-deprecating humor, off-kilter sensibility and ingratiating personality were in rousing form on Saturday afternoon, with the director participating in the first of three HBO Films Directors Dialogues at the New York Film Festival.For almost 90 minutes, Frears regaled his audience in a mix of interview and question and answer, moderated by New York Film Festival Selection Committee membe...

A Dialogue With Stephen Frears

Sunday, October 1----It would be hard to find a more entertaining guest for afternoon tea than the director Stephen Frears. His self-deprecating humor, off-kilter sensibility and ingratiating personality were in rousing form on Saturday afternoon, with the director participating in the first of three HBO Films Directors Dialogues at the New York Film Festival. For almost 90 minutes, Frears regaled his audience in a mix of interview and question and answer, moderated by New York Film Festival ...

Saturday Highlights On Festival's First Full Day

Saturday, September 30---The first full day of screenings and events at the New York Film Festival, following last evening's gala premiere of THE QUEEN, was a full program of diverse delights, with something for every cinematic taste. Following its enthusiastic reception last evening, and amidst glowing reviews upon its theatrical release today, THE QUEEN director Stephen Frears was in high spirits at the HBO Films Directors Dialogue , held this afternoon at the Kaplan Penthouse, high atop th...

New York Film Festival opening this week end

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The 44th New York Film FestivalSeptember 29 – October 15, 2006The 17-day festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is a highly-selective showcase of new, inspiring and provocative cinema by both emerging talent and recognized international artists. This year’s line-up includes:Opening Night: Stephen Frears’ acidly funny portrait of the British royal family, The Queen (Miramax Films), stars Helen Mirren.Centerpiece: Pedro Almodóvar’s supernatural tale of murder, adultery...

The Sarasota Film Festival Competition awards

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8th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL March 31st – April 9th, 2006The Sarasota Film Festival Competition, Audience Awards and Filmmaker Honorees were announced at the annual black-tie Filmmakers’ Tribute Dinner hosted by the Longboat Key Club & Resort, the Official Resort of the Sarasota Film Festival, on Saturday evening, April 8th, 2006. The evening, which was introduced by Dinner Chair Mary Ann Robinson, Board President Neil McCurry, Festival Executive Director, Jody Kielbasa and Master of C...

Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees at Sarasota

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ROBERT ALTMAN And A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION To Be Saluted At the 8th Annual Sarasota Film Festival: March 31 – April 9, 2006Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees Including Werner Herzog, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Robert Towne, Paula Wagner Honorary Academy Award® recipient Robert Altman will be Saluted at the Sarasota Film Festival during the final weekend of the 8th annual event where his latest film, the Picturehouse release of Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME ...

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...
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