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The first screening of the Venice International Film Festival took place 80 years agao

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  Eighty years ago, on the 6th of August 1932 at the Lido di Venezia, on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior, the first international film festival in the world – conceived and organized by the Biennale di Venezia – was inaugurated. At 9:15 PM, on a screen set up outdoors for the occasion, under sporadic rain showers, it began with a showing of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian. The screening was followed by a grand ball in the Excelsior ballroom. “Stemming di...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL PRESENT MEL NOVIKOFF AWARD TO SERGE BROMBERG

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 French Collector, Archivist and Showman Extraordinaire Will Present Retour de Flamme: Rare and Restored Films in 3-D at the Castro Theatre   San Francisco, CA – The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will present the 2011 Mel Novikoff Award to the extraordinary showman Serge Bromberg for his invaluable work as a collector, preservationist, exhibitor, programmer and enthusiast of cinematic treasures, Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 pm at the Castro Th...

THE EYE AND THE STAR: " I was JOHNNY HALLYDAY's Photographer"

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Johnny Hallyday: Photo Alain Robert      All photos by Alain ROBERT : ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Alain ROBERT comes from a genuine Parisian family implanted in the Quartier Latin. His father who was an artisan specialized in photography, gave him his first camera when he was twelve.. During 40 years, ROBERT  worked with equipment and supplies for photo and media services as well as for conservation departments of large...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

New York's Love Affair With French Cinema

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  New Yorkers are in love again, l'amour fou as they say, with French cinema. Not only has the film "Un Prophete" emerged as one of the big international hits of the year (a much deserved Oscar nominee that should have won the prize) but the current program of new Gallic titles that is the 15th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema offers francophiles (count me in) some boundless treats. The Rendez-Vous, a favorite New York rite of spring, is presented by the Film Society of Li...

Thierry Fremaux sur le thème "Lumière"

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Thierry Fremaux sur le thème "Lumière"     Les frères Lumière, Auguste Lumière, né en 1862, et Louis, né en 1864, ont été parmi les premiers cinéastes, contribuant ainsi à la naissance du cinéma en 1895. Nés à Besançon, en France, ils ont déménagé à Lyon en 1870, où ils ont tous deux participé à une école technique. Leur père, Claude-Antoine Lumière, dirigeait une entreprise de photographie et de ses fils travaillaient pour lui. Lorsque Claude-Antoine a p...

Thierry Fremaux on "Lumiere"

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The Lumiere brothers, Auguste Lumiere, born in 1862, and Louis, born in 1864, were among the earliest filmmakers, contributing to the birth of film in 1895.  Born in Besancon, France, they moved to Lyon in 1870, where they both attended technical school.  Their father, Claude-Antoine Lumiere, ran a photography business and his sons worked for him.  When Claude-Antoine retired in 1892, Auguste and Louis began to create moving pictures.   They patented a number of significant processes lead...

Thierry Fremaux on “Lumiere”

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The Lumiere brothers, Auguste Lumiere, born in 1862, and Louis, born in 1864, were among the earliest filmmakers, contributing to the birth of film in 1895. Born in Besancon, France, they moved to Lyon in 1870, where they both attended technical school. Their father, Claude-Antoine Lumiere, ran a photography business and his sons worked for him. When Claude-Antoine retired in 1892, Auguste and Louis began to create moving pictures. They patented a number of significant processes leading up ...

Mary Pickford

TIMELINE:Mary Pickford, The Movies, and Entertainment Chronology  1870:              A half century y of tremendous industrial growth begins in the U.S.  Millions of European immigrants will arrive over the coming decades, seeking work. 1878               October 19:  Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs of a horse’s stride are published in Scientific American.  The groundbreaki

Film In Focus: THIS WAY UP

 Saturday, June 21-------How does one make a film based in a divided East Jerusalem that is not overtly political? That was the challenge for French director Georgi Lazarevski in his documentary film THS WAY UP, which had its East Coast Premiere at SILVERDOCS yesterday.The film is set in the Our Lady of Sorrows nursing home in East Jerusalem, a venerable (if delapidated) institution for aging Catholic Palestinians. Residents once had a sweeping view of the city of Jerusalem but that has been ...

XDC, official partner of Cannes

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As the Official Partner of the Cannes Film Festival, XDC is providing all of the necessary equipment and expertise to support over 100 digital screenings including the parallel sections during the May competition, to more than 18 Cannes theatre rooms - including the famous Louis Lumière auditorium.A focus on XDC during the 61st Cannes Film Festival. XDC Booth #206 is installed in the “Village International Pantiero” along the Cannes harbour. We are sharing the booth with Wallimage, the Wall...

Molodist Festival in Ukraine reveals Line Up of shorts

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"36-th International Film Festival «Molodist» will take place from 21 to 29 October 2006. The Festival is held under the auspices of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko." Hrewith the full program.Competition program of the Festival will consist of three categories:• Student films (less than 45’)• First professional short films (fiction, animation, documentary less than 45’)• First professional full-length fiction films (60’ or more) The competition program films will be jud...

Cécile de France lovely Master of Cannes ceremony

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Cécile de France will be the master of ceremony for the Festival de Cannes 2005. She will open the 58th Festival on May 11th and welcome the jury and its President, Emir Kusturica, to the stage of the Palais des Festivals.Cécile de France will also host the Award Ceremony on Saturday May 21st which will be broadcast live on Canal+ who will produce and transmit the two ceremonies for the Festival de Cannes.Cécile de France, born in Namur, France, has made the transition from theatre to film wi...

Cécile de France charming master of Cannes ceremony

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Cécile de France will be the master of ceremony for the Festival de Cannes 2005. She will open the 58th Festival on May 11th and welcome the jury and its President, Emir Kusturica, to the stage of the Palais des Festivals.Cécile de France will also host the Award Ceremony on Saturday May 21st which will be broadcast live on Canal+ who will produce and transmit the two ceremonies for the Festival de Cannes.Cécile de France, born in Namur, France, has made the transition from theatre to film wi...

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