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Hong Kong Film Maverick Andrew Lau Returns To TIFF

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  Andrew Lau (also known as Wei-Keung Lau), the celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker, returns to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with the North American premiere of his latest action epic LEGEND OF THE FIST: The Return of Chen Zhen. The film recently opened the Venice International Film Festival and is now making its bow in North America. Lau is acknowledged as Hong Kong's premiere director of action films, a genre that is popular everywhere in the world.     La...

London Film Festival program launch

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The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of highly anticipated films by both established and emerging talent from around the world. A particularly strong feature this year is the selection of British films including the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Galas. Over 16 days the festival will screen a total of 197 features and 112 shorts, including 11 World, 23 International and 33 European premieres, ma...

Telluride 37 draws to a close

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Today marks the close of the 37th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Two surprise “Sneak Previews” joined the previously announced list of twenty-four feature films that played in the Festival’s main program; thirteen documentaries in the Backlot program; twenty-five new short films; and six revivals selected by Guest Director Michael Ondaatje. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, Septe...

So Many Festivals, So Little Time

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  TABLOID (Errol Morris, USA) OK......even for someone who is internet-connected, it is still impossible for me to be physically in more than one place at any given time (please work on that, Steve Jobs.....). As I am sitting typing this at the Montreal World Film Festival, simultaneous events are happening around the world at a pace that is dizzying indeed. Montreal is hot and humid, which is perhaps the weather I could be expect if I was attending that other major internation...

Asheville Film to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

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    "Road to Nowhere," the independent motion picture filmed last year in Western North Carolina, will premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in Italy, which is scheduled September 1-11. The film is one of 19 selected to represent the United States, along with others by such notable directors as Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Ben Affleck and the late Dennis Hopper. "Road to Nowhere" was directed by indie film guru Monte Hellman, and wr...

Telluride Film Festival opens today, program just revealed

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Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, is proud to announce its 2010 Festival program. Twenty-four new feature films presented by their creators in the Festival’s main program; six programs curated by 2010 Festival Guest Director Michael Ondaatje; twenty-five new short films; plus thirteen documentaries screening in the Backlot program. Celebrating works from over twenty countries, Telluride Film Festival opens today, Friday, September 3 and runs through Monday, Sep...

Venice Film Festival in 1 week!

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  Robert Rodriguez' film Machete (2010) to open at Venice Film Festival 2010   I will be at La Biennale 2010 doing Film Festival updates, market and interviews. Please stay tuned for exciting news and press at La Biennale right here!   In the meantime, check out some other interesting film industry production insight from previous interviews below!   1) Interview with Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, The Burning Plain) in Aruba at AI...

Highlights from the Viennale

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NEW FEATURE FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES AT THE VIENNALE As in previous years, the main program of the festival consists of about 130 feature films and reveals a kind of state of production: a representation of current world cinema and its various developments and tendencies. It can, in a way, be considered a survey of "the Continent of Cinema" in which cinematic regions, boundaries, and topo - graphies begin to emerge. And within that continent individual islands and ...

LARRY THOMAS, Let Them Eat Soup!

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I have the fantastic privilege to share my interview with the fabulous Larry Thomas, first class talented actor of TV and Film and the world famous Soup Nazi from the hit series Seinfeld. Read about Larry's latest projects as well as his experience being forever branded SOUP NAZI with the famous line: ‘NO SOUP FOR YOU!' When I asked Larry if he would do an interview with me, first he replied: ‘No interview for you!' LOL! But then he softened up and his the interview flowed like so...

NEWSLETTER N° 468: june 16, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 468: june 16, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals e...

Interview with 3 times Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker

Thelma's Schoonmaker's father Bertram was employed as a clerical worker by the Standard Oil Company and worked abroad.[4] She was born in Algiers, Algeria to American expatriates and raised in various countries, including on the Dutch-Caribbean island of Aruba.[4][5]                

John C. Reilly and Philippe Parreno to attend the Festival del film Locarno

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On Saturday 7 August, Locarno's Piazza Grande will stage the European premiere of Cyrus by Jay and Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Baghead). This comedy about love and family set in contemporary Los Angeles stars John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener, and is produced by Michael Costigan and executive produced by Tony and Ridley Scott. The Piazza Grande screening will be attended by John C. Reilly and the filmmakers. The 63rd Locarno Festival will also pay ...

Director Kevin Asch speaks

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An Interview with Kevin Asch, director of Holy Rollers As we sat at a table in front of Bob Dylan’s 18 Street Caféin Santa Monica, Californiacoffee wasn’t necessary because I got my caffeine rush from Kevin. His creativeenergy in discussing the making of his film and the collaboration with the actorsand writer reminded me of directors like Sydney Lumet, Martin Scorsese and mybuddy Mark Rydell. How important the rehearsal and development of the scriptwith the actors and write, Antonio Macia ...

Immerse yourself in cinema at home with MUBI for PlayStation®3

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Discover, watch and share a new world of film masterpieces with MUBI, the new PlayStation®3 service that turns your TV into an on-demand international cinema Sony Computer Entertainment Europe [SCEE] has announced a partnership with leading online film library MUBI, to bring to PlayStation®3 (PS3TM) a new service that will break open the world of independent, international and classic cinema, and introduce PS3 owners to movies outside the mainstream. MUBI will be a free, downloada...

Director Kevin Asch speaks

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An Interview with Kevin Asch, director of Holy Rollers                         As we sat at a table in front of Bob Dylan’s 18 Street Caféin Santa Monica, Californiacoffee wasn’t necessary because I got my caffeine rush from Kevin. His creativeenergy in discussing the making of his film and the collaboration with the actorsand writer reminded me of directors like Sydney Lu...

NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes gave a toast to Future of Festivals Filmfestivals.com and Xomo gathered 100 festival directors attending Cannes for a wine tasting reception. Our Cannes...

American Rock N Roll Drama To Open Zlin Film Festival

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  THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL, an award-winning American Independent drama directed by Scott Rosenbaum and featuring a stellar cast that includes Peter Fonda, Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Lukas Haas, Kelly Lynch, Ruby Dee, Lauren Holly and Taryn Manning, will be the Opening Night Gala presentation of the Zlin Film Festival. The film, which is making its Eastern European Premiere at the Festival, kicks off the 50th anniversary celebrations on Monday evening, May 31, as one of Eur...

"Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" Interview with Director: Craig McCall

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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, might be more aptly titled, "Painter, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer, Cameraman, and Director: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff." There hasn't been many whose obituary reads, born in 1918, entered the industry as a child movie actor at four years of age, studied impressionist painters, was one of the first to use color in film, commenting that "color is light, and light is color ", was the first to have to scout remote movie locations in a time p...

"Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff": Interview with Director: Craig McCall

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"Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff"Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, might be more aptly titled, "Painter, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer, Cameraman, and Director: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff."  There hasn't been many whose obituary reads, born in 1918, entered the industry as a child movie actor at four years of age, studied impressionist painters, was one of the first to use color in film, commenting that "color is light, and light i...

Global Film Village: Bergman Re-defined

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photo by Marc Halperin by Marla LewinOne of the most interesting documentaries I saw at Cannes 2010 is My Films Are My Mistress by Stig Bjorkman. A compilation of backstage moments and interviews with master director Ingmar Bergman. The film is interspersed with comments from Martin Scorsese , Woody Allen and many other great directors speaking about his style and the lessons they learned from his work.  Their interpretations of Bergman and his importance to world cinema, in a...

Interview with Craig McCall, director "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff"

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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, might be more aptly titled, "Painter, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer, Cameraman, andDirector: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff." There hasn't been many whose obituary reads, born in 1918, entered the industry as a child movie actor at four years of age, studied impressionist painters, was one of the first to use color in film, commenting that "color is light, and light is color ", was the first to have to scout remote movie locations in a time pe...

Marco Bellocchio’s cinema masterclass at cannes

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Marco Bellocchio is to give the Cinema Masterclass at the coming 63rd Festival de Cannes. Upon accepting the invitation, he declared: “I think that the most precious thing a director can teach anyone wanting to work in the business is how to work with actors and actresses. Anyone can teach technique, but the ability to get another person to interpret a character you have imagined is a gift, although it can be learned in part by a director who isn’t afraid of risking failure. You can never ...

46th Chicago International Film Festival Now Accepting Entries

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O P E N  O U R  E Y E S Coming out of a dark theater, everything seems brighter. Film illuminates the world. It opens our eyes. It shows us things we don’t see every day, makes us feel things we don’t always feel. For 45 years, we’ve been committed to taking you all around the globe to discover some of the most exciting cinema the world has to offer…yours! This year, it’s more important than ever to recognize the impact of film. Across countries and languages and classes, fil...

Lost Fassbinder Film To Play At MoMA

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  The Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, one of the most treasured film resources in New York and a major archive of world cinema, will present a true rarity next week in their film program. WORLD ON A WIRE, a lost television film directed by New German Cinema wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder that not been seen since its original broadcast on German television in 1973, is being resurrected and presented at the inestimable institutons for a run from April 14 to 19. The resto...

Affiche du festival de cannes 2010

Avant l’annonce de la Sélection officielle le 15 avril, le Festival de Cannes dévoile son affiche : l’image de la 63e édition est une photo de Juliette Binoche par Brigitte Lacombe. Poursuivant la série d’héroïnes féminines initiée ces deux dernières années, comme représentation du mystère de l’écran, les organisateurs du festival ont été séduits par cette figure allégorique du cinéma qui d

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