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Julie Delpy’s “Two Days in Paris” Will Close The Edinburgh Festival

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At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this morning, Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced the final programme details for the 61st edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year, the Festival will showcase one hundred and twenty feature-length films from thirty one countries, including one hundred and one new features of which twenty five are world or international premieres and sixty eight are UK premieres. Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s “Control”...

Stephen Frears & Visconti to be honored in Ischia

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Luchino Visconti will be remembered on July 13th by British director Stephen Frears during the annual gala of the Global Film & Music Fest, in the bay of the Colombaia, the legendary Milanese director’s Ischia residence. Italian Minister of Culture Francesco Rutelli will honor 65-year-old Frears, who has received two Oscar nominations and is president of the jury at Cannes 2007. On the eve of the Global Fest’s debut, Minister Rutelli sent the following message: “Ischia Global is an imp...

Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

"Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer" says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

July 10 honor to Pavarotti at Ischia fest

The International Art Academy of Ischia has given tenor Luciano Pavarotti the Ischia Music Legend Award as the “greatest tenor of all times.” The news was made known in an announcement by Tony Renis, vice-president of the Academy as well as its world ambassador. “In a particularly happy moment for our work,” says Tony Renis, “on the eve of the fifth Global Film & Music Fest, with the arrival in Ischia of musical superstars such as David Foster, Gustavo Santaolalla and Luis Ba...

Oliver Stone and Dario Argento to be honoured at Next Ischia Global

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Directors Oliver Stone and Dario Argento will be presented with the award ceremony’s most prestigious accolade during the upcoming festival. The announcement was made at Cannes by Marco di Lello, the Regional Minister for Tourism and Culture for the Campagnia region, the supporting body for the event.Oliver Stone, with eleven nominations and three Oscars, is a dominant figure in the world of cinematic history. His career has included masterpieces such as Midnight Run, Scarface and The Year of ...

Hilary Swank to attend Ischia Festival

Hilary Swank, the two-time Oscar winner american actress will be guest of the fifth edition of the Ischia Global Fest. The talented protagonist of cult films like Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby will receive the Legend Award by Regione Campania on July 11 in the town of Lacco Ameno. After celebrating the fact that she received star number 2325 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hilary Swank will arrive on the "Green Island" during a break from her many commitments on the set as ...

NY Film Festival 2006: Postmodern Menagerie

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This festival continues as an upscale, boutique film venture for cinephiles, with only 25 features and innovative sidebars--including a critical overview of foreign filmmakers, with respect to both new filmmaking approaches and new subjects. Other major fests love red carpets, pay respect to commercial consideration and defer to megalomaniac growth desires; they need to present as many new films as possible, to have a large contingent of buyers and distributors, and to secure a sizable prese...

Oliver Stone and Dario Argento will receive the Ischia Legend Award

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Directors Oliver Stone and Dario Argento will be presented with the award ceremony’s most prestigious accolade during the upcoming festival. The announcement was made at Cannes by Marco di Lello, the Regional Minister for Tourism and Culture for the Campagnia region, the supporting body for the event.Oliver Stone, with eleven nominations and three Oscars, is a dominant figure in the world of cinematic history. His career has included masterpieces such as Midnight Run, Scarface and The Year of ...

Romanian Film Wins Cannes Palme D'Or

Sunday, May 27-------The Romanian film 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by director Cristian Mungiu (whose celebrated debut film THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU was cited by US film critics as one of the best of last year) has won the prestigious Palme D'Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was picked up for US distribution by IFC First Take, is the first film from Romania so honored. The prizes in all categories were presented prior to the Closing Night screening of the Quebec fi...

AmPav: The Pavilion at Cannes

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 Formerly known as The American Pavilion and newly renamed, AmPav:  The Pavilion at Cannes is gearing up for its 19th year providing students with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the fast-paced motion picture industry at the world’s most prestigious film festival.The work study program at the Cannes Film Festival, which boasts 147 participants from 60 colleges and eight countries, provides students with first-hand experience working with entertainment companies represented in t...

Belgrade International Film Festival wrap story

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The 35th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST 2007 was (as every year), prepared and organized with great care and attention. Regarding the fact that this festival is one of the most important cultural events in Serbia, it is indeed, recognizable the maximum improvement of overall quality of the program and the highest possible level in organization, in every segment. The guest of honor of FEST 2007, was Bob Rafelson an exceptional director with nominated four Academy Awards and manager of ...

Oscar night made Marty happy with 4

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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 were presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Marty Scorcese is the big winner of the nigt with 4 Oscars for The Departed: Best film; best directing, editing and screenplay.             Performance by an actor in a leading role >Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)    &...

Oscar Awards made Marty happy with 4

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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 were presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Marty Scorcese is the big winner of the nigt with 4 Oscars for The Departed: Best film; best directing, editing and screenplay.Performance by an actor in a leading role >Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight) Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.) Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson” (THINKFil...

Stephen Frears to preside over Cannes jury

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Stephen Frears has just accepted the presidency of the jury of the 60th Festival de Cannes, which will take place between May 16-27.Revealed in 1985 with My Beautiful Laundrette, Stephen Frears presented his award-winning Prick up Your Ears in 1987 in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes.In 1988, Dangerous Liaisons won him international fame. He has alternated since, with equal joy, between great genre films (Accidental Hero, The Grifters) and more intimist or engaged subjects (The S...

The Golden Age of Documentaries

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Friday, February 16----Much has been written about the "golden age of documentaries" that we suddenly and fortunately are currently immersed in. Perhaps it is a response to a violent and confusing world to which we are looking to bring knowledge, healing and understanding. Aside from aesthetic considerations, the documentary has also proven to be a highly profitable item for distributors, with such films as FAHRENHEIT 911, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS and this year's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH...

Mirren is Queen of BAFTA

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This year's Orange British Academy Film Awards were held on Sunday 11 February 2007 at the Royal Opera House in London. The full list of nominees is below.FILM: THE QUEEN - Andy Harries/Christine Langan/Tracey Seaward nominees:BABEL - Alejandro González Iñárritu/Jon Kilik/Steve GolinTHE DEPARTED - Brad Pitt/Brad Grey/Graham KingTHE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - Andrea Calderwood/Lisa Bryer/Charles SteelLITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - Albert Berger/David T Friendly/Ron YerxaTHE ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD for the ...

Miami Festival program includes 23 documentary features:

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In recent years, the documentary film has taken flight in terms of commercial interest. At the heart of this trend, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), remains one of the premiere festivals for celebrating non-fiction filmmaking from around the world, as recently announced in their 2007 program. “We are always compelled by the art of storytelling in the documentary form,” said Festival Director Nicole Guillemet. “Non-fiction filmmaking borr...

Stephen Frears to be president of the Cannes jury

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Stephen Frears has just accepted the presidency of the jury of the 60th Festival de Cannes, which will take place between May 16-27. Revealed in 1985 with My Beautiful Laundrette, Stephen Frears presented his award-winning Prick up Your Ears in 1987 in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes.In 1988, Dangerous Liaisons won him international fame. He has alternated since, with equal joy, between great genre films (Accidental Hero, The Grifters) and more intimist or engaged subjects (The ...

Mirren and Whittaker shine at S.A.G. Awards and Santa Barbara

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MIRREN AND WHITTAKER SHINE AT S.A.G. AWARDS by Alex Deleon, Santa Barbara This is the jolly season of awards in Southern California -- seems like there's a different one every week somewhere in L.A. or vicinity. Following the Golden Globes (Foreign Press Awards) a couple of weeks back we now have the Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) awards which are similar and yet a bit different. Both sets of awards go to both film and television personalities, but the Globes recognize all kinds of categories (w...

THE DEPARTED Scores Big At The Critics Choice Awards

Monday, January 15-----The Critics Choice Awards, chosen by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), were announced at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday. Coming just days before the Golden Globe ceremonies, to be held later tonight, and just two weeks before the Oscar nominations are announced, the clear momentum for certain films and talents seems to be reaching a crescendo. Unless there are some major surprises this evening at the Golden Globes ceremonies, the w...

The BAFTAS Are Here

Friday, January 12----The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its nominees in fifteen seperate categories for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, affectionately knowns as the BAFTAs. By and large, they read like a re-do of the Golden Globes, with some prominent exceptions. Which film dominated the proceedings? THE QUEEN, of course. The acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Family received the most BAFTA nods, with 10 nominations in all, in the categor...

Directors Guild of America Announces Its Nominees

Wednesday, January 10----The Directors Guild of America (DGA), which represents film and television directors, announced its five nominess for the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film at a ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday. DGA President Michael Apted made the announcement. Aside from being a highly prized award determined by one’s peers, the DGA Award has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award. ...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival line up

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The 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces their slate of films for the 22nd installment. The festival, which welcomes Chrysler and The New Yorker as Premiere Sponsors, takes place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 25, through Sunday, February 4, and will feature 22 World Premieres, 18 US Premieres, and introduce films from 40 countries. “This is the most ambitious and most diverse line up of events and films the Festival has ever had,” commented SBIFF Director Ro...

Broadcast film critics weigh in with their nominees

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The marathon of end-of-the-year film nominees continues, with the announcement of the choice by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) of their annual Critics Choice Awards. The Association is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing 200 television, radio and online critics. Founded in 1995, the BFCA presents its annual Critics Choice Awards each year to honor the finest achievements in filmmaking. The winners will be revealed at a gala awards ce...

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