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49th New York Film Festival Closing Night World Premiere of The Descendants

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By Maria Esteves – October 19, 2011 The 49th New York Film Festival 2011(NYFF 2011) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center press screening of The Descendants, directed by Academy award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne was held at Lincoln Center’s Gilman Theater, Sunday, October 15, 11:30 AM. A live press conference immediately followed with director Payne, casts members Amara Miller (Scottie King), Beau Bridges (cousin Hugh), George Clooney (Matt King), Judy Greer (Julie S...

NYFF 2011 The Descendants Press Conference Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – October 18, 2011 The 49th New York Film Festival 2011(NYFF 2011) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center press screening of The Descendants, directed by Academy award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne was held at Lincoln Center’s Gilman Theater, Sunday, October 15, 11:30 AM. A live press conference immediately followed with director Alexander Payne, casts members Amara Miller (Scottie King), Beau Bridges (cousin Hugh), George Clooney (Matt King), Judy Greer (Jul...

38th Telluride Film Festival draws to a close

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, draws to a close today following a spectacular weekend of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests.   Telluride Film Festival screened twenty-eight new feature films in its main program, six film revivals selected by Guest Director Caetano Veloso, nine Backlot programs, nine classics and restorations, 30 shorts and student films, and hosted nine seminars and conversations between...

The judges arrived in Sundance

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Sundance Institute announced members of five juries awarding prizes at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20-30, 2011. The juries are comprised of 23 individuals spanning the global arts community. Juror photos and extended biographies, in addition to the complete Festival lineup and schedule, are available at www.sundance.org/festival. All awards will be announced the evening of January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The Short Film Awards will als...

Pierre Rissient in the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival Jury

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The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival is pleased to announce the five-person jury for its prestigious International Award for Best Feature Film. For the 2011 festival, this award will be known as the 10 NEWS INTERNATIONAL AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM, thanks to the generous support of 10 News, who will present a cash prize of $25,000 to the director of the winning film.Presiding over the 2011 jury will be Julietta Sichel, producer and former director of programming for the Karlovy Vary Film Fes...

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...

The Global Film Village: Pierre Rissient: the silent connoisseur, and maker of stars, speaks out about the film “SILENT ARMY”

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by Marla Lewin Photo credit Jerry Schatzberg The French filmmaker Pierre Rissient appears in Todd McCarthy's documentary 'Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema.' Pierre Rissient was originally a publicist. He has gone on to produce and direct films. He is most known for his auteur discoveries, and he has shared with me, his joy most recently, about spending time at a film festival in Lyon, France, where he has so many fond memories from his youth. It was there that he supporte...

Pierre Rissient: the silent connoisseur, and maker of stars, speaks out about the film “SILENT ARMY”

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The Global Film Village: Pierre Rissient: the silent connoisseur, and maker of stars, speaks out about the film “SILENT ARMY”by Marla Lewin Photo credit Jerry Schatzberg The French filmmaker Pierre Rissient appears in Todd McCarthy's documentary 'Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema.' Pierre Rissient was originally a publicist. He has gone on to produce and direct films. He is most known for his auteur discoveries, and he has shared with me, his joy most recently, about spending time at a film fes...

CINEUROPA'S GUEST IN CANNES – ACTION

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« It’s an odd place where to show films which are not sure of a theatre release to people who are not sure to go and see them, but the oddest of this thing, with Cannes, is the result of all this effervescence: to give the desire to see films, the desire to make films, the desire to love film. »Gilles Jacob« Cannes is the cinema: glamour and rigour, silly and serious, sexual and cerebral, excessive and refined, art and business, the ridiculous and the sublime. An elitism so discriminatory, ...

BAM Presents New French Cinema Series

 Friday, October 19---------BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, presents its annual presentation of New French Films from October 24 to 28. The series returns with five new features from France, all New York premieres.  The series includes comedies, thrillers, and dramas, as well as a documentary investigating the relationship between filmmakers and critics. New French Films is presented in association with Unifrance NY and the French Cultural Services in New York....

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

Oscar buzz already surrounds some of Telluride 33 features

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Today marks the close of the 34th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve and Apple. The sold out Festival featured many of this year’s highly anticipated films from across the globe. This celebration of art and film set among the beauty of the Rockies opened Friday, August 31 and closed today, September 3.The Festival paid tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, whose award was presented by surprise guest Paul Thomas Anderson, director of the upco...

It's Showtime at The Telluride Film Festival

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The 34th Telluride Film Festival celebrates the best in film, past, present and future, from all around the globe, the Festival kicks off another exciting weekend packed with tributes, features, documentaries, shorts, conversations and panel discussions. The Festival opens today Friday, August 31 and runs through Monday, September 3.The Festival will pay tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, who captivated filmgoers with his performances in ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE UNBEARABLE...

The Science Of Sleep To Open Inaugural Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival

THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP, the latest film from film auteur Michel Gondry, will be the Opening Night Gala of the first Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival. The film, which is slated to open theatrically in late September, will have an avant-premiere at the event on September 17th. Gondry, the writer/director who clicked with international audiences with his cult hit ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, has cooked up another romantic fantasy, this time starring Mexican hearthrob Gael Garc...

The Sacred Feminine?

The critics may have not liked "The Da Vinci Code" but surely they have been able to handle complex material before. At least that is what they claim was the problem. After all, Fibonnaci numbers are only used to access a Swiss bank account.Todd McCarthy at Variety wrote a scanty review of little insight. Problem with pic is not the information but the potboiler approach by helmer Ron Howard. Second, there is NO chemistry between Hanks and Tatou. You can feel her warmth but Hanks is somewhere e...

Montréal World Film Festival opens August 26

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A revealing new portrait of controversial Canadian newspaper baron Conrad Black, Citizen Black, a powerful emotional drama from Germany, Sugar Orange, and a delightful crime comedy from Australia, A Man's Gotta Do, are three of the many world premieres that will unfurl at the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, August 26 – September 6.Among the films having their international premieres are 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, from the U.S.A., Christmas Rematch, (Italy), and Wanted (Germany). North A...
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