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  A DANGEROUS METHOD (David Cronenberg, Canada)  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the ones by name dire...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen in A DANGEROUS METHOD  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the on...

Car Lights Like Tears

Director: Peter Hastie.
A lone soul looks for pity in the night. Text from an anonymous blog.

Threads

Director: Peter Hastie.
A woman's descent into spirit. Experimental film derived from video footage of an art installation by Kate E Deeming. While most of the techniques in evidence - dissolves, fades, double exposures etc - were in use within a few years of the birth of cinema, they are presented here in a context which highlights their potential within the digital era, serving the needs of an ever-expanding visual language. Threads was edited within a single editing program. No additional plug-ins were used. Music: Scope J by Scott Walker (vocals by Ute Lemper). International festival screening rights secured.

Demy time in San Sebastian

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Retrospective on Jacques Demy at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival The season will be presented by hi widow Agnès Varda, Mathieu Demy and Rosalie Varda   The 59th San Sebastián Film Festival will be devoting a comprehensive retrospective to the work of the French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Pontchâteau, 1931- París, 1990), a key figure in French cinema who breathed fresh life into the musical genre. Although initially linked with the young directors who formed part of the nouvelle v...

The Mournful Maturity Of Miranda July

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  For 37-year-old performance artist, writer and filmmaker Miranda July, life is a series of lessons about loss, mortality and the inescapable feeling that time is slipping away. And yet, despite these heavy themes, her depiction of a kind of blank and ironic human comedy has been the hallmark of her style. This maddeningly passivity has clearly connected with some and infuriates others. Well, both these camps will have much to react to as July’s sophomore film effort THE FUTURE starts it...

Durban Fest: From Nigeria to Iran

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Durban, 26 July: Day 2 The miserable weather is busy getting the better of me as I spent most of the day in bed. As I am in Durban for the film festival at great expense, I dragged myself out of bed for the night's delights. I planned to see Dog Sweat at 22:00, but decided to rather skip that. The two films that were shown tonight are both in competition and both are good - one is exceptional, in fact. It's good to see young African directors at the festival and Andrew Dosunmu...

civil servant cum rock musician appointed as new director of film & television institute of india, pune

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Dharmendra Jai Narain, has been appointed as the Director of the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.  He succeeds Pankaj Rag, who was the Director of FTII till recently, a press note issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) Govt of India, said. Popularly known as D J Narain, the new FTII Director is an officer of the 1990 batch of the Indian Information Service and comes to FTII with a  experience in administration, management, media communication and performing arts....

Winners Announced for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

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Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times and supported by L.A. LIVE, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2011 Festival at the Awards Brunch, sponsored and hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the second year, and sponsored by Dove® Hair Care. Allison Janney and John C. Reilly were on hand to present the awards. The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. "David, Doug and the team continue to raise ...

Best of Shorts Screening at Cinebarre

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The Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), South Carolina’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts, would like to announce the Best of Shorts Screening on June 29th at the Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant.  If you missed the CharlestonInternational Film Festival main event, you have the chance on Wednesday to catch festival short film award winners and audience favorites at both 7PM and 9PM.  The programs will feature different films, but both include at least 7-8 sh...

TEQUILA, interview with Sergio Sanchez Suarez

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 While in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival, I spoke with Mexican director Sergio Sanchez Suarez about his romantic nostalgic Mexican film TEQUILA (2011) which held its international world premier the previous night in Aruba's Paseo Herencia Theater. Here is what he had to say about TEQUILA. ME: Hi Sergio. How are you? Can you start by telling us a bit about your film TEQUILA?SERGIO: Well, it’s a love story about a guy who gets deeply in love with a woman he can't have ...

Sergio Sanchez Suarez, interview on Tequila

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 While in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival, I spoke with Mexican director Sergio Sanchez Suarez about his romantic nostalgic Mexican film TEQUILA (2011) which held its international world premier the previous night in Aruba's Paseo Herencia Theater. Here is what he had to say about TEQUILA. ME: Hi Sergio. How are you? Can you start by telling us a bit about your film TEQUILA?SERGIO: Well, it’s a love story about a guy who gets deeply in love with a woman he can't have...

Danis Tanovic: I immediately felt at home in Sofia

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Danis TanovicProbably one of the most long-awaited guests and for sure one of the favorite directors of the audience especially of SIFF (since 2002, the year of No Man’s Land – the film, the Oscar, the wine, the whole story) Danis Tanovic finally came to Sofia to meet his devoted audience. After the screening of his new film Circus Columbia following the Ceremony of bestowing the awards of SIFF there is no need to talk. Circus Columbia is an original piece of artistic work, saying ev...

Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone to head the Rome Fest jury

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Morricone will be joined by another of Italy’s leading lights, the dancer Roberto Bolle The Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone has been appointed President of the Jury of the International Rome Film Festival (October 27 – November 4, 2011). He will be joined by another leading light of Italy’s cultural and entertainment scene, the ballet dancer Roberto Bolle. The appointment was announced today by Festival President Gian Luigi Rondi together with Piera Detassis, the Festival’s Arti...

Ognjen Sviličić about the Balkans, the festivals and everything

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Ognjen Sviličić, Sylvia ChristelThe famous Croatian film director Ognjen Sviličić, internationally renown with his movies Sorry for Kung Fu (2004) and Armin (2007), is coming to Sofia Fil Festival with his new film Two Sunny Days (feat. Silvia Kristel – an experiment, but also a natural decision, as the director says). Sviličić, who is also a musician from a new wave punk band, which he considers, joking, the Croatian version of the Festival Band of Stefan Kitanov, is a member o...

Program for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

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Here it is - the program announcement for the 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival! The eighteen programs coming to the Castro this July 14 - 17 feature beautiful new restorations, original commissioned scores, dispatches from the preservation front, masterpieces from the canon, and rarely screened gems. There's not one to be missed. Some highlights of this year's festival:What better way to begin than with the presentation of an amazing discovery: UPSTREAM. For Opening Night, we celeb...

SON OF BABYLON at CPHPIX 2011

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On 'Son of Babylon' Son of Babylon screened at this year's Copenhagen Film Festival 2011 ‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin. ...

Mikael Fellenius is new CEO of Göteborg International Film Festival

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Scandinavia's largest film festival's new CEO is Mikael Fellenius. He has 13 years experience from the Göteborg Opera, where he has worked as a Project Manager, Finance Manager, Sales Manager and Sponsorship Manager. He also has a background as a percussionist with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and most recently Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, where he has worked as CEO since 2007. - It is with great enthusiasm I look forward to lead one of the largest, most beloved and respected cult...

Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17th Annual Temecula Valley Int’l Film & Music Festival Call For Entries Now Accepting Submissions for the 2011 event set to occur Sept. 14-18, 2011 Temecula, CA, (March 17, 2011) --The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival is back, bringing you the coolest films and music from the best of contemporary filmmakers and music artists from all across America and around the globe.  Be a part of the 17th Annual Temecula Val...

The Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2011 Sloan Filmmaker Fund Recipients

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  The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the films that will receive financial and creative support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  This year, out of 121 applicants both in the US and internationally, six projects will be awarded a total of $140,000 and will be recognized at the annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 20- May 1, 2011). Grant recipients will receive year-round mentorship from science experts and members of the film indus...

The Suspensful Career of Brian De Palma

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  While Alfred Hitchcock will forever be known as the "master of suspense", one of his true admirers, the director Brian De Palma, also shares the master's abiding interest and superb execution of the thriller genre. If anything, De Palma was able to be much more explicit in the depiction of violence and sexality than Hitchcock was able to do in the more buttoned-down decades of the 1950s and 1960s. In many ways, De Palma combines the classic elements of less-is-more film sus...

Mountainfilm 2011 Special Guests Include:

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  Baffin Babes There are no babes like the Baffin Babes. Vera, Emma, Inge and Kristin- four Scandinavian girls who tackled a burly 1,200-km ski trip across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic in 2009-will talk about the challenges of their expedition, including sleeping in a tent in 40 below with polar bears as their closest neighbors. Wade Davis Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He holds degrees in anthropology and biology and a Ph.D...

2011 Official Selections and Schedule Posting

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The 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), South Carolina’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts, would like to announce and congratulate its 2011 Official Selections! This year’s schedule of over 70 films from 9 countries was too much to contain to one venue.  That’s right, the Charleston International Film Festival has grown to three venues with:·      The vintage American Theater on King St. serving as the hub where the majority of t...

The KahBang Film Festival 2011 will debut a new and unique format, with a new focus on Comedy films

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The KahBang Film Festival approaches on April 8th 2011, festival organizers are proud to announce a new award given on the grounds of the exemplary achievement in Cinema to a filmmaker, actor, or actress, who is connected to Kevin Norwood Bacon in 6 films or less, acknowledging the success the recipient has achieved by being so closely connected to Mr. Bacon.   Why Kevin Bacon?  The legend speaks for itself.  Kevin Norwood Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue an acting career ...

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