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54th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) with 265 screenings of 193 films from 48 countries, which were attended by 278 filmmakers and industry guests from 22 countries around the globe. "I had a hell of a good time!" exclaimed Frank Pierson, recipient of this year's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. "I enjoyed the informality of spirit and the professionalism of execution of the who...

George Platt Lynes: Idolizing The Male Body

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  Since the first recorded images to the pantheons of Greece and Rome to the contemporary art world's fascination with the human form, the human body has not only been a source of inspiration but also of expression for artists in all medium. The sculptures that we still admire from ancient times are just the starting point for a continued obsession with the perfection of the human musculature. That obsession was certainly the key note in the artistic development and output of photographer...

Cinequest Film Festival 21 wrapped

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  Cinequest Film Festival 21 (CQFF21) proved to be so much more than a film festival by continuing to transform lives across the globe through discovery, innovation, connecting and creativity. The festival celebrated 75 U.S., North American and World Premieres representing over 41 countries. Enhancing its position as the place to discover the future of film innovations, Cinequest produced 22 art and innovation forums and workshops. A record 91,000 participants enjoyed premier venues loaded ...

Roman Polanski Is Big Winner At European Film Awards

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  It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski…..house arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation “God Of Carnage”. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs with a sixtuplet win at the European Film Awards, held this evening in the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn.    “The Ghost Writer”, Polanski’s adapta...

Ghost Writer wins big at The EFA 2010

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It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski…..house arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation “God Of Carnage”. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs with a sixtuplet win at the European Film Awards, held this evening in the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn. “The Ghost Writer”, Polanski’s adaptation of the Thomas Ha...

French Bad Boy Romain Duris

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  French bad boy actor Romain Duris will be feted on screen for three Wednesdays starting tonight, as the BAMcinematek, one of New York's most adventurous arthouse cinemas, explores the work of one of Europe’s most popular young actors. Already a major star in his native France, Duris is building on that status in America with the upcoming stateside release of his newest hit, Pascal Chaumeil’s romantic comedy, HEARTBREAKER. The series begins this evening with the stro...

'Night Before the Wedding' to 'Goodbye Promise'

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  Actor Gregor Collins speaks about his roles from Night Before the Wedding (2009) to Goodbye Promise (2010)   me: First, can you talk about Night Before the Wedding (2009) and your film Chloe and Keith's Wedding (2009) and how you managed to be in two wedding films at the same time?   Gregor: Ha - I can see how you would ask that! Night Before the Wedding is totally separate from Chloe and Keith's Wedding - I happened to be cast in CAKW a couple ...

Accent On Personal Stories At Gen Art Film Festival

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  Most American indie films don't have budgets to attract big stars or show off spiffy special effects. However, what they do have and are arguably much better at than the Hollywood studios, is the ability to offer stories that are more personal and more "real" and which relate to their audiences in a special way. Endings don't always need to be happy, conflicts don't always need to be tied up and emotions don't need to be well mannered in an indie film. In this sense, they a...

Gen Art Film Festival Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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  It has been a decade and a half since Gen Art, the nationwide networking organization devoted to art, fashion, music and movies, first launched a New York-based film festival to highlight works from emerging American independent artists. But different from other festivals of a similar stripe, the Gen Art concept was quite simple: seven films shown over seven nights with audience members invited to an after-party at a hot club or restaurant each evening. This winning formu...

Greek Cinematography

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7th press conference of FEST2010, the International Film Festival in Belgrade, went by pretty interesting, and a dear guest from Greece Dimitris Kerkinos, the director of International Film Festival in Thessalonika talked about well known festival, the program they hold, mainly about giving the possibility for cooproductions to promote projects and screenplay, a pitching prospects, and eliglibility for a film projects to apply for Balkan Fund. The truth is, we do not know much about Greek Cine...

Snow White And A Bad Trip

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Guests of 5th press conference of FEST 2010 were Polish film director  Xawery Zulawski and Jacek Samojlowicz the producer of film“ Snow White and Russian Red“ a charming little film based on a contemporary Polish novel, written by the 19 years old author Dorota Maslowska. The film receieved couple awards in Poland and was invited to be showed on Cannes Film Festival.  „It is hard to describe Polish society after the fall of communism, .I have tried to stay faithful to a book and youn...

French film in Australia, plenty to chew, mon vieux (old chap)

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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2010 AUSTRALIA – PREVIEW   Festival dates: Sydney: March 2 -21 Melbourne: March 4 – 21 Canberra: March 18 – 31 Brisbane: March 17 – 31 Perth: March 17 – 31 Adelaide: March 18 -31   PLENTY TO CHEW ON, MON VIEUX The French have a reputation and a tradition unmatched in globally successful cinema, except perhaps by Hollywood, and the 21st Alliance Française French Film Festival giv...

Rotterdam Closing Night Film: The Aviatrix of Kazbek

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39th International Film Festival Rotterdam January 27 - February 7, 2010    The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam will close Saturday February 6 with the world premiere of Dutch film The Aviatrix of Kazbek, second feature film by Ineke Smits. The film, written by Dutch novelist Arthur Japin and produced by Isabella Films, stars among others Dutch actress Madelief Blanken, Georgian actor Zurab Jgenti, German actor Peter Lohmeyer and Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca from Crist...

Writer/Director Michael Hoffman discusses his latest film The Last Station

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Writer/director Michael Hoffman has made a diverse bunch of movies, from the quirky comedy Soapdish to the romantic comedy One Fine Day to his take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now he has tackled the final days of Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, based on the novel by Jay Parini. It took Hoffman nearly two decades for the stars to align on the picture, which was originally to star Meryl Streep as Sofya Tolstoy and Anthony Hopkins as the Russian novelist during his final days w...

Scorsese and Polanski At 2010 Berlinale

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  Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland while awaiting word about an extredition proceeding that may bring him back to a United States prison, will be represented at the upcoming Berlinale (even though Polanski will, presumably, only be there in spirit). The controversial filmmaker's latest film THE GHOST WRITER, an adaptation of novelist Philip Roth's tome, is one of the high profile films announced that will be competing for the Golden Bear prize at the 60th edition...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

Robert McKee returns to Portugal

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The most renowned and respected world specialist in the field of screenwriting will once again be in Lisbon on the 13th, 14th and 15th of November, to present the Genre Thriller, Genre Comedy and Genre Love Story Seminars. The event will take place in Lisbon, on the Teatro Aberto for three days. Appealing to a largely diverse public, this seminar takes place over the course of three intense days and is an unique source of knowledge and inspiration to professionals and students connec...

Get bitten at Vampire Fest: the Blood Has Spilled - the 2009 International Vampire Film Festival Line-Up

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The Vampire Film Festival (Vampire Fest) is finally coming home!  "After two years in Los Angeles we wanted to permanently move the festival to the city most connected to the vampire myth - New Orleans.  This glorious city is a place of mystical allure, the city where Anne Rice rethought the myth of the vampire. With its Gothic architecture, above the ground graves, voodoo and colorful history, New Orleans is the perfect location to celebrate the vampire myth and build the foundation fo...

A Peek At Portugese Cinema at NYFF

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   TO DIE LIKE A MAN (Joao Pedro Rodrigues) Portugese cinema has had a bit of a low profile of late (overshadowed by its Iberian neighbor Spain) but this year's New York Film Festival has a surprising number of new films from Portugal that are among the highlights of this year's film gathering. Reaching one's 100th birthday is an accomplishment for anyone anywhere, but while most in their centenary are content to sit on the back porch reminiscing about their lives, director...

Alain Resnais at NY Fest: 87 master walks among us

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There are not too many film masters whose works have influenced the length and the breadth of the "seventh art" who are still walking among us. However, today in New York, a true living legend not only is in our midst, but is presenting his latest film, which opens the prestigious New York Film Festival later this evening. Alain Resnais, 87 years young, is the iconic French film director who began his vaulted career in the 1950s and has continued ever since, is in New York for the premiere of W...

A Master Walks Among Us

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  There are not too many film masters whose works have influenced the length and the breadth of the "seventh art" who are still walking among us. However, today in New York, a true living legend not only is in our midst, but is presenting his latest film, which opens the prestigious New York Film Festival later this evening. Alain Resnais, 87 years young, is the iconic French film director who began his vaulted career in the 1950s and has continued ever since,  is in ...

Director Dialogues In Toronto

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  Director Joe Dante  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The Toronto International Film Festival has announced four presentations in Dialogues: Talking with Pictures, the Festival’s critically acclaimed film series curated by renowned directors or film artists. This year, Ted Kotcheff, Neil Jordan, Joe Dante and Sook- Yin Lee will present films that have inspired them or have marked a significant period in their careers. Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Frigh...

Estes Park Film Festival Opening Night Party & Film

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Join us at the Historic Park Theatre as we celebrate the opening of our 4th annual film festival! This is your chance to meet and mingle with the filmmakers, special guests, and other film enthusiasts. Tickets are $30 until September 10th and $35 starting September 11th. Reserve your spot at this event now and save! Our opening night film, (The Eclipse), will play immediately after the party at approx. 8:30 PM! (Food and Drinks will be provided by the Park Theatre) Visit http://epffopeningpart...

The Eclipse makes its Colorado Premiere at the Estes Park Film Festival

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The Eclipse (Special Pre-Release Screening) – Fresh from its premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, “The Eclipse” is an exquisite and life-affirming atmospheric drama about the redemptive quality of love. In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts. Written & Directed by: Tony Award-nominated writer/director Conor McPherson / Starring Ciarán Hinds (Munich), Iben Hjejle (High Fidelity) & ...

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