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BORIS RYZHY wins Best Documentary Prize at Edinburgh

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The Dutch documentary BORIS RYZHY by Aliona van der Horst has been awarded the prize for Best Documentary 2009 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Additionally, Katie Jarvis picked up the PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film for her extraordinary debut in the Dutch co-production FISH TANK by Andrea Arnold (NL producer Kasander Film). Following BORIS RYZHY’s premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2008, where the film wa...

Take a french break at Sacramento French Film Festival

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8th Sacramento French Film Festival  : June 19-21 & 27-28, 2009 - Crest Theatre www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org TAKE A FRENCH VACATION WITHOUT LEAVING SACRAMENTO !!! With the Sacramento French Film Festival you can walk around the French capital (PARIS, on Opening night) and relax in a campground on the Atlantic coast (CAMPING). You can travel to a fantasy world (BEAUTY and the BEAST) and uncover the grim current reality of illegal immigration (WELCOME, on closing night). ...

Un Certain Regard: "Eyes Wide Open" by Haim Tabakman

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Selected to participate in the Cinéfondation program in 2003 and 2004 with short films Free Loaders and The Poet’s Home, Haim Tabakman is presenting his first feature film in Un Certain Regard, Eyes Wide Open, which is also in the running for the Caméra d’Or award. The Israeli director delved into the religious world and touched upon the taboo of homosexuality. Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem’s community, is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father ...

New York Asian Film Festival to open with Written by

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New York Asian Film Festival (June 19 ­ July 5) Announces Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece Presentation Films Taking place at the IFC Center and Japan Society in New York City, the New York Asian Film Festival is the largest festival of popular Asian film in North America and we're proud to announce its Opening and Closing Night films as well as its Centerpiece Presentation. These three titles join a line-up of 45 feature films competing in this year¹s New York Asian Film Festival ...

In competition: "Bright Star" of Jane Campion

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About the film: On the third day of the Festival, the latest feature in Competition for the Palme d'Or is Bright Star by New Zealand director Jane Campion. A longtime habitué of the Croisette, Campion won the Festival's top award in 1993 with The Piano. Seven years earlier, her short film Skin had been given the Short Film Palme d'Or. At this 62nd Cannes event, Campion returns with the story of a torrid and tragic passion: the early 19th-century love affair between the great English romantic...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

A Festival Wife - Chapter 7: Secrets Of San Lorenzo

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Henry Dean, veteran publicist, resists retirement by holding onto his PR job for the San Lorenzo Film Festival, where for twenty-eight years he has stayed at the Hotel Medici, maintaining a long-running affair with his beloved Leticia, one of the hotel’s chamber maids. But Henry’s job (and love affair) depends upon looking after the Festival’s guest of honor – a cantankerous older film director who only needs a little press – and the task has entangled Henry in a world of trouble. Part...

The Story of A San Francisco Icon

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In the beautiful city of San Francisco, history is never far away from the gleaming city by the bay that has been its modern identity. Yes, tech companies prosper and it is a financial and business hub. But the glories of San Francisco past is still very much in evidence. Some would say the glory years were the 1950s and 1960s, when San Francisco was the home to the beats and the hippies, and had an international reputation for tolerance and forward thinking. It still has that progressive vibe ...

The Story of A San Francisco Icon

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  In the beautiful city of San Francisco, history is never far away from the gleaming city by the bay that has been its modern identity. Yes, tech companies prosper and it is a financial and business hub. But the glories of San Francisco past is still very much in evidence. Some would say the glory years were the 1950s and 1960s, when San Francisco was the home to the beats and the  hippies, and had an international reputation for tolerance and forward thinking. It still has that ...

Volker Schlöndorff turns 70

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"Light, Shadow and Movement. My Life and My Films" Now we can also say Happy 70th Birthday to Volker Schlöndorff who was born on March 31, 1949 in Wiesbaden. In his recently published autobiography "Light, Shadow and Movement" he candidly describes the steadfast bond between his life and his work. Schlöndorff`s career began in the early 1960s as an assistant to the then leading masters in France: Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville and Louis Malle. He made his first movie as early as 1966: YOU...

First look at Houston WorldFest selection

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THIS IS AN INITIAL JURY SELECTION - IT IS SUBJECT TO CONSTANT REVISION! THIS LIST IS IN ALPHA ORDER, AND IT SHOWS ONLY TITLE, DIRECTOR AND THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. THIS LIST WILL BE AMENDED DAILY. SHORT FILMS WILL BE LISTED SHORTLY. THIS LIST DOES NOT SHOW THE SCREENING TIMES OF THE FILMS! WE WILL POST SHOW TIMES IN A FEW DAYS. WORLD PREMIERES- (TITLE - DIRECTOR - COUNTRY OF ORIGIN): 11 MINUTES AGO - BOB GEBERT - CALIFORNIA EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE - BRANKO KARABATIC - CROAT...

L’ atelier 2009 from Cannes Cinefondation

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To assist directors in financing and speeding completion of their projects, the Festival created the Atelier in 2005. For its fifth edition, the Atelier de la Cinéfondation has chosen 15 projects from 14 countries. The selection has been restricted to highlight both up and coming directors: Ho Wi Ding, Caran Hartsfield or Bertrand Mandico, and established directors: Zhang Yuan, Faouzi Bensaidi, Diego Lerman, Danielle Arbid or Malgoska Szumowska. Alongside the producer(s) of their films, e...

Sista’s Are Doin’ It For Themselves

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The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents: the 16th Annual Sista’s Are Doin’ It For Themselves: See Their Images… Hear Their Stories… Saturday, March 28, 2009 starting at 6:00 p.m. Moderated by Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker of award winning documentary THIS IS THE LIFE. The Filmmaker Showcase and Discussion will occur at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue (650 Bronson Ave.), Hollywood, CA (Melrose & Van Ness / across from Paramount Studios) Chaplin Screening Room ...

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PRESS RELEASE 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 13 – 22, 2009 The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 170 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program, to be announced next Monday, March 9th. OPENING FILM The ...

The Moebius Queue

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Director: Simon Bergman.
A man enters the Moebius queue. An allegory about the time-space continnum, based on the Möbius strip.

Monthly Film Festival

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The CommonDistrict.com Film Festival is again accepting submissions for the March Film Festival.  Submissions will be accepted until the 25th of this month.  The festival is entirely online with viewers voting on their favorite film.  This is a montly festival.  Check out the site, and drop us a line.  We would love to know what you think.  We have also taken on several other creative endeavors.     -We have launched a page called "The First Ten".  It's for a...

THE HOUSE OF Yeghishe Charents, (1897 - 1937) one of the greatest Armenian poets in KARS

On a quiet pedestrian street in KARS, is the run-down delapitaded house where Yeghishe Charents, (1897 - 1937) one of the greatest Armenian poets was born and lived.Both his primary and secondary schooling took place in KARS  His patriotic pleas to unite Armenians against  Stalinism ended him in prison, where he died at the age of 40.   His poetry reflects his love and revolt for ARMENIA, in the throes of  a turbulent period under Russian occupation. Yeghishe Charents...

45th New York Film Festival Premiere of I’M NOT THERE Opens at Selected Theaters, November 21, 2007

By Maria Esteves - October 30, 2007 The 45th New York Film Festival (NYFF) 2007, Premiere film I'M NOT THERE, directed by Todd Haynes, was held at the Rose Theater, Time Warner Center, Thursday,  October 4, 8:30pm.  The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center was sponsored by SARDEGNA and The New York Times. I'M NOT THERE is a compelling, powerful, and brilliant film that depicts the life and music of the legendary Bob Dylan using multiple stories to describe the h...
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