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Von Stroheim´s MERRY WIDOW perks interest for GIORNATE opening

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THE MERRY WIDOW (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, US 1925) is the opening night film at the 2009 Giornate de Cinema Muto 200, The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, directed by the genius Erich von Stroheim. Immediately I realized that my “one” piano + singer accompaniment wasn’t at all enough to serve this brilliant film. I started a serious quest to develop a score for the...

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THE MERRY WIDOW is the opening film ofthe 2006 Giornate de Cinema Muto. Comments on The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, directed by the genius Erich von Stroheim. Immediately I realized that my “one” piano + singer accompaniment wasn’t at all enough to serve this brilliant film. I start

Nine movies in Bangkok's BIFF 2009 competition

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THERE are nine movies in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival 2009: Across the River (Iran); Adrift (Vietnam); Altiplano (Belgium); Breathless (South Korea); Everyone Else (Germany); Huacho (Chile/ France/ Germany); I Killed My Mother (Canada); Inland (Algeria / France), and The Search (China).   Across the River, by the prolific US-based Iranian director Abbas A. Motlagh, has barely been shown outside Iran, but is bound to attract attention here. In ...

89 Canadian films in The Vancouver International Film Festival

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CANADIAN IMAGES Audience Favourites, New Faces and Fantastic DocsThe Vancouver International Film Festival will present 89 Canadian films in the Festival, fully one-quarter of the more than 350 films presented at this year's VIFF. These films showcase new works from some of our most popular and prolific filmmakers, along with a great crop of new talent. The Canadian line-up includes 20 dramatic and 13 nonfiction feature-length films, six mid-length films and 50 shorts. “The Canadian Images pro...

Nine movies in Bangkok's BIFF 2009 competition

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THERE are nine movies in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival 2009: Across the River (Iran); Adrift (Vietnam); Altiplano (Belgium); Breathless (South Korea); Everyone Else (Germany); Huacho (Chile/ France/ Germany); I Killed My Mother (Canada); Inland (Algeria / France), and The Search (China). Across the River, by the prolific US-based Iranian director Abbas A. Motlagh, has barely been shown outside Iran, but is bound to attract attention here. In the wake of a majo...

Terror Film Festival is baaaaaack with more terror

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"We're Baaaaaack..."  Terror Film Festival has announced their 2009 SELECTED FILMS to be screened this year in the upcoming fourth edition of Terror Film Festival.  The festival will once again be held at the prestigious and gothic Ethical Society Building at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia from October 20-24, 2009, and the event will again include filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world, as well as, celebrities, actors, distributors, and many other industry professio...

Terror Film Festival is baaaaaaaack with more terror

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“We’re Baaaaaack...” Terror Film Festival has announced their 2009 SELECTED FILMS to be screened this year in the upcoming fourth edition of Terror Film Festival. The festival will once again be held at the prestigious and gothic Ethical Society Building at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia from October 20-24, 2009, and the event will again include filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world, as well as, celebrities, actors, distributors, and many other industry professionals. P...

Canadian Films In The Spotlight at Toronto Fest

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The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His newest film CHLOE, starring Julianne Moore and Li...

Canadian Films In The Spotlight

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His...

14th Annual Angelus Student Film Festival!!!

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Saturday, September 19th Director's Guild of America, Theater 1 7920 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Award Winning Screenings and Presentations hosted by Chris Balish. Admission by TICKET ONLY. Please print your tickets online at www.angelus.org or call 323-874-6633, or email tickets@angelus.org SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2:30pm Angelus Showcase Films Princess Margaret Blvd, Gaining Ground, New American Soldier, Bob Seger Rocks, A Son's War 4:30pm Wine & Cheese Reception, Atrium 5:30pm...

Announcing the programme of the 16th Oldenburg International Filmfestival

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  9 world premieres, 5 international premieres and no less than 22 German premieres make up the core of the festival's programming On Wednesday September 16th 2009 the Oldenburg International Filmfestival will hold its opening gala with a screening of Sherry Hormann's "Desert Flower", based on the bestselling biograp...

Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival winners

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Run & Shoot Filmworks, Inc., producer of the Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAAFF), announced the winners of the HBO and Saatchi &Saatchi sponsored film competitions, which took place Saturday, August 8th, 2009. Out of nearly 300 submissions received from around the world, 56 films were chosen for the festival and fifteen films in three categories-short, feature, documentary-were selected for the competitions. Other highlights of the MVAAFF included the screening of "The Nin...

2009 Tallgrass Film Festival to Light Up Broadway

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Wichita Association for the Motion Picture Arts (WAMPA) announced highlights of the 7th annual Tallgrass Film Festival , which will take place at locations in and around downtown Wichita, Oct. 23-25, 2009. This year’s festival will showcase two of the city’s downtown districts. The “Historic District” will feature screenings and events at venues including The Orpheum, Wichita Scottish Rite Temple, and Bank of America. The “River District” will feature screenings at Century II and the...

The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming

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Former Film Society Mainstay Returns to Help Lead Vastly Expanded and Enriched Organization As it Enters New Era of Growth The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming, effective August 10, 2009.    Photo by Jesse Grant / WireImage   "We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executiv...

Rachel Rosen new director of programming at San Francisco Fest

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Former Film Society Mainstay Returns to Help Lead Vastly Expanded and Enriched Organization As it Enters New Era of GrowthThe San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming, effective August 10, 2009. "We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director. "Her intelligence, flair for innovation and keen eye for exciti...

The Leopard plays with kids in Locarno

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Major premieres for Locarno’s younger audiences: Pokémon and Mai Mai MiracleThe 12th film in the Pokémon saga, entitled Pokémon Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Arceus: To the Conquering of Space-Time, will be presented as an international premiere at the forthcoming Locarno International Film Festival. Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, creator of the preceding episodes as of the TV series, the film concludes the Diamond & Pearl trilogy. Following the screening, young viewers will be able to meet Jap...

Ghent Film Festival tribute to Studio Ghibli

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Japanese animation film fans are in for a real treat at the 36th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (6-17 October), with its film retrospective on Studio Ghibli, Japan’s premiere animation studio founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The retrospective reflects the festival’s Asia theme and ties in with the anime exhibition held at The Carmelite Friary – Provincial Centre of Art and Culture.Studio Ghibli is one of Japan’s most successful animation studios. Takahata Isao a...

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Award Winners announced

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival announced the winners in the twelve competition categories for both feature and short films. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill, Deputy Artistic Director Diane Henderson and Patrons Sir Sean Connery and Seamus McGarvey on the closing day of the Festival at a public ceremony in Filmhouse. This year's winners are:Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by the UK Film CouncilMOON - Directed by Duncan ...

NEWSLETTER N° 418: May 29th, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 418: May 29th, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. DISCOVER FESTIVALEXPRESS, THE ONE CLICK FILM SUBMISSION AND MANAGEMENT SOLUTION Filmmakers: register your film and select the Festivals marked as Yes for "Submission accepted". More info . ...

A party with the Princess of Thailand in Cannes

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Exquisite Thai Royal, Her Royal Highness, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand, raises admiration at Cannes Guests clucking over a glass of champagne were bowled over Tuesday night at the Majestic Hotel when to the tune of the national anthemn of Thailand, they caught a glimpse of Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailandgliding into the Salon Croisette in a glamorous fluffy white strapless evening gown and silver pumps, followed by the Ambassador of Thailand in Paris, an...

Exquisite Thai Royal, Her Royal Highness, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand, raises admiration at Cannes

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The Princess of Thailand     Guests clucking over a glass of champagne were bowled over Tuesday night at the Majestic Hotel when to the tune of the national anthemn of Thailand, they caught a glimpse of Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand gliding into the Salon Croisette in a glamorous fluffy white strapless evening gown and silver pumps, followed by the Ambassador of Thailand in Paris, and dignitaries from the Entertainment sector of ...

Stay in the Know with our 2009 Festival Party Directory

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Party time! Do not miss these ones but PLEASE do not ask us for invitesDaily Short Film Corner Happy hour May 14th the Cannes Market opening party, one of the major (serious) events to mingle and start promoting... May 14th Audi terrace The Audi Talents Awards with Thomas Dutronc live showcase May 15th 4pm Czech Film Center and Slovak Film Institue Welcome drinks party May 16th "Millennium" Party - Chacha Beach - Saturday May 16th at 10pmWith the cast and crew of MILLENIUM, the film ...

Focal Awards announced

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FOCAL International the trade body representing the world’s footage archives, professional footage researchers, consultants and facility houses enjoyed an evening of glamour and celebration on 5th May at their 6th FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Category winners represented the diversity of genres and platforms that contemporary archive and footage based productions span today; highlights included the BBC stealing the Award for Be...

Finále Plzeň Festival of Czech Films

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You may not know Pilsen, but any beer connoisseur can guess from its name that the Czech town is a source of ferment. Pilsner Urquell calls it home, as does the annual festival of Czech films, Finále Plzeň, which runs April 19–25. The festival dates back to 1968, when the Communist Party allowed a “Spring” thaw. Finále Plzeň sought to acquaint Czechs with their own New Wave of films sweeping world festivals, but three years later packed itself on ice as Czech cinema ran afoul o...

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