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Abu Dhabi's Film Festival Announces its Narrative & Documentary Feature Selections

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Egypt's The Traveler (Al Mosafer) with Omar Sharif to screen as Opening Night Gala The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled the lineup of the feature-length narratives and documentaries that will compete for Black Pearl Awards worth over $1 million during the upcoming Festival. Presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, this year's MEIFF will run from October 8 to 17. Peter Scarlet, the festival's new Executive Director commented, "...

Check Zurich Film Festival entire festival program

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5th Zurich Film Festival: September 24 – October 4, 2009Thursday, September 10, 2009Thirty Films in Three Competitions, Ten World Premieres and Celebrated GuestsThe 5th Zurich Film Festival has announced further film highlights, introduced the three competition juries and presented the entire festival program.Festival directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri and curators of the Competition Program Christine von Fragstein and Nikolaj Nikitin, announced the Competition and the Out of Compet...

Toronto Pictures still alive: "punctured hope" accepetd by Montreal 3 years after it's rejection from Cannes Festival

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Herewith a press release from Toronto Pictures: "Bruno Pischiutta Film, PUNCTURED HOPE, Selected at Montreal World Film Festival Toronto Pictures (OTC: TTOPF) and Adhara Properties are proud to announce that the feature film PUNCTURED HOPE: A STORY ABOUT TROKOSI AND YOUNG GIRLS' SLAVERY IN TODAY'S WEST AFRICA, directed by internationally acclaimed Film Author, Bruno Pischiutta, has been selected for 'Focus on World Cinema' at the Montreal World Film Festival (August 27 - September 7, 20...

The BUT Film Festival 2009 program.

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Thursday the 27th  of August the line up of the BUT Film Festival 2009 will be released. The festival, held from the 9th until the 13th of September will screen a wide variety of films from the B-movie, Underground and Trash genre. Ranging from the World premiere of the underground-horror film ‘The Tourist' to fantastic classics like ‘Hairspray' (1988) by John Waters (USA) the main guest on this year's festival. Additional to the films the program holds a lot of entertainment and ar...

The BUT Film Festival 2009 program.

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The line up of the BUT Film Festival 2009 will be released. The festival, held from the 9th until the 13th of September will screen a wide variety of films from the B-movie, Underground and Trash genre. Ranging from the World premiere of the underground-horror film ‘The Tourist’ to fantastic classics like ‘Hairspray’ (1988) by John Waters (USA) the main guest on this year’s festival. Additional to the films the program holds a lot of entertainment and art. Activities, astonishing perfo...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Special Agent Scully

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Gillian Anderson, a special star and prettiest guest on 15th Sarajevo Film Festival presented herself to the audience and press representers in Coffee With Program, which you can actually download, hear and see if you go on the official site www.sff.ba    This outstanding American actress, well known by „The X Files“ television serial, as a special agent Scully on FOX Television, is the most critically-acclaimed drama series ever, in the history of American television, she is actu...

Young Turkish cinema at 17th Filmfest Hamburg

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From 24th September to 3rd October 2009 the 17th Filmfest Hamburg will be presenting film enthusiasts and professionals with young Turkish cinema. The eight author-directors come from different Turkish cities and regions, bringing with them intense and explosive tales of Turkish and Kurdish life. Festival Director Albert Wiederspiel is impressed "by the cinematic poetry of these stories as well as by the filmmakers' courage. The imagery used in all of these films relies on serene tranquillity, m...

Filmfest Oldenburg honors filmmakers Bruno Barreto, Scott McGehee and David Siegel

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16. Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg16th to 20th September 2009 Brazilian director, writer and producer Bruno Barreto’s will be presented in the festival’s retrospective. This year’s tribute goes to American directing duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel.Retrospective Bruno BarretoHis first short film was done at the tender age of 10, aged 17 he finished his feature debut (“Tati, The Girl”) and only four years later the enthusiastic director had his international break-through with the...

Cottbus to cooperate with Wroclaw

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In the future, the FilmFestival Cottbus – Festival of East European Cinema, will cooperate with the Film Festival Wroclaw, specifically in the mutual presentation of festival films. Mediated by the Polish Institute Berlin at this year’s Berlinale, the collaboration was agreed upon by festival directors Roman Gutek (Wroclaw) and Roland Rust (Cottbus), and will be announced this week at the film festival in Wroclaw. “For us, it is an absolute stroke of luck that we have been able to win such...

Michael Haneke: Cinema's Dark Poet

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by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor   Michael Haneke relishes his reputation as one of the controversial directors working in the film arts. He is a provocateur with a mission to shock audiences out of their complacency and contemplate the good, bad and ugly of modern society. “My films are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false answers……for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus”, he stated in a recent inter...

Tengu

Director: Roger Walch.
David (Ted Taylor) comes to Japan for one week to study traditional legends. He is supposed to meet Professor Ozawa, a leading expert in the field. But when he arrives, he gets picked up by Ozawa's two female assistants, Sanae (Mimori Sento) and Manami (Sakiko Ikegami). They bring him to a traditional guest-house and accompany him during his stay. A strange man in the bath house (Kan Mikami) tells David about the local Tengu legend. Tengu are a class of well known monster-spirits with a long nose and a red face who live in the Japanese forests and mountains. David is immediately fascinated. But the more he finds out about the Tengu, the more he is drawn into his own past-life. As a matter of fact some Tengu legends can be connected to shipwrecked foreigners who were forced to live in hiding in the Japanese mountains during Japan's Sakoku (closed country) era (1637 - 1853). Ultimately, "Tengu" is the story of a Westerner who becomes the origin of a famous Japanese legend.

Balkan Film Days

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Sponsored over a weekend last May 30 and 31st by the Federation of Balkan American Associations, these no frill film days were organized primarily for members of ethnic communities from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Herzegovina, and other countries from former Yugoslavia. Screening took place at the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College with a program curated by the author who teaches media research at the college. In keeping with the public service objective, admission to all screenings was fr...

Balkan Film Days

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Sponsored over a weekend last May 30 and 31st by the Federation of Balkan American Associations, these no frill film days were organized primarily for members of ethnic communities from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Herzegovina, and other countries from former Yugoslavia. Screening took place at the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College with a program curated by the author who teaches media research at the college. In keeping with the public service objective, admission to all screenings was free. Wit...

.Swiss director Lionel Baier's satirical tale

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“Un autre home” (“Another Man”) is the only Swiss movie made in years I guess, to be showed in any festival program really. Before FEST in Belgrade, the film dragged attention on Lorcano Film Festival, in August last year, when it celebrated its world premiere. At first you think: it’s a French movie, but if you look twice you might give a second thought. The rights to the movie are French, but the film is actually Swiss. Another small cinematography. “Another Man” is the story a...

Swiss director Lionel Baier's satirical tale

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“Un autre home” (“Another Man”) is the only Swiss movie made in years I guess, to be showed in any festival program really. Before FEST in Belgrade, the film dragged attention on Lorcano Film Festival, in August last year, when it celebrated its world premiere. At first you think:  it’s a French movie, but if you look twice you might give a second thought.  The rights to the movie are French, but the film is actually Swiss. Another small cinematography. “Another Man” is...

Un Certain Regard: "The Wind Journeys" by Ciro Guerra

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Screening in Un Certain Regard, Wind Journeys is the second feature-length film by Ciro Guerra. Born in Rio de Oro in 1981, he studied cinematography at the National University of Colombia. At the age of 20, after having directed multi-award-winning shorts, he wrote, produced, and directed his first feature, The Wandering Shadows, acclaimed at festivals all over the world. "This is the story of a journey," Guerra begins. "A journey towards the beginni...

San Francisco Filmmaking Grant award winner

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San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today the winner and two honorable mentions for the initial $35,000 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant, given to a filmmaker for a narrative feature film, with a social justice theme, being made in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panelists, who reviewed 124 estimable submissions, are Linda Blackaby, director of programming, San Francisco Film Society; Jennifer Chaiken, partner, 72 Productions; Graham Leggat, executive director, San Fr...

New press team at 17th Filmfest Hamburg

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As of 2nd June 2009, Silke Cecilia Schultz will take over the direction of the communications and press department at Filmfest Hamburg. Silke Cecilia Schultz (Head of Communications and Press) Telephone: +49 - (0)40 - 399 19 00-29 or -17 e-mail: presse@filmfesthamburg.de Filmfest Hamburg GmbH Steintorweg 4 20099 Hamburg The office will be occupied as of 2nd June 2009 on weekdays between 10am and 6pm.   Silke Cecilia Schultz works as a freelance scriptwriter in Hamburg. She acc...

New press team at 17th Filmfest Hamburg

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As of 2nd June 2009, Silke Cecilia Schultz will take over the direction of the communications and press department at Filmfest Hamburg. Silke Cecilia Schultz works as a freelance scriptwriter in Hamburg. She accompanies prospective scriptwriters as a teacher at Filmschule Hamburg-Berlin where she teaches dramaturgy and film genres. She previously worked as press officer and head of the press association EXPO 2000 Hannover GmbH and was an employee of the Referat Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (lit: dep...

IFFBoston 2008 - Who Makes the Call?

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At the Opening Night party for Independent Film Festival Boston 2008, I asked Managing Director Brian Tamm about the festival’s selection process and whether they keep any themes in mind when filling out the schedule.  His response was: “We just try to select the best films we can. You guys [the press] tell us what the themes are.” Well, let’s see what they came up with. With the Opening Night thriller’s frostbitten Siberian north (Transsiberian) and the Closing Nig...

CineVegas has announced the complete lineup

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CineVegas has announced the complete lineup for its 11th Annual Festival, including Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad as the closing night film, it was announced today by Trevor Groth, Artistic Director. In addition to the opening night film, Saint John of Las Vegas, and eight “Jackpot Premieres” which were earlier announced, the 2009 Festival will offer a selection of documentaries in the “Pioneer Documentaries” section; “Diamond Discoveries” the best new independent fil...

Tribeca Talks Series

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival today announced the line-up for its two discussion programs – the Tribeca Talks Series and “Behind the Screens: Films and Conversations about Truth, Clarity and Responsibility,” sponsored by iShares Exchange Traded Funds. The Tribeca Talks Series includes “Tribeca Talks Panels,” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks Special Events,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble.” The 2009 ...

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