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Ghent Film Festival announces programme 38th edition

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Today, at restaurant Pakhuis in Ghent, the Ghent Film Festival announced the complete programme of its 38th edition, which runs from 11 to 22 October. Once again it includes over a hundred high-quality films and special events on the fringes of cinema. Highlights are the 11th World Soundtrack Awards, the Maestros of Suspense concert and the exhibition about Ingmar Bergman at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre. Star guests this year are the Canadian director Norman Jewison, who wil...

Rome Film Festival will premiere Too Big to Fail

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  THE INTERNATIONAL ROME FILM FESTIVAL October 27 - November 4 2011   The background behind the financial crisis in Too Big to Fail by Curtis Hanson The 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers are the main focus of Too Big to Fail, the film by Oscar® winner Curtis Hanson  to be  premiered in the Official Selection of the International Rome Film Festival (27 October - 4 November, Auditorium Parco della Musica). The TV-film produced b...

Zurich Film Festival to honor Paul Haggis

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It was announced today that the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present multiple Oscar® winner Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Casino Royale”) with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a screenwriter and filmmaker. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Haggis will receive the “Golden Eye” for his life’s work on Saturday, October 1st within the framework of the prestigious “A Tribute t...

Elvis Mitchell as the curator for Film Independent's new Film Series

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival (LA Film Fest), and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced the selection of esteemed film critic Elvis Mitchell as the curator for its new Film Series. The two organizations have partnered for a new weekly Film Series in the fall, with The New York Times as the presenting sponsor. Mitchell will be a full-time staff member at Film Independent and will be working c...

Biography of filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, in focus at Aruba 2nd AIFF

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Milcho Manchevski a film director and screenwriter from Macedonia.wrote and directed the feature films "Before the Rain" (1994), "Dust'" (2001), "Shadows" (2007) and "Mothers" (2011).   "Before the Rain" (1994) won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austr...

"AN EVENING WITH GARY LUCAS" at the GRAMMY MUSEUM in LA for their GREAT GUITARS series WED. JULY 20th

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Very exciting week as I have just been invited to perform "AN EVENING WITH GARY LUCAS" at the GRAMMY MUSEUM in LA as part of their GREAT GUITARS series on Wed. July 20th, beginning at 8pm--I am particularly thrilled and honored as past participants include George Benson, George Thorogood, Richard Thompson and Jonny Lang!  Busy rehearsing my longtime supergroup GODS AND MONSTERS for a big show this Friday at JOE'S PUB here in NYC t 9:30pm. Our new album "THE ORDEAL OF CIVILITY&qu...

GARY LUCAS PROFILED in THE NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

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What a great week!! Profiled in THE NEW YORK TIMES http http://nyti.ms/mtjAD3   Profiled in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL http://on.wsj.com/lz0uef    Profiled in the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE Release of my latest GODS AND MONSTERS psychedelic rock album on Kntting Factory Records--produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and featurign Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers), Billy Ficca (Television), Jason Candler (Hungry March Band and Joe Hendel)--tracks, clips , reviews and photos at h...

Tribeca Film Festival awards She Monkeys

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  The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by founding sponsor American Express, announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony hosted at the W Union Square in New York City. The Festival runs through May 1, 2011.   The world competition winners for narrative and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary features from 21 countries. Best New Directo...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel premieres in Cannes may 13th

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  FLUX FILMS and HIGH LINE PICTURES present Anton Chekhov's THE DUEL ANDREW SCOTT TOBIAS MENZIES FIONA GLASCOTT NIALL BUGGY MICHELLE FAIRLEY and JEREMY SWIFT Casting by JOYCE NETTLES Co-producers PER MELITA, IGOR A. NOLA and SUSA HORVAT Composer ANGELO MILLI Costume Designer SERGIO BALLO Production Designer IVO HUSNJAK Edited by KATE WILLIAMS Director of Phot...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel Trailer

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  "Chekhov never offered a more tempting sample of sexual ripeness." Anthony Lane, THE NEW YORKER   "This film is indeed something like a miracle." Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE   "The most successful literary adaptation I've seen since Lady Chatterley." J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE   "Very satisfying and tonally precise... moments of comedy, dark sentiments, invocations of Tolstoy an...

Hollywood Awards(r) Gala new dates

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The Hollywood Awards(r), announced today that the 15th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala ceremony, honoring excellence in motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, will take place on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Through the years, the Hollywood Awards(r) Gala has become a bellwether for the Oscars and it has become known as the first event that launches the awards season. "The New York Times" says that the Hollywood Awards Gala is the first ...

The Los Angeles County Museum partners with FIND

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  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.  As a result of the museum's analysis and strategic planning process (funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) over the past year around its current film program, Film Independent was identified as an ideal partner for its film series.  The collaboration com...

Tribeca will close with a local: Edward Burns’ Newlyweds

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, announced today it will close its 10th edition with the world premiere of Edward Burns’ Newlyweds. The film will premiere Saturday, April 30, at BMCC TPAC.Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Ed Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. Burns, who wrote, directed and stars in Newlyweds, has had a strong connection with TFF since its founding. Ash Wednesday world premiered as part of the inaugural TFF lineup in 2002, a...

Istanbul Film Festival opens tomorrow celebrates 30 year anniversary

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BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content. Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A  wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...

Tribeca Spotlight and Cinemania sections announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   "Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year," s...

Tribeca World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

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2011 Festival to Present 88 Feature-Length and 61 Short Films April 20 - May 1    The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section-Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   TFF organizers this year have streamli...

Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announces shorts line up

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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres.   Also new this year, the recipient of the TFF Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.   The short film pro...

Film Independent launches a Documentary Lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to suppor...

SXSW reveals line up and gets ready for kick off

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2011 FEATURES LINEUP The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 11 - 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers.  "This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discove...

Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival

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After a successful debut last spring, the Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival ("Citrus Cel") is back to spotlight animation as a creative and commercial force with three days of screenings, an exhibit, a competition and parties, April 8-10, 2011 at the 5 Points Theatre and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. Citrus Cel is back even stronger in 2011 with three headlining films. First up is famed illustrator, animator and filmmaker Bill Plympton's feature...

Relive Sundance

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  Relive the Fest From an emergence of talented young actresses like Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, and Brit Marling to a powerful batch of docs led by the Grand Jury Prize-winner How to Die in Oregon, highlights from this year's Fest were all enhanced by the conversations surrounding the films. Whether you missed it the first time or simply must see it again, you can watch many great panels, roundtables, and awards ceremonies through our archived live stream...

'Duel' gives Chekhov piece its overdue due

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I wanted to share my "coup de coeur" around my discovery of this brillant film produced by Donald Rosenfeld who brought us 4 masterpieces from James Ivory, including his best "Remains of the Day". This is another delicate and smart story adapted from Anton Chekhov's novella THE DUEL. Absolutely superb performances, brillantly shot by Dover Kosashvili. I was about to write a lavish review when I found this one, by Michael Phillips, a Chicago Tribune Movie critic. I cannot...

The Duel : the Filmmakers

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Dover Kosashvili - Director Born in Soviet Georgia in 1966, Dover Koshashvili immigrated to Israel with his family in 1972. He has directed two feature films and a short. His short, Im Hukim (By the Laws), first earned him acclaim at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where it was considered for the Cinefoundation award. In 2001, Koshashvili made his feature film directorial debut with Late Marriage, from a screenplay he wrote himse...

Brilliant reviews for Anton Checkhov's the Duel

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"The vibrant new film adaptation of the Anton Chekhov novella The Duel...nails also the essential qualities of comic indolence and dangerous yearning in Chekhov, which have proved so elusive time after time, in adaptation after adaptation.... The Duel looks beautiful, but it is not merely so. It doesn't carry the baggage of an important adaptation; it's deft, droll and languorously sexy.... This film is indeed something like a miracle." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune [Read the r...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Director: Dover Kosashvili.
The pivot point is an emotional and psychological triangle: a civil servant, Laevsky (Andrew Scott, appalling and appealing); his married mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott, a milky beauty); and a zoologist, Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, suitably rigid). The story gets going with Laevsky bitterly complaining about Nadya to an older friend, a doctor, Samoylenko (Niall Buggy). Laevsky claims to no longer care for Nadya, who, having left her husband, now inspires her lover’s contempt or, perhaps, fatigue. Like a caged animal, he wants out and claws at Samoylenko as Von Koren watches and seethes, stoking his loathing for Laevsky. For his part, by cutting to Nadya during Laevsky’s rant and capping the scene with a disapproving look from Von Koren, Mr. Kosashvili suggests that his own sympathies are divided.
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