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An Interview With Film Historian and John Ford Biographer Joseph McBride at the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium

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Eustace Street in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, home of the Irish Film Institute, has been a busy place this weekend, as the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium presented a variety of screenings, lectures and academic panel discussions devoted to the prolific Irish-American film director, whose influence continues to loom large, nearly 40 years after his passing.Afficionados of Ford's work have come from all over Ireland, continental Europe, North America and as far away as Australia...

Danis Tanovic – the family man who can’t forget the war

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During the meeting with the audience after the screening of his film Baggage in the Cinema House, Danis Tanovic said that he’s actually quite a joyful person and loves to laugh. But in our conversation he was quite serious and said that certain things make him quite pessimistic. Going back through his films, it is easy to spot the humor in all of them, but it usually serves to lighten up a very dark situation, and to help you through it. Perhaps, the more seriously you look towards...

BUFF BLOG (MAY 2012)

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The much maligned profile of Black British actresses has been well documented on this blog over the past 18 months and most recently in the London Evening Standard with the forthcoming feel-good flick ‘Fast Girls’ and the supposed significance of Leonora Crichlow playing the lead role in a British film. On such matters is primarily where Twitter comes into its own as a live news editor run by the public. It doesn’t take long before feedback is immediate and corrected (many thanks to @ECF...

Interview with Malgoska Szumowska and Joanna Kulig, the director/co-writer and young co-star of “Elles” at Tribeca 2012

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Malgoska Szumowska and Joanna Kulig, the director/co-writer and young co-star of ELLES, a film in which Juliette Binoche plays a journalist from Elle magazine (and bourgeouis housewife) who becomes too close to her subjects while researching an article on student prostitution in Paris. The film (which hints at voyeurism repeatedly in brief gotcha moments) features a stringy-haired and perpetually stressed-out Anne (as tightly plugged int...

INTERVIEW WITH MALGOSKA SZUMOWSKA & JOANNA KULIG of “Elles” at Tribeca 2012 Festival

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Malgoska Szumowska and Joanna Kulig, the director/co-writer and young co-star of ELLES, a film in which Juliette Binoche plays a journalist from Elle magazine (and bourgeouis housewife) who becomes too close to her subjects while researching an article on student prostitution in Paris. The film (which hints at voyeurism repeatedly in brief gotcha moments) features a stringy-haired and perpetually stressed-out Anne (as tightly plugged into her...

Metropia Director Tarik Saleh talks with Fest 21 about 9/11, why he set Metropia in Europe, and Paris Hilton… (Tribeca 2010)

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FEST21 (Suzanne Lynch): You said at the press conference, "(Metropia) is about those years when the world went insane, it's about the past. And when you are afraid, you do irrational things." But Metropia is set in 2024... so to what degree is it about the past? TARIK SALEH: When 9/11 happened... I think that, in Europe, for example, we have a tradition of criticizing the United States, almost on a reflex basis. It doesn't matter what the United States does or how it reacts ...

DESERT RIDERS (2011) with Noemi Weis at 14th TDF

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The film DESERT RIDERS (2011) screened at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. Writer/Producer Noemi Weis attended the festival in support of the film.   DESERT RIDERS is about the trafficking of poor children to Middle Eastern countries who are forced into slavery as camel jockeys for the extremely lucrative business of camel racing. Many of the children have died during the races or suffered from malnutrition and are scarred for life. Due to pressure from me...

DESERT RIDERS (2011) at 14th Thessaloniki Doc Festival

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The film DESERT RIDERS (2011) screened at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. Writer/Producer Noemi Weis attended the festival in support of the film.   DESERT RIDERS is about the trafficking of poor children to Middle Eastern countries who are forced into slavery as camel jockeys for the extremely lucrative business of camel racing. Many of the children have died during the races or suffered from malnutrition and are scarred for life. Due to pressure from me...

Interview with EFM's Beki Probst

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Beki Probst is the head of the EFM, European Film Market, for Berlinale since 1988. Before this position, she worked for the Berlinale as the film festival’s delegate for Turkey and Greece for seven years. Beki was born in Istanbul, Turkey where as a student she studied law and journalism and wrote for Turkish newspapers ‘Tercuman’ and ‘Hayat’. It was when she moved in Switzerland in 1960 that her career in cinema began where she managed the Probst-Kinobetriebe. ...

ÉCU ALUMNI JORDAN BAYNE

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1. Hi Jordan! We’ve never met but your film “Argo” was an official selection here at ÉCU in 2007. Tell us a bit about your new film, “The Sea Is All I Know”…Well it’s a film about love. The film stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo [The Fighter] and Peter Gerety. It follows an estranged couple as they come to terms with their adult, terminally ill daughter’s request to help her die with dignity.2. You chose to avoid doing the whole film festival circuit in favour of a run at t...

Leading UK-based film industry publicist Ginger Corbett is leaving Premier PR

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  Leading UK-based film industry publicist Ginger Corbett is leaving Premier PR to pursue other projects that she has been developing.   Ginger has been with entertainment press and marketing agency Premier since 2001, when she and business partner Sara Keene brought Corbett & Keene, the agency that they set up in 1988, into the newly formed Premier Public Relations.     Over the years Ginger has worked with some of the world's most celebrated film...

Io Sono Li, interview with Andrea Segre

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                photo from Venice poster at La Biennale, 68.This past week I attended the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF) after going nonstop from Venice La Biennale, then to TIFF and then to RIFF. I was tired of course but so anxious to catch up on the films that I had missed at the former festivals that appeared also in Iceland. One of these films was one that had received a great buzz in Venice, a lyrica...

Io Sono Li, interview with Andrea Segre

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                photo from Venice poster at La Biennale, 68.This past week I attended the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF) after going nonstop from Venice La Biennale, then to TIFF and then to RIFF. I was tired of course but so anxious to catch up on the films that I had missed at the former festivals that appeared also in Iceland. One of these films was one that had received a great buzz in Venice, a lyrica...

IO SONO LI, interview with Andrea Segre

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                                photo from Venice poster at La Biennale, 68. This past week I attended the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF) after going nonstop from Venice La Biennale, then to TIFF and then to RIFF. I was tired of course but so anxious to catch up on the films that I had missed at the former festiv...

IRON DOORS, an interview with Stephen Manuel

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 IRON DOORS (2010), a new psychological thriller to make you think. About an investment banker with no name (we never get his name in this film so he’s a kind of Everyman investment banker) wakes up to find himself stuck inside a vault with no way out. ‘No food. No water. No way out.’ We experience his loneliness, hunger, thirst, frustration and even his hallucinations with him as he struggles to stay alive… or we are also left to wonder if he is even alive at all and maybe he has been ...

IRON DOORS, an interview with Stephen Manuel

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 IRON DOORS (2010), a new psychological thriller to make you think. About an investment banker with no name (we never get his name in this film so he’s a kind of Everyman investment banker) wakes up to find himself stuck inside a vault with no way out. ‘No food. No water. No way out.’ We experience his loneliness, hunger, thirst, frustration and even his hallucinations with him as he struggles to stay alive… or we are also left to wonder if he is even alive at all and maybe he has been ...

Red Carpet Interview with Barbara Mori at AIFF 2011

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actress Barbara Mori  I spoke with the luminous Uruguayan/Mexican actress Barbara Mori on her way up the red carpet during the Aruba International Film Festival the night of her Aruba premier of the Hollywood/Bollywood film KITES (2010/1). She approached me and greeted me with a kiss. ME: Oh, I get a kiss. So sweet! Hi Barbara, I'm Vanessa with filmfestivals.com. Can you tell us a little bit about your film KITES and how it is to be here? I mean, you're Uruguay born and now a Mexic...

Red Carpet Interview with Barbara Mori at AIFF 2011

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actress Barbara Mori I spoke with the luminous Uruguayan/Mexican actress Barbara Mori on her way up the red carpet during the Aruba International Film Festival the night of her Aruba premier of the Hollywood/Bollywood film KITES (2010/1). She approached me and greeted me with a kiss. ME: Oh, I get a kiss. So sweet! Hi Barbara, I'm Vanessa with filmfestivals.com. Can you tell us a little bit about your film KITES and how it is to be here? I mean, you're Uruguay born and now a Mexican actress and...

Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare, interview with Paola Cortellesi

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Interview with actresses Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone from the film NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) by director Massimiliano Bruno. While in Aruba, their film had its international premier and we held an interview on the 5th floor of the Hyatt hotel during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). ME: Can you first speak a little about your film, NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011)? PAOLA: This is a comedy but it’s also quite a serious subject too about a desperate woman w...

Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare, interview with Paola Cortellesi

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 Interview with actresses Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone from the film NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) by director Massimiliano Bruno. While in Aruba, their film had its international premier and we held an interview on the 5th floor of the Hyatt hotel during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). ME: Can you first speak a little about your film, NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011)? PAOLA: This is a comedy but it’s also quite a serious subject too about a desperate woman ...

Keith Bearden on MEET MONICA VELOUR

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Meet Monica VelourDirector Keith Bearden of the American indie film MEET MONICA VELOUR (2010) attended the opening of the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) to usher in the opening of the fest with the screening of his film, starring the sensual Sex And The City actress Kim Cattrall. I interviewed Keith just before the screening of his film on his way up the red carpet. Here is what he had to say:ME: Hi, I’m Vanessa with Film Festivals.com. How are you?KEITH: Oh, I know your website very...

Keith Bearden on MEET MONICA VELOUR

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Meet Monica VelourDirector Keith Bearden of the American indie film MEET MONICA VELOUR (2010) attended the opening of the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) to usher in the opening of the fest with the screening of his film, starring the sensual Sex And The City actress Kim Cattrall. I interviewed Keith just before the screening of his film on his way up the red carpet. Here is what he had to say:ME: Hi, I’m Vanessa with Film Festivals.com. How are you?KEITH: Oh, I know your website very...

Mike Ott on LITTLEROCK

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Mike Ott’s film, LITTLEROCK (2010) has traveled the globe (most recently in Copenhagen at CPHPIX 2011 and SFIFF 2011 in San Francisco) with this ‘coming-of-age’ road movie about the little pleasures in life and the fascinations of cultural differences and similarities. A film about finding translation while seemingly lost in it, this film communicates universally and one finds oneself celebrating the similarities of culture rather than the differences.  ME: How did you come up with t...

Interview with Mike Ott on LITTLEROCK

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 Mike Ott’s film, LITTLEROCK (2010) has traveled the globe (most recently in Copenhagen at CPHPIX 2011 and SFIFF 2011 in San Francisco) with this ‘coming-of-age’ road movie about the little pleasures in life and the fascinations of cultural differences and similarities. A film about finding translation while seemingly lost in it, this film communicates universally and one finds oneself celebrating the similarities of culture rather than the differences.  ME: How did you come up with ...

On Independent European Cinema: An Exclusive Interview with ECU’s Scott Hillier

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  Project CineMaas presents an exclusive interview with Paris-based Scott Hillier, an Academy Award winning Australian filmmaker who founded ECU The European Independent Film Festival. Read on as he clarifies a wide array of issues, from the film festival’s evolution and his definition of independent European cinema to the judging process and his visions for the future.   The sixth ECU The European Independent Film Festival took place this year in Paris, Fra...
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