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Barcelona Asian Fest Awards

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BARCELONA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL came to an end on Sunday May 6th with an afternoon dedicated to three of the most important contemporary Asian filmmakers: Jia Zhangke (Still Life), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century) and Tsai Ming-lian (I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone). The previous evening, Saturday May 5th, the Festival’s closing was held at the Fòrum Park’s Movistar Space with the prize-giving ceremony and the screening of the Bollywood film Don, starring Shahrukh Khan. The B...

Adelaide Fest Natuzzi and Fipresci prize winners announced

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to announce STILL LIFE by Jia Zhang-Ke as the winner of the inaugural NATUZZI International Award for Best Feature Film with special mention to SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and DARATT by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, as winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Award for Best First or Second Feature. The winners were announced last night, at the closing night of the Adelaide Film Festival and world premiere screening of Rolf de Heer’s...

VIFF: 'Todo Todo Teros' named Dragons and Tigers Award winner

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Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival Felicitas Becker This year’s Dragons and Tigers Award at VIFF went to the Philippine director John Torres for TODO TODO TEROS. This award is one of the most prestigious for Asian films. Many of today’s most renowned directors from the region, considered among the most significant figures of world cinema, were awarded this prize early in their career. Winners have included Kore-eda Hirokazu (Maborosi, 1995), Hong Sang-...

VIFF: 'Todo Todo Teros' nameg Dragons and Tigers Award winner

Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival Felicitas Becker This year’s Dragons and Tigers Award at VIFF went to the Philippine director John Torres for TODO TODO TEROS. This award is one of the most prestigious for Asian films. Many of today’s most renowned directors from the region, considered among the most significant figures of world cinema, were awarded this prize early in their

Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival

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This year’s Dragons and Tigers Award at VIFF went to the Philippine director John Torres for TODO TODO TEROS. This award is one of the most prestigious for Asian films. Many of today’s most renowned directors from the region, considered among the most significant figures of world cinema, were awarded this prize early in their career. Winners have included Kore-eda Hirokazu (Maborosi, 1995), Hong Sang-Soo (The Day the Pig Fell Into the Well, 1996), Zhang Ming (Rainclouds Over Wushan, 1996), L...

A Busy Weekend At The New York Film Festival

Scene from Almodovar's VOLVER As the New York Film Festival moves into its second weekend, a diverse and tantalizing plate of cinematic offerings is on tap, catered to every kind of viewer. The Festival has created a mix of hotly anticipated films, some unknown gems and new works from some cinematic masters, all of which have their initial premieres this weekend. Three filmmakers who have showcased their past work at the event are presenting their newest films this weekend. Veteran French dire...

The Cinemas of East Asia program at Vancouver Fest

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Festival Director Alan Franey and programmer Tony Rayns today announced that the 25th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will feature a total of 39 features, three mid-length films and 35 shorts in the Festival's cornerstone Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program. Again presented this year thanks to the generous support of Brad Birarda of Research Capital, the Dragons & Tigers program is one of the preeminent showcases of East Asian films in the world. The series will featu...

Rome Film Fest: Starting at the Top

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Most festivals, in their debut year, have a modest agenda and try to keep expectations at a low pitch. Not so the Rome Film Fest, which is approaching its inaugural session with the velocity of an unstoppable train.It has always seemed curious to Americans why some of Europe’s largest cities have not had a major film festival attached to them. Why, we wonder, did it take decades for Paris, the most cinephile of cities, to launch its own film event? Why are there no major film festivals in such...

Locarno focus on Southeast Asia "Open Doors"

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11 projects from Southeast Asia invited to Locarno “Open Doors underscores in a practical way one of the Festival’s vocational objectives – to bring together film cultures and traditions that are different or distant from each other,” notes Frédéric Maire, Locarno’s new artistic director, “and, with effect from this year, the section is to enjoy a higher profile within the Festival”.The Open Doors workshop, thanks to the support of the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Develo...

Cannes 2006: selection for l'Atelier

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The 2006 Atelier has selected 18 projects by filmmakers from 17 different countries (2 from the United States) spanning the 5 continents.The scripts (for the most part original subjects) deal with themes testifying to a shared awareness of the state of the planet. This generation, born into a world of globalisation, shares the same fears and hopes, over and beyond their cultural differences.Their universal and singular worldview is expressed through the eyes of two Latino teens in the United Sta...

The 2006 Atelier: Seasoned Directors & New Talents in Cannes

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The Atelier du Festival, organised by the Cinéfondation, has selected for its second edition, 18 filmmakers:Teboho Mahlatsi (South Africa), Santiago Palavecino (Argentina), Christina Andreef (Australia), Bernard Bellefroid (Belgium), José Luis Torres Leiva (Chile), Wang Bing (China), Goran Rušinovic (Croatia), Luiso Berdejo (Spain), Cruz Angeles (United States), Richard Press (United States), Fabrice Genestal (France), Michelange Quay (Haiti), Dev Benegal (India), Dover Kosahvili (Israel), C...

The Global Film Initiative announces members of the Film Board

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The Global Film Initiative, a non-traditional film distributor specializing in independent films from the developing world, today announced the membership of its Film Board, internationally-recognized filmmakers, producers and visionaries who support the mission of The Initiative. The sixteen charter members of the Film Board span four continents, and share a passion for independent film from the developing world. Through these industry leaders, The Global Film Initiative reaches out to communi...

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 Wins Cannes Palme d'or

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As predicted, Michael Moore takes home the Palme d'or for 'Fahrenheit 911',"the temperature in which freedom burns", the first documentary film to win the highest award at Cannes since Jacques Costeau's 'Silent World' in 1956.Upon receiving the honor Moore exclaimed: "What have you done? I'm completely overwhelmed by this. Merci."The film is an unusual documentary with interviews, news clips and free lance journalism, that reports the news that doesn't get reported by major networks about the Bu...

Michael Moore Wins Palme d'or!

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As predicted, Michael Moore takes home the Palme d'or for 'Fahrenheit 911',"the temperature in which freedom burns", the first documentary film to win the highest award at Cannes since Jacques Costeau's 'Silent World' in 1956.Upon receiving the honor Moore exclaimed: "What have you done? I'm completely overwhelmed by this. Merci."The film is an unusual documentary with interviews, news clips and free lance journalism, that reports the news that doesn't get reported by major networks about the Bu...

Films Day 7

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Films Day 7In competitionTHE LADYKILLERS Ethan COEN - Joel COEN SUD PRALA Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL Un certain regard DEAR FRANKIE Shona AUERBACH SOMERSAULT Cate SHORTLAND Out of competitionNOTRE MUSIQUE Jean-Luc GODARD Cannes Classics STEAMBOAT BILL JR. Charles F. REISNER...

Official Selection

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2046 directed by WONG Kar-wai (CHINA)CLEAN directed by Olivier ASSAYAS (FRANCE) CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE directed by Paolo SORRENTINO (ITALY)EXILS directed by Tony GATLIF (FRANCE) FAHRENHEIT 911directed by Michael MOORE (USA) GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE directed by OSHII Mamoru (JAPAN) LIFE IS A MIRACLE directed by Emir KUSTURICA(BOSNIA)LOOK AT ME directed by Agnès JAOUI (FRANCE) MONDOVINO directed by Jonathan NOSSITER (USA / ARGENTINA / ITALY/ FRANCE)NOBODY KNOWS directed by K...
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