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Mike Leigh: Jury President of the Berlinale 2012

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British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema. His approach includes giving actors much leeway to improvise in order to develop their characters. Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countles...

Philly Film Fest - Shame

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 20th Philadelphia Film Festival - Shame Michael Fassbender has a Dirk Diggler size schlong!  And an Adonis rear-end. Beyond that, I don't remember anything about the film Shame.  Just kidding. Well, about the film resonance, not about Fassbender.  In actuality, the film stayed with me for quite awhile.  Seeing two people in so much pain with no clue how to get relief, yet basically from the outside, look as if they are managing the day in a...

BFI London festival awards We need to talk about Kevin

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    The 55th BFI London Film Festival announced the winners at its high profile awards ceremony at London's LSO St Luke's October 26th.    Hosted by Marcus Brigstocke, the four awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.   BEST FILM: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne Ramsay Celebrating the most original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking in the Festival, the Best Film award, ...

20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival Opens Tomorrow (10/20/2011)

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20th Philadelphia Film Festival - Day 1 - 4 Picks I picked up my press pass for the 20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival tonight! Just to get you in the festival mood, here's the films I plan to see the first few days (Thursday, October 20th thru Sunday October 23rd). Of course, the festival runs till November 3rd, and I plan to be present throughout most of it; however, during the festival, I'll be posting on facebook and twitter each day ...

Britain’s Critics' Circle Film Awards set for january 19

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Britain’s leading film critics have today announced that their 32nd awards ceremony will be held on 19 January 2012, bringing the annual event earlier in the awards calendar than in previous years. The awards will be held at BFI Southbank, hosted by¬¬¬¬ broadcaster and Chairman of The Critics' Circle Film Section Jason Solomons, and are expected to attract a host of well-known British and international film talent.Since its first edition in 1980, these awards have become one of the most an...

The Edinburgh International Film Festival remains in June

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) announced today that the longest continually running film festival in the world will remain in June. In 2012 the 66th edition, which will run between 20 June and 1 July, will also see the return of the coveted Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film. The announcement was made jointly by Ken Hay, acting CEO, Centre for the Moving Image and Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival. The Festival moved ...

Lifetime Achievement Award for Stephen Frears at EFA

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"It's very nice to be complimented by Europe," the British director says Stephen Frears, director of films like DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE HI-LO COUNTRY and THE QUEEN will receive this year's EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for his outstanding and dedicated body of work. I have personnally worked with Stephen (&and enjoyed a lot sharing w...

BFI London Film Festival shortlists and juries

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The 55th BFI London Film Festival is delighted to announce the shortlists and juries for the 2011 Festival Awards, supported by MontBlanc, which will take place at LSO St Luke’s on 26 October. At this year’s ceremony, the BFI will bestow its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, on David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. The original and provocative Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is internationally renowned for films exploring the darker impulses and inner lives of his characters. His disti...

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir to premiere in Zurich

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The Zurich Film Festival tonight revealed that the surprise film of the Festival is the World Premiere of the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir." It was announced by Festival Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadia Schildknecht. “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir” is the extraordinary story of both the man and the filmmaker. In an unprecedented encounter, Polanski talks to his friend, producer Andrew Braunsberg, about his childhood, his career in both Europe and America, the tragedy of Sharon ...

George Harrison: The Quiet Beatle

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  George Harrison, the bass player for the famed rock group The Beatles, was always referred to in the press as the “quiet one”. Now, almost 10 years after his death from lung cancer, several art exhibitions and a new documentary film by Martin Scorsese will reveal the intimate details of the Beatle who is perhaps the least known and celebrated of the group. GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD is a 4-hour exploration of the intimate personal and professional life of the man ...

The Return Of Roman Polanski

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  Word comes from Europe that the celebrated director Roman Polanski will be returning to Zurich, Switzerland this week to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. This could have been a standard issue awards story except for the fact that Mr. Polanski’s trip to Zurich two years ago to pick up this same honor precipitated a one-year legal battle that led to months of house arrest and his possible extradition to the United States to face a prison term for fl...

Strong Film Sales Emerging From Toronto

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  SHAME (UK, Steve McQueen) Although it began rather slowly, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which just concluded on Sunday, saw a good degree of sales and acquisition activity, with many more deals to be announced in the coming weeks. Although it does not have an official market sidebar like Cannes or Berlin, there is a good amount of informal rubbing of shoulders between members of the international film community who were in attendance in force. According to ...

Roman Polanski will return (free) to Zurich Fest

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Roman Polanski is returning to Zurich (you remember the arrest fiasco at ZFF 2 years ago that made international headlines). He is claiming his award and unveiling a BRAND NEW SURPRISE FILM!  Director Roman Polanski will attend the upcoming 7th Zurich Film Festival to accept the lifetime achievement award that was intended for him two years ago, to honor his outstanding career achievements as a filmmaker. The announcement was made today by Zurich Film Festival Directors Karl Spoerr...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  A DANGEROUS METHOD (David Cronenberg, Canada)  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the ones by name dire...

Johnny English Reborn Births At Entertainment Quarter Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi - 4th September 2011

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Johnny English Reborn Births At Entertainment Quarter Sydney: by Eva Rinaldi - 4th September 2011 Hollywood megastar Rowan Atkinson did the red carpet at Sydney's Entertainment Quarter aka Fox Studios, Moore Park, this afternoon, in stellar fashion. About 500 Australian fans and dozens of news media witnessed Johnny English (and his wife) arrive in a dark blue Rolls-Royce. The famous Shaolin Warriors also added...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen in A DANGEROUS METHOD  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the on...

Kate Winslet and Madonna at 68th Venice Film Festival

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September 01, 2011, will mark the world premier of Roman Polanski's latest film, CARNAGE (2011) at the 68th Venice Film Festival. Based on the play 'God of Carnage' by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the film is written and directed by Roman Polanski and stars Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly. The four characters will meet after a fight between their sons at school and will spin off from there into a quirky and original black comedy. The film will play in competi...

Kate Winslet and Madonna at 68th Venice Film Festival

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 Tonight, September 01, 2011, will mark the world premier of Roman Polanski's latest film, CARNAGE (2011) at the 68th Venice Film Festival. Based on the play 'God of Carnage' by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the film is written and directed by Roman Polanski and stars Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly. The four characters will meet after a fight between their sons at school and will spin off from there into a quirky and original black comedy. The film will play...

The Deep Blue Sea to close the 55th BFI London Film Festival

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 The 55th BFI London Film Festival will close on Thursday 27 October with the UK premiere of Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea.   Set in post-war Britain, this deeply moving story is an adaptation of Terence Rattigan's classic play. Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of high court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). To the shock of those around her, she walks out of her marriage to move in with young ex-RAF pilot,...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011

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Running its 22nd edition in cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center the Human Rights Watch Film Festival presented from June 16 – 3019 films from 12 countries and premiered 17. As in past editions, most productions selected were first rate prompting animated debates reinforcing the audience commitment to human rights issues. Thus the viewers enjoyed again reflexive cinema at its best. Most filmmakers were present to discuss their productions and to provide additional insights into...

A Fitting Tribute

Director: Daniel Cormack.
Black comedy. Hardened-pro news reporter Tammy initiates the novice reporter Niall into the art of the 'death-knock' - knocking on the doors of the recently bereaved to get a news story.
Niall's lack of success has put his job under threat and Tammy has been detailed to improve his hit rate. When Niall death-knocks Mrs Wright he finds not the grieving, hostile mother he expected but a warm welcome, good food and a comfortable bed, but what's really going on and what are Mrs Wright's true motives?

Amelia and Michael

Director: Daniel Cormack.
A married couple appear to have all the trappings of wealth, success and happiness, but both Amelia and Michael have secrets from each other. Michael drops off Amelia for lunch, but once the car is out of sight, Amelia removes her wedding ring and travels to an alternative destination. Michael, however, appears the perfect husband, organising a romantic dinner. But things are not always as they first appear. Amelia goes again to her secret destination: a hospital, where she is visiting a Lover who has been paralysed in a motorbike accident. Michael’s dinner is with a Call-Girl. After she has left his hotel room, he tries to sleep but can’t and is disturbed by a phone call from his work colleague Francis who has discovered his whereabouts. Amelia uncovers evidence of Michael’s duplicity, but before she can act, the phone rings. She rushes to the hospital, but arrives to find her Lover has already died. Amelia returns to find Michael in the kitchen, who mistakenly assumes his infidelity is the cause of Amelia’s distress. He tries to explain but she silences him. Amelia and Michael sit in the car in silence. A motorbike stops next to them; an incidental detail of the opening scene which now acquires a poignant and arresting meaning - representing the lost vitality of youth and love. AMELIA AND MICHAEL addresses the discrete, multi-faceted and often contradictory personas people present to each other and asks whether it is possible to truly know another person or even yourself.

We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues

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I am the Media Consultant for the We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues, which is unique in the sense that it is not an annual event.

We collect films in four categories - up to one minute, up to five minutes, up to 30 minutes, and up to one hour. We then take them to educational, social and disability institutions.

Awards are also presented to the three best films in each category, on 3 May which marks World Disability Day.

We charge a small amount for those who enter their films, but we do not charge any money for screening the films and workshop - except for travel and stay if it outside the city in which we live - New Delhi (capital of India).

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