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Break a Leg best indie from Sante Fe Fest

"Break a Leg" was honored with the Milagro Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival for Best Independent Feature. Break a Leg is directed by Monika Mitchell and is written by Frank and John Cassini.John Cassini plays the lead character and recently won Best Performance at the Marco Island Film Festival, the film also garnered the Audience Award at Cinevegas in June. Break a Leg is a black comedy with an unflinching portrayal of the classic anti-hero who will sink as low as he must to get to the to...

Humbert Balsan chairs EFA following Nick Powell

Following recent vote to designate the new European Film Academy Board the 1600 members have elected Humbert Balsan to replace Nick Powell as EFA chairman. French producer will bring 'Gallic flavour' to Academy's operations, quotes Powell. Beeing french myself I wondered what this could mean besides changing wine and champagne sponsors.I finally decided to translate this as a recognition to creativty in the organistion process: a touch of stunning - chic improvisation, associated to attention t...

Audience's choice for "Indigo" debut in Santa Fe

How good does a movie have to be to be “relevant?” Is it the implied message, or the delivery system, the power of the story itself that makes or breaks it. The obvious answer, of course, is the story. No story, no characters that are interesting and relatable, then no relevance. Or so it goes.It’s a tried and true formula, be it from the biggest of studios to the tiniest of indie films shot on the run, but I witnessed an interesting twist on the premise this past week-end at the Santa Fe ...

Screeners ban lifted: indies win

A federal judge freed movie distributors to send copies of films to awards voters -- a decision seen as a victory for independent film producers as awards season approaches.US District Judge Michael B. Mukasey lifted a rule imposed by the Motion Picture Association of America that blocked studios from sending the copies, or "screeners," to voters.The MPAA had argued that the ban, issued in September, was a means of slowing the explosion of movie piracy. Digital copies of many films turn up on th...

Rotterdam focus on Rome - Italy

’Once We Were Birds: Romani Cinema’ is one of the thematic sidebars within the festival (alongside ’Homefront USA’ and ’Power : Play’). It will be devoted to films by and about the Roma and thus continues a tradition in the festival of celebrating the voices and the riches of unsung cultures. A large selection of features, shorts and documentaries will include films by Romani directors featuring Romani actors and the majority of them in the Romani language. Very rarely seen clas...

Shorts with effect at AEAF Short Film Festival

Oscar winners and Cannes Grand Jury [prize-winning shorts will be part of an outstanding international program of short films at the first-ever AEAF Short Film Festival on Sunday, December 7 at the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Along with some of the finest and funniest Australian short films produced in 2003, the films will screen to an opening night audience at the ninth annual Australian Effects & Animation Festival. A full program is online at

Further awards for UZAK

The director of the turkish film Uzak Mr. Nuri Bilge Ceylan is enjoying a faboulous festival circuit ride on success with a further nomination in the Best European Director Category of European Film Awards 2003. The winner of the EFA-Awards will be announced on 6th Dec. in Berlin. Further the film UZAK has just received new awards: * Golden Antigone in Montpellier / France* Critics' Award in Montpellier / France...

Plastic Tree wins in Mannheim-Heidelberg

Main Award Mannheim-Heidelberg, Best Fiction Feature Film goes to Plastic TreeRainer Werner Fassbinder AwardMatias Bize for "Sábado"Special Award of the JuryDaniel Lind Lagerlöf for "Miffo"Special Mentions of the International JuryRyuichi Hiroki for "Vibrator"Blanca Lewin in "Sábado"Best Short FilmAndrus Tuisk for "Perebisnes"Audience Award of Mannheim-HeidelbergGoran Rebic for "Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunarea"Prize of the FIPRESCI-JuryAndre van der Hout for "De Arm van Jezus"Prize for the...

Fipresci awards in Mumbai and Rotterdam

At the International Film Festival Mumbai(India, November 20-27, 2003)"Shadow Kill" (Nizhalkkuthu) by Adoor Gopalakrishnan (India, 2002)won the Prize of the International Critics"For its powerful cinematic exploration of the agony and helplessness of a hangman which dig as deep in the universal psyche as it does in Indian culture." A Special Mention went to: "Freaky Chakra" by V.K.Prakash (India, 2002), "For the extraordinarily light treatment of very serious emotions, inhibitions and aspiration...

The treaty: a successful short on the circuit

THE TREATY was honored as the BEST SHORT FILM at the 2003 Midwest Entertainment Industry Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The MEIC is the nation's FIRST non-profit entertainment industry conference. The conference is an annual convergence of national entertainment industry personnel representing a wide spectrum of companies and services within the entertainment industry, and artists from the worlds of film, music, game development, and publishing. THE TREATY also made its international debut...

The jury

The international jury of the fiction film section :Yves Caumon, director (France)Edwina Forkin, producer (Ireland)Benoît Lamy, director (Belgium)Tiffany Limos, actress (United States)Kornel Mundruczo, director (Hungary)Jean Rouaud, writer (France)The international jury of the new documentary section :Paul Cornet, writer-director (France)Véronique Godard, consultant (France)Pascal Privet, head of Rencontres Cinéma du Réel à l'Imaginaire in Manosque (France)Elisa Resegotti, producer (Italy)...

The Katorza Cinema, a special host

HistoryThe Katorza Cinema, where most of the festival of the 3 continents takes place, has a long history that makes it play a special role in the hearts of Nantes’ moviegoers. In fact, it was founded on June 4, 1921 by a Jewish immigrant from Tunisia named Salomon Kétorza. This fairground entertainer was at the time quite famous in the City of the Dukes because he had created in 1900 a huge 14-wagon long travelling cinema and 2 brick-and-mortar theatres : the Apollo which opened in December ...

7 days, 7 nights : a poetic act of resistance

Siete Dias, siete noches (7 days, 7 nights) by Cuban director Joel Cano was warmly received by the audience when it was screened on Sunday evening at the Festival of the 3 Continents in Nantes. Cano, a trained playwright who graduated from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, had diverse artistic experiences as playwright, stage director and novelist (La Isla de Los Quizas, Se vende, El juego de perder el tiempo). So it’s no wonder that he is the director, writer and DP of his first feature ...


At first sight, the title of Ryuichi HIROKI’s latest movie refers to sexual misery and loneliness. After all, it’s what a vibrator is about and we cannot forget that the helmer made his directing debut in 1982 in erotic films before receiving the Grand Prix in the video section of the Yubari Fantastic Film Festival for the 1993 film "Sadistic City". Or maybe it refers to the cellphone that vibrates in the inner jacket of 30-year old Rei Hayakawa (played by Shinobu Terashima, Arts Festival pr...

Ghosts, spectres and dragons in Nantes

On Saturday the 29th the competition arena of Nantes’ 3 Continents was haunted by the cinematic ghosts of Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu San) and by the torturing spectres of a dramatic political past in Pakistani Sabiha Sumar’s Silent Waters (Kamosh Pani). Tsai’s sixth feature, winner of the Fipresci award in Venice, pays homage to cinema and to the magic experience of viewing films in movie theatres. Taking an old theatre bound to permanently shut its doors as his actual prot...

Bar Girls hotties in Nantes competition

As Nantes’ competition has rolled on, the spot has already been occupied by four rather different titles: three of them were coming from Asia, Bar Girls (Gai Nhay) from Vietnam, Min from Malaysia and Ordinary People (Malen’kie Ljudi) from Kazakhstan; the fourth one, The Magic Gloves (Los Guantes Magicos), came instead from Argentina.The competition opened with Le Hoang’s Bar Girls, a film that depicts the life of female dancers and prostitutes in present days Saigon. Girls coming from diff...

The Station Agent Closes Stockholm

The Stockholm International Film Festival officially closed November 25th with a screening of "E! Audience Award winner," The Station Agent. Tipped as the favorite of the festival, the film lived up to its reputation from beginning to end. It is not hard to understand why the film won the hearts of the Stockholm audience. The area where the story takes place in Newfoundland NJ is a little like a small Swedish town, set far away from everything, where people speak slowly, and savor their words i...

Nantes trois continents: a festival open to the world

Created in 1979 in Nantes by Philippe and Alain Jalladeau, two brothers with a passion for cinema and travels, the 3 Continents Festival has assered itself, with the passing years, as a gathering which cannot be ignored by the cinematographies of Africa, Asia, and Latin and Black America. Since its creation, it has presented over one thousand films and has gained both national and international prestige. Exclusive screenings of works of fiction, tribute to an actor or an actress, historical pres...

A discovery of faraway cinematographies

Every year, the Jalladeau brothers, tirelessd globe-trotters, share the planet between them to go and see on location films that are born away from the major international channels. Philippe goes all over Latin America, the Arab and Muslim world and the Asian republics of the ex-URSS, while Alain travels throughout the length and breadth of Asia and Black Africa.After having screened several hundreds of ilms, they offer a selection which is the most capable of reflecting the social, historical a...

10 films in competition

ANA Y LOS OTROS by Célina Murga - ArgentinaLOS GUANTES MAGICOS by Martin Rejtman - ArgentinaSIETE DIAS SIETE NOCHES by Joel Cano - CubaVIBRATOR by Ryuichi Hiroki - JapanRAMBLERS by Nobuhiro Yamashita - JapanMANEKEN PIL by Nariman Turebaiev - KazaksthanMIN by Ho Yuhang - MalaisiaSILENT WATERS by Sabiha Sumar - PakistanGOOD BYE DRAGON -IN by Tsai Ming Liang - TaiwanGAI NHAY by Le Hoang - Vietnam...

Out of competition

Official selection: OUT OF COMPETITIONDRIFTERS by Wang Xiaoshuai - ChinaARIMPARA by Murali Nair - IndiaAGJAD by Abolfazl Jalili - Iran"REGARDS PLURIELS"OSAMA by Sedigh Barmak - AfghanistanNILOFAR IN THE RAIN by Homayoun Karimpour - Afghanistan...

Osama the circuit favorite

Part of Nantes Festival des trois Continents official selection (out of competition),Osama has won on the festival circuit on many occasions (Montreal top prize, London...) Osama an Afghan movie by director Siddiq Barmak takes place at the beginning of the period of the Taliban take over, Afghan women were not allowed to come out into the streets unless accompanied by man or boy. Women who had no sons or who had lost their husbands, demonstrated for the right to work, to have a place in the new...

13 was a festival favorite in Stockholm

Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen, a noteworthy film in the Stockholm International Competition was a festival favorite, a film about Tracy, a young woman who goes haywire when Evie, the hottest woman in high school wants her to hang out with her. The story is true, and the script was written and acted by Nikki Reed who plays Evie, the woman who in real life led her astray into a world of sex , shoplifting and drugs. More crucial to the story is the role of substance abuse. Tracy ...

Santa Fe 4th ready to kick off

The Santa Fe Film Festival launches its fourth, and largest, season. Salutes to British director Stephen Frears, actor Peter Boyle and New Mexico novelist/screenwriter Max Evans anchor this year's Santa Fe Film Festival. In addition, the festival expects more than 200 filmmakers and other special guest artists to attend. The roster includes actress Elisabeth Moss (seen on TV series "The West Wing"), "The Wild Bunch" screenwriter Walon Green, legendary casting director Lynn Stalmaster and the te...

Children's film fest in Oulu concludes

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL IN OULU, FINLAND 17.-23.11.2003The children's jury's decisions:"The Jury had a really difficult job deciding on the winner. All twelve films in competition were of the same quality.In the winning film:'The plot is based on a true story and is also interesting.''The story is beautifully and fluently told.''Time travel is a difficult topic. However, it was exquisitely carried out.''The music of the film appeals to everyone.''The scenery created an atmosphere ...