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MOTHERS, Milcho at AIFF 2011

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Milcho Manchevski in Aruba Sound like a RHCP album??? :-) Well, it's not. No, this is the latest film by celebrated Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994; Dust 2001; Shadows, 2007). This week Milcho has attended the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival to showcase his latest film, MOTHERS, as well as his Golden Lion award-winning film BEFORE THE RAIN. He will also attend a 'Conversations With' discussing at length his career as an award-winning filmmaker and...

Winners of the Caribbean spotlight

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CARIBBEAN SPOTLIGHT SERIES AWARD CEREMONY AND PARTY MONDAY, JUNE 12th Children of God, winner of the Caribbean spotlight (Location: Gold Coast) Winners of the Aruba International Film Festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) Competition were announced on Tuesday night at a special Festival event held at Gold Coast Aruba. Encouraged by tremendous local support last year, AIFF expanded its popular "Spotlight" series this year, which was created to showcases movies ...

...meeting the Aruba locations for the second time

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The international media attendingthe second edition of the Aruba International Film Festival are hosted at Radisson hotel a 5 minutes walk from Hyatt and the press office and 10 minutes walk to the red carpet facilities. Easy and nice walk, but for those carrying heavy equipment... Isn't life hard in the world of film festivals...There are about 5.000 festivals we know of, another 2000 we certainly dont know of but we get to gather in places like Aruba, Bahamas, Ischia, Capri, Trinidad a...

Aruba International Film Festival

Beautiful Aruba at the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Aruba International Film Festival

Beautiful Aruba at the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festivalphoto by Vanessa McMahon 

Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" for island Tolerance Day

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Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" by Mohamed Fekrane as part of Island wide “Tolerance Day” programThe Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. On Monday, June 13th AIFF w...

ARUBA PART 2!

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Claudio Masenza and Kim Cattrall                 Welcome to Aruba where film fantasy and paradise meet- an Edenic tropical island, rich Aruban culture, crystal blue Caribbean water, stimulating humidity, sizzling sun and a celebration of international art-house cinema... This year’s Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) began with a sensual flare welcoming beloved actress, Sex In The City star Kim Cattrall ...

Aruba Opening Day!

Award winning costume designer Michael Kaplan walks the red on opening night at Aruba International Film Festival, 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

AIFF Opening Night

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Claudio Masenza and Kim Cattrall                 Welcome to Aruba where film fantasy and paradise meet- an Edenic tropical island, rich Aruban culture, crystal blue Caribbean water, stimulating humidity, sizzling sun and a celebration of international art-house cinema... This year’s Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) began with a sensual flare welcoming beloved actress, Sex In The City star Kim Cattrall ...

DRIVE-ing AT CANNES, with Ryan Gosling

Nicolas Refn and Ryan Gosling at Cannes press conference talking about their heterosexual love for each other.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

DRIVE-ing AT CANNES, with Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling at Cannes for his new film DRIVE (2011) which ran in competitionphoto by Vanessa McMahon 

DRIVE press conference

the press conference for the film in competition DRIVE(2011) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. On panel were: Director NicolasWinding Refn, Actor Ryan Gosling, Writer Hossein Amini, Editor Mat Newman,Producer Marc Platt and Producer Adam Siegel.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

DRIVE press conference

the press conference for the film in competition DRIVE(2011) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. On panel were: Actor Ryan Gosling.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

DRIVE-ing AT CANNES, with Ryan Gosling

the press conference for the film in competition DRIVE(2011) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. On panel were: Director NicolasWinding Refn, Actor Ryan Gosling, Writer Hossein Amini, Editor Mat Newman,Producer Marc Platt and Producer Adam Siegel.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

DRIVE press conference

the press conference for the film in competition DRIVE(2011) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Director NicolasWinding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Aruba introduces new film lab

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Furthering its mission to encourage, educate and activate young Aruban filmmakers by creating new opportunities for hands-on learning and development, the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is introducing a new Film Lab for the festival’s second edition, which takes place June 10-16, 2011. The announcement was made today by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. Sponsored by Regeling KulturA, which provides money for...

Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy

Director: Rob Heydon.
A Transformational Love Story from the love of Ecstasy to the ecstasy of Love. Ecstasy debuted as the No. 1 Bestselling book all over the world, and was translated into twenty languages. The feature-length film Ecstasy is an adaptation of a short story (entitled The Undefeated) taken from this narrative collection.

Film-noir 'Drive' shifts Cannes into high gear

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  Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (AFP, Anne-Christine Poujoulat) CANNES, France - The Cannes film festival got a shot of high-octane drama on Friday with "Drive," a violent film-noir thriller set in Los Angeles, rich in Detroit iron and inspired in part by the Brothers Grimm. Canadian actor Ryan Gosling stars in Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn's tale of a solitary Hollywood stunt-car driver and part-time wheelman for armed robbers who morphs into a cold...

British Independent Film Festival Awards

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The second British Independent Film Festival has come to a close and it is time to announce the winners from each category! ...the winners are:   British Lion Award - Best Achievement in Film Alleyman Best Feature Film Whatever happened to Pete Blaggit? Best Short Film  The Last Duel Best Music Video Take Your Medicine  Best Documentary ...

Canadian Front Heading To New York City

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  When cold weather descends on New York City, our local meterologists generally lay the blame at the door of our massive neighbor to the north. They refer to a cold air mass as a "Canadian front" and when it is in the forecast, be prepared for your bones to chill. Well, another Canadian front is on the horizon, but this one is much more benign, in fact it is downright welcome. Canadian Front 2011 is the yearly showcase of new Canadian cinema that starts tomorrow at New ...

I saw the devil in Fantasporto and I enjoyed, though brutal...

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My day  in Fantasporto: a treat of fantastic, raw ham-and-bread tapas and a glass of port. RED as blood! PATIENT X de Yam Laranas (Filip) - 108 min. Creatures you do not want to meet: stupid, strong, violent, strange language, even for someone from Philipines. They would feed on you. and a well deserved happy end after 108 long minutes. Second feature in the Rivoli auditorium: THE CHAMELEON de Jean Paul Salomé (Can) - 106 min. Based on a true story of a young fre...

The Victoria Film Festival (VFF) wrap and awards

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  The Victoria Film Festival (VFF) brought another festive, energy-packed, and visually stunning celebration to the community. The Festival hand-picked unique movies from around the world, some that were later honoured with prestigious nominations including Genie-nominated films such as Trigger, and Leave them Laughing; as well as Oscar-nominated films such as Biutiful, In a Better World, The Illusionist, and Incendies (also Genie nominated). Sold out films included Chef of the South Polar ...

Paul Giamatti inspired me tonight in his performance in Barney’s Version

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Paul Giamatti inspired me tonight in his performance in Barney’s Version By Ron Gilbert Inspiration is the key to getting you up in the morning to start a new day with excitement and fervor and those goals that you have set for yourself in whatever you do. As a writer I need to be inspired so that I can explode with creative dialogue so that you can read about a film that moves me. Tonight that happened. Michael Konyves’ script based on Mordecai Richler’s novel, Richard’s dir...

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival preview

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London, announced today that four titles confirmed for the 2011 festival in March have been selected for the Sundance Film Festival, January 20-30. Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave will screen “in competition,” Lynn Hershman Leeson’s !Women, Art, Revolution and Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies are in the official selection, while Pamela Yates’ Granito will have its World Premiere at Sundance. “The Green Wave, !Women, Art, Revolution and ‘Grani...
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