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Fifth Festival of German Films in Tokyo kicks in tomorrow

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Fifth Festival of German Films in Tokyo from 15th to 18th October 2009The 5th Festival of German Films in Tokyo will be presented by German Films with the traditional partner, the Goethe Institut in Japan, with further German and Japanese partners and sponsors.The festival will be opened on 15th October with SOUL KITCHEN by Fatih Akin. The screenwriter and lead actor Adam Bousdoukos, the actress Pheline Roggan and the producer Klaus Maeck will be there in person to present their film to the audi...

Silent about Legendary Czech Creature and Rabbi LOW Shows at Pordenone with original music

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The film [programme note by Kristin Thompson] Der Golem is a classic film – doubly so. First, it has long nestled comfortably within the list of titles that make up the German Expressionist movement of the 1920s. Teachers of survey history courses are more likely to show Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, but a serious enthusiast will make a point of seeing Der Golem as well. From the start, reviewers recognized Der Golem as Expressionist. In 1921 the New York Times’ critic wrote, “Resembl...

Retrospective of Werner Herzog's work in Thessaloniki

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German director Werner Herzog is the principal Retrospective of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Herzog will attend the Festival to present his films, conduct a Masterclass and will be honored with a Golden Alexander for his contribution to the art of cinema. The full Retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Greece, will showcase the total of Herzog’s films, including the filmmaker’s fiction and docum...

Making worlds at Venice 66th Film Festival - Nicolas Cage, the Bad Lieutenant . 4th September 2009.

Nicolas Cage commented that film work was like painting and music. In Werner Herzog’s The Bad Lieutenant he takes a leap of faith to rescue a drowning soul, injures his back, and thereafter shapes his character in a disfigured pose “head ahead with eyes in front” and descends into his own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience.  Nesta Morgan 

11 Masters Screening At TIFF

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  THE WHITE RIBBON (Michael Haneke)  by Sandy Mandelberger, TIFF Dailies Editor  The 34th Toronto International Film Festival is presenting 11 works that will be presented as part of the Masters programme, which brings audiences new works from the world’s greatest filmmakers. MASTERS ...

European Parliament Film Prize unveils at Mostra the 3 nominees: Eastern Plays, Sturm and Welcome

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Today, under the auspices of the 66th Mostra, the European Parliament unveiled the three contending films for the LUX Prize 2009: Eastern Plays (Kamen Kalev), Sturm (Hans-Christian Schmid) and Welcome (Philippe Lioret) will compete for the film prize that has been awarded by the European Parliament to a European co-production for the last two years. For the winner, the LUX Prize 2009 (lux is the Latin word for light), worth about 87,000 Euros, will finance subtitling in the EU's...

Telluride Film Festival comes to a close

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Today marks the close of the 36th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Twenty-four feature films played in the Festival’s main program, not including three Sneak Previews added throughout the four-day event. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, September 4 and closed today, September 7, 2009. The following unannounced Sneak Previews screened at the 36th Telluride Film Festival:UP IN THE AIR ...

Film Fans Vote for their Favourite European Film

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European Film Academy Opens Vote for People’s Choice Award The People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film and win a trip to the European Film Awards Ceremony. Every year, when the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, producers, cinematographers, screenwriters, designers, but also industry representatives and the international media, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a ...

17th Filmfest Hamburg opens with "Soul Kitchen" by Fatih Akin

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On 24th September 2009 "Soul Kitchen" will open the 17th Filmfest Hamburg, celebrating its German premiere at Cinemaxx Dammtor. "Soul Kitchen" is the sixth feature film by renowned director and producer Fatih Akin. The film's extraordinary cast reads like a best-of of Akin's films: Adam Bousdoukos of "Short Sharp Shock", Moritz Bleibtreu of "In July" and "Solino" and Birol Ünel of "Head On". For Festival Director Albert Wiederspiel "Soul Kitchen" signifies "a declaration of love for the metrop...

CineVegas 2009 dailies report

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Cinevegas is set off the Las Vegas strip at the Palms Hotel and Brenden Theatre complex. Parties were held at the Playboy Club, the Rain Night club, the Venetian and Mandalay Bay Hotels. The festival closed with a street party and Drive-In showing of a 1950's movie "classic" that recently served as the inspiration of Monsters versus Aliens. There is a casino level suite where filmmakers and industry meet for a once a day feed, and a cocktail hour. There has been much said and written about a pa...

Volker Schlöndorff turns 70

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"Light, Shadow and Movement. My Life and My Films" Now we can also say Happy 70th Birthday to Volker Schlöndorff who was born on March 31, 1949 in Wiesbaden. In his recently published autobiography "Light, Shadow and Movement" he candidly describes the steadfast bond between his life and his work. Schlöndorff`s career began in the early 1960s as an assistant to the then leading masters in France: Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville and Louis Malle. He made his first movie as early as 1966: YOU...

B-EST 3rd Edition

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3rd edition, 14 – 21 April 2007, Scala and Eforie cinemas The Russian director Nikita Mihalkov opened the 3rd edition of B-EST IFF by the movie Burned By The Sun (Oscar for the best foreign movie,1994)., Mihalkov as well, was present at the movie projections Statski Sovetnik (2005, producer and actor) and The Barber of Siberia (1998), movies chosen at the director’s suggestion. Nikita Mihalkov answered the audience and the press questions all along the press conference organized at the M...

Berlinale’s Queer Teddy; Interview with Wieland Speck

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Berlinale’s Queer Teddy: Interview with Wieland Speck, Director of the Panorama section and the Teddy AwardsAmong the major film festivals the Berlinale, Berlin’s International Film Festival stands out as the first with an official award, the TEDDY, for the best lesbian, gay, bi- and transsexual films, an award which has been granted for the last twenty years. The Venice Film Festival had for two years now the QUEER LION for the best LGBT feature film. The number of LGBT films screened at ...

Teenagers

Director: Paul Verhoeven (France).
Beside not very commendable teenagers, there exist some others, but who are never showed… Now, these young people, like Lucas, Alexis, etc, can have a beneficial influence on the youths adrift, and even make them better. But sometimes it is necessary to agree to pay the full price, like the corn grain which must die to bear fruit… It is what this film shows, film at the same time dramatic and full with hope, inspired from real facts.

South American Surge At Berlinale Awards

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THE MILK OF SORROW  The cinema of South America made a considerable noise at the closing ceremonies of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, winning most of the top prizes. In a year that saw weak entries from Europe and the United States, the glory migrated south of the border. THE MILK OF SORROW (La Teta Asustada) by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa won the evening’s top honor, the Berlinale Golden Bear. The film is a personal story that recalls the dark period of the 1980...

German Film Critics Prizes Unveiled At Berlinale

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  JERICHOW, the story of a love triangle gone bad, has won the prize for best film by the German Film Critics Association. Directed by Christian Petzold, the film, which premiered this past summer at the Venice Film Festival, stars Benno Furmann, Nina Hoss and Hilmi Solzer. In this tale of lies and deception. German actress Karoline Herfurth won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a girl dealing with her brother’s suicide in Oscar winning director Caroline Link’s A YEAR AGO I...

South American surge at Berlinale Awards

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The cinema of South America made a considerable noise at the closing ceremonies of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, winning most of the top prizes. In a year that saw weak entries from Europe and the United States, the glory migrated south of the border.THE MILK OF SORROW (La Teta Asustada) by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa won the evening’s top honor, the Berlinale Golden Bear. The film is a personal story that recalls the dark period of the 1980s and 1990s, when tens of thousand...

VALENTINES Day in Berlin – Last day of the 2009 Berlinale

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Ten days have gone by like a flash and I'm sitting here in the press room on Saturday afternoon, Valentine's Day, mulling over the dull flicks I slept through, the one or two that kept me awake, and the handful that I really wanted to see but never got around to. ("John Rabe", Sean Penn's "Milk", a Persian film called "Barbareye Elly", the latest Wajda, and a few others). Of the half dozen competition films I did get to, not one was a real winner, and most were so...

German Films Dominate Berlinale Competition

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German films and co-productions dominate the Main Competition section of this year’s Berlinale….making a big score for the home team at Germany’s most prestigious and influential film event. Giving German films and filmmakers such a prominent international showcase has always been one of the goals (and sometimes the challenges) of the Festival. These days, with such recent successes as THE LIVES OF OTHERS and this year’s Oscar nominee THE BADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, the German industry is on ...

German Films Dominate Berlinale Competition

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Saturday, 7 February----German films and co-productions dominate the Main Competition section of this year’s Berlinale….making a big score for the home team at Germany’s most prestigious and influential film event. Giving German films and filmmakers such a prominent international showcase has always been one of the goals (and sometimes the challenges) of the Festival. These days, with such recent successes as THE LIVES OF OTHERS and this year’s Oscar nominee THE BADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, ...

Kate Winslet is the flavor of the week at Berlinale, by Alex Deleon

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There are at least half a dozen daily newspapers that come out every day in Berlin and it is easy to see which personalities are the flavors of the day just by glancing at the pictures that adorn the front pages every day here during the festival. Yesterday it was all Tom Tykwer, tall pleasant-looking 43 year old director of the festival's opening film "The International", with a bit of backup by the star of his pic, handsome English action hero Clive Owen. Now that former avant-garde German dir...

Berlinale Photo Gallery

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Check the berlinale gallery on fest21.com photographers atrium Wieland Speck Wieland Speck, Director Panorama Tom Tykwer Clive Owen Tilda Swinton Tilda Swinton Christoph Schlingensief Thomas Hailer The Yes Men ...

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Kate Winslet is theflavor of the week at Berlinale

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There are at least half a dozen daily newpapers that come out every day in Berlin and it is easy to see which personalities are the flavors of the day just by glancing at the pictures that adorn the front pages every day here during the festival. Yesterday it was all Tom Tykwer, tall pleasant-looking 43 year old director of the festival's opening film "The Internmational", with a bit of backup by the star of his pic, handsome English action hero Clive Owen. Now that former avant-garde German d...

A Dazzling Opening Night for the Berlinale 2009

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With the world premiere of the star-studded action thriller "The International" by ace German director Tom Tykwer (of "Lola Runs" fame), the 59th Berlin International Film Festival opens this evening, Febsuary 5,  in the presence of the director and the actors Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will ring the curtain up in conjunction with Jury President, Scottish actress Tilda Swinton. The event will be telecast liv...
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