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Eran Kolirin: “My filmis permeated by a sense of insecurity”

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Let’s start with your character, Oded, who at one point began to question his everyday life... One of the things I love the most about cinema is that sometimes the most mundane things, if you stare at them long enough, start to look unusual. If we look deep enough at a regular chair, for example, at some point it startsto seem like something completely unknown... If we start gazing at things, in a moment we begin to ask questions: “What is a car?” – “A big box with four...

Diagonale 2012: A Tribute to Avi Mograbi

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This year Diagonale's  international tribute will be dedicated to the Israeli filmmaker and video artist Avi Mograbi. As a decidedly political filmmaker, the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shapes all of Avi Mograbi’s films. He rejects a simplified view and employs his own blend of documentary, autobiographical and fictional work to achieve his unique approach to the subject. The 2012 Diagonale will present a retrospective of his work up to now, in addition to the multi-channel vide...

TORN! To become whole?

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By Maria Esteves – February 7, 2012 The 21st New York Jewish Film Festival 2012 (NYJFF2012) presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center special film screening of TORN, by Israeli filmmaker Ronit Kertsner commenced Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 PM at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, New York. TORN is a powerful documentary that follows the life of Jacob Weksler (Romuald Waszkinel) a true Messianic believer, a completed Jew on a spiritual journey to Israel wh...

FAFF 17, It’s A Shame ...

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          Author Film Festival FAF 2011 opened Israeli film director Eran Kolirin whose film Replacement hits the direct competition program of festival this year and is known as the award-winning author of film couple years back The Band's Visit. Author Film Festival FAF in Belgrade, Serbia, 30-5th of December began with the film Shame directed the British director and visual artist Steve McQueen. McQueen’s film Shame awarded at the b...

YOUNG DIRECTORS & ACTORS DISCUSS OEUVRE ON DAY 5 OF 42ND IFFI,GOA

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 Argentinian director Pablo Cesor, whose Argentine-Benin co-production Orillas delves into the subject of the people of African descent in Buenos Aires says Argentinians have for long been in denial about the African presence. I wanted to tackle the subject of social justice." Next on the agenda is a film on Rabindranath Tagore and his Latin American connections. Mr Cesor says he became interested in the subject after an interaction with the Indian Ambassador to Argentina, which Tago...

Closing ceremony of 52nd TIFF

Artistic Achievement AwardRONIT ELKABETZ, MICHAEL MOSHONOV, YOAV ROTMAN – The cast OfMABUL (THE FLOOD)The Best Artistic Achievement Award goes to the cast of the Israeli drama, Mabul, which, in the intensity, passion and the unity of its ensemble performance, distinguishes the original narrative and makes the film real, relevant and deeply moving ByGUY NATTIV, Producers Chilik Michaeli, Ina Fichman, Avraham Pirc

Two Bulgarian films triumphant in Sarajevo received applauses from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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New Bulgarian cinema was remarkably presented at 17th Sarajevo Film Festival. Seven films participated in different festival's sections and two of them received awards. Konstantin Bojanov's 'AVE' received Special Jury Award and the prize awarded by the CINEUROPA portal. Bojanov personally received the awards in the presence of actors Ovanes Torosian, Angela Nikolova and producer Dimitar Gotchev. This year's jury  of the Competition Programme - Feature Film was presided by Israeli d...

Menahem Golan is coming to the 7th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival!

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It is a great pleasure and honour to announce the arrival of the legendary Israeli producer, director and script writer Menahem Golan to this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, where he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival will take place from July 25 to July 30 in Ljutomer, Slovenia. Menahem Golan has produced over 200 and directed over 40 films. He is renowned as one of the most important independent film producers of all times and has provided Israeli cin...

Giuseppe Cioccarelli on the Tolerance Day project which screened Ensemble (arabs save jews) and more themed films in Aruba...

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Bruno Chatelin: Giuseppe I have just screened Ensemble by Mohamed Fekrane as part of the Tolerance day film program, this is a great idea, how did it start? Giuseppe Cocciarelli: I received two months ago an email from this group of filmmakers in Tel Aviv where Palestinians and Israeli worked together on the same subject and made the film called “The coffee project”. "Coffee – Between Reality and Imagination" is a cinematic collaboration between young Israeli and P...

HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE), Joseph and Shlomo speak.

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  PRESS CONFERENCE at 64th Cannes Film Festival for: HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE, Israel, 2011) By director Joseph Cedar… SUMMARY: “The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, ye...

Cannes 2011

Press conference with cast for Israeli film HEARAT SHULAYIM (2011) at Cannes, 2011. Director Joseph Cedarphoto by Vanessa McMahon 

ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL wrapped in NYC

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The 25th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL closed tonight in NYC with a screening of the Panavision Audience Choice Award winning film – Avi Nesher’s The Matchmaker. The annual Panavision Audience Choice Award for Best Israeli Feature Film carries a state-of-the-art Panavision package worth over $60,000 for the director and producer to use toward their next film shot in Israel. Mr. Nesher’s The Matchmaker was shot utilizing funds he was awarded from the Panavision Audience Choice Award he received fo...

Cannes 2011: Palme d'Or race begins to come into focus

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  Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Courtesy of IMDb. It's never too early to begin handicapping the Palme d'Or race.  The film-festival world's most prestigious prize captures the attention of attendees in Cannes the way the New Hampshire primary mesmerizes political pundits -- it's hashed out and obsessed over for every possible shade of meaning -- and provides a film festival with a certain level of suspense. With the competition now one-third underwa...

Israel Film Festival Spotlights New Film Talents

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  Israeli films have had a strong profile at international film festivals and in the Oscar competitions for the past decade. For the next two weeks, New York area audiences will get a chance to sample the variety, dexterity and quality of contemporary Israeli films as the Israel Film Festival marks its 25th anniversary. The Festival runs through May 19 at the AMC Loews 84th Street Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Over a dozen filmmakers will join us from Israel for their film...

the 5 houses of Lea Goldberg

Director: yair qedar.
She died 41 years ago, but even today, Lea Goldberg is still an enigmatic figure - she is Israel's most beloved poet, a powerful woman, who lived with her mother and never married, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of WWW1 though her magical poetry. The film is a cinematic fantasy in five acts, using animation, after affects, archives, still photos, original music and interviews that celebrate together the fascinating story of L. Goldberg.

The Duel

Andrew Scott as Laevsky  playing Card.                        

Interview with Rabies authors Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado

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                                    A brother and sister in their twenties, run away from home after their dark secret is discovered. They find temporary refuge in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into a hunting trap, set by a psychotic killer, the brother sets out in a race against time to res...

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival turns 15

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  The 15th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival will be held March 10-16, 2011 at the Center for Jewish History, presented by the American Sephardi Federation (ASF) in association with Yeshiva University Museum (YUM). The 2011 slate of films includes critically acclaimed and award-winning films, as well as classic feature films and documentaries presented by filmmakers from differing global perspectives. The line-up includes five U.S. premieres and six New York premieres. The Festival is...

The Duel : Film stills

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Click on any of the thumbnail images below to download a 300 dpi jpeg. The larger image will open in a new window of your browser. Click and drag the large photo that opens up onto your Desktop, or right click (or ctrl + click) and go to "Save this image as..." or "Save picture as..." or "Download to disk." Fiona Glascott as Nadya in ANTON CHEKHOV'S THE DUEL. Directed by Dover Kosashvili. Photo by Paul Sarossy...

The Duel : the Filmmakers

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Dover Kosashvili - Director Born in Soviet Georgia in 1966, Dover Koshashvili immigrated to Israel with his family in 1972. He has directed two feature films and a short. His short, Im Hukim (By the Laws), first earned him acclaim at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where it was considered for the Cinefoundation award. In 2001, Koshashvili made his feature film directorial debut with Late Marriage, from a screenplay he wrote himse...

Brilliant reviews for Anton Checkhov's the Duel

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"The vibrant new film adaptation of the Anton Chekhov novella The Duel...nails also the essential qualities of comic indolence and dangerous yearning in Chekhov, which have proved so elusive time after time, in adaptation after adaptation.... The Duel looks beautiful, but it is not merely so. It doesn't carry the baggage of an important adaptation; it's deft, droll and languorously sexy.... This film is indeed something like a miracle." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune [Read the r...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Director: Dover Kosashvili.
The pivot point is an emotional and psychological triangle: a civil servant, Laevsky (Andrew Scott, appalling and appealing); his married mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott, a milky beauty); and a zoologist, Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, suitably rigid). The story gets going with Laevsky bitterly complaining about Nadya to an older friend, a doctor, Samoylenko (Niall Buggy). Laevsky claims to no longer care for Nadya, who, having left her husband, now inspires her lover’s contempt or, perhaps, fatigue. Like a caged animal, he wants out and claws at Samoylenko as Von Koren watches and seethes, stoking his loathing for Laevsky. For his part, by cutting to Nadya during Laevsky’s rant and capping the scene with a disapproving look from Von Koren, Mr. Kosashvili suggests that his own sympathies are divided.

Actress Daryl Hannah at the IFF Brother's Manaki

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Daryl Hannah at the IFF Brother's Manaki - recipient of the Special Golden Camera 300 for outstanding contribution to the world cinema art. At today's press conference, ICFF Brother's Manaki and Vip operator with great honour and pleasure announced the jury of the "Brothers Manaki Film Festival" (16-22.10.2010, Bitola), and over 150 outstanding guests from the world cinema, of whom many were awarded at various film festivals from A-category, and the guest list includes the excep...

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