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Hunger review, Festival Film of the Year Nominee

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SYNOPSIS:Inside Belfast's Maze prison in the early 80s, IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) faces the brutality of the system and clashes with the Catholic priest (Liam Cunningham) as he determines to keep fasting in an effort to trigger change in the classification of IRA prisoners not as criminals but as Prisoners of War. Given better perspective 25 years or so after the events depicted, Hunger is a feast of cinema, albeit harrowing and confronting. Steve McQueen is an unconven...

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Berlinale 2009: Academy Award-Winner Tilda Swinton will be Jury President

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The Scottish actress Tilda Swinton will be President of the International Jury at the Berlinale 2009. Tilda Swinton is one of the most prominent and versatile acting talents of her generation. She has received numerous international film awards for her exceptional work – most recently the 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Michael Clayton.   Also this year, she founded, co-curated and produced a film festival in her hometown of Nairn, Scotla...

Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference

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The programme for the 3rd Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference(EIFAC) has been finalised - and we're sure you'll love the line-up as much as we do. The event will be truly international: we have contributors from across Europe, and even from down under, talking about audiences from Nairn to Taipei. Papers cover individual films and entire film festivals, the past and the future, babies to baby boomers - but they all focus on empirical film audience research. Take a look at the full ...

Masterclass Richard Jobson (11/22/2008)

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MASTERCLASS RICHARD JOBSON     Scottish filmmaker, scriptwriter and producer Richard Jobson discussed the advantages of digital video in relation to film in his Masterclass on the 22nd of November in the Pavlos Zannas theatre. Jobson directed New Town Killers, showcased in the Special Screenings section of the 49th TIFF. Jobson, who works exclusively with digital, has already shot 4 low budget features. "A small budget is actually an advantage, as it allows...

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Heather Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

EFA conference will focus on comedy

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On the occasion of the 21st EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS in Copenhagen:WHAT MAKES EUROPE LAUGH - Local Comedies for an International Market Cinematek, Cinema Carl, Saturday, 6 December 2008, 11.00 14.30As part of the weekend programme for the 21st European Film Awards in Copenhagen, this years EFA Conference is dedicated to film comedies. A series of panel dicussions with European filmmakers and critics will look at different cultural variations of humour and the way they are depicted and perceived in ...

7th Discovering Latin America Film Festival highlights

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Discovering Latin America is glad to announce that the 7th edition of its unique Film Festival will run from Thursday 27th November to 7th December in London at the following venues: the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Odeon Covent Garden, Odeon Panton Street, the Ritzy Cinema and Tate Modern.For our seventh edition we are bringing a selection of the best of new feature films, documentaries and short films from across Latin America; with over thirty feature length films and many of them multiple...

Plot and cast of Doctor Parnassus

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is an upcoming fantasy-adventure mystery film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam and Charles McKeown. In the film, the leader of a traveling theater troupe, through a deal with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations. Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, and Heath Ledger star in the film, though the death of Ledger midway through filming caused production to be temporarily suspended. Ledger's role was...

Tilda Swinton: to be next Berlinale Jury President

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Berlinale 2009: Academy Award-Winner Tilda Swinton will be Jury President The Scottish actress Tilda Swinton will be President of the International Jury at the Berlinale 2009. Tilda Swinton is one of the most prominent and versatile acting talents of her generation. She has received numerous international film awards for her exceptional work – most recently the 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Michael Clayton. Also this year, she founded, co-curated and produced ...

London Festival Enjoys audience and industry records

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival rounded off its most successful year to date with the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. This year’s Festival hosted 191 feature films and 109 short films from 43 countries including a record 15 world premieres. There were 398 screenings and 537 visiting international filmmakers, a record 1096 industry professionals, and the highest ever audience attendance. High-profile international filmmakers and actors attended their film’s s...

The nominees for the British Independent Film Awards.

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The nominations and jury members for the eleventh annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Tuesday 28 October at Soho House in London. The nominations this year reflect the up and coming and internationally renowned on and off screen talent and also demonstrate a strong multicultural presence.Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and the British Independent Film Awards says: "The nominations reveal an unparalleled number of new and young film talent across the various ca...

New generation create promising new chapter for Black British film

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Black British film is currently undergoing a silent revolution and the 10th bfm International Film Festival (November 7-17, 2008) will provide confirmation that a generation of black talent, who left to the UK to pursue careers in America, are finally smashing through the industry glass ceiling.The growing stateside success of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Thandie Newton, Naomie Harris, Sophie Okonedo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eamonn Walker, Adrian Lester and Lennie Jame...

10th BFM International Film Festival

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BFM International Film Festival, running from 7th to 17th November 2008, is the largest black world cinema event in the UK. The 10th Anniversary festival will take place at venues across London which include, the BFI Southbank, the British Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Rich Mix and Bernie Grant Art’s Centre. This year’s festival takes a new direction, reflecting predominantly British work and a high proportion of UK premiers. The festival will also showcase films from across th...

Charlotte Rampling to accept award from Stockholm fest

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The 19th Stockholm International Film Festival presents the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 to English-French actor Charlotte Rampling. Charlotte Rampling will visit the festival to accept the award in person and to meet the audience in a special Face2face.The motivation is as follows:For her impressive portrayals of some of the most memorable female characters in modern cinema. Some might be strong-willed, others more vulnerable, but they have all been depicted with intelligence and a...

LFF - Incendiary

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Saturday evening saw two premiers, Sandra’s new boots (shiny, heeled, might have been a buckle) and Incendiary, Sharon Maguire’s take on Chris Cleave’s novel. The film stars Michelle Williams (with an uncanny London accent) as the Young Mother, Ewan McGregor as ambitious journalist Jasper Black and Matthew Macfadyen as chief of anti-terrorism and caravan fan, Terrance. The movie deals with the aftermath of a massive terrorist attack in London in which Williams’ husband and son are kill...

LFF - 1234

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The people at the LFF want you to believe that 1234 is going to be the next big cult British movie and they might be right. It contains all the elements of cool that could catapult it to Trainspotting status; largely unknown but excellent cast, fantastic soundtrack, of the moment fashion and a rock ‘n roll plot. In fact 1234 is really a rock ‘n roll movie, in which Ian Bonar forms a band with best-mate and classic simpleton drummer, Matthew Baynton, unstable/alcoholic guitarist Kieran Bew ...

LFF - Dean Spanley

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The premier of Dean Spanley on Friday began with some controversy on my row, when the woman sat next to me pointed out that Sandra’s patent heeled boots were the same pair that she had worn last year. I put her mind at rest by confirming that I had seen Sandra in a new pair the day before. As someone else sagely pointed out, there is a credit crunch on and those boots aren’t cheap.   So, once we had that cleared up, onto the movie.   It’s difficult to give you a synopsi...

NEWSLETTER N° 381: September 17, 2008

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AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Toronto Film Festival Closed With Awards Announcements Manhattan Short Announces Finalists 2008 AsoloArtFilmFestival Awards Outfest announces recipients of Legacy Awards Toronto People's Choice Award to Slumdog Millionaire Foto Mentor award to Laurence Gartel Spanish winner at the 4th BuSho Festival 65th Venice Film Festival Official Venezia 65 Awards _______________________...

Victoire Terminus, winner of this year's Grierson Award

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The day after the opening of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival, the BFI is pleased to announce that Victoire Terminus, the powerful new documentary from Renaud Barret and Florent De La Tullaye, has been unanimously selected as the winner of this year's Grierson Award. The Grierson Award is awarded annually for the best feature-length documentary screened at the Festival and this year will be presented at the film's UK premiere on Sunday 26 October at the Ritzy in Brixton. Set in the ...

Victoire Terminus winner of this year's Grierson Award

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The day after the opening of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival, the BFI is pleased to announce that Victoire Terminus, the powerful new documentary from Renaud Barret and Florent De La Tullaye, has been unanimously selected as the winner of this year's Grierson Award.The Grierson Award is awarded annually for the best feature-length documentary screened at the Festival and this year will be presented at the film's UK premiere on Sunday 26 October at the Ritzy in Brixton.Set in the summer o...

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World Film Festival Edition 6 ready to roll in Bangkok

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  A BRILLIANT selection of exciting, original and artistic films from all over the world will be presented at the 6th World Film Festival of Bangkok from October 24 to November 2, 2008. The programme includes classics from veteran directors and work by upcoming young bloods who bring fresh ideas to the screen. More than 70 films will cover different societies, cultures, history and politics. They will also present the personal visions and ideas of directors through the language of cin...

World Film Festival Edition 6 ready to roll in Bangkok

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A BRILLIANT selection of exciting, original and artistic films from all over the world will be presented at the 6th World Film Festival of Bangkok from October 24 to November 2, 2008. The programme includes classics from veteran directors and work by upcoming young bloods who bring fresh ideas to the screen. More than 70 films will cover different societies, cultures, history and politics. They will also present the personal visions and ideas of directors through the language of cinema. The film...

Iain Smith is to be the new Chair of Edinburgh Festival

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The internationally acclaimed producer Iain Smith is to be the new Chair of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, it was announced today by EIFF Managing Director, Ginnie Atkinson. He will take over from John McCormick on 10 October. McCormick has been Chair since 1996 and has led the organisation through various periods of positive change culminating in the recent UK Film Council Film Festivals Strategy 3 year Lottery award of £1.8million.Smith, a Scot, was awarded an OBE in the 2008 Qu...
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