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The Global Film Village: Christopher Plummer, Canadian born and one of the world’s great actors

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by Marla Lewin Christopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus Photo taken by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Christopher Plummer not only stars as a mystic who sells his soul to the devil in Terry GIlliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,but he plays Leo Tolstoy in the Last Station by Michael Hoffman.  He has also just finished his memoirs called “In Spite of Himself”.   Scott Foundas from the LA weekly, had just read the book, and was prepared to ...

The Doctor Is In by Kimberly Deisler...

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Being a long time Monty Python fan, I thought I was ready for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus but I was wrong. From the first frame to the last, I was taken for a ride I thought could only be produced from the consumption of some really strong brownies or sugar cubes. "What must it be like to be in Gilliam's head?" I wondered. "Crowded!" I concluded. While the story isn't something new, guy vs. devil, the journey was extraordinary. Its probably bett...

Terry Gilliam discusses the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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                  about bargaining, about freak show, about Montparnasse station in Paris...and Parnassus About FINISHING the film after Heath Ledger died... ...

Dance With Me

Director: sasha c. damjanovski.
Alice and Neil should be having the perfect holiday in their summer house in the country, she working with her dancers in the conservatory and he sipping on his tea by the lake, watching the amazing sky. Except it's not really a holiday, Neil is on a year's leave from work, pending further tests in his mysterious condition, and Alice, well she has her own problems. But is Neil's 'plan' really the solution?

Cultural Cinema Exhibition course

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The Independent Cinema Office presents Cultural Cinema Exhibition This course has been running in the UK for eleven years and is now open to participants from across Europe. It offers the opportunity for staff of film festivals and cinemas to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the business of film programming. The course is taught by a wide range of experts from across Europe working at the forefront of the film industry. Who is the course for?  Programming,...

Only From The Imagination of Terry Gilliam

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by Marla Lewin The Global Film Village: Heath Ledger and Verne Troyer Photo by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics The Los Angeles AFI premiere of the latest Terry Gilliam movie,was a spectacle to behold. The Chinese Theatre red carpet blends with the decor, and the rush line produced many fans anxious to see this film. At the gate, I met the producer Sam Hadida, who was anxiously looking for his tickets. The President of the AFI, Robert Gazzale took the stage and told the history o...

The Doctor Is In by Kimberly Deisler

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Being a long time Monty Python fan, I thought I was ready for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus but I was wrong. From the first frame to the last, I was taken for a ride I thought could only be produced from the consumption of some really strong brownies or sugar cubes. “What must it be like to be in Gilliam’s head?” I wondered. “Crowded!” I concluded. While the story isn’t something new, guy vs. devil, the journey was extraordinary. Its probably better not...

Record applications to the upcoming Berlinale Talent Campus

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"Cinema Needs Talent: Looking for the Right People" is the theme for the upcoming Berlinale Talent Campus. The Campus itself is far from lacking talent: In its eighth year of existence, the Campus has once again reached record numbers of applications from young international filmmakers. The interest has never been stronger: 4773 applications from 145 countries, nearly a thousand more than last year. Applications came in from 13 new countries as well, including Burundi, Guinea, Montenegro and Sai...

Parnassus: The Doctor Is In

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Being a long time Monty Python fan, I thought I was ready for Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus but I was wrong. From the first frame to the last, I was taken for a ride I thought could only be produced from the consumption of some really strong brownies or sugar cubes. “What must it be like to be in Gilliam’s head?” I wondered. “Crowded!” I concluded. While the story isn’t something new, guy vs. devil, the journey was extraordinary. Its probably better not to have a...

London Film Festival Audience hits a 124 000 record

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Tonight, The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival rounded off another highly successful year with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s NOWHERE BOY. This year’s Festival hosted 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries including 15 world premieres. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK. With 874 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and reports the highest ever audience attendance in e...

London Film Festival announces winners

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The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival announced its winners at the high profile awards ceremony held at London's Inner Temple this evening.  Hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Paul Gambaccini, the six awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.   BEST FILM In recognition of original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking, the new award for Best Film was judged by an international jury chaired by Anjelica Huston and fellow jurors J...

The Global Film Village: Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director & Festival Programmer Robert Koehler

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by Marla LewinI spent almost an hour with Robert Koehler who has gone from a top movie critic for Variety, to Artistic Director, Programmer of the AFI Film Festival and he gave me a look inside how he approached putting together this years festival and where it is going.Marla: Congratulations,  Robert, this is your second year programming the festival, How different is it from being a critic? How is it going? Robert: I was at the Los Angeles Times, and started in 94 writing for Variety, w...

London Film Festival announced its winners

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The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival announced its winners at the high profile awards ceremony held at London’s Inner Temple this evening. Hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Paul Gambaccini, the six awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.BEST FILMIn recognition of original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking, the new award for Best Film was judged by an international jury chaired by Anjelica Huston and fellow jurors John Akomfrah, Jarvis Cocker...

Day 14 of the London Film Festival Official Vodcast

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  Juno Temple at the premiere of Glorious 39 Getty Image   Highlights from yesterday include;  Footage from the “Glorious 39” premiere featuring interviews with director Stephen Poliakoff, Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Juno Temple, Jenny Agutter, David Tennant & Toby Regbo Interview with writer/director of “Forbidden Door” - Joko Anwar Interview with writer/director of “Plan B”  - Marco Berger Interview with Jane Birkin who stars in “Around a Small...

London Film Festival Official Vodcast Day 12

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Highlights from yesterday include; •    The Surprise Film – Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” introduced by Sandra Hebron •    Footage from the Brightwide presents... A special screening of No One Knows About Persian Cats, featuring interviews with director Bahman Ghobadi and the Brightwide fonder Colin Firth. •    Cracks premiere featuring interviews with Eva Green, Jordan Scott, Imogen Poots, Juno Temple and Ridley Scott •    Interview with Producer ...

BIFA nominations and jury announced

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NOMINATIONS AND JURY ANNOUNCED FOR THE 12TH BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS The nominations and jury members for the twelfth annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Monday 26 October, at Soho House in London. The nominations this year reflect the up and coming and internationally renowned on and off screen talent. The film receiving the most nods is Fish Tank with eight nominations. Moon follows with seven nominations. An Education, In The Loop and Nowhere Boy each...

The Global Film Village: British Independent Film Awards nominations announced

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by Marla LewinTHE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film) is being awarded to Daniel Day Lewis The  twelfth annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Monday 26 October, at Soho House in London. All of the films nominated for best picture and most of those in the other major categories have been or will be released in the United States. This is a major accomplishment in today's independent market which is under major assault.BEST BRITISH I...

London Film Festival Official Vodcast Day 8

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The Boys Are Back Gala premiere, featuring interview with Clive Owen, Geroge Mackay and director Scott Hicks Footage from the “Snipping Away at the Celluloid Ceiling” event - A panel of brilliant filmmaking talent discuss the notion of a female aesthetic in their work and explore the reality of how women operate in today's film world. Interview with Michael Haneke director of White Ribbon The Scouting Book For Boys premiere, featuring interviews with the director Tom Harper & Thomas Turg...

Day 7 of the London Film Festival Official Vodcast

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Highlights from yesterday include: The MasterCard premiere of An Education featuring interviews with the director Lone Scherfig, Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan and writer Nick Hornby. Hans-Christian Schmid & Kerry Fox Interview for Storm Jez Lewis interview, director of Shed Your Tears and Walk Away The Filmmakers afternoon tea, featuring interviews with the director of Balibo, Robert Connolly and actor Anthony LaPaglia, Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 7 - kewego Catch...

London Film Festival Official Vodcast - Day 6

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Highlights from last night include; Sarah Turner Q&A, the director of Perestroika The premiere of "The Informant" featuring interview with the director, Steven Soderbergh Interview with Jane Campion, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox & Antonia Campbell-Hughes and The Centrepiece Gala Of "Bright Star" presented by the Mayor of London.     Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 6 - kewego Catch up with the events from...

AFI lineup of films includes Terry Gilliam Parnassus

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations. The Weinstein Company’s A SINGLE MAN has been selected as the AFI FEST Closing Night Gala presentation. A SINGLE MAN will make its US Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Sony Pictures Classics’ THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS has been selected as AFI ...

Day 4 of the London Film Festival Vodcast.

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Highlights from last night include • John Hurt and director Malcolm Venville interview at the 44 Inch Chest premiere & Q&A • The French Gala screening of “Father of My Children” with an interview with Louis-Do de Lencquesaing.   Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 4 - kewego Catch up with all the action from Day 4 from The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival.   ...

new awards from The London Festival

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The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival will host a dedicated awards ceremony on 28 October at which two new awards will be presented – the Best Film Award and Best British Newcomer – in addition to Festival accolades The Sutherland Trophy and The Times BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award. Two prestigious BFI Fellowships will also be bestowed at the high profile ceremony to be held at London’s Inner Temple and hosted by the celebrated journalist and broadcaster, Paul Gambaccini. Winner...

SHERLOCK HOLMES and Beyond

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SHERLOCK HOLMES comes to Pordenone this year where a crop of his early productions will be shown in the TEATRO VERDI to ardent fans. Program includes such early features as follows= - Bobby the Boy Scout; or, the Boy Detective (Clarendon Film Co., GB, 1909) - The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu: Ep.10, “The Fiery Hand” (Stoll Film, GB, 1923) - Der Hund von Baskerville (Vitascope GmbH, DE, 1914) - Sherlock Holmes i Bondefangerkløer (Nordisk Films, DK, 1910) - “The Old Man in the Corner”: The...

SHERLOCK HOLMES and Beyond

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Sherlock HolmesSHERLOCK HOLMES comes to Pordenone this year where a crop of his early productions will be shown in the TEATRO VERDI to ardent fans.   Program includes such early features as follows= - Bobby the Boy Scout; or, the Boy Detective (Clarendon Film Co., GB, 1909) - The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu: Ep.10, “The Fiery Hand” (Stoll Film, GB, 1923) - Der Hund von Baskerville (Vitascope GmbH, DE, 1914) - Sherlock Holmes i Bondefangerkløer (Nordisk Films,...

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