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VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011)

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 Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in Iceland of a fisherman (Hannes) and his wife and the driest peak in their lives, where everything they once knew is about to erupt and explode into an even tough...

Short Film Competition ‘People’s Orange’ Opening to the World

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Organized in co-operation with Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and the Antalya Culture and Arts Foundation ‘People's Orange Short Film Competition’ now opening to the world. The Competition is held for the third time this year and it is preparing to call for entries from all over the world to exceed Antalya borders. The competition is open to everyone who is interested in the film making. It gives a great opportunity for those to showcase their talent and explore the possibilities ...

IFFR appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal as programmer for its upcoming edition. Bianca will oversee the 2012 selection of feature length films from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Iran and the Arab world. She is also a member of the CineMart Selection Committee. After finishing her Film and Television Studies at the University of Utrecht, Bianca Taal started working with the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2001 as a staff member of the Hubert Bals Fund and ...

The Napoli Film Festival 2011 is ready to roll

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Napoli Film Festival 2011 will be held from 13th to October 18th, 2011 in the site of Castel Sant 'Elmo. The Napoli Film Festival, organized by Napolicinema in collaboration with the Superintendence for the PSAE and the Museums of Naples, is now in its thirteenth edition and returns with six intense days of cinema for movie fans, with evenings devoted to an auditorium withIncontri Ravvicinati with the great protagonists of the film. The retrospective of 2011 will be dedicated to A...

In case you missed the South East European Film Festival in LA last May...

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For those who didn’t see the 2011 South East European Film Festival (SEE FEST) last May, I thought I’d recap a few of my favorite films. Me, My Gypsy Family, and Woody Allen was a humorous and moving 2009 documentary about the Halilović family’s move from caravans into a permanent apartment, and the daughter Laura’s intent on being a filmmaker rather than getting married at 18, as her mother and relatives expected. Halilović’s family had lived in caravans in Italy sin...

At dinner, RIFF 2011

With so much percipitation outside, one thing to do a lot of in Iceland is EAT! and so we did :-)dinner in Reykjavik, RIFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon

History of Tbilisi vol 1

ÉCU has been learning a lot about the history of Georgia, including how Tbilisi was discovered. Ellen Dumbadze, coordinator of ÉCU in Georgia shares a Georgian legend with us!

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht Line Up

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The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL) announces 2011 Line UpA total of 31 films from 9 countries are screened at this years edition of ENFF in Utrecht, Netherlands (October 26 - 30, 2011). The festival focuses on films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. ENFF opens with the film DO NOT FORGET ME ISTANBUL. Six directors that have been successful in the international arena came together for this project under the art...

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

A cozy situation in the president of Iceland's house... President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Bela Tarr, IndieWire's Alena and the beautiful house pet :-) photo by Vanessa McMahon

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

Library in president of Iceland's house, exists Viking sagas in ancient prints. We were encouraged to wander through the whole house. Wow, what hospitality! And what a beautiful house!photo by Vanessa McMahon

Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Posing for photos in the president's house during RIFF 2011.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr's Puffin Statue

Bela Tarr's Puffin Statue for Lifetime Achievement awarded by the Icelandic president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson  photo by Vanessa McMahon  

Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Reykjavik during RIFF, 2011. Film press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians gathered to celebrate the event. In this photo, Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Legendary Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Reykjavik during RIFF, 2011. Film press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians gathered to celebrate the event. In this photo, Bela Tarr and president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr received lifetime achievement award at RIFF

Director Bela Tarr receives lifetime achievement award at president of Iceland (Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson) house during RIFF. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Bela Tarr received lifetime achievement award

Director Bela Tarr receives lifetime achievement award at president of Iceland (Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson) house during RIFF. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

me and the Iceland flag

During RIFF, press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians came together to celebrate film in Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson's (the president of Iceland) house where the legendary Hungarian director Bela Tarr received a lifetime achievement award from the people of Iceland.photo by Vanessa McMahon

meeting and greeting the president of Iceland

During RIFF, press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians came together to celebrate film in Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson's (the president of Iceland) house where the legendary Hungarian director Bela Tarr received a lifetime achievement award from the people of Iceland.photo by Vanessa McMahon

In Iceland's president's house with RIFF

During RIFF, press, filmmakers, civilians and politicians came together to celebrate film in Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson's (the president of Iceland) house where the legendary Hungarian director Bela Tarr received a lifetime achievement award from the people of Iceland. photo by Vanessa McMahon

Volcano at RIFF 2011

Iceland native Director/Writer FIPRESCI AWARD International Critic’s AwardIcelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson´s VOLCANO (Eldfjall).Jury Statement"For the sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal, built on powerful acting, of themes that are not usually the focus of filmmaking: aging with dignity in an intimate relationship, dealing with severe illness, caring and dying."Films from the New Visions program

Rúnar Rúnarsson and VOLCANO at RIFF

Iceland native Director/Writer FIPRESCI AWARD International Critic’s AwardIcelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson´s VOLCANO (Eldfjall).Jury Statement"For the sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal, built on powerful acting, of themes that are not usually the focus of filmmaking: aging with dignity in an intimate relationship, dealing with severe illness, caring and dying."Films from the New Visions program

Beautiful Iceland

While in town for the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival, RIFF, some stunning Icelandic sightseeing was imperative.  photos by Vanessa McMahon 

Madeira Film Festival, Reid's Palace, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.

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Accommodation provided for exhibiting filmmakers during the festival on the magical island of Madeira, Portugal. http://www.madeirafilmfestival.com ...

Call For Entries

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Accommodation provided for exhibiting filmmakers during the festival on the magical island of Madeira, Portugal. http://www.madeirafilmfestival.com ...

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