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The EFA Ambassadors

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  Moritz Bleibtreu actor, Germany One of the best-known German faces in international cinema, Moritz Bleibtreu first shot to international attention as Manni in Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN (1998). He was nominated in 2001 for the EFA People’s Choice Award for THE EXPERIMENT by Oliver Hirschbiegel and is now nominated for European Actor for his role as Andreas Baader in THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX by Uli Edel. ...

47th Karlovy Vary opens with fireworks and Helen Mirren

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  The 47th installment of this high powered central European film festival, one of the oldest on the continent, opened a nine day run on June 29 with a spectacular display of fireworks and an appearance by regal British actress Helen Mirren (66) on the red carpet for the opening gala.  Mirren was introduced to the crowd at the enrance to the great Hall theater by festival president Jiri Bartosha, himself a prominent Czech actor, as he presented her with a crystal globe statuette i...

István Szabó will preside the international jury at the 46th KVIFF

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  The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) is honored to announce that multiple Oscar-nominee and -winner Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó will preside the international jury at the 46th KVIFF. "Nine years after having presented his film TAKING SIDES at the 37th KVIFF, Mr. Szabó will be back at the Festival. We couldn't be more thrilled to have such a distinguished and legendary artist heading the Festival's jury, " said Karel Och, KVIFF's Artistic Dire...

Bratislava to honour Czech director Jan Švankmajer

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12. International Film Festival Bratislava (5. - 11. November 2010) - Press ReleaseThere are only 100 days left before the start of the 12th International Film Festival Bratislava! IFF Bratislava will bring a fresh and diverse program of contemporary cinema, accompanied by debates, concerts, and much more in the new autumn dates: 5. - 11. November 2010. The festival will multiply its number of screens across Bratislava and the rest of Slovakia.***UNDER EMBARGO till July 29th***After honoring Is...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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  On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha sha...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha shares his tho...

Hungarian Autuer Istvan Szabo Coming To Zlin

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  Oscar-winning director Istvan Szabo will be attending this year's Zlin Film Festival, the first major film event after Cannes. The Festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a number of special events, takes place in the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic from May 30 to June 6. Website: www.zlinfest.cz/en Szabo was born in Budapest in 1938 to an upper middle class Jewish family. His family were hidden by family friends during the Holo...

Karlovy Vary Marks 20 Years of Freedom

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Where were you when the Berlin Wall cracked? Two decades after Communism fell on its scythe in Eastern Europe, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is remembering in grand style. For its 44th edition (July 3-11), this Czech shindig looks back on “20 Years of Freedom” in a salute to the Velvet Revolution and other Warsaw Pact overthrows. Viewers of the world unite! It’s only fitting that Karlovy Vary would throw a Bloc party. One of the festival’s hallmarks is its “East of the W...

EFA Think Tank THE IMAGE OF EUROPE

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EFA Think Tank THE IMAGE OF EUROPE with EU President Barroso results in filmmakers’ call for film education in school Twenty leading creators from the fields of film directing, writing, acting, production, distribution and education met with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, to exchange their views on the impact that images and cinema have on the identity of Europe and the way Europeans identify with their home continent. The President who had followed the Academy’s...

Hungarian film art during the berlinale

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CINEMA TOTAL BERLIN EDITIONHungarian film art during the berlinale Film as fine art WITH ULRICH GREGOR ISTVAN SZABO UDO KIER Collegium Hungaricum BerlinDorotheenstr. 12, 10117 Berlin-Mitte5 pmCINEMA TOTAL - Street ScreeningGéza M. Tóth: ERGOFor the first time on a 8x6 meter projectionscreen: CHB displays its show-window to Berlin. By the occasion of this street-screening presentation we project the newest animation film of Oscar-Price nominnee Géza M. Tóth.6.30 pmexhibition OPENINGCinema Tot...

The Budapest Filmweek Prizes

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The feature competition winner for Best Picture was a film called “Delta” by a young director, Kornél Mundruczó, which was also awarded the traditional Gene Moskowitz prize by the foreign press delegation. However, due to my unfortunately vast degree of geographical separation from the festival grounds I didn’t get to see it, and therefore am not in a position to comment critically one way or another. This year’s Best Director Prize went to Elemer Ragalyi, for the film “Nincs Kegye...

EFA will focus on promotion and training of young filmmakers

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Following the successful celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy’s Board has met at the Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden to work on the challenges of the next decade of the Awards and their 21st edition to be held in Copenhagen.The Academy is particularly proud that the Awards are hosted in the country that has produced creators of world stature, from Dreyer to Dogma, and that has traditionally sustained a confident and dynamic...

38TH Hungarian film week - The long commute

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Budapest is a big city and on my current visit I was forced to find lodging quite far from the center. As a consequence of the long commute in and out of town I had to pass up many of the competition and other films scheduled, but still managed to meet many interesting people in the evening social gatherings at the Millenaris complex which has now become the nerve center of the annual film gathering. Below some comments on the "selling points" of a number of films I would like to have seen but w...

Moliere closes out Seattle in a blaze of Glory

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The North American premiere of the grand French spectacle 'Moliere" closed out the 2007 edition of the Seattle International Film festival at the vast Cinerama Theater in what might aptly be described as "a blaze of glory". While the opening films have already been forgotten this one will undoubtedly go into wide US release and is a sure contender for many commendations come Oscar time, 2008. Billed as "The French answer to Shakespeare in Love" (which swept all kinds of Oscars not too msany yea...

Hungarian films highlights of 2006

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SZABO FLAP FLUSTERS FIRST-NIGHTERS IN BUDAPEST AT MAGYAR FILMSZEMLE February 6, 2006 The opening night of the Hungarian film week at the Budapest Congress Centre turned out to be more of a political than a cinematic event. "Rokonok" (Relatives), the eagerly awaited new film by Hungary's leading filmmaker, Istvan Szabo -- his first Hungarian language film since 1992 -- was scheduled to open the festivities, but just a few days prior to the opening an article appeared in a prestigious literary mag...

Copenhagen Fest Masterclasses with Stephen Frears

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Come close to some of the masters of film – amongst others Stephen Frears, Ghita Nørby and cinematographer Robby Müller. Copenhagen International Film Festival is proud to present Robby Müller as a member of this year’s festival jury. At Copenhagen International Film Festival from 21 September to 1 October, it will be possible to meet some of the masters of film and get a unique insight into their universe. During the festival, the Danish Film School and Cinemateket will be the setting fo...

Budapest prizes Taxidermia triumphs but Szabo is left holding the bag

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And the winner was -- (don't hold your breath, just your noses) -- TAXIDERMIA! -- And not just the Grand Prize, named as "Best" Film from a field of 24 features by a jury including foreigners for the very first time -- but four other prizes, to wit: two best supporting roles, both male and female, best "visual design", and ex-aequo with "White Palm", the foreign critics Gene Moskovitz award.The best director award went, deservedly, to young Hajdu Szabolcs for "White Palm", best actor to Sándor...

Hungarian Film Week to show Szabo's latest film

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The 37th Annual Hungarian Film Week, or "Magyar Filmszemle" (Film Survey) as it is officially known, opens the curtain on February 1st and will continue for five days thereafter, during which an overview of the entire preceding year's film production -- both features and shorts -- will be presented. There are actually very few such exclusively national festivals (most of them in former Communist bloc countries) showing the entire film production each year of a relatively small country at one fa...

Hungarian Film Week opens with István Szabó’s Relatives

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The traditional showcase of the Hungarian film production of the year, the 37th edition of the Hungarian Film Week will be held in Budapest between January 31 – February 7, 2005. This year nearly 120 foreign professionals accepted the invitation from Magyar Filmunió to the Hungarian Film Week that plays an outstanding part in the international promotion of Hungarian films. The foreign critics’ Gene Moskowitz Award will be handed over at the final ceremony on 7th February.The traditional sho...

István Szabó to receive Honorary Lubina in Cottbus

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As the FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema announced today, the Hungarian director and OSCAR-winner István Szabó will be honoured with the „Lubina“ on the occasion of the 15th festival. Szabó, who has been the honorary president of the FilmFestival Cottbus since 2000, will be receiving this prize in recognition of his commitment as a supporter and international ambassador for the festival. The presentation will be held on November 8 during the opening ceremony in the C...

The Netherlands Film Festival showcases its industry

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István Szabó will deliver the 15th Variety Cinema Militans Lecture in conclusion of the Holland Film Meeting at the 25th Netherlands Film Festival. On October 2nd, the Hungarian filmmaker will share his vision on the future of cinema in Ottone in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The fixed theme of the Lecture, 'the position and viability of cinema in the present age', is an adaptation of the theme of Dutch film critic and writer Menno ter Braak's essay 'Cinema Militans' (1926). István Szabó was bor...
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