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New sections, a stronger selection in the competition program and more colorful specials at the Miskolc IFF, the leading international film festival of Hungary, 9-18 September.
This year eighteen films have made it to the feature competition program. Movies like the Sundance hit Swiss Army Man, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople by the New Zealand helmer Taika Waititi or the renowned American director Kelly Richard’s new piece, Certain Women are all part of the program.
The Danish director’s Land of Mine will also run for the festival`s Emeric Pressburger Prize, just like the family drama dividing the critics in Cannes but getting the Grand Prix nonetheless, It’s Only the End of the World by Xavier Dolan. And, if we have already mentioned Cannes and critics, the most adored film of all time at the Croisette, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann is also here in the competition program.
Hungarian film is represented by Szabolcs Hajdu’s This Is Not the Time of My Life, but there is a Hungarian co-production as well, Anca Miruna Lazarescu’s That Trip We Took with Dad.
The most innovative piece in the competition program is undoubtedly the Motel Mist by the Thai writer genius, Prabda Yoon. Yoon will be present at the festival to introduce his film. There are also two arthouse science fictions, the Native and the Equals, the later one, by Drake Doremus, being a special Orwell adaptation, parallel in many ways to George Lucas’ THX 1138 that is also screened at the Jameson CineFest.
The Open Eye section is stronger than ever with films like the Death in Sarajevo by the Bosnian director, Danis Tanovic, the witty romance Love&Friendship by Whit Stillman, or Paul Verhoeven’s absurd thriller, also the closing film of the Festival, Elle that can be understood as the sequel to Basic Instinct. Hungarian films have also made it to the Open Eye selection: the screenwriter István Tasnádi’s directorial debut Memo, and an American co-production The Boy on the Train starring Barnabás Tóth and Tibor Szervét.
This year the CineClassics focuses on Kieslowski’s Three colors trilogy, the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the Hungarian legend Károly Makk, three brand new DVDs from the Budapest Film Archive will be presented at the festival, the great ‘hangosfilm.hu’ introduces itself and we remember a Hungarian actor who started his career in Miskolc: the great Zoltán Latinovits passed away 40 years ago.
The festival’s new special program, Midnight Screenings brings us old and new horrors to watch: from the digitally re-mastered Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street to the Cannes debut Train to Busan that is the most expensive South-Korean production of all time.
Another new program is the MusicDocs selection, bringing us a genius documentary on Frank Zappa by Throsten Schütte, an IDFA hit When The Earth Seems To Be Light and Csaba Bereczki’s Soul Exodus that talks honestly and deeply about klezmer musicians form New York.
70 years ago, July 16th 1945, exploded the first Atomic Bomb in New Mexico, at the Alamogordo Test Range, and the nuclear age had begun. "We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent... Now I am become death: the destroyer of worlds." Julius Robert Oppenheimer recalling that first atomic bomb test.
One year before the Fukushima reactor exploded, the International Uranium Film Festival was founded in 2010 in Santa Teresa, the famous artist quarter in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. The first Uranium Film Festival then was held in May 2011 in two cultural centres of Santa Teresa, Laurinda Santos Lobo and Parque das Ruinas. Since 2012 the main venue is the Cinemateque of Rio de Janeiro's Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio).
The festival is dedicated to all films about nuclear power and the risks of radioactivity, from uranium mining to nuclear waste. It throws light on all nuclear issues.
Documentaries, movies and animations are the best tool to transport information about nuclear energy and radioactivity, an invisible danger that has no taste, no smell, no colour. And a festival is the best way to bring these films to the people! The Uranium Film Festival is a project against forgetting and ignoring. The horror of atomic bombs and uranium weapons, and nuclear accidents like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Goiânia or now Fukushima should never be forgotten - nor repeated.
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it", warns Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana(link is external).
The annual Uranium Film Festival was founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but it is a global festival. With a selection of films it travels around the world. It has been already in dozens of cities in Brazil, Germany, India, Portugal, Canada and USA. For example the festival was held in São Paulo, Salvador, Recife, Berlin, Munich, Lisbon, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ranchi, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Window Rock, Washington DC, New York, ... It intends to establish anual Uranium Film Festivals on all continents.
The legal organizer of the Festival is the non-profit arts and cultural organization “Yellow Archives” (Arquivo Amarelo), based in Rio de Janeiro and registered as Brazilian charity. It depends on your donation.
La Biennale di Venezia shares in the bereavement, expresses its deepest sorrow for the victims, and its utmost solidarity and support to the communities struck by the earthquake.
The residencies running for the second edition of Ikusmira Berriak, a programme providing support to audiovisual projects organised by San Sebastian, European Capital of Culture 2016, Tabakalera-International Centre for Contemporary culture and the San Sebastian Festival, with the collaboration of Donostia Kultura and the Filmoteca Vasca, began on August 15th. During the residencies, lasting for six weeks, filmmakers Leo Calice, Mikel Gurrea, Aitor and Amaia Merino and Kiro Russo will develop the four selected projects in Tabakalera’s Creators’ Space. To help them with the process, during the first four weeks masterclasses have been organised by Fernanda del Nido, founder of the independent production company Tic Tac Company, the filmmaker John Paul Sniadecki, whose films push the limits of the documentary genre, and Manuel Arranz, former director of the Spanish RTVE network’s La2 channel and producer of television programmes. In addition, the residents will have carte blanche to programme a film forming part of their movie references at Tabakalera.
In the fifth week of their stay, coinciding with the start of the San Sebastian Festival, the participants will prepare a pitch - a detailed presentation of the audiovisual project to international producers and sales agents potentially interested in co-producing and distributing their work - to be made in the Festival’s industry space, where 1,496 accredited guests gathered last year. The residents will have the opportunity to organise meetings with Industry Club attendees, participate in its activities as professionals and will be issued with a pass to attend all screenings at the event. Their stay will end, precisely, on September 25th, the day after the end of the Festival.
Over the six weeks the participants will be accompanied and advised by the same expert committee responsible for selecting their projects from among the 33 submitted: Paz Lázaro, head of programming for the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival; Sergio Oksman, Brazilian film director (Goodbye America, A Story for the Modlins, O Futebol) and head of the production company Dok Films, and Ada Solomon, film producer and founder of HiFilm Productions. “I think the programme is a real boon for any artist. It is a great opportunity to research and create peacefully, away from home and everyday obligations, in the extraordinary setting of San Sebastian and with the support of an incredible Festival”, analysed Solomon, who found it difficult to choose between the different projects. “I was impressed by the quality of the proposals and thought it would be impossible to choose only four of them. To make the selection we considered them globally: the originality of the proposal, the quality of the project, the filmmaker’s ability to transfer their idea to cinema and their talent and experience”, explained the Romanian producer.
These are the first impressions after ten days’ work at Tabakalera of Leo Calice, selected in the Lab category (Clermont-Ferrand Festival’s experimental short film section); Mikel Gurrea, from the Kimuak short film selection; Aitor and Amaia Merino, from the Basque Autonomous Community Filmmakers category; and Kiro Russo, chosen from among participants in the International Film Students Meeting (EIECINE) running yearly at the San Sebastian Festival.
“The time spent here will represent a major step forward in making our short film”
“I see Ikusmira Berriak as a biotope that provides the ecosystem for developing projects, something which, it goes without saying, is enormously important. It paves the way for a process of exploring aesthetic and technical questions, something which is related to the production of our film”, explains Leo Calice, who is working on an animated documentary, Calipatria, co-directed with Gerhard Treml. “During the Tabakalera residency I will construct the film studio for shooting the short and will test production methods to decide exactly how we will produce it. Ikusmira Berriak will not only provide the time and space to do it, but also relevant masterclasses and the feedback of colleagues and experts. I’m really looking forward to the classes and to the exchange with the other residents, which I have no doubt will be very valuable. The time spent here will represent a major step forward in the making of our short film”.
“Ikusmira Berriak assigns the creative process the importance it deserves”
“The experience is turning out to be intense and enormously interesting. We’ve had the opportunity to meet the residency organisers, who have welcomed and helped us from the beginning, and to exchange points of view with the participating filmmakers. It’s still early days, but the feeling is great”, he said. “I believe that Ikusmira Berriak has got it right by assigning the creative process the importance it deserves. The residency gives us the space, time and resources to develop and find the stories we want to tell, to generate material and experiment with the aim of leaving here with a more solid project. The fact that it all culminates with a pitching session at the Zinemaldia is really exciting and pushes you to work on making the film you’re looking for”, he notes. Personally speaking, he explains, “the residency is helping me to write, which is what I need. It’s helping me to test a more dynamic and flowing creative process, something I’d tried at small scale and which I can develop more intensely here. It’s helping me to take risks to find the best way to tell the story”. That’s why, he concludes, “I hope Ikusmira Berriak will continue to run for many years. It truly deserves it”.
Aitor and Amaia Merino
“We plant the seed and Ikusmira Berriak gives us the soil and the water to make it grow”
Siblings Aitor and Amaia Merino consider that “the experience is hugely enriching”. On the one hand, the tutorials help to give you a clear idea of the project objectives and, on the other, working with the other residents gives us the opportunity to share doubts and concerns. The Tabakalera space is perfect, we feel really at home working here”, they remark. In their opinion, Ikusmira Berriak represents “a boost to get creators up and started”. “Apart from everything you learn, we have a very high standard professional team to help us and give us advice at this stage, which you normally do with no help whatsoever. On top of this is the opportunity to enter the market offered by the Film Festival. If we add to this the creation and production workshops, the residency is an all-rounder. We plant the seed and Ikusmira Berriak gives us the soil and the water to ensure that the project grows strongly”, they conclude. Moreover, Amaia lives in Ecuador and Aitor in Madrid, meaning that meeting to work “is always complicated”. “Ikusmira Berriak has allowed us to come together and get down to work, and in our city to boot. For us the programme is a boon”, they admitted.
“This residency is one of its kind”
“I’m really looking forward to it”, explained the Bolivian moviemaker fresh from his participation in the Cineasti del Presente section at the Locarno Festival, where he garnered a special mention for Viejo Calavera. “I’m blown away by the Tabakalera installations, it’s the most incredible cultural centre I’ve ever seen. I think it’s a tremendous luxury to be able to work in this mind-blowing space; as if that wasn’t enough, San Sebastian is a magical and beautiful city perfect for letting yourself be carried away by ideas, for getting down to writing and experimenting with projects”. “We’ll have so much backing not only thanks to the comfort of the space and the endless access to all sorts of filmed and printed material, but also thanks to the dialogue kicking in with the other residency participants and with the tutors backing the projects. I think this residency is one of its kind for its particular backing of films seeking to explore new forms of cinematic language; it is a hugely important initiative”.
1. LOBA (full-length film)
Category: International Film Students Meeting
Two men force a door in two different times and places. One has to steal out of necessity. The other is escaping from his wife, who has transformed into a wild beast.
Kiro Russo (La Paz, 1984)
2. CALIPATRIA (short film)
Category: Labo, the selection of experimental short films at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival
Calipatria is the name of a state prison situated in California´s desert. Santiago Cassilas is one the prisoners: 58 years, member of a gang, convicted to life sentence in solitary confinement. Santiago works one hour a day in prison´s garden, and that will be the place where he reveals his feelings, life history, secrets and dreams, beyond prison´s walls.
Gerhard Treml (Vienna, 1963)
Amaia Merino, Aitor Merino
3. FANTASÍA (full-length film)
Category: Filmmakers from the Basque Autonomous Community (BAC)
Since they were very young, Amaia and Aitor lived away from their parents, Kontxi and Iñaki, now retired. Last summer they realised a dream: getting the four of them together to go on a cruise on a huge ship called FANTASÍA. On their return, they will face a bigger, terrifying boat: the reality of distance, old age and death that one day will separate them. The idyllic holiday reunion will be the contrast from which the harshness of reality acquires a true meaning.
Amaia Merino (San Sebastian, 1970)
4. SURO (full-length film)
Ivan (33) inherits a farmstead in Girona, his last chance to make a living for himself. He and his partner Elena (30) move to the house to manage a former cork plantation. However, as an outsider, facing increasing tension with the local cork extractors and the Moroccan carriers he has to face a major moral dilemma.
Mikel Gurrea (San Sebastian, 1985)
Every year, FILM FEST GENT strives to offer a platform for its domestic cinema. We are proud to announce that we will present no less than 10 new Belgian titles in different sections at this 43rd edition. These titles will receive their national or world premiere in Ghent.
Film Fest Gent’s artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher comments: “What is striking about this selection of 10 titles is that they demonstrate how rich, varied and diverse Belgian cinema is today. One rediscovered animation film may date from 1984, but the others relate to current topics, reveal young and up-and-coming talent, and are of relevance for the world we live in today. They also prove that Flemish and Belgian talent can excel in any thinkable genre, way of expression, style and format. Or how our southern neighbours would say: 'Vive la différence'.”
Belgian Cinema Today @ Film Fest Gent
1. ‘Arno Dancing in My Head’ by Pascal Poissonnier
The documentary follows Arno during the recording sessions of his latest album ‘Human Incognito’ and on tour. An intimate peek into the 67-year-old, dancing and compulsive head of Belgium’s best-known rocker. (World premiere)
2. ‘Beau Séjour’ by Nathalie Basteyns & Kaat Beels
A ten-part drama series for Eén about a murdered girl who has to solve her own murder case. The series is a raw, contemporary whodunit with a surreal twist. (Belgian premiere of 2 episodes)
3. ‘Jan zonder Vrees’ by Jef Cassiers
The Belgian animation film from 1984 – an adaptation from the novel – is a classic about the Flemish folklore figure John the Fearless.
4. ‘Le Ciel Flamand’ by Peter Monsaert
The film focusses on the lives of three generations of women: Monique, Sylvie and Eline. A dramatic event jeopardises the certainties in their lives and puts their family ties under pressure. (Belgian premiere: will have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival)
5. ‘LEFTO - In Transit’ by Kurt De Leijer
In this documentary series for Canvas, DJ Lefto takes us on a trip to different cities, which we get to discover via underground music. Watch the trailer HERE!(World premiere of 2 episodes)
6. ‘Home’ by Fien Troch
‘Home’ tells the story of a group of teenagers and the adults that surround them. Both groups find it difficult to communicate with each other and to understand each other’s world. This film will compete in the Official Competition. Watch the teaser HERE.(Belgian premiere: will have its world premiere at Venice and North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival)
7. ‘King of the Belgians’ by Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
King Nicolas III and his entourage are stuck in Istanbul, when Belgium unexpectedly falls apart. They manage to flee the country and attempt to return home via the Balkans. Watch the trailer HERE.(Belgian premiere: will have its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival)
8. ‘My First Highway’ by Kevin Meul
In Kevin Meul's debut film we follow Benjamin during his family’s annual holiday. He falls in love with Annabel, who is beautiful and intriguing, but is he ready to be dragged into her adventure? (World premiere)
9. ‘Noces’ by Stephan Streker
At first sight, Zahira is a typical teenager busy with her studies and a buzzing social life. Growing up in a Pakistani family in Belgium, however, is not to be taken for granted. (Belgian premiere: will have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival)
10. ‘Shadow World’ by Johan Grimonprez
In his most recent documentary ‘Shadow World’, Grimonprez reveals how the global arms trade determines, amongst others, global economy and foreign policy and how it undermines democracy. (Belgian premiere: had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival)Watch the trailer HERE.
The complete programme will be revealed on 22 September. More titles will be announced with the nominees for Best Belgian Student Short.
National film music will also have its spotlight at the World Soundtrack Awards Gala on 19 October at Capitole Gent. One composer will win the award for Best Original Score written for a Belgian Production. The three nominees will be announced on 22 September. Tickets for the Gala are available via sherpa.be.
The Belgian titles that will be screened at Film Fest Gent are divided into different sections: Official Competition, Galas & Specials, Global Cinema, Serial Madness, Sound & Vision and Classics.
1. ‘Home' - Fien Troch (Cinéart/Prime Time)
Galas & Specials:
2. 'King of the Belgians' - Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens (BoFilms)
3. 'Le Ciel Flamand'– Peter Monsaert 2016 (Lumière/Lunanime)
4. 'My First Highway'– Kevin Meul 2016 (Paradiso/Fobic Films)
5. 'Noces'– Stephan Streker (Daylight)
6. 'Shadow World'– Johan Grimonprez – Belgium 2016 (Onomatopee Films/DOC)
Sound & Vision
7. 'Arno Dancing in My Head'– Pascal Poissonnier (Savage Film)
8. 'LEFTO - In Transit' – Kurt De Leijer (Canvas/Caviar)
9. 'Beau Séjour' - Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens & Bert Van Dael – Belgium 2016 (Eén/De Mensen)
10. 'Jan zonder Vrees'– Jef Cassiers (VRT – Guy Cassiers)
The 43rd Film Fest Gent will run from 11 until 21 October at Kinepolis Gent, Studio Skoop, Sphinx, Vooruit and KASKcinema. The complete programme will be announced on 22 September 2016 at Sphinx. Go to our website for more information.
The four-day festival, which remains completely free to attend, will take place September 22-25, 2016 and will open with a film for the whole family, SUSTAINABLE by Matt Wechsler & Annie Speicher in the Big Bear Performing Arts Center, preceded by a live dance performance over the film SIRENA, directed by Robin Bisio, followed by live music an cocktails after the film.
The festival will present 120 films and screenplays from around the globe in all categories, genres and lengths. The festival is unique in it’s integration of film, art and nature. Filmmakers are asked to step out of the theaters and into nature during the festival on hikes and outdoor activities to get to know the beautiful area. Filmmakers are also invited to camp along with the festival organizers for the duration of the festival. There will be live music as well as live artists painting throughout the course of the festival.
Taking place just a two hour scenic drive from Los Angeles this year, CGIFF will deliver an intimate and unique experience for festival-goers, filmmakers, and industry guests, with the opportunity to experience screenings and events in a beautiful natural setting. The festival will presents a diverse collection of feature films, from world premieres to film festival favorites, short and experimental film screenings and Q&As over the four days of screenings, with opportunities for adventuring in the region. The festival also celebrates live music, film, art and our growing creative community, all together with the excitement and discovery of visionary filmmaking from around the world.
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All screenings and special events will take place in Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center with Camping for Filmmakers nearby.
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CGIFF Founder and Director, Breven Angaelica Warren is excited to take the festival “On the Road” in it’s 9th year, to offer the filmmakers as well as the extraordinary leadership who come together to put on the festival, a new experience. CGIFF is currently seeking a new headquarters in the North West for year round events, and while this is being organized they are taking this opportunity to explore more of the West Coast and visit other gorgeous settings.
Now living in Los Angeles, Breven has worked for such festivals as Sundance, AFI Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest and Slamdance.
“CGIFF is a unique mentorship festival, combining art and nature while creating a community that educates, encourages and empowers filmmakers to step out and make bold, new and visionary works.” said Breven Angaelica Warren.
OFFICIAL SELECTION SLATE, full program with synopsis available now
About Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, traditionally held in the scenic and majestic setting of Pacific North West just outside of Portland, OR, brings together world-class cinema, new filmmaking talent, industry veterans, and audiences from around the world to celebrate films amidst the inspiring natural beauty of the Columbia River. Originally founded as the Washougal International Film Festival in 2008, the festival has grown to incorporate more of the region with various artistic events. The intent is to unlock the creative mind of the public by providing unique movie-going experiences and also support emerging filmmakers with the opportunity to be inspired by our natural environment.
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival is proud to partner with sponsors who support the arts and emerging artists. In our ninth year, the festival has grown to be a vital part of the community it thrives in.
And while the festival searches for a new permanent headquarters in the North West, it is excited to be on a tour of the West Coast, and visit various nature based communities who support the arts.
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization in collaboration with ANGAELICA, an arts and ecology organization founded in 2007 by Breven Angaelica Warren. Additional Information about their works including films, festivals and farms is available at www.ANGAELICA.com
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Breven Angaelica Warren
Founder & Executive Director, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Breven Angaelica Warren, is a passionate film festival organizer, programmer, and art lover who believes in creating and cultivating communities of working artists. Breven founded the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival to educate, encourage and empower filmmakers.
Breven works seasonally for such festivals as Sundance, AFI Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest and Slamdance. Breven takes all of her experience working for the most prestigious film festivals in the country and applies herself each summer to Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, to create a most unique and exceptional event.
The growth of Columbia Gorge International Film Festival provides Breven with the opportunity to put all of her work into practice with her family and her partner, Timothy Richard Udall, creating a destination festival that connects film lovers and filmmakers in a most inspirational location.
Timothy Richard Udall
Producer & Director of Operations, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Timothy Udall was working at Capital Studios in Hollywood when he and Breven met. The immediate connection was inevitable, their mutual love for international arts and supporting artists was fueled. From this moment on, Tim and Breven have collaborated on every detail of the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Tim has elevated the technical and production aspects of the festival and grown the long term vision.
Tim has serious plans for CGIFF, including an outdoor amphitheater and various venues on their future headquarters in the Pacific North West. He continues his collaborations with Breven, working festivals such as, AFI Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Slamdance. Tim is a master of operations and oversees the planning and execution of much of the festival events.
Du 28 septembre au 2 octobre 2016, Dinard, la ville la plus british de Bretagne, célèbrera la 27e édition de son Festival du film britannique, dont la marraine est cette année Rebecca O’Brien, productrice des films de Ken Loach depuis 30 ans. Elle interviendra au cours du festival pour nous parler du cinéma britannique en cette période post-Brexit.
Le cinéma britannique à Dinard se porte bien ! Et cette année encore, pendant 5 jours, la cité emblématique de la Côte d’Emeraude présentera au public et aux professionnels 6 films en compétition, de nombreuses avant-premières, des rétrospectives, des séances spéciales, des rencontres, Masterclasses, et rendra hommage à de grands acteurs du cinéma britannique. Ces séances se feront en présence d’invités prestigieux, des équipes des films en compétition, du Jury et de son président Claude Lelouch, qui remettra à l’issue du festival le Hitchcock d’Or.
Le Festival du Film Britannique est un rendez-vous ouvert sur le monde et accessible à tous. Il est devenu au fil des ans l’événement incontournable des passionnés d’un cinéma protéiforme– à la fois pointu et populaire, engagé et teinté d’un sens de l’humour typiquement british –, de glamour et de culture d’outre-Manche, enregistrant plus de 30 000 entrées dans les salles obscures. Le Festival dévoile aujourd’hui son Jury, les films en compétition, et les avant-premières françaises.
38th ANNUAL ASPEN FILMFEST SEPTEMBER 21-25, 2016
Aspen Film’s flagship event is a noncompetitive festival showcasing narrative and documentary features, a dynamic mix of award-worthy fall previews, and acclaimed independent films from the international festival circuit. Filmfest audiences are often among the first in the country to see films like Room, The Imitation Game, Whiplash, Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, and Nebraska.
Wishing you all much success on the festival circuit!
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NYC Indie Film Festival May 2 – 7, 2017
Early deadline ends Aug 31
NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Be part of the New York City Independent Film Festival! The 8th Annual NYC Indie Film Festival will take place May 2 - 7, 2017 and will present indie films from around the world, panels, live shows, parties, and more! NYCIndieFF celebrates the power of independent filmmaker and offers awards valued at over $12,000 USD. Submit your film today for your chance to win and join us in New York next spring! .
New York Festivals
The 2017 Television & Film Awards gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th, 2017
Deadline October 15
The New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards honors the World’s Best TV and Films at its annual gala at NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th. Founded in 1957, NYF TV & Film Awards offers a powerhouse of categories including: 30 categories for documentaries and dozens of categories for news, drama and performers. New York Festivals welcomes network, studio, independent, and student productions of all lengths across all platforms. Late entries accepted until January 5th, 2017. For more information visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/
NYF TV & Film Awards New Categories for 2017: Heroes, Ecotourism, and Best Use of Technology
The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival April 19 – 22, 2017
The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has been awarded several prestigious awards including one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology.
Being billed as the East Coast's answer to Sundance, the MBIFF has a reputation for outstanding films including writings and blogs making the statement that the MBIFF has the best film line up in the World. We continue to be a venue for up and coming film makers as well as seasoned professionals. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance with their films, and will be available for Q&A sessions.
New York Film & Television Festival December 3 – 4, 2016
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Mountain and Adventure Film Festival February 16th - March 19th, 2017
We encourage you to submit all your great films, both current and past. Great mountain and adventure films don't go out of style. Film Festival Flix is the intersection between filmmakers and film lovers, working to build the most complete Mountain & Adventure film library, so audiences can find and purchase every film they've heard about in the past 50+ years.
Official Line Up Announced: December 1st, 2016
HALLOWEEN HORROR FEST October 1 - 31, 2016
Deadline August 31
Celebrating world-class horror films and the filmmakers who terrify, disgust, and disturb us.
Submission: June 1st - August 31st, 2016 (Submission Fee - $25)
Official selections will be announced September 13th, 2016
Official competition dates: October 1st - 23rd, 2016
Winners Week: October 24th - 31st, 2016
Festival Home Page: http://filmfestivalflix.com/festival/halloween-horror-fest/#.V2MeeOYrKi5
Categories, Prizes & Benefits: http://filmfestivalflix.com/hhf-pages/prize-categories/ (under construction)
Submission Period: June 1st - August 31st
We encourage you to submit all your films, both current and past. Great films don't go out of style.
February 24 - March 4, 2017
EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30TH, 2016!
Fantasporto’2017 | Oporto International Film Festival announces our Call for Film Entries for the 37th annual festival, running February 24th till March 4th.
This Call is for Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi features and shorts in the Fantasy competition. The Director’s Week is for features only, in all genres except fantasy.
Deadlines for Entries for 2017 edition are October 30th (Early Call) and December 5th (Final Call).
Films can be submitted now using the film submission website www.fantasporto.com
Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 20,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.
Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.
The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination, is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 37th edition has the support of the Portuguese State.
Check the Regulations on the site www.fantasporto.com.
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Opening Gala dinner for the opening of Venice Festival cancelled in support to the communities struck by the earthquake
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The five filmmakers selected for Ikusmira Berriak share their experiences at the Tabakalera residencies
Kormákur, Xiaogang and Sang-il join others to compete for the Golden Shell at the 64th edition of the San Sebastian Festival
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BFI African Odysseys present: Legacy Media Institute’s Filmmakers’ Workshop for Filmmakers of African Descent
Mongrel International has acquired international sales rights to THE LEVELLING written and directed by Hope Dickson Leach
IM Global has launched GO GLOBAL, a new venture devoted to maximizing the international exposure of Chinese cinema
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World premiere in Cannes
An artistic journey between fiction and documentary film at the same time, throughout space, time, dimensions, light and music, that are conducting through the full sequence to a live experience of Enoc the Resplendent Stargate Energy®
Paranoid Girls Comedy by Pedro del Santo was qualified for Oscar selection running for best film, best original song...
Ana, Paula and Veronica become fascinated by modeling and the life that it offers. Yet, they gradually begin to discover the dark side of fashion hidden behind the fame and glamour of the spotlights. The women experience downfall as they engage with an antagonistic photographer who drags models into a high stakes abyss of danger. The women learn to value friendship over the lures of fashion pitfalls and enjoy life's simplicities in the end.
Revolution by Rob Stewart (Sharkwater)
over 40 festival wins so far
Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.
Feature - Feel Good Movie - World premiered in Montreal World Film Festival Winner best romantic comedy in Manhattan Fest
Charlie Kane can’t catch a break. He grew into a man who expects the worse out of life and gets it. But that changes when, by chance, he meets a bright, sunny sprite of a woman named Holly who turns him from a dour drip into someone finally allowing himself to be happy.Then a bus flattens her before Charlie eyes. Charlie opts for suicide but can’t even successfully give up on life. Left with no other choice, he adopts Holly’s ethos of positivity and just decides to be happy... by ignoring all the bad things in life. But his cynical best friend isn’t buying Charlie’s new-found happiness and sets out to save Charlie by making him miserable again.
> THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT
The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival is announcing it’s full line up of films and screenplays
The 36th Atlantic Film Festival announces full festival program for event, Sept. 15 - 22 in Halifax, NS
New Orleans Film Society Announces 27th Annual New Orleans Film Festival, October 12th – 20th, 2016 Festival unveils documentary, narrative and Louisiana feature competition lineup + official program artwork The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced today the feature competition lineup for the 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF), taking place October 12th – 20th at venues across New Orleans, with an increased presence in the downtown...
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Napa Valley Film Festival Celebrity Tributes include Zoey Deutch, Chloe Grace Moretz and Glen Powell.
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Fort d'une expérience acquise dans la distribution de films pour deux Majors (Sony et Fox mariée sous a direction avec UGC) Bruno Chatelin propose une expérience pointue au service de votre stratégie digitale à Travers sa structure de Conseil MAJOR BUZZ FACTORY Le fondateur Bruno Chatelin : un Professionnel de la communication entouré de spécialistes, son expérience est ancrée sur trois univers La publicité, Le mark.eting et le digital.
Join us at this years China Film Festival in Gregson Park, Hamilton and the Tower Cinemas Newcastle, September 17 – 24.
Opening night begins with an outdoor cinema and Noodle Night Market in Gregson Park, screening ‘The Monkey King’!
The following week we will screen ‘Mr Six’, ‘Go Away Mr Tumour’ and ‘American Dreams in China’ at the Tower Cinemas Newcastle.
China Week also features a Business Forum, and a vibrant Shanghai-inspired marketplace and street festival!
Visit www.newcastlechinaweek.com for more details.
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Unprecedented four-year, career-spanning series at The Cinefamily Wiseman making a rare Los Angeles appearance for opening weekend Begins Thursday, August 25 - Master Class with Wiseman, Saturday, August 27 - screening of newly restored classic Titicut Follies.
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Non-profit cinematheque The Cinefamily kicks off an exciting new documentary film program, UNORTHODOX, which will begin with the first night of a four-year, career-spanning retrospective of the work of veteran documentary filmmaker FREDERICK WISEMAN with a screening of a newly restored 35mm print of TITICUT FOLLIES on Saturday, August 27th at Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood, CA.
Wiseman will appear in-person for a Q&A after the screening on Saturday, August 27th to discuss his first foray into non-fiction filmmaking and touch on his 50 years of filmmaking experience. Wiseman will also appear on Thursday, August 25th at the Vista Theater to teach a Master Class on filmmaking.
"It's unprecedented for Cinefamily to commit to such a large retrospective of a single filmmaker--but Wiseman's incredible breadth is matched by his consistency, each film another perfect brick in a lifelong edifice of brilliant work," says Hadrian Belove, Executive Creative Director and Head Programmer of The Cinefamily. "Watching all 42 films will be an exciting journey, and Titicut Follies is the best way to kick off our new documentary series, UNORTHODOX"
"Even though he's the greatest American documentarian of the century," Belove continues, "somehow he's never really been properly celebrated in Hollywood--until now."
This brand new 35mm print of Titicut Follies will receive its first showing in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 27th at Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax, and will continue a run at Cinefamily through Wednesday, August 31st, followed by a week-long run of his second feature film, High School (1968), also newly restored. The 35mm prints were preserved and restored by the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center from original camera negatives in the Zipporah Films Collection.
"I am very pleased that Cinefamily is doing a complete retrospective of my films," Frederick Wiseman states. "This will give the audience a chance to see them on a big screen and for those interested to find the thematic connections."
Cinefamily will continue the first quarter of the filmmaker's full career retrospective with screenings of Law and Order (1969), Hospital (1970), Basic Training (1971), Essene (1972), Juvenile Court (1973), Primate (1974), Welfare (1975), and Meat (1976) running every Saturday beginning September 3rd, 2016. The next three Fall seasons will cover the remainder of his career, to run during the Fall of 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The first feature-length film by documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, Titicut Follies (1967) is a cinéma-vérité portrait of the patients of Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, a correctional institution based in Massachusetts. Over 29 days, Wiseman documented the appalling patient conditions inside Bridgewater, which included unsanitary living environments, public humiliation, and other basic human rights violations. Banned upon its 1967 release due to questions of ethics and patients' rights, Wiseman's Zipporah Films finally released home distribution rights to Titicut Follies on DVD in 2007.
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THE CINEFAMILY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. The Cinefamily's mission is to reinvigorate film culture by fostering a spirit of community and a sense of discovery. We believe that movies work best as social experiences: they are more meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others. The Cinefamily was founded in 2007 by brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham and Hadrian Belove, founder of Cinefile Video. The Cinefamily currently averages 14 shows per week, many of which are enhanced with special guests, live music, dance parties, potlucks, and other kinds of social fun. Over 65,000 patrons visit the Cinefamily annually. Please visit cinefamily.org for more information.
About the Cinefamily
UNORTHODOX is a robust new program at the Cinefamily that will focus on the presentation of the highest quality, most innovative documentary projects to an eager, captive and curious audience. UNORTHODOX will bring forth the visually interesting and the formally compelling, and will challenge its audience with unexpected, refreshing programming that shines a light on the underseen gems in the non-fiction space. Screenings this year have included the 2016 Sundance films Holy Hell, Nuts! and Tickled, and will continue with a concentrated weekend of films September 3 - 5, 2016 with four international titles, three Los Angeles premieres and a prescient, timely repertory screening of the 35th anniversary of Killing of America. Visit http://www.cinefamily.org/films/unorthodox/ for more information.
About Zipporah Films
ZIPPORAH FILMS, INC. was founded by Frederick Wiseman in 1971 as the umbrella organization for the distribution and production of all the Wiseman films. The company handles every aspect of film production, release and support to film festivals, theatres, organizations, broadcasters, and individuals in what is now a fairly unique model of self-distribution. For thirty-five years and twenty-eight Wiseman film releases, Karen Konicek has run Zipporah Films as the Director of Distribution/Executive Producer. For more information about Frederick Wiseman and his films, please visitwww.zipporah.com.
THE CINEFAMILY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. The Cinefamily's mission is to reinvigorate film culture by fostering a spirit of community and a sense of discovery. We believe that movies work best as social experiences: they are more meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others.
The Cinefamily was founded in 2007 by brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham and Hadrian Belove, founder of Cinefile Video. The Cinefamily currently averages 14 shows per week, many of which are enhanced with special guests, live music, dance parties, potlucks, and other kinds of social fun. Over 65,000 patrons visit the Cinefamily annually. Please visit cinefamily.org for more information.
NATIVE by Daniel Fitzsimmons (Reino Unido)
LA PUERTA ABIERTA by Marina Seresesky (España)
JIA by Shumin Liu (China)
MAVI BISIKLET by Ümit Köreken (Alemania)
KIDNAP CAPITAL (Canadá)
LA SEMILLA DEL SILENCIO /Colombia)
FREISTATT (Sanctuary) by Marc Brummund (Alemania)
PAPAGAJKA by Emma Rozanski (Bosnia y Hersegovina/ Reino Unido)
LA FAMILIA REYNA by Tito Rodríguez República Dominicana)
FALLING by Ana Rodríguez Rosell (España)
EL DESTIERRO (España)
SINS OF THE FLESH (Egipto)
LA CARGA (México)
PERROS by Harold Trompetero. (Colombia)
ANOTHER FOREVER by Juan Zapata (Brasil-Colombia)
A BLUE MOUTHED FACE by Kim Soo Jung (Cora del Sur)
WALKIN DISTANCE by Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez (México)
A BLUE MOUTHED FACE (Cora del Sur)
WOUNDED LAND by Erez Tadmor (Israel)
OH, QUINA JOIA! by Ventura Pons (España)
THE LONG NIGHT OF IMAGINATION by Samuel Sebastián (España)
CHAMAN EL ULTIMO GUERRERO by Sandro Meneses Postosí (Colombia)
PRINCESA: UNA HISTORIA VERDADERA by Oscar Balncarte (México)
DAVID by Jan Tesitel (República Checa)
LA CASA ROSADA by Palito Ortega Matute(Perú)
DETOURS / DESVÍOS by Pedro Guindani (Brasil)
HOMAGE TO CINEMA FROM COLUMBIA
HOMENAJE AL PATRIMONIO FILMICO COLOMBIANO
GARRAS by ORO by PP Jambrina,
ALMA PROVINCIANA by Félix J Rodriguez
MILAGRO by SAL by Luis Moya,
RAÍCES by PIEDRA by José María Arzuaga y Julio Roberto peña
FLORES DEL VALLE by Maximo Calvo
DOCUMENTAL SOCIAL COMPETENCIA
PACIENTE by Jorge Caballero (Colombia)
COLOMBIAN METALHEADS by Sebastian Fernando Alvarado Burbano (Colombia)
GUEÉ-MUJER by Paola Lamprea Cardona (Colombia)
AFROLATINOS by Renzo Devia (Estados Unidos)
COLA COLITA COLASSA, (Oda a Barcelona) by Ventura Pons (España)
AFUERA Lauerentia Genske (Alemania)
AISLADOS by Marcela Lizcano, Simón Beltrán, Juan Pablo Solano, Diego Bustamante y Sarahí Echeverría.(Colombia)
COLOMBIA: POISON VS POISON by Marc Bouchage (Francia)
LA MUERTE NO DUELE Tomas Alejandro by Leone(Argentina)
LA RUMBA ME LLAMA by Oliver Hill (Estados Unidos)
MUJERES AL FRENTE, LA LEY by LAS MÁS NOBLES by Lula Gómez (España)
NO VERMELHO by Marcelo Reis (Brasil)
PARQUE LENIN by Itziar Leemans, Carlos Mignon (México)
TCHINDAS by Marc Serena & Pablo García Pérez by Lara (Francial)
VERGUENZA Y RESPETO by Tomas Lipgot (Arentina)
CUERPOS DOCILES by Diego Gachassin/Matias Scarvaci (Argentina)
LA SONRISA VERDADERAde Juan Rayos (España)
DOCUMENTAL SOBRE ARTE "ENRIQUE GRAU"
FEAR by Maria Stoyanova (Bulgaria)
RAMÓN GAYA. LA PINTURA COMO DESTINO by Gonzalo Ballester (España)
LA MAYOR LOCURA by Adolfo Dufour Andía (España)
EL OJO by MACONDO by Andrés Sandoval Puente (Colombia)
ELEMENTS OF REHEARSAL IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER by Davide Abbatescianni (Estonia)
EXILIO VOLUNTARIO/VOLUNTARY EXILE by Galina Likosova, Hernán Humberto Restrepo(Colombia)
LA CALLE by LOS PIANISTAS by Mariano Nante (Argentina)
DOCUMENTAL SOBRE EL MEDIO AMBIENTE
MICROMUNDO EN UN BALCÓN by Lina Crespo y Gabriel Escobar (Colombia)
OS DÍAS AFOGADOS by Luis Avilés y Gabriel Escobar (España)
L'ESPRIT by LA FÔRET Monique Munting (Bélgica)
REYTAMO ESPINOSO by Diego Carrizosa (Colombia)
AGUACEIRO / DOWNPOUR by Leonardo Villar (Brasil)
AMARI by Gregorio Azkona Andueza (España)
TEMPO by Manuel Valcarcel (España)
CAMINO A HIGÜEY by Abi Alberto (República Dominicana)
INTOLERANCIA by D.W. Griffith
THE SPACE IN BETWEEN – MARINA ABRAMOVI? AND BRAZIL by Marco del Fiol (Brasil)
ENCANTARIAS by Rodrigo Sena y Julio Castro (Brasil)
ENTRE LA VIDA Y LA MUERTE by Karen Alfonso Martinez
A OSCURAS by Madeleyn Duran Cuervo
PRUEBA SABER SER by Henry Wilson León y Karen Liliana Garzón
MALAS INFLUENCIAS by Fidel Mercado
LA PEQUEÑA HEROÍNA by Colectivo Pasacaballos
ORIKA, SUEÑOS by LIBERTAD by Colectivo Flamenco
LA AVENTURA by NARCISO by Yerlis Vega
LA ESTRATEGIA by FITO by Colectivo Ararca
LA LEYENDA by LA BRUJA by CHAVO by Colectivo Caño by Oro
LOS GUARDIANES DEL NIDO by Colectivo Benkos Bioho
EL TAMBOR MAGICO by Wendy Valdés
SHOOTING STAR by Lyubo Yonchev (Bulgaria/Italia)
LA MUÑECA by TRAPO by Manuel Busquet (Colombia)
EL NOMBRE DEL DÍA by Marcello Quintella e Boynard (Brasil)
LOS TOMATES by CARMELO by Danilo Baracho (Canadá)
RUBY by Luciano Scherer, Guilherme Soster, Jorge Loureiro (Brasil)
EL SABOR by LOS NUDILLOS by Dante Alejandro Silva Treviño (México)
NORMAL by Vadim Lasca (Venezuela)
EMBARAZO by Fernando Rick (Brasil)
ELIAS by Sandra Lucia Molano Torres (Colombia)
BON VOYAGE by Marc Wilkins (Suiza)
LEYENDAS URBANAS-ROJA PESADILLA by Marco Melgar (Perú)
BLUE DANUBE by Jonatan Medina (Perú)
NÓDOÄS by Ángelo Lima
DESAYUNO CON TIFFANY Andrés Molano Moncada (Colombia)
OBJETOS by Germano by Oliveira (Brasil)
NAKED-SPURIOUS by Glenn English (Estados Unidos)
THE BEACH BOY by Hannes Rall (Alemania)
20 PATADAS by Dimitar Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
FRUIT by Gerhard Funk (Alemania)
MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar (Alemania)
EYE FOR AN EYE by Steve Bache, Mahyar Goudarzi, Louise Peter(Alemania)
THE SMALL GRAIN OF RICE / DIE GESCHICHTE VON DEM KLEINEN REISKORM deDirk Bohling (Alemania)
AMI by Gonzalo San Vicente (Alemania)
JAZZ ORGIE by Irina Rubina (Alemania)
SAY I AM ONLY SEVENTEEN by Andre Catoto Dias (Brasil)
EL MAQUINADOR by Pablo Latorre (Argentina)
HOBLIO- THE PATH TO FREEDOM by Piero Tonin (Italia)
CAFARD by Jan Bultheel (Francia)
LOVE WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS by Assia Kovanova, Andrey Koulev (Bulgaria)
O QUEBRA CABEÇA by TARIK (Pedir DVD o Blu Ray)
MR SAND by Soetkin Verstegen (Bélgica)
O QUEBRA CABEÇA by TARIK by Maria Leite (Brasil)
PANORAMA by Miller Muñoz (Colombia)
MY LITTLE SUMO by Ana María Méndez Salgado & Carlos Manrique Clavijo (Australia)
EN VUELO by Jhon Mario Angulo Paternina (Colombia)
CRIA by Guilherme Carneiro Homem Alves (Brasil)
REVOLTOSO by Arturo "Vonno" Ambriz, Roy Ambriz (México)
CINE PARA NIÑOS
PANORAMA by Miller Muñoz (Colombia)
O MELHOR SOM DO MUNDO by Pedro Paulo by Andrade (Brasil)
IT IS NOT A GAME
PETER/Pedro: Pedro Borges (BVrasil)
FORCE OF ATTRACTION
EL CUENTO DEL ZAR SALTAN by A. Ptshkó (Rusia)
RUSLAN Y LIUDMILA by A. Ptshkó (Rusia)
BARBARA BONITA by LA TRENSA LARGUITA by A. Rou (Rusia)
LA SIRENITA by V. Bichkov (Rusia)
By Alex Deleon
The 73rd edition of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematigrafico, otherwise known as the Venice Film Festival, is off and running.
With an overwhelming cornucopia of films of all kinds to choose from --new Hollywood star vehicles, old restored classics, documentaries and feature films from around the globe, shorts, experimental films, etc. one is faced with what the Italians call "l'imbarazzo della scelta" -- Choice Overload -- which is par for the course at major festivals like Venice.
In such a situation veteran festivaleers such as Yours Truly try to see unusual films which are not likely to turn up elsewhere and, for the time being, take a pass on most big name films which which will definitely show up at other festivals or at commercial screenings on the streets of all major cities.
In the first couple of days the first five films I have looked in on were all in different theaters and all in different languages, to wit; Icelandic, Hebrew, English, Croatian, and Korean. (Capsule reviews below)
The grand opener on August 31 was the American biggie "LA LA Land", starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Youthful director. Damien Chazelle, 31, had a critical success "Whiplash" two years ago which also dealt with musicians. The stars graced the opening night red carpet and the pic went over big with the Italian audience and critics.
Photos of the arrival of hot new couple Irish-German Michael Fassbender (39, bravura star of last year's Steve Jobs) and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, 27, dominated all the local newspaper festival pages. Vikander made a big splash right here in Venice last year in "The Danish Girl" which earned her a supporting actress Oscar this year. Some see her as the next Ingrid Bergman. All they gotta do now is a remake of Casablanca with Fassbender as Rick Blaine and Vikander as Ilsa Lund to solidify that in cement.
Oh yes, the film they are in together has the unwieldy title of "The light between Oceans", and is apparently a heavyweight tearjerker set in an Australian lighthouse after WWI.
Also on the red carpet and party scene in the first days of the fest, Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams with a film called "Nocturnal Animals" billed as "a noir melodrama laced with vicious crime and psychological suspense" by first time director and former Gucci fashion designer Tom Ford. Save that one for later.
Also here Jude Law, playing, of all things, A catholic bishop from New York who will become the first American Pope -- named "Lennie". Directed by Italian Paolo Sorrentino this is not a theatrical film but the first two parts of a TV miniseries entitled "The young Pope". Such borderline blasphemous material is very titialating for Italian audiences and has unleashed a cascade of newsprint here.
As for the films I have seen so far on these opening days:
1. Hjartasteinn (Heartstone) Iceland, director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, 34, Debut film.
It's been a while since the films of Friðrik Þór Friðriksson put Iceland on the Cinema map in the eighties and nineties. This epic scale coming of age drama set in a remote fishing village far from the capital Reykjavik looks like the start of a new Icelandic wave. Fresh energy snd a keen reobserving of what it's like to be a teenager on the verge of puberty and even dabbling a bit in homosexuality makes this coming of age story something else. Against a magnificent backdrop of sea and mountains Guðmundur follows the entanglements of two simple outback families and their kids. The film centers mainly on Thor, a sensitive twelve year old boy and his slightly older, taller, buddy Christian, but also their rough friendship with a couple of teenage girls and their oroblems with roughhewn parents. The performances of the two boys is astounding and Guðmundur's direction is totally assured. Given the setting this is a one of a kind new film experience on a set of old themes. Bravo!
Director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson with his incredible teenage stars and Italian interpreter after screening of Hjartasteinn
2. Laavor et ha-Kir (Through the wall), Israeli, directed by Rama Burshrein. This is theoretically a comedy about a stubborn religious young woman in her thirties, Michal, who desperately wants to get married before it's too late but keeps turning down all prospective suitors who show interest in her. At the beginning we meet her arranged marriage fiancé but he doesn't love her and breaks off the engagement. Against all odds Michal hires a wedding hall for 200 guests in spite of the fact that there is no groom in sight. The date is set for the end of the Hannuka holiday just twenty days away. Will her unshakably stubborn faith in G-d deliver a groom in time?
All the actors are excellent, especially Noa Kooler as Michal, however, the script which starts out auspiciously with the first couple of suitors, soon turns into a stale one joke melodrama that becomes less and less convincing and more ridiculous as time goes by. Hefty Ms. Burshrain and her entire entourage were present at the screening but applause at the end was polite to nonexistent .
A better title Would have been "Off the Wall -- from Hunger".
Strictly for the glott Kosher crowd and even then, with reservations.
With Strictly Kosher Israeli director Rama Burshtein ...
It ain't over until the fat lady sings ...
3. Ne Gledaj me u Pilat (Quit staring at my Plate), Croation,) -authors week. I stopped staring at this after about ten minutes when I realized I didn't feel like spending 105 minutes with a dysfunctional Croation family and an overbearing bully of a father in the ugly city of Zagreb.
4. Mil Jeong (밀정 ~ The Age of Shadows). Tremendous Korean epochal drama about life and resistance under the oppressive Japanese occupation in the early decades of the century. Director Kim Jaewoon really knows how to set up drama and suspense mixed with blazing action. There was so much in this film that I felt like I was watching a Beethoven symphony. Dark Sepia toned photography used to good effect enhances period feel. Musical soundtrack employs jazz and adrenalin tensor stretches and final shootout in the train station is orchestrated deftly to Ravel's Bolero. 139' running time is long and winds up with several anticlimacric codas but never kets you out if its grip. For Koreans this is clearly a film with heavy patriotic messages. The final theme is don't ket your failures stop you -- buikd onnthem and rise to the next level -- until victory is achieved.
I would love to see this film with a Korean audience and would expect to see people on their feet cheering at the end.. A young Italian I met afterwards said he loved it even though he knows nothing of the history involved. I could easily see why -- in a way this is something like a Kimchee spaghetti western and actor Kang-ho Song, 49, has got to be the Korean equivalent if John Wayne, or at keast, Robert Mitchum.
Kang-ho Song (leather coat) in the opening scene of Mil Jeong (밀정 ~ "The Age of Shadows"
ps: The English language film was a perfectly restored print of John Ford's 1931 "The Brat". Ford made Westerns but this was one of his early Easterns and -- one of his best before he was declared a cinema maestro.
The first Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival will be held in Ramsgate with its stunning Royal Harbour, unique in England. It is run by the Ramsgate Film & TV Institute, which will also run a variety of screenings throughout the year to bring international independent cinema to local audiences.
The Festival focus is to show new works and help promote film makers. Screenings are complemented by a strong programme of quality events and seminars, with industry professionals of high reputation.
No film in competition will screen by invitation. All screenings are chosen by the Selection Committee, which is composed of a panel of industry professionals and local residents.
To add to the experience, festival goers will have the opportunity to explore the area rich in culture, maritime heritage and historic and modern architecture and enjoy its waterside and cafés.