Foreign Films

Australian Raid Targets Banned Gay Zombie Film

Australian Raid Targets Banned Gay Zombie Film

Canadian director Bruce LaBruce’s controversial gay porn horror film LA Zombie, which stars a French porn star as a schizophrenic homeless man who believes he is a cannibalistic ghoul,” and depicts homosexual sex, full-frontal male nudity, and necrophilia, was withdrawn from the Melbourne International Film Festival in July after it failed to get a pass from the Australian Film Classification Board. The film still had a public screening at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, but […]

Bollywood Film Guzaarish Upsets Medical Community

Bollywood Film Guzaarish Upsets Medical Community

The Indian medical community is upset with producers of the Bollywood film Guzaarish after posters were released showing the lead actress holding a cigarette. Doctors think it is sending a wrong message to the youth on smoking. The medics are also reportedly upset with BEST, which is a government entity, for allowing such posters to be displayed on their vehicles. “We are going to write a letter to BEST and request the filmmakers to remove […]

Ethiopia’s First Contender For Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film With (Ateltu) “The Athlete’.

Ethiopia’s First Contender For Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film With (Ateltu) “The Athlete’.

Ethiopia has its first contender for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with (Ateltu) “The Athlete’. Co-directed by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, the low budget independent film is about Ethiopian barefoot marathon runner, Abeba Bikila who became the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal. Rasselas Lakew, who also wrote the screenplay, plays Abeba Bikila. Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by […]

Film Movement Grabs Israeli Film ‘The Human Resources Manager’

Film Movement Grabs Israeli Film ‘The Human Resources Manager’

Film Movement is bringing Eran Riklis’s “The Human Resources Manager,” to the US with plans for a theatrical release in March of 2011. The film, “Human Resources Manager” was the winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Locarno International Film Festival and is Israel’s foreign film submission for the Academy Award. The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. He’s separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter and stuck in […]

V I S I O N From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen To Open In The US

V I S I O N From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen To Open In The US

Zeitgeist Films presents the US theatrical release of VISION, a film by Margaretha von Trotta. Official Selection – Telluride and Toronto film festivals, VISION will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle theaters on November 12.  A national release will follow. Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. In VISION – From the […]

San Francisco Film Society Announces Schedule for 14th Annual New Italian Cinema, Nov 14 – 21

San Francisco Film Society Announces Schedule for 14th Annual New Italian Cinema, Nov 14 – 21

The San Francisco Film Society, New Italian Cinema Events of Florence, Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco present New Italian Cinema, November 14 – 21 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema. The eight-day festival is dedicated to bringing Italy’s newest directors and films to Bay Area audiences and celebrating the country’s rich cinematic tradition. The 2010 edition opens with Ferzan Ozpetek’s humorous drama Loose Cannons and a three-film retrospective of this talented and […]

Germany’s Oscar Entry – WHEN WE LEAVE – to open in US in January 2011

Germany’s Oscar Entry – WHEN WE LEAVE – to open in US in January 2011

Olive Films will present the US theatrical release of Germany’s Oscar entry for 2011, WHEN WE LEAVE, a film by Feo Aladag, starring Sibel Kekilli (Head-On).  Winner of BEST FILM and BEST ACTRESS awards at 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, as well as winner of BEST ACTRESS award at the German Film Awards, WHEN WE LEAVE will have its US Theatrical premiere in New York and Los Angeles in January 2011.  A national release will follow. Director, producer and […]

From Ireland/Holland – NOTHING PERSONAL – film opens in NY Nov. 19; in LA Nov. 26

From Ireland/Holland – NOTHING PERSONAL – film opens in NY Nov. 19; in LA Nov. 26

Olive Films will present the US Theatrical release of NOTHING PERSONAL, a film by Urszula Antoniak.  Winner of Best Actress Award for Lotte Verbeek at Locarno and Marrakech film festivals, as well as the Winner of Best First Feature and Fipresci Prize at Locarno, and Best Film and Best Director award at the Dutch Film Festival, NOTHING PERSONAL will open at Cinema Village in New York on November 19, and at Sunset 5 in Los Angeles on November 26. Alone in […]

from Spain – ME, TOO, Yo, también, – film opens in NYC Nov. 19; in LA Nov. 26

from Spain – ME, TOO, Yo, también, – film opens in NYC Nov. 19; in LA Nov. 26

Olive Films will present the US Theatrical release of ME, TOO, a film by Álvaro Pastor & Antonio Naharro.  Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and Winner of Best Actor and Best Actress awards at 2009 San Sebastian International Film Festival,  as well as GOYA Best Actress Award, ME, TOO will open at Cinema Village in New York on November 19, and at Sunset 5 in Los Angeles on November 26. ME, TOO, an offbeat […]

San Francisco Film Society Presents French Cinema Now, Oct 28 – Nov 3

San Francisco Film Society Presents French Cinema Now, Oct 28 – Nov 3

The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now, Thursday, October 28 – Wednesday, November 3, at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level. The weeklong annual festival brings the most significant new work from one of the world’s most renowned filmmaking countries to discerning Bay Area audiences. FCN covers a broad spectrum of subject matter and […]

San Francisco Film Society Presents Second Annual Taiwan Film Days, Oct 22 – 24

San Francisco Film Society Presents Second Annual Taiwan Film Days, Oct 22 – 24

The San Francisco Film Society in association with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, Taiwan’s Government Information Office and Taiwan’s Tourism Board presents Taiwan Film Days, October 22 – 24 at Viz Cinema at the New People center, 1746 Post Street. This exciting showcase highlights the best of contemporary Taiwanese cinema and provides Bay Area audiences with unique opportunities to view bold new Taiwanese films and engage with visionary filmmakers. “We’ve enjoyed […]

Festival of New German Cinema in LA – Oct. 20-24

Festival of New German Cinema in LA – Oct. 20-24

American audiences have been treated to an amazing spectrum of German films over the years.  The past decade has been no exception. Having won two Oscars® for Best Foreign Language Film and having been nominated six times during the last eight years is proof that German films are a force on the international film scene.   The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles is delighted that German Currents, the fourth annual showcase of recent German films is returning this […]

Swedish Film “The Girl” Opens in the US

Swedish Film “The Girl” Opens in the US

Olive Films will present the US Theatrical release of THE GIRL, a film by Fredrik Edfeldt.  THE GIRL premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected as one of ten films in the Variety Critic’s Choice program at the 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.  THE GIRL will open in New York at Cinema Village on September 17 and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 5 on October 1.  Other cities will follow. In a lonely […]

Estonian Film The Temptation Of St. Tony Opens In NYC On September 17 And In LA On October 1

Estonian Film The Temptation Of St. Tony Opens In NYC On September 17 And In LA On October 1

Olive Films will present the US Theatrical Release of THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY, a film by Velko Õunpuu. This film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY will open in New York at Cinema Village on September 17, and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 5 on October 1.  Other cities will follow. To appreciate Veiko Õunpuu’s artful tale of moral confusion, let’s begin where […]

German Film “V I S I O N” Opens In NYC On October 13, And In Los Angeles On November 5.

German Film “V I S I O N” Opens In NYC On October 13, And In Los Angeles On November 5.

Zeitgeist Films will present the US theatrical release of VISION, a film by Margaretha von Trotta. Official Selection – Telluride and Toronto film festivals, VISION will have its theatrical premiere at Film Forum in NYC on October 13, and will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle theaters on November 5.  A national release will follow. Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a […]

AMER A Film By Hélène Cattet And Bruno Forzani Will Open In NYC & LA On October 29

AMER A Film By Hélène Cattet And Bruno Forzani Will Open In NYC & LA On October 29

Olive Films will present the US theatrical release of AMER, a feature debut by  Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani.  Official selection at New Directors New Films, SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival, and winner of multiple international festival awards, AMER will have its theatrical release in New York at Cinema Village and in Los Angeles at Sunset 5 on Friday, October 29, 2010.  Other cities will follow. Ana (Marie Bos) is confronted by Body and Desire at three key moments of her life. Her carnal search […]

New Prison Drama Film From Denmark – “R”

New Prison Drama Film From Denmark – “R”

The prison drama “R” from young Danish directors Michael Noer and Tobias Lindholm will be released theatrically in the U.S. by Olive Films in early 2011. “R” premiered at LA Festival earlier this Summer. The prisoner R arrives to Denmark’s toughest prison, where he is to serve a sentence for violent assault. R is reduced to a number, a letter, just another inmate.  The prison is a parallel world filled with rules, honor, and debts. A […]

From Sweden – THE GIRL – film opens in NYC Sept 17; in LA Oct. 1

From Sweden – THE GIRL – film opens in NYC Sept 17; in LA Oct. 1

THE GIRL, a film by Fredrik Edfeldt that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected as one of ten films in the Variety Critic’s Choice program at the 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, will will open in New York at Cinema Village on September 17 and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 5 on October 1.  Other cities will follow. In a lonely house on the countryside a ten year old […]

From Estonia – THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY – film opens in NYC Sept. 17; in LA Oct. 1

From Estonia – THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY – film opens in NYC Sept. 17; in LA Oct. 1

‘The Temptation Of St. Tony’, a film by Velko Õunpuu. This film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. ‘The Temptation Of St. Tony’ will open in New York at Cinema Village on September 17, and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 5 on October 1.  Other cities will follow. To appreciate Veiko Õunpuu’s artful tale of moral confusion, let’s begin where he does—with Dante’s Inferno: “Midway upon the journey of our life, […]

BROTHERHOOD – a gay neo-Nazi drama opens in US

BROTHERHOOD – a gay neo-Nazi drama opens in US

Nicolo Donato’s feature film debut) and winner of the Best Film prize at the 2009 Rome Film Festival, BROTHERHOOD, a gay neo-Nazi drama, will open in the US at the Cinema Village in New York on August 6 and at Laemmle Sunset 5 in  Los Angeles on August 20.  Other cities will follow. When Lars (Thure Lindhardt) is cheated out of promotion to a sergeant, following rumors about his unbecoming behavior towards some of his men, he […]

2010 Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film, THE MILK OF SORROW, opens in NYC – August 27; in LA – Sept 3

2010 Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film, THE MILK OF SORROW, opens in NYC – August 27; in LA – Sept 3

The Oscar nominated Peruvian film, THE MILK OF SORROW, by Claudia Llosa will open at the Cinema Village in New York on Friday, August 27, and at the Music Hall in Los Angeles on September 3.  Other cities will follow. Fausta (Magaly Solier) suffers from “the milk of sorrow”, an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by women who have been violated or mistreated during the war of terror in Peru. The war has ended, but Fausta’s […]

Finnish Film, LETTERS TO FATHER JACOB – film opens in NYC on Oct. 8; in LA on Oct. 15

Finnish Film, LETTERS TO FATHER JACOB – film opens in NYC on Oct. 8; in LA on Oct. 15

The award winning film,  Letters to Father Jacob, written and directed by Klaus Haro. Finland’s Official Selection for 2010 Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film), this film will open in New York at Cinema Village on October 8 and at the Music Hall in Los Angeles on October 15.  Other cities will follow. Letters to Father Jacob is a warm-hearted and touching story of Leila, a prisoner who was sentenced to life, but who has just […]