Le Havre Takes The Top Film Prize at the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival

Le Havre Takes The Top Film Prize at the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival

Le Havre

Le Havre, Finland’s official submission for 2012 Academy Awards – Best Foreign Language Film, topped a lineup of more than 180 feature-length fiction films, documentaries and shorts to win the top prize, the Gold Hugo at the 47th Chicago International Film Festival Competitions. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, “in this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.” Le Havre opens in LA and NYC on October 21.

The complete list of winners of the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival. {jathumbnail off}

AFI FEST 2011 Announces Young Americans, New Auteurs and Spotlight Lineup

AFI FEST 2011 Announces Young Americans, New Auteurs and Spotlight Lineup

(L-R) Ariane Labed and Evangelia Randou in ATTENBERG Courtesy of Strand Releasing

AFI FEST 2011 announced the films that will be featured in the festival’s Young Americans, New Auteurs and Spotlight sections at the 25th edition this November. Young Americans features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers, while New Auteurs highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world. This year’s Spotlight section focuses on acclaimed independent American filmmaker Joe Swanberg, featuring presentations of films from his Full Moon Trilogy – SILVER BULLETS, ART HISTORY and the world premiere of THE ZONE. {jathumbnail off}

Documentary about Gay Rights Activist , Vito Russo Premieres Tonight at NY Film Fest

Documentary about Gay Rights Activist , Vito Russo Premieres Tonight at NY Film Fest

VITO, an HBO documentary film about gay rights activist Vito Russo, premieres tonight at the New York Film Festival. The film premieres at 6:00 PM with an encore screening at 9:15 PM. VITO offers rare insight into one of the most important voices in the birth of contemporary gay culture and AIDS activism.  His book The Celluloid Closet published in 1981 (and updated in 1987), remains a landmark historical work and his co-founding of GLAAD, […]

Documentary EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE Opens in LA on October 21

Documentary EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE Opens in LA on October 21

The documentary EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE, which had its World Premiere at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, and went on to screen at Mill Valley and SXSW film festivals, among many others, will open on October 21 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, CA.  Many other cities (including Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, DC) will follow. Directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a documentary about the band […]

Complete List of 63 Countries Competing For 84th Academy Awards Foreign Film Oscar

Complete List of 63 Countries Competing For 84th Academy Awards Foreign Film Oscar

Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The 2011 submissions are: Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director;Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director;Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics, director;Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;Bosnia and Herzegovina,”Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic, director;Brazil, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” José Padilha, director;Bulgaria, “Tilt,” Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau, director;Chile, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andrés Wood, director;China, […]

8 Documentary Short Films Make 2011 Oscars Shortlist

8 Documentary Short Films Make 2011 Oscars Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 84th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company. “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,” Purposeful Productions, Inc. “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” Documentress Films“In Tahrir Square: […]

Cucalorus Film Festival Announces Official Lineup Filled With Award Winning Films

Cucalorus Film Festival Announces Official Lineup Filled With Award Winning Films

Cucalorus Film Festival released its official schedule of films and events for this year’s festival, revealing a roster of over 150 films from 23 different countries. The festival opens on Thursday, November 10th with Dance-a-lorus, an exploration of film and dance at the historic Thalian Hall. Other films include Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig), Norway’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Academy Awards. Our Day Will Come,  the first feature film by Romain Gavras, […]

Finland’s Oscar submission LE HAVRE – opens in LA and NYC on October 21

Finland’s Oscar submission LE HAVRE – opens in LA and NYC on October 21

Finland’s official submission for 2012 Academy Awards – Best Foreign Language Film, ‘Le Havre’ by director Aki Kaurismäki will be released in NYC and LA on Friday, October 21 with an expected national release to follow. The film premiered at 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Critic’s prize, and was screened at the recent Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals. In his wry and warm-hearted portrait of the French harbor […]

San Francisco International Animation Festival announces 2011 Lineup and Program

San Francisco International Animation Festival announces 2011 Lineup and Program

A scene from FOUR ANIMAL CARTOONS TO HELP KIDS DEAL WITH DIVORCE, part of the Anthropomorphlolz shorts program at the San Francisco International Animartion Festival, November 10 – 13 at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema.

The 6th annual San Francisco International Animation Festival, returns Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the Film Society’s new theatrical home, San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema.

The San Francisco International Animation Festival includes an ‘enticing mix of the latest anime, family-friendly fare, documentaries, wonderfully unclassifiable shorts from around the world and a fabulous Opening Night party.’

This year’s festival includes Cannes entry and multiaward-winning Tatsumi by Eric Khoo, the Bay Area-produced Annecy competitor Glitch in the Grid, the long-awaited feature-length film by Keita Kurosaka, Midori-ko and several shorts programs, including the always popular Best of Annecy compilation.

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My Week With Marilyn Added to 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

My Week With Marilyn Added to 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

The new drama film, My Week With Marilyn has just been added to the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival lineup. The film screens Saturday, October 16th at Guild Hall. My Week With Marilyn is directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges; and stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh Early in the summer of 1956, American film star Marilyn Monroe set foot on British soil for the first time. On honeymoon with her husband, […]

11 Nonfiction Short Film Finalists for 2012 Cinema Eye Honors

11 Nonfiction Short Film Finalists for 2012 Cinema Eye Honors

Eleven films from six countries have been named as finalists for the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.  This is the second year that Cinema Eye has presented an award for Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.  Last year the award went to The Poodle Trainer, directed by Vance Malone. 2012 Cinema Eye Honors Short Film Finalists: Bathing Micky (MICKY BADER) (Sweden/Denmark)Directed by Frida Kempff Diary (United Kingdom)Directed by Tim Hetherington Guanape Sur […]

Award winning film, Vegucated, kicks off Fall Tour in NY

Award winning film, Vegucated, kicks off Fall Tour in NY

  The new documentary Vegucated, recently awarded “Best Documentary Feature” at the 2011 Toronto Independent Film Festival is going on the road.   The tour kicks off tonight in New York City with the U.S. premiere at the at the SVA Theatre, then to Midwest Premiere at the Show Me Justice Film Festival, on Saturday, October 15th, at University of Central Missouri. Other cities follow. Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New […]

Actress Famke Janssen’s Directorial Debut ‘Bringing Up Bobby’ Gets a Theatrical Distribution Deal

Actress Famke Janssen’s Directorial Debut ‘Bringing Up Bobby’ Gets a Theatrical Distribution Deal

  monterey media has acquired North American rights to actress Famke Janssen’s writing and directorial debut, “Bringing Up Bobby” with a late 2011 theatrical release date planned. “Bringing Up Bobby ” stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers), Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Sleepless in Seattle, The Grudge) and Marcia Cross (star of “Desperate Housewives”). The film premiered recently at the Deauville American Film Festival and will have its US premiere at The Savannah Film Festival […]

Hollywood Film Festival to honor George Clooney

Hollywood Film Festival to honor George Clooney

The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, will honor Oscar winner George Clooney with the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his critically acclaimed performance in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” “George Clooney delivered a flawless and passionate performance in Alexander Payne’s human drama, ‘The Descendants.’ Clooney continues to shine as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. We’re delighted to honor him at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards,” said Mr. Carlos de Abreu, Hollywood Film […]

Gotham Screen International Film Festival Moves To A New Home for 2011

Gotham Screen International Film Festival Moves To A New Home for 2011

This year’s Annual Gotham Screen International Film Festival (GSIFF) moves to a new home — NY’s QUAD Cinema. GSIFF. This year’s festival showcases more than 10 ‘cutting-edge’ features, documentaries and three programs of short films from independent, first- or second-time directors as well as international releases making their East Coast or US debut. This year’s Festival is highlighted by the World Premiere of Henry Miller’s OCCUPANT; the World Premiere of Dana Packard’s, 40 WEST, starring […]

International Film Festival Rotterdam appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

International Film Festival Rotterdam appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

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 […]

Reeling 2011: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Releases the Film Lineup

Reeling 2011: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Releases the Film Lineup

Opening Night , The Wise Kids

Reeling 2011: The 30th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, running November 3-12, kicks off its 10-day festival with the Opening Night Gala presentation of The Wise Kids by Chicago-based filmmaker Stephen Cone, to be held at the Music Box Theatre on Thursday, November 3. The Wise Kids is a coming-of-age drama set in the South, featuring a “brilliant cast of young actors” (Variety). The film has garnered Best Feature awards at Outfest and Newfest (the Los Angeles and New York gay film festivals).

Reeling closes on Saturday, November 12, at the Portage Theater with dual closing night selections: Lorene Machado’s Margaret Cho performance film, Cho Dependent(6:00 pm) and Casper Andreas’ satire on “making it” in Hollywood, Going Down in La-La Land (9:30 pm).

Documentaries take center stage this year with three centerpiece films. On Saturday, November 5, Reeling presents Wish Me Away, about country music sensation Chely Wright’s struggle and fears around publicly coming out. The film has already won best documentary awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Frameline (San Francisco’s gay film festival). Fresh from its New York Film Festival world premiere, Vito is about activist and author of The Celluloid Closet, Vito Russo. The film screens on Monday, November 7 (on the anniversary of Russo’s death from AIDS). Sundance documentary We Were Here is a moving look back at the onset of the HIV epidemic 30 years ago at its epicenter, San Francisco, screening on Sunday, November 6.

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37 films nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards

37 films nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) announced that 37 films from 19 countries and areas have been nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Films from the Islamic Republic of Iran, People’s Republic of China, Turkey and India will vie for the Best Feature Film Award.  Best Feature Film nominees in the 2011 APSAs are Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation, Islamic Republic of Iran), Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly, People’s Republic […]

Iran Sentences Actress to 90 lashes For Appearing in Film

Iran Sentences Actress to 90 lashes For Appearing in Film

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes for her starring role in Australian film My Tehran for Sale. Although the exact charges are not clear, Vafamehr do appear with a shaved head and no headscarf in the film, which also explores cultural oppression in Iran and taboos such as drug use, all no-no’s under Iranian tough laws. Shot in secret in Iran with a local crew in […]

Real Steel and Human Centipede 2 Are This Week’s Box-Office Champs

Real Steel and Human Centipede 2 Are This Week’s Box-Office Champs

“Real Steel” was literally a tough one to beat at the box office, with the action film starring Hugh Jackman, beating the competition to take the number 1 spot with a decent $27.3 million.  George Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March,”was a distant second with $10.4 million. 1. “Real Steel” (Disney/DreamWorks): $27.3 million. 2. “The Ides of March” (Sony/Cross Creek): $10.4 million. 3. “Dolphin Tale” (Warner Bros./Alcon): $9.2 million. 4. “Moneyball” (Sony): $7.5 million. […]

Peter Fonda and Tim Robbins Gulf Oil Spill Doc ‘The Big Fix’ to Open New Orleans Film Fest

Peter Fonda and Tim Robbins Gulf Oil Spill Doc ‘The Big Fix’ to Open New Orleans Film Fest

The Big Fix, from The Sundance Award Winning Filmmakers behind the movie FUEL, will have its North American premiere as the Opening night Film of the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival on Friday, October 14th, 2011. Directed by Louisiana native Josh Tickell and produced and co-directed by his wife and filmmaking partner Rebecca Harrell Tickell, The Big Fix is described as ‘part daring journalism, archival investigation and eco-horror story.’ Through interviews with scientists, government […]

Steve McQueen Sexually Charged New Film ‘Shame” to close 2011 Leeds International Film Festival

Steve McQueen Sexually Charged New Film ‘Shame” to close 2011 Leeds International Film Festival

The 25th Leeds International Film Festival runs November 3 – November 20, 2011, today announced that Steve MQueen’s Shame will screen at the Closing Gala on Friday 18th November, and also released it full Official Selection program. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender, Shame follows Brendan (Fassbender) who plans his life around relentless sexual encounters until a visit from his wayward sister forces him to reassess his priorities. The festival will kick off […]

Director Oliver Stone, Larry Flynt And Sissy Spacek headed to 2011 Virginia Film Festival

Director Oliver Stone, Larry Flynt And Sissy Spacek headed to 2011 Virginia Film Festival

Opening Night Film – The Descendants starring George Clooney

The Virginia Film Festival is returning for its 24th year from November 3-6, 2011, with a lineup of more than 100 films and a long list of special guests set to bring some serious star power to Charlottesville.

This year the Virginia Film Festival will welcome an outstanding array of special guests including director Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek and her husband, the acclaimed art director Jack Fisk,  and rising star Mia Wasikowska, who starred as Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and won raves for her performance in The Kids Are All Right. Wasikowska will be appearing along with director Rodrigo Garcia and the film’s producers, U.Va. graduate Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis, to discuss the new film Albert Nobbs, which stars Glenn Close.

Publishing magnate Larry Flynt, will return to Charlottesville to present a 15th Anniversary screening of his Academy Award-nominated film The People vs. Larry Flynt, and participate in a special discussion presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

Other guests include actress and comedian Rachael Harris, noted film historian and television personality Ben Mankiewicz, host of Turner Classic Movies on TNT, noted producer and U.Va. alumnus Paul Junger Witt, who will be presenting his latest film, A Better Life; celebrated family farmer, author and activist Joel Salatin (appearing with the film Farmageddon) and colorful chef and school food reformer Tony Geraci (appearing with the film Cafeteria Man). {jathumbnail off}

Tucson Film & Music Festival Kicks off Today

Tucson Film & Music Festival Kicks off Today

Better Than Something: Jay Reatard

The 7th Tucson Film & Music Festival (TFMF) opens up today October 6 and runs through Monday, October 10, 2011.

The Southwest Premiere of Better Than Something: Jay Reatard is the opening event. Directed by Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz, the film is described as Tirelessly devoting his entire life to music, Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known as Jay Reatard, has become a garage rock icon, having created a massive discography spread out over dozens of singles, EPs, and full-length albums. A relentless live performer, Jay toured the world with dozens of bands including The Pixies, Spoon, Beck and many more. A devoted – and oftentimes notorious – fixture in his hometown of Memphis, Jay celebrated and continued the city’s long-standing history of American music. In BETTER THAN SOMETHING, filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz present an intimate portrait, captured just months before Jay’s untimely passing, which brings us incredibly close to Jay and his complicated punk-rock world.

The festival’s 2011 film lineup include a list of documentary films including Bloodied But Unbowed,Kumaré, Barbershop Punk, Color Me Obsessed: A film about The Replacements, Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st  Century and The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi. Narrative features include the Southwest Premiere of the indie comedy Pleasant People and the Arizona Premiere of Take Me Home directed by and starring Sam Jaeger of NBC’s Parenthood. Short films, music videos and live music performances are also part of the exciting program slate. {jathumbnail off}