The 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival Winners with Twilight Portrait Taking Top Prize

The 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival Winners with Twilight Portrait Taking Top Prize

Twilight Portrait

Russian director Angelina Nikonova´s film TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (Portret V Sumerkakh) which tells a story of revenge between a social worker and a militia man against the modern day backdrop of a Russia ridden with social conflict, won the top award, the Golden Puffin Discovery Award at 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland.

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Perugia International Film Festival Preview 1st and 2nd of October 2011

Perugia International Film Festival Preview 1st and 2nd of October 2011

On the 1st and 2nd of October, 2011, the PERUGIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PIFF) held a Festival Preview in advance of its spring 2012 launch in Perugia, Italy. The Festival Preview presented three film programs over two days, free to the public, and a gala screening. Guests for the Festival Preview included internationally renown documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus and acclaimed photographer and filmmaker, Bruce Weber. The new Perugia International Film Festival will […]

Director David Dusa wins Calgary International Film Festival 2011 Mavericks for FLEURS DU MAL (Flowers of Evil)

Director David Dusa wins Calgary International Film Festival 2011 Mavericks for FLEURS DU MAL (Flowers of Evil)

Director David Dusa’s FLEURS DU MAL (FLOWERS OF EVIL) earned him the coveted title as Calgary International Film Festival’s 2011 Maverick filmmaker. Dusa was one of the eight first-time feature filmmakers competing for the $5,000 cash prize. Beginning with a man in Tunisia burning himself to death in December 2010, and continuing through the Syrian and Lybian revolutions, pro-democracy rebellions erupted across the Middle East in the “Arab Spring.” Dusa’s film is the first to […]

Ten finalist for the Academy’s Nicholl Screening Fellowship

Ten finalist for the Academy’s Nicholl Screening Fellowship

Ten finalists, including seven individual writers and three writing teams have been selected as finalists for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy’s Nicholl Committee may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. This year’s finalists are (listed alphabetically by author): Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris”Dion Cook, Altus, Oklahoma, “Cutter”K.E. Greenberg, […]

Academy Award-Nominated Michelle Williams to receive The “Hollywood Actress Award”

Academy Award-Nominated Michelle Williams to receive The “Hollywood Actress Award”

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment,announced that Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” at the festival’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. In the past eight years a total of 73 Oscar nominations and 27 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Awards. The […]

“5 Star Day” to be released on November 2nd

“5 Star Day” to be released on November 2nd

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to director Danny Buday’s debut feature film 5 STAR DAY, starring Cam Gigandet and Jena Malone for a November 2nd national theatrical release, followed by a VOD release on November 4th and a DVD release set for the first quarter of 2012. In 5 STAR DAY, Jake Gibson’s (Cam Gigandet) horoscope forecasts a flawless day the morning of his birthday. Little does he realize, his entire world […]

Luc Besson’s The Lady to close Third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Luc Besson’s The Lady to close Third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival

The Lady

The 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival’s (DTFF) announced today that Luc Besson’s The Lady is the closing night film for the five-day Festival (October 25-29) along with the Contemporary World Cinema programme.

Starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, William Hope and Sahajak Boonthanakit, The Lady is an epic biopic depicting the real life love story of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi’s marriage to writer-academic, Michael Aris, as she fights against governmental oppression to instill democracy into Burma’s political system.{jathumbnail off}

14th Arpa International Film Festival Award Winners

14th Arpa International Film Festival Award Winners

Best Picture -Three Veils

The 14th Arpa International Film Festival wrapped on Saturday with a screening of FIVE MINARETS IN NEW YORK followed by a the awards ceremony. Taking top honors were THREE VEILS, MY UNCLE RAFAEL, THE LAST TIGHTROPE DANCER IN ARMENIA and BOLIS.

The Best Picture honor this year went to Rolla Selbak’s drama, THREE VEILS. BEST DIRECTOR and BEST SCREENPLAY kudos went to director Marc Fusco and writers Scott Yagemann and Vahik Pirhamzei for their comedy MY UNCLE RAFAEL.

Pirhamzei also received the festival’s 2011 Breakthrough Performance Award for his starring role in the film. Arman Yeritsyan and Inna Sahakyan’s THE LAST TIGHTROPE DANCER IN ARMENIA was given the award for Best Documentary with Eric Nazarian’s BOLIS winning BEST SHORT FILM.{jathumbnail off}

Roman Polanski Finally Honored by Zurich Film Festival

Roman Polanski Finally Honored by Zurich Film Festival

Director Roman Polanski attended the 7th Zurich Film Festival to accept the lifetime achievement award that was intended for him two years ago, to honor his outstanding career achievements as a filmmaker. Almost two years to the day, Polanski was arrested on his way to the festival ceremony to receive the award. The World Premiere of a full-length non fiction film followed the ceremony. In the documentary, Polanski reportedly briefly addressed the sexual assault case, […]

British Independent Film Awards to be held on Sunday December 4th

British Independent Film Awards to be held on Sunday December 4th

The British Independent Film Awards announced on its website that the 2011 ceremony will will take place on Sunday December 4th at Old Billingsgate in Central London. Nominations will be announced in October 31st. Created in 1998, The British Independent Film Awards set out to celebrate merit and achievement in independently funded British filmmaking, to honor new talent, and to promote British films and filmmaking to a wider public.

Toronto International Film Festival Supports Detained Iranian Filmmakers

Toronto International Film Festival Supports Detained Iranian Filmmakers

The Toronto International Film Festival in a press release expressed its deep concern in response to the recent arrest of six Iranian filmmakers by the Iranian authorities on charges of espionage. The six filmmakers are Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Katayoun Shahabi, Hadi Afarideh, Nasser Saffarian, Shahnama Bazdar and Mohsen Shahrnazdar. The detaineed filmmakers have been accused of collaborating with the BBC network, forbidden in Iran, and of portraying a negative image of the country in their films. […]

Oscars Update Foreign Language And Short Film Entries Due October 3 for 2011 Oscars®

Oscars Update Foreign Language And Short Film Entries Due October 3 for 2011 Oscars®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already gearing up for the 84th Academy Awards. The Academy announced today that Monday, October 3, is the deadline to submit entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories to be considered for the 84th Academy Awards®.  Complete entries must arrive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by 5 p.m. PT that day. The 84th Academy […]

Twin Cities Film Fest announces 2011 Awards “Like Crazy” wins Best Feature

Twin Cities Film Fest announces 2011 Awards “Like Crazy” wins Best Feature

The Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) wrapped and announced the audience and other special award-winners of the 2011 festival. 2011 Twin Cities Film Fest Best Feature Award “Like Crazy,” directed by Drake Doremus 2011 Twin Cities Film Fest North Star Award for Excellence Tom Sizemore (For an indelible body of work, including TCFF official selection “White Knight”) 2011 Twin Cities Film Fest Shorts Film Award “14 Minutes,” directed by Elise Plakke 2011 Twin Cities Film […]

2011 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners

2011 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners

BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE: On The Ice

The 12th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival which began Wednesday, Sept. 21st, will close Sunday September 25th, 2011, held its Maverick Awards Ceremony last night at the historic Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

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Kevin Smith’s SMoviola, Presents the cult hit THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 2011 NY Film Festival

Kevin Smith’s SMoviola, Presents the cult hit THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 2011 NY Film Festival

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The next presentation of Kevin Smith’s SMoviola will take place during the upcoming New York Film Festival with a celebration of the cult hit THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION featuring the film’s star Peter Weller, John Lithgow and additional guests. The festival also released the lineup of filmmakers set for NYFF’s celebrated HBO Films® Directors Dialogues and the complete lineup of films for the 15th edition of the film festival’s Views From the Avant-Garde series.

Returning to the Film Society after a special screening of VALLEY GIRL during the launch of the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Kevin Smith’s SMoviola will now be a continuing series of appearances by the popular filmmaker and film personality during which he will take a look at a classic, and personally beloved film, with the filmmakers and stars of the film.

Directed by W.D. Richter, THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION (1984) stars Peter Weller as an adventurer/surgeon/rock star who leads a band of men known as the Hong Kong Cavaliers versus nefarious alien invaders from the 8th dimension. Featuring a formidable cast including Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd as well as Russian comic Yakov Smirnoff and musician Billy Vera, the film was a made-to-order cult hit from its debut onward. The film will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30PM with Smith leading a discussion about the film with Weller, Lithgow and others following the screening.{jathumbnail off}

2011 New York Film Festival Shorts Programs Lineup; Oliver Stone’s SALVADOR to replace “Untold History of the United States”

2011 New York Film Festival Shorts Programs Lineup; Oliver Stone’s SALVADOR to replace “Untold History of the United States”

Oliver Stone

The 2011 New York Film Festival announced two short films programs as well as late-breaking updates for the Oliver Stone presentation and the Masterworks screening of BEN HUR.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Oliver Stone’s “Untold History of the United States” will no longer screen at the 2011 New York Film Festival. However, Oliver Stone will still be appearing at NYFF to present a 25th Anniversary screening of SALVADOR, a film that burst onto the American film scene with a force that immediately established Stone as an artist to be reckoned with. {jathumbnail off}

Special anniversary screenings, documentary presentations and events to take place at 2011 NY Film Festival

Special anniversary screenings, documentary presentations and events to take place at 2011 NY Film Festival

The 49th New York Film Festival will offer an ‘unprecedented’ selection of programs, led by the first-ever premiere screening of a new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY including footage from the events surrounding the recent celebrated release of the West Memphis Three. PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY is an HBO Documentary Films production set to premiere on the network in 2012.

Oliver Stone will offer a special sneak preview of his new documentary project, The Untold History of the United States. Produced as a 10-part miniseries for Showtime (where it will premiere in 2012), NYFF will present this special sneak preview of Untold History’s first three chapters, which focus on the events leading up to America’s entrance into World War II, the war itself, and the unjustly forgotten figure of former U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace.{jathumbnail off}

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS is Closing Night Gala Selection for 2011 NY Film Festival and Main-Slate of 27 Features

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS is Closing Night Gala Selection for 2011 NY Film Festival and Main-Slate of 27 Features

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS will be the Closing Night Gala selection for the 49th New York Film Festival (September 30-October 16). NYFF also released the main slate of 27 feature films as well as a return to the festival stage of audience favorite, On Cinema (previously titled The Cinema Inside Me), featuring an in-depth, illustrated conversation with Alexander Payne.

In his first film since the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, writer-director Alexander Payne once again proves himself a master of the kind of smart, sharp, deeply felt comedy that was once the hallmark of Billy Wilder and Jean Renoir. Based on the bestselling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, THE DESCENDANTS stars George Clooney as ‘Matt King’, the heir of a prominent Hawaiian land-owning family whose life is turned upside-down when his wife is critically injured in a boating accident. Accustomed to being “the back-up parent,” King suddenly finds himself center stage in the lives of his two young daughters (excellent newcomers Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller), while at the same time being forced to decide the fate of a vast plot of unspoiled land his family has owned since the 1860s. Rooted in Clooney’s beautifully understated performance, Payne’s film is an uncommonly perceptive portrait of marriage, family and community, suffused with humor and tragedy and wrapped in a warm human glow.{jathumbnail off}

David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD and Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE Added As Special Gala Presentations at 2011 New York Film Festival

David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD and Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE Added As Special Gala Presentations at 2011 New York Film Festival

David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method

Two Galas will join the Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night Galas for the upcoming 49th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16) with David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD set to screen on Wednesday, October 5 and Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN on Wednesday, October 12.

Scheduled at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, October 5 will be David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD.  Adapted by Christopher Hampton from his play The Talking Cure, the film chronicles the ever-shifting relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Basking at first in Freud’s approval and encouragement, Jung increasingly questions his theories and methods. At the heart of their dispute is their rival approaches to the beautiful yet deeply unbalanced Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly), who eventually draws each man under her spell. Produced by Jeremy Thomas, the Sony Pictures Classics release also stars Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gordon. The film is set for a November 23 release.{jathumbnail off}

Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN is Centerpiece Gala selection for 2011 New York Film Festival

Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN is Centerpiece Gala selection for 2011 New York Film Festival

Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN will make its World Premiere as the Centerpiece Gala selection, screening at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday, October 9 for the upcoming 49th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16).

Based on Colin Clark’s diaries, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, is set in the early summer of 1956, when a 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL. It was the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).
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New York Film Festival Review: The Lonliest Planet

New York Film Festival Review: The Lonliest Planet

A critical fave at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, Julia Loktev’s follow-up to her 2006 “Day Night Day Night,” “Lonliest Planet” starts hunky Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal as Alex and the fresh faced, confident Nica (Hani Furstenberg)- a couple playfully back-packing through the Caucasus mountains together in Georgia (formerly part of Russia) , led by their wary guide Dato (local, hired guide Bidzina Gujabidze.)

Young, sexy and in love, these two appear to be cozying into a very happy, hipster future together. Until the middle of their trek, when the trio is casually ambushed by two peasants. No t to give the story away, this seemingly quiet yet very impactful event stretches the limits of their relationship, as it comes apart as gently as a tissue thrown away after a good cry before our very eyes. {jathumbnail off}

New York Fim Festival Review: Melancholia

New York Fim Festival Review: Melancholia

Lars von Trier was banned from Cannes this year, after a ridiculously off-handed remark about “understanding Hitler” blew up to epic proportions.

“Melancholia,” the latest film in the bratty bad boy’s ever-expanding oeuvre, is truly epic in its own right.

The film opens with a bolt of sound that is Wagner and a truly mesmerizing and lush montage of gorgeous set pieces, which play themselves out later in the film. From there, we dive jumpily right into the wedding day of Kristin Dunst’s Justine, who is marrying an aw-shucks guy who still can’t believe his great luck (Alexander Skarsgard) and is contending with simmering guests and relatives -sharky but cordial boss Stellan Skarsgard, hilariously pissed off wedding planner Udo Kier, truly viperous mom Charlotte Rampling, exasperatingly careless and adorable dad John Hurt, had-it-up-to-here brother-in-law John played by Kiefer Sutherland, (neatly carrying the film on his back at one point,) and ready to explode, and weary, martyrish sis Claire, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. Justine is also battling, we see as the day wares thin to evening, severe manic depression. {jathumbnail off}

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival Lineup of Films; October 21 – 23 in San Francisco

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival Lineup of Films; October 21 – 23 in San Francisco

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival, a three-day celebration of diverse, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining films for kids and teens ages 3-18 and their families, will run October 21 – 23 at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema and the Premier Theater, Letterman Digital Arts Center. “The inaugural Children’s Film Festival in 2010 was such a great success and a testament to the demand for — and appreciation of — high quality […]

2011 Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees

2011 Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees

Rooftop Films announced the recipients of the 2011 Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grants. Grants were made to two feature films and five short films. The 2011 grantees are: ROOFTOP FILMS & EDGEWORX POST-PRODUCTION GRANT:AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS (David Lowery) ROOFTOP FILMS & EASTERN EFFECTS EQUIPMENT GRANT:OBVIOUS CHILD (Gillian Robespierre) ROOFTOP FILMS & ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION SHORT FILM GRANT FOR WOMEN:A LIGHT IN THE NIGHT (Sarah Daggar-Nickson) ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS’ FUND SHORT FILM GRANTS:MAN ON MARS (Anna Farrell)TSUNAMI […]