Stars of Documentary ‘Precious Life’ Surprise Israel Film Festival

Stars of Documentary ‘Precious Life’ Surprise Israel Film Festival

Audience members participating in a panel discussion about Shlomi Eldar’s documentary “Precious Life,” the closing night film of the 25th Annual Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, received a surprise when the subjects of the film video-conferenced in from Gaza to participate in the talk. Palestinian mother Ra’ida Abu Mustaffa, her husband Faozi and son Muhammad, who is now three, participated in a discussion with Israeli television correspondent Shlomi Eldar, film producer Ehud Bleiberg and […]

DOC NYC Winners Announced

DOC NYC Winners Announced

  To Be Heard by directors Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan won both the Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize and Metropolis Grand Jury Prize at the DOC NYC Film Festival. Karina, Pearl and Anthony are three New York teenagers in a radical poetry workshop called Power Writing that has a profound affect on their lives. Putting pen to paper they’re able to imagine a future where fathers aren’t in jail, mothers aren’t […]

Lou Reed Will Host Canadian Premiere of “Red Shirley” at Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

Lou Reed Will Host Canadian Premiere of “Red Shirley” at Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) will welcome musician turned filmmaker Lou Reed to its 13th edition. Mr. Reed will present his first film, Red Shirley, on Monday, November 15 at 9 p.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise. Red Shirley, a 99-year-old formally known as Shulamit Rabinowitz, is the star of this film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World War; and fled Poland for […]

Waste Land, closing film of this year’s RIDM

Waste Land, closing film of this year’s RIDM

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) announced the closing film for its 13th edition. Directed by Lucy Walker, Waste Land has won the Audience Award in Sundance and the Amnesty International and Panoramic Audience Award at the Berlinale. In exile in the United States following a gunshot wound to his leg, Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz enjoys the enviable international notoriety that has come from his work: an intermingling of photography and domestic, industrial matter. With […]

Les Fros will be the opening film of this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

The grand premiere of Les Fros, the second feature by the Mont Laurier-based director Stéphanie Lanthier, kicks off the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) on November 10. Produced by DOC Productions and co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Les Fros takes us inside the world of Abitibi’s brush cutters. Every year, workers from Romania, Mali, Russia and Albania travel north to swell the ranks of local cutters. For long months, they toil in […]

Naples International Film Festival 2010 Winners

Naples International Film Festival 2010 Winners

“Bedrooms,” directed by Michael D. Olmos and Youssef Delara, was announced as the winner of Best Feature film award at the Naples International Film Festival’s closing ceremonies Sunday evening at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Bedrooms is an evocative drama about the walls that separate people, the heartbreak and infidelity that are often the result and the redemption that is possible when we choose to speak the truth and tear those walls down. […]

2010 Kerry Film Festival Award Winners

2010 Kerry Film Festival Award Winners

The Kerry Film Festival, in Kerry, Ireland, which is celebrating eleven years of bringing film to Kerry, announced the winning short films from the 2010 edition of the festival. The 2010 Kerry Film Festival Award Winners are:Children’s Audience Award, THE END IS NIGHT, James Cotter When a farmer discovers an ancient amulet with the power to destroy the world, he does what any of us would do… Audience Award, CHRISTMAS SWIM, Keith Mannix While for […]

2010 Sheffield International Documentary Festival Awards

2010 Sheffield International Documentary Festival Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest, which describes itself as “bringing the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in November” recently wrapped and announced its 2010 winners. “Pink Saris” bested nominees “12th & Delaware,” “The Embrace of The River,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “Marwencol,” “Nostalgia for the Light,” “Russian Lessons,’ and “Secrets of The Tribe” to take top prize for The Special Jury Award. Pink Saris: […]

Nominations for the 23rd European Film Awards

Nominations for the 23rd European Film Awards

Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” took the lead at the 23rd European Film Awards with seven nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Ewan McGregor. Now on DVD in the US, The Ghost Writer is a political thriller starring Ewan McGregor as a ghost-writer who researches and works to complete the biography of former Prime Minister Adam Lang, played by Pierce Brosnan. Eventually the writer, played by McGregor, becomes suspicious that there […]

Jane Russell to receive Lifetime Achievement in Acting Award from Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Jane Russell to receive Lifetime Achievement in Acting Award from Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Actress Jane Russell will be honored with The Lifetime Achievement Award by Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The event is SOLD OUT. She was working as a receptionist at a doctor’s office when discovered by producer and studio mogul Howard Hughes and director Howard Hawks. Hughes signed her to a seven-year contract at his RKO Studios and she was cast as the female lead in “The Outlaw.” Russell followed “The Outlaw” with a number of […]

“127 Hours” Is The Box Office Fave

“127 Hours” Is The Box Office Fave

  Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” grossed $265,925 from just 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the year’s second-highest per-screen average of $66,481, and the best per-theater-average, of director Danny Boyle’s career. “The Kids Are All Right” holds the record for the year’s best per-theater-average of $70,282 from 7 screens in July. 127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 […]

2010 Cucalorus Film Festival Selections

2010 Cucalorus Film Festival Selections

Cucalorus Film Festival returns to the historic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina for its annual cinematic celebration this November 11-14th.  Film selections include Gaspar Noe’s cinematic wonder Enter the Void, Sundance World Cinema documentary winner The Red Chapel by Mads Brügger, and a healthy list of additional independent and international titles. More than 120 films are expected on the final lineup including. Narrative Features – highlights:Enter the Void (France) – Gaspar Noé:One of the […]

18th Damascus International Film Festival Lineup

18th Damascus International Film Festival Lineup

Mr. Mohammed Al-Ahmad, Director General of the National Film Organization, nveiled the lineup for the 18th Damascus International Film Festival during a press conference held at Al-Kindy Theater in Damascus, Syria.  Mr. Al Ahmad emphasized the importance of Damascus Film Festival and the important role it plays in improving cinema production in Syria. The 18th Damascus International Film Festival will start on Sunday 7th Nov. at Dar Al Assad for Culture & Arts with screening […]

10th Whistler Film Festival Announces Lineup Including 56 Premieres

10th Whistler Film Festival Announces Lineup Including 56 Premieres

The Whistler Film Festival (December 1–5, 2010) announced its 10th anniversary lineup featuring an unprecedented 9 World Premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 5 Canadian Premieres, 21 Western Canadian Premieres, 2 English Canadian Premieres, and 14 BC Premieres, and work from wide-ranging movie mavericks such as Jean-Luc Godard, Bruce McDonald and Monte Hellman to name a few. Selected from over 900 submissions the 10th annual Festival will present 68 films consisting of 34 features and 34 […]

WFF Announces Films in Borsos Competition and Inaugural New Voices International Feature Competition

WFF Announces Films in Borsos Competition and Inaugural New Voices International Feature Competition

The Whistler Film Festival announced the films competing for $25,000 in cash prizes as part of the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film and the inaugural New Voices International Feature Film Competition. Named after the legendary Canadian filmmaker Phillip Borsos, the $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film recognizes creativity and passion in independent filmmakers and is presented by the Director’s Guild of Canada – British Columbia. Films for the seventh annual Borsos […]

World Premiere of Hard Core Logo 2 rocks out the 10th Anniversary Whistler Film Festival

World Premiere of Hard Core Logo 2 rocks out the 10th Anniversary Whistler Film Festival

Canadian indie film legend Bruce McDonald (dir: Hard Core Logo, Pontypool, Highway 61) rocks the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) this year with the World Premiere of his newest punk rockumentary Hard Core Logo 2. Fifteen years after filming his rock and roll doc Hard Core Logo, Bruce the filmmaker (played by Bruce McDonald himself) receives a call asking if he wants to interview Care Failure, the sexy lead singer of Canadian punk band Die Mannequin, […]

10th Annual Whistler Film Festival kicks off with the British Columbia Premiere of Daydream Nation

10th Annual Whistler Film Festival kicks off with the British Columbia Premiere of Daydream Nation

The Whistler Film Festival announce that the British Columbia, Canada Premiere of (co-writer of Childstar) and starring Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas and Rachel Blanchard will kick-off the 10th anniversary Festival on December 1, 2010. Produced by Christine Haebler (Hard Core Logo), Trish Dolman (Year of the Carnivore), Jennifer Weiss, and Simone Urdl, Daydream Nation tells the story of a city girl (Dennings, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) who moves to a […]

Leeds International Film Festival Special: Tsai Ming-Liang Study Day to be Held

The Taipei Representative Office in the UK, University of Leeds and Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) are cooperating to organise a special event in Leeds focusing on the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang. The event will be held on 15 and 16 November 2010. This event begins on 15 November with a screening of his film The Wayward Cloud. A workshop will be hosted by Tsai himself at the University of Leeds in the morning of […]

Veteran African director Souleymane Cissé to receive DIFF 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

For the first time, DIFF is taking its flagship laurel to the heart of Africa with the recognition for Cissé, the Malian director and Cannes jury prize winner who has created compelling personal tales that reflect the spirit and diversity of the continent. Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of Dubai International Film Festival, said: “Over the years, Africa has produced powerful films that portray the social, political and economic realities of the continent. Souleymane Cissé has been […]

DIFF 2010 opens doors to film students across region

DIFF-accredited students will be able to attend and participate in workshops, panel discussions, master classes, networking sessions and screenings in addition to receiving special access to the Festival’s specialist teams. All told, they will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the region’s leading film festival. Eligible students can register at the DIFF website, www.dubaifilmfest.com. All applications must be supported by a letter from their college or university or relevant faculty member. […]

Dubai International Film Festival 2010 ‘In Focus’ shines spotlight on best of Mexican cinema

The Festival’s annual ‘In Focus’ segment introduces regional audiences to the film, talent and narratives of nations with a history of excellence in cinema. With Mexico being responsible for some of Latin America’s best and most popular contemporary films, DIFF 2010’s In Focus: Mexico segment is expected to resonate not only with the region’s burgeoning Spanish-speaking population but with everyone who loves cinema. Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the Dubai International Film Festival […]

Dubai International Film Festival announces all-star drama ‘The King’s Speech’ as opening film for 7th edition

Brand new all-star drama ‘The King’s Speech’ will open the seventh Dubai International Film Festival on December 12, 2010, continuing the Festival’s tradition of bringing the most anticipated and critically acclaimed global films to local and regional audiences. The film, based on the true story of King George VI and his struggle to lead Britain in the run up to World War II, features an award-winning cast led by Colin Firth (Bridget Jones Diary, A […]

Dubai International Film Festival 2010 to honour Arab icon Sabah with Lifetime Achievement Awa

One of the Arab world’s most prolific and popular actresses and singers, Sabah has starred in more than 98 movies, including several timeless comedies and musicals and lighthearted fare; released 50 albums and amassed more than 3,500 songs in her repertoire; and acted in 20 stage plays. Renowned for her endearing performances, soaring voice and sparkling personality, Sabah – or ‘Al Shahroura’ (The Singing Bird) as she is known to her fans – continues to […]

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2010 unveils first Muhr Emirati film starring Jean Reno

The Philosopher, a short film directed by Fujairah-born national Abdulla AlKaabi and starring A-list international screen and stage veteran Jean Reno of La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional and Mission: Impossible fame, will screen in Dubai as part of DIFF’s seventh edition taking place from December 12 to 19, 2010. Shot in Paris earlier this year with more than 80 cast and crew at a cost of €200,000, AlKaabi’s debut film features the cream of […]