Browsing: Feature Story

Burbank, CA – May 3rd, 2018: Tonight at the closing ceremony of 2018  SEEfest, (South East European Film Festival LA.), POMEGRANATE ORCHARD, from Azerbaijan, directed by Ilgar Najaf, won GoE Bridging The Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by GoEnergistics. Nominees for the Bridging The Borders Award were: HAWAII, COMIC SANS, ENEMIES, GOGITA’S NEW LIFE, THE GREY WAR, MEN DON’T CRY, THE MARRIAGE, THE MINER, POMEGRANATE ORCHARD, SECRET INGREDIENT and UNWANTED. POMEGRANATE ORCHARD Azerbaijan, 2017, 90’ Director/Producer: Ilgar Najaf Producer: Mushfiq Hatamov Main Cast: Gurban Ismayilov, Samimi Farhad, Ilaha Hasanova Even with the help of his daughter-in-law and grandson, Shamil is too old to take care of his vast and lush pomegranate orchard, which…

Milos Forman, the celebrated Czech filmmaker, actor, scenarist and teacher, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut. He was 86. His twelve feature films were nominated for 33 Academy Awards. Three of these were for Best Director, two of which received the prize: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). Forman’s tone could be ironic, metaphoric, and allegorical, but his humane observations and subversive touch were the true key to his success. Two of his earliest productions received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film, a significant mark of…

Burbank, CA – April 10, 2018: Cinema Without Borders is proud to present its Bridging The Borders Award for the 10 Consecutive year at the prestigious SEEfest, South East European Film Festival LA. Bridging The Borders Award offered by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by GoEnergistics, goes to the Best Feature Film screened at SEEfest and for the 13th Edition of the festival it will be announced at the Award Ceremony on May3rd at the Writer’s Guild theater. Jury members for Bridging the Borders Award assigned by SEEfest are: Therese Hayes has programmed films for the Palm Springs International Film…

Surfing the Facebook page of Kamran Shirdel, a wonderful friend and artist and also pioneer of documentary filmmaking in Iran is always a delight.  On his wall you come across many interesting and sometimes nostalgic stories about cinema. What I share with you here is a latter from the legendary Iranian filmmaker, Amir Naderi that was posted by Kamran Shirdel. B.T. “I never met my father and my mother died when I was five years old, so I consider myself to have been raised by Cinema. I was born with it in my blood, and it is an inseparable part of…

Cruising along Highway 192 in Central Florida, Sean Baker came upon the Magic Castle, a seedy bright-pink motel in the outer orbit of Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort. It was the perfect setting for his next film. The Florida Project would explore the “hidden homeless”—people living hand-to-mouth in cheap motels after losing jobs and homes in the Great Recession. However, a few days into filming, Baker hit a 100-decibel snag. A company selling helicopter rides set up shop right across the street from their location, wreaking havoc with deafening noise at all hours of the day. “At first, it was a nightmare—the…

If ever there was a film that needed to do well, ‘Cake’ is it. And not because it is a brilliant film made with great skill, but because its failure would be a sad indictment of the taste of Pakistani filmgoers. It would mean that years and years of bad cinema has dumbed the country’s viewers down to a level that they are unable to appreciate a genuinely original, technically sound and emotionally astute film. It would also mean that the celebration of resurgent Pakistani cinema has been miserably inconsequential. The Pakistani film industry and the resurgence of Pakistani cinema…

East Los Angeles College, and Cinema and Without Borders are proud to present the Latin American Animation Day, the fourth edition of the annual East Los Angeles College International Animation Festival. The goal of the ELAC International Animation Festival is to give an in-depth and entertaining introduction to contemporary international animation. Screenings of short animated films from around the world, analyses and Q&A’s with a panel of well-known animation experts, and a tribute to an international animation artist working in the U.S. animation industry are all part of the festival program. Latin American Animation Day will be held on Saturday,…

Feras Fayyad will ask you to hold your hand up to your ear, rub your thumb across the pads of your fingers, then rub it against a more callused part of your hand. He will tell you to observe the soft friction and ask, “What does it sound like? How do the sounds change?” Fayyad has spent most of his adult life chronicling the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo—a result of the seven-year-long civil war that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is inflicting upon his own people. That incomprehensible devastation is the focus of Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo, nominated this…

This is an interview with director Maryam Goormaghtigh, who enthralled audiences in the ACID section at 2017 Cannes with her light comedy road movie Before Summer Ends, Cineuropa: You have Swiss, French and Belgian nationality (and have Iranian roots through your mother), you were born in Geneva and studied at the INSAS in Brussels. Does this mix of cultures influence your work as a filmmaker? Maryam Goormaghtigh: For this film I think it did yes, because I started working on it after wanting to reacquaint myself with Iranian culture, which I didn’t know a lot about. I was born and grew…

Palm Springs – January 13, 2018— Today, at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cinema Without Borders named Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult as the winner of 2018 HP Bridging the Borders Award offered by Cinema Without Borders. The prize for HP Bridging The Borders Award is an HP ZBook 15, a $3000 value. The prize was provided and sponsored by HP.  The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. Neda Nobari, Founder and CEO of Neda Nobari Foundation, and Bijan…

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