Browsing: Festivals

“Blockage”, an acclaimed drama by Iranian director Mohsen Qarai, will be competing in the 36th Munich International Film festival – Filmfest Munchen, which will run from June 28 to July 7. The film, which shared the best film award in the New Currents category at the Busan International Film Festival with “After My Death” by Kim Uiseok from South Korea in 2017, will be screened in the International Independents competition, the organizers have announced. https://youtu.be/gXHbO7IcFYA The film is about Qasem, a young man who is working at Tehran Municipality and his job is to prevent vendors from selling their merchandise…

Pera Museum begins the summer season with the “On the Beach” movie program. With movies from 1951 to the present day from Turkish and world cinema, the program offers a wide selection of examples from classic and current cinema. Addressing the beach as a space, “On the Beach” is being held in parallel with “Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure: Nostalgia from Sea Baths to Beaches.” It focuses on the transformation from the sea bath to the beach in the 1870s and the 20th century at the Pera Museum and Istanbul Research Institute. The movies shown within the scope of the program indicate…

Channel24’s Rozanne Els attended the screening of the South African short film slate at the African Film Festival in New York. New York – From stories about contemporary dance in South Africa to deeply moving and tragic tales about love, resentment, anger, and redemption – this year’s South African short film slate at the African Film Festival in New York (NYAFF) entrenched itself in history. The same is true of South African actor Atandwa Kani’s performance as Philemon in The Suit, one of the five short films to be showcased this year. Kani, speaking to a packed theatre at the Brooklyn Academy…

Where Cannes 2018 was light on red-carpet celebrities, the Official Selection offered many stars in the form of potential foreign-language award contenders. Each country has its own arcane rules for submitting films for the Foreign Language Oscar, but distributors scrambled to scoop up available titles and hope for the best. Cate Blanchett’s jury had plenty of strong auteurs to assess, from Best Director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to Oscar-winner “Ida,” the bittersweet period romance “Cold War” (Amazon Studios), starring incandescent breakout Joanna Kulig, and Kazakhstan’s “Ayka,” which won an acting award for Samal Yesyamova, to two poverty-row melodramas, Hirozaku Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters”…

Ali Abbasi’s genre-bending Nordic puzzler “Border” won the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard competition. It emerged victorious in a varied international field of 18 titles from newcomers and established festival favorites alike, with Sergei Loznitsa’s “Donbass,” Meryem Benm’Barek’s “Sofia,” João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s “The Dead and the Others” and Lukas Dhont’s “Girl” completing the list of prizewinners. https://youtu.be/an6ABIC5EK0 The second feature by Iranian-born, Danish-based Abbasi, the classification-defying film — based on a short story by “Let the Right One In” author John Ajvide Lindqvist — centres on a Swedish customs officer with an uncanny sense…

As the French film festival reaches its end, Helen Barlow looks at this year’s hits, misses and talking points. 1. Cannes has a new king The king of the festival is surely Spike Lee. With BlacKkKlansman the outspoken filmmaker hit both nails on the head by delivering a film that couldn’t be more timely in its treatment of African American rights and of human rights in general, Lee stresses. The 61-year-old director explains how he had the blessing of the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, to include footage of her daughter being run down by a man during the white nationalist…

Tonight, Thursday April 26th SEEfest celebrates the opening night of its 13th edition at Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6 PM and after the red carpet, screening of the opening night film HAWAII, a Romanian film directed by Jesús del Cerro starts at 7 PM. The opening gala will continue with a reception after screening of the film. https://vimeo.com/262390626 HAWAII. Suspense mounts after Andrei and his father Vasile receive news of an inheritance that communist Romania won’t let them claim. As they try to get travel documents to go to Yugoslavia, a cat and mouse game ensues with…

The seventh annual Montclair Film Festival — so close we can smell the popcorn — includes discussions with actors Rachel Weisz, Jeff Daniels and Ethan Hawke, all moderated by Stephen Colbert; a discussion with actor Nick Offerman moderated by Patrick Wilson; post-screening Q&A’s with actress Claire Danes and director Paul Schrader; and a performance by larger-than-life creative hyphenate Taylor Mac. Many of the films featured this year challenge viewers to consider what they have in common with individuals whose narratives differ, sometimes wildly, from their own. Documentaries include Far from the Tree, an adaptation of the bestselling book by Andrew Solomon about parents…

No Spain’s 18th International De Cine, Las Palmas has announced the festival’s award winners: The Chinese film Xiao Gua Fu Cheng Xian Ji (The Widowed Witch), by Cai Chengjie, receives the Silver Lady Harimaguada; its director, the José Rivero Award for Best New Director and its actress,Tian Tian, the Best Actress Award The Iranian film No Date, No Signature, by Vahid Jalilvand, wins the Audience Award and Navid Mohammadzadeh, its leading actor, the Best Actor Award The co-production Mi amado, las montañas, by Alberto Martín Menacho receives the Best Short Film Award The 18th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International…

Besides the Oscars, the Cannes lineup announcement probably most feels like Christmastime for cinephiles everywhere. When festival director Thierry Frémaux finally reveals (usually at a painfully deliberate pace) the names of his guests at the most A-list of all festivals, you get – in one go – a pretty solid idea of what the best of world cinema has to offer for the rest of the year. Naturally it’s a moment as fraught with suspense as it is genuinely exciting. And so, before we learn who made the cut at #Cannes71 on April 12, let’s indulge in a little game…

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