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Gaze, a short film  from Iran, won the grand jury Award for Live  Action Short Film at 2017 AFI Film Festival. By receiving this award, Gaze will be introduced to the Academy award for nomination consideration. According to Bita Elahian, Cinema without Borders’ reporter, Gaze is directed by Iranian woman film director Farnoosh Samadi  that she has co-written it with Ali Asgari.  Gaze producer is Pourya Heydari Urea. This is the second year in a raw that Farnoosh Samadi is introduced to the Academy Awards for consideration of nomination. Farnoosh Samadi was first introduced to the Academy for her first short…

Renowned Iranian director Majid Majidi’s Beyond the Clouds, which marks his foray into Indian cinema, will raise the curtains at the controversy-ridden International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on November 20. The film, which stars actor Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khattar in his big screen debut and Malayalam actor Malavika Mohanan, has been entirely shot in India with the local cast and crew. Oscar winner AR Rahman has composed its music. Beyond the Clouds revolves around the adoration of love, life and human relationships between a brother and sister which takes place in the ever bustling city of Mumbai. It…

According to a Facebook post by Fariborz Yousefi,  Iranian culture and art supporter in Los Angeles, the legendary Iranian actress Vida Ghahramani has been spending some time during the past few months in hospital, in Los Angeles, where she lives. At Cinema Without Borders we wish her a quick recovery and hope to see her back on stage or on the silver screen. https://youtu.be/FV8LspJJK8s Vida Gharemani qualified and still qualifies for years as the most preeminent actress in late 20th and early 21st century Iran. She entered Persian film during adolescence, debuting in 1958 with a role in the Farsi-language…

Burbank, California – October 16, 2017: Today Cinema Without Borders  announced Kanopy as the winner of the CWB’s Seal of Excellence Award for the Best International Cinema Streaming Site. Other nominees were  Amazon, Criterion, Fandor, Filmatique, Film Movement, Film Struck, Hulu, Kanopy, kino Lorber, Netflix and Snagfilms . Kanopy received the majority of the jury’s vote, and Criterion came in second. “The jury of Cinema Without Borders is delighted to announce Kanopy as the winner of CWB’s Seal of Excellence Award as the Best International Cinema Streaming Site. Not only does Kanopy carry the majority of the masterpieces of International Cinema, but…

Cinema Without Borders will announce winner of CWB’s Seal of Excellence Award by October 17th. A jury of 4 decides the Best International Cinema Streaming site among the 11  nominees:  Amazon, Criterion, Fandor, Filmatique, Film Movement, Film Struck, Hulu, Kanopy, kino Lorber, Netflix and Snagfilms  Cinema Without Borders Jury members to decide Best International Cinema Streaming site  are :  Susan Morgan Cooper, James Koenig, Mike Libonati, Steven Richmond, and Bijan Tehrani. Factors to pick up the winner is: Number of available international films, pricing and affordability, international service and easiness of use. About Jury Members: Susan Morgan Cooper Susan Morgan Cooper is a Director/Producer/…

The American Cinematheque announced today that Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Chris Messina, Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart will appear in person to toast Amy Adams, the 31st American Cinematheque Award Sponsored by GRoW Annenberg recipient. The award will be presented to five-time Academy Award-nominee Amy Adams by Meryl Streep at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala on Friday, November 10, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd.) in Beverly Hills, CA. The award presentation will be held in the International Ballroom and will include in-person tributes from some of Adams’ colleagues and friends. The Sid Grauman Award will be presented the same evening, to Richard Gelfond and Greg Foster on behalf of Imax. Proceeds from the evening benefit…

Clare Stewart is the Australian who has breathed new life into the BFI London Film Festival. Her tenure as festival director has seen the scope of the event broadened beyond Central London theaters to neighborhoods throughout the capital and across the rest of Britain. The festival’s spot on the calendar has also recently turned it into a prime platform for launching Oscar campaigns, as with “Moonlight,” which was in competition in London last year. The 61st edition of the festival opens Wednesday evening with Andrew Garfield-starrer “Breathe” (pictured). Variety spoke to Stewart about what to expect this year and how…

Women filmmakers have an impressive presence in the list of films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.Women filmmakers have an impressive presence in the list of films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. So far 83 countries have announced their selection and Ghana, Honduras and United Arab Emirates will submit theirs in the next few days. Among 83 films selected for the Best Foreign Language Film Award, 22 films are directed by woman filmmakers. Iran is the only country represented in this list by two women filmmakers, Anahit Abad, Iranian Armenian filmmaker that her film Yeva is…

Afghanistan has selected “A Letter to the President” as its candidate for nomination in the Academy Awards foreign-language category. Directed by Roya Sadat, the film is a drama about a low-level female public official who has struggled to uphold the law in Afghanistan. When she decides to save a woman from the horrors of clan punishment, the official finds herself arrested. A letter to the president is her only hope of justice. https://youtu.be/hqj-cYalLiU The film played in the Open Doors section of the Locarno festival in August and will next month play in competition at the Busan festival. A law…

For the first time since 2012, RATP, the Paris underground operator, has opened this hidden underground movie set for European Heritage Days. This is the Parisian subway of the movies. Porte des Lilas station was closed in 1929 but since the 1970s more than a dozen films have been shot here every year. For the first time since 2012, RATP, the Paris underground operator, has opened this hidden treasure for the European Heritage Days. “The directors come here for two things: firstly it is comfortable to work here and you can even change the decor if you want, says a guide.…

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