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The 12th edition of Iran International Documentary Film Festival, known as Cinema Verite, is underway in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Kicked off on December 9, the seven-day event is organized by the Iran Documentary and Experimental Film Centre affiliated with the Iranian Ministry of Culture. The festival has three sections – National, International and Avini Award – in which the competing films are categorized in qualitative and thematic terms. This year, 634 films were presented to the Secretariat of the festival out of which the committee in charge of selecting the films picked up 71 films for the national…

MUBI announced today its December release slate of films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. Next month, MUBI gets up close and personal with celebrated international directors Jia Zhang-ke, Béla Tarr and Hou Hsiao-Hsien, pairing their films with documentaries about the filmmakers themselves as part of MUBI’s Behind the Viewfinder series. The introspection continues with a spotlight on emerging Colombian-Canadian filmmaker Lina Rodríguez, whose commitment to intimacy sees her cast her own mother in leading roles in both of her feature films. And a winter warmer comes in the form of Reminiscences…

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema opens today at BAM, running through December 5. The festival is presented by The Romanian Film Initiative, The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Jacob Burns Film Center. The critically-acclaimed survey of new Romanian cinema has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal as having “helped define and establish the southeastern European country as a stronghold of socially incisive, independently minded personal cinema.” Mihai Chirilov, Artistic Director of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, states, “Following last year’s focus on Anca Damian, who returns this year with her latest mystery puzzle Moon Hotel Kabul, the 13th edition of Making Waves gives space to the brand new wave of female directors in Romanian cinema, with…

The Whisky Robber, directed by Los Angeles-born filmmaker of Hungarian descent, Nimród Antal, won the Audience Award at 2018 Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The movie is an adaptation of the real-life story of Attila Ambrus, a “gentleman criminal” often compared in Hungary to Sándor Rózsa, the country’s version of Robin Hood. Antal starts the film with a stylishly staged robbery that the moustachioed, Ray Ban- and leather jacket-clad hero pulls off in a bank. Then we go back to his childhood, and we soon realise that Attila (first-timer Bence Szalay), or the titular Whiskey Bandit, has been arrested and is now…

The Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles, opens on October 18 and runs through November 1st. Here is the complete program of the festival: 18th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles, First Week at Laemmle’s Royal Theater 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. West L.A., CA 90025 310-478-3836 Thursday, October18. 8:00pm Valami Amerika 3 SPECIAL EVENT – OPENING NIGHT Friday, October 19. 12:00pm Boxi,Budapest Bar 60min *FREE SCREENING 1:30pm Cube Man, Meghalni Ukrajnaert, Menjek- Maradjak 118min *FREE SCREENING 4:00pm Hegeduorszag, A Vituoz 105min *FREE SCREENING 6:30pm A Belso oldal, Szabo Magda vilagsikere, A modern cirkusz atyja 117min *FREE SCREENING 9:00pm Budapest Bar, Pesti…

LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers was opened on Thursday September 20th at Deutsche Filmmuseum in city of Frankfurt, Germany. The opening ceremony was started by Sylvia Weber’s welcome speech.  After Sylvia Weber, Programming Head of Lucas, Fleissig, Director of the festival thanked filmmakers speech, that had participated in the festival and called cooperation with Cinema Without Borders for offering the GoE Bridging The Borders Award a good opportunity. https://vimeo.com/291387989 The ceremony was followed by showing teasers from the participating films and a cocktail party and concluded by screening of Transcendence directed by Wally Pfister.

Michelangelo Antonioni’s films are landmarks in modern cinema; an honorary Oscar, Palme d’Or, Golden Lion and Golden Bear recipient, he is among the most revered directors of the 20th century. Born in northern Italy, an early talent for drawing developed into an interest in storytelling, and by the mid-1930s, he was writing about film for a local newspaper. During World War II, Antonioni did some work as a screenwriter and assistant director before he began making his own shorts with 1943’s “Gente del Po.” If these initial efforts resemble the neorealism of Rossellini and De Sica, Antonioni began to stake…

The Children and Young Adult Festival in Isfahan concluded with its award ceremony. The Golden Butterfly for the Best Feature Film Screenplay went to “Glasses” “Barbaad” won the Best Director Golden Butterfly Award and Mehrdad Majidi, producer of the same film won The Best Feature Film Award. Mohamadreza Hadjigholami won the Best Feature Film Director award for the “Stutter” . Children Jury of the festival announced “Pastaryoni” directed by Soheil Movafagh and produced by Bita Mansouri as the winner of their award. Accepting this award Bita Mansouri mentioned that: “ This is an honor to receive this prestigious award two…

Three Spanish are pre-representatives in the race for the Oscars. Handia (also known as Aundiya) directed by Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño, Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows) by Asghar Farhadi and Campeones (Champions) by Javier Fesser are the three movies that were selected among a list of 43 films that were released between October 1st 2017 and September 30th 2018. Next month, specifically September 6th, we will know which one will represent Spain during the 91st Academy Awards. The president of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (Spanish for ‘Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and…

MUBI is will stream the exclusive digital premiere of Stephen Nomura Schible’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, an intimate documentary about the renowned Japanese composer, tracing the evolution of his music throughout his career and offering stunning insight into the artist’s creative process. MUBI released Coda in theaters this summer beginning on July 6 in New York at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and North American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to an extended six week run in New York, the film has continued to roll out nationally in cinemas, screening in more than…

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