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Based in Strasbourg, France, the European Audiovisual Observatory is set to take the pulse of the current Russian cinema industry and look at the challenges and chances offered by this dynamic film market. It will hold a conference within the KINO EXPO and St. Petersburg International Content Forum events in St. Petersburg, Russia on September 19, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry is free, registration to KINO EXPO is not necessary and the conference languages will be English and Russian with translation. All media professionals, journalists, and academics are welcome to attend the conference, which will be opened…

 The deputy director of the Cinema Organization of Iran has said that the organization still has not received a request from the producers to screen Asghar Farhadi’s latest movie “Everybody Knows”, which was shot in Spain in 2017. “The film will be viewed as a foreign production if we receive a request to screen it in Iran,” Ebrahim Darughezadeh told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday. Films need special authorization from the Cinema Organization of Iran to be produced and screened in the country. “Making films in Iran is my first priority, and as much as I can I…

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is set to launch a new festival MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) focused on Arab cinema and high-end TV in the Czech Republic this autumn, the umbrella body announced at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. “MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) will be a festival for cinema, culture and Arabic content,” said Arab cinema expert Alaa Karkouti, CEO of Cairo-based Arab cinema promotional agency MAD Solutions which set up the ACC in 2015. “It is a new development for the ACC’s initiatives, which are aimed at promoting Arab culture around the world through different activities.” The first edition of MAD 3ARABI will take…

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is a must see documentary directed by Stephen Nomura Schible. One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar- winning film composer. The evolution of his music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan’s social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following cancer, his haunting awareness of life crisis leads to a resounding new masterpiece. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man. https://youtu.be/Fl-pKw5n0mI Stephen…

Two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi was selected as an Honorary Patron of the Film Academy Foundation (De la Fundación Academia de Cine), the foundation announced on Thursday. The Film Academy Foundation is a Spanish professional organization dedicated to the promotion and development of Spanish cinema with headquarters based in Madrid and Barcelona. Antonio Banderas, Alejandro Amenabar, Almudena Grandes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Vittorio Storaro and Inma Shara are among those who have received the honor from the academy. In a statement published by the academy, Farhadi said that the decision to honor him by the title has given him “a very…

Today the legendary Iranian/American actress Vida Ghahremani passed away after battling cancer for many years. She was born on May 27, 1937 in Tehran, Iran.  Miss Ghahramani began acting in films as a teenager. She has a long list of credits as an actress and producer. She is known for films such as “Love and Vengeance” (1965), “Storm in Our Town” (1958) and “The Midnight Terror” (1961). She went beyond taboos of her time to have the very on-screen kiss in Iranian film history. After leaving Iran, Miss Ghahramani moved to California, became a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member, and…

Burbank, CA – May 29th, 2018: Today, Cinema Without Borders announced jury members  for GoE Bridging The Borders Award at  the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival and Market. The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2018 Palm ShortFest will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. GoE Bridging The Borders Award  is presented by Cinema Borders and award sponsored and prize provided by GoEnergistics. The winner of Bridging the Borders Award will receive a cash prize of $2500. Palm Springs ShortFest award ceremony will be held on June 24th at Camelot…

Putin.Obama.Orphan Hostages.Murdered Russian Lawyer.Billionaire British Investment Banker.The Accidental Death of an Innocent Child.A Loving American Family Caught in the Cross-hairs. This entire story is told by provocative Hollywood filmmaker, Susan Morgan Cooper, in her latest documentary To The Moon and Back. Already creating international political waves, the film is available in-stores and on demand in it’s national release by top distributor Gravitas Ventures on Tuesday, May 22nd. From the reports of Trump Jr. meeting Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, Billionaire Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Sanctions, to Miles Harrison – the innocent father that was personally targeted by Putin — the public…

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his film “Shoplifters,” a moving portrait of an self-made family scraping by at the bottom of Japanese society. Spike Lee won the Grand Prix for “BlacKkKlansman,” using his time at the microphone to describe the current moment in American politics as “the year of living dangerously,” accepting the prize “on behalf of the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York.” Lebanese director Nadine Labaki earned the Jury Prize for her film “Capernaum,” a wrenching neorealist portrait of a Beirut street urchin who sues his parents for bringing him…

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Bertrand Bonello and including Khalil Joreige, Valeska Grisebach, Alanté Kavaïté and Ariane Labed, has awarded the 2018 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 17 student films, chosen out of 2 426 entries coming from 512 film schools around the world. FIRST PRIZE EL VERANO DEL LEÓN ELÉCTRICO (The Summer of the Electric Lion) directed by Diego CÉSPEDES Universidad de Chile – ICEI, Chile JOINT SECOND PRIZE KALENDAR (Calendar) directed by Igor POPLAUHIN Moscow School of…

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