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Once a friend asked me how come that what ever movie or play you pick to see turns out to be good! I told him that first of all I am quite picky when it comes to see a work of art and secondly I admire all kinds of artistic activities because I understand the challenges of working in this field. *** I always go to see Mohamad Rahmanian’s work of art, as I believe he is a genius when it comes to theater and his approach to art is quite unique. Three weeks ago there were ten of us…

The iconic Minack Theatre will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for a special film event on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. The world-famous location will provide the setting for a special outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn, marking the first time the Minack has been used for a film event. The event, On The Rocks, presented by Compass Presents and Watershed will consist of the film screening and an archive film trail, where the cliff faces and rocks of the open air amphitheatre will be animated with film and projection. The little-known classic Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn…

In Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama The Salesman a young couple living in Teheran who are about to perform with their local drama group in a production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ find their lives upended after Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) is viciously assaulted by an intruder in their home one evening. Husband Emad (Shahab Hosseini) becomes obsessed with finding the culprit responsible and taking revenge but in doing so draws both of them into a complex web of entanglements which threatens to destroy their marriage. The Salesman will be screened in the Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday,…

Reed Hastings, the Netflix CEO who co-founded the company long before “streaming” entered the popular lexicon, was born during a fairly remarkable year for film. 1960 was the year Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho astounded and terrified audiences, influencing a half-century of horror to come. It was a year of outstanding comedies (Billy Wilder’s The Apartment), outstanding epics (Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus) and outstandingly creepy thrillers (Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom—a close cousin of Psycho). But in the vast world of Netflix streaming, 1960 doesn’t exist. There’s one movie from 1961 available to watch (the original Parent Trap) and one selection from 1959 (Compulsion),…

The city of Tangier has long been a travel destination that inspires lovers of literature, poetry, and cinema with its impressive landscapes and spectacular architecture. The city is also a favorite of international filmmakers, enjoying close proximity to Europe as well as political stability. Many movies were shot during Tangier’s “golden era” (1924-1956), when it was an “international zone” jointly governed by nine European countries. At the time, the city developed a reputation for international arts and intrigue, home to spies, business men, artists, authors, and playwrights. Younes Chiekh Ali, a local artist specializing in the city’s history, explained to Morocco…

Film festivals usually feel like little oases, places to check out of real life for a bit and soak in the glories of cinema. But it feels like the news kicked into hyperdrive about a year ago, and no matter which festival you went to this year — from Sundance to Cannes — the real-life activities of politicians and their massive repercussions were inescapable, both outside the theater and on the big screen. The Toronto International Film Festival is not immune to this trend, though its location in the relatively calm Canadian city (relative to France and the US, anyhow)…

This month we speak with Piotr Olak, the CEO, director and programmer of Kino Luna from Warsaw, Poland. Luna means moon in Latin, but the true inspiration for the cinema’s name was the Russian outer-space programme, since this art house cinema is promoting culture since 1962. Kino Luna is located in the city centre, near the Zbawiciela Square, a very popular and trendy area with plenty of small cafes and restaurants. The cinema has two screening rooms with 647 seats. Except from its regular activity, Luna also organises or hosts diverse activities including film festivals, concerts, shows, meetings with artists, educational programmes,…

As a teenager in the early 1970s, Tony Villecco saw a photo of Polish actress Pola Negri in a book of silent-film stars, and he instantly felt drawn to her. Maybe it was her exotic and beautiful appearance, or maybe it was the hint of smoldering romance in her eyes. Before long, he’d tracked down her autobiography (which he later learned was ghostwritten and full of, shall we say, elaborations) and even figured out where she lived in San Antonio, Texas. He’d write letters to her and get back an occasional photo or Christmas card from her assistant. But Negri, whom…

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are having a blast with Farhadi. And they talk about language differences. The Iranian filmmaker is notorious for taking on challenges in tongues he does not speak. He’s currently working with two translators on set who Cruz says “are amazing, it’s like they become him.” Bardem adds of Farhadi, “He sees everything. He may not understand a word, but he knows what you’re saying. He only wants honesty to its deepest level so you are really obliged to take the mask off and go there completely naked. I believe in giving it all, but the…

In the wake of Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic Dunkirk, which was released in July, the long-simmering debate about the respective merits of film and digital is again coming to the boil. In interviews, Nolan has wasted no opportunity to proclaim the superiority of film over digital. He lets everyone know that Dunkirk was shot on film, much of it using IMAX cameras. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, strongly tipped for awards nominations for his work on the movie, likewise champions the benefits of old-fashioned film. In the mad scramble to convert cinemas for digital projection, van Hoytema argues that the industry has been contributing to…

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