Browsing: World Cinema Reports

Taiwanese cinema is undergoing a resurgence, both at awards ceremonies and at the box office. Media outlets hailed the recent edition of the prestigious Golden Horse Awards in November a triumphant comeback for Taiwanese film, after The Great Buddha+ and The Bold, The Corrupt And The Beautiful swept prizes in most of the major categories. This was on the heels of a relatively dry spell at the awards in recent years. China’s The Summer Is Gone was 2016’s Best Feature Film; the Chinese- French co-production Blind Massage had the winning touch in 2014; Singapore’s Ilo Ilo triumphed in 2013; and…

The arts are an expressive way to share and communicate culture, especially the art of cinema. The nature of film allows it to educate using entertainment, storytelling and visual creativity, allowing viewers glimpses into lives and worlds far different from their own. It is this kind of education that the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies aims to provide with its Spring 2018 Film Series. Each semester, the Center compiles a program of films that exemplify Middle Eastern cinema, and has featured countless documentaries and fiction features created by and starring people from the Middle East. The free…

GOTEBORG, Sweden  — The world’s largest anniversary celebration of a single filmmaker – Ingmar Bergman, born in 1918 – which was launched last year by the Ingmar BergmanFoundation, will open its 2018 program at the Göteborg Festival with several of his films in the screening schedule, seminars dealing with his work and special events during the Jan. 26-Feb. 5 festival in the southern Swedish city. The Göteborg celebrations are fitting.  “Ingmar Bergman was one of the greatest directors in film history,” says Jonas Holmberg, the Göteborg Festival’s artistic director. Bergman was also honorary chairman of the Göteborg Film Festival from 1994 to…

TALLINN: A total of 21 Estonian films premiered in cinemas in 2017 and two of them made it to the top ten. The Dissidents, directed by Jaak Kilmi and produced by Taska Film, ranked 2nd with 85,306 admissions and over 480,000 EUR gross, while Swingers, directed by Andrejs Ekis and produced by Platforma Film, ranked 7th. It is the films targeted specifically at the domestic market that break records. Both Swingers and Class Reunion, directed by René Vilbre and also produced by Taska Film, which made history in the Estonian cinema in 2016 with the highest admissions and box office since the restoration of independence, were remakes of…

“Global Flicks,” a festival of six award-winning international films, will be presented on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to March 14, in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Now in its 22nd year, “Global Flicks” is co-sponsored by COD’s Academic Affairs office (Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad) and the McAninch Arts Center. The films will be shown at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in their original language with English subtitles, and each screening concludes with a moderated discussion of the…

In 2017, African directors and producers made movies and documentaries that explored brave new ways of production and challenged traditional narratives of storytelling. Whether focusing on toxic masculinity in South Africa, paying homage to Senegalese mythology, or addressing a crisis of faith in Egypt, these bold pictures collectively pushed the fold of creative filmmaking and offered a multidimensional narrative about the continent. One such avenue of progress is the arrival of virtual reality, and how it gave African filmmakers the opportunity to tell complex narratives. New Dimensions, a Pan-African VR collaborative project launched must-see VR productions that surveyed various themes including…

‘Disappearance’ the first feature film of Iranian director Ali Asgari, was a huge step in the direction of feature films after having seven short films to his credit. And even more challenging was the fact that he made a film based on a true incident, as he was quite excellent at making films in fiction. “This is a true incident that happened to one of the friends of my co-writer. It wasn’t exact the same one; we’ve added a little fiction. However, the basic story is a true incident.” ‘Disappearance’ is the story of a young couple in modern Tehran.…

Iranian film director and writer Amir Naderi’s[1] rise to prominence has not only provided him with the recognition that his powerful cinema richly deserves, but it has also helped shed light for world audiences on an almost ‘closed society.’ His success has helped open new frontiers for other Iranian film-makers inside and outside of Iran. Naderi is one of the major Iranian film-makers whose work and contributions (along with a few others)[2] to Iranian cinema in the 1970s created the magnificent fundamental basis that blossomed and flourished in the 1980s and has established itself in the 1990s as one of…

A film shot in Christchurch by celebrated Iranian director Reza Dormishian will debut at a Brazilian film festival this month. Dormishian made his fourth film, which is set in the aftermath of the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, during his time in Christchurch in late 2015. He was in Christchurch as part of the Vincent Ward Prize, a University of Canterbury scholarship for visionary film directors. The scholarship was awarded to the director at the Shanghai International Film Festival for his social realist film I’m Not Angry. The film is called White Chairs and is the story of love between two young…

The Maryland Film Festival and PNC Bank are paying homage to Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting the Latin American Visionary Cinema series. Screenings began on Sept. 16 and will continue through Oct. 15. The series includes screenings of 12 films from filmmakers across the Latin American community. These films span an array of genres and represent 10 countries. Many of them are also films that were not widely distributed in theaters across the U.S., so this series was an opportunity for audiences to view films that they may not have had access to otherwise. The series includes four films by…

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