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AYITI MON AMOUR is Haiti Oscar entry for the Best Foreign language Film Award. This is a first for Haiti. This is the first time that Haiti in its film history that Haiti is competing at the Oscars and it is also the first time that a woman of Haitian (Haitian-American) origin realizes a feature length fiction in Haiti to Jacmel (in 2016). We had the opportunity of interviewing  Guetty Felin, writer and director of  AYITI MON AMOUR on camera. https://vimeo.com/246380736 “Ayiti mon amour” has already been awarded twice in 2017 at the “Blackstar Film Festival” and the “Festival International de Cine America”…

To learn more about Kanopy, winner of the CWB’s Seal of Excellence Award for the Best International Cinema Streaming Site, we had the opportunity of interviewing Olivia Humphrey, Founder and CEO of Kanopy. Olivia Humphrey has many years of media distribution experience, including at BBC Worldwide in London, Austar Satellite TV and Roadshow Entertainment in Sydney, where she managed the non-theatrical release slate. She founded Kanopy in 2008 to address the opportunity to build film as a core resource for all students in higher education before expanding into public libraries in 2016. Headquartered in San Francisco, Kanopy distributes a catalog…

TORONTO—Despite persistent foreign aggression against their country, Iran still has a flourishing cultural environment. Its films are recognized the world over for their deep humanism and artistic accomplishment. When Asghar Farhahi won his second Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film this year for his brilliant drama The Salesman (the first was A Separation), he refused to attend because of Trump’s cruelly imposed “Muslim ban.” His powerful statement was read onstage: “I’m sorry I am not with you tonight,” the letter read. “My absence is out of respect for those in my country and those in the six nations who have been disrespected by…

THE DIVINE ORDER, a film by Petra Volpe is Switzerland’s submission for the 2018 Academy Awards – Best Foreign Language Film, and winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and Best Fiction Film at the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival, THE DIVINE ORDER will open at the Laemmle Royal and Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles on November 17. A national release will follow. We had the opportunity of having a video interview with Petra Volpe, director of the DIVINE ORDER. https://vimeo.com/243164293 THE DIVINE ORDER is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide…

The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund, is the Swedish selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Here at Cinema Without Borders we agree with most of the world cinema film critics that The Square has a good chance to be among the final five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The Square tells the story of Christian, a respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role…

Burbank, CA- October 19 – Last night at the opening and award ceremony of the 18th Polish Film Festival, Los Angeles that was held in Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater Cinema Without Borders received Friend of Festival Award for its 10th anniversary. https://youtu.be/z7HYmcv7Xak Also Susan Morgan Cooper and Bijan Tehrani announced the winners of 2017 Bridging The Borders Award for the Best Polish Short Film at the Polish Film Festival Los Angeles First Bijan Tehrani announced the winner of CWB’s Honorable Mention award: “A married woman picks up one and then another male hitchhiker on her journey. The outcome is very different from…

I knew Houman Seyyedi as a very talented actor until I learned about him as a film director and then came the big suprise. After watching the four movies that has been released from Houman as a filmmaker, I was amazed by the freshness of his approach to filmmaking and new ideas and his great use of language of cinema in telling his stories. https://vimeo.com/238507045 Cinema Without Borders: Do you see the images of your film, before you write your screenplay? Houman Seyyedi: Sometimes people may think that loving some images inspires me to make a movie but this really…

Karestan Documentary Film Series made in Iran, are based on lives and works of people whose outlook on life is to build a better world. Women and men whose life stories can provide inspiration, beyond geographical and cultural boundaries, for anyone in the world. The diversity of these personalities due to gender, type of activity and various places of abode, provides a fascinating rainbow of Iranian society that perhaps has not been seen till now, not just in international societies but also in Iran. Praiseworthy people who, without any government connections, have managed to be influential in improving the conditions…

Agnes Varda, the 89-year-old Belgian-born filmmaking legend, emerges from her hotel room having dressed up for an evening event at Lincoln Center. She holds out the large silver heart-shaped medallion strung around her neck. “I have a big heart,” she says with a smil A truer thing has never been said. Since her 1962 New Wave breakthrough, the real-time masterwork “Cléo From 5 to 7,” and running up until her latest, the richly ennobling road trip documentary “Faces Places,” Varda’s much-distinguished career has been defined by a soul-searching warmth, an abiding, compassionate curiosity, and a deep desire, above all, to…

2017 Polish Film Festival Los Angeles will open on October 18th and will go on until October 26th. Here is the complete program of the festival. (All films with English subtitles.) OPENING NIGHT GALA (by invitation only) Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Egyptian Theatre , 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA. 90028 6:00 PM RECEPTION (Catering by Turek) 8:00 PM OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL– Zbigniew Banas (MC) Screening of THE ART OF LOVING. STORY OF MICHALINA WISLOCKA (Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wislockiej) by Maria Sadowska – (in person: Maria Sadowska, Piotr Adamczyk, Justyna Wasilewsk, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Michal Sobocinski) Laemmle’s NoHo7 Theatre, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North…

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