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“Water” Deepa Mehta’s film is set in 1938 Colonial India during Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power and tells the and tells of the struggles of Indian widows in the 1930’s. In the past and present, many women whose husbands have died are forced to enter “widow houses.” These women are labeled as worthless without a husband to measure themselves by and they struggle to survive by begging and often turn to prostitution. The film focuses on the story of one widow —who is forced into poverty and wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows— and a man who…

French and Asian cinema are back at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and are making quite a presence. There are four French and four Asian films selected for the festival’s official competition lineup. Francois Ozon’s “Angel,” about the troubles of a young author in early 20th century England, will be the closing film of the 57th Berlinale. “Angel” is a great ending for the festival which starts Feb. 8 with the world premiere of “La vie en Rose,” from another French director, Olivier Dahan. There will also be two other French films holding their world premieres in Berlin: Andre…

On January 9, a love story of two centuries passed through its final stage by the death of Carlo Ponti. Carlo Ponti, one of the greatest film producers of all time from Italy, not only discovered Sophia Loren at the age 15, but fell in love with her along the rest of the world. In Cinema Without Borders we raise our hats for Carlo, in respect for his contribution to the world of cinema and romance. Carlo Ponti was born in Magenta, a small town near Milan on December 11, 1912. He was a lawyer before starts producing movies in…

Director George Lucas recently announced that filming for the highly-anticipated “Indiana Jones” movie will begin next year and he promised it will be “the best one yet.” Lucas said he and director Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script. The movie stars Harrison Ford, who appeared in the three earlier flicks. The fourth chapter of “Indiana Jones” has been in development for over ten years with several screenwriters taking attempting a script, but it only recently gained strength and popularity. While Lucas kept quiet about the plot, he promised the latest action flick will be a “character piece” that will include…

The critics of the Windy City have spoken and Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” has earned the awards of best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay from the Chicago Film Critics Association Thursday. Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) and Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) won awards as well in lead acting categories. Best supporting performance awards were given to Rinko Kikuchi for “Babel” and Jackie Earle Haley for “Little Children.” Sacha Baron Cohen won the most promising performer award for his roles in “Borat” and “Talladega Nights.” Rian Johnson won most promising director honors for “Brick.” Clint Eastwood’s “Letters…

Enjoy lavish Versailles on the big screen with this series of classic French films set at the famous French palace, a chateau that is gaining renewed celebrity in the wake of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette! Versailles is not only an important part of French history, but also of our American heritage. It’s at Versailles that the New World took a new path when LaFayette and Benjamin Franklin convinced Louis XVI to engage France as the United States ally in the War of Independence. It’s at Versailles that President Woodrow Wilson organized a conference in 1919 that confirmed the United States…

Pablo Aravena’s film “NEXT, a Primer on Urban Painting” will be having its Los Angeles premiere in the documentary competition at the prestigious AFI Film Festival. On Saturday, November 4th, 2006 there will be a premiere party featuring a collection of new work by artists featured in the film curated by Pablo. The show will remain open to the public until Sunday, November 12th, 2006. The Film “NEXT, a Primer on Urban Painting” is a documentary exploration of a phenomenon that was born on the streets of American cities and has come to influence youth culture all over the world.…

The Popular Jury, made up of 50 members and presided over by Ettore Scola, has yesterday assigned the Rome FilmFest’s official awards to the following films: The award for Best Film goes to Izobrajaya Zhertvy / . The RomeFilmFest – BNL Best Actress Award is for Ariane Ascaride in Le Voyage en Arménie / Armenia by Robert Guédiguian. The RomeFilmFest – Chamber of Commerce award for Best Actor Award goes to Giorgio Colangeli in L´ aria Salata by Alessandro Angelini. Finally, the Jury Special Prize is for This is England by Shane Meadows A special Rome FilmFest – BNL Award…

A great new festival taking place in a great city: for the first time, the city of cinema will host an international festival of cinema. Did you remeber? I announced it last month, and now it is at its kick off. For nine days, in fact, from 13rd to 21st October, Rome will transforme the Auditorium Music Centre (the Rome’s new Auditorium designed by architect Renzo Piano) in the Cinema Centre. Auditorium will be the heart of the event, with four screening theatres vaunting state-of-the-art equipment, as well as conference rooms and reception areas. But all the city is involved…

The evolution of Mexican cinema, the important role of Mexican filmmakers working in Hollywood and the influence of international filmmakers working in Mexico all will be explored in a new exhibition that will open to the public in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Fourth Floor Gallery on Friday, October 13. In a first for an Academy exhibition, all of the explanatory text and captions will be provided in both English and Spanish. “Made in Mexico: The Legacy of Mexican Cinema” has been produced in association with the Cervantes Center of Arts & Letters. Admission to the exhibition…

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