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MUBI is will stream the exclusive digital premiere of Stephen Nomura Schible’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, an intimate documentary about the renowned Japanese composer, tracing the evolution of his music throughout his career and offering stunning insight into the artist’s creative process. MUBI released Coda in theaters this summer beginning on July 6 in New York at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and North American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to an extended six week run in New York, the film has continued to roll out nationally in cinemas, screening in more than…

The official revealed the information during a press conference in Hanoi on August 23. Themed “Cinema: Integration and Sustainable Development”, the festival is slated for October 27-31. It looks to honour outstanding cinematographic works with high artistic and humanitarian value and creativity, while also encouraging new movie talents. It is also hoping to expand the Vietnamese cinema market, thus promoting the country’s image to international friends. Films for the competition are selected from many countries and territories around the world, some of which have never competed in international film festivals in Asia. Meanwhile, non-competition film screenings will be held, introducing…

Under the lively direction of Christian Sida-Valenzuela, the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival returns for its 16th year with a roster of solid festival hits and a handful of more challenging titles. Opening the festival on Thursday (August 23) at SFU Woodward’s, small-town tale Retablo sets the tone for this year’s focus on the Andean cinema of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Told partly in the Quechua language, Retablo also happens to square with VLAFF’s interest in Indigenous and queer subject matter, further explored in its Indigenous Films From BC and Beyond series—featuring the tough but astonishing DTES-located mini-doc, “The Still Life of Harley Prosper”—and…

Ezzatollah Entezami, one of the most prominent actors of the Iranian cinema and theater, has passed away at the age of 94. Born in 1924, he started his theater career in his 20s and later moved to Hanover, Germany, to study theater and cinema in a boarding school. After graduation in 1958, he returned to his homeland and appeared in over 50 feature films, a number of TV series, and dozens of plays. Entezami was the first-ever Iranian actor to win an international award. In 1971, he received the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo for Best Actor for his…

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…

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