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    Berlinale 2011 - New Programs at the EFM

    The European Film Market (EFM), held simultaneously with the 61st Berlinale (February 10-20), will introduce a new program, German Cinema - LOLA@Berlinale, of titles nominated for the annual German Film Awards (‘Lolas’). The new program, which replaces the existing German Cinema series, is a joint ...

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    Oscar Watch: Austria's La Pivellina by Tizza Cavi and Rainer Frimmel

    La Pivellina is almost the sort of film which could win at least one of the five nominations for the Academy Award Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It's about a child and a family living in the exotic though poor circumstances of circus performers. A beautifully authentic and touching film, it is clearly a favorite of festivals where it premiered in Cannes' Directors Fortnight in 2009 and thoroughly covered the festival circuit including Karlovy Vary, Toronto Vancouver, Palm Springs, Berlin, New Directors and has won the requisite awards. Represented internationally by Films Distribution, and by First Run in U.S., it has sold widely t...

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    UPDATE: Iraq's First Academy Award Nomination?

    Son of Babylon film, has simultaneous global screenings to recognize 10th December, International Human Rights Day - including special UK solidarity screening at Leeds University Occupation. Leeds, UK 9th December, 2010 - Son of Babylon, Iraq’s official entry for the Golden Globes and Oscars 2011 will simultaneously screen internationally, giving new audiences the opportunity to see the extraordinary film by director Mohamed Al-Daradji. The film was made with the intent to raise awareness of the 1,000,000 + people who are currently missing in Iraq, as well as inspiring activism that will help find answers for their families. Human Film have ...

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    Africa and the Movies

    Today there is a great interest throughout the world in Africa. Its cinema is slowly entering the world's film markets and the festivals. In the U.S., though not made by Africans, still "of African interest", this week's release of Claire Denis's ♀White Material has garnered a strong review by Kenneth Turan in the L.A. Times.Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, "White Material" is an altogether stunning work. Directed by Claire Denis and starring Isabelle Huppert in a bravura performance as a woman confronting armed chaos in Africa, this is filmmaking that is at once exhilarating and chilling, powerful and powerfully disturbing. W...

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    Documentary Short List Posted by the Academy

    IndieWIRE and all the trades have listed the shortlisted documentaries submiitted for nomination for Best Documentary Oscar 2010. Unfortunately for me, I have not seen all the 15 shortlisted docs (30% of which are directed by women ♀). But I have seen a few and heard about many of the others. Of those that should have been on the list, personally the two I miss most are Cave of Forgotten Dreams by the ever vigorous German New Film survivor, Werner Herzog (see what Patrick Goldstein has to say about that!) and Sundance premiere, A Film Unfinished, the extraordinary testament to the Warsaw Ghetto, created as cinematic propaganda by the Nazi...

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    Free Saturday and Sunday on MUBI: Revolucion

    EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE FREE PREMIEREIn partnership with Celluloid Dreams, playing for free this weekend only is the online premiere of the Cannes-selected Revolución. Made in honor of the Mexican Revolution, it explores the 2010 centenary by uniting ten of the hottest Mexican directors, including Carlo...

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    Tipped for Sundance, Berlin

    For the best Tipped for Sundance reports, go to ioncinema. Soon I willl publish Tipped for Berlin.

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    A Top Ten List I Like

    As a blogger we can make our own rules. We can quote others. We can post pictures. We can make top 10 lists. But blogging is not easy to keep up with or to keep new and exciting because so much new and exciting things are going on and you begin to think you have to cover them all and you cannot ...

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    Current Press Releases from Abroad

    Lots of interesting news is coming from offshore and so I am starting my own "wire service". When I get the news, I'll post a line and the link for those who are interested in following the links. This one I particularly like because I like the film so much and it came to U.S. via COLCOA where Overbrook made a remake deal with Danny Boon, the same director, for a the English language remake to be released 2013. Welcome to the Sticks, the French comedy about a postal civil servant in France being relocated to the North of France, to "the sticks" has been remade by the Italians as Benvenuti al sud (Welcome the The South) by Cattleya in whic...

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