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    Oscar Watch: When We Leave (Die Fremde)

    This past summer I spent in Berlin and was invited to the first screening of When We Leave (Die Fremde), Germany's submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language film. I was welcomed to the screening by a tall young man who turned out to be American but had come to Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship and stayed to enter the film business there. We became friendly and he asked my advice about going to UCLA film school where he had applied. I strongly suggested he go if accepted, telling him he would have such an advantage over others because he already had the international perspective so needed in film today. Not only is ...

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    More on African Cinema

    I have discovered a wonderful new blog on Africa for those of you interested in keeping up with the latest developments taking place in cinema there. African Screens' Don Omope describes it below.Don Omope

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    Latino Days Are Here Again!

    Looking forward to what's new at Ventana Sur and being able to watch films via Cinando during the event itself, I am made aware that Latin America has a rapidly expanding film industry due to new technologies, new well trained filmmakers and governments who have stepped up local support of local filmmaking. The current call for submissions for Cine En Construcion, the twice-yearly rendezvous held at the San Sebastian and Toulouse Festivals gives a welcome place for networking in Toulouse on March 24 and 25, 2011. This initiative by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse focuses ...

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    Sundance Film Festival Offers A Window on the World (with Contacts)

    Sundance's announcement yesterday of the 4 main categories plus Premieres - U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition -- is a mash of many cultures not only in "World" sections, but within the U.S. sections themselves. Consistent with my vision (and wish) to see world cultures enter the mainstream of independent features as I write about Africa (and its diaspora), Latino films, and about women filmmakers (♀), and Asia, a look at the Sundance lineup takes us beyond these cultures as they increasingly merge with one another. European cinema also looks healthy...

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    Ventana Sur Opens a Window on Latin American Films

    Ventana Sur December 3-6, 2010The second edition of Ventana Sur is about to open in Buenos Aires and will bring together international sales companies, distributors and buyers from all over the world to offer a complete selection of all the Latin American films produced over the last twelve months. More than 400 films were produced this year. 120 world premières will be presented over the four day event to more than 300 sales representatives and buyers from Latin American and the rest of the world. Devoted to Latin American cinema, organized by the Instituto Nacional De Cine Y Artes Audiovisuales (INCAA) in partnership with the Cannes Marche...

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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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    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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    Binger Institut and Thomas Mai

    Binger Filmlab is an Amsterdam based international feature film and documentary development center where talented writers, directors, producers and script editors from around the world can place both their projects and their usual working practices within an inspiring environment of fellow filmmakers, to be coached and supported by internationally acclaimed mentors and advisors. When it began in 1996, my partner, Peter Belsito and I would coach there, especially concentrating on the art of the pitch. While it has been many years since we've attended, it always retains a special place in our "cosmos" and we are happy to see how far it has pr...

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