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Moira Sullivan is a member of FIPRESCI and Alliance for Women Film Journalists. She writes for three venues:



Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997) slated for Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) October 25 – banned for 22 years

Madeleine Lim, San Francisco filmmaker and co-founder of the Queer Women of Color Film Festival in San Francisco ( made a film in 1997 that has been banned by the Singaporean government for 22 years. This past week the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) received a one-time exception for the screening of Lim's  award-winning documentary Sambal Belacan in San Francisco on October 25 at the Oldham Theatre. At any time, the Singapore Classifications B...

Udine Far East Film Festival Awards

22nd Far East Film Festival - Report 2 By Moira Sullivan Golden Mulberry and Audience Award Derek Tsang's Better Days The 22nd Far East Film Festival ended July 4 after 9 days and it was a huge online success with over 3000 card holders and 25,000 visits to the website where films were screened for accredited patrons. The festival works with the public because the organizers are so thoroughly prepared for this event directed by Sabrina Baracetti and Thomas Bertacche. It is a ...

Golden Mulberry at Udine Far East Festival goes to Derek Tsang's 'Better Days'

22nd Far East Film Festival Opens Online in Udine Victim(s) Layla JI (Malaysia 2020) ©FEFF Reprinted from © Movie Magazine International , San Francisco By Moira Jean Sullivan The 22nd Far East Film Festival (FEFF) located in UDINE ITALY is held online this year using the same platform as the Cannes Film Market  (Marché du Film) at the end of June. 46 films  are to be screened June 26 - July 4, 2020  (4 ...

Top prize in Semaine de le critique to J'AI PERDU MON CORPS (I LOST MY BODY) by Jérémy Clapin

The winners for the Critics week (Semaine de le critique) have already been announce – and Nespresso who generously bestows complimentary coffee on tired and weary critics each year in the Palais has given the top prize for the best of 7 features to Grand Prix Nespresso Nespresso Grand Prize J'AI PERDU MON CORPS (I LOST MY BODY) de by Jérémy Clapin, an animated feature about Naoufel , a young man from North Africa who grows up in Paris. He who loses his hand and tries t...

11th Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco screens new film by Sherin Neshat, Iranian filmmaker in exile

The 11th Iranian Film Festival for Iranians living in the San Francisco Bay Area will showcase a collections of new films, documentary and short films 22-23 September. It is the first independent film festival outside of Iran that presents the work of Iranians around the globe. Each year since 2008, outstanding films have been screened and international Iranian guests have appeared to discuss their films. Last year, guest of honor (live video) was Iranian filmmaker and film scholar Bahman ...

"Camorra" in Venice Horizons section looks back on organized crime in Naples

"Camorra" by Francesco Patierno, a documentary in the Venice "Orizzonti" section attempts to unravel the origins of organized crime in the region of Compania and capital Naples on its own terms through historic newreel footage and photojournalism. Editor Maria Fantastica Valmori is behind the montage of this footage from the 1970's to 1990's that feels like a continuous essay, relentless shocking and disturbing- a mosaic of violence and poverty on the background of ...

71st Festival de Cannes - historic year for women in film

The 71st Cannes Film Festival was an extraordinary year with excellent films and a manifestation  protesting the near exclusion of women from the official competition. Protests in Cannes have made life altering waves from the establishment of the “Directors’ Fortnight” (Quinzaine des réalisateurs) in 1969 when ­­­­­­­­­­Cannes closed in solidarity with French workers the year before -  to this year’s manifestation...

Kering - Women and Motion Award at Cannes

Patty Jenkins won this year's "Kering Women in Motion Award", the director of Wonder Woman. The award was given out at a gala event on May 13 at Cannes. This is one luxury party that most women will never be able to attend or be invited to attend. One attendee this year was Danish actor Mads Mikkelson who is on record for being against the work of women in Sweden presented at equality seminars by the Swedish Film Institute at Cannes 2013. Four theaters in Sweden use a rating system...

Queer Palm to Lukas Dhont's "Girl"

An event that Cannes has still not acknowledged as an official parallel event even if it at Berlin and Venice is the “Queer Palm Award”. This is important in the struggle for inclusion of LGBTQI representation. This year the award went to "Girl" - Lukas Dhont, a bold narrative on a trans teen ballerina (Victor Polster). Selected for “Un Certain Regard” the film won best artistic interpretation (Victor Polster) - non-gender specific for the first time. It is also...

Terry Gilliam’s “The Man who Killed Don Quixote”

Terry Gilliam’s “The Man who Killed Don Quixote”, the closing film at Camnnes this year, is “spectacular” with a colorful at times overstuffed mise en scène but the roles for women are still medieval - actress-model-high class escort (Olga Kurylenko and Joana Ribeiro). Although Cervantes wrote the novel, Gilliam a former Palme d’Or nominee, did the time jumping modern spin. Kurylenko as Jacqui is the mistress of The Boss (Stellan Skarsgård). Newc...

Asia Argento speaks out at Cannes

Tonight at Cannes at the closing ceremony, a bold audacious declaration. Wincing words and truths even for Cate Blanchett. Equality for women in Cannes and the film industry is unfortunately predicated on this raw reality. Asia Argento..... "I was raped by Harvey Weinstein in Cannes in 1997. I was 21-years-old. This festival was his hunting ground. I’m going to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here again. He will never disgrace the community that on...

French yuletide noir at San Francisco Roxie

French yuletide noir at San Francisco Roxie By Moira Sullivan Henry Baur as Père Noel In Italy, December 13 is the day St. Lucia is celebrated who was murdered in 304 AD for refusing to be married. Her death on the Julian calendar was closer to the Winter Solstice on the darkest day of the year, but the Nordic countries kept the date when the Gregorian calendar was later adopted and...

Venice Orizzonti awards to Vahid Jalilvand and Navid Mohammadzadeh for 'No Date, No Signature'

  Iranian films are noted for their in depth exploration of moral subjects. Details are turned over and over again for this examination. This results in films with an almost timeless content because even under scrutiny the themes produce more questions. There is no real causality in these intriquing treatises of the human condition. No Date, No Signature (Bedoone Tarikh, Bedoone Emza), which premiered on September 2 at the 74th Venice Film Festival (Aug 30- Sept 9), is o...

Orrizzonti best screenplay award to Alireza Khatami for 'Oblivion Verses'

  The award for Best screenplay in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival (Aug 30-Sept 9) went to the Iranian director Alireza Khatami for Oblivion Verses (Los versos del Olvido). It is Khatami’s first feature film. it is a film where the spectator assembles the story with no traditional plot or storyline and no embellishment of characters with only 20% dialogue. The silence is important, which Khatami explains using Heidegger’s “Being and Tim...

World Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s out of competition film 'Piazza Vittorio'

The World Premiere of Abel Ferrara’s out of competition film Piazza Vittorio at the Venice Film Festival (Sept 9) is an evocative document on one of Rome’s most beloved squares in Esquilino, the XV "rione" or district. Ferrara shows how the area has developed since the last century with historic footage. The open-air markets of that time were packed with people who sold fruit, vegetable, bread, cheese and meat. This kind of market is disappearing and in the case of Piazza...

“Dead on Arrival” - modern noir set in the Bayou to the tune of Bach

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 “Dead on Arrival” - modern noir set in the Bayou to the tune of Bach. By Moira Sullivan Billy Flynn as Sam Collins    “Everyone’s got a transgender story around these parts”.   “Dead on Arrival” (US 2017)  is a...

15th Udine Far East Film Festival: a formula for festival success

The 15th edition of the Udine Far East Film Festival April 19 – 27 in Italy features a great lineup of films from Southeast Asia. This year the European premiere at Udine of Ip Man:The Final Fight on April 25 closely follows its theatrical release in China on March 22 and Hong Kong on March 28th. The setting is in postwar Hong Kong, where the Wing Chun Grandmaster, Yip Kai-man, teacher of Bruce Lee is challenged by rival kung fu styles and must fight one last tim...

Créteil Films de Femmes Celebrates 35 years

The 35th Créteil International Women’s Film Festival, which was held from March 22 to 31 honored veteran filmmakers and actresses who have attended previous festivals such as Margareta Von Trotta, Suzanne Osten, Mira Nair, Ulrike Ottinger, Agnes Varda, Carmen Maura, Maria Schneider and Anna Karina.  Director Jackie Buet has been with the festival since 1979. The guest of honor this year was Jeanne Balibar, an actress unknown outside of Europe who selects films that are notew...


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