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Honey for the bears  6 servings so far Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 

Berlinale blues


Life is change, but as the Dalai Lama says, the Lightbulb has to want to change. New dates, new directors, new directions, and what changing temperatures during this 70th edition of one of the most celebrated international film rendezvous in the calendar, created by a former (in dispute), charming (not in dispute as I remember him well on my first-footing, fresh from Oxford University, to what was to become the last summer edition of the Cold War celluloid showcase in the metropolitan oasis of West Berlin, firmly tucked in behind the Iron Curtain).

With Gina Lollobrigida, one of Woody Allen's  funniest earlier features, and boat trips on the Spree, it was a memorable debut for my reportages on air (on the famed Radio 4 nightly arts programme Kaleidoscope and an 850-word article in the historic weeky The Spectator) and I was clearly willkommen to return to subsequent editions, having paid my own way in its last summer, as the first Festleiter enjoyed reading my review and ensured that not only were my hotel costs covered, for 12 days, but even daily gutscheine were provided for sustenance between press screenings, galas, and Forum premieres.

Colleagues from the East quickly realised these meal vouchers were worth  their weight in Deutschmarks, and soon began ordering a mere coffee, and then the waiter would tip them, in any Festival bar, and in bar. No wonder the Bears really used to dance at night. The Festival has now come full circle, as it provides the press with free cappuccino, provided they bring their own cups.

Or as Marlene might say, waist not, vont not.

The best is yet  to come...fasten your seat-belts!

Martin Scorsese Reteams with Schrader as Executive Producer for the Card Counter

Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Paul Schrader (First Reformed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) has cast Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish (Like a Boss, Girls Trip), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One, Mud) and four-time Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse, At Eternity’s Gate, The Florida Project) to star with Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, Show Me a Hero) in revenge thriller The Card Counter. Based on the origin...

Coproduction Office handled worldwide sales on DAU. Natasha

Coproduction Office have announced they will sell Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel’s DAU. Natasha worldwide. The first feature film in a series of five DAU features, DAU. Natasha will have its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival at 10.00pm CET on Wednesday 26 February. Its companion DAU. Degeneration, a work in nine chapters, will screen in Berlin as a Berlinale Special at Haus der Berliner Festspiele on Friday 28 February. D...


See-Saw Films’ next production The Unknown Man with Anonymous Content.

Golden Globe nominated actor Joel Edgerton (Loving, Boy Erased) and Sean Harris (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The King) are set to star in thriller The Unknown Man, the sophomore feature from writer/director Thomas M Wright (Acute Misfortune). A See-Saw Films and Anonymous Content production, the original feature film is produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Rachel Gardner, Kerry Roberts, Kim Hodgert and Joel Edgerton. Rocket Science alongside See-Saw’s in-house sales arm, Cross C...


Film Mode Entertainment’s ANTI-LIFE, aka BREACH starring BRUCE WILLIS Secures Worldwide Sales in Berlin at EFM

  The action packed sci-fi/feature sends shockwaves through Berlin at EFM, resulting in numerous confirmed sales across the globe     BERLIN (February 25, 2020) – Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment is pleased to announce multiple sales on ANTI-LIFE aka BREACH during EFM in Berlin.    “Anti-Life delivers on VFX, action and most importantly Bruce Willis.  Audiences are in for a fun ride and we’re overwhelm...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund With Two New Funding Activities

Welcome speech to the Berlinale World Cinema Fund Day 2020 with Vincenzo Bugno (Head of the WCF) und Mariette Rissenbeek (Executive Director of the Berlin International Film Festival). © Jürgen Bremer   World Cinema Fund In cooperation with the ACP Secretariat (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) and the European Commission, the WCF launches the new funding programme WCF ACP / In cooperation with TorinoFilmLab (TFL), the Audience Design Award - by WCF Europe &...


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2nd edition of Your Script Produced competition opened its call for entries


“YOUR SCRIPT PRODUCED!” INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION   Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00. We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Win...    


The 2020 edition of the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema has been postponed to the end of May

The festival will take place from the 28th of May to the 8th of June in Lucca and Viareggio   The 2020 edition of the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema will take place in various venues between Lucca and Viareggio but, more importantly, it has been postponed to the 28th of May - 8th of June (and not from the 18th to the 26th of April as previously stated). This is due to organizational reasons and because of the national and international character ...

Official Slate Announcement ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL 2020

      We would like to congratulate all of the accepted filmmakers for the 2020 Film Festival. We are excited to share these amazing films with you! The titles listed below have officially been accepted and invited to screen at the festival this year. Look for the final film schedule and print program to be available to you later in March.   Narrative Features   ...

Kick-off into the anniversary year – FilmFestival Cottbus celebrates 30th edition

    The FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020. The official start of this significant festival year was the international industry meeting "East European Brunch" during the 70th Berlinale on 26 February 2020. Together with the Representation of the State of Brandenburg to the Federal Government, the FFC and the ...

IFFLA 2020 unveils program lineup!

    In its 18th year bringing you the finest cinema from India and the Indian diaspora, IFFLA is thrilled to announce yet another stellar lineup of nearly two dozen films, consisting of 5 World Premieres, spanning 12 languages, and 50% helmed by women directors! The festival will tak...

Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

  I AM WOMAN directed by Unjoo Moon, starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey DAFFODILS_directed by David Stubbs_Kimbra as Masie_SIFF SUZIQ SIFF Meets its 2018 Commitment to 50/50 Gender Parity Lasse Halstrom, Lena Olin, Karen Allen and Louis Gossett Jr. to Receive SIFF’s Award for Cinema Excellence The 23rd edition of the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), offering the best in independent cinema from around the world, announces a robust lineup of 131 features, documentar...

The Hollywood International Talent Festival [HITFest] to launch first edition in LA this fall

HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL TALENT FESTIVAL SETS 2020 DATES AND LAUNCHES PAVILLION AFRIQUES PARTNERSHIP   The Hollywood International Talent Festival [HITFest] announced today that its inaugural edition will be held from October 25-30, 2020 across Hollywood, aiming to unite filmmakers from all over the world to celebrate international filmmaking in the birthplace of cinema. Headed by CEO Marco Gomez and under the Directorship of Holger Carlsson and Kate Maberly, HITFest will be an inclusive,...

5th Anniversary of Chicago’s Asian Pop Up Cinema (Season 10 coming March 10-April 9).

      ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA ANNOUNCES FULL LINE UP FOR SEASON TEN  12 GUESTS AND 16 NEW FILMS FROM HONG KONG, CHINA, TAIWAN,  SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN WILL SCREEN FOR CHICAGO AUDIENCES  MARCH 10 – APRIL 9, 2020  Asian Pop-Up Cinema is thrilled to announce the full line-up for its 10th Season by celebrating with 16 new films from Asia.  Many of these will feature the top actors and directors who are scheduled to visit our city as guests of...

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema retrospective, The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution.

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema retrospective, The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution. This landmark cinema event spans the 30 years following the revolution and fall of communism, and is the largest series dedicated to Romanian film ever to be presented in the U.S. to date. The exhibition includes 30 groundbreaking cinematic classics such as Un Certain Regard winner The Death of Mr Lăzărescu by Cristi Puiu, Lucian Pintilie’s...

2nd Oslo Salento Int'l Film Festival wrapped

THE DOCU-FILM"MICHELANGELO ENDLESS"  OPENED THE 2° EDITION OF SIFF OSLO WITH THE LEAD ACTOR ENRICO LO VERSO  From Monday February 24th to Wednesday February 26th the 2nd Edition of the Oslo Salento International Film Festival will take place at the Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo. A project that confirms its international prestige and it is characterized by its high-quality contents and an accurate research on contemporary cultural expres...

FEFF 22 reveals its superb poster!

24 April / 2 May 2020 – Udine – Teatro Nuovo & Visionario FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL, a story of continual rebirth Graphic designer Roberto Rosolin creates the official image for FEFF 22    Press release for the 18th of February 2020 For immediate publication/release UDINE – Being reborn. Each year. Resurfacing, making a mark, and then diving back in again and working silently until the following edition. Until the next rebirth. That, in a nutshell, is ...


BFM 38. Europe, Now! Film Industry Meetings: The complete schedule

Europe, Now! Film Industry Meetings Meet the European Decision Makers BFM38 Industry Days March 13 - 14 2020 Bergamo (Italy), ELAV Circus - Via Madonna della Neve, n° 3 The Complete Schedule The 38th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting will take place from March 7 to 15 2020, and will be officially opened on Friday March 6, 9.00 pm at the Teatro Sociale in Bergamo, with the film THX 1138 by George Lucas live-scored by the Asian Dub Foundation, in first European showing. The Festiva...



Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020 Now Open For Entries! International Tours & Awards

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020: Awards & International Showcases!   Our 10th anniversary special edition! Featuring the best short films of 2020 at international film festivals,  AND Presenting awards and trophies for the best films selected by our juries Regular Deadline: May 22nd 2020   This year, we're  also excited to be programming films and film partnerships  with our 2020 partners:      ...
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The 23rd UNAFF is calling for entries



Early Deadline – May 2, 2020*

Regular Deadline – May 12, 2020*

Late deadline – May 20, 2020

The 23rd UNAFF will be held from October 15-25, 2020 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year’s theme THE POWER OF EMPATHY continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our readiness to care about other people’s emotional experiences.

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Your Script Produced competition
                     Season 2

Early bird Deadline: March 22, 2020

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.







French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020



March 14, 2020 late deadline

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 30 – June 4, 2020


February 25, 2020 Regular Deadline
April 10, 2020 Late Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival returns in June 2020  in association with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinou. The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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Interview with Atom Egoyan - Director of "Guest Honour"

Mehrva Arvin speaks with Atom Egoyan about his latest film "Guest of Honour" Atom Egoyan is a Canadian Egyptian director whose brilliant film career started in 1980’s and early 90’s during the glorious time of north American independent cinema. His first feature film Next of Kin (1984) won him a prize at Mannheim-Heidelberg international film festival. He has been involved in filmmaking and theater and art production since then and has been training the next generatio...

Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho director of Parasite discusses his NEXT projects at SBIFF 2020



Parasite Director Award winner of the year Interview by Stuart Macnaught & Guy Kennedy      Bong has joined HBO’s adaptation of “Parasite” as executive producer along with Adam McKay. “It will be a five to six-episode limited series; no season 2 or 3. We are developing it as a dense black comedy/crime series that thoroughly explores the rich-poor gap of our time,” said Bong. "Thank you for watching"  Bo...


Netflix's Ted Sarandos to Keynote BANFF's Summit Series


Emmy Winning Thandie Newton to headline GOD's COUNTRY

THANDIE NEWTON TO STAR IN ‘GOD’S COUNTRY’ Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade to finance and produce the neo-Western thriller   Credit: DAVID FISHER/SHUTTERSTOCK       Emmy® winning actress Thandie Newton, soon to be seen in the third season of HBO’s “Westworld,” will star in director Julian Higgins’ debut...

Strategic meeting in Berlin to discuss Sekuritas protége film by SWISS FILM

SWISS FILMS Andreas Bühlmann Industry & Film Consultant with Bruno Chatelin discussing the festival circuit for first time director Carmen Stadler and her film SEKURITAS   ...
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Berwyn Rowlands Iris Prize Festival Director nominated for British LGBT Award

Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands has been selected in the Top 10 at the British LGBT Awards in the category “Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life.”   The British LGBT Awards have been running since 2015 and aim to highlight and celebrate role models and organisations who work to better the lives of LGBT+ people in the UK. The Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life award celebrates individuals whose work has made a significant impact to the LGBT+ commun...


VIDEO: Eurimages Co-production Development Awards in Berlin 2020

The Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund has joined forces with ten co-production markets all over the world in order to award the Eurimages Co-production Development Award. A cash-prize of €20,000 for feature and animation films and €15,000 for documentaries (CPH:DOX, Copenhagen), this award has been created to promote the Fund’s role in encouraging international co-production from the initial stages of a project.   The winners are... There Are Two Kin...

VIDEO: Promising Projects: Three Prizes and 1,500 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award 2020 – from left to right: Martina Bleis (Head of Berlinale Co-Production Market), Roberto Olla (Eurimages), Onur Saylak (b.i.t arts), Nadir Öperli (Liman Film), Giorgos Karnavas (Eurimages Award Jury), Elena Kotová (Eurimages Award Jury), Hakan Günday (Writer), Marie-Pierre Vallé (Eurimages Award Jury), Alessia Sonaglioni (Eurimages) © Lydia Hesse   Berlinale Co-Production Market At the Berlinale Co-Producti...

VIDEO: Award Ceremony for the European Shooting Stars 2020

  European Shootings Stars 2020 ­ Andreas Renz / Getty Images for EFP The image shows from left to right: Carlo Chatrian (Festival Director), Ella Rumpf (Switzerland), Jonas Dassler (Germany), Victoria Carmen Sonne (Denmark), Mariette Rissenbeek (Festival Director), Levan Gelbakhiani (Georgia), Joana Ribeiro (Portugal), Bartosz Bielenia (Poland), Zita Hanrot (France), Pääru Oja (Estonia), Martina Apostolova (Bulgaria), Bilal Wahib (The Netherlands) Tonight (Feb 24th) the E...

VIDEO: Berlinale Camera to Ulrike Ottinger to a packed house Berlinale 2020

  Since 1986, the Berlinale has awarded the Berlinale Camera to honour personalities and institutions who have made a special contribution to filmmaking and with whom the festival feels closely connected. In this manner, the Berlinale expresses its appreciation towards those who have become friends and supporters of the festival.     At the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the director and artist Ulrike Ottinger will be honoured with the Berlinale Camera. In th...


PACIFICADO / PACIFIED by PAXTON WINTERS (BRAZIL) wins the Golden Shell for Best Film in San Sebastian

            Official awards - FIAPF Golden Shell for Best Film       PACIFICADO / PACIFIED PAXTON WINTERS (BRAZIL)   Special Jury Prize © Carole Bethuel   PROXIMA   ALICE WINOCOUR (FRANCE - GERMANY)     ...

CINEQUEST Maverick Spirit Award, to Jesse Eisenberg

Cinequest will bestow its highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award, to Jesse Eisenberg preceding a screening of the highly anticipated Resistance , a portrait of WWII hero Marcel Marceau. The event will culminate the 2020 Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival on March 15th at 6:00pm at the California Theatre in San Jose - Silicon Valley. Admission via individual event tickets or qualifying passes.  Previous Maverick Spirit A...
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Guns of Banaras, Review: Where are the bullets?

Guns of Banaras, Review: Where are the bullets? When Nathalia Kaur, who was born Nathalia Pinheiro Felipe Martins, in Brazil, appears in the credit titles as the lead actress in probably her first Hindi heroine assignment, and Karann Nathh, son of producer and star-secretary ‘Rikku’ Rakeshnath, 37, who had worked in Yeh Dil Aashiqana, Ssshhh... and Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, makes a come-back after 12 years, your curiosity is aroused. It is further fuelled by the belief that this must ...

Thappad, Review: This slap is going to cost you dear

Thappad, Review: This slap is going to cost you dear A simple, significant, timely and relevant story line might be too thin to stretch into a full-length movie. Having settled for such a plot, the options would include spreading the narrative thinly across the pages of a tight screenplay, or padding it up with sub-plots and characters that might not be vital to the theme. Thappad (Slap) opts for the latter choice, and, in the process, dilutes its impact. What emerges is a well-made film that...

Bhoot, the Haunted Ship-Part I, Review: Scares are scarce

Bhoot, the Haunted Ship-Part I, Review: Scares are scarce Considering the negligible number of ghost stories being made in India, Bhoot, the Haunted Ship-Part I, made by names Dharma and ZEE, would have been a film to look forward to. It turns-up with a mixed bag, offering more mix than bag. Firstly, the title is a giveaway, for we already know that there is going to be a ship and that it will be haunted. Secondly, the film plays totally safe, in catering to both kinds of audiences—thos...

Brahms the Boy II, Review: Let sleeping dolls lie

Brahms the Boy II, Review: Let sleeping dolls lie A potentially scary movie that does not scare you loses all meaning. Avoiding tropes should not mean doing away with horrible goings on almost altogether. Brahms the Boy II is about a living doll (with apologies to Cliff Richard) that performs all its super-natural feats off camera, barring one or two, and that takes away the fear factor. Most of the film has a logically progressing narrative, but one that holds little interest to audiences wh...

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Five continents represented in the Début Feature Film Competition for women directors

The Festival presents its shortlist for 2020 The films by the female directors in the Début Feature Film Competition are veritable seismographs when it comes to analysing our social contexts. They show where we are situated, both privately and politically. They are début creations that have an inherent courage to try things out, to play around, while at the same time displaying great visual power and narrative strength; many of the films have premièred at the major fe...

My Fresh Reel of New York of the 19th Century

Now my poetic reel of New York of the 19th century (based at my drafts of the city) is accessible through You can follow its poetic structure, basing at the contours of the formerly built city, with a cascade of its embankments and dwellings stylized over old Europe but magnified in sizes and extended in shapes... By Anna Polibina-Polansky, a poetic filmmaker, Moscow. The versified script was also created by myself; the film is self-illustrated (the plot is accompanied wit...

Adverse at Berlinale

Adverse by Brian Metcalf has been picked up by Vision Films ...

"Parasite" - Film Review

By Emilia Ippolito Hollywood has awarded the South Korean film Parasite several Oscars this year : best feature film, best director and best international film of the year. It’s not a coincidence that the film had already deservedly won the Palme d’Or in Cannes After much controversy about the lack of diversity of this year shortlist, Hollywood has selected for the first time in its history a foreign, very diverse narrative in a foreign language The awards are certainly wel...

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 84 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.


            Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.


            Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.


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Adverse written and directed by Brian Metcalf

USA Thriller December 2020, 92 minutes

Starring Mickey Rourke, Penelope Ann Miller,  Sean Astin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Thomas Ian Nicholas,  Matt Ryan, Jake T. Austin,  Kelly Arjen…

After discovering his younger sister has become addicted to drugs and caught in the seedy underworld, a taxi driver suffering from mental illness must find a way to save her by infiltrating a dangerous crime syndicate, regardless of the costs. 

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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.


THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018 Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

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Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.


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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ...

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Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

French English

Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...

Digital Gym

Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 19/02/2020 au 25/02/2020

      Source : CBO     ...


Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 25 février

Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.   ...


Découvrez la sélection officielle de la Compétition Création de la 23ème édition du Festival international de Valence !

              Découvrez la sélection officielle de la Compétition Création 2020 ! La Compétition Création (œuvres en développement) a pour objectif de révéler les nouveaux talents en récompensant les meilleurs projets de scénarios dans les catégories cinéma court et long métrage, musique pour l'i...


Découvrez la bande annonce du PRINTEMPS DU CINEMA (29-31 mars)

Le Printemps du Cinéma 2020 from FNCF on Vimeo. FNCF (Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français) Réalisation : Grand Corps Malade et Mehdi Idir Comédiens : Frédérique Bel, Noom Diawara, Roman Frayssinet, Lyna Khoudri, Benjamin Lesieur, Al Hassan Ly, Liam Pierron Production : Kallouche Cinéma Directeur de la photographie : Clément Arenou ...


La Caravane du court: du ciné pour les enfants, les cinéphiles et les curieux !

      La Caravane du court 2 semaines, 2 circuits, 10 films, 1 parrain : Mustii ...

Itinérances dévoile ses premiers invités...

Le 38e Festival Cinéma d’Alès – Itinérances se déroulera du 20 au 29 mars 2020.   Au programme, plus de 200 films, dont une large sélection internationale de longs métrages inédits, en avant-première ou réédités, avec notamment un focus sur trois films, rares et récemment restaurés, de Moshe Mizrahi (1931 - 2018) : Le Client de la morte saison, Le...

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