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!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival Celebrates 8th Edition

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Bringing together the year’s most talked about films from across the globe, the !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival runs this year February 12-22, 2009 in Istanbul and February 26- March 1 in Ankara.Showcasing eagerly anticipated award-winning titles like Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler and the Michelle Williams-starring Wendy and Lucy, the festival is held at the Beyoğlu AFM Fitaş, Caddebostan Budak and AFM İstinyePark movie theatres.New this year is a themed ...

The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (USA) Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Written by: Robert Siegel Produced by: Scott Franklin, Darren Aronofsky Executive produced by: Vincent Maraval, Agnes Mentre, Jennifer Roth Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood   Synopsis:  Back in the late ‘80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of die...

Gomorrah, from Cannes to Festival Film of the Year Nominee

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Gommorrah by Matteo Garrone is one of the 8 FILMFESTIVALS.COM's nominees of Festival Film of Year by filmfestivals.comthe other nominees are:Frost/Nixon by Ron Howard London, Golden Globes, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild AwardsSlumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle Toronto, London, Austin, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild AwardsChangeling by Clint EastwoodCannes, New York, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild A...

Tallinn Black Nights Awards

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In what had to be one of the more unusual and visually artistic Awards Ceremonies I've ever attended, the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival came to a dramatic close last evening (although screenings continue through the day on Sunday). The ceremony, a multi-media show that included video, live music by an Estonian rock band and an avant-garde performance presentation involving the Festival's jurors, was greeted by the enthusiastic audience as another sign of the Festival's a...

Awards Night At Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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  HUNGER Sunday, December 7-------In what had to be one of the more unusual and visually artistic Awards Ceremonies I've ever attended, the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival came to a dramatic close last evening (although screenings continue through the day on Sunday). The ceremony, a multi-media show that included video, live music by an Estonian rock band and an avant-garde performance presentation involving the Festival's jurors, was greeted by the en...

Indie Oscars Announce Nominations

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  Tuesday, December 2-------The Film Independent Spirit Awards, also referred to as the "indie Oscars" has announced its nomination list today, giving added fuel to the awards season. Top nominees include FROZEN RIVER (Courtney Hunt), BALLAST (Lance Hammer) and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme). Other films competing for the Best Feature Award include THE WRESTLER (Darren Aronofsky) and WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt).   FROZEN RIVER, which won the ...

The Film Independent Spirit Awards

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The Film Independent Spirit Awards, also referred to as the "indie Oscars" has announced its nomination list today, giving added fuel to the awards season. Top nominees include FROZEN RIVER (Courtney Hunt), BALLAST (Lance Hammer) and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme). Other films competing for the Best Feature Award include THE WRESTLER (Darren Aronofsky) and WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt). FROZEN RIVER, which won the top prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, boasted six nomination...

Crazy Cool: North American Independents At Tallinn Black Nights

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The largest showcase to date in Eastern Europe of independent films from the U.S. and Canada is currently being presented at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (www.poff.ee) in the capital city of Tallinn, Estonia. In a program section titled Crazy Cool: North American Independents, the Festival is presenting 10 films, all Eastern European and Baltic premieres.The films, which made big impressions at previous film festivals from Sundance to Toronto, include: ADORATION (Canada, Atom Egoyan), ...

North American Indies At Tallinn Black Nights FF

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  Wednesday, December 3--------The largest showcase to date in Eastern Europe of independent films from the U.S. and Canada is currently being presented at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (www.poff.ee) in the capital city of Tallinn, Estonia. In a program section titled Crazy Cool: North American Independents, the Festival is presenting 10 films, all Eastern European and Baltic premieres. The films, which made big impressions at previous film festivals from Sundance to Toron...

See Mickey Rourke in the Raw in “The Wrestler” Opens Theatrically December 17, 2008

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By Maria Esteves - November 18, 2008 The 46th New York Film Festival (NYFF46), presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Closing Night Premiere of THE WRESTLER, directed by Darren Aronofsky was held at Avery Fisher Hall, Sunday, October 12, 2008, 8:30 PM. A special Q&A with director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin, actor Mickey Rourke, and actress Marisa Tomei, moderated by NYFF selection committee chairman, Richard Pena, program director, Film Society of Lincoln Cent...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival highlights

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It was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, that Mickey Rourke, star of the upcoming “The Wrestler,” will be honored with the American Riviera Award on Friday, January 30, 2009 at the 24th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Fox Searchlight Pictures will release the film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, in select theaters on December 17th. Past recipients include Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane. “Amer...

AFI FEST DAILY NEWS, Day 8

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Hey, sports fans, today is your day at the movies. Up tonight: AFI FEST's Centerpiece Gala for Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER and our Special Screening of TRUTH IN 24, which takes you to the racetrack for 24 Hours of LeMans. Not so sporty? Our Argentine Showcase today includes the excellent films LIVERPOOL, LA RABIA and THE HEADLESS WOMAN. Feeling short-y? The Festival's Amuse Bouche program will straighten you up and put a smile on your face. And, of course, there's a full ...

New York Film Festival 2008 notes Sept. 26 – Oct. 12

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Like other festivals, the Lincoln Center Film Society’s 46th New York Film Festival experienced a steady increase in films submitted amounting to about 1500 productions this year, far below the 8500 which the Sundance program coordinator Zakheim is quoted as having received for the 2008 edition, even less than the 1600 productions send now to the four year old Dubai festival. Yet the importance of the NYFF and of the 2008 main selection of 28 titles is not measured by competitive numbers, rat...

Stockholm Fest full line up

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The program for the 19th Stockholm International Film Festival is revealed. On-line ticket sales begin today. The Stockholm film festival is devoted to promoting up-and-coming debutantes, but also presents a world-class selection of established directors. The festival boasts over 170 films from 40 countries."This year´s program keeps up the momentum. Out of the 175 films at the festival a third are made by first time directors. This is where the exciting directors are introduced," says Festival...

Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominees Announced

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IFP announced today the nominees for the 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards™ which will take place on Tuesday, December 2nd at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street. It also announced the new name for the awards, making the subtle shift from the Gotham Awards to the Gotham Independent Film Awards™. Presented by IFP, the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, the Gotham Independent Film Awards™ is one of the leading awards for independent film and the fir...

A ROCKY For Our Troubled Times

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  Sunday, October 12-----Every generation deserves its own Rocky.....a reminder that guts can lead to glory. In 1976, Sylvester Stallone's sentimental tale of a past-his-prime boxer who finds love and redemption both in and out of the ring, was an unlikely hit and major Oscar winner. In the next 30 years, films about bucking the odds have become their own uniquely American genre.   This year's Rocky is also the comeback story of the year....both for its lead actor an...

Celebrity Sightings At New York Film Festival

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Clint Eastwood Brad Pitt and Angelina JolieMike LeighMickey Rourke, Darren Aronofsky and Marisa TomeiOliver Assayas ...

46th New York Film Festival “The Wrestler” Press Conference Photos

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By Maria Esteves - October 2, 2008 The 46th New York Film Festival (NYFF46), presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, sponsored by Chopard, The New York Times, and Sardegna; standing room only press screening of THE WRESTLER, directed by Darren Aronofsky was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 AM. A special press conference immediately followed with director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin, actor Mickey Rourke, and actress Marisa Tomei, moderate...

Hamptons International Film Festival highlights

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The HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is proud to announce the films, programs and special events which will make up the 2008 season. Now in its 16th year, this East Coast favorite comes to life against the fall back-drop as talent, industry and audiences participate in what has now become one of the leading international film festivals of the world. The 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 15th through 19th, 2008, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in Southa...

A Festival of Discoveries

  Sunday, September 14-------For the first time in the past few years, the Toronto International Film Festival will be best remembered for its discoveries, rather than the bigger-budget entries that graced the Galas. Many of those films were critical and industry disappointments (including The Burning Plain, The Third Man, Miracle of St. Anna, The Brothers Bloom, Pride And Glory, The Duchess and several others). Of course, they delivered the necessary stardust that has now become de rigeu...

Flash of Genius wins Alfred P. Sloan award at Hamptons Fest

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FLASH OF GENIUS Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation AwardAs part of the 2008 Hamptons International Film FestivalSpecial Sloan/HIFF New York Premiere Thursday October 2nd at MoMAFor the 9th consecutive year, the $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize is presented as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival. The cash prize is awarded to a feature-length film that explores science and technology themes in fresh, innovative ways and depicts scientists and engineers in a realisti...

Little Oscar Buzz At Toronto This Year

 Friday, September 12--------This year, Oscar didn't come to Toronto. Since the Academy Awards calendar was shortened in 2003, Toronto loomed large as the place to premiere Oscar contenders for the end-of-year awards season.In the past few years, films such as Atonement, No Country For Old Men and Last King of Scotland began their Oscar trajectories in Toronto.  Many of the Galas here, which have contained some past awards successes, have been poorly received (including The Burning Plain, T...

Venice Awards

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     Biennale Cinema  65th Venice Film Festival  Official Venezia 65 Awards   Venice, 6th September 2008The Venezia 65 Jury, chaired by Wim Wenders and comprised of  Juriy Arabov, Valeria Golino, Douglas Gordon, Lucrecia Martel, John Landis, and Johnnie To, having viewed all twenty-one films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (USA) SILVER LION for Best Director to:Aleksey German Jr. for Bumažnyj Soldat (P...

65th Venice Film Festival Official Venezia 65 Awards

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The Venezia 65 Jury, chaired by Wim Wenders and comprised of Juriy Arabov, Valeria Golino, Douglas Gordon, Lucrecia Martel, John Landis, and Johnnie To, having viewed all twenty-one films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (USA) SILVER LION for Best Director to:Aleksey German Jr. for Bumažnyj Soldat (Paper Soldier) (Russia)SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:Teza by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia, Germany, France)COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor:Silvio Orlan...

New York Film Festival will open with Cannes winner: The Class-

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The 46th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at the Walter Reade Theater, Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 12, 2008. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcases the best in American and International cinema. This year's Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Premiere films are THE CLASS (Entre les murs), directed by Laurent Cantet, The Ziegfeld Theater/Avery Fisher Hall, Friday, September 26; CHANGELING, directed by Clint Eastwood, The Zi...
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