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Busan 2015: "And the winners are ..."

tuesday 20 october 2015 - 15:40



The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, previously Pusan International Film Festival, PIFF), held annually in Busan (also Pusan), South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. The first festival, held from 13 to 21 September 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent. In 1999, the Pusan Promotion Plan (renamed Asian Project Market in 2011) was established to connect new directors to funding sources. The 16th BIFF in 2011 saw the festival move to a new permanent home, the Busan Cinema Center in Centum City. On October 2, the 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Awards Ceremony took place at Haeundae Grand Hotel's Grand Ballroom. Actors Kwon Hae Hyo and Jo Soo Hyang presided as MCs with many famous actors and individuals in the film industry in attendance. The full list of winners of the 20th Busan International Film Festival is as follows:


-Best Picture - "The Shameless" (Director Oh Seung Wook)

-Best Director – Kwak Kyung Taek ("The Classified File")
-Yu Hyun Mok Film Arts Award – "Factory Complex" (Producer Kim Min Kyung)
-Buil Readers' Jury Award – "Ode to My Father" (Director Yoon Jae Kyun)
-Best Actor – Lee Jung Jae ("Assassination")
-Best Actress – Jeon Do Yeon ("The Shameless")
-Best Supporting Actor – Lee Kyung Young ("The Unfair")
-Best Supporting Actress – Moon JUNg Hee ("Cart")
-Best New Director – Hong Suk Jae ("Socialphobia")
-Best New Actor – Byun Yo Han ("Socialphobia") Best New Actress – Lee Yoo Young ("Late Spring")
-Best Screenplay – "The Unfair" (Kim Sung Jae and Son Ah Ram)
-Best Cinematography – "Sea Fog" (Hong Kyung Pyo)
-Best Music – "The Shameless" (Jo Young Wook)
-Best Art Direction – "Assassination" (Ryu Sung Hee).


Can movies take a cue from reality and be more interesting?

saturday 03 october 2015 - 23:04


Swiss entries win both awards in this year's ZFF 72 Film Contest. ZFF 72 entrants have 72 hours to produce a film clip lasting no longer than 72 seconds. The theme is given by the Zurich Film Festival. The clip should either be a teaser or pilot that will form the basis of a YouTube channel for which they will then continue to produce and upload content. Chosen by a jury of experts and endowed with a CHF 5'000 cash prize, the Jury Award goes to STEPS (UNE HISTOIRE COMME LES AUTRES) by Jason Sereftug, Kevin Personeni and Danilo Neto from Switzerland's French-speaking region. Endowed with a CHF 4'000 cash prize, the Viewers Award was chosen by the public and bestowed upon MEIN ERSTES MAL / NICHT MEIN LETZTES MAL by Silvan Giger and Zoë Pastelle from the German-speaking region of Switzerland. Participants were given 72 hours to create a clip lasting no longer than 72 seconds based on the theme "My First Time". Entries came from a total of 22 countries, including Switzerland, Germany and Austria, but the list also included Poland, Rumania, Brazil, Peru, the USA and Iran. During the 72-hour-long online voting period, the website registered 488'000 clicks by 93'000 unique visitors. A total of 27'000 votes were registered. The clips entered into the contest were rated by a jury of experts and by the worldwide online community. The aim of the contest was to encourage and inspire filmmakers of all kinds to reach new creative heights by making a film in 72 hours. Lasting no longer than 72 seconds, each clip, which had to serve as a teaser or pilot for a future YouTube channel, was brought together in a video gallery and available for viewing on the website. Although the entries had to adhere to the theme "My First Time", entrants were free to choose the genre of their clips. The two winners and nine Top Candidates as chosen by the jury get the chance to visit the YouTube Space Berlin. The jury of experts responsible for rating the entries was made up of director Michael Steiner, YouTuber and filmmaker Sawyer Hartman, and Nico Lypitkas, lecturer in cast/audiovisual media at Zurich University of the Arts. STEPS (UNE HISTOIRE COMME LES AUTRES), the winner of the Jury Award. 
 MEIN ERSTES MAL / NICHT MEIN LETZTES MAL, the winner of the Viewers Award.


Is it born a new attention to the history of cinema?

wednesday 23 september 2015 - 02:00

L'Immagine Ritrovata is a highly specialised film restoration laboratory. It was born and developed thanks to the good work of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. Today, L'Immagine Ritrovata is an international point of reference in the field, due to its development of methodologies, its constant research work and the vast range of its activities in the restoration of world cinematographic heritage. The equipment with which the laboratory is furnished - facilities that include all workflows, from 4K to photochemical - is at the forefront of technological innovation and is designed for the restoration of film from every cinematic age.

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Can movies take a cue from reality and be more interesting?

tuesday 15 september 2015 - 16:04



The South Americans have swept the 72 th edition of the Venice International Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion at the Venezuelan Desde allá, the debut of Lorenzo Vigas, and the Silver Lion at El Clan dell'argentinto Pablo Trapero. He was prophetic festival director Alberto Barbera when, had pointed to South America as the creator of the film at the most interesting, with the East down.


The Venezia 72 Jury, chaired by Alfonso Cuarón and comprised of Elizabeth Banks, Emmanuel Carrère, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Diane Kruger, Francesco Munzi, Pawel Pawlikowski and Lynne Ramsey having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:


Golden Lion for Best Film to: DESDE ALLÁ (FROM AFAR) by Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela, Mexico)
Silver Lion for Best Director to: Pablo Trapero for the film EL CLAN (Argentina, Spain)
Grand Jury Prize to: ANOMALISA by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson (USA)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Valeria Golino in the film PER AMOR VOSTRO by Giuseppe Gaudino (Italy)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Fabrice Luchini in the film L'HERMINEby Christian Vincent (France)
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor to: Abraham Attah in the film BEASTS OF NO NATION by Cary Joji Fukunaga (USA)
Award for Best Screenplay to: Christian Vincent for the film L'HERMINE by Christian Vincent (France)
Special Jury Prize to: ABLUKA (FRENZY) by Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)

"Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, chaired by Saverio Costanzo and comprised of Charles Burnett, Roger Garcia, Natacha Laurent and Daniela Michel, has decided to award:
Lion of the Future – "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film to: THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER by Brady Corbet (United Kingdom, Hungary) (ORIZZONTI) as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer

ORIZZONTI AWARDS The Orizzonti Jury of the 72nd Venice Film Festival, chaired by Jonathan Demme and composed of Anita Caprioli, Fruit Chan, Alix Delaporte and Paz Vega having viewed the 34 films in competition has decided to award:
Orizzonti Award for Best Film to: FREE IN DEED by Jake Mahaffy (USA, New Zealand)
Orizzonti Award for Best Director to: Brady Corbet for THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER by Brady Corbet (United Kingdom, Hungary)
Special Orizzonti Jury Prize to: BOI NEON (NEON BULL) by Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, Uruguay, The Netherlands)
Special Orizzonti Award for Best Actor to: Dominique Lebornein the film TEMPÊTE by Samuel Collardey
Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film to: BELLADONNA by Dubravka Turic (Croatia)

Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2015 to: E.T.E.R.N.I.T. by Giovanni Aloi (France)

VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARDS The Venezia Classici Jury, chaired by Francesco Patierno composed of 25 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the teachers of 12 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Venice University of Ca' Foscari, has decided to award:
Venezia Classici Award for Best Documentary on Cinema to: THE 1000 EYES OF DR. MADDIN by Yves Montmayeur (France)
Venezia Classici Award for Best Restored Film to: SALÒ O LE 120 GIORNATE DI SODOMA by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1975, Italy, France)
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 2015 to: Bertrand Tavernier
Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to The Filmmaker Award 2015 to: Brian De Palma
Persol Tribute Visionary Talent Award 2015 to: Jonathan Demme
L'oréal Paris per il Cinema Award to: Valentina Corti

Could movies take inspiration from reality and be more interesting?
saturday 12 september 2015 - 15:23

mr.six_veniceLao pao er (Mr. Six) by Chinese director Guan Hu is the closing film of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

The screening is scheduled on 12 September at 9:00 pm in the Sala Grande theater at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido.


The film is the story of Mr. Six, a notorious streetwise hooligan in Beijing when he was young.

After 30 years, he is diagnosed with heart disease and lives by himself in a hutong.

One day, his son, Xiaobo, is taken by a group of rich kids after offending them. Enraged by the gang's unruly customs, Mr. Six summons his old pals and plans to apply some old-fashioned tactics to get his son back.

Time may have softened their edge, but the fire in their hearts still rages on.

No matter how much the world changes, a man must always stay true to the person inside.


The film stars Feng Xiaogang, considered to be the Steven Spielberg of Chinese film, singer and actor Kris Wu, one of the most cherished personalities by the Chinese youth, and Zhang Hanyu, a protagonist in the cinema of Tsui Hark and Peter Chan.

The actor Feng Xiaogang is one of the most charismatic and successful Chinese film's director, producer, screenwriter and actor. He's considered by some critics the Steven Spielberg of Chinese cinema.

Also starring Kris Wu Chinese-Canadian singer and actor and one of the most loved by the younger generation of Chinese and Zhang Hanyu, star of many films directed by Feng Xiaogang itself, but also active in Hong Kong cinema (with Tsui Hark and Peter Chan ).


Director Guan Hu commented on this film: "Years ago in Beijing, I remember everybody lived peacefully despite inadequate resources. Somewhere in the city, there was always a fair and popular neighborhood peacekeeper, preserving the tranquility of the hutong. He protected the residents not only from the wild teenage troublemakers, but also from any malicious outsider. He just stood there with a gentle smile on his face, garnering the warmest respect from everyone around him. But as time flies by, he now curls up in an unassuming corner of a bustling commercial street. He tries not to reminisce about the good old times, but still cannot fight the feeling of being outdated and inadequate in a modern and rapidly changing society. Knowing that he cannot return to the past, he suppresses his grief and lives on. However, when a new generation of troublemakers cross the line, he finally erupts in a fury and strikes back with all his strength, defending not only his own dignity, but the dignity of a generation long past. Mr. Six is exactly a story like this."

The 2015th Venice International Film Festival and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award.
monday 31 august 2015 - 21:00


French director Bertrand Tavernier is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (2 - 12 September 2015).

The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta,upon recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera. In his recommendation to the Board of Directors for the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Alberto Barbera writes: "Tavernier is a complete, instinctively non-conformist, staunchly eclectic auteur..."

The importance that Tavernier attributes to filmmaking as a craft merges with two components:

his love for classic American films and the ability to entertain and his innate passion for political and social themes.

Altought, the attention payed to the Tradition of Quality with certain distinctive characteristics:

-an attentiveness to solid narrative foundations; -a careful construction of his characters;

-an inclination to psychological introspection;

-a recurrent literary substratum makes his films so remarkably personal and original".

Tavernier was born in Lyon, the son of Geneviève (née Dumond) and René Tavernier, a publicist and writer, several years president of the French PEN club.

He says that his father's publishing of a wartime resistance journal and aid to anti-Nazi intellectuals shaped his moral outlook as an artist. According to Tavernier, his father believed that words were "as important and as lethal as bullets".

Tavernier wanted to become a filmmaker since the age of 13 or 14 years. His early work was dominated by mysteries, but his later work is characterized by a more overt social commentary, highlighting his left-wing views and presenting a critical picture of contemporary French society).

In 1984 he won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for A Sunday in the Country (Un dimanche à la campagne).

He has won four César awards (the French Oscars).

Tavernier won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Festival for his debut feature-length film The Clockmaker (L'horloger de Saint-Paul, 1974), inspired by Simenon.

He has presented at the Venice International Film Festival, Round Midnight in 1986 (which won an Oscar for Best Original Score and a Best Actor nomination for the American saxophonist Dexter Gordon).

He won the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English in 1990 for Life and Nothing But and a total of four César Awards. He has presented at the Venice International Film Festival the detective film L. 627 in 1992.

In 1995, his film L'Appat (Fresh Bait) won the Golden Bear Award at the 45th Berlin International FIlm Festival. Four years later, his film It All Starts Today won an Honourable Mention at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.

His film The Princess of Montpensier competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Locarno Film Festival 2015: the representation of "daily life" and the audience of movie-theater and of cinema.
monday 24 august 2015 - 01:06

hong_song-sooHere we would like to congratulate the winner of the "Golden Leopard" received at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival - Hong Sang-soo. Many of Hong's films have received critical acclaim for the director/screenwriter's portrayal and depictions of everyday human relationships. 
Therefore, we'd also like to share with you what he sayed in an interview with Adriano Ercolani in Locarno, after he received the prize.


A.E. : "Do you think cinema has to keep showing the truth, the reality about human feelings and connections, just like you do with your movies?"


H.S. : "It's very important I guess because it's all we are interested in. We want to know always more about ourselves, about life and how to go through it. Nobody can really capture the essence of life. Nobody can say "I have found the essence, the definition of life." Human beings are influenced by so many things that distract, we are not qualified to capture the essence of life. Everything we can do is discovering a little bit, and little by little."


Notable among the awards Hong has received are the Prix "Un Certain Regard" at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 for "Hahaha, the Silver Leopard Award for Best Director at the Locarno Film Festival 2013 for "Our Suhni" and the top prize Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival 2015 for "Right now Worng then"


Hong Sang-soo (born October 25, 1961) is a South Korean film director and screenwriter.

Hong Sang-soo began his film career at Chung-Ang University in South Korea, before moving to the United States where he received his bachelor's degree from the California College of Arts and and his master's degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Hong made his official directorial debut at age 35 with The day a pig fell into the Well in 1996. Praised by South Korean critics for its originality, the film received several awards domestically and internationally, including three for best new director.



Locarno 2015: "And the winners are ..."
tuesday 18 august 2015 - 23:50


 68th Locarno Awards 2015

and the winners are ...


Throughout its 67 year history, the Festival del film Locarno has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August, for eleven days the Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, right in the heart of Europe, becomes the world capital of author cinema.



The nominees are be presented and prized in the ceremony

Sunday, August 16, 2015,

at the Piazza Grande in Locarno.


Each August, the entertainment community and film fans turn their attention to the Locarno Awards.


Thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet here every summer to share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity.

At Locarno they find a quality programme, rich, eclectic, surprising, and where emerging talent rubs shoulders with prestigious guests.


The audience is the soul of the Festival, as exemplified in the famous evenings on the Piazza Grande, whose magical setting can accommodate up to 8,000 filmgoers every night.

Geographically located in Swiss at the crossroads of three great European regions, (Italian, German and French), Locarno is, precisely because of its enormous and multi-cultural audience, a unique launch platform for new films from all over the world.


" 68th Locarno"

View the list of winners ...





Best Film:


by HONG Sangsoo, South Korea


Special Jury Prize:

TIKKUN by Avishai Sivan, Israel


Best direction



Best actress


for HAPPY HOUR by HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke, Japan


Best actor



Special Mention

For the script of HAPPY HOUR by HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke, Japan
For the cinematography by Shai Goldman for TIKKUN by Avishai Sivan, Israel


Variety Piazza Grande Award

LA BELLE SAISON by Catherine Corsini, France


Public Choice Award UBS




Filmakers of the Present Award


Nescens Award for the Best First Feature

THITHI by Raam Reddy, India/USA/Canada


Special Jury prize

DEAD SLOW AHEAD by Mauro Herce, Spain/France


Prize for the best emerging director

LU BIAN YE CAN (Kaili Blues) by BI Gan, China


Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award

SINA ATAEIAN DENA for MA DAR BEHESHT (Paradise), Iran/Gemany


Special Mentions

LU BIAN YE CAN (Kaili Blues) by BI Gan, China
KIEV/MOSCOW. PART 1 by Elena Khoreva, Russia/Estonia/Ukraine



Leopard of Tomorrow


Little Gold Pardo for the best Short Film

MAMA by Davit Pirtskhalava, Georgia


Little Silver Pardo for the best Short Film

LA IMPRESIÓN DE UNA GUERRA by Camilo Restrepo, France/Colombia


Locarno Nomination for the European Film Awards

FILS DU LOUP by Lola Quivoron, France


Film and Video Subtitles

MAMA by Davit Pirtskhalava, Georgia


The competition for Oscar 2016 has already starts?
monday 03 august 2015 - 01:12


Hungary has selected Laszlo Nemes' "Son of Saul," which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, as its official entry in the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards. It is believed to be the first country to select its film to compete at the Oscars.


Son of Saul (Hungarian: Saul fia) is a 2015 Hungarian drama film directed by László Nemes. It was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. At Cannes, the film also won the award from international critics' organization Fipresci, the Francois Chalais Prize, and the Vulcain Award for best sound.


The film, which is shot in Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian and Polish, was supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund.


It has also been selected to be shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival-


The film, which is shot in Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian and Polish, was supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund.



It is early October, 1944. Saul Ausländer (Géza Röhrig) a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz works as a Sonderkommando member, burning the dead. One day he finds the body of a boy he takes for his son. He tries to salvage the body from the flames, and find a rabbi to arrange a clandestine burial. Meanwhile other members of the Sonderkommando learn about their impending extermination, rise up and destroy the crematorium. Saul keeps focused on his own plan to pay the last honours to a son he never could take care of before.

Could movies take inspiration from reality and be more interesting?
thursday 30 july 2015 - 00:59


The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, organized by la Biennale di Venezia, will be held on the Lido of Venice from September 2nd to September 12th, 2015. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Italian:  Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, "International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale ) , founded in 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world.


The film festival has since taken place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Itlay. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby. Since its inception the Film Festival has become the most prestigious international film festival in the world.

"The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. In addition to the sections mentioned in the following paragraphs, the Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of  cinema." * ( official Venice Film Festival web site )


Venezia 72

International competition of feature films, presented as world premieres

Turkey, France, Qatar, 114'
Mehmet Özgür, Berkay Ates

USA, 75'
Laurie Anderson

Italy, France, Switzerland, 106'
Roberto Herlitzka, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Lydiya Liberman, Fausto Russo Alesi, Alba Rohrwacher, Federica Fracassi, Filippo Timi

Australia, 97'
Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young, Terry Norris, Harry Richardson

USA, 101'
Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver

Canada, Germany, 95'
Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Jürgen Prochnow, Heinz Lieven

USA, 133'
Idris Elba

Italy, France, 110'
Valeria Golino, Massimiliano Gallo, Adriano Giannini

France, Czech Republic, Belgium, 127'
Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide

Israel, France, 153'
Ischac Hiskiya, Pini Mitelman, Michael Warshaviak, Einat Weizman, Rotem Keinan, Yogev Yefet, Yael Abecassis



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