Monday, May 3, 2010
Director Feo Alada? (2nd R) poses with Turkish actors Sibel Kekilli (R), Derya Alabora (L) and Settar Tanryö?en during a photocall to promote their movie
Director Feo Alada? (2nd R) poses with Turkish actors Sibel Kekilli (R), Derya Alabora (L) and Settar Tanryö?en during a photocall to promote their movie "Die Fremde" at the 60th Berlin Film Festival in February.
A German film about a young woman who flees an oppressive life in Ystanbul and moves to Berlin, starring Turkish-German actress Sibel Kekilli, and a documentary about a Down Syndrome couple won the top prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday.
"Die Fremde" (When We Leave), written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Feo Aladag, took two awards including best narrative feature and best actress for Kekilli. "Monica and David," by first-time director Alexandra Codina, won the best documentary prize for a portrait of an American Down Syndrome couple in love and preparing for their marriage.
Tribeca, which has grown into a high-profile film festival since its launch in 2002, has previously featured movies that went on to win critical success including "Taxi to the Dark Side." This year, the festival launched a new distribution arm and online streaming for Web audiences.
The award-winning films were among 85 feature-length movies shown at the festival -- including 55 narrative features and 30 documentaries -- which ends on Sunday. Among the jurors picking award-winners were singer Alicia Keys and actors Zach Braff, Brooke Shields, Jessica Alba and Whoopi Goldberg.
In a statement, the jurors noted the passion for film that the actors and director showed in making "When We Leave," saying it "balances complex social issues with honest human yearnings." Director Aladag spent six years working on it, and he rehearsed the actors for an unusually long seven months. "Recognizing both the talent of director Feo Aladag and actress Sibel Kekilli is a testament to the strength of the film," said David Kwok, Tribeca's program director.
French actor Eric Elmosnino was named best actor in a feature film playing Serge Gainsbourg in a new biopic of the singer, famed for the heavy-breathing classic "Je t'aime ... Moi Non Plus" (I Love You, Me Neither).
Special jury mentions were given to Turkish director Ferzan Özpetek's Italian-subtitled "Mine Vaganti" (Loose Cannons), about two Italian gay brothers, as well as US director Julia Bacha's documentary "Budrus," about a family man who leads Israeli and Palestinian protesters in a nonviolent crusade to save his village.
Noting he was extremely elated that his movie won an award at Tribeca, Özpetek told the Anatolia news agency that he wasn't anticipating a prize for the comedy "Mine Vaganti" considering the large number of "films that touch upon social issues" running at the festival.
French director Kim Chapiron won the best new narrative filmmaker award for "Dog Pound," a chilling drama that follows three teenagers incarcerated in a detention center, and Clio Barnard was named best new documentary filmmaker for "The Arbor," about British playwright Andrea Dunbar.
"Monica and David" currently is the only film among the winners to have a US distribution deal. Along with the other winners, it was awarded $25,000 for its win. A spokeswoman for Tribeca said there were offers on the table for other festival films and expected deals to hopefully close by next week.
Alex Gibney's "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" scored an early distribution deal with HBO Documentary Films and was one of three movies Gibney screened at the festival. Gibney's 2007 documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," which examines US treatment of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq, won the best documentary Oscar.
Source : todayszaman.com
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Source : HelixFilmsInc.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.
The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).
Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.
The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni ?i 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.
In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.
Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes
Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)
Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)
Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)
Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)
PALME D'OR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SESSYZ-BE DENG (SILENCE), REZAN YE?YLBA?
Source : www.ensonhaber.com