Saturday, Feb 25, 2012
The First Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival will host Turkey's top films and directors from March 1 to 4 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
The festival will unspool five award-winning features including Semih Kaplanoglu's "Honey," winner of the Best Film Award at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival. There will also be Q&As and a short film competition, culminating with a red carpet and awards ceremony on Sunday, March 4.
"Turkish cinema has received a lot of international recognition in recent years," said Mehmet Gungoren, General Manager of LATFF. "We wanted to bring it to the heart of the film industry and give LA's cinema lovers a chance to see the work of these exciting filmmakers."
The festival will kick off with a screening of Dervis Zaim's "Shadows and Faces," which won the Best Film Award at the International Ankara Film Festival, followed by a Q&A. Zaim, who is head of this year's LATFF jury, is regarded as one of the founders of the New Turkish Cinema and has received worldwide acclaim for his work.
The other feature presentations are Seren Yuce's "Majority," winner of the Lion of the Year at the Venice Film Festival; Mahmut Fazil Coskun's "Wrong Rosary," winner of the Best Film Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival and Yesim Ustaoglu's "Pandora's Box," winner of Best Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The festival will wrap with Kaplanoglu's "Honey" followed by an awards presentation.
Judging the shorts competition is a prestigious line-up, including Barbara Boyle, long-time producer and Chair of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Film, TV and Digital Media department; Elvis Mitchell, film critic and host of "The Treatment" on KCRW; Kathy Evelyn Smith, Chair of the Animation and Digital Media Department at the University of California (USC); and Alin Tasciyan, a Turkish-Armenian film critic and Vice President of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
The ten short film finalists will be screened throughout the festival and there will also be a special Short Shorts Corner of Japanese films.
Sponsors of LATFF include the Film Alliance, USC's School of Cinematic Arts and The Turkish Cultural and Tourism Ministry.
Schedule and tickets: www.latff.org or (310) 866 8406.
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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
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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?
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