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Berlin's Chilly Liaisons

BERLIN, Germany -- The bitter winds of winter are back at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, and I don’t just mean the snow flurries and frozen writing fingers here in the Potzdammer Platz. (Global warming has made a brief appearance, but only as a film seminar topic, so bring ... Full story

When a hungry dragon awaited all movie lovers in hell

Cinema came to Iran courtesy of Mozafaredin Shah, a king of Iran who visited Paris around the turn of the century, fell in love with the Can-Can and the magic of the cinema; he fooled around with the ladies and ... Full story

Long Shadows

In November 2004, German Film Services launched German Premieres, an ongoing presentation of new and noteworthy German films for the US market. This very successful screening series opened with Dennis Gansel’s NAPOLA. Since then, German Film Service NY representative Oliver ... Full story

One woman's tour de force

Mexican stage, TV and movie star Ofelia Medina electrifies audiences at the new Los Angeles Theater Center. What luck this Fall of 2008 to have the luxury of seeing Mexican artist Ofelia Medina on stage at the new LATC!We forget ... Full story

The Rise of Romanian Cinema

CLUJ, Romania -- One of Europe's most innovative and newly-heralded filmmaking communities is Romania's New Wave, which last summer was put in sharp focus at the country's leading film forum, the Transylvania International Film Festival. CWB's International Editor James Ulmer ... Full story

Indian Cinema Dying

In Kagez Ke Phool, Guru Dutt comes to meet the Producers who want him to make movies their way - and refuses; the scene, the light, the camera, the emotion and the acting lifts and arrest a person to an ... Full story

Transylvanian Tales

CLUJ, Romania - Last year, filmmakers from this often-overlooked country conquered Cannes with a double whammy: the Palm d’Or for Cristian Mungiu’s abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, along with the top prize in the sidebar ... Full story

Talking into Rohmer's Nagra

Tucked away complacently in his Parisian home where, under the pseudonym “Eric Rohmer,” he is noted for spending years without a phone, a car, or even a taxi ride from time to time, but with family, faith, and a firm ... Full story

Taare Zameen Par

How I wish we all had teachers like Aamir khan to shape our lives. Taare Zameen Par is a movie about a young boy battling not only with a condition, but against certain principles and dichotomy of the society. I ... Full story


I sat across the street and observed a man in his early 60s standing outside the main entrance of the Osian Film Festival - perhaps lost in his thought; but somewhat, oblivious to the cacophony around him. People of all ... Full story

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