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Russian blockbuster “Day Watch” comes into town today for its international premier at a special Berlinale presentation hosted by distributors Fox Searchlight Pictures.<br> The fantasy epic where the forces of light are put against the forces of dark with the future of mankind at stake shattered all Russian box-office records when it opened in Moscow just over a year ago. The film took in about $35 million domestically.<br> The films producers, First Channel and Fox Searchlight, have hopes that the shorter international version of “Day Watch” will repeat the success of the original film of the franchise, “Night Watch.”<br> “Night…

The members of the international short film jury are: Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima (Nigeria) , Riina Sildos (Estonia), Ning Ying (China)<br> The GOLDEN BEAR award was given to RAAK by Hanro Smitsman (The Netherlands)<br> RAAK was given the award “for being a brilliant film on its approach to the subjects of love, anger and desperation. But you mustn’t forget to mention the humour of the film. We honour the ability of the director to show in a compact manner three angles of the same story.” <br>The SILVER BEAR was given to DECROCHE by Manuel Schapira (France)<br>DECROCHE was awarded with the Silver bear…

The 57th Berlin International Film Festival opens Thursday with the world premiere of Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en Rose” and runs until Feb. 18. A total of 373 films will be shown during the 11-day festival. Twenty-six films will be shown in the official competition section, with 22 of them competing for the festival’s Golden and Silver Bear awards. The bear is the symbol of Berlin and is an icon for the festival. The president of this year’s jury is American director Paul Schrader, famous for his classic “American Gigolo.” One of Schrader’s own films, “The Walker”, whose cast includes…

The jury and audience award-winners of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival were just announced at the Festival’s closing Awards Ceremony in Park City, Utah. The films receiving jury awards were selected by renowned jurors from the pool of films screening in the Independent Film Competition and the World Cinema Competition. Awards were given out to both dramatic and documentary films screening in the four categories: Documentary Competition, Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, and World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The films in these four categories were also eligible for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Audience Awards as selected by Film Festival…

Los Angeles, CA–Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced the winners of the 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. Of the 12 finalists, four winners were selected by members of an international jury which included Guillermo Arriaga, Carlos Digues, Toshio Endo, Bent Hamer, Yoshio Kakeo, Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Pawel Pawlikowski, Brad Silberling, and Rafael Yglesias. These annual awards were started in 1996 to recognize outstanding film directors from four global regions (Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan). The four winners are presented with the award at the annual Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, January 27. The…

Mad Hot Ballroom. the Marilyn Agrelo and Amy Sewell’s feature film debut about a group of New York City kids learning to ballroom dance finds its way to Showtime. This is a great success for this beautiful documentary. The movie explores the intricacies of growing up and the sweet, simple power of art to change lives. With a tremendous amount of intelligence, humor, and self-confidence, these young urbanites swing and rhumba their way from novice students to fierce competitors. Along the way, and with the unwavering support of their various teachers, these dynamic kids learn as much about” From Los Angeles Film…

“Water” Deepa Mehta’s film is set in 1938 Colonial India during Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power and tells the and tells of the struggles of Indian widows in the 1930’s. In the past and present, many women whose husbands have died are forced to enter “widow houses.” These women are labeled as worthless without a husband to measure themselves by and they struggle to survive by begging and often turn to prostitution. The film focuses on the story of one widow —who is forced into poverty and wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows— and a man who…

French and Asian cinema are back at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and are making quite a presence. There are four French and four Asian films selected for the festival’s official competition lineup. Francois Ozon’s “Angel,” about the troubles of a young author in early 20th century England, will be the closing film of the 57th Berlinale. “Angel” is a great ending for the festival which starts Feb. 8 with the world premiere of “La vie en Rose,” from another French director, Olivier Dahan. There will also be two other French films holding their world premieres in Berlin: Andre…

On January 9, a love story of two centuries passed through its final stage by the death of Carlo Ponti. Carlo Ponti, one of the greatest film producers of all time from Italy, not only discovered Sophia Loren at the age 15, but fell in love with her along the rest of the world. In Cinema Without Borders we raise our hats for Carlo, in respect for his contribution to the world of cinema and romance. Carlo Ponti was born in Magenta, a small town near Milan on December 11, 1912. He was a lawyer before starts producing movies in…

Director George Lucas recently announced that filming for the highly-anticipated “Indiana Jones” movie will begin next year and he promised it will be “the best one yet.” Lucas said he and director Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script. The movie stars Harrison Ford, who appeared in the three earlier flicks. The fourth chapter of “Indiana Jones” has been in development for over ten years with several screenwriters taking attempting a script, but it only recently gained strength and popularity. While Lucas kept quiet about the plot, he promised the latest action flick will be a “character piece” that will include…

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