The Sundance Virgin (What I Learned During My First Time) — THE CINEMA SOLOIST

Adriana The Cinema Soloist gives good pointers for the first time guests visiting the Sundance Film Festival. From transportation in town to tickets and free events at the festival. It’s a good read if you plan to go there in the future. Thank you, Adriana, for sharing! To read more about Adriana’s impressions of the … Continue reading The Sundance Virgin (What I Learned During My First Time) — THE CINEMA SOLOIST

Top 5: Sundance 2018

Ben Dalton from Dependsonthedream was at the Sundance Film Festival, which ran this year from 18th to 28th January. He gives his overview of the Top 5 of the movies he saw. Thank you, Ben, for sharing!

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There’s nothing quite like walking along Main Street, Park City on the first morning of Sundance. The crisp sunshine, the excited chatter, the boundless promise of cinematic adventures, the fact the snow hasn’t seeped into your boots yet…

With the 2018 festival now upon us, here are five selections from the ever-fresh programme that the fine folks at Sundance have put together. Get ready to see these titles at a multiplex/arts cinema/streaming service near you soon…

5. The Miseducation of Cameron Post – dir. Desiree Akhavan

This is listed at #5 but really it’s #1, I just couldn’t wait to type it. Akhavan’s Appropriate Behaviour in 2015 shimmered with wit and originality, a personal story that millions connected with. Back with her AB co-writer/producer Cecilia Frugiuele and featuring a tantalising cast including Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr. and Jennifer Ehle, this adaptation of Emily Danforth’s novel about…

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Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji steals the show in Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” sparked controversy and angry mobs ensued. Heavy security was deployed as the film opened in movie theaters in India on the 25th of January.

We have a first-hand review from Mumbai, India. Sharada Iyer shares with us her view of the movie.  Thank you, Sharada Iyer for the great review!

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I managed to catch the ‘first day-first show’ of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ yesterday evening amidst heavy police protection. The security arrangements were excellent and hats off to all the policemen who ensured that nothing would disturb us while watching the 3-D spectacle unfold on the big screen.

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The film in every which way lives up to all the expectations of grandeur and extravagance associated with Bhansali films but this time the difference is that it is mounted on a 3-D format giving the viewer a newer, better and grander experience thus making the movie a must watch! The film is a glorious tribute to the valour and ideologies of the Rajput community.

As the film is based on a very popular legend and owing to the extraordinary publicity the film has garnered in the last few months, the basic plot really has no surprises…

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Brussels Independent Short Film Festival (17-21/1/2018) or like Belgians say: Courts mais trash/Short but Trash

  Another edition of Brussels Independent Short Film Festival is under way. And they organise it in the cultural centre of Riches Claires already since 1st April 2005. Looks like this tradition is going strong. Organisers explain on their website that when they say Trash they mean: provocative, shocking, alternative, political, cheap, offbeat. All in all this festival celebrates … Continue reading Brussels Independent Short Film Festival (17-21/1/2018) or like Belgians say: Courts mais trash/Short but Trash

Tonight is the 75th Golden Globe Awards! – Update: Winners announced!

  First of all: Happy New Year 2018 to all and Merry Christmas to Orthodox Christians!   The New Year starts with the new movies to watch and of course, annual award announcements of the best movies - the first in line is The Golden Globe Awards! Today at 5 PM in Beverly Hills, California … Continue reading Tonight is the 75th Golden Globe Awards! – Update: Winners announced!

The Square is the big winner of the EFA 2017!

    Yesterday evening was held an award ceremony of the European Film Award 2017 edition in Berlin. The best European movie of the year is The Square and its director Ruben Östlund was crowned the best European director of the year! The same movie won also the prizes in the categories of: European Comedy, … Continue reading The Square is the big winner of the EFA 2017!

European Film Award 2017 winners will be disclosed today in Berlin! Watch a live stream from 19:00 (local time)!

Dear film fans, Tonight will be revealed this year's best films and filmmakers of the European Film Award 2017. Keep your fingers crossed for your favorite movie(s)! Nominated in different categories are among others: 120 battements par minute, Loveless, On body and soul, The Other Side of Hope, The Square, The King of the Belgians, … Continue reading European Film Award 2017 winners will be disclosed today in Berlin! Watch a live stream from 19:00 (local time)!

The Grand Prix of the Black Nights Film Festival was awarded to the Kirghiz film Night Accident

Kirghiz film Night Accident directed by Temirbek Birnazarov was awarded the worthy Grand Prix by an international jury of the Black Nights Film Festival. The World Premiere of this film was held on the 26th of November and as luck would have it, I was present in the audience to watch the movie and listen … Continue reading The Grand Prix of the Black Nights Film Festival was awarded to the Kirghiz film Night Accident

Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn (17 November – 3 December)

Tallinn's 21st Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival (PÖFF) - as it is called in Estonian language - is not quite halfway through yet and today is the kick off of the International Film Competition.  It will be a strong kick off indeed with the much talked about Indian film "Granny" directed by Devashish Makhija (European premiere). Tonight … Continue reading Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn (17 November – 3 December)

Pablo Larraín-text för Stockholm Film Festivals festivalkatalog.

Fredrik Söderlund, a freelancer from Malmö, shares with us his article about Pablo Larraín’s work and background – written for this year’s Stockholm Film Festival. Thank you!

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Pablo Larraín is the 2017 recipient of the Stockholm Visionary Award. His latest film »Neruda« is a visually stunning and intelligently narrated biopic of the politically active poet Pablo Neruda during his exile in Argentina in 1948.

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The Chilean director Pablo Larraín was born in 1976 in Santiago to a mother belonging to one of the wealthiest families in Chile, and a father who served as the president of a rightwing party supporting the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Perhaps it’s no wonder that he has dedicated most of his filmmaking career to telling stories about a country that has suffered from oppression and both moral and cultural decline for two decades.

Larraín’s directorial style is one of austere technique, relying predominantly on carefully elaborated and static images. These images are intrusive and penetrate the audience on a both a metaphysical and tactile plane. Although his characters sometimes seem like…

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