Marrakech International Film Festival

ran from 30 November to 8 December. Many international film stars graced the festival with their presence. Including Laurence Fishburne. He told to Hollywood Reporter that he has been wanting to develop his project "The Alchemist"  based on Paulo Coelho's best-selling book for 16 years and now it is moving forward. He added that the … Continue reading Marrakech International Film Festival

22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

ran from 16 November to 2 December. Life time Achievement Awards were presented to Liv Ullmann (Norwegian actress), Ivars Seleckis (Latvian documentary film maker) and Mark Soosaar (Estonian documentary film maker). Grand Prix For The Best Film: Rubén Mendoza's Wandering Girl (Colombia/France). Best Director: JANG WOO-JIN for his Winter’s Night (South Korea). For more info please visit: … Continue reading 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

40th Cairo International Film Festival in pictures

Film festivals' opening ceremonies and galas and award ceremonies are well-known showcases for extravagant evening gowns. If you are a fashionista or love fashion, then feast your eyes on these pictures of southern sex appeal and lush extravaganza. 🙂 For more you can visit:  https://www.ciff.org.eg/ciff-40-album/ or https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/people/news/fashion-celebrity-highlights-cairo-international-film-festival-2018?page=0&img=0.  

Stockholm Film Festival 2018

The 29th Stockholm International Film Festival ran from 7 to 18 of November. This year’s edition celebrated strong, talented women in the movie business. Canadian director and screenwriter Mary Harron was awarded the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award. Swedish film actress and director Gunnel Lindblom was awarded the Stockholm Achievement Award.

Film director of an Iranian origin, Asghar Farhadi, is the winner of Stockholm Visionary award. For more info, please visit: https://www.stockholmfilmfestival.se/.

 

 

 

Martin Rundkvist from aardvarchaeology.wordpress.com went to the festival and tells us about the movies he visioned. Thank you, Martin, for writing this review and for sharing! 🙂 It’s a great overview and read. https://aardvarchaeology.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/stockholm-film-festival-2018/

Aardvarchaeology - by Dr. Martin Rundkvist

prospect Prospect

I discovered film festivals in 2014, but I didn’t go to one last year because I like my evenings at home and I was working full time at the National Archives then. This year I’ve been able to go to the Stockholm International Film Festival thanks to the telecommuting nature of my current job. But I do spend two days a week in Linköping, and the upcoming final weekend of the festival will coincide with a boardgaming retreat, so I only managed to see 7½ films this year.

My festival M.O. is to first decide when I can see some films, and then watch whatever is on at that time and seems reasonably interesting. Hardly ever do I watch more than two movies on one day, or it becomes a chore. This way I caught three really good ones:

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62nd BFI London Film Festival: Arctic Review

BFI London Film Festival took place quite a while ago, 10-21 October 2018, but I cannot resist and write a blog entry nonetheless. It is one of the biggest film festivals there is. It showcases a big variety of movies, film makers talk about their movies and a myriad of actors put in an appearance at the festival. There are many exciting events taking place from red carpet events to talks with the best of the professional film makers in the field. For instance the film director Alfonso Cuarón (he was behind the movie Gravity which won Oscars in 2014) talked about his latest movie Roma. 

The Best Film Award was presented to an Austrian director Sudabeh Mortezai for her movie Joy that tackles the sex trafficking in modern Europe. For other awards please see: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/lff-62-awards-winners-announced.

 

Here below you can read a great review of Joe Penna‘s movie Arctic with the great Mads Mikkelsen in the main role. It was not in competition, but it is an outstanding survival film made in Iceland. Thank you, Maggie Gogler, for writing the review and sharing it with us! 🙂

https://viewofthearts.com/2018/10/04/62nd-bfi-london-film-festival-arctic-review/

 

 

 

 

VIEW OF THE ARTS

The bleak mid-winter in the frozen wilderness; a man clears the snow and stones away, the camera moves back, slowly revealing a huge SOS sign, dug into the snow. Without using any words and only with the sounds of nature, Joe Penna perfectly depicts the situation of the protagonist, Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen: Hannibal, Doctor Strange), in the first scene of his feature film debut Arctic. 

MADS MIKKELSEN

Overgård, whose plane crashed in a cold northern island, is stranded in a place no one would wish for. With the situation being what it is, he has to survive on what the Arctic has to ‘offer’. We do not know how long the man has been stuck on the island; probably months, by the looks of his beard. It is hard not to admire his soldier-like precision when it comes to the daily tasks. In the perpetual cold, without hot food or even…

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23rd Busan International Film Festival

23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) was celebrated from the 4th to 13th of October at Busan Cinema Center in Busan, Korea. From awards presented I would like to mention that The Actor and Actress of the Year honors went to 2 actresses (!): Lee Ju-yeong for her role in Maggie (Korea) and Choi Hee-seo in Our Body … Continue reading 23rd Busan International Film Festival

Flash news: 24th AIFF, 31st HIFF and 26th Raindance FF

It's raining film festivals in autumn like in no other season 🙂 I can barely keep up with them 🙂 Here are some of the latest that have caught my attention. By the way, from the three I have been to Raindance in 2016. The founder of the festival is Elliot Grove and I once … Continue reading Flash news: 24th AIFF, 31st HIFF and 26th Raindance FF

Debbie Writes About ‘TIFF 2018’ Here

Debbie from Scotland, currently based in Toronto, shares her experience as a volunteer at the Toronto International Film Festival. Being a volunteer at a film festival is no doubt one great way to immerse in such festival – it is a unique way to get to see a lot of movies and to learn about the making of such event from a practical point of view and of course there are lots of opportunities for meeting interesting like-minded people from the movie business and from all sorts of related areas, not to forget die-hard movie fans. This all makes such experience worthwhile, not to mention excitement must be constantly through the roof! 🙂

Thank you, Debbie from debbiewritesreviewshere.com, for sharing your experience and impressions 🙂 It’s a very good read 🙂

debbie writes reviews here

I applied to volunteer at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018 for a number of reasons; my ever-increasing interest in the organisation of film festivals, and how this varies from festival-to-festival (from the likes of Glasgow Film Festival to smaller events such as Discovery Film Festival (in Dundee), Africa in Motion (in Glasgow and Edinburgh), and ReelHeART Film and Screenplay Festival (in Toronto)); having recently moved to Toronto, I thought getting involved with the biggest festival around these parts would offer opportunities to network with like-minded film aficionados; and most importantly, free cinema passes for every shift I work (jk! But definitely a good perk).

Orientation was held early in August 2018, where I sat alongside 500 other keen beans, hearing the history of the festival and what will be required of us during the event this year. Short interviews afterwards provided us with an opportunity to express a preference…

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Toronto International Film Festival (6-16 September) in pictures from the Red Carpet (6-12 September)- check out awards ceremony tonight (16 September!) in live on Youtube!

Quite a few movies presented are the same as were at the Venice film festival - no surprises there. Below you can have a glimpse of some actors from the red carpet in Toronto. They were shot by the TIFF's team of photographers. For more pictures you can check TIFF's live : https://www.tiff.net/tiff/pages/?tab=watch-live. OR https://www.tiff.net/the-review/on-the-tiff-18-red-carpet/. For … Continue reading Toronto International Film Festival (6-16 September) in pictures from the Red Carpet (6-12 September)- check out awards ceremony tonight (16 September!) in live on Youtube!

75th Venice International Film Festival 29 August – 8 September

It's no doubt my favorite film festival, even though I have not been to a very big number of festivals yet. It's just location wise so beautifully on a little island Lido - not far from Venice, the romantic city full of canals and gondolas. To get there you would have to take a little … Continue reading 75th Venice International Film Festival 29 August – 8 September