Ken Loach was at the Belfast Film Festival

    Belfast Film Festival (12-21 April; https://belfastfilmfestival.org/) hosted a very special guest - Ken Loach, film director from the UK - they say he's one of the best in the directing field. He received the Réalta Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema. The first film that comes to my mind is his "I, Daniel … Continue reading Ken Loach was at the Belfast Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

 

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Charlize Theron at the Castro theater on 8th April 2018 at the San Francisco International Film Festival; Photo courtesy: dailymail.co.uk/WireImage

 

San Francisco International Film Festival ran from 4 – 17 April (sffilm.org). A Special Tribute was presented to a South African actress Charlize Theron who has shown time and time again her talent in playing many different characters. She was in San Francisco also for her newest movie premiere “Tully”.

To read more about San Francisco International Film Festival, please go to https://peopleherenow.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/san-francisco-international-film-festival/.

Thank you for sharing, ShihJou Hsu!

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San Francisco International Film Festival, also known as SFFILM, is a famous cultural event that unites filmmakers throughout the world. The festival champions the world’s best movies and filmmakers, whose works fall within the scope of its annual agenda. It usually takes place in April and is organized by a nonprofit organization. SFFIML unites over 100,000 film lovers and delivers media education programs to more than 10,000 students and teachers. It also supports career start of hundreds of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area by providing grants, residencies, and offering other film-related services. In the curse of the festival, one may definitely find a movie that would match his or her interests, as this year’s agenda is wide and comprehensive. This year the festival is scheduled for 4-17th April. It features the most creative films of filmmakers, who only start their career, or who shoot for specific audiences but share…

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Festival Roundup #1 – Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018

The 42nd Annual Hong Kong International Film Festival ran from March 19 to April 5. Howard Elias went there and tells us about what he saw. For more of his articles, please visit his website: https://howardforfilm.com.

Thank you for sharing your great movie reviews, Howard!

 

Howard For Film

The 42nd Annual Hong Kong International Film Festival is on now. This year’s event, which runs from March 19 to April 5, features over 230 films from 60 countries and regions, 63 of which are world, international or Asian premieres. There is also a master class with German director Warner Herzog along with the opportunity to watch more than 20 of his classics, and includes a sidebar of 10 restored classics, including Wim Wender’s WINGS OF DESIRE (1987), Jean-Luc Godard’s rarely seen THE RISE AND FALL OF A SMALL FILM COMPANY (1986), and Chinese director Shi Dongshan’s STRUGGLING (1932).

The annual industry trade show, Filmart, is on now too, so I’ve been busy watching some of the market screenings. Even so, I’ve still managed to fit in four festival films so far:

Into the Inferno


Warner Herzog’s latest film is a documentary that is less about volcanoes than it is…

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A quick look back at the 90th annual Academy Awards – Oscars 2018 – in pictures

The ceremony was held a few weeks back on the 4th of March in the Hollywood and Highland Center. There have been posts of all kinds to review the event and the winners. To avoid too many unnecessary repetitions and make it painless and quick, I will name only my favourite categories, excluding what I … Continue reading A quick look back at the 90th annual Academy Awards – Oscars 2018 – in pictures

Three Billboards is the big winner at a disappointingly safe BAFTAs

On the 18th of February was the big night for the BAFTA awards in London. Harry J. Ford from England gives his view of things. Thank you, Harry J. Ford for sharing with us! 🙂

Ford On Film

Last night (18th February), Hollywood and the British Film Industry’s finest gathered to celebrate the best films of the last year. That’s right, the 2018 BAFTAs have concluded, and honestly? It was a rather tame night. No huge upsets, no underdogs, no ground-breaking achievements. There were a couple of pleasant surprises in the smaller categories (the thrilling The Handmaiden defeating heavyweights Elle and The Salesman in the Best Foreign Language Film category, I Am Not a Witch triumphing over Lady Macbeth in the Outstanding British Debut award), but otherwise, this was about as predictable an awards show as we’ve seen in years.

To nobody’s surprise, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the night’s big winner. Despite the negative attention in the last few months, it’s still a brilliantly written and performed film that’s struck a nerve (both good and bad) with audiences and critics. That’s mostly down to Frances…

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Berlinale 2018

The famous Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale – ran from 15th until 25th February. Yesterday were distributed the Grand Prix awards. The Golden Bear went to Adina Pintilie’s film Touch Me Not and the Silver Bear for Best Director went to Wes Anderson (for Isle of Dogs). The rest of the prizes you can check here: https://www.berlinale.de/en/das_festival/preise_und_juries/preise_internationale_jury/index.html#bester_darsteller.

Film student Camilo Caballero went to Berlinale and shares his impressions in his blog (please see below). Thank you, Camilo Caballero!

Breaking the Fourth Wall

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I finally have the chance to continue with this blog, all my exams are done and dusted, and I had the chance to visit this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale for short. As one of the three biggest film festivals in the world, it was crazy full of people and on the first days it was a complete odyssey simply to find tickets. The festival goes on until the end of the week, but I had to return to my city and take care of some other stuff, so sadly I couldn’t extend my stay at the german capital. Still, I got to be there for four days and was able to see some very interesting, unconvential and fantastic movies. With this post I want to talk about the great movies I saw, as well as my overall impression of the festival, so I’ll be listing down (from…

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Estonia celebrated its 100th anniversary

    My country Estonia - the northernmost of the Baltic states - celebrated 100 years of the declaration of independence which took place on the 24th of February 1918 in Tallinn. Throughout the history Estonia has seen the birth of many brillant minds and ideas and strong sportsmen. It's not as much the big … Continue reading Estonia celebrated its 100th anniversary

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!

Depends On The Dream

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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