XXXII Pärnu Film Festival's (25 June - 1 July) Grand Prix was awarded to a German film-maker with Syrian roots Talal Derki for his film "Of Fathers and Sons" (Germany 2017). Best Estonian Documentary Film Award went to Jaanis Valk for his film "Ahto. Unistuste jaht" (transl: Ahto. Chasing a dream) (Estonia 2017). I enjoyed watching … Continue reading Erik Gandini’s The Rebel Surgeon won Viewers’ Choice Award at the XXXII Pärnu Film Festival in Estonia
Matt Porterfield's Sollers Point – Baltimore was voted Best American Independent Film. Guillaume Brac's Contes de Juillet and Samuel Bigiaoui's 68 mon père et les clous were voted Best French Independent Films. For more winners visit: http://www.champselyseesfilmfestival.com/2018/palmares-%e2%80%a2-edition-2018/
Sydney Film Festival ran from 6 to 17 June and today, on the last day is the award ceremony. I was checking whether or not I would recognize a face or two from the Australian actors at the festival. As they show from time to time Australian TV series on Estonian TV channels, I was … Continue reading Any familiar faces at the Sydney Film Festival?
So you missed out on this film festival? No wonder, instead of the usual June celebration, this year the festival was held in April. They did not want to be overshadowed by the FIFA World cup that starts on the 14th of June. Well the 40th MIFF simply had to be put on a pedestal … Continue reading Yes, that’s right – 40th Moscow International Film Festival was in April this year!
On the 8th of May, The Cannes Film Festival opened with Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. On the 19th of May, Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote closed the film festival. The film that took decades - 20 years! - from funding problems to set disasters and legal … Continue reading Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Shoplifters wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or
By the way, is Tribeca Film Festival an indie film festival? There are so many film festivals in every country that one can get lost. To make some order you may start even by classifying them geographically by continents. Then you can sort them out by indipendent factor (indie films take center stage) or whether … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Must-watch movies as women filmmakers spotlighted — Monsters and Critics
Last Friday as I was reading Josh’s review of Rock Steady Row that was shown at the Chattanooga Film Festival (chattfilmfest.org, 5-8 April, Tennessee, USA) and before that at the Slamdance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize, slamdance.com, 19-25 January, Utah, USA), it hit me that the same movie was about to open Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (2018.hoff.ee, 27-29 April, Estonia) here in Estonia. From America arrived the film director Trevor Stevens and the leading actor Heston Horwin to present Rock Steady Row at the international premiere in Europe. Both are young and unknown to the larger public, so another reason to talk about them here 🙂
Josh from https://clydeumney.wordpress.com saw Rock Steady Row at the Chattanooga Film Festival. The Chattanooga town with an American Indian sounding name is located in the state of Tennessee, USA, not far from Atlanta, Georgia (I googled to be sure :). Please read Josh’s review to know more about the movie. It seems to be quite a film regardless the low budget.
Thank you for sharing your review, Josh! 🙂
For the past several years, I’ve gone down to the Chattanooga Film Festival – it’s one of my favorite weekends for film every single year. (You can see my previous year write-ups since moving to this blog here.) A festival that’s in love with genre films, trash cinema, and embraces the weird and wild, CFF’s philosophy is that every film is worth watching in some way, and it’s an idea I can always get behind. This year, I managed to get back down there for all four days, which means there’s a lot to talk about. Let’s kick it off with the first day, which featured an entertaining low-budget effort and then hit me with the low point of the festival, if not my moviegoing year.
One of the great joys of walking into movies at CFF is the fact that it’s one of the only times I ever…
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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 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!
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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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!
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
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