December 27, 2007 |
Behind concrete blast walls and battling a flickering power supply, Baghdad's international film festival opened in a hotel on Wednesday in another sign of how improved security is bringing life back to the city. There was even a red carpet rolled out, but guests to the event last held in 2005 had to be body-searched three times before they were allowed to walk down it. Despite a sharp drop in violence in Iraq since June, the directors of the 40 foreign films at the festival stayed away.
September 5, 2012 |
Ewan McGregor first came to the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 with Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream," and last year he was back at the Canadian cinematic gathering to debut his quirky comedic drama "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. " "Beginners," another film from the prolific actor, also found a buyer after screening in Toronto two years ago. This week, McGregor returns to unveil "The Impossible," a drama from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona about a family torn apart by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
August 23, 2013 |
Katie Trainor spends her working life surrounded by the movies as film collections manager of New York's Museum of Modern Art. No one would blame her if she took a break from the world of motion pictures during her annual vacation to the mountains of Colorado. But in the days leading to Labor Day, as summer begins its exit and Colorado's leaves get ready to turn, Trainor will work more than 40 hours as a theater manager at the Telluride Film Festival. It's been her late-summer ritual since 2001.
March 21, 2012 |
Unlike Cannes or Sundance, whose film festivals and their constellation of stars overtake their host cities, nothing overtakes the bristling bustle of Hong Kong, not even the 36th annual Hong Kong International Film Festival, which opens here Wednesday. At the festival headquarters Tuesday in the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Kowloon, film fans grabbed festival programs and queued up for tickets – even as about 500 school kids shuttled into the complex for an orchestral program.
January 4, 2010 |
In his native country, Finnish director Klaus Härö is part of a tiny film community. There, he said, even a successful movie won't attract a massive number of moviegoers. And if someone is a fan of your film, they typically share their enthusiasm by offering a polite "thank you." So when Härö first attended the Palm Springs International Film Festival four years ago, he was shocked by the number of people lining up to see his independent movie "Mother of Mine" -- many of whom later approached the director crying, saying how much his film moved them.
February 5, 2013 |
BERLIN - Corrupt institutions, gay priests, nuclear contamination, economic hardship, environmental catastrophe, lack of health insurance and obesity - the Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Thursday with a slate of serious-minded movies whose themes are sobering, even for an event with a reputation for intense fare. The main competition section presents 24 films navigating weighty stories set across a diversity of landscapes, from South Korea to Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even Arizona.
August 30, 2012 |
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Keller Doss, a retired oil industry lawyer, is a Telluride Film Festival stalwart. The Texas movie buff first came on a lark two decades ago, camping in a park in this mountain resort town. He's been 19 out of the last 20 years and attends the screenings with a couple he befriended on his very first stay. Because organizers don't announce the lineup until the eve of the festival, Doss has to buy his tickets on faith. But he doesn't mind. "I just trust these guys to put on films that I'm going to like," said Doss, 61, who lives in the small West Texas town of Marfa, which he said "is about 400 miles away" from the nearest art house cinema, in Austin.
April 14, 2000
Several film festivals have put out recent calls for entries. Among them: * The fourth annual Hollywood Film Festival will accept submissions through April 30. The festival, to be held Aug. 2-7 at venues including the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Paramount Studios, will also select five finalist films each month for the Hollywood Online Film Festival, with finalists shown and voted on at http://www.etonline.com. Online winners will be shown as part of August's Hollywood Film Festival.
May 10, 2004 |
I thought I was at a film festival until I ran into a professional eater. He was buried in buttered popcorn in a sort of telephone booth strategically placed in the multiplex that was one of many venues for the Tribeca Film Festival. Crazy Legs Conti had munched his way down to his shoulder blades before finally giving up. The stunt was intended to get viewers to his documentary "Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating," but I didn't have the stomach for it.
September 24, 2004 |
Lassie don't go home. Go to the movies in New Mexico. The Dog Film Festival will be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, showing nothing but canine cinema for dogs and their owners. Pooch snacks will nestle beside the popcorn. Several hundred humans and dogs are expected to watch the 25 short features submitted by aspiring filmmakers with a soft spot for hounds. First prize for the best film is $500.