Friday , September 21 2018


Madinat to showcase best of DIFF – ‘Honey Night’ offers hope for clarifying power of art

DUBAI, UAE, Nov 30, (Agencies):  The Dubai International Film Festival is inviting everyone to experience the true magic of the silver screen at its purpose-built, state-of-the-art screening venue, the Madinat Arena at Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Festival. Red Carpet Galas and special film screenings will bring the Arena …

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‘Call Me Francesco’ recalls pope’s darkest moments – Luchetti’s film focuses on character of Bergoglio

ROME, Nov 30, (AFP): The challenges faced by Pope Francis during the dark years of the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) are portrayed in a new film, “Call Me Francesco”, which will have its world premiere at the Vatican on Tuesday. The film tells the story of the life of Jorge …

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Vintage ‘Star Wars’ toys go galactic – Prices soar into hyperspace

THORNABY, England, Nov 30, (RTRS): Vintage toys linked to the “Star Wars” film franchise are moving faster than a swirling lightsaber, sending prices of many of them soaring into hyperspace. With the latest in the series – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – due to open in December, auctioneers in …

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‘No chance of another Gangnam’ – Sinatra’s birthplace commemorates his 100th

SEOUL, Nov 30, (Agencies): “Gangnam Style” star Psy acknowledged Monday that he could never repeat the phenomenal global success of his 2012 hit, but said he was perfectly happy being “just another” K-pop artist. The quirky South Korean singer was catapulted to unlikely international stardom after the “Gangnam Style” music …

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‘Orchestra’ takes top prize at ‘Carthage’ – Tibetan tale ‘Tharlo’ wins Tokyo Filmex Grand prize

TUNIS, Nov 29, (Agencies): Moroccan director Mohammed Mouftakir’s “L’Orchestre des Aveugles” (The Blind Orchestra) took the Tanit d’Or Saturday at the Carthage Film Festival, blighted earlier in the week by a suicide bombing in the Tunisian capital. The Tanit d’Argent was awarded to “The Endless River”, by South Africa’s Oliver …

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DIFF to honor legendary actor Shah – Festival to pay tribute to Spielberg’s Jaws

DUBAI, Nov 29: The 12th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival is honored to present the legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Shah has appeared in over 200 films in a remarkable and diverse career spanning 40 years. Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival …

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‘Joy’ salute to women who are unsung heroes: Lawrence – Hamill offers new ‘Force Awakens’ hints

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29, (RTRS): Jennifer Lawrence on Saturday said her film “Joy” is a tribute to “women who are the unsung heroes of their households.” She also paid tribute to writer-director David O. Russell, saying she would do “anything with David until the day I die.” Russell in turn …

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‘Poverty’ delivers tough-to-accept message – ‘Marguerite’, ‘Golden Years’ among Louis Delluc noms

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29, (RTRS): As if poverty weren’t a challenging enough phenomenon unto itself, time has revealed that good intentions by outsiders can in many cases make the problem worse — a cruel irony that serves as the basis of Michael Matheson Miller’s “Poverty Inc.,” an easy-to-understand docu-essay with …

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Are filmmakers ready to tackle terror? – Can Nov 13 attacks prove gamechanger for popular culture?

LOS ANGELES, Nov 28, (RTRS): Two weeks after suffering the most devastating attack since WWII, France is slowly getting back on its feet. The recent massacre exposed the phenomenon of disenfranchised French youths joining the ranks of ISIS in Syria but so far this growing phenomenon has seldom been portrayed …

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Whistler may’ve gotten a shade cooler – Canadian content meets Kudos contenders

LOS ANGELES, Nov 28, (RTRS): The Whistler Film Festival, which dubs itself as Canada’s “coolest” film fest, may have just gotten a shade cooler. In time for its 15-year anniversary, the event has landed the Canadian premiere of Oscar hopeful “Carol” for opening night, Dec 2. Since industry vet Paul …

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