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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 6 – Swedish Film Institute 50th Anniversary, Inside Llewyn Davis and Shield of Straw

By Moira Sullivan. Swedish Film Institute’s 50th Anniversy The Swedish Film Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary at Cannes this year. A press conference was held and new projects were discussed such as the upcoming Waltz for Monica to be released in December about the Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund. Directed by Per Fly and written […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 5 – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, The Last of the Unjust and Blind Detective

By Moira Sullivan.  On day five, La Semaine de la Critique featured David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. The introduction given by the organizers impressed even the director. Less impressive was the film, with a story that has been done before: an outlaw does prison time, breaks out, returns home […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 4 – The Cannes Evolution Part 2, The Congress and Thai Cinema Night

By Moira Sullivan. The Evolution of Cannes Part 2 It is not only different programming sections that have changed over time, but Cannes screening venues as well. Here is an interesting parallel: the “Great Gothic Cathedrals” in France, particularly the Notre Dame de Paris, took over 400 years to be completed. This year, the famous […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 3 – The Cannes Evolution, Strangers on the Lake and Like Father Like Son

By Moira Sullivan.  The Evolution of Cannes The Cannes Film Festival continues to be one of the most exciting manifestations of cinema in the world. Fortunately, the event is not only a cascade of film stars and legends, the Red Carpet, and the parties that the media promotes. There are sidebar film venues, which have […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 2 – The Bling Ring and Touch of Sin

By Moira Sullivan. The reviews for The Great Gatsby were not overwhelmingly positive and most critics, including myself, recognized the film as ambitious but flawed. As an out of competition film, this imperfection is expected. Still, it is the kind of film that will attract audiences as it did a cadre of divided critics. Seen […]

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66th Cannes Film Festival Day 1 – The Great Gatsby and Opening Ceremonies

By Moira Sullivan. Nearly 4,000 accredited journalists descend upon the city of Cannes for a week and a half of cinema magic and what looks like heavy rain for the first few days. The opening festivities for the 66th Cannes Film Festival revolved around the out of competition The Great Gatsby. At the press conference, […]

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Créteil Films de Femmes Celebrates 35 years of Showcasing Women in Film

By Moira Sullivan. The 35th Créteil International Women’s Film Festival, which was held from March 22 to 31, featured several special events this year. First, tributes were given to veteran filmmakers and actresses who have attended previous festivals such as Margarethe von Trotta, Suzanne Osten, Mira Nair, Ulrike Ottinger, Agnes Varda, Carmen Maura, Maria Schneider […]

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Far East Film Festival, Udine, Italy

By Moira Sullivan. The Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy is an outstanding annual showcase of popular, mainstream films from Asia. For the 13th edition of the festival (April 29 – May 7) there were 50 films in the program. Several experts for the festival who live in or travel to Asia keep an […]

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Pier Paolo Pasolini Museum, Casarsa della Delizia, Italy

By Moira Sullivan. In northeastern Italy lies the autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.  “Friulan”, a romance dialect, is spoken in Friuli. Casarsa della Delizia is one of the towns of the area and is where the mother of Pier Paolo Pasolini was born. During the Second World War, the Italian poet and filmmaker lived here and […]

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Lars von Trier’s Other Comments: 64th Festival de Cannes

By Moira Sullivan. “He likes to run his mouth … I think he dug himself in a deep hole today.” Kirsten Dunst. The press conference on May 15 with Lars von Trier after the screening of his film Melancholia in the Cannes Official Competition gave insights into the workings of the director’s mind, not the […]

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