The 28th Miami International Film Festival

By Oscar Jubis. It hardly seems to matter that the Miami International Film Festival has a new director, the third in four years, because the festival has a blueprint for success and a well-established identity. The 28th edition boasted a good selection of 73 features reflecting the festival’s traditional predilection […]

33rd Créteil Films de Femmes

By Moira Sullivan. The Créteil Films de Femmes festival is a high quality panorama of the images of international women in cinema. A question for some may be: is a women’s film festival outdated today? If you attend the festival you will know that it exists for the same reason […]

Istanbul Film Festival Turns 30

By N. Buket Cengiz. The most important event of the year for the cinephiles of Istanbul, the International Istanbul Film Festival, enjoyed its thirtieth birthday this year, featuring two hundred and thirty one films in seven venues and attracting a total of one hundred and fifty thousand viewers. The festival […]

Stockholm Film Fest Spotlights ‘Extreme Politics’

By Daniel Lindvall ‘We think the price is worth it’, answered Madeleine Albright, then US Ambassador to the United Nations, when asked on 60 Minutes in 1996 whether she could justify half a million children dying as the result of the sanctions regime against Iraq. But despite embracing genocide as […]

29th Vancouver International Film Festival, October 2010

By James Udden. It is hard to imagine a film festival better run that the Vancouver International Film Festival, now completing its 29th year during the first two weeks of October 2010. Hardly the largest or the most famous of film festivals, this does not seem to concern the organizers, […]

Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille, July 7-12, 2010

By Philip Cartelli. “Everything is burning. The universe is burning. I am burning.” So repeats the main character in Reason, Discussion and a Story (Jukti Takko Aar Gappo, 1974), one in a retrospective of films by the idiosyncratic Indian-Bangladeshi filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak (1925-1976) at this year’s Festival International du Documentaire […]

The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival, July 15-18, 2010

By Janine Gericke. The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival did not disappoint, offering everything from the genius of George Méliès to the majesty of a newly restored Metropolis. This year’s theme seemed to echo that of previous years: What’s lost has now been found. Friday’s Amazing Tales from the […]

Il Cinema Ritrovato, June 26 to July 3, 2010, Bologna, Italy

By Patrick Keating and Lisa Jasinski. Organized by the Cineteca Bologna, “Il Cinema Ritrovat” honors forgotten films rediscovered in the world’s archives, along with recently restored prints of major classics. For eight days in the summer of 2010, an international crowd of moviegoers ambled the porticoed streets of Bologna, a […]