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BFI’s pride at best of British in Cannes

BFI’s pride at best of British in Cannes

BFI staff posing in “Pits and Perverts” T-shirts to promote Pride, closing the Directors Fortnight at Cannes 2014 On Monday over lunch, the head of the BFI Film Find, Ben Roberts, proudly boasted to a group of British reviewers about the work the organisation has been doing over the past...

How New Wave was François Truffaut’s cinema?

How New Wave was François Truffaut’s cinema?

In its 18th edition, Colcoa (City of Lights, City of Angels) Film Festival, which is considered the biggest French film festival outside of France, screening this year 61 films this year, celebrated the legacy of iconic French director, François Truffaut, who passed away 30 years ago, with a screen...

What is buzzing in the 30th Sundance Film Festival?

What is buzzing in the 30th Sundance Film Festival?

Every year, tens of thousands of filmmakers, film lovers, buyers, executives and party goers flock to Park City in Utah, braving the subzero temperature, to attend the Sundance Film Festival, which has become the epicentre of independent cinema since it was founded 30 years ago by Robert Redford in ...

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

Record LFF ticket sales but who’ll remember 2013?

The BFI has hailed the success of Clare Stewart’s second London Film Festival at the helm, with last year’s record audience attendance being broken, with the figure passing the 150,000 mark for the first time. Sandwiched between two Tom Hanks films, the piracy drama Captain Phillips at t...

Toronto Film Festival ignites the race to the Oscars

Toronto Film Festival ignites the race to the Oscars

In the last few years, The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has increasingly become more of a barometer for Oscar contenders than a platform to discover small movies that often rely on festivals to gain some attention. Films are not measured by creative quality or commercial viability anym...

Lebanese and Iranian Directors take the spotlight at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Lebanese and Iranian Directors take the spotlight at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The Jerusalem Film Festival, held at the Cinematheque, a modern four-story building built into a hill overlooking the walls of the old city, is the most important film event in Israel. In the last 30 years, it has screened hundreds of Israeli movies, some of which went on to win major awards around ...

Documentaries reign at the Edinburgh Film Festival

Documentaries reign at the Edinburgh Film Festival

Highlighting the increasing prominence of international co-productions, the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival has awarded it’s Best International Film prize to a UK-based film-maker, while the Best British Film went to a French director who shot her film in the seas off North America,...

How Cannes helps the underdogs

How Cannes helps the underdogs

With Cannes 2013 over, the festival award winners are slowly receding into the memories of those who were fortunate enough to see them, some of them possibly unlikely to see the light of day again. Anyone eager to see the second-prize Grand Prix winner, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davies ...

Cannes shows Redford has lost nothing

Cannes shows Redford has lost nothing

Anyone who’s seen last year’s Oscar-winning Life of Pi, might feel that they’ve done someone trying to survive against the odds on a life raft in the middle of the Indian Ocean. But setting a ship-wreck against the background of moving a zoo pushes some of the drama into the realms...

Inside the Coen Brothers at Cannes

Inside the Coen Brothers at Cannes

No strangers to Cannes, the Coen Brothers were back this year with their study of a talented but struggling 1960s folk singer in New York City. Inside Llewyn Davis follows the protagonist of the title over a week, as he sofa-surfs around the city, rubbing the few people who like him up the wrong way...

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