• French film on illegal abortion wins Golden Lion at Venice Festival

      French film on illegal abortion wins Golden Lion at Venice Festival

      A timely film about illegal abortions in 1960s France won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion on Saturday, capping a festival rife with female-focused themes, AFP reported. Audrey Diwan's "Happening" (L'événement), arrives just as the abortion debate is raging again after new restrictions in Texas, and with the MeToo movement starting to make its mark in the film industry.

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    • Six EU-funded films nominated for awards at the Venice Film Festival

      Six EU-funded films nominated for awards at the Venice Film Festival

      Six EU-funded films have been nominated for awards at the 78th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, which is kicking off today, EC Press service reported. ‘Il buco' by Michelangelo Frammartino has been selected in the Venezia 78 competition. The films ‘107 Mothers' by Peter Kerekes, ‘White Building' by Kavich Neang and ‘Wela' by Jakrawal Nilthamrong have been included in the Orizzonti competition, the section of the Festival devoted to innovative and artistic works. Furthermore, ‘Costa Brava' by Mounia Akl, as well as ‘La fée des Roberts' by Léahn Vivier-Chapas, feature in the Orizzonti Extra and Orizzonti Short Films competition, respectively.

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    • Refugee drama wins Karlovy Vary grand prix

      Refugee drama wins Karlovy Vary grand prix

      The refugee drama As Far as I Can Walk by Serbian director Stefan Arsenijević has won the Grand Prix Crystal Globe of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic. A co-production of Serbia, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg and Lithuania, the film tells the story of a couple who left their home Ghana to seek a better life in Europe. Ibrahim Koma picked up the Best Actor Award for his starring role in the film.

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    • Andres Veiel to be special guest of Sofia Film Fest

      Andres Veiel to be special guest of Sofia Film Fest

      Renowned German director Andres Veiel will be a special guest of Sofia Film Fest this autumn. He is set to personally present two of his films – Beuys and Ecocide (Ökozid) – on 15 and 16 September, respectively. Film critic Claudia Lenssen (Germany), who wrote the first ever book chronicling Andres Veiel’s work, will be a special guest of screenings scheduled for 11 and 20 September.

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    • Mika Kaurismäki with Sofia Award

      Mika Kaurismäki with Sofia Award

      The Finnish film director, screenplay writer and producer Mika Kaurismäki is one of the great names in cinema, whose films we will watch at the autumn edition of the 25th Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF). We expect to welcome him in Sofia in mid-September in order to present his latest feature Gracious Night and to be honoured with Sofia Award for outstanding contribution to the cinema art.

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    • Munich festival gets under way with packed schedule

      Munich festival gets under way with packed schedule

      Filmgoers in Munich were heading for the first full day of films at the 38th Munich Film Festival on Friday, with the day's highlight to be the Cinemerit Award to US actor Robin Wright. The 38th edition of the popular summertime film festival, which fell victim last year to the coronavirus pandemic, opened with the premiere screening of a Bavarian cop comedy, Kaiserschmarrndrama, at six locations on Thursday evening.

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    • Cannes Film Festival's competition jury unveiled

      Cannes Film Festival's competition jury unveiled

      Five women and four men were named on Thursday as members of 2021 Cannes International Film Festival'competition jury, news wires reported. "The Serpent" star Tahar Rahim, US actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and "Parasite" lead Song Kang-Ho are part of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury led by director Spike Lee, organisers announced. It will be a female-majority jury for the July 6 to 17 festival, which has faced criticism in recent years for its lack of female representation, AFP reported.

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