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    "Grbavica" Wins Golden Bear At 2006 Berlinale; Winterbotton & Whitecross Win Directing Prize

    Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2006 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival's closing ceremony in Germany's capital city. The film, from Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina, is the story of a mother and daughter set in post-war Sarajevo.

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    indieWIRE ALERT: "Grbavica" Wins Golden Bear in Berlin

    Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica" won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2006 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival's closing ceremony in Germany's capital city.

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    BERLINALE CRITIC'S DIARY: German Films Lead The Way at 2006 Berlin Fest; "Power," "Lenz" Also Worthy

    When Dieter Kosslick, the head of the Berlin International Film Festival, first announced that fully five of the nineteen films in competition at this year's Berlinale would be German films, the cinema world looked askance. Had Kosslick been overtaken by a sudden access of Teutonic nationalism? Or w...

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    Panorama Prize Goes to "Paper Dolls"

    Tomer Heymann's "Paper Dolls, a documentary about trans caregivers from the Philippines who care for aging Israelis, won the audience award in the Panorama section at this year's Berlinale, the only Berlin International Film Festival award selected by festival attendees. Talya Lavie's "Hayelet Boded...

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    "Maximo Oliveros" & "Hatred" Win Top Teddy Awards

    Aureas Solito's "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros" won this year's Teddy Award for best feature film at the 2006 Berlinale, while the prize for best documentary went to Olivier Meyrou's "Beyond Hatred."

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    21st Israel Film Festival Announces "Out of Sight" Line up

    The 21st Israel Film Festival will take place in New York kicking off February 23rd and running through March 9th at the Clearview's 62nd & Broadway Cinema. This year, the festival will showcase more than 40 new feature films, including documentaries, TV dramas, and narratives celebrating Israeli life and culture.The festival's opening night film is the sensitive drama "Out of Sight," directed by Daniel Syrkin, who took the best director prize at the 2005 Israeli Film Academy Awards. Closing the fest is a rare 50th anniversary presentation of the first feature film to be produced in the Israel, "Hill 24 Doesn't Answer," directed by Thorold D...

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    SF Chronicle: Indies get manly at the 24th Asian film festival

    After nearly a half century of stagnation, the image of the Asian American man is being jump-started by filmmakers such as Eric Byler. "Americanese," Byler's next film after his cult hit "Charlotte Sometimes," will open the 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on March 16. The festival, which runs through March 23 in San Francisco before moving to San Jose for the weekend, will close at the Palace of Fine Arts with first-time director Ham Tran's "Journey From the Fall," billed as the first major American film to dramatize the Vietnam War's traumatic aftermath from a Vietnamese perspective. G. All...

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    Film Movement Goes for "Maximo Oliveros"

    Film Movement announced its acquisition of the North American rights to Filipino director Auraeus Solito's "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," at the Berlin International Film Festival recently. According to a release, the story is about "the purity of love pitted against the squalor and corruption found in the slums of Manila. Gay, pre-teen Maxi serves as 'mother' to his all-male family of small-time criminals. He cooks and cleans for his father and older brothers, who accept his femininity and adore Maxi as much as he adores them. Their love and trust is threatened by the arrival of Victor, a handsome and unusually honest police officer. M...

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    Three 6 Mafia At The Oscars

    From a press release just issued by AMPAS: Jordon "Juicy J" Houston, Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard and Darnell "Crunchy Black" Carlton of the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia will perform at the 78th Academy Awards...Beauregard and Houston, who are nominated for writing the music and lyrics for "It's Ha...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Mining for Meaning In More Berlinale Films: "Vendetta," "Container," "Do

    In a time of intense international strife, journalists and critics are especially sensitive to movies with messages, trying to decode the intentions of provocative directors. Films ranging from perhaps the seemingly smallest, like Lukas Moodysson's latest, "Container," to the largest, James McTeigue...

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