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'Birdman' by Alejandro G. Iñárritu to Opens the 71st Venice Film Festival

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • July 15, 2014 10:40 AM
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"Birdman" (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ), directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu ("Amores perros," "21 Grams," "Babel,"Biutiful") with Michael Keaton, will open the 71st Venice Film Festival (August 27– September 6, 2014).

Venezia 70 Future Reloaded Shorts

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • October 7, 2013 11:30 AM
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Recently the Venice Film Festival paved its YouTube channel with 70 short films from some of the most influential filmmakers in the world to celebrate the festival's 70th universality.

Film Review: Terraferma

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • August 9, 2013 5:30 PM
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I want to introduce Carlos Aguilar, a young writer and filmmaker who came to my notice through his list of the Top 10 Best Mexican Films published on Filmophilia, a blog by young film writers.

Unifrance Has A New Director

  • By Fabien Lemercier
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  • June 6, 2013 1:30 PM
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We in U.S. All know Unifrancc because French films are the most popular non-English language in the U.S. In the bad old days, everyone had to ask N.Y. Unifrance's Catherine Verret for a pass (free) for the festival but only those who had actually acquired a French film that year were granted a pass. John Kochman took over and the rules changed so buyers could apply to the market for all film entries. John was recently put on part-time because of cut backs.

Richard Lormand, Publicist's Best Films

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • February 9, 2013 12:30 PM
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Richard Lormand's films are always a key to the best films at the festivals of Berlin, Venice and Cannes. If he reps them, you want to see them.

Inaugural Online Film Festival "The Shortlist"

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • August 26, 2012 10:30 AM
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The 12 finalists for the first annual “ShortList” Online Film festival, August 20 - September 4, 2012 include shorts prize winners from the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Venice Film Festival and the LA Film Festival, and come from the United States, Kenya, Italy, Brazil and elsewhere. The shorts will screen exclusively for an online voting audience on http://shortlistfilmfestival.com through Sept. 4.

Festival Scope Partners with Hong Kong FF and Co-Pro Market HAF

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • April 10, 2012 10:30 AM
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The partnership highlights the HAF selected talent: a selection of the previous films of the filmmakers who have a project at HAF are now available for screening on Festival Scope. This will help potential co-producers and sales agents to follow-up their meetings in Hong Kong.

Venice Film Festival Announces its Market in a Crowded Fall Season

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • March 21, 2012 10:41 AM
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The Venice Film Festival's new artistic director Alberto Barbera has announced that France’s Pascal Diot will head the new Venice Film Market. TIFF goes on. In October, Rome has announced that Marco Mueller has been apppointed Director there and will soon reveal market plans. Moscow has also announced its Red Square Screenings will be held during this crowded fall season. The big question is, who will have the energy to attend yet another market?

Rights Round Up Toronto 2011, Venice, Telluride through AFM 2011

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 25, 2011 2:30 AM
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This reports on sales made during this fall season. It includes rights acquired in Venice, Telluride, Toronto, San Sebastian and will continue through AFM 2011. It is organized by international sales agent. Additions are made daily.

International Sales Agent of the Day: MPM Film

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 16, 2011 6:04 AM
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Congratulations to Marie-Pierre Macia and Juliette Lepoutre. Their start-up international sales company MPM Film is in Toronto with a beautiful, quietly moving and totally aesthetic film in Toronto's Discovery section (and in Venice Days and in San Sebastian's Horizontes section). A U.S. sale on Stories That Only Exist When Remembered (Historias…que so existem quando lembradas) by one of my favorite people in the industry, Pierre Menahem, has already been made to Film Movement for U.S. putting it into the rarefied company of 22 U.S. acquisitions thus far at TIFF. (See my blog for details on this subject.)

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