Ekoiff/Goethe-institut Presents Iara Lee’s Cultures Of Resistance
The Eko International Film Festival and the Goethe-Institut Lagos will host the press conference and screening of Iara Lee’s Cultures of Resistance on Wednesday November 9, 2011, at the Goethe-Institut Lagos, Nigeria, at 3 pm.
Lagos City Hall,
Catholic Mission Street
opposite Holy Cross Cathedral
Cultures of Resistance features the recollections of the socio-political resistance of the legendary Afrobeat king Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Niger Delta Militants of contemporary political struggle in Nigeria and other forces of resistance in other parts of the world.
Iara Lee is a Korean Brazilian film producer and director based in New York City. She is better known as the director of the documentaries Synthetic Pleasures and Modulations, as well as for her involvement with the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla”, in which at least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed by Israeli naval forces.
She is the founder of the Caipirinha Foundation and a member of the Council of Advisors to the National Geographic Society.
The movie adaptation of “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” the 2003 novel of American author Lionel Shriver is the winner of the best film at the 55th BFI London Film Festival Wednesday. The novel won the Orange Prize for fiction in 2005.
The film described as an unflinching portrayal of a mother’s troubled relationship with her son featured Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, starring as Eva, Kevin’s mother
Kevin (Ezra Miller), 15, commits a massacre at his high school and goes to jail. Stunned, his mother, Eve (Tilda Swinton) can only react to tragedy when it begins to correspond with her husband, Franklin (John C. Reilly), who lives far and recalls the boy’s troubled past.
“We Need to Talk about Kevin” premiered at the last Cannes Film Festival was directed by Scottish film maker Lynne Ramsay. It beat eight other films, including Russian Alexander Sokurov’s Faust that won the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
“In the end, we were simply bowled over by one film, a sublime, uncompromising tale of the torment that can stand in the place of love,” said John Madden, chair of the judging panel.
“‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ is made with the kind of singular vision that links great directors across all the traditions of cinema.”
The festival closes Thursday evening with a gala screening of “The Deep Blue Sea,” Terence Davies’ adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play starring Rachel Weisz.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima with contributions from Mike Collett-White.
Del-York International Spearheads “Bem-Vindo A Nollywood’’ Film Festival
In São Paulo, Brazil
LAGOS, NIGERIA, 25 October 2011 – Del-York International is teaming up with Kinopedia Ltd and the Departamento de Expansão Cultural da Secretaria de Cultura, Prefeitura de São Paulo to host the first Nollywood film festival in South America from 18th–27th November 2011.
This milestone will be held at the Cine Olido in São Paulo, Brazil,, which will host a roundtable discussion featuring some of Nollywood’s most respected practitioners as well as showcase a retrospective of nine films by the award-winning director Tunde Kelani.
Since the Festival marks the beginning of a multi-year cultural exchange with the government of Brazil, The film festival aims at promoting Del-York’s mission to inaugurate a sustainable relationship between the Nigerian film industry “Nollywood” and the Brazilian people, by celebrating the Yoruba heritage and traditions shared by both nations. especially those that trace their origin to the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and Africa at large,which is commendably portrayed in Tunde Kelani’s films.
Tunde Kelani, a celebrated advocate of Yoruba culture, has long been considered to be one of Nigeria’s most accomplished filmmakers. His four-decade-long career started in the early 1970s as a television cameraman. When the devaluation of the Naira decreased filmmakers’ purchasing power, Kelani ceased his work as a cinematographer to direct and produce his own films on video format with the establishment of Mainframe Television and Movie Productions in 1992 – producing such beloved classics as “Saworoide” (1999) and “Thunderbolt: Magun” (2001).
In Kelani’s words: “The list of nine films selected for the Ffilm festival are important, because the films are valuable not only to the Yorubas in the homeland, but especially to Yorubas in the Diaspora, who despite 200 years to 300 years of slave-trade and how they got to that side of the world, they have remained true and close to the culture.”
According to the 2011 World Bank report, “The Untold Story of Growth & Employment Potential in Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry,” Nollywood has already demonstrated significant impact on poverty alleviation through the creation of jobs especially for the youth. However, one challenge to its continued growth is that the industry lacks a branding strategy to compete with other well-established industries on a global scale. As such, the “Bem-vindo a Nollywood” Film Festival will formally introduce Nigerian films to Brazilian audiences and contribute to establishing the industry on the international stage, thus growing Nollywood’s export potential and multiplying its ability to create employment.
Russian Alexander Sokurov’s “Faust” a free cinematic interpretation of the Faust legend from the adaptations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Thomas Mann won the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
The film cost €8 million.
Aleksandr Sokurov with the Golden Lion
Official Result of the Winners of the 68th Venice Film Festival
Hanna Schygulla in “Faust”
Golden Lion for Best Film Faust by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)
Silver Lion for Best Director
Shangjun CAI for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai (People Mountain People Sea) (China – Hong Kong)
Special Jury Prize Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
Michael Fassbender in the film Shame by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress Deanie Yip in the film Tao jie (A Simple Life) by Ann Hui (China – Hong Kong)
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô in the film Himizu by Sion Sono (Japan)
Osella for the Best Cinematography
Robbie Ryan for the film Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold (United Kingdom)
Osella for Best Screenplay
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for the film Alpis (Alps) by Yorgos Lanthimos (Grecia)
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis”Venice Award for a Debut Film Là-bas by Guido Lombardi (Italy) – International Critics’ Week
and a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis, to be divided equally between the director and the producer
Orizzonti Award (full-length films): Kotoko by Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
Special Orizzonti Jury Prize (full-length films): Whores’ Glory di Michael Glawogger (Austria, Germania)
Orizzonti Award: Accidentes Gloriosos (medium-length films) by Mauro Andrizzi and Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, Denmark, Germany)
Orizzonti Award (short films): In attesa dell’avvento by Felice D’Agostino and Arturo Lavorato (Italia)
Special Mentions: O Le Tulafale (The Orator) by Tusi Tamasese (New Zealand, Samoa) All The Lines Flow Out by Charles LIM Yi Yong (Singapore)
Controcampo Award (for narrative feature-length films) Scialla! by Francesco Bruni
Controcampo Award (for short films) A Chjàna by Jonas Carpignano
Controcampo Doc Award (for documentaries) Pugni chiusi by Fiorella Infascelli
to the documentary Black Block by Carlo Augusto Bachschmidt
to Francesco Di Giacomo for the cinematography of Pugni chiusi
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Marco Bellocchio
Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award 2011 Al Pacino
Persol 3D Award for the Most Creative Stereoscopic Film of the Year Zapruder Filmmakers Group (David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi, and Monaldo Moretti)
L’Oréal Paris Award for Cinema
Countries of the filmmakers whose films were screened at the 68th Venice International Film Festival
Edgardo COZARINSKY, Nocturnos (Orizzonti)
Amiel COURTIN-WILSON, Hail (Orizzonti)
Josef DABERNIG, Hypercrisis (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Michael GLAWOGGER, Whores’ Glory (Orizzonti)
Norbert PFAFFENBICHLER, Conference (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
Chantal AKERMAN, La Folie Almayer(Out Of Competition)
Nicolas PROVOST, The Invader (Orizzonti)
Nicolas PROVOST, Moving Stories (Orizzonti medium-length and short films)
One of the most recent stakeholders initiatives to improve the quality of film production in Nigeria was the 2011 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Forum (iREP) collaborative workshop with the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the United Consulate in Lagos, on Story Telling, Scripting and Content Management, an industry clinic targeted at professionals within the various disciplines of film making.
Michael Gozzard and the participants at the introductory session
Michael Gozzard, a multiple-award winning script writer and content manager from Hollywood was the instructor at the one week workshop held at the Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street on Victoria Island in Lagos. The interactive workshop ended on Friday September 2, 2011. Gozzard, who wrote and produced the famous Hollywood film, Pride took the 32 participants through intensive sessions on general introduction of the dynamics of Scriptwriting and Storytelling. The Participants were nominated by their various Guilds.
Veteran actor, Olu Jacobs with iREP;s Executive Director, Femi Odugbemi at the end of one of the sessions.
The Workshop is in pursuit of iREP’s commitment to encouraging Training and Manpower Development in the local film industry aside organizing Exhibitions and Conversations around the Nigeria and African film industry.
Michael Gozzard, Femi Odugbemi, Makinwa Soyinka and Bene Uche, Senior Cultural Officer with PAS.
Hope Obioma Opara, Publisher of Supple magazine and President, Eko International Film Festival and Busola Holloway, President of Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN).
iREP’s executives Makinwa Soyinka, Director of Lagos Film Office and Jahman Anikulapo, The Editor of The Guardian on Sunday with Michael Gozzard.
This is the one of iREP’s collaborations with various agencies of culture production and promotion to encourage flowering of artistic ideas and development of the culture sector. Other collaborations include with Ka-Yalema Productions, USA; DV WORX Productions, Lagos; Lagos Film Office; Goethe Institut, Lagos; Real life Festival, Ghana; Committee for Relevant Art, Lagos; Freedom Park, Lagos; Nigeria Film Corporation, NFC, Jos; Nigeria Film and Video Census Board, NFVCB, Abuja; Lifehouse Centre, Lagos; British Council, Lagos and others.
Hope Opara commending the workshop.
iREP is a touring film festival established by three Nigerian culture figures (Femi Odugbemi, Jahman Anikulapo and Makin Soyinka) to promote independent documentary films and global awareness about the role of documentary films in deepening participatory democracy. iREP is conceptualized to create platform of awareness and expression for aspiring and practising filmmakers who are creating socially relevant documentary films to positively impact our world.It is a co-promoter of the West African Documentary Film Forum with the REAL LIFE Festival based in Ghana/USA/France.
Some of iREP’s other objectives include creating a platform of awareness and expression for aspiring and practising filmmakers, and providing a forum for people’s ingenuity to be showcased without prejudice to style or subject.
iREP’s maiden international Documentary Film Festival held in January 2011 over a period of one week with participants from Nigeria, Sudan, United States, South Africa, Germany and France. Preparation is in top gear for the 2012 edition, also on the conceptual theme: AFRICA IN SELF-CONVERSATION.
iREP has also been involved with a monthly screening programme around key Art and event Centres around lagos i.e Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos and LIfehouse in VI, Lagos — with plans to extend programmes to other major cities in the country. iREP, in collaboration with the Goethe Insitut lagos and the Nigeria Film Corporation, NFC, will this month begin a Monthly Film Screening/ Exhibition programme at the Nigeria Film Corporation Lagos Office, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The 8th Abuja International Film and Video Festival will end tomorrow 30th of September 2011. The festival opened last Tuesday September 27th at the Silverbird Entertainment Centre with screenings, exhibitions, networking and seminars.
The Festival was founded in 2004 by the most traveled Nollywood celebrity couple Fidelis and Temitope Duker, who are both filmmakers.
Oliver Stone, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Barkin and James Marsden will be honored at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival
Special gala screenings to include “A Dangerous Method,” “Another Happy Day,” “Carnage,” “Like Crazy” and “The Artist”
Hosted by SCAD, the Savannah Film Festival will take place Oct. 29-Nov. 5
SAVANNAH, Georgia, September 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone (“Platoon,” “Wall Street”) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award along with Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning actress Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5,” “All of Me”) at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival. The festival, which will take place Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, will also honor Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Ellen Barkin (“The Big Easy,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”) with an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award and actor James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men”) will receive a Spotlight Award.
Films to receive special gala screenings will include David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method;” Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy,” winner of the Grand Jury and Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” winner of the Best Actor Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival; Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” winner of the Little Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival; and Sam Levinson’s “Another Happy Day,” starring festival honoree Ellen Barkin. The festival will also screen Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness,” Famke Janssen’s “Bringing Up Bobby,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk about Kevin,” Mark and Jay Duplass’ “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” and Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus.”
Special guests currently scheduled to attend are Alec Baldwin, Universal Pictures President Ron Meyer, James Toback and Famke Janssen.
Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private, nonprofit, accredited, degree-granting university, the Savannah Film Festival has become one of the largest entertainment events in the Southeast. From feature-length films to two-minute shorts, the annual festival presents a full range of cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers.
During the festival, professional workshops and lectures for the community and area high school and college students address topics such as acting, directing, producing, animation and filmmaking, among others. SCAD students are given the opportunity to network with filmmakers, directors, studio executives, producers and others to gain further understanding of their chosen career. The university offers the only major film program in the United States integrated within an acclaimed art and design university. In the past seven years, the university has been one of the top 10 U.S. film schools in producing Student Academy Award finalists.
Over the past six years, many of the evening screenings at the festival have garnered Academy Award nominations. The festival has U.S. premiered two Pedro Almodovar films as well as films by Robert Redford and Woody Allen. Special gala screenings, which were shown before their national release, include “127 Hours,” “Amelie,” “Babel,” “Black Swan,” “Precious,” “Sideways,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “The Wrestler” and “Up in the Air.”
Each year, distinguished honorees are presented awards for excellence in the entertainment industry. Past honored guests have included Sir Ian McKellen, Liam Neeson, Isabella Rossellini, Hugh Dancy, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Peter O’Toole, Kathleen Turner, Sydney Pollack, Alan Cumming, Roger Ebert, Jane Fonda, John Waters, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin, Natasha Richardson and Ellen Burstyn.
Individual tickets for the 2011 Savannah Film Festival will go on sale 10 a.m., Oct. 3, 2011 and can be purchased at the Trustees Theater Box Office, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia, online at www.savannahboxoffice.com, or by phone at 912.525.5050.
Morning and afternoon screenings and panels will be $5 for the general public; $3 for students, seniors and military; and free for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. The price for tickets to the evening screenings will be $10 for the general public and $5 for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. Group discounts are available.
The schedule, which is subject to change, will be available Sept. 30 on the Savannah Film Festival website. For more information on the festival, visit scad.edu/filmfest.
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Cinemas are central to the growth of the film industry and Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Nu Metro Cinemas have sustained the growth of the appreciation of cinemas in South Africa and other African countries.
Ster Kinekor Theatres is South Africa’s largest cinema exhibitor. They offer 31 Ster Kinekor Junction value cinemas and 6 Ster Kinekor Classic cinemas countrywide, totalling more than 400 screens and 60 000 seats. Cinema Nouveau offers 7 cinemas countrywide, where patrons can experience ‘art’ movies. At The Zone in Rosebank and at the Gateway complex, patrons can also experience films on special 3D screens. The Ster Kinekor Movie Club has more than 2 million members, offering rewards such as discount on movie tickets, half-price Tuesdays and special newsletters with information on upcoming movies, movie reviews, movie trailers, schedules and show times.
Ster Kinekor originated in 1969 when 20th Century Fox sold their South African theatre business to Sanlam, who already operated Ster Theatres and Ster Films under the Ster brand. The newly acquired business was called Kinekor. Since then, the company continued to open cinema complexes throughout South Africa. Ster Kinekor is now a division of Primedia.
Ster Kinekor represents the following studios in South Africa: Universal Pictures (video), Walt Disney Pictures (theatrical), Miramax Films, Focus Features and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Ster Kinkor Theatres – Always Better on Our Big Screen.
The much awaited Nigerian premiere of Rahman Oladigbolu’s award winning film In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters comes up on Thursday September 8, 2011, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas at The Palms in Lekki, Lagos. Popular award winning American actor Jimmy Jean-Louis is Tai Ojo in this movie that has been described as one of the best movies by African filmmakers in the Diaspora. Rahman, a graduate of Quincy College and Harvard University is also the author of On Holy Pilgrimage: A Long Journey for Freedom.
Mirlyne Dorvilus and Kandace Cummings as Sade George and Sonya Ibrahim.
In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters won the 2011 Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for the Best Film for Africans Abroad and the Best Emerging Filmmaker’s Award at the 2010 Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston Massachusetts.
“It is a masterpiece that showcases the ignoble sub-culture where illegal immigrants are forced to exist in the US. It chronicles the terrible and dishonorable lifestyle that these individuals live on a daily basis just to survive in the West. Added to this desperation is the incessant plea for financial assistance from families in the homeland. Not since Kafka has someone so aptly captured the depths and essence of Western existentialism and its culture of individualism.”
An African medical student seeking better professional opportunity in the United States finds herself caught up in the American immigration war. With the political heat mounting on illegal immigrants, she’s faced only with a dilemma: she either continues to live on the fringes of the society, where there’s no hope for her career goal, or give up all hope on the American dream.
A young American puts her life on hold to restore the glory of her parents estranged marriage. After years of painful sacrifice, and amid the storm of her adolescent crises, she has to make a last shot for their reconciliation, or give up forever on her parents as she goes away to college.
What happens when the lives of these two young women cross? The result is a soul-touching friendship that tests the limits of political laws and redefines human dedication.
Rahman in glasses with Jimmy Jean-Louis with 2010 AMAA awards.
About the Director:
Rahman was born in Oyo State, Nigeria, into the royal family of the kingdom once known as Oyo Empire. He started his formal education at Alaafia Nursery and Primary school at Ibadan, completed his primary education at Saint Andrews Demonstration, Oyo, and his secondary education at Olivet Baptist High School, also at Oyo. Then he made a decision to come to the United States to study film production. But as a thinker says, events sometimes mock at human foresight, and there is nothing more certain than the unforeseen. A peculiar unforeseen would be Rahman’s lot for the next decade after his decision, and which culminated in his first book, On Holy Pilgrimage: A Long Journey For Freedom. Though Rahman decided to write the book to tell his story, to awaken the world about the depth of the mysteries within which life is cocooned, the book initially served only as a therapeutic avenue for him to keep his sanity while going through one of the worst experiences any human could be subjected to. With his body tortured by a mysterious illness, and his intellect by the conflict of cultures, Western scientific and traditional African cultures, his primary motivation to write the book was his discovery of the concept of reincarnation, a complex reality without which he thinks higher understanding of life might be impossible. Confused in his world, living ‘on the lip of insanity, not knowing the reason he was made to suffer, whether by science or witchcraft or fate, Rahman discovered the human mind, the balcony from which both the inside and outside of the universe could be perceived. Spending seven years on the sick bed, this territory became his only realm of work and! play. It would transform the worldview that Rahman had ever known, and put him on the pedestal to a new height, a new way of life. Rahman now lives in Massachusetts.
Madsen, Stockwell, and Wexler to be honored at the 2011 Albuquerque Film Festival
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 12, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — It’s a celebration of film as the 2011 Albuquerque Film Festival (AFF) honors actors Michael Madsen and Dean Stockwell along with cinematographer Haskell Wexler for their inspired careers and achievements in film at the Albuquerque Film Festival Legend Awards (August 18-21, 2011).
AFF has crafted an outstanding lineup of festivities featuring Madsen, “AFF Maverick Award” recipient and revered poet. Madsen will appear at a book signing and poetry reading prior to the screening of Reservoir Dogs at the KiMo Theatre. He will also participate in the Dennis Hopper Memorial Bike Ride – leading a pack of Harley riders down Central Boulevard to the screening of Hell Ride. Director, writer and co-star, Larry Bishop, will also attend the film screening – part of AFF’s Midnight Movies with Michael Madsen series.
In addition to recognizing the works of Madsen, AFF will present several other awards. “Dennis Lee Hopper Award” recipient, Dean Stockwell , will appear at The Guild Cinema for the screening of Married to the Mob, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Haskell Wexler , best known for his work on One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf , will receive the “AFF Cinematography Award” and present a screening of Matewan. Madsen, Stockwell and Wexler will all be on hand to accept their awards at the Closing Night Ceremony of the AFF Legend Awards at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Albuquerque.
Additional highlights of the festival include screenings of films across various genres and a slew of film workshops and panels hosted by esteemed industry players including Todd Jefferson, Tony Mark, Giancarlo Esposito and Joshua Michael Stern.
For complete AFF 2011 program listings, tickets and festival passes, visit ABQfilmfestival.com or find us on Facebook.
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About The Albuquerque Film Festival
Now in its third year, The Albuquerque Film Festival is establishing itself as a first-rate festival that represents diversity, innovation and creative achievement in film.