Friday, January 17, 2014


The Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes elected Pierre Lescure as its future President at its 14thJanuary meeting. Gilles Jacob was the immediate past president till the 67th Festival de Cannes. The election was held via secret vote in accordance with the statutes. He will take up his responsibilities on 1st July.The Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes also appointed Gilles Jacob Honorary President of the Festival.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"The Broken Circle Breakdown" directed by Felix Van Groeningen Won the "International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2013)

At the occasion of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA, January 3-13, 2014), the "International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize)for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2013)" has been presented to  "The Broken Circle Breakdown" directed by Felix Van Groeningen(Belgium, 2012, 111 mins).The jury stated: "A country song of a film - with all the love, pain, tragedy, and headache life can throw at you. A testament to the human spirit and how we can endure almost anything as long as there is even a sliver of hope or faith. Set in the tiny country of Belgium, a very personal story mirroring the ultimate decline of the American dream." The best actor Prize for the year went to:Mads Mikkelsen in "The Hunt" (Jagten) directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark, 2013, 115 mins).Bérénice Bejo awarded the best actress  for her performance in "The Past" (Le Passé) directed by Asghar Farhadi (Italy, France, 2013, 130 mins). 
The Jury members were:
György Kárpáti, Hungary
Karsten Kastelan, Germany
Steven Rea, USA

Thursday, January 9, 2014

64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale 2014): First seven Films for Competition selected

The first seven films for the Competition programme,  in the 64th Berlin International Film Festival  which will be held 6th February -16th February at Berlin , have been selected.
First seven films in Competition :
United Kingdom
By Yann Demange (Top Boy – TV series)
With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer
World premiere  
2--Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley)
By Alain Resnais (Smoking/No smoking, On connaît la chanson)
With Sabine Azéma, Sandrine Kiberlain, Caroline Silhol, André Dussolier,
Hippolyte Giradot, Michel Vuillermoz
World premiere

Spain / Canada / France
By Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow)
With Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent
World premiere

4…Die geliebten Schwestern
By Dominik Graf (In Face of the Crime, Lawinen der Erinnerung)
With Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius
World premiere
Greece / Germany / Cyprus
By Yannis Economides (Matchbox, Soul Kicking)
With Vangelis Mourikis, Vicky Papadopoulou, Petros Zervos
World premiere

6..The Grand Budapest Hotel
United Kingdom / Germany
By Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
With Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric,
Adrien Brody
World premiere – Opening film

7..The Monuments Men
Germany / USA
By George Clooney (The Ides of March; Good Night, and Good Luck.)
With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean

Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett