51st Times BFI London Film Festival Wrap

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 16:00

As the curtain falls on the 51st London Film Festival, organisers will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that a hectic two weeks are over, but they'll walk away happy with their efforts.

The final tally of figures represent the highest ever audience attendance, and the screening of 14 Gala Premieres, 185 feature films, 133 short films, over 500 filmmakers and record numbers of buyers and sellers.

Leading Appearances

Vancouver International Film Festival 2007 Awards

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Fri, 10/12/2007 - 16:00

The 26th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run tonight with the closing gala and announcement of film festival award winners.

Audience awards

Animated feature Persepolis, directed by Marjane Satrapi of Iran and Vincent Paronnaud of France, won the Rogers People's Choice Award for Most Popular International Film. Persepolis is a coming-of-age story about a precocious Iranian girl growing up in the Islamic Revolution.

London Film Festival 2007 Preview

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Thu, 10/11/2007 - 16:00

In cinemas across London, feverish preparations are being made for the 51st annual London Film Festival which begins next week.

Over the space of some 15 days, 180 feature films from across the globe will be shown including 7 world premieres, 29 European premieres, and 128 UK premieres. It promises to be a busy time at some of London's cinema box offices.

Opening film

Julie Deply on Two Days in Paris

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Fri, 09/07/2007 - 16:00

For Julie Delpy, Two Days in Paris, her debut film as a director, was a true labour of love. She first thought of the idea 5 years ago. Julie has worked on several projects as a writer but getting her first film as a director off the ground with little money to play with, was never going to be easy.

Half Nelson Q & A With Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden

Submitted by A Gent on Mon, 05/07/2007 - 16:00

And it has performed beyond their wildest dreams, winning several awards and earning an Oscar nomination for leading man Ryan Gosling.

He plays Dan Dunne, a maverick history teacher in an inner city school who is secretly battling a self destructive addiction. His crumpled idealism and low self esteem are momentarily challenged by a curious friendship that develops with a 13 year old student, Drey (Shareeka Epps).

This unlikely connection forms the basis of a touching and thoughtful story.

Oscar Winners 2007

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 02/25/2007 - 16:00

It was sixth time lucky for veteran director Martin Scorsese, who finally won a director's Oscar for undercover cop thriller The Departed. Scorsese, who has previously been nominated for an Oscar for directing for The Aviator (2005), Gangs of New York (2003), Goodfellas (1990), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Raging Bull (1980), got a rousing ovation as he stepped up to receive the award from old friends Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. ''Could you double-check the envelope?'' he quipped.

Reading the Tea Leaves of Digital Rights Management

Submitted by Andy Marken on Sun, 02/18/2007 - 16:00

"Conscience. What a thing. If you believe you got a conscience it'll pester you to death. But if you don't believe you got one, what could it do t'ya? Makes me sick, all this talking and fussing about nonsense."
-- Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Sometimes when folks are trying to run you out of town on a rail the best thing you can do is start leading the parade.

The guy from Cupertino (hint that's Steve) made a bold move in that direction with his Manifesto posted on the Apple web site.