I caught a couple of last-minute, random films this week at the Vancouver International Film Festival. On Wednesday evening, I saw a Serbian-Albanian co-production Honeymoons (Medeni Mesec) - another sardonic title although not as dark as Russian film My Joy (which I reviewed earlier). The action parallels two separate stories revolving around weddings in neighbouring countries where the main characters are trying to escape to the West.
The London-set Raindance Film Festival has been a regular event in the UK film festival calendar since 1993. It continues to make waves with its commitment to showing indie films, in particular by new filmmakers, and often edgier material.
This year's Raindance Film Festival is a challenging and innovative mix, showing some 77 features and 69 UK Premieres over a 12 day period from the comfortable surroundings of the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus.
Toronto-set Hot Docs is the largest documentary film festival in North America. Established in 1993, Hot Docs has flourished in recent years with increasing numbers of documentaries getting made. Hot Docs is also an important marketplace for film producers and buyers to do business.
Movie rental giant Blockbuster has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York.
In a release the company said that business would continue as normal at its U.S. stores, although its recapitalization plan should reduce the Company's indebtedness from nearly $1 billion currently to an estimated $100 million or less when implemented.
The VIFF 25th Annual Film & TV Forum is back at the the Vancouver International Film Centre for another year later this month with sessions for filmmakers looking to hone their business and creative skills, expand their international contacts, and increase their digital media savvy.
It seems more like a decade than a year since VIFF (30 September-15 October) last came round. Make that two decades. With Copenhagen's failure fast becoming a dot in the rear view mirror, one filmmaker has returned to footage from the first “Earth Summit” in Rio for inspiration.
Essential Killing, a Jeremy Thomas presentation directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, has won an unprecedented three awards at last night's ceremony in Venice, taking home the Special Jury Prize, Best Actor (Vincent Gallo), and the Cinemavveniere Award for Best Film in Competition (youth jury).