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South East European Film Festival Los Angeles 2016 Brings Oscar Entries and Focuses on Exile

27 April 2016 7:48 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Throughout the year Los Angeles hosts a great number of festivals focused on highlighting the cinema of specific geographic regions or countries. Among them, the annual South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles allows American audiences the opportunity to experience films from about 18 countries of South East Europe, showcasing diversity of cultures and cinematic talents.

SEEfest was twice the recipient of the prestigious festival grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and five other awards for programming excellence from the State of California, County and City of Los Angeles, and Cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

The 2016 edition of the festival runs April 28 – May 5 at Ahrya Fine Arts and Music Hall in Beverly Hills, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and West Hollywood Council Chambers/Library. This year the program focuses on the many faces of exile, both external and internal, and includes stories both piercing and lifting that share as many facets of the human experience of exile as there are films. A full slate of high quality features and timely documentaries will begin on Opening night April 28 at Ahrya Fine Arts theater with the premiere of Bosnia’s Oscar entry "Our Everyday Life," directed by Ines Tanović, who will attend the screening.

The festival was designed to showcase the cinema from South East Europe, a part of the world that is as tumultuous as it is fascinating.  “We are deeply honored to have several wonderful films on the program that do what cinema does best, take us up close and personal with real people on a perilous trek toward uncertain future,” says SEEfest Founder and Artistic Director, Vera Mijojlić.

The list of acclaimed features and documentaries include a young boy’s journey across hostile borders in search of a father in Visar Morina’s "Babai," which was Kosovo's Oscar entry at the most recent Academy Awards; a documentary about refugees "Logbook_Serbistan"" by the celebrated Serbian director and lifelong rebel, Želimir Žilnik; a romantic comedy from Australia about Greek-Muslim love,  "Alex & Eve" by Peter Andrikidis; Bulgarian coming-of-ager "Losers," a self-deprecating reference to the society at large by Ivaylo Hristov; Serbian morality tale about corrosive hidden truths, "A Good Wife" by celebrated Eastern European actress-turned-director Mirjana Karanović and which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival; a  love story on the mine fields dotting the border-crossings between Turkey and Greece, "Riverbanks" by Greek director Panos Karkanevatos; a photographer’s album of the 20th century in "The Eye of Istanbul" from Turkey, by Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak; the riveting political thriller "Why Me?" by Tudor Giurgiu from Romania; Serbia's moving Oscar entry "Enclave" by veteran helmer Goran Radovanović, and more films ranging in cinematic sensibility from quiet observation to irreverent humor.

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- Carlos Aguilar

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Matt Nable leads cast of Nine-Matchbox crime series Hyde and Seek

13 April 2016 5:32 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Matt Nable.

Matt Nable (Fell, Hacksaw Ridge, Arrow), Deborra-lee Furness (Correlli, Jindabyne), Mandy McElhinney (House of Hancock, Love Child), Emma Hamilton (The Tudors, Mary: The Making of a Princess) and Zoe Ventoura (Packed to the Rafters) are set to star in Hyde and Seek, a new series from Nine.

The series revolves around Detective Gary Hyde (Nable), whose best friend is killed in a seemingly random attack.

Together with his new partner Claire McKenzie (Hamilton), Hyde uncovers a criminal conspiracy that will threaten his life and endanger his young family.

Also joining the cast are Tai Hara (Home and Away), Claire Lovering (San Andreas), Andrew McFarlane (Devil.s Playground, Love Child), Aaron Fa.aoso (East West 101) and Stephanie Panozzo.

Hyde and Seek is being made for the Nine by Matchbox Pictures and distributed by NBCU..

Executive producers are Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan from the Nine Network and Debbie Lee (Glitch, »

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Us audiences embrace ethnic Australian rom-com Alex and Eve

11 February 2016 7:55 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Richard Brancatisano and Andrea Demetriades in Alex and Eve.


Peter Andrikidis. quirky ethnic romantic comedy Alex and Eve is making waves in the Us and has played to sold out screenings at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The festival is now putting on additional screenings of the film, which is a love story between a Greek Orthodox school teacher.and a Lebanese Muslim lawyer — both Aussies.

The film has now had three sold out screenings and festival organisers are now putting on additional screenings due to the popularity of the film.

Director, Peter Andrikidis, told If Us audiences responded well to the film after screenings and a Q and A session with Alex and Eve star, Richard Brancatisano, who is working in Los Angeles.

.The responded fantastically,. he said. .We had three screenings and they were all sold out. There were queues to get in and they actually got it. »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Watch: Exclusive 'Alex & Eve' Clip Puts a Cultural Twist on Forbidden Romances

3 February 2016 11:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Santa Barbara International Film Festival Slate Features U.S. Premiere of Malick's 'Knight of Cups,' Much More What happens when a Greek Orthodox man and a Lebanese Muslim woman fall in love? Peter Andrikidis' "Alex & Eve" explores the answer and all its comical repercussions. The movie is based on the successful Australian play of the same name. The official synopsis reads: "Alex is a handsome timid schoolteacher in his mid-thirties. His traditional and domineering parents want him to marry a good Greek girl, but Alex falls hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Eve, a lawyer, whose parents are Lebanese Muslim. The couple must hide their relationship knowing their parents will never allow them to be together." In the exclusive clip above, we get a glimpse of just how different Alex and Eve's worlds really are. "Alex & Eve" will premiere Friday, February 5 at the Santa Barbara International Film. »

- Lauren Townsend

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Australia returns the Tarantino love, Hateful Eight pips The Revenant

24 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight.

In its first proper week of release after roadshow outings, The Hateful Eight has landed on top at the local box office..

Quentin Tarantino's western chamber piece rang up $2.3 million over the weekend on 239 screens, bringing its total to $3.3 million..

It beat The Revenant, another revenge western and last week's champ at the local Bo, which dropped thirty-eight percent for a weekend gross of $2.2 million on 244 screens.

The Alejandro González Iñárritu epic has now pulled in $13.2 million after three weeks.

The Jack Black-starring Goosebumps remained strong in its second week, making $1.9 million over the weekend to bring its cume to $6.4 million.

While Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens rang up $1.9 million in its sixth week - a thirty-nine percent drop from last week..

J.J. Abrams' film has now racked up $88.2 million at the Australian box office..

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- Harry Windsor

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