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Streamlined Rome Film Fest sees inevitable drop in box office and attendance but puts on a good show; Mia launches with scope for content growth.
The Rome International Film Festival’s 10th edition concluded on Saturday (Oct 24) with Pan Nalin’s female “buddy” movie Angry Indian Goddesses winning the sole prize of the event - The Bnl People’s Choice Award.
The director, who also made India’s highest-grossing documentary, Ayurveda: Art of Being, continued his successful festival run after securing second place for Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, behind Lenny Abrahamson’s Room.
Both films were once again pitted against each other in the eternal city, with the heartwarming Goa-based drama this time winning out.
Piera Detassis, president of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, said: “I am pleased that a courageous and revealing film that sheds light on the condition of women in India, choosing a genre that is traditionally about male bonding »
New festival director criticizes “myopic” battle for premieres and reveals London Film Festival “alliance”.
In its tenth year the once again reinvented Rome Film Festival (October 16-24) will host a streamlined but crowd-pleasing combination of autumn festival titles and potential discoveries.
Among national debuts are Lenny Abrahamson’s well-received Room, James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Pal Nalin’s female buddy movie Angry Indian Goddesses and Paul Thomas Anderson’s recently announced music documentary Junun, about Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s travels to India.
UK documentary The Confessions Of Thomas Quick and Chinese box office giant Monster Hunt will also be among the 37 films, documentaries and TV series from 24 countries announced today in the official selection.
The semi-autonomous Alice Nella Citta strand will showcase titles including Deniz Gamze Erguven »
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
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A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
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4 items from 2015
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