September 11 (2002) - News Poster



Youssef Chahine to be feted at Venice fest

Youssef Chahine to be feted at Venice fest
Rome -- The Venice Film Festival said Monday that it would dedicate this year's edition to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who died July 27 at the age of 82.

Chahine, whose crime drama "Heya fawda" (Chaos) screened in competition in Venice last year, was co-winner of the festival's Unesco award in 2002 for his work on the controversial film "11'09'01 -- September 11."

It is the second major homage to Chahine since his death: the just-completed Locarno Film Festival also paid a tribute to the director with a Piazza Grande screening of his historical romance "Al Massir" (Destiny), which had first screened at the same venue in 1997.

In Venice, the tribute film will be "Bab el hadid" (Cairo Station), a 1958 classic Chahine both starred in and directed. The film will screen on Aug. 31, at midnight.

The 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6.
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Gitai tapped for Locarno lifetime honor

Gitai tapped for Locarno lifetime honor
ROME -- Hard-nosed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai will be given the prestigious Leopard of Honor prize for lifetime achievement at the 61st annual Locarno Film Festival.

The four-time Palme d'Or nominee is best known for such powerful works as 1999's Kadosh, about two sisters' clashes with orthodox Jewish society; 2000's Kippur, a drama based on the 1973 Yom Kippur War; and as one of the 11 directors behind 11'09'01, the controversial Venice UNESCO award winner released on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A well-known presence in Locarno, Gitai served on the festival's jury in 1992 and his polarizing documentary Zirat Ha'Rezach (The Arena of Murder), which explored the aftermath of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, premiered there in 1996.

"Amos Gitai occupies a very special place in the landscape of contemporary cinema," Locarno artistic director Frederic Maire said. "Every one of his films confronts us with the infinite complexity of reality."

The prize ceremony will be one of the main events of the Aug.

Japanese New Wave Director Dies

Japanese director Shohei Imamura has died of liver cancer. He was 79. Tokyo-born Imamura was hailed as one of the cinematic icons of Japan's New Wave movement, twice winning the prestigious Palme d'Or at France's prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Famed for concentrating on gritty social issues, he frequently raised eyebrows with his work, which latterly included a piece based on the September 11th terrorist attacks as part of the 2002 short film compilation 11'09''01. Actor Koji Yakusho, who worked with Imamura on 2001 movie Warm Water Under A Red Bridge, calls the film-maker "a treasure." Imamura is survived by his wife Akiko, two sons and a daughter. His funeral has been scheduled for next week.

Dhawan set to write HBO comedy pilot

Sabrina Dhawan, the writer of the hit Indian comedy Monsoon Wedding, has inked a deal to pen a comedy pilot for HBO, with Brad Grey TV on board to produce. Described as a darkly comic look at what it means to be American, the project, now in early stages of development, will explore the lives of Indian immigrant families as they transition from first-generation to second-generation Americans. In addition to the Mira Nair-directed Monsoon Wedding, Dhawan's credits also include the feature Saanjh -- As Night Falls, the Indian segment in the 11'09'01 -- September 11 international film project and PBS' Cosmopolitan. She recently adapted Manil Suri's novel The Death of Vishnu for Arena Pictures and is finishing her latest project for Killer Films, based on an original pitch. Dhawan has also been approached to write the Broadway musical version of Monsoon Wedding. She is repped by Brillstein-Grey's Jai Khanna and attorney James Adams.

Singapore fest lineup has political tone

SINGAPORE -- With a selection most distinctive for its politically and religiously controversial films, the 16th Singapore International Film Festival is set to run Thursday to May 2 with 350 features, shorts and animation titles from 45 countries. Among the films screening are Michael Moore's Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine; the 9/11-themed collection of shorts 11'09"01; Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer's Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, documenting an interview with Adolf Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge; and Peter Mullan's 1960s Catholic drama The Magdalene Sisters.

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