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Full Programme announced for the 2009 London Film Festival

9 September 2009 3:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, has been announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron. The line-ip includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests. Opening Night film, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, is one of the Festival's 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Helen McCrory.   Other films celebrating their world premieres include Sam Taylor-Wood's Closing Night Gala Nowhere Boy and the Festival's first ever Archive Gala, the BFI's new restoration of Anthony Asquith's Underground, with live music accompaniment by the Prima Vista Social Club, led by Neil Brand.  The Festival will also host 23 European premieres, including Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs, Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back and Robert Connolly's Balibo, »

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Q&A: Variety

2 May 2009 3:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Bette Gordon's Variety is a fascinating document of seedy, pre-Guiliani New York from the 1980s. Gordon has been an important figure in downtown New York (as documented in another Festival film, Celine Danhier's documentary Blank City), and Variety is something that can be looked at as emblematic of those times. [Note: All the stills on the site, for example, from the film, were taken by major photographer Nan Goldin, and the film's lurid neon look certainly has links and is reminscent of the world of Goldin's classic The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.] It was a reunion after Variety's screening during the Festival, and Gordon, star Sandy McLeod, and producer Renee Shafrans looked back on that time with nostalgia and fondness: 'it was a very Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney let's put on a show' experience, said the producer. When the film was chosen for Cannes' Un Certain Regard program, in order to get »

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Q&A: Blank City

28 April 2009 7:45 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

The Q and A after Saturday night's world premiere of Blank City turned into a veritable roll call of artists and icons from the No Wave and Cinema of Transgression film movements that began in late-'70s New York. Director Celine Danhier was joined by producer Aviva Wishnow and executive producers Dan Braun and Josh Braun at the front of the theater as they introduced many of the documentary's interview subjects who were in the crowd, among them Nick Zedd, Amos Poe, Richard Kern, Sara Driver, Charlie Ahearn, Patti Astor, and Pat Place. Once we finished craning our necks to see all the cult celebs in the crowd, the big question on everyone's mind was, 'Where can we watch all the films talked about in Blank City?' 'Good question. Next question,' joked Dan Braun. 'We hope that [Blank City] will generate interest for a lot of these films in some form. »

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