Movie Festivals: Articles


'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy

The Doll with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig. Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring “the German Mary Pickford” has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary Pickford – Ossi […]


'Amazing Tales from the Archives': SFSFF Remembers Pioneering Female Documentarian & World War I Era (!) Sound Films

“Amazing Tales from the Archives”: Pioneering female documentarian Aloha Wanderwell Baker remembered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival – along with the largely forgotten sound-on-cylinder technology and the Jean Desmet Collection. 'Amazing Tales from the Archives': San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the 'sound-on-cylinder' system Fans of the earliest […]


Cannes Winners Diane Kruger & Sofia Coppola Oscar Chances + Bypassed Michael Haneke & Robert Pattinson

In the Fade with Diane Kruger: Fatih Akin's Avenging Woman drama may give its German-speaking star the chance to become next awards season's Isabelle Huppert. Diane Kruger: 2017–2018 awards season's Isabelle Huppert? (See previous post: “Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations.”) The Cannes Film Festival's 2003 Female Revelation Chopard Trophy winner, […]


'The Audition': Martin Scorsese Short Starring DiCaprio and De Niro Pulled from Venice

The Audition poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest […]


Venice Film Festival Jury: Oscar Winner Alfonso Cuarón President

'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis […]


Bruce Dern 'Nebraska' Tribute: AFI FEST

Bruce Dern in 'Nebraska': AFI FEST 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI FEST, which kicked off last Thursday, Nov. 7, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, Nov. 11, the highlight of AFI FEST 2013 is Alexander Payne's Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor […]


Paolo Sorrentino: Starz Denver Film Festival Honor

Paolo Sorrentino to receive Starz Denver Film Festival 2013 honor Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino will receive the fifth Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival. Sorrentino will be handed his award prior to the screening of The Great Beauty / La grande bellezza […]


J.R.R. Tolkien Descendant Holocaust Movie: Bel-Air Film Festival

J.R.R. Tolkien descendant's movie to be screened at Bel-Air Film Festival: Nicholas Tolkien's Holocaust-themed drama 'Terezin' The 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival, to be held October 7-13 in the Los Angeles area, will present the World Premiere of 23-year-old British writer-director Nicholas Tolkien's Terezin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, […]


Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau: Catalina Film Festival Honorees

Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau honored at 2013 Catalina Film Festival Sharon Stone and Jon Favreau were two honorees at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival, which ran September 18-23 in the small town of Avalon on the island of Catalina, located southwest of the Los Angeles Basin. Stone, best known for […]


Kinky (Sex) Film Festival Call for Entries + Oregon Independent Film Festival Returns

'Kinky (sex) film festival' looking for entries: CineKink 2014 (image: 'Strange Live Acts') CineKink, which bills itself as “the kinky film festival,” is looking for “films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality.” In the last decade, CineKink has screened an […]


Toronto Film Festival Dates and Movies: 'The Love Punch'

Toronto Film Festival 2013 Dates and Movies (image: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson in 'The Love Punch') The Toronto Film Festival 2013 dates are September 5 to 15. The Opening Night Gala film is Bill Condon's bound-to-be-controversial The Fifth Estate, which is not a belated sequel to Serge Leroy's The Fourth […]


Lesbian Love Story Wins Palme d'Or

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color.' Lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color wins Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day in Paris, an estimated 150,000 bigots took to the […]