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This is the first of a series of articles on the Berlin international film festival, the Berlinale, taking place from February 7–17, 2019. With about half a million visitors each year the Berlin Film Festival, the Berlinale, is one of the largest film festivals internationally. This year’s edition, the 69th Berlinale, has a total of over 400 films on view. The official motto of this year’s Berlinale, “The personal is political”—rallying slogan of the 1968 student movement and second wave feminism that approaches political issues in an entirely subjective way—finds strong reflection in the festival program. The Retrospective section for…

LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, announced the winning films of the festival in an award ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany. Lucas International Film Festival For Young Film Lovers started on September 20th and concluded on September 27th. A total of 9500 people attended this festival in its eight days duration and 21 feature films and several short films had participated at the festival competitions. Lucas International Film Festival For Young Film Lovers has nine awards that six of them is offered by Lucas . This year for the first time Cinema Without Borders award it’s GoE Bridging The…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past nine months, chances are you’re probably familiar with the films Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians. It’s equally likely that you’ve read and heard all about how these two films are transforming Hollywood and the movie industry, breaking down racial boundaries for actors and actresses, combating the hateful tides of racism, and empowering minority youths all around the world. That certainly sounds impressive, but the impact that these films have had is severely overhyped. Now don’t get me wrong: both movies were engaging and fun to watch, and they both have excellent entertainment…

I had the privilege and honor of meeting Anthony Quinn, a legend and multidimensional artist, in the early ‘90s. I ended up working with him, learning from him and producing one film with him in the middle of that same decade. During the production of Seven Servants, this classic actor and I found much to bond over and the two of us became very close. I became a trustee of sorts for him and he offered me the opportunity to produce his next film. The regular meetings and meals I subsequently had with him, sometimes with his beloved family, resulted…

The Promise, a powerful and beautiful film by Terry George is now available to watch on DirectTV NOW (Showtime on demand). This is a MUST SEE! At Cinema Without Borders we had the opportunity of talking to the Academy Award winner director of The Promise, Terry George about the process of making it. The Promise happens in 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. https://youtu.be/vHaxt_FpPvY Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a…

MON AMOR, MON AMI(France/Italy ), directed by Adriano Valerio, as the winner of GoE’s 2018 Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders at the Palm Springs International ShortFest. This year’s award ceremony festival was held at Grand Ballroom  of Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs. The Editor-in-Chief of CWB, Bijan Tehrani, filmmaker, jury member Susan Morgan Cooper and  Adam Shepherd from GoEnergistics (Award and prize sponsor) presented the award for this year’s GoE Bridging the Borders awardwinner. The winner  received  a cash award of $2500 from our generous sponsors. The 16 nominees for the 2018 GoE Bridging The Borders Award…

Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael Shannon (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”; Oscar nominee for “Nocturnal Animals” and “Revolutionary Road”; Golden Globe nominee for “99 Homes”) star in HBO Films’ FAHRENHEIT 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) from a screenplay by Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi (“Vegas: Based on a True Story”), the drama is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting an alternate tomorrow in which media is an opiate, facts and history are rewritten, and “firemen” burn books. FAHRENHEIT 451 debuts SATURDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. https://youtu.be/mNKwe9k55fs…

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will present 15 timely and provocative films, from June 14-21, 2018, that shine a bright light on bravery and resilience in challenging times. In a year when women collectively raised their voices against discrimination and abuse, Human Rights Watch will present films offering incisive perspectives and critical insights on human rights issues impacting people around the world. 12 of the 15 films are directed or co-directed by women. Now in its 29th edition, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center. All screenings will…

Burbank, CA – May 3rd, 2018: Tonight at the closing ceremony of 2018  SEEfest, (South East European Film Festival LA.), POMEGRANATE ORCHARD, from Azerbaijan, directed by Ilgar Najaf, won GoE Bridging The Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by GoEnergistics. Nominees for the Bridging The Borders Award were: HAWAII, COMIC SANS, ENEMIES, GOGITA’S NEW LIFE, THE GREY WAR, MEN DON’T CRY, THE MARRIAGE, THE MINER, POMEGRANATE ORCHARD, SECRET INGREDIENT and UNWANTED. POMEGRANATE ORCHARD Azerbaijan, 2017, 90’ Director/Producer: Ilgar Najaf Producer: Mushfiq Hatamov Main Cast: Gurban Ismayilov, Samimi Farhad, Ilaha Hasanova Even with the help of his daughter-in-law and grandson, Shamil is too old to take care of his vast and lush pomegranate orchard, which…

Milos Forman, the celebrated Czech filmmaker, actor, scenarist and teacher, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Connecticut. He was 86. His twelve feature films were nominated for 33 Academy Awards. Three of these were for Best Director, two of which received the prize: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). Forman’s tone could be ironic, metaphoric, and allegorical, but his humane observations and subversive touch were the true key to his success. Two of his earliest productions received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film, a significant mark of…

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