Film's director Régis Wargnier, who won an Oscar for best foreign language film for “Indochine” in 1992, attended the event. Photo by VnExpress Cheering fans have plenty to be excited about at the ongoing movie event. Vietnam’s A-listers along with filmmakers and actors from around the world are taking to the red carpet in the capital for the fourth Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF). The festival features significant changes from previous years under the theme “Cinema – Integration and Sustainable Development”. A total of 146 films from more than 40 countries will be screened, including a re-release of "Indochine", filmed in Vietnam and starring French cinema queen Catherine Deneuve, who is in town for the event. Some are hoping the event will breathe life into Vietnam's movie industry - still in its infancy and mostly unknown, even on home soil. To bring the festival closer to the public, event organizers have decided to … [Read more...] about What’s new at the fourth Hanoi International Film Festival?
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A nearly four-hour long movie about a woman's thirst for revenge and her feelings of forgiveness after 30 years in jail for a crime she did not commit won the Venice Film Festival's top prize on Saturday. Director Lav Diaz has described "Ang Babaeng Humayo" ("The Woman Who Left") as a testimony to the struggles of the Philippines after centuries of colonial rule. "This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle, for the struggle of humanity," the 57-year-old said as he accepted the Golden Lion award for his black-and-white movie. Diaz, who at the Berlin Film Festival in February had premiered a film that ran over eight hours, said he hoped the latest recognition would create more appreciation for longer movies. "Cinema is still very young, you can still push it," he said. Twenty U.S. and international movies featuring top Hollywood talent and auteur directors were in competition at the world's oldest film festival, in its 73rd outing this year. The event is seen as a … [Read more...] about Philippine revenge drama wins Venice Film Festival’s top prize
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton’s "Loving" premiered at Cannes before coming to Toronto.— AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News TORONTO, Canada —The race for the Oscars intensifies this week at the Toronto film festival, where a spotlight will be shined on American politics, youth radicalisation, racism, feminism and alien arrivals. Nearly 400 feature and short films from 83 countries will be screened at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, the largest such event in North America, which opens on Thursday and runs through September 18. The event is crucial for Oscar-conscious studios and distributors, attracting hundreds of filmmakers and actors to the red carpet in Canada’s largest city. In past years, films such as 12 Years a Slave, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire went on from winning the Toronto festival’s audience prize for best picture to take the top honor at the Oscars. Last year, audience favorite Spotlight beat all predictions … [Read more...] about Toronto film festival looks back at US politics
Damien Chazelle's "La La Land", a musical comedy-drama about the joys and pains of pursuing one's dreams, opened the Venice film festival on Wednesday, kicking off days of screenings, parties and red carpet glamour. The movie, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, tells the story of a struggling jazz pianist, Sebastian, who falls in love with Mia, an aspiring actress in modern day Los Angeles. Sebastian is trying to get people, young and old, to care about traditional jazz, while Mia hopes one of her many auditions will finally land her an acting gig. "Young people have fallen into a lot of cynicism, are making fun of things and pointing out the flaws in everything and this movie is anything but that," Stone told journalists at a news conference. She said the movie reminded her of her own "humiliating auditions" when she first arrived in Los Angeles. "This is what I hope young people will do: work hard to achieve their dreams." The musical is one of 20 U.S. and international vying for … [Read more...] about Musical about L.A. dreamers opens 73rd Venice film festival
Hollywood high-rollers George Clooney and Sandra Bullock kicked off the Venice film festival on Wednesday with a harrowing space drama that opens a line-up flush with gloomy tales. VENICE: Hollywood high-rollers George Clooney and Sandra Bullock kicked off the Venice film festival on Wednesday with a harrowing space drama that opens a line-up flush with gloomy tales. "Gravity", a 3-D sci-fi thriller, sees Clooney and Bullock as astronauts who are flung into deep space when a debris shower destroys their shuttle. The stars sashayed down the red carpet to the song "Mambo Italiano" for the opening ceremony of the world's oldest film festival, drawing wild screams from adoring fans who held up signs reading "We love you!" Bullock, who stunned in a red, strapless, floor-length gown with a slit up the middle of the skirt to show off towering black heels, took photographs with devotees while a broadly-smiling Clooney in black tie signed hundreds of autographs. The American actress, who … [Read more...] about Clooney, Bullock space thriller opens Venice film festival