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  VANCOUVER FILM FESTIVAL 2009 – WRAP
The Vancouver Film Festival, a significant gateway of Asian cinema to the West, also showcases award winning films from other festivals – and it serves the festival well, reports Geoff Gardner.
  VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Vancouver is off the beaten film festival track. It’s not a mega event with hundreds of world premieres fighting for the attention of thousands of critics, buyers and festival programmers. Its main program collects together the usual hundred or so suspects for international art house attention and it presents a broad based focus on new Canadian cinema. Geoff Gardner went off the beaten track to file this report.
  VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – DRAGONS & TIGERS
Vancouver’s special niche in the world film calendar has evolved, over two decades, from a small hometown event into one of the key portals for new films out of East Asia. Programmed by Tony Rayns and Shelley Kraicer, the Dragons and Tigers selection of 43 new feature films and 20 shorts, draws on productions big and small from 14 countries. The range is huge, reports Geoff Gardner from Vancouver – where the jury, to Geoff’s surprise, ignored Jo Sung-Hee’s End of Animal.
  VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – PREVIEW
Several now well-established Asian directors return to Vancouver (Sept. 28 – Oct. 14, 2011) for the annual Dragons and Tigers section, curated by the likes of Tony Rayns, reports an eager Geoff Gardner who can’t wait to get to the Festival.
  VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 – WRAP
Jury member Geoff Gardner discovers a droll Anatomy Of A Paper Clip and other splendid surprises at Vancouver’s 20th edition.
VENICE 2000 PREVIEW VENICE 2000 PREVIEW
Europe's continuing fascination with Clint Eastwood, Australia's Clara Law (pic), and a film titled Durian, Durian by a filmmaker called Fruit Chan are some of the elements that make up the 57th Venice Film Festival.
VENICE FILM FEST 99: News Report VENICE FILM FEST 99: News Report
Jane Campion's new opus Holy Smoke (pic) has received a mixed reception on its debut at the Venice Film Festival, says Jimmy Thomson, our man on the Grand Canal.
VENICE FILM FEST 99: PREVIEW VENICE FILM FEST 99: PREVIEW
Kidman kissing was the opening sport at Venice this week, reports Jimmy Thomson, our man on the Grand Canal at the 56th Venice Film Festival.(Nicole Kidman at the Opening Press Conference.)
VENICE FILM FEST 99: THE COLOUR VENICE FILM FEST 99: THE COLOUR
Mike Leigh tells our man in Venice, JIMMY THOMSON, to shut up, but John Malkovich doesn't, as Jimmy discovers the joys and woes of covering the world's second biggest film festival - it's good practice for Cannes, old son.
VENICE FILM FEST 99: WRAP VENICE FILM FEST 99: WRAP
Love of different kinds, sex on celluloid and pains in the butt are the lingering images from this year's Venice Film Festival, reports JIMMY THOMSON, as the Lido winds down. (Banderas & Griffith talk about Crazy in Alabama)
  VENICE FILM FESTIVAL - 2002
Quality films are the stuff of this year’s Venice film festival (Aug 29 – Sept 8), writes Helen Barlow, with an edgy Australian presence, an ultra low budget Steven Soderbergh/Julia Roberts collaboration and the return of Sophia Loren (pic) after 20 years – in her son’s film.
  VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2004 - WRAP
Stars crowded the Lido for this year’s tumultuous Venice Film Festival, which lurched from highlights to late nights as films and events were delayed, reports Helen Barlow, but Australia got a good rap, and Mike Leigh’s (pic) abortion movie, Vera Drake, won top honours.
  VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2005 - PREVIEW
This year’s Venice film festival will help celebrate Chinese cinema centenary, but also will screen nine US world premieres and will play host to a fair dinkum selection of Australians, reports Helen Barlow.
  VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2005 - WRAP
Australian actors looked in good form at this year’s Venice Film Festival, with Heath Ledger in three films, including the Golden Lion winning Brokeback Mountain, and Russell Crowe, while Spanish horror and Bjork’s new film with her American partner, were less impressive, reports Helen Barlow.
  VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2006 - WRAP
Helen Mirren’s Best Actress award at Venice for her role as Elizabeth II in The Queen was awarded just as Australians watched her play Elizabeth I on ABC TV. But the critics were unimpressed by most of the other prizes, even booing some, reports Helen Barlow, as she elbows her way through the Lido jammed with people like Stephen Frears, Spike Lee, Meryl Streep, Clive Owen, Scarlett Johansson, Brian de Palma and Nick Cave.
  VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2007 – PREVIEW
Venice film festival director Marco Müller promised “a programme which unites works by young directors who are as yet unknown with works by the greatest film makers from around the world.” If Australia’s young Andrew Dominik of Chopper fame represents the former, and 77 year old French filmmaker Eric Roehmer the latter, Müller has kept his promise, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2009 - WRAP
Surprises, a glammed up Tilda Swinton and men wanting to kiss George Clooney were some of the elements that made this year’s Venice Film Festival a sparkling but also cinematic occasion, reports Helen Barlow.
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL WRAP 2003 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL WRAP 2003
Star studded Venice outshined Cannes this year, reports Helen Barlow, and some of the films are pretty good, too, ranging from a Russian family drama to Takeshi Kitano’s samurai musical and Bertolucci’s sexually explicit incest story – not to mention comedies like Lost In Translation or dramas like 21 Grams. (Pic Takeshi Kitano in Zatoichi)
  VENUTI, MARIA’S WHOLE LOAD OF FRONT
One of her best friends – entertainer and actress Maria Venuti - is publishing her memoir, full of surprising, occasionally shocking and overall entertaining stories from her life, as Deputy Editor Louise Keller reports.
  VERA DRAKE - SECRETS AND LIVES
Mike Leigh’s Venice prize-winner Vera Drake is a film about a woman with a secret she keeps even from her family - but which will destroy all their lives when it finally comes out. Nick Roddick reports reports on a film that looks at abortion in 1950 England – only to prove how little has changed, as Australia is again debating the issue.
VERTICAL LIMIT VERTICAL LIMIT
The stars and filmmakers of Vertical Limit find that climbing the fearsome K2 is only a symbol for the moral questions of what’s right and wrong – and the dynamics of our urge to survive. Another big issue is relationships, and the story could even be set on flat land, says New Zealand-born director Martin Campbell
  VIDEOS ONLINE AND ON DEMAND
Real Networks’ SuperPass Asia Pacific edition offers users an extensive selection of movies, documentaries and reality programs that are not available in mainstream media outlets, plus a live music/radio feature. FREE TRIAL OFFER
  VIE EN ROSE, LA – BIRTH OF A CREATIVE SPARK
Like a sudden thirst, you can get a creative spark anywhere, anytime; for Olivier Dahan it came with a photo of a young Edith Piaf, glanced when flicking through a book in a bookstore. He sent a text message to a producer …. Three years and five months later his film of her life opened the Sydney Film Festival.
  VILLAGE CINEMAS DONCASTER – THE NEW CINEMA AESTHETIC
Maybe it’s because Village Cinemas is based in Melbourne that it is crowning its cinema chain there, with the opening on October 16, 2008 of the multi million dollar, super mega multiplex, at Westfield Doncaster. With the focus on “style, design, technology and comfort,” the complex features a total of nine auditoriums incorporating three Gold Class cinemas, one huge 22m Vmax screen featuring stadium seating and Dolby Digital surround sound, and one Europa cinema dedicated to arthouse films; a total of 1,755 seats.
VILLAGE GOLD CLASS - JUST THE (NATIONAL) TICKET VILLAGE GOLD CLASS – JUST THE (NATIONAL) TICKET
It’s (almost) your own private cinema, with luxurious, deep-cushion chairs, drinks and finger foods at your fingertips, small crowd (avge 30), a big screen . . . and from this week you can send a ticket to a Gold Class movie experience as a gift to your mum/mate in another state, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  Visit Durban for the Durban International Festival this year!
Every winter in South Africa, the Durban International Film Festival is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts. This year, the 37th edition will take place from the 16th of June to the 26th and this attracts film lover from all over the country, Africa and the rest of the world. The 10 day celebration of film includes an array of films including feature films, documentaries and short films with a special focus on African film.
  VISUALISING AN AUSTRALIAN WESTERN - THE PROPOSITION
When preparing to make The Proposition, director John Hillcoat ‘previsualised’ on paper how the film would look, feel and impact on the audience, in these Notes on Style. It’s a fascinating insight into the creative process of a filmmaker, evoking the gritty power of the Western in a uniquely Australian context
  VOLVER – PEDRO'S CONFESSION
Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar talks about his ghosts, facing death and generally bares his soul in a ‘confession’ written while making Volver, the film that won him the Best Screenplay award at Cannes (2006) and his cast of women an ensemble acting award.
  VOLVER SWEEPS EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2006
Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver, winner of Best Script and Best Actresses (shared by all female cast) at Cannes this year, has swept the shelf of major prizes at the European Film Awards last weekend, with People’s Choice Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Penelope Cruz), Best Composer (Alberto Iglesias) and shared Best Cinematography (José Luis Alcaine) with The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Barry Ackroyd).





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