Film Festivals

  • China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival 6 days ago

    Beiing: Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls. Li Xianting, a film critic and founder of the Li Xianting Film Fund, the...
  • Gaza war stops director attending Sarajevo film festival: organizers 1 week ago

    Reuters: Two Gaza directors won an award at Sarajevo's film festival, though the conflict raging in their home stopped one of them from coming to receive his part of the prize, said organizers. Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi shared a 7,000-pound (8,700-euro) bursary at the event late on Thursday, where...
  • 'The Judge', featuring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, to open Toronto International Film Festival July 26, 2014

    Toronto: 'The Judge', starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr, will open the annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 4, the festival said on Friday. The film, by 'Wedding Crashers' director David Dobkin, follows a lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, who is also a...
  • Priyanka Chopra starrer 'Mary Kom' to have world premiere at Toronto Film Festival July 23, 2014

    Toronto: Priyanka Chopra-starrer 'Mary Kom', based on boxer M.C Mary Kom, will have its world premiere here at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the organizers announced Tuesday. The 39th Toronto International Film Festival will take place between Sep 4 and 14. "Glamorous Indian star Priyanka Chopra completely transforms herself to play Mary...
  • Nana Patekar to attend London Indian Film Festival July 16, 2014

    Mumbai: Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, known for his brilliant performances in 'The Pool', 'Parinda' and 'Ab Tak Chappan', is all set to be a part of the ongoing London Indian Film Festival. Patekar, 63, will be one of the main guests at the World Premiere of director Samruddhi Porey's 'Hemalkasa' on...
  • Ladakh International Film Festival 2014: 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' sweeps awards; Anurag Kashyap, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra skip the closing ceremony July 2, 2014

    Leh: With Iranian, Korean and several competent Indian films being pitted against each other at Ladakh International Film Festival, which concluded recently, one was both surprised and happy to watch 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' by young Mumbai-based Bhargav Saikai and Sharma sweep top awards. Directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma, 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz...
  • Ladakh International Film Festival 2014: The complete list of winners July 1, 2014

    Leh: The third edition of the recently-concluded Ladakh International Film Festival screened over 50 films, including Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 'Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told', Deepti Naval's 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish', and several Iranian and Korean films, and also included Asia premiere of Anurag Kashyap's...
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film 'Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told' gets huge applause at LIFF June 28, 2014

    Ladakh: The third edition of Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) kicked off on June 27. The ongoing film festival not only offers an interesting mix of international and Indian films, but also saw the participation of several Bollywood stars on Day 1. Besides Govind Nihalani, who heads the jury of the...
  • Mani Ratnam: Film festivals should not only celebrate cinema, but also encourage cross-cultural interaction June 16, 2014

    Chennai: Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam, a regular at film festivals across the globe, attends the movie extravaganzas as a movie buff because he feels every film teaches something worthwhile. "Every film you see at a festival teaches you something. Any good film you see gives you enough motivation and adrenaline rush...
  • Snapshot: Mallika Sherawat can't get over her experience at Oxford University, Cannes 2014 June 8, 2014

    Actress Mallika Sherawat, who is quite adept at making headlines, amazed her fans when she shared the news of being invited to Oxford University to a debate on gender issues. "At the historic Oxford university, what a journey, Haryana to Oxford", the actress had posted on Twitter to confirm the...
  • LIFF 2014: 'Ugly' to premiere, a special retrospective on director Akiro Kurosawa June 8, 2014

    Mumbai: The third edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) to be held in Leh June 27-29, will have multiple highlights - while Anurag Kashyap's "Ugly" will have a green carpet premiere, there will be a special retrospective on the globally acclaimed filmmaker Akiro Kurosawa. The focus country for the...
  • Bhojpuri film 'Deswa' going places, wows viewers in Toronto May 29, 2014

    Can you imagine a Bhojpuri film engrossing and entertaining audiences at an international film fest? Debutant Nitin Chandra's "Deswa" has done just that, giving the Bhojpuri film industry, reeling under distasteful content and lack of creativity, a much-needed facelift on the global platform. Screened at the recently concluded International Film Festival...
  • Here are the best quotes from the Cannes Film Festival 2014 May 24, 2014

    Cannes: Some of the movie world's best known and most influential actors, writers and directors have been on the French Riviera for the past 10 days for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Here is a selection of some of the most memorable quotes from the film fest which awards its top...
  • Day 10: Behind the scenes at Cannes Film Festival May 23, 2014

    Cannes: Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev earned rave reviews for his Palme d'Or contender "Leviathan", but one person didn't enjoy it at all. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky told official news agency RIA Novosti that the film was not to his liking. The movie tells the story of a man who owns property...
  • Hirst art, DiCaprio space trip help raise record AIDS funds May 23, 2014

    Antibes: A Damien Hirst work of art and a trip into space with Leonardo DiCaprio helped AIDS foundation amfAR raise a record $35 million (28 million euros) on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. The Foundation for AIDS Research holds an exclusive bash annually during the festival, attracting a galaxy...
  • Cannes glitterati step up for AIDS charity gala May 23, 2014

    Reuters: Sharon Stone showed up in a daring dress, John Travolta flew in on his plane, and even Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst made an appearance to support the Cannes film festival's largest charity ball to raise money for AIDS research. At the 21st annual event organized by amfAR, the Foundation for...
  • Huge pack of stray dogs in Hungarian film wows Cannes May 22, 2014

    Reuters: Anyone with a fear of dogs is not going to get over it by seeing the Hungarian movie "Feher Isten" (White God) which has made a stir at the Cannes film festival with a scene that is all the more remarkable because it is filmed with real animals. The film...
  • Cannes autograph-hunters brave sun, rain, long hours for 'dream' May 22, 2014

    Reuters: Packed behind security barriers, scorched by the sun and pelted by rain, they are the real stars of the Cannes film festival - the intrepid autograph hunters. The fans on the front line of the world's largest cinema showcase, perched on stepladders across from the famous red carpet steps, are...
  • Snapshot: Ranvir Shorey poses with 'Titli' team at its screening; the film gets a thumbs up at Cannes 2014 May 22, 2014

    Dibakar Banerjee's co-produced film 'Titli', which was recently screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, has opened to positive reviews. Presented by Yash Raj Films, the film explores the relationship between two brothers, one of whom runs away from home to escape his...
  • Snapshot: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan steals the show in a sweeping Roberto Cavalli gown at Cannes premiere of 'The Search' May 22, 2014

    After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan outshone herself as she made her first official appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the star managed to wow her fans again, courtesy fashion choice. The actress again picked an embellished Roberto Cavalli ensemble when she posed for the shutterbugs at the Cannes premiere of 'The...
  • Watch: 'The Lunchbox' director Ritesh Batra back with a short film 'The Masterchef' May 21, 2014

    Ritesh Batra, who made headlines for his Bollywood project 'The Lunchbox', is now being appreciated for his short film 'The Masterchef'. For the uninitiated, 'The Masterchef' was among the 5 short films shown at a screening which was co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the Sundance Film...
  • e Lounge: In conversation with Sonam Kapoor, Asihwarya Rai at Cannes May 21, 2014

    Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor said that she hopes now BJP will change their ideology toward people from different religions and sexualities and hopes Mr Modi changes their (BJP's) ideology because money is not everything we have to move together, all of us. On the other side, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai...
  • Hope the BJP accepts different religions, sexualities; Ramdev not a great role model: Sonam Kapoor May 21, 2014

    Cannes: The Narendra Modi wave has also reached the Cannes Film Festival and actor Sonam Kapoor spoke to CNN-IBN's Sushant Mehta on her expectations from the new Prime Minister and the government. She said even though there are some people connected to the BJP who are not great role models,...
  • Ryan Gosling debut fails to light Cannes critics' fire May 21, 2014

    Reuters: Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling burned up the screen at the Cannes film festival with his directorial debut on Tuesday, but critics' reaction was a damp squib. Gosling's "Lost River", which was to premiere at Cannes on Tuesday night, includes enough images of blazing buildings to satisfy the most ardent pyromaniac. But...
  • Watch: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on her upcoming film May 20, 2014

    In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan talks about her upcoming movie 'Jazbaa' and working with Mani Ratnam once again. ...
  • I was molested and raped as a child, says Pamela Anderson at Cannes Film Festival May 20, 2014

    Cannes: 'Baywatch' star Pamela Anderson has revealed that she was molested and raped when she was young. The 46-year-old star said there was a time in her life when she wanted to be 'off this earth' but her love for animals saved her during the launch of the Pamela Anderson...
  • Snapshot: Sonam Kapoor turns heads as she attends 'Foxcatcher' Cannes Film Festival premiere in Anamika Khanna ensemble May 20, 2014

    Sonam Kapoor shunned her Western look as she sashayed along the red carpet for the 'Foxcatcher' Cannes Film Festival premiere. After wearing an impressive black Elie Saab ensemble, Sonam donned a desi avatar for her second appearance on the red carpet. Looking stunning in Anamika Khanna couture, she carried a...
  • Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart to avoid each other at Cannes International Film Festival 2014? May 19, 2014

    Cannes: Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart won't be spending time together at the ongoing Cannes International Film Festival 2014. According to a source, the 24-year-old Kristen and Pattinson, 28, won't even look at one another at the fest, reports showbizspy.com. "Kristen and Rob will not see each other at Cannes. Their...