VENICE: Director Aleksei Fedorchenko brings a poetic and very Russian vision to the screen with this beautifully shot film. Profound and deeply moving the film is destined for a long life of international festival appearances.

VENICE: Sofia Coppola's family drama is one of those films where seemingly nothing much happens but at the same time it captures a piece of life that we all recognize. Movie star Johnny Marco is comfortable, drifting and uses both woman and drugs as casual entertainment. His life in Los Angeles is going nowhere but at least he is going there in a Ferrari.

VENICE: Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski deservedly won the Venice film festival's Special Jury prize for the courageous film that is a directing tour de force. The film begins with shots of the dry and desert lands of Afghanistan where the main character, Mohammed, a Taliban fighter, is captured and transported to a secret detention center in central Europe.

BERLIN: Director Darren Aronofsky's has followed up his successful film The Wrestler with Black Swan a psychological thriller in the world of ballet. Speaking at the Biennale press conference the director said: "The more I looked into the world of wrestling and the world of ballet I saw that they were very much related to each other. Both have performers who use their bodies in these very intense physical ways. I always considered them as companion pieces.

WARSAW: Polish director Andrzej Wajda has been awarded the Russian medal of the Order of Friendship by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to Warsaw. The medal was in honour of over 50 years of service to the movie industry.

When the Royal Film Commission of Jordan wanted to put Jordan on the map both as an international shooting location and to open a window of opportunity for local filmmakers they invited internationally known novelist and scriptwriter Mohydeen Quandour to Jordan. The result was the film Cherkess.

When the Royal Film Commission of Jordan wanted to put Jordan on the map both as an international shooting location and to open a window of opportunity for local filmmakers they invited internationally known novelist and scriptwriter Mohydeen Quandour to Jordan. The result was the film Cherkess.

This month we focus on Poland and Marynia Gierat who is the manager of the Krakow cinema Pod Baranami FNE together with Europa Cinemas

ANTALYA: The 47th annual Golden Orange Film Festival in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya ended on a high note with Majority directed by newcomer Seren Yuce taking the prize for both Best Film and Best Director. The film had already won the Young Lion of Tomorrow at the Venice IFF earlier this year.

ANTALYA: Top Russian film director Fyodor Bondarchuk was honoured with an award for his artistic achievement at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival last night. The Mayor of Antalya region, Dr Mustafa Akaydin, presented the Russian director with the festival's highest honour at a glittering gala ceremony last night at the Turkish beach resort town.

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