cinema

EFA calls on Croatian state leadership to protect Croatian cinema

The European Film Academy, along with the 600 Croatian professionals who signed the manifesto of "We’ve Had Enough", expressed its belief in the importance of the independence of Croatian film, and in preserving the autonomy of the existing Croatian audio visual model and the continuity of current practices.

Finnish director Kaurismaki slams Europe over refugee crisis

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki hit out at what he sees as Europe's lack of humanity in dealing with refugees after his new film about a Syrian asylum seeker emerged as a frontrunner for top honours at the Berlin Film Festival.

'La La Land' takes five BAFTAs, including best film, director

US musical "La La Land" won big at the BAFTAs, taking home the award for best film, as well as four other prizes.

Croatia breaks cinema attendance record

The European Audiovisual Observatory presented during the Berlin International Film Festival the first estimate of cinema attendance in the European Union, which shows that the number of tickets sold is continuing to rise, with 994 million sold in the 2016, up 1.6% on the year.

British director Danny Boyle: Brexit will result in end of UK

Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle believes that Britain's exit from the European Union will lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom and that if they could vote again his compatriots would reject Brexit.

Richard Gere accuses Trump of 'biggest crime' in refugee stance

Hollywood star Richard Gere said on Friday that US President Donald Trump had committed "the biggest crime" by linking refugees with terrorists.

Populism, Trump take centre stage at Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin Film Festival opened on Thursday with both jury members and filmmakers tackling the new world order being shaped by the dramatic rise of populism and Donald Trump's victory in the United States.

Richard Gere sees Germany as an inspiration amid Trump chaos in US

US star Richard Gere described Germany as a model of inspiration amid the chaos gripping his own country following Donald Trump's assumption of the presidency."I come from a country that is very chaotic at the moment," Gere said in Berlin on Wednesday. "And, frankly, we are looking to Germany to inspire us

Berlin Film Festival responds to modern age of turmoil with glamour

The Berlin Film Festival is to respond next month to the current sense of turmoil and resentment gripping the world with a programme full of courage and humour, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said on Tuesday.

Iranian director Farhadi will not attend Oscars over US travel ban

Iranian filmmaker Ashgar Farhadi said Sunday he would not attend next month's Oscars ceremony due to US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

"La La Land" wins Producers Guild prize in Los Angeles

"La La Land" took the top prize at the 28th Producers Guild of America awards Saturday night, consolidating its front-runner status in the race for the Oscars.

Iranian director considers Oscars boycott after Trump travel ban

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is a candidate for an Oscar this year, is considering boycotting the award ceremony in protest at US President Donald Trump's changes to the country's migration policy.

'La La Land' ties record with 14 Oscar nominations

Musical romance "La La Land" secured its place in Oscar history Tuesday with a record-tying 14 nominations including best picture.

Following protest, filmmaker Roman Polanski won't preside over awards

Film director Roman Polanski has declined to preside at France's most prestigious film awards ceremony, his lawyer said Tuesday, following a backlash about his invitation linked to decades-old criminal charges.

Vin Diesel in India for release of 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Hollywood action star Vin Diesel arrived in India on Thursday to promote his film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," being released there a week ahead of the rest of the world.

"Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One" top US box-office rankings

A year after "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" dominated North American cinemas, the latest spinoff of the series is the box-office champion for the year-end holidays.

German entry "Toni Erdmann" wins best European film prize

The German comedy «Toni Erdmann» by Maren Ade has won the award for best European film, the European Film Academy announced at a gala in the Polish city of Wroclaw Saturday.

Zagreb's Europa cinema wins 2016 Europa Cinemas best programme award

Zagreb's cinema "Europa" has won the best film programme award of the European cinema network Europa Cinemas, having competed against 1,078 cinemas from 644 cities in 41 European countries.

Eighty-five countries compete for foreign-language Oscar

Eighty-five countries are competing for the 2017 foreign-language Oscar, with Yemen submitting an entry for the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday.

Philippine film wins Golden Lion at 2016 Venice Film Festival

The drama "The Woman Who Left" ("Ang Babaeng Humayo") by Lav Diaz of the Philippines has won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival.

Report: Snowden reveals how he evaded capture in Hong Kong

US whistleblower Edward Snowden and a network of lawyers and refugees who helped him hide in Hong Kong in 2013 provided never-before-heard details about his two weeks on the run in an article published Wednesday.

Venice Film Festival tones down the glitz amid Italy quake gloom

The world's oldest cinema fair is set to quietly launch its traditional mix of blockbusters and independent productions on Wednesday as Italy recovers from a deadly earthquake.

Iranian film Forushande wins top prize at Munich Film Festival

The 34th Munich Film Festival ended on Saturday with the top prize going to the family drama Forushande (The Salesman) by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

In diversity push, Oscars Academy opens door to 683 new members

Hollywood's most exclusive club opened its ranks Wednesday to hundreds of new members Wednesday in a bid to increase diversity, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.

Police kill man who shot up cinema in Germany and took hostages

A masked man who shot up a cinema in Germany and took hostages was killed by police, and security sources told dpa on Thursday that he was likely a lone perpetrator and not a terrorist.

German cinema shooting was not terrorist attack, sources tell dpa

A masked, armed assailant killed by police after shooting up a German cinema was likely a lone perpetrator and not a terrorist, security sources told dpa on Thursday.

State ministry: Police kill suspect in German cinema shooting

A man suspected of shooting and injuring several people in a German cinema has been shot dead by police, according to the Hesse Interior Ministry.

Several people injured in German cinema shooting: report

Several people have been injured in a shooting at a cinema in the south-western German town of Vierheim near Frankfurt, the FAZ newspaper reports Thursday citing police.

Palme d'Or winner Ken Loach warns austerity fueling right-wing threat

Veteran British director Ken Loach lashed out on Sunday at Europe's fiscal austerity and warned it could spur the rise of the far-right when accepting the 2016 Cannes Palme d'Or for best film.

Cannes Film Festival awards

Prizes awarded Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival:

Cannes Film Festival ends with gala ceremony for top awards

The Cannes Film Festival ends Sunday when the world's leading movie showcase rolls out its prestigious prizes, including the Palme d'Or for best picture.

Leading Iranian director condemns Tehran's treatment of intellectuals

Leading Iranian director Asghar Farhadi condemned on Saturday the treatment of intellectuals in his country at a Cannes Film Festival press conference marking the premiere of his film about a husband seeking revenge for an attack on his wife.

Two films about women attacked in their homes ends Cannes competition

The premieres of two movies about women being assaulted in their homes brought to an end the main competition for the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Cannibalism - and a touch of necrophilia - comes to Cannes

Every year a theme runs through the Cannes Film Festival. One year it was the number of dogs in the films, another year it was the number of people using the toilet.

Cannes seems to be missing something this year: a scandal

It might have been the unprecedented security at this year's festival, but one thing seems to have been missing from the 69th Cannes: a major scandal.

Brazilian director Filho warns of rise of fascist ideas

Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho on Wednesday marked the premiere of his movie at the Cannes Film Festival by warning about the threat of what he said were fascist ideas in his nation following the impeachment of the president.

Almodovar's Cannes screening overshadowed by Panama papers claims

Leading Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar made his fourth bid for top honours at Cannes on Tuesday but with the screening his new film overshadadowed by revelations that his name was among those mentioned in the Panama papers.

Interracial marriage film a warning against fresh discriminatory laws

US director Jeff Nichols said on Monday he sees his new hard-hitting film about intermarriage in 1950's America as representing a strong message in the current moves to introduce new discriminatory laws in parts of the country.

Spielberg sees need for more magic in a world of poverty, inequality

The world could do with a little more magic as it faces up to grinding poverty and extreme inequality, three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg said on Saturday as he launched his new fantasy adventure film at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes gets political as Ken Loach urges Britain to stay in EU

Veteran British director Ken Loach called Friday on Britain to remain in the Europe Union, straying into political territory at a Cannes Film Festival conference marking the premier of his new movie.

Loach: Britain faces "a dangerous moment" with EU referendum

Britain's June referendum on European Union membership was "a dangerous moment" for the United Kingdom, veteran left-wing British director Ken Loach says.

George Clooney, Julia Roberts hit political nerve with new film

Hollywood stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts grabbed the Cannes' spotlight on Thursday presenting a new fast-paced thriller that probes the sense of frustration and anger about political life felt by many around the world.

Clooney tells Cannes: "There is not going to be a President Trump"

George Clooney grabbed the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday by saying that Donald Trump will never become president of the United States.

Woody Allen launches new film in Cannes as son launches fresh attack

"It's not the time, it's not the place, it's just not done," wrote the 28-year-old Farrow.

"Diversity Oscars" turn spotlight on race

With yet another all-white slate of nominations for this year's Oscars, host Chris Rock pulled no punches in his criticism of racism in the movie industry.

Oscars take stage as host Cris Rock calls Hollywood "racist"

Oscars host Chris Rock kicked off the 88th Academy Awards telecast Sunday by confronting the race debate that has overshadowed the film world's annual awards gala, calling Hollywood "racist."

Italian refugee documentary wins Berlinale Golden Bear for best film

Italian director Gianfranco Rosi won the Berlin Film Festival's top prize on Saturday for Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) about the refugee crisis that has engulfed the small Italian island of Lampedusa.

Berlin Film Festival ends with gala ceremony for top awards

The Berlin Film Festival's main competition ends on Saturday at a Hollywood-style gala ceremony where the Berlinale's top awards are to be handed out.

Mafia have the upper hand in Bosnia as Sarajevo seeks future in EU

Bosnia and Herzegovina formally lodged its application for EU membership on Monday. But what are the nation's future prospects? A new film could have some of the answers.

Europe's refugee crisis rivals tragedy of Holocaust, director says

Europe's refugee crisis is one of the greatest human tragedies since the Holocaust, Italian director Gianfranco Rosi said ahead of the premiere at the Berlin Film Festival of his new documentary about the migrant drama.

Lampedusa film kicks off Berlin Film Festival refugee focus

A documentary about the refugee crisis that has engulfed the small Italian island of Lampedusa kicks off Saturday the Berlin Film Festival's focus on the plight of migrants around the world.

Double decker bus explodes in central London - on action film set

Unsuspecting Londoners got a fright on Sunday when a double-decker bus exploded in the city centre

Berlinale films focus on the search for happiness in a troubled world

The Berlin Film Festival opens its doors next week with a programme shaped by movies about people's search for happiness in a turbulent world gripped by economic uncertainties and political tensions.

2016 SAG Award winners

The following is a full list of winners at Saturday's 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Academy changes Oscars voting rules amid racism outcry

The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced measures Friday to increase diversity among its Oscars voters, addressing a public outcry after the slate of acting nominees came up all-white for a second year running.

Survival struggles top Globes as Revenant, Martian win main honours

A man alone in a hostile environment. A struggle to survive. Both of the top winners in film categories at Sunday’s Golden Globes featured dramatic battles against the odds

Winslet, Tierney early winners at 73rd Golden Globes

Kate Winslet won the Golden Globe for best female supporting actor in a motion picture Sunday, the first winner in an evening that will award 25 prizes to the year's best of film and television in a ceremony in Beverly Hills.

Star Wars film opens strong in China

Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke records in China with an estimated 33 million dollars in ticket sales on opening day, the Walt Disney Co said.