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The District !

Nyocker4_300_1The kids of the district grew up in constant rivalling and fights as their Gypsy, Hungarian, Arab, and Chinese families engage in everyday hostility. Yet Richie, the youngest of the Lakatos clan attempts to find a way to pacify the Csorba family, especially their lovely daughter, Jules. As he soon reveals, the way to peace is through money, and that the only way to make money is to have oil. So the kids take a timetrip to the prehistoric age, and create their own oil reserves right under the district. After their return the exploitation of oil begins, radically changing the stance both in the school and in the general criminal environment of the area. And their sudden success draws some unwanted international attention to the district...

Nyocker08_1001Aron Gauder has started his computer animation career  at Kosmo Studio. He created "The District ! " first as a mini series for TV2 in Hungary, followed by its movie version in 2004.

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Following Ghost in the Shell explore Masamune Shirow's universe with the film adaptation directed by Shinji Aramaki (Astro Boy 2003, Bubblegum Crisis and Fullmetal Alchemist) of the work it is based on, Appleseed.

The year is 2131.
The bioroids, clones created to keep human passions in check, live in peace with  their creators in the beautiful city of Olympus. In the wake of a new threat on the town, commander Deunan is appointed to prevent a bioroid genocide. But this elite warrior turns out to be the main piece of a puzzle for the survival of the two species, whose rules and consequences she knows nothing about.Appleseed

Appleseed is adapted from the cult work by referenced creator Masamune Shirow. Popular outside of Japan, the universe of this "Asimov of Manga" was adapted by the director Mamoru Oshii and inspired the Wachowski brother's film Matrix.

In order to put this story on the big screen, producer Fumihiko Sori – to whom we owe the special effects on James Cameron's Titanic – surrounded himself with the leading lights in Japanese animation, calling on director Shinji Aramaki and the Digital Frontier studio (Final Fantasy). The original soundtrack was written by Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Last Emperor).

To pay tribute to the creator's graphics, the team decided to direct the whole film using the toon shading technique, which brings 2D and 3D together. It also respected the lines of Manga while pushing to its depths the realism of Masamune Shirow's futuristic universe.
Appleseed will be released in France at the end of summer 2005.


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Orange Short Film award in Cannes


Orange has succesfully launched its first contest providing the jury with a selection of 15 short films. The Jury headed by french director Régis Wargnier (Indochine...) selected 5 of them for their awards.
Orange was a sponsor of The Short Film Digital Avenue, the booth was allowing its visitors to watch the winners on a mobile

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And the winners are....

The 58th Cannes Film Festival concluded after ten days of glorious cinema on May 21, and the distinguished jury of the official selection awarded prizes to directors, actors and screenwriters. The closing ceremony was officiated by Cécile de France who called on jury president Emir Kusturica to reveal the recipients of the awards.
Palme d'Or L'Enfant (The Child, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
Grand Prize of the Jury Broken Flowers ( Jim Jarmusch)
Jury Prize Shanghai Dreams (Wang Xiaoshuai)
Best Director Michael Haneke, Caché (Hidden)
Best Actress Hanna Laslo, Free Zone
Best Actor Tommy Lee Jones, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Best Screenplay Guillermo Arriaga, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Caméra d'Or (tie) The Forsaken Land (Vimukthi Jayasundara) and Me and You and Everyone We Know ( Miranda July)
Short Film Podorozhni (Wayfarers, Igor Strembitskyy)


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Chromophobia Closes

009695The closing film screened out of competition is the much anticipated Chromophobia by Martha Fiennes, a treatise on a dysfunctional family starring Damien Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Penélope Cruz. The Fiennes family seems to have exceptional genetic wiring.

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Critics' Faves Remain

009557The critics' favorites remain ( Manderlay, Broken Blossoms, A History of Violence, Hidden) and some believe that Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche are two thesbians sure to garnish acting awards for Hidden. The list also includes L'Enfant directed by Jean -Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Palme d'Or Rosetta - a powerful tale about child abandonment and fathers--clearly a recurrent theme of this year's official selection. "Child abandonment is an ancient practice", says Luc Dardenne.

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3X Hou Hsiao Hsien

009523Will director obsession for numbers albeit trilogies and plot conventions ever cease? Three different years 1911, 1966, 2005 yield three different stories. This is the basic premise of cinematic heavy hitter Hou Hsiao Hsien's Three Times about a love that spans three lifetimes. Yet Hou's films are never what they seem, where the magic of temporal duration allows multiple interpretation.

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Tommy Lee Jones Directs


Actor turned director, Tommy Lee Jone's debut is The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada by , a film about the murder of a Mexican "wetback". Jones plays the foreman of a Texan ranch determined to find out whodunnit to his friend Melquiades.

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Pelé for ever first awarded film from Cannes


The Prize "Città di Roma - Arcobaleno Latino, created by Gillo Pontecorvo, is an award that lies under different flags - 37 countries from all over the word- to emphasize a cinema that encourages the cultural dimension the audience's intelligence, the quality entertainment the authors' personality the different styles and languages of the Latin culture.

The Prize "Città di Roma- Arcobaleno Latino", which is at its 7th edition, was awarded during the 58. Festival of Cannes to the film:  "PELE' FOREVER"
by Anibal Massaini Neto


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