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November 2011

A NEW Neil Jordan horror film, a reimagining of Jim Sheridan’s Into the West, and six animation projects are to share in more than €5.3 million of funding from the Irish Film Board. The board, which has announced its latest funding round, says it will contribute to productions worth €38 million. 

Sinema Showoff! Whatever… Tuesday, 29 November 2011 7.30pm – 9.30pm Admission is FREE. All directors will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the screening of the films moderated by film reviewer, Raymond Tan. Reserve your tickets (Max. two tix per person), click here. Synopsis and trailers, click here. Film posters and stills, click here.

The country’s film industry will move another step forward once the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Johor is completed next year, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said. Rais said high quality films can be produced in the country since the studio would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technology to produce films of exceptional quality. 

In July 1959, Japan’s leading film magazine, Kinema Junpo, published a list of what it hailed as “The best 10 Japanese films of all time.” This list included works by such acknowledged masters as Mikio Naruse, as well as the young but by then amply acclaimed Akira Kurosawa. Yasujiro Ozu’s “I Was Born But … ” came in third; Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Sisters of the Gion,” second. But the work considered in 1959 to be the best Japanese film of all time was “Chūji Tabi Nikki” (“A Diary of Chūji’s Travels”) — which was actually a trilogy of silent films made …

The late Yasmin Ahmad made films to make her parents happy, her sister said. “She made Rabun to cheer our dad when he had acute diabetes in 2002.” 

The awards ceremony for the 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival was held last Thursday night, November 17, at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. Filipino filmmakers ruled the competition, winning citations in categories where the competed against foreign filmmakers.