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Atlantic City Film Festival is going International

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An international programming focus on film, video and multimedia, gathering works of artists and filmmakers acknowledged on the international scene along with young artists and filmmakers.

ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANISATION CAN SUBMIT ONE OR SEVERAL PROPOSALS. THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OPEN FOR FILM, VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA PROPOSALS, without any restriction of length or genre. All submissions are free, without limitation of geographical origin.

Film and video cycle (any film and video format)* Video / Experimental video* Fiction – short, medium and feature length* Documentary, experimental documentary* Experimental Film* Animation

Multimedia cycle* Video installation, multimedia installation * Net art * Multimedia performance,  multimedia concert
Video and film submissions are received on DVD.  ALL submissions are sent by postal mail, enclosed with a filled-in ONLINE ENTRY FORM.

Short Film Festival

The Atlantic City Film Festival is considering a Short Film Festival for April 2011. “Short films in Atlantic City are an exciting feature”, says festival director. “We actually had a huge festival at the Showboat casino, with an Black Tie Awards Gala in a Ballroom, which is now the House of Blues (HOB).

The event was 7 days long and had short films, international films, documentaries and animation. Over 30 awards were given out that year.

Short films are the gateway for most filmmakers who want to showcase their talent without having to take the risk of making a full feature film. This is why an Atlantic City short film festival would do well under the Atlantic City Film Festival.

There is also a big influx of International films that are short films – should these have their own category: Atlantic City International short film festival…

A Complete Film Festival Schedule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

8:00PM – CAPAWOCK THEATRE (ALSO PLAYING SUNDAY)

BEIJING TAXI

Writer/Director: Miao Wang
Documentary/ China and USA / 78 mins

Introduction and Q&A with director Miao Wang, just back from China.

Miao Wang’s new film follows three cabdrivers in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympics. Powerful and uncensored, the film shadows the cabbies as they move through a rapidly changing city where historical districts are razed and luxury complexes thrown up. A intimate portrait of three average Chinese citizens riding the never-smooth road to modernization. The director “vividly portrays Beijing undergoing a profound transformation arch…through a humanistic lens,” says IndieWire.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

4:00PM – CAPAWOCK THEATRE

MADEO (MOTHER)

Writer/Director: Bong Joon-ho
Drama / South Korea / 129 min
Winner, Asia Pacific Screen Award (Best Actress); Asian Film Award (Best Actress, Best Screenwriter, Best Film)

A crime thriller described as “riveting and darkly funny” (Vogue) and “one of the year’s movie-going must-sees” (Salon.com). It’s the story of a mother desperately searching for the killer of a young girl who has framed her son for the crime. MADEO contains, as the Wall Street Journal put it, “some of the best movie surprises I’ve seen in years.”

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4:00PM – KATHARINE CORNELL THEATRE

1981

Writer/Director: Ricardo Trogi
Comic Drama / Canada / 92 min

Quebec filmmaker Ricardo Trogi recalls his family’s move to a new neighborhood when he was eleven. A charming story that takes us back to the year 1981 when a young, chubby, and materialistic Ricardo Trogi lies to his classmates about his Playboy collection, gets a huge crush on a girl, and mulls about the mysteries of popularity… sound familiar? A heartfelt coming of age tale with stand-out performances and unbeatable flashbacks to ’80s culture (remember Star Wars bed spreads, Sony walk-mans, and calculator watches?).

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4:00PM – VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE

GJALLË (ALIVE!)

Writer/Director: Artan Minarolli
Drama / Albania / 90 min
Albania’s official submission to the 2010 Oscars

Koli, a college student, hides in the countryside to escape a blood feud begun 60 years before when his grandfather committed a murder. Involuntarily, Koli is a mirror of his country’s love-hate relationship with tradition. He tries to bring his opponents to their senses but this is futile and, unwillingly, he starts to mirror his opponents. In a country until recently under the thumb of the dictator Hoxha, the people have no right to a “modern” everyday life. And yet, says director Artan Minarolli, “My film isn’t about killing and getting killed; it is instead born out of the need to show the colors and the complexity of a world in transition towards something mysterious and beautiful.”

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7:00PM – CAPAWOCK THEATRE

NEW THIS YEAR: JURIED INTERNATIONAL SHORTS COMPETITION

Culled from over from over 200 entries
Various Countries / 100 min

A festival selection committee whittled 200 entries down to 10 finalists. Jury members Amin Matalqa(writer/director/producer of last year’s festival hit CAPTAIN ABU RAED); Tim Miller (Cape Cod Times entertainment editor); Susan Petersen (vice president of Shorts International); and Adam Roffman(program director, Independent Film Festival of Boston) will present the ten finalists and, at the conclusion, announce their selection for Best Over-all Short Prize Winner.

complete film program of finalists (available shortly)

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7:00PM – KATHARINE CORNELL THEATRE

NANKYOKU RYORININ (THE CHEF OF SOUTH POLE)

Writer/Director: Shuichi Okita
Comedy / Antarctica and Japan / 125 min
Winner, Best Actor, Yokohama Film Festival

Life at Dome Fuji (the second highest point on Antarctica) is filled with equal measures of hard work, good times, heartache and homesickness. Throughout it all, Nishimura’s cooking sustains (and sometimes confounds) the men. The film captures the interplay of personalities and each man’s method of coping with the isolation imposed by this remote scientific outpost.

The Chef Of The South Pole stacks up as a food movie but it is in its depiction of ordinary people getting from day to day that the film makes its mark. In this respect too, it is delectable.

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9:15PM – CAPAWOCK THEATRE

EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS (Secret in Their Eyes)

Writer/Director: Juan José Campanella
Drama / Argentina / 129 min
2010 Oscar winner, Best Foreign Language Film

Director Juan Jose Campanella has two stories to tell, featuring the same characters separated by time. The first is the story of a rape and murder. The other is the effect the crime has on the other characters. The film begins as a conventional crime thriller but then take off, delivery, as Paste magazine put it, “one of the most virtuosic chase sequences ever filmed.”

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9:15PM – KATHARINE CORNELL THEATRE

DET RODE KAPEL (THE RED CHAPEL)

Writer/Director: Mads Brügger
Comedy / North Korea and Denmark / 88 min
Grand Jury Prize, Sundance

With an introduction by comedy writer and Vineyarder Marty Nadler

Two Korean-born Danish comics decide to visit North Korea; they gain permission from the authoritarian regime by pretending they are a vaudeville act that offers an opportunity for a safe cultural exchange with the West. Director Mads Brügger, though, has other plans: to reveal to the West the horrific conditions inside the DPRK and “expose the very core of the evilness” of its regime. The contrast between the absurd comedy of the duo and the stifling controls of the North Korean regime under the thumb of the Dear Leader lends to a Borat-style comedy at once hilarious and uncomfortable.

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9:30PM – VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE

POLITIST, ADJECTIV (POLICE, ADJECTIVE)

Writer/Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Comedy / Romania / 115 min
Winner, Cannes (FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard Jury Prize); Transilvania International Film Festival (Transilvania Trophy)

“A brilliant black comedy,” according to the Chicago Tribune, this film follows a young undercover cop undergoing a crisis of conscience when pressured to arrest a teenager offering hash to classmates.
“A small masterpiece,” said the Village Voice; “More evidence of the remarkable recent renaissance in Romanian cinema,” adds Roger Ebert.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2010

2:00PM – CAPAWOCK THEATRE

BÉBÉS (BABIES)

Director: Thomas Balmès

Documentary (Children)/ Japan, Mongolia, USA / 79 min

BABIES follows four babies — Mari, from Tokyo; Hattie, from San Francisco; Bayarjargal, of Mongolia; and Ponijao, in Namibia — from first day to first steps. “I dreamt,” says director Alain Chabat, “of theatre audience that would applaud because a baby would stand on their own two feet. These tiny things are huge adventures for them”. The babies of BABIES experience the same rites of passage (nursing, sitting, walking, generally figuring out stuff), offering a delightful reminder of the universal concerns and desires that unite us all from first breath. There are fascinating contrasts too: for instance, Mari and Hattie have an immense array of objects, supposedly to help them develop and compete, but Ponijao and Bayar, from far poorer regions, seem no less bright, healthy, or happier living in a yurt or playing with a stick. Important points, and all made without the interference of voiceovers or narrator. The gurgles and coos of the film’s four stars don’t need. Or, as Roger Ebert sums it up, “Just babies. Wonderful.”

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2:00PM – KATHARINE CORNELL THEATRE

AFGHAN STAR

Director: Havana Marking

Documentary (Music) / Afghanistan/UK / 88 min

WINNER – WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL.
UK’s official submission to the 2010 Oscars

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol comes to Afghanistan. Millions watch the TV series “Afghan Star” and vote for their favorites by mobile phone. For many, this is their first encounter with democracy. A timely film, Afghan Star follows the dramatic stories of four contestants in the TV series as they risk everything to become the nation’s favorite singer. Can any of them attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation? “Everyone should see this film,” says Time Out magazine.

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2:00PM – VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE

36 VUES DU PIC SAINT LOUP (AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN)

Director: Jacques Rivette

Comic Drama/ France / 84 min

On a winding mountain road, Vittorio gallantly helps Kate with her stalled car, and without a single word exchanged, speeds off. Later in town, he learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s traveling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions many years ago. Intrigued by her story, Vittorio stays for the show, and the next one, and slowly is drawn into the circus performers’ lives as he tries to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure.

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4:00PM – CAPAWOCK THEATER

THE LAST SURVIVOR

Director: Micheal Pertnoy/Michael Kleiman

Documentary / Various/ 88 min
Special reception by invitation to follow at 6-7:30pm at the Bunch of Grapes to support Mapendo.org.

Winner of numerous Film Festival Documentary and Audience Awards


Special Guest: JUSTIN SEMAHORO KIMENYERWA, a member of the Banyamulenge tribe of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This character-based documentary follows the lives of four anti-genocide activists, all genocide survivors (of the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and the Congo, respectively). Shot on location in five countries across four continents, the film asks its audience to consider genocide as a worldwide evil that affects us all. Mostly, though, it’s a meditation on how one picks up the pieces of a broken life and makes new meaning with them. “At once beautiful and hopeful, horrible and maddening,” says the Huffington Post; the Miami Herald dubs it “raw, potent, real.”

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4:00PM – KATHARINE CORNELL THEATRE

The Desert of Forbidden Art

Director: Tchavdar Georgiev

Documentary (Art) / Russia, Uzbekistan, USA / 88 min

Winner, Palm Beach Film Festival (Best Documentary)


Special Guest: Q&A to follow with award-winning correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer

During a 50-year career under the Soviet regime, Russian museum curator Igor Savitsky dared to use state funds to rescue 40,000 priceless works of outlawed avant-garde art and, in the process, created in a far desert of Soviet Uzbekistan a museum now worth millions. Savitsky’s life story is fascinating on its own, but the film also examines the lives and work of those who owe their artistic existence and legacy to this amazing man, one willing to risk his life for the art he loved. “Well-crafted,” says Variety, capturing the flavor of this little-known region. And yet, it continues, “the most arresting sights are inevitably those of the bold, richly colored paintings themselves.” Featuring the narrative talents of Ben Kingsley, Ed Asner, and Sally Field.

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4:00PM – VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE

DAS WEISSE BAND (THE WHITE RIBBON)

Director: Michael Haneke

Drama / Germany / 144 min

Golden Palm award winner; Cannes Film Festival; Best Foreign Film, Chicago Film Critics Association


Special Guest: Actress Zenobia Shroff who appears in ”Little Zizou”, which has won several awards on the festival circuit and a best actress nomination for her role at the IAAC FILM FESTIVAL.

In a small German village just before World War I, strange things are happening and no one knows why. A barn burns. A child dies. Soon the villagers are all looking over their shoulders and looking suspiciously at one another. This movie raises serious questions in a compelling way-such as, what conclusions does a community draw when the facts don’t add up. And can bad things just happen to good people? A visually stunning film shot in black and white, it uses a simple story to pose complex questions about both fear and security.

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7:15PM – CAPAWOCK THEATRE

THE TRIAL

Director: Gary Wheeler

Drama / USA / 102 min

A world premier of Matthew Modine’s latest film, based on the best-selling novel by Robert Whitlow *


Special Guest: *We welcome Mr. Modine to the Vineyard and appreciate his acceptance of our first annual Global Citizen’s Award.

A small town attorney, Kent “Mac” McClain contemplates suicide after the tragic death of his wife and sons. But then a capital punishment case he’s assigned changes his life.

Matthew Modine, who plays the lead, is a veteran actor (Birdy; Married to the Mob; Full Metal Jacket, Shortcuts, and more) who has received a Golden Globe for both his television and film work, as well as numerous other prizes. Mr. Modine just completed a major role in the accalimed revival of The Miracle Worker on Broadway, with Abigail Breslin and Alison Pill. He is also an engaged activist: He is the founder of the nonprofit BicycleForaDay.org, whose mission it is to encourage everyone to fight obesity and cut fossil fuel consumption through bicycling. (He launched BFAD by leading 14000 bicyclists through the streets of lower Manhattan.) He also founded CardCarryingLiberal.net, a grassroots movement of Americans dedicated to human rights. In addition, Mr. Modine is a supporter of The Wounded Warrior Project, God’s Love We Deliver (dedicated to support of all those living with AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses), and several other organizations dedicated to improve others’ lives.

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7:00PM – KATHARINE CORNELL THEATER

FRYGTELIG LYKKELIG (TERRIBLY HAPPY)

Director: Henrik Ruben Genz

Drama/Mystery / Denmark / 102 min

7 Robert Awards (Danish Oscars), including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress,
Screenplay; Grand Prix– Karlovy Vary Intʼl FF; Best Director – Chicago Intʼl FF

Led by Henrik Ruben Ganz’s assured direction, this knotty Danish noir thriller steers audiences into some nicely unexpected territory. Robert Hansen is a cop in Copenhagen who makes a mistake and then assigned to a small town where cows and problems disappear into the mud. He quickly learns that the town bully, Jørgen, beats his wife, an outsider like Robert. He tries to get her to swear out a complaint against him; she flirts with Robert. When someone dies and Robert knows the prime suspect is innocent, he halts vigilante justice and things get complicated. Is rural justice his ticket back to Copenhagen? Is there any chance at happiness?

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7:00PM – VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE

No Movie – Theatre is Dark

9:30PM – CAPAWOCK THEATRE

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Director: Banksy, Shepard Fairey

Documentary (art, culture)/ United Kingdom / 86 min

Best Feature, Film Festival of Los Angeles; Best Director, Best Screenplay, Indo-American Art Council Festival

A riveting portrait of the famed graffiti artist Banksy, who always manages to have the last word. When an eccentric amateur French filmmaker attempts to locate and befriend the elusive Banksy, the artist turns the camera back on him with spectacular results. Billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.

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9:30PM – KATHARINE CORNELL THEATRE

ANIMATION SPECTACULAR!

Animated Shorts/ Various Countries and Filmmakers/ 76 min


Special Guests: Noelle & Joy Vaccese, Bill Pympton, Signe Baumane, Peter Ahern

A collection of some of the world’s best new short animated films from acclaimed animators. Introduction by Joy and Noelle Vaccese (“Golem”) who curated the program; Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton (“The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger“) and others will also be on hand.

Shorts to be screened also include: “Lebensader” (Angela Steffen); “Teat Beat of Sex” (Signe Baumane); “Prayers for Peace” (Dustin Grella); “Anna Blume” (Vessela Dantcheva); “Down to the Bone” (Peter Ahern); “Love & Theft” (Andreas Hykade); “The Man in the Blue Gordini” (Jean-Christophe Lie); “The Music Scene” (Anthony Francisco Schepperd); “Madagascar” (Bastien Dubois).

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9:30PM – VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE

KISSES

Director: Lance Daly

Comic Drama/ Ireland / 75 min

Winner, Irish Film and Television Awards (Best Director, Best Editing); Miami Film Festival (Audience Award); Galway Film Fleadh (Best Feature Film)

On the fringes of Dublin, two kids live in a suburbs devoid of life, color, and the prospect of escape. Kylie has five siblings and an overworked mother. Next door, Dylan lives in the shadow of an alcoholic father and the memory of an elder brother who ran away. When Dylan and Kylie run away, they make their way to the magical night-time lights of inner city Dublin, searching for Dylan’s brother and the hope of finding a new life.

Lance Daly’s vision of Dublin, as seen through the innocent eyes of our protagonists, is a kaleidoscope of magic, wonder and mystery. But as the night wears on, and Dublin takes on a darker character, the two kids have to rely on the kindness of strangers, the advice of Bob Dylan and their trust in each other to survive the night.

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11:00PM – VINEYARD PLAYHOUSE

JOHEUNNOM NABBEUNNOM ISANGHANNOM (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD)

Director: Lance Daly

Drama / South Korea / 127 min

Winner, Asian Film Awards (Best Supporting Actor); Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Achievement in Cinematography)

Set in the 1930s, in a Manchurian desert where lawlessness rules, three Korean men fatefully meet on a train: a bounty hunter who tracks down any criminals with rewards on their heads; the leader of a group of tough-as-nails bandits; and a train robber with nine lives. They race across Manchuria trying to take possession of a map one of them discovered while robbing the train. Also on the hunt for the mysterious map are the Japanese army and Asian bandits. In this unpredictable, escalating battle for the map, who will stand in the end as the winner?

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What an awesome line-up from Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival. It is a tribute to the hard work by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society to be able to host such a great program. The Atlantic City Film Festival applauds them and wishes their festival well.

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