Stories about Film from July, 2011
In Medellin, Colombia, police officers welcomed England's U-20 soccer players at the airport with a dance, making a good impression on visitors but raising concerns on security for some locals.
Jamaipanese says that this year's Anime Nation was “bigger and better” than its inaugural event, calling it “an epic event for fans of anime, cosplay, video games and Japan as patrons came from all over Jamaica to enjoy the event many of them wearing costumes or “cosplaying” as their favourite...
The controversial long feature “A Serbian Film” was banned [pt] from the RioFan film festival by its main sponsor, the Brazilian national bank Caixa Econômica Federal, as announced [pt] on the website of the organization. Brazilian citizens organized a protest against censorship. A video [pt] gathers several analyses of the...
An hour long documentary shows the traditional lives of indigenous people in the Amazon, and how their subsistence lifestyle is threatened by petroleum exploitation and monoculture of renewable energy sources like palm oil.
El Taburete [es] comments that the US documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will present the new Cuban movie “Habanastation” in Michigan. The movie tells the story of the friendship of two boys from Havana who come from different socioeconomic classes.
Leigh Turner, British Ambassador to Ukraine, writes about the Odesa Film Festival, set against the background of many famous films, not least Eisenstein's “Battleship Potemkin.”
“No one transforms for the greater good. No one transforms to save this place. All we have is Decepticons for leaders. And people who do not, cannot fly”: Attillah Springer notices unsettling parallels between the new Transformers movie and real life in Trinidad and Tobago.
Fan Huang from Shanghaiist introduces a Chinese copycat of Kung Fu Panda — the Legend of a Rabbit, jointly produced by Tianjin North Film Group and Beijing Film Academy.
China Law Blog has a guest post written by Mathew Alderson which outlines some basic rules for foreign companies doing film co-productions in China.
War and Peace reviews Anna Melikian's 2007 film, Rusalka (“Mermaid”).
The Guyanese film industry is ready for its close-up, according to this post at Demerara Waves.
Ministry of Tofu explains how Chinese cinemas cheated on the ticket office figure of the propaganda movie Beginning of the Great Revival .
For New Books in Russia and Eurasia, Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog interviews author Daniel Treisman on his book The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev and filmmaker Maria Yatskova on her film Miss Gulag.
Belgraded.com posts a subtitled version of Ghetto – the Secret Life of the City, a documentary about Belgrade's alternative rock scene “of the worst period in the nineties, when turbo-folk became the way of life in Serbia.”
Kebabistan reports that French actor Gerard Depardieu has signed a contract to publicize and promote Azerbaijani cuisine. The deal comes after recently starring in an advertisement for the national air carrier of Azerbaijan's estranged neighbor in the region, Armenia.
Pradeep Kumar Singh reports that a Bollywood movie called “Delhi Belly” had been banned in Nepal because of use of explicit language dialogues. The ban was lifted after the distributor agreed to remove the alleged explicit dialogues from the movie.