Peter van der Lugt
The Netherlands

IFFR 2010: ALAMAR Review

"Alamar", the second film by director Pedro González-Rubio, deceived me. From a distance it seemed something superficial. A film that grabs its audience by merely setting it in a location many would like to spend their holiday; an idyllic coral... More »

Studio Ghibli's new film KARIGURASHI NO ARRIETTY announced

Cross-published with my earlier original article at GhibliWorld. After yesterday's exclusive warming up on Twitter by GhibliWorld, today Studio Ghibli made the official announcement of their new full length feature film titled Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty). The film... More »

An Animation Quintet

Tomorrow the famed Studio Ghibli is to announce their next full length feature film. Following up Miyazaki's Ponyo, will it be Paku-san's (Takahata Isao) long longed for comeback film? Or perhaps will it be by their new director about whom... More »

An Interview With Director Tomm Moore

Already seen the full length animated feature Brendan and the Secret of Kells? Being screened at festivals all over the world, that might surely be possible. It took home the Audience Award at this year's Annecy International Animated Film Festival... More »

David O'Reilly wins Cartoon d'Or 2009

At the Cartoon Forum, currently being held in the Norwegian city of Stavanger, the winner of the Cartoon d'Or 2009 has been revealed. This year's jury is made up of the directors Serge Elissalde, Kari Juusonen and Tomm Moore (director... More »

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2009: Award Winners Announced

Closing this year's edition of la Mostra Internationale d'Arte Cinematografica, better known as the Venice Film Festival, the official award ceremony just took place at the festival's Sala Grande. So who took home the awards? This year's GOLDEN LION for... More »

An interview with Michael Giacchino

[Our thanks to film critic, music expert and contributor Marco Bellano for conducting an extensive interview with award winning soundtrack composer Michael Giacchino.] While staying at the V International Film Music Conference "Ciudad de Úbeda", it was quite surprising... More »


Surely, having been released last week this is old news and chances are very likely a lot of people have seen this already. For those who haven't yet seen it though, it is still much worth posting: a featurette on... More »

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2009: Official Lineup Announced

From the luxurious Westin Excelsior in sunny Rome comes news on la Mostra Internationale d’Arte Cinematografica, better known as the Venice Film Festival. Today the official lineup of this year’s edition, already number 66, has been announced by festival director... More »

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2009: "Chengdu" announced as closing film

Chengdu, Wo Ai Ni (Chengdu, I Love You) is to close this year’s edition of la Mostra Internationale d’Arte Cinematografica, better known as the Venice Film Festival. Filmed in tandem by Fruit Chan and China's most famous “alternative” rock star... More »

IFFR 2009: Interview with "Il Pranzo di Ferragosto" director / writer / actor GIANNI DI GREGORIO

I already shortly met Gianni di Gregorio, director of Il Pranzo di Ferragosto and screenplay writer and assistant director of Gomorra, at the last edition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival where he won the "Future Golden Lion". Recently, he... More »

IFFR 2008: Interview with "Appleseed: Ex Machina" director ARAMAKI SHINJI

This year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam we poor otaku faced a dearth of Japanese anime: there really was only one title which qualified as such. Thankfully that was "Appleseed: Ex Machina" and it turned out to be both... More »
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