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‘Dark Hearts’ primé au LANEFF / ‘Dark Hearts’ winner at the LANNEFF

Posted in Festivals, Film, News with tags , , , , , , , on 25 juin 2015 by (Admin)

Rudolf Buitendach, le réalisateur de « Dark Hearts » vient de remporter le « Maverick Filmmaker award» au Festival du Film Neo-Noir de Los Angeles. Une projection spéciale aura lieu au mois d’août. Les tickets sont déjà disponibles ICI.

2015.06.25 Dark Hearts @ LANNEFF (1)

Dark Hearts‘ director Rudolf Buitendach just won the ‘Maverick Filmmaker award’ at LA Neo-Noir Film Festival. There’ll be a special screening in August. Get your tickets HERE.


Projection de « Saul » au EUFF de Singapour / « Saul » screening at the Singapore EUFF

Posted in Festivals, Film, News with tags , , , , on 4 mai 2015 by (Admin)

Alors que Singapour célèbre son 50ème anniversaire en août, l’EUFF fêtera ses 25 ans en mai. Car les fans de cinéma le savent, l’EUFF est le plus ancien festival de films étrangers à Singapour.
« Saul » est l’un des films choisis pour représenter Malte au European Union Film Festival de Singapour qui se déroule du 13 au 24 mai 2015.

La projection du film aura lieu le dimanche 24 mai à 14h00 (Hall 4), billets en vente ICI.

Kyle Schmid by Kris Holden-Ried - Saul (set) 11.2013

The European Union Film Festival, like Singapore, is celebrating a historic milestone this year. Before Singapore turns 50 and celebrates its golden anniversary in August, the EUFF will turn 25 years old in May. As cinema fans would know, the EUFF is the oldest foreign film festival in Singapore.

« Saul » has been selected to represent Malta at the next EUFF that will be held in Singapore from May 13-24, 2015.

The screening is scheduled on Sunday, May at 2.00 pm (Hall 4). Tickets sold HERE.

EUFF Interview: Tashi Bieler talks about Saul: The Journey To Damascus

Posted in Festivals, Film, News, Presse with tags , , , , on 7 décembre 2014 by (Admin)

Tashi Bieler is one of the producers of a Canadian-Maltian biblical film about Saul, whose life and faith for everything changed during his journey to Damascus.

During the European Union Film Festival, I had the great pleasure of talking with Tashi Bieler right before the screening of Saul, The Journey To Damascus– about how and where the film was made.

Kyle Schmid @ Saul (Poster)

MMM: How was  the idea of making this film born?

Tashi Bieler: The film actually was circulating for quite a long time, from one producer to another until we finally found a way of having it produced, because sometimes biblical films are expensive to make. Biblical films are sometimes very big for the audience, and people go to see them. So the market was right. That`s why EONE and LEIF FILMS sort of found our way, to come together over various projects; to connect the dots. When EONE came on board, this gave the project the green light. The notion of filming in Malta really came from Mario Azzopardi and attached itself to the film. That really allowed the film to be made at a budget level everyone could afford. When you turn the camera 360 degrees – everything was there.

MMM: What about the cast? Did you already know who would be casted?

Tashi Bieler: No, we went through a casting process. So we used a couple of different casting directors; one from UK, another one in LA, and Canada, and just started looking for an actor, who stood out, to play the role of Saul. So we went to some Canadian actors we already knew from a few other shows. Kyle Schmid was an easy decision, because he is really wonderful; sparkly eyes, and a smart actor. 

MMM: I heard there was an intermission during screening of the film in Malta.

Tashi Bieler: I don`t know what happened during the screening in Malta, because I was not there, but they did have lots of intermissions during the screening in Malta, so people could get up and walk and talk. (laughs)

MMM: Where was the film itself filmed?

Tashi Bieler: It was filmed primarily at Fort Ricasoli, which is one of the key filming locations in Malta. It’s an old Fort that has been used for many different films, including “Gladiator” and the Mini Series, Julius Cesar.  Different parts of the fort were transformed into Roman streets. There is a lot of value in the set; parts are very old, with ancient stone, and rock. And part of the set was built, and leftover, from another show-. so we used both. Dino Banelo, a Maltian designer, drew water painted plants for the set ahead of time. So, you can look at each area of the fort, and see how he transformed it, color wise and space wise.

MMM: What about cinematography?

Tashi Bieler: Russ Goozee is a Canadian cinematographer. He is interesting and was chosen by us because of his extremely varied background. He`s done everything from life doc, to straight up drama and comedies. He also spent quite a lot of time doing docs in Jerusalem and Israel, so he sort of has a sense of that typography and what the Mediterranean quality of life might be. Because, we knew if we brought someone from Canada, we wouldn’t have somebody with the sense of that area and time. That`s how everything started, and then when we got there, he had already worked with the director and with the production designer. He made this all look real.

MMM: What is your expectation from the European Union Film Festival?

Tashi Bieler: Oh, I think it`s wonderful that people actually get to see something  far reaching that was made with Canadian participation, because you would not think that kind of film would be made in Canada.

EUFF Review: “Saul: The Journey To Damascus”

Posted in Festivals, Film, News, Presse with tags , , , , , on 2 décembre 2014 by (Admin)

There was a time when people used to live and breathe for what they believed in. Religion divided society into two categories; those who believe in God, but not the Son of God, and those who believe in God, and in his Son as well. Saul: The Journey To Damascus takes place just after Jesus`s crucifixion, when those who start to follow him lose their lives, while the others continue their journey to Damascus, to spread the word of God, and his Son’s word.  But one man, Saul of Tarsus, strongly disagrees that Jesus was the Messiah, or the son of God, and willingly sentences anyone to death if they admit that they are one of his followers. A fateful accident will make him believe in what he has denied all the time- his blindness.

Kyle Schmid @ Saul - The journey to Damascus 2014

Saul: The Journey To Damascus begins with Stephen (Dan Cade), who has been sentenced to death by stoning for his faith in the Son Of God. Even though Johanna (Brittany Bristow) and Ester (Larissa Bonaci) try to stop the execution, Saul (Kyle Schmid, A History Of Violence, Copper) is steadfast in his decision. But before Stephen dies, he forgives Saul for what he has done. Being a dedicated leader and an ardent fighter for his faith and traditions, Saul follows the group of people, along with Mary Magdalene (Emmanuelle Vaugier), Johannah (Brittany Bristow) and Addai (Callum Blue).

And the twelve, along with Johanna and Mary Magdalene, decide to go to Damascus, where they can spread the word of Jesus, and escape from Saul, who tries to hunt them down. But while on this mission, Saul, who denies the existence of the Son of God, is blinded. However, during his blindness, Saul starts seeing and understanding more than when he was sighted. Once Saul joins the Christians, he must escape his former allies who want him pay the ultimate price for his “betrayal” – death.

Saul a Journey to Damascus by Cesco Bonello-Set  2013 (6)

« Saul: The Journey To Damascus » is an epic Biblical movie, directed by Mario Azzopardi. This is not the first time he has touched upon a religious subject in film; the first one was “Savage Messiah”, with Polly Walker. In his new film, made for TV, Azzopardi does not try to make a Hollywood style Biblical film, but rather concentrates on the story without overloaded or unnecessary distracting scenes which can take the audience away from the entire story. The costume and cinematography of “Saul: The Journey To Damascus” is fascinating enough, since this film was made for TV. The entire cast also does a good job delivering a convincing performance.

The film does not lose its meaning and manages to keep the audience interested in the story, even though some of them might take the subject matter too personal, due to religious reasons.

Despite the fact this is a sensitive subject, Azzopardi`s film does not aim to change the audience`s opinion on certain things, such as when Saul, even though he accepts the existence of God, shows no mercy to anyone who follows Jesus Christ. The important message that is delivered in « Saul: The Journey To Damascus » is, it does not matter what you believe in, as long as your faith doesn’t harm anyone, and brings nothing but purity, acceptance and love.

Source : Movie Moves Me (30/11/2014)

« Saul » présenté au European Union Film Festival / Screening of « Saul » at the European Union Film Festival

Posted in Festivals, Film, News with tags , , , on 9 novembre 2014 by (Admin)

Le European Union Film Festival est une collaboration culturelle unique entre les consutats et les instituts culturels de Toronto et souligne son excellence cinématographique avec des films primés au niveau national et international.
Sept ans après la création du festival, il est devenu le festival le plus important du Parlement européen des festivals du film à Toronto et un des plus grands festivals gratuits au Canada.
La projection du film «  Saul » aura lieu le 26 novembre à 20h30.

Saul @ EUFF 26.11.2014

The European Union Film Festival is a unique cultural collaboration of EU Consulates and Cultural Institutes in Toronto and celebrates cinematic excellence with national and international award-winning Films.

Seven years after the festival’s premiere, the festival is the largest of the European run film festivals in Toronto and one of the largest free film festivals in Canada.

Screening for « Saul » on Nov. 26th (8.30 pm).

« Dark Hearts » au Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles / « Dark Hearts » at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles

Posted in Festivals, Film, News with tags , , , on 24 juin 2014 by (Admin)

« Dark Hearts » fait partie de la sélection officielle du « Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles » qui se déroula à L.A. du 09 au 19 juillet 2014. La projection du film aura lieu le 17 juillet à 21h00 (billets en vente ICI)

Dark Hearts

« Dark Hearts » is part of the official selection of the « Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles » that will take place in L.A. from July 09th-19th. The screening will be on July 17th at 9.00 pm (tickets available HERE).

Entrevue de Kyle au Toronto International Film Festival

Posted in Festivals, News, photos, Vidéos with tags , , , , , , on 25 septembre 2013 by (Admin)

Kyle était de passage au TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) et plus précisément au « Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film » qui a lieu le 11 septembre à la Maison Birks (voir précédent article).

Kyle Schmid @ Birks Diamond Tribute TIFF 09.2013 (1)

C’était l’occasion de répondre à quelques questions au micro de « Katie Chats« et d’autres médias canadiens.