The Classical Programme showcases presentations from worldwide prestigious contemporary performing arts companies including acclaimed productions of theatre, opera and ballet.

The new ballet based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is set on stage at Peacock Theatre in London’s West End and performed by the acclaimed London Children’s Ballet. The London Children’s Ballet is a charity founded in 1994 to give talented young dancers ages 9-15 a unique opportunity to perform as part of a professional ballet production. LCB engages top emerging composers and choreographers to create original family ballets and has a reputation for excellence so the quality of dancing is outstanding.

Choreographed by the brilliant Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet’s magnificent production of Nutcracker is one of the world's finest productions of the classic ballet, playing to unanimous critic acclaim and sold-out audiences each December. Set to the music of legendary great Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker is a treasured holiday tradition for families everywhere! With each scene of sugar plum fairies, fighting mice and magical journeys to enchanted lands more breathtaking than the last, Nutcracker truly is what dreams are made of.

Beautiful, romantic and dramatic on an epic scale, a new version of the fairytale classic has been created for the Birmingham Royal Ballet as the highlight of its 20th anniversary season. The Christmas 2010 production marks the world premiere of the first new three act story ballet this century.

Three geniuses: Shakespeare meets Mendelssohn meets Balanchine at Sadler's Wells for enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream ballet. Choreographed by artistic genius George Balanchine, Shakespeare’s comedy of magic and love’s delusions is a supreme audience pleaser, set to the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn. The Pacific Northwest Ballet, based in Seattle, is one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States and known for its fascination with George Balanchine. A Midsummer’s Night Dream is a milestone for the company, winning the highest award from IMZ Dance Screen.

The remarkable 7th Century BC Greek theatre in Taormina is the site for this powerful production of Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca. The role of Tosca seems made for the celebrated Vienna-born soprano Martina Serafin. Her fiery passion is matched by the great baritone Renato Bruson’s extraordinary Scarpia, crushed between relentless passion for Tosca and the demands of political duty. Enrico Castiglione directs the work with tremendous originality and dramatic power.

Stunning cult Italian soprano Francesca Patanè sizzles in the title role of one of the most famous operas of all time. Supported by a cast of international stars, Puccini’s Turandot is masterfully directed by Enrico Castiglione. The combination of powerful performances and Taormina’s unique setting (beautiful 7th century BC Greek theatre overlooking the Mediterranean) make this Turandot unforgettable.

Hugely popular, Aida continues to be one of the most famous operas and is one of the great successes of Teatro Antico in Taormina. Directed by Maestro Enrico Castiglione and starring exciting Belgian soprano Isabelle Kabatu, Aida has a terrific cast including Salvatore Licitra, Juan Pons and Rossana Rinaldi. The ambiance of Taormina’s remarkable ancient Greek Theatre makes Aida a magical experience, situated at the heart of the little southern Italian town, on the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean.

For sheer entertainment, La Fille du Régiment can’t be beat. Especially when it’s served in such a saucy light-footed way by French soprano Natalie Dessay, not only a dazzling singer but also a gifted actress. She effortlessly sweeps her castmates along in this turbulent buffo delight. Her co-star is Juan Diego Flórez, one of the leading young tenors of our time.

Andrea Breth’s “phenomenal ‘Onegin’ interpretation” (F.A.Z.) features a tour de force performance by fabulously gifted baritone Peter Mattei. His co-star, dazzling Russian soprano Anna Samuil, has already been acclaimed as one of the vibrant new voices on the operatic stage. Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic bring the beguilingly dark score to life with flashes of brilliance.

Carmen makes a triumphant return to the theater of its birthplace: the opulent, newly renovated Opéra Comique in Paris. The new critically-heralded production of Carmen is brilliantly staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Adrian Noble and ignited by the performances of the spectacular soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role and an all-star cast.

Teatro Real’s much-awaited production of Katia Kabanova, featuring Karita Mattila's triumphant performance, is universally universally acclaimed by critics as a perfect piece of opera. The production dazzles due to the stunning beauty of Canadian Robert Carsen's theatrical production, his magical direction and a bold and powerfully poetic stage design. All the action takes place on a huge expanse of water, filled with the reflections of extraordinarily graceful images shaped by exquisite lighting.

Cinema meets Dance

  • Rumpelstiltskin
    London Children's Ballet,80 mins
  • Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
    San Francisco Ballet, 95 mins
  • David Bintley's Cinderella
    Birmingham Royal Ballet, 120 min
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Pacific Northwest Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 94 mins

Cinema meets Opera

  • Tosca (Puccini)
    Teatro Antico di Taormina, 127 mins
  • Turandot (Puccini)
    Teatro Antico di Taormina, 120 mins
  • Aida (Verdi)
    Teatro Antico di Taormina, 138 mins
  • La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti)
    Metropolitan Opera/Covent Garden/Vienna State Opera, 135 mins
  • Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
    Vienna State Opera, 158 mins
  • Carmen (Bizet)
    Opéra Comique, 169 mins
  • Katia Kabanova (Janacek)
    Teatro Real Madrid, 108 mins

The Concert Programme brings an growing list of events from both contemporary and traditional music events.

The King’s Singers are a Grammy award-winning, world-renowned ensemble known for their captivating live performances, impeccable vocal blend, and utter perfection in every aspect of their music. Once performers at the Winter Olympics, their arrangements are now sung by amateur and professional ensembles all over the world. Paisley Abbey, parish church to the Church of Scotland, has a long and internationally recognized choral tradition. King's Singers St. Luke Concert and Christmas Music in Rosslyn Chapel give audiences the chance to experience these brilliant vocalists spin their seasonal magic in two Christmas concerts in one night!

Luciano Pavarotti annually hosted the “Pavarotti and Friends” charity concerts in his home town of Modena in Italy, joining with singers from all parts of the music industry, including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting, Bono, Andrea Bocelli, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion and Jon Bon Jovi,to raise money for several UN causes. This special presentation features the most emotional and world-famous pieces of the entire “Pavarotti and Friends” series.

The legendary Plácido Domingo transports the enraptured listener to the calles and plazas of Madrid and Seville accompanied by the Mozarteum Orchestra under Jesús López Cobos. The dazzle of genuine stars shine brightly over Salzburg as Domingo and internationally celebrated soprano Ana María Martínez serve up an evening of infectious good spirits and exquisite vocal treats.

The tension is palpable at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on this day the 28th of March 2007. Exquisite soprano Anna Netrebko is not only making her debut in France, but she is making it with superstar tenor Rolando Villazón. The “dream couple” of the opera world brings its incomparable charm and magnetism to France’s “mélomanes.” And the result is nothing less than phenomenal!

The greatest musical event ever! Magic was created in July 1990, when Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras met onstage at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and became the Three Tenors. Experience the awe-inspiring feast of the greatest hits for the tenor voice sung by the generation’s greatest three tenors, conducted by the incomparable Zubin Mehta.

The Concert Programme brings an growing list of events from both contemporary and traditional music events.

Classical

  • King's Singers and Paisley Abbey Choir Chrismas Concert
    UK, 53 and 24 mins
  • The Legendary Luciano Pavarotti Duets
    Modena, Italy 70 mins
  • Amor, vida de mi vida: The Zarzuela Concert
    Salzburg, 143 mins
  • The Paris Concert: Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón
    Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris 104 mins
  • The original Three Tenors concert in Rome
    Baths of Caracalla, Rome 86 mins

Contemporary

  • To Be Announced

The Documentary Programme showcases presentations from worldwide companies.

Hailed as one of the best documentaries of the year at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Kilitschko is the riveting true story of Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, the only two brothers in the history of boxing to hold heavy-weight titles at the same time. Award-winning director Sebastian Dehnhardt follows the brothers’ ups-and-downs during their extraordinary 15-year-reign over the boxing world, divulging secret information and never before seen footage.

One man's search into the nightmare of the killing fields

What do you do to attract a mate when you're stuck in a zoo and age is fading your charms? Comes with the 10-minute HD short "Night Falls on the Menagerie"

Allen Jones helped usher in the British Pop Art movement of the late fifties with his world of iconic, immaculately seductive and glamorous women. The man and his methods remain a mystery.

The secret, reclusive world of Frank Auerbach, a leading figure in British art and recognized internationally as a post world war modern master, is at last revealed.

Renowned rural landscape painter John Virtue accepts the two-year mission from the National Gallery to paint the city of London.

A portrait of Lucian Freud, grandson of Sigmund, one of the greatest and most reclusive artists of our century.

Born in Portugal, Paula Rego is that great rarity: a Britain artist with an international reputation. She is acclaimed as the best painter of women's experience alive today.

In what has been described as "the best film on sculpture ever made", Auguste Rodin is acknowledged as a colossus that bestrode 19th and early 20th century sculpture.

The enduring power and abiding attraction of Titian, the "first great 20th Century Artist", and his paintings is investigated and explored.

Recent Arrivals

  • Klitschko
    Germany, 112 min
  • Enemies of the People
    Cambodia, 93 mins
  • Nenette
    France, 84 mins

Art on Art

  • Allen Jones
    58 mins
  • Frank Auerbach
    55 mins
  • John Virtue
    50 mins
  • Lucian Freud
    50 mins
  • Paula Rego
    TRT: 47 mins
  • Rodin
    56 mins
  • Titian
    50 mins

The Independent Film programme showcases discoveries and award-winners from the vibrant world of independent cinema.

Set in a small town in Texas, the coming-of-age dramedy has the perfect combination of heartache and adventure. While 14-year-old high school science superstar Julius (Ryan Akin) steadfastly researches the asexual reproduction of worms, his eccentric family is being pulled apart by troubles he believes must be sex-related.He discovers his grandfather is visiting a woman other than his grandmother; his mother is estranged from her prospective fiancée (and Julius’ assistant principal) and running around with a young townie who Julius looks up to as a big brother. To top it all, while he wrestles with his dad’s mysterious departure some years ago, he’s losing his best friend and girlfriend Shiley to a hunky classmate. Julius decides to take matters into his own hands and embarks on an odyssey to hold his family together. His efforts meet with extraordinary and mixed results sabotaged by his scientific expectations of people (including himself). When the dust settles, old wounds are given a chance to heal, hearts win out and Julius champions a new beginning for his family.

Santa’s Cool Holiday Film Festival is the funkiest, silliest and least emotional movie experience you’ll have this holiday season! This priceless blast from the past is a collection of the very rarest (and sometimes weird) Christmas filmic moments including vintage Technicolor cartoons Max and Dave – Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948), visits with Howdy Doody, Ozzie and Harriet and ventriloquist Shari Lewis and her hand puppet Lambchop. It even has “Greetings From The Theater Management” trailers made for movie theatres. The main feature is the unforgettable (even if you try) 1964 feature film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Kids will love it! Instead of watching the same old Christmas movies on TV, hustle the whole clan down to your local theater for a delightful afternoon or evening of new Christmas memories.

The Red Machine, an award-winning hit of several independent film festivals, is a ‘brilliant heist movie’ about an unlikely duo who team up to do the impossible – compromise the Japanese militaries’ most top-secret encoding device! The mismatched pair soon discover that the mission they were given is not what they signed up for and they must put aside their differences to find a way to outsmart some of the smartest people in the world.

When a group sets off on an epic journey to find the secret buried treasure, they find themselves faced with magical warriors, unpredictable dangers and the relentless northwest desert standing in their way. With kickass fight sequences, a motorcycle riding hero, a damsel-in-distress and terrifying bad guys, this action-packed joy ride has everything an edge-of-your-seat action movie should have!

An award-winning comedy about youthful regrets, a love story without consummation, a return to a home that was never forgotten. A story where boy meets girl, only they have known each other since they were two. It’s a small town romance in the orchards of the foothills!

Gunslingers is a sharp shooting, gun slinging, stylized western where lust, greed and money collide with sometimes hilarious results. Good and evil collide, as heroes and villains alike are seduced by the ecstasy of gold.

Recent Arrivals

  • 5 Time_Champion
    USA, 92 min
  • Santa’s Cool Holiday Film Festival
    USA, 120 min
  • The Red Machine
    Genre: Suspense; Country: USA, 84 min
  • Treasure Hunter
    Genre: Action/Martial Arts; Country: Taiwan, 106 min
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Time
    Genre: Drama; Country: Canada, 96 min
  • Gunslingers
    Genre: Western; Country: USA, 89 min

Cinema meets horror series

Filmed in Chile, ZOMBIE DAWN contemplates the aftermath of a mysterious mining accident that has unleashed an unspeakable horror, creating a zombie horde with an appetite for human flesh! The only solution was to seal off the infected decimated areas from the rest of the country and its remaining, living population. Now 15 years later, the tattered remains of the government and the supposedly at-fault mining corporation commit themselves to finding out what may have happened at the mining complex to cause the epidemic.

The award-winning sequel to cult hit Slime City takes place seven years in the future, after a dirty bomb has decimated New York City's financial district and reduced midtown to a post apocalyptic nightmare. A draft dodger and an army deserter learn to how to stay alive and discover a strange elixir with unusual slimy powers. It sparks an epic battle between desperate mercenaries and mutant cannibals in what’s left of NY City. Slime flies when you’re having fun!

A train pulls into the station and a hobo (Rutger Hauer, BLADERUNNER) jumps from the freight car hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in urban hell with only one way to make a difference – a shotgun in his hand and two shells in its chamber. An instant grind house classic, this over-the-top homage to 70’s exploitation films really outdoes them all.

A mad scientist. A decapitated fiancé. A murder. The 1962 science-fiction/horror ‘crime against good taste’ is the story of the lengths a man will go through for the woman he loves – too bad he doesn’t know she’s got some ideas of her own! She may have lost her body, but she hasn’t lost her evil mind!

All the right stuff for midnight madness: sexy girls, a rockin’ soundtrack, a gross monster and lots of blood! Three gorgeous but deadly hired killers, Beretta, Blondie and Snowball, hole up in a small beachside community to keep a low profile. But this town has a dark secret; a secret with tentacles.

Recent Arrivals

  • Zombie Dawn
    USA, 112 min
  • Slime City Massacre
    USA, 112 min
  • Hobo with a Shotgun
    USA, 85 min
  • The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
    USA,71 min
  • El Monstro Del Mar
    Australia, 96mins

The Repertory Programme contains sets of classic and specialty feature films. Always available and ready to book for holidays and special events, iFN's rep catalogue adds value to your cinema presentations.

Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece in HD containing the recently discovered 25 minutes of footage never before seen in theatres.

Considered one of the funniest movies ever made, the pythons bring their classic approach to the quest of Arthur's knights to find the Holy Grail. A great choice for special event bookings or even just as a regular return for the dedicated fans in your area.

The holy land doesn't seem quite the same after the Pythons have visited it.

Recent Arrivals

  • Metropolis
    TRT: 2h25m

Monty Python in HD

  • The Holy Grail
    TRT: 2h0m
  • Life of Brian
    TRT: 2h0m

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iFN is thrilled to announce that the King’s Singers and the Paisley Abbey Choir have  officially been added to its collection of classical content perfect for the holiday season!

The King’s Singers are a Grammy award-winning, world-renowned ensemble known for their captivating live performances, impeccable vocal blend, and utter perfection in every aspect of their music. Once performers at the Winter Olympics, their arrangements are now sung by amateur and professional ensembles all over the world. Paisley Abbey, parish church to the Church of Scotland, has a long and internationally recognized choral tradition.  King’s Singers St. Luke Concert & Christmas in Rosslyn Chapel give audiences the chance to experience these brilliant vocalists spin their seasonal magic in two Christmas concerts in one night!

The Paisley Abbey Choir‘s Christmas concert was presented at Rosslyn Chapel (recognizable from Dan Brown’s blockbuster The Da Vinci Code) on the outskirts of Scotlandʼs capital city of Edinburgh. It features a selection of Christmas carols as well as arrangements for the bagpipes, harp and oboe. The King’s Singers January 2011 concert was captured at the stylishly distinctive Jerwood Hall in LSO St. Luke’s, London. Their program features the perfect blend of traditional and modern Christmas classics, such as Joy To The World, Deck the Halls, Lullaby My Liking, and even some international favorites including Nöel Nouvelet and El niño querido. There truly is a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

This two-for-one concert special perfectly captures the warm feel of Christmas as well as the charm and skill that you’d expect from musical ensembles of this calibre. Come Christmas time, this is a concert combo to treasure!

“The King’s Singers are beyond doubt one of the finest vocal groups in the world… I urge you to see these guys!” - Lizzie Bennett, Cambridge Tab

“A stunning display of unaccompanied part-singing by six consummate vocal artists!”– BBC

“The King’s Singers’ style is beautifully detailed, and even the most familiar carols sound fresh.” - Classic FM Magazine

“Precise intonation, instinctive articulation, a downy, luxuriant tone, all captured in an excitingly lifelike recording.” - International Record Review

“…the whole thing is just gorgeous, and if you love Christmas music recordings, well, what are you waiting for? This is one of the best ever.” - Classicstoday.com

Visit www.kingssingers.com for more information on the award-winning ensemble. Visit http://www.paisleyabbey.org.uk/choirandmusic.htm for more info on the Paisley Abbey Choir.

iFN delivers content in digital formats including (hard drive, BluRay, iFN Player). Please contact Blair Haynes for booking information bhaynes@indiefilmnet.com

November 4, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes

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