Albania loses well-known painter Xhokaxhi

TIRANA, May. 8 – On Sunday, the Albanian art community lost the well-known painter, art professor and scene designer Ilia Xhokaxhi. He was one of the most professional artists actively involved in designing scenery for many Albanian movies, operas, modern

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Lynch’s classic “Blue Velvet” showing at Marubi

TIRANA, May. 8 – David Lynch, among America’s best known directors, released his classic movie, “Blue Velvet”, in 1986 and its intriguing plot captured the attention of a very wide audience. The movie revolves around a man returning to his

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Floating book store, Logos II, arrives in Durres

DURRES, May.11 – The motto of the ship-book store that arrived today at the port of Durres is “bringing knowledge, help and hope.” It will remain open to the Albanian public at a symbolic fee of 50 lek, until May

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“AL-EU-AL”- visual arts exhibition

TIRANA, May.11 – Today at the national museum in Tirana, Fatmir Velaj, President of Forum Weltoffen International organized the exhibition of 60 paintings and pictures, common works of him and Hannes Swoboda – Member of the European parliament. Velaj praises

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European Week brings alternative cinema

TIRANA, May. 5-9: To celebrate European Week, a variety of cultural activities such as photo exhibitions, classical music, choir concerts and dance performances are being staged in Tirana’s artistic sites, including the Academy of Arts and the National Theater of

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Gumball 3000 Rally brings luxurious cars to Albania

TIRANA, May 2 – Scores of luxurious cars of the Gumball 3000 Rally _ the celebrity-packed, high-speed dash across Europe in a variety of souped-up vehicles _ ‘occupied’ Mother Teresa square downtown capital Tirana Wednesday evening in an effort from

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Eliza Dushku seen in new movie, “Nobel Son”

Albanian actress Eliza Dushku returns to movie screens with an important role in the Hollywood film “Nobel Son.” The film is part of the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the most important cinema events organized by actor Robert de Niro.

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Event held to promote bilingual poetry ‘Love and Love’

TIRANA, April.28 – The International Institute of Intellectual Rights and the Albanian National Theater organized an event for the promotion of the poetry book of Altin Ruco, “Love and Love” / “Dashuri & Dashuri”. The book has poetry in both

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Albanian Copyright Office launched on International Day of Intellectual Property

TIRANA, April.30 – The International Day of Intellectual Property resulted in governmental discussions on copyright and its protection mechanisms that require a common effort from many institutions such as the Tax Authorities, the Ministry of Finance, the Justice Ministry, the

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Carne Tremula – Marubi brings Almadovar to the Albanian public

TIRANA, May. 3- The MARUBI Film and Multimedia School had its traditional weekly screening of the Thursday Film on 7pm, this time bringing a film of the well-known author Pedro Almadovar, “Live flesh” (Crane Tremula), in its original Spanish with

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May. 8 - On Sunday, the Albanian art community lost the well-known painter, art professor and scene designer Ilia Xhokaxhi. He was one of the most professional artists actively involved in designing scenery for many Albanian movies, operas, modern ballet and other artistic performances. His own work was displayed in several national and international exhibitions in Italy, Slovenia, USA, Hungary and France. He designed the lighthouse symbol for the city of Tirana and contributed to the education of young students through his commitment in the arts academy.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May. 8 - David Lynch, among America's best known directors, released his classic movie, "Blue Velvet", in 1986 and its intriguing plot captured the attention of a very wide audience. The movie revolves around a man returning to his hometown after being away and his discovering a severed human ear in a field. Not satisfied with the police investigation, he and the detective's daughter carry out their own investigation. The object of the investigation turns out to be a beautiful and mysterious woman involved with a violent and perverse man. Marubi has brought to Albanian audiences several off-Hollywood classics such as Pedro Almadovar's "Carne Tremula" and other icon directors such as Jim Jarmusch.
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                    [post_content] => DURRES, May.11 - The motto of the ship-book store that arrived today at the port of Durres is "bringing knowledge, help and hope." It will remain open to the Albanian public at a symbolic fee of 50 lek, until May 23. The book store on board features more than 4000 titles ranging from literature through the arts.  
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May.11 - Today at the national museum in Tirana, Fatmir Velaj, President of Forum Weltoffen International organized the exhibition of 60 paintings and pictures, common works of him and Hannes Swoboda - Member of the European parliament. Velaj praises the initiative as an opportunity to represent the Albanian hopes, fears and aspirations in the context of integration. The EU should see the importance of Albania and what the Albanian contemporary culture can contribute to the European one. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May. 5-9: To celebrate European Week, a variety of cultural activities such as photo exhibitions, classical music, choir concerts and dance performances are being staged in Tirana's artistic sites, including the Academy of Arts and the National Theater of Opera and Ballet. Additionally, movies highlighting different European directors were shown at the Black Box of the Arts Academy. On Saturday, a movie from the Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu, "White Palms," brought together a crowd of nostalgic ex-students of Budapest, as well as a primarily international community, to view an uncommonly resonant sports drama in which a talented, yet troubled, gymnast comes to terms with a turbulent past. 
On Sunday, a professional adaptation by Dutch director Jeroem Krabbe, of Henry Mulisch's "Discovery Of Heaven", combined elements of fantasy and human psychology in a quasi-thriller of Christian mythology. The Discovery of Heaven tells the story of an angel-like being, who is ordered to return the stone tablets containing the ten commandments to Heaven. The Tablets given to Moses by God, symbolize in the book the link between Heaven and Earth. The divine being, however, cannot himself travel to Earth, and on several occasions in the book resorts to influencing events, being in effect a deliberate personification of deus ex machina. He affects the personal lives of three people (two men and one woman) in order that a child be conceived. This child would then have an innate desire to seek out and return the Tablets.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 2 - Scores of luxurious cars of the Gumball 3000 Rally _ the celebrity-packed, high-speed dash across Europe in a variety of souped-up vehicles _ 'occupied' Mother Teresa square downtown capital Tirana Wednesday evening in an effort from its organizers to help the tiny Balkan country promote tourism. Racers, who were coming from Macedonia and Athens, Greece, had started since April 29 to cover 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) through 17 countries.
There were 120 cars including several Bugatti Veyrons, Ferrari Enzo's, Lamborghini's, customized Rolls Royce's, The A-Team van and even a Turkish Taxi. Albania was added to this year's ninth annual race by request from the United Nations. With U.N. agencies working to support Albania's development and integration into the European Union, the international rally was seen as a way to bring attention to the country's potential as an eco- and cultural-tourism destination.
Prime Minister Sali Berisha participated at the welcome ceremony climbing on a Porsche and hailing people from there. The executive held a dinner inviting the 250 participating rallers.
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The rally was named after by a 1970s road race _ in which the prize was a gumball machine _ that inspired the movies "Gumball Rally" and "Cannonball Run." The rally has drawn attention and criticism in equal measure, with some past participants involved in accidents or arrested for speeding. The rally costs 10,000 pounds to enter.
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                    [post_content] => Albanian actress Eliza Dushku returns to movie screens with an important role in the Hollywood film "Nobel Son." The film is part of the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the most important cinema events organized by actor Robert de Niro. The movie tells the story of a boy who is kidnapped on the night in which his father receives the Nobel Prize. The cast includes well-known actors such as Alan Rickman, Bryan Breenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Danny DeVito, Mary Steenburgen and Bill Pullman.  
Eliza Dushku is also starring in the comic sitcom "Nurses" on FOX television. 

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, April.28 - The International Institute of Intellectual Rights and the Albanian National Theater organized an event for the promotion of the poetry book of Altin Ruco, "Love and Love" / "Dashuri & Dashuri". The book has poetry in both Albanian and English and includes a DVD with 30 short clips of well known Albanian actors reciting poetry including Timo Flloko, Ema Andrea, Ndri読 Xhepa, Rajmonda Bulku, Mirush Kabashi, Agim Qirjaqi, Bujar Asqeriu, Sokol Angjeli. At the event, poetry reading and music accompanied the critical reviews of many arts authorities such as Drit쳯 Agolli, Perikli Jorgoni, and Ad魥 Kolber, among others. 

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, April.30 - The International Day of Intellectual Property resulted in governmental discussions on copyright and its protection mechanisms that require a common effort from many institutions such as the Tax Authorities, the Ministry of Finance, the Justice Ministry, the judicial system, etc. 
During discussions, the newly launched Albanian Copyright Office was introduced. The event was opened by the Minister of Culture, Ylli Pango, who praised the copyright office as a central institution that will play an active part in the protection of copyright and the implementation of respective laws. 
The Head of this new office, Nikoleta Gjordeni, gave a brief presentation of the activities planned. Other participants included Xhevdet Ferri, head of the National Cinematographic Center and Neshat Tozaj, executive director of the agency for collective administration of the music copyrights "Albautor", Piro Milkani, executive director of the Forum for the protection of Authors of the Film & Video, etc. The office will represent the economic interests of actors who have specific obligations with their copyrights.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May. 3- The MARUBI Film and Multimedia School had its traditional weekly screening of the Thursday Film on 7pm, this time bringing a film of the well-known author Pedro Almadovar, "Live flesh" (Crane Tremula), in its original Spanish with English subtitles. Pizza delivery man Victor is having an argument with Elena, whom he met a few days ago, but she was high then and does not want to hear about him. Reacting to the noise, two cops, young David and old Sancho, arrive at the scene, the gun accidentally goes offƆour years later David is a wheelchair basketball star, he is married to Elena, Victor is released out of prison and their destinies begin to cross again.  Starring a traditional Penelope Cruz, present frequently in Almadovar's productions and other actors, the movie brought to Labnain audience a non-conventional movie director best known for his deep psychological probes in a unique artistic style.
One of Almodovar's favorite conceits is the use of old TV and movie images as ironic commentary on our modern lives. He loves the sheer trashiness of those millions of hours of low-grade output and he likes to mimic 1950's sitcom formats or to splice 'quotes' from old footage into his modern tales. It's a device which he uses very effectively in this film. When the gun is fired in the apartment, a shot rings out from the TV set in the corner. The fake news item of the bus birth, in black and white to represent the drabness of Franco's Spain, is a loving recreation of TV's golden age. Women are mannequins in these old TV shows, used by men as objects of prurient displays, and of violence. Our mass media have drugged us, suggests Almodovar, into being passive recipients of authority's handouts. We can no longer distinguish between entertainment and reality. David confronts Victor and wounds him, but the two enemies are immediately distracted by the soccer game on TV and become 'guys together', forgetting their hatred. Names are always important in Almodovar films, and in this one they hold the key to the story's many meanings. Elena is Helen of Troy, the creature who radiates unconscious appeal and leads men into war and destruction. Victor Plaza's name contains several layers of symbolic importance. He is the film's real victor, overcoming the misfortune of the shooting and his own sexual imbecility to attain true happiness in America. Many Spanish towns have a 'Plaza de la Victoria', a municipal tribute to the great historical sea triumph of Lepanto. In this sense Victor's name makes him the personification of ordinary Spanish life, a hispanic Everyman. Isabel Plaza Caballero, the prostitute whose wretched short life becomes a saintly image of suffering and continuity, has the name of Spain's great Catholic queen and the title of a 'gentlewoman'. For Almodovar there is no contradiction in a prostitute having nobility. Sancho is a kind of Sancho Panza to David's Quixote, the latter idealistic but impotent, the former iconoclastic and comical. Almodovar's trademark is the looping circular plot in which the characters both repeat and vary their patterns of behavior, crossing one another's paths and inadvertently echoing the actions of others. Nowhere is this better illustrated than here. The plot is almost literally circular, beginning and ending with childbirth in a wheeled vehicle, and Victor's life-defining moment hinging on the circular bus ride which brings him back to the identical spot where he started, a payphone on the Calle Eduardo Dato. The characters penetrate one another's lives in ways that are totally convincing, and with a grounding in human psychology which few writers or directors can display.
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