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France & Portugal To Face Off In Quarter Finals

France & Portugal To Face Off In Quarter Finals
Jul 2 2024 Share

France advanced to the EURO 2024 quarterfinals by narrowly defeating Belgium 1-0 in a thrilling match in Düsseldorf on Monday.

The decisive moment came in the 85th minute when veteran Anderlecht defender Jan Vertonghen accidentally deflected Randal Kolo Muani’s shot into his own net, sealing Belgium’s fate.

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In another intense encounter, Portugal overcame Slovenia in a dramatic penalty shootout, winning 3-0 after a goalless draw.

The shootout hero was Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who spectacularly saved penalties from Josip Ilicic, Jure Balkovec, and Benjamin Verbic, ensuring Portugal’s place in the quarterfinals.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Bernardo Silva successfully converted their penalties for Portugal.

Earlier in the extra time, Slovenia’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a crucial save by stopping Ronaldo’s penalty in the 105th minute, inspiring his team. However, despite this effort, Slovenian forward Benjamin Sesko missed a one-on-one chance after a defensive error by Pepe, failing to capitalize on the opportunity.

Roberto Martinez’s Portugal ultimately secured their spot in the last eight, while Slovenia exited the tournament.

Costa’s exceptional performance earned him the man of the match title, becoming the first goalkeeper to save three penalties in a EURO shootout. The eagerly anticipated Portugal vs. France quarterfinal will take place on Friday in Hamburg.

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Second Turtle Nest Found At Għajn Tuffieħa

Second Turtle Nest Found At Għajn Tuffieħa
Jul 2 2024 Share

Another loggerhead turtle nest was discovered at Għajn Tuffieħa.

‘The new nest was spotted during a routine morning patrol by the dedicated volunteers of Nature Trust – FEE Malta at Għajn Tuffieħa.’

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Despite being great news, the nest was located too close to the surface and the shore.

This made it vulnerable should weather conditions become unfavourable, meaning that ERA and NTM-FEE had to delicately relocate the gas to a safer location at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa.

The area has now been cordoned off to ensure the nest’s protection. People are urged to keep noise levels down and avoid trampling or shining lights near the site.

You can also report any turtle activity to ERA (2292 3500) or NTM (9999 9505).

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Vanity Fair Exclusively Shares 1st Look At Malta Shot Gladiator

Vanity Fair Exclusively Shares 1st Look At Malta Shot Gladiator
Jul 1 2024 Share

Vanity Fair shared first exclusive photos at Gladiator 2, which has many of its scenes filmed in Malta.

Following the line of the first Gladiator film, the sequel had director Ridley Scott return to the Mediterranean island to continue the story set off by the likes of Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen.

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In the images shared by Vanity Fair, a star studded cast made up of Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, Connie Nielsen, Joseph Quinn, Fred Hechinger, and more can be seen donning their Roman outfits for the second film.

 

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‘From director Ridley Scott, the sequel to the 2000 film picks up in the years after Russell Crowe’s Maximus gave his life upending the leadership of the Roman Empire. Mescal plays Lucius, last seen as the young son of Lucilla, Nielsen’s noblewoman from the original movie.’

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Mediterrane Film Festival Closes 2nd Edition With Golden Bee Awards

Mediterrane Film Festival Closes 2nd Edition With Golden Bee Awards
Jul 1 2024 Share

Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival tonight celebrated the closing night of its second edition with its glamourous Golden Bee Awards ceremony, which took place at the grand Fort Manoel, Gżira, and was hosted by David Walliams. During the evening, alongside the Golden Bee Awards, the BAFTA-winning writer-director and seven-time Academy Award nominee Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Another Year, Happy-Go-Lucky) was also honoured with the festival’s Career Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to celebrated Maltese veteran production coordinator Rita Galea (World War Z).

The Main Competition Jury– which included Jon S. Baird, Margery Simkin, Mario Philip Azzopardi, Nathan Crowley, Pedro Luque, Richie Mehta and Tim Miller – judged the strand of fifteen films and awarded prizes across six categories: Best Feature Film, Acting Performance, Screenwriting, Production Design, Creative Technical Performance and the special Jury Award.

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The festival also honoured outstanding works for its Out of Competition, Mare Nostrum and Future Visions immersive sections. From the Main Competition, wins included “Life” (Hayat) directed by Zeki Demirkubuz (Turkey) selection taking the Golden Bee for the Best Feature Film category, and “To a Land Unknown” directed by Mahdi Fleifel (Palestine; France) was awarded the Jury’s Choice prize. Additionally, “The Strangers’ Case” (Jordan) scooped two Golden Bees: Best Director for Brandt Andersen and Best Acting for Yasmine Al-Massri.

The ceremony featured special performances from Mercury Prize winner Heather Small MBE, Britain’s Got Talent’s Calum Scott, Maltese opera singer Joseph Calleja, the Golden Bee Awards Orchestra and a local children’s choir. The event also welcomed the President of the Republic of Malta, Myriam Spiteri Debono, who gave an address that highlighted the continuous promotion of the film industry is of primary importance and essential if the industry is to develop into one of the pillars of the Maltese economy.

She added “The Mediterrane Film Festival is a business development tool; also, one cannot underestimate the highly positive impact that the film industry can indirectly have on Malta’s international image, in ways that may result in benefits for other major industries, particularly tourism and its related niches.” Alongside attendees from the selected films, guests at the ceremony also included: Colin Trevorrow, Danai Gurira, Nell Tiger Free, Harry Kirton, Emmett J. Scanlan, Joaquim de Almeida, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Sarah Rafferty, Patrice Evra, Jasmine Jobson, Adrian Wootton, Andrei Lenart, Harry Kirton, Rafael Cebrián and Heather Graham.

Teresa Cavina, Artistic Director of Mediterrane Film Festival, said: “Over the last nine days, it has been a privilege to welcome the international film community to the beautiful island of Malta and celebrate the power of film together – while also creating opportunities for inspiration, international collaboration and partnerships. We’ve shared over 45 films from 35 countries with the industry and local public, alongside an insightful and engaging industry programme. It’s been an honour this evening to recognise the immensely deserving winners of our Golden Bee Awards and to end this edition on an incredible high.”

When addressing the Golden Bee Awards, Johann Grech, Malta Film Commissioner, said he has pledged that the Malta Film Commission will create a world class film industry in Malta. “Tonight I want to add an ambitious aim to that commitment – an aim we can achieve together, on the eve of our 100 year film anniversary. I set out my aim to double the value film brings to Malta’s economy, and more quality jobs for the Maltese people.” He added that investment, upskilling and attracting more shoots to Malta are a must and emphasised that now is not the time to turn back. “Now is the time to keep moving forward for Malta.”

The Mediterrane Film Festival programme presented 15 films in its Main Competition, seven Out of Competition films, 10 in the Out of Competition – Malta Expanded offering, and seven films competed in its environment-themed Mare Nostrum section, topped up by 14 immersive projects selected by interactive story architect Michel Reilhac.

Winners:

MAIN COMPETITION:

Best Screenplay: Stéphane Brizé, Marie Drucker for Out of Season (France)
Best Production Design: Myrte Beltman for Sweet Dreams (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Best Cinematography: Carlos Alfonso Corral for The Damned (Italy)
Best Acting: Yasmine Al-Massri for The Strangers’ Case (Jordan)
Best Director: Brandt Andersen for The Strangers’ Case (Jordan)
Jury’s Choice: Mahdi Fleifel for To a Land Unknown (Palestine; France)
Best Feature Film: Zeki Demirkubuz for Life (Turkey)

MARE NOSTRUM:

Best Narrative Story: Anirban Dutta, Anupama Srinivasan for Nocturnes (India)

OUT OF COMPETITION:

People’s Choice Award: Alexandre De La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte for The Count of Monte Cristo (France)

FUTURE VISIONS:

Best Virtual Reality Work: Simone Fougnier for Tales from Soda Island (UK)

Honourable Mentions:
Over the Rainbow (Taiwan) dir. Craig Quintero
Eggscape (Argentina) dir. German Heller

ADDITIONAL AWARDS:

Career Achievement: Mike Leigh
Lifetime Achievement: Rita Galea

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