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DAILY BRIEFS: Flaherty '99; Truffaut Retro; and Benigni Re-Issue

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 30, 1999 at 2:00AM

by Eugene Hernandez

by Eugene Hernandez

>> Herskowitz and Bagwell Programming 45th Flaherty Seminar

Virginia Film Festival Director Richard Herskowitz and filmmaker Orlando
("Eyes on the Prize") are on board to program the 45th Flaherty
which will be held June 4-10, 1999 at Duke University in Durham,
N.C. -- this will be the event's first trip to the South for its esteemed
annual event that includes invitation-only film screenings followed by what
organizers describe as "intense and intimate discussions."

Dubbed "Out-Takes Are History," the seminar is expected to focus on the
editing process to "make the viewer conscious of the selection and
displacement of alternative meanings and histories" by exploring new
editing techniques and examining filmmaker's own editing choices. Past
guests include Christine Choy, John Greyson, Henry Hampton, Kore-eda
, Louis Malle, Mira Nair, D.A. Pennebaker, Lourdes Portillo, and
Robert Young.

[For more information, visit the Seminar website at: or call 212/925-3191.]

>> Fox Lorber Touring "Definitive" Truffaut Retrospective

Eleven feature and two short films will screen as part of what is being
billed as "the definitive retrospective" of French filmmaker Francois
's work. Kicking off on April 23rd at Film Forum in NYC, the
series will run for over two months at the downtown art-house. Dubbed
"Francois Truffaut: A Celebration," the retrospective will also run in Los
Angeles, with screenings at the Nuart (beginning May 14th), in San
Francisco at The Castro (starting May 21st) and launching at the Brattle in
Boston during the month of June. Additionally, distributor Fox Lorber will
take the films to Detroit, Toronto, Houston, Washington D.C., Chicago,
Philadelphia, and Seattle, among other cities.

>> Benigni's "Monster" Returning to Screens

Roberto Benigni, who won two Oscars last week for "Life is Beautiful," will
soon be on screen in another acclaimed movie, with the re-release of his
1994 film, "The Monster" (Il Mostro). Lions Gate Films (LGF)
Co-Presidents Tom Ortenberg and Mark Urman confirmed that the movie, which
was released theatrically by LGF predecessor Cinepix Film Properties (CFP)
-- it will open in L.A. on Friday, and head to NYC on April 16th.

[For more information on the company, visit their website at:].

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