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QuickShots | Polanski in Zurich, China Attacks Oz, "Cold Souls" & more

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire August 4, 2009 at 5:26AM

Zurich Film Festival to Honor Polanski
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Zurich Film Festival to Honor Polanski

Oscar winner Roman Polanski will be given the Golden Eye Award for life achievement at the Zurich Film Festival. The Zurich Film Festival will also present a special Roman Polanski retrospective to celebrate his receipt of the award on September 27th and will screen numerous films from his illustrious career, such as his cinema debut Knife in the Water and classics like the thriller Chinatown and the Holocaust drama The Pianist, for which he received the Oscar for Best Director. The films will be shown in Zurich’s Corso Cinema.

Chinese hackers crash Australian festival website

Chinese hackers crashed the website of Australia's biggest film festival, organisers saidon Saturday, escalating tensions over a visit here by the exiled leader of the Uighur minority. AFP reports.

A Desert Film Festival Complete With Camels

The sixth annual Sahara International Film Festival claims to be the world’s only film festival held in a refugee camp, a conceit organized by filmmakers from Spain to bring attention to a political contest scarcely recognized beyond this corner of northwest Africa. Andy Isaacson reports in the New York Times.

Paul Giamatti searches for his soul in "Cold Souls"

In "Cold Souls," opening Friday in limited release, the actor Paul Giamatti plays an actor named... Paul Giamatti. The deadpan comedy is the feature debut for 34-year-old French-born writer-director Sophie Barthes, who currently lives in New York City. The idea for the film came to her, quite literally, in a dream. Mark Olsen reports.

Tautou: "I loved playing Chanel"

Yeah, I think people will be surprised by her determination, where she comes from and how she managed to succeed so well. I think it's really a message of hope for everybody who wants to become somebody else or to do something in this life, even if you think everything is lost. Sarah Jane Griffiths reports for BBC.

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