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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | And Then You Die: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

    In terms of the political/social engagement of competition films at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, it isn't too much of a stretch to say that Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" makes Arnaud Desplechin's dysfunctional family drama "A Christmas Tale" look like "Che," or even "Waltz With Bashir."...

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    CANNES '08 BIZ DAILY | Film Department's Gill and Sacker Chat At AmPav, Arthouse Deals With Fortissi

    Continuing coverage of the Marche du Film in Cannes, indieWIRE reports on the latest deals and news from the Croisette. The Film Department's Mark Gill and Neil Sacker sat down with Mike Goodridge at the American Pavilion to update on the nearly one-year-old company's progress, Arthouse Films signs...

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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | In Competition, Desplechin Out in Front; Ceylan and Jia Don't Disappoint Fans

    Rainy days here in Cannes may have dampened morale, but the films, and a much-needed burst of sunshine on Sunday morning, have boosted critics' spirits. Aside from "Blindness," Fernando Meirelles' apocalyptic opener, which received a mixed response, this year's competition slate has yielded a satisf...

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    iW NEWS | Karlovy Vary To Open With "Guitar"

    The 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will open on July 4, 2008, with the international premiere Amy Redford's "The Guitar." "Guitar," Redford's directorial debut, played at Sundance and follows the story of a woman who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend all in the same morning. The festival will close with the world premiere of Tom Thurman's docu-portrait "Nick Nolte: No Exit." The film sternly analyzes actor Nolte, as well as interviewing Ben Stiller, Jacqueline Bisset, Patricia Arquette and Alan Rudolph. Nolte himself will attend the screening. The festival will additionally fea...

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    IFC Brings "Pleasure" to North America

    North American rights to Cannes Directors Fortnight closing feature, "The Pleasure of Being Robbed" by co-writer/director Joshua Safdie have been picked up by IFC Films, the New York-based distributor confirmed Wednesday afternoon. [Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]

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    CANNES '08 BIZ DAILY | Cannes Market Kickoff, Fortissimo Gets Killer Film, AmPav Turns 20, and More

    In the first of a series of daily dispatches focusing on the business side of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival: indieWIRE talks to Marche du Film director Jerome Paillard; Fortissimo acquires the rights to "Gigantic;" TFI is set to show some of Spike Lee's "Miracle at St. Anna," Arthouse Films acquires...

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    REVIEW | Father Figurines: Christopher Zalla's "Sangre de mi sangre"

    If writer-director Christopher Zalla's intent in "Sangre de mi sangre" was to sympathetically and realistically depict the plight of impoverished Mexican illegal immigrants trying desperately to eke out anonymous existences in urban U.S. areas, why does he litter his workmanlike debut film with char...

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    Sign of the Times? Insiders React To Picturehouse, Warner Indie Closures

    The tragedy was in plain sight, but nobody thought it would hit this hard. As word spread today that Warner Bros. planned to close its specialty divisions Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures, shifting all projects currently in development to the larger studio and its recently absorbed subdi...

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    REVIEW | Imagine That: Tarsem Singh's "The Fall"

    Playwright John Guare must have had Indian director Tarsem Singh (or as he's often simply known, Tarsem) in mind when he wrote about the increasing exteriorization of the term "imaginative": "Why has 'imagination' become a synonym for style?" Singh makes films that inspire a bevy of similarly misuse...

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    TRIBECA CRITICS NOTEBOOK 3 | Some Gems at TFF: "Bitter & Twisted," "Bart Got a Room," "Days in Sintr

    Now that I have seen dozens and dozens of films in this 7th Tribeca Film Festival, I want to correct myself. I was wrong in my first report. Tribeca is unique, and occupies a certain niche in New York that belongs to it alone. It is neither film festival nor film market. It is closer to Las Vegas's ...

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