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    DISPATCH FROM HAVANA | Celebrating Latin Film and Contradictions

    A healthy if strange disconnect colored the Havana Film Festival (December 4-14), officially the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano--but then Cuban society is a textbook model of disjunction. Take opening night, a tripartite schizorama in the 4800-seat Teatro Karl Marx that could ...

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    SHORTS COLUMN | Short Film Superstars of 2007

    2007 has been a very good year for short film viewers. Not only did the festival circuit deliver another amazing crop of winning films, every exhibition format offered up something remarkable to watch. Two hundred movie theaters nationwide unspooled Paris-themed shorts directed by the Coen Brothers ...

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    Remembering St. Clair Bourne: 1943 - 2007

    Acclaimed filmmaker St. Clair Bourne passed away yesterday (Saturday) at the age of 64. The documentarian, who died from complications following surgery, had been working on a film about civil rights photographer Ernest Withers, according to an obituary by Richard Prince (fourth item), in addition t...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI | Never mind the Subtle: Glitz, Stars and Wealth Open a Surging Dubai Film Fest

    Sprawling across an ever-expanding strip along the Arabian Gulf, the Emirate of Dubai is rapidly occupying an entirely unique place in the world. When it is mentioned in the United States, in this luxury magazine or that "Top 40 Celebrity Bling" program on VH1, one hears of a buyer's paradise of co...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON | "Atonement" Has High Hopes, "Grace" Spotlighted; Critics Prepare to We

    With December well under way, awards season is about to enter a new phase as east and west coast critics groups prepare to weigh in with choices that will intensify the increasingly competitive race for end of the year attention. A year ago, must-read awards season blogger David Carr referred to the...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Touting Strongest Shorts Slate Yet, Sundance Unveils 83 Film Roster

    The roster of 83 short films that will screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (January 17 - 27) were chosen from a record 5,100 entries, festival organizers noted on Wednesday. That marks a 15% jump in submissions over last year. Sundance organizers are touting a roster that they say is the festi...

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    REVIEW | Attitude Adjustment: Jason Reitman's "Juno"

    The hype machine is chugging along at full speed for "Juno," and it's amazing what a little festival attention can do. A well-timed Telluride premiere, to an already almost legendarily appreciative audience, was soon followed by Toronto and Austin unveilings, all of which led award pundits and Enter...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Director Julian Schnabel

    Julian Schnabel is death-haunted. This might sound odd about the acclaimed artist and scenester noted for the raw energy of his work, a man with an ego to match his outsize canvases, who has segued with seeming ease from painting to filmmaking. Yet ask Schnabel about "The Diving Bell and the Butter...

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    PARK CITY '08 | First Timers, Personal Films Dominate Sundance' 08 Slate; Fest Unveils Competition R

    While the dramatic competition lineup for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival includes a few familiar names, such as the return to Park City by "Half Nelson" filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden or the new film from "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" director Jonathan Levine, and even an American feature by...

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    REVIEW | Room with a View: Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

    Like his previous films, "Basquiat" and "Before Night Falls," Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" attempts to elevate the middle-brow biopic to the status of high-brow art cinema. Schnabel, an artist and sometimes filmmaker, has carved out a niche for himself crafting visually arre...

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