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    "Family Ties" and "On a Friday Afternoon" Among 47th Thessaloniki Festival Winners

    South Korean film "Family Ties" (Gajokeui Tansaeng) by Kim Tae-yong won the Golden Alexander for best feature film at the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece Sunday, concluding the fest, which ran November 17-26. The prize includes 37,000 euros. Iranian Mona Zandi Haghighi's "On a Friday Afternoon" (Asre Jomeh) won the Silver Alexander, and Polish filmmaker Slawomir Fabicki took best director for "Retrieval" (Z Oszysku). The film's star, Antoni Pawlicki won best actor for his role, while best actress went to the ensemble cast of "Family Ties." Additionally, "Family Ties" shared the best screenplay award with "Suely in the ...

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    "The Only One" and "Sons" Take Mannheim-Heidelberg Fest Prizes

    Belgian director Geoffrey Enthoven's "The Only One" (Vidange perdue) won the "Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg" at the 55th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg (November 16-25) in Germany. The fest's "Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize" went to Norwegian Erik Richter Strand for "Sons" (Sonner), while special jury awards went to "Stealth" (Comme des voleurs) by Lionel Baier (Switzerland) and "Thicker Than Water" (Blodboend) by Arni Olafur Asgeirsson (Iceland). Danish director Peter Schonau Fog's "The Art of Crying" (Kunsten at graede i kor) won the festival's audience prize, while "A Summer Day" (Un jour d'ete) by Franck Guerin (France...

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    AP: Gyllenhaal and Gosling Among Winners at Stockholm Fest

    Maggie Gyllenhaal won the best actress award for her performance in "Sherrybaby" at the 17th annual Stockholm International Film Festival this weekend, while the feature, directed by Laurie Collyer, was named best picture. Ryan Gosling won best actor for his role in Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson." The f...

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    REVIEW | Agriculture Clash: Nikolaus Geyrhalter's "Our Daily Bread"

    In one of those coincidences that will inevitably have critics spotting a newly forming cultural zeitgeist, the food industry doc "Our Daily Bread" now follows fast on the heels of Richard Linklater's Saylesian fictional adaptation of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation expose. Whatever the reasons fo...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM: Talking about "Elements" As 19th IDFA Kicks Off in The Netherlands

    Documentary filmmakers, buyers, sellers & funders of non-fiction films, festival programmers, journalists, and large general audiences have converged upon The Netherlands for the 19th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week. The leading documentary festival offers hundreds...

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    5 Fest Favorites, Competing for IFP Prize, Screen This Weekend at MoMA

    Running November 24 - 27 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York are screenings of the five films nominated for the "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" prize at Wednesday's IFP Gotham Awards. Screening twice throughout the weekend are So Yong Kim's "In Between Days," Richard Wong's "Colma: The Musical," Steve Barron's "Choking Man," Goran Dukic's "Wristcutters: A Love Story," and Jake Clennell's "The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief." In the words of an announcement, "The five nominees represent this year’s best American independent films on the festival circuit that have yet to be picked up for theatrical distrib...

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    Hong Kong artists tipped to sweep Chinese 'Oscars'

    Hong Kong artists were tipped to sweep the Golden Horse Film Awards, the Chinese-language "Oscars," at a glittering ceremony attended by top stars. Hong Kong director Peter Chan leads the nominations with 12 nods for his movie "Perhaps Love" including for best film, best director and best actress for China's Zhou Xun. The run-up to the glamorous ceremony has been overshadowed by the sudden withdrawal of nominations from internationally acclaimed director Tsai Ming-liang and noted Chinese contemporary Tian Zhuangzhuang. An angry Tsai, who has won awards at the prestigious Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals, vowed to "forever boycott" the...

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    AP: Burns debuts new documentary, "The War"

    Two troubling statistics fueled the creation of "The War," the 14-hour documentary about World War II from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. Burns thought he was done with war movies after his series, "The Civil War." But he changed his mind after realizing that America was losing its grip on the facts...

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    Reuters: Indonesian censors ban Aceh film from festival

    Indonesia has banned a documentary on the once volatile Aceh province from being screened at an international film festival on the grounds that it could disturb security, the festival's organizers said. "The Black Road," a documentary by American freelance journalist William Nessen who was banned fr...

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    Rotterdam Fest Unveils First Competition Titles for '07 Event

    Three films have been announced for the competition at the 2007 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), running January 24 - February 4 2007 Competing for the VPRO Tiger Award so far are "How Is Your Fish Today?" the first feature by London-based Xiaolu Guo from China, Tan Chui Mui's "Love Conquers All" from Malaysia, winner of the New Currents Award at this year's Pusan Film Festival (which was funded in part by the event's Hubert Bals Fund), and Koen Mortier's "Ex-drummer" from Belgium, a first feature that will have its world premiere at the festival. Participating as jurors so far are Lou Ye ("Summer Palace") and Piers Handling, di...

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