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    REVIEW | Chit Chat: Chris Marker's "The Case of the Grinning Cat"

    Docu-essayist Chris Marker's newest available work, "The Case of the Grinning Cat," is, essentially, a guided tour of the headline events in French public life, from September 11, 2001, through sometime in 2004; from Le Monde's famous, empathetic "Nous sommes tous americains," through Front National...

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    Chinese Cash for "Curse of the Golden Flower"

    Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden Flower" broke box office records in China last weekend, opening to a four day total of RMB 96 million ($12.5 M U.S.) on 826 screens. Previous successful openings are "Hero" opened to RMB 35 million ($4.5 million), "House of Flying Daggers" to RMB 61 million ($7.9 million), "The Promise" to RMB 75 million ($9.7 million) and "The Banquet" to RMB 45 million ($5.8 million). The film, which tells the story of an imperial family's slow decline stars Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat, and is China's submission for Oscar consideration for Best Foreign Film. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film this Thursday, Decembe...

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    Short Docs Shine at the Inaugural Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival

    This month the acclaimed ITVS/PBS showcase "Independent Lens," which bills itself as "the film festival in your living room," launches its first annual Online Shorts Festival, debuting a stellar array of short documentaries on its website and rebranding itself as "a film festival at your fingertips....

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    Reuters: Herzog in Antarctica: An easy place to make a film

    Werner Herzog, who has made movies about grizzly bears in Alaska and a downed fighter pilot in Laos, just finished filming in Antarctica and one thing he wants to make clear: it was easy. Herzog, 64, filmed at Mount Erebus, home of a live volcano, in the Antarctic spring. "It's a perpetuated sort of...

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    SF360: James T. Hong on Heidegger, Hitler, and his new film

    There's no middle ground with San Francisco artist James T. Hong: he's got strong opinions and he's not afraid to share 'em. His work is smart, often darkly witty, provocative, and has--on at least one occasion, after a Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival screening of "Taipei 101: A Travelogue of Symptoms (Sensitive Version)"--nearly incited audience violence. But meet Hong in person, and he's a pretty damn friendly guy, even when discussing topics that might prickle more average company: Hitler; race ("Taipei 101" jabs at Asian girl-white guy couples); and his appreciation for the controversial, be it Mel Gibson's latest public ou...

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    AFP: "Alatriste," "Volver" among Spanish Goya prize nominations

    "Alatriste" by Agustin Diaz Yanes, Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" and "El laberinto del fauno" (Pan's Labyrinth) by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro have taken the lion's share of nominations for Goya prizes, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars. "Alatriste", the story of a 17th century soldier-turne...

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    Palm Springs Fest Unveils Huge '07 Line up

    The 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced its extensive '07 roster of 254 films that will screen from 73 countries for the upcoming event set for January 4 - 15. This year's selection includes 79 premieres (three World, 47 U.S. and 29 North American). Also on tap are, 55 of the 61 films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards in addition to seven gala screenings and special presentations. John Jeffcoat's U.S. premiere "Outsourced" will open the event, while the North American debut of "The Tiger's Tail" (Ireland/U.K.) by writer/directr John Boorman will close ...

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    REVIEW | Pomp and Circumstance: Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden Flower"

    Ever since Zhang Yimou's florid visual compositions and technicolor-vibrant hues first moved from the realm of social realist allegory to post-operatic martial artistry, he's been climbing ever more precipitous heights of action-movie gusto. Where to go after the endlessly looping, "Rashomon"-inflec...

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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: "Four Eyed Monsters" Wins The 2006 Sundance Channel Audience Award For The i

    [EDITORS NOTE: The following is an announcement from indieWIRE.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Isabel Coixet, Director of "The Secret Life of Words"

    Spanish/Catalan director Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words" (Vida secreta de las palabras) stars Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins, set on an isloated oil rig. Following an accident, a mysterious woman travels to the rig, which is staffed by an all-male crew, to care for an injured worker. After ...

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