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    SF360: Mary Badham, on a "Mockingbird" mission

    I was six months old when I went to my first movie--and I swear I remember images from it. You see, I sometimes have flashes of shots from "To Kill a Mockingbird," but all of them are upside-down. My mother tells me that I saw the film from a bassinette on the theater seat--thus began my life-long l...

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    "Volver" and "Pan's Labyrinth" Prepare to Break Out of the Foreign Language Niche

    The rich are getting richer; the poor are getting poorer. That's what the Democratic Congress will inherit when they officially take control of the country's legislature in January. The same state of affairs applies to foreign-language films in the United States. While there are a handful of films t...

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    Chicago Sun-Times: Seventh time "Up" for Apted

    In 1964, director Michael Apted interviewed a group of seven-year-old British schoolchildren for a BBC television documentary called "7 Up." Apted, now known for directing such features as "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Gorillas in the Mist," has since returned to film these subjects every seven years...

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    REVIEW | Last Trance: Fabian Bielinsky's "The Aura"

    "The Aura" begins with a promising enough premise: A taxidermist (Ricardo Darin)--his "nobody" anonymity underscored by his namelessness--toils away and daydreams of committing the perfect crime when, as in the recent release "13 Tzameti," a sudden death opens up a dangerously exciting opportunity....

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    SPC and Participant Partner for new Errol Morris Doc

    Sony Pictures Classics and Participant Productions have announced their partnership for Errol Morris' new documentary, "S.O.P." (which stands for "Standard Operating Procedure"). The new film looks at the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. In the words of an announcement, it "will examine the unintended consequences of the Iraqi war with a focus on events at Abu Ghraib prison, notorious for the shocking photos which began to appear in global media in 2004. It is the story of soldiers who believed they were defending democracy but found themselves plunged into an unimagined nightmare." This marks the third film Sony Pictures Classics has co-financed w...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES: International Stories Take Top Prizes as AFI Fest Wraps

    One week after announcing its U.S. distribution deal at the American Film Market, Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" won the narrative grand jury prize at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in February, the film is Bosnia and Herze...

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    AFI Fest Honors "Grbavica" and "Buddha's Lost Children" With Top Jury Prizes

    AFI Fest 2006 awarded its prizes Sunday in Los Angeles with Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" winning the narrative grand jury prize at the festival. Bosnia and Herzegovina's official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, the film was recently acquired by Strand Releasing. Mark Verkerk's "Buddha's Lost Children" won the documentary grand jury prize. Feature audience awards went to Carla Garapedian's "Screamers" and Lucy Walker's "Blindsight" (tie, documentary) and Fredi M. Murer's "Vitus" (narrative). The festival will close tonight (Sunday) with the world premiere of Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden ...

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    Box Office Estimates: "Volver," "Babel," "Fur"

    Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" maintained a healthy percentage of its box office in its second weekend, according to a Sony Pictures Classics estimate. The film made an estimated 172,340 on 5 screens, for a per screen average of 34,468 and an estimated total of 466,204 so far. (Last weekend, the film made $197,703 on 5 screens for $39,541 per screen.) Paramount Vantage expanded "Babel" to 1,251 screens this weekend, earning an estimated 5,650,631, for an average of 4,517 and an estimated total of 7,487,893 so far. "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," from Picturehouse, earned an estimated $30,000 on 4 screens, according to Box Office Mojo...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Crispin Hellion Glover, director of "What Is It?"

    Winner of the best narrative film prize at last year's Ann Arbor Film Festival, Crispin Hellion Glover's "What Is It?" debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. A film that essentially began as a short, the project took a decade to create (overcoming many obstacles) and is not so simply described ...

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    The Guardian: Bollywood heads for Yorkshire as Sheffield outshines New York

    The world's largest film industry's awards weekend will involve a four-day extravaganza in five cities. Rome wanted it. So did Hong Kong and New York. But Yorkshire saw them all off and the Bollywood Oscars, a glittering celebration of celluloid romance, song and dance, will come to the white rose c...

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