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    "The Queen" and "Private Fears" to Bookend 47th Thessaloniki Fest

    Stephen Frears' "The Queen" and Alain Resnai's "Private Fears in Public Places" will bookend the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, taking place November 17 - 26 in Greece. This year, the festival will host an Homage to Brazilian Cinema in addition to new cinema from China. Additionally,...

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    Starz Denver International Film Festival Readies for 29th Edition

    Two hundred films, including two world, five North American and eight U.S. premieres are on tap for the 29th Starz Denver International Film Festival taking place November 9 - 19 in the mile high city. The fest will open with Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering" and close with Werner Herzog's "Rescue Dawn." Minghella as well as actor Tim Robbins, and filmmaker George Kuchar will be feted by the fest, and the event will spotlight Canadian film. "We are very excited to announce the lineup for the 29th Starz Denver Film Festival," commented festival director Ron Henderson in a statement. "This year's program is notable for its geographic ...

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    SF360: Cinema, new Italian style

    Politics, philosophy, and Catholicism are the Holy Trinity of Italian cultural life, or so one gathers from practically every movie produced since the breakthrough of neo-realism in the mid-1940s. The relationship between intellectualism and passion is a distinctly Italian concern, and it propels th...

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    Slamdance and Angel Baby to Produce Screenplay Competition Winner

    Slamdance has joined forces with Angel Baby Entertainment and executive producer Michael Malagiero to annually produce a feature film based on the winning screenplay from the newly created Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition, Peter Baxter of Slamdance and Gregory Segal, a partner at Angel Baby jointly announced Thursday. In addition to having their screenplay guaranteed to be made into a feature motion picture, the winning writer will receive an upfront payment of $10,000 against 5% of the film's budget, plus net profits participation on the movie and payments for any sequels made of the motion picture. Production of the completed script...

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    LAFF Call for Entries

    Los Angeles Film Festival organizers, Film Independent, announced the festival's dates for '07 will be June 21 - July 1. The event is accepting entries for next year's edition, with short films and music videos accepted through February 9, while the deadline for feature-length (50 minutes or more) n...

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    AFP: Film on deportation of Jews to Auschwitz opens amid row

    A film about the last trainload of Jews from Berlin to Auschwitz has its premiere on Thursday amid controversy over the German rail operator's refusal to allow exhibitions in stations about its role in transporting the Nazis' victims to their deaths. The rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, has financed "D...

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    NEW THIS WEEK | Imagining Arbus in "Fur"; "Iraq," "Morning," "Fuck" and More

    Among the new films opening this week is "Fur," director Steven Shainberg and writer Erin Cressida Wilson's provocative take on the life of famous photographer Diane Arbus. With the full title "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus," the film stars Nicole Kidman as Arbus, a woman who made her na...

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    REVIEW | Hoodwinked: David Ayer's "Harsh Times"

    "Harsh Times," the directorial debut of screenwriter David Ayer ("Training Day," "Dark Blue"), is the spectacle of an anemic talent thrashing amidst oversized ambitions. Ayer seems to have some strong feelings about street life, government skullduggery, masculinity (his he-man cred's well establishe...

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    indieWIRE Interview: Steve Anderson, director of "Fuck"

    Steve Anderson's provocative new documentary, "Fuck," debuted at AFI Fest exactly one year ago this week, a few months before it was acquired by ThinkFilm. The origins of the four-letter word, the prevalence of its usage in movies, on TV and in music, and the tightening of restrictions regarding fr...

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    SF Chronicle: American Indians find voices in film

    When the American Indian Film Festival opens Friday in San Francisco, it will be 31 autumns old. And like the season it is celebrated in, the festival showcases films that fall from a world warm with history while facing an industry that can be cold and cynical. Opening this year's festival will be ...

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