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    Reykjavik International Film Festival Spotlights European/American Titles in Competition

    Fourteen films from first and second-time directors will compete for the "Discovery of the Year" award at the 2nd Reykjavik International Film Festival (September 28 - October 8). Among the titles vying are "Shortbus" by John Cameron Mitchell (US), So Yong Kim's "In Between Days" (US/Canada/Korea), Laurie Collyer's "Sherrybaby" (US), Gyorgy Palfi's "Taxidermia" (Hungary), "12:08 East of Bucharest" by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania), and the European debut of "Four Minutes" by Chris Kraus. In other highlights, Yoko Ono will travel to the Icelandic capital for a screening of directors David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's doc, "The U.S. vs. John Lennon...

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    Reuters: White House turns away "Kazakh reporter" Borat

    Borat, the fictional TV reporter from Kazakhstan, may have gotten under the skin of Kazakh officials but on Thursday he couldn't get past the gates of the White House. Secret Service agents turned away British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as the boorish, anti-Semitic journalist, when he ...

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    Tribeca and Rome Partner for Upcoming Festivals

    New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today joined Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff to welcome Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni and Rome Film Fest CEO Carlo Fuortes to discuss a partnership between the two events during a Thursday press conference in New York. As part of the partnership, the Rome Film Fest will screen six films from the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and in 2007, Tribeca plans to show a selection of films from Rome. De Niro will also screen 20 minutes of select scenes from his upcoming film, “The Good Shepherd,” at the Rome Fest, which he directed. Additionally, the Rome Fest announce...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE NYFF: Considering Customs and Change on Opening Night #44, Stephen Frears' "The Qu

    The classic tug of war between tradition and modernization is quite apparent as the 44th New York Film Festival heads into opening night with the gala North American premiere of "The Queen," Stephen Frears' new film featuring a spectacular performance by Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. "For...

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    Penelope Cruz to Receive AFI Fest Accolades

    The 2006 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival has named Penelope Cruz the recipient of the festival's annual Tribute. The Cruz fete will take place at ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome on Thursday, November 2nd (the festival takes place November 1 - 12). Pedro Almodovar's acclaimed film "Volver" in which Cruz stars, will also premiere that evening immediately following the Tribute as part of the fest's Centerpiece Gala series. The film, which was recently announced as Spain's official selection to the 79th Oscar Best Foreign Film category, is a Sony Pictures Classics release starring Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo a...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin, co-directors of "loudQUIETloud: A Film About

    Co-directors Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin's doc "loudQUIETloud: A Film about the Pixies," which premiered in March at the SXSW Film Festival, caputres the 2004 reunion tour of American band the Pixies from their rehearsals through to their final show one year later. The film depicts interaction ...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "The Queen," "Broken Sky," "loudQUIETloud," "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Th

    Venice winner "The Queen" by Stephen Frears will open theatrically Stateside Saturday. The film screens in the U.S. for the first time (officially) Friday night at Lincoln Center in NYC, where it has its North American premiere, opening the New York Film Festival. Dito Montiel's Sundance acclaimed "...

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    Sundance and Open Society Institute Launch NYC Showcase

    Nineteen films will screen at Film Forum in New York City next month as part of a retrospective presented by the Open Society Institute and Sundance Institute. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund, the film will open on October 26th with Mandy Jacobsen and Karmen Jelincic's "Calling The Ghosts: A Story About Rape, War and Women," an early film backed by the fund. Other films set to screen, through October 29th, include Elizabeth Barret's "Stranger With a Camera" (2000), Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffman's "Long Night's Journey Into Day" (1999), Jasmila Zbanic's "Red Rubber Boots" (2000), Michael Hammon and Ja...

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    "Tripper" to Open 6th Screamfest

    David Arquette's directorial debut film, "The Tripper," will have its world premiere on Friday, October 13th, kicking off the opening night of the 6th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival, Screamfest founder Rachel Belofsky announced Wednesday. Screamfest is one of the largest horror film festival in the United States and will be held from October 13 - 22 at the Mann Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. The film is a bloody political satire, starring Jamie King ("Sin City"), Thomas Jane ("The Punisher"), Lukas Haas ("Alpha Dog"), around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked...

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    iW Video: A Chat With Christine Vachon

    indieWIRE Video: During a Q & A session hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Monday night, film producer Christine Vachon ("Far From Heaven", "Boys Don't Cry", "One Hour Photo") talks about making movies within a changing business and explains how she maintain enthusiam for moviemaking am...

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