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    SF360: Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre on film, factories, and border life after NAFTA

    From the '60s to the '90s, the city of Tijuana quadrupled its size, but those were, apparently, the slow years. Says Vicky Funari, co-director of "Maquilapolis" (opening this Thursday at the MadCat Women's International Film Festival), when the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, in 1994, the border city's growth moved at a whole new pace. "By 2000," she wrote to SF360, "there were 4,000 maquiladoras in Mexico employing 1.3 million people." The result? The city's infrastructure had no ability to provide the basic services required by so many who'd moved to the area to work for low wages, in horrific conditions within an environm...

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    H'Wood Reporter: WWII filmmakers press for French policy change

    The talents behind "Days of Glory," a World War II drama that recounts the sacrifice made by frontline troops from Africa in the rollback of the Nazis, hope their movie will help influence French policy toward veterans from the nation's former colonies. Director-producer Rachid Bouchareb recently sc...

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    NYT Shifts NYFF Coverage Plans

    In a move that has some movie marketers breathing a sigh of relief and leave others disappointed, the longtime tradition of the New York Times reviewing each New York Film Festival movie with a full review has ended. Starting this year, the paper plans to write about titles with coverage more in keeping with how it tackles other fests. Yesterday, Movie City News clarified an earlier report with additional details on the new plans at the Times. Meanwhile, today's Variety weighed in with an article. As new NYC film beat reporter Steven Zeitchik reports today in Variety:It will still cover the festival, through feature coverage and a greater num...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each week, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the three day weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. W...

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    AFP: Spike Lee continues attack on Bush over Katrina response

    American filmmaker Spike Lee continued at the Toronto Film Festival to berate US President George W. Bush over Washington's response to Hurricane Katrina, ahead of US mid-term elections in November. "This is the worst president in the history of the United States of America. He's taken us to hell in...

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    AFP: God Save "The Queen": Mirren film opens to rave reviews

    One will surely not be amused -- "The Queen," a film about the monarchy's reaction to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales which features intimate snapshots of royal life, is released in Britain this weekend. The movie shows Prince Philip in bed with Queen Elizabeth II calling her "cabbage," Prime ...

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    Nature Boys: Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy"

    There is a scene midway through American director Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy," adapted from the novel by John Raymond, in which its two principals, Mark (Daniel London) and Kurt (Will Oldham), share a conversation beside a roaring bonfire. They are en route to a secluded hot-spring in the Cascade Mo...

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    IFC Shift Leads to Deal for Dahl Film

    At IFC Entertainment, the company has announced a preemptive North American deal for John Dahl's new film "You Kill Me," a mob comedy currently in post. The pact for a high profile new movie marks a shift for IFC Films, which will now distinguish itself from its sibling IFC First Take label which re...

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    Beta Touts Kraus' "Four Minutes"

    Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes," which screened at both the recent Shanghai Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, has closed deals in a dozen countries, according to Beta Cinema. While the company said that negotiations for a U.S. deal are reaching the final stage, they also announced pacts for distribution in Japan (Gaga), Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), and the Benelux countries (ABC Distribution / Cinemien). The film is the story of a young woman convicted of murder who encounters an aging piano teacher. In the words of an announcement, the instructor, "plans to turn Jenny back into what she was before th...

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    Marking A Strategic Shift at IFC, Company Nabs Dahl's "You Kill Me"

    In a deal that marks a shift in strategy for the company, last week in Toronto IFC Films negotiated a preemptive North American pact for John Dahl's new film, "You Kill Me." Currently in post-production, the mob comedy will be released nationwide next year and stars Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni and Luke ...

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