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    FESTIVAL DISPATCH: In Defense of Peace, Reykjavik Film Fest Spotlights Conflict

    Films from Eastern Europe as well as the former Yugoslavia, including a spotlight on Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic ("The Optimists"), are some of the themes of this year's Reykjavik International Film Festival, currently underway in Iceland. The festival opened with Stephen Frears' critically a...

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    Amidst Major Internal Changes, RESFEST Sets 10th Anniversary Tour

    Despite a number of recent internal changes, organizers have announced plans for the 10th anniversary RESFEST, the popular touring film and digital arts festival. The event will launch in Chicago on October 19th and the following day in Paris, before continuing to a number of other venues around the...

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    LAT: Creatively brilliant, but tensions simmer

    In the LA Times' Scriptland column, Jay Fernandez delves into an apparent rift between director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and his collaborator, writer Guillermo Arriaga. The latest film from the duo, "Babel," is due for release last this month, but the LA Times reports that the two are at odds over their previous films, "Amores Perros" and 21 Grams," so much so that the paper reports that the writer was banned from attending Cannes this year with the film: But long-simmering tensions about who is claiming responsibility for the success of the pair's films have recently bubbled over. Though no one is speaking publicly, several of the people ...

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    "The Fountain" and "Inland Empire" Added as AFI Fest Unveils Complete '06 Lineup

    Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain" and David Lynch's "Inland Empire" have been added as Centerpiece Galas at the 2006 AFI Fest in Los Angeles, joining Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" as centerpiece films at the festival, running November 1 - 12, 2006. The announcement was made as organizers unveiled the c...

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    "4 Elements" to Open IDFA '06

    Dutch filmmaker Jiska Rickels' first feature-length film "4 Elements" will kick off the 2006 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Thursday, November 23rd this year. The poetic four-part film is described as a, "documentary about man's struggle with the primordial elements." In the film she looks at professions in which the elements -- earth, air, fire and water -- play a crucial role. In the words of a festival description, "In Fire, Russian firemen fight forest fires in Siberia, while in Water, fishermen in Alaska hoist up king crabs from the Bering Sea. Earth, a shortened version of 'Untertage' [Rickels' student film]...

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    Fortissimo Lands Guest's "For Your Consideration"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its acquisition of worldwide sales rights, outside North America, for Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration." The company made the deal with Shangri-La Entertainment (which produced the film with Castle Rock Entertainment) following the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Next up for the movie, which takes a comedic look at the movie business, awards season and independent filmmaking, is a screening at the 2006 London Film Festival and screenings at next month's American Film Market. Warner Independent Pictures will open the film in the U.S. on November 17th. "Wouter [Barend...

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    iW BOT: "The Queen" Reigns in NYC Opening, "Last King," "Latin Legends" and "Saints" Debut Strong

    Queens, kings, saints and Jesus: Movies with titles naming powerful figures both secular and religious did well last weekend, according to the latest indieWIRE Box Office Tracking report (iWBOT) of independent/specialty films. Miramax Films' "The Queen," directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Freida Lee Mock, director of "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner"

    Set against the backdrop of tumultous years in America between 9/11 and the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Freida Lee Mock's "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner" looks at life and work of acclaimed playwright (and activist) Tony Kushner ("Angels in America," "Caroline, or Change"), inc...

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    Paramount Vantage Gets "Details"

    Paramount Vantage has announced a pre-emptive purchase of Dan Kay's horror script, "Details." Based on a short story by China Mieville and centering around the psychological phenomenon pareidolia, the script is described as telling, "the terrifying story of a daughter who disappears after having uncovered a demonic force only she can see and the father who stops at nothing to bring her back." Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will produce the film, with Steven Schneider and Ian Levy serving as executive producers. According to the announcement, Vantage's EVP of Production and Acquisitions Amy Israel; VP of Production Chad Hamilton and Creat...

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    Film Independent Sets Forum Plans

    Film Independent's second annual Filmmaker Forum is set for October 26 - 28 at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, offering insights into making independent films, navigating the film fest circuit and tackling distribution. Among the panelists booked to participate are Micah Green from CAA, Rena Ronson from William Morris, Nancy Utley from Fox Searchlight, and a number of filmmakers, including Wash Westmoreland ("Quinceanera"), Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden ("Half Nelson"), Neill dela Llana and Ian Gamazon ("Cavite"), and Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated"). The event will kick off with a preview screening of Phillip Noyce's "Catch a Fire." For ...

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