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    TORONTO '06 CRITICS NOTEBOOK: "Half Moon," "Venus," "Art of Crying" Focus on Death; "Escape" and "Fi

    With many of Hollywood's biggest offerings bombing here in Toronto (stay away from "A Good Year" and "All the King's Men"), critics have sought solace in half a dozen already proven Cannes favorites ("Volver," "Climates," "Babel") and a number of smaller, newer foreign discoveries and documentaries.

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Pavel Giroud: "Independence only has to do with freedom."

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    Strand Takes US Rights to "Lights in the Dusk"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Lights in the Dusk," which is having its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated between Strand's co-president, Jon Gerrans and Michael Weber of Match Factory. The fi...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Kim Tae-yong: "I am curious to see the reaction of a foreign audien

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    "Still Life" Wins Best Picture in Venice; Resnais Named Best Director

    At the Venice Film Festival, which concluded tonight in Italy, Jia Zhang-Ke's "Still Life" (Sanxia Haoren) won the Golden Lion for best picture, while Alan Resnais' "Private Fears in Public Places" won the Silver Lion for best director. A complete winners story is available now here at indideWIRE.co...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Michael Moore Sneaks "Sicko" Clips; Cillian on Loach's "Barley"

    For nearly twenty years now, Michael Moore has used filmmaking as a means to directly tackle hot button issues and notable figures. Before that, he spent years working as a journalist and at a younger age even wrote a couple of plays. In "Fahrenheit 9/11," and at subsequent political rallies leading...

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    Annual "Schmooze" Held at TIFF

    A block of busy Queen Street became a giant red carpet last night as Canadian broadcasting giant CHUM held their televised Schmooze party at the Toronto International Film Festival. The annual event, a steadfast tradition at TIFF, withheld rain to prove itself worthy of its reputation as one of the ...

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    Jia Zhang-Ke's "Still Life" Takes Golden Lion At Venice

    As the 63rd Venice Film Festival came to a close, winners were announced from the twenty-two films in competition. Chinese feature "Still Life" by (Sanxia Haron) took the Golden Lion, the festival's top prize for best feature film. Director Jia Zhang-Ke, whose previous efforts "The World" and "Platf...

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    Man Gets Off The "Shortbus"

    A media screening of John Cameron Mitchell's controversial "Shortbus" at the Toronto International Film Festival found itself losing a patron yesterday. Just a few minutes into the film, a man stormed out, declaring that the explicit homosexual threesome featuring a rendition of God Bless America w...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Ed Stone: "I became a filmmaker because I failed at everything else

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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