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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Ric Burns, Director of "Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film"

    A four-hour look at the life of the 20th century's greatest artist, Ric Burns' latest documentary is "Andy Warhol - A Documentary Film" from American Masters. While it won't have a full theatrical release, the film opens for a two-week run at New York City's Film Forum on Friday, followed by screeni...

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    Strand Releasing Brings "Poison Friends" to U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Emmanuel Bourdieu's "Poison Friends" from Les Films du Losange. The film has been selected as an official selection for the 44th edition of the New York Film Festival. "Poison Friends" follows a cadre of college intellectuals who fall prey to one of their group's seductively charming pathological liars. The feature won a prize at this year's International Critic's Week where it had its world premiere as the opening film. Strand's Jon Gerrans negotiated the deal with Les Films du Lonsange's Daniela Elstner. "We're thrilled to be working with Les Films du Losange and that the film has been selec...

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    LA Times: Telluride: A Film Fest That's Actually About Films

    As soon as executives at Sony Pictures Classics saw a rough cut of "Capote," they decided to launch their film at a top film festival. But Sony wasn't focused on Cannes, didn't shoot for Sundance and hadn't singled out Toronto, Venice or Berlin. The company wanted the film to premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, a small Labor Day gathering that isn't exactly at the top of the industry food chain. "Because it's a holiday weekend, and because it's virtually impossible to get to -- it's easier to get to Cannes than it is to Telluride -- the people who go to Telluride are truly die-hard movie fans," says Michael Barker, co-president of Sony's...

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    The Guardian: Femme fatale Johansson thrills festival

    Brian De Palma's noir movie "The Black Dahlia" premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim yesterday as its 21-year-old star, Scarlett Johansson, paraded down the red carpet. The actor plays a femme fatale in the murder mystery set in 1940s Hollywood and film reviewers emerged from a preview screening acclaiming her on-screen sex appeal."I think generally, when there are periods of depression in a country, people distract themselves oftentimes with scandal," she said. "We've seen it in the past and it's sort of happening right now. There's mass genocide going on and people are focused on bringing somebody over from Thailand...

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    AFP: John Lennon documentary a hit at Venice festival

    A new documentary about John Lennon has proved the hit of the Venice Film Festival so far, the singer-songwriter's rage against American involvement in Vietnam resonating with relevance to today's Iraq conflict. Lennon's genius as an artist/activist shines through in "The US Vs John Lennon," by docu...

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    TELLURIDE '06: Diane Arbus, Idi Amin, and Truman Capote in Telluride Spotlight; Organizers Reveal Fe

    A trio of anticipated biographical portraits are among the new films that will be seen for the first time this weekend at the intimate Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. In keeping with tradition, this afternoon the organizers of the annual Telluride fest unveiled the lineup for the 2006 event as ...

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    NEW THIS WEEK: "Mutual Appreciation," "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," "Lassie" and More

    Festivals are in full swing with Venice underway, while Telluride gears up this weekend and Toronto opens next week, while the number of specialty releases is under a half dozen. Andrew Bujalki returns with his second film "Mutual Appreciation." Bujalski told indieWIRE earlier this week that his lea...

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    Goldwyn/Roadside Go for "Grace"

    Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions will jointly distribute Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace" in the United States, the film (which will close the Toronto International Film Festival next month) stars Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Rufus Sewell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds, Michael Gambon, and Albert Finney. Lakeshore Entertainment is on board to handle international distribution and will begin selling the film at the festival. The film is the story of William Wilberforce, a young member of parliament who in the words of an annoucement, "championed the abolition of slavery in the British Empire." [Eugene Hernandez...

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    "Bawke," "One Rat Short" Among Top Jury Winners at 12th ShortFest in Palm Springs

    The 2006 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, also known as ShortFest, concluded its 12th annual event Tuesday night with its winners ceremony at the Camelot Theatre in the California desert resort community. Award winners receiving a first place prize are automati...

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    16 to Compete at 54th San Sebastian Fest; Von Trier's "Boss" in Lineup

    Sixteen films will compete in the official selection at the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival, taking place September 21 - 30 in the Basque resort city in northern Spain. Nine films, including Cannes best-director winner "Babel" by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Sundance hit "Little M...

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