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    BBC: Argentine win at Swedish festival

    Argentinian director Juan Diego Solanas has won the top prize at the Stockholm International Film Festival. Solanas, 39, beat off competition from 17 other films to take the Bronze Horse trophy for "Nordeste" (Northeast). The film, which stars French actress Carol Bouquet as a wealthy woman who trav...

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    The Guardian: Bell De Jour

    Jamie Bell can trace his first "Billy Elliot" moment back to a throwaway comment on a bus in Teesside, England. Now, he has shed his boy-dancer alter ego, thanks to a handful of coming-of-age movies and a run-in with "King Kong." So why does he need eight mentors and a second family, asks Chrissy Il...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Celebrating Democracy and Rebellion With "Sisters in Law", and More

    The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) opened its 18th edition on Thursday evening here in Amsterdam amidst an Arctic blast from the North Sea that sent shivers through the canal city, nevertheless, crowds turned up for the start of the event -- one of the world's leading, and large...

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    Dispatch from Brazil: Mix Brasil Celebrates Record Attendance With Innovative Programming

    It is one of Brazil's greatest contradictions that a deeply religious country is also one of the most sexually liberal societies in the developing world. Despite the influence of Catholicism and other fastly growing religions (Brazil is home to the world's largest number of Catholics), sexual minori...

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    The Latest From IDFA

    While indieWIRE is currently on a Thanksgiving holiday, editors Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks are in Amsterdam covering the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, a first dispatch from the festival and the first iPOP shots will be published this weekend. In the meantime, Eugene is writing...

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    Fortissimo Gets "Wisdom"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its investment in and acquisition of worldwide sales rights outside of Asia to Jacob Cheung's "A Battle of Wisdom." Andy Lau will star in the historical martial arts epic with Korean actor Ahn Sung-ki, Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing, Chinese actor Wang Zhiwen, and Choi Si-won. The $16 million film began production in September and is based on a popular animated series about China's warlord period, according to an announcement. Cheung is producing, along with Iseki Satoru, Lee Jooick and Huang Jianxin. Yoshitsuru Yoshimitsu is co-producing. Iseki Satoru of World Top (H.K.) Ltd negotiated the deal with Michael J ...

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    MoMA Set for "Five Decades" Maysles Retrospective

    A look at five decades of films by documentarians Albert Maysles and David Maysles will be presented during the Museum of Modern Art's "Maysles Films: Five Decades". The series opens on December 1st with "Psychiatry in Russia" (1955) and "Grey Gardens" (1976), Albert Maysles will be among the attend...

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    One Vote, Many Perspectives: New Documentaries Investigate The Controversial 2004 Presidential Elect

    A year ago this month, Americans came out to vote for their president in one of the tightest races in US history, as filmmakers around the country showed up with their cameras to document the process. Now that Americans have had time to digest the results, and filmmakers have had time to edit their...

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    "Risque" and "Breakfast on Pluto" Rule an Otherwise Dull Specialty B.O.

    Rialto Pictures' redue "Classe Tous Risques" sashayed atop the indieWIRE box office table, opening at a single location attracting heavy audience traffic over the weekend, which saw huge studio offerings, including the latest "Harry Potter" installment. Sony Pictures Classics' "Breakfast on Pluto" h...

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    Four Films Named Balkan Fund Recipients at Thessaloniki Fest

    Four film projects were named recipients of the Balkan Fund Award, a cash award worth €10,000 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, currently underway in Greece. The award-winners include "Conversation with Serafim," screenwriter and director Silviu Purcarete, Libra Films (Romania); "Asphyxiation,"screenwriter and director Asli Ozge, DKFY (Turkey); "Cum in the Rye," screenwriter Dimitrije Vojnov, director and producer Srdjan Dragojevic, Delirium Films (Serbia & Montenegro); "Welcome Aboard," screenwriter and director Constantine Giannaris, Highway Productions (Greece). This year, its third in operation, the Balkan Fund proceedings ...

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