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    Strand Gets Ozon's Latest

    Strand Releasing has acquired Francois Ozon's latest, "Time To Leave" (Le Temps qui reste), in a deal negotiated with Celluloid Dreams. The film, starring Jeanne Moreau, is screening in Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Charlotte Mickie from Celluloid...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Ryan Werner Jumps To IFC Films

    Ryan Werner has left his post as head of theatrical distribution at Wellspring, joining IFC Films as the company's new VP of Marketing. The company said in an announcement that Werner will "be charged with overseeing the development and implementation of media strategies for all the company's slate ...

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    Production Report: "Angst", "The Big Bad Swim", "Find Love", "Full Grown Men", "Warriors"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Changes At IDP

    IDP, the joint distribution venture by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions, has announced a number of key changes. Kristi Avram has been named VP of publicity, joining the company from Palm Pictures, while Shani Ankori has been promoted to VP of marketing and promotions. Daniel Feiner has ...

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    IFP Eyes The Public with New "Independent Film Week"

    With just weeks to go before the annual IFP Market & Conference, the Independent Feature Project (formerly IFP/New York) has announced a new initiative that will re-brand its yearly event, while targeting some of its efforts toward stimulating public interest in independent film. Now called Inde...

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    Meet Me in St. Tropez: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau's "Cote d'Azur"

    To include Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau among France's best-unsung contemporary filmmakers would probably be a bit of a hyperbolic stretch. Yet in the interest of making someone sit up and take note, I'll dare to do just that. Wearing their big-hearted generosity perhaps a bit too much on ...

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    'Spellbound' director enrolls in 'Science' class

    The director (Jeffrey Blitz) of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Spellbound," which followed a spelling bee, is turning his attention to an indie feature about high school debating. "Rocket Science" centers on 15-year-old Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson), who despite his terrible stuttering joins a high ...

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    Palestinian Film Looks at Suicide Bombers

    As a Palestinian director, Hany Abu-Assad fully recognized he was stepping into a political minefield. By making a feature film about two young Palestinians who volunteer to become suicide bombers, he risked being accused either of glorifying terrorism or of betraying resistance to the Israeli occup...

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    Italian Film Booed at Venice Festival

    Critics at a screening booed one of Italy's big hopes to win the top prize at the Venice Film Festival Tuesday. Roberto Faenza's "The Days of Abandonment," about a woman who loses control of her life after she is left by her husband, drew boos as well as laughter in the wrong places, Italian news ag...

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    Quirky 'Romance & Cigarettes' has Venice singing

    Director John Turturro had the Venice Film Festival singing along on Tuesday with his blue collar musical "Romance & Cigarettes," the off-beat story of a man tempted by his mistress but still in love with his wife. Clara Ferreira-Marques reports for Reuters.

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