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    Miriam Makeba (1932-2008)

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    iW NEWS | "Gospel" and "Bart" Among Ft. Lauderdale Winners

    Director/actor Giancarlo Esposito's "Gospel Hill" took Best Film of the Fest at the 23rd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The nearly month-long event began October 15 and concludes tomorrow (Tuesday), November 11. The fest's "International Film Guide Award to the Emerging American or Canadian Filmmaker" award went to Brian Hecker's prom night comedy, "Bart Got a Room," while Mark Feinberg's "Play the Game" won the audience prize for best indie feature. In other jury nods, Best American Indie went to "Lifelines" by Rob Margulies and Steve Blair's "I Do & I Don't" received best comedy. Best Director went to Mark Mahon for "Strength ...

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    Valkyrie

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    French Cinema at BAM: A Gem, Multiculturalism and Even Comedy

    In 1954 then-critic Francois Truffaut wrote the influential essay, "A Certain Tendency of French Cinema," for Cahiers du Cinema. In it he pejoratively lumped together France's most gifted screenwriters and directors in a single, literary "Tradition of Quality," destroying a few careers in the proces...

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    Again With The Pandas

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | "Acne," "Dream" Lead AFI Fest Winners

    "What a week this has been," AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Artistic Director Rose Kuo said as the introduced Sunday's festival awards presentation at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. "Just over a week ago, we didn't know what [AFI's] opening film would be, or who would be leading thi...

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    iW BOT | Weekend Estimates: "Pajamas" Leads

    Miramax's "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" led the iW BOT this weekend, according to initial estimates from Rentrak early this afternoon. The holocaust drama, directed by Mark Herman and starring Asa Butterfield, Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis, grossed $255,000 on 17 screens for an impressive $15,0...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Adds Honore Film to Growing Fest Direct Slate

    Christophe Honore's "La Belle Personne," the final film in the French director's Parisian youth trilogy, has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Films. The acquisition marks the latest in a string of deals for the company's Festival Direct VOD label and the third time that IFC will distribute...

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