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    The Guardian Interview: Gael Garcia Bernal

    "Doing films in Mexico is pretty difficult; it's not yet a self-sustaining industry," says Gael Garcia Bernal. "But one thing you can do is manage to make films without very much money. There was an energy developing around the things that we wanted to do, and there came a point when we thought, 'Yo...

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    AFP: NKorea's first film to hit West: schoolgirl's dreams n'drama

    North Korea's first film bidding for buyers at the Cannes market provides a rare look at the fortress nation seen through teenage eyes. "The Schoolgirl's Diary," one of only two films produced by Pyongyang last year, chronicles a girl's life through her school years, grappling with peer pressure and...

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    AFP: Iran's ire leaves Cannes cartoon-maker cold

    Iranian-born filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, whose black comedy about growing up under the ayatollahs is infuriating Iran, says Tehran is barking up the wrong tree and she will not return. With her animated feature "Persepolis," based on her eponymous comic book best-sellers, lined up as a front-runner f...

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    Reuters: Akin takes German-Turkish "Edge" to Cannes

    German-Turkish director Fatih Akin's latest film "The Edge of Heaven," showing at the Cannes festival, carries on from his 2003 success "Head On." Akin, who shot to prominence when "Head On" won the Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, looks at some of the same issues of iden...

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    iW NEWS | "Once" Rules the Specialty Box office

    John Carney's "Once" topped the indieWIRE box office chart (iBOT) in its second weekend in release, racking up a nearly $31,000 per site average. The Fox Searchlight release screened at two locations. Vitagraph's "Brand Upon the Brain!" placed second in the chart, as ranked on a per screen average, with a nearly $19,000 per site average. The film, directed by Guy Maddin, played three sites. "Chalk," which is being released by Arts Alliance America played one screen, taking in $13,363, while the late Adrienne Shelly's "Waitress" jumped to 116 screens, grossing over $1 million and placing fourth on the chart with a solid $9,319 average. "Paris ...

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    Liverpool FC: The Road To Athens

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    CANNES '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Competition Heats Up With Seidl, Van Sant, and Schnabel

    Cannes may have kicked off last week, but the race for the Palme d'Or really only began to pick up speed on days five and six of the festival, with screenings of Ulrich Seidl's "Import/Export," Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light," and Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell an...

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    iW NEWS | Lynn Hirshfield Named VP at Participant

    Lynn Hirshfield has joined Participant Productions as Vice President of Business Development, it was announced today by Ricky Strauss, the President of the L.A. based production company announced Tuesday. Hirshfield will report to Participant heads of marketing Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones and will lead the development of strategic marketing partnerships and integrate these partners into social action and advocacy campaigns. In addition, part of Lynn's duties at Participant will be to launch a publishing division to support the company's films and social action campaigns. Throughout 2006, she consulted for Participant Productions on the social...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Announces New Asian Collaboration, Acquisition

    Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia announced a new multi-feature production collaboration with Stephen Chow's production company Star Overseas. The two companies will work on a series of films featuring new and emerging Asian talent. Chow's own film, "Jump," will be the first project of the joi...

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