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    Tribeca '10 | An Insider's Look at the Russian Mafia in Alexander Gentelev's "Thieves By Law"

    The Russian Mafia: what can't they do? After this insider's look into the world of, ahem, "hypothetical" crimes, it's pretty clear that the answer is nyet. Following the stories of three mafiosi-cum-businessmen, Thieves By Law paints a fascinating tableau of men that would make Tony Soprano cringe. ...

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    Small Screen | Rockin' "Persian Cats," Essential Art House, "Pirate Radio" Come Home

    From the high seas in the '60s to the Iranian underground to the search for a higher power, this week's home viewing offerings mix old and new with several notable specialty releases. Following a trend with many of their new releases, IFC is releasing 2009 Cannes Un Certain Regard Special Jury Priz...

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    Texas' Films Shine at Dallas Film Fest

    Following an opening night that showcased the many categories competing and screening at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), one thing became gradually apparent as the program rolled out at the Angelika Theater Center and Magnolia Theater over past weekend – Texas’s own film indus...

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    Eugene Hernandez: (Re) Introducing Eric Kohn

    New York, NY, April 12, 2010 -- About four years ago, Eric Kohn sent me an unsolicited email just as he was finishing up cinema studies at NYU. In the wake of working as a research assistant for J. Hoberman at the Village Voice and as an intern at Entertainment Weekly, he was hoping to make it as a ...

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    Orphan Films: Mining Lost Movies in NYC

    When the new print of "Metropolis," thirty minutes longer than the one you can get now on DVD, was found in Argentina, film archivists made it into headlines. This weekend, at the Orphans Film Symposium at the SVA Theatre in New York City, the Argentinean archivist behind that project, Paula Felix-Didier (whom symposium organizer Dan Streible called the most famous archivist in the world due to the last two years' events) took the stage to present films from her collection at the Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducros Hicken. The new "Metropolis" footage was not a part of this presentation. Instead, Felix-Didier presented footage she just discove...

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    Tribeca '10 | Alexandra Codina on Filming Family in "Monica & David" (World Doc Compet.)

    Alexandra Condina's "Monica & David" is screening as part of the World Documentary Competition at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows the two people in its title, Monica and David, who are truly, blissfully in love. They also happen to have Down syndrome. Both have strong and long relationships with their respected mothers. Ali Codina's affectionate documentary is an intimate, year-in-the-life portrait of two childlike spirits with adult desires as they prepare for their fairy tale wedding and face the realities of married life afterward. Taking immense pride in their new roles as husband and wife, David wants to bring home t...

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    Tribeca '10 | Taking on a Thriller: Andrew Paquin's "Open House" (World Narrative Compet.)

    Director Andrew Paquin's pshychological suspense thriller "Open House," starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Brian Geraghty, joins this year's Tribeca Film Festival World Narrative Feature Competition.

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    FUTURES | "Everyone Else" Actress Birgit Minichmayr

    "It was quite an accident, really," Birgit Minichmayr said of becoming involved in Maren Ade's "Everyone Else," the German relationship drama that opens in U.S. theaters today. "I went to the casting. [Maren] did the casting together with the male lead, not alone, because for Maren it was important ...

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    Going Apple Nuts with Kobi & Ron Shely's "MacHEADS" (Watch it Now Free)

    This week, SnagFilms spotlights the ever-present fascination with one of America's most coveted brands. Kobi & Ron Shelly are two Israelis who went to the States, specifically to a little geek cultural phenomenon known as Macworld, to find out a little bit more about those that become obsessed with ...

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    Dallas Dispatch: Multiple Films Open Rebranded Fest

    Following its severed ties with AFI, the newly rebranded Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) looked to reinvent itself last night, with an opening night unlike any the festival has ever attempted before.

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