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    Five Projects iW is Rooting For: De Niro & Dano in "Bullshit Night" Adaptation, Rooftop Films, More

    In this week's in-production column, we track the new Focus Features release from Paul Weitz ("American Pie"), which stars Paul Dano and Robert De Niro as father and son who are estranged but must confront each other in Boston homeless shelters. From Kickstarter, we profile projec...

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    How NYC Became a Capital of Latin American Film in a Decade | MoMA In Focus: Cinema Tropical

    It’s hard to name a specific year as the launching-point of the renaissance that Latin American cinema has experienced over the past decade. What is hardly debatable, however, is the significant increase in exposure and presence that the cinema from that region has accomplished in such a ...

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    Hot Docs Brings It All Home: 8 Documentaries You Should See

    The 18th annual Hot Docs is an embarrassment of riches for documentary fans. Running April 28-May 8, it's virtually impossible to catch a screening of every film one would like to see. Spotlighting more than 200 Canadian and international documentaries for Toronto audiences, the festival makes for a...

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    INTERVIEW | Rookie Directors On Their 7 Years in the Making, Cannes-Winning Film, "Octubre"

    This interview with "Octubre" filmmakers Daniel and Diego Vega was originally published during indieWIRE's coverage of the 2011 New Directors/New Films festival. "Octubre," their first feature, hits theaters in limited release this Friday, May 6th.Peruvian films are a growing presence at international film festivals, and "Octubre" is an excellent example of why this is so. Winner of the Jury Prize of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2010, the film follows Clemente, a small-time money-lender living in a Lima barrio, who one day discovers a baby left on his doorstep. To care for the child—the product of one of his frequent liaisons with ...

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    INTERVIEW | Jodie Foster On "The Beaver" and Making Personal Films

    This interview with "The Beaver" director and star Jodie Foster was originally published after the film's world premiere at SXSW earlier this year. The film hits theaters this Friday, May 6.After months of accidental publicity due to those infamous Mel Gibson tapes, Jodie Foster's "The Beaver" final...

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    A Gracious Sidney Poitier Honored by Friends, Peers and Devotees at 38th Chaplin Award Gala

    "Well, here we are," Sidney Poitier said onstage last night at Alice Tully Hall in New York accepting the 2011 Chaplin Award at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 38th annual Chaplin Award Gala. "You looking at me, me looking at you. What do you see? You see a guy dressed in his best Sunday go-to-...

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    Wrapping Tribeca: Hesitant Reasons To Root For the Festival

    There's a simple formula for grousing about the Tribeca Film Festival: Take a few potshots at the tedious 9/11 references embedded in the festival's origin story, point out that the insistence on world premieres comes at the expense of quality, add some examples of how red-carpet glamour buries the ...

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    How To Create a Thriving Arthouse Theater (Almost) Anywhere

    2011 should be a rotten year for arthouses. With movie attendance plunging by as much as 20%, ticket sales are the worst theater owners have seen in six years. 

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    Retrospective: The Films Of Werner Herzog

    Few filmmakers have had as varied, or colorful, a career as Werner Herzog. A man that Francois Truffaut, who should know, once called "the most important film director alive," Herzog has been knocking out classics, in both the fictional and documentary worlds, for over 40 years now. Pe...

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