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    cinemadaily | Undomesticated: "The Maid" in Theaters

    "Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but for the title character of the pitch-black Chilean comedy 'The Maid,' it's closer to infernal torment," writes Scott Foundas in the Village Voice. "Neither a crude lampoon of domestic servitude nor a knee-jerk skewering of the bourgeoisie, the movie deftly ...

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    For Your Consideration: 11 Underdog Performances

    Last week, in addition to our homepage facelift, indieWIRE quietly launched a revamped section on the site that for the coming months, will be entirely devoted to the internet journalism mammoth that is awards season. While recent expansions in internet-oriented coverage offer readers dozens upon d...

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    Pusan Fest Expands; But Few Films Break Out

    A massive banner hangs on the side of the Shinsegae Department Store, proudly announcing the store's status as the largest department store in the world, as officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. It's also one of the new homes to the Pusan International Film Festiv...

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    From Albania to Vietnam: The Official Foreign Film List

    The full submission list for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards' foreign-language category has been announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Sixty-five countries have submitted films, with notable exceptions Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Singapore, which had submitted films at least th...

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    London Goes To Town For "Mr. Fox"

    Last night in London, Leicester Square was converted into a scene comparable to the Academy Awards. With zigzaging red carpets leading into not one, but two mammoth cinemas on different sides of the square (the two largest cinemas in the city), Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" kicked of the The Ti...

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    cinemadaily | Black Dynamite Explodes onto US Screens

    Scott Sanders's blaxploitation spoof "Black Dynamite" was one of the first films to be picked up at Sundance '09, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group asked new outlet Apparition to release this film in US theatrically. The film stars co-writer...

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    "The Maid" Director Sebastian Silva: "Being a maid in Chile - they're not Mary Poppins"

    "You love them, but there are so many boundaries and conditions," Chilean director Sebastian Silva told indieWIRE last week about his experience growing up with live-in maids in his well-off family in Santiago. His experience with Racquel and Lucy as his family's domestic servants is the backbone fo...

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    "A Single Man" To Close AFI Fest

    Tom Ford's "A Single Man" will close the 2009 AFI Fest, festival organizers announced today. The film, an adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s novel about a gay college professor (played by Colin Firth) coping with the death of his partner, is the fashion designer's directorial debut. This will ma...

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    cinemadaily | A "Fantastic" Opener for London Film Festival

    Wes Anderson's stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" kicks off the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival tonight and according to Variety's Todd McCarthy it's "as recognizably a Wes Anderson film as any of his previous features. Roald Dahl's 1970 children's favorite about a fox clan and friends eluding human predators has been transformed into a tale of odd family dynamics stemming from the behavior of an eccentric patriarch. The film's style, paradoxically both precious and rough-hewn, positions this as the season's defiantly anti-CGI toon, and its retro charms will likely appeal more strongly to grown-ups than to moppets;...

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    "History" Launching 33rd Margaret Mead Fest

    The 33rd Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Film Festival, the documentary festival named after the pioneering anthropologist, will run from November 12-15 at New York's American Museum of Natural History. The opening night film, Péter Kerekes's "Cooking History," tours 20th century battlefields, asking cooks to recreate the dishes they served to their troops. Sunday's closing night film will be Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi's "Hair India," a doc about the group of poor Hindu devotees who offer up their only possession, their hair. Also on Sunday, DJ Spooky will present a multimedia presentation exploring climate change built on musi...

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