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    Friend or Foe? Iranian Filmmaker Confronts Her Past with "The Queen and I"

    "I went back to Iran to film 'Four Wives- One Man' and [they] arrested me for two months and took my passport and they accused me of being a royalist," said "The Queen and I" director Nahid Persson Sarvestani on the genesis of her documentary, which spotlights the exiled Farah Pahlavi, the wife of t...

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    cinemadaily | Lonesome Tonight: Nick Ray Retro Kicks Off in New York

    Film Forum kicks off its 15-film Nicholas Ray retrospective today in New York with a week-long run of the twisted, hard-boiled love story "In a Lonely Place", starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame.

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    Boaz Yakin's "Death in Love": "I took all the money I had saved over 20 years of working..."

    Boaz Yakin's "Death in Love" revolves around a Jewish woman (Jacqueline Bisset) who saves her life thanks to a love affair with a doctor in charge of human experiments in a Nazi concentration camp. The woman then marries and moves to New York, where she raises two emotionally stunted sons. The eldest son (Lucas Haas) battles his sense of disconnection from life while working at a scam modeling agency, where he befriends a charming young co-worker (Adam Brody) who begins to restore in him a sense of excitement and purpose. The neurotic younger son is locked in a compulsive, co-dependent relationship with his mother. The film opens in limited r...

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    cinemadaily | Meadows's "Somers Town" Blurs Art & Commerce

    Shane Meadows, a BAFTA winner for his gritty and vivid "This is England," is back with a new film that opens in a New York release yesterday. The film, which had its debut in the 2008 Berlinale, is remarkable for being financed by one of its stars -- European rail operator Eurostar. Eurostar originally commissioned Meadows to make them a twelve-minute short that showed off the train's new (in 2007) high-speed rain line from London to Paris through the Chunnel. The idea turned into a feature-length film, clocking in at a slim 70 minutes. Many critics have used their reviews of the film to comment on the film's relationship to the greater t...

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    TIFF's 2009 Poster Art

    TIFF's 2009 Poster Art

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    cinemadaily | Over the Moon for "Mankind"

    To mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Criterion is issuing DVD and Blu-ray editions of Al Reinert’s 1989 documentary about the Apollo missions, "For All Mankind."

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    One Hell of a Ride: "Off Jackson Avenue" Director John-Luke Montias

    John-Luke Montias' "'Off Jackson Avenue' is an interwoven crime story set in New York City involving a Mexican woman (Jessica Pimentel) who has been tricked into sex-slavery by an Albanian pimp (Stivi Paskoski) and must find a way to break out; a Japanese hit man (Jun Suenaga) who is in town to do a...

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    iW at 13 | Ten things I like about indieWIRE (hope you do, too)

    Back in January we launched the new indieWIRE website, after having re-imagined it internally over the course of 2008. One year ago, after we announced the sale of indieWIRE to SnagFilms (the new company founded by Ted Leonsis, backed by Steve Case & Miles Gilburne, and led by Rick Allen), we embark...

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    cinemadaily | Finding Karlovy's Gems & Skipping the MJ Memorial

    "Vary, as those in the know call the festival, is the anti-Cannes," wrote Dinah Spritzer about the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Globespotters Blog in the New York Times. She noted that the festival is not a hive of buzz for the glamour set, besieged with supermodels (or we might add, their carb...

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    Jem Cohen Brings Punk-Folk Movie Nights to the IFC Center

    IFC Center's "Movie Nights" program returns this summer for three evenings with independent filmmaker Jem Cohen ("Chain," "Benjamin Smoke," "Instrument"). In its "Movie Night" series, the IFC Center turns over a theater to special guests and lets them call the shots. Audiences can discover what some...

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