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    NYFF '08 | Aronofsky, Rourke Talk "Wrestler," Folman "Waltzes" With New York

    Wednesday afternoon at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York marked a big day for the 46th New York Film Festival. "The Wrestler" Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei and producer Scott Franklin joined director Darren Aronofsky to discuss the film after its first screening for New York press and industry. ...

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    iW NEWS | Freeman, Walken, Whitaker Titles Among 29th American Film Market Line up

    The numbers are big for the 29th American Film Market slated for November 5 - 12 in Santa Moncia, California. 513 films in 35 lanugages including 102 world premieres and 375 "market premieres" will screen during the event taking place at the seaside Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Le Merigot Beach Hotel. Films making their world premieres at the AFM include Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken in "The Lonely Maiden," also starring William H. Macy (Yari Film Group); Timothy Hutton in "The Killing Room," with Chloe Sevigny, Nick Cannon and Peter Stormare (ContentFilm International); and Forest Whitaker in "Powder Blue,...

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    NYFF '08 | Soderbergh's "Che," Leigh's "Lucky" Make New York Debuts

    Steven Soderbergh's 4-hour Ernesto 'Che' Guevara biopic, "Che" and Mike Leigh's much shorter "anti-miserablist" film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," were among the films screened for the press in the past few days at the 46th Annual New York Film Festival. Both screenings were followed by press conferences feat...

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    DISPATCH FROM CANADA | Vancouver Fest Shares International Trends Through Film and Talk

    The Vancouver International Film Festival is probably one of the only regional film fests in North America that plays host to three international regions. Layered in the festival's large and lengthy program is a separate but equal focus of films from Canada, the U.S., and Asia. The Western Canadian ...

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    Fall On Me: Filmmakers Find Hope at the Fourth Film Independent Filmmaker Forum

    "I can't talk about the 'crisis' of the indie film industry. There is no crisis," began Ted Hope's Saturday morning Film Independent Filmmaker Forum keynote speech at the DGA in Los Angeles. With those words, Hope acknowledged the elephant in the room, then proceeded to have it forcefully escorted f...

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    Dispatch from Iceland: Reykjavik Fest Celebrates Fifth Year With Focus on the Environment

    Visitors arriving in Reykjavik on Thursday morning were greeted with a wall of brutal cold rain and wind which then miraculously broke minutes later to reveal intense rainbows that appeared as if from a child's kindergarten finger-painting, thus summing up the experience of Iceland. Isolate...

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    DISPATCH FROM SPAIN: Star-studded San Sebastian is lean on discoveries

    As the 56th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival in the north of Spain came to a close, French comedy "Louise Michel," a third feature by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, the comic duo behind "Avida" (2006), captured much of the buzz here. Produced by Matthieu Kassowitz, "Lou...

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    NYFF '08 | Politics and Cantet on Opening Night; Film Criticism in Focus; and McQueen's "Hunger"

    It's hardly a surprise that the U.S. presidential race was a hot topic on Friday night as the New York Film Festival kicked off in Manhattan with its traditional bash. With fewer than 40 days before the American general election, the opening night screening of Laurent Cantet's "The Class" took place...

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    FESTIVALS | "Valentino" and "Synecdoche" Bookend 122 Films at 16th Hamptons Fest

    The Hamptons International Film Festival unveiled its slate Friday afternoon, for its 16th annual event taking place October 15 - 19 on Long Island, New York's east end. Highlighting this year's roster of 122 films are 14 world, 23 North American and 18 U.S. premieres in addition to 15 East Coast an...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela" Director Olaf de Fleur Johannesson

    Icelandic director Olaf de Fleur Johannesson's "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela" is an 85 minute drama which chronicles the story of a naive but street smart Filipina transsexual prostitute named Raquela who decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many Transsexuals (often ...

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