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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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    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL '08 | Beyond Cannes and Toronto: Surveying NYFF's Nooks and Crannies

    It has a decidedly French twist. For one thing, 18 of the 28 features in this edition of the New York Film Festival bowed in Cannes in May. Four "fully" French movies and eight co-pros with French backing are being screened. Given the weight of place, of site, in this year's crop, the latter frequen...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell" Director Matt Wolf

    Matt Wolf makes his feature directorial debut with the documentary "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell." The film celebrates Arthur Russell, an important figure from New York's downtown music scene of the 1970s and 1980s. The film features commentary from people such as Allen Ginsberg, ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AUSTIN | Fantastic Fest Comes Of Age

    In a Fantastic Fest opening night Q&A for the US Premiere of his new comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" in Austin's downtown Paramount Theater last Thursday, director Kevin Smith reminisced about the first time he decided he wanted to make films. "It was actually when I saw Richard Linklater's 'Sla...

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    DISPATCH FROM SPAIN | Local Heroes Stroll the Fuschia Carpet and Boys Conquer the Screen in San Seba

    Cutely, and accutely, billed as the "Gothic Rio de Janeiro of Spain," the capital of the Basque region is the perfect place not to be in the cinemas. With its majestic beaches, picturesque surrounding mountains, a Jesus statue on the hilltop, small cobblestone alleys in the old town, and massive sto...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Amexicano" Director Matthew Bonifacio and Writer Carmine Famiglietti

    Director Matthew Bonifacio and writer Carmine Famiglietti's "Amexicano" is the story of an Italian-American and a Mexican illegal immigrant form an unlikely friendship in Queens, New York. Bruno (Carmine Famiglietti), is lazy, out of work and late with his rent. When an opportunity for work comes al...

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