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    Locarno Courts Controversy in First Week

    This year's edition of the Locarno Film Festival promised to be an edgier affair with Cannes' Directors Fortnight ex-artistic director Olivier Pere at the helm. His choices were provocative and signaled a youthful revamp for the festival, now in its 63rd year. Pere himself is only 39. As Pere told t...

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    Oh, Canada: Toronto Fest Announces Homegrown Films; Industry Programmes

    The Toronto International Film Festival had its annual Canadian-themed press conference this afternoon, announcing 23 Canadian features and 40 Canadian shorts. At the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto, filmmakers, festival employees and wide array of TIFF-supporters gathered to celebrate the...

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    Small Screen | "Crumb" & "Louie Bluie" Profiles on Criterion, "Thorn," "Children," & "Khan" at Home

    Leading the list of new specialty releases this week are Terry Zwigoff's profiles of cartoonist R. Crumb and musician/artist Louie Bluie on Criterion, Michel Gondry's personal doc, and a Hindi film megahit.  "Crumb," Zwigoff's widely acclaimed doc of Robert Crumb and his idiosyncratic brothers, gets the Criterion treatment this week.    Noting the set includes unused footage, Zwigoff commentary, and a booklet with Crumb family art, Film.com's Sacha Howells notes, "whether you think Crumb's art is self-indulgent dreck or a window into what he calls "the horror of America," this quiet portrait is funny, troubling, and in the end, sad."  On Zwig...

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    2010 Montreal World Fest Unveils Hearty Lineup Flanked by "Route" and "Princess"

    One of the largest international film festivals, the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival will run from August 26 to September 6, and will feature 430 films from 80 countries. Louis Bélanger's World Competition title "Route 132" will kick off the festival. The fest will close with Bertrand Tavernier's...

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    Locarno Interview | Kitao Sakurai on Debut Feature "Aardvark"

    Those who attended indieWIRE and SnagFilms' birthday on July 15 were lucky enough to view an advance screening of Kitao Sakurai's first feature "Aardvark." The film will have its official world premiere at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival that's currently underway, as part of the Filmmakers of the Pre...

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    London Fest Sets Romanek's "Go" As Opener

    The BFI London Film Festival has announced that Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go" will open the fest's 54th installment on October 13, 2010. The film, which will have its European premiere at the festival, is directed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo") and has a screenplay written by "The Beach" scr...

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    FUTURES | "The Sicilian Girl" Director Marco Amenta

    When he was a photojournalist, Marco Amenta once surreptitiously took photos of two young Mafiosi who were in hiding. When they heard he was snooping around, they called him and asked to meet at a pizzeria in Corleone, Sicily. "What do you do?" asked Amenta, recalling the story with some reticence. ...

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    Killing Fields of Cambodia Explained: Rob Lemkin on "Enemies of the People"

    Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath's searing doc "Enemies of the People," premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and walked off with the World Documentary Special Jury Prize. Since the win, the film has continued its winning streak by collecting gongs and critical accolades at Full Frame, True/Fal...

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    Sundance Schools Short Filmmakers at First Ever ShortsLab: L.A.

    Was it worth flying in from Mexico to attend the Sundance Institute’s inaugural short film workshop in Los Angeles, California? Filmmaker Octavio Maya certainly thought so. He and approximately 200 other lucky ticket holders spent July 31, 2010 inside the Downtown Independent Theater, absorbing wo...

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    In Her Own Words: Ruba Nadda Discusses an Exclusive Clip from “Cairo Time”

    Ruba Nadda's TIFF ‘09 film “Cairo Time” starts its U.S. theatrical run this Friday, August 6. Nadda provided indieWIRE with an exclusive clip and commentary from her feature that played at this year’s Tribeca, and stars Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig.

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