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    TIFF ‘09 | Rachel Ward: "Always looking, always hopeful and totally thrilled"

    "Based on a 1982 novel by Newton Thornburg," Rachel Ward's "Beautiful Kate" "begins with forty-year-old Ned Kendall (Ben Mendelsohn). At the behest of his dutiful sister Sally (Rachel Griffiths), Ned reluctantly returns to the isolated family homestead after a twenty-year absence because his cantankerous and bullying father, Bruce (Bryan Brown), is dying. Ned has dragged his twenty-one-year-old fiancée, Toni (Maeve Dermody), along to act as a lipstick-coated suit of armour and agent provocateur against his father. Incendiary memories of the past are what Ned must guard against, however, and in this he fails. Conflicting and painful recollecti...

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    TIFF ‘09 | Oscar Ruiz Navia: "We wanted to gallop in the gap between dream and reality"

    In "Crab Trap," "Cerebro (or 'Brain,' played by Arnobio Salazar Rivas), the leader of the Afro-Colombian community that inhabits the isolated village of La Barra on Colombia's Pacific coast, is trying to adjust to the advent of modernity represented by El Paisa (the White Man), a landowner who wants...

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    Legends of the Fall? 33 Films To Be Excited For

    If you're not among those lucky enough to be participating in the current onslaught of film festivals - or if you are, and are concerned about the impossibility of seeing everything - never fear, the fall movie season will soon be in full swing. Essentially kicking off while Toronto winds down (Jane Campion's "Bright Star" opens next Wednesday during TIFF, with Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" following two days later), the final months of 2009's specialty release schedule should easily fulfill a wide variety of cinephiles. There's works from auteurs both international ("The White Ribbon," "Antichrist," "Broken Embraces") and domestic (...

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    cinemadaily | Telluride Wrap Up

    Amid the flurry of news coming out of Venice and the mounting anticipation for Toronto, it's easy to overlook Telluride. The festival, however, is a favorite of cinephiles for its carefully curated selection and strong repertory programming. Some of the bigger stories to come out of this year's Tell...

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    Banality In Venice: Clooney Worship, Tired Auteurs and Herzog's "Unlucky Dip"

    "What can I, but enumerate old themes?" -- W.B. Yeats

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    From Classics to Premieres, Telluride is About Discovery

    On Monday evening in Telluride I was faced with a tough viewing decision as the festival drew to a close. Leo McCarey's "Make Way for Tomorrow," a selection programmed by Alexander Payne that was hailed by many as the best film of this year's fest, or a program of rarely seen ...

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    Humanizing an Icon: "Valentino: The Last Emperor" On DVD

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview was originally published upon the theatrical release of "Valentino: The Last Emperor." A clip of the film has been added to the interview. "Valentino" comes out on DVD today.

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    cinemadaily | Venice Buzzes with Talk of "Capitalism," "Accident," "Lourdes"...Hugo Chavez?

    As the Venice Film Festival continues, reviving itself with a high-profile lineup, people are, indeed, talking about the festival. Shane Danielsen files his latest report to indieWIRE by starting, "Perhaps the most important thing to note about this year’s Venice, is that the mood is noticeably mor...

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    TIFF '09 | Oliver Hermanus: "As a society we are born fighters"

    Oliver Hermanus's intimate, precise portrait, "Shirley Adams," focuses on a mother in Cape Town, South Africa, whose son is disabled in a neighbourhood shooting. We gave Hermanus and others a free-form style interview to gather their thoughts on their individual projects…

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    TIFF '09 | Matias Armand Jordal: "I wanted to do graffiti in the streets, but never dared"

    In Matias Armand Jordal's "Together," the tragic death of a mother causes her family to shatter when they struggle to cope with the loss. We gave Jordal and others a free-form style interview to gather their thoughts on their careers individual projects.

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