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    CRITICS' POLL '07 | "Secret Sunshine" Glows as Best Undistributed Film; Critics Pick 250+ Un-Acquire

    What is it about Korean auteurs that have critics salivating and distributors running for the exits? Last year, Hong Sang-soo's "Woman on the Beach" topped indieWIRE's best undistributed films list for 2007. This year, Hong compatriot Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine" was far-and-way the winner of ...

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    DISPATCH FROM HAVANA | Celebrating Latin Film and Contradictions

    A healthy if strange disconnect colored the Havana Film Festival (December 4-14), officially the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano--but then Cuban society is a textbook model of disjunction. Take opening night, a tripartite schizorama in the 4800-seat Teatro Karl Marx that could ...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI | Bridging Cultural Gaps on Screen and Off

    You can't stop what's coming," says a character in Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men," one of several films screening at the fourth annual Dubai International Film Festival that benefited from the event's suspension of the United Arab Emirates censorship laws. It is a sentiment that can...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "A Walk Into The Sea" Director Esther Robinson

    Winner of the 2007 Teddy Award for best documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival, Esther Robinson's "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and The Warhol Factory" is a personal journey into the story behind Esther's uncle Danny Williams 1966 disappearence. At the time, Danny was Andy Warh...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI | Re-branding Arab Film with Only an Eye to the West

    The Dubai International Film Festival, like the city itself, does not want for extravagance. Every night, there's a major gala screening followed by a lavish after-party, one for each section of DIFF's programming. Tuesday night's gala celebrated the festival's Arabian Nights program, a selection of...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT | "The Arrangement," "Desdemona: A Love Story," "The Only Good Indian," "Prisoner

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Nanking" Producer Ted Leonsis

    Producer Ted Leonsis' "Nanking" (directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman) tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking, which was then China's capital, to months of aeri...

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    DISPATCH FROM DUBAI | Never mind the Subtle: Glitz, Stars and Wealth Open a Surging Dubai Film Fest

    Sprawling across an ever-expanding strip along the Arabian Gulf, the Emirate of Dubai is rapidly occupying an entirely unique place in the world. When it is mentioned in the United States, in this luxury magazine or that "Top 40 Celebrity Bling" program on VH1, one hears of a buyer's paradise of co...

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    ROTTERDAM '08 | Kiarostami, Fiennes, Puiu and Panahi Projects in Upcoming 25th Cinemart

    Thirty-nine projects have been selected to participate in CineMart, the co-production market taking place January 27 - 31, which coincides with the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam. This year's 25th CineMart, which focuses on low and medium budget films, includes projects by Abbas Kiarosta...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Billy the Kid" Director Jennifer Venditti

    Director Jennifer Venditti's "Billy the Kid" is a humorous verite portrait of Billy, a 15 year-old outsider growing up in small-town Maine. In many ways, he's a typical teenager who is into heavy metal music and dreams of being a rock star. But he's also unique. A troubled past and ongoing behaviora...

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