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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Director Julian Schnabel

    Julian Schnabel is death-haunted. This might sound odd about the acclaimed artist and scenester noted for the raw energy of his work, a man with an ego to match his outsize canvases, who has segued with seeming ease from painting to filmmaking. Yet ask Schnabel about "The Diving Bell and the Butter...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Protagonist" Director Jessica Yu

    Jessica Yu's latest documentary, "Protagonist," takes on the ambitious topic of applying the dramatic structure of classical Greek playwright Euripedes to contemporary life. Centering on four rather damaged individuals, Yu uncovers the conditions and decisions that brought them to their present stat...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | "Stranded" in the Wild With No Help; and Taking on the Establishment in "F

    Days after its world premiere screening in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam's ornate and cavernous main venue at the Cinema Tuschinski in the city center, fest-goers were still talking about Uruguayan director Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded." Though the film, at least for now, comes...

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    PARK CITY '08 | First Timers, Personal Films Dominate Sundance' 08 Slate; Fest Unveils Competition R

    While the dramatic competition lineup for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival includes a few familiar names, such as the return to Park City by "Half Nelson" filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden or the new film from "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" director Jonathan Levine, and even an American feature by...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Daughter's Personal Search for Her Father Exposes Maysles Family Rift

    A provocative new first person documentary by a member of the Maysles family has stirred audiences at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in recent days and it will likely garner more attention as the filmmakers seek wider awareness for the project. Among the hot tickets in ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Doc's Past, Present, & Future as IDFA Marks 20 Years

    Even with a jammed program of some 300 documentaries screening through Saturday here in The Netherlands, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) was able to take a step back to look at the big picture during the fest's first weekend. At a nearly four-hour anniversary lustrum cel...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "How To Cook Your Life" Director Doris Dorrie

    Doris Dorrie, the German director behind 2000's sibling dramedy "Enlightenment Guaranteed" and 2002's acclaimed "Naked," has returned with her latest release, "How To Cook Your Life." "Life," an ode to taking care of yourself, follows Edward Espe Brown, a Zen priest, cook and bestselling author. It ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Smiley Face" Director Gregg Araki

    Casually chatting with indieWIRE back at Sundance in January, hours before his latest feature "Smiley Face" would screen for the first time, filmmaker Gregg Araki warned that the film is a departure from his acclaimed previous feature, "Mysterious Skin." After watching it in Park City, we referred t...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "What Would Jesus Buy?" Director Rob Vanalkemade

    Rob Vanalkemade's doc "What Would Jesus Buy?" takes a hard examination at the center of the religion of materialism. No one has ever consumed as much as Americans today, the film argues. And at no time does society consume more than at Christmas-time. As the holiday shopping season grows longer, and...

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    DISPATCH FROM NEW YORK | Iberoamerica: That's the Way We Are

    At the beginning of November Mexico, Brazil, and, to a lesser extent, Spain and Portugal celebrated the Day of the Dead, a festive holiday whose symbol is a human skull. These cultures do not deny the finality of it all as do we North Americans, who mummify our decaying faces and bodies while we are...

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