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    Kiwi Shorts: New Zealand Filmmakers Conquer Sundance, Take Aim at Berlin

    Could 2010 be the year that New Zealand short filmmakers take over the world? The year began promisingly as Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland's "The Six Dollar Fifty Man" took the jury prize in international short filmmaking at January's Sundance Film Festival. And now at Berlin, Katie Wolfe's "R...

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    indieWIRE This Week: Berlin, Awards, Deals & More

    THIS WEEK IN FILM: This year's Berlinale proves to be disappointing to critics. Award ceremonies continue to dole out awards, with the Oscars not far away. Meanwhile, IFC acquires three pictures over a single week.

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    Reflecting a Revolution: 10 Mexican Filmmakers Examine Their Homeland

    "We have a lot of problems in Mexico," a well-known Mexican filmmaker said somberly, frustrated and shaking his head earlier this week during a party at the Berlinale.

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    In "The Illusionist," Chomet's Hat Tip to Tati

    Riding on a train from Paris to Cannes, Sylvain Chomet read Jacques Tati's "The Illusionist." The Oscar nominated animator and filmmaker immediately wanted to adapt Tati's story into a film. Talking about the new movie earlier this week at the Berlinale, he noted, "It wasn't what you'd call a script...

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    Lucrecia Martel Dominates List of Top Latin American Films of the Decade

    Cinema Tropical, the purveyor of Latin American cinema in the U.S., has released their list of the Top Ten Latin American films of the last decade. The survey was spearheaded by filmmaker and blogger Mario Diaz who took the tally from distinguished film critics, scholars and industry professionals. ...

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    BERLINdaily | Czech Communist Drama and Hybrid Western Vie for Attention at Panorama

    Appearing as part of Berlinale's Panorama Special lineup, Czech director Jan Hrebejk's "Kawasaki's Rose" (which indieWIRE contributor Shane Danielsen praised as a "find" in the festival) received its international premiere following its successful release last December in the Czech Republic. The film centers on a Czech family coming to terms with their communist past. Hreberjk is noted for being an extremely prolific director; for the past decade, he's cranked out a film a year. Though his film "Divided We Fall" was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar back in 2000, "Kawasaki's Rose" marks his first film to premiere at one of the big th...

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    For Your Consideration: Predicting The Directing and Screenwriting Winners

    With just over three weeks left until the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, indieWIRE is running weekly batches of predictions for the winners. Last week, we took on the acting winners, which generally seemed like some very predictable races (save maybe best actress, where Sandra Bullock is a front-runne...

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    BERLINdaily | Scorsese Rumors Dashed, Leo at Cinema for Peace, Khan and the Mexican Revolution

    This would have been an interesting combination: Variety and The Guardian reported that Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Lars Von Trier were hooking up to do a remake of the 1976 classic "Taxi Driver."

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    China's Zhang Yimou Salutes Coens in Latest, "A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop"

    "The Coen brothers film ["Blood Simple"] is one I liked very much. I saw it in the 1980s in Cannes, but I didn't understand it because they didn't have subtitles in Chinese back then, so I only saw the images," said maverick Chinese director Zhang Yimou in Berlin Sunday afternoon following the premi...

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    Baumbach's "Greenberg": Lost Souls Connect in Los Angeles

    Opposites attract in Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg," the fifth feature film from Noah Baumbach ("Margot at the Wedding," "The Squid and the Whale," "Mr. Jealousy," "Kicking and Screaming"). Brooklyn native Baumbach wrote the story with his wife...

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