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    DISPATCH FROM ROME | Fewer stars, lower expectations and small gems at Italian Fest

    As in Venice last month, the program of the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is heavy on locally produced films and lacks international star power. Though Venice blamed the writers' strike and the fact that many films simply weren't ready in time, Rome had already indicated that it wanted to ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Synecdoche, New York" Director Charlie Kaufman

    In the opening scene of "Being John Malkovich," John Cusack is a street puppeteer controlling the interaction of his creations. Spike Jonze may have directed, but the film's screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, makes clear from the get-go that he is the master of the enterprise. The screenwriter as auteur...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "I've Loved You So Long" Director Philippe Claudel

    The film has yet to bow here, yet Kristin Scott Thomas is already a magnet for Oscar buzz. In "I've Loved You So Long" by Philippe Claudel she plays Juliette, a woman just released from prison after serving a fifteen-year sentence for murder. Taken in by her younger sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein), whom she hasn't seen all this time, Juliette begins the tortuous re-entry into civilian life, facing the hostility of her sister's husband, the revulsion her past inspires in potential employers, and the awkwardness of social rituals that now seem alien. Mostly, though, she faces her own struggle to turn from darkness and despair toward a new beginni...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Fear(s) of the Dark" Director Charles Burns

    Directed by Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire, Romaine Slocombe, Jerry Kramsky, Michel Pirus and Etienne Robial, "Fear(s) of the Dark" is a collection of fearful tales by ten cutting-edge and acclaimed graphic artists. Their intertwined storie...

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    DISPATCH FROM MONTREAL | Fest Nouveau Cinema Celebrates The Spirit of Montreal

    Canada's longest running film festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) has seen a remarkable rebound since the drama that surrounded it a few years back. In 2004, the festival came under new management when Daniel Langlois, director of FNC since 1999, left the organization to begin the New Montreal FilmFest. New Montreal's intention was to merge with the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media, thus creating a potentially devastating competitor to FNC, which prides itself on its devotion to cinematic innovation. However, a variety of controversies led to New Montreal's demise, and FNC has since seen both a significant increase in att...

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    DISPATCH FROM TURKEY | A Question Of Identity In Turkish Film: The 45th Antalya Film Festival and 4t

    The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival has been a prestigious national event, organized in Turkey for 44 consecutive years; supporting the Turkish film industry through its film competition and annual Golden Orange Award ceremony. As one of the longest running festivals in Europe, it has over the c...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS | Bruce Weber & Ellen Kuras in Spotlight as Fest Refines Course

    Is it wrong to compare every American weekend festival to Telluride? The venerable Colorado fest sets the standard with its mix of new works, classics, intimate networking, a laid back vibe and a beautiful setting. Notably, the Hamptons International Film Festival took a step in the right direction this year, offering a slightly more casual scene, a tighter program, events for industry insiders, and weather that cooperated all weekend. As with other favorite weekend getaway fests -- such as Provincetown, Nantucket, and Woodstock -- the Hamptons event has perservered. And this year, it found an even stronger international hook under the leader...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS | "Troubled Water," "Herb and Dorothy" Dominate at 16th Hamptons Fest

    Norwegian director Erik Poppe's "Troubled Water" and Japanese director Megumi Sasaki's "Herb and Dorothy" won big at the Hamptons International Film Festival this afternoon, with both features winning jury and audience prizes in their categories. "Water" took the festival's Golden Starfish for Best Narrative Feature, while "Herb" received the Golden Starfish for Documentary Feature Film -- and both won their respective audienece prizes -- during a ceremony in East Hampton, New York today hosted by "The Daily Show" co-creator Lizz Winstead. The narrative award includes a package of $185,000 in in-kind production services, while the doc nod inc...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS | Barendrecht, Israel, Valentino and International Fare in Focus

    A previous guest of the Hamptons International Film Festival, former European Film Market leader Karen Arikian yesterday emphasized the international focus of HIFF's event in its 16th edition. Arikian is back in the U.S. from her previous post in Berlin and is now the new executive director of the Hamptons event on Long Island. The fest opened Wedenesday night with Matt Tyrnauer's acclaimed documentary about famous Italian fashion figure, Valentino in the doc, "Valentino: The Last Emperor. The following night, and keeping with a tradition started several years ago, indieWIRE and HIFF collaborated on the annual "Industry Toast" - this year, sa...

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    iW NEWS | "Brothers" and "Good" Bookend 44th Chicago Film Fest

    Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom" starring Rachel Weisz, Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rinko Kikuchi will open the 2008 Chicago Interntional Film Festival tonight (Thursday) in the windy city. The 44th edition of the festival takes place October 16 - 29. Vicente Amorim's "Good" with Viggo Mortensen about a man who explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia will close the fest. Highlights of the festival include Gael Garcia Bernal's "Deficit," and Alex Rivera's "Sleep Dealer," screening in Chicago's Cinema of the Americas section as well as Lance Hammer's "Ballast" and Barry Jenkins' "Medicine for Mel...

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