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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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    DISPATCH FROM KOREA | Pusan Plays Itself; "Naked," "Scarecrows" Take Top Nods

    The award-giving began early at this year's Pusan International Film Festival, which closed on Friday with a gala screening of Yoon Jong-Chan's "I Am Happy" and the announcement of jury and audience awards. A few days prior to the closing night festivities however, a private c...

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    DISPATCH FROM MEXICO | Todd Haynes, "Wadley," Christian Mungiu, and Mexico's First Lady at Morelia F

    Security measures suddenly became intense on Thursday at the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), but not due to a looming threat. Quite the opposite, in fact: The wife of Mexican president Felipe Calderon paid a visit to the small town and spent the day watching films, bringing a protective army in tow. Her presence attracted a swarm of media attention, while droves of filmgoers clustered at the door to the Cinepolis Central, their progress hindered by the abrupt installation of two metal detectors at the entrance. (The next day, the metal detectors were gone, and so was the Mexican first lady.) The high profile brouhaha would seem to...

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    iW OCTOBER PRODUCTION REPORT | "Delegates," "Manure," "Cool," "Nombre," Untitled, and "Win"

    [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 | "Choose Connor" Director Luke Eberl

    Luke Eberl's "Choose Connor" premiered at the CineVegas International Film Festival in June 2007, and has since played in dozens of fests, including the Rome Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, and the Philadelphia Film Festival, where it won the American Independent's Award. The film follows an idealistic 15-year old (Alex Linz), who becomes the youth spokesman for U.S. Senate Candidate Lawrence Connor (Steven Weber),, only to be exploited through Connor's election campaign. 22-year old Eberl, making his feature directorial debut after a career acting (with credits including TV series' "Big Love" and "Cold Case), talked to indieWI...

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    DISPATCH FROM MEXICO | In Wake Of Attack, Morelia Fest Offers Sense of Renewal

    It can take over four hours to drive from Mexico City to the capital of Michoacan de Ocampo for the Morelia Film Festival, but the vibrant town in question lies several more metaphorical miles away from recent newspaper headlines. It was only a few weeks ago that Morelia became the focus of an inter...

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