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    NYFF '08 | Soderbergh's "Che," Leigh's "Lucky" Make New York Debuts

    Steven Soderbergh's 4-hour Ernesto 'Che' Guevara biopic, "Che" and Mike Leigh's much shorter "anti-miserablist" film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," were among the films screened for the press in the past few days at the 46th Annual New York Film Festival. Both screenings were followed by press conferences feat...

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    DISPATCH FROM CANADA | Vancouver Fest Shares International Trends Through Film and Talk

    The Vancouver International Film Festival is probably one of the only regional film fests in North America that plays host to three international regions. Layered in the festival's large and lengthy program is a separate but equal focus of films from Canada, the U.S., and Asia. The Western Canadian ...

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    Fall On Me: Filmmakers Find Hope at the Fourth Film Independent Filmmaker Forum

    "I can't talk about the 'crisis' of the indie film industry. There is no crisis," began Ted Hope's Saturday morning Film Independent Filmmaker Forum keynote speech at the DGA in Los Angeles. With those words, Hope acknowledged the elephant in the room, then proceeded to have it forcefully escorted f...

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    Dispatch from Iceland: Reykjavik Fest Celebrates Fifth Year With Focus on the Environment

    Visitors arriving in Reykjavik on Thursday morning were greeted with a wall of brutal cold rain and wind which then miraculously broke minutes later to reveal intense rainbows that appeared as if from a child's kindergarten finger-painting, thus summing up the experience of Iceland. Isolate...

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    DISPATCH FROM SPAIN: Star-studded San Sebastian is lean on discoveries

    As the 56th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival in the north of Spain came to a close, French comedy "Louise Michel," a third feature by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, the comic duo behind "Avida" (2006), captured much of the buzz here. Produced by Matthieu Kassowitz, "Lou...

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    NYFF '08 | Politics and Cantet on Opening Night; Film Criticism in Focus; and McQueen's "Hunger"

    It's hardly a surprise that the U.S. presidential race was a hot topic on Friday night as the New York Film Festival kicked off in Manhattan with its traditional bash. With fewer than 40 days before the American general election, the opening night screening of Laurent Cantet's "The Class" took place at the same time as the first televised debate between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. Heavy mist dampened the post-screening party at Tavern on the Green in Central Park where guests seemed torn between talking about the opening night film, winner of this year's Palme d'Or in Cannes, and the evening's debate. Reactions to both seemed about...

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    FESTIVALS | "Valentino" and "Synecdoche" Bookend 122 Films at 16th Hamptons Fest

    The Hamptons International Film Festival unveiled its slate Friday afternoon, for its 16th annual event taking place October 15 - 19 on Long Island, New York's east end. Highlighting this year's roster of 122 films are 14 world, 23 North American and 18 U.S. premieres in addition to 15 East Coast an...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela" Director Olaf de Fleur Johannesson

    Icelandic director Olaf de Fleur Johannesson's "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela" is an 85 minute drama which chronicles the story of a naive but street smart Filipina transsexual prostitute named Raquela who decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many Transsexuals (often known as "Ladyboys") in the Philippines, Raquela dreams of marrying a heterosexual man from the West. She spends much of her time on the Internet looking for men who can come and rescue her. They promise to come, but time after time Raquela gets stood up at the airport. Her life changes when, by luck, she lands a job as a webcam host on a transsexu...

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    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL '08 | Beyond Cannes and Toronto: Surveying NYFF's Nooks and Crannies

    It has a decidedly French twist. For one thing, 18 of the 28 features in this edition of the New York Film Festival bowed in Cannes in May. Four "fully" French movies and eight co-pros with French backing are being screened. Given the weight of place, of site, in this year's crop, the latter frequen...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell" Director Matt Wolf

    Matt Wolf makes his feature directorial debut with the documentary "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell." The film celebrates Arthur Russell, an important figure from New York's downtown music scene of the 1970s and 1980s. The film features commentary from people such as Allen Ginsberg, ...

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