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    IDFA Forum: Doc Pitches Aim for $ € £ ¥

    The 17th edition of the three-day Forum, the annual co-financing market component of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam was held earlier this week with a series of pitches by filmmakers seeking input and potential co-production support from some of the biggest names in international broadcasting. Subjects on day one were varied - from the devastating environmental impact of tar sand oil development in Canada in Tom Radford & Niobe Thompson's "Tipping Point: The End of Dirty Oil" to an expose of a traditional Afghan practice of selling young girls to older men in Nima Sarvestani's "I Was Worth 50 Sheep." While attending broadcast...

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    Must See IDFA Doc: "Last Train Home"

    Programmers spend months sifting through submissions and traveling around the world to find films for their audiences - film industry types and mainstream moviegoers alike -- that watch selections for just a few days. Every so often, a few movies strike a chord. Rarely, a single film breaks through ...

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    For Your Consideration: A Guide To The Oscar Precursors

    An eclectic batch of awards offer a considerable honor in their own right, the Oscar precursors are about to start coming at us fast and furious. Starting early next week with the Gotham Awards, Spirit Award nominations, and the National Board of Review winners, and continuing steadily for the foll...

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    Filmmaking, Sumo and Space Tourism Take Flight at IDFA

    A man who travels to small villages making movies, a Japanese boy who leaves his village to join a sumo group, and American millionaires who pay huge sums to have the chance to experience outer space with the Russian space agency are three films screening here at the International Documentary Film F...

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    cinemadaily | Criterion Brings Oscar-Snubbed "Gomorrah" Home...to the Family

    Last year, when the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film was released, Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah," a critical favorite, was snubbed. Today, it gets its comeuppance with a release through the Criterion Collection. "In the first wave of their extended collaboration with IFC films, Criterio...

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    Thessaloniki Turns 50 Amidst Boycott

    The 50th anniversary of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which concluded on Sunday, was a mix of triumph and controversy. With more than 250 features and shorts screened from around the world and numerous film-related art exhibits and other parallel events, the festival commemorate...

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    cinemadaily | Tati Time

    It's been quite a year for Jacques Tati fans. On the heels of an exhibition this summer at the Cinémathèque Française devoted to the French director, Tati's classic "M. Hulot's Holiday" is currently at both New York's Film Forum and Los Angeles' Nuart Theatre for two-week engagements; the comedian w...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Frederick Wiseman = The Greatest

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 23, 2009 -- This 15th weekly column begins with why I love Frederick Wiseman and concludes with why I love documentary cinema. Since seeing "La Danse" a few weeks ago at New York's Film Forum, I've been wanting to make the following statement: Frederick Wiseman i...

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    Sex, Money & Consensus: New Doc Pounds United Nations

    News networks here in Europe including BBC and others have tepidly shared info and commentary on Herman van Rompuy, the recent Belgian prime minister who assumed the new position of President of the European Union, while Great Britain's Baroness Catherine Ashton was named the body's new Foreign Mini...

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    Ira Glass & Julien Temple at IDFA: Have Fun, Break Rules

    Serious movies with weighty international topics gave way to laughter (and even some tears) today after the Saturday skies cleared and the temperature warmed up a bit here in The Netherlands. British filmmaker Julien Temple sipped red wine while lecturing this afternoon at the International Document...

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