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    Making The Personal Universal: Noah Baumbach on "The Squid and the Whale"

    'My Parents' Divorce' would not, on the face of it, seem the freshest subject for a film. Yet in his third feature, "The Squid and the Whale," Noah Baumbach molds this familiar material into a searing character study marked by telling detail and emotional veracity. At 2005 Sundance (where adolescent...

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    "Mrs. Henderson Presents" and "The Matador" Open Mill Valley Fest

    The Mill Valley Film Festival will present more than 200 films from 55 countries as part of its 2005 lineup. Stephen Frears's "Mrs. Henderson Presents" and Richard Shepard's "The Matador" will kick off the 28th edition of the festival, which runs Thursday, October 6 - 16 in Mill Valley and San Rafae...

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    "Transamerica," Buscemi, "Cavite," "Baraka," Sloss, "Miner," and Music Highlight Woodstock '06

    In Woodstock, NY this weekend, and in a few nearby towns, organizers staged the 6th annual Woodstock Film Festival, offering a lineup boasting some of the best from a number of recent festivals along with a selection of premieres. Adam Rapp's "Winter Passing" and Shane Meadows' "Dead Man's Shoes" ki...

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    Production Report: "Anomaly," "I Believe in America," "In A Dark Place...," "Jam," "Tonight at Noon"

    [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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    DISPATCH FROM REYKJAVIK: Kiarostami Honored for a Lifetime of Achievement

    Celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (director of "Taste of Cherry" and writer of "Crimson Gold") received the recognition of a nation Monday in Iceland. The President of the North Atlantic island nation, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson presented the director with a lifetime achievement award as part...

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    RESFEST 2005, Keeping It Curious

    For some, it's hard to imagine a festival which can program and fill a theater with festivalgoers watching 90 minutes of commercials, music videos, or a documentary about sneakers. Long ago, the folks at RESFEST recognized the appeal, evolution and dramatic advances in media and commercial art and ...

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    Down in the Delta; Ira Sachs Plays "Forty Shades of Blue"

    While regional filmmakers were all the rage at Sundance this year (from "Hustle and Flow" to "Junebug"), Ira Sachs' top prizewinner "Forty Shades of Blue" feels like it comes from another planet. Whether it's the France of Maurice Pialat and Raoul Coutard, the Germany of Rainer Werner Fassbinder or ...

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    Dispatch From Brazil: Short Films In Abundance at Sao Paulo's Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metra

    "A long life for Brazilian cinema!" was the ironic cheer of the night at the opening of the 16th Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de Sao Paulo, the largest short film festival in Latin America. Despite being an invitation-only event, the theater was so full on opening night that guests fil...

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    The Classic American Tragedy of Bennett Miller's "Capote"...And It's True

    In his austere, remarkably confident first dramatic feature, "Capote," Bennett Miller tackles the biopic from a fresh angle. Instead of tracing the standard soup-to-nuts arc, he and writer Dan Futterman zero in on the six year period Truman Capote devoted to researching "In Cold Blood," the pioneeri...

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    Fifty Festival Favs Slated for Reykjavik Fest; Kiarostami Spotlighted

    The Reykjavik International Film Festival, opening Thursday, is offering a lineup of 50 films from around the globe that will screen in the Icleandic capital through to October 9. Eight categories are slated for this year's festival, with the main one dubbed, "Open Sea," comprising films that have a...

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