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    A Dispatch from DIY Days

    A Dispatch from DIY Days

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    In Theaters: Vampire Priests! Dolphin Slaughtering! Asperger's Syndrome! More!

    As July turns to August, the specialty box office will attempt not to self-destruct as a whopping ten new titles hit theaters, and two so-far success stories attempt to take themselves to the next level. For anyone not interested in Judd Apatow's attempt at channeling James L. Brooks, this is very good news. There'll loads to choose from, with Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" and Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer" reaching 523 and 266 screens, respectively, and therefore hitting markets not normally used to getting many much indie fare outside Oscar season. And there's those ten newbies, which range from the latest from the Dardenne Broth...

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    Moral Ambiguity In Post-War Germany: Max Färberböck on "A Woman In Berlin"

    Max Färberböck's "A Woman in Berlin" is set in April, 1945, when German women are victims of rape, and one of them, Anonyma, in her desperation and will to survive, decides to look for an officer who can protect her. She meets Russian officer Andrej, with whom she develops a complex and symbiotic relationship that forces them to remain enemies until the bitter end. Anonyma is one of the few surviving women to ever have reported on a subject that is still taboo, and which still occurs in wars around the world. Färberböck's film is an adaptation of the book Anonyma wrote regarding her experiences, and is currently in theaters through Strand Rel...

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    cinemadaily | Funny/Sad: Roy Andersson's "You, the Living"

    "No one views the world like Roy Andersson does," proclaims Keith Uhlich for Time Out about "You, the Living," the Swedish director's tragicomic follow-up to 2000's "Songs From the Second Floor." Audiences in New York have the chance to catch a glimpse of Andersson's offbeat worldview; the film is c...

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    Innocence, Music, Love & Commerce: NYC Celebrates Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock"

    "Innocence lost is a theme I care about deeply," said "Taking Woodstock" director Ang Lee at the Bowery Hotel on a wet Wednesday night in Manhattan yesterday. The film, which screened in competition in Cannes had its U.S. debut earlier in the evening and the director and cast were typically mobbed b...

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    cinemadaily | Reacting to the Venice Fest Lineup

    Earlier today, the lineup for the upcoming Venice International Film Festival was announced and reactions to the news have been percolating through the web. Variety's Nick Vivarelli summarized the announcement by saying, "The Venice Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a refreshingly rich mix of established auteurs and lesser-known helmers in its lineup of 71 world preems marked by prominent U.S. and European contingents, but also ample Asian entries, and even robust representations from rarely represented countries such as Egypt and India." Screen International's Sheri Jennings added, "it is arguably one of [festival director] Marco Mueller...

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    2009 Rhode Island IFF to Present 235 Films

    The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) kicks off its 13th annual event August 4–9th. This year 235 feature length, documentary and short films will be screened over a six-day period in locations throughout the state. RIIFF is one of 63 Academy Award qualifying Festivals worldwide.

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    Another Warhol? MoMA Hails the 'Hidden' Work of Tim Burton

    "I didn't grow up in a real museum culture," filmmaker Tim Burton confessed today at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan. "I think the Hollywood Wax Museum was my first museum." Reflecting on a five-month exhibition of his work that will fill MoMA's third floor and theaters this fall. Burt...

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    "Adam" in New York, Toasting a Sundance Success Story

    "It's extraordinary what happened with this little movie," filmmaker Max Mayer commented last night, welcoming the nice selection of glitterati who turned up for a New York screening of the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy, "Adam," hosted by the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers. They celebrated the...

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    cinemadaily | "Way, Way Beyond": "Severed Ways" on DVD This Week

    Depending on who you ask, Tony Stone's indie Viking epic "Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America" is either sublime or utterly confounding. Viewers who missed the film in theaters earlier this year have the chance to decide for themselves: the film is out on DVD this week courtesy of Magnet Re...

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