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    FESTIVALS | Rendez-Vous Unveils 13th French Run Across the Pond

    Fifteen films will screen as U.S. or New York debuts at the 13th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance February 29 through March 9. As previously announced, Oscar-winner Claude Lelouch's thriller "Roman de gare" will launch the popular event at the Walter Reade Theater. Fanny Ardant stars in the films as a best-selling author researching her next crime story. Other veteran French filmmakers making their return this year include Cedric Klapisch ("L'Auberge Espagnole") with "Paris," described as "an emotional tour of the city through the eyes of a man waiting for a heart transplant, st...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT | "Economy Superstar," "Frozen Butterflies," "Fruit of the Tree," "Oak Hill," and

    [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 | "The Band's Visit" Director "Eran Kolirin

    After the screening in last year's Cannes, the applause wouldn't stop, keeping the visibly moved filmmakers and cast in the theater. The film was "The Band's Visit," a first feature from Israeli director Eran Kolirin. Arriving without buzz on the Croisette, it quickly emerged as a gem of Cannes '07, and nabbed the international critic's prize for the Un Certain Regard section. "Band" is a quiet, pared-down film, which like a story by Chekhov, strips bare its characters' lives. Toplined by the great Ronit Elkabetz, leading Israeli actor Sasson Gabai, and gifted Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, it concerns an Egyptian Police band that arrives in ...

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    DISPATCH FROM ROTTERDAM | Adventures at the IFFR: "Oil," "Right One," "Jamil," and CineMart

    Last weekend, as ticket-holders walked into a show at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, they were greeted with a sign hastily taped to the theater doors. "Extremely Loud Performance!" A few blocks away, at another festival venue, another sign was taped up to the walls. This o...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Catching Up: 100+ Dispatches, Buzz, Photos, Notebooks, Reviews, and Interviews From

    The 2008 Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in Park City, UT and indieWIRE is wrapping up its coverage this week. Our dispatches, reviews, interviews, news, photos and buzz from Park City '07 included more than 100 articles and buzz items about Sundance and Slamdance 2008, iPOP p...

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | "Frozen River" and "Trouble The Water" Win Top Prizes at Sundance '08, "Man

    Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" won the dramatic grand jury prize and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's "Trouble The Water" won the documentary grand jury prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival tonight. The dramatic audience award went to Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness," while the documentary audience award went to Josh Tickell's "Fields of Fuel." In the world cinema documentary competition, James Marsh's "Man on Wire" won both the grand jury prize and the audience award, while the world cinema dramatic jury prize went to Jens Jonsson's "King of Ping Pong" ("Ping Pongkingen") and the dramatic audience award went to Amin Matalqa's "Captain Abu Raed...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days" Director Cristian Mungiu

    For his second feature, 39-year-old Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu knew exactly what he wanted--and garnered the Palme d'or in Cannes last year for it. He made a film that takes place over 24 hours in a provincial town one day in 1987, before the dictator Ceaucescu was deposed and Communism fell in Eastern Europe. It is a personal story based on an experience a woman had during that period, when abortion was banned. And it is deceptively simple. Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) takes charge when her friend and dormmate Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) gets pregnant and can not handle the details of arranging her own abortion in a cheap hotel performed by ...

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    PARK CITY '08 NOTEBOOK | Overlooked Frontier and Midnight Sections Offers Standout "Half Life" and W

    While the Sundance 2008 comes to close and the air clears around the buzz for the big sales out of the premiere and competition sections, the often wrongly overlooked New Frontiers and Midnight programs float to the surface as some of the year's most interesting offerings.

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    PARK CITY '08 DISPATCH | Name Actors Not Needed: "Baghead," "Ballast," "Momma's Man" Shine in Park C

    Back in 2005 at the Sundance Film Festival, The Duplass Brothers' "The Puffy Chair" debuted rather quietly here in Park City. At the time, the low-budget indie reminded many of the sort of sleeper that specialty companies would have quickly plucked from the festival a few years earlier, yet it took ...

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    PARK CITY '08 NOTEBOOK | Under Construction: The Nonfiction New Wave Takes Root at Sundance

    At the end of a recent blog posting, Premiere film critic Glenn Kenny wondered aloud about some of the documentaries he'd seen at the Sundance Film Festival. Summing up his thoughts on Nanette Burstein's hit "American Teen" Kenny wrote "Burstein's trim, fast-moving film utilizes tricks and technique...

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