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    Lars von Trier: "I think working with actors is a little bit how a chef would work with a potato..."

    It is well known that Danish director Lars von Trier has not visited America, though many of his films are set here, including his latest feature, "Antichrist," starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. While his films are not generally known for being light viewing, the current film, which debuted earlier this year in Cannes and screened at the recent Toronto and New York film festivals, is especially layered with disturbing (yet beautiful) imagery and psychological trauma. Seeing the expressions on people's faces as they exited screenings in Cannes gave a slight hint that, no matter what one ultimately thought of it, "Antichrist" cert...

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    Stylish By Design: Two Production Designers In Conversation

    Andrew McAlpine and Eugenio Caballero - two representatives of production design, a generally underexposed side of the filmmaking process - sat down for "Stylish By Design," a panel put on by both the London Film Festival and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Monday night. At BAFTA's headquarters in London's West End, McAlpine and Caballero opened up about their craft to moderator and former editor of Empire Magazine Mark Salisbury. Both designers have films screening at the festival (and design-wise, they're very different) - McAlpine with Lone Scherfig's "An Education" and Caballero with Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control...

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    cinemadaily | Nair's "Monsoon Wedding" Comes to Criterion

    Before directing versions of such classic Euro/American narratives as "Vanity Fair" and this week's "Amelia," Mira Nair was known as the director who brought Indian culture to the big screens in America. From her Oscar nominated "Salaam Bombay!" to her Denzel Washington-starrer "Mississippi Masala," Nair became one of the few directors who brought South Asian life across the seas to a wide audience in the US. Her most popular film (though it might soon be outshone by "Amelia") "Monsoon Wedding," is set to be released on Criterion today. The film centers on Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) who is preparing an arranged wedding for his daughte...

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    Back and Forth: Breaking Down the Gotham Award Nods

    Awards season is officially underway with the announcement earlier today of the 2009 Gotham Independent Film Award nominations. indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez and Peter Knegt chatted via instant messenger about the nominations and what they mean heading into awards season.

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    Uma & Katherine Talk "Motherhood"

    At its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, then festival director Geoff Gilmore introduced to the stage the group of "fucking tough" women involved in Katherine Dieckman's "Motherhood." Beyond Dieckman, who repeated Gilmore's assertion on stage at the screening while introducing her collea...

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    cinemadaily | MEIFF Wrap Up

    The third annual Middle East International Film Festival wrapped up this weekend in Abu Dhabi, with Valery Todorovsky’s “Hipsters” taking top honors.

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    cinemadaily | Undomesticated: "The Maid" in Theaters

    "Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but for the title character of the pitch-black Chilean comedy 'The Maid,' it's closer to infernal torment," writes Scott Foundas in the Village Voice. "Neither a crude lampoon of domestic servitude nor a knee-jerk skewering of the bourgeoisie, the movie deftly ...

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    For Your Consideration: 11 Underdog Performances

    Last week, in addition to our homepage facelift, indieWIRE quietly launched a revamped section on the site that for the coming months, will be entirely devoted to the internet journalism mammoth that is awards season. While recent expansions in internet-oriented coverage offer readers dozens upon d...

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    Pusan Fest Expands; But Few Films Break Out

    A massive banner hangs on the side of the Shinsegae Department Store, proudly announcing the store's status as the largest department store in the world, as officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. It's also one of the new homes to the Pusan International Film Festiv...

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    From Albania to Vietnam: The Official Foreign Film List

    The full submission list for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards' foreign-language category has been announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Sixty-five countries have submitted films, with notable exceptions Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Singapore, which had submitted films at least th...

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