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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jean-Claude Brisseau, Director of "Exterminating Angels"

    French director Jean-Claude Brisseau's "Exterminating Angels" (Les Anges Exterminateurs) follows filmmaker Francois' preparation on a thriller. During screen tests for a nude scene with an actress, he discovers the pleasure some women can have in the transgression of minor erotic taboos. Driven by desire to contribute someting new to the cinema, he decides to make a film that mixes fiction and reality on those very same transgressions that are a source of pleasure. Brisseau made his mark early on in his filmmaking career, taking a "Special Award of Youth" award in Cannes for "De bruit et de fureur" in 1988, and later joined the Berlinale comp...

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    FIRST PERSON | John Sinno: An open letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

    [Editor's note: John Sinno is a producer of "Iraq in Fragments" by James Longley.]

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    "The Namesake" Opens Cinequest; Fest Touts Film Distribution Scheme

    Director Mira Nair's latest, "The Namesake" opens the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival Wednesday night in San Jose, CA, launching the 11-day event. This year's lineup includes 14 films screening in Cinequest's Maverick narrative competition, while 13 are on tap for the doc competition. In addition to a ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Cam Archer, Director of "Wild Tigers I Have Known"

    Director Cam Archer's "Wild Tigers I Have Known" is a coming-of-age story of a 13 year-old boy who learns to cope with his newfound sexuality his unrequited love for the cool kid in school. His past work include shorts "American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis" "Godly Boyish" and "Bobbycrush...

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    Shelly's "Waitress" to Open 13th US Comedy Arts Festival Wednesday

    Thirty features including three world premieres, two North American debuts and twenty shorts are on tap for the 13th installment of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, which will open with 2007 Sundance film, "Waitress," by the late Adrienne Shelly this Wednesday. The film is Shelly's second at USCAF. In...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Tom Vaughan, Director of "Starter for 10"

    British director Tom Vaughan's "Starter for 10" centers on Bristol University student Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) during his first year at school. His friends at home worry he'll change into a "poncey wanker," though his preoccupation is making the team for the long-running British television quiz show, "University Challenge." Amid the typical antics of a university student, Brian is also drawn to two co-ed students. One is a blonde bombshell, while the other is more cerebral and politically conscious. This is the first feature for Vaughan who has directed for British television. "Starter for 10" won the audience award at the 2006 Austin F...

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    "Martin Frost" and "Glue" to Open 36th New Directors/New Film Series

    Novelist/director Paul Auster's "The Inner Life of Martin Frost" will open the 36th New Directors/New Films series slated for March 21 - April 1 with screenings at MoMA's Titus 1 Theater and Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. Argentine director Alexis Dos Santos' "Glue" will be the second opener...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jasmila Zbanic, Director of "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams"

    "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" director Jasmila Zbanic began making films in 1997 when she founded the artist's association "Deblokada," through which she produced, wrote and directed numerous documentaries, video works and shorts. In her first feature, Zbanic tells the story of a daughter and mother living in the Grbavica section of Sarajevo in the aftermath of the war, which ravaged the former Yugoslavia. The daughter wants to participate in a school trip, but her struggling mother tries to find a way to pay for it. The daughter is also trying to find a certificate proving her soldier father's death in the war, which would allow her a di...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | With Eslinger's "Forest" in Competition, American Films (Indies In Parti

    There was a significant moment inside the Berlinale Palast here in Germany this week when Berlin International Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick led twenty-five year-old American filmmaker Ryan Eslinger by the hand, directing him to walk in the spotlight to his seat for the world premiere of his second feature film, "When A Man Falls in The Forest." Eslinger paused momentarily before raising his head and walking with confidence to the VIP row where he was quickly joined by his film's co-stars Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton. Eslinger's film is a rarity in the Berlinale's high-profile international competition; of the four American films ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Director of "The Lives of Others"

    German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck made his mark early on at home with his short "Dobermann," taking best short film at the Dresden Film Festival as well as an award at the Munich Film Festival. His latest film, "The Lives of Others" (Das Leben der Anderen) surrounds East Germany's secret police (Stasi) and a famous couple living in the DDR. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big stars, although they secretly don't always maintain the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service ag...

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