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    DISPATCH FROM VENICE | Competition Confounds in Venice; Cinema Star Claire Denis Shines Out of Compe

    With the press incensed by the lack of major interview opportunities (George Clooney and Brad Pitt, in town for "Burn After Reading", politely but firmly declined all requests), and industry numbers noticeably down from previous years, the Venice Film Festival had to deliver in terms of films, if it...

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    DISPATCH FROM TELLURIDE | Storm Clouds: Doom & Glum Meets Optimism & Ingenuity On and Off Screen in

    "This is just the beginning," exclaims fictitious Romanian filmmaker Grig Brezianu in the early 1900s, "We will conquer the world with our art!" Young, idealistic, and resourceful -- and clearly liberated by pursuing an infant cinema still lacking conventions -- the director navigates the tensions between youth and aging, enthusiasm and cynicism, stage and screen, trial and error in Nae Caranfil's "The Rest is Silence." The dean of Romanian cinema, Caranfil dusted off his first screenplay, written twenty years ago, to create an expansive and vibrant big screen movie looking at the earliest days of his country's cinema (and a seminal moment in...

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    DISPATCH FROM TELLURIDE | Amidst a Dearth of American Entries, Mining for International Gold in Colo

    One day into the 35th Telluride Film Festival, attendees were buzzing about what the dearth of narrative American films here means for the fall crop of new features that typically are launched into the fall and the annual awards season. While last year the festival showcased "I'm Not There," "Into T...

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    DISPATCH FROM MONTREAL | World Film Festival Hits, Misses With Expansive Program

    After weeks of rain, the sky finally cleared in Montreal this week right for the start of the 32nd World Film Festival. Many used the opportunity to gather on the steps of Place des Arts and enjoy the free outside screenings of "Some Like It Hot" and "The Right Stuff." The latter was part of the homage reserved for producer Alan Ladd, Jr., who also participated in a Q&A after a screening of "Young Frankenstein." Ladd, who does not usually watch his films after their initial release, had not seen it in 33 years. He agreed to watch it because, after such a long time, "memory gets foggy." He found himself pleasantly surprised. "It holds up prett...

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    TELLURIDE '08 | Leigh, Fincher, Schrader, and Youssou Ndour in Telluride Spotlight; Hollywood & Ind

    An even greater emphasis on new foreign language films and international classics marks the official lineup for the annual Telluride Film Festival which kicks off tomorrow in Colorado. While the festival frequently offers unannounced sneak previews of higher profile titles, this year's main program ...

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    DISPATCH FROM DENVER | Filmmakers Descend Upon DNC: Schnack's "Convention" Unites Top Doc Directors;

    Alongside the thousands of journalists reporting on the Democratic National Convention here in Denver, teams of filmmakers have been fanning out across the city to tell stories that might otherwise be overlooked. AJ Schnack ("Kurt Cobain About a Son") has tapped a cadre of acclaimed indie filmmakers...

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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Lymelife" Director Derick Martini

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Medicine For Melancholy" Director Barry Jenkins

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    DISPATCH FROM VENICE | Personalities Aside, Venice Follows up on a Masterpiece

    More perhaps than any other A-list festival, Venice's fortunes seem bound up with the character of its director, the inimitable, mostly unknowable Marco Mueller. Like many festival veterans, Mueller doesn't lack for detractors. Festival gossips have thrilled for years to tales of his bad behaviour w...

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    DISPATCH FROM DENVER | Doc Talk As Democrats Open '08 Presidential Convention

    Documentaries may seem undervalued in the traditional theatrical marketplace of late, but alongside the Democratic National Convention -- which got underway today here in Denver, CO -- non fiction films are seen as a vehicle for awareness and change. Adjacent to the Pepsi Center downtown, where thi...

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