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    Almodovar: Cinema is an Irrational Passion

    "Broken Embraces" (Abrazos Rotos) the new film by Pedro Almodovar is premiering today at the Cannes Film Festival. This essay, entitled "Declaration of Love," is one of twelve written by Almodovar discussing his new film and its influences.

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    Yes, Cannes Matters. A Mid Fest Diary

    For two weeks, Cannes is the frontlines of international cinema. From here, many new films by established and emerging auteurs will make their way to festivals and movie theaters all around the world, via pacts and partnerships announced or forged here in France.

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    Von Trier: "I am the best film director in the world"

    The day after critics and journalists heckled and booed his new film "Antichrist," here at the Cannes Film Festival, director Lars Von Trier stepped into the spotlight to talk about the movie. A loud boo could be heard as he entered the press conference room, eliciting a faint smile on the filmmaker...

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    10 Random Bits from Lee & Lynn on a Hangover Sunday

    Lee Daniels and Lynn Shelton may have two very different films here at Cannes, but sleepless nights and fun banter united them at the American Directors panel at American Pavilion moderated by Eugene Hernandez Sunday. Daniels and Shelton showed up after a busy weekend for their well received films -...

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    Amenabar: Not anti-Christian, but Crusading Against Fundamentalism with "Agora"

    "Once we started researching, we realized there was a relation with today's reality," said Chilean-born Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar in Cannes yesterday. "We were excited to have a story about the past that has relevance to the present." Amenarbar's out of competition epic "Agora," is an indi...

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    Cannes '09: Tracking The Competition

    Marking the opening of Cannes, indieWIRE has expanded its recently launched Calendar section to include all of the films screening in competition at the fest. This new section (explained more fully in our Summer Movie Guide), gives each film its own page, complete with information about the film, l...

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    Cannes Breakthrough: Introducing Tahar Rahim

    Unseen as a lead actor on the big screen until yesterday, twentysomething French actor Tahar Rahim just may own the breakthrough acting performance of The Cannes Film Festival for his star making turn in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" (Un Prophete).

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    Cannes Hearts Ebert

    “Roger Ebert played an integral part in conversations and panels,” commented Julie Sisk, founder of the American Pavilion under a rainy sky Friday afternoon in Cannes. So, the American Pavilion (or AmPav to its friends and paying members) took some time off in the afternoon to honor one of America’s...

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    Coppola: Auteur Aspiring to be an Amateur

    Tears and tales from one of Hollywood's biggest directors, in front of a standing room only crowd, was a highlight for many yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. The director talked about everything from animation, films of the past, the politics of Hollywood, self-distribution, and to of course h...

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    Ang Lee: "I hate to be characterized"

    "I miss the spirit of can do innocence," offered Ang Lee today, reflecting on some of the motivations for his new film, "Taking Woodstock," playing in competition here in Cannes. "I am not saying I am a hippie wannabe, but I do enjoy that period of time."

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