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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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    SXSW '07 | 61 World Premieres Set for 2007 Fest in Austin; Frank's "The Lookout" Opens March Event

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival unveiled the feature lineup for its upcoming 14th edition, with 110 films slated for the fest's diverse sections over nine days. The increasingly important U.S. film festival and conference precedes the popular SXSW Music gathering in Austin...

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    ROTTERDAM '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Malaysian Cinema Steps Into Spotlight at Rotterdam Fest

    Instead of the usual trio of winners, the Tiger Awards at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam went to four films. One can only assume this reflected a jury impasse as opposed to a surfeit of quality. Many here seemed to agree that this was not the finest year for the Tiger competition,...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT: "The Art of the Fight," "The Champion Inside," "The Guitar," "A Simple Love Story

    [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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    ROTTERDAM '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | In Average Year So Far, Standouts Include "Unerzogenen," "La Marea,

    More than halfway through the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, there have been no breakout hits, no bolts from the blue in the fashion of Ilya Khrzhanovsky's "4" or Carlos Reygadas' "Japon," two recent quintessential Rotterdam debuts.

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