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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)" Director Jason Kohn

    Director Jason Kohn's doc "Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)" jumped into the festival circuit fray with a big win at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, taking both the grand jury prize for best documentary and the doc cinematography award for Heloisa Passos. The film's tag line basically sums up the doc's overall subject: "When the rich steal from the poor... the poor steal the rich." Set in Brazil, "Manda Bala" examines the corruption and class warfare that runs rampant in the South American country, with individual stories from the country's elite who fall victim to kidnapping for ransom, while conversely spotlighting the high-end thievery practice...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The King of Kong" Director Seth Gordon

    Director Seth Gordon's "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" takes a look at the arcade circuit. The film follows the travails of a middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong. This is the first feature-length directori...

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    DISPATCH FROM SWITZERLAND | "The Rebirth" Wins Locarno Leopard as 60th Festival Comes to a Close

    Masahiro Kobayashi's "The Rebirth" (Ai No Yokan) won the coveted Golden Leopard as the 60th Locarno International Film Festival concluded on Saturday evening with an awards ceremony in the town's Piazza Grande. The Japanese film stars the filmmaker as a man who develops a bond with the mother of the...

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    DISPATCH FROM SWITZERLAND | Still Grounded and Focused, Locarno Fest Thrives at 60

    Something must have been in the air during the summer of 1946, because in the span of about ten days, two of Europe's most important film festivals were born, and a third was re-launched. On august 23rd, some 60 years ago, the Locarno International Film Festival opened with a screening of Giacomo G...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "2 Days in Paris" Director Julie Delpy

    Julie Delpy is the thinking man's ideal Frenchwoman--at least in her screen persona of Celine, the enchantress she created in Richard Linklater's cult films, "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset." An etherial porcelain blonde, Celine is sexually knowing yet unthreatening; independent but vulnerable; articulate, principled and a bit flaky. Better yet, she has a way with a Nina Simone song (see final scene of "Before Sunset") that would have kept even a steadier husband than Jesse from flying home to his wife. Now with "2 Days in Paris" (opening August 10th by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Red Envelope) multi-hyphenate Delpy makes her bow as a filmma...

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    PRODUCTION REPORT | "Beautiful Darling," "Blindness," "Keep Coming Back," "On The Hook," "Sons of Li

    [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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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Ten" Director David Wain

    Director David Wain's feature "The Ten" stars Jessica Alba, Gretchen Mol, Adam Brody, Paul Rudd, Liev Schreiber,Bobby Cannavale and Winona Ryder in "blasphemous comedic stories" inspired by the Biblical Ten Commandments. Each tale unfolds in a different style, but with characters and themes that overlap, as told by a narrator who, in turn, has his own moral problems. Wain has had a well-rounded career in film both in front and behind the camera. He has directed television including "The State" in the '90s in addition to writing for the series and others. And, in 2001 Wain's "Wet Hot American Summer" received a Gotham nomination. THINKFilm ope...

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    TORONTO '07 | Conflicts and Character in the Spotlight as TIFF Unveils Doc Slate

    The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled this year's full documentary line up for its Real to Reel section, describing the roster as "politically engaged work and in-depth character studies." Thirteen American docs join this year's list of 20 Real to Reel films in addition to two U.S. and overseas co-productions. Conflicts past and present with an emphasis on the Muslim world are among this year's major themes, including a look back at the Algeria's conflict with France for independence in Jean-Pierre Lledo's "Algerrie, Histories a Ne Pas Dire," while Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's "Body of War" gives a personal account of the war in ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Laura Smiles" Director Jason Ruscio

    In Jason Ruscio's "Laura Smiles", Laura (Petra Wright) seems like she should have something to smile about. Nine years after her fiance is killed in a car accident, she's been able to rebound, marrying and having a son. But dormant emotions from her tragic past are working their way to the surface...

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    With Deadine Looming, Proposed NYC Film Permit Rules Rile Indies

    With stenciled Bolex camera protest signs and no permit to assemble, some 400 people demonstrated at a downtown Manhattan rally on Friday to protest New York's moves to alter rules that govern filming and photography on the city's streets. On that same day, members of NYC's independent film communit...

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