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    A Retooled Sundance? Fest Heads Tease Changes

    The times, they are a changin'. The highest profile film festival in the U.S. is planning on a major change within the next few years to reflect the "changing times in the arena of film." John Cooper, the newly appointed Director of the Sundance Festival, and Trevor Groth, Director of Programming (a...

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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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    NewFest Turns 21 With "Mr. Right"

    NewFest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival has announced its programming for its 21st annual edition, running June 4-11, 2009. It should prove a new fest indeed, with a new venue at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Chelsea, a new presenting sponsor in Logo, a sho...

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    Miyazaki's "Ponyo" To Close LAFF

    Hayao Miyazaki's "Ponyo" will close this year's Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mann Village Theater. Japanese animation legend Miyazaki latest, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," is already a box-office success in Japan. It follows the story of a young goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) and her quest to become human, and features voice work from an impressive array of talent: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and Frankie Jonas as Sosuke, a young boy who befriends Ponyo. The movie opens in theaters care ...

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    Art-house Crowd Pleaser: Loach Lightens Up with "Looking for Eric"

    In 2006, British director Ken Loach won Cannes' top prize with a bracing chronicle of the Irish Republican Army's struggles against the British in the 1920s. Three years later, he's come up with a film that couldn't be more different in tone and subject matter - a lighthearted dramatic comedy about ...

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