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    Berlin Round Up IV: "Beeswax," "The Countess," and the Discontent of Berlin '09 Critics.

    "If Berlin 09 will be remembered for anything," indieWIRE's Shane Danielsen's said in his critic's notebook yesterday. "It will be for its eagerness to tell us, with every ounce of anguished sincerity it could muster, the bleeding obvious." Danielsen referenced both Sally Potter's "Rage" and Lucas M...

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    Bujalski in Berlin: Not Quite Euphoric, but More Than Happy

    In Berlin for the world premiere of his new film, "Beeswax," Andrew Bujalski said that he took a rare moment to appreciate his accomplishment at last night's Berlin International Film Festival debut. It was something he said hasn't really taken the opportunity to do with his other work, "Funny Ha Ha...

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    Elephant Stampedes "Push" in Multiple Territories

    Lee Daniels' Sundance jury and audience winner, "Push" is finding homes abroad as New York-based sales company Elephant Eye makes international deals following the feature's recent lucrative deal with Lionsgate, which has resulted in a in a law suit for the film with The Weinstein Company.

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    Winterbottom & Whitecross: Berlin Doc "Shock"

    Three years after winning the Silver Bear for directing "The Road to Guantanamo," Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross are back at the Berlinale with another provocative documentary, "The Shock Doctrine." Based on the Naomi Klein book of the same name, the unfinished film looks at the current glo...

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    Youth, Beauty and Virgin Blood in Delpy's "Countess"

    Julie Delpy returns to the Berlinale with a film she both stars and directs, though this film is quite different from the contemporary comedy of her last effort, "Two Days in Paris." In "The Countess," Delpy appears as the infamous 17th century aristocrat Countess Erzebet Bathory. Her obsession with eternal beauty and power has been the topic of literature throughout the centuries after she is forced to end an affair with a younger man. At a party, she meets Istvan and falls madly in love. Their daliance is short lived, however, when Istvan's father, Count Thurzo, forces his son to stop seeing Erzebet, which throws the Countess into a frenzy ...

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    Eagerly Expressing The Obvious: Berlin Critic's Notebook

    Five days into the 2009 Berlinale, and amid grumblings of discontent from critics ("Twenty films so far," said one colleague, "and I haven't seen one thing I'd champion") and a pronounced lack of enthusiasm among buyers, one sensed a new tone to proceedings: if the program couldn't entertain us, the...

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    Berlin Round Up III: "Rage," "Mammoth" Surface, "Treeless" The Fest's Best So Far?, More

    Two of most anticipated Berlinale '09 entries - Lukas Moodysson's "Mammoth" and Sally Potter's "Rage" - premiered to tepid responses yesterday, and indieWIRE was on the scene.

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    SXSW Announces Panels, "Fantastic Fest" Partnership

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced a new partnership with Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest that will result in a new lineup in the official film festival program: "SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight." The program will be a representative sample of Fanta...

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    Buscemi: Most Pleasant Experience on "Rage"

    Along with other titles in this year's edition of the Berlinale, "Orlando" director Sally Potter's "Rage" found its ardent admirers and its detractors. Over seven days, blogger Michelangelo shoots behind the scenes interviews on his cell phoneo at a fashion house in New York, while a designer of Mid...

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    Berlin Round Up II: The Economy, "Ricky," "Storm," More

    "The international economic crisis’ impact on the movie business has been a constant topic back home, so it’s no surpirse that it comes up frequently while networking in the halls of Martin Gropius Bau, site of the European Film Market that runs concurrent with the annual Berlin International Film F...

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