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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Finishing Heaven" Director Mark Mann, "Big City Heart" Director Ben Rodkin, an

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE is profiling the Narrative and Documentary Competition filmmakers who are screening their films at the Los Angeles Film Festival as world premieres.]

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Pressure Cooker" Directors Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe" Director Harry Kim

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    LAFF '08 INTERVIEW | "Paper or Plastic?" Co-Directors Justine Jacob and Alex D. da Silva

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | Unleashing the Film Geek Within

    "This is great. I'm going to geek out here for a second," muttered Los Angeles Film Festival director Richard Raddon last Thursday night as an aside in his introduction for the soon-to-be-famous Russian sci-fi maestro Timur Bekmambetov. It was just an offhanded quip, but truer words could not have spoken for the official opening ceremonies for the 2008 LAFF, a movie geek's paradise. Boasting an extremely diverse slate with everything from big studio blockbusters like Bekmambetov's stunning "Wanted" to low-budget, non-SAG narratives like Seth Packard's adorably indulgent "HottieBoombaLottie" to important documentaries like Sarah Friedland's be...

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    Mark Gill: "Yes, The Sky Really Is Falling."

    On Saturday in Los Angeles, Mark Gill declared provocatively, "Yes, The Sky Really Is Falling." Speaking at the L.A. Film Festival's Financing Conference, the CEO of The Film Department (and former President of Miramax Films) detailed a litany of challenges currently facing independent film, yet off...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Passchendaele" To Open 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

    Canadian filmmaker Paul Gross' "Passchendaele" will open the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival with its world premiere on September 4, 2008. Set during World War I, the film follows a wounded Canadian solider who falls in love on the homefront and then returns to the battlefield for the third...

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    CANNES '08 | Wrapping Up Two Weeks in Cannes: Dispatches, Notebooks, Deals and Snapshots

    Highlighting two weeks of continuous coverage from France for the 61st Cannes Film Festival, indieWIRE offers links to all of this year's festival dispatches, critics notebooks, deal news, daily biz round-ups, and snapshots featuring the filmmakers and famous faces from the Croisette. Additional cov...

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    CANNES '08 DISPATCH: Laurent Cantent's "The Class" Wins the Palme d'Or

    A film from France won the top award and pairs of films from Italy and Latin America were honored with top prizes as the 2008 Cannes Film Festival came to a close tonight. Laurent Cantet's "Entre Les Murs" ("The Class") won the Palme d'Or as a jury lead by Sean Penn presented the awards. The best director honor went to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for "Three Monkeys," while Jean Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne received the award for best screenplay for "Le Silence de Lorna." Two competition films from Italy were among the big winners: "Gomorra," directed by Matteo Garrone won the grand prix runner-up prize and the festival's jury prize went to "Il Divo,"...

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    CANNES '08 DISPATCH | Just Like the Weather, Biz Prospects Mostly Cloudy On Fest's Final Weekend

    Perhaps it's appropriate that the documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" received a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival, considering that its firm distribution deal really does seem like something special. During the latest Sundance Film Festival, "Wanted and Desired" bec...

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