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    Off The Edge: The Primal Power of Von Trier's "Antichrist"

    With "Antichrist," Lars Von Trier fully lives up to his reputation as an outrageous provocateur and master image-maker. Love it or hate it, boo it or applaud it-as audiences did both simultaneously after the world premiere here in Cannes-the film is the most shocking of the festival so far, with cri...

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    Focus Fathers "Baby(ies)"

    Focus Features has acquired U.S. domestic and select international rights to nonfiction feature "Baby(ies)" by doc filmmaker Thomas Balmes, Focus CEO James Schamus announced Sunday from Cannes. The film is an original idea by Alain Chabat who produced the feature with Amandine Billot and Christine R...

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    Lingua Romania: "Police, Adjective" Makes for Arresting Tour-De-Force

    While the pay-off in this anti-police procedural comes very late, it caps a minimalist and sardonic tour-de-force from Corneliu Porumboiu, whose "13:08 East of Bucharest" won the award for best first film at Cannes in 2006. This worthy follow-up shows an even more discerning and confident eye from t...

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    Amenabar's "Agora" Rings Hollow Despite Visual Shock and Awe

    Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora" contains a dense plot littered with historical details of Egyptian society during the Roman Empire, but none of them can save the movie from having the fleeting qualities of a high school science class.

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    Regent Has "Fish Child" and "Zion" in the Cannes

    Argentine director Lucia Puenzo's "El Nino Pez" (The Fish Child) and debut filmmaker Eran Merav's "Zion and His Brother" have reached a pact with Regent Releasing and Here Media for North American distribution rights from international sales agent MK2 at the Cannes Marche du Film, the company unveil...

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    Cannes Breakthrough: Introducing Tahar Rahim

    Unseen as a lead actor on the big screen until yesterday, twentysomething French actor Tahar Rahim just may own the breakthrough acting performance of The Cannes Film Festival for his star making turn in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" (Un Prophete).

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    Cannes Hearts Ebert

    “Roger Ebert played an integral part in conversations and panels,” commented Julie Sisk, founder of the American Pavilion under a rainy sky Friday afternoon in Cannes. So, the American Pavilion (or AmPav to its friends and paying members) took some time off in the afternoon to honor one of America’s...

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    "Prophet" Portends Success: Audiard's Arty Mob Film

    If James Toback's petty-criminal tale "Fingers" inspired Jacques Audiard's previous "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," it's Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" that looms over his latest "A Prophet." Successfully balancing art-film portraiture with a gangster picture's plot, the film may be one of the mor...

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    Coppola: Auteur Aspiring to be an Amateur

    Tears and tales from one of Hollywood's biggest directors, in front of a standing room only crowd, was a highlight for many yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. The director talked about everything from animation, films of the past, the politics of Hollywood, self-distribution, and to of course h...

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    Ang Lee: "I hate to be characterized"

    "I miss the spirit of can do innocence," offered Ang Lee today, reflecting on some of the motivations for his new film, "Taking Woodstock," playing in competition here in Cannes. "I am not saying I am a hippie wannabe, but I do enjoy that period of time."

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