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    ROUND UP II: "Fever," "Fish," and Francis Ford

    The 62nd Cannes Film Festival continued in the south of France today, with Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" and Lou Ye's "Spring Fever" kicking off the fest's official competition.

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    A Chinese "Shortbus?" Sexy "Spring Fever" Could Stir Censors

    Listening to Chinese director Lou Ye this afternoon in Cannes, one can't help but feel he's guarded in his response to censorship and his past confrontations with the state controlled Film Bureau in his native country. In 2006, Lou brought the Tiananmen Square-themed film "Summer Palace" to Cannes a...

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    Neither Misfire Nor Return To Form: Coppola's Competent "Tetro"

    Neither complete misfire nor triumphant return to form, Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" works as a competent family drama right up until the messy final act. If a first-time filmmaker had directed this stylish black-and-white-and-sometimes-color melodrama, it might gain some notice for suggesting gre...

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    Still Grappling With Loss, Fortissimo Moves Forward

    The sudden, unexpected death of Wouter Barendrecht last month sent many in the international film industry into a tailspin, not to mention the shock and sadness felt by the late executive's colleagues at sales outfit Fortissimo Films, the company he ran with longtime business partner Michael Werner....

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    ROUND UP: Cannes Pros & Cons, Big Deals, and Opening "Up"

    "Where will the Festival de Cannes be in five years time?" That's what Cannes President Gilles Jacobs asked in a letter he wrote for this year's festival. "Politics, allegedly, is the art of answering questions you haven’t been asked. I won’t be doing that today."

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    Costa-Gavras' Latest Among Offerings at Human Rights Watch IFF

    The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will return to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in June for its 20th anniversary with a program of films dedicated to raising awareness of human rights issues around the world. The festival, co-presented by Human Rights Watc...

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    Does Cannes Matter?

    A ritual of Spring for many, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off its 62nd edition on Wednesday in the French Rivera, but does anyone care? Does the festival matter anymore?

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    Pixar's "Up" Stirs Cannes Fest

    While it may be a bit of a stretch to dwell on the significance of the Cannes Film Festival embracing 3-D animation on its opening night, the debut of Pixar's "Up" offers a striking sense of cinematic validation to the emerging technology. In the wake of the recent success of "Coraline," Cannes seem...

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    On The Future of Fests: Thoughts From The Top

    Geoff Gilmore, Cameron Bailey, Janet Pierson, and Sky Sitney - four of the biggest names in North American film festivals - gathered in Toronto last week to share their thoughts on the future of that world.

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    Cannes' Gilles Jacob: "How do you know when an era is finished and another begins?"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a reproduction of a speech Festival de Cannes President Gilles Jacobs gave at the press conference at the Intercontinental le Grand Hotel in Paris last month when Jacobs was announcing the Official Selection for the 2009 Festival de Cannes.

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