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    Raimi, Demme To Debut Works At SXSW

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced some major new additions to its 2009 Festival today. Director Sam Raimi will debut a work-in-progress version of "Drag Me to Hell," his return to the horror genre. The film, which stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long, is "an o...

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    Self-Portraits and Biopics Dominate 14th Rendez Vous With French Cinema

    Jean-Francois Richet's "Mesrine" is a bloody, hi-octane account of a legendary gangster. In "The Beaches of Agnes" Agnes Varda looks back at eighty at her own momentous life. Light years apart in spirit, the two films are part of a cluster of remarkable self-portraits and biopics that dominate the 14th edition of Rendezvous with French Cinema. Unspooling at the Walter Reade Theater and IFC Center March 5-15, this year's edition is notable, too, for the accomplished work of women filmmakers, including Claire Denis with her glorious "35 Shots of Rum"; and for selections from auteurs Claude Chabrol ("Bellamy"), Andre Techine ("The Girl on the...

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    Cinefondation Chooses Residents

    La Residence de la Cinefondation, associated with the Cannes Film Festival, will hold its 18th session from March 1-July 15, 2009 with 6 new candidates for a programme "which helps young filmmakers write a screenplay and prepare for the production of their first or second feature film."

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    "Lightbulb," "Brothers" To Bookend Cleveland Fest

    The 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will run March 19-29, 2009, featuring more than 140 feature films and 170 shorts from over 60 countries. It was announced that the fest will open with Jeff Balsmeyer's "Lightbulb," starring Dallas Roberts and Jeremy Renner, and close with Rian J...

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    NY International Children’s Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

    NY International Children’s Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

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    Ang Lee To Head Venice Jury

    Ang Lee To Head Venice Jury

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    Privacy & Intimacy Explored in Swanberg's "Alexander" (Interview + Trailer)

    "How does a marriage function along with other creative art, like filmmaking?" director Joe Swanberg pondered, during a telephone conversation with indieWIRE yesterday. In discussing his new film, "Alexander The Last," Swanberg wondered about navigating potentially treacherous waters. "When you are ...

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    "Dean" and "Cherry" Take Portland Fest Prizes

    Audience nods went out capping the 32nd Portland International Film Festival with Tao Frazer's "Dean Spanley" (New Zealand) and Dorie Dorrie's "Cherry Blossoms" (Germany) tying for first place in the best feature category. Jennifer Grausman's "Pressure Cooker," co-directed with Mark Becker (U.S.) an...

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    "Valentino" and "Empty Nest" to Bookend 26th Miami International Film Festival

    After receiving an honorary shout out on the Oscar pre-show Sunday night, the man who has outfitted many a celeb, will be feted in Matt Tyrnauer's Toronto '08 documentary, "Valentino: The Last Emperor," kicking off the 26th Miami International Film Festival with a gala at Miami's beautiful and histo...

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    "Ong Bak 2" To Kick Of SXSW's Fantastic Fest at Midnight

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the official titles for its new program, “SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight.” The program will kick off with the International Film Festival Premiere of Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 2," joining five other films from five different countries, including three additional international premieres, one North American premiere and one U.S. Premiere. All films will play at midnight at the SXSW Film Festival at the Alamo South Lamar, in addition to the traditional SXSW Midnighters section, which will take place at the Alamo Ritz. The SXSW Film Festival runs March 13-21, 2009 in Austi...

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