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    Delpy's "Countess" Closes Pre-Sale

    Director Julie Delpy's second feature directorial effort, "The Countess" has closed pre-sale agreements with the UK's Halcyon and France's Bac Films, Paris-based film sales company Celluloid Dreams announced Wednesday. "The Countess" is described as a "period thriller" about the notorious Countess B...

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    AFP: Some like it hot! Cannes' caviar n' champ

    The Cannes Film Festival opens officially to red-carpet glory on Wednesday but already the whining about the steep prices enforced for the yearly global invasion of stars and celluloid has begun. Pierre Pratabuy herereports.

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    CANNES '08 DISPATCH | Rain or Shine? Cannes Market Opens Amidst Changing Forecast

    Rainy skies and industry-wide gloom-and-doom hover over this year's Cannes, but the nearly 11,000 registrants attending this year's festival and Market can't all be depressed. With thousands of new films on offer, from auteur visions to star-driven genre pictures, and hundreds of distributors in nee...

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    CANNES '08 BIZ DAILY | Cannes Market Kickoff, Fortissimo Gets Killer Film, AmPav Turns 20, and More

    In the first of a series of daily dispatches focusing on the business side of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival: indieWIRE talks to Marche du Film director Jerome Paillard; Fortissimo acquires the rights to "Gigantic;" TFI is set to show some of Spike Lee's "Miracle at St. Anna," Arthouse Films acquires...

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    LAT | FIRST LOOK: Cannes colors "Blindness"

    If eyes are the window to the soul, then Cannes Film Festival organizers' choice of "Blindness" as the opening night film promises a 24-frames-per-second allegory about the fragile state of civil society and the human spirit. Sheigh Crabtree reports with a trailer sneak peak.

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    AFP: The year that shook Cannes

    A year of revolt the world over, tumultuous 1968 also brought high drama to Cannes, the single time the film festival had to be cut short, with no one taking home a prize and no red-carpet finale. Claire Rosemberg herereports.

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    Reuters: Cannes pits Hollywood against obscure arthouse

    Hollywood legends and obscure arthouse directors descend on Cannes from Wednesday for the world's biggest film festival that combines edgy cinema with A-list celebrities, glitzy parties and frenetic deal-making. Mike Collett-White Read More »

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    iW NEWS | Cannes Classics Set For Fifth Year

    The Cannes Film Festival will spotlight classic films on rediscovered or restored masterworks or films that have been re-released in theaters or DVD with the Cannes Classics 2008 program. Presented at the Palais des Festival, the Cinema de la Plage and the La Licorne Theatre, the program includes a tribute to Manoel de Oliveira for his 100th birthday, featuring a screening of one of his first films, 1931's "Douro, Faina Fluvial," as well as Wong Kar Wai presenting "Ashes of Time Redux." Overall, the program features dozens of films, including a new or restored prints of Marcel Ophuls' 1955 film "Lola Montes," Vijay Anand's 1965 film "Guide," ...

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    iW NEWS | Critics Week Takes on "Poverty"

    Philippe Diaz's "The End of Poverty?" has been added to Critics Week as part of the fest's "Cinema & Politics" day on May 19. Narrated by Martin Sheen, Diaz's ("Now & Later") doc explores whether the "true causes of povery today" stem from a deliberate orchestration since colonial times in which wea...

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    LAFF '08 | Universal Pics "Wanted and "Hellboy II" Bookend Los Angeles Fest in June

    Universal Pictures' "Wanted" by Timur Bekmambetov will open the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival June 19 in Westwood, organizers announced Tuesday. Based upon Mark Millar's graphic novel series the film tells the story of one apathetic nobody's transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice. Closing the festival, which is organized by Film Independent, is writer/director Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" also from Universal on June 29. Sundance 2008 doc "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" will screen as the Centerpiece June 26 at the Ford Amphitheater in a program that will include live musical performances and "special guests...

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