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    TIFF ‘09 | Margreth Olin: "By being subjective, you manage to tell something universal"

    "Norwegian director Margreth Olin makes her fiction-feature debut with 'The Angel,' a searing, atmospheric study of abuse and addiction that began as a documentary project based on the life of the film's protagonist, Lea. It opens with the death of Lea's father, whose passing disrupts her idyllic rural existence as a young girl. (In the early scenes, the flowers and woods surrounding their cabin are almost as significant as Lea and her family.) Things change when her mother, Madeline, takes up with her old boyfriend Ole, an alcoholic who turns abusive when he drinks. By the time she reaches her teenaged years, Lea is already working on simila...

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    TIFF ‘09 | Margaret Corkery: "My main aspiration is always to have an audience"

    In Margaret Corkery's "Eamon," "Selfish, bratty little Eamon (Robert Don-nelly) shoos his father aside for a privileged place in his mother's heart. King of her bed and dictator of all things quotidian, he leaves no space in her affections for anyone but himself, having banished his father to what feels like a distant planet – a planet where touching your spouse is punishable and sleeping on the couch mandatory. Lonely and sexually frustrated, brooding Daniel (Darren Healy) covers himself head to toe while bikini-clad Grace (Amy Kirwan) actively pretends he doesn't exist. Though he might not look it, their son is well aware of the parental cl...

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    cinemadaily | As Venice Rolls On, the Reviews Pour In

    In his dispatch from the 2009 Venice Film Festival, which kicked off Wedesday, Shane Danielsen notes that "the competition this year looks, on paper at least, to be back to fighting-strength - a thrilling mixture of cultures and generations, with capital-A arthouse titans (Jacques Rivette, Claire De...

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    "Precious," "Antichrist" and "Air Doll" Among 20 Unveiled for 45th Chicago Fest

    The first twenty titles, including Sundance winner "Precious" by Lee Daniels, and Cannes titles "Vincere" by Marco Bellocchio and Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" are among the initial films unveiled by organizers of the 45th Chicago International Film Festival. Over 150 films will screen during the event, taking place October 8 - 21. American offerings in the initial grouping of films include Katherine Dieckmann's "Motherhood," Ti West's "The House of the Devil," Judi Krant's "Made in China" and Brian Caunter's "Chicago Overcoat," while anticipated international includes French director Claude Chabrol's "Bellamy," Romanian director Corneliu Por...

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    Celebrating Cinema as an Art, Telluride Unveils '09 Fest

    Twenty six new films, a dozen classic titles and a selection of documentaries and shorts are on tap for this weekend's Telluride Film Festival. The event is set to kick off tomorrow (Friday) in the small Colorado mountain town, running through Monday evening in its annual Labor Day weekend slot. Fil...

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    TIFF '09 | Josh Crook: “We Didn’t Die!!!!!”

    The gritty and gripping drama of Josh Crook's "La Soga" explores political intrigue, love, death and the power of memory, set in the Dominican Republic. We gave Crook and others a free-form style interview to gather their thoughts on their careers individual projects.

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    TIFF '09 | J. Blakeson: "Writing Didn’t Cost Anything, so I Started Writing"

    Two ex-cons kidnap a woman, but the tables turn and turn again in this tight, smart tale. J. Blakeson's "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" is a terrific little thriller starring Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton. We gave Blakeson and others a free-form style interview to gather their...

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    John Cooper: "We are looking for creativity born of limitations"

    The move to create a new section for low and no budget films at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival came from an internal frustration that the event excluded worthy films in recent years. "I was bothered by that," new festival Director John Cooper told indieWIRE today, saying that had the section ex...

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    TIFF ‘09 | Paul Fierlinger: "No independent animator has been doing this longer than I have"

    Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's "My Dog Tulip" is a vivid, whimiscal animated feature about the relationship between a man and his dog. We gave Fierlinger and others a free-form style interview to gather their thoughts on their careers individual projects.

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    Venice Mounts a Resurrection but Opener "Baarìa" Hits the Skids

    After the train-wreck of Venice 2008, it was clear that something had to be done. But what? Responsiveness to emergencies has never exactly seemed one of the Latin virtues, and many fans feared that the festival - the longest-running in the world, and one of the most beloved - might turn into the ci...

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