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    Critics Notebook: At the Berlinale, B-sides, Not Singles

    It was about halfway through “Jew Süss”, Oskar Roehler’s staggeringly awful new drama, that I was reminded of my great-aunt, now dead more than seven years. This was a surprise, for a number of reasons. I don’t think of her often; we were never especially close. In ...

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    "Lions" To Close SXSW; Additional Titles Added

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced that Chris Morris' Sundance favorite "Four Lions" will be its Closing Night film, to play on Saturday, March 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. SXSW also released additional feature and short titles or the 2010 even...

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    IFC Picks Up "Puzzle"

    IFC Films has announced that it has acquired North American rights to the Berlin competition title "Puzzle," the debut feature from Argentine director Natalia Smirnoff. The film is produced by Carousel Films' Gabriele Pastore and Caroline Dhainaut from La Ninas Pictures. IFC Films...

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    Reflecting a Revolution: 10 Mexican Filmmakers Examine Their Homeland

    "We have a lot of problems in Mexico," a well-known Mexican filmmaker said somberly, frustrated and shaking his head earlier this week during a party at the Berlinale.

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    Berlinale's Generation 14plus Awards Reach Out to Youth

    A young jury of seven awarded an international roster of films Crystal Bears at the Generation 14plus awards ceremony on February 19, part of this year's Berlinale.

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    BERLINdaily | In Berlin, Frustration as Dreary Fest Winds Down

    As it winds down, "the 60th Berlin Film Festival has been feeling the cold," reports Geoffrey Macnab in The Independent. "The thick layers of ice made the streets around the Potsdamer Platz, the festival's main venue, treacherous in the extreme. A chill was felt in other ways, too. In spite of the p...

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    In "The Illusionist," Chomet's Hat Tip to Tati

    Riding on a train from Paris to Cannes, Sylvain Chomet read Jacques Tati's "The Illusionist." The Oscar nominated animator and filmmaker immediately wanted to adapt Tati's story into a film. Talking about the new movie earlier this week at the Berlinale, he noted, "It wasn't what you'd call a script...

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    2010 Pan-African Fest Winners Announced

    Winners at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) were announced on its closing night Festival Awards Ceremony, February 17, in Los Angeles. 40 films were in competition at this year's festival, and a total of 135 films were screened.

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    BERLINdaily | Czech Communist Drama and Hybrid Western Vie for Attention at Panorama

    Appearing as part of Berlinale's Panorama Special lineup, Czech director Jan Hrebejk's "Kawasaki's Rose" (which indieWIRE contributor Shane Danielsen praised as a "find" in the festival) received its international premiere following its successful release last December in the Czech Republic. The film centers on a Czech family coming to terms with their communist past. Hreberjk is noted for being an extremely prolific director; for the past decade, he's cranked out a film a year. Though his film "Divided We Fall" was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar back in 2000, "Kawasaki's Rose" marks his first film to premiere at one of the big th...

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    BERLINdaily | Baumbach Strikes Back with "Greenberg"

    "Noah Baumbach seems intent on laying his own distinctive claim to a territory already overcrowded with developers, that of adults swamped in disabling neuroses, bad behavior and self-absorption. You can add Jewish angst as well in the case of 'Greenberg,'" writes The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt in his review of "The Squid and the Whale" director's latest film, which recently premiered in competition at the Berlinale. "While winning no points for originality, Baumbach and his co-conspirator in the script, Jennifer Jason Leigh--whom he directed in his previous examination of psychological trauma, 'Margot at the Wedding'--have created a...

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