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    SXSW '08 INTERVIEW | "Paper Covers Rock" Director Joe Maggio

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling directors who have films screening at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival.

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    SXSW '08 INTERVIEW | "Wellness" Director Jake Mahaffy

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling directors who have films screening at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival.

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    DISPATCH FROM BRAZIL | Golden Bear Upset: A Look at the Controversy Behind "Tropa de Elite"

    Shocking critics and industry insiders in a move that no one saw coming, the 58th Berlin International Film Festival awarded its top prize, the Golden Bear, to the Brazilian film "Elite Squad" (Tropa de Elite). The award was a remarkable coup for the film that made its international premiere with subtitle problems and that Variety had written off as "a one-note celebration of violence-for-good that plays like a recruitment film for fascist thugs." Yet, earlier this month the Berlin jury headed by Costa-Gavras, a renowned political filmmaker, defiantly gave the award in what they said was a unanimous decision. While it may seem like it came fr...

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    BERLIN '08 | "Tropa de Elite" Wins Golden Bear in Berlin; Silver Bears for Errol Morris (Grand Jury

    Jose Padilha's "Tropa de Elite" (The Elite Squad) won the the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival tonight in the German capital city, while Errol Morris' "Standard Operating Procedure" won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, in second place. Paul Thomas Anderson won the Silver B...

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    Reuters: Hollywood epic and UK comedy vie for Berlin honors

    Dark Hollywood epic "There Will Be Blood," already awash with prizes and nominated for eight Oscars, takes on a light-hearted low-budget British comedy for top honors at the Berlin International Film Festival this year. Mike Collett-White reports.

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    BERLIN '08 NOTEBOOK | More Berlinale Disappointments: "Elite Squad," "La Rabia," "Quiet Chaos"; "Sum

    When a film festival disappoints, as the Berlinale has this year, you find yourself adopting a tone of consolation when speaking to your fellow attendees, like the friendly bartender with the mournful drunk: "Why the long face, chum?" And like that bartender, you hear much the same tales of woe repeated again and again: no films worth buying/programming/seeing; no point in hanging around; nothing to show for all those expenses. "I'm just sick of sitting through things that are OKAY," one Berlin veteran complained. "You don't feel angry. You don't feel exhilarated. You just think, well, there goes another hundred minutes of my life. And for wh...

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    iW NEWS | "Queen Raquela" Wins Top Teddy Prize

    Olaf de Fleur's "The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela" won the Teddy Award for best feature film at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival tonight in Germany, with Tanaz Eshagian's doc, "Be Like Others" winning both the jury prize and the Siegessaeule Reader's Choice Award. The prize for best documentary went to David Assmann and Ayat Najafi's "Football Under Cover." "This year's documentaries overwhelmingly won the hearts of the Teddy Jury by approaching challenging and thought-provoking subjects in an accessible and effective manner," said the jury, in a statement, "The most cinematic and gripping of them all subtly and humorously tac...

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    BERLINALE '08 | Buoyed by Sundance and Berlin, "Ballast" Prepares for Unsteady Market with IFC

    Lance Hammer's feature debut "Ballast" isn't the first American independent film to leap from laurels in Park City to a prestigious competition slot in Berlin. In 1999, Tony Bui's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Three Seasons" went onto the Berlinale contest, while more recently, Joshua Marston's ...

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    BERLIN '08 DISPATCH | Life in London: Madonna and Mike Leigh In Berlinale Spotlight

    Her first feature may have been made relatively under the radar -- at least for a woman of her stature -- but iconic actress/author and all around uber pop star, now turned filmmaker, Madonna nevertheless made quite a splash in Berlin today. She landed on the cover of local tabloids ahead of the wo...

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    BERLINALE '08 NOTEBOOK | Digging Past the Competition Where Austrian and Italian Films Shine

    Personally, I'm always relieved to see a new Hong San Soo film -- perhaps because I know, when I do, that our friends at the New York Film Festival automatically have one less slot to fill. (And if there's a new Wes Anderson or Michael Haneke too, well, the programme practically selects itself!) Unu...

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