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    SFC: Health reformers to piggyback on "Sicko"

    Michael Moore couldn't have scheduled the release of his movie "Sicko" at a more opportune time. The film, which opens in theaters in the United States on June 29, arrives as many states, including California, have introduced health care reform proposals. In polls, health care routinely ranks among ...

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    CANNES '07 DISPATCH: Mungiu's "4 Months..." Wins Palme d'Or; Schnabel Snaps Directing Prize and "Med

    Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" from Romania won the Palme d'Or as the 60th Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night with winners taking their bows. The prizes were presented prior to the closing night screening of Denys Arcand's "L'Age Des Tenebres," marking the end of the 2007 festival. Selecting the winners in the '07 Cannes competition were jury president Stephen Frears, along with fellow jurors: actress Maggie Cheung, actress Toni Collette, director and actress Maria de Medeiros, director and actress Sarah Polley, director Marco Bellocchio, writer Orhan Pamuk, director and actor Michel Piccoli, and director A...

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    AFP: East Europe calls to West at Cannes

    While films from Eastern Europe made big on festival screens at Cannes, the region's cash-strapped industry looked West for the future. At the Cannes trade market, where thousands of film execs did business on the sidelines of the 12-day film festival ending Sunday, Eastern Europeans said co-product...

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    AP: Cannes closes on light note with comedy

    After a 12-day lineup of weighty films, the Cannes Film Festival came to a close Sunday with a movie called "Days of Darkness -- despite its title, a comedy. French-Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand, who won best foreign language Oscar in 2004 for his funny, moving, "The Barbarian Invasions," has a th...

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    CANNES '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Mining for Genre Gems in Cannes

    The first thing one notices when looking for genre fare at the Cannes Film Festival is that you won't find it in the Midnight section. Featured as part of the Out of Competition program, Midnight in Cannes 2007 contained two edgy dramas from veteran directors and one light heist flick. But when the strongest thing in the midnight selection is a 3D concert film meticulously directed to perfection by a mainstream Hollywood director (I'm speaking of Mark Pellington's "U2 3D", of course, co-directed Catherine Owens who was supposedly mainly responsible for the onstage visuals), its time to search deep into the festival's sidebars to find the real...

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    CANNES '07 | Marcus Hu: Cannes Fest Fixture Sits One Out; '08 Fest Awaits Her Return

    Since 1989, my mom, Evelyn has been my trusty sidekick, best friend and confidant to accompany me to Cannes every consecutive year since. I am sure many of you have seen this 4'10" Asian American mom whizzing down the Croisette to a screening or to meet me at a reception, with the sparkle of a teena...

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    AFP: Cannes world cinema puts spotlight on India, Lebanon and more

    "All the world's a stage" wrote Shakespeare, and this year at Cannes, India, Lebanon, Poland, Africa, Colombia and Slovenia are spotlighted at the festival event "All The World's Films." The world cinema affair is a recent and increasingly popular addition to the 12-day annual movie extravaganza, sh...

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    The Guardian: Cannes Roundup

    The race for the Palme d'Or in Cannes has been thrown open again with a mighty challenger coming up on the inside rail. Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is a wonderfully acted and profoundly moving adaptation of the memoir by French magazine editor Jean- Dominique Bauby, who, at...

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    CANNES '07 DISPATCH | Americans in Cannes Stir Fest; Schnabel, Van Sant, and Coens Lead Competition

    A group of films from established American filmmakers, all adapted from books, are among the most acclaimed films in competition as the Cannes enters its final weekend in France. Critics, programmers and insiders all consider Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Gus Van Sant's "Par...

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    CANNES '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Secret Sunshine" Lights Up Competition; Akin and Tarr Stumble, and Ko

    "The fragility of human joy" -- the words are spoken in "A Mighty Heart," but the sentiment runs throughout several Cannes films, as random tragedy or political circumstance dashes characters' hopes for happiness. In a most trenchant way, South Korean director Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine" -- a...

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