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    Still Grappling With Loss, Fortissimo Moves Forward

    The sudden, unexpected death of Wouter Barendrecht last month sent many in the international film industry into a tailspin, not to mention the shock and sadness felt by the late executive's colleagues at sales outfit Fortissimo Films, the company he ran with longtime business partner Michael Werner....

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    ROUND UP: Cannes Pros & Cons, Big Deals, and Opening "Up"

    "Where will the Festival de Cannes be in five years time?" That's what Cannes President Gilles Jacobs asked in a letter he wrote for this year's festival. "Politics, allegedly, is the art of answering questions you haven’t been asked. I won’t be doing that today."

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    Costa-Gavras' Latest Among Offerings at Human Rights Watch IFF

    The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will return to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in June for its 20th anniversary with a program of films dedicated to raising awareness of human rights issues around the world. The festival, co-presented by Human Rights Watc...

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    Does Cannes Matter?

    A ritual of Spring for many, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off its 62nd edition on Wednesday in the French Rivera, but does anyone care? Does the festival matter anymore?

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    Pixar's "Up" Stirs Cannes Fest

    While it may be a bit of a stretch to dwell on the significance of the Cannes Film Festival embracing 3-D animation on its opening night, the debut of Pixar's "Up" offers a striking sense of cinematic validation to the emerging technology. In the wake of the recent success of "Coraline," Cannes seem...

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    On The Future of Fests: Thoughts From The Top

    Geoff Gilmore, Cameron Bailey, Janet Pierson, and Sky Sitney - four of the biggest names in North American film festivals - gathered in Toronto last week to share their thoughts on the future of that world.

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    Cannes' Gilles Jacob: "How do you know when an era is finished and another begins?"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a reproduction of a speech Festival de Cannes President Gilles Jacobs gave at the press conference at the Intercontinental le Grand Hotel in Paris last month when Jacobs was announcing the Official Selection for the 2009 Festival de Cannes.

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    "Children," "Treeless" Win At Asian-Pacific Fest

    The 2009 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrated the close of its 25th Anniversary edition by handing out awards in a variety of categories. Tze Chun's "Children of Invention" and So Yong Kim's "Treeless Mountain" were the big winners, with "Children" taking Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction Film honors as well as acting awards for its two young stars, Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu, while "Mountain" was honored with the Outstanding Director Award as well as awards for its young stars, Hee Yeon Kim and Song Hee Kim. Additionally, Christopher Wong's "Whatever It Takes" won both the audience award and Grand Jury Prize in the d...

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    24th Israel Fest To Open With, and Distribute, "Islands"

    The Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, has announced part of the program for its 24th fest, which runs from June 3rd - June 18th, 2009 in Los Angeles. Encompassing over 30 movies, the fest will open with the West Coast premiere of "Lost Islands," the highest grossing and most honored film in Israel last year. Directed by Reshef Levy and starring Michael Moshonov and Shmil Ben Ari, "Islands" is an autobiographic drama set in the 1980s. The Israel Film Festival will theatrically self-distribute the film in a platformed release in major markets after the close of the Festival - the very first time...

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    Hot Docs '09: Subjects on the Margins

    As documentary filmmakers hone their pitches to industry delegates at the Toronto Documentary Forum, attempting to attract funding and interest in their projects by finding the perfect hook, they would do well to look at a number of films screening at Hot Docs, which continues through this weekend -...

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