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    Llosa's "Sorrow" Wins Golden Bear in Berlin; Biniez' "Gigante" Gets 3 Prizes

    Presented tonight in Germany, the winners of the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival capped the 59th Berlinale. Honors were particularly strong for films from South America, with Claudia Llosa's "La teta asustada" (The Milk of Sorrow) from Peru winning the Golden Bear, the top prize at this year...

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    Ang Lee to speak at SF Asian film festival

    Ang Lee to speak at SF Asian film festival

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    "Suicide" Wins Berlin's Crystal Bear

    David Lee Miller's "My Suicide" won the youth oriented Generation 14plus competition, taking the Crystal Bear for best feature film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film is described as a teen coming-of-age dramaedy about high schoolers, one a media-obsessed geek and the other, a beaut...

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    Berlinale's Mixed Bag, and then Some Diamonds in the Rough: Berlin Critic's Notebook

    You get bored. Bored with saying, my god, how awful was that? Or: did you see 'X?' what a stinker. Because you didn't see 'X,' didn't have to sit through it, to have to accept or reject it, and with any luck, you never will.

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    Buyers in Berlin: Bad Movies? Bad Economy? Both?

    At most film markets, Sundance, Cannes, Berlin etc, there is often a tug of war that plays out in the industry trades as sellers try to maintain a generally upbeat tone and buyers take a more moderate stance. This year's European FIlm Market in Berlin was notable for U.S. based specialty and indie b...

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    "Push," "Amreeka" Among ND/NF's 39th Lineup

    Cherien Dabis' "Amreeka" and Lee Daniels' Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" will bookend the 39th edition of New Directors/New Films, it was announced today by Rajendra Roy, chief curator of film at The Museum of Modern Art and Richard Pena, program director at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. They join 23 other films representing 20 countries, in a program "dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging directors." The films will screen in their New York premieres or, in some cases, their United States and world premieres. New Directors/New Films 2009 will be held at the MoMA and Th...

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    Berlin Round Up V: Commenters' Quarrels, "Happy Tears," "Cheri," and More

    "I don’t think you’ve earned the right to spew biliously about a movie you didn’t even watch in its entirety," actor Wiley Wiggins commented regarding Shane Danielsen's first Berlinale critic's notebook (his second will arrive later today). "Your comment about other filmmakers killing for Bujalski’s...

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    Berlin Sinks Some Teeth into "Happy Tears"

    "It started with this character Parker [Posey] plays about a woman who escapes reality in dealing with truths, and I built the character around her," explained "Happy Tears" director Mitchell Lichtenstein ("Teeth") in Berlin Wednesday afternoon discussing his new film screening in competition as the Berlinale begins its wind down. Based on a short story Lichtenstein first wrote years ago, he expanded the plot into a screenplay that he admitted had "autobiographical elements to it." Starring Rip Torn, Demi Moore along with Posey, "Happy Tears" is the story of sisters Jayne and Laura (Parker Posey and Demi Moore) who reunite in Pittsburgh to ta...

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    So & Brad Incorporated: Duo Bring Two Films to Berlin Fest

    "Both of our films are slow and quiet," admitted filmmaker So Yong Kim, almost apologetically, during a conversation with indieWIRE on Tuesday afternoon in Berlin. She was referring to feature films by she and her husband, Bradley Rust Gray.

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    "Say Something" Wins Golden Bear For Best Short

    David O’Reilly’s “Please Say Something” has been announced as the winner of the Golden Bear for best short film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. The International Short Film Jury - consisting of Khavn de la Cruz (Philippines), Arta Dobroshi (Kosovo) and Lars Henrik Gass (Germany) note...

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