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    Buscemi: Most Pleasant Experience on "Rage"

    Along with other titles in this year's edition of the Berlinale, "Orlando" director Sally Potter's "Rage" found its ardent admirers and its detractors. Over seven days, blogger Michelangelo shoots behind the scenes interviews on his cell phoneo at a fashion house in New York, while a designer of Mid...

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    Berlin Round Up II: The Economy, "Ricky," "Storm," More

    "The international economic crisis’ impact on the movie business has been a constant topic back home, so it’s no surpirse that it comes up frequently while networking in the halls of Martin Gropius Bau, site of the European Film Market that runs concurrent with the annual Berlin International Film F...

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    Moodysson's Latest Stirs Debate, Disappointment at Berlin Fest

    It's rare to hear journalists and critics vocally turn against a film at the Berlin International Film Festival. Catcalls and hisses, while more common in Cannes, are actually rather rare on the international festival circuit. So, it came as a bit of a surprise to hear a loud "boo," then whistles, f...

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    Eighteen To Premiere At Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

    The 14th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance's annual showcase of contemporary French film, will take place at The Film Society and the IFC Center from March 5-15, 2009. Eighteen titles will premiere in the series, including new work from Claud...

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    Kerry Fox: At the Center of "Storm"

    A very warm, lengthy round of applause greeted Kerry Fox and the cast/crew of Hans Christian Schmid's Berlinale competition entry, "Storm" at a post-screening press conference inside the Grand Hyatt at Potsdamer Platz. With a strong lead performance, Fox anchors the engaging German-Danish-Dutch dram...

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    Louisiana Shines in Tavernier's "Electric Mist"

    The Bayou in southern Louisiana takes center stage in director Bertrand Tavernier's latest, "In the Electric Mist," starring Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard and Mary Steenburgen. In the film, Jones plays Dave Robicheaux, a local detective hunting down a serial killer responsible for the death of several young women. After returning from a horrifying crime scene, he meets Hollywood star Elrod T. Sykes, currently in town shooting his latest film financed by local mobster "Baby Feet" Balboni. Elrod tells Dave he's seen a decomposed black man in chains in the marsh of the bayou, which unleashes a painful memory of a previous case f...

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    In a Time of Economic Crisis, Looking for Life Rafts in Berlin

    "Is the sky falling?" asked industry insiders on Saturday afternoon at the Berlinale, "Is it as bad as it seems to be?" Questions about the state of the film business continued to invoke Mark Gill's provocative speech that was published last summer in indieWIRE.

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    Gothenburg Film Festival: Swede Emotion

    Despite being one of Europe's major annual film events, the Gothenburg Film Festival, now in its thirty-second year, has not received much press on this side of the Atlantic. Yet with more than 450 films screening from around the world, Sweden's biggest celebration of cinema, located in the country'...

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    Angel Baby: Ozon Explores Fantasy, Reality in "Ricky"; Winslet Talks Oscar in Berlin

    Asked to describe her attraction to Francois Ozon's curious new film, "Ricky," French actress Alexandra Lamy said she was drawn to the story of a unique little boy. "I think it's a film about difference," she explained today at the Berlin International Film Festival. "This is a child that is differe...

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    Sub-Par: Tykwer's "International" Opens Berlin With A Whimper

    It's a pretty easy equation, all things considered. "Opening Night film equals shite," muttered a British colleague, as we stood in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Potsdamer Platz, about an hour before the first press screening at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

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