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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | Despite a Dropout and an Election, AFI Fest Runs with it

    Timing hasn't exactly been on the 2008 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival's side. Besides its first half coinciding with massive buildup to today's election, the Hollywood-centered festival also had to contend with the unfortunate last minute news that its opening night film, Joe Wright's ...

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    AFI FEST '08 | 22nd Edition Announces 148 Films; Boyle, Swinton To Receive Tributes

    The 22nd AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, running October 30-November 9, 2008, has announced its complete schedule. The lineup totals 100 features and 48 shorts, including 6 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres, and 18 U.S. Premieres. "This year's selection of international films...

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    NYFF '08 | Assayas Discusses His "Summer Hours," Martel's "Woman" Makes NYC Debut

    As the 46th New York Film Festival winds down through its second and final week, indieWIRE had the chance to hear from two of its featured directors. Olivier Assayas, whose "Summer Hours" made its U.S. debut at the festival, sat down for an interview at The Park Lane Hotel last Thursday, while Lucr...

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    iW NEWS | AFI Adds to Fest Slate

    Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" and Steven Soderbergh's "Che" have been added as centerpiece galas for the upcoming AFI Fest, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. Also added to the festival are Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom," Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck's "Sugar," the "Tokyo!" triptyc...

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    NYFF '08 | Aronofsky, Rourke Talk "Wrestler," Folman "Waltzes" With New York

    Wednesday afternoon at the Walter Reade Theatre in New York marked a big day for the 46th New York Film Festival. "The Wrestler" Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei and producer Scott Franklin joined director Darren Aronofsky to discuss the film after its first screening for New York press and industry. ...

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    Sundance Halts Online Fest Initiative; Short Filmmakers Kept in the Dark by Aggregator Mediastile

    The Sundance Film Festival has ended its relationship with new media aggregator Mediastile Inc. after the company repeatedly failed to send royalty payments and traffic reports to Sundance directors who screened films online via iTunes, Netflix and XBox LIVE. Over the weekend, Sundance organizers e-...

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    NYFF '08 | Soderbergh's "Che," Leigh's "Lucky" Make New York Debuts

    Steven Soderbergh's 4-hour Ernesto 'Che' Guevara biopic, "Che" and Mike Leigh's much shorter "anti-miserablist" film, "Happy-Go-Lucky," were among the films screened for the press in the past few days at the 46th Annual New York Film Festival. Both screenings were followed by press conferences feat...

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    REVIEW | Looking for Stability in a Soggy Mississippi: Lance Hammer's "Ballast"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Anthony Kaufman reviewed "Ballast" at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the film opens in limited release this week.]

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    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL '08 | Beyond Cannes and Toronto: Surveying NYFF's Nooks and Crannies

    It has a decidedly French twist. For one thing, 18 of the 28 features in this edition of the New York Film Festival bowed in Cannes in May. Four "fully" French movies and eight co-pros with French backing are being screened. Given the weight of place, of site, in this year's crop, the latter frequen...

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    TORONTO '08 | "Still Walking," "Goodbye Solo," "The Wrestler" Tops With TIFF Critics, Bloggers

    Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking," from Japan, was selected as the best film at the Toronto International Film Festival in a poll of film critics and bloggers conducted this weekend by indieWIRE. The story of a family coming together on the anniversary of a son's passing, the film is Kore-Eda's la...

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