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    San Sebastian Sets New Directors Sidebar

    The San Sebastian International Film Festival has announced its New Directors programme, which includes seventeen films from first and second time directors. The films will compete for Kuxta-New Director Award, which comes with a $127,000 prize to be shared between the director and the film's Spanish distributor. The lineup includes British director Tom Harper's new film "The Scouting Book For Boys," Argentinian director Pablo Aguero's "First Snow," and Mexican director Rigoberto Perezcano's "Norteado" - which won every award in San Sebastian's Films In Progress section at last year. The sidebar was previously included films by Francois Ozon...

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    End of an Era for NYFF, The Dawn of a New One or More of the Same?

    Change is coming to the New York Film Festival. While the lineup for the 47th annual festival continues the institution's tradition of showcasing international auteurs, attendees will notice changes this year as new leadership takes the reins. The shifts start on opening night and include changes in...

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    Resnais Leading NYFF '09; Almodovar, von Trier, Breillat, Solondz, Denis & More

    Alain Resnais' new film, "Wild Grass" (Les Herbes folles), recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, will open the 2009 New York Film Festival on September 25, 2009. Produced by Jean-Louis Livi, the film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where Resnais received a Special Lifetime Achieve...

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    Joan Baez, Neil Young and George A. Romero Among Toronto Performers

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival has announced a series of free outdoor events at Yonge-Dundas Square that will take place during the September 10-19, 2009 event, featuring special appearances by George A. Romero, Neil Young, Joan Baez, Jonathan Demme and more. Continuing on from last y...

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    11 More for Toronto (including Harmony Korine)

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled eleven new films in the Contemporary World Cinema category and seven films in the Visions category, a section that showcases filmmakers that push the boundaries of mainstream cinema. Included in the Contemporary World Cinema category are films from Iran, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, and the United States. The entries in Visions include "Trash Humpers," the new film from always controversial "Gummo" director Harmony Korine. "Trash Humpers" is described as a, "handheld video of a loser-gang cult-freak collective who do antisocial things in a non-narrative way, except for the song-and-danc...

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    cinemadaily | Movies in Michigan with Michael Moore

    Yesterday marked the fifth and final day of Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival. Now in its fifth year, TCFF may be Michigan's premiere film culture event. As Larry Charles and Jeff Garlin point out in this YouTube video, when the big cities and big wigs of Los Angeles and New York meet the growing film communities in Austin, Palestine, and Michigan (all highlighted in this year's festival), everyone is in for a unique experience. Toronto Film Festival programmer Thom Powers describes the scene in an article published in indieWIRE, "Indeed guests are treated to multiple demonstrations of Midwestern hospitality: packed houses, stand...

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    An Austinite Makes a Canadian Film: "Beeswax" Director Andrew Bujalski

    Austin's Andrew Bujalski is the director of indie favorites "Funny Ha Ha" and "Mutual Appreciation." "Beeswax," Bujalski's latest, opens at Film Forum in NYC on August 7 (at the Nuart in LA on August 21). At the center of "Beeswax," a hit at SXSW that had its premiere at Berlin, are two twin siste...

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    "Father" Takes Grand Prize at Stony Brook

    The fourteenth annual Stony Brook Film Festival closed Saturday with the New York premiere of Lynn Roth's "The Little Traitor" starring Alfred Molina, followed by an awards ceremony where film critic John Anderson announced the festival's Jury awards for best features and shorts. The Grand Prize was...

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    Stuck in a Basement No More: Comic-Con Turns on the Flash and Star Wattage

    With attendance estimated to be over 126,000 people this year, San Diego's Comic-Con International came to a close on Sunday, and once again, Hollywood dominated the event. Whether the studios crashed the party or were invited is up for debate. Some would tell you that film has always had a...

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    Forman Rome Fest's Jury Foreman

    International Rome Festival president Gian Luigi Rondi and artistic director Piera Detassis have announced the presiding jury for films competing in the Official Selection of their 4th annual film festival. Director Milos Forman will serve as jury president, while architect Gae Aulenti, director Gab...

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