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    International Premieres, Tilda and Carey Tributes Pack 47th Viennale

    A gala screening of "La Pivellina" by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel will open the 2009 Vienna International Film Festival October 22, the first Austrian production to commence the event. The film, which debuted in Cannes, centers on a circus woman and her husband who find a two year old girl in the trailer park where they're living, and with the help of another child, try and find her mother. The Coens' "A Serious Man" will close out the Viennale November 4. This year's 47th edition is one day longer, and taking place one week later then in the past. Highlights from this year's roster include Jean-Marie Straug's "Corneille-Brecht," Peter Whit...

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    Pedro and Penelope Close Out NYFF

    "I want to start by remembering that twenty-one years ago I was just in this state for the first time," Pedro Almodovar said before "Broken Embraces" screened Sunday as the closing night film of the New York Film Festival. "And here we are in the same place. I'm very happy because I love this town, ...

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    Claire Denis: Shooting Africa in "White Material"

    Claire Denis's new film "White Material" makes its New York public debut tonight at the New York Film Festival. The film explores a conflict in an unnamed region of Africa involving a white woman (Isabelle Huppert) tending both her ancestral coffee plantation and two political factions. After a pr...

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    Haneke's "Ribbon" Unties In New York

    "I chose this period and this country because I think it offers the most prominent horror of extremism of any kind," Michael Haneke said of his film "The White Ribbon." "That said, I think it would be an error to reduce the film to this specific period or this specific country. I think the Germans s...

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    London Fest Announces Awards Shortlist; "Mr. Fox," "Serious Man" Among Finalists

    The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival has announced shortlists for all four of its awards, including two new awards that will be presented for the first time.

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    "Precious" Takes Manhattan

    Saturday night on the Upper West Side, "Precious" came home. After an audience boo-inducing thirty minute delay to accommodate tardy Mariah Carey and an uncharacteristically jammed red carpet (besides the films entire cast - sans, as per usual, Mo'Nique - Robert DeNiro, Jane Fonda, and Harvey Keitel...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Is There a Doctor in the House?

    New York, NY, October 5, 2009 -- There's an old story about Harvey Weinstein that ends with the movie mogul screaming at someone, "I invented this fucking business, OK?"

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    Zurich Hands Out Awards After Turbulent Festival

    After a remarkably eventful beginning, the 5th Zurich Film Festival came to a close last night by handing out awards to a list of recipients that was to include Roman Polanski. Polanski was arrested en route, igniting a worldwide storm of publicity that pushed aside the actual focus of the film fes...

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    "Art" Packs Punch at NYFF Screening

    It's not often that a post-screening Q&A produces big fireworks, especially at such a venerable and reserved affair as the New York Film Festival, but the sparks flew Wednesday night following Don Argott's doc, "The Art of the Steal." The film, which recalls the long and arduous fight for control of...

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    Harmony's "Humpers" Hits NYFF

    "If you are the type of person that is prone to walking out, you should do it now," Harmony Korine told the packed crowd at the New York Film Festival last night.

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