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    SF INT'L '07 | Picturing Politics at SFIFF50

    A shot in veteran filmmaker Jon Else's documentary "Wonders Are Many" -- a behind the scenes look at composer John Adams and director-librettist Peter Sellars' opera Doctor Atomic -- makes visual reference to Picasso's "Guernica" as apt shorthand for art's awesome charge to speak for the voiceless in the age of total war and total exploitation. For an opera about the Manhattan Project and the birth of the atomic age, the Picasso quote is fitting enough. But Else's documentary, which screens this year as part of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, not only broaches pressing questions about art's role in a time of threat and cri...

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    iW NEWS | Lakeshore Bolsters Sales/Distribution Arm

    Ahead of the upcoming Cannes market, Lakeshore Entertainment has announced a restructuring and expansion of its international sales and distribution arm. Key promotions were announced by Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg and new president of worldwide marketing and distribution David Dinerstein, who also announced the hiring of Jonathan Deckter as SVP of International Sales. He will join Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose, promoted to SVP of International Sales -- both are reporting to Dinerstein. Lakeshore marketing exec Robert Burke has been promoted to EVP of Worldwide Marketing and Virginia Longmuir has been promoted to EVP of International ...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets Tarr's "Man From London"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (outside of Germany, France and Hungary) to Bela Tarr's Cannes '07 competition entry "The Man From London" in a deal with TT Filmmuhely, 13 Production, Black Forest Films GmbH, Von Vietinghoff Filmproduction and Cinema Soleil. The film, Tarr's first fea...

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    PEOPLE: Daniel Wu, "Heavenly King"

    [This interview first appeared in indieWIRE's sister publication covering film in the Bay Area, SF360. For additional coverage of the San Francisco International Film Festival, visit the SF360 website.]

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    SF INT'L '07 | San Francisco Fest Brings Out the Films and Big Names for 50th Anniversary

    [San Francisco film critic Dennis Harvey gives his take on the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival, which opens Thursday. The article first appeared in our sister publication, SF360. Visit SF360" for additional coverage from the 50th SFIFF.]

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    SF INT'L '07 | Looking Back at 50 Years of San Francisco International Film Festival History--And Go

    [Editor's note: SF360.org, where this article first appeared, is copublished by the SF Film Society and indieWIRE. B. Ruby Rich gave the 2004 State of Cinema address to the SF International Film Festival. Visit SF360 for additional coverage of the 50th SFIFF.]

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    CANNES '07 | With Bernal Leading The Way, Cannes Critics Week Sets '07 Slate

    A total of 17 feature films and 10 shorts have been unveiled for the 46th International Critics' Week sidebar at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The section will open with Bruno Merle's "Heros" from France, the story of a TV warm-up comic who kidnaps a well known singer, and close with Cecilia Min...

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    iW NEWS | Cannes Fest Adds to Official Selection

    Festival de Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux has announced another three films added to Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard section at the upcoming festival. Hou Hsiao Hsien's "Red Balloon" [provisional title] will open the Un Certain Regard section and also added are Roy Andersson's...

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    GUARDIAN | Hunger on the Croisette

    The untamed Cannes Film Festival remains cinema's best measure of, not success, but talent. Like most things in France, it was born out of protest. When Benito Mussolini set up the first film festival, Venice's Mostra, in 1932, to promote fascist and Nazi films, the birthplace of cinema rose to the challenge, pledging to create a film festival free from prejudices. The first was planned to run from September 1 to 20 1939, on the French Riviera, in Cannes. Louis Lumiere, le papa du cinema, agreed to be its president of honour. Elegant posters by a high society painter, Jean-Gabriel Domergue, publicised the event throughout the country. And the...

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    CANNES '07 | Wong Kar-Wai To Open 60th Festival de Cannes; Competition Roster Includes Breillat, Coe

    Its official, "My Blueberry Nights" starring singer Norah Jones -- the first English language film from Wong Kar-Wai -- will open the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The Grammy Award winner stars in the story of a young woman who travels across America to find answers to her questions about the true mean...

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