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    BERLINALE '09 | Tykwer's "The International" Gets Top Berlin Fest Slot

    The world premiere of German filmmaker Tom Tykwer's "The International" will open the 59th Berlin International Film Festival on February 5, 2009. The fest launch is set days before the film opens in Germany. The event will continue through February 15th in the German capital.

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    iW NEWS | Sundance Institute Expands Local Cinema Partnership

    Sundance Institute announced the expansion of Sundance Institute Art House Project, a partnership with art house cinemas nationwide to build audiences and develop a supportive community of theatre owners committed to independent film. This year's Art House Project includes a specially-selected series of short films from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, a film tour of Margaret Brown's "The Order of Myths," and a convergence of art house theatres from across the nation to be held January 13-15, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. "We created the Art House project to go to the heart of where independent spirit lives all year," said John Cooper, Direct...

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    Los Angeles Film Festival Director Rich Raddon Resigns

    After weeks of mounting pressure, Rich Raddon, Festival Director of Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, has resigned from the post he has held since 2000.

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    "Mary and Max" to Open 2009 Sundance Film Festival

    The world premiere of "Mary and Max," a clay animation freature from Academy Award-winning short creators Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs will kick off the 25th Sundance Film Festival on January 15th in Park City, Utah. The feature stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette with narratio...

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    PARK CITY '09 | In the Wake of Prop 8, Film Community & Fest Organizers Defend Sundance Amidst Talk

    With about a week to go before programmers internally lock the lineup for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, organizers are carefully navigating calls for a boycott of the annual event. Talk of a boycott emerged via blogs last week, including Huffington Post and AmericaBlog, in the wake of anger and f...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | "Acne," "Dream" Lead AFI Fest Winners

    "What a week this has been," AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Artistic Director Rose Kuo said as the introduced Sunday's festival awards presentation at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. "Just over a week ago, we didn't know what [AFI's] opening film would be, or who would be leading this country." But without a doubt (and with "Doubt"), AFI Fest, and the American people, have come to a decision. And regarding AFI Fest's 2008 awards, that decision fell on to Frederico Veiroj's "Acne," which won the Grand Jury Prize for narrative feature, and Kief Davidson's "Kissim The Dream," which won both the Grand Jury Prize for documentary, ...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | "Skin," "Marriage" Look For Sales as Sun Sets on AFI

    Though many of the 2008 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival's most high-profile screenings have long found distribution, some films are on the look out for pick ups as the festival enters its busy final days. So far, two sales have gone through. Thursday, Strand Releasing picked up U.S. rig...

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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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