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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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    "The Cove" Triumphs in Galway

    Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" won best feature documentary prize at Ireland's Galway Film Fleadh, which took place on the Emerald Isle July 7 - 12. The 2009 Sundance audience award winner revolves around the shocking case of animal abuse and cover up in the small Japanese town of Taijii. Using state-of...

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    China tries to block Uighur film

    China tries to block Uighur film

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    Czech List: Five Films To Watch From Karlovy Vary

    The 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival came to a close this weekend, marked with the crowning of Antonio Banderas with the "President's Award" and the announcement of the festival's awards. The fact that flawed works like Andreas Dresen's film industry satire "Whisky With Vodka" managed ...

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    Fantastic Fest Teases 32 Titles for '09; "Broncos" Set to Open

    Jared Hess' "Gentlemen Broncos," starring Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano and Jennifer Coolidge will kick off the thriller-oriented Fantastic Fest, taking place September 24 - October 1 in Austin, TX. The film is described by distributor Fox Searchlight as centering on Benjamin (Angarano), who is hom...

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