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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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    Ford Leaves First Look to Launch New Sales & Distribution Company with Intermedia

    In an email sent to friends and colleagues late last week, Stuart Ford announced that he is leaving First Look International to launch a new unnamed international sales and distribution company that will be based in Los Angeles and London.

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    Mumblecorps Trailers at SXSW

    Cast and crew from "Hannah Takes The Stairs," including Andrew Bujalski, Kevin Bewersdorf, Mark Duplass, Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne, Ry Russo-Young, Todd Rohal, and Joe Swanberg starred in a series of trailers they made for the recent SXSW Film Festival. One clip, dubbed "Mc Griddles" features Bujal...

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    AP: Scorsese to give film class at Cannes

    Martin Scorsese will be busy at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The Oscar-winning director ("The Departed") will give a master class on moviemaking to students and film buffs May 24, the festival said Wednesday. Scorsese will present a prize for the festival's best film by a first-time director at...

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    "Golden Door" Opens a Golden San Francisco International Film Festival

    The San Francisco International Film Festival announced a robust lineup for the festival's 50th edition during a press conference Tuesday at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, with 200 films on the roster from 54 countries, and awards in more than 13 categories showing at a variety of locations, but cent...

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    HanWay + Celluloid Dreams = Dreamachine; New Combined Company Launching in Cannes

    A major new sales, production and financing firm with an eye on digital distribution -- dubbed Dreamachine -- has been formed by the merger of HanWay Films and Celluloid Dreams. Hanway's Jeremy Thomas and Celluloid's Hengameh Panahi announced the merger, indicating that the new London, Paris and Tor...

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    Cannes Announces 'Atelier de la Cinefondation' Participants

    The Festival de Canne's Atelier de la Cinefondation, a program which helps young filmmakers bring their film projects to fruition, announced this year's group of 15 projects that will participate in the program that supports young filmmakers bring their projects to fruition. This year's 15 come from 15 different countries, and will attend attend the festival May 18 - 25 meeting with film professionals interested in their projects. Attending this year are: Salamandra Pablo Aguero (Argentina--no film title given); Serviam Ruth Mader (Austria--no film title given); "Blown by the Typhoon" by Ying Liang (China); "The Wind Journeys" by Ciro Guerra ...

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    "Country" and "Circle" Take Final SXSW Fest Prizes

    The South by Southwest Film Festival & Conference announced its final awards, with Joe Pickett and Nick Preuher's "Dirty Country" winning the documentary prize in the festival's "24 Beats Per Second" section, while Marcy Garriott's doc "Inside the Circle" taking the audience nod in the "Lone Star St...

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