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    Berlinale Heads to Turin

    Eight films from the recent Berlin International Film Festival are headed to Turin for a three-day showcase dubbed "Berlinale a Torino." The series will kick-off with Ryan Eslinger's Berlinale competition title "When A Man Falls in The Forest," starring Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton, which will have its North American premiere at SXSW later this month. Also set to screen from the competition section are Li Yu's "Lost in Bejing," and Stefan Ruzowitsky's "The Counterfeiters." Other films set for the showcase are Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's "The Lark Farm," Hal Hartley's "Fay Grim," David Ondricek's "Grandhotel," and Uli M. Schueppel's "Berli...

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    "Reign Over Me" to Screen at Upcoming SXSW Fest

    The SXSW Film Festival has announced more additions to its festival, taking place March 9 - 17 in Austin. On Wednesday, March 14, the festival will host a screening of Mike Binder's "Reign Over Me," starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler. Pop star James Blunt will attend the March 10 world premiere of Steven Cantor's documentary, "James Blunt: Return to Kosovo," which chronicles Blunt's trip to the battlefields where he served as a British soldier before finding success in music. Actor Shia LeBeouf and director D.J. Caruso are scheduled to attend a screening of their film, "Disturbia," on March 9. Co-star of NBC series "Friday Night Lights," C...

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    AFP: Japanese director Kitano shoots secret film for Cannes

    Acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano has shot a short film to mark this year's 60th Cannes Film Festival, his office said Wednesday, but he is keeping the content under wraps. Kitano, who is 60 himself, is one of 35 directors from 25 countries asked by Cannes organisers to contribute a film, t...

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    BERLIN '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | At Berlinale '07, Women In The Spotlight - On Screen and Behind The Ca

    The decision by the Paul Schrader-led jury to award this year's Berlinale Golden Bear to "Tuya's Marriage" came as no surprise. Chinese director Wang Quan'an's third feature, a socially conscious, colorfully ethnographic paean to peasant defiance, is in many ways tailor-made for festivals. But Wang'...

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    SXSW Adds Panels, Features and Shorts to Upcoming Event

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival (March 9 - 17) announced its complete lineup of panels, short films, retrospectives, and new additions to the feature film schedule. The panels lineup will conclude on Tuesday, March 13 with a session entitled "Ready for Primetime: TV Comedy Today" featuring TV performers and producers such as Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy"), Al Jean ("The Simpsons"), Rob Corddry (Fox's new show "The Winner," "The Daily Show"). Other notable additions to the panels lineup include: "A Conversation with Bill Paxton" on Saturday, March 10, the addition of filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell ("Shortbus") to th...

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    Dart and Rogalski Join Toronto Shorts Programming Team

    The Toronto International Film Festival has appointed two new programmers to its Short Cuts Canada team. Artist and programmer Jay Dart and filmmaker and curator Alex Rogalski will join programmer Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo for the program. Dart is producer and creative director of RESFEST Digital Film Festival and production designer for Now Magazine, while Rogalski is director of the "One Take Super 8 Event," which he started in Regina, Saskatchewan "to create new cinema for local audiences." In addition to two new programmers, the Festival is announcing that for the first time, short films which have been created for online audiences and may ...

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    BERLIN '07 | "Tuya's Wedding" Wins Golden Bear at '07 Berlinale; Joseph Cedar Wins Directing Prize

    Wang Quan'an's "Tuya's Marriage" won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2007 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival's closing ceremony in Germany's capital city. The film is the story of a woman (Yu Nan) living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a sheph...

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    "Spider Lillies" and "A Walk Into the Sea" Win Berlin Teddy Awards

    The Berlinale's Teddy Awards, which honor gay content films screening in the festival, awarded three films in different categories, each with a 3000 euro cash prize. The Teddy for best feature went to Zero Chou's "Spider Lillies" (Ci-Qing), with "La Leon" by Santiago Otheguy receiving a special mention. Best doc went to Esther B. Robinson's "A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory." Actor Helmut Berger (The Godfather Trilogy) received a Teddy in honor of his lifetime of work. "Notes On a Scandal" by Richard Eyre won the audience prize. This year, no prize was given for short film. The juried prizes were chosen by eight memb...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | In 3 New Berlinale Docs, Exploring Enigmatic Artists

    Andy Warhol's mostly unknown former lover, an avant garde musician who can count some of the world's most famous artists in popular music among his legion of fans, and an eccentric symbol behind one of the world's most powerful fashion houses are the rather mysterious, but highly creative subjects o...

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    AFP: North Korean edge to third Asian entry at Berlin film festival

    One man's bid to hold back the desertification of the Mongolian steppes set against the looming background of the North Korean nuclear programme has given Asia its third competition entry at the Berlin International Film Festival. "Hyazgar" (Desert Dream), a low-budget South Korean/French production...

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