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    NY Times: Whimsy, Pessimism and "Lady Chatterley" in Berlin

    The 57th Berlinale, as the festival here is known, might best be thought of as an average festival. Not only because the films were generally so-so, with a few outright disasters balancing some high-quality work, but also because it seemed to typify what a film festival is these days. Once a bastion of difficulty and high seriousness--an identity that suited an event held in midwinter in a city with a vexed, often grim history--the Berlinale, which began last Thursday and concludes with awards on Sunday--has grown into something bigger, more varied and perhaps less distinctive. A.O. Scott gives his take on the Berlin International Film Festiv...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Glamour, Politics, The Biz, and Young People: Dieter Kosslick Talks Abou

    After a weekend of snow, ice and a cold biting wind here in Berlin, the skies cleared and temperatures warmed up a bit in the German capital, making the festival all the more manageable for visitors and locals alike. Sitting down to chat with indieWIRE at the mid-point of the annual Berlinale, festival director Dieter Kosslick, wearing a light festival hoodie, breathed a sigh of relief that the winter weather had eased up. Chatting about his role as the jovial goodwill ambassador atop one of the world's leading film festivals and markets, Kosslick said that he had spent the first first days in Berlin making any number of welcome speeches, set...

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    BERLIN '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Adventurous "Chatterley" Atop Berlinale Crop; Cotillard Shines, Costan

    True to form, the most interesting work at this year's Berlinale could be found outside the spotlight of the official competition. Tucked away in the Panorama section, Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" doesn't exactly qualify as a discovery, having already been anointed one of last year's best film...

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    "Cyborg" to Open Hong Kong International Film Festival

    Jacob Wong, Curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, has announced that Berlinale competition film "I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK" by Park Chan-wook will open the HKIFF at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 19th. The event runs through April 11, 2007. Park, along with stars Rain (Jung Ji-hoon) and Lim Soo-jung will attend the opening night next month. The opening night event precedes the annual Asian Film Awards which will be presented on March 20th in Hong Kong. "Park Chan-wook's masterpiece underscores the beauty of the human condition, profoundly touching on compassion which resonates universally," said Wong...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Serious Films Provoke at Berlinale: The Holocaust, Activist Lesbians and

    Amidst the red carpet premieres and gala parties that draw international attention to the annual Berlinale, the festival often maintains a serious, sometimes even somber mood, often debuting films about weighty matters and political issues. Among the high profile new competitive titles that have had attendees buzzing at the Berlin International Film Festival this year is Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters" (Die Falscher), an Austrian/German production that takes a unique look at German history, namely the Holocaust. Exploring the compelling story of "Operation Bernhard," Ruzowitsky's film depicts the almost unbelievable secret Nazi progr...

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    BBC: Film awards aim for better world

    TV camera crews from all over the world are in town because the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival is under way. But amid all the glamour and film premieres, there is another event vying for media attention - Cinema for Peace, which has been described by Bob Geldof as "the Oscars with br...

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    AFP: French film at Berlin festival plays witness to AIDS outbreak

    French director Andre Techine said his new drama which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival looks at the start of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s because it deeply marked his personal life. "I lived through this period. And I have the feeling to have been spared a fate which many of my f...

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    AFP: Sharon Stone turns down the heat in Berlinale contender

    Hollywood diva Sharon Stone has switched off the sex appeal to play a neglected wife and mother in "When a Man Falls in the Forest," a Berlin Film Festival contender which she also produced. After the film's premiere, Stone said her appearance as a seductive murderer in the 1992 global smash hit "Ba...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | UPDATE: Delpy Comedy Stirs Buyers, Park Chan-wook Counters Expectations,

    Winter weather with an often biting wind persisted in the German capital throughout the first weekend of the the Berlin International Film Festival, and, in fact, more snow has fallen here during the Berlinale than visiting attendees experienced at the recent Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Meanwhile, inside the many Potsdamer Platz movie theaters and around the crowded convention halls of the European Film Market at nearby Martin Gropius Bau, industry attendees have been buzzing about a number of titles, from a culture clash romantic comedy by Julie Delpy, to the latest from Park Chan-wook and a new top secret documentary by Morgan Spurlock ...

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    Reuters: Film on Nazi hunter Wiesenthal debuts in Berlin

    Simon Wiesenthal spent over half a century tracking down Nazi war criminals in a quest to deliver justice for the victims of Hitler's terror. Now, just over a year after his death, a new film looks back on his amazing journey from concentration camp survivor to world-renowned super-sleuth, examining...

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