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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | And Then You Die: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

    In terms of the political/social engagement of competition films at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, it isn't too much of a stretch to say that Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" makes Arnaud Desplechin's dysfunctional family drama "A Christmas Tale" look like "Che," or even "Waltz With Bashir."...

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    CANNES '08 | Thurs AM Roundup

    indieWIRE offers a select take of Cannes 2008 news around the world.

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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | The Revolution By Night: Steven Soderbergh's "Che"

    The one overwhelming message coming from the competition films at the 61st Cannes Film Festival is: shit's messed up. "Waltz With Bashir" digs into the never-fully-healed wounds of war. In Matteo Garrone's "Gomorra," organized crime isn't an aberration; it's just the shadow army of an irredeemably venal free-market system. The Dardenne Brothers' "The Silence of Lorna" expresses a horror at a not-too-underground economy in the trade of human lives. Lucia Martel's "Un Mujer Sin Cabeza" takes a still, near-surreal look at class (un)consciousness, and doesn't like what it sees. Even the period melodrama here, Clint Eastwood's fact-based "The Ch...

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    CANNES '08 | Wed AM Roundup

    indieWIRE offers a select take of Cannes 2008 news around the world.

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    CANNES '08 | Wed PM Roundup

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    CANNES '08 DISPATCH | Voices from the Croisette: Woody Allen, James Gray, and the Dardennes on the D

    "It's always a neck and neck race with red ink," quipped Woody Allen at the end of a Martinez lunch with a few journalists earlier this week here at the Cannes Film Festival. While discussing his acclaimed new film, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Allen pondered the challenges of finding the funding to ...

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    CANNES '08 BIZ DAILY | Film Department's Gill and Sacker Chat At AmPav, Arthouse Deals With Fortissi

    Continuing coverage of the Marche du Film in Cannes, indieWIRE reports on the latest deals and news from the Croisette. The Film Department's Mark Gill and Neil Sacker sat down with Mike Goodridge at the American Pavilion to update on the nearly one-year-old company's progress, Arthouse Films signs...

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    CANNES '08 | Tues AM Roundup

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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | Auteur Fatigue, "Gomorra" Pops and Wayward Youths

    Good, but not great. Accomplished, but not amazing. A consistent thread is emerging within this year's Cannes selection: Name directors are showing up with solid work that displays their talents, but doesn't transcend them or spin them into new, novel directions. A familiar refrain has been heard over the last few days: "I liked it, but it wasn't as good as their last film." Are auteurs spinning their wheels? With several new movies to go, from Steven Soderbergh's "Che" epic to Laurent Cantet's high-school study "The Class" to Atom Egoyan's latest "Adoration" (which has been rumored to be a come-back film, of sorts), it's too early to make a ...

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    CANNES '08 | Tues PM Roundup

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