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    Sundance Fest on iTunes

    Sundance Institute and Sundance Channel have announced a deal to distribute short films from the upcoming Sundance Film Festival via iTunes. Launching on January 22, 2007, the shorts will be priced at 1.99 (US) each with a portion of the receipts going to the filmmakers. Free podcasts from the fest will also be available for free via iTunes during the event. Additionally, beginning January 18 (and continuing through April 18) the festival website will again offer free downloads of select short films. In a statement, Institute head Robert Redford said, "I have felt, from the earliest days, that if people really care about independent film, the...

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    Berlinale Adds Competition Titles for '07 Fest

    Eight films have been added to the roster of titles screening in the Competition section for the upcoming Berlinale (February 8 - 18, 2007), the Berlin International Film Festival. On the list are Stefan Ruzowitzky's German-Austrian co-production "Die Faelscher" (The Counterfeiter), Jacques Rivette's "Ne touchez pas la hache" (Don't Touch the Axe) and Andre Techine's "Les Temoins" (The Witnesses) from France, Gregory Nava's "Bordertown" from the U.S. (starring Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Maya Zapata, and Martin Sheen), Saverio Costanzo's "Memoria di me (In Memory of Myself) from Italy and, from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Irene Taylor Brodsky: "When my parents told me they were going to get coch

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Shimon Dotan: "An even greater fear though, was that as I grew to know the

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    Frears to Head Cannes Jury

    Stephen Frears, currently in the spotlight as the director of "The Queen," will head the jury at the 60th Festival de Cannes, set for May 16 - 27, 2007 in France. His 1987 film "Prick Up Your Ears" was in the official selection in Cannes. In a statement, Frears said, ""Of course, it's an honour but it's also a treat, to be able to watch terrific films from all over the world in such heady surroundings. God Save Cannes! (as well as the Queen)." While festival president Gilles Jacob said in a statement, "I am particularly delighted that Stephen Frears accepted my proposal this year. We thus pay tribute to this great, inspired filmmaker, endowed...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Newton Aduaka: "This was a project ready to go, with people I'd hoped to w

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Steve Berra: "My philosophy was to never have a back-up plan."

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    "La Vie en Rose" to Open Berlinale

    The 2007 Berlin International Film Festival will open with Olivier Dahan's "La Vie en Rose," the story of famed singer Edith Piaf. The fest will kick off on Fabruary 8th in the German capital and the film, playing in competition, features a star-studded cast, including Marion Cotillard as Piaf, along with Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Jean-Paul Rouve and Emmanuelle Seigner. The film, to be released by Picturehouse in the U.S., will open in France on February 14 from TFM Distribution and Constantin Film will release the movie in Germany on February 22nd. It was produced by Alain Goldman (1492: Conquest of Paradise, Casino, ...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Daniel Gordon: "Finally meeting Americans who were fully fledged citizens

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | David Stenn: "From the start, I felt outrage: first rape victim Patricia D

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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