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    iW NEWS | Eight Films Revealed for Berlinale 2008 Competition Program

    Eight initial titles have been confirmed for the 2008 Berlinale competition program (with one screening out of competition), including films from China, Brazil, Mexico, the U.K., the U.S., Poland and Germany. Included in the line up so far are: "Kirschbluten - Hanami" (Germany) by Doris Doerrie; "There Will Be Blood" by Paul Thomas Anderson (U.S.); "Zuo You" (In Love We Trust) by Wang Xiaoshuai (China); "Lake Tahoe" by Fernando Eimbcke (Mexico); "Gardens of the Night" by Damian Harris (U.K., U.S.); "Katyn" by Andrzej Wajda (out of competition); "Tropa de Elite" (The Elite Squad) by Jose Padiha (Brazil); "S.O.P. Standard Operating Procedure" b...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Touting Strongest Shorts Slate Yet, Sundance Unveils 83 Film Roster

    The roster of 83 short films that will screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (January 17 - 27) were chosen from a record 5,100 entries, festival organizers noted on Wednesday. That marks a 15% jump in submissions over last year. Sundance organizers are touting a roster that they say is the festi...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Slamdance Reveals Features Slate

    The 2008 Slamdance Film Festival has announced the feature film slate for its 14th fest, taking place in Park City, Utah January 17-25. The event will open with "Real Time", written and directed by Randall Cole and starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel. The fest described "Real Time" as a "comedic drama about a compulsive gambler who is given one hour to live by the hitman hired to kill him". Additionally, they announced a schedule of screenings and events, including Twilight Screenings (the fest's late night series); writing competitions for both screenplays and teleplays; the Anarchy Online Short Film Competition; Fireside Chats with notabl...

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    PARK CITY '08 | From Michel Gondry to Morgan Spurlock: Sundance's Non-Competitive Titles Announced

    New films from Michel Gondry, Boaz Yakin, Mark Pellington, Brad Anderson, and Barry Levinson fill out Sundance's star-studded Premieres section, which considerably ups the Park City glitz factor. Today's announcement of Sundance's entire non-competitive feature lineup (listed below) includes films i...

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    PARK CITY '08 | First Timers, Personal Films Dominate Sundance' 08 Slate; Fest Unveils Competition R

    While the dramatic competition lineup for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival includes a few familiar names, such as the return to Park City by "Half Nelson" filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden or the new film from "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" director Jonathan Levine, and even an American feature by...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Sundance Competition Lineup Announcement Today

    The competition lineups for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival are being announced today. indieWIRE plans to publish the complete lineups for Sundance's Documentary Competition, Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, and World Cinema Dramatic Competition after 4 p.m. ET here at in...

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    PARK CITY '08 | McDonagh's "In Bruges" to Open 2008 Sundance Film Festival

    Playwright Martin McDonagh's first feature, "In Bruges" will open the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2008 in Park City, UT. The festival, set to unveil its complete feature film lineup next week, will present 120 features and 80 shorts during the annual event, which will run through Janu...

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    iW NEWS | "Munyurangabo," "Afghan Muscles" and "Operation Filmmaker" Among Top AFI Fest Winners

    Lee Isaac Chung's story of a Rwandan orphan who travels from Kigali to the countryside on a quest for justice, "Munyurangabo" won the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival's grand jury prize for best feature Sunday afternoon. "Afghan Muscles" by Andreas Dalsgaard and "Operation Filmmaker" by Nina Davenport shared the best documentary prize. Also taking nods at AFI Fest were "Spider," which won best short and "I Met the Walrus," which received best animated short. In audience prizes, Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" won best feature and Jeffrey Schwarz's "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story" took best doc. "Kids ...

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    AFI FEST '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Nailing" Vibrant Performances With a Mixed Bag of New Films

    As the chaos of the market begins to settle in Southern California, the second round of AFI Fest premieres starts to prove itself somewhat valuable with a mixed bag of solid performances and above competent direction. First up, writter/director Henry Bean, the mastermind behind 2001's Jew turned neo...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES | Herzog, Docs and Truth at AFI Fest

    It should surprise no one that Werner Herzog's new film about Antartica, "Encounters at the End of the World," is the antithesis of the most successful documentary releases in recent years, "March of the Penguins" and "An Inconvenient Truth." Talking about filmmaking and his latest project during an AFI Fest conversation earlier this week in Los Angeles, Herzog noted that he didn't want to make a film on "fluffy penguins" and he wasn't trying to make a movie overtly about the climate crisis, later adding that however effective the film, "An Inconvient Truth" is actually a slideshow. His remarks effectively challenged the large audience to rec...

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