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    "Ong Bak 2" To Kick Of SXSW's Fantastic Fest at Midnight

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the official titles for its new program, “SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest at Midnight.” The program will kick off with the International Film Festival Premiere of Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 2," joining five other films from five different countries, including three additional international premieres, one North American premiere and one U.S. Premiere. All films will play at midnight at the SXSW Film Festival at the Alamo South Lamar, in addition to the traditional SXSW Midnighters section, which will take place at the Alamo Ritz. The SXSW Film Festival runs March 13-21, 2009 in Austi...

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    AFI Dallas to Fete Towne; Adds 10 to '09 List

    Oscar-winning writer Robert Towne will receive the AFI Dallas Star Award honoring his career and the 35th anniversary of "Chinatown," (directed by Roman Polanski) which won Towne the Academy Award for best screenplay in 1975. The festival, taking place March 26 - April 2, has also released ten addit...

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    Berlin Entry "Ander" Sold To Four Territories

    Berlin Entry "Ander" Sold To Four Territories

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    Berlin Round Up VI: Golden Bears, Global Themes, and Ghastly Sales

    The 2009 Berlin International Film Festival came to a close yesterday with Claudia Llosa’s “La teta asustada” (The Milk of Sorrow) taking the Golden Bear. “I want to thank my mother and all women,” indieWIRE reported Llosa as saying on stage in Spanish at the Berlinale Palast Saturday evening. “This...

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    Llosa's "Sorrow" Wins Golden Bear in Berlin; Biniez' "Gigante" Gets 3 Prizes

    Presented tonight in Germany, the winners of the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival capped the 59th Berlinale. Honors were particularly strong for films from South America, with Claudia Llosa's "La teta asustada" (The Milk of Sorrow) from Peru winning the Golden Bear, the top prize at this year...

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    Ang Lee to speak at SF Asian film festival

    Ang Lee to speak at SF Asian film festival

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    "Suicide" Wins Berlin's Crystal Bear

    David Lee Miller's "My Suicide" won the youth oriented Generation 14plus competition, taking the Crystal Bear for best feature film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film is described as a teen coming-of-age dramaedy about high schoolers, one a media-obsessed geek and the other, a beaut...

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    Berlinale's Mixed Bag, and then Some Diamonds in the Rough: Berlin Critic's Notebook

    You get bored. Bored with saying, my god, how awful was that? Or: did you see 'X?' what a stinker. Because you didn't see 'X,' didn't have to sit through it, to have to accept or reject it, and with any luck, you never will.

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    Buyers in Berlin: Bad Movies? Bad Economy? Both?

    At most film markets, Sundance, Cannes, Berlin etc, there is often a tug of war that plays out in the industry trades as sellers try to maintain a generally upbeat tone and buyers take a more moderate stance. This year's European FIlm Market in Berlin was notable for U.S. based specialty and indie b...

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    "Push," "Amreeka" Among ND/NF's 39th Lineup

    Cherien Dabis' "Amreeka" and Lee Daniels' Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" will bookend the 39th edition of New Directors/New Films, it was announced today by Rajendra Roy, chief curator of film at The Museum of Modern Art and Richard Pena, program director at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. They join 23 other films representing 20 countries, in a program "dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging directors." The films will screen in their New York premieres or, in some cases, their United States and world premieres. New Directors/New Films 2009 will be held at the MoMA and Th...

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