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    In a Time of Economic Crisis, Looking for Life Rafts in Berlin

    "Is the sky falling?" asked industry insiders on Saturday afternoon at the Berlinale, "Is it as bad as it seems to be?" Questions about the state of the film business continued to invoke Mark Gill's provocative speech that was published last summer in indieWIRE.

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    Gothenburg Film Festival: Swede Emotion

    Despite being one of Europe's major annual film events, the Gothenburg Film Festival, now in its thirty-second year, has not received much press on this side of the Atlantic. Yet with more than 450 films screening from around the world, Sweden's biggest celebration of cinema, located in the country'...

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    Angel Baby: Ozon Explores Fantasy, Reality in "Ricky"; Winslet Talks Oscar in Berlin

    Asked to describe her attraction to Francois Ozon's curious new film, "Ricky," French actress Alexandra Lamy said she was drawn to the story of a unique little boy. "I think it's a film about difference," she explained today at the Berlin International Film Festival. "This is a child that is differe...

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    Sub-Par: Tykwer's "International" Opens Berlin With A Whimper

    It's a pretty easy equation, all things considered. "Opening Night film equals shite," muttered a British colleague, as we stood in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Potsdamer Platz, about an hour before the first press screening at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

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    SXSW's Janet Pierson: "The Choices Were Really, Really Hard"

    Last April, Janet Pierson was named the new producer of the SXSW Film Festival and Conference. She replaced Matt Dentler, who had served as producer of the fest since 2004. Pierson brought with her a long history in the independent film world. In 1986 she and husband John Pierson began producer rep ...

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    Cinemavault Is "Lovely, Still"

    Cinemavault has picked up international sales and Canadian distribution rights to Nik Fackler's "Lovely, Still," starring Academy Award winners Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. The story of an older man who falls in love for the first time during the week before Christmas premiered at the 2008 Toro...

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    "Burrowing" For NonStop

    Stockholm-based NonStop Entertainment has signed on Nordic and Baltic distribution for Fredrik Wenzel and Henrik Hellstroem's "Burrowing." "Burrowing" plays at Berlin Film Festival in the Forum section premiering on Saturday February 7th.

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    Berlinale looks back to films made behind the iron curtain

    Berlinale looks back to films made behind the iron curtain

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    India's "Reliance" Joins EFM Armed with $300 M

    India's Reliance Big Pictures is heading into the upcoming European Film Market, which gets underway along with the Berlin International Film Festival with some big cash. The company, a division of Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd plans to invest $300 million USD into Indian-based film productions by December, 2010. While most productions are slated to be filmed in Hindi and other languages from the sub-continent, English-language productions are also planned, beginning with the $30 million USD production of "Kites," which has returned to its final stages of filming in and around Mumbai after 14 weeks of production in Santa Fe, NM, Las Vegas, N...

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    "Seven," "Breathless" and "Rosary" Win Tigers In Rotterdam

    During the IFFR 2009 Awards Ceremony Friday in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, the winning films of the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to Iran's "Be Calm and Count to Seven" (Aram bash va ta haft beshmar), directed by Ramtin Lavafipour...

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