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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Will Pedro Win? Spanish Language Filmmakers Shine At 2006 Festival de Can

    On the final weekend of the Festival de Cannes in France four films from Spanish-language directors have festival-goers buzzing (and may win awards) as the event draws to a close. Since day two here on the Croisette, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" has stirred talk of the filmmaker winning his first Palme d'Or, while later in the week Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez-Innaritu's "Babel" drew a lengthy standing ovation at its premiere screening immediately making it an awards contender. Now, on the final weekend of the festival, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro's dark fairy tale, "Pan's Labyrinth," and Uruguayan director Israel...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Fortissimo Coming to America; Sony Classics Grabs Besson's "Angel-A"; Pictu

    In a move to expand its sales activities and bolster relationships with North American filmmakers, Fortissimo Films announced Thursday that it will open a New York office, with Winnie Lau heading the new bureau. Lau has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales & Acquisitions, the company anno...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Goran Rusinovic: "The life of a man in exile requires a lot of stren

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Richard Press: "'Virtual Love' is an American story, a portrait of o

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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    Cannes '06 Critics Notebook: Tower of Babel: An Uneven Mix from Cannes' Wide Wide World

    One of the best things about the Cannes Film Festival is the worldliness of the event; the intermixing of languages and cultures, both in the movies seen and the people met. How refreshing to find a place where there is such a convergence and excitement around movies from such disparate cultures and...

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    NY Times: One Auteur's Bumpy Trajectory Through a Decade of Cannes Festivals

    Consider the strange case of Bruno Dumont. In 1997 Cannes showed that French filmmaker's feature debut, "Life of Jesus," outside the main selection in the parallel program, Directors' Fortnight. The film, which follows a group of unemployed young people in a desolate town in Normandy, received a special mention and subsequently hit the festival rounds. Like critics, festival programmers tend to have a proprietary relationship with directors they feel they have had a hand in discovering, so when Mr. Dumont was invited back to Cannes two years later with his second film, "Humanity," it was no surprise that this time he was welcomed into the mai...

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    Reuters: Zidane Takes To Big Screen in Offbeat Documentary

    With World Cup fever building, French soccer star Zinedine Zidane appears on the big screen at the Cannes Film Festival this year in an offbeat documentary that took many viewers by surprise."Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" is impressionistic and experimental, far removed from the standard documentary treatment of famous people. The midfielder is filmed in real time from 17 different cameras during a home game in April last year between his club Real Madrid and Villarreal, using closeups of his face, ankles, hands, legs and torso or panning out to show the whole stadium. Images move in and out of focus and the sound is at times a deafening r...

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    Reuters: U.S. Film Looks At The Future Through Dark Lens

    U.S. director Richard Linklater has turned a bleak 1977 science fiction novel into an animation film starring Keanu Reeves, and believes its vision of a country ruled by fear and heavy surveillance proved prescient."A Scanner Darkly" is based on a Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, and tells the story of a group of friends who end up spying on each other as the authorities seek to crack down on "drug terrorism." Linklater, whose "Fast Food Nation" is also being presented at the Cannes Film Festival but in the main competition, is wary of drawing direct comparisons between Dick's vision and today's reality, but he told reporters on Thursda...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Luiso Berdejo: "If you don't finish what you have to do, what you ha

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Sofia Coppola on "Marie Antoinette;" Industry Folks on Distribution; and

    The Festival de Cannes welcomed its second France-filmed feature here today with the debut of Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." While the festival's opening night movie, "The Da Vinci Code," was shot at The Louvre in Paris, Coppola's third feature (opening today commercially in this country) was shot at Versailles. Unlike "Da Vinci" however, audiences at a Wednesday morning showing offered the film a warm applause that was quickly punctuated by a round of boos. As the fest approaches its final weekend here in Cannes, just a few more of the competition films remain to be screened. indieWIRE sat in on a conversation with Coppola in Cannes Wed...

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