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    CANNES '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Camera D'Or Candidates Emerge

    The vetted progress of distribution deals dominates the omnipresent chatter at most major film festivals, closely accompanied by evaluations of the movies' artistic merits. Industry and aesthetic outlooks collide when news of deals break, mainly focused on whether business is allotting its finances ...

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    CANNES '07 DISPATCH | Biz and Prize Buzzing as Cannes Fest Hits Home Stretch

    Heading into the final four days of the 60th Cannes Film Festival, only a handful of competition titles have yet to screen for audiences and jurors here in France. Barring last minute surprises, observers have an idea of the film's they expect will win. Meanwhile, a handful of films are also on a tr...

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    NYT: Alienated Europeans, Through a Cold Lens

    One of the most fertile subjects of contemporary European cinema is the desolation of contemporary European life. The extravagance and high spirits outside the Cannes screening rooms thus frequently stand in jarring contrast to the misery displayed within them, where stories of privation, disconnect...

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    The Guardian Interview: Gael Garcia Bernal

    "Doing films in Mexico is pretty difficult; it's not yet a self-sustaining industry," says Gael Garcia Bernal. "But one thing you can do is manage to make films without very much money. There was an energy developing around the things that we wanted to do, and there came a point when we thought, 'Yo...

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    AFP: NKorea's first film to hit West: schoolgirl's dreams n'drama

    North Korea's first film bidding for buyers at the Cannes market provides a rare look at the fortress nation seen through teenage eyes. "The Schoolgirl's Diary," one of only two films produced by Pyongyang last year, chronicles a girl's life through her school years, grappling with peer pressure and...

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    AFP: Iran's ire leaves Cannes cartoon-maker cold

    Iranian-born filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, whose black comedy about growing up under the ayatollahs is infuriating Iran, says Tehran is barking up the wrong tree and she will not return. With her animated feature "Persepolis," based on her eponymous comic book best-sellers, lined up as a front-runner f...

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    Reuters: Akin takes German-Turkish "Edge" to Cannes

    German-Turkish director Fatih Akin's latest film "The Edge of Heaven," showing at the Cannes festival, carries on from his 2003 success "Head On." Akin, who shot to prominence when "Head On" won the Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, looks at some of the same issues of iden...

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    CANNES '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Competition Heats Up With Seidl, Van Sant, and Schnabel

    Cannes may have kicked off last week, but the race for the Palme d'Or really only began to pick up speed on days five and six of the festival, with screenings of Ulrich Seidl's "Import/Export," Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light," and Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell an...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Announces New Asian Collaboration, Acquisition

    Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia announced a new multi-feature production collaboration with Stephen Chow's production company Star Overseas. The two companies will work on a series of films featuring new and emerging Asian talent. Chow's own film, "Jump," will be the first project of the joi...

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    CANNES '07 DISPATCH | Scorsese Foundation Aimed at Preservation, Distribution; New Line's "Compass";

    Martin Scorsese, joined by group of leading international filmmakers on Tuesday in Cannes, officially announced the creation of The World Cinema Foundation. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and ultimately, distribution of neglected films from around the...

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