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    BERLIN '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Adventurous "Chatterley" Atop Berlinale Crop; Cotillard Shines, Costan

    True to form, the most interesting work at this year's Berlinale could be found outside the spotlight of the official competition. Tucked away in the Panorama section, Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" doesn't exactly qualify as a discovery, having already been anointed one of last year's best film...

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    "Cyborg" to Open Hong Kong International Film Festival

    Jacob Wong, Curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, has announced that Berlinale competition film "I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK" by Park Chan-wook will open the HKIFF at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 19th. The event runs through April 11, 2007. Park, along with stars Rain (Jung Ji-hoon) and Lim Soo-jung will attend the opening night next month. The opening night event precedes the annual Asian Film Awards which will be presented on March 20th in Hong Kong. "Park Chan-wook's masterpiece underscores the beauty of the human condition, profoundly touching on compassion which resonates universally," said Wong...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Serious Films Provoke at Berlinale: The Holocaust, Activist Lesbians and

    Amidst the red carpet premieres and gala parties that draw international attention to the annual Berlinale, the festival often maintains a serious, sometimes even somber mood, often debuting films about weighty matters and political issues. Among the high profile new competitive titles that have had attendees buzzing at the Berlin International Film Festival this year is Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters" (Die Falscher), an Austrian/German production that takes a unique look at German history, namely the Holocaust. Exploring the compelling story of "Operation Bernhard," Ruzowitsky's film depicts the almost unbelievable secret Nazi progr...

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    BBC: Film awards aim for better world

    TV camera crews from all over the world are in town because the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival is under way. But amid all the glamour and film premieres, there is another event vying for media attention - Cinema for Peace, which has been described by Bob Geldof as "the Oscars with br...

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    AFP: French film at Berlin festival plays witness to AIDS outbreak

    French director Andre Techine said his new drama which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival looks at the start of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s because it deeply marked his personal life. "I lived through this period. And I have the feeling to have been spared a fate which many of my f...

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    AFP: Sharon Stone turns down the heat in Berlinale contender

    Hollywood diva Sharon Stone has switched off the sex appeal to play a neglected wife and mother in "When a Man Falls in the Forest," a Berlin Film Festival contender which she also produced. After the film's premiere, Stone said her appearance as a seductive murderer in the 1992 global smash hit "Ba...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | UPDATE: Delpy Comedy Stirs Buyers, Park Chan-wook Counters Expectations,

    Winter weather with an often biting wind persisted in the German capital throughout the first weekend of the the Berlin International Film Festival, and, in fact, more snow has fallen here during the Berlinale than visiting attendees experienced at the recent Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Meanwhile, inside the many Potsdamer Platz movie theaters and around the crowded convention halls of the European Film Market at nearby Martin Gropius Bau, industry attendees have been buzzing about a number of titles, from a culture clash romantic comedy by Julie Delpy, to the latest from Park Chan-wook and a new top secret documentary by Morgan Spurlock ...

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    Reuters: Film on Nazi hunter Wiesenthal debuts in Berlin

    Simon Wiesenthal spent over half a century tracking down Nazi war criminals in a quest to deliver justice for the victims of Hitler's terror. Now, just over a year after his death, a new film looks back on his amazing journey from concentration camp survivor to world-renowned super-sleuth, examining...

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    Germany and E. Europe "Want Candy"

    The UK's Ealing Studios International, which is screening "I Want Candy" at Berlin's European Film Market, has secured rights in Germany and Eastern Europe. The group is the sales unit of Ealing Studios, which is expecting more films up for sale in the next 12 months.

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Schoukroun Named Head of ThinkFilm International

    Underscoring an effort to keep ThinkFilm and Capital Films separate in the international arena (as the European Film Market gets underway in Berlin), Eve Schoukroun has been named head of ThinkFilm International, joining the division from ThinkFilm's parent company. She will report to SVP Randy Manis and work closely with VP of International Sales David Fenkel. "This is the next logical step in the evolution of ThinkFilm International as we move to improve the level of product and to handle bigger budgeted films," said Manis, in a statement. While Schoukroun added in a statement, "I have been fortunate to have learned from the best at Capitol...

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