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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Teboho Mahlatsi: "I love the contradictions of being African and dea

    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 MARKET DAILY: Paramount Re-Brands Specialty Unit; Brazilian Effort; "Solo Dios" Deal; Sev

    After an extended interim period following his appointment to lead Paramount's specialty division, John Lesher announced Friday in Cannes that the company's new name is Paramount Vantage. The group's former name, Paramount Classics, will remain a label within the specialty division, releasing an exi...

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    NY Times: At Cannes, Foreign Art Films Mix With Politics

    "With the manufactured hysteria over 'The Da Vinci Code' now little more than a fast-fading hangover, the 59th Cannes Film Festival has begun in earnest. And just as they do every year, the programmers have proved that in between the critical grandstanding and the public-relations hyperbole there actually is room for art, or at the very least some satisfying films. The first few days here have not yet produced any revelations, but filmgoers have again been able to tour the cinematic world, passing through Paris on the way to Paraguay and Tiananmen Square, where the politics are almost as hot as the sex." Manohla Dargis reports.[Free subscript...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: In "Volver," Almodovar Explores His Past and Considers His Future

    The Festival de Cannes loves Pedro Almodovar and audiences seem to love his new film. At this morning's first screening of "Volver," some journalists in the Lumiere Theater clapped when his name came on screen and at the end of the movie; even more of them broke out in applause. If attendees were w...

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    Paramount Vantage Unveiled; Unit Will Include Paramount Classics

    Today in Cannes, Paramount officially unveiled Paramount Vantage, its new speciality division that will include the Paramount Classics label. The unit, run by John Lesher, will release 8 - 10 films per year, ranging from house films to smaller budgeted comedy and horror films, according to the annou...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Bernard Bellefroid: "When you are living in a world full of violence

    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 MARKET DAILY: Marche Madness; Oh, Canada!; Alan Ball's Latest; Penguins, and Many More De

    Once the second day of the Marche du Film came to a close, some of the nearly 10,000 attendees made their way to the nearby beach at the Majestic Hotel for the annual kick-off bash. Not surprisingly, expectations were high for this year's Cannes Market. As is often the case, some buyers and sellers ...

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    AP: France Gives Sidney Poitier Top Arts Honor

    France gave Sidney Poitier its highest arts honor Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the culture minister praised the Oscar winner for tearing down barriers for black actors in Hollywood. Poitier, 79, was named a commander in France's order of arts and letters. In 1964, he became the first ...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: As Festival de Cannes Kicks Of..."The Da Vinci Code," The Jury, and More

    At an opening ceremony hosted by French actor Vincent Cassell, the 2006 Festival de Cannes kicked off Wednesday night in France, with the actor presenting the jury, including its president Wong Kar-wai. The esteemed auteur, a favorite of the festival, was greeted with a clip from his film, "2046" and a live operatic performance. He responded with a few words in Chinese. Actor Sidney Poitier officially opened the event and the cast and crew of the opening night film "The Da Vinci Code" were welcomed to the festival. Unfortunately for those involved with the movie, however, the high spirits of the evening may have been dampered a bit by the tep...

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    Variety: Cannes Classic fetes Canuk

    This year the Cannes Film Festival will pay tribute to Canadian animator Norman McLaren in their Cannes Classic retrospective series in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada. Founded by McLaren in 1941, the NFB animation studio in Montreal has put forth a multitude of short animated fil...

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