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    "Copyleft" Documentary About Katrina to Premiere Online

    dropping knowledge announced today its release of "Chocolate City -- We Are Here to Stay," at the Berlin International Film Festival. "Chocolate City," a short documentary by dropping knowledge cofounder and filmmaker Ralf Schmerberg, takes a look at New Orleans six months after Hurricane Katrina de...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Honoring And Remembering The Best of Queer Cinema

    While Sundance sets the tone for a host of urban and regional film American film festivals that pick and choose from the annual Sundance lineup when planning their own local slates, the Berlinale fuels an array of international queer fests. Each year programmers from gay, lesbian and transgender film festivals travel to Berlin to screen films -- mostly in the large Panorama section -- to find films for their own events later in the year. And a select group of those programmers watch all of the queer content to choose, at the end of the fest, the best films of the festival with the annual Teddy Awards (which will be awarded Friday night in Ber...

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    Polish Director Wajda Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Berlin

    Polish director Andrzej Wajda received an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement today at the Berlin International Film Festival. His films "Kanal" and "Ashes and Diamonds" drew on his experience resisting the Nazis. He also directed the Oscar-nominated films "Land of Promise" and "The Maids ...

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    "The Promise" Director Upset with Parody

    Chinese director Chen Kaige ("Farewell My Concubine"), attending the Berlin International Film Festival with his epic "The Promise," is not pleased with a parody of his movie that has appeared online. "A Murder Sparked by a Chinese Bun," by "Internet prankster Hu Ge ... expands on the movie's premis...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Personal And Political, Winterbottom's "Guantanamo" Jolts Berlinale

    A timely new British film about the horrors of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is poised to be the buzz film of the Berlinale this year. "The Road to Guantanamo" screened for press this afternoon at the Berlin International Film Festival and will have its official world premiere to...

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    BERLINALE CRITIC'S DIARY: At Halfway Point, Competition Films Disappoint, But Delicate "Soap" and Sh

    For years, I've been trying to convince festival-going friends that the main competition at Berlin is at least the equal of its more famous rival at Cannes. As evidence, let me offer some of the films in last year's Berlin competition: "Paradise Now," "Sophie Scholl," "The Beat That My Heart Skipp...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Altman's Latest, "Prairie"; Strand Gets "Sky"; Manson's Movie; and Parti

    It is hard not to watch Robert Altman's 37th feature, "A Prairie Home Companion" -- a film about the end of Garrison Keillor's long-running American radio program -- without thinking about the film as perhaps one of the last from the maverick filmmaker. In the movie, the main character struggles to avoid dealing with a major change in his own career. Not that any of those who cheered "Prairie" here at the Berlinale are hoping Altman will stop directing, but his age -- he will turn 81 years old next week -- was an issue for the backers of this latest feature. Paul Thomas Anderson was hired as a back-up director and had to be on set whenever Al...

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    Redford on the Sundance Film Festival

    Robert Redford has said the Sundance Film Festival, which he began hosting 25 years ago, is getting too intense. "To the outside world, it's a big fat market where you have people like Paris Hilton going to parties. Now, she doesn't have anything to do with anything. I think the festival is close to...

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    Actor McKellen Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Criticizes Hollywood

    "I still hope I've got a lot of life left on stage and making films," said actor Ian McKellen, who received an Honorary Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival, the AP reports. Other media outlets emphasize, however, McKellen's critical attitude toward Hollywood's treatment of gay actors. "'It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality,'" he is quoted as saying in a BBC report. McKellen, who is openly gay, also said that while more films about homosexuality might be made following the success of "Brokeback Mountain," "the film industry...

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    Greenwald's "WAL-MART" Finds Eager Distributors Overseas

    Robert Greenwald's "WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price" has been picked up for theatrical release in Britain, Germany and Australia/New Zealand at the Berlin International Film Festival. Deals are apparently in the works for Spain, Belgium/the Netherlands/Luxembourg and France. "The Panorama film ...

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