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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Masha Novikova: "I wanted to make a film about the two wars in Chechenya,

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Beautiful Squalor: Steve Berra's "The Good Life"

    The standout surprise on the slow burning melodrama "The Good Life" never appears on-screen. It has more to do with its origins. Writer/director Steve Berra is a top skateboarder turned self-taught filmmaker but "The Good Life," his solid debut effort, has little to do with skateboarding and takes p...

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    PARK CITY '07 WORLD CINEMA NOTEBOOK | "Khadak" Stands Out in World Cinema Program; Docs "Kahloucha"

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is part one of two features that indieWIRE is publishing about the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema program.]

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Heartache Free of Language Barriers: Christopher Zalla's "Padre Nuestro"

    Good ambiguity is a film that enthralls audiences and yet, manages to give a variety of pleasures. That's "Padre Nuestro," a wonderful Spanish-language debut from writer/director Christopher Zalla and arguably the best dramatic feature I've watched so far at the festival. My initial response would b...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | 'Festival Fever' Intensifies, Cinetic Bash Yields Deals for "La Misma

    The annual Cinetic Media party, the hottest industry ticket at Sundance, maintained its dominance among festival soirees Monday night luring buyers, sellers and filmmakers to Zoom on Main St. No RSVPs were accepted for the party this year, instead a simple email was sent to guests who were told their name would be at the door. Those who skipped competing agency parties and nighttime fest screenings were treated to a front row seat as company head John Sloss brokered a pair of deals in Zoom's upstairs dining room. The Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein arrived a half-hour early to talk business, and when guests were allowed in at 9 p.m.,...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Year of the Horse: The Stunning World of "Zoo"

    Known as the "horse-fucking movie," Robinson Devor's lyrical nonfiction portrait "Zoo" is, on the contrary, one of the most beautiful films of the year, let alone at Sundance. Without a hint of sensationalism or condemnation, the movie explores the true story of a Boeing engineer who died in 2005 fr...

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    Panorama Announces Opening Films and Panorama Dokumente

    Panorama will open their program this year with Bruce McDonald"'s The Tracey Fragments." The film portrays a fifteen-year-old girl's incoherent emotional world using innovative visuals, and was filmed in just 14 days. The Panorama Special will open with "Bushi No Ichibun" ("Love And Honor"), directed by Yoji Yamada. The film is the third and final installment in Yamada's samurai trilogy, and the story's protagonist is a young samurai (Takyya Kimura) who serves as a food taster for a lord. The Panorama Dokumente will screen 17 films, including 12 world premieres. "Big names and themes relating to politics, music, art and fashion will character...

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    iW VIDEO: Parker Posey and Zoe Cassavetes on "Broken English"; Director Martin O'Brien Talks Biodies

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Actress Parker Posey and Director Zoe Cassavetes chat about their Sundance film, "Broken English," Director Martin O'Brien talks about biodiesel, Anthony Kaufman reviews "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," and more.

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | $15 Million Dealmaking Day at Sundance; Also, Inside "Rocket Science"

    As the first weekend came to a close, bloggers and industry journalists continued to brand this year's Sundance a bust, saying that biz activity was off in Park City and trying to justify pre-fest predictions that the market this year would be soft. Yet dealmaking continued at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, heating up on Monday with millions of dollars in deals announced. Fox Searchlight announced two pacts, perhaps spending as much as $9 million for both Waitress", a comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly and George Ratliff's competition feature "Joshua." Warner Independent jumped into the action, nabbing Cherie Nowlan's "...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | David Gordon Green: "I was introduced to some people that work in movies,

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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