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    Buyers in Berlin: Bad Movies? Bad Economy? Both?

    At most film markets, Sundance, Cannes, Berlin etc, there is often a tug of war that plays out in the industry trades as sellers try to maintain a generally upbeat tone and buyers take a more moderate stance. This year's European FIlm Market in Berlin was notable for U.S. based specialty and indie b...

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    "Push," "Amreeka" Among ND/NF's 39th Lineup

    Cherien Dabis' "Amreeka" and Lee Daniels' Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" will bookend the 39th edition of New Directors/New Films, it was announced today by Rajendra Roy, chief curator of film at The Museum of Modern Art and Richard Pena, program director at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. They join 23 other films representing 20 countries, in a program "dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging directors." The films will screen in their New York premieres or, in some cases, their United States and world premieres. New Directors/New Films 2009 will be held at the MoMA and Th...

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    Berlin Round Up V: Commenters' Quarrels, "Happy Tears," "Cheri," and More

    "I don’t think you’ve earned the right to spew biliously about a movie you didn’t even watch in its entirety," actor Wiley Wiggins commented regarding Shane Danielsen's first Berlinale critic's notebook (his second will arrive later today). "Your comment about other filmmakers killing for Bujalski’s...

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    Berlin Sinks Some Teeth into "Happy Tears"

    "It started with this character Parker [Posey] plays about a woman who escapes reality in dealing with truths, and I built the character around her," explained "Happy Tears" director Mitchell Lichtenstein ("Teeth") in Berlin Wednesday afternoon discussing his new film screening in competition as the Berlinale begins its wind down. Based on a short story Lichtenstein first wrote years ago, he expanded the plot into a screenplay that he admitted had "autobiographical elements to it." Starring Rip Torn, Demi Moore along with Posey, "Happy Tears" is the story of sisters Jayne and Laura (Parker Posey and Demi Moore) who reunite in Pittsburgh to ta...

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    So & Brad Incorporated: Duo Bring Two Films to Berlin Fest

    "Both of our films are slow and quiet," admitted filmmaker So Yong Kim, almost apologetically, during a conversation with indieWIRE on Tuesday afternoon in Berlin. She was referring to feature films by she and her husband, Bradley Rust Gray.

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    "Say Something" Wins Golden Bear For Best Short

    David O’Reilly’s “Please Say Something” has been announced as the winner of the Golden Bear for best short film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. The International Short Film Jury - consisting of Khavn de la Cruz (Philippines), Arta Dobroshi (Kosovo) and Lars Henrik Gass (Germany) note...

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    Predicting The Cannes Lineup

    Predicting The Cannes Lineup

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    The Original Cougar: Pfeiffer Goes for "Cheri" in Frears' Latest Romp

    "It's funny, I just finished doing a movie with Kathy Bates ("Personal Effects") in which I have an affair with her son," said Michelle Pfeiffer in Berlin for her role in Stephen Frears' "Cheri," which also stars Bates. "I guess the older I get, the younger my co-stars..." And such is the core of Frears' "Cheri," a period piece set in the Belle Epoque era of early 20th century Paris. Pfeiffer and Bates play aging courtesans who have made a career in attracting kings, aristocrats and others in the upper echelons of society who lavish wealth on them for their company. Pfeiffer plays one of the most successful of the women, Lea, who has retired ...

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    Berlin Round Up IV: "Beeswax," "The Countess," and the Discontent of Berlin '09 Critics.

    "If Berlin 09 will be remembered for anything," indieWIRE's Shane Danielsen's said in his critic's notebook yesterday. "It will be for its eagerness to tell us, with every ounce of anguished sincerity it could muster, the bleeding obvious." Danielsen referenced both Sally Potter's "Rage" and Lucas M...

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    Bujalski in Berlin: Not Quite Euphoric, but More Than Happy

    In Berlin for the world premiere of his new film, "Beeswax," Andrew Bujalski said that he took a rare moment to appreciate his accomplishment at last night's Berlin International Film Festival debut. It was something he said hasn't really taken the opportunity to do with his other work, "Funny Ha Ha...

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