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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Sofia Coppola on "Marie Antoinette;" Industry Folks on Distribution; and

    The Festival de Cannes welcomed its second France-filmed feature here today with the debut of Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." While the festival's opening night movie, "The Da Vinci Code," was shot at The Louvre in Paris, Coppola's third feature (opening today commercially in this country) was shot at Versailles. Unlike "Da Vinci" however, audiences at a Wednesday morning showing offered the film a warm applause that was quickly punctuated by a round of boos. As the fest approaches its final weekend here in Cannes, just a few more of the competition films remain to be screened. indieWIRE sat in on a conversation with Coppola in Cannes Wed...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Santiago Palavecino: "The idea for this film was born during a time

    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: Magnolia Makes a Deal For "Host"; Weinstein Goes Asian; TF1 Acquires Trio o

    Buyers and sellers began checking out of the Marche du Film Wednesday, some heading back to their home offices. But many others stayed longer in Cannes to try to close another deal or two before exiting Cannes. In a rare deal from an American company in Cannes, Magnolia Pictures worked into the early hours of Wednesday morning to close an English language rights deal for South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "The Host," an acclaimed Directors' Fortnight entry at the festival this year that has earned growing buzz in recent days. Earlier in the fest, The New York Times' critic Manohla Dargis called it the best film she has seen at the fest so f...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Jose Luis Torres Leiva: "I am interested mainly in speaking about so

    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 L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Ursula Meier: "I wanted to change the perspective, to look at things

    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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    Reuters: Cannes Market Proves Buoyant For Industry

    While stars like Tom Hanks and Penelope Cruz grabbed the limelight on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival this week, deal-making for global movie rights proved fast and furious, industry players said. To the general public, images of the A-listers as they are dazzled by walls of paparazzi and TV crews are what the world's biggest film shindig is best known for. Behind closed doors, or over a bottle of champagne aboard a luxury yacht, the money does the talking, although more than ever this year players are having to grapple with technological changes on the Internet and devices like the iPod. Even though worldwide box offices suffered ...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Sony Classics to Release Satrapi's "Persepolis" Memoir; IFC Picks Up "Destr

    In a deal with Celluloid Dreams, Sony Pictures Classics announced Tuesday it will release "Persepolis" (based on Marjane Satrapi's best-selling graphic novel autobiography) in North America. Satrapi co-wrote and is co-directing the project with Vincent Paronnaud. Executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy of the Kennedy/Marshall Company, the film is a co-production with France 3 Cinema and is being produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault of 2.4.7. Films. It was described in an announcement as a "poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic revolution." Hengameh Panahi from...

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    Cast Set for Wong Kar Wai's "Blueberry"

    Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, president of the competition jury here at the Festival de Cannes, willl begin pre-production on "My Blueberry Nights" following the festival. Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz and Norah Jones will star in his first English-language effort, Studio Canal has conf...

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    Cannes '06 Critics Notebook: World Auteurs and American Mavericks: Bold Visions and Taking Risks

    Over the last three days, a trio of international auteurs has crashed the Cannes competition that could upset any predicable outcomes in this year's race for the Palme D'Or. While the films, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Climates," Aki Kaurismaki's "Lights in the Dusk," and Bruno Dumont's "Flandres," don't r...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Christina Andreef: "Nikki Gemmell's book jumped off the page wanting

    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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