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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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    Elephant Stampedes "Push" in Multiple Territories

    Lee Daniels' Sundance jury and audience winner, "Push" is finding homes abroad as New York-based sales company Elephant Eye makes international deals following the feature's recent lucrative deal with Lionsgate, which has resulted in a in a law suit for the film with The Weinstein Company.

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    Winterbottom & Whitecross: Berlin Doc "Shock"

    Three years after winning the Silver Bear for directing "The Road to Guantanamo," Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross are back at the Berlinale with another provocative documentary, "The Shock Doctrine." Based on the Naomi Klein book of the same name, the unfinished film looks at the current glo...

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    Youth, Beauty and Virgin Blood in Delpy's "Countess"

    Julie Delpy returns to the Berlinale with a film she both stars and directs, though this film is quite different from the contemporary comedy of her last effort, "Two Days in Paris." In "The Countess," Delpy appears as the infamous 17th century aristocrat Countess Erzebet Bathory. Her obsession with eternal beauty and power has been the topic of literature throughout the centuries after she is forced to end an affair with a younger man. At a party, she meets Istvan and falls madly in love. Their daliance is short lived, however, when Istvan's father, Count Thurzo, forces his son to stop seeing Erzebet, which throws the Countess into a frenzy ...

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