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    Dart and Rogalski Join Toronto Shorts Programming Team

    The Toronto International Film Festival has appointed two new programmers to its Short Cuts Canada team. Artist and programmer Jay Dart and filmmaker and curator Alex Rogalski will join programmer Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo for the program. Dart is producer and creative director of RESFEST Digital Film Festival and production designer for Now Magazine, while Rogalski is director of the "One Take Super 8 Event," which he started in Regina, Saskatchewan "to create new cinema for local audiences." In addition to two new programmers, the Festival is announcing that for the first time, short films which have been created for online audiences and may ...

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    BERLIN '07 | "Tuya's Wedding" Wins Golden Bear at '07 Berlinale; Joseph Cedar Wins Directing Prize

    Wang Quan'an's "Tuya's Marriage" won the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the 2007 Berlinale, awarded tonight at the festival's closing ceremony in Germany's capital city. The film is the story of a woman (Yu Nan) living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a sheph...

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    "Spider Lillies" and "A Walk Into the Sea" Win Berlin Teddy Awards

    The Berlinale's Teddy Awards, which honor gay content films screening in the festival, awarded three films in different categories, each with a 3000 euro cash prize. The Teddy for best feature went to Zero Chou's "Spider Lillies" (Ci-Qing), with "La Leon" by Santiago Otheguy receiving a special mention. Best doc went to Esther B. Robinson's "A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory." Actor Helmut Berger (The Godfather Trilogy) received a Teddy in honor of his lifetime of work. "Notes On a Scandal" by Richard Eyre won the audience prize. This year, no prize was given for short film. The juried prizes were chosen by eight memb...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | In 3 New Berlinale Docs, Exploring Enigmatic Artists

    Andy Warhol's mostly unknown former lover, an avant garde musician who can count some of the world's most famous artists in popular music among his legion of fans, and an eccentric symbol behind one of the world's most powerful fashion houses are the rather mysterious, but highly creative subjects o...

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    AFP: North Korean edge to third Asian entry at Berlin film festival

    One man's bid to hold back the desertification of the Mongolian steppes set against the looming background of the North Korean nuclear programme has given Asia its third competition entry at the Berlin International Film Festival. "Hyazgar" (Desert Dream), a low-budget South Korean/French production...

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    AP: "Bordertown" shown at Berlin film fest

    Jennifer Lopez brought "Bordertown," in which she plays a reporter trying to solve multiple killings of women in a Mexican border city, to the Berlin International Film Festival Thursday and said the role had been a life-changing experience. The movie, directed by Gregory Nava, aims to focus attenti...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | With Eslinger's "Forest" in Competition, American Films (Indies In Parti

    There was a significant moment inside the Berlinale Palast here in Germany this week when Berlin International Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick led twenty-five year-old American filmmaker Ryan Eslinger by the hand, directing him to walk in the spotlight to his seat for the world premiere of his second feature film, "When A Man Falls in The Forest." Eslinger paused momentarily before raising his head and walking with confidence to the VIP row where he was quickly joined by his film's co-stars Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton. Eslinger's film is a rarity in the Berlinale's high-profile international competition; of the four American films ...

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    NY Times: Whimsy, Pessimism and "Lady Chatterley" in Berlin

    The 57th Berlinale, as the festival here is known, might best be thought of as an average festival. Not only because the films were generally so-so, with a few outright disasters balancing some high-quality work, but also because it seemed to typify what a film festival is these days. Once a bastion of difficulty and high seriousness--an identity that suited an event held in midwinter in a city with a vexed, often grim history--the Berlinale, which began last Thursday and concludes with awards on Sunday--has grown into something bigger, more varied and perhaps less distinctive. A.O. Scott gives his take on the Berlin International Film Festiv...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Glamour, Politics, The Biz, and Young People: Dieter Kosslick Talks Abou

    After a weekend of snow, ice and a cold biting wind here in Berlin, the skies cleared and temperatures warmed up a bit in the German capital, making the festival all the more manageable for visitors and locals alike. Sitting down to chat with indieWIRE at the mid-point of the annual Berlinale, festival director Dieter Kosslick, wearing a light festival hoodie, breathed a sigh of relief that the winter weather had eased up. Chatting about his role as the jovial goodwill ambassador atop one of the world's leading film festivals and markets, Kosslick said that he had spent the first first days in Berlin making any number of welcome speeches, set...

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    BERLIN '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Adventurous "Chatterley" Atop Berlinale Crop; Cotillard Shines, Costan

    True to form, the most interesting work at this year's Berlinale could be found outside the spotlight of the official competition. Tucked away in the Panorama section, Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" doesn't exactly qualify as a discovery, having already been anointed one of last year's best film...

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