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    Young Turks at Rotterdam Fest

    At Rotterdam, cinephilia trumps sponsorphilia. The stars here are directors, not actors: Hollywood is shut out. IFFR, aka the Rotterdam Film Festival, the 38th edition of which began January 21 and runs through February 2, is the largest international film fest focusing primarily on new and emerging talent. Before the latest "waves" and trends in cinema have been validated elsewhere, even canonized and labeled "hot," Rotterdam has often sniffed them out. This year is no exception. The pioneering revelation is "Young Turkish Cinema"--masterly first and second features by the post-Nuri Bilge Ceylan, post-Yesim Ustaoglu generation--that has been...

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    Portraying Chaos: Ondi Timoner's "We Live In Public" (Sundance '09)

    According to documentarian Ondi Timoner, Josh Harris -- the Internet pioneer at the center of "We Live in Public" -- didn't mind revealing the more twisted aspects of his web-fueled career. "I don't care how you portray me," he said, "as long as you make a great film."

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    A Quieter Sundance, But The Films Still Made Noise: Sundance '09 Wrap Up (Steve Ramos)

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's goodbye to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival involved sprinting across the Eccles Theatre stage and filming the capacity crowd with his digital video camera. The veteran actor and novice filmmaker (His short film "Sparks" is in competition at the festival) had every reason to be...

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    Launching Diversity: Sundance '09 Wrap Up (Eric Kohn)

    There are too many good films here that have to be seen by audiences everywhere, and we have to make sure that happens. --Sundance Film Festival programmer Geoff Gilmore at the 2009 awards program

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    Movies Sell More Slowly at Sundance

    Movies Sell More Slowly at Sundance

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    24 Sundance '09 Snapshot Reviews

    EDITORS NOTE: Below are a series of snapshot reviews provided for indieWIRE by film critic Eric Kohn, offering first looks at the films being shown at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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    Youth Rebellion: Cary Joji Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre" (Sundance '09)

    At different times, "Sin Nombre" is a harsh coming-of-age tale, a gripping man-on-the-lam thriller, a social drama, a road movie, and a love story. Sometimes, it's all of those things. That's not to say the first feature written and directed by Sundance Lab alumnus Cary Joji Fukunaga suffers from an...

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    Anne Thompson: "Sundance 2009 was quieter, warmer and, happily, shorter."

    Anne Thompson: "Sundance 2009 was quieter, warmer and, happily, shorter."

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    Sundance Live X: Reviews of "500 Days," "Moon," "Peter and Vandy"

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Throughout the festival indieWIRE is posting continuous updates. Check back here throughout the day to get the latest.

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    "A Quiet Little Marriage" Takes Top Slamdance Prize

    Mo Perkins' "A Quiet Little Marriage" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Friday night in Park City at the Slamdance Film Festival, capping the event's 15th edition. Sixteen film and screenplay prize winners in four categories will share $100,000 in cash and prizes.

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