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    Reuters: Film on Nazi hunter Wiesenthal debuts in Berlin

    Simon Wiesenthal spent over half a century tracking down Nazi war criminals in a quest to deliver justice for the victims of Hitler's terror. Now, just over a year after his death, a new film looks back on his amazing journey from concentration camp survivor to world-renowned super-sleuth, examining...

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    Germany and E. Europe "Want Candy"

    The UK's Ealing Studios International, which is screening "I Want Candy" at Berlin's European Film Market, has secured rights in Germany and Eastern Europe. The group is the sales unit of Ealing Studios, which is expecting more films up for sale in the next 12 months.

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Schoukroun Named Head of ThinkFilm International

    Underscoring an effort to keep ThinkFilm and Capital Films separate in the international arena (as the European Film Market gets underway in Berlin), Eve Schoukroun has been named head of ThinkFilm International, joining the division from ThinkFilm's parent company. She will report to SVP Randy Manis and work closely with VP of International Sales David Fenkel. "This is the next logical step in the evolution of ThinkFilm International as we move to improve the level of product and to handle bigger budgeted films," said Manis, in a statement. While Schoukroun added in a statement, "I have been fortunate to have learned from the best at Capitol...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | With "La Vie En Rose," Cotillard and Piaf in Snowy Spotlight on First Da

    Snow greeted festival-goers in Berlin on Thursday , stranding some travelers who were hoping to fly here for the first day of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (particularly those coming from London). The main event opened with Olivier Dahan's competition entry "La Vie En Rose," a look at the life of the famed French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The new film, named for Piaf's most famous song (which was written amidst the German occupation of France during World War II), "La Vie En Rose" was previewed for press and industry at three showings during earlier today, followed by a press conference with the key cast and creators of the French/U...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Thinking Globally, Linde and Universal Look To International Filmmakers

    "I am not that indie film guy anymore," quipped Universal Studios co-chairman David Linde on Wednesday in Germany where he is heading into his twentieth annual Berlin International Film Festival (but his first as the head of a Hollywood studio). The remark came during a brief post-lunch keynote at the intimate Screen International European Film Finance Summit on the eve of the Berlinale here in the German capital. Just one day after his first NBC Universal board meeting back in New York, and nearly one year after leaving his job atop Focus Features, Linde spotlighted a major effort at his studio right now, namely an expansion into local co-pr...

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    SXSW '07 | 61 World Premieres Set for 2007 Fest in Austin; Frank's "The Lookout" Opens March Event

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival unveiled the feature lineup for its upcoming 14th edition, with 110 films slated for the fest's diverse sections over nine days. The increasingly important U.S. film festival and conference precedes the popular SXSW Music gathering in Austin...

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    PARK CITY '07 | Catching Up: 90+ Articles About Sundance '07 & Ten Video Episodes

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in Park City, UT and indieWIRE is wrapping up its reporting early this week. Our coverage of Park City '07 includes more than 90 articles about Sundance and Slamdance 2007, featuring news, buzz, reviews, interviews, video episodes, iPOP...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Black vs. White: "Banished" Opens Up Thorny Reparations Debate

    With Iraq documentaries all the rage, it's refreshing to come across an old-fashioned nonfiction piece that sets its lacerating sights not "over there," but right here at home, in the heartland and neighborhoods of America. In another revealing account of racial injustice in the U.S. of A., director...

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    AFP: World War II, globalization in focus at star-studded Berlinale

    Next month's Berlin International Film Festival will be a star-studded showcase of movies on the impact of globalization and the ongoing struggle to come to terms with the horrors of World War II, its director has told AFP. Dieter Kosslick said in an interview ahead of the February 8 to 18 event tha...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | The Girl Couldn't Help It: David Stenn's "Girl 27"

    My favorite David Stenn book is "Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow," a wonderful look at Hollywood's first blonde sex symbol and the dark and tragic circumstances regarding her too-short life. Insights about early Hollywood, sex scandals and ruthless exploitation by studio executives are similar themes in another Stenn book, the equally wonderful "Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild." Everything I enjoy about Stenn's writings can be found in his debut documentary, "Girl 27," a fascinating investigation into a late 1930s sex scandal involving MGM. In 1937, at a MGM sales convention, 17-year-old dancer Patricia Douglas was raped at a convention ...

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