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    CANNES '07 | Festival Hot List: 10 Foreign-Language Films to Watch For in Cannes

    With the 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival just days away, cinephiles and industryites the world over are preparing for a new round of the best movies from around the globe. But there's a curious trend at this year's special anniversary event: a preponderance of Hollywood and American indie c...

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    iW NEWS | Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces" to Open Toronto

    The 2007 Toronto International Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces" on September 6th. Based on Anne Michaels bestselling novel, "Fugitive Pieces" tells the story of a man (Stephen Dillane) "whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during the Second World War." The film also features Rade Sherbedgia, Rosamund Pike, Ayelet Zurer, Robbie Kay, Ed Stoppard, Rachelle Lefevre, and Nina Dobrev. "From screening his short films, to his first feature "Eclipse," to "The Five Senses," the Festival is proud to have supported Jeremy's career and extraordinary talent over the years," said Toronto Int...

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    SF INT'L '07 | "The Violin" and "Souvenirs" Among Top Golden Gate Award Winners at SFIFF 50

    Mexican director Francisco Vargas Quevedo's "The Violin" (El violin) won the San Francisco International Film Festival's Skyy Prize, while Israeli duo Shahar Cohen and Halil Efrat's "Souvenirs" took best documentary feature (West Coast premiere), capping the Golden Gate Awards ceremony Wednesday eve...

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    LA FILM FEST '07 | "Talk To Me" and "Sunshine" Bookend LA Fest; 19 Films Set for Competition

    Kasi Lemmons' "Talk To Me" will open Film Independent's 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21st. The film, from Focus Features, stars Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Martin Sheen and Film Independent's Board of Directors president Vondie Curtis Hall. It is described as "the funny, dramatic, and inspiring real-life story of Ralph Waldo 'Petey' Greene (Cheadle), an outspoken ex-con who talked his way into becoming an iconic radio personality in the 1960s in Washington, D.C. Lemmons, the secretary of FIND's board, is also married to actor Vondie Curtis Hall. The festival will close on July...

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    DISPATCH FROM SAN FRANCISCO | George Lucas, Robin Williams, and More Honored as SF Int'l Fest Celebr

    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the San Francisco International Film Festival welcomed about 600 of the city's well-heeled residents to the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square last night for the annual Film Society Awards night. Hollywood glitterati also made their way in for the big party, i...

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    CANNES '07 | Slate Set for 49th Directors' Fortnight; Corbijn's "Control" Opening Section

    Anton Corbijn's "Control" will open the 39th Director' Fortnight, running from May 17 - 27 alongside the 2007 Festival de Cannes in France. The film, about former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, stars Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, and Alexandra Maria Lara. Corbijn is an acclaimed photographer and mu...

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    iW NEWS | 2007 Cannes Classics Announced; Wayne, Olivier Among Those Feted

    Cannes Classics, the festival program designed to highlight re-discovered cinema, restored prints and theatrical or DVD re-releases of classic films, has announced their program for the 60th Cannes Film Festival and as might be predicted, it's a doozy. The program is broken down in to three sections: 3 Events, 4 documentaries on filmmaking and screenings 10 restored films. The events include the launch of the World Cinema Foundation, a celebration of the centenary of John Wayne and a celebration of Laurence Olivier's directorial work on three Shakespeare plays. Films being screened include: "Hondo (3D)" (John Farrow, USA, 1953), "Rio Bravo" ...

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    SF INT'L '07 | Picturing Politics at SFIFF50

    A shot in veteran filmmaker Jon Else's documentary "Wonders Are Many" -- a behind the scenes look at composer John Adams and director-librettist Peter Sellars' opera Doctor Atomic -- makes visual reference to Picasso's "Guernica" as apt shorthand for art's awesome charge to speak for the voiceless in the age of total war and total exploitation. For an opera about the Manhattan Project and the birth of the atomic age, the Picasso quote is fitting enough. But Else's documentary, which screens this year as part of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, not only broaches pressing questions about art's role in a time of threat and cri...

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    iW NEWS | Lakeshore Bolsters Sales/Distribution Arm

    Ahead of the upcoming Cannes market, Lakeshore Entertainment has announced a restructuring and expansion of its international sales and distribution arm. Key promotions were announced by Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg and new president of worldwide marketing and distribution David Dinerstein, who also announced the hiring of Jonathan Deckter as SVP of International Sales. He will join Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose, promoted to SVP of International Sales -- both are reporting to Dinerstein. Lakeshore marketing exec Robert Burke has been promoted to EVP of Worldwide Marketing and Virginia Longmuir has been promoted to EVP of International ...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets Tarr's "Man From London"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (outside of Germany, France and Hungary) to Bela Tarr's Cannes '07 competition entry "The Man From London" in a deal with TT Filmmuhely, 13 Production, Black Forest Films GmbH, Von Vietinghoff Filmproduction and Cinema Soleil. The film, Tarr's first fea...

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