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    PEOPLE: Daniel Wu, "Heavenly King"

    [This interview first appeared in indieWIRE's sister publication covering film in the Bay Area, SF360. For additional coverage of the San Francisco International Film Festival, visit the SF360 website.]

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    SF INT'L '07 | San Francisco Fest Brings Out the Films and Big Names for 50th Anniversary

    [San Francisco film critic Dennis Harvey gives his take on the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco International Film Festival, which opens Thursday. The article first appeared in our sister publication, SF360. Visit SF360" for additional coverage from the 50th SFIFF.]

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    SF INT'L '07 | Looking Back at 50 Years of San Francisco International Film Festival History--And Go

    [Editor's note: SF360.org, where this article first appeared, is copublished by the SF Film Society and indieWIRE. B. Ruby Rich gave the 2004 State of Cinema address to the SF International Film Festival. Visit SF360 for additional coverage of the 50th SFIFF.]

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    CANNES '07 | With Bernal Leading The Way, Cannes Critics Week Sets '07 Slate

    A total of 17 feature films and 10 shorts have been unveiled for the 46th International Critics' Week sidebar at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The section will open with Bruno Merle's "Heros" from France, the story of a TV warm-up comic who kidnaps a well known singer, and close with Cecilia Min...

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    iW NEWS | Cannes Fest Adds to Official Selection

    Festival de Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux has announced another three films added to Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard section at the upcoming festival. Hou Hsiao Hsien's "Red Balloon" [provisional title] will open the Un Certain Regard section and also added are Roy Andersson's...

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    GUARDIAN | Hunger on the Croisette

    The untamed Cannes Film Festival remains cinema's best measure of, not success, but talent. Like most things in France, it was born out of protest. When Benito Mussolini set up the first film festival, Venice's Mostra, in 1932, to promote fascist and Nazi films, the birthplace of cinema rose to the challenge, pledging to create a film festival free from prejudices. The first was planned to run from September 1 to 20 1939, on the French Riviera, in Cannes. Louis Lumiere, le papa du cinema, agreed to be its president of honour. Elegant posters by a high society painter, Jean-Gabriel Domergue, publicised the event throughout the country. And the...

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    CANNES '07 | Wong Kar-Wai To Open 60th Festival de Cannes; Competition Roster Includes Breillat, Coe

    Its official, "My Blueberry Nights" starring singer Norah Jones -- the first English language film from Wong Kar-Wai -- will open the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The Grammy Award winner stars in the story of a young woman who travels across America to find answers to her questions about the true mean...

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    Ford Leaves First Look to Launch New Sales & Distribution Company with Intermedia

    In an email sent to friends and colleagues late last week, Stuart Ford announced that he is leaving First Look International to launch a new unnamed international sales and distribution company that will be based in Los Angeles and London.

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    Mumblecorps Trailers at SXSW

    Cast and crew from "Hannah Takes The Stairs," including Andrew Bujalski, Kevin Bewersdorf, Mark Duplass, Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne, Ry Russo-Young, Todd Rohal, and Joe Swanberg starred in a series of trailers they made for the recent SXSW Film Festival. One clip, dubbed "Mc Griddles" features Bujal...

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    AP: Scorsese to give film class at Cannes

    Martin Scorsese will be busy at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The Oscar-winning director ("The Departed") will give a master class on moviemaking to students and film buffs May 24, the festival said Wednesday. Scorsese will present a prize for the festival's best film by a first-time director at...

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