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    iW NEWS | Melbourne Fest Announces New Event

    The Melbourne International Film Festival announced at Cannes the establishment of Australia's first international film forum within its festival environment. 37 South: Bridging The Gap will be a major networking event taking place July 26-28. The event is designed to bring together Australia feat...

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    AFP: Cars clash! Girls strut! Tarantino's at Cannes

    The king of pop cinema, Quentin Tarantino, paid homage to 1970s car action flicks at the Cannes film festival Tuesday with "Death Proof," in which gears and girls grind for his camera in an exercise heavy on style but light on substance. Marc Burleigh reports.

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    CANNES '07 DISPATCH | Winterbottom's Latest Stirs Cannes Fest

    The true story of a murdered journalist was the high profile film in the Cannes spotlight on Monday. As expected, Michael Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart," screening out of competition here at the Festival de Cannes, drew considerable attention for its world premiere. In a story that riveted news agencies around the world five years ago, Wall Street Journal South Asia Bureau chief Daniel Pearl was brutally murdered by al Qaeda days after his kidnapping in Karachi as he delved into research on a story relating to shoe bomber Richard Reid. Following his death, Pearl's wife Mariane recounted the story in her memoir A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life ...

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    CANNES '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Complicated Lovers and Genders in Cannes Sidebars

    On the 60th anniversary poster for the Cannes Film Festival, familiar movie faces effortlessly bound through the air. The gravity-defying spectacle-designed by Christophe Renard from photographs of Wong Kar Wai, Bruce Willis, and several others spotlights a strikingly broad selection of craftsmen and performers from contemporary cinema. In addition to addressing the range of artistic contributors, such an astute proclamation of diversity is also applicable to the festival's organization. While nearly two dozen features compete for attention in the main competition and slightly fewer entries screen in Un Certain Regard track, the handful of mo...

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    iW NEWS | Niki Caro To Direct Screen Adaptation of "The Vinter's Luck"

    Niki Caro ("Whale Rider") will direct a screen adaptation of "The Vinter's Luck" from a screenplay adaptation she wrote herself of Elizabeth Knox's New Zealand novel of the same name. Principal photography should commence in February, 2008 for the film about a peasant wine maker in 19th century France and his life long relationship with an angel. The cast includes Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Whale Rider"), and production design by Academy Award Winner, Grant Major ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy). "The Vinter's Luck" is an Ascension Films-Kortex co-production whose international sales are being handled by Kathleen Drumm of NZ Film, the sales arm ...

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    iW NEWS | Graham King Launches GK Films

    Producer Graham King has announced the launch of his new company, GK Films. The company will coincide with the 3-year extension of his overall production deal with Warner Brothers Pictures as well as the extension of King's production deal with Johnny Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil. Th...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | So Yong Kim: "I wanted to focus on specific emotions I had... that I

    Inspired by her childhood, So Yong Kim's Atelier entry, "Treeless Mountain", is the story of abandonment and family bonds. Set in Korea, a precocious six-year-old and her little sister move from the city to their grandparent's country house when their mother leaves to find her estranged husband. So...

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    CANNES '07 DISPATCH | Considering 'Cinema' As Cannes Celebrates 60 Years; Climate Change Revisited;

    There were no easy answers about the state of cinema on Sunday when Cannes welcomed some of the world's leading filmmakers to celebrate the festival's 60th Anniversary. And finally, frustrated over the questions posed by journalists during an hour-long discussion featuring the thirty or so filmmaker...

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    iW NEWS | Roberts Leads New Working Title Slate

    Working Title Films has announced an impressive slate of films, six of which will shoot this year and be distributed by various divisions of Universal Pictures. A freshly announced Julia Roberts project about the life of African wildlife conservationist Joan Root leads the list. Roberts will produce and star in the as-yet-untitled film, inspired by Mark Seal's Vanity Fair aticle, "A Flowering Evil." "Finding Neverland" writer David Magee is writing the screenplay. Working Title's additional list is lead off by the Coen brothers, shooting "Burn After Reading" later this summer. It stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, and Franc...

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    iW NEWS | Dreamachine To Help Revive Independent Animation

    With this year's animated Cannes Competition entry, "Persepolis," directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, animation is high on Dreamachine's agenda. Additionally, three animated features are in the works for the company: "Fear(s) of the Dark," "Mia and Migoo," and "Brendan and the Secret of Kells." Dreamachine's co-chariman Hengameh Panahi first started promoting animated works by compiling Aardman Animation's early shorts into two feature length releases which succeeded in capturing top box office rankings in key territories. That was followed by films by Jan Svankmajer, Brothers Quay, Michel Ocelot and Sylvain Chomet's Oscar-n...

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