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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Nejib Belkadhi: "Our approach was to stick to his amateur logic without fa

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Sundance/NHK Pick Pix, Glass Brings "This American Life" to TV, and M

    At a late afternoon reception on Thursday, the Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) announced the four winners of the 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards, selected by an international jury from 12 finalists. The winning filmmakers and projects are: Lucia Cedron f...

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    PARK CITY '07 SLAMDANCE NOTEBOOK | Moving to a New Level with Some Quirks Along the Way

    As the 2007 Park City festival nears the end and Slamdance prepares to depart from the Treasure Mountain Inn, we look back through the memories of the crowded lobbies, late running times, projection problems and home cooked atmosphere to reflect upon some of the best and the worst of this year's Sla...

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    Panels on "Virtual Cinema" and "Privacy & Politics in Cinema" at the Berlinale Talent Campus

    Three discussion panels will take place during the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival's Berlinale Talent Campus: "Virtual Cinema" will address preoccupation with virtual worlds and time travel prevalent in both the film and gaming worlds. Participants include Tom Tykwer, ("Perfume") and Kees Kasander ("Crusade in Jeans"). "Whose side is it anyway? Privacy and Politics in Cinema" will address the more political aspects of cinema in a discussion. Panelists include Hatian-born director Raoul Peck ("Lamumba", "Sometimes in April"), Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic (Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams) and US director Gregory Nava whose film "Bo...

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    iW VIDEO: Christine Vachon on Her "Killer Life," Sundance Survival Tips, A Review of "Zoo," and More

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Producer Christine Vachon chats about her Killer Life, festival veterans offer Sundance survival tips, Anthony Kaufman Anthony Kaufman reviews "Zoo," and more.

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Drowned Man: Sterlin Harjo's "Four Sheets to the Wind"

    Waist-high in blue-green pond water, a young man smokes a cigarette as tiny waves ripple to the edges of the screen. My memory of this postcard-perfect image in Sterlin Harjo's feature debut, "Four Sheets to the Wind," hasn't dissipated over time, and that may be because this coming-of-age drama builds to a quiet intensity not unlike that initial ripple. Early on, however, one fears a film of corny escapades and over-the-top sit-combinations: We see in the short sequence leading to this pond image that the man has, in fact, found his father dead, carried his flaccid, heavy body down to the water, and put him to rest deep in the pond, per the...

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    Berlinale Announces "Berlinale Special" Program

    The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the line-up for Berlinale Special as part of their official program. The Berlinale Special, themed "Remembrance and Experiment," will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, and five of the nine films showing will be world premieres. Included in this year's Special program is Richard Trank's documentary, "I Have Never Forgotten You." Narrated by Nicole Kidman, the film focuses on Simon Wiesenthal, who devoted himself to tracking down Nazi war criminals until his death in 2005. Also screening is Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani's "The Lark Farm," Krisztina Goda's "Children of Glor...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Romeo and Juliet, Only Nuttier: Dan Klores' "Crazy Love"

    The will-she or won't-she rehab antics of actress Lindsay Lohan pale in comparison to the New York tabloid tale of lying husband Burt Pugach and his beautiful girlfriend Linda Riss. Director Dan Klores, a prominent member of the Sundance community thanks to his films "The Boys of 2nd Street Park" and "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," captures the pulpy spirit of their oddball, fifty-year love affair with his stand-up-and-cheer documentary "Crazy Love." The fact that their story made newspaper headlines for many years is clear in the first minutes of Klores' rollicking film, his finest effort yet. Despite the sadness, crimes and terri...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Indian Job: Chris Smith Works Quiet Wonders with "The Pool"

    In our globalized economy, it only seems natural that Chris Smith, director of working-class portraits "American Job" and "American Movie," would turn his attentions to India. In his assured, neorealist feature "The Pool," Smith tells the simple story of Venkatesh, an 18-year-old boy trying to make ...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Donal MacIntyre: "The head of the Noonan crime family casually told me tha

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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