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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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    iw NEWS | Virgin Comics Teams Up With Studio 18

    India's leading motion picture studio, Studio 18, and Virgin Comics announced the formation of a new production relationship to create a slate of teen horror properties for films, television, gaming and publishing. The new stories, which will be co-created and co-owned by both companies, will be re...

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    CANNES '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | To Each His Own: Cannes Competition Offers Romanian Resonance; while "

    "To Each His Own Cinema" -- that's the rough English translation of "Chacun Son Cinema," the name of the 33-short-film program commissioned for the 60th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival, that is screening tonight (Sunday). It's a fitting moniker for an event whose tastes range the ent...

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    iW NEWS | Littles Tickled "Pink"

    Steve Shill, known for writing and directing episodes of HBO series such as "The Sopranos," "The Wire" and "Deadwood," will make his feature film directorial debut with "Silky Pink." Robbie Little and Ellen Little announced at Cannes that The Little Film Company will be representing the film, which Ellen remarks as "that rare mixture of high drama, biting humor, and nail-biting suspense." Chris Coen and Kelly McCormick are producing together along with Shill. Lorna Nowve, who brought the project to the Littles, will co-produce. It will mark the first collaboration of Mosaic Media and The Little Film Company. Little Film is introducing th...

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    iW NEWS | Foresight adds Kafka and "Hangman" to Lineup

    Foresight Unlimited has added two new additions to its Cannes slate, including an adaptation of Franz Kafka's novella "Metamorphosis," and the murder thriller "Hangman," which is about a sex crimes detective whose mysterious childhood disappearance becomes her key to solving a series of murders.

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    iW NEWS | Relativity Media makes "Mary Queen" with Johansson

    Relativity Media has acquired the rights to produce the feature film "Mary Queen of Scots", starring Scarlett Johansson. The film about the epic Queen, who battles political enemies, scheming allies and affairs of the heart in order to reunite warring tribes of Scotland, will be produced by Relativi...

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    CANNES '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Michael Moore Unveils Kinder, Gentler "Sicko"; JA Media Announces Major

    "I decided to make a different film this time," director Michael Moore told a room full of journalists about "Sicko," his new film which screened for the first time this morning. "I wanted a different tone (and) to say things in a different way." Indeed, "Sicko" marks a distinctly different approach...

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