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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Serious Films Provoke at Berlinale: The Holocaust, Activist Lesbians and

    Amidst the red carpet premieres and gala parties that draw international attention to the annual Berlinale, the festival often maintains a serious, sometimes even somber mood, often debuting films about weighty matters and political issues. Among the high profile new competitive titles that have had attendees buzzing at the Berlin International Film Festival this year is Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters" (Die Falscher), an Austrian/German production that takes a unique look at German history, namely the Holocaust. Exploring the compelling story of "Operation Bernhard," Ruzowitsky's film depicts the almost unbelievable secret Nazi progr...

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    BBC: Film awards aim for better world

    TV camera crews from all over the world are in town because the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival is under way. But amid all the glamour and film premieres, there is another event vying for media attention - Cinema for Peace, which has been described by Bob Geldof as "the Oscars with br...

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    AFP: French film at Berlin festival plays witness to AIDS outbreak

    French director Andre Techine said his new drama which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival looks at the start of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s because it deeply marked his personal life. "I lived through this period. And I have the feeling to have been spared a fate which many of my f...

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    AFP: Sharon Stone turns down the heat in Berlinale contender

    Hollywood diva Sharon Stone has switched off the sex appeal to play a neglected wife and mother in "When a Man Falls in the Forest," a Berlin Film Festival contender which she also produced. After the film's premiere, Stone said her appearance as a seductive murderer in the 1992 global smash hit "Ba...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | UPDATE: Delpy Comedy Stirs Buyers, Park Chan-wook Counters Expectations,

    Winter weather with an often biting wind persisted in the German capital throughout the first weekend of the the Berlin International Film Festival, and, in fact, more snow has fallen here during the Berlinale than visiting attendees experienced at the recent Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Meanwhile, inside the many Potsdamer Platz movie theaters and around the crowded convention halls of the European Film Market at nearby Martin Gropius Bau, industry attendees have been buzzing about a number of titles, from a culture clash romantic comedy by Julie Delpy, to the latest from Park Chan-wook and a new top secret documentary by Morgan Spurlock ...

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    Reuters: Film on Nazi hunter Wiesenthal debuts in Berlin

    Simon Wiesenthal spent over half a century tracking down Nazi war criminals in a quest to deliver justice for the victims of Hitler's terror. Now, just over a year after his death, a new film looks back on his amazing journey from concentration camp survivor to world-renowned super-sleuth, examining...

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    Germany and E. Europe "Want Candy"

    The UK's Ealing Studios International, which is screening "I Want Candy" at Berlin's European Film Market, has secured rights in Germany and Eastern Europe. The group is the sales unit of Ealing Studios, which is expecting more films up for sale in the next 12 months.

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Schoukroun Named Head of ThinkFilm International

    Underscoring an effort to keep ThinkFilm and Capital Films separate in the international arena (as the European Film Market gets underway in Berlin), Eve Schoukroun has been named head of ThinkFilm International, joining the division from ThinkFilm's parent company. She will report to SVP Randy Manis and work closely with VP of International Sales David Fenkel. "This is the next logical step in the evolution of ThinkFilm International as we move to improve the level of product and to handle bigger budgeted films," said Manis, in a statement. While Schoukroun added in a statement, "I have been fortunate to have learned from the best at Capitol...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | With "La Vie En Rose," Cotillard and Piaf in Snowy Spotlight on First Da

    Snow greeted festival-goers in Berlin on Thursday , stranding some travelers who were hoping to fly here for the first day of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (particularly those coming from London). The main event opened with Olivier Dahan's competition entry "La Vie En Rose," a look at the life of the famed French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The new film, named for Piaf's most famous song (which was written amidst the German occupation of France during World War II), "La Vie En Rose" was previewed for press and industry at three showings during earlier today, followed by a press conference with the key cast and creators of the French/U...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Thinking Globally, Linde and Universal Look To International Filmmakers

    "I am not that indie film guy anymore," quipped Universal Studios co-chairman David Linde on Wednesday in Germany where he is heading into his twentieth annual Berlin International Film Festival (but his first as the head of a Hollywood studio). The remark came during a brief post-lunch keynote at the intimate Screen International European Film Finance Summit on the eve of the Berlinale here in the German capital. Just one day after his first NBC Universal board meeting back in New York, and nearly one year after leaving his job atop Focus Features, Linde spotlighted a major effort at his studio right now, namely an expansion into local co-pr...

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