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    Reuters: Piaf Biopic Among Hot Titles At Cannes

    The Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie En Rose," starring French actress Marion Cotillard as the sultry Parisian singer, is emerging as the title most likely to generate a bidding war at the Cannes Film Festival. Director Olivier Dahan's title already has sold to Japan for a hefty $2 million price tag, sources suggested. "This is the one film that all the German distributors are chasing," one major buyer said. "It is definitely going to close down here." Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, who recently picked up the Tribeca Film Festival coming-of-age film "Driving Lessons," said buyers were "desperate.""There's nothing out there," he sai...

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    Reuters: Berlusconi Satire Brings More Politics To Cannes

    Italian director Nanni Moretti brought his cinematic swipe at former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, bringing yet more politics to the competition's screens. Already released in Italy just two weeks before the recent election, "The Caiman" is one of 20 films v...

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    AP: Cannes Marks 20th Anniversary of "Platoon"

    When his Vietnam saga "Platoon" appeared, Oliver Stone felt it was a painful reminder of an aggressive mentality he hoped America had left behind. Two decades later, the country has fallen back on old habits, Stone said Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, where "Platoon" had a 20th anniversary scree...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Equation/Swift Snags "Red Road;" Europe Goes Global; TWC Gets Social; Dubai

    Trust Film Sales has announced its sale of Andrea Arnold's competition film "Red Road" and Anders Morgenthaler's "Princess" to Didier Costet's company, Equation/Swift. Costet said in a statement, issued by Trust, "I am very happy and pleased once again to work with Trust Film Sales. This is my secon...

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    The Guardian: Interview: Richard Linklater

    Richard Linklater's film "Fast Food Nation" ends on the killing floor, as cattle march placidly up a ramp to be slaughtered. We see them shot and shackled, sliced and diced. Grey loops of intestine come sweeping down the conveyor belt like some demented version of "The Generation Game." Inside the c...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Festive Fest; Lunch With Pedro; American Directors and Gena Speaks

    At the midpoint of the Festival de Cannes, only a few fest titles have buyers buzzing so far, but action at the Marche du Film has been brisk, primarily focused on companies announcing previously signed pacts (see indieWIRE's related daily biz coverage). Meanwhile, critics, journalists, fest programmers and other attendees have been talking a lot about John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus" in recent days, while competition titles like Andrea Arnold's "Red Road," Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Iklimler," and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" seem to be the best received movies thus far. We'll have more on films from the last few days in Tuesday's critics notebook...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER 06 INTERVIEW: Ilya Khranovsky: "I am much more influenced by other arts: Bach, Russ

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Festival de Cannes, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers participating in the L'Atelier du Festival, which according to Cannes, "was created in 2005 to reveal a new generation of filmmakers through the world, whose works, s...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: The Return of MGM; Strand's "Dolls"; Fortissimo Pacts; New Celluloid Label

    MGM COO Rick Sands hosted an informal breakfast with journalists early Sunday morning to tout the future line up and viability of the legendary Hollywood studio. As previously announced, MGM will be handling the U.S. distribution rights to "Rocky Balboa," written, directed and starring Sylvester Stallone. Sands, a former Miramax exec, plugged the film to the attending journalists, saying he expected the film to be a contender during awards season. "What happens will very much depend on the mood of the [U.S.] come awards season, but there's nomination potential for actor, and directing," said Sands, who also noted the film's release will be ti...

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    Reuters: Penelope Cruz keeps Hollywood at arm's length

    Penelope Cruz, one of the few European actresses able to command major roles on both sides of the Atlantic, will always consider herself a Hollywood outsider. The 32-year-old, who critics say is at her best in "Volver," her latest collaboration with fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodovar, has nothing again...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: New U.S. Films Aiming At America: "Shortbus," "Fast Food Nation" and "An

    Four new American films in Cannes are taking aim at politicians and policies back home. These films are shocking, scaring and provoking audiences here at the Festival de Cannes in the hopes of stirring sentiments and perhaps changing viewpoints. John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," Richard Linklater'...

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