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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: Westfeldt Back at LA Film Fest, With "Ira and Abby"; And Linklater Chats

    Five years after finding success at the Los Angeles Film Festival with "Kissing Jessica Stein," where the film won the audience award and was subsequently acquired by Fox Searchlight, writer and actress Jennifer Westfeldt returned to the fest with her latest film, "Ira and Abby." Westfeldt again wro...

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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: "Prada" Opening, Lucas Hosts Filmmakers, Gore on "Green Day" and More

    The Los Angeles Film Festival got off to a glamorous start Thursday night with the L.A. premiere of David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada" in the heart of the event's new neighborhood, Westwood Village. Though the Fox release is clearly Hollywood fare (with a cast that includes such boldfaced names...

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    LA TIMES: Hollywood's backyard bash

    The Los Angeles FIlm Festival kicked off in LA last night, moving to Westwood for the first timed. "So many people in L.A. are, quite frankly, ground down by life in the industry," Film Independent exec director Dawn Hudson told the LA Times, in a fest preview article. "We want to remind them why th...

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    "The Devil Wears Prada" to Kick Off 2006 Los Angeles Film Fest; Complete Competition Lineups Also An

    The 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 22 - July 2, 2006, will open with David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada" and close with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's Little Miss Sunshine. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's Quinceanera will screen as a centerpiece premiere at the festival. "We are thrilled to be bringing another wonderful slate of films from around the U.S. and abroad to Los Angeles audiences," said Rachel Rosen, Director of Programming for Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival, in a statement. "This year, the Festival has something for everyone from charming comedies to heartrending documentaries. ...

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    CANNES '06 WINNERS: Loach Film Wins Palme d'Or, "Volver" Wins 2 Prizes

    The 2006 Festival de Cannes came to a close tonight in France with Ken Loach winning the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, for his feature film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley. "[This] film is a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history," Loach said tonight, accepting his prize on stage at the Lumiere Theater in Cannes. "And if we tell the truth about the past, maybe we can tell the truth about the present." The jurors awarded two prizes to Pedro Almodovar's "Volver", the screenwriting award to Almodovar and notably presented the best actress prize to the entire cast of women in the movie. And gave the best actor a...

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    2006 Festival de Cannes Winners

    The winners of the 2006 Festival de Cannes are being announced tonight in France.Palme d'Or: "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" by Ken Loach

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Will Pedro Win? Spanish Language Filmmakers Shine At 2006 Festival de Can

    On the final weekend of the Festival de Cannes in France four films from Spanish-language directors have festival-goers buzzing (and may win awards) as the event draws to a close. Since day two here on the Croisette, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" has stirred talk of the filmmaker winning his first Palme d'Or, while later in the week Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez-Innaritu's "Babel" drew a lengthy standing ovation at its premiere screening immediately making it an awards contender. Now, on the final weekend of the festival, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro's dark fairy tale, "Pan's Labyrinth," and Uruguayan director Israel...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Fortissimo Coming to America; Sony Classics Grabs Besson's "Angel-A"; Pictu

    In a move to expand its sales activities and bolster relationships with North American filmmakers, Fortissimo Films announced Thursday that it will open a New York office, with Winnie Lau heading the new bureau. Lau has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales & Acquisitions, the company anno...

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    CANNES L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Goran Rusinovic: "The life of a man in exile requires a lot of stren

    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 L'ATELIER '06 INTERVIEW: Richard Press: "'Virtual Love' is an American story, a portrait of o

    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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