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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: German Chancellor's Visit Shines Even Greater Spotlight on Expanded EFM

    At the Berlinale on Friday, George Clooney caused a stir among media and fans over at Potsdamer Platz, but a power player whose influence trumps any of the buyers, sellers, or stars doing business in Berlin stepped onto the floor of the expanded European Film Market at Martin Gropius Bau. New German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent nearly 45 minutes touring the EFM and chatting with film industry attendees at the Berlinale at about 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. Accompanied by Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick, longtime EFM head Beki Probst and Germany's Minister for Media and Cultural Affairs Bernd Neumann, Merkel visited with a number of ...

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    DAILY DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: 'Snow Business'; Panorama Plans; "Quinceanera," "Promise," "Boys," "Home

    "There's no business like snow business," quipped Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick, opening his fifth festival as the head of the rejuvenated event. Indeed, snow was the theme Thursday in Berlin -- on screen and off -- as the festival opened with Marc Evans' "Snow Cake," while outside the...

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    Interview with Berlin Film Fest Jury Member Yash Chopra

    Bollywood director and producer Yash Chopra ("Veer-Zaara") speaks about being a Berlin International Film Festival jury member and the increasing popularity of Bollywood movies around the world. DW-WORLD reports.

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    First Person: Rajendra Roy on Berlin - The New "Old" World

    [This is the latest in a regular series of "First Person" articles written by members of the film community. It is meant to showcase the opinions of our readers. indieWIRE readers interested in contributing a future "First Person" column should contact us by email: office AT indiewire DOT com.]

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    Altman, Chabrol, Lumet, Panahi, Winterbottom and 14 Others Square Off at '06 Berlinale; 130+ Feature

    Nineteen new films will vie for prizes at the 2006 Berlinale -- the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin -- beginning Thursday in the German capital. The 56th Berlin International Film Festival will present a total of 26 films in its competition section, with higher profile U.S. films screening out...

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    Interview with Berlin International Film Festival's Dieter Kosslick

    Dieter Kosslick spoke with journalist Scott Roxborough about the direction in which he has steered the Berlin International Film Festival since taking over as director in 2001. The Hollywood Reporter reports.

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    Reuters: 56th Berlin International Film Festival Numbers Attest to Increased Popularity

    The organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival reviewed a record 4,000 film entries before deciding on the 400 that make up this year's edition. The festival, which runs February 9 through February 19, is also expecting a record number of film buyers, sellers, producers, directors, actors and journalists to attend. "'The interest has been gigantic this year,' he [festival director Dieter Kosslick] added, noting the European Film Market, where buyers and sellers from around the world gather, has shown a 45 percent increase this year with 254 companies attending. ... Now a major launching pad for Hollywood and European films at the st...

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    The Guardian: Al Gore: the second coming

    Celebrity took an unusually nerdy form at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The man everyone wanted to meet, talk to and be seen with wasn't a film star or daring new director. It was a politician, who is in his sixth year of retirement and more famous for what he didn't achieve than for what he did. Al Gore has been to Sundance before, but never as a leading man. This year he was appearing in "An Inconvenient Truth," a 90-minute star-vehicle documentary. "An Inconvenient Truth" sold out at Sundance and received standing ovations. The Q&As with Gore following the screenings were packed. "The reception he got was extraordinary," says the fil...

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    SXSW Film Festival Unveils Line Up; "Prairie" and "Dreamz" Bookend Event

    The South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) has unveiled its full lineup, including 50 world premieres and 115 features slated for this year's event taking place March 10 - 18. As previously announced, SXSW will open with the North American premiere of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," an ...

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    PARK CITY '06: "Half Nelson" Dominates Survey of Sundance 06 Critics and Journalists

    Ryan Fleck's "Half Nelson" -- and its stars -- topped indieWIRE's first poll of critics and journalists who covered the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which debuted last month in the dramatic Independent Film Competition at Sundance '06, was the overwhelming favorite among a group of 50 members o...

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