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    DISPATCH FROM BRAZIL: At 30 Years, the Sao Paulo International Film Festival Celebrates Its Legacy

    How fitting that the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, or the "Mostra" (short for Mostra Internacional de Cinema), celebrated its landmark 30th year as Brazilians went to the polls to elect their next president. (Lula was re-elected on Sunday.) On opening night on October 19 in the Auditorio do...

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    DISPATCH FROM INDIANA: Faith is in the spotlight at Heartland Film Festival

    Filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke would never have been invited to Indianapolis' Heartland Film Festival for her acclaimed coming-of-age drama "thirteen" although its messages of a wayward teenage girl's self-improvement and learning to make good choices would fit under the Heartland Film Festival banne...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS: Award Winners, Altman, Pollock, and a Piano at 14th Hamptons Fest

    Jens Lien's Norwegian film "The Bothersome Man" won a pair of jury prizes at the 14th Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend. Lien's follow-up to his 2003 feature "Jonny Vang" won the Golden Starfish Competition, nabbing the in-kind production services package valued at $185,000 and it al...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS: Leading Independent Producers Gather to Toast Ted Hope at 3rd Annual Ind

    With a mix of sincerity and silliness, leading independent film producer Ted Hope was saluted Thursday night at the Hamptons International Film Festival by an leading group of filmmaking colleagues and industry friends. The event, presented in conjunction with indieWIRE, ranged from toast to roast a...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS: Haas' War Story, "The Situation," Kicks Off a Festival of International

    Out on the East End of Long Island Wednesday night, the world premiere of Philip Haas' "The Situation" kicked off the 14th Hamptons International Film Festival. Set in contemporary Iraq, the film stars Connie Nielsen and Damian Lewis and will be released by Shadow Distribution early next year. Three...

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    DISPATCH FROM PUSAN: Asian Filmmakers and Producers Look Both Inward and Abroad for Future Growth

    Haze and fog settled over Pusan on Monday and Tuesday, but inside the headquarters for the first annual Asian Film Market, taking place alongside the 11th Pusan International Film Festival, at the Grand Hotel in the city's Haeundae area, the bustle is evident as film industry reps scurry to meetings...

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    Woodstock Offers Decidedly Local Event, Highlighting Fest Circuit Favorites

    October has become quite a busy month for film festivals in and around New York City. While the highly selective New York Film Festival runs for more than two weeks at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, about two hours north of the city the annual Woodstock Film Festival offers a getaway weekend in the Hu...

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    DISPATCH FROM PUSAN: Protecting Local Voices While Embracing a New Market, Pusan Events Champion Asi

    The Korean peninsula was thrown into crisis last week with news of two nuclear tests by North Korea, yet hundreds of miles away in the southern port city of Pusan, fireworks and jubilation were the order of the day for the start of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival. An estimated 5,000 ticke...

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    FESTIVAL DISPATCH: Intimate and a "Best Kept Secret" -- Reykjavik Honors "Grbavica" and "Overcome"

    Last year, I traveled to the Reykjavik International Film Festival and felt lucky to have discovered an intimate festival whose organizers took great care in both curating an eclectic mix of mostly European and some North American-oriented fare, while they also pay close attention to facilitating a ...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE NYFF: Trying to Make Sense of "Inland Empire" and a Closer Look at "The Host"

    The New York Film Festival crossed the halfway mark over the weekend, with Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" in the centerpiece spotlight. The Spanish auteur soaked in the accolades alongside his Cannes award-winning leading ladies Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, and Yohana Cobo while at a late n...

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