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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | With Eslinger's "Forest" in Competition, American Films (Indies In Parti

    There was a significant moment inside the Berlinale Palast here in Germany this week when Berlin International Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick led twenty-five year-old American filmmaker Ryan Eslinger by the hand, directing him to walk in the spotlight to his seat for the world premiere of his second feature film, "When A Man Falls in The Forest." Eslinger paused momentarily before raising his head and walking with confidence to the VIP row where he was quickly joined by his film's co-stars Sharon Stone and Timothy Hutton. Eslinger's film is a rarity in the Berlinale's high-profile international competition; of the four American films ...

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    BERLIN '07 DAILY DISPATCH | Glamour, Politics, The Biz, and Young People: Dieter Kosslick Talks Abou

    After a weekend of snow, ice and a cold biting wind here in Berlin, the skies cleared and temperatures warmed up a bit in the German capital, making the festival all the more manageable for visitors and locals alike. Sitting down to chat with indieWIRE at the mid-point of the annual Berlinale, festival director Dieter Kosslick, wearing a light festival hoodie, breathed a sigh of relief that the winter weather had eased up. Chatting about his role as the jovial goodwill ambassador atop one of the world's leading film festivals and markets, Kosslick said that he had spent the first first days in Berlin making any number of welcome speeches, set...

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    BERLIN '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Adventurous "Chatterley" Atop Berlinale Crop; Cotillard Shines, Costan

    True to form, the most interesting work at this year's Berlinale could be found outside the spotlight of the official competition. Tucked away in the Panorama section, Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" doesn't exactly qualify as a discovery, having already been anointed one of last year's best film...

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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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    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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    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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    ROTTERDAM '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Malaysian Cinema Steps Into Spotlight at Rotterdam Fest

    Instead of the usual trio of winners, the Tiger Awards at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam went to four films. One can only assume this reflected a jury impasse as opposed to a surfeit of quality. Many here seemed to agree that this was not the finest year for the Tiger competition,...

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    ROTTERDAM '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | In Average Year So Far, Standouts Include "Unerzogenen," "La Marea,

    More than halfway through the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, there have been no breakout hits, no bolts from the blue in the fashion of Ilya Khrzhanovsky's "4" or Carlos Reygadas' "Japon," two recent quintessential Rotterdam debuts.

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    DISPATCH FROM ROTTERDAM | At Cinemart, Eyeing the Cusp of International Cinema

    It seems that each year I attend the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the business side of the event grows, which I suppose is only natural for a festival as successful as this one. In recent years the festival's now legendary co-production market CineMart, has developed new initiatives with new partners from all over the world, all in order to continue their goals of helping filmmakers realize their vision. In 2001 the CineMart International Trainee Project (later renamed the Rotterdam Lab) was born and a few years later the IFFR along with the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) launched the Rotterdam-Berlin Express,...

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