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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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    PARK CITY '07 | Catching Up: 90+ Articles About Sundance '07 & Ten Video Episodes

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in Park City, UT and indieWIRE is wrapping up its reporting early this week. Our coverage of Park City '07 includes more than 90 articles about Sundance and Slamdance 2007, featuring news, buzz, reviews, interviews, video episodes, iPOP...

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    Park City '07 SHORTS NOTEBOOK | Create Your Own Shorts Playlist: Over Forty Sundance Films are Just

    Time Magazine's recent selection of "You" as the "Person of the Year" was spot-on. This year, the short film programmers at the Sundance Film Festival officially ceded control to you, the viewer. Before the festival began, the programming professionals spent months carefully considering what short should play before which feature, and how best to bundle the shorts-only programs. But now with more than half of the 71 official selections streaming for free on the festival's website, it's your turn to choose what you want to see and when you want to see it. For those who might feel overwhelmed by the extensive a la carte menu available online, h...

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