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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 Hudson Valley for a program of films mostly from the recent festival circuit, even as the NYFF continued, while the following weekend, the Hamptons International Film Festival will weigh in with an increasingly international showcase for new movies on the East End of Long Island (a few hours away of the city). Touting record attendance at its annual ...

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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 ticket holders crammed an outdoor screening venue at a yacht club for the opening night film, "Traces of Love" by Korean director Kim Daeseung ("Bungee Jumping of Their Own"). The film screened after dozens of Korean stars took to the stage to the loud cheers of fans, via a raised red carpet walkway. Starring Yu Ji-tae, Kim Ji-soo and Uhm Ji-won, the fi...

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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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    NYFF CRITICS NOTEBOOK: Religion, Monarchy and More From the NYFF's Second Half

    Movies fascinated with royalty bookend the New York Film Festival, which opened with Stephen Frears' crowd-pleasing "The Queen" and showcases Sofia Coppola's meretricious "Marie Antoinette" closing weekend, but overall, eclectism rules. Far from Balmoral and Versailles are the Cairo streets where Ta...

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    FESTIVAL DISPATCH: In Defense of Peace, Reykjavik Film Fest Spotlights Conflict

    Films from Eastern Europe as well as the former Yugoslavia, including a spotlight on Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic ("The Optimists"), are some of the themes of this year's Reykjavik International Film Festival, currently underway in Iceland. The festival opened with Stephen Frears' critically a...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE NYFF: With NY Fest Underway, "Little Children" and "Bamako" Stir Viewers

    Those who attend the New York Film Festival for the first time quickly notice that at the esteemed Manhattan event things are done a bit differently. This is not your typical film festival, rather its more of a nightly showcase. Just two films from the event's main program screen for the public each evening at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall during NYFF; there are four screenings on weekends. Meanwhile, sidebar showings and events running concurrently in the Film Society of Lincoln Center's adjacent year-round venue, the Walter Reade Theater. Unlike the upstart Tribeca Film Festival which has expanded to numerous New York City neighborhoods...

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    DISPATCH FROM THE NYFF: Considering Customs and Change on Opening Night #44, Stephen Frears' "The Qu

    The classic tug of war between tradition and modernization is quite apparent as the 44th New York Film Festival heads into opening night with the gala North American premiere of "The Queen," Stephen Frears' new film featuring a spectacular performance by Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. "For 44 years we've been accused of being demanding, inflexible and insanely selective," states the trailer for this year's festival, adding the punchline, "Remarkably like our audience." Produced by the stalwart Film Society of Lincoln Center, the promo piece also highlights a long list of acclaimed filmmakers who have been showcased at the eevnt, fro...

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    DISPATCH FROM IFP MARKET '06: Heavy Hitters and Newcomers Alike Consider Niche Riches at Filmmaker C

    In Chris Anderson's popular new book The Long Tail, about "the new economics of culture and commerce," the Wired magazine editor-in-chief explores, "Why the future of business is selling less of more." That is, how a number of businesses that make their money selling culture (music, movies, books) m...

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