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    Human Rights Watch: Bringing to Light Injustice and Activism Around the World

    "Hope, it's all we've ever had," says a Catholic priest in Michael Caton-Jones' Rwandan drama "Shootings Dogs." "Now, it's running dry."

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    CANNES '06 WINNERS: Loach Film Wins Palme d'Or, "Volver" Wins 2 Prizes

    The 2006 Festival de Cannes came to a close tonight in France with Ken Loach winning the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, for his feature film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley. "[This] film is a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history," Loach said tonight, accepting his prize on stage at the Lumiere Theater in Cannes. "And if we tell the truth about the past, maybe we can tell the truth about the present." The jurors awarded two prizes to Pedro Almodovar's "Volver", the screenwriting award to Almodovar and notably presented the best actress prize to the entire cast of women in the movie. And gave the best actor a...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Will Pedro Win? Spanish Language Filmmakers Shine At 2006 Festival de Can

    On the final weekend of the Festival de Cannes in France four films from Spanish-language directors have festival-goers buzzing (and may win awards) as the event draws to a close. Since day two here on the Croisette, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" has stirred talk of the filmmaker winning his first Palme d'Or, while later in the week Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez-Innaritu's "Babel" drew a lengthy standing ovation at its premiere screening immediately making it an awards contender. Now, on the final weekend of the festival, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro's dark fairy tale, "Pan's Labyrinth," and Uruguayan director Israel...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Fortissimo Coming to America; Sony Classics Grabs Besson's "Angel-A"; Pictu

    In a move to expand its sales activities and bolster relationships with North American filmmakers, Fortissimo Films announced Thursday that it will open a New York office, with Winnie Lau heading the new bureau. Lau has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales & Acquisitions, the company anno...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Sofia Coppola on "Marie Antoinette;" Industry Folks on Distribution; and

    The Festival de Cannes welcomed its second France-filmed feature here today with the debut of Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." While the festival's opening night movie, "The Da Vinci Code," was shot at The Louvre in Paris, Coppola's third feature (opening today commercially in this country) was shot at Versailles. Unlike "Da Vinci" however, audiences at a Wednesday morning showing offered the film a warm applause that was quickly punctuated by a round of boos. As the fest approaches its final weekend here in Cannes, just a few more of the competition films remain to be screened. indieWIRE sat in on a conversation with Coppola in Cannes Wed...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Magnolia Makes a Deal For "Host"; Weinstein Goes Asian; TF1 Acquires Trio o

    Buyers and sellers began checking out of the Marche du Film Wednesday, some heading back to their home offices. But many others stayed longer in Cannes to try to close another deal or two before exiting Cannes. In a rare deal from an American company in Cannes, Magnolia Pictures worked into the early hours of Wednesday morning to close an English language rights deal for South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's "The Host," an acclaimed Directors' Fortnight entry at the festival this year that has earned growing buzz in recent days. Earlier in the fest, The New York Times' critic Manohla Dargis called it the best film she has seen at the fest so f...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Sony Classics to Release Satrapi's "Persepolis" Memoir; IFC Picks Up "Destr

    In a deal with Celluloid Dreams, Sony Pictures Classics announced Tuesday it will release "Persepolis" (based on Marjane Satrapi's best-selling graphic novel autobiography) in North America. Satrapi co-wrote and is co-directing the project with Vincent Paronnaud. Executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy of the Kennedy/Marshall Company, the film is a co-production with France 3 Cinema and is being produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault of 2.4.7. Films. It was described in an announcement as a "poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic revolution." Hengameh Panahi from...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: Equation/Swift Snags "Red Road;" Europe Goes Global; TWC Gets Social; Dubai

    Trust Film Sales has announced its sale of Andrea Arnold's competition film "Red Road" and Anders Morgenthaler's "Princess" to Didier Costet's company, Equation/Swift. Costet said in a statement, issued by Trust, "I am very happy and pleased once again to work with Trust Film Sales. This is my secon...

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    CANNES '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Festive Fest; Lunch With Pedro; American Directors and Gena Speaks

    At the midpoint of the Festival de Cannes, only a few fest titles have buyers buzzing so far, but action at the Marche du Film has been brisk, primarily focused on companies announcing previously signed pacts (see indieWIRE's related daily biz coverage). Meanwhile, critics, journalists, fest programmers and other attendees have been talking a lot about John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus" in recent days, while competition titles like Andrea Arnold's "Red Road," Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Iklimler," and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" seem to be the best received movies thus far. We'll have more on films from the last few days in Tuesday's critics notebook...

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    CANNES '06 MARKET DAILY: The Return of MGM; Strand's "Dolls"; Fortissimo Pacts; New Celluloid Label

    MGM COO Rick Sands hosted an informal breakfast with journalists early Sunday morning to tout the future line up and viability of the legendary Hollywood studio. As previously announced, MGM will be handling the U.S. distribution rights to "Rocky Balboa," written, directed and starring Sylvester Stallone. Sands, a former Miramax exec, plugged the film to the attending journalists, saying he expected the film to be a contender during awards season. "What happens will very much depend on the mood of the [U.S.] come awards season, but there's nomination potential for actor, and directing," said Sands, who also noted the film's release will be ti...

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