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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Apartheid and Woman Love in Sarif's "The World Unseen" and "I Can't Think Stra

    Director Shamim Sarif's "The World Unseen" is adapted from her novel, and is set in 1950s apartheid South Africa amongst the Indian community. The themes are universal - that whatever family, societal or even political constraints you find around you, you can question those constraints, and then tak...

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "The Guitar" Director Amy Redford

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was first published in January profiling first-time feature directors who had films screening at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Amy Redford's "The Guitar" opens in limited edition via Lightning Media November 7.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Dear Zachary" Director Kurt Kuenne

    In "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father," director Kurt Kuenne pays tribute to his murdered friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby. The woman who killed Bagby was pregnant with Bagby's son, Zachary, at the time of his murder, and Kuenne realized his film "would likely be the only way that little Zac...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Synecdoche, New York" Director Charlie Kaufman

    In the opening scene of "Being John Malkovich," John Cusack is a street puppeteer controlling the interaction of his creations. Spike Jonze may have directed, but the film's screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, makes clear from the get-go that he is the master of the enterprise. The screenwriter as auteur...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "I've Loved You So Long" Director Philippe Claudel

    The film has yet to bow here, yet Kristin Scott Thomas is already a magnet for Oscar buzz. In "I've Loved You So Long" by Philippe Claudel she plays Juliette, a woman just released from prison after serving a fifteen-year sentence for murder. Taken in by her younger sister Lea (Elsa Zylberstein), whom she hasn't seen all this time, Juliette begins the tortuous re-entry into civilian life, facing the hostility of her sister's husband, the revulsion her past inspires in potential employers, and the awkwardness of social rituals that now seem alien. Mostly, though, she faces her own struggle to turn from darkness and despair toward a new beginni...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Fear(s) of the Dark" Director Charles Burns

    Directed by Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire, Romaine Slocombe, Jerry Kramsky, Michel Pirus and Etienne Robial, "Fear(s) of the Dark" is a collection of fearful tales by ten cutting-edge and acclaimed graphic artists. Their intertwined storie...

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    Cameron talks Avatar on CBC

    "It's going to be interesting," Cameron said on CBC's The Hour back in October 2008. The director is talking about "Avatar," a movie that has already eaten up two years of his life, and has one more to go. "We finished with the actors," he says. "We're in CG hell. We're trying to create a world from...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Choose Connor" Director Luke Eberl

    Luke Eberl's "Choose Connor" premiered at the CineVegas International Film Festival in June 2007, and has since played in dozens of fests, including the Rome Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, and the Philadelphia Film Festival, where it won the American Independent's Award. The film follows an idealistic 15-year old (Alex Linz), who becomes the youth spokesman for U.S. Senate Candidate Lawrence Connor (Steven Weber),, only to be exploited through Connor's election campaign. 22-year old Eberl, making his feature directorial debut after a career acting (with credits including TV series' "Big Love" and "Cold Case), talked to indieWI...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Happy-Go-Lucky" Director Mike Leigh

    In the opening scenes of "Happy-Go-Lucky," Poppy, a thirty-year-old teacher dressed in flea market duds and fishnet stockings, pedals through London dispensing cheer -- then ends up getting her bike stolen. Instead of going ballistic like most of us, Poppy regroups in the time it takes to say Shit ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela" Director Olaf de Fleur Johannesson

    Icelandic director Olaf de Fleur Johannesson's "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela" is an 85 minute drama which chronicles the story of a naive but street smart Filipina transsexual prostitute named Raquela who decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many Transsexuals (often known as "Ladyboys") in the Philippines, Raquela dreams of marrying a heterosexual man from the West. She spends much of her time on the Internet looking for men who can come and rescue her. They promise to come, but time after time Raquela gets stood up at the airport. Her life changes when, by luck, she lands a job as a webcam host on a transsexu...

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