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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Chop Shop" Director Ramin Bahrani

    Ramin Bahrani does not suffer fools gladly--which is not to suggest that the Iranian-American director is anything but infallibly polite. While indieWIRE recently talked with him about his second feature, "Chop Shop," opening today at New York City's Film Forum, he even offered to share the Thai foo...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Year My Parents Went On Vacation" Director Cao Hamburger

    Brazil's official submission for the 2008 Academy Awards (for which it made the "longlist" of finalists but failed to receive one of the controversial nominations), Cao Hamburger's "The Year My Parents Went On Vacation" has made the rounds of over 30 worldwide film festivals, including Berlin and Toronto. Set around the 1970 World Cup, "Vacation" details a couple who leave their son Marco with his grandfather, only to have his grandfather die of a heart attack just after the parents leave. Alone and without knowing where is parents are, Marco stays with his grandfather's next door neighbor Shlomo in the Jewish community of Bom Retiro. Screeni...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Counterfeiters" Director Stefan Ruzowitzky

    No, it's not for his famous flop of an American drag film, "All the Queen's Men," that he received an Oscar nomination. Forty-six-year-old Viennese director Stefan Ruzowitzky learned something facile but important in the industry: actors carry baggage. He had no idea that he cast not Matt LeBlanc as a World War Two interloper in women's clothes trying to learn war secrets, but in fact Joey from "Friends." How should Ruzowitzky know how popular the program was? In fact, his nomination is for Best Foreign Language Film, Austria's selection "The Counterfeiters," with less exposed but better performers who are known quantities, with serious drama...

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    IndieWIRE INTERVIEW | "In Bruges" Director Martin McDonagh

    Talk to Martin McDonagh and the phrase he keeps returning to is "dark and dangerous." Certainly those words -- along with hilarious, twisted, fresh -- capture the "In-Yer-Face Theatre" of this Anglo-Irish writer. He crashed onto the scene at age twenty-three with "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (which he claims he wrote in eight days), then knocked out a series of plays marked by violence and ghoulish glee, mostly set in Ireland in some "lonesome west" (the title of one play) of the soul. Lionized as an important new playwright, McDonagh at one point had six productions on London stages at the same time. Yet his great love, he claims, has alway...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "The Band's Visit" Director "Eran Kolirin

    After the screening in last year's Cannes, the applause wouldn't stop, keeping the visibly moved filmmakers and cast in the theater. The film was "The Band's Visit," a first feature from Israeli director Eran Kolirin. Arriving without buzz on the Croisette, it quickly emerged as a gem of Cannes '07, and nabbed the international critic's prize for the Un Certain Regard section. "Band" is a quiet, pared-down film, which like a story by Chekhov, strips bare its characters' lives. Toplined by the great Ronit Elkabetz, leading Israeli actor Sasson Gabai, and gifted Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, it concerns an Egyptian Police band that arrives in ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days" Director Cristian Mungiu

    For his second feature, 39-year-old Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu knew exactly what he wanted--and garnered the Palme d'or in Cannes last year for it. He made a film that takes place over 24 hours in a provincial town one day in 1987, before the dictator Ceaucescu was deposed and Communism fell in Eastern Europe. It is a personal story based on an experience a woman had during that period, when abortion was banned. And it is deceptively simple. Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) takes charge when her friend and dormmate Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) gets pregnant and can not handle the details of arranging her own abortion in a cheap hotel performed by ...

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    iW PROFILE | "Be Kind, Rewind" Director Michel Gondry

    Rundown French cinemas inspired Michel Gondry's latest, "Be Kind Rewind," which had its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and opens this Friday (February 22, 2008) in U.S. theaters. "I noticed in my district in Paris there were so many abandoned movie theaters," Gondry noted last mo...

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    Sundance Video: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Martin McDonagh

    Here's the first of many Sundance video-interviews we're putting up during the fest, with the In Bruges gang:

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "Eat, For This Is My Body" Director Michelange Quay

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling first-time feature directors who have films screening at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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    PARK CITY '08 INTERVIEW | "Diminished Capacity" Director Terry Kinney

    EDITORS NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews, conducted via email, profiling first-time feature directors who have films screening at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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