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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Eagle vs. Shark" Director Taika Waititi

    New Zealand director Taika Waititi 's comedy "Eagle vs. Shark" chronicles the quirky romance of two awkward misfits, Lily (Loren Horsley), a shy fast-food restaurant cashier, and her crush, Jarrod (Jermaine Clement), an electronic store clerk. On the day Lily gets fired from her job at Meaty Boy, she musters up the courage to attend Jarrod's annual "come as your favorite animal" costume party. The dressy affair sparks the beginnings of a romance as well as a small journey for the pair to Jarrod's quiet hometown, in which Jarrod plans to seek revenge on an old nemesis... Waititi answered questions ahead of the Sundance Film Festival back in Ja...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Lights in the Dusk" Director Aki Kaurismaki

    Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's Cannes '06 feature "Lights in the Dusk" (Laitakaupungin valot) revolves around the commerical and office-block "canyons" of a Helsinki business district. The film concludes a trilogy including "Drifting Clouds," and "The Man Without a Past." The first in the trilogy was about unemployment and the second about homelessness. This final installment centers on loneliness in which Koistinen searches the hard world for a small crack to crawl in through, but both his fellow beings and the faceless apparatus of the society conspire to crush his modest hopes. Criminal elements exploit his longing for love and his posi...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Chalk" Director Mike Akel

    Director Mike Akel's "Chalk" is a spirited portrait of life in the trenches of that most honorable and frustrating profession...teaching. The self-conscious Mr. Stroope is convinced that his time has come--this year he will be furnished with the golden title of "Teacher of the Year," if only his smarter students would stop using words that he can't understand. Peek into Mr. Lowrey's History class, meanwhile, and you'll see that he's struggling to even call himself a teacher. Woefully inept due to a complete lack of experience and social skills, he earnestly stutters his way through class. The only interaction his students offer him is when th...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Crazy Love" Director Dan Klores

    [EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published in January as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.]

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Ten Canoes" co-Director Rolf de Heer

    Writer/co-director Rolf de Heer's "Ten Canoes" (also directed by Peter Djigirr) has been praised both at home in Australia as well as abroad, taking a special jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes as well as other nods from fests around the world. Set centuries ago and in mythical ti...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Amu" Director Shonali Bose

    Indian-born director Shonali Bose's Berlin and Toronto '05 feature "Amu" is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family and discover the place where she was born. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins. The film received the FIPRESCI prize at the 2005 Bombay International Film Festival as well as two national awards of India for best English-language film and best director. The film opened May 25 at New York's Cinema Village and will ...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | So Yong Kim: "I wanted to focus on specific emotions I had... that I

    Inspired by her childhood, So Yong Kim's Atelier entry, "Treeless Mountain", is the story of abandonment and family bonds. Set in Korea, a precocious six-year-old and her little sister move from the city to their grandparent's country house when their mother leaves to find her estranged husband. So...

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    DiCaprio Talks, Cannes Party Hopping

    It was fun taking a breather at the Hotel du Cap Saturday to interview Leo DiCaprio. Warner Independent shuttled various journos from the Palais along the Mediterranean coast to the Cap d'Antibes. We walked through the sun-dappled woods to a series of cabanas by the water, where we hung out until Le...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Vimukthi Jayasundara: "'Ahasinwitai' is a kind of climax of the idea

    In The Atelier entry "Ahasinwitai" ("The Fallen"), a young Sri Lankan man flees the violence of the city, venturing to a village where myth and legend still keep a strong hold on the inhabitants. Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara previously won the Camera d'Or in Cannes 2003 with his first ...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Semih Kaplanoglu: "Time is the raw material of cinema."

    In Semih Kaplanoglu's Atelier project "Milk", a young man who sells milk with his mother watches his world change dramatically as their Turkish town faces globalization and his mother falls in love. Kaplanoglu already has a distinguished record in film. His first feature "Herkes Kendi Evinde" won ...

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