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    "London River" Pits Great Actors Against Lackluster Material

    Rachid Bouchareb's "London River" is simultaneously quaint and far-reaching, a tension the filmmaker never fully resolves. Set in the immediate aftermath of the 2005 London bombings, the movie follows a pair of single parents -- a middle-class widow, Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn), who hea...

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    Mike Leigh Named Berlinale Jury President

    Mike Leigh Named Berlinale Jury President

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    MoMA to Honor Berlinale's Dieter Kosslick with Culinary Cinema Series

    Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlin International Film Festival since May 2001, will be honored at MoMA from August 22 to 30. According to MoMA, Kosslick "has long been engaged in issues related to food, pleasure and ecology, as well as their cultural significance and cinematic presentation....

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    TLA Releasing Picks Up UK and U.S. Rights to Berlin Winner "Harvest"

    TLA Releasing nabbed UK and U.S. rights to Benjamin Cantu's "Harvest," winner of the Siegessäule Audience Award at the the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. The drama tracks the relationship between two young apprentices working on an agricultural complex south of Berlin.

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    Strand Picks Up Braden King's Sundance Debut "HERE"

    Strand Releasing has acquired Braden King's debut feature "HERE." The video artist and music video director debuted his Ben Foster-starring film at this year's Sundance and went on to screen at the Berlinale. "HERE" follows a satellite-mapping engineer played by Foster fall for an Armenian photogr...

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    Samuel Goldwyn Nabs U.S. Rights to New Film from "Farewell My Concubine" Director

    Samuel Goldwyn has snatched U.S. distribution rights for "Sacrifice" from Chinese director Chan Kaige ("Farewell My Concubine"). The film, which screened at this year's Berlinale, is based on the play "Orphan of Zhao," tells the story of a Yuan dynasty-era general who massacres his rivals enemy, le...

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    Berlinale '11 | The Iran Question; Generations a Gem & "Jess + Moss"

    At a Berlinale notable for its predictability, one incident above all sticks in the memory: before the opening credits rolled on the Turkish competition entry "Our Grand Despair," a screen emblazoned with the words FREE JAFAR PANAHI AND MOHAMMAD RASOULOF appeared, and in my seat I braced myself, ant...

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    Iran's "Separation" Wins Berlinale's Golden Bear

    In a big night for Iranian film "Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin" (Nader and Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi, the feature picked up three high profile awards, including the Golden Bear, capping the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival in the German capital Saturday night. The film also took the be...

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    Berlinale 2011 | Teddy Awards Announce Best in Queer Film

    The 2011 Teddy Awards, a subprogram of the Berlinale that puts the spotlight on the fest's LGBT/queer content, were announced tonight at a special "jubilee gala" at Tempelhof airport. Leading the pack were "Ausente" by Marco Berger, which won the best feature award, and best doc winner "The Ballad ...

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    Berlinale 2011 | It's The Pictures That Got Small: Searching For Cinema In "Die ewige Zweite"

    Of the many questions raised by this year's Berlin Film Festival - and we'll get to those in a minute - none seemed more puzzling than this: why did so many of its public spaces - the Cinemaxx bar, the foyer of the Arsenal - carry upon the air the faint but unmistakable scent of semen? ...

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