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    Leisure Time Acquires Russian Festival Hit "Hipster"

    The small New York distributor Leisure Time Features (Haneke's "Code Unknown," Ozon's "Sitcom") has acquired Valerie Todorovsky's Cold War era musical "Hipsters" for US theatrical release. The dazzling film follows a clique of young communist party hipsters in Cold War Russia. The film will be rel...

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    Film Movement picks up Japense Comedy "Hospitalité"

    Film Movement has picked up Japanese director Koji Fukuda's comedy "Hospitalité" for North American distribution, the company said Tuesday. The film follows the follies that ensue when a man and his wife shack up with a family that owns a printing press in their building, the husband takes it over,...

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    Werner Herzog Gets Psychedelic, Entices Stephen Colbert with Talk of Albino Alligators

    Props to the "The Colbert Report," which saw fit to interview Werner Herzog (!) as he promotes the release of "Cave of Forgotten Dreams." Although he resisted Colbert's suggestion to describe the film as "cave porn," Herzog provided a good match to Colbert's wit. After describing the film's postscri...

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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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    New York Indian Film Fest Names "Spring in the Colony" & "Bhopali" Best of Fest

    Following the premiere of Rituparno Ghosh's "Noukadubi," at an Asia Society screening attended by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Ambassador Prakash Shah, and Consul General Prabhu Dayal, the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (formerly...

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    7th Art Releasing Buys Panorama Winner "In Heaven, Underground" Out of Hot Docs

    7th Art Releasing bought North American distribution rights and world television rights to Britta Wauer’s "In Heaven, Underground: The Jewish Cemetery in Berlin-Weissensee." It's currently playing as part of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto.

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    Hot Docs Fest and Blue Ice Film Announce $1 Million Fund for African Docs

    It was announced today at Toronto's Hot Docs Forum, held in conjunction with the festival, that Hot Docs would be teaming with Toronto-based Blue Ice Films to provide $1 million in grants over the next five years to African documentarians. The fund seeks to foster documentaries by Africans to come ...

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    Nat Geo to Take "Benda Bilili!" on Tour

    The music doc "Benda Bilili!" by French directors Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret will be distributed in the U.S. in fall 2011 by National Geographic Cinematic Ventures. The film follows a band from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Staff Benda Bilili (translation: "Look Beyond"), made up ...

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    When Censors Attack: What Really Happened With "A Serbian Film," "Turin Horse" and "Presumed Guilty"

    Censorship brought global headlines to three films this week. In Hungary, screenings of native son Béla Tarr's "The Turin Horse" have been canceled. A Spanish festival director is under attack for attempting to screen "A Serbian Film." And in Mexico, a prison documentary has been pulled from distrib...

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    "A Serbian Film" Brings Legal Trouble, Support For a Festival Director

    Since "A Serbian Film" premiered on the festival circuit last year, the title by first-time director Srdjan Spasojevic has courted controversy for its gruesome depiction of rape, child sodomy, murder and altogether unpleasantness. That said, it also received the Audience Award at Portugal's Fantaspo...

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