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    International Line Up and Guests Spotlighted at 49th Thessaloniki Film Fest

    The 49th International Thessaloniki Film Festival kicked off Friday, November 18, in Athens, Greece. This year, 254 films will screen during this 10-day event, which closes November 27. The opening night film was "Hell," directed by Danis Tanovic ("No Man's Land") about three sisters (Emmanuelle Bea...

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    With National Pride At Stake, Foreign Language Films Compete For Oscar Glory

    Think it's Oscar season? For foreign language films, the campaigning actually began months ago -- when the deadline to submit paperwork for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar dropped October 3. Out of 91 entries, a record-breaking 58 countries made the cut (newbies include Costa Rica, Fiji and Ira...

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    Wedding Crashers: Eran Riklis' "Syrian Bride"

    Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis recognizes the cinematic potential in an absurd political situation--it's easy for him, perhaps, because the country he lives in provides so much irrationality and insanity. His new downcast wedding film, "The Syrian Bride," takes place on the matrimonial day of Mona (C...

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    "Kissed By Winter" "Refugee All Stars" "Tsotsi" and "C.R.A.Z.Y." Honored as AFI Fest Concludes

    The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival capped off its 2005 edition with an awards ceremony atop the Hollywood ArcLight parking structure at the event's festival village, awarding Norway's "Kissed by Winter" its grand jury prize in the international feature competition, while the audience aw...

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    Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival to Spotlight 50 International Docs

    One of America's longest running documentary fests, the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival has announced the slate of its 29th edition including the New York premiere of first-time director Petr Lom's "Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgystan." The fest, which screens at New York's American Museum of Natu...

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    The Palestinian Invasion: Will "Paradise Now" Be the Biggest Arabic-Language Film Ever?

    Two years ago, Hany Abu-Assad's "Rana's Wedding" -- a political comedy about a Palestinian woman's mishaps getting married in Ramallah -- debuted in U.S. theaters with favorable reviews and the hopes of capturing the art-house market and offering American audiences a uniquely Palestinian perspective...

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    Growing Pains: Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Innocence"

    In Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Innocence" nostalgia and dread become one--and it's a perfectly welcome symbiosis. A remarkable sustained allegory, "Innocence" luxuriates in the kind of symbolic imagery one would associate mostly with the fantastic worlds of children's fiction, but with the wherewithal ...

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    Shoot to Kill: Im Sang-soo Gets Down and Dirty With Politics in "The President's Last Bang"

    Aside from Lars von Trier's blowsy America-trashing "Manderlay," "The President's Last Bang," directed by controversy-magnet Im Sang-soo, was the most controversial entry in the 43rd New York Film Festival. Or at least it would have been, if American audiences had even the most passing knowledge of ...

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    DISPATCH FROM REYKJAVIK: Kiarostami Honored for a Lifetime of Achievement

    Celebrated Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (director of "Taste of Cherry" and writer of "Crimson Gold") received the recognition of a nation Monday in Iceland. The President of the North Atlantic island nation, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson presented the director with a lifetime achievement award as part...

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    Dispatch From Brazil: Short Films In Abundance at Sao Paulo's Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metra

    "A long life for Brazilian cinema!" was the ironic cheer of the night at the opening of the 16th Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de Sao Paulo, the largest short film festival in Latin America. Despite being an invitation-only event, the theater was so full on opening night that guests fil...

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