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    Lars Von Trier Live at The IFC Center!

    In what will be a rare opportunity for American moviegoers to (almost) come face-to-face with Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier, the director (who has never been to the U.S.) will participate in live onscreen Q & A sessions via Apple's video iChat software. IFC and Apple recently offered the first few minutes of Von Trier's IFC Films release, "Manderlay" for download via iTunes. The live discussions will take place on January 28 & 29 at the IFC Center and follow the weekend matinee screenings of the new film; they will also be available for viewing on Salon.com (the film opens in NYC on January 27th). Additionally, the IFC Center will present "...

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    "Kings and Queen" Crowned Best Foreign Film in indieWIRE Poll; "2046" and "Hidden" Also Popular

    In a surprising victory, French maverick Arnaud Desplechin's fifth feature "Kings and Queen" was voted best picture in indieWIRE's fourth foreign-language film survey. Wong Kar-wai's sumptuous sci-fi romance "2046" was the runner-up choice for best film, but was the highest vote-getter across all ca...

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    Havana Fest Creates Plentiful Program Despite Low Cash

    Like the 11 million citizens who have to hustle to make ends meet in an otherwise enticing Cuba, the 27th Havana Film Festival (December 6-16)--officially the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema -- validates the cliche that necessity is the mother of invention. Fest director Ivan Giroud and a year-round staff of four, working on a budget under $150,000, program hundreds of films--dramatic features and shorts, animation, and documentaries. The movies, primarily from Latin America, are shown in 21 cinemas spread throughout metropolitan Havana (pop. 2.2 million), a gorgeous but decaying city of royal palms, broad avenues, and str...

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    Film Society of Lincoln Center's Spanish Cinema Now Series

    The 14th annual Spanish Cinema Now film series, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Instituto Cervantes, is currently running through Wednesday, December 28, spotlighting the latest offernings from Spain. Screenings are taking place at the Walter Reade Theater.

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    Thessaloniki Sees a Regime Change; Spotlights Newcomers

    "I don't believe in God, but I believe in John Huston," Patrice Chereau noted last Tuesday in Thessaloniki, a northeastern port-city in Greece at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

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    BBC: Argentine win at Swedish festival

    Argentinian director Juan Diego Solanas has won the top prize at the Stockholm International Film Festival. Solanas, 39, beat off competition from 17 other films to take the Bronze Horse trophy for "Nordeste" (Northeast). The film, which stars French actress Carol Bouquet as a wealthy woman who trav...

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    Dispatch from Brazil: Mix Brasil Celebrates Record Attendance With Innovative Programming

    It is one of Brazil's greatest contradictions that a deeply religious country is also one of the most sexually liberal societies in the developing world. Despite the influence of Catholicism and other fastly growing religions (Brazil is home to the world's largest number of Catholics), sexual minorities have a visibility in Brazil that makes it an anomaly among Latin countries. In such a unique context, the growing success of the Mix Brasil Film and Video Festival of Sexual Diversity - which celebrated its 13th year with record attendance in Sao Paulo from November 10-20 (and will tour abridged programs to Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia) - is an...

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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 (Clara Khoury), a young Druze woman who is about to marry a Syrian television star she has never met. For Mona, this meaningful day entails drastic consequences: once she crosses the border from Majdal Shams, the Druze village where she lives with her family, to her new life in Syria, she will never be able to come back. The happiest day of her life ...

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