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    Here! Gets "Queens" From Fortissimo

    Here! Films has nabbed North American rights to Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Queens" (Reinas), from Fortissimo Film Sales. The company is planning a release early next year in conjunction with regent Releasing. The film is described as as "ensemble comedy that finds five headstrong mothers coping with the personal family conflicts surrounding the impending marriages of their gay sons at a mass wedding." Written by Yolanda Garcia Serrano, Joaquin Oristrell and Pereira, the film stars Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Veronica Forque, Mercedes Sampietro, and Betiana Blum, along with "the sons," Gustavo Salmeron, Unax Ugaldo, Hugo Silva, Paco Leon, Danie...

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    Making A Family Sex Comedy: A Conversation with Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau

    For several years, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have been writing and directing distinctive films that take a sunny disposition on what are generally serious issues. Their first collaboration, "The Adventures of Felix," is about a gay man who leaves his lover to find a makeshift family on ...

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    Meet Me in St. Tropez: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau's "Cote d'Azur"

    To include Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau among France's best-unsung contemporary filmmakers would probably be a bit of a hyperbolic stretch. Yet in the interest of making someone sit up and take note, I'll dare to do just that. Wearing their big-hearted generosity perhaps a bit too much on their sleeves, the directing duo nevertheless repeatedly construct narratives of unending good will and slapdash optimism that send you out of the theater refreshingly buzzed. Even if their brand of homo-happy whimsy doesn't exactly correspond with today's trendy art-house fare, it's been disconcerting to see their work become increasingly gay-ghet...

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    Palestinian Film Looks at Suicide Bombers

    As a Palestinian director, Hany Abu-Assad fully recognized he was stepping into a political minefield. By making a feature film about two young Palestinians who volunteer to become suicide bombers, he risked being accused either of glorifying terrorism or of betraying resistance to the Israeli occup...

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    Movie Stars in a Former War Zone: Sarajevo Film Festival Thrives For Locals and Industry Attendees

    It's rare to find a film festival that has both noble intentions AND an industry relevance -- Cannes isn't trying to cure cancer, after all. That's one reason that the Sarajevo Film Festival is such a standout on the festival circuit. The festival was started during the Bosnian war 11 years ago as a mark of artistic defiance and a way to let the troubled community find solace through film. More than a decade later, the war is over and the festival helps continue the healing process -- embraced by the community through its strong children's and teen programs as well as popular open-air screenings. And it is attracting more and more attention i...

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    Venice prepares for film fest with Asian flavour

    Venice's Lido is a favorite venue for stars from Hollywood but as the red carpet is rolled out for this year's festival, the flavour is distinctly Asian, from a martial arts-themed opening to Japanese cartoons. And after a blunder-prone, overloaded 2004, organisers of the world's oldest cinema compe...

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    Dispatch From Brazil: Beyond the Violence, Two Small Production Companies Look For Connections With

    Looking at two of Brazil's biggest blockbusters of the decade, Fernando Meirelles' "City of God" and Hector Babenco's "Carandiru," one might be tempted to stereotype contemporary Brazilian cinema as extremely violent. Both "City of God" and "Carandiru" followed the desperate, dangerous lives of slum dwellers and prisoners and were praised for their truthful and vibrant portrayal of the illnesses of Brazilian society. "Violence is a subject that all Brazilian films have in common," says Geórgia Costa Araújo, who produced 2003's confrontational "Contra Todos" ("Up Against Them All"), "but now we want to explore more themes." Filmm...

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    Making "Volver," Pedro Almodovar's Online Diary

    A man comes up to me while I'm having breakfast in a bar. He tells me he's seen "Bad Education" three times. I thank him, as I normally do.

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    Brothers' Peepers: Gaël Morel's "Three Dancing Slaves"

    Andre Techiné's "Wild Reeds," still as urgently humane now as when it was released in 1995, has bestowed quite a legacy upon the new generation of French filmmaking. That film's psychosexual and political tangles have slowly but surely created tendrils that have reached all the way through an entire decade's worth of youth cinema. If Techiné's tender evocation of adolescent confusion and the growing social and moral awareness of a group of young friends in the early Sixties during the ongoing French-Algerian conflict had any sort of direct effect on the national cinema, it has been in its ability to pass on its spirit of rebelli...

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    "Nine Lives," "Fratricide" Among Numerous Winners At Locarno

    With nearly as many categories as there are days in the festival, over a dozen winners for the Locarno International Film Festival were announced Saturday, August 13, heaping kudos and cash prizes on outstanding films and their makers. Among them was Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives," which garnered three awards including the International Competition's Golden Leopard. Yilmaz Arslan's "Fratricide" was another festival favorite, picking up the Silver Leopard while Nobuhiro Suwa's "Un Couple Parfait" earned the Special Jury Prize. The International Federation Film Societies' Don Quixote award went to Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige for "A Perf...

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