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    European Film Market Announces a New Director

    On June 1, 2014, Matthijs Wouter Knol from the Netherlands became the new head of the Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM). Since 2008, Knol has been the program manager of Berlinale Talents (formerly known as the Berlinale Talent Campus), and is well acquainted with both the Festival and the EFM....

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    McDonagh's 'Calvary,' Starring Brendan Gleeson, Is Darkly Witty Murder Mystery (NEW TRAILER)

    To the pantheon of memorable first lines -- from "Citizen Kane" and "Goodfellas" to "Patton" -- we can now add this from John Michael McDonagh's "Calvary," uttered by a parishioner to his priest in the confession box: "I first tasted semen when I was seven years old." (Watch the film's new trailer h...

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    Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

    In the grim second volume of Lars von Trier's erotic epic "Nymphomaniac," the great Dane dares us once again to sympathize with a morally monstrous antiheroine -- here, in the form of Joe, as played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who's game for anything and everything for the role. Watch it now on VOD bef...

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    Winter Rights Roundup Now Available!

    Sydney has just finished her Winter Rights Roundup Report which is the only source for buying - selling activity in the recently completed Winter 2014 Markets.

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    Review: Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Delightful, Delicious and Delovely (CLIP)

    Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" world premiered at the Berlinale and hits theaters Friday, March 7. Here's Anne Thompson's review.

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    SXSW Review: Linklater's 'Boyhood' a Slice of American Pie as We've Never Tasted Before

    Sometimes you want to say, simply, go see this movie, and leave it at that. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which debuted at Sundance and won two Berlinale prizes, is such a film. Now headed for SXSW, it's ingenious: Shot over the course of 12 years using the same actors -- Ethan Hawke and Patricia A...

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    Talks in Berlin

    Though the market seemed slow on the surface, the usual sales got made: the larger companies selling almost out, the smaller ones busily speaking with others, selling here and there, worrying if this would get better, worse, or stay the same

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    The Berlinale and EFM from my POV

    You hear it all the time: Quality a bit soft. Not a lot of Big Titles. Not a lot of big news. But Americans were buying all the same, and to quote Screen International: “The current market is focused on smart money and smart deals, not volume of product”.

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    Out of Comp: Should Critics Follow a Festival's Big-Ticket Premieres, or Go Where Their Instincts Take Them?

    In Berlin, a panel of international critics wonder whether they have a responsibility, or a professional need, to see the films festivals want them to see.

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