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    Development Watch: Kiarostami's The End, Assayas's Carlos Follow-Up, Gatsby & Gretel in 3-D

    - Abbas Kiarostami, whose Certified Copy (starring Cannes Best Actress winner Juliette Binoche and William Shimell, above left) opens March 11, is developing The End, a Japanese-language relationship drama through MK2 Productions. MK2's Nathanael Karmitz says the film, to star Aoi Miyazaki, is a "co...

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    Poster Exclusive: Ozon 70s Comedy Potiche Stars Deneuve, Depardieu

    One of my favorite films at the Venice Film Festival was writer-director Francois Ozon's feminist 70s comedy Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Here's an exclusive first look at Music Box Films' new poster for the American release on March 25.

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    New Directors/New Films Opens with Margin Call, Features Incendies, Happy, Happy, Attenberg, Octubre

    The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the 2011 New Directors/New Films Festival lineup, running March 23 - April 3. J. C. Chandor's Margin Call (here's our Sundance video interview) will open the festival and Maryam Keshavarz's Circumstance will conclude the festiv...

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    Berlin Dealbook: Godard, Holland, Bobby Fischer, Wong Kar Wai, Black Power Mixtape, Herzog's Next

    Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, has gone to Zeitgeist Films for a NY and LA summer debut to be followed by national distribution. The film was Cannes' closing night feature. Set in Queensland, Australia, the film is based on Judy Pascoe's book Our Father Who Art in the Tree,...

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    Sundance & Berlin Dealbook: Higher Ground, Magic Trip, Madonna's Love Epic, Take Shelter

    Higher Ground - Actress Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, which premiered at Sundance, has gone to Sony Pictures Classics for North American, Australian and New Zealand distribution. Farmiga co-stars with Winter's Bone Oscar nominee John Hawkes, Donna Murphy and Joshua Leonard. The film is based on Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost, in which a woman tries to find her own voice within a close-knit spiritual community. Briggs co-wrote the screenplay with Tim Metcalfe. SPC calls the film “one of these rare independent films—perfectly crafted, honest and inspiring. Vera Farmiga not only delivers a gre...

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    Berlin Dealbook: Pina, Midnight's Children, Tyrannosaur, Hot Potato, House of Horror (UPDATE)

    The deals keep coming at the European Film Market in Berlin.

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    Berlin Dealbook: Point Blank, Being A Wallflower, La Mission, Wettest County, Old Fashioned Orgy

    The Berlin Film Festival market is taking off fast with deals announced on several pictures selling rights there, as many other sellers hope that the market favors their wares as well.

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    Doc/Fiction Hybrid The Arbor Wins Guardian First Film Award

    Clio Barnard's film The Arbor has won The Guardian's First Film Award. The film is a about English playwright Andrea Dunbar, best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, an autobiographical sexual-adventures drama about teenage girls living in the slums of Bradford, England. The play was turned into a film...

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    Production Watch, Part I: Rapace & Fassbender for Prometheus, Stewart & Mortensen for Snow White

    - The Alien prequel now known as Ridley Scott's Prometheus is getting an early summer 2012 release: June 8. Scott is working with Damon Lindelof (Cowboys & Aliens, Lost) on revising the original script by Jon Spaihts from Scott's original concept. Much of the plot in unknown, but Scott has confirm...

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    Tonino Guerra to Receive Writers Guild's Jean Renoir Screenwriting Award

    The Writers Guild of America West will give Italian Tonino Guerra the Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement by an international writer (given on an occasional basis). Guerra has written over 100 screenplays and is, states the Guild's Howard Rodman:

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