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    When Should a Filmmaker Go To a Festival?

    The Holding, Directed by Susan Jacobson.Maybe this little interchange is of interest to other filmmakers...at any rate, it is free publicity for the filmmakers.

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: MPM Film

    Congratulations to Marie-Pierre Macia and Juliette Lepoutre. Their start-up international sales company MPM Film is in Toronto with a beautiful, quietly moving and totally aesthetic film in Toronto's Discovery section (and in Venice Days and in San Sebastian's Horizontes section). A U.S. sale on St...

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    International Sales Agents of the Day: Elle Driver and The Wild Bunch in Toronto

    Wild Bunch and Elle Driver are in Toronto with films by such illuminaries as Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener), Cedric Kahn, Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea), Emanuele Crialese (Respiro, The Golden Door), Kore-eda (Nobody Knows), Lou Ye (Summer Palace), Nacho Vigalondo(Timec...

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    The Hedgehog: Quintessentially French Comedy

    I love French comedies that play with the humanity of the characters, so flawed and yet so affectionately rendered. The French seem especially to love depicting the interchange between classes which they do with flair, with a certain Gallic twinkle in the eye on the part of the story teller. The Rules of the Game (Les Regles de Jeux) is the classic example of class depiction told with this certain je ne sais quoi. I think even Bunuel’s depiction of the bourgeoisie in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie satirizing the French Bourgeoisie displays that quintessentially French touch (and Bunuel's not even French!) as it not only satirizes th...

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    When Are Films Political? LALIFF film acquired by International Film Circuit

    Skylight Pictures’ award-winning new film, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, will bow theatrically September 14 at New York City’s IFC Center via distributor International Film Circuit followed by a national rollout. It can be seen at LALIFF this Monday July 18 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theater on Ho...

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    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Celebrates its Quinceanera

    Fifteen years old! Under Marlene Dermer's leadership, with her founding partner, Eddie Olmos, LALIFF shows the best of Latino films.76 films, including 42 feature films (29 narrative and 13 documentaries) and 34 short films from 14 different countries. The feature films selected include 2 World Premieres, 6 USA Premieres, 5 West Coast Premieres and 11 Los Angeles Premieres. This year's program offers a balanced selection of new voices and voices that we have heard before. Together and individually they go beyond telling Latino stories; they narrate in film the human experience. LALIFF is one of few film festivals in the world recognized by ...

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    Palm Spring International ShortFest Awards

    Shorts are having an impact on new digital media and new types of distribution. Their importance and their filmmakers' importance has long been recognized by the top festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, TIFF) and among the trade, agents keep an eye on the top shorts filmmakers. So too, certain leading shorts film festivals and markets, the leaders of which are Clermont Ferrand in France and Oberhausen in Germany (for more cutting edge shorts), festivals like the Guanajuato International Film Festival, Expresión en Corto, held during the final week of July in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, Mexico and the Palm Spr...

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