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    SF Chronicle: 11th Berlin & Beyond Festival

    The 11th Berlin & Beyond festival opens Thursday at the Castro [theater] with "Sophie Scholl -- The Final Days," about the World War II-era martyr, and closes Jan. 18 with "Barefoot," a modern-day existentialist comedy. Both are acclaimed films by veteran directors. But within the two dozen other fe...

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    AP: France Honors Actress Penelope Cruz

    Penelope Cruz was honored Wednesday by France's culture minister who called her a "great European actress" and proclaimed her a knight in the Order of Arts and Letters. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres praised in particular her international movie career which includes roles in French, English, Italian an...

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    AP: Malaysian Distributor OKs 'Munich'

    A film distributor in mostly Muslim Malaysia - where movies on sensitive issues are often banned - will steer clear of "Brokeback Mountain" but try to show "Munich." United International Pictures, which has distribution rights for both movies, said Thursday it will apply to Malaysia's state-run film...

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    PARK CITY '06: Paul Fitzgerald: "Ultimately the biggest challenge...was just overcoming my self-doub

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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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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    TLA Gets Paige's "Uncle"

    TLA Releasing has announced a deal for Queer As Folk star Peter Paige's "Say Uncle, acquiring the North American theatrical and home entertainment rights to the film. The company is planning a theatrical release this June and a DVD release this Fall. Paige wrote and directed the film and he also sta...

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    PARK CITY '06: "It was... a challenge to tell an engaging story about our interaction with the rest

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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    Nader Set for Sundance

    Politician and consumer advocate Ralph Nader is planning to make the trip to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival next week, according to sources close to a new film about him, Henriette Mantel & Stephen Skrovan's "An Unreasonable Man." The activist will see the movie for the first time with the festival audience. According to a description, the film includes a look at his early days fighting against GM and other corporations, as well as interviews exploring his life and work. In an interview published by indieWIRE yesterday, Mantel (who once worked for Nader as an office manager) explained, "I was so sick of people (mostly whiny Democrats) ye...

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    23rd Miami Int'l Film Fest Sets Slate of Premieres and New Cash Prizes

    The 23rd Miami International Film Festival has announced its slate of 117 films screening March 3 - 12, with 92 features and 25 shorts. MIFF, which is presented by Miami Dade College, will spotlight 10 world premieres and 34 international, North American and U.S. premieres as well as 31 east coast d...

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    PARK CITY '06: Henriette Mantel & Stephen Skrovan: "I was so sick of people yelling at me about Ralp

    Every day through the end of the Sundance Film Festival, including weekends, indieWIRE will be publishing two interviews with Sundance '06 competition filmmakers. Sixty filmmakers were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview and each was sent the same questions.

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