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    15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

    Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing for one of five nominations for the 78th Academy Awards. Eighty-two eligible films were submitted for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature category this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Ar...

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    11 Films Vying for Best non-European film

    Eleven films have been nominated for the Non-European Film 2005 - Prix Screen International, honoring the best non-European film of the year. The nominees this year are: "Batalla En El Cielo" (Battle in Heaven), by Carlos Reygadas (France/ Mexico/ Germany/ Belgium); "Be With Me", by Eric Khoo (Singapore); "Brokeback Mountain", by Ang Lee (USA); "Broken Flowers", by Jim Jarmusch (USA); "The Constant Gardener", by Fernando Meirelles (UK/ Germany/ Kenya); "Crash", by Paul Haggis (USA); "C.R.A.Z.Y.", by Jean-Marc Vallee (Canada); "Good Night, And Good Luck", by George Clooney (USA); "Look Both Ways", by Sarah Watt (Australia); "Sympathy For Lady ...

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    Defying Categorizations Yet Again, Neil Jordan on "Breakfast on Pluto"

    Here's a shape-shifting filmmaker almost impossible to pigeonhole. After some fifteen films, Irish-born Neil Jordan is still most closely linked with his Oscar-winning masterwork, "The Crying Game" (1992), which meshes mysterious sexuality with the Anglo-Irish "Troubles," and uncorks that twist that...

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    "Lbs." Takes Top Prize at Avignon/New York Film Festival

    "Lbs." has won the 2005 Avignon/New York Film Festival's best U.S. feature film prize at Sunday night's closing ceremonies held at the at Hunter College. "Lbs.," which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, is due for a March '06 theatrical release by New York-based indie distributor CAVU Pictures. At the ceremony, festival director Jerry Rudes presented the award to "Lbs." director Matthew Bonifacio and lead actor Carmine Famiglietti. In other festival prizes, Guy Jacques' "Ze Film" won best French feature film, while Louis-Martin Soucy's "Handicap" took best French short. Best U.S. short went to Jason Holzman's "The Method." The f...

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    Wedding Crashers: Eran Riklis' "Syrian Bride"

    Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis recognizes the cinematic potential in an absurd political situation--it's easy for him, perhaps, because the country he lives in provides so much irrationality and insanity. His new downcast wedding film, "The Syrian Bride," takes place on the matrimonial day of Mona (C...

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    SILVERDOCS Names Sitney as Programming Director; Promotes King to Associate Director

    SILVERDOCS has named Sky Sitney as its new director of programming the festival announced this week. Sitney was formerly programming director at the Newport International Film Festival and was the film programmer at the New York Underground Film Festival and is co-founder and curator of the on-going series Fresh Film at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. She has also taught at NYU and is currently a doctoral candidate completing her dissertation on the subject of documentary film. In other SILVERDOCS news, the festival also announced that Amy King has been promoted to the position of associate director. "Amy has been with the festival s...

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    AFP: Hong Kong blockbusters flex muscle at "Chinese Oscars" in Taiwan

    Hong Kong's movie sector showed its strength at the 42nd annual Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan, sweeping the major prizes at the so-called "Oscars" of the Chinese-language film industry. The evening gala, staged Sunday in the island's northern port city of Keelung, served as a showcase for Hong ...

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    "Kissed By Winter" "Refugee All Stars" "Tsotsi" and "C.R.A.Z.Y." Honored as AFI Fest Concludes

    The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival capped off its 2005 edition with an awards ceremony atop the Hollywood ArcLight parking structure at the event's festival village, awarding Norway's "Kissed by Winter" its grand jury prize in the international feature competition, while the audience aw...

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    "Mad Hot Ballroom" Selected for Gotham Prize; Undistributed Film Nominees Unveiled

    "Mad Hot Ballroom" will be honored with a special Celebrate New York prize at the 15th Annual Gotham Awards, according to the Independent Feature Project, which also unveiled nominees for the first "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" Award. Marilyn Agrelo and Amy Sewell's film debuted at t...

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    Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents Spanish Cinema Now

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Instituto Cervantes are presenting the 14th edition of Spanish Cinema Now. The films in the series -- which will run Thursday, December 8, through Wednesday, December 28 -- were chosen because they represent some of the finest in current Spanish cinema. Among the films that will screen is Montxo Armendariz's "Obaba," Spain's official nominee for a Best Foreign Language Oscar. "Obaba" concerns a university student who travels to rural Obaba to study the people who live there. Five film adaptations of Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote de la Mancha," including Orson Welles' incomplete version, are also part...

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