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    Berlinale To Showcase Films From Okamoto Kihachi

    The Forum section at the 2007 Berlinale will feature 9 films by Okamoto Kihachi, according to an announcement. The work, from the 1950s and '60s, will showcase a pioneer of Japanese cinema who is largely unknown internationally, according to the announcement. In the words of a press release:He was lastingly influenced by his experiences in World War II, like many others of his generation, and concern with violence and conflicts is a theme running through much of his cinematic oeuvre. Okamoto's stylistic spectrum thereby ranges from monumental commissioned works to idiosyncratic low-budget productions, from serious historical dramas through fa...

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    Twelve Chosen for Sundance Institute's January Screenwriters Lab

    Sundance Institute has selected twelve projects for the annual January Screenwriters Lab, to be held January 12-17, 2007 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer's workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in what the organization describes as an "environment that encourages creative risk-taking." Projects and participants include: "The Book of Internal Grammar," Nir Bergman, writer/director (Israel); "Circumstance," Maryam Keshavarz,, writer/director (USA/Iran); "Cold Souls," Sophie Barthes, writer/d...

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    Slamdance Unveils '07 Shorts Line up

    The Slamdance Film Festival has selected 73 shorts selected to screen at this year's festival in Park City, UT, each of which is now in competition and eligible for a Grand Jury Award. There has been a "dramatic increase" in international submissions, according to the festival, particularly a "marked rise" in Spanish-language short films. There are six categories of short films at Slamdance: Competition Shorts before features, which screen before "like-minded narratives" in competition; Competition Shorts Gallery, which are six one-hour short film programs; Documentary Shorts Competition, which screen before documentaries in competition; Anim...

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    PARK CITY '07 | 71 Shorts from 19 Countries Set for Sundance '07

    A total of 71 short films will screen at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival (January 18 - 28, 2007), representing 19 countries. This year's roster, selected from 4,445 submissions, will include a selection of films that are screened online via the Sundance website for three months (January 18 - April 1...

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    PARK CITY '07 | Showcasing First-timers, Slamdance Unveils 20 Feature Competition; Event Opening wit

    Now thirteen years old, the Slamdance Film Festival will open its 2007 event with Allan Moyle's "Weirdsville," starring Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Taryn Manning, Greg Bryk, Matt Frewer and Maggie Castle. The screwball comedy is described as the story of "two junkies on the run from a satanic cult,...

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    PARK CITY '07 | Sundance Reveals Premieres, Spectrum, Midnight and New Frontiers Lineups: Where Comm

    There are few cinematic happenings in the U.S. where spectators can stand face to face with Gwyneth Paltrow one moment and then witness a video installation sculpture involving bus-terminal televisions the next. Such is the Sundance Film Festival, where organizers announced the lineups today for the...

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    PARK CITY '07 | More Sundance Lineups Today

    The competition lineup for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival was unveiled yesterday here at indieWIRE.com and the rest of the feature film roster will be announced later today, at 4 p.m. EST, including films in the Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight sections.

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    PARK CITY '07 | Sundance Unveils Competition Slates: Organizers Highlight Diversity, Innovation and

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival, to be held Jan 18-28, is shining its spotlight on an enormously diverse collection of American independent films. The seen-that coming-of-age New York stories and dysfunctional family comedies are scarce, say festival organizers, replaced with complicated storylines ...

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    PARK CITY '07 | Morgen's "Chicago 10" to Open 2007 Sundance Film Festival

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Brett Morgen's "Chicago 10," a new documentary about the 1968 protests around the Democratic covention in Chicago. This news is the first of a series of announcements coming this month from the Sundance Film Festival, which will announce its full lineup shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. According to Sundance planners, Morgen's film combines historical footage, interviews, animation and music to tell the story and also explore the subsequent Chicago Conspiracy Trial the following year. The 2007 Sundance Film Festival will kick-off on January 18, 2007 and cont...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES: International Stories Take Top Prizes as AFI Fest Wraps

    One week after announcing its U.S. distribution deal at the American Film Market, Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" won the narrative grand jury prize at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in February, the film is Bosnia and Herzegovina's official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and Strand Releasing is planning a 2007 release of the acclaimed feature film. Set in a contemporary Sarajevo still reeling from the aftermath of war, the film is the story of a single mother who lives with her rebellious twelve-year-old daughter in the Grbavica district...

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