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    Cannes's Surprising Currents: Italy, Australia and Romania May Make Strongest Waves at '06 Fest

    Italy, Australia and Romania are the hotbeds of world cinema, with Spain and Mexico not far behind, while Middle Eastern and Asian movies have lost their luster. That is, of course, if you believe the films chosen to screen at next week's Cannes Film Festival can be taken as a sign of cinematic pros...

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    indieWIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: indieWIRE at Cannes '06 - Online, In Print, Daily

    This year in Cannes, indieWIRE will be publishing daily film festival coverage both online and in print (May 17 - 28, 2006).

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    "Workingman's Death" and "Half Nelson" Among San Francisco International Film Festival Winners

    The 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, North America's oldest event of its kind, announced its winners Thursday, with Austrian director Michael Glawogger's "Workingman's Death" receiving the fest's Golden Gate Award for Documentary Feature, while Chinese director Ying Liang received the...

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    SF Film Fest: Starstudded Tributes, "Brothers of the Head," "Half Nelson," and "The Bridge"

    The second week of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival was packed with tributes and special events, luring crowds diverse enough to be equally starstruck by Werner Herzog and Ed Harris. (Not as diverse, alas: all of the honorees -- not to mention their on-stage interviewers -- were middle-aged white guys.) Still, all the kudos were well-deserved. April 25, the Persistence of Vision Award, previously given to the likes of Kenneth Anger and Faith Hubley, went to wildly creative Canadian Guy Maddin, who sheepishly accepted his award with an anecdote recalling his first visit to SFIFF back in 1989 (punch line: "You don't get a hang...

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    The Guardian: Who's Who in the Cannes '06 Competition

    From Almodovar to Linklater, Ken Loach to Sofia Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Nicole Garcia and Aki Kaurismaki and more, The Guardian profiles the directors in the running for this year's Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palme d'Or.

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    CANNES '06: Line up Set for 38th Directors' Fortnight

    Since 1969, the French Directors Guild has programmed a selection of films in Cannes from around the world, known as the Directors' Fortnight that is independent from the Cannes Official Selection. The line up includes both established new talent as well as filmmakers who are little known in the West. The 38th edition of the Directors Fortnight will take place May 18 - 28 and includes 22 features of which four are purely U.S. titles, including Julian Goldberger's 2006 Sundance Film Festival competition feature, "The Hawk is Dying." Eight films will screen in Directors' Fortnight's shorts line up with American director Carter Smith's Sundance ...

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    indieLOOP: Billy Corben's "Cocaine Cowboys"

    During the Tribeca Film Festival, indieWIRE's new online social network/community site, indieLOOP is hosting two discussion groups: Tribeca Film Festival '06 Filmmakers, where we have invited directors from this year's program to post in a group journal about their experience at the festival; and Tribeca Film Festival, where we encourage festival goers to discuss what movies they've seen, parties they've been attending, and who've they've been meeting. In today's Filmmakers journal, Director Billy Corben talks about the world premiere of his documentary "Cocaine Cowboys": "The theater was PACKED! There was a mad scramble for seats and people ...

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    Cannes Fest Adds to Lineup

    Cannes Film Festival organizers announced Thursday that Israeli filmmaker Adrian Caetano's "Cronica de Una Fuga" has been added to the festival's competition section, moved over from the Un Certain Regard section, meanwhile Murali K. Thalluri's first film, "Two Thirty 7" has been added to the Un Cer...

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    CANNES '06: Lineup Set for 45th International Critics' Week Section

    Each year seven features and seven shorts are selected for the 45th annual International Critics' Week sidebar to the official selection at the Festival de Cannes. Focusing on first and second features, this year's lineup (running May 18 - 26 in Cannes) includes a particularly heavy focus on Latin A...

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    From here to Iberia, the San Francisco International Film Festival

    Heroic firefighters, the eeriest simian costumes since "Planet of the Apes," a "Baywatch" star-as-activist, fierce flamenco dancers, and a rushing tide of watermelon juice: Welcome to the first four days of the 49th annual San Francisco International Film Festival.

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