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Berlin: Focus Features Reteams with Laika for 'Boxtrolls,' Snaps Up Rights for Upstairs-Downstairs Jane Austen Spin 'Longbourn'

Focus acquisitions from Berlin include LAIKA's "The Boxtrolls" and Jane Austen-inspired "Longbourn"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 1:51 PM
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Weinstein Co. Snaps Up Wong Kar Wai Berlin Opener 'The Grandmaster'

Wasting no time, the Weinstein Company snapped all rights in the US and English speaking Canadian territories from financeer Annapurna to Wong Kar Wai's Berlin opening night martial arts epic "The Grandmaster," as well as rights to Australia, New Zealand, and the UK from Wild Bunch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2013 1:36 PM
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BFI London Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The 57th BFI London Film Festival will run from October 9-20, 2013. The fest is now accepting submissions, and will announce the full lineup in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 11:41 AM
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SXSW 2013 Announces Shorts and Midnight Program, Including 'Lords of Salem,' 'V/H/S/2,' 'Cheap Thrills,' 'Haunter' and "Kiss of the Damned'

SXSW announces the lineup for its Midnight and Shorts sections, including Rob Zombie's "Lords of Salem," "V/H/S/2," E. L. Katz's "Cheap Thrills," Vincenzo Natali's "Haunter" and Xan Cassavetes' "Kiss of the Damned." The festival runs March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. The rest of the announced lineup is here. The Midnight section celebrates genre film: dark, sexy, funny and weird. SXSW's Jarod Neece states:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2013 2:58 PM
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Jane Campion to Head Cannes Short Film Jury and Cinefondation

Jane Campion will head the Cinefondation and Short Film jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Hou Hsiao Hsien and John Boorman have previously held this position.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 1:14 PM
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Lincoln Center's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema: Full Lineup

The 18th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual showcase of contemporary French film, hits New York screens February 28 - March 10. The fest's opening night sees the U.S. premiere of "Populaire," starring Romain Duris. Full lineup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 11:36 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Ten Takeaways from Movers and Shakers Producers Panel, Award Winners

As the 28th Santa Barbara International Film festival wrapped 11 days of screenings, panels and awards events on Sunday, SBIFF executive director Roger Durling and programming director Michael Albright announced the fest awards winners at an invitation-only brunch ceremony.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 3, 2013 10:44 PM
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Sundance: 'It Felt Like Love' Review and Roundup

One of the much-vaunted Sundance slate of movies directed by women, "It Felt Like Love" marks yet another micro-budget hand-held look at an adolescent's coming of age. This one is well-shot in HD by director Eliza Hittman, a Cal Arts grad making her feature debut after screening her short "Untitled" at Sundance, with help from D.P. Sean Porter and rookie teen actress Gina Piersanti, who has a future.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2013 3:47 PM
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SXSW 2013 Announces Lineup: World Premieres of 'Short Term 12,' 'We Always Lie to Strangers'; Fest Favorites 'Upstream Color,' 'Before Midnight' and 'Don Jon's Addiction'

The SXSW Film Festival, March 8-16, is celebrating 20 years with a slew of films honoring the meeting point of culture and creativity--among them 109 features announced below. Among the features playing the Austin, Texas fest are 69 world premieres, 14 North American premieres and five US premieres. Additional titles in the Midnighters and Short Film program will be announced February 6, along with the complete panel lineup
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 3:00 PM
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Berlinale Announces Retrospective Lineup, Includes Restorations of 'On the Waterfront,' 'Tokyo Story,' 'Dial M for Murder'

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has announced the titles in its expanded retrospective lineup, Berlinale Classics. The five films on the slate are all restorations, and include Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront," Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" and Alfred Hitchcock's 3-D "Dial M for Murder." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2013 12:17 PM
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