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Venice ’08 Intl. Film Festival Line-up

Venice ’08 Intl. Film Festival Line-up

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Screen Daily has the line-up for the 65th Venice Film Festival. Burn After Reading gets its World Premiere. Competition The Wrestler, dir. Darren Aronofsky (US) The Burning Plain, dir. Guillermo Arriaga (US) Il papa di Giovanna, dir. Pupi Avati (Italy) BirdWatchers, dir. Marco Bechis (Italy) L’Autre, dirs. Patrick Mario Bernard & Pierre Trividic (France) The Hurt Locker, dir. Kathryn Bigelow (US) Il seme della discordia, dir. Pappi Corsicato (Italy) Rachel…

Miracle at St. Anna Premieres at Toronto

Miracle at St. Anna Premieres at Toronto

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Variety announces Spike Lee’s WWII epic will have its premiere at the Toronto Film Fest (Sept. 4-13), along with a few others, like the world premier of Disgrace, directed by Steve Jacobs and based on the Booker-winning novel, starring John Malkovich doing South African, Viggo Mortensen who gets sucked into the Nazi regime in Good, and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, starring Michael Cera. Another interesting release is Kathryn Bigelow’s…

Loot Wins Big at LAFF

Loot Wins Big at LAFF

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AJ Schnack reports on how the LAFF went down: Darius Marder’s LOOT, a study at parallel searches for buried treasure and the healing of past wounds, took the top Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival Saturday, along with the $50K prize sponsored by Target. The film was a world premiere at LAFF. Marder was an editor on the Oscar winning short, FREEHELD. A special jury commendation was given…

France Herself Takes the Palme d’Or

France Herself Takes the Palme d’Or

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CANNES, France (AFP) ‚Äî A French film about life in a tough Parisian classroom on Sunday won the Cannes film festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, the country’s first Palme in 21 years. “The Class” by Laurent Cantet, is a “fly-on-the-wall” story about life in a classroom that was based on an autobiographical novel by Francois Begaudeau about his life as a young teacher. “It is an amazing, amazing film,”…

Acting Wins

Acting Wins

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Benicio Del Toro and Sandra Corveloni won the acting awards at Cannes. Thanks to Nicholas for tip!

TIME and LA Times on the Palme

TIME and LA Times on the Palme

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TIME Mag on how it will go down: Here’s what we do know. On Sunday evening, at 7:30 Cannes time, Jury President Sean Penn will start announcing these awards: the Palme d’Or (best picture), a Grand Jury Prize (runner-up), Jury Prize (honorable mention), Best Director (usually a consolation prize), Screenplay, Actor, Actress. Steven Soderbergh’s Che is getting Palme d’Or buzz. So is Clint Eastwood’s Changeling. Other films being talked up…

Penn and the Oscars

Penn and the Oscars

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Dissing the group who snubbed him last year, the AFP reports on Penn at a press conference: “The best way to be honest is to try to emancipate ourselves from the effects of fashion, to try to find what will stay with us forever,” he said in an interview with French daily Le Monde. “We’ve got to do the opposite of the Academy that gives out the Oscars, where manipulation…

Predicting Cannes

Predicting Cannes

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Nathaniel over at The Film Experience has a list of the films he think will do well on Sunday. Check it out. It’s easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking the Palme will go to the films we hear the most about in the press, which usually means films that have the highest wattage of star power. If you read most of the mainstream press, the Palme…

Sinking Dollar Raining on Cannes Parade

Sinking Dollar Raining on Cannes Parade

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My mother tells me I’m a pessimist and it’s true; if there was a religion for it, you know, always looking on the dark side of life, I’d probably belong to it. Apparently the dollar has sunk so low it is preventing Americans from spending their dough at Cannes, where a 30 Euro bunch of flowers could cost an American around $50. As a result, the high prices charged by…

Cannes Reportage

Cannes Reportage

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Like it or not, Jeff Wells does do some of the best reporting from the Cannes film fest – that is, if you can get past his strange personal details (actually, those are maybe the best things about his site in the first place?), like how he lost his camera on the plane. I’m really hoping for a long article about how the French don’t use deodorant. He’s got a…