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PARIS — Festival de Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux has been promoted to general director, festival organizers revealed Monday. Fremaux officially took the new title Aug. 9 with the support of the festival’s administrative council and president Gilles Jacob in addition to France’s cultural minister and minister of foreign affairs. Fremaux, who joined the Festival de Cannes in 2000 after a role as director of the Lumiere Institute in Lyon, is only the fourth person to hold the general director title, following Robert Favre-Le Bret, Maurice Bessy and Jacob.
ROME — “Cinema Paradiso” director Giuseppe Tornatore was released from the hospital late Sunday, four days after he was mugged outside his central Rome office and sent to the hospital for head trauma. The hospital issued a statement to say that the 51-year-old director’s injuries were not serious, and the local media said that work on Tornatore’s latest project — the drama “Baaria” — will not be significantly impacted by the attack and hospital stay.
LONDON — Dutch-born Anton Corbijn’s debut feature, “Control,” picked up the top two prizes at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Corbijn’s black and white feature detailing the life and suicide of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis picked up the Michael Powell Award for new British feature. The film also scored the inaugural best performance award for lead actor Sam Riley for his portrayal of Curtis. Eight of the 11 movies competing for the Mi-chael Powell nod were debuts, including Tom Shankland’s “WAZ,” Roger Goldby’s “The Waiting Room” and Jim Threapleton’s “Extreme Rendition.”
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