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TORONTO — Quebec media giant Quebecor on Monday replaced the head of its commercial printing division amid doubts about its financial liquidity. Wes Lucas will leave as president and CEO of Quebecor World after he took the job in April 2006. He will be replaced by Jacques Mallette, the company's executive vp and CFO. The shuffle at the top follows Quebecor World last week indicating that it failed to sell off its European printing operations to Dutch rival RSDB NV. Earlier, it canceled a $750 million refinancing plan amid the current credit crunch in the financial markets.
Jakarta fest wraps
SINGAPORE — The road movie "Three Days to Forever" from Indonesian director Riri Riza won the best Indonesian film award Sunday at the ninth Jakarta International Film Festival. JiFFest screened 180 films from 33 countries on a budget of 3.8 billion rupiah ($407,000), down 30% from 2006, and the attendance of 54,000 marked a 15% drop compared with last year. Still, organizers said it remains the biggest in Southeast Asia and that ticket sales were encouraging, with the opening-night film "Persepolis" and closing night's "Chants of Lotus" sold out before the festival.
Marrakech has 'Ball'
PARIS — Estonian writer-director Veiko Ounpuu received the Marrakech International Film Festival's top prize for his first feature, "Autumn Ball," as the event wrapped during the weekend in Morocco. The dark comedy, revolving around a group of people during the transition after the collapse of the Soviet Union, beat out the 14 other international feature films in competition for the Golden Star. The Milos Forman-led jury on Saturday awarded prizes to Brillante Mendoza's "Slingshot" and Alexey Mizgirev's "The Hard-Hearted."