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19 items from 2015


‘Touched With Fire’ Trailer: Katie Holmes Finds Love in Insanity

6 November 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We haven’t seen Katie Holmes in too many quality films in the last decade. Woman in GoldMiss MeadowsThe GiverJack and JillThe Extra Man, Mad Money, and others misfires haven’t exactly lived up to her work in Go, Pieces of April or the absolutely wonderful Wonder Boys. She’s in a film coming out next year that may break her cold streak, […]

The post ‘Touched With Fire’ Trailer: Katie Holmes Finds Love in Insanity appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Katie Holmes Steps Out For Yet Another Chic Outing in NYC

26 October 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Katie Holmes arrived in style for the inaugural luncheon of the Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program in NYC on Monday. The actress smiled big for the cameras and posed for photos with Olivia Wilde and Glamour editor in chief Cynthia Leive. Later, Katie met up with Patricia Clarkson, who she starred alongside in 2003's Pieces of April. Katie has been taking the Big Apple by storm! Just last week, Katie pulled double duty and turned heads at two high-profile events, the 2015 Skin Cancer Foundation gala and Fashion Group International's Night of Stars. Keep reading to see the best moments from Katie's outing. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Julianne Moore, Christine Vachon, and More Team Up with Tribeca and Chanel to Support Women Filmmakers

22 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Tribeca Enterprises and French luxury goods company Chanel, in collaboration with Pulse Films, are stepping up to support women filmmakers with the launch of Through Her Lens, a three-day program for seven U.S.-based female writers and directors. The inaugural edition, Oct. 26-28, features master classes, one-on-one mentorship, and peer-to-peer sessions, culminating in a pitch presentation before a jury of industry experts where one filmmaker will be awarded $75,000 to produce her project. Read More: "Lilly Ledbetter Biopic Wins New York Women in Film and Television Grant" The program will cover a range of topics, such as script-to-screen development, story structure, casting, finding collaborators, festival strategy, and distribution. This year's jurors, mentors, master class instructors, and industry advisors include actor Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April"), writer/director Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), writer/director Rebecca »

- Matt Brennan

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The Woods | Blu-ray Review

29 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Horror director Lucky McKee unfortunately remains one of those unknown, peripheral genre names, mostly thanks to a number of compromised or abandoned projects following his formidable 2002 debut, May. Over the past several years, he’s made headlines for 2011’s The Woman (another underrated gem from his filmography), and most recently the co-directed effort All Cheerleaders Die in 2013, an expansion of his 2001 short film, which is more or less the comically inclined romp you’d assume it to be. Prizing complex female characterizations, usually featuring muse Angela Bettis, McKee’s twisted visions, though few and far between, are enjoyable and entertaining, usually enhanced by a bit of subtext. About a decade ago, McKee’s sophomore feature, The Woods, would finally land on DVD in the Us following a limited festival circuit run, treated to a torturous release platform despite featuring several notable cast members. A period piece set amongst an all-girls »

- Nicholas Bell

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Interview: Patricia Clarkson Takes the Wheel in ‘Learning to Drive’

4 September 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The anchoring presence of actress Patricia Clarkson has been familiar to movie audiences for the last three decades. From her debut role as Elliott Ness’s wife in “The Untouchables,” to her role currently as a just-divorced New Yorker in “Learning to Drive,” Clarkson brings depth and character to all of her roles.

Learning to Drive” is a transition story for the two main characters. Patricia Clarkson is Wendy, a successful book critic in New York City. whose husband has just walked out on her and seeks a divorce. Devastated, she looks to resume her life, and part of it means finally learning to drive. Darwan (Sir Ben Kingsley) is her driving instructor, a Sikh from India going through a transition of his own. The two disparate souls help each other in essential ways, and at the same time weather the storm of some extreme life changes.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Learning to Drive' – A Conversation with Director Isabel Coixet, and Actors Patricia Clarkson & Sarita Choudhury

21 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

I recently sat down with director Isabel Coixet, and actors Patricia Clarkson and Sarita Choudhury at the Crosby Hotel in New York City, to discuss their new film "Learning to Drive." The film, written by Sarah Kernochan, is based on the autobiographical New Yorker short story by Katha Pollit, a long-time political columnist for the Nation.

Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.

My conversation began with Isabel Coixet and Sarita Choudhury

Isabel Coixet’s award-winning film credits include "Demaisiado viejo para morir joven," "Things I Never Told You,""My Life Without Me," "The Secret Life of Words," "Paris, je t’aime," "Elegy," "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," "Yesterday Never Ends," "Another Me," "Nobody Wants the Night," as well as documentaries, including "Invisibles."

Currently, Sarita Choudhury can be seen on Showtime’s "Homeland." Her film credits include "Admission," "Gayby," "Midnight’s Children," "Generation Um…," "Entre Nos," "The Accidental Husband," "Lady in the Water," "The War Within," "Mississippi Masala," "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love," "She Hate Me," "Just a Kiss," "Wild West," "High Art," "The House of the Spirits," "Gloria," and "A Perfect Murder."

Susan Kouguell: Tell me about the process of how "Learning to Drive" came about.

Isabel Coixet: We started talking about making this film with Patricia and Ben Kingsley when we were making "Elegy" (directed by Coixet, starring Clarkson and Kingsley) and we got along very well and we wanted to make another film together. Patricia discovered the short story by Katha Pollit, and she gave it to me and I thought it was wonderful. And then we got the screenwriter Sarah Kernocha involved. The film is a comedy but not a classical comedy. It was a very difficult film to pitch because you know financiers and producers want something they can put in one box and you can’t with this film. It was a long process. It took nine years.

Some Words Unspoken and the Intimacy of the Camera

Isabel Coixet: There is always this romantic feeling underneath [subtext], I think there is that possibility. You have to be true to your words. If they are true, you will have to stick to your words.

Sarita Choudhury: That’s what happens with people you meet. No you were my inspiration don’t make me your inspiration.

Isabel Coixet: I love Henry James. There is a possibility of romance in the air. My romantic side is always excited when I see something like this.

Sarita Choudhury: I had so few words in the film. In a way, I kept the words because I had to know not to say them. For us the script -- the situational was also in the script; the languidness. It was because Isabel holds the camera. There was a pace created to it. When you’re acting you can feel where the camera is, but when the camera is at the end of Isabel’s hand and she’s moving it, it almost creates an intimacy between you and the camera, and you and the actor. There’s a pace you normally don’t get in film. You didn’t know when she was on your face; you had to keep acting like acting in the theatre.

On The Lack of Women Directors

Isabel Coixet: There are so many articles about it. I’m always afraid to play the victim, to complain too much. I know there is an inequity with men and women directors. This is an issue in the world. I always say, (Coixet smiles) we have to ask for more salary to make up for all these years and maybe if we ask for more they’ll give us the same as a man.

I want to put my words where my mouth is by producing female directors; they are amazing talented people. I’m producing three short films and a feature documentary. That’s what I do.

Sarita Choudhury: I just did a young woman’s short film; there is something about her that’s brilliant. I’ve done two short films. I can’t change the caste system and I can’t do the voluntary work I need to be doing. Film is no different from the world, like Isabel said. That’s our work, to get every woman involved. And if a man is brilliant, let him in too.

I then asked Patricia Clarkson about her involvement with "Learning to Drive."

Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, Patricia Clarkson, has worked extensively in independent films. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for "Pieces of April" and "The Station Agent." Her many film credits include "The Maze Runner," "Last Weekend," "Friends With Benefits," "One Day," "Easy A," "Shutter Island," "Vicky Christina Barcelona," "Elegy," "No Reservations," "All the Kings’ Men," "Lars and the Real Girl, and "Good Night, and Good Luck."

Susan Kouguell: What attracted you to the project?

Patricia Clarkson: I loved the Katha Pollit story in The New Yorker; it serendipitously came to me. I love Wendy, I love this character. I was nine years younger at the time, but I still felt I knew her. I was relentless trying to get this film made with producer Dana Friedman. I found it an equal dose of funny and tragic. I liked the almost commedia dell'arte aspect; this absurd situation and finding the tragic comedy. A woman who is brilliant who lives a great life -- she has everything, but “forgets to look up,” and then meets a man who has experienced tragic loss. They have disparate worlds. I found it a quintessential New York story, but it’s also universal. It’s an independent film, but it’s not independently-minded.

Some Final Words

The disparate worlds about which Clarkson refers to in regard to her character, Wendy’s relationship with Darwan [Ben Kingsley] -- the life of a financially successful New Yorker compared to the immigrant’s struggle, was a thematic element that I further discussed with Coixet and Choudhury. As Choudhury said to me, Coixet’s visual choices of her character, such as the moment when she watches feet walk by her basement apartment window, feeling trapped, underscore the poignancy of this fish-out-of-water situation. Coixet captures these elements with a delicate balance of both drama and comedy.

It was an inspiring morning to speak with these three powerful and talented women, who are committed to sharing their knowledge with the next generation of female filmmakers.

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College Suny, and presents international seminars on screenwriting and film. Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide. www.su-city-pictures.com, http://su-city-pictures.com/wpblog »

- Susan Kouguell

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Pinocchio Live Action Film In The Works At Disney

9 April 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Disney plans to make a live-action Pinocchio film, the latest of its animated classics the studio wants to reimagine. Pinocchio Live Action Film The live-action Pinocchio project was announced Wednesday. Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) will pen the screenplay for Disney’s adaptation. Though Hedges has directed numerous films (Pieces of April, […]

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- Chelsea Regan

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Disney developing a live-action Pinocchio film

9 April 2015 1:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Another day, another bit of news on Disney’s ever-expanding live-action universe. Today, Deadline has reported that yet another Disney classic set to undergo the jump into the “real world” with news that beloved film Pinocchio is set to join the list of those being given a 21st century make-over.

Peter Hedges (Pieces of April) is penning a new feature for the studio, which loosely based on The Adventures of Pinocchio about a marionette puppet carved from wood who dreams of becoming a real boy. Pinocchio gets his wish but is prone to lies, and each time he does, his nose grows longer. First appearing in 1883, Pinocchio was the invention of author Carlo Collodi, and was Disney’s second feature back in 1940.

Despite Disney’s move to remake the film, it isn’t the only project on the horizon for the little puppet. Director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) is »

- Scott J. Davis

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Disney Now Planning Live-Action Pinocchio Too

9 April 2015 1:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sooner or later, Disney are going to run out of animated movies to translate into live action, so they’ll have to move down to the next circle, but for now, there’s still a few left.

Today’s selection is Pinocchio, arguably the finest hand-drawn animation the studio ever made. Deadline say that Peter Hedges will write and direct the film for the studio, “loosely” basing it on Carlo Collodi’s original book.

There have been other loose adaptations of Pinocchio floating around Hollywood in the last couple of years, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Fuller, Jane Goldman and Tim Burton all getting involved in some way or another. I’m disappointed that the chances of seeing Downey playing both Gepetto and, via the magic of motion capture, the boy puppet seem to be rapidly receding.

Hedges is a fine filmmaker. His Dan in Real Life is »

- Brendon Connelly

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'Pinocchio' Joins Disney Roster of Live Action Retooling of Animated Titles (Video)

8 April 2015 4:14 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The latest entry in Disney's push to own the fairy tale universe--as studio label Marvel does its comic book heroes-- is a live-action version of the 1883 Carlo Collodi children's classic "The Adventures of Pinocchio," about a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy. The relationship between lonely good-hearted wood carver Geppetto and his mendacious creation is at the center of the story. Peter Hedges ("Pieces of April") has a take on the story, reports Deadline, which has been retold on film many times (Roberto Begnini is pictured), including Disney's 1940 version and the 1967 animated musical. As usual there's another version in the works; Guillermo del Toro is developing  a stop-motion 3D movie with the producer of "The Book Of Life" who plans to co-direct from a script co-written with Matthew Robbins.  "Pinocchio" joins the lengthening Disney live action remake roster.  1998 animated musical “Mulan," produced »

- Anne Thompson

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Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie

8 April 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney is developing a live-action version of “Pinocchio” with Peter Hedges on board to write the story loosely based on the studio’s 1940 animated movie.

Hedges wrote the screenplays for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “A Map of the World” and “About a Boy.” He directed “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” from his own scripts.

Pinocchio,” which has no other attachments, is the latest in Disney’s strategy of drawing from its extensive animated library.

The studio recently announced that it was developing live-action movie versions of its animated “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo,” in the wake of successful live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” A live-action “Jungle Book” is set for a 2016 release and “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is coming in 2017.

The 1940 movie was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book “The Adventures of Pinocchio, »

- Dave McNary

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'Pinocchio' Inspired Live Action Movie Planned at Disney

8 April 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.

The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio, »

- MovieWeb

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Pinocchio Live-Action Reboot in the Works at Disney

8 April 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Disney is in the live-action reboot business, and the next animated classic feature up for re-imagining is Pinocchio - the story of a wood-carved puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. With the help of Jiminy Cricket and the paternal Geppetto, Pinocchio goes on a quest to prove his worth and learns about the costs of lying along the way. Per Deadline, Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life) is penning a script loosely based on the original story of Pinocchio. Pinocchio is one of many, many reboots in development at the studio. On the heels of their most recent fairytale revamp, Cinderella, which debuted to positive critical response last month and has grossed more than $400 million internationally to date, Disney is moving full-speed-ahead on live-action adaptations. [caption id="attachment_440833" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is set for April 15, 2016, with the Alice in Wonderland sequel, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Disney Developing Live-Action Pinocchio-Inspired Movie

8 April 2015 1:19 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If the past month or so has taught us anything, it’s that Disney won’t stop rifling through its veritable back catalogue until every single one of their pre-existing properties enters development. The mouse house is gearing up to fill its entire future production slate with remakes, spinoffs and sequels – but mainly remakes – of its most iconic characters. You know, so as to appeal to modern audiences.

Well, if you thought Disney had exhausted its supply, think again. Deadline now reports that a new live-action Pinocchio feature has been ushered into development. Writer Peter Hedges (Pieces Of April, Dan In Real Life) has been contracted to pen the script and it will be the first major movie since he wrote and directed 2012’s The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.

Described as a “Pinocchio-inspired” movie, this new iteration is said to be “loosely based” on the original source material. »

- Gem Seddon

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SXSW: Katie Holmes on Playing Bipolar in the Drama ‘Mania Days’

15 March 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When she was younger, Katie Holmes offset the fame she achieved from the 1998 TV series “Dawson’s Creek” by appearing in smaller films like 2000’s “Wonder Boys” and 2003’s “Pieces of April.” On Sunday night at the SXSW Film Festival, Holmes returns to those indie roots with the premiere of “Mania Days,” in which she plays a bipolar poet who falls in love with a man that shares her disorder.

The drama, which is set in and out of a psychiatric hospital, was made for less than $1 million, and Holmes worked for SAG-aftra’s low-budget minimum pay. The film’s writer-director Paul Dalio based the movie on his own experiences, after he was diagnosed with manic depression as a teenager.

“I always thought it was going to be a hard project to pull off, because it was a character that was very different than anyone I played before,” Holmes said »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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SXSW: 13 Buzziest Movies at This Year’s Film Festival

13 March 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SXSW kicks off on Friday, with thousands arriving in Austin, Texas, to attend the film festival component. While there won’t be as many distribution deals as at Sundance or Toronto, SXSW can offer a strong launching pad for upcoming releases — last year, both “Neighbors” and “Chef” attracted lots of attention in Texas to  before they went on to becomes box office hits. And, of course, the festival is also as a showcase for smaller films seeking buyers, such as the Katie Holmes drama “Mania Days.” Here are the 13 buzziest titles playing at SXSW this year.

1. “Trainwreck

The hottest ticket at SXSW will be for Judd Apatow’s new comedy starring Amy Schumer as a thirtysomething journalist who, after a series of one-night stands, sparks a connection with a subject she’s profiling (Bill Hader). Over the years, Apatow has helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest »

- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang and Dennis Harvey

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The Trailer For October Gale Breezes In

27 January 2015 3:02 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

First hearing about October Gale last year, with the announcement of casting, hopes were high. With writer-director Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time) at the helm, steering performances from Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces Of April), Academy Award nominee Tim Roth (Rob Roy), and Genie Award nominee Scott Speedman (Adoration) – it had all the hallmarks of a taut thriller, with perhaps something of a twist on the tired home invasion schtick that persists in cinema. At the very least, it promised a dark drama, made by a woman, and led by a woman.

For those unfamiliar with the project, Patricia Clarkson plays Helen – a qualified doctor who is mourning her dead husband. She opts to spend some time alone at their isolated waterside cottage during a huge storm, but is disturbed when a man (Scott Speedman) washes ashore with a gunshot wound. Soon enough, his would-be assassins follow – led by Tim Roth. »

- Sarah Myles

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Caroline Kaplan joins Cinereach

21 January 2015 1:15 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cinereach has hired independent film specialist and producer Caroline Kaplan as head of creative initiatives.

The former IFC Productions and InDigEnt executive will guide strategies for film-maker support and strategic partnerships at the not-for-profit film company

“Each film we support faces unique creative and financial challenges,” said Cinereach founder and executive director Philipp Engelhorn.

“Our approach is to tailor our support to those challenges and Caroline’s experience and perspective will greatly expand what we can offer in terms of resources for filmmakers. She will also be a major influence on how Cinereach responds to the evolving independent film landscape.”

Cinereach is an organisation that holds such a unique and thrilling place in our industry,” said Kaplan. “Its work reflects the ideas, artistry and perspective on cinema that I am most passionate about. I am excited to be part of their continued evolution.”

Kaplan’s producer credits include Letters To Juliet and the upcoming Time Out Of Mind, while »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cinereach Welcomes Caroline Kaplan as Head of Creative Initiatives

21 January 2015 1:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Caroline Kaplan has joined the Cinereach staff as the Head of Creative Initiatives. A well-known figure throughout the indie film community, Kaplan was a key architect of IFC Productions ("Monsoon Wedding," "Me and You and Everyone We Know") as well as the digital company InDigEnt ("Tadpole," "Pieces of April"). Her work as a producer has spanned Errol Morris' "Mr. Death" to the upcoming Richard Gere-starring "Time Out of Mind." In her new role, Kaplan will oversee filmmaker support and strategic partnerships. "Each film we support faces unique creative and financial challenges," said Cinereach Founder and Executive Director Philipp Engelhorn. "Our approach is to tailor our support to those challenges and Caroline's experience and perspective will greatly expand what we can offer in terms of resources for filmmakers. She will also be a major influence on how Cinereach responds to the evolving independent film »

- Zack Sharf

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