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Berlinale: Oldenburg's Torsten Neumann joins wishlist of candidates for top job

Berlinale: Oldenburg's Torsten Neumann joins wishlist of candidates for top job
Current Berlin director Dieter Kosslick will step down next year.

Torsten Neumann, co-founder and director of the Oldenburg International Film Festival since 1994, has become the latest name to be connected with the ongoing quest for a successor to Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick from May 2019.

Neumann, who is currently planning the 25th anniversary edition of his festival for this September, has hosted such international guests as Nicolas Cage, Mira Sorvino, Jim McBride, Matthew Modine, Alexandre Rockwell and Lou Diamond Phillips as well as leading lights from the local German industry – from Nicolette Krebitz through Jürgen Vogel and Oskar Roehler to Corinna Harfouch
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Film Is A Work Like Any Other: Talking with Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler

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Christian Petzold's The State I Am In (2000) and Christoph Hochhäusler's The City Below (2010) will be showing in September and October, 2017 on Mubi in most countries around the world.Christian Petzold (left) and Christoph Hochhäusler (right) on the set of Dreileben. Photo by Felix von Böhm.We meet in Christian Petzold’s office in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A giant wall of whispering books, almost like a Borgesian brain of fiction, encircles the table at which Christoph Hochhäusler, myself and the owner take place to discuss their films. The idea of the interview was to get Petzold’s take on Hochhäusler’s The City Below (2010) and Hochhäusler’s take on Petzold’s The State I Am In (2000). In the end, both filmmakers ended up talking about a lot more, as cinema for them has always been something that shines most brightly when remembering it, discussing it and loving it. The fictions proposed
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Tales of Two Halves: Christian Petzold's "The State I Am In" and Christoph Hochhäusler's "The City Below"

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Christian Petzold's The State I Am In (2000) and Christoph Hochhäusler's The City Below (2010) will be showing in September and October, 2017 on Mubi in most countries around the world.How can we hang on to a dreamHow can it, will it be the way it seems—Tim Hardin, “How Can We Hang On to a Dream”“When you live in no man’s land, you get stuck with your memories.”—Clara, The State I Am In1. Lovers go on the run while a teenager falls in love. Christian Petzold’s first theatrical feature, The State I Am In (2000), tells two stories simultaneously: that of Hans (Richy Müller) and Clara (Barbara Auer), fugitives pursued by German authorities, and that of their long-suffering daughter Jeanne (Julia Hummer)—who is downcast from the film’s opening scene, in which she meets a German boy named Heinrich (Bilge Bingül) at the beach.Though
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“Toni Erdmann” Wins Big at German Film Awards

Toni Erdmann

Nearly a year after its world premiere at Cannes, “Toni Erdmann” continues to make its mark around the globe. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Maren Ade’s dark comedy dominated the German Film Awards, or Lolas, held Friday in Berlin. The pic snagged six awards, including best film, director, screenwriter, and editing.

Written and directed by Ade, “Toni Erdmann” follows Ines (Sandra Hüller) and Winifried (Peter Simonichek), a daughter and father whose personalities are radically different from one another. Ines is an overworked, polished management consultant who is deeply invested in other people’s opinions of her. Her meticulously managed life is turned upside down when Winifried, a practical joke-loving music teacher, shows up from out of town at her work for an unexpected visit. Both Hüller and Simonichek won German Film Awards for their acting in the film.

Considered a favorite by many at Cannes, “Toni Erdmann” didn’t end up taking home any awards from the fest. It did, however, win the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) Grand Prix for best film of the year, an honor Ade accepted at the San Sebastian Film Festival’s opening night gala ceremony.

Toni Erdmann” has since been nominated for and received many awards. The film swept the the main categories of the 2016 European Film Awards, taking home Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and acting honors for stars Hüller and Simonichek. Ade is the first woman to win Best Film at the awards in their entire 29-year history. “Toni Erdmann” came in at number one on Sight & Sound’s prestigious annual critics’ poll. The UK Magazine asked 163 critics and curators to name their five best films of the year, and Ade’s third feature came out victorious and made history: This year’s list marks the first time that a woman-directed film has taken the top spot. More recently, “Toni Erdmann” received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for best foreign-language film.

Ade told us that she wanted to use the film “to tell something about family — about the assigned roles everybody plays in families, and about the wish to break out of that and to start from zero.”

Fortunately, “Toni Erdmann” wasn’t the only film directed by a woman to be recognized at the Lolas. The Best Film — Lola in Silver award went to Anne Zohra Berrached’s “24 weeks,” a drama about a woman considering a late-term abortion, and Nicolette Krebitz’s “Wild,” a portrait of a woman who captures a wolf and holds him captive in her high-rise apartment, took home Best Film — Lola in Bronze.

Check out all of the female winners from the German Film Awards below. List adapted from THR.

Best Film

Toni Erdmann,” director Maren Ade

Best Film — Lola in Silver

“24 Weeks,” director Anne Zohra Berrached

Best Film — Lola in Bronze

Wild,” director Nicolette Krebitz

Best Documentary

Cahier africain,” director Heidi Specogna

Best Children’s Film

“Auf Augenhohe,” co-director Evi Goldbrunner

Best Screenplay

Maren Ade for “Toni Erdmann

Best Director

Maren Ade for “Toni Erdmann

Best Actress

Sandra Hüller for “Toni Erdmann

Best Supporting Actress

Fritzi Haberlandt for “Fog in August”

Best Editing

Heike Parplies for “Toni Erdmann

Best Costume Design

Frauke Firl for “Paula

Best Make Up

Kathi Kullack for “Das kalte Herz

Lifetime Achievement Award

Film editor Monika Schindler

Toni Erdmann” Wins Big at German Film Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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'Toni Erdmann' triumphs at Germany's Lolas

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'Toni Erdmann' triumphs at Germany's Lolas
Maren Ade named best director as female filmmakers flourish.

Toni Erdmann continued its triumphant run at the German Film Awards on Friday night, taking home six coveted Lola statuettes in an evening dominated by strong women filmmakers.

Maren Ade’s tragicomedy received the Golden Lola for Best Feature Film as well as double honours for Ade (pictured at left) herself as director and screenwriter, plus statuettes for her lead actors Sandra Hueller (pictured at right) and Peter Simonischek, and a Lola for the film’s editor Heike Parplies.

Handled internationally by The Match Factory, Toni Erdmann began winning the hearts of critics and audiences around the globe following its premiere in Cannes’ Official Competition last year.

It picked up five European Film Awards in Poland’s Wroclaw last December – in the same categories as the Lolas except for editing – as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Hours before Friday night’s ceremony in Berlin, the film’s
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Women Directors Dominate Nominations for German Film Awards

Toni Erdmann”: Sony Pictures Classics

Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” is the film to beat at the Lolas, Germany’s equivalent to the Academy Awards. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the daughter-father comedy garnered six nominations: best film, best director, best screenplay, best editing, and best acting nods for stars Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek.

And we’re pleased to say that Ade isn’t the only woman director who has been recognized. As THR points out, “the Lolas have often been dominated by male directors, but this year, three of the four best director nominees were women.” Alongside Ade, Anne Zohra Berrached and Nicolette Krebitz received directing nods for “24 Weeks” and “Wild,” respectively.

“24 Weeks” focuses on a young couple considering an abortion, while “Wild” is a drama about a young woman and a wild wolf she takes captive in her apartment. Both will compete with “Toni Erdmann” for best film.

Monika Schindler, known for her editing work on “Free Fall,” “Night Shapes,” and “The Policewomen,” will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award.

THR reports that German culture minister Monika Grutters “has pushed to have more women on film subsidy boards, the groups that decide which German films to finance.” Grutters commented that women being part of the decision-making process is “a good first step forward.”

In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Ade discussed how quota systems for women directors might be the best step forward in regards to gender parity. “We want it to be fair,” she said. “We don’t want more — it’s just that we want it to be fair, especially when it comes to public money. It really needs to be made secured that it’s equal, depending on how many films were handed in by women. I mean you can’t, if only [20 percent of submissions are from women], you can’t support 50 percent of their films, I think.”

Toni Erdmann” tells the story of a practical joking father (Simonischek) who tries to bond with his career-driven daughter (Hüller) by unconvincingly posing as her CEO’s life coach, Toni Erdmann.

Ade’s film was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2017 Oscars and swept the major categories at the European Film Awards in December. “Toni Erdmann” topped Sight & Sound’s prestigious annual critics’ poll and made history by being the first woman-directed film to do so. The comedy was named Best Picture by the International Cinephile Society, and won the European Lux Film Prize as well as the Fipresci Grand Prix. An American remake is currently in the works with Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson in Hüller and Simonischek’s roles.

The Lola winners will be announced April 28 in Berlin.

Women Directors Dominate Nominations for German Film Awards was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Germany ups film funding by €50m in major boost to sector

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Germany ups film funding by €50m in major boost to sector
German government reveals bold plan to increase film funding to €150m from 2018; Toni Erdmann scores six German Film Awards nominations.

The German government has approved a major increase in film funding in a bold bid to grow the local and international film business in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has authorized a €50m boost to approximately $150m in film funding for 2018.

Culture secretary Monika Grütters confirmed on Thursday morning during the announcement of the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (Lolas) that the budget from 2018 would comprise of €25m for culturally-oriented funding, €50m for the existing German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) cash rebate incentive programme, and €75m for the Dfff II scheme.

The latter is targeted at attracting and retaining major national and international productions in Germany as well as providing support for production service producers such as studios and VFX companies operating out of Germany.

This latest move to put Germany on a more
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Germany ups film funding by €50m in bold bid to boost sector

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Germany ups film funding by €50m in bold bid to boost sector
German government reveals bold plan to increase film funding to €150m from 2018; Toni Ermann scores six German Film Awards nominations.

The German government has approved a major increase in film funding in a bold bid to grow the local and international film business in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has authorized a €50m boost to approximately $150m in film funding for 2018.

Culture secretary Monika Grütters confirmed on Thursday morning during the announcement of the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (Lolas) that the budget from 2018 would comprise of €25m for culturally-oriented funding, €50m for the existing German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) cash rebate incentive programme, and €75m for the Dfff II scheme.

The latter is targeted at attracting and retaining major national and international productions in Germany as well as providing support for production service producers such as studios and VFX companies operating out of Germany.

This latest move to put Germany on a more
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Germany ups film funding by €50m in bid to boost sector

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Germany ups film funding by €50m in bid to boost sector
German government reveals bold plan to increase film funding to €150m from 2018; Toni Ermann scores six German Film Awards nominations.

The German government has approved a major increase in film funding in a bold bid to grow the local and international film business in Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has authorized a €50m boost to approximately $150m in film funding for 2018.

Culture secretary Monika Grütters confirmed on Thursday morning during the announcement of the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (Lolas) that the budget from 2018 would comprise of €25m for culturally-oriented funding, €50m for the existing German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) cash rebate incentive programme, and €75m for the so-called Dfff II scheme.

The latter is targeted at attracting and retaining major national and international productions in Germany as well as providing support for production service producers such as studios and VFX companies operating out of Germany.

This latest
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#Lff 2016: Wild review

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★★★☆☆ At its primeval heart, Nicolette Krebitz's Wild is the story of a lonely girl, Ania (Lilith Stangenberg), and a wolf whom she happens upon while making her daily walk to a dead-end job. A cautious, frightened distance initially held between beauty and beast will be slowly eroded by a magnetic, inexorable fascination, obsession even, which sees established boundaries between human and animal broken - in some instances literally. Beginning with the sombre greys and muted colours of a wintry urban setting, reflecting the monotonous drudgery of Ania's unfulfilled existence, Wild will beat darker and burn more vividly as a bestial union.
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10th Annual German Film Currents in L.A.

10th Annual German Film Currents in L.A.
Award Winning Director Wolfgang Becker (“Good Bye Lenin!”) will open the festival at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre with “Me and Kaminski” bringing outstanding German cinema and its stars to Los Angeles from October 20 to 23rd.

Full Program Line Up Announced with a selection of the best new German, Austrian and Swiss Cinema

Celebrating its 10th year, German Currents features an expanded program including screenings of ten La premieres, conversations with prolific German directors, writers and actors, as well as the return of the free family matinee film screening for local schools.

Me and Kaminski” starring Daniel Brühl and directed by Wolfgang Becker

2016 has been a successful year for German language cinema, not only in Europe, but across the globe. Beginning on Thursday, October 20th 2016 German Currents will open this year’s 4 day festival with the red carpet event Los Angeles premiere of Wolfgang Becker’s (“Goodbye Lenin”) five-time
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#LFF2016: Down Under, Indivisible, Wild

Quick takes from the 60th London Film Festival, with public screenings from October 5th-16th, 2016.

Down Under

Set against a backdrop of real-life race riots that occurred in the Sydney suburbs in 2005, this Australian black comedy may take place a decade ago, but it couldn’t feel more of-the-moment with its withering takedown of bigotry as, obviously, ignorant and insular, and — perhaps less obviously — as a brand of tribalism that it can be difficult for even those who are not ignorant and insular to extricate themselves from. Two bands of idiots, one white-supremacist and one Middle Eastern immigrants, head out of an evening to make trouble and “defend” and “protect” their own: they will, inevitably, run into one another, with bitter, ironic results. (If only bigotry always backfired on bigots in reality the way it does here.) Reminiscent of the brilliant 2010 British film Four Lions, about four moron wannabe jihadis in Sheffield,
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Arte, Festival Scope launch pan-European online film festival Artekino

Arte, Festival Scope launch pan-European online film festival Artekino
Line-up includes Edinburgh victor Suntan, The Death Of Louis Xiv and César winner Fatima.

Franco-German broadcaster Arte and Paris-based digital film platform Festival Scope have launched the first edition of a new pan-European, online film festival called Artekino.

Arte has been developing the festival for more than a year-and-a-half, working closely with key partner Festival Scope — which has a long history of overseeing online distribution for festivals and cross-border audiences — as well as international sales agents in the region.

“Arte wanted to promote European cinema in a new way beyond what we already do through our channels and co-productions, putting the emphasis on independent, auteur cinema to spotlight new trends, new talents and even emerging territories,” Olivier Père, managing director of Arte France Cinéma, explained to Screen. “It’s the first festival of its kind focused only on European cinema.”

He added the initiative was also in keeping with Arte’s ambition to expand its digital activities
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Transilvania fest to honour Sophia Loren

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Transilvania fest to honour Sophia Loren
The festival will also honour Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith.

Legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren and Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith will be guests of honour at the 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff, May 27 – June 5).

The festival kicks off this evening with the world premiere of Romanian director Nae Caranfil’s comedy 6.9. On The Richter Scale.

The festival’s closing gala on June 4 will see Loren [pictured in 2014 short Human Voice] – who is visiting Romania for the first time - receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Smith – who came to Romania to produce Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain in 2003 - will be presented with the Transilvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema on the same evening in Cluj’s National Theatre.

Competition

This year’s 12-strong Competition includes nine first features such as Bogdan Mirică’s Balkan anti-Western Dogs, Iranian director Ali Abbasi’s horror film Shelley, and [link=nm
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[Sundance Review] Wild

It’s love at first sight for Ania and a young handsome stranger lurking in the woods. Animal magnetism finds a new meaning in Wild, an intriguing, passionate drama between a woman and a wolf that falters only in that it doesn’t go quite far enough with its bestialistic premise.

For Ania (Lilith Stangenberg, utterly committed), life is drab, living in a monstrous high-rise apartment in an unnamed German city and working for a faceless city firm where the most interesting part of the day is making coffee for her misogynist boss Boris (Georg Fridrich).

But she’s awoken from her slumber when she stumbles upon a set of eyes in a park one evening, the figure of a full-grown wolf. It’s an interest that engulfs her entire world, starting with her placing bits of uncooked steak in the forest before she plots a trap to capture her unrequited lover.
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: Wild Brings Out The Inner Wolf

The Rotterdam International Film Festival had many, many world premieres this year, and some almost-world premieres as well, like German director Nicolette Krebitz' new film Wild, which had its first-ever screening mere days earlier at Sundance. Which made it a big unknown candidate when I acquired my ticket, as nobody I knew had seen it yet. Thankfully my gamble paid off, as Wild is a well-made and marvelously acted psychological drama. In Wild we follow Ania, a young woman working at an It firm. She is intelligent and attractive, but doesn't quite fit in with the loud and hip crowd at her work, and tends to keep to herself. Then, one day when she walks past a city park on her way to work, she...

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In Sundance's German Feature 'Wild' a Woman Descends Into Madness

Easily the best film I saw at Sundance this year. Written and directed by Nicolette Krebitz, "Wild" is a German feature (German language) about a woman descending into madness.

I was completely mesmerized beginning to end as the female lead character drives herself into a strange dangerous world from which she can never escape. Set in a non descript German town today the young woman character is driven down by her mundane existence, job and life. A fateful encounter in a park changes her life and puts her onto a dangerous path. She never looks back even as we are horrified watching her path to the edge.

I also want to say that the female nature of this film - director, writer and actress - gives a powerful feeling to this bizarre and fascinating story. I could not take my eyes off the screen.

Bravo!!

From the catalog:

A strange encounter with a wild wolf at the edge of Ania’s cold, mundane town sets off a deep-seated passion within her, shattering the drudgery of her dull days. Determined to hunt the untamed creature, she finds herself pulled to the natural world as a fearless lust for the wolf grows, eliciting a desire for her own sexuality and a disregard for social graces, repulsing yet attracting everyone around her. As the balance between the natural world and modern civilization begins to tip, so too do Ania's inhibitions, forcing her to question the glaring hypocrisies closing in on her.

Nicolette Krebitz's bold, anarchistic love story is a fairy tale for the ages. Along with Krebitz's sharp vision, Lilith Stangenberg's daring performance with her co-star, a wolf, takes us into the mind of a woman led by the deepest and wildest forces to break free of a world controlled by commodity, female dependence on male sexuality, and the mundane minutia of modern life. Visually poetic and sexually charged, Wild is a cinematic accomplishment of revolutionary fantasy.

"Wild" Director: Nicolette Krebitz Screenwriter: Nicolette Krebitz Cast: Georg Friedrich, Lilith Stangenberg Germany / 97 Min

Director / Writer bio -

Nicolette Krebitz was born and raised in Berlin. After graduating from a three-year acting program at Fritz-Kirchhoff-Schule in 1992, she initially worked in German film and television productions. Nicolette has worked as a director since 2000, and she also writes her own screenplays.
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German Films at Sundance 2016

Germany is well represented at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with films by both debutants and returning filmmakers. Scattered around the festival's program, German films are among the most daring productions and co-productions that will premier this week in Park City to eager audiences.

Here is a list of German films at Sundance this year:

German Productions

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

"Wild"

by Nicolette Krebitz

Producer: Heimatfilm

World sales: The Match Factory

Press contact: Required ViewingSteven Raphael

Us Dramatic Competition

"Morris from America"

by Chad Hartigan (De/Us)

German producers: Lichtblick Media & Indi Film

World sales: Visit Films

Press contact: Brigade Marketing, Adam Kersch

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

"Halal Love (And Sex)"

by Assad Fouladkar (De/Lb)

German producer: Razor Film

World sales: Films Distribution

Press contacts: Required ViewingSteven Raphael & Denise Sinelov

World Cinema Documentary Competition

"Sonita"

by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (De/Ir/Ch)

German producer: Tag/Traum

World sales: Cat & Docs

Press contact: Entertainment Communications, David C. Magdael

German Co-productions

World Cinema Documentary Competition

"The Light of the Enlightened"

by Pieter-Jan de Pue (Be/Nl/Ie/De)

"The Settlers"

by Shimon Dotan (Fr/CA/Il/De)

Documentary Premieres

"Eat That Question- Frank Zappra in His Own Word"

by Thorsten Schütte (Fr/De)

Spotlight

"Cemetery of Splendour"

 

by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Th/Gb/De/Fr/My)

"Land of Mine"

 

by Martin Zandvliet (Dk/De)
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Watch: Brave the 'Wild' in Exclusive Trailer for Sundance World Drama Competitor

Watch: Brave the 'Wild' in Exclusive Trailer for Sundance World Drama Competitor
Read More: The Complete 2016 Sundance Film Festival Lineup The 2016 Sundance Film Festival will commence in just two days, and Indiewire has gotten an exclusive look at "Wolf." Directed by Nicolette Krebitz, the German indie will be playing as part of the World Drama competition. Check out the trailer above. "Wolf" tells the story of a young girl whose mundane life is turned upside down after a fateful encounter with a wild wolf at the edge of town. She soon becomes obsessed with the animal, which results in her own sexual reawakening. As she begins to unleash the animal inside of her, the line between nature and modern civilization begins to blur as well, and she finds herself a social pariah, repulsing yet attracting everyone around her. The film will be having its world premiere at the Sundance, which will take place January 21-31. Read More: 2016 Sundance Film Festival Announces Conversations With Christopher Nolan,
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