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Spain’s Animation Industry Flexes Its Muscle

Spain’s Animation Industry Flexes Its Muscle
Two months ago at Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie, Europe’s biggest animated movie showcase, no country made a larger impact than Spain.

A sneak peek of footage from Raul de la Fuente’s “Another Day of Life,” capturing war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński’s life-haunting experience in Angola’s civil war, dazzled Cartoon Movie with the verve of its animation/live-action mix. The $20 million “Dragonkeeper,” about a feisty washer-girl slave turned dragon protector, sparked enthusiasm for its story and Western-Chinese animation meld. Alberto Vázquez (“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”) drew the showcase’s second-biggest audience for in-the-works “Unicorn Wars,” about an ancestral battle between Teddy bears and unicorns. And Madrid-based Latido Films won Distributor of the Year for “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles,” about Luis Buñuel’s shooting of 1933’s “Land Without Bread.”

Spanish animation’s strong showing at Cartoon Movie was no fluke. Animation accounted for the highest-grossing Spanish hit
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Nd/Nf Review: ‘Ava’ Tells a Universal Tale of Resilience Against Patriarchal Oppression

Sadaf Foroughi’s fulminating debut feature, Ava, may strike a few chords among Persepolis enthusiasts. A role-model schoolgirl turned rebel, its eponymous teenage girl is a rollicking blend between Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s black-and-white punk teen and The 400 BlowsAntoine Doinel – a heroine fighting to reassert her freedom in the face of an ultra-conservative environment. Tehran-born, Montreal-based writer-director Foroughi draws from her childhood memories to conjure up a gripping coming-of-age story where the claustrophobic relationship between an overprotective mother and her teenage daughter acts as a synecdoche to expose a patriarchal society eager to chastise whatever falls outside its rigidly policed norms.

Premiered at Tiff in September 2017, where it nabbed the Discovery Award, Ava follows its titular 17-year-old (Mahour Jabbari), an impeccable student and promising violinist from an upper-middle-class Tehran family, whose life starts crumbling after her mistrustful mother (Bahar Nouhian) subjects her to a revoltingly humiliating
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‘Dragonkeeper,’ ‘Chandasma,’ ‘Another Day of Life’ Set for Cartoon Movie

Barcelona — “Dragonkeeper,” “Chandasma,” and “Another Day of Life” are among 60 projects from 22 countries that will be pitched at this year’s Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading animated movie co-production event.

Event will host a Spotlight on Spain offering eight projects from this country.

A CGI family film based on the first of a six-book series by Carole Wilkinson, “Dragonkeeper” is a pioneering production between Spain (Dragoia Media, Movistar +, Atresmedia Cine), and the China Film Group. Feature is co-directed by Annecy Jury Award winner Ignacio Ferreras (“Wrinkles”) and Jian-Ping Li and follows a slave girl yearning for freedom but fearing the unknown world.

Set up at Colombia’s Timbo Studio and co-produced with France’s Ikki Films, “Chandasma” turns on the adventures of Renata and a stray dog named Chandasma who search for the girl’s father and the dog’s lost memories. David Restrepo is its director-creator.

An animation-documentary hybrid feature sold by Indie Sales, “Another
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Berlin: Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard Join Marie Curie Biopic 'Radioactive'

Berlin: Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard Join Marie Curie Biopic 'Radioactive'
Sam Riley (Control, On the Road), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) and Simon Russell Beale (The Death of Stalin) have joined the cast of Radioactive, the upcoming biopic of Marie Curie, which will star Rosamund Pike as the Noble Prize-winning scientist

Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) is directing Radioactive, which Studiocanal and Amazon Studios are co-financing.

Shooting got underway in Budapest this week. Working Title and Shoebox Films are producing the feature, an adaptation of Lauren Redniss' graphic novel. Jack Thorne wrote the screenplay.

Amazon will distribute Radioactive in the U.S., with Studiocanal handling distribution in the U.K., France,...
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Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor-Joy and Simon Russell Beale join Rosamund Pike in Radioactive

StudioCanal and Amazon Studios have announced that Sam Riley (Maleficent), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Simon Russell Beale (The Death of Stalin) have joined Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) in the cast of Radioactive, the new film from Oscar-nominated director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, The Voices).

Radioactive tells the incredible, true story of Marie Curie (Pike) and her ground-breaking scientific achievements. In Paris, 1893, Marie meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Riley). The pair go on to marry, raise two daughters and change the face of science forever by jointly winning the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radium in 1903. Marie Curie was the first

female scientist to win the esteemed prize.

After the death of her beloved Pierre, Marie continues her research and invites scandal when she has an affair with another prominent scientist, Paul Langevin (Barnard). However, it is Marie’s commitment to science which prevails, and the responsibility
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Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard join Marie Curie biopic 'Radioactive'

Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard join Marie Curie biopic 'Radioactive'
Simon Russell Beale also joins Studiocanal project, which will star Rosamund Pike.

Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard and Simon Russell Beale have joined Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, Marjane Satrapi’s biopic of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie.

Principal photography is getting underway in Budapest this week.

Director Satrapi was Oscar-nominated for her 2007 feature Persepolis. Producers on Radioactive are Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with Shoebox FilmsPaul Webster. The screenplay was written by Jack Thorne, adapted from Laura Redniss’ graphic novel.

Amazon Studios has come onboard as a co-financier and will also distribute in the Us.

Studiocanal will distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

During the recent European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin, Studiocanal also inked deals on the title with Impuls Pictures in Switzerland, Ab Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia, Lusomundo in Portugal, Gussi in Latin America, Kino in Japan, Huayi Brothers in China, Golden Scene in Hong Kong
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Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi’s Marie Curie Biopic ‘Radioactive’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi’s Marie Curie Biopic ‘Radioactive’ (Exclusive)
Amazon Prime Video has partnered with Studiocanal for Marjane Satrapi’s “Radioactive,” a biopic of two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie that stars Rosamund Pike. As part of the deal, Amazon is co-financing with Studiocanal and has taken international rights outside of France, Germany, Australia/New Zealand and the U.K., where Studiocanal has direct distribution operations.

The film, which just started shooting in Budapest, is being produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster at Working Title. The pic was written by Jack Thorne, based on Lauren Redniss’ 2010 graphic novel “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout.”

“Radioactive” charts the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the transformative effects of the discoveries of the wife and husband team throughout the 20th century.

Satrapi, who is best-known for her Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated “Persepolis,” previously described the movie as being about “life, love, passion, science and death.
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Book-a-Day 2018 #46: Museum of Mistakes by Julia Wertz

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We all regret our twenties. Some of us regret how quickly we settled down and got boring, and some of us regret that we didn’t settle down and get boring, at all or quickly enough.

I’m one of the former; I think Julia Wertz is one of the latter. Museum of Mistakes is the big collection of the comics she made at the time, and somewhat afterward, about her not being boring.

(Well. not exactly: Wertz shows herself as a massive introvert and an alcoholic, who spent way too much time in a tiny apartment making comics and drinking. One might well think of that as being boring.)

These days, artistic development happens in public more often than not, and it was that way for Wertz: she started publishing comics about her early-twenties life in San Francisco as “The Fart Party” about a decade ago, turned some of
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Oscar Race 2018: Animated Features Capture the Zeitgeist and Female Empowerment

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When the Academy opened up voting for animated features to the membership at large and implementing preferential balloting, the balance of power shifted from indies to the big studios the first time in four years. This resulted in the final five nods for Pixar frontrunner “Coco,” GKids’ politically powerful “The Breadwinner,” the hand-painted “Loving Vincent,” and two surprising mainstream studio entries: “The Boss Baby” from DreamWorks and Blue Sky’s “Ferdinand.”

Indeed, one could argue that without the new rule changes and a Disney release last year, there likely would’ve been four indies joining “Coco.” Still, there were several positive takeaways: All five movies captured the zeitgeist in one way or another, and this marked the first time that two female directors were nominated in the same year: Nora Twomey for “The Breadwinner” and Dorota Kobiela for “Loving Vincent.” They joined previous nominees Marjane Satrap (“Persepolis”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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MyFrenchFilmFestival: Denis Walgenwitz, Vincent Paronnaud on ‘The Death, Dad & Son’

Featuring at UniFrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, cartoon short “The Death, Dad & Son” marks a new collaboration between Vincent Paronnaud –a.k.a. Winshluss– and Denis Walgenwitz. Paronnaud leapt to fame as co-director, with Marjane Satrapi, of 2007 Cannes Jury Prize winner “Persepolis.” Walgenwitz served as assistant director on the film.

It bows on the online festival as Paronnaud is developing a new feature project targeting young audiences, based on his own graphic story “In the Dark and Mysterious Forest”. Produced by Je Suis Bien Content “Forest” plumbs the processes by which “fear helps you learn,” he explained. He’s also illustrating a collection of books about knowledge and the story of anarchy.

A multi-hyphenate, – a musician, animator, cartoonist– Paronnaud is a leading light of the French underground graphic novel, characterized by his provocative, off-the-wall comic tone. His books include “Smart Monkey” (2004) and “Wizz et Buzz” (2007). Walgenwitz has co-directed stop-motion shorts “Three Little Pigs in Space” (1993) and “Like a Pixel
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Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Top Honor at the 2018 Art Directors Guild Awards

Kennedy: Star Wars/YouTube

Kathleen Kennedy will take home the top prize at the 22nd annual Art Directors Guild (Adg) Awards. The Lucasfilm president and “Star Wars” producer will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award, an honor given to “those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the moviegoing experience,” Deadline reports. The Adg will present the accolade to Kennedy at the awards ceremony on January 27.

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and set decorator Stephenie McMillan are the only women who have received the Cinematic Imagery Award before. Rowling and McMillan shared the honor with the rest of the “Harry Potter” franchise’s creative team in 2011.

“We are thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Kathleen Kennedy has made to narrative design for more than three decades, while so beautifully creating a cinematic legacy as represented by some of the most successful movies of our time,
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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” what is the best coming-of-age movie ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Birth.Movies.Death.

While it may not fit the western paradigm of a traditional coming of age film (neither a high school setting nor teenage angst or confusion find themselves the focus), “Lion” holds the distinction of being a rare modern movie that gets to the root of key questions of dual identity, questions that will only become more prominent in the age of globalism. It’s the most extreme version of having your feet in two cultures; Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) finds himself
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Adieu Chérie: Danielle Darrieux

by Salim Garami

The longevity of Danielle Darrieux's life - reaching up until the golden age of 100 as she passed Tuesday on 17 October - parallels the longevity of Darrieux's storied career. To know her path is to essentially map out the development of French cinema in a cursory sense: Beginning as a child in the very dawn of the French sound era within the musical comedy Le Bal in 1931 until a star-making turn in Anatole Litvak's Mayerling, taking a detour at the cusp of her fame to Hollywood like many beautiful French stars would, returning to her homeland right through the Left Bank faction of the French New Wave working with the likes of Claude Chabrol and Jacques Demy, finding her way to the Broadway stage with Coco as Coco Chanel, and taking a moment to work with directors of the Cahiers du Cinema second generation and the
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Danielle Darrieux, French Star of ‘La Ronde,’ Dies at 100

Danielle Darrieux, French Star of ‘La Ronde,’ Dies at 100
Danielle Darrieux, one of the great French movie stars, died Wednesday in Bois-le-Roi, France. She was 100.

The star of director Max Ophuls’ classic early ’50s films “La Ronde” and “The Earrings of Madame de…” and Anatole Litvak’s 1936 “Mayerling” also made some films in Hollywood and, late in life, starred, with an all-star cast of fellow French female movie stars, in Francois Ozon’s “8 Femmes.”

In Ozon’s 2002 delightful musical mystery-comedy “8 Femmes,” the actress played Deneuve’s mother again, starring along with Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen and Ludivine Sagnier. The entire cast received a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for outstanding artistic achievement as well as the European Film Award for best actress.

Born in Bordeaux, Darrieux was raised in Paris. At the Paris Conservatory she studied the cello and piano.

Darrieux auditioned for a secondary role as a willful teenager in the 1931 musical “Le Bal” when she was only 14, and
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Kathleen Kennedy Calls for Zero Tolerance Policy in Response to Weinstein Abuse Allegations

Kennedy: lucasfilm.com

Lucasfilm prez and producer Kathleen Kennedy delivered the keynote speech at Elle’s Women in Hollywood Event last night and used her platform to acknowledge — and condemn — the elephant in the room. “A demand is growing for action to prevent further civil and human rights abuses in the future,” she observed, per The Hollywood Reporter. Kennedy added that “increased awareness of the belittlement, objectification, and predation long-endured by women who work in film will certainly be one result of the exposure of what Harvey Weinstein did.”

In addition to voicing her support for the women who have come forward and shared their stories about Weinstein, Kennedy stressed that “predators must come to feel they can’t count on power or wealth or fame to shield them.”

The “Star Wars” producer outlined several tactics Hollywood should adopt to combat its culture of abuse. She recommended “zero tolerance policies for abusive behavior, and a secure, reliable, unimpeachable system in which victims of abuse can report what’s happened to them with a confident expectation that action will be taken, without placing their employment, reputations, and careers at risk.”

Kennedy also suggested that individuals from all professional walks of life come together to create a commission “charged with the task of developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse.” Her vision would see feminist activists, labor and management representatives, law experts, activists, sociologists, psychologists, and film and TV execs join forces to overhaul Hollywood’s current system of addressing misogyny — which usually involves turning a blind eye.

“The commission should be fully funded by our industry in order to address the task at hand in a thoroughgoing, comprehensive fashion,” Kennedy continued. “The goal of this commission would be to transform our industry in regards to sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.”

In her own speech, Women in Hollywood honoree Jennifer Lawrence endorsed Kennedy’s idea. “If we build this commission, this community of support where anyone can come to us and ask questions, I will give my all to it,” the Oscar winner stated.

Kennedy has received eight Academy Award nominations throughout her career, and has produced over 90 projects, including “Persepolis,” “Jurassic Park,” “Back to the Future,” and “Schindler’s List.” One of Kennedy’s upcoming credits is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi.” The Daisy Ridley-led sequel hits theaters December 15.

You can read Kennedy’s entire Women in Hollywood speech over at THR.

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Kino Lorber Lands North American Rights to Animated ‘Tehran Taboo’ (Exclusive)

Kino Lorber has acquired rights for the U.S. and English-speaking Canada to “Tehran Taboo,” a rotoscope-animated feature that interweaves the sex lives of a prostitute, a male musician and two young women in Tehran.

France’s Celluloid Dreams has also closed a slew of other deals for the pic.

“Taboo” rights have gone to Az Films for French-speaking Canada; Arp Selection for France; Praesens Film for Switzerland; Seven Films for Greece; Maywin Media Ab for Cis and the Baltics; Discovery Film and Video Distribution for former Yugoslavia; Cirko Film for Hungary; and Luna Films for Singapore.

Kino Lorber is planning to release “Taboo” in February.

Directed by Iranian-born, Germany-based first-timer Ali Soozandeh, “Taboo” is a German/Austrian co-production. Pic world premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week in May before segueing to a competition slot at the Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival.

Positive reviews have drawn parallels between “Taboo” and fellow Iranian expat Marjane Satrapi’s international
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Overdrive movie review: dumb and dubious

MaryAnn’s quick take… More plot holes than plot, this overly convoluted, deeply stupid Fast and Furious wannabe is crammed with clichés and memorable only when it’s laughable. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Kinda like how John Woo always has doves in his movies, and Steven Spielberg always has lens flare, so shall Colombian director Antonio Negret be known for exploding cars flipping through the air. It’s not a particularly unique visual twitch to embrace, this is true, but he’s not a particularly distinctive sort of filmmaker. His latest, Overdrive, is barely distinguishable from his previous film, 2012’s almost hilariously terrible Transit. Sadly, though, Overdrive is quite distinguishable from the movies it would like to be seen as akin to, the very early Fast and Furious movies (like, the first two
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‘Tehran Taboo’: Film Review | Cannes 2017

‘Tehran Taboo’: Film Review | Cannes 2017
Animation proves a cunning technical choice in the German-Austrian production Tehran Taboo, a first feature written and directed by Ali Soozandeh. Like Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's 2007 Persepolis, it offers just enough distance to explore the highly charged theme of sexual and personal freedom in Iran without salaciousness. Women are the main victims here, whether married, divorced or single, and their lives are depicted as pure tragedy.

Every scene makes a political point about the religious and political repression of personal life in Iran so that at times it feels that the screenplay is built around opportunities to tick off...
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Rosamund Pike To Play Marie Curie In Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Radioactive’

Ever since her breakout film “Persepolis,” director Marjane Satrapi has stayed dedicated to following her own unique filmmaking, even if the results haven’t always found big, commercial success. “Chicken With Plums” and “The Gang Of The Jotas” were firmly arthouse efforts, and while “The Voices” starring Ryan Reynolds tipped toward a more mainstream audiences, the freaky premise and dark comedy kept the picture within the niche, genre fold.

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Cannes 2017 Updates: Rosamund Pike, Blake Lively, and Noomi Rapace Line Up New Projects

Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl

Cannes is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, but it’s also a business hub. The fest — and Cannes market — officially kick off tomorrow, May 17, but new projects are already being announced, including ones toplined by Rosamund Pike, Blake Lively, and Noomi Rapace.

Pike has signed on to star as trailblazing chemist and physicist Marie Curie in “Radioactive.” Variety broke the news. The biopic will be directed by “Persepolis” helmer Marjane Satrapi. An adaptation of Lauren Redniss’ graphic nonfiction book “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout,” the live-action project is fully financed by Studiocanal.

“Marie Curie was such a natural force of life. Everybody, everywhere she went was affected by her energy and brilliance,” said Satrapi. “This is an intense role which requires a lot of intelligence and sensibility. Rosamund is ‘the one’ to incarnate her. I understood it the second I met her.”

Pike earned an Oscar nod in 2015 for “Gone Girl.” She was most recently seen in Amma Asante’s well-reviewed interracial romance “A United Kingdom.” She’ll play war reporter Marie Colvin in an upcoming biopic directed by Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”).

Lively will star as a single mom and former Mma fighter in “Bruised,” Deadline reports. Faced with the threat of losing her son to the authorities, the disgraced athlete “must get back in the cage for one last chance to fight for redemption and give her son the life she always wanted.”

Michelle Rosenfarb (“Sweet Surrender”) penned the script and Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”) will direct the project. Production for the action-drama will most likely kick off in September.

The source writes that “Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity is launching sales on the project to foreign buyers in Cannes this week.” Linda Gottlieb (“Dirty Dancing”) will produce alongside Management 360’s Guymon Casady and Thunder Road PicturesBasil Iwanyk.

Lively made a major splash with last summer’s “The Shallows.” The shark thriller earned nearly $120 million and was made for just $17 million. The “Gossip Girl” alumna’s other credits include “Café Society,” “The Age of Adaline,” and “The Town.”

Prometheus” actress Rapace will portray a counter-terrorism expert in “Close,” The Hollywood Reporter writes. The action-thriller will be directed by Vicky Jewson (“Born of War”), who also co-wrote the script.

According to THR, Rapace’s character “takes on what should be a babysitting job protecting a rich teenage heiress. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run, and then they’ve got to take some lives — or lose theirs.”

Janette Day (“Ghost World”) and Sarah Radclyffe (“Les Misérables”) are among those serving as executive producers on “Close.”

“WestEnd acquired the film under its WeLove banner aimed at female audiences,” THR writes. Production is slated to kick off next month.

Rapace played Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish-language adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels. She’s set to star in “Callas,” Niki Caro’s upcoming biopic about opera singer Maria Callas.

Check out our infographic about women directors screening films at Cannes this year. The fest runs until May 28.

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