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“Nobody’s seen your film but say they have heard about it and that they probably will watch it on Sunday. Maybe.”

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07242008_lettherightonein.jpgOnce again, the world in quotes:

“The world of film festivals can really be a gamble – In worst case you arrive after ten hours in different means of conveyance at The No Name International Film Festival to a dead quiet hotel room, sitting on the bed like Bill Murray in ‘Lost in Translation.’ Nobody tells you anything about what to do or where to go. In the evening you’re invited to a party celebrating the car manufacturer who’s the main sponsor. You and end up in a corner with as greasy bacon snack in one hand and a glass of undrinkable sparkling sweet wine in the other, like a shy idiot from Sweden with a badge on your chest with your name on it. Nobody’s seen your film but say they have heard about it and that they probably will watch it on Sunday. Maybe.”
       —Tomas Alfredson, director of the surprising “Let The Right One In,” on the sometimes sadness of the festival circuit, at Twitch.

“I’m just interested in show people, a person that can go out and change themselves in front of an audience and then go back to their house and turn it off. There’s just always something that I’ve found beautiful about show people… like W.C. Fields or Buster Keaton or Al Jolson. There’s a poetry or almost a strange insanity to what they did. When I was a kid, I would see their films, and I almost couldn’t figure out how they existed… it seemed like they hovered above reality.”
       —Harmony Korine chats with Amy Taubin at the Brooklyn Rail. (Hat tip to Greencine Daily.)

“I don’t believe that you can be a fly on the wall. I don’t believe that really exists. Unless something really dire is happening, then sometimes people just tune you out. But the idea that you don’t have a relationship with the people you’re filming, or the camera doesn’t have some kind of presence, is ludicrous. Or that you as the filmmaker don’t have a point of view is also ludicrous.”
       —Nanette Burstein at the Onion AV Club.

“I feel like I don’t want to make movies that 10 people see, and they’re the same 10 people who believe exactly what I believe. I want to make movies that many people see, and have an opportunity to change people’s minds – to open their minds – to open their hearts, to see the world slightly differently.”
       —Maggie Gyllenhaal on moving on from being an indie princess, at the Boston Globe.

[Photo: “Let the Right One In,” Magnet Releasing, 2008]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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