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Repeatez apres moi: Je suis Ro-gher Dur-leeng.

Roger Durling, the executive director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, has been named  Program Director for the American Pavillion at the Cannes International Film Festival. This is like huge! Durling will be coordinating and programming all the panels and conversations in the AP during the upcoming film fest (May 16-27). They picked well. Durling, a self-confessed movie freak, is also an eerily accurate Oscar prognosticator. He picked Charlize Theron for an BIFF tribute/award in 2003 for her role in "Monsters. Ditto Heath Ledger and Philip Seymour Hoffman and George Clooney in ’06.  This awards season, he sensed Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker would be Oscar shoe-ins and arranged tributes for them – as well as Al Gore, Bill Condon and Will Smith – during the ’07 SBIFF. And with so many  (38!) Oscar nominated actors, writers, directors and producers attending the fest this year, the once-sleepy town of Santa Barbara has turned into the scene-to-be-seen for Oscar hopefuls. Just imagine what Roger will do to the already hopping American Pavillion. And he’s taking his right hand gal, Carol Marshall, with him.

Photo Credits: Grant Heslov, George Clooney, Leonard Maltin and SBIFF director Roger Durling.
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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead