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An uneven Parisian backstreet; last night's puddles glinting in the early morning sun. A speckled cat leaps gracefully from shingled roof to cobbled floor, only to be gone in the blink of an eye, melting into the nearest shadow at the sound of approaching footsteps. The resounding post-dawn quiet is unceremoniously punctured by a young man and woman who emerge, almost explosively, from an unseen side alley. The hurried pair, unmistakably of the touristic variety, are deep in a heated conversation from which words occasionally escape as voices are raised, only to bounce around the heavy stone walls, perhaps causing the locals to stir. "Tu m'as dit de tourner à gauche!", exclaims the foremost of the figures, her red skirt flicking violently about bare knees as she strides purposefully ahead. "Speak American, woman!", is the hasty retort from her blue-eyed and stubble-faced companion. Despite a level of animosity that would be obvious to all but the most fleeting of passers-by, one can't help but notice that each of them also shares and is now hefting the exact same newish, brown leather briefcase, bulging with the bulk of their respective recommendations. The woman, who is walking briskly but glancing left and right to note house numbers, stops suddenly, causing the man to walk into her with a vaguely erotic bump. Ignoring this sudden physical contact, she turns towards the nearest archway and small courtyard beyond before uttering: "This must be the place".

The clattering of shoes on weathered flagstone steps precedes our duo as they come out upon a cramped but beautiful terrace, squinting through pale sunlight at the scene that now greets them. A row of tables, sagging under a veritable mountain of buffet food - canapés, vol-au-vents, and plates of cured ham - has been erected between a small, seated crowd of fashionably rumpled people, a few of whose heads snap towards the newcomers at the sound of their tardy arrival. The main source of interest appears to be a tiny stage upon which an unconventionally handsome figure now enthusiastically alights: "Welcome, one and all...", he cries, without even the need for a microphone, "... to the second annual World Championship of Film!" The pair, still squabbling, pause to drop their recommendations on a nearby pile, before taking their seats. "I am your host, JediMoonShyne, and you have been invited here today to participate in something special. A grand total of 32 posters have been hand-picked from all over the world, each of which has chosen a single country to champion. The countries, each represented by a squad of 5 different films, will now be pitted against one another in a bid to find out which reigns supreme. Please, a warm welcome for our brave contestants..." The woman, who leads a smatter of applause from the crowd, ceases her clapping in order to smack away the outstretched hand of her companion, who had been reaching out in earnest for a tempting plate of hors d'oeuvres.

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Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:08 am
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I knew I should have participated again. No New Zealand representation! :D

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Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:15 am
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How does this work?


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We could have done multiple films from one director? I'm so dumb.

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Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:16 am
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There's so much red on our side of the board. What is the meaning of this?


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Damn you Germany


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We could have done multiple films from one director? I'm so dumb.

There's still time to change your squad, if you so desire.

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LEAVES is participating? Nice.

And I'm totally gonna lose first round being up against France.

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Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:20 am
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Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to.

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LEAVES!!!

also Turkey is going down.

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Damn you Germany

If Germany progresses and I do too, this is just gonna be like football... (soccer for some of you)

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Edvard Munch, Swedish? Really?

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And I'm totally gonna lose first round being up against France.

You have Japan. It's not like you have the dregs of world cinema.

Ledfloyd's going to be tough to beat. That's a nice lineup.


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I know that you're gonna have it your way or nothing at all, but I think you're moving too fast.

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Brazil is my favorite line-up.


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Wait...

Goddammit led. I'm going out in the first round.

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Let's see blood!

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Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:48 am
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Wait...

Goddammit led. I'm going out in the first round.

But, at least you've seen the films you're recommending this time.

You've seen them, right?

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What's with the TLC lyrics, Spengo?

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But, at least you've seen the films you're recommending this time.

You've seen them, right?

Let's hope so.

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So are Rouge and I the only ones that picked the same country as we did last year?

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You have Japan. It's not like you have the dregs of world cinema.

Ledfloyd's going to be tough to beat. That's a nice lineup.


Oh, I know. But this is Jedi we're talking about.

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What's with the TLC lyrics, Spengo?

Who?

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Oh, I know. But this is Jedi we're talking about.
I have no idea what that means. I imagine he likes good films.

Ah, I get it. It's your aversion to good films you're worried about. Just go against your instincts! :P


Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:54 am
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Best ever. I'll submit my list tonight.


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So are Rouge and I the only ones that picked the same country as we did last year?

Nah, I did too.

I'm glad to see Brazil and Turkey get taken. I considered those, but really haven't seen enough.

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You have Japan. It's not like you have the dregs of world cinema.

Ledfloyd's going to be tough to beat. That's a nice lineup.

if only jedi hadn't seen yi yi and vive l'amour i would've been a shoe in.


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I have no idea what that means. I imagine he likes good films.

Ah, I get it. It's your aversion to good films you're worried about. Just go against your instincts! :P


Damn you, soitgoes.

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if only jedi hadn't seen yi yi and vive l'amour i would've been a shoe in.
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Nah, I did too.

I'm glad to see Brazil and Turkey get taken. I considered those, but really haven't seen enough.

Same here! Turkey was last year's glaring omission, whereas this year it's probably Thailand.

8 of the 32 countries chosen this year are new to the WCoF, as are 12 of the 32 contestants.

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Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:04 am
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Stop pressuring me!

That's a Michael Jackson lyric, by the way.


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if only jedi hadn't seen yi yi and vive l'amour i would've been a shoe in.

Buy a capital.

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If you had A Touch of Zen or City of Sadness on there, I'd dump my girlfriend, ask you to marry me and call it a day.

i really don't like a touch of zen. i guess we're destined to be apart.


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Buy a capital.

i don't think that's how it works.


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Who?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-n-jZJhpT4

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who

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Fun to watch, as always. Wish I saw enough films to participate. Good thread for recs though


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Nvm


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Glad to be participating this time. I did not realize I was going against my neighbor country though, that should be an interesting first match.


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Why did I get a deadline notification? :P
Awesome stuff, this.
Wolfy, you're on. (I was considering picking SU/Russia myself, so wouldn't mind losing, but THOU SHALT NOT PASS)
LEAVES, huh? Interesting.


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If LEAVES reads this, he is greatly missed and I hope I did the Czech New Wave right by him.

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Boo czech mix


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Submitted.
If LEAVES reads this I think I'm gonna start every post I make in this thread with "if LEAVES reads this...".

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I haven't seen Rouge's films, so I don't know how much trouble I'm in.

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This will be a great thread, will be watching.


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Yeah, I don't stand a chance against a Hou, two Yangs and two Tsai's (even though those suuuuck) if I even make it that far (I won't.)

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The semi's is not a bad place to end, though. You could do much worse. I would like to make it to the semi's. Mostly I hope to beat Germany, because anytime The Netherlands beats Germany at anything is a good thing. :P

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Hah. I predict I lose in Round 2 to Portugal.

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