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1 October 2004

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  • re-edited 2046 opens across China

    There-edited version of Wong Kar Wai's 2046 opened thisweek in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan following a whistle-stop promotional touraround the region's major cities.Although the filmwas praised by critics when it screened in competition at this year's CannesFilm Festival, many felt it needed polishing. Wong has since worked on thetechnical aspects including the colour grading, music and special effects - thelatter with Paris-based effects house BUF. He's also added some scenes a
  • ACE to debate building production businesses in UK

    "Why is the UK such a difficult place to builda production business'" is the question at the heart of a one day seminar "ShowBusiness or No Business'" being organised by the Ateliers du Cinema Europeen(ACE) next month (Oct 15) in London.ACE argues that UK producers find it uniquelydifficult to retain rights
  • Amberwood to make movie of animated TV series Zeroman

    Ottawa-based animation houseAmberwood Entertaintainment is in pre-production on an animated movie builtaround its Zeroman TV series. Theproject was commissioned by Canadian animation station TELETOON.Zeroman is an action-hero spoof inspired by the charactersplayed by actor Leslie Nielsen, star of such films as Airplane and The Naked Gun. The series airs on TELETOON's 24-hour service, aswill the movie. Series star Nielsen is expected to provide the voice tale
  • Amenabar beats Almodovar to Spanish Oscar nod

    Alejandro Amenabar's The Sea Inside will represent Spain in the race for aforeign-language Oscar nomination.Sea (Mar Adentro)beat out Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) and Jose Luis Garci's Tiovivo C.1950, the other two semi-finalists selectedby the Spanish Academy.Spain's most international director, Almodovar lostout on the 2002 nomination with his last film, Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella), as well. That film went on to earn b
  • Anchor Bay buys domestic on Dead And Breakfast

    US independent Anchor Bay hasacquired domestic theatrical, TV and home video rights to Ambush Entertainmentand Goal Line Productions' horror picture Dead And Breakfast, which stars Jeremy Sisto, David Carradine and GinaPhilips.
  • Arclight takes on sales to Devlin's Librarian TV movie

    Arclight Filmshas acquired international sales rights to action adventure The Librarian, the first television feature to beproduced by Dean Devlin, who created Stargate and wrote Independence Day and Universal Soldier.Arclight willrepresent The Librarianat Mipcom and AFM and it will be broadcast in the US on Dec 5 on Turner NetworkTelevision.Directed byPeter Winther, the $10m project stars Noah Wyle, Kyle MacLachlan, Kelly Hu andOlympia Dukakis
  • Askin leaves Pandora to head 2929 International

    Shebnem Askinhas been appointed head of 2929 International, the fledgling internationalsales arm of Los Angeles-based 2929 Entertainment owned by the billionaire duoTodd Wagner and Mark Cuban.Askin, who arrivesfrom Pandora/Gaylord Films, will handle worldwide sales on the theatrical outputof 2929 Productions and HDNet Films, the sister companies owned by 2929Entertainment.The appointmentmarks the latest in a series of aggressive expansion moves that has seen Wagnerand Cuban acqu
  • AUSTRALIA 28 September

    A Shark Tale wasthe most popular film at the box office on the weekend taking A$2,541,304 forUIP from a substantial 310 screens. Audiences in Australia -- and New Zealand-are the first to see the animated DreamWorks title and it was helped along byschool holidays starting the day after its Thursday opening in a number ofstates, including the most populous New South Wales, and being half way throughin two others.Other openers included Harold& Kumar Go To Wh
  • Bavaria takes on (T)Raumschiff Surprise sales

    Bavaria Film International will handle theinternational sales for Michael "Bully" Herbig's local blockbuster (T)RaumschiffSurprise - Period 1 which has been seen by over nine million cinema-goersin Germany this year. It is currently the territory's most successful releasewith a box-office gross of over Euros 50m.The sci-fi spoof will have its market premierewith an English subtitled version at the forthcoming MIFED market under theEnglish title of Dreamship Surprise - Period
  • BBC Films sprinkles comic talent on Confetti

    A host of leading newcomedic talent has lined up for Confetti,a mockumentary-style comedy that started shooting this month for BBC Films.Directed by Debbie Isitt,best known for hit TV series NastyNeighbours, the cast is headed by Martin Freeman from TV show The Office and Jessica Stevenson, whosecredits include Shaun Of The Dead.Also appearing are Steve Mangan (GreenWing), Felicity Montagu (I'm AlanPartridge) a
  • Bid by Goal! producer for Liverpool FC is 'no stunt'

    Reports that film producer Mike Jefferies is bidding to takecontrol of Liverpool Football Club for £100m ($100m) are serious and nota stunt to promote his football trilogy Goal!, say sources close to Jefferies.Jefferies, chairman of Milkshake Films, has teamed up withformer Miramax executive Stuart Ford and has reportedly already held talks withthe club's chief executive Rick Parry.He has also been working on soccer film Goal!, partly shot at Newcastle United's gro
  • Bidders jockey for UK development cash

    Patrick Wachsberger's SummitEntertainment, French major Pathe and US distributor Newmarket Films areamongst the indie players who ended a frantic round of marriages today, thedeadline day for the UK Film Council's slate deals.The roll call of consortiaaiming to win long-term development cash from the Government-backed supportbody is understood to run to around 20 bids, although several are understood tohave collapsed in recent weeks. There was still an element of uncertainty anhour bef
  • Bier's Brothers wins again

    Susanne Bier's Brothershas won the Hamburg Film Critics' Prize, which was awarded at theFilmfest Hamburg for the first time this year. The win comes just days after Brothers won two best acting Golden Shells at the SanSebastian film festival.The critics' jury - which included representatives ofthe Der Spiegel and Stern magazines - also gave a Special Mention to Israelifilmmakers Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz for To Take A Wife because of the exceptional acting performa
  • Bombon El Perro

    Dir. CarlosSorin. Arg-Sp. 2004. 96mins.As spare,intimate and intentionally unglamorous as Carlos Sorin's previous film MinimalStories, Bombon, El Perro is likely to follow a similar fate: rakingin a bagful of festival awards, collecting plenty of favourable reviews andgenerating better than average business on the arthouse circuit.The film won theFIPRESCI award at San Sebastian at
  • Brothers (Brodre)

    Dir: Susanne Bier. Den. 2004. 110minsThe consequences of love and the personal trauma ofglobal conflict prove a potent combination in Brothers. The latestcollaboration between Open Hearts director Susanne Bier and screenwriterAnders Thomas Jensen takes the stuff of cheap melodrama and transforms it intoa heartfelt human dr
  • Campfire burns brightly at Israeli Film Awards

    Josef Cedar's Campfire,a coming of age story and a portrait of the right wing settlers on the WestBank and their less than idealistic motivations, picked up five of the topawards at the Israeli Film Academy at its annual ceremony on September 27.Campfire will now automatically go forward asIsrael's submission to
  • Celestial to launch movie channel into China

    Hong Kong-based film studio Celestial Pictures has beengiven the go-ahead to launch its 24-hour Asian movie channel, Celestial Movies,into upscale hotels and residential compounds throughout the People's Republicof China.The channel, which features contentfrom the Shaw Brothers library, Golden Harvest, Korea's Cinema Service andother Asian film studios, has already
  • China, Australia head for co-production treaty

    It is highly likely a co-production treaty will be signedbetween Australia and China following an eight-day visit by a Chinesedelegation that ended on Saturday (Sept 25)"There is a great enthusiasm on their part and anintention to conclude an agreement, and the same goes for us," said KimDalton, chief executive of the Australian Film Commission (AFC), which hostedthe high-level six person delegation. Included were Tony Gang, director generalof the China Film Bureau, and Guizhi Xue, pre
  • Cinecitta eyes expansion into Africa, Eastern Europe

    Rome's Cinecitta Studios is aggressively pursuing itsplans for expansion and, after buying two Italian studios, is soon set to moveinto Eastern Europe and North Africa."We are nowlooking for a winter studio with mountains in Eastern Europe and a summerstudio with a desert in Morocco or Tunisia," Cinecitta Studios director ofmarketing Carole-Andre Smith.said."Everyother week someone from Cinecitta is travelling to North Africa and EasternEurope and visiting new
  • Cinemark to open seven-screen multiplex in Ecuador

    Cinemark International continues to redraw the LatinAmerican exhibition map with the announcement that it will open theseven-screen Mall del Sur complex in Ecuador, on Oct 20.Cinemark's thirdmultiplex in the country is equipped with more than 1,400 stadium-style seatsand will be part of a larger shopping centre in the southern part of the cityof Guayaquil.In a statementCinemark president Tim Warner said: "Cinemark is constructing a modern,st
  • Crash

    Dir:Paul Haggis. US. 2004. 100mins.Whilethe mini-genre it occupies - multi-storylined ensemble pieces aboutdysfunctional life in southern California - is already well-established (see ShortCuts, Magnolia), Crash is a superb, sometimes literallybreath-taking new addition to this august group.First-timefeature director Paul Haggis (a native of Canada who has lived in Los Angelesfor a quarter-century) perhaps strains a b
  • Dealer hits jackpot at Athens festival

    Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf's Dealer wasnamed best film at the 10th Athens International FilmFestival-Opening Nights which wrapped on Sept 27 with the out of competitiongala presentation of Steven Spielberg's The Terminal.The festival kicked off on Sept 17 with the presentation ofMichael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. One hundred and forty films, up from120 last year, and representing over 30 countries, were unspooled during theten-day event.Dealer,
  • Dendy's Sarfaty new head of indie cinema group

    The organisation that helped make Australia's majordistributors more accountable for how they deal with small exhibitors has a newpresident and a new name.Mark Sarfaty, head of the arthouse chain Dendy Cinemas, sayshe wants to use his new role as president to further strengthen the voluntarycode of conduct so that it better assists independent cinemas to gain access tofilms on reasonable terms.'We will be working with the Australian Competition andConsumer Co
  • Dendy's Sarfaty new head of indie cinema group

  • Dendy's Sarfaty new head of indie cinema group

    The organisation that helped make Australia's majordistributors more accountable for how they deal with small exhibitors has a newpresident and a new name.Mark Sarfaty, head of the arthouse chain Dendy Cinemas, sayshe wants to use his new role as president to further strengthen the voluntarycode of conduct so that it better assists independent cinemas to gain access tofilms on reasonable terms."We will be working with the Australian Competition andConsumer Commission and our dis
  • DENMARK 28 September

    The new release of TheVillage did manage to scare up this week's best screen average ofDKK40,307, but was unable to topple Shrek2 from the top spot, which it has held for four weeks. Susanne Bier's Brothers, which took home both the bestactor and actress award from San Sebastian this weekend, actually had moreadmissions, but a lower average and dropped 16.8% to third in its fifth week.
  • DiCaprio, Bening join awards rollcall at Hollywood Film Awards

    Annette Beningwill receive the Hollywood Actress of the Year Award and Leonardo DiCaprio willcollect the Hollywood Actor of the Year Award at the upcoming Hollywood Film Awardsgala ceremony on Oct 18.Other awardsrecipients already announced include John Travolta for the lifetime achievementaward, Mel Gibson for producing, Michael Mann for directing, and breakthroughacting honours for Jamie Foxx and Keira Knightley."Annette Beningand Leonardo DiCaprio represen
  • Dog laps up ten Irish Film Award nominations

    The full list of nomineeshas been announced for this year's jury-based Irish Film and Television Awards(IFTAs).Major nomination recipients include Treasure Entertainment'sMan About Dog with ten nominations,Porridge Pictures' Adam & Paulwith eight, and Octagon Films' Inside I'm Dancing and Timbuktu which scored seven nominations each.Only one of the four films, Lenny Abrahamson's Adam &Paul, has so far been released in Ireland,
  • Dutch film tax system gets reprieve

    Dutch producers have given a warm, but guarded, welcome tonews that the Dutch tax-backed support system for film is to be reprieved. Itseems that the system will benefit from Euros20m of tax money.The government announcement of a reprieve came as somethingof a surprise. At the beginning of the week the government had announced thatthe controversial and underused current system, which requires the creation ofspecial investment vehicles (CVs), would be halted at the end of the year.
  • Echelon hires Moon as vp, international sales

    Matthew Moon has joined LosAngeles-based production, distribution and sales company Echelon Entertainmentas vice president of international sales.Based in Los Angeles, Moonwill report to Echelon president and chief executive officer Eric Louzil. Priorto joining Echelon Moon worked as district sales manager at ABC/Amega inBuffalo, New York.Newmark/EchelonEntertainment Group will open Brian Austin Green's directorial debut andcoming-of-age drama Fish Without
  • Echo Bridge buys Green Communications library

    LosAngeles-based Echo Bridge Entertainment has acquired Green Communications'library and associated distribution rights and will begin representing the newtitles at Mipcom next month.This is thethird library acquisition since the company's launch a year ago and raises itscatalogue to more than 250 titles.The 12-titleGreen Communications catalogue comprises mostly thrillers, sci-fi and horrorfilms including Ground Control starring Kiefer Sutherland, Living In Peril
  • European Film Awards to fete Liv Ullmann

    LivUllmann will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award at thisyear's European Film Awards ceremony, to be held on December 11 in Barcelona.The Norwegian-born actress and director is best known forher collaborations with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, including Persona,Scenes From A Marriage and Cries And Whispers, among others. Theirmost recent work tog
  • Foreign Oscar race heats up as deadline looms

    As Friday's (Oct 1) deadline for Oscar foreignlanguage film submissions draws close, the Academy has received a raft of bids- including Thailand's The Overture,Korea's Tae Guk Ki and Austria's Antares and Serbia-Montenegro's Goose Feather - for contention.Repped by Fortissimo Films, The Overture premiered at Toronto and has already found aJapanese distributor in Toho Towa. It marks the return of directorItthi-sunthorn Wichailak (Look Bar)to the
  • Fortissimo recruits Mackey to launch London office

    Veteran film sales executive Nicole Mackey is joiningFortissimo Film Sales to launch the company's new London branch office.Mackey joins Fortissimo from Capitol Films, where she washead of sales for the last two years. Before that she held a similar post atthe ill-fated Signpost Films and at LolaFilms UK. Previous sales posts includedthose at J&M Entertainment and Rank Film Distributors.'Nicole will bring a new dimension to our company withher wealth of experience with producers
  • Fox nabs Latin American rights to Sea Inside

    Sogepaq has sold all Latin American rights to 20thCentury Fox on Alejandro Amenabar's Spanish-language hit The Sea Insidestarring Javier Bardem.LatinAmerica was the last remaining major territory to sell excluding Germany, forwhich Sogepaq says it is considering various offers.
  • FRANCE 28 September

    StevenSpielberg's The Terminal opened infirst place this week with nearly 500,000 admissions and just ahead of The Bourne Supremacy which held on tothe number two spot in its second week for a total take to date of $5,091,174.Frenchcomedy Mensonges Et Trahisons droppedoff by 24% in its second week but stayed in third position. The two other newentries into the top 20 were Frederic Fonteyne's La Femme De Gille
  • FRANCE 30 September

    Agnes Jaoui's Cannes crowd pleaser Comme Une Image opened with a stunning per screen average of $9,472 to debut at number one this week.The film knocked Steven Spielberg's The Terminal down to the number 2 spot for a two week cumulative score of $5.4m.Claude Lelouch's Les Parisiens got a 32% lift in its second week out and was bumped up from the 5th to the 4th spot.Ben Stiller vehicle Dodgeball opened in 5th place for 171,577 admissions. With f
  • France allocates Euros 40m for film tax scheme

    France has earmarked Euros 40m for its newlycreated tax credit scheme for the film and television sectors.The funding has been made available in an effortto stem runaway production and keep up with successful tax based film supportsystems in countries like the UK. The money will become available at the startof 2005.Culture minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres madethe announcement when unveiling 2005's culture budget last week. The overallculture budget has risen 5.9% to Euros 2.7
  • Garfield tiptoes to $100m for Fox

    FoxInternational's comedy Garfield is on the cusp of $100m after a $5.5m weekend haul on 2,803international screens raised the cumulative total to $99.8m.Highlights werea third place $1.1m debut in Italy on 239 and $432,000 on 71 in South Africa.The picture heldwell in second place in its second weekend in Australia, adding $1.1m on 272and dropping 19% for a $3.5m running total.Another Foxcomedy, Dodgeball,raised its total by $4.8m on 1,5
  • GERMANY 28 September

    Oliver Hirschbiegel's TheDownfall easily defended the top spot from new releases in its second week,increasing its box-office takings by 18% and admissions by 20% with a screenaverage of $ 10,582 from 483 prints. After ten days in the cinemas, the WorldWar II drama has been seen by more than 1.36m cinema-goers and grossed over $11.6m.The weekend's second strongest screen average - $ 6,763 -came from Concorde Film's release of Peter Webber's Girl With A Pea
  • Germany names Downfall as Oscar contender

    Oliver Hirschbiegel's World War II drama The Downfall(Der Untergang) has been selected as theGerman entry to compete in the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Filmcategory.The independent jury charged with selecting the film saidthat it succeeded in achieving a 'powerful and demystifying cinematicrealisation of the last days of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.'The Euros 13.5m Constantin Film production had its worldpremiere at a gala screening during this year's Toron
  • Hawaii, Oslo named as Oscar candidate by Norway

    The Norwegian Oscarcommittee has chosen Erik Poppe's Hawaii, Oslo as the country's official candidate for the Oscars'best foreign language film category.The film grossed a solidNOK1.2m upon release this weekend after rave reviews from the Norwegian InternationalFilm Festival in Haugesund, where it also picked up the critics' and ecumenicalprize.Written by Harald Rosenloew Eeg (Scars), Hawaii, Oslo is the second part of Poppe's planned Osl
  • Hawaii, Oslo named as Oscar candidate by Norway

    The Norwegian Oscarcommittee has chosen Erik Poppe's Hawaii, Oslo as the country's official candidate for the Oscars'best foreign language film category.The film grossed a solidNOK1.2m upon release this weekend after rave reviews from the Norwegian InternationalFilm Festival in Haugesund, where it also picked up the critics' and ecumenicalprize.Written by Harald Rosenloew Eeg (Scars), Hawaii, Oslo is the second part of Poppe's planned Oslo-trilogyfollowing 1
  • High Point picks up Van Gogh's Cool

    London based sales outfit High Point Films has picked upinternational rights to Theo van Gogh's Cool.The film had its world premiere earlier this month at theToronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section.Targeted at a youth audience, Cool is an urban, music-driven thriller that uses amixture of professional actors and real life reformed criminals to tell thestory of disaffected Moroccan adolescents led astray in Amsterdam.High
  • Hollywood Film Festival has Neverland, Bobby Long

    The 2004Hollywood Film Festival will open on Oct 12 with the world premiere of WendyApple's film editing documentary The Cutting Edge and closes on Oct 17 with the USpremiere of Shainee Gabel's family drama A Love Song For Bobby Long starring John Travolta and ScarlettJohansson.All in all 16world premieres and 24 US premieres are among the line-up, with centerpiecepremieres for Marc Forster's J M Barrie drama Finding Neverland, Michael Clancy's funeral comedy Eu
  • Horley named head of sales at Lumina Films

    Samantha Horley has beenappointed head of sales at international sales outfit Lumina Films, which willnow base its operations in LondonHorley takes over fromMarina Fuentes who will remain as a consultant, focusing on production, basedin Madrid.Horley was formerly seniorVP distribution at Myriad Pictures, VP sales at Summit Entertainment and priorto that, at PolyGram Film International.Lumina Films is part of theInternational Film Collective (IFC) group o
  • House Keys to represent Italy at the Oscars

    Italy has selected Gianni Amelio's drama, The House Keys, as its candidate for theforeign-language category of the next Academy Awards.The film, which focuses on the relationship between a fatherand the disabled 15-year-old son he meets for the first time, premiered incompetition at this year's Venice Film Festival. Kim Rossi Stuart, CharlotteRampling and Andrea Rossi co-star.Lions Gate, Miramax and Paramount Classics are rumoured tocurre
  • HUNGARY 29 September

    With a multitude ofnew releases hitting Hungarian cinemas last week, it was M. Night Shyamalan's The Village that grabbed the box officetop spot with over 32,000 admissions on a strong twenty-eight prints. The Terminal was able to maintain secondspot despite powerful challengers and Hungarian action-comedy Argo is still third and is nearing the50,000 a
  • ICA Projects picks up UK rights to Turtles, Cafe Lumiere

    ICA Projects, the distributionarm of the UK's Institute Of Contemporary Art, has moved quickly to pick up twoof the hottest films of the moment.Turtles Can Fly, the Iraqi-Kurdistani drama by Bahman Ghobadi, whichwon the top prize Golden Shell at San Sebastian, was acquired from Fr
  • India picks Shwaas for Oscar race

    Shwaas, a film directed by 36-year-old debutant SandeepSawant will be the official Indian entry for the Oscars.The film is a drama about a villager, played by Arun Nalawade,who brings his ailing grandson to the town hospital, . There he learns that thechild must undergo a life-saving operation, which may leave him blind.Shwaas bagged this year's National Award for best film.Child actor Ashwin Chitale, who played the boy about to lose his vision,
  • ITALY 30 September

    Spider-Man 2remained firmly at the top of the Italian box office in its second week,further distancing its nearest competitors even though its earnings were down44% on its staggering opening.Meanwhile, the weekend saw three new Italian films onrelease. Paolo Sorrentino's Cannes competition film The Consequences Of Love, opened on 75 screens, earning $232,142for Medusa.But Susanna Tamaro's NelMio Amore, a drama based on her bestseller R
  • Italy's first Tribeca fest to run during MIFED dates

    Wong Kar-Wai will be inMilan next month for the first Italian edition of the Tribeca Film Festival(Oct 12-15), which will host the European premiere of his re-edited film, 2046, as well as a selection of titlesthat screened during this year's New York event.Robert De Niro willaccompany the festival he co-founded to Milan, marking his second trip to Italyin a month following his appearance at the world premiere of
  • Kidman eyes Wong Kar Wai's Lady From Shanghai

    Hong Kong's hippestdirector has revealed that he's planning to work with Nicole Kidman on aproject with the working title The LadyFrom Shanghai.A spokesperson forWong Kar Wai's production company, Jet Tone Productions, confirmed that he hopes toshoot the film from early next year. His long-time collaborator, productiondesigner and editor William Chang Suk-ping, is currently meeting with Kidman inthe US to discuss her character and the look of the film.Jet Tone alsoconfirm
  • Kinsey to open, Polar Express to close Chicago Film Festival

    Bill Condon's Kinsey will open the 40th Chicago InternationalFilm Festival, which runs from Oct 7-21 and closes with Robert Zemeckis' animatedfeature The Polar Express.All in all thefestival boasts 111 features and 54 shorts from 44 countries, including theworld premieres of Pete Jones' coming out comedy Outing Riley and Ligy J Pullapally's lesbian-themedfriendship drama The Journey.Annette Beningwill be honored with a Career Achie
  • Ladder 49

    Dir:Jay Russell. US. 2004. 115mins.America'spost-September 11 love affair with the figure of the heroic firefighter getsthe big screen treatment in Ladder 49, a character-driven action dramapairing a boyish Joaquin Phoenix with a fatherly John Travolta. The pairingworks well enough and the drama is sensitively handled by director Jay Russell(My Dog Skip). But even with its surprisingly downbeat ending this paeanto the average fireman often fe
  • Lions Gate adds Bobby Long to awards lineup

    Lions Gate Filmshas picked up North American theatrical and pay TV rights from El CaminoPictures to Shainee Gabel's family drama A Love Song For Bobby Long.Lions Gate plans a platform release on Dec 29 and willexpand nationally in mid-January. The picture premiered at Venice recently.Written anddirected by Shainee Gabel, the story centres on the developing relationshipbetween a teenage loner who returns to her late mother's house and the twofriends of he
  • Mainframe to produce CGI animated feature with Tony Hawk

    Vancouver-based MainframeEntertainment has entered into an agreement with celebrity skateboarder TonyHawk to produce a CGI animated feature.Tentatively titled TonyHawk in "Boom Boom Goes The Circus",the direct-to-video release will be handled worldwide by Mainframe's majorshareholder IDT Entertainment. IDT Entertainment is a subsidiary of NewJersey-based IDT Corporation, an international telecom, entertainment andtechnology company.Hugely popular with teensaround the worl
  • Mueller re-confirmed as Venice artistic director

    MarcoMueller has been re-confirmed as the artistic director of the Venice FilmFestival for a further three years.The Biennale appointed Mueller in March on a four-yearcontract, although it reserved itself the right to "carefully examine thefestival's results at the end of that year's edition."In spiteof the organisationa
  • Multiplex building spree in Malaysia, Singapore

    Singapore's leadingexhibitor Golden Village is set to build the country's largest entertainmentmultiplex occupying 90,000 sq feet with 15 screens and about 2,500 seats.GV Harbourfront, which costs$590,000 (S$1m) per screen, is located in VivoCity shopping mall, previouslyknown as HarbourFront Mall, and due to open in late 2006. It will be GoldenVillage's new flagship, featuring Asia's widest 35 mm indoor cinema screen at28m and luxurious Gold Class cinemas.Golden Village, a join
  • NEW ZEALAND 28 September

    There were two opening films in the top three on theweekend. A Shark Tale took NZ$587,383from 52 screens to claim the top spot on behalf of UIP and A Cinderella Story grossed NZ$184,805 from 35 screens for Roadshowto grab third place honours.The third film that opened over the weekend and made it intothe top 20 was the BVI/Miramax title I'mNot Scared, which grossed A$13,781 from just five screens to land in 18thposition.
  • Night Watch named as Russian Oscar entry

    Russian blockbuster Night Watch has been selected to represent Russia at next year'sAcademy Awards ceremony. .Night Watch has rakedin some $16m, breaking all box-office records in Russia's post-Soviet historysince premiering on July 8.The action-packed fantasy thriller featuringstate-of-the-art special effects turns contemporary Moscow into a battlegroundfor a century-old fight between the forces of light and darkness.
  • Nolan Pielak joins Dream from Mobius

    Nolan Pielak hasjoined Los Angeles-based production and international sales company DreamEntertainment as senior vice president of international distribution.Pielak willoversee Dream's burgeoning international distribution department and willhandle sales in all territories worldwide.He most recentlyserved as director of international distribution for Mobius International,where he also consulted on worldwide sales projections and spearheaded a rangeof international marketing init
  • NonStop takes on Sayles' Silver City

    Scandinavian-based filmsales agent NonStop Sales has taken over international sales to John Sayles' SilverCity. "We are so pleased thatNonStop is handling Silver City," the film's producer Maggie Renzi ofAnarchists' Convention told "Somehow it makes sense tolet a European company handle the sales of a film li
  • Nordic filmmakers still speaking English

    Recent years' lackof international and domestic success for Nordic films shot in English, haven'tdeterred filmmakers across the region from trying. Although Norwegianproduction outfit, Dinamo Story, dismantled its feature film department aftermaking Hans Petter Moland's A BeautifulCountry earlier this year, the film's two local producers, Petter Borgliand Thomas Backstroem, are going ahead with Liv Ullmann's English-languageadaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll'sHouse.The E
  • NORDIC Production Listings - 30 September

    NORDIC LISTINGS - SEPTEMBER 29DENMARKIN PRE-PRODUCTIONAMAZON JACK 3 [Jungledyret Hugo - fraek som altid](PH3)Co-prod: Nordisk Film Norway. Backers: Danish Film Institute, Norwegian FilmFund. The third installment in the popular animated feature series about AmazonJack. Prod:Per Holst. Co-prod: Aage Aaberge. Dir: Flemming Quist Moeller, Anders Soerensen,Joergen Lerdam. Scr:
  • NY tax credit lures Producers to Brooklyn mega-studio

    Mel Brooks' $45-$50m musicalrevival of his 1968 classic The Producers will become the first major film production to shoot at New York'sgigantic new Steiner Studios, the purpose-built studio backlot about to openacross 15 acres of former shipbuilding yards on the Brooklyn waterfront.Steiner owes its success inenticing the movie version of Brooks' recent Broadway smash, which is entitled TheProducers: The Movie Musical, to the introduction of New York State's film and TVpr
  • Pollack's Heaven named as Swedish Oscar contender

    Swedishwriter-director Kay Pollak's Saa Som I Himmelen (literally: As InHeaven), has been selected as Sweden's official candidate for the 2004 bestforeign language Oscar.The filmis riding high in the local box-office chart at the moment having attractedsome 350,000 admissions and has grossed $3.3m after four week
  • Pons' Idiot benefits from Spanish Euros 40m fund

    Ventura Pons' Idiot Loveand Eduard Cortes' Other Days Will Come are two of the feature films setto receive backing from a Euros 40m fund created by Sogecable and CatalanTelevision (TVC).The projects form part ofthe first Euros 4m earmarked from the fund, 50% of the anticipated investmentthis year. Four TV movies and four documentaries are also on the list.Pons' Idiot Love (AmorIdiota) headlines rising star Santi Millan and Cayetana Guillen Cuervo inthe story
  • Portman Film sold to UK radio magnate

    Chris Wright, chairman ofradio group Chrysalis, has acquired a majority stake in UK sales agent andco-producer Portman Film and TV.The acquisition is apersonal investment by Wright, who remains chairman of Chrysalis, and alsobecomes executive chairman of Portman with immediate effect.The major property ofPortman is the current ITV television show Doc Martin, starring MartinClunes.Current film projects on itsslate include Intermission, Bullet Boy, Omagh, A Way Of
  • PS and Machinist to open Woodstock FIlm Festival

    Dylan Kidd's PS and Brad Anderson's The Machinist are the two opening films at theupcoming fifth annual Woodstock Film Festival, which runs from Oct 13-17 andcloses with Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman.
  • Red Kite flies with animation film arm

    Edinburgh based animation production company Red Kite haslaunched a film arm, Red Kite Films, and is working on a new feature-lengthfilm Nocturna.The film, a collaboration with Spain's Filmax Animation andFrance's Animakids, sees Red Kite making its first foray intotheatrical-release animation features.Nocturna tells thestory of Tim, an orphan who sees a star fall from the sky and is instantlytransported into a world of dreams, darkness, and the mysteries of thenig
  • ROMANIA 30 September

    Veteran Romanian director Sergiu Nicolaescu's latestproduction, Orient Express was thetalk of the town last week opening with a total of nearly 9,000 admissions. Thehistorical drama released by MediaPro Film Distribution opened on seven printsjust like Hollywood production TheChronicles Of Riddick and was only defeated by less than one thousandadmissions to the box office top spot.
  • Rotterdam to focus on South East Asian cinema

    The forthcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)will feature a special section - SEA Eyes - dedicated to films from South EastAsia.Announcing the sidebar, IFFR chief Sandra Den Hamer said:'We don't often do geographic focuses, but this is a fascinatingregion with huge young talents who remain largely unknown, while the world hasgone on to discover the cinema of its neighbours in China, Japan andKorea.'SEA Eyes, which will contain some 25 features and short-filmcompil
  • Shark Tale creates a splash on worldwide debut

    DreamWorks Animation's Shark Tale got off to a strong start at the weekend as it divedinto the international marketplace with openings in Australia and New Zealandthrough UIP.The first territories in the world to receive the film,which opens in North America on Friday at an estimated 3,500 sites, bothawarded the underwater underworld tale with number one openings.In Australia the film netted $1.8m (A$2.5m) from 310 screensover the four-day opening weekend (Sep 23-26), for
  • Sidney Kimmel ramps up movie plans with LA operation

    Philanthropist SidneyKimmel, who produced Nine-And-A-Half Weeks and has notched upa rack of executive producer credits over the past two decades, is ramping uphis Hollywood ambitions with the launch of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in LosAngeles.As company chairman andchief executive officer, Kimmel will head up the Beverly Hills offices whenthey open on Oct 1, flanked by former attorney and Sherwood Productions chiefexecutive officer Alan Salke as vice chairman and Marina
  • Solo takes German rights to Bier's Brothers

    Germany's Solo Film Verleih has picked up Susanne Bier'spowerful and moving drama Brothers (Brodere)which won two Silver Shells for lead actors Connie Nielsen and Ulrich Thomsenat the San Sebastian Film Festival at the weekend.Bier and the film's screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen willbe coming to the Filmfest Hamburg for the German premiere of Brothers on September 29 (Wednesday).Solo Film's Head of Marketing Xavier Chotard told ScreenDaily.c
  • Somersault smashes AFI nominations record

    Somersault hassmashed the record for the number of nominations received in the AFI(Australian Film Institute) Awards, winning the thumbs up 15 times across all13 categories for which it qualified.These include best film for producer Anthony Anderson, bestdirector and best original screenplay for Cate Shortland, best actor for AbbieCornish and Sam Worthington, and four best supporting actor nominations.The other best film nominees announced today are Love'sBrother (
  • Spanish film-makers win major funding boost

    Spain'snew Socialist government has increased funding for Spanish cinema by 89%,fulfilling its election promises to support cultural industries.The national film institute's (ICAA) Cinema Protection Fund,the key funding body for Spanish cinema, now totals Euros 63.13m.ICAA's own budget rose by 62%, part of an overall 6.5%increase to culture funding under the Socialists' newly-p
  • Spider-man 2 will hit $400m on Tuesday, says CTFDI

    Sony's Spider-Man 2 drummed up an estimated $4.8m on 1,230 screens in 35 territoriesthrough Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) at the weekendas it raised the international cumulative total to $399.1m. Executives expectthe picture to pass $400m by Tuesday.
  • Supernatural thriller The Forgotten tops US box office

    Revolution Studios' supernatural thriller The Forgotten went straight to the top of the chartson an estimated $22m at the weekend, a quiet weekend that saw Fox's FirstDaughter disappoint infourth place and a top 10 opening for Shaun Of The Dead, the first release from Focus Features'
  • SWEDEN 28 September

    Kay Pollak's romantic drama Saa Som I Himmelen stayed on the top of the Swedish chart, despiteseveral new releases including the highly anticipated adaptation of the localbestseller Popular Music (PopularmusikFran Vittula), which disappointed opening fifth taking just $3,607 screenaverage form its 48 prints. However, it fared batter than this week's otherlocal release, newcomer Daniel Espinosa's youth drama The Babylon Disease, which only took $1,423 f
  • Taiwan selects 20:30:40 as foreign-language Oscar entry

    Taiwan has selected Sylvia Chang's 20:30:40 as its entry for the foreign-language category of nextyear's Academy Awards.The romantic drama, which follows three women aged 20, 30and 40 as they grapple with modern-day relationships, screened in competitionat this year's Berlin International Film Festival. It opened in Taiwan inFebruary and was a decent-sized hit for a local film.Chang, an actress-turned-director whose directing creditsalso include Pas
  • Team America gets after-hours opening slot at Denver

    Trey Parker andMatt Stone's marionette terrorism satire Team America: World Police has landed a unique screening slot atthe upcoming 27th Starz Denver International Film Festival.The picturebecomes the first ever opening night after-hours special and will screen after Ray, the official opening night selection,on Oct 14. Paramount plans to release Team America in US theatres a day later."We aredelighted, for the first time ever, to offer a second title to co-
  • The Forgotten

    Dir:Joseph Ruben. US. 2004. 90mins.Itstarts out feeling like a slightly soppy episode of The X-Files, withmotherly love replacing paranoia as the driving emotion. But teasing thriller TheForgotten gets perked up by a handful of judiciously used special effectsand a sense of mystery that could be described as Shyamalan-esque (as in MNight). The added ingredients turn the film into a more than serviceable latesummer/early autumn release that sh
  • The Forgotten has $22m opening for Revolution and Columbia

    Revolution Studios' supernatural thriller The Forgotten went straight to the top of the chartson an estimated $22m at the weekend, a quiet weekend that saw Fox's FirstDaughter disappoint infourth place and a top 10 opening for Shaun Of The Dead, the first release from Focus Features'
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark To Finish

    Dir/scr:Peter Greenaway. Neth-Sp-Lux-Hung-It-Ger-Russ. 2004. 120mins.Youmay, to paraphrase a football commentator, have thought it was all over. Wellit is now. The final part of Peter Greenaway's seven-hour Tulse Luperopus, From Sark To Finish, unrolled at the Venice Film Festival. Itssubdued reception came as a marked contrast to the anticipatory buzz that Part I - The Moab Story enjoyed when itprevie
  • The Village has $13.7m weekend for BVI

    The Village reached $100.5m at the weekend followinga $13.7m haul from 3,870 international screens for Buena Vista International(BVI) at the weekend.A superior debutin Spain was the key driver as the mystery opened top on $5.2m on 405 screens,scoring M Night Shyamalan's biggest ever opening in the territory.The Village was the biggest US new release in SouthKorea on $794,000 on 154, while debuts in Russia, Portugal and Denmark yielded$852,000 on
  • Three Extremes

    Dirs: Fruit Chan, ParkChan-Wook, Takashi Miike. HK-Jap-S Kor. 2004. 127mins.The second of twothree-part omnibus films at this year's Venice Film Festival (the other was theWong Kar-Wai/Soderbergh/Antonioni collaboration Eros), Three Extremes is a tasty showpiece forthree of Asia's hottest directors. In market terms, they are a well-chosen trio- far more so than the Eros threesome, whose only common den
  • Thriller pair win Danish funding

    The Danish Film Institute has shelled out $2.2m (DKK13.1m)in production support for two new local thrillers that begin shooting inOctober.Nordisk Film received $900,000 for their production of AakeSandgren's $1.7m Fluerne Paa Vaeggen(literally: The Flies On The Wall),which is made under Nordisk's low-budget Director's Cut label in collaborationwith broadcaster TV2/Denmark.Sandgren also wrote the script and produces the thrillerwith Thomas Heinesen. It follows an ac
  • Tibetan documentary wins audience prize at Atlantic Film Fest

    What Remains of Us, a documentary dealing with resistance in modernTibet, won the The Movie Network People's Choice Award at the 24th AtlanticFilm Festival in Halifax, Canada on Saturday. Directed by Francois Prevost andHugo Latulippe, the film follows an exiled Tibetan, Kalsang Dolma, as shereturns to the occupied nation with a smuggled video message from their exiledspiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The film premiered at Toronto's Hot Docs filmfestival and screened at Cannes in the In
  • Top UK theatre director signs for feature debut

    Leading UK theatre directorLaurence Boswell, best known for the starry production of This Is Our Youth, has signed up for his feature debut, tentativelytitled D.The Gruber Films productionis a modern re-telling of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac, set in a south London comprehensive school. Thescreenplay by Royal Court playwright Amit Gupta sees Roxane wanting to go toOxbridge and D, the Cyrano character, a sixth former who reads philosophy andwrites poetry whil
  • Trust adds to Brothers sales success

    Denmark'sTrust Film Sales notched up a raft of sales on San Sebastian doubleprize-winner Brothers (Brodere) by director Susanne Bier.Thefilm was licensed to Solo Film for Germany, Swift Productions for France,Seville Pictures for Canada, Rosebud Entertaintments for Greece, CaliforniaFilms for Brazil, AG Market for the former Yugoslavia, New World Films forSpain, Shani Films for Israel and Teodora Film for Italy.Thefilm is handled in Scandinavia by Nordisk Film and has racked up
  • Turtles Can Fly (Lakposhtha Ham Parvaz Mikonand)

    Dir/scr:Bahman Ghobadi. Iran-Iraq, 2004. 95mins.Fouryears after he first emerged on the international scene, first as an actor inSamira Makhmablaf's Blackboards, then as director of A Time ForDrunken Horses, Bahman Ghobadi returns with Turtles Can Fly.Thestory is again located in Ghobadi's native Kurdistan and deals once more withthe tragic misery of its inhabitants, particularly the children. But TurtlesCan Fly, whic
  • Turtles fly off with San Sebastian's Shell

    Bahman Ghobadiás Iraqi-Kurdistan set drama Turtles Can Fly scooped the Golden Shell award for best film at the closing ceremonyof the San Sebastian International Film Festival on Saturday (Sept 25).The jury, headed by Peru's Mario Vargas Llosa gaveits Silver Shell best director prize to Xu Jinglei for Chinese love story Letter From An Unknown Woman, which she also starred in, and its screenplay awardto Omagh, written by Guy Hibbertand Paul G
  • US buyout firm in 'exclusive' Cine UK takeover talks

    US buyout firm the Blackstone Group is in reportedly inexclusive talks to buy British cinema chain Cine UK for about £120m ($216million) after last month missing out on buying the rival Odeon chain,according to Reuters.Quoting 'people familiar with the situation'Reuters said an agreement to buy the business, owned by J.P. Morgan'sprivate equity arm and other investors, is weeks away.Blackstone last month was outbid for the Odeon business,which was sold to financier Guy Hands' gr
  • US studios return to tap German funds

    20th Century Fox, New Line and Universal Studiosare looking to benefit once more from three new placements by German privatemedia funds this autumn.German fund specialist DCM Deutsche CapitalManagement (DCM) is launching a new fund to raise Euros 150m for projects to beproduced at 20th Century Fox.DCM has previously collaborated withInternationalmedia on the financing of such films as Alexander, The Aviator,Terminator 3, and The Wedding Planner.Fox will subm
  • Village Roadshow admits to Catwoman loss

    The lacklustre performance of Catwoman at the worldwide box office has hit its co-producerVillage Roadshow (VRL) hard.In an extraordinary statement released on Friday, theAustralian company said that the release of films in the next 12 months inwhich it is a production partner will be insufficient to cover the lossesincurred by Catwoman. VRL co-produced Catwoman with Warner Bros.The $80m-plus Catwoman opened third at the US box office in July on avery
  • Warner Bros strikes ITV licensing deal

    UK broadcaster ITV hassigned an exclusive licensing agreement with Warner Bros. InternationalTelevision Distribution (WBITD) for free television rights to new and libraryfeature films.Under the terms of the deal,ITV will have access to feature films from Warner Bros' 2003, 2004 and 2005theatrical slates including titles such as Harry Potter and the Chamber ofSecrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Matrix Reloaded, TheMatrix Revolutions, Scooby Doo and Scooby Do
  • Wellspring takes Desplechin's Rois Et Reine to US

    Wellspring haspicked up all US rights to Arnaud Desplechin's drama Kings & Queen (Rois Et Reine), which received its world premiere atVenice earlier this month and is scheduled to play at the New York FilmFestival next week.The company plans2005 theatrical and DVD releases for the picture, which centres on the parallelstories of two ex-lovers whose lives remain intertwined. Mathieu Almaric,Emmanuelle Devos and Catherine Deneuve star.Wellspring'shead of acquisitions
  • Working Title's Wimbledon is an ace at UK box office

    Serving up its first international matches Universal's Wimbledonaced the competition offthe court in the UK at the weekend as it opened top through UIP on an estimated$3.2m on 450 screens and 22% market share. It marks a triumph for the film'sproduction company Working Title which had seen the fil
  • Working Title's Wimbledon is an ace at UK box office for UIP

    Revolution StudiosC; supernatural thriller The Forgotten went straight to the top of the chartson an estimated $22m at the weekend, a quiet weekend that saw FoxC;s FirstDaughter disappoint infourth place and a top 10 opening for Shaun Of The Dead, the firs