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10 November 2006

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  • 35 new projects on show at Iberoamerican Co-production Forum

    Close to 30 companies will get an early look at 35 new projects from 13 countries at the upcoming Iberoamerican Co-production Forum (Nov 19-21) at Spain's Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva (Nov 18-25).Projects range from the low budget $300,000 El Premio from Peru's Alberto (Chicho) Durant to the $12m La Mula, a Spanish Civil War tale from director Michael Radford produced by Spain's Gheko Films and London-based The Bureau. Most projects settle in the $1-2m range.Other pr
  • Adkins named Head of Content at BBC Worldwide

    BBC Worldwide has appointed Jemma Adkins as Head of Content at its Digital Media division as Head of Content. She will be responsible for sourcing the best programming and digital content for the global digital media business, including BBC Worldwide's VOD and mobile offering and its proposed commercial iPlayer.Her brief will include the development of new content for mobile and online.Simon Danker Director of Digital Media said, "Jemma's appointment demonstrates BBC Worldwide's commit
  • Australia reviews tax as foreign shoots plummet

    The number of big foreign productions shooting in Australia has crashed over the last year.In the 12 months to June 30, production spending from foreign productions was just $17.6m (A$23m), compared with $168m (A$243m) for the previous year - which included shoots for Superman Returns and Charlotte's Web.Earnings for 2005-2006 were from three Asian films and World Wrestling Entertainment's The Condemned from the US.The five-year average is six films spending $131m (A$1
  • Benson joins The Agency

    Confetti producer Ian Benson has joined The Agency in a new role dedicated to new and established film and TV directors. The London-based business represents writers for film, television, radio and the theatre. It also represents directors and film and television rights in books."Having worked as a producer for a number of years I'm excited at the prospect of being able to focus on this aspect of the business and work with talent I admire and can champion", said Benson.
  • Benson joins The Agency

    Confetti producer Ian Benson has joined The Agency in a new role dedicated to new and established film and TV directors. The London-based business represents writers for film, television, radio and the theatre. It also represents directors and film and television rights in books."Having worked as a producer for a number of years I'm excited at the prospect of being able to focus on this aspect of the business and work with talent I admire and can champion", said Benson.
  • Better Things lie ahead

    Award winning short film-maker Duane Hopkins has received $486,000 (£255,000) from the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund towards his debut feature Better Things.Currently in production, Better Things tells the story of a group of young adults struggling to get ahead in life with limited opportunities. Hopkins' script for the film, which will feature non-professional actors, has already won the Media New Talent Award at Cannes 2004. His previous film Love Me Or Leave Me
  • Blockbusters boost Skillset UK training fund

    The UK Skills Investment Fund (SIF) has reached the £4m ($7.6m) mark thanks to the success of blockbusters such as Sony's Casino Royale, Working Title's Bean 2 and Warner Bros' Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix.The SIF is a levy on theatrical productions, collected by UK body Skillset, and used to fund training initiatives in the country. At the moment contributions - up to a maximum of $74,000 (£39,000) - are voluntary, although they are set to become compulsory.
  • Boll to start production on Bloodrayne 2 on Nov 22

    Uwe Boll is preparing to commence shooting on the adventurefantasy sequel and video game adaptation BloodRayne 2.
  • Borat continues to dominate North American box office

    TwentiethCentury Fox expanded Borat from837 to 2,566 screens in its second weekend and reaped the rewards as feverishword of mouth generated an estimated $29m number onehold.
  • Borat leads international with $15.6m from 20 markets

    The outrageous antics of a socially gauche faux Kazakhreporter continued to dominate the international marketplace as Borat stayed top on an estimated $15.6m haul.Impressive weekend business from 20 markets raised the tally to$42.8m and ensured that, with a strong domestic
  • Bradford Animation Festival attracts international names

    The Bradford Animation Festival (November 15-18), based at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in the Yorkshire town will include a number of majhor international names .They include Dave Burgess, supervising animator on Over The Hedge. Bafta award-winning film-maker Joanna Quinn and Marc Craste who picked up a Bafta in 2004 for his short JoJo In The Stars.For more information visit the official site.
  • BT signs VOD deal with Buena Vista

    UK telecoms giant BT has signed a broadband video-on-demand deal with Buena Vista International Television (BVITV).The deal will include upcoming, current and library movies from BVITV's portfolio under the BT Vision brand. BT Vision customers will also be able to buy a selection of current and upcoming features from Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax.BT already has deals with a number of other studios, including Universal and Paramount.
  • Buenos Aires boasts record production levels

    Buenos Aires film industry is enjoying record growth and increasing profits. According to official figures recently released by the city's Production Ministry, Buenos Aires receives more than $65m from shootings in the area every year and the film industry employs 19,000 people in the city. A total of 3,498 films (features, documentaries, videoclips and TV commercials) were shot in the city during 2005, up from 352 in 2003, according to BAset, a municipal division created in December 2001
  • BVI takes UK rights to comedy I Want Candy

    Fragile Film Distribution - the sales arm of Ealing Studios - has licensed the UK theatrical and DVD rights for comedy I Want Candy to BVI. BVI (UK) is planning to release the comedy, which stars Carmen Electra alongside Tom Riley, Tom Burke and Michelle Ryan, next year. Sky Movies, who came on board with the project at script stage, have television rights in the UK.It also features Eddie Marsan and a host of the British comedy talent including Mackenzie Crook and Jimmy Carr.
  • China experiments with movie on-demand services

    With its huge broadband andmobile phone subscriber base, not to mention its ability to leapfrog entireepochs in the evolution of consumer technology, China is well placed to set trends in the distribution ofmovies over new media platforms. But as with the country's traditional media,high levels of piracy, censorship and patchy infrastructure are holding themarket back. China
  • China experiments with on-demand services

    With its huge broadband andmobile phone subscriber base, not to mention its ability to leapfrog entireepochs in the evolution of consumer technology, China is well placed to set trends in the distribution ofmovies over new media platforms. But as with the country's traditional media,high levels of piracy, censorship and patchy infrastructure are holding themarket back. Chi
  • Cineclick sells Kim Ki-duk's Time to North America

    Korea's Cineclick Asia has announced a raft of deals signed during the recentAmerican Film Market, including the sale of North American rights to Kim Ki-duk'sTime to Lifesize Entertainment. The US distributor previously released Lee Chang-dong's Oasis and Kim Ki-duk's Bad Guy - both Cineclick titles."Although the market was abit slo
  • Constantin and ProSieben Sat 1 continue output deal

    Leading German independentdistributor Constantin Film Verleihhas extended its output deal with the ProSiebenSat.1 Group for a further twoyears.The new arrangement, which takeseffect from February 2007, will cover all of the ConstantinGroup's national and international in-house and co-productions shooting betweenJanuary 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008.Aside from the current deal -which covers box-office hits like Tom Tykwer's Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer andSebastian Nie
  • Cottbus forum to consider 13 film pitches

    Thirteen projects will be pitched to potential production partners during this week's two-day Connecting Cottbus industry forum (November 16-17) at the FilmFestival Cottbus.They include the Czech production company Brutto Film's black comedy Choking Hazard: The Giant, the English-language sequel to its box office hit Choking Hazard; SEE Film Pro's omnibus film project Some Other Stories; the Chouchkov Brothers' portrait of the Bulgarian young generation, Tilt; med
  • Croatian film-makers funding set for big boost

    Financial support for the film industry in Croatia could almost treble from the current amount with the planned creation of a Croatian Centre for Audiovisual Services next year.Speaking to Screendaily at the European Cinema and Audiovisual Days in Turin, Antonia D. Carnerud, Head of the Drama Department at Croatia's Ministry of Culture, explained that a working group had been analysing funding models throughout Europe - and in particular those in the South East European region - since
  • Curse Of The Golden Flower (Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia)

    Dir: Zhang Yimou. China. 2006.114mins.China's mostexpensive production to date has every yuang up onthe screen. One of the most sumptuous and almost absurdly opulent spectacles onscreen in recent memory, Zhang Yimou's $45m epic Cur
  • Cutler leaves CAA to become president of Winkler Films

    Jill Cutler (pictured) has left CAA to become president of IrwinWinkler's Winkler Films. While an agent Cutler worked with Winkler on a numberof films including the upcoming Iraq War drama Home Of The Brave, which opens through MGM on Dec 15.
  • Disney teams with Kudos on wildlife doc Dreamscape

    KudosPictures and Natural Light Films, in association with Walt Disney Pictures,have started production on the wildlife project Dreamscape (working title).
  • Ealing Studios gets permission for redevelopment

    Ealing Studios has received planning permission for the second phase of a $95m (£50m) redevelopment that it believes will support ambitious plans to expand production. Work will begin this month on multimedia office and production space blocks to be finished at the end of next year. Around 25,000 square feet space will then be available.A consortium, including Fragile Films and Manhattan Loft Corporation purchased the Ealing Studios in West London in 2000. The Studio, built over four ac
  • Eichmann biopic begins shooting in Hungary and Malta

    Shooting begins in Budapest and Malta next week on E-Motion's biopic of Adolf Eichmann.Eichmann, starring Thomas Kretschmann, portrays the events leading up to the capture of the Nazi war criminal by Israeli agents and his 1962 execution.Principal photography on the UK, Hungary, Belgium and the US co-production, directed by Robert Young and produced by Karl Richards, is expected to last five weeks. Eichmann is is co-produced by E-Motion's Peter Bevan and Hungary's Jozsef C
  • Financier Das backs development fund for GreeneStreet

    GreeneStreet Films (GSF) is going into business withprivate financier Sriram Das in a deal that will see Das will finance thedevelopment of a slate of films with the company.GSF's director of development on the West Coast Melanie Shanleyintroduced Das to the company. GSF will tak
  • First Look scores major sales on Diamond, Crime

    A rejuvenated First Look International has closed major sales atAFM on Tennessee Williams' rare play Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond starring Lindsay Lohan and true-lifedrama American Crime starringCatherine Keener.
  • Firth, Shepard, Rossellini join Thurman in Accidental Husband

    Colin Firth, Sam Shepard and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have joined Uma Thurmanon Yari Film Group (YFG) and Team 's romantic comedy The Accidental Husband.
  • Five films make Louis Delluc shortlist

    Five films have been shortlisted for France's pretigious Louis Delluc prize. Cannes winner Flanders by Bruno Dumont, Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran, Jardins d'Automne from Otar Iosseliani, Bled Number One by Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche and Quand J'Etais Chanteur from Xavier Giannoli have all made the cut.The winners will be announced in Paris on December 18.A further five films are in the running for best first feature: Les Fragments d'Antonin by Ga
  • Fox goes out in 17 territories with A Good Year

    Fox International's Borat stormed on to the global stage last weekend and will belooking to consolidate its gains over its second weekend.
  • Fox signs DVD deal with Chinese partner

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) has set up an exclusive licensing partnership with China's Guangzhou-based video distributor Zoke Culture Group (Zoke). Zoke will distribute TCFHE's recent theatrical releases as well as titles from the studio's film library in its 20,000 retail outlets in major cities across China. TCFHE is also establishing a representative office in China's Guangzhou City. The first wave of DVD and VCD titles will be released this month, led by bl
  • German pay-per-view service launches on KDG cable service

    Subscribers to German cable service KDG are to be offered local and Hollywood films through a pay-per-view content service, CineExpress from On Demand Group (ODG).The initial service will include movies from Universal, Paramount, DreamWorks, Constantin, Prokino and TMG.The standard price will be $3.8 (Euros 3)
  • Goya's Ghosts (Los Fantasmas De Goya)

    Dir. MilosForman. UK-Sp. 2006.114mins.Director Milos Forman and producerSaul Zaentz reteam for thefirst time since the Oscar-winning Amadeus(1984) with Goya's Ghosts, a strongly crafted productionwhich effectively brings to life not only the revered painter Francisco Goyabut also the tumultuous period in which he lived.Tightly-scriptedplotting (the film also reunites Forman and Valmontscreenwrit
  • Grbavica, Vitus lead AFI FEST honour roll

    Jasmila Zbanic's Grbavica from Bosnia-Herzegovina won the AFI FEST's International FeatureCompetition Grand Jury Prize, while special mention went to Peter Schonau'sDanish film The Art Of Crying.The International Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize went toMark
  • Happy Feet

    Dir: George Miller. US.2006. 98mins.HappyFeet is one strange bird of an animated movie. Directedby George Miller, who was behind Babe(1995) and its badly-received sequel, it is by turns giddy, maudlin,swinging, narratively overstuffed and artisticallymagnificent as it makes the case - not always in jest - that penguins would havea better chanc
  • here! boards C Jay Cox's latest film Kiss The Bride

    here!Films will executive produce and oversee worldwide distribution on upcomingromantic comedy Kiss The Bride from newproduction company Shadow Factory.
  • Inconvenient Truth wins IDA's Pare Lorentz award

    An Inconvenient Truth will receive the 2006 International Documentary Association's(IDA's) Pare Lorentz Award
  • Inferno sells The Women to Constantin, Hopscotch, IIF among others

    Inferno Distribution has closed a raft of major sales on itsupcoming comedy remake The Women from Diane English with Meg Ryan attached to star.
  • Irish film production dropped 50% in 2005

    Feature film production in Ireland in 2005 dropped 50% on the previous year, according to the Audiovisual Federation Review produced annually by Irish state and industry bodies.The loss of feature production was more than compensated for by significant growth in television production, much of it single and serial drama.Ten feature films were made in Ireland in 2005, several of them low budget indigenous productions. Total Irish expenditure on feature films came to $22.4m (£17.5m.) The
  • Jade Warrior (Jadesoturi)

    Dir: Antti-Jussi Annila. Fin-Neth-Chi-Est.2006. 100mins.Making a kung fu film in Finland sounds so bizarrethat it might just work, especially when it combines the Scandinavian epic taleKalevala, about valiant warriors unhappy in love, withChinese mythology. But expecting a first-time film-maker to tackle such a task isasking too much - and certainly martial arts devotee and director Antti-Jussi Annila looks lost onthe ev
  • Japan cracks down on film piracy

    Japan's Strategic Council on Intellectual Property has announced measures to crack down on movie piracy. The council, led by recently-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will hold a special investigative session on November 17th to discuss issues to be reflected in next summer's Intellectual Property Rights Initiative 2007.With input from the Ministry of Education and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the committee aims to present the bills in the Diet in 2008. The initiative targets auction
  • London critics awards dates announced

    Nominations for the 27th London Critics' Circle Film Awards will beannounced on Friday December 15.The Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday February 8 at theDorchester Hotel in London. There are five nominees in each category.Leslie Phillips, star of the Doctor series of films will be honoured with The Dilys Powelllifetime achievement award. The event will be presented by MariellaFrostrup and Paul Gambaccini.
  • Mads Mikkelsen signs up for Danish Flame & Citron

    Lars Bredo Rahbek, the producer behind the $7.6 (Euros 6m) Flame & Citron has signed up current Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen to play the lead character alongside co-star Thure Lindhardt. Nimbus Film is currently working on the last rounds of financing with 75 % of the film's budget in place. The shooting date is now set for the March next year.The Second World War thriller tells the true story of fighters who carried out assassinations for the resistance during the German occupation
  • Majestic Filmverleih adds two new films to release slate

    Benjamin Herrmann and David Groenewold's new distribution company Majestic Filmverleih has added Doris Doerrie's Hanami and Alexander Adolph's documentary debut Con Man Confidential (Die Hochstapler) to its release line-up.Hanami, which will star Monica Bleibtreu, Elmar Wepper, Nadja Uhl, Birgit Minichmayr and Felix Eitner, will begin shooting at locations in Berlin, Bavaria and Japan in spring 2007. It will be produced by Munich-based Olga Film who had worked with Do
  • Mandate pre-sells key territories on Horsemen

    Mandate Pictures has closed major territory pre-sales on JonasAkerlund's dark crime thriller Horsemen starring Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang.
  • Media Asia seals further deals on Confession, Exiled

    As the AFM draws to a closetoday, Hong Kong's Media Asia has sealed several more sales on its upcomingAndrew Lau and Alan Mak title ConfessionOf Pain and Johnnie To's Exiled. Italy's Lucky Red acquired cop drama ConfessionOf Pain, which stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Takeshi Kaneshiro, along with Turkey's
  • Mikkelsen to star in wartime thriller Flame & Citron

    Mads Mikkelsen, the Danish star whose internationalprofile is set to soar when he is seen as the villain in Casino Royale later this month, has signed to play Citron in the$7.7m World War II thriller Flame & Citron.The Danish-language film will be directed by OleChristian Madsen, whose fourth feature Prague, also starring Mikkelsen, just opened in
  • MPAA creates new rights management division under Saunders

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has established adepartment to manage and promote rights management and copyright royalty policyworldwide on behalf of its members.
  • Norway continues local production revival

    2006 is set to follow 2003 in taking local films in Norwegian cinemas back to a level not seen since the 1970s.Stein Slyngstad, managing director of the Norwegian Film Fund, said ticket sales for domestic productions over the last week reached around 1.9 million, with three Norwegian features close to the 250,000 mark."10 years ago annual attendance for local films was 780,000. After new legislation, and the establishing of the film fund in 2001, the average went up to 1.8 million. The mai
  • Onoma closes US deal on White Palms

    Paris-based sales outfit Onoma Films has closed a US deal for sports drama White Palms. Strand Releasing acquired the film for North America as the AFM came to a close.White Palms, Hungary's entry for best foreign film Oscar consideration, is directed by Szabolcs Hadju and set in the world of gymnastics. The deal was negotiated by Onoma's Fabien Westerhoff and Strand's Jon Gerrans.Screening at the AFI festival in LA this week, the film had its world premiere in Directors'
  • Producers warn next Bond film may be shot outside UK

    There is no guarantee that the next James Bond film will shoot in the UK. That was the message today from Casino Royale producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli."We're going to have to make that decision again," Wilson toldScreenDaily. "London is the most expensive city in the world right now. To bring talent here and put them up here for long periods of timeand the cost of doing business here is a factor. Whether the new taxincentives will balance that out or not is som
  • Record Asian pre-sales for My Wife Is A Gangster sequel

    Korea's Showbox has closed a raft of Asian pre-sales deals for My Wife Is A Gangster 3, claiming a record high for any Korean film sold at AFM to Asian territories excluding Japan.Starring Taiwanese actress Shu Qi as the gangster wife descending upon Korea, the film is directed by Cho Jin-kyu who also directed the hugely successful first film in the My Wife Is A Gangster franchise produced by Hyunjin Cinema.Showbox sales exec Agnes Lee says, "The film picked up a lot of buzz,
  • RoboCop, Red October composer Poledouris dies at 61 in LA

    Basil Poledouris, the composer whose credits included Starship Troopers,The Blue Lagoon and FreeWilly, has died ofcancer in Los Angeles. He was 61.
  • Rosenberg named head of drama at Norway's Rubicon TV

    Norwegian producer Jorgen Storm Rosenberg has been named head of drama at Norway's Rubicon TV, Norwegian major Schibsted's local production unit.Rosenberg, who recently picked up the $100,000 Best Film prize at the Hamptons for Norwegian director Jens Lien's The Bothersome Man, will be in charge of finishing Norwegian director Nils Gaup's The KautokeinoRebellion, a $8.4m depiction of a Sami uprising againstNorwegian authorities in 1852.At the same time he will develop a slate
  • Senator ends dispute over X-Filme

    Producer-distributor Senator Entertainment is to retain its 56.1% interest in the Berlin production house X-Filme Creative Pool after an out-of-court settlement.The dispute dates back to 2004 when Senator filed for insolvency, since when there has been often acrimonious wrangling about the stake in X-FIlme.Now Senator's new majority shareholders Marco Weber and Helge Sasse and X-Filme's founders Wolfgang Becker, Tom Tykwer, Dani Levy and producer Stefan Arndt have agreed to settle the matt
  • Shadow buys North American theatrical on Romany music doc

    Shadow Distribution has picked up North American theatrical rightsfrom Fortissimo Films to Jasmine Dellal's Romany music documentary When TheRoad Bends...Tales Of A Gypsy Caravan.
  • Sheffield DocFest enjoys record year

    Sheffield Docfest boasted a huge leap in attendance, up 400 on last year to to almost 1,000 festival delegates.The festival awarded more than $75,000 (£40,000) in pitches and price funds for film and television work.This year's Channel 4 Pitch winner was Haryum Kim, who picked up $57,000 (£30,000) to make her film and a mentorship from Channel 4 Docs. Her documentary The English Village, is about a living, working village in Korea, which teaches courses in "Englishness" and where
  • Slamdance, Angel Baby team to produce annual horror feature

    Slamdance has teamed up with Angel Baby Entertainment andexecutive producer Michael Malagiero to produce an annual feature based on the year'swinner of the fledgling Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition.
  • Solo Dios Sabe finds domestic home in Palm

    Palm Pictures has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to CarlosBolado's Brazilian feature Solo Dios Sabe.
  • Sony boards Armero football comedy in Spain

    Columbia FilmsProducciones Espanolas has boarded the new comedy from Spanish director AlvaroFernandez Armero, to be distributed internationally and released in Spain bySony Pictures Releasing International.The as-yet untitledco-production with Madrid-based Morena Films and broadcaster Telecinco'sprolific pr
  • Sony takes DVD rights to self-distributed romantic comedy

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has signed the DVD distribution rights to Ed Blum's British romantic comedy Scenes of a Sexual Nature.The film is the most successful self-distributed film to be released in UK theatres, taking more than $150, 000 (£80,000) at the box office. It was released through The Really Honest Little Distribution Company, a company set up by Blum and Suran Goonatilake, an executive producer on the film. Ed Blum said 'we turned down offers from severa
  • Starz launches Overture under McGurk, Rosett

    Starzhas launched its long-awaited theatrical division Overture Films, which willproduce, acquire and distribute eight to 12 full-length films a year.
  • Stockholm honours Hallstrom with career award

    Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 17th Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 16-26.) The festival will show two of his films he selcted himself - What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Chocolat.Hallstrom, whose international break was My Life as a Dog - and whose latest feature, The Hoax, had its world premiere at the RomeFilmFest - will make a short film which will screen out-of-competition in a new festiv
  • Sundance commissions original movies for mobile phones

    Robert Redford's SundanceInstitute is dipping an experimental toe in the mobile entertainment arena bycommissioning five original short films intended for viewing on cell phonesworldwide.The three-to-five minutefilms will debut in Barcelona, on the opening day of next February's 3GSM WorldCongress, a mobile communications conference that attracts some fifty thousandtelecom-related professionals from around the world. The Congress' organizer, theGSM Association, is Sundance's par
  • Tartan acquires North American rights to Thai duo

    Thailand's GMM Tai Hub (GTH) inked a flurry of deals on fourof its horrors at the AFM, including two deals with Tartan Films for NorthAmerican rights to psychological thriller Dormand horror blockbuster Shutter. Last year, New Regencyacquired English-language remake rights to Shutter,but the deal did not cover North American distribution rights to the originalfilm.GTH also scored more dealson
  • Tell No One (Ne Le Dis A Personne)

    Dir: Guillaume Canet. Fr. 2006. 125mins.Actor Guillaume Canettackles his second film as director with TellNo One, a slickly confected adaptation of Harlan Coben'ssuspense bestseller about a widower who opens a Pandora's Box of family secretsand violent death. Credibly transposed to France, it has the dynamic rhythm ofa good chase thriller even if it finally sinks under the weight of a strained,convoluted plot that
  • The Dead Girl

    Dir/scr: Karen Moncrieff. US. 2006. 93mins.The Dead Girl, Karen Moncrieff's thoroughly downbeat follow-up to herwell-received debut Blue Car, may beatmospherically creepy and have some good acting by respected names, but itsanguished, dysfunctional characters are so extreme that the film slips intounintentional self-parody.Theatrical prospects don'tseem g
  • The Red Cockatoo takes top prize at Marrakech

    Germany's Dominik Graf picked up the top prize at the 6th Marrakech International Film Festival for his The Red Cockatoo this weekend. Max Riemelt also took the Best Actor prize for the same film.The Jury Prize went to Romania's Radu Muntean for The Paper Will Be Blue while Best Actress was awarded to Fatou N'Diaye in Robert Favreau's A Sunday In Kigali from Canada.The jury was presided over by Roman Polanski who was joined by Sandrine Bonnaire, Jamel Debbouze, Maria de Medei
  • The Return

    Dir: Asif Kapadia. US. 2006. 85mins.UK film-maker Asif Kapadia confirms the sharp directorial authority hedisplayed in The Warrior with The Return,a disarming and visually arresting work about a woman imperilled by herunsolved link to a murder 15 years earlier. Unfortunately, his craftsmanship isultimately stranded by a story that lacks the necessary characterisation,tension and revelation.Despite its shortco
  • Thessaloniki announces record numbers of films

    The Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF- Nov 17-26) celebrates its 47th anniversary with a record 305 films from 44 countries, plus a major push into film market and co-production activities.Among the 14 titles in competition-reserved to first and second films-the festival boasts an unprecedented four international premieres: Marcus Herling's Riding Up Front (Germany), Joshua Dorsey's The Point (Canada), Mona Zandi Haghighi's On A Friday Afternoon (Iran), and A
  • Thin wins LFF's Grierson Award

    Thin, thedirectorial debut from photographer Lauren Greenfield, has won this year's Grierson Award for the best feature-length documentaryscreened at The Times BFI London Film Festival.The documentary follows fourwomen as they struggle to overcome eating disorders in a US clinic. SandraHebron, artistic director of the festival, described it as a "powerful andimportant film, allowing us to witness at close hand the complexities of thispersistent and damaging illness".The a
  • Tsai Ming-liang withdraws Sleep from Golden Horse

    Taiwan auteur TsaiMing-liang has withdrawn his new feature IDon't Want to Sleep Alone from the Golden Horse Film Awards, declaring thathe would no longer participate in the event.Tsai has also withdrawn hisfilm from the affiliated Golden Horse Film Festival, despite its slot as theevent's opening gala on Nov 10.Tsai's film, which competedat the Venice Film Festival, received just two minor nominations from theAwards jury, for best supporting actress (Pearlly Chua) and bes
  • TWC takes US rights to Death Defying Acts

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has picked up US rights to Gillian Armstrong's Harry Houdini drama Death DefyingActs.
  • Vatican world premiere for Hardwicke's Nativity

    New Line cinema's Virgin Mary themed picture Nativity is to hold its world premiere at the Vatican on November 24.Eagle Pictures, the film's Italian distributor, said the Catholic prelates, academics and experts in Catholicism gave approved the film's "poetic and faithful retelling of the Scriptures" after a private viewing.The premiere of Catherine Hardwicke's film will be overseen by the Pontifical Council of Culture, The Pontifical Council of Social Communications, The Vatican Fi
  • Vatican world premiere for Hardwicke's Nativity

    New Line cinema's Virgin Mary themed picture Nativity is to hold its world premiere at the Vatican on November 24.Eagle Pictures, the film's Italian distributor, said Catholic prelates, academics and experts in Catholicism approved the film's "poetic and faithful retelling of the Scriptures" after a private viewing.The premiere of Catherine Hardwicke's film will be overseen by the Pontifical Council of Culture, The Pontifical Council of Social Communications, The Vatican Filmoteca (
  • Warner Bros crosses $1bn in international grosses

    Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) has crossed $1bn inoverseas ticket sales for the sixth year in a row.
  • WBIC withdraws from Chinese cinema investments

    Warner Bros InternationalCinemas (WBIC) has decided to stop investing in the Chinese cinema market dueto a tightened policy on foreign investment, the company said in a statement inShanghai today. However, Warner Bros' otherinvestments in China, including local-language production and home video, will not beaffected the statement said.The main reason for thedecision is a c
  • Welsh film agency launched in Cardiff

    The Film Agency for Wales will be officially launched in Cardiff tomorrow (Tuesday).The body, established to support the industry in the Principality, will also announce its first co-financing venture for first-time feature director David Howard's Flick.The project has support from the lottery fund of the Arts Council of Wales. The film has additional funding from Finance Wales' IP Fund; Cardiff and Caernarfon based post-production facility, Derwen; and private equity. It will be so
  • Welsh film agency launched in Cardiff

    The Film Agency for Wales will be officially launched in Cardiff tomorrow (Tueday).The body, established to support the industry in the principality, will also announce its first co-financing venture for first-time feature director David Howard's Flick.The project also has support from the lottery fund of the Arts Council of Wales, Finance Wales' IP Fund; Cardiff and Caernarfon based post-production facility, Derwen; and private equity. It will be sold internationally by AV Pictures
  • Whitaker, Inconvenient Truth honoured at Santa Barbara

    Forest Whitaker will receive the 2007 Santa Barbara InternationalFilm Festival's American Riviera Award and Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim will berecognised for their achievements in nature filmmaking for An InconvenientTruth.
  • Wong Kar-wai reunites with Weinsteins on Blueberry

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has swooped on all US, Australian andNew Zealand rights to Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights.

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