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11 September 2002

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  • Alliance Atlantis gets international rights to Sundance victor

    Alliance Atlantis has picked up international rights (excluding the English-speaking world, Latin America and Italy) to Personal Velocity, the highly acclaimed triptych directed by Rebecca Miller which won the grand jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. United Artists bought North American and the remaining territorial rights during Sundance.The deal was clinched by Charlotte Mickie, managing director, international motion picture sales, Alliance Atlantis Entertainme
  • Alliance Atlantis gets international rights to Sundance victor

    Alliance Atlantis has picked up international rights (excluding the English-speaking world, Latin America and Italy) to Personal Velocity, the highly acclaimed triptych directed by Rebecca Miller which won the grand jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. United Artists bought North American and the remaining territorial rights during Sundance.The deal was clinched by Charlotte Mickie, managing director, international motion picture sales, Alliance Atlantis Entertainme
  • Alliance Atlantis takes international rights on Toronto twosome

    Alliance Atlantis is to handle international sales rights on Benoit Jacquot's Benjamin Constant's Adolphe starring Isabelle Adjani and to Dylan Kidd's Roger Dodger starring Campbell Scott and Isabella Rossellini. Charlotte Mickie, managing director, international motion picture sales at Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group is handling the two films which are both playing at the Toronto Film Festival.Mickie secured Adolphe from producers ARP Selection, which also co-finan
  • AOL Time Warner boss stresses importance of UK and Europe

    AOL Time Warner boss Dick Parsons said he wants to expand the company's international presence, with the UK and Europe seen as priorities for growth ahead of the rest of the world. However, he stressed that expansion in the UK and Europe would be cautious, largely because AOL Time Warner was going through a "period of digestion" following its rapid expansion in the 1990s. The US group has recently experienced a series of management upheavals, a fall in share price and controversy over
  • Argentina's production industry suffers from inflation

    Film production in Argentina hit another low point after Argentine Directors Association (DAC) reported that the average cost of making a local film shot up from $120,500 (pesos 1.2m) to $180,800 (pesos 1.8m). Since the peso lost its parity with the dollar, - currently pegged at 3.6 pesos to a dollar - inflation and the spiralling costs of materials have made filmmaking more expensive.DAC concluded that since August, local film productions would need 52.3% more admissions than
  • Berlusconi moves to protect control of broadcast networks

    Silvio Berlusconi's government has presented a controversial new media law to the Italian Parliament, which clears the path for the privatisation of state broadcaster RAI in 2004 and will allow the media mogul-premier to retain all three of his free-to-air Mediaset channels. Shares of RAI will be offered to the public from the end of January 2004 and some divisions of the broadcaster could be sold off to private investors at the end of 2005, according to Communications Minister Maurizi
  • Bourne identified as UK chart leader

    The UK's new 12A certificate came into full effect this week as UIP released The Bourne Identity and Columbia TriStar re-released Spider-Man.The Bourne Identity, the first film released in the UK with the new certificate, which allows audience members under the age of 12 access to the film if accompanied by an adult, opened with a strong gross of $3.35m (£2.15m), including $266,867 of previews from 338 sites on Thursday Sept 5. Playing at 419 venues the action
  • Buena Vista Spain boosts local co-production slate

    Having officially entered the local production sector last year, Buena Vista International Spain (BVIS) is negotiating a potential slate of five to six new co-productions for 2003.The multinational, which distributed the country's top grossing domestic hit this year: The Wrong Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama), has beefed up the number of local films it handles in Spain thanks to its new co-production activities."We used to distribute those films which we could pi
  • Buffalo Soldiers get to go home

    Buffalo Soldiers, FilmFour and Focus' long-delayed GI's and drugs picture, is finally set to get its first release more than a year after premiering at Toronto on the eve of September 11.While many buyers are still worried about escalating tensions between the US and Iraq, Prokino/Fox has announced it will release the black comedy in Germany, where it shot and is set, on 150 prints in October. The film, which recently made its European premiere before 2,5
  • Carmichael to head London-based Content International

    ContentFilm, the aggressive one year-old production company launched by Edward R Pressman and John Schmidt, has launched an international sales arm Content International to be based in London and headed by sales veteran Jamie Carmichael.Carmichael, who will be managing director, will oversee the sale of ContentFilm's titles overseas as well as developing strategic alliances and co-productions with international partners on behalf of the company. Initial films include Sept 11 drama T
  • Celluloid wraps additional deals on Kitano's Dolls

    Celluloid Dreams closed deals for Takeshi Kitano's competition film Dolls with Maywin Media for Russia, Artdo for the Baltic states, Cineplex for Columbia Seville for Canada and Imovision for Brazil.Celluloid had previously sold Dolls to Mikado for Italy, Cinelibre for Benelux, Frenetic for Switzerland, DEA Planeta for Spain, Atalanta for Portugal and Prooptiki for Greece. Kitano's own Office Kitano is handling sales within Asia.
  • Columbia TriStar hits international billion dollar gross mark

    Columbia TriStarFilm Distributors International (CTFDI) says it has passed $1bn in internationalticket sales this year, the third time the Sony Pictures Entertainment divisionhas crossed over that billion-dollar threshold overseas. The totalworldwide box office gross for parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment nowstands at $2.4bn, already the fifth highest annual total on record with still fourmonths to go. The annual gross mark to beat is the $2.68bn record set by 20thCentury Fox i
  • Cowboy Pictures takes Morvern Callar to the US

    New York-based Cowboy Pictures has acquired US rights to Samantha Morton's critically acclaimed Morvern Callar which premiered in Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Cowboy president John Vanco negotiated the deal with Charlotte Mickie, managing director of international motion picture sales for Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group which financed the film and is handling worldwide distribution.The film, which was the opening night film at the Edin
  • Cowboy Pictures takes Morvern Callar to the US

    New York-based Cowboy Pictures has acquired US rights to Samantha Morton's critically acclaimed Morvern Callar which premiered in Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Cowboy president John Vanco negotiated the deal with Charlotte Mickie, managing director of international motion picture sales for Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group which financed the film and is handling worldwide distribution.The film, which was the opening night film at the Edin
  • Danish film industry accepts government cutbacks

    Denmark's new right-wing cultural minister, Brian Mikkelsen, is to cut direct government support for film by $3.2m. However, protest and resistance on the part of the Danish film industry remains uncharacteristically absent.The total amount of direct government funding will drop from 2002's $50.3m (DKR375.9m) to 2003's $47.1m (DKR352.3m) according to a new draft budget. However, at the same time, the cultural minister's new media agreement also increases the level of annual inve
  • De Hadeln gets to choose if he stays on

    Discussion of whether stand-in artistic director Moritz De Hadeln will be allowed by Biennale organisers to keep the top job has been the favourite rumour throughout Venice this year. But the decision could be in his own hands.It is neither clear that the former Berlin and one-time Locarno chief has to go, nor sure that he wants to stay. "I have a contract until the end of the year and [Biennale chief, Franco] Bernabe has told me that I can stay as long as I want," De Hadeln tol
  • De Hadeln gets to choose if he stays on

    Discussion of whether stand-in artistic director Moritz De Hadeln, will be allowed by Biennale organisers to keep the top job has been the favourite rumour throughout Venice this year. But the decision could be in his own hands.It is neither clear that the former Berlin and one-time Locarno chief has to go, nor sure that he wants to stay. 'I have a contract until the end of the year and [Biennale chief, Franco] Bernabe has told me that I can stay as long as I want,' De Hadeln to
  • Dearth in Venice

    As Venice approaches its climax, debate continues as to the value of a film market during the event. Both new Biennale head Franco Bernabe and current artistic director Moritz De Hadeln are in favour - while others remain dismissive.The Italian name 'Mostra', which covers all the Biennale activities, suggests the notion of exhibition, rather than commerce. And while this year there have been significant efforts to improve facilities for buyers and sellers, the Venice Screenings have no
  • Dearth in Venice

    As Venice approaches its climax, debate continues as to the value of a film market during the event. Both new Biennale head Franco Bernabe and current artistic director Moritz De Hadeln are in favour - while others remain dismissive.The Italian name "Mostra", which covers all the Biennale activities, suggests the notion of exhibition, rather than commerce. And while this year there have been significant efforts to improve facilities for buyers and sellers, the Venice Screenings have no
  • Dirty Pretty Things

    Dir: Stephen Frears. UK. 2002. 98mins.Stephen Frears' latest film doesn't just expose the rotten underbelly of London: it slices it wide open. By turns macabre (often stomach-churningly so), funny and tender, this elaborate tale of moonlighting and illegal organ transplants set among the city's invisible underclass of immigrant service workers shouldn't, by rights, hang together. Equally, making an English-language movie with an international cast that includes a Croat who lives in
  • Disney boards John Williams' $40m Valiant

    Walt Disney Studios has boarded Valiant, the $40m animation film to be made at the UK's Ealing Studios.Although the studio is reportedly paying only 25% of the $40m budget for North American rights to the project, the deal may lead to Disney backing three more films from Shrek producer John Williams' production outfit Vanguard Films, which is producing the film.Valiant, the story of WW2 homing pigeon, was unveiled at Cannes by Ralph Kamp's international sale
  • DNA seeks joint venture backer

    Fox Searchlight is in talks to form a joint venture with DNA, the UK National Lottery franchise of leading British producer Andrew Macdonald and Duncan Kenworthy.The offshoot of Twentieth Century Fox is likely to take over from DNA's current backer Universal Studios, although the franchise has been talking to other potential partners including Sony Pictures Entertainment.A Fox-DNA joint venture is expected to have access to around $23.4m (£15m) in lottery cash, which DNA ha
  • Dolls (Pusinky)

    Dir: Takeshi Kitano. Jap. 2002. 113 mins.Takeshi Kitano returns to Venice, where he won the Golden Lion with Hana-Bi in 1997, with Dolls, a film about three pairs of star-crossed lovers. The film's unusual 'bunraku' (Japanese puppet play) structure, in which the protagonists of a puppet love story come to life, may appeal to Western audiences who like their Asian cinema traditional and exotic. Others, however, will balk at the crude symbolism, the principal coup
  • Dolls (Pusinky)

    Dir: Takeshi Kitano. Jap. 2002. 113 mins.Takeshi Kitano returns to Venice, where he won the Golden Lion with Hana-Bi in 1997, with Dolls, a film about three star-crossed lovers. The film's unusual 'bunraku' (Japanese puppet play) structure, in which the protagonists of a puppet love story come to life, may appeal to Western audiences who like their Asian cinema traditional and exotic. Others, however, will balk at the crude symbolism, the principal couple's endl
  • Dragonfly takes surprise flight in Spain

    After an uninspiring US performance ($30.1m) and a generally lacklustre international performance to date (approximately $22m) Buena Vista International's supernatural romantic thriller, Dragonfly is causing a stir with a strong performance late in its international run, in Spain.With an impressive total gross of $4.22m (Euros 4.3m) after its third weekend on release the film ranks behind just Spider-Man ($15.5m), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones ($11m)
  • Echo Lake ties up three international directors

    Echo Lake Productions, the Los Angeles-based production and finance company behind Things Behind The Sun and 13 Conversations About One Thing, has closed writing and directing deals with Singaporean film-maker CheeK (Chicken Rice War) and India's Santosh Sivan (Asoka, The Terrorist) to direct two films in English in the $2m to $3m range. A third deal is being finalised with Germany's Faith Akin (Im Juli, Kurz Und Scmerzlos). The projects are part of a
  • Echo Lake ties up three international directors

    Echo Lake Productions, the Los Angeles-based production and finance company behind Things Behind The Sun and 13 Conversations About One Thing, has closed writing and directing deals with Singaporean film-maker CheeK (Chicken Rice War) and India's Santosh Sivan (Asoka, The Terrorist) to direct two films in English in the $2m to $3m range. A third deal is being finalised with Germany's Faith Akin (Im Juli, Kurz Und Scmerzlos). The projects are part of a
  • Egoyan to be honoured by Cinema Tout Ecran festival

    Canadian director Atom Egoyan will be honoured with a retrospective at the 8th Cinema Tout Ecran International Film and Television Festival in Geneva (October 21-27) which showcases feature films produced by or for television.Meanwhile, among the films already confirmed for this year's International Competition are Willem van de S. Bakhuyzen's gripping account of the fall of Srebenica The Enclave (Neth), Xin Lee's urban romance Dazzling (China), Henner Winckler's coming-o
  • European Film Awards announces People's Choice nominations

    September 1st 2002 marked the start of the annual opportunity for European filmgoers to participate in the European Film Awards' People's Choice. Through a variety of outlets, cinemagoers can vote for their favourites, from the past year's films, in the categories of best European director, actor and actress. The People's Choice Awards form part of the annual European Film Awards, to be held this year on Saturday, 7th December, in Rome.For the first time, Ernst & Young L
  • Feminale festival announces first competition line-up

    The first Chinese production about a relationship between two women - Li Yu's Fish And Elephant -, Marilyn Freeman's study of group therapy GROUP, and Eliane de Latour's documentary Bronx-Barbes about teenage gangs in the West African city of Abidjan are among seven international films selected to compete for the Debut Prize at this year's International Women's Film Festival 'Feminale' (October 2-6) in Cologne.The complete competition line-up for the Euros 2,500 pr
  • Fierce Entertainment denies Red Light Runners deal

    In a further bizarre twist to the film's financing - or lack of it - Fierce Entertainment has denied any commitment to Red Light Runners, the UK heist movie being set up by Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen.Producer Clark Westerman had announced that the financier had stepped in as an alternative to raising $12m through UK tax initiative the Enterprise Investment Scheme. But Fierce co-founders Christopher Petzel and Scott Karol, recently instrumental in rescuing Oliver C
  • Fox Searchlight reteams with Broken Lizard on Club Dread

    Fox Searchlight Pictures isreteaming with director Jay Chandrasekhar and his Broken Lizard comedy group,the team behind its Sundance acquisition hit Super Troopers, on Broken Lizard's Club Dread. The film, which has already started principalphotography in Mexico, also stars Bill Paxton.Searchlight picked up SuperTroopers at Sundance 2001 andgrossed $18.5m on its US release alone in Feb this year. Broken Lizard, whichconsists of Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve
  • French backers grow wary of culture, bank on commerce

    Caution is the new buzzword in French film financing circles, with challenging fare such as the forthcoming Paris Je T'aime struggling to attract investors who increasingly favour big budget bankable hits.A challenging series of 20 five minute short stories - each one set in one of Paris' 20 districts - Paris Je T'aime is directed by a roll call of some of the worlds most acclaimed directors: Tom Tykwer, Jean-Luc Godard, Johnny Depp, Spain's Fernando Trueba, Brazil's Wal
  • French films could soon earn more abroad than at home

    After a record year in 2001, which saw the foreign box office take of French films nearly doubling to reach Euros 208m, 2002 is on its way to confirming the upward trend, according to French film export body Unifrance.These figures concern only French-language titles, which sold 37.4 million tickets outside of France last year, compared to 16.6 million in 2000. So far in 2002, foreign sales have reached 26.4 million tickets ($157.4m) for French-language titles in the first seven months
  • German producers reach 'voluntary' agreement with public broadcasters

    German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have reached a voluntary agreement with the national producer associations which will see the first exploitation cycle for TV rights on funded cinema co-productions reduced from seven years to five. Following the signing of the agreement with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Neuer Deutscher Spielfilmproduzenten e.V. and the Verband Deutscher Spielfilmproduzenten e.V. , Joern Klamroth, managing director of ARD's film purchasing arm Degeto, declared that t
  • Gong Li takes on Blake & Mortimer's M

    Chinese superstar Gong Li took time out from her duties as Venice jury chief, to announce her role in big-budget, English-language thriller M, being put together by French producer Charles Gassot for TF1.The film is a 1950s action adventure adapted from The Yellow M, one of 12 books in the French cartoon series Blake And Mortimer. Shooting from next February, it will be directed by James Huth, who previously wrote and directed 1998 French comedy Serial Lover
  • Gong Li takes on Blake & Mortimer's M

    Chinese superstar Gong Li took time out from her duties as Venice jury chief, to announce her role in big-budget, English-language thriller M, being put together by French producer Charles Gassot for TF1.The film is a 1950s action adventure adapted from The Yellow M, one of 12 books in the French cartoon series Blake And Mortimer. Shooting from next February, it will be directed by James Huth, who previously wrote and directed 1998 French comedy Serial Lover
  • HFF buys French rights to The Good Girl from Myriad

    Hachette Filipacchi Films (HFF), the company formerly known as Film Office, has acquired French rights to Miguel Arteta's US hit The Good Girl from Myriad Pictures. The deal was sealed at the Deauville Festival Of American Film where the film received its international premiere.Mars Film will release the film theatrically in France, with HFF handling the video release through its distribution agreement with Paramount in France. "In the difficult distribution climate which
  • India's Madhu takes international rights on Mr And Mrs Iyer

    Mumbai-based sales company Madhu Entertainment & Media, which is fast becoming a regular at film markets, has picked up international rights to Mr And Mrs Iyer (aka Love In The Time Of Violence), an English-language film by Aparna Sen.The film had its premiere in Locarno, where it won the NETPAC award for best Asian film, and is next set to appear at the Mill Valley festival (October 3-13), the London Film Festival (Nov 6-23) and in Pusan (Nov 14-21). "Written in the aft
  • IN-motion exits Myriad as D'Amico reclaims company

    Myriad Pictures president Kirk D'Amico was on bullish form at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, confirming that former majority shareholder IN-motion AG now holds no further interest in the company. "I am sole president," he said and "I have a majority interest in the company. They haven't funded us for over a year and a half and we are now operating as a stand-alone company."D'Amico had already resigned from IN-motion's board in April this year and refutes statements
  • Italy's Lucky Red acquires Open My Heart

    Italian independent distributor Lucky Red has picked up Italian rights to Venice title Open My Heart, a drama directed by first-time director Giada Colagrande about a prostitute who lives with her sister.Screening in Venice's New Territories sidebar, Open My Heart was co-produced by Colagrande and Massimo Cortesi, the producer behind Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged and brother Giuseppe Bertolucci's Probably Love.Colagrande also wrote and stars in the f
  • Italy's Mikado Film picks up Fuehrer Ex

    Italian distributor Mikado Film has picked up Winfried Bonengel's controversial Neo-Nazi drama Fuehrer Ex which screened in Official Competition in Venice last week and received its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday.In addition, the film's sales agent - Bavaria Film International - will handle international distribution for the new feature by German director Hans-Christian Schmid, Lichter, five interconnected stories with a cast including Herb
  • Japanese producer/distributor to float on Jasdaq

    Tohokushinsha, a leading distributor of foreign films to the Japanese television market, with interests in theatrical film production and distribution, will list its shares on the Jasdaq market on October 8.According to the announcement made by the Japan Securities Dealers Association, the company will make an initial offering of 6.2 million shares, of which two million are new issues and the remainder privately held. The lead underwriter of the issue, Mitsubishi Securities will carry
  • Johan Padan launches Green Movie Group's animation aspirations

    Italian producer Giorgio Prandoni is hoping that Johan Padan, the closing night film at the Venice festival, will mark the start of a new force in European animation.His company Green Movie Group fully financed the $7.5m film which tells the story of the discovery of America by a real-life 16th century Italian adventurer, and is adapted from a musical stageplay by Italian comedy legend Dario Fo. Green Movie, a Milan-based animation house has to date chiefly been involved
  • Johan Padan launches Green Movie Group's animation aspirations

    Italian producer Giorgio Prandoni is hoping that Johan Padan, the closing night film at the Venice festival, will mark the start of a new force in European animation.His company Green Movie Group fully financed the $7.5m film which tells the story of the discovery of America by a real-life 16th century Italian adventurer, and is adapted from a musical stageplay by Italian comedy legend Dario Fo. Green Movie, a Milan-based animation house has to date chiefly been involved
  • Ken Park

    Dir: Larry Clark and Ed Lachman. US-Neth-France. 2002. 92mins.Every film festival needs its succes de scandale, and who better than Larry Clark to lay on the controversy at Venice 2002' Ken Park - co-directed by Clark and cinematographer Ed Lachman - contains scenes of graphic, uncut sexual activity between what look like consenting minors, not to mention sex between minors and majors. It would be a shame, though, to get stuck on a fuck or two. Ken Park, the sec
  • Ken Park

    Dir: Larry Clark and Ed Lachman. US-Neth-France. 2002. 92mins.Every film festival needs its succes de scandale, and who better than Larry Clark to lay on the controversy at Venice 2002' Ken Park - co-directed by Clark and cinematographer Ed Lachman - contains scenes of graphic, uncut sexual activity between what look like consenting minors, not to mention sex between minors and majors. It would be a shame, though, to get stuck on a fuck or two. Ken Park, the sec
  • Killer strikes first-look deal with Warner Bros

    Killer Films,the prolific New York-based production company which is synonymous with theindependent film movement of the 1990s, has signed a one year, first-look dealwith Warner Bros Pictures. The deal is primarily for films in the $10m to $25mrange such as Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven or Mark Romanek's One HourPhoto which cost $15mand $12m respectively to produce.The arrangementsees Killer's fiercely independent partners - Christine Vachon, PamKoffler and Katie Roumel -
  • Loews leads South Korean exhibition push

    The South Korean exhibition industry looks to be stepping up its rate of growth, with U.S.-based Loews Cineplex announcing an additional $21m investment in Megabox Cineplex. With ambitious plans for expansion both among independent exhibitors and the nation's four major cinema circuits, some industry figures predict a further 700 screens to be added to the nationwide total of 850 by the end of 2004.The $21m provided by Loews will provide a hefty boost to Megabox Cineplex, which
  • Long Way Home wins top jury prize at Deauville

    Peter Sollet's Long Way Home, which has been renamed Raising Victor Vargas for its North American release via Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fireworks Pictures' joint distribution venture IDP, has won the grand jury prize in the competition section of the Deauville Festival Of American Film which finished yesterday (Sunday).The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, is also playing in Toronto this week and was selected by a jury headed by former Canal Plus boss Pier
  • Mendes gangster picture on Road to Fox profits in Germany, Spain

    TwentiethCentury Fox rolled out Road To Perdition in a number of key territories over the weekend, scoring anumber one opening in Germany with $1.67m from 520 screens and a terrific$1.49m opening in Spain, where the picture played on 280 screens and trailedbehind Men In Black II.Sam Mendes' sombre gangster picture, starring TomHanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law, opened in top spot in Thailand, where itregistered $121,000 from 58 screens, and enjoyed a $111,
  • Mexican blockbuster shatters local box office record

    It has taken a mere 20 days for Mexico's latest blockbuster The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro) to smash the all time local box-office record set by Sex, Shame And Tears (Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas). The romantic comedy took 24 weeks to earn 118m pesos while El Crimen earned 118,543,404 pesos ($11.8m) in just under three.El Crimen now ranks among the top ten highest grossers of all time among both international and local films in Mexico. The s
  • Mifed anticipates expanded 2002 market

    "Mifed is going to be bigger than last year," said Giusepe Zola, president of Fiera Milano operator Rassegne, yesterday (Wed). "Sales companies are concentrating their efforts on Mifed. This means they recognise the important role the event has as a showcase for their products," said Rassegne managing director Manlio Armellini, in a clear but unspoken reference to the decisions taken by a number of high profile sellers not to go to London's pre-Mifed screenings Rassegne also rep
  • Miramax buys domestic rights to Mullan's Venice winner

    In its second acquisition of the Toronto International Film Festival, Miramax Films has clinched domestic rights to Venice Golden Lion winner The Magdalene Sisters directed by Peter Mullan. Miramax beat out other buyers including Fine Line Features and Sony Pictures Classics. Over the weekend, Miramax also bought rights in the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to Daniele Thompson's Jet Lag starring Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno.The Magdalene Sisters
  • Miramax buys domestic rights to Mullan's Venice winner

    In its second acquisition of the Toronto International Film Festival, Miramax Films has clinched domestic rights to Venice Golden Lion winner The Magdalene Sisters directed by Peter Mullan. Miramax beat out other buyers including Fine Line Features and Sony Pictures Classics. Over the weekend, Miramax also bought rights in the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to Daniele Thompson's Jet Lag starring Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno.The Magdalene Sisters
  • Miramax gets Jet Lag as French comedy kicks off Toronto deals

    Miramax Films has paid $1m for rights in the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to Daniele Thompson's French romantic comedy Jet Lag which teams Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno and which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend. As of yesterday (Sunday), it was the only major acquisition deal of the festival so far. StudioCanal chief Pierre Weisbein on Saturday night clinched the deal with Miramax on Saturday night; Fine Line Features and Focu
  • Movienet Film sells five titles to Austria

    Munich Filmfest's opening film The Son's Bride (El Hijo De La Novia) and Mika Kaurismaki's music documentary Moro No Brasil are among five films sold by Munich-based theatrical outfit Movienet Film to Austrian distributors. Filmladen Wien picked up The Son's Bride, Golden Bowl, Divided We Fall and the German regional hit Die Scheinheiligen (which has been seen by over 130,000 cinemagoers), while Polyfilm acquired the Austrian rights to Moro No Brasil.
  • Mullan's Magdalene Sisters wins Venice Golden Lion

    The Magdalene Sisters, by Scottish director Peter Mullan, scooped the top prize, the Golden Lion, at the closing ceremony of the Venice film festival. The film about a group of apparently promiscuous girls and their cruel treatment at the hands of Irish nuns, screened near the beginning of the festival but remained a front-runner throughout. It attracted wide critical praise, though later in the week was criticised by the Catholic church via its Vatican newspaper. Russian
  • Mullan's Magdalene Sisters wins Venice Golden Lion

    The Magdalene Sisters, by Scottish director Peter Mullan, scooped the top prize, the Golden Lion, at the closing ceremony of the Venice film festival. The film about a group of apparently promiscuous girls and their cruel treatment at the hands of Irish nuns, screened near the beginning of the festival but remained a front-runner throughout. It attracted wide critical praise, though later in the week was criticised by the Catholic church via its Vatican newspaper. Russian
  • Nine new films join San Sebastian's Cinema In Progress initiative

    Seven Latin American and two Spanish films will be included in the second phase of the newly created Cinema In Progress (Cine En Construccion) joint initiative of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28) and the Latin American Screenings of Toulouse to find funding for stalled Latin American productions.Jose Maria Riba, organiser of the program and former director of the Cannes' Critics' Week, says Cinema In Progress -- which invites potential financiers to screenings
  • Noe shocker gets US distribution through Lions Gate

    Lions Gate Films closed a deal yesterday in Toronto to buy US rights to Gaspar Noe's super-controversial Irreversible, the scandale of this year's Cannes Film Festival which is also screening at this week's Toronto International Film Festival. Kicked off by a harrowing rape scene, Irreversible tells its story in reverse with a cast including Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci and Albert Dupontel. Noe's last film Seul Contre Tous was handled by Strand Releasing in the US.Lion
  • Noe shocker gets US distribution through Lions Gate

    Lions Gate Films closed a deal yesterday in Toronto to buy US rights to Gaspar Noe's super-controversial Irreversible, the scandale of this year's Cannes Film Festival which is also screening at this week's Toronto International Film Festival. Kicked off by a harrowing rape scene, Irreversible tells its story in reverse with a cast including Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci and Albert Dupontel. Noe's last film Seul Contre Tous was handled by Strand Releasing in the US.Lion
  • Oasis

    Dir: Lee Chang-dong. Korea. 2002. 134mins.His 2000 festival-pleaser Peppermint Candy made Korean writer/director Lee Chang-dong one of Asia's hot new arthouse properties. With Oasis, his third feature, he puts his talent for unusual stories and finely-nuanced characters (he is also a novelist) to good use to further that reputation. A memorable film about the love between two misfits - one socially, the other physically disabled - it sticks in the mind well beyo
  • Paramount Classics boards Leconte's Train

    Paramount Classics has bought most English-languageterritory and Latin American rights to Patrice Leconte's Venice competitionfilm The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train). The $4.7m film, which moves on toToronto where it plays in the Gala section, stars Jean Rochefort and JohnnyHallyday as a schoolmaster and a bank robber who dream of swapping places (seereview). Sold byPathe International, the film was produced by Philippe Carcassonne's Cine B andwas
  • Paramount Classics boards Leconte's Train

    Paramount Classics has bought most English-languageterritory and Latin American rights to Patrice Leconte's Venice competitionfilm The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train). The $4.7m film, which moves on toToronto where it plays in the Gala section, stars Jean Rochefort and JohnnyHallyday as a schoolmaster and a bank robber who dream of swapping places (seereview). Sold byPathe International, the film was produced by Philippe Carcassonne's Cine B andwas
  • Paramount Classics buys House Of Fools

    Paramount Classics has bought North American and other international rights to Andrei Konchalovski's House Of Fools (Dom Durakov), which won the second prize at Venice last week.In a deal mirroring its pick-up last week of another Venice favourite, Patrice Leconte's The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train), Paramount classics took UK, Australian, New Zealand and Latin American rights.Veteran director Konchalovski's anti-war drama is a tale about the inmates of a lun
  • Paramount Classics buys House Of Fools

    Paramount Classics has bought North American and other international rights to Andrei Konchalovski's House Of Fools (Dom Durakov), which won the second prize at Venice last week.In a deal mirroring its pick-up last week of another Venice favourite, Patrice Leconte's The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train), Paramount classics took UK, Australian, New Zealand and Latin American rights.Veteran director Konchalovski's anti-war drama is a tale about the inmates of a lun
  • Picture This! picks up US video rights to DAYS and Abandoned

    Doug Witkins' PictureThis! Entertainment, which specialises in the distribution and internationalsales of gay, lesbian and bisexual cinema, has picked up LauraMuscardin's DAYS from Italyand Arpad Sopsits' Abandonedfrom Hungary for US video release and festival bookings. Abandoned, which was screened at the Montreal, Toronto andBerlin film festivals among others, is the story of a boy who is victimized bythe headmaster at an orphanage. Witkins negotiated the acquisi
  • Red Light Runners faces financial greenlight hurdle

    Red Light Runners, the UK heist movie being set up by Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen, has hit another financing roadblock.A spokesperson for the film confirmed that Germany's Fierce Entertainment, which purportedly stepped in with a deal for 70% of the funding, was no longer part of the project. Madsen and fellow producer Clark Westerman announced that Fierce had stepped in as an alternative to raising $12 million through UK tax initiative the Enterprise Invest
  • Ripley's Game

    Dir: Liliana Cavani. It-UK. 2002. 112mins.Liliana Cavani, the veteran Italian director, was presumably brought in to direct this Patricia Highsmith novel in the hope that some of the dark menace of her drama The Night Porter might rub off on Ripley. If so, then the gamble has failed, at least visually: Cavani and her Night Porter cinematographer, Alfio Contini, take few risks in translating storyboard to screen, shooting Ripley's Game with the flat tedium
  • San Sebastian reveals special tribute & competition jury

    The San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28) has finalised the programme for its 50th anniversary edition, unveiling a surprise tribute to Francis Ford Coppola and the members of its competition jury, presided over by Wim Wenders.The festival also added Daniele Thomson's Jet Lag (Decalage Horaire) (pictured) as the closing film of the official section, screening out of competition. Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things was also added to the Sab
  • San Sebastian reveals special tribute & competition jury

  • Sitges reveals full competition line-up

    Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale, Oxide and Danny Pang's The Eye and David Cronenberg's Spider are among the films lined up to compete in the Official Fantastic Section of next month's Sitges International Film Festival of Catalunya (Oct 3-13).The full line-up includes the following 25 titles:A Snake Of June (Rokugatsu No Hebi). Shinya Tsukamoto. (Jap)Asesino En Serie. Antonio Urrutia. (Sp/Mex)Cypher. Vincenzo Natali. (Can)Da
  • Six Korean directors to create human rights omnibus

    The South Korean Human Rights Commission has announced plans to assemble six high-profile Korean directors to shoot an omnibus-style collection of short films dealing with themes related to discrimination and human rights.Five directors have already signed on to the project - Park Chan-wook (JSA), Jeong Jae-eun (Take Care Of My Cat), Park Kwang-su (A Single Spark), Lee Hyun-seung (Il Mare), and Yeo Kyun-dong (La Belle) - with negotiations underway to
  • Spain's Grupo PI taps into The Mind Of A Killer

    Spain's Grupo PI will handle international sales on San Sebastian competition entry Aro Tolbukhin In The Mind Of A Killer (Aro Tolbukhin En La Mente Del Asesino).Directed by Agusti Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann and Isaac P Racine, and based on an historical figure, the film works as a false documentary to reconstruct the story of a Hungarian man accused of killing seven people in Guatemala in 1981. Daniel Gimenez Cacho (La Virgen De La Lujuria) stars.Aro T
  • Spanish producers' association appoints communications director

    The Spanish Producers' Federation (FAPAE) has appointed Mercedes Martinez as its new communications director.Martinez replaces previous director Fernando Bejarano, who left FAPAE for Madrid-based production outfit BocaBoca.Martinez has worked for the last five years in the Spanish film acquisitions department of digital satellite pay TV platform Via Digital.FAPAE is overseen by general manager Fabia Buenaventura and current president Eduardo Campoy.
  • Starz Encore to shut down Starz! Pictures division

    US pay TV channel operator Starz Encore Group is to shut down its Starz! Pictures cable movie development and production unit, laying off Los Angeles-based vice president of original movies Paige Orloff and her three-person development team. A Starz Encore spokesman confirmed that the unit, which most recently produced boxing drama Joe and Max, is "winding down" and will cease operations by the end of the year. According to sources, around a dozen projects currently in developme
  • Studio Babelsberg chief Bacher exits suddenly

    Less than a week before Babelsberg Studios' 90th anniversary on September 16, the German film industry has been rocked by the news of CEO Gabriela Bacher's sudden exit.Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures (SBMP) was created last autumn, with Bacher in control of overseeing all media activities of parent Vivendi Deutschland. Bacher brief was to attract "classy films with European sensibilities and American know-how" to the studios.In an official press statement, Thierry Potok, manag
  • Sweden's fantastic film festival reveals competition line up

    Nick Willing's Doctor Sleep, Robert Schwentke's Tattoo and Paul Harather's The Praying Mantis are among the films lined up to compete for the Silver Méliès at Sweden's Fantastic Film Festival (FFF) on September 21-29.The full line-up of the festival includes a total of 27 features and 41 short films from 21 countries. The nine-day event, which will take place in Lund and Malmo in the south of Sweden, opens with the Scandinavian premiere of Dog Soldiers
  • Swimfan dives head-first into domestic theatres

    Ushering in whatis traditionally a quiet month while the studios fine-tune their end-of-yearslates, the teen thriller Swimfan opened top of the charts over the weekend with a $12.4m estimatedhaul. The film is being distributed by 20th Century Fox and wasproduced by New York's GreeneStreet Films, best known until now for InThe Bedroom, inconjunction with Michael Douglas' Further Films, whose credits includelast year's Don't Say A Word and One Night At McCool's. S
  • Taiwan's Dreamland favoured by Venice critics

    Some24 hours ahead of the festival's main prizes, Taiwanese drama Somewhere OverThe Dreamland (Mon Huan Buo Luo), was named the winner of a particularlystrong Venice Critics' Week section. The film, directed by Cheng Wen-Tang, was cited by the Criticsweek jury- comprising Julie Delpy, Screen International critic DanFainaru and Italian writer-director Carlo Lizzani - for the strength of
  • Taiwan's Dreamland wins Critics Week prize

    Some24 hours ahead of the festival's main prizes, Taiwanese drama Somewhere OverThe Dreamland (Mon Huan Buo Luo), was named the winner of a particularlystrong Venice Critics' Week section. The film, directed by Cheng Wen-Tang, was cited by the Criticsweek jury- comprising Julie Delpy, Screen International critic DanFainaru and Italian writer-director Carlo Lizzani - for the strength of
  • The Four Feathers

    Director: Shekhar Kapur. US-UK. 2002 125minsThe question of whether the world really needs another version of The Four Feathers is convincingly answered by Shekhar Kapur's stirring approach to the venerable tale of Empire and honour. Boasting a strong cast of rising young stars and handsomely captured locations, the classic adventure story emerges as a still potent mixture of epic spectacle and heart-tugging emotion. The current climate of gathering war clouds and the sacrifi
  • The Four Feathers

    Director: Shekhar Kapur. US-UK. 2002 125minsThe question of whether the world really needs another version of The Four Feathers is convincingly answered by Shekhar Kapur's stirring approach to the venerable tale of Empire and honour. Boasting a strong cast of rising young stars and handsomely captured locations, the classic adventure story emerges as a still potent mixture of epic spectacle and heart-tugging emotion. The current climate of gathering war clouds and the sacrifi
  • The Good Thief

    Director: Neil Jordan. UK-Fr-Ire. 2002. 108minsA loose-limbed, shaggy dog reworking of 1955 French crime classic Bob Le Flambeur, The Good Thief (previously known as Double Down) is writer-director Neil Jordan's most enjoyable and commercial feature for several years. Subverting the conventions of the heist caper with sly humour and a freewheeling attitude to characterisation and coherency, Jordan is like a jazz master stamping his signature on familiar m
  • The Good Thief

    Director: Neil Jordan. UK-Fr-Ire. 2002. 108minsA loose-limbed, shaggy dog reworking of 1955 French crime classic Bob Le Flambeur, The Good Thief (previously known as Double Down) is writer-director Neil Jordan's most enjoyable and commercial feature for several years. Subverting the conventions of the heist caper with sly humour and a freewheeling attitude to characterisation and coherency, Jordan is like a jazz master stamping his signature on familiar m
  • The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train)

    Dir: Patrice Leconte. France. 2002. 90 mins.One of the real audience-pleasers in competition at this year's Venice festival, The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train) pairs veteran French actor Jean Rochefort with rocker Johnny Hallyday in a changing-places comedy drama that manages to be both quirky and moving. Although both leads, and director Patrice Leconte, have far greater currency in Francophone Europe than elsewhere, this small but perfectly-formed fable i
  • The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train)

    Dir: Patrice Leconte. France. 2002. 90 mins.One of the real audience-pleasers in competition at this year's Venice festival, The Man On The Train (L'Homme Du Train) pairs veteran French actor Jean Rochefort with rocker Johnny Hallyday in a changing-places comedy drama that manages to be both quirky and moving. Although both leads, and director Patrice Leconte, have far greater currency in Francophone Europe than elsewhere, this small but perfectly-formed fable i
  • The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama)

    Dir: Emilio Martinez Lazaro. 120mins. Spain. 2002.The makers of The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama) took a gamble with this modern musical comedy set to popular Spanish and Latin American rock n roll tunes. It paid off mightily in Spain, where the genre's originality, a magnetic young cast and great word-of-mouth have made Bed the year's top homegrown hit. There it has outperformed the likes of Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her (Habl
  • The Quiet American

    Director: Phillip Noyce. US-UK. 2002. 101minsThe fatal global consequences of blundering American naivety are brought into sharp focus by Phillip Noyce's elegantly understated adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. First published in 1955, Greene's spare, prophetic fiction told of America's misguided adventures in the politics of Indo-China through a love triangle between a cynical British journalist and an idealistic young American who are both infatuated with a beautiful Vi
  • The Quiet American

    Director: Phillip Noyce. US-UK. 2002. 101minsThe fatal global consequences of blundering American naivety are brought into sharp focus by Phillip Noyce's elegantly understated adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. First published in 1955, Greene's spare, prophetic fiction told of America's misguided adventures in the politics of Indo-China through a love triangle between a cynical British journalist and an idealistic young American who are both infatuated with a beautiful Vi
  • THINKFilm, Columbia TriStar strike three-picture US home video deal

    THINKFilm, the NorthAmerican distibution outfit which was launched at the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival last year, has entered into a three-picture home entertainmentdistribution deal with Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE). The first film on the slateis The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys starring and produced by Jodie Foster followed by BartFreundlich's World Travelerstarring Billy Crudup and Ismail Merchant's Mystic Masseur starring Om Puri and James
  • Tokyo film festival boosts international profile

    The 15th edition of the Tokyo international film festival, (Oct 26 to Nov 4) is to welcome high-profile Hollywood guests at the same time as increasing the number of Japanese films at the event. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, festival organisers have introduced a number of changes to the programme in order to increase the festival's international appeal. The event recently came under criticism for screening too many Hollywood films such as Shrek and Disney's Atl
  • Toronto Comment - Canada's Five Per Cent Solution

    Unless you're in "the industry," you probably don't read film trade magazines. Sure, you know about the weekly "Box Office Top 10" that runs in your newspaper's entertainment column, and that it currently lists such films as Signs and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.But you probably don't know the stats regarding Canadian films at the box office: there's no easy reference guide because, frankly, no one is eager to talk about it. The 10 highest-grossing films of the year in Cana
  • Toronto Comment - Collective Experience Is Everything

    There's nothing like watching a film in a theatre with an audience. It's an experience that stubbornly outstrips all competition - whether it be theme parks, DVD or VHS, computers or even TV. After Sept 11 last year, the theatrical box office boomed and continues to grow throughout the world. People want to go to the movies: that collectiveexperience is everything.Look, for example, at My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the sleeper hit of the year, which is proving as phenomenally succes
  • Toronto Comment - Oscar's Foreign-Language Race

    While we revel in the scope of international movies selected to screen at the Festival, a different kind of selection process is going on in over 50 countries around the world. The question: which film will represent that country in the race for the best foreign language film Academy Award'While the foreign-language Oscar might seem a marginal category in the Hollywood-centric telecast, it represents enormous prestige for the five nominated films in their home countries, and potentiall
  • Toronto Comment - Seoul Survivors

    Perhaps it will come as no great shock to learn that of all the commercial products that the US so successfully exports around the globe, only its film industry enjoys the dominant market share in virtually every country that has opened its doors to outside trade. What may be more surprising, however, are the names of the few countries that have managed to withstand this Hollywood hegemony - India and South Korea. In those two isolated hotspots, home-cooked cinema reigns supreme at the box of
  • Toronto Comment - September 11

    On the evening of Sept. 10, at about this time last year in Toronto, a filmmaker and his posse of producers and sales representatives could not have been more euphoric. Gregor Jordan's Eurobacked festival film, Buffalo Soldiers, had just secured a US distribution deal through Miramax Films and there was high-fiving talk of lucrative careers being launched. Twelve hours later, their world, like so many others', fell apart.Someone connected with the film was among those directly a
  • Toronto Comment - The Battle For Screens

    It is one the aggravating paradoxes of the cinema business that even as internationally flavoured film festivals keep growing in popularity in every corner of this globe, the films they show are finding it ever harder to secure a distribution toehold in even the most adventurous of commercial theatres. The entire economic model for releasing films has become so skewed in favour of mass-market entertainments, where success can be calibrated in sheer advertising dollars, that even confirmed fes
  • Toronto Comment - The British Are Screening!

    It is just 20 years since screenwriter Colin Welland held an Oscar aloft and famously declared: "The British are coming!" Chariots of Fire was the Oscar Cinderella story that year, Gandhi was waiting in the wings and filmmakers as diverse as Bill Forsyth and Peter Greenaway were about to leave their mark on a world stage.Sadly, the great British invasion never quite materialised in the way Welland had predicted and it was unrealistic to expect that it ever could. Britain'
  • Toronto mourns death of actress Katrin Cartlidge

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival was in a state of shock yesterday after learning of the suddendeath of Katrin Cartlidge, the talented British actress whose film rolesincluded such well-regarded European films as Topsy-Turvy, Before The Rain, Naked, Breaking The Waves and last year's Oscar-winning No Man'sLand. She was 41.Born in London, Cartlidgewas well-known and admired among the international and indie film communitythat frequents Toronto this time year.
  • Toronto mourns death of actress Katrin Cartlidge

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival was in a state of shock yesterday after learning of the suddendeath of Katrin Cartlidge, the talented British actress whose film rolesincluded such well-regarded European films as Topsy-Turvy, Before The Rain, Naked, Breaking The Waves and last year's Oscar-winning No Man'sLand. She was 41.Born in London, Cartlidgewas well-known and admired among the international and indie film communitythat frequents Toronto this time year.
  • Toronto: A Festival Of Quiet Americans

    Last year at Toronto, the events of September 11 pushed everything else into numbed insignificance. This year, the Festival offered a comforting sense of business as usual - Miramax and Lion's Gate cherrypicked the top titles, celebrity-spotting recaptured the front pages and the old, familiar debate resumed over whether the Festival had become the victim of its own success. The latter argument gained in piquancy when even the most influential media figures failed to secure access to crowded
  • UGC UK dives into Ozon's Swimming Pool

    UGC Films has picked up Francois Ozon's forthcoming Swimming Pool, marking its third buy since being formed earlier this year as the UK theatrical distribution arm of French exhibition giant UGC. International sales on the film are handled by Celluloid Dreams.The film, a drama starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier, is the second Ozon title handled by UGC, which grabbed his ensemble piece 8 Femmes at Berlin in February. 8 Femmes is set for release in the
  • UK rides risky business boom

    Anyone looking for the next Germany should consider the UK. A $2.5bn (£1.6 bn) avalanche of financing is pouring into the film sector as changes in last April's budget start to kick in. But tax financing is in such flux that, like Germany, the boom could suddenly turn sour.With TV titles recently barred from accessing production tax breaks, film producers are struggling to deliver enough product to feed investor demand.Financiers, having relied on TV for an estimated 70% of
  • UK's Granada Film axed

    Granada Film, the UK operation behind Ghost World, Bloody Sunday, The Gathering and Mira Nair's upcoming Vanity Fair adaptation, is being axed.The move means that none of the major ITV commercial broadcasters in the UK have a permanent film operation, despite announcements that the service would spend $155m (£100m) on UK production. The closure comes hard on the heels of Channel 4's scaling back of FilmFour.While the closure means the end of another source of
  • UK's Rebellion launches tax-based financing scheme

    UK games software company Rebellion has launched a tax-based scheme to finance feature adaptations of strips from 2000AD, the long-running UK comic book best known for lawman and cult icon Judge Dredd.The company aims to raise private investment through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), the tax-based initiative that Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen recently tried to access for Red Light Runners. The offering launches in September, giving Rebellion a year to use th
  • US rights to Denmark's Open Hearts go to Newmarket

    Susanne Bier's Danish drama Open Hearts has been picked up for US distribution by Bob Berney's Newmarket Films, marking the first straight acquisition for the company which is a division of Newmarket Capital Group. The film, sold by Trust Film Sales, was given a private screening at Cannes this year but had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and is in main competition at San Sebastian later this month.Made according to the Dogme rules which h
  • US rights to Denmark's Open Hearts go to Newmarket

    Susanne Bier's Danish drama Open Hearts has been picked up for US distribution by Bob Berney's Newmarket Films, marking the first straight acquisition for the company which is a division of Newmarket Capital Group. The film, sold by Trust Film Sales, was given a private screening at Cannes this year but had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and is in main competition at San Sebastian later this month.Made according to the Dogme rules which h
  • Valli to direct Tibet Project for German Friends

    French director Eric Valli, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his feature Himalaya in 2000, has been signed up by Munich-based production house Friends Production to direct the ethnological road movie The Tibet Project (working title).Based on a screenplay by Valli, the Canadian-based, Oscar-nominated Chinese screenwriter and director Wang Shui-Bo (Sunrise Over Tianamen Square) and Tibet expert Bruno Baumann, the Euros 6.55m project will be filmed at loca
  • Warner Bros. to supply films to CinemaNow internet service

    Warner Bros. has signed up to supply films to internet movie service CinemaNow. This is CinemaNow's first deal with a major studio and Warner's entry into web-based video-on-demand (VoD). Warner Bros. says that it will provide some new hits such as Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone and older, library titles like Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder for CinemaNow's normal, 24-hour access time until the end of this year. Prices will range from $3.99 for downloading a bl
  • Wild Bunch goes independent as Exception

    As anticipated, boutique sales house Wild Bunch has announced its separation from parent outfit StudioCanal. The new entity is set to be called Exception.To be run by Wild Bunch president Vincent Maraval along with former StudioCanal chief Brahim Chioua, (pictured) Exception will be 100% independent but will also continue to work with the films already on its slate which it had been fed via StudioCanal.Wild Bunch has been a strong presence on the international s
  • Works starts on new film studio for Cornwall

    Work is underway in St Agnes, Cornwall on the construction of a $9m (£5.76m) film studio complex, the first to be built in the South West of England.The studio is one of many currently in planning or construction stage throughout the UK - at least seven are thought to be currently at planning stage. One of these - a proposal by the Full Picture Company - is also in the South West. It is reportedly on the verge of submitting a planning application bid later in the year. The

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