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11 September 2003

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  • ...and behind the camera for InDigEnt

    Wim Wenders will direct the 12th, as yet untitled, project forInDigEnt, the digital video collective created by New York-based IFCProductions' Jonathan Sehring and Caroline Kaplan, producer-director GaryWinick and Cinetic Media's John Sloss.
  • 2003 festival winners list

    Venice 2003 - MainCompetition (Venice 60), feature filmsGolden LionTheReturn (Ozvrasnje) Dir: Andrej Zvjagintsev
  • A Good Lawyer's Wife

    Dir: Im Sang Soo. Korea. 104 mins. 2003As an examination of the sexual shenanigans of a bourgeois couple, A Good Lawyer's Wife is a polished domestic drama, rich in energetic sex scenes and frank dialogue. And it carries a gut-wrenching twist mid-way through. For Korean audiences the elements of social commentary - references to the Korean War, adoption and cross-generation cohesion - may have made this a rich mix and propelled it to an impressive 1.75 million admissio
  • American Pie: The Wedding has $7m weekend for Universal

    Universal's American Pie: The Wedding was the number two international film atthe weekend, grossing $7m from 2,069 sites in eight countries for a $56.6mrunning total.
  • Antidote plots Macbeth, Sarah

    Jeff Levy-Hinte and Mary Jane Skalski's New York productioncompany Antidote Films has unveiled two new projects: Todd Louiso's Macbeth, which is to star Philip Seymour Hoffman, and StevenShainberg's Sarah, based on J TLeroy's acclaimed debut novel about West Virginia lowlifes.
  • Award-winning Bosnian directors ready new English features

    Award-winning Bosnian directors Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) and Pjer Zalica (Fuse) are preparing English-language features as their next projects. Tanovic, who received the Foreign Language Oscar for No Man's Land last year, is preparing the spy love story Ship High In Transit for shooting from December in Morocco with Italian actress Monica Bellucci in the female lead.According to some sources, the expression "Ship High In Transit" and the acronym
  • BELGIUM

    Stephen Frears' critically acclaimed Dirty Pretty Things performed particularly well in the Belgian capital of Brussels over its five-day launch. The drama, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tautou and Sergi Lopez, placed sixth in the capital city with a $15,914 (Euro 14,434).In the country as a whole Dirty Pretty Things has claimed $45,334 including previews from just nine screens for a strong $5,037 average. The film tells the story of two illegal immigrants who find
  • Bright Young Things

    Dir: Stephen Fry. UK. 2003. 105 mins Actor, author, wit and incomparable awards host, Stephen Fry can now add auteur to his considerable list of achievements. The renaissance man of British entertainment, Fry has captured all the anxious, frazzled spirit of Evelyn Waugh's novel Vile Bodies in an exuberant directorial debut. A polished affair that unfolds to the sound of Noel Coward songs and the popping of champagne corks, this brittle, star-studded social satire will app
  • Bronfman: GE too big to beat

    General Electric was too big and powerful to overcome in the battle for the entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal, beaten suitor Edgar Bronfman said in his first interview since losing the auction."Look, they were GE. We weren't. GE is the most powerful company in the world. They decided they wanted this company. At the end of the day, they did what was necessary to get the Vivendi board to do the deal," Bronfman said in an interview on Fox News last night.But the Vivendi vi
  • BVI passes the $1bn mark in 2003 - already

    Buena Vista International (BVI) passed $1bn in internationaltickets sales at the weekend, the ninth consecutive time it has achieved thefeat - a record for any studio international arm.
  • Calendar Girls date with Odeon pays off

    Buena Vista International's Calendar Girls has put in a highly impressive performance since it opened last Wednesday (Sep 3) for an exclusive run at London's Odeon Leicester Square.The cinema, which boasts the biggest auditorium in the country able to seat nearly 2,000 people, saw receipts of $92,772 (£58,539) over the three-day weekend (Sep 5-7) from its single screen.Calendar Girls has earned $117,512 (£74,150) since Sep 3 and goes wide on 500 prints next weekend
  • Calendar Girls to open Dinard

    Calendar Girls, Nigel Cole's British film that has been garnering plaudits since it premiered in Locarno last month, is to open the 14th Festival Du Film Britannique de Dinard(October 2-5)The film, which stars Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, will kick-off the festival which is sponsored by the British Film Council and the Centre National de la Cinematographie.Although Dinard has yet to announce its Avant Premiere line up or jury members, Richard Jobson's 16 Years of Al
  • Carmichael, Gardini, Minghella made creative executives at Miramax

    Miramax Films has appointed Kelly Carmichael, Carla Gardini andHannah Minghella as creative executives while David Greenbaum and Eric Robinsonhave been promoted to directors of production and development.
  • Cobalt takes on sales for Bali - The Bombing Of Paradise

    UK based sales agent Cobalt Pictures is to handle international sales on Bali - The Bombing Of Paradise, a new feature about the November 2002 terrorist bombings on the Indonesian island.The film is the first production from UK-based New Concept Development and will be produced by Alain Gottesman, president of the company. Lance Sloane who recently produced the Warner Bros distributed Grind, co-produces.Script is by John Goldsmith, whose credits include Agnes Br
  • Code 46

    Dir: Michael Winterbottom. UK. 2003. 92 mins.The latest product to leave the non-stop assembly line of Michael Winterbottom and Revolution Films is that rarest of creatures, the all-British sci-fi movie. Code 46 is set in 'the near future', and its evocation of this desertified world, where genetic engineering and constant ID screening is part of everyday life, and where people talk in a kind of Anglo-Esperanto, is the most convincing thing about the film. Alas, visual
  • Cohn buys up Yellow Handkerchief remake rights

    Japan's Shochiku has sold remake rights for The Yellow Handkerchief, a well-remembered 1977 hit by Yoji Yamada, to veteran producer Arthur Cohn (Behind the Sun, Central Station). Cohn intends to start filming next year, for release in 2005. Cast and crew have yet to be announced. Based on a story by American writer Pete Hamill, The Yellow Handkerchief stars Ken Takakura as an ex-convict trying to start a new life on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island
  • Dali/Disney short among 15 selected for New York Film Festival

    Salvador Dali's mythical abandoned project for Walt Disney will beamong a series of 15 international shorts to screen at the 41st New York FilmFestival, which runs from Oct 3-19.
  • Deauville endures midweek quiet spell

    Following the presence of several big name stars over the weekend, the shores of Deauville are much quieter five days into the 29th annual Deauville Festival of American Film.Celebrities who made the trek to Normandy early in the festival included Harrison Ford, Roman Polanski, Tobey Maguire, John Cusack, Jason Biggs, Holly Hunter, Amanda Peet and director James Ivory. And in a return to form following a nearly party-less 2002, fest goers were treated to a Saturday night bash fo
  • DENMARK

    After a couple of uneventful weeks at the Danish box-office, Jannik Johansen's Stealing Rembrandt lived up to its high expectations and brought life back to the box-office.A solid if not quite spectacular 28,821 admissions on 67 prints, easily secured it the top spot in front of Dreamworks' Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas, which sold 21,181 tickets on 65 prints.Overall the weekend was still down some 38% from last year, but the local success, which received favour
  • Dickie leads moribund week at the box office

    The autumn season began with a whimper at the weekend asParamount's Dickie Roberts: Child Star opened top on $7m while Fox's The Order flopped in sixth place on $4.3m.
  • EFA unveils 2003 film awards shortlist

    Forty-three European films have made it onto the selection list for the European Film Awards 2003.Choosing from this list, the 1,600 members of the European Film Academy will, in the coming weeks, select the nominations in the different award categories. More than 360 films were submitted for the selection. The nomination procedure will be completed by the beginning of November. The winners will announced at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, December 6 at the Arena in Berlin.
  • Europa targets Japan with Vaillant world premiere

    Europa Corp. has announced the world premiere of Michel Vaillant which is set for November 8 at the Tokyo International Film Festival.The film is adapted from the comic books by Jean and Philippe Graton about a race car driver. The books have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Vaillant is the first producing effort from Europa co-founder Pierre-Ange Le Pogam who had long dreamed of doing such a project. Speaking to ScreenDaily.com during the final e
  • Exorcist prequel books into Cinecitta for major reshoot

    The Exorcist: The Beginning has booked in for a five to six week reshoot at Rome's Cinecitta Studios next month, following director Paul Schrader's sudden dismissal from the movie after an alleged conflict with his producers at Morgan Creek. Carol Andre-Smith, director of international marketing at Cinecitta confirmed that re-shoots on The Exorcist: The Beginning will begin in mid-October. However, while Schrader's triple Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittor
  • Festival means business: Miramax, Newmarket start the buying

    MiramaxFilms beat out all-comers to Takeshi Kitano's Venice prize winner Zatoichi yesterday, buying rights in the US, Latin America andAustralia in Toronto over the weekend from Celluloid Dreams.
  • Final Destination 2 up to $3.1m in Italy for Eagle

    New Line's Final Destination 2 raised its Italian running total to $3.1min its fourth weekend after a $252,827 four-day haul.Released through EaglePictures, the film dropped off 50% following a 44% screen count reduction. Ithas already taken 96% of the final gross of the 2
  • FINLAND

    The top of the Finnish chart saw little change this weekend with Buena Vista's Pirates Of The Caribbean staying ahead of stablemate Piglet's Big Movie and local comedy Pearls And Pigs (Helmia ja sikoja).While Perttu Leppaa's local film boasts a better screen average of 471 admissions than Piglet, and went up 5% from last weekend, the animated film's addition 8 prints secured it more admissions this weekend.New releases, Daddy Day Care an
  • Five Euro distribs form Indie Circle buying pool

    Five European distribution companies have pooled ther resources to create a jointly-owned film acquisition service. The pool, dubbed Indie Circle, will have its offices in Paris and be headed by Christophe Mercier (see Screen International Sept 05 edition for profile).The five distributors are A-Film from the Netherlands, Cineart (Belgium), Frenetic Films (Switzerland), Haut Et Court (France) and Lucky Red/EyeScreen (Italy).Mercier said: "Indie Circle is a highly innovative conc
  • Fox supplies easyCinema with first ever first-run film

    UK no-frills exhibitor easyCinema has struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to screen its first ever first-run film, Down With Love, starring Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger. Until now the company has been frustrated by its inability to secure first run titles from distributors in the UK. EasyCinema is owned by entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who told ScreenDaily.com that the Fox agreement for Down With Love was a one-off - although he hoped to secure oth
  • Fox turns searchlight on UK

    Creating the most potent UK-based, studio-backed outfit in London after Working Title Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures and UK National Lottery franchise DNA Films have finally unveiled their $50m joint venture to make British films over the next five years.The deal marks an ambitious bid to turn DNA into a longterm business: the joint venture will be owned 50/50 by Fox and its UK management including Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Ownership of films will be split 50-50. Fox will take
  • FRANCE

    Following what can only be termed a rotten summer for film-going in France, exhibitors are thrilled with the performance of Johnny Depp's Pirates Of The Carribbean, the first real summer blockbuster to show any legs. Also new this week and of note is Cannes competition film La Petite Lili. The Checkhov adaptation by Claude Miller boasts 2003's answer to Audrey Tautou, spitfire Ludivine Sagnier. Much as her bikini-clad nubile body laid out on the poster for another Cannes film, F
  • France names Bon Voyage its Oscar contender

    Jean-Paul Rappeneau's BonVoyage will be France's entry intothe Oscar race this year. The National Cinema Center announced Wednesday theselection of Rappeneau's film as its choice for a potential nomination by theAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.The film, produced by ARPSelection's Laurent and Michele Petin was released in France under Luc Besson'sEuropa Corp. banner and had been hotly tipped to be France's selection. Setduring World War Two the drama stars Isabelle Ad
  • French box office buoyed by August figures

    France's National Cinema Centre has released figures for August box office which add up to good news for the local industry. Following a rotten year for movie going, numbers were up in August by 5.2% compared with last year.August saw 14.1 million tickets sold making it one of the best months of 2003. Compared with 2002 the box-office has seen a drop almost every month.In all, box office is currently at 113 million tickets sold which reflects a drop of 7.5% on 2002.
  • GERMANY

    Distributor X-Verleih scored another local comedy hit this weekend with Learning To Lie (Liegen Lernen). Hendrik Handloegten's film, which tells the story of a West German man between 1982 and 1998 and his inability to forget his first love, sold 88,016 tickets over the weekend for third place and the second highest screen average of the week.Learning To Lie stars Susanne Bormann, Fabian Busch, Fritzi Haberlandt and Birgit Minichmayr. Meanwhile X-Verleih stablemate
  • Germany's Boll gets film rights to video game BloodRayne

    Fledgling German production company Boll KG has picked uptheatrical and merchandise rights to the popular video game BloodRayne from games developer and publisherMajesco.
  • Girl With A Pearl Earring

    Dir: Peter Webber. UK/Luxembourg. 2003. 95 mins Crafted with all the delicate judgement and fine brushstrokes of an Old Master, Girl With A Pearl Earring is an exquisitely understated period drama rich in atmosphere and emotion. A faithful adaptation of the Tracey Chevalier best-seller, this marks an auspicious feature debut from director Peter Webber that should find favour with discerning, upscale audiences all around the world. The strength of critical support and the
  • Girl With A Pearl Earring

    Dir: Peter Webber. UK/Luxembourg. 2003. 95 mins Crafted with all the delicate judgement and fine brushstrokes of an Old Master, Girl With A Pearl Earring is an exquisitely understated period drama rich in atmosphere and emotion. A faithful adaptation of the Tracey Chevalier best-seller, this marks an auspicious feature debut from director Peter Webber that should find favour with discerning, upscale audiences all around the world. The strength of critical support and the
  • Goal! scores as FIFA lends support

    International footballing body FIFA is to lend its support to Goal!, the ambitious football trilogy being put together by Pulp Fiction producer Lawrence Bender and Milkshake Films.Full details of the co-operative agreement between FIFA and the film's producers are set to be unveiled at a press conference on Thursday in Zurich, which will be attended by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.Bender and Goal!'s other producers - former media and sports industry executive
  • Goodmorning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte)

    Dir: Marco Bellocchio. Italy. 2003. 105 mins.Marco Bellocchio's passionate but controlled psychological study of Red Brigade terrorism is not the masterpiece that some Italian critics would claim; nor was Bellocchio 'robbed' of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice festival, which went to a better film, Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Return. But Buongiorno, Notte is still a compelling re-evocation of the anni di piombo (Years of Lead), between 1978 and 1980, when 91 'en
  • Goodmorning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte)

    Dir: Marco Bellocchio. Italy. 2003. 105 mins.Marco Bellocchio's passionate but controlled psychological study of Red Brigade terrorism is not the masterpiece that some Italian critics would claim; nor was Bellocchio 'robbed' of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice festival, which went to a better film, Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Return. But Buongiorno, Notte is still a compelling re-evocation of the anni di piombo (Years of Lead), between 1978 and 1980, when 91 'en
  • Gun-shy (Schussangst)

    Dir. Dito Tsintsadze. Germany. 2003. 105 min.Gun-shy is a slow-burning yet always engaging psychological thriller that plots a merciless course to its devastating but inevitable conclusion. A story of compulsion leavened by surreal elements - there is dark humour but no quirkiness for quirkiness' sake - it should find a place beside films like Gus Van Sant's Elephant in exploring the root causes of violence in youth. Theatrical prospects will hinge on critical s
  • Hebrew Hammer strikes US theatrical, TV deals

    New York-based CowboyPictures has acquired Jonathan Kesselman's "Jewxploitation" comedy TheHebrew Hammer for theatrical releasein select cities in mid-December to coincide with the Hannukkah holiday.The acquisition is relatedto a larger deal in which ContentFilm also sold North American broadcast rightsto Comedy Central, which will air The Hebrew Hammer for two weeks from Dec 8.The festival hit stars AdamGoldberg as an Orthodox stud who is called into action after
  • Herwitz signs on as consultant to Stern's Endgame

    Andrew Herwitz, president ofNew York-based The Film Sales Company, has signed on as independent consultantfor Jim Stern's production and financing outfit Endgame Entertainment.Herwitz will immediatelybegin scouting material for Endgame's development, co-production financing andacquisitions fund, structuring deals and advising on sales strategies."It is refreshing to workwith someone like Jim who has fantastic instincts and who is willing to pullthe trigger and make a decision,"
  • Hitler's film-maker Riefenstahl dies at 101

    Leni Riefenstahl, the German filmmaker who became a favourite of Adolf Hitler, has died at the age of 101, the mayor of the town where she lived said on Tuesday. Rainer Schnitzler told Agence France Presse that the legendary director and photographer had died late Monday at her home in the Bavarian town of Poecking. "Her heart just stopped beating," Riefenstahl's longtime companion Horst Kettner told the online edition of lifestyle magazine Bunte earlier on Tuesday. Riefe
  • HONG KONG

    Thanks to strong word-of-mouth, local comedy Dragon Loaded 2003 held on to the top spot for the second week in a row, beating off four openers - including US films Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Bad Boys II and Down With Love.The film's success has surprised the local industry as it doesn't feature major stars in the lead roles and marks the first producing effort of music industry veterans Paco Wong and Abba Chan. According to Wong, the film was devised as a vehi
  • Huelva festival unveils trio of tributes

    Bolivian director Jorge Ruiz, Argentine actress Norma Aleandro and Spanish actor Imanol Arias will be the recipients of three tributes planned for this year's 29th edition of the Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva (Nov 8-15).This November will mark new festival director Porfirio Enriquez's first edition since replacing Salvador Augustin in July.
  • Hugh Grant named 2003 Britannia Award winner by BAFTA/LA

    Hugh Grant is to receive BAFTA/LA's Stanley Kubrick BritanniaAward for Excellence in Film at the 12th Annual Britannia Awards in Los Angeleson Nov 8"We are pleased to behonouring Hugh Grant, who is an accomplished stage and screen actor both in theUK and the United States," BAFTA
  • HUNGARY

    A true winner at last weekend's Hungarian box office was local feature Happy Birthday! (Boldog Szuletesnapot!). The debut film from local director Csaba Fazekas (pictured), it tells the story of a young man who turns 30, and realizes he doesn't have a wife, a house, a car, children and has never made love to two women at the same time. He therefore decides to get it all on his birthday. If good word of mouth spreads to help Happy Birthday!, which opened on just 12
  • ICELAND

    Despite dropping 40% from its premiere weekend, the third installment of the American Pie-series, American Pie: The Wedding, managed to stay on top of the Icelandic chart in front of new releases The Italian Job and Daddy Day Care. Other than that there was little change at the top, where Disney's two hits Piglet's Big Movie and Pirates Of The Caribbean on fourth and fifth spots. Freddy Vs Jason dropped a significant 58% from last week, but sti
  • In The Cut

    Dir: Jane Campion. US/Fr. 2003. 113 mins.Describing Jane Campion's latest opus In The Cut as a serial killer thriller is as simplistic as calling The Piano a coming-of-age story. Yes, the skeleton of the film is a genre thriller about a woman caught among a string of suspects in a brutal murder spree in lower Manhattan, but what makes this chiller so compelling is the flesh which Campion has crafted on it. Boasting a career-boosting performance by Meg Ryan who f
  • In The Cut

    Dir: Jane Campion. US/Fr. 2003. 113 mins.Describing Jane Campion's latest opus In The Cut as a serial killer thriller is as simplistic as calling The Piano a coming-of-age story. Yes, the skeleton of the film is a genre thriller about a woman caught among a string of suspects in a brutal murder spree in lower Manhattan, but what makes this chiller so compelling is the flesh which Campion has crafted on it. Boasting a career-boosting performance by Meg Ryan who f
  • In The Cut review

    Dir: Jane Campion. US/Fr. 2003. 113 mins.Describing Jane Campion's latest opus In The Cut as a serial killer thriller is as simplistic as calling The Piano a coming-of-age story. Yes, the skeleton of the film is a genre thriller about a woman caught among a string of suspects in a brutal murder spree in lower Manhattan, but what makes this chiller so compelling is the flesh which Campion has crafted on it. Boasting a career-boosting performance by Meg Ryan who f
  • Italian BO jumps 8 per cent

    The Italian box office grossed Euros 307,701,166 in the first eight months of this year, marking a rise of 7.79% compared to the same period last year, according to national film body Anica. According to Cinetel, which monitors around 75% of screens in the country, admissions between January and August rose 5.8% to 51,607,414, Anica said. Significantly, the number of days of programming rose an impressive 15%, while new cinemas continued to be be built at a healthy rate:
  • Italian BO up 8%

    Italy's state-owned ditribution outfit, Istituto Luce, has bought local distribution rights to Babak Payami's hard-laboured Upstream title, Silence Between Two Thoughts, which the director managed to smuggle out of Iran after local authorities had confiscated his 35mm film.'My film's negative was confiscated by Iranian authorities, and it was a hard and stressful to prepare a new special version,' said Payami, whose film screened in Venice on a digital beta tape.Silenc
  • Italisaucguisd

    Italy's state-owned ditribution outfit, Istituto Luce, has bought local distribution rights to Babak Payami's hard-laboured Upstream title, Silence Between Two Thoughts, which the director managed to smuggle out of Iran after local authorities had confiscated his 35mm film.'My film's negative was confiscated by Iranian authorities, and it was a hard and stressful to prepare a new special version,' said Payami, whose film screened in Venice on a digital beta tape.Silenc
  • ITALY

    Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl stormed the Italian box office, grossing an enormous $5.8m (Euro 5.241m) five days after its Italian premiere, making it the biggest opening ever in the territory for its distributor BVI.Days after the movie's star, Johnny Depp's widely publicized trip to the Venice Film Festival to promote Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Pirates Of The Caribbean opened on 531 screens. Pirates has already
  • JAPAN

    Boosted by its warm reception at the Venice Film Festival, Takeshi Kitano's samurai swashbuckler Zatoichi soared to $4.3m (¥500m) on its opening weekend in Japan - the strongest local start for any of Kitano's 11 films. Awarded the Open 2003 Mimmo Rotella Foundation prize midway through the festival, Kitano found his face in all the local papers just as Zatoichi opened on September 6 in the Shochiku chain, on a total of 221 screens. The result was standing-room-only
  • Jeunet's Long Engagement gets French approval

    France's National Cinema Centre (CNC) has given provisional approval for A Very Long Engagement - the Warner Bros France backed film by Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet - to qualify for access to French state funding. However, the approval does come with some caveats. The $50 million film is set to be produced by a new company, 2003 Productions, created by Warner Bros France president Francis Boespflug and owned 32% by Warner Bros. Since the project was an
  • Jon Fitzgerald creates consulting and services operation for indie film-makers

    Festival veteran JonFitzgerald has launched Right Angle Studios, an integrated and technologicallysavvy one-stop shop offering consulting, production and distribution servicesfor independent film-makers.The venture will be linkedto a website offering online resources and links with the aim of providing aguide through the choppy and often overcrowded festival circuit waters."In the first stage therewill be an emphasis on supporting film-makers and their festival anddistribution s
  • Kordon takes top prize at Montreal, Gaz Bar Blues second

    Goran Markovic's intense drama Kordon from Serbia/Montenegro won the top prize- the Grand prix des Ameriques - at the Montreal World Film Festival on Sundaynight. Set in Belgrade in 1997, the film follows a police patrol on its roundsaround the city which is swept up in a sea of unrest and public
  • Korean pair crank up Cannes targeted films

    Two of Korea's leading directors - Im Kwon-taek and Hong Sang-soo - start production this week on new features aimed squarely at next year's Cannes festival.Veteran director Im Kwon-taek's 99th film Haryu-Insaeng, the story of a young man who gets caught up in gang life in 1960s Korea, began shooting on Sept 7. Im's two previous films Chihwaseon (2002) and Chunhyang (2000) both screened in competition at Cannes, with Chihwaseon named co-winner of the Best Di
  • Kosse to depart Momentum for Universal

    Momentum Pictures managing director David Kosse is set to join Universal to head up its international marketing and distribution.Based in London, Kosse will help manage Universal's relationship with its international distributor, UIP. It is understood that Kosse will take a seat on the UIP board. Kosse has spent more that three years at Momentum, the UK division of Canada's Alliance Atlantis.
  • LA launches new horror/sci-fi fest with world premiere of Monster Man

    The world premiere ofLions Gate's Monster Man and theWest Coast premiere of Beyond Re-Animator are among the highlights of the inaugural ManiaFest sci-fi, fantasy andhorror festival, which runs in Santa Monica from Sept 18-21.The four-day event features classic scre
  • Liegen Lergen opens at three for Warner in Germany

    Warner Bros Pictures International opened Hendrik Handloegten'slocal language production Liegen Lernen at number three in Germany at the weekend, grossing anestimated $555,674 (Euros 507,544) and 88,000 admissions from 137 prints.
  • LXG is number one in Spain, Hong Kong for Fox

    Fox International's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) raised its international running totalto $14.6m at the weekend, thanks to number one bows in Spain and Hong Kong.
  • Macdonald, Spence reteam to run Palm Springs Film Festival

    The board of the Palm Springs International Film Festival hasnamed former Seattle InternationalFilm Festival mainstays Darryl Macdonald and Carl Spence as executive directorand director of programming respectively.The appointees arrive withthe full endorsement of the festival boa
  • Marrakech announces line up

    Takeshi Kitano Zatoochi, Mira Nair's Hysterical Blindness, Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent and Gotam Ghose's In The Forest'Again are among the films competing for the Golden Star (Etoile d'Or) at this year's Marrakech Film Festival (October 3-8).German director Volker Schloendorff (The Handmaiden's Tale, War And Peace) will led the feature film jury, aided and abetted by Spanish actor Miguel Bose, Canadian actress Pascale Bussieres, Kiwi actress Kerr
  • Marrakesh

    The Marrakesh International Film Festival will run from October 3 to 8 this year with German director Volker Schlondorff presiding over the feature film jury. Jeremy Irons will head up the short film jury.This is the third go round for Marrakesh which has been gaining momentum throughout its run. Very popular with the French industry, the festival will be presided over by French actress Nathalie Baye and will present 73 works, whether feature, premiere, hommage or short.The late Danie
  • Menemsha takes festival premieres Weeping Camel, What The Eye...

    Menemsha Entertainment's world sales division has acquiredworldwide rights to Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's drama The Story OfThe Weeping Camel andFrancisco Lombardi's Peruvian thriller What the Eye Doesn't See (excluding Peruvian rights).Both films will pre
  • Menemsha takes Weeping Camel, What The Eye...

    Menemsha Entertainment's world sales division has acquiredworldwide rights to Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's drama The Story OfThe Weeping Camel andFrancisco Lombardi's Peruvian thriller What the Eye Doesn't See (excluding Peruvian rights).Both films will pre
  • Mexico's Mandoki returns for two

    Mexican director Luis Mandoki is returning to his native country to shoot two films back to back. Mandoki, who has directed the likes of Kevin Costner, Jennifer Lopez and Meg Ryan, will first shoot a drama based on a true story, Casa De Carton, by first time Salvadorean writer Oscar Torres. The drama is based on Torres' experience in the mid 80s in war-torn El Salvador when he was about to turn 12 and be recruited by the government forces. His dilemma comes when he has to choose
  • Miercourt moves from Myriad to Miramax as svp

    David Miercort has joined Miramax Films as senior vice presidentof acquisitions and business affairs.Based
  • Mongrel gets Canadian rights to My Architect

    Mongrel Media has acquiredall Canadian rights to Nathaniel Kahn's feature length documentary MyArchitect which is the story of theillegitimate son of famed architect Louis I Kahn as he searches the world foranswers to his father's mysterious life.Kahn, who died bankrupt andalone in Pennsylvania Station in 1974, is considered by many one of the mostimportant architects of the 20th century. The documentary featuresFrank Gehry, IM Pei and Philip Johnson talking about his artistic l
  • Mudge wins $1m deal at Toronto in Chrysler Million Dollar Film Fest

    Film-maker Andrew Mudge haswon a $1m production deal to develop his feature project The P T JohansenField Guide To North American Monstersas first prize in the 2003 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival.Mudge beat off more than 700contestants in the competition, which began in January and progressed to amentored short film challenge involving the Chrysler brand that culminated in afeature pitch at the recent awards ceremony in Toronto.Mudge will now set aboutdeveloping hi
  • Mummy star returns to South Africa for Forgiveness

    The Mummy star Arnold Vosloo is to return to his native South Africa to star in Forgiveness, which is written by prolific scribe Greg Latter (Mr. Bones) and to be directed by acclaimed commercials director Ian Gabriel.The film is the second to come out of South Africa's Dv8 initiative, which is developing and producing 12 digital features over the next three years and is backed by leading South African institutions.The casting coup marks the return of Vosloo
  • NETHERLANDS

    David Mackenzie's acclaimed beat adaptation Young Adam received its world box office debut this week in The Netherlands.Launching for independent distributor Three Lines Pictures, the smallest of the territory's distributors, the film got off to an inauspicious start over its four-day opening. However the 12 screen release had already taken $18,024 (Euro 16,348) from previews - more than the weekend take. The next territory to receive the drama is its homeland of the UK on Sep 2
  • NEW ZEALAND

    BVI's animated hit Finding Nemo spent its second week at the top of the New Zealand chart this week despite only opening on Sep 4. The Pixar film managed to take the top spot the previous weekend (Aug 28-31) off previews alone. This week's official launch saw it gross more over the weekend than the rest of the top 20 put together.At seven UIP scored a hit with Steven Shainberg's Secretary. The black comedy, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festiv
  • NORTH AMERICA

    With no over-achieving new blockbusters to contend with, it was a good time for the smaller independent films to go out a little wider last weekend. Fox Searchlight's acclaimed teen drama Thirteen expanded by 38 into 108 sites and climbed one place to 21st on $624,611 for $1.9m in its third week. Manhattan Pictures' likeable Alan Rudolph drama The Secret Lives Of Dentists expanded by 22 to 181, climbing one to 24th and dropping 30% in its sixth week on $443,716 for $2.7m.
  • NORWAY

    Hollywood blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl was joined at the top of the chart by BVI stablemate Piglet's Big Movie in Norway. This pushed the two local crowd-pleasers, Buddy and United to third and fourth spot on the chart. Both local romantic comedies fell a mere 20% from last week, with Buddy retaining a strong screen average of 466 admissions and passing United with 83,770 admissions after two weeks compared to
  • Out Of Time

    Dir: Carl Franklin. US. 2003. 114 mins. This lightweight sub-noir thriller from director Carl Franklin is not merely implausible, it is preposterous. A star vehicle for Denzel Washington, who was reportedly paid $20m for his efforts, the film just about gets by on his megastar screen presence but stretches the limits of belief to the maximum. Box office results will be soft; although the Florida Keys setting is attractive, there is little fresh to mark it out in the marketplace do
  • Phantom Of The Opera sets Pinewood date

    The Phantom Of The Opera, thought to be the largest independently-financed UK production ever, starts shooting on Monday at Pinewood Studios.The adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is to shoot for 16 weeks under director Joel Schumacher. Gerard Butler, the 33 year-old Scottish actor from Tomb Raider 2 and Richard Donner's Timeline, plays The Phantom, while 17 year-old New York opera singer Emmy Rossum, whose screen credits include The Audrey Hepburn Stor
  • Piggies hopes to fly with Little Bird

    UK production company Little Bird has optioned teen horror novel Piggies as the first title under its recently-launched teen film arm.The book by Nick Gifford follows a youngster who is transported to a parallel world inhabited by vampires. Nahrein Mirza, who heads Little Bird's teen arm, is teaming up on the project with Lizzie Francke, who oversees the company's horror label, the Ministry Of Fear.Little Bird launched the teen arm with support from National Lottery admin
  • Pirates makes away with $38.5m in stunning weekend for BVI

    Pirates Of The Caribbean was the runaway international champion at the weekend as itgrossed $38.5m to raise its running total to $189.9 for Buena VistaInternational (BVI).
  • Plum teams up with Madstone to find new talent

    Plum Pictures, the fledglingproduction company founded by Galt Niederhoffer, Celine Rattray and DanielaSoto-Taplin, has teamed up with New York-based integrated entertainment outfitMadstone to uncover talent and projects for the latter's Directors Programme.Plum will relocate toMadstone's corporate offices in Manhattan as part of the move and will work onthe Directors Programme in tandem with separate projects of its own.Madstone's co-chiefexecutive officer and co-founder Tom Gr
  • Polanski in Oscar rendezvous at Deauville

    The Deauville Festival of American Film kicked off on Friday night under stormy skies with at least one star shining bright. Harrison Ford, who's become something of a regular in the Normandy town having presented his films here for the past twenty years, came to jump-start the festival with his latest film Hollywood Homicide by Ron Shelton.In a ceremony preceding the screening, Ford was made an honorary citizen of Deauville and quipped that he might now run for mayor sin
  • Polanski readies Oliver Twist adaptation

    A Roman Polanski adaptation of Oliver Twist may sound odd, but the film's producer Robert Benmussa insists 'a family film' like this 'will really suit him'.News emerged this week that Polanski is teaming up again with the makers of The Pianist for an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.Oscar winning Polanski and producing team Alain Sarde and Robert Benmussa are putting together a script, casting and financing for the big budget period piece which should shoo
  • Rappeneau romance gets Oscar nod

    Veteran directorJean-Paul Rappeneau's Bon Voyage has been selected as France's contender for the foreign-languageOscar. Thefilm, which stars Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen, Yvan Attal,Gregori Derangere andGerard Depardieu, is a romantic drama set against the period when France
  • Revolver turns to Sayles' Casa

    John Sayles' drama Casa De Los Babys has been picked up for Italian release by new distributor Revolver.The film, which plays in Venice's Controcorrente or Upstream section, tells the different life stories of six American women holed up in a South American motel while they await the bureaucratic processes necessary for them to adopt newborn babies.Casa De Los Babys boasts an all star cast including Maggie Gyllenhall, Daryl Hanna, Mary Steenbergen, Susan Lynch, Mar
  • Rome plays host to cloistered screening of Gibson's Passion

    Special projects require special tactics. And there can be few films requiring such an approach as Mel Gibson's $25m religious tract The Passion.Gibson's company Icon Entertainment and ICM, the Catholic activist superstar's agent, are carefully selecting distributors for what it already knows is inflammatory and difficult material. On the eve of the Venice film festival a private screening was held in Rome, home of the Roman Catholic church, for a hand-picked group of lea
  • Saddest Music, Rosenstrasse find US homes

    US distributors picked uptwo more international titles at the Toronto International Film Festival. IFCFilms has picked up all US rights on Canadian Guy Maddin's raucous comedy TheSaddest Music In The World,following the film's North American premiere at the event. Samuel Goldwyn Filmshas taken US rights on Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse, a true story of the Aryan wives of Jewish husbandswho stood up against the Nazi regime. Like Saddest Music, it premiered at
  • Scott prepares to embark on Crusades epic

    Gladiator director Sir Ridley Scott has confirmed that his next project will be the historical epic The Crusades.Speaking in London on Sept 9 after a BAFTA screening of his latest film Matchstick Men, Scott said he planned to begin filming early next year in Spain and North Africa.Despite the sensitive subject matter of The Crusades, Scott appears keen to press on with the project which he has been developing for several years. It is understood that t
  • Screen West Midlands to host EAVE event

    Regional UK media support agency Screen West Midlands is to host the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs' (EAVE) International Producer Graduation event in Birmingham from September 18-24.The event gathers producers from across Europe to pitch their ideas to international film and TV executives and is the third and final session of EAVE's yearly training course for film and television producers. The event is structured around six days of workshops and networking opportunities. Am
  • SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

    Daddy Day Care remained unbeatable in its fourth week at the Serbia and Montenegro box office, having sold another 8,601 admissions to gross a total of $95,000 (SD 5.6m) for distributor Tuck. This week's new competitors, the same distributor's Hollywood Homicide and Pro Vision's Taxi 3 failed to unseat the family comedy, although they had only the prolonged opening weekend from Thursday to build figures compared to the Eddie Murphy title's full week.The French acti
  • Shattered Glass

    Dir: Billy Ray. US. 2003. 99 mins.An utterly absorbing dramatisation of contemporary true events, Shattered Glass is a welcome reminder of the serious-minded venture that was once more prevalent in mainstream American cinema. A modern morality tale that reflects the clash between ambition and integrity, it recalls the kind of 1970s films made by Sidney Lumet, Alan Pakula or Sydney Pollack. Strong performances and thought-provoking subject matter should generate sol
  • Sky Movies renews output deal with UK's Entertainment

    UK indie Entertainment Film Distiributors has renewed its pay-TV output deal with satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).All of Entertainment's UK releases, including New Line films, will air on Sky. The contract secures the UK TV premieres for such blockbusters as Austin Powers 3, Lord of the Rings 2 & 3, Gangs Of New York, Blade 2, About Schmidt, Ripley's Game and Freddy vs. Jason. The deal ws brokered by Sky's head of movie acquisitions Lisa Macd
  • Slamdance 2004 to expand films, add screening rooms

    More films, new and improved screening rooms and a new jury formatare on the cards at the 10th Slamdance Film Festival, which will take placefrom Jan 17-24 2004 in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Sony warns against movie piracy

    Sony vice chairman and the chief of its entertainment operations Sir Howard Stringer today warned of the growing threat of online movie piracy from broadband-connected homes, as the entertainment giant announced plans for its own legal online music service.Speaking to Sony dealers in Paris, Sir Howard said that more than 50 new movies had been stolen and made available on the internet before their official release dates, in the first six months of this year alone. He also said t
  • Spacey's Sea heads up Element X debut slate

    Beyond The Sea, Kevin Spacey's story of legendary crooner Bobby Darin, is amongst the titles on the debut slate of Element X, the London-based international sales company set up by former FilmFour executives Janine Gold and Natalie Brenner.Principal photography on the Anglo-German co-production starts in October in Europe. The film will be distributed in the US by Lions Gate and in the UK by Entertainment Film Distributors.The production, originally set up with MDP Worldw
  • SPAIN

    Fox's Sean Connery-starrer The League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen did extraodinarily well in its opening weekend in Spain, its first major European territory. The success could bode well for future openings on the continent, which continue with a 95 print launch in The Netherlands this weekend.Pirates Of The Caribbean held steady in its fourth weekend and has now built a cumulative gross of Euro 16.5m, making it the year's third highest grosser in Spain after local hit M
  • SPAIN Production Listings - Sept 9 2003

    SPAIN - September 9PRE PRODUCTIONFerpect Crime (Crimen Ferpecto)(Panico Films, Sogecine) Comedy. The tale of a not so perfect crime committed in a well known department store. Dir: Alex de la Iglesia. Scr: Alex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechevarria. Main cast: Guillermo Toledo. Shooting from November 4 in Spain. Spanish.Contact: Sogecine (34) 91 736 7489Out To Sea (Mar Adentro)(Sogecine, Himenoptero) Drama. Adapted from the real life sto
  • SPC, UA, Newmarket take hot festival titles

    Day six of the TorontoInternational Film Festival saw three films close domestic deals. Sony PicturesClassics bought North American rights to Kim Ki-Duk's Korean drama SpringSummer Fall Winter...And Spring,United Artists bought North American rights to Jim Jarmusch's Coffee AndCigarettes and Newmarket Films madeits second buy of the festival, sealing US rights to Anders Thomas Jensen'sDanish comedy The Green Butchers.SPC, which last week boughtFerzan Optek's Fac
  • Suite Habana, Open Range bookend 51st San Sebastian

    Cuban-Spanish co-production Suite Habana and Kevin Costner's Open Range will open and close, respectively, the 51st edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27).Open Range will screen out of competition. James Ivory's Le Divorce will inaugurate the parallel Zabaltegi section, closing with Zhang Yimou's Hero.The festival also unveiled its official jury, which will be presided over by Chazz Palminteri and include director
  • SWEDEN

    Pirates Of The Caribbean refused to give leave from the top spot in Sweden leaving new Hollywood releases Piglet's Big Movie and American Pie: The Wedding to take up positions behind it.This resulted in local hit Miffo slipping to fourth place but it still fared better than the new local release, Lisa Ohlin's romantic comedy Seeking Temporary Wife, about a man who desperately wants to have a child. The co-production between Illusion Film and Sonet Fil
  • The Company

    Dir. Robert Altman. US-Germany. 2003. 112mins.A feast for balletomanes, but with very little else to offer the rest of the audience, Robert Altman's new film may be a splendid promo reel for Chicago's Joffrey Ballet Company. But do not expect anything like his brilliant forays into American music in Nashville, or American cinema in The Player, which went beyond the confines of their respective themes to deliver fascinating insights into the American e
  • The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)

    Dir. Andrei Zvygatinsev. Russia, 2003. 105 min.This intimate, almost metaphysical study of rebellion against parental authority does everything a Hollywood picture doesn't. Not only because it is refreshing to see, for a change, that adolescence does not relate only to sexual glands, but also because it takes a considerable risk leaving, on purpose, much of what would be taken as essential information unsaid - and if that isn't enough, refusing to deliver a complaisant ending
  • The Saddest Music In The World

    Dir. Guy Maddin. Canada. 2003. 99 min.Canadian auteur Guy Maddin is considered by many an unheralded cinematic genius. The Saddest Music In The World will change that at home: Canadian audiences will give this raucous comedy the art-house welcome it richly deserves. Abroad, it will test the ingenuity of international buyers seeking to position this rare bird. To say this is Maddin's most commercially-viable film isn't saying much, given that it's shot almost entirely i
  • Toronto means business: Miramax, Newmarket start the buying

    MiramaxFilms beat out all-comers to Takeshi Kitano's Venice prize winner Zatoichi yesterday, buying rights in the US, Latin America andAustralia in Toronto over the weekend from Celluloid Dreams.
  • Toronto: Saddest Music, Rosenstrasse find US homes

    US distributors picked uptwo more international titles at the Toronto International Film Festival. IFCFilms has picked up all US rights on Canadian Guy Maddin's raucous comedy TheSaddest Music In The World,following the film's North American premiere at the event. Samuel Goldwyn Filmshas taken US rights on Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse, a true story of the Aryan wives of Jewish husbandswho stood up against the Nazi regime. Like Saddest Music, it premiered at
  • Toronto: SPC, UA, Newmarket take hot festival titles

    Day six of the TorontoInternational Film Festival saw three films close domestic deals. Sony PicturesClassics bought North American rights to Kim Ki-Duk's Korean drama SpringSummer Fall Winter...And Spring,United Artists bought North American rights to Jim Jarmusch's Coffee AndCigarettes and Newmarket Films madeits second buy of the festival, sealing US rights to Anders Thomas Jensen'sDanish comedy The Green Butchers.SPC, which last week boughtFerzan Optek's Fac
  • UK Film Council unveils£50m film training overhaul

    A £50m overhaul of UK training, including the creation of a string of film schools across the country for creative and business skills, was launched on Sept 10 by support body the UK Film Council and training agency Skillset.The annual package of £10 million for at least the next five years is aimed at attracting Britain's brightest and best into a career in the film industry. As ScreenDaily.com reported last month, education secretary Charles Clarke said that the scheme
  • UK skills fund tops£2m

    The Skills Investment Fund, the UK fund for training made up of contributions from local productions, has topped £2 million.Dan Films' The Republic Of Love became the 149th feature to contribute to the fund, which was launched at the end of 1999 to address skills gaps and shortages within the UK film industry.Feature productions based in the UK or made with UK public funding contribute 0.5% of their production budget to the fund, which is ploughed back into industry train
  • UK/IRELAND

    Buena Vista International's Calendar Girls saw a stunning platform debut at the weekend in an exclusive run at London's Odeon Leicester Square. The cinema boasts the biggest auditorium in the country, able to seat nearly 2,000 people, and brought in $117,512 (£74,150) since the film's launch on Wednesday September 3. Calendar Girls goes wide on 500 prints next weekend.In Ireland local hit Intermission claimed the top spot from American Pie: The Wedding after jumpin
  • UK's Skills Investment Fund may become obligatory

    The Skills Investment Fund, the UK fund for training made up of voluntary contributions from local productions, may become obligatory under plans being discussed with the Government.Stewart Till, who is deputy chairman of support body the UK Film Council and training agency Skillset, which administers the fund, told Screendaily that some 30% of productions were not contributing to the fund, which recently topped £2 million. Plans to make the fund obligatory come as the council and Skil
  • Underworld

    Dir: Len Wiseman. US-UK-Germany-Hungary. 2003. 121 mins.A laughable exercise in Gothic gloom and pulpy horror movie cliches, Underworld is strictly for genre fans. The potential novelty of an age old blood feud between vampires and werewolves quickly fades in a film that sticks rigidly to the tried and trusted elements of gore, mindless action and surprisingly quaint special-effects. The commercial trajectory should be equally predictable as a decent opening weeken
  • Venice 2003 festival winners list

    Venice 2003 - MainCompetition (Venice 60), feature filmsGolden LionTheReturn (Ozvrasnje) Dir: Andrej Zvjagintsev
  • Venice Critics' Week winner scores first foreign sale

    Dutch distributor Cinemien has snapped up Benelux distribution rights to Salvatore Mereu's Ballo A Tre Passi, following International Week of Film Critics win at Venice.International sales are being handled by Lucky Red, Andrea Occhipinti's Rome outfit which also produced the Sardinian director's debut feature with Gianluca Arcopinto's Pablo Distribuzione. Lucky Red will distribute the film in Italy.Occhipinti said there is also strong interest for the film from Franc
  • Venice festival is classy Toronto prequel

    The main competition jury managed to shirkoff local pressure and pre-release publicity for Marco Bellocchio'slocal favourite Buongiorno, Notte and indoing so proved wrong detractors who have warned that Venice is becoming parochial. Alerted to a lesserprize than the Golden Lion, Bellocchio returned to Rome to work off his anger.It would not have been a scandal had Bellocchio won, ashe deliver
  • Venice festival sees Return to form

    The main competition jury managed to shirkoff local pressure and pre-release publicity for Marco Bellocchio'slocal favourite Buongiorno, Notte and indoing so proved wrong detractors who have warned that Venice is becoming parochial. Alerted to a lesserprize than the Golden Lion, Bellocchio returned to Rome to work off his anger.It would not have been a scandal had Bellocchio won, ashe deliver
  • Venice festival shakes off some of its detractors

    The main competition jury managed to shirkoff local pressure and pre-release publicity for Marco Bellocchio'slocal favourite Buongiorno, Notte and indoing so proved wrong detractors who have warned that Venice is becoming parochial. Alerted to a lesserprize than the Golden Lion, Bellocchio returned
  • Venice festival winners list

    Venice 2003 - MainCompetition (Venice 60), feature filmsGolden LionTheReturn (Ozvrasnje) Dir: Andrej Zvjagintsev
  • Vivendi mulls sale of UGC cinema stake

    Vivendi Universal, the French group that earlier this week agreed to merge with NBC to create a $40bn media colossus, is understood to be planning to sell half of its stake in the UGC cinema circuit. A consortium of minority shareholders brought to the table by the Verrechia family, looks set to clinch the deal. Guy Verrechia is currently president of UGC while the family has the majority of board seats.Vivendi currently owns 55.3% of UGC but under the new deal it will shift som
  • Vivendi Universal sells Nordic pay-TV unit

    Vivendi Universal has struck a deal to sell Canal Plus Television AB, its pay-TV unit in the Nordic region, to a consortium of equity firms for about 70 million euros. Vivendi said the transaction would cut debt at its Canal Plus Group unit by a net amount of Euros 54m. The deal follows the sale last year of Canal's 50 percent stake in Nordic satellite platform Canal Digital for Euros 290m.The consortium buying the Nordic unit is composed of Baker Capital and Nordic Capital.
  • Wenders back on the road...

    Wim Wenders has won back control of Road Movies, the production outfit he sold to the now insolvent German media group Das Werk.Wenders and Peter Schwartzkopff, his partner in a new venture set up last year, Reverse Angle Production, have secured ownership of Road Movies Factory and will rename it Reverse Angle Factory.The new company will be managed by Schwartzkopff and producer Ute Schneider and continue to focus on feature film and television projects from up-and-coming talen
  • You Don't Have To Say You Love starts shooting

    UK production outfit Samuelson Productions, tax-driven First Choice Films, distributor Momentum Pictures and tax-based financier Isle of Man Film are starting shooting on comedy drama You Don't Have To Say You Love Me this week.The story of a group of twenty-something friends desperately resisting the inevitable - adulthood and responsibility - stars Dougray Scott, Jimi Mistry, Emilia Fox, Shaun Parkes and Billie Piper (The Calcium Kid, The Canterbury Tales).

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