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11 September 2006

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  • A Good Year

    Dir: Ridley Scott. U.S. 2006. 118mins.Ridley Scott's A Good Year, whichre-teams the director with Russell Crowe, should have been an easily likeableand amiable romantic comedy, adapted from the same-name novel by Peter Mayle, who has had a huge following since his 1989 memoir A Year In Provence.But this tale of a harr
  • A-Film looking for Dirk De Lille's replacement

    DirkDe Lille has left leading independent Benelux distributor A-Film for"personal reasons." His departure was confirmed yesterday in Venice by A-Film CEO Pim Hermeling.Itis yet to be announced who will replace De Lille. "Sofar, I haven't decided," Hermeling said. He addedthat he was not looking for a new director but for someone "who will be incharge of TV and new media but also helping me out with a
  • Alatriste

    Dir. Agustin Diaz Yanes. Sp-US-Fr 2006. 145mins.At first glance, big budget Hispanic feature Alatriste wouldseem destined for something of a critical fall, directed as it is by alittle-tested film-maker (at least in the way of epics) from several novels andfeaturing an English-language star speaking Spanish. But Agustin Diaz Yanes's $30.8m feature has much to recommend it, as ArturoPerez Reverte's swashbuckling 17th-century me
  • All The King's Men

    Dir: Steven Zaillian. US. 2006. 125mins.The queasy compromises of love, loyalty and bareknuckle politics are at the heart of a handsome, star-studded new version ofthe Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All The King's Men. The celebrated 1949 adaptation of theRobert Warren Penn epic is probably best remembered for Broderick Crawford's Oscar-winningperformance as the sweaty, blustering Southern demagogue inspired by Huey
  • Amazon kicks off US download service with every studio but Disney

    Amazon has launched its US download service Amazon Unbox, whichwill offer features, television and video games from more than 30 studios.
  • Ang Lee's Lust, Caution starts shooting in Malaysia

    Ang Lee's wartime spythriller Lust, Caution started shooting this week in the Malaysian city of Ipoh, well-known for its pre-war architecture. Adapted from a novella bythe late Chinese author Eileen Chang, the Chinese-language picture is about agroup of patriotic students who plot to assassinate an intelligence chief,played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai, during the Second World War in Shanghai.
  • Artificial Eye gets UK rights to latest from Alain Resnais

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has picked up UK rights to Alain Resnais' Private Fears In Public Places, which premiered in competition in Venice and will also play in Toronto.The French-Italian co-production stars Lambert Wilson, Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier, Laura Morante, Pierre Arditi and Isabelle Carre. Bruno Pesery produced the production from Aoudaine Production, Arena Films and France 2 Cinema.The veteran French film-maker adapted the story from an Alan Ayckbourn
  • Arts Council, Film Council launch Single Shot programme

    The Arts Council England and the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund have launched Single Shot, a multi-platform touringprogramme of moving image projects. Single Shot will commission film and video projects - based on theconcept of a single unedited shot - by established artists and new talents.
  • Asif Kapadia to start True North shoot in Denmark

    Shootingis set to commence in Norway next week on Asif Kapadia's new feature TrueNorth. StarringMichelle Yeoh, Sean Bean and newcomer Michelle Crusiec,True North will be sold internationally byFrench label Celluloid Dreams.
  • Australia submits Ten Canoes for foreign Oscar

    TheAustralian Film Commission has selected Rolf de Heerand Peter Djigirr's Ten Canoes as the country's submission for the Best ForeignLanguage Oscar.De Heer wrote the film in collaboration with the people of Ramingining, a community of Yolngupeople in Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.The project is the first feature to be shot entirely in an Australian Aboriginallanguage, Ganalbingu. Ten Canoes stars Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard B
  • Australian Film Commission's script lab chooses eight projects

    Director Fred Schepisi will be one of the mentors at SP*RK, theAustralian Film Commission's script lab, and eight projects have been chosen toparticipate.They include An Imaginary Life, an adaptation ofDavid Malouf's novel of the same name being producedby Penny Chapman, a former head of drama at national broadcaster the ABC, and Seeds, a sci-fi psychological dramabeing produced by Catriona Hughes, a former chiefexecutive of Film Finance Corporation
  • Barab named to run Bauer Martinez's Lucky 50 Productions

    Martin Barab has been appointed president of Bauer MartinezStudios' production arm Lucky 50 Productions.
  • Bavaria Film International picks up Brazilian Fish Dreams

    Bavaria Film Internationalhas taken worldwide rights on Kirill Mikhanovsky's Fish Dreams (Sonhos De Peixe) about the struggles of daily life in a remoteBrazilian village.The Unison Films productionscreened in Critics Week at Cannes and features a mostly untrained cast ofactors with the exception of Phellipe Haagensen from City Of God.Bavaria will be offering thepicture to buyers here in an attempt to jump-start overseas sales. Head ofsales Thorsten Ritter ne
  • Bavaria on board for restoration of Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Bavaria Media has teamed upwith The Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation torestore Fassbinder's classic 14-part TV opus Berlin Alexanderplatz,which first aired on ARD in 1980.The project's originaldirector of photography Xaver Schwarzenbergerand the production manager of the series Dieter Minx are supervising therestoration with Juliane Lorenz, Fassbinder'seditor and the president of the Foundation.They are digitally restoringthe more than 900 minutes of 16mm footage.
  • Beirut Film Festival makes plans for October event

    Despite last month's war in Lebanon, the organisers of the seventh Beirut InternationalFilm Festival have confirmed that their event will be going ahead from Oct 4-11.A range of international titles have already been invited including Mark Dornford-May's Son OfMan, Jafar Panahi's Offside, Cannes hit Paris Je T'Aime,and Pedro Almodovar's Volver.The competition will be forfilms
  • Berlinale plans shorts, childrens changes in 2007

    The Berlinale has announced two structural innovations for itsnext edition which will be held from Feb 8-18, 2007.Thefestival's Kinderfilmfest/14plus section will held in future under the name ofGeneration, with the two competitions renamed as Generation Kplusand Generation 14p
  • Beta takes on sales for German hit Hui Buh

    BetaCinema has taken on the international sales for Sebastian Niemann'sfamily entertainment film Hui Buh, which has been seen by 1.8m cinema-goers since Constantin Film released it in Germany in earlyJuly.The story about the lovable, bumbling castle
  • Bobby

    Dir/scr: Emilio Estevez. US.2006. 119mins.Actor-director Emilio Estevez makes a convincing return to featuredirection with Bobby, an all-starchoral drama set in Los Angeles' Hotel Ambassador on the day Democraticcandidate Robert Kennedy was assassinated there. True, it is not one of those auteur
  • Bobby's Estevez grateful for Weinstein support

    It was hats off to Harvey time at yesterday's Venice press conference for Bobby as director Emilio Estevez and star Lindsay Lohan both paidtribute to Harvey Weinstein, the head of The Weinstein Company (which will bereleasing Bobby in the US.) "Bobby Kennedy stood for thelittle guy and the underdog. Per
  • Borat

    Dir: Larry Charles. US.2006. 82mins.A hand grenade lobbed towards the American heartland,mockumentary Borat explodes with intermittently uproarious results. Fansof Sacha Baron Cohen's enthusiastic Kazakhstanreporter and his television escapades will not be disappointed by a featuredebut filled with caustic encounters and razor-sharp
  • Brand producers line up quartet

    Seattle-basedThe Film Company (TFC), producers of Guy Maddin's Brand Upon The Brain!, has linedup four feature projects to further its artist-driven slate.Firstup is The Part I Love The Best from Seattle artist Megan Murphy, set to shootin October. Next, Bosnian filmmakerVesna Ljubic will head
  • Brand Upon The Brain

    Dir: Guy Maddin. US-Can. 2006. 97mins.Arguably the first true silent movie produced ineight decades, Guy Maddin's Brand Upon The Brain premiered in Toronto with a liveorchestra, in-house sound effects artists, a singer and narrator providing apure cinematic full monty. And though there areobvious challenges in recreating such a singular event, this
  • Brit pics Grace, Queen bookend Heartland Film Festival

    The US premiere of MichaelApted's slavery abolition drama Amazing Grace starring Ioan Gruffudd, and Stephen Frears' TheQueen starring Helen Mirren bookendthe 2006 Heartland Film Festival.The festival, which is setto run from Oct 19-27 in Indianapolis, will also present the world premiere ofthe CGI animated children's feature Air Buddies.Festival organisers havedoubled the prize money for the Best Dramatic Feature Grand Prize winner to$100
  • Bruce Weber plots Robert Mitchum documentary

    Bruce Weber, in Toronto, tosupport a Dialogues screening of his 1988 documentary Let's Get Lost, has announced that his next project will definitelybe his long-cherished Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast: A Portrait OfRobert Mitchum.Described by Weber as a'musical documentary,' the project is a profile of Hollywood's original badboy, Mitchum. Approximately twohours in length, the portrait will be primarily in black and white withoccasional color footage and an abundance
  • Bruce Weber to start Robert Mitchum documentary

    Bruce Weber, in Toronto tosupport a Dialogues screening of his 1988 documentary Let's Get Lost, has announced that his next project will definitelybe his long-cherished Nice Girls Don'tStay For Breakfast: A Portrait Of Robert Mitchum.Described by Weber as a"musical documentary," the project is a profile of Hollywood's original bad boy. Approximately two hours inlength, the portrait of Mitchum will be primaril
  • Cars passes billion dollar Pirates on international track

    Buena Vista International had a lot to celebrate thisweekend, as Cars took over pole position at the international box officeand previous leader Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest passedthe $1bn worldwide gross milestone. A powerful opening in Germany helped Cars gross anestimated $9m from 3,900 screens in 34 countries over the weekend, bringing thefilm's running international total to $183.3m. Dead Man's Chest, which had been the internationa
  • Catch A Fire

    Dir: Phillip Noyce. UK-S Afr-US. 2006. 98minsThe desperate struggles against the apartheid regimein South Africa have inspired a distinguished body of cinema that stretches from Cry Freedom (1987) to Red Dust (2004). Phillip Noyce's Catch A Fire tells of Patrick Chamussoand his journey from acquiescent model citizen to radicalisedfreedom fighter with the African National Congress (ANC). While based on a truestory and re
  • Chechik to direct Pornographer's Poem for House Of Films, Fondry

    Jeremiah Chechik, directorof Benny And Joon, TheAvengers and Diabolique, hassigned on to direct The Pornographer's Poem through Bill House's House Of Films and Daniel Ironsof Fondry Films, co-producer of Sarah Polley's TIFF Gala Away From Her. Karen Walton is adapting thescreenplay from the book by Michael Turner, a story of a young man who getsinto the porn business in a big way. Justin Chatwin (War Of The Worlds, TheChumscrubber) is in the le
  • China bans Summer Palace director for five years

    Following months ofspeculation, Chinese authorities have finally made a statement aboutcontroversial Cannes competition entry Summer Palace, banning both the directorLou Ye and producer Nai An from making films in China for five years. According to the Beijing-basedLegal Mirror newspaper, the filmmaking duo has been banned for submitting thefilm to Cannes without approval from the State Administration forRadio, Film and Television (SAR
  • Cirrus jumpstarts racer drama Nitro

    CirrusCommunications, the Montreal-based production company behind last year's smash C.R.A.Z.Y., has begun production on its nextfilm, the $6.4m action romance Nitro.Directedby hot Quebec TV director Alain Desrochers from a screenplay by BenoitGuichard, the film takes its lead from the high-oc
  • CMG goes wide with Treatment

    EdwardNoeltner's Los Angeles-based Cinema Management Group has concludedmulti-territory sales on comedy The Treatment, starring Famke Janssen and IanHolm.Rightshave sold to Russia (JRC Group), Greece (Village Roadshow), Poland (MonolithFilms), the Czech and Slovak Republics (Bonton Films), the former
  • CMG picks up international rights to Greenwald's Iraq For Sale

    Edward Noeltner's CinemaManagement Group has picked up international rights to Robert Greenwald'sdocumentary Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers.Greenwald's latest volleyexposes the culture of corporate greed that has permeated US reconstructionprogrammes in Iraq and looks at how political and economic forces have impactedthe lives of citizens in the country.Noeltner will commence saleshere on the Brave New Films production and said he planned to show a
  • Construction finally begins on Toronto Film Studio

    Construction has begun onToronto Film Studio's long-delayed mega-studio project. The first phase, to becompleted by 2008, includes a 45,000 square-foot,clear-span "mega-stage" TFS claims will be world's largest purpose-builtsoundstage, as well as six other sound stages. "Thisstage will attract blockbuster feature films costing $100m or more, like SpidermanIII or Die Hard IV," said TFS president Ken Ferguson in a statement.Such large-scale productions typically by-pass Tor
  • ContentFilm completes acquisition of UAV and Allumination

    ContentFilm has completed its previously announced acquisition ofcertain assets of UAV Corporation and UAV Holdings and AlluminationFilmWorks LLC. The company now wholly owns a significantUS DVD distribution operation. Also, the company has added KerryMcCluggage to its board of directors. McCluggage was recently appointed executive chairman of Allumination, which he ran with Jeff Sagansky.He is a veteran of Universal and
  • Dead Man's Chest ready to plunder $1bn

    Pirates Of The Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest will join an eliteclub when it crosses $1bn at the global box office this weekend and may evenreach the milestone today [8].Disney's blockbuster has amassed $998.5m worldwide and currently ranks as theseventh biggest international release of all time through Buena VistaInternational (BVI) on $584.1m.It will overtake The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers' $584.5m mark today to become the sixth biggestoverseas picture in hi
  • Dry Season (Daratt)

    Dir/scr: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Fr-Bel-Chad-Aust. 2006. 95mins.The third feature from Mahamat-SalehHaroun, the director of Bye Bye Africa (at Venice in 1999) and Abouna (which wasat Cannes in 2002), is a pared-back revenge tale with a twist, set against thebackground of the long trail of civil and ethnic strife in Haroun'snative Chad.One of four films on TheLido this year to be co-produced by Peter Sellars'Mozart-the
  • Eli Roth joins cast of Tarantino's Death Proof

    Quentin Tarantino has cast Hostel director Eli Roth, Michael Bacall and newcomer Omar Doom in Death Proof, his half of the Grindhouse horrordouble-bill he is preparing with Robert Rodriguez.Death Proofstars Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Bell and is currently shooting in Austin, Texas.Rodriguez' contribution Planet Terror recently completed filmin
  • Encounters to host Ken Russell and Frank Cottrell Boyce

    The UK short film festival Encounters (now incorporatingprevious events Brief Encounters and Animated Encounters) will run as anexpanded six-day festival from Nov 21-26 in Bristol.More than 300 new shortfilms will screen from 30 countries. High-profile guests to the 12th festival atBristol's Watershed will include di
  • Euphoria (Ejforija)

    Dir: Ivan Vyrypaev. Russia.2006. 73mins.A brief, spare but intense love story, Euphoria is a ferocious and downbeatwork from debut Russian film-maker Ivan Vyrypaev, whomay have over-reached himself with its poetical effusions, but who displaysenough promise to watch for the future.Gloriously shot, withjudicious and often surprisingly effective choice of camera angles, it paresdown the classical love triangle to its essential
  • European Film Awards picks longlist of 49 films

    The European Film Academy has announced the 49 European films on the selectionlist for the 2006 European Film Awards. EFA members in 20countries have voted one national film into the selection list, and then theEFA board and experts add further films to the list. The Academy's 1700members will select films in various categories, and the nominati
  • Exiled (Fangzhu)

    Dir: Johnnie To. HK. 2006.100mins.Less concerned than ever to tell an actual story, and more interested in exploring the possibilities ofcinematic language, Johnnie To's latest gang war epicis probably his most eccentric foray yet into the genre. Paying tribute toWesterns of every kind, particularly the spaghetti variety, Exiled sees To brieflyleave Hong Kong underworld elections and move to nearby Macau in 1998,
  • Falling

    Dir/scr: Barbara Albert.Austria. 2006. 85mins.An ensemble piece exploring the existential crisises of five thirtysomething women,Barbara Albert's Falling plays like acoded conversation between its writer/director and her female cast to which therest of us are not privy. A secretive film-maker who likes her audiences to digaround and supply the details suggested by her images, Albert may have gone toofar this time, never providing eno
  • Feature planned based on life of rocker Carole Pope

    Jan Nathansonof straight edge films and Andrew Boutilier of SubmissionFilms have teamed to acquire the rights to produce a feature based on the lifeand times of Canadian rock icon Carole Pope. Based on Pope's 2001autobiography Anti-Diva, the filmexplores the outrageous life of the openly lesbian Canadian singer and hercareer in the band Rough Trade which she formed with partner Kevan Staples. The film will also delve into the music andart scene in the Qu
  • Fido

    Dir: Andrew Currie. Can. 2006. 91mins.A boy's best friend is his zombie in Fido, areasonably inventive comic film that plays out like a fusion of Shaun Of The Deadand Pleasantville. Andrew Currie'sfeature has enough charm and smart moves to sustain what is essentially aone-joke premise, but its hybrid nature could make it difficult to positioncommercially, with gore elements that are too modest for s
  • Fido

    Dir: Andrew Currie. Can. 2006. 91mins.A boy's best friend is his zombie in Fido, areasonably inventive comic film that plays out like a fusion of Shaun Of The Deadand Pleasantville. Andrew Currie'sfeature has enough charm and smart moves to sustain what is essentially aone-joke premise, but its hybrid nature could make it difficult to positioncommercially, with gore elements that are too modest for scary movie regulars
  • Film Movement buys three from Match Factory including Madeinusa

    Film Movement has picked up Claudia Llosa's Spain-Peru drama Madeinusa, Mani Haghighi's Iranian comedy MenAt Work, and Geraldo Olivares'Spain-Germany drama The Great Match.Madeinusa centreson a stranger's encounter with an innocent
  • FilmFour promotes Carlton to senior commissioning editor

    FilmFour has promoted Peter Carlton, head of FilmFour Lab, to senior commissioning editor for FilmFour. Carlton now has increased commissioning responsibility andwill work closely with FilmFour head Tessa Ross to commissionprojects and executive produce films at a variety of budget levels. Despite movingaway from the "Lab" tag, Carlton will continue to be responsible for n
  • First Toronto weekend set for big US deals

    As North American buyers flooded into Toronto yesterday, the firstweekend of Toronto offered some enticing prospects, namely modern-day fairytale Penelope whichscreens on Friday night and teen horror picture All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and Tarsem Singh's The Fall tomorrow night.
  • For Your Consideration

    Dir: Christopher Guest. US.2006. 86mins.The finest comedy stems from painfully truthful,accurate reflections of real life. That may explain why Christopher Guest'ssharply observed ensemble comedies have become such surefire guarantees ofhilarity. For Your Consideration isno exception as it captures all the inanity and indignity of the Hollywood Oscar s
  • Former Disney executive Jongmans joins PHEI as vp of EMEA licensing

    Former Buena Vista Home Entertainment International executive OnnoJongmans has joined Paramount Home Entertainment International (PHEI) as vicepresident of Europe, Middle East and Africa Licensing.
  • French TV sales up 2.7% to $192.5m in 2005

    French TV exports continuedto rise in 2005 according to a study by film board theCNC and TV France International, the country's TV exportorganisation.At TV France International'sannual Rendez Vous held inSt Tropez this week, organizers announced that for 2005 sales totalled $192.5m(Euros 150.8m) for a 2.7% increase over last year.The US has become the leading ex
  • Freston ousted as Viacom CEO after 26 years at the company

    Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone made his second decisive move intwo weeks as chief executive officer Tom Freston was ousted from the company yesterdayafter more than 25 years of service.
  • George Romero starts pre-production on Diary Of The Dead

    George A Romero and producing partner Peter Grunwald have begun pre-production on the iconic filmmaker's latest zombie tale, Diary Of The Dead. Romero/Grunwald Productions is producing and financing the under-$10m project with Los Angeles-based Artfire Films and will commence production in Toronto on Oct 11.The story centres on a group of student filmmakers who find themselves in the midst of a zombie attack and will be told from multiple subjective points of view.
  • Golden Door (Nuovomondo)

    Dir/scr: Emanuele Crialese. Fr-It. 2006. 118mins.A moving but unsentimental film of mythic resonance aboutthe early years of mass Italian immigration to the United States, The Golden Door consecrates Sicilian directorEmanuele Crialese as a film-makerof global significance after his promising earlier features, Once We Were Strangers (1997) and Respiro (2002). Turningthe sea passage from the old to the
  • Gordon Green, Dunaway among No Borders projects at IFP Market

    New work from David Gordon Green and Faye Dunaway's featuredirectorial debut are among the highlights of the No Borders International Co-production market at the upcoming 28th Annual IFPMarket in New York.Hot on the heels of the Toronto International FilmFestival, the yearly even
  • Gruberg joins MGM as senior vp, media operations, from DreamWorks

    Amy Gruberg has joined MGM as senior vice president of media operationsfollowing a ten-year stint overseeing media operations at DreamWorks.
  • Hammer & Tongs wraps Son of Rambow

    Shooting has wrapped on Son Of Rambow, the latest film from the UK film-making team of Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith, better known as Hammer & Tongs (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy).The film is being sold in Toronto by Celluloid Dreams and was executive produced by Hengameh Panahi and Christian Baute of Celluloid Dreams Productions.Nick Goldsmith produced the coming-of-age story set in the early 1980s. Style Jam pre-bought the film for Japan and Senator f
  • Hana

    Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Jap. 2006. 127mins.Rambling, overlong and at times even messy, Hana isnevertheless a delightful surprise from well known Japanese director Hirokazu Kor-Eda. Alwaysidentified in the past with slow, reflective, sad pieces such as Maborosi and philosophicalreflections on human existence like Afterlife- not to mention the heartbreaking NobodyKnows, one of the most moving an
  • Holland Film Meeting selects 21 projects for pitches

    The 19thHolland Film Meeting, held Sept 29-Oct 1 during the Netherlands Film Festival,will present 21 feature film projects this year as part of the NetherlandsProduction Platform.The eightDutch and 13 European feature will be pitched to apanel of international producers and financiers. The Dutch films are eligiblefor a prize
  • Hong Kong set to lose only arthouse cinema

    Hong Kong's only dedicated arthouse cinema, the Cine-ArtHouse, is facing closure as its owner Sil-Metropole Organisation is havingdifficulty renewing the lease.The two-screen cinema, locatedat the Sun Hung Kai Centre in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island, programmes mainland Chinese, foreign-language and other kinds of arthouse and specialist cinema. It has recently given long a
  • IFC gets North American rights to Requiem

    IFC Entertainment has picked up North American rights toHans-Christian Schmid's exorcism tale Requiem, the true story that inspiredlast year's release The Exorcism Of Emily Rose.IFC will open the picture through its multi-platformlabel First Take on Oct 20 following its North American premiere here in the ContemporaryWorld Cinema section.The film premiered at Berlin
  • IFC takes North America on ...So Goes The Nation

    IFC Entertainment has picked up North American rights to thepolitical documentary ...So Goes The Nation, which receives its world premiere in Toronto. The film isdirected by Endgame Entertainment founder James Stern and Adam Del Deo.
  • IMAX, Cinearte sign for IMAX cinema in Sao Paolo multiplex

    IMAX Corp and Brazilian exhibitor Circuito Cinearte have signed anagreement that will see an IMAX cinema as part of a 10-screen mulitplex in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2007. The deal is IMAX'ssecond in Brazil. In all there will be 29 IMAX theatres in Latin America by2008. The new cinema will be capable of showing Hollywood blockbusters as wellas IMAX original product
  • Inland Empire

    Dir/scr: David Lynch. US-Fr-Pol. 2006. 189mins.Around 10 minutes into INLAND EMPIRE, David Lynch's baffling new cinematic mindgame,a guy with the head of a rabbit drones: "I do not think it will be much longernow". Wrong, bunny: it will be another two hours and 50 minutes of improvisedplotting, rumbling sound effects and blurry digital camerawork before the finalcredits roll.Lynch's latest, which he spent two-and-a-half years fil
  • Japan wakes up to Sleep

    Fortissimo Films has logged its first major deal on the New Crowned Hope project I Don't Want To Sleep Alone. Playing in Toronto, the Tsai Ming-liang drama competed at Venice and has been picked up for Japan by Prenom H. The deal was concluded at Venice between Shinohara Hiroko and Fortissimo's co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht; previously, Prenom H has handled Tsai Ming-liang titles Wayward Cloud, Vive L'Amour, The Hole and Goodbye Dragon Inn. I Don't Want
  • Japanese industrial giant buys into Comic Book Movies

    Japanese conglomerate Itochu has bought a 10% stake in Hollywood-basedComic Book Movies (CBM).The investment, for an undisclosed sum, gives CBM access to theJapanese market through Itochu's licensing and distribution network, includingits Family Mart chain of convenience stores. Itochu will also promote CBM movies released in Japan and assist withglobal promotion.Itochu in turn will get exclusive distribution
  • Jaume Balaguero finds The Certain Lady with Filmax

    Spanish horror specialist Jaume Balaguero, fresh from the Venice screening of his newest film To Let, is preparing his next feature, The Certain Lady, for producer Filmax.The film is based on thenovel La Dama Numero Trece by Jose CarlosSomoza about a poetry lover haunted by a nightmare of a parallel world wherethirteen muses control humankind's destiny.Balaguero has described the novel in interv
  • Jia's Still Life added to Venice competition

    Chinese director JiaZhangke's Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) has been added to thecompetition section of this year's Venice International Film Festival, whichwraps on Saturday.Shot in the village of Fengjie on the Yangtze River, the film is set in the very near future when thevillage has been submerged by the Three Gorges Dam and a new district, set tospring up in the s
  • Jia's Still Life is surprise winner of Venice's Golden Lion

    Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) byChinese film-maker Jia Zhangkewon the Golden Lion for best film at the 63rd Venice Film Festival.The film had been thesurprise inclusion in Venice'scompetition, only announced earlier this week. Still Life is about how ordinary villagers' lives will be impactedby the Three Gorges Dam project. The festival's Silver Lionfor best director went to Alain Resnais' Private Fear
  • Jia's Still Life is surprise winner of Venice's Golden Lion

    Still Life (Sanxia Haoren), thelast-minute competition entry by cult Chinese director JiaZhangke, was the surprise winner of the Golden Lionfor Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. Added to the list of 21 competitionfilms halfway through the 12-day Italian festival, Zhangke'sfifth feature, with a slow pace and near absence of plot that alienated manycritics, is set against the background of China's co
  • Jim Harvey joins Element Films as VP of sales

    Element Films International,the sales arm of Sam Nazarian's Los Angeles-basedElement Films, has hired Jim Harvey as vice president of sales. Harvey arrives from Myriad Pictures and will reportdirectly to Element Films International chief John Fremes.Since 2002 he has served as executive director of sales and distribution atMyriad Pictures, where he handled theatrical and television sales and was afrequent attendee at the k
  • KOCH Lorber picks up domestic rights to Chabrol's Comedy Of Power

    New York-based KOCH Lorber Films has picked up domestic rightsfrom Wild Bunch to Claude Chabrol's thriller A Comedy Of Power (L'Ivresse Du Pouvoir).
  • Lionsgate closes worldwide sales on Toronto premiere Fido

    Lionsgate has closed worldwide sales on Andrew Currie's comedyhorror Fido, whichstars Billy Connolly as a pet zombie and gets its world premiere here as theopening night of the Canada First! Programme. Carrie-Anne Moss and Tim BlakeNelson also star.
  • Little Film Company picks up Toronto doc Blindsight

    Robbie and Ellen Little's Little Film Company has picked upworldwide sales on the adventure documentary Blindsight, which will get its world premiere inthe Real To Reel section at Toronto.
  • Luc Besson says he will stop directing after Arthur

    Unveiling the names of the French actors who willvoice the lead roles in his upcoming Arthur And TheMinimoys, Luc Bessonconfirmed Monday morning that the film will be his last as director.Arguably one of the best known and most successfulfilm-makers to come from Francein the past 20 years, Besson made the statements on aradio talk show aired on the RTL network.Arthur is Besson's ten
  • Maja Dyekaer Giese joins Trust Film Sales as CEO

    Maja Dyekaer Giese has been appointed CEO ofDenmark-based Trust Film Sales.Giese had been head of distribution andmarketing at the Danish Film Institute and previously worked as head of theatricaldistribution at Scanbox Entertainment. She will attend the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival with the Trust team, working on films including Susanne Bier's After The Wedding, JesperGanslandt's Falkenberg Farewell,Anders Morgenthaler's Princes
  • Marcoly promoted to president, sales & distribution, at BVI

    Followingthe promotion of Mark Zoradi to president of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group,Anthony Marcoly has been named president, sales and distribution, at BuenaVista International.
  • Maundy Thursday set for April release in Japan

    Korea's Prime Entertainment has announced that Song Hae-sung's Maundy Thursday will be released by AmuseEntertainment in Japan in April 2007.Amuse was an investor in the$4.2m film which revolves around the relationship between a man on death rowfor committing three murders and a woman who has attempted three times to killherself. The
  • Memento signs up Jia's Venice winner

    Paris-basedsales agent Memento Films has moved to sign up Venice Golden Lion winner StillLife, directed byChina's Jia Zhangke.Mementohas also come on board Jia's documentary East (Dong), which played in Venice's Horizonssection.
  • Metrodome gets UK rights to Days Of Glory (Indigenes)

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired full UK rights for DaysOf Glory (Indigenes)from Films Distribution, following on The Weinstein Company's US deal. Rachid Bouchareb's feature isabout French Algerian fighters during WWII. The North African ensemble cast,including Roschdy Zem, Samy Naceri, SamyBouajila and Jamel Debbouze, collectively won the Best Actor Prize at the 2006Cannes Film Festiva
  • Metrodome works with Moodysson for Container installation

    UK distributor Metrodome will launch Lukas Moodysson's new film Containerat London's ICA tied in with a unique art installation. The installation, Inside The Head Of Lukas Moodysson: The Container Crypt, will have threeseparate screens playing the film, at different in
  • Metropolitan Opera to transmit live performances to US, Europe theatres

    New York's MetropolitanOpera has announced plans to transmit high-defintion live performances of itsproductions to cinemas in North America and Europe. The multi-media initiative,which also encompasses webcasts, HD television and radio, will tap the growingnetwork of HD projection cinemas in circuits including National CineMedia (aventure of AMC Entertainment, Cinemark USA and Regal Entertainment Group) inthe US, Cineplex Entertainment in Canada and Odeon/UCI in the UK and Europe.The M
  • MGM revamps TV distribution unit, announces five new sequels

    MGM is revamping its worldwide television distribution operation,naming Jim Packer as president. Packer, who has been at MGM fo six years, willreport to MGM chief operating officer Rick Sands and will be in charge of TVdistribution including US barter sales and syndication as well as emergingforms of pro
  • MGM swoops on Rescue Dawn

    MGM has bought North American rights on Werner Herzog's VietnamPOW drama Rescue Dawn,in advance of its world premiere in the Masters section here in Toronto today.It's an unusual move for MGM to acquire a picture since itre-emerged under the guidance of chief operating off
  • MTV Films Europe on board for Bunny Chow

    MTVFilms Europe (MTVFE) has boarded John Barker's South African comedy Bunny Chow as a co-producer, will assistsales outfit Deviant Selling in world sales and will provide a global marketingplatform for the film in the territories it is released in.Thefilm has its world premiere here on Monday in Vanguard and its press andindustry screening on Sunday.Thefilm follows the trials, tribulations and unsuccessful attempts at love ofthree stand-up comedians as they make their wa
  • Mueller says Venice needs bigger theatres and more buyers

    Venice Festival directorMarco Mueller has again repeated his calls for the festival to "solve itsinfrastructural problems" and ramp up its industry facilities. "We need biggertheatres," Mueller told as this year's festival heads into itsclosing weekend. "We need the capacity of those theatres to be bigger. We needthe autonomous sidebar sections to play in a totally different theatre so wehave more space for our screenings. We need a few smaller market and industryscreen
  • Newton & Leo comes Perfect Circle

    Vancouver-based Perfect Circle Productions has completedfinancing on Jesse Rosensweet's $5m stop-action animated feature Newton AndLeo. Rosensweet's The Stone Follywon the Jury Prize for best animated shortat Cannes in 2002. Described as a 'fairytale-gone-wrong', the story follows Thomas Galileo Newton, an inventor struggling to invent a cure for his son, Leo, whose body hosts an electric current that makes him literally untouchable. The story is by George Toles, a collab
  • NGF comes aboard God Grew Tired Of Us

    National GeographicFilms (NGF) has taken a partnership stake in Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker'sSundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner God Grew Tired Of Us.The company will provide finishing funds ahead of the North American releasethrough Newmarket Films and will integrate its programme resources, audienceoutreach and multiple media platforms into th
  • NPA to add new training for directors and scriptwriters

    The UK's NewProducers Alliance has launched new training schemes for directing and scriptdevelopment. The group already runs a similar "9 point" training programme for producers. Courses run from September to Juneeach monthly.The first panel for producers will be about"The Role of The Producer" with Gayle Griffiths, Phil Hunt and M. Martell. Thefirst directing panel is "Development For Directors"with Ed
  • Nu Image wraps Bulgarian shoot for Day Of The Dead

    Director Steve Miner haswrapped production on zombie thriller DayOf The Dead, a new interpretation of George Romero's1985 horror classic, after six weeks of shooting in and around Sofia. The production usedfacilities of Nu Image's BoyanaStudios in the Bulgarian capital and other sets and locations around thecountry, including Ilientzi, where Brian De Palma shotThe Black Dahlia. The film stars Mena Suva
  • Odeon and Sky pact for UK distribution joint venture

    Europe's leading exhibitor Odeon and pay TV company Sky have announced a new collaboration, Odeon andSky Filmworks, which will act as a UK distributor, signing titles directly from film-makers.The joint venture will offerfilms in cinemas, through VOD and DVD, and on television. Initially, Filmworksplans to release six films per yea
  • Optimum buys UK rights to GreeneStreet's Tennis Coach

    Optimum Releasing has picked up UK rights from GreeneStreet FilmsInternational (GSFI) to the upcoming comedy Gary The Tennis Coach.
  • Paprika

    Dir: Satoshi Kon. Japan2006. 90mins.Satoshi Kon proves againwith the teen- and adult-oriented feature Paprikajust why he is one of the most interesting anime Japanese directors right now.On the evidence here it's easy to see why his work, rather than the more conventionalTales Of Earthsea - directed by HiyakiMiyazaki's son Goro - made it into the maincompetition at Venice.It's not that Kon is breaking any new techni
  • Parasol ends pact with Peccadillo, completes work on documentary Thief Of Hearts

    TheUK indie distributor formerly known as ParasolPeccadillo Releasing has now split into Parasol Pictures Releasing andPeccadillo Pictures, ending a five-year strategic alliance. Peccadillocontinues to be run by Tom Abell and Kahloon Loke. Parasol is run byChristian Martin.
  • Peace Arch signs 24-title deal with Movie Central in Canada

    Peace Arch Entertainment has signed a multi-picture content dealwith Corus Entertainment's Western Canadian pay television service MovieCentral.
  • Peccadillo gets UK rights to Maximo Oliveros and Beyond Hatred

    Peccadillo Pictures hasacquired all UK and Irish rights to TheBlossoming of Maximo Oliverosby Auraeus Solito and Beyond Hatred by Olivier Meyrou. Both films won Teddy Awardswhen they played at the 2006 Berlinale. The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, soldby UFO, is a Filipino drama about a 12-year-old cross-dresser who strikes up arelationship with a policeman.Beyond H
  • Penelope

    Dir: Mark Palansky. UK.2006. 101minsMore of anexaggerated pantomime than a lyrical fable, Penelopestruggles to find the magical qualities that seemed to arise so effortlessly inEdward Scissorhandsor Amelie.The tale of a pig-faced girl's search for love and happiness is sweetly toldbut too often plays for easy laughs r
  • Pirates 3 set for global day-and-date launch in 2007

    On the weekend that Piratesof the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chestpassed the $1bn worldwide gross mark, The Walt Disney Company has revealed thatsequel Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End will be released day-and-date around the world nextsummer."We're going to open onthe weekend of May 25 in every country around the world," said Walt DisneyMotion Pictures Group president Mark Zoradi of the third installment of JerryBruckheimer's massively successful Pirates franchise.
  • PPS opens London post facility ilab

    UK-based post-production company PPS hasmoved into its new ilab space on Poland Street in London.The company offers post-production services forfeature films, commercial and TV projects. In-house services at ilabinclude 16mm/35mm nefative processing with Photomec, (with an alliance with VTR)Tele
  • Pusan to screen long-lost Shin Sang-ok classic

    This year's PusanInternational Film Festival (PIFF) will present Bound By Chastity Rule, a long-lost film directed by recentlydeceased Korean master Shin Sang-ok.The late director was knownfor decades of work, including Mother andThe Houseguest (1961), as well as forhis dramatic kidnapping to and escape from North Korea with his wife, actress Choi Eun-hee.Bound By Chastity Rule (1962) dea
  • Pyramide strikes deals for Darratt and Seven Years

    French sales outfits appearto have been enjoying brisk business in Venice this year. Paris-based Pyramidehas announced a raft of new deals on its Venice slate.One title that has clearlycaught buyers' imaginations is African auteur MahamatSaleh Haroun's Darratt. Madeunder the umbrella of New Crowned Hope (the Vienna festival celebratingMozart), the film has now been sold to
  • Quaid, Weisz, Haden Church star in Groundswell's People

    Filming is set to begin on Nov 6 in Pittsburgh on Groundswell Productions'comedy drama Smart People starring Dennis Quaid, Rachel Weisz and Thomas Haden Church.
  • Raindance line-up includes world premiere of Ramones film

    The 14th RaindanceFilm Festival will run in LondonSept 27-Oct 8 with 80 features and 150 shorts selected in what organisersdescribe as a "festival of discovery."As previously announced, thefestival opens Sept 27 with the London premiere of Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's Brothers OfThe Head, which recently won the Michael Powell award at the EdinburghInternational Film Festival. The festival will close with another Br
  • Reflection strikes North American deal for The Yacoubian Building

    Bac Films has sold North American rights for The Yacoubian Building (Omaret Yakobean) to Reflection Distribution. MarwanHamed's sweeping Egyptian saga about modern-day lifein Cairo premiered at Berlin
  • Rich promoted senior vp at Warner Bros Pictures International

    Blair Rich (pictured) has beenpromoted to senior vice president of marketing and creative advertising atWarner Bros Pictures International (WBPI).
  • Rotterdam Festival recruits Marnix van Wijk

    TheInternational Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced new industry andfilm sales services. The festival is starting a Sales Club, which will functionas a year-round mediator and also a meeting place during the next festival (Jan24-Feb 7). Also new will be improved industry accreditation procedures and morefrequent industry newsletters. Inother Rotterdam news, Marnix van Wijk has joined the festival as head of Inter
  • Sellars hopes to bring New Crowned Hope idea to other cities

    Globe-trottingopera director Peter Sellars is in talks with twocities about the possibility of overseeing further events along the lines ofthe New Crowned Hope Festival, which has already yielded a handful of films competingin Venice and Toronto.
  • Seville lands The Bubble in Canada

    Pierre Menahem's ScalpelFilms has sold Canadian rights to Eytan Fox's The Bubble to Seville Pictures.The Bubble, Fox's follow-upto Walk On Water, has itsinternational premiere in Toronto as a Special Presentation.
  • Skoll hires former Hard Rock Cafe chief Berk as Participant CEO

    Former Hard Rock Cafe International president and chief executiveofficer James Berk has joined LA-based Participant Productions as chiefexecutive officer.
  • Smith hopes to bring Universal's Wanted to UK

    UK producer Iain Smith (in Venice with two competitionfilms, The Fountain and Children Of Men)is in advanced negotiations to bring Wanted,a big-budget studio feature, to the UK. The project is beingfinanced by Universal. Adapted from a comic book, it is set in a contemporary
  • Sogepaq books multiple deals for DarkBlueAlmostBlack

    Spain's Sogepaq has closed a string of sales onwell-received Venice Days entry DarkBlueAlmostBlack (AzulOscuroCasiNegro) which screens in Toronto's Visions programme. The sales, closed in Venice, were to Arsenal for Germany and A
  • Still Life (Sanxia Haoren)

    Dir: Jia Zhankg-Ke. Chi. 2006. 107mins.The decision of the Mostradel Cinema to screen Jia Zhankg-Ke'sStill Life in the prestigioussurprise competition film slot at Venice - and then slap its two press andindustry screenings on at 11pm and midnight respectively - is not going to dothe director nor his film many favours from critics. With even less of anarrative than his previous work like TheWorld, and more
  • Still Life (Sanxia Haoren)

    Dir: Jia Zhankg-Ke. Chi. 2006. 107mins.The decision of the Mostradel Cinema to screen Jia Zhankg-Ke'sStill Life in the prestigioussurprise competition film slot at Venice - and then slap its two press andindustry screenings on at 11pm and midnight respectively - is not going to dothe director nor his film many favours from critics. With even less of anarrative than his previous work like TheWorld, and more
  • Strand shines on Lights

    US distributor Strand Releasing has acquired Aki Kaurismaki's latest feature Lights In The Dusk, which premiered at Cannes and screens in Toronto as part of the festival's Masters section.Dusk, which premiered in Competition at Cannes in May, is being sold internationally by Michael Weber's The Match Factory.The film, which also screened as part of Locarno's extensive Kaurismaki retrospective, has also been sold to Rosebud (Greece), Kino Swiat (Poland), Intercinema
  • Stranger Than Fiction

    Dir: Marc Forster. US. 2006.118mins.A highly original script by newcomerZach Helm, some superlative performances and the deft guiding hand of directorMarc Forster, trying his hand at comedy for the first time, make Stranger Than Fiction the season's must-seefilm for discerning audiences. Financed and co-produced by Mandate Pictures,the film is having its world premiere at Torontowhere f
  • Stranger Than Fiction to open 42nd Chicago festival

    Marc Forster's StrangerThan Fiction will openthe 42nd Annual Chicago InternationalFilm Festival, which is running from Oct 5-19.Columbia Pictures and Mandate Pictures' comedy receivesits world premiere as a Special Presentation here tomorrow at Toronto and starsWill Ferrell as a man who hears the voice of an author inside his head anddoesn't realise he is a character in her latest novel whom she plans to killoff. Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman also star.
  • Sunshine reigns over Deauville

    JonathanDayton and Valerie Faris' Little Miss Sunshine won the grand prize at the 32ndDeauville Festival of American Film last night in Deauville, France. The film,a huge box office success in North America, opened in France on Wednesdaythrough 20th Century Fox.Meanwhilethe jury prize went to Ryan Fl
  • Tartan gets UK and Irish rights to Taxidermia

    Tartan Films have acquired all UK and Ireland rights to Gyorgy Palfi's Taxidermia from Fortissimo Films. The film, Palfi's follow-upto his 2003 debut Hukkle,screened in Un Certain Regard at
  • TF1 kicks off sales on Calderon's wildlife tale White Tuft

    TF1International is launching sales here on wildlife feature White Tuft, TheLittle Beaver.Thefilm i
  • The Covenant leads new releases at US box office

    Three new releases divided the spoils at the NorthAmerican box office this weekend, and in the end it was Sony's teen horrorouting The Covenant that managed to top the chart with a relativelymodest $9m gross.
  • The Fountain

    Dir: Darren Aronofsky. US. 2006. 96mins.Something of a feature-length New Age doodle, The Fountain will alienate many of thosewho were turned on to indie director Darren Aronfosky by his quirky debut Pi and its follow-up, the drug-fuelled cinematic opera Requiem For A Dream. Threading its epiclove story through three time zones - the years 1500, 2000 and 2500 - hislatest work is a visual and aural trip that lets its sym
  • The Hottest State

    Dir/scr: Ethan Hawke. US. 2006. 116mins.Films about first love are a bit like films aboutdrugs: they risk being more interesting for those involved than for theaudience. But The Hottest State -which screened in Horizons at Venice - has the grace and resilience to charm audiences,grounding its potentially self-indulgent tale into a wider discourse about howfamily relationships impact on our later life, and the extent to which loveaffa

    Dir/scr: David Lynch. US-Fr-Pol. 2006. 189mins.Around 10 minutes into INLAND EMPIRE, David Lynch's baffling new cinematic mindgame,a guy with the head of a rabbit drones: "I do not think it will be much longernow". Wrong, bunny: it will be another two hours and 50 minutes of improvisedplotting, rumbling sound effects and blurry digital camerawork before the finalcredits roll.Lynch's latest, which he spent two-
  • The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen

    Dirs/scr:Zacharis Kunuk, NormanCohn. Can-Den. 2006. 112mins.The combination of an opening night slotin Toronto and the pressure of following up on their justly heralded debut Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner - which won Cannes'Camera d'Or in 2001 - provide film-makers Zacharis Kunuk and Norman Cohenwith a searing spotlight for their new feature The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen. But whileit avoids the bane of the "terrible
  • The Magic Flute (La Flute Enchantee)

    Dir: Kenneth Branagh. UK.2006. 137mins.Can filmed opera attract a multiplex audience'Probably not, but Kenneth Branagh's sumptuous newversion of The Magic Flute comes asclose to crossover as a meeting of these two great light-and-sound artforms ever will. Any exercise in this hybrid genre hasto deal with the question of how to translate the static staginess of operainto the dynamic human drama that we expect of the big screen. Branag
  • The Untouchable (L'Intouchable)

    Dir/scr: Benoit Jacquot. Fr. 2006. 82mins.Resembling a vehicle for upcoming young French star Isild Le Besco, The Untouchable, the latest feature fromveteran writer/director Benoit Jacquot, follows anactress who leaves Paris for India to locate her lower caste biological father.A modest production in everyrespect that would have been better suited to Venice's parallel Horizons sectionthan the limelight of its main competit
  • The Works adopts Bragason's Children

    The Works International has taken on international sales forRagnar Bragason's Icelandic feature Children. The sales company will startnegotiating for the film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Children will screen in the Zabaltegi-New Directors sectionat San Sebastian and has also beenselected for Pusan. Children is the first of two parent-and-child themedfeature
  • Tokyo Filmex to open with Venice winner Still Life

    Tokyo Filmex has announcedJia Zhangke's Venice Gold Lion winner StillLife as the opening film at this year's edition. Jia's fifth feature focuseson the lives of couples and families set against the backdrop of the massiveThree Gorges Dam project in China. The film, which was not tipped to win but walkedaway with the top prize at this year's Venice, was also a controversial
  • Transmedia gets UK rights to Our Fathers and The Run

    New UK distributor Transmedia hasadded two more films to its slate: OurFathers and The Run. Dan Curtis' Our Fathers, about sex abuse scandals inthe Catholic Church, stars Ted Danson, ChristopherPlummer, Daniel Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn and Brian Dennehy.Tania Meneguzzi's The Run, abouta young London couple drawn into the world of drug smuggl
  • TWC to handle international sales on two Mayhem Projects films

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) hassigned a deal to handle international sales on LA-based production andfinancing company The Mayhem Project's first two pictures, Clock Tower and Make It Happen.
  • UK tax credit financier Brighthaven on board for Magicians

    Brighthaven, the new film financing venture formed byWaking Ned and Shooting Fish producer Richard Holmes, has agreed to board itsfirst feature film. Brighthaven will be cash-flowing thenew UK tax credit for Andrew O'Connor's Magicians,a comedy feature from the team behind the UK hit TV series Peep Show. Brighthaven was established to use private equity(from the City's Bruce MacInnes and other futureinvestors) to cash-flow the new
  • UK's Metropolitan Film School taps producer Jonny Persey as school director

    The Metropolitan Film School, basedat London's EalingStudios, has appointed Jonny Persey as its new school director. Persey is an activ
  • Vancouver's Anagram readies three pictures from three founders

    Vancouver-based productioncompany Anagram Pictures, whose Fido went over to rapturous public response here, is readying a three-pictureslate for production in 2007. As with previous Anagram projects, the company'sthree founders, Trent Carlson, Blake Corbett, and Andrew Currie, are eachdirecting projects while working in support roles on the others. First up is Sperm, written and be to directed by Fido director Currie, described as a "Walter Mittyesque"comedy about
  • Venice deals emerge for The Island and Falling

    As theVenice Festival ends the final stretch, there has been a small flurry ofdeal-making on the Lido. Russiansales agent Intercinema has soldits competition title The Island by Pavel Longouine to Metropole Pathe for Switzerland and hasdeals pendi
  • Venus

    Dir: Roger Michell. UK. 2006. 95mins. The team behind TheMother - director Roger Michell, writer Hanif Kureishi and producer KevinLoader - reunites for Venus, anotherportrait of an old character being revitalised by love for a younger. In thiscase, the relationship - between a septuagenarian and a teenager - is even moreextreme than in The Mother, but Michell, who is fast emerging as one of British cinema'smost distinctive dir
  • Vesper soars at Sundance Channel

    ChristianVesper has been promoted to senior vice president, acquisitions, programplanning and scheduling at Sundance Channel. He continues to report to LauraMichalchyshyn, executive vice president, programming and marketing at thechannel.In hisexpanded role, Vesper will manage the channel's international sa
  • Voltage sells six-picture creature feature package to AMG in Japan

    Voltage Pictures has sold a trio of upcoming Romanian-UK creaturefeatures to Japan's AMG as part of a package of six titles.
  • Walk from Japan, Love from Brazil share Montreal prize

    Nagai Sanpo (A Long Walk) by Eiji Okuda of Japan and O Maior AmorDo Mundo (The Greatest Love Of All) from Brazil's Carlos Diegues shared the top prize GrandPrix of the Americas at 30th Montreal World Film Festival which wrappedover the weekend. The jury, whichincluded US actress Kathy Bates, Canadian director Marc-Andre Forcier andFrench screenwriter Guillaume Laurant, awarded a Special Grand Prix to SnowIn The Wind from YangYazhou of China, which als
  • Weinstein Co extends output deal with MPD in Canada till 2010

    The Weinstein Company hasextended its output deal with MPD, a notch in the favour of the Canadiandistributor as it tussles with its former chairman Victory Loewy and former CEOPatrice Theroux. Given that the agreement had another three years to run - thetermination date was December 31, 2009 Ð the extension by one year - toDecember 31, 2010 - is a very public gestur from Harvey and Bob Weinstein forMPD's new managing director Jim Sherry. In a statementthe Weinsteins said, "Allianc
  • Weinsteins take Mandy, Vince in Toronto

    Harvey and Bob Weinstein stamped their mark on the festivaltoday as they swooped on Jonathan Levine's hip genre picture All TheBoys Love Mandy Lane forDimension and Ari Sandel's documentary Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show for The Weinstein Company (TWC).
  • William Hurt joins cast of $13m mystery Lighthouse

    William Hurt has signed onfor a lead role in Lighthouse for Vancouver-basedIrreverent Media.The $13m mystery, fullyfinanced through private investors, is the feature debut of writer-directorFrederick Thorsen. Irreverent CEO Tom O'Brien is leadproducer while Michael Grais of Poltergeist fame is executive producer. Stockholm-based NonStop is handling world sales. Described as a surreal storyabout a tormented soul, the film is inspired by the last
  • Zhang Yimou's new film gets Oscar-qualifying run

    Beijing-based NewPicture Film Co has announced that Zhang Yimou's Curse Of The GoldenFlower will be eligible to be the Chinese candidate for the bestforeign-language film category at next year's Oscars. The film will have anOscar-qualifying run in Shenyang city in Northern China for a week, starting Sept 23.The film'sofficial rel