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11 September 2008

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  • Dir. Mark AbrahamUS. 2007. 119 mins.Marc Abraham's debut feature about an inventor battling the Ford Motor Company, which steals and markets Robert Kearns's window-wiper invention, puts new mileage on the David-Goliath model. Sentimental but remarkably compelling, the saga of a little man's victory over a corporate giant will ensure that you'll never see your windshield wipers the same way.Se
  • $3.5m UK lottery backing forDorian Gray and Triangle

    The UK Film Council's Premiere Fund has awarded more than$3.5m (£2m)of National Lottery Funding to two productions.The biggest sum - $2.9m (£1.62m)- was awarded toChristopher Smith's Triangle, apsychological thriller set inside the Bermuda Triangle.It will be produced by Dan Films' Jason Newmark and Julie Baines in the UK, and Chris Brown from Pictures In Paradise in Australia. Icon Entertainment International will distribute worldwide.Oliver Parker's Oscar Wilde
  • $5 A Day

    Dir. Nigel Cole. US.2008.89 mins.
  • $9.99

    Dir. Tatia Rosenthal.Israel/Australia, 2008. 78 mins.Dealing with such lightweight issues as ‘the meaning of life’ and ‘happiness’ may seem a bit excessive for a stop-motion animated film weighing in at less than 78 minutes. But the film doesn’t take itself that seriously after all, defusing some of the pretentiousness by suggesting it offers nothing more than $9.99 worth of
  • 3L follows Adam Resurrected with Among Farmers, Hangtime

    Germany's 3L Filmproduktion, co-producer of Paul Schrader's Adam Resurrected which screens in Toronto's Masters section this week after its world premiere in Telluride, has returned to Germany's recent dark past to back Dutch-born filmmaker Ludi Boeken's latest feature Among Farmers (Unter Bauern).The German-French co-production with Joachim von Mengershausen's FilmForm, Cologne-based Pandora Filmproduk
  • A Year Ago In Winter

    Dir: Caroline Link. Germany. 2008. 128 mins.Caroline Link’s first film in seven years is an elegantly-woven portrait of a family in crisis after the suicide of an 18 year-old boy and the steps which occur on their way to healing. Never overly gloomy or downbeat, A Year Ago In Winter is nevertheless a contemplative piece which doesn’t provide easy answers for its characters’ dilemmas.Unapologetically unhurried in its narrative, the film addresse
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival launches new shorts fund

    Funding initiative comes from SANAD and the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) under the umbrella of ADFF
  • Abu Dhabi's Circle Conference plans new directors showcase

    His Excellency Mohamed Khalaf al-Mazrouei and The Circle Director Adrienne Briggs welcomed industry guests to the Film Lounge on Saturday night for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage Reception, to celebrate the growth of film in the region.The Circle Conference is growing in its second year to a five-day event, Oct 6-11 (running parallel with the Middle East International Film Festival Oct 10-19).One new initiative this year will be the Cloeween Connection, a
  • Abu Dhabi's MEIFF to host Youssef Chahine exhibition

    The Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi (Oct 10-19) will host an exhibition dedicated to the late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.Executive Director Nashwa Al Ruwaini says: 'The exhibition contains 100 frames of tens of rare photos and rare artifacts that will be held in one of the halls of the Emirates Palace and which was prepared in Cairo by a team of experts in film exhibitions.'The MEIFF is now in its second year. Vice Chairman of the festival, Moh
  • Adam Resurrected

    Dir. Paul Schrader. Germany/USA/Israel. 2008. 106 mins.
  • Afterwards

    Dir. Gilles Bourdos, France/Canada/Germany, 2008, 107 minutes.Afterwards requires some serious suspension of disbelief. A man, now a lawyer, who came back from the dead as a boy, meets a doctor with the ability to identify people who are about to die from a white light they emit. That knowledge, imparted solemnly, is intended to bring a new appreciation of life to the characters and the audience.The stylised parable about living in the present may
  • Allen's Vulcan to partner with Infinity on Nine Mile Falls

    Vancouver-based production company Infinity Features has partnered with Paul G Allen's Vulcan Productions to produce Deb Caletti's young adult novels as a series of films titled Nine Mile Falls.Infinity's Rob Merilees and Vulcan's Michael Caldwell are producing and Allen, Jody Patton and Richard Hutton are serve as executive producers.The five novels tell the stories of 16-18 year old girls from a provocative perspective and includ
  • Almost Perfect grosses $7m despite Olympics opening

    Despite opening during the Beijing Olympics, Chinese comedy Almost Perfect has grossed $6.72m (RMB46m), making itthe best-selling local comedy of recent years. The film's distributor Polybona and production company Happy Star Culture and Media Corp yesterday celebrated its unexpected box office success.Previously, the biggest local comedies of the past two yearsincluded Crossed Lines, which grossed $4.8m (RMB33m) in late 2007, and Ning Hao's 2006 Crazy Stone, w
  • Altadena takes on Andrew van den Houten's Offspring

    Altadena Films has acquired international rights to director and producer Andrew van den Houten's horror thriller Offspring, which Jack Ketchum adapted from his own best-selling novel. Offspring is the second collaboration between van den Houten and Ketchum after The Girl Next Door, also sold by Altadena (and premiering at Deauville).
  • Andy Tennant to direct Chasing Harry Winston for Universal

    Universal Pictures has acquired rights to The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger's novel Chasing Harry Winston and attached Andy Tennant to direct.Mandalay Pictures will produce the story of three young women who vow to change their lives over the course of a year.Gina Wendkos will adapt the screenplay, which will focus on and expand upon one of the three storylines.Manda
  • Anna Marsh joins StudioCanal as VP of international sales

    StudioCanal has employed Anna Marsh as vice president of international sales in charge of English-speaking territories, Scandinavia and Latin America. Toronto will be her first outing with StudioCanal.Marsh, formerly of TF1 International, will be based in both Paris and London and report to StudioCanal international sales executive vice president Harold Van Lier. She will also work closely with Optimum's Will Clarke on UK-based productions.Of Marsh, Van Lier told
  • Appaloosa

    Dir: Ed Harris. USA. 2008. 114 mins.Ed Harris’s first film as a director since his Oscar-winning Pollock in 2000 is a gentle, warmly human and quietly compelling western with a wry sense of humour and some engaging performances from a group of fine actors. A bizarre love triangle of sorts between two cowboy buddies in the old west and a woman who disrupts their friend
  • Apprentice takes Venice Critics Week jury prize

    The winner at Venice Critics Week was French entry The Apprentice(L’apprenti) by Samuel Collardey. That jury is composed of three international critics, and the winning film gets a prize of nearly $5,000 (Euros 3,000). This year the Critics Week section also took the Lion of the Future award - as previously reported, Pranzo di Ferragosto won the $100,000
  • Arclight, Escape Factory and Infinity team up for Altitude

    Gary Hamilton's Arclight Films, Vancouver-based Escape Factory and Infinity Features will produce the supernatural thriller Altitude.Short film-maker Kaare Andrews will direct the story of a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends who battle a malevolent force when their plane malfunctions. Paul A Birkett wrote the screenplay.Principal photography is set to commence this winter in Vancouver. Arclight's genre label Darclight is handling international sales and has introd
  • Aronofsky's The Wrestler takes Golden Lion in Venice

    The Venice Film Festival wrapped on Saturday with a Golden Lion award to Darren Aronofsy’s The Wrestler, a film that provided a one-two punch finale for an edition that some considered lacklustre in respect to previous years. (Click here to see Screen review)At the awards ceremony, Jury President Wim Wenders bestowed The Golden Lion on Darren Aronofsky but significantly geared his words towards actor Mickey Rourke,
  • Ashley Luke leaves Fortissimo for New South Wales FTO

    Ashley Luke joins the New South Wales Film and Television Office (FTO) as director of market development on September 29 after seven years with sales agent Fortissimo.'I have been in Australia for four years and now know it pretty well and this move means I can solely concentrate on Australian film,' said Sydney-based Luke.He will use his international knowledge to stimulate growth and help filmmakers forge new partnerships with the wider marketplace and reach bigger audi
  • Australia - Logic's animal cracker

    When director Zack Snyder's animated fantasy adventure Guardians Of Ga'hoole opens worldwide in 2010, it will be Zareh Nalbandian's first credit as a feature producer - and Australia's first 3D feature.Nalbandian is co-founder and major shareholder of the privately owned Animal Logic at Sydney's Fox Studios. The company measures up strongly against leading visual-effects designers: it helped the Wachowski brothers design The Matrix code, assisted Baz Luhrmann's vision of
  • Australia online competition launched as part of Stockholm festival

    The Stockholm International Film Festival has launched an online short film competition in the run up to the festival, in conjunction with Baz Luhrmann's new film Australia.Entrants are challenged to re-create a scene from their favourite film, within the genres of romance, horror, action and comedy, lasting between 1-3 minutes. They will be guided by a series of podcasts made by Luhrmann during the shooting of Australia which explain the diffe
  • Axiom strikes UK deals for Goodbye Solo, Sugar, The Sea Wall

    UK distributor Axiom Films has picked up three titles from Toronto to add to its growing slate. They are Goodbye Solo, Sugar and The Sea Wall.Memento is selling Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo, which won the Fipresci prize at Venice Critics Week. The story follows an African-born cab driver who befriends an elderly man in the American South.M
  • BackUp launches new funding scheme with indie distributors

    French film financing agency BackUp Films has created a new funding scheme intended to co-acquire distribution rights alongside independent distributors. The venture, entitled Districup, will share risk with distributors while the distributors will have the opportunity to own all of the co-acquired rights following the first exploitation cycle.In its first partnership agreement, Districup is teaming with Jean Labadie's Le Pacte to co-acquire a five-film slate with a globa
  • Bangkok Dangerous is top of lacklustre domestic weekend

    Nicolas Cage stands atop the domestic box office charts following a typically lacklustre post-Labor Day weekend that saw the action thriller Bangkok Dangerous launch at number one through Lionsgate on an estimated $7.8m.There were no other new entries in the top ten as DreamWorks-Paramount's comedy Tropic Thunder ranked second on $7.5m for $96.8m after four weekends and Sony's comedy
  • Bavaria clinches Russian Krabat deal with Film Depot

    Bavaria Film International has closed its first sale on Krabat ahead of the first public screening of the film, to Russia's Film Depot.Bavaria Film International's Head of Sales Stefanie Zeitler announced the deal.Marco Kreuzpaintner's 1646-set drama about an orphan who trains to be a sorcerer's apprentice, adapted from Otfried Preussler's international bestseller, stars David Kross and Daniel Bruhl.
  • Boy A, Helen, Escapist among competitors in Dinard

    As the UK has an exceedingly strong Toronto, the Dinard British Film Festival has announced its lineup for the 19th edition (Oct 2-5)The competition line-up for the Golden Hitchcock is:Chris Waitt's A Complete History Of My Sexual FailuresJohn Crowley's Boy ANeil Thompson's ClubbedRupert Wyatt's The Escapist
  • Burns gets CTV backing for My Canada feature series

    Toronto-based producer Michael Burns has teamed with Canada's largest private broadcaster CTV in the development of My Canada, a series of director-narrated documentary features after the fashion of Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Burns, who envisioned the series and commissioned Maddin, has enlisted top Canadian directors to create their own personal 'odes' to their hometowns. Filmmakers confirme
  • Buyers look into Carlos Sorin's Window

    Bavaria Film International has continued more sales here on Toronto titles. Carlos Sorin's The Window (La Ventana) has been sold to Benelux (Cinemien) and Brazil (Imovision). There are several French offers in play and a deal is expected by the end of TIFF.The Patagonia-set film about an elderly man and his estranged son has also seen interest from buyers in the UK, US and Italy. Antonio Larreta, Maria del Carmen Gimenez, Emilse Ro
  • C.R.A.Z.Y.'s Vallee sets up Shoe Business

    Jean-Marc Vallee, the multi-award winning filmmaker behind 2005 Quebecois smash C.R.A.Z.Y., is setting up his next production, Shoe Business, a comic drama set at the height of the 1970s disco craze.Vallee will produce the film on an estimated $6.6m-$9.4m (C$7m-C$10m) budget through his C.R.A.Z.Y. Films production shingle, although he is considering co-production options.Vallee is close to c
  • Canadian Film Centre launches actors' training programme

    The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is launching Canada's first professional training program for established screen actors. The scheme, set to launch in autumn 2009, will offer advanced onscreen performance training to up eight experienced Canadian actors. Its principal backers are CanWest and the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.The training will explore the technical side of screen-acting; empowering one'svocal and physical instrument for the screen; real on-camera experience
  • Cantet's The Class to close Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema

    Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class will close the 37th Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema. A long-time Cantet supporter, the FNC awarded him its 2001 Louve d'Or for Time Out (L'Emploi Du Temps). The Class (aka Entre Les Murs) will open the New York Film Festival on Sept 26.
  • Carmody plans 3-D project Evil Dead: The Musical

    Producer Don Carmody and partners are in negotiations with Spidermandirector Sam Raimi to bring to the screen the musical version of the formerhorror meister's Evil Dead films, Evil Dead: The Musical.Conceived by George Reinblatt, Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris, the camp stage interpretation of Raimi's cult classic horror trilogy w
  • Catherine Buresi named European Film Market deputy director

    French-born Catherine Buresi has been appointed as the deputy director for Berlin European Film Market (EFM). She took up her post as from September 1 as the successor to Karen Arikian who stepped downas deputy director after this year's Berlinale in February to become the executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival in March.
  • Celluloid Dreams scores deals on Kore-eda film and Valentino doc

    Celluloid Dreams has closed key deals on Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking and Matt Tyrnauer's Valentino: The Last Emperor, both of which are playing here.Kore-eda's sixth film explores the emotional dynamics of a middle class Japanese family and sold to Pyramide in France, Trigon in Switzerland and Folkets Bio in Sweden. Yoshio Harada, Kirin Kiki and Hiroshi Abe star.
  • Celluloid kicks off Toronto with busy sales for Venice titles

    Celluloid Dreams has closed a number of deals on Venice/Toronto titles Achilles And The Tortoise and Mark Of An Angel, plus a number of key deals on Venice title Birdwatchers.Safy Nebbou's French thriller Mark Of An Angel has sold to the UK (Metrodome), Greece (Odeon), Canada (Seville), and Switzerland (Xenix). Catherine F
  • Celluloid takes international to Soul Power, Ocean buys France

    Celluloid Dreams has acquired all international rights from Submarine to Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary Soul Power following its world premiere here and has concluded a deal in France with Ocean.Celluloid is weighing up other offers from the UK and Australia, among others, and expects to close further deals this week. Submarine retains North American rights and is talking to buyers here.The Antidote production charts a one-off co
  • Chicago Film Festival stages galas for Christmas Tale, Happy-Go-Lucky

    The 44th Chicago International Film Festival, which runs this year from October 16-29 and has announced its gala screenings will be Arnaud Desplechin's Christmas Tale and Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, both of which premiered in Cannes, and Gavin O'Connor's Pride And Glory, which received its world premiere in Toronto earlier this week.The International Feature Fil
  • CMG seals three-picture deals with Poland, Turkey

    Edward Noeltner's Cinema Management Group has closed sales on its key Toronto sales titles Zambezia, Killer Bean Forever and The People Speak.Poland's Vison Film and Turkey's Film Pop acquired rights to the trio. The animated feature Killer Bean Forever is based on Jeff Lew's short Killer Bean 2: The Party, which became a
  • CMG steps onto Killer Bean Forever

    Edward Noeltner's LA-based Cinema Management Group (CMG) has boarded animator Jeff Lew's feature directorial debut Killer Bean Forever and will introduce to buyers in Toronto.The film is based on Lew's cult short Killer Bean 2: The Party, which took the internet by storm when it launched on iFilm in 2000 and drew more than 1.8m unique hits.The story continues the exploits of the eponymous assa
  • Coens start A Serious Man shoot for Focus, Working Title

    After Burn After Reading premiered in Venice and Toronto and is set for US release tomorrow, Joel and Ethan Coen have started production this week for A Serious Man.The Focus Features and Working Title Films production is shooting on location in Minnesota.The Coen brothers are writing, directing and producing. Executive producers are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with long-time Coens collaborator Robert Graf.
  • ContentFilm laughs along with Mike Judge's Extract

    ContentFilm International has acquired international sales rights to Mike Judge's comedy Extract starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Clifton Collins Jr, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig, Dustin Milligan, JK Simmons and Dave Koechner. The film started shooting Aug 25 in Los Angeles.Bateman stars as a factory worker whose life is changed by an industrial accident, a beautiful con artist and an idiotic gigolo.ContentFi
  • CPH:PIX recruits top Danish directors, artists for new project

    Copenhagen's new CPH:PIX festival will debut the ARTFILM-FILMART project during its first edition.The initiative will present five Danish acclaimed filmmakers creating five different films in collaboration with five renowned visual artists. The pairs are Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Soap) and Cathrine Raben Davidsen; Christoffer Boe (Reconstruction) and Balder Olrik; Dagur Kari (
  • CPH:PIX starts $72,000 prize in debut feature competition

    Denmark's new April festival, CPH:PIX, will have a competition devoted to first-time feature directors. The directors of 10-12 debut films will compete for a cash prize of $72,090 (Euros 50,000).'A substantial cash prize can make all the difference to a first-time filmmaker, and it is our hope that the money is used to kickstart their next project,' said Jacob Neiiendam, Festival Director at CPH:PIX.The first CPH:PIX (April 16-26) sees the merger of the long-running NatFi
  • Dean Spanley (2008)

    Dir. Toa Fraser. New Zealand/UK. 2008. 99mins.New Zealand director Toa Fraser’s Dean Spanley overcomes an uncertain and sketchy opening section to register as a moving and visually wondrous evocation of magic and imagination. The movie’s tonal shifts are fairly abrupt and the first third is frustratingly undeveloped dramatically, but the director holds the whimsy and
  • Deauville Festival of american film - America's french connection

    As the summer winds down and the French film industry makes its way back from holiday, the Deauville Festival of American Film has established a strong niche in the industry calendar.A bevy of US studio films as well as independent fare will be screened in the seaside town, which acts as a launch pad for the cinema-going autumn in Europe.Sandwiched as it is between - and overlapping - Venice and Toronto, Deauville can sometimes be perceived as being lost in the shuffle. However,
  • Denzel Washington to star in Hughes Brothers' Book Of Eli

    Denzel Washington will star in Alcon Entertainment and Silver Pictures' post-apocalyptic thriller The Book Of Eli that Allen and Albert Hughes will direct.Based on an original story by Gary Whitta and a rewrite by Anthony Peckham, the story takes place in the near future in an American wasteland where a lone warrior holds the key to society's redemption. Warner Bros holds North American rights.Alcon will finance and co-produce with
  • DeVito, Winkler, Zwick honoured by Israel Film Festival

    Danny DeVito, Irwin Winkler and Edward Zwick will be honoured at the 23rd annual Israel Film Festival, which runs in New York from October 29-November 13.DeVito will receive the Lifetime Visionary Award, Winkler the Lifetime Achievement Award and Zwick the Outstanding Achievement In Film award. Zwick's second world war Resistance drama Defiance starring Daniel Craig and Live Schreiber will open in the US through Paramount Vantage in December,
  • Disgrace

    Dir. Steve Jacobs. Australia. 2008. 120 mins
  • Easy Virtue

    Dir: Stephan Elliott. UK. 2008. 93mins
  • Editorial - D-day for d-cinemas

    Digital cinema is inevitable but I no longer believe it is a good thing." That was the surprising conclusion of a senior European figure this week who had once been an advocate if not a downright enthusiast for the switch to D-cinema.His is not a lone voice. Those who once spoke on platforms about the digital revolution changing the industry for the better are now wondering - as happens in all revolutions - whether the casualties of their cause are too high. In this case, that means th
  • EFAs to honour Judi Dench, four founders of Dogma

    The 21st European Film Awards will present honorary awards to Judi Dench along with Dogma fournders Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. The European Film Academy announced the honours.Famed actress Dench will get the Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work.The Dogma movement, established in 1995, will see its founders get the European Achievement in World Cinema 2008.All honorees are expected to att
  • Essential takes international to Zucker's Big Fat Important Movie

    Jere Hausfater's Essential Entertainment has picked up international rights to David Zucker's political satire Big Fat Important Movie, known as An American Carol in North America.Essential will introduce the film to buyers here and screens the film on September 6 and 7 at Deluxe Postproduction. Vivendi Entertainment holds domestic rights to the project starring Kevin Farley as a notorious documentary film-maker renowned for his attacks on Ame
  • European co-productions outperform national productions

    Admissions for European co-productions are nearly three times higher than national productions according to a report by the European Audiovisual Observatory. They are also twice as likely to be released in foreign markets and significantly outperform national productions in non-national markets.The report covers circulation and performance of more than 5,000 films across 20 European countries from 2001-2007. It will be presented at this week's Council of Europe forum on the future
  • Everlasting Moments (Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick)

    Dir. Jan Troell. Denmark/Sweden, 2008. 130 mins.
  • Everlasting Moments (Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick)

    Dir:Jan Troell. Denmark/Sweden, 2008. 130 mins.Discreet, old fashioned, traditional and altogether admirable, this is Jan Troell in what he does best, a period drama about a woman photographer living in Sweden at the turn of the last century. Paying minute attention to the smallest details, taking its time but never appearing to drag its feet, immensely sympathetic to its heroes and villains alike, this is an int
  • Every Little Step

    Dirs. James D. Stern, Adam Del DeoUS. 2008. 96 mins.
  • Fear Me Not

    Dir: Kristian Levring. 2008. Denmark. 95 mins.
  • Festival talk - 'Eclectic cinema that pushes the limits'

    What are your favourite film festivals'I go to Berlin, Cannes, Pusan and those that I organise. (Deauville's festival programmer) Jerome Lasserre goes to Sundance. I prefer Cannes.What's the blueprint for a good festival'A welcoming town where everything can be done on foot, a policy of assuming cultural choices, a demanding artistic management, an economy that has the talent of its ambitions. And a lot of luck.Which films have you enjoyed recently'There
  • Fichman set for Strategic Partners talk

    The 28th Atlantic Film Festival and Strategic Partners co-production market will welcome Passchendaele and Blindness producer Niv Fichman as the special guest at their Academy Luncheon on Sept 14. Fichman is a founding partner of Rhombus Media, and he will be interviewed by Super Channel and former Odeon Films executive Marguerite Pigott. Delegates lining up for Strategic Partners include Mi
  • Fifty Dead Men Walking

    Dir. Kari Skogland. UK/Canada. 2008. 118 mins.It was only in the aftermath of the Vietnam War that filmmakers were able to create a substantial body of work reflecting the complexities of what had happened there. The same is proving to be true of the recent ‘Troubles’that tore Northern Ireland apart for the best part of forty years. This year has already seen Steve McQueen’s triumphant debut
  • Fifty Dead Men Walking author holds legal fire against TIFF

    The author of Fifty Dead Men Walking is holding his fire. Martin McGartland, the Royal Ulster Constabulary mole who infiltrated the IRA and nearly paid for it with his life, has decided to see the film for a second time. The film, which screens as a gala on Sept. 10, has been the centre of controversy since McGartland denounced the work as a distortion of his life story and threatened to take legal action against its producers as well as TIFF.M
  • Films Boutique takes on sales for Woschitz's Universalove

    Berlin-based fledgling sales agent Films Boutique has picked up international rights for Austrian filmmaker Thomas Woschitz's Universalove which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last night.The co-production by Austria's Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (KGP) with Luxembourg's Red Lion, Serbia's Art & Popcorn and the donaufestival.at was shot on location in Belgrade, Brooklyn, Luxembourg, Marseilles, Rio de Jan
  • Finneran named senior consultant at Sundance DFP

    SILVERDOCS festival director Patricia Finneran will move over to the Sundance Institute as the Documentary Film Programme's senior consultant, New York, commencing on November 1.Finneran replaces Bruni Burres, the long-time executive director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, who is moving to a full-time position as executive producer at the International Centre For Transitional Justice.In addition to representing the Sundance Documentary Programme internationally,
  • Firaaq

    Dir. Nandita Das. India.2008. 101 mins
  • Flash of Genius

    Dir. Mark Abraham. US. 2007. 119 minsMarc Abraham’s debut feature about an inventor battling the Ford Motor Company, which steals and markets his window-wiper invention, puts new mileage on the David-Goliath model. Sentimental but remarkably compelling, the saga of a little man’s victory over a corporate giant will ensure that you’ll never see your windshield wipers the same way.Selling a period movie about window-wiper technology with no major names in t
  • Flashback to 2007

    Live!Dir: Bill GuttentagDist: Pretty Pictures130,207 admissionsWaitressDir: Adrienne ShellyDist: 20th Century Fox41,449 admissionsTeethDir: Mitchell LichtensteinDist: TFM40,237 admissionsBroken EnglishDir: Zoe CassavetesDist: Eurozoom31,061 admissionsGrace Is GoneDir: James C StrouseDist: TFM20,446 admissionsNever ForeverDir: Gina KimDist: S
  • Fortissimo strikes Gigantic French deal with La Fabrique De Films.

    Fortissimo Films has closed an all-rights French deal for Toronto title Gigantic to La Fabrique De Films.Matt Aselton directed the Killer Films and Epoch Films production, which has its world premiere Monday in Discovery.The surreal love story stars Zooey Deschanel, Paul Dano and John Goodman.Fortissimo EVP of International Sales Nicole Mackey said: 'It gives us great pleasure to make this announcement - a continuation of our great re
  • Fortissimo strikes Maximum Canadian deal for Disgrace

    Fortissimo Films continues its strong Toronto sales with a Canadian deal for Steve Jacobs' Disgrace with Maximum Film Distribution.John Malkovich stars in the adaptation of JM Coetzee's lauded South-Africa set novel, about a disgraced professor who is confronted with violence on his daughter's rural farm. The deal is for all rights within Canada and was negotiated between Fortissimo's co-chairman Michael J. Werner, attorney Andrew
  • Fox Searchlight pays $4m for US rights to The Wrestler

    After a cautious start sorely lacking in buzz and domestic deal-making, TIFF sprang into life yesterday as Fox Searchlight paid $4m for US rights to Darren Aronofsky's Venice Golden Lion winner The Wrestler.Searchlight beat out bids from Lionsgate, Sony and Overture Films before it closed the deal with CAA in mid-morning following a marathon negotiating session after Sunday's North American premiere.Meanwhile Josh Braun's Submarine
  • Fox teams with Star to launch Asia-wide studio

    Twentieth Century Fox and regional broadcaster Star, both of which are owned by News Corp, arelaunching an Asia-wide joint venture, Fox Star Studios, to produce and distribute local-language movies. Star CEO Paul Aiello revealed the move, which has been an open secret for several months, at the Asia Media Summit in Hong Kong yesterday. It was later confirmed byFox.Starting in India, the joint venture will also produce movies in China and other Asian territories within the Star footprint.
  • Gale Ann Hurd picks up remake rights to Quebecois hit Nitro

    LA-based production powerhouse Valhalla Motion Pictures has acquired English-language remake rights to the Quebecois street racing action hit Nitro.The film, produced by Pierre Even of Montreal-based Cirrus Communications and directed by Alain Desrochers, earned $1.2m on its opening weekend in Quebec in 2007, besting Live Free Or Die Hard and Ratatouille.
  • Generator stirs up Ghost Machine in Belfast

    New UK genre production outfit Generator Entertainment continues to build its busy slate with principal photography starting yesterday (Friday) on Chris Hartwill's debut feature Ghost Machine.The supernatural thriller stars Sean Faris, Rachael Taylor, Luke Ford and Richard Dormer.Anchor Bay Entertainment has US distribution rights and worldwide sales are being handled by The Little Film Company.The film marks Generator's third feature
  • Genova

    Dir. Michael Winterbottom. UK. 2008. 94minsA family’s struggles with loss, grief and guilt form the basis of a frustratingly insubstantial drama inGenova.Michael Winterbottom’s latest effort is commendable for its refusal to indulge in easy sentimentality but the pricefor tha
  • Ghost Town

    Dir: David Koepp. USA. 2008. 103 mins.A minor studio comedy notable as the first Hollywood starring vehicle for UK comic Ricky Gervais, Ghost Town takes a formulaic story about a curmudgeon learning to love and spices it up with some Gervais-style sarcasm and smartass dialogue. Making the best of its strong cast and attractive New York locations, it should achieve modest theatrical success but will enjoy its biggest audience on the small screen.
  • Giovanna's Father (Il Papa di Giovanna)

    Dir/scr: Pupi Avati. Italy, 2008. 104 mins.Easily watchable but eminently forgettable, this period melodrama about a protective father besotted by his deranged daughter is bound to go the way of most previous Pupi Avati films: a respectable career in Italy followed by indifference elsewhere, despite featuring an emotionally-charged performance by Silvio Orlando which won him the best actor prize at Venice. Set in Bologna during the Fascist era, Avati play
  • Govan's Rain to open Bahamas International Film Festival

    Maria Govan's drama Rain, one of the first indigenously produced films to come out of the Bahamas, will open the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), set to run from December 4-11 in Nassau.Rain received its world premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend and centres on a Bahamian adolescent who sets sail to Nassau to find her estranged mother. Renel
  • Gus Van Sant to receive tribute at Gotham Awards

    Gus Van Sant will receive a Gotham Awards Tribute at the 18th Annual Gotham Awards on December 2 in New York.Van Sant directed Milk, which stars Sean Penn as the assassinated gay supervisor of San Francisco and will be released through Focus Features on November 26.In recognition of Van Sant's dedication in using film to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, IFP has teamed up with the The Hetrick-Martin Institute, h
  • Heaven On Earth

    Dir. Deepa Mehta.Canada 2008. 106 min.The yearnings and travails of an Indian emigre bride, a subject recently given a pictorial, naturalistic treatment inBrick Lane, gets a grittier, more mystical workout in Deepa Mehta’s slow-burning and quietly potent
  • Hollywood marketing agencies creative trade organisation

    Hollywood marketing agencies have formed the trade organisation AEMA. Bob Farina of The Cimarron Group has been named chairman. Member agencies include In Sync Advertising, The Ant Farm, Anticipation Group, Intralink, Crew Creative and Bemis Balkind.'An organisation like AEMA is long overdue,' Farina said. 'In this constantly shifting landscape that continues to advance the techniques of marketing films, it is essential that we adopt a unified standard of excellence and coordinate ef
  • Hungary names Iska's Journey as Oscar submission

    Hungary will submit Iska's Journey for consideration for the Foreign Language Oscar.Csaba Bollok's feature, his second, is a tale of modern slavery, following a teenage girl's harrowing journey from an abusive home in a Romanian mining village. The film saw its international premiere in Berlin in 2007. It has screened at more 50 international festivals and took top honours at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. T
  • ICM to package sci-fi thriller Falling Awake with Anagram

    ICM has signed to package Falling Awake, the upcoming sci-fi thriller from Anagram Pictures, the Vancouver production company behind zombie comedy Fido. ICM will rep the film for the US and the rest of the world. Scott Weber and David Jones wrote the screenplay; Weber is set to direct the story about a world where sleep is all but eliminated. Anagram's Mary Anne Waterhouse will produce. Maple Pictures,
  • IFC buys Che from Wild Bunch; plans Oscar-qualifying December run

    In one of Toronto's most-anticipated deals, IFC Films has taken North American rights to Steven Soderbergh's epic Che starring Benicio Del Toro.IFC plans a one-week Oscar qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a release in January through multi-platform initiative IFC In Theatres.IFC president Jonathan Sehring, VP of Acquisitions and Production Arianna Bocco and Senior Counsel Betsy Rodgers with Wild Bunch's Vincen
  • IFC Films picks up North American rights to Everlasting Moments

    IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Jan Troell's pan-Scandinavian co-production Everlasting Moments screening here and will release the film next year through IFC In Theatres.Troell wrote the screenplay with Niklas Radstrom and Agneta Ulfsater Troell; the story depicts cultural shifts told through the history of a late 20th century family. Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt and Jesper Christensenith star.The release wi
  • Il Seme Della Discordia

    Dir: Pappi Corsicato. Italy. 2008. 84mins.Neapolitan director Pappi Corsicato conjures up the spirit but little of the dramatic and thematic depth of his acknowledged master Pedro Almodovar in this bright but lightweight comedy-melodrama. But though its afterglow is short-lived, Corsicato’s amusing little film still came as a pleasant surprise at the end of a humdrum Venice. With its sexy Mediterranean attitude, kitsch production design and terrific retro soundtrack it
  • Image takes North American rights to $5 A Day

    Image Entertainment has picked up North American rights (excluding theatrical) from Capitol Films to Nigel Cole's comedy $5 A Day, which gets its world premiere tonight [September 6] in Toronto's Contemporary World Cinema strand.Alessandro Nivola and Christopher Walken star in the tale of a conservative man who grudgingly joins his free-spirited hustler father on a road trip after being released from jail for one of his father's crimes. Amanda
  • imegenation abu dhabi forms $250m financing fund with Participant

    Participant Media and imagenation abu dhabi have formed a five-year $250m revolving fund to finance a slate 15-18 of narrative features.Participant will take the lead in developing and will oversee production and find worldwide distribution. Participant Media CEO Jim Berk said the company had been looking to secure a multi-year deal with an international partner to extend its global reach.Edward Borgerding, CEO of Abu Dhabi Media Company and its wholly owned subsidiary im
  • In Focus: Thedomestic summer box office

    Domestic revenues for the four-month summer season from early May to Labor Day in September reached $4.2bn. That's a box- office decline of 1% from 2007 with admissions down by about 7%. At first glance, then, the overall picture appears disappointing.Considerable money has been spent on pumping up old franchises (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull, The Dark Knight) as well as creating new ones (Iron Man, Wanted). There have been high-profile
  • India's Moser Baer ramps up theatrical distribution

    Following the release of family comedy Air Buddies and romantic drama Feast Of Love, India's Moser Baer is extending its theatrical distribution plans by releasing psychological thriller Righteous Kill, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, in India this week. Moser Baer, which has carved a strong home video presence in India, is now making strides in local distribution of both Indian and foreign films.The company has distributed Hindi movies Shaurya
  • International - Batman battles on

    Warner Bros' The Dark Knight's worldwide gross is still ticking off the key box-office milestones, crossing $400m in international markets and $500m domestically.The $1bn worldwide gross is tantalisingly close and the film held on to the top spot of Screen's international chart.The highest new entry in this week's chart is Japan's Twentieth Century Boys, which, along with Spri's Hancock, finally managed to topple Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea f
  • Interview: Larry Charles

    While Borat saw Larry Charles travel across the US with Sacha Baron Cohen's hapless Kazakh TV reporter, Religulous sees the director taking in a range of religious sites - Jerusalem, Vatican City and Florida's Holy Land Experience - with comedian Bill Maher as he skewers religion.Maher and Baron Cohen's methods may be different but, says Charles, 'they are both fearless performers. Bill just uses his own persona and Sacha uses his characters.'Premiered at the Toron
  • Is There Anybody There'

    Director: John Crowley. UK. 2008. 92 mins.
  • JCVD director El Mechri recruits Paradis for Midwife Crisis

    As Gaumont racks up major sales on TIFF Midnight Madness opener JCVD, that film's director Mabrouk El Mechri is finalising the original script this month for his next project, offbeat romantic comedy Midwife Crisis.Gaumont will again produce, with New York's Forensic Films also on board. Vanessa Paradis is attached to star, marking her first English-language film, and the American male lead is set to be
  • Jessica Alba to star in Marilyn Agrelo's Invisible Sign

    Jessica Alba will star in Silverwood Films and iDeal Partners Fund's modern fable An Invisible Sign Of My Own, which Kimmel International chief Mark Lindsay will introduce to buyers here and Endeavor is representing for North America.Marilyn Agrelo, who scored a hit with the 2005 Sundance documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, directs the story of an introverted maths teacher who uses her fascination for numbers
  • Johan Kling to follow Darling with Trust Me

    Swedish director Johan Kling's Trust Me took $1m (Euros 0.7m) of the $1.8m Swedish Film Institute support for10 local productions.Kling'sfeature debut, Darling, was named Best Swedish Film 2007 by the Association of Swedish Film Critics,Darling went on to win the Nordic Film Prize at the Göteborg Film Festival and to receive two Guldbagge awards, the Swedish national film trophy.It will screen in the Zabaltegi sidebar of the upcoming San Sebastian F
  • K5 on board for world sales of zomcom Wasting Away

    UK- and Germany-based sales company K5 International has acquired Matthew Kohnen's Wasting Away for worldwide sales.The US 'zomcom' feature, uniquely presented from the zombies' perspective, has picked up awards at ScreamFest, New Beijing, Festivus and Zompire.K5 spotted Wasting Away at Sci-Fi London and K5's Bill Stephens, Daniel Baur and Oliver Simon negotiated the deal with producer/co-writer Sean Kohnen at Morpheus Media.
  • Kazakhstan's Gift To Stalin to open Pusan film festival

    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will be presenting a record 315 films this year from 60 countries, with a total of 85 world and 48 international premieres. The fest will open Oct 2 with the world premiere of award-winning Kazakhstani filmmaker Rustem Abdrashev's The Gift To Stalin and close Oct 10 with the world premiere of I Am Happy, directed by Korea's Yoon Jong-chan (Sorum, Blue Swallow).I Am Happy is based on a novel by the
  • Krabat

    Dir. Marco Kreuzpaintner. Germany. 2008. 120 mins.The beloved 1971 children’s book by Otfried Preussler finally reaches the screen in a live-action version courtesy of young German director Marco Kreuzpaintner - and the results are impressive. Set in an 18th century Europe ravaged by the plague, the film is a riveting Faustian tale of teenage boys seduced by the lure of black magic that goes darker than even Harry Potter dares.That might be its biggest hu
  • Laila's Birthday

    Dir. Rashid Masharawi. Palestine/Tunisia/The Netherlands. 2008. 72mins
  • Lakeview Terrace

    Dir: Neil LaBute. US. 2008. 110 mins.Neil LaBute takes his best commercial swing yet with Lakeview Terrace, a solidly-constructed drama of suburban friction and unrest that only fully yields to genre convention in its final, wild, ten minutes. While not enough of a straightforward thriller to attract widescale younger audiences, the film is still a very effective showcase for the cool menace that star Samuel L. Jackson can project, and will connect largely on the
  • Landau, Zahn, Buscemi, Livingston star in ensemble Company Men

    Martin Landau, Steve Zahn, Steve Buscemi and Ron Livingston will star in Raul Sanchez Inglis' ensemble drama The Company Men, set to begin shooting in Detroit in November.Inglis wrote the screenplay about an aging salesman and his younger colleague who struggle to save an ailing toy company. Matthew Robert Kelly is producing.Inglis most recently wrote and directed Vice starring Michael Madse
  • Last Stop 174

    Dir. Bruno Barreto, Brazil, 2007, 110 minutes.
  • Lionsgate UK buys Caine-starrer Harry Brown from HanWay

    Lionsgate UK has acquired the distribution rights to Harry Brown, being produced by Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's MARV Films.HanWay Films is selling the project worldwide and handled the Lionsgate deal for MARV.Michael Caine has come on board to play the title role, opposite Emily Mortimer. Gary Young wrote the screenplay and Daniel Barber will direct, making his feature directorial debut after Oscar-nominated short
  • Local comedy Cape No. 7 tops Taiwanese box office

    On its third weekend on release, Wei Te-sheng's character comedy Cape No. 7 is the first local film in six years to climb to the top of the Taipei box office charts. Over the three-day weekend, the film grossed $240,000 representing a 77% boost on last weekend's numbers. It leap-frogged You Don't Mess With The Zohan and Mama Mia!, which dropped by 64% and 45% respectively.Including preview screenings, Cape No. 7 has now grosse
  • London boasts 14 world premieres, plus Bond, W and Frost/Nixon

    With 14 world premieres and screenings for the new Bond, Oliver Stone's W and opening film Frost/Nixon, artistic director Sandra Hebron says The Times/BFI London Film Festival has become an international launch pad for major films.'Film-makers and film companies are starting to see that London as a festival offers a very good platform - that it can have a reach beyond the UK and into Europe and internationally,' she stated.Hebron's remarks come at a time when s
  • Lymelife

    Dir. Derick Martini, US, 2008, 93 minutesLymelife is a coming-of-age story that takes another look at the darker side of suburban paradise: Long Island in the 1970’s, where Lyme Disease spread by local insects and carried by its picturesque deer is the new plague, and families who thought they’d finally ‘made it’ are afraid of their own backyards.Derick Martini’s tender and witty first feature has a cast that should give it an advantage over other
  • Magnolia picks up worldwide rights to Diary Of A Mad Black Man

    Magnolia Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to Tim Alexander's feature directorial debut Diary of A Mad Black Man.The story uses a series of vignettes to explore the nature of relationships between black men and the stereotypes and resentment that lurk within.Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles called it a 'firecracker of a film that is sure to be a real conversation starter and will definitely open up some fresh dialogue.'
  • Magnolia takes North American rights to Julia from StudioCanal

    StudioCanal has announced a North American sale on Erick Zonca's Julia. Magnolia Pictures has taken the film which stars Tilda Swinton. Julia was released earlier this year by StudioCanal in France and has sold to some 23 territories including Germany's Kinowelt, Spain's Verigo and the UK's Curzon Artificial Eye. In a press release, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said: 'Tilda Swinton's per
  • Management

    Dir. Stephen Belber. US. 2008. 93 mins.
  • Martin McGartland settles with Fifty Dead Men Walking producers

    The producers of Fifty Dead Men Walking have settled with Martin McGartland, whose autobiography provided the basis for the film. McGartland, the Royal Ulster Constabulary mole who infiltrated the IRA and survived two attempts on his life, had taken issue with the film's misrepresentation of true events. Since viewing a rough cut in May, McGartland has insisted director Kari Skogland and producers, Future Films and Canada's Brightlight Pictures
  • Match Factory closes Swiss, Italy deals on Venice winner Teza

    The Match Factory has sold Venice award winner Teza to Switzerland (Trigon) and Italy (Ripley's Film). On Saturday, Haile Gerima's feature won Venice's Special Jury Prize and the Osella for Best Screenplay (also by Gerima). On Friday, it also won the SIGNIS Award special mention and Cinema for UNICEF commendation in the Leoncino d'oro awards.Teza has its North American premiere this week in
  • Maximum Films takes the world on Control Alt Delete

    Maximum Films International has picked up worldwide sales rights on Cameron Labine's feature debut Control Alt Delete. Maximum Films Releasing will distribute in Canada. The slacker comedy makes its world premiere at TIFF on Wednesday in the Canada First! programme.Set at the turn of the century when Y2K scared the wits out of the nascent IT community, the story follows a deeply stressed programmer's increasing sexual attraction to his compute
  • Maximum takes six films apiece from Fortissimo, Cinetic

    After an earlier TIFF deal for Steve Jacobs' Disgrace, Canadian distributor Maximum Film Distribution has taken on a package of six films from Fortissimo's current slate.Maximum has also taken Canadian rights to six titles from New York-based Cinetic Media as part of an exclusive output agreement between the two companies sealed at last year's TIFF. The films are Ian Fitzgibbon's A Film With Me In It, Matt Aselton's
  • Me And Orson Welles

    Dir. Richard Linklater. UK . 2008. 107mins
  • Media Luna adds five titles including Katia's Sister

    Sales company Media Luna Entertainment has added five new titles to its Toronto lineup, including Mijke de Jong's Katia's Sister (Het Zusie Van Katia) which will have its North American premiere in Toronto tonight.De Jong's intimate portrait of a 13-year-old girl living in Amsterdam who loses her Russian mother and older sister Katia to the world of prostitution had its world premiere in the International Competition of the Locarno Internation
  • MEIFF names eight films in competition, Laila's Birthday screening

    Eight films have been set for the international competition feature film and documentary sections at the second annual Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi (Oct 10-19)Toronto festival favourite Laila's Birthday from Palestinian filmmaker Rashid Masharawi will also have its Middle Eastern premiere at the festival. The film, about a father who tries to make his daughter's birthday memorable amid the daily chaos in Palestine, will
  • Memento adds sales on Goodbye Solo to Benelux, Switzerland

    Memento Films International has generated strong buzz on Venice Horizons title Goodbye Solo with sales to Imagine in Benelux and Xenix in Switzerland. Following its premiere in Venice, the film is also being pursued with offers from France, Portugal, Greece and Italy among others.Ramin Bahrani's third feature will hit Toronto this week where it screens in the World Contemporary Cinema section. Also on Memento's Toronto slate are Ca
  • Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)

    Dir: Gianni Di Gregorio. Italy. 2008. 73mins.Small but utterly charming, Gianni di Gregorio's low-budget feature about an ageing Roman who suddenly finds himself looking after four ancient ladies over the mid-August dog days has enough heart to make up for its paper-thin story, and conceals a serious social message behind its delicate comic treatment of the burdens of old age, and the elderly as a burden. This won its 59-year-old director the Luigi De Laurentiis pr
  • Middle Of Nowhere

    Dir. John Stockwell. USA. 2008. 95 min.
  • Mill Valley Film Festival to open with Religulous, Bees

    Religulous and The Secret Life Of Bees will open and American Violet starring Alfre Woodard and Israeli drama Lemon Tree will close the 31st Mill Valley Film Festival, which runs from October 2-12.The festival will pay tributes to Woodard, Swedish actress Harriet Andersson and screenwriter Eric Roth, who wrote the upcoming
  • Millennium comes on board Norton-starrer Leaves In The Grass

    Millennium Films has boarded the $9.5m Edward Norton comedy Leaves InThe Grass after the financing deal set up through New York-based Barbarian fell apart in the summer.Tim Blake Nelson will start shooting in Shreveport, Louisiana, on September 22 to take advantage of state tax incentives and Millennium's facility in the city. The Oklahoma-set story stars Norton as a Ha
  • Millstein, Morris promoted at Disney Animation, Pixar

    Disney animation executive Andrew Millstein has been named general manager for Walt Disney Animation Studios and industry effects production executive Jim Morris will take on a parallel role as general manager for Pixar Animation Studios.Both will be responsible for guiding overall operations of their respective studios and will continue to oversee all aspects of production related to animated features, shorts and special animated projects. They will report directly to president of W
  • Miracle at St. Anna

    Dir. Spike Lee; US/Italy. 2008. 166 mins.After enjoying the biggest commercial success of his career with the tightly disciplined genre film Inside Man, Spike Lee returns to his freewheeling ways in Miracle At St Anna, an Italy-set World War II story which plays like a jazz improvisation from its composer Terence Blanchard - long, meandering and full of asides - with not enough attention to the plot momentum or characterisation that a 166-minute war film re
  • Mongrel, Sienna, Foundry launch screenwriting lab

    Two Toronto production companies are banding with boutique distributor Mongrel Media to launch The Writers Unit (TWU), a screenplay development lab. Mongrel president Hussein Amarshi, Sienna Pictures' Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja, producers behind such films as How She Move and A Touch Of Pink, and Danny Iron of Foundry Films, co-producer of Away From Her and the upcoming Cairo Time, will select six screenplays to move forward to final draft. Broadcaster and producer
  • National Society Of Film Critics sets annual voting meeting for Jan 3

    The National Society Of Film Critics will stage its 43rd annual voting meeting for the best films from 2008 on January 3, 2009 at Sardi's in New York City. Results will be announced later that evening.Sixty-three members are eligible to vote on any film that opens in the US during the year 2008. There is no nomination process: the members meet, vote using a weighted ballot, and announce all on the same day. The current chair of the Society is David Sterritt.Awards go to b
  • Native Dancer

    Dir. Guka Omarova. Kazakhstan/ Russia/ France/ Germany. 2008. 87 mins.
  • New Line options How To Be Single for Flower Films to produce

    New Line Cinema has optioned Liz Tuccillo's best-selling novel How To Be Single and will produce with Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore's Flower Films.Tuccillo is a former writer for Sex and the City and co-wrote the book He's Just Not That Into You, which was also acquired and produced by New Line Cinema/Warner Bros and Flower Films.Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn will adapt the screenplay ab
  • Newton heats up next projects after Three Blind Mice

    Australian actor/writer/director Matthew Newton, here with Three Blind Mice, has two new scripts in development.People People is about a 40-year-old married couple trying to stay together. 'It's about comfort versus freedom,' Newton says. 'It's like an anti-rom-com, about how we relate to each other.'He also has LA-set genre piece about a professional killer, T
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

    Dir. Peter Sollett. US. 2008. 89mins.The highly anticipated second feature of the New York-based independent Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas) valiantly attempts to both enliven and subvert the tendencies and predictability of the teenage romantic comedy - although the whole never quite registers as forcef
  • Nothing But the Truth

    Director: Rod Lurie. US. 2008. 107mins.A dramatic fictionalization thatconflates the political scandal of former covert intelligence officerValerie Plame and controversial journalist Judith Miller, Rod Lurie's Nothing But the Truthis a miscalculated piece damaged by poor direction, mediocre writingand performance
  • Ole Christian Madsen plans sex addiction drama

    Ole Christian Madsen, here at TIFF with Danish smash hit Flame & Citron (The Match Factory has sold to 25 territories including IFC for the US), has several new projects in the works. The first to shoot will be a film about sex addiction to shoot in Denmark in December or January on a budget of about $1.5m. The story follows a man and woman who meet in rehab. 'The tone is a dark lonely story, like Leaving Las Ve
  • Online distributor IndiePix launches Shakespeare collection

    New York-based IndiePix, an internet-based distributor (on demand and DVD) of independent films, has launched its latest collection: 10 Shakespeare adaptations.The 10-film collection includes Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955) plus Bollywood adaptations Maqbool and
  • Palisades extends Bergman UK library deal with Svensk

    Palisades Pictures new UK subsidiary Palisades Tartan UK - formed when Palisades acquired the library of shuttered UK distributor Tartan - has negotiated a deal with Sweden's Svensk Filmindustri to extend the rights of the Ingmar Bergman library.Terms of the deal were not released but the UK distribution rights have been extended for more than 30 Bergman films. Those covered include classics such as The Seventh Seal, Persona, Wild Strawberries
  • Palisades Tartan extends Fortissimo library deal

    Palisades Tartan UK, the Palisades Pictures subsidiary formed with the takeover of the library of the now-defunct Tartan Films, has struck a deal to extend its UK distribution rights to Fortissimo Films titles.The library includes more than 30 films including Mysterious Skin, Capturing The Friedmans, 2046, Super Size Me, The Eye, and Bangkok Dangerous. Fortissimo Films co-chairman Michael J. W
  • Pandora's Box (Pandoranin Kutusu)

    Dir. Yesim Ustaoglu. Turkey/France/Germany/Belgium. 2008. 112 mins.
  • Passchendaele

    Dir: Paul Gross. Canada. 2008. 114minsAnyone confronting the horrors of trench warfare in the First World War has to acknowledge the long shadows cast by seminal classics All Quiet On The Western Front and Paths Of Glory. Paul Gross’s ambitious Passchendaele doesn’t try to compete. Instead, the writer-producer-director-star chooses to focus on an Ernest Hemingway-style tale of love and war. Unashamedly old-fashioned and resolutely middle-brow, it unf
  • Peter Fonda to serve as jury president in Zurich

    Veteran actor-director Peter Fonda will serve as the president of the feature film jury at this year's Zurich Film Festival which will open on September 25 with the Swiss premiere of Uli Edel's Der Baader Meinhof Komplex in the presence of the director Edel, producer Bernd Eichinger, author Stefan Aust and actors Moritz Bleibtreu and Nadja Uhl.Fonda will be joined in the seven-person ju
  • Philippe Martinez is back with Cinepro Pictures, directing film

    Former Bauer Martinez chief Philippe Martinez has resurfaced with Tampa Bay, Florida-based Cinepro Pictures and commenced principal photography on thriller The Stream Experiment starring Val Kilmer, Armand Assante and Eric Roberts.Martinez himself is directing and producing from a screenplay by Rob Malkani about six people trapped in a Turkish bathhouse. Cinepro Pictures International is handling international sales and Genius Products holds d
  • Plastic City set for new edit after Venice, Toronto screenings

    Celluloid Dreams has confirmed that the version of Yu Lik-wai's Plastic City screening here in Toronto Special Presentations is an 'unfinished' version.After the post-production was rushed for the world premiere in Venice, the sales company will work with the film-makers after Toronto to recut the film.Gordon Spragg, Celluloid Dreams' director of marketing and publicity, said: 'It was really down to the wire with the film still edi
  • PorchLight's Condor takes international on Down To The Dirt

    LA-based PorchLight's non-family division Condor Releasing has picked up international rights to Justin Simms' drama Down To The Dirt, screening here in Canada First!President of worldwide distribution Ken DuBow and vice president of acquisitions Robert Yu brokered the deal with Nicholas Tabarrok of Darius Films and Anna Petras of Newfound Films.Down To The Dirt is based on Joel Thomas Hynes
  • Pride And Glory

    Dir. Gavin O’Connor. US. 2008 125 min.After sitting on the shelf for the better part of two years, Gavin O’Connor’s bruising Manhattan melodrama charges into a congested festival lineup breathing fire and smoke. A coiling police saga about the clash between family and career loyalties, Pride and Glory is a familiar but taut thriller sparked by a quartet of committed lead performances and the visual acrobatics of stealth camera ace Declan Quinn, who has also just i
  • Profile: Guarav Dhillon

    For Gaurav Dhillon, the CEO of Jaman.com, what sets his online film offering apart from the likes of CinemaNow and iTunes is the sense of community fostered by its interactive elements.Site users are encouraged to review films and take part in discussions on the forums, while a mood selector will suggest viewing options depending on whether visitors are feeling serious, light-hearted, crave bullets or are in the mood for love.'People love the idea of interacting with each other,
  • Queens Of Langkasuka (Puen-Yai-Jom-Sa-Lad)

    Dir: Nonzee Nimibutr. Thailand. 2008. 133mins.A big-budget Thai period epic that mixes pirates, magic, martial arts action and a kneejerk eco-pacifist subtext, Queens Of Langkasuka is good to look at but clunky in pretty much every other department. Those in the mood for a chaste action-laced love story with dazzling costumes will not complain but the Thai Pirates Of The Caribbean this most certainly isn't.Distributor Sahamongkol opens the f
  • Rai strikes four deals for Venice title Il Papa di Giovanna

    Rai Trade has closed several deals on Pupi Avati's Il Papa di Giovanna, which won the Venice best actor prize for Silvio Orlando.Sales have been done with France (Paradis), Belgium and The Netherlands (ABC Films), Australia (Palace Pictures), and Switzerland (MFD).Orlando stars as a father who tries to help his daughter (Alba Rohrwacher) after she omits murder.The film is out in Italy next week on 250 prints.
  • Rain (Lluvia)

    Dir: Maria Govan. The Bahamas. 2008. 93 mins.One of the first indigenously produced films to come out of the Bahamas, Maria Govan’s Rain shows a different side to Nassau where, in the shadows of luxury resorts and ocean liners, lives a subset of islanders battling the ravages of drugs, HIV infection and extreme poverty. Notable not only for its novelty value, it is also a well-crafted film with a fine, mostly female cast, although western audiences will find n
  • Rampling, Bruhl, Friel to star in Amiel's WWI comedy Angel Makers

    Charlotte Rampling will star alongside Daniel Bruhl and Anna Friel in London-based The Producers' first world war dark comedy Angel Makers which Jon Amiel will direct.Benno Furmann, Moritz Bleibtreu, Anne-Marie Duff and John Hurt round out the key cast. The Producers principal Jeanna Polley is producing and is currently scouting for locations.Ellen Wander's Santa Monica-based Film Bridge International is overseeing the financing an
  • Richard Antley joins Digital Vision for US sales manager

    Post-production provider Digital Vision has hired Richard Antley as sales manager for the Americas. Antley comes to Digital Vision after two and a half years as vice president at IMAGTICA Corp.Simon Cuff, President of Digital Vision, said: 'It is exciting for a sales executive of Richard's calibre to join Digital Vision's US Headquarters. His marketing skills and deep understanding of colour science, proven during more than ten years of hands-on experience in the digital
  • Righteous Kill

    Dir: Jon Avnet. US. 2008. 100 mins.Screen legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino team up with director Jon Avnet in Righteous Kill, a thinly-sketched, utterly pedestrian cop thriller that pivots on a very predictable twist ending. An unworthy vehicle for its stars' talents, the movie plays like an episodic small screen crime serial lazily blown up for the big screen. Following on the heels of Pacino's 88 Minutes, another Avnet-helmed thriller
  • Roadshow scoops most awards at Australia's Movie Convention

    Roadshow, the only Australian-owned distributor with a direct supply line from the US studios, was the big winner last night (Thurs), the final evening of the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC), which has been running on Queensland 's Gold Coast for the past five days. Roadshow won the most awards for films grossing more than A$10m (US$8.3m) and the gold award for the highest-grossing film of the last 12 months thanks to The Dark Knight, which won the equivalent award
  • RockNRolla

    Dir/scr: Guy Ritchie. UK. 2008. 114mins.RocknRolla returns Guy Ritche precisely to the world that made his name; the low-level underworld of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1999) and Snatch (2000) which were in turn the inspiration for a UK geezer subgenre (Sexy Beast, Layer Cake, etc). It’s a step back to basics and an assured return to form for Ritchie, leaving the viewer marvelling afresh about how a director this confident could have
  • Rome to open third festival with Huit/Eight and The Man Who Loves

    The International Film Festival of Rome has announced Huit/Eight and The Man Who Loves will share credits as opening films for the upcoming third edition, which runs October 22-31. Huit/Eight, which was previously announced, will be presented out of competition as a Special Event, organisers specified today, even though it is in Rome's Cinema 2008 se
  • Rory Buckley joins SPI as London-based sales director

    Warsaw-based film and TV company SPI has appointed Rory Buckley as its London-based Sales Director. He will be responsible for all TV sales in Central and Eastern Europe. Buckley most recently served as Senior Sales Manager for Disney in Central & Eastern Europe.Buckley said: 'I am thrilled to take on this post with its various opportunities and challenges. It will be exciting to lead the expansion of SPI's commercial activities across Central and Eastern Europe'.
  • Rotterdam 2009 to examine Asian horror, post-cinema screens

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is planning two special programmes for its 2009 edition: Hungry Ghosts, devoted to Asian horror; and Size Matters, about the omnipresence of multiple screens in the post-cinema age.The festival's director Rutger Wolfson, confirmed in March for a four-year term after a temporary helming of the festival in 2008, unveiled the plans here in Toronto ahead of a IFFR cocktail reception this evening.Hungry Ghosts will be programmed
  • San Sebastian to honour Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep

    The San Sebastian film festival has announced that Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas will receive the Donostia award, which is given to a film personality in recognition of their work and career. A respected Spanish actor and director, Banderas' career spans from his role in Pedro Almodovar's Labyrinth Of Passion (1982) to his latest film The Other Man, which will open this year's San Sebastian film festival.US actress Streep has had a long and illustrious film career spanning four dec
  • Sauna

    Dir: Antti-Jussi Annila. Finland. 2008. 83mins.Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila (Jade Warrior) invokes slavishly two masters, Andrei Tarkovsky and Stanley Kubrick, with this intensely baroque and religion-inflected period horror movie. The severely grotesque atmosphere and mannered style suffocate the promising ideas and results in a dramatically incoherent work more punishing than frightening.
  • Shoreline picks up worldwide rights to Routh-starrer Stuntmen

    Morris Ruskin's Shoreline Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to Eric Amadio's comedy Stuntmen starring Brandon Routh, Dominique Swain and Joel Moore as Toronto gets underway.The story centres on an old rivalry that is awakened between two of Hollywood's biggest stuntmen when an ambitious documentary film-maker follows them in the run-up to the Stuntman Of The Year Award.Ray Wise and Zachary Levi also star in the project,
  • Singapore selects My Magic as foreign-language Oscar entry

    The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) has selected Eric Khoo's My Magic as Singapore's entry to the best foreign-language film category of next year's Academy Awards. The mostly Tamil-language film, which played in competition at Cannes this year, follows the complex relationship between a father, who is analcoholic magician, and his son. Real-life magician Bosco Francis plays the father while 14-year-old student Jathishweran plays the son.Produced by Zhao Wei Films, My Mag
  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Dir. Danny Boyle. UK . 2008. 120 mins
  • Spike Lee launches second Babelgum Online Film Festival

    Spike Lee, in Toronto for the world premiere of Miracle Of St Anna, launched the second Babelgum Online Film Festival today [September 5] and unveiled details about the competition.Web TV platform Babelgum set up the festival to support international short film and Lee will return as honourary judge alongside the Seattle International Film Festival's artistic director Carl Spence, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival director Joe Bateman and the Annecy
  • Stewart Till buys Icon as foundation for international network

    Stewart Till's company Stadium has agreed a deal to acquire the international operations of Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's Icon Group comprising sales outfit Icon Entertainment International, the UK and Australian distribution operations and the Majestic Films & Television library. The deal is subject to due diligence.The acquisition marks the foundation for Till's ambitious plans to build an international distribution network along the lines of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and PolyGr
  • Still Walking (Aruitemo, Aruitemo)

    Dir. Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Japan. 2008. 114 mins.Adapted by Kore-Eda from a novel he wrote, evidently inspired by the death of his parents a few years back, Still Walking is a quiet, almost whispered picture in which nothing much seems to happen and may well be a naturalistic version of Ozu’s Tokyo Story for our times. Less stylized, purified and painful than Ozu’s masterpiece, Kore-Eda offers a slow, subdued, realistic portrait of the relations between three
  • Strong international weekend for Universal led by Mamma Mia!

    Universal's musical adaptation Mamma Mia! led the international pack at the weekend and is nearing $300m following an estimated $15m haul through UPI from 3,493 sites in 39 territories that raised the tally to $280.1m.Mamma Mia! overtook The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian to become the fifth biggest grossing international release of the year with 16 territorie
  • Summit picks up Hurt Locker, IFC Films gets Che at Toronto

    Summit Entertainment has picked up US rights to Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker in the second significant domestic deal of the festival. The distributor closed the deal late on Tuesday night and plans to release the film in 2009. The deal follows a successful North American premiere for the war film here hot on the heels of a world premiere in Venice that earned a ten-minute standing ovation.Meanwhile IFC Films closed a deal on W
  • Sunshine Barry boogies with Baltics, Benelux, India

    Sola Media has sold 3-D animation Sunshine Barry & The Disco Worms to more territories including the Baltics (AMCE), Benelux (Independent Films) and India (VMI).Thomas Borch Nielsen's film has its world premiere here in with public screenings starting Sept 7. Sola previously booked sales for 40 countries including Brazil (Imagem), CIS (Atelje), Czech & Slovak Republics (Dimas), Former Yugoslavia (MFC & Continental), Poland (Kino Sw
  • Ted Hope to deliver keynote address at Filmmaker Forum in LA

    Producer Ted Hope will deliver the keynote address at Film Independent's fourth annual Filmmaker Forum, which takes place from September 26-28 in Los Angeles.The forum will kick off on September 26 with a sneak preview of Summit Entertainment's The Brothers Bloom, which gets it world premiere here and stars Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo and was directed by Rian Johnson.Topics under discussion on the panels on September 27 and 28 in
  • The Brothers Bloom

    Dir: Rian Johnson. US. 2008. 109mins
  • The Mummy 3 has strong opening in mainland China

    The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor had a strong opening in mainland China, where it was filmed as a co-production between Universal Pictures and Shanghai Film Group, despite a delayed release date. On the first day of release (September 3), the film grossed more than $2.05m (RMB14m), similar to the opening gross of The Forbidden Kingdom, with $2.33m (RMB16m), and of last year's local blockbuster Assembly, with $2.19m (RMB15m)The film was released on more tha
  • The Other Man

    Director: Richard Eyre. UK/USA. 2008. 90mins.Richard Eyre is fast becoming the new master of unhealthy obsession. After Judi Dench’s creepily predatory school teacher inNotes On A Scandal, it is now the turn of Liam Neeson to play a fool for love inThe Oth
  • The Sea Wall

    Dir. Rithy Panh. France/Cambodia/Belgium. 2008. 115mins
  • The Secret Life Of Bees

    Dir: Gina Prince-Bythewood. USA. 2008. 110 minsInspirational life lessons abound in The Secret Life Of Bees, a wholesome, heartwarming version of the Sue Monk Kidd bestseller. The mixture of personal heartache and social history is handled with tender loving care, but is so sentimental and sermonising that it risks feeling more like a school lesson or a Sunday church
  • The Stoning Of Soraya M

    Dir. Cyrus Nowrasteh. US. 2008. 116mins.This harrowing, if cinematically flawed, account of a male mob’s murder of a young wife and mother according to Shariah law in an Iranian village in 1986, just a few years after Khomeini took power, takes on particular relevance today. Exposes in the western media about ‘honour killings,’ not only in the Middle and Near East but also in Europe and the US, have only recently taken up numerous co
  • The Unliving director Lilja finds backing for feature version

    Coproduction office and Swedish Film Institute support feature adaptation of Berlinale-winning short, produced by Filmlance International.
  • The Women

    Dir: Diane English. US. 2008. 114 mins.Diane English, the creator of hit 80s TV sitcom Murphy Brown, set herself a tall order for her theatrical directing debut - remaking George Cukor's classic 1939 ensemble starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell. So long in the making that it feels like something out of the pre-Sex And The City early 1990s complete with a mop-headed Meg Ryan as the leading lady, the new Women is only mildly enterta
  • The Works on board for Rachel Ward's feature debut Beautiful Kate

    The Works International has taken on world sales for Rachel Ward's Beautiful Kate. Ward's feature directorial debut is based on the novel of the same name by Newton Thornburg.Beautiful Kate is a story of dark family secrets in the Australian outback - told in parallel strands of past and present to reveal the sexual awakenings of three siblings growing up in isolation. It recently wrapped sh
  • The Works rocks with UK rights to Anvil!

    The Works UK Distribution has taken all UK rights to Sacha Gervasi's rockumnetary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil.The deal was sealed by the Works UK Distribution's managing director Mick Southworth and director of marketing Laurence Gornall, and CAA's Micah Green and Brian Kavanagh-Jones.The film is about Toronto-based metal band Anvil, who had a 1982 hit album and try to find fame and fortune again 26 years later.The film p
  • The Wrestler

    Dir: Darren Aronofsky. US. 2008. 105 mins.
  • Thom Fitzgerald to direct Sense Of Things for Samson, Eagle Vision

    Thom Fitzgerald is set to direct an adaptation of novelist Alison Dye's The Sense of Things next summer. The film will be produced by Ireland's Samson Films, producers of the Oscar-winning Once, and Eagle Vision of Canada, producers of the Oscar-winning Capote. Fitzgerald's other titles include The Hanging Garden, Beefcake, The Event and 3 N
  • Tippett to receive Georges Melies Award from Visual Effects Society

    Phil Tippett, who founded Tippett Studio and won an effects Oscar for his work in Jurassic Park and a Special Achievement Academy Award for Return Of The Jedi, will receive the Visual Effects Society's (VES) George Melies Award For Artistic Excellence.The Melies Award, given to individuals who have 'pioneered a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry
  • Tonight (Nuit de Chien)

    Dir: Werner Schroeter. France/Germany/Portugal. 2008. 121 mins.Pascal Greggory - and the audience - stumble through a violent, decadent war-torn Eurocity in veteran German filmmaker Werner Schroeter's Tonight, trying to salvage some sort of meaning from the mess. Though it flares up occasionally with noirish atmosphere and post-apocalpytic ennui, Schroeter's first film for six years shows how dated the director's early-seventies brand of cinematic expressionism ha
  • Toronto Sales

    Toronto deals round-upMemento Films International sold Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo to Imagine in Benelux and Xenix in Switzerland.Regent Releasing acquired North American rights from Fortissimo Films to Serbis, which will screen at the New York Film Festival on October 12.Maximum Film Distribution took Cana
  • Treeless Mountain

    Dir. Kim So Yong. US/South Korea. 2008. 89mins
  • Uberto Pasolini's Machan takes Venice Europa Cinemas Label

    Uberto Pasolini's Machan has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival.Pasolini's directorial debut is also playing here in Contemporary World Cinema. It is about a group of poor Sri Lankan men who aspire to attend a handball tournament in Germany. With the prize, the film will now be given extra support by the network of Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The four
  • UK minority film-makers join Toronto Talent Lab

    The UK film industry has selected Juliet Ellis and Robert Samuels as its two black, Asian or minority ethnic film-makers to participate in Toronto's Talent Lab (Sept 3-6).Samuels is currently developing The Amazing Labours of Arthur Glass with Film4.This marks the second year that UK training body Skillset has partnered with TIFF's Talent Lab. UK applicants submitted one-minute clips from projects, which were then judged by UK indu
  • Uncertainty

    Dir. Scott McGehee, David Siegel. US. 2008. 101 minsRegular collaborators McGehee and Siegel have hit what is called in baseball a double-a compliment, that—with Uncertainty. In the past, their provocative films have veered toward the academic, as with the study of amnesia in the modern Cain-and-Abel tale Suture (1993), and the revisionist generic conceit of T
  • United Kingdom - There will be blood

    It is mid-June in London, and James Corden is sweating in a yellow raincoat as he runs through a foggy forest, carrying a condom full of holy water. Director Phil Claydon calls out his instructions: "Vampire fighting formation, please!"This is the set of Lesbian Vampire Killers. "The title tells you where you are," Claydon says with a smile. "It's more a comedy than a horror. We want to make a shameless, popcorn-eating, Friday-night romp."Producer Steve Clark-Hall, who pr
  • US buyers mull two films for sale - again

    As domestic buyers scoured the festival ahead of a slew of anticipated screenings over the coming days, the tempestuous North American distribution scene offered up its latest twist.Both the star-studded portmanteau New York, I Love You and Nigel Cole's road movie $5 A Day received their world premieres in the same slot last night and are available for sale - despite already having distributors in place
  • Venice dates move: A storm in a teacup'

    Reports that the Venice Film Festival is contemplating moving its start date into September next year will not affect Toronto, which itself moves back a week to start on Sept 10 in 2009.Toronto's dates traditionally shift with the calendar (the first Thursday after North American Labour Day). Venice's dates this year are August 27 - September 6 against Toronto's September 4 - 13. Next year Venice could start Wednesday, September 2, 2009 while Toronto 2009 runs September 10 - 19. The
  • Venice Film Festival confirms permanent date change

    The 65th Venice Film Festival artistic director Marco Muller has confirmed that next year's festival will open later, on September 2. More significantly, he said that the shift to the first Wednesday in September would be a permanent one. That means that, while the next two years will not see a significant change from previous years in the Venice and Toronto axis, the festivals could effectively overlap in 2011, with Venice starting on Wednesday September 7, 2011, and Toronto on Thur
  • Venice FIPRESCI prizes go to Goodbye Solo, Inland (Gabba)

    Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo, which is screening at TIFF through September 11, took the FIPRESCI international critics prize in Venice, as best film in Horizons and International Critics' Week.The FIPRESCI prize for the international competition went Inland (Gabbla) by Tariq Teguia. Inland is about present-day Algeria, through the experiences of a surveyor sent to areas affected in the past by terrorism.
  • Vicky Cristina, Langkasukatoopen Bangkok fest

    Despite current political unrest in Thailand, the Bangkok International Film Festival (BKIFF) will kick off as planned on Sept 23 with a screening of Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona. Thai director Nonzee Nimibutr's Queens Of Langkasuka will mark the launch of the Thailand Entertainment Expo (TEE) with a red carpet gala screening on Sep 26. Organised by the Department of Export Promotion, TEE is a new market for film, television, animation and music which is set to ru
  • Visit Films closes five-picture deal with Australia's Beyond

    Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron's New York-based Visit Films has closed a five-film deal here with Beyond Entertainment in Australia.Beyond has acquired rights to Hannah Takes The Stairs, LOL and Kissing On The Mouth by Joe Swanberg and Dance Party USA and Quiet City by Aaron Katz.'With deals like this, it is clear
  • Viva la republic

    Content Republic sounds like a new nation state, but in fact it is a new state of mind about digital distribution.Teun Hilte, who co-founded the company with Michel Peters, explains the concept: "We're licensing films to internet platforms," he says. "For companies like iTunes which have the ambition to work on a pan-European level in film like they do in music, they need rights across Europe. It's physically and logistically impossible for them to deal with 10 to 15 local indie distri
  • Wang's Princess to receive free release on YouTube in US

    Magnolia Pictures will distribute Wayne Wang's The Princess Of Nebraska as a free release on YouTube's recently launched internet platform YouTube Screening Room on October 17.The release of The Princess Of Nebraska ties in with Magnolia's theatrical release of Wang's companion film A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers on September 19. Magnolia, Cinetic Rights Manage
  • What Doesn't Kill You

    Dir. Brian Goodman, US, 2008, 100 minutesSouth Boston’s Irish gangland fatalism returns to the screen in Brian Goodman’s debut, a buddies-in-crime drama. Two childhood friends in the Southie slums graduate from petty crime to robbery, murder, drugs and prison, and even to a little self-awareness.The challenge for What Doesn’t Kill You is finding life for this solid yet minor league Boston saga in the audience that has already seen Gone Baby Gone
  • White Night Wedding

    Dir. Baltasar Kormakur. Iceland. 2008. 94 mins.
  • Who Do You Love

    Toronto: Breezily-entertaining, this jazz-fuelled biopic may still face a commercial struggle, says Jan Stuart. Dir. Jerry Zaks. US. 2008. 90 minutesA breezily-entertaining dramatisation of the life of blues entrepreneur Leonard Chess (Nivola), Who Do You Lovewill test the public’s appetite for recording studio soap operas. While it avoids as many genre traps as it steps into, this delves into the longstanding relationship between Jewis
  • Zack And Miri Make A Porno

    Dir/scr Kevin Smith. USA. 2008. 102 mi

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