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12 May 2000

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  • Alliance goes back-packing

    Gurinder Chadha, director of Sundance opener What's Cooking and Bhaji On The Beach, is directing an adaptation of William Sutcliffe's best-selling novel Are You Experienced for Canada's Alliance Atlantis.The story, likened to The Beach with a sense of humour, is about back-packing teenagers in India looking for love, sex and their tantric centres. Chadha is to shoot the film this year.Unveiling this year's production line-up, Seaton McLean, recently installed as president
  • Alliance's Hamori to go it alone

    Andras Hamori is leaving his position as president of Alliance Pictures to form his own production outfit with a non-exclusive first-look deal at Alliance Atlantis. Hamori will continue to develop and produce the slate he has brought to Alliance Atlantis including pictures with UK production outfit Natural Nylon and George Faber's Company Pictures.The announcement was made by Seaton McLean, president Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Production.Hamori's production credits
  • Alliance's Wrenn to fly to New Zealand

    Miramax has acquired Lone Scherfig's dogme title Italian For Beginners, one of the hottest titles in the main competition at the Berlin Film Festival since its screening on Friday, for release in the US, Mexico and English-speaking Canada. Miramax is understood to have paid $600,000 for the romantic comedy, beating off several other buyers including USA Films. Berlin has proved a fertile platform for dogme titles. Two years ago, the third dogme film, Mifune, also clinched
  • Artisan, Miramax do some Dirty Dancing

    Two of the unlikeliest dance partners - US rivals Artisan Entertainment and Miramax Films - are teaming up to co-produce and co-finance Dirty Dancing 2, the sequel to one of the most successful independent films of all time.The film will be a 50/50 worldwide joint venture and Artisan will handle domestic distributon. Miramax's studio sister distributor Buena Vista International (BVI) will release the film in all foreign territories.The announcement was made by Artisan's c
  • CanWest's Aaronson acquires Simon Magus

    Bob Aaaronson, the new acquisition chief for CanWest Films, has made his first purchase for the fledgling US distribution company, picking up North American rights to Ben Hopkins' debut feature Simon Magus.Aaronson, who was previously an acquisitions executive for both New Line/Fine Line and 20th Century Fox before becoming an independent producer, has been named vice-president of acquistions and co-productions for CanWest Films. In addition to finding films for domestic
  • Caton-Jones, De Niro reteam for Franchise

    Robert De Niro and director Michael Caton-Jones are reteaming for true life crime epic City By The Sea - one of two new big budget pictures on offer from powerhouse indie supplier Franchise Pictures. Franchise is also backing the next picture written and to be directed by David Mamet - crime thriller Heist set to star Gene Hackman. Both films will be released domestically by Warner Bros.Franchise co-developed City By The Sea with Warner and Brillstein/Grey Entertai
  • Celluloid takes first look at IFC

    French sales outfit Celluloid Dreams has sealed a first-look agreement with the US' Independent Film Channel (IFC) following its acquisition of international rights to IFC-produced title Happy Accidents, directed by Brad Anderson and starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio.Celluloid, headed by Hengameh Panahi, is about to pick up a second unnamed title from IFC which is expected to be ready in time for this year's Venice Film Festival. Happy Accidents, which pr
  • CLT-Ufa gangs up with Scorsese, Altman pictures

    CLT-Ufa is understood to have acquired French and Eastern European rights to Martin Scorsese's $100m historical opus, Gangs Of New York starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz, as well as French and Benelux's rights to Robert Altman's upcoming Doctor T And The Women headling Richard Gere, both from IEG.The twin acquisitions will help feed CLT Ufa's fledgling European distribution network, which is currently made up of SND in France, Belga in Benelux and Intercom in E
  • Connolly chips in for Spud

    Billy Connolly, the UK actor-comedian who rose to fame with an expletive-laden brand of humour, has signed to star as the Archangel Gabriel in Samuelson Productions' tentatively titled comedy Jimmy Spud.Udayan Prasad, whose credits include My Son The Fanatic, is to direct the contemporary UK comedy, on which UK-based The Sales Co is handling worldwide distribution. The film, which starts shooting this month in London, Newcastle and the Isle Of Man, is adapted by Lee Hall from hi
  • Constantin adds Propaganda to production stable

    Bernd Eichinger's Constantin Film has unveiled its third US venture inside a week, setting up a production joint venture with Propaganda Films.The move is designed to deliver three or four films per year using Propaganda's unusual stable of directors and actors. Propaganda said under the deal it "will be taking particular advantage" of Spike Jonze, Simon West, Mark Pellington, Dominic Sena, Nicole Kidman, Tom Sizemore and Matthew McConaughey. In a statement the two companies sai
  • Dancer In The Dark

    Dir: Lars Von Trier. Denmark-Sweden. 2000. 139 mins.Prod Co: Zentropa Entertainment. Int'l Sales: Trust Film Sales (+45 3686 8788). Prod: Vibeke Windelov. Scr: Lars Von Trier. DoP: Robby Muller. Prod des: Karl Juliusson. Ed: Molly Malene Stensgaard, Francois Gedigier. Mus: Bjork. Main cast: Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey.It's a musical but not as we know it. A bold experiment in genre fusion (song'n'dance fantasy meets gut-wrenching melod
  • Daybreak signs up Laing for House Guest

    John Laing has signed to directThe House Guest, the second film to go into production this year under the Daybreak Pictures production banner, and the second from the New Zealand company to be handled by UK sales outfit 2 Match. The film is being financed by presales, local private investors and funding from the Commercial Bank. Ian Coughan has written the script, Grant Bradley is producing, and Richard Stewart is the executive producer. This is the same team behind director Dav
  • Dear moves to SBS from Film Four Australia

    Channel Four and Film Four have lost Australian representative Miranda Dear to SBS Independent, the production arm of multicultural broadcaster SBS, where she takes up the role of commissioning editor of drama from early July. She replaces Barbara Masel who signified her intention to leave several months ago.
  • Deneuve to star in Wild Bunch's Thumb

    Catherine Deneuve is to star in Olivier Dahan's Le Petit Poucet (Little Tom Thumb) with Elodie Bouchez and Romane Bohringer. The $12m fairy tale, which is currently in development at French production outfit La Chauve Souris (Dobermann), is one of the two major French films which Wild Bunch, the 'classics' division of Le StudioCanal, will start pre-selling in Cannes.The outfit is also launching pre-sales on La Morsure de l'aube (Love Bites) a first film by Antoine de Caunes, which is t
  • Devils On The Doorstep (Guizi Lai Le)

    Dir: Jiang Wen. China. 2000. 162 mins.Prod Co: Asian Union Film & Entertainment Ltd. Int'l Sales: Fortissimo Film Sales. Prod: Jiang Wen. Exec prods: Dong Ping, Zheng Quangang. Scr: You Fengwei, Shu Ping, Jiang Wen, Shi Jianquan, inspired by the novella Shengcun by You Fengwei. DoP: Gu Chengwei. Prod des: Tang Shiyun. Ed: Zhang Yifan, Folmer Wiesinger. Mus: Cui Jian, Li Haiying, Liu Xing. Main cast: Jiang Wen, Kagawa Teruyuki, Jiang Hongbo, Chen Qiang, Sawada Kenya.More o
  • Eagle swoops on Seven Arts

    Recapitalised Italian distributor Eagle Pictures has sealed another package of pictures - with Seven Arts International - to go with the two picture deal with Summit and a three picture deal with Intermedia which it concluded at AFM.Eagle has taken theatrical rights to seven movies from Seven Arts including Rules Of Engagement starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L Jackson which was released by Paramount domestically.Other titles in the package are A Shot At Glory w
  • FFG bags 14 titles for Metrodome alliance

    In an innovative use of UK financing structures worth an estimated $149m in tax write-offs, recently-formed London financing house Future Film Group has acquired all UK rights to a 14-strong slate of $15m-$25m projects to be released through its partnership with distributor Metrodome Distribution.Future will oversee a 100% tax write-off on the titles, which qualify as British, through its subsidiary Future Film Finance. Future, which acquired the titles through distribution arm Future
  • FilmFour seals Warner alliance

    The UK's FilmFour and US studio Warner Bros Pictures have formed a long-term co-production alliance, FilmFour chief executive Paul Webster and Warner president of worldwide production Lorenzo di Bonaventura have announced.The deal, aimed at achieving FilmFour's long-cherished goal of making bigger-budget pictures, starts with Gillian Armstrong's Charlotte Gray, starring Cate Blanchett. The WW2-set story, budgeted at $22m, is expected to be FilmFour's largest production to date.
  • FilmFour, GFO plan late night shopping spree

    The UK's FilmFour and the Glasgow Film Office (GFO) are collaborating on Late Night Shopping, an oddball, after-hours comedy that marks GFO's debut as a film financier.Saul Metzstein will direct the project from a script by Jack Lothian, with additional financing coming from the Scottish Arts Council's National Lottery fund and Germany's Senator Film Distributors. FilmFour will distribute the picture in the UK and handle overseas sales outside Germany.FilmFour and the GFO
  • Fine Line commits to Zentropa trio

    Fine Line Features has confirmed that it will take North American rights to three titles from Denmark's Zentropa Internationale which are being co-financed by German film giant Kinowelt.According to Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Fine Line is expected to tip in 30% of the budget of the three English-language titles: sci-fi picture Last Born, to be directed by Denmark's Niels Arden, Moments Of Clarity, written by newcomer Mikael Colville Andersen, and an adaptat
  • Flotation fear hits Indian film companies

    Reflecting events in the US and Europe, several Indian film and TV companies have postponed their planned IPOs, in this case because of the decline in value of media companies on the Mumbai stock exchange. Twenty Indian film and TV companies have applied to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) - the regulatory body for public issues - to float their companies, but all 20 are now holding back to assess the domino effect of the Nasdaq crash three weeks ago. Companies
  • Fusion, Hi-Def partner up for Machinist

    John Fremes' Fusion International Sales has partnered with LA-based Hi-Def Alliance Studio Group to produce The Machinist shot entirely in high definition and then transferred to 35mm film for theatrical release. Written by Steven Bratter (Demolition Man) and Phil Perlson, the movie is an action/adventure directed and produced by Bratter and Faye Schwab (Demolition Man, The Morning After). Hi-Def Alliance Studio Group is an initiative of Bratter Broadband In
  • German lobby group rallies round De Hadeln

    German film industry lobby group SPIO (Spitzenorganisation de Deutschenfilmwirtschaft) has mounted a stern criticism of the Berlin festival organisers and their handling of Moritz De Hadeln's recent dismissal.In a statement, SPIO this week said that De Hadeln had been fired without notice "after successfully heading the second most important A-List festival for 20 years and mastering with bravado the 50th anniversary celebrations and the move to Potsdamer Platz."SPIO said that i
  • Gladiator marches into Australia, Mexico

    Ridley Scott's highly anticipated film Gladiator thrashed Australian competition when it reported its opening four-day gross May 4-7. The Roman epic became the fourth highest opening film ever in the territory marginally beating The Lost World: Jurassic Park distributed in May 1997. Playing on 287 screens, the UIP release scooped a four-day gross of $3.4m (A$5,927,458) which also made it the biggest success story to-date for the distributor's Australian office.The Austral
  • Good Machine sells on Flora Plum

    David Linde's Good Machine International has closed a slew of deals on Jodie Foster's next directorial picture Flora Plum starring Russell Crowe and Clare Danes. Entertainment Film Distributors will take the picture in the UK, Bac Films in France, LaurenFilm in Spain and Paradiso in Benelux. The film was set up by and will be distributed domestically by USA Films.The film has also gone to Vision in Poland, Discovery in ex-Yugoslavia, AIPI in Bulgaria, Prisvideo/Ecofilmes in Port
  • Hilltop takes world on TF1 comedy

    LA-based sales and production outfit Hilltop Entertainment has cut a deal with French broadcaster and film backer TF1 to represent worldwide rights on French language comedy Jet Set starring Lambert Wilson, Ornella Muti, Ariadna Gil and Samuel Le Bihan.The deal is unusual in that not only does it bypass TF1's own sales operation but gives Hilltop remake rights to the populist filmDirected by Fabien Ontieniente, the film is the story of the owner of a bar on the outskirts
  • Hugh Grant named advisor to Internationalmedia AG

    Ahead of its floatation on the German stock market this year, Intermedia and Pacifica's recently-formed film and media company IM Internationalmedia AG has added some star-power to its supervisory board by appointing Hugh Grant.The British actor will join other supervisory board members including Munich-based financial consultant Antoinette Hiebeler-Hasner, who acts as chairperson; German-based lawyer Stefan van Moers, who becomes deputy chairperson; and Munich-based producer Mathias D
  • In The Mood For Love

    Dir: Wong Kar-Wai. Hong Kong. 2000. 90 mins.Prod Co: Block 2 Pictures Inc/Paradis-Orly Films. Int'l Sales: Fortissimo Film Sales. Prod/Scr: Wong Kar-Wai. DoPs: Christopher Doyle, Mark Li Ping Bing. Prod des/Ed: William Chang Suk-Ping. Mus: Michael Galasso. Main cast: Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Rebecca Pan, Lai Chen, Siu Ping-Lam.Echoing David Lean's Brief Encounter with its tale of soulmates teetering on the brink of an impossible affair, In The
  • Irish Screen raves with Human Traffic team

    Irish Screen is backing five features from the producers of UK club culture hit Human Traffic - including its sequel Human Traffic 2: Five Go Mad In Goa - marking the first of several local financing sources expected to emerge at Cannes.The Dublin and London-based operation is fully financing Fruit Salad's slate and its own projects with cash and a freshly-raised combination of US bank debt and equity money. Irish Screen, which previously part funded Human Traffic
  • J&M walks down Cloudstreet

    The UK's J&M Entertainment has boarded four titles including Cloudstreet, an adaptation of the Australian best-seller for which Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Anna Paquin and Heath Ledger are in talks to star.Peter Duncan (Children Of The Revolution) is to direct the picture from an Ellen Erwin adaptation of Tim Winton's novel. Budgeted at just under $12m, the film tells the story of two families inadvertently thrown together. Shooting is scheduled for the autumn in Perth.
  • Kevin And Perry go large again in the UK

    The British comedy Kevin And Perry Go Large is back at the top of the UK chart after pinching the number one slot from last weekend's chart topper Scream 3. However, box office revenues across most of the country plummeted over the weekend (May 5-7) as the first of the UK's warm weather kept punters out of the cinema. The aggregate total for this weekend's top 15 films was $6.5m - half that of the previous weekend.The worst effected of the new releases - which also suff
  • Kinowelt makes exhibition move

    Germany's fast expanding Kinowelt group has made its first move into exhibition by acquiring a 50.1% stake in the Theile Hoyts Kinopolis group. It has also taken control of a ticketing service and clarified its plans for a move into broadcasting.The THK joint venture, Germany's number five exhibition circuit, operates multiplexes in ten locations with a total of 86 screens and 20,700 seats. In 1989 it enjoyed ticket sales of 5.1 million and last year reported turnover of DM70m.
  • Leigh signs up for quickie with Portman

    Jennifer Jason Leigh has signed to star opposite Vladimir Mashkov in Prisoner Of The Mountains director Sergei Bodrov's The Quickie.The picture, being backed by the UK's Portman Entertainment and Germany's Pandora, is set on New Year's Eve when Mashkov's Russian Mafia boss realises that he is in love - and also the victim of a hit. Also in the cast are Lesley Ann Warren, Henry Thomas and Dean Stockwell.Shooting is scheduled to start May 23 in Los Angeles. The proje
  • Malkovich adds Botto, Morante to Dancer cast

    Actor John Malkovich and producer Andres Vicente Gomez of Lolafilms have unveiled the full cast of Dancer Upstairs which will include Juan Diego Botto, Laura Morante, Elvira Minguez and Abel Folk alongside Spanish star Javier Bardem.The project, which marks Malkovich's directorial debut, will shoot in English on a budget of $4.8m (pts800m) from nine weeks from today (May 8). Locations include Madrid, Oporto and Quito.The script, written by Nicholas Shakespeare based on hi
  • Malkovich goes Latin on Dancer

    John Malkovich's directorial debut, The Dancer Upstairs, has been sold to Mexican distributor Nu Vision for all of Latin America. The deal was signed with sales agent and financier Lolafilms UK on the day that the film went into production. The film, which stars Javier Bardem, Laura Morante and Juan Diego Botto, will be handled by a group of distributors put together by Los Angeles-based buyers rep ABLO including Art Films & Filmark for Brazil and Eurocine in Argentina, Uruguay
  • Mallboy team set to produce Melbourne-set Orange

    The team behind Directors' Fortnight film Mallboy is now developing Orange, a love story set amid feuding families in a bustling wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Melbourne, Australia.Vincent Giarrusso is writing, directing, and working with script editor Tony Ayres, and Fiona Eagger is producing. This time around Chris Fitchett has also joined them as executive producer. Eagger said Orange was more funky, fun and commercial than Giarrusso's low-budget
  • Millennium Dome to host Indian Oscars

    An Indian cinema awards night - christened the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) - will be held at the Millennium Dome in London on June 24. The organisation chose London as a venue to reflect the UK's status as the leading overseas market for the Mumbai-based film industry.The show, to be co-hosted by Indian-born Miss World Yukta Mookhey and sponsored by TV channels Sony Entertainment Television and B4U, is expected to bring together some of India's biggest stars. An eigh
  • Momentum confirms Brother, Rocky acquisitions

    Momentum Pictures, the UK joint venture of Canada's Alliance Atlantis and Germany's Kinowelt, has confirmed it has picked up The Adventures Of Rocky & Bullwinkle and O Brother, Where Art Thou' for the UK.David Kosse, managing director of Momentum, said that the Coen brothers' Cannes competition title will go out in September with a 10-20% higher p&a spend than any previous picture from the film-makers. Bullwinkle, an animation meets live-action picture starring Robert DeNiro, Jason Ale
  • Mutual's foreign partners strike $200m credit line

    The three leading foreign distributors involved in Mutual Film Company have jointly secured a $200m revolving credit line allowing the production company to develop and finance projects without having to necessarily wait for a greenlight from a Hollywood studio partner.The flexible financing arrangement is the result of a three-year credit line that Germany's TeleMuenchen, UK public broadcaster BBC and leading Japanese distributor Toho-Towa have negotiated with a banking consortium led
  • NonStop starts up at Cannes

    Start-up Swedish international sales agent NonStop Sales is launching at Cannes with two new titles - Shit Happens, by Maans Herngren and Hannes Holm, and Norwegian picture S.O.S by Thomas Robsahm.The new online focused outfit will also handle international sales for leading Nordic producers such as Norway's John M. Jacobsen and Finland's Matila & Röhr Productions, as well as the Sandrew Metronome back catalogue which consists of more than 650 Nordic classics and new
  • Nurse Betty

    Dir: Neil Labute. US. 2000. 110 mins.Prod cos: Ab-Strakt Pictures, Propaganda, IMF. Domestic dist: USA Films. Int'l sales: Summit Entertainment (+1 310 309 8400). Exec prods: Philip Steuer, Stephen Pevner, Moritz Borman, Chris Sievernich. Prods: Gail Mutrux, Steve Golin. Scr: John C Richards, James Flamberg. Dop: Jean Yves Escoffier. Prod des: Charles Breen. Ed: Joel Plotch, Steven Weisberg. Music: Rolfe Kent. Main cast: Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, Aaron Eckhart, Gr
  • Ormond adopts Bluevision Child

    Julia Ormond is the latest actor planning to get behind the cameras - she has announced that she will direct a movie of Harold Pinter's script The Dreaming Child to be backed by new US independent Bluevision Media.Based on a story by Karen Blixen, The Dreaming Child is set in 19th century England and tells the story of a seven-year-old boy from the slums adopted by an aristocratic couple.The movie is one of two introduced at Cannes by BlueVision Media which is crea
  • Penta, 3Dmax to digitally recreate Indian stars

    Indian computer graphics company PentaMedia and Silicon Valley-based 3D animation outfit 3Dmax Media have unveiled details of their joint venture which plans to bring late Indian director and film star Raj Kapoor to life using digital animation.The new company will be a 50-50 joint venture between PentaMedia and 3Dmax Media, based in India and the US. The venture's first project will be a feature length movie in which Kapoor and late Tamil star MG Ramachandran will be recreated using
  • Puttnam chairs BFI development board

    David Puttnam is to chair the development board of UK cultural body the British Film Institute (bfi), overseeing a newly-launched department with the brief of securing donors for the bfi Film Centre.The department is to find corporate, trust and individual donors for the centre, which is due to start construction in 2003 subject to planning permission. The bfi aims to use the centre to present all of its public services under one roof.The bfi has also appointed Sheridan Gould to
  • RAI joins Napoleon's $35m European campaign

    Italy's RAI Fiction has joined forces with France's GMT Communications and France 2 to co-produce Napoleon, the planned four part mini-series starring Christian Clavier (Asterix & Obelix, The Visitors) and Gerard Depardieu. GMT had been expected to partner with Italy's Mediaset and Germany's KirchGroup/Beta Film on the project (Screendaily, February 17). The three companies formed a joint venture alliance - Epsilon - to produce four titles over three years a
  • Renaissance on board for Morality Play

    The UK's Renaissance Films has boarded medieval murder mystery Morality Play and AM Home adaptation The Safety Of Objects.Paul McGuigan, whose credits include Gangster No. 1 and Acid House, is to direct Morality, with Gangster's Paul Bettany starring as a renegade priest. Mark Mills has adapted the story from Barry Unsworth's novel. Caroline Wood will produce for Renaissance, with shooting scheduled from the autumn.Bedrooms And Hallwa
  • Saredi, Pandora launch joint sales outfit

    Leading art-house film seller World Sales Christa Saredi and Germany's Pandora Films are to set up a new outfit Orfeo Films International.The two firms have a long history of co-operation and now hope to assemble a wider range of art-house productions.Orfeo will be based in Cologne, but Saredi will remain based in Zurich. A further sales executive is expected to join in the next few weeks."All films in which Pandora are the majority producers will be sold by Orfeo," said
  • Scott's Gladiator slays US box office

    The annual bloodbath known as the US summer box office has begun in earnest and already one film has emerged victorious: Ridley Scott's $103m Roman spectacle Gladiator which debuted with $32.7m and utterly slayed all its weekend competition.Starring Australian actor Russell Crowe as the hero who fights back in the gladiatorial ring after being sold into slavery, Gladiator marks Hollywood's return to the sword-and-sandal epics that made actors like Charlton Heston househol
  • Senator first up for Roth slate

    Germany's Senator Film has become the first international distributor to sign up to the highly anticipated package of studio-level films being put together by former Disney chief Joe Roth. The five-year deal initially gives Senator all media rights in all German-speaking territories. It is promised a minimum of six films per year with budgets in the $10m-$100m range. Superstar Julia Roberts has a non-exclusive deal with Roth to star in three of the films over the next five years.
  • Seven Arts International joins Rat Race

    Seven Arts International will partner with Paramount Pictures on Rat Race, a big budget action comedy from producers Jerry Zucker (Ghost, Airplane) and Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks, whose production outfit Alphaville was behind The Mummy and The Jackal. Andy Breckman wrote the movie which is about a road race from Las Vegas to New Mexico in which there are no rules. Seven Arts International's sister production outfit Seven Arts Pictures is based at Paramount and co-financed recent hit Rul
  • Sogepaq picks up Fugitivas, eyes del Toro's Devil

    Sogepaq, the rights and acquisitions arm of Spanish media group Sogecable, has picked up world rights on Fugitivas, a feature film currently in production at Seville-based Maestranza Films.Sogepaq is also understood to be negotiating international rights on Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo Del Diablo), a Tequila Gang / El Deseo co-production which Sogepaq sister outlet Warner Sogefilms will distribute in Spain.The Fugitivas pick-
  • Spyglass dunks bastketball doc on Canal

    Spyglass Entertainment has sold rights in continental Europe to Leon Gast's untitled basketball documentary to StudioCanal, marking another deal in the ongoing relationship between Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum's Hollywood production and the French major.The film is a history of basketball and marks Gast's follow-up to Oscar-winning boxing documentary When We Were Kings.StudioCanal took all rights in France and Benelux and pay-TV rights in Scandinavia to the first five f
  • Steel Company to buy for Brazil's Playarte

    Los Angeles-based worldwide entertainment consultant The Steel Company has signed on to handle acquistions and market liaison for Brazilian distributor-exhibitor Playarte, headed by president Otelo Bettin Coltro. According to Steel Company vice president Patrick Aluise, Playarte will be looking to acquire Brazilian rights to around ten high-profile theatrical features and up to twice as many home video titles at Cannes. Like Brazil's economy, Playarte has bounced back from hard
  • Strom takes Mai's place at Trust

    Danish production outfit Zentropa's international sales arm Trust Film Sales is in Cannes with a new head, Annakarin Strom. The 25-year-old Swede was previously with Trust's Nordic competitor Egmont-owned Nordisk Film International Sales for four years, and is taking the seat from Thomas Mai, who is moving to the US to set up a production office for Zentropa but will continue as sales executive. Lissy Bellaiche, who headed up the Danish Film Institute's festival department for 1
  • Trimark to re-roll Cube

    Dir: James Ivory. US. 2000. 135 mins.Prod Co: Merchant-Ivory. Int'l Sales: TF1 International. Prod: Ismail Merchant. Exec prods: Paul Bradley, Richard Hawley. Scr: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Henry James. DoP: Tony Pierce Roberts. Prod des: Andrew Sanders. Ed: John David Allen. Mus: Richard Robbins. Main cast: Kate Beckinsale, James Fox, Anjelica Huston, Nick Nolte, Jeremy Northam, Madeleine Potter, Uma Thurman.Returning to the source of previous successes, the
  • Une Affaire De Gout

    Dir : Bernard Rapp. France. 1999. 90 mins.Prod Co : CDP, Le Studio Canal Plus, France 3 Cinema, CNC, Procirep. Domestic dist:Pyramide. Int'l sales: Art Box/France Television Distribution, tel: (33) 1 44 25 01 62. Prods: Catherine Dussart, Chantal Perrin. Scr: Gilles Taurand, Bernard Rapp from Philippe Balland's novel Affaires de gout. DoP:Gerard de Battista. Prod des : Francois Comtet. Ed : Juliette Welfing. Mus: Jean-Philippe Goude. Main cast : Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Piere Lor
  • Warner international chief Frumkes calls it quits

    Ed Frumkes, the president of international distribution and marketing for Warner Bros Pictures, is to leave the studio when his contract expires in December.The 13 year-old veteran of the studio, who took over from Wayne Duband as head of Warner International in Feb 1996, leaves on a high, after his division delivered a total $1.1bn international gross in 1999 from such hits as The Matrix, Eyes Wide Shut and You've Got Mail.Frumkes' future plans are as yet u
  • Winchester creates UK releasing arm

    Winchester Films, the London-based sales and financing house that has recently forged a host a partnerships with high-profile US producers, is finally breaking into the UK distribution with its own theatrical releasing operation.Winchester has appointed former FilmFour distribution chief Mick Southworth to head the distribution arm, titled Winchester Film Distribution.Along with big-budget Hollywood-style projects from the likes of Chuck Gordon, Wind Dancer Films, Debra Hill,Tea
  • Zentropa goes to Hollywood

    Aggressive Nordic producer Zentropa is launching a Los Angeles production beach head while separately hatching a multinational partnership which is expected to involve Germany's Kinowelt and Fine Line Features.Trust Film Sales head Thomas Mai will relocate to head up the LA office which already has two projects in development. Harvey Keitel has agreed to star in Scratch, a $3.5m picture directed by first-timer Cecilia Minuchi in which a chicken relays the stories of 60 human lives. Den

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