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13 August 2008

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  • All Eyes On Locarno

    As the 61st Locarno film festival continues through Aug 16, Screen keeps track of all the latest news and critical response to the films debuting in the Piazza Grande. Stay tuned for the latest updates.Locarno 2008 headlinesLocarno deals: Finecut goes Drinking, Autre Homme sells to India
  • Avex Group, Media Asiaestablish $50 film fund

    Hong Kong's eSun Holdings, parent of the Media Asia Entertainment Group, and Japan's Avex Group have announced the creation of a film fund of $50m over five years, to be jointly financed by both parties. The two companies have formed a joint venture company, PAMIEM Film Fund Limited, incorporated in Hong Kong, which will be involved in the business of developing, funding and producing feature films targeted primarily at Asian markets.It also aims to nurture and develop the acting a
  • Bahman Naraghi joins GK Films as COO

    Bahman Naraghi has joined Graham King's GK Films in the newly created role of COO and will lead the Santa Monica-based company's financial and operational development and plan and implement the distribution structure. Naraghi reports directly to King and arrives from Netflix, where he spearheaded that company's push into the acquiring and developing original content and played an integral role in establishing the now-defunct Red Envelope. Prior to Netflix he served thre
  • Beijing box office expected to drop 50% during Olympics

    The Olympic Gamesare drawing attention away from Chinese cinemas, especially in the host city of Beijing, where exhibitors estimate that box office sales dropped by 50% over the three-day weekend (August 8-10). China's public services and private companies all had the day off on Friday (Aug 8), the opening day of the games. In Beijing, shops and malls were closed by 6pm. And all cinemas in Beijing were closed between 6pm and 7pm, at the end of their afternoon screenings.In other ci
  • Berlin Calling

    Dir/scr: Hannes Stoehr. Germany, 2008. 105 mins.
  • Box Office: Knight flies ahead of Pineapple Express

    The Dark Knight clung on to the number one spot at the North American box-office for the fourth consecutive weekend and edged out Sony's stoner comedy Pineapple Express thanks to an estimated $26m haul that boosted the film to within touching distance of Star Wars' second spot in the all-time pantheon.The Batman saga currently stands at $441.5m (as of estimates Aug
  • Brad Pitt joins Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards for TWC/Universal

    Brad Pitt has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming second world war drama Inglorious Bastards for The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Universal Pictures.Pitt, who had been in talks with the director for several months, will play Lieutenant Aldo Raine, the leader of a band of convicts sent on a suicide mission. As previously reported, Eli Roth will play the role of Sergeant Donnie Donowitz.TWC and Universal Pictures are co-financing and co-presenting the feature. TW
  • Cast lines up for New York feature Fighting Fish

    Val Emmich, Anna Moore and Halley Feiffer will star in Slew Pictures' family drama Fighting Fish, set to begin principal photography in the Woodstock/Saugerties area of New York state on Aug 11.The story tells of a brother and a sister from a troubled family who struggle to stay close.Annette Apitz will direct and is producing with Bertha Bay-Sa Pan and Derrick Tseng. Jim Chu serves as executive producer.
  • Chile, Dominican Republic/Mexico take awards at Locarno Open Doors

    Filmmakers from Chile, Dominican Republic/Mexico and Guatemala were the recipients of the awards presented on Wednesday at the end of the Open Doors Factory organised by the Locarno International Film Festival with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).Two grants for development and production worth $46,000 (CHF 50,000) each, which were provided by SDC and allocated jointly by the festival and the Visions Sud Est fund went to:By The Fire
  • Cinema City International goes digital in 3D

    Cinema City International is in the process of equipping its theatres in Central and Eastern Europe and in Israel with D-Cinema technology suitable for 3D projection.The multiplex operator has ordered 50 Kinoton DCP 30 Digital Cinema Projectors with integrated Dolby 3D system, several of which have already been installed in Israel, Poland and Hungary. Further installations are scheduled for the Cinema City multiplexes in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania and Israel
  • Cineplex launches Xbox gaming across Canada

    Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox Canada are launching what they term an 'Xbox 360 gaming experience' in cinemas across the country. From August 15, private gaming session will be available outside of regular showtimes. Gamers will be provided with the use of a digital-projection cinema, an Xbox 360 console and four wireless controllers; they can use their own games or select from the sites' library of titles, which are expected to include Xbox's la
  • Dance Of The Dragon wins in West Hollywood

    John Radel's Singaporean drama Dance Of The Dragon was crowned best festival picture as the first annual West Hollywood International Film Festival concluded its four-day run.The film earned best director editing and cinematography prizes.Festival founder Martin De Luca and his team corralled more than 100 films during the event, which ran from July 9-Aug 1.For a full list of the winners and further information visit the official website at
  • David O'Connor promoted to brand management SVP at Universal

    David O'Connor has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president of brand management and marketing services at Universal Pictures. O'Connor, an 11-year Universal veteran who previously served as vice president of marketing services and brand management, continues to report to marketing and distribution president Adam Fogelson. O'Connor works closely with film-makers, studio executives and third partner companies to promote the brand of core proper
  • Eastern Promises, Fugitive Pieces lead DGC awards nominations

    David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces led the pack as the Directors Guild of Canada announced the nominees for its 2008 awards. Both films had nods for Best Director, Best Picture Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design and Outstanding Team Achievement, an award presented to all DGC members working in guild categories on a project. Other recipients of multiple nominations included Denys Arcand's
  • Eastwood's Changeling unveiled as Centerpiece film at New York Film Festival

    The North American premiere of Clint Eastwood's Changeling starring Angelina Jolie has been unveiled as the centerpiece screening of the 46th New York Film Festival, set to run from September 26-October 12.Darren Aronofsky's drama The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke, which gets its world premiere at Venice later this month, will close the festival.Organisers have programmed a newly restored print of Max Ophuls' Lola Montes as the sp
  • First Branchage festival to open in Jersey with Man On Wire

    The programme has been unveiled for the first Branchage Jersey Film Festival, taking place on the island Sept 25-28.The festival will open at the island's Opera House with a gala screening of the multiple-festival-winning Man On Wire and close at the historic Gorey Castle with Vertigo/Film4's MySpace user-generated film Faintheart, followed by a Q&A with the film's director Vito Rocco and writer David Lemon.UK films to receive their Jersey debut include A Comple
  • Fly Me To The Moon

    Dir: Ben Stassen. US. 2008. 85 mins.The first computer-generated animated feature conceived and produced exclusively for a 3-D release, Fly Me to the Moon also represents one of the strangest misfires in recent animation history. The story of three young flies who stow away on the Apollo 11 space flight, this is a case of the mode of delivery completely overwhelming substance.By comparison much more colourful and engaging, the recent Space Chimps also sent a
  • Ghent to honour producers Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald

    Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will receive the Joseph Plateau Award for career achievement in film-making at the upcoming 35th Ghent International Film Festival in Belgium. Parkes and MacDonald served as the inaugural co-heads of DreamWorks until 2005 and have produced more than 30 films together including Gladiator, Minority Report, Amistad, the Men In Black series
  • Goran Paskaljevic to shoot Honeymoon from October

    Veteran Serbian film-maker Goran Paskaljevic (How Harry Became a Tree, The Optimists) will begin shooting his next feature Honeymoon from mid-October as the first film co-produced between Albania and Serbia.Speaking exclusively to at this week's Locarno film festival where he is a member of the International Jury, Paskaljevic said that the project had received an additional poignancy and topicality since Kosovo's declaration of independence: '
  • Gyeonggito supportUS-Korea ventures with $100m fund

    South Korea's Gyeonggi province has launched an entertainment initiative to promote co-ventures with Hollywood, which includes a $100m fund for films, animation and games projects with global appeal. 'Gyeonggi Province will be putting in $20m seed money and we are currently bringing in other international investors,' said Yoonsik Choi, department manager of Gyeonggi Digital Content Agency (GDCA)'s Strategic Planning Team.Announced Aug 12 in LA, the fund targets Hollywood production
  • IFP No Borders selects 37 projects for co-production market

    IFP has unveiled the 37 projects selected for the No Borders International Co-Production Market that will take place during the 30th Annual Independent Film Week, set to run in New York from September 14-19. Now in its 14th year, No Borders is designed to connect US and international narrative projects at script stage with financiers and buyers. Projects for the upcoming session include Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein's Allen Ginsberg biopic
  • India's PPC, Mirah join forces to distribute US films

    Indian production and distribution company, Percept Picture Company (PPC), has signed a $21m (Rs900m) deal with Mirah Entertainment to jointly produce and distribute films in Hindi, English and regional languages. Both companies will make an equal contribution to the $21m which will be allocated to the production of five Hindi and three Marathi films, as well as distribution deals for Hollywood films.The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor, released August 1,is the first fil
  • Japan's Fuji TV to produce third Umizaru film

    Fuji TV producer Hirotsugu Usui has announced a third sequel in the hit Umizaru marine action franchise. The news comes after two years of petitions by fans for a continuation in the story, leading Usui and the network to start work on a third installment. Umizaru 3 will again be produced by a consortium led by Fuji TV, along with distributor Toho, production house Robot, Pony Canyon and publisher Shogakukan.The second film, Umizaru 2: Test Of Trust, was releas
  • John Riccitiello joins USC Cinematic Arts board

    Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors.The 25-member board offers insight on industry trends, developing resources and setting long-term goals for the school.Members include George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Robert Zemeckis, Brad Grey, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin and Barry Diller.Riccitiello and EA have created development labs and classrooms at the school and endowed a facu
  • Jonathan Demme to chair San Sebastian jury

    Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme will chair the official jury at this year's San Sebastian film festival.Demmeis known for films includingThe Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, Stop Making Sense and Neil Young: Heart Of Gold. He will also be presenting a 'work in progress' version of his documentary Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes From A Concert at San Sebastian.His latest feature Rachel Getting Married, w
  • Julieanne Crothers-Gibson appointed new chair ofBFFS board

    The British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) has announced several new appointments to its board. Each term runs for three years.The new board is comprised of:Julieanne Crothers-Gibson (chair), Director of Policy Development, Northern Ireland ScreenDonna Anton, (vice-chair), editor and business executive, Secretary to Penwith Film Society, Penzance, CornwallRichard Grayson, (vice-chair), foreign correspondent, lecturer and writer at Oxford UniversityJim D
  • KOFIC submits Crossing as Korea's Oscar entry

    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced North Korean refugee drama Crossing as its entry to the 81st Academy Awards best foreign-language film nominations. Based on real-life interviews from North Korean defectors, the film follows the story of a father and son tragically separated and trying to find each other, risking their lives over heavily guarded terrain in China and Mongolia to make it to South Korea.Director Kim Tae-gyun is best known for his martial arts high
  • La Fille De Monaco (The Girl From Monaco)

    Dir: Anne Fontaine. France, 2008. 95 mins.
  • Larson's Bloom takes top prize at HollyShorts

    Lance Larson's Bloom earned top honours and a $2,000 VFX package as the 4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival came to a close at the weekend. The prize for best student short and a five-day HVX-200 HD Camera rental package was awarded to David Jibladze for Beholden. Benedict Campbell was named best director for Lloyd Neck and will be featured in the next issue of H-Magazine. Th
  • Le, Gigandet, Moehring join cast of Alvart's Pandorum

    Martial arts world champion Cung Le, US actor Cam Gigandet (winner of the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Scene for his performance in Never Back Down), and German actors Wotan Wilke Moehring and Andre Hennicke have joined Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster in the cast of Christian Alvart's futuristic and claustrophobic thriller Pandorum. The project begins shooting at Babelsberg Studios from Aug 11.The Constantin Film/Impact Pictures production, which will be released in North
  • Magnolia's Six Shooter series to kick off with Let The Right One In

    Magnolia Pictures' genre arm Magnet Releasing announced the Six Shooter Film Series today [13] that will kick off on October 24 with Tomas Alfredson's Swedish horror and Tribeca Film Festival best narrative feature winner Let The Right One In.The series will continue on November 21 with Hal Halberman and Jeremy Passmore's US action comedy Special starring Michael Rapaport as a parking warden who believes
  • M-Appeal takes on sales for Locarno title Yuri's Day

    Berlin-based sales agent M-Appeal has picked up international distribution rights for the Russian-German co-production Yuri's Day (Yuriev Den) which has its international premiere in Locarno's Official Competition tomorrow.The fourth feature by Kirill Serebrennikov - his 2006 film Playing The Victim became a favourite on the international festival circuit - was produced by Natalya Mokritskaya and Mila Rozanova of Moscow-based New People together with Berlin producing
  • Mark Of An Angel (L'Empreinte de l'ange)

    Dir. Safy Nebbou. 2008. France. 95 min.The payoff is slow in coming but packs a punch in Mark Of An Angel, a tense drama that gives two of France's finest actresses roles to sink their teeth into. Catherine Frot - opposite Sandrine Bonnaire - plays a woman who finds herself stalking another family once she catches a glimpse of their young daughter.A psychological duel that seems to meander but is, in fact, always on course, co-writer/director Safy
  • Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen start shooting Isitt's Nativity

    Debbie Isitt has started principal photography on comedy Nativity, starring Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Jason Watkins and Mark Wootton.Backers are BBC Films, Screen West Midlands and Limelight. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.Isitt, who last directed Confetti, is again directing an improvised comedy.Nick Jones is producing.The film will shoot throughout the West Midlands during a six-week shoot.
  • Martin-Smith's Stone Of Destiny to close Toronto

    Charles Martin Smith's Stone Of Destiny will be the closing night Gala at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF announced the title as well as an additional 20 Special Presentations, including 12 world premieres from major filmmakers.Among the debuts are Stephan Elliott's Noel Coward adaptation Easy Virtue, featuring Colin Firth, Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Barnes; Michael Winterbottom's Genova, also starring Firth, here as a wi
  • Media Luna picks up Locarno competition title Autumn

    With the Locarno film festival kicking off last night, Media Luna Entertainment has picked international distribution rights for Turkish director Özcam Alper's feature debut Autumn (Sonbahar) which has its international premiere in Locarno's International Competition on Thursday.Onur Saylak, Megi Koboladze, R. Gulefer Yenigul and Serkan Keskin are the cast in this poetical film documenting and criticising a slice of recent Turkish history as a man returns to his native vi
  • Melbourne's Emerging award goes to Jonathan auf der Heide

    The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) tonight presents the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award to director Jonathan auf der Heide for his short film Hell's Gate, one week before he goes into production on a feature-length version.The low-budget privately-financed feature, like the short, is a dramatic thriller about the human instinct to survive and it is based on the exploits of Alexander Pearce, the only man in Australian history convicted of cannibalism. The Irish
  • MGM takes on Kaufman and Agosto's action comedy

    MGM has acquired Ken Kaufman and David Agosto's untitled action comedy pitch with Get Smart director Peter Segal attached to direct.Segal will also produce with his longtime producing partner Michael Ewing and Andrew Lazar. Kaufman wrote The Missing and Space Cowboys while Agosto was his uncredited co-writer on Curious George.Callahan Filmworks will team with Lazar's Mad Chance Productions on the project while MGM's executiv
  • Mummy should continue to dominate Dark Knight with 23 territories opening

    Universal's The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor should dominate the international arena for the second consecutive weekend after knocking The Dark Knight off its perch.The adventure sequel has raced to $80.7m after breaking a string of records last weekend and touches down in a further 23 territories through UPI.Highlights are expected to come from France, Switzerland and French-speaking Swi
  • Natalie Portman makes directorial debut with Venice short Eve

    American actress Natalie Portman's directorial short film debut Eve will open The Venice Film Festival's Corto Cortissimo section dedicated to short films.Portman will preside over opening events for that section onSept 1. She was featured in Venice last year in her cameo in Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Unlimited.Portman's debut, entitled Eve, features Ben Gazzara and Lauren Bacall and is being described as a 'civilized comedy of amorous dalliances' amon
  • National Board of Review sets 2009 awards for January 14

    The National Board Of Review Of Motion Pictures (NBR) will hold its annual awards gala on January 14, 2009 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This year's gala will celebrate the NBR's centennial year. The body's president Annie Schulhof said members 'could not be prouder to continue our original mission of freedom of expression, film as an art form, and to celebrate the history, growth and future of cinema.' Members will screen more than 300 films released in 200
  • Panov's War Is Over is first production out of Europe's Babylon

    Macedonian-born Mitko Panov's The War Is Over has become the first project to go into production after being developed at the Babylon programme promoting cultural diversity in Europe.Speaking exclusively to at this week's Locarno International Film Festival, Panov explained that the co-production between Switzerland's Kamera 300 and Macedonia's Pirej Film had initially been presented as a project at the Netherlands Production Platform in Utrecht in 2005, follow
  • Polish exhibitor Multikino plans 10 Ukraine cinemas

    Polish multiplex operator Multikino is planning to open 10 cinemas in Ukraine in the next five years. The first of these, in Lviv, will open at the end of 2009.The company further plans to open four additional multiplexes in Poland by the end of 2009.Wojciech Kostrzewa, CEO of International Trading and Investments Holdings SA Luxembourg (ITI), Multikino's lead shareholder, told the Polish Press Agency, that opening a multiplex in Ukraine costs $8.6m- $10.5m (P
  • Pusan's Asian Cinema Fund awards funding to 27 projects

    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) Committee has announced the 27 films selected to receive backing from the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) this year. For the Independent Feature Script and Project Development Fund category, three Korean projects, including Seaside by Kim Jong-kwan, and four Asian projects, including Woman On Fire Looks For Water by Malaysia 's Woo Ming Jin, made the final cut.The Independent Feature Post-production Fund is supporting six films inc
  • Red Cliff becomes highest-grossing local film in China

    John Woo's war epic Red Cliff has become the highest-grossing Chinese-language film in Chinese film history. The film's mainland China distributor, China Film Group, said it had surpassed the RMB300m benchmark on Monday with a haul of $44.08m (RMB302.4m). The figure broke the RMB290m record set by Zhang Yimou's Curse Of The Golden Flower at the beginning of 2007.In US dollar terms, Red Cliff has become the highest-grossing of all films in China, surpassing T
  • Red Cliff to open Tokyo International Film Festival

    John Woo's epic martial arts drama Red Cliff will be the opening film of this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 18-26). The news was announced at a Tokyo press conference for the upcoming Japanese release of Red Cliff on November 1.The film will be distributed by Toho-Towa and Avex Entertainment, the latter being one of the $80m production's major investors. Red Cliff's release is tied in with Avex's 20-year celebrations, Toho-Towa's 80-year celebra
  • San Sebastian announcessix more Spanish titles

    The San Sebastian film festival has added anothersix Spanish titles to its line-up, including Gabriel Velazquez's Amateurs, Daniel Hernandez's Ordinary Boys and Santiago Zannou's El Truco Del Mano, which will all compete in the Zabaltegi New Directors section.In addition, Juan Vicente Cordoba's documentary Night Flowers (Flores De Luna) will compete in the Zabaltegi Specials section, local director Gorka Merchan's debut feature La Casa De Mi Padre wil
  • Sarajevo lines up shorts jury; Kevin Spacey to attend fest

    The jury of the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival's short films competition will be comprised of Michael J. Werner, co-chairman of Fortissimo Films; Sejla Kamerlic, artist and filmmaker whose short film What Do I Know had premiere at last year's Venice Corto Cortissimo, and won the best short film award at the fifth Zagreb Film Festival; and Jay Jeon, selector of Pusan Film Festival.After announced president of the jury Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and lecturers at the second Talent Campus Mike
  • Seven projects get $80,000 from Gucci Tribeca Doc Fund

    Seven projects have been selected to receive grants from the Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci's new Gucci Tribeca Documentary Finishing Fund. The selected film-makers and their projects stand to receive a total of $80,000 in grants. They are: Andrew Berends (Delta Boys), Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman (If A Tree Falls), Beadie Finzi (Vida Ballet), Jennilyn Merte
  • Shorts International offers 21 sci-fi shorts on iTunes

    Shorts International has struck a deal with the iTunes Store in the US, UK and Canada to offer The Sci Fi Collection, a group of 21 shorts.The shorts include Josh Lee Kwai's Eli starring Heroes actor David Anders; Australian drama Sleeper by Andrew Milner; Youngwoong Jang's animation Mirage; Ransom Riggs' Spaceboy; and Justin Guerrieri's Rocketboy starring Robert Picardo and Bill Nye.The shorts are available for purchase or r
  • Showbox pre-sells Rough Cut to Japan's Pony Canyon

    Korean sales agent Showbox has pre-sold action film Rough Cut to Pony Canyon for Japan. Directed by Kim Ki-duk protege Jang Hun, the $1.5m film wrapped principal photography last month.The film stars Kang Ji-hwan and So Ji-sub - well-known in both Japan and Korea for their TV drama performances. Kang plays a violently abusive, gangster-like star who hospitalises a fellow actor. He ends up getting So's character, a real-life gangster who wants to be a star, to act in his film
  • Singh is Kinng rules on opening weekend

    The Indian Film Company-Studio 18 release Singh Is Kinng has became the biggest Bollywood opener of 2008 in India and overseas. The success of the film, produced by Vipul Shah and directed by Anees Bazmee, follows a vast publicity and promotion campaign, while the film itself has met with mixed reviews. It was released on around 1,050 prints (including digital) in India alone.The comedy, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, opened on August 8 and reportedly raked in $4.2m
  • Sky Movies co-finances Rocky Horror Picture Show remake

    The UK's Sky Movies is co-financing a remake of musical hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show.The original film's executive producer, Lou Adler, is working with BermanBraun and Fox TV to remake the cult classic for MTV in the US and SkyMovies in the UK.Cast and director will be announced later. Adler and Gail Berman will executive produce.The original screenplay by Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien (a co-producer on the new film) will be used.SkyMovies will offe
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    Dir. Dave Filoni. US. 2008. 98 mins Action-packed and visually impressive it may be, but CG-animated feature Star Wars: The Clone Wars still feels like what it essentially is - a supercharged TV pilot designed to help George Lucas' venerable Star Wars franchise make the transition from the big to the small screen. This debut feature from Lucasfilm Animation certainly won't reach the box office heights achieved by the franchise's live action blockbu
  • Stephen Cookson attached to direct UK feature Acts Of God

    Stephen Cookson is attached to direct Acts Of God, a new UK feature now in development.Joe Stephenson and actor Ryan Sampson (Doctor Who) are writing their first feature screenplay.UK equity financier CKM Entertainments Ltd is financing the development and the production could be shooting in spring 2009.The road movie is about an uptight risk assesment officer in North Yorkshire who has race to his sick wife's side in Northern France, an
  • Swiss television increases its support for film industry by $2.3m

    Swiss public television is to increase its support for independent Swiss production in gradual steps from the current annual $18.2m (CHF 19.8m) to $20.5m (CHF 22.3m) from 2011.The Audiovisual Pact (Pacte de l'audiovisuel) between the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR and six film industry associations will see an increase in the amounts made available for production by an additional $1.38m (CHF 1.5m) in 2009 and another $460,000 (CHF 500,000) in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
  • The Match Factory picks up Turkish Venice title Milk

    Cologne-based The Match Factory has picked up international distribution for its third Venice competition title with the acquisition of Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu's Milk (Süt), the second part of his Yusuf trilogy.With a mother-son relationship as its main focus, Milk stars Melih Selçuk, Basak Köklükaya, and Riza Akin, and is produced by Kaplanoglu's Istanbul-based Kaplan Film in co-production with Belgium's Arizona Films and Germany's Heima
  • The Mummy opens tops in 16 of its 22 new markets

    The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor kept The Dark Knight at bay for a second consecutive weekend and earned its stripes with another eye-popping result thanks to an estimated $56.1m from 6,453 sites in 49 Universal/UPI territories. The adventure sequel stands at $141.1m after two weekends and led the field by some way as it opened number one in 16 of its 22 new territories. Weekend earnings were led
  • The Possibility Of An Island

    Dir/scr: Michel Houellebecq. France, 2008, 95 mins.
  • Thessaloniki announces first half of competition

    The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has announced the first seven titles for its International Competition.The 14-film competition for first and second features is programmed by festival director Despina Mouzaki.The titles unveiled so far are:Cell (Selda) by Ellen Ramos and Paolo Villaluna (Philippines) Story of friendship and romantic love between two men who share a prison cell.A Broom Becomes A Goldfish (Bitjaru, Geumbungeo
  • Thoeren steps down from IM Internationalmedia

    Konstantin Thoeren has stepped down from all of his responsibilities in the Internationalmedia Group with immediate effect.The veteran producer with a track record of over 30 years as an independent producer had been appointed CEO of the beleaguered IM Internationalmedia AG last October in what was described at the time as 'intended to signal a new beginning for the company'.Thoeren had also served as President and Chairman of Intermedia Film Equities USA Inc. and managing direc
  • TrustNordisk picks up Glasner's This Is Love

    TrustNordisk will handle worldwide distribution for Matthias Glasner's latest feature This Is Love which is currently shooting on location in Berlin before moving to North Rhine-Westphalia next week.Speaking exclusively to, co-producer Jörg Schulze of cine plus Filmproduktion explained that the contact to the Scandinavian sales company had come via Maria Koepf, the managing director of Zentropa's Berlin outpost and the sales agent had come onboard w
  • Visit Films takes on Tariq Tapa's Venice title Zero Bridge

    Visit Films has acquired worldwide rights to Tariq Tapa's feature directorial debut Zero Bridge ahead of its world premiere in Venice.Zero Bridge was shot entirely in the Indian-occupied city of Srinagar, Kashmir, with a cast of local, non-professional actors and recounts the story of a teenage pickpocket who forms a bond with one of his victims. Josee Lajoie and Hilal Ah Langoo produced and Hunter Gray and Paul Mezey served as executive producers.
  • Warner comes on board for Simon Verhoeven's Maennerherzen

    The Lives Of Others producer Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion is collaborating for the second time with the German outpost of Warner Bros. for Simon Verhoeven's Maennerherzen which begins shooting in Berlin today.A year ago, the Munich-based company produced U-900, a comedy about a submarine on the run in 1944 Germany, which Warner Bros. Entertainment is scheduled to open in German cinemas at the beginning of October.Warner Bros. will now also serve as
  • Wide Management picks up Lionel Baier's Un Autre Homme

    Paris-based sales agent Wide Management has picked up international distribution rights for Swiss director Lionel Baier's Un Autre Homme which had its world premiere in Locarno's International Competition at the weekend.The co-production by Saga Production with the French speaking Swiss public broadcaster Television Suisse Romande and SRG SSR will be released theatrically in Switzerland by JMH Distribution.The light-hearted yet very sharp social satire has been hailed b