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13 February 2009

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  • 3D fails to fly, says Stassen

    nWave Pictures' Ben Stassen, who produced 3D feature Fly Me To The Moon, is warning that the 3D revolution has failed to materialize. While 3D films are being made and released in abundance, Stassen argues that the industry is now in 'a much longer transition phase than anybody had hoped for.' The US, he said, remains chronically short of high-quality 3-D facilities, the financial crisis has slowed down building plans and the 3D theatres in existen
  • A North Chinese Girl (Dongbei, Dongbei)

    Dir/prod/scr: Zou Peng. China 2009. 81mins.
  • About Elly (Darbareye Elly)

    Dir/scr: Asghar Farhadi.Iran. 2009. 119mins.
  • Absolute Evil

    Dir: Ulli Lommel. US-Germany. 2009. 80mins.
  • Alien goes international with Little

    The Little Film Company has boarded international rights to RW Goodwin's 1950s sci-fi homage Alien Trespass and is commencing talks with buyers in Berlin. Eric McCormack and Robert Patrick star in the story of a benevolent alien that inhabits the body of a Californian astronomer in the hopes of saving Earth after his ship crashes and unleashes a murderous creature. Jenni Baird and Dan Lauri round out the key cast. The film premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • All Around Us (Gururi No Koto)

    Dir/scr: Ryosuke Hashiguchi. Japan. 2009. 140mins.
  • AMediaVision announces slate led by Reach For Me

    AMediaVision Projects has announced a slate of films led by the recently completed drama Reach For Me starring Seymour Cassel and Alfre Woodard.Cassel stars as a hospice patient who reflects on his decision to live out his life in peace as his roommate chooses to celebrate his dying days. Johnny Whitworth and Lacey Chabert also star and LeVar Bur
  • An Englishman In New York

    Dir: Richard Laxton. UK-US. 2009. 74mins.
  • Aniston and Bateman to star in The Baster

    Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are the stars of romantic comedy The Baster which is set to shoot in spring. Mandate International is introducing the project to buyers here. Blades Of Glory directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon are reuniting on the Mandate Pictures tale of a woman who undergoes fertility treatment and doesn't know that her best friend is the sperm donor. The project is based on Jeffrey Eugenides' short story Baster that was pub
  • Arrow Cuts Loose with Verheyen

    Canadian outfit Arrow Entertainment has taken world rights excluding Benelux to Cut Loose, from the prolific Flemish director Jan Verheyen. Cut Loose was produced by the team behind Flemish hits The Alzheimer Case and Ben X. Based on the best-selling novel by Tom Naegels, the film is about a crusading journalist whose life is turned upside down after he meets a beautiful Pakistani refugee (Sana Mouziane.) Cut Loose racked up 85,
  • Arterton to star in CinemaNX's The Disappearance Of Alice Creed

    CinemaNX announces cast for its sixth feature film, TheDisappearance Of Alice Creed, to begin shooting February 9 on The Isle of Man.Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace, St Trinian’s), Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky, Hancock) and Martin Compston (
  • Asmik Ace picks up Kore-eda's Air Doll

    Japan's Asmik Ace has picked up worldwide sales rights to Hirokazu Kore-eda's project Air Doll (working title), which stars Korean actress Bae Doo-na. The film, which is currently in post-production after wrapping at the end of January, is based on a manga created by Yoshiie Goda. It follows the story of an inflatable sex doll that comes to life and begins a relationship with its owner, a video store clerk. Japanese actor Arata also stars along with Susum
  • Atrix boards Murnberger's Bone Man

    Beatrix Wesle's Munich-based Atrix Films has taken all international rights, excluding German-speaking territories, to Wolfgang Murnberger's laconic mystery drama The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann) which will be having its world premiere in Panorama. Starring Josef Hader, Simon Schwarz, Josef Bierbichler and Birgit Minichmayr, the adaptation of Wolf Haas' cult novel of the same name will be released in Germany by Majestic Film on February 19. Hader plays laconic pri
  • Autlook takes world on Panorama doc War + Love

    Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook has swooped to take world rights on Berlinale Panorama entry War + Love in Kabul directed by Helga Reidemeister. 'This is an incredible Romeo and Juliet drama that feels like fiction, a very intimate love story in a country that only knows war...' Autlook's managing-director Peter Jager commented of the feature documentary. An account of a love affair, the film comes billed as 'a story about honor, tribal laws, d
  • AV Pictures sells Lesbian Vampire Killers in Germany and Australia

    UK sales agent AV Pictures has closed deals with Square One in Germany and Transmission in Australia on gore-fest 'Lesbian Vampire Killers'. The film stars UK comedy talents, James Corden and Mathew Horne from the BAFTA award-winning Gavin & Stacey BBC series. Lesbian Vampire Killers will receive its premiere screening at the EFM in Berlin on Friday Februry 6 and co-producers Momentum Pictures are planning a major release in the UK on March 20
  • Babelgum gets 24 from Content Republic

    Babelgum, the free-to-view independent web TV service, has sealed a deal with digital distributor Content Republic to present 24 world cinema films on Babelgum as online exclusives. The titles include Lars Von Trier's The Boss Of It All, Milcho Manchevski's Before The Rain and Steve Barron's Choking Man. Two films will be made available per month over the course of a year kicking off in May 2009, and after each exclusive month, th
  • Baker Street to launch international sales division under Lansley

    UK production and media financing outfit Baker Street Media Finance has launched its own sales arm. Baker Street International - as the new division is called - will be attending the EFM informally before beginning selling in earnest in Cannes in May.The new outfit is head by former Lakeshore executive Phillida Lansley.Baker Street’s founder and managing-director Keith Evans describes the move into sales as part of the company’s
  • Bank of Ireland shuts film divisions in London and LA

    Bank of Ireland has closed down its film finance divisions in both London and LA with immediate effect. The bank is trimming costs in its international corporate finance arm in a bid to weather the financial crisis. The team provided short-term structured film and television production finance facilities to production companies in the US, UK and European market. Films that the Bank of Ireland invested in included Michael Clayton, Sleepwa
  • Barnz signs on to direct edgy romance Beastly for CBS Films

    Daniel Barnz has signed on to direct the edgy romance Beastly for CBS Films.
  • Basterds swings German cash

    Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds has been awarded $8.7m (Euros 6.8m) support by Germany's much praised DFFF incentive scheme. The Second World War drama, which is currently shooting at the Babelsberg studios, is the fifth project to break the fund's 'cap' threshold of $5.1m (Euros 4m) after the Joel Silver production of the Wachowski brothers' Speed Racer $11.5m (Euros 9m); Bryan Singer's Valkyrie $6.1m (Euros 4.8m); Tom Tykwer's
  • BBC Films, HanWay groom teen spies with Cherub

    BBC Films is to tap into the teen market with the adaptation of the first book of Robert Muchamore's teenage spy series. Cherub;The Recruit, which is being introduced to buyers in Berlin by HanWay Films, marks the start of what BBC Films hopes will be a book franchise aimed at the 14-16 age group. Ronan Bennett wrote the script, Christopher Smith (Triangle, Creep) is directing and Sarah Radclyffe is producing. The story follows J
  • Beeswax

    Dir/scr: Andrew Bujalski. US. 2009.100mins.
  • Bellamy

    Dir: Claude Chabrol.France. 2009. 110mins.
  • Benjamin Button big in international market with $31m weekend

    Multiple Oscar nominee The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was the big winner at the international box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $31m from 5,126 screens in 47 markets. Taking its international total so far to $72.5m, the Brad Pitt-Cate Blanchett drama opened at number one in Spain and the UK, reported distributor Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI). In Spain, it grossed $5m from 459 screens, m
  • Benjamin Button strides into major markets two weeks before Oscars

    MGM/UA’s wartime thriller Valkyrie has been the leading Hollywood export through Fox International for the past two weekends and has raced past $40m, but without any new releases Fox Internationalwill look to strong holdover business to maintain momentum.
  • Berlin briefs: Day two

    Pathe closes Cheri dealsPathe International has closed two pre-market deals on Stephen Frears' Cheri which screens In Competition next Tuesday. Lumiere has signed it up for Benelux and Nordisk for Scandinavia. Other distributors already in place include Miramax Films in North America, Rai/01 in Italy and Icon in Australia/New Zealand. Pathe will release the film theatrically in the UK and France. TMG acquires Mutual Film Company library
  • Berlin Film Festival: news and reviews

    Berlin newsBerlin reviewsBerlin Buzz: The key filmsBerlinale competitionEFM previewGerman films on t
  • Berlin in pictures

  • Berlin in pictures:photocall for Cheri

  • Berlin News 2009

    Screen brings you a digest of 2009 Berlinale news.

    DAY 2: THE T0P STORIESKinowelt's Ziannis sets up new sales shop AktisAutlook takes world on Panorama doc War + Love Wide gives Hand to Strand for US Atrix boards Murnberger's Bone Man Pinball Films pitches Fuckart
  • Berlin reviews roundup

    In CompetitionAbout Elly (Asghar Farhadi)Cheri (Stephen Frears)Deutschland 09 (various)The Dust Of Tim
  • Berlin sales deals update

    Protganist Unmade BedsLondon based sales company Protagonist Pictures has closed a deal for France on Alexis Dos Santos' Unmade Beds with Rezo and for Benelux with Cineart. RTVE Mediterranean Food TVE has sold Joaquin Oristrell's Spanish comedy Mediterranean Food to Zootrope Films in France, Epelpol in Poland, Swallow Wings in Taiwan and Primer Plano in South America. The film, playing here in Culinary
  • Bernard Rose's Kreutzer Sonata picked up by IFC Films for US

    IFC Films has picked up US rights to Bernard Rose's The Kreutzer Sonata and will release it this year on its Festival Direct movies-on-demand label. The film, which stars Danny Huston, Elisabeth Rohm and (in a cameo) Anjelica Huston in a dissection of modern marriage based on the Tolstoy novella, had its world premiere at Edinburgh last year.
  • Bill Mechanic returns to animation with Coraline

    Coraline may be the first animated film that Bill Mechanic has made under the banner of his Los Angeles-based production company Pandemonium, but the studio-chief-turned-producer is hardly a newcomer to the animation world.When he was at Disney in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the home-video division Mechanic oversaw and the international theatrical operation he set up helped take the studio's animated releases to new revenue-earning heights. And when he was head of Twentieth
  • Bleiberg Entertainment closes raft of territories on Adam Resurrected

    Bleiberg Entertainment has closed a raft of further territories on the Holocaust drama Adam Resurrected, including German-speaking territories to 3L Filmverleigh and Brazil to Flashstar.Deals have closed in Israel (United King Films), Portugal (Valentim), Greece (Village Roadshow), Turkey (Horizon), Iceland (Myndform), the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and former Yugoslavia (AQS), and Croatia (MG Film). Paul Schrader'
  • Bleiberg picks up AIDS drama Pedro

    Bleiberg Entertainment has picked up international rights to BMP Films' biopic Pedro written by the Oscar nominated Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Bleiberg is talking to buyers in Berlin about Nick Oceano's story on the life of Pedro Zamora, the young AIDS campaigner who dedicated his life to raise awareness about his condition before he died in 1994 aged 22. Zamora shot to fame after he appeared on MTV's The Real World reality TV show. BM
  • Bluebeard (Barbe-Bleue)

    Dir/scr: Catherine Breillat. France. 2009. 80mins.
  • Brendan And The Secret Of Kells

    Dir: Tomm Moore. Ireland-France-Belgium. 2008. 78mins.
  • Burrowing (Man Tanker Sitt)

    Dir/scr: Henrik Hellstrom, Fredrik Wenzel. Sweden. 2009. 77mins.
  • Buyers get Sympathy for Kimmel

    Kimmel International has reported brisk sales on Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut drama Sympathy For Delicious about a paralysed man who gains the power to heal starring Christopher Thornton, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich and Ruffalo. The picture is currently shooting in Los Angeles and has gone to all of Latin America and Eastern Europe (New Films), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Roadshow), South Africa (Nu Metro),Iceland (Sam Films)
  • Buyers hungry for CJ's Thirst

    Bucking the cautious buyer trend, South Korea's CJ Entertainment has sealed a string of pre-sales on Park Chan-wook's Thirst and Bong Joon-ho's Mother, along with effects-laden action title Haeundae. Park's vampire thriller Thirst and Bong's Mother, about a woman attempting to prove her son's innocence after he is accused of murder, have both been sold to Romania's Independenta. Both titles should be ready in time for C
  • Cannes selectors face deluge of auteurs in 2009

    As Berlin draws to a close, selectors at the Cannes Film Festival are facing such a deluge of films from the world’s greatest auteurs that many will no doubt be rejected from official selection.The lineup of titles ready for the May 13-24 festival is daunting, and many of the film-makers involved are accustomed to competition slots.Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces opens in Spain on March 18 and is expected to land on the Croisette for its international
  • Cast lines up for Werner Herzog andDavid Lynch horror

    Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny and Udo Kier have signed on to Werner Herzog and David Lynch's first collaboration, the psychological horror tale My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done. Keith Kjarval's Los Angeles-based production, finance and sales company Unified Pictures is handling international sales with Lynch's company Absurda. Herzog is directing the film which will commence principal photography in the California locale of
  • Celluloid to handle sales on Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut

    Celluloid Dreams has signed on to handle international sales of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut,Jack Goes Boating,billed as an unconventional romantic comedy.
  • Centurion strides out for Pathe

    Pathe International has pre-sold Neil Marshall's Romans in Britain yarn Centurion to Constantin in Germany, Aurum in Spain, Hopscotch in Australia, Scanbox in Scandinavia and Odeon in Greece. The film will start principal photography on 22nd February in Scotland. LOL (Laughing Out Loud), directed by Liza Azuelos, has sold to Mediaset in Italy, Maywin for the CIS, Delphi in Germany and Alta in Spain. The film opened in France on 4th
  • Cheri

    Dir: Stephen Frears. UK. 2009. 100mins.
  • Cherrybomb

    Dirs: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn. UK. 2008. 82mins.
  • Cineart goes on pre-Berlin buying spree

    Benelux distributor Cineart/Cinelibre has picked up three titles in official selection in Berlin: Francois Ozon's competition entry Ricky from Le Pacte, Simone Bitton's Forum documentary Rachel from UMedia and Philippe Lioret's Panorama title Welcome sold by Films Distribution. Cineart/Cinelibre has also been busy pre-buying. It has now snapped up Ken Loach's Looking For Eric sold by Wild Bunch, Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen from
  • Cinemavault picks up Canadian, sales on Lovely, Still

    Toronto-based Cinemavault Releasing has picked up international sales and Canadian distribution rights to Nik Fackler's directorial debut Lovely, Still, which premiered at Toronto and stars Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. Cinemavault is presenting the picture in Berlin as the producers work on a new cut and plans to premiere the final version at the Cannes Film Market. The picture will be released in Canada in the autumn and centres on an elderl
  • Claustrophobia

    Dir/scr: Ivy Ho. Hong Kong. 2008. 100mins.
  • Coach 14 to remake Proyecto Dos with Rosa Entertainment.

    French sales company Coach 14 has announced a remake deal for Guillermo Fernandez Groizard's thriller Proyecto Dos with LA-based Rosa Entertainment. The original, directed by Guillermo Fernandez Groizard, is set in contemporary Madrid where a biochemist discovers that his ordinary life is not what he thinks. Buena Vista released the film in Spain in January last year. Coach has also concluded deals on Un Homme Et Son Chien, a remake of Vittori
  • Content acquires The Technician and 20 titles from Nick Broomfield.

    ContentFilm International has acquired international sales rights to the action thriller The Technician. Jon Cassar, the lead director of 24 will direct from a screenplay by Ken Lamplugh and John Weidner. Harry Ufland (The Last Temptation of Christ, Snow Falling on Cedars), Mary Jane Ufland (Crazy/Beautiful, Not Without My Daughter, Night in the City) and Chris Ufland are producing for Ufland Productions. The film will be selling at B
  • Content gets Ironclad

    ContentFilm International has acquired worldwide sales rights to Mythic International Entertainment’s Ironclad which stars James Purefoy and Paul Giamatti. Directed by Jonathan English (Minotaur), Ironclad is an ultra violent medieval action thriller. It is set to go in production in the summer.It tells the true story of a group of warriors who withstood several brutal and bloody months under siege, in a desperate bid to defend their
  • Content opens doors to Strange

    ContentFilm International has taken worldwide sales rights to When You're Strange, Tom DiCillo's documentary about The Doors which had its world premiere at Sundance. The feature documentary is about the iconic rock band The Doors and tells the band's story through vintage footage, much of it previously unseen. The biopic is produced by Peter Jankowski, John Beug, Dick Wolf and Jeff Jampol, who was the manager of The Doors. ContentFilm is selling it
  • Costa gets into Brazilian rhythm with Anderson, Barreto

    Eduardo Costantini's Buenos-Aires-based Costa Films is making a concerted push into Brazil, mounting a $9m music drama to be directed by Brad Anderson and co-produced by Spain's Filmax and Rio-based Bananeira Filmes, as well as partnering with the Barreto family to make a biopic of current Brazilian president Lula Da Silva currently shooting under director Fabio Barreto (O Quatrilho
  • Dean Spanley goes to US with Miramax

    Miramax Films has taken US rights to Toa Fraser' much feted comedy-drama Dean Spanley starring Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and Peter O'Toole. The UK/New Zealand coproduction, which screened at the Toronto, London and Pusan festivals last year, was produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Alan Harris, with David Parfitt, Finola Dwyer, Simon Fawcett and Sharp acting as executive producers. NZ Film is representing the film at the EFM. The US deal on Dean Spanley
  • Defamation

    Dir: Yoav Shamir. Israel-Austria-US-Denmark. 2009. 93mins.
  • Depp to narrate Strange for DiCillo

    Johnny Depp is to record a new narration for When You're Strange, Tom DiCillo's documentary about The Doors which had its world premiere at Sundance and plays here in berlin in Panorama Dokumente. DiCillo himself had provided the original voiceover, but he announced at Saturday night's screening that Depp would begin work on the new version in the next few weeks. 'Johnny saw the film early on,' said Peter Jankowski. 'We showed him an early cut and
  • Disney closes longterm distribution deal with DreamWorks, Reliance

    The Walt Disney Studios and Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and Indian giant Reliance BIG's DreamWorks 2.0 have signed their exclusive long-term distribution deal to handle distribution and marketing on approximately six live-action films a year.Disney moved in after the distribution deal announced last October between DreamWorks and Universal fell apart due to financial considerations. Spielberg and Snider had been in talks with Disney chiefs l
  • Distribution Workshop picks up Snowfall, Overheard

    Distribution Workshop, the new Hong Kong-based sales outfit founded by Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan, has picked up two new titles - Alan Mak and Felix Chong's Overheard and Snowfall In Taipei from Chinese director Huo Jianqi. Produced by Derek Yee, whose credits as director include Protege and One Nite In Mongkok, Overheard is a thriller about three cops conducting surveillance on a listed company. Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu
  • Doc Alliance launches online distribution portal

    Doc Alliance, the partnership between five leading documentary festivals (CPH: Dox Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review and Visions Du Reel) has launched its own online portal. The new website, which goes live on March 1, will make available 250 films to stream or download. This will include key works by such filmmakers as Ulrich Seidl (Jesus, You Know), Jorgen Leth (New Sc
  • Double Take

    Dir: Johan Grimonprez. Belgium-Germany-Netherlands. 2008. 80mins.
  • Dragon Tattoo set for European rollout, English version

    In Berlin this weekend, Yellow Bird's Soren Staermose has revealed further details of the hugely ambitious roll-out plans for the film of Stieg Larsson's world bestseller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, sold here by Zodiak International. The film will be released theatrically in late February in Sweden and Denmark, then in March in Norway and Finland. UGC will release the film theatrically in France, BIM in Italy and Lumiere in Belgium. It is being screened t
  • E1 Entertainment rethinks market listing

    Canadian media company E1 Entertainment will delay its planned listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company is reassessing its options in the market meltdown that is hammering even strong performers. The company said it will also undertake a restructuring of its US operations to ensure the competitiveness of its music business. This will result in a one-time charge to its year-end income statement.In a statement, James Corsellis, managing
  • E1 peddles Souls to Madman

    E1 Films International has sold Australian rights to Sophie Barthes' comedy Cold Souls to Madman, hot on the heels of Samuel Goldwyn Films' acquisition of US rights following the world premiere at Sundance. Sales chief Charlotte Mickie also announced that Memento has acquired French rights to Cherien Dabis' Palestinian immigrant story Amreeka, another Sundance premiere that has attracted interest from North American buyers. Rights to Cold Souls
  • Eccentricities Of A Blond-Haired Girl (Singularidades De Uma Rapariga Loura)

    Dir: Manoel de Oliveira. Portugal-France-Spain. 2009. 63mins.
  • Echo Bridge sells far and wide on Ruins, Inhale

    Heading in to the EFM Los Angeles-based Echo Bridge Entertainment has closed key territories on My Life In Ruins, Virgin On Bourbon Street and Inhale. Rights to the romantic comedy My Life In Ruins have gone to Warner Bros in the UK, Splendid Films in Germany, Fox Searchlight in Australia and New Zealand, Videa CDE in Italian-speaking Europe, VC Multimedia in Portugal and Revolutionary Releasing for Eastern Europe. Further deals closed with Swen Entertainment for
  • Elephant Eye scores precious Icon deal on Push

    Icon Film Distribution has picked up UK and Australian rights to Lee Daniels' Push: Based On The Novel By Sapphire, the Sundance sensation which won both the jury and audience awards in US dramatic competition. The deal was closed by international sales agent Elephant Eye Films which screened Push to a packed house of buyers on Saturday morning. Noble took Scandinavian rights after the screening and Front Row bought the Middle East. Star G
  • EU's MEDIA International funding increased by$3m for 2009

    The European Commission's MEDIA International initiative has more than doubled its budget for 2009, isencouraging new approaches to distributionand will expand to include projects designed to reach new audiences. Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily ahead of this year's MEDIA Info Day today, Aviva Silver, head of the MEDIA Unit, explained that five activities would be supported in 2009 with a significantly increased budget of $6.5m (Euros 5m) from the first year'
  • Eva Green, Matt Smith to star in Benedek Fliegauf's Womb

    Eva Green and Matt Smith, the UK's new Doctor Who, are to star in Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf's first English language feature film Womb which will begin shooting on location at Germany's North Sea coast at the beginning of March.The production by Waltz With Bashir producers Razor Film and Budapest-based Inforg Studio is being co-produced by ASAP Films, ZDF/A
  • Everyone Else (Alle Anderen)

    Dir/scr: Maren Ade. Germany. 2009. 119mins.
  • Ewan McGregor, Carey Mulligan team for The Electric Slide

    Myriad Pictures has come aboard to finance and handle international sales on Killer Films and Di Bonaventura Pictures' The Electric Slide with Ewan McGregor and Sundance discovery Carey Mulligan in talks to play the leads.Tristan Patterson will direct from his screenplay based on Timothy Ford's article The Yankee
  • Fallon partners on ambitious Auteurs

    London-based advertising agency Fallon has come on board as a partner, as ambitious online movie venue/internet distribution platform The Auteurs to develop branding and sponsorship opportinities.Entrepreneur Efe Cakarel and Celluloid Dreams boss Hengameh Panahi made the announcement here and Fallon joins an impressive group of partners among them the Criterion Collection in the US and Eduardo Costantini's Costa Films in Argentina. At a time of market-saturation w
  • Father's Acre (Apafold)

    Dir: Viktor Oszkar Nagy. Hungary. 2009. 80mins. Despite its shortcomings, this debut about an ex-convict's attempts to reconcile with his rebellious son from Viktor Ozkar Nagy is a visual treat. Showing remarkable precision and sensitivity in every frame, the minimalist film will find a natural berth in first film festivals and events focusing on the image. It won the Gene Moskowitz prize, awarded by foreign film critics, at the recent Hungarian Film Week.
  • Festival review: Park city's sparkling show of independents

    It was a happy coincidence that in the year it was celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Sundance Film Festival showcased a bumper crop of new independent cinema. As Robert Redford, festival director Geoff Gilmore and director of programming John Cooper reiterated, Sundance is about discovering new talent - and this year's films did just that.It certainly helped that the bona fide sensation of the festival, Push: Based On The
  • Festival titles find sales berths midway through Berlinale

    French outfit Les Films Du Losange has closed a deal to take worldwide sales on Sweet Rush (Tatarak), the latest feature from venerable Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda which screens in competition on Friday. Les Films Du Losange will also be releasing the film in France through its distribution arm. Meanwhile, buzzed about festival title, Swedish Forum entry Burrowing, has been dug up for international sales by French sales outfit Wide Managem
  • Fichman to be key instructor at TAP in Berlin and Halifax

    Canadian producer Niv Fichman (Blindness, Silk) will be on hand as the senior resource instructor at Trans Atlantic Partners International Coproduction: Focus Europe and Canada (TAP), scheduled for June and September in Berlin and Halifax.The two-part training program for Canadian and European producers is a joint initiative of Halifax's Strategi
  • Fig Trees

    Dir/prod/scr. John Greyson. Canada. 2009. 104mins.
  • Filmmuseum ramps up acquisition business

    Amsterdam's Filmmuseum has taken Dutch rights to a slew of films led by Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy sold by Memento, Edwin's Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly which premiered in Rotterdam last month, and Swiss master's Peter Liechti's The Sounds Of Insects - Record Of A Mummy. They follow on from the Filmmuseum's earlier pick-ups which include Peter Strickland's Berlinale competition entry, Katalin Varga, Kore-eda Hirokazu's Still Wa
  • Films Boutique picks up Rots, Jude titles

    Berlin-based sales company Films Boutique has picked up four new titles for international distribution, including two Forum titles - Esther Rots' Can Go Through Skin and Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude's The Happiest Girl In The World. Films Boutique's Jean-Christophe Simon also told Berlinale ScreenDaily that he has take on international sales for two first films currently in post-production.The films are: Chilean director Cristian Jimenez
  • Fireball deals snowball for Golden Network

    Golden Network Asia has scored a slew of deals on Thai action title Fireball, including sales to the UK's E1 Group, France's Metropolitan and Germany's Splendid. The fast-paced combination of martial arts and basketball also went to Spain's TOT Media, Greece's Strada Films, Brazil's Global Media, Turkey's Horizon International and Media International Pictures for the Middle East. Golden Network has also sold the white-hot title to a slew of Asian territor
  • Forever Enthralled (Mei Lanfang)

    Dir: Chen Kaige. China. 2008. 147mins.
  • Fortissimo rounds out Berlin slate with Asian auteurs

    Fortissimo Films has arrived in Berlin with several additions to its slate including new titles from threefilmmakers that the company regularly works with - Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-liang, Thailand’s Pen-ekRatanaruang and Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam.
  • German distributor Universum Film developing Tractor bestseller with UK's Trijbits

    German distributor Universum Film has joined forces with UK-based producer Paul Trijbits of Ruby Films for the development of an adaptation of Marina Lewycka's A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian. The culture clash comedy about a dysfunctional Ukranian family living in Peterborough in the 1990s was a bestseller in the UK and Germany. Universum Film's managing director Tania Reichert-Facilides told Screen International that the company is also involved in the development of a
  • Germany's Ascot Elite chews up Chaw

    South Korea's Fine Cut has clinched a trio of pre-sales on Shin Jung-won's $7m creature feature Chaw, including the sale of all German-speaking rights to Ascot Elite. The film, about a man-eating boar terrorising a Korean village, has also gone to J-bics for Thailand and IOF Entertainment for India. Hans Uhlig, whose credits include the Star Wars series, The Day After Tomorrow and The Perfect Storm is over-seeing the special eff
  • Gigante (Giant)

    Dir/scr: Adrian Biniez. Uruguay-Germany-Argentina-Netherlands. 2009. 84mins.
  • Gosetti returns to Venice

    Giorgio Gosetti is on the way back to Venice. The much-travelled festival programmer and curator is to return to the Lido as Delegate General of Venice Days, the event he founded in 2004 as the Venice Festival's answer to the Cannes Director's Fortnight. The appointment comes as Fabio Ferzetti steps down. Gosetti left Venice in 2006 to work at the Rome Film Festival but will now return for the 2009 edition. On Gosetti's request, the Venice Days Board has establish
  • GrandHotel to make gay footballer story

    Berlin-based GrandHotelPictures has unveiled its development slate which includes Iranian-born Reza Memari's adaptation of Ronny Blaschke's Versteckspieler, a biography of the gay footballer Marcus Urban from former eastern Germany. The biography was published in Germany last year'It is a kind of coming of age story for adults where we will carefully add fictional elements to the real-life story in order to create a stronger message out of Marcus Urb
  • Greg MacGillivray shoots documentary about surfing culture

    Greg MacGillivray is shooting a documentary examining 50 years of surfing culture in cinema with particular emphasis on the troubled production of John Milius' 1978 Big Wednesday.The untitled project will draw from archival material ranging from Thomas Edison's first Hawaiian surfing footage in 1906 to excerpts from iconic imagery from
  • Gubbins steps down as editor of Screen International &

    Michael Gubbins is stepping down as editor of Screen International and after five years in the role and will be leaving on Feb 11.He is leaving to pursue new ventures in film and the wider media. Gubbins oversaw a redesign of the weekly magazine and the website and made strong progress in raising the global profile of the brand.He chaired and spoke at more than 50 major events, conferences and festivals and is a membe
  • Happy Tears

    Dir/scr: Mitchell Lichtenstein. US. 2009. 96mins.
  • High Point takes on Haïti Cherie

    High Point Films, the theatrical sales division of Carey Fitzgerald's London based High Point Media Group, has taken on international rights outside France and Italy to Claudio Del Punta's Berlin selection, Haïti Cherie. Selected for the culinary cinema section at the Berlin Film Festival, Haïti Cherie takes a dramatic, Neorealist approach to the subject of modern day slavery, centering on exploited Haitian workers on a sugar cane plantation in the Dominican Repub
  • High-Fliers acquires UK rights to New Town Killers

    London based distributor, High Fliers Films, has acquired UK rights to New Town Killers from production and sales outfit Independent. The thriller is directed by Richard Jobson and produced by Luc Roeg. It stars Dougray Scott, Alastair Mackenzie and James Anthony Pearson and tells the story of two bankers who get their kicks from playing a 12 hour game of hunt, hide and seek with people from the margins of society. Roeg said 'High Fliers enthusiasm for the
  • Human Zoo

    Dir/scr/ed: Rie Rasmussen. France-Albania. 2009. 110mins.
  • I Know You Know

    Dir/scr: Justin Kerrigan.UK. 2009. 81mins.
  • Icon to re-release Man On Wire

    Icon Films will be re-releasing James Marsh's Man on Wire, following its win at the 2009 BAFTA Awards for Outstanding British Film. The film is nominated for best documentary at this year's Academy Awards which take place on February 22. Man on Wire first opened theatrically in the UK inAugust 2008. Its currentbox officestands at $1,300,000.
  • iDream sells three to Turkey

    London and Mumbai-based sales company iDream Independent Pictures has sold a package of three films, including Santosh Sivan's Tahaan, to Turkey's Horizon International here at the EFM. The package also includes Shivajee Chandrabhushan's Frozen and Irfan Kamal's Thanks Maa. Produced by India's Quantum Films, Thanks Maa is a story about a group of Mumbai street kids attempting to track down the mother of an abandoned baby. The film is a
  • IM Global Acclaim seals 26 presales on Miller's Pippa Lee

    As US specialty buyers prepare for the world premiere of Rebecca Miller's official selection comedy drama The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee on February 9, IM Global Acclaim has reported strong international sales.Icon has taken rights for the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Tri Pictures has acquired in Spain, CDI in Italy, CP Digital in Russia, Playa
  • IM Global sets sales for Hill, Miller movies

    IM Global has reported strong initial sales on the upcoming Mickey Rourke thriller St Vincent and is close to selling out Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee following the drama's world premiere here in Berlinon Monday night. St Vincent reunites Rourke with his Johnny Handsome director Walter Hill for the first time in 20 years; it has sold to Latin America (Swen), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Benelux (RCV), Greece (Village Roadshow), Por
  • In focus - Festival buzz - Bright outlook in Berlin

    French director Gaspar Noe will be in Berlin this week to explain to distributors the concept behind his film Enter The Void, which is being sold at the European Film Market (EFM) by Wild Bunch. The title of Noe's effects-driven new feature seems strangely apt given what many buyers and sellers are feeling as the market gets underway. After a slow Sundance and a Rotterdam where little real business was done despite the brisk CineMart meeting schedule, there is trepidation about prospec
  • In The Electric Mist

    Dir: Bertrand Tavernier. US-France. 2009. 117mins.
  • Independent sells Moon and New Town Killers

    UK sales and production outfit Independent has sold Duncan Jones' Moon and Richard Jobson's New Town Killers to Telepool for German speaking territories. Sci-fi thriller Moon premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film was directed by Duncan Jones, stars Sam Rockwell and features the voice of Kevin Spacey. Moon was produced by Stuart Fenegan and Trudie Styler. It will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in North America in
  • Independents must consolidate, says Ben Waisbren

    In a hard-hitting keynote speech at yesterday's Screen International European Film Summit, film financier Ben Waisbren, who is president and CEO of Continental Entertainment Capital, predicted that the independent film business will go through a prolonged period of contraction and restructuring. 'Don't hesitate - consolidate,' he urged.Fewer films will be made. There will be increased vertical integration. It will 'take years' for new exhibition
  • Index sells further shares in Nikkatsu studios

    Index Holdings has sold a 7.11% share in group company Nikkatsu to Amusement Media Entertainment Group (AMG). Nikkatsu is here at the EFM selling Takashi Miike's Yatterman which had its world premiere at New York Comic Con last night (Feb 6). The film is a live-action version of the manga about a dog-shaped robot. AMG core company Amusement Media Academy acquired 502,500 shares in Nikkatsu, valued at approximately $5.5m (Y500m). The deal leaves Index with a remain
  • Indiestory's Old Partner becomes Korea's top independent film

    Korean film distributor Indiestory's Old Partner, an ultra-low-budget documentary about an octogenarian man, his wife and his loyal, hard-working cow of 30 years has become South Korea's biggest independent film hit on record.Focusing onthe relationship between theman and his cowand thevalue of humble labor, Lee Chung-ryoul's 78-minute HD documentaryhas taken the record of top independent film in Korea with 300,000 admissions and a gross of $1.5m. It beat
  • International - A new dimension

    All eyes are on 2009 as the year the box-office potential of "legacy" films - classic or cult films that could be brought out in new 3D editions - may be realised. If, over the coming months, the appetite for 3D is sufficiently baited, then demand will encourage the US studios to mine their back catalogues for films to be re-issued with an extra dimension.Walt Disney's 1993 clay-mation musical The Nightmare Before Christmas has already been re-released worldwide four times. Afte
  • International - Valkyrie rides on

    Twentieth Century Fox's Valkyrie defended its place at the top of the international box-office chart for the second week of its international run, after expanding to a further 10 territories, including number-one debuts in Spain (grossing $3.2m from 397 screens), France ($1.6m from 300), Sweden ($449,000 from 70) and Belgium ($495,000 from 70).Good hold-over business contributed to the $19.4m three-day gross, with the film holding second place in Germany, South Korea and the UK.
  • Intra's Tobruk lands in UK with Hi-Fliers

    Italian sales outfit Intra Movies has closed a UK deal in Berlin with Hi-Fliers on Czech World War Two film, Tobruk. Directed by Vaclav Marhoul, thestoryis about a20-year-old volunteer in the Czech army in North Africa in the autumn of 1941. Showing its increasing appetite for eastern European fare, Intra has also taken on world sales on Vinko Bresan's Croatian title Will Not Stop There about a Croatian war veteran whose life changes when he falls
  • Irish arts minister urged to end delay in appointing Irish film board

    An opposition senator has today called on the Irish arts minister to end the delay in appointing members of the Irish Film Board. An Irish Labour party senator, Dominic Hannigan, has called on the minister for arts, Martin Cullen, to explain the delay in appointing a new board for the Irish film board (IFB). The five year term of the previous board members came to an end on January 16 and there has been no indication of when a replacement board will be put in place
  • It Might Get Loud

    Dir: Davis Guggenheim. US. 2009. 97mins.When you get down to it, that much-idolised object the electric guitar is basically a plank of wood, some strings and a chunk of circuitry. It’s the person wielding it who makes the noise: that’s the level-headed gist of It Might Get Loud, a rock-doc that celebrates the instrument without overly fretting (as it were) about the hardware. Essentially a summit meeting between guitar-slingers of three generations - Jimmy Page, T
  • Jaa starts shooting Ongbak 3

    Thailand 's Sahamongkolfilm International has started shooting the third installment in its successful Ong Bak franchise - starring Muay Thai maestro Tony Jaa.As with Ong Bak 2, Jaa is directing and producing as well as starring in Ong Bak 3, which is shooting in Thailand for release in December this year. It will follow the story and period setting of Ong Bak 2. The first film in the franchise had a contemporary setting and w
  • Jan Chapman honoured by Adelaide Festival

    Ten days before the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) opens, the board has announced that celebrated producer Jan Chapman is to receive the 2009 Don Dunstan Award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry. Chapman's filmmaking spans 16 years and includes the period love story The Piano, which was nominated for a best film Oscar, and the highly emotional Lantana, which won best film at the 2001 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards. S
  • Jinga sells The Disappeared and Summer Scars

    UK based sales company Jinga Films has closed an all rights on North America distribution deal for Johnny Kevorkian's The Disappeared with IFC Films. The supernatural thriller's cast includes Harry Treadaway, Greg Wise, Tom Felton and Alex Jennings. Jinga Films has also sold Julian Richards coming of age thriller Summer Scars to UK distributor Soda Pictures.
  • John Rabe

    Dir/scr: Florian Gallenberger. Germany-France-China. 2009. 134mins.
  • K5 brings Size, World to buyers

    Germany and UK based sales outfit K5 International has picked up two new titles which it is pitching to buyers here: A Matter Of Size and A Wonderful World. Comedy A Matter Of Size is directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor. Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon of UCM Films co-produced with Daniel Baur and Oliver Simon of K5 Film. It tells the story of four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle who are tired of dieting and the sli
  • Katalin Varga

    Dir/scr: Peter Strickland. Romania-UK-Hungary. 2009. 84mins.
  • Kinowelt's Ziannis sets up new sales shop Aktis

    Former Kinowelt world sales chief Stelios Ziannis is in Berlin with his new sales company Aktis Film International. The Leipzig-based outfit's first acquisition is Rudolf Thome's black tragicomedy Pink which will have its world premiere in the festival's Berlinale Special sidebar. Starring Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Panzner (Valkyrie), Guntram Brattia (The Visible And The Invisible) and Cornelius Schwalm (Kleine Kreise), Pink foc
  • Kites flies on Reliance Big Pictures' debut slate

    India's Reliance Big Pictures is launching its international sales division here at the European Film Market, with a busy slate of product headed by $30m English-language romantic drama Kites. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Kites follows a young man in Las Vegas who becomes involved with a salsa dancer but falls in love with her brother's fiancee. Produced by Rakesh Roshan and directed by Anurag Basu, the film also stars Kangana Ranaut and Barbara Mori. Th
  • Korea's Fine Cut wraps up pre-EFM sales

    Seoul-based sales agent Fine Cut has wrapped up a slew of sales on the eve of the EFM, including the sale of Antique, which screens here in the Culinary Cinema section, to Thailand's Rose Media. Directed by Min Kyu-dong (Memento Mori) and starring French actor Andy Gillet, the film was previously sold to Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition Fine Cut has sold serial-killer thriller The Chaser to Borsalino for Latin America, Maywin
  • Kunath promoted to evp, general manager at Screen Gems

    Screen Gems has promoted Pamela Kunath to executive vice president and general manager and charged her with overseeing all operations and administration across all areas of the studio's business.In her expanded role Kunath, who joined Screen Gems shortly after its inception in 2001, will continue to head the company's business affairs and reports to Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper.Over the years she has become a central figure
  • KWA adds four to slate

    Madrid-based Kevin Williams Associates has picked up Albert Arizza’s thriller Ramirez about a lonely young night stalker and drug dealer, preying on young women he can pick up and seduce.KWA has also acquired Mexican drama Limbo, about a 12-year-old gay boy who suffers an accident and goes to limbo, a mysterious place where he will meet a suicide lawyer and a crazy nurse, two characters that will change the life of the kid forever. The film is directe
  • Lala's Gun (Gun Lala De Qiang)

    Dir/scr: Ning Jingwu. China. 2008. 103mins.
  • Lionsgate UK gets Heartless from Omega

    Lionsgate UK has picked up UK rights to Philip Ridley's psychological thriller Heartless from Omega Entertainment. Jim Sturgess stars as a troubled young man struggling to cope with the mindless violence taking place on the city streets around him.The film, currently in the final stages of post-production, will have its premiere at Cannes. Produced by Richard Raymond and Pippa Cross, it also stars Clemence Poesy, Noel Clarke and Timothy Spall.
  • Little Soldier (Lille Soldat)

    Dir: Annette K Olesen.Denmark. 2008. 100mins.
  • Locarno's Open Doors to focus on Greater China

    Greater China will be the focus region of the Open Doors co-production platform at this year’s Locarno Film Festival.
  • London River

    Dir: Rachid Bouchareb. Algeria-France-UK. 2009. 87mins.
  • Loveridge launches Meridiana with first slate

    Industry veteran Helen Loveridge, who co-founded Fortissimo Film Sales, has announced details of her new, London-based sales outfit, Meridiana Films. 'This is my first active market,' Loveridge commented. 'I will be starting slowly, looking to build up as we did with Fortissimo.' The company will be handling both dramatic features and selected feature docs. In the EFM, Loveridge is screening Megan Doneman's feature documentary Yes Madam, Sir about India
  • Magnolia kicks up US rights to Ong Bak 2

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to Thai martial arts action title Ong Bak 2 from Sahamongkolfilm International. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release for the film under its Magnet Releasing genre label. The company released the first Ong Bak film, also starring Tony Jaa, which grossed more than $4m in the US. It's understood Magnolia out-bid several other companies to acquire the film which was the highest-grossing local movie in Tha
  • Magnolia Pictures picks up US rights to John Hindman's Arlen Faber

    Magnolia Pictures has picked up US rights to John Hindman's romantic comedy Arlen Faber starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham following its world premiere at Sundance last month. Elle Driver is handling international sales in Berlin. The distributor plans a summer release. Senior vice president Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with ICM, CAA, and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners. ICM represents both Graham and Daniels. Daniels pl
  • Mammoth

    Dir/scr: Lukas Moodysson. Sweden-Germany-Denmark. 2009. 125mins.
  • Mangold to direct thriller for Bold Films

    Los Angeles-based Bold Films is developing an untitled legal thriller with James Mangold and Cathy Konrad's Treeline Films in the vein of The Verdict and All The President's Men. Mangold is attached to direct the true story of a pair of New Orleans lawyer brothers who take on Big Oil and uncover the truth behind a fatal rig collapse. Bold's president of worldwide distribution Stephanie Denton and executive vice president of international sales
  • Marin Blue

    Dir: Matthew Hysell. US. 2009. 77mins.
  • Match Factory joins Tanovic's Cirkus

    The Match Factory (TMF) will handle international sales for Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic's Cirkus Columbia (working title) which will be his first feature to be shot in his Bosnian homeland. The adaptation of the debut novel of the same name by Croatian journalist Ivica Djikic is being prepared by Tanovic and Cedomir Kolar's joint company ASAP Productions.They are workingwith their 'usual' production partners from Belgium, Slovenia, Italy and the
  • Match Factory waltzes again with Folman

    The Match Factory is continuing its collaboration with Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman after handling international sales on his Oscar-nominated animated documentary Waltz With Bashir.The Cologne-based sales agent is the German partner on Folman's new project The Futurological Congress, which is adapted from Stanislaw Lem's sci-fi novel of the same name and will again be a combination of live-action and animation. Script funding was awarded to the projec
  • Media Luna picks up Memory, Jennifer

    Media Luna Entertainment has picked up Memory, the second feature by Matthias Luthardt, who is the president of the 'Dialogue en perspective' jury of young German and French film buffs for this year's Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar. The drama starring Franziska Petri and Pasquale Aleardi premiered at the Hof Film Days last October and was also at the Max Ophuels Festival in January. In addition, the Cologne-based sales company has added Todd Mo
  • Memento closes on Larrieu brothers' This Is The End

    Paris-based Memento Films International has taken on international sales to This Is The End, the new $13m (Euros 10m) end-of-the-world epic from Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu. Produced by veteran Bruno Pesery in association with Backup Films through their Coficup fund, the film stars Matthieu Amalric, Sergi Lopez, Catherine Frot and Sabine Azema and marks the most ambitious project from the brothers to date. Currently in post-production, it should be re
  • Mickey Rourke reteams with Hill

    Mickey Rourke's remarkable comeback continues apace as the white-hot Oscar nominee reunites with his Johnny Handsome director Walter Hill on the action thriller St Vincent, set to begin filming later this year.Stuart Ford's IM Global is handling international sales and has reported feverish early interest from buyers in Berlin keen to see the next powerhouse performance from Rourke, who will be seeking to add a BATFA on Sunday to his earlier Golden G
  • Milk, Slumdog, Bashir march onwards with WGA Award wins

    Milk and Slumdog Millionaire were the big winners at the Writers Guild Of America's 2009 awards at the weekend.Dustin Lance Black took the original screenplay prize for Milk while Simon Beaufoy kept the Slumdog Mi
  • Mirovision boards The Boat

    South Korea 's Mirovision has picked up international rights to Kim Young-nam's drama The Boat, starring Korean actor Ha Jung-woo and Japan's Tsumabuki Satoshi. Scripted by Aya Watanabe (Josee, The Tiger And The Fish), the film follows a Korean smuggler and his counterpart in Japan whose lives are entwined when they're ordered to kidnap a young Korean woman. Currently in post-production, it is co-produced by Korea's Kraze Pictures and Japan's IMJ Entert
  • M-Line seals European, Japan deals on Flower

    Seoul-based sales agent M-Line Distribution has sealed a raft of deals on recent pick-ups A Frozen Flower and Scandal Makers, which are both currently huge hits in Korea. Yu Ha's A Frozen Flower has gone to Splendid for Germany and Benelux, Impacto Films for Spain, KNTV for Japan, Good Films Workshop for Hong Kong and Taiwan, Sahamongkolfilm for Thailand and Hollywood Classics Entertainment for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The period costume drama, w
  • Momentum takes UK rights to thriller Burning Bright

    Momentum has acquired UK rights from Sobini Films to the thriller Burning Bright, starring Briana Evigan as a girl trapped in a house with her autistic brother and a ravenous tiger during a hurricane.Sobini's vice president of international, Todd Olsson is showing footage here and has also sold rights to Spain (Aurum), Portugal (Lusomundo), Poland (Vision), Turkey (Media Vision), Greece (Seven Films) and the Middle East (Gulf Films). A German deal is expected
  • Mother Of Christ does business for Media 8

    Media 8 Entertainment has closed a slew of sales here in Berlin on its Biblical drama Mary Mother Of Christ and the biopic Dali. Mary Mother Of Christ, which stars Camilla Belle, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Peter O'Toole, has sold to Eastern Europe (SPI), Portugal (Lusomundo) Middle East (Gulf), Turkey (Horizon), South Africa (Nu Metro), Greece (Odeon) and the Philippines (Pioneer Films). Mary Aloe is producing through her Aloe Enter
  • MPI Media chews off North American rights to Jinga's Gnaw

    Jinga Films has closed a North American distribution deal for Greg Mandry's horror debut Gnaw with MPI Media Group. The sales agent has also sold Gnaw to Sahamongkolfilm for Thailand.Gnaw tells the gruesome story of six friends on vacation in the countryside who find themselves on the menu of a sadistic family of cannibals. The Thai distributor acquired five films from Jinga on day one of the market: Danny Hiller's gangster thriller
  • My Suicide

    Dir: David Lee Miller. US. 2009. 105mins.
  • Negativ gets animated with Alois Nebel

    Czech production outfit Negativ is venturing into feature length animation with a film version of cult graphic novel Alois Nebel, by Jaroslaw Rudis and Jaromir 99. Tomas Lunak has signed on to direct. The project, which was presented at last month's Rotterdam CineMart, has now been picked up by The Match Factory for worldwide sales. Combining live action and animation, the Eu2.5m film is the story of a worker at a small railway station on the Czech-Poli
  • New Talent - European Stars of Tomorrow

    THE DIRECTORSKATHRINE WINDFELD - DENMARKWork to date: As well as directing episodes of virtually every major Danish TV series, Windfeld has also directed the award-winning short films You Can’t Eat Fishing and Little Man.Coming up: Windfeld is making her big-screen debut with political drama The Escape, in which a Danish journalist is taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The film, which is being released in Denmark this month, stars Iben Hjejle, whose credits incl
  • New Talent - The Alumni: Class of 2008 - Where are they now'

    This time last year Hafsia Herzi's name was on the lips of just about every French casting director. A year on and she has the rest of the world talking.Proving that her electric performance in Couscous was not just a one-off, Herzi went on to win the best actress award at the Dubai International Film Festival for Francaise, directed by Souad El-Bouhati, in which she plays a North African girl who is forced to return to her father's farm in Morocco. She also starred in Abbas Fahdel's w
  • Noble picks up two from Vantage

    Scandinavian buyer Noble Entertainment has picked up Scandinavian rights to Gela Babluani's 13 and Joel Hopkins' Last Chance Harvey from Paramount Vantage International. Noble founder and CEO Per Samuelsson confirmed the deals yesterday. 13, Babluani's English language remake of his own 13 Tzameti stars Sam Riley, Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham. Last Chance Harvey, released domestically by Overture Films, is a romantic comedy
  • Noble snaps up Nine, Expendables

    Aggressive Scandinavian distributor Noble Entertainment has taken Scandinavian rights for Rob Marshall's Nine from The Weinstein Company.The film, currently shooting in London and Rome, opens in the US in December, and the Swedish release will follow in January or February 2010. The cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.Meanwhile, Noble has picked up Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables
  • Noel Clarkesigns on to star in Centurion

    BAFTA Orange Rising Star nominated actor, writer and director Noel Clarke has signed on to star in Centurion, the Rome-era actioner being produced by Slumdog Millionaire Oscar nominee Christian Colson and his Celador Films. Pathe International is handling sales in Berlin. Clarke previously wrote the screenplays for Kidulthood and Adulthood, and starred in and directed Adulthood. He joins Michael Fassbender (Hunger),
  • NonStop Entertainment in joint venture with Warp X

    NonStop Entertainment has announced that it will have the first look for upcoming films on the slate of UK-based digital feature film studio Warp and the companies will look to other joint ventures. Warp X is allied to Warp Films, the company behind This Is England and Dead Man's Shoes by Shane Meadows and Chris Cunningham's Rubber Johnny. It is now entering its fourth year of production. NonStop are already set to distribute Warp X thriller
  • NonStop Entertainment in joint venture with Warp X

    NonStop Entertainment has announced that it will have the first look for upcoming films on the slate of UK-based digital feature film studio Warp and will look to other joint ventures. Warp X is allied to Warp Films, the company behind This Is England and Dead Man's Shoes by Shane Meadows and Chris Cunningham's Rubber Johnny. It is now entering its fourth year of production. NonStop are already set to distribute Warp X thrillers Donkey Punch and Hu
  • NonStop Entertainment picks up Berlinale Forum selected Burrowing

    Stockholm based NonStop Entertainment has signed on Nordic and Baltic distribution for Swedishdirectorial debut Burrowing (Man Tänker Sitt) from production outfit Fasad.
  • North (Nord)

    Dir: Rune Denstad Langlo.Norway. 2009. 78mins.
  • Other Angle collars Bambou

    New Paris-based sales outfit Other Angles Pictures has added a new title to its inaugural EFM slate, the company is to handle world rights on Didier Bourdon's new feature Bambou.Bambou stars Didier Bourdon, Anne Consigny, Pierre Arditi and Eddy Mitchell. The film is about a bank worker and his piano player wife whose fraying relationship is held together by their female cocker dog, Bambou. Other Angle Pictures, headed by Laurence Schonberg
  • Paolo Branco plots Cosmopolis

    In his most ambitious project to date, international producer Paolo Branco is plotting a $10m-12m film based on the novel Cosmopolis by legendary US writer Don DeLillo. Branco's Alfama Films is producing the film about a day in the life of a young billionaire financier who, over the course of a traumatic day, loses all his wealth. A director will be named shortly and DeLillo is on board to collaborate. Showing his appetite for ambitious, upscale pr
  • Pardon My French (Un Chat Un Chat)

    Dir/scr: Sophie Fillieres. France. 2009. 105mins.
  • Pathe seals deals on Frears' Cheri with Lumiere, Nordisk

    On the eve of EFM, Pathe International announced deals on two major territories for Stephen Frears' Cheri which screens in competition here on Feb 10. Lumiere has taken the film for Benelux and Nordisk for Scandinavia.The film, written by Christopher Hampton from Colette's novel stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones and Kathy Bat
  • Perfect Circle signs Kearsley to animated debut

    Perfect Circle has signed a two picture deal with Seth Kearsley, that includes Heaven Sent based on the graphic novel series by Ben Dunn. The title is one of five animated features Perfect Circle is lining up. The company's stop-motion feature Edison And Leo, which premiered at Toronto, is being shopped by Shoreline at Berlin. Dunn, considered one of the best manga artists in the US, signed a two picture-deal with Perfect Circle that will also see
  • Phaidon Press buys Cahiers Du Cinema from Le Monde

    French movie institution Cahiers du Cinema has found a new home in Phaidon Press which closed a deal to purchase the venerable film magazine from Le Monde this week. Le Monde bought the title in 1998 and announced last April that intended to sell it as part of a reorganization plan. London-based Phaidon publishes high quality books across the spectrum of visual arts and has recently expanded its range to include travel and cuisine as well as childr
  • Pierpoline, Lormand see Red with Mei

    Joyce Pierpoline and Richard Lormand, the producers behind competition entry Happy Tears, are working to put together their next project Seeing Red with first-time director Liselle Mei.The project, which is budgeted between $4m and $6m, is being scheduled for an autumn shoot in New York's Chinatown. Mei, a Chinese-English woman, also co-wrote the script with Derek Nguyen. The story follows three women in Chinatown whose lives are all sent into turmoil by
  • Pinball Films pitches Fuckart

    UK producer Pinball Films is pitching two films at Berlin which form part of its micro-budget digital feature film slate. The slate received 20% funding from the Northern Film and Media's Atomic Pictures scheme. Dogwoof Pictures is in discussions to distribute the features - Fuckart and Dog Knife Wife - in the UK. Fuckart is an erotic love story that charts the rise and fall of Manchester, a talented photographer and his taxiderm
  • Pinewood and Shepperton to receive BAFTA award

    Pinewood and Shepperton Studios will receive the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award atthe Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday. Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studios are two of the world's most prestigious studios with a history going back almost 75 years.Despite growing global competition, they have kept the UK at the forefront of major film production.Among more than 1,500 films are all-time classics such asThe Afric
  • Pink Panther 2

    Dir: Harald Zwart. US. 2009. 92 mins.
  • Production Finance Market dates announced

    This year's edition of the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) will take place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October 2009. The only event of its kind in the UK, the PFM brings together producers and major financiers not only from the UK but Europe and the rest of the world. Last year financiers attending the event considered almost 150 projects with a total value of $1.2 bn. Previous participants have included hedge fund financiers, equity investors, stu
  • Protagonist seals deals on Loop, Beds

    London based sales company Protagonist Pictures has sealed a two-picture deal on its Sundance hits In The Loop and Unmade Beds with Madman in Australia. Meanwhile Protagonist chief Ben Roberts said that Grindstone has bought North American rights to Tom Shankland's horror movie The Children and confirmed that IFC Films bought MySpace user-generated Faintheart directed by Vito Rocco. Armando Iannucci's In The Loop stars James
  • Rage

    Dir/scr: Sally Potter. UK-US. 2009. 94mins.
  • Reliance seals deals with Julia Roberts and Brett Ratner

    Reliance Big Entertainment has signed a further two development deals in Hollywood - with Julia Roberts' Red Om Films and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment - to add to the seven similar deals announced last year at Cannes. As with the other deals, RBE will create a development silo for each of the production entities and has the option to co-finance resulting projects. RBE will also retain Indian rights to the films it co-finances and hopes to attract some productions t
  • Rendez-Vous hosts world premiere of Techine's Girl On The Train

    The 14th edition of Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York will screen 18 films during The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and Unifrance's annual showcase from March 5-15.The world premiere of Andre Techine's social drama The Girl On The Train is in the line-up, along with the US premiere of opening night film Christophe Barratier's period drama Paris 36.
  • Revolver Entertainment goes whacky over DVD release of The Wackness

    UK DVD release campaign of The Wackness pays homage to Willy Wonka with a golden ticket competition, but it's a very different type of trip that's up for grabs. UK distribution company Revolver Entertainment pays homage to Willy Wonka in its promotion of the UK DVD release of The Wackness, on February 9. The Wackness follows the relationship between a psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley) and a teenager (Josh Peck) whose unlikely friendship is fo
  • Ricky

    Dir: Francois Ozon. Fr-It. 2009. 90mins.
  • Robert Redford and TerryGilliam projects spark up at Voltage Pictures

    Nicolas Chartier's high-flying Los Angeles financing and sales company Voltage Pictures arrives at EFM with its most prestigious slate to date led by new work from Robert Redford and Terry Gilliam.Chartier is in Berlin to introduce buyers to Robert Redford's romantic thriller The Company You Keep that is ready to shoot in July following a long gestation period that had previously seen it set up at Fox Sear
  • Rome appoints industry figures to support artistic director

    The International Rome Film Festival has appointed three industry professionals to assist artistic director Piera Detassis in selecting films for the event's fourth edition, set to run October 15-23.Theyare journalist, critic, producer and film distributor Fabrizio Grossoli, journalist Alessandra De Luca and Fabia Bettini.Grossoli has previously served on a number of Italian festival selection committees, including the Venice Film Festival from 1999-2001.
  • Rotterdam and Berlin could overlap in 2010

    The Rotterdam and Berlin film festivals are on a potential collision course with their dates for 2010 when the Berlinale will be celebrating its 60 th anniversary. At the end of this year's edition last weekend, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announced that its 2010 dates will be Wednesday January 27 to Sunday February 7 which could overlap with the Berlinale if the German festival opens on Thursday February 4 next year. The Berlinale could possibly pu
  • Russia steps up as fourth biggest European market

    The Russian Federation became Europe's fourth largest cinema market in terms of cinema attendance in 2008, according to estimates from the Strasbourg-based European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO). Russian cinemas posted the biggest year-on-year increase in absolute terms among 31 European countries with a 16% increase. Russian admissions rose by 17.3m to 123.9m admissions. France retained the pole position as Europe's leading cinema-going nation with 188.8m admissi
  • Sally Caplan to stay at the UKFC until2010

    Sally Caplan hasagreed to staywith the UK Film Council which will see her stay onuntil May 2010as head of the Premiere Fund. She has been in the role since 2005.Caplan was previously president of Icon Film Distribution. Prior to that, she worked as senior vice president of acquisitions and business affairs at Momentum Pictures. The Premiere Fund invests $12m (£8m) of National Lottery money into mainstream, commercially-driven films encouraging the in
  • Sally Potter on the 'poor cinema' of Rage

    Sally Potter's new feature Rage, which had its world premiere in competition at Berlin this week, has a cast to make distributors sit up and take notice. Actors involved in the ensemble comedy-thriller include Judi Dench, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, supermodel Lily Cole and comedian Eddie Izzard.The film, a murder mystery, is set against the backcloth of the New York fashion industry. 'Although that is the setting, this is not what the film is about. And nor do you ever see New Yor
  • Schmidtz Katze lines up English language thriller slate

    German production outfit Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv (SKF) is in Berlin to look for an international sales partner for a three-picture slate of English-language thrillers. According to SKF managing director Patrick Knippel, each thriller will be budgeted at around $2.6m (Euros 2m) and the idea is to shoot them back to back at locations in Europe later this year. The three projects are: The Face, a supernatural thriller in the style of The Ring t
  • Scottish, Danish and Irish production houses form film partnership

    Scotland's Sigma Films, Denmark's Zentropa and Ireland's Subotica Entertainment are forming a partnership to develop eight new films from emerging UK and Irish film-makers. The partnership referred to as Advance Party II (APII) will build on the success of Andrea Arnold's Red Road, and Morag McKinnon's forthcoming Donkeys, which were produced under the specific conditions of Advance Party I (API). As with Advance Party I a set of rules will be given to filmmaker
  • Screen opinion: the film industry's zero-sum game

    Economist Richard Bronk makes a fascinating case this week for the reasons why economists failed to predict the downturn. 'Economists and bankers,' he suggested, 'assume they can reduce uncertainty to measurable risk based on systematic regularities in the past that can tell you what is going to happen in the future.' In other words, the mass of figures we accumulate tells us with a degree of accuracy what has just happened but is all but useless for what is going to h
  • Shoreline is ata forkin the road

    Morris Ruskin's Los Angeles-based production, financing and sales company Shoreline Entertainment has acquired worldwide sales rights to Jim Kouf's comedy A Fork In The Road. Shoreline will seek to tempt buyers in Berlin with the story of an escaped convict and a murderous farmers wife who go on the run to Mexico and eventually fall in love. Josh Cooke and Jaime King star. Director of acquisitions Brandon Paine and director of worldwide distribution Sam E
  • Sinclair in Berlin with Feet In The Clouds

    London based film-maker Kate Sinclair is in Berlin shopping Feet In The Clouds a screenplay, which she wrote, based on the award winning novel of the same name by journalist Richard Askwith. She also plans to direct the project with Christopher Eccleston lined up to play the role of Askwith. Sinclair previously worked as a theatre director and as Film4's book scout. She discovered Vikas Swarup's (at the time unpublished) novel Q & A, on which Sl
  • Singh moves from Sony India to PVR Pictures

    Uday Singh, executive vice president of production at Sony Pictures India, has left his post after 12 years with the studio to take up theposition of CEO at PVR Pictures. Before taking over production, Singh headed up distribution at Sony Pictures India. In his new role, he will oversee both production and distribution at PVR Pictures. 'I am looking forward to a new challenge. In my new role the main challenge will be to build a successful model from the inside out,' sai
  • Skirt Day (La Journee De La Jupe)

    Dir/scr: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld. France/Belgium. 2009. 88mins.
  • Slumdog Millionaire triumphs at London Film Critics' Circle Awards

    An inaugural NSPCC award for young British performer of the year was presented to Thomas Turgoose for two very different roles; a teenager escaping a bad home life in Somers Town, and a ferocious yob in Eden Lake. Kate Winslet won actress of the year for her performances in The Reader and Revolutionary Road, while Kristin Scott-Thomas picked up the award for British actress of the year for her performance in I've Loved You S
  • Slumdog's night at the BAFTAs: winners list

    Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire won best film as it took seven of the 11 BAFTAs it was nominated for at the Orange BAFTA Film awards.The film also won six other awards: director for Danny Boyle, adapted screenplay, music, cinematography, editing and sound. Boyle said it felt 'amazing' to win, adding that he wished to keep his links with India and was in talks about shooting a thriller in the country.Wri
  • Sophie goes to Turkey for Atlas

    Turkey's Horizon has picked up Leif Bristow's family film Sophie which begins shooting in Canada this week with Brittany Bristow, John Rhys-Davies, Augustus Prew and German actor Thure Riefenstein in the cast. Describing the deal with Horizon as 'the fastest in my career', Philipp Menz, of the film's sales agent Atlas International Film, said that the story isabout a friendship between a 16-year-old girl and a five-ton elephant in the spirit of Free Willy an
  • South By Southwestmakes deal with genre specialists Fantastic Fest.

    The South By Southwest Film Festival will introduce its inaugural midnight programme when the event kicks off in March following a deal with genre specialists Fantastic Fest. The full SXSW Presents Fantastic Fest At Midnight will be unveiled towards the end of February. Festival organisers also unveiled that former Picturehouse and Newmarket chief Bob Berney will discuss the state of cinema and the future of independent distribution in what should be one of the highlig
  • Sponge teams with CJ CGV to release indie titles

    Korean importer/producer Sponge Entertainment has announced a deal with leading exhibitor CJ CGV to screen a slate of Sponge's upcoming local independent films. The films will be screened under the CGV Movie Collage label, an arthouse/independent cinema brand at CGV multiplexes. Sponge Entertainment, best known for importing and distributing arthouse films such as Babel , Maison de Himiko and I'm Not There, has also recently delved into co-pro
  • Steven Spielberg's Boom Blox gets video game BAFTA nomination

    Boom Blox, a game developed by US based EA Casual Games in collaboration with director StevenSpielberg, has been nominated for the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.
  • Storm (Sturm)

    Dir: Hans-Christian Schmid. Germany-Denmark-Netherlands. 2009. 110mins.
  • Sundance winners team for Second Child

    Lee Daniels, fresh from his Sundance triumph as director of multiple prize-winner Push: Based On The Novel By Sapphire, is teaming up with Chilean film-maker Sebastian Silva, whose film The Maid won the world cinema dramatic grand jury prize at Sundance, to produce Silva's next film Second Child.Daniels is here raising finance for the project which was written by Silva and follows an eight-year-old boy as he seeks affection and acceptance dur
  • Sweden's SF Bio installs 3D screens

    Somewhat delayed, Sweden's leading cinema circuit, SF Bio - which programmes 242 screens all over the country - is ready to enter the digital era, having installed Real D equipment in eight auditoria in Stockholm (3), Gothenburg (2) and another three provincial cities. The premiere will be Disney's Oscar-nominated Bolt, on Feb 6. SF Bio had originally scheduled 3D screenings to start last autumn, opening with Journey to the Center of the Earth, but technical altera
  • Sweetgrass

    Dir: Lucien Castaing-Taylor. US. 2009. 115mins.
  • Szasz signs for The Notebook

    Agota Kristof's award-winning anti-war novel The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) is to be adapted for the cinema screen by Hungarian writer-director Janos Szasz. Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, producer Sandor Soth of Intuit Pictures said that he had secured the film rights against stiff competition. He is looking in Berlin for co-producers and a sales company for the German-Austrian-Hungarian-French co-production which is set to shoot from early 2010. 'A
  • T&C Pictures Internationalpacks Black Dynamite

    David Jourdan's fledgling sales agency T&C Pictures International has picked up Scott Sanders' Sundance blaxpoitation pastiche Black Dynamite, while celebrating a North American deal with Summit Entertainment on its first film comedy musical Lock And Roll Forever. Jourdan closed the Black Dynamite deal with Endeavor Independent's Graham Taylor and Mark Ankner. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group paid $2m for North American rights to th
  • Thai master Weerasethakul lines up Uncle Boonmee

    Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who has won multiple prizes for previous films like Syndromes And A Century, Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady, is preparing Uncle Boonmee: A Man Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which will be handled internationally by The Match Factory. It is being produced by London-based Illuminations Films. The film will come as the culmination of Primitive, a multi-platform project by
  • The Bone Man (Der Knochenmann)

    Dir: Wolfgang Murnberger. Austria. 2008. 121mins.
  • The Countess

    Dir/scr/music: Julie Delpy. Germany-France. 2009. 94mins.
  • The Exploding Girl

    Dir: Bradley Rust Grey. US. 2009. 79mins.
  • The Fish Child (El Nino Pez)

    Dir: Lucia Puenzo.Argentina-Spain-France. 2009. 96mins
  • The Ghost scares up deals for Summit

    Summit International has announced major territory sales on a high-prestige EFM slate led by deals with Pathe in France, Kinowelt in Germany and Rai/01 in Italy on Roman Polanski's thriller The Ghost starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Eagle Pictures in Italy, which had already taken rights on Twilight follow-up New Moon, took a package of films including $50m family romp Furry Vengeance starring Brendan Fraser as well as teen t
  • The Girl On The Train (La Fille Du RER)

    Dir: Andre Techine.France. 2009. 105mins.
  • The Greatest sells strongly for Kimmel

    Kimmel International has closed key territories on Shane Feste's drama The Greatest starring Sundance breakout star Carey Mulligan alongside Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. Deals have closed with SND in France, Dea Planeta in Spain, Gussi in Mexico, PlayArte in Brazil, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Nu Metro in South Africa and Forum in Israel. A North American deal is imminent on the story of a grieving family that rallies together when their dead son's pregnant
  • The Inheritors (Los Herederos)

    Dir: Eugenio Polgovsky. Mexico. 2009. 90mins.Eugenio Polgovsky’s remarkable documentary, made on a budget of just $35,000, is a day-by-day study of the lives of several groups of child labourers in rural Mexico. Filmed in the sort of up-close detail that only one-man productions shot over long timespans can manage, the un-narrated, un-captioned Los Herederos observes its subjects without comment or polemic. The result is a sometimes harrowing but also poetic a
  • The International

    Dir: Tom Tykwer. US-Ger. 2008. 118mins.
  • The Necessities Of Life leads Genie nominations

    Benoit Pilon's The Necessities Of Life received eight nominations and Yves-Christian Fornier's Everything Is Fine received seven as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the contenders for the 29th annual Genie Awards. Necessities Of Life was Canada's
  • The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee

    Dir/scr: Rebecca Miller. US. 2009. 96mins.
  • The Seventh Circle (A Hetedik Kor)

    Dir: Arpad Sopsits. Hungary. 2009. 107mins. Coming of age turns into a painful and confusing affair in Arpad Sopsits' disturbing and excessively intellectual portrait of teenagers trying to make sense of their existence. Told through a series of flashbacks based on a 14 year old suicide's diary, Sopsits offers a mature debate on faith, the nature of God and other existential questions. The problem is it all sounds rather incongruous coming from youngsters who have (presu
  • The Works seals deals on Loft, Wire

    London based The Works International has sold rights to Loft, Man On Wire, The Market and Good Dick for a number of territories. Erik Van Looy's Flemish film, Loft has been sold to Atlas Film in Germany. Loft follows five close friends, all of them married, who share a loft to meet their mistresses. When they find the body of a young woman in the loft they begin to suspect each other of murder. The film was a hit in Belgium. Four weeks
  • The Yes Men Fix The World

    Dirs: Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Kurt Engfehr. US. 2009. 85mins .
  • The Young Victoria

    Dir: Jean-Marc Vallee. US-UK. 2008. 104mins.
  • Thoretton plots YSL art auction doc

    The story of legendary French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Berge's life together is to be told on screen in a new film produced by Films Du Lendemain, the outfit co-founded by billionaire Francois Pinault, the owner of Christie's.Love, Art and Ethics, as the feature documentary is tentatively called, has been picked up for international sales by Paris-based Films Distribution. Shooting on the project, directed by Pierre Thoretton, will begin short
  • Tom Tykwer teams up with the Wachowskis

    Tom Tykwer is teaming up with the Wachowski brothers on one of two projects he currently has in development. Tykwer said he is working on an adaptation of UK author David Mitchell's 2004 Booker Prize shortlisted novel Cloud Atlas, whose action stretches from the remote South Pacific in the 19 th century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. 'It is a really fascinating and ultra-demanding concept which I am developing with the Wachowski brother
  • Uchitel to hunt Lions with Sokolovsky

    Russian director Alexey Uchitel's company Rock Films has lined up local filmmaker Vadim Sokolovsky to direct thriller Hunting The Lions. Written by the Ukrainian-born Anastasia Sarkisyan, the film is set among a group of Nazi-style nationalists planning an Oklahoma-style bombing in St. Petersburg. An experienced TV drama director, Sokolovksy previously directed the children's adventure The Book Of Masters as Walt Disney's first locally produced f
  • UK film tax credit under scrutiny

    The House of Lords communications committee launched an inquiry into the contribution of the UK film and television industries to the British economy yesterday. The Committee will focus on how the contribution might be increased. The peers will also review the role of the UK Film Council and examine the effectiveness of the tax credit system. Lord Fowler, Chairman of the Committee, said 'We will look into the financing of the film industry, and in particular how the 2006 changes to the t
  • UK producer in Berlin with Bad Day

    Producer Gena Helen Ashwell, one of the UK's youngest female producers, is in Berlin with her sales team to introduce Bad Day to distributors. The 24 year old secured just under $3 million in private funding for the film. Directed by Ian David Diaz (Fallen Angels, The Killing Zone) the film stars Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding, Donna Air, Claire Goose and Robbie Gee. The crime thriller is about a vigilante cop who goes on a brutal campaign of ven
  • UK 's Pinewood and Shepperton Studios win Bafta award

    Pinewood and Shepperton Studios will receive a Bafta contribution award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday 8 February 2009. The studios, which are behind such classics as The African Queen and Dr Strangelove as well as recent blockbusters Casino Royal and Quantum Of Solace, also provide vocational training for the UK's internationally recognised creative sector. Finola Dwyer, cha
  • UK's Hudson launches Cologne-based production outfit

    UK-born, Cologne-based director Steve Hudson has launched his own production company GRINGO Films with producer Sonja Ewers to develop and produce international features. They are in Berlin to meet potential partners to board their first two feature projects which are currently at the stage of script development. The first project, Zen And The Art Of Archery, based on the international bestseller by German philosopher Eugen Herrigel, is being developed wi
  • Umedia has Double Take, enlists Rachel

    Attending the EFM for the second time, French outfit Umedia (Urban Media International) has come on board as international sales agent on artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez's provocative new feature, Double Take. The film, screening in Berlin's Forum, is a satirical, self-reflexive drama about Alfred Hitchcock, the Cold War, catastrophe TV and the fear of the 'other.' Double Take lands on Umedia's Berlin slate alongside a handful of oth
  • United Kingdom - Sustainable development

    London-based Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) is a business on the move. It doesn't have a great deal of choice in one respect - the company's Tottenham Court Road offices are to be demolished to make way for a new rail network.But Mike Downey and Sam Taylor's eight-year-old outfit has been all about seizing opportunities sometimes against the prevailing conditions. The office change, for example, has allowed them to move into new headquarters in London with production facilities ho
  • United States - Content provider

    When he relocated to Los Angeles last August, ContentFilm International president Jamie Carmichael was "in search of bigger and stronger films".And the move, says Carmichael, who set up the international sales arm of the UK's ContentFilm plc in London six-and-a-half years ago, "has been quite transformational".With its front office effectively in Santa Monica - where head of sales Harry White and head of international marketing Judith Baugin are also based - and its back office
  • US moviegoers get into New Line romcom

    Romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You was this weekend's top earner as a quartet of new releases produced another big haul at the US box office. The Warner/New Line romcom opened significantly better than expected, grossing an estimated $27.5m from 3,175 screens, for a per-screen average of $8,649. With Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Connelly heading an ensemble
  • US sellers get tough on bad buyers

    A group of leading rival US sales companies are plotting a post-EFM get-together to share information about - and take steps against - the rising tide of cash-starved buyers who are not honouring contracts. Frustrated by international buyers who they say renege on deals by failing to pay balances on time - if at all - sellers have rallied together to fight another worrying consequence of the global recession. In fact a grapevine already exists at the EFM whereby s
  • Vantage International gets lucky with 13 sales

    Paramount Vantage International has closed major sales on 13, Gela Babluani's star-studded English language remake of his 2005 French crime picture 13 Tzameti that just wrapped principal photography in and around New York.Senior vice president of i
  • Verma in Berlin to finance Sinyor's Bollywood pic

    Producer and actor Deepak Verma is in Berlin to raise financing for Johnny Bollywood, an Anglo-Asian comedy written and to be directed by Gary Sinyor. The film is described as 'Bollywood with a distinct British twist'. It tells the story of super-star Johnny who falls for English tourist Charlie in a Mumbai temple. When he refuses to marry the daughter of a powerful movie mogul, Johnny finds himself banished to London with best friend Chunky. Sendhil Ramamu
  • Wavelength Pictures launches North Korean film slate at EFM

    Wavelength Pictures has signed an agreement with French distributor Pretty Pictures to represent a collection of classic & contemporary North Korean feature films for festivals and international sales. The UK based sales agent is launching the collection at the EFM. The package includes The Flower Girl (1972) described as a North Korean Gone With the Wind, the two part The Tale Of Chun Hyang (1980) and Bellflower (1987). Completing the
  • Wellcam welcomes Taras Bulba to Korea

    Early in the EFM, Russian outfit Central Partnership has closed a Korean deal for its historical epic Taras Bulba with Wellcam. The deal was closed on Friday in Berlin. The historical drama, directed by Vladimir Bortko, is currently in post-production and will be unveiled to buyers in the Cannes market. The film is based on a Nikolai Gogol story and is set in the middle of the 16th century as Cossacks prepare for a campaign against Poland. Valery T
  • WestEnd strikes key deals on Mother And Child

    London-based sales outfit WestEnd Films has sealed a further set of distribution deals on Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child which stars Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington. New deals closed include Haut & Court (France), Cineart (Benelux), Smile (Scandinavia) and Hopscotch (Australia), Vision (Pan-Eastern Europe), Seven Group (Greece), Front Row (Middle East), Bir Film (Turkey) and VTI (Ex-Yugoslavia). The Everest Entertainment/Mockingbird Pi
  • White Lightnin' team sign with WMA for worldwide

    The team behind Sundance hit and Berlin Panorama title White Lightnin' - UK director Dominic Murphy and producers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor - have signed a worldwide representation deal with William Morris Agency for themselves and their associated companies. Aside from sourcing material for Murphy, the agency's independent division under Cassian Elwes will work with the trio to maximize talent and fina
  • Wide gives Hand to Strand for US

    French sales outfit Wide Management has announced a raft of new sales on its new slate including Give Me Your Hand and Ah! The Libido. Pascal Alex-Vincent's Give Me Your Hand has been taken by Strand Releasing for the US and by Peccadillo Pictures for the UK. Meanwhile, Michel Rosier'comedy Ah! The Libido has gone to SPI for Eastern Europe. Cristian Poveda's documentary La Vida Loca sold to Bulgaria (Marigold Fil
  • Wild Bunch arrives in Berlin with auteur-packed sales slate

    Wild Bunch comes to Berlin this year boasting new projects from both seasoned and fresh talent - and has a few special events up its sleeve.In casting news, Kate Hudson, Elias Koteas, Bill Pullman and Ned Beatty have joined the previously announced The Killer Inside Me, a $13m adaptation of a novel by Jim Thompson which Michael Winterbottom is directing. The actors join Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba. Wild
  • Wild Bunch launches 3D label kicking off with Oceans

    Wild Bunch is going 3-D. The French sales, distribution and financing outfit will create a new label, Wild Bunch 3-D, under which 3-D films will be distributed and sold. The new arm is to kick off with Oceans 3-D Into The Deep from filmmaker brothers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello and presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau.To mark the occasion, Wild Bunch will hold promo-reel screenings at Berlin reple
  • Will Machin joins Ealing Studios

    Ealing Studios has appointed Will Machin as its new head of distribution, where he will report to managing director James Spring. Machin is here in Berlin with the film studio. He previously worked at Capitol Films where he was head of its specialist division, Thinkfilm International. Prior to Capitol Films he worked at UK production company, Carnaby Films where he launched the international sales arm, Carnaby International in March 2005. Additional duties included financin
  • Winter booked for Gate remake by H20, MMC

    UK-born actor-director Alex Winter, still best known for playing Bill in the Bill & Ted films, has been confirmed as the director for a remake of the 1987 horror film The Gate which could become the first 3D feature film to be shot completely in Germany later this year. Winter's previous directing credits include Fever starring Henry Thomas which played inCannes Directors Fortnightin 1999. Speaking to ScreenDaily, MMC Independen
  • Wintour doc a hot issue for Elle Driver

    The September Issue is flying off the shelves asParis-based sales outfit Elle Driver racks up sales on RJ Cutler's fashion documentary including a UK deal with Momentum Pictures, a French sale to Diaphana and a Japanese sale to Klockworx. NonStop has bought rights in Scandinavia and Madman in Australia. As previously reported in ScreenDaily Roadside Attractions had taken North America on the documentary. The September Issue, which
  • Yang Yang

    Dir/scr: Cheng Yu-chieh. Taiwan. 2008. 112mins.
  • Yes Men land at Rezo

    The Yes Men are back in town and they're promising to wreak mischief in Berlin. New film from the merry pranksters The Yes Men Fix The World, which screened at Sundance and is opening this year's Berlin Panorama, has been picked up for international sales by Rezo. Directed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano, the documentary follows the daring political antics of two gonzo activists determined to expose the greed and selfishness of the world's most powerful multi-national
  • Zhao Wei to star in Mulan for Beijing-based Starlight

    Beijing-based Starlight International has announced that it will produce and invest in a live-action version of Chinese classic folk story Mulan, set to star Chinese actress Vicky Zhao Wei (Red Cliff). Jingle Ma will direct the film which is scheduled to start shooting in mid-February. The budget of the film was not disclosed but it is understood that it will be over $7.3m (RMB50m). Another live-action Mulan film is also in development, to be co-produced by Canada