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13 January 2009

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  • Las Madres De Elna

    Based on the true story of Swiss nurse Elisabeth Eidenbenz who helped Republican women fleeing the Franco dictatorship after the Spanish Civil War give birth to their children in a French concentration camp next to the Catalan border.
  • The Concert

    The director of Russia’s Bolshoi Theater is fired when he refuses to fire his Jewish players. Twenty-five years later, he finds himself a janitor in the same theater.
  • 2008 a record breaking year for Australian box-office

    Australians spent $672m (A$946m) on going to the movies in 2008, making it the second best year on record in revenue terms. The figures released today by the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) show a six per cent year on year increase from 2007. They are also four per cent higher than the previous record year of 2004. MPDAA chair Stephen Basil-Jones, who is also head of Sony Pictures in Australia, highlighted the factors behind 2008's s
  • 2009 Golden Globes Nominees

    The nominees for the 2009 Golden Globes.
  • Accounts (Regnskap)

    Ulrik is released from prison, having served 12 years for killing his wife’s lover. His son will have nothing to do with him; his former colleagues expect him to get back at the man who peached on him. What’s he to do?
  • Almodovar, Von Trier, Tarantino lead heavyweight Cannes line-up

    Pedro Almodovar, Lars Von Trier and Quentin Tarantino are among the established names in aCannes competition line-up that contained few surprises.
  • Among Us (Anglavakt)

    A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger turns a family’s life upside down
  • Are You There? (Estas Ahi?)

    Fran and Ana decide to move in together, but there flat is old and run down, there are boxes everywhere, the heating doesn’t work, their neighbour is a nightmare, and to top it all off the flat is inhabited by a ghost.
  • ASC names Dod Mantle, Deakins, Menges among annual nominees

    The American Society Of Cinematographers has named the five finallists in its 23rd Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards to take pace in Los Angeles on February 15.They are: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button photographed by Claudio Miranda; The Dark Knight shot by Wally Pfister; The Reader by Chris Menges and Roger Deakins; Rev
  • Ascot Elite adds four new titles to 2009 release slate

    Leading Swiss indepedent distributor Ascot Elite has acquired rights for Kari Skogland's Fifty Dead Men Walking with up-and-coming star Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley and Rose McGowan, from Handmade Films International. Fifty Dead Men Walking is one of four films acquired by Ascot Elite for German speaking Europe. Also from Kari Skogland and Handmade Films International is The Stone Angel, starring Ellen Burstyn an
  • Ausfilm to promote Oz technical talent at US event

    Marketing body Ausfilm is going against tradition and promoting Australians who work behind the scenes in filmmaking as part of G’Day USA, the annual promotion that officially starts next week in Los Angeles and involves a range of industries. Ausfilm has previously concentrated on attracting offshore films to Australia by putting the emphasis on financial incentives, diverse locations and filmmaking services. The new strategy aims to hammer home the message tha
  • Awards Countdown - Best documentary - Reality check

    AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOORSteve James and Peter Gilbert, the award-winning makers of Hoop Dreams, produced and directed this look at the death penalty through the eyes of long-time Texas death-house chaplain Pastor Carroll Pickett. The audio tapes Pickett recorded on execution days show “the toll it takes on a man to watch another human being die”, says Gilbert.Produced by Kartemquin Films for the Independent Film Channel (IFC), At The Death House Door has played
  • Awards Countdown - Critics - The Critics have spoken

    North America's national and regional critics' bodies have voted and the results are far from decisive. Whereas last year No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood emerged the best film victors, this year sees a spread of critical favourites including Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Wall-E and Frost/Nixon, although of those Slumdog is looking strongest. But there are some pretty sure things, as the chart illustrates. Heath Ledger dominates the
  • Awards Countdown - Make-up - Age of beauty

    Many years ago, a talented make-up artist called Greg Cannom was talking to various producers about working on The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Watchmen. Film technology had not reached a sufficiently advanced stage at that time, however, and both projects were put on hold.Fast forward 20 years and Cannom is a double Oscar winner. He has worked on both films back-to-back, realising a long-held dream to work on highly stylised stories that push boundaries in a craft
  • Awards Countdown: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

    Anne Hathaway, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations.
  • Babala, Rovenger and Schultz switch LA law firms

    John L Babala, Gregory L Rovenger, and Edward T Schultz have joined Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon's business transactions department as partners in its Los Angeles office.All three were formerly partners with Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods George and have strong corporate and transactional practices including extensive experience in the area of private equity.Their addition to the firm continues Wildman Harrold's expansion into t
  • Bad Faith (Ond Tro)

    A woman witnesses a murder and becomes obsessed with the assassin, a serial killer
  • Bad Family (Paha Perhe)

    After their divorce the father brings up the son, while the mother has had custody of the daughter. 16 years later, after the mother’s death, brother and sister meet again
  • BAFTA reveals shortlist for best foreign film

    The Baader Meinhof Complex, Gomorra, I've Loved You So Long, Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir are all selected for the category Film Not in the English Language. The British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) today announced the shortlist of five nominees for the category Film Not in the English Language. The nominees are: The Baader Meinhof Complex Gomorrah I've Loved You So Long Persepolis Waltz with Ba
  • Basner's FilmNation buys GreeneStreet Films International

    Glen Basner's fledgling FilmNation Entertainment has acquired GreeneStreet Films International ahead of Sundance and next month's EFM in Berlin and will serve as the exclusive international sales agent for GreeneStreet going forward.As part of the agreement with GreeneStreet, FilmNation will sell the films financed and produced by A Bigger Boat, the television and film entity formed recently by former Lionsgate acquisitions and production chief
  • Before Tomorrow

    Dirs: Marie-Helène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu.Canada. 2008. 93min.
  • Berlin Panorama announces first half of programme and Forum titles

    World premieres of The Countess, by Julie Delpy, Fig Trees by John Greyson, Light Gradient by Jan Krüger and Ghosted by Monika Treut are among the 21 titles selected so far for the Berlinale Panorama by section director Wieland Speck.As in previous years, documentaries will ultimately make up approximately a third of the section’s programme of around 50 films.This year they will include Golden Bear winner Brazilian Jose Padilh
  • Berlinale co-production market selects The Diary from Bille August

    The Diary from Bille August is one of 22 projects chosen for the official selection of Berlin's 6th co-production market. The final list of projects selected also includes Mary's Ride from Thomas Imbach; The Ardor from Pablo Fendrik andThe Book Of Internal Grammar from Nir Bergman. Eligible projects have budgets ranging from $1.3 (Euros 1m) to $13 (Euros 10m) and must have at least 30% of financing already be in place In additi
  • Boyle, Nolan, Fincher, Howard and Van Sant named DGA five best

    The five Directors Guild Of America 2008 outstanding directorial achievement in feature film nominees are Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire, David Fincher for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Ron Howard for
  • Brazil box office rises by 2.1% in 2008 to $313.9m

    Brazil's box office totaled $313.9m (R$727.8m) in 2008, which represents a slight increase of 2.1% over the previous year, according to figures released by Filme B, a local film company that reviews theatrical market data. Thanks to the revenues registered in December, particularly from Madagascar 2 which sold 3.5m tickets in that month alone, the year's grosses didn't fall as had been expected.Even though 2008 managed to interrupt
  • Bride Wars

    Dir: Gary Winick. US. 2009. 90mins.
  • Brighton Rock

    A small-town hood opts to marry the waitress who can prove he was behind the murder of a rival thug.
  • Buried

    A US civilian contract worker in Iraq is kidnapped and awakes buried in a coffin in the desert with just a mobile phone, a candle and a knife
  • Cane Toads 2 in 3D

    Twenty-five years after his successful film about Australia’s greatest environmental catastrophe, Mark Lewis revisits the cane toad as it continues its journey across Australia. Using stylized 3D cinematography, Mark Lewis complements the films environmental theme with engaging characters and his own trademark irreverence and humour.
  • Cannes: In Competition line-up

    Screen brings you the 2009 Cannes line-up.
  • Cannes: line-up and jury (2009)

    Screen brings you the 2009 Cannes line-up and jury.
  • Cannes: Un Certain Regard line-up

    Screen brings you the 2009 Un Certain Regard nominations
  • Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino races to top in North America

    Warner Bros' awards contender Gran Torino directed by and starring Clint Eastwood expanded wide and stormed to the top on an estimated $29m that set a new opening weekend record for Eastwood and raised prospects of it becoming his biggest domestic hit.After a sensational limited run, the drama replicated its form on a wider platform and has now amassed $40.1m from just five weekends.Eastwood's biggest previous
  • Coens, Allen, Nolans, Beaufoy among WGA nominees

    Joel and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading, Dustin Lance Black's Milk, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Tom McCarthy's
  • Dali

    A biopic of Salvador Dali, one of Spain’s most famous painters, including how he conquered America
  • Donkis, Fehily team for new LA-based communications firm

    Endeavor publicist Michael Donkis is leaving the agency to partner with former PMK/HBH senior vice president Joy Fehily on the new communications firm Prime.Prime will be based in the arts district of Culver City in Los Angeles and will support clients with strategic publicity and communications services. Each year the firm will take on one Los Angeles-based non-profit organization and offer pro bono services, starting this year with The Art Of
  • Entertainment One picks up Amreeka for Canada and international

    Entertainment One Films Canada (E1) has acquired Canadian and international distribution rights to Cherien Dabis' Sundance US dramatic competitor Amreeka. The US-Canada-Kuwait coproduction charts the journey of a Palestinian family as it joins the larger emigre community in the US and the culture shock that ensues. Dabis, a Palestinian-American a
  • Everlasting Moments tops Guldbagge awards

    Swedish veteran director Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments picked up four awards, including best film, at the Guldbagge awards.The film, nominated in eight categories, won the prizes for best film, best actress (Maria Heiskanen), best actor (Mikael Persbrandt) andbest supporting actor (Jesper Christensen). It also wona best achievement kudo for composer Matti Bye. To add to a fine evening for Troell, Everlasting Moments also won an audience vote sta
  • Everything Will Be Fine

    A film director is the main reason for a traffic accident. He flees from the scene only to discover the next day that the man he ran down hides a secret able to overturn the government.
  • Fassbender and Hall among nominees for BAFTA Orange Rising Star

    The 2009 BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award nominees have been named. They are: Michael Cera, Noel Clarke, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Hall and Toby Kebbell. The award, now in its fourth year, recognises five international actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talent and have begun to capture the imagination of the public as a star in the making. Nominees must have featured in a film entered for this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards. Fassbender recen
  • Feng's If You Are the One smashes box office records

    Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang's romantic comedy If You Are The One has become the second biggest Chinese-language film in Chinese film history, grossing $44.22m (RMB302m) since its Dec 18 release. The film is second only to the first part of John Woo's two-part Red Cliff, which set the record of $45.68m (RMB312m) in August 2008. Released on 700 film prints and some 300 digital screens, If You Are The One had a strong opening weekend, taking
  • Focus sets 2009 dates for Coens, Mendes, Jarmusch films

    Focus Features will release the Coen Brothers' upcoming black comedy A Serious Man starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Sari Lennick and Fred Melamed on October 2.The company announced release dates for its entire 2009 slate today [January 12], which CEO James Schamus called 'the most diverse line-up in the company's history.'Cary Joji Fukunaga's
  • France admissions up 6.7% year on year

    The French box office saw an increase of 6.7% over 2007 with 188.8 million admissions, with French films taking the number one and two spots. The French box office saw a year on year increase of 6.7% over 2007 with 188.8 million admissions, France's National Cinema Federation (FNCF) has announced. Although the figures are impressive, 2008's numbers fall a fraction (-.1%) below those of 2006. Far and away the number one film of the year, Dany Boon's
  • Frost/Nixon and Button top BAFTA longlist

    Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have both received 14 nominations in the British Academy Film Awards longlist, including best film and best director.
  • Gaumont and French Éclair Laboratoires do digital deal

    Gaumont has entered into a multi-year deal with French post-production house Éclair Laboratoires for the digital restoration of 150 films. The studio announced the accord Monday and noted that while the aim is to perfect the FILMS for VOD, DVD releases and broadcast, a third of the films will be restored in 2K resolution and mastered so that they may be re-released theatrically. They include titles such titles as Claude Autant-Lara's La Traversee De Pari
  • Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino line-ups complete

    Lars Büchel's Lippel's Dream, and Alexis Dos Santos's Unmade Beds make the Berlinale's Generation selection while Lars Jessen's Dorfpunks and Stefan Schaller's To Each His Own are invited to Perspektive Deutsches Kino as selectors finalise their line-ups for 2009. 27 features from 25 countries have been selected in total for Generation's Kplus and 14plus competitions, ten of which are world premieres. The Generation Kplus program
  • German 2008 box office up 3.5%, year on year, admissions up 1.57%

    2008 ended with a 3.5% year on year increase in box-office takings and a year on year increase of 1.57%admissions in German cinemas, according to figures collated by Nielsen EDI. German cinema-goers bought 123.6m tickets in the last 12 months, up 1.57% on 2007's 121.7m. They generated box-office takings of $ 1.03bn (Euros 770m), an increase of 3.5% on the previous year's performance of $ 1bn (Euros 743.8m). Sony's latest James Bond extravaganza Quantum
  • Germany's M-Appeal picks up Panorama world premiere Ghosted

    Berlin-based sales agent M-Appeal has picked up Monika Treut's latest feature Ghosted which will have its world premiere in the Berlinale's Panorama section next month. Ghosted is a co-production between Treut's own company Hyena Films and Taipei-based Chi & Company - it is the first ever German-Taiwanese feature co-production. Inga Busch (Palermo Shooting) plays the artist Sophie who travels from Hamburg to Taipei to come to terms with the
  • Hotel For Dogs

    Dir: Thor Freudenthal. US. 2009. 100mins.
  • HuayiBros sues Chinese websites for copyright infringement

    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Pictures is suing China's five major websites for spreading illegal copies ofthree film productions. The websitesinclude Sina.com, Sohu.com, Youku.com and UUSee.com. The first two are China's top two web portals. The three Huayi Brothers productions are Feng Xiaogang's 2007 war drama Assembly, Cao Baoping's The Equation Of Love And Death, and Feng's recent romantic comedy If You Are The One, which is still on rele
  • Hunger, Kisses, 32A, The Escapist lead Irish Awards nominees

    The shortlist for the 6th Irish Film and Television Awards [IFTA] includes best feature film nominations for Marian Quinn's coming of age drama 32A; the prison-break thriller The Escapist; Lance Daly's festival favourite Kisses; the IRA hunger strike drama Hunger; and Ian Fitzgibbon's dark comedy A Film With Me In It. Across all categories
  • IFC Films picks up Canadian Oscar submission Necessities of Life

    US distributor IFC Films has picked up Benoit Pilon's The Necessities Of Life for release in the US. The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in August where it was awarded the Grand Prix of the Jury as well audience prizes for most popular film and most popular Canadian film. It was selected as Canada's entry for the foreign-langua
  • Imagenation Abu Dhabi creates Middle Eastern film division

    Abu Dhabi company Imagenation has set up an arm to develop films and digital content from Middle Eastern talent with an eye to international markets.The division is to develop and fund five to sevenprojects working with creative talent from the region.No budget has yet been announced but the move again sets out the international ambitions of the business - a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Media Company- which launched last year. In November, the
  • In Focus: Sundance opener Mary And Max

    Sundance opener Mary And Max’s director Adam Elliot : debut feature, yet he is far from a novice
  • Indian Film Company's Ghajini takes $40m in two weeks

    Indian Film Company's Hindi film Ghajini has earned more than $40m (Rs1.94bn) in less than two weeks. Ghajini has grossed $33m (Rs1.62bn) in domestic markets and its gross collections in overseas markets (distributed by Big Pictures) stands at $8m (Rs390m) since it released worldwide between December 25 and 26. Directed by A R Murugadoss and produced by Madhu Mantena and Tagore Madhu, the film explores the life of a rich businessman who suffers from short
  • Industry veteran Tony Cianicotta lines up with Maple Pictures

    Maple Pictures has signed industry veteran Tony Cianciotta as a senior consultant. His appointment is the second at Maple this month - following that of Susan Smythe-Bishop as vice-president, publicity and promotions - reflecting the growing distribution plans for the Canadian distributor. Maple signed a long-term output deal with Miramax in October. Throughout his long career in Canada, he has held senior positions at Twentieth-Century Fox, Ca
  • Investment firm buys 60% in troubled Genius Products

    GNPR Investments, an affiliate of alternative investment firm Quadrant Management, has acquired a 60% stake in the Weinsteins' troubled home entertainment distributor Genius Products.Genius and The Weinstein Company announced the development on Wednesday [December 7] as part of a restructuring of Genius, which will retain 25% while the Weinsteins retain a 15% stake. The partners meanwhile have renegotiated their distribution deal, which will st
  • Iron Sky

    In 1945, Nazi Germany launches its first spaceships to set up a military base on the dark side of the moon. The plan is to stage an invasion of the earth once the time is right.
  • Irvine Welsh to adapt California Schemin' for the big screen

    London-based Silverapples Media and Dublin-based Screenworks Film & TV have optioned feature film and documentary rights for Gavin Bain's as yet unpublished autobiographical California Schemin'. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and his screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh have been commissioned to adapt the book for the big screen, under the working title Porcupine. Porcupine is due to go into production in 2009/2010. After a p
  • Italy 's box office dips 3.85% for 2008

    Italy 's box office has taken a 3.85% dip year on year and over-all admissions are down by 4.11% according to Cinetel, the Italian ticket complier. Overall, Italian box-office grossed $799m (Euros 594m) in 2008 compared to $831m (Euros 618m) year-on-year with 2007. Looking at market share, US studio fare dominated Italy's 2008 box office taking a 60.25% share. US films also registered a 4.81% year-on-year increase over 2007 when US fare accounte
  • Jolene

    Dir: Dan Ireland. US. 2008. 110mins
  • Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

    Kate Winslet, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations.
  • King of the Jungle

    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa held on to the number-one spot in Screen’s first international chart of 2009, with weekend takings of just under $32m, bringing its cumulative gross to $339.9m.
  • Korean admissions down 5.3% according toCJ CGV

    Leading South Korean exhibitor CJ CGV has reported that the nation's total admissions for 2008 came to 149.18 million, down 5.3% year-on-year according to in-house tallies which are based on reported figures and estimates. CJ CGV put the local market share at 42.5%, down 8.3% from last year. Total admissions for local films were 63.43 million, down 20.7% from last year, while total admissions for foreign films went up 10.6% to 85.75 million. Kim Jee-woon's
  • Legacy

    A psychological revenge thriller that follows the journey of a soldier who returns to a Brooklyn hotel after a failed mission in Eastern Europe where he undergoes an intense journey on a quest for personal retribution
  • Legendary film-maker Claude Berri has died aged 74

    Legendary French filmmaker Claude Berri passed away in Paris on Monday morning at the age of 74. Berri, who was admitted to the hospital Saturday night, suffered from complications from a stroke, according to reports. Berri acted and directed throughout his career but perhaps made his biggest mark as a producer. He began his career in 1962 with the short, Le Poulet, which won an Oscar that year. In 1981 he was again Oscar nominated for producing Ro
  • Lightning Media signs output deal with E1 for Canada, UK

    Lighting Media and Canadian media company Entertainment One have signed a multi-year output deal that will see E1 distributing Lightning product in Canada through its E1 Films Canada division and in the UK through E1 Films/Contender. The deal, which runs through 2010, was negotiated by Lightning Media co-presidents Rich Goldberg and Paul Gardner on behalf of Lightning and Lara Thompson on behalf of E1. Lightning Media's current and
  • Madagascar 2, Seven Pounds lead in international markets

    DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa ruled the roost overseas for the fourth straight weekend and its fifth out of the last six as an estimated $15.8m weekend haul through PPI from 6,893 sites in 61 territories raised the tally to a boisterous $366m.The sequel launched in South Korea on $2m from 390 venues over four days and added $2m
  • Maple Pictures hires Susan Smythe-Bishop

    Veteran publicity and marketing executive Susan Smythe-Bishop has joined Toronto-based Maple Pictures as vice-president, publicity and promotions. She will share the title alongside current vice-president Angie Burns. Widely-respected for her publicity acumen, Smythe-Bishop is returning from a self-imposed sabbatical after nearly 16 years at Alliance in its various guises and administrations. She departed the company last year. Her appointment
  • Maskeblomstfamilien (literal translation: The Figwort Family)

    Adrian is different. His father has killed himself, his mother is sick – an aunt takes care of him. It is difficult to sympathise with his behaviour; he doesn’t see himself as evil, he just doesn’t know what shame is
  • Music Box takes US rights to Martin Provost's Seraphine

    Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Martin Provost's biographical drama Seraphine starring Yolande Moreau and Ulrich Tukur.Seraphine recounts the tale of the gifted self-taught French painter Seraphine Louis who lived from 1864-1942 and rose to prominence between the wars but eventually descended into madness
  • My Winnipeg wins inaugural Toronto critic's Best Canadian Film Award

    Guy Maddin’s meta-documentary My Winnipeg won the inaugural C$10,000 Rogers Best Canadian FilmAward as the Toronto Film Critics Association held its first awards gala in Toronto Tuesday night.
  • Naomi Kawase, Lav Diaz join Hong on Jeonju Digital Project

    The 10th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)'s three-part digital omnibus this year will feature short films from Japan's Naomi Kawase and the Philippines' Lav Diaz in addition to the previously announced short from Korea's Hong Sang-soo. The Jeonju Digital Project 2009 omnibus will premiere at JIFF which runs this year April 30 - May 8. Japanese director Naomi Kawase, whose The Mourning Forest won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2007, commented her f
  • Neeson, Moore, Seyfried sign on for Atom Egoyan's Chloe

    Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried are set to star in Atom Egoyan's next picture, Chloe, gearing up for a February shoot in Toronto. With a screenplay by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus), the film will be produced through Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollo
  • Netflix, Film Independent launch talent search for new director

    Netflix and FIND (Film Independent) have launched a talent search called Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition to find an up-and-coming feature director.Josh Brolin will serve as honourary chair and panel judge and the winning feature length film will be distributed online by Netflix.The winner will own all rights to his or her film and will be determined between now and July. In addition to production resources needed to make th
  • New dawn for Sundance Indies

    This year’s Sundance Film Festival is a crucial bellwether for the independent film business. Even as end-of-year hits such as Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, The Reader and Milk pack theatres across North America, the domestic acquisitions business has been sluggish to say the least.Very rarely, these days, do distributors thrash it out through the night for a film - Hamlet 2 and The Wrestlerwere last year’s chief big-money exam
  • Nokas

    The largest robbery to date in Norway took place in Stavanger on Apr 5, 2004, when an armed gang left the Norwegian Cash Service with $8.2m
  • Norwegian film institute backs three features with $3.9m

    The Norwegian film institute has awarded $3.9m (NOK 27.5m) to three Norwegian productions including Erik Skjoldbjærg's next feature, Nokas. Nokas, Erik Skjoldbjærg's follow up to An Enemy of the People (En Folkefiende) has received $1.3m (NOK 9.5m) from the institute. The film depicts the 2004 robbery when armed robbers blocked the exit of the Stavanger Police Station while looting the nearby Nokas (Norwegian Cash Service)
  • Nothing But The Truth to open Santa Barbara Film Festival

    Rod Lurie's political thriller Nothing By The Truth and the world premiere of Jeff Balsmeyer's rags-to-riches drama Lightbulb bookend the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs from January 22-February 1.David Fincher is named guest director and will be the subject of a retrospective. Fincher's latest release The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Notorious

    Dir: George Tillmam Jr.US. 2009. 123mins.
  • Oscar shorts get US distribution via Shorts International

    Shorts International will distribute this year's Oscar nominated live-action and animated short films in the US on February 6 before the 81st Academy Awards ceremony on February 22.This year's release will be supported in part by Magnolia Pictures. The Oscar Shorts programme will open in select theatres and expand to 60 cities throughout the country over the following weeks.Nominated short films will also be released on iTunes on Fe
  • Outpost II

    The sequel to Nazi zombie action horror movie Outpost, Outpost II picks up the story in 1945 during the closing stages of World War 2. It follows a German scientist who is working on a frightening new technology; the power to create an immortal Nazi army
  • Patrice Theroux to chair Canadian distributors' lobby

    Entertainment One president of filmed entertainment Patrice Theroux has been appointed chair of the Canadian Association of Films Distributors and Exporters (CAFDE). He replaces outgoing chair Victor Loewy, chairman and CEO of Alliance Films. The trade association represents the interests of Canadian-owned distribution companies - including Alliance, E1 Films Canada, Equinoxe Films, Maple Pictures, Mongrel Media and TVA Films - as opposed to th
  • Play

    In a set-up competition, a gang of young robbers make their victims race for their belongings. The film follows the events and elaborate role-play between the robbers and the victims in “real-time” preceding the competition
  • Projects by Alvart, Stölzl, Schwochow planned by new Berlin outfit

    Berlin-based production outfit Bittersuess Pictures has revealed new feature projects by Christian Alvart, Philipp Stölzl and Christian Schwochow. Oscar-winning producer-director Pepe Danquart established Bittersuess Pictures in 2008 and since then has been developing projects for its first slate. That slate will now include Christian Alvart's next feature Liebe, his first German language film since the 2004 thriller Antibodies drew him to the attent
  • Quantum Of Solace is the number one 007 film in North America

    MGM/Columbia Pictures' Quantum Of Solace has become the highest grossing James Bond film released in North America after reaching $167.1m.The 22nd entry in the 007 canon passed the previous high water mark of $167m set by its 2006 predecessor Casino Royale and has grossed a further $382.9m overseas, bringi
  • Red Cliff II sweeps Chinese box office

    John Woo's war epic Red Cliff II earned $14.8m (RMB101.5m) infour days in mainland China to become the first film in 2009 to break the $14.6m (RMB100m) mark, according to the film's mainland China distributor China Film Group. Released on January 7 with 1,400 prints, Red Cliff II took in $2.2m (RMB15m) on its opening day, similar to the opening gross for Red Cliff I in July, 2008. Weng Li, spokesperson for the China Film Group, has predicted that
  • Revolutionary Road producer to launch Screenwriters' Festival

    The fourth International Screenwriters' Festival will launch tomorrow with guest speakers including David Thompson, executive producer of Revolutionary Road andscreenwriter Olivia Hetreed, who adapted Girl With A Pearl Earring. The launch will take place at Channel 4's headquarters in London. The speakers will cover issues such as managing the potentially uneasy relationship between directors and writers and getting scripts made. The festival i
  • Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre

    Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre is a splatter movie of the goriest kind. The story is true to its genre, and the humour as black as it gets. Men turn into beasts and kindness is a weakness that can only lead to defeat.
  • Rotterdam announces 2009 Competitions line up

    Fourteen films have been selected for Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards Competition 2009, including eight world premieres. The line-up features first or second films from all five continents competing for three top prizes of $20,500 (Euros 15,000) each. For the first time, films from Turkey, New Zealand and Indonesia are included in competition. In addition, the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films includes twenty-seven films shorter than 60 minutes; the three T
  • Rotterdam boasts 43 world premieres

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will feature 43 world premieres as well as 35 international and 34 European premieres.The line-up includes a strong showing from Eastern Europe with Andrei Khrzhanovsky's Room AndA Half and Alexei Balabanov'sMorphiaand Armenian director Harutyun Khachatryan's Border. All will appear in the Spectrum section.As previously announced, eight world premieres will compete for the VPRO Tiger awa
  • Scott Thomas and Duff to star in Nowhere Boy

    Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff are to star in Nowhere Boy, a film that recounts the story of John Lennon's early years and his first steps towards stardom . Newcomer Aaron Johnson will play the young Lennon while Scott Thomas has been cast as Lennon's Aunt Mimi and Duff is to take on the role of Julia, Lennon's mother. Nowhere Boy is the debut feature of Sam Taylor-Wood who was nominated for a Palme d'Or
  • Screen opinion: What's in a name'

    'For the first time in 20 years, no-one wants to venture a guess about what will happen this year,' Universal Pictures International president David Kosse told Screen this week.We do seem to be heading into a perfect storm somewhere in a Bermuda triangle, comprising an uncertain digital transition, a crash in finance and a distribution crisis for an oversupplied international independent sector. The established business seems to be crumbling faster than a new on
  • ScreenDaily trailer park

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