By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

15 August 2013

View all stories from this issue.

  • ‘Chechnya’ wins top Locarno co-pro prize

    Film-makers from Georgia were the big winners at the Open Doors awards ceremony at the Locarno Film Festival.
  • ‘Diverse’ Norwegian fest set to open

    The Norwegian International Film Festival (NIFF) is to showcase the “diversity” of the region’s current output, according to programme director Håkon Skogrand.
  • ABCs of Death 2 directors named

    Mighty Boosh comedian Julian Barratt and Juan of the Dead director Alejandro Brugués lined up for omnibus sequel.
  • Alan Partridge tops UK box office

    The first big screen outing for Alan Partridge tops chart with $3.37m (£2.18m), including previews, through StudioCanal; Sony’s Grown Ups 2 leads Fri-Sun weekend; Universal’s Despicable Me 2 becomes 2013’s highest grosser.
  • Alpha Papa off to strong start in UK

    Alan Partridge’s first big screen outing records $1.2m (£741,254) from its 402 sites over two days of previews through StudioCanal.
  • Anton Yelchin joins Cymbeline

    EXCLUSIVE: The rising star becomes the latest cast member to swell the ranks on the International Film Trust sales title heading into Toronto.
  • Atlantic Film Festival to screen 180+ films

    The Invisible Woman will close the Halifax-based festival.
  • Bachelorette to get UK cross-platform release

    After a successful release of the Kirsten Dunst comedy on VoD in the US, ahead of its theatrical release, Lionsgate and Icon adopt day and date strategy for the UK.
  • Backwater

    Dir: Shinji Aoyama. Japan. 2013. 102mins
  • BAFTA, Royal Albert Hall renew composer series

    George Fenton and Dario Marianelli among ‘in converstation’ guests.
  • Bosnia, Serbia eye more digital cinemas

    The ”Kinofication Project” initiative intended for turning existing publically owned cultural centres into a modern cinema infrastructure in municipalities across Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia has been presented at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Aug 17.
  • Boundless Pictures gets Timeless

    Principals Courtney Lauren Penn and Brandon Burrows announced on Tuesday [13] that the production company has optioned Timeless.
  • Bruce Willis Sky ad banned

    UK advertising watchdog bans broadband advert for being misleading.
  • Cineworld to play at V Festival

    Cineworld is to become the first major UK cinema chain to bring the cinema experience to a music festival.
  • Continental, Los Banditos strike deal

    EXCLUSIVE: Continental Media, run by partners Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts, has closed a two-picture deal with Los Banditos Films.
  • D Films sees Double

    The distributor has swooped on Canadian rights to Richard Ayoade’s forthcoming Toronto world premiere The Double.
  • D23: Jolie talks Maleficent

    A surprise appearance by Angelina Jolie was the highlight of Saturday’s [10] live-action presentation at Disney’s annual expo in Anaheim, California, as attendees booed a paltry Star Wars segment.
  • D23: Zootopia, Dory cast unveiled

    Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter joined colleagues and talent at the annual convention in Anaheim, California, to announce a number of surprises.
  • David Bowie is… live cinema

    London’s V&A museum teamed with Picturehouse Entertainment to screen a live cinema event marking the end of its hit David Bowie exhibition. Michael Rosser was in attendance.
  • DFI plans Kiarostami retrospective

    The Doha Film Institute will organise a retrospective devoted to Abbas Kiarostami at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
  • Dodd hopeful on US-China feud

    The stand-off over outstanding payments owed to Hollywood studios by China appears to nearing resolution in light of comments made by MPAA head Chris Dodd.
  • Echo Bridge finds Faith

    Echo Bridge Entertainment has acquired Slamdance documentary audience award winner My Name Is Faith. Separately, Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films will team up on The Short Game.
  • Eddie Michaels, 1964-2013

    Eddie Michaels, the Hollywood publicist whose longtime clients included Noah Wyle and Illumination Entertainment, died on Thursday [8] in Los Angeles after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 49.
  • Elysium rules US on $30.4m

    Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 independently financed sci-fi action film launched at number one in North America thanks to an estimated $30.4m opening weekend through TriStar that consigned a trio of studio openers to lower top five finishes.
  • eOne, CBS Films renew deal

    The Canadian giant has extended its multi-year output deal with CBS Films.
  • Exhibition

    Dir/scr: Joanna Hogg. UK. 2013. 105mins
  • Fantastic Fest unveils second wave

    Programmers at the forthcoming Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas have revealed 19 further selections.
  • FilmBuff uncorks Red Obsession

    FilmBuff will release the wine documentary Obsession narrated by Russell Crowe on Sept 6 on VoD with exclusive theatrical engagements. Separately, Freestyle has set a date for Surviving Evil while Artsploitation will release Hidden In The Woods on DVD in September and GoDigital has picked up Sample This.
  • Finnish Film Affair to showcase new Moomins

    The second edition of the Finnish Film Affair, scheduled for Sept 24-26 in Helsinki, will again showcase hot local titles and works in progress.
  • Focus soaks in Sunshine

    EXCLUSIVE: Focus International nabs Toronto-bound Proclaimers musical with Jane Horrocks, Peter Mullan.
  • Foresight, Envision set Englishman

    Foresight Unlimited and Envision Entertainment, riding high on the number one North American release of 2 Guns, will finance and produce the $30m action film.
  • Fortissimo nets Linsanity deal

    Fortissimo Films has secured Taiwanese distribution for Evan Jackson Leong’s documentary with Encore Film.
  • Fortissimo swims in Steel’s Water

    Sales outfit picks up Eric Steel’s Tribeca and Edinburgh documentary Kiss the Water.
  • Gallery: Upcoming Disney, Pixar animation

    At the D23 Expo fan event in Los Angeles, artwork was revealed for new films from Disney and Pixar including characters from Inside Out, the next feature from Up director Pete Docter.
  • Gare Du Nord

    Dir: Claire Simon. France-Canada. 2013. 119mins
  • Godard, Meier join Sarajevo omnibus

    EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Luc Godard and Ursula Meier are among 14 directors set to participate in an omnibus film that will mark next year’s centenary of the First World War.
  • Grandmaster gets Scorsese vote

    The Weinstein Company have announced that Martin Scorsese will lend his name to present Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster heading into awards season.
  • HFPA awards $1.6m grants

    Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held their annual lunch in Beverly Hills and presented financial awards and announced newly elected officers.
  • Howard, Aquino to lead SAG-AFTRA

    Ken Howard and Amy Aquino have been re-elected to lead SAG-AFTRA.
  • IFC Midnight gets Contracted

    The distributor has acquired North American rights to Eric England’s horror film and will release in November following a deal with XYZ Films.
  • Inbetweeners director launches comedy production company

    A co-founder of Zeppotron and the director of The Inbetweeners movie have joined forced to create an indie that will specialise in scripted comedy.
  • Irish comedy The Stag sells to UK

    EXCLUSIVE: Metro International Entertainment is to handle world sales for Treasure Entertainment’s comedy The Stag, which makes its world premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Iron Picker gets innovative local distribution

    Plans for Bosnian release of Danis Tanovic’s award-winning film include year-long tour to smaller towns and VoD release.
  • John Cusack eyes UK thriller Kickback

    EXCLUSIVE: The Frozen Ground star in talks to join crime-thriller about renegade detective.
  • Karen Black dies aged 74

    Actress known for her performances in Five Easy Pieces and Nashville has dies in Los Angeles after battle with cancer.
  • Kick-Ass 2

    Dir/scr: Jeff Wadlow. UK-US. 2103. 103mins
  • Koplan joins Red Granite

    The financing, production and sales company has hired David Koplan as head of physical production and development.
  • levelFilm launches with Kaige

    Former THINKFilm executives David Hudakoc and Michael Baker have launched the Toronto-based distributor, one of several new players that are expected to arrive in the wake of the eOne-Alliance merger.
  • Libertine Pictures wins NZFC support

    The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) has introduced a three-year $2.4m (NZ$3m) business development scheme aimed at creating more substantial companies and has made the new company Libertine Pictures the first recipient.
  • Lionsgate finds Life After Life

    Kate Atkinson’s bestseller was published in April and explores the lives of a woman during World War II given the chance to begin from scratch.
  • LipSync Post adds to VFX team

    LipSync Post has recruited award-winning VFX supervisor George Zwier and VFX producer Paul Driver to join its visual effects department.
  • Little Accidents begins shoot

    Production is underway in West Virginia on Sara Colangelo’s feature directorial debut starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland and Josh Lucas.
  • Locarno roundup: Wetlands stirs controversy

    Social media platforms ban explicit trailer for Wetlands.
  • Longwave

    Dir. Lionel Baier. Switzerland-France-Portugal. 2013. 85mins
  • Lovers

    Dir/scr: Emmanuel Mouret. France. 2013. 95mins
  • Madhavan joins Living Dead

    Simon West Productions and the Graphic Film Company, in association with 2020 Entertainment and Indus Media and Entertainment, have signed Bollywood actor R Madhavan to Night Of The Living Dead: Origins 3D. Meyers Media Group handles international sales.
  • Mickey Rourke joins Traffik

    Los Angeles-based Raging Pictures has announced that Mickey Rourke has joined the cast of director Ara Paiaya’s Skin Traffik.
  • Mirsad Purivatra, Sarajevo Film Festival

    The festival director talks about industry expansion amidst budget cuts.
  • Mr Morgan’s Last Love

    Dir/scr: Sandra Nettelbeck. Germany-Belgium. 2013. 116mins
  • NewFest unveils line-up

    The festival, in partnership with Outfest and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center, has announced the programme for the 25th anniversary edition.
  • NFDC India sending six to Toronto

    Six projects have been selected by the NFDC (National Film Development Corporation, India) for the 2013 Screenwriters Lab, which is relocating to Toronto.
  • Nicolás López & Eli Roth, Aftershock

    Ian Sandwell talks to Nicolás López and Eli Roth about the making of earthquake horror film Aftershock and their Chilewood concept.
  • One rocking festival

    Sweden’s Way Out West festival delivers a hot music line-up and packed film screenings.
  • Oscilloscope picks up Teenage

    Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Matt Wolf’s documentary and plans a ‘robust’ festival run prior to 2014 theatrical and ancillary run. Separately, Generation Iron will open in September.
  • Our Sunhi

    Dir/scr: Hong Sangsoo. South Korea. 2013. 88mins
  • Pacific Rim to cross $250m

    Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi international hit has reached $218m and is favourite to hold on to the international crown this weekend.
  • Participant boosts doc unit

    Elise Pearlstein has joined Participant Media as svp of documentary films.
  • Real

    Dir: Kyoshi Kurosawa. Japan. 2013. 127mins
  • Reel Suspects close Fantasia film sales

    Matteo Lovadina’s sales outfit Reel Suspects has reported brisk business on its Fantasia Film Festival titles.
  • Samuel Goldwyn acquires Anita

    Freida Mock’s documentary centres on Anita Hill, the law professor who 20 years ago testified against US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in an infamous sexual harassment hearing.
  • San Sebastian names new directors line-up

    Sixteen first or second directors will vie for the San Sebastian Film Festival’s (20-28 Sept) new directors award.
  • Sarajevo and Doha festivals link up

    Sarajevo and QumraFilm festivals to share films, delegates.
  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2013 opening

    The festival kicks off with an open-air screening of Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life of an Iron Picker.
  • Sarajevo: German experts talk SE Europe co-pros

    Sarajevo’s August 21 panel will look at co-productions with lower budgets.
  • Screen Awards shortlist led by Fox, Universal, Lionsgate

    UPDATED: 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate UK lead the distributors with 12 shortlist mentions each; Star Trek Into Darkness leads individual film nominees with six nods.
  • Serra's Death wins Locarno Golden Leopard

    Europa Cinemas Label awarded to Tableau Noir; Fipresci prize goes to What Now? Remind Me. Talk of Marco Mueller’s return with new Palazzo project.
  • Shoot starts on Interstellar

    Christopher Nolan has commenced production on his deep space wormhole project starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in Alberta, Canada, for Paramount and Warner Bros.
  • Smurfs 2 rules int'l on $35m

    UPDATED AUG 12: Sony’s The Smurfs 2 came in above weekend estimates, scoring $35.3m in the second weekend to boost the international running total to $110.7m. Brad Pitt recorded his biggest North American and global hit as World War Z reached $500m worldwide.
  • Sony, MRC line up Chappie

    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and MRC are reuniting with director Neill Blomkamp on Chappie hot on the heels of the South African’s number one North American launch of Elysium.
  • Steve Davis joins DCM

    UK cinema advertising leader Digital Cinema Media (DCM) has appointed Steve Davis as Head of Exhibition.
  • Strand acquires Branca’s Pitch

    Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Muscato’s baseball documentary.
  • Studios savour int'l BO results

    The announcement by Paramount top brass that World War Z had delivered career-best box office for Brad Pitt served as reminder of the consistency of international markets this summer.
  • Susanne Bier in talks for Mary Queen of Scots

    EXCLUSIVE: Penelope Skinner working on script with Michael Hirst. Saoirse Ronan attached, as previously reported.
  • Sweden's Way Out West breaks record

    Gothenburg music and film festival Way Out West wrapped on Saturday (August 10) after holding the world premiere of Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe, the third and final instalment in the hit Swedish crime trilogy (known as Easy Money in English).
  • Swiss move into talks for Creative Europe membership

    European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou also talks about future funding for Locarno festival.
  • The Exchange to sell C.O.G.

    EXCLUSIVE: CEO Brian O’Shea announced on Monday [12] that he has picked up international sales rights to the Sundance premiere heading into Toronto.
  • The Foxy Merkins

    Dir: Madeleine Olnek. US. 2013. 90mins
  • The Grandmaster presented in Dolby Atmos

    Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster is being mixed in Dolby Atmos for its US release.
  • The Human Factor

    Dir: Bruno Oliviero. Italy. 2013. 83mins
  • The Keeper Of Lost Causes

    Dir: Mikkel Norgaard. Denmark. 2013. 97mins
  • The Stone

    Dir/scr: Cho Se-rae. South Korea. 2013. 113mins
  • The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears

    Dirs/scr: Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet. Belgium-France-Luxembourg. 2013. 102mins
  • Thor to hit IMAX int’l arena

    Disney-Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World will commence its international roll-out on IMAX 3D on Oct 30.
  • TIFF announces industry events

    Panels on transmedia, direct distribution and keynote speakers including Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jim Berk and documentary director Andrew Jarecki are among the highlights of Toronto’s industry programming.
  • TIME launches Red Border

    The documentary film unit will be hosted on an interactive digital site on Time’s website and the plan is to showcase original content by filmmakers, journalists and photojournalists.
  • Tonnerre

    Dir: Guillaume Brac. France. 2013. 106mins
  • Toronto adds 75+ titles to line-up

    World premieres of Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Fred Schepisi’s Words And Pictures and John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo are among the TIFF line-up of galas and special presentations.
  • Toronto reveals Wavelengths line-up

    Rithy Panh’s Un Certain Regard winner takes its place alongside Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England and new films from Canada’s Stephen Broomer and Chris Kennedy in the Wavelengths section.
  • Trap Street joins Venice Critics Week

    Venice Critics’ Week has added its seventh competition title, Trap Street (Shuiyin Jie) by Chinese director Vivian Qu.
  • Tre Vanner outfits with Golden Trousers

    Swedish production powerhouse also planning autumn shoot for heist film Mastermind.
  • UltraStar, Letian plan theatres

    US-owned UltraStar Cinemas and China’s Letian Entertainment have formed a joint venture to develop and operate theatres in China.
  • Uni ups Neil to digital post

    Doug Neil has been promoted to evp of digital marketing, Universal Pictures co-president of marketing Michael Moses announced on Monday [12].
  • Universal launches writing award

    Those selected for the Emerging Writers Fellowship will work within the studio and gain access to Universal executives, producers and other key industry professionals.
  • UPI breaks int'l box office record

    Universal Pictures International (UPI) top brass announced that as of Monday the company had reached $1.8bn - its biggest year at the box office.
  • Venice reveals ‘Web Theatre’ titles

    Digital tickets have gone on sale for Venice Film Festival titles that will stream online concurrently with official screenings.
  • Vertigo to release Powder Room

    Universal’s home entertainment division takes world rights.
  • Wajda to receive Venice Persol award

    His new film Walesa. Man of Hope premieres in Venice.
  • Wenders starts Every Thing shoot

    Mongrel Media has announced that Wim Wenders will commence principal photography on Every Thing Will Be Fine on Aug 13 in Montreal. HanWay Films handles worldwide rights.
  • Wetlands

    Dir: David Wnendt. Germany. 2013. 109mins
  • Wrong Cops

    Dir/scr: Quentin Dupieux. France-US. 2013. 81mins
  • Yellow Affair takes Becoming Redwood

    Jesse James Miller writes and directs.
  • Zimmer to get Classic BRIT Award

    Hans Zimmer will receive accolade at the 2013 awards in London.
  • Zurich galas include Gravity, Diana

    National premieres at the Zurich Film Festival also include The Railway Man.