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16 October 2000

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  • April Captains to open Huelva fest

    Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros' directorial debut, April Captains (Capitaes De Abril), will inaugurate this year's 26th annual Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva, Spain (Nov 10-18).Medeiros will also sit on the festival's official jury alongside Spanish director Juan Pinzas, Spanish critic Mirito Torreiro, and Brazilian producer Esdras Rubim, among others.The 12 titles competing in the festival's official section for the top award, the Colon de Oro, include:
  • Arbol buys stake in Capa Barcelone

    Spanish TV production house Grupo Arbol has acquired a 50% stake in Capa Barcelone, the local subsidiary of French production outfit Capa, according to a report in financial paper Cinco Dias.The two companies complement each other: Arbol is home to Spain's leading TV fiction producer, Globo Media, while Capa Barcelone specialises in documentaries and current events programming.Alongside Globo Media, Arbol encompasses a range of companies dedicated to talent and events man
  • Arranque pacts with Helkon subsidiary

    Hamburg-based production outfit Arranque Film has concluded a first-look deal with KinoFilm Muenchen, a subsidiary of German production and distribution group Helkon Media.Arranque Film was founded by German actor Kai Wiesinger, his sister Kati Wiesinger and wife Chantal de Freitas in 1999 to develop projects for cinema and TV. This deal marks the continuation of a long-standing working relationship between Wiesinger and Helkon's Werner Koenig - Wiesinger had played the leads in two of
  • Before The Storm

    Dir: Reza Persa. Sweden. 2000. 110 mins.Prod co: Illusion Film. Co-prods: Film i Vast, Felicia Film, Per Holst Film, Norsk Film. Int'l Sales: Nordisk Film International (45) 33 26 68 80. Prods: Peter Hiltunen, Johan Falemark. Scr: Mikael Bengtsson, Parsa. DoP: Eigil Bryld. Ed: Louise Brattberg. Main cast: Per Graffman, Tintin Anderzon, Maria Lundqvist, Emil Odepark.Even before its San Sebastian screening, cynics were predicting kudos for Before The Storm as the lat
  • Bignardi to replace Mueller at Locarno

    The Locarno International Film Festival has appointed Italian film critic Irene Bignardi as its new director, replacing Marco Mueller who quit at the end of this year's event in August. Bignardi, 57, currently works as a film critic and columnist for Rome daily La Repubblica. Until recently, she was also a member of the Venice Film Festival selection committee and responsible for its Venician Nights sidebar. She has also headed the Rome-based thriller festival, Mystfest.B
  • Carlton, JAM team for Archer adaptations

    A series of TV movies based on novels by best-selling author and politician Jeffrey Archer are to be made under a deal between Michael Braham and Jane Walmsley's UK production outfit JAM Pictures and the US' Carlton America.JAM will develop and produce movies and mini-series for the US market under its newly-minted three-year co-production and distribution pact with Carlton America, the US arm of the UK's Carlton International Media Group. The production outfit has exclusive film and T
  • Common Wealth in line for English-language remake

    Spanish outfit Lolafilms, headed by CEO Andres Vicente Gomez, is negotiating the sale of remake rights on Alex de la Iglesia's Common Wealth (La Comunidad) to US-based producer Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour, Last Man Standing).The film - which opened the San Sebastian International Film Festival last month to strong reviews - looks set to become one of the year's top domestic grossers, taking in a cumulative $1.57m in its first 10 days at the Spanish box office.
  • Crimson Rivers floods French box office

    The Crimson Rivers (Les Rivieres Pourpres), which opened in France on Sept 27 to mixed reviews, attracted nearly one million admissions in its first week. The Gaumont title, a thriller directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel, carved a huge 39% share for itself in its first week. Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, in its second week, was a distant second with a 14% market share. Both titles were released on a similar number of prints: 557 for Hollow M
  • EC warns it could move spotlight onto UIP

    Brussels warned on Monday that it may re-examine UIP's exemption from European anti-competition laws following the merger of Universal parent Seagram and Vivendi, owner of Canal Plus.The European Commission - which granted UIP an exemption as recently as September last year - now appears to be concerned about the merged company's links to Paramount through UIP, the international distribution joint venture of Paramount Pictures and Seagram-owned Universal Pictures.In a statement
  • Ed Gein wins best film award at Sitges

    US title Ed Gein, directed by Chuck Parello, walked away the big winner on Saturday from the International Film Festival of Catalunya, better known as Sitges (October 5-14).The horror film about the real-life serial killer who inspired films such as Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence Of The Lambs took home the best film and best actor (for Steve Railsback) awards in the festival's traditional Fantastic section.Geoffrey Wright's best d
  • England!

    Dir: Achim Von Borries. Germany. 2000. 98 mins.Prod co: Tossell Pictures. Co-prods: ZDF, Studio Babelsberg, DFFB. Int'l Sales: Bavaria Film International (00 49 89 64 99 26 86). Prods: Judy Tossell, Susanne Marian. Scr: Von Borries. DoP: Jutta Pohlmann. Prod des: Ulrika Andersson. Ed: Gergana Voight. Music: Daler Nazarov, Ingo L. Frenzel. Main cast: Ivan Shvedoff, Merab Ninidze, Anna Geisleova, Chulpan Khamatova.England!, Von Borries' feature debut (his graduation
  • EU confirms clearance of AOL-TW deal

    As expected, the European Commission has cleared AOL's $135bn take-over of Time Warner after the two companies agreed to make concessions to ensure that they would not dominate Europe's fledgling internet music market.These include the agreement that Germany's leading media company Bertelsmann AG will "progressively exit" from its 50:50 joint venture with AOL - AOL Europe - as well as AOL France, which also involves Universal Studios' future owner Vivendi. In addition, AOL and Time War
  • EU greenlights Vivendi Universal with conditions

    The European Commission (EC) has waved through the three-way merger between Vivendi, Canal Plus and Seagram, after Vivendi agreed to sell its 20% stake in BSkyB and guaranteed that Canal Plus' pay-TV competitors will have access to Universal's film product.The concessions save the merger, first unveiled in June, from a four-month "phase 2" investigation by the EC. Vivendi was already in talks with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp about exchanging its BSkyB holding for a small stake in
  • EXECUTIVE SUITE - Rosa Bosch

    One of the founders of production and sales posse Tequila Gang, which signed a first-look deal with Spain's Sogepaq during the San Sebastian film festival, talks to Patrick Frater about the new Mexican wave.What were the ideas behind the establishment of Tequila Gang two years ago' Do they still hold true'What matters is that there is something going on in the Spanish-language world. There are interesting talents now after a 10-15 year period in which Latin America
  • FCC suspends AOL TW decision

    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has suspended its review of the AOL Time Warner merger, declaring it more productive to let its sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), pass judgement on the issue. However, by stating that it was "stopping the clock" on its proceedings, the FCC reserved the right to resume the process after the FTC has ruled. The announcement came the say day that the European Commission approved the $127bn union.The FCC's move ups the s
  • Film Council taps Swift as literary scout

    The UK's film super body the Film Council has appointed Susan Swift as a literary scout as part of its bid to take a pro-active stance within production circles.Swift will act as a consultant to the Council, working closely with Robert Jones, head of the Council's main fund for commercially-oriented pictures, the Premiere Fund. She previously worked with Jones at his UK production outfit Jonescompany in the same role.Jones envisages Swift and the Council identifying literary pro
  • FilmMuseum set to launch in Hungary

    A new cable and satellite channel, FilmMuseum, is scheduled to launch in Hungary on November 15. Backed by private investors, the channel plans to screen Hungarian films and TV programming produced before 1980. It will initially broadcast for 14 hours a day.The channel is funded for three years and plans to raise further revenue from both advertising and subscriptions. It is also hoping to bring on board companies from which it has licensed programming, including Hungary's oldest film
  • French admissions on course for record high

    Cinema attendance in France is expected to reach a record high in 2000, according to film body the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC), partly because of the success of exhibitors' loyalty card schemes.The CNC found that admissions have risen 16% during the first nine months of 2000 and could reach a record 176 million for the year as a whole, compared to 155 million in 1999 and 170.5 million in 1998.As a result, CNC's global budget for 2001 - which partly depends on the
  • Germany's NSF, MME unveil plans to float

    Despite the stormy times currently besetting the capital markets, another two German production outfits - Me, Myself and Eye Entertainment (MME) and Neue Sentimental Film (NSF) - are planning to join the 30-odd media companies listed on Frankfurt's Neuer Markt exchange.Hamburg-based MME has employed Commerzbank to co-ordinate the flotation of 25-30% of its shares. The company, which focuses on youth and music TV genres, plans to develop new media projects such as music programming for
  • Harris to join Phoenix in Buffalo Soldiers

    Ed Harris is expected to join Joaquin Phoenix in the cast of Buffalo Soldiers, FilmFour's $15m tale of US soldiers stationed in West Germany circa 1989.Anna Paquin is also understood to be in talks to star in the film, which starts shooting in Germany next month. Directed by Gregor Jordan, the adaptation of Robert O'Connor's cult novel is a darkly comic the story about a criminal subculture among a group of young soldiers.Phoenix is signed to play drug-dealing army clerk
  • Harrison Ford confirms lead in Intermedia's K-19

    Harrison Ford has confirmed that he will star in his first independently distributed movie - cold war submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker to be financed and distributed by Intermedia. The film, which immediately jumps to the top of buyers' hit lists for London Screenings and MIFED, is to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow who recently completed The Weight Of Water for StudioCanal. Production entities are National Geographic Features, Bigelow's First Light Productions and Joni Si
  • How To Kill Your Neighbour's Dog

    Dir: Michael Kalesniko. US. 2000. 104 mins.Prod co: Millennium Films, South Fork Pictures, Lonsdale Productions. International sales: Nu Image (310) 246 0240. Exec prod: Robert Redford. Prod: Michael Nozik, Nancy M. Ruff, Brad Weston. Scr: Kalesniko. DoP: Hubert Taczanowski. Prod des: Stephen Lineweaver. Ed: Pamela Martin. Mus: David Robbins. Main cast: Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright Penn, Lynn Redgrave, Jared Harris, Suzi Hofrichter.An accomplished first feature by Pri
  • Imax Corp issues profit warning

    Imax Corporation will post a third-quarter loss, according to a release issued late Wednesday. The news will further complicate the company's search for a buyer. The giant screen entertainment company has been hit by the downturn amongst theatrical exhibitors in North America. Since August three US circuits - Edwards Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark - have filed for bankruptcy protection; all three lease a total of 22 Imax systems with a further 12 on order. Imax derives most of it
  • Imax Corp takes down \'for sale\' sign

    Imax Corp has removed itself from the marketplace after its share price tumbled more than 70% yesterday (October 12) in reaction to a profit warning. The giant screen purveyor said its current stock price is not a fair reflection of its long-term value.Imax issued a third-quarter profit warning on Wednesday, saying it would not meet its revenue targets because of the downturn in the North American exhibition market.Since August, four US circuits - Edwards Theatres, Regal Cinemas
  • Iran's Meshkini wins Pusan's New Currents prize

    Iranian title The Day I Became A Woman, directed by Marziyeh Meshkini of Iran's Makhmalbaf family, won the jury prize in the Pusan film festival's New Currents section, dedicated to Asian film-makers' first or second features.The award includes distribution of the winning film in Korea or $10,000 to the director if this cannot be arranged. This year the section included 11 titles.The Italian-Iranian co-production, about women's difficulties in Islamic society, was also in
  • Italy's Pablo snaps up Turin trio

    Fledgling Italian distributor Pablo has hoovered up local rights to three films set to screen at next month's Turin Film Festival: I Nostri Anni, directed by Daniele Gaglianone, Corso Salani's Occidente and documentary I Fantasisti. I Nostri Anni, about two World War II veterans tormented by their war memories, and Occidente, about a Romanian girl's encounter with a young professor at a military base in Northern Italy, are produced by Pablo sister com
  • Jacquot, Diaz Yanes score Eurimages funding

    Council of Europe-backed finance body Eurimages is to plough Euros3.075m into eight European co-productions in its third funding round of this year, including new projects from Benoit Jacquot and Agustin Diaz Yanes.Eurimages has two schemes for production funding, both with distinct cultural objectives. The first scheme's awards are based on a project's circulation potential, while the second scheme gives out awards based on the artistic value of a project.The three features fun
  • Mediatrade launches Cross Media unit

    Mediatrade, the rights trading arm of Italian media giant Fininvest, is setting up an umbrella organisation, Cross Media Factory, to seek synergies between Fininvest's publishing, internet, film and television arms.Mediatrade president Maurizio Costanzo and managing director Roberto Pace said the first projects for the new company, which aims to be a "factory of ideas", will be an animated film and a TV reality show entitled Generations. Fininvest-owned broadcaster Mediaset is c
  • Middle Eastern crisis intrudes on Hamptons Fest

    This year's Hamptons International Film Festival found itself thrust into the cauldron of Middle Eastern politics after a jury led by actor William Hurt found itself having to adjudicate between a selection of Palestinian and Israeli features and shorts programmed as part of an inaugural sidebar devoted to 'films of conflict and resolution.'In the end, after a festival that deliberately tightened security measures during its five days in the exclusive Long Island beach community of Eas
  • MTG restructures; appoints Albrecht as CEO

    Sweden's Modern Times Group (MTG) has added a new business unit, New Media, and appointed Hans-Holger Albrecht as president and CEO. At the same time, Anders Nilsson, formerly head of MTG's publishing unit, has been promoted to senior vice president. Albrecht was formerly COO of the company.The New Media unit, which includes interactive TV portal and internet portal, will be headed by former head of MTG's Viasat Sport, Jorgen Madsen. Meanwhile Via
  • Myriad backs Greenwald in Ellroy's Dark Places

    Fast-growing Myriad Pictures, Kirk D'Amico's LA-based production and sales outfit owned by publicly-traded German media outfit IN-motion, is to co-produce and fully finance My Dark Places: An LA Crime Memoir, the film of James Ellroy's autobiographical crime novel. The film will be directed by Robert Greenwald and Myriad is co-producing with his Robert Greenwald Productions.Casting is currently underway on the film to which Myriad will retain worldwide distribution rights. Gree
  • New Telefilm money to be allocated this year

    Hot on the heels of the Canadian government's $67m boost to local film (ScreenDaily, October 6), Telefilm Canada is asking the country's industry for pitches on how best to spend the first gush of new money.Over the next two weeks, Telefilm, the country's principal public sector funding agency, will be soliciting responses from those interested in tapping the $7.4m windfall slated to be spent this fiscal year. The film industry will also be consulted on new policies and guidelin
  • Palace, Pusan Story share top prize at PPP

    The staff cutbacks sweeping through AOL Time Warner following its recent merger approval have now reached as far as the New York and London offices of Fine Line Features, the specialised offshoot of New Line Cinema.On Tuesday, Fine Line's New York staff were informed that their ranks would be pruned back to a skeletal presence as part of a corporate decision to return parent company New Line to its origins as a lean and mean mini-studio.Then yesterday, word also began leaking ou
  • Parents, Titans continue to rule US box office

    There were a clutch of new releases this week but none managed to dislodge last week's top two films, Meet The Parents and Remember The Titans, both of which occupied their same slots en route to expected blockbuster grosses.With a combined $75.7m, the top 12 films actually outgrossed the corresponding weekend in 1999 for the first time since August, a sign perhaps that the US box office has truly shaken off its slump. Jay Roach's Meet The Parents, a comedy
  • Planeta set to sell 10% stake in Telecinco

    Spanish publishing and multimedia giant Grupo Planeta looks set to sell off its entire 10% stake in private broadcaster Telecinco, and not just 5% as previously rumoured. Sources at Planeta said that talks are underway with Telecinco backer Mediaset to take at least a 5% share. But Planeta president Jose Maria Lara Bosch is quoted today in financial newspaper Cinco Dias as saying that by January, "we foresee letting go of all our shares."Planeta looks to be disinvesting itself o
  • Princess, Baise-Moi to compete at Gijon

    Tom Tykwer's The Princess And The Warrior, controversial French film Baise-Moi and US indie title Chuck And Buck are among the titles that will compete in the official section of this year's Gijon International Film Festival in Spain. The festival, which takes place November 24 - December 1, is known as the "Spanish Sundance" for its dedication to independent and newcomer talent. The competition line-up also includes:Cannes Critic's Week selection Les Au
  • Profit attempts to grab share of Italian TV market

    Italian media company Profit has acquired local broadcaster Odeon TV, in a bid to build a satellite television network that could break RAI and Mediaset's stranglehold on the Italian TV advertising market.Milan-based Odeon TV owns 16 stations nationwide and has an average audience of about 4-5 million. Profit owns children's channel Junior TV and several TV production companies.Italy's National Telecommunications Authority recently cleared broadcasting giants Mediaset and RAI of
  • Pusan emerges as production force

    South Korean port city Pusan is making a bid to become the production capital of the reviving Korean film industry by constructing state-of-the art facilities and seeking to attract foreign infrastructure investment.Development has begun on Centum City, a high-tech business and production complex half an hour from downtown Pusan. The project expects to attract investment from the usual host of service outfits and new technology manufacturing installations, but is also working to provid
  • REP, Dendy go on pre-MIFED buying spree

    Australian distributor REP Films has picked up US comedy Human Nature, while sister company Dendy Films has acquired Swedish hit Together and Thai film The Iron Ladies. Iron Ladies follows the adventures of a transsexual volleyball team hoping to win the national championships. According to sales agent Fortissimo, it has already made $5m in its home market and $2m in Hong Kong, where it is still screening. It opens in Taiwan on October 28 and in Japan in Mar
  • Sheridan Group closes Dublin IMAX

    Dublin's 370-seat IMAX cinema, operated by the Belfast-based Sheridan Group, was closed down at short notice on Sunday (October 8).The large-format cinema in Dublin's city centre opened June 4, 1998 with what was then claimed to be the biggest cinema screen in Europe. It forms part of a linear on-street complex called the Parnell Centre which houses several restaurants, leisure facilities and a thriving UGC multiplex. When first opened, the Sheridan IMAX cinema was perceived as
  • Shiner

    Dir: John Irvin. UK. 2000. 98 mins.Prod co: Wisecroft. Co-prods: Visionview. Domestic dist: Momentum Pictures. Int'l sales: IAC Films (44) 20 75 92 16 20. Exec prods: Laura and Barry Townsley. Prod: Geoff Reeve. Scr: Scott Cherry. DoP: Mike Molloy. Prod des: Austen Spriggs. Ed: Ian Crafford. Music: Paul Grabowsky. Main cast: Michael Caine, Martin Landau, Andy Serkis, Frances Barber, Claire Rushbrook, Matthew Marsden.This thriller set in London's boxing underworld isn't ex
  • South Korea keeps up screen quotas fight

    South Korea's Coalition for Cultural Diversity in Moving Images (CDMI) is an organising a symposium involving government ministers on November 8 due to continued fears that the country's screen quota system could be abolished.The CDMI, which has carried out a global campaign for the retention of quotas over the last few years, is also due to meet with supporters in France within the next fortnight. Both moves come despite assurances from South Korean National Assembly member Shin Ki-Na
  • South Korea to relax Movie Promotion Law

    South Korea is to open a chain of adult film theatres and add a fifth classification - "restricted" - to the film classification system.The moves, announced by the Regulation Reform Committee last week, require a change to the Movie Promotion Law under which adult cinemas are banned and films containing explicit sex scenes or extremes of violence are refused a certificate.With creeping liberalisation, Korean films have already begun to include more graphic scenes. Lies, a
  • The Monkey's Mask

    Dir: Samantha Lang. Australia. 2000. 91 mins.Prod co: Arena Film. International sales: Studio Canal (33-1) 4443 9800. Prods: Robert Connolly, John Maynard. Scr: Anne Kennedy, based on the verse novel by Dorothy Porter. DoP: Garry Philips. Prod des: Michael Philips. Ed: Dany Cooper. Mus: Andrew Kotatko. Main cast: Susie Porter, Kelly McGillis, Marton Csokas, Deoborah Mailman, Abbie Cornish.A smart and stylish genre-bender - part lesbian love story, part film noir - The
  • The Other Side (El Otro Barrio)

    Dir: Salvador Garcia Ruiz. Spain. 2000. 132 mins.Prod co: Tornasol. Co-prod: Via Digital. Domestic dist: Altafilms. Int'l Sales: Wild Bunch (+33 1 4443 9800). Prods: Gerardo Herrero, Javier Lopez Blanco. Scr: Ruiz, based on the novel by Elvira Lindo. DoP: Teodoro Delgado. Prod des: Federico Garcia Cambero. Ed: Carmen Frias. Music: Pascal Gaigne. Main cast: Alex Casanovas, Jorge Alcazar, Alberto Ferreiro, Pepa Pedroche, Empar Ferrer, Guillermo Toledo.One of the most praise
  • UK adds voice to digital cinema debate

    As the North American film industry discusses the ever-changing digital cinema issue at ShowEast, Orlando, the UK is becoming a driving force in the debate through a series of government-backed discussions and demonstrations.The "Celluloid Or Silicon" roadshow is currently presenting the latest developments in electronic film technology to the industry across the UK. With essential support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Culture, Media and S
  • Universal secures DreamWorks titles for UK DVD

    Universal Pictures UK (UPUK) is to release titles from DreamWorks Home Entertainment on DVD in the UK, marking the first time that DVD films from DreamWorks have been released locally.First up is American Beauty, which is to hit shelves on November 27. Also on the DVD slate are The Haunting, starring Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and asteroid flick Deep Impact. The second wave of releases includes animation films The Prince Of Egypt, Antz
  • UPC in talks to buy Germany's Tele-Columbus

    Dutch cable giant UPC has confirmed that it is in talks with Deutsche Bank to acquire Germany's second-largest cable TV company, Tele-Columbus, in a deal worth about $1.3bn.The deal forms part of UPC's plans to build a broadband network across Europe, offering telephony and high-speed internet access. The Dutch company already owns cable TV assets in Germany, including stakes in Primacom and EWT/TSS, and plans to buy part of Deutsche Telekom's network.The deal would also end a l
  • Venezuela's Caracas performs well on home turf

    Venezuelan drama Caracas, Love Me to Death (Caracas, Amor A Muerte) (formerly titled The Valley) has lured more than 50,000 admissions since its September 13 debut from just two cities in Venezuela. Leading distributor Cinematografica Blancica released it on less than 10 prints in the capital of Caracas and Maracaibo. This is a remarkable feat in a country with 250 screens.The directorial debut of Gustavo Balza, Caracas won Best Picture at the 4th Los Angeles Latin
  • Via Digital signs up as Valencia sponsor

    Spanish digital satellite platform Via Digital has announced that it will sponsor this year's 21st annual Valencia Film Showing (Mostra de Valencia/Cinema del Mediterrani) which runs October 16-23.Via Digital committed to a three-year sponsorship last year of the Malaga Film Festival alongside Antena 3. As a result, the event boasted a high-end budget this year of $1.5m (PTS260m).Among the highlights of this year's Valencia Film Showing are sidebars and retrospectives dedicated
  • Vivendi Universal fights for EU greenlight

    Vivendi is reportedly considering concessions including selling its 20% stake in BSkyB in order to prevent the European Commission from launching a four-month investigation into its three-way merger with Canal Plus and Seagram. The Commission has until the end of the day to rule on the deal. It was widely expected to greenlight the merger until reports emerged yesterday that it could open a protracted "phase 2" investigation, despite having already asked the three parties for additiona
  • Wenders & Shepard reteam for untitled 2001 project

    Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard who last collaborated on Wenders' 80s classic Paris Texas are to reteam on the screenplay for Wenders' next feature, an as yet untitled road movie set across the US. The new film which will be produced by Wenders' Berlin-based Road Movies Filmproduktion GmbH is set to start shooting on location in the US in early 2001. Road Movies managing director Ulrich Felsberg will be at MIFED discussing potential partnerships on the film. Road Movies is owned by
  • Wild Bunch picks up R-Xmas, Mischka

    Wild Bunch, the increasingly independent auteur label within France's StudioCanal, has picked up sales duties on Abel Ferrara's newest picture R-Xmas and grabbed the directorial return of Jean-Francois Stevenin. R-Xmas had previously been represented by StudioCanal's main sales outfit Le Studio Canal Plus. But Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval had been associated with the drama from its early days and fought to gain representation when he formed the new label. Delay
  • Winchester takes on Soul Assassin

    Winchester Films has boarded $8m action thriller Soul Assassin starring Skeet Ulrich and Kristy Swanson as international sales agent. Winchester will launch the film, which started shooting on Monday, at London Screenings and MIFED.Directed by Larry Malkin and produced by well-known Dutch distributor-producer San Fu Maltha, Soul Assassin is being shot in Amsterdam and part-financed by the Dutch government's tax incentive scheme introduced in 1997 to encourage private inve
  • X-Men crosses the $100m international barrier

    20th Century Fox's summer blockbuster X-Men has broken the $100m barrier in international territories, bringing its worldwide cumulative gross to over $250m. Bryan Singer's film based on the Marvel Comics characters opened last weekend in Spain and Japan, bringing its international total to $106.1m. It has been on release for 12 weeks since its international debut in Australia on July 13.The film took $2.035m from 302 screens in Spain and $3.6m from 267 screens in Japan over la