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18 February 2004

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  • ... while Nelson Mandela is invited to open Cannes

    South Africa's Department of Arts and Culture and National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is preparing for a very special Cannes Film Festival this year - after enjoying successful profiles at both Rotterdam and Berlin.This year's Cannes will feature a special focus on South Africa, celebrating its ten years of democracy.Ex-President Nelson Mandela has been invited by Cannes president Gilles Jacob to officially open the festival, and the NFVF is currently liaising with Mandela
  • 20:30:40

    Dir: Silvia Chang. Taiwan-Hong Kong. 2004. 109mins.A cinematic weave of contemporary Asian women's stories, 20:30:40 is also a star vehicle for its three female protagonists. Sylvia Chang (who also directed and co-wrote), Rene Liu and Lee Sinje, each half a generation apart, have a cross-border appeal that stretches from Taiwan via Hong Kong to Malaysia, both as actresses and as pop singers. Add male stars Leung, Wong and Ren and a peppy but original girlpower storylin
  • Ae Fond Kiss

    Dir: Ken Loach. UK-It-Ger-Sp. 2004. 103 mins.Ken Loach is famous for shooting in sequence and not revealing key plot details to his actors beforehand, in order to catch the freshness of their shock or anger unfiltered by rehearsal. It's been a while since he's startled his fans in the same way. Every 18 months or so, sometimes less, we get a new slice of Loachian social realism. The only surprise in recent years has been how badly the director does foreign settings, how preac
  • Amnesty to launch film prize at Berlinale 2005

    Amnesty International is to launch a new prize at the Berlinale next year for films dealing with subjects such as human rights and human dignity.The Amnesty International Film Award is being launched to put these films in the spotlight, to offer them a larger audience and to encourage committed filmmakers.Starting in 2005, the prize will also be awarded at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and CPH:DOX in Co
  • Arclight strikes Beautiful deal with GMM

    Australo-British sales company Arclight Films has picked up world sales rights to Beautiful Boxer, the Thai drama about a kickboxer who fought to earn money for a sex change that appears in Berlin's Panorama section. The deal is expected to be the beginning of a long-term relationship between Arclight and leading producer GMM Pictures."We are very happy that [Arclight managing director] Gary Hamilton was able to see the mainstream potential of my film," said Ekachai Uekrongtham,
  • Ariel Veneziano joins Greene Street as sales head

    Ariel Veneziano has joined GreeneStreet Films International (GFI)as vice president, where his chief duties will include supervising thedivision's marketing, distribution and administrative functions andselling all GreeneStreet Films and Raw Nerve productions in select territories.

    The top film in the charts, Stuck On You from 20th Century Fox, took A$1,606,200 from 192 screens in its first weekend. That was over $400,000 more in ticket sales than second placed, Under The Tuscan Sun, but being on 110 screens it was not so accessible to audiences. The BVI film had the most impressive screen average of the weekend at A$10,849.Columbia TriStar's Big Fish, which opened last weekend, was pushed off the top spot by this pair of films. In fourth pla
  • Bavaria enjoys Berlin business

    Bavaria Film International (BFI) reported "good business" at this year's Berlinale and European Film Market despite the fact that its films were scheduled quite late into the festival programme.Deals on the Golden Bear winner Head-On by Fatih Akin were closed with Spain (Golem), Italy (BIM Distribuzione), Benelux (Cinemien), Turkey (R-Films), Greece (Rosebud), Israel (Orlando), Switzerland (Cineworx) and Austria (Polyfilm), while Finnish distributor Future Films picked up pan-Sc
  • Beautiful Country

    Dir: Hans Petter Moland. Norway/US. 2004. 126 mins.A beautifully photographed but dramatically clunky saga about a Vietnamese war child's journey to rejoin his father in America, Beautiful Country is as much Terence Malick's film as it is that of Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland. Malick wrote the treatment, co-produced and invited Moland to take on the Murray-Gross screenplay after seeing his last film, the Norway-to-Scotland road movie Aberdeen. Moland has
  • Belgrade film festival becomes theatrical distributor

    The Belgrade International Film Festival has become a theatrical distributor by acquiring rights for Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia to Berlinale Golden Bear winner Head On.The film's first outing in the region will be at the 32nd Belgrade International Film Festival- FEST, (Feb 27 - Mar 7).For the past 12 years, Serbian audiences had to wait for the Festival of Auteur Films which takes place in November to see the favourites from Berlin, Ve
  • Belleville wins best film prize at France's Lumieres.

    Belleville Rendez-Vous (Les Triplettes De Belleville) received the Lumiere Award for best film of 2003 on Tuesday night in Paris.The film is nominated for three Cesars later this month as well as two Oscars in the best animated film and best original song categories.The Lumieres are France's equivalent to the Golden Globes, handed out by the foreign press based in Paris.Alain Resnais took the statue for best direction for his musical comedy Pas Sur La Bouche
  • Berlinale's Bears full of surprises

    In a surprise win, Turkish/German director Fatih Akin's Head On received the Golden Bear at Saturday night's Berlinale awards ceremony - the first German film to win in Berlin since 1986.Other surprises included the shared best actress award, which along with favourite Charlize Theron for Monster honoured newcomer Catalina Sandino Moreno, for her role in Joshua Marston's Maria Full Of Grace.The members of the International Jury Frances McDormand (Jury Presi
  • Berlusconi benefits as Italy passes controversial media law

    The Italian Parliament has finally passed the government's controversial Gasparri media law, which critics say will pump an extra Euros 163m into Silvio Berlusconi's companies.The law, which paves the way for digital TV transmission, will save Berlusconi's Rete 4 from shifting to satellite Tv, and will allow state channel Rai 3 to continue to collect advertising revenue.Provisions had been made by previous centre-left governments to transfer Rete 4 to satellite TV, thereby free
  • Bill Nighy joins voice cast of Magic Roundabout

    Pathe has signed Bill Nighy - to voice the character of the rabbit, Dylan, for its CGI animated feature The Magic Roundabout.Nighy rounds out the previously announced voice cast members for the film of The Magic Roundabout, which is based on the classic cult TV series of the same name, created in the late 60s by Serge Danot.Other voices include, Tom Baker (ZeeBad); Jim Broadbent (Brian); Joanna Lumley (Ermintrude); Kylie Minogue (Florence); Bill Nighy (Dylan); Ric
  • Blueberry

    Dir: Jan Kounen. Fr-UK-Mex. 2004. 122 mins.Blueberry is not so much a Gallic makeover of the spaghetti western ' shot in Mexico ' as a feature-length commercial for Indian shamanism, a sort of special effects-driven Dances With Spirits, in which the audience is asked not so much to thrill to the hero's physical adventures as to get high on his spiritual quest. Though Jan Kounen's Euros 35m English-language film is nominally based on a famous French comic strip s
  • Borries' Thoughts excite buyers

    Achim von Borries' Love In Thoughts (Was Nuetzt Die Liebe In Gedanken) has been sold by Beta Cinema to Japan's New Select Co. and Brazil's Next EntertainmentThe film, which had its European premiere in the Berlinale's Panorama section as a Panorama Special, has also been picked up by Israel's Gil Productions. Beta Cinema's head of theatrical sales/acquisitions Andreas Rothbauer revealed that he has "several interested parties" for Spanish speaking Latin America and would like to
  • British industry rocked by $375m equity cull

    The British filmindustry has been left in a state of shock following the surprise announcementthis week that tax authority the Inland Revenue is pulling down the"guillotine" on the UK's tax equity funds.Veteran producerJeremy Thomas warned that the move would have "major implications"for employment in the UK industry.Pointing out thatup to £200m ($375m) in production volume is likely to be lost, Thomassaid the "the whole infrastructure of the film industry has been rampedup" to
  • Broadbent, Czernin exit Mission

    UK-based producers Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin are leaving Mission Pictures, the UK-US production company Broadbent founded with Andrew Hauptman and Damian Jones.Mission has simultaneously beefed up its US office, promoting Tracy Falco from vice president of production to senior vice president. Falco, who previously spent six years at Ted Demme's Spanky Pictures, will work alongside Hauptman from Los Angeles in all creative areas of the company, which is focusing on its original
  • Buyers sing to Choristes tune

    A deal for North American rights to French film Les Choristes is imminent.Sales house Pathe International enjoyed high levels of interest in Berlin where the Market title was one of the few to unite buyers.Pathe is believed to have received a firm offer from Miramax. Executives were confident of a second studio-level bid, having left Berlin early to screen Les Choristes again for an unnamed company in Paris on Thursday.Sources close to Pathe said they expect
  • Capitol gets A Touch Of Spice

    UK-based sales agent Capitol Films has acquired worldwide rights to Greek sensation A Touch Of Spice.The story of a Greek boy growing up in Istanbul has already grossed more than $11m in Greece and is still at the top end of the charts after 16 weeks.Produced by Village Roadshow Productions, the film won eight National Film Awards including best picture, director and script.Capitol will have a premiere market screening at the AFM.
  • Cheaper makes Fox richer with $3.3m opening in UK

    FoxInternational's comedy Cheaper By The Dozen opened top in the UK at the weekend on$3.3m (including previews) from 364 screens.The picture alsoopened in Korea on $204,000 from 70. Overall it added $4.5m from 1,137 screensto raise its international running total to $19.2m.The comedy StuckOn You opened top inAustralia on $1.2m from 192 screens. Overall it added $1.9m from 597 screensfor a $23.4m cumulative score.Master And Commander: TheFar Side Of The Wo
  • Columbia TriStar ups Indian release slate

    Columbia Tristar's Indian office is to release 40 new films this year, 10 more than last year. Among the films scheduled to be released are Spiderman 2, Hell Boy and Anaconda 2.Spiderman 2 will have a 250 print release - the largest ever for a Hollywood movie in India. Previously, Spiderman grossed $ 6m, while Anaconda grossed $4m in India.Columbia has also tied up with Disney to release 10 Disney features in India this year including
  • Co-Production Office boards Jesus You Know

    Upscale French sales and production outfit The Co-Production Office has boarded Ulrich Seidel's, Jesus You Know, which last year won the best documentary award at Karlovy Vary.The film takes a darkly comical look at five Austrians and their own, highly individualistic communion with God. Characters range from a student who tells Jesus his erotic fantasies, to the retired teacher who yearns for revenge and the housewife who complains to God about her husband's inability to choose
  • Croff guarantees Biennale autonomy

    Hours after his appointment was finally confirmed by the Italian parliament, new Venice Biennale president Davide Croff issued a statement saying that he intends to "guarantee the Biennale's autonomy" and appoint a festival director as soon as possible."The Venice Biennale needs stability and transparency at this delicate time. I therefore intend to guarantee its autonomy and respect schedules," Croff said after the Parliamentary commission ratified his appointment on Wednesday.
  • De Luca to step down at DreamWorks after two-and-half years

    DreamWorks head ofproduction Michael De Luca is set to vacate his post in June and will bereplaced by the studio's longtime production executive Adam Goodman."Michael has been anextremely positive force at DreamWorks," company co-head Walter F Parkes saidin a statement."He is an extraordinarycreative executive and a wonderful collaborator and we appreciate thecontributions he has made to the studio during the past two and a half years."Parkes and fellow co-headLaurie MacD
  • Delpy lines up dark directorial debuts

    In Berlin with competition title Before Sunset, actress Julie Delpy has revealed further details of her two new directorial projects, both of which are slated to feature roles for her Before Sunset co-star, Ethan Hawke.The $4m Tell Me is a modern fairy tale about a woman trapped with a man who could potentially kill her. To save her life, she tells the man stories. Adam Goldberg and Michael Rapaport are attached to the project, which is being represented internatio
  • Disney buys the rights to Muppets from Henson Co

    The Walt DisneyCo said yesterday (Feb 17) it had agreed to buy the characters from The Muppets andBear In The Big Blue House from the Jim Henson Co.Disney isexpected to relaunch the characters, which include Kermit The Frog and MissPiggy, through a new television series and special shows.The media gianthas courted Henson's Muppets for several decades but pulled away when Hensondied in 1990. The German media company EM TV subsequently bought thecharacters, only to sell them back
  • Dogme retains its bite

    Often thought to be on the verge of extinction, the Danish Dogme-movement fathered by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg back in 1995, is as alive and kicking as ever.The success of Annette K. Olesen's Berlin competition entry In Your Hands, which despite its dark themes won acclaim after screening on Sunday, has convinced Zentropa and Nimbus Film that they have no reason to stop producing Dogme films.Sales so far include Triangle Film for Sweden, Budapest Film for Hung
  • DVD sell-through market surges in Germany and France

    Confirming the inexorable growth in the global DVD market, latest figures from Germany and France show DVD sell-through growth towering over both the rental and video sectors.The German home entertainment industry posted a year-on-year growth of 11% in revenues to Euros 1.555 bn in 2003, according to Bundesverband Audiovisuelle Medien (BVV).BVV reported that the results for the sell-through market were "particularly impressive": overall turnover from the sale of DVDs and videos
  • Echo Bridge to launch at AFM, armed with PM library and 94 CineTel titles

    Veteran entertainment industry executives Michael Alexander, DougHamilton, Michael Rosenblatt and Lucie Salhany have teamed up to form the worldwidesales and distribution company Echo Bridge Entertainment.
  • EFM chief examines market capacity

    Beki Probst, European Film Market (EFM) chief, has had more meetings during this year's edition of the market than in any other previous EFM.She now seems more convinced of the case for expansion, but remains concerned to pick the right way forward."Either we stay [in the existing building] or we go. People talk about getting bigger - and I have had a few meeting with US companies interested for next year - but I want facts," said Probst. "I'm concerned that we keep our touch, w
  • F For Film goes South

    French sales agent F For Film has picked up international rights to The South (Het Zuiden), the film by Martin Koolhoven that featured in the main programme of the recent Rotterdam festival.The film is an intense character study about the owner of an industrial laundry and has been described as an 'emotional masterpiece,' by some. F For Film chief, Margarita Seguy said: 'we only picked it up in Berlin so it is to early to talk of deals. But we have a lot of interest.'The
  • Festival kickstarts Timebandits journey

    The Berlinale has served as the ideal showcase for the new German distributor Timebandits films, which has four films showing in the festival's different sections.While Fatih Akin's new feature Head-On (Gegen Die Wand) premiered in the Official Competition section, Andres Veiel's documentary Die Spielwuetigen unspooled in the Panorama, Felix Randau's Northern Star in the German Cinema market sidebar and Andrea Schuler and Oliver Ruts' Blue Skin (Flammend' Herz
  • First Look beefs up US home entertainment arm with two key hires

    First Look HomeEntertainment, a division of First Look Media, has hired two key members ofLions Gate Home Entertainment's sell-through team, with Michael L Katchmanjoining as vice president of sales, sell-thru, and Marty Dattilo as salesmanager, sell-thru.Katchman will reportdirectly to Bill Bromiley, senior vice president of First Look HomeEntertainment, and Dattilo will report to Katchman.Both men are video industryveterans of more than 15 years. Katchman served as vice presid
  • Fox plans movie based on BRATZ fashion dolls

    Twentieth Century Fox has optioned live-action/animation featurefilm rights for MGA Entertainment's best-selling BRATZ fashion dolls while 20thCentury Home Entertainment has already started production on a direct-to-videospin-off.

    Comedy Les 11 Commandements heads the box office this week nearly breaking the 1 million admissions barrier with its Jackass-inspired stunts pushing local caveman romp RRRrrrr !!! down to number 3.Disney's Brother Bear holds its number two position only dropping off by 16% in its second week.New US arrivals Peter Pan and Something's Gotta Give enter the top ten at 4 and 5 respectively with the latter doing healthy business at $6,446 per
  • France, Spain lead the field at CARTOON 2004

    France and Spain have the largest number of animation projects and finished works being presented at this year's CARTOON MOVIE forum to be held at the Babelsberg Studios from March 11-13.French producers are represented with eleven works including Les Armateurs' Les Triplettes De Belleville, Prima Linea Productions' U and Lardux Films' Nuages, while eight Spanish features are being pitched by companies like Filmax Animation (Donkey Xote), Accio (Flying He

    The smile was wiped off Mona Lisa's face last weekend when Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton arrived in town with Something's Gotta Give to take pole position away from the Columbia TriStar release. The romantic comedy which had been shown in the Berlinale's official section with Nicholson and Keaton in attendance, clocked up an impressive $7,683 average from 536 screens to take $ 4.1m.Another Berlinale competition film Ron Howard's The Missing also made the most of the fes
  • Germany's Ottfilm goes under

    After months of speculation about its future, German independent distributor Ottfilm has filed for insolvency, with the German press quoting managing director Christoph Ott as saying that the insolvency had been triggered by a "breach of contract on the part of investors". Business at the Berlin-based outfit will nevertheless continue for the time being while an insolvency administrator is appointed.In recent months, Ottfilm had reduced its staff to a bare minimum and concentrated only
  • GreeneStreet to tackle New York Cosmos documentary

    New York-based financing andproduction house GreeneStreet Films is teaming up with Passion Pictures andCactus Three on its first documentary Once In A Lifetime, which charts the rise and fall of the New YorkCosmos soccer team.Principal photographyrecently began in New York and filming will continue in Florida, London andother international locations.John Battsek, who producedthe Oscar-winning documentary One Day In September in 2000, is producing and GreeneStreet F
  • Hanway tipped to handle Foresight slate

    HanWay (owned by Jeremy Thomas) is emerging as the prime candidate to handle international sales on many of the films made through Foresight Film, the new Section 48 production fund launched by Prescience Film Finance that aims to raise £10m for a £40m film slate in the 2004/2005 tax year.Earlier this week, Prescience Film Finance confirmed it had concluded production arrangements with Jeremy Thomas's Recorded Picture Company, Andrew Eaton and Michael Winterbottom's Revolution, Richar
  • Hayek to write, direct and star in Mexican comedy

    Mexican actress Salma Hayek is poised to return to Mexico where she may direct and play the lead in a comedy she is presently co writing.Guadalajara, Mexico-based Anhelo Films will co produce El Hombre De La Casa Enfrente along with Hayek's Los Angeles-based company Ventanarosa Productions.Initially launched by director Alfonso Cuaron and partner Jorge Vergara to produce international hit Y Tu Mama Tambien, Anhelo Films has since made two other features, Cronica
  • Head On (Gegen die Wand)

    Dir. Fatih Akin. Germany. 2004. 120 mins.Reinforced by this year's Golden Bear award, Fatih Akin's reputation as the foremost exponent of emigrant life in Germany shines through in this tale of a mismatched couple, one a 20-year-old rebellious girl of Turkish origin, the other a self-destructive drunk twice her age who she literally forces into marriage. Unfolding against Hamburg's underbelly of foul back alleys and cheap bars, with two dedicated actors pulling out the stops

    A Kind Of America director Gabor Herendi's second feature, Hungarian Vagabond has taken the Hungarian box office by storm. The film attracted over 65,000 admissions over its opening weekend - finally pushing the final installment of the LOTR trilogy off the top spot, in the fifth week after its release.Herendi's film is a feature-length Hungarian Monty Python-esque comedy working around verbal jokes connected to various events of Hungarian history - and is clearly a huge

    Hungary's new distributor, Intersonic which debuted with the release of Snowboarder and with the help of well established Mokep, failed to pick the right film to make an impact on the audiences, Snowboarder didn't even attract one thousand admissions.Meanwhile SPI's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieved a decent opening for a horror film with its nearly 6,000 admissions while the third LOTR episode is still producing nearly 20,000 admissions in the sixth week
  • Imax puts 3-D movie to DVD for the first time through Warner

    Warner Home Video willrelease the Imax 3D film Space Station on DVD, the first-everImax 3D title to be released in the video domain. The DVD, which will bedistributed in both 2D and 3D capabilities, will go into the domestic market inthe fourth quarter of 2004.However, consumers hoping tosee the 3D version will have to go the extra mile and acquire a technologicalbridge, a specially-designed set-top box that relays the infra-red signals to3D glasses like those required fo
  • In America and Eternal Sunshine bookend Bermuda fest

    Jim Sheridan's award-winning drama In America will open the 2004 Bermuda InternationalFilm Festival (BIFF) on Mar 19 while Michael Gondry's romantic comedy EternalSunshine Of The Spotless Mind and David Mackenzie's Young Adam will close the event on Mar 25.
  • Indican buys US rights to Carlos Castaneda doc

    Los Angeles-based IndicanPictures has acquired US rights to Ralph Torjan's documentary CarlosCastaneda: Engima Of A Sorcerer,which charts the life and legacy of one of the founders of New Age philosophy.Through interviews withfollowers, friends and members of Castaneda's inner circle, the film traces theMexican's cult following and assesses his impact on global thinking. A UStheatrical release is expected later this year.Randolph Kret and Dan Hillnegotiated on behalf of I
  • Indie Circle finds Paradise

    Completed yesterday, one of the most interesting deals so far this European Film Market involved a film which may only be ready for Berlin 2005.Paradise Now, a personal journey by two people become suicide bombers is being directed by Dutch-Palestinian Hany Abou Assad, who previously made Rana's Wedding.Sold by Celluloid Dreams, Paradise Now was picked up by the five distributors which make up buying alliance Indie Circle: A-Film in The Netherlands, Cineart/
  • Intertainment and Kopelson go separate ways

    German rights trader Intertainment and US production company Kopelson Entertainment have mutually agreed to terminate their deal to finance a slate of big budget pictures.According to a statement, the step - effective from Feb 11 - was taken "because of Intertainment's cost-cutting requirements interfering with the production requirements of Kopelson Entertainment."The cost-cutting is a result of the ongoing litigation against Franchise Pictures concerning allegedly fraudulently
  • Irish Censor issues statement on Gibson's Passion

    The Irish Film Censor, John Kelleher, has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release which sets out the reasoning behind his granting of a 15PG certificate for Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ.The statement [see below] deals with the issue of the film's purported anti-semitism, and with the film's graphic representation of the violence visited on Jesus Christ in his last hours.In Ireland the office of Film Censor operates under the aegis of the Department of
  • Irish Film Institute announces honourees, travelling programme

    The Irish Film Institute (IFI) has announced that the recipients of its 2004 awards for outstanding contribution to Irish film are Brendan McCaul, vice president and general manager of Buena Vista International, Ireland, and Rod Stoneman, director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media and former chief executive of the Irish Film Board.The awards will be presented on February 24 by the minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism, John O'Donoghue. The minister will also present the IF
  • Italians return laden from Berlin

    In a swathe of deals closed by Italian distributors in Berlin, Rome's Istituto Luce has snapped up all Italian distribution rights to two of the festival's hottest titles, including Argentine director Daniel Burman's Lost Embrace - which won the Jury Grand Prix and the Best Actor Silver Bear at last week's Berlin Film Festival.Luce also picked up Italian rights to HBO title Maria Full Of Grace, Joshua Marston's Sundance hit about the seventeen-year-old Maria who tries to

    Three Italian films were released last weekend - although none of them performed outstandingly well.Ciro Ippolito's Italian title Vaniglia E Cioccolato, which stars Il Postino actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta as a wife who leaves her unfaithful husband in a desperate bid to save their marriage, opened at number 8 at the box office, grossing $ 314,009. Distributed by Warner Bros Italia, the film, which also features TV star -of-the-moment Alessandro Prezioso, opened on 144 screens,
  • Jackson, Weir are Bafta's King and Master

    Sunday night's BAFTA Awards threw up almost as many surprises as Saturday's Berlinale Golden Bears.While The Return Of The King was always a hot favourite for best film; that Master And Commander could equal its awards tally was less predictable. And while Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson were tipped for the acting gongs, Emily Young's Carl Foreman Award and Tom McCarthy's best original screenplay award for The Station Agent were unpredictable, albeit worthy, sur
  • Jingzhe team stalks White Deer

    Chinese film The Story Of Er Mei (Jingzhe) that features in Berlinale's Panorama Special, could be a dry run for a big-budget epic that has eluded a number of China's top-name directors.Jingzhe's director Wang Quanan, star Yu Nan and the powerful Xi'an Film Studio Corp plan to re-team to make Bai Lu Yuan (literally Plains Of The White Deer), a story set in North West China and running from the fall of the last emperor in 1911 through to the Cultural Revoluti
  • John Davis named producer of the year at ShoWest 2004

    Veteran producer John Davis, whose credits include The Firm,Predator and Heartbreakers, is to receive the ShoWest 2004 Producerof the Year at the annual exhibitors convention in Las Vegas next month.
  • Karma leads Hong Kong Film Award nominations

    Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai's action comedy Running On Karma leads the race for this year's Hong Kong Film Awards with 13 nominations, although the second instalment in Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs trilogy is close behind with 12 nods.Running On Karma, which stars Andy Lau as a bodybuilder monk, picked up nominations for best film, best director, best screenplay, best actor for Lau and best actress for Cecilia Cheung, among other nods.Crime thril
  • King is king in Japan with $11.1m two-day take

    The Lord OfThe Rings: The Return Of The King opened top in Japan at the weekend on $11.1m from 729 screens, asthe picture grossed $21.7m from 4,128 screens in 60 markets to boost itsinternational running total to $618.4m.Including lastweekend's previews New Line International's fantasy finale grossed $14.7m inJapan through Nippon Herald. The two-day $11.1m figure was 37% bigger than TheTwo Towers and 70%bigger than The Fellowship Of The Ring.As of Feb 16 the
  • Korea looks to crowded spring release schedule

    For full listings click HERESouth Korea has seen a large number of films wrap shooting last month, foreshadowing a crowded release schedule in late spring.The list includes a number of Cannes hopefuls, such as arthouse favourite Hong Sang-soo's fifth feature Woman Is The Future Of Man. Having two times presented features in the Un Certain Regard section -- The Power Of Kangwon Province
  • Kosslick mulls market future, festival dates

    Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick declared himself "very pleased" with the running of this year's edition which had "conceptually achieved everything we wanted to."Speaking exclusively to, Kosslick described the official competition as a "varied programme of old masters and young first-time directors" and pointed out that the focuses on South Africa and Latin America had "functioned very well" as had the second outing for the Talent Campus with a 552 participant
  • Law is male star of the year at ShoWest

    Jude Law has been named ShoWest2004 Male Star of the Year and will receive his accolade at the exhibitors'conference, which runs in Las Vegas from Mar 22-25."In this day andage it's quite a compliment to note that there is no such thing as a typicalJude Law character or role, as witnessed by his incredibly diversifiedperformances in The Talented Mr Ripley, AI Artificial Intelligence, The RoadTo Perdition and nowwith Cold Mountain
  • Learning to love the critics

    Is there a crisis in European film criticism' That was one key question being asked during Friday's European Film Academy event, "How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Critics."Panellist Ken Loach (in Berlin with competition entry Ae Fond Kiss) blamed the decline in critical standards on "market forces - the need to be popular, to be trivial, to be celebrity-driven'is part of a pattern led by the owners filtered through the editors down to the journalists they hire."
  • Leconte Berlin favourite goes to Paramount Classics

    Paramount Classics hasclosed a deal for multiple territory rights on Berlin Film Festival favourite ConfidencesTrop Intimes (aka IntimateStrangers). The studio specializedarm has bought rights in North America, Latin America, Australia/New Zealandand Japan from sales outfit StudioCanal.The film is directed byPatrice Leconte whose 1999 movie Girl On The Bridge and last year's Man On A Train were both substantial arthouse hits for ParamountClassics. Classics p
  • Les Choristes

    Dir: Christophe Barratier. France. 2003. 95 mins.The hottest ticket at the European Film Market in Berlin this year, Les Choristes is the kind of heart-warming, sentimental yarn that some critics might look down on but which crowds are bound to queue around the block for. Fictionally covering the same territory as the tremendously successful documentary Etre Et Avoir, this tale of an unemployed music teacher, hired as the supervisor of a correctional school wher
  • Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido)

    Dir Daniel Burman Argentina/France/Italy/Spain. 2003. 101 mins.Argentinian director Daniel Burman's fourth feature, which picked up the Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear at this year's Berlinale, is a bittersweet comedy of national, personal and religious identity set in a Jewish inner city suburb of Buenos Aires at the low point of the country's economic slump. Though it deals with serious subjects - lost fathers, lost love, the strategies we use to define who we are - the film's
  • Major, Bumstead pick up honours from ADG

    Grant Major wonthe Art Directors' Guild Excellence in Production Design and Art Directionaward for a period or fantasy film for The Lord Of The Rings: The Return OfThe King at the weekend.Henry Bumsteadpicked up the contemporary film trophy for his work on Mystic River.Among otherhonorees at the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles were Pixarwunderkind John Lasseter (Toy Story) for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery an
  • Mar del Plata chief embarks on Village shoot

    Miguel Pereira, head of Latin America's leading film festival, Mar del Plata, is due to start principal photography on his latest feature film days after the festival closes.He is in Berlin this week helping artistic producer Mauro Andrizzi put the finishing touches to the festival line-up. Twelve films have been selected for the competition line-up with four further slots still to be filled.The cameras roll on Pereira's The Man Who Came To A Village in his home town, Juj
  • Master And Commander sails off with London Critics awards

    Master And Commander was the toast of last night at the 24th London Film Critics Circle Awards taking away Best Film, Best British Actor for Paul Bettany and Best Screenwriter for John Collee and Peter Weir.The other winners of the night included Mystic River for Best Director and Best Actor and The Magdalene Sisters for Best British Film and Best British DirectorEmma Thompson and Bill Nighy were both awarded in the Supporting Actor categories for Love Ac
  • Mendes unveils debut Scamp slate

    Oscar winningdirector Sam Mendes has launched Scamp Film And Theatre, a new London basedfilm and theatre production company with co-directors Pippa Harris and CaroNewling.The company hasalso unveiled a high profile film development slate, which includes projectsfrom some of the UK's top TV dramatists such as Paul Abbott, David Yatesand Peter Moffatt (see list, below).Harris, formerlyhead of drama commissioning at the BBC, is in charge of the film division ofthe company.Ne
  • Mendes unveils Scamp debut slate

    Oscar winningdirector Sam Mendes has launched Scamp Film And Theatre, a new London basedfilm and theatre production company with co-directors Pippa Harris and CaroNewling.The company hasalso unveiled a high profile film development slate, which includes projectsfrom some of the UK's top TV dramatists such as Paul Abbott, David Yatesand Peter Moffatt (see list, below).Harris, formerlyhead of drama commissioning at the BBC, is in charge of the film division ofthe company.Ne
  • Miramax snaps up Les Choristes

    The hottest title at the European Film Market in Berlin this year, Les Choristes has been snapped up by Miramax.In a deal completed on Saturday, the US mini-studio acquired rights for North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.The first-time film directed by Christophe Barratier was screened on Monday (9 Feb) last week and immediately struck a chord with buyers from around the world. After an extra screening in Paris on Thursday, sales agent Pathe Internation
  • Miramax takes EFM favourite Les Choristes

    Miramax Films has acquiredmultiple territory rights to Les Choristes, the hottest film at the European Film Market in Berlin this year.Miramax bought rights to the feelgood drama in North America, Latin America,Australia and New Zealand from Pathe International.Directed by ChristopheBarratier and written by Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval, the film is setin 1948 and tells the story of a music teacher who finds a job as a supervisorin a correctional boarding school for minors
  • Mona Lisa Smile adds $3.3m for Columbia TriStar

    Mona Lisa Smile grossed an estimated $3.3 from 1,920 screens for Columbia TriStarFilm Distributors International (CTFDI) at the weekend, raising its CTFDI totalto $39.9m and $48.6m industry-wide.
  • Music rocks Berlin's festival and market

    From the famous to the exotic, this year's Berlinale has been flooded with features and documentaries centering on music."I'm never just looking for portraits, but films with an original approach and the music documentaries we're screening this year have those bridging qualities," says Wieland Speck, the director of the Berlinale Panorama.He is referring to Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields' film about the world's first punk band, Ramones: End Of The Century, and Andrew Ho
  • Netherlands lays groundwork for film institute

    While there are plenty of individual Dutch film bodies, the Netherlands is one of the last of the mature European film markets to have an official Film Institute.However, with the launch of a Dutch independent film research initiative only three weeks away, the Dutch film industry is taking another step towards standardisation.The Dutch Filmfund, currently developing itself into a fully equipped Film Institute - to be operational in about five years time, is part of the research
  • New awards event planned for Asia-Pacific

    The Queensland Government and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) have announced that they are to create a new film and television awards event to be broadcast across the world."We want to create an annual televised event to acknowledge the outstanding work of producers, directors and actors, and the cultural diversity of film and television production in the Asia-Pacific region," said the newly re-elected Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie. One of his strategies is to foster the
  • New bidders emerge for UCI cinema circuit

    UK independent investment firm Terra Firma Capital Partners has expressed an interest in bidding for United Cinemas International (UCI) the multinational exhibition company owned by Vivendi Universal and Viacom, according to The Times newspaper.The move on the 120-site estate, which spans Europe, Asia and Latin America and is valued at an estimated £400m, has emerged as an early possible rival bid to that of UK property investor, Robert Tchenguiz, among others. Previously this month UC

    There was considerable jostling for the top spot over the weekend and at the final count there was just NZ$560 separating the two top films, both of which were officially on release for the first time.Under The Tuscan Sun was victorious with a gross of NZ$248,940 from 44 screens for BVI. Nibbling at its heels was Big Fish, which Columbia TriStar released on two less screens after a week of previews.Very close behind in third position was Roadshow's The Lord Of T
  • NonStop Entertainment acquires Berlin five

    Stockholm-based distributor NonStop Entertainment acquired five new titles at this month's Berlin Film Festival.It bought Stacy Peralta's surfing doc Riding Giants from StudioCanal, and will distribute the film in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.City Of Men, from Buena Onda Films, is a spin-off TV series of Fernando Mereilles' City Of God. NonStop Entertainment is distributing the series, about two boys and their daily life in the slum, in Swede

    In the limited release arena Fox Searchlight's NC-17 drama The Dreamers grossed $511,207 for a $714,458 total in its second week. It climbed nine places to 27th and expanded by 61 sites into 66.Sony Pictures Classics opened Francois Dupeyron's acclaimed drama Monsieur Ibrahim in 52nd place on $65,696, which translated into a very respectable $9,385 average from seven venues in Los Angeles and New York City.Omar Sharif stars as an Arab shopkeeper in Paris who strike

    Opening off the chart in 37th place this week, with $142,632, was Fox Searchlight's The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci's heady tale of sexual awakening at the time of the 1968 student riots in Paris.It opened in five New York and Los Angeles theatres for a superb $28,526 per-site average that defied both the NC-17 rating and lukewarm reviews. 'The release plan is classic platform,' Fox Searchlight's president of distribution Stephen Gilula told Screen International. 'We had the a
  • North by Northwest open to Eastern Europe

    North by Northwest, the popular Copenhagen-based training body for film professionals from across Europe, has expanded its pan European activities with a new programme, East of Eden.From its new Prague office, the programme is open to participants from all over Eastern Europe from Latvia to Poland, Cyprus and Slovenia.Deadline is Feb 29 and the three workshops for directors, screenwriters and producers will take place in Slovenia in April, Spain in June and Poland in October.
  • Ornstein Carter named executive director of Global Film Initiative

    Holly Ornstein Carter hasbeen named executive director of the Global Film Initiative (GFI), the NewYork-based non-profit organisation set up to promote cross-culturalunderstanding through cinema."Following the tremendoussuccess of our first-year, 14-city, major cultural institutional tour, it is apivotal time in our history as we look to expand and increase the impact of thisinnovative, educational, and cultural programme," GFI chair Susan Weeks Coultersaid in a statement."Holly
  • Paramount closes in on worldwide DVD rights to Metallica

    Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is understood to be closing inon worldwide DVD rights for the hotly contested Sundance documentary Metallica:Some Kind Of Monster,which has reportedly got international buyers in Berlin lining up fortheatrical rights. A domestic theatrical deal is also close, wit

    Following last week's new entry Symmetry, which brought Polish films back into the box office chart after a two month hiatus, last weekend saw another local feature top the chart.Co-distributed by ITI Cinema and Interfilm, Ryszard Zatorski's feature film debut Nigdy W Zyciu! achieved over 230,000 admissions over the weekend and has recorded 243,252 including previews.The comedy, which stars popular local actress Danuta Stenka, is based on a Polish book of the same
  • Premiere, Constantin conclude extensive deal

    Germany's digital pay TV platform Premiere and producer-distributor Constantin Film have concluded an extensive multi-year programming deal.The agreement covers such films as Constantin's current box office hit Lost In Translation, 21 Grams and Alexander, which are being theatrically released by Constantin Film, as well as all of Constantin's own output from 2004 to 2006 and completed productions including Maedchen, Maedchen 2, Wrong Turn and Die Autobahnraser
  • Revamped Rome cinema commission launched

    With a new private partner, Rome's Film Commission is ready to attract more international productions to the Italian capital by offering new and better financial incentives - just as the weakening dollar and high Euro are potentially putting off runaway productions.Rome's mayor Walter Veltroni has announced that the region's powerful association of private media companies (Distretto dell'audiovisivo e dell' ICT) has joined Cinecitta Studios and the local government as the third partner
  • Rings set for final theatrical outing in Japan

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King will notch up another milestone thisupcoming weekend when it passes $600m at the international box office.
  • Rohmer projects becoming 'unfinanceable'

    Europe's public sector film financiers got yet another skewering yesterday at the Triple Agent press conference, which was attended by actress Katerina Didaskalou .Long-time Eric Rohmer producer Francoise Etchegaray explained that the veteran French director's films are no longer finance-able in his native country.The Euros 5m indoor thriller had been made without support from France's National Film Centre (CNC) and was refused by other bodies including European cultural
  • Rohmer, Loach lead plaudits as Berlin divides critics

    With one official screening day to go, the critical consensus on this year's Berlinale competition might be summed up as "good but not outstanding".Opinions on the line-up ranged from Italian critic Fabio Ferzetti's "disappointing", through German critic Margaret Koehler's comment that this year's selection included "a lot of films that are neither good nor bad", to the more upbeat assessment of Nick James, editor of British film monthly Sight and Sound, who believes that "the competit
  • Sandler's back at number one for Valentine's Day

    Columbia's romantic comedy Fifty First Dates was the emphatic box office winner atthe weekend as it opened top on a superb estimated $41m - another smash hitopening for its star Adam Sandler.
  • Senator takes on sales of Gold Circle comedy starring Chris Klein

    Senator International will handle international sales on GoldCircle's high concept comedy The Long Weekend, which stars Chris Klein (AmericanPie) and Brendan Fehr (BikerBoyz, Final Destination).
  • Shadow acquires US rights for Lost Boys Of Sudan doc

    US independent distributorShadow Distribution has acquired Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk's acclaimeddocumentary Lost Boys Of Sudan,which was shortlisted for the Academy Award and has been nominated for anIFP/Independent Spirit Award.The story follows twoSudanese orphaned refugees who overcome lion attacks and militia gunfire toreach America, where they are confronted with suburbia and alienation.The film is due to open onFeb 18 at the Film Forum in New York City and on Mar 12
  • Showcase takes on Puerto Vallarta Squeeze for AFM

    ShowcaseEntertainment will be representing the thriller Puerto Vallarta Squeeze starring Scott Glenn and Harvey Keitelat the upcoming AFM, which kicks off in Santa Monica on Feb 25 and runs untilMar 3.Based on thenovel by Robert Waller (The Bridges Of Madison County) with a screenplay by the award-winningtelevision writer Richard Alfieri, the picture is described by director ArthurAllan Seidelman as "an exotic espionage-action-adventure - a thoroughlye
  • Smith rides Intandem with August

    Ex-Winchester boss Gary Smith yesterday announced that he was back in the film business with a new sales and production outfit, Intandem Films.The company is handling international rights on Bille August's thriller Return To Sender, the long-gestating project from writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (The World Is Not Enough) which recently started shooting in Copenhagen and Oklahoma.The film stars Connie Nielsen as a young woman on Death Row and Aidan Quinn as the
  • Something's hot for Warner with $16.1m weekend

    The romantic comedy Something's Gotta Give grossed an estimated $16.1m throughWarner Bros Pictures International at the weekend, raising its early cumulativetotal to an impressive $38.6m.
  • South African broadcaster to air 13 Indian films

    South Africa's public broadcaster SABC, is to air 13 Hindi films for the first time in its history this summer.The corporation has acquired films including Devdas, Bombay and Company, which will be subtitled in English and broadcast over 13 weeks starting April 3rd on TV3 Channel.Indian films are popular among the 2 million South Asian expat community in South Africa. In 2002 Amitabh Bachchan, who was recently appointed goodwill ambassador of South Africa, was giv
  • SOUTH KOREA Production Listings - February 17 2004

    SOUTH KOREA - February 17PRE-PRODUCTIONCHEONG-YEON(Cineline II) Backer/dist: Korea Pictures. Drama about Korea's first female aviator, who lived in the 1920s. Prod: Seok Myung-hong. Dir: Yoon Jong-chan. Scr: Lee In-hwa, Yoon Jong-chan. Main cast: Jang Jin-young, Kim Ju-hyuk, Yu Min. Shooting in China, Korea, and US from late February.Contact: Korea Pictures, (82) 2 3443 8738DALMAYA, SEOUL GAJA(Cineworld Entertainment) Co-prod: Tige
  • Spain's KanZaman strikes deal with Columbia TriStar

    Spanish production powerhouse KanZaman has signed a five-title distribution deal with Columbia TriStar Films of Spain for local theatrical and DVD/video rights.The deal includes three of KanZaman's high-profile international co-productions: Robert De Niro-starrer The Bridge Of San Luis Rey; Helen Hunt-starrer A Good Woman; and Willem Dafoe-starrer The Reckoning (Morality Play), which premieres in the US next March 5 through Paramount.It may also include KanZ
  • Ster-Kinekor embraces digital future

    South Africa's Ster-Kinekor has revealed that it is to roll out digital high definition (HD) film servers at five cinemas nationwide over the next few months. This is the first time in South African film history that full-length mainstream features will be screened in digital HD format.Three cinemas in Johannesburg and two in Cape Town will be fitted with digital HD projection equipment. In a recent first for SA, the company screened the African astrological feature documentary Cosm
  • Sundance programme alumnus Hartsfield wins Maryland Fellowship

    Caran Hartsfield's drama Bury Me Standing will receive the 2004 Producers Club ofMaryland Fellowship, set up to help a Sundance Institute Feature Film Programmealumnus with a feature project.
  • Survival prospects narrow for Dutch producer

    Oscar-winning Dutch producer First Floor Features and its sister company First Floor Films have been granted suspension of payment by the Amsterdam local court.During the suspension, which ends March 24th, company trustee Paul Schaink, affiliated to Lawyer's office Van Doorne, will assess the company's financial situation and future.Schaink says there are two options: "Either the suspension of payment will enroll into a bankruptcy, or a deal will be struck with the creditors."

    While Brother Bear sat solidly on the top of the Swedish chart, Scary Movie 3 maneuvered into second in front of Kjell Sundvall's action outing The Threat with a strong $5,514 screen average on its 60 prints.Meanwhile the veteran romance between Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton in Something's Gotta Give had to do with less on sixth, behind the local surprise hit The Ketchup Effect (Hip Hip Hora!) and The Return Of The King.For the second
  • Sweden's NonStop takes five Berlin titles

    Stockholm-based distributor NonStop Entertainment acquired five new titles at last week's Berlin Film Festival. The films include animated hits, a Sundance surfing doc and a spin-off to the Oscar-nominated City Of God.Stacy Peralta's Riding Giants, from Studio Canal, is an documentary about American surfing. It will be distributed in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.City Of Men, from Buena Onda Films, is a spin-off TV series of City Of God
  • Tarantino to preside over Cannes jury 2004...

    Quentin Tarantino will preside over the jury at the 57th CannesFilm Festival this May organizers announced Friday. The director follows in thefootsteps of Patrice Chereau, David Lynch, Liv Ullman and Luc Besson who have toppedthe jury respectively back to 2000.
  • The Final Cut

    Dir: Omar Naim. Italy. 2004. 104 mins.The best thing about this sci-fi thriller starring Robin Williams is its premise. The idea that advance in neurotechnology will one day allow us to video our whole lives from somewhere inside our brains throws up all kinds of issues about privacy, about the world being a stage, about how we edit and censor our own memories and about how one day someone else may do this job for us. But first-time writer-director Omar Naim has failed to tra
  • The Stratosphere Girl

    Dir/scr: M X Oxberg. Ger-UK-Fr-Switz-It. 2004. 92 mins.It's a chilly place, the stratosphere, and the air can get pretty rarefied. Nothing wrong with that, of course: but down here on earth, cinemagoers need a little character warmth and a little story oxygen, and the third feature by young German director M X Oxberg fails to supply either in sufficient quantities.The story of a young Belgian girl who draws manga-style comics and who gets caught up in the sordid ho
  • Third Swedish film icon dies this year

    The legendary Swedish actor/director Hasse Ekman has died at the age of 88. As the director of 41 feature films - from comedies and thrillers to love stories and melodramas - Ekman was one of Sweden's most prolific film makers.After his debut 1940 with comedy Med Dej I Mina Armar, Ekman soon became the great young hope of Swedish film. A couple of years later a competitor for the limelight emerged in Ingmar Bergman, a rivalry which became a driving force for both of them in the years
  • Tom Cruise serves as honorary chair at Independent Spirits

    Tom Cruise will serve as honorary chair for the 2004 IFPIndependent Spirit Awards, which are set to take place in Santa Monica on Feb28.
  • Translation takes $1m in Spain, Actually is top in Taiwan for Universal

    Universal's Love Actually opened top in Taiwan on a strong $235,000 from 60 prints,which includes $62,000 from previews.
  • Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow (To Livadi Pou Dakrisi)

    Dir. Theo Angelopoulos. Greece/France/Italy/Germany, 2004. 178mins.This majestic three hour-long epic, possibly the most abstract in Theo Angelopoulos' career, is unlikely to affect his position either in the eyes of ardent admirers, who consider him one of the last modernists in cinema, nor in the opinion of his detractors, who have always claimed his films are over-long, under-narrated, pretentiously artistic and ultimately soporific.The first chapter of an inten
  • Tupperware! movie in the works at Crossroads

    Crossroads Films has optioned film rights to Laurie Kahn-Leavitt'sdocumentary Tupperware!and plans to turn it into a narrative feature charting the history of therevolutionary kitchenware design.
  • Turkish films go Dutch

    Following a growing trend for Turkish successes in Germany, in the Netherlands Pathé has started programming a slate of Turkish comedies in two of its major cinemas: Amsterdam Arena and Rotterdam De Kuip.Head of programming Danielle Koot already calls the experiment 'a huge success' with 8,500 tickets sold over the first weekend and box office results of Euros 70,000.Every title, starting with Hababam Sinifi by Ertem Eglimez, a prior hit in German cinemas, will be pr
  • UK producers seek alternative film investment schemes

    The UK Film Council, together with representatives from BSAC and PACT, met yesterday with Inland Revenue officials and made the case for transitional arrangements following the changes to the rules covering losses through partnerships announced on 10 February.The Council proposed to the Revenue that transitional relief should be available to a film which is intended to be British qualifying, where all the financing partners are in place and where cash expenditure had already been commi

    The February half-term school holiday is a key date in the UK calendar and last weekend saw four children's titles launch in time for the lucrative session.Four of the past six years have seen February admissions exceed any other month in the year, including the last leap year, 2000, thanks largely to the school holiday week. 'It's the best holiday date of the year,' explains Alan North, sales director of Buena Vista International (BVI) UK which released The Haunted Mansion for
  • Von Trier Peace speech censored

    Speaking to Screen, Danish director Lars Von Trier has expressed surprise that his video-taped acceptance speech at Monday's Diamond for Peace Award was censored by the organisers.Von Trier, who is famously averse to flying, sent in a video speech critical of the Cinema For Peace committee.However, the tape was cut to remove the controversial passages.'If that had happened to anybody else but me, I would have been outraged,' said von Trier.Zentropa producer Vibeke
  • Warner Germany ties up X for a further 20 films

    Warner Bros Pictures Germanyhas extended its partnership with Germany's X-Filme and its distribution armX-Verleih in a long-term, multi-faceted distribution agreement covering up to20 films.
  • Warner Germany ties up X for a further 20 films

    Warner BrosPictures Germany has extended its partnership with Germany's X-Filme andits distribution arm X-Verleih in a long-term, multi-faceted distribution agreementcovering up to 20 films.The relationshipbegan in 2001 with the release of Connie Walter's romance Wie Feuer UndFlamme and has continued through to the recent successful theatrical, DVD andVHS distribution of Wolfgang Becker's award-winning comedy Goodbye Lenin!"We arelooking forward to continuing the g
  • We Don't Live Here Anymore

    Dir: John Curran. US. 2004. 104 mins.A superlative drama about adultery boasting four courageous lead performances, We Don't Live Here Anymore may not be the ideal date movie but it will still be an attractive draw for smart adult audiences around the world.Adapted from two short stories by Andre Dubus, the late novelist whose story Killings was previously filmed as In The Bedroom, the film is not as dour nor melancholy as that arthouse hit, instead f
  • Wim Wenders moves into theatrical distribution

    Peter Schwartzkopff and Wim Wenders' new company Reverse Angle Production is to enter the German theatrical distribution arena later this year.The first release by Berlin-based Reverse Angle Mediasales will be Wenders' contribution to The Blues series, Soul Of A Man, on May 6, followed by Richard Pearce's The Road To Memphis, Martin Scorsese's Feel Like Going Home, and Antoine Fuqua's concert film Lightning In A Bottle which has its world premiere as