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18 September 2000

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  • Alliance Atlantis bags Villeneuve, Freundlich pics

    Denis Villeneuve, director of Toronto festival hit, Maelstrom, has signed to direct a new production to be co-financed by Alliance Atlantis and Toronto-based Rhombus Media, the producers of Francois Girard's The Red Violin and Don McKellar's Last Night. The new film, Boyd, will roll next spring. It will be Villeneuve's third feature and his first in English, as well as his first time directing material not his own. Written by Nathan Morlando, Boyd (a workin
  • Alliance Atlantis forms TV venture with Zoetrope

    Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope has signed exclusive television development deals with Alliance Atlantis and Viacom Productions. The Viacom deal involves TV series while the Alliance Atlantis deal involves TV movies and miniseries. In a statement, Coppola said: "'series, mini-series, movies of the week, reality shows, live TV -- you name it, we're interested in it if we can be original."The company's TV movie credits includes the Emmy-winning The Odyssey and Moby Dic
  • Almost Famous shines at Olympics-struck box office

    The North American box office reached a stunning low over the weekend as the Olympic Games TV coverage began. The weekend grosses were down 33% from the same period last year and represent the lowest since Sept 11-13, 1998.Only DreamWorks SKG's Almost Famous - which is co-financed by Columbia TriStar in return for international rights - posted impressive numbers, grossing $2.3m at 131 theatres for a mighty average of $17,550. The movie, written and directed by Cameron Crowe and
  • Arctic Circle wins Athens and local distribution

    Julio Medem's The Lovers Of The Arctic Circle (Los Amantes Del Circulo Polar) secured the main prize at the Athens International Film Festival - and local distribution through Greek distributor Rosebud in a deal cut at the festival.The prize, awarded by festival audiences, came complete with a $6,000 purse to support the film's local distribution. Rosebud, headed by Zinos Panagotides, also picked up Sophia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, presented in the US indie ci
  • Baise-Moi, Dios head Gijon competition selection

    Spaniard Pablo Llorca's La Espalda De Dios and controversial French film Baise-Moi will competeat Spain's International Film Festival of Gijon.Known as the Spanish Sundance, the festival has also announced a sidebar dedicated to new Scottish cinema, which is co-sponsored by the British Council and Scottish Screen. Thestrand features films such as Gregory's Two Girls, The Debt Collector,Ratcatcher, Small Faces, Orphans and The James Ga
  • Blair Witch kicks off Jugendfilm re-release drive

    German distributorJugendfilm is to handle all re-releases of parent company Kinowelt, starting with another outing for The Blair Witch Project ahead of rivaldistributor Highlight's premiere of Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows.The re-release of the horror phenomenon will open on October 19 on more than 150 prints three weeks ahead of the film's follow-up. Jugendfilm now has access to 600 titles from thelibraries of Kinowelt and affiliated sub-labels such as Arthaus.
  • British indie awards unveil industry jury

    UK producer Michele Camarda, ICM London chief Duncan Heath and East Is East writer Ayub Khan Din are on the jury at this year's British Independent Film Awards.Joining them are producer and Civilian Content chief Richard Holmes, director Declan Lowney, sales executive Fiona Mitchell, producer Andy Paterson, actress Samantha Morton and distributor Rupert Preston. The annual event's third edition will be held on October 25 at London's Cafe Royal.Films qualifying must be intended f
  • Canada's Corus to buy Nelvana for $374m

    Corus Entertainment, one of Canada's leading media concerns, is to buy Canadian children's entertainment house Nelvana for $374m, the two companies announced on Monday.Boards at both companies have approved the acquisition, which was expected. Nelvana shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange climbed to record levels this week."Nelvana's focus - children's entertainment - is completely in line with Corus' strategy," said John Cassaday, president and chief executive officer of Corus.
  • Canadian cable player abandons Videotron bid

    Canadian cable leader Rogers Communications has abandoned its bid for Quebec-based rival Groupe Videotron.The move ends a six-month battle with publishing giant Quebecor and its powerful backer, pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec. Last month, Quebecor and the Caisse, through a jointly-held company, topped Rogers' February $26-per-share takeover offer with a $3.3bn all-cash offer worth approximately $30 per share. Under the terms of the Rogers offer - which was a
  • Dancer In The Dark disappoints in Scandinavia

    Dancer In The Dark, this year's Cannes Palme D'Or winner, had a disappointing opening when it was released last weekend (Sept 8) in Scandinavia - the first territory the drama-musical has played to a paying audience. Despite successful preview screenings of $180,223 (dkr1,562,965) in Denmark, mixed reviews are likely to have damaged von Trier's weekend opening. Its three-day gross of $103,102 from 49 screens - a screen average of just $2,104, put it in second place behind X-M
  • Deauville honours Girlfight

    The Deauville Festival of American Cinema has awarded its Grand Prix du Cinema Independent to Karyn Kusama's Sundance title Girlfight.But Christopher Nolan's Memento, the only Deauville competition title which did not premiere in Sundance, won no less than three prizes. The revenge story, which stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, walked away with the International Critics' Award, the Cine-Live Award and, in a tie with Ben Younger's Boiler Room, t
  • Dinosaur opens Leeds children's festival

    Walt Disney Co's Dinosaur gets its first UK public screening as the opening gala film for the Leeds Children's Film Festival (October 7-15).Opening the Leeds International Film Festival, which runs alongside the children's event, is Purely Belter, by Little Voice director Mark Herman. The Newcastle-based comedy makes its English premiere at the festival.The main festival, which kicks off on October 5, is divided into ten sections including the New Directors
  • Disney clamps down on R-rated marketing tactics

    Responding to a growing political storm in the US surrounding screen sex and violence, Walt Disney has decided to enforce stricter rules for the way that R-rated films released under its Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax Films labels are marketed, particularly towards children.Print advertising, trailers and web sites will now include a supplementary explanation for exactly why films like Scary Movie would have been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (
  • Dutton's Corner, Winfrey's Morrie surprise Emmys

    A change in the voting procedures in the major categories for the Emmy Awards resulted in several surprise winners over the weekend, among them multiple trophies for Charles Dutton's explicit mini-series The Corner and for the Oprah Winfrey-produced TV movie Tuesdays With Morrie. British stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard also won an Emmy for his writing, while Vanessa Redgrave added yet another acting honour to her collection of statuettes.Nearly four times as many voters se
  • DVD sales drive Italian video sector growth

    Italy's home video market grew 3% last year, buoyed by the blossoming DVD sector and an upswing in news-stand videocassette prices and rentals.The home-video market posted a turnover of approximately $575m in 1999, according to Univideo, Italy's home entertainment association. DVD sales soared, with a 450 % increase in sales over the previous year, 1.2 million discs sold and a turnover of $25m.Univideo secretary-general Davide Rossi said DVD sales were bolstered by the creation
  • Ex-Aurum chief Ramos lines-up slate for new outfit

    A romantic comedy from the hip Spanish directing duo Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes is set to be the first project to go through a new production company launched by former Aurum Producciones chief Francisco Ramos.Albacete and Menkes, whose credits include Atomica and Mas Que Amor, Frenesi, are to shoot the project in late January. Titled I Love You Baby, the project was developed at Aurum under Ramos and is co-scripted by popular young novelist Lucia Echevarria
  • Franchise to sell foreign rights to Magellan trio

    Franchise Pictures has signed a deal with LA-based production outfit Magellan Filmed Entertainment to handle international sales on three pictures kicking off with Rennie's Landing, a drama about four college friends starring Peter Facinelli, Ethan Embry, Scott Foley and Charlotte Ayana.The agreement marks the first time that Franchise has concluded a multi-picture deal with a single production outfit for foreign sales. Magellan will finance the films itself.Magellan, cha
  • Fuji Bank launches film funding drive

    Fuji Bank, one of Japan's largest city banks, is plunging into film financing in a drive to invest in the production of entertainment software, including films, animation and music. By the end of 2000, Fuji plans to expand its entertainment investments, reaching a year-on total of $9.5m. The bank is also devising a scheme for securitizing its entertainment software rights and selling shares to investors. The first target of its new investment strategy will be five animation proj
  • Gala takes Second Skin for UK

    UK distributor Gala Film Distribution has picked up UK rights to Second Skin (Segunda Piel), a Spanish language film starring Javier Bardem and produced by Lolafilms.Directed by veteran Gerardo Vera, the sexually-charged Skin features a cast including Volaverunt's Jordi Molla, Belle Epoque's Ariadna Gil and All About My Mother's Cecilia Roth. The film grossed over $3m on its Spanish release.Bardem received the best actor prize last weeke
  • Gaumont, UGC step up loyalty pass battle

    The French loyalty pass battle heated up this week as Gaumont linked up with MK2 and Cine Classiques to launch a common loyalty card, Le Passe. UGC is now also seeking to partner with independent exhibitors, starting with the Ritman theater operation.Le Passe is to be launched September 27, to coincide with the opening of Gaumont's Crimson Rivers (Les Rivieres Pourpres), the eagerly-awaited new film by Mathieu Kassovitz.Like UGC and Pathe's passes, the scheme will
  • Gaylord Films, Warner Bros sign co-financing pact

    Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Company, which last year bought Paris-based Pandora Cinema, has created a new company Gaylord Films and entered into a co-financing and production deal with Warner Bros Pictures which could result in as many as ten films over the next four years.Headed by veteran producer Hunt Lowry, Gaylord will produce and co-finance the films, while Warner Bros will co-finance and handle worldwide distribution. Gaylord also plans to earmark funds for pitch and s
  • Good Machine buys international rights to Series 7

    Good Machine International (GMI) has acquired international sales rights to Daniel Minahan's Series 7, a dark comic satire to which USA Films recently acquired domestic rights.The film - taking off the phenomenal success of such reality shows as Survivor and Big Brother - imagines that the highest-rated TV show is a fight to the death and that the winner of the $1m prize will literally be the only survivor.FilmFour Distribution, which is enjoying enormous su
  • Italian watchdog fines Stream, Telepiu

    Italy's communications watchdog has slapped a $130,000 fine onto rival pay-TV groups Stream and Telepiu for failing to agree to a single decoder that will allow viewers to freely zap from one channel to another.Communications chief Enzo Cheli ordered the two groups to undertake the necessary measures within the next ten days or risk further sanctions, according to Rome daily La Repubblica. Although the fine is unlikely to cause much damage to the TV giants, Cheli said he "defied them t
  • Lions Gate buys worldwide rights on comedy Vulgar

    Reflecting its ambitious expansion plan among North American independents, Lions Gate Films announced its second acquisition at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday, taking worldwide rights on Vulgar, the comedy starring and executive produced by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier, the talents behind Dogma, Chasing Amy and Clerks, and directed by Smith protege Bryan Johnson. The film reunites Lions Gate and Smith's company View Askew since Lions Gate released Smit
  • Lions Gate starts Canadian production services arm

    Lions Gate Entertainment and Vancouver-base CineGate Holdings have formed an equal joint venture production services company. CineGate Production Management Services which will cater to those film and television projects shooting in Canada that are accessing tax credits, particularly US studio productions. In a statement, Lions Gate vice chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer said the venture will provide not just a new revenue stream but help Lions Gate's distribution arm identify funded pro
  • Locarno appoints Solari as president

    The Locarno International Film Festival has appointed Marco Solari to succeed Giuseppe Buffi as president of the festival.Solari, an executive at the Swiss publishing house Ringier AG, will officially take over from the festival's committee of directors who had shared the president's duties after Buffi's sudden death on the eve of this year's event.The new president's first task will be to appoint a director for the Swiss festival, following Marco Mueller's resignation at the en
  • Maybe Baby opens Dinard British cinema festival

    Ben Elton's Maybe Baby opens the Dinard Festival Of British Film, which runs October 5-8.In the competition section, Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels' follow-up Snatch will square up to another much-anticipated, low-budget UK crowd-pleaser - Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot. Also up for the Hitchcock d'Or at the Brittany-based event are Peter Sheridan's Borstal Boy; Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1; Simon Cellan Jones' Some Voices; and
  • Mediaset to acquire Kirch stake

    Italian broadcaster Mediaset has announced that it will acquire a 2.48 % stake in its German partner, Kirch Media, underscoring both companies' aim to cement their film buying and production alliance, Epsilon.Additionally, Mediaset's board of directors approved a plan to increase the group's share in Spain's Telecinco by 5% to 45 %. Along with digging its teeth further into its European partners, Mediaset announced that its net consolidated profits had risen 15 % to almost $1.2 billion
  • Menemsha gets five new titles for worldwide sales

    Neil Friedman's Menemsha Entertainment has acquired worldwide distribution rights to five new international pictures, furthering the company's ambitions to become a prolific seller of foreign-language and independent film from around the world. To date, Friedman has handled hit festival titles including Train De Vie, Color Of Paradise and The Life And Times Of Hank Greenberg.The titles, all playing in the current Toronto International Film Festival, are:
  • Merci Pour Le Chocolat (Nightcap)

    Dir: Claude Chabrol. France-Switzerland. 2000. 100 mins. Prod co: MK2 Productions, Cab Productions in association with France 2 Cinema, Le Studio Canal +. Int'l Sales: MK2 Diffusion. Prod: Marin Karmitz. Scr: Caroline Eliacheff, Claude Chabrol based on the novel The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong. DoP: Renato Berta. Prod des: Yvon Crenn. Ed: Monique Fardoulis. Mus: Matthieu Chabrol. Main cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Anna Mouglalis, Rodolphe Pauly, Brigitte Catil
  • Mexican hit Amores Perros goes to Lions Gate in US

    Lions Gate Films has completed its deal to acquire all US and Canadian rights to Amores Perros, the critically lauded Mexican film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Lions Gate Films International took the film on for foreign sales prior to Cannes where it screened in Critics Week, winning the Grand Prize and the Prix de la Jeunesse. Lions Gate bought the film off Mexico's Alta Vista Films.The film screened this week at the Toronto International Film Festival and will appe
  • Navidi, Wilde raise financing

    Producers Barry Navidi and Manfred Wilde have raised $30m in equity for a slate of films through their production outfit Sun, Moon & Stars Entertainment, according to Navidi and Wilde.Navidi, whose producing credits include TV film Mr Corbett's Ghost, said the money was raised via private investors in Europe and Middle East, plus German tax shelter financing. He declined to reveal investors' identities.The first project using the equity financing to go into production is
  • Nelvana takeover, merger on cards

    Animation house Nelvana hasconfirmed it is in talks "to investigate the possibility of a businesscombination".The company's shares hit a record high on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday, climbing to $41.25, up $3.45. Trading volume reached approximately 350,000 shares.While Nelvana did not name the other party in the negotiations, rumours about a takeover point to France-based Corus Entertainment and Germany's Kinowelt Medien or EM.TV & Merchandising. A release issued by Ne
  • Nine Network strikes Paramount supply deal

    Australia's Nine Network has struck a supply deal with Paramount Pictures, securing the rights to half of the studio's theatrical output from 2000/01 and all of it from the following year.The Australian network is also gaining access to programming from the Paramount Television group up to the 2001/02 US broadcast season. The TV product is seen as a particular coup as movies are losing their pulling power due to the growth of pay-TV in the last few years.Paramount, which include
  • Odeon Films buys Andersson's Songs for Canada

    International sales company The Coproduction Office has sold Canadian rights to Roy Andersson's Cannes competition entry Songs From The Second Floor to Odeon Films, a subsidiary of Alliance Atlantis Communications.Latina Film in Mexico and Gutek Film in Poland have also acquired the film which screens in the Toronto International Film Festival in a new remixed print today.The highly touted $5.5m film was co-produced by The Coproduction Office with Andersson's Studio 54 an
  • Pollock

    Dir: Ed Harris. US. 2000. 130 mins.Prod co: Brant-Allen Industries Inc. Co-prod: Zeke Productions, Fred Berner Films. US dist: Sony Picture Classics. Int'l sales: Alliance Atlantis Pictures International, tel: (1) 310 899 8000. Exec prod: Peter M. Brant, Joseph Allen. Prod: Fred Berner, Ed Harris, Jon Kilik. Scr: Barbara Turner, Susan J. Emshwiller, based on book "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga" by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. DoP: Lisa Rinzler. Prod des: Mark Friedberg
  • Robert De Niro set for tribute at San Sebastian

    Robert De Niro has confirmed his acceptance of the second Donostia Award for career achievement at this month's San Sebastian International Film Festival.De Niro will be presented with the award on September 29th by Spanish actor Javier Bardem. De Niro also stars alongside Gerard Depardieu in Bernardo Bertolucci's Novecento, which is the central film in the festival's tribute to Bertolucci this year.Born during World War II in New York, De Niro first worked with directors
  • RTL raises Antena 3 stake

    Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group has raised its stake in private Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 to 16% in a bid to expand in southern Europe.RTL paid $134m for an additional 6.23% stake in Antena 3. The move is expected to bring the group closer to Antena 3's other key shareholder, Spanish telecoms group Telefonica .Reporting results for the six months to the end of June, RTL beat forecasts with pre-tax earnings up 46% to $274m. The rise came after a string of hit TV shows i
  • Sogepaq takes international rights on Spanish hit

    Spanish rights and distribution house Sogepaq has added Ano Mariano, Spain's top box office performer this year, and Kilometro Zero to its growing list of local pick-ups for international sales.Ano Mariano has racked up more than a million admissions since its August 11 premiere. The film was produced by Asegarce Zinema and released locally by Aurum.Kilometro Zero was co-produced by Universal Pictures Spain and Cuarteto PC in association with Media Pa
  • Spain's Planeta steps up rights buying with Sins

    Raising the stakes in the competitive Spanish rights acquisitions market, start-up Planeta 2010 has acquired all Spanish rights to Sins Of The Father, starring Andy Garcia.Sins, currently shooting in Canada, marks the first major North American product to be picked up by Planeta, the media division of publishing giant Grupo Planeta. The company recently struck a long-term distribution deal with United International Pictures (UIP) under which the Spanish company is expecte
  • Star TV buys 26% stake in Indian cable operator

    Rupert Murdoch's Star TV is strengthening its position as a programme provider in the competitive Indian market by buying a 26% stake in local cable TV operator Hathway Cable and Datacom Private, according to wire reports.The Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Murdoch's News Corp is understood to be paying around $75m in cash for the holding. The move is expected to mean Star TV content and services reach about 2.5m homes through Hathway's cable network."It's a concrete instance of g
  • TF1 records 53% jump in profits

    TF1, France's leading TV channel, has announced a 53% jump in first-half profits to $144m.The company cited a bullish advertising market and tightly controlled programming costs. A 39% rise in revenues stemmed from its diversification activities, notably cable and satellite sales.First-half revenues rose 23.4% to $1.2 billion, compared to $798m during the same period last year. Advertising sales grew 18.11% to $707m, while sales from digital satellite platform TPS, in which TF1
  • Thailand's Iron Ladies Win In Hong Kong

    A team of Thai male transsexual volleyball players took the number one slot at the Hong Kong box office as the Thai hit The Iron Ladies served up $675,324 in its first four days, making a weekly gross of $954,157 (Aug 31-Sept 6). Distributed on 23 screens by Golden Scene, the camp champs had the highest screen average in the top ten with $41,485.In distant second was Shaw Entertainment's Conman in Tokyo, which opened in the same week with a screen average of $22,956 and a
  • The Goddess Of 1967

    Dir: Clara Law. Australia. 2000. 120 mins.Prod co: Still Life Pictures. Co-prod: Trix Films. Backers: Australian Film Finance Corporation. Int'l sales: Fortissimo Film Sales (31) 20 627 3215. Prods: Peter Sainsbury, Eddie L.C. Fong. Scr: Eddie L.C. Fong, Clara Law. DoP: Dion Beebe. Editor: Kate Williams. Prod des: Nicholas McCallum. Music: Jen Anderson. Main cast: Rose Byrne, Rikiya Kurokawa, Nicholas Hope, Elise McCredie.The only Australian film in competition at Venic
  • The Hundred Steps (I Centro Passi)

    Dir: Marco Tullio Giordana. Italy. 2000. 105 mins.Prod co: Titti Film. Co-prod: Rai Cinema. Backer: Tele +. Int'l sales:Istituto Luce (39) 06 729921. Prod: Fabrizio Mosca. Scr: Claudio Fava, Monica Zapelli, Marco Tullio Giordana. DoP: Roberto Forza. Prod des: Franco Ceraolo. Ed: Roberto Missiroli. Main cast: Luigi Lo Cascio (Peppino Impastato), Luigi Maria Burruano (Luigi Impastato), Lucia Sardo (Felicia Impastato), Paolo Briguglia (Giovanni Impastato), Tony Sperandeo (Gaetan
  • Time And Tide

    Dir: Tsui Hark. Hong Kong-China. 2000. 112 mins.Prod co: Film Workshop Company Limited. Co-prod: Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia. Int'l sales: Columbia Tristar, Tel: (1) 310 244 4000. Prod: Tsui Hark. Scr: Koan Hui, Tsui Hark. DoP: Ko Chui Lam, Herman Yau. Editor:Marco Mak . Music: Tommy Wai. Main cast: Nicholas Tse, Wu Bai, Anthony Wong, Joventino Couto Remotigue, Candy Lo, Cathy Chui.Anyone who has not studied the synopsis beforehand will have a hard time keeping t
  • Tokyo festival bolsters Asian cinema selection

    Only days after actor-director Takeshi Kitano launched a rival festival of Asian and indie cinema, the region's leading film event the Tokyo International Film Festival is upping its focus on local films.The festival, which runs October 28 to November 5, will showcase 16 films from Hong Kong in a focus on the former colony when it kicks off next month. Ekin Cheng's Tokyo Raiders will open the week of Hong Kong films.High-profile fare screening during the focus includes Wo
  • Tom Sherak joins Roth's Revolution

    Tom Sherak has resigned as chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment's US film group to join former Walt Disney Co film chief Joe Roth at Roth's start-up production outfit Revolution Studios.Sherak is to include film development and production in his brief at Revolution alongsdie marketing and distribution. He will be a partner in the company.Sherak, a 17-year veteran of Fox, oversaw film distribution and marketing at the US studio. He handled films including Die Hard,
  • TV veterans launch Apollo tax financing scheme

    Veteran UK programme-makers Bill Cran and Clive Syddall have launched tax-based financing scheme Apollo TV & Film Partnerships.The venture aims to bankroll films, TV projects and documentaries qualifying as British and budgeted at up to $21m, thereby qualifying for 100% tax relief under UK regulations. Barclays Bank may arrange additional financing depending on whether projects meet certain criteria.Although Barclays would not reveal the criteria, Apollo will only finance films
  • UGC, UIP move towards cinema pass resolution

    UIP and UGC's feud over rental revenues from the exhibitor's Unlimited cinema pass has taken a major step towards being resolved after UGC agreed to release UIP's Shaft this Friday.Although a law suit continues, UGC and UIP are also expected to strike agreements for the wide releases of Billy Elliot and Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps over the next three weeks.The rapprochement follows months of dispute over film rentals between the two operations after UGC is
  • UK cast lines up for Pasolini's Napoleon picture

    Tom Watson, Tim McInnerny, Trevor Cooper, Chris Langham and Nigel Terry have joined Ian Holm and Iben Hjejle in the cast of The Emperor's New Clothes, a Napoleon fantasy story from The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini.Palookaville director Alan Taylor started shooting the Redwave Films production on location in Italy this week. The UK's FilmFour is financing the adaptation of the novel The Death Of Napoleon, with the screenplay written by Kevin Molony.Hol
  • UK trio generates midway buzz at Toronto festival

    A trio of UK films - Stephen Frears' Liam, Kieron J Walsh's When Brendan Met Trudy and David Kane's Born Romantic - are amongst the titles triggering most interest halfway through the Toronto International Film Festival.The films, all three being handled by London-based The Sales Co, have all been well-received by Toronto audiences. US buyers are already pitching in with offers.Although no deals had been signed at the festival at time of going to press, it l
  • Valladolid opens with Dancer, unveils competition

    Lars von Trier's Palme d'Or winner Dancer In The Dark will inaugurate this year's 45th annual Valladolid International Film Week.Dancer will screen out of competition in the popular festival's Official Section. Von Trier's Breaking The Waves opened Valladolid in 1996.Among the films in competition are L'Amour, L'Argent, L'Amour from Germany, Carlos Siguion-Reyna's Azucena from the Phillipines and Josecho San Mateo's Bailame El Agua from
  • waydowntown, Crouching Tiger top Toronto prizes

    Gary Burns' waydowntown, a comedy about a group of young people who make a bet about who can last the longest without going outside, won the Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at this year's Toronto International Film Festival which finished on Saturday. A domestic distribution deal for the film is also understood to be in the works.Denis Villeneuve's Maelstrom got a special mention in the category as did the screenplay by Karen Walton of horror movie G
  • Wenders, Road Movies take radically digital route

    German director Wim Wenders and Road Movies Filmproduktion, the production company he co-founded, have gone digital.Along with confirming that Wenders' next film will be shot digitally in America next spring, Road Movies is to produce a slate of low-budget digital films from new film-makers under the banner "radikal digital".Road Movies has partnered on an initial five films with broadcaster WDR and regional funding body the Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW). The films will
  • When Brendan Met Trudy

    Dir: Kieron J Walsh. UK-Ireland. 2000. 95 mins.Prod co: Deadly Films 2/Collins Avenue Films. Int'l Sales: The Sales Company (44) 207 434 9061. Prod: Lynda Myles. Scr/Co-prod: Roddy Doyle. DoP: Ashley Rowe. Prod Des: Fiona Daly. Ed: Scott Thomas. Mus: Richard Hartley. Main cast: Peter McDonald, Flora Montgomery, Marie Mullen, Maynard Eziashi.An odd-couple, romantic comedy steeped in movie buff references and dark humour, When Brendan Met Trudy has enough wit and qui
  • WMA's Steve Kenis unveils own UK talent agency

    Steve Kenis, former managing director at William Morris Agency (WMA) in London, has launched UK-based talent agency Steve Kenis & Co to represent clients including Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris, Bruce Beresford and Rowan Atkinson.Kenis, who left WMA in May when it closed theatrical activities in London, has recently cut deals for actors including O'Toole, who is to star in Sidney Furie's upcoming production Global Heresy. Another client, Omar Sharif, is to take a cameo in DNA Fi