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18 September 2006

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  • ...while Metrodome nabs UK rights to Away From Her

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired all UK rights foractor-turned-director Sarah Polley's feature directorial debut, Away From Her, which premiered this weekat the Toronto International Film Festival.Metrodome plans a spring 2007 release. This news follows on Lionsgate's deal for US rights. Away From Her stars Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsetin the story of a seemingly idyllic marriage that is rocked by Alzheimer'sdisease. The film is adapted fr
  • 10 Items Or Less

    Dir/scr: Brad Silberling. US. 2006. 82mins.The unpredictable career of Brad Silberlingtakes another left turn after the big budget spectacle of Lemony Snicket's A SeriesOf Unfortunate Events (2004) with his new feature 10 Items Or Less. More of a character-basedchamber piece than anything else, this virtual two-hander finds thewriter-director straying into the same territory as Before Sunset (2004).
  • AAM signs Newman deals for four more cinemas

    UK-based film distributionservices company Arts Alliance Media (AAM), has signed deals to provide its Newman cinema management system tofour new cinemas. The Renoir, Chelsea Cinemaand Richmond Filmhouse (all part of the Curzon group) and the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley willall use the Newman solution, which manages businesses including booking, onlinemarketing and ticketing. Curzon already had a deal with
  • All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

    Dir/scr: Jonathan Levine. US. 2006. 88mins.A quick $3.5m-$4m buy for The Weinstein Company atToronto, All TheBoys Love Mandy Lane proves to be a crisply-executed teen horror debut fromdirector Jonathan Levine and LA production outfit Occupant Films. It's likelyto be a smart buy, given that this genre, at its best, is a licenceto print money and that Levine's first feature brings a smart and sexy, almostpostmodern,
  • All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

    Dir/scr: Jonathan Levine. US. 2006. 88mins.A quick $3.5m-$4m buy for The Weinstein Company atToronto, All TheBoys Love Mandy Lane proves to be a crisply-executed teen horror debut fromdirector Jonathan Levine and LA production outfit Occupant Films. It's likelyto be a smart buy, given that this genre, at its best, is a licenceto print money and that Levine's first feature brings a smart and sexy, almostpostmodern,
  • Antonia

    Dir: Tata Amaral. Br. 2006. 90mins.The third feature from film-maker TataAmaral, Antoniatakes a well-sung genre - the rap group from the wrong side of the tracks whotry to make it big in the face of ruptured friendships - and gives it theunique flavour of a Sao Paolo favela.It is further distinguished by its female cast, all real-life musicians whoalso composed the memorable score, and allows Amaral toexplore the
  • Apple announces US download service for iTunes, iPod

    Apple will start selling downloads of feature-length WaltDisney titles that can play on any computer loaded with iTunes software as wellas the new 80GB iPod.The company will offer features from Buena Vista, Pixar, Miramaxand Touchstone, priced at $12.99 in the first week and risi
  • Bachchan to join Abraham in Mehta's next Exclusion

    Indian megastar AmitabhBachchan is expected to take the lead role in Deepa Mehta's Exclusion, a$15m historical drama about an ill-fated voyage of emigre Sikhs who soughtrefuge but where rebuffed by Canadian authorities in the early part of the 20thcentury. Bachchan, who is in Torontoto promote Never Say Goodbye,will play Gurdit Singh the Sikh leader and businessman who financed the journeyand fought for the rights of his fellow passengers. In 1914, the Kamag
  • Barker & Bernard, Murphy to receive honours at HFA ceremony in Oct

    Sony Pictures Classics' (SPC)co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard will receive the Hollywood LeadershipAward at the Hollywood Film Awards on Oct 23 in Los Angeles.Running With Scissors director Ryan Murphy will collect the Hollywood BreakthroughDirector of the Year Award.Barker and Bernard formedSPC with Marcie Bloom 15 years ago and their releases have included CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon, Howard's End, Run Lola Run, Central Station, Spider,Capote and
  • Black Sheep

    Dir/scr: Jonathan King. NZ. 2006. 87mins.A canny mix of splatter-movie aesthetics, nationaldread and ecological warning, Jonathan King's debut feature Black Sheep is a riotously funny,gleefully overdone horror exercise that more than hints at the influence of earlyPeter Jackson like Meet The Feebles, Braindead and BadTaste.Swift andentertaining, though at times too malicious and cru
  • BME chooses not to renew first-look deal with Samaha's Gibraltar

    Bauer Martinez Entertainment (BME) has decided not toexercise its option to extend its first look deal with Elie Samaha's Gibraltar Entertainment,which expired on Jun 1.Under Samaha's deal with Bauer Martinez the company producedthriller The Flockstarri
  • Bong and Park to team on comic book adaptation

    Old Boy directorPark Chan-wook is to produce a film directed by Bong Joon-ho, whose latestmovie The Host recently became Korea's top-grossing local film of all time. The project, which Bong iscurrently developing, is based on the French sci-fi comic Le Transperceneige, created by Jean-Marc Rochette and Jacques Lob.Park's production house,Moho Film, confirms that he is to work with Bong on the pr
  • Bonneville

    Dir: Christopher M Rowley. US.2006. 104mins.A slushy salute to female friendship and the greatmysteries of life and death, Bonnevillehas the unmistakable feel of a TV-movie tearjerker. Filled with predictabledevelopments and heart-tugging revelations, it is bereft of surprises anddripping in syrupy sentiment. It has been a long while since an older femaledemographic had a film to make them laugh and cry in the man
  • Breaking And Entering

    Dir/scr: Anthony Minghella. UK. 2006. 119mins.Anthony Minghella's firstcontemporary London-set film since Truly MadlyDeeply in 1991, Breaking And Enteringis an ambitious but disappointing affair revolving around middle class folkfrom North London in crisis. Although handsomely produced and featuring one ortwo noteworthy performances, it is hijacked by a surprising lack ofplausibility, both in the actions and emotions of its ch
  • British Film Commissioner Norris to join Framestore

    Visual effects company Framestore Ltd has appointed Steve Norris as managingdirector of its film interests. Norris will join Framestorein late November after leaving the post he has held for the past nine years, asBritish Film Commissioner with the UK Film Council.In that role, he had beenresponsible for bringing international productions, such as The Da Vinci Codeand Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, to the
  • Bside takes on documentary Before The Music Dies

    Bside Entertainment hasacquired North American rights to Andrew Shapter's documentary Before TheMusic Dies which will be its firsttheatrical release.The innovative distributorwill ally itself with companies like MySpace and chipmaker AMD and deployonline marketing and innovative exhibition models. Further details will beunveiled in due course.Before The Music Dies premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and asks whycommercial music labels and radio
  • Bugmaster

    Dir: Katsuhiro Otomo. Jap-US. 2006. 130mins.Japanese anime director Katsuhiro Otomomakes a curiously subdued, poetic foray into live-action cinema with his latestfeature, Bugmaster.Though the story's setting in the late Meiji era and its "invisible bug"infestation theme initially suggest a period horror along the lines of ShinyaTsukamoto's Gemini, the meditativepace, lonely but gifted hero and obsession wit
  • Bunny Chow's Dv8 renews slate deal with South Africa's NFVF

    Joel Phiri and Jeremy Nathan's Dv8 Films, the production companybehind John Barker and Dog Pack's Toronto world premiere comedy Bunny Chow, have renewed their slate deal with theSouth African government's entertainment industry agency NFVF.The deal commits to the productio
  • BVI's Pirates has final territorial opening in Italy

    Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will cross the $600m international markthis weekend as it launches in its final market of Italy.Buena Vista International's (BVI) adventure yarn has taken$594.6 to date and will surely pass $600m with the Sept
  • Cairo festival resurrects market as Egyptian production grows

    The organisers of the CairoInternational Film Festival, now in its 30th year, are launching afilm market to run alongside the main festival. It will take place in the CairoOpera House, Dec 2-7."We had a market a few yearsback but it stopped for various reasons. This seemed the year to bring itback," Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, the artistic director of the festival, told ScreenDaily.com. "We have a problem in Egypt and
  • Cashback

    Dir/scr: Sean Ellis. UK. 2006.90mins.A wistful, endearing slip of a romantic comedy, Cashback marks anassured feature debut from writer/director Sean Ellis. An expansion of hisOscar-nominated short, it strains to fill the bigger canvas of a feature butany reservations are balanced by the unusual lyricism of Ellis's approach tothe genre, the visual poli
  • Cruz, Williams, Bullock added to lineup of Oct Hollywood Film Awards

    The Hollywood Film Awards has added Robin Williams, Penelope Cruzand Sandra Bullock to its line-up of honorees at its annual bash on Oct 23 inBeverly Hills.
  • DOAP, Bella, Reprise top TIFF prizes

    UK filmmakerGabriel Range's Death Of A President won the FIPRESCI prize while Joachim Trier's Reprise(Norway) won the Diesel Discovery Award as the 31st TorontoInternational Film Festival wrapped here on Saturday. The prizes went to arange of films, many of them debut features. The audienceprize, the People's Choice Award, was asurprise: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde's Bella(US), which tells the story of twoindividuals whose lives converge and turn upside down on a si
  • El Cantante

    Dir: Leon Ichaso. US. 2006. 116mins.The last time JenniferLopez collaborated with the love of her life the result was the toe-curlingembarrassment of Gigli(2003). Now, she has dared to co-produce and co-star with husband Marc Anthonyin a drama inspired by the life of 1970s salsa superstar Hector Lavoe. El Cantante is no hall of shame turkey - but it's nomasterpiece either. Rather it falls into the trap common to many a biopic inthat th
  • European Film Academy to honour Polanski

    The European Film Academywill give this year's lifetime achievement award to film-maker Roman Polanski. Polanski,who has been an actor, writer director and producer, will receive the honour atthe European Film Awards on Dec
  • Everybody's Hero

    Dir: Christopher Reeve, Daniel St. Pierre, ColinBrady. US. 2006. 85mins.It's easy to see why Christopher Reeve,who died during the making of animated children's film Everybody's Hero (directing duties were assumed by Daniel St Pierreand Colin Brady), was attracted to the material. The story of a young boy whofinds the strength and courage to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds,it's a story that Reeve was livin
  • Everyone's Hero

    Dir: Christopher Reeve, Daniel St. Pierre, ColinBrady. US. 2006. 85mins.It's easy to see why Christopher Reeve,who died during the making of animated children's film Everyone's Hero (directing duties were assumed by Daniel St Pierreand Colin Brady), was attracted to the material. The story of a young boy whofinds the strength and courage to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds,it's a story that Reeve was living every day. Part com
  • Fortune Star acquires China Star library

    Regional broadcaster StarGroup's content arm, Fortune Star, has acquired 100 library titles from Hong Kong's China Star Entertainment Group, in a deal valued at $18m. Most of the titles wereproduced in the past five years by China Star production subsidiaries OneHundred Years of Film, China Star Pictures and S&W. The library includesaward-winning titles such as Johnnie To'
  • Fox, MySpace launch preview screenings programme with Borat

    Twentieth Century Fox and corporate sibling MySpace have teamed upon a new promotional tool that will enable MySpace users to see previewscreenings of upcoming features.
  • France submits Fauteuils d'Orchestre for Oscar race

    Daniele Thompson's ensemble dramedy Fauteuils d'Orchestre has been selected to represent France in the race for this year's foreign language Academy Award nomination.The film is produced by Thelma Films and set in the Parisian theatre world with an all-star cast including Cecile De France, Valerie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel, Laura Morante, the director's son and co-scriptwriter Christopher Thompson and with a cameo by Sydney Pollack. A respected writer and director who ha
  • Gridiron Gang tops lacklustre North American box office

    Sony set a record tenth number one release for a distributor in asingle year as the American football drama Gridiron Gang starring The Rock opened top on anestimated $15m.
  • IFC Films steps up to buy Dahl's You Kill Me

    IFC Films has picked up all North American rights in Toronto fromICM to Code Entertainment's upcoming mob comedy You Kill Me.
  • IFP Filmmaker Conference kicks off Monday, keynote speakers include Battsek, Sehring

    IFP's1st Annual Filmmaker Conference, formerly known as the IFP Market &Filmmaker Conference, will kick off in New York today and last for the rest ofthe week.
  • Japan names Hula Girls as Oscar selection

    The MotionPicture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren) hasannounced Lee Sang-il's Hula Girls as Japan's official entry for Best ForeignLanguage Film for the Academy Awards. The final five films nominated in thecategory will be announced by AMPAS on January 23.Hula Girls tells the true story of a group of Japanese coalminers' daughters who learn the traditional Hawaiian dance in an effort to savetheir town f
  • Japan's Avex buys into Chinese talent agency

    Japan's Avex Group has agreed to acquire a 20% stake in the holding companyof Beijing-based talent agency and production house, Chengtian EntertainmentGroup. The two companies also planto establish a joint venture, Avex China, with dates to be announced. Two undisclosed US companies have also acqu
  • Kim moves up at Lionsgate

    ElizabethKim has been promoted to Lionsgate's senior vice president of internationalsales as the company continues to bolster its international operations.Kim, whois in Toronto with the entire international sales team and handling The USVs John Lennon andworld premiere Fido, oversees sales for
  • King Of The Mountain to go ahead despite Brock's death

    The filmmakers behind King Of The Mountain, which was set tobe the acting debut of Australia's best-known racing car driver Peter Brock, who diedin an accident on the track last Friday, have said that the project willcontinue.Executive producer Tom Kennedysaid the $2.3m (A$3m) action drama will be financed by sponsors and privateinvestors and will shoot from February. The Bathurst International MotorFestival will pr
  • Korean telco to install 100 digital cinema systems

    Korea's leading telco KT Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding withexhibitors Lotte Cinema, Cinus and MMC to install 100 digital cinema systems intheir theatres by the end of the year.The move is part of KT'splan to install digital cinema systems in more than 500 screens, which isaround 30% of South Korea's total number of screens, by the end of 2007.
  • Krauze's Saviour's Square takes top prizes at Polish festival

    Saviour's Square, the new film from Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze, haswon the grand prize at the 31st Festival of Polish Film in Gdynia. The film also received bestactress honours for Jowita Budnik, best supporting actress for EwaWencel, best score for PawelSzymanski and a special award from the Polish president.A powerful emotional drama about the disintegration of a family, Saviour's Squa
  • Lionsgate swoops for Polley's directorial debut

    Lionsgate has bought US rights to Sarah Polley's directorial debutAway From Herfollowing its world premiere earlier in the festival.The company plans to release the picture, which stars JulieChristie and Gordon Pinsent, in spring 2007.
  • Lives Of Others chosen as German Oscar entry

    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Stasi thriller TheLives Of Others (Das Leben DerAnderen) has selected by Germany as itssubmission for the Foreign Language Film Oscar next year.Commenting on its decision, the independent expert jurywho made the selection said that von Donnersmarck's film "in
  • Loewy to return to MPD, focusing on New Line product, says report

    The dispute between filmdistributor Motion Picture Distribution and its former chairman Victor Loewyhas been resolved, according to a newspaper report in Canada. Citing unnamed sources, theGlobe and Mail newspaper said Loewy had negotiated a return to the MPDexecutive suite which will see him deal exclusively with the output deal withNew Line Cinema. That deal, Loewy's trump card in the discussion, hinged on akey-man clause that allowed New Line to end its contract should Loewy leave t
  • London Film Festival to close with Inarritu's Babel

    The Times BFI London FilmFestival (LFF) has announced the 181 features and 131 shorts programmed for its50th-anniversary event. As previously announced, the festival willopen Oct 18 with Kevin Macdonald's TheLast King Of Scotland. It will close Nov 2 with Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's Babel starring Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and Gael GarciaBernal.
  • Macbeth

    Dir: Geoffrey Wright. Aust. 2006.109mins.Shakespeare's bloodthirsty Scottish warlords are transportedto contemporary Melbourne, recent home to Mafia-style vendettas, tit-for-tat slayingsand alleged police corruption, for Geoffrey Wright's Macbeth. The result makes for a good genre fit, casting the centuries old plot in a new light with suavely dressed killers,beautiful women and a steady flow of beatings, knifings
  • Magnolia, Optimum, Madman reteam to buy To's Exiled

    Magnolia Pictures in North America, Optimum in the UK and MadmanEntertainment in Australia and New Zealand have jointly bought allEnglish-language rights to Hong Kong director Johnny To's action thriller Exiled.
  • Medavoy, Foster invest in Korean production house

    Korea's Guardtec Inc hasannounced that Phoenix Pictures head Mike Medavoy and Mr & Mrs Smith producer Lucas Foster have bought into the firm,marking the first time that Hollywood players have directly invested in alisted Korean production company.The two US producers have also joined the company as advisoryboard members.Originally a securitysystems company, Guardtec entered the film production sector in March
  • Netflix takes domestic rights to Prisoner doc at Toronto

    Netflix-owned Red Envelope Entertainment snapped up North Americanrights yesterday [Tuesday] to North American rights on Michael Tucker and PetraEpperlein's documentary The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair.The picture will be released theat
  • Netflix takes domestic rights to Prisoner doc at Toronto

    Netflix-owned Red Envelope Entertainment snapped up North Americanrights yesterday [Tuesday] to North American rights on Michael Tucker and PetraEpperlein's documentary The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair.The picture will be released theatrically with additio
  • New Manchester festival commissions film by Greg Hall

    The Manchester InternationalFestival has commissioned director Greg Hall and composer Steve Martland to create a new feature film that will premiere atthe inaugural festival in 2007. Greg Hall's feature debut The Plague, a low-budget urban dramachampioned by Mike Leigh, will be released in UK cinemas on Oct 6. Martland'smusic has been used by the Sydney Opera House and the National Ballet Holland.The commissi
  • Newman named deputy director of US National Video Resources

    Former National Board of Review (NBR) executive director EileenNewman has been appointed deputy director of National Video Resources.
  • Newmarket boards US rights to Death Of A President

    Newmarket Films has snappedup US rights to Death Of A President as a flurry of territory deals collectively worth $3m closed on the George W Bush assassination drama last night [11].Gabriel Range's hotly anticipated picture sold within 24 hours of its Sundayworld premiere, with rights also going to Maple Pictures in Canada and theIndie Circle cooperative in five European territories.Death Of A President will go outin spring 2007 through A-Film in The Netherlands,
  • Orange on board for Northern Lights production prize

    The Northern Lights FilmFestival has announced that Orangeis now sponsoring the North Star Short Film Award, the largest film productionprize in the UK. The award is open to UK film-makers and the winner will be assistedprofessional and financially to shoot a short film of any genre with a budgeto
  • Penelope cruises into international markets

    Hyde Park International has closed multiple territory deals onMark Palansky's fantasy drama Penelope, which has been in play with domestic buyers since itsworld premiere screening last week.Rights have gone to Australia (Magna Pacific), Mexico(Gussi), Brazil (Paris Films),
  • Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (Parfum: Die Geschichte Eines Morders)

    Dir: Tom Tykwer. Ger-Fr-Sp. 2006. 140mins.Tom Tykwer pulls out allthe stops with his sumptuous English-language adaptation of Patrick Suskind's novel Perfume,making for a daring and imposing achievement that is likely to leave audiencesstunned and somewhat exhausted rather than truly dazzled.With its dark tone, wilfullymorbid subject matter and antipathetic protagonist, it is unlikely to recapturethe co
  • Picturehouse takes Lopez/Anthony starrer El Cantante

    Picturehouse has swooped on North American rights to ElCantante following itsworld premiere at Toronto in what sources close to negotiations said was thebiggest deal of the festival so far.
  • Pinewood in partnership to fund Shepperton development

    UK studio company Pinewood Shepperton has announced plans to enter into a joint venture with Morley Fund Management to form a partnership that will further develop Shepperton Studio. Pinewood had previously announced plans for the expansion and growth at both Pinewood and Shepperton, and this new partnership will enable the work on Shepperton to begin later this year.Morley, a division of Aviva, has paid $19.8m (
  • Pirates breaks record in Italy, with $12.8m in five days

    Buena Vista International(BVI) reported its second consecutive one-two punch overseas as Pirates Of TheCaribbean: Dead Man's Chest crossed$600m and usurped Cars to returnto the top.DeadMan's Chest used a late Italiandebut to boost its already formidable box office, and set a new five-dayindustry opening record in the territory of $12.8m.The result was more thandouble what the original opened on several years ago, and to
  • Puerto Rico confirms 40 percent tax break

    ThePuerto Rico Film Commission revealed full details of its 40% tax credit schemeat an official industry launch here yesterday.Thescheme, which is believed to be the second-largest in the world behindManitoba's 65% facility, will offer a rebate of local spend on features,television productions, miniseries a
  • Pusan to present record 64 world premieres

    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) announced itsline-up today with a record 64 world premieres. A total of 245 films from 63countries will show at the festival's 11th edition, running Oct 12 - 20. The inauguralAsian Film Market will run parallel to the festival from Oct 15-18, with 95registered sales companies. The "total convergence" market also encompasses theco-productions market PPP, locations and technology market BIFCOM, aproducers' wo
  • Pusan to present record 64 world premieres

    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) announced itsline-up today with a record 64 world premieres. A total of 245 films from 63countries will show at the festival's 11th edition, running Oct 12 - 20. The inauguralAsian Film Market will run parallel to the festival from Oct 15-18, with 95registered sales companies. The "total convergence" market also encompasses theco-productions market PPP, locations and technology market BIFCOM, aproducers' wo
  • Pyongyang festival opens with international line-up

    North Korea's 10th Pyongyang International Film Festival (Sep13-22) opened yesterday with a programme of more than 70 features films fromaround 30 countries and 50 organisations. According to the isolationistcountry's Korean Central News Agency, the line-up includes theatrical andmade-for-TV films - with a competition and special screenings for films "highlyregarded" at various international film festivals. Although
  • Qantas named best inflight entertainment airline by WAEA

    Qantas has been named thebest inflight entertainment airline of all large fleets by a 23-personinternational media panel.The panel, sponsored by theWorld Airline Entertainment Association's Avion Awards, declared KLM and CathayPacific runners-up.Jet Airways (India) Ltd wonthe Small Fleet category, followed by Hawaiian Airlines and Sri LankanAirlines.The best inflight magazineaward went to United Airlines. The panel assessed more than 160 samples ofinfl
  • Revolver and Shooting People team for Destricted short competition

    Revolver Entertainment andShooting People are hosting a short film competition tied to Revolver's releaseof Destricted,a compilation of films with sexy themes. Larry Clark will judge theentries, which will be shorts under five minutes madeby emerging film-makers that "challenge the boundaries between art and porn." Clark's own 38-minute Impaled isincluded on Destrictedalong with other works by Gaspar Noe,Sa
  • Rob-B-Hood

    Dir: Benny Chan. HK-Chi. 2006. 135mins.Jackie Chan returns to the broad Hong Kong comedyaction of earlier films like Meals On Wheels with the enjoyably ramshackle, fast-pacedbabysitting-crook yarn Rob-B-Hood.Laced with some classic stunts - a couple of them as inventive as anything Chanhas ever done - and action set-pieces, and canny in its casting of youth-appealtalent like Louis Koo and Cherrie In, the fi
  • Ruby Tuesday gets animated with Jagger, Europa

    EuropaCorp and Mick Jagger's Jagged Films are preparing a late2006 start on the animated feature Ruby Tuesday in time for a winter 2008 release.
  • Sachar to oversee financing, development at Kindred Media Group

    Filmmaker and actor Jonathan Sachar has joined USdistribution outfit Kindred Media Group as executive vice president and willoversee development and financing.Sachar has been working with Kindred on One Part Sugar starring Danny DeVito, Dylan Walsh andJ
  • Sarandon, Byrne, Plummer get Emotional

    Susan Sarandon, GabrielByrne, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow and Roy Dupuis have signed on asleads in Emotional Arithmeticfrom Montreal-based BBR Productions and Toronto's Triptych Media. Budgeted near$5.8m, the long-gestating project begins production in Quebec's Easterntownships in October. Directed by Paolo Barzmanand adapted by Jefferson Lewis and Barzman from the eponymous book by Canadiannovelist Matt Cohen, the film reunites three inmates of Drancy, the Frenchtransit
  • Schumacher to direct Gold Circle's Town Creek

    Joel Schumacher willdirect Gold Circle's upcoming supernatural thriller Town Creek, with Lionsgate on board for domestic and MandatePictures handling international rights.Production is set to begin on Mar 1 2007 on the story of former abductee andhis brother who return to the site of the kidnapping and become trapped in anoccult experiment that has remained hidden fro
  • Skillset backs new low-budget training from Film London

    Skillset has awarded $166,100(£88,509) to Film London for its new Microwave Training Programme.The training scheme, with a total budget of $255,183(£136,000), is part of Film London's new Microwave scheme for low-budgetfeature production. The Microwave scheme got 71 applications and hasshortlisted 11 projects to attend the Microschool, a
  • Sony Classics pre-buys British memoir drama

    Sony Pictures Classics has bought North America and Latin Americanrights to And When Did You Last See Your Father'Anand Tucker will direct the film, whose production is set tobegin in October. The project has been developed under the UK Film Council's Super-Slateinitiative in association wi
  • Spain's Lolafilms readies Aranda's Lolita's Club

    Spanish production house Lolafilms is preparing director Vicente Aranda'sLolita's Club, the follow-up to his English-languageromp The White Knight.The estimated $6.4m (Euros5m) film will star Eduardo Noriega (Alatriste) and is expected to start shooting in Spain in early 2007. Producer Andres Vicente Gomez says hewill seek co-producers, likely starting in Italy
  • Starter For Ten

    Dir: Volker Schloendorff. Ger.2006. 104mins.Billed in the opening credits as a "ballad", Strike is based on events in the Leninshipyards in Gdansk, Poland during the early 1980s,which sparked the creation of the Solidar
  • Starter For Ten

    Dir. Tom Vaughan. UK. 2006. 96mins.James McAvoy confirms hisposition as Britain's brightest newcomer in StarterFor Ten, a solid, rather endearing comedy, basedaround Britain'slong-running quiz show U
  • Strand buys domestic rights to Goldberger's Hawk Is Dying

    Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to JulianGoldberger's The Hawk Is Dying which had its world premiere at Sundance this year and alsoplayed in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes.
  • Strike (Die Heldin Von Danzig)

    Dir: Volker Schloendorff. Ger.2006. 104mins.Billed in the opening credits as a "ballad", Strike is based on events in the Leninshipyards in Gdansk, Poland during the early 1980s,which sparked the creation of the Solidar
  • Susanne Bier to direct UK shoot for The Duchess

    Director Susanne Bier willdirect period love story The Duchessfor Qwerty Films and MagnoliaMae Films. The project will shoot onlocation in the UK in early 2007 after Bier completes work on her current project, Dreamworks' Things WeLost InThe Fire, starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.The Duchess is based onAmand
  • Tales From Earthsea (Gedo Senki)

    Dir: Goro Miyazaki. Jap. 2006. 114mins.Hayao Miyazaki has passed the director'smantle on to his son Goro for Tales From Earthsea,Studio Ghibli's latest feature-length 2D anime. Basedon the series of books by fantasy author Ursula Le Guin,this dragon and wizard yarn is drawn - at least as far as the backdrops go -with the same painterly hand associated with Ghibli,but it lacks the sheer visua
  • The City Of Violence (Jjak-pae)

    Dir: Ryoo Seung-wan. S Kor. 2006. 93mins.Action film-maker Ryoo Seong-wan takes a comparative step backwards from thepsychological complexity of last year's CryingFist with The City OfViolence, his latest outing, which pegs a series of appetisingly choreographedfight sequences onto a threadbare script.Co-produced by Korea's mainmartial arts school, the film seems more interested in kung-fu than c
  • The Last Kiss

    Dir: Tony Goldwyn. US.2006. 105mins.A group of late twentysomethingsgingerly approaches the big 3-0 in TheLast Kiss, a tiring melodrama that coddles its immature characters.Director Tony Goldwyn has gathered an impressive cast, but Crash Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis' ponderous adaptationof the Italian hit L'Ultimo Baciostrangles the life from this ensemble picture.Starring Za
  • The Missing Star (La Stella Che Non C'e)

    Dir: Gianni Amelio. It-Fr-Switz. 2006. 107mins.Gianni Amelio treads waterwith The Missing Star, an anti-hero quest moviethat has moments of emotional engagement but is marred by its genrefence-sitting and the muddiness of its final message. It's one of those filmswhose fascination lies not so much in the drama, whichis structured like a long shaggy-dog story, as in the setting this drama playsout against: c
  • The Optimists (Optimisti)

    Dir: Goran Paskaljevic. Serb-Monaco. 2006.94mins.Eight years after his feature The Powder Keg portrayed Milosevic's Serbia self-destructing with avengeance, Goran Paskaljevicreturns for another look at his homeland with The Optimists. But although the former Serbian leader is now gone,and democracy of sorts has replaced him,
  • This Is England

    Dir/scr: Shane Meadows. UK.2006. 104mins.
  • Transmedia strikes UK deal for A Few Days In September

    New UK distributor Transmedia hasacquired all UK rights to A Few Days In September (Quelques Jours En Septembre). The film, written anddirected by Santiago Amigorena, stars Juliette Binoche, John Turturro, Nick Nolte, Sara Forestierand Tom Riley.A Few Days In September is a thriller set in Paris
  • Tykwer's Perfume scores more than 1m admissions in Germany

    Despiteless than enthusiastic reviews from many German film critics, Tom Tykwer's $63.3m (Euros 50m) adaptation of Patrick Sueskind's bestselling novel Perfume - The Story Of A Murdererattracted more than 1m admissions on its opening weekend for distributor Constantin Filmverleih in Germancinemas.The1.04m admissions from 700 cinemas - with a screen average of more than 1,480 -made it the strongest opener this year for a German film, ahead of two other Constan
  • Universal strikes VOD deal for UK Freeview customers

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