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18 September 2008

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  • A Woman In Berlin (Anonyma - Eine Frau In Berlin)

    Director. Max F?erb Germany-Poland. 2008. 118 mins.
  • Abu Dhabi festival to open with The Brothers Bloom

    Abu Dhabi's second Middle East International Film Festival (Oct 10-19) presented its line-up today, opening with The Brothers Bloom by Rian Johnson and closing with Body Of Lies by Ridley Scott.The other special presentations for the festival include Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Spike Lee's Miracle At St. Anna, Neil Burger's The Lucky Ones, Stephan Elliott's Easy Virtue and Anthony Leondis' Igor.MEIFF will
  • Avi Mograbi's Z32 restricted for PG audiences in Israel

    Avi Mograbi's documentary 'Z-32', has been restricted by the Israeli Board of Censors for an over 14 audience, after an appeal on its over 16 restriction.In the film, Mograbi interviews a veteran of an elite Israeli military unit, who undergoes an existential crisis as he recounts his participation in the arbitrary elimination of two Palestinian policemen, in retaliation for the murder of several Israeli soldiers. A digital mask has been used to hide the features of the soldier and his gi
  • Baader Meinhof Complex is German entry for foreign language Oscar

    Germany has announced its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar as Uli Edel's The Baader Meinhof Complex.The film chronicles the Red Army Faction terrorist group, which terrorised Germany in the 1970s. Itstars Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck and Johan
  • Balkan Script Development Fund announces project selection.

    Twelve projects from nine countries have been earmarked for the 6th Balkan Fund, Thessaloniki International Film Festival's Script Development Fund. The 49th edition of the festival will take place from Nov. 14-23. The fund provides seed money for script development and caters to feature film projects coming from the region. An international jury will grant four winning projects Euros 10,000 each.The writers, directors and producers will pitch their projects at a Nov. 15-17 worksho
  • Balkan Script Development Fund announces project selection.

    Twelve projects from nine countries have been earmarked for the 6th Balkan Fund, Thessaloniki International Film Festival's Script Development Fund. The 49th edition of the festival will take place from Nov. 14-23. The fund provides seed money for script development and caters to feature film projects coming from the region. An international jury will grant four winning projects $14,000 (Euros 10,000) each.The writers, directors and producers will pitch their projects at a Nov. 15-
  • Berlinale Co-Production Market announces deadline

    The 6th Berlinale Co-Production Market has announced that submissions are now open for new film projects for the 2009 market (Feb. 8-10).The deadline for submissions is Oct. 30, 2008. Projects must have secured a minimum of 30% of their required financing and be suited to co-production in order to qualify.The Berlinale Co-Production Market supports selected projects in searching for production partners. Producers meet on location with potential co-producers, fi
  • Berlinale Co-Production Market announces deadline

    The 6th Berlinale Co-Production Market has announced that submissions are now open for new film projects for the 2009 market (Feb. 8-10).The deadline for submissions is Oct. 30, 2008. Projects must have secured a minimum of 30% of their required financing and be suited to co-production in order to qualify.The Berlinale Co-Production Market supports selected projects in searching for production partners. Producers meet on location with potential co-producers, fi
  • Berlinale Co-Production Market announces deadline

    The 6th Berlinale Co-Production Market has announced that submissions are now open for new film projects for the 2009 market (Feb. 8-10).Film projects must be submitttedby Oct. 30, 2008. They must have secured a minimum of 30% of their required financing and be suited to co-production in order to qualify.The Berlinale Co-Production Market supports selected projects in searching for production partners. Producers meet on location with potential co-producers, fin
  • Berlinale's European Film Market centres business presence

    The Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM) has found an alternative venue for its EFM Business Offices which are currently on Potsdamer Platz.In 2009 it will expand its presence at the Marriott Hotel where three EFM screening rooms have already been located since 2007. In addition to the central market venue at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, EFM will now have activities spread over two floors at the Marriott Hotel.On the first floor, accredited delegates will find the newly established
  • Blow to Germany as Cartoon Movie market moves to Lyon

    Just days before this year's Cartoon Forum financing market is held in the south-west German town of Ludwigsburg from Sept 16, Brussels-based CARTOON has announced that its annual market for animation feature films, Cartoon Movie, is leaving its venue of 10 years at Potsdam's Babelsberg Studios to be held in France's Lyon.The move is effective from March 2009.According to CARTOON, France has become the European leader in the animation market and will help strengthen the Rhone-Al
  • Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174 selected as Brazil's Oscar entry

    Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174 has been selected as Brazil's official entry for the best foreign language film category of the Academy Awards.Last Stop 174 selected as Brazil's Oscar entry The social drama had its world premiere in Toronto and will open the Rio International Film Festival on Sept 25.The story expands on a real-life eve
  • Caines named president of worldwide digital marketing at Sony

    Dwight Caines has been named president of worldwide digital marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment.Caines will report to Columbia Pictures Worldwide Marketing Group co-presidents by Valerie Van Galder and Marc Weinstock and will continue to oversee the studio's global theatrical digital campaigns. His expanded brief will see him provide managerial support to Imageworks Interactive, Sony's full-service agency that specialises in the management and extension of entertainment brands i
  • Canada's Entertainment One lands $150m credit facility

    Canadian media conglomerate Entertainment One (E1) has signed a four-year $150m credit facility led by US private bank JP Morgan.The new rotating line of credit will replace the company's existing debt facilities and provide capital for further expansion. Morgan leads a syndicate including Bank of America, Barclays and Toronto Dominion Bank. Speaking to Screen International, E1 CEO Darren Throop said, 'This speaks to the strength of our balance sheet. Our numbers c
  • Cartoon expands with EU MEDIA International support

    Cartoon Connection is one of 18 projects involving partners from Canada, Latin America, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Bosnia, Turkey and Georgia, which have been provided with almost $2.88m (Euros 2m) by the EU to develop closer cooperation between European and third country film professionals. 11 of the selected projects deal with continuous training. They include Primexchange, a workshop on financing and marketing audiovisual works with a special focus on digital technologi
  • Cinema16 plans new World Short Films collection

    The popular Cinema16 DVD series will continue with World Short Films, a new short film collection to be launched on Nov 17 in the UK.The DVD includes 16 shorts, including Andrea Arnold's Oscar-winning Wasp, Guillermo Del Toro's previously unreleased Dona Lupe; cult hit Forklift Driver Klaus; Park Chan Wook's only short Judgement; Sylvain Chomet's The Old Lady And the Pigeons, and Ousmane Sembene's 1963 Borom Sarret, among others.
  • Comedy Cool Water underway in Amman

    Ali Samadi Ahadi directs the black-comedy set against the Mideast conflict.
  • Dark Sky strikes alliance with Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix

    Dark Sky Films has struck an alliance with Larry Fessenden's New York-based production company Glass Eye Pix, whose drama Wendy And Lucy starring Michelle Williams played at Toronto last week.The partners will make films that Fessenden described as 'little bit pulpy, a little bit high-brow' and kick off with the psychological horror story There's No Place Like Home from JT Petty, whose genre title The B
  • Departures selected as Japan's Oscar entry

    Yojiro Takita's Departures (Okuribito) has been selected as Japan's official entry for the Academy Awards' foreign-language film category, the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren) announced on Friday. The final selection for films nominated in the category will be announced by AMPAS in January.Departures is a dramedy starring Masahiro Motoki (The Longest Night In Shanghai) as a cellist whose orchestra disbands, prompting him to return to
  • Disney starts production of first Russian-produced movie

    Disney has started production on its first Russian-produced feature film, Vadim Sokolovsky's family fantasyThe Book Of Masters.Walt Disney Company CIS, founded in 2006, is working with Nikita Mikhalkov's production companyThree T Studio on the project, which has begun shooting in the Belarus capital Minsk before it moves to Moscow'sMosfilm Studio stages.The Book of Masters stars some of Russia's best-known actors, including Leonid Kuravl
  • English-language Frankenstein update readies in Greece

    Costas Zapas directs, Minus Pictures produces Greek update of Mary Shelley classic.
  • Entre Les Murs opens Athens International Film Festival

    The 14th Athens International Film Festival will open with a gala presentation of Laurent Cantet's Cannes 2008 Golden Palm winner Entre les Murs. Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky is the closing film. The festival line up boasts 153 titles in ten different sections and four tributes.The 13 pictures strong international competition section includes among others, Antonio Campos' Afterschool, Omar Shargawl's Go With Peace Jamil, Pierre Schoeller's Versa
  • Europa Cinemas to debate dangers of D-cinema switchover

    Europa Cinemas will examine the potential threat posed to cinemas across Europe by digital switchover at its 13th annual conference in Paris in November.Growing concerns that the cost of the digital switch will be beyond the reach of independent and arthouse cinemas have recently been highlighted in Screen International.The Europa Cinemas conference will address the potential threat to those theatres and also to independent European film.While it is gene
  • Everlasting Momentsis Swedish pick forBest Foreign-Language Oscar

    Swedish director Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments (Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick) has been entered as Sweden's candidate forthe best foreign-language filmOscar. Click here to see Screen review.The film stars Finnish-Swedish actress Maria Heiskanan, with Sweden's Mikael Persbrandt and Denmark's Jesper Christensen.Everlasting Moments is a Danish-Swedish co-production, realised by Thomas Stenderup, of Denmar
  • Evolutions invests $1.8m in new post equipment

    Evolutions, Soho, the London-based post-production facility, has invested $1.8m (£1m) in new technology from Avid, FilmLight and Digidesign.The upgrade and installation of new equipment comes as part of Evolutions' expansion with its new Great Pulteney Street building. The company's machine room is now centralised at that site and connected via a fibre link to all five Evolutions sites.The new equipment includes a 32Tb Avid Unity ISIS system, 25 Media Composer Nitris DX and Symp
  • Fact Not Fiction moves political thriller shoot from UK to Jordan

    UK outfit Fact Not Fiction Films has finished the six-week UK portion of the shoot for new feature 31 North 62 East.The shoot now moves to Jordan later this month.The $2m project is independently financed.Producer/director Tristan Loraine is working with DoP Sue Gibson.The political thriller is about a British Prime Minister who reveals the position of an SAS unit in Afghanistan in return for a lucrative arms deal.The cast features John Rhys-Davies, M
  • Fantastic Films takes on sales for animated Fox's Tale

    Los Angeles-based Fantastic Films International has taken on international sales and distribution rights to A Fox's Tale.The animated feature from Hungarian director George Gat was co-written with Peter Doka.Gat's Dyn Entertainment is producing with Bill Chamberlain's Pinewood-based UK outfit Parallel Pictures.The voice cast will include Freddie Highmore, Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, and Sienna Miller.Production started in June 2005 and the character vo
  • Festival review: Venice leaves best to last

    The best was saved for last at the 65th Venice film festival. Darren Aronofsky's Golden Lion-winner The Wrestler was the final film to screen while artistic director Marco Mueller snagged the headlines with the revelation he intends to push back the start of future Venices - to potentially overlap with the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).Mueller confirms next year's event will open later, on September 2. More significantly, he says the shift to the first Wednesday in
  • Festival talk - The Gospel according to Marco

    Which festivals are important to you'I enjoy being in Berlin and Cannes because that's where we start working and making international contacts, and it's when I first get an inkling of what's going to happen in the next few months in terms of artistic films and original, special films. I also enjoy going to several festivals in Italy because to me they represent the best that Italy has created in terms of specificity in festivals. I like Pordenone's silent film festival and the energy
  • Final Word: Venice film festival 2008

    Screen looks back at this year's 65th Venice Film Festival. Click section to see more.Festival reviewCritical reviewReviewsNews
  • Fine Cut's Hansel And Gretel heads to Canada

    Canadian genre film distributor Evokative Films has picked up local rights for Korean horror film Hansel And Gretel from Fine Cut. The film, directed by Yim Phil-sung, recently won a special mention from the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals Jury at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) and is due to be the closing film of the Dragons and Tigers section at the Vancouver International Film Festival.It will also screen in the upcoming Sitges In
  • Finland submits Home Of Dark Butterflies in Oscar race

    Finnish director Dome Karukoski's The Home of Dark Butterflies (Tummien perhosten koti) will be Finland's official bid for an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature, the Finnish Film Foundation announced today.
  • Flash Of Genius wins Alfred P Sloan prize at the Hamptons

    Marc Abraham's Flash Of Genius starring Greg Kinnear as the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper has won the Hamptons International Film Festival's $25,000 Alfred P Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize.The cash prize is awarded to a feature that 'explores science and technology themes in fresh, innovative ways and depicts scientists and engineers in a realistic and compelling fashion.'Flash
  • Focus, Coens have career best openings with Burn After Reading

    Fuelled by high profile world and North American premieres at Venice and Toronto, Focus Features scored its first number one launch and the Coen Brothers enjoyed the best debut of their careers as Burn After Reading opened top of the charts on an estimated $19.4m.The all-star ensemble dark spy comedy stars Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand and had been expe
  • Forman, Havel collaborating on adaptation of The Ghost Of Munich

    Oscar-winning director Milos Forman is collaborating with Vaclav Havel on a screenplay based on The Ghost of Munich by Georges-Marc Benamou.The book tells of a journalist who seeks out Edouard Daladier, the aging former French prime minister, in 1968. Daladier represented France at the 1938 Munich conference, at which the UK, France and Italy agreed to Germany's plans to annex large parts of then-Czechoslovakia. The reporter manages to extract from Daladier his story of the conf
  • Forman, Havel collaborating on adaptation of The Ghost Of Munich

    Oscar-winning director Milos Forman is collaborating with Vaclav Havel on a screenplay based on The Ghost of Munich by Georges-Marc Benamou.The book tells of a journalist who seeks out Edouard Daladier, the aging former French prime minister, in 1968. Daladier represented France at the 1938 Munich conference, at which the UK, France and Italy agreed to Germany's plans to annex large parts of then-Czechoslovakia. The reporter manages to extract from Daladier his story of the conf
  • Former FCC general counsel John Rogovin moves to Warner Bros

    Former general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) John Rogovin has joined Warner Bros as executive vice president and general counsel following John Schulman's announcement yesterday [September 16] that he is retiring.Rogovin will report directly to chairman and CEO Barry Meyer and will oversee the studio's team of more than 125 lawyers. He will also serve as an officer of the company, working with Meyer and studio president and COO Alan Horn and the other corpora
  • Franco, Hawkins to receive breakthrough acting awards at HFA

    James Franco and Sally Hawkins, riding high following acclaimed performances in Pineapple Express and Happy-Go-Lucky, will receive the breakthrough acting awards at the 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards gala on October 27.Doubt director John Patrick Shanley and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will
  • German incentive programme to pay outall $86.4m annual budget.

    The German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) incentive programme will pay out all of its $86.4m (Euros 61m) annual budget this year. According to the DFFF, a total of $62m (Euros 43.7m) had been allocated to the end of August, generating a German spend of Euros 261m in the local economy. 70 German films or international co-productions (48 feature films, 20 documentaries and two animation films) have benefited from the fund so far in 2008.DFFF project manager Christine Berg revealed that ano
  • Gigantic

    Dir: Matt Aselton. US. 2008. 96mins.
  • Goetz Spielmann's Revanche named as Austria's Oscar entry

    Goetz Spielmann's Revanche has been selected as Austria's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at next year's Academy Awards.The rural drama had its world premiere in the Panorama Special section of the Berlinale in February and is handled internationally by The Match Factory.To date, Revanche has received 10 prizes and been shown at 27 international festivals, most recently in Telluride and Toronto, picking up the prize for best s
  • Good

    Dir: Vincente Amorim. UK/Germany. 2008. 96mins.
  • Hanks to receive gala tribute at Film Society Of Lincoln Center

    Tom Hanks is next in line to receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center's gala tribute and will be guest of honour at a special event on April 27, 2009.Hanks becomes the 36th recipient and follows in the footsteps of Jane Fonda, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Shirley Maclaine, Federico Fellini, Bette Davis, Jimmy Stewart and last year's honouree Meryl Streep, among others.The gala show will feature testimonials from Hanks' friends and a clip reel highlighting his most me
  • here! buys North American rights to Sarif's I Can't Think Straight

    here! Films has acquired North American rights to author and film-maker Shamim Sarif's lesbian romance I Can't Think Straight.Sister company Regent Releasing will distribute Sarif's The World Unseen on November 7 in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto followed by I Can't Think Straight on November 21 in the same cities prior to regional roll-out.Written
  • HighRoad Entertainment options Cheech Marin original script

    Los Angeles-based HighRoad Entertainment has optioned the rights to the script Angel Of Oxnard from Cheech Marin, one half of the celebrated stoner duo Cheech And Chong.Marin will direct and star in the story of a local broadcaster who finds himself at the centre of a global media storm when his face appears on a tortilla.HighRoad Entertainment's David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud are producing. Marin showed the producers his scri
  • Honda drives up to Chinese romantic comedy

    Beijing-based Pegasus & Taihe Entertainment and China Film Group have announced that they will co-produce romantic comedy, Fit Lover, which is the third film in a successful series that also includes Call For Love and Crossed Lines. The two companies are also working with automobile company Guangzhou Honda, which has signed on as the main product placement advertiser of the film.The comedy has its budget set between $1.43m (RMB10m) to $2.14m (RMB15m) and will b
  • IFC Films takes domestic rights on Levring's Fear Me Not

    IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Kristian Levring's Danish drama Fear Me Not, which received its word premiere in Toronto's Contemporary World Cinema section last weekend.Ulrich Thomsen stars as a man whose mood begins to swing violently after he undertakes clinical trials for an anti-depressant drug.Levring wrote the screenplay with Anders Thomas Jensen Paprika Steen and Stine Stengade also star.IFC wil
  • Igor

    Dir: Tony Leondis. US. 2008. 86 mins.Sweet-natured but saddled with strained wisecracking humour and over-busy plotting, children's animated feature Igor never quite manages to shake off a feeling of familiarity that extends from the story's archly hip tone to the misunderstood, lovable main character of a hunchback trying to escape his circumstances. Opening domestically September 19 - an odd time as the school term gets into full gear - Igor
  • IM Internationalmedia's future as 'Film library company'

    The beleaguered IM Internationalmedia Group may see its future operating as 'a mere film library company.' according to the company's interim report for the first half of 2008, The prediction follows the company's decision to file for insolvency proceedings in Munich last month due to pending illiquidity. IM also revealed that it had been working with a preliminary insolvency administrator on restructuring and streamlining the group to achieve this goal. The report noted that negotiations
  • IM Internationalmedia's future as 'Film library company'

    The beleaguered IM Internationalmedia Group may see its future operating as 'a mere film library company.' according to the company's interim report for the first half of 2008, The prediction follows the company's decision to file for insolvency proceedings in Munich last month due to pending illiquidity. IM also revealed that it had been working with a preliminary insolvency administrator on restructuring and streamlining the group to achieve this goal. The report noted that negotiations
  • IM Internationalmedia's future as 'Film library company'

    The beleaguered IM Internationalmedia Group may see its future operating as 'a mere film library company.' according to the company's interim report for the first half of 2008. The prediction follows the company's decision to file for insolvency proceedings in Munich last month due to pending illiquidity. IM also revealed that it had been working with a preliminary insolvency administrator on restructuring and streamlining the group to achieve this goal. The report noted that negotiations
  • Imagi raises $30m in financing to develop four CG-animated films

    Imagi International Holdings announce today [Sept 16] that it has raised $30m in financing through two separate subscription agreements.Both agreements are expected to be completed later this month subject to regulatory procedures. The proceeds of the two transactions will be used to develop four CGI animated features including Astro Boy and Gatchaman, which are scheduled to open in 2009 and 2010, respe
  • In Focus - The Year to Date

    Watch out for awards recognition for:- Martin McDonagh (original screenplay) for In Bruges (Focus Features)- Sandy Powell (costume design) for The Other Boleyn Girl (Sony Pictures/Focus Features)- Horton Hears A Who! for animated feature (20th Century Fox)- Tom McCarthy (writer/director), Richard Jenkins (actor), Haaz Sleiman (supporting actor) and Hiam Abbass (supporting actress) for The Visitor (Overture Films)- Jason Segel (ori
  • In Focus: Galicia

    Galicia may be an autonomous state tucked away in the north-west corner of Spain, but that is not stopping a new breed of local film-makers from bursting onto the global scene by working with international film-makers on bigger budget productions.New companies such as Perro Verde and Vaca Films, as well as the more established Dygra Films and Bren Entertainment, are seeking out co-production partners across Europe and the Americas for their latest projects, and not just on animations,
  • In Focus: Grosvenor Park

    When Lionsgate released the spoof Disaster Movie in North America in the last weekend of August, Don Starr, the founding partner and chairman of Grosvenor Park, was in his native Canada anxiously waiting for the opening.Disaster Movie represented a departure for the 26-year-old financing company into single-picture full-financing through discrete fund Grosvenor Park Investments LLP.The second such film, Defiance, directed by Ed Zwick and starring Daniel Crai
  • In Focus: Stewart Till revives spirit of PolyGram

    The spectre of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE) has haunted the international industry for the last 10 years. Since the European studio was swallowed up by Universal in 1999, the vacuum it left is frequently cited by those seeking a reordering of the international sales and distribution sector.Indeed, PFE has its own highly influential diaspora of former executives who went on to success elsewhere. But the rebirth of PolyGram looks to have taken its most literal turn with the acquis
  • In Focus: The Ealing Studios revamp

    Even with a new refurbishment and grand future plans, Ealing Studios is not ignoring its own storied history. Some of the shooting stages still feature straw packing dating back to 1932. And in the newly modernised, impressively posh dressing rooms, there are striking vintage posters of classic Ealing comedies adorning the walls.The west London-based Ealing Studios has completed the first two of three phases in a state-of-the-art regeneration, including renovations of production office
  • International - 3D's looking flat

    Can technical innovation save the movie theatre as it faces up to a period of extreme competition'Technology has, of course, fundamentally changed the fortunes of the business before. On October 6, 1927, the talking pictures revolution was launched with The Jazz Singer at Los Angeles' Tower Theater.Sound could not lay claim to be the medium's salvation, however. Film-going was already the most popular entertainment outside the home and the addition of words and music was
  • International - Mamma topples knight

    The total gross of Screen International's international chart was down 7.8% week on week for the first box-office weekend of September. Warner Bros' The Dark Knight was knocked from the top spot for the second time, ousted by Universal Pictures' Mamma Mia! The Movie which opened in a further six territories this week. The musical boasted a 38% week-on-week increase, earning $16.4m from 39 territories, and is poised to pass the $300m mark internationally.Warner Bros
  • International - Ponyo on the make

    Studio Ghibli's Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea has held on to the top slot at the Japanese box office for a fifth week - despite going head to head with the latest Pokemon film, The Dark Knight and a strong $6.97m opening for Asian-themed The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor this week.After another impressive weekend takings of $7.7m (Yen853m), Hayao Miyazaki's animated family film has now reached the $90.4m (Yen10bn) milestone, after only a month on release (July
  • Interview: San Sebastian director Mikel Olaciregui

    Which festivals do you particularly enjoy''I enjoy Cannes. It is a lot of work, meeting contacts and watching films. But in the world of festivals, it is the leader. For years it has been finding new talent, attracting all the stars and all the industry. I love Berlin, where you can chat and enjoy the ambience more. It is also a movie lovers' city.'What is the blueprint for a good festival''You need good movies. The main line-up must
  • Jamie Carmichael moves to ContentFilm's LA office

    ContentFilm Plc, has announced that Jamie Carmichael, President of its film division ContentFilm International (CFI), has re-located from London to the group's Santa Monica office. CFI has brought to the international market films such as Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking, Black Book directed by Paul Verhoeven, Duncan Tucker's Transamerica and more recently The Messenger directed by Oren Morverman andthe forthcomingExtract from cult director Mike Judge.
  • Jim Sherry moves in at Maple Pictures as co-president

    Jim Sherry, the former managing director of Alliance Atlantis' Motion Picture Distribution (AAC MDP), is joining Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures as co-president.Sherry will share the presidency with current co-president Laurie May while colleague Brad Pelman will become COO. Pelman will also head up Maple Films, a new branded distribution label. Sherry, a long-time executive at AAC, was appointed managing director following the 2006 schism at MDP that saw the depar
  • John Boorman to be feted at Montreal's FNC

    Film director John Boorman will receive a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, October 8 to 19. The British director will present his 2006 film, The Tiger's Tail, starring Brendan Gleeson, as well as three of his best-known works, the cult classic Zardoz, Leo The Last and Deliverance
  • John Schulman leaves Warner Bros after 25 years at the studio

    Long-time Warner Bros Entertainment executive vice president and general counsel John Schulman is retiring after a 25-year career at the studio.Schulman joined Warner Bros in 1984 as vice president and general counsel and set about building the studio's in-house legal department. Five years later he was promoted to senior vice president and general counsel and he has served as executive vice president and general counsel since 1991.'Warner Bros has been my home for a quar
  • Lance Still joins TWC as evp of promotions and integrated marketing

    Lance Still has arrived from New Line as executive vice president of promotions and integrated marketing for The Weinstein Company (TWC).Still will oversee global promotions, branded entertainment, consumer products, licensing, product integrations, corporate sponsorship and strategic alliances for TWC and Dimension Films.Still will be based in Los Angeles and reports directly to COO Lee Solomon and executive vice president of business development John Semel.S
  • Let It Rain (Parlez moi de la pluie)

    Dir. Agnes Jaoui, France. 2008. 100minsAgnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri cast a typically perceptive eye over the discreet charms of the bourgeoisie in Let It Rain (Parlez Moi De La Pluie). This ambitious ensemble piece is not as instantly appealing as their previous collaboration on 2004's Comme Une Image (Look At Me), but blossoms into a rueful examination of human foibles and failings. The film's mixture of smart dialogue, rounded characters and s
  • LFF's Power To The Pixel to host new innovative Forum

    The Times BFI London Film Festival will again partner for Power To The Pixel, The Digital Distribution and Film Innovation Forum.
  • Linha de Passe to open 28th Cambridge Film Festival

    The 28th Cambridge Film Festival will open today (Sep 18)with the Cannes competition title Linha de Passe by Walter Salles.Features, documentaries and shorts from the UK and around the world will be presented over the course of 11 days. The festival will play host to many UK premieres including Gomorrah and Julia. Tilda Swinton, who stars in Julia, will be on hand to present a range of her work, including documentaries Derek and Fa
  • London Film Festival boosts industry credentials

    The Times BFI London Film Festival has expanded its industry programme with a series of events aimed at the international film business.They include the third Production Finance Market, bringing together international financiers and producers. This year, the market will run over two days from October 20th-21st.The three-day innovation event Power to the Pixel returns from 22-24 Octoberfeaturing the most pioneering visionaries, f
  • Mamma Mia! leads international with $17.5m weekend for UPI

    Universal films ruled the roost at the weekend led by an estimated $17.5m haul for Mamma Mia! from 4,296 sites in 44 territories through UPI that took the musical adaptation over $300m.The film opened top in France on $2.4m and Belgium on $1m, as well as in French-speaking Switzerland on $300,000 and Hong Kong on $400,000. The film opened in second place in Mexico on $850,000, debuted in Brazil on $650,000 for a possible second place launch beh
  • Mamma Mia! set to surge past $300m with France, Mexico openings

    Universal UPI's smash stage adaptation Mamma Mia! is set to lead the international weekend again. The musical blockbuster has reached $288.6m and will cross $300m this weekend, driven by six launches that include France, French-speaking Switzerland and Belgium on September 10 followed by Hong Kong a day later and Mexico, Brazil and India on September 12.UPI also opens Hellboy II: The Golden Army, currentl
  • Match Factory takes on Wuste projects from Oberli, Taddicken

    The Match Factory will handle international sales on two new feature film projects by Wüste Film - Bettina Oberli's The Murder Farm (Tannöd) and Sven Taddicken's Zwölf Meter Ohne Kopf - which both began principal photography this week.Late Bloomers director Oberli's dark crime story is starring Julia Jentsch, Monica Bleibtreu and Volker Bruch and is based on Andrea Maria Schenkel's bestseller novel of the same name about the gruesome murder of
  • Melvin Van Peebles to receive Gotham Award tribute

    Melvin Van Peebles will receive a Gotham Award Tribute at IFP's 18th Annual Gotham Awards on December 2 in New York.Van Peebles stamped his authority on 1970s US cinema, championing the independent scene and playing an influential role in the emerging blaxploitation wave of the early 1970s, notably directing, producing and starring in Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song. His latest directorial effort, Confessions
  • MercuryMedia to handle UK launch of doc I.O.U.S.A.

    MercuryMedia has taken on UK distribution of Patrick Creadon's I.O.U.S.A.The feature-length documentary has already been released theatrically in the US and premiered at Sundance.It will have its European premiere Nov 5 as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest and will then open in the UK from Nov 27 at Picturehouse Cinemas as part of the joiningthedots documentary season.I.O.U.S.A. is about America's rapidly growing national debt.Tim Sparke MD of MercuryMed
  • Met Film starts distribution services arm for self-distribution

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  • One Week

    Dir/Scr: Michael McGowan. Canada. 2008. 94mins.Canadian filmmaker Michael McGowan’s second feature after Saint Ralph, One Week marks another dispiriting example of a director using sickness and physical deterioration in rationalising dishonest and narcissistic behaviour.Coming on the heels of Amy Redford’s Sundance entry The Guitar, One Week features a vital and handsome young protagonist who denies the profound physical, psych
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  • Preview: San Sebastian International Film Festival

    Set in a pretty horseshoe bay lined with restaurants and cafes, San Sebastian has always been one of the most popular stop-offs on the annual festival circuit. The festival is appreciated for its laid-back approach to business dealings and as a productive breeding ground for Spanish and South American talent.This year the festival director Mikel Olaciregui has pulled out all the stops in bolstering the line-up with international film talent. Looking down the list of names of directors
  • Profile: International Screenwriters Festival

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    China-Indian joint venture Pyramid Longzhe Culture and Theater Limited (PLCTL) has launched its first cinema, in China's Huainan City of Anhui Province. The joint venture was set up by Chennai-based Pyramid Saimira Group and Jiangsu-based Longzhe Group in March, with the help of Chinese state-owned China Society Music Research Board (CSMRB). It plans to launch 25 cinemas in China in the next 6 months. 'The goal is to build a total of 100 cinemas across China,' said CSMRB secretary general
  • Rio Film Festival to kick off on Sept 25 with Last Stop 174

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  • Rockwell, Roberts to star in The Winning Season for Gigi, Plum

    New York-based Gigi Productions and Plum Pictures have attached Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts and Rob Corddry to star in the comedy The Winning Season, set to begin shooting in October in the New York region.James Strouse will direct The Winning Season from his original screenplay about a washed-up divorcee basketball coach who sniffs the chance of redemption when asked to run the local high school girls bas
  • Russia's Central Partnership partners with Paramount

    In a groundbreaking deal that highlights the increasing lure of Russia for the US majors, Paramount Pictures International (PPI) is to partner with Russian major, Central Partnership.The exclusive agreement, which comes into force on January 1st 2009, will see Central Partnership releasing Paramount titles theatrically in the former U
  • San Francisco Film Society launches $25,000 doc award

    The San Francisco Film Society has launched a new $25,000 Golden Gate Award for investigative documentaries to be presented at the Film Society's San Francisco International Film Festival next spring.Society top brass will also introduce an annual week-long theatrical run of a leading non-fiction film beginning this autumn with Secrecy on October 24. Peter Galison and Rob Moss' films explores government secrecy.The first Golden Gate Award for Best Investigative Documentar
  • San Sebastian ready to welcome 1,600 industry attendees

    This year's San Sebastian film festival (September 18-28) has attracted some of the leading lights of world cinema to its shores, including Kim Ki-duk, Christophe Honore, the Coen Brothers, and Richard Eyre, whose film The Other Man will kick off proceedings tonight.For full San Sebastian preview, click hereMore than 1,600 accredited industry figures and a further 1,800 members of the international press will cram into the hor
  • Santaolalla to receive lifetime achievement award at LALIF

    Gustavo Santaolalla will receive the GABI Lifetime Achievement at the Los Angeles Latino International Film's (LALIFF), which runs from September 12-19.The Oscar winning composer of Brokeback Mountain and Babel also co-wrote the festival's opening night film Cafe De Los Maestros, a tango documentary directed by Miguel Kohan that gets its LA premiere at the event.
  • Screen Australia considers industry support package

    Screen Australia is considering giving bonuses to producers of small to medium budget features that perform well at the box office. No details are available on the budget levels of eligible films, the criteria for success or the extent of the reward. However, the proposal clearly indicates that the new Federal Government agency is looking to connect films to bigger audiences.Rewarding achievement is one of seven underlying principles contained in a draft statement of intent that Sc
  • Screen opinion:Small bang theory

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  • Screenwriters' festival launches fourth pitching competition

    The International Screenwriters' Festival has launched the fourth edition of its successful pitching competition.Its 4Talent-backed 2009event-Son of the Pitch -allows individuals to pitch their concept for a film or TV drama of any genre to a panel of leading industry professionals live on stage.The competition will run until October 31with 10 finalists selected to come to the festivalnext year.More than 1,600 entrants took part inlast year's competition. 2008's winners,
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  • Slumdog Millionaire takes prestigious audience prize at Toronto

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  • Sony Classics buys Toronto doc favourite Every Little Step

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    Dir. Jeffrey Levy-Hinte. US. 2008. 93 mins.Jeffrey Levy-Hinte became obsessed with outtakes from Leon Gast’sWhen We Were Kings(1995) when he was editing it. The documentary about the famed ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ boxing match in which Muhammed Ali upset George Foreman 34 years ago in what was then known
  • South West Screen adds five to board including Rebecca O'Brien

    UK regional agency South West Screen has added some major players to its board of director.The five new board members are: Ken Loach's long-time producer Rebecca O'Brien of Sixteen Films; Dan'l Hewitt of Bebo; producer and PACT chair Charles Wace; DCMS veteran Brian Leonard; and media consultant Chris Wensley.Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive of South West Screen said: 'Broadening the expertise on our board allows us to respond to the changing needs of the creative companies we
  • Star India, STAR DEN Media Services to carry MGM Channel in India

    MGM is extending its cable channel reach into India after signing a deal that will see News Corp's Star India and DEN Digital Entertainment's STAR DEN Media Services carry the MGM Channel in the world's third largest cable market.The MGM Channel is currently available in India through satellite group Dish TV and this latest deal will make programming available to a cable market of approximately 70 million.Programming highlights are expected to include
  • Studio Babelsberg to co-produce Inglorious Bastards

    Studio Babelsberg has now confirmed that it will be serving as the German co-producer on Quentin Tarantino's Second World War drama Inglorious Bastards.The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Universal Pictures are co-financing and co-presenting the feature, while Harvey and Bob Weinstein are serving as executive producers.Tarantino's film will begin shooting at the Babelsberg studios and in the Berlin-Brandenburg region from mid-October. The cast includes local German speaking
  • Telepool to handle distribution rights on Der Grosse Kater

    Munich-based Telepool will handle international distribution on Wolfgang Panzer's adaptation of Thomas Hürlimann's 1998 bestselling novel Der Grosse Kater. The film, currently shooting at locations in Berne and Bavaria, is a co-production between Neue Bioskop Film, Abrakadabra Films and Barry Films. It received backing from several sources including: Zurich's Film Foundation; the Federal Office for Culture (BAK) in Berne; Germany's FFF Bayern; HessenInvest; the new German spen
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  • The Brothers Bloom to open Chicago Film Festival on Oct 16

    Rian Johnson's adventure comedy The Brothers Bloom will open the 44th Chicago International Film Festival on October 16. Click here to see review.Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz and Rinko Kikuchi star in the tale of con-men who lure an eccentric heiress into an elaborate plot.The film received its world premiere at Toronto and will open in North America through Summit Entertain
  • The buzz films - San Sebastian 2008: the lowdown

    World premieres in official selectionDream (South Korea)Dir: Kim Ki-dukRespected Korean director Kim Ki-duk will be competing in official selection at the Spanish festival for the first time with his new film Dream (Bi Mong), which explores a couple's relationship though a dream state and in the real world.Int'l sales: Showbox Entertainment, (82) 2 3218 5636The Beautiful Person (France)Dir: Christophe HonoreOne of France's mos
  • The Film Source Co picks up worldwide rights to Nuzhat

    Alex Massis' The Film Source Company has acquired worldwide rights to Judd Ne'eman's Israeli drama Nuzhat.Muhammad Bakri, Yael Hadar, Merav Guber and singer-songwriter Efrat Gosh star in the story of a pregnant soap star who discovers that her real life is being scripted by the writer of her TV show, a woman who has just suffered a miscarriage.Oded Leopold and Palestinian singer Lubna Salame round out the key cast. Shirley Ram-Amin,
  • The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond

    Dir. Jodie Markell, US, 2008, 102 minutes.In exhuming Tennessee Williams’s unproduced screenplay from 1980, actress-turned-director Jodie Markell has delivered a respectable 1920’s-set upstairs-downstairs story of a vain heiress (Bryce Dallas Howard) who looks beyond her Memphis surroundings but struggles for the respect of a man below her means.Just producing The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond automatically sets the film in the Williams oeuvre, and el
  • The Secret Of Moonacre

    Dir: Gabor Csupo. UK. 2008. 103mins.Gabor Csupo’schildren’s fantasyabout a plucky and resourceful 13-year-old girl on a magical quest to thwart an encroaching disaster is undermined by a sluggish blend of humour, disengaged characters and a stagnant narrative line. The script - adapted from Elizabeth Goudge’s The Little White Horse - appears to change from moment to moment and the film never quite stakes out its own identity or establishes a dense and original m
  • The Window (La Ventana)

    Dir: Carlos Sorin. Argentina/Spain, 2008, 85 mins.
  • Tokyo film festival announces complete 2008 line-up

    The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the full lineup for its 21st edition (October 18-26). The 15-films in competition include four world premieres: China-HK co-production Claustrophobia directed by Ivy Ho, big budget Chinese disaster film Super Typhoon; Japanese entries School Days With A Pig; and Echo Of Silence (Kotoba No Nai Fuyu), the directing debut of actor Atsuro Watabe.The remaining films are international and Asian
  • Tom McCarthy's The Visitor takes top prize at Deauville

    Tom McCarthy's The Visitor has taken the Grand Prize at The 34th Deauville Festival of American Film.The film, starring Richard Jenkins as a widower who truly finds himself via an unlikely encounter with a couple of illegal immigrants in New York, was a hit with the festival crowd in what was generally considered a sombre competition line-up. Click here to see review.Since its debut at Sundance, The Visitor has genera
  • Tropic set to thunder into Germany, UK for PPI

    Paramount Pictures International (PPI) is looking to dominate the international arena this weekend, opening DreamWorks's action comedy Tropic Thunder in ten territories including Germany and Switzerland on September 18, followed a day later by the UK and Austria. The film stands at $20.9m and will get a major boost this weekend.PPI is also opening comedy Angus Thongs in Australia and New Zealand on Septem
  • Two-Legged Horse (Asbe Du-Pa)

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  • United States/India - A Taste For India

    When producer Debra Martin Chase was looking for a location for the third film in Disney's Cheetah Girls franchise, she immediately thought of India.The Cheetah Girls first appeared in 2003 in a Disney Channel TV film about a four-member teen girl group making their way in Manhattan. After it became a smash hit and the soundtrack sold more than 2 million copies, it spawned a 2006 sequel which took the girls to Barcelona.'The concept is taking these American girls around the worl
  • Universal, Focus team with CJ on Park's Thirst

    Universal Pictures International (UPI) and Focus Features are teaming up with Korea's CJ Entertainment to co-produce award-winning director Park Chan-wook's upcoming vampire thriller Thirst. As part of the deal, Focus will release the film in North America. CJ is handling Korean distribution and international sales.The deal was announced by UPI studio president Christian Grass, Focus Features CEO James Schamus and CJ CEO Kim Joo-sung.'Thirst is especially excit
  • Vadim Ivanovb becomes MD of UPI Russia

    Vadim Ivanov, currently Commercial Director of Universal Pictures International in Russia, has been promoted to Managing Director (MD).He replaces Eugene Beginin, MD, Russia, who is leaving to pursue other interests within the Russian film industry. The announcement was made today by David Kosse, President, Universal Pictures International (UPI).As the new MD, Ivanov will now be responsible for overseeing the theatrical marketing and distribution strategies and activities fo
  • Venice Lion of Future Winner Lunch adds five new sales

    Gianni Di Gregorio's Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di ferragosto), a Venice Critics' Week selection which scooped up the De Laurentiis/Filmauro sponsored $100,000 Lion of the Future prize, has enjoyed multi territory sales at Toronto, cutting deals with France (Le Pacte), Germany (Pandora), Benelux (Cinemien), Switzerland (Xenix) and Austria (Filmladen), Janine Gold of Fandango Portabello confirmed.'Distributors have been quick to see the universality of this sto
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  • Venice: A critical review

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  • VIP Suite - Who to know in Galicia - Perro Verde Films

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  • Vivendi buys domestic rights to Tribeca premiere Tennessee

    Vivendi Entertainment has paid low seven figures for all domestic rights to Lee Daniels Entertainment's Southern drama Tennessee starring Mariah Carey that premiered at Tribeca in April.Aaron Woodley directed the story of two brothers who travel from New Mexico to Tennessee to find their estranged father. Carey plays an aspiring singer who befriends them.Ethan Peck, Adam Rothenberg and Lance Reddick round out the key cast. Vivendi p
  • VOD service Eurocinema signs carriage deal with Shaw TV in Canada

    International and short film VOD service Eurocinema has signed a carriage deal with Canada's Shaw TV.Shaw TV previously offered one or two of Eurocinema's titles and will now offer the full programme of ten features and accompanying bonus shorts each month.Eurocinema's recent programming includes Daniele Luchetti's Italian drama My Brother Is An Only Child, Benoit Jacquot's French thriller A Tout D
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  • Zwick's Defiance named as closing night of AFI FEST on Nov 9

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