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19 May 2007

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  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days (4 Luni, 3 Saptamini Si 2 Zile)

    Dir: Cristian Mungiu. Rom. 2007. 113 minsA deceptively simple tale carrying a tremendous wallop, Cristian Mungiu's third feature 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days leads the new Romanian cinema into this year's Cannes competition with flying colours. The market may not be bowled over at first sight - after all, critics were more than a little circumspect after first seeing Cristi Puiu's The Death Of Mr Lazarescu, which shares much of Mungiu's vision
  • Abu Dhabi announces inaugural film festival and new film fund

    The Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi announced that it is launching an international film festival in October 2007, and also launching a film fund to support local, regional and international films, supported by an 'unlimited' government budget.Postioning itself as the burgeoning cultural hub of the Gulf, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nayhan described the film festival, which is planned for Oct 12-17 with a budget of around $8m, as part of Abu Dhabi's commitment to culture and education: the emi
  • Activers sells titles to Thailand

    Korean sales agent Activers Entertainment has sold high school comedy The Legend of Seven Cutter and library title The Hidden Princess to Lionheart Pictures for Thailand. Activers has also announced a content deal with major South Korean internet portal site Daum for ad-based free VOD. The seller's library comprises more than a thousand titles starting from the 1950s to present, including classic Im Kwon-taek and Lee Man-hee films.
  • A-Film picks up Small Gods for Benelux

    Following its acquisition of Koen Mortier's controversial Ex-Drummer (sold by Wide Management), Benelux distributor A-Film has picked up another equally offbeat film from the same stable.Small Gods, made by brothers Dimitri and Nicolas Karakatsanis, is described by A-Films' Erik Engelen as 'extremely well shot and it is definitely a movie that can play worldwide in different festivals.'The f
  • American World Pictures adds One Long Night and Triloquist

    American World Pictures (AWP) has spiced up its Cannes sales slate with the comedy-thriller One Long Night starring Alison Eastwood, Karen Black and Ed Begley Jr, along with horror title Triloquist. David Siqueiros directed the tale of a young Mexican-American businessman from California whose life is transformed during a night of quirky encounters with the denizens of Mexico City. Siqueiros wrote and produced and will attend Cannes Market with AWP president Mark L
  • Araki and Mechanic line up for Venice jury duty

    The Venice Film Festival has announced that American director Greg Araki will preside over the Venice Horizons section jury while the Lion of the Future prize jury (dedicated to first films) will be presided over by American producer Bill Mechanic.The Lion of the Future prize is a USD $100,000 cash prize funded by Italian producer Aurelio de Laurentiis and split between director and producer of the winning film. The director will also receive Euros 40,000 in a voucher to
  • Arclight and Micott & Basara fund fighters

    Arclight Films and Japan's Micott & Basara will jointly finance and produce a live-action adaptation of bestselling video game King Of Fighters, which is set to be directed by Hong Kong film-maker Gordon Chan.Chan (The Medallion, Fist Of Legend) will direct from a script by Chris Chow who wrote the Bill Kong-produced features Fearless and
  • Arthouse Films takes sales rights to Alice Neel documentary

    Arthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights, including all North American rights, to the feature documentary Alice Neel.The documentary on the American painter was directed by Andrew Neel and produced by Ethan Palmer, Rebecca Spence, and SeeThink Productions.Arthouse is handling the US release as well as world sales here in Cannes.
  • Arthouse, Red Envelope buy Danny Williams doc

    Arthouse Films and Red Envelope Entertainment have partnered to acquire North American rights to Esther B Robinson's documentary A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams And The Warhol Factory. The film won the best New York documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month as well as the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival in Feb.Arthouse and Red Envelope, which is a division of Netflix, will partner to release the
  • Asian-focused Tiger Festival to debut in Brighton

    OORT and Terracotta Media are planning a four-day showcase of Asian films in Brighton, UK, with the debut of the Tiger Festival sponsored by Tiger beer.The event will run May 31-June 3 at the Duke of York's Picturehouse. There are plans afoot 2008 for a week-long event in 2008, post-Cannes.The festival will screen Satoshi Kon's Paprika, Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom's Shutter, Johnnie To's PTU
  • Banderas Berlin award-winner makes first sales

    The first round of sales have closed on Antonio Banderas' latest directorialeffort, Summer Rain (El Camino De Los Ingleses), which recently won theEuropa Cinemas Label prize for Best European film in Berlin.Banderas' second film as a director after Crazy In Alabama (1999) hasalready sold in 12 countries, including the UK and Ireland (Tartan), Mexico(Latinofusion), Brazil (Visual Fi
  • Barunson producer team to support foreign shoots in Korea

    South Korean production house Barunson has announced it is launching a consortium of Korea's hottest producers and line producers to work on productions from overseas.Lewis Kim, head of international at Barunson, has drawn together a stellar group which includes Lee Sung-hoon (Taegukgi, Shiri), Han Jae-duk (Old Boy), Park Bong-soo (The Host, R-Point), Jang Won-se
  • BBC, Film4, UKFC and Pact come to terms on producer's equity

    As discussed and expected, BBC Films, Film4 and the UK Film Council, the three principal public funders of feature films in the UK, together with producers group Pact, have confirmed an agreement to give producers an equity stake in features in which they invest.The agreement follows on the new UK tax credit. BBC Films, Film 4, the UKFC and Pact have agreed that the new credit 'should accrue to UK film production companies in order to help achieve the Government's policy objective of cre
  • Becker rocks on Elijah Wood's Iggy Pop story

    Becker International has come on for international sales on Nick Gomez's The Passenger, based on Iggy Pop's life during the 1960s and 1970s.Elijah Wood will play the lead, with a script written by Eric Schmid.This Is That Corporation and Traction Media are executive producing, with Traction representing North American rights. The deal was negotiated with Becker's Jonathan Page, Ted Hope for This is That and Doug Stone and Maren Olson
  • Becker takes on sales for new Bobby Sands feature

    Twenty-six years after he died on hunger strike, IRA martyr Bobby Sands is to be the subject of a new feature film, Hunger. Becker International has picked up worldwide rights to the project, which is being directed by Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen.Backed by Film4, Hunger comes billed as 'a highly evocative and impressionistic interpretation of the last six weeks in the life of Sands.'McQueen has co-written the screenplay with award-winning playwright Enda Walsh
  • Becker, Binder sign for films at Damon's Foresight

    Mark Damon's Foresight Unlimited has boarded the $15-20m serial killer thriller Hangman with Harold Becker set to direct and $9m Franz Kafka adaptation Metamorphosis starring Daniel Bruhl, Anna Paquin and Stephen Rea.The slate includes Mike Binder's upcoming $20m comedy-drama Emperor Of Michigan, $11m horror remake It's Alive
  • Berlinale expands Talent Campus to Sarajevo in August

    The Sarajevo Film Festival will work with the Berlinale to launch the first Sarajevo Talent Campus, a new educational programme dedicated to young filmmakers from South-Eastern Europe. The inaugural event will run August 20-25 as part of the 13th Sarajevo Film Festival. As with Berlin's Talent Campus, film professionals will give lectures and workshops for emerging young directors, producers and actors. 'The main goal is to create a platform to provide a unique opportunity for you
  • BFI sets out plans following $2.7m LFF cash boost

    The BFI has set out its plans for The Times London Film Festival, following a $2.7 million cash injection from the UKFC.Speaking earlier today at an event to formally announce the funding, Sandra Hebron, the festival director, outlined the BFI’s plans to raise the profile of the festival on an international scale and to make the festival a recognised destination where the international industry does business.The $2.7 million will go towards funding innovative ways to enable the
  • Black Book producer Maltha plans new WWII project with Isabella

    Following his success with Black Book, producer San Fu Maltha is tackling another World War II-themed project. Maltha's company Fu Works is to partner with Els Vandevorst's Isabella Films on a film adaptation of bestseller, Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter), by former Dutch politician Jan Terlouw.The film tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who in the last winter of wartime in 1944/1945 becomes responsible
  • Boarding Gate

    Dir/scr: Oliver Assayas. Fr. 2007. 106mins. Maverick French director Oliver Assayas gets lost in transit with Boarding Gate, a transglobal thriller of dirty business deals and dirty sex that he has previously mined in Demonlover, with equally underwhelming results. Cannes ' out-of-competition 'Midnight Screening' is generally reserved for films that are too commercial (or unclassifiable) to play in official sections. But although it plays the
  • Bold and The Orphanage to produce supernatural thriller Legion

    Bold Films, the LA-based production company behind Bobby, is teaming with visual effects outfit The Orphanage to produce Legion, a supernatural action thriller about a group of strangers stranded in a desert truck stop that bands together to stop an army of demonic creatures bent on fulfilling an age-old prophecy that would unleash hell on earth.Bold is also financing the film which Velvet Octopus is selling here. 'We see this as a high-octane franchise like Underworld with the look
  • Bold, The Orphanage to produce supernatural action thriller Legion

    Bold Films, the LA-based production company behind Bobby, is teaming with visual effects outfit The Orphanage to produce Legion, a supernatural action thriller about a group of strangers stranded in a desert truck stop that bands together to stop an army of demonic creatures bent on fulfilling an age-old prophecy that would unleash hell on earth.Bold is also financing the film which Velvet Octopus is se
  • Breath (Soom)

    Dir/scr: Kim Ki-Duk. Kor. 2007. 84 mins. Removing any pretence of reality for yet another of his existentialist essays on human nature, Kim Ki-Duk's bare-boned new film pairs a married woman with a man on death row, for an impossible love affair. But as this is, after all, Kim Ki-Duk territory, the affair does materialise in a manner of speaking, even offering a deserved relief to two tormented souls, before it drops the curtains. Kim's followers will embrace thi
  • Bridges steps up to join cast of $25m Weide film

    In a move which is already whetting buyers' appetites, Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of Bob Weide's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, the $25 million adaptation of Toby Young's bestselling satirical memoir about his time as a British journalist abroad, working in Manhattan. Bridges will be playing Clayton Harding, a character loosely based on magazine editor Graydon Carter. He joins Kirsten Dunst (Sp
  • Britdoc plans second festival for July; selections include We Are Together

    Britdoc's second-annual festival will have a theme of 'Documentary Meets Art,' and will run July 25-27, again at Oxford's Keble College.The three-day event will include screenings, a Pitching Forum, masterclasses with the likes of film-maker Larry Charles, and speed meetings. Explaining the theme, organizers said: 'At a time when the commercialisation of television has limited the approaches filmmakers can experiment with, independent artists such as Douglas Gordon, Phil Co
  • Butler to play in Lakeshore's Game

    Gerard Butler, white hot after his starring role in the worldwide smash 300, has signed to play the lead in Lakeshore Entertainment's futuristic thriller Game.The film marks Lakeshore's third collaboration with Crank creators Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who wrote the screenplay and will direct. Principal photography is set to start in January 2008.
  • Cannes at 60 - By The Numbers: The Palme D'or*

    26 - Palme d'Or-winning directors who have won other Cannes awards in the same year35 - Palme d'Or-winning directors who have won awards at Cannes in other years17 - Palme d'Or winners who have also won best director Oscars1 - Films that have won both the top Cannes prize and the best picture Oscar (Delbert Mann's Marty, in 1955)49 - Average age of a Palme d'Or winner70 - Age of the oldest director to win the Palme d'Or (Akira Kurosawa, for Kagemusha in 1980
  • Cannes at 60 - Director Profiles

    CHEN KAIGE (winner, 1993, Farewell My Concubine)Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine shared the 1993 Palm d'Or with Jane Campion's The Piano and he is so far the only Chinese director with the honour. He was in Competition twice before his win, and twice since. He is now preparing a biopic of Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang.What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'Because of the good reception after the premiere, I was looking forward to winning something. But when they
  • Cannes at 60 - Short order

    For the 60th edition of Cannes the festival called on 35 directors to make 33 short films in honour of the event, themed around the movie theatre.Says festival president Gilles Jacob: "I wanted to see if it would be possible to gather a big number of very short films and to tie them together in a way that would elicit emotion, resonance, dissonance. An experimental popular film, in a way."Chacun Son Cinema features shorts from such luminaries as the Coen brothers, Roman Polanski
  • Cannes at 60: a celebration

    For six decades now the Cannes film festival has been at the epicentre of cinema. Screen's 60th celebration (below) looks at the enduring importance of Cannes and speaks to a range
  • Cannes market buzz titles 2007

    From starry commercial films to projects from world-renowned auteurs, Screen previews some of the hot projects in the market at Cannes (May 16-27).Click on the regional links to
  • Cannes market buzz titles 2007: Asia

    From starry commercial films to projects from world-renowned auteurs, Screen previews some of the hot Asian projects in the market at Cannes. Click the sales company names below to navigate to the relevant websites.IndiaLiz Shackleton in Mumbai
  • Cannes market buzz titles 2007: Europe

    From starry commercial films to projects from world-renowned auteurs, Screen correspondents preview some of the hot European projects in the market at Cannes. Click the sales company names below to navigate to the relevant websites.UKWendy Mitchell in London Among this year's hottest UK projects is Incendiary, from Bridget Jones's Diary director Sharon Maguire. Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor and Matthew Mac
  • Cannes market buzz titles 2007: Latin America

    From starry commercial films to projects from world-renowned auteurs, Screen previews some of the hot Latin American projects in the market at Cannes. Click the sales company names below to navigate to the relevant websites.BrazilElaine Guerini in Sao Paulo More than 30 Brazilian film companies will be at the market this year. Drama Filmes' high
  • Cannes market buzz titles 2007: North America

    From starry commercial films to projects from world-renowned auteurs, Screen previews some of the hot North American projects in the market at Cannes. Click the sales company names below to navigate to the relevant websites.Jeremy Kay in Los AngelesFocus Features International is bringing the Coen brothers’ spy
  • Capitol takes on new films from Don Roos and Joshua Marston

    Capitol Films has added Don Roos' Love And Other Impossible Pursuits and Joshua Marston's The Fortress Of Solitude to its Cannes slate.The Roos project, which he also wrote, stars Jennifer Lopez in the exploration of a woman's moving and funny relationship with her young stepson. Marc Platt of Legally Blonde fame will produce. Capitol has also acquired
  • Carnaby crawls into the Doghouse with Jake West

    London-based Carnaby International has picked up worldwide rights to Jake West's comedy horror picture Doghouse, it was announced in Cannes.The company will introduce the project, due to shoot in the autumn, to buyers during the Cannes market.Also making its market debut is Welsh comedy, Bridge Of Lies, from Bafta-winning director Matt Lipsey (Little Britain
  • Cathay Classics signs $1m deal with Malaysia's new Variety View

    Singapore-based Cathay-Keris Films has inked a distribution deal with Variety View, a new distribution start-up in Malaysia, for 230 titles from its Cathay Classics library.Under the terms of the deal, worth close to $1m, the Malaysian company holds worldwide rights for theatrical, pay and free TV, DVD and other distribution platforms for five years, up to 2012.Titles in the package include Chinese-language classics Mambo Girl, Wild Wild Rose, Sun Moon Star and Her Tender Heart, as well as Malay
  • Cinema Libre joins Participant for Angels

    Cinema Libre Studio has partnered with Participant Productions to handle domestic distribution and international sales on Participant's Angels In The Dust which looks at the AIDS crisis in South Africa through the eyes of orphans. It is set to open in select US cities in autumn 2007.Louise Hogarth's film recently premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival where it won the Emerging Pictures/Full Frame Audience Award. Prod
  • Cinemavault takes rights to Made In Jamaica

    Cinemavault Releasing International has acquired foreign rights to Made in Jamaica, which screens in Cannes official selection in the Cinema De La Plage section on May 25. Jerome Lapperousaz directed the Lawrence Pictures and Herold & Family production, which explores the roots of reggae and its rapid growth into a worldwide phenomenon. Sly Dunbar, Toots, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Elephant Man and Beres Hammond are among the interviewees. MK2 will release in Fra
  • CJ signs French deal with Diaphana for competitor Secret Sunshine

    After heated pre-market bidding on Official Competition title Secret Sunshine, Korean sales agent CJ Entertainment has sealed a local distribution deal to Diaphana for France. Ama Film has also come on for Greece.From the director of Venice-awarded Oasis and former Director's Fortnight title Peppermint Candy, Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine stars Jeon Do-yeon as a woman
  • Clarke and Perkins promoted at UK distributor Optimum

    Managing director Will Clarke has been promoted to CEO of UK-based Optimum Releasing, with former head of distribution Danny Perkins now promoted to managing director and COO. Clarke will now work more closely with Frederic Sichler, co-chairman of parent Studio Canal, in international production, acquisitions and development of the international business. Clarke will still continue to oversee all activities including acquisitions. Perkins will handle the day-to-day running of the
  • Clive Owen is back in town with new Capitol project

    Capitol Films has added Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back In Town to its Cannes slate, which will star Clive Owen.The Tiger Aspect Pictures/Southern Light Films co-production is made in association with BBC Films and Film Finance Corporation of Australia.Allan Cubitt has adapted Simon Carr's memoir of the same name, about a sports writer who becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances. The shoot is scheduled to start in January 20
  • CMC boards Chen Kaige's biopic of opera singer Mei Lanfang

    Taiwan's CMC Entertainment has boarded Chen Kaige's upcoming biopic of Chinese opera singer Mei Lanfang as co-producer alongside China Film Group. Leon Lai and Zhang Ziyi are being lined up to star in the $15m film which is tentatively scheduled to start shooting in July. Mei, who was famous for playing women on stage, provided inspiration for Chen's award-winning Farewell My Concubine which shared the Palme d'Or with
  • Comment - Discovering the actual new cinema

    Imagine a world in which our knowledge of US cinema came exclusively from the films that play the major festivals. In this strange parallel universe directors such as Gus Van Sant, David Lynch and Harmony Korine would spring to mind at the free-association prompt "American movies!".They do not, of course - at least not if you are an ordinary human being rather than a film critic. We know that these guys live in a tiny experimental broom cupboard in the Beverly Hills mansion of the US f
  • ContentFilm thunders on with sales for Elephants feature

    ContentFilm International is working with new nature project Elephants Of The Okavango and has already closed deals with Germany (Falcom), France (Euro TV), CIS and Baltics (MGN), Hungary/Czech/Slovak Republics (Intersonic), Latin America (SWEN), the Middle East (Gulf) and The Netherlands/Belgium (A Film).The narrative-style documentary feature follows a family of African elephants as they cross 300 km of hot desert to reach the wetlands of the fl
  • Control

    Dir: Anton Corbijn. UK. 2007. 119mins.
  • Cork signs new three-year sponsorship deal with drinks importer

    The Cork Film Festival has announced a new headline sponsor in Barry Fitzwilliam Maxxium, Irish importers of Corona Extra, Absolut Vodka and other products.Recently appointed Festival chairman Michael O'Connell, welcomed the three-year sponsorship deal of both financial and marketing support for the festival. 'This new sponsorship enables us to bring Ireland's oldest and largest festival to a new level. Film festivals such as Cork's are increasingly expensive to mount and the support of
  • David Hare to give keynote at Screenwriters Festival

    Leading screenwriter and playwright Sir David Hare will give a keynote speech at this year's International Screenwriters Festival in July.The writer - whose work includes the screenplays for The Hours, Plenty and Damage - will talk about the pressures his profession at the event in the UK town of Cheltenham (July 3-6)The talk, called Input And Where To Put It will consider 'social demands
  • Davis and Keener travel to Winterbottom's Genova

    Hope Davis and Catherine Keener have been confirmed to join Colin Firth in Michael Winterbottom's next effort, Genova.Shooting will begin at the end of June in Genoa, Italy and Boston. Post-production will be done in the UK.Dreamachine is handling international sales and distribution on the film, which also stars relative newcomers Willa Holland and Perla Haney-Jardine. Winterbottom wrote the script with Laurence Coriat who also collab
  • De Niro, Pacino back together again in Righteous Kill

    Robert De Niro and Al Pacino will star together in the crime thriller Righteous Kill, a $60m production that signals Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films' most grandiose project to date.Jon Avnet will begin a two-month shoot in August in Connecticut on the story, which pairs the iconic stars as detectives on the trail of a serial killer. Russell Gewirtz (The Inside Man) wrote the screenplay.
  • DeAPlaneta takes on new thriller 25 Carats

    DeAPlaneta has initiated pre-sales for Madrid-based Iconica and Barcelona-based In Vitro's new joint project with the working title 25 Kilates (25 Carats).Paxti Amezcua's thief thriller, budgeted at Euros 2.5m film, will start shooting in September with a cast including Carmelo Gomez and Veronica Echejui.
  • Derek Jacobi joins cast of Schrader's Adam Resurrected

    Derek Jacobi has joined Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe on the cast of Paul Schrader's holocaust drama Adam Resurrected.Based on Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk's novel, the story follows a former circus entertainer who was spared the gas chamber to entertain Jews as they marched to their deaths.After the war he ends up in an asylum populated solely by holocaust survivors and struggles to make sense of his life.Moritz Bliebtreu, Hana Lasz
  • Directors' Fortnight title Foster Child sold to France

    Ad Vitam has acquired French rights to Filipino director Brillante 'Dante' Mendoza's Foster Child, which will play in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at Cannes. In addition to France, the deal also covers French-speaking territories including Monaco, Andorra and French-speaking Switzerland and Benelux. Gregory Gajos of Ad Vitam and Philippines-based Ferdinand Lapuz of Ignatius Films Canada brokered the deal. Mendoza will attend the world premiere of his film in Cannes alon
  • Diving Bell makes waves for Pathe

    Before the market has even begun, Pathe Pictures International is reporting a roaring trade on Julian Schnabel's competition entry, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. In advance of its world premiere next week, the adaptation of author Jean-Domninique Bauby's memoir about his life after he was incapacitated by a stroke, has sold to a number of territories. They include Italy (Bim), Japan (Asmik Ace), Taiwan (CMC), Poland (Best Film
  • Draper joins Slingshot's new distribution arm

    New UK digital film company Slingshot Studios has announced a new UK distribution arm, Slingshot Distribution, which will handle 10-12 films per year.Slingshot will acquire third-party projects and also work on Slingshot's own productions.Elizabeth Draper, a veteran of Fox Searchlight UK, Icon and Pathe Film Distribution, has been named managing director of the new distribution business.Slingshot CEO and co-founder Arvind Ethan David said: 'We've felt for a while that there
  • Dreamachine picks up Link's Aftermath.

    In one of its first major pick-ups since its launch earlier this spring, Dreamachine has announced start of production on Oscar winner Caroline Link's Aftermath. The film is co-produced by Constantin Film and Bavaria Film and will be shot on location in Germany. Dreamachine will handle worldwide sales. Writer-director Link (Nowhere In Africa) has adapted the screenplay from the novel by Scott
  • Ealing closes Germany, Benelux deals for St Trinian's

    Ealing Studios International has sold its girls school project St Trinian's, which is still shooting, to Germany (Concorde/Telemunchen) and Benelux (Paridiso). Entertainment already has UK rights. Also, Ealing Studios announced that Mischa Barton of The OC fame has been confirmed to join the film's large, star-studded ensemble cast.The cast already includes Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Lena Headey,
  • Easternlight makes Fatal Contact with TWC

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired North American rights to Hong Kong martial arts action title Fatal Contact from Arclight Films' Asian division Easternlight. The film has also been sold to Metropolitan, which has bought all rights for France, and Tiberius for Germany. Directed by Dennis Law and produced by Hong Kong's Gold Label, China Star and Point of View Production, Fatal Contact stars wushu champion Wu Jing who first came to attention playing a cold-bloo
  • Echo Bridge takes on The Cry and The King

    Echo Bridge Entertainment has boarded Bernadine Santistevan's thriller The Cry and Riding With The King, an account of life on the road with Elvis Presley.The Cry takes place in New York City and is based on the Latino myth of La Llorona, which holds that men who cheat on their wives are abducted by a vengeful female apparition.Presley's stepbrother a
  • Edinburgh starts rising talent and acting awards for 2007

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced two new initiatives this year: a new UK Talent Showcase, entitled Trailblazers, in association with Skillset; and a new performance award, the PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film, which will be sponsored by The Premier Property Group.About 20 Trailblazers will be named, of which half will be selected from the new UK films in the 2007 programme and half will be graduating students from the Skillset Screen
  • Editorial - Screen says - All franchised out'

    The nightmare for everyone involved in any creative industry is that one day the ideas will dry up. More particularly for the international market, it is what happens when all the remakes have been remade, the original books and plays adapted, the sequels drifting off into painful repetition.It's a niggling doubt that is present, however distant, in the justified celebrations of another success. The fantastic performance of Spider-Man 3 at the world's box offices once again defi
  • El Deseo and Explora start production on Sipan tomb project

    El Deseo, the Almodovar brothers' Madrid-based production company, and Explora Films have started production on a $1.34m (Euros 1m) docudrama about the discovery and excavation of the ancient tomb of the Lord de Sipán in northern Peru.A spokeswoman for El Deseo called the tomb, remarkably intact after 1,700 years, 'the most important archeological find of the 20th century, comparable to Tutankamon.'The Spanish production companies will help pay for excavation of the tomb and sacre
  • Emperor takes stake in Jay Chou project Kung Fu Dunk

    Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) has taken an equity position in the new Jay Chou martial arts action comedy Kung Fu Dunk, and will handle sales of the film to all territories in Europe and the Americas. EMP, which had previously acquired Hong Kong rights to the film, reached the agreement with Taiwan's Chang-Hong Channel Film & Video on the eve of the Cannes market. Principal photography on the $10m film, previously known as
  • Fabrication lands Presidio on space station project Almaz

    Fabrication Films has sold Christian Johnson’s fact-based space station disaster film Almaz Black Box to Presidio in Japan following the premiere screening on the first day of the market.The film centres on events in 1998 when a Russian military space station carrying three crew members and two Western observers crashed to earth after a glitch severed the communications system.Footage reveals what happened on the vessel through the Black
  • Film4 to help London's ICA with refurbishment fundraising

    The UK's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) has announced an ambitious fundraising programme in collaboration with Film4 to raise funds for ICA Cinema. The fundraising drive will primarily go to support refurbishment of two cinemas at the ICA.Film4 will advise and support the ICA in significant fundraising strategies, with details to be announced soon.Film4 will also host specially programmed Channel 4 film screenings at the ICA and donate some tickets proceeds to the eff
  • Films Distribution Cannes slate includes competitor Tehilim

    In a nice twist of timing, Films Distribution comes to Cannes this year with a pair of past masterpieces and a companion piece from a current master.The company recently acquired Albert Lamorisse's classic The Red Balloon which won a Palme d'Or and an Oscar in 1956 and 1957 respectively. Alongside it is Wild Stallion, Lamorisse's earlier film which also took a Cannes prize in 1953. Both films are screening
  • First Sun takes shine to remake of Argento's Suspira

    New Italian production outfit First Sun has acquired remake rights to Dario Argento gothic horror classic Suspira.The company is led by Italian director Luca Guadagnino (Melissa P), Fendi group fashion designer Silvia Venturini Fendi with producers Carlo Antonelli, Marco Morabito and Massimilano Violante.The English-language remake will have an international cast and creative team. It will be influenced by 'cinema, videogames, fashio
  • Flanders Audiovisual Fund gets new injection of cash

    In a move that will provide a major boost to Flemish film production, the Flanders Cultural Affairs Minister Bert Anciaux has announced plans to increase Government support for State film body, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Details of the funding emerged here in Cannes.Anciaux anticipates that the new injection of cash will lead to a doubling of feature film output in Flanders by the year 2010. At present, Flanders produces an average of six to eight features per year as a majorit
  • Flight Of The Red Balloon (Le Voyage Du Ballon Rouge)

    Ostensibly an homage to the fifty years old classic The Red Balloon, this is the kind of tribute that only Hou Hsiao Hsien would devise for his first fully French-speaking and produced picture. Albert Lamorisse's lyrical, dialogue-less half hour survey of Paris in the fifties, in which the director followed his own son and a red balloon attached to the boy along the streets of Paris, was for many years a worldwide favorite of cinem
  • Fortissimo ties the knot with Iceland's Country Wedding

    Fortissimo Films has acquired all rights outside Scandinavia to Icelandic comedy Country Wedding, currently shooting in Snaefellsness, Iceland. The brainchild of editor-turned-director Valdis Oskarsdottir, the film is a road movie about two busloads of Icelanders attending a wedding in a small church in the country. Completion is scheduled in time for the 2008 Cannes film festival. Oskarsdottir is best known for her work editing such films
  • Foundas and Hoberman join NYFF selection committee

    The 45th New York Film Festival, which will take place Sept 28 to Oct 14 this year, has added two new members to its selection committee - US critics Scott Foundas and J Hoberman. They join The Film Society Of Lincoln Center's Richard Pena and Kent Jones and Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum in choosing the 2007 festival slate. Foundas is the film editor and chief film critic for LA Weekly and Hoberman has been the senior film critic at The Village Voice
  • Frears doesn't expect any 'brutality' as he leads Cannes jury

    Stephen Frears and his Cannes competition jury made their first public appearance in Cannes on Wednesday at the festival's opening day press conference.Frears was flanked by jury members Toni Collette, Maggie Cheung, Maria de Medeiros, Sarah Polley, Marco Bellocchio, Orhan Pamuk, Michel Piccoli and Abderrahmane Sissako.When asked whether any of them had hesitated upon receiving the call to take part in the jury for the 60th anniversary of the festival, Frears joked: 'I hesitated,
  • Fukusaku and Oshii unite to lead Toei's Rebellion

    Japanese studio Toei is developing a sci-fi action project, Rebellion: The Killing Isle (working title), uniting two of Japan's hottest film-making talents - Kenta Fukasaku and Mamoru Oshii.Battle Royale II director Fukasaku is set to direct the $10m film from a script by Oshii - director of acclaimed anime titles Ghost In The Shell an
  • Funny Balloons bats for Blue Eyelids

    Paris-based sales agent Funny Balloons has announced the acquisition of Critics' Week title Parpados Azules (Blue Eyelids).The film, by Mexico's Ernesto Contreras, will be handled by Funny Balloons in all territories excluding Mexico.Eyelids has secured French distribution with Colifilms Diffusion. It was a top winner at the Guadalajara festival.
  • Future Films and Celsius come on board for Vivaldi biopic

    Boris Damast's Vivaldi biopic is picking up momentum. Producer and financier Future Films has now boarded the project, being made by Hand Picked Films and Mechaniks'. In Cannes today, it was confirmed that Celsius Entertainment will be handling sales. Joseph Fiennes stars as the legendary composer. Also in the cast are Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Lena Headey, Zuleika Robinson and Elle Fanning. Future Films has a number of projects at Cannes including Angel's Choice
  • Future Shorts provides shorts for MySpace's Cannes afternoons

    UK-based international short film label Future Shorts has become the official short film partner for MySpace France during Cannes. MySpace is hosting afternoon entertainment (from 3-6pm each day May 16-27) on the Smiley Beach (opposite the Noga Hilton) featuring bands and DJs including the likes of New Order's Peter Hook plus French artists Alex Beaupain and Claire Diterzi. Future Shorts will screen short films between the audio entertainment. Future Shorts has been conducting short screenings i
  • Gans in the game for fantasy adventure

    Christophe Gans has signed to direct the $70m-plus epic adventure Onimusha for Samuel Hadida's Davis Films. Gans previously collaborated with Hadida on the worldwide hits Silent Hill and Brotherhood Of The Wolf and will arrive on the Croisette on Sunday to meet buyers.
  • Georgia Rule

    Dir: Garry Marshall. US. 2007. 111mins.Georgia Rule is a comedy about women that comes with stars and a mighty promise -that honesty and humor can heal the most bitter rifts that fray mother-daughter bonds over three generations. The film, written and directed by men, aims at a trans-generational market of women represented by Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan. It's that huge coveted audience that clicks the remote from Oprah and
  • Germany's Splendid takes on Jaa's Ong Bak 2

    Germany's Splendid has become the first distributor to pounce on Ong Bak 2, starring and directed by Tony Jaa, since The Weinstein Company surrendered international rights to the project. TWC acquired all rights excluding Asia and the UK to the film last year, from Thailand's Sahamongkolfilm International, but recently renegotiated the deal and handed back all territories except North America. Currently in production, the film is a
  • Global Tax Guide 2007

    If you don't use soft money, you shouldn't be making an independent movie.' Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of US financier Relativity Media, perfectly sums up the importance of tax breaks for film-making. 'It's free equity, literally. It's free money that doesn't generally require participation in a movie. And there's soft money all over the world.'What is not available is the level of incentives once provided by German media funds and UK sale-and-leaseback initiatives, which made up the core fin
  • Goalpost Films adds Natalie Imbruglia project to slate

    New UK-based sales company Goalpost Films has its first full slate at Cannes. Tristan Whalley (Goalpost and Majestic veteran) and Nicki Parfitt (Portman, Lee & Thompson) started the company last year and are continuing sales on Sundance hit Clubland and Ruper Wyatt's thriller The Escapist (now in post), starring Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes. Goalpost also has four films at the financing/pre-production stage: James Bogle's Elise starring singer Natalie Imbrugli
  • Good News builds hot slate including Bin Laden title

    Yacoubian Building producers The Good News Group have announced a four-title multi genre film slate that shows the group intends to forge ahead with controversial and hot topics about the Arab world as shown from their own perspective.Al-Qaeda will be the title of an Osama Bin Laden, Aiman el-Zawhiri themed film that focuses on their relationship with an American journalist.Good News's CEO and film d
  • H2O sign Lajos Koltai to two films

    Andras Hamori and Mark Horowitz's H20 Motion Pictures has signed Lajos Koltai to direct two features - Under The Frog and Born Of Fire.Oscar-nominated cinematographer Koltai directed Hungarian Holocaust epic Fateless and next month's US release Evening for Focus Features with a cast including Meryl Streep, Claire Dan
  • Haneke's White Ribbon to tie up in February 2008

    Further details are beginning to emerge of Michael Haneke's next project, The White Ribbon, being made through Les Films Du Losange, X-Filme and Vega.Legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere has been working on the screenplay of the film, a period piece set during the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.A sales agent is yet to be appointed and casting is also to be confirmed.Shooting is slated to begin in February next y
  • Headline on track for first western

    Ambitious UK production outfit Headline (which recently snapped up the film rights to Peter Pan sequel, Peter Pan In Scarlet) is plotting its first western. The company has taken rights to Geraldine McCaughrean's bestseller Stop The Train!, set in the Oklahoma land rush.Stop The Train! Is the third McCaughrean project on Headline's slate (following on from Peter Pan In Scarlet and Kite Rider.) Headline is also expected
  • Heavyweight sales for KM's 200 Pounds Beauty

    Korean sales company KM Culture has sold cosmetic surgery romantic-comedy 200 Pounds Beauty to Amuse, Inc. for Japan, M Pictures for Thailand, Vietnam Media for Vietnam, and AOE for Malaysia. The Amuse deal in particular is good news after last year's huge slump in Korean sales to Japan. Lee Sang-mi, acquisitions exec at Amuse said, 'The film is charming, and it lets us introduce a new and different kind of Korean film to Japan.'South Korea
  • Heroes

    Dir: Bruno Merle. Fr. 2007. 116mins.Imagine a raving lunatic screaming at you virtually non-stop for two hours, six inches from your face, and you will begin to get an idea of what it is like to watch Heroes. For its basic premise - berserk fan kidnaps star and harangues him brutally for days on end - Bruno Merle's debut film borrows liberally from Scorsese's King Of Comedy but never comes close to the social critique of the earlier film, nor
  • High Point takes on hot politics of Rendition

    High Point Films has taken the world rights, outside the UK, to Jim Threapleton's debut feature Rendition, starring Andy Serkis and Omar Berdouni.Andy Noble produced for Ultra Film.The politically charged feature is about a British Muslim teacher who is suspected of terrorism and through the controversial practice of extraordinary rendition and taken to an undisclosed country where he is tortured. Amnesty International consulted closely thr
  • Hong Kong's Triangle added to Cannes official selection

    Hong Kong-Chinese action thriller Triangle, directed by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To, has been added to Cannes official selection just days before the festival begins. The film has been programmed as an out-of-competition Midnight Screening on Thursday night/Friday morning at 12:20am. Cannes and the film's producers were waiting for it to gain approval from Chinese censors to travel abroad before announcing its selection. The three Hong Kong directors worked in relay
  • Horizon to represent four films from Irreverent Media

    Horizon Motion Pictures has signed a deal to represent four projects from Irreverent Media Ltd (IML) in Cannes as executive producer and co-producer seeking sales, distribution and co-production partners.The quartet is headed by The Light-House, a story starring Kevin Zegers and William Hurt that is said to be inspired by the dying words of the celebrated horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.Zegers will play a misunderstood man who flees
  • ICA picks up six films including Chabrol's Comedy Of Power

    ICA Films has picked up six new titles for UK distribution.They are Sandhya Suri's I For India from Celluloid Dreams; musical documentary When The Road Bends: Tales Of A Gypsy Caravan from Fortissimo; Marwan Hamed's The Yacoubian Building from BAC Films; Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon from Match Factory; Claude Chabrol's A Comedy Of Power from Wild Bunch; and the documentary Annie Liebovitz: Life Through A Lens from Fortissimo. ICA has set release dates of Aug 3 for I For India; Aug 2
  • ICA picks up six films including Chabrol's Comedy Of Power

    ICA Films has picked up six new titles for UK distribution.They are Sandhya Suri's I For India from Celluloid Dreams; musical documentary When The Road Bends: Tales Of A Gypsy Caravan from Fortissimo; Marwan Hamed's The Yacoubian Building from BAC Films; Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon from Match Factory; Claude Chabrol's A Comedy Of Power
  • IDG, China Film to co-finance five-picture slate

    IDG China Media Fund has announced that it will cooperate with state-owned China Film Group to invest in five Chinese-language films over two years. China Film president Han Sanping and IDG China Media Fund president Hugo Shong signed a memo of cooperation in Beijing on Thursday. The first film to benefit from the deal will be An Zhanjun's Sunshine In The Alley (working title), a $780,000 (RMB6m) contemporary drama about a penniless and frustrated father struggling to gain
  • India - Mother figure

    Fresh from The Namesake, prolific Indian director Mira Nair is working on two very different projects. She is set to direct the epic $100m Shantaram on four continents for Warner Bros. An adaptation of Gregory David Roberts' autobiographical novel, it is being produced by Initial Entertainment Group's Graham King and will star Johnny Depp (who will co-produce alongside Brad Pitt) and Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan.Nair is also executive producing Little Zizou, the directorial debut of
  • India's Saregama taps Sen, Sharan for production push

    Indian music company Saregama HMV has unveiled its plans to enter film production which includes adding prominent Indian filmmakers Aparna Sen and BR Sharan to its leadership team. Sharan will serve as chief creative officer to tap the Hindi film market while Sen will serve as chief creative officer focused on the Bengali film and television business. In addition, B R Vijaylakshmi will head the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam television content business. The company has already produc
  • Industry moves

    Dubinet to head myriad pictures financing armRevelations Entertainment partners Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary have hired former Myriad Pictures distribution chief Ann Dubinet to head their new financing arm, Global Revelations. The new venture will nurture a "talent-inspired" consortium of equity and hedge-fund personnel ranging from studios and financiers to international players in Europe, Asia and Latin America.Hanway's walton moves to paramount vantageAlex Walton h
  • Industry Trust launches $6m campaign to tackle copyright theft

    The Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness is kicking off the largest anti-piracy campaign ever in the UK on June 1 to educate the public about the damaging effects of what they now refer to as 'Knocking Off'.New research shows that copyright theft cost the film and television industry $912m (£460m) in 2006. Losses to the DVD retail sector were equivalent to 14% of the sector's total value and cinema losses equivalent to 13.5%. The leading drive behind this new $6m (£3
  • Ingenious starts $200m fund for distribution slates

    UK-based media investment company Ingenious, which has been hit by recent UK government clampdowns on various investment schemes, has now launched a $203m (Euros 150m) film distribution fund. Instead of backing the release of single films, the fund will take a slate approach with European independent distributors' entire portfolios, including finance for acquisitions of new films and libraries.Ingenious said that it plans for the five-year fund to finance the distribution and mark
  • Intramovies takes on sales for Olmi's One Hundred Nails

    Italy's Intramovies has picked up international sales rights to One Hundred Nails, Palm d'Or winning director Ermanno Olmi's last feature to which is being represented in Cannes Tribute section.Olmi, who has now presented five films at Cannes won the Palme d'Or for The Tree of Wooden Clogs in 1979.One Hundred Nails stars Israeli actor Raz Degan, and is the story of
  • Istituto Luce on board for Calopresti's L'Abbuffata

    Istituto Luce has announced Italian director Mimmo Calopresti's latest directorial foray L'Abbuffata, starring Gerard Depardieu, Diego Abatantuono and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.The $2.4m (Euros 1.8m) budget picture was produced under Calopresti's own Gage production outfit, with Istituto Luce and France's Dania film as well as support from the Turin Piedmont Film Commission and Italy's Calabria Region.Currently in post production, the film is makin
  • Jack Black goes medieval with Kimmel's Ye Olde Times

    Kimmel International chief Mark Lindsey will commence sales in Cannes this week on the upcoming romantic comedy Ye Olde Times starring Jack Black. Shooting is scheduled to begin in September in Gilroy, California, with Michael Mendelsohn producing and Rob A White making his feature directorial debut. Tim Robbins, Will Arnett and Cary Elwes also star with a cameo by John C Reilly. The contemporary story is budgeted at under $10m and takes place against the world of Re
  • Japanese in Cannes talk co-production cash

    Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-Cho) is attending Cannes this year to talk up the subsidies that are available in Japan for international co-productions.Since introducing a film promotion policy in 2003, the agency has $6.6m (Y800m) available annually to support production of domestic films. It now wants to alert international producers to the fact that co-productions with Japan are also eligible for the funds.'We aim to promote Japanese culture abroad and also encourag
  • Joffe takes Corsan passage to India

    Roland Joffe is India-bound. The Oscar winning British director (The Killing Fields, The Mission) is to direct $35 million epic Singularity with Aishwarya Rai (Provoked, Bride and Prejudice) in the leading role. The film, due to begin production early next year, is being produced and co-financed by Belgian outfit Corsan and by Indian company Neelmudra Entertainment. The producers are Corsan CEO Paul Bre
  • Jury service: the acclaim game

    What's it like to sit on the Competition jury at Cannes' Lee Marshall goes behind the scenes. When he was president of the Cannes jury in 1953 - a year marked by a row over Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages Of Fear, a political thriller accused of being 'anti-American' - Jean Cocteau confided to his diary: 'I wish festivals didn't hand out prizes and were just a place for exchange and encounter. To preside over the Cannes jury is an experience I won't repe
  • Kassar, Feitshan form Magnetik, sign three from Relativity

    Mario Kassar and Erick J Feitshan's recently formed sales and consulting outfit Magnetik Media has signed three projects from Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media which it is selling in Cannes - James Mangold's 3:10 To Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, Rob Minkoff's Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li and Brian DePalma's Untouchables prequel
  • Killer unveils production slate, first project with THINKFilm

    Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler's Killer Films, which produced tomorrow's Quinzaine entry Savage Grace, has unveiled its new project slate including its first title with THINKFilm following the two companies' recent finance and distribution partnership.THINKFilm will handle international sales on The Electric Slide, the story of Eddie Dodson, one of the most prolific bankrobbers of the 70s and 80s and a
  • Kinowelt International to handle sales of Bioskop Film library

    On the eve of this year's Cannes Film Festival, Leipzig-based Kinowelt International has concluded an agreement with the Munich production house Bioskop Film to handle the marketing of its film library, including such German cinema classics as Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta's The Lost Honour Of Katharina Blum, Reinhard Hauff's Stammheim and von Trotta's The German Sis
  • Korea's Showbox picks up Planet One and Stopping Power

    Major Korean distributor Showbox Mediaplex has picked up animation Planet One from Handmade Pictures and the high-octane Jan de Bont action film Stopping Power from IM Global.Made by former Pixar talent, the animation project featuring green aliens is written by Joe Stillman (Shrek 1, 2, 3). Chris H. Lee, vice president of acquisitions at Showbox sign
  • Last Vampire gets first bite in UK

    Hong Kong producer Bill Kong has sealed one of the first major deals on upcoming action title Blood: The Last Vampire in the first days of the market, by selling all UK rights to Pathe UK Distribution. Chris Nahon is directing the $35m English-language film starring Korean superstar Gianna Jun (aka Jeon Ji-hyun) and Western actors Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham and Colin Salmon. Cory Yuen, who previously worked with Nahon on
  • Lionsgate bites Jinga's werewolf film Wild Country

    New UK sales company Jinga Films has closed a North American deal with Lionsgate for Craig Strachan's Scottish horror project Wild Country.Creative Axa has taken Japanese rights. Peter Capaldi and Martin Compston star in the film, which twists the werewolf genre with a teen pregnancy angle.Jinga's slate also includes thriller Summer Scars (from the team behind
  • Lionsgate UK gets Independent's In The Hands Of The Gods

    Lionsgate UK has taken the UK and Ireland rights to In The Hands Of The Gods, which had its world premiere in Cannes Market last night.Independent is handling sales on the feature, which is about five young British freestyle football fans who travel the world in hopes of meeting Diego Maradona (the film's previous title was In Search Of Diego). Lionsgate plans a September 2007 release of the fea
  • Little Film Company picks up Shill debut

    The Little Film Company has picked up the romance Silky Pink, the feature directorial from The Tudors executive producer Steve Shill.Chris Coen and Kelly McCormick produced with Shill, who has also directed episodes of The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood.Shill's manager Paul Nelson is serving as executive prod
  • Love Me Not gets Wasted

    New UK independent production company Loves Me Not Films has secured the option on its debut feature project Wasted.
  • Love Songs (Les Chansons d'Amour)

    Dir/scr: Christophe Honore Fr. 2007. 95 mins The genre of the realist-inflected arthouse musical has intermittently thrived in France , ever since it was kick-started by Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Papapluies de Cherbourg). It's an institution that ambitious French directors have returned to with regularity, with even the likes of Godard and Rivette dabbling in it, while the last really successful breakthr
  • Lucas signs to direct GreeneStreet's Laws Of Motion

    Writer-director Craig Lucas has signed on to the satirical comedy Laws Of Motion, which GreeneStreet Films International (GSFI) will begin selling in Cannes.Lucas previously directed the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee The Dying Gaul and wrote the 2002 drama The Secret Lives Of Dentists.Matthew Perry, Ben Foster and Hilary Swank star in the Plu
  • Lumina strikes The Workshop deal with UK's Revolver

    In the run-up to Cannes, increasingly aggressive UK distributor Revolver has been on a buying spree.Among a handful of titles it has picked up in recent weeks is Jamie Morgan's provocative documentary The Workshop, one of the buzz titles at last month's Tribeca Festival. (Lumina is selling the film in the market.) Revolver will give the film a theatrical release in the UK later in the year.Another recent Revolver acquisition is
  • Magnetik in three-film deal with Relativity

    Mario Kassar and Erick J Feitshan's recently formed sales and consulting outfit Magnetik Media has signed three projects from Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media which it is selling here. They are:James Mangold's 3:10 To Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian BaleRob Minkoff's Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li And Brian DePalma's
  • Magnolia, Red Envelope acquire Hallam Foe for North America

    Magnolia Pictures and Red Envelope Entertainment have teamed up to acquire North American rights to David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe which had its world premiere in competition at Berlin this year. The film, which stars Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles and Ciaran Hinds, is the story of a young man searching the rooftops of Edinburgh for love, while driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death. Magnolia plans a 2008 theatrical release.
  • Mandate launches Grindstone DVD division

    Mandate Pictures has launched its home entertainment division Grindstone Entertainment, which will be aggressively sourcing titles here for home entertainment, online and mobile markets.Former president of Lionsgate Home Entertainment Group Barry Brooker has been named chief executive officer and president of the venture, which has acquired 226 first and second-run features and plans to produce up to six titles a year. Longtime acquisitions and production executive Stan Wertlieb will wor
  • Medavoy plans supernatural thriller Mile Zero

    Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures, whose competition entry Zodiac screened in competition here on Thursday, is preparing the supernatural thriller Mile Zero.Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt will produce and Erik Van Looy will direct from an original screenplay by Holly Brix.The producers are out to casting on the project, which is set for a late 2007 start and is being
  • Meistrich resurfaces with Nehst Media Enterprises

    Film Movement and Shooting Gallery founder Larry Meistrich has launched the New York-based production, financing and distribution company Nehst Media Enterprises.Meistrich has partnered on the venture with and Chemical Records creator Ari D Friedman. The initial roster of titles and products will be announced shortly.Dana Offenbach is named president of the production group, while former Miramax and Focus Features executive Bill Keys has been appointed pr
  • Mexican film-makers land at Universal, Focus International

    Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu have formally announced their production partnership cha cha cha and partnered with Universal Pictures and Focus Features International (FFI) on the financing, sales and distribution on five upcoming films.Under the terms of the deal, the three will maintain creative control over their films, allowing them to develop and produce independently with the benefit of worldwide studio distribution. Each of the d
  • Miami makeover for London gangster classic

    Classic UK gangster film The Long Good Friday is to be re-made, it was confirmed in Cannes, with the action shifting to Miami. Handmade Films and Impact Pictures are partnering on the $50m project, written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Co-producers will be Patrick Meehan for HandMade Films and Jeremy Bolt for Impact Pictures. The action in the new film is to be re-located from its original 1980s London Dockland
  • Mira Nair to executive produce Taraprevala's Little Zizou

    Sooni Taraprevala, the award-winning screenwriter of The Namesake, Salaam Bombay and Such A Long Journey, is at work in Mumbai on her directorial debut, Little Zizou.The film, which started shooting late last month, stars Boman Irani and Mahabanoo Kotwal. It is being executive produced by Taraprevala's long-term collaborator, Mira Nair.The film will be shot in
  • Mirovision sells Japan and US remake rights to Kim

    Seoul-based Mirovision has announced the sale of Japanese and US remake rights to Kim Tae-sik's Driving With My Wife's Lover to Kuzui Enterprises in Japan. Producer Kaz Kuzui picked up the rights after seeing the film at Sundance. 'Kim is a talent to watch and we hope to work with him in the future. As for the remake to his film, we feel Driving With My Wife's Lover has a particularly Asian
  • MK adds two womens films to their Cannes slate

  • Momentum takes UK rights to Burger's The Return

    Momentum Pictures has taken the UK rights to Neil Burger's The Return from sales company QED.Robert Walak, Momentum's director of acquisitions, negotiated the deal with Kim Fox, SVP worldwide sales at QED.Lionsgate has US rights and is considering a December release. The drama is about three soldiers returning from Iraq who take an unexpected road trip. Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Pena star.Rick Schwartz is produci
  • Momentum's Suen joins Aramid as chief operating officer

    Aramid Capital Partners has appointed Yu Fai Suen as chief operating officer. Aramid is the large new new film fund comprised of financiers Future Films, Screen Capital International and Stonehenge Capital. Suen had been senior VP operations for Europe at Momentum Pictures, where he had been for nine years. He is also a veteran of MGM, Polygram and EMI Records. Simon Fawcett, the former finance director of Pathe who is CEO of Aramid Capital Partners, said: 'We are delighted
  • Moodysson to make first English-language film

    Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is to begin work later this year on Mammoth, his first English-language feature. The film (which is being pre-sold in Cannes by Trust Film Sales) marks Moodysson's return to 'a more narrative style' in the vein of Together and Lilya 4-Ever after his recent experimental movies Container and
  • More cast lines up for Wrathall's Good shooting in Budapest

    Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker and Mark Strong have joined Viggo Mortensen in the cast of Good, John Wrathall's screen adaptation of the CP Taylor stage play, directed by Vicente Amorim.Principal photography has begun in Budapest on the film, in which Viggo Mortensen plays the lead role of John Halder, a seemingly decent professor in Hitler era Germany who fails to recognise the evil around him and becomes embroiled in the Nazis' genocidal plan
  • Morgan's KMI to sell Kevin Costner comedy Swing Vote

    Kathy Morgan's Los Angeles-based sales agency KMI arrives on the Croisette buoyed by the acquisition of the Kevin Costner comedy Swing Vote.Costner will play a beer-guzzling layabout whose precocious 12-year-old daughter triggers a chain of events that renders her father's ballot the deciding vote in the upcoming Presidental Election.The situation prompts armies of politicians and media to descend on the hapless man's home town, tr
  • My Blueberry Nights

    Dir: Wong Kar Wai. 2007. US. 111mins Life is as plaintive and banal as a country western ballad in My Blueberry Nights. Wong Kar Wai's English-language debut may have all the trappings of an American road movie but at the core it is a characteristically dreamy exploration of love, loss and the sad ache of the broken-hearted. Retaining the languor but stripped of the exoticism that helped to attract an art-house audience to In The Mood For Love
  • New Cinema Fund backs new Winterbottom and Warp X titles

    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund is backing several new projects including Michael Winterbottom's next film and thriller Donkey Punch, being sold in Cannes market by Lumina. The Film Council has awarded:$1.3m (£659,331) to Olly Blackburn's thriller Donkey Punch, in post-production for Warp X and being sold by Lumina $985,911 (£500,000) to Winterbottom's drama
  • New Goals

    Tristan Whalley and Nicki Parfitt first met while working for Portman Entertainment on the comedy Saving Grace in 2000. Both saw the potential of the film, originally made for TV, to go larger. Of course, it did.Whalley and Parfitt are now using that approach with their new company Goalpost Film. "What we're going to concentrate on is being a bespoke company for sales, marketing and financing, working with about five films a year, of budgets $10m and under," says Whalley, who has worke
  • New Line takes North America on Darclight's Sick House

    New Line Cinema has acquired North American rights from Darclight Films to the British horror film The Sick House.Directed and co-written by Curtis Radclyffe, the film tells the story of an archaeologist, played by Gina Phillips (Jeepers Creepers), who becomes trapped in an abandoned hospital and is preyed upon by an incarnation of the plague. The film is screening in the Cannes market on May 22.
  • Nguyen promoted to Warner Bros International senior VP of operations

    Jack Nguyen has been promoted to senior vice president of operations at Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI). Nguyen is a 17-year veteran of the studio and supervised the studio's distribution activities during a period of intense growth across the Asia-Pacific region. Nguyen joined the studio in 1990 as manager of international budgets for WBPI. He worked on the Harry Potter and
  • No Country For Old Men

    Dir/scr: Joel & Ethan Coen. US. 2007.122 mins
  • Nordisk picks up three features including The Art Of Negative Thinking

    Having sold Norwegian director Joachim Trier's award-winning Reprise to 20 countries, Nordisk Film International Sales has picked up another three Norwegian features, launching one - Bard Breien's debut drama, The Art of Negative Thinking - in the Cannes Market. 'There is currently a lot of focus on Norwegian cinema,' explained publicity manager Nicolai Korsgaard, confirming that Nordisk will also handle Norse directors Marius Holst's Mirush and Alexander Eik's Co
  • Nordisk to handle Sandrew Metronome's Swedish features

    Nordisk International Film Sales has signed an eye-catching deal to handle all Sandrew Metronome's upcoming Swedish feature films. Lena Rehnberg, head of production at Sandrew Metronome, signed the deal with Tine Klint, head of international sales at Nordisk. Through the new alliance, Nordisk will be handling sales on Sunstorm, a thriller starring Izabella Scorupco and Mikael Persbrandt, and on romantic drama Ciao Bella by Mani Maserrat Agah.
  • Northern Ireland gets $24m boost in new three-year plan

    The Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission has unveiled a new three-year strategy and restructured its funding programmes. In a nod to the digital era, the group has been renamed Northern Ireland Screen, and has gotten a new $24m package of support from Invest Northern Ireland.The new Northern Ireland Screen Fund, which will be the umbrella for all the production and development finance, will now have an increased production finance cap of $1.6m per project, and will also introd
  • Not Quite Hollywood goes to Madman, Magnolia and Optimum

    Several distributors have come on board early for the Australian project Not Quite Hollywood, about Australian genre cinema in the 1970s and 1980s. Deals have been struck for Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), North America (Magnolia Pictures), and the UK (Optimum Releasing).Director Mark Hartley is in production now on the film, which will be released in Australia in 2008 with the UK and US to follow. Interviewees in
  • Notro lands more deals on Honor de Cavalleria

    Notro Films has closed several new deals for Spanish director Albert Serra's Honor de Cavalleria with the UK (Soda Pictures), Argentina (791) and Benelux (Victory Production). The picture, which took the top prize at the last edition of the Turin Film Festival, is an ultra-minimalist take on Cervante's classic Don Quixote story.
  • NZ starts sales on Ballantyne's debut

    NZ Film, the sales arm of the New Zealand Film Commission, is in Cannes announcing Armagan Ballantyne's debut feature The Strength Of Water, about a young boy who has to deal with an unexpected tragedy. Hopscotch has already acquired Australian and New Zealand rights. The Strength Of Water will start shooting In August 2007 in the far north of New Zealand and will be finished in the second quarter of 2008. Fiona Copland of Filmwork is producing the German-NZ co-produ
  • Olivier Assayas springs Binoche for $6m drama

    MK2 will produce the next effort from French director Olivier Assayas, Springtime Past. The $6m (Euros 4.5m) drama will star Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jeremie Renier and will be ready for Berlin. Assayas is in competition at Cannes this year with Boarding Gate. Presales on Springtime Past will start at Cannes while the shoot will begin in late
  • Olympic role for film in 2012

    UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell (inCannes to declare the new UK/South Africa film co-production treatyoperational) gave an undertaking yesterday that film will be includedin the 'Cultural Olympiad' planned in London for the 2012 Olympics.'It is absolutely certain that film and British film success will be part of the Olympics,' Jowell stated.Speaking to journalists in the British Pavilion, The Minister wasstriking a bullish note about the
  • Omega takes international rights to Anna Nicole

    Swiss and UK-based financing, production and sales company Omega Entertainment has acquired international rights from Montage Films to the Anna Nicole Smith biopic Anna Nicole.Filming is underway in Los Angeles with US singer Willa Ford starring as the late model and TV personality who died last February from an accidental drug overdose in Florida. Los Angeles-based Montage Films and Hollywood television company Nasser Entertainment are financ
  • Opening weekend frenzy goes online with

    Here in Cannes, film-maker Mary McGuckian has launched a new online network,, for online film premieres. The secure site has been developed during the last year, designed by film-makers for film-makers. is now accepting online submissions from all industry sources, directly from film-makers, their representatives, sales agents or traditional distributors. The site will go lives to consumers after the initial slate is set. The site's creators are lo
  • Optimum and Lionsgate get lifted with UK DVD company Elevation

    Optimum Releasing (and its parent company StudioCanal) has set up a joint venture with Lionsgate UK to jointly acquire home entertainment company Elevation Sales. Elevation will now handle the sales and distribution of all DVD product for both Optimum Home Entertainment and Lionsgate UK. The company will also carry third-party projects and is expected to branch out into other areas such as TV-to-DVD releasing.The companies have signed letters of understanding and are now negotiati
  • Palme d'Or winner: Abbas Kiarostami

    When Abbas Kiarostami's Taste Of Cherry shared the Palme d'Or with Shohei Imamura's The Eel at the 50th Cannes Film Festival in 1997, the Iranian auteur was no stranger to Cannes. Life And Nothing More had won the Un Certain Regard award in 1992; Through The Olive Trees screened in Competition in 1994; and Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon, which Kiarostami wrote, won the Camera d'Or in 1995. The Palme d'Or established Kiarostami internationally as the pre-emi
  • Palme d'Or winner: Alan Bridges

    British director Alan Bridges turns 80 this year, but is still writing scripts. During his career he has worked with some of the biggest names in cinema history, including Ingmar Bergman and Laurence Olivier, but insists that his Palme d'Or win for The Hireling in 1973 was one of his crowning glories. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'Astonishing. I knew we were making a quality film but I thought it wasn't going to be anything of any great signifi
  • Palme d'Or winner: Andrzej Wajda

    Polish director Andrzej Wajda won the Palme d'Or in 1981 with Man Of Iron, but he says winning the Special Jury prize in 1957 for Kanal made him a European director overnight. 'I couldn't believe Cannes would notice an unknown young directorand a film from Poland which presented viewers an unknown episode from the Warsaw Uprising. It still amazes me,' he says. Wajda has been in Competition at Cannes a further five times. How did you celebrate'We were
  • Palme d'Or winner: Anselmo Duarte

    The 87-year-old Anselmo Duarte is the only Brazilian who has picked up the top prize at Cannes with The Given Word in 1962, when the unknown director nabbed the prize from under the noses of Michelangelo Antonioni (The Eclipse), Robert Bresson (The Trial Of Joan Of Arc) and Luis Bunuel (Exterminating Angel). But what should have been a glorious recognition of his talent became a curse. Harshly criticised in Brazil, Duarte felt persecuted and his career took a downturn.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Chen Kaige

    Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine shared the 1993 Palm d'Or with Jane Campion's The Piano - and he is so far the only Chinese director to win the honour. He was in Competition twice before his win, and twice since. He is now preparing a biopic of Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'Because of the good reception after the premiere, I was looking forward to winning something. But when they announced my name I wa
  • Palme d'Or winner: Claude Lelouch

    When A Man And A Woman scooped the Palme d'Or in 1966, its French director Claude Lelouch had already been hailed at festivals for such works as In The Affirmative and To Be A Crook. But the romance, starring Anouk Aimee, catapulted him to international fame and landed him not only the Palme d'Or but also two Oscars (for best foreign-language film and best original screenplay). Lelouch, also a producer, has gone on to make over 40 more films and shows no signs of slowing dow
  • Palme d'Or winner: Costa-Gavras

    Greek-born Costa-Gavras has been in Competition at Cannes three times: in 1969 with Z, which won the Jury Prize; in 1975 with Special Section, which won the best director prize; and in 1982 with Missing. The latter also picked up the best actor prize for Jack Lemmon. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'It was very special because we shared it (with Yilmaz Guney's Yol) and I think some people were waiting to see a Greek an
  • Palme d'Or winner: Emir Kusturica

    Born in Sarajevo in 1954, double Palme d'Or winner Emir Kusturica won the Palme d'Or with When Father Was Away On Business in 1985 and Underground in 1995. He returns to the Competition this year for the fifth time with Promise Me This and was also jury president in 2005. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'The first time I was excited because it was a surprise. The second time, I was more excited because the Palme d'Or in 1995 defended
  • Palme d'Or winner: Ermanno Olmi

    Ermanno Olmi talks to Screen about winning in 1978 with The Tree Of Wooden Clogs, which he said came to him 'half way through his career - neither too soon nor too late'. Olmi's just-released One Hundred Nails - which he has said will be his final film - plays at this year's Cannes in the tributes section. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'It's a feeling very similar to happiness to which you add a deeper faith in oneself, and a desire to re
  • Palme d'Or winner: Francesco Rosi

    Italian director Francesco Rosi won the Palme d'Or for The Mattei Affair jointly with Elio Petri's The Working Class Goes To Heaven in 1972. The win, he said, came after his status as a director had already been assured, with a string of top awards behind him, including the Berlin Silver Bear and the Venice Golden Lion. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'The emotions were the ones you feel around any victory. How did you celebr
  • Palme d'Or winner: Jerry Schatzberg

    Jerry Schatzberg had just directed Al Pacino's breakthrough performance in The Panic In Needle Park when he wrangled Pacino - and co-star Gene Hackman - for Scarecrow, a character study of two footloose drifters. The film went on to win the Palme d'Or in 1973: Schatzberg has since been back to Cannes so many times that 'I feel like one of the family'. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or' How did you celebrate'In 1973 the awards were announced
  • Palme d'Or winner: Ken Loach

    Until May 26, Ken Loach is still the reigning king of Cannes. The 70-year-old British director was a surprise winner of the Palme d'Or in 2006 with his eighth film in Competition at Cannes, Irish civil war drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley. The socially conscious director previously won special jury prizes in 1990 for Hidden Agenda and in 1993 for Raining Stones. He sees Cannes as the only must-attend event. 'It's the whole industry in one place for 10 days,' Loa
  • Palme d'Or winner: Mike Leigh

    When UK director Mike Leigh won the Palme d'Or in 1996 for Secrets And Lies, its star Brenda Blethyn also picked up the best actress prize. Leigh's first film in competition was 1993's Naked, which won the best actor and best director prizes. 'I had been making films for a very long time before I got a film at Cannes,' the director says. 'It was a big breakthrough to be at Cannes at all.' What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'The Palme d'Or expe
  • Palme d'Or winner: Nanni Moretti

    From meeting heroes to fighting on beaches a selection of Palme D'Or winning directors recall their night of glory and how it affected their career. Nanni Moretti won the Palme d'Or in 2001 for his ninth feature, The Son's Room (pictured), an intimate look at a family grappling with their son's death. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'I felt happiness because it had been a long job that wasn't at all easy. I was surprised because I knew I won an a
  • Palme d'Or winner: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

    Seven films by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been to Cannes - but it was Father And Master which the Palme d'Or in 1977. Their next entry at Cannes, The Night Of San Lorenzo, took the Jury prize. They now present films out of Competition in order 'to give a chance to others'. The last film they presented at Cannes was The Elective Affinities in 1996. How did it feel to win the Palme d'Or'We got the prize from Roberto Rossellini who we conside
  • Palme d'Or winner: Quentin Tarantino

    Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d'or at Cannes in 1994 with Pulp Fiction, his second feature. He also chaired the Jury in 2004 and returns to the festival again this year with the recut version of Death Proof.'I love Cannes. I remember reading about Cannes when I was a little boy and just imagining going there and I got invited with Reservoir Dogs. Pierre Rissient saw the film and manoeuvred it for me to be there and I actually saw my first film in the Palais. I wa
  • Palme d'Or winner: Roman Polanski

    Having presented several films in Cannes, Roman Polanski finally won the Palme d'Or in 2002 for The Pianist, which went on to win three Oscars including best director. Part of this year's Chacun Son Cinema project - a compilation of specially commissioned shorts made by Cannes luminaries to mark the 60th edition - Polanski says that he is 'looking forward to seeing what my colleagues come up with'. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'It is a joy to
  • Palme d'Or Winner: Theo Angelopoulos

    Theo Angelopoulos' long association with Cannes came to a climax in 1998 when Eternity And A Day won the Palme d'Or. The award marked a decisive point in the Greek auteur's career as he was embarking on an ambitious trilogy spanning the 20th century, starting with The Weeping Meadow in 2004, followed by The Dust Of Times, due to start shooting in October 2007. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'The same thing that anybody would feel wh
  • Palme d'Or winner: Volker Schlondorff

    The Tin Drum was the first German film to win the top award in Cannes when it shared the Palme d'Or with Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now in 1979. The following year, The Tin Drum became the first ever from Germany to garner the Oscar for best foreign-language film. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'In those days the Palme, more than an Academy Award, was the award of the awards. For me, having grown up in France, being surrounde
  • Palme d'Or winner: Wim Wenders

    German director Wim Wenders has had eight films in the Cannes Competition, including 1993's Faraway, So Close, which won the Grand Jury prize, and Wings Of Desire, for which he picked up best director. Wenders won the Palme d'Or in 1984 for Paris, Texas. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'Quite surprising, at first. From all the contenders, only John Huston and myself were left without an award when there was only the Palme d'Or left t
  • Palme d'Or winners: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

    Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are in the elite group of two-time Palme d'Or winners, with Rosetta in 1999 and The Child in 2005. They also appeared in Competition with The Son in 2002 (winning best actor for Olivier Gourmet) and agree that Cannes helped cement their reputations. What did it feel like to win the Palme d'Or'It was a wonderful surprise for us both times. How did you celebrate'For
  • Pete Seeger to open, Arctic Tale to close Silverdocs

    Jim Brown's Pete Seeger: The Power Of Song and Sarah Robertson's Arctic Tale booked the 2007 Silverdocs festival, which runs in Maryland from Jun 12-17.Pete Seeger: The Power Of Song weaves the life and music of Pete Seeger, and the growing impact of American folk music into an account of social upheaval in the latter half of the 20th century.
  • Polyband takes German rights to The Turtle's Song

    Munich-based Polyband Medien, a subsidiary of Splendit Medien, has acquired German rights to Nick Stringer's The Turtle's Song, a documentary following the epic journey of a baby loggerhead turtle. The film is produced by UK-based Film & Music Entertainment and made in collaboration with Stringer's Big Wave Productions. Mike Downey, Sam Taylor and Zorana Piggott are producing. Beatrix Wesle and Solveig Langeland negotiated the deal on behalf of sales agent Sola Media with Polyba
  • Pop star Rain drops into Speed Racer cast

    Pan-Asian pop star Rain has joined the cast of the Wachowski brothers' upcoming Speed Racer, Warner Bros announced here.Rain, aka Jung Ji-hoon, made his big screen debut in Park Chan-wook's Berlinale competition title I'm a Cyborg but That's Okay. He is to play an young contender in Speed Racer, which features young drivers risking their lives in high-tech sports car
  • Portobello moves into sales through Fandango alliance

    Eric Abraham's Portobello Pictures (the company behind Kolya and Dark Blue World) is taking the plunge into sales. Here on the Croisette, the British-based outfit has combined forces with Italian outfit Fandango to set up sales banner Portobello-Fandango. Each company has two films in the market. Portobello is introducing buyers to Czech director Jan Sverak's domestic box-office hit Empties (which has already grossed over $4 million in the Czech Republic) and to Alic
  • Pretty Pictures turns a page for North Korean Diary

    North Korean film A Schoolgirl's Diary had its debut screening in Cannes Market yesterday. Paris-based Pretty Pictures is selling the film at Cannes after acquiring international rights earlier this year. CEO James Velaise originally picked up French rights last October after seeing the film at the Pyongyang International Film Festival.'This is the first time a North Korean film is being shown in a Western market,' said Velaise, hinting at
  • Prime Entertainment adds two to Cannes slate

    Korean seller Prime Entertainment has announced two additional titles for its Cannes line-up - Face/Off-like thriller The Devil's Game, and kickboxing drama Punch Lady. The Devil's Game stars Shin Ha-kyun (No Mercy for the Rude) opposite veteran actor Byun Hee-bong (
  • Promotional Feature - Case study - The road to online

    The first major UK film to experiment with a day-and-date release was Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' The Road To Guantanamo in 2006.Produced by Andrew Eaton, the $3m (£1.5m) film is based on the true story of the 'Tipton Three', a trio of British Muslims who journeyed to a wedding in Pakistan after September 11 and ended up arrested and detained in Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of terrorism.The film received a simultaneous theatrical, DVD and internet release through Tis
  • Promotional Feature - Cash on demand

    The theatrical sector has always been at the centre of the film universe. Over the years, though, its dominance has diminished. First came the threat from television, then video, followed by its digital sibling DVD. Now, there is a new kid on the block, one that is shaping up to be a potent new competitor in the fight for the consumer purse but one that represents a significant opportunity for the film industry: video-on-demand (VoD).With analysts predicting that a third of all TV-watc
  • Pyramide lands US deal on hot-selling Irina Palm

    Pyramide International has concluded a US sale on Berlin competitor Irina Palm. Sam Gabarski's Marianne Faithfull vehicle has gone to Strand Releasing as well as having sold to nearly 40 other territories.Pyramide is in Cannes with seven films in selection including Catherine Breillat's competition debut An Old Mistress.Other titles include Jane Birkin's Boxes
  • QED takes global rights to Filipino frightener

    QED International has acquired worldwide rights to The Echo, Vertigo Entertainment and Dark & Stormy Entertainment's English-language remake of the Filipino horror film Sigaw.Yam Laranas will direct the tale of an ex-con who moves into his recently deceased mother's house and is plagued by supernatural encounters. Casting is underway and the producers are eyeing a late summer start.Will Wrig
  • Relativity spies franchise potential in Clancy adaptation

    Relativity Media has lined up an adaptation of the Tom Clancy thriller Without Remorse and is eyeing a potential franchise centered on the character of CIA operative John Kelly/John Clark. Lionsgate is believed to have acquired North America, the UK, Australia and several other territories on the project, which focuses on the character's pre-CIA years. Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh will produce and is in talks with directors
  • Rotterdam's Bals Fund invests $590,000 in 33 projects

    The Hubert Bals Fund - the International Film Festival Rotterdam's fund for supporting filmmakers from developing countries - has announced details of its latest investments. The Fund will invest $589,369 (Euros 435,500) in 33 film projects and initiatives from 23 developing countries. The Spring 2007 selections of the fund includes many first feature film projects from, among others, Uzbekistan, Costa Rica, Mozambique and Peru. Established independent film-makers He Jianjun (China) and
  • Salles to co-produce Trapero's Misencounter

    Cineclick Asia has announced Motorcycle Diaries' Walter Salles will co-produce Pablo Trapero's Misencounter, making it the first Argentina-Brazil-Korea joint project.'Pablo Trapero is one of the most talented directors of his generation. His new film project is a uniquely strong, emotional story about characters immersed in a world you rarely see depicted in cinema. Our production company is supporting it due to Pablo's great filmic sensibilit
  • Samira Makhmalbaf to resume troubled Afghan film

    Shooting on Two-Legged Horse, Samira Makhmalbaf's latest feature, will resume soon in an undisclosed location, she announced at Cannes. Her first feature in five years came to an abrupt end on March 28 when an extra threw a handheld bomb into the northern Afghanistan-based set.In Cannes with her father Mohsen, scriptwriter and producer of the film, Samira related how the bomb severely injured six members of the cast and crew as well as a numbe
  • San Sebastian to feature Henry King retrospective

    The San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 20-29) will feature a retrospective of the works by American cinema pioneer Henry King at its upcoming 55th edition.The festival will also offer a contemporary retrospective devoted to the new Nordic cinema with a selection of films made in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland over the last decade. After a start in silent films, Henry King (1892-1982) went on to direct westerns such as
  • Satanas takes feature prize at first Emerging Talent Fest in Monaco

    The inaugural International Emerging Talent Film Festival ended Tuesday night in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with the festival's Wing Award for best feature going to Satanas by Andres Baiz from Columbia/Mexico.Best director, feature, went to Tai-Sik Kim for Driving With My Wife's Lover (Korea), while best director, short, went to Lily Coates for The Cat And Claudia (Austral
  • Savage Grace

    Dir: Tom Kalin. US. 2007. 87 mins Fifteen years after his eye-catching debut Swoon, Tom Kalin returns with a second feature that also addresses a story of true-life transgression and its lethal consequences. The inspiration this time is the rise and demise of 1940s socialite Barbara Daly and the increasingly unhinged relationship with her son Tony. Told with a spare style and a tart wit, it records sprawling events with a claustrophobic sense
  • SCB on board for gap finance of Hippo's Wushu

    Hong Kong 's Hippopotamus Films has concluded a financing deal with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), which will help arrange gap finance on its upcoming martial arts drama Wushu. SCB has pledged to lend up to 25% of the required funds for the $1.5m film once pre-conditions are met. The bank is also looking at providing further funds from any pre-sales against the film, which is being represented by Golden Network Asia. Wushu producer Colette Koo is also in final negoti
  • Schrader's Walker strolls to THINKFilm for North America

    THINKFilm has swooped on all North American rights to Paul Schrader's thriller The Walker starring Woody Harrelson and Kristin Scott Thomas.The third part in Schrader's 'lonely man' trilogy following American Gigolo (1980) and Light Sleeper (1992), The Walker stars Harrelson as an escort in Washington DC who covers up for a friend in need and finds himself the target of a criminal investigation.Lily Tomlin, Lauren Bacall, Willem Da
  • Screen East gets $4.4m investment boost from ERDA

    UK regional screen agency Screen East has secured a $4.4m (£2.2m) investment fund for the East of England that will support a minimum of 20 fictional features, documentary, TV and digital media projects.The Content Investment Fund is backed by the European Regional Development Fund and will be used for production investments.Screen East's head of production Sheryl Crown said the funding should help stimulate the regional economy and also create films for international markets.'
  • Screenwriters playing against type

    Arguments over the credit for a film are as old as the industry itself. Ironically, at first actors were insistent on not getting credits, embarrassed by their association with what was considered a fairground attraction. But as novelty grew into mass entertainment and art and - more importantly - into serious business, the tensions ramped up.For most of cinema's existence, public awareness of film has been focused on stars. Despite the efforts of the Academy Awards and their national
  • Seville steps to Quebec with Maple Pictures

    Seville Pictures has signed an agreement with Maple Pictures, the Canadian distributor of Lionsgate product, for the distribution of new releases and catalogue films in Quebec.The agreement, which covers all distribution rights, starts with the theatrical release of Hostel II on June 8.Seville, which also handles product from Warner Independent, will handle titles from Maple such as Good Luck Chuck
  • Shoreline closes several deals on Man In The Chair

    Morris Ruskin's Shoreline Entertainment has closed a slew of deals in the first few days of Cannes.AB Groupe took French rights to three films: Inside Out starring Kate Walsh from TV's Grey's Anatomy, Dan Turner's science fiction horror movie Experiment and Kardia, which won the Alfred P Sloan Foundation's feature film pri
  • Sicko

    Dir: Michael Moore. US. 2007. 123 mins. If it works, don't fix it. Michael Moore's passionate, bullying, gag-laced approach to the 'j'accuse' documentary worked a treat in Bowling for Columbine and Farenheit 9/11 - and it works even better in Sicko, his investigation of the US public healthcare system. Moore doesn't change his methods - he still plays to the gallery, and fingered corp
  • Silverdocs unveils 10 Sterling award entries

    Organisers at the Silverdocs: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival have announced the 10 entries in the Sterling Award Feature Film Competition at the upcoming festival, which runs in the Washington DC area from Jun 12-17.The films are: Doug Pray's long-haul trucking tale Big Rig (USA); Eva Mulvad's profile of Afghanistan's first elected female politician in Enemies Of Happiness (Denmark); Shimon
  • Singapore's RGM to finance Point Break sequel

    Singapore-based RGM Entertainment will finance and executive produce Point Break 2, a sequel to the 1991 Hollywood hit, with key Asian actors to be cast in principal roles. 'The movie will be shot entirely in South-East Asia, including Singapore, to bring the flavours of the region to a world audience. With emerging talent and an opening market, we believe that the future of movies is in Asia and we hope that we are able to capitalise on that with this movie,' said RGM's CEO Deves
  • Soda strikes UK deal for Gaelic-language Seachd

    Seachd -The Inaccessible Pinnacle has become the first Gaelic-language Scottish feature to secure UK theatrical distribution. Produced by Christopher Young and directed by Simon Miller, it has been acquired by Soda Pictures for an autumn 2007 release in the UK.The film has its first Cannes market screening on Monday and is expected to premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.Funded by the Gaelic Media Service (GMS), BBC Alba, t
  • Spider-Man still dominates after 50% international drop

    Spider-Man 3 once again dominated the international box office this weekend, falling a respectable 50% from its record-shattering opening to gross $85.5m. International debutant 28 Weeks Later came a very distant second with an estimated $4.7m. With no new competition in most markets, Spider-Man 3 stayed top in all major territories, taking its estimated $85.5m from 16,200 screens in 105 countries, according to Sony Pictures Releasing International. The internation
  • Spidey on top in US, in spite of 60% drop

    Spider-Man 3 took a 60% hit in its second weekend at the North American box office, but it still ruled the marketplace, leaving slimmer than expected pickings for three new releases. After re-writing the record books last weekend with its $151m domestic debut, Sony's Spider-Man 3 grossed an estimated $60m from 4,252 theatres in its second weekend, for a per-theatre average of $14,111. A steep drop-off from the opening tally was inevitable, but the 60.3% decline
  • Spidey gets into full swing

    Spider-Man 3 continues to dominate the international box office despite a 52% drop over its second weekend. Sony's web-slinger generated $84.2m from 73 territories, bringing its total to a whopping $385.4m. Zombie-sequel 28 Weeks Later trailed far behind in second place, and took $4.9m in its opening weekend from 11 territories. Anthony Hopkins thriller Fracture shot up 331% after expanding in an additional five territories and taking $3.1m at the weekend, while new Korean film Unstoppable Ma
  • Strategic starts Monster conversation on Croisette

    Los Angeles-based producers reps Strategic Film Partners are taking meetings on the Croisette to outline their newly expanded remit as foreign sales agents and domestic distributors.The company, headed by Lawrence Silverstein and Alex Barder, is selling the Jeremy Irons horror-thriller Conversation With A Monster, a surfing documentary, and new project starring Breckin Meyer.There roster continues with Donal MacIntyre's much admire
  • Summit sales soar with deals on hot titles

    Summit Entertainment was at the centre of a flurry of deal-making last night for UK rights to the Walden Media's Nim's Island, Constantin's The Baader-Meinhof Complex, and in-house production Get Some.Universal took the UK, Australia, Spain, Latin America and New Zealand to Walden Media's family drama Nim's Island starring Gerard Butler, Jodie Foster and Abigail
  • Suvari, Huston and Murino join Garden Of Eden

    The UK's Berwick Street Productions has recruited Mena Suvari, Jack Huston Caterina Murino, and Richard E Grant will star in their forthcoming The Garden Of Eden, which John Irvin (Hamburger Hill) will direct from Ernest Hemingway's story.Omega Entertainment is handling sales.The project will shoot at Cuidad de la Luz in Alicante, Spain, starting June 4. In addition to studio work, The Garden Of Eden
  • Taking a critical angle

    Evaluating Cannes' wealth of films is an exhilarating - and exhausting - experience for critics. Long may it continue, says Derek Malcolm. Time was when you could walk down the Croisette at Cannes, spy a famous director sipping his coffee and sit down and chat without interference. Now you have to make an appointment through his publicists, you will probably find several others in your short slot and they may not be asking the sort of questions you want answered.
  • Telepool books deals on Way To The Stars and Arn

    Germany's Telepool has announced sales on several titles including the 3D feature animation Way To The Stars.That film, directed by Michael Hegner and Kari Juusonen, went to Turkey (Tiglon), while epic adventure Arn The Knight Templar by Peter Flinth went to Russia (Barnhill). Finally, Telepool has also sold the comedy Where Is Fred' by Anno Saul and
  • Terror's Advocate (L'Avocat du terreur)

    Dir: Barbet Schroeder Fr. 2007. 135 mins Renewing his fascination with monsters of modern times, Barbet Schroeder has created a weighty, wide-ranging portrait of devil's advocate Jacques Verges. It could also stand as a complex guide through the rise and rise of global terrorism. The controversial subject matter and Schroeder's track record with such figures (Idi Amin, Claus Von Bulow, Charles Bukowski, etc) should make this a potent domestic attraction in France
  • Thailand's GMM Tai Hub sells Alone to UniKorea

    Thailand's GMM Tai Hub (GTH) has sold Korean rights to horror hit Alone to UniKorea. The company also sold to a string of other territories including France, Benelux and Brazil. Alone stars Thai pop singer-model-TV actress Marsha Wattanapanich as an expat wife living in Korea. The second film from the directors of Shutter, Parkpoom Wongpoo
  • The Banishment (Izgnanie)

    Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev. 2007. Russ. 150minsThe Banishment struggles to carry the burden of expectations surrounding the second feature from writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev. Like his Venice Golden Lion winner The Return, it offers a tale of pride and patriarchy illuminating the dark soul of the Russian male. It confirms Zvyagintsev as a master of mood and composition but the ponderous pacing and epic running time make the film something o
  • The bucks start here

    From the big bucks 1980s to the private equity boom, Cannes has been synonymous with the business of film. Nick Roddick, a former editor of Screen International, charts its development as an international deal-making hub. I remember standing outside the Petit Carlton with a British producer some time in the early 1980s. It was 1:30am and the crowd extended as far as you could see. 'At this rate,' he said, 'it's soon going to reach Nice Airport: you'll get off the plane
  • The Edge signs distribution deal with Echo Bridge

    The Edge, the US financing, production and worldwide distribution company launched by John Travolta's longtime producer Jonathan Krane and Beau Rogers, has struck a distribution deal with Echo Bridge Entertainment.Echo Bridge will handle worldwide sales and distribution excluding North American theatrical on two of The Edge's initial slate and will introduce the projects to buyers in Cannes this week.The titles are the fish-out-of-water comedy
  • The festival treasure hunt

    Back in 1992, Canadian distributor Jim Murphy was on the prowl, as ever, for new, unheralded movies to acquire. On the opening day of the Cannes film festival, he trudged off to the Olympia Cinema for the first market screening of the day. It was a debut effort by an Australian film-maker that was still wet from the lab. When the lights went up, he made a bee-line for the sales agent and cemented a deal for all rights in Canada.The little gem Murphy found (it would prove to be the apex
  • The people who sum up the first 60 years of Cannes

    When the stars had it to themselvesGrace Kelly made her first visit to Cannes in 1955. Paris Match persuaded Prince Rainier of Monaco to be photographed with her. Seven months later, they were married. It was the ultimate Riviera romance (and the end of Kelly's film career).This is the modern worldJean-Luc Godard, jury president Louis Malle and a stellar array of French directors interrupted a screening in the old Palais (now the Noga
  • The Screen Jury at Cannes: 1997 - 2007

    Every year at Cannes, Screen International asks critics from around the world to rate each feature in competition, using a scale that runs from four stars (‘excellent’), through three, two and one (‘good’, ‘average’ and ‘poor’) to zero (‘bad’). An average mark is arrived at for each film and the results published in Screen’s daily print edition on the Croisette. At
  • THINKFilm International boards Schmidt's horror Bad Meat

    THINKFilm International has boarded Tiger Aspect Pictures' upcoming tongue-in-cheek horror film Bad Meat and is commencing sales here in Cannes.Rob Schmidt is attached to direct the story based on Paul Gerstenberger's screenplay about a group of teenage delinquents who get more than they bargained for when they arrive at a juvenile boot camp.Desperate Housewives s
  • TLA takes UK rights to boxing drama Poor Boy's Game

    TLA Releasing has acquired all UK rights from Montreal-based Seville Pictures to Clement Virgo's boxing drama Poor Boy's Game.The film received its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and is available for sale in the market here.The story stars Rossif Sutherland as a young white boxer who, upon his release from prison for the brutal beating of a black man, is coached by the victim's father for an upcoming contest. D
  • Triangle (Tit Samgok)

    Dirs: Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To. HK-Chi. HK-Chi. 2007. 100mins.Not so much a portmanteau film as a cinematic relay race, Triangle sees three leading Hong Kong directors, each with their own team of scriptwiters, taking on three successive parts of a single thriller. Though it's a fascinating experiment, the film never really overcomes the unneveness of style, thematic focus and even character development that is inherent in the exercise. Stil
  • UK - The Importance Of Being Ealing

    If you think you know Ealing Studios from the glory days of The Lavender Hill Mob, it is time to fast forward. The new Ealing Studios, launched in 2000, has worked on films including The Importance of Being Earnest and Valiant and is quietly ramping up its future business.Having a known brand can be useful, although the current incarnation does not have rights to the classic Ealing Studios librar- ies. "The new Ealing will define itself over time," says Ealing head
  • UK producers cleared to use tax credit as equity

    UK producers can use the UK tax credit which came into force earlier this year as equity in their films.The announcement was made yesterday by the UK Film Council, FilmFour and BBC Films.It resolves one of the principal issues that remained unresolved after the introduction of the new credit and follows months of negotiations with producers' body Pact.In essence, the move allows producers to take a real stake in their films on which they can build their busine
  • United Kingdom - Good times

    If I wasn't a Jew I'd be a Nazi," says UK producer Miriam Segal. It is a forthrightness designed to make you sit up and pay attention. Her debut film, Good, starts shooting in Budapest this week and Segal is determined it will have a shocking appeal - for all the right reasons.Viggo Mortensen stars in the film directed by Vicente Amorim, the Brazilian filmmaker whose credits include The Middle Of The World. It is written by John Wrathall. Set in 1930s Berlin, Good
  • United States - Prairie Days

    Jennifer Lynch's philosophy of film-making' When you're surrounded by fertiliser, "there's got to be a pony".The 39-year-old director knows something about dealing with adversity. Her new $5.5m feature Surveillance, produced by Lago Film and being sold by Arclight Films, is her first since the now-notorious Boxing Helena, which was greeted by hostile-verging-on-vitriolic criticism in 1993, and led to a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Kim Basinger. More recently, Lynch'
  • United States - The Next Chapter

    As befits a public company with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles and Vancouver, there have been many cogs in Peace Arch Entertainment's machinery.For years, the company has operated successfully as a producer, buyer and distributor of feature, television and home entertainment programming, and now it is ramping up operations in the theatrical arena."We're looking to build a North American distribution and international sales company for features," says company president and forme
  • Universal launches ambitious international production division

    Universal Pictures has formally announced its international production plans, confirming the appointment of Christian Grass as president, production for Universal Pictures International (UPI) and signing a local production and distribution deal with Russian director Timur Bekmambetov and his Bazelevs Productions.In addition, the studio has announced the first Brazilian title in UPI's local production deal with Fernando Mereilles and his 02 Filmes.The new venture, to which
  • Universe strikes Asian deals for Invisible Target

    Hong Kong's Universe Films Distribution has concluded several Asian deals on Benny Chan's upcoming action title Invisible Target between Hong Kong Filmart and Cannes. The $8m film, starring Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan, has been sold to India's JDR Films, Singapore's Innoform, Thailand's M Pictures, Malaysia's Grand Brilliance and PT Teguh Bakti Mandiri for Indonesia. Beijing-based Polybona has Chinese rights to the film, which is currently in post-production for a mi
  • UTV launches new film banner Spotboy

    India's UTV Motion Pictures is launching a second motion picture brand, Spotboy Motion Pictures, to be headed by Vikas Bahl, who was formerly business head of Indian broadcaster SAB TV. Bahl, who has been appointed executive vice president of the new label, has also worked with, Radio Mirchi and ad agency Ogilvy. 'We are entering new markets and going international in the coming months, which made this the appropriate time for us to launch Spotboy Motion Pictures,' said
  • UTV looks to acquisitions for new channels

    India's UTV is ramping up its acquisition activities here at Cannes ahead of the launch of a bouquet of new movie channels over the coming months. The first to launch will be Bindass Movies, a companion to general entertainment channel Bindass, both of which are aimed at upwardly mobile 16-35 year-olds. UTV's acquisitions team is acquiring mostly English-language product for Bindass Movies which is scheduled to launch on July 15. In November, UTV aims to also launch a hor
  • UTV terminates business relations with Palador

    After releasing only two films (City Of God and 13 Tzameti) under the UTV-Palador brand, India 's UTV has terminated all business relations with Palador for its world cinema business with immediate effect. A press release from UTV cites 'material breach of terms of agreement by Palador and its co-promoters Gautam Shiknis and Mohan Polamarasetty' as the reason for the split. However while a spokesperson for UTV says the joint venture's 1,000-plus titles from 20
  • Vantage sells first movie Marc Pease Experience at Cannes

    Paramount Vantage, which is launching its international sales division in Cannes, has introduced its first picture to buyers - The Marc Pease Experience, a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman which has just wrapped. Todd Louiso (Love Liza) directs and co-wrote the film which tells the story of a high school production of The Wizard Of Oz. Vantage co
  • Vantage/PPI to handle international distribution on Overture titles

    Paramount Pictures has confirmed rumours that Paramount Vantage and Paramount Pictures International (PPI) will handle international sales and distribution of the Overture Films slate. Overture will have access to Vantage's newly installed international sales division as well as PPI's global distribution apparatus. The new deal complements the domestic organisation that Overture chief executive officer Chris McGurk and chief operating officer Danny Rosett have assembled a
  • Vinnie Jones brings weight to The Heavy

    Making his directorial debut, Marcus Warren will commence principal photography on UK thriller The Heavy from May 20. Shooting in and around London for six weeks, utilising many of the Capital's major landmarks, The Heavy stars former champion boxer Gary Stretch (Dead Man's Shoes, Alexander) as a down on his luck ex-con, forced to do dirty jobs for unscrupulous businessman Anawalt (Stephen Rea) before finally given the chance to pay off all his debts with one big job
  • Voltage takes on Alan Rickman starrer Nobel Son

    Voltage Pictures has acquired international rights to the crime caper Nobel Son starring Alan Rickman that premiered recently at Tribeca. Director Randall Miller and CAA's Roeg Sutherland negotiated the deal with Voltage sales chief Nicolas Chartier, who will commence sales on the Croisette. Chartier also announced that James Cromwell has joined Laurence Fishburne and Cole Hauser in the cast of police thriller Tortured from Five Star Pictures, Insight Film Studios and Proud
  • We Own The Night breaks domestic record for Cannes competition film

    In the first North American deal for a competition film here this year, Columbia Pictures has swooped on domestic rights to James Gray's We Own The Night in a record domestic sale for a competition film at Cannes believed to be around $11m. The crime drama, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, sold after an intense day of bidding from at least eight parties following the buyers' screening on Friday. As the d
  • Weinstein prepares for controversy over Sicko

    Harvey Weinstein arrives in Cannes this week with a battalion of lawyers and PR gurus ahead of a possible legal tow that threatens to overshadow the world premiere of Michael Moore's Sicko.Moore's expose of the US healthcare industry is set to outdo the controversy over his 2004 Palme D'Or winner Fahrenheit 9/11.The film has stirred up the US Treasury where officials claim Moore violated tra
  • Weinsteins closes Cannes sales on Teeth

    The Weinstein Company International chief Glen Basner has closed sales on Mitchell Lichtenstein's comedy-horror tale Teeth that premiered at Sundance.Rights have gone to the UK (Momentum), South Korea (Mars Entertainment), Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow), Eastern Europe (EEAP),Greece (Odeon), Portugal (LNK),Indonesia (PT Amero), and Thailand (Major Cinepictures).
  • Whitaker and Biel line up for Powder Blue

    Forest Whitaker and Jessica Biel will star in Eleven Eleven Films' ensemble drama Powder Blue, which QED International will begin selling here this week. Whitaker will produce the project - made in association with Spirit Dance Entertainment and financed by Grosvenor Park - alongside Bobby Schwartz, Ross M Dinerstein, Tracee Stanley-Newell and Timothy Linh Bui. The Collective's Shaun Redick and Jeff Golenberg and QED's Bill Block and Kimberly Fox are serving as executive pr
  • Wide takes on sales for Bonnaire's Her Name Is Sabine

    France's Wide Management will handle sales on actress Sandrine Bonnaire's directorial debut Her Name Is Sabine.The film is running in Directors Fortnight alongside another recently acquired Wide title, Counterparts by Jan Bonny.The company is also handling Critics Week special selection Ezra from director Newton I. Aduaka, which also played at Sundance.
  • Wild Bunch continues Woody Allen relationship

    Continuing a relationship begun last year with Cassandra's Dream, Wild Bunch is once again teaming up with Woody Allen.The Paris-based outfit will handle international sales on Allen's upcoming as-yet untitled project which is set to shoot in Barcelona and Oviedo, Spain beginning in July.The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall in a romantic drama in which a pair of Americans visiting Barcel
  • Williams, Howard and Wood line up for Sturridge's Bronte

    Icon Entertainment International has taken on international sales for Charles Sturridge's Bronte. Lined up to play the Bronte sisters are Michelle Williams, Bryce Dallas Howard and Evan Rachel Wood. ICM is representing North American rights.Bronte is the story of Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte, the sisters who grew up in isolation in Yorkshire and went on to become famous writers.The project
  • 'Without the auteurs there wouldn't be a festival'

    Festival president Gilles Jacob (pictured right) and artistic director Thierry Fremaux talk about stars and auteurs, resisting pressure and staying relevant in the digital age. It is mid-April and with the 60th edition of the Cannes film festival less than a month away, festival president Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Fremaux are calmer than might be expected as they speak to Screen from their Paris office.For the pair, the job of putting toge
  • Withoutabox expands European services

    Digital pioneer Withoutabox has expanded its services for independent film-makers into Europe through a deal with UK-based distributor.The LA company will be represented bt Andy Whittaker, MD of London-based Dogwoof.It is a statement of intent for Withoutabox, which has rapidly expanded since being founded seven years ago by UCLA film school graduates David Straus and Joe Neulight,The business began as a means of easing entry into film festivals for independen
  • World Cinema Foundation launch to open with Moroccan Transes

    Martin Scorsese's May 22 Cannes launch of the World Cinema Foundation will include a rare Moroccan film entitled Transes, shot in 1981 by director Ahmed El Maanouni and restored by Italy's Cineteca di Bologna.The film focuses on the musical ensemble Nass-El Ghiwane.The World Cinema Foundation is set to follow similar goals as the US-based Film Foundation, which was also founded by Scorsese in 1990. It will act as a non-profit organization t
  • Yoon Jong-bin to shoot Beastie Boys for iHQ

    Korean sales agent iHQ has announced Beastie Boys as the upcoming sophomore title from Yoon Jong-bin - whose The Unforgiven was in Un Certain Regard last year. Yoon is re-teaming with lead Ha Jung-woo, who is also in the Cannes Competition title Breath by Kim Ki-dukBeastie Boys is the first Korean 'host bar' film, following the lives of young men serving the demands
  • Zentropa expands beyond Danish homeland

    Denmark's flagship film company Zentropa is cutting many ties to its homeland with founder Lars Von Trier in talks to shift his next film abroad.In Cannes, company boss Peter Aalbeck Jensen told Screen that the company he and Von Trier founded it will be opening further facilities in Sweden where it has long been supported by regional fund Film I Vast. Zentropa is also in advanced negotiations with a regional fund to set up Von Trier's planned English-language horror film
  • Zodiac, Shrek open in pre-Pirates international lull

    The lull between the global assaults of Spider-Man 3 and next week's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End continues this weekend, though the debut of Zodiac and the Russian opening of Shrek The Third could produce some new action in the international marketplace. David Fincher's acclaimed Zodiac, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo, arrives in its first major markets thro
  • Zwick recruits Craig to lead wartime Defiance

    Ed Zwick, riding high on the back of his Oscar-nominated global hit Blood Diamond, is preparing the Second World War Polish Resistance epic Defiance and has cast Daniel Craig in the lead.At time of writing several buyers were circling for domestic rights to the Bedford Falls production, which Zwick will produce and direct from his original screenplay.Grosvenor Park is financing and will serve

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