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2 February 2002

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  • Alan Finney awarded Order of Australia medal

    Alan Finney, vice president and managing director of Buena Vista International (Australia and New Zealand), was among the Australians honoured as part of the weekend's Australia Day celebrations. His Order of Australia Medal (OAM) is a signal of his status as the most experienced distributor in the country and one of the most passionate supporters of Australian films.Finney has worked in the industry since completing a law degree in the late 1960s and has overseen the theatrical releas
  • Aldo Lemme heads marketing at Col TriStar Italia

    Aldo Lemme has been namedsenior marketing director at Columbia TriStar Films Italia, the Italian officeof Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI).Reporting jointly toCTFDI's executive vice president of marketing Nigel Clark and FabrizioFerrucci, general manager of the Italian office, Lemme will be responsible forthe strategic positioning of the studio's film releases in Italy. He will start workimmediately on Black Hawk Down, PanicRoom and Spid
  • Alexei's Spring (Alexei To Izumi)

    Dir: Sei'ichi Motohashi. Japan. 2001. 104mins.Located deep in a Belarus pine forest , the village of Budische was devastated when radiation from the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power station fell from the skies on April 26, 1986. Most villagers left, but when documentarian Sei'ichi Motohashi arrived in Budische in early 2000, 56 remained, nearly all of them elderly pensioners. It's the lives of those who chose to stay that forms the basis for Motohashi's remarkable film, which i
  • Angelopoulos to start on Greece's biggest movie

    Greek director Theo Angelopoulos will next week commence shooting on The Weeping Field, the first part of his long planned, seven-hour trilogy that tells the story of a couple during the twentieth century.Set for a 15-week shoot, the most expensive Greek production ever is financed by various national and international sources. More than 50% of the $4.3m (Euros 5m) budget for the first part of the trilogy comes from the Greek Film Centre and the Cultural Olympics - part o
  • Argentina's filmmakers condemn govt inaction

    Argentinian film-makers have condemned the confusion that has reigned since their country's economic collapse and which has brought the local film industry to a standstill.At a meeting held yesterday (Jan 30) during the Rotterdam Film Festival, directors including Lucretia Martel, Ulises Rosell, Hernan Musaluppi and Alvaro Urtizberea protested against the new government's failure to appoint a minister for culture."After more than one month since the change of government, it is o
  • Asterix 2 has near-record French opening

    Asterix 2 : Mission Cleopatre drew a massive 629,000 admissions on its opening day in France on Wed Jan 30, making it the second best debut ever in the country.However, and even though distributor Pathe released it on a record 945 prints, Asterix 2, which is the most expensive French-language film to date (with a $41.9m price tag), failed to break the all-time record held by another French film (and another sequel), the Luc Besson-produced Taxi 2 which generated
  • Bad Guy (Na Bun-Na Ja)

    Dir. Kim Ki-Duk. South Korea. 2001. 101mins.Certainly one of the most provocative filmmakers around, Korea's Kim Ki-Duk seems to be also one of the most prolific. After two consecutive years in Venice (The Isle in 2000 and Address Unknown in 2001) here he is in the Berlinale race, as unsettling, irritating and disturbing as ever. Definitely the kind of stuff to excite festivals and eventually arthouses, but a hard sell out of specialised frames, Bad Guy (
  • Bader to run business affairs at MGM Pictures

    Jonathan Bader has beenpromoted to executive vice president, business affairs, at MGM Pictures. In hisnew position, he will oversee theatrical business affairs and legal affairs forthe film unit and supervise all aspects of negotiations including talent,production and rights issues. He will also overseefinancing, split rights and other acquisition agreements. He reports to MichaelNathanson, president and COO of MGM Pictures as well as to Jay Rakow, seniorexecutive vice president and ge
  • BAFTA/LA axes Oscar tea party, launches brunch

    TheBritish Academy Of Film And Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) is to axe its annualOscar tea party usually held the day before the Oscar ceremony and replace itwith a brunch and live satellite viewing of the Orange British Academy FilmAwards on Feb 24. BAFTA/LA plans to make theawards brunch an annual event, and attributes the change to the recent move ofthe awards to a pre-Oscar date.The event will take place atThe Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills and is sponsored by
  • Bay, Radar, GMI set for Chainsaw Massacre redo

    Michael Bay's lowerbudget label Platinum Dunes is to "reconceptualise" cult horrorclassic The Texas Chainsaw Massacreas its first production to be financed by Ted Field and Scott Kroopf'sRadar Pictures and sold internationally by Good Machine International (GMI).The film will startproduction in the spring with Bay and Michael Fleis of Next Entertainmentproducing, and Field and Next Entertainment's Jeff Allard executiveproducing. Platinum Dunes was formed inNovember by Bay
  • BBC appoints Bennett as director of television

    Jana Bennett has been appointed director of television at the BBC, one of the most powerful jobs in British television.Bennett joins from Discovery Communications in the USA, where she is currently executive vice-president and general manager. She replaces Mark Thompson, who quit the BBC last year to join rival broadcaster Channel 4 as chief executive.In her new job, Bennett will oversee all programme commissioning and acquisitions - including film acquisitions - for BBC1, BBC2,
  • Becker snaps up Australia's Globe Group

    Australian film distributor Becker Entertainment has acquired Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie's highly regarded distribution, marketing and audience research entity, The Globe Group. Managing director Richard Becker said the move both strengthens Becker's film division and increases Globe's capacity to handle films, but insists that Globe will continue to operate independently."Globe's success in film marketing is what first attracted me but their independence is critical to t
  • Beneath Clouds

    Dir: Ivan Sen. Australia, 2001. 87 mins.Billed as the first feature film by an indigenous Australian director, Beneath Clouds is a promising debut, although its tight-lipped sense of cool tips over into pretension on more than one occasion. It deals with race relations in modern Australia without stridency and without raking up the old-man-kangaroo cliches. A respectable run in Australia at the more artsy end of the market looks assured, but the film's rather sombre mo
  • Berlin's hot titles and section lists

    Screen International gives the lowdown on selected hot titles from this year's Berlin Film Festival. Followed by a comprehensive list of all titles in the main sections.A Map Of The Heart (Germany) CompetitionDir: Dominik GrafWith A Map Of The Heart (Der Felsen) the critically-acclaimed German director Dominik Graf, whose credits include Die Katze and Die Siege, has delivered his most personal film. Known for his precise, intelligent and d
  • Berlin's new Perspective sidebar & Vision Day

    The 99 Euro-Films omnibus project will open the Berlinale's new sidebar "Perspective of German Cinema" which is described by the organisers as "a voyage of discovery and adventure through the entire spectrum of German cinema from fictional and experimental films to documentaries". 99 Euro-Films, which comprises 12 short films - each made on a budget of only Euros 99 (less than $100) - was premiered at last year's Oldenburg Film Festival With eleven titles showing
  • Berlusconi to privatise state-run TV channels

    Three weeks before Italy's Berlusconi-led government appoints a new board of directors at state broadcaster Rai, the premier and media magnate who owns rival private broadcaster Mediaset has confirmed plans to privatise two of Rai's three television channels. During an interview broadcast by France's Europe 1 radio, Berlusconi is reported to have said: "[plans for privatisation] are in our programme. And we shall do it." Rai's current board of directors, which is headed by chairman Rob
  • Black Hawk Down leads slow Superbowl weekend

    Superbowl weekend is never ahealthy one for the theatrical box office, and this weekend was no different,with two new openers faring poorly and the box office the lowest in about threemonths.Columbia Pictures' BlackHawk Down produced by Revolution Studioscontinued at the top with an estimated $11.5m over the three days, andSunday's figures scaled down due to the stay-at-home to watch the bigmatch on television. Disney's Snow Dogs continued in second place for the third co
  • Blanchett among Golden Camera award winners

    Actresses Cate Blanchett and Heike Makatsch and actor Heino Ferch are among the prize-winners of the 37th Golden Camera Awards which will be presented by the German TV and radio listings magazine Hoer Zu in Berlin today, on the eve of this year's film festival.Blanchett, who stars opposite Giovanni Ribisi in the Berlinale's opening film Heaven by Tom Tykwer, will receive a Golden Camera in the "Cinema International" category, while the award for Makatsch - who appeared in Lat
  • Canal Plus' film channel to get facelift

    In an effort to boost lagging subscriptions, the Canal Plus group is to reshuffle the top management of its eponymous French movie channel.According to French daily Le Monde, comedian and film producer Dominique Farrugia, who founded and currently heads Pathe's cable and satellite channel Comedie, would be called in by Pierre Lescure to devise a rejuvenated programming strategy. The channel's deputy general manager Michel Denisot and current director of programmes Alexandre Drub
  • CCS wins Oz's Melbourne studio contract

    Central City Studios (CCS) have been declared "preferred tenderer" for the job of building and operating a studio and post-production complex in Melbourne. The move is a big step forward towards establishing Australia's third substantial studio complex in its second biggest city.While CCS managing director Tim Barnett says the core business is providing sound stages and facilities to the local and international industry, he believes the CCS bid was accepted because of its determination
  • China's Yon Fan honoured at Mardi Gras fest

    Chinese director Yon Fan will be the guest of the 2002 Australian Mardi Gras Film Festival, (Sydney, Feb 13-24) as part of a special focus on contemporary gay Asian cinema that will see the screening of features from South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. Fan's trilogy Bugis Street (1994), Bishonen (1998) and the recently completed Peony Pavilion (2001) are each themed around trans-gender, gay, and now lesbian sexuality. "Building on the success of the Sp
  • Constantin expands successful partnership

    Germany's Constantin Film is to expand its successful relationship with Achterbahn Film (AF) to include a first-look deal on AF's first live-action production, Wie Die Karnickel, written by Der Bewegte Mann author Ralf Koenig.The new deal goes beyond the current distribution agreement, which covers the theatrical release of the next two animation features in the Werner franchise. Constantin and Achterbahn have had great success with the cinema releases of th
  • Court supports Telenor in Canal Plus case

    Norwegian legal authorities have ruled that telecommunications giant Telenor is not obliged to complete its takeover of Nordic pay-TV operator Canal Digital from Canal Plus before a distribution agreement is cleared by the EU Commission. However, Canal Plus has announced that will now take the dispute to arbitrators. Following an agreement the two companies reached last summer, Vivendi Universal's TV and film division Canal Plus has been demanding immediate payment of $204m (Euros 237
  • Danish Roberts ruled by Kira's Reason

    Ole Christian Madsen's acclaimed Dogme title Kira's Reason (En Kaerlighedshistorie) bagged five major prizes at the Danish Oscars, the 19th Robert Film AwardsKira's Reason won best direction, best film and best script (Ole Christian Madsen, Mogens Rukov) as well as best actress for Stine Stengade, making her feature debut as Kira. The film, which also won best editing for Soren B. Ebbe, was produced by Morten Kaufman and Bo Ehrhardt for Nimbus Film. First Ru
  • Das Werk picks up $17m worth of work

    The international postproduction group Das Werk has won contracts worth $17.2m (Euros 20m) which will keep its feature film facilities working to capacity throughout 2002.LA-based subsidiary CFX has been awarded a $10m contract to handle the effects on an unnamed Warner Bros./Village Roadshow project as well as $3m worth of effects work for New Line Cinema's remake of the 1970 classic thriller Willard. Moreover, CFX is working on The Scorpion King, directed by Chuc
  • Denkert to run new business division at MGM

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studioshas created a new division MGM Entertainment Business Group and promotedlongtime senior executive Darcie Denkert to run it. Denkert, who most recentlyheld responsibility for the company's worldwide entertainment businessand legal affairs, will now focus exclusively on developing initiatives acrossdivisional lines to further leverage the film and TV library.Denkert, who first worked atUnited Artists in 1977, will continue to report to MGM vice chairman and COO
  • Disney snags remake rights to Spanish hit Intacto

    Buena Vista Motion PicturesGroup (BVMPG) has bought the remake rights to Spanish thriller Intacto following its successful screening at the SundanceFilm Festival where Lions Gate Films bought worldwide distribution rights. The film, which marks thefeature directorial debut of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, follows a series of characterswho test their luck in a series of high-risk games of chance. Max Von Sydowplays a Holocaust survivor whose protege Eusebio Poncela
  • European Film Market on target for record year

    The Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM) is looking forward to a vintage year, with record-breaking levels of registrations, screenings and exhibitors. According to market director Beki Probst, over 120 companies from more than 30 countries were already booked by last November, with three new exhibitors attending the EFM for the first time - Hong Kong's Golden Network, Turkey's Sesam and Canada's Sodec.A week before the beginning of this year's market, the EFM has received re
  • Euros 300m secures Quiero TV's continuity

    Backers of struggling Spanish digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform Quiero TV have approved a capital increase worth Euros 300m. In a statement, Quiero said the increase - which will be carried out before February 15, - "guarantees the continuity" of the platform. Local press suggested the new capital increase was a means of ensuring the short-term viability of Quiero in order to facilitate its sale. Majority backer Auna has been seeking a buyer for Quiero for ove
  • Fall in govt funds ahead for Danish film industry

    The thriving Danish film industry could be in for an unpleasant shock when the new rightwing government's financial policy comes into action next year. While state financial support remains unchanged for 2002, support from the Danish Film Institute is expected to be cut by up to 20% from 2003. The new legislation has awarded $43.5m (DKR375.9m) to the film department for 2002 (compared to 2001's $42.4m), but this 2.5% increase is simply in line with inflation.The reason t
  • Festival in Cannes opens festival in Santa Barbara

    The 17th annualSanta Barbara International Film Festival, which takes place Feb 27 to March 3,will open with Henry Jaglom's Festival In Cannes and close with George Hickenlooper's The ManFrom Elysian Fields.Among the world premieresare Tony Silber's documentary Arisman: Facing The Audience, Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay's LA-set comedy Bugstarring Brian Cox and Tony Shalhoub'sMade-Up (A Vanity Production) starringShalhoub and Brooke Adams.Other sc
  • Fiennes takes lead in $10m Luther biopic

    UK actor Joseph Fiennes has signed up to play religious reformer Martin Luther in a $10m feature film biopic to be directed by Eric Till.Luther, the story of a simple monk challenging the political and religious leadership of his time will also feature Peter Ustinov, Bruno Ganz, Mathieu Carriere, Uwe Ochsenknecht, August Diehl, Jochen Horst and Benjamin Sadler. It begins shooting in February at original historical locations in Brandenburg, central Germany, Bavaria, Italy and th
  • Film Critics of Australia announce nominations

    Lantana, Moulin Rouge, Mullet and The Bank have a chance of being crowned best film in the 2002 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards with the trophy going to one of the producers, namely Jan Chapman, Baz Luhrmann (and others), Vincent Sheehan or John Maynard respectively.But the directors of each of these films have also been nominated for the best director honour - also in order, Ray Lawrence, Luhrmann, David Caesar and Robert Connolly - and all the writers are in one
  • Five newcomers can't down Black Hawk

    Four new studioopeners and the wide release of I Am Sam couldn't dislodge Columbia/Revolution's epic BlackHawk Down from thenumber one position, signalling it as the first smash of the new year and nodoubt its first $100m grosser. The Ridley Scott-directed movie took anestimated $18.2m at 3,101 theatres to bring its total to $60.1m after just twoweeks wide.SimilarlyDisney's family movie Snow Dogs starri
  • French Cesar nominations hail Amelie

    With 13 nominations, including best film, best director for Jean-Pierre Jeunet and best actress for Audrey Tautou, Amelie leads the race for the 27th Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards, to be presented on March 2. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's chart-topping title (9 million-plus French admissions), which has become the highest-grossing French-language film ever in the US, clocking nearly $30m at the tills, has also received nine nominations for the British Acade
  • German media companies reorganise funds

    EM.TV & Merchandising has parted with its shares in Hamburg-based TFC Holding, Israel's Talit.TV & Communications and Stockholm-based Plus Licens AB as part of its strategic reorientation.EM.TV had acquired the holdings during the Neuer Markt's boom phase between September 1999 and February 2000, but the decision to sell was taken "since the investments did not fulfil profit expectations and also no longer have strategic value for EM.TV", said the company in a statement.In the c
  • Germany's Splendid reports 150% sales growth

    Germany's Neuer Markt-listed Splendid Medien reported a 150% year-on-year growth in sales and positive earnings before tax, according to provisional figures for the 2001 financial year. The final financial report will not be presented until March 28.The Cologne-based company reported that the preliminary sales for 2001 are approximately Euros 68m - up 150% on 2000's result of Euros 27m and 33% above Splendid's own sales forecasts.The news boosted Splendid's share by over 15%
  • Harmony Gold buys int'l rights on comedy Dirt

    Harmony Gold has securedinternational rights to the action comedy Dirt, which world premiered last year at the Los AngelesFilm Festival in April.The film stars MichaelCovert and Trace Fraim as two brothers, who, search the West Texas desert dregsfor a replacement for their dead mother and kidnap a woman (Tara Chocol) who isthe abused wife of a Texas ranger (Patrick Warburton). Covert wrote Dirt and co-directed it with Fraim. The company isofferi
  • Hollywood quartet embraces new high-def VHS format

    Effects-driven action thrillers such as Independence Day,X-Men, U-571, Die Hard and the first two Terminator films are about to be re-issued in the US in a new digital videotapeformat aimed specifically at that small niche of (predominantly male) hometheatre buffs who have decked out their pads with expensive high-definitiontelevision sets.Four US film studios -namely 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, DreamWorks SKG and ArtisanEntertainment - have
  • Hong Kong exhibitors get window extension

    Hong Kong's exhibition body, the Hong Kong Theatres Association, has reached an agreement with local distributors to extend the territory's theatrical window to at least one month.Currently, VCDs and DVDs of local titles are often released at the same time as, or only weeks after, their theatrical release. However the association, which represents all of Hong Kong's 62 theatres, has issued guidelines to distributors which prohibit the video format release of a title for at least 30 day
  • Hong Kong launches online copyright database

    Hong Kong's Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA) has stepped up the fight against piracy by launching an online database which carries updated information on a film's copyright.The database, at , allows law enforcement officials - in both Hong Kong and overseas - to check a film title against detailed information about the copyright holder in each territory. "At present, officials have to call us for the information and it tak
  • Hoyts' Johnson named ShoWest int'l exhib of year

    Paul Johnson, the CEO ofAustralia's Hoyts Cinemas Ltd, has been named international exhibitor ofthe year at worldwide exhibition convention ShoWest which is being held March4-7 in Las Vegas.Johnson, who will receivehis award at the international day luncheon on March 4, joined Hoyts in 1982 asa financial accountant and in 1984 was named director of corporate strategy, astrategy which under Johnson's aegis would see Hoyts enter the NorthAmerican exhibition market. He
  • I Am Sam producers win Stanley Kramer PGA prize

    The Producers Guild OfAmerica (PGA) is to give its inaugural Stanley Kramer Award to the producers ofNew Line Cinema's I Am Sam -Jessie Nelson, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and Richard Solomon - atthe annual PGA Awards on March 2 in Los Angeles.The award was established tohonour a producer whose work "illuminates provocative social issues in anaccessible and elevating fashion." I Am Sam is the story of a mentally-challenged man raisinghis daughter and fighting the sy
  • IFC takes US rights on Lost In La Mancha

    IFC Entertainment has bought North and South American rights to Berlin Panorama film Lost In La Mancha: The Un-Making of Don Quixote.Lost In La Mancha is a feature length documentary about the preparations for and dramatic halting of Terry Gilliam film Don Quixote. It is made by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, who previously made The Hamster Factor And Other Tales Of Twelve Monkeys, and is narrated by Jeff Bridges.IFC has indicated that it intends to gi
  • IMAX symposium during Berlinale

    The large-format films Skydance and Horses: The Story Of Equuus, Kilimanjaro are to be screened during this year's Berlinale by Euromax, the European association of the large format industry at its 8th European Large Format Filmmakers Symposium .The four-day event, which will be held from Feb 10-13 at the Cinestar IMAX and Discovery Channel IMAX cinemas at Berlin's Potsdamer Platz, will see newcomers and seasoned professionals discussing the technology, aesthetics and eco
  • Japanese box office reaches all-time high

    Confirming early predictions (Screendaily Jan 7) official data just released by the Motion Pictures Producers Association of Japan (Eiren), reveals that national cinema admissions reached 163.3m in 2001, generating all-time record box office revenues.Boosted by the massive success of Spirited Away, the Japanese box office soared 17.% in 2001 compared with the previous year, to $1.51 billion (Y200,154 million), marking the first time ever that the Japanese box office has s
  • Japanese pick-up for Brussels Avenue

    Brussels-based world sales outfit Brussels Ave has picked up world distribution rights on Japanese documentary filmmaker Seiichi Motohashi's Alexei And The Spring (Alexei To Izumi) which will be screened in the International Forum of New Cinema at the forthcoming Berlinale. In addition, Brussels Ave is handling Anne Wild's short drama Ballet Was Cancelled (Ballett Ist Ausgefallen), which is showing in the shorts competition of the Kinderfilmfest, and will ha
  • Jim Ramo named CEO at studios' VOD co Movielink

    Jim Ramo, an industryveteran with many years spent at DIRECTV and Hughes Communications amongothers, has won the CEO job at Movielink, the video-on-demand distributionservice which is a joint venture between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, ParamountPictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Ramo reports to a boardcomprised of representatives from each of the five equity partners. "Thisis a unique moment in time as VOD infrastructure deplo
  • Kinowelt to exit German Neue Markt

    Germany's Kinowelt Medien has withdrawn its listing on the Neuer Markt as of Feb 22 and will transfer its stock to the Regulated Market from Feb 25.Brothers Michael and Rainer Koelmel and the provisional insolvency administrator Dr. Wolfgang Ott decided on the change to the "more suitable segment" of the Regulated Market in the light of "the present situation on the capital markets and the current position of the company".According to Kinowelt, the transfer will mean that the co
  • Korean industry supports screen quota system

    Leading figures from the Korean film industry have united in a show of support for the nation's screen quota system, after reports suggesting that the government is planning to weaken the quota's restrictions on movie theatres. The issue has gained added prominence as South Korea and the US are to start talks on sealing a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) by June of this year.The screen quota system, which stipulates that each of the nation's screens show local films for 146 da
  • Korean, Canadian shorts featured at Dresden fest

    Short films from South Korea and Canada will be specially featured in the sidebar section of this year's Filmfest Dresden (April 16-21).The Filmfest is working with the Korean producer-distributor Indiestory to compile an overview of the largely unknown Korean short film scene, while the sidebar entitled "A Decade of Canadian Animation" will present a retrospective of animated shorts produced by the National Film Board of Canada between 1990 and 2000. In addition, three strands
  • Korea's Showbox seals strategic alliance

    Recently-established Korean distribution company Showbox (see Screendaily, January 30) has announced a strategic tie-up with KM Culture, IM Pictures and Korea's largest studio Cinema Service. Under the agreement, KM Culture will take the lead in the network's production operations, with financing divided between the four companies and distribution handled by Showbox.The new agreement will give added clout to the third Korean distribution company to be formed in just the
  • Kung Pow: Enter The Fist

    Dir: Steve Oedekerk. US. 2002. 80 mins. Kung Pow: Enter The Fist is a late-night college joke done on a Hollywood budget. Masterminded by writer-director Steve Oedekerk (whose credits include Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Nutty Professor and Patch Adams), the film takes an obscure 1970s Hong Kong karate flick (Savage Killers, aka Tiger and Crane Fist), re-dubs it, digitally inserts Oedekerk into the action and adds specially shot new m
  • Love Liza

    Dir Todd Louiso. US 2002. 89mins.Indie icon Philip Seymour Hoffman (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) renders yet another stellar performance in Todd Louiso's delicately directed Love Liza, elevating the film way above its narrow narrative scope and small-scale production. An actor vehicle, written specifically for Hoffman by his older brother Gordy, this darkly humorous story revolves around the inconsolable grief of a young widower after his wife's sudden, inexplicabl
  • Main Tiger for Sleeping Rough in Rotterdam

    Local Dutch favourite Sleeping Rough (Tussenland) has won the top prize, the VPRO Tiger award, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The Eugenie Jansen-directed film came in ahead of Wild Bees (Divoke Vcely) by Bohdan Slama from the Czech Republic and Sinisa Dragin's Every Day God Kisses Us On The Mouth (In Fiecare Zi Dumnezeu Ne Saruta Pe Gura) from Romania. The Canal Plus Audience award, unveiled on Saturday (Feb 1), went to Da
  • MDP Worldwide acquires Stephen Gaghan script Havoc

    Mark Damon's MDPWorldwide has acquired the screenplay Havoc by Stephen Gaghan, theOscar-winning writer of Trafficand director of the forthcoming Abandon for Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment.Havoc is a multi-layered drama in the vein of Traffic about a gang of wealthy teens from the upscale LosAngeles neighbourhood of Pacific Palisades who imitate street gangstas in aneffort to find an authentic emotional experience.Gag
  • Mechanic's Pandemonium sets two with Southpaw

    Southpaw Media Group, the LAproduction outfit set up by former Trilogy Entertainment Group partner Richard BLewis, is partnering with Bill Mechanic's Pandemonium on two pictures- The Whole Wide World, anaction love story set against the backdrop of NASA's early lunarmissions, and Across The Universe,an inter-galactic adventure set in the far reaches of outer space.Both pictures are beingoverseen by Ashley Kramer, executive vice president of Pandemonium, whichrecently sign
  • Metro Tartan takes My Kingdom for UK release

    The UK's Metro Tartan has acquired Don Boyd's Liverpool-set gangster film My Kingdom, starring Richard Harris and Lynn Redgrave.The film, one of the last backed by the now-defunct Sky Pictures, is a modern interpretation of the King Lear story, transposed to the criminal underworld of Liverpool, where the film was shot on location. Producers are Close Grip Films' Neal Weisman and Primary Pictures' Gabriela Bacher."I am thrilled that My Kingdom's release in t
  • MGM hits back at New Line over Goldmember

    A battle betweenMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and New Line Cinema continued on Friday over the useof the word Goldmember in the title of the next Austin Powers movie which isscheduled to open on July 26. On Jan 30, the MotionPicture Association Of America (MPAA) upheld its ruling to prohibit New Linefrom using Goldmember in the title Austin Powers In Goldmember, since New Line had not sufficiently cleared it withthe Bond rights holders MGM which owns Goldfinger. The MPAA ruli
  • Microsoft technology to be used in film release

    Horror thriller Wendigo which was shot on digital video will be the firstfilm to be released using Microsoft Windows Media. Distributed by ContentFilmand Magnolia Pictures, the film will be released using a preview of theupcoming version of Microsoft Media Audio and Video technology codenamed"Corona". The experiment, which willbegin in Seattle on March 1and in Dallas on March 15, will reduce costsassociated with traditional distribution while technically retaining thepicture and
  • Miramax acquires stake in Till's Signpost Films

    Miramax Films has taken a minority share in Stewart Till's Signpost Films as part of a deal to handle US distribution for the would-be studio.Miramax will have the first option on US rights to Signpost titles and has agreed to release a minimum number of films. The Weinsteins' powerhouse is understood to have a stake in Signpost of just under 10%, although it is to pay for the holding over a period of time out of the pre-agreed amounts it stumps up for Signpost films rather than hand o
  • New entrant swells Korea's distribution sector

    In what is rapidly becoming a crowded market, the South Korean distribution sector is to receive another player in Showbox, a subsidiary of local exhibition company Mediaplex.Showbox, still in initial stages of development, is reportedly in negotiation with investment company KM Culture in a deal that could push the number of high-profile local distributors to six.Mediaplex, Inc. was founded in 2000 as a subsidiary of food conglomerate Tongyang Confectionary, renamed last year a
  • NTL appoints advisers on $17bn debt burden

    UK cable network operator, NTL today (Jan 31) ended weeks of speculation by formally appointing financial advisers to help it renegotiate the debt burden that had become a concern within the investment community.The company, which is currently valued at $120m, has debts of about $17bn. The majority of this is in the form of bonds and it is widely expected that the company will try to persuade bond holders to convert their holdings into shares. This would radically shake up the ownershi
  • Orfeo's Helen Loveridge is Seattle-bound

    Helen Loveridge, who currently heads Cologne-based sales agency Orfeo Films, is to become managing director of a new Film Centre being developed in Seattle.Loveridge's move follows the recent announcement of the forthcoming closure of Orfeo and World Sales Christa Saredi (see Screendaily, Jan 11). The two sales agencies are present at this week's Rotterdam festival and will have their swansong at next month's Berlinale. The new posting means that Loveridge, one of Europe's best-
  • Oslo Cinemas reverse film rental decision

    Norway's largest cinema operator has been forced into a U-turn over its refusal to accept recently-implemented national film rental rates.In an unprecedented move, Oslo Cinemas opted out of a new film rental agreement (Screendaily Jan 9), choosing instead to negotiate terms on a film-by-film basis with each distributor. Norway's main distributors responded by threatening not to supply major releases to the exhibitor as long as it refused to conform to the new industry standard.
  • Oz FFC denies outgoing CEO was 'pushed'

    The Australian Film Finance Corporation (FFC) has been forced into releasing a statement confirming that it is Catriona Hughes' own decision to leave her job when her second contract as chief executive expires this year. The move was prompted by the publication of several articles implying she is being forced out."Any suggestion that she has been 'pushed' out of the job is false and mischievous," said FFC chair Geoff Levy. "Ms Hughes decision to leave is her own personal choice and she
  • Palm Pictures takes Sex & Lucia for North America

    Palm Pictures has picked up North American rights to Spanish director Julio Medem's drama Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo), which recently screened in the World Cinema sidebar at Sundance. The film is produced by Spain's Sogecine and is represented internationally by Sogepaq. Medem's previous effort, 1999's The Lovers Of The Arctic Circle (Los Amantes Del Circulo Polar), also screened in Sundance where it was picked up for US distribution by Fine Line and was
  • Paramount Classics takes Human Voices

    Paramount Classics hasconcluded a multiple territory deal on Michael Petroni's supernaturalromance Till Human Voices Wake Usstarring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter. The company acquired rights inNorth and Latin America, the UK, South Africa and the Middle East to the filmfrom Key Entertainment and Tomorrow Film Corp.Written and directed byPetroni, Till Human Voices Wake Uswas shot in Australia and co-financed by the Australian Film FinanceCorporation, Film Victoria a
  • Paramount shifts international video back to LA

    Paramount Home EntertainmentInternational (PHEI) is to move its headquarters from London to Los Angeles,where the company's president Phil Jackson will relocate. Jackson willcontinue to head up the division, reporting to Eric Doctorow, president ofParamount Home Entertainment Worldwide.The move, effective July2002, brings together the domestic and international home entertainmentoperations in one place, working in closer conjunction with Paramount Pictures.It also follows the general t
  • Personal Velocity

    Dir: Rebecca Miller. US. 2001. 85minsThere's a muscular punch to Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity, the winner of this year's Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic feature at Sundance, that propels her triptych of female portraits way above the soapy women-in-peril melodramas that have become stereotypical of so many trashy TV movies, particularly in the US. Like the eponymous book of seven short stories from which she adapted this digital video production, Miller zeroes
  • Phoenix buys legal thriller Misconception

    Mike Medavoy and ArnieMesser's Phoenix Pictures has acquired film rights to the novel Misconception, a legal thriller by Robert Shapiro and Walt Becker.The book, which waspublished in Jan in the US by Harper Collins, is the story of a Louisianadoctor whose life is shattered when an extramarital affair and pregnancy arerevealed.Shapiro is a renowned trialattorney whose cases have included Christian Brando and OJ Simpson; Becker is awriter and film-maker with credits includ
  • Pinero

    Dir: Leon Ichaso. US. 2001. 99mins With his intense, charismatic performance in Pinero, Benjamin Bratt -best known for his tenure on US TV series Law And Order and a few tepid features - reaches a major turning point in his career. Displaying the kind of acting chops associated with the likes of Robert De Niro or Al Pacino before he began chewing scenery, Bratt is sensational as Miguel Pinero, the Puerto Rican poet, playwright, junkie and thief who achieved Broa
  • Pippi Longstocking creator dies, aged 94

    Astrid Lindgren the godmother of Swedish children's literature and creator of world-famous characters like Pippi Longstocking, Emil From Lonneberga, Ronja Robber's Daughter and The Brothers Lionhearth has died after suffering from a serious virus infection for a month. The beloved and respected author was born in 1907 in Vimmerby in Smaaland, Sweden. She made her debut in 1944 and her books have since been translated into more than 80 languages. Lindgren wrote 99 children
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence

    Dir: Phillip Noyce. Australia. 2002. 92 mins.It's generally accepted that films about aboriginal Australians are local box office poison, which unfairly adds a layer of difficulty to the marketing of Phillip Noyce's excellent homecoming production. International audiences will have fewer problems with his elemental tale, which cuts raw into the virtual-apartheid of 1930s outback society. With its brilliantly managed performances and astonishing widescreen panoramas, Rabbit
  • Rai Trade closes string of sales on Jurij

    Italian sales agent Rai Trade has closed a string of sales ahead of next month's Berlin and AFM markets on Jurij, a drama directed by Stefano Gabrini starring Charles Dance and Sarah Miles.The movie, about a blind 10-year-old violin prodigy, has been sold to Japan's Gaga, Mexico's Quality Film, South America's LapTV, China's Paravision and Australia's Palace Film.Scored by Oscar-winner Leonardo Rosenman, whose credits include Barry Lyndon and Bound For Gl
  • Revamped Taormina festival hires Steve Klain

    In a bid to boost the US profile of the Taormina Film Festival, director Felice Laudadio has hired Steve Klain, Miramax's veteran New York-based international marketing director, as a deputy director. The festival, which is non-competitive and screens only English-language movies in the Sicilian town's ancient Greek amphitheatre, has also received a significant three-year cash injection from new sponsor Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL). The festival has been renamed the Taormina-BNL Fi
  • Rings breaks Italian box office record

    New Line blockbuster The Lord of The Rings has smashed the all-time Italian box office opening record briefly held by Harry Potter, by grossing a massive $5m (Euros 5,841,147) from 503 screens on its first weekend.Six days after its Jan 18 release, the Peter Jackson picture had grossed $7.1m (Euros 8,208,000) from 517 screens. Admissions have so far totaled 1,383,124, spelling another huge success for leading Italian distributor Medusa. The local outfit headed by
  • Rings strikes gold in Argentina's economic slump

    Having had its release delayed for a month, due to the current economic crisis, Lord Of The Rings shattered Argentina's admissions record for an opening weekend when it debuted last Wednesday (January 30). The Peter Jackson fantasy thriller attracted 84,626 admissions from 141 screens on its first day, trouncing the opening records set by Titanic (64,483) and Star Wars: Episode 1 (59,780). Rings amassed 338,483 admissions by Sunday, making it the coun
  • RJ Millard joins IDP as vp, publicity & marketing

    RJ Millard, previously thepress officer and digital media development consultant for the Sundance FilmFestival, has joined IDP Distribution as vice president, publicity andmarketing. He will direct all publicityand marketing campaigns for IDP, which is the US distribution joint venturebetween Fireworks Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films and StratosphereEntertainment. He will report to Michael Silberman, president of IDP, whiledirector of publicity Samantha Levine and director of marketing
  • Ron Howard named ShoWest director of year

    Ron Howard will receive thedirector of the year award at the global exhibitors convention ShoWest beingheld in Las Vegas in March. He will be presented with the award by his partnerin Imagine Entertainment Brian Grazer, who produced Howard's current hit ABeautiful Mind, on March 7 at theShoWest 2002 Gala Awards banquet.A Beautiful Mind has now grossed over $100m in the domesticmarketplace and is Howard's fifth film to do so after Apollo 13, Ransomand Dr S
  • Roxie takes US rights to Richter's The Tunnel

    US distributor Roxie Releasing picked up US rights for Roland Suso Richter's The Tunnel from Beta Cinema at this week's Rotterdam Film Festival.Having monitored the film's success at festivals in Montreal (where it won the audience award), Vancouver (placed second in audience choice after Amelie) and the Toronto Film Festival's 'Talk Cinema Series', Roxie and the theatrical arm of KirchMedia's BetaFilm closed the deal in Rotterdam."All of us are thrilled to
  • S.A. funding strategy comes under scrutiny

    Strong criticism, including accusations of misappropriation of funds and nepotism have been levelled at South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) following its recent allocation of grants of just over $530,000 (R6m) as part of its 2001/2 funding cycle. According to reports in South Africa's Mail & Guardian, the NFVF snubbed proposals by some of the country's most prominent filmmakers and producers, including Moonyeen Lee, Teboho Mahlatsi, Shane Mohabier and Jeremy Nathan
  • Singapore collaboration funds local talent

    The Singapore Film Commission, Singapore Broadcasting Authority and Raintree Pictures have signed an agreement to co-finance and produce four English-language telemovies in an attempt to foster local talent. The four 90 min films will be produced over the next 12 months with each of the three partners investing up to $82,000 (S$150,000).The films will be shot using the high definition CineAlta system provided by Sony Singapore, a division of Sony Electronics. On completion they
  • Smith named male star of the year at ShoWest

    Will Smith has been named 2002Male Star Of the Year at this year's ShoWest convention in Las Vegas inMarch. He will personally attend to receive his award at the Gala awards banquet on March 7.It is Smith's fourthShoWest honour. He was named male star of tomorrow in 1995, won the internationalbox office achievement award in 1997 and was named actor of the year in 1999.Smith
  • Spain's MediaPro buys French VCF

    Barcelona-based producer and rights broker MediaPro has acquired French production services outfit Video Communication France (VCF) for Euros 15m.The purchase forms part of MediaPro's international expansion. VCF is one of France's leading mobile TV production service providers.MediaPro has offices in Spain, Portugal, Argentina and the US, where it offers production services, and produces and brokers rights for thematic channels and independent TV programming. It runs joint TV p
  • Spain's top awards dominated by The Others

    Alejandro Amenabar scooped eight of Spain's Goya Awards on Saturday (Jan 2) with his international co-production The Others in a brisk ceremony which offered few surprises and no other stand-out winners. Amenabar and team triumphed in more than half of The Others' 15 nominated categories, including best film, director, original script, production design, editing, photography, artistic direction and sound. Julio Medem's Sex And Lucia (Lucia Y El Sexo), nomina
  • Spanish producers lobby for quota increase

    The Spanish Producers' Federation FAPAE is lobbying for an increase in the country's controversial screen quota system, calling for one day of European cinema for every two of third-country films exhibited in Spain. Current law requires one for every three. The recently re-elected president of FAPAE Eduardo Campoy said the group would further lobby that 60% of those European films be Spanish. Other potential measures FAPAE may push for to "make honest competition viable" in Spain's exh
  • Spinks heads Signpost's world business affairs

    Stewart Till's Signpost Films has appointed Lynwood Spinks, formerly chief operating officer of the US' Industry Entertainment, as head of worldwide business affairs.Spinks will be based in Los Angeles and takes up the position with immediate effect. He spent ten years at Carolco Pictures, where he ended his stint as chief operating officer. As executive vice president of MCA Motion Picture Group, he oversaw international operations and exhibition investments. "I am truly delig
  • Sweden considers film censorship reform

    Sweden's culture minister Marita Ulvskog is close to achieving her aim of revising the country's film classification system by adding "abusive sexual humiliation" as one of the criteria for banning a film from public screening or video distribution. The ongoing censorship debate heated up two years ago when Alexa Wolf's Shocking Truth - a documentary revealing hidden truths about the porn industry, sparked local outrage and prompted Ulvskog to commission a detailed study into th
  • The Count Of Monte Cristo

    Dir: Kevin Reynolds. US. 2002. 131mins. Hollywood's latest take on the ever-popular yarns of Alexandre Dumas is a straightforward but handsomely staged and consistently entertaining version of the author's classic tale of betrayal and revenge in post-Napoleonic France. Rather than attempting to jazz up the material for younger moviegoers (as last year's Dumas adaptation, Universal's The Musketeer, did), the makers of this Spyglass Entertainment production go for old-s
  • The Kid Stays In The Picture

    Dirs: Brett Morgen & Nanette Burstein. US. 2001. 93 mins.As an irresistible portrait of Hollywood narcissism, this documentary adaptation of Robert Evan's memoirs as a studio mogul is a guilty pleasure of the most complicit kind. Shedding their cinema verite backgrounds, the film-making duo of Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein apply a thick, subjective coat of high-gloss varnish to a tabloid-tailored life of sex, drugs and corporate rock 'n' roll. An essential item for any fi
  • The Last Kiss (L'Ultimo Bacio)

    Dir: Gabriele Muccino. Italy. 2001. 117 mins.Thirty-five-year-old Roman director Gabriele Muccino is the only player on the contemporary Italian scene who has the potential to be as big as Roberto Benigni. His third film, L'Ultimo Bacio (The Last Kiss) was the top grossing Italian film of 2001, grossing Euros 13.1 million (Lira 25.4 billion) by the end of an almost year-long run, and finishing fourth overall behind Harry Potter, Castaway, and Bridget Jones's
  • The Mothman Prophesies

    Dir: Mark Pellington. US 2001. 119mins.In promoting its cliche-ridden sci-fi-horror-supernatural The Mothman Prophecies, Sony is using the tag line "based on true events", as if the "factuality" of the source material was a badge of honour and necessary condition for taking more seriously a decidedly schlocky and dismissable feature. Loosely inspired by events in Mount Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1966, Richard Hatem's inept screenplay, which moves the story to the pre
  • The Son's Room has slender US opening

    Despite winning last year's Cannes Palme d'or and being the Italian submission for this year's best foreign language Oscar, Nanni Moretti's acclaimed family drama The Son's Room had a disappointing opening for Miramax Films in North America last weekend, taking $4,887 from one New York screen.In those international markets where it has been released, The Son's Room has found more appreciative audiences, generating 750,000 admissions in France, $590,000 In Germany, $545,
  • Three Euro training bodies set to merge

    In a bid to increase the efficiency of talent and project development, three of Europe's key film training organisations are to link together under the banner AMA. The three - story editor training body Arista, script development outfit Moonstone and producer finishing school ACE - are all backed by the European Union's MEDIA Plus programme. "All three members of AMA had projects and applicants in common," said ACE president and Arista co-founder Simon Perry. "It became clear th
  • Two films tie for prize at Seattle Women's Fest

    Lone Scherfig's Danishhit Italian For Beginners andRakhshan Bani-Etemad's Under The Skin Of The City tied for the top prize at the 2002 Women In CinemaFilm Festival in Seattle on Thursday night. Determined by audience vote,the best film runner-up was Rose Troche's The Safety Of Objects. Best documentary was Maia Wechsler's SistersIn Resistance, followed byrunners-up Marielle Nitoslawska's Bad Girl and Alix Lambert's The Mark Of Cain.
  • UK actors, not films, shine in BAFTA nominations

    The UK failed to secure any nominations for best film or best director at the UK's most prestigious film awards, the British Academy Film Awards, but UK actors saved face by dominating their sections.As well as underlining a disappointing year for local films, the best film nominations for A Beautiful Mind, The Lord Of The Rings, Moulin Rouge, Shrek and Amelie show how the BAFTA's are becoming increasingly important to studio marketing departments in their new-found pre-A
  • UK agents pitch for bigger slice of the action

    The turbulent UK agency scene, where three leading players have changed ownership in as many months, is increasingly looking for a slice of the producing action - to the point of taking producer credits and fees instead of the usual commissions.Among the ventures now producing or seriously looking at raising their production profile are ICM UK, leading local agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Seifert Dench, Luc Roeg and Charles Finch's Artists Independent Network (AIN) and, on a TV level a
  • UK arthouse scheme branded

    One of the UK's state-supported regional cinemas has slammed proposals from the Government-backed film body the Film Council to create a centrally run art-house circuit as an "insult".The Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, part of the UK's regional film theatre circuit, this week issued a statement saying the proposal would drive up costs, cause local redundancies and "deliver less to our audiences". The council proposes spending National Lottery cash worth $21.1m (£15m) on a national
  • UK Film Council's balance sheet deemed 'healthy'

    Robert Jones, head of the Film Council's premier fund for commercial films, tops the UK film support body's salary list, according to its annual report.Jones was on $127,000-$134,000 (£90,000-95,000) including benefits, for a period of just over six months from when he took up the post in August 2000. The former producer effectively earned more than chief executive John Woodward, who was on a salary of $139,700 (£99,000) for the year, plus a bonus of $26,800 (£19,000) an
  • UK gets new Comedy Shorts scheme

    As part of a short film scheme created last August, The Film Council's New Cinema Fund and FilmFour's experimental arm FilmFour Lab have teamed with Elisabeth Murdoch's film and television company Shine Entertainment to produce the Comedy Shorts Scheme.Aiming to form links between TV and cinema industries by finding and supporting film talent, the scheme is inviting established comedy writers as well as directors, commercials directors and stand-up comedians to produce a selection of c
  • UK's Optimum picks up clutch of titles

    Optimum Releasing, the UK indie distributor which last year made a mark with Mexican hit Amores Perros, has picked up a clutch of titles including two MGM comedies - What's The Worst That Could Happen' and Tortilla Soup.Optimum has also acquired Argentinian hit Nine Queens from Lions Gate Films and Claude Miller's French-language film Betty Fisher And Other Stories from President Films. The distributor plans to release What's The Wor
  • UK's Random Harvest launches horror label

    UK production outfit Random Harvest has launched a new label to focus on horror and thriller titles aimed at the 16- to 21-year-old multiplex audience.Dubbed Four Horsemen Films, Random Harvest is aiming to produce between three and five films per year through the label, and says that negotiations are at "an advanced stage" with a major studio for European distribution of all of the label's projects.The first picture through Four Horseman is Octane, a teen thriller direct
  • Uncut Monster's Ball to screen at Berlin

    The official unrateddirector's cut of Marc Forster's Monster's Ball will screen in competition at the Berlin FilmFestival on Feb 8, not the version which was passed by the MPAA for its USrelease. The version to be seen at the festival was rated NC-17 for itssexually explicit content and was subsequently cut to make an R rating in theUS.The director's cutversion - made available by financier Lions Gate Films - will also bereleased in Canada, where the film has
  • Vanilla Sky dethrones The Lord Of The Rings

    Vanilla Sky, the first re-teaming of director Cameron Crowe and actor Tom Cruise since Jerry Maguire - which grossed $13.3m (£9.4m) at the UK box office in 1997, has stormed into the top chart position in the UK displacing The Lord Of The Rings in the process.The UIP-distributed thriller grossed a massive $4.2m (£2.98m), including $319,862 from previews, over the weekend, despite receiving mixed reviews. Playing at 425 sites, the film, which also stars Pe
  • Veland, Playford-Denman reunite to expand BV Int

    In reunion worthy of the movies, sales agents Bjorg Veland and Heather Playford-Denman are to start working together again after a three year separation. The move appears to signal an expansion of the Oslo-based BV International sales and finance operation run by Veland."We are keen to develop a label and act more like a studio," said Veland. "We now have the financing options through investors and the funds we operate in Germany and Canada." She is keen to stand the business on four l
  • Watts named female star of tomorrow by ShoWest

    Naomi Watts, the star of MulhollandDrive and of the upcoming remake ofJapanese smash Ring, has beennamed female star of tomorrow at this year's exhibitor convention ShoWestbeing held in Las Vegas in March.The Australian Watts willaccept her award at the annual awards banquet on March 7.Watts, who is considered anOscar contender for Mulholland Drive, will next be seen in Ringwhich is a DreamWorks film directed by Gore
  • Wellspring, Criterion team for US DVD releases

    Wellspring Media, the newlyreconfigured US specialized distributor formerly called Winstar TV & Video,has partnered with US arthouse video label Criterion to release titles on DVD from itslibrary by the likes of Fassbinder, Truffaut and Rohmer as part of theCriterion Collection.The new editions willfeature state-of-the-art upgrades of the films as well as available audiocommentaries by film-makers and scholars, restored director's cuts,deleted scenes, documentaries, shooting scripts, e
  • Wild Bunch is crazy for Marceau's Love

    In a crowd-pleasing move made on the eve of the Rotterdam and Berlin festivals, French sales agent Wild Bunch has picked up Sophie Marceau's directorial debut Parlez-Moi D'Amour. The film stars Judith Godreche (who starred in Marceau's 1995 short L'Aube A L'Envers), Niels Arestrup, Anne Le Ny, Laurence Fevrier, Jean-Marie Frin and Maria Verdi. It was produced by Les Films Alain Sarde and is now in post-production. Marceau, who was a child star with La Boum and rece
  • Wootton upped at BFI, Hebron upped at LFF

    Adrian Wootton is stepping down as director of the London Film Festival to take up the post of deputy director of the event's parent body, the British Film Institute (BFI). His deputy, Sandra Hebron will take up the newly-created post of acting artistic director of the LFF, and is a likely candidate to take on the post permanently.Wootton will continue to have an advisory role at the festival as executive director, while at the BFI, he will oversee educational and cultural operations,