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20 August 2002

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  • Abril signs to Alquimia's Swindled

    Tie Me Up,Tie Me Down star and Spain's leading lady, Victoria Abril has signed on to star in the forthcoming Alquimia Cinema production Swindled (Incautos).Abril will star alongside Argentine veteran Federico Luppi (The Devil's Backbone) and Spanish up-and-comers Ernesto Alterio and Guillermo Toledo (both from The Wrong Side Of The Bed) in the story about a group of con artists who con each other. Miguel Bardem wrote and will direct the film, which be
  • Argentinian box office shrugs-off economic crisis

    Despite Argentina's crushing economic crisis, box office earnings shot up 15% and admissions rose 20% during the country's school holidays compared to the same period the previous year, according to the latest figures from EDI Nielsen. While robust ticket sales are normal during the winter months in Argentina, this year's increase seems to indicates that movie-going remains reasonably recession-proof. "Ticket prices are among the few items which have not gone up in this country,
  • Audiard, Felsberg, Kovacs join Venice jury

    French director and scriptwriter Jacques Audiard, Russian poet Evgenij Evtusenko, producer Uli Felsberg, Hungarian cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, Italian actress Francesca Neri and Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu have joined the official jury of the Venice film festival (Aug 29-Sept 8). As previously announced, the jury is to be headed by Chinese actress Gong Li (Screendaily, July 28).Instead of having separate juries for the features and the short films, a single the all
  • Audiard, Felsberg, Kovacs to decide competition winners

    French director and scriptwriter Jacques Audiard, Russian poet Evgenij Evtusenko, producer Uli Felsberg, Hungarian cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, Italian actress Francesca Neri and Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu have joined the official jury of the Venice film festival (Aug 29-Sept 8). As previously announced, the jury is to be headed by Chinese actress Gong Li (Screendaily, July 28).Instead of having separate juries for the features and the short films, a single the all
  • Berlinale hit with second sidebar defection

    Renate Zylla, director of the Berlinale's Children's Film Festival (Kinderfilmfest), has tendered her resignation, less than a fortnight after Wolfgang Jacobsen's announced he was stepping down as the organiser of the festival's Retrospective. Zylla had worked for the Kinderfilmfest in Berlin since 1985 and was appointed the sidebar's director in 1988. She is understood to have resigned prior to going on holiday and the exact reasons behind her decision are still unknown. German
  • Breillat, Chaio join Upstream jury; Zaoralova, Hauff to pick De Laurentiis winners

    French director Catherine Breillat and Taiwanese producer Peggy Chiao will light up the jury for Venice's Upstream competition (Controcorrente). Lebanese film critic Ghassan Abdoul-Khalek will head the jury, which also includes FIPRESCI chief Klaus Eder and Italian director-critic Enrico Ghezzi. The winner of the cutting-edge section's San Marco prize will be awarded Euros50,000 to be divided equally between director and producer. The jurors will also hand out a special jury prize and
  • Breillat, Chaio join Venice's Upstream jury

    French director Catherine Breillat and Taiwanese producer Peggy Chiao will light up the jury for Venice's Upstream competition (Controcorrente). Lebanese film critic Ghassan Abdoul-Khalek will head the jury, which also includes FIPRESCI chief Klaus Eder and Italian director-critic Enrico Ghezzi. The winner of the cutting-edge section's San Marco prize will be awarded Euros50,000 to be divided equally between director and producer. The jurors will also hand out a special jury prize and
  • Chuo joins Artisan as vice president, acquisitions in Los Angeles

    Artisan Pictures has hired Monica Chuo as its vice president of acquisitions based in Los Angeles. She will report directly to the company's executive vice president Patrick Gunn, and fills the space left by senior vice president, acquisitions, Leilani Forby who left Artisan recently to join former Artisan colleague John Hegeman at Revolution Studios.In her newly appointed role, Chuo is responsible for identifying and pursuing completed films for theatrical release. She joins Artisan f
  • Clifford joins staff of AFI Conservatory

    Australiandirector and editor Graeme Clifford has been appointed senior lecturer in thedirecting discipline at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory.Clifford, whose editing credits include The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Postman Always Rings Twice and whose directing credits includeFrances, will train the 50 first and second year directing fellows for the year2002-2003.The AFIConservatory is a Master of Fine Arts degree programme which trains aspiringfilm-m
  • Constantin exits Escape Artist deal

    Munich-based producer-distributor Constantin Film yesterday said it had prematurely terminated a two-year output deal with US producer Escape Artists as a result of changes to its product sourcing strategy.Reporting a narrowing first-half net loss of Euros6m (2001: Euros6.7m), Constantin said it had been forced to write-off Euros3.9m - the value of its 10.1% stake in Escape Artists - as it took an option to end the contract early. It was due to have run until 2005. Constantin sa
  • Constantin exits Escape Artist deal

  • Das Werk thrown E60m lifeline

    The survival of ailing post-production group Das Werk has been given a crucial boost through the granting of a credit line of more than Euros60m ($58.5m) and the extension of previous loans by a banking pool that includes BHF Bank, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank.The additional funds were made available after the banks approved Das Werk's restructuring programme that is concentrated around its core film and TV post-production businesses. The restructure has already resulted in the loss o
  • Diageo finances African feature

    Brewing giant Diageo is attempting to cash-in on the widespread popularity of Michael Powell, a fictional journalist and star of its recent pan-African TV campaign for Guinness, by financing a $3m (£2m) feature film based around the character.The action thriller, which has just started principal photography on the outskirts of Johannesburg, is being directed by Jason Xenopolous, executive produced by former Guinness Africa marketing director Celia Couchman and produced by Bob Maho
  • Edinburgh: Cinema Extreme winners named

    Young film-makers Dwayne Hopkins and Jens Jonsson were named as the first recipients of funding from the UK's Cinema Extreme scheme, it was announced at the Edinburgh festival.Hopkins and Jonsson will each receive up to $75,000 (£50,000) to take their short projects, respectively, Love Me Or Leave Me Alone and A Changed Man, from script stage to screen. The Cinema Extreme programme was set up last year as a joint venture by FilmFour Lab, the Robin Gutch-headed arm of FilmFo
  • Edinburgh: Irreversible director Noe lays down challenge to UK censors

    Aware that the UK has the most restrictive regulations in Europe on the screening of sexual violence, Gaspar Noe director of scandal film Irreversible challenged the UK censors to ban the film or leave it well alone."I don't think it will be released if it needs to be cut. I could not understand a country like England asking for any cuts of this movie, when the Cannes film festival, which is the most crucial arts festival in the would has shown it in competition," he said after
  • European box office continues upward trajectory

    The European box office saw more than 1 billion admissions in 2001, generating upwards of Euros5.6bn, according to new research from global cinema analysts Dodona Research.Dodona's Cinemagoing Europe report forecasts that the value of European box office will continue its current upward swing to hit Euros7.4bn by 2006, despite a slowdown in cinema screen growth after intense development in many markets.According to the report, which covers 21 countries, almost 20,000 of Europe's
  • European DVD software sales to jump 150% over next four years

    Western European consumer spending on DVD software is forecast to increase by more than 150% over the next four years, reaching Eu15.3bn ($15bn) by 2006 and accounting for 85% out of a forecast Eu18.4bn ($18bn) total spending on video software, according to researcher Screen Digest.While sales of VHS tapes in Western Europe are expected to fall by 6% by volume in 2002, consumers will spend Eu5.2bn on DVD software in 2002. The report - 'European Video: Market Assessment & Forecasts 2001
  • Evans to take business role at Film Council

    UK funding body the Film Council has recruited Intermedia senior executive Will Evans to be its new head of business affairs. Evans, an entertainment lawyer with 23 years' experience, joins the Film Council on 2 September. He has worked at Intermedia for six years, most recently as co-president of Intermedia Music Group.In his new role Evans will report to chief executive officer John Woodward and provide support to the three film investment funds, working with Premiere Fund he
  • Festival brims with high-profile world premieres

    The 27th Toronto International Film Festival has announced another slew of world premieres, including titles from such leading filmmakers as Joel Schumacher, Neil Jordan, Robert Duvall, Phillip Noyce, Jim Sheridan and Paul Schrader .At the final press conference before the festival rolls Sept. 5, programming director Piers Handling and managing director Michele Maheux unveiled a raft of new titles and also announced a significant new prize, the $12,700 (C$20,000) IFC Visions Award.
  • Festival unveils more world and North American premieres

    The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 5-14) will feature the world premiere of director Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers, along with the North American premieres of writer/director Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale and Julie Taymor's Frida.Filmed in Morocco, Four Feathers is Kapur's (Elizabeth) epic tale of man's indomitable spirit and the fascinating disparity between civilizations. The cast includes Kate Hudson, Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimo
  • Fox lifts otherwise mournful News Corp

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation today reported widening full year losses of $6.26bn (2001: $445m) after the company was forced to write down the value of its stakes in ailing interactive TV company Gemstar, insolvent KirchMedia and Italian pay-TV broadcaster Stream.Despite posting a 10% increase in annual revenues to $15.2bn, Murdoch said he was disappointed with the write downs which contributed to annual exceptional charges of nearly $7bn.Despite the overall loss, Murdoch sa
  • German box office continues upward swing

    The recent upward trend in the German exhibition sector has continued in the first half of 2002, according to statistics issued by the German Federal Film Board (FFA).While the number of cinema-goers increased year-on-year from 79.7m to 80.7m - equivalent to growth of 1.3% -, box-office revenues expanded by 7.8% from Euros442.1m in the first six months of 2001 to Euros476.4m this year.FFA's board member Rolf Baehr said the increase in revenues was due to supplements charged by c
  • Gladiator, Mummy head Premiere/Vivendi film deal

    Beleaguered German pay-TV platform Premiere has sealed a deal with Vivendi Universal for such films as Gladiator, Erin Brockovich and The Mummy Returns as it attempts to put itself on a sound financial footing and attract new investors. Universal is the third studio, following Fox Entertainment Group Inc. and Dreamworks, to agree a contract with Premiere under revised conditions, the German channel said in a statement. Both Premiere and Universal agreed not
  • Hong Kong: ATV share deal collapses

    Hong Kong's richest tycoon Li Ka-shing has withdrawn an offer to buy a stake in local free-to-air broadcaster Asia Television (ATV), the day after it was revealed that the station has secured rights to broadcast on the Chinese mainland.Li Ka-shing's multimedia company, Tom.com was set to become ATV's second biggest shareholder by acquiring a 32.75% stake from two companies in the cash-strapped Lai Sun group - property developer Lai Sun Development and eSun Holdings, the parent company
  • Japan plans $22m boost for local films

    The Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs is asking the government to double its spend on local film this year in a bid to boost domestic film production.The agency has asked the government to set aside Y2.6bn ($22.1m) from its fiscal 2003 budget - twice the amount spent last year - to fund the initiative, according to reports in The Japan Times.In addition to acting as a fillip to local producers and crews, the funds will be used to finance overseas exhibition. The agen
  • Kaufman, Magiday & Resnick form Focus buying troika

    Universal Pictures'specialized arm Focus Features has finalized the structure of its acquisitionsdepartment, ending months of speculation which has seen the exit of senioracquisitions executives Graeme Mason from Universal Pictures International(UPI) and Steven Raphael and Amanda Klein from USA Films. Focus was formed byUniversal from the merger of USA Films and Good Machine in May 2002.Heading the acquisitionsteam is Amy Kaufman as senior vice president, acquisitions and co-production
  • Korean festival delayed by success

    The third edition of Korea's indieKINO International Film Festival, due to have taken place later this month, has been postponed until December. Rather than spelling trouble, the reason appears to be the event's growing success.Originally to have taken place Aug 19-Sept 15, the online event will now take place Dec 2-22."We want to expand our system so we can try something new called Indie Wing. This will cast away all the old and unnecessary methods to create something new and e
  • Lions Gate gets boost from Monster's Ball

  • Lions Gate gets boost from Monster's Ball

    Monster's Ball (pictured), the Marc Forster-directed drama that earned Halle Berry her best actress Oscar, also did wonders for its distributor Lions Gate.Lions Gate reported net income of $2.7m, or 4 cents a share, in the quarter ended June 30, compared with a loss of $335,000, or 3 cents a share, in the corresponding period lastyear. Revenues in the quarter rose to $94.2m from $45.1m. Revenues grew strongest at the motion picture division, were turnover soared by 130% t
  • MGM launches two branded channels in Africa with Multichoice

    MGM Networks,the TV networks arm of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), is to launch two channelsinto Africa after striking an agreement with Multichoice Africa. The 24-hour aday, seven-days-a-week channels, which are dubbed MGM Movie Channel, will becarried on Multichoice Africa's DStv platform. One will be supplied inEnglish to subscribers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, while the other will bethe company's Portugese language channel from MGM Networks Latin Americafor Portugese sp
  • Monster's Ball boosts Lions Gate

    Monster's Ball (pictured), the Marc Forster-directed drama that earned Halle Berry her best actress Oscar, also did wonders for its distributor Lions Gate.Lions Gate reported net income of $2.7m, or 4 cents a share, in the quarter ended June 30, compared with a loss of $335,000, or 3 cents a share, in the corresponding period last year. Revenues in the quarter rose to $94.2m from $45.1m. Revenues grew strongest at the motion picture division, were turnover soared by 130% to $69.
  • NuVision chief steps down

    Pedro Rodriguez Domecq has resigned from his post as president of Mexico-based, Latin American distributor NuVision. Domecq's resignation comes amid reports that NuVision and sister production company Altavista have both been cutting staff following slow returns and less than successful productions since last year's Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros). Federico Gonzalez Compean, co founder of parent company Estudio Mexico Films, will take over his responsibilities.
  • Okay

    OKAYReviewed by Sheila Johnston in LocarnoScreened in competitionDir: Jesper W Nielsen. Denmark. 2002. 95mins. Danish actors must be the envy of their colleagues the world over: this tiny national industry produces an endless stream of films which treat very recognisable, everyday problems with that distinctive Nordic blend of comedy and melancholy and create in the process some marvellously meaty roles for their large casts. Jesper W Nielsen's Okay follows this s
  • O'Neal stars in New York indie The Technical Writer

    Tatum O'Neal, WilliamForsythe and Michael Harris are the stars and Scott Saunders the director of TheTechnical Writer, an independentfeature which went into production in New York City this week. The film marksthe first feature from production outfit Damage Control which was formed in NewYork by David Leitner and Michael Yanko to produce low-budget films withcutting edge technology.Co-writtenby Harris and Saunders, the film is the story of
  • Palm Springs Short Film Fest announces winners

    US student live action shortThe Wormhole directed by JessicaSharzer won the Best Of Festival Award worth $2,000 at the eighth annual PalmSprings International Festival Of Short Films which ended last weekend (Aug11). Over 290 films from 25 countries played during the six-day event whichlasted Aug 6-12.The $15,000 Future FilmmakerAward went to another US film-maker Alan Brown for O Beautiful, the story of two boys, one straight and one gay,one boy and o
  • Parker steps back from the Wilde side

    Oliver Parker, in Edinburgh for the UK premiere of his latest Oscar Wilde adaptation The Importance Of Being Earnest on Wednesday (Aug 21) and a Script Factory masterclass on Saturday Aug 17, revealed his next project will be a step away from the Wilde side of his career. After An Ideal Husband and now Earnest, Parker will next tackle a post-war Italian thriller which he had intended to do between the two Wilde comedies. "That one we nearly made before The Impor
  • Plenus Entertainment unveils Korean exhibition plans

    Plenus Entertainment, the parent of Korea's Cinema Service, today detailed its plans to challenge the market leaders in the country's exhibition sector (see Screendaily, April 14).Plenus will launch a multiplex theatre chain, called Primus Cinema, which it aims to have operating 100 screens with some 24,000 seats by 2004.Primus will be set up as a joint venture with local financier MVP Venture Capital. Together they have jointly committed to invest an initial $18m (Won23b
  • Possession

    Dir: Neil LaBute. US. 2002. 103 mins. An extraordinary choice of director lies at the heart of Possession, a story of rapturous Victorian romance told by a film-maker, Neil LaBute, best known for his razor-tongued and cynical comedies about contemporary American sexual mores. Critical response will depend on whether his presence behind the camera is seen as a bold and imaginative stroke or a terrible error of judgement. A classy cast, astute marketing and likely suppo
  • Powerhouse, Steeple pact on The Sailmaker

    PowerHouse Studios has signed a deal with Steeple Distributions to co-produce two feature films in association with Arama/Zegna Pictures. Steeple will provide funding for the two projects via a $132m letter of credit issued by the Bank of New York.The first co-production will be Shimon Arama's The Sailmaker. To be directed by Sir Richard Attenborough it will star Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. Details of the second film are still under raps.
  • PowerHouse/Steeple pact on The Sailmaker

    PowerHouse Studios has signed a deal with Steeple Distributions to co-produce two feature films in association with Arama/Zegna Pictures. Steeple will provide funding for the two projects via a $132m letter of credit issued by the Bank of New York.The first co-production will be Shimon Arama's The Sailmaker. To be directed by Sir Richard Attenborough it will star Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. Details of the second film are still under raps.
  • Priest scandal picture shatters Mexican box office records

    Carlos Carrera's controversial The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro)has become a phenomenon at the Mexican box office. Released on an unprecedented 356 prints by Columbia TriStar last Friday, the $1.8m drama grossed 31m pesos ($3.1m) in its opening weekend.That would nearly triple the current record opening for a Mexican film, established by Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien, which opened with 11.9m pesos ($1.3m) on 250 screens in June last year.
  • Restructured Nordisk Film aims for former glory

    Nordic media giant Egmont has once again restructured it film divisions and has merged its production outfit Nordisk Film with distribution arm Egmont Entertainment, into a new entity called Nordisk Film. Egmont Entertainment's managing director Kenneth D. Plummer will head up the new organisation that will have an annual turnover of over Eu 405 million and a staff of approximately 1,350 people. Plummer replaces former Nordisk Film chief Soren E. Jakobsen who is resigning, but w
  • Roadshow triumphs at annual Australian box office awards

    Australian distributor Roadshow trounced the opposition at the annual Australian box office awards taking the gold prize for Lord Of The Rings, which attracted A$47m in ticket sales, as well as the honours for the most number of films to gross over A$10m. Roadshow's seven films, out of a total of 24 in competition, together grossed nearly A$168m. Lord Of The Rings - the third biggest Australian film ever after Titanic (A$57m) and Crocodile Dundee - was also
  • Rush Hour 2 is biggest indie film of 2001

    Rush Hour 2, New Line's action sequel, has emerged as the biggest independent film of 2001 in the US, according to a list compiled by AFMA, the trade body representing the independent film industry worldwide. The film, staring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker grossed $226 million.Films eligible for AFMA's list were released in the year between Thanksgiving 2000 and Thanksgiving 2001' meaning that New Line's The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, which has taken ne
  • Sex and religion prove winning formula in Melbourne

    Writer/director Pan Malin's debut feature Samsara proved the most fashionable film of the 51st Melbourne International Film Festival when it won the Stella Artois Award for most popular feature. The India/Germany/Italy/France production is about the sexual awakening of a young Buddhist monk in the Himalayas. Another directorial debut, Paul Goldman's Australian Rules, was runner up and Alfonso Cuaron's Mexican/USA film And Your Mother Too (Y Tu Mama Tambien)
  • Simone

    Dir: Andrew Niccol. US. 2002. 124mins A third slice of near-futuristic fantasy from Andrew Niccol, the creator of The Truman Show and Gattaca, Simone is a silly souffle of a movie that has some good ingredients but turns out overcooked and stodgy. The film's awkward tone - not to mention its extreme length - will make audiences wriggle uncomfortably in their seats, anxious for the end credits and irritated that a film which looks like a sharp satire should play
  • Spanish film industry cautious on TV merger

    The planned merger of Spain's two leading pay-TV platforms, Telefonica-owned Via Digital and Sogecable-backed Canal Satelite Digital (CSD), took one step further towards reality after Friday's decision by the European Commission to send the case back to the Spanish government for consideration.Local analysts agree that the move signals the deal will go through - likely before year-end, considering Spain's four-month deadline. It is widely believed that without prior government approva
  • SPE smashes annual box office record

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has broken its own industry record for North American ticket sales by one studio in a single calendar year, registering $1.29bn and passing 1997's previous best mark of $1.27bn with more than four months to spare.With a 2002 slate that includes such tentpole successes as Spider-Man and Men In Black 2, which to date have grossed $404m and $189m respectively, Sony's releases have accounted for 21% of the market are currently leading the second pl
  • The Eye (Oko)

    Directors: Oxide and Danny Pang. Hong Kong-Thailand. 2002. 98minsAn atmospheric blend of psychological thriller and eerie ghost story, The Eye sees director brothers Danny and Oxide Pang follow the highly stylised, hitman thriller Bangkok Dangerous (which won the FIPRESCI prize at Toronto two years ago) with a successful foray into Sixth Sense territory. Like M Night Shyamalan's box-office giant, the emphasis is on spine-tingling suspense and an intriguin
  • The Guru

    Dir: Daisy von Scherler Mayer. UK-US. 2002. 94minsFeatherweight, feel good escapism, The Guru grafts a modish Bollywood sensibility on to a tried and tested fish-out-of-water comedy scenario. The end result is technically polished candy floss that tries desperately hard to please, with a cartoonish approach and casual disregard for basic credibility that render it little more than disposable fluff. A saturation marketing campaign in the UK and the current appetite for all things
  • Toronto festival brims with high-profile world premieres

    The 27th Toronto International Film Festival has announced another slew of world premieres, including titles from such leading filmmakers as Joel Schumacher, Neil Jordan, Robert Duvall, Phillip Noyce, Jim Sheridan and Paul Schrader .At the final press conference before the festival rolls Sept. 5, programming director Piers Handling and managing director Michele Maheux unveiled a raft of new titles and also announced a significant new prize, the $12,700 (C$20,000) IFC Visions Award.
  • Toronto to mark 9/11anniversary

    The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 5-14), that was massively disrupted by last year's terrorist attacks, is to mark the anniversary of the tragic events by remaining dark.The festival will suspend all conferences, lectures and screenings until 11am on Sept 11 this year and will offer counseling services to staff and guests."It is very important to us that the festival programme acknowledges the terrible events of this day, the first anniversary of Sept. 11," said fes
  • Toronto unveils world and North American premieres

    The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 5-14) will feature the world premiere of director Shekhar Kapur's The Four Feathers, along with the North American premieres of writer/director Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale and Julie Taymor's Frida.Filmed in Morocco, Four Feathers is Kapur's (Elizabeth) epic tale of man's indomitable spirit and the fascinating disparity between civilizations. The cast includes Kate Hudson, Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimo
  • UK box office: best July for 31 years

    UK box office admissions in July were the highest for 31 years, according to the latest figures released by the Cinema Advertising Association.July admission totalled 15 million - an average of 3.38 million a week - and 8% up on the same period last year.Unsurprisingly, in the month that marks the start of the UK summer holidays, children's films such as Scooby Doo (£14.3m) fared well.But it was the Tom Cruise science fiction vehicle Minority Report that proved the m
  • Veteran BVI Japan executive Nakajima dies aged 71

    Veteran Japanesemovie executive Isamu Nakajima died last week (Aug 7) in Tokyo at the age of71. He was vice president of sales for Buena Vista International Japan (BVIJ)at the time of his death.Nakajima-san wasconsidered one of Japan's top distribution executives, respected byexhibitors and admired by competitors. He began his career over 40 years ago atEihai Corporation and then moved to Chuou Corporation (now Toho-TowaCorporation) before joining BVI shortly after its inception in Jan
  • Veteran Indian film-maker appeals over 'ridiculous' censorship

    Indian documentary film-maker Anand Patwardhan is appealing to the country's Appellate Tribunal in a bid to overturn a decision by Indian censors that is insisting over 20 cuts be made to his anti-war film War and Peace before it can be shown in Indian cinemas.Despite triumphing at the Bombay International Film festival in February, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanded Patwardhan make cuts to the film which details the consequences of India's successful nuclea
  • vfrea

    Edinburgh: Irreversible director Noe lays down challenge to UK censorsSpeaking at the film's UK premiere, director Gaspar Noe urges censors to ban the film outright rather than cut its more disturbing scenesAware that the UK has the most restrictive regulations in Europe on the screening of sexual violence, Gaspar Noe director of scandal film Irreversible challenged the UK censors to ban the film or leave it well alone."I don't think it will be released if i
  • Viareggio festival aims to restore former glory

    Aiming to restore its past glory, returning festival director Felice Laudadio has unveiled the line-up for this year's European Cinema Festival (Sept 14-21), including a competition section whose jury will be headed by Commedia all'Italiana founder Mario Monicelli.The festival will give special attention to new German cinema. Two German films will screen in competition - Horst Sczerba's Herz and Sven Taddicken's Getting My Brother Laid (Mein Bruder Der Vampyr) - and five
  • XXX, Signs stay atop while Blue Crush debuts big at three

    On the day thatColumbia Pictures announced that 2002 was its all-time biggest year at the boxoffice, the studio's latest blockbuster-elect, the Vin Diesel actionvehicle XXX, heldonto top spot at the North American box office with an estimated $23m haul. TheRevolution Studios-produced picture averaged $6,788 from 3,388 theatres in itssecond week. With a cumulative gross of $84.9m and no significant challengerslined up next week XXXshould hold on to its berth a

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