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20 Jan 2011

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  • Daniel Bruhl to star in Spanish gambling biopic The Pelayos

    Veteran Catalan film-maker Eduard Cortes is set to direct the comedy-drama project The Pelayos (Los Pelayos)about legendary roulette player Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo, starring Daniel Bruhl and Lluis Homar.
  • Ronni Chasen: a life in film

    Following the death of the veteran publicist, this year’s awards season is missing one of its most beloved figures.
  • 127 Hours

    Director Danny BoyleProducers Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, John SmithsonProduction companies Cloud Eight Films, Pathé Pictures, Everest Entertainment, Decibel Films, Darlow Smithson ProductionsUS distributor Fox Searchlight PicturesInternational sales Pathé InternationalUS release date November 5, 2010“Danny and I had been looking for something to do together after Slumdog Millionaire,” says UK producer Christian Colson of the genesis of
  • A very fine vintage

    The last year has yielded a remarkable selection of awards contenders (and a few that could sneak in as wild cards), the majority of which were made outside the studio system. Jeremy Kay reports
  • Aamir Khan, Sandy Powell among members of Berlinale's jury

    Festival holding place open for Panahi; Berlinale Special screenings to include Late Bloomers, The King’s Speech, Toast.
  • And Then There Were 10...

    Screen profiles the 10 films in the race for the Best Picture Oscar, talking to producers about each film’s journey from idea to Oscar contender. Read more from behind the scenes of the year’s best films: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. Full profiles here. 
  • AV Pictures takes on Revolver's girl gang thriller Sket

    AV Pictures is handling internationals sales on girl gang thriller Sket, which started shooting yesterday in London.
  • Belarus government hopes to ramp up film business

    The government of Belarus is considering new measures to raise the level of domestic film production and to raise the local film business profile in Europe.
  • Black Swan

    Director Darren AronofskyProducers Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W Messer, Brian OliverProduction companies Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Cross Creek PicturesUS distributor Fox SearchlightInternational distribution Fox Int’lUS release date December 1, 2010Darren Aronofsky had always wanted to make a film set in the world of ballet. So when Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy approached the director and his producing
  • Cinema City acquires Palace Cinemas for $38m

    Cinema City International announced today that is has acquired the Palace Cinemas’ chain.
  • Col Spector

    Honeymooner director Col Spector talks about non-loutish male characters, shooting on a tight budget and being part of New British Cinema Quarterly.
  • Ealing Studios International comes on board for Bobby Fischer doc

    Liz Garbus’ Sundance film has alrady sold for the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
  • Festival Scope partners with Berlinale

    Some Panorama and Forum titles to screen online for film professionals.
  • FilmMaster partners with Enzo Sisti

    European commercial studio FilmMaster announced today that they have signed a partnership deal with executive producer Enzo Sisti.
  • Firth, Garfield, Ahmed compete at Evening Standard Awards

    The shortlisted nominees for the 38th Evening Standard British Film Awards have been announced.
  • Fortissimo takes on Rotterdam premiere Silent Sonata

    The Slovenian drama will also screen in Goteborg.
  • France's Orange plans to acquire video site Dailymotion

    French telcom giant Orange has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire 49% of the capital of Dailymotion, the French video website.
  • Goldcrest takes on world sales for thriller A Thousand Kisses Deep

    Goldcrest Films International will handle worldwide sales on Dana Lustig’s UK psychological thriller A Thousand Kisses Deep.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Roman Polanski is working on his new project The God Of Carnage, while the Louis Pergaud novel War Of The Buttons (La Guerre Des Boutons) will be adapted again for the big screen and Russell Owen is shooting his debut feature, Welcome To The Majority, in the UK.
  • Inception

    Director Christopher NolanProducers Emma Thomas, Christopher NolanProduction companies Warner Bros, Syncopy Films, Legendary PicturesWorldwide distributor Warner BrosUS release date July 16, 2010While his previous movie puzzles Memento and The Prestige had drawn audiences into a tricksy interplay between reality and illusion, Christopher Nolan had long been intent on exploring the theme through his own original idea.The result was th
  • King's Speech leads Oscar race with 12 nominations

    True Grit follows with 10, The Social Network and Inception with 8, The Fighter with 7, and 127 Hours with 6.
  • Korean box office rises 6.5% to record $1.02 billion

    The Korean Film Council has announced its 2010 industry report with box office gross up 6.5% year-on-year to a record $1.02bn (KW1,150,100,000,000) despite admissions dropping 9.6% to 146.8 million.
  • Lightning pins down more buyers for Needle

    Shochiku has bought all Japanese rights to the horror mystery Needle from sales company Lightning Entertainment, and North American rights have gone to the Grindstone Entertainment Group, which will release the film through Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
  • Loach's Route Irish to get multi-platform release

    Film will open day and date on Mar 18 in cinemas, Sky Movies Box Office and Curzon On Demand.
  • Locarno dedicates 2011 to Vincente Minelli and gets more funding

    This year’s Locarno Film Festival (Aug 3-13) will dedicate its retrospective to the work of the American director Vincente Minnelli.
  • MEDIA backs new course about finding transmedia investments

    Film consultancy Peacefulfish is launching a new training course about finding investment for transmedia projects.
  • Mike Hodges to give keynote speech at Story Engine Conference

    Hodges to participate in 40th anniversary events for Get Carter in March in Newcastle.
  • Moviehouse to launch sales for gangster comedy Bulla at EFM

    UK-based sales company Moviehouse Etnertainment will handle international sales for Bulla.
  • New $400,000 fund will support distribution of Dutch films abroad

    The Netherlands Film Fund is setting up a new fund worth $410,500 (€300,000) to support the distribution of Dutch films abroad.
  • New CEO Richards to help Ausfilm lobby for better incentives

    Debra Richards has experience as a government regulator.
  • Of Gods and Men leads Cesar nominees

    Xavier Beauvois Cannes Grand Prix winner gets 11 nominations; Gainsbourg and The Ghost Writer follow with eight each.
  • Ophuls winner The Albanian to screen at Berlinale, Culinary Cinema lineup unveiled

    Johannes Naber’s feature debut The Albanian (Der Albaner)  will be presented in the Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar after winning the main prize at the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival in Saarbrücken at the weekend.
  • Remembering Susannah York

    Film-maker Anthony Fabian on his collaborations, and friendship, with the late actress.
  • Revolver rocks with Stone Roses-themed film

    Revolver Entertainment is backing Fiesta Productions’ new feature film set against the Stone Roses seminal Spike Island gig in 1990.
  • Revolver takes UK rights to Knuckle

    Sundance hit doc is about bare-knuckle fighting in Irish Traveller community.
  • Rotterdam kicks off with private funding drive, support for Panahi

    The 40th anniversary IFFR opened with Greek drama Wasted Youth [pictured].
  • Rotterdam recruits The Fighter as new closing film

    The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam has moved quickly to plug the hole left in its schedule by the surprise last-minute withdrawal of The King’s Speech as closing film on Feb 5.
  • Rotterdam to present programme of 20 South Asian shorts

    In addition to the South Asian features in the Tiger competition and Bright Future section, Rotterdam will also offer a focus on 20 recent South Asian shorts.
  • Russian franchise pioneers new 3D technology

    The Very Best Movie 3D, one of the first Russian productions to be filmed in 3D, is released theatrically in Russia today.
  • Sebbe wins best film at Sweden's Golden Bugs

    Other winners include Pernilla August for Beyond and Joel Kinnaman for Easy Money.
  • Shane Meadows planning This Is England '88 special

    Channel 4 drama This is England is to return for a Christmas special ahead of a new series.
  • Sheryl Crown launches new EIS Fund for documentaries

    The Documentary Company, the new EIS Fund geared toward producing socially relevant feature and TV documentaries, is now up and running - and looking for projects to support.
  • Simon Breen joins Bedlam to work on factual TV projects

    Bedlam Productions, the UK company that was the starting force behind The King’s Speech, has hired Simon Breen as creative director.
  • Soda Pictures strikes UK deal for The First Grader with Goldcrest

    Goldcrest Films International has sold a number of new territories for Justin Chadwick’s The First Grader, including a UK deal with Soda Pictures.
  • Straub, Denis, Guerin line up for Jeonju Digital Project

    The 12th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has confirmed the directors for this year’s Jeonju Digital Project omnibus as Jean-Marie Straub, Claire Denis and José Luis Guerin.
  • Sundance kicks off with strong screenings, sales buzz

    Last night’s clutch of well received opening night films at Sundance combined with SPWA’s preemptive swoop on the Morgan Spurlock documentary earlier in the day has instilled hope among attendees that this will be a busy festival.
  • The Edinburgh Overhaul

    Centre for the Moving Image CEO Gavin Miller said the festival has to redefine itself for the 21st century; some industry watchers bemoan loss of competition section.
  • The Fighter

    Director David O RussellProducers David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Kavanaugh, Paul Tamasy, Dorothy AufieroProduction companies Relativity Media, Mandeville FilmsUS distributor Paramount PicturesInternational distributors Relativity Media, The Weinstein CompanyUS release date December 10, 2010David O Russell’s crowd-pleaser The Fighter is a story of heart, in front of and behind the camera. The idea began with Mandeville Fil
  • The Kids Are All Right

    Director Lisa CholodenkoProducers Celine Rattray, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Daniela Taplin LundbergProduction companies Gilbert Films, Antidote Films, Mandalay VisionUS distributor Focus FeaturesInternational sales Inferno EntertainmentUS release date July 9, 2010When Focus Features acquired North America and select international territories on The Kids Are All Right following a bidding war at Sunda
  • The King's Speech

    Director Tom HooperProducers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth UnwinProduction companies See-Saw Films, Bedlam ProductionsUS distributor The Weinstein CompanyInternational sales FilmNation EntertainmentUS release date December 10, 2010Iain Canning and Emile Sherman set up See-Saw Films with offices in the UK and Australia in February 2008. The next month, a script came across their desk with both UK and Australian elements.“It couldn’t have b
  • The Social Network

    Director David FincherProducers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, Cean ChaffinProduction companies Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street ProductionsWorldwide distribution Sony PicturesUS release date October 1, 2010Scott Rudin, the Oscar-winning producer of No Country For Old Men, is once again in contention with The Social Network, the decidedly unauthorised acc
  • Toy Story 3

    Director Lee UnkrichProducer Darla K AndersonProduction company Pixar Animation StudiosUS distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesInternational distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures InternationalUS release date June 18, 2010Pixar revolutionised animated film-making in 1995 with Toy Story, the first feature-length CG-animation. Fifteen years later, the return of Buzz, Woody and the gang for the franchise’s third outing has bee
  • True Grit

    Directors Ethan Coen, Joel CoenProducers Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel CoenProduction companies Scott Rudin Productions, Mike Zoss ProductionsWorldwide distribution Paramount Pictures InternationalUS release date December 22, 2010It was the writing and arcane dialogue of Charles Portis’ novel True Grit — rather than the memory of John Wayne in Henry Hathaway’s 1969 release — which inspired Joel and Ethan Coen to dust off the redemption tale for its
  • UK distributor Soda Pictures launches new international sales business

    UK distributor Soda Pictures is diversifying with the launch of a new international sales arm, Soda Pictures International.
  • UPDATED: Tributes pour in for Bernd Eichinger

    German chancellor Merkel calls him a ‘passionate motivator and dreamer’; Berlinale adds special screening.
  • Vaizey holds first Film Forum with industry

    Attendees at the meeting represent BFI, Film 4, Warner Bros, BBC Films, Directors UK, Lionsgate, Big Talk Productions and Skillset.
  • Venice names regional consultants for 2011

    The Venice film festival has named its new regional consultants and cinema experts for the upcoming 68th edition, which runs August 31-Sept 10, 2011.
  • Winter's Bone

    Director Debra GranikProducers Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan-YorkinProduction company Anonymous ContentUS distributor Roadside AttractionsInt’l distributor Fortissimo FilmsUS release date June 11, 2010Debra Granik’s $2m thriller Winter’s Bone is one of the year’s cinematic gems, enthralling critics and making an indie star of its lead, Jennifer Lawrence. Since picking up the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the film has accumulated a string of aw
  • World premieres by Kaurismäki, Dörfler added to Berlin Panorama

    World premieres of new documentaries by Mika Kaurismäki (Mama Afrika) and Peter Dörfler (The Big Eden) are among the last batch of films to be confirmed by the Berlinale’s Panorama 2011 lineup.