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20 January 2004

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  • 15 films to compete for Max Ophuels Prize

    Venice prize-winner Schultze Gets The Blues by Michael Schorr, Ruth Mader's Un Certain Regard entry Struggle and Damir Lukacevic's Heimkehr are among 15 films by the new generation of German-speaking filmmakers selected to compete for this year's Max Ophuels Prize in Saarbruecken (January 26 - February 1).This year's lineup sees eight films coming from Germany, three from Switzerland, two from Austria, one German-Austrian co-production and one German-Luxembourg co-
  • Admissions to French films slip back in 2003

    Reflecting the downturn at the French box office in 2003, French films took 60.6m admissions during the year - a 6.2% drop from 2002.However, according to new figures from French film body the CNC, the market share of French films held firm at 34.8% - slightly up on 2002's 34.2%.Nineteen French films passed the coveted one million admissions mark - the second best score over the past ten years.American films' share increased very slightly by 0.4% to 92.3 million tickets s
  • Along Came Polly dethrones Return Of The King with $27.6m bow

    Universal's romantic comedy AlongCame Polly ended the four-week rule of The Return Of The King as itopened top on an estimated $27.6m - the highest opener over the Martin LutherKing Day holiday weekend since Save The Last Dance in 2001.The poorly reviewed filmstars Jennifer Aniston as a woman who spices up the life of risk analyst BenStiller. John Hamburg directed the film, which averaged $9,249 from 2,984sites. Hank Azaria and Debra Messing als
  • Along Came Polly dethrones Return Of The King with $27.6m bow

    Universal's romantic comedy AlongCame Polly ended the four-week rule of The Return Of The King as itopened top on an estimated $27.6m - the highest opener over the Martin LutherKing Day holiday weekend since Save The Last Dance in 2001.The poorly reviewed filmstars Jennifer Aniston as a woman who spices up the life of risk analyst BenStiller. John Hamburg directed the film, which averaged $9,249 from 2,984sites. Hank Azaria and Debra Messing als
  • Along Came Polly dethrones Return Of The King with $27.6m bow

    Universal's romantic comedy AlongCame Polly ended the four-week rule of The Return Of The King as itopened top on an estimated $27.6m - the highest opener over the Martin LutherKing Day holiday weekend since Save The Last Dance in 2001.The poorly reviewed filmstars Jennifer Aniston as a woman who spices up the life of risk analyst BenStiller. John Hamburg directed the film, which averaged $9,249 from 2,984sites. Hank Azaria and Debra Messing also star.Sony's
  • Angelopoulos juggles pair of projects

    Theo Angelopoulos - whose latest film Trilogy 1: The Weeping Meadow will screen in competition at next month's Berlinale - is preparing to shoot his next film.Angelopoulos is developing two projects. He told ScreenDaily.com: "I cannot determine right now which one will start rolling first but I am determined to start shooting one late this year".One is The Third Feather, the second part of the Trilogy which also includes the Eternal Return and follows
  • Apres Vous

    Dir: Pierre Salvadori. France. 2003. 110 mins.Smart, tart and winningly funny, Apres Vous... marks Pierre Salvadori's return to the front rank of French comedy writer-directors. Salvadori, who first attracted attention with Wild Target, a 1992 black comedy about a hit man (played by Jean Rochefort), made his real critical and commercial breakthrough three years later with the male-bonding comedy of depression, Les Apprentis, after which he seemed to mark ti
  • Art Directors Guild announces nominations

    TheArt Directors Guild (ADG) has announced its nominations in two film categoriesfor its upcoming Eighth Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.Theperiod or fantasy film nominees include Ben Van Os for Girl With A PearlEarring, Lily Kilvert for The Last Samurai, Grant Major for TheLord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, Brian Morris for Pirates OfThe Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl and Jeannine Oppewal for Seabiscuit
  • Art directors to honour animation guru Lasseter

    Oscar-winning animation wunderkindJohn Lasseter, whose directing credits include Toy Story, A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2, will receive the Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at the 8thAnnual Art Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Feb 14.The honour is occasionallygranted to an individual 'whose body of work has richly enhanced thevisual aspects of the movie-going experience'.Previous winners includeBlake Edwards, Clint Eastwood, Frank Oz and
  • Astronauts (Astronautas)

    Dir: Santi Amodeo. 86mins. 2003. Spain.It's the same old story: if Astronauts (Astronautas) was set in Savannah rather than Seville and shot in English instead of lispy Spanish, this misleadingly-titled indie gem might take off. Instead, it is likely to follow in the wake of so many bygone but deserving European sleepers before it. Despite taking home a special mention at last autumn's Valladolid Film Festival, where local reviewers praised the direction and act
  • August embarks on Bond writers' Return

    Danish film-maker Billie August has begun filming Moviefan Scandinavia's Return To Sender, the long gestating project from Bond screenwriters Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, in Denmark.The $7m Danish-UK thriller, which is being produced by Michael Lunkerskov and executive produced by Stephen Woolley, stars Aidan Quinn, Connie Nielsen and Kelly Preston.The pair, who scripted The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Johnny English and are now working on
  • Aurum shows Spanish Passion for Gibson epic

    Spanish distributor Aurum has nabbed all local rights to Mel Gibson's controversial The Passion Of Christ.The film will premiere in Spain on April 2. Despite the widespread use of dubbing in Spain, it will be released according to Gibson's wishes in original version with subtitles to highlight the original use of Latin and Aramaic in the film.No one was available Friday afternoon at Aurum to comment on the terms of the deal, or the potential of the film in this Catholic c
  • AUSTRALIA

    Tom Cruise led the samurai charge that finally toppled The Return Of The King from its Christmas holiday number one position, but not before the Rings finale had scooped a few thousand dollars short of A$38m from its Australian showings. The Last Samurai had a big opening weekend -- A$3,401,421 from 274 screens, an impressive average of A$12,413 per screen.With no other big openings, there were good second weeks for Something's Gotta Give (screen average A$9
  • Berlin names Perspectives German Cinema titles

    Rotterdam's Tiger Award competitor En Route (Unterwegs) by Jan Kruger, the Max Ophuels Prize entry Muxmäuschenstill by Marcus Mittermeier and Patrick Tauss's First Steps Award-winner Der Typ are among the twelve films selected by programmer Alfred Holighaus for the Berlinale's Perspectives German Cinema (Perspektive Deutsches Kino) sidebar.The lineup also includes Nigerian-born Branwen Okpako's TV film Tal Der Ahnungslosen (which was produced by teamWo
  • Berlin reveals 'political' competition selection

    More than half of the 18 films confirmed so far for the Berlinale's Competition next month (5-15 February) are world premieres.Moreover, the 2004 edition promises to feature a remarkable number of politically committed films, according to the festival's selectors.Bjorn Runge's Daybreak, Cedric Kahn's Red Lights, Patrice Leconte's Intimate Strangers, Romuald Karmakar's Nightsongs, Richard Linklater's Before Sunset and Matteo Garrone's Primo
  • Berlinale unveils Talent Campus 2004

    520 young film talents from 84 countries have been selected for this year's Berlinale Talent Campus 2004, where they will be tutored by guest professional filmmakers such as Eleanor Bergstein, Anthony Minghella, Walter Murch, Nicolas Philibert, Zbigniew Preisner, Alan Parker and Wim Wenders.Compared to last year the total number of countries represented has increased by 23 including, for the first time, young filmmakers from countries such as Afghanistan, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Burkina
  • Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest unveils line-ups

    The Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest sidebar has confirmed the lineups of films for its traditional competition section and 14plus, the new competition for youth films (see ScreenDaily.com, Nov 2003).Twelve feature length films, including Inke Houtmann's Polleke, Richard Berry's Moi, Cesar 10 Ans 1/2 1M 39 and Paul Morrison's Wondrous Oblivion, have been selected for the Kinderfilmfest competition which will also have an "out of competition" screening of Dominiqu
  • Besson's Parisian studio plan wins gov't backing

    Luc Besson's Cinema City project received a shot in the arm late last week when it was listed among France's 50 priority development projects by prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.The proposed complex would house studios, soundstages, production offices and eventually even an amusement park. Planned for the Seine Saint-Denis suburb just outside Paris, the first construction permits are set to be allocated in the first half of 2004 (see ScreenDaily.com, Jan 8).According t
  • Bim chief awarded France's Chevalier des Arts et Lettres

    Valerio De Paolis, head of Italian arthouse distribution outfit Bim, has been awarded one of France's highest cultural honours for tirelessly promoting French culture in Italy through the distribution of dozens of Gallic films.De Paolis will receive the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et Lettres award in Paris on Monday January 19 during the annual meeting of French cinema organized by Unifrance.The medal will be handed to him by French cultural minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon.
  • Bollore increases stake in France's Gaumont

    The Bollore Group has upped its stake in French major Gaumont to 10.06%.Controlled by the Bollore family and more specifically mogul Vincent Bollore, the group now holds 6.77% of voting rights to the world's oldest film company.Bollore previously took a 5% stake in Gaumont in February 2002.In a statement, the company noted that Vincent Bollore has not excluded the possibility of buying or selling further Gaumont shares but does not for the moment envision taking over cont
  • Cannes Market launches Producers Network

    The Cannes Market islaunching a new initiative intended to make its activities relevant toproducers, as well as the usual ranks of sales agents and distributors.It is launching ProducersNetwork, Le Reseau Des Producteurs, which will act as both an informationsource and a highly-structured meeting place for producers.It says that the movereflects growing demand from the industry and the changing shape of thefestival. "This is already taking place in an informal way in the Interna
  • Carandiru to open Argentina's Mar Del Plata

    Carandiru, Brazil's official entry to the Oscars, will open Argentina's Mar del Plata International Film Festival, slated to run from March 11th to 20th.Pupi Avati's Heart Is Elsewhere (Il Cuore Altrove) will close the Latin American A-listed festival.Carandiru director Hector Babenco is Argentine-born and is best known for directing Oscar-nominated The Kiss Of The Spider Woman which earned lead actor William Hurt his Oscar.Launched in1954, the
  • Channel 4's Omagh drama wraps

    Production has wrapped in Navan and Dublin on Omagh, the dramatisation of events leading up to and the aftermath of the terrorist bomb atrocity which struck the Northern Ireland town of Omagh on August 15, 1998.Based on extensive research and consultation with the families of the 29 people killed by the explosion Omagh was commissioned by John Yorke, Head of Drama at Channel 4.The film is written by Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) and Guy Hibbert, directed b
  • Cinema Libre unveils distribution banners

    Production and distribution outfit Cinema Libre Studio is in the process of expanding its domestic distribution operation with three new labels under the Cinema Libre Distribution division.The entertainment entity will seek to acquire new films for Liberation Pictures, The Film Cafe and Doc Workers labels during Get IN!, an event it is hosting at Sundance tonight (19).Cutting-edge titles for theatrical, video and television will be release through Liberation Pictures, classic
  • Cinema Libre unveils distribution banners

    Production and distribution outfit Cinema Libre Studio is in the process of expanding its domestic distribution operation with three new labels under the Cinema Libre Distribution division.The entertainment entity will seek to acquire new films for Liberation Pictures, The Film Cafe and Doc Workers labels during Get IN!, an event it is hosting at Sundance tonight (19).Cutting-edge titles for theatrical, video and television will be release through Liberation Pictures, classic
  • Cinema Libre unveils distribution banners

    Production and distributionoutfit Cinema Libre Studio is in the process of expanding its domesticdistribution operation with three new labels under the Cinema LibreDistribution division.The entertainment entitywill seek to acquire new films for Liberation Pictures, The Film Cafe and DocWorkers labels during Get IN!, an event it is hosting at Sundance tonight (19).Cutting-edge titles fortheatrical, video and television will be release through Liberation Pictur
  • Cinema Service splits from Plenus parent

    Cinema Service, one of the two major distributors that dominate the South Korean film market, has announced plans to separate from its parent company Plenus Entertainment.In a public announcement to the Korean KOSDAQ stock exchange, Plenus Entertainment announced, "A formal separation with Cinema Service [...] is currently underway, and the separation will be confirmed after reaching a final decision by the middle of February."The split appears to be the result of internal disag
  • Cold Mountain heads Bafta nominations

    Cold Mountain has emerged as the front runner for this year's Baftas, taking an impressive 13 nominations including best film and best director.Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King is just behind with 12 nominations, while Girl With A Pearl Earring has ten, Lost In Translation and Master And Commander eight each, and Big Fish seven. The nominations were announced this morning at 9.00am in London.Five films have made it into the best
  • Cold Mountain leads Bafta nominations

    Cold Mountain has emerged as the front runner for this year's Bafta awards, taking an impressive 13 nominations including best film and best director.Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King is just behind with 12 nominations, while Girl With A Pearl Earring has ten, Lost In Translation and Master And Commander eight each, and Big Fish seven. The nominations were announced this morning at 9.00am in London.Five films have made it into th
  • Croff confirmed as Biennale boss

    As expected, Italian culture minister Giuliano Urbani confirmed on Thursday the appointment of Davide Croff as the new president of the Biennale, the organization that runs the Venice Film Festival. (See ScreenDaily.com, Jan 15)Croff's appointment will now have to be ratified by the both the parliament and the senate's cultural commissions before it becomes effective.Urbani also named the other new board members of the newly-restructured and partly-privatised Biennale: th
  • Danish Bodil Award nominations reveal some surprises

    This year's Danish film critics' nominations for the Bodil awards reveal some unusual differences from those selected by the Danish Film Academy for The ROBERTS.Common to both, Per Fly's The Inheritance led the field with Lars von Trier's Dogville. Both films were nominated as best film, best actor (Ulrich Thomsen in Inheritance) and actress (Nicole Kidman in Dogville), as well as best supporting actor (Stellan Skarsgaard in Dogville) and best support
  • DENMARK

    Though The Return Of The King continued to be untouchable at the top, the new release of Once Upon A Time In Mexico managed to achieve up the highest admission screen average of 582, but it was only enough for a fourth position on the chart due to its 20 prints.Meanwhile Calendar Girls climbed the chart to second, having lured 50,816 admissions in just two weeks. This weeks' other new releases, Jim Sheridan's critically praised In America, Jackie Chan's T
  • Distant Lights takes top Bavarian film honour

    The producers of last year's Berlinale competition film Distant Lights by Hans-Christian Schmid took home the top honour at this year's Bavarian Film AwardsThe jury presented the Euros 200,000 Producers Award to Jakob Claussen, Thomas Woebke and Uli Putz of Claussen + Woebke Filmproduktion, acknowledging "the independent stand of the producers to take new paths after big mainstream successes like Anatomie or Crazy."Distant Lights also picked up the
  • Duda moves up, Keramidas moves on at Showtime

    Intwo key changes to Showtime Networks' upper management structure, companyveteran Matthew Duda has been promoted to executive vice president ofacquisitions, planning and distribution while executive vice president ofprogramming Peter Keramidas is leaving after 10 years to pursue otherinterests.Keramidaswas involved in many aspects of daily programming department and assumedgreater responsibility in 2002 when he began to oversee financing anddistribution.Hewas instrumental in se
  • Dutch MPs push for clarification on government film plans

    Media and culture representatives from Holland's three largest political parties have called on the government to clarify its plans for the future of state support for film.They want the government to plan follow-up legislation for the CV-tax scheme, which expires in December. The scheme had originally been planned to end at the beginning of 2004, but in a last minute reprieve it was granted a year long extension.The media and culture representatives - which under Dutch parliame
  • Emerging Pictures, Full Frame plan syndicated documentary festival

    New York-based EmergingPictures and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival are developing anationally syndicated festival using Emerging Pictures' digital cinema network.The syndicated festival willrun at the same time as the flagship festival in Durham, North Carolina, in itsusual April slot and will play in up to 20 cities.The Full Frame DocumentaryFilm Festival started out seven years ago as the DoubleTake Documentary FilmFestival and quickly rose to prominence as a popular
  • Ex-bank manager tipped as Biennale president

    It is proving to be a very busy week for Italy's cultural minister, Giuliano Urbani: Today (Jan 15), he is expected to name ex-bank manager Davide Croff as the new president of the Biennale, the organization that runs the Venice Film Festival, and on Friday he will present to Parliament his long-awaited reform of Italy's cinema law.Croff, who will replace outgoing president Franco Bernabe', is a former manager of Italian bank BNL, the only bank in the country to currently offer a credi
  • Film-makers Alliance, Cinema Libre launch indie video collection

    The independent film-making collective the Film-makers Alliance (FA) has partnered up with production and distribution outfit Cinema Libre Studio to launch The Film-makers Alliance Collection, a video label that the partners have styled as a response to the studio-dominated distribution system.The collection's initial slate comprises five festival hits, the first of which, Erik Moe and Peter Rudy's high school hockey comedy No Sleep 'Til Madison, will reach stores by M
  • FINLAND

    Very little changed at the Finnish box-office this weekend, as the new releases Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Down With Love failed to impress and opened fifth and eighth respectively.Land Of Love managed to hang on to its second spot, dropping just 14% and keeping a reasonable admissions screen average of 316. For the fourth week in a row, Freaky Friday served a better admissions screen average than even The Return Of The King, and though its stayed on
  • Finnish Jussi awards favour Upswing

    Johanna Vuoksenmaa's popular comedy drama Upswing (Nousukausi) topped the list of nominations for the Finnish film organisation Filmiaura's coveted Jussi awards.Upswing's ten nominations include best film, best director, best actor/actress, script and music. Last year's most popular film at the box-office, Aleksi Makela's Bad Boys - A True Story, (with 615,000 admissions - ahead of The Two Towers with 466,000 admissions) was also nominated in five categories
  • First Forum films announced by Berlinale

    Films by Korea's Kim Jee-woon, Japan's Sabu, Russian directorial duo Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky, and Hong Kong's Johnnie To are among the first batch of titles confirmed for this year's International Forum of New Cinema at the forthcoming Berlinale.The titles announced so far are:A Bride Of The Seventh Heaven (Jumalan Morsian), dirs: Markku Lehmuskallio and Ansatasia Lapsui (Finland)A Tale Of Two Sisters, dir: Kim Jee-woon (Korea)
  • FRANCE

    The Lord Of The Rings still rules the French box office followed closely by favourite son Mathieu Kassovitz's first foray into English, Gothika.Good news for art house pics with Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation breaking in at number 4 following seriously good press. Nathalie, starring Emmanuelle Beart and Fanny Ardant debuts in fifth position. The film, about a married woman who hires another woman to seduce her husband is a sexy work for which Beart stri
  • Garden State

    Dir: Zach Braff. US. 2004. 112mins.Screening in Dramatic Competition at Sundance, Zach Braff's promising first feature has three of the elements that make debut films appealing: a new face, a fresh voice and a distinct way of seeing the world, all embodied in the triple threat that is Braff: director, screenwriter and lead actor. Mining the 'intelligent but confused young man' terrain of other notable debuts like David O Russell's Spanking The Monkey and Wes Anderson's
  • German exhibitors call on court to examine Film Law

    Germany's exhibitors' association HDF decided at an extraordinary AGM on Jan 15 to call on the Federal Constitutional Court to examine whether the new Film Funding Law (FFG) is in accordance with the German Constitution.The exhibitors are particularly unhappy about the different ways in which the ticket levy was decided with the cinemas and the broadcasters. "While cinemas are forced by law to pay the film levy, the TV stations can freely negotiate their smaller financial contribution
  • Gina Kwon wins Mark Silverman Fellowship New Producers grant

    GinaKwon will receive the 2004 Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers, anaward set up in partnership with the Sundance Institute to help independentproducers finance their projects.Kwonwill receive a $5,000 cash grant to be used in pre-production on Miranda July'sMe And You And Everyone We Know, which is styled as a story aboutchildren and adults with impossible desires, living at a time when coming ofage is a digital process and reality is an aesthetic choice.Itwas
  • Grams weighs in with powerful $1.1m opening in Italy

    Focus Features' 21 Grams got its European campaign off to a flying start at theweekend with a $1.1m third place bow in Italy through Bim Film on 185 screens.Theacclaimed drama was the biggest opener of the weekend and its $6,126 per-screenaverage was the second biggest in
  • HONG KONG

    Overall box office takings were noticeably down after the highs of Christmas and New Year, although they're likely to pick up again next week with the release of The Last Samurai and two Chinese New Year films.Three new releases - one each from the US, Thailand and Hong Kong - failed to supplant Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King from the top of the chart, although none of the three opened on a wide number of screens. Both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Tha
  • Hotel Rwanda checks in for South African shoot

    United Artists' thriller Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George, began shooting in Johannesburg on Monday (Jan 12).Based on true events, the film is set in Kigali during Rwanda's genocidal civil war and tells the story of hotelier Paul Rusesabagina who saved the lives of thousands of helpless Rwandans.Don Cheadle plays Rusesabagina, while Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix and Nick Nolte join the cast of mainly South African actors.The film is produced by A Kitman Ho
  • HUNGARY

    Nothing stood a chance when the third episode of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy invaded Hungarian cinemas last weekend. Following the previews and its opening weekend, The Return Of The King has already passed the two hundred thousand admissions mark and it is likely that records will be broken in the upcoming weeks.Although next weekend will be the strongest of the month in the terms of new releases with Seabiscuit, The Russian Ark, Mambo Italiano, Due amici, Mona Lisa
  • Indian film-makers eye Pakistani market

    As India and Pakistan Governments make progress on peace talks, Indian filmmakers are showing renewed interest in the Pakistani film market.An Indian distributor told ScreenDaily.com 'Once the Pakistani theatrical circuit opens for Hindi cinema the market across the border will be as big as the Delhi and Mumbai territories'.Last week Geo TV - a private television channel in Pakistan began broadcasting Bollywood films, though they have officially been banned in the country - desp
  • Italian government approves new cinema law

    The Italian government has approved culture minister Giuliano Urbani's new cinema law.Under the new law, state funding for Italian films will now only cover up to 50% of a project's budget, compared to 70-80% under the current system.The new system, which has received widespread backing from the local film industry, is designed to encourage producers to make more market-oriented films that can attract financial partners.Selection for state funding will now be based on a p
  • Italian industry worried as admissions slip in 2003

    Admissions in Italy slipped by just 1.92% in 2003, but the drop has worried industry observers as it comes in spite of the fact that 182 new screens were built in the country last year.According to data released by Cinetel, which monitors around 75% of cinemas nationwide, Italian cinemas recorded 87.4m admissions in 2003 compared to 89.1m in 2002.A report published by Il Giornale dello Spettacolo, the Italian trade owned by national entertainment body AGIS, suggested that
  • Italian video market posts strong gains in 2003

    Italy's home entertainment market had a booming year in 2003 thanks partly to a successful battle against piracy and to the strength of DVDs, national home video organisation Univideo said on Wednesday.According to Univideo's latest figures, the Italian home entertainment sector registered a turnover of Euros 697m in 2003, as 20m DVDs and 14m video cassettes were sold or rented in the country."The market has recorded an extraordinary increase particularly in the last few months,
  • ITALY

    E Gia Ieri, Columbia TriStar's Italian-language remake of the Bill Murray vehicle GroundHog Day, opened at number four at the Italian box office last weekend, grossing a strong $566,200 from 148 screens.Directed by Giulio Manfredonia with Italian comic Antonio Albanese in the lead role, the Italian-Spanish production registered a healthy screen average of $3,826.Meanwhile, the weekend's highest-grossing new film was 21 Grams, which earned an impressive $1,15
  • JAPAN

    After five weeks on release, The Last Samurai still sits firmly atop the Japanese box office, with a screen average, $106,865, higher than that of every film on the nine-major-cities chart, including second-place Finding Nemo ($64,475) and the indie sensation Josee, The Tiger And The Fish ($84,770).Week-on, the film's take fell only 13.1%, less than every other release on the chart save for the family-targeted animation Atashin'chi, which gained 8.2%, and
  • Japan's Asmik Ace teams up for new video label

    Leading Japanese independent film distributor Asmik Ace Entertainment, publisher Kadokawa Shoten Publishing and Kadokawa Holdings and have jointly launched a video & DVD distribution unit.With capital of $83,000 (Yen 10m) funded entirely by Kadokawa Holdings, Kadokawa Entertainment will distribute video and DVDs of all the films and TV programmes produced by the Kadokawa group, which have been handled by the other distributors until now.Kadokawa-Daiei currently owns over 1600 fi
  • Kenny, Abad promoted at Warner Bros Int'l TV Distribution

    SimonKenny has been promoted to executive vice president, Europe, and Jose 'Pepe'Abad has been promoted to the new post of senior vice president, SouthernEurope, at Warner Bros International Television Distribution (WBITD).Kenny,who joined WBITD as senior vice president, Europe, last year, will continue tooversee the company's European sales force based in London, Paris, Madrid, Romeand Munich that is responsible for television sales throughout Europe, Africaand the Middle East. Based
  • Kenny, Abad promoted at Warners Bros Int'l TV

    SimonKenny has been promoted to executive vice president, Europe, and Jose 'Pepe'Abad has been promoted to the new post of senior vice president, SouthernEurope, at Warner Bros International Television Distribution (WBITD).Kenny,who joined WBITD as senior vice president, Europe, last year, will continue tooversee the company's European sales force based in London, Paris, Madrid, Romeand Munich that is responsible for television sales throughout Europe, Africaand the
  • Lakeshore dives into Romania with Cave

    Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems have settled on Romania as the location for the shoot of their action-thriller Prime Evil aka Cave.The picture, which is scheduled to shoot from March, had long been pencilled in to use East European locations. Lakeshore recently settled on Romania and has begun constructing sets at the MediaPro studios outside Bucharest.The film, which industry sources estimate as having a $20m budget, sees a group of top divers become trapp
  • Love Actually nears $150m for UIP

    Universal's romantic comedy Love Actually grossed an estimated $3.2m from 19UIP territories to raise its cumulative UIP score to $145m. Including $6.2m fromFrance and $2m from Russia - both non-UIP territories - the film has amassed$153.2m so far.It added $1.1m in the UK for $58.6m in its sixth week and isexpected to pass the final US$ total for Bridget Jones's Diary ($60.3m) nextweekend. Currently on £34.6m, it is not expected to pass the £41m localcurrency total due to exchange rates
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to documentary trio

    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired UK rights to three new documentaries - Bus 174, The Corporation and The Last Victory.Constructed from footage transmitted live on Brazilian TV, Jose Padilha's Bus 174 recounts an infamous 2000 bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro. The film has been shortlisted for the 2004 Academy Awards nominations (Best Documentary Feature). Metrodome plan to release Bus 174 in April.At this year's IDFA (International Documentary Fes
  • Momentum spells out European expansion plans

    Momentum Pictures, the independent UK distributor which last year had a market share of 1.3%, is set for a growth spurt. Xavier Marchand, the new managing director, has revealed further details of the company's plans to move into Europe and to beef up its British presence."The onus is on us to expand the company," Marchand told ScreenDaily.com. "We have to look at opportunities to buy distribution companies and libraries."Marchand will have plentiful funds for this expa
  • Motorcycle Diaries

    Dir: Walter Salles. US-Argentina-Chile-Peru. 2003. 128minsA stirringly compassionate road movie that charts Ernesto "Che" Guevara's political awakening over the course of one seminal year, Motorcycle Diaries proved the early revelation at this year's Sundance Film Festival where Focus Features swept it up within hours of its world premiere screening on Saturday night. But this is not about Che, the poster boy of student radicals and guerilla-fatigue fashionistas th
  • Motorcycle Diaries takes road to Cannes

    Walter Salles' highlyanticipated The Motorcycle Diaries looks set to make its internationalpremiere in Cannes, rather than at the forthcoming Berlin festival where it hadbeen expected to show in competition.The Berlin festival invitedthe film last autumn and seemed certain to include it in its main competitionsection. Diaries' Brazilian director Salles had signalled his interestin participating in a number of supplementary events at the festival, includingthe festival's T
  • Multiplex building continues apace across Europe

    More than 1,000 multiplex screens a year are still being added to the European total, according to a report by industry analysts Screen Digest.25,306 multiplex screens were in operation across the EU in 2002 - up 4.6% year on year.The report predicts that within two to three years half of all cinema screens in Europe will be in multiplexes. Currently, 46.3% of screens are multiplexed.Multiplex penetration in the UK is reaching saturation at around 67%. France has the most
  • Mundorff joins Landmark Theatres as vp and head film buyer

    Ted Mundorff hasbeen named vice president and head film buyer at Landmark Theatres, where hewill be responsible for all booking and buying in the chain's circuit.Mundorff waspreviously at Pacific Theatres for 26 years and served most recently as vice presidentof film.He is credited with developing and implementing thehighly successful Grove Theatre's policy of playing both specialisedand studio film releases, making it one of the most sought after cinemas in
  • NEW ZEALAND

    At last The Return Of The King - the epic adventure that features fabulous New Zealand scenery - has been overhauled at the home box office. All-action newcomer The Last Samurai - another epic adventure that features fabulous New Zealand scenery - topped the takings (NZ$629,295) and the screen averages (NZ$8,504 from 74 screens) leaving the final chapter of the Rings trilogy just short of the NZ$10m mark after 5 weeks. Spy Kids 3D - Game Over had the second highest
  • Nordic film industries look to increased government funding

    For full Nordic listings click HEREAlthough the Nordic film industries can look back on 2003 as a year when local market shares either boomed - as in Norway and Finland - or maintained a solid streak - as in Denmark and Sweden - the many unresolved issues of government funding threaten to make 2004 a different matter.The situation is most critical in Norway and Sweden, where the success of local
  • NORDIC Production Listings - January 19 2004

    DENMARK - January 19IN PRE-PRODUCTIONEUROTRASH(Wise Guy Productions) Co-prod: Zentropa Productions. Budget: Euros 1.1m. Dist: Sandrew Metronome (Den). Youth drama about two friends' attempt to get out of their miserable life in the concrete ghetto by robbing the local superDenmarket. Exec prod: Peter Aalbaek Jensen. Prod: Thomas Stegler. Dir/scr: Stefano Gonzalez. Main cast: Oliver Bjerrehus, Robert Hansen, Sofie Lassen Kalhke, Jens Joern Spottag, Bjarne Henrik
  • NORWAY

    Though dropping another 37%, The Return Of The King's 91 prints stayed on top of the Norwegian chart for another week, but saw the new release of Scary Movie 3 scare up a almost twice the screen average on just 35 prints.Family comedy Freaky Friday also served up good numbers at third and also had a better average than The King.This week's other new releases, Knut Erik Jensen's local feature documentary Paa hau i havet (Down The Drains) and Tom
  • NORWAY

    Though The Return Of The King dropped 36% it stayed untouchable at the top of the Norwegian chart for another week, as this weekend's only new release, Seabiscuit, didn't manage to attract too much attention and opened tenth.Though little changed, Freaky Friday this weekend grossed more than the animated Captain Sabertooth, which dropped 30% and had a disappointingly low screen average of NOK11.605 on its high 70 prints.In comparison Master And Com
  • November

    Director: Greg Harrison US. 2004. 78mins.Screening in Dramatic Competition at Sundance, November is a psychological thriller that jolts the brain but has more trouble tugging the heartstrings. Exploring how subjective our memory becomes, particularly in the aftermath of trauma, this low-budget film challenges its audience to sort out fact from fiction, reality from fractured mind-state. Although its conclusion pulls all the fragments together in a revelation that feels
  • Pathe to produce The Little Prince animation

    Pathe Pictures has teamed up with French publishers, Gallimard, and the Saint-Exupery Estate to develop and produce an animated feature film based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince.Written and illustrated by Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince has been printed in more than 150 different languages and has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.The Little Prince is the story of an airplane pilot who makes a crash-landing in the Sahara desert, wh
  • PGA hooks up with Intel Corp

    The Producers Guild ofAmerica (PGA) has formed a relationship with Intel Corporation to bring itsmembers up to speed with the modern age by developing business opportunities,film-making technologies and delivery systems.The partners will create aseries of ongoing programmes and seminars to broaden the skills of its producermembers and marry the requirements of the technology and entertainmentindustries.The relationship will behighlighted at the PGA Awards in
  • Piracy concerns resurface as The Last Samurai found online

    Thefate of a second Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences member could hangin the balance as investigations continued yesterday into the appearance of anonline pirate copy of The Last Samurai.WarnerBros alerted the Academy on Tuesday (13) and warned of harsh recrimination,however the provenance of the pirate version and the owner of the screener tapethat may have spawned it remained unclear.Thisis the second time in days that a pirate copy of a major studio awardsco
  • Premier PR expands with Flagship acquisition

    Premier PR, the London and LA-based entertainment public relations agency, has acquired Flagship Publicity, the UK based celebrity representation and fashion/luxury goods brand PR..Premier also recently brought in Deborah Harpur to run their Events Management department. Harpur was formerly in charge of Lilac Events at Purple PR. PPR already handles media management for events such as the upcoming Elle Style Awards and many major film premieres.Clients of Flagship Publicity, un
  • Return Of The King named PGA champ for 2004

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The Kingproducers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Barrie M Osborne won the Darryl FZanuck Producer of the Year Award at the 15th Annual PGA Awards inLos Angeles on Saturday (17).The New Line fantasy beat strong competition from Miramax's ColdMountain, Warner Bros' Mystic River and The Last Samurai,Fox's Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World and Universal's Seabiscuit.The aw
  • Rings, Nemo close in on $500m international haul

    This upcoming weekend offers the mouth-watering prospect of two possible $500m international results as Finding Nemo and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King each close in on the half-billion mark.While there is no doubt both titles will do it, Buena Vista International's (BVI) animated hit seems more likely to cross the finishing line first as it has grossed $483m in all its markets to date.It began its international run in June, however, more than six mo
  • Rotterdam director joins UK production outfit Illuminations

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) co-director Simon Field is to become a director of UK production company Illuminations Films.Field will take up the position at the end of this year's festival, which runs from Jan 21 until Feb 1. Sandra Den Hamer, who has been co-director with Field for several years, will take over as general director of the festival on March 1.Illuminations Films is run by Keith Griffiths and John Wyver. The company has produced films by, among oth
  • Russia's Gorky Studios to be privatised

    Russia's second largest film production facility, Gorky Studios in central Moscow, has taken the first step on the road to privatisation.The formerly state owned studios have been restructured as a joint-stock company with the state owning a blocking stake, 25% plus one of the shares, while the remaining shares will go on the market to be bought by private investors.Speaking about the privatisation, Stanislav Yershov general director of the Gorky Studios said: "I am sure this me
  • Samaria set for Berlin competition

    Controversial director Kim Ki-duk's 10th film Samaria has been selected to screen in the competition section of the 54th Berlin International Film Festival, according to local press reports in South Korea.Berlin is expected to announce further elements of its competition line-up today (Jan 15). Other titles tipped at press time to make the competition include Bjorn Runge's Daybreak, Eric Rohmer's Triple Agent, Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries, John Boor
  • Sarajevo Festival wins FIAPF competitive status

    Festival watchdog FIAPF has published its list of accredited festivals for 2004, and unveiled two main changes for the year.The Sarajevo Festival (Aug 20-28) has become competitive, specialising in films from Central and South Eastern Europe.The Belgrade Film Festival, however, will not be recognised in 2004.Bertrand Moullier, FIAPF general secretary, said that Sarajevo was doing well and that its focus on Central and South Eastern Europe films would not double up with ot
  • Scotland's New Found scheme to back two more features

    The New Found Films scheme has announced that it will finance two further low-budget Scottish digital features.The scheme, run by Scottish Screen, Scottish Television and Grampian Television, offers production companies a budget of £300,000 to make a feature that has relevance to Scotland and is capable of international release.The first feature completed under the scheme was Afterlife, written by Andrea Gibb and directed by Alison Peebles.The story of a high-flyin
  • Screen Actors Guild unveils Awards nominees

    Miramax's The Station Agent and Warner Bros' Mystic River have earned three nominations each for the upcoming 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, taking pride of place in a list that is noticeably light on big studio titles.Peter Dinklage is the surprise inclusion in the best actors category for his eponymous role in The Station Agent, while Patricia Clarkson earns three nods - for lead actress in The Station Agent, supporting actress in UA's P
  • Seabiscuit declared biggest selling drama DVD of all time

    Seabiscuit has become the biggest selling drama DVD of all timeaccording to Universal Studios Home Video (USHV), recording combined sales ofmore than 6.5million DVD and VHS units totaling more than $135m in four weeks.The title got off to a greatstart when it went on release on Dec 16 last year, selling five million unitsin its first week.'This horse hasdefinitely got legs,' USHV president Craig Kornblau said in a statement.'It's an amazing achievement
  • Seabiscuit declared biggest selling drama DVD of all time

    Seabiscuit has become the biggest selling drama DVD of all timeaccording to Universal Studios Home Video (USHV), recording combined sales ofmore than 6.5million DVD and VHS units totaling more than $135m in four weeks.The title got off to a greatstart when it went on release on Dec 16 last year, selling five million unitsin its first week.'This horse hasdefinitely got legs,' USHV president Craig Kornblau said in a statement.'It's an amazing achievement
  • SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

    No big news at the Serbian-Montenegrin market in the second weekend of 2004. Tuck is on top with Return Of The King which sold another 15,328 admissions to total of 138,459 and massive cumulative gross of $533,135 in only three weeks.The same distributor successfully opened with Mona Lisa Smile in second position with 7,412 tickets for the weekend and total of $29,999 in revenues.Pro Vision follows with Bosnian hit Fuse (1,892 admissions, total gross $99,382
  • Seven sign on for Berlinale jury duty

    The Berlin International Film Festival has named the seven members of its main competition jury, which will be chaired by Oscar winning actress Frances McDormand.The jury will comprise:Maji-da Abdi (Ethiopia)Maji-da Abdi's directing credits includeThe River that Divides (2001), which tells of the war experiences of Ethiopian women. Her producer credits include Heremakono by Abderrahmane Sissako from Mali.Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Italy)Actress Valeria
  • Showtime, Strand pair up on The Mudge Boy

    ShowtimeNetwork and Strand Releasing have signed a deal to jointly handle thetheatrical release of Michael Burke's drama The Mudge Boy, which isscheduled for release in April.Thestory centres on a 14-year-old misfit's struggle to connect with his fatherfollowing the death of his mother. Emile Hirsch, whose credits include TheEmperor's Club and The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys, stars alongwith Stanley Tucci.JonGerrans, co-president of Str
  • Showtime, Strand pair up on The Mudge Boy

    ShowtimeNetwork and Strand Releasing have signed a deal to jointly handle thetheatrical release of Michael Burke's drama The Mudge Boy, which isscheduled for release in April.Thestory centres on a 14-year-old misfit's struggle to connect with his fatherfollowing the death of his mother. Emile Hirsch, whose credits include TheEmperor's Club and The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys, stars alongwith Stanley Tucci.JonGerrans, co-president of Str
  • Spacey's Sea wins Babelsberg backing

    Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic Beyond The Sea has become the first film production to benefit from the State of Brandenburg's guarantee scheme.With the state-backed guarantee as a security, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures (SBMP) will put up Euros 4.8m towards the film's $ 20m-plus production costs through a loan from HypoVereinsbank. "The recoupment position for SBMP and Brandenburg is as good as that for the other equity partners", noted Thierry Potok, SBMP managing direc
  • SPAIN

    Warner Bros' The Last Samurai opened strong in Spain with close to Euros 4.27m off 425 screens. That is a large release for Spain, but not as massive as the 513-print Return Of The King, now in its fourth week out through Aurum with a record-breaking cumulative gross of Euros 28m - already more than any of the top-grossing films of the last three years in Spain.BVI announced it has broken records for an animated film in Spain with Finding Nemo, which has pulled in
  • Spain's Plural embarks on US Justice shoot

    Spain's Plural Entertainment has begun shooting in Miami on Justice For All (Justicia Para Todos), the first Spain-produced fiction series wholly designed for, shot and broadcast in the US.The one-hour dramatic series will be broadcast during prime-time on Univision, giving it a potential audience of 40 million.The series is set in a Los Angeles lawyer's office and inspired by real-life cases of Hispanic immigrants in the US. Shooting on the first season's 13 episodes wil
  • Spanish cinema stuck in 'vicious circle' says Academy

    Spanish cinema is stuck in a "vicious circle" of debility and dependence, the Spanish Cinema Academy suggested in its annual report on the local film sector, presented on Thursday in Madrid.The so-called "Crisis" of Spanish film production - the title of last year's report - is far from resolved, the authors said, despite word in December that extra government funds would begin paying off outstanding subsidy debt - an issue causing cash-flow problems across the sector - immediately.
  • Studio epics dominate ASC nominations

    The AmericanSociety of Cinematographers (ASC) has thrown its weight behind theseason's epic studio releases with the announcement of nominees for the18th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on Feb8.The fivenominees are Russell Boyd for Master And Commander: The Far Side Of TheWorld, Andrew Lesnie forThe Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, John Schwartzman for Seabiscuit, John Seale for Cold Mountain and John Toll for The Last Samur
  • Sundance sees dynamite deal-making spree

    Theannual Sundance Film Festival buying spree got off to an unexpectedly briskstart this year with five films finding at least North American distributionfor a collective price tag upwards of $18m. And that was after just three full andfrenetic screening days in Park City.Thekey acquisitions so far are:
  • The Last Samurai passes $150m at international box office

    The Last Samurairaised its international running total to an estimated $156.1m at the weekendfollowing a superb $38.7m haul from 31 territories.The Warner BrosPictures International drama opened number one in all five of its new Europeanmarkets and scored several strong results in Latin America and Asia.In a mightysequence of
  • The Last Samurai passes $150m at international box office

    The Last Samurai raised its international running total to anestimated $156.1m at the weekend following a superb $38.7m haul from 31territories.The Warner Bros PicturesInternational drama opened number one in all five of its new European marketsand scored several strong results in Latin America and Asia.In a mighty sequence oftable-topping bows, it opened on $4.8m in France, $2.7m in Australia, $1.9m inMexico and $910,000 in Brazil.Strong second weekendholdovers in
  • The Return wins FIPRESCI honours at Palm Springs

    Andrei Zvyagintsev's drama TheReturn was named best foreign language film by the FIPRESCI panel ofinternational critics at the 15th Palm Springs International FilmFestival's closing ceremony last night (18).In other awards, the JohnSchlesinger Award for first feature went to Yann Samuell's French Film Galalove story, Love Me If You Dare. The film will be released in Maythrough Paramount Classics.The Audience Choice Awardfor best documentary went
  • Theatre impresario Teddy Solomon named Showester 2004

    TG 'Teddy' Solomon, chairman of the board of Gulf States Theatres, will receivethe 2004 ShoWester of the Year Award at the upcoming ShoWest convention, whichruns in Las Vegas from Mar 22-25.Solomonwill receive his award at the opening ceremony on Mar 23. He founded GulfStates Theatres in 1948 and quickly established a circuit of drive-in theatresin eight states from Florida to Oklahoma.Helater moved into shopping centre theatres and in 1996 built the first 20-screenstadium theat
  • Theatre impresario Teddy Solomon named Showester 2004

    TG 'Teddy' Solomon, chairman of the board of Gulf States Theatres, will receivethe 2004 ShoWester of the Year Award at the upcoming ShoWest convention, whichruns in Las Vegas from Mar 22-25.Solomonwill receive his award at the opening ceremony on Mar 23. He founded GulfStates Theatres in 1948 and quickly established a circuit of drive-in theatresin eight states from Florida to Oklahoma.Helater moved into shopping centre theatres and in 1996 built the first 20-screenstadium theat
  • Three Steps Dancing (Ballo A Tre Passi)

    Dir: Salvatore Mereu. Italy. 2003. 106 mins.Islands are becoming a real force in Italian cinema. Not just films set on islands, like Respiro or L'Isola, but films made by islanders. Aside from the offerings of temple elders Bertolucci and Bellocchio, the two most invigoratingly different Italian films to appear at last autumn's festivals were Cipri and Maresco's The Return of Cagliostro, from Sicily and Three Steps Dancing (though the Italian title,
  • Top Japanese broadcaster unveils film ambitions

    Japan's leading TV broadcaster Fuji TV is aggressively expanding its business into film production and foreign film acquisitions.This summer, Fuji TV enjoyed enormous box office success with Bayside Shakedown Two: The Movie, which grossed $142.5m at the domestic box office -setting an all-time biggest box office record for Japanese live-action films."We have been producing films for 20 years and had some commercial successes. This year, we are expanding our film productio
  • Torque

    Dir: Joseph Kahn. US. 2003. 81 mins.Torque sets out to do with motorbikes what The Fast And The Furious did with cars - only this time the B-movie sensibility comes with a self-mocking tone and a more pronouncedly pop video visual style. It all makes for a fast-paced (just 81 minutes), preposterously scripted and enjoyably trashy burst of action, the kind of thing that could well spark the enthusiasm of younger, male-led multi-ethnic audiences. Even with a mostly little-
  • Torque

    Dir: Joseph Kahn. US. 2003. 81 mins.Torque sets out to do with motorbikes what The Fast And The Furious did with cars - only this time the B-movie sensibility comes with a self-mocking tone and a more pronouncedly pop video visual style. It all makes for a fast-paced (just 81 minutes), preposterously scripted and enjoyably trashy burst of action, the kind of thing that could well spark the enthusiasm of younger, male-led multi-ethnic audiences. Even with a mostly little-
  • Tribeca launches So You Wanna Be in Pictures' expo

    TribecaEnterprises, the latest business venture of Tribeca Film Festival co-foundersRobert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, will launch abehind-the-scenes entertainment show at New York's Jacob JavitsCentre at the end ofthe year.DubbedSo You Wanna Be In Pictures', the event will run from Nov 20-22 and offerinteractive exhibits, hardware and software demonstrations, panel discussionsand conferences, covering all aspects of the industry from screenwriting andcinematography
  • UK based steel billionaire to invest in Indian film

    UK based Indian billionaire Lord Swraj Paul has announced that his steel and engineering conglomerate Caparo Group plans to invest more in India in areas such as films, fashion and tourism.Lord Paul's son Angad Paul was the executive producer of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.Lord Paul told Indian press reporters: "I have already retired from active business. But Caparo Group under my sons are certainly looking at India in a much more positive way. We have a very po
  • Valentin leads Argentine Condor de Plata nods

    Valentin, Argentina's official entry for the Oscars, swept the nominations for the country's own Academy awards, the Condor de Plata. Alejandro Agresti's semi-autobiographical comedy/drama grabbed 12 Condor de Plata nominations.Now in its 52nd year, the awards are bestowed by the Association of Film Critics of Argentina. The ceremony is scheduled for a still unspecified date in April.Valentin, a Miramax US pick-up, competes for the Best Picture award against urban
  • Verhoeven wins top Dutch film award

    Director Paul Verhoeven is to receive the Holland's most prestigious national film award, the Bert Haanstra Oeuvre-prize.The award, to be given for the fourth time, comes with a 45,000 Euros purse.The award jury, presided over by former minister Hans van Mierlo, said that Verhoeven is a director who is able to provoke and entertain his audience and always aims at emotions. 'He is appreciated for his controversy', concluded the jury, which included Verhoevens' favorite Dutch actr
  • Vinterberg, Almodovar win Euro i2i backing

    New features by Thomas Vinterberg, Pedro Almodovar, the Brothers Quay, Jonathan English and Charles Dance are among 59 European film and TV projects supported with over Euros 2.3m by the European Commission's i2i Audiovisual scheme.The new scheme was launched last July to help production companies access external funding from banks. It helps them pay for some of the cost of guarantees demanded by banks and part of the cost of a loan for financing productions.The maximum sum of
  • Walking On Water to get world premiere at Berlin

    Eytan Fox's new Israeli film, Walking On Water, will receive its world premiere at the Berlinale Panorama, the most natural place for it to open, since half of the picture was shot in the German capital last year.A Mossad agent befriends two German siblings, a brother and a sister, in order to approach their grandfather, an infamous Nazi war criminal who escaped to Latin America, and bring him to justice.Starring Lior Ashkenazi (Late Marriage) as the Israeli secret
  • Warner expands China cinema reach

    Warner Bros InternationalTheatres (WBIT) is expanding its reach into China's nascent cinema marketstill further via a deal to manage a chain of around 30 multiplexes which arebeing built by Chinese property developer, Dalian Wanda Group.The deal, which was signed byWBIT president Millard Ochs and Dalian Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin in Beijingon Saturday (Jan 17), calls for WBIT to provide its management expertise andintellectual property - including the Warner Bros logo and Looney Tunec
  • Whitaker, Balaban board freedom project for Sundance Channel and Court TV

    ForestWhitaker and Bob Balaban are the first two film-makers to join The FirstAmendment Project, a four-part series of half-hour films by the SundanceChannel and Court TV.Setto air in August 2004, the series invites film-makers to reflect on the notionof freedom in daily life and the challenges of protecting the values enshrinedin the First Amendment in the current political climate.Theproject is being overseen by Court TV's vice president of developme
  • With All Deliberate Speed to launch Discovery Docs banner

    Award-winning documentary film-maker Peter Gilbert will direct With All Deliberate Speed (working title) for Discovery Communications' first theatrical release under the Discovery Docs banner.The film will be produced as part of a series of projects in association with Manhattan-based independent studio CameraPlanet and will mark the 50th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's groundbreaking 1954 civil rights decision, Brown vs Board of Education.Through eye-witness testimony and interview
  • Women In Film, UIP launch second year of Directing Change

    Women in Film and Television (WFTV) and United International Pictures (UIP) are launching the second year of their UK scheme Directing Change.Directing Change gives women directors the opportunity to work alongside an experienced and internationally established director during a forthcoming feature film production.Directing Change is part of WFTV's campaign to address the under-representation of female directors in the industry. According to the 2002 Skillset censu

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