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20 January 2006

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  • 2006 Golden Globe winners

    2006 Golden Globe winners:Best Motion Picture - DramaBrokeback MountainBest Performance By An Actress In AMotion Picture - DramaFelicity Huffman - TransamericaBest Performance By An Actor In A MotionPicture - DramaPhilip Seymour Hoffman - CapoteBest Motion Picture
  • AFI manager quits despite successful awards show

    The general manager of theAustralian Film Institute (AFI), Geoffrey Williams, has resigned two monthsafter successfully overseeing a revitalised awards ceremony compered by actorRussell Crowe.Williams has citeddifferences of opinion with a board that has three new members and a new chairbut the exact nature of the disagreement has not yet emerged. The new chair, publisher andproperty developer Morry Schwartz, is expected to issue a statement and toldone media outlet that there i
  • Alliance Atlantis' MPD restructures senior management and board

    AllianceAtlantis' releasing arm Motion Picture Distribution has restructured the seniormanagement and board, with Victor Loewy, current CEO assuming the title ofchairman and Patrice Theroux moving from president and COO to president andCEO. The position of COO has been phased out. The changes are effective Feb 1,2006.In a statement,Loewy said the new structure will streamline executive functions. Of Theroux'sappointment, he commented, 'Patrice has been an integral part of thegrowth and
  • Bandidas

    Dirs: Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg. Fr. 2005. 95mins.
  • Bangkok unveils contenders for Golden Kinnarees

    Brazil's House Of Sand, the UK's Mrs Henderson Presents and South Korea'sSympathy For Lady Vengeance are amongthe 12 films that have been selected for the international competition sectionof this year's Bangkok International Film Festival (Feb 17-27).Four Golden Kinnaree awardswill be given out for best film, best director, best actor and best actress inthe international section. Pen-ek Ratanaruang'spsychological thriller Invisible Wavesopens the 11-d
  • Bavaria Film International adds to sales slate

    Bavaria Film International has added five new Germanlanguage titles to its sales slate, all of which will be having their worldpremieres at the Berlin filmfestival next month.Three of the films TheFree Will, Requiem and Slummingwill be presented in Competition. Matthias Glasner's The Free Will (Der Freie Wille), starring Juergen Vogel and SabineTimoteo, is a tale about a rapist coming to terms with life back in"normal s
  • Bello, Butler join Brosnan in Butterfly On A Wheel

    Maria Bello andGerard Butler have joined Pierce Brosnan in the thriller Butterfly On AWheel, which is beingproduced by Brosnan and Beau St Clair's Irish Dreamtime, Infinity and IconEntertainment. Shooting isscheduled to begin in March in Vancouver on the story of a couple whose idylliclife is shattered when their daughter is kidnapped. Brosnan will play thekidnapper. Mike Barker,whose credits include Best Laid Plans, will direct from an original screenplay by Willi
  • Berlinale Forum list is finalised

    Originalityand innovative strength are the keywords at this year's edition of the Berlinale's Forum programme which will focus on directorialdebuts by young filmmakers.Amongthe strikingly original debuts are Fujiwara Toshi'snarrative experiment We Can't Go HomeAgain, Khalo Matabane'sgenre-bending documentary Conversationson a Sunday Afternoon and Laura Poitras' on-the spot political film My Country, My Country about the recentIraqi parliamentary elections.Th
  • Berlinale Forum list is finalised

    Originalityand innovative strength are the keywords at this year's edition of the Berlinale's Forum programme which will focus on directorialdebuts by young filmmakers.Amongthe strikingly original debuts are Fujiwara Toshi'snarrative experiment We Can't Go HomeAgain, Khalo Matabane'sgenre-bending documentary Conversationson a Sunday Afternoon and Ben Hopkins ethnographic documentary with adiffere
  • Berlin's Co-Production Market line-up confirmed

    This year's Berlinale Co-ProductionMarket will feature 44 projects from 24 countries, including three projects from the forthcoming CineMart in Rotterdam.Under an agreement between the two festivals, the Berlin market (February 12-14) will include Eran Riklis' Israeli-Palestinian dark comedy Lemon Tree; Stefan Arsenijevic's featuredebut Love and Other Crimes, co-produced with Cologne-based Icon Film; and German-born Wiebke von Carolsfeld's Stay,her second feature a
  • Britdoc provides support for Sundance doc Black Gold

    Britdoc, the Channel 4Documentary Film Foundation, is providing completion and marketing funding forthe documentary Black Gold, directedby Nick and Marc Francis.Black Gold looks at the global economy through the story of hugely profitablemultinational coffee companies and the coffee farmers in some of the world'spoorest countries su
  • Brokeback Mountain towers over Golden Globes

    AngLee's western romance Brokeback Mountain and James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line dominated the Golden Globe Awards at last night's 63rdannual ceremony.
  • Buffalo Boy and Love + Hate share Palm Springs jury prizes

    Minh Nguyen-Vo's Vietnamese coming-of-age story Buffalo Boy won the FIPRESCI Award and DominicSavage's hard-hitting UK tale of love across racial divides Love + Hate won the New Voices/New Visions Award atthe 17th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
  • Christie steps in for Redgrave in Polley's directorial debut

    Julie Christie has replacedVanessa Redgrave in the lead role of Sarah Polley's debut feature Away FromHer. The veteran actress willstar opposite Gordon Pinsent and Olympia Dukakis in the Polley-pennedadaptation of the Alice Munro short-story "The Bear Came Over The Mountain."Kristen Thomson, who starred in Polley's short film I Shout Love, is also featured. The story explores therelationship between an elderly husband and wife whose 50-year marriage hastaken its to
  • CineVegas to give $11,000 cash prizes for the first time in June

    The fast-rising CineVegas film festival in Las Vegas will awardcash prizes to two films for the first time this year.
  • Concorde acquires distribution rights for Candy

    Fortissimo Filmshas closed a distribution deal for Candy with German distributor Concorde Filmverleih. The deal was brokered by Fortissimoco-chairman Wouter Barendrecht andConcorde Filmverleih's managing director MarkusZimmer."This marks a first-time collaboration between Fortissimo and Concorde,a distributor with a universal reputation for high quality
  • Day Watch breaks Russian box office record

    Day Watch, the firstsequel to Russian horror fantasy thriller NightWatch, has followed its predecessor and broken box office records in Russia and theCentral Independent States (CIS) in record time. Distributedby Gemini Film the sequel was released on New Year's Day in Russia and hadearned $25.9m as of January 16, making it the highest grossing f
  • Disney denies plans for Beijing theme park

    Disney has denied reports inthe Hong Kong and mainland China press that it plans to build a theme park in Beijing by 2010.Local newspapers reported onTuesday (Jan 17) that the Beijingcity government had suggested a Disney theme park would be one of ten facilitiesestablished at the upcoming National New Media Base
  • Disney in 'serious' takeover talks with Pixar

    Walt Disneyis in serious discussions about a potential takeover of Pixar, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The deal is said by the reports to mean that Pixar - and Apple - CEO Steve Jobs would become Disney's largestindividual shareholder. The twocompanies have worked together for more than 12 years with Disney acting as Pixar's distributor and co-financer. Two years ago Jobs was looking for a new distribution partner when his contract with Disneywas up, b
  • DVD sales in Italy jumped by 33% in 2005

    DVD sales in Italy jumped a massive 33% in2005, according to national home entertainment body Univideo.Univideo estimates that 40million DVDs were sold last year. The average price of DVDs dropped 21% to$17-18 (14-15 Euros). Meanwhile, video sales s
  • Eugen wins Best Film at Swiss Film Awards

    Last year's local blockbuster, Michael Steiner's My Name Is Eugen(Mein Name IstEugen) was named Best Film at the 2006 Swiss FilmAwards ceremony in Solothurn on Wednesday evening.The jury headed by Oscar-winning film editor Pietro Scalia (JFK, Black Hawk Down) commented thatSteiner's family film had "brought a fresh breeze into the Swiss film landscape"with a narrative that was "at the same time heart warming and pleasantlyironic." Since its release last Sept
  • Gerardmer Film Festival confirms its line up

    The Gerardmer Fantastic FilmFestival has announced its line up for the 13th annual edition to be heldJanuary 25-29.Director Hideo Nakata will head up the jury and be thesubject of a tribute. The director previously won the festival's grand prizefor Dark Water.Other jury members include actors Lou Doillon,Antoine Dulery, Claire Keim,Tom Novembre and Natacha Regnier. Directors Jean-Paul Salome and Eric Valette will also sit on the jury.Competition films are Christoff
  • Gitmo

    Dirs: Erik Gandini,Tarik Saleh. 78mins. Den-Swe. 2005.There is something Kafka-esqueabout the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. Despitebeing part of the War On Terror, prisoners detainedhere in their strident orange suits are not given "Prisoner Of War" status butare treated as "Unlawful Combatants." Many have been left in limbo for years onend, denied access to lawyers and never put on trial. For the outside world,the camp is a so
  • Golden Globes

    2006 Golden Globe winners:Best Motion Picture - DramaBrokeback MountainBest Performance By An Actress In AMotion Picture - DramaFelicity Huffman - TransamericaBest Performance By An Actor In A MotionPicture - DramaPhilip Seymour Hoffman - CapoteBest Motion Picture
  • Herzog to get Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award

    German filmmaker WernerHerzog will be presented with the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award on May5 during the 2006 festival in Toronto. The occasion will be markedby An Evening With Werner Herzog, a co-presentation of Hot Docs and theCinematheque Ontario. Both organizations will present complimentaryretrospectives gleaned from his more than 40 films, with Hot Docs screening aselection of his documentary work, including last year's acclaimed GrizzlyMan, throughout the durati
  • Icon enjoys brisk sales on Winona Ryder comedy

    Icon Entertainment International has closed a raft of sales onFinn Taylor's dark comedy The Darwin Awards, which premieres next week at the SundanceFilm Festival.Rights have gone to Concorde/Tele-Muenchen in Germany, PresidioCorp in Japan, Dea Planeta in Spain, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Lumie
  • IFC Films announces Sex Addict, Dolls buys

    IFC Films maintained its concerted acquisitions drive byannouncing two new pick-ups this week, Caveh Zahedi's I Am A Sex Addict and Cedric Klapisch's Russian Dolls.
  • IFC Films takes domestic rights to Drawing Restraint 9

    MatthewBarney's experimental Drawing Restraint 9 has found a US home at IFC Films and is scheduled to open at the IFCCentre in New York on Mar 29 before expanding to other regions.
  • International Jury for the 56th Berlinale is decided

    The eight-member international jury under the presidency ofCharlotte Rampling was announced today, January 17th.For the first time in 56 years of the Berlin International Film Festival, thejury will announce the winners during the awards ceremony on February 18.The international jury awards the following prizes to filmsscreened in the Competition: The Golden Bear for Best Film (for the producer),the Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear, the Silver Bear for Best Director, the SilverBear for Best
  • Ireland leads Celtic fest nominations

    The Celtic Film and Television Festival has announced the awards shortlist for its 27th annualfestival, which recognizes works from the Celtic countries and regions (Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • James Marsh's gothic horror to open Glasgow festival

    James Marsh's gothic horrortale The King starring Gael GarciaBernal will open the Glasgow Film Festival on February 16. Marsh andscreenwriter Milo Addica will attend and also takepart in a master class on the making of the film. The 2nd edition of this newScottish event runs until February 26 and includes screenings of Michael Caton Jones'
  • Korean 2005 box office hits 30-year high

    South Korea's box office hit a 30-year high in 2005, ratchetingup over 145 million admissions nationwide. Multiplex chain CJ CGV'syear-end industry report puts admissions up 7.5% from 2004, bucking globaltrends and outdoing even CJ's own highest projections for the territory'sseventh year of box office growth. Local films' market sharewas 59% nationwide, making 2005 the third year in a row that Korean films haveheld
  • Korean master's 100th film saved from shutdown

    Korean master director ImKwon-taek's 100th film has been saved from the verge of shutdown bystart-up production company Kino2 and funding from Centurion TechnologyInvestment Corp and the Korean Film Council.The director's long-timeproducer Lee Tae-won announced that funding for the $3.5m film had fallenthrough just days before it was due to go into production last month. Lee's Taehung Pictures producedIm Kwon-taek films such as Chiwhaseon,which won best director award at
  • Korea's CJ Entertainment to be restructured

    Korea's major film industry power player, CJ Entertainment, is being delistedand split into two in a move by its parent company to increase investment inthree core growth businesses. Only film investment anddistribution functions will be left under the banner of CJ Entertainment whilethree lucrative subsidiaries - television arm CJ Media, exhibitor CJ CGV andonline arm CJ Internet - are being moved into a holding company t
  • KZ

    Dir/sc: Rex Bloomstein. UK.2005. 97mins.Initially KZ,Rex Bloomstein's harrowing documentary, appears tocover seemingly familiar territory. His subject is the former concentrationcamp of the title, located at Mauthausen in UpperAustria, and the last of the Nazi death camps to be liberated after the war.Thousands of men, women and children from more than 30 different nations diedhere. It was where Hungarian Jews were sent (and where ma
  • Last Holiday

    Dir: Wayne Wang. US. 2006.111mins.Queen Latifah came of age,as an actress, in 2002's Chicago (whichtook $306m worldwide) and the following spring's Bringing Down The House (a global $162m), which collectively helpedlaunch her film career into more rarified air.From her earliestdays, though - whether on her platinum-selling rap albums or in something like 1996'sensemble bank heist tale Set It O
  • Malaysian box office reaches record high

    Malaysia's box office revenues grew by 21.5% to hit $64.87m(RM243.63m) in 2005, making it the biggest year ever in the territory's boxoffice history. Last year was also thefourth year in a row that Malaysia enjoyed double-digit growth. An average of 20.5% perannum growth was recorded over the three years from 2002-2004. The surge in 2005 was mainlydue t
  • Mandate options film rights to The Ghouly Boys

    Mandate Pictures has optioned the film rights to The GhoulyBoys, based onChristopher's children's comic books that were initially published by SlaveLabor Graphics Publishing in 2004.
  • Marc Evans' Snow Cake to open Berlin Film Festival

    MarcEvans' drama Snow Cake, starring AlanRickman and Sigourney Weaver, will open the Berlin Film Festival in Competitionon February 9.Thefull Competition line-up is now almost complete, with 23 out of 26 titlesannounced and a further three to be revealed at the end of the week.
  • Marshall joins Marvel Studios as senior vp, legal and business affairs

    Marvel Entertainment has hired Michael Marshall as senior vicepresident of business and legal affairs for its Marvel Studios division.
  • Michael Auret CEO of Sithengi steps down

    Michael Auret, headof the South Africa's SithengiFilm and TV Market and the Cape Town World Cinema Festival, has stepped downafter wrapping Sithengi's 10th anniversaryedition.Auret took over at Sithengi in 2001 and set up the concurrent film festival in2002; last year Sithengi logged 1700 delegates whilethe festival saw a
  • Narnia continues to rule international box office

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe remained the international champion forthe fourth consecutive weekend as an estimated $20m haul raised the cumulativetotal to $319m.
  • Narnia, Kong set to continue box office domination

    TheChronicles Of Narnia should remainthe one to beat this weekend despite no new launches. The blockbuster nowstands at $326m through Buena Vista International (BVI).
  • New UK festival will combine two French events

    Thefirst Renault French Film Festival will be presented at nine UK cities - London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow
  • Nu Image acquires Boyana Film Studios in Bulgaria

    Nu Image Bulgaria has acquiredBoyana Film Studios and plans several major Hollywood productions for theformerly state-owned studios. The romantic drama Napoleon and Betsy, starring Al Pacino and Scarlett Johansson, thethriller The Code, starring MorganFreeman, and a remake of the zombie classic Dayof the Dead are scheduled to shoot in Bulgariathis year. On January 13 the Bulgarian state privatisation a
  • Payne, Vinterberg, Rudolph among jurors at this year's Sundance

    The six Sundance 2006 competition juries have been announced,comprising 24 jurors including Alexander Payne, Terrence Howard, ThomasVinterberg and Alan Rudolph.
  • Picturehouse, New Line Int'l take Silk road together

    Picturehouse and New Line International have snapped up themajority of the world on Francois Girard's dark romantic adaptation Silk, which will stars Keira Knightley,Michael Pitt, Koji Yakusho and Alfred Molina.Filming is due to begin at the end of February in Matsumoto, Japan,and will end
  • Pioneering technologist Demos to receive Gordon E Sawyer Award

    Gary Demos, a pioneering motion picture technologist in the motionpicture industry, will receive the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesGordon E Sawyer Award in recognition of his scientific contributions to film.
  • Placido's gang drama tops Nastri d'Argento nominations

    MichelePlacido's Romanzo Criminalehas scooped 10 nominations at Italy's second highest film awards, the Nastrid'Argento.Veteranactor Placido'sseventh feature as a director is a fact- based epic about a Rome gang whichtried to control the Italian capital's underworld from the mid- 1970s to the1990s.The filmstars Kim Rossi Stuart, Pierfrancesco Favino andClaudio Santamaria, who picked up a collective best actor nomination. The film, which is tipped to screen a
  • Placido's gang drama tops Nastri d'Argento nominations

    MichelePlacido's Romanzo Criminalehas scooped 10 nominations at Italy's second highest film awards, the Nastrid'Argento.Veteranactor Placido'sseventh feature as a director is a fact- based epic about a Rome gang whichtried to control the Italian capital's underworld from the mid- 1970s to the1990s.The filmstars Kim Rossi Stuart, Pierfrancesco Favino andClaudio Santamaria, who picked up a collective best actor nomination. The film, which
  • Placido's gang drama tops Nastri d'Argento nominations

    MichelePlacido's Romanzo Criminalehas scooped 10 nominations at Italy's second highest film awards, the Nastrid'Argento.Veteranactor Placido'sseventh feature as a director is a fact- based epic about a Rome gang whichtried to control the Italian capital's underworld from the mid- 1970s to the1990s.The filmstars Kim Rossi Stuart, Pierfrancesco Favino andClaudio Santamaria, who picked up a collective best actor nomination. The film, which
  • Potente debut among dozen surprises in German sidebar

    Billed as "a surprise package of recent German cinema", the first films in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme include the directorial debut of Franka Potente, the German actress who became an international star on the back of Run Lola Run and The Bourne Identity and its sequel. Celebrating its fifth year, the Berlinale sidebar devoted to German cinema features nine world premieres.Potente's first stint as director is certainly unexpected. Her film, Der die
  • Running Scared

    Dir/scr: Wayne Kramer. US-Ger. 2006. 122mins.Film-maker Wayne Kramer follows up hisOscar-nominated film noir The Cooler withRunning Scared, a hyper-charged,ultra-violent thriller that opens in frantic fashion and never slows down.While Kramer succeeds insetting a relentless narrative pace and shows plenty of flair for stagingbloody set-pieces, his sledgehammer approach has obvious drawbacks. He is sobusy trying to cran
  • Scots producer enters distribution fray

    Scottish producer Ros Borland hasestablished BS Distribution to handle the UKrelease of her latest feature WildCountry. The low-budget teen horror movie was made by Borland's GabrielPictures and co-stars Martin (Sweet Sixteen)Compston and Peter Capaldi.It will be released in six prints in Scotlandon February 24 with a wider release across the
  • Sony, Universal hatch co-financing pacts with Relativity

    Seeking new ways to offset their production risks while holding onto global distribution rights, Sony Pictures Entertainment and UniversalPictures have each signed separate co-financing deals with investors groupsconnected to Relativity Media.The Los Angeles-based Relativity, which structured a si
  • Studs to kick off Dublin festival

    In a preliminaryannouncement the 4th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has confirmedit will open on February 17 with the World Premiere of Paul Mercier's Studs.A debut feature written anddirected by Mercier and produced by Cúán and Fiach Mac Conghail (alsoproducers of Mercier's three short films) Studsis a feel-go
  • The Constant Gardener leads Bafta nominations

    The Constant Gardener leads the nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards with 10 nominations. Brokeback Mountain and Crash followed with nine each. Good Night, And Good Luck, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Pride & Prejudice each scored six nominations, and Capote has five. Gardener, a UK-German co-production, is up in major categories best film, best British film, director (Fernando Meirelles), adapted screenplay, actor (
  • THINKFilm buys North American rights to Down In The Valley

    THINKFilmhas acquired all North American rights from Element Films to David Jacobson'scontemporary western Down In The Valley starring Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood.
  • UK Production looks healthier for 2006

    With news earlier this weekthat UK production spending was down 31% in 2005, theindustry is on shaky ground going into 2006. The good news is that 2006 isexpected to be a stronger year in terms of both inward investment from Hollywood and wholly UK films, thanks in large part to the new film taxcredit announced in December.
  • UK production spending down 31% in 2005

    As expected, 2005 wasn't abanner year for UK film production as film tax breaks uncertainty and a strong pound hurtthe industry. According to figures from the UK Film Council, film productionspending in the UK was £559m ($988m) in 2005, down 31% from 2004's £810.3m ($1432m). That'sfar below 2003's record year of £1.16bn ($2.05bn).
  • Walden acquires Allende trilogy about teen adventurer

    WaldenMedia has acquired the rights to Isabel Allende's young adult trilogy featuringthe teenage adventurer Alexander Cold.
  • Weinsteins win Martin Luther King Day weekend with Hoodwinked

    The Weinstein Company's animated release Hoodwinked opened at the top over the four-dayMartin Luther King holiday weekend on an estimated $16.6m, which will be thecompany's first number one launch if results are confirmed this week.

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