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21 May 2008

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  • 3DD sells Day After Peace to Deltamac for Hong Kong

    3DD, which had the world premiere of Jeremy Gilley's documentary The Day After Peace in the Cannes market, has closed the first deal for the film with Deltamac for Hong Kong. The film, about the film-maker's crusade to create a world peace day, also stars Jude Law. 3DD said a number of other territories were in discussions.3DD also closed deals this week for documentary series The Art of the
  • Adoration

    Dir: Atom Egoyan. Canada. 2008. 100mins.
  • A-Film on Cannes buying spree

    A-Film Distribution has been on a Cannes buying binge. The Benelux Distributor, which is in the market again acquiting aggressively, has picked up a host of Cannes titles, including Milk (Gus van Sant, starring Sean Penn), The Other Man (Richard Eyre, starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney), Mammoth (Lukas Moodysson, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle Willia
  • After Dark to screen Sean Ellis' The Broken in Horrorfest

    After Dark has signed a deal with Gaumont International to screen Sean Ellis' The Broken in its upcoming Horrorfest: 8 Films To Die For.The psychological thriller premiered at Sundance earlier in the year and stars Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Asier Newman and Melvil Poupaud. Lene Bausager of Left Turn Films produced and Franck Chorot served as executive producer.The Broken centres on a suc
  • Aida Begic's Snow takes Critics Week Grand Prize

    Critics Week has crowned Aida Begic's Snow with its Grand Prize.The film is a co-production from Bosnia Herzegovina, Germany, France and Iran and along with the prize also comes with a $8,000 (Euros 5,000) purse given to the director.The ensemble drama about the aftermath of the Balkan war is being handled by Pyramide International.The SACD (France's equivalent of the writers' guild) gave its prize to Moscow , Belgium by Christophe Van Rompaey.
  • Arthouse Films and Fortissimo sign first-look and output deal

    New York and LA-based Arthouse Films has struck a first-look and output deal with Fortissimo Films, which will represent projects from Arthouse Films, Curiously Bright Entertainment and LM Media. The deal resembles a model Fortissimo has with director Jim Jarmusch. Initial titles include documentaries A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams & The Warhol Factory, The Cool School: The Story Of The Ferus Art Gallery and Jean-Michel Basquiat's documentary from Tamra Davis. Arthouse Films has
  • Ashes Of Time Redux

    Dir: Wong Kar-wai. Hong Kong. 1994/2008. 93mins.
  • Babelgum gives $187,500 to six first online fest winners

    The Babelgum Online Film Festival has announced the winners of its inaugural festival. Each winner gets ($31,250) Euros 20,000.The winning films are:Looking For Genius Award: Sotto Il Mio Giardino (Under My Garden) by Andrea Lodovichetti (Italy) Short Film Award: Officer Down by Richard Recco (US) Social/Environment Award: Withou
  • Bavaria Film International sales blossom

    Bavaria Film International made Cannes sales on Doris Dörrie's Berlinale competition entry, Cherry Blossoms - Hanami was sold to Canada (Mongrel Media), Brazil (Mostra International de Cinema), India (Allience Lumière) and Russia (Maywin Media). Maywin Media also picked up Bavaria's second Berlinale competition entry, Restless by Amos Kollek as well as Let Th
  • Benedek Fliegauf's Womb wins Krzysztof Kieslowski award

    Womb receives Krzysztof Kieslowski award Benedek Fliegauf's cloning project, also in Atelier at Cannes, takes top prize in second annual ScripTeast competition. Benedek Fliegauf's script Womb has received the second annual Krzysztof Kieslowski TVP Award for Best Eastern and Central European Script in Cannes. Special Mention went to The Witness by Polish writers Mitko Panov and Wladyslaw Pasikowski. W
  • Beta Films buys two new features from National Lampoon

    National Lampoon has sold National Lampoon's Ratko: The Dictator's Son and National Lampoon's The Legend Of Awesomest Maximus Wallace Leonidas to Beta Films.German-based Beta previously acquired two other National Lampoon films including National Lampoon's Bagboy and handles the films in Germany, Spain, Italy, and Eastern Europe. Beta has just broadened its terri
  • Buyers wake up to Kim Ki-duk's Dream

    Showbox has clinched a slew of deals headed up by Kim Ki-duk's Dream, selling to Film Sans Frontiers for France, California Filmes for Brazil, Spentzos for Greece, CP Digital for Russia, Golden Scene for Hong Kong, and Lietuvos Kinas for the Baltics. The film stars top Japanese actor Joe Odagiri as a man who dreams of Korean actress Lee Na-young's character acts out as she sleepwalks.'It's a very poetic, beautiful, and sad film that
  • Cannes 2008 in pictures

    Day 11: Laurent Cantet, Cannes prizewinnersDay 10: includes Wim Wenders, Dennis HopperDay 9: includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily WatsonDay 8: includes Benicio Del Toro, Sharon StoneDay 7: includes Spike Lee, Julia Ormond
  • Cannes market review

    Maybe it was the dollar exchange rate or the rain that has dampened enthusiasm, but the Cannes market has lacked the hoped-for punch.Certainly hopes that the Marche would mark the end a run of flat markets have not materialised.But this year has not been a failure. Plenty of business was done but it was solid rather than spectacular with more than a hint of the caution that has been running through the specialty acquisitions sector.In fact, some of problems we
  • CBS Films buys spec script Permission from Karen McCullah Lutz

    CBS Films has purchased the speculative script Permission from Karen McCullah Lutz, whose credits include Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You.Jaret Entertainment's Seth Jaret will Lutz will produce and Maria Faillace will oversee the comedy about marriage for CBS Films.CBS Films was established in 2007 and plans to develop, produce and ultimately distribute four to six films a year across all genres budgeted at up to $50m
  • Changeling

    Dir: Clint Eastwood. US. 2008. 141mins.
  • Che: Part One

    Dir: Steven Soderbergh. US/France/Spain. 2008. 137 mins & 131mins.
  • Chelsea On The Rocks

    Dir. Abel Ferrara. US. 2008. 88minsThe Chelsea hotel in New York has a global reputation as the place where artists go to enhance their notoriety. Dylan Thomas slid into alcoholic oblivion from a room at the Chelsea. Sid Vicious’s girlfriend Nany Spungen died there and its portals have welcomed everyone from Arthur Miller to Andy Warhol, Charles Bukowski and Vladimir Nabokov. Director Abel Ferrara has also been a resident at the Chelsea and his modest, loosely-assembled
  • CJ Entertainment sells The Good, The Bad, And The Weird

    Korean sales agent CJ Entertainment has reported sales on its Out of Competition film The Good, The Bad, And The Weird, directed by Kim Jee-woon. The film had its first screening yesterday in the market and sold to Splendid for Germany and Benelux. Deals to other Asian territories and the UK are pending.
  • CJ purrs with deals on Gu Gu, The Cat

    Korean sales company CJ Entertainment has closed a flurry of deals led by its most recent international pick-up, Japanese drama Gu Gu, The Cat, directed by Inudou Isshin (La Maison De Himiko) and starring Koizumi Kyoko (Bayside Shakedown) and Ueno Juri (Josee, The Tiger, And The Fish). The film pre-sold to Edko for Hon
  • CM Entertainment takes Darabont thriller and rom-com

    South Korean buyer CM Entertainment has snapped up two films from LA-based production and sales company The Film Department - serial killer thriller Law Abiding Citizen and rom-com The Rebound.'A lot of buyers from our territory were interested. Thrillers are the trend in Korea these days, and we snapped up Law Abiding Citizen on that basis, as well as on the script
  • Council of Europe to host future film policy forum in Krakow

    The Council of Europe will host its Film Policy Forum, Shaping Policies For the Cinema Of Tomorrow, in Krakow on Sept 11-13.The gathering will include leading film industry figures as well as politicians from across Europe, discussing how public support for film can be adapted in light of globalisation and digital technologies. Attendees will include Andrzej Wajda (guest of hounour in a panel with Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel), Eurimages president Jacques Toubon, producer
  • Delta

    Dir: Kornel Mundruczo.Hungary/ Germany 2008. 110 mins.
  • Demme replaces Scorsese on Bob Marley doc

    Jonathan Demme has replaced Martin Scorsese as director on Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment's Bob Marley documentary.The untitled film will be released worldwide on February 6 2010, marking the 65th anniversary of the reggae icon's birth. Fortissimo is handling international sales.The producers are in talks on a North American deal.Scorsese was preparing to direct the authorised biography after he finished work on Shine A Light but had to pull o
  • Demme replaces Scorsese on Bob Marley documentary

    Jonathan Demme has replaced Martin Scorsese as director on Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment's Bob Marley documentary.The untitled film will be released worldwide on February 6 2010, marking the 65th anniversary of the reggae icon's birth. Fortissimo is handling international sales. Shangri-La is in talks on a North American deal.Scorsese was preparing to direct the authorised biography after he finished work on Shine A Ligh
  • Diffusion guns for Adam Yauch's basketball doc

    UK distributor Diffusion Pictures has acquired all UK rights to Adam Yauch's Gunnin' For That #1 Spot.The deal was struck with new sales company Oscilloscope Pictures who are handling the US and international rights. Oscilloscope is releasing the film in the US on June 27 and Diffusion will release in the UK in October 2008.The deal was struck between David Fenkel of Oscilloscope and Nick Crossley of Diffusion.
  • Dutch investment group buys Spitfire and merges it with Hammer

    Dutch investment group Cyrte Investments has acquired Nigel Sinclair and Guy East's LA-based Spitfire Pictures and merged it with legendary British studio Hammer to form the global entertainment company HS Media.Sinclair and East will run HS Media with Hammer co-chief Simon Oakes. HS Media is backed by $100m in equity and will initially produce six to eight films per year.The partners will aim for a wide range of commercial fare and potential awards contenders with a clea
  • Dvortesevoi's Tulpan triumphs in Un Certain Regard

    Sergey Dvortsevoy's debut Tulpan has been awarded the top prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard.The jury, led by Fatih Akin, chose the film from 20 in competition, including six other first films.The film, set in the film-makers' native Kazakhstan, was rapturously received at its screening in Cannes.Screen's review described it as 'vivid, intensely enjoyable' and 'immensely charming,' Click here for full review.
  • Edinburgh Film Festival announces 2008's Trailblazers

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival, now in June, has here in Cannes announced its new set of Trailblazers.The initiative, created with Skillset, recognizing up-and-coming talents in the UK.This year's class is:Lol Crawley, cinematographer of Better Things David Bloom, co-writer of Donkey PunchLisa Trnovskii, producer of Mum And
  • Elad Keidan's Anthem wins Cinefondation top award

    The Cannes Cinefondation has awarded Elad Keidan's Anthem with its top prize.The film hails from Israel's Sam Speigel Film & TV School. Each of the contenders for the Cinefondation prize comes from a film school student.This year 17 films from Asia, Europe, North and South America vied in the competition. The jury was presided over by Hou Hsiao Hsien along with Olivier Assayas, Susanne Bier, Marina Hands and Laurence Kardish.Second prize went to France's Claire Bur
  • Elephant Eye strikes Korean deal with Mars for Planet B-Boy

    Elephant Eye Films has sold its breakdancing documentary Planet B-Boy to Mars Entertainment for Korea. Mars plans a theatrical release of up to 200 prints in August.Elephant Eye has also sold the film to Indonesia (Queen Films), Taiwan (Cineplex Films), and The Middle East (Prime Pictures). New York-based Elephant Eye said it also expected to close deals before the end of Cannes for the UK, Germany, France, Poland and Scandinavia.
  • Eleven Arts sells Man, Woman & the Wall to US-UK

    US-Japanese sales agent Eleven Arts has sold US and UK rights for Masashi Yamamoto's Man, Woman & The Wall (Kikareta Onna) to TLA Releasing. Eleven Arts is handling the title for Tokyo-based producer Transformer. Billed as an erotic suspense thriller, the film stars famed adult film performer Sora Aoi as a stalked woman who begins a strange relationship with the male neighbour who lives on the other side of a thin wall.Yamamoto is well-known in indie film circles in J
  • Eros and Lionsgate form joint distribution venture

    Lionsgate has formed a wide-ranging joint venture with Indian film giant Eros International for the distribution of its own and third-party content in the booming South Asian market.The 50:50 joint venture will distribute Lionsgate library titles and new product across all platforms, including theatrical, home video, new media and TV.In addition, Lionsgate will acquire North American home entertainment rights to 20 titles from Eros, including dramas such as
  • Essential Entertainment takes world rights on Clive Barker's Dread

    Jere Hausfater's Essential Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Clive Barker's Dread, its second collaboration with the horror guru after Book Of Blood. Anthony DiBlasi will direct the psychological thriller from his own adapted screenplay of the short story from Barker's Books Of Blood collection. Production is set to begin in July on the story of three college students who unde
  • F&ME strikes three-film deal with Finland's MRP

    The UK's Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has struck a deal with Finland's MRP Matila Rohr Productions for three feature films over the next two years.The projects are 3D epic Underwater Iceland, psychological thriller The Debt and detective thriller The Priest of Evil.The companies previously worked together on animated title Quest For a Heart, which has now been picked up for sales by TrustNordisk. Rohr will produce Underwater Iceland 3D, an epic 3D docu
  • Fandango Portobello continues strong Gomorrah sales

    Fandango Portobello sales has closed deals with eight additional territories for Matteo Garrone's competition screener Gomorrah, which has earned $4.9 million (E 3.1 million) at the Italian box office since its release a week ago.Sales have been confirmed with Spain (Alta Classics), Greece (Film Trade), Israel (Orlando), Russia (Maywin Media), Portugal (Eco Films), Colombia (Babilla), Scandinavia (NonStop), and Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay (Alfa). Prior to the G
  • FilmSharks sells key Latin American titles

    Buenos Aires based sales company FilmSharks International has sold Rodrigo Pla's Critic's Week title The Desert Within to Distrimax for the US.Pla's second feature, following last year's Venice and Toronto award winner La Zona, is an anti-religious parable, which swept the main awards in the Mexican section of the Guadalajara film festival in March.FilmSharks has also done deals with Argentinian pr
  • Fine Cut/Cineclick does roaring sales on Leonera

    Fine Cut / Cineclick has closed a slew of deals starting with Competition film Leonera, (Lion's Den), to Halcyon for the UK, MFA+ for Germany, Alta Classics for Spain, Ad ZVitam for France, A-Film for Benelux, and AMA for Greece. Fine Cut is currently in discussions with buyers from Italy, Taiwan, and US companies. Midnight Screening thriller The Chaser has also sold to MFA+ for Germany, Hwa J
  • Fortissimo picks up Woo's next project 1949

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights outside China to the next project to be directed by John Woo, $40m historical epic 1949. Produced by Woo and Terence Chang's Lion Rock Production, the film is set to star Korean actress Seong Hye Gyo and hot Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, who appears in Woo's current production Red Cliff. Further casting is currently being finalised.Scripted by Wang Hui-ling (Lust, Caution), the Chinese-language project is an epic lov
  • Frontier Of Dawn (La Frontiere De L'Aube)

    Dir: Philippe Garrel. 2008. France. 108mins.
  • Gaga steps up to buy Reeker and sequel from CMG

    Ed Noeltner's Cinema Management Group (CMG) has closed a two-film deal with Gaga in Japan on Dave Payne's horror titles Reeker and No Man's Land: The Rise Of Reeker.Noeltner brokered the deal with Gaga's senior executive vice president Nick Morumo. LMK also acquired Portuguese rights to Reeker.CM
  • Gainsbourg, Yelchin and Common among cast for Terminator Salvation

    Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anton Yelchin, Kate Connor, Moon Bloodgood andrapper Common have joined the cast of Halcyon Company's sci-fi epicTerminator Salvation: The Future Begins, which started production inAlbuquerque, New Mexico, on May 5.Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the leader of the humanresistance and sworn enemy of the tyrannical Skynet organisation andits army of Terminator robots. Previously announced cast membersinclude Sam Wort
  • Generator drops Cherry Bomb in Belfast in July

    UK production company Generator Entertainment will start a July 7 Belfast shoot for its coming of age drama Cherry Bomb. Two best friends are looking forward to a fun summer until a troubled beauty makes them compete dangerously for her affections. Newcomers Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros d'Sa will direct from a screenplay by Daragh Carville (Middletown).
  • Gilliam's Doctor Parnassus sells to UK, Australia and Japan

    Mandate International says it is continuing brisk sales in Cannes for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, and Mandate president of international Helen Lee-Kim expects all territories to sell out by the end of the market.The biggest deals in Cannes thus far are to the UK (Lionsgate UK), Australia (Hoyts), and Japan (Showgate).Meanwhile, Parnassus is now ready to return to London to shoot miniatures and do post-produ
  • Goalpost takes on sales for Al-Daradji's Um-Hussein

    UK-based sales company Goalpost has come on board for world sales of Mohamed Al-Daradji's Um-Hussein.Al-Daradji previously made Oscar submission Ahlaam and War, Love, God and Madness. The project is being backed by the UK Film Council's Develpment Fund, Fond Sud (CNC), Screen Yorkshire's Development Fund, and the Kurdish and Iraqi Ministries of Cultur
  • Grammer joins Goodman in voice cast of Bunyan & Babe

    Kelsey Grammer has joined John Goodman on the voice cast of Exodus' upcoming animated feature Bunyan & Babe that Tony Bancroft will direct with Jim Rygiel.Following a successful collaboration on Igor, Exodus Film Group will commission Sparx Animation Studios to provide the CG-animation when shoot commences in July.Bunyan & Babe is a modern take on the
  • Hubert Bals future remains uncertain

    Long-term funding arrangements for International Film Festival Rotterdam's prestigious Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) remain shrouded in doubt. The Fund supports filmmakers from developing countries. It currently has close to $1.9m (Eu1.2m) a year at its disposal. It has backed several films in official selection in Cannes this year.In 2006, the Dutch Ministry Of Foreign Affairs turned down HBF's application for funding. At the time, this was seen a simply a technical
  • IFC Films takes North American rights to PVC-1

    IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Spiros Stathoulopoulos' one-take thriller PVC-1, which premiered at Cannes last year.Merida Urquia, Daniel Paez and Alberto Zornoza star in the story, which is inspired by the real-life terrorist incident in which a rural Colombian woman was killed by a collar bomb locked around her neck.IFC's vice president of acquisitions and production Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Alexis
  • Il Divo

    Dir/scr: Paolo Sorrentino. Italy-France. 2008. 117mins.
  • Imagina sells Chef's Special to 20+ territores.

    Nacho G Velilla's debut feature Chef's Special has been sold by Imagina sales to several key territories, including the US, on the back of its success at the Spanish box office. TLA releasing has taken rights to the family comedy for the US, Canada, UK and Ireland; Cine, Video Y TV will distribute the film in Mexico; Ringford took Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay; We&Co will distribute the film in French speaking European countries; Cine
  • Indiana Jones finds treasure with $269m worldwide opening

    Paramount and Lucasfilms' Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull unearthed plenty of box office gold at the weekend, grossing an estimated $143m in the international marketplace and another $126m in North America. Though it did not break any records, Crystal Skull will, if early estimates are confirmed, end up among the industry's all-time top ten openers domestically, internationally and globally.
  • Indiana Jones is second biggest US Memorial Day hit ever

    Indiana Jones' fourth outing scored the second biggest Memorial Dayholiday weekend launch in North America as Paramount's nostalgicadventure brand rang up $311.1m in worldwide ticket sales.The four-day $151.1m domestic haul has only been bettered over thesame holiday period by last year's $153m launch of Pirates Of TheCaribbean: At World's End, while $160m from international territories(Clickhere fo
  • Indy raids global marketplace in search of box office gold

    Promising impressive box office returns from a six-day worldwide opening run, Paramount's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull charges into the global marketplace this weekend, havingstarted its international roll-out on Wednesday (May 21) and arriving in North America early on Thursday (May 22).The much-anticipated sequel - with Harrison Ford returning after 19 years as the title character and Stephen Spielberg back in the direct
  • Inferno's The Women goes to Entertainment, Constantin, TF1

    Bill Johnson and Jim Siebel's Inferno Entertainment has reported a strong market and virtually sold out two of its marquee titles, comedy The Women and drama Hachiko: A Dog's Story.Inferno is also in advanced negotiations with a pan-European buyer on its uncast thriller An Unfinished Country, about a medical student who gains residency at a hospital in a violent
  • Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga)

    Dir: Ruben Östlund. Sweden. 2008. 98mins.
  • Jaman.com signs distribution deals with Magnolia, First Look

    Entertainment website Jaman.com has signed distribution deals with Magnolia Pictures and First Look Studios.Under the terms of the deal, titles from both companies will be available to rent or purchase over the internet.First Look Studios titles include The Contract starring John Cusack and Morgan Freeman, Little Fish with Cate Blanchett and My Date With Dre
  • Japan's SPO acquires seven-film package from Taiwan's Joint Entertainment

    Japanese distributor SPO has acquired a package of seven films from Taiwan 's Joint Entertainment. The titles include Keeping Watch, Exit No. 6, Island Etude, What On Earth Have I Done Wrong'! and The Most Distant Course, which won the Critics' Week Award at Venice last year. The deal also includes two previously reported sales on titles that are being handled by Taiwan 's Three Dots Entertainment - Spider Lilies and My DNA Says I Love You. SPO was one of the first Japanese co
  • Jinga shows some love for Hiller's gangster story

    UK-based sales company Jinga Films has taken world rights to Danny Hiller's thriller Love Me Still.Andrew Howard, Geoff Bell, Alex Reid and Tom Bell star in the story of a violent confrontation between two brothers after one is released from prison to find the other holding his wife hostage.As announced yesterday, Love Me Still will have its market premiere at the London UK Film Focus in Jun
  • Johnny Mad Dog

    Dir: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. France/Liberia/Belgium. 2008. 93mins.
  • Jupiter picks up French-speaking territories to Yasukuni

    Jupiter Communications has picked up all rights for French-speaking territories to Li Ying's documentary Yasukuni, from Hong Kong-based sales agent The Film Library. The controversial film, about the Yasukuni shrine to worship the war dead in Tokyo, was released in Japan on May 3. It was originally scheduled to open on April 12, but was delayed because local theatres were concerned about security issues.As the film touches on the sensitive subject of Japan 's role in WWII, i
  • K5 introduces Visitor to Spain, Greece, Middle East

    K5 International has confirmed further sales on Tom McCarthy's The Visitor. The film has now gone to Spain (Isaan), Greece (Art Free), and the Middle East (Prime Pictures). Several other deals are imminent in Cannes.The Visitor, his follow-up to The Station Agent, is produced by Groundswell and Participant. It has already taken $3.5m after six weeks' release in t
  • Kimmel International sells major territories on Motherhood, Synecdoche

    Mark Lindsay's Kimmel International has closed key territories on its slate, led by Killer Films and Ideal Partners' comedy Motherhood starring Uma Thurman and Charlie Kaufman's competition entry Synecdoche, New York.Sales on Motherhood closed with Telepool (Germany), Leone (Italy), Sponge (South Korea), Nordisk (Scandinavia), Paradiso (Benelux), Sun (Latin Ameri
  • Knitting

    Dir: Yin Lichuan. China. 2008. 100mins.An unlikely menage a trios drifts on the margins of legality while struggling to make a living of sorts in Yin Lichuan’s deliberately reticent film. If withholdinginformation rates as an artistic achievement, then Knitting could make a mark in arthouse berths and find its way into the oddfestival. But for most this exhausting film will be a struggle.Daiping (Zhang Yi) lives with Chen Jin (Lu Yulai) when his
  • Koch Lorber picks up Rohmer's Astree And Celadon for North America

    Koch Lorber has acquired North American rights from Rezo Films to Eric Rohmer's The Loves Of Astree And Celadon (Les Amours D'Astree Et De Celadon).Richard Lorber plans an autumn release in New York on the story of an illicit affair between a shepherd and a shepherdess.Koch Lorber previously acquired Rohmer's 2004 thriller Triple Agent from Wild Bunch.
  • Lanners' Eldorado takes Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes

    Belgian director Bouli Lanners' Eldorado has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes.This marks Europa Cinemas sixth year giving the prize; last year's winner was Anton Corbijn's Control.The jury was comprised of four exhibitors: Christine Beauchemin-Flot (France); Maeve Cooke (Ireland); Mark Vluggen (The Netherlands) and Svantje Wascher
  • Laurent Cantet's The Class takes Palme d'Or

    Laurent Cantet's The Class (Entre Les Murs) has taken this year's Palme d'Or.The film is a Paris classroom drama-documentary based on a novel by Francois Begaudeau, who playsa teacher in the filmworking in a tough Parisian neighbourhood.Screen's four-star review describes it as offering 'a rich microcosm of today's multi-ethnic French population.'Click here to see full review.
  • Liberation acquires North American rights to Tokyo!

    Liberation Entertainment has acquired North American rights to triptych Tokyo! in which Michel Gondry, Bong Joon-ho and Leos Carax direct three short films about the Japanese capital. The film played in Un Certain Regard here.The deal was negotiated by Rob Williams for Liberation and Laurent Baudens for sales agent Wild Bunch, and Liberation is planning a theatrical release in 2008. Liberation was launched in 2006 by entrepreneur J
  • Liberation takes US rights to Just Buried

    Liberation Entertainment has picked up US rights from Submarine Entertainment to Chaz Thorne's horror tale Just Buried.The fledgling distributor plans an autumn release for the Trilogy Entertainment and Standing 8 Productions film, which premiered at Toronto last year.Jay Bucharel and Rose Byrne star in the story of a man who inherits his father's funeral home and discovers that the attractive mortician is killing people to keep th
  • Lionsgate picks up Adam Sachs' satire

    Lionsgate has picked up worldwide rights to Adam Sachs' satiricalscript Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.The story charts the unlikely friendship between an alcoholicmiddle-aged reporter and an outspoken teenage boy who bond whilefinding themselves somehow pitted against a group of fanaticalprotesters.Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment will produce along with ToddGarner of Broken Road Productions. Sean Robins found the project for Broken
  • Little Magic conjures up Kikuchi deal

    New York-based Little Magic Films has secured a deal to represent the works of best-selling Japanese cult novelist Hideyuki Kikuchi for English-language film and TV live-action adaptations. Little Magic president Kiki Miyake will work with Tokyo-based Japan Digital Contents Trust (JDCT) to handle the rights. Miyake will also serve as executive producer on adaptations of the Kikuchi titles. Often compared to Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, Kikuchi has published more than 100 vo
  • Liverpool

    Dir: Lisandro Alonso. Argentina-Netherlands-France. 84mins
  • London UK Film Focus to screen 40 films

    The fifth London UK Film Focus (LUFF), to run June 30-July 3 at the BFI Southbank.More than 40 films to screen include Shadows In The Sun, Abrahams Point, Hush Your Mouth, Love Me Still and Jack Says. The Breakthrough strand returns for a third year to introduce projects from UK film-makers who don't have sales agents yet. Selections for that section include Lesley Manning's
  • Los Bastardos

    Dir: Amat Escalante. Mexico. 2008. 90min.
  • Lucky Red picks up Italian rights to I Love You Phillip Morris

    Increasingly ambitious Italian production and distribution outfit Lucky Red has announced two of its biggest pick-ups yet.Lucky Red has taken Italian rights to I Love You Phillip Morris, the black comedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. 'If the date is not too packed, we are going to go on 14th February, Valentine's Day,' Lucky Red's President Andrea Occhipinti said of release plans for the film, which is on EuropaCorp's slat
  • Madonna's Filth And Wisdom sells to Germany, Australia, Scandinavia

    LA-based Katapult has sold Madonna's Filth And Wisdom to Ascot Elite in Germany, Kojo in Australia, Pan Vision in Scandinavia, Hollywood in Greece and MCF in the former Yugoslavia.Drama The Caller, which premiered in Tribeca last month, has sold to Hollywood in Greece, which also took Death In Love.Australia's Kojo also acquired
  • Maradona By Kusturica

    Dir: Emir Kusturica. France-Spain. 95mins.
  • McQueen's Hunger lands in US with IFC Films

    IFC Films has acquired US rights to Steve McQueen's Maze Prison drama Hunger starring Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham.The film, whichopened Un Certain Regard at Cannes, interprets events during the 1981 hunger strike by incarcerated IRA terrorists led by Bobby Sands. Enda Walsh wrote the screenplay.Laura Hastings-Smith and Robin Gutch of Blast! Films produced for Film4 in association with Northern Ireland Screen, the Broadcasting Commission Of Ireland and
  • Medavoy's Phoenix to make film of Grisham's Playing For Pizza

    Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures will adapt John Grisham's sports romance Playing For Pizza about a washed-up American football star who joins a team of semi-pros in Italy.Medavoy, whose credits include Zodiac, Holes and the in-production Shanghai, will produce with colleagues Arnie Messer and David Thwaites.Grisham is represented by longtime editor-ag
  • Memento makes further deals on The Class

    Memento continues their selling spree with Laurent Cantet's competition film The Class going to Israel (United King), Korea (Jin Jin) and Switzerland (Filmcoopi). The company is in negotiations with the US, Taiwan, Austria and Australia. Ursula Meier's Home has gone to the UK (Soda), India (Alliance), Italy (Teodora), Portugal (Atalanta) and Greece (Rosebud) with offers from the US, Japan and Spain. Un Certain Regard title Wendy And Lucy has sol
  • Memento on top of The Class

    Laurent Cantet's competition film, The Class, is doing brisk business for Memento Films International which is handling sales. Deals have thus far concluded in Italy (Mikado), Benelux (Cineart), Spain (Golem), Greece (Ama), Brazil (Imovision) and Ex-Yugoslavia (Megacom). Offers have come in from the US, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, Scandinavia and Argentina, according to Memento. The film has its official screening on Saturday.
  • Met Film student shoots Kenya-based Ndugu

    Aman Sahota, a student at London's Met Film School, has just finished the Kenya-based shoot for her short film Ndugu (Brother). Fellow students Judy Tjin, Michael Ghelfi and Ricardo Nunes assisted with the shoot.Kenya-born Aman wrote, directed, shot and co-produced the film about two friends from different tribes. She wrote the project long before the recent election. Two local farmers, Njenga Stanley Kang'ua and Mwangi
  • Metrodome rushes in for Korea's The Chaser

    UK distributor Metrodome, which earlier this week struck a deal with backer Media Pro, has taken all UK rights to Korean crime thriller The Chaser. The deal was brokered between Metrodome's general manager - home entertainment Tom Stewart and CEO Peter Urie with and EJ Cho Cho of Fine Cut. Metrodome will release the film later in 2008.The film has already sold more than 4m tickets in Korea and Warner Bros is planning the English-la
  • Metrodome takes all UK rights to Danish hit Flame & Citron

    UK distributor Metrodome continues its Cannes deals by taking all UK rights to Flame & Citron from The Match Factory.Ole Christian Madsen directs the film, based on a true story. Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhart star. The film is one of Denmark's largest productions ever, budgeted at Euros 8m, and has already been a box-office hit there, with more than 640,000 admissions.The story follows two World War II resistance fig
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to The Chaser from Fine Cut

    UK distributor Metrodome, which earlier this week struck a deal with backer Media Pro, has taken all UK rights to Korean crime thriller The Chaser. The deal was brokered between Metrodome's general manager - home entertainment Tom Stewart and CEO Peter Urie with and EJ Cho Cho of Fine Cut. Metrodome will release the film later in 2008.The film has already sold more than 4m tickets in Korea and Warner Bros is planning the English-lan
  • MK2 add sales for 24 City

    MK2 has announced sales on Jia Zhang Ke's 24 City .Deals were closed on the official Cannes competition film in the UK with New Wave, Benelux with Cineart, Greece with Seven Group, Korea with With Cinema, Portugal's Atalanta, Ex-Yugoslavia's Megacom and Austria's Stadtkino.MK2 said that negotiations were pending in Brazil and Russia. The generational drama stars Joan Chen, Lu Liping and Zhao Tao.
  • MK2 finds sales rhythm with Rumba

    MK2 has announced its mid-market sales with comedy Rumba , from directors Adel, Gordon and Romy selling to the UK (Sound and Media), Benelux (Cineart), Germany and Switzerland (X Verleih), Portugal (Pantheon), Japan (Shibata Organisation), Korea (Mars Ent) and Poland (Vivarto). The film is in Critics' Week. The $25m The True Story Of Puss 'N Boots by Pascal Herold, Jerome Deschamps and Macha Makaieff sold to Spain (Wide), Korea (Yejilm Ent), Israel (Shoval), Portugal (VC Med
  • Morena Films announce two new films

    Spanish outfit Morena Films will shoot two comedies later this year, Bon Appetit and Neon Flesh.David Pinillos' $4.7m debut film Bon Appetit, about three young cooks who share their passion for cooking in a Swiss avant garde restaurant, stars two exciting young actors, Unax Ugalde, from competition title Che and Nora Tschirner (Rabbit
  • Moviehouse strikes El Cantante deals; picks up three new films

    Moviehouse has now sold Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony starrer El Cantante to the UK (Revelation), France (Opening), Australia (Force), Spain (Isaan), Scandinavia (NonStop), and Benelux (Three Lines), and is in active negotiations Japan, Italy and Germany.The project was previously handled by Voltage and has been with Moviehouse since AFM.In other North American deals, Moviehouse has sold Toni Harman's supernatural horror film
  • Moxie Makers narrows Big Pitch to six finalists

    Low-budget UK studio Moxie Makers has announced the final six feature projects in its Big Pitch competition which comes with a $500,000 prize.The projects are Red Sleigh Down from writers Ian Gilbertson and Stephen Atherton; Different Shades Of Graham from Brad Watson, Keith Lynch, David T Lynch (writer/directors) and Simon Thomas (producer); Til Jihad Do Us Part
  • Music Box Films takes US rights to Mouret's Shall We Kiss

    New US distributor Music Box Films has acquired all US rights from TF1 to Emmanuel Mouret's romantic comedy Shall We Kiss and plans a late summer release.Mouret wrote, directed and co-stars in the film, which stars Virginie Ledoyen, Julie Gayet, Michael Cohen, Frederique Bel and Stefano Accorsi. Music Box partner William Schopf brokered the deal with TF1's Dimitri Stephanides.Music Box' slate includes Guillaume Canet's
  • My Magic

    Dir: Eric Khoo. Singapore, 2008. 75 min.Eric Khoo’s films are an acquired taste, and he hasn’t moved much past the festival circuit since 12 Storeys emerged internationally in 1997. Exposing My Magic to the noise and attention of the Cannes competition doesn’t particularly benefit either this film or the festival, although needless to say Singapore is delighted to have its first film in Competition. Hidden in one of the Cannes’ more obscure corners (a singl
  • Naomi Kawase unveils ambitious plans for new Japanese festival

    Film-maker Naomi Kawase has unveiled plans to launch the Nara International Film Festival.Kawase - whose The Mourning Forest won the Cannes 2007 Grand Prix - is chairing non-profit organisation The Nara International Film Festival Planning Committee and is lobbying for funds for a major event through the federal government's $24.2m (Y2.5b) 'Regional Business Stimulation Initiative' which commenced this year.The festival aims to launch an annual e
  • Network takes all UK rights to 4 Cannes titles including Soi Cowboy

    UK-based distributor Network has taken all UK rights to four new titles in Cannes.They are Afterschool, Rumba, Soi Cowboy, and (as reported separately) Tony Manero.Antonio Campos' Afterschool, in Un Certain Regard, was sold by The Coproduction Office. The film is about a young American student who captures the tragic death of two classmates on camera.
  • New Wave takes on Un Certain Regard winner Tulpan

    Robert Beeson and Pam Engel's new UK distribution company New Wave Films has taken on yet another Cannes title: Tulpan.New Wave acquired all UK rights for Tulpan from sales company The Match Factory on Friday night. Sergey Dvortsevoy's Tulpan then won the top prize in Un Certain Regard on Saturday.The film is a co-production of Germany, Switzerland, K
  • New Yorker gives home to 3 Monkeys

    New Yorker Films has acquired US rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's competition title 3 Monkeys from Pyramide International.Sales have also been completed on the well-reviewed film to the UK (New Wave Cinema), Canada (Mongrel Media), Italy (Bim), Columbia (Cine Columbia), Benelux (Imagine), Greece (Rosebud), Portugal (Atalanta), Italy (BIM), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), CIS/Baltics (Maywin), India (Alliance Lumiere), Indonesia/Singapore/Malaysia/Vietnam (Suraya Filem), Ex-Yugosl
  • New Zealand introduces 40 per cent grant for its own films

    Feature films with significant New Zealand content got a big boost in the country's 2008 budget today with the government pledging to give back 40 per cent of what is spent in NZ on production from July 1 this year. Expenditure must exceed $3.93m (NZ$5m) to qualify for the new Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIF) and a cap of $4.7m (NZ$6m) applies to the grant. This means that as a film's budget climbs higher than $11.79m (NZ$15m) the grant gets progressively less as a percentage of th
  • Number of countries represented at Cannes market tops 100

    The Cannes Market had increased attendance this year up 2% over last year with a significant jump in the number of countries represented. There were 101 countries at the market as compared to 92 in 2007. For market review click hereNew faces came from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Jordan, Macedonia and Palestine. Seventy more screenings were held this year as compared to last for a record of 1,604 with 36% bei
  • O' Horten

    Dir: Bent Hamer. 2008. Norway. 90mins.
  • Ocean Flame

    Dir: Liu Fendou. Hong Kong. 2008. 130minThis over-stylized tale of mad love Hong Kong-style, featuring gangsters and copious sex and nudity, plays like a more modest but no less ambitious companion piece of sorts to last year’s steamy Lust, Caution. Tailored for a western audience, its visual compositions and hints of surrealism should bring it a receptive response atfestivals although its long running time will limit prospects on the art house ci
  • Palermo Shooting

    Dir: Wim Wenders. Germany-Italy-France. 2008. 124 mins.Wim Wenders muses on love, death and his perennial bugbear, the ‘Crisis of the Image’ in The Palermo Shooting, a metaphysical thriller cum philosophical essay that marks another step on the downwards slope for this once-vital film-maker. Unwisely cast, leadenly written and ultimately farcical in its earnestness, The Palermo Shooting is a glossy travelogue-thriller with metaphysical pretentions, an
  • Palm Tree sells Moffat's Seven Crosses To Thailand

    Palm Tree Entertainment has sold Robbie Moffat's Seven Crosses to Sahamongkolfilm in Thailand.Also, three Japanese buyers -- Medalion, 9 Miles and Take-Shobo -- have each bid on a catalogue of Moffat titles including Dark Side Of Heaven, Winter Warrior, Bonehunter and Axe Raiders. As previously reported Palm Tree is now handling sales on its first fil
  • Parking (Ting Che)

    Dir: Chung Mong-hong. Taiwan, 2008. 112 min.A man is rushing back home to his wife but a double-parked car blocks his way. He searches in vain for the driver and encounters a variety of persons who cannot or do not want to help him. When he finally gets home the next morning, he is a different person - not only because he is adorned with a gigantic black eye, but because he has learned to see the world differently.Moving confidently from one episode to th
  • Paul Bateman Davis-Miller named svp at Peace Arch

    Paul Bateman Davis-Miller has been appointed to the newly created post of senior vice president of US distribution and development at Peace Arch Entertainment.Davis-Miller will be based at the company's Marina Del Rey offices in California and reports to Peace Arch Entertainment Group president and COO John Flock in Los Angeles and president of US distribution Mark Balsam in New York.He joined Peace Arch Entertainment in 2005 as senior vice president of domestic sales and
  • PorchLight sells War Child to France, Turkey, Romania

    PorchLight Entertainment has sold Christian Karim Chrobog's Tribeca audience award winner War Child to Pretty Pictures in France and Belgium, D Productions in Turkey and MPI in Romania.The documentary follows former child soldier turned hip hop star Emmanuel Jal as he returns to his native Sudan.Red Ant acquired Australian rights to Running The Sahara, Secre
  • Private Lessons (Eleve Libre)

    Dir: Joachim Lafosse. Belgium-France. 2008. 105mins.Reunited with the same co-writer, the same crew and many of the same themes he explored in his 2006 Venice competion entry Private Property (Nue Propriete), buzzy Belgian auteur Joaquim Lafosse crafts another original, disturbing work which fails however to scale the same dramatic heights as that impressively tight chamber piece.Once again, volatile male adolescence and adult irresponsibility
  • Relativity Media looks to tie up international partners in Cannes

    Relativity Media chief Ryan Kavanaugh is attempting to step into the void left by the demise of New Line International and is closing long-term partnerships in major territories here.The network will channel a high-octane slate of commercial fare that currently features new work from Lasse Hallstrom, Keanu Reeves, Jet Li and Tobey Maguire.Mandate International will service the deals and handle sales in remaining key territories on most of the initial 16 projects and has c
  • Sanguepazzo

    Dir: Marco Tullio Giordana. Italy-France. 2008. 148mins .A grandly-mounted but turgid prestige piece, Wild Blood attempts to give tragic heft to the lives of two of Italian cinema’s more disreputable figures. Writer-director Marco Tullio Giordana won considerable kudos in 2003 with The Best Of Youth, but Wild Blood is a creakily traditional, anonymous World War II drama. Its story of right-wing figures laid low may garner some moderate international
  • Screen Gems promotes Glenn Gainor to head of physical production

    Screen Gems has promoted Glenn Gainor to head of physical production as it ramps up production to approximately eight titles a year.Gainor will report to Gary Martin, the president of production administration for Columbia Pictures, and will oversee all Screen Gems films from pre-production onwards.He recently oversaw production on Screen Gems' upcoming Lakeview Terrace starring Samuel L Jackson and
  • Shoreline takes on sales for Your Name Here

    Morris Ruskin's LA sales company Shoreline Entertainment has boarded Your Name Here starring Bill Pullman, Taryn Manning, Traci Lords and M Emmet Walsh.Pullman plays a sci-fi author who has a stroke and wakes up in one of his novels. The film will premiere at CineVegas next month.Shoreline's Ruskin, Brandon Paine and Sam Eigen brokered the deal with Mark Burman, Eric Ricart and Wali Razaqi.Shoreline financed the acquisi
  • SILVERDOCS announces 2008 programme

    James Marsh's Man On Wire, Karim Chrobog's War Child and Yung Chang's Up The Yangtze are among the anticipated highlights of the SILVERDOCS AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, set to run in the Washington DC area from June 16 to 23.As previously announced, Adrian Wills' All Together Now and JohnWalter's Theatre Of War bookend the festival, which will screen 108films from 63 countries culled from 1,861 submissions.T
  • Snow (Snijeg)

    Dir: Aida Begic. Bosnia and Herzegovina-Germany-France. 2008. 99mins.
  • Soothsayer sees Emilia Fox; AV Pictures to handle sales

    Producers Paul Cowan and Chris Wheeldon of Territorial Film Developments (TFD) have cast Emilia Fox (Flashbacks of a Fool) as the lead in Richard Blanshard's supernatural thriller Soothsayer.The project will shoot this summer. The cast also includes Tehya Hadley, Thekla Reuten, Kate Atkinson and John Standing.Barry Langley wrote the script about a mysterious visitor to an English country manor, where forces hope to take over the mind of an innocent 7-year-old.Cow
  • Spall and Broadbent join Sheen in The Damned United

    Timothy Spall and Jim Broadbent have joined the cast of Tom Hooper's The Damned United, which starts principal photography on Sunday May 25. As reported Michael Sheen takes the lead role as legendary football manager Brian Clough, and Spall will play his right hand man Peter Taylor while Broadbent plays Sam Longson.Backers are BBC Films, Columbia Pictures and Screen Yorkshire. Sony Pictures Entertainment has worldwide rights.The project has been developed by A
  • Spike Lee shoots for Michael Jordan documentary

    Inveterate sports fan Spike Lee is hatching a new feature documentaryabout basketball legend Michael Jordan. The project should be ready intime for next year's Cannes Festival.Lee's Jordan project is the latest in a line of high-profile auteurdriven sports docs, following on from James Toback's Tyson, about boxerMike Tysson, and Hand Of God, Emir Kusturica's film about DiegoMaradona.Lee announced the Michael Jordan project in Cannes after apress conference to promote his
  • Summit Entertainment to remake 1986 hit Highlander

    Summit Entertainment will remake the 1986 sci-fi thriller Highlander and has hired Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to adapt the story of battling immortals who pursue a mysterious prize.Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery starred in the original. Peter Davis, one of the original producers, who also produce the new version after Summit acquired rights from Davis/Panzer Productions.Summit holds worldwide rights b
  • Sundance Channel picks up US TV rights to Madonna Malawi doc

    Sundance Channel has acquired US television rights to I Am Because We Are, Madonna's documentary about the impact of the AIDS pandemic on Malawi.Senior vice president of acquisitions, scheduling and programme planning Christian Vesper negotiated the deal with CAA.Madonna is featured in the film which was directed by Nathan Rissman.
  • Surveillance

    Dir:Jennifer Lynch. US. 2008. 98mins.
  • Synecdoche, New York

    Dir/scr: Charlie Kaufman. US. 2008. 124mins.
  • Telepool picks up The Volcano

    Munich-based Telepool has acquired international rights to The Volcano, a joint production from the producers of teamWorx (Nico Hofmann) and RTL. Budgeted at $14m (9m Euros), the two-parter is the second joint project from RTL and teamWorx after Storm Tide, which attracted 11 million TV viewers in early 2006. Uwe Janson is to direct. The cast includes Yvonne Catterfeld, Katja Riemann and Katharina Wackernagel, Heiner Lauterbach and
  • Terence Davies back at the BFI

    Terence Davies is again BFI-bound. The revered British director made his first features (including The Trilogy, Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes) under the auspices of the British Film Institute's now defunct production arm. Now, his latest film, Of Time And The City, screening in official selection in C
  • TF1, Moviemax Italia land on Planet 51

    HandMade Films International has closed out two further major territories on animated film Planet 51, with TF1 picking up France and Moviemax Italia taking Italy. The only major territories yet to be sold are Germany and Japan.Deals were negotiated by Carl Clifton of HFI, Moviemax Italia's Guglielemo Marchetti and Fabio Spinella, and Sara May for TF1.The Ilion Studios' CGI animation, budgeted at around $60m, is due for completion i
  • The Class (Entre Les Murs)

    Dir: Laurent Cantet. France. 2008. 128mins.
  • The Headless Woman (La Mujer Sin Cabeza)

    Dir/scr: Lucrecia Martel. Argentina-Spain-France-Italy. 2008. 87mins.
  • The Pleasure Of Being Robbed

    Dir: Josh Safdie. US. 2008. 68mins.A glance at the multi-tasking names in the credits is enough to show just how homemade New York film-maker Josh Safdie’s debut film is. And at just 68 minutes, it challenges the definition of full-length feature. But it would be a shame to hold either limitation against it, as The Pleasure Of Being Robbed is a charming indie title, suffused with the spirit of the French New Wave of the early sixties and possessed of a quirky like
  • The Rest Of The Night (Il Resto Della Notte)

    Dir/scr: Francesco Munzi. Italy. 2008. 103mins.Frederico Munzi lives up to the promise he showed in his debut Saimir with this dark multi-linear drama-thriller set amongst Italy’s new immigrant underclass. It’s a timely theme given the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigration by the country’s recently elected centre-right government. But this gritty, issue-raising film is also a good advertisement for Munzi’s growing maturity as a director and screenwriter.
  • The Stranger In Me (Das Fremde In Mir)

    Dir: Emily Atef. Germany. 2008. 99mins.One of the most powerful surviving social taboos - a mother's rejection of her new-born baby - is turned into a small but resonant drama in Emily Atef's second feature, which was one of the highlights of this year's Critic's Week in Cannes. With a subject (and budget) that might have made for a worthy TV drama, The Stranger In Me is lifted by a finely-structured script of surprising thematic depth, a sure feel for cinematic c
  • TLA picks up North American rights to Gutterballs, Chef's Special

    TLA Releasing has picked up a slew of titles including North American rights on the 80s slasher movie Gutterballs.Ryan Nicholson's feature will be released through TLA's Danger After Dark label.TLA's vice president of acquisitions Jennifer Arndt-Johns finalised the deal at Cannes with DC Medias president David Cholewa.The company has also acquired North American and UK rights from Imagina International Sales to Nacho G
  • Toei tastes success with Flavour Of Happiness

    Japanese seller Toei has closed a slate of deals including Flavour Of Happiness to Zootrope Films for France and Emphasis for Hong Kong. The film stars Tatsuya Fuji (Bright Future) as an aging Chinese chef and Miki Nakatani (Memories of Matsuko) as the office lady who frequents his small restaurant and eventually becomes his apprentice.
  • Tony Manero dances along with five more deals for Funny Balloons

    Paris-based sales company Funny Balloons has struck five more deals on Pablo Larrain's Directors' Fortnight title Tony Manero.The film has sold in Cannes to the UK (Network), Italy (Ripley's Film), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta) and Brazil (Imovision). As previously reported, Sophie Dulac Distribution pre-bought French rights.The Chile/Brazil co-production is about a serial killer in 1978 Santiago who loves disco. Tony Manero mar
  • Tropical Storm stirs for Iceland hit Astropia

    Astropia, the biggest box-office hit in Iceland last year beating all the Hollywood blockbusters, is now being handled for world sales by Amsterdam-based sales outfit Tropical Storm Entertainment.Julius Kemp and Ingvar Thordarson of the The Icelandic Film Company produced the project. Its last Cannes market screening is today at 1730 in Palais B. The adventure comedy is directed by first-timer Gunnar B Gudmundsson and stars former Miss Iceland
  • TrustNordisk racks up sales for projects including Mammoth, Dark Floors

    At its first Cannes as a joint operation, TrustNordisk has reported multiple sales on its Cannes slate. Deals closed include Dark Floors to Japan (Presidio Corporation) and Germany (MIG), Go With Peace Jamil to Portugal (Pantheon), The Green Butchers to Hungary (Cirko), and Heaven's
  • Tulpan

    Dir: Sergei Dvortsevoi. Germany-Switzerland-Kazakhstan-Russia-Poland. 2008. 100 mins.
  • Two Lovers

    Dir: James Gray. US. 2008. 100mins.
  • Typhoon whips up pre-sales

    Japan's Nippon Television Network Corp. (NTV) has done a raft of pre-sales on Takashi Kaneshiro starrer K-20 and typhoon disaster film 252. K-20 sold to Tiberius for Germany, Festive Film for Singapore, and M Pictures for Thailand. Based on the original story by Kitamura Soh, K-20 featured Kaneshiro as a legendary phantom thief with 20 faces. Matsu Takako and Nakamura Toru also star.The film is being directed by Sato Sh
  • UK's New Wave continues Cannes deals with Egoyan's Adoration

    Pam Engel and Robert Beeson's new UK distribution company New Wave Films continues a busy Cannes by acquiring UK rights to Atom Egoyan's Competition entry Adoration.Charlotte Mickie at Maximum Films International is selling the film. Sony Pictures Classics has already taken rights for the US and several other territories.The Canadian production is about an adolescent boy who reinvents himself online but draws the attention of the au
  • UK's New Wave moves into 24 City

    Robert Beeson and Pam Engel's new UK distribution company New Wave Films has acquired Cannes Competition entry 24 City directed by Jia Zhangke.The film is sold by MK2. Beeson and Engel set up New Wave earlier this year after being long-time art-house distributors at Artificial Eye.'We are very pleased to be able to release the new film from a director whose first three films we distributed originally, and to renew a relationship wi
  • Versailles

    Dir: Pierre Schoeller. 2008. France. 113min.
  • Visual Factory seals deals on Mathilde

    UK-based sales company Visual Factory has taken on world sales for Nina Mimica's Mathilde, and English-language pan-European co-production starring Jeremy Irons.Buyers lining up include Australia (Vendetta), Benelux (Films de l'Elysee), India (UTV), Hungary (Best Hollywood), and Greece (Videorama). Jeremy Irons plays a British UN officer in Croatia who falls for a local young girl, changing his neutral perspective. Kusturica regula
  • Voltage does big business on 100 Feet, Love N Dancing

    Voltage Pictures has closed numerous territory sales on the thriller 100 Feet starring Famke Janssen, which is now completed, and romance Love N' Dancing with Amy Smart and Tom Malloy.Rights to 100 Feet went to Universum for German-speaking Europe, Antena Tres (Spain), Quality (Mexico), Ukraine DVD (CIS), Culture Makers (South Korea), Flashstar (Brazil), Dutch Fi
  • Warlords conquers more territories including India, Brazil

    Hong Kong-based Media Asia Distribution has sealed several more deals on Peter Ho-sun Chan's The Warlords, including the sale of Indian rights to Palador Pictures. The war epic, starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro, also went to Rialto for Australia, Imagem for Brazil and Dutch Filmworks for Benelux.Rialto also acquired Australian rights to Dante Lam's action title The Sniper and Soi Cheang's The Assassins. Palador has also acquired 20 library titles
  • Warner Bros takes Spanish rights to How To Lose Friends

    Warner Bros has acquired Spanish rights to Robert Weide's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People from Intandem.The comedy, based on Toby Young's book of the same name, stars Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst and Jeff Bridges. MGM has struck a deal for North America and Paramount for the UK. Both will releases will kick off Oct 3.London-based Intandem Films structured the finance for the film and handles sales duties.
  • Warner Bros, Overbrook to remake Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis

    Warner Bros Pictures has acquired remake rights from Pathe to the French blockbuster Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis (aka Welcome To The Shticks) for Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment to produce. Pathe International will handle the sales rights to the film.James Lassiter, Smith and Ken Stovitz will produce for Overbrook with Agnes Mentre; Lynn Harris is overseeing for Warner Bros.The film
  • WCF to fund restoration of Bergman's private archives

    The World Cinema Foundation and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation are supporting a joint project to preserve, restore and reveal rare behind-the-scenes footage from Bergman's archive.Martin Scorsese's WCF will fund the restoration, editing, and commentary of more than 14 hours of behind-the-scenes footage for a total of 18 Ingmar Bergman titles. In addition to footage of his work, there are also scenes of his private life.The titles include S
  • Wendy And Lucy

    Dir: Kelly Reichardt. US. 2008. 80mins.
  • Wide Management adopts Les Enfants

    Loic Magneron's Wide Management has acquired Les Enfants De Don Quixotte (Acte 1). The film is a special Critics' Week selection directed by Ronan Denec, Augustin Legrand and Jean-Baptiste Legrand and co-produced by Mathieu Kassovitz. The company has also had continued success with Sandrine Bonnaire's Her Name Is Sabine which has sold to Viv
  • Wide Management catches Gold Fever

    Wide Management has acquired a new film by Marc Barrat entitled Gold Fever for international sales. Produced by Mat Films' Richard Magnien, the film will be released by Rezo Films in France. Set in French Guyana, the story follows Rod who returns to his native country, accompanied by Gonz, his childhood friend. In Cayenne, they begin an investigation into Rod's past that leads them right into the heart of the virgin forest and the camps of the illegal gold prospectors. Barrat
  • Wild Bunch Concert finds right pitch for the Weinsteins

    Wild Bunch has sold Radu Mihaileanu's The Concert to The Weinstein Company. The deal marks the third time that a French film has been pre-sold to the US for over $1mn, noted Wild Bunch's Vincent Maraval. The $21m Concert focuses on a former conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra who was sacked during the communist era for refusing to fire the Jewish players. Still working in the orchestra's theater as a janitor, he stumbles upon a faxed invitation for th
  • XDC announces studio backing for 8,000 digital screens plan

    The rollout of digital cinema in Europe has taken a big step forward with news that digital cinema equipment and services company XDC has signed agreements with four studios fordeployment of8,000 digital screens.The non-exclusive agreements with Warner Bros, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Disney offer exhibitors across Europe an alternative to the single existing large-scale, studio-backed scheme from Arts Alliance Media.Until now, Europe has been stuck in a rut with exhib
  • Zentropa launches Young Europeans production scheme

    Danish powerhouse Zentropa has launched a new pan-European production initiative.Zentropa's partners are Young Europeans - as the initiative is called - aims to make eight films over a two year period. Budgets of each film will be in the $2.5m (1.5m Euros) range. The partners include IDTV in Holland, Slot Machine in France, uj Budapest in HBungary, Ripple World Pictures in Ireland, heimatfilm in Germany, STI Studio in Poland and Sigma Film in Scotland. The rights will be
  • Zentropa plans new features with Per Fly

    Zentropa producer Ib Tardini is plotting two new features with Per Fly (the director of The Inheritance and Manslaughter). First off is $4m drama The Woman That Dreamed About A Man (working title.)Reflecting Zentropa's new-found European focus, it will shoot in Berlin, Paris and Warsaw. It tells the story of a woman who dreams about a man

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