By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

22 August 2013

View all stories from this issue.

  • A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

    Dir/scr: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell. UK. 2013. 98mins
  • A Stranger

    Dir/scr: Bobo Jelcic. Croatia-Bosnia Herzegovina. 2013. 87mins
  • Al Jazeera Balkans, Croatia’s HRT acquire Sarajevo titles

    Al Jazeera Balkans and Croatian national broadcaster HRT are negotiating TV rights for Sarajevo Film Festival’s competition films.
  • AMPAS sets tech nominees

    The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced that 14 scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration.
  • Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner talk Lil Bub

    If you don’t yet know the Internet’s most famous cat, Tribeca award winner Lil Bub & Friendz hits the web today.
  • Asia Releasing, Galaxy strike deal

    The Los Angeles-based distributor has signed an agreement with Vietnam’s Galaxy Studio to handle the latter’s product in North America, Australia and diaspora markets.
  • Balkans need regional fund, legislation

    On the first day of Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional Forum, organized in collaboration with Screen International for the fourth consecutive year, the subject was streamlining public funding for co-productions in the countries of former Yugoslavia.
  • Bela Tarr to receive Sarajevo award

    Hungarian director Bela Tarr and Eurimages head Roberto Olla are to receive the honorary Heart of Sarajevo award at the 19th edition of the festival (Aug 16-24).
  • BFI issues first TV tax break guarantees

    CBeebies’ Sarah and Duck and BBC1 dramas Death Comes To Pemberley and Remember Me are among the first projects to be guaranteed a tax break by the BFI.
  • BiteSize hails the King

    Caleb Deschanel will direct BiteSize Entertainment’s Elvis Presley biopic Growing Up Graceland.
  • Blue Is The Warmest Colour gets NC-17 rating in US

    Sundance Selects to release Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner with adult rating.
  • Busan unveils APM line-up

    The Busan International Film Festival has announced its Asian Project Market (APM) line-up for this year with 30 projects including name directors like Kim Jee-woon, Wayne Wang and Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
  • Buyers eye Toronto avalanche

    EXCLUSIVE / UPDATED AUG 20: The annual stampede for Toronto acquisition titles is expected to return next month as programmers line up at least a dozen must-see premieres in the first weekend.
  • Cambridge Film Festival unveils line-up

    Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now will close the festival, which has assembled it largest programme to date.
  • Carmen

    Dir: Doru Nitescu. Romania. 2013. 88mins
  • Cast and crew hit Sarajevo's red carpet

    Stars including Emile Hirsh and directors such as David Gordon Greet, Ari Folman, Leos Carax and Pablo Berger seen here at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Channel 4 nabs Avengers spin-off

    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired high profile US superhero series Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. after a fierce bidding war.
  • Cheap Thrills

    Dir: E.L. Katz. US. 2013. 88mins
  • Cineart's Eliane Dubois dies aged 65

    Leading figures in the European film industry have paid tribute to Eliane Dubois, the pioneering founder of Benelux distributor Cineart, who died today [Aug 20] following a long illness. She was 65.
  • Cineworld may have to sell cinemas

    Cineworld Group may have to sell cinemas after the Competition Commission said that its acquisition of Picturehouse would lead to higher prices for customers in three areas.
  • Cineworld pop up at V Festival

    Cineworld has become the first major UK chain to bring the cinema experience to a music festival. Michael Rosser decamped to V Festival to check it out.
  • Clear Blue Sky to get nationwide roll-out

    Screenvision has announced that, along with distributor Area 23a and Asphalt Films, it will release Out Of The Clear Blue Sky as a national one-night theatrical event on Sept 11.
  • Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant

    The Selfish Giant director discusses influences, finding her young leads and Thatcherite ideology.
  • Closed Circuit

    Dir: John Crowley. UK-US. 2013. 96mins
  • CMG lines up Hunted

    Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has teamed up with The Collector and The Collection producers Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features and actor Josh Stewart on the Toronto-bound sales title.
  • Corneliu Porumboiu, When Evening Falls...

    Corneliu Poromboiu’s third film to play at Sarajevo Film Festival, When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism is also his first to be included in the festival’s competition.
  • Danny Boyle to direct TV drama

    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a Danny Boyle-directed police drama.
  • David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche

    David Gordon Green talks about seeing himself in his latest film Prince Avalanche, indie vs studio films and future projects.
  • Disney crosses $2bn int'l

    The studio announced on Friday [23] that it had crossed the threshold in record time.
  • Drafthouse to play in Hell

    EXCLUSIVE: Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Japanese director Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play In Hell? ahead of its Venice world premiere.
  • Edko, Irresistible to revive kung fu 'Legend'

    Crouching Tiger producer Bill Kong to make first film about legendary kung fu master Wong Fei-hung in almost 20 years.
  • Egoyan joins San Sebastian competition

    Atom Egoyan, Götz Spielmann and Jasmila Žbanic have been added the official selection at the 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • Elysium rules int’l box office on $23.4m

    Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) claimed a tight weekend as Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi adventure led the field with four major number one debuts. There was good news for Warner Bros too as Pacific Rim became its biggest release in China on just over $100m.
  • Epic sets Vikingdom debut

    UPDATED AUG 29: Epic Pictures Releasing has set Oct 4 for the release of Yusry A Halim’s action adventure, which will screen in 3D in select theatres.
  • Eric Cantona to head Dinard jury

    Professional footballer-turned-actor named jury president of this year’s Dinard British Film Festival.
  • Expendables 3 starts shoot

    Production has commenced on location Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia on Lionsgate and Millennium Films’ The Expendables 3.
  • Fantastic Fest unveils co-pro projects

    Organisers have announced the 16 projects selected for the inaugural edition of its international co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.
  • Film bill presented to Bosnian Parliament

    New law will decrease dependence of film production on state budget.

    Screen is exclusively unveiling the first trailer for The Stag, an Irish comedy starring Andrew Scott (Sherlock) that will have its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section.
  • Fortissimo picks up Altarejos' Unfriend

    EXCLUSIVE: Fortissimo picks up international rights to Unfriend from Filipino ‘new wave’ auteur Joselito Altarejos
  • Fortissimo strikes Taiwan Rigor Mortis deal

    Fortissimo Films has closed an all rights deal for Taiwan with distributor CatchPlay for Rigor Mortis, the upcoming debut feature from Hong Kong’s Juno Mak.
  • FSC adds two for TIFF

    EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company head Andrew Herwitz will introduce buyers in Toronto in September to the New Zealand mystery-thriller White Lies and documentary When Jews Were Funny.
  • Germany selects Two Lives for Oscars

    Georg Maas’ Two Lives (Zwei Leben) has been selected as Germany’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 86th Academy Awards.
  • Gravity sets UK release date

    Alfonso Cuaron’s astronaut thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, to be released in 3D, 2D and Imax.
  • Haddad, Ashton to lead English talent centres

    Creative England and the BFI have appointed Celine Haddad and Paul Ashton to lead the new Talent Centres in Sheffield and Brighton.
  • Hide and Seek tops Korean box office

    Next Entertainment World (NEW) has topped South Korea’s weekend box office with debut director Huh Jung’s horror thriller Hide And Seek.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Alex Garland has started shooting Ex Machina and principal photography is also underway on the first UK-Albania co-production.
  • I Spit On Your Grave 2

    Dir: Steven R Moore. US. 2013. 105mins
  • Iconic, Flatcat line up Dog Daze

    LA-based Iconic Media Productions and Flatcat Productions have teamed up for the upcoming comedy The Dog Daze Of Harry Sumpter.
  • In Bloom, A Stranger split Sarajevo awards

    In Bloom wins Heart of Sarajevo for best film and its two leads share the best actress award, A Stranger gets special jury prize and best actor
  • Intel, Toshiba launch Keitel project

    Intel and Toshiba have launched the first episode for their social film project The Power Inside.
  • Jens Jonsson, Snabba Cash III

    The Snabba Cash III director talks old school storytelling and the thrillers he is plotting next.
  • Jeunet's 'Spivet' to world premiere at San Sebastian

    The world premiere of Jean-Pierre Jeunet´s latest film, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, is to close the 61st San Sebastian Festival.
  • Jurassic Park 3D storms into China

    Universal’s 3D reboot opened at number one in China on Tuesday [20] on an estimated $6.3m (CNY 38.5m) from 2,500 screens.
  • Kemp brothers reunite for Assassin

    Martin and Gary Kemp reunite as villainous brothers for the first time since The Krays in Assassin, which stars Danny Dyer.
  • Kick-Ass 2 tops UK box office

    Universal’s sequel scores $3.9m (£2.48m) debut, including previews, to land the top spot; Disney’s Planes leads the Fri-Sun weekend with $2.7m (£1.7m).
  • Kormakur, Petrie projects selected for IFF

    EXCLUSIVE: 40 Canadian and international producer teams selected for OMDC’s eighth annual Toronto co-financing market.
  • Les Arcs Yugoslav focus to extend to industry section

    Upcoming Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 14-21) will feature Focus on Yugoslavian Countries which will extend to the festival’s industry section
  • Llewyn Davis to close Chicago

    ThThe Coen Brothers’ Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color and Big Bad Wolves are among the first wave of 12 films at the Chicago International Film Festival, set to run from Oct 10-24.
  • Magnolia takes Alan Partridge

    The distributor has set an early 2014 release for the UK comedy smash following a North American rights deal with StudioCanal.
  • Makhmalbaf to shoot first English-language feature

    EXCLUSIVE: F&ME to produce The President, set to shoot in Georgia in early 2014.
  • Marion Cotillard to play Lady Macbeth

    Oscar winner to star with Michael Fassbender in See-Saw production, replacing Natalie Portman. Shoot set for January 2014.
  • Mary Queen Of Scots

    Dir: Thomas Imbach. Switzerland-France. 2013. 120mins
  • Mundial finds Wolf At The Door

    The joint sales venture between IM Global and Mexico’s Canana has acquired international rights from Gullane and TC Filmes to the Brazilian thriller ahead of its Toronto world premiere.
  • Nebraska, Blue to play NYFF

    Organisers at the 51st New York Film Festival have announced the official sections, including the Cannes trio of Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color, the Coen Brother’s Inside Llewyn Davis and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
  • Netflix, TWC strike deal

    The companies have signed a multi-year licensing agreement that starts in 2016 and will turn Netflix into the exclusive US subscription service for The Weinstein Company’s first-run films.
  • Noah Segal to exit eOne

    The co-president of eOne Films Canada will leave the Canadian giant on Aug 30 to launch production company Toy Boat Pictures.
  • NYFF to honour Blanchett, Fiennes

    The Film Society Of Lincoln Center hierarchy announced that Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will be the subjects of this year’s NYFF Gala Tributes.
  • Paul Bettany to direct Shelter

    Voltage Pictures will introduce international buyers at Toronto to Paul Bettany’s feature directorial debut produced and financed by Daniel Wagner of BiFrost Pictures. Bettany’s wife Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie will star.
  • Per Fly’s Monica Z wins Nordic award

    Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Colour also picked up a prize at the 41st Norwegian International Film Festival (NIFF) awards.
  • PGA sets 2014 dates

    The Producers Guild Of America hierarchy has set the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards for Jan 19 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • Porto Digital amps up Portomídia

    Brazilian tech company Porto Digital will instal a FilmLight Baselight FOUR colour grading and management system along with a FilmLight FLUX storage and data management network at its Portomídia initiative in the Recife region.
  • Prime Focus selects Avid

    Global post production house becomes the latest facility to select Media Composer 7 to power its creative workflow.
  • Rambo TV series in pipeline

    Entertainment One (eOne) partners with Avi Lerner to develop and produce TV series based on the action franchise. Producers in negotiation with Sylvester Stallone.
  • RealD inks new UME China deal

    Deal will see an additional 50 screens equipped with RealD 3D technology across UME’s Northern China locations.
  • Ron Howard's Rush to open Zurich

    The 2013 Zurich Film Festival is to open with Ron Howard’s Formula 1 drama Rush – the film’s premiere in the German-speaking world.
  • Roxanne

    Dir: Valentin Hotea. Romania-Hungary. 2013. 98mins
  • Russia readies first online premiere

    Russia’s new anti-piracy legislation will be put to the test with the country’s first online premiere ahead of a theatrical release.
  • San Sebastian unveils Films in Progress

    Six films from Argentina, Chile and Colombia to be presented during the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
  • Sarajevo 2013 closing day

    Images from the closing day and awards ceremony of the 2013 Sarajevo Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival (day five)

    Highlights from day five of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Sarajevo industry days preview

    Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry days include CineLink Co-production Market, Work In Progress, Regional Forum and Industry Terrace
  • Sarajevo Regional Forum addresses piracy

    Sarajevo’s Regional Forum session tackled internet piracy and legislation of new technologies. Bosnia’s Association for Protection of AV Works presented its own model.
  • Sarajevo: a festival is born

    The well-documented birth of the Sarajevo Film Festival during the four-year siege of the city remains a remarkable narrative 19 years on.
  • Schwartz, Precious join Relativity

    Veteran marketing executive Russell Schwartz has joined Relativity Media as president of theatrical marketing.
  • Selfish Giant to open first National Youth Film Festival

    Programme announced for first National Youth Film Festival; includes preview of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 3D.
  • Short wins director feature funding at Sarajevo

    Cristina Grosan’s short Holiday at the Seaside (Godišnji na moru) has won the Atlantic Grupa Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Shout! Factory, Herzog team up

    Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film have signed an exclusive multi-platform distribution partnership involving 16 remastered titles from the Herzog library. Separately, Pantelion has picked up Hours and O-Scope has acquired The Kill Team.
  • Snap

    Dirs: Youssef Delara, Victor Teran. US. 2013. 88mins
  • Snowpiercer to screen at Deauville

    Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will close the 39th annual Deauville American Film Festival, set to run from Aug 30-Sept 8.
  • Soda acquires Jarmusch’s Lovers

    EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures nabs UK rights to Cannes competition entry.
  • SPC acquires Foxcatcher

    Bennett Miller’s Moneyball follow-up is in the awards race after Sony Pictures Classics picked up North American rights and set a Dec 20 release. The parties previously collaborated on Capote.
  • SPC plots Blue Jasmine expansion

    Sony Pictures Classics announced that it will expand Woody Allen’s box office hit Blue Jasmine this weekend from 229 screens to more than 1,200, making the awards contender Allen’s widest ever release.
  • Spiegel to exec produce Purgatory

    Hostel 3 director to executive produce afterlife fantasy film.
  • Stealth boards sales on The Porcupine

    EXCLUSIVE: Poland and Ukrainian funds also join the new production from the director of The Parade.
  • Strand enters Leather Bar

    Strand Releasing has acquired North American, Latin American and Scandinavian rights to James Franco and Travis Matthews’ erotic drama Interior. Leather Bar.
  • Sundance Selects gets Bastards

    The distributor has acquired US rights from Wild Bunch to Claire Denis’ Un Certain Regard premiere and has set an Oct 25 release. Separately, FilmBuff and Abramorama are teaming up on Broadway Idiot while The Cinema Guild has picked up Agnes Varda’s five-part autobiographical documentary series.
  • Talea

    Dir: Katharina Muckstein. Austria. 2013. 75mins
  • The Amazing Catfish

    Dir: Claudia Sainte-Luce. Mexico. 2013. 91mins
  • The Banshee Chapter

    Dir: Blair Erickson. US. 2013. 85mins
  • The Butler beats Kick-Ass 2 on US debut

    Lee Daniel’s The Butler dominated a weak session in North America thanks to an estimated $25m opening weekend through The Weinstein Company.
  • The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

    Dir: Harald Zwart. US/Germany. 2013. 130mins
  • Toronto rounds out programme

    Festival organisers announced the Discovery, Mavericks and Masters sections, details of the David Cronenberg: Transformation exhibition, a tenth Midnight Madness entry and introduced the Glenn Gould Studio to the festival’s stable of venues.
  • Turbo Kid to get Canada-NZ support

    The representatives of EMAfilms, T&A Films, the RKSS Collective and Jason Eisener announced that the Canada-New Zealand co-production will receive finding from Telefilm Canada and the New Zealand Film Commission.
  • Tuttle named BFI festivals deputy

    The appointment comes as a result of the BFI’s newly structured Exhibition department.
  • Tye Sheridan joins The Forger

    The star of imminent Venice world premiere Joe has joined John Travolta in the heist thriller. Code Entertainment and The Solution Entertainment Group are jointly producing and financing and The Solution will handle international sales in Toronto.
  • UK-China producers launch Wonder Pictures

    EXCLUSIVE: Chinese film producers Chun-Yi Yueh and Changyu Li and UK writer-producers Robert and Ashley Sidaway together with the UK’s Iain Brown and Brown Films have launched the $5m funded SZ Wonder Pictures.
  • UK's Skills Investment Fund reaches £9m

    More than 800 film productions have contributed since the fund was set up in 1999.
  • UPI unleashes Kick-Ass 2 in 18 territories

    Universal Pictures International rolls out Kick-Ass 2 day-and-date with North America in approximately 18 territories, among them the UK, Germany, Italy and Mexico.
  • Venice to honour Ettore Scola

    Italian director to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2013 prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival (Aug 28 - Sept 7).
  • Watch Dogs heads to big screen

    Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency are developing a feature based on Ubisoft’s forthcoming open world action-adventure video game.
  • Wide boards Break Loose

    EXCLUSIVE: Wide Management has acquired world sales rights to Russian crime drama Break Loose, directed and produced by Alexey Uchitel.
  • With Mom

    Dir/scr: Faruk Loncarevic. Bosnia Herzegovina-Slovenia-Germany. 2013. 80mins