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22 May 2003

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  • Africa Cinemas launched to promote local industry

    The lamentable state of the film industry in Africa is set to be addressed through the launch of a new organisation, Africa Cinemas, which will be bankrolled by a number of European organisations.Africa Cinemas aims to promote the distribution and exhibition of African films across the continent and support the release of 15-20 per year. On condition that titles get release in more than five African countries, Africa Cinemas will finance prints, sub-titling, transport and even ticketin
  • Alliance Atlantis plans Foolproof Canadian release

    Alliance Atlantis plans to release its fully-financed caper picture Foolproof on 225 screens on Oct. 3, the widest-ever release for an English-Canadian film. The company distributed current record-holder Men With Brooms, which was released on 207 screens in 2002, backed by a P&A spend of more than C$1mDescribing the Foolproof marketing campaign as "groundbreaking", Jim Sherry, executive vice president and general manager, AAC Motion Picture Distribution, tol
  • Ange does saintly business for Focus

    Focus Features has closed its first deals on Saint Ange, the supernatural thriller starring Virginie Ledoyen which is being shot in English-language and French-language versions. Icon has bought the film for the UK, Vertigo for Spain, Scanbox for Scandinavia and Gussi for Spanish-speaking Latin America. In addition Focus, which will distribute the film itself in North America, sold the film to Odeon in Greece, Shani Film in Israel, Skifan in Iceland, Shaw Brothers in Sing
  • Ange does saintly business for Focus

    Focus Features has closed its first deals on Saint Ange, the supernatural thriller starring Virginie Ledoyen which is being shot in English-language and French-language versions. Icon has bought the film for the UK, Vertigo for Spain, Scanbox for Scandinavia and Gussi for Spanish-speaking Latin America. In addition Focus, which will distribute the film itself in North America, sold the film to Odeon in Greece, Shani Film in Israel, Skifan in Iceland, Shaw Brothers in Sing
  • Argentina appoints envoys

    Argentina's Film Institute INCAA has appointed four international representatives to act as "antenna" for the nation's cinema. They include journalist Carlos Hugo Aztarain in Spain, Mar del Plata director Miguel Pereira in the UK, film professor Pablo Perel in Israel and producer Matias Doorn in the US. Two more representatives are set to be named in Brazil and France. "They will serve as a support to Argentineans seeking co-production or distribution abroad, and keep us informe
  • Australia calls for cultural exception

    The Australian Film Commission (AFC) is calling for recognition of the special status of Australia's film and media industries in trade agreements between Australia and the US. The AFC held a briefing in Cannes yesterday (Monday) to coincide with the start of negotiations in Hawaii for a Free Trade Agreement within the World Trade Organisation between the two countries. Australia's film industry is concerned that the agreement could erode its local content regulations and funding mecha
  • AV launches horror genre label

    AV Pictures, the sales outfit launched by ex-Victor Film Company chief Vic Bateman and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels co-financier Angad Paul, has launched genre label Erebus with three productions set to shoot back-to-back from October.Erebus is a three-way joint venture between AV, Vaughn Mullady's production facility TwoPlusOne and Eliane Huss' production company Mercury Films."These films are horror more in the psychological sense," said Huss, who will produce all
  • AV launches horror genre label

    AV Pictures, the sales outfit launched by ex-Victor Film Company chief Vic Bateman and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels co-financier Angad Paul, has launched genre label Erebus with three productions set to shoot back-to-back from October.Erebus is a three-way joint venture between AV, Vaughn Mullady's production facility TwoPlusOne and Eliane Huss' production company Mercury Films."These films are horror more in the psychological sense," said Huss, who will produce all
  • Bavaria busy with award winners

    Bavaria Film International has closed remaining territories on foreign-language Oscar-winner Nowhere In Africa selling to Korea's With Cinema, Finland's Kamras and Portugal's Ecofilmes. Final deals were done on last year's Cannes prize-winner The Man Without A Past, selling Korean rights, also to With Cinema. Korean drama Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...Spring by Kim Ki-duk and Veit Helmer's forthcoming Gate To Heaven were pre-sold to A-Film Distribu
  • Belleville Rendez-Vous (Les Triplettes De Belleville)

    Dir: Sylvain Chomet. France-Canada-Belgium. 2003. 80minsTrailing great advance word of mouth ahead of its Out Of Competition screening at Cannes, and heralded as a new departure for French animation, Belleville Rendez-Vous turns out to be a hugely inventive, visually-striking and often delightful story. However, it is let down by a stop-start storyline and the occasional tendency to allow scenes (and jokes) to run for longer than they should, even if the final running-
  • Bohemian takes delivery of Life

    Bohemian Films, the production, financing and distribution company formed last Cannes by Fran and Kaz Kuzui and Fortissimo principals Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J Werner, has taken delivery of its first film, Last Life In The Universe (pictured). It is expected to appear at a number of autumn festivals. The film, which wrapped in October is a dark comedy about a suicidal Japanese librarian, living in Bangkok, who is forced to hide out after accidentally killing a Yakuza gang
  • Bronfman bids again for Universal

    In the latest back-to-the-beginning twist in the Vivendi Universal saga, the Bronfman family which previously owned Universal Pictures through its Seagram drinks conglomerate, has announced its intention to bid for Vivendi's US assets. Edgar Bronfman Jr informed Vivendi chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou that he and his father are assembling a group to bid for the operations which include Universal. The pair have since suspended their participation in Vivendi board decisions.
  • Brussels flexes tax muscles

    Testament to Cannes's growing role as a film financing arena, some 200 people turned up on Saturday afternoon to a presentation about Belgium's new tax-based film finance system. The scheme, which was greenlit only at the beginning of April and won't see its first productions until late autumn at the earliest, was widely praised by speakers for its simplicity and its compatibility with other European and international soft money schemes. Others worried that internal ceilings could pre
  • Brussels flexes tax muscles

    Testament to Cannes's growing role as a film financing arena, some 200 people turned up on Saturday afternoon to a presentation about Belgium's new tax-based film finance system. The scheme, which was greenlit only at the beginning of April and won't see its first productions until late autumn at the earliest, was widely praised by speakers for its simplicity and its compatibility with other European and international soft money schemes. Others worried that internal ceilings could pre
  • Buyers go to White Castle

    Senator International has completed multiple sales on its slate of new pictures.Among buyers for Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle were Village Roadshow in Australia, Aurum in Spain, Europa in Latin America, Egmont in Scandinavia and RCV in Benelux.For Gold Circle's White Noise starring Michael Keaton, Senator sold to Vertigo in Spain, Dutch Filmworks in Benelux, Shaw in Singapore and Gulf in the Middle East.Romantic comedy Something Borrowed went to
  • Buyers go to White Castle

    Senator International has completed multiple sales on its slate of new pictures.Among buyers for Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle were Village Roadshow in Australia, Aurum in Spain, Europa in Latin America, Egmont in Scandinavia and RCV in Benelux.For Gold Circle's White Noise starring Michael Keaton, Senator sold to Vertigo in Spain, Dutch Filmworks in Benelux, Shaw in Singapore and Gulf in the Middle East.Romantic comedy Something Borrowed went to
  • Cannes breaks out the Bolly

    With Cannes shaping up as the market where the international industry finally comes together with Bollywood, negotiations were reaching fever pitch on Pride And Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical. A bidding war had erupted for Australian/NZ rights by yesterday afternoon - Miramax, which already has North and South American rights, is one company in the frame - while sales agent Pathe UK confirmed that BIM has Italian rights. Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox is set to take I
  • Cannes breaks out the Bolly

    With Cannes shaping up as the market where the international industry finally comes together with Bollywood, negotiations were reaching fever pitch on Pride And Prejudice: The Bollywood Musical. A bidding war had erupted for Australian/NZ rights by yesterday afternoon - Miramax, which already has North and South American rights, is one company in the frame - while sales agent Pathe UK confirmed that BIM has Italian rights. Meanwhile, Twentieth Century Fox is set to take I
  • Cannes goes from feast to famine

    You win some, you lose some. Last year, Cannes was basking in an abundance of riches that ranged from Palme d'Or winner The Pianist to dazzling documentary Bowling For Columbine and red hot discovery City Of God. This year, the collective Competition choices were considered the worst in living memory and some of those memories stretch back almost forty years. Vincent Gallo's monumental folly has already become a defining moment in Cannes history. Awestruck future g
  • Cannes to host piracy summit next year

    Next year's Cannes festival will be host to a conference on anti-piracy issues it was announced after a meeting between MPA chief Jack Valenti and France's minister of culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon. 'We urge the creative community and cinema professionals of France, the US and all countries to join together in a common cause, indispensable to the future of every national cinema industry,' they said in a join statement. They continued: 'This problem demands a political will by go
  • Cannes: only the strong survive

    While there's no question that the international sales business was still reeling from the downturn in European TV, Cannes this year proved that theatrical movies were still capable of drawing solid prices from most territories. "There were fewer viable, real movies, but people who are making real theatrical movies are getting multiple offers," explained Lions Gate Films International co-president Nick Meyer, who had a bumper market with his Paramount co-production The Prince And Th
  • Chen Kaige named guest director at IFP LA film festival

    Chen Kaige, the acclaimed Chinese director of Together and Farewell My Concubine, will be guest director at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival, executive director Dawn Hudson has announced. The 9th annual event runs from Jun 11-21.Kaige's duties will see him host a two-day film-maker retreat, programme a sidebar of personally inspiring films and perform various ancillary tasks.The sidebar selections are Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai, Francis Ford Co
  • China may 'punish' Cannes duo

    China's film censors are reportedly threatening to punish the makers of two films which are screening in Un Certain Regard - Yu Lik-Wai's All Tomorrow Parties and Wang Xiaoshuai's Drifters. Zhou Jiandong, director of the China Film Bureau, said that both films had violated regulations according to a report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Zhou did not say how the filmmakers would be punished although an announcement is expected soon. Both films were shot in China with
  • China may 'punish' Cannes duo

    China's film censors are reportedly threatening to punish the makers of two films which are screening in Un Certain Regard - Yu Lik-Wai's All Tomorrow Parties and Wang Xiaoshuai's Drifters. Zhou Jiandong, director of the China Film Bureau, said that both films had violated regulations according to a report from Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Zhou did not say how the filmmakers would be punished although an announcement is expected soon. Both films were shot in China with
  • DeAPlaneta, Mikado and Kramer launch Argentine outfit

    Spain's DeAPlaneta and Italy's Mikado, both backed by Italian publishing giant DeAgostini, have joined with veteran Argentinean producer Oscar Kramer to form new Argentina-based production company KDM films.With Kramer as president and CEO, KDM aims to make two or three Spanish-language films per year on budgets ranging from Euro 1m-4m. Occasional English-language projects could go as high as Euro 12-15m. International sales agents will be attached on a film-by-film basis althou
  • DeAPlaneta, Mikado and Kramer launch Argentine outfit

    Spain's DeAPlaneta and Italy's Mikado, both backed by Italian publishing giant DeAgostini, have joined with veteran Argentinean producer Oscar Kramer to form new Argentina-based production company KDM films.With Kramer as president and CEO, KDM aims to make two or three Spanish-language films per year on budgets ranging from Euro 1m-4m. Occasional English-language projects could go as high as Euro 12-15m. International sales agents will be attached on a film-by-film basis althou
  • Delhi calls for Calendar Girls' Cole

    Nigel Cole is to direct a film based on the Indian call centre phenomenon, which has seen a slew of UK corporations opening customer service operations in Delhi, and then training Indian workers to talk to callers about British weather, cricket and soaps. The film, which has a working title of The Call Centre, will re-team Cole with Calendar Girls producers Harbour Pictures. Currently in development, the film is being scripted by Sanjeev Bhaskar, the UK comedian and star
  • Delhi calls for Calendar Girls' Cole

    Nigel Cole is to direct a film based on the Indian call centre phenomenon, which has seen a slew of UK corporations opening customer service operations in Delhi, and then training Indian workers to talk to callers about British weather, cricket and soaps. The film, which has a working title of The Call Centre, will re-team Cole with Calendar Girls producers Harbour Pictures. Currently in development, the film is being scripted by Sanjeev Bhaskar, the UK comedian and star
  • Doug Chiang prepares his Robota

    Top visual effects supplier Doug Chiang is putting together Robota, a robot-action adventure which will mix live action and 3D animation. Already backed by French animation house Sparx, Chaing wants to structure the $50m picture as a Euro-US co-venture and is seeking studio-level finance or co-production. Sparx co-chiefs Jean-Christophe Bernard and Guillaume Hellouin will produce. Chiang has scripted and will direct.Taiwan-born Chiang, who has credits including Star Wa
  • Eddie Saeta boards Argentine Chong

    Barcelona-based company Eddie Saeta, producer of Marc Recha's Un Certain Regard entry Where Is Madame Catherine' (Les Mains Buides), has boarded Argentine co-production Chong for director Lucho Bender.The father-son reconciliation tale set in Patagonia will shoot in late 2003 or early 2004. Bender's prior credit is 2000 Gaston Pauls-starrer Merry Christmas (Felicidades).This will mark just the fourth feature film from Eddie Saeta, also active in advertising,
  • Egoli Tossell dives into cash pool

    Egoli Tossell, one of the leading German indie producers, has won itself a pool of fresh cash to boost its development slate. The company, which was involved in last year's Cannes competition title The Russian Ark and Nana Djordjadze's 2000 Directors Fortnight film 27 Missing Kisses, was granted a $1.5m state guarantee by the Berlin city government. New projects benefiting from the fund include Agnieszka Holland's Catherine, Ed Herzog's Lively Up Yourself
  • Elephant

    Dir: Gus Van Sant. US. 2003. 81minsIn recent years Gus Van Sant's erratic career has had all the hallmarks ofan amnesiac desperately seeking clues to his true identity. He has assumedthe ill-fitting personalities of Hitchcock imitator (Psycho) and Dogme-styleexperimenter (Gerry) and even appeared to try cloning himself with a GoodWill Hunting rerun in Finding Forrester. Finally returning to the kind oflyrical, abstract material that made his reputa
  • Elephant stomps up sales

    HBO Films London has done a pile of deals for its two festival films Elephant and American Splendor. Tokyo Theatres bought Elephant for Japan, Bim took it for Italy, Frenetic for Switzerland, Vertigo for Spain, Cineart for Benelux, Atalanta for Portugal, Noah for Israel and Audiovisual for Greece. Sundance winner American Splendor went to Amuse for Japan, Optimum for the UK, Spentzos for Greece, Atalanta for Portugal and Noah for Israel
  • Elephant wins Palme d'Or in Cannes upset

    No prizes for the bookies' favourite Dogville was only the biggest of many surprises at a Cannes closing ceremony attended more by leathery old Cannois, than superstars, or the giants of auteur cinema.In a competition regarded by critics as the worst in many years, and a year swayed by political considerations, the jury was never likely to have followed conventional logic or common expectations.Indeed, the jury sought special permission from the festival to give both the
  • Elephant wins Palme d'Or in Cannes upset

    No prizes for the bookies' favourite Dogville was only the biggest of many surprises at a Cannes closing ceremony attended more by leathery old Cannois, than superstars, or the giants of auteur cinema.In a competition regarded by critics as the worst in many years, and a year swayed by political considerations, the jury was never likely to have followed conventional logic or common expectations.Indeed, the jury sought special permission from the festival to give both the
  • Film Council, BBC, NFB team for $2.6m feature doc fund

    The UK's Film Council and the BBC have partnered with Canada's National Film Board (NFB) to create a $2.6m (Euros 2.1m) fund dedicated to the production of feature-length documentaries for theatrical release. The World Documentary Fund (WDF), unveiled in Cannes, will finance three to four feature documentaries over a period of two years. The three partners will contribute equal amounts to the fund; in return each will receive certain rights to the resulting projects. The BBC wil
  • Firth stars in Beyond's Dead Wait

    Bridget Jones's Diary star Colin Firth is to star in The Dead Wait for Beyond Films.Scheduled to start production early next year on location in South Africa, the project is to be directed by Russian Ark producer Jens Meurer, who directed 1999 Venice Black Panther documentary Public Enemy. The film will tell the story of a man's quest for retribution and is set in present day South Africa and against the bloody, clandestine Angolan War of 1983.
  • Firth stars in Beyond's Dead Wait

    Bridget Jones's Diary star Colin Firth is to star in The Dead Wait for Beyond Films.Scheduled to start production early next year on location in South Africa, the project is to be directed by Russian Ark producer Jens Meurer, who directed 1999 Venice Black Panther documentary Public Enemy. The film will tell the story of a man's quest for retribution and is set in present day South Africa and against the bloody, clandestine Angolan War of 1983.
  • Five world premieres at SF Lesbian & Gay Film Fest

    Jennifer Kroot's Orwellian tale Sirens Of The 23rd Century and Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary People Like Us: Making Philadelphia, are among five world premieres at the upcoming 27th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. With notable emphasis on queer youth and AIDS, the festival will screen 77 films and 194 shorts from 32 countries when it runs from Jun 12-29. Other world premieres include Sascha Rice's love romp Mango Kiss, Cecelia Neant-Faulk'
  • Fortissimo claims record breaking Cannes sales

    Fortissimo Film Sales had a record breaking Cannes festival in a year considered generally morose for the market and disastrous for the competition."We have had our best Cannes in years, possibly our best ever, and there are many more sales to complete in the next few days," said co-chief Wouter Barendrecht. "We were able to do many pre-sales and sold pictures in the territories reputed to be the most difficult. In Italy, which is the weakest at the moment, we sold three or four films,
  • Fox creates US DVD label for Fortune Star

    Fortune Star, the production and distribution arm of Asian regional broadcaster Star TV, has signed a distribution deal with sister company Fox Home Entertainment for release of its classic martial arts library titles in the US.According to Fortune Star general manager Peter Poon, Fox will launch the first batch of library titles on the DVD format in mid-July under a new label. "We then plan to release titles on a quarterly basis over a minimum period of the next three years," s
  • Gallo apologises for 'disastrous' Brown Bunny

    A chastened Vincent Gallo apologised yesterday to financiers and audiences for his film The Brown Bunny, which had a disastrous reception at Cannes."I accept what the critics say," said the movie's outspoken writer-producer-director-editor-cameraman. "If no-one wants to see it, they're right - it's a disaster of a film and it was a waste of time. I apologise to the financiers of the film but I assure you it was never my intention to make a pretentious film, a self-indulgent fi
  • Greenaway saddles up with erotic horsemen

    Peter Greenaway, the experimental British director whose Tulse Luper Suitcases screens in competition tomorrow, has set 55 Men On Horseback as his next film. The long-gestating project is described by his producing partner Kees Kasander as "a very commercial, lighter piece". The Euros 6m-Euros 7m picture draws on 18th Century British painter George Stubbs' series of flying horses and naked riders and tells a tale of a man who tried to seduce a woman by sending mess
  • Haut Et Court adds Cantet-connected pair

    Haut Et Court, the French production company behind competition film Tiresia and anticipated Un Certain Regard picture Who Killed Bambi, has cast Swimming Pool-star Charlotte Rampling in the new psychological drama by hot shot Laurent Cantet. The film, Heading South (Vers Le Sud) is an adaptation of the novel of the same title by Haitian writer Dany Laferriere and sees three middle-aged women travel abroad in order to forget their amorous disappointme
  • Highlight reports increased revenue and profits

    Swiss media concern Highlight Communications has posted a 16% increase in consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2003 in spite of difficult market conditions.The group, which is currently looking to acquire majority control of Germany's Constantin Film where it has a 41.4% interest, reported revenues of $32.7m (CHF 42.3m) - compared to last year's $28.2m (CHF 36.5m) -, while operating earnings surged by 30% to $8.3m (CHF 10.7m) from 2002's $6.3m (CHF 8.2m).Consolidated p
  • Hsu's latest joins 'Changing China' series

    Taiwan's Arc Light Films has set Hsu Hsiao-Ming's Love Of May as the next film in the 'Changing China' series that it is co-producing with France's Pyramide group. A romantic drama about the relationship between a girl from the Chinese mainland and a Taiwanese boy, the film will star Chen Bo-Lin, who also appeared in Arc Light's Blue Gate Crossing, and rising mainland actress Liu Yi-Fei. Taiwanese rock band Wu Yue Tian, aka Mayday, will also star in the film , which will
  • iDreams sets sights on global markets

    iDreams, the film production-distribution house floated by stock broker Sripal Morakhia and responsible for the Indian release of Bend It Like Beckham, is going global. As the company relocates its HQ to London, iDreams now hopes to generate 80% of its revenues from international markets. Sripal Morakhia, chairman of iDreams and head of brokering house SSKI, told The Economic Times that low returns in India and the popularity of crossover movies from Bollywood in internat
  • iDreams sets sights on global markets

    iDreams, the film production-distribution house floated by stock broker Sripal Morakhia and responsible for the Indian release of Bend It Like Beckham, is going global. As the company relocates its HQ to London, iDreams now hopes to generate 80% of its revenues from international markets. Sripal Morakhia, chairman of iDreams and head of brokering house SSKI, told The Economic Times that low returns in India and the popularity of crossover movies from Bollywood in internat
  • Italy's Eagle swoops on its first Korean title

    Korean mini-studio Mirovision has successfully sold its horror hit Phone, directed by Ahn Byung-ki, to Italy's Eagle Pictures. The film is the first ever Korean title for the Italian distributor. The film had previously been sold to Jumbo Films for Thailand, Metropolitan Filmexport for France, Metro Tartan for the UK, A-Films for The Netherlands and Nobel & Partners for Scandinavia. In Japan, where it is handled by Buena Vista International, Phone opened at number
  • Italy's Eagle swoops on its first Korean title

    Korean mini-studio Mirovision has successfully sold its horror hit Phone, directed by Ahn Byung-ki, to Italy's Eagle Pictures. The film is the first ever Korean title for the Italian distributor. The film had previously been sold to Jumbo Films for Thailand, Metropolitan Filmexport for France, Metro Tartan for the UK, A-Films for The Netherlands and Nobel & Partners for Scandinavia. In Japan, where it is handled by Buena Vista International, Phone opened at number
  • Italy's Eagle swoops on its first Korean title

    Korean mini-studio Mirovision has successfully sold its horror hit Phone, directed by Ahn Byung-ki, to Italy's Eagle Pictures. The film is the first ever Korean title for the Italian distributor. The film had previously been sold to Jumbo Films for Thailand, Metropolitan Filmexport for France, Metro Tartan for the UK, A-Films for The Netherlands and Nobel & Partners for Scandinavia. In Japan, where it is handled by Buena Vista International, Phone opened at number
  • Japanese Story sold to US

    Fortissimo Film Sales has sold North American rights to Un Certain Regard title Japanese Story to Samuel Goldwyn Films following a packed final market screening. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Fortissimo by Cinetic Media's John Sloss with Goldwyn's Meyer Gottlieb in Los Angeles and Tom Quinn and Peter Goldwyn in Cannes. Directed by Sue Brooks, Japanese Story is produced by Australia's Gecko Films and stars Toni Collette and Gotaro Tsunashima. Fortissimo has a
  • Johnny English passes $100m in international ticket sales

    Universal/Working Title's smash spy spoof Johnny English passed $100m at the international box office over the weekend.The comedy grossed $3.3m at 2,276 venues in 24 countries for a $102.7m running total after 39 days on release.British comic Rowan Atkinson stars as the bungling junior intelligence officer forced by circumstances to recover the Queen's stolen Crown Jewels.Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors, AntiTrust) directed and the film also stars John Malkovich
  • Korean energy conglomerate enters film funding

    South Korea's Daesung Group, a major energy conglomerate, has unveiled plans to enter the Korean film industry as an investor. The group's initial venture will come in the form of a strategic partnership with production companies EGG Films and Keyweck Shidae. After an initial investment of $250,000 (WON 300m) each in EGG Film's Old Boy (pictured, directed by Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance's Park Chan-wook) and Keyweck Shidae's Appa-hago Na-hago
  • Larry Clark to shoot A Good Way To Die

    Larry Clark is involved in two new projects, one as director and another as executive producer.As a director, Larry Clark has signed on to direct A Good Way To Die, the chronicle of a cross-country odyssey of two young men and the woman they both love based on the novel by cult US writer Jim Harrison. Producer is Thierry de Ganay of Paris and London-based Lambart Productions, with a screenplay by Adam Davidson and Tom Hedley.Asbury Park, the coming-of-age fi
  • Larry Clark to shoot A Good Way To Die

    Larry Clark is involved in two new projects, one as director and another as executive producer.As a director, Larry Clark has signed on to direct A Good Way To Die, the chronicle of a cross-country odyssey of two young men and the woman they both love based on the novel by cult US writer Jim Harrison. Producer is Thierry de Ganay of Paris and London-based Lambart Productions, with a screenplay by Adam Davidson and Tom Hedley.Asbury Park, the coming-of-age fi
  • Lion's Gate enjoys Freshman year

    Lions Gate Films International has sold all key territories to its new titles The Final Cut starring Robin Williams and The Prince And The Freshman with Julia Stiles, the latter of which will be handled by Paramount Pictures.Co-presidents Nick Meyer and Sergei Yershov said that they had sold futuristic thriller The Final Cut to Eagle Pictures in Italy, Filmax in Spain, LNK in Portugal, Les Films de L'Elysee in Benelux, Film+ in Russia and CIS, Scanbox in Scandinavi
  • Lion's Gate enjoys Freshman year

    Lions Gate Films International has sold all key territories to its new titles The Final Cut starring Robin Williams and The Prince And The Freshman with Julia Stiles, the latter of which will be handled by Paramount Pictures.Co-presidents Nick Meyer and Sergei Yershov said that they had sold futuristic thriller The Final Cut to Eagle Pictures in Italy, Filmax in Spain, LNK in Portugal, Les Films de L'Elysee in Benelux, Film+ in Russia and CIS, Scanbox in Scandinavi
  • Lions Gate snaps up Von Trier's Dogville

    LionsGate Films has bought all North American rights to Lars Von Trier's criticallyacclaimed drama Dogville, starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman.TomOrtenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing, Peter Block, president of home entertainment, acquisitionsand new media, and Jason Constantine, vice president of acquisitions,negotiated the deal on behalf of Lions Gate.AnnakarinStrom, chief executive officer of Trust Films and Kasper Soager, manager oflegal and business af
  • Locarno unveils jazzy innovations

    The top trio from the Locarno festival - artistic director Irene Bignardi, president Marco Solari and selector Teresa Cavani - were on hand yesterday to introduce the innovations of this year's festival. The Leopard of Honour will be presented to UK director Ken Loach, while this year's tribute to a producer will go to Vega Film's Ruth Waldburger, a regular partner of Jean-Luc Godard. Other highlights will be a major retrospective about jazz and cinema; a tribute to novelist Fri
  • McTiernan to direct $45m Murder In Canton

    John McTiernan is attached to direct a $45m action adventure Murder In Canton, based on the Judge Dee mystery novel, which Samuel and Victor Hadida's Davis Films and Peter Loehr's Ming Productions will co-produce with backing from TF1. French production house D+ Productions, headed by Francoise DeDeu, will also produce. TF1 International is co-financing and will handle international sales. CAA's John Patak is helping to package the film. The Hadida brothers will distribute in Fr
  • McTiernan to direct $45m Murder In Canton

    John McTiernan is attached to direct a $45m action adventure Murder In Canton, based on the Judge Dee mystery novel, which Samuel and Victor Hadida's Davis Films and Peter Loehr's Ming Productions will co-produce with backing from TF1. French production house D+ Productions, headed by Francoise DeDeu, will also produce. TF1 International is co-financing and will handle international sales. CAA's John Patak is helping to package the film. The Hadida brothers will distribute in Fr
  • Mia Bays goes Missing In Action

    Mia Bays is leaving her post as head of marketing and distribution at UK National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium to launch her own production company, Missing In Action Films.Bays has already assembled a broad slate of commercial and edgier fare, mostly at first draft stage, including horror title Regeneration, thriller Close At Hand and an adaptation of Jay Basu's novel The Stars Can Wait."It is a natural progression for me after 12 years of working
  • Mia Bays goes Missing In Action

    Mia Bays is leaving her post as head of marketing and distribution at UK National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium to launch her own production company, Missing In Action Films.Bays has already assembled a broad slate of commercial and edgier fare, mostly at first draft stage, including horror title Regeneration, thriller Close At Hand and an adaptation of Jay Basu's novel The Stars Can Wait.'It is a natural progression for me after 12 years of working
  • Miramax does the business

    Miramax Films swiftly completed its international sales goals this market, closing a big deal with Gaga Communications in Japan for Shall We Dance, Duplex and Tadpole and with Asmik Ace for Spy Kids 3D and Blue Car, and re-teaming with Svensk Filmindustri in Sandinavia for the first time in a decade for a package of six titles including JM Barrie's Neverland, Scary Movie 3 and Cursed.Miramax International now sells to about 30 territorie
  • Miramax does the business

    Miramax Films swiftly completed its international sales goals this market, closing a big deal with Gaga Communications in Japan for Shall We Dance, Duplex and Tadpole and with Asmik Ace for Spy Kids 3D and Blue Car, and re-teaming with Svensk Filmindustri in Sandinavia for the first time in a decade for a package of six titles including JM Barrie's Neverland, Scary Movie 3 and Cursed.Miramax International now sells to about 30 territorie
  • Miramax goes Dutch with Twin Sisters

    Miramax Films has acquired North American distribution rights from High Point Films to the Dutch local blockbuster Twin Sisters (De Tweeling) directed by Ben Sombogaart. Based on the best-selling novel by Tessa de Loo, the film's set in 1920s Europe and follows two sisters torn apart after their parents die who struggle to reconcile during World War II.Emil Elmer, UK-based manager of acquisitions, brought the project into Miramax and the deal was announced by Agnes Mentre
  • Miramax goes Dutch with Twin Sisters

    Miramax Films has acquired North American distribution rights from High Point Films to the Dutch local blockbuster Twin Sisters (De Tweeling) directed by Ben Sombogaart. Based on the best-selling novel by Tessa de Loo, the film's set in 1920s Europe and follows two sisters torn apart after their parents die who struggle to reconcile during World War II.Emil Elmer, UK-based manager of acquisitions, brought the project into Miramax and the deal was announced by Agnes Mentre
  • Miramax swoops for Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions

    MiramaxFilms has acquired US rights to Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions (LesInvasions Barbares), which won best actress and best screenplay awards atCannes yesterday (May 25).TheFrench-language film is a sequel to Arcand's 1986 Decline Of The AmericanEmpire and centres on a man who spends the last days of his life making peacewith those around him.Marie-JoseeCroze, one of the film's stars, picked up
  • Modigliani finds his muses

    Bauer Martinez Studios has assembled an international cast to join Andy Garcia in Modigliani, a $12m picture about the last days in the life of the famous artist that is scheduled to start shooting in Bucharest on May 25.Elsa Zylberstein will play Jeanne Hebuterne, Omid Djalili will play Picasso, Eva Herzigova will play Picasso's wife Olga, Miriam Margolyes will play Gertrude Stein and Susie Amy will play Beatrice Hastings.The film is to be directed by Mick Davis and is b
  • Montage, Korea's Tube go hunting with Van Helsing

    Montage Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based company with strong Korean connections has become one of the two indie players to get a piece of Universal Pictures' mega-budget, monster hunter adventure Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale.Tube Entertainment will next year handle the Korean release of the picture, having been hired as theatrical distributor by rights holder Montage, which licensed Van Helsing from Focus Features.Gaga Communications bou
  • More foresight than luck for Lucky Red

    Italy's Lucky Red is once again proving its foresight thanks to a string of Cannes acquisitions and co-production deals.Headed by Andrea Occhipinti, Lucky Red has boarded Comme Une Image, the new film from bittersweet comedy duo Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri It features a number of unlikely characters united by a fascination for power. Lucky Red, which co-produced the pair's previous hit The Taste Of Others, joins producer French A4. The Euros 12m film will be sold by
  • More foresight than luck for Lucky Red

    Italy's Lucky Red is once again proving its foresight thanks to a string of Cannes acquisitions and co-production deals.Headed by Andrea Occhipinti, Lucky Red has boarded Comme Une Image, the new film from bittersweet comedy duo Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri It features a number of unlikely characters united by a fascination for power. Lucky Red, which co-produced the pair's previous hit The Taste Of Others, joins producer French A4. The Euros 12m film will be sold by
  • Mumbai meets Macbeth

    South African powerhouse Distant Horizon has picked up world sales rights to Fair Is Foul, an Indian version of Shakespearean classic Macbeth.The film, which is targeting a launch at the Toronto festival, is directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and stars Irfan Khan (star of The Warrior), screen goddess Tabu (pictured) and Pankaj Kapoor with Om Puri, and Naseeruddin Shah. "The unique setting of Shakespeare's classic in the Bombay underworld has given
  • Mumbai meets Macbeth

    South African powerhouse Distant Horizon has picked up world sales rights to Fair Is Foul, an Indian version of Shakespearean classic Macbeth.The film, which is targeting a launch at the Toronto festival, is directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and stars Irfan Khan (star of The Warrior), screen goddess Tabu (pictured) and Pankaj Kapoor with Om Puri, and Naseeruddin Shah. "The unique setting of Shakespeare's classic in the Bombay underworld has given
  • Nicole Kidman graces von Trier with two more

    After some prompting from Lars von Trier, Nicole Kidman confirmed yesterday in Cannes that she will star in his next two films, reprising the role of Grace, the heroine of competition entry Dogville. Von Trier revealed also that the third film in his U.S.A. trilogy - all of which will shoot in the same style - will be called Wasington, and he hopes to start shooting the second, Manderlay, this winter - depending on Kidman's schedule."Yes, I'm making t
  • Nicole Kidman graces von Trier with two more

    After some prompting from Lars von Trier, Nicole Kidman confirmed yesterday in Cannes that she will star in his next two films, reprising the role of Grace, the heroine of competition entry Dogville. Von Trier revealed also that the third film in his U.S.A. trilogy - all of which will shoot in the same style - will be called Wasington, and he hopes to start shooting the second, Manderlay, this winter - depending on Kidman's schedule."Yes, I'm making t
  • Norway's BV boasts its best Cannes

    Norwegian sales outfit BV International has made a number of pre-sales at the Cannes market making it their best ever according to head Bjorg Veland. Director Simon Marshall's quirky thriller Mister Silvester has been sold to Italy, Greece and Turkey to Minerva Pictures and Benelux and Scandinavia to FEG. Gary Sinyor's comedy In Your Dreams went to Falcon Media for German speaking territories, Take Off in France and Myndform for Scandinavia. Both films are p
  • Norway's BV boasts its best Cannes

    Norwegian sales outfit BV International has made a number of pre-sales at the Cannes market making it their best ever according to head Bjorg Veland. Director Simon Marshall's quirky thriller Mister Silvester has been sold to Italy, Greece and Turkey to Minerva Pictures and Benelux and Scandinavia to FEG. Gary Sinyor's comedy In Your Dreams went to Falcon Media for German speaking territories, Take Off in France and Myndform for Scandinavia. Both films are p
  • Overseas plunges into Dungeons again

    Overseas Filmgroup has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Dungeons And Dragons: The Sequel to be produced by Zinc Entertainment, a division of Joel Silver's Silver Pictures, and Marching Band Productions in association with Sweetpea Entertainment. Warner Home Video is handling video rights in the US and certain territories. Marching Band was the principal financier of Masked And Anonymous starring Bob Dylan and is run by Anatoly Fradis and Joseph Cohen. The
  • Oz caper picked up by Myriad's radar

    Myriad Pictures has acquired worldwide rights excluding Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea to Australian comedy caper Under The Radar directed by Evan Clarry and produced by Chris Brown and Chris Fitchett of Picture In Paradise Productions.The film stars Nathan Phillips, Steady Eddy, Clayton Watson and Chloe Maxwell as a group of four twenty-somethings who find themselves caught in the crossfire between two rival street gangs on a road trip.The deal was brokered by Jen
  • Paramount to remake Italian drama Three Wives

    Paramount Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire English-language remake rights to Italian drama Three Wives (Tre Mogli). The film, originally directed by Marco Risi in 2001, starts with three women from different social classes whose husbands disappear on New Year's Eve after a bank robbery. The story is a journey of love and self-discovery as the trio travel to Argentina to find their errant spouses.The remake is being set-up through Tollin/Robbins Productions, th
  • Paramount to remake Italian drama Three Wives

    Paramount Pictures is in final negotiations to acquire English-language remake rights to Italian drama Three Wives (Tre Mogli). The film, originally directed by Marco Risi in 2001, starts with three women from different social classes whose husbands disappear on New Year's Eve after a bank robbery. The story is a journey of love and self-discovery as the trio travel to Argentina to find their errant spouses.The remake is being set-up through Tollin/Robbins Productions, th
  • Party Monster to open 21st Outfest

    Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's paean to 1980s excess Party Monster will open Outfest 2003, the Los Angeles-based lesbian and gay film festival that celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.The event, which runs from Jul 10-21 and is lining up 188 films from 26 countries, will close with Emile Gaudreault's coming out farce Mambo Italiano.This year's Awards Night film on Jul 20 is Alex Steyermark's Prey For Rock And Roll, which stars Gina Gershon as the le
  • Prague's Stillking plans English-language Moscow hostage feature

    Acclaimed Czech commercials director Ivan Zacharias has signed onto an original English-language feature about last year's Moscow hostage crisis titled Russian Theatre, Prague's Stillking Films has announced.It is the first foray into original production announced by Stillking, a leading Prague production services company. The firm has slated the filming of Russian Theatre for late 2003. The project also marks the feature debut of Zacharias, a director who has won interna
  • Rai takes Heart Elsewhere

    Rai Trade, the film sales arm of Italian state broadcast-production and distribution group Rai, has had a successful time this year at Cannes.It has signed a string of sales on competition film The Heart Elsewhere (Il Cuore Al Trove) which is directed by celebrated auteur Pupi Avati, who nowadays doubles up as the head of the Cinecitta studios. The film was sold to Art Film for Brazil, Cine Video Y TV for Mexico, to Edko for Hong Kong, Palace for Australia, Shoval for Is
  • Rainstorm, Uncharted Territory team for Juggernaut

    Steven Kaplan, Gregg Daniel and Richard Katz's fledgling LA-based production company Rainstorm Entertainment is teaming up with Volker Engel and Marc Weigert's Uncharted Territory on the second world war drama Juggernaut.The film concerns the fate of two brothers and is set in the North African desert as the Allies battle Rommel's fearsome Panzer divisions. Production is due to begin in early 2004.Bringing special effects experts Engel and Weigert into the partnership wil
  • Reconstruction

    Dir: Christoffer Boe. Denmark. 2003. 89minsAfter sowing its wild oats, Dogme has settled down and started a family. Christoffer Boe, one of the first products of this post-Lars generation, is not so much concerned with stripping cinema down to its basics as with manipulating its shimmering surface. The first full-length feature to come out of the Hr. Boe & Co creative team - a group of graduates of the National Film School of Denmark that includes producer Tine Grew Pfeiffer,
  • Saidel's sales house gets name change

    Max Saidel's recently formed sales house has changed its name from Slav International to Vision International. The company, which comes to Cannes with a bulging slate of international art-house and smaller commercial titles, is celebrating the success of Toutes Les Filles Sont Folles, which is the first film to be handled by Euripede Distribution, its French releasing arm. The picture, directed by Pascale Pouzadoux, scored over 140,000 admissions in its first week on Fren
  • Samuel Goldwyn takes US on Anything But Love

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up US distribution rights to Anything But Love (formerly Standard Time), a throwback to the 1950s Technicolor musicals that is set for theatrical release this autumn.The film was co-written by director Robert Cary and Isabel Rose, who stars plays an aspiring nightclub singer who becomes involved in a love triangle.Andrew McCarthy (Pretty In Pink), Cameron Bancroft (Mystery, Alaska) and Eartha Kitt also star.The d
  • Samy Boy Entertainment appoints Kevin Riley as CFO

    Former New Regency director of operations Kevin Riley has joined Los Angeles-based financing and production company Samy Boy Entertainment as chief financial officer.In his new role, Riley will oversee daily operations of the company's film division and supervise the development and production departments.Prior to joining the company, Riley held senior media-related posts at both Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox."We had been looking for someone with the financial,
  • Schenz promoted to senior VP at Intermedia

    Greg Schenz has been promoted to senior vice president of business and legal affairs for Intermedia, Jon Gumpert, vice-chairman and head of motion picture operations, announced.Continuing to report to Gumpert, Schenz will expand his role in negotiating deals with above-the-line talent and in financing and co-production transactions.In addition, he will serve as Intermedia's business affairs and legal liaison to I.S. Film Distribution, the fledgling joint venture between Intermed
  • Scott-Thomas steals Lupin role

    Kristin Scott-Thomas will co-star with Romain Duris in Arsene Lupin, a big-budget story of 19th century adventure, romance and burglary.The film to be directed by Jean-Paul Salome is an adaptation of La Comtesse De Cagliostro, the first of the celebrated Lupin novels by Maurice Leblanc. The screenplay is by Salome and Laurent Vachard. The French-language film is budgeted at Euros 23m and produced by Stephane Marsil's Hugo Films and TF1 International. The film will
  • Secretary whips up Metro Tartan's biggest UK opening

    Despite six new entries taking up residence in the UK's top 15 chart this week nothing could come close to challenging 20th Century Fox's X2: X-Men United.The blockbuster enjoyed a third weekend at the top, dropping just 31% from the previous weekend to take $3.4m (£2.1m) from 468 sites - an average of $7,336 per location. X2, which has earned $27.2m (£16.7m) so far in the UK, will face its first substantial competition next weekend which sees the launch of Warner Bros'
  • Spain's Filmax boards UGC's Daltons

    Spanish mini-studio Filmax has boarded UGC's mega-production The Daltons, signing on as co-producer and picking up distribution rights in both Spain and Latin America.The $26m live-action comedy, whose characters are adapted from the hugely successful Lucky Luke comic book series, is to be directed by Philippe Haim and shoot in Spain this autumn. Filmax, whose involvement in this project signals new directions for both its production and distribution activities, sa
  • Spain's Filmax sees the light with Darkness

    Spain's Filmax has closed remaining territories on Jaume Balaguero's Darkness and closed the first sales on the director's highly-anticipated follow-up, Fragile. Darkness has sold to Germany (Splendid Film) and remaining territories in Latin America including Mexico (Videocine Quality Films), Brazil-Colombia-Peru-Bolivia-Ecuador (Consorcio Europa) and Argentina-Paraguay-Uruguay-Chile (CDI Films). Other territories sold include Israel (Noah Communications) and Czech
  • Spice Factory finds Lost partner in US

    US-based Alchemedia Entertainment and the UK's Spice Factory have partnered on supernatural horror movie Lost.The title is the latest Spice Factory project to be pumped through Darclight Films, the genre label of worldwide sales agent Arclight Films. Produced by Billy Dietrich, Jason Piette, Michael Cowan and Maxime Remillard, the picture is the Welsh-set story of four college students who set out for a rave discover an ancient portal to Hell.Financing will come from Movi
  • Spice Factory finds Lost partner in US

    US-based Alchemedia Entertainment and the UK's Spice Factory have partnered on supernatural horror movie Lost.The title is the latest Spice Factory project to be pumped through Darclight Films, the genre label of worldwide sales agent Arclight Films. Produced by Billy Dietrich, Jason Piette, Michael Cowan and Maxime Remillard, the picture is the Welsh-set story of four college students who set out for a rave discover an ancient portal to Hell.Financing will come from Movi
  • Spice Factory finds Lost partner in US

    US-based Alchemedia Entertainment and the UK's Spice Factory have partnered on supernatural horror movie Lost.The title is the latest Spice Factory project to be pumped through Darclight Films, the genre label of worldwide sales agent Arclight Films. Produced by Billy Dietrich, Jason Piette, Michael Cowan and Maxime Remillard, the picture is the Welsh-set story of four college students who set out for a rave discover an ancient portal to Hell.Financing will come from Movi
  • Stormy Weather

    Dir: Solveig Anspach. France-Iceland-Belgium. 2003. 90minsA compact little film destined to do well on TV screens, and with careful handling on the arthouse circuit as well, Solveig Anspach's third feature goes back to medical matters, but is quite different from those she explored in her Haut Les Coeurs' debut. This time, she deals with the relations between a French psychiatrist and her mysterious patient, but to her credit, and unlike the dictates of the genre, she
  • Strayed (Les Egares)

    Dir: Andre Techine. France. 2003. 95minsTender and tasteful, Strayed (Les Egares) takes a conventional approach to what will seem familiar material to most international audiences. Set amid sun-dappled vistas of rural France, it captures the conflicting emotions and underlying tensions of a lyrical interlude stolen from the chaos of wartime uncertainty. The star presence of Emmanuelle Beart and the popularity of the Gilles Perault novel upon which it is base
  • Strayed (Les Egares)

    Dir: Andre Techine. France. 2003. 95minsTender and tasteful, Strayed (Les Egares) takes a conventional approach to what will seem familiar material to most international audiences. Set amid sun-dappled vistas of rural France, it captures the conflicting emotions and underlying tensions of a lyrical interlude stolen from the chaos of wartime uncertainty. The star presence of Emmanuelle Beart and the popularity of the Gilles Perault novel upon which it is base
  • Summit dons Maybury's Jacket

    Summit Entertainment has added The Jacket, a new film from Mandalay Pictures to its sales slate. Mark Wahlberg is attached to star in the lead role of the drama which is the first US film from the UK's John Maybury (Love Is The Devil).A co-production between Mandalay and Section Eight, the Warner-based production outfit of Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, the film will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros, although it is unclear as yet whether it will go throug
  • Summit dons Maybury's Jacket

    Summit Entertainment has added The Jacket, a new film from Mandalay Pictures to its sales slate. Mark Wahlberg is attached to star in the lead role of the drama which is the first US film from the UK's John Maybury (Love Is The Devil).A co-production between Mandalay and Section Eight, the Warner-based production outfit of Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, the film will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros, although it is unclear as yet whether it will go throug
  • That Day (Ce Jour-La)

    Dir: Raoul Ruiz. France-Switzerland. 2003. 105minsLong-term followers of the maverick Raoul Ruiz - or indeed, viewers who discovered him through his unlikely 2001 box-office hit Time Regained - are used to expecting the unexpected. But the Swiss-set That Day (Ce Jour-La) is unpredictable largely for being uncharacteristically predictable, even mechanical. This macabre black comedy, which premiered in competition at Cannes, should attract business in F
  • The Brown Bunny

    Dir: Vincent Gallo. US. 2003. 118minsA theory began circulating in Cannes after the press showing of The Brown Bunny, Vincent Gallo's astonishingly self-indulgent second film as director (and producer, and scriptwriter, and... see the credits below for more details). The theory was that the whole thing was actually a wind-up perpetrated at the expense of the Cannes selectors, who must have been gagging to have the high-profile, prickly American maverick in competition.
  • The Hours Of The Day (Las Horas Del Dia)

    Dir: Jaime Rosales. Spain. 2003. 110mins.Spanish film-maker Jaime Rosales' The Hours Of The Day (Las Horas Del Dia) marks a confident debut feature, and one which should have no trouble finding a niche on the festival circuit - as its acceptance in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes testifies. It may also clinch a limited number of sales to arthouse distributors thanks to both the universality and morbidity of its Everyman-gone-bad tale. In a vote of confidence, Bavaria Fi
  • Top Spanish talent in LaZona

    New Spanish production company LaZona Films, launched in January, has unveiled its first slate of films featuring some of the talent behind the biggest Spanish box office hits of recent years.With Or Without Love is to be written and directed by David Serrano, who scripted Spain's top grossing film last year, The Other Side Of The Bed. Like Bed, Love is a musical comedy. Set to shoot in June 2004, the film marks Serrano's second feature as director following forth
  • Top Spanish talent in LaZona

    New Spanish production company LaZona Films, launched in January, has unveiled its first slate of films featuring some of the talent behind the biggest Spanish box office hits of recent years.With Or Without Love is to be written and directed by David Serrano, who scripted Spain's top grossing film last year, The Other Side Of The Bed. Like Bed, Love is a musical comedy. Set to shoot in June 2004, the film marks Serrano's second feature as director following forth
  • Trudie Styler frustrated at Sweatbox delay

    Trudie Styler faces a battle with Walt Disney to secure a release for The Sweatbox, the critically acclaimed documentary on the making of a Walt Disney feature animation which she co-directed and co-produced with John-Paul Davidson.Styler was expecting a release through BVI but parent Disney has yet to commit to airing the warts and all documentary, filmed while husband Sting was composing songs for The Emperor's New Groove."I can't understand why they are not rele
  • Tube speeds to Shochiku

    A major Japanese deal for its top action title has crowned the return to market of Korea's Tube Entertainment. Tube Entertainment has had a convoluted corporate history and returned to Cannes this year as a seller for the first time since regaining its independence from an on-off takeover by CJ Entertainment.Its Speed-style underground action flick Tube is poised to be sold to a resuscitated Shochiku for a price comfortably into seven figures. The $5m picture direc
  • UA captures Osama

    United Artists has acquiredthe North American rights to Siddiq Barmak's acclaimed Directors' Fortnightentry Osama, the first film to beshot entirely in Afghanistan since the rise and fall of the Taliban. The film was rapturouslyreceived in Cannes last week, where Screen International described it as "astriking, very accessible portrait of life under the Taliban."Osama receivedthe prestigious Special Mention for the Camera D'Or as well as the prize forBest Fi
  • UGC rides into Davies' Sunset

    UGC Films UK has pre-bought UK theatrical rights to Terence Davies' upcoming adaptation of Scottish novel Sunset Song.Producers Bob Last and Ginnie Atkinson are also in final negotiations with Janine Gold and Natalie Brenner's Element X for the project to join that sales company's debut international slate. Visionview, the UK tax financier which is backing Element X, is in final talks to invest in the SellOut Pictures production, due to start shooting late summer.T
  • UGC rides into Davies' Sunset

    UGC Films UK has pre-bought UK theatrical rights to Terence Davies' upcoming adaptation of Scottish novel Sunset Song.Producers Bob Last and Ginnie Atkinson are also in final negotiations with Janine Gold and Natalie Brenner's Element X for the project to join that sales company's debut international slate. Visionview, the UK tax financier which is backing Element X, is in final talks to invest in the SellOut Pictures production, due to start shooting late summer.T
  • UGC rides into Davies' Sunset

    UGC Films UK has pre-bought UK theatrical rights to Terence Davies' upcoming adaptation of Scottish novel Sunset Song.Producers Bob Last and Ginnie Atkinson are also in final negotiations with Janine Gold and Natalie Brenner's Element X for the project to join that sales company's debut international slate. Visionview, the UK tax financier which is backing Element X, is in final talks to invest in the SellOut Pictures production, due to start shooting late summer.T
  • UK's Metrodome is high on Life

    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired all rights to Isabel Coixet's Berlin title My Life Without Me and video rights to Kenneth Bowser's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, which played in Cannes' Official Selection.My Life Without Me stars Sarah Polley and Mark Ruffalo in the story of a young woman who determines to put her family's life in order when she is diagnosed with cancer and given only a few months to live. Metrodome will release Easy Riders, Raging Bull
  • Universal to deliver Twins

    Universal Pictures International has picked up UK, Australian, German, Italian and Scandinavian rights to Hong Kong director Dante Lam's vampire thriller Twins Effect. The film is being handled by Arclight Films. The deal was brokered by Wayne Borg, Peter Smith and Phil Rudge for Universal and managing director Gary Hamilton for Arclight.The picture, produced by Emperor Multimedia Group and the UK's Spice Factory, was sold during the AFM to Columbia TriStar Home Entertain
  • Universal to deliver Twins

    Universal Pictures International has picked up UK, Australian, German, Italian and Scandinavian rights to Hong Kong director Dante Lam's vampire thriller Twins Effect. The film is being handled by Arclight Films. The deal was brokered by Wayne Borg, Peter Smith and Phil Rudge for Universal and managing director Gary Hamilton for Arclight.The picture, produced by Emperor Multimedia Group and the UK's Spice Factory, was sold during the AFM to Columbia TriStar Home Entertain
  • Vincent Gallo defends his Bunny

    Although The Brown Bunny left critics cold - it is currently the worst-rated competition film ever to be judged by Screen International's critics' jury, behind both Johnny Depp's The Brave and Mathieu Kassovitz' Assassins - producer-director-actor-writer-editor-camera operator Vincent Gallo lifted the press out of mid-festival doldrums yesterday with a rousing defence of his work. Winona Ryder, however, might not be so pleased to hear herself described as a "ball-b
  • Vincent Gallo defends his Bunny

    Although The Brown Bunny left critics cold - it is currently the worst-rated competition film ever to be judged by Screen International's critics' jury, behind both Johnny Depp's The Brave and Mathieu Kassovitz' Assassins - producer-director-actor-writer-editor-camera operator Vincent Gallo lifted the press out of mid-festival doldrums yesterday with a rousing defence of his work. Winona Ryder, however, might not be so pleased to hear herself described as a "ball-b
  • Walden Media journeys to Verne, Shakespeare

    Cary Granat's Walden Media, the backer of James Cameron's out-of-competition Cannes screener Ghosts Of The Abyss, is to produce a big-budget 3-D movie of Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth as well as a new family film of Shakespeare's As You Like It.Walden will next go into production on The Giver, a film version of Lois Lowry's classic children's novel starring Jeff Bridges and co-produced with his As Is Productions.Walden is currently
  • Walden Media journeys to Verne, Shakespeare

    Cary Granat's Walden Media, the backer of James Cameron's out-of-competition Cannes screener Ghosts Of The Abyss, is to produce a big-budget 3-D movie of Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth as well as a new family film of Shakespeare's As You Like It.Walden will next go into production on The Giver, a film version of Lois Lowry's classic children's novel starring Jeff Bridges and co-produced with his As Is Productions.Walden is currently
  • Weg India on US shopping spree

    Indian sales and distribution company Weg India is becoming an aggressive buyer of US product snapping up Indian rights to five pictures during this market so far. Among the pictures acquired by Weg are three from Franchise Pictures - The In-Laws, starring Michael Douglas, The Whole Ten Yards with Bruce Willis and Alex And Emma starring Kate Hudson. The company has also bought Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle from Senator International and Wrong Turn
  • Who Killed Bambi' (Qui A Tue Bambi')

    Dir: Gilles Marchand. France. 2003. 126minsStrip away the veneer of sophisticated film technique and the delusions of artistic merit and Who Killed Bambi' is just another crude scary movie. Best known as the co-writer of the Hitchcockian delight Harry, A Friend Who Is Happy To Help, Gilles Marchand displays an aptitude for generating and sustaining suspense but his directorial debut is badly let down by ludicrous plotting and a heroine who continues to be naive
  • X2 hits $150m at international box office

    Fox International's sci-fi sequel X2: X-Men United reached $150m in international ticket sales over the weekend.The comic book adaptation grossed $18.5m in its third weekend on release and was the second biggest international film of the weekend behind Warner Bros' The Matrix Reloaded.X2 fared best in those territories where The Matrix Reloaded has not yet been released. It remained number one in the UK, dropping 32% on $3.3m from 464 sites for a $26.
  • Zentropa, Nimbus continue Nordisk romance

    The prolific Danish production outfits Zentropa and Nimbus Film have extended their output deal with exhibition-distribution major Nordisk Film for another two years. The deal includes a number of new films from directors such as Annette K. Olesen, Per Fly, Susanne Bier, Soren Kragh Jacobsen, Natasha Arthy, Aage Rais Nordentoft, Anders Gustafsson and Hans Fabian Wullenweber. However, since the deal leaves it up to the producers to go to the highest bidder once the budget passes

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