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23 April 2006

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  • 14 projects line up for Sundance Director and Screenwriters Labs

    14 projects have beenselected for the Sundance Institute's annual June Directors and ScreenwritersLabs, set to take place in Utah from May 29-Jun 29.The Labs give emergingfilmmakers the chance to work under the guidance of experienced mentors, whothis year include Atom Egoyan, Harold Ramis, Robert Redford, Antonia Bird,Caleb Deschanel, Keith Gordon, and Gary Winick.This year's projectsselected for the June Directors Lab from May 29-Jun 24 are: A Breath Away from Kit Hui (
  • Akeelah And The Bee

    Dir: Doug Atchison. US.2006. 112mins.The story of a young girl's unlikely journey from anunder-funded school to the National Spelling Bee finals, Akeelah And The Bee is an inspirational dramapowered by template familiarity and an abundance of earnestness. The winner ofthe 2000 Nicholl Fellowship, a screenwriting competitionsponsored by the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, writer-directorDoug At
  • Annaud feature in talks for Iberian shoot

    Spanish studio Ciudad De LaLuz is in advance negotiations to bring Jean-Jacques Annaud'slatest feature to its sound stages. Minor,which is billed as a mythological and pagan comedy set in an era before Homer,is scheduled to shoot around the end of the year.The French film-maker's newproject - produced with Xavier Castano through theircompany Reperage - is just one of severalinternational shoots which the studio, known as City Of Light in English, haspencilled in for 2006-2007. I
  • Arclight grabs worldwide rights to India-set Rajapur

    Arclight Films has picked up worldwide rights to Nanda Anand's romanticepic Return To Rajapur andwill commence sales at Cannes.The US-India co-production, a story of love and destinywhich takes place in a Northern India desert city, makes its world premiere atTribeca on Ap
  • Asia, Latin America boost involvement in Cannes Market

    Despite the lack of Asian films in official selection this year, producers,distributors and sales agents from the region are upping their participation atthe Cannes Market.Market president Jerome Paillard told ScreenDaily.comthat the current overall inscription rate is up 8% over last year with morethan 10,000 participants.Most notably, Asian involvement is up 23% on last year and will representabout 16% of the total, almost on par with US participation. China, India,Indo
  • Baranski and Runge compete for Karlovy Vary grand prize

    Andrzej Baranski'sSeveral People, Little Time and BjornRunge's Mouth To Mouth will compete for the grand prize at the 41stKarlovy Vary International Film Festival. Several People, LittleTime, an intimate psychological drama inspired by the relationship betweenthe Polish poet Miron Bialoszewskiand a blind woman. It stars Krystyna Janda who won the best actress award at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynialast year for her ro
  • Bavaria sells Into Great Silence to four more territories

    TheUK's Soda Pictures and Australia's DendyFilms are among the latest distributors to have picked up Philip Groening's documentary IntoGreat Silence on life in the legendary Carthusianorder of monks.Salesagent Bavaria Film International has also sold all rights to Canada
  • Border Post unites former Yugoslav states

    Croatian director Rajko Grlic has scored a highly significant hit throughout the former Yugoslavian states with Border Post (Karaula).Grlicwas one of the most important representatives of the Prague film school whoenjoyed a series of successes with You Only Love Once (1981)and In The Jaws Of Life (1984), and made influential movies suchas Three For Happiness (1985) and Charuga (1991). The significance of his new film is not about box office as much as the
  • Brad Anderson returns with Transsiberian

    Spain's Filmax has unveiled the first details ofdirector Brad Anderson's follow-up to well-received horror film The Machinist, a new thriller called Transsiberian.Principal photography is setto crank up in October with an international cast shooting between Spain and Eastern Europe.Horror title The Machinis
  • Canadian, Greek shoot starts for Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces

    Serendipity Point Films has started principal photography on its drama Fugitive Pieces. Jeremy Podeswa isdirecting and also adapted the screenplay from Anne Michaels' book of the samename. The story follows a Jewish-Polish boy who is orphaned during WWII, saved bya Greek archaelogist, and later finds love as an adult living in Toronto. The shoot will continue through June 20 in Toronto and the Greek Islands ofHydra and Lesbos. Stephen Dillane, R
  • Cannes competition entry faces Chinese censor

    LouYe's Summer Palace, the sole Chinese film incompetition at Cannes this year, will be screened for the China Film Bureaulater this week in what should be an interesting test case of the country'scurrent censorship environment.
  • Cannes Europe Day takes global distribution theme

    The CannesFilm Festival has announced plans for its fourth annual Europe Day to take placeon May 23.The maintheme to be discussed will be "European Films Go Global;" with discussionscentering on getting European films seen on as many screens around the world aspossible.Filmprofessionals will gather with European culture ministers and representativesof the European Commission.Ministerswho have confirmed their participation include those from the
  • Cannes Europe Day takes global distribution theme

    The CannesFilm Festival has announced plans for its fourth annual Europe Day to take placeon May 23.The maintheme to be discussed will be "European Films Go Global;" with discussionscentering on getting European films seen on as many screens around the world aspossible.Filmprofessionals will gather with European culture ministers and representativesof the European Commission.Ministerswho have confirmed their participation include those from the
  • Cannes festival line-up

    Opening filmThe Da Vinci Code (dir:Ron Howard)Closing filmTransylvania (Tony Gatlif)Official selection - Out Of Competition special screeningsUnited 93 (Paul Greengrass)X-Men 3: The Last Stand (Brett Ratner)Over The Hedge (Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick) Official selection: Midnight screeningsShortbus (John Cameron Mitchell)Election 2 (Johnnie To)Guisi (Silk) (Su Chao-pin)
  • Cannes police threaten symbolic strike on festival's opening day

    Municipal police in Cannes have threatened to strike for less than one houron the opening day of the Cannes Film Festival, May 17.Agence France Presse reports that disgruntled police officers unhappy withsanctions, pressures and insufficient safety measures have said they willregister their formal intent to strike on May 10 should no solutions be found.May 10 is the deadline to register in order to comply with the law and be ableto strike on opening night.The idea appears to be
  • Capital festivals benefit from Film London fund

    A dozen London film festivals areto benefit from Film London's Audience Development Fund over the next sixmonths.They are:Black FilmmakersMagazine International Film Festival (September 8-16) £5,000Bird's Eye V
  • Chadha to shoot JR in Dallas remake

    Gurinder Chadha has confirmed that she is to direct Twentieth Century Fox's screen adaptation of TV series Dallas(which ran from 1978-1991.)Thefilm, scripted by Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias), will star JohnTravolta as Texas oil magnate JR Ewing and Jennifer Lopez as hishard-drinking wife, Sue Ellen. Luke Wilson and Shirley Maclaine are inadvanced negotiations to play Bobby Ewing and Miss Ellie.Chadha acknowledged that the film, due to shoot in the autumn, willhave "a Sy
  • Christen to head Tokyo operations for Unifrance

    French film export body Unifrance has named Valerie-Anne Christen to head up its operations in Tokyo.The posting was announced Wednesday with Christen set to run Asian affairs for the organisation outside China, Hong Kong and Taiwan which are overseen by Christine Pernin based in Beijing.Christen was formerly head of international sales for Japanese production company 100 Meter Films Production. She will take up her functions as of May 2.Unifrance has been busy restructuring its foreign
  • CineLink selects 11 projects for 2006 market

    CineLink, the Sarajevo Film Festival'sco-production market for South Eastern Europe created in 2002 in co-operation with Rotterdam's CineMart, hasselected 11 projects for this year. The 2006 CineLink selection is:Alive, written and directed by Artan Minarolli, AlbaniaCircus Fantastikus, written and directed b
  • Cronica De Una Fuga moves into Cannes competition

    As Cannes Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux predicted, there has been an addition to theofficial competition for this year's festival.CronicaDe Una Fugaby Adrian Caetano has moved from Un Certain Regard tothe main competition section while Murali K. Thalluri's debut Two Thirty 7, has been placed in UnCertain Regard. The first film hails from Argentina,the second from
  • Czech parliament approves big boost to state film fund

    Film-makers have welcomed the decision of the lower house ofthe Czech parliament to approve an amendment to film law which would morethan triple the size of the State Fund for the Support and Development of CzechCinematography. But the decision has upset exhibitors, broadcasters andrental shops who will be expected to foot some of the bill.Overriding recommendations of the upper house, the Chamberof Deputies passed legislation that would increase the annual size of the fundfrom
  • Da VInci Code backer pulls out of film business

    InvictaCapital is to quit the UK film business, says managing director Niall Bamford.
  • Da Vinci Code backer pulls out of film business

    InvictaCapital is to quit the UK film business, says managing director Niall Bamford.TheLondon-based c
  • DeA Planeta to launch new international sales arm

    Spanish-Italian media venture DeAPlaneta will launch a new international sales department at Cannes, headed by CFOGonzalo Martin.Current acquisitions directorYolanda del Val and sales manager Laia Medina will handle day-to-day work.The company's slate will spanin-house productions, co-productions an
  • Dehmel, Cordova get vp stripes at Fox International

    Craig Dehmel has beenpromoted to vice president of sales and strategic planning and Peter Cordovahas been promoted to vice president of finance at Fox International.Dehmel will report tocompany co-presidents Tomas Jegeus and Paul Hanneman and will manage releaseplanning and execution for all Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Atomic, FoxAnimation, New Regency and Fox Searchlight theatrical releases, as well as acquisitionsin over 60 markets worldwide.Cordov
  • DeVito stars in Kindred Media Group's One Part Sugar

    Jeffrey D Erb's US-based Kindred Media Group has startedproduction on Hart Bochner's comedic fable One Part Sugar starring Danny DeVito and Dylan Walsh.
  • Dombivli-Fast wins top jury prize at LA Indian fest

    NishikantKamat's Dombivli-Fast won the grandjury prize for best feature and Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal's BombayCalling took corresponding documentaryhonours as the 4th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles closed at the weekend.
  • EFP selects 22 producers for Cannes Producers On The Move

    European Film Promotion(EFP) has selected 22 aspiring producers for the Producers On The Movenetworking initiative that will take place during Cannes.The initiative, supported bythe European Union's the MEDIA Programme, offers young filmmakers the chance tomeet and discuss projects with members of the press and industry executives.Producers On The Move hasspotlighted approximately 100 producers since it launched in 2000.The selected filmmakers andthe companies they work f
  • Epstein rejoins Littles at Little Film Company

    Los Angeles-based productionand worldwide sales company Little Film Company has hired Clay Epstein as vicepresident of sales and acquisitions.Epstein will report directlyto company chiefs Robbie and Ellen Little and will oversee sales, distributionand marketing of the slate, as well as identifying potential acquisitions.Prior to joining The LittleFilm Company, Epstein served more than four years as sales executive at FirstLook Studios (formerly First Look Med
  • Estate of late Disney animator endows $5m to LA film school

    Theestate of Disney animation artist John C Hench has made a $5m endowment gift tocreate the John C Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts at theUniversity of Southern California's (USC) School of Cinema-Television.
  • Finland's Salmenpera starts Man's Job shoot

    Finnishdirector Aleksi Salmenpera has started shooting his second feature Man's Job (Miehen tyo).Salmenpera also wrote Man'sJob, the story of an unemployed man who becomes a gigolo to support hisfamily. The cast features Tommi Korpela, JaniVolanen and Maria Heiskanen. Petri Jokiranta and TeroKaukomaa are producing forBlind Spot Pictures. They expect delivery by the end of 2006. Salmenpera's 2004 debut ProducingAdults (Lapsia jaa
  • Fortissimo boards Tsai Ming-liang's I Don't Want To Sleep Alone

    FortissimoFilms has acquired worldwide sales rights to Tsai Ming-liang'sI Don't Want To Sleep Alone, set in Malaysia.Thefilm is one of the seven New Crowned Hope (NCH) projects, which willbe shown at Vienna's NCH festival inNovembercelebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.IDon't Want
  • French-Canadian drama opens Manchester Commonwealth festival

    Sebastian Rose's Life With MyFather (La Vie Avec Mon Pere) opens the Manchester annualCommonwealth Film Festival (ComFEST06) tommorow night.The event features nine strands with films fromCommonwealth countries, including India, Australia and Canada.It will also include its established Queerscreensection of gay and lesbian cinema."Notonly will COMFEST06 provide a fascinating showcase for the talent of filmmakers from all ov
  • German media funds lobby for access to private capital

    The German mediafund lobby group Bundesverband PrivatkapitalFilm & Medien (BPFM) has entered the debate onthe future of film financing in Germany as the Angela Merkel administrationprepares to unveil a new financial instrument by July 1. In a ten-pointplan, BPFM managing director and media lawyer Robert Strassercalled for "a practical regulation which enables German productions tohave access to private capital, motivates t
  • Holloway moves from Lionsgate to Fox Searchlight in national publicity

    Melissa Holloway (pictured) hasleft Lionsgate to become vice president of national publicity at FoxSearchlight.She started work on Apr 24and reports to chief operating officer Nancy Utley.Holloway joined Lionsgate inJanuary 2001 and served as vice president of publicity since 2004, overseeingcampaigns for this year's best picture Oscar winner Crash, Monster's Ball,Amores Perros, Shattered Glass, Secretary, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Saw,among others.
  • Horizon picks up international on Thai/US co-production Journey

    Vancouver-based Horizon Entertainment has picked up allinternational rights to Vietnamese-American director Ham Tran's Thai-US co-productionJourney From The Fall.
  • Ice Age 2 cracks $300m at international box office

    Fox International's Ice Age 2: The Meltdown remained the runaway number one title in theinternational marketplace as it swept past $300m.The hit animated sequel added $40.3m on 8,964screens to raise the international cumulative tally to $333.1m.It
  • Innsbruck festival honours Tunisian director

    TheInnsbruck International Film Festival (May 23-28) will be celebrating its 15thyear with a retrospective and exhibition dedicated to the Tunisian directorNacer Khemir, whose latest film Bab' Azizwill open the festival on May 23.
  • International Film Circuit buys US on Words

    Boutique distributor International Film Circuit has acquired allUS rights to Lesley Ann Patten's documentary Words Of My Perfect Teacher and plans a summer domestic release.
  • Japan's Talk takes best film at Singapore fest awards

    Japanese director RyuichiHiroki's It's Only Talk won best filmat last night's [April 28] Silver Screen Awards, held as part of the SingaporeInternational Film Festival which closes today with Royston Tan's 4:30.The tragicomedy, whichfocuses on the life of a single woman, was chosen as it "reveals the lonelinessof daily life in modern Japan through a creative and mature script", accordingto the jury which included Palestinian direc
  • Kingsley to headline Dahl mob comedy You Kill Me

    Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoniand Luke Wilson are set to star in the mob comedy You Kill Me for Code Entertainment, Kingsley's BiPolar Productions, Carol BaumInc, and Mike Marcus' Echo Lake Productions.Joh
  • Kingsley to play assassin in mob comedy You Kill Me

    Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoniand Luke Wilson are set to star in the mobcomedy You Kill Me for Code Entertainment, Kingsley's BiPolarProductions, Carol BaumInc, and Mike Marcus' Echo Lake Pr
  • Mackiewicz leaves First Look to join Media 8

    LizMackiewicz is leaving First Look Studios and will start work at Media 8Entertainment on May 1 as senior vice president of worldwide distribution.
  • MD Herrmann leaves Senator in management shake-up

    BenjaminHerrmann, managing director of Senator Entertainment's production anddistribution divisions, is leaving the company "by mutual agreement"on April 30 as part of the group's ongoing management restructuring.
  • Media Luna adds six new films to Cannes sales slate

    TheCritics' Week title pingpong,director Matthias Luthardt's feature film debut, isone of six new titles acquired by Cologne-based Media Luna Entertainment forits Cannes sales line-up this year.Dutch-bornLuthardt's family drama was produced by Berlin production house Junifilm with the broadcaster MDR, the Academy for Film& Television (Konrad Wolf) in Babel
  • Meltdown to soar past $350m for Fox International

    Ice Age 2: The Meltdown was due to cross $350m by the end of the week andFox International executives expect it to remain the dominant tile heading intothe three-day weekend.Strong holdovers in allmarkets will add considerably to the $349m international running total reportedby the close of Apr 27. China will be the last market to open in June.The sequel has overtaken2002's Ice Age by a huge margin. Thatpicture finished on $206.3m internationally and grossed $382.7
  • Mertes named head of documentaries at Sundance

    AmericanDocumentary Inc executive director and PBSexecutive producer Cara Mertes has been named director of the SundanceInstitute's Documentary Film Program.
  • Mexican documentary wins Buenos Aires top prize

    Mexican Juan Carlos Rulfo's documentary In the Pit (En elHoyo)won the prize for best film in the internationalcompetition at the eighth Buenos Aires International Festival of IndependentCinema (BAFICI), while German Valeska Grisebach's Longing took theSpecial Jury Award, Argentinian Lorena Mun
  • Mezzogiorno bags lead role in Newell's Cholera

    Italy'sGiovanna Mezzogiorno (pictured) has joined Javier Bardem on the cast of Stone VillagePictures' Love In The Time Of Cholera,adapted from the bestselling novel by Gabriel Marcia Marquez.
  • Middletown

    Dir: Brian Kirk. UK-Ire. 2006.90mins.The feature debut of Northern Ireland-born TV andcommercials director Brian Kirk, Middletownis a melodramatic brew of family rivalries and religious fervour set in anisolated Irish village in the 1960s. The film is marked out by some strongacting, and its theatrical prospects will certainly be boosted by the presenceof Matthew Macfadyen in the lead role, but ultimatelythis smal
  • Moretti tops golden week with Donatellos triumph

    Nanni Moretti's The Caiman was named best picture at the 50th David di Donatello film awards, and took home six prizes. Its main rival, MichelePlacido's Crime Novel, walked away with eight Donatellos, including best screenplay and supporting actor.The Caiman, which screens in competition in Cannes, is a mix of marital drama and political expose' and carries a full frontal attack on Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who it was confirmed last week had lost th
  • New head named for Greek Film Centre

    Film producer George Papalios has been appointed tolead the state-subsidised Greek Film Centre (GFC), replacing novelist and screenwriter ThanassisValtinos.The GFCplays a key role in the Greek industry making funds available for development,co-production and promotion.Papalios isa businessman and producer who during the 70s and early 80s personally financeda number of important films of the New Greek Cinema movement.Among themwere projects by Theo Angelopoulos projects su
  • Palfrey, Wittering among titles at Jackson Hole

    Dan Ireland's Mrs PalfreyAt The Claremont, David Scheinmann'scomedy The West Wittering Affairand Jackie Oudney's VagaBond Shoesare among the line-up in the upcoming Jackson Hole Film Festival in Yellowstone,US.Also screening are severalSundance entries, among them UK filmmakers Nick and Marc Francis' coffeedocumentary Black Gold, Hilary Brougher'sdrama Stephanie Daley, and HamTran's Vietnamese drama Journey From The Fall.
  • Pathe distribution head takes Fox UK MD role

    Pathe head of distribution Ian George has beennamed as managing director of Twentieth Century Fox UK. George has been with Pathefor the last seven years and enjoyed success with films including this year'sbest film Oscar winner Crash."After seven hugely enjoy
  • Pitt and Blanchett among UIP stars for Cannes

    JamieFoxx, Beyonce Knowles, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are among the starsconfirmed to attend Cannes next month.UIP, which is distributing their films in certain territories, has eight films at Cannes which include Paramount specialty arm's Babel, being sold by Summit Entertainment internationally, and An InconvenientTruth; excerptsfrom Paramount's World Trade Center; Dreamworks' Dreamgirls; Dreamworks Animation'sOver The Hedge; Universal's South
  • Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces starts for Serendipity Point in Canada, Greece

    Production has begun inToronto and the Greek islands of Lesbos and Hydra on Serendipity Point Films'long-gestating drama Fugitive Pieces.The film marks a return tomovies for Jeremy Podeswa, a now experienced TV director who hasn't made a feature since The Five Senses in1999. Toronto-based SerendipityPoint founder Robert Lantos is producing the story based on Anne Michaels'bestseller about a traumatised holocaust survivor who years later finds peacethrough love.
  • Princess, The Host are early picks for Directors Fortnight

    The Cannes Directors Fortnight sidebar will open with Danishanimated/live-action film Princess. This is the first time in 29 years that a Danishfilm has made the Fortnight cut.The 80% animated, 20% live-action work is directed by first-time featuredirector Anders Morgenthaler, whose short Araki- The Killing of a Japanese Photographer was shown at Cannes 2003. Princess tells the story of aman who returns home after his porn-star sister's death. The brother ab
  • Quebecois drama opens Manchester Commonwealth festival

    Sebastian Rose's Life With MyFather (La Vie Avec Mon Pere) opens the Manchester annualCommonwealth Film Festival (ComFEST06) tommorow night.The event features nine strands with films fromCommonwealth countries, including India, Australia and Canada.It will also include its established Queerscreensection of gay and lesbian cinema.'Notonly will COMFEST06 provide a fascinating showcase for the talent of fi
  • Scalpel picks up rights to first Paraguayan film in 30 years

    PierreMenahem's Scalpel Films has picked up international sales rights to the firstfilm from Paraguay in more than three decades, the Cannes title Hamaca Paraguaya.
  • Silent Hill

    Dir: Christophe Gans. Can-Fr. 2006. 127 mins.Apparently designed to appeal both to fanboys and to a slightly older, mixed-gender crowd, videogame adaptation Silent Hill comes offas an atmospheric but disappointingly dull horror thriller. Interest fromhorror and game aficionados should be strong enough for the Sony-distributed chiller, produced by Samuel Hadidaand directed by French genre expert Christophe Gans, to achieve significant
  • Spain's Dygra Films to launch sales division

    Spanish animation producer Dygra Films will launch an international sales departmentat the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.Dygra executive producer Tania Pinto DaCunha, formerly of London's HanWay and Spain's Lolafilms, will head thenew Madrid-based department, working with sales executive Lucas Mackey.Lumina Films' Marina Fuenteswill act as temporary sales consultant and co
  • SquareOne adds five genre films to theatrical slate

    German independent distributor SquareOne Entertainment hasacquired five new high-profile films to boost its theatrical slate:* Roland Joffe's Mark Damon-produced intense thriller Captivity,from a script by Larry Cohen and starring Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies,Pruitt Taylor Vince and Michael Harney;* Daniel Myrick's horror film Solstice, produced byEndgame Entertainment and starring Shawn Ashmore, Elisabeth Harnois, TylerHoechlin, Amanda Seyfried and Hilarie Burt
  • Swiss hand out $3.6m reward for local film successes

    Zurich-basedproduction house Dschoint Ventschr and distributor Frenetic Films were theleading beneficiaries when Switzerland's Federal Office for Culture (BAK) paidout $3.6m (4.6m Swiss Francs) "reference" funding to producers,distributors and exhibitors of successful Swiss films in 2005.
  • Tartan UK signs three-year deal with Arts Alliance Media

    Tartan Films Distribution(TFD) and European digital distribution service provider Arts Alliance Media(AAM) have signed an exclusive three-year digital rights and services dealcovering theatrical digital cinema and home distribution via video on demandand electronic sell-through.The deal marks the firsttime a content provider has signed up for the entire package of AAM's digitaldistribution services.Under the agreement AAM willprovide digital cinema encoding, encryption, digital
  • Ten Canoes to open Sydney Film Festival

    Un Certain Regard Cannes entrant Rolf de Heer's TenCanoes is to open the 53rd Sydney Film Festival (SFF) on June 9."We are absolutely thrilled to have such an exciting anddistinctively Australian film open the festival," said SFF artistic directorLynden Barber in the statement."It is fitting that such a beautifully poetic and richlylayered film will make its international debut in Cannes, before returning toenchant audiences at the Sydney Film Festival."The first A
  • The Works takes on Scenes of a Sexual Nature

    The Works International hastaken on international sales for Ed Blum's Scenesof a Sexual Nature, which will have its market debut at Cannes. The film, written by Aschlin Ditta, follows sevencouples during a summer afternoon around London's Hampstead Heath. Blum also produced the film, with VadimJean and Suran Goonatilake servingas executive producers. The ensemble cast inc
  • TIFFG establishes children's international film collection

    The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) hasestablished a children's international film collection following a $500,000 donationfrom the Toronto-based Harbinger Foundation.
  • Tirante El Blanco: The Maidens' Conspiracy

    Dir. Vicente Aranda. Sp-UK-It. 2005. 122mins.One of Spain's most revered classics - it is sometimescompared to Don Quixote in importance - Tirante El Blanco(or Tirant lo Blanc in its original Valencian), has been transferred to the screen by Vicente Aranda for a big, handsome period production.Unfortunately,the 15th-century Byzantine
  • TriStar tops North American box office with Silent Hill

    TriStar's horror tale Silent Hill emerged as the North American weekendchampion on an estimated $20.2m while Fox's thriller The Sentinel opened third on $14.7m and Universal's AmericanDreamz flopped in eighthplace on $3.7m.
  • Universal hires Duncan Clark as international distribution evp

    Universal Pictures has made a key appointment ahead of next year'smove towards complete autonomy in overseas operations, hiring Duncan Clark asexecutive vice president of international distribution.
  • Universal takes domestic on 2929's We Own The Night

    Universal Pictures has picked up domestic rights from 2929Productions to crime drama We Own The Night starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg,Robert Duvall and Eva Mendes.
  • Warner Bros ends home entertainment distribution in Czech Republic

    Warner Bros' European homeoffice has decided to cease home video distribution in the Czech market, WarnerBros Czech Republic managing director Ladislav Stastny told cited an increase in piracy which, combined with adecrease in pricing, resulted in dramatic decline in revenues from 2004 to2005. According to a report broadcast on Czech television, nine out of tenvideos or DVDs in the Czech Republic
  • Zentropa goes solo in Danish distribution

    Zentropa willdistribute its own films in Denmark starting from this autumn. For some yearsthey have had an unusually friendly deal with primary Danish competitor in filmproduction, Nordisk Film, about distributing Zentropa's films. Nordisk willstill send out the next couple of Zentropa movies, but in future PeterAalbaek Jensen and Lars von Trier's company want to fight for themselves. Thefirst release may well be Lars von Triers own The Boss of it All scheduled to have its world
  • Zucker named president of distribution at SPRI

    MarkZucker has been promoted to president of distribution at Sony PicturesReleasing International (SPRI).Z