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23 February 2007

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  • 42 Plus to open Austrian Diagonale festival

    Sabine Derflinger's latest feature 42 Plus will be the opening film atthis year's Austrian national film festival Diagonale (March 19-25)which is being held in the Styrian capital for the tenth time this year.The DOR Film production, starring Claudia Michelsen, Ulrich Tukur,and Tobias Moretti, centres on a 42-year-old woman whose eye is caughtby a young hitchhiker as she arrives with her husband and teenagedaughter at their summer home.
  • Actors union strikes groundbreaking podcast deal in UK

    UK actors union Equity has struck what it believes is the first deal covering contractual rights for performers in a podcast. The agreement is with B7 Productions, which is producing an updated audio version of 1970s sci-fi show Blake's 7. Actors working on the project (due for release this spring) will be entitled to minimum session fees, rehearsals, overtime payments, holiday pay, assignment of rights and a royalty share on net revenues generated via podcast downloads, audio s
  • ACTRA and Canadian producers reach tentative deal

    The Canadian performers strike is close to resolution. ACTRA and representatives of Canadian and US producers reached a tentative deal Friday. Both sides cautioned that the deal is subject to ratification but observers suggest this latest round of negotiation will stick.ACTRA went on strike on January 8, the first time in the union's 64-year history. The principal issue was new media rights. Performers were concerned they would be bypassed in the revenue streams of the future whil
  • Adriene Bowles gets promotion at Focus Features

    Adriene Bowles has been promoted to president of worldwide publicity and executive vice president of marketing at Focus Features.The appointment expands Bowles' remit - she previously worked in the company's domestic division as executive vice president of publicity and marketing - and gives her a more proactive role in establishing film-maker and talent relationships.Her publicity campaign credits include Lost In Translation, Eternal Sun
  • Alice's House

    Dir. Chico Teixeira. Braz. 2007. 90mins. Alice's House , documentarian Chico Teixeira's first fictional feature, is a look inside a middle-class family in Sao Paolo seen largely through the eyes of Alice, a frustrated fortyish manicurist. Teixeira shows us infidelity, love affairs, sibling rivalry and ageing through a cold lens that reflects his cinematic origins. Teixeira defies most of the rules of feature filmmaking - no make-up,
  • Analysis: International box-office Weekend February 16-18 - Ghost's arrival spooks Night

    Comic-book fantasy Ghost Rider knocked Night At The Museum off the top spot, taking more than $16.6m internationally in its opening weekend. Luc Besson's Taxi 4 also showed impressive first-weekend results, grossing $14.1m in Belgium and France. Meanwhile, UK audiences flocked to see Edgar Wright's cop spoof Hot Fuzz - the film took $11.4m in its first five days, making it 2007's biggest UK opener. Italian director Fausto Brizzi's sequel Notte Prima Degli Esame
  • Ascot Elite takes German-speaking rights to Shrooms

    Switzerland 's Ascot Elite has bought rights to all German-speaking territories for Paddy Breathnach's horror thriller Shrooms. Capitol Films closed the deal after a bidding war during Berlin's European Film Market. Capitol's head of sales James Norrie and Ascot Elite COO Stephan Giger negotiated the deal. Shroomsstars Lindsay Haun and Jack Huston in the story of five US college students who travel to Ireland in search of magic mushrooms and become murder targets
  • Austria/Germany - Seeing double

    Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky must have been the right man for The Counterfeiters, a drama about a Nazi-organised forgery scam in a German concentration camp - he was independently approached by two production companies for the same project within the space of three weeks.With a resume including two successful horror thrillers Anatomy and Anatomy 2, comedy All The Queen's Men and festival favourite The Inheritors, "it was immediately clear that
  • AV Pictures closes Berlin deals on Black Water and Daylight Robbery

    London-based sales company AV Pictures finished this year's EFM with a slew of deals on several films in its slate. Australian crocodile thriller Black Water sold to 11 territories including Presidio Film in Japan, FEG in Benelux and Notro Films in Spain. Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich are directing and Michael Robertson is producing. Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda star. Heist thriller Daylight Robbery sold to Indies in Benelux and PlayArte in Brazil, wi
  • Babel, The Departed tie for ACE editing awards

    Babel and The Departed tied for Hollywood's top feature editing prize at the ACE Eddie Awards at the weekend, a feat that has only happened once before in the organisation's 57-year history.Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise edited Babel, while Martin Scorsese's regular associate Thelma Schoonmaker worked on The Departed.
  • Belgrade starts competition for Europe Out Of Europe sidebar

    The 35th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST (Feb 23-Mar 4) will open with Berlinale Forum entry The Trap (Klopka) by Serbian Srdan Golubovic. The festival will present 80 of the most successful films from other festivals around the world over the past year, including Babel and Marie Antoinette, and for the first time the Europe Out Of Europe sidebar will be competitive, as a part of the B2B (Business to Belgrade) industry meeting. B2B focuses on product
  • BFI partners with HP for Mediatheque's digitised archive offerings

    As the British Film Institute (BFI) gets ready to unveil its revamped Southbank home next month, the institute has announced a new partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP). HP will use its digital technology to offer the BFI National Archive materials to the public. The pact was announced this morning by BFI chairman Anthony Minghella and Steve Gill, VP and managing director of HP UK & Ireland. HP will present and manage the BFI's large collection of film and TV materials. The new
  • Bousman back in director's chair for Saw IV

    Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures confirmed yesterday [Feb 19] that Darren Lynn Bousman will direct Saw IV, due to open around the world on Oct 26.Bousman directed the last two Saw horror instalments, which together have grossed more than $300m worldwide. He recently signed to adapt the rock opera Repo! The Genetic Opera for Lionsgate and Twisted.With pl
  • BR Films sets March 9 Indian release for Mehta's Water

    Distributor BR Films have scheduled the Indian release of Deepa Mehta's Oscar nominated Water for March 9. Ravi Chopra of BR Films confirmed that the company would be releasing up to 100 prints nationally with a focus on multiplexes. The controverisal film had originally been slated for a release in February. 'We decided to shift the release as we were not ready before. Now we have enough time to get to the consumer,' Chopra said. 'The Oscar buzz will also help,' The distri
  • Brazil - The away game

    Brazilian film-maker Cao Hamburger first began to think about The Year My Parents Went On Vacation, which just played in Competition at Berlin, while living in London in 2001."All the cab drivers I spoke to knew by heart the Brazilian soccer team that won the World Cup in 1970," says the director, who was eight years old when Brazil took home the trophy for the third time. These conversations brought back memories of what it was like for Hamburger growing up in 1970s Sao Paulo,
  • Canadian actors' strike ends this time for real

    After a false start earlier this week, the six-week Canadian actors' strike seems to have been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. Last Friday, the Alliance of Cinema, Television and Radio Actors (ACTRA), the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) and the Association des producteurs de film et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) announced they had reached a tenative deal for a new independent production agreement (IPA).But later that day, the com
  • Cartwright joins Lionsgate UK home entertainment division

    Nicola Cartwright has been promoted to the newly created role of Commercial Director of the UK's Lionsgate Home Entertainment Division. Cartwright has worked in home entertainment since 2000, where she rose through the marketing ranks at MGM Home Entertainment (UK), where as Senior Product Manager she took on key releases such as the James Bond franchise. In 2003 she went to Buena Vista before moving to Lions Gate as Marketing Director for Home Entertainment in May last year.Her n
  • Chinese authorities ban film shooting in nature reserves

    China has issued a new regulation that bans film shooting in nature reserves, scenic spots and at sites of historical interest across the country, according to state-owned news agency Xinhua. People who violate the regulation - issued by four government departments including the State Environmental Protection Administration and the Ministry of Culture - will be heavily fined, although the report didn't state how large the fines are likely to be. However, filmmakers will still be a
  • Congorama is the big winner at Quebec's Jutra Awards

    Philippe Falardeau's Congorama was the big winner at Quebec's 9th annual Jutra Awards on Sunday night. The Canada-Belgium co-production, which premiered in the Cannes Directors Fortnight in 2006, won five prizes out of six nominations, beating out Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Un Dimanche A Kigali, both of which had 12 nominations.It was a triumphant evening for Falardeau an
  • Cowan and Wheeldon kick off new UK genre production outfit TFD

    Paul Cowan and Chris Wheeldon have launched new UK production company Territorial Film Developments (TFD), which will finance and produce at least three thrillers or comedies per yer with a budget under $1.9m (£1m). The company's first feature is Black Water, being made with the Australian Film Commission. The crocodile thriller is in post-production in Sydney, written and directed by Andrew Trauki and David Nerlich. Michael Robertson is producing in Sydney. As previously reported
  • Cyborg to close next month's SXSW festival

    The closing night film for the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival will be Park Chan-wook's new film, I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK.Fresh from its European premiere at the recent Berlinale, Cyborg will have its North American premiere at the Austin, Texas, festival when it brings down the curtain on the festival on March 17.Park is the director of such critical and co
  • Dart, Rogalski join TIFF short film selection team

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has added two programmers to its Short Cuts Canada short film selection team. Artist and programmer Jay Dart and filmmaker and curator Alex Rogalski will join programmer Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo. Dart is producer and creative director of RESFEST Digital Film Festival and production designer for the Toronto weekly Now Magazine. He has extensive contacts within the Canadian online and animation communities. Rogalski has been the
  • Directors sign up for Cannes' 60th-anniversary shorts

    The Cannes Film Festival has officially announced the names of the directors taking part in Chacun Son Cinema, a feature which will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the event this May. International filmmakers will shoot a three-minute short which will then be compiled to make up the feature to be screened on May 20 at the Festival and simultaneously on French television. Festival president Gilles Jacob noted in a statement today: 'Anniversaries are beneficial in that they
  • Dorm sweeps the board at Thai Critic Awards

    Songyos Sugmakanan's solo directorial debut Dorm dominated the 15th Thailand National Critic Awards with five wins, including best film and best director, out of ten nominations. The coming-of-age horror tale also took best supporting actress for Jintara Sukphat, best script and best cinematography. It recently won the crystal bear for best feature film at Berlin 's Kplus competition. Noodle Boxer scooped two awards: best actress for Natthaweeranuch Thongmee and best
  • Dunn takes MD job at Fox Australian home entertainment division

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) has appointed Chris Dunn as MD in Australia.He takes over from Steven Leighton who recently became Managing Director of TCFHE UK. 'We are very pleased to have Chris join Fox and we're confident he willbuild upon the strong leadership and retail success that StevenLeighton established during his tenure in Australia,' said Keith Feldman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TCFHE International.Among the major tasks on Dunn
  • Eagle Vs Shark

    Dir: Taiki Waititi. NZ. 2007. 93mins.
  • Ecosse, RPC and Samuelson team for new UK film fund

    Three of the UK 's top independent production companies - Ecosse Films, Recorded Picture Company (RPC) and Samuelson Productions - are teaming to create Visible Films. The new collaboration will work as an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to take advantage of the UK government's new film tax credit. Under EIS rules, Visible will be eligible to raise up to $46m (£24m) - or $15.6m (£8m) for each company's scheme - although the three will be marketed to private UK investors as the single
  • Editorial - But is it any good'

    A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin." Henry Louis Mencken's aphorism springs to mind because there are times when belief in one's open-mindedness is challenged. This week, Dieter Kosslick, Berlinale festival director offered a flower-sniffing test par excellence.The critics pretty much universally panned the Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas drama Bordertown, which found itself on the Berlin competition list.Kosslick rather gallantly
  • European cinema admissions up 4% during 2006

    Cinema attendance in Europe was up 4% in 2006, according to new research from the European Audiovisual Observatory.Of the 25 member states of the EU, EAO tracks 20 countries, 17 of which sold more cinema tickets in 2006 than in 2005. Eastern Europe showed the greatest leaps, with Lithuania's attendance up 98.1% to 2.4m; Slovakia up 54.3% to 3.4m; Estonia up 40.2% to 1.6m; Poland up 35.8% to 32m; Latvia up 22.7% to 2.1m; and the Czech Republic up 21.4% to 11.5m. Turkish admissions
  • Foreign affairs

    The Los Angeles Times recently ran an editorial that put forward an argument for the elimination of the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards. Its point was that "foreign film-making talent is represented in record numbers" in all categories and therefore in no need of special support.The argument from the box-office perspective, is that if the Academy leveled the playing field, foreign film would be less marginalised and could compete on an equal level for theatrical
  • Four Last Songs to play out Malaga festival

    UK directorFrancesca Joseph's Four Last Songs will close the 10th annual edition of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga(March 9-17).The film, aSpanish co-production which shot in Mallorca, stars Stanley Tucci, with Rhys Ifans, HughBonneville and Marisa Paredes. It's the story of an American pianist ofmediocre talents whose efforts to organise a concert
  • Fox executive VP Grass to take leading role at Universal

    Christian Grass, London-based executive vice president at Fox International, is leaving to take on the key international production job at Universal Pictures.The move reunites Grass with his old Miramax International boss David Linde, who was named co-chairman of Universal Studios in March last year.Neither Grass nor Universal would comment on the impending appointment today, but news of the move was already spreading as Berlin came to an end last week. A spok
  • French critics hail Private Fears In Public Places

    The French Critics union has awarded Alain Resnais' Private Fears In Public Places with its top honor for 2006. The awards were announced Monday night in Paris where Pedro Almodovar's Volver took the best foreign film prize. Fears is nominated for eight Cesar Awards, the French film industry's top prizes, which will be handed out this weekend. Volver is also up in the same category on Cesar night. For best first French film, actor turned director Jean-P
  • Frost, Glue open New Directors/New Films in New York

    Paul Auster's psychodrama The Inner Life Of Martin Frost and Alexis Dos Santos' Argentine coming-of-age tale Glue will open the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 36th New Directors/New Films showcase.The event is set to run from Mar 21-Apr 1 in New York and features two other films from Argentina - Rodrigo Moreno's El Custodio and Diego L
  • Gaumont strikes US deal for Fidel with Koch Lorber and Red Envelope

    France 's Gaumont has announced the sale of Prix Michel d'Ornano winner and Sundance entry Blame It On Fidel to Koch Lorber in the US. The film, directed by Julie Gavras, will go out in the second quarter of 2007 in NY and LA followed by a wider release. Koch Lorber teamed with Netflix's Red Envelope on the buy. The film stars Stefano Accorsi and Julie Depardieu and tells the story of a little girl's life-changing experiences as incited by her parents' political commitments during
  • Ghost Rider leaves rival releases in its dust at US box office

    Sony's Ghost Rider has powered its way tothe top of the North American box office chart with an estimated gross of$44.5m for the first three days of the four-day Presidents Day holiday weekend.The Marvel comic book adaptation left four otherwide releases in its dust, tho
  • Ghost Rider takes international lead with $16.1m from 40 territories

    Ghost Rider's fiery lass tightened its grip on the international arena in the film's second weekend, adding an estimated $16.1m from 3,000 screens in 40 markets for a $39.4m international running total.The action film opened at number one in Germany through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) on $2.2m from 363 screens. It also opened top in India on $820,000 from 250 for the 12th biggest launch for a Hollywood title. In a non-SPRI rele
  • Golden Bear winner finds new buyers

    Korean sales agent Cineclick Asia has closed EFM wrap-up deals for Golden Bear winner Tuya's Marriage to Maywin Media for the ex-CIS territories and Arsenal for Germany.Wang Quan'an's third feature, the film portrays a Mongolian woman in search of a new groom who will take care of her family - including her ailing ex-husband.Pretty Pictures made an early deal for France, Indonesia, and Benelux at the Beijing Screenings last year, w
  • Golden Flower to open Mumbai festival

    The 9th edition of the International Film Festival of Mumbai (IFFM) organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) will open with Zhang Yimou's The Curse of the Golden Flower on March 8.The week-long festival, presented by Adlabs, will close on March 15 with Mira Nair's The Namesake.About 100 films from 32 countries will be screened. The competitive festival has a prize for best Indian film adjudicated by an international jury led by filmma
  • Good Morning, Mister Grothe (Guten Morgen, Herr Grothe)

    Dir: Lars Kraume. Ger. 2007. 90mins Despite promising, tense beginnings, classroom tensions fail to provide much in the way of social or emotional revelation in Good Morning, Mister Grothe. Despite strong lead performances, this story of a teacher and a problem pupil going head to head finally veers uneasily between mundanity and melodrama. Directed confidently by Lars Kraume - whose feature Keine Lieder Über Liebe played in Panorama
  • Half Nelson

    Ryan Fleck. US. 2006. 107 minsThe tired cliches of the inspirational teacher/pupil relationship are successfully turned on their head in Half Nelson. This is not the kind of formula crowd-pleaser that invites you to applaud the triumph of the underdog, instead it offers a haunting snapshot of the unlikely friendship that grows between two wary, complex individuals. Exceptional performances from Ryan Gosling and a quietly impressive Shareeka
  • HBO signs multi-platform deal with American Girl doll brand

    HBO has signed an overall multi-platform deal with the American Girl retail brand, kicking off with an upcoming feature based on the historical character Kit Kittredge to be released through Picturehouse.The agreement will encompass theatrical films, series, specials and documentaries as part of a broad commercial venture with the wholly-owned Mattel subsidiary, which launched in 1986 and has achieved phenomenal success through its books, dolls and clothing lines.Elaine G
  • Here's Looking At You, Boy

    Dir/scr: Andre Schafer. Ger-Neth. 2007. 90mins. Billed as a documentary about 'the coming-out of queer cinema', and destined mostly for TV and DVD formats after further festival action, Here's Looking At You, Boy ticks most of the right boxes in its interviews-plus-film clips survey of the years when queer cinema emerged from the underground into the mainstream. It takes off, in other words, pretty much where The Celluloid Closet (1995) left o
  • Hong Kong film festival to feature 16 world premieres

    This year's Hong Kong International Film Festival will feature 16 world premieres as part of an expanded line-up that reflects its new industry and international ambitions. Among the world premieres are Indonesian director Riri Riza's Three Days To Forever; Fruit Chan's 30-minute short Xian Story; Things We Do When We Fall In Love from Malaysia's James Lee, and two films from this year's 'Director In Focus' Herman Yau - A Mob Story and Whispers And Moans
  • Hot Fuzz breaks Shaun Of The Dead UK box-office tally in first week

    Universal's Hot Fuzz has already beaten Shaun Of The Dead at the UK box office, raking in a whooping $13.9m (£7.1m) in its first seven days. The new cop comedy marks the reunion of Shaun's team: director Edgar Wright, actors Simon Pegg (who also co-writes with Wright) and Nick Frost, and producers Working Title and Nira Park at Big Park Productions. Hot Fuzz is 2007's biggest UK opener after it took $11.5m (£5.9m) at the weekend (including $3.05m from previe
  • IFC Entertainment makes films available to iTunes

    IFC Entertainment is the latest distributor making available its film catalogue for iTunes users, including the six titles nominated in this weekend's 2007 Independent Spirit Awards among them American Gun and Sorry, Haters.'By making IFC films available on the world's most popular online movie store we're giving independent film-makers the exciting opportunity to reach a wider audience of movie enthusias
  • In focus - Berlinale round-up - Bear's market bullish

    This year's Berlinale and European Film Market (EFM) was the most successful ever, at least in statistical terms: more industry visitors, more festival-goers, even the branded teddy bears sold out.So this year's expansion of market floorspace and new programmes looks to have been justified. Indeed, the unprecedented arrival of 430,000 visitors has encouraged festival director Dieter Kosslick to talk about further growth. In a changing market environment, Berlin seems to have firmly est
  • In focus - Critical round-up - Potsdamer clamour

    This may prove to have been the biggest Berlinale ever - in everything but film quality. The patchy selection of films in competition failed to ride the wave of success, and left critics muttering that the Berlinale would do better to refocus on its core business.True, there was a last-minute upswing, with Li Yu's feisty satirical melodrama Lost In Beijing and David Mackenzie's quirky coming-of-age story Hallam Foe conspiring with I Served The King Of England, a li
  • In focus - Digital rights sales - The fight for bytes

    The spectre of digital rights haunted this year's Berlinale."It's a difficult market in general because of anxieties over VoD (video on demand)," admitted Celluloid Dreams' Charlotte Mickie.The potential of new platforms is a mainstream issue but quantifying the value of downloads, VoD and online distribution is tough. Smaller content owners complain of pressure to hand over rights."It's a real land grab at the moment," Gregor Pryor, associate at global law firm Reed Smit
  • Industry moves

    Lischak joins Odd LotFormer First Look Studios COO Bill Lischak has joined Odd Lot Entertainment in the same capacity. Also Linda McDonough has been promoted to executive vice-president of production and development; Natalya Petrosova has joined as vice-president of finance; Eryl Woodlief as vice-president of development and acquisitions; Delphine Perrier as director of legal affairs, contract administration and collections; and Michael Urann as sales, marketing and acquisitions co-ord
  • Japanese box office hit Dororo spawns two sequels

    TBS producer Takashi Hirano has announced that he plans to make two sequels of Japanese box office hit Dororo. The sequels will be filmed next year in the back-to-back style of Lord Of The Rings, with a tentative release set for 2009. The combined budget for the films will be $50m (Y6bn), far exceeding the $16.5m (Y2bn) budget of the first installment. Released on Jan 27, Dororo has been the most successful release of 2007 so far, grossing $20.5m (Y2.48bn) on
  • John Wilkinson to depart UK's Cinema Exhibitors' Association

    John Wilkinson, who has served as chief executive of the UK-based Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) since 1990, plans to step down from his post. He will remain in place until a replacement has been found. Barry Jenkins, chairman of CEA, said: 'John has successfully led the Association for 17 years and his contribution to the smooth running of cinema exhibition is greatly appreciated by all members. The association will continue to develop on the sound base built by John.'
  • Killer strikes ongoing finance, distribution deal with THINKFilm

    THINKFilm and Killer Films have entered into an agreement granting the former the right to finance and handle worldwide distribution on films developed and produced by Killer.The deal is the first major initiative struck by THINKFilm since it was taken over last year by film financier and producer David Bergstein, now the company's chairman. The agreement offers the New York-based partners mutual benefits, fuelling THINKFilm's expanding pipeline and presenting an early en
  • La Leon

    Dir: Santiago Otheguy. Arg-Fr. 2007. 85mins. A ravishing portrait of loss and nature set in the evocative, strange Parana Delta wetlands near Buenos Aires, Santiago Santiago Otheguy's La Leon is a very impressively piece visually though marred by its prosaic storytelling. Shot in beautifully sculpted black and white widescreen, the movie establishes the Argentine-born, French-taught Otheguy as an exceedingly promising figure in the b
  • Lady Chatterley takes best picture Cesar

    Lady Chatterley was crowned best picture Saturday night at France's Cesar Awards. The film, directed by Pascale Ferran also took the best actress honour for Marina Hands among five awards.Best actor went to Francois Cluzet for his role in Guillaume Canet's Tell No One. Guillaume Canet was also named best director.Best foreign film went to Oscar contender
  • Lagerfeld Confidential

    Dir/scr: Rodolphe Marconi. Fr. 2007. 87mins. Flashy, dazzling if never quite penetrating, Lagerfeld Confidential, French film-maker Rodolphe Marconi's impressionistic documentary of fashion artist, costume designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld, provides a relatively unvarnished examination of his reptilian charm, talent and considerable genius for promotion. The movie does a reasonable job of matching the implications of the title. It also tweaks
  • Little Miss Sunshine dominates Spirit Awards

    Little Miss Sunshine picked up four honours at this years Spirit Awards, including best film and best directors.Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Oscar-nominated film also picked up awards for Michael Arndt's screenplay, and for Alan Arkin as best supporting actor.Both best actor (Ry
  • Liverpool starts scheme for three low-budget features

    The UK city of Liverpool is starting a scheme for three feature films to be shot there in the run up to the 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations. North West Vision is partnering with the Liverpool Culture Company, the UK Film Council and the BBC for the Digital Departures scheme.Each of the three films will have a cash budget of $486,000 (£250,000) to be fully financed by the partners.Writers, directors and producers from the broader Northwest are eligible, and will work
  • Locarno's communications and press officers exit festival

    Less than six months before its 60th anniversary, the Locarno International Film Festival has seen two of its communications department staff exit due to 'differences of opinion' with the festival's artistic director Frederic Maire. Riccardo Franciolli, who had come to Locarno last year from the film section of the Federal Office for Culture (BAK) to head the section previously run by Doris Longoni, was apparently not in Berlin last week. Meanwhile, Patrizia Pedevilla, Locarno's p
  • London Australian Film Festival to open with Jindabyne

    The 13th London Australian Film Festival will open March 15 with Ray Lawrence's Jindabyne and close on March 25 with Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes. The 10-day event returns to the Barbican to present 25 new features, including for the first time all the 2006 Australian Film Institute award winners. Also in the programmer are eight documentaries, shorts from Flickerfest and Sony Tropfest, two family films, and three archive films, including the restored version of the earliest f
  • Lubezki wins ASC award for Children Of Men

    Emmanuel Lubezki won top honors in the feature film competition for Children Of Men at the 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles at the weekend.It was a first ASC win for Lubezki, who beat out Dick Pope for The Illusionist, Robert Richardson for The Good Shepherd, Dean Semler for
  • Madonnas

    Dir/scr Maria Speth. 2007. Ger. 100mins. There's nothing beatific or saintly about motherhood in Maria Speth's minimalist new feature, Madonnas. Rita, the mother of five children by at least three fathers, gets out of jail and makes a reluctant effort to live with the kids that she has brought into the world. As Rita, Sandra Huller (Requiem) gives a chilling performance as an angry frustrated mother who still hasn't ceased being the child of h
  • Malaysia bans Muhammad's Village People

    Malaysia has banned Amir Muhammad's Village People Radio Show, a documentary about former Malay-Muslim Communists now living in exile in southern Thailand, after the censorship board rejected the film for being sympathetic towards communism. Without relying on a narrator or voiceover, the documentary recorded the life of 15 surviving members of a Muslim division of the banned Communist Party of Malaya who made the 'long march' to the Thai border in the 1950s. Recollections of the
  • Market focus - Calling on the neighbours

    The performance of European films outside their home markets remains one of the thorniest issues for the EU's policy-makers. Last year's box-office recovery in many European territories was largely built on the success of local films in local markets and a number of Hollywood blockbusters. There were high-profile exceptions: Pedro Almodovar's Volver, for example, took more than $15m in France and $8.5m in Italy, while Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley took more than $6
  • Medb Films opens post-production studios

    Medb Films has opened its new post-production studios in Ramsgate, Kent. The facilities include a 20-seat screening room/mixing studio, an HD Final Cut Pro edit suite and an Avid Media film composer. The studio facilities are based at a boutique hotel that can provide accomodations. 'We wanted to create a one-stop shop for other small indie companies like ourselves needing the all important last part of the puzzle by creating a low-cost, high-end facility aimed at other people like us,'
  • Mexico City's FICCO begins with Children, to run to March 4

    The fourth edition of Mexico City's International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO) kicked off on Wednesday night with Todd Field's Oscar-nominated Little Children and runs through to March 4.More than 3,000 guests attended the opening at the Cinemex Antara complex where FICCO Is headquartered this year. The festival, one of Mexico's largest, is to screen 191 features and 34 shorts from 40 countries.'This year we focuse
  • MGM's Woods to receive Variety Club Humanitarian Award

    MGM president of domestic distribution Clark Woods will receive the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens' 2007 Humanitarian Award.Woods, who was chosen in recognition of his contributions as both a role model and mentor to children, will collect the honour in New York on Jun 13.'Clark is a true friend and mentor who deserves our respect and admiration for his selflessness and contributions to the healthy development of our nation's children,' Variety - The Children's Cha
  • Miami names nine projects in Encuentros market event

    Nine films have been selected for the Miami International Film Festival's (MIFF) fifth Miami Encuentros series dedicated to emerging producers from Spain and Latin America.The three-day event offers film-makers a chance to network with US and international industry professionals as they nurture their careers.'Having a brilliant vision is only part of the cinematic equation,' festival director Nicole Guillemet said. 'Miami Encuentros engages emerging film-makers by helping
  • Neo's Just Follow Law has strong opening in Singapore

    Singaporean director Jack Neo's Just Follow Law had a strong but not record-breaking four-day opening during the Chinese New Year holiday, scooping $421,000 from 35 prints for second place in the chart. Ghost Rider topped the chart with $678,000 on 39 prints over the four days, while Hong Kong drug trafficking drama Protege (a co-production with Singapore 's MediaCorp Raintree Pictures) came in third with $393,000 on 32 prints. Released on Feb 15 by Golden Vil
  • On Pictures expands into production with Mortadelo & Filemon

    Spanish distributor On Pictures is about to embark on its first feature film production with a live action adaptation of popular comic strip Mortadelo & Filemon. The comic was already adapted for the big screen in 2003 by Sogecine and Peliculas Pendelton with fantastic results, earning more than $28.9m (Euros 22m) at the local box office to become Spain 's top-grossing local film that year. The new version by On Pictures will be directed by Miguel Bardem (Swindled) b
  • Oscar nominees open far and wide across the globe

    Ghost Rider ruled the roost last weekend and Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) will be looking to reap more rewards in the all-important second weekend.The comic book adaptation stands at $16.6m and takes off in Germany and Switzerland today (Feb 22), followed by India a day later.Fox International opens Notes On A Scandal in 15 territories as executives look to boost the $9.9m ru
  • Oscar winning Dutch film-maker Fons Rademakers dies aged 86

    Dutch director Fons Rademakers died last Thursday at the age of 86. He received an Academy Award in 1987 for his wartime thriller The Assault. Rademakers died in a hospital in Geneva from lung emphysema complications. During his career, he directed 11 features, mostly based on Dutch novels. His most famous work of art is the adaptation of the psychological wartime thriller The Assault, written by Harry Mulisch. The film received the Oscar for best foreign language picture i
  • Pan's Labyrinth leads the field for Mexico's Ariel Awards

    Guillermo Del Toro's Oscar-nominated Pan's Labyrinth led the field for the annual Ariel Awards in Mexico presented by the Mexican Academy Of Cinematographic Arts And Sciences.The film took 12 nominations including best picture, director, actor and actress.Scoring seven nominations was Francisco Vargas' El Violin which was nominated for picture, director, first film, actor and screenplay, despi
  • Penketh High makes indie feature Days

    Over 500 teachers and students at an innovative high school in Warrington, England, combined talents to make a full-length feature film in eight months on a budget of about $11,700-$13,600 (£6000-£7000). Local businesses and organisations also got behind the production. Project co-ordinator Jonathon Kay said the project was the first of its kind, bringing in a new era of creative schooling techniques. The dramatic film, about a teenage girl who is bullied at her new school after h
  • Peter Morgan to get screenwriting honour at San Francisco

    The Queen and The Last King of Scotland screenwriter Peter Morgan will receive the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from Apr 26-May 10.The award, named after the San Francisco film commissioner and philanthropist Maurice Kanbar, will be presented on May 3 to Morgan, a best original screenplay Oscar nominee for
  • Poor Boy's Game

    Dir: Clement Virgo. Can. 2007. 104mins. If you haven't had your fill of motivational boxing movies, here's one with a twist. Clement Virgo's Poor Boy's Game is a Canadian fight feature. In Nova Scotia, an ex-con enters the ring to pay a moral debt and escape the dead-end of Halifax's rough white underclass. Even with Danny Glover in the cast, given the glut of recent boxing films, PoorBoy's Gamecould get KO'ed at the box office in the US and C
  • Poseidon

    Dir: Wolfgang Petersen. US. 2006. 100mins. Wolfgang Petersen's new version of ocean liner disaster yarn The Poseidon Adventure - first adapted, of course, as a 1972 blockbuster with Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters starring - works well enough as a full-speed-ahead thrill ride, even if it sometimes drifts off into kitschy self-parody.But it isn't nearly as effective or well rounded as the director's earlier nautical or aerial thrillers (Das Boot,
  • Production - Argentina - The funds of others

    Since Argentina's economic crash, the territory's film industry has been fighting its way back to health. But while the industry has been weathering the storm - 90 films were produced last year and directors such as Daniel Burman, Pablo Trapero and Lucrecia Martel are drawing plaudits around the world - the climate at home is tougher than ever.A rapid rise in inflation has sent production costs soaring, upsetting the sector's equilibrium and increasing the need to find overseas partner
  • Production - Bollywood in the UK - Passage from India

    When UK chancellor Gordon Brown made a government visit to India last month it was telling that he made a bee-line for Bollywood, taking in a tour of the YRF Studios in Mumbai and speaking of the need to provide further incentives for Indian film-makers to shoot in the UK.This comes at a time when Bollywood productions are going global. In a bid to bring exotic new settings to Indian audiences, and to cater for the large, global non-resident Indian market, Indian producers are increasi
  • Production - co-productions - Forming partnerships

    Aside from Bollywood projects coming to the UK solely for location work, there is now a new generation of Indian film-makers interested in working more closely with UK producers and technicians and even considering the benefits of the new tax relief."Although the treaty obviously isn't having an effect yet, the UK is building up relationships with Indian film-makers and there are projects going on at the moment," says the UK Film Council's Clare Wise.Kate Pike at the Department
  • Production - Festival - Talent spot

    Argentina's leading film event, Mar del Plata is this year increasing its focus on Latin America's new talent with a cash prize of $50,000 for the best film in a new competition section for first and second features to run parallel to the official competition.The Latin American competition will feature films from Brazil (including Karim Ainouz's Suely In The Sky), Mexico (Francisco Vargas' The Violin); Cuba (Jorge Luis Sanchez's El Benny) and Paraguay, among others
  • Production - International Locations - The travel bug

    If Western audiences turn to Hindi movies for exotica and spectacle, Bollywood film-makers too have returned the favour by shooting on foreign soil. Although Bollywood's footprint has grown considerably beyond Indian borders in the last decade, Hindi movies have been locating sequences, songs and even whole movies in foreign locations since the early 1960s. Overseas shoots enhance a movie's glamour quotient, allow audiences to become armchair tourists and, when the plot demands it, allow for
  • Production - Set jetting

    Bollywood productions may bring work for UK crews and facilities, but another financial benefit is found through tourism.The UK Film Council's Clare Wise says: "The Bollywood films that are going to travel are going to be somewhere between the $2m-$20m mark, which means even if they spend 70% or 80% in the UK, compared to what the average Hollywood film drops here, it's a very small amount."But the tourism these films are responsible for is more significant."There was an
  • Production - Stock market moves

    Argentinian production consortium, set up in 2006, is launching InvertFilm, the country's first film trust fund, raising $5m on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange to finance local projects. Films set to benefit are Daniel Burman's The Empty Nest, shooting in August, and projects from new talent including Mirta Raquel Ovsejevich's Beautiful and Maria Laura Gargarella's Reasons Not To Fall In Love, both winners of a script contest.The two-year fund was s
  • Production - The big pull

    Italy's government has designated India as its trade target for 2007. Speaking at a press conference earlier this month in Mumbai, minister for international trade Emma Bonino said: "We want to invite Indian film-makers to shoot in Italy. After all, we too have some of the most picturesque locales."India has an official treaty with Italy, which covers co-productions. Forthcoming projects include Aditya Bhattacharya's $2.5m action movie-noir Bollywood Cop, backed by Rome's Istitu
  • Production - UK shoots - The brit factor

    GoalDir: Vivek AgnihotriThis Bollywood production from major Indian conglomerate UTV - about a group of Indians playing football in the UK - starts shooting in London this month. Starring real-life couple John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, director Agnihotri will use mostly Indian crew.Dance Baby Dance (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom)Dir. Shaad AliThis Yash Raj film, about two Indian football fans with cancer who go to the UK to watch the game, stars Bollywood legends Amit
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Group signs free-TV rights deal with Warner

    Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Media has signed a long-running agreement with Warner Bros International Television Distribution (WBITD) for future productions from the Warner Bros studio. Starting in 2007, the agreement grants the German broadcasting group exclusive free-TV rights for all of the studio's feature films and a selection of series released during the contract period. The first title under the new agreement to air on ProSiebenSat.1 stations will be the current cinema release
  • Renny Harlin to make his first film in Finland in 20 years

    Currently making Cleaner in the US with Samuel L Jackson and Ed Harris, Finnish Hollywood-director Renny Harlin will direct his first film in Finland for 20 years, a $15.8-18.8m (Euros 12m-14m) epic of Finnish historical legend CGE Mannerheim, a Swedish-speaking nobleman who served the Russian Tsar before returning in 1917 to become the father and later president of his country. The Finnish-Russian co-production will be packaged by Finnish producer Markus Selin, of Solar Films,
  • Reshuffle at Pusan brings in Lee as co-festival director

    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced a major reshuffle of its organisation. Twelve-year festival head Kim Dong Ho is taking on a co-festival director - former co-deputy director Lee Yong Kwan. Kim (70), whose globe-trotting, hard-working personality has come to personify PIFF, will continue steering the festival's international work, while Lee (51) will take charge of domestic affairs. Currently also director of Seoul Youth International
  • Rider rules in North America with $19.7m second weekend

    Sony's action title Ghost Rider held on to top spot at the North American box office in its second weekend, fending off New Line's new psycho-thriller The Number 23, which had to make do with the number two.The Marvel Comics adaptation added an estimated $19.7m to raise the tally to a highly respectable $78.7m after 10 days. The Number 23, which stars Jim Carrey as
  • Saturno Contro

    Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek. It-Fr-Turk. 2007. 109mins. The problems of nine little people don't amount to a hill of beans in Italo-Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek's latest offering, Saturno Contro. Billed as a melancholy generational comedy, this occasionally affecting - but dramatically inert - feature deals with a close-knit circle of thirty- and fortysomething Roman friends whose mid-life crises are highlighted, in different ways, by a death within the group.
  • Second Naresuan film conquers Thai box office

    Following the success of the first instalment of Thai historical epic, The Legend Of King Naresuan, the second film in the trilogy, Declaration Of Independence, stormed the Thai box office on its four-day opening weekend, raking in a whopping $3.9m (130m baht) in Bangkok. The second instalment, also directed by Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol, outperformed the first, Pegu's Hostage, by 30% although it opened on the same scale on a massive 270 prints nationwide.
  • Seville clocks up Berlin deals on Poor Boy's Game

    Seville International has closed multiple sales on Clement Virgo's Berlin Panorama entry Poor Boy's Game starring Danny Glover, Rossif Sutherland and Laura Regan. Tot Media bought the film for Spain, CCV for Scandinavia, All Interactive Distribution for Australia, Epelpol for Poland, Video Filmes for Brazil, Teleview International for the Middle East, Paradiso forBenelux, AQS for the Czech Republic, J-Bics for Thailand, Empire Video for Romania
  • Sheffield Docfest to offer eighth UK touring programme

    The Sheffield Docfest is working with the BFI to launch its UK tour at the Barbican in London on March 7, in partnership with Dochouse. The Sheffield touring programme is now in its eighth year and includes highlights from the November festival. The tour will travel for three months to 10 cinemas across the UK. Stops will include Bradford, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Cardiff and Chichester. The organisation is workign with Carbon Planet to be a carbon neutral festival, and fittingly wi
  • Shelter (Riparo: Anis Fra Di Noi)

    Dir: Marco Simon Puccioni. It-Fr. 2007. 105mins. A small, unpolished but involving drama of jealousy and social status, Shelter offers an interesting twist on the theme of the stranger who enters a family unit and exposes its faultlines. The unit in this case is a lesbian couple, and the stranger is Anis, an underage Moroccan illegal immigrant who stows away in their car when they return from a holiday in Tunisia. Though it's nothing to look at, Shelte
  • Sky increases Italian film investment

    Satellite TV operator Sky Italia has come to an agreement with Italian producers to increase investment in Italian cinema by 37%, increasing their actual investment from $28.8m (Euros 22m) to $45.9m (Euros 35m) annually. Details of the rights purchasing agreement of local films - including how much exclusivity Sky can retain of national products - is still in discussion. The agreement does not allow for the acquisition of non-satellite rights, such as IPTV or mobile pho
  • So long, Bombay

    Bollywood will pick up its traveling bags several times this year. A portion of Anurag Kashyap's No Smoking, which opens in April, has been shot in Uzbekistan. Two Yash Raj Films productions are being shot in different parts of the globe, Shimit Amin's Chak De India and Siddharth Anand's Ta Ra Rum Pum in New York. Suneel Darshan's Shaka Laka Boom Boom has been shot in Johannesburg and other locations in South Africa.Goal, produced by United Television
  • Sofia festival plans focus on German cinema

    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-nominated The Lives Of Others and the 2006 Berlinale competition films The Free Will by Matthias Glasner and Requiem by Hans-Christian Schmid are part of focus of German cinema at this year's Sofia International Film Festival (March 1-11). The International Competition has invited Chris Kraus' Bavarian Film Prize-winning prison drama Four Minutes and the co-productions La Fine Del Mare by Nora Hoppe and The Tr
  • South West Screen plans film financing event

    UK regional screen agency South West Screen is planning a one-day film finance conference in Bristol on March 16. The event is aimed at producers and directors with some industry background. More updated programme information on Funding Your Feature and booking instructions can be found at Speakers coming to Bristol 's Watershed will include producer Stephen Woolley, Tenon Group's John
  • Tekkonkinkreet

    Dir: Michael Arias. Jap. 2007. 112mins. The first feature-length Japanese anime to be directed by a foreigner, the impressive Tekkonkinkreet has cult animation written all over it. It's a streetwise Spirited Away, darker, moodier and more adult-oriented than Miyazaki's masterwork, with an apocalyptic undercurrent that reminds one of the dark fairytales of Philip Pullman and a noirish urban lyricism with hints of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
  • Telefilm backs new films from Falardeau, Poole, Picard

    Fresh from his triumphant Best Picture prize for Congorama at Quebec's Jutras earlier this week, Quebecois auteur Philippe Falardeau has been greenlit by Telefilm Canada for his next production, C'est Pas Moi Je Le Jure. It was one of ten films in the latest round of French-language project funding by the Canadian film investment agency, including much-anticipated projects from Lea Pool and actor-turned-director Lu
  • The 79th Academy Awards

    The Departedstole the show at the 79th Academy Awards in Hollywood,taking top prize for best picture and propelling Martin Scorsese to hislong-awaited first directing Oscar.
  • The Filthy World

    Dir: Jeff Garlin. US. 2006. 86mins. 'I'm not a sadist, I did it one take,' John Waters says about the notorious climatic action of Pink Flamingos, his breakthrough underground assault of bourgeois refine and social taste whose debauchery ends with Divine, the 300-pound transvestite, ingesting dog faeces. Jean Renoir famously said in The Rules Of The Game everybody has his reasons. In Waters' twisted, informed, hilariously off-kilter world view, expressed repe
  • The Last Mimzy

    Dir: Bob Shaye. US. 2007. 94mins. What on paper looked suspiciously like a vanity directing project by New Line supremo Bob Shaye turns out to be a quirky, New Age, eco-aware kids' sci-fi movie that plays well with young audiences - at least if the upbeat reaction from the Berlinale Kinderfest audience is anything to go by. The Last Mimzy is an uneven film, reverting to TV cliches at times but with a widescreen emotional range and wonder-factor
  • The Number 23

    Dir: Joel Schumacher. US. 2007. 94mins. Jim Carrey continues his beseeching petition of dramatic film fans with The Number 23, a stylish if somewhat murky thriller about one man's downward descent into geometric fixation and madness. The film intriguingly flits around the edges of loopy susceptibility that go hand in hand with obsession and compulsion, but ultimately delivers more on mood than satisfying substance. A good point of comparison would be
  • The Unpolished (Die Unerzogenen)

    Dir: Pia Marais. Ger. 2007. 95mins The perils and occasional benefits of growing up bohemian are subtly and wryly evoked in The Unpolished, a confident debut feature from German director Pia Marais which premiered in Rotterdam, where it was one of the Tiger Award winners. An elliptical, somewhat dreamlike narrative, impressionistic directing style and generous, unpredictable approach to her characters marks Marais out as a distinctive voice, to be co
  • Think's big picture

    ThinkFilm went on a bit of a shopping spree at last month's Sundance Film Festival. The five-year-old independent US and Canadian distributor, not known for high-profile purchases, paid a reported $2m for North American rights to space-programme documentary M, wrote another big cheque for North American theatrical rights to spoof The Ten, and is said to have started talks for Penelope Cruz romantic comedy The Good Night.The splurge, says ThinkFilm's Toronto-base
  • ThinkSync launches short film and music competition

    London-based ThinkSync Films has launched its second competition bringing together independent film-makers and independent record labels and music publishers. Film-makers will submit short films of the theme 'Twist', using one or more tracks from the music freely downloadable at the ThinkSync website. Films should not resemble music videos, and they will be judged on the most skilful and appropriate use of music within the film. Among the 35 tracks at the website are from labels includin
  • UKFC Development Fund backs projects from Kudos and Vertigo

    The UK Film Council's Development Fund has announced the latest round of projects it is supporting with National Lottery awards. The projects being funded include spy satire Blowback, which is written by Rupert Walters and will be produced by Stephen Garrett and Paul Webster at Kudos. That film gets $121,892 (£62,500). Other awards went to writer/director Sam Walker's Bad Dog, a UK horror film co-written by Rob Morgan. Allan Niblo and Brock Norman Brock will produce
  • UK's Birds Eye View to close with Collyer presenting Sherrybaby

    London's Birds Eye View Film Festival, devoted to women filmmakers, will present its third edition from March 8-14 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and National Film Theatre. The gala opening on International Womens Day will be introduced by Jerry Hall and include a programme of international shorts. The festival will close with a gala presentation of Sherrybaby, including a Q&A with director Laurie Collyer. Other features in the programme will include Hilary Brougher'
  • United Kingdom - Rise of the Gilbeys

    When Julian Gilbey was told he had received a Bafta nomination for special achievement by a first-time British film-maker, he thought someone was pulling his leg. But while his film Rollin' With The Nines enjoyed only modest commercial returns last year, it won the best film jury prize at the Raindance film festival in 2005 and Gilbey was praised by critics for his action set pieces.The director hopes his third film will give him more mainstream exposure. Another collaboration w
  • United Kingdom - Shaking things up

    Summing up the frustrations of many of his peers, Edward Fletcher of Soda Pictures says simply: "It's difficult to be an independent in the current climate."Fletcher and co-managing director Eve Gabereau started the indie UK distributor in 2002 when foreign-language and arthouse films seemed to be connecting with audiences. But the market has become tougher by all accounts."The market we were born into was more optimistic," Fletcher recalls. "Things like Amelie and Amo
  • US producers block Canadian strike resolution

    A resolution to the Canadian performers strike hit a road block this weekend when representatives of US producers refused to ratify an agreement struck by ACTRA and Canadian producers on Friday. Negotiators for both ACTRA and Canadian Film and Television Producers Association (CFTPA) and the Association des producteurs de film et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) had been optismistic of reaching a compromise on Friday afternoon. But an ensuing discussion between legal repre
  • Wild Hogs

    Dir: Walt Becker. US. 2007. 99mins. Four suburban buddies confront their mid-life crisis by hitting the highway in Wild Hogs, an extremely pedestrian road movie that sputters along in search of laughs. With much of the comedy coming from failed homo-erotic digs at male bonding, this ensemble piece features several bankable stars but takes mostly wrong turns. Starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and William H Macy, the Disney film opens
  • World premiere of The Princess Of The Sun at Babelsberg Cartoon Movie market

    This year's Cartoon Movie co-production forum for European animation feature films will be open in Potsdam on March 7 with the world premiere of Philippe Leclerc's The Princess Of The Sun (La Reine Soleil). Leclerc, who based his story of the Egyptian princess Akhesa on the novel of the same name by the French Egyptologist and author Christian Jacq, is also one of the nominees for this year's Cartoon Movie Tributes which are awarded in recognition of services to the Europea
  • Zodiac

    Dir: David Fincher. US. 2007. 158mins. In the shadows of this year's Oscar ceremony comes the first legitimate contender for next year's honours in the form of David Fincher's Zodiac, a dense but hypnotic and starkly involving account of the unsolved murders in California that spanned the late 1960s and 1970s. Part brooding investigative ensemble, part journalistic procedural in the vein of All The President's Men, the film is a strikingly well stitched toget