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23 October 2006

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  • 61 films submitted for foreign language Academy Award

    A record 61 countries have submitted films for consideration inthe foreign language film category for the 79th Academy Awards.
  • Academy Foundation gives $290,000 to US-based film festivals

    The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts andSciences has allocated $290,000 in grants among 27 US festivals for calendaryear 2007.
  • After This Our Exile (After This Our Exile)

    Dir: Patrick Tam. Hong Kong, 2006.158mins.Excruciatingly long and exceedingly over-sentimental,Patrick Tam's After This, Our Exilelooks like a daytime soap, save for a couple of torrid love scenes which may beits best achievement.Tam's tear-jerking dramaabout a cook whose family is torn apart by his inveterate gambling and unpaiddebts displays great technical ability (the director has edited films by Wo
  • Alliance Atlantis puts MPD on the block

    Alliance Atlantis Communications has hung a for sale sign onits majority-owned releasing arm, Motion Picture Distribution (MPD). The decision, announced today, to "explore ownershipalternatives" comes after months of speculation and much internal acrimony. InJuly of this year MPD chairman Victor Loewy and two senior MPD executivesabruptly left the company amidst accusations of a management-engineeredbuy-out. A pivot in the corporate saga is a key-man clause in the outputagreement betwe
  • Amy Redford heads cast of Finding Fate for MacArt, Bootstrap

    Amy Redford has joined the cast of Jack Conroy's family drama FindingFate, which is set tobegin filming in Ireland and New York in early 2007.
  • Animaker plans Finland's highest-budget feature

    Following Help! I'm a Fish and The Ugly Duckling And Me!,Danish director Michael Hegner stays in animal kingdom for his next feature, The Way To The Stars.Staged by Finnish productionhouse Animaker, and co-directed by Finnish director Kari Juusonen, the $7.7m(Euros 6.1m) CGI-animated feature - the most expensive productionever in Finland - is the s
  • Arista, BBC and Capitol launch minority writing scheme

    Arista, BBC Films andCapitol Films Production will launch the minority screenwriting programmeScribes 2 with a networking event on Oct 24. The scheme, for black and minority ethnic UKscreenwriters, is backed by the UK Film Council and Film London. Eight selected participants will go through an eight-month projectdevelopment programme and will get a first-look de
  • Asian Film Market has promising first edition

    The first Asian Film Marketwrapped today after a four-day run (Oct 15-18), concurrent to the 11thedition of the Pusan International Film Festival. The event was held mainly inthe Grand Hotel on Haeundae beach, with a total of 3,500 participants.The sales market was joinedby locations, production and post-production convention BIFCOM, and the co-productionmarket Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), in hosting 562 companies from 40 countries.Although traffic thinned outafter the first two
  • BBC Worldwide on board for African elephant feature

    Following on its first twofeatures Deep Blue and earth, BBC Worldwide is planning is third wildlife feature, Distant Thunder. BBC has comeon board as a co-producer with independent film-makers Mark Deeble and VictoriaStone. Distant Thunder will be about the previously unseen emotional intelligence of theAfrican elephant.BBC Worl
  • Becker on board for animated Mary & Max

    Becker International hassigned on to handle worldwide sales on the planned animated feature Mary & Max from Oscar winner AdamElliot.The writer/director won anAcademy Award in 2004 for his short film HarvieKrumpet. His new project is backed by Becker alongside Australiandistributor and sister company, Dendy Films.Becker head Iain Canningwill be talking up the claymation film at AFM inNovember. It tells the tale of the 20-year relationship between
  • Before We Fall In Love Again

    Dir/scr: James Lee. Malay-HK-Chi. 2006. 99mins.Husbands and their wives' lovers have never hit itoff as well as they do in Before We Fall In Love Again, a strange and tightly controlledMalaysian romantic drama. Granted, it would have gained much by being shot onfilm, but even in its digital form it confirms the talent of film-maker JamesLee (The Beautiful Washing Machine):possibly he should consider being m
  • Berlinale gets cooking with new culinary cinema sidebar

    Berlinale festivaldirector Dieter Kosslick is introducing a new film programme of features,documentaries and shorts entitled Look & Cook - Culinary Cinema at the 2007festival. Held at the Wintergartenvariete theatre ten minutes away from Potsdamer Platz, the programme will includescreeni
  • Bigelow enters The Hurt Locker for Voltage Pictures

    Kathryn Bigelow has begun pre-production on Iraq-set action drama TheHurt Locker, whichVoltage Pictures will commence selling at AFM next month.
  • Boys Of Tomorrow (Woori-Ege Nae-Ileun Eobda)

    Dir/scr. Noh Dong-seok. S Kor. 2006. 93mins.Pursuing similar themes to those covered in his debutfeature Generation, which screened acouple of years ago in Pusan, Noh Dong-seok's Boys OfTomorrow again takes up the cause of lost youth whose hopes and dreams aretrampled by the slum misery into which they are born.Shot on HD with a camera deployedin almost documentary fashion, this tale of a
  • Brazil's Two Sons wins music-themed Turks & Caicos festival

    Thefirst annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival closed at theweekend [21] as Breno Silveira's Brazilian drama Two Sons Of Francisco was named best feature and The Hip Hop Project, on which Queen Latifah and Bruce Willis served asexecutive producers, won best documentary honours.
  • Breaking And Entering to open, Rescue Dawn to close Denver Film Festival

    Anthony Minghella's London-set drama Breaking And Entering and Werner Herzog's Vietnam POW thrillerRescue Dawn bookendthe 29th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF29).
  • Children Of Men multiplies in four major territories

    Fox International's overseas champion The Devil Wears Prada stands a chance of crossing $100m thisweekend as it launches in four territories.The comedy has amassed $83.5m and goes out in smallermarkers this weekend including Sweden on Oct 20. Decent holds in previouslyopen
  • Chris Davis International bringing Ten Inch Hero to AFM

    Brave New Films has completed principal photography on DavidMackay's ensemble drama Ten Inch Hero, which Chris Davis International is representing forinternational sales.
  • ContentFilm on board for Barker's Outpost

    ContentFilm Internationalhas acquired worldwide rights to and will co-finance the new action horror filmOutpost.Steve Barker will direct theproject for producers Black Camel Pictures and Matador Pictures. The film, written by RaeBrunton, is set in an unnamed Eastern European country, where battle-wornmercenaries are hired by a mysterious businessmen forhis own special mission. Outpost iscasting now and principal photography will start
  • Crossing The Line

    Dir. Daniel Gordon. UK. 2006. 91mins.Perfectly timed to reach Pusanjust as current tensions with North Korean increase once more, Crossing The Linepromises more than it can deliver. The story of former US soldier James Joseph Dresnok, 44 years after he left the American dream andsettled in Pyongyang, DanielGordon's documentary fails to offer any new significant angle on the littlethat is kno
  • David Lean classics to be restored by 2008

    The BFI National Archive andGranada International have announced a new plan to restore and preserve eightclassics by David Lean before 2008, the centenary of his birth.The David Lean Foundationhas funded the initiative, which will preserve In Which We Serve (1942), ThisHappy Breed (1944), Blithe Spirit(1945), Brief Encounter (1945), Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), The Passionate Friends (1948) and M
  • Davis joins Liberation as head of worldwide business affairs

    J Alan Davis has joined Los Angeles-based distribution and saleshouse Liberation Entertainment as vice president and head of worldwide businessaffairs.
  • Death Defying Acts wraps London shoot

    Gillian Armstrong has wrappedprincipal photography on Death DefyingActs, starring Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta Jones and Timothy Spall. Thedrama, about Harry Houdini meeting a mysterious woman on tour, filmed onlocation in and around London.Tony Grisoni wrote thescreeplay with Brian Ward. Marian Macgowan produced forMacgowan Lupovitz Nasatir Films with Chris Curling for Zephyr Films. The film is a UK/Aus
  • Donner, Juonifilmi on board for The Border

    Oscar-winning Finnishproducer Jorn Donner will return to filmmaking after a six-year hiatus, asproducer of Lauri Torhonen's The Border, which marks the first feature from productioncompany Juonifilmi. Scripted by Aleksi Bardy, The Border is based on the real-lifestory of Donner's father, which Donner told Torhonen as they collaborated onthe 1986 film The Undressing. In the historical lovedrama, set early 1918 at the end of the Finnish Civil War,
  • Dutch distributor A-Film expands into Belgium

    Dutch independentdistributor A-Film has plans to open a new office in Antwerp. The A-Film catalogue, including 1800 titles, willbe expanded to the Belgium market. General director Pim Hermeling appointed AnnSchepens as booker for theatrical sales.The first theatricalreleases include Mel Gibson's Apocalypto,Roger Michell's Venus, MichelGondry's
  • EFA documentary nominees Groening and Hopkins

    The European Film Academy hasannounced the nominees for this year's Prix Arte for documentary film. The eight nominees are:37 Uses For A Dead Sheep by BenHopkins (UK)Into Great Silence (Die Grosse Stille)by Philip Groening (Germany)Dreaming By Numbers by Anna Bucchetti(The Netherlands)Grandmother's House (La Casa De MiAbuela) by Adan Aliaga (Spain)Maradona, The Golden Kid (Maradona, Un GaminEn Or) by Jean-Chr
  • EFP again hosts umbrella office at AFM

    European Film Promotion isfor the ninth year running an umbrella office for European sales companies atthe American Film Market (Nov 1-8).This year, the EFP office(Loews room 504) will host 16 industry professionals from eight countries. Participating companies are:Austria's EastWest, Belgium's PPA - Walter Ertvelt and Banana Films, the CzechRepublic's Simply Cinema Sales, France's Eurocine and Arsam, Germany's SchmidtzKatze and B&T, The Netherlands'
  • Father wins China's first mobile phone movie awards

    The inaugural Mobile PhoneMovie Awards - organised by Beijing-based Zonbo Media, Xian city government andXian Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone - closed yesterday in China's Xian city with eight awards given out to youngshort filmmakers across the country.Father,directed by Qin Xiaopeng, took the top prize, the best film award, winning$1,265 (RMB10,000).Another $1,265 award, forbest creative film, went to 3
  • Fenkel moves from domestic to international at THINKFilm

    Former THINKFilm vice president of marketing David Fenkel has beenpromoted to vice president of international as the company continues to ramp upits overseas sales business.
  • Fire, Evil take audience awards at Mill Valley

    Phillip Noyce's Catch A Fire took home the audience award for best dramatic feature atthe Mill Valley Film Festival, which ran from Oct 5-15.
  • Fireworks from Iran wins Gold Hugo at Chicago Film Festival

    Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama Fireworks Wednesday won the Gold Hugo for bestfilm at this year's Chicago International Film Festival.
  • Flanders Fest awards top prize to Ten Canoes

    The Flanders InternationalFilm Festival closed its 33rd edition with its top award going to Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer and PeterDjigirr. The grand prize for bestfilm came with a $25,116 (Euros 20,000) award to help with distribution costsin Flanders and Brussels. Producer Jan Harlan chairedthe jury, which also included director Ken Wardrop, critic Michel Ciment,musician Jan Leyers, comp
  • Fortissimo boards world sales for No Regret

    Fortissimo Films has pickedup worldwide sales rights outside Korea to No Regret from DCG+ and Generation Blue Films.New film-maker LeesongHee-Il's film deals with the romance between a male escort and a man from highsociety, played by Lee Han and Lee Young-Hoon.Yoonhee Choi, managingdirector of Korean sales company Film Messenger, on behalf of DCG+, brokeredthe deal with Fortissimo's direc
  • Fourteen short films nominated for Prix UIP

    TheEuropean Film Academy and UIP have announcedthe short film nominees for the 2006 European Film Awards. Thenominees are selected at 14 film festivals across Europe and the 1,700 members ofthe European Film Academy
  • Frank Stirling leaves Boeing for digital cinema unit at Panorama Labs

    Frank Stirling has been named president of Panorama Labs' digital cinemastrategic business unit.
  • Gangster High (Pokryok Sekkeul)

    Dir/scr: Park Kihyung. Korea, 2006. 102mins.An exceedingly violent high-school rumpus that deterioratesinto warfare, with dead and wounded left on the battlefield, Park Kihyung's GangsterHigh is the kind of picture no young teen will be allowed to see, should censorshave any say in the matter.Park Ki-hyung,whose disappointing family horror film Acaciaclosed Pusan three years ago, has here dropped
  • Germany's FFA backs next Glawogger film

    New feature films fromAustria's Michael Glawogger, theatre/film director Leander Hausmann and the directorialduo Marcus Mittermeier and Jan Henrik Stahlberg are among seven projectsawarded a total of $2.8m (Euros 2.25m) production support by the German FederalFilm Board (FFA).Glawogger received $313,937(Euros 250,000) for Contact High, thesequel to his comedy Nacktschnecken, which will be produced by Lotus Filmwith Berlin-ba
  • Gothams honour Winslet, Norton, unveil nominations list

    KateWinslet and Edward Norton will receive 2006 Gotham Tributes at the upcoming16th Annual Gotham Awards in New York on Nov 29.
  • Hawaii fest gets underway with Asia-focused line-up

    The 26th HawaiiInternational Film Festival (HIFF) opened over the weekend with a screening of AlejandroGonzalez Inarritu's Babeland a programme that has a strong emphasis on Asianfilms. The line-upincludes special focuses on South-East Asia, a celebration of the FilipinoCentennial in Hawaii,and a look at new Vietnamese cinema. HIFF is alsoprese
  • Henson's Fraggle Rock headed for the big screen

    The Jim Henson Company is developing a full-length feature basedon its 1980s television show Fraggle Rock.The story will follow the adventures of Fraggle Rockresidents Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red as they venture outside theirhome and encounter new creatures.
  • Hong Kong's Focus Films picks up Malaysian duo

    Hong Kong's Focus Films hastaken on the international sales rights to two Malaysian films - Tan Chui Mui'sdebut feature Love Conquers All and Yasmin Ahmad's latest film Mukhsin. Both films are currentlyplaying in the Winds of Asia section of the Tokyo International Film Festival. Love Conquers All, which won best film and a FIPRESCI prize in Pusan's New Currents section, is about a small town girlwho falls for a m
  • Hounsou to star in urban drama The Trunk

    Djimon Hounsou will star in urban drama The Trunk for the trio of Los Angeles-basedcompanies Melee Entertainment, White, and Bluvoma Inc.
  • IFC Films goes AMERICANese

    IFC Entertainment has taken all North American rights to EricByler's AMERICANese,and will release the relationship drama through IFC First Take in 2007.Byler wrote and directed the feature, which receives itsEast Coast premiere this weekend at the Hamptons International Fi
  • IFC takes US rights to Von Trier's Boss Of It All

    IFCEntertainment's prolific acquisitions streak continued this week as the companyannounced it had taken all US rights to Lars Von Trier's Danish comedy Bossof It All.
  • Industry finds first Rome Film Fest unique from Venice

    As the Rome Film Festprepares to wrap its first edition on Saturday, the fears that it could not co-exist with Venice seem to have dissipated. .Although, of course, there remainsthe contentious issue of Rome's datesto be settled. Gaettano Blandini, General Director of Cinema at Italy's Culture Ministry told the two festivals should meet "as soon aspossible
  • Isabella wins best film at Bangkok World film fest

    Pang Ho Cheung's Isabella from Hong Kong was awarded best film at the 4th World Film Festival of Bangkok onSunday night (October 22).The jury reached thedecision unanimously for the film's multiple merits which include "the powerfulperformance of both its lead actors, the dynamic direction as well as theimpressive cinematography and art direction".The best script award wentto Florian Hanig for Seeds Of Doubtwith director Samir Nasr on hand to
  • Kaurismaki doesn't want to be considered for Oscar

    Finnish director Aki Kaurismakihas withdrawn from the race for an Academy Award nomination in the BestForeign-Language Film category. He has told the FinnishOscar Committee that he does not want LightsIn The Dusk - the final film in his losers'trilogy - to be Finland's official submission. With deadline for submission passed, it is toolate to come up with a new candidate."Kaurismaki was ap
  • L'Aria Salata

    Dir: Alessandro Angelini. It. 2006. 88mins.Tight and tense, this debut feature by documentarydirector Alessandro Angelini is the first local buzztitle to have emerged from the inaugural Rome Film Fest. Telling the story of ayoung prison counsellor who discovers that his latest charge - a convictedmurderer - is the man who abandoned him and his mother when he was still aninfant, L'Aria Salata (whichtranslates as "salty air") is
  • Lien's Bothersome Man takes top honours at The Hamptons

    Jens Lien's Norwegian comedy-horror movie The Bothersome Man won the Golden Starfish for bestnarrative feature at the 14th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival,while Georgi Lazarevski's Voyage In G Major won corresponding documentary honours.
  • London's 50th festival opens with Last King Of Scotland

    The Times BFI London FilmFestival opened Wednesday night with the European premiere of Kevin Macdonald'sThe Last King OfScotland.Guests at the Odeon Leicester Square included the film's stars Forest Whitaker, JamesMcAvoy, Kerry Washington and Gillian Anderson along with director Macdonald, writer Peter Morgan and the novel's author Giles Foden.Other a
  • Love Conquers All, Betelnut take top Pusan prizes

    Malaysian drama Love Conquers All, directed by Tan ChuiMui, and Chinese director Heng Yang's Betelnutwere jointly awarded Best New Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the PusanInternational Film Festival (PIFF) on Friday night (Oct 20). The $30,000 award ispresented to the best film in New Currents, which is the only competitivesection of the festival. The five-person jury, headed by Istvan Szabo, selectedBetelnut for its "new cinematicvalue, great acting from all the c
  • MPAA teams up with City Of New York to crack down on piracy

    TheMotion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has teamed up with the city of NewYork to crack down on piracy through new legislation and noise abatement laws.
  • New fees and passes planned for Berlin market

    The organisers of nextyear's European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin (Feb 8-18, 2007) will now be offering film professionals three waysof attending the market.As EFM deputy director KarenArikian told, the EFMwill have "alternatives which were not in place before. For example, forthe first time, we are offering EFM attendees the option of buying a Festivalaccreditation.
  • New York Film Critics Circle welcomes four new members

    VA Musetto and Kyle Smith from The New York Post, and David Fearand Joshua Rothkopf from Time Out New York have been invited to join the NewYork Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).
  • Novkovic wins hat-trick of awards at Cottbus festival

    Serbiandirector Oleg Novkovic scored a hat-trick at this year's FilmFestival Cottbus(Nov 14-18) when his latest feature Tomorrow Morning (Sutra Ujutru) won the Main Prize for Best Film, the FIPRESCI Prize and thenewly-created From Cottbus to Cinema Distribution Support Prize.
  • Odyssey pacts with Starz on CG comedy Sheepish

    UK-based Odyssey Entertainment will handle international sales anddistribution on Starz Animation's $45m CG family animated comedy Sheepish.
  • Pacino to receive AFI's 35th Life Achievement Award

    Al Pacino will receive the 35th AFI Life Achievement Award at agala tribute in Los Angeles on Jun 7, 2007.
  • Perhaps Love leads the pack in Golden Horse race

    Thenominations for the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language cinema wereannounced today in Taipei. Titles competing for Best Feature Film arePatrick Tam's After This Our Exile, Ning Hao's Crazy Stone, Johnnie To's Exiled, Pe
  • Perhaps Love leads the pack in Golden Horse race

    The nominations for the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language cinema were announced today in Taipei. Titles competing for Best Feature Film are Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile, Ning Hao's Crazy Stone, Johnnie To's Exiled, Peter Chan's Perhaps Love and Su Chao-pin's Silk.Musical Perhaps Love dominates the race to the finishing line with 12 nominations including Best Director and a Best Leading Actress nod
  • PIFF to expand to LA, launch TV channel

    The Pusan International FilmFestival is collaborating with JoongAng Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) to setup a Los Angeles edition of the festival and also launch aPIFF-branded cable channel in South Korea. The two partners, along withthe JoongAng group's LA-based newspaper KoreaDaily, plan to hold the first edition of the tentatively titled "PIFF inLA" in the first half of
  • Prada struts past $100m after stylish $19m weekend

    Fox International's The Devil Wears Prada swept past $100m on the back of anestimated $19m weekend overseas haul.
  • Pretty Pictures buys North Korean hit Schoolgirl's Diary

    French distributor PrettyPictures has bought North Korean hit TheSchoolgirl's Diary, marking the first commercial deal for a North Koreanfilm to a Western country in recent decades.James Velaise, president ofPretty Pictures, attended the Pyongyang International Film Festival inSeptember where The Schoolgirl's Diary,a local hit with 8 million admissions, was screened. Negotiations started in Pyongyang but only closed today (Oct 1
  • PUSAN: Asian Film Market deals round-up

    Cineclick Asia had a busymarket selling two horror titles to France's Wild Side Films - Hanzel And Gretel, directed by YimPil-sung (Antartic Journal), and Mommy's Risen, a co-production betweenCineclick and Blue Storm. Meanwhile, Thailand's J-bics picked up a package ofKim Tae-yong's quirky family drama FamilyTies; melodrama Love Me Not
  • PUSAN: Cineclick Asia sells horror duo to Wild Side

    On the third day of theAsian Film Market, Cineclick Asia has announced a raft of sales to France's Wild Side Films and Thailand's J-bics.Wild Side has picked upFrench-speaking rights to upcoming horror film Hanzel And Gretel to be directed by Yim Pil-sung (Antarctic Journal). The film hypothesises whathappens to the two children of the epo
  • PUSAN: Indonesia's Queen Films on buying spree

    Indonesia's Queen Films, the distribution arm of start-upexhibitor Blitz Cinemas, has snapped up four Korean titles from iHQ, as well asGhost Game from Hong Kong's Golden Network Asia.Queen Films' Ananda Siregarsigned with iHQ's head of international sales Catherine Park for KimYoung-joon's Gangster High; Thursday's Child, a melodrama starringKim Sun-ah; Taewon Entertainment's ma
  • PUSAN: Pang's Ibrahim takes top prize at PPP

    The Pang Ho Cheung project, One Day Of Ibrahim, picked up the topprize at this year's Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) - the $20,000 Busan Awardpresented by the Metropolitan City of Busan. The $2.2m project, about ayoung Kenyan boy's journey to find water, is set to be produced by the Hong Kong director's own production outfit, Making Film Productions. Pang mostpreviously directed Macau-set drama Isabella,which played in competition at
  • PUSAN: Taiwan's Three Dots unveils DNA cast

    Taiwanese actors Terri Kwanand Eddie Peng and Hong Kong's Peter Ho are set to star in Three DotsEntertainment's My DNA Says I Love You,written and to be directed by Robin Lee. The high-concept romanticcomedy tells the story of two single girls who work in a biotech company anddecide to alter their DNA in an attempt to find love. Kwan's credits include The Heirloom and Johnnie To's Turn Left, Turn Right; Ho has starred inJapanese films
  • Redgrave, Staunton on board for next Binchy adaptation

    Irish producer Noel Pearson, an Academy Award nominee for MyLeft Foot, willfollow his recent Maeve Binchy adaptation, Tara Road, with How About You' based on a Binchy short story.
  • Rome Fest scales back activities after local train crash

    Organisersof the Rome Film Fest suspended all activities beyond screenings and pressconferences Tuesday morning when two Rome underground trainscollided causing the death of at least one person.Immediatereports from Italian news agency ANSA confirmed two deaths and two hundredinjuries of which six are critical. Final injury counts are not yetdiscernable.Thecrash took place shortly before 10 am
  • Rome riches go to Russia's Playing The Victim

    Russian drama Playing TheVictim (Izobrajaya Zhertvy) wasawarded the top Marco Aurelio prize at the Rome Film Fest's first editiontoday. The prize (awarded by a juryof fifty 50 Roman filmgoers led by Ettore Scola) includes a large cash prize of$252,310 (Euros 200,000), which was awarded to the film's director KirillSerebrennikov. Playing The Victim, a black comedy and adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, is the story of Valya (Yuri Chursin) who takes ajob of i
  • Santa Barbara festival names Will Smith a Modern Master

    Will Smith will receive the 2007 Santa Barbara International FilmFestival's Modern Master Award.
  • Sao Paulo boasts best of Brazil alongside wide world programme

    The 30thedition Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Oct 19 - Nov 2)is to screen more than 360 films from more than 50 countries. The event willopen with the documentary The US vs John Lennon, by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld, andclose with the restored version of Macuna'ma (1969), by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. The Brazilianfilm-maker, who was one of the central figures of CinemaNovo movement, will be h
  • Scherfig returns to Danish film-making with Hjemve

    Lone Scherfig isshooting in Denmark again for the first time since making her 2000 dogma hit Italian For Beginners. She will be onthe island of Funen working on a project entitled Hjemve, which can be translated as "longing for home" although anofficial international title hasn't been set yet. The film will premiere inDenmark in March 2007.Scherfig had bowedout of directing the Lars von Trier scripted Nietzsche - The Early Years to shoot interna
  • Schorr, Hildebrand and Zipser take on roles at River Road

    Bill Pohlad's Minneapolis and Los Angeles-based production companyRiver Road Entertainment has hired three key hires as it expands its LosAngeles operations.
  • Screen at Pusan

    Liz ShackletonAsia Pacific Bureau ChiefKorean Tel: (82) 10 8659 5748Email: lizshackleton@netvigator.comJean NohKorea CorrespondentKorean Tel: (82) 18 205 0318Email: hjnoh2007@gmail.comIngrid HammondDirector for AsiaKorean Tel: (82) 10 8659 5850Email: ingridhammond @libero.itAlso attending:Colin BrownEditor-in-ChiefEmail: colinbrown1@earthlink.netDan FainaruReviewer
  • Screenwriting guru Field to receive honour from Big Break Awards

    Syd Field will collect Final Draft's 2006 Hall Of FameAward at the 7th Annual Big Break! Awards in Hollywood on Oct 26.Winners of the Big Break! International Screenwriting Contest willalso be announced at the event.
  • Sega to adapt two games into animated features

    Sega Sammy Group Holdingsand subsidiary TMS Entertainment Co have announced plans to adapt two of itsmost popular game franchises into animated theatrical feature films to bereleased next spring.Osharemajo Love And Berry and Kabutomushi:Oja Mushiking are two of Japan's best selling card and video games for girls andboys respectively. Both games integrate scanable cards with the Nintendo DShandheld console (Se
  • Shooting Dogs wins $100,000 top prize at Heartland Film Festival

    MichaelCaton-Jones' Shooting Dogs won the$100,000 grand prize for best dramatic feature and Matt Ruskin's The Hip HopProject received the inaugural $25,000award for best documentary feature at the Heartland Film Festival.
  • SPRI and BVI team for distribution joint venture in Korea

    Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) and Buena Vista International(BVI) have formed a joint venture to distribute their pictures and localproduct in South Korea, effective Nov 30.
  • Suburban Mayhem leads Australian nominations

    Suburban Mayhem led the Australian Film Institute Award nominations with nods in 12categories, but was passed over for a best film nomination. The film about an audaciousteenager had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard in Cannes in May, closed the Melbourne International FilmFestival, and finally opens to the Australian public next week. The films nominated for bestfilm are the relationship drama Jindabyne,drug romanc
  • Summit calls for UK business shake-up alongside tax breaks

    The annual Screen International UK Film Finance Summit heard calls for a quick resolution to the current delay in ratification of the planned new tax law.But the clear message from a distinguished series of panellists was that the industry needed to improve its commercial skills and adapt to customer-driven change, rather than putting too much reliance on state aid.ScreenDaily revealed on the eve of the conference that there were delays in European Commission approval. The
  • Telefilm Canada overhauls film funding regime

    Canada's principal public sector film funder, TelefilmCanada, has announced a much-anticipated overhaul of its methods of investment- and re-investment - in the nation's indigenous production and distributionindustry. The changes affect the $71m (C$81m) Canadian Feature FilmFund (CFFF) as it is applied in both English-lanuage and French-languagesectors in the 2007-2008 allotment.The changes reflect the constrast in the states ofproduction and distribution in the nation's two maj
  • The Go Master (Wu Qingyuan)

    Dir: Tian Zhuangzhuang. Chi. 2006. 107mins.The latest feature from Fifth Generation Chinesefilm-maker Tian Zhuangzhuang,The Go Master is an austere, poeticstudy of one of the most famous 20th-century players of the Japanese board gameGo, considered the most complicated strategy game in the world. As reticent asits central character (played by Wong Kar-wai regularChang Chen), this is a slow-moving arthouse titletha
  • The Legacy (L'Heritage)

    Dirs: Gela Babluani, Temur Babluani. Fr-Geor.2006. 80mins.Hotly tipped since his sensational debut feature, 13 (Tzameti), won prizes at Veniceand Sundance and excited remake interest in the US, 28-year-old Paris-based Gela Babluani returns to hisnative Georgia for The Legacy. Butthe result is a poorly acted and only spottily effective drama, as it followsthree young French visitors whose meddl
  • The Prestige opens top for Buena Vista in North America

    Christopher Nolan's period mystery The Prestige starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackmanbeat out Clint Eastwood's wartime saga Flags Of Our Fathers at the domestic box office over theweekend.
  • The Sakai's Happiness (Sakai-ke No Shiawase)

    Dir/scr: O Mipo. Jap. 2006. 102mins.Debut film-maker O Mipo mayfind that The Sakai's Happiness, herlaudably understated approach to family life in a provincial town, will findfavour with critics but alienate many potential audiences. Keeping at all timeswithin the boundaries of low-key drama, it's the sort of feature that mightstrike impatient viewers as too shy for its own good, restraining emotionswhich would us
  • The Stone Council (Le Concile De Pierre)

    Dir: Guillaume Nicloux. Fr-Ger-It. 2006. 100mins.A French Da Vinci Code inwhich Catholic mystical hokum is replaced by Mongololianshamanistic hokum, Jean-Christophe Grange's Le Concille DePierre was a literary bestseller when it came out in France in 2000. Withits high-profile Bellucci-Deneuve pairing and lushproduction values, this $28m adaptation of the book is clearly hoping to repeatthe act at th
  • The Unknown (La Sconosciuta)

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  • Tornatore film boasts sales to seven countries at Rome

    Giuseppe Tornatore's La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) has been sold to seven countries at the inaugural Rome festival.The film, which marks the director's return to film-making aftera six-year hiatus, closed the Premiere section of the festival.Based on a storythe Sicilian director clipped from a newspaper years ago, the film was shot in the Northern city of Triesteand tells the story of a Moldovan domestic worker Irena (played by newcomer Ksenia Rappoport), who hides a dark secret.
  • TWC options remake rights to Thai thriller 13

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  • UK Film Council gives P&A support to Volver

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  • UK tax credit stranded while Europe ponders approval

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  • Woman On The Beach (Haebyuneui Yeoin)

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