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23 October 2007

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  • 30 Days Of Night

    Dir: David Slade US. 2007. 117 mins.Horror thriller 30 Days of Night is like a very one-sided football match: there's not much suspense involved but at least you get to watch one team - in this case a gang of athletic and bloodthirsty vampires - beat up on the other. Based on a cult graphic novel series and directed by British commercials whiz David Slade, this visually stylish yet dramatically flat offering from Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures could hit a nerve w
  • 30 Days Of Night takes $16m box office bite

    Columbia/Ghost House Pictures' vampire screamer 30 Days Of Night stole the show at the weekend with an estimated $16m number one launch that provided a suitable prelude to North America's Halloween box office season.David Slade's directorial follow-up to the acclaimed Hard Candy is based on the graphic novel about an Alaskan town whose proximity to the North Pole plunges it into total darkness for one mon
  • A good news day

    The Egyptian film industry is ruled by a clutch of players that typically act as producers, distributors and exhibitors, churning out comedies that dominate the local box office. Adel Adeeb, managing director of indie Good News Group, can add a fourth arm - directing - to the list. He is also a consummate PR man, with an infectious enthusiasm and absolute faith in his projects - perhaps with good reason.In 2006, Marwan Hamed's controversial feature debut The Yacoubian Building b
  • Academy unveils 63 foreign language film submissions

    63 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign language film category of the Academy Awards, it was announced today by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.The number represents a record for the category and includes first time entrants Azerbaijan and Ireland.FULL LIST OF SUBMISSIONS 2007Argentina XXY Lucia Puenzo, directorAustralia
  • Adlabs joins UK's Film Distributors Association

    Hindi film UK distributor Adlabs has joined the UK's Film Distributors' Association (FDA). The Bollywood distributor becomes the 21st member company in the trade body. Adlabs was founded in India in 1978 and the UK business was established 15 months ago. Its releases include Marigold, Krrish, and Dil Apna Punjabi. Mark Batey, FDA Chief Executive, said: 'The potential for Hindi films in UK cinemas continues to rise - it's rare to find a week without a Bol
  • Al Shaibani and Al Muhairi take Emirates awards in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi's Middle East International Film Festival (Oct 14-19) today announced the winners of its competition for Emirati filmmakers. Hani Al Shaibani, whose second feature Jumaa and the Sea screens at the festival, and Fadel Al Muhairi, who participated in the festival's pitching programme with his Gulf-based period action-adventure project A Corsair's Tale, each received $27,000 (Dhs100,000) from the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC).In addition, the ADMC, with sponsor Al Soro
  • American Gangster

    Dir: Ridley Scott. US. 2007. 158 minsA classy gangster epic which echoes the best crime sagas of the last 35 years from The Godfather saga to New Jack City, American Gangster marks a welcome return to form for hard-working director Ridley Scott after three disappointing films. Long but never boring, it's an expertly crafted slice of mainstream entertainment telling two concurrent stories, one about the rise of drug kingpin played by Denzel Washington, one about the
  • American World takes on Alan Cumming's Ghost Writer

    Los Angeles-based American World Pictures (AWP) has boarded international rights to Alan Cumming's solo directorial debut Ghost Writer (aka Suffering Man's Charity) and will begin sales at AFM. Cumming stars in the comedy-horror film as a predatory music teacher who attempts to take the credit for a book written by a deceased former acquaintance. David Boreanaz and Henry Thomas also star a
  • Argentina's Gaggero to direct Wildlife for Point Road Films

    John Moore and Peter Veverka's Point Road Films has hired Argentinean film-maker Jorge Gaggero to direct the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winning Richard Ford's coming-of-age novel Wildlife.Producers Moore and Peter Veverka are aiming for a late summer 2008 shoot in Montana on the $3m tale of a 16-year-old who learns about life by observing his parents' behaviour following the family's move to Great Falls, Montana, in the 1960s.Sco
  • Argentina's Gaggero to direct Wildlife for Point Road Films

    John Moore and Peter Veverka's Point Road Films has hired Argentinean film-maker Jorge Gaggero to direct the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winning Richard Ford's coming-of-age novel Wildlife.Producers Moore and Peter Veverka are aiming for a late summer 2008 shoot in Montana on the $3m tale of a 16-year-old who learns about life by observing his parents' behaviour following the family's move to Great Falls, Montana, in the 1960s.Sco
  • Arikian leaves EFM to head up Hamptons International Film Festival

    Co-director of the Berlin International Film Festival's European Film Market (EFM) Karen Arikian has been named new executive director of The Hamptons International Film Festival.Arikian will assume her duties in March 2008 and will attend the gala opening night on Oct 17 this year as an observer.The executive director's duties include managing finances, developing board relations, fundraising and festival operations, and setting up the Screenwriter's Conference and devel
  • As Europa acquires Roissy, market operations could merge in 2008

    As Luc Besson's EuropaCorp agreed to acquire sales company Roissy Films and its 500-title strong catalog, Roissy's president and owner Raphael Berdugo calls the deal 'a very logical' step, The deal, which values the catalog at about $40m, is set to be finalised in early 2008 and ensures Roissy's ability to continue to acquire and co-produce films for the future, Berdugo told ScreenDaily.com. Berdugo says that Roissy plans to continue to work with quality auteur films and co
  • August Rush

    Dir: Kirsten Sheridan. US/Korea 2007. 111mins. August Rush opens as it means to continue - with a young boy up to his eyes in corn. But you have to hand it to director Kirsten Sheridan: the sheer dewy-eyed belief in miracles of this music-based fairy tale is persuasive, and those who are prepared to forgive the film its stock characters and lack of emotional subtlety may allow themselves to be ravished - by the sumptuous soundtrack, if nothing else.
  • Band's Visit takes top prize at Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinema

    Eran Kolirin's popular Israel-France co-production The Band's Visit won the Louve d'Or at 36th Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema.The jury, composed of Paul Ahmarani, Celine Bonnier et Jean-Francois Lamarche, presented a special mention to Australian title Boxing Day by Kriv Stenders. That film's lead, Richard Green, took the Acting Award. Hana Makhmalbaf's Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame won the Daniel Langlois Innovation Prize while the Radio-Canada P
  • Bassett, Wyle join all-star cast of YFG's Nothing But The Truth

    Angela Bassett and Noah Wyle have joined Yari Film Group's (YFG) thriller Nothing But The Truth, which Rod Lurie is directing.Bassett and Wyle join Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, Harry Lennix and David Schwimmer on the production, which commenced shooting in Memphis, Tennessee, earlier this month.Bob Yari is producing alongside Lurie and Marc Frydman under their Battle Plan Productions banner.Bas
  • BBC Films to get extra $4m per year, for a total of $24m

    As the BBC's widely reportedcuts were confirmed today, BBC Films fared better than other departments of the broadcasting giant.BBC director general Mark Thompson confirmed that BBC Films would get an extra $4m (£2m) investment annually, on top of its current $20m (£10m) annual budget. That's far less than BBC Films had hoped for in February 2006, when the broadcasting giant had predicted that by 2008 the budget for its film arm would rise to $40m (£20m) annually. That increase w
  • Ben X takes grand jury prize at first Abu Dhabi festival

    The inaugural Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) came to an end Friday evening with a lengthy awards ceremony and the screening of Paul Haggis's In the Valley of Elah. The Black Pearl Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film went to Nic Balthazar's Ben X, presented to producer Peter Bouckaert by veteran Hollywood producer Branko Lustig. 'This is Nic's first film as a director and actor, my first production, and the first Abu Dhabi film festival, so i
  • Birgit Moller's Valerie wins Hamptons' top feature prize

    Birgit Moller's German drama Valerie won the Golden Starfish for Best Feature and an awards package of more than $185,000 of in-kind production services as the 15th Annual Hamptons International Film festival came to a close on Oct 21.Matthew Galkin's US entry I Am An Animal: This Story Of Ingrid Newkirk And PETA won the corresponding documentary award and a $5,0
  • blinkBox launches with content from Universal, Paramount, Aardman

    Content from the likes of Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Aardman Animations and Discovery Networks UK is available through new service blinkBox.com, which launches Monday.Michael Cornish and Adrian Letts founded blinkBox Entertainment as a platform for downloading films and TV shows and also to customise personal content with existing properties. For instance, a user can create a personal message in a clip from A Clockwork Orange or Harry Potter
  • blinkx strikes content indexing deal with Dogwoof

    Video search engine blinkx has partnered with Dogwoof.com for online film content. blinkx will transcribe and index video content from Dogwoof.com and allow users to watch Dogwoof's content at blinkx.com.Dogwoof.com offers its own indepently produced content as well as films from international film festivals. blinkx already has 14m hours of indexed video and audio content.'We're pleased to be working with blinkx to make Dogwoof.com's content availa
  • Branco's new Portugal festival score two world premieres

    The first European Film Festival in Estoril, Portugal (Nov 8-17) has attracted some high-profile names thanks to Portugal's best-known producer, Paulo Branco, serving as festival director. Pedro Almodovar (whose career is celebrated with a full retrospective) will be giving a masterclass as will fashion designer Emmanuel Ungaro, director Werner Schroeter and chroeographer Blaca Li. Celebrated US novelist Don DeLillo sits on the jury. There will be a retrospective of the work of David L
  • British Columbia extends 30% tax credit through 2013

    British Columbia has extended until 2013 its 30% labour-based tax credit for film and television production shooting in the province.The move, announced by BC premier Gordon Campbell on Friday, comes as the Canadian dollar pushes past US$1.02.The other industry tax credits in the province, a 12.5% regional credit for productions shooting outside of Vancouver and its environs, and a 15% credit for area-based computer animation and digital effects are also extended.
  • Capitol bolsters AFM slate with new films from Redford, Hackford

    Capitol Films has announced several high-profile new projects on its slate for next week's American Film Market.Capitol will introduce buyers to Robert Redford's next directorial project, Against All Enemies, which will star Bruce Willis; as well as Taylor Hackford's next film Love Ranch, starring his wife, Oscar winner Helen Mirren alongside Joe Pesci.Capitol's new projects also include Tod
  • Catherine Demier leaving Cannes administrative director post

    After two years of service, the Cannes Film Festival's Catherine Demier is in the process of leaving her position as administrative director. On Monday, Demier told ScreenDaily.com that her post 'no longer corresponds to the conditions under which I joined the festival.' In August, it was announced that artistic director Thierry Fremaux had been named general manager - only the fourth person in the festival's history to hold that spot. In 20
  • Celluloid adds Bobby Allen and welcomes back Menahem

    Celluloid Dreams has announced the appointment of Bobby Allen to the post of vice-president acquisitions, production and sales. Further, former Celluloid executive Pierre Menahem will rejoin the company as director of international sales. Allen was most recently head of production for MTV Films and has held senior executive positions in international sales and acquisitions at such outfits as PolyGram Film International, Lionsgate Films and Mayfair Entertainment. At Lionsgate, Allen was managi
  • Cinemavault acquires Mexico's Used Parts for AFM

    Cinemavault Releasing International has added Aaron Fernandez's Spanish-language drama Partes Usadas (Used Parts) to its AFM slate.The film will screen in competition at the Rome Film Festival alongside Cinemavault's drama Canvas with Marcia Gay Harden and Joe Pantoliano.Partes Usadas centres on a 14-year-old boy seduced by the underworld of stolen car p
  • Content on board for The Daisy Chain starring Samantha Morton

    ContentFilm International has acquired worldwide rights to supernatural thriller The Daisy Chain, starring Samantha Morton.Aisling Walsh (Song For A Raggy Boy) will direct based on an original screenplay by Lauren MacKenzie. The film starts shooting Oct 29 as a UK/Irish co-production. Subotica Entertainment's Tristan Orpen Lynch and Dominic Wright will produce.Content is also co-
  • ContentFilm promotes Harry White to head of sales

    ContentFilm International has promoted Harry White to head of sales.White has been with ContentFilm International since 2002 and has worked on Black Book, Thank You For Smoking, Nightwatching, Transamerica, and Closing The Ring.He is based in ContentFilm's satellite office in Los Angeles. He will be attending next week's AFM along with ContentFilm president Jamie Carmichael and sales executi
  • ContentFilm takes international rights to documentary Trumbo

    ContentFilm International has taken on international rights to documentary Trumbo.Peter Askin directed the project, which premiered in Toronto. The project is about Oscar-winning blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The film is based on the original play by his son Christopher.The film includes performances of Trumbo's letters from the likes of Joan Allen, Michael Douglas, Paul Giammati, Nathan Lane, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, Dav
  • Copenhagen children's festival Buster moves back to September

    As part of the recent merger of the Copenhagen International Film Festival and NATFilm, the CIFF festival for Children and Youth, entitled Buster, has been moved back to September. In recent years, the festival had moved to March to make the most of festival resources, but the changed landscape in Danish festivals means it will return to September. 'Finding a new time for the festival turned out to be a bigger task than we had imagined, as the cinemas are filled with premieres o
  • Corbijn's Control leads BIFAs race with 10 nominations

    Anton Corbijn's debut feature Control, about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, leads the nominations for the 10th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Control, which premiered in Cannes, has 10 nominations, including Best Independent British Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Newcomer (Sam Riley), and Best Screenplay. Following closely behind were
  • Cork's top shorts are Toyla and The Apology Line

    The Corona Cork Film Festival ended Oct 21 with a sold-out screening of Ang Lee's Lust, Caution. The festival estimates that more than 35,000 people attended films during the seven days of the festival, pushing box office takings up 9% from 2006.Several films sold out including the opening and closing films, the Slow Food screening of Babette's Feast, the Oscailt Irish language shorts, Made in Cork shor
  • Critical Mass with Lee Marshall -Past perfect

    There's a film that's been building in my mind ever since I saw it, to the point where I've started to think it might just be the future of cinema. It's En La Ciudad De Sylvia by Jose Luis Guerin, a Spanish director who every five years or so makes a small, personal feature that almost nobody sees (apparently he doesn't even like distributing them; he prefers to show them to friends).En La Ciudad De Sylvia was seen by a few more people than is usual for a Guerin film: it
  • Croff ousted at Venice Biennale after four years

    Italian Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli will not be renewing the mandate of David Croff, the Minister declared at a Biennale Foundation summit meeting last night.Croff has acted as President of the Venice's Biennale and worked alongside Cinema artistic director Marco Mueller for four years.The President of the Biennale is in charge of all he sections of the Biennale foundation - art, architecture, dance, music, theatre and cinema.The declaration to turn the page comes
  • Cronenberg kicks off LFF as BFI has reason to celebrate

    The 51st Times BFI London Film Festival kicked off tonight with a gala screening of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, which the veteran auteur shot in London.Cronenberg joked with the crowd assembled at the Odeon Leicester Square: 'The truth is the reason that you might not recognise London in this film is that it was shot in Prague.'In a nod to the Russian gangster subculture pictured in the film, Cronenberg held up a small bott
  • Dan In Real Life

    Dir. Peter Hedges, USA, 2007, 99 minutes, colour, 35 mm.Dan in Real Life takes on a familiar character, the seemingly omniscient newspaper advice-giver (Steve Carell), whose family life as a widower with three daughters doesn't measure up to the wisdom of his daily columns. Dan's love life is even more of a mess in Peter Hedges's new comedy, which plods through heavy doses of sincerity to get a few laughs. Yet the dysfunction of three generations i
  • Editorial - Peer pressure

    There's an interesting survey out this week that demonstrates how gossip influences human behaviour. Boffins (or possibly eggheads) at the German Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology have spent large amounts of time and public money showing that humans give an extraordinary amount of credence to word-of-mouth references.The methodology involved a prolonged game of cards between 126 students and will delight those who think academia has become frivolous nonsense and that resear
  • Epitaph

    Dir. Jung Brothers. Korea, 2007. 98 minsThe performance of Epitaph in Korean cinemas in August was relatively disappointing with just 600,000 admissions but much of the blame was put on the release date. However, the film itself must have something to do with it: this mystifying, often confused first film looks much better than it ultimately is. Too many ideas and notions are squeezed in, with not enough of an effort is made to tie them up together in a c
  • Epitaph

    Dir. Jung Brothers. Korea, 2007. 98 min.The performance of Epitaphin Koreancinemas in August was relatively disappointing with just 600,000 admissions but much of the blame was put on the release date. However, the film itself must have something to do with it: this mystifying, often confused first filmlooks much better than it ultimately is. Too many ideas and notions are squeezed in, with not enough of an effort is made to
  • Eros takes on Krazzy 4 from Roshan's Film Kraft

    Eros International has taken international rights to Krazzy 4 from Rakesh Roshan's Film Kraft Productions. The project is currently shooting.Jaideep Sen will direct the comedy with a social message.
  • Eurimages funds new features from Haneke, Noe, Ceylan

    Eurimages, the Council of Europe's film fund, has come on board to support 11 feature films for a total of $6.2m (Euros 4.38m) at its last meeting which ended Oct 16. The co-productions supported are: Aeblet & Ormen by Josef Fares & Anders Morgenthaler (Denmark, Sweden) Appelsinpiken by Eva Dahr (Norway, Spain, Germany) Das weisse Band by Michael Haneke (Germany, France, Austria, Italy) Der grosse Kater by Markus Imboden (Switze
  • FACT works with Crimestoppers for anonymous piracy tips

    The UK's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the charity Crimestoppers are partnering to offer anonymous public reporting of film piracy.Members of the public can report potential piracy issues to Crimestoppers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.FACT had previously run its own tip line to generate intelligence on pirate DVD sellers. Kieron Sharp, FACT director general, said: 'FACT has increased its investigative resources in all areas in the past year and we are
  • Festival - Asian talent - The stars come out at Pusan

    Korean actor Yang Jin-woo was the proud winner of the first ever Screen International/Star Summit Asia best new actor award, which was presented during the Asian Film Market in Pusan last week.Screen presents the award to a participant in the Casting Board section of the Asian Film Market's Star Summit Asia programme who is believed to have the greatest potential to attract audiences and film financing within Asia, and to promote Asian cinema at an international level.
  • Fogelson, Edgan promoted to president positions within Universal

    Adam Fogelson has been appointed to the newly created role of Universal Pictures' president of marketing and distribution and Eddie Egan has been promoted to president of marketing.Fogelson assumes executive oversight of Universal's domestic marketing and distribution divisions as well as marketing and distribution of Rogue Pictures.He reports to Universal chairman Marc Shmuger and co-chairman David Linde.Egan now directs all aspects of marketing for Universal
  • Fung appointed as Hong Kong FDC secretary general

    Wellington Fung has been appointed as secretary-general of Hong Kong's recently-established film industry support body, the Film Development Council (FDC). One of the co-founders of Hong Kong's Media Asia Group and currently executive director and chief executive officer of Big Media Group, Fung will assume the post on November 16. FDC chairman Jack So said Fung's 30 years of experience in the local film industry will help enhance its development. 'I am sure that by taking up the
  • Gems from the festival season: our picks for hot films and talent from the summer and autumn

    LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALAudience award winner: Death At A Funeral, Frank Oz's low-budget (for him) farce about dirty doings at an English funeral, had Swiss audiences falling off their seats. International distribution is assured - the film has MGM behind it. Verve will be releasing it on behalf of MGM in the UK in early November.Break-out hit: Slipstream did not go down especially well at Sundance but legendary actor Anthony Hopkins' debut feature as a
  • Goal! 3 starts shooting with director Andy Morahan

    Milkshake Films has started principal photography this weekn on Goal! 3. Andy Morahan, veteran of commercials and music videos, direct. That marks a change since 2006, when the producers said Michael Apted would direct.Mike Jefferies, who wrote the first two films in the football franchise, wrote the script with Piers Ashworth. The final installment of the trilogy is about footballers chasing their dreams at the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. Jefferies is producing w
  • Gondry casts Kase, Ito in Tokyo! segment

    The cast for Michel Gondry's segment of omnibus film Tokyo ! (working title) has been announced. Letters From Iwo Jima star Ryo Kase will be joined by Ayumi Ito (Tokyo Tower: Mom And Me And Sometimes Dad), Satoshi Tsumabuki (Dororo), Ayako Fujitani (Gamera 3) and Nao Omori (Midnight Eagle). Gondry's segment, entitled Hiroko And Akira In Tokyo, goes before the cameras on October 23. The story follows a wannabe movie director (
  • Government pledges $50m for UKFC to protect BFI archives

    As the Times BFI London Film Festival gears up to open its 51st edition tonight, UK Culture Secretary James Purnell has announced that the UK Film Council has been awarded $50.8m (£25m) for the UK's national and regional film archives. The $50.8m allowance comes on top of the UK Film Council's annual funding. Purnell announced the funding package today ahead of his appearance tonight at the LFF's opening gala and screening of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. The Briti
  • Hans Zimmer to score Sony's Mexican comedy Casi Divas

    Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) local production arm Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico has hired Hans Zimmer to score the music for its comedy Casi Divas (Road To Fame). Currently in post-production, Casi Divas is the second film to come from Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico after Ninas Mal and was written and directed by Issa Lopez, who co-wrote th
  • Hawaii film fest opens with Flight Of The Red Balloon

    The 27th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) kicked off its 11-day programme with Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Flight Of The Red Balloon on Oct 18. The festival will present more than 150 films from around the world, including Julian Schnabel's Diving Bell And The Butterfly from this year's Cannes, the international premiere of Kwak Kyung-taek's A Love in the Narrative Feature Competition, and the world premiere of Beautiful Son by Hawaii filmmake
  • Hollywood World Award - Meet the world leaders

    The fourth annual Hollywood World Award, a collaboration between Screen International and the Hollywood Film Festival, will be presented in Los Angeles on October 22 this year and the line-up of 10 finalists is an impressive one. All of this year's shortlisted titles had their world premieres at Cannes in May and include the Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days as well as other prize-winners Persepolis, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, The Edge
  • IMAX brings forward digital projection system into mid-2008

    IMAX Corp. has moved up the launch date of its digital projection system to the second quarter of 2008. IMAX originally expected to have the system ready by the end of next year or in 2009. Digital projection is particularly important for IMAX and those who distribute and exhibit IMAX films because of the expense of the 15/70mm prints. Each print costs in the region of $25,000; IMAX 3D films require two prints. The savings are expected to increase volume and programming flexibility.
  • IMAX moves into Morocca with Al Amine Casablanca deal

    IMAX Corp. has signed a deal with Moroccan retail developer Al Amine Investissement to install a giant-screen cinema in a new retail facility in Casablanca, the first in the country. Set to open in early 2009, the cinema will be the anchor attraction at the new Morocco Mall, expected to be the country's largest shopping centre. In a statement, Emad Eldin Abdalla, director general of Nesk Investment, which is also a co-owner of Al Amine Investissement, pointed out that the presence of
  • Independent takes on sales for Kidulthood follow-up Adulthood

    UK sales company Independent has come on board for Noel Clarke's Adulthood, which has now started shooting in London. Noel Clarke, writer and actor of Kidulthood, will make his directorial debut with that controversial hit's follow-up.In Adulthood, Clarke reprises his role as Sam from the first film, picking up as the character finishes a six-year prison stint and has to confront the people he hurt in the past and deal with a new group of bad boys.
  • Indian distributor-exhibitor PVR ramps up production

    Indian distribution and exhibition company PVR Ltd, through its wholly-owned subsidiary PVR Pictures, plans to invest $25.2m (Rs1bn) in film production and expand its slate to three to four films in the current financial year. The company has also announced that it is teaming up with award-winning veteran filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi for two films. These include historical epic Ashoka The Great, starring Indian actor Ajay Devgan, and Santoshi's return to the comedy genre aft
  • Inferno options Ison's romantic novel The List

    Los Angeles-based Inferno Distribution has optioned Tara Ison's romantic novel The List, which was published in March and centres on a dysfunctional couple's desperate final act.The pair make a list of 10 ideal dates before they agree to part amicably. However as the dates progress they begin to see each other in a new light.Inferno partner Bill Johnson will produce with partner Jim Seibel serving as executive producer.
  • International - Land of opportunity'

    The following glass half full/half empty debate has been going on for as long as I can remember. On the one hand is the argument that there's never been a worse time for independent and alternative film to get access to the North American marketplace. On the other hand, the market remains a vitally important one for international productions.But here's where details get complicated, so pay close attention. The US majors and their affiliate labels (Focus, Searchlight, Vantage, and so on
  • International box-office: Italy's SMS beats Resident Evil and Stardust

    Indian films made a significant dent in this weekend's international chart, taking more than $6.7m from 1,255 screens and accounting for 5.5% of the revenue from the top 40 films. For the full chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here. Dramatic thriller Bhool Bhulaiyaa entered in at number six with a $4.5m take from 17 territories. The film, released through Eros In
  • Irish Film Board cautions against expectation of completion funding

    With as many as 15 ultra low- and no-budget features being made without official funding 'below the radar' in Ireland each year the Irish Film Board held an information session at the Cork Film Festival to address producers' expectations of receiving completion funding from the agency. Calling it a 'reality check' for producers, Film Board CEO Simon Perry said the agency was receiving several applications each month for completion funding but that it had only offered this backing three t
  • Japan International Contents Festival - Tokyo events gather momentum

    The Japan International Contents Festival (CoFesta) debuts this year (September 20-October 28) as a sprawling amalgamation of 18 events running alongside the Tokyo International Film Festival (see sidebar, below). Key international events include the Tiffcom market and its attendant Tokyo Project Gathering (TPG).Tiffcom (October 22-24) is entering its fourth year, as it strives to become Asia's premier event to buy and sell films, TV, publications and adaptation rights. Meanwhile, the
  • LA agents confirmed for new Best Of Brits showcase

    Agent Sally Whitehall, formerly of Curtis Brown, has launched a new LA-based film event to recognise UK talent. Best of Brits will be a celebration of UK films and film-makers. Whitehill said that confirmed attendees include representatives from ICM, Endeavor, UTA, William Morris, CAA, Brillstein Grey, Fuse and others. On Oct 29, the programme will kick off at 6 pm with a short film programme of work from the Edinburgh International Film Festival, BBC Film Network, Channel 4, an
  • LA Critics Association to honour Sidney Lumet

  • Let's Say (On Dirait Que)

    Dir: Francoise Marie, France 2007. 82 mins.A touching, telling documentary about older children's perspectives on the world of grown-ups, Let's Pretend That... has the potential to rival the success of Etre et Avoir (To Be and To Have) - Nicolas Phillibert's widely distributed study of a primary school class in rural France, which was one of the box-office dark horses of 2002/3. The premise is simple: director Francoise Marie took seven groups of chil
  • Lions For Lambs

    Dir: Robert Redford. US. 2007. 88 mins.A talky, stagebound curio of a movie, Lions For Lambs is far from the high-octane Hollywood mega-movie its star pedigree would suggest. On the contrary, its star power - Robert Redford, who also directed, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise - may help to draw attention to this inexpensive 88-minute film, but mainstream audiences will ultimately be baffled by the didactic tone and long, verbose scenes played out in just a handful of se
  • Longoria, Biggs star in theatrical comedy for Starz Media, Ambush

    Eva Longoria, Jason Biggs and Rob Corddry will star in Starz Media and Ambush Entertainment's comedy Lower Learning.Starz Media will handle the worldwide theatrical release. The film will get a domestic theatrical release through an as yet undetermined distributor, and will launch on DVD through Starz Media subsidiary Anchor Bay in North America, the UK and Australia.Production is set to begin in and around Los Angeles in late Octo
  • Love Marriage and Keep Smiling take pitch prize in Abu Dhabi

    The inaugural Middle East International Film Festival's Film Financing Circle (FFC) came to an end Wednesday night with an awards ceremony for the finalists of its pitching programme, the InCircle Pearl.Audience favourite Soman Chainani's Love Marriage, a comedy about two weddings that threaten to tear apart an Indian family in London, and Sofie Damian &Rusudan Chkonia's Keep Smiling, the story of seven mothers battling it out in a beauty contest in Georgia, shared the fi
  • Lust, Caution rejected as Taiwan's Oscar entry

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles has rejected Taiwan's submission of Lust, Caution as its official nomination for the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards. With no official financing or major cast from the island, Ang Lee's spy thriller, which was filmed in mainland China and Malaysia, didn't meet the Academy review committee's criteria as a Taiwan movie. The film was submitted by the Film Department of Taiwan's Government Informa
  • Meaney, Crook and Staunton line up for 3 and OUT

    UK indie comedy 3 and OUT, starring Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Imelda Staunton and Gemma Arterton, will start principal photography Oct 29.Jonathan Gershfield makes his feature directorial debut after working on TV series including Big Train and Dead Ringers.Wayne Marc Godfrey is producing for new production outfit RMPC. Steve Lewis and
  • Melissa Wohl to head international sales at Allumination

    Melissa Wohl has been hired as senior vice president of international sales at Allumination FilmWorksWohl will report directly to Allumination chief executive officer and president Cheryl Freeman.She most recently, she served as vice president of sales and acquisitions at Harmony Gold.Prior to that she worked at Circle M Media as a consultant for such companies as Warner Brothers Records, FUNimation, Dreamworks Records and Valencia Entertainment.
  • Momentum restructuring creates new TV/new media role for Dutton

    UK distributor Momentum Pictures is restructuring its home entertainment, TV and new media departments. The restructuring was announced by Xavier Marchand, president of international distribution at parent company Alliance Films. Ken McMahon has been named head of home entertainment, and Kristin Ryan will act as marketing manager home entertainment while Louisa Mitchell is on maternity leave. McMahon had been VP of home entertainment. Peter Dutton has been named to the ne
  • Mungiu's 4 Months takes Hollywood World Award

    Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days won the Hollywood Film Festival's fourth annual Hollywood World Award backed by Screen International. Mungiu's film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year and is Romania's submission for the foreign-language Academy Award. Mungiu was unable to attend the Hollywood Film Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills last night [22] but did send a message of thanks. 'I cannot thank enough the film critics and the film journalists for
  • NEWS FROM ROMEFEST

  • NFI takes on Day Zero, Intervention and Sex and Breakfast

    New Films International (NFI) has picked up three titles ahead of AFM including the psychological drama Day Zero with Elijah Wood and addiction drama Intervention with Andie MacDowell.Day Zero imagines the lives of three friends in New York at a time when the military draft has been reinstated and the men are preparing to go to war.
  • Nicholson picks Evans' White Elephants for UK script prize

    Patrick Evans has won South West Screen's Screenwriter Development Competition, judged by Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Nicholson. His screenplay White Elephants is about a father and teenage daughter, set against the backdrop of corruption in the Nigerian oil industry. Gloucestershire-born, Cornwall-based Evans beat screenplays from 128 other budding writers from the South West of England. The competition was launched in Cannes in May and industry experts came up wit
  • Original Chicano and Guru take awards at Turks & Caicos

    Dan Guerrero's Lalo Guerrero The Original Chicano was the star of the show at the Third Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival closing night ceremony on Oct 21. The film chronicles the life and music of the celebrated so-called 'Father of Chicano music' and won best documentary, best director, and best song for Veijo. Mani Ratnam's Bollywood epic Guru was named best film, and al
  • Paramount strikes digital download deal with Arts Alliance

    After signing a virtual print fee digital cinema deal with Arts Alliance Media recently, Paramount is now also working with the company for digital downloads. Paramount Digital Entertainment International will provide Paramount Pictures films for digital distribution on AAM's Vizumi network (including partner sites such as LoveFilm and Tiscali), both as downloads to own and downloads to rent. The deal covers both catalogue and new films, ranging from The Untouchables to
  • Pusan cements regional role

    As it turned 12 this year, the Pusan International Film Festival (Piff) started to exhibit growing pains. But the burgeoning South Korean festival, with its mandate to discover and support Asian cinema, is still widely recognised as the premiere event in Asia - putting it in the rankings that follow Cannes, Venice and Berlin as must-attend events.With or without all its new events and initiatives, including the sophomore Asian Film Market, the festival's forte remains its ability to br
  • Ratatouille becomes 10th Disney film to cross $300m overseas

    Ratatouille stayed atop the international box office chart for the third consecutive weekend thanks to an estimated $27.7m haul from 3,793 theatres in 33 territories that raised the running total to $308m.The film ranked number one in 13 countries and the key driver was Italy, where the rat scored Pixar's biggest launch yet on $7m from 600 screens, grossing some 20% more than The Incredibles when that fil
  • Ratatouille still cooking

    Disney/Pixar animation Ratatouille held the top international slot this weekend, with more than $21m from 39 territories. The family film was up 9% at the weekend, thanks to a $9m opening in the UK, and now boasts a $271.8m international tally. Resident Evil: Extinction was up by 18%, holding on to the number two position. The franchise's third instalment took $9.3m across 2,481 screens for a $41.1m total to date. Spain's The Orphanage was the highest new entry. The horro
  • Ratatouille still strong for Disney as it races into Italy, China

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's Ratatouille launches in Italy and China and should have little trouble holding on to the number one overseas spot for the third consecutive weekend.The Pixar film has reached $279.4m to date opens in the final five territories including Italy on Oct 17 and China on Oct 19. Executives expect it to cross $300m by the end of its run.Disney's family film
  • Real D signs 500-system deal with Odeon and UCI

    Real D has signed another huge deal, partnering with Odeon and UCI for the installation of 500 digital 3-D systems across the UK and Europe. The distribution partnership is Real D's largest international deal to date. The rollout of 500 systems will start immediately and continue for the next two years. It moves Real D into new markets such as Spain and Italy, and expands reach in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria Odeon and UCI have more than 1600 screens across Europe, a
  • Richard Edlund wins ASC Presidents Award

    Richard Edlund will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Presidents Award at the 22nd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on Jan 26.Edlund earned four Academy Awards for his visual effects work on Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) and Return Of
  • Robbie Coltrane to voice Gooby for PorchLight/Condor

    Production began in Toronto this week [Oct 15] on the CGI-live action family film Gooby, which has been acquired by PorchLight's new division Condor Releasing and features Eugene Levy and the voice talent of Robbie Coltrane.Condor has picked up worldwide rights to the $6m-7m project about a children's stuffed toy that comes to life to teach its young owner timely lessons about life. The film is expected to be ready for delivery by summer 2008.
  • Roller joins Bank of Ireland's US Media Finance team

    Michele Roller has joined the Bank of Ireland's US Media Finance team as Director.She will focus on debt funding solutions for companies in the media sector, offering senior and mezzanine financing to publishing, information services, broadcasting, out-of-home, cable television and digital media companies. Roller previously served as vice president at Merrill Lynch Capital, and is a veteran of CIBC World Markets, Banque Paribas and MTV Networks. She will now be based at B
  • Rome Business Street sees several deals in second year

    Rome Film Fest's well-attended four-day market event The Business Street came to a close yesterday with a scattering of deals done and an increasingly important profile for European business, buyers and sellers said.Michael Werner of Sweden's Nonstop Sales said he didn't close any deals but found the market useful anyway. 'It is always an on-going process, and the quality of the participants was very good. I had 25 meetings and am very satisfied with that,' Werner said. Buyer Su
  • Rome has mixed reactions for Coppola's Youth Without Youth

    Francis Ford Coppola's return to film-making was met with mixed reactions, as the Rome Film Fest Saturday presented the world premiere of his Youth Without Youth, based on a novella by Mircea Eliade.The packed press screening Saturday morning was followed by absolutesilence before a moderate applause slowly broke out, indicating theaudience's immediate reaction to the complex love story told in anon-temporal time frame left th
  • Rome rolls out red carpet for Corneau's The Second Wind

    The second edition of the Rome Film Fest kicks off tonight with Alain Corneau's The Second Wind (Le deuxieme souffle), playing in competition.The remake of the 1966 Jean-Pierre Melville crime noir stars Italian starlet Monica Bellucci and French actor Daniel Auteuil. Bellucci will inaugurate the Fest's red carpet, perhaps with slightlyless star power than last year's inaugural opening with Nicole Kidman in Fur.The event's second edition - while not high on worl
  • Rome's Business Street includes focus on local films

    Italian sellers are hoping that the second edition of Rome's Business Street (Oct 18-21) will prove a successful launchpad for a slew of local titles.Sales outfit Adrianna Chiesa Enterprises is going to present the first market screenings including a Mafia drama, war documentary, 3-D animation and black comedy. Chiesa says Rome is a good lauch pad for her slate. 'I am completely concentrating on this festival and on The Business Street because it is presenting the films in the bes
  • Rotterdam to offer Focus tributes to Breer and Jamie

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam, which is under the new leadership of director Rutger Wolfson for its 37th edition, is focusing its programme on Free Radicals, 'film-makers and artists who idiosyncratically and energetically follow their own course.' US film-maker Robert Breer and US artist Cameron Jamie will be the subject of Focus programmes, and there will also be a tribute to Paul Sharits within the programme section Exploding Cinema.The festival will also s
  • Sales veteran Adam Wright joins Maverick

    Adam Wright has joined Maverick Global, the international sales arm of US home entertainment genre distributor Maverick Entertainment Group, as senior vice president of international distribution and domestic television sales.Wright will report directly to executive vice president Pamela White and will continue to live in Los Angeles, where he most recently served as senior vice president of worldwide sales at Porchlight Entertainment.Prior to Porchlight Wright held senio
  • Schamus calls Oscar snub of Lust, Caution 'unjust and capricious'

    James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features, has expressed his dismay at the decision last week of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in Los Angeles to reject Ang Lee's Lust, Caution as Taiwan's official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar.'I am sure there is some ancient and venerable logic behind whatever their thinking is, but clearly this is a world-class director making a film in a foreign language, expressing the quintessence and height of a culture,' S
  • Second Wind (Le Deuxieme Souffle)

    Dir: Alain Corneau. France 2007. 148 mins. Second Wind is an ultra-stylised, garishly-tinted retro genre exercise that rambles on for two and a half hours without ever answering the question of why we need another version of Jose Giovanni's gritty novel about honour among thieves, which was inspired by the late author's own criminal career and stint in jail. Jean Pierre Melville's classy 1966 adaptation has lost none of its cool noir poetry over
  • StudioCanal taps van Lier as new head of international sales

    Former Intermedia and Summit executive Harold van Lier has been appointed head of international sales at StudioCanal. The company made the announcement Tuesday evening in Paris. Van Lier officially took his post on October 1 and replaces Muriel Sauzay who left to become deputy managing director of Pathe Distribution (France) in charge of international sales in July. Van Lier previously worked in international sales at Intermedia in both Los Angeles and London and later spent fou
  • Suharjono named svp of Asian distribution at Warner International

    Erlina Suharjono has been named senior vice president of Asia Distribution at Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI).Suharjono recently assumed the role of chief representative of Warner New Asia to supervise distribution of the studio's US-made films in China.Based in the Hong Kong office and reporting directly to WBPI distribution chief Veronika Kwan-Rubinek and marketing chief Sue Kroll, Suharjono will oversee distribution and marketing of Warner Bros films across t
  • Summit reunites with Aronofsky on 1980s-era wrestling drama

    Summit International has reunited with Darren Aronofsky and will commence international pre-sales at AFM on the drama The Wrestler starring Nicolas Cage.Aronofsky will direct and is producing alongside Cage and Norm Golightly's Saturn Films and producer Scott Franklin. Jean-Luc De Fanti and Jeff Sagansky's Winchester Capital Partners is financing the independent project.Robert Siegel wrote the screenplay about Randy 'The Ram' Robin
  • Swedish Institute gives record funding to Moodysson's Mammoth

    Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's first English-language feature, Mammoth (Mammut), which starts principal photography on Nov 5 in Thailand, has received a record $1.7m (Euros 1.3m) production funding from the Swedish Film Institute.Gael Garcia Bernal will star in the $10m-plus (Euros 7.4m-plus) production which will move to the Phillippines and Swedish regional film centre, Film i Väst in Trollhattan, before it will be completed in New
  • The Counterfeiters takes grand prize in Ghent

    The 34th Ghent International Film Festival has given its grand prize for best film to The Counterfeiters by Stefan Ruzowitzky. The award comes with $28,421 (Euros 20,000) to support the film's release in at least five cinemas in Flanders and Brussels. Kathleen Turner led the international jury, and she was also presented with the Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award. Other jury members were Balint Kenyeres, Maria Kopf, Peter Van Den Begin, Stephen Woolley, Alex Heffes and
  • Theoren named CEO at IM Internationalmedia, replacing Schuermann

    Veteran producer Konstantin Thoeren is to be appointed as CEO of IM Internationalmedia to join CFO Sascha Konzack who had been managing the company alone since the resignation of Martin Schuermann from the post of CEO in July. Thoeren has a more than 30-year track record as an independent producer on such productions as Dark Kingdom, The Enemy, Catherine The Great, Caravans, and Peter The Great and also served as Head of UFA's international department and managing dir
  • THINKFilm International goes Under The Mountain with Jonathan King

    THINKFilm International has come on board for world sales (excluding Australia and New Zealand for Under The Mountain, to be directed by Jonathan King. King's most recent film is the international hit Black Sheep. Fantasy adventure thriller Under The Mountain is based on the novel by popular New Zealand author Maurice Gee. The film is about two teenage twins who investigate an eerie derelict house and have to battle dark forces unleashed in Auckland.
  • THINKFilm on board for Argentina-set thriller The Appeared

    THINKFilm International has taken on international sales rights (excluding Spain) to supernatural thriller The Appeared (Aparecidos). THINKFilm will screen the film at next week's American Film Market. Paco Cabezas wrote and directed the Argentina-set supernatural ghost story about a brother and sister who discover an old family diary that reveals past crimes and inspires present nightmares. Ruth Diaz and Javier Pere
  • TIFFCOM gets underway with 15% increase in visitors

    The fourth edition of the TIFFCOM market (Oct 22-24) got underway in Tokyo this morning with 3,366 registered participants, an increase of 15% from last year, according to organisers. Held on the 40th floor of the Roppongi Hills complex, overlooking the skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo, TIFFCOM is widely regarded as a platform for buying and selling Japanese content but is striving to become more international. The market certainly felt slightly more robust on opening day
  • TIFFCOM: US talent agents advise Japan on creating demand

    Find top US directors to support your talent and capitalise on US films shooting in Japan were among the nuggets of advice that Hollywood agents and casting directors offered to Japan's talent powerhouses at a TIFFCOM seminar today. Panellists including Endeavor's Adam Levine, US casting director Richard Pagano and Paris-based casting agent Nathalie Cheron talked to Japan's Amuse, HoriPro and Stardust about the best ways to get Japanese actors cast inUS and internationalfilms. Lev
  • Tony Kaye returns with Lake Of Fire and Black Water Transit

    Tony Kaye is back. Though he has stayed busy shooting the kind of innovative commercials and music videos that first made his name, the maverick conceptual artist and director has not had a feature in cinemas since his 1998 debut American History X, the edgy drama about neo-Nazi skinheads that was the focus of a very public and very bizarre final-cut tussle between Kaye, star Edward Norton and studio New Line.But now the 55-year-old US-based Brit is working on a string of featur
  • Towards Zero (L'Heure Zero)

    Dir. Pascal Thomas. France, 2007. 107 min.This adaptation of an Agatha Christie crime story originally published in 1944 it is a handsome, pleasant but quite conventional cinematic piece of work, that wasa surprise choice to premiere at Pusan this year. With familiar faces like Melvil Poupaud, Chiara Mastroianni, Alessandra Martinez and Laura Smet, gathered around a grand lady of the French screen, Danielle Darrieux, and set in a love
  • Tranter welcomes six-year stability of new BBC Films budget

    'Discreetly celebratory' was how Jane Tranter, Controller BBC Fiction, described the state of mind at BBC Films, where a $4m (£2 m) increase in the current annual budget of $20m (£10m) was confirmed Thursday. There was also the added news that $2m (£1m) of the BBC's film acquisition budget would be ring-fenced for British films.The news of the increase comes as part of BBC Director General Mark Thompson's six-year plan for the Corporation and has been confirmed by the BBC Trust.
  • Turkey's Antalya fest has double-header opening

    An official two-day double opening kicked off the 44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and its accompanying 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival last Friday. As the biggest film event in the Turkish calendar, the first opening night was a glamorous affair for local cinema. Following a lavish opening cocktail reception at the upscale Hotel Divan which overlooks Antalya Bay with stunning mountain views, a parade of stars walked down the red carpet at the Talya Convention Centre (dub
  • UK film minister upbeat on industry but co-productions drop

    UK Minister of State for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism Margaret Hodge defended the industry's position during her keynote speech atthe Screen International annual UK Film Finance Summit.But she has asked the UK Film Council to undertake an evaluation of the success of the UK tax credit as figures show a drop in co-production activity.Hodge - appearing in the place of Culture Secretary James Purnell (a late withdrawal from the conference) - told a packed confe
  • UK producers need to think globally and diversify

    The UK film industry would be in great shape - if only it was based in the US. That was the somewhat daunting message for delegates at the UK's first Production Finance Market, which kicked off today, organised by Film London in partnership with the Times BFI London Film Festival.The strength of US financing in comparison to the UK's financial woes was a key theme, and even the keynote address was given by US veteran Mark Gill.'There's an enormous cash culture in London,' Gill s
  • United Kingdom - Life After Death

    Death At A Funeral was written as a spec script by London-based writer Dean Craig to direct himself for around $200,000 (£100,000). But a friend, US writer-director-producer Laurence Malkin had bigger ambitions."He said, 'No, we'll do it for $20m,'" Craig remembers. "I said, 'Are you nuts' It's a little film set in a house with an ensemble cast.'"The project may at first glance seem like a quintessentially British, quirky, dark comedy of manners. But its producers are Nor
  • US icon Phil Donahue moves into film with Body Of War

    Phil Donahue is a household name in the US, famous for his eponymous talk show and a TV career that spanned three decades. But that does not mean making his first feature documentary was a piece of cake.'I feel like I'm in a dark hallway, feeling my way around. This is new to me,' the TV veteran confessed during his first trip to the Toronto International Film Festival, where Body Of War had its world premiere.New York-based Donahue said the project evolved organically. W
  • Visual Factory takes on sales for Vampire Diary

    UK-based sales company Visual Factory has come on board for Vampire Diary. Anna Walton (The Mutant Chronicles, Hellboy 2) stars along with Morven Macbeth, Jamie King and Kate Sissons. Mark James is directing with Phil O'Shea. James previously directed TV documentaries including Freeze an Omnibus, as well as one-hour special Kentucky Teenage Vampires. O'Shea has written Spirit Trap and The Harpist and directed TV projects incl
  • Wajda's Katyn to have international premiere at 2008 Berlinale

    Veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda' Katyn (aka Post Mortem) is set to have its international premiere at next February's Berlinale, Screen Daily.com learnt during this week's Warsaw Filmfest.The $5.8m (PLN 15m) Polish-French co-production by Akson Studio with Margaret Menegoz's Les Films du Losange as minority partner had received its world premiere as a special screening during the grand opening of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia last month and was shown in a market-only present
  • Wild Bunch adds thriller Pop Skull ahead of Rome

    In addition to the recently announced acquisition of Hayo Freitag's The Three Robbers, Wild Bunch has picked up Pop Skull heading into the Rome Film Festival. The film, made for just a $2,000 budget, was found by Wild Bunch on 24-year-old director Adam Wingard's MySpace page. The trailer posted on MySpace had a 'much more cinematic look compared to the other films on MySpace,' according to Wild Bunch Distribution's Jerome Rougier.The horror/thriller is very reminis
  • Wild Bunch takes a stake in Italian distributor Bim

    Confirming rumors that have been rumbling in industry circles for some time, French sales, distribution and financing outfit Wild Bunch has taken a stake in Italy 's Bim Distribuzione. Financial terms were not disclosed. The move reinforces Wild Bunch's ambition to be present in distribution over multiple European territories. Wild Bunch already has a partnership with A-Film for the Benelux region. Going forward, Bim and Wild Bunch will work together to acquire and co-produce film
  • Wind Dancer plans US, Provence shoot on Williams' Mistral

    Wind Dancer Films is lining up a US and Provence, France, shoot on the romantic fable Mistral with Wind Dancer partner Matt Williams attached to directed.Josh Kesselman and Andrea Smith will produce with Wind Dancer Films based on a screenplay by Brett Hershey and Matt Tilker loosely inspired by a Tilker's chance meeting with a master perfumer in southern France.The story centres on the power of scent to reignite memories and trans
  • Youth Without Youth

    Dir: Francis Ford Coppola. Rom/Fr/It. 2007. 124minsTen years after the polished, anonymous professionalism of The Rainmaker, Francis Ford Coppola returns with an epic, magic realist tale of miraculous rejuvenation. Anyone who hoped that life might imitate art will be sorely disappointed by Youth Without Youth. This is an amateur production in the true sense of the word; a film made by a lover of film craft and l
  • Zhang to star in Golden Rooster Awards short film

    The organisers of China's Golden Rooster Awards have announced that Zhang Ziyi, Liu Ye, Ge You and Huang Bo will star in a short film to be screened at the awards ceremony in Suzhou on Oct 27. Dayyan Eng (Waiting Alone) will direct the three-minute action satire about a group of actors seeking an unknown treasure that is lost by the Golden Rooster Lake in Suzhou. According to state-owned TV network CCTV Movie Channel, which is broadcasting the ceremony, the film will be sim
  • Zobel's Great World Of Sound leads Gotham nominees

    Craig Zobel's Sundance hit Great World Of Sound earned three nominations yesterday for IFP New York's upcoming 17th Annual Gotham Awards. The comedy is in the running for best feature, best director, and best breakthrough actor for Kene Holliday.Three films received two nominations each: Day Night Day Night by Julia Loktev (breakthrough director and breakthrough actor); In

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