By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

24 May 2005

View all stories from this issue.

  • Alliance Atlantis names Lazzarato as new CFO

    Alliance Atlantis Communicationshas appointed David Lazzarato as executive vice president and chief financialofficer, replacing W. Judson Martin, who, as previously announced, is leavingAlliance Atlantis for health reasons. Lazzarato will be in office fromMay 30.'David'sextensive experience will be invaluable to us as we continue t
  • Ang Lee and Focus reunited for wartime spy thriller

    Hot on the heels of their global smash BrokebackMountain, Ang Lee and Focus Features are fast-trackingthe Chinese-language second world war spy thriller Lust,Caution.Bill Kong, who previously collaborated with Lee on CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon, is producing the projectwith Lee. Focus Features holds worldwide rights excludingAsia.Production is scheduled to begin this autumn on theproject, which marks the ninth time Lee and newly promoted Focus chief
  • Arclight to handle $20m Snow Goose

    Arclight Films has picked up international sales on The SnowGoose, a $20m WWII dramaset to begin production this autumn in Belgium, the UK and France.Gillies MacKinnon will direct Olivier Martinez, EmilyBlunt, Billy Connolly and Jenny Agutter in Paul Gallico's story of a growingfriendship between a social pariah and a young woman.
  • Artificial Eye loads up with Cannes titles

    Leading UK independent distributor Artificial Eye has comeaway from Cannes with a haul of six titles in official selection including thisyear's Palme D'Or winner, the Dardennes brothers The Child, andDirector's prize winner, Hidden, by Michael Haneke.The other Artificial Eye pick-ups are Francois Ozon's Le Temps Qui Reste,which screened in Un Certain Regard, Dominik Moll's Lemming (this year'sopening film in Cannes), as well as competition entry Three Ti
  • Barrandov replaces chief on eve of Bond deal

    Prague's Barrandov Studioshas replaced CEO Radomir Docekal with Veslava Piegzova, formerly head ofinternal audit at Barrandov majority owner Moravia Steel.Moravia Steel spokespersonDusana Chrenekova told local press that the change was made to make the studios'more effective'. Local insiders interpretthat to mean that Barrandov is seeking to compete with production serviceproviders, such as Stillking Films and Prague Studios, for a larger share ofthe Czech Republic's production
  • Belgian Child snatches Palme d'Or

    It was a mix of old and new at the awards ceremony for the58th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night. Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and LucDardenne (pictured here) walked off with the Palme d'Or for their gritty, bleak film TheChild (L'Enfant). At presstime, their film had yet to secure a North American distribution deal.This was the second such award for the duofollowing 1999's controversial Rosetta. In doing so they match Emir Kusturica, this year's Cannes jury p
  • Beta Cinema unveils raft of Cannes deals

    Beta Cinema has announced a raft of dealsconcluded at last week's market in Cannes and expects the first sale for SergeiBodrov's Mongol to be finalised this week.Mennan Yapo's thriller Soundless was soldto the US (Koch Lorber Media), France (97 Film Production & Distribution)and Brazil (Swen do Brazil).Hannes Stoehr's Berlinale 2005 competition entryOne Day In Europe was picked up by Brazil's Europa Filmes and the UK'sPeccadillo Pictures, and Helmut Dietl's
  • Bollywood legend Sunil Dutt dies

    SunilDutt, 75, legendary Bollywood actor and current Youth and Sports Minister diedfrom a heart attack in his home in Mumbai. AmongDutt's most memorable films wereMother India (1956), and Padosan. Theman took Indian cinema by storm in the 60s and 70s following his big break in Mehboob Khan's Mother India .Among otherhighlights of a long career were the three hits with B R Chopra, Gumraah(1963),Waqt (1965) and Humraaz (1967).
  • Broken Flowers to open Nantucket fest

    The North American Premiere of Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers will open the 10th Nantucket Film Festival on Jun 15, while Andrew and Luke Wilson's romantic comedy The Wendell Baker Story will close the event four days later.
  • Cannes Market reports 2005 attendance rise

    The 46th Cannes FilmMarket has announced an 8% increase in attendance for the 2005 edition. This year, 83 countries were representedby 9,476 professionals compared with 8,814 from 74 countries in 2004. The mostdramatic rises came from Africa with 34% more participation, Canada up 25% andthe Middle East up 14%Companies registeringshowed a 30% increase from 2,612 in 2004 to 3,404 in 2005. Buyers upped theirattendance by 12% with many new faces coming from Latin America and Canada.
  • Chinese films fail to make main Shanghai competition

    Despite the centenary ofChinese cinema being the main theme of this year's 8th ShanghaiInternational Film Festival (SIFF) (June 11-19), no Chinese film has beenselected for its main competition.In each of the pasteditions, at least one Chinese film has been in the running for the Jin Jueprize, one of China's top film honours.This year, 15 films from 12countries are competing, with France and Canada receiving the most nominations.Chinese filmmaker Wu Tianming (King of Masks
  • City Lights unveils $150m private equity fund

    New York City-based full service entertainment entity CityLights Media Group has launched City Lights Pictures Film Fund, a privateequity fund that will acquire, develop and finance up to $150m in product overthe next three years.City Lights has set up three separate divisions specialising invario
  • Dark Hours sells well for Fabrication

    New Los Angeles-based sales company Fabrication Films closed astring of sales in Cannes on Paul Fox's thriller The Dark Hours, which received its first marketscreening on the Croisette.Splendid picked up rights for Germany, VideoFilmes forBrazil, Luxor for Russia, Hollywood Films for Scandi
  • Don't Come Knocking

    Dir: Wim Wenders. US.2005. 122mins.Reunited for the first timein 20 years, Wim Wenders and Sam Shepard fail to rekindle the magic of theircollaboration on Palme D'Or winner Paris, Texas. Don't Come Knockingis a film of striking compositions and telling moments that never achieves thetender depths of emotion that distinguished its illustrious predecessor andmade it such a h
  • Europe's MEDIA Programme gets $970m extension

    The European Union's Media Programme has just secured over $970m (Euros 755m) to bankroll the European film industry.The Media 2007 fund will be used for training,development, distribution and promotion from 2007-2013, including atleast 20% going on development, 55% on distribution, 7% on training, 9%on promotion, 4% on pilot projects.The total fund is up from the $659m (Euros 520m)handed out between 2001 and 2006. Antoine Virenque, generalsecretary of FIAD, the international as
  • Executive director sought for San Francisco film festival

    The San Francisco Film Society is searching for a newexecutive director in the run-up to next year's 50th anniversary of the SanFrancisco International Film Festival following the departure of RoxanneCaptor.Captor joined the organisation in 2001 and has left to concentrateon de
  • Fortissimo scores flurry of Snow Cake deals

    Fortissimo Filmshad a busy Cannes closing deals with several distributors the company hasn'tworked with before including Svensk which took Scandinavian rights to MarcEvans' Snow Cake.The company alsosold The Night Listener,starring Robin Williams, to Italy's Videa and Tsui Hark's martial arts epic SevenSwords to Filmax inSpain. Snow Cake and The Night Listener join a growing slate of English-languageproduct handled by Fortissimo. "I thin
  • Fortissimo signs up Wong library

    Fortissimo Films has signed a deal with Cannesjury president Wong Kar-wai's Jet Tone Films to handle the increasing list oftitles in the director's library, including films not previously represented byFortissimo.The deal is an expansion of the long-standingrelation
  • Free Zone

    Dir. Amos Gitai.Fr-Is-Jor-Bel. 2005. 94mins.Even his detractors would have to agree that Free Zone,the Cannes competition entry from Amos Gitai, is his most satisfactory picturesince Kippur. The first Israel-Jordan co-production on record, his roadmovie, which features three women each representing a facet of the Middle Eastconflict, is less ideologically insistent and has more space for character andemotion than his usual fare.Although i
  • Gaspar Noe re-enters the Void

    Gaspar Noe's Les Cinemas DeLa Zone has joined forces with Wild Bunch and Fidelite to co-produce his latestfilm Enter The Void.The $13.5m English languagefilm about a drug-dealing brother and his sister is expected to shoot in Japanin September.Equity co-producers includeJapan's Comstock Org and Russia's Central Partnership.Cinetic will handle USrights. The project was originally announced at last year's Cannes with Pathe.
  • Global Film Initiative unveils latest grant beneficiaries

    The Global Film Initiative has unveiled the latest batch of ninefilmmakers from the developing world to receive grants under its bi-annualallocation cycle.The filmmakers will each receive finishing funds to allowthem to complete their projects, and were chosen because their work illustrates"accomplished storytelling, artistic excellence and cultural perspective ondaily life around the world."
  • Golden Harvest, Village Roadshow deal in doubt

    Through its subsidiaryGolden Screen, Hong Kong's Golden Harvest has filed a petition to wind upDartina Development, the holding company of Singapore's largest exhibitor chainGolden Village. Golden Harvest managingdirector CK Phoon said "We're not pulling out from Singapore. We just want tobreak up the joint venture with Village Roadshow, [like a] divorce."Golden Village was formed in1992 as a 50:50 joint venture between Golden Harvest and Australia's VillageRoadshow. The latter
  • Hidden triumphs in Screen critics' poll

    It may not have won the Palme d'Or, but Michael Haneke's Hiddenhas emerged as the most popular Cannes competition title according to Screen'sannual poll of international critics.The Screen Cannes jury was made up of 12 key criticsfrom around the world who voted on every film in competition, awarding fourpoints for an 'excellent' film down to zero points for a 'bad' film.Hidden averaged an impressive 3.3 points among Screen'sjury, just ahead of
  • Hyde Park seals multiple deals on its debut sales slate at Cannes

    Hyde Park International(HPI), the new international sales arm of Ashok Amitraj's Hyde ParkEntertainment, has reported a host of deals at its debut Cannes on Monkeyfaceand Premonition, the first two films it is 100% financing withoutinitial contribution from a major studio partner.HPI chief Lisa Wilson saidthat the market was hugely successful for HPI and that, more than anything,Amritraj's ability to deliver big-ticket pictures was welcomed by buyers.Buyers signing
  • IFC takes erotic arthouse film Destricted

    IFC Entertainment has bought all North American rightsto the explicit 'portmanteau film Destricted.''IFC moved in following Monday's Critics Week screeningand plans a' simultaneous theatrical and video-on-demand release throughits First'Take division.''Destricted premiered at Sundance and comprises aseries of erotic' short films by such avant-garde filmmakers as GasparNoe, Matthew' Barney, Larry Clark and Sam Taylor Wood.''Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company n
  • Indie luminaries lend names to IFC art-house in Manhattan

    A high-profile roster of filmmakers including Alfonso Cuaron,Steven Soderbergh and Richard Linklater will serve on the advisory board of theupcoming IFC Centre in New York.Others involved in the refurbished art-house complex,which is situated smack in the heart of Manhattan's W
  • Ismail Merchant dies in London, aged 68

    Ismail Merchant, whoseprodigious 44-year filmmaking partnership with James Ivory became synonymouswith sumptuous period dramas and literary adaptations, died in London onWednesday after a brief illness. He was 68.Over the years,Merchant's films garnered thirty-one Oscar nominations, including three forBest Picture. Among his best knownfilms were A Room with a View, ShakespeareWallah, Mr. And Mrs. Bridge, Howards End, and
  • Japanese uber-producer lines up Kurosawa remakes

    Kadokawa Haruki Jimusho, thecompany of uber-producer Haruki Kadokawa, has acquired the remake rights to theAkira Kurosawa classics Yojimbo and Tsubaki Sanjuro from KurosawaProduction.
  • Kino snaps up Cannes trio

    US independent distributor Kino International hasacquired three titles at the recently-concluded Cannes Film Festival.The titlesare: Im Sang Soo's The President's Last Bang from South Korea andIranian director Mohammad Rasoulof's Iron Island - both of which playedin Directors' Fortnight - along with French director Karin Albou's La PetiteJerusalem which screened in Critics' W
  • Korean industry abuzz as top production houses set to merge

    Sidus Pictures and Fun &Happiness, two of South Korea's most successful production companies, arepreparing to merge in an unexpected move that has set the local industrybuzzing.
  • LAFF gets its Happy Endings

    Rodrigo Garcia's all-star ensemble drama Nine Lives will be the Centerpiece Premiere and Don Roos' HappyEndings will close the 2005 Los AngelesFilm Festival, which runs from Jun 16-26.Festival organisers also announced that Don Cheadle, LisaKudrow, and Elijah Wood will serve as honorary festival chairs, with SydneyPollack named guest director and rapper The RZA named artist in residence.
  • Latido kicks up Longest Penalty deals

    Spanish sales consortium Latido has seen brisk sales onSpanish box office hit The World's Longest Penalty.The company sold rights on the comedy to Italy (Blue Moon),Greece (Prooptiki), Portugal (Eco Filmes) and Thailand (Logo), and wasunderstood to be closing rights for an English-language remake as well.Penalty (El Penalti Mas Largo Del Mundo) has earned more than Euros 6m at the Spanish boxoffice and is the top ranking local release this year. Alta Films distribu
  • Lerman is a Hoot for Walden/New Line family film

    Logan Lerman has been cast in the lead role of Walden Media andNew Line Cinema's children's story Hoot, based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen.The story centres on a young Montana boy who moves toFlorida and uncovers a plot to destroy a local population of endangered owls.
  • London Dome regeneration plans hint at major film role

    Plans unveiled yesterday to renovate London's MillenniumDome will include a 10-screen cinema complex that may serve as a future venuefor UK premieres and market screenings.Dome operator Anschutz Entertainment Group's (AEG), which will redevelop the site in a $11m (£6m) a year deal, has considerable experience infilm. Its business empire includes the global giant Regal cinema chain. It is also the parent company - through Anschutz Film Group- of Walden Media and Bristol BayProduc
  • Madagascar

    Dirs: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath. US. 2005. 86 mins. Apparently inspired by both the slapstick cartoons of Tex Avery and thestrange, stylised paintings of Henri Rousseau, the latest computer animatedfamily feature from DreamWorks delivers eye-catching fun for kids and justabout enough cute comic moments to keep their parents amused as well. Thoseelements alone should ensure a profitable early summer theatrical run and animpressive DVD take. But the lack of a really satisfying story sug
  • Metrodome takes on Von Trier's Manderlay

    UK distributor Metrodome has bought Lars Von Trier's Manderlayfrom Trust Film Sales.The Cannes competition title has now sold to over 35countries. The US is the last major territory yet to announce a deal for Manderlay,Von Trier's follow-up to Dogville.Manderlay is the first Lars Von Trier directedfilm that Metrodome has handled; Dogville was released by Icon FilmDistribution in the UK.However, Metrodome has strong links with Scandinavia
  • Minghella cranks up Breaking And Entering

    Principal photography has begun in London on Breaking AndEntering, written and directed by Anthony Minghella.Previouslyannounced cast members Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn and VeraFarmiga are joined by Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone and Mark Benton in thecontemporary drama.The film is a co-production between Miramax Films and TheWeinstein Company, the inter
  • Nair embarks on Namesake shoot

    Filmmaker Mira Nair has begun a two week shoot in India of TheNamesake, an adaptation of Pulitzer-prize winning Jhumpa Lahiri's debutnovel of the same name. 'It's nice to be back in India and I am looking forwardto the shoot in Kolkata, a city that has mesmerised me since mychildhood,' Nair told reporters at a press conference for the film. Mirasaid s
  • New charter launched for downloading

    Online film downloading is to get moreuser-friendly with the signing of a new charter.In Cannes, EU and US Internet service providers andtelecom operators endorsed a new online charter, which aims to ensurethat both service providers and film companies cooperate to fight piracyand provide an attractive supply of films which can help."This is a good first step to protect online filmdistribution in Europe," John Woodward, chief executive officer ofEuropean Film Agency the UK Film
  • Oz winner of Project Greenlight flies Solo

    Writer-director Morgan O'Neill faced a barrage of mediainterviews today after it was revealed that his script had won $760,000 (A$1m)in production finance ahead of 1,200 others as part of Australia's ProjectGreenlight.Reality TV show Project Greenlight originated in the USfive years ago and gives the winner prize money to bring their film script tothe big screen.Four weeks of principal photography starts on Soloin seven weeks. O'Neill says the noir crime thriller has grea
  • Pass rise could raise $3.1m for UGC

    UK exhibition major UGC cinemas is expected to generate£1.7m ($3.1m) from a £1 ($1.82) price rise for its loyalty passes.The company, which was bought last year by Cine UK, has140,000 subscribers allowing a small rise to make a big difference to itsrevenue line.The company hasn't upped the cost of its standard and 'unlimited'pass since 2000 and believes the increased cost will not scare off manycustomers. They will now cost £10.99 ($19.98) and £12.99 ($23.62) respectively.
  • Peet, Mulroney pair up for Kimmel's Griffin And Phoenix

    Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney will star in the tragic romance GriffinAnd Phoenix, which isbeing co-financed and co-produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and GoldCircle.The recently launched Kimmel Entertainment headed up byMark Lindsay will handle worldwide sal
  • Peet, Mulroney pair up for Kimmel's Griffin And Phoenix

    Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney will star in the tragic romance GriffinAnd Phoenix, which isbeing co-financed and co-produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and GoldCircle.The recently launched Kimmel Entertainment headed up byMark Lindsay will handle worldwide sal
  • Pretty Pictures falls for The Great Ecstasy

    Paris-based distributor Pretty Pictures has taken Frenchrights on controversial Critics' Week title, The Great Ecstasy OfRobert Carmichael. The Thomas Clay directedfilm has shocked viewers thanks to a graphic gang rape scene, although reviewshave been generally positive. French sales and finance outfit Wild Bunch is representingthe film internationally.The UK film should land a spot in the Dinard Festival ofBritish Cinema later this year. Pretty Pictures' James Velaise ca
  • Ray of hope for German media funds

    Germany's beleagueredmedia fund managers were afforded a slight ray of hope that they could soon beback in business after the Social Democrats' (SPD) regional election debacle inNorth Rhine-Westphalia at the hands of the Christian Democrats at the weekend.There was speculation on Monday that plans byGerhard Schroeder to call for an early general election this autumn would putpaid to Financ
  • Screen reveals UK Stars of Tomorrow

    ScreenInternational has launched its 2005 Stars Of Tomorrow, a comprehensive look atthe hottest new talent in the UK film industry.Publishedin this week's Screen International, the annual talent survey highlights thebrightest actors, directors, writers, producers and behind-the-scenes talent inthe UK. More than 40 new names are profiled, coming from shorts, documentaries,drama and film school, the stage and television. Thereare 15 actors profiled in the issue, including Natalie
  • Seamless, Beautiful Country bookend Newport festival

    DouglasKeeve's fashion documentary Seamless and Hans Petter Moland's post-Vietnam War drama The BeautifulCountry will bookend the 8th AnnualNewport International Film Festival, which runs from Jun 7-12 in this historichaven on the Rhode Island coast.
  • Searchlight walks down the aisle with Confetti

    Looking to emulate its successful collaborations on British comedies such as Bend It Like Beckham, WakingNed Devine and The Full Monty, Fox Searchlight has picked up worldwide rights toDebbie Isitt's upcoming ensemble comedy Confetti.Starring Martin Freeman, Jessica Ste
  • Shooting begins on heist thriller Wild Seven

    Robert Forster and RobertLoggia have joined Richard Roundtree on the cast of Wild Seven, a heist thriller currently underway in Phoenix,Arizona.Writer-director James Hausler's story centres on an ex-con who plots revenge against the man who sent him to prison.The Beat Pirate Pictures production is being produced by Michelle J Vogler, Todd Turner and Tim Haskins, with Juliana Penaranda serving as executive producer.
  • Short film channel to launch for UK mobile phones

    Short films specialistShorts International is to launch a short film channel'"Shorts Tv" - which willbe broadcast to mobile phones in a pioneering UK mobile TV trial led by NTLBroadcast.The channel will launchalongside other established channels including Cartoon Network, CNN, Discovery Channel, Sky Sports News and Sky Travelas part of a 6 month trial due to start in September.The 16-television channel trial will be received by 350customers of mobile phone service 02 in the Oxfo
  • Sony Classics takes up the Fight

    Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has picked up North American rightsto Eugene Jarecki's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary Why WeFight, for which it plansa late 2005 release.The film explores the seeds of American imperialism andthe military-industrial complex, citing the example of
  • SPC buys Starpai's comic-book autobiography for US

    Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has snapped up NorthAmerican rights on 'Persepolis,Marjane Satrapi's comic book autobiography set in Iran' during theIslamic Revolution.''Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud adapted and areco-directing the project 'about an outspoken nine-year-old girl whoselove-hate relationship' with her homeland eventually forces her intopermanent exile.''Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve,Danielle Darrieux and Simon' Abkarian provide the voice talent in theFr
  • Speculation mounts on a Kidman return to Dogville

    Nicole Kidman is reportedly in talks to reprise her Dogvillerole in the third of Lars Von Trier's trilogy.Kidman opted out of the follow-up Manderlay citing familycommitments. But she is now reported to be interested again in the lead part in Washington but saysTrier is interested in her sharing the role with Manderlayactress BryceDallas Howard.Trier himself will only admit that there are talksgoing on.But he has said: "The most logical
  • Spitfire talking 'bout My Generation with The Who

    The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are teaming up withSpitfire Picture's Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Trinifold Management toproduce a documentary about the seminal English rock band.Production is already underway on the picture in time for a 2006release. Murray Lerner will direct and c
  • Star Wars blasts international opening record

    The invasion of the international marketplace by FoxInternational's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith produced amassive estimated gross of $144.8m over the weekend, making the Lucasfilmproduction the biggest international opener ever.The international haul came from more than 10,000 screens in113 markets in 104 countries, with the film, the eagerly anticipated finalinstallment of the Star Wars series, opening in most major territorieson Thursday -- the same day
  • Star Wars explodes with $158m US debut

    Twentieth Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III - Revengeof the Sith zoomed to the top of the North American box office chart overthe weekend with an estimated three-day gross of $108.5m, the second biggestthree-day opening of all time. After grossing a record $50m on its Thursday opening day,the final installment of the Star Wars series came out of the weekendwith a huge $158.5m total from more than 9,000 screens at 3,661 theatres, for aper-theatre average of $43,294.
  • Star Wars explodes with $158m US debut

    Twentieth Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III - Revengeof the Sith zoomed to the top of the North American box office chart overthe weekend with a record-breaking estimated four-day gross of $158.5m. The film's three-day weekend estimated gross was $108.5m, the second biggest of all time.After grossing a record $50m on its Thursday opening day,the final installment of the Star Wars series came out of the weekendwith a huge $158.5m total from more than 9,000 screens at 3,
  • Star Wars looks to pass $200m international haul

    Last weekend's massive international launch of Star Wars:Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith ignited the early summer season and thepicture should continue to be the main attraction this weekend.Thesixth instalment in George Lucas' sci-fi saga grossed a staggering $145.5m whenit opened day-and-date in more than 110 markets through Fox International lastweekend.New and repe
  • Sundance Institute supports six more filmmakers

    The Sundance Institute has announced the second batch offilmmakers to receive training and creative suport through Annenberg Filmfellowships.The Annenberg Film Fellows Programme provides stipends,residencies and creative support to six filmmakers each year and was launchedin April 2004 with a $5m
  • Tale Of Cinema (Keuk jang jeon)

    Dir/scr: Hong Sangsoo. SKor-Fr. 2005. 90minsHong Sangsoo, Korea's master of elliptical urbannarrative, returns with a characteristically slippery slice of Seoul realism inTale Of Cinema, which morphs halfway through into a meditation oncinema, love and reality. The narrative spectacularly wrong-foots the viewerabout an hour in, but even given this perspectival twist, the film is stillconsiderably more approachable than Hong's last Cannes competition entry,2004's
  • Tale Of Cinema (Keuk jang jeon)

    Dir/scr: Hong Sangsoo. SKor-Fr. 2005. 90minsHong Sangsoo, Korea's master of elliptical urbannarrative, returns with a characteristically slippery slice of Seoul realism inTale Of Cinema, which morphs halfway through into a meditation oncinema, love and reality. The narrative spectacularly wrong-foots the viewerabout an hour in, but even given this perspectival twist, the film is stillconsiderably more approachable than Hong's last Cannes competition entry,2004's
  • Tale Of Cinema (Keuk jang jeon)

    Dir/scr: Hong Sangsoo. SKor-Fr. 2005. 90minsHong Sangsoo, Korea's master of elliptical urbannarrative, returns with a characteristically slippery slice of Seoul realism inTale Of Cinema, which morphs halfway through into a meditation oncinema, love and reality. The narrative spectacularly wrong-foots the viewerabout an hour in, but even given this perspectival twist, the film is stillconsiderably more approachable than Hong's last Cannes competition entry,2004's
  • Tarantino, Rodriguez grind out horror project for Weinsteins

    Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are collaborating on thehorror project Grind House for Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who will release in North Americathrough their provisionally named outfit, The Weinstein Company, in spring2006.
  • The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael

    Dir: Thomas Clay. UK.2005. 96minsThomas Clay announceshimself as a provocative new British talent with the disturbing state of thenation wake up call The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael. The 24year-old's ambitious debut feature carries echoes of such uncompromisingEuropean auteurs as Michael Haneke and Gaspar Noe before taking a turn intovideo nasty territory with brutal scenes of rape and torture that had someaudiences rushing for the nearest ex
  • The Longest Yard

    Dir: Peter Segal. USA.2005. 113mins.Underdog sports tales areoverly common, but Adam Sandler's new film The Longest Yard - asurprisingly faithful and raucous remake of Burt Reynolds beloved movie of thesame name - spikes that familiar punch with the motivation of revenge,resulting in an estimable and surprisingly entertaining kick-off to the summercomedy season.The film, PG-13 in theUnited States, flirted with a more restrictive classific
  • The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada

    Dir: Tommy Lee Jones. US.2005. 120mins.A lone quest for justice becomes an ode to friendship andthe common ground between different cultures in The Three Burials OfMelquiades Estrada, a thoroughly respectable feature-length directorialdebut from Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones.An actor who believes thatless is more, Jones brings the same approach to his direction with an unfussystyle that emphasises straight storytelling and solid performanc
  • The Works closes multiple deals on Cannes slate

    As the dust settles onanother Cannes market, UK-based sales agents The Works announced yesterday thatit had closed multiple deals on its Cannes slate. "It was a busymarket and we were there then to the bitter end closing deals," said TheWorks' Joy Wong. Among The Works' titles to catch buyers' eyes were Stefan Schwartz's upbeatcomedy The Best Man, which has gone to CCV (Scandinavia), Chantier(Turkey), Elite Film (Switzerland), Festive Films (Singapore), Forum Film(Israel
  • Three Times

    Dir: Hou Hsiao-Hsien Taiwan.2005. 120minsTaiwanese director HouHsiao-Hsien is in the mood for love with Three Times, a tryptich ofromantic stories in which the same actors (Shu Qi and Chang Chen) playdifferent characters in 1966, 1911 and the present day. An ambitious notionresults in a slight, wisp of a film that is long on delicate charm but short onsubstance. The three stories are also self-contained items rather than the kindof narrative exercise that
  • Trier confirms Kidman interest in USA trilogy - if it gets made

    Lars von Trierhas confirmed he is considering casting both Nicole Kidman and Bryce DallasHoward in Wasington , the third film in his USA trilogy. The two actors haveboth played the same role of Grace in first Dogville (Kidman), and Cannescompetitor Manderlay (Howard). However, the project has been postponed and theprovocative Trier has also hinted it may never be made. "The original agreementfor Wasington was for both Br
  • Trust Film Sales whips up Storm sales

    The promo of Swedishthriller Storm directed by MansMarlind and Bjorn Stein is selling quicker than most finished films on theTrust Film Sales counter. Thailand (Pacific Marketing), Mexico (Mandala), Brasil(California Films) and Estonia (Estin Film) have all fallen for Storm aftertwo screenings.Meanwhile,Greece's Rosebud and Italy's Theodora Film have picked up the Anders Thomas Jensen scripted and Susanne Bierdirected After The Wedding.Greece's
  • UK Film Council names cinemas joining digital network

    The UK Film Council hasunveiled the list of cinemas set to participate in the roll out of its DigitalScreen Network (see full list of cinemas, below).TheCouncil is spending £11.7m of its National Lottery funding to install digitalfilm projectors and related equipment in 209 cinemas (on 238 screens) acrossEngland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The first cinemas in the networkwill start programming screenings later this year.Thescheme appears to have been embraced by cinem
  • Un Certain Regard rewards Romanian Death

    Un Certain RegardRomanian film The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu took top honours in the Un Certain Regard sidebar onFriday night in Cannes. The road movie set in an ambulance was directed byCristi Puiu whose short film Cigarettes And Coffee won a prize at Berlin in 2004.American director Alexander Payne oversaw the jury for thesection.A special 'prize of hope' was also awarded to S.Pierre Yameogo for his film Delwendefrom Burkina Faso while French fi
  • Update Cannes 2005: the big deals for the major territories

    Distributors in key territories are continuing to announce purchases from Cannes slates. offers an updated look at the big deals for major territories.If you wish to comment on the list or add further deals, email 20th Century Fox (UK): Nana's Boy A-Film (Benelux): Crossing The Bridge, Shutter, Snow Goose Accent (Australia) Sex And Philosophy, Sheitan, Wassup RockersAlpha Films(Brazil):AfterArt
  • Viggo Mortensen takes lead in Nazi drama

    Viggo Mortensen is to star in Good, the screen adaptation of CP Taylor's award-winning stage play set during the Nazi era. British actors Jason Isaacs and Mark Strong will also appear in the film, which will be directed by Vicente Amorin. The screenplay has been written by John Wrathall.Good tells the story of a seemingly decent professor who fails to recognise the evil around him and becomes embroiled in the Nazis' genocidal plans for a 'Final Solution."The film is a Potemkin's
  • Weinsteins ramp up Asian Dynasty

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein have set up the Asian labelDragon Dynasty and boosted their already sizeable library by licensing 43titles from News Corp subsidiary Fortune StarEntertainment.Dragon Dynasty will release all Asian titles in TheWeinstein Company's (TWC) stable, including recent theatricalacquisitions such as Ong Bak 2, SPL, Seven Swords and Dragon Squad.Longtime collaborator Quentin Tarantino willwork with the brothers on brand development. London-bas
  • Weinsteins sign finance deal, add three more to slate

    Harvey and Bob Weinstein have reached agreement on an equityinvestment and a debt financing commitment for their new multi-media companyfrom New York investment bank Goldman, Sachs & Co. In the latest of a string of announcements from the CannesFilm Festival, the Weinsteins also revealed a strategic relationship with TarakBen Ammar's Quinta and the acquisition of North American rights to three Quintaprojects.Neither the size of the commitment from Goldman Sachs norother terms of
  • Wolfe Releasing swipes UK dogme drama for North America

    Wolfe Releasing picked up Thom Best's Canadian thriller Ice Men and Jan Dunn's political drama Gypo in the last days of Cannes, and plansfestival engagements for both titles ahead of their North American theatricalreleases.Ice Men centres ona group of frien
  • World's Fastest Indian runs to Italy

    Italian International Film (IIF) has acquired Italiandistribution rights to upcoming Anthony Hopkins vehicle The World's FastestIndian. The film, which is currently in post, tells thetrue story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indianmotorcycle and then took it to Utah where he set the land-speed world record inthe 1970s.IIF picked up the film, directed by RogerDonaldson, from NZ Film.In Cannes, the Rome-basedproduction-distribution compa
  • Young film-makers win funding at Cannes project market

    In its first outing, the Cannes Film Festival'sproject market for young film-makers - the Atelier - has had an impressive 50%success rate. Nine out of the 18 directors selected were able to completefunding for their projects which should begin shooting quickly.Budgeted between Euros 700,000 and Euros 1.73 million, thefast-tracked films are: Ulrike von Ribbeck's Sooner Or Later from Germany, Joachim Lafosse's RevolteIntime from Belgium, American RyanEslinger's Wh
  • Zelenka's Wrong Side Up wins Moscow slot

    Wrong Side Up, the latest film from Czechdirector Petr Zelenka, has been chosen for competition at the 27th MoscowInternational Film Festival (June 17-26). The film, released in the Czech Republic in February 2005, has already rackedup more than 200.000 admissions in its domestic market. 'We're very happyto see Wrong Side Up make its international premiere in Moscow,'producer Pavel Strnad of Negativ, the Czech production company primarilyresponsible