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25 February 2006

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  • 1:1

    Dir: Annette K Olesen. Den. 2005. 90mins.1:1is nothing if not timely, addressing the ethnic and religious tensions inDenmark highlighted by the recent furore over anewspaper cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.Annette K Olesen's follow-up to InYour Hands comes across as a passionate, socially concerned cri de coeur, albeit one executedin a sometimes laborious
  • Absolute Wilson

    Dir/scr: Katharina Otto-Bernstein. US-Ger. 2006.105mins.Absolute Wilsonmight not be not be quite 'absolute' in the sense of 'definitive', but Katharina Otto-Bernstein's documentary is certainly anexhaustive introduction to the life and work of Robert Wilson, American theatrevisionary extraordinaire.The Texan-borninnovator has worked at a frenzied pace since his arrival on the avant
  • Artificial Eye picks up Offside and It's Winter

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has acquiredboth of the Iranian films that played in Competition at the Berlin FilmFestival. The first is Jafar Panahi'sOffside,shared winner of the Silver Bear about a girl who disguises herself as a boy towatch a football match in Tehran. The distributoralso acquired Rafi Pitts' Zemestan (It's Winter), about a factory worker andmechan
  • Asian trio join forces for Black Night omnibus

    Japan's Movie-Eye Entertainment has joined forces with Thailand's Five Star Production and Hong Kong's Filmko Entertainment in producing a $2.5m pan-regional horror thatfeatures some of the hottest Asian talents. Black Night,unveiled today at the Bangkok Film Market, is an omnibus film with threesegments. Each 30-minute story stan
  • Audiard's film wins top prize at Lumiere Awards

    Jacques Audiard's The Beat That My HeartSkipped took home the Best Picture prize at France's Lumiere Awards Tuesday. The awards are the local equivalentof the Golden Globes, voted on by members of the foreign press working in France.With ten nominations, Beat is a favorite for top prizes at theupcoming Cesar Awards to be doled out this Saturday i

    Best FilmBrokeback Mountain (Diana Ossana/James Schamus)Alexander Korda Award For Best British FilmWallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/ Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker)Carl Foreman Award For First Film Joe Wright (Director,Pride & Prejudice)David Lean Award For Best DirectorBrokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)Best Original ScreenplayCrash (Paul Haggis/Bob
  • BAFTA 2006 winners in full

    Best FilmBrokeback Mountain (Diana Ossana/James Schamus)Alexander Korda Award For Best British FilmWallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/ Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker)Carl Foreman Award For First Film Joe Wright (Director,Pride & Prejudice)David Lean Award For Best DirectorBrokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)Best Original ScreenplayCrash (Paul Haggis/Bob
  • BBC earmarks more than $500m for UK cinema

    The BBC has announced a substantial increase inits intended film production and acquisition budget. All of the proposed investments are subject tothe favourable settlement of the current licence fee negotiations but the broadcaster says its new plans could mean an investment of $522m (£300m) to British film over its next 10-year charter period.If approved, the investments would mean:* Starting in April 2007, an increase in the BBC's film production budget from the current $1
  • Brokeback Mountain dominates the BAFTA awards

    Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain was the clear winner at this year's BAFTA awards.It picked up best film, best director, best supporting actor for Jake Gyllenhaal and best adapted screenplay for Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.The British hopeful that had led the nominations, The Constant Gardener, managed to win just one trophy for Claire Simpson as best editor.The awards had a distinctly Hollywood flavour, with all the major acting and film prizes going to US productions.
  • Canadians look south for new deals

    Late last year, when a Canadian federalelection was called for January 23, there was a ripple of fear in the Canadianfilm industry and the culture sector as a whole. After 12 years in power, thescandal-marked Liberal government was doomed.The prospect of a Conservative victory hadmany worrying that tax-cutters would hold sway and start hacking budgets at thepublic sector subsidy system, particularly TelefilmCanada, upon which indigenous Canadian production depends. The Conservativesdid
  • Capote, Syriana get key pre-Oscar openings

    Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) launches its Oscarcontender Capote inits first major markets this weekend.
  • Dead Run (Shisso)

    Dir: Sabu.Jap. 2005. 124mins.Aptly named, Dead Run is a morbid crawl, a tediouslyover-extended wallow in good, evil and teenage angst that manages at once to beluridly over-heated and grindingly turgid.A first literary adaptation from Sabu(Postman Blues, Unlucky Monkey), it proves a rambling and confused melodrama thatrelies largely on the spurious glamour of its adolescent death-chic, embodiedby prettily bla
  • Devereux named deputy chair of British Screen Advisory Council

    Mark Devereux,senior partner at law firm Olswang, has been named adeputy chair of the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC). Mark Devereux is a longstanding member ofBSAC, and since 2003 has been chair of the BSACCo-production Working Group which worked on policy papers about filmco-productions.
  • Disney's Eight Below wins Presidents Day weekend

    Disney/Spyglass' snowbound adventure Eight Below was the top ranking domestic releaseover three days on Presidents Day Weekend as it launched on an estimated$19.9m.
  • Dogwoof picks up two Berlinale titles

    UK distributor DogwoofPictures has picked up two titles out of the Berlinale, Man Push Cart and Brasileirinho. Both deals werestruck with French sales company Wide Management. Ramin Bahrani's Man PushCart is about a Pakistani immigrant trying to establish a life in New York City.Mika Kauriskami's Brasileirinho is a documentary about Choro
  • Eight films selected for Australia's IndiVision Project Lab

    Moving South, aroad movie from director Kate Woods and producer Robyn Kershaw, who last teamedup on the local hit Looking For Alibrandi, is one of eightfilms to be developed through the second IndiVisionProject Lab.The Australian Film Commission (AFC)released the names of those chosen for the week-long low-budget initiative introduced last year, and provided a sneak preview of Caterpillar Wish, one of the two filmsfrom the 2005 ba
  • Fierberg lines up stellar cast for Cassavetes debut

    Parker Posey, Gena Rowlandsand Jeanne Moreau are attached to star in actress Zoe Cassavetes' firstfeature as director, Broken English, which isexpected to go into production in the next few months.The film, about a mid-30swoman who is becoming debilitated by a lack of luck in love, is produced by NewYork-based Vox3 Films founded by producers Andrew Fierberg, Christina WeisLurie and director Steven S
  • Final Destination 3

    Dir: James Wong. US. 2005.92mins.With its original writers and director back at thecontrols, the Final Destinationfranchise cruises efficiently but not very excitingly through its third outing,a cartoonishly gory horror romp with an all-new castof little known young actors. The franchise has proved surprisingly profitablefor New Line: the first film grossed more than $100m worldwide in 2000 and thesecond reached j
  • Find Me Guilty

    Dir/scr: Sidney Lumet. US. 2006. 123mins.Now in his eighties, veteran director Sidney Lumet shows no signs of slowing down - and mob courtroomdrama Find Me Guilty proves that hehas lost none of his ability to turn out a slick, well- crafted product.But it's a product that,like many of the director's films from the 1980s onwards, comes across as agood made-for-TV fare rather than a great piece of cinema.Its theatrica
  • First Independent picks up The Great New Wonderful for North America

    First Independent Pictures has picked up North American rights toSerenade Films' The Great New Wonderful and plans an early summer release.
  • Game, set and match for Woody

    Director Woody Allen's Match Point has crossed $50minternationally. His biggest hit in 20 years, Match Point had earned $49.6m as of February 19, having addedanother $1.6m over the February 17-19 weekend, which saw Brazil ($377,000) and Turkey ($120,600) added to the film's international rollout. Having travelled Europe, the
  • Georgia Lee's Red Doors sold to Imagine in Australia

    Imagine Entertainment has picked up Australian and New Zealandrights to Georgia Lee’s RedDoors from ForwardEntertainment.
  • Gerard Depardieu still the best paid actor in France

    GerardDepardieu, Jean Reno and Christian Clavier were France's highest paid actors for 2005according to a report in Monday's LeFigaro newspaper.Depardieu,who had roles in such films as Gerard Jugnot's Boudu and Bertrand Blier'sHow Much Do You Love Me', earned $3.8m (Euros 3.2m) in 2005 despite a downturnin the box-office of his films. With $2.7m (Euros 2.3m), Jean Reno is in secondplace following work
  • Germans join forces for $47.7m English-language slate

    Production outfit Schmidtz KatzeFilmkollektiv and the Berlin-based developmentcompany mediacontentfactory (mcf)have joined forces to initiate a $47.7m (Euros 40m) slate of English-languagegenre films for the international market.According to thejoint venture's partners, the slate of six to seven thriller,fantasy or adventure feature films will either be based on successful novels,games and/or creative talents with an excellent reputation in the respectivegenre, and each have an interna
  • Goblet Of Fire crosses $600m at international box office

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire has crossed $600m at the internationalbox office, making it the fifth biggest international release of all time.
  • Golden Bear winner finds more buyers

    Jasmila Zbanic's Golden Bear winner Grbavica has been picked up byVentura Film for theatrical release in Germany later this year, while Switzerland's Trigon-Filmplans to release the mother-daughter drama in the aftermath of the Bosnian warthis autumn.TheAustrian-Bosnian-German-Croatian co-production will be opened by Polyfilm in
  • Hong Kong FilMart set for 15% increase in exhibitors

    The Hong Kong TradeDevelopment Council (TDC) is expecting more than 400 exhibitors from 20countries to attend this year's Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FilMart),a 15% increase on last year. The market, which celebratesits 10th anniversary this year, is running one day longer than usual(March 20-23) following comments from buyers and sellers that last year's eventwas useful but too short. As last year, the market isan anchor event of "Entertainment Expo Hong Kong" des
  • Horror film Reverb to commence shooting in London

    Horror film Reverb will start shooting on February27th. This London-set film is based in a recording studio and starsa clutch of young British actors, Leo Gregory (Stoned), Eva Birthistle (Breakfast on Pluto) and Margo Stilley (9 Songs). The
  • Hungarian admissions at lowest level in 11 years

    In contrast to Hungary'sbooming production industry, theatrical business looks quite grim. Local boxoffices saw 10.8 million admissions in 2005 - just over three million feweradmissions than in the previous year. Sales fell to $43.2m (HUF9.1bn)Indeed 2005 saw the lowest admissions in 11 years. In thepast five years, admissions have dropped by nearly a third. With the exceptionof slight ri
  • IIF lines up production and distribution slate

    Rome'sItalian International Film (IIF) is lining up an ambitious new production anddistribution slate, which includes historical epic The Inquiry starring Dolph Lundgren andMax Von Sydow.Italiandirector Giulio Base recently wrapped production onthe $10m (Euros 8.5m) action-thriller, which is set three years after thecrucifixion of Jesus Christ and sees Roman Emperor Tiberius send a messenger totry and find Jesus' body.Thefeature film is produced by the IIF's Fulvio Lucisa
  • Invisible Waves

    Dir: Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Thai-Neth-SKor-HK-Chi. 2005. 115mins.InvisibleWaves is a feature whose admirers will find it hard to pinpoint why theylike it. Its numerous detractors, on the other hand, will find it easy tosubstantiate their dislikes.Ostensibly about murder,guilt and redemption and told in a manner reminiscent of Jean Pierre Melville, Thaidirector Pen-ek
  • Isabella

    Dir: Pang Ho-cheung. HK-Chi. 2006. 109mins.Although it deals with corruption and features asuspended cop as its hero, Pang Ho-cheung's Isabella is no gritty action drama. Noris it a political piece, despite being set on the eve of Macau's return toChinese hands after 400 years of Portuguese rule. And while it introduces thetheme of incest in its first 10 minutes in, sexual politics are hardly touchedupon.
  • Istituto Luce takes Italian rights to Golden Bear winner

    Rome state distributor Istituto Luce has acquired Italian rights to Berlin Golden Bear winner Grbavica.Sold by German-based agent The Match Factory, Grbavica looks at the aftermath of the mass rape of women during the siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian war.Meanwhile, Andrea Occhipinti's Lucky Red has acquired all Italian distribution rights from Wild Bunch to director Luc Jacquet's upcoming film, The Fox and The Child. The $13m film by The March of the Penguins'di
  • Istituto Luce takes Italian rights to Golden Bear winner

    Rome state distributor Istituto Luce has acquired Italian rights to Berlin Golden Bear winner Grbavica.Sold by German-based agent The Match Factory, Grbavica looks at the aftermath of the mass rape of women during the siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian war.Meanwhile, Andrea Occhipinti's Lucky Red has acquired all Italian distribution rights from Wild Bunch to director Luc Jacquet's upcoming film, The Fox and The Child. The $13m film by The March of the Penguins'direct
  • It's Winter (Zemestan)

    Dir: Rafi Pitts. Iran 2005.86mins.Rafi Pitts' remarkable It's Winter is one of those films that forces you to rethink your preconceptions about Iraniancinema. Although recognisably in a taut, austereIranian mould, the film feels new in several ways. Its central figure is notjust an anti-hero but is abrasively unsympathetic; its narrative structure suggestsan odd mix of fi
  • Korean star takes lead role in new entertainment venture

    Koreansuperstar Bae Yong-joon is taking a leading role in an ambitious new Asian entertainment venture.Bae has become the largest shareholder in KOSDAQ-listed Autowin Tech in a joint investment with Japanese IT group Softbank. The plan is to transform the computer systems business, which will be kno
  • Kosslick delight at record-breaking Berlinale

    "Spectacularlyunspectacular" is Dieter Kosslick's personal verdict on the fifthBerlinale under his direction which came to end this weekend with the awardingof the Golden Bear to Bosnian film-maker Jasmila Zbanic for Grbavica.
  • Lagardere set to take a 20% stake in French pay-TV group

    Frenchmedia group Lagardere is set to acquire a 20% stake in pay-TV group Canal PlusFrance in exchange for Lagardere's 34% stake in Canal Plus satellite platformCanalSat and a cash payment of $626m (Euros 525m) in cash.
  • Les Bronzes 3 tops international marketplace

    French smash Les Bronzes3: Amis Pour La Vie led theinternational marketplace over the weekend in just one territory as it added$10.3m through Warner Bros France.The Les Films ChristianFechner, TF1 Films Productions and TPS Cinema title drew more than 1.4millionadmissions on 950 screens, bringing its third weekend total to a staggering$57.8m in France.Warner Bros PicturesInternational also opened the political thriller Syriana in five markets, grossing $1.3m on 340
  • Malaysia's Red Films makes sales debut at BFM

    Malaysian production companyRed Films is making its debut as a seller at the Bangkok Film Market (BFM), which kicked off onMonday, offering 12 productions from cutting-edge independent Malaysianfilm-makers.The company's slate includesthree titles competing in the ASEAN section of the Bangkok International FilmFestival (BKKIFF): Deepak Menon's ChemmanChaalai, which won a special jury award at Nantes Festival 3 Continents;Woo Ming Jin's Monday Morning Gloryand Amir Muhammad
  • Menzel ready to shoot on long-awaited King of England

    Jiri Menzelwill begin filming his long-awaited film IServed the King of England on March 9th. German actress Julia Jentsch, who won numerous awards for her performance in thetitle role in Sophie Scholl, which isup for an Oscar, is starring along with Czech actor OldrichKaiser. The film is based on the novel of the same name by the Czechauthor Bohumil Hrabal. Menzel said thefilm would see a limited release shortly before the end of 2006.The Czech-language project wi
  • Metropolitan Police starts new film piracy unit with FACT

    The Metropolitan Police's Economic and Specialist Crime Command in London isworking in partnership with the Federation AgainstCopyright Theft (FACT) tolaunch a new police unit to combat film piracy.The unit will investigate individuals and organised crime networks thatprofit from film piracy. The unit will initially operate for 12 months and willcomprise one Detective Sergeant and four Detective Constables.
  • Miami Film Festival names nine new projects for Encuentros sidebar

    The Miami International Film Festival's Miami Encuentros sidebarwill run from Mar 9-11 within the timespan of the festival.
  • Michael Winterbottom options controversial memoirs

    Fresh from the controversy ofhis Berlinale Silver Bear winner The Road To Guantanamo,prolific British director Michael Winterbottom is setto tackle an equally contentious project. Winterbottomrevealed this week that his company Revolution has optioned Murder In Samarkand, the memoirs of Craig Murray, the former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan. Comedi
  • MK Pictures teams with Japanese animation house

    Korean studio MK Picturesand Japanese animation group GDH KK have signed a memorandum of understandingfor mutual co-operation in the Asian market, including Korea and Japan. Signed by MK Pictures chiefexecutive officer Lee Eun and GDH KK chairman Showji Murahama today (Feb 21) inSeoul, the MOU covers co-operation in the production of films, animation,televisio
  • Mockert steps down as head of German media fund MBP

    Rainer Mockert has stepped down from the German private media fund MBP which he founded in 1999 and has handed over management of the MBP KG I and MBP KG II funds to financing expert Kai Grueneke. Over the last seven years, Mockert had involved the MBP funds in the backing of around 30 international co-productions including Last Orders, A Christmas Carol, Taking Sides and Stingers with a fund volume of $120m (Euros 100m.) Commenting on his new role, Grueneke admitted that the
  • Osorio joins Focus/Rogue as vice president, publicity

    Paulette Osorio has joined Focus Features as vicepresident of publicity and will be based in the company's West Coast offices.
  • Paramount specialty arm buys thriller script from Pastor brothers

    Paramount's evolving specialty division has bought the speculativescript to Alex and David Pastor's post-apocalyptic thriller currently known asThe Untitled Pastor Project.
  • Prestigious New Directors/New Films unveils lineup

    Sundance grand jury prize winners Quinceanera and 13 Tzameti and Berlin Silver Bear winner A Soap are among the titles selected for thisyear's 35th New Directors/New Films festival, which runs at the Film Society ofLincoln Center and MoMA in New York from Mar 22-Apr 2.
  • Puccini For Beginners

    Dir/scr: Maria Maggenti. US. 2006. 82mins.Woody Allen famously observed that the greatadvantage of being bisexual was that it doubled your chance of a date on aSaturday night. Maria Maggenti's second feature, thesexual screwball farce Puccini For Beginners, appends the template of Allen's romanticcomedy landmark, Annie Hall, to thefluid, destabilising sexual mores of contemporary New York.It is h
  • Quiet Bangkok Film Market draws to a close

    The third edition of theBangkok Film Market (BFM), which wrapped today (Feb 24), failed to generatemuch buzz with the event being described by most visitors as either "very quiet"or "very slow".The new post-Berlin slot hasproved difficult for the market. "The festival thought it could get fresher titlesafter Berlin and Sundance and didn't want to clash with the Golden Globes,"explains market director Christine Rush, who is confident that the slot will beput back to January next year.
  • Rat Pack plans English-language family film based on bestseller

    ConstantinFilm subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion has secured the film rights to thefamily bestseller Jim Button And Luke TheEngine Driver for an English language adaptation aimed at the internationalmarket.ProducerChristian Becker has "regular" collaborator Sebastian Niemann(Hui Buh Das Schlossgespenst, Das Jesus Video) attached as director for thelive-action feature film version of TheNeverending Story author Michael Ende's cult children's classic. Thescreenplay will be
  • Red Films comes to Bangkok Film Festival with impressive slate

    The 3rd Bangkok Film Marketkicked off today with more than 80 exhibitors from over 30 countries. Malaysia'sproduction company Red Films has chosen this market to make its debut as aseller, offering 12 productions by cutting-edge independent Malaysianfilm-makers.Its slate, which features productions fromChinese, Malay to English and Tamil, includes three titles competing in theASEAN section of the Bangkok International Film
  • Redbus rebranded as Lionsgate UK

    UK independent film distributor Redbus Film Distribution has rebranded as Lionsgate UK.It follows last October's takeover of Redus by Lionsgate Entertainment in a combined cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $35m.The company's first release under the new name is George Clooney's Oscar-nominated Good Night, And Good Luck.,which was co-produced by Redbus. The film opened lastweekend and has grosse
  • Requiem

    Dir: Hans-Christian Schmid.Ger. 2005. 92mins.The thinking man's The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Requiem offers a deliberatelyunderstated take on the real-life events which inspired that commerciallysuccessful courtroom horror yarn.Director Schmidand scriptwriter Lange are only marginally interested in the hoary theme of Emily Rose - the tussle between religiousfaith and scientific reason. Inst
  • Richard Fox honoured in France

    The French CulturalMinistry in Paris will today name Richard Fox,executive VP of Warner Bros. International, a Chevalier de l'Ordredes Arts et des LettresRenaud Donnedieude Vabres, minister of culture and communication,will present the award. The Chevalier is the highest honourin L'Ordre des Arts
  • San Fu Maltha sells his share holding in A-Film

    San Fu Maltha, co-founder along with PimHermeling of the Netherlands' biggest independent film distributor, A-Film is leaving the company.His majority share holding has been acquired by investment companies W2Media BV andVan Lanschot Bankers. A-Film commented that the majoritysale was "a strategic investment to continue and expand the e
  • Son Of Man

    Dir: Mark Dornford-May. S Afr. 2006. 86minsThe second collaboration between Mark Dornford-May and Cape Town theatre collective Dimpho Di Kopane- their first was Berlinale Golden Bear winner U-Carmen eKhayelitsha- Son Of Man is a stirring fusion ofthe New Testament with African folklore, dance and choral numbers that resultsin a politically urgent story of love, sacrifi
  • SRO seals France, Australia deals on Girls Will Be Girls

    SRO Pictures has secured distribution deals in France andAustralia for Richard Day’s cultcomedy Girls Will Be Girls.
  • Subject Two

    Dir/scr Philip Chidel. US. 2006.92mins.Philip Chidel's secondfeature Subject Two begins with ataut, suggestive title sequence of two men battling for possession of a gun; asmart, sharp opening that provides a chilling introduction to the highly assuredand impressively staged low-budget horror film that follows.It conforms enough to thedemands of the form, allowing enough blood, gore and action to thrill the youthcro
  • Thailand and Malaysia to collaborate on digital content

    Thailand's Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) and Malaysia's Multimedia Development Corp (MDC) have signed anMoU for greater collaboration between the digital content industries of eachcountry, embracing computer games, feature films and animation. The agreement was signedduring the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival by SIPA's
  • Thailand's M Pictures takes trio from Nu Image

    Thailand's M Pictures has acquired three titles from Nu Imageat the Bangkok Film Market, including DayOf The Dead, the remake of George A Romero's classic horror.The company has also snappedup action titles End Game, directedby Andy Cheng, and Isaac Florentine's Undisputed2, which are both set to open in Thailand later
  • The Free Will (Der Freie Wille)

    Dir: Matthias Glasner. Ger.2006. 163mins.Even audiences inured to the rigors of snail-pacedEuropean introspection face a grueling ride in Matthias Glasner'sdrama about a rapist in search of redemption.Digitallyphotographed by the director himself in murky shades, The Free Will mostly eschews incident for sombrecontemplativeness. But, in the odd moments when Glasnercranks up the narrative, the film veers
  • The Kick (Der Kick)

    Dir: Andres Veiel. Ger.2006. 82mins.A severely minimalist exercise situated onthe interface between cinema and theatre, TheKick is a rigorously executed, highly disturbing combination of performanceand documentary reportage. Two performers - a woman and a man - act outstatements from a range of people involved in a real-life murder case, sheddingunforgiving light on the soci
  • The Swedish box office falls to the lowest level in six years

    The Swedish homeentertainment market significantly outperformed theatrical revenues in 2005,latest figures reveal. Despite a strong finish inDecember, with a notable increase in admissions and box office, figuresreleased last week by the Swedish Film Institute show 2005 was the worst yearfor Swedish cinemas since 1999. Box office figures dropped 11.8% from $161.2m(SKR 1.27bn) to $142,1m (SKR 1.12bn) year-on-year, while admissions slipped12%, from 16.6 million tickets sold in 2004 to 14
  • The Works does brisk business for Guantanamo

    London-based sales company The Works had a busymarket in Berlin, led by sales for Michael Winterbottom'sSilver Bear winner, The Road to Guantanamo. Deals were struck with Alta for Spain, Art Film for Brazil
  • UK film industry welcomes BBC investment

    The UK film industry has given a largely enthusiastic welcome to the BBC's announcement that it is increasing its investment in film.Thenews, following a couple of months after the announcement of a new tax credit, has certainly changed the mood of film-makers.
  • Vitus

    Dir: Fredi M Murer. Switz. 2006. 120mins.From an opening that suggests a feelgoodchildren's fantasy, Vitusturns into a much odder confection - an intelligent, spiky, sometimes movingcomedy-drama with a satirical eye turned on the Swiss bourgeoisie.Directed by Helvetic veteran Fredi M. Murer, best known for his 1985 Alpine Fire, Vitusis an imaginative look at the woes and joys attendant on
  • Warner's Fox gets French Chevalier honour

    Warner Bros International executive vice president Richard Fox (pictured) wasdue to receive the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France onFeb 20.
  • Water takes best picture at Bangkok

    DeepaMehta's Water took the best pictureaward at last night's Golden Kinnaree Awards, held during the BangkokInternational Film Festival which comes to a close on Monday. The jury said the film was chosenfor its important and timely universal message about the misuse of religion.Water
  • Wellspring closed as TWC, Genius announce restructure

    US independent distributor Wellspring appears to have been shutdown this week as parent company Genius Products announced a strategiccorporate shift.
  • World's Fastest Indian races to Kiwi record

    TheWorld's Fastest Indian has become the mostsuccessful New Zealand story at local cinemas and it may inch into the top 10hits of any nationality.