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25 September 2003

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  • AFI FEST unveils high profile world premieres

    The North American premiere of Nigel Cole's UK hit CalendarGirls and world premiere of PattyJenkins' serial killer drama Monster bookend the upcoming 17th AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival,which runs from Nov 6-16.Two other worldpremieres take pride of place as centerpiece galas in the form of VadimPerelman's drama House Of Sand And Fog starring Jennifer Connelly and Sir BenKingsley and Norman Jewison's thriller The Statement star
  • AFMA board undergoes international makeover

    AFMA says its new board of directors is the most internationalyet, with eight of its members from companies headquartered outside the US.Yesterday, at the organisation's annual membershipmeeting, five executives were elected to the board for the first time.They are: Wouter Barendrecht from Fortissimo Sales(Netherlands/Hong Kong), TF1's Patrick Binet (France), Nicolas Chartier ofArclight Films (US/Australia), Antonia Nava of Filmax International (Spain) andalter
  • Animation trio benefit from German funding

    Three animation productions including the sequel to the animation box office hit Der Kleine Eisbaer (The Little Polar Bear) are among the projects backed by Filmstiftung NRW with over Euros 4.8m in its latest round of funding.New features by Wim Wenders, Petra Katherina Wagner and Hannes Stoehr have also received backing.Euros 1.3m was awarded to Berlin-based Cartoon Film for the new adventures of the polar bear Lars, which will again be produced with broadcaster
  • Another Basque film stirs up San Sebastian

    Eduardo Noriega is set to star in ambitious new action-packed Spanish thriller Lobo, which was presented on Sept 23 at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival.If Julio Medem's documentary has not brought enough attention to the situation in Basque Country following its San Sebastian screening on Sunday, Lobo looks set to.The film is based on the real-life story of a Spanish secret agent who infiltrated the militant Basque separatist group ETA between
  • Another Basque film stirs up San Sebastian

    Eduardo Noriega is set to star in ambitious new action-packed Spanish thriller Lobo, which was presented on Sept 23 at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival.If Julio Medem's documentary has not brought enough attention to the situation in Basque Country following its San Sebastian screening on Sunday, Lobo looks set to.The film is based on the real-life story of a Spanish secret agent who infiltrated the militant Basque separatist group ETA between
  • AUSTRALIA

    The very strong screen average of A$11,206 for the opening weekend of Columbia TriStar's Bad Boys II wasn't quite enough to push BVI's Pirates Of The Caribbean off the top of the mast. The Boys grossed A$3,059,117 and the Pirates grossed A$3,476,680, but it was only Pirates' second weekend and it is on 100 more screens Another BVI picture, Finding Nemo, which was pushed down into third spot, continues to show understandable resilience given the
  • Austrian directors threaten to boycott Diagonale festival

    Internationally renowned Austrian filmmakers Michael Haneke (Time Of The Wolf), Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days), Barbara Albert (Boese Zellen) and Ruth Beckermann (Homemade) have added their voices to the Austrian film community's growing chorus of disapproval about the planned re-positioning of next year's Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Cinema in Graz.Last week, the Diagonale's new management unveiled plans to launch a CineMart-style co-production market and Film
  • Basque politics loom large over San Sebastian opening

    Charlize Theron, MarkWahlberg, Isabelle Huppert and Harvey Keitel provided the star wattage for theopening weekend of the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival butit was a controversial Basque documentary and a strike by workers at thefestival's traditional social hub, the Hotel Maria Cristina, that dominatedconversations here. By Sunday evening, JulioMedem's La Pelota Vasca, La Piel Contra La Piedra, a special screening in the Zabaltegi sidebar, hadsparked more int
  • Basque politics loom large over San Sebastian opening

    Charlize Theron, MarkWahlberg, Isabelle Huppert and Harvey Keitel provided the star wattage for theopening weekend of the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival butit was a controversial Basque documentary and a strike by workers at thefestival's traditional social hub, the Hotel Maria Cristina, that dominatedconversations here. By Sunday evening, JulioMedem's La Pelota Vasca, La Piel Contra La Piedra, a special screening in the Zabaltegi sidebar, hadsparked more int
  • Bavaria takes on sales for Tradewind pair

    Cologne-based production house Tradewind Pictures has entered into a "first look" style agreement with world sales agent Bavaria Film International (BFI).Bavaria has picked up two of Tradewind's current international co-productions - Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Niceland and Peter Timm's Mein Bruder Ist Ein Hund - for international sales.The Euros 2.5m Niceland, which was produced by Tradewind with Iceland's ZikZak Filmworks, the UK's F.&.M.E. and Denmark's Ni
  • Bell lands the lead role in Vinterberg's Wendy

    17year-old British star Jamie Bell has landed the plum lead part in ThomasVinterberg's highly anticipated Dear Wendy which is based on a script by Lars Von Trier.JoiningBell in the cast of the thriller, which starts shooting on Sept 26 inCopenhagen, are US actors Chris Owen, Mark Webber and Michael Angarano as wellas Danso Gordon and Alison Pill from Canada.
  • Ben Ammar beefs up post-production business

    Producer entrepreneur Tarak Ben Ammar has just upped the stakes for his Quinta Communications group by adding troubled French post-production house Duran-Duboi to his list of acquisitions. The Tunisian-born businessman last year purchased post labs LTC and Ex-Machina in order to create the leader in French sound facilities. The embattled Duran Duboi, which had filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, was struggling under difficult economic conditions and a downturn in the mar
  • Berlin moves to educate film journalists

    A scheme to introduce to young critics and film journalists to the workings of the international film industry has been unveiled by the Berlin International Film Festival.Called The Talent Press, it will see 10 young film critics and film journalists from five different continents invited to Berlin to report on the films at the Berlin International Film Festival and on the events of the Berlinale Talent Campus (7-12 February 2004).The project is supported by the Berlinale Talent
  • Besson's Europa takes on Thai boxing drama

    Luc Besson's Europa Corp has acquired a slew of territories, including North and South America and most of Europe, to Thai action title Ong-Bak - Muay Thai Warrior, starring hot new action hero Tony Jaa (aka Panom Yeerum). Directed by Prachya Pinkaew for Thai studio Sahamongkol Film International, the film received a standing ovation at the recent Toronto International Film Festival where it screened in the Midnight Madness section. Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia is handlin
  • Brazilian dramas win Miravista backing

    Miravista, the pan Latino joint co production venture between The Walt Disney Company Latin America and Telefonica Spain's Admira, has boarded two new Brazilian projects, according to Miravista manager Fernando Lagier.Its first project, now shooting , is Underground Games (Jogo Subteraneo), based on the novel by Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar. Director Roberto Gervitz co wrote the screenplay with Jorge Duran. The romantic drama revolves around a young man who invents a game t
  • BSkyB chief Ball announces decision to step down

    Tony Ball has officially confirmed that he is to step down from his job as chief executive of British Sky Broadcasting.Rumours of his departure have been circulating for the past week in the UK press, with James Murdoch - son of Rupert Murdoch - being tipped to replace him.Ball will continue as chief executive until a successor is appointed, which is likely to be well before his current contract ends on May 31 2004. Following his departure from BSkyB, Ball will become a consulta
  • BVI's treasure chest spills over with Pirates, Girls

    Pirates Of The Caribbean stayed atop the international charts at the weekend despiteno major openings, adding $20m for a $270.5m running total.In its third weekend in Germany, the Buena VistaInternational (BVI) swashbuckler added $3.6m, dropping 42% for a $25.9cumulative score.Elsewhere, the UK dropped 23% and added $1.4m for $39.5m in itsseventh weekend, Japan dropped 32% and added $1.1m for $53 in its eighth andKorea dropped 50% and added $1.2m for $8.7m in its third.
  • Canadian producers prepare for European Immersion

    A wide range of Canadian and international producers are set to participate in Immersion Europe: 2003, the ninth annual Canada-Europe feature film financing forum to be held in Paris November 17-20. The line-up of 36 Canadian and 38 European producers will be looking for partners to get their projects financed and completed, an increasingly challenging proposition in a competitive marketplace. Originally conceived by initiator Telefilm Canada as a forum between Canadian and UK
  • Cape Town studio project gets greenlight

    Dreamworld Film City, a consortium headed by leading South African film producer Anant Singh, has won the bidding to establish a world-class studio facility in Cape Town. The consortium, which was shortlisted with five other bidding groups by the provincial government of the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town at the end of July, includes Singh's Videovision Entertainment, local TV station etv and Fable Mountain - a commercial and feature film production company headed by Mike MacCa
  • Cartoon initiative unveils pan-Euro film conference

    In the run-up to the European Union's enlargement eastwards, the Brussels-based animation initiative CARTOON has been hired by the European Commission to organise a two-day audiovisual conference in Warsaw from March 19-20, 2004.CARTOON managing director Marc Vandenweyer told ScreenDaily.com that the event will aim to foster a greater exchange of information between the East and West European film and television industries as well as looking at the potential for financial partn
  • Chicago unveils 94-film lineup, Downey, Hopkins to attend

    Robert Benton's The HumanStain and Billy Ray's timely biopicof a plagiarising reporter in Shattered Glass bookend the 39th Chicago International FilmFestival, which runs from Oct 2-16 and features tributes to Benton, RobertDowney Jr and Taye Diggs.Among the roster of 94 filmsfrom 40 countries are Gold Hugo international competition entries Noi TheAlbino from Iceland's Dagur Kari and Christoffer Boe's Danish dramaReconstruction.Special presentationsinc
  • Chill Out (Descongelate)

    Dirs: Dunia Ayaso & Felix Sabroso. Spain. 2003.It is easy to see how writer-director team Ayaso and Sabroso's new film might attract the Almodovar brothers as co-producers through their El Deseo outfit. The black humour, camp and kitschy urban aesthetic hark back to early Almodovar gems like What Have I Done To Deserve This'!! (Que He Hecho Yo Para Merecer Esto'!!). Following the duo's last misfire, the Maria Conchita Alonso-starrer Shout Out (El Grito
  • Clavier to produce debut French comedy

    Marie-Anne Chazel will begin shooting Au Secours, J'ai 30 Ans (Help, I'm 30) on October 6, a comedy produced by French comic actor Christian Clavier.The film is based on the best selling novel The Last Chance Club by Mariane Keyes.Chazel, an actress best known to French audiences for her participation in the Splendid comedy troupe and especially for her rôle as Zezette in the classic comedy Le Pere Noel Est Une Ordure is stepping behind the camera for t
  • COLOMBIA Production Listings - Sept 22 2003

    COLOMBIA - Sep 22 2003PRE-PRODUCTIONA LAND WITHOUT WISHES (UNA TIERRA SIN DESEOS)(Jorge Echeverri Films) Co-prod: Dago Garcia. Budget: $170,000. Backers: Ministry of Culture TBA. Drama. A disenchanted man seeks refuge in the love of his daughter. Exec prod: Jorge Echeverri. Prod: Diana Camargo. Dir/scr/ed: Jorge Echeverri. DoP: Oscar Bernal. Prod des: Diana Camargo. Cost des: Ruth Gutierrez. Hair/make-up: Maria Clara Lopez. Music: Cesar Lopez. Main cast:
  • Contentfilm, Alec Baldwin team up for Swimmer remake

    Ed Pressman and John Schmidt's New York-based production anddistribution outfit ContentFilm is to remake the 1968 drama The Swimmer in conjunction with Alec Baldwin's ElDorado Pictures and Vincent Farrell's Iron Films.
  • Cooler, Human Stain bookend brimming Hamptons festival

    The East Coast premiere of Wayne Kramer's Las Vegas-set casinodrama The Cooler willopen the 2003 Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from Oct 22-26and closes with the East Coast premiere of Robert Benton's drama The HumanStain.All in all there will be 22 world premieres at this festival thattakes place in the upscale beach resort on Long Island that has become the summerwatering hole of choice for many New York City dwellers.Those world premieres inclu
  • Copenhagen Children's festival unveils line-up

    Copenhagen International Children's Film Festival - Buster (Sep 29 -Oct 5), has launched its first programme in collaboration with New Nordic Children's Film. This has led to by far strongest programme in the festival's three year history, which includes features, shorts, documentaries and animated films screened for free for young and old in the Danish capital. While Buster is open for everyone, the New Nordic Children's Film (Oct 2-4) is reserved for the industry and press.
  • Coppola's Lost translates into Athens prize

    Sofia Coppola's second directorial outing, Lost In Translation, was named best film at the 9th Athens International Film Festival-Opening Nights which wrapped on Sept 21 with the out of competition gala presentation of Stephen Norrington's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The festival kicked off on Sept 12 with the presentation of Good Bye, Lenin! in the presence of its director Wolfgang Becker. One hundred and twenty films from 28 countries were screened dur
  • Danish Fakir conjures up impressive cast

    Danish director Peter Flinth's family adventure The Fakir has attracted an impressive cast including Germany's Moritz Bleibtreu (Taking Sides), Denmark's Sidse Babett Knudsen (Old New Borrowed And Blue) and Sweden's Fares Fares (Jalla! Jalla!). They join the two young leads Julie Zangenberg (Catch That Girl) and Aksel Leth (Olsen Gang Jr.) who plays twins who come across a fakir (Bleibtreu) trapped inside a pen. When the fakir is acciden
  • Danish Film Insitute greenlights eight films

    Six new Danish films and two Danish-Swedish co-productions have been greenlit after securing support from the Danish Film Institute. Two of these have received backing through the so-called 60/40 deal based on their high commercial potential, as they will be directed by the two successful female directors Hella Joof (Shake It All About) and Susanne Bier (Open Hearts). Joof's Oh Happy Day is written by Jannik Johansen (Stealing Rembrandt) and actress L
  • Denis nears wrap on worldwide L'Intrus shoot

    Director Claire Denis is close to wrapping a two month shoot on her next film, L'Intrus. The film is co-produced by Franco-German channel Arte, which will air the film on its network prior to a theatrical release - as happened with Patrice Chereau's Son Frere earlier this year.Ognon Picture is co-producing the adaptation of Jean-Luc Nancy's novel of the same name about a man suffering heart disease who leaves his mundane life to go in search of an abandoned son in
  • DENMARK

    The weekend saw little change at the top of the Danish box-office as Pirates Of The Caribbean stayed in front of the local crime-comedy Stealing Rembrandt, though both films dropped 24.2% and 13.4% respectively compared to last week. While the two animated films Piglet's Big Movie and Sinbad swapped places in 3rd and 4th, the new release of Peter Ringgaard's local drama-comedy Turn Right By The Yellow Dog barely made it into the 6th spot with a meagre
  • Dinard films express 'an England in conflict', says fest director

    Films at 14th annual Dinard Festival of British Film (Oct 2-5) express "an England in conflict", according to Hussam Hindi, artistic director of the three-day event.The festival opens with Nigel Cole's comedy Calendar Girls before taking a turn towards more serious issues.Hussam Hindi, artistic director of the three-day event noted that most of the films selected express "a certain anger...an England in conflict." The subjects are "far from the glamour and lightness of pr
  • Dirty Pretty Things leads BIFA nominations

    Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things has emerged as the frontrunner for this year's British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), earning seven nominations. Sixteen Years of Alcohol and Buffalo Soldiers received five nominations followed by Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, Young Adam, In This World and Bright Young Things, each of which are nominated four times.The winners will be announced on November 4. Innovations for the awards this ye
  • Dolby buys US anti-piracy technology company Cinea

    As the Hollywood studiosstep up their war on piracy and the causes of piracy, Dolby Laboratories hasjoined the fray with the acquisition of Cinea, a Virginia-basedcontent-protection and anti-piracy technology company.Cinea will operate as awholly owned subsidiary of Dolby while its staff and offices will remain inVirginia.Cinea chief executiveofficer and founder Robert Schumann becomes head of the new Dolby subsidiaryand will report to Tim Partridge, vice president of Dolby Labo
  • Dutch call for creation of National Film Institute

    The establishment of a National Film Institute would go a long way to solving many of the problems of identity and organisation that currently bedevil the Dutch film industry. That at least is the conclusion of the Council For Culture, the Dutch government's highest ranking advisory committee on culture.The Council argues that a National Film Institute would provide central guidance to the industry and better co-ordinate the many institutional and local film support systems which are c
  • Emerging, Digiscreen screen Jackson Hole finalists around US

    The Wyoming-based Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is teamingup with New York based Emerging Pictures and Montreal's Digiscreen to show aselection of films nominated as finalists in this year's festival competition,which runs from Sept 22-27.
  • English-speaking directors' bodies club together in new alliance

    English-speaking directors'bodies from seven countries including the UK, US and Australia have signed acode of practice asserting the creative and economic rights of film and televisiondirectors.The organisations, whichfeature two UK representatives as well as figureheads from Canada, Ireland andNew Zealand, also agreed to establish an affiliation known as the InternationalAssociation of English Speaking Director's Organisations.The new body is intended topromote and protect dir
  • Film20 readies second half of Euro Expansion Conference

    Following the extension of the German film20 producer pressure group's membership to the Association of Austrian Film Producers (aafp), the two bodies have prepared two conferences: in Vienna and Berlin, to focus on the economic potential of the film industry following the European Union's enlargement eastwards.The Vienna event between September 15-16 brought key audiovisual professionals from Germany and Austria together with their opposite numbers from the candidate countries. Procee
  • FRANCE

    As kids get back to school and the French reminisce about summer flings, love is in the air with Jeux d'Enfants. The story of two inseparable and sometimes insufferable lovers who never quite make it, opened healthily at number one boosted by the star power of Guillaume Canet and new talent Marion Cotillard. A stylish film that has several nods to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie, the film is a feast for the eyes - especially as Cotillard's star is rising with an upcoming role
  • Franchise takes international rights to Hollywood North

    Elie Samaha's LA-based Franchise Pictures has acquiredinternational rights in all media to Hollywood North, Peter O'Brian's comedy that recentlypremiered at Toronto.
  • French animator takes Cartoon D'Or prize

    French filmmaker Sandra Desmazieres' first animated film Sans Queue Ni Tete won this year's Cartoon D'Or, which includes Euros 15,000 from the European Union's MEDIA Programme in pre-production aid to begin work on a feature film or TV series project.Desmazieres' six-minute painting on paper film about a woman's nonsensical and absurd day, which had been the winner at the Cinanima Festival in Espinho last year, was chosen from five European animated shorts - Suzie Templeton's
  • French budget hikes production aid by 4.8%

    Asmuch as 531.8m euros has been set aside for French film and TV production nextyear under the promising new budget outlined this afternoon in Paris by Frenchculture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon. Thatfigure represents a 4.8% jump from 2003 and is made up largely of funds comingfrom the National Cinema Center's (CNC) compte de soutien. Thataccount is a revolving fund derived from a tax on movie tickets and broadcastnetworks, as well as from home video and DVD sales and r
  • French directors embark on US educational programme

    Seven illustrious Frenchdirectors are embarking upon a new US initiative entitled On Set With FrenchCinema in which they will give aspiring US film-makers a series of lectures ontheir professional experience.The series kicks off inLos Angeles on Oct 6 with Regis Wargnier, while the New York events will startwith Claude Miller on Oct 20.Other film-makers takingpart are Patric Leconte, Agnes Varda, Patrice Chereau, Cedric Klapi
  • Fuse named as Bosnian Oscar contender

    Pjer Zalica's Silver Leopard-winning Fuse (Gori Vatra) has been selected by the Association of the Film Workers of Bosnia and Herzegovina in a secret vote to compete for a nomination to the Academy Award's Best Foreign Language Film category. Screenings of three Bosnian features - Fuse, Dino Mustafic's Remake and Srdan Vuletic's The Summer In The Golden Valley - were organised at the beginning of the week by the Association in cooperation with the Sarajevo
  • Gans readies big budget Silent Hill adaptation

    Following a two-year hiatus since directing blockbuster Brotherhood Of The Wolf, Christophe Gans will step back behind the camera to direct an adaptation of Japanese video game series Silent Hill.The film will be produced by Samuel Hadida's Davis Films and continues a trend towards big screen video game adaptations for the company which began with Resident Evil. At this year's Cannes Film Festival, Davis struck a deal with Japan's Gaga to produce a $50 live-action
  • GERMANY

    Although its week-on-week admission figures dropped by 42%, BVI's Pirates Of The Caribbean held on to the pole position at the German box office for the third week and has already become the third most successful release so far this year. The swashbuckler starring Johnny Depp, and Orlando Bloom had three times as many admissions than the Columbia TriStar new release Identity which grossed just over Euros 1m from 471 screens. The Indian Summer temperatures of up to 30 degr
  • Giannetti named Columbia exec-vice president of production

    Andrea Giannetti has been named executive vice president of production at Columbia Pictures. Giannetti, who reports to co-presidents of production Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, most recently spearheaded development and production on Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. She is currently working on Tim Burton's fantasy-adventure Big Fish, which stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Jessica Lange. 'Ange is respected industry-
  • Golden Leopard rewards Salvatores, launches film classes.

    The second edition of the Golden Leopard Prize was awarded to director Gabriele Salvatores (I'm Not Afraid) on Sept 20, for his 'continuing research of new expressive forms and styles.'The ceremony was held at La Colombaia, Luchino Visconti's villa on the island of Ischia, near Naples. The prize was established last year by the Fondazione La Colombaia, which aims to recognise and support emerging as well as courageous filmmaking talent in Italy. The opening of a new filmm
  • Grimm

    Dir. Alex van Warmerdam. The Netherlands, 2003. 104mins.Looking both grim and Grimm (as in the Brothers), this modern nightmarish fairytale has nevertheless enough weird humour in it to legitimately qualify as a comedy, though there is nothing funny going on throughout. The way Dutch director Warmerdam applies his wicked touch to what could vaguely be defined as a modern take on Hansel And Gretel will not be to everyone's taste. But in the right hands this offbeat comb
  • Grimm

    Dir. Alex van Warmerdam. The Netherlands, 2003. 104mins.Looking both grim and Grimm (as in the Brothers), this modern nightmarish fairytale has nevertheless enough weird humour in it to legitimately qualify as a comedy, though there is nothing funny going on throughout. The way Dutch director Warmerdam applies his wicked touch to what could vaguely be defined as a modern take on Hansel And Gretel will not be to everyone's taste. But in the right hands this offbeat comb
  • Hit Serbian producer readies Zamfir's Zona follow up

    Serbian outfit Dream Company, which produced local hit Zamfir's Zona, is producing a new film, a World War II comedy The Robbery Of The Third Reich.Zamfir's Zona has grossed a total of $2m to date. Producer Miroslav Mitic is reuniting with Zona's writer/director Zdravko Sotra, and most of the Zona's main cast, on the new film. Principal photography of the buddy-comedy about two petty thieves trying to make it in Berlin in 1941 started on
  • HONG KONG

    Warner Bros' first foray into Chinese-language film production, Johnnie To's Turn Left, Turn Right, had a strong opening in Hong Kong, grossing US$988,574 and a screen average of US$26,718 in its first week. The results are particularly impressive for a romantic drama - amongst local productions, comedies usually dominate the box office in Hong Kong. However, the film was no doubt given a boost by opening over the Mid-Autumn Festival - traditionally a romantic holiday for young
  • HUNGARY

    Adventure was the name of the game last weekend at the Hungarian box office when The Pirates Of The Caribbean took over the top spot from Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty with a strong opening performance of over forty thousand admissions. Peter Mullan's multi-award winning The Magdalene Sisters had a decent start with nearly two thousand admissions from only three prints. The only Hungarian film on the list, Happy Birthday! (Boldog születesnapot!),
  • IFP Market outlines panels, lineup for this week's event

    The 25th annual IFP Marketwill run in Manhattan from Sept 21-26, featuring more than 200 screenings inthe Emerging Narrative and Spotlight on Documentaries sections and the NoBorders International Co-Production Market.The event opens with apresentation of Wonderland, JamesCox's account of the fall of porn star John Holmes starring Val Kilmer, andcloses with an awards ceremony hosted by Rosie Perez and Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels.The No Borders Programmeclos
  • Intermedia's Alexander begins shooting in Morocco

    Principal photography hasbegun in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Oliver Stone's Alexander The Great project for Intermedia, which Warner Bros willrelease in the US in November 2004.Colin Farrell stars in thelead role as the all-conquering ancient leader, and the film also starsAngelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto andJonathan Rhys-Meyers."Actually startingproduction on this movie about Alexander the Great is the culmination of 13years of hard wor
  • Iranian war movie looks to break mould

    Iran is lining up its biggest ever movie, a war film budgeted at $4m - more than twenty times the cost of a regular Iranian film. Directed and produced by Mohammad Reza Darvish, the film is set during the Iran-Iraq war. It focuses on a group of Iranians on a special mission who are taken prisoner by the Iraqis. When they return to Iran after the war, they find they must defend themselves against accusations of betrayal, and prove their innocence.Darvish, who has already direc
  • Irish producers step up campaign to save Section 481

    Industry body Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has warned that many of the country's film graduates face unemployment or will have to emigrate to find work should the Irish government proceed with the abolition of the Section 481 tax incentive in December 2004.As part of its campaign to sway Government thinking on support for the Irish film industry, on Sept 22 the SPI briefed representatives of Ireland's film schools, resource centres and training agencies on the stark choices facing th
  • ITALY

    Terminator 3 opened at number one in Italy, its last international opening - and yet another first place on release - earning a powerful $2,392,393 from 511 screens for a screen average of $4,682. But the biggest surprise of the weekend was L'Apetta Giulia E La Signora Vita, Italy's first ever 3D animation picture, which opened 7th on 153 prints, grossing a strong $146,036. Directed by Paolo Modugno and distributed by Veronica Salvi's new arthouse label Esse & bi -
  • Jackie Chan vehicle revs up in Hong Kong

    Distant echoes of a successful franchise rang around Hong Kong this week as production got underway on a new Jackie Chan vehicle, currently titled New Police Story."Strictly speaking it is not a sequel and we won't call it Police Story anything as we don't have the rights," said Albert Lee, CEO of Emperor Multimedia Group (EMG), which is assisting with distribution of the Benny Chan-directed action flick. The new film is a return to familiar territory for Jackie Ch
  • JAPAN

    Franco Zeffirelli's Callas Forever may well play in Japan forever, if the film's mostly-female fans have their way. In its 9th week on release, the bio-drama starring Fanny Ardent and Jeremy Irons is still packing them in, with a $49,533 screen average from three urban theatres. Distributor Gaga has released the film in a total of six screens nationwide.Also going strong is number one Zatoichi ($93,894), which dropped only 4.6% in its second week, and Lucky Ears ($
  • La Pelota Vasca

    Dir. Julio Medem. Spain. 2003. 115 mins.Put this down as another well intentioned, dedicated but not terribly effective attempt to open up a dialogue within the Basque discord, one of the more stubborn ongoing conflicts smouldering in the world today. With the name of Julio Medem (Sex And Lucia, winner of two Goyas), among the best-known Iberian directors right now, attached to it, it is bound to attract plenty of attention, generating heated discussion and controversy
  • Ladies In Lavender kicks off for Dance

    Charles Dance's directorial debut, Ladies In Lavender, has kicked off seven weeks of principal photography in Cornwall, London and at Pinewood Studios.Good Bye, Lenin! star Daniel Bruhl plays Andrea, a handsome and charismatic Polish castaway who is discovered by two spinsters - played by Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith - on the beach below their house. Set in a tight-knit Cornish fishing village in the 1930's, the two spinsters lives are turned upside down b
  • Lenin! eyes landmark box office haul

    Wolfgang Becker's Good Bye, Lenin! - which was named as Germany's contender for the Oscar foreign language section this week - continues to prove an international box office sensation as it nears the $50m international cumulative mark.The X Filme Creative Pool production, for which Bavaria Film International handles worldwide sales, has grossed over $48m (Euro 43m) to date according to Bavaria. The German-language film is the second highest grossing non-English language f
  • Melissa Gilbert re-elected president of SAG

    Melissa Gilbert has been re-elected president of the US actors'union Screen Actors Guild (SAG) following a national poll that saw her romphome with 50% of the vote.
  • Mill Valley unveils fest programme, 11 world premieres

    Eleven world premieres, 14US premieres and tributes to Lili Taylor, Peter Coyote and Denys Arcand areamong the highlights of the 26th Mill Valley Film Festival, which runs in MarinCounty, California, from Oct 2-12.Featured among the worldpremieres are Brigitte Brault's harrowing examination of life under theTaliban in Afghanistan Unveiled,David Hickson's South African-set drama about a musician's personalodyssey in Beat The Drum, WillParrinello's portr
  • Monsieur Ibrahim And The Flowers Of The Koran (Monsieur Ibrahim Et Les Fleurs Du Koran)

    Dir. Francois Dupeyron. France, 2003. 94mins.Screened out of competition at Venice to celebrate Omar Sharif's Golden Lion, Francois Dupeyron's new film isn't the kind of stuff festivals dream of, and looks much better suited for commercial than art house distribution. Based on a short best-selling, auto-biographical novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, this sentimental coming-of-age story pretends to deal with major problems such as religious tolerance and ethnic identity but avoi
  • MTV strikes first European film production alliance

    MTV Films Europe, looking to produce a slate of low-budgetyouth-orientated films in a variety of local languages, has turned to Spain forits first alliance.An agreement with Spanish consultancy Intuition Media'snew production arm Intuition Films is designed to funnel projects and potentialco-productions in Spain and Portugal to the iconic music network.Speaking at the Donostia-San Sebastian International FilmFestival, MTV Films Europe president Jonathan Zilli s
  • MTV strikes first European film production alliance

    MTV Films Europe, looking to produce a slate of low-budgetyouth-orientated films in a variety of local languages, has turned to Spain forits first alliance.An agreement with Spanish consultancy Intuition Media'snew production arm Intuition Films is designed to funnel projects and potentialco-productions in Spain and Portugal to the iconic music network.Speaking at the Donostia-San Sebastian International FilmFestival, MTV Films Europe president Jonathan Zilli s
  • NETHERLANDS

    Francois Ozon's thriller Swimming Pool proved another hit in The Netherlands for independent distributor Cinemien. The film placed sixth over the four-day weekend and held place over the full first week - taking $76,731 from 20 screens including previews by the end of its first week.The success follows the $750,000 (Euros 660,000) taken by Ozon's 8 Women for Cinemien last year.Meanwhile American Pie: The Wedding launched into the lead spot for UIP. Th
  • New distributors emerge out of Argentinian crisis

    Two new arthouse distributors have surfaced in Argentina to bring edgier and more ambitious fare to a recovering marketplace. Luis Perez Endara, who has acquired the rights to United Artists catalogue from MGM leads Compania General de la Imagen (CGI). Perez Endara went into theatrical distribution in 2000 with Darren Aronofsky's Pi and the restored classic, Touch Of Evil directed by Orson Welles. He was forced to stop operations when Argentina's financial crisis h
  • NEW ZEALAND

    Sequels rule OK. Or maybe not. Someone must have decided to nominate the weekend as a haven for sequels because UIP's Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle Of Life, Fox's Legally Blonde 2 and UIP's Rugrats Go Wild all opened. But none of the brands were strong enough to budge BVI's star performers Pirates Of The Caribbean - Curse Of The Black Pearl and Finding Nemo from the top two spots, where they also were last week.The trio of sequels pushed
  • NORTH AMERICA

    DreamWorks' latest Woody Allen title, Anything Else, flopped into 12th place on $1.7m. Dividing critics, the comedy which stars Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci was both the weakest and widest of DreamWorks' Allen releases suggesting that a marketing campaign that relied heavily on promoting Biggs and Ricci and downplaying Allen's involvement may have backfired.Anything Else is the last of four Allen films at DreamWorks. The first Allen film released by DreamWorks was S
  • NORWAY

    Norway's teenagers invited the third instalment of the American Pie movies, American Wedding, on to the top spot this weekend leaving Pirates Of The Caribbean in second place and last week's chart topper Bad Boys 2 down 52% to 4th behind the second new release in the top ten, Sinbad. This pushed the three local crowd pleasers, Buddy, The Beast Of Beauty (aka Little Miss Norway) and United further down the chart, but they still fa
  • NYC's Guggenheim mounts huge Fellini retrospective

    The Guggenheim Museum in New York will launch a retrospectiveof Federico Fellini's films and rarely seen drawings next month to coincidewith the 10th anniversary of the great director's death.Included in the three-month show are newly restored printsand a section devoted to Fellini's art that includes caricatures he drew as ayoung man to gain free admission to the local theatre.A new documentary will show recently discovered scenes originally shotfor La Dolc
  • Ondricek to receive ASC International Achievement award in 2004

    Miroslav Ondricek, theacclaimed director of photography whose credits include Ragtime, Amadeus and Silkwood, will receive the 2004 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)International Achievement Award in Los Angeles on Feb 8 2004.The award is presented atthe annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards to an individual who, in thewords of the ASC, has made "enduring contributions to advancing theinternational art of cinematography".Ondricek is a native ofPrague, C
  • Online DVD rental market hots up in UK

    Two ambitious online DVD rental services have launched into the UK within a week of each other - both looking to tap into the booming DVD market.Screenselect.co.uk is backed by the founder of Amazon UK, while the directors of rival service Videoisland.com include Simon Franks, chief executive of distributor Redbus.Both services claim to offer a library of over 12,000 titles to subscribers, allowing them to browse and order films over the internet. The DVDs are then dispatched by
  • Pearl Earring director falls for pickpocket drama

    UK director Peter Webber, currently drawing plaudits for his feature debut Girl With A Pearl Earring, will next direct a gritty feature about pickpockets for BBC Films.In development for the past two years, Jackdaw (working title) is a contemporary exploration of teenage crime in London. Producer is Jake Lushington, with a script by playwright Simon Stevens."It's going to be contemporary, noisy, loud, full of action, full of modern music," Webber told ScreenDail
  • Pie 3 opens top in Netherlands, Norway for Universal

    Universal's AmericanPie: The Wedding scored two stronginternational number one bows at the weekend and, with 38 markets to go, iscomfortably on course to pass $100m.The comedy sequel raised itsrunning total to $71.1m following a $759,000 haul from 92 venues in TheNetherlands and $461,000 from 39 in Norway, which was Universal's secondbiggest debut of the year there.The Netherlands grossaccounted for 35% market share and Universal said the opening was 15% biggerthan the pr
  • Polish industry stunned by festival upset

    The 28th edition of the Polish Film Festival (Sept 16-20), held in the Baltic resort of Gdynia, turned into the most controversial event since the days when Polish filmmakers battled communist bureaucrats in the 1980's. Only this time the battle was artistic rather than political. In a decision that drew boos, hisses and scant applause from an audience of Polish film professionals, the jury headed by veteran Polish director Marek Koterski awarded the festival's top prize, the Golden L
  • Pornography

    Dir: Jan Jakub Kolski. Poland/France. 2003. 113mins.One of the most frequent Polish guests at international film competition, Jan Jakub Kolski's Venice contender once again goes back to the Second World War, in order to expose old wounds that have never quite healed. But as ambitious as it looks on paper, this handsomely photographed, painstaking adaptation of a Witold Gombrowicz novel set in the Polish countryside is far too respectful of his original intentions to mould the
  • Prime time TV outing for Exorcist scares up Italians

    A new storm of controversy has been raised in Italy over the country's virtually non-existent film classification system, after The Exorcist was broadcast in the Catholic country last week on prime time TV.""It is a slap in the face for our children," said Italy's parents association, Moige. "The story and the film's highly violent and shocking images can cause emotional and psychological problems - not only in children but also in teenagers and even adults." Italy's obse
  • Regulators probe Intertainment insider trading allegations

    The beleaguered German license trader/producer Intertainment has come under suspicion of insider trading, according to German business newspaper Handelsblatt.The newspaper quoted a spokeswoman of the stock exchange watchdog BAFin as saying that it would "look at the case as a matter of routine." The allegations stem from a delay by Intertainment in releasing news that the court case between Intertainment and Franchise Pictures had been postponed.There had been considerab
  • Russia 'an untapped opportunity for cinema industry'

    Russia is set to become the sixth highest grossing cinema market in Europe with five years, according to a new research report. Dodona Research's Cinemagoing Russia says that by 2007, box office is forecast to rise to US$400 million in response to the much-awaited modernisation of the Russian cinema sector."With a population of over 140 million, Russia represents one of the few untapped opportunities remaining for the cinema industry. The country is on the verge of a mult
  • San Sebastian opener strikes string of deals

    Spain's Wanda Vision has closed a string of sales on Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival opening film Suite Havana.Fernando Perez's poetic, dialogue-free fictionalised documentary has received glowing reviews locally and Wanda chief Jose Maria Morales called reception among buyers "very positive, even passionate."The film had sold to Ocean Films for France and Trigon Films for Switzerland and Austria prior to the festival. In San Sebastian, Angel Film picke
  • San Sebastian opener strikes string of deals

    Spain's Wanda Vision has closed a string of sales on Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival opening film Suite Havana.Fernando Perez's poetic, dialogue-free fictionalised documentary has received glowing reviews locally and Wanda chief Jose Maria Morales called reception among buyers "very positive, even passionate."The film had sold to Ocean Films for France and Trigon Films for Switzerland and Austria prior to the festival. In San Sebastian, Angel Film picke
  • Secondhand Lions

    Dir: Tim McCanlies. US 2003. 107minsAny film starring Michael Caine and Robert Duvall as a pair of old codgers can't be all bad, but this family comedy/drama sure tests the audience's tolerance level. Veering between overly broad humour and exaggerated cutesyness, Secondhand Lions lacks any sense of real emotion and completely fails to pull at the old heartstrings. It also contains a painfully awkward performance by a heretofore terrific young actor, Haley Joel Osment.
  • Sony launches Japanese animation unit

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan has announced plans to make two full-length animated features annually for the local and international markets.The company has set up a new unit to produce the films and distribute them in 67 countries worldwide. The unit will also recruit and train animators for their productions. The release of the first film is scheduled for the 2005 at the earliest. The new unit is part of Sony's strategy to produce films in non-English speaking terri
  • SPAIN

    Spanish film Football Days (Dias De Futbol) opened strong on its first weekend with a three-day gross of Euros 879,354 from 200 prints through Buena Vista International. The film marks the directorial debut of the screenwriter of last year's local hit The Other Side Of The Bed (El Otro Lado De La Cama), David Serrano, and stars several of the same popular young actors. Buena Vista says Days took in 65% more in its first weekend than Bed did when it opened Ap
  • Spanish film industry in flux

    Key changes to the Spanishfilm industry were announced this weekend at the Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 18-28).Production, facilities andrights management giant MediaPro unveiled its acquisition of post-productioncompany Molinare and a majority stake in another, Mozart. The new acquisitions givethe company a strong new foothold in the film, TV and advertisingpost-production sector in Spain, part of what MediaPro president Jaume Rourescalled a "long-ter
  • Spanish film industry in flux

    Key changes to the Spanishfilm industry were announced this weekend at the Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 18-28).Production, facilities andrights management giant MediaPro unveiled its acquisition of post-productioncompany Molinare and a majority stake in another, Mozart. The new acquisitions givethe company a strong new foothold in the film, TV and advertisingpost-production sector in Spain, part of what MediaPro president Jaume Rourescalled a "long-ter
  • Spanish veterans launch co-production consultancy

    Aiming to fill a niche for Spanish and other producers increasingly hard-pressed to finance feature films in their own markets, two veteran players have formed Madrid-based co-production negotiation outfit Cinearch.Co-founders Maria Jose Poblador and Carlos Batres officially presented the company, which has been operating for several months, on Sept 22 at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-28), where Spanish producers debated their current situation during
  • Spanish veterans launch co-production consultancy

    Aiming to fill a niche for Spanish and other producers increasingly hard-pressed to finance feature films in their own markets, two veteran players have formed Madrid-based co-production negotiation outfit Cinearch.Co-founders Maria Jose Poblador and Carlos Batres officially presented the company, which has been operating for several months, on Sept 22 at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-28), where Spanish producers debated their current situation during
  • SPC strikes licensing deals with Canadian distributors

    Montreal-based Seville Pictures has taken all Canadian rights to Wolfgang Becker's international hit Good Bye, Lenin! and has acquired all French Canadian rights to Pedro Almodovar's upcoming Bad Education, currently in post-production. Both deals are through Sony Pictures Classics (SPC), which holds North American rights on the pictures. Meanwhile, Toronto-based Mongrel Media and SPC have negotiated a nine-picture theatrical and TV sub-distribution slate that includes Ro
  • Studio Babelsberg looks to local industry

    Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures (SBMP) has boarded Torsten Wacker's Superseks, the second German feature the studio has backed this year on top of its high profile international productions.Starring Denis Moschitto, Marie Zielcke, Hilmi Soezer, and Martin Glade, the comedy centres on the 23-year-old Elviz who launches the first sex hotline exclusively for Turks. Superseks is produced by Hamburg-based Magnolia Filmproduktion together with Berlin's Valerian Film and broad
  • Suite Habana

    Dir. Fernando Perez. Cuba/Spain, 2003. 80 min.This well-intentioned, mostly melancholy but positive hymn of love to Havana, in the form of a pseudo-documentary, bears all the earmarks of an officially approved production that projects a more than affectionate portrait the city, notwithstanding all its shortcomings. But it is still a pretty slim offering for the opening night of a festival as important as San Sebastian, not nourishing enough to follow the one-hour television s
  • Sundance Channel closes 13-picture deal with Palm

    The Sundance Channel has acquired US television rights to 13 filmsfrom Palm Pictures, including Claude Chabrol's drama The Flower Of Evil, Dagur Kar's acclaimed Icelandicdrama Noi The Albino and Mark Moorman's music documentary Tom Dowd And The Languageof Music.
  • Swiss comedy smashes local records

    Mike Eschmann's teenage comedy Ready, Steady, Charlie! (Achtung, Fertig, Charlie!) has taken over $731,000 CHF 1m, making it the all-time biggest opener for a Swiss feature film in Switzerland.The film relegated Pirates Of The Caribbean and American Pie 3 to second and third places in the Swiss box office Top 10.Opening for Buena Vista International (Switzerland) on 49 prints - unheard of until now for a Swiss production - , the film attracted over 70,000 a
  • SWITZERLAND

    Mike Eschmann's teen-comedy Ready, Steady, Charlie! (Achtung, Fertig, Charlie!) became the all-time biggest local opener in Switzerland when it took the lead on an unprecedented 49 prints in the German region of the country attracting over 70,000 admissions after a large wide-spread marketing and media blitz.This included a premiere in Zurich attended by the cast and crew and other Swedish celebrities as well as promotional interviews with the actors and director on every major
  • T3 prepares to go out with bang in Italy

    Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines gets its final international release this upcoming weekend when it opens in Italy on Sept 19 on a massive 500 screens.A $6.7m opening gross from 723 prints for The Matrix Reloaded and $2.3m from 300 screens for X2 gives a flavour of the kind of reception genre epics have been getting in Italy this year and Schwarzenegger's return to action should do well.T3 had amassed $262.3m at the international box office as of Se
  • T3 takes Italy by storm, with $2.6m on 601 prints

    Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines completed its remarkable run of openingnumber one in every international territory at the weekend as it debuted top inItaly, its final market, on $2.6m on 601 prints.
  • The Fighting Temptations

    Dir: Jonathan Lynn. US. 2003. 116 mins.Pop diva Beyonce Knowles and an all-star gospel/R&B soundtrack are the main attractions of The Fighting Temptations, a pleasant but formulaic ensemble comedy from MTV Films that teams the singer with Cuba Gooding Jr and British ex-pat director Jonathan Lynn. With Beyonce's recent solo album and single still riding high in charts on both sides of the Atlantic, the film should be capable of decent openings in the US (where Paramoun
  • The Galindez File (El Misterio Galindez)

    Dir. Gerardo Herrero. Spain/UK/Cuba/Portugal/Italy/France. 2003. 128 min.A political thriller based on a true story that delivers its answers before it asks the questions must be some kind of novelty. Not to mention that after establishing all the facts and pinpointing all the heroes and the villains of the story without the least bit of doubt, it tells the audience at the end that the details of the actual incident have remained an unsolved mystery. Whether this has been don
  • The Green Butchers

    Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen. Denmark. 2002. 100mins.The Green Butchers could launch a new sub-genre of black comedy: the flesh-coloured comedy. A laugh-out-loud farce bristling with cruelty, the film invites viewers into the loathsome world of two memorable losers, a pair of newly-minted butchers who stumble upon success by selling human meat. In colour and texture it is owes a debt to another cannibal saga, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's and Marc Caro's 1991 Delicatessen
  • UK Film Council offers funds to short film-makers

    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund is inviting filmmakers and production companies with unfinished short films to apply to the £50,000 Completion Fund. The Fund, now in its second year, was developed to provide vital funds for the completion of short film projects.The Completion Fund is part of the New Cinemas Fund's programme to enable directors and producers to push their creative boundaries, to develop new talent and to invest in short films that illustrate unique ideas an
  • Under The Tuscan Sun

    Dir: Audrey Wells. US 2003. 120 minutesA genial, if undemanding, romantic comedy/drama about a divorced woman learning to embrace life again, Under The Tuscan Sun owes a great deal of its appeal to its ingratiating star, Diane Lane. The actress has an inherent likableness that also worked for her in the romantic thriller Unfaithful. While the new film isn't likely to post the same numbers as that hot and heavy drama -- for one thing, Tuscan Sun is geared
  • Underworld a triumph for Screen Gems, despite critics

    North American audiencescontinued to gobble up the horror genre as Screen Gems' Underworld opened top at the weekend on an estimated $22m.Four of the top five werenew entries, while Woody Allen's Anything Else disappointed outside the top 10. The top 12 filmsgrossed $94m, up 37% against the same period last year.The performance of the weekend,however, came from Focus Features' Lost In Translation, which in its second week climbed five places to10th, adding $
  • UPI appoints Suzuki as Japan president

    Universal Pictures International (UPI) has appointed Mutsumi Suzuki as president of Universal Pictures Japan (UPJ). Based in Tokyo, Suzuki will report to Wayne Borg, vice president, Universal Pictures, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The appointment is effective from Sept 30..Suzuki succeeds Tada Wakabayashi, who has held the role of acting president, Universal Pictures Japan since March 2003. Wakabayashi will resume his previous position as financial director UPJ subsequent t
  • US exhibitor looks to cash in on Russian multiplex boom

    Russia's largest multiplex opened this week (17 Sept) with a special gala screening of The Italian Job attended by its stars Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron as well as National Amusements top exec Shari Redstone. The new 11 screen, 7500 square metre KinoStar De Lux cinema seats 3100 people and is only the second multiplex to be opened in Russia. The nine screen Russian backed Formula Kino opened last year. Located in the new Mega mall shopping centre in the south Moscow suburb
  • US/Czech Republic short Most takes top prize at Palm Springs

    Bobby Garabedian's US/Czech Republic drama Most, a poignant tale of a railbridge tenderand his son, won the best of festival award as the 2003 Palm Springs InternationalFestival of Short Films closed on Sept 22.
  • Vatican cardinal backs Gibson's Passion

    A top Vatican cardinal has praised Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion as "a triumph of art" and has rejected fears it could spark a wave of anti-Semitism. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, head of the Vatican department in charge of priests, who saw an unfinished version of the film, told Catholic news agency Aciprensa that he would "like all our Catholic priests throughout the world to see it". U.S. Archbishop John P. Foley of the church's social-communications o
  • Veteran Polish director named jury head of Dehli festival

    Polish film-maker Krzystof Zanussi is to head up the five strong jury of the 34th International Film Festival of India in New Delhi (Oct 9-19). The Jury will award Golden Peacock prize of US $10,000 for the best Film by an Asian Director, and a Silver Peacock prize of US$ 5000 for the most promising Asian Director. Indian Film actor Kamaal Hasan will be the chief guest and Indian actress Kareena Kapur will light the traditional lamp at the opening ceremony on 9th October 2003.
  • Wellspring pins docu Oscar hope on Girlhood

    US distributor Wellspring has acquired all worldwide rights excludingUS television to Liz Garbus' coming-of-age documentary Girlhood and will immediately begin to license thefilm internationally.The film charts the livesof two Maryland girls as they attempt to put their violent past behind them andwill begin its theatrical release in New York on Oct 29, with a video and DVDrelease scheduled for spring 2004.By that time Wellspring executives hope Girlhood will have
  • Witkins launches new 'boy' video label

    Doug Witkins' US gay and lesbian boutique distributorPicture This! Entertainment has launched It's All About The Boy, a new videolabel catering to stories with wider appeal.First up is Denis Langlois' acclaimed French-Canadian drama DannyIn The Sky, which willbe released on DVD and VHS on Nov 25.Newcomer Thierry Pepin stars as a troubled model whobecomes trapped in a world of drugs and pornography, only to fall for anequally disturbed photographer.Veronique Jenkins

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