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26 December 2008

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  • AFI names 2008 Moments Of Significance

    The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced its AFI Moments Of Significance for 2008, the eight noteworthy events 'determined to have had an impact on the world of the moving image during the calendar year 2008.'The AFI Moments of Significance selections are:Slumdog Millionaire - A celebration of the global filmThe AFI called the film 'a monument to the possibilities of cross-cultural
  • Cinema Libre, Corsan team on US release of Waiting For Dublin

    Cinema Libre Studio will partner with Belgium-based Corsan on the US theatrical release of Roger Tucker's drama Waiting For Dublin.The parties will open the film in New York on March 13 followed by a wider roll-out.Andrew Keegan stars as a second world war fighter pilot who gets involved with the mob following a bet. Karl Shiels also stars alongside newcomer Jade Yourell and Hugh O'Conor.Paul Breuls and
  • Dubai Film Festival Round-up

    KhamsaDir/scr: Karim Dridi. Fr. 2008 95 minsAn intriguing and often compelling (if sometimes meandering) feature shot with a cast of uniformly effective non-actor children, Khamsa is set in the Roma community outside Marseilles. This obviously conjures up images of Tony Gatlif (who has a music credit), but this plays it straight, telling the story of an 11-year-old boy called Marco (Cortes), son of a long-gone North African mother (who left him the
  • Everlasting Moments tops nominations for Guldbagge awards

    Swedish veteran director Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments receivedthehighest number of nominations - eight - for the Guldbagge awards, Sweden's national film prize.The film isSweden's official candidate for the Oscar as Best Foreign-Language Feature and has already been nominated for a Golden Globe.Everlasting Moments will compete in the categories for Best Film, Best director (Troell), Best Actress (Maria Heiskanen), Best Actor (Mikael Persbra
  • Fox's Marley & Me leads domestic Christmas box office

    Fox's comedy Marley & Me starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston soared to the top of the charts over a lucrative Christmas weekend on an estimated $37m, beating out heavyweight contenders from Buena Vista and Paramount.Marley & Me, a tale about a couple and their dog, set a new Christmas Day opening record when it opened on $14.7m, beating Ali's $10.2m set in
  • Madagascar 2 tops lucrative international holiday weekend

    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa had the chops to stay on top of the competition and surge past $275m in a rigorous final weekend of 2008 that delivered strong results for Fox's Australia and The Day The Earth Stood Still, Disney's Bedtime Stories, Warner Bros' Yes Man and Summit International's
  • Marina Of The Zabbaleen

    Documentary. Dir/prod: Engi Wassef. Egypt, 2008, 70 mins
  • Pomegranates And Myrrh

    Dir/scr. Najwa Najjar. Palestine, 95 mins
  • Senator and IM Internationalmedia make management changes

    Publicly-listed Senator Entertainment and IM Internationalmedia have announced management shakeouts in the final days of 2008.Senator's COO Legal Affairs, Licences and Human Resources, Christopher Borgmann, has left his position for personal reasons to return to legal practice.The Berlin-based company will now be headed solely by CEO and main shareholder Helge Sasse.According to a communique, a co-acquisition agreement with France's Wild Bunch, Senator's
  • Solo Quiero Caminar

    Dir/scr. Agustin Diaz Yanes. Sp/Mex 2008. 130 mins
  • Sundance adds Strouse's The Winning Season to festival lineup

    Sundance has added the world premiere of Jim Strouse's comedy The Winning Season starring Sam Rockwell as a misfit brought in to coach his local girls high school basketball team.Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Shareeka Epps and Emily Rios also star in the film, which will play out of competition and premieres on January 19.Strouse is no stranger to Sundance, having previously directed Gr
  • The One Man Village (Samaan Bildayaa)

    Documentary. Dir. Simon El Habre. Lebanon, 2008. 86 mins.
  • Wina free ticket to the Screenwriters Festival launch

    Screen is offering readers the chance to win a free ticket to the Londonlaunch of the 2009 International Screenwriters Festival on the evening of January 13.Speakers at the event at Channel 4 headquarters in Horseferry Roadinclude producer and former head of BBC Films David Thompson and Olivia Hetreed, producer of films including The Girl With A Pearl Earring.Those attending the launch will have an opportunity to win a free four-day pass for the entry t