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26 May 2000

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  • A One And A Two (Yi Yi)

    Dir: Edward Yang. Taiwan-Japan. 2000. 174 mins.Prod cos: Atom Films (Taiwan), Pony Canyon Inc (Japan). Int'l sales: Capitol Films, tel: (44) 20 7471 6000. Prods: Kaway Shinya, Tsukedea Naoko. Scr: Edward Yang. DoP: Yang Weihan. Prod des: Kaili Peng. Music: Kaili Peng. Ed:Chen Bowen. Main cast: Wu Nainzhen, Kelly Lee, Jonathan Chang, Issey Ogata, Eliane Jin, Ke Suyun.You could call Edward Yang's A One And A Two a soap opera about a middle-class Taiwanese family on t
  • AltaVista lines up three to follow Bitch

    Mexican start-up production company AltaVista Films - which has its second feature, Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) in Cannes competition - is prepping a slate of Spanish-language films to shoot before the end of the year.First up out of the new production house is Fernando Sarinana's Smoke In Your Eyes (Humo En Tus Ojos), a romantic comedy now shooting in Mexico with actors Jesus Ochoa, Lisa Owen and Jorge Poza. In addition, Oscar-nominated short film director Antonio Urr
  • Artifical Eye snags four Cannes titles

    The UK's Artificial Eye picked up four films at Cannes, including Jury Prize winner Blackboards by Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf.UK rights to the film were acquired from Wild Bunch, which also sold Artificial Eye international critics prize winner Eureka.Artificial Eye also picked up Dominik Moll's buzz Cannes film Harry, A Friend Who Wishes You Well from Mercure Distribution, and Chantal Ackerman's La Captive - which featured in the Director's F
  • Billy Elliot

    Dir: Stephen Daldry. UK. 2000. 110 mins.Prod Co: Tiger Aspect Pictures, WT2. Int'l Sales: Universal Pictures. Prods: Greg Brenman, Jonn Finn. Exec prods: Natasha Wharton, Charles Brand, Tessa Ross, David M Thompson. Scr: Lee Hall. DoP: Brian Tufano. Ed: John Wilson. Mus: Stephen Warbeck. Main cast: Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, Julie Walters, Jamie Driven, Jean Heywood, Stuart Wells.Imagine hitting a lottery jackpot and meeting the love of your life on the very same day. That's
  • Bim eats Kollek's Fast Food, Loach's Bread

    Valerio De Paolis' independent distribution company Bim has acquired Italian rights to a raft of Cannes competition titles including Ken Loach's Bread And Roses, from UK-based sales outfit The Sales Co.Other competition titles acquired by Bim are Amos Kollek's Fast Food Fast Women, from Celluloid Dreams; Austrian director Michael Haneke's Code Unknown, which is being handled by France's MK2; and Nagisa Oshima's samurai period piece Gohatto, starring Takeshi
  • Blackboards (Takhte Siah)

    Dir: Samira Makhmalbaf. Iran. 2000. 85 mins.Prod cos: Makhmalbaf Film House, Fabricia Cinema in association with RAI in collaboration with T-Mark of Japan. Int'l Sales: Wild Bunch (Le Studio Canal Plus), tel: (33) 1 53 64 85 55. Exec prod: Mohamad Ahmadi. Prods: Mohsen Moahmalbaf, Marco Mueller. Scr: Mohsen and Samira Makhmalbaf. DoP: Ebrahim Ghafori. Ed: Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Music: Mohamed Reza Daryishi. Main cast: Said Mohamadi, Bahman Ghobardi, Behnaz Jafari, Rafat Moradi.
  • Bread And Roses

    Dir: Ken Loach. UK. 2000. 110 mins.Prod Co: Parallax. Int'l sales: The Sales Company. Prod: Rebecca O'Brien. Exec prod: Ulrich Felsberg. Scr: Paul Laverty. DoP: Barry Ackroyd. Prod des: Martin Johnson. Ed: Jonathan Morris. Mus: George Fenton. Main cast: Pilar Padilla, Elpidia Carrillo, Adrien Brody, George Lopez, Alonso Chavez.The locale may have changed but the commitment to challenging social drama remains unwavering in Ken Loach's first North American venture. Set in L
  • Bulgaria set to join EU's Media Programme

    The European Commission today gave the green light for Bulgaria to become the first Eastern European country to join the European Union (EU)'s MEDIA Programme, which provides financial support for film distribution, development and training. Although Bulgaria is not a member of the 15-nation EU, participation in EU programmes is seen as a pre-cursor to full membership. At the moment the only other non-EU country taking part in MEDIA is Cyprus.The Commission said: "Bulgaria has a
  • Canal Plus makes five-year pledge to French film

    Canal Plus signed a five-year deal with the French film producers' associations in Cannes last week, in which it pledged to invest FFr20.5 per subscriber per month in European films in return for exclusive pay-TV rights.Of the FFr20.5 per subscriber per month, FFr15.5 will go to French productions, underscoring Canal Plus' position as the main backer of French films. Canal Plus has 4.5 million subscribers and invested $128m (FFr923m) in 93 French titles in 1999.The duration of C
  • Carlton extends Internet pact to Epsilon trio

    The UK's Carlton Communications may seek to develop corporate links with continental Europe's top broadcasters, having this week enlarged its Internet deal with TF1 to include the Epsilon trio of companies.Often criticised for not having an active European strategy, Carlton this week hinted that it sees Germany's Kirch, Italy's Mediaset and Spain's Telecinco as attractive partners at other levels. "They are the leading free broadcasters in their own countries. This could be the start o
  • Carlton Media reports 12% interim profit increase

    Carlton Communications has reported that profits for its media division, Carlton Media, were up 12% to $149m (£101m) in the six months to March 31, on turnover of $751m (£508m) up 13% from the corresponding period the previous year.Film and video/DVD duplication unit Technicolor, currently up for sale with a price tag of around $2.5bn according to analysts, saw interim profits fall 7% to $111m (£75m) on turnover up 4% to $748m (£506.2m).Carlton Communications recently announced
  • Carlton snaps up US cinema ad company Screenvision

    Carlton Communications has made a vital step forward in tackling the US cinema advertising market through its purchase of New York-based Screenvision Cinema Network. The $93.3m cash deal announced yesterday (May 22) gives Carlton access to Screenvision's 65% share of the US screen advertising industry. This is a major cog is Carlton's global expansion of the cinema advertising sector which was kickstarted last August when Adam Poulter, previously head of UK outfit Carlton Screen Adver
  • Chow reduces Golden Harvest stake

    Golden Harvest Entertainment chairman Raymond Chow has sold an 11.7% stake in the company lowering his 34% stake to 22.3%.Chow recently acquired an additional 4.8% of the company from Australia's Village Roadshow. At the same time Roadshow offloaded the rest of its stake in Golden Harvest to Taiwan's Acer Digital Services Group (22%) and South-East Asia Investment Holding (8%).Chow sold 80 million shares at HK$1.28 per share, paid in cash. Prudential Asset Management Asia took 5
  • CLT-Ufa acquires stake in Antena 3

    CLT-Ufa is to buy an 11% stake in Spanish free broadcaster Antena 3 in a move that further tightens an emerging European TV production and distribution network.According to unconfirmed reports, the stake is being sold by Bank Of New York and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica will maintain an unchanged 47% holding in the channel, which gives it effective management control. The move strengthens links between two of Europe's most aggressive media giants - Telefonica and Germany's
  • Cuaron, Vergara launch Anhelo production outfit

    Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and the producer of his latest film Y Tu Mama Tambien, Jorge Vergara, have formalised their relationship in a new production company Anhelo to make Spanish and English-language films, some of which Cuaron will direct. The outfit has already boarded Guillermo Del Toro's ghost story The Devil's Backbone, a co-production with Pedro and Agustin Almodovar's El Deseo which will start shooting in Spain on June 1 and star Federico Luppi, Eduardo No
  • Fantastic Factory ready for chopsocky action

    Spanish mini-studio The Filmax Group is developing an "Asian-style action movie" for its Fantastic Factory genre film division, according to Factory co-producer and director Brian Yuzna. "The money we would usually put into effects we'll put into stunts," Yuzna said. Filmax plans to bring in Asian talent to further develop and carry out the project. The Factory slate, led by Yuzna's recently wrapped Faust, is closing wide sales at Cannes this year. Faust is planned
  • Gielgud dies aged 96

    Actor Sir John Gielgud, whose career spanned eight decades and roles as diverse as Lear and Hobson the butler in Arthur, died peacefully at his home in Buckinghamshire west of London yesterday. He was 96.Although renowned for his stage career - he played Hamlet more than 500 times - Gielgud also appeared in more than 50 movies including Caligula (1980), Chariots Of Fire (1981), Gandhi (1982), The Shooting Party (1984), Shine (1996) and Kenneth
  • Goldwyn, CanWest team up for Australia's Sex

    Samuel Goldwyn Films and CanWest Films have jointly acquired US rights to Australian title Better Than Sex from France Television Distribution (FTP). The romantic comedy, a first effort by Jonathan Teplitsky, will be released through Goldwyn and CanWest's joint distribution venture, IDP Distribution (Screendaily, April 10).The film, which stars two of Australia's most high-profile actors, David Wenham and Susie Porter, was a hot seller at Cannes for FTD, which als
  • Gregor to quit post as Forum head

    Ulrich Gregor, head of the Forum section of the Berlin film festival, is to resign after next year's event. His departure will co-incide with the less amicable departure of the festival's chief selector Moritz De Hadeln.The 67-year-old Gregor, who has headed the Forum young directors' sidebar since 1971, said he wants to allow for a generational change across the two sections. That echoes a call recently uttered by Berlin's cultural senator Christoph Stoelzl: "that Berlin and the Feder
  • High Point, Film Company expand team

    The UK's High Point & The Film Company Group has appointed Chris Bluett to the position of film sales executicve. Bluett, who was previously a senior researcher for Celador Productions' Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, has been working with the the group's sales team for the past year.The group has also promoted Ruth Saxton to the position of acquisitions and marketing manager. Saxton formerly assisted company chiefs Carey Fitzgerald and Ronald de Neef on product devleopment.
  • Highlight grabs pics from Miramax, Nu-Image

    Switzerland's Highlight Communications has extended its relationship with Miramax International and grabbed a ten-picture deal with Nu Image. From Miramax, Highlight has bought three more titles including John Cusack-starrer Serendipity, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck-headed Bounce and the all star Wakin' Up In Reno. The ten pictures from Avi Lerner's Nu Image are Jean-Claude Van Damme picture The Order, to which Columbia TriStar this week bought all
  • Hong Kong launches support for screenwriters

    Hong Kong's government is backing a HK4.8m ($0.6m) scheme which will enable local screenwriters to write scripts on spec. The Hong Kong Screenwriters Guild has secured the funds from the government's Film Development Fund and hopes to launch the initiative, dubbed the "Assistance Scheme for Scriptwriters", on June 8. The scheme is open to all professional and non-professional screenwriters. A committee, made up of three members of the Screenwriters Guild and one member of the D
  • India's Modi, Penta team for animation venture

    India's Modi Entertainment Network and computer graphics company PentaMedia Graphics have formed a 50:50 joint venture to provide animated software to broadcast and Internet platforms in India and overseas.Modi will lead the marketing initiative for the joint venture - which has an initial investment of $10m - in the US and Europe. Commenting on the deal, Modi vice-chairman Lalit K Modi said: "The global animation market is expected to be worth $40bn in the next four years, posting a c
  • Irish Film Board, AtomFilms pair up for shorts

    The Irish Film Board and AtomFilms are set to unveil a joint initiative - "Irish Flash" - for the production and distribution of short films on the Internet. The move is the first step taken by the board since it made a policy decision late last year to direct some production funding towards new talent working with digital technology.The initiative is to be unveiled at this weekend's Darklight 2000 Digital Film Festival in Dublin. The festival was conceived last year as an outlet for s
  • Kinowelt on board for next Rivette pic

    Germany's Kinowelt has boarded the next film from French director Jacques Rivette, Va Savoir, which is to start shooting this summer. The film, which is being produced by Pierre Grise Productions' Martine Marignac and co-produced by Italy's Mikado, is currently being cast. The deal was brokered by Roissy Films' Raphael Berdugo, in tandem with regular collaborator Celluloid Dreams' Hengameh Panahi, who handles all Pierre Grise titles. Kinowelt has also acquired 30 titles f
  • Kippur

    Dir: Amos Gitai. Israel. 2000. 123 minsProd Co: MP Productions (Fr), Agav Hafakot, Studio Canal Plus, Arte France Cinema, R & C Produzioni (It). Int'l Sales: President Films, (+33 1 4562 8222). Prod: Michael Propper, Amos Gitai. Scr: Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme. DoP: Renato Berta. Prod des: Miguel Markin. Ed: Monica Coleman, Kobi Netanel. Mus: Jan Garbarek. Main cast: Liron Levo, Tomer Ruso, Uri Ran Klauzner, Yoram Hattab, Guy Amir.Kippur is the kind of film w
  • Les Destinees Sentimentales

    Dir: Olivier Assayas. France. 2000. 180 mins.Prod Co: Arena Films. Int'l Sales: Pathe International. Prod: Bruno Pesery. Scr: Olivier Assayas, Jacques Fieschi based on the novel by Jacques Chardon. DoP: Eric Gautier. Prod des: Katia Wyszkop. Ed: Luc Barnier. Mus: Guillaume Lekeu. Main cast: Emmanuelle Beart, Charles Berling, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Perrier, Julie Depardieu.An exquisitely wrought literary adaptation, Les Destinees Sentimentales brings a tender reg
  • Loews gets rolling with Technicolor

    Exhibition giant Loews Cineplex has agreed to carry some $60m of rolling stock advertisements supplied by Technicolor in its 1,800 US screens starting from July. Loews president and CEO Lawrence Ruisi said: "This agreement represents the next step in our strategy to generate ancillary revenues in our business. On-screen advertising represents a significant revenue source for international exhibitors and we are excited about the potential this creates for our business in the US."
  • Metrodome, DBC launch Internet rights company

    The UK's Metrodome Group and pay-per-view broadcaster Digital Broadcasting Co (DBC) have teamed up to launch an Internet TV rights company called ProgramNet. Each of the partners will own 50% of the joint venture.The company will compile a library of digital content ranging from short films to full-length movies through a combination of commissioning and acquisitions. The content will be webcast on DBC's soon-to-launch entertainment web-site,, as well as licensed to thi
  • Miller signs up for Dimension's Dracula

    Jonny Lee Miller has signed to star in Dimension Films' Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000, joining Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Esposito and singer Vitamin C in the latest re-telling of the Bram Stoker classic.Miller, who previously starred in Miramax Films' Mansfield Park and Trainspotting, plays Simon Shephard, a London antiques dealer who joins forces with his mentor Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer) to travel to New Orleans to save Van Helsing's estranged daughter
  • Miramax bags US, remake rights to Jet Set

    Miramax has acquired remake and US distribution rights to French-language comedy Jet Set which Hilltop Entertainment is selling internationally in collaboration with French packaging specialist Jean-Michel Ciszewski.The film is a "fish-out-of-water" tale about a comedian's attempts to infiltrate the jet set in order to save a nightspot threatened by closure. It is directed by Fabien Onteniente and stars Samuel Le Bihan, Lambert Wilson and Ornella Mutti. TF1 Film Productions co-p
  • Miramax set to bask in Tuscan Sun

    Miramax has acquired an option on Frances Mayes' best-selling non-fiction book Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home In Italy. The book - for which Miramax reportedly paid a mid six-figure dollar sum - is about Mayes' work restoring an abandoned villa in the Italian countryside. It figured in the New York Times' best-seller list for two years and has already given rise to two spin-offs. Miramax is thought to be in negotiations with Tom Sternberg to produce the film version. Sternberg ha
  • Mission Impossible 2

    Dir: John Woo. US. 2000. 126 mins.Prod co: Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner. US dist: Paramount Pictures. Int'l distribution: UIP. Prods: Tom Cruise, Paul Wagner. Exec prods: Terence Chang, Paul Hitchcock. Scr: Robert Towne. DoP: Jeffrey L Kimball. Prod des: Tom Sanders. Ed: Christian Wagner, Steven Kemper. Visual effects supervisor: Richard Yuricich. Music: Hans Zimmer. Main cast: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Sherb
  • Murdoch invites TF1 to join Stream

    News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch has reportedly invited French free-TV broadcaster TF1 to enter News Corp and Telecom Italia's Italian pay-TV operation Stream, a competitor to Canal Plus' Telepiu.Murdoch and TF1 previously discussed an Italian alliance in the early days of News Corp's involvement in Stream, but the talks did not succeed. At the time, Stream, originally a cable service with only 200,000 subscribers, did not seem much of a match for Telepiu's 800,000 subscribers. Since the
  • New Zealand boosts production with $10m fund

    New Zealand's prime minister Helen Clark has put aside $10.8m (NZ$22m) for a feature film production fund, a huge commitment for a country with a population of less than four million people. It is envisaged that the fund will assist about 10 films at the rate of two or three per year. New Zealand's Labour Government emphasised the importance of culture prior to overthrowing its predecessor in November and the additional assistance is part of a $27m (NZ$55m) raft of assistance to the ar

    SCHEIDER SIGNS UP FOR GOOD WARROME: Roy Scheider has been chosen to replace Harvey Keitel (who in turn replaced Sam Shepard) in the $6m, ten-years-in-the-making The Good War (entitled Texas in Italy), which is being produced by Alessandro Verdecchi of Orango Films. Italian hearthrob Raoul Bova has also dropped out of the project about Italian POWs imprisoned in the US during WWII. Bova is expected to be replaced by Luca Zingaretti of the highly successful Commis
  • Nordisk swallows Per Holst as part of overhaul

    Danish production outfits Per Holst Film and Victoria Film are being folded into parent company Nordisk Film & TV in an attempt to streamline production operations at the Scandinavian major. The two companies, which merged prior to being acquired by Nordisk in 1991, have operated as stand-alone units since the acquisition. However although the well-known Per Holst brand will be used on some productions, the company will now no longer operate as an independent producer. The move
  • Norway launches summer box office assault

    The Norwegian film industry has joined forces on a project called Summer Cinema (Sommerkino) to boost cinema admissions during the summer months when long daylight hours keep audiences out of theatres.An initiative of trade organisation Film & Kino, the project is backed by all Norwegian distributors, as well as 96 cinemas spread across Norway. "Norwegian box office falls 50% from May to July, compared to average monthly figures," said project manager Ivar Halstvedt. "By focusin
  • NTV, Wowow to launch digital broadcast service

    Japanese broadcasters Nippon Television (NTV) and Wowow have reached a basic agreement to jointly provide broadcasting services on a digital communications satellite, beginning as early as spring 2001.The satellite is to be launched this summer in the same position as a digital broadcast satellite that is scheduled to start transmitting in December. By broadcasting from this slot, NTV and Wowow hope to recruit the 10 million households that are expected to take the broadcast satellite
  • NWR, Nordisk team up for Rampage, Kuppet

    Fledgling Danish production outfit NWR ApS, which teams long-time collaborators Nicolas Winding Refn and Henrik Danstrup, has signed a two-picture output deal with Scandinavian major Nordisk Film for distribution and international sales. The two new features are Martin Schmidt's Rampage, a youth thriller with a twist written by Dennis Jurgensen, and Kuppet, a comedy about three friends, scripted by newcomer Oliver Kanafani. Kuppet may become the first picture in a
  • Paramount Classics chooses Equinox for Quebec

    Paramount Classics has signed a theatrical distribution output deal with Equinox Entertainment, which sees the Montreal-based producer-distributor releasing all its pictures in Quebec in French and English. Paramount Canada releases Classics pictures in the rest of Canada. The first picture in the Paramount Classics deal, Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides, will open May 25 followed by Alain Berliner's Demi Moore-starrer Passion Of Mind. Other films in the deal include Doug
  • PHF, Patagonik, Surf extend Sabrina tie-up

    Spanish-French joint production venture PHF is developing two feature films in a three-way arrangement with Argentina powerhouse Patagonik Film Group and Italy's Surf Film. The three partners recently wrapped A Night With Sabrina Love (Una Noche Con Sabrina Love), starring Cecilia Roth and Giancarlo Giannini for director Alejandro Agresti. The next project, Spanish-language Ninguna Parte, will mark writer Luis Sepulveda's directorial debut. The film will shoot betw
  • Putin cuts lifeline to Russian film

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has decided to axe Goskino, the government body responsible for supporting the film industry, provoking a wave of protest from local filmmakers. Protesters claim that unless the decision is reversed it will signal the death of the struggling Russian film industry which is heavily dependent on government subsidies.Putin decided to close the State Committee for Cinematography, "Goskino", as part of a wider effort to cut costs by reducing the numbe
  • Satellite Theatre scores major coup with Shiri buy

    Shochiku-owned movie channel Satellite Theatre has made its first major acquisition, purchasing all broadcasting rights to hit South Korean actioner Shiri, which has grossed $15m (Y1.6bn) at the Japanese box office. Channels such as Satellite Theatre which broadcast on communications satellites usually rely on their parent companies, including majors such as Toho and Toei, to supply the bulk of their schedules. However, a lack of product has driven them to them to other sources.
  • Senator falls in love with Vinterberg

    Germany's Senator Film has boarded Thomas Vinterberg's $10m English-language debut, It's All About Love, as German co-producer. The UK's FilmFour and Italy's Key Films are also co-producing the project, set to shoot in New York next spring.While Senator and Key are taking rights for their respective territories, FilmFour is handling English-language sales on the film and Zentropa's Trust Film Sales is selling the rest of the world. The film is being produced by Birgitte H
  • Stockmarket turbulence halts UPC takeover of SBS

    The creation of a European cable, Internet and free TV giant was halted today when UPC said that it could no longer afford the share issue it planned for the acquisition of SBS Broadcasting.Mark Schneider, chairman and CEO of Dutch cable giant UPC, said: "Because of the continuing turmoil in financial markets [and] given UPC's current share price levels it is simply not practical to complete the transaction."Since the deal was announced in March it has been rocked by outside for
  • Taboo (Gohatto)

    Dir: Nagisa Oshima. Japan. 2000. 100 mins.Prod cos: Shochiku. Co-prods: Kadokawa Shoten, Imagica, BS Asahi, Eisei Gekijo, BAC, Le Studio Canal Plus, Recorded Picture Company. Int'l Sales: Le Studio Canal Plus (00 33 1 44 43 98 00). Exec prods: Oshima Productions, Eiko Oshima, Shigehiro Nakagawa, Kazuo Shimizu. Scr: Oshima, based on novellas by Ryotaro Shiba. Dop: Toyomichi Kurita. Prod des: Yoshinobu Nishioka. Ed: Tomoyo Oshima. Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto. Main cast: Beat Takeshi (Take
  • Telecinco strikes 10-pic deal with Singer

    Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has sealed a 10-picture pact with US independent producer Joseph Singer, marking its first foray into all-rights acquisitions. Nicolas Cage-starrer One To One will be the first title to emerge from the deal.The pact mirrors a similar move by Telecinco rival Antena 3 which picked up all rights to Argentinean children's film Manuelita earlier this year (Screendaily, March 29).Telecinco has also unveiled a hefty slate of co-product
  • UK box office spawns hits and misses

    Aided by seven opening films, the UK box office picked up again last weekend after the recent spate of warm weather. But with Gladiator holding over well, falling just 3% from its opening weekend, not all the new releases profited from healthy box office returns. Best out of the stalls was New Line Cinema's teen thriller Final Destination which scored handsomely pulling in $2.2m (£1.5m) in its first three days to pitch in at number two in the chart below Gladiator
  • US vote opens doors to China

    Last November's agreement to further open China to the US entertainment industry is set to come into force after this week's vote in Congress to normalise trade relations between the two countries. The normalisation bill was passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (May 24), and is likely to pass through the Senate next month. As a result, China is expected to become part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and restrictions against the import of foreign films will be rela
  • Von Trier dances away with Palme d'Or

    Danish director Lars von Trier, always prepared to experiment with genre, technology and his own reputation, took the Palme d'Or with Dancer In The Dark at Cannes.While the critics have argued that this may not have been the best film von Trier's ever made, none were left unmoved by his musical tale of a friendship between a blind mother and a workmate. Many were infuriated, others swept along by the director's ability to consistently push all the buttons on the emotional scale
  • Yes takes private route after cancelling IPO

    UK video-on-demand (VoD) pioneer Yes Television is to seek private finance having today called a halt to its London stockmarket flotation for the second time. Earlier this month Yes TV cut its planned sale price from 225p-275p a share to just 175p in an effort to get the float away in the currently volatile conditions for technology, media and telecoms companies. But it seems that as a small company in a fast-changing sector it may have been trying to raise too much. Even at the reduce
  • Zentropa boards Zenith's Jenny Wagon

    White-hot Danish production outfit Zentropa will co-produce English-language western The Jenny Wagon with the UK's Zenith Productions. The film will be shot in Trollhattan, Sweden, one of the locations used for Zentropa's Palme d'Or winner Dancer In The Dark."We learnt so much about imitating the US in Sweden when we were shooting Dancer, that we thought we might as well return to the same area to shoot a western," Zentropa producer Carsten Holst told Screen.Holst