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26 May 2004

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  • 2046

    Dir/scr: Wong kar-wai. HongKong. 2004. 128 minsThe title may suggest aspace age drama but Wong Kar-Wai's long-awaited 2046 proves to be anelaborate, languorous continuation of In The Mood For Love that revisitsthe Tony Leung character as he once again struggles with the impermanence andimpossibility of
  • Aftermath (Lad De Sma Born)

    Dir: Paprika Steen.Denmark. 2004. 100 minsAn award-winning presence in a string of Dogme films (Festen, Mifune,Open Hearts etc), actress Paprika Steen takes a very different stylisticapproach in her assured directorial debut. Aftermath is a polished, mournfulexamination of grief distinguished by its careful compositions, deeply feltperformances and rigid avoidance of sentimentality.Its calm, dispassionate toneis in stark
  • AUSTRALIA 24 May

    Local comedy Thunderstruckwas the fourth most popular film at cinemas on the weekend, taking A$358,890from 162 screens for Icon. While this was well behind the big Hollywoodblockbusters Troy and Van Helsing, it measured up reasonablywell against third placed Twisted,the new release from UIP, which took A$477,471 from 138 screens.Troy and Van Helsing dropped
  • Bavaria ships Whisky at Cannes

    Bavaria FilmInternational (BFI) has concluded a raft of deals at the market in Cannes on Uruguayancomedy Whisky and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's latest feature Niceland.Directorial duoPablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella's film, which screened in the Un CertainRegard and was awarded the FIPRESCI Award and Prix Originale Regard, was soldto Japan (Bitters End), Benelux (Contact Film), Switzerland (Trigon Film),Hungary (Budapest Film) as well as to Gatenofilms for Peru, Panama,
  • Berlin's European Film Market switches to new venue

    It's official: Berlin's European Film Market (EFM) will have a newvenue for 2006 at the Renaissance-style Martin Gropius Building, just fiveminutes from Potsdamer Platz. The market will be held inside the cramped Debis building forthe last time in 2005.The Martin Gropius Building has hosted several internationalexhibitions in the past - most recently, the 3rd Berlin Biennial forContemporary Arts - and has 4,900 square metres of exhibition space at itsdisposal. Together with the Berlina
  • Berry, Jackson, Young on board at LAFF

    Halle Berry andSamuel L Jackson will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 2004 Los Angeles FilmFestival, which runs from Jun 17-26 and will also feature the services ofsinger and film-maker Neil Young as artist in residence.Berry will host closing night festivities and hand out two TargetFilmmaker Awards for best narrative feature and best documentary, while Jacksonwill host the annual film-maker reception that takes place on Jun 16.As artist
  • Beyond Films announces Cannes sales

    Beyond Films hasannounced sales as the Cannes Film Festival comes to an end.Cold & Dark, a British horror film in post production starringLuke Goss and Kevin Howarth and directed by Andrew Goth has sold in thefollowing territories:-Japan - Gaga Communications; Mexico - Cine, Video Y Televisio;n Russia -Beliven EnterprisesA Good Woman, also in post production, directed by Mike Barkerand starring Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson has been soldto:-
  • BVITV strikes first ever Ukrainian deal

    Buena Vista International TV struck its first ever filmlicence deal in the Ukraine this week at the Los Angeles Preview Screenings.It licensed a package of series and feature films tocommercial broadcaster Inter TV in a multi-year deal. Current films covered bythe agreement include Pearl Harbor, The Princess Diaries and Sweet HomeAlabama. Library titles included Pretty Woman, Con Air, The Rock andArmageddon.At the same event, BVITV also s
  • Cannes winners list

    CANNES 2004: OFFICIAL SELECTION PRIZESPalme d'OrFahrenheit 9/11 Dir:Michael MooreGrand Prix Du JuryOld Boy Dir: Park Chan-wookBest actressMaggie Cheung (pictured) in CleanBest actorYagira Yuya in Nobody KnowsBest directorTony Gatlif for ExilesBest ScreenplayAgnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri for CommeUne ImageJury prize (jointl
  • Cannes winners list

    Cannes 2004: Official Selection PrizesPalme d'OrFahrenheit 9/11 Dir:Michael MooreGrand Prix Du JuryOld Boy Dir: Park Chan-wookBest actressMaggie Cheung in CleanBest actorYagira Yuya in Nobody KnowsBest directorTony Gatlif for ExilesBest ScreenplayAgnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri fo
  • Cavedweller

    Dir. Lisa Cholodenko. US.2004. 120mins.A powerful and nuancedpiece of storytelling, Cavedwellerfollows in the wreckage-strewn wake of a woman trying to rebuild her lifeamidst the deaths of her two husbands and the bitterness of her daughters byboth men. Based on the novel by Dorothy Allison, it stars and is executiveproduced by Kyra Sedgwick, who continues to prove herself one of US independentcinema's outstanding and bravest performers.Here, Sedgwick has ch
  • China's summer film blackout

    Hollywood films are set to lose hugepotential box office revenues in China this summer due to an officialseven-week 'blackout' slapped on foreign films in cinemas between mid-June andAugust.Spiderman 2, Harry Potter 3 and Shrek2 will be pushed back to August release dates, after film executives hadpainstakingly negotiated prime-time summer release to coincide with thebeginning of China's school holidays.In an officialnotice sent to the foreign stu
  • Cineclick ties up Kim Ki-duk financing

    South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's latest project 3-Iron has secured a co-financing dealfrom Japan's Happinet equal to 50% of the film's budget.Sales agent Cineclick Asia says that a deal has also beencompleted with France's Pretty Pictures which, together with Japan, means that80% of the budget is covered.Kim's previous two filmshave both performed well overseas, with SamaritanGirl winning Best Director at Berlin and Spring, Su
  • Cinesite unveils string of blockbuster visual effects deals

    UK based post-production house Cinesite (Europe) hasannounced deals for visual effects work on a slate of blockbusters including Charlie&The Chocolate Factory, The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, Harry Potter& The Goblet Of Fire and Alfie.Cinesite isalso completing work on forthcoming Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur,the first time that a major Bruckheimer production has b
  • Clean

    Dir/scr: Olivier Assayas.France/Canada 2004. 80 mins.Like his film's heroine,French director Olivier Assayas returns to the straight and narrow in Clean,an emotionally fluent drama that is a world removed from his last film, theexperimental cyber-thriller Demonlover. Another predominantlyEnglish-language venture, Clean sees Assayas working again with Asianstar and ex-wife Maggie Cheung for the first time since 1996's
  • Coalition to dial 911'

    The Weinstein brothers areclose to buying back Fahrenheit 9/11from The Walt Disney Co, but they are no nearer to deciding on a third-partydistributor. Which is curious because the brothers require that the MichaelMoore movie hits US theatres in six weeks time on July 2.Word on the Croisette has itthat the Weinsteins are planning the ultimate "coalition of the willing",splitting up the rights of the sale between a number of companies both tocreate separate revenue streams, and to
  • Croisette witnesses rebirth of the salesman

    Cannesmay have been slim pickings for American buyers, but business was refreshinglybrisk for the rest of the world.Pre-sellswere particularly buoyant, with international buyers snapping upmodestly-budgeted pictures in commercial genres such as Summit's The Alibi and The Dark, Nu Image/Millennium's Edison,Focus' Assault On Precinct 13 andEuropa's Revolver. With budgets kepttight and plenty of soft money sloshing aroun
  • Dagur Kari directs Grown Up People

    Icelandic filmmakerDagur Kari, who charmed audiences and critics alike with his unusualmultiple-award winning debut Noi Albinoi,started shooting his new film Grown UpPeople (Voksne Mennesker) this week in Copenhagen.Kari graduated fromthe National Film School of Denmark, but this will be his first Danish film -and it will be in black and white. The $2.2m comedy drama follows agraffiti-painter who earns his living by making declarations of love at therequest of others on t
  • Dear Frankie

    Dir:Shona Auerbach. UK. 2004. 105minsItis unfortunate, but Dear Frankie is a perfectly good film that tells astory which has been seen too many times before. It is the eternal search ofthe child for a missing parent, accompanied by poverty and a curmudgeonlygrandparent with a heart of gold.Thatsaid, Dear Frankie, which is set in a Scottish town on the coast, doescontain some powerful moments and a few unique touches. Most importantlythough, generally
  • DeMoulin named marketing evp at Anschutz FIlm Group

    Industry veteranChris DeMoulin has been named executive vice president of marketing for theAnschutz Film Group (AFG), where he will oversee integrated marketing andmerchandising on pictures produced by Walden Media and Bristol Bay Productions.DeMoulin will report directly to AFG president Cary Granat andmore specifically will be responsible for marketing, publicity, promotion,product placement, licensing, video games and home entertainment.He previously served
  • Dendy takes three for Australia

    Dendy chiefs Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten areparticularly pleased that Mike Leigh's VeraDrake is among the three films they have just picked up for Australia andNew Zealand.This is because it will be the fourth film they have handledfor the UK writer/director under various distribution guises. They fought offvigorous competition for the title, which they saw at the London Screenings,and with Imelda Staunton's performance already being much talked about, thelikely release dat
  • DENMARK 25 May

    Troy opened a weeklater in Denmark than the rest of the region, cleverly not trying to competewith the royal wedding for the media's attention, and despite it's coolcritical reception it had no problem conquering the top of the chart with itshigh 72 prints.Neither of this weekend's other two releases - there-release of Chaplin's Modern Timesand Kjell Sundvall's Swedish action-thriller The Threat - made it into the top 20, the latter registered a
  • Do Angels Fly scoops Hartley-Merrill screenwriting prize

    Croatia'sIva Kapetanovic haswon top honours at the 15th Annual Hartley-Merrill International ScreenwritingPrize for her harrowing war drama Do Angels Cry.England'sDavid Grieg was runner-up with his Scotland-set thriller The Darkest Hour and third prize went toMexico's Mauro Altschuler for Julia, about a world of children without adults.All threewere presented with their awards by outgoing MPAA president J
  • Edukators picked by Delphi Filmverleih for Germany

    Berlin-based distributor Delphi Filmverleih has acquired theGerman speaking rights for Hans Weingartner's Cannes Official Competition entryThe Edukators.Accordingto industry insiders, Delphi successfully fought off stiff competition fromsuch rival bidders as Constantin Film, X Verleih and Concorde Filmverleih. Itis also understood that sales agent Celluloid Dreams had set an asking price ofEuro 1m for the film whose production budget
  • European Film Awards launch composer category

    The European Film Awards will this year carry a new prizecategory, for best European Composer.The award is presented jointly with the World SoundtrackAcademy (WSA) and EFA and the WSA will appoint a nominations committee. Votingfor the prize will be through the European Film Academy (EFA)'s 1,600 members.This year's EFA Awards are set to take place in Barcelona on11 December.
  • Exiles (Exils)

    Dir/scr: Tony Gatlif.France. 2004. 103minsDirector Tony Gatlif'syearning to return to the land of his childhood is the guiding motivationbehind Exiles, a polished road movie journey of self-discovery thattakes place between France and Algeria. Unfortunately, it is the local colour,vibrant locations and use of music that linger in the memory rather the banaland predictable revelations that await two lovers in search of their culturalidentity and fami
  • Ex-San Sebastian chief to take over Spain's ICAA

    The former head of the San Sebastian International FilmFestival, Manual Perez Estremera, is set to head up Spain's major state filmbody, ICAA.Left-wingnewspaper El Pais has leaked the news that Perez Estremera, a formerfilm critic responsible for relaunching San Sebastian in 1993, will beconfirmed as head of the Instuito de las Ciencias y las Artes Audiovisuales(ICAA) in the next two weeks.
  • Film Sales Company reports brisk business in Cannes

    Andrew Herwitz'sFilm Sales Company has reported a successful first foray into foreign sales atCannes, sealing deals on a number of titles.All rights to Nimrod Antal's Hungarian hit and Un Certain Regardentry Kontroll were sold to ICA Projects in the UK, Lady Films in Italyand Tiberius Films in Germany.As previously reported, Think Films will release Kontroll,a thriller involving ticket inspectors, in North America.All rights to Kevin Willmo
  • FINLAND 26 May

    The trioof action extravaganzas, Troy, VanHelsing and Kill Bill Vol.2, wereuntouchable at the top of the Finnish chart despite far from impressive screenaverages, but it meant that this week's three newcomers, Jersey Girl, The Butterfly Effect and Honey, only managed to reach fourth to sixth with equallydisappointing screen averages.
  • FRANCE 25 May

    Hot off itspremiere bash in Cannes, Brad Pitt epic Troy scored nearly 1 millionadmissions its first week out in order to grab the top spot away from Van Helsing which boosted its secondweek takings to $7.2m.Also newthis week, Cannes opener Bad Educationfrom Pedro Almodovar which boasted a healthy $7,000 per screen average. Cannesjury president Quentin Tarantino saw the bow of his Kill Bill Vol. 2 in Canne
  • GERMANY 25 May

    While Wolfgang Petersen's Troy held on to the top spot with only a 9% drop in takings overthe previous weekend to gross over $19.9m, the local German film industry wasgiven a welcome boost by the strong opening of Tobi Baumann's Der Wixxer, a send-up of the 1960s EdgarWallace crime mystery films, whose screen average of $7,630 was only second toTroy's $7,779.(When Roland Emmerich's TheDay After Tomorrow is relea
  • Germany's Script House devises new East-West info exchange

    The exchange of information between East and Western Europe on trends in film development, producing and marketing in their respective markets is to receive a boost through a new venture entitled Crossings, which has been devised by Berlin-based Script House and will be launched at next week's Transilvanian Film Festival in Cluj (Romania) from June 2-6.Speakers at the Cluj workshop will include Script House CEO Juergen Seidler, script analyst Franz Rodenkirchen, distributor/marketing e
  • GreeneStreet reports hot sales on five Cannes features

    GreeneStreetInternational sealed a slew of deals at Cannes this year on its slate of fivepictures led by brand new thriller Fade Out written by Michael Cristofer who willalso direct, and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Kate Beckinsale.The film, which is set to start shooting on July 5, waspresold to Village Roadshow in Greece, Castello-Lopes in Portugal, Skifan inIceland and West Film in CIS by GreeneStreet's Cedric Jeanson and ArielVeneziano.SlowBurn
  • GreeneStreet, Kosinski take Fade Out into pre-production

    GreeneStreetFilms and Geyer Kosinski have commenced pre-production on writer-directorMichael Cristofer's psychological thriller Fade Out starring Billy BobThornton and Kate Beckinsale.Kosinskiis producing with GreeneStreet's John Penotti and Fisher Stevens.Principal photography is scheduled to begin on Jul 5 and GreeneStreet FilmsInternational is representing worldwide rights in Cannes.FadeOutisabout a fragile screenwriter confused by the boundaries b
  • Harry Potter 3 prompts new Dutch rating

    The third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, has received a unique newrating in the Netherlands. Nicam, the organisation responsible for theage-limits assigned to films in Holland, will introduce the advisory age of 9years.Normally, films are branded with one of the four existingratings: All Ages, 6, 12 and 16 years old. The introduction of the 9-year-oldlimit is currently only a one-off experiment.The step has been taken based on experiences wit
  • House Of Flying Daggers

    Dir/scr: ZhangYimou. Chi-HK. 2004. 119minsBeyond a doubt the mostvisually ravishing film on offer at Cannes this year, Zhang Yimou's return tothe sword-fighting genre - following last year's Hero - mixes action,romance and a touch of dance to uneven but often thrilling effect.Acquired by Sony PicturesClassics in the US, the film is unlikely to be as significant a crossover hitas Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (also released in that terri

    Despite a slew of new entries no impact was made against theone-two international punch of Troyand Van Helsing this week.For the second week running the pair accounted for twothirds (67%) of the international market. Troyadded a further 11 territories to its count, including Japan, South Korea andItaly as well as expanding in the UK from a one screen platform to 504locations, putting it at 58 territories in total.Troy's swift tenda
  • ITALY 26 May

    Walter Salles' Cannes picture, The Motorcycle Diaries opened at number three at the Italian boxoffice, grossing just $658,450 for Valerio De Paolis's indie distributionoutfit Bim.The Che Guevara film, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal, openedon 210 screens at the weekend, but posted a disappointing screen average of$3,133, despite its Cannes premiere and the buzz surrounding its Mexican star.Meanwhile, Warner Bros Italia's Troy opened with a bang a
  • Italy's Gam Film lines up slate of international films.

    Gherardo Pagliei, the Italian co-producer behind CriticsWeek Italo-Moroccan contender ACasablanca Les Anges Ne Volent Pas, is lining up an ambitious slate ofinternational films.Pagliei's Rome-based Gam Film is to produce veteran Chileandirector Alejandro Jodorowsky's next movie, KingShot. The director, whose credits include 1970 cult movie El Topo and surreal 1989 picture Santa Sangre, has d
  • Jolly green giant: Shrek 2 revives summer with $125.3m in five days

    Dreamworks' much anticipatedShrek 2 caused the first major eruption of this summer season at theweekend as it opened top on a staggering $125.3m from its first five days,according to studio estimates.If these figures areconfirmed as accurate on Monday it will be the biggest Wednesday bow of all time,overtaking The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, which scored$124.1m last December.Shrek 2 grossed $104.3m over three days for the biggestthree-day open
  • Jolly green giant: Shrek 2 revives summer with $125.3m in five days

    Dreamworks' much anticipatedShrek 2 caused the first major eruption of this summer season at theweekend as it opened top on a staggering $125.3m from its first five days,according to studio estimates.If these figures areconfirmed accurate on Monday it will be the biggest Wednesday bow of all time,overtaking The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, which scored$124.1m last December.Shrek 2 grossed $104.3m over three days for the bigg
  • Jolly green giant: Shrek 2 revives summer with $125.3m in five days

    Dreamworks' much anticipatedShrek 2 caused the first major eruption of this summer season at theweekend as it opened top on a staggering $125.3m from its first five days,according to studio estimates.If these figures areconfirmed accurate on Monday it will be the biggest Wednesday bow of all time,overtaking The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, which scored$124.1m last December.Shrek 2 grossed $104.3m over three days for the biggestthree-day opening
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho dominates Indian Academy Awards

    NikhilAdvani's Kal Ho Naa Ho walked away with eight top honours at thisyear's International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA) -Bollywood's equivalent to the Oscar's - bagging best film, bestactress (Preity Zinta), best supporting actor (Saif Ali Khan) and actress (JayaBachchan) as well as four out of the five awards in the music category.Butthe romantic drama's heartthrob, Shah Rukh Khan, was beaten in the bestactor category by Hritik Roshan who won the award for his performance
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho dominates Indian Academy awards

    NikhilAdvani's Kal Ho Naa Ho walked awaywith eight top honours at this year's International Indian Film Academy awards(IIFA) - Bollywood's equivalent to the Oscar's - bagging best film, bestactress (Preity Zinta), best supporting actor(Saif Ali Khan) and actress (Jaya Bachchan) as well as four out of the fiveawards in the music category.Butthe romantic drama's heartthrob, Shah Rukh Khan, was beaten in the best actorcategory by Hritik Roshan who won the award
  • Kapur teams with Rings producer for Indian movies

    Indian director ShekharKapur (Elizabeth) is teaming up with Lord Of The Rings producerBarrie Osborne for the first time to make two films in India.First up is Paani (Water),a $20m futuristic tale which addresses the issue of water scarcity and featuresa love story set in Mumbai, 15 years in the future. Andrew Niccol (TheTruman Show) is attached to write the script. The film, which is expectedto start work by year end, will be made in both Hindi-language for
  • Katapult signs Verhoeven's Blackbook

    KatapultFilms, the Los Angeles-based sales agency headed by Thomas Mai and JoniSighvatsson, is to handle international duties on Blackbook, the newfilm by Dutch master Paul Verhoeven.The project has been a hot property forseveral months as rumours have swirled as to which of many possible projectsVerhoeven will shoot first. The action thriller was also the centre of a bidbattle between several sales companies.The 1944-45 story is that of a Jewishgirl who infiltrates the N
  • Koch Lorber acquires Lipstick & Dynamite

    Koch Lorber Films has picked up all US and Canadian rightsexcluding pay television to Ruth Leitman's acclaimed documentary Lipstick& Dynamite, Piss And Vinegar: The First Ladies Of Wrestling.The company plans an autumn 2004 or early 2005 release for thepicture, which premiered at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival and played at Tribecaearlier this month.Lipstick & Dynamite chronicles thelives and careers of several female pro-wrestlers, from Gladys 'Ki
  • Leading London agent found murdered

    Rod Hall, the agent for thewriters of films including Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and BillyElliot, was found stabbed to death in his home, police said yesterday. Hallwas 53.Police said they were calledto Hall's southeast London home on Sunday by a friend after the agent failed toshow up for various appointments.An autopsy revealed thecause of death to be multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. Police saidthey had no suspects.Charlotte Mann, co-dire
  • Lions Gate International strikes J-Horror sales

    Lions Gate Films International launched its J-HorrorJapanese horror franchise in Cannes with key territory sales on the nascentseries of pictures put together by the prolific producer Take Ichise.The company negotiated worldwide distribution rights to thefranchise, excluding Japan, from Ichise's development and financing companyEntertainment Farm. Ichise's credits include the Japanese and American versionsof The Grudge as well as Ring 2.J-Horror is En
  • Look At Me (Comme Une Image)

    Dir/scr:Agnes Jaoui. France. 2004. 110minsFiveyears after her hugely successful directorial debut Le Gout Des Autres,Agnes Jaoui rewards her impatient admirers with Look At Me (Comme UneImage), a wise and witty ensemble exploration of individuals attempting toovercome their own insecurities and the wounding tyranny of other people'sexpectations. Reminiscentof vintage Woody Allen, the film casts a warm glow with its acute ins
  • Malaysian Princess eyes international market

    Through an exclusivemarketing deal with Rossellini and Associates, epic drama Puteri GunungLedang (The Princess Of Mount Ledang) is set to be the first Malaysian filmthat will break into the international market.Malaysia's new productioncompany Enfiniti is financing the Malay-language film, which is made at abudget of $4m (RM15m), the most expensive local film ever.Executive producer DatukShazalli Ramly said that Enfiniti is committed to make a film of internationalstanda
  • Media Asia initials racing deal with Japan

    Hong Kong producer and seller Media Asia has struck one ofthe largest ever intra-Asian deals for its forthcoming car-racing thriller Initial D.The film, which goes into production in Japan on June 2, hasbeen bought jointly by Gaga Communications and Avex Inc, the multimedia companywhich has previously handled the Japanese comics and TV series from which thefilm is derived.Industry sources place the value of the deal in the regionof $3m, t
  • Mifed proposes compromise

    With the tide of industryopinion possibly beginning to flow against it, Mifed's chief executive CarloBassi yesterday put forward a proposal for autumn markets to alternate betweenMilan and Los Angeles."It is impossible to go onwith this battle between us and the AFM," said Bassi. "Our proposal makeseconomic sense as it reduces costs."Following a co-operationagreement earlier this week, Mifed organisers also hope from next year to beable to offer a "package deal" spanning Mifed,
  • Moonlight acquires Night Falls for Benelux

    Dutch distributor MoonlightFilm has licensed Benelux rights to locally made When Night Falls.The psychological thrillerfollows a group of college students who launch their own investigation when thepolice fail to make progress in the hunt for a serial rapist.It is directed by InekeHoutman and adapted from a true story by Frank Ketelaar. To be released inSeptember, it stars Caro Lenssen, Christel Oomen, Victoria Koblenko, LiesbethKamerling and Josefien
  • Motorcycle revs up embattled Cannes

    Last month, festival programmer Thierry Fremaux promised thatCannes 2004 would be a festival of Confirmations and Discoveries. TheFestival's reputation depended on it after widespread criticisms of the eventin 2003. It has been touch and go at times but the competition titles have justabout delivered on his promise.Walter Salles' stirringly compassionate road movie The Motorcycle Diaries, Agnes Jaoui'swarm and witty ensemble Look At Me,Pa
  • New film festival set for Amazon

    In conjunction with thegovernment of Amazonas, Le Public Systeme has announced the creation of a newfilm festival in Amazonas, Brazil.Le Public Systeme is thegroup behind the Deauville Festival of American Film, the Cognac ThrillerFestival and the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival. Amazonas will be an adventure-themed event but will includeaspects of human adventure. "We could have films about space exploration orthings like Indiana Jones," said Amazon Forever director Jean-Pierre Duti
  • NEW ZEALAND 24 May

    Roadshow's Troyhad no trouble maintaining its title as the most popular film at the box officefor the second consecutive weekend and UIP's Van Helsing held on to second place but three of the next fourspots in the chart were occupied by new releases.They were Columbia TriStar's You Got Served, which took a surprising NZ$193,483 given it wasonly on 14 screens, UIP's Win A Date WithTad Hamilton!, which grossed NZ$154,796 from 39 screens, an
  • Nobody Knows (Daremo Shiranai)

    Dir/scr: Kore-edaHirokazu. Japan. 2004. 141mins.A nightmare scenario ofparental neglect is rendered as a plaintive neo-realist ode to childhood inthis long-gestating project from writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu. Inspired bya true event from the late 1980s, NobodyKnows offers a closely-observed portrait of four youngsters seeking tomaintain some semblance of normality after their mother has abandoned them.Graced with some lyrical andpoig
  • NonStop Entertainment stocks up at Cannes

    Nordicdistributor NonStop Entertainment finished Cannes with a bagful of acquisitionsheaded by Agnes Jaoui's Comme Une Image, which scooped the Palme forbest script.NonStop will release the Paris-set drama, acquired from StudioCanal, inOctober this year.FromMedia Asia, it bought Breaking News, the Johnnie To action drama thatwas a late addition to official selection. NonStop took rights in Sweden,Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuan
  • Nordic newcomers emerge - against the odds

    Although producers throughout the Nordic region are stillstruggling with their various unresolved issues of government funding, thereseems to be no shortage of new talent -or producers willing to back their feature debuts.In Sweden, there are signs that the continued emergence offirst-time feature directors (as well as more box-office success), might helploosen the knot tied in the negotiations over the next film agreement.Among the most anticipated are two films currently inpos
  • NORDIC Production Listings - May 25 2004

    NORDIC LISTINGS - MAY 25DENMARKIN PRE-PRODUCTIONAMAZON JACK 3(JUNGLEDYRET HUGO - FRAEK SOM ALTID)(PH3) Backer: Danish Film Institute. the third instalment in the popularanimated feature series about Amazon Jack. Prod: Per Holst. Dirs: AndersSoerensen, Joergen Lerdam. Scr: Flemming Quist Moeller.Contact: Per Holst, PH3, (45) 35 55 93 66THE AMBULANCE(AMBULANCEN)(Nordisk Film Production) Budget: DKK11.
  • Odeon appoints new chief executive

    The UK's Odeon Cinemas has appointed Tim Schoonmaker as itsnew chief executive, taking over from Richard Segal, who left the company lastAugust.Schoonmaker joins Odeon from media group Emap Plc. where heworked in general management across a number of Emap's businesses and was chiefexecutive of Emap Performance and chairman of Emap Advertising.Tim founded Emap Radio in 1991 and built the business intothe UK's most profitable radio group. He also developed the group's music andtel
  • Ontario enhances production tax credit

    The government of Ontario has made life a littleeasier for film and television producers as it handed down its 2004 budget.Although its production tax credit (OFTTC) remains unchanged at 20% of eligiblelabour costs, those costs will not be reduced by the amount of equityinvestment from Canadian government film agencies. This intra-governmentalclaw-back has long been an irritant to local producers.
  • Pakistan considers lifting Indian film ban

    Pakistan's Ministry of Culture is likely to take the radical decision to allow the screening of Indian films, on a selective basis.An outline of what type of films are to be released for screening is being prepared for the cabinet's approval. Currently there are no theatrical releases of Indian films in Pakistan - and vice-versa.'Lollywood' - 'L' for its base in Lahore - provides similar fare to the Indian film industry with song-and-dance titles. Nevertheless, pirated DVDs and
  • Palm Pictures picks up Larry Clark's upcoming Wassup Rockers

    Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures has acquired worldwide rights toand will go into production on Larry Clark's upcoming Los Angeles youth drama WassupRockers.Production is due to begin in Los Angeles this summer and Palmexpects to release the film theatrically in North America in 2005. WouterBarendrecht and Michael Werner's Fortissimo Films will handle foreign sales.Based on a screenplay by Clark, who made a name for himself withhis stirring slice of New York street life
  • Palm takes US and UK rights to Nomi Song

    Palm Pictures has picked up US and UK rights to AndrewHorn's music documentary The Nomi Song at the end of what sales agentMedia Luna Entertainment described as "a very busy Cannes market."MLE managing director Ida Martins told thatsales were also concluded for the Russian film You I Love with Antiprod(France), Salzgeber (Germany), Central Motion Picture (Taiwan), Picture This!Entertainment (North America/Canada) and Constellation Picture (Mexico).Spanish
  • Pang brothers' Re-cycle notches Cannes pre-sales

    Hong Kongproduction and distribution outfit Universe Entertainment clinched a string ofpre-sales at Cannes on its Pang brothers' horror movie, Re-cycle.The $5m film has been sold to Pathe Distribution forFrance, Tartan Films for the UK, Audio One for Malaysia and TT Warner Picturesfor Indonesia. The Malaysian deal was secured even before a promo reel screenedin the Cannes market last week.
  • Pending tax shelter initiates new Belgian investment outfit

    A new intermediary companycalled Peloton Pictures is planning to launch in Brussels in as little as sixweeks time to take advantage of the new Belgian tax shelter.Led by Mulholland Picturesproducer Ate de Jong (The Discovery Of Heaven), Peloton Pictures will bean intermediary between 'one or two well-known Belgian banks' and mainlyBelgian, British and Dutch producers.In its first year, Pelotonplans to generate Euros 15m in investment capital, increasing to Euros 40m -50m
  • Politics sways Cannes as 9/11 takes Palme d'Or

    Politics were in the air from the beginning of the Cannesfestival and it closed on a distinctly political note with the Palme d'Orawarded to Michael Moore's anti-George Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.In bestowing their top honour on a clearly surprised Moore, Quentin Tarantino's jury overlooked the fact that his unfinished film is unlikely to ever be seen in exactly this form again and ignored also the rarity of giving the prize to adocumentary. Perhaps having an American jury
  • Pupi Avati steps down as president of Cinecitta.

    Pupi Avati, the veteran Italian director behind The Heart Elsewhere, has stepped downfrom his position as president of Cinecitta Holding. He has been replaced byformer RAI executive Carlo Fuscagni."I told Cultural Minister Giuliano Urbani that I wantedto resign for professional reasons," Avati said. "I am currentlyshooting a film and should start another one next January. That would mean thatI cannot carry out my duties as president of Cinecitta
  • RCV boasts host of Cannes pick-ups

    Dutch independent distributor RCV has announced that itacquired a large number of major titles during Cannes. Deals include the threebiggest films offered during the market section at the festival: The Brothers Grimm (starring Matt Damonand Heath Ledger) ,The Good Shepherd(with Leonardo DiCaprio) and The NewWorld (Colin Farrell, directed by Terrence Malick).From the competition-program RCV acquired thewine-documentary Mondovino
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  • Shrek 2 scores record $11.8m opening day

    Shrek2 gotoff to a storming start at the US box office on Wednesday (19), grossing anestimated $11.8m for the biggest ever mid-week opening of an animated picture."Thiswas a spectacular opening and one that exceeded all of our expectations,"DreamWorks head of distribution Jim Tharp said in a statement."Wehad hoped to come within range of the record, but to fly well past it wasthrilling, to say the least."Tharpadded that based on positive exit polls he was confident
  • Singapore unveils international funding incentive

    In an attempt to lureinternational film makers to shoot and produce their pictures in thecity-state, Singapore has announced Film In Singapore, a $5.8m (S$10m) fundingincentive set up by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).Under the scheme, filmmakers will receive a subsidy of up to 50% of the expenses incurred duringfilming in Singapore. The expenses that can be claimed include the hiring oflocal talent and production staff, the use of production facilities andequipment as well as airfa
  • South Korea's With Cinema takes two from Trust Film Sales.

    South Korea's With Cinema has bought a pair of pictures fromDenmark's Trust Film Sales.After a fierce bidding contest it secured ThomasVinterberg's Dear Wendy, scripted byLars von Trier, and the animated puppet drama Strings. It also bought Kevin Spacey's $25m Bobby Darin biopic Beyond The Sea from Media 8 and Marriage from Studiocanal.Scandinavian film and TV distributor Blizz Entert
  • Sundance names first Annenberg Film Fellows

    The SundanceInstitute has named the first five Annenberg Film Fellows, the film-makers whowill receive support on their projects from the recent $5m Annenberg Foundationgrant.Aditya Assarat,Sterlin Harjo, Emily Hubley, Kazuo Ohno and Alex Rivera will receive acombination of stipends, residencies and creative assistance with theirprojects.Their storiesinclude an animated feature about a young woman's journe
  • SWEDEN 25 May

    With Wolfgang Petersen's Troyeasily dethroned Van Helsing lastweek, nothing much changed this weekend on the Swedish chart. Troy even retained a solid screenaverage of $6,393 on its massive 111 prints.The only new release, ThePrince & Me, posed no threat to any of the top 10 films and opened12th, while last week's strong opening of the Turkish film Vizontele Tuuba ($6,270 screen average from five p
  • The Day After Tomorrow

    Dir: Roland Emmerich. US.2004. 125 mins TBA.The box office fate of TheDay After Tomorrow was sealed the moment its trailer hit theatres.Eye-popping scenes of the beleaguered streets of New York City being engulfedby a tidal wave or Los Angeles ripped apart by tornadoes created ripples ofexcitement among audiences itching to see the newest CGI disaster to tear ourworld apart.Do we care that RolandEmmerich, the man who wreaked the same havo
  • The Film Source picks up Bollywood And Vine

    AlexMassis' New York-based marketing and licensing company The Film Source has picked up worldwiderights in all media to Edward Jordon and Donald Farmer's romantic crimecaper Bollywood And Vine.Setin Hollywood, the picture centres on an Indian tour-bus driver who gets morethan he bargained for when he writes a comeback vehicle for a screen idol andformer B-movie starlet.VeteranBroadway actress Skye Aubrey stars alongside newcomers Jamey Schrick and J RJones.
  • The Holy Girl (La Nina Santa)

    Dir/scr.Lucrecia Martel Arg-Spain-It. 2004. 106minsThecombination of Catholic anxiety and female sexual awakening is hardly a novelone in auteur cinema, but it receives an idiosyncratically oblique treatment inThe Holy Girl. Director-writer Lucrecia Martel made her name with debut TheSwamp (La Cienaga), which marked her out as a central figure of thenew Argentine cinema, and this eagerly awaited follow-up, which plays incompetition at
  • The Ladykillers launches with strong bows in Spain, Japan

    Touchstone's The Ladykillers enjoyed two strong openings in its debut markets ofSpain and Japan through Buena Vista International (BVI) at the weekend.The remake opened third in Spain and grossed $1m on 208screens, while Japan produced $700,000 from 140. The picture's earlyinternational running total therefore stands at $1.7m.BVI executives confirmed that Warner Bros' Starsky& Hutch and Miram
  • The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers

    Dir: Stephen Hopkins. US. 2004. 129 minsA tour de forceperformance from Geoffrey Rush is the star attraction and saving grace of The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers, aflashy, highly selective biography of the late comedian. Sellers signaturecharacter was the defective detective Inspector Clouseau but Chance in Being There appears to have been theclosest he came to playing himself. Chance was a blank pi
  • Three Thai film companies join forces to create production powerhouse

    Three Thai filmcompanies - GMM Pictures, Tai Entertainment and Hub Ho Hin - are joining forcesto create a production powerhouse in response to increasing competition in thefast-growing Thai market.The new company -GMM Tai Hub (GTH) - was unveiled in Bangkok on Friday along with its initialslate of 10 projects. GMM will hold a 51% stake in the company, while Tai has30% and Hub Ho Hin has a 19% stake. The founder of GMM Pictures, Phaiboon Damrongchaiyatham, has been appointed as chairman
  • TLA picks up Godforsaken, The Last Great Wilderness for video

    TLA Releasing has acquired North American home entertainmentrights to Pieter Kuijpers' award-winning Dutch crime drama Godforsakenand David Mackenzie's Scottish comic mystery The Last Great Wildernessand plans to release both under its International Film Festival DVD/VHS label.These are the third and fourth films picked up by TLA at Cannesfollowing Srdjan Karanovic's Serbian romantic comedy Loving Glances andDito Tsintsadze's German thriller Gun-Shy.
  • TLA Releasing acquires A Loving Father, Moon Child

    TLA Releasing's International Film Festival label has added JacobBerger's emotional drama A Loving Father and Takahisa Zeze'scrime-horror hybrid Moon Child.Real-life father-and-son pairing Gerard and Guillaume Depardieu teamup on screen for the first time in A Loving Father, in which the formerplays a Nobel prize recipient who encounters his estranged son after anaccident en route to the Nobel ceremony.Sylvie Testud, Julien Boisselier, Noemie Kocher and Hiam
  • Tony Kane joins Video Island as advisor

    Online DVD rental service, Video Island, boosted itsmanagement team by appointing home entertainment veteran Tony Kane as advisor.Kane, previously managing director of Universal MusicGroup's, Britannia Music and a co-founder of Next Directory, will be consult oncompany strategy notably on how to leverage Video Island's existingpartnerships with key national brands such as Tesco, MSN, Toys R Us, Comet andPostmasternetwork.Saul Klein, CEO of Video Island, said,
  • Toronto megastudio bid down to final two

    The bid to builda megastudio in Toronto has narrowed to two finalists: a local film studioplayer and a famous outsider.On the home frontis Toronto Film Studios, which operates the city's largest facility. The othercontender is Pinewood-Shepperton Studios, the UK-based operators of England'stwo most famous soundstages.According to theToronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO), which controls the land andissued the call f
  • Troy passes $200m worldwide

    Troy has passed $200m in worldwide ticket sales as it added $70m in its second weekend for an international running total of more than $145m, according to estimatesreleased by Warner Bros.The picture opened at theweekend in the UK, Italy, Japan and Russia but the distributor did not releasespecific territory details.Combined with the $85.8mdomestic running total Troy has amassed $231.7m at the worldwide boxoffice on 17,088 prints."We are extremely pleased to
  • Troy plunders $70m international weekend haul

    Warner Bros enjoyed its third biggest international weekend of alltime as Troy added an estimated $71m from 10,272 screens in 58 marketsfor a $146.9m running total.Driven by mighty bows in the UK, Japan, Italy, Korea and Russiaand solid domestic business the action epic has now amassed $233.2mworldwide.Second week holdovers were impressive, helping the picture staytop in 44 of its original 47 markets.In the UK Troy grossed a superb $10.9m
  • Van Helsing nears $120m from all markets

    Universal's VanHelsing added $14m from 4,400 screens in 38 UIP markets at the weekend toraise its international running through UIP to $111m.Including the$8m running total from 290 screens in the non-UIP markets of Russia, thePhilippines and Iceland, Van Helsing has amassed an industry-wide $119m.The pict
  • Van Helsing passes $100m with Troy close behind

    Universal's Van Helsing passed $100m at the internationalbox office on May 19 and should do more solid business this upcomingweekend, where the one to watch will be Warner Bros' Troy.Wolfgang Petersen's star-studded epic has amassed $66m in internationalticket sales following last weekend's simultaneous release in 47 markets andexecutives can expect a big boost with a handful of key openings.The picture opens in the UK, Italy, Korea and Russia on May 21 andJapan an
  • Venice gets its own Directors' Fortnight section

    In another sign of change, the Venice festival will boastits own Directors' Fortnight section this year.The section is to be headed by journalist and Courmayeurprogrammer Giorgio Gosetti with the backing of the Italian DirectorsAssociation. Gosetti will resign from his post as head of promo agencyAudiovisual Industry Promotion from the end of the month."We don't have the same revolutionary background as theQuinzaine in Cannes, but there is a real need for a different, director-d
  • Wellspring picks up The Brown Bunny

    One year after The Brown Bunny stamped its indelible markon Cannes, Vincent Gallo's controversial picture has found a partner inWellspring.The US distributor picked up all North American rights and plansan Aug 27 release in New York and Los Angeles followed by a nationwide rollout.DVD and video are scheduled for release in spring 2005.Marie Therese Guirgis, Wellspring's head of acquisitions, and RyanWerner, Wellspring's head of theatrical distribution, negotiated the deal