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28 November 2005

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  • 42 international markets generate massive $95.4m for Harry Potter

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire cast a spell over the international arenawith a staggering second weekend that generated an estimated $95.4m from morethan 9,400 prints in 42 markets to raise the running total to $207m.
  • Andrea makes something of Big Nothing as filming begins

    Jean-BaptisteAndrea will start principal photography on December 4 for the black comedy BigNothing. The cast featuresJoining David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg, Natasha McElhone, Mimi Rogers, MauryChaykin, and Alice Eve. The film is about a frustrated teacher who embarks on ablackmailing scheme with two con artists. Big Nothing is a Pathe Pictures andIngenious Films presentation of an H2O Motion Pictures product
  • Apted starts UK shoot for Walden's Amazing Grace

    Director Michael Apted has started principal photography on Amazing Grace, a feature film about antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce.The film is a Walden Media production. Terrence Malick and Ed Pressman are producing for Sunflower Productions with Patricia Heaton and David Hunt for FourBoys Films as well as Ken Wales, Mark Cooper and Jeanney Kim. The cast features Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hi
  • Belgian takes top honours at Thessaloniki festival

    Belgian Fien Troch was awarded the Golden Alexanderand $43,000 (37,000 Euros) for Someone Else's Happiness (EenAnder Zijn Geluk) at the 46thThessaloniki International Film Festival. VittorioStoraro's seven-strong jury also handed the film awards for Troch's screenplay, a shared BestActress award for Ina Geerts and a Special Mention for Natali Broods as supporting actress.Mexican production Sangre (Blood) by Amat Escalante received a Silver Alexander jury prize,
  • Birmingham to host film-literature conference

    Birmingham's Midlands Arts Centre will host the Lost in Adaptation conference, exploring the links between film and literature, from December 2-4.Speakers will include director Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham), novelist Jonathan Coe (The Rotters Club), screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions), novelist Helen Cross (My Summer of Love) and producer Sally Hibbin (Ladybird Ladybird).Screenings will include Fernando Meirelles' The Const
  • Charlie wins golden ticket at BAFTA awards

    Charlie And The Choclate Factory was revealed as UK children's choice for this year's best film.Tim Burton's film was presented with the award at yesterday's British Academy Children's Television And Film Awards in London. More than 30,000 under-16s voted.The Incredibles was named best feature film at the ceremony.
  • Danes fall for their own Bridget Jones

    Denmark has fallen for its very own Bridget Jones - ahit film based on a newspaper column about a frustrated single girl eating toomuch ice cream and having too few boyfriendsNynne's Diary is ruling the Danish box-office charts selling 277,000 tickets in fourweeks and the film is still shown in 58 copies.
  • Danes fall for their own Bridget Jones

    Denmark has fallen for its very own Bridget Jones - ahit film based on a newspaper column about a frustrated single girl eating toomuch ice cream and having too few boyfriendsNynne's Diary is ruling the Danish box-office charts selling 277,000 tickets in fourweeks and the film is still shown in 58 copies. Ju
  • Darwin's Nightmare proves to be an Austrian dream

    When the InternationalDocumentary Film Festival Amsterdam opens in the Dutch capital on Thursday (Nov24) it will feature two documentaries from the same country on the same topic.The overlap is not due tosome error by the selection committee: the films in question - each Austrianand dealing with food politics - are very different. Erwin Wagenhofe
  • De Laurentiis turns another page of the Manual Of Love

    Italianproducer Aurelio De Laurentiis is lining up a sequel to hit Manual of Love, which earned almost $17m (Euros 15m) at the local box office and was sold to15 countries worldwide.Thenew film, which is expected to be called Manual of Love, Other Stories, will once again be directed
  • Dimension picks up domestic on Dead Or Alive

    Dimension Filmshas acquired acquired North American distribution rights from Constantin toCorey Yuen's video game adaptation Dead Or Alive.The long-gestating project is based on Tecmo's game andfollows three women as they fight their way through a martial arts contest.Devon Aoki,Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe, Matthew Marsden, Jaime Pressly, Eric Roberts andnewcomer Holly Valance star in the picture, which shot in China and is inpost-production for an autumn 2006 release.
  • District 13 goes to US via Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights toPierre Morel's futuristic crime thriller District 13 (Banlieue 13), which attracted close to 1 million admissions in its native France.The film is co-written and produced by Luc Besson.Magnolia plans aspring 2006 release for the story, set in the Paris ghettos around 2010 as anundercover detective and former gangster team up to thwart a kingpin's maniacalscheme to detonate a neutron bomb.Cyril Raffaelliand Dav
  • Dream picks up worldwide rights to I Am

    DreamEntertainment has picked up worldwide rights to Dorota Kedzierzawska'sPolish-language title I Am (Jestem),which premiered recently at Toronto.The LosAngeles-based company plans to self-distribute the film in the US for the firsttime in its history.I Am tells the story of an orphaned boy insearch of life and identity who finds love with a young girl."I Am is a warm treasure of a film in the traditionof The Tin Drum and MyLife As A
  • Dubai announces line-up; Paradise Now to open festival

    Headinginto its second year, the Dubai International Film Festival (December 11-17)has announced an expanded line-up of 98 Middle East and international films,kicking off with Hany Abu-Assad'ssuicide bomber drama Paradise Now,and culminating with the closing night gala of Christian Carrion's Merry Christmas. Along theway, Dubai will host six world premieres,including Albert Brooks' Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World and the Irish-backeddocumentary Kosovo; T
  • Dutch doc festival focuses on freedom of speech

    AyaanHirsi Ali was a surprise guest at the opening of theInternational Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). In her speech to festivalguests, the Somalian-born Dutch MP and filmmaker hailed IDFA for dedicatingthis year's event to freedom of speech and for offering a platform "tomakers of documentar
  • European sales initiative announces first results

    European Film Promotion's Film Sales Support initiative hasannounced its first sales results, with 35% of its supported features films anddocumentaries selling for local distribution after festival screenings. The initiative supports European sales agents and producersto market European film at film festivals in Latin America, East Asia, Canadaand the US. Since 2004, FSS has helped with promotion of 143 European films andworked with about 60 different European sales agents to contri
  • Film Source picks up Indian epic Time Heals

    Alex Massis' Florida-basedmarketing and sales company The Film Source has picked up for worldwiderepresentation Ravi Ojha's Indian epic Time Heals.The picture centres on modern-day lovers who discover theymay be the reincarnation of star-crossed freedom fighters struggling againstBritish rule in India.Kalidas Ojhaproduced the picture, which stars Koneenica Banerjee, Saswata Chatterjee andVictor Banerjee.'Viewers ofTime Heals will askthemselves: was he, in hi
  • Fire set to burn in Japan, Italy and Spain

    That old HarryPotter magic is back andwill continue to cast its spell over worldwide audiences this weekend as WarnerBros Pictures International (WBPI) unleashes the picture in a slew ofterritories.The fourthinstalment in the children's fantasy series exploded onto the global stage lastweekend and swept past the $100m international running total mark on Tuesday.WBPI top brassanticipate mighty holds in the 19 territories where the picture is alreadyactive and observers exp
  • Fortissimo gets ready for Battle

    Dutch-HongKong-based sales agent Fortissimo Films is to plunge deeper into the territoryit carved out on Seven Swords by investing in the US$16m martial artsepic A Battle Of Wisdom, directed by Hong Kong's Jacob Cheung.Fortissimohas also acquired international sales rights to the title, which stars HongKong's Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers) and Korea's Ahn Sung-kiopposite China's Wang Zhiwen and Choi Si-won.Thefilm has been shooting since September in inn
  • Four films pick up cash prize from Balkan Fund

    The four projects receiving awards from this year's Balkan Fund, have been announced at the ThessalonikiInternational Film Festival.The $12,000 (10,000 Euros) prizes go to:Conversation with SerafimScreenwriter and director Silviu Purcarete, producer Ozana Oancea (Libra Films, Romania)Asphyxiation Screenwriter and director Asli Ozge, producer Deniz Kunkut(DKFY, Turkey) Cum in the RyeScreenwriter Dimitrije Vojnov, director and producer
  • France increases threshold on Soficas finance schemes

    France's Soficasinvestment schemes will see their limit increase by $11.7m (Euros 10m) to $66m(Euros 56m) next year.Prime ministerDominique de Villepin approved the measure at therequest of culture minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.The Sofica system was created in 1985 to encourage individualinvestment in film. Essentially film-financing companies, the Soficas raise money by offering substantial tax write-offsto i
  • Franco-German call for extension to film fund

    Frenchand German producers and distributors want the $3.5m (Euros 3m)"mini-traite" co-production fund to be extended to include thesupport of the theatrical distribution in the two countries.Thecall came at this year's French-German Cinema Rendez-Vous in Cologne but faces significant obstacles if it is top succeed.Although a French-German distribution agreement is in existence on paper, nobudget has been provided by the national film bodies for any support to beallocated.And spea
  • GenArt launches new award, names festival committee

    Top brass at national artsand entertainment body Gen Art are ringing the changes with new programming, anew festival committee and an inaugural award at the upcoming eleventh AnnualGen Art Film Festival (GAFF).For the first timeorganisers at the festival, which is scheduled to run from Apr 5-11 2006, willpresent the juried Stargazer Award for excellence in acting.The new programme called GenArt's Cinema Circle will provide Gen Art's elite members access to fi
  • Germans confirm media funds demise

    The old-style media funds have at last come to the end of the road after the first cabinet under Germany's new Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.The new Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrueck was able to keep to his plan of retaining the original cut-off point of November 11 for the changes to the Income Tax Code which axed tax-saving models, widely used for film investment. According to German press reports appearing on the eve of the cabinet sitting, there had been some resistance from cer
  • Goa festival faces producer boycott

    The 36th government-backed International Film Festival of India (IFFI), set to open December 1 in its new permanent home of Goa, is facing a last-minute internal wrangle with the Film Federation of India (FFI).Producers' body the FFI is threatening to boycott the festival's Indian film promotion section, the Film Bazaar.The FFI has blamed the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the main organizer of the bazaar, for "sidelining the apex body of producers in the film industry"
  • Greengrass starts shooting 9/11 re-enactment at Pinewood

    Director Paul Greengrass has started principal photography on his9/11 feature film Flight 93 for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films in associationwith Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
  • Harry dominates Thanksgiving box office in US

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire crossed $200m on its 10th day to produceanother unbeatable weekend that is poised to enter the record books as thesecond biggest Thanksgiving weekend in history.
  • Hill to get retrospective at French Cinematheque in LA

    Walter Hill willintroduce a special screening of The Driver as part of an 11-picture retrospectiveat the French Cinematheque in Los Angeles.The event kicksoff on Nov 19 and features such titles as Southern Comfort, 48 Hours, TheWarriors and The LongRiders.Hill's creditsinclude Last Man Standing, Undisputed and Will Bill. The retrospective will run through the middle of December.
  • Hong Kong film industry explores US business ties

    Agroup of Hong Kong film industry figures is expecting to increasebusiness activities with the US following a trademission organised by the US Consulate General'sCommercial Service in Hong Kong. A delegation of senior executives from sevenHong Kong film companies took part in the second ImaginAsian Film Trade Mission (Oct24 - Nov 1) tomeet with US firms involved in film product
  • Hong Kong lines up Chinese New Year blockbusters

    A live-actiontake on popular animated character McDull, martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia and a comedy about shopping are set to battle itout in Hong Kong and other Chinese-speaking territories next Chinese New Year.Peter Ho-sun Chanand McDull creator Brian Tseare producing McDull, The Alumni,which combines live-action and animated sequences to recount what happens
  • Howl's Moving Castle scores DVD chart triple

    Three DVD editions of HayaoMiyazaki's hit animation Howl's MovingCastle grabbed the top three spots in the latest Oricon chart released onNov 22.Occupying the number oneslot was the stand-alone DVD, which sold 708,000 units in its first week onrelease, followed by the special edition, a four-disc set that includes a "makingof" video and interview with Miyazaki, with 50,000 units. In third place
  • International support backs Latin American film-makers

    New Latin American film-makers are to enjoy the support of a seriesof ambitious new development programmes backed by Argentinian foundations, foreignembassies, international funds and festivals.Firstly,the Proaand TyPA foundations, in association with the Buenos Aires Film Festival, have announceda new edition of Buenos Aires Lab (BAL), which offers advice, education andideas on finding finance. Next month, TyPA is organising a workshop for 12 emerging LatinAmerican directors in
  • Jakarta fest unveils biggest ever line-up

    The 7th editionof the Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest) is set to be the biggestever with a line-up of 201 films from 35 countries in addition to workshops andmaster classes. The 10-day event (Dec 9-18),which is Indonesia's only international film festival, will open with FrenchMoroccan drama Le Grand Voyage,directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi, and close with award-winning German film Downfall.
  • Just Friends

    Dir: Roger Kumble. US. 2005. 94mins.Sporting a rich premise, Just Friends ultimately fails to live up to its early potential,instead settling into broad comedy that shortchanges the film's romanticpossibilities.Opening in the USon Nov 23 during the packed Thanksgiving weekend, the holiday-themed film(rated PG-13) stands out as the onl
  • Kadokawa partners with Hong Kong's Intercontinental

    Japan's Kadokawa Holdings has made an aggressive move into the Chinese andSouth-East Asian film markets by forming a wide-ranging partnership withIntercontinental Group in Hong Kong. The tie-up - announced by Kadokawachairman Tsuguhiko Kadokawa and Intercontinental chiefs Terry Lai and Rigo Jesutoday in Hong Kong - covers every stage of the filmedentertainment food chain from p
  • Kinowelt snaps up Epsilon from insolvency

    DistributorKinowelt has taken over the Munich-based film financier and licence traderEpsilon Motion Pictures GmbH and its Zurich subsidiary Epsilon Motion PicturesAG from Kirch Media's insolvency administrator Michael Jaffe.
  • Legal download sites launched in Hong Kong

    Two legal movie downloadsites are being launched in Hong Kong - by government-ownedIT flagship Cyberport and private film company Mei Ah Entertainment - amidindustry discussion about their feasibility and audience demand.Mei Ah's service, M@TV, has accessto a library of more than 1,000 movies including acquisitions and a few hundredtitles produced by Mei Ah itself. Downloads cost $0.6-$1.5 (HK$5-HK$12)with the price structure dependent on how many days the
  • Look Both Ways dominates Aussie awards

    Compere Russell Crowe andthe film Look Both Ways were thestars of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards at the Melbourne CentralCity Studios.Oscar-winner Crowe made a significantcontribution to the revita
  • Macedonia plans to establish national film fund

    Macedonia is to set up a national film fund by the end of next year to support film-making from screenplay development through production to distribution and promotion.Speakingexclusively to in Mannheim, Branko Petrovski, head of the Filmand Theatre Department at Macedonia's
  • Melissa P

    Dir: Luca Guadagnino. It-Sp. 2005. 102mins. "Loosely based on" ascandalous bestselling book which purports to recount the true sexualexperiences of a 16-year-old Sicilian schoolgirl, Sony Pictures Entertainment'sfirst Italian production Melissa Pstruggles gamely to be less of an adolescent sexploitation flick and more of acoming-of-age study.True,there is some teen sex that will help to boost box office - especially at thelower end of the a
  • New $45m Borgia heads to Romania

    Neil Jordan's $45m epic Borgia will shoot in Italy and Romania, the director saidin Los Angeles last week.The project, which wasoriginally configured as a $55m film to shoot in Italy and at BabelsbergStudios in Germany in 2002, was recently revitalized with Colin Farrell andScarlett Johnasson as siblings Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia.Principal photography willstart in spring, with a large set to be constructed in Bucharest where Jordanwill also shoot battle scenes."Th
  • New ending Pride on 12 UK screens

    Universal plans a 12-screenUK release of the alternate version of Pride & Prejudice that was recentlyunveiled in the US. The US version of the film has an extended ending thatwasn't seen during the original UK release. Starting November 25,United International Pictures will release the extended version in select UKand Irish theatres. The Universal and WorkingTitle production, directed by Joe Wright, stars Keira Knightley and MatthewMacfadyen in a new adaptation of the Jane Austen
  • New German culture minister offers first-day handouts

    New films by Christian Petzold, Stanislaw Mucha, AndreasKleinert and Thomas Grube are among 17 projects and screenplays backed to thetune of $1.9m (Euros 1.64m) byGermany's new State Minister for Culture Bernd Neumann on his first day inoffice. The largest sum of $226,00 (Euros 225,000 was awarded toMartin Theo Krieger's Beautiful Bitchabout a fateful friendship between a 15-year-old Rumanian pickpocket and aGerman girl of the same age in Berlin; and moneypenny filmproduktion's
  • New German culture minister raises hopes for film finance

    Hopesfor a swift resolution of the German film funding crisis following thescrapping of media funds have been raised with the appointment of Germany's newState Minister For Culture, Bernd Neumann.The63-year-old has taken a strong interest in film finance issues. Earlier thisyear argued that support
  • New joint MD at Capitol predicts bumper Berlin

    The new joint managing director of London-basedCapitol Films, Nick Hill, is predicting an "incredibly busy" European Film Market in Berlin.The former chief executive of IconEntertainment was appointed last week and is feeling confident heading into his first major market in the role."We - as everybody - hope that we'll bringsome new stuff to the marketplace at Berlin," Hill told ScreenDaily. "It seems as if it's going to be anincredibly busy market. I heard that f
  • Oscar-nominated Gaup hopes it's third time lucky

    Oscar-nominee Nils Gaup will try his luck at abig Scandinavian film challenge for the third time in his career. The 50-year-old director is best known for Pathfinder, a film about his Lapp roots. In The Kautokeino Rebellion, planned for February, he will tell the story of the rebellion of theoppressed Lapp people in Norway in 1852. Some of Gaup's ancestors actuallyparticipated in the rebellion.In 1988, Nils Gaup was nominated to the Oscarfor Best Foreign Film with Pathf
  • Pathe signs nine new deals for Frears' The Queen

    Pathe Pictures International has announced a slew of deals closed at the recent American Film Market. Pathe screened footage from Stephen Frears' The Queen for buyers and sold rights to Avex Entertainment for Japan, Vertigo for Spain, Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavia, Prooptiki for Greece and the former Yugoslavia, LNK for Portugal, A-Film for Benelux, Ster Kinekor for South Africa, Shani Films for Israel and SPI for Czech Republic. In deals before AFM, Miramax bought No
  • Polish fest honours Fiennes, Menzel, Delli Coli

    Poland's Camerimage Festival has awarded its Krzysztof Kieslowski award to actor Ralph Fiennes. Czech director Jiri Menzel also received a festival award, the Special Golden Frog, for his"exceptional visual sensibility." The career achievement award was given posthumously to Italian cinematographer Tonino Delli Coli, who recently passed away.Festival director Marek Zydowicz praised Fiennes' "sensitivity and wisdom in creating film characters that become real, live, authentic and
  • Potter release breaks IMAX records

    The box office phenomenonthat is Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire has been felt within the giant-screen realm. The fourth Potter film has broken every record for an IMAX Hollywoodtitle on simultaneous release. Debuting at 66 IMAX venues in North America, thefilm scored a three-day opening of $2.93m for a record-high per-screen averageof $44,000. The debut also yielded thehighest opening-day gross - $1.06m as well as setting single-day box officerecords for
  • Potter sets 20-year UK admissions record

    The UK took yet another positive turn in its road to box-officerecovery with a record breaking weekend for admissions.The 3.8 million cinemavisits narrowly took the record for highest admissions in a three-day weekendperiod since modern records started in the mid-1980s. "It was a phenomenalweekend," Mark Batey, FDA'schief executive told Screen International. Harry Potter
  • Production milestone for Nigerian film industry

    Productionis being planned next year for the first Nigerian film to be shot on 35mm for20 years with an adaptation of the late Ken Saro-Wiwa's novel Lemona's Tale.Johannesburg-basedCapitol International Productions' project Lemona, to be directed by Kinshasha-born Balufu Bakupa-Kanyin
  • RCV picks up rights to major AFM titles

    Dutchdistributor RCV Entertainment has picked up the rights for a number of newtitles at the 2005 American Film Market (AFM).Theyinclude:Next:directed byLee Tamahori with Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore MissPotter,directed by Christ Noonan and starring Renee ZellwegerFracture: directed by Gregory Hoblit,starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling TheTexas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, directed by Jonathan LiebesmanPrid
  • Roger Michell Starts London Shoot For Venus

    Director Roger Michell has started principal photography on his next feature, Venus, which is described as a "coming of very-old-age story."The film reunites Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) with producer Kevin Loader and writer Hanif Kureishi, who previously worked together on feature film The Mother and TV series The Buddha of Suburbia. Venus stars Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips, Richard Griffiths, Vanessa Redgrave and newcomer Jodie Wh
  • Rome unveils ambitious programme for festival

    Organisers of the new Rome Film Festival have unveiled an ambitious international programme with a $10m budget.Officially called "Cinema Festa Internazionale di Roma", the event is pushing itself as a high-profile international event for the public, rather thanthe industry - like the London or Tribeca festivals.The Roman challenge was the subject of heated discussion at this year's Venice, where many predicted a concerted challenge from the newcomer.Venice and Rome organisers have been at
  • Schloendorff under fire from Solidarity heroine

    Oscar-winning director Volker Schloendorff has comeunder fire from the mother of Poland's Solidarity movement Anna Walentynowiczfor his latest film Die Vergessene Heldin which began shooting atoriginal locations in the Baltic port of Gdansk at the end of October. In an interview with the Polish dailynewspaper Rzeczpospolita, 76-year-old Walentynowicz said that she wasconsulting with her lawyers about bringing a case against the German director.
  • Sky strikes deal for Bafta events

    Sky Movies has agreed a partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts that will allow BSkyB to broadcast a number of BAFTA's exclusive live talent events. The first BAFTA event to be recorded will an evening with Julie Andrews.(November 28) The hour-long interview, to be hosted at BAFTAheadquarters at 195 Piccadilly for BAFTA members, will later be broadcast onthe Sky Movies cha
  • Solanas takes Bronze Horse at Stockholm festival

    Juan DiegoSolanas has been awarded the Bronze Horse for best film at the 16th StockholmInternational Film Festival.
  • Spanish short takes big prize at UK's Brief Encounters

    The UK's largestshort film festival, Brief Encounters, has awarded its international jury prizeto Spanish short Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! by Marcal Fores.Other winners atthe 11th Bristol International Short Film Festival were Bristol-basedfilm-makers Sam Hearn and Richard Penfold of Omni Productions, whose short Indians won the ITV West Award and its £1,000prize. (Hearn and Penfold also won the award last year for their short DogYears.)The Jameson ShortFilm award, s
  • Sterk's Turning hits the right notes in Mannheim

    The mainaward of this year's Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival went to Tuningby Slovenia's Igor Sterk.
  • Sundance Channel licenses two docs from Film Sales Co

    The Film SalesCompany has licensed US rights to two documentaries to the Sundance Channel- Mercedes Moncada Rodriguez' Nicaraguan El Immortal and David Redmon's Mardi Gras: MadeIn China.El Immortal premiered at the Sundance Film Festivaland went on to play at Berlin. It explores the effect of the Contra/Sandanistacivil war through the eyes of one Nicaraguan family that was torn apart whentwin brothers were forced to fight on opposing sides.Mardi Gras:Made
  • Tele Muenchen AFM Pickups

    New films by Roberto Benigni and Woody Allen are among a collection of new titles acquired by Germany's Tele Muenchen Group (TMG) at the recent American Film Market (AFM). German speaking rights were bought for Benigni's latest box-office sensation The Tiger And The Snow; Allen's romantic comedy Scoop, starring Scarlet Johansson and Hugh Jackman; Agnieszka Holland's biopic on the last years of Ludwig van Beethoven in Copying Beethoven; Richard Attenborough's romant
  • Tele Muenchen AFM Pickups

    New films by Roberto Benigni and Woody Allen are among a collection of new titles acquired by Germany's Tele Muenchen Group (TMG) at the recent American Film Market (AFM). German speaking rights were bought for Benigni's latest box-office sensation The Tiger And The Snow; Allen's romantic comedy Scoop, starring Scarlet Johansson and Hugh Jackman; Agnieszka Holland's biopic on the last years of Ludwig van Beethoven in Copying Beethoven; Richard Attenborough's romant
  • The Proposition scoops best film at IF Awards

    Australian/UK co-production The Proposition, an often brutal 1880stale of conflict between brothers, was awarded best feature film at the IF(Inside Film) Awards in Sydneytonight (Nov 23). Look Both Ways won the best director and best writer categories for Sarah Watt. Theintimate drama picked up three awards in all while The
  • The White Countess

    Dir: James Ivory. US. 2005.135mins.The finale to director James Ivory's longcollaboration with producer Ismail Merchant (who diedlast May, just as the film was being completed), The White Countess is an intimate period romance given historicalsweep by a script from The Remains Of TheDay novelist Kazuo Is
  • THINKFilm, Screen Media buy Loverboy

    THINKFilm inpartnership with Screen Media Films has acquired North American theatricalrights to Kevin Bacon's Loverboy, which premiered at Sundance in Jan this year and stars Kyra Sedgwickas an obsessive mother.THINK plans aspring release to coincide with the launch of the second season of Sedgwick'stelevision crime series The Closer.Based on Victoria Redel's novel, Loverboy centres on a financially secure single mother whodotes over her son and must hold on
  • Tony Herbert debut gets up to speed

    Fourweeks of principal photography has commenced on location in Dublin for SpeedDating, the debut feature of writer/director Tony Herbert,produced by John Conroy and Adrian Devane.
  • Torres, Pardue star in Gossner's South Of Pico

    Gina Torres andKip Pardue are heading the cast of US drama South Of Pico, which has started shooting on LosAngeles under first-time feature director Ernst Gossner.Inspired by trueevents, the story tracks four seemingly ordinary people in Los Angeles whoselives are changed when they witness the accidental death of an 11-year-oldgirl.Paul Hipp, HenrySimmons, Jimmy Bennett and newcomer Soren Fulton also star in the picture, wasco-written by Gosnner and Richard Marcus. Fundin
  • Tsotsi, Henderson share Denver audience awards

    The 28th DenverInternational Film Festival ended on Saturday night with a gala screening of BrokebackMountain and theannouncement of the juried award-winners. The festival is sponsored by StarzEntertainment Group.The audience award for best feature was shared betweenStephen Frears' Mrs Henderson Presentsand Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, bestdocumentary went to Donnie I Betts' Music Is My Life, Politics MyMistress, a tribute to African Americanactivist/entertainer Osc
  • UK Film Council renews completion funds for short film

    The UK Film Council's NewCinema Fund has announced that its completion fund for short film-makers willdistribute ($90,000) £50,000 in post-production funds during 2006.The scheme, which is run byMaya Vision International, encourages short filmmakers to apply with rough cutsand receive funding for completion. Brief Encounters, theInternational Short Film Festival in Bristol, is presenting films that hadrecently worked with the Completion Fund, including Avie Luhra's Lucky,
  • Water crosses the million mark in Canada

    Only 21 days into its release, Deepa Mehta's Water has grossed C$1m ($850,000) at the Canadian box office, an impressive sum based on a release that encompasses only 33 screens. The film, distributed through Mongrel Media, was ranked number one this past weekend at several major cinemas in Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and Edmonton.Water is set for release in the US through Fox Searchlight in Spring 2006.Meanwhile, Celluloid Dreams has completed sales on the title in over 30
  • WBPI's Goblet exceeds weekend estimates

    Harry Potter And TheGoblet Of Fire exceeded weekendestimates issued by Warner Bros Pictures International and in fact grossed$97.4m for a magnificent early $209m international running total.Combined with the $200m+domestic tally the fourth instalment in the children's franchise now stands atmore than $409.7m worldwide after two weekends.Goblet Of Fire opened in 23 markets and generated extraordinarybusiness on more than 9,500 prints in 42 markets, including a recor