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29 August 2013

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  • A Street In Palermo

    Dir: Emma Dante. Italy-Switzerland. 2013. 94mins
  • A window on Zurich

    Ahead of Zurich Film Festival’s ninth edition (Sept 26-Oct 6), festival director Karl Spoerri tells Sarah Cooper about new festival partnerships, world premieres and showcasing local talent.
  • Ackermann joins Stealth

    Glenn Kendrick Ackermann has joined Stealth Media Group as president of world sales.
  • Act of Killing to be distributed free in Indonesia

    Drafthouse Films to make Oppenheimer’s genocide documentary available as a free download from Sept 30.
  • Adelaide reveals competition titles

    Kevin Macdonald, Jim Jarmush and Asghar Farhadi all have films in competition in the Adelaide Film Festival.
  • 'Altered Minds': Review

    Dir: Michael Z Wechsler. US. 2013. 92mins
  • Anthony Dod Mantle, Rush

    Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle tells Michael Rosser about teaming with Ron Howard on the Formula 1 racing drama Rush.
  • Arclight opens China office

    Elliot Tong will head the sales company’s Beijing hub.
  • Autlook takes Master of the Universe

    Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook has snapped up worldwide rights to Locarno Critics Week winner, Master of the Universe.
  • Beijing announces future-facing theme

    Partner agency ECI announces a partnership with producer Tim He, at event in Venice.
  • Beijing-ECI reception in Venice

    In Venice, the Beijing International Film Festival and its partner ECI held a party on Aug 31 on the terrace fo the Danieli Hotel.
  • Ben Affleck to play Batman

    Warner Bros has announced that one of the studio’s most prized collaborators, Ben Affleck, will play Batman in the studio’s forthcoming Man Of Steel sequel.
  • Ben Wheatley to direct JG Ballard’s High Rise for RPC

    EXCLUSIVE: Ben Wheatley to direct Amy Jump’s adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel for Jeremy Thomas; Film4, HanWay on board.
  • Bernal to star in Desierto

    Fresh from the triumph of his Venice opener Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron will produce the Gael Garcia Bernal illegal immigrant drama Desierto this winter.
  • Beta secures Still Life sales

    Beta inks deals on Venice-bound comedy-drama from Uberto Pasolini.
  • Bethlehem

    Dir: Yuval Adler. Israel-Belgium-Germany. 2013. 99mins
  • BFI’s pre Venice and Toronto brunch

    Photos from the BFI’s pre Venice and Toronto brunch, toasting British talents headed to the upcoming festivals.
  • Bianca Goodloe, Goodloe Law

    Entertainment lawyer Bianca Goodloe talks to Jeremy Kay about guiding wealthy clients into Hollywood investments and reasons for optimism in the independent sector.
  • Bogdan Mustata, Wolf

    Bogdan Mustata talks to Vladan Petkovic about his debut feature Wolf, which played in Competition at Sarajevo.
  • Bong Joon Ho, Snowpiercer

    Bong Joon Ho makes his English-language debut with $40m sci-fi feature Snowpiercer. Jean Noh meets the acclaimed South Korean director.
  • Borgen star takes lead for Strickland's Duke

    Rook Films confirms Protagonist Pictures for international sales.
  • Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland starts shoot

    George Clooney and Hugh Laurie star in the Disney adventure.
  • Bristow Global launches in Toronto

    Former CBS executive director of studio and unscripted programming Julie Bristow made the announcement on Wednesday [28].
  • Butler stays top in US on $17m

    Lee Daniel’s The Butler held on to top spot at a lacklustre box office weekend that marked the penultimate session of blockbuster season.
  • Cambridge partners with Eye on Films

    Initiative will promote the work of emerging filmmaking talent.
  • Canada: Buzz titles

    The hottest new projects coming out of Canada this year include works by David Cronenberg, Denis Villeneuve and Xavier Dolan.
  • Canada: Top billing

    With its first-class infrastructure, attractive tax credits and state backers, Canada continues to live up to its reputation as a world-class film hub.
  • Captain Phillips to open AIMC

    The 68th Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) is to host the Australian premiere of Paul Greengrass’ hijack thriller Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.
  • Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada

    The executive director of Montreal-based Telefilm Canada talks to Jeremy Kay.
  • Cathy Schulman joins Dodge

    Mandalay Pictures president Cathy Schulman and Tropic Thunder set designer John Chichester have joined the faculty at Chapman University’s Dodge College Of Film And Media Arts.
  • Chen Kaige to head Tokyo jury

    Farewell My Concubine director named jury president of the 2013 edition.
  • Cinema do Brasil unveils winners

    Cinema do Brasil’s Distribution Award will grant up to $25,000 to 19 distributors from 18 countries to be invested in the launch of Brazilian films in their territories.
  • Cineworld, IMAX expand agreement

    Agreement will see a new IMAX theatre added at an as-yet-undetermined location, and the installation of IMAX’s next-generation laser digital projection technology at the Glasgow Science Centre.
  • Class Enemy

    Dir: Rok Bicek. Slovenia. 2013. 112mins
  • Consolation in consolidation

    Any time there is a merger or acquisition among major players, the knee-jerk industry reaction is that it’s bad news.
  • Dallas Buyers Club, Diana to open Nov 1

    Two films expected to makes waves this awards season have been scheduled for US release on Nov 1.
  • Dementamania

    Dir: Kit Ryan. UK. 2013. 83mins
  • Dern to receive Chicago honour

    Alexander Payne’s latest film Nebraska featuring an awards-buzz performance by Bruce Dern will screen on Oct 16 during the 49th Chicago International Film Festival.
  • DIFF strengthens Venice ties

    The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) teams with Venice for a second year to showcase new directors and producers from the Middle East.
  • Dimitris Bavellas, Runaway Day

    Greek director Dimitris Bavellas’ feature debut Runaway Day screened in the competition of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Diplodocus receives MEDIA funding

    Animation feature, based on Tadeusz Baranowski’s comic books, receives more than $100,000 development funding.
  • Dyana Gaye wins Katrin Cartlidge Award

    Gaye’s feature debut Des Etoiles will get its world premiere at Toronto.
  • EFAs name people's choice nominees

    The European Film Academy has announced its People’s Choice Award nominees.
  • EIS takes recovery position

    The EIS gold rush for UK film finance has not materialised, but the experts tell Geoffrey Macnab the scheme can still be a very viable tool for UK producers.
  • Elle Driver takes on Happiness

    Elle Driver has struck a deal in Venice for international rights to Venice Critics Week opener The Art of Happiness (L’Arte Della Felicita).
  • Eloy to head Europa Distribution

    Christine Eloy will take the post of managing director of Europa Distribution starting September 2.
  • Elysium eyes UK launch

    Sony Pictures Releasing International’s champion of last weekend, Elysium, opens in the UK in what is expected to be a low-key international session that also sees Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University arrive in China and Italy.
  • Elysium tops UK box office

    Sony’s sci-fi debuts at number one with $4.8m (£3.13m), including previews; Warner Bros’ We’re The Millers grosses $2.9m (£1.85m) over the four-day weekend to chart second.
  • Empire to reveal ‘Screen 1’ details

    Details of redevelopment at the flagship venue in London’s Leicester Square kept under wraps.
  • eOne Int'l gets Watermark

    eOne Films International has taken worldwide rights except Canada to Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s upcoming documentary. Mongrel Media will distribute in Canada.

    Screen has a tense clip from oil rush thriller Pioneer, which has its international premiere at Toronto
  • Faruk Loncarevic, With Mom

    Bosnian director Faruk Loncarevic won the Special Jury Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival with Mum n’ Dad in 2006, and now he returns to the festival’s competition with his new film, With Mom.
  • Festival execs laud Sarajevo, urge patience

    Berlin and Edinburgh execs laud festival growth but urge patience.
  • FilmBuff takes Double Play

    New York distributor FilmBuff announced that it will release the documentary and Venice Classics selection Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater in 2014. Meanwhile XLrator Media has cut a pioneering first-window deal with DIRECT CINEMA for CBGB.
  • FilmTrack gets $20m backing

    The cloud-based content, contract and rights management service has closed a $20m equity investment from Insight Venture Partners, the private investors who backed Twitter and Tumblr.
  • Focus World, Screen Media get Birder's

    Focus World and Screen Media Films have partnered for a third time on US distribution of A Birder’s Guide to Everything.
  • Fortissimo acquires Richie Mehta's Siddharth

    Fortissimo Films takes rights to Richie Mehta’s second feature, which will receive its world premiere at Venice.
  • Frears wants the Pope to see Philomena

    Frears, Steve Coogan and Judi Dench talk about Venice hit Philomena.
  • FrightFest: Raising the Dead

    The UK’s premiere horror festival kicked off in style with Chucky masks, zombies and added Bobcat Goldthwait.
  • FrightFest: the spice of life

    The 14th edition of Film4 FrightFest wrapped on Monday with record-breaking attendance of 28,000. Screen reports from the five-day event.
  • Gabrielle Tana

    The producer of Philomena and The Invisible Woman talks about working with Stephen Frears and Ralph Fiennes.
  • Gerontophilia

    Dir: Bruce LaBruce. Canada. 2013. 82mins
  • Getaway

    Dir: Courtney Solomon. US. 2013. 90mins
  • Global Screen picks up Bank Lady

    Global Screen has acquired Christian Alvart’s Bank Lady - the true story of Germany’s first female bank-robber
  • Gnosis launches with The Quest

    CEO Darius A Kamali has announced the formation of Gnosis Moving Pictures, a global studio with a focus on uplifting feature content to promote communal understanding.
  • Gravitas finds Sunlight Jr

    Gravitas Ventures has picked up all North American rights to Laurie Collyer’s Sunlight Jr starring Naomi Watts, Norman Reedus and Matt Dillon. 
  • Gravity

    Dir: Alfonso Cuaron. US. 2013. 91mins
  • HAF to launch documentary award

    The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) is to introduce a new documentary award worth nearly $13,000.
  • Jean-Marc Vallée, Dallas Buyers Club

    Ahead of Dallas Buyers Club’s Toronto premiere, director Jean-Marc Vallée tells Jeremy Kay how Matthew McConaughey left him ‘flabbergasted’.
  • Jessica Alba gets Lethal

    EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Alba will join Hailee Steinfeld and Samuel L Jackson in RKO Pictures’ action film Barely Lethal. Highland Film Group handles international sales and will continue talks with buyers in Toronto next month.
  • Jurassic Park storms China

    UPDATED AUG 26: Universal Pictures International’s Jurassic Park 3D grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,373 theatres in 11 territories, fuelled by a $28m launch in China. Despicable Me 2 crossed $800m worldwide.
  • Kaleidoscope takes 'Happy Ending'

    Kaleidoscope secures UK distribution rights for Karen Gillan rom-com Not Another Happy Ending and sets release date.
  • Kelly Reichardt, Night Moves

    The New York-based director talks about her character driven thriller Night Moves.
  • La Cage Dorée reaches €10m at box office

    Ruben Alves’ comedy also records third straight week as number one in Portugal.
  • LFF debut for Epic of Everest

    Archive gala at the 57th BFI London Film Festival to be the world premiere of restored 1924 doc Epic of Everest.
  • Luther film in development

    Series creator Neil Cross hopes to get the film made next year with Idris Elba.
  • Midnight Sun wraps shoot

    Roger Spottiswoode directs the story about a young boy who attempts to reunite a polar bear cub with its mother in the Canadian wilderness. eOne holds Canadian rights and Hyde park International handles sales outside North America.
  • Moviecity backs Encuentros

    EXCLUSIVE: Latin American pay-TV network Moviecity has signed on as presenting sponsor of the 11th edition of Miami International Film Festival (MIFF)’s post-production development programme.
  • NFTS scores clean sweep at CILECT

    British film school becomes first-ever school to win all three CILECT awards for the world’s best student films.
  • Nu Image eyes TIFF sales

    The Los Angeles-based sales agent will arrive in Toronto looking to round out international sales on six titles in post including action title Automata and thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman.
  • NYFF sets Opening Act

    Organisers at the 51st New York Film Festival have programmed a series of landmark films by international talent.
  • NYFF unveils Convergence

    The 2013 NYFF Convergence transmedia event will run from Sept 28-30 during the first days of the 51st New York Film Festival.
  • NYFF unveils extra films

    The Film Society Of Lincoln Center has added programming to the New York Film Festival (NYFF) that includes documentaries and restored works.
  • Octane fired up for Haunted 2

    A Haunted House 2 is scheduled to kick off production on Monday [26] through IM Global’s Octane genre division. Open Road will distribute in the US on Mar 2014.
  • Open Road extends credit line

    Open Road Films and its lenders have agreed to extend the company’s $100m revolving credit facility for an additional five years through 2018.
  • Paramount sets Star Trek, WWZ double

    Paramount will release its two summer hits Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z as a double bill in select nationwide theatres from Aug 30-Sept 5.
  • Pete Wood gets new role at SPHE

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has appointed Pete Wood as senior vice president, digital distribution, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA).
  • Picture Tree takes two Toronto titles

    Berlin-based sales agent Picture Tree International (PTI) has picked up two Toronto titles – Mary Queen Of Scots and Metalhead – for international distribution.
  • PNP gets Cheap Thrills

    Canadian distributor Pacific Northwest Pictures has acquired E L Katz’s SXSW premiere following a deal with Films Distribution.
  • Prasad Group partners with T3Media

    India’s largest post production house teams with T3Media to provide a flexible, high-scale solution for content migration into a cloud-based digital management platform.
  • Preferred Content boards Dark Matter of Love

    EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Iwashina’s Preferred Content has boarded US rights to Sarah McCarthy’s Toronto-bound documentary The Dark Matter of Love.
  • Raven Banner gets Copiii

    Toronto-based sales agent and distributor Raven Banner has acquired world rights to L Gustavo Cooper’s Copiii: The 1st Entry.
  • Reno Taho Studios to boost Nevada film

    Film Reno Tahoe, a new division of Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), has announced the opening of Reno Tahoe Studios as part of the initiative to boost film production in northern Nevada.
  • Riddick

    Dir/scr: David Twohy. US. 2013. 119mins
  • Rigor Mortis sells to US

    Fortissimo handles sales on Juno Mak’s Venice world premiere.
  • Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox

    The director of Cannes hit and Sarajevo closing film The Lunchbox talks about corralling a host of international producers, embracing the chaos of Mumbai and new scripts.
  • Roadside gets Therese, Strand takes Refuge

    Roadside Attractions has swooped on US rights to Therese ahead of its Toronto world premiere. Separately, Strand Releasing has acquired US rights to Refuge.
  • Robin Hardy to complete Wicker Man trilogy

    EXCLUSIVE: Wrath of the Gods will complete a trilogy that includes cult classic The Wicker Man and The Wicker Tree.
  • Rooney Mara replaces Mia Wasikowska on Carol

    Dragon Tattoo star joins Todd Haynes’ period lesbian drama opposite Cate Blanchett; spring 2014 shoot planned.
  • Runaway Day

    Dir/scr: Dimitris Bavellas. Greece. 2013. 80mins
  • Russia’s new anti-piracy law is positive, not perfect

    Elena Trusova, a partner at international law firm Goltsblat BLP, examines what the industry needs to know about the new Russian internet piracy law.
  • Sadik 2

    Dir: Robin Entreinger. France. 2013. 75mins
  • San Sebastian makes its mark

    Under festival director Jose Luis Rebordinos, San Sebastian is growing in size and stature for its 2013 edition (Sept 20-28). Juan Sarda reports.
  • San Sebastian unveils Latin line-up

    Cannes titles including Heli and La jaula de oro among titles to compete in Horizontes Latinos at the 61st San Sebastian Festival
  • San Sebastian unveils Made In Spain titles

    Films include Almodovar’s I’m So Excited and Coixet’s Yesterday Never Ends.
  • San Sebastian unveils Zabaltegi line-up

    Includes world premieres of five Spanish productions and Oliver Stone’s documentary series The Untold History of the United States.
  • San Sebastian unveils Zinemira titles

    Eight films to feature in the Zinemira section of the 61st San Sebastian Festival
  • Sarajevo awards Docu Rough Cut winners

    The Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Centre has announced the winners of the third edition of documentary development programme Docu Rough Cut Boutique.
  • Sarajevo reveals industry awards

    Winners include With Mom, In Bloom, shorts.
  • Scotland's new film-making landscape

    Thanks to ambitious shoots for films such as World War Z and Under The Skin, Scotland’s reputation as a film-making hub is growing. Leon Forde reports.
  • Sebastian Lelio, Gloria

    The Gloria director discusses his intense relationship with actress Paulina Garcia, making films with the Larrain brothers and future projects.
  • Shooting begins on The Goob

    Guy Myhill’s film is the first to be made under Creative England’s iFeatures2 scheme.
  • Spacey in Edinburgh: Netflix model can ease piracy

    Excerpts from Kevin Spacey’s MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.
  • Spader to play Avengers villain

    The actor has been cast as the villain in Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which Disney will release on May 1 2015.
  • Stalled

    Dir: Christian James. UK. 2013. 80mins
  • Star Wars cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies

    The lauded British cinematographer who crafted iconic imagery in Star Wars, Dr Strangelove and The Omen, died on Friday [23] with his family by his bedside on the Isle Of Wight. He was 99.
  • Still Life

    Dir/scr: Uberto Pasolini. UK-Italy. 2013. 87mins
  • Stung swells for XYZ, Rat Pack

    EXCLUSIVE: Rat Pack Filmproduction and XYZ Films have signed Matt O´Leary, Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen to the horror comedy.
  • Syfy pilots 12 Monkeys TV series

    US cable network Syfy has ordered a TV remake of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 feature film 12 Monkeys. 
  • Telluride unveils 40th line-up

    Twenty-seven new features will screen over the extended five-day anniversary event and there will be tributes to Robert Redford, T-Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers and Mohammad Rasoulof - and there has already been a US acquisition.
  • Territory Focus: Canada

    Screen profiles world-class film hub Canada, including the pick of buzz titles coming out of the country this year and interviews with eOne chairman Patrice Theroux and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee.
  • The Dead 2: India

    Dirs/scr: Howard J Ford, Jonathan Ford. UK. 2013. 90mins
  • The Dyatlov Pass Incident

    Dir: Renny Harlin. UK-Russia. 2013. 96mins
  • The Good Life

    Dir: Jean Denizot. France. 2013. 98mins
  • Tom Sizemore, Sean Young join Kickback

    EXCLUSIVE: Blade Runner, Saving Private Ryan stars join UK spy thriller.
  • Toronto 2013 profiles

    Screen profiles selected world premieres from the major sections.
  • Toronto: Ask the experts

    ‘What’s your best tip for surviving/enjoying the Toronto International Film Festival?’
  • Toronto: Galas, Documentaries

    This year’s Toronto line-up features a bumper crop of new works from established directors as well as exciting directorial debuts. Screen profiles selected world premieres from the major sections.
  • Toronto: Midnight Madness, Masters, Wavelengths, Kids, Vanguard, CWC

    This year’s Toronto line-up features a bumper crop of new works from established directors as well as exciting directorial debuts. Screen profiles selected world premieres from the major sections.
  • Toronto: Special presentations

    This year’s Toronto line-up features a bumper crop of new works from established directors as well as exciting directorial debuts. Screen profiles selected world premieres from the major sections.
  • Tracks

    Dir: John Curran. Australia. 2013. 110mins
  • Tribeca sets Santiago projects

    The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced the projects selected for the inaugural TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund Filmmaker Workshop at the Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC), Chile.
  • Trier's Louder Than Bombs shelved

    Joachim Trier’s first English-language feature, starring Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg, has been postponed just a month before shooting due to financial difficulties.
  • Unitel Classica boards Noye's Fludde

    EXCLUSIVE: Unitel Group’s Unitel Classica label has boarded world sales for Unogumbe-Noye’s Fludde.
  • Venice blasts off with a hit

    Gravity gets a raptuous welcome as Venice’s opening film…and starts early Oscar talk.
  • Venice to launch co-pro market

    As the Venice Film Market seeks to establish itself as a key autumn networking event for European professionals, market head Pascal Diot has revealed plans for a coproduction market at next year’s event.
  • Venice: Follow the Lido

    The 70th Venice film festival combines an impressive selection of titles and a growing market - along with a few surprises. Andreas Wiseman reports.
  • Venice: Making Locke under the radar

    EXCLUSIVE: The team behind Tom Hardy drama Locke talk about how they quickly put the project together and shot in only eight nights.
  • Venice: Wasikowska’s Tracks homecoming

    Mia Wasikowska talks about going back to her roots with John Curran’s Venice world premiere, Tracks.
  • Venice: World premieres

    Screen profiles the world premieres playing in and out of competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (Aug 28-Sept 7)
  • Vincent Cassel to star in Partisan

    Vincent Cassel is set to lead Partisan, replacing previously attached Oscar Isaac. Protagonist to handle international sales.
  • Vue opens new cinema in Glasgow

    Eight-screen cinema to be first Dolby Atmos equipped site in Scotland.
  • Watkins, Culkin join Chicken

    EXCLUSIVE: Shoot readies on B Good drama starring Yasmin Paige.
  • Wetlands grosses €1.9m in Germany

    David Wnendt’s much-talked about adaptation charts second on debut with almost 240,000 admissions.
  • Why Don’t You Play In Hell?

    Dir/scr: Sion Sono. Japan. 2013. 119mins
  • Wicker Man Final Cut to open in US

    Reissue distributor Rialto Pictures has announced it will release a long-unseen and complete version of 1970s horror film, The Wicker Man: The Final Cut on Sept 27 in New York City.
  • WIFF announce finishing fund winners

    The Women In Film Foundation’s (WIFF) Film Finishing Fund co-chairs Betsy Pollock and Nancy Rae Stone have announced the recipients of the 28th annual Film Finishing Fund grant programme. 
  • XYZ Films to sell Wolf

    The Los Angeles-based company has taken on all rights excluding Benelux to Jim Taihuttu’s Dutch crime thriller and will start talks with buyers in Toronto.
  • Zurich to honour Michael Haneke

    Zurich Film Festival to honour the Oscar-winner director of Amour and The White Ribbon.