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3 December 2006

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  • 007 should dominate for third weekend, Japan opens today

    James Bond should prove too tough for his international rivals forthe third consecutive weekend as Casino Royale bears down on $200m.
  • 56 foreign-language films qualify for Golden Globes

    Fifty-six foreign-language films have qualified for consideration in the 64th Golden Globes race.
  • ACE seminars to look at 17 European projects

    TheEuropean Cinema Workshops (ACE) will be held this year from Dec 6-12 inRoubaix/Tourcoing in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region of France.Theworkshops are an opportunity for European producers to gather with European andUS professionals in order to examine financing, co-production and distributionpotential for, in this year's
  • Almodovar hopes to get Cruz on board for next film

    Spanish director PedroAlmodovar may reteam with Volver starPenelope Cruz in a new project titled LaPiel Que Habito.In an interview over theweekend with local newspaper El Paisat the European Film Awards in Warsaw, Almodovar said: "My next film will be totallydifferent from my 16 earlier films. It is called La Piel Que Habito [literally, TheSkin In Which I Live] and I hope to count onPenel
  • Anderson lines up starry cast for Filmax's Transsiberian

    Ben Kingsley, WoodyHarrelson, Samantha Morton, Kate Mara and Eduardo Noriega are set to star inBrad Anderson's upcoming thriller Transsiberian for Spanish mini-studio Filmax Entertainment.The film, a co-productionwith Germany's Universum Film GmbH, is budgeted at $15m-$20m. Shooting will getunderway December 11 in such far-flung locations as Beijing, Russia andLithuania.The story follows Americancouple Roy (Harrelson) and Jessie (Morton) on a trip on the famed Trans-Siber
  • Apocalypto

    Dir: Mel Gibson. US. 2006.136mins.True to the pre-release PR spin and healthy industrybuzz, Mel Gibson's Apocalyptois less of a stodgy history lesson and more of a fleet-footed action adventure- albeit one with a highly unusual setting in the world of the ancient Maya.The action is sometimes thrilling and the evocation of the Maya's mysteriousand violent civilisation is impressive. But it verymuch remains to be se
  • Argentine actor Darin to direct The Signal

    Ricardo Darin, Argentina's most renowned actor, announced he willdirect his first film, The Signal, a film-noir set in 1950s Buenos Aires.The Signal, based on Eduardo Mignogna's 2002 best-seller novel, wasready to begin shooting this December, but Mignogna died on Oct 6.
  • Austrian board backs biopic of popstar Falco

    Debut features by Serbianfilmmaker Stefan Arsenijevic and the Iranian-born video artist Shirin Neshatand a biopic on the life of Rock Me Amadeus singer, the Austrian pop star Falco,are among six new projects backed with a total of $1.75m (Euros 1.31m) by thejoint funding committee of the Austrian Film Institute and public broadcasterORF.Arsenijevic's tragic-comedylove story Love And Other Crimes, setin the concrete jungle of new Belgrade has brought on the Vi
  • Babel gets director, ensemble awards at Palm Springs festival

    The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the cast of Babel with the festival's Ensemble Performance Award and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with the Director of the Year Award. Cast members Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi are expected to attend along with Inarritu. This will be the first year the festival has presented an ensemble award to a cast. 'Babel is truly a remarkable film, featuring a diverse c
  • Babel gets director, ensemble awards at Palm Springs festival

    The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF)will present the cast of Babel with the festival's Ensemble Performance Award and AlejandroGonzalez Inarritu with the Director of the Year Award.
  • Baltic Event to host 12 pitches in Estonia

    Filmmakers from the Baltic states, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia are to pitch 12 new film projects to potentialpartners at the Baltic Event's second co-production market which will be heldin Tallinn, Estonia, next week (Dec 4-5) during the Black Nights Film Festival.
  • Bangkok festival ends contract with FFM

    The Tourism Authority ofThailand (TAT) has terminated its contract with Film Festival Management (FFM),the US consulting firm that TAT hired for managing theBangkok International Film Festival (BKKIFF), as a result of a considerablebudget cut.The budget for the nextedition (January 26 - February 5, 2007) has been cut back to $3.6m (130m baht),approximately 27% less than the last edition, according Chattan Kunjara NaAyudhya
  • Belgrade Auteur festival in controversy over Summer Palace

    The New Festivalof Auteur's Films (Nov 28- Dec 3) in Belgrade was supposed to open with Lou Ye's Summer Palace but the screening wascanceled after intervention from the Chinese Embassy.However, after the opening-night screening was cancelled, the festival board has responded to negative reactions from general public and the Helsinki Council for Human Rights and decided to bring back the print of Summer Palace from its way to Tal
  • Bergeron starts Un Monstre A Paris

    Shark Tale directorEric "Bibo" Bergeron has begun work on animated feature Un Monstre A Paris,in his new 3-D animation studio in Nice. Monstre is beingdeveloped by Luc Besson's EuropaCorp. with Remi Burahin to produce. The roughly $26m (Euros 20m) comedy/horror film is set to bedelivered in late 2008 or early 2009 and will star Vanessa Paradis andcomedians Eric and Ramzy.The new location, Bibo Studio, was unveiled Monday andboasts 1,000 square meters of work
  • Blood Diamond

    Dir: Edward Zwick. US. 2006. 138mins.A well-written, well-acted and provocative politicalaction thriller, Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond provokes its audience into thinking about the impactof diamond lust on the Third World. But itsrelentlessly realistic depiction of contemporary African warfare - and the waydiamond smuggling funds it - is so horrific that it could be hard-pushed to
  • Bollywood companies sign on for NME's VMD format

    UK-based New MediaEnterprises has signed deals with six Indian film companies to make majorBollywood titles available on through NME's HD Versatile Multilayer Discformat. A bundle of 10 Bollywood titleswill be sold with a HD VMD player for the price of $299 through variousretailers. "Bollywood productions have an epic globalaudience but viewers have been frustrated by the lack of high definitioncontent," said Mahesh Jayanarayan, CEO of NME. "Now, for the firs
  • Bonkers, Azur & Asmar win prizes at London Children's Festival

    The London Children's FilmFestival wrapped Nov 26 with the UK premiere of the digitallyrestored The Wizard Of Oz. The two First Light YoungJuries awarded their top prizes to Martin Koolhoven's Bonkers (Holland) for theage 7-11 jury; and Michel Ocelot's Azur& Asmar (France) for the age 12-14 jury. The audience choice awardsfor
  • Breen named senior vp of marketing at Fox International

    Kieran Breen has beenpromoted to senior vice president of marketing at Twentieth Century FoxInternational.Reporting to co-presidentsTomas Jegeus and Paul Hanneman, Breen will develop and supervise strategicmarketing plans of all Fox releases overseas and will oversee the Los Angeles,regional and field marketing operations.He recently moved to LosAngeles and previously served as marketing director for Twentieth Century FoxUK"Having orchestratedthe successful UK marketing c
  • BT Vision launches with VOD service

    From Broadcast BT has launched its new TVservice, BT Vision, which is providing more than 40channels and anextensive IPTV video-on-demand library at no subscription charge. As well as the free content,customers can pay for premium content such as music videos and movies viasubscription or pay-per-view. BT claims that its prices, including £1.49 forpremium documentaries and £1.99-£2.99 for current movies, are lower t
  • Cars, Over The Hedge lead Annie Award nominations

    Cars,Over The Hedge, Happy Feet, Monster Houseand Open Season will contest bestanimated feature in the upcoming 34th Annual Annie Awards.
  • Casino Royale sets UK record for Bond

    After just three weekends onrelease in the UK and Ireland, the 21st official James Bond film CasinoRoyale has already become the highest-grossing film of the franchise in theterritory. Grossing $73.45m (£37.1m) asof Sunday Dec 3, Casino Royalesurpassed 2002's Die AnotherDay, which grossed $69.6m (£36m), over the weekend
  • Catherine Le Clef to run Fortissimo's TV arm

    Fortissimo Films has appointed Catherine Le Clef as seniorvice president - TV and ancillary sales.She will join Fortissimo from Paris starting Jan 1. In addition to running Fortissimo's existing TV activities,Le Clef will be charged with expanding the company's TV business to includedocumentaries for TV and m
  • Chan's $40m Ci Ma starts shooting in Beijing

    Andre Morgan and Peter Ho-sunChan, who together run production house Morgan Chan Films, unveiled their$40m martial arts period drama Ci Ma (working title) today in Beijing.The Hong Kong-China co-productionis directed by Chan and features a stellar cast headed by Jet Li, Andy Lau andTakeshi Kaneshiro. Principal photography has just started in Beijing and will move to Shang
  • Chinese film wins Golden Peacock at Goa

    HasiChaolu's Chinese drama The Old Barber won the Golden Peacock best film award at the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.
  • Cinemavault closes post-AFM deals with Last Rites

    Cinemavault Releasing International (CRI) has closed post-AFMsales on the zombie-sci-fi film Last Rites in Germany (Galileo), Brazil (Nordeste), South Africa (NuMetro), Italy (One Movie), and Japan (Gaga).
  • Cinemavault picks up sales rights to HD 3-D horror movie Scar

    CinemavaultReleasing International has picked up international rights to the highdefinition 3-D psychological horror film Scar, which completed principal photography in Calgary on Nov12.
  • Cinesite's Brown named British Film Commissioner

    Colin Brown has been appointed British Film Commissioner, afterrecently stepping down as chairman of Cinesite (Europe) Ltd. Brown replaces Steve Norris,who recently departed the commissioner post to become managing director of filmat Framestore. Both Cinesite and Framestore are leading UK production and effects houses.Brown had been a member
  • CJ to distribute Paramount titles in South Korea

    Paramount PicturesInternational (PPI) has announced that CJ Entertainment (CJE) will become theexclusive distributor of Paramount titles in South Korea from February 1, 2007. The announcement, which was widelyanticipated, follows yesterday's news that UIP's South Korean branch officewill transition to a Universal Pictures International operation as o
  • Danes dominate IFDA doc prizes

    The 19th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), proveda triumph for Danish documentary makers.IDFA's most prestigious prize, The VPRO Joris Ivens Award, went to Danish feature doc The Monastery - Mr Vig And The Nun, directed byPernille Rose Gronkjaer. (The Monastery was also selected last weekfor The World Cinema Documentary Competition in Sundance 2007.) The Silver Wolf, the prize for best short documentary, also went to another Sundance-bound Danish
  • Darkbluealmostblack

    Dir/scr: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo. Spain.2006. 105mins.Pedro Almodovar's influenceis evident in Darkbluealmostblack,a kinky tragic-comic debut feature about dysfunctional families from Spanishwriter/director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo. But whereasthe master can make abrupt plot turns and mood shifts flow together smoothly, theundeniably
  • Delluc prize shortlist includes Flanders and Coeurs

    Rather than being whittled down, the short list forthe Louis Delluc prize has been augmented to six candidates, it was announcedtoday. Along with the previously nominated Bled Number One by RabahAmeur-Zaïmeche, Cannes Palme d'Or winner Flanders by Bruno Dumont, OtarIosseliani's Jardins En Automne, Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterleyand Xavier Giannoli's Cannes competitor Quand J'Etais Chanteur, AlainResnais' Coeurs has been added to the mix.T
  • Demme to direct Jimmy Carter doc for Participant

    JonathanDemme will direct a documentary about former President Jimmy Carter forParticipant Productions entitled He Comes In Peace.
  • Denmark's Father sells well abroad

    Usually family filmsfrom Denmark don't sell very well abroad, but the case of Father Never Gives Up is proving more successful. The film sold511,000 tickets last winter in Danish cinemas, beating competition from SusanneBier and Anders Thomas Jensen to become the best performing Danish film thatopened in 2005.The film has nowbeen sold to 21 foreign territories. Most sales have been done for TV, with HBOaccounting for two thirds of the territories planning to show the film in ast
  • Dogwoof buys Fissures and Stolen Holidays

    UK distributor Dogwoof Pictures has acquired two new French titles: Fissures (Ecoute Le Temps) by Alante Kavaiteand Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances)by Olivier Peyon. Both deals were struck with Wide Management in Paris. Thriller Fissures stars Emilie Dequenne, LudmilaMikael, Mathieu Demy, Jacques Spiesser and Etienne Chicot in the st
  • Dreamgirls

    Dir: Bill Condon. US. 2006.130mins.As movie versions of hit Broadway musicals go, BillCondon's Dreamgirlsis more Chicago than Rent. Likely to set the box officealight over Christmas domestically and in the New Year around the world, it isalso bound to figure highly in Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, if notend-of-year critics awards. It's an exhilarating Hollywood entertainment, alavish old-style showcase of talent a
  • Duran named UPI vp, distribution & marketing, Latin America

    Mauricio Duran has been appointed vice president of distributionand marketing for Latin America for Universal Pictures International.
  • eBay film pirate receives $108,700 fine

    A renowned seller of pirate DVDs on eBay has been ordered to pay $108,700 (£55,000) under Proceeds of Crime legislation, having already served six months in jail earlier this year for the same offence.The amount was adjudged to be the criminal profit made by Peter Spencer from his DVD sales and is the largest assets seizure to date for the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) organisation.Spencer, who had also been the subject of an investigation by the Assets Recovery Agen
  • Emma Scott joins Irish Film Board production team

    Emma Scott has been named asthe new production executive the Irish Film Board (IFB). Scott has worked for morethan 15 years in the film industry, in her own company, Liquid Films, as afreelancer, as head of production with Irish Screen, and more recently with MRFilms where she commissioned feature film projects.At the IFB Scott will workwith CEO Simon Perry and fellow production executive Alan Maher. She will beinvolved in the selection process for production fundin
  • Eros and ANYTIME agree deal to distribute Hollywood content in India

    Bollywood studio Eros International has formed an investment deal worth up to £2.1m with Singapore based ANYTIME, a leading supplier of Video-on-demand, to distribute Hollywood movies on digital platforms throughout India.Subject to final due diligence, Eros will take a minority stake in ANYTIME, which counts 4 major Hollywood studios as its shareholders. The Joint Venture will see the companies licensing and distributing Hollywood content to Indian service providers as well to consume
  • Feet keeps marching for Warner Bros in domestic market

    Warner Bros' animated hit Happy Feet kept on marching and stayed atop thecharts for the third consecutive weekend as Sony's Casino Royale remained in second place.
  • Filmaka launches twice-monthly online competition

    Los Angeles-based film-maker collective has launchedan online twice-monthly competition and is offering a production deal with thecompany and its principals to the year-end finalist.
  • Filmauro to adapt Manfredi's The Empire of Dragons

    Aurelio De Laurentiis has announcedthat his Rome-based Filmauro production company has purchased the rights to The Last Legion author Valerio MassimoManfredi's The Empire of Dragons,with principal shooting to take place in China next year.A period epic adventure, Dragon winds a historical tale thatintersects the Roman and Chinese civilizations. Currently being adapted for the bigscreen, the book takes off from a weakened Roman outpost in
  • Fleur Knopperts joins Sheffield team

    The Sheffield InternationalDocumentary Film Festival has appointed Fleur Knopperts as industry andmarketplace director.Knopperts, who will move to Sheffield in February 2007, was formerly managing director of The Forum at theInternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). She will follow inthe footsteps of former IDFA employee David Teigeler, who joined the Docfestteam in August as film programmer."Fleur has a strong reputatio
  • Fortune Star to co-produce Tong's Rule Number One

    Fortune Star Entertainmenthas entered into an agreement with Singapore-based InnoForm Media, KelvinTong's Boku Films and the Media Development Authority (MDA) to co-produce Tong'supcoming Rule Number One.Tong, whose previous creditsinclude The Maid and Love Story, will write and direct the Mandarin-languagehorror cop thriller.Based on the urban myth of supernaturalcalls received by the police force, the $1m production tells the story of agroup of policemen w
  • Gaumont goes digital with XDC France

    French major Gaumont hassigned a deal with digital developer XDC to offer its upcoming features in adigital format for cinemas equipped with the necessary projection systems. Themove makes Gaumont the first French producer/distributor to make its filmsavailable digitally. The newly created XDCFrance, a subsidiary of XDC International, proposes technical and financialsolutions for the French market. 'At XDC, we work each day to
  • Global Film Initiative gives completion funding to eight new films

    The Global Film Initiative (GFI) has granted completion funding todramas from eight international film-makers in its autumn granting cycle.
  • Golden Harvest sells stake in Golden Screen Cinemas

    Golden Harvest, a HongKong-based regional exhibitor with more than 300 screens across Asia, is set to sell its 40.2% stake in Malaysia's Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) for $25m (RM91m) tofund expansion in China. The Golden Harvest stakewill be acquired by its partner PPB Group, a listed company on Malaysia
  • Greenaway plans doc and game after Nightwatching

    Peter Greenaway is preparingJ'Accuse, an 80-minute featuredocumentary and a computer game to complement his new film Nightwatching, which recently finished shooting in Poland and Wales (and is being sold internationally by ContentFilm.)Both the doc and thecomputer game are being produced by Amsterdam-based Submarine, run by Fe
  • Grisebach's Longing takes top prizes at Gijon

    Spain's Gijon International Film Festival (Nov 28- Dec 1) awarded its top honours to Valeska Grisebach's Longing (Sehnsucht).The German film about a man who unexpectedly falls in love with another woman, picked up best feature film award and the Fipresci prize.The best director prize was awarded ex-aequo to Maziar Miri for Gradually (Be Ahestegi) from Iran, the story of a man desperately seeking his disappeared wife, and Mahamat Saleh for Venice special jury prize-winner Dara
  • Half Nelson dominates New York's Gotham Awards

    Ryan Fleck's inner citydrama Half Nelson dominated IFP's16th Annual Gotham Awards last night [Nov 29].The picture won bestfeature, breakthrough director for Fleck and breakthrough actor for ShareekaEpps, who tied with Babel's RinkoKikuchi. Half Nelson was releasedearlier this year in North American through THINKFilm.Alejandro GonzalezInarritu's Babel also won bestensemble acting honours for Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal, KojiYakusho, A
  • Half Nelson dominates New York's Gotham Awards

    Ryan Fleck's inner city drama Half Nelson dominated IFP's 16th Annual Gotham Awards last night [Nov 29].The picture won best feature, breakthrough director for Fleck and breakthrough actor for Shareeka Epps, who tied with Babel's Rinko Kikuchi. Half Nelson was released earlier this year in North American through THINKFilm.Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel also won best ensemble acting honours for Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Be
  • Hong Kong revs up for first ever drive-in

    Hong Kong may be losing its only dedicated arthouse theatre,but is about to gain its first ever drive-in cinema.Located on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, the drive-in will officially open with the premiere of TakashiShimizu's horror film The Grudge 2 onDec 7. It will have one screen at opening, with a second to open by Chr
  • Humphreys joins Dublin International Film Festival

    The Dublin InternationalFilm Festival has appointed Grainne Humphreys as its new programme director.Humphreys will join the festival as director designate in January, a monthbefore the 2007 edition kicks off on February 16. This will be the final eventto be programmed by the festival's founder and film journalist, Michael Dwyer,who was recently invested as a Chevalier des Arts etLettres by the French Government.Humphreys is currently assistantdirector of the Irish F
  • IFC, Red Envelope team to acquire An Unreasonable Man

    IFC Entertainment and RedEnvelope Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights fromSubmarine Entertainment and William Morris Independent to the documentary AnUnreasonable Man.The film, which was recentlyshortlisted for the 2007 documentary feature Oscar, will open on Jan 31 2007through IFC's multi-platform division IFC First Take, which to date hasreleased 16 films.Henriette Mantel and SteveSkrovan's film profiles the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of t
  • Infinity buys Hula Girls from Fortissimo

    Fortissimo Films hasclosed a three-picture deal with Taiwanese distributor Infinity Media. The deal covers LeeSang-Il's Hula Girls, Alex vanWarmerdam's Waiter and Pierre-PaulRenders' Mr Average. Infinity's RitaCheung negotiated the deal with Fortissimo's Michael J Werner. Werner said: 'Weare thrilled that Hula Girls and ourother two titles were so well received by the Taiwanese festival audiencesthis year. Infinity aggressively pur
  • McAvoy and Minghella on Orange Rising Star jury for Bafta

    BAFTA has announced the jury for this year’s Orange Rising Star Award.
  • Microwave backs first two micro-budget features

    Film London's new low-budget feature film scheme, Microwave, hasannounced its first two projects to go into production. They are Steven Sheil'sMum And Dad, a horror project about amurderous family living near a London airport (to be produced by Lisa Trnovski),and Eran Creevy's Shady (workingtitle), about a charismatic Muslim crack dealer (to be produced by Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh).The scheme drew 71applications for its initial
  • Nordisk buys 50% stake in DVD company Substanz

    Nordisk Film recently bought 50% of production companySubstanz. The Copenhagen-based production company has specialized in transferringold documentary bits of Danish people's everyday lives to the DVD format. The concept hastaken off with the public, with Substanz selling 330,000 DVDs in Denmark and No
  • Partners vote Zentropa out of Filmfolket

    Zentropa is nolonger part of Filmfolket, the newdistribution business opened last year. Filmfolket had been owned in equalparts by Nimbus Film, Zentropa and CEO Loke Havn, who worked at SandrewMetronome.According to PeterAalbaek Jensen, co-owner of Zentropa with Lars von Trier, Zentropa was votedout of the business in a 1-2 upset by Nimbus and Havn."We were thrown outalright, but to honour my tradition of working closely together with Nimbus I'mstill on Frenc
  • Picture players: Best director contenders

    Asthe final wet prints of year-end releases are frantically unveiled toawards voters in Los Angeles, New York and London, a picture of theplayers who will rise to the top in the kudos countdown is emerging.And that picture is a surprising one. 2006 has featured an unusuallylarge number of so-called prestige films. Some, like All The King's Menand A Good Year, were early exits from the race when they were firstscreened. Others, like Children Of Men and Stranger
  • Powell named vp, marketing, for Samuel Goldwyn, Roadside Attractions

    Nathan Powell has joined Samuel Goldwyn Films and RoadsideAttractions as vice president of marketing.
  • Punk to promote The Gigolos with My Single Friend

    Punk Cinema is teaming withthe UK dating website My Single Friend to promote their newfilm The Gigolos to single young professionals. The site attracts 300,000visitors per month and has more than 70,000 members, and Punk notes that theseusers are "above-average cinema attendees and fans of intelligent, independentmovies."The campaign, which includesadvertising and direct and viral marketing, will
  • Sean Ellis starts shoot for The Broken

    Writer/director Sean Ellishas started principal photography for his second feature, The Broken. As previously reported, LenaHeadey stars and the cast also includes Richard Jenkins, Melvil Poupaud, UlrichThomsen, Michelle Duncan and Asier Newman. The psychological horrorfilm will shoot for seven weeks. Headey plays a woman who thinks she seesherself drive past in her own car on a busy London street. Her reality turns more nightma
  • Seattle Film Festival announces year-round screening facility

    Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Group is developing a year-roundscreening facility at Seattle Centre's 400-seater Nesholm Family Lecture Hallat Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
  • Singapore, Indonesian producers launch digital film fund

    In a joint effort to developtheir local film industries, two production companies from Singapore and Indonesia have created a $3m digital film fund which will beused for the production of 10 digital features over the next two years. Jonathan Foo, managingdirector of Singapore's Mega Media, today s
  • Spanish producers partner in Argentinian production outfits

    Two new production companies have been launched inArgentina with the backing of Spanish partners.Pampa Films is owned by Pablo Bossi --former president ofleading production house Patagonik Film Group-- in association with directorJuan Pablo Buscarini and renowned Spanish producers Julio and Carlos Fernandez
  • SPRI's Casino wins jackpot with $44.7m third weekend

    Bond ruled the waves for a third consecutive weekend as CasinoRoyale grossed anestimated $44.7m from 6,770 prints in 54 territories for $196.5m.The film will cross $200m on Monday [Day 17] and alreadystands at more than $312m worldwide. 007 is on course to finish hisintern
  • Summer Palace takes prize after Belgrade controversy

    After last week'scontroversy, Belgrade's Auteur Film Festival has giveChinese feature Summer Palace its Freedom Award, the official jury prize. The festival had cancelledthe film's opening-night screening due to pressure from the Chinese Embassy,b
  • Sundance unveils competition section lineups for 2007

    Hailing a wider global perspective in American film-making and a compelling array of international work, Sundance festival director Geoff Gilmore unveiled the 64 Independent Film and World Cinema documentaries and dramatic films that will play in competition in the 2007 event, which runs from Jan 18 to 28.'American film-makers are becoming much more self-aware,' Gilmore said. 'American films have evolved from an insularity to a more international perspective. Since 9/11 we'v
  • Sundance unveils competition section lineups for 2007

    Hailing a wider global perspective in American film-making and a compelling array of international work, Sundance festival director Geoff Gilmore unveiled the 64 Independent Film and World Cinema documentaries and dramatic films that will play in competition in the 2007 event, which runs from Jan 18 to 28."American film-makers are becoming much more self-aware," Gilmore said. "American films have evolved from an insularity to a more international perspective. Since 9/11 we've seen a gl
  • Sundance unveils Premieres, Spectrum, Midnight sections

    Sundance organisers unveiledthe upcoming Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight and Fromthe Sundance Collection programmes today [Nov 30].HBO-BBC co-production Longfordstarring Jim Broadbent and SamanthaMorton is the closing night film, while the US premiere of Sarah Polley'sdirectorial debut Away From Herstarring Julie Christie is named the Salt Lake City Gala. As previouslyannounced, Brett Morgen's political documentary Chicago 10 is the opening
  • Sunshine , Nelson lead Spirit Award nominations

    IFC Films led the Film Independent 2007 Spirit Award nominations with nine nods including three for American Gun.Fox Searchlight earned seven nominations, five of them for Little Miss Sunshine including feature, director for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and supporting male nods for Alan Arkin and Paul Dano.First Look Studios made an emphatic statement about its revitalised ambitions, earning six nods with three apiece going to A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints and Th
  • Swedish Film Institute overhauls staff and productions

    The Swedish Film Institute will stage a majorreshuffle of its organisation, implementing new measures to better reach thegoals of Swedish film policy, and to improve the quality of Swedish cinema.Both production volume and personnel will be radically reduced."We want to take a more active role in theSwedish
  • Swiss films local market share hits record 10%

    2006 isset to be the most successful year ever for Swiss cinema with local films'market share of the box office reaching an all-time high of 10%. This isalmost double last year's figure of 5.85% which had largely been the result ofonly one release - Michael Steiner's family adventure fil
  • Telefilm Canada to help export of Quebecois productions

    Telefilm Canada hasannounced plans to support international sales efforts of the French-languageproductions in which it invests. Those films, overwhelmingproduced within Quebec, typically do not sell well abroad; despite the sharedlanguage, France and other French-speaking regions are generally hard marketsto crack, unless the films are international co-productions. The InternationalSales Promotion Pilot Initiative will target projects judged to have strongforeign sales potential.
  • The Artist's Cinema is designed to focus on the increasing importance of cinema exhibition for contemporary artists. It's a collaboration to construct, programme and run a cinema for artists film and

    The commissions are produced by Frieze Projects (a public arts commissioning opportunity for artist's) and LUX (a charity which exists to promote and support artist's movingimage work) in collaboration with the Independent Cinema Office. Five artists were commissioned by LUX and Frieze projects to make short 35mm films. The films premiered to sell out audiences at the Frieze Art Fair (which takes place every October) during 12th-15th of October. The films will tour to the UK cinema
  • The Good German

    Dir: Steven Soderbergh. US. 2006.107mins.Steven Soderbergh's latestcinematic experiment is an homage to atmospheric wartime noir classics like The Third Man and Casablanca, attempting to reconjure themagic by recreating post-war Berlin on the backlot, shootingin black-and-white and encouraging the actors to give heightened theatricalperformances a la Bogart or Dietrich. It's a bold idea but a failure in the realisation,
  • The Holiday

    Dir: Nancy Meyers. US. 2006.136mins.Queen of saccharine Nancy Meyers returns with The Holiday, a bloated romantic comedywhich will inevitably be the indulgence of choice for millions of predominantlyfemale moviegoers during the upcoming holiday season. With What Women Want and Something's Gotta Give, Meyersestablished her own brand of contemporary rom-com:gui
  • The Lives Of Others and Volver share EFA honours

    FlorianHenckel von Donnersmarck's Stasi thriller The Lives Of Others (Das Leben Der Anderen) and Pedro Almodovar's Volver werethe big winners at this year's European Film Awards.TheGerman entry for the Oscar and Golden Globes, won best European Film, bestactor for Ulrich Muehe and best screenplay for the director at the awardsceremony in Warsaw on Saturday night.Almodovarpicked up best director for Volver while Penelope Cruz was named best actress.Thefilm, which ha
  • The Lives Of Others and Volver share EFA honours

    FlorianHenckel von Donnersmarck's Stasi thriller The Lives Of Others (DasLeben Der Anderen) and Pedro Almodovar's Volver were the big winners atthis year's European Film Awards. The German entry for theOscar and Golden Globes, won best European Film, best actor for UlrichMuehe and best screenplay for the director at the awards ceremony inWarsaw on Saturday night. Almodovar picked up best director for Volver while Penelope Cruz was named best actress. Thefilm, which has wo
  • This Is England wins BIFA Best Film

    Newcomers caused a few surprises at the ninth British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in London Wednesday night, with Red Road's Tony Curran and Kate Dickie taking the best acting prizes over more established names including Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren.No single film swept the top honours -- Shane Meadows' This Is England won Best British Independent Film, while Kevin Macdonald won Best Directo
  • This Is England wins BIFA Best Film

    Newcomers caused a fewsurprises at the ninth British Independent Film Awards(BIFAs) in London Wednesday night, with Red Road's Tony Curran and Kate Dickie taking the best actingprizes over more established names including Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren.No single film swept the tophonours -- Shane Meadows' This Is
  • Turistas (aka Paradise Lost)

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