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4 September 2005

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  • A Perfect Day

    Dir/scr: JoanaHadjithomas, Khalil Joreige. Fr-Leb-Ger. 2005. 88mins.The perfect metaphor in search of a plot, thesecond feature from Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige assembles thenecessary ingredients to paint a portrait of life in Beirut but lacks thedramatic momentum to pull them all together and spark some life.Set in the Lebanesecapital, A Perfect Day ostensibly follows a woman
  • A Sound Of Thunder

    Dir: Peter Hyams.US/Germany/Czech Republic/UK. 2005. 101 mins. Emerging in themarketplace almost three years after it was made, A Sound of Thunder turns a vintage Ray Bradbury short story into acheesy and unconvincing big budget B-movie. With its sub-par effects, uninspiredperformances and unfocused narrative, this sci-fi thriller, left over from theglory days of now dormant US indie Franchise Pictures, will be lucky if it canparlay brief theatrical runs around
  • Academy takes over European Film Awards

    The European FilmAcademy has taken over the production of its annual awards ceremony, theEuropean Film Awards, which will be held this year in Berlin on Dec 3.For the past eightyears, DDA Productions has financed and executive produced the ceremony. In a statement,both parties described the move as a "mutually agreed development".The statement read: "This brings to its natural conclusion the trendstarted in 2003, when Wim Wenders, President of the Academy, launched andoversaw a
  • Anjelica Huston to head San Sebastian jury

    Anjelica Huston will presideover the official jury of the 53rd Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 15-24), which has also unveiled TheWorld's Fastest Indian as its closing film.Written and directed byRoger Donaldson, The World's Fastest Indianstars Anthony Hopkinsin the true story-inspired tale of a man who set a new speed record on hisclassic Indian motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It will playout of competition.The festival has
  • Bim goes on pre-Venice buying spree

    Rome arthouse distributor Bim has acquired Italiandistribution rights to a host of Venice films, including competition titles BrokebackMountain and The Constant Gardener.Sold by Focus/UIP, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain is about therelationship between a Wyoming ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy. Heath Ledger andJake Gyllenhaal co-star.The Constant Gardener, which opened in North America onAugust 31, is based on the novel by John Le Carre. UIP is handlinginternational di
  • Bond serves up Haggis for Casino Royale polish

    The screenwriting teambehind the new James Bond feature have confirmed that Oscar-nominatedscreenwriter Paul Haggis has been brought on board.Robert Wade told ScreenDaily.comthat Haggis,who adapted Million Dollar Babyas well aswriting and directing Crash,will do a three-week polishonthe second draft of Sony/MGM's Casino Royale, originally penned byhimself and co-writer Neal Purvis."What I can say on behalf ofme and Neal is that we completed all the work we w
  • Burnett gets top domestic publicity job at Weinstein Co

    Liza Burnett (pictured) hasjoined The Weinstein Company as head of the domestic publicity department. Burnett arrives from asix-year stint at New York-based PR outfit Dan Klores Communications where shemost recently served as senior vice president.Reporting to Harvey and BobWeinstein, she begins work on Sept 12 and assumes oversight of all PR staff andthe company's slate for The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films.Veteran Miramax publicityexecutive Dani Weinstein has be
  • Campaigning for BAFTA awards season kicks off

    The BAFTA awards season unofficially kicked off this weekwith the first lobbying of the organisation's members - more than five monthsbefore next the awards ceremony takes place (Feb 19, 2006).Yesterday (Aug 31) saw BAFTA members invited to Ang Lee'smuch anticipated Brokeback Mountain next week to be accompanied by starJake Gyllenhaal in a Q&A session. The screening, and perhaps more importantly Gyllenhaal'ssupport, is clearly made possible by the film's presence in compe
  • Celluloid seals international on Barney, Caravaca films

    Celluloid Dreams has signedto handle international theatrical sales on Drawing Restraint 9, from Cremaster Cycle director Matthew Barney and all international rightson Eric Caravaca's Le Passager. Celluloid managing directorCharlotte Mickie told that the company has already locked adeal on DR9 with Australia'sAccent and is considering offers for Japan, Germany, France and Spain. JohnSloss' Cinetic Media is brokering a North American deal.
  • Chinese film companies launch anti-piracy agency

    The China Film Copyright Protection Association (CFCA), anon-profit organisation formed by 62 film-related companies, was officiallylaunched in Beijing on Monday.Headedby former Shanghai Film Group president Zhu Yongde, the association aims tohelp the Chinese film industry to combat the nation's high levels of DVD, VCDand online piracy.Apart from advising its members on copyrig
  • Clooney rides on Good Luck at Venice

    Actor-director George Clooney's Venice competition film Goodnight,And Good Luck has emerged as one of the first buzz films at the festival.Screen International reviewer Lee Marshall said thefilm "represents George Clooney's consecration as a serious writer anddirector" (see review, opposite).Goodnight was well received by critics atits Venice press screening, ahead of its gala world premiere screening onThursday (Sept 1).At a packed-out Venice
  • Copenhagen Screenings win seller approval

    The Copenhagen International Film Festival's (Aug 18-28)new industry Screenings programme has been given the stamp of approval byScandinavian sellers.Trust Film Sales, NordiskFilm Sales and Angel Film have reported strong interest generated by the CopenhagenScreenings. Ten new Danish films wereshown to 30 international buyers over a two-day period during the
  • De Palma, Gilliam sign up for Talent Lab at Toronto

    Brian De Palma, TerryGilliam and Atom Egoyan are just three of the film artists who have signed forthe Toronto International Film Festival's Talent Lab, a four-day artisticdevelopment programme for emerging Canadian filmmakers held during the event. 22participants from across Canada were selected.De Palma, a perennialaudience member at TIFF, has agreed to join Canadian author Michael Ondaatje asa governor of the Lab while Gilliam, whose Tideland premieres at the event, will join
  • Dillon to get Gotham Award tribute for body of work on Nov 30

    Matt Dillon will receive aGotham Award tribute at IFP New York's upcoming 15th Annual Gotham Awards on Nov 30. Dillon will be the onlyperson to be honoured for his body of work during the show, although the awardwill be presented alongside six competitive honours recognising the year's mostinnovative films and talent. Dillon's credits includethis year's sleeper hit Crash, Drugstore Cowboy, There's Something AboutMary, City Of Ghosts, Singles, and TheOutsiders.
  • Erratum: Pupi Avati's La Seconda Notte di Nozze

    PupiAvati's Venice competition title La Seconda Notte di Nozze is being soldat the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals by Rai Trade and not Adriana ChiesaEnterprises, as reported in the weekly edition of Screen International. Weapologize for any confusion this may cause.
  • Film Source hires Jordon as director of acquisitions

    Alex Massis' Florida-basedsales outfit The Film Source has hired independent filmmaker Edward Jordon asdirector of acquisitions."My role at the Film Sourceis to provide the company with topnotch product that will first demand and thencommand the attention of our international buyers," Jordon said."I am searching for allthose undiscovered gems that haven't yet found their way into the world'smarkets, in all media."The Film Source is lookingfor North Ame
  • Films Distribution strikes US deal on Live And Become

    French sales house FilmsDistribution has acquired several new titles, formed a new alliance andmade some of high-profile sales.Radu Milhaileanu's LiveAnd Become, which last month took top prizes at the Copenhagen FilmFestival, has been sold to the US's Menemsha in a six figure deal. The film hasalso gone to Klockworx in Japan and will soon head into festival season at bothTelluride and Toronto.Christian Carion's MerryChristmas, which was at the centre of a bidding war in
  • Fortissimo takes on sales for Cuesta's Twelve

    FortissimoFilms is to handle worldwide sales on Twelve And Holding, the secondfeature from director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E).Thefilm is to world premiere at next month's Toronto International Film Festival(Sept 8-17) in the Contemporary World Cinema section.TwelveAnd Holding is the story of three twelve year olds, who sparked by the tragicdeath of one's twin brother, band together as they grapple with feelings ofrevenge, the burden
  • Fox Searchlight lands US rights to Mehta's Water

    Fox Searchlighthas picked up US rights to Water, the final instalment in Deepa Mehta's elemental trilogy thatwill open the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept 8.Set in 1930sIndia against the backdrop of Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, Water charts the fallout on a temple communitywhen a group of widows arrives. Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, Bollywood superstarJohn Abraham and Sri Lankan child newcomer Sarala star.David Hamilton,who previously collaborated with Me
  • Funny Balloons swoops for Mueller's Face Addict

    Paris-basedFunny Balloons has taken on international sales for Edo Bertoglio's documentaryFace Addict whichwas produced by Venice Film Festival director Marco Mueller's Downtown Picturesand Switzerland's Amka Films in association with Swiss Television and the USA'sMako Productions.Focusing onthe past and present lives of New York's downtown scene from the late '70s andearly '80s, Face A
  • Good Night, And Good Luck

    Dir:George Clooney. US. 2005. 90mins.Anaustere drama of political and journalistic ethics, Good Night, And GoodLuck represents George Clooney's consecration as a serious writer anddirector after his original but uncertain debut, Confessions Of A DangerousMind.Shotin elegant black-and-white with a classic, measured feel to editing and pacingthat matches its patient establishment of the argument for civil liberties, thefilm centres o
  • Grimm opens well, but Virgin rules domestic box office

    Universal's comedy The40-Year-Old Virgin held on to topspot over the weekend as it stayed marginally ahead of a solid debut byDimension's The Brothers Grimm,the latest picture to issue from Miramax's end-of-term conveyor belt. The only other opener in thetop 10 was Screen Gems' The Cavein sixth place, as overall box office slumped once again to trail the sameweekend of last year by approximately 2.5%. The 40-Year-Old Virgin added an estimated $16.4m f
  • High Point takes on sales for French pair

    London based High PointFilms have taken on international sales for French language titles, Montreal competitor Miss Montigny and Julie Depardieu starring Moon on the Snow.Starring Cesar nomineeSophie Quinton, Miss Montigny isthe first feature for documentary director Miel van Hoogenbemt. It tells thestory of a 19-year-old girl who is coerced into entering a local beauty contestby her pushy mother. Produced by SebastienDelloye for Entre Chien et Loup,
  • Hungary names Fateless as Oscar choice

    Hungary will fieldLajos Koltai's Fateless as its entry for the foreign language Oscar innext March's Academy Awards.The move come as Fateless,which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, preparesfor a Toronto screening in advance of its North American release.Based on a novel by2003 Nobel literature prize winner Imre Kertesz (who also wrote the film'sscreenplay), Fateless was picked up by THINKFilm for North America afterthe Berlina
  • Kitano film tipped to be surprise Venice competitor

    TakeshiKitano's Takeshis is tipped to be the "surprise" last-minute entry inthe Venice Film Festival's competition.Takeshis, whichsees the Japanese director playing himself contronting a look-alike, is alsoset to screen at the Toronto Film Festival.Kitanol
  • Lady Zee takes top Sarajevo honours

    The 11th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 19-27) endedon Saturday night with main award going to Bulgarian film Lady Zee (Leidi Zi) by Georgi Bulgjerov, out of 11 films incompetition. The tragic comedy about an orphan girl won the main Euros25,000 "Heart of Sarajevo" prize, which was awarded by president ofthe Competition Jury Miki Manojlovic, one of the most famous Serbian actors.The rest of the jury included Sundance Festival director Geoffrey Gil
  • Lambert signs on for vampire western Midnight

    Mary Lambert has signed onto direct the vampire-western High Midnight for Beverly Hills-based production company TreasureEntertainment.Denis Faye's screenplaycentres on a down-at-heel sheriff who is forced to team up with a vampirehunter to stop an undead force from consuming a frontier town in 1892 NewMexico.Treasure co-chairman andchief operating officer Mark Heidelberger, who has been developing the projectfor several years, will produce.Heid
  • Lions Gate greenlights Lennon doc with Ono approval

    Lions Gate Filmsand LSL Productions have begun pre-production on David Leaf and JohnScheinfeld's documentary The US Vs John Lennon, the third project from Lions Gate'sdocumentary unit following Grizzly Man and Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man, which receives its world premiere atToronto.Endorsed by YokoOno, The US Vs John Lennon covers the period from 1966 to 1976 and chronicles Lennon'stransformation from performer to anti-war activist and the US government'seffo
  • Live And Become flies off with Copenhagen award

    Romanian director RaduMihaileanu's Live And Become took the Golden Swan for best film and thebest script prize at this year's Copenhagen International Film Festival.Mihaileanu's Live AndBecome, about Ethiopian Jews rescued from Sudan by the Israelis in the1980s, opened the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival inFebruary.The Death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu continued its world wide tour offestival
  • Lumina takes on sales for Favela Rising doc

    Sales house Lumina Films has picked up world rights outside the US toprize-winning documentary Favela Rising.The US-Brazilian co-production won directors Jeff Zimbalist and MattMochary the best new documentary filmmaker award at the Tribeca Film Festivalin May and will now screen at both the Montreal International Film Festival andin Rio de Janeiro. Lumina will debut the piece for distributors in Montreal and at the AFM,in addition to select private screenings in T
  • New LA short festival launches with series of quarterly competitions

    LA-based Very Short Movies(VSM) has launched with the aim of presenting a world class shorts festival inHollywood for films under 10 minutes called the Golden Star Shorts Fest. In addition to providingshort filmmakers with festival exposure, VSM will help to secure appropriatedistribution opportunities for select entries VSM launches with a seriesof quarterly competitions, and finalists will get an opportunity to participatein the annual festival, which kicks off in Hollywood in
  • Palm Springs ShortFest accepts 324 submissions

    Films starringStephen Rea, Rosario Dawson, Sandra Oh, Selma Blair and Steve Buscemi arefeatured in the line-up of the upcoming 2005 Palm Springs InternationalFestival of Short Films (ShortFest), which runs Sept 20-26.Organisers haveunveiled a roster of 324 titles chosen from a record 2,400 worldwide entries,which they say has led to a 10% increase in submissions."With the 324films selected for public screening, we barely scratched the surface of theextraordinary talent seen in f
  • Pinewood blames tax policy for profit plunge

    Pinewood Shepperton has blamed uncertainty over UK film taxpolicy and the weak US dollar for disappointingfirst-half results.The studio reported today that pre-tax losses for the firstsix months of 2005 were £108,000 compared with £1.63m for the same period lastyear. Revenues tumbled from £20.4 million to £13.3 million.Pinewood chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said that it had beendifficult to convert provisional film bookings into contracts in the first halfof the year. This was "
  • San Sebastian launches North African financing initiative

    TheDonostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 15-24) is expandingits geographical reach with a new financing initiative targeting North Africanfilmmakers, building on its current reputation as a hotbed for emerging Latintalents.The festival has unveiled two sections in two days: thepopular Latin Horizons competition, where many of the films are alumni orfinalists of the
  • Screen appoints Asia-Pacific bureau chief

    Screen International has appointed Liz Shackleton asAsia-Pacific bureau chief.A Screen International reporter for more than adecade, Shackleton was responsible for the successful launch of ScreenDaily.comand has been reporting on Hong Kong and China for the magazine and websitesince 2001.From today, she will supervise a top-flight reporting teamfrom across the region, underlining Screen International's ongoingcommitment to the Asia Pacific industry.
  • Searchlight clicks onto Imagine Me & You

    Fox Searchlighthas acquired North American, Latin American, French, Italian and Japaneserights to Ol Parker's directorial debut romantic comedy Imagine Me & You (working title, formerly Click).The picture willreceive its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of Toronto on Sept 9 and opens across North America on Feb 10 2006. Focus Features is handling sales in the rest of the world.The movie is aBBC Films presentation of a Cougar Films, Fragile Films,
  • Seven Swords (Qi Jian)

    Dir: Tsui Hark. HK-Chi-SKor. 2005. 152mins.Hong Kong auteur TsuiHark's most ambitious film to date, Seven Swords makes for an energeticVenice curtain-raiser after the dreary plod of last year's The Terminal.The director has talked upSeven Swords as the Saving Private Ryan of martial arts films, of areturn to basics and focus on realism.It's true that that there isless blatant wirework and CG magical realism than Asian action fans have gr
  • Sienna Miller signs for Golconda's Camille

    Golconda Films, the London-based production and financing company headed by Gregory Mackenzie and Brett Walsh, has recruited rising British actress Sienna Miller to star in its forthcoming dark comedy, Camille. Harvey Keitel is also attached to the project, to be exec-produced by Charles Finch. The UK-Canadian co-production is in advanced development and is likely to shoot early next year. Mackenzie will directMiller, seen this weekend at the Venice Festival opposite Heat
  • Sogepaq runs with South Express

    Spain's Sogepaqhas picked up world rights on new feature South Express, screening this month in both Toronto andSan Sebastian.The movie (SudExpress) weaves togethersix stories of ordinary people whose lives are touched by the fabled train linethat runs from Lisbon to Paris.It was shot onDVacross three countries and in five languages by co-directors Chema dela Peña (2004 box office hit Isi-Disi) and debut feature director Gabriel Velazquez."Our or
  • South Africa names Tsotsi as Oscar submission

    GavinHood's gritty gangster-drama Tsotsi, a double winner at the EdinburghInternational Film Festival over the weekend, has been named as South Africa'sofficial entry into the foreign language category of the 78thAcademy Awards.The South African selection committee wasconvened by the National Film and Video Foundation and the country'sIndependent Producer's Organisation. It was chaired by Ferdi Gazendam, CEO ofSter-Kinekor who will be releasing the film later this month in local
  • Strong opening for Fly's Manslaughter

    Danish director Per Fly Manslaughter had a strong opening in itslocal market over the weekend on the back of rave reviews. Manslaughter, the third in Fly's trilogy of class filmsthat includes The Bench andInheritance, opened number one in Denmark with over 38,000admissions, three times as many as the second placed film
  • Telluride lineup includes Pluto, Brokeback

    Announcing aheavily US-centric line-up on its opening day, organisers of the 32nd TellurideFilm Festival have snagged world premiere bragging rights to films includingJames Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line starring Joaquin Phoenix and ReeseWitherspoon, and Scott McGehee and David Siegel's drama Bee Season starring Richard Gere and JulietteBinoche.Also scheduledto play in Colorado are Stuart Gordon's contemporary film noir Edmond, based on the David Mamet
  • Terence Stamp joins cast of western love story Dawn

    Terence Stamphas joined the cast of September Dawn, Christopher Cain's Western love story set against thebackdrop of religious fanaticism.Jon Voight,Lolita Davidovitch, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope and John Gries were previouslyconfirmed in the cast.Cain wrote the screenplaywith Carol Whang Schutter, and is producing with Scott Duthie and KevinMatossian. Production is currently underway in Alberta, Canada.
  • The Great Goblin War (Yokai Daisenso)

    Dir: Takashi Miike. Jap.2005. 124mins.Announcing the production of the $30m The Great Goblin War lastSeptember, Kadokawa Group chairman Tsuguhiko Kadokawa said the film would'rival Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings in its worldwideappeal".To make its chairman's wordsa reality, Kadokawa hired Takashi Miike, a director best known for hisfull-frontal plunges into depravity, madness and general weirdness such as Auditionand
  • The Island swims past $100m in international

    The Island crossed $100m through Warner Bros PicturesInternational (WBPI) following an estimated $9.7m weekend haul on more than4,500 screens in 48 markets that raised the running total to $101.6m. The picture was expected torank number one in Italy on $1.7m including previews and 216,700 admissionsfrom 332 screens.It also opened top in Greeceon $506,000 including previews and 61,350 admissions from 73, and top in Swedenon $320,600 and nearly 30,000 admissions from 88.
  • The Secret Life Of Words (La Vida Secreta De Las Palabras)

    Dir/scr: IsabelCoixet. 2005. Sp-UK. 112mins.Produced once more by Pedro Almodovar's El Deseooutfit, Isabel Coixet's second English-language feature proves itself to be adeeply felt work that is much stronger on emotions than it is on form.Initially affecting,her story of a recluse tending a temporarily blinded man eventually becomesrepetitive before stating its case too late in the day.
  • The Suspect impresses at Japanese box office

    The Suspect, the fourth in the series of films that startedwith the massive local hit Bayside Shakedown, had an impressive opening at the Japanese box office overthe weekend.The Fuji TV film, aboutthe inner workings of the Tokyo police, finished its opening weekend (August 27to 28) with a gross of $5,859,026 (Y644,492,900) on 450,450 admissions. Thistotal is 16.2% higher than that recorded by the third series entry, TheNegotiator. Opening on May 7, TheNeg
  • Tribeca, Sloan Foundation team to stage Oct science conference

    The Tribeca Film Institutewill host a summit aiming to bring together the film and scientific communitiesfrom Oct 5-8 in New York City.The Summit is designed toassemble emerging screenwriters and directors from leading film schools andorganisations across the US who have been supported by grants from the Alfred PSloan Foundation. The programme, conceived byprogramme director Doron Weber to encourage more realistic and entertainingstories about science and challenge stereotypes a
  • Tsotsi storms off with Edinburgh prizes

    SouthAfrican/UK feature Tsotsi emerged as the major prize-winner at this year'sEdinburgh Film Festival, winning both the Michael Powell Award for the bestBritish Film and the Standard Life Audience Award as the public favourite. Setin the shanty towns of South Africa, Gavin Hood's third feature is based on an AtholFugard novel and tells of a young hoodlum's journey from crime towards redemption.Itwon widespread critical support but faced tough opposition for the AudienceA
  • Two Bollywood movies set to shoot in New York

    Two Indian projectsfeaturing Bollywood superstars are gearing up for autumn shoots with thefinancial support of New York Mayor Bloomberg's Made In NY tax creditinitiative. Shirish Kunder's romanticcomedy Jaaneman stars megastarSalman Khan with Preity Zinta and Akshay Kumar and is being produced byNadiawala Grandson Entertainment, which plans to launch a US production anddistribution hub in New York. Naseeruddin Shah's YunHota To Kya Hota, What If..., a drama about
  • Venice kicks off with Swords, metal detectors

    The 62nd VeniceInternational Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night in hot and stickyweather with the world premiere of Tsui Hark's Seven Swords, amid heightened security measuresinvolving more than a dozen metal detectors and around 1,000 police officerspatroling the Lido.The black tieopening ceremony, which was hosted by Spanish model Ines Sastre, was attendedby the Seven Swordsdelegation, as well as Ang Lee, whose Brokeback Mountain is screening in competit
  • Verhoeven's Black Book cranks up in The Hague

    Paul Verhoeven's longawaited WWII thriller Blackbook starts shooting this week (Aug 31)in The Hague in the Netherlands.The Dutch/German/Englishlanguage production will shoot for 76 days in both The Hague and Germany'sStudio Babelsberg. The $20m wartime thriller isthe most expensive pre-dominantly Dutch language production ever made and tellsthe story of a German Jewish girl (Dutch actress Carice van Houten) whonarrowly survives the war in Holland and shortly
  • Virgin goes against Red Eye in hot UK weekend for UIP

    Warner BrosPictures International (WBPI) executives are bidding to hold on to theirinternational crown of the past few weeks when they unleash The Dukes OfHazzard in Italy on Sept2 and Taiwan on Sept 3.The comedy hasgrossed $5.5m from six territories so far and executives will be looking tocapitalise on its familiarity to international audiences as a televisionseries.Meanwhile CharlieAnd The Chocolate Factoryand The Island areexpected to build steadily on th
  • Warner Bros signs German broadband VOD deal

    Warner BrosInternational Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a multi-year deal toprovide content to T-Online for its broadband VOD service in Germany.Beginning inSeptember, Warner Bros pictures from the Harry Potter and Matrix franchises, as well as Ocean's Twelve and The Polar Express, will be available on T-Online'sbroadband VOD service. The deal includes classic library titles like GoneWith The Wind.New Releases will become available
  • Warsaw festival launches CentEast film market

    The Warsaw International Film Festival (WFF)(Oct 7-16) is launching the CentEast regional film market for films fromCentral and Eastern Europe for the first time this year over four days fromOctober 12-15.WFF festival director Stefan Laudyn told ScreenDaily.comthat CentEast builds on the experiences of the festival's previous WarsawScreenings and will include closed screenings of around 20 films from Centraland Eastern Europe."We have a wide definition of the countriesbei
  • Winkler to teach three-day masterclass at Deauville

    Irwin Winkler (pictured) will teach athree-day directing masterclass at the 31st Deauville American Film Festival in France.Winkler, a four-time AcademyAward producing nominee who shared best picture honours for Rocky in 1977, has directing credits including De-Lovely, The Net, Guilty By Suspicion, Life As A House and Night And The City.Winkler will include a Ron Howard tribute screeningof Cinderella Man as part of thefour-day co
  • Zhang Yimou reunites with Gong Li for China drama

    Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou will reunite with his former museGong Li for the first time in 10 years in an untitled new film slated for 2006.Qin Lixun, deputy general manager of Beijing New Picture,has confirmed that both Gong and Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat have signed tostar in a period drama which will start filming in China next February. Zhang's long-time partners Beijing New Picture's ZhangWeiping and Edko Films's Bill Kong will co-produce the new film. The pairproduced Zha