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4 September 2006

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  • $2.6m donated to 9/11 charities from opening gross of World Trade Center

    FourSeptember 11 charities will receive $2.6m as a portion of the first five days'gross of Paramount's drama World Trade Center.
  • A Few Days In September (Quelques Jours En Septembre)

    Dir/scr: Santiago Amigorena. Fr-It. 2006. 110mins.After some 30 odd scripts for French cinema and fournovels of his own, Argentinian writer Santiago Amigorena has finally movedbehind the camera and treated himself to a peach of a screenplay. A smartly writtenspy yarn built around 9/11, A Few Days InSeptember has the look of an international intrigue escapade, with a stronganti-American flavour that may not be rece
  • Aardman launching mobile channel with Orange

    Aardman Animations, producers of hits including Wallace & Gromit, is launching itsown mobile channel on the Orange TV service.The Aardman Animations channelwill run a video loop of content which will be refreshed weekly. The channelwill include Aardman's own work plus otherinternational animated content. The mobile content will be created in-house atthe Bri
  • AFI FEST schedules programme to celebrate 20th anniversary, predecessor Filmex

    The Los Angeles AFI FEST islining up a series of events commemorating the 20th anniversary ofAFI FEST and 15 years of its predecessor Filmex.The commemorative programmeTake The Journey will run during the upcoming AFI FEST from Nov 1-12 at theArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.Events include a screeningof Sacred Monsters presented byPeter Bogdanovich, a 24-hour movie marathon on Nov 11, and the launch of awebsite enabling visitors to search through an archi
  • Alatriste opens well in Spain but doesn't break records

    The hugely awaited Viggo Mortensen-starrer Alatriste, themost expensive Spanish production ever, scored well during its opening weekendin its home market but fell short of breaking local records.According to provisionalfigures from Nielsen EDI, Alatriste took around $5.8m (Euros 4.5m) in its openingweekend, which would leave it trailing local record holders Torrente 3: The Protector (Euros 7.2m in 2005) and live-action comic Mortadelo
  • Appleton leaves W&A for LA law firm Sheppard Mullin

    Former Writers and Artists Agency general counsel Dina Appletonhas joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's entertainment media and communicationspractice group.
  • Arts Alliance strikes VOD deal with Icon

    Arts Alliance Media hassigned a three-year deal with Icon Film Distribution for UK downloads-to-rent.The video-on-demand dealwill make the Icon films available through LoveFilmand AOL UK, which is powered by LoveFilm.AAM will have rights to select new and catalogue
  • ASC sets annual awards for Feb 18, 2007

    The 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awardsfor Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography will take place on Feb 18 2007 inLos Angeles.
  • Berlin to launch $3.8m fund for regional films

    The city ofBerlin is to launch a $3.8m (Euros 3m)Bank Fund to support the production and distribution of film productions fromthe region from 2007.Berlin's Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit announced the new initiative at the beginning ofthis week's Medienforum Berlin-Brandenburg,explaining that the fund would be financed by the city of Berlin
  • Berlin to launch $3.8m fund for regional films

    The city ofBerlin is to launch a $3.8m (Euros 3m)Bank Fund to support the production and distribution of film productions fromthe region from 2007.Berlin's Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit announced the new initiative at the beginning ofthis week's Medienforum Berlin-Brandenburg,explaining that the fund would be financed by the city of Berlin
  • Black Book (Zwartboek)

    Dir: Paul Verhoeven. Neth-Bel-Ger-UK.140mins.The prodigal son of Dutch cinema comes home from Hollywood with the budget,production values and the epic nonchalance of the American Way packed in his suitcase. Black Book, Paul Verhoeven'sfirst European film for more than 20 years, is not a particularly o
  • Black Dahlia gets enthusiastic response in Venice

    Brian De Palma's James Ellroy adaptation TheBlack Dahlia yesterday received a mixed but largely enthusiastic receptionas it opened the 63rd Venice Festival yesterday. Maverick crime novelist Ellroy himself - who attended the opening press conferencealongside stars Scarlett Johansson, Josh Hartnett,Aaron Eckhart, Mia Kirchner and director De Palma -was clearly delighted by the movie."Twice in my 27-year novelwriting career, I have been lucky with film adaptations (of my work) fir
  • Bosnia puts forward Grbavica for foreign-language Oscar

    Jasmila Zbanic's GoldenBear-winning feature debut Grbavica has been selected by Bosnia and Herzegovina as its official submission for the Foreign LanguageFilm category at the forthcoming Academy Awards.The co-production between Austria's coop99 Filmproduktion, Zbanic's own company Deblokada Filmproduction
  • Bostock named to new post as sales director of ITN Source

    ITN Source, formerly ITN Archive, has expanded with the appointment of David Bostockto the new position of sales director.Bostock will be responsible for building, developing andmanaging ITN Source's sales operation, overseeing the UK team from the London h
  • Burstyn takes the lead in Skogland's Stone Angel

    Writer-director KariSkogland has begun principal photography on her feature The Stone Angel with Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn in the lead.Based on the novel by thelate Margaret Laurence -- a staple of modern Canadian literature - thefilm will be distributed in Canada by Odeon Films with world sales through IACFilm/Sequence Film. Backers include Telefilm Canada, Manitoba Film & Soundand The Harold Greenberg Fund in association with The Movie Network and MovieCentral.
  • BVI's Pirates holds international crown for ninth weekend

    Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest closed its ninth consecutive weekend asthe number one international picture as it took another significant stridetowards the $1bn global mark.
  • Chartier steers Voltage through changing international landscape

    Headof fast-growing 18 month-oldfinancing & sales company Voltage Pictures Nicolas Chartier talks to Jeremy Kay about the newgeneration of film financiers and international distributors.
  • Children Of Men

    Dir: Alfonso Cuaron. US-UK. 2006. 108mins.Unwrap the fascinating dystopian visionof the near-future in Alfonso Cuaron's Children Of Men- based on the sci-fi novel by British literary baroness PD James - and youfind a fairly ordinary movie with stock characters. But if its backdrop andstory never quite coalesce into a satisfying whole, the film is saved by itssheer imaginat
  • Children Of Men

    Dir: Alfonso Cuaron. US-UK. 2006. 108mins.Unwrap the fascinatingdystopian vision of the near-future in Alfonso Cuaron's Children Of Men - based on the sci-fi novel by British literarybaroness PD James - and you find a fairly ordinary movie with stock characters.But if its backdrop and story never quite coalesce into a satisfying whole, thenthe film is saved by its sheer imaginative verve and by the terrific chase andbattle sequences, which replace the usual fantasy rhe
  • Consultant questions Venice's industry credentials

    With 300 buyers in attendance and 80 market screenings, this year's Venice Festival would appear to be catering to industry demands as thoroughly as it can, given the Lido's awkward infrastructure. But Edith Grant, consultant to Venice's industry office, has questioned how deep the Biennale's commitment to staging a meaningful industry event really is."They (the Biennale) have to decide whether they will make the industry office a priority or not," Gr
  • Copenhagen selects competitors for fourth, later festival

    The fourthCopenhagen International Film Festival (Sept 21 to Oct 1) is spearheaded by tenEuropean films competing for the Golden Swan Awards. The jury of Robby Muller,Pawel Pawlikowski, Greta Scacchi, Kornel Mundruczo and Danish actress GhitaNorby will be judging the following films in competition: Mouth To Mouth (Bjorn Runge, Sweden)Happy As One (Vanessa Joop, Germany)Along The Ridge (Kim Rossi Stuart, Italy)
  • Crank

    Dir/scr: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor. US. 2006.83mins.
  • Das Fraulein wins best film at Sarajevo festival

    Andrea Staka's Das Fraulein has added the Heart ofSarajevo Award for best film at the 12th Sarajevo FilmFestival to its Golden Leopard win at Locarno.Marija Skaricic was also named best actress award for her part in the tale of three women from the former Yugoslavia dealing with their past, present and future.Rakan Rushaidat from Croatian-Bosnian-Serbian All For Free, directed by Antonio Nuic, was thebest actor. The special jury award went to Bosnian Faruk Lonca
  • Dead Man's Chest continues to fill with international grosses

    Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest set another record for Buena VistaInternational (BVI) as it remained the international box office champion for aneighth consecutive weekend Ð the longest run at the top in the company'shistory.
  • Dubai announces hefty prizes with new Arab competition

    The Dubai International Film Festival has announcedthat its new Muhr Awards For Excellence In Arab Cinema will carry prize moneyof $325,000 (AED 1.2m).The Muhr awards, whose name means young horse inArabic, will honour film-makers in feature, documentary and short categories.
  • Edmonds named to head Weinstein/Johnson co-venture

    TraceyEdmonds has been appointed president of Our Stories Films, the African-Americancomedy studio announced by the Weinstein Company (TWC) and BET founder Robert LJohnson's RLJ companies in July.
  • EFA announces 12 nominees for audience awards

    The European Film Academy hasopened votes for its People's Choice Award, which allows audiences across Europe to votefor their favourite film. Nominees for this year's People's Choice Award are:Adam'sApples by Anders Thomas JensenTheElementary Particles by Oskar RoehlerThe C
  • European Film Promotion continues Toronto initiatives

    European Film Promotion,supported from the European Union's MEDIA Programme, will for the second yearoversee the Film Sales Support initiative at the Toronto International FilmFestival.At Toronto (Sept 7-16), EFP will be part of the expandedEuropean group at the Festival's Sales and Industry Office in the Sutton PlaceHotel. The Film Sales Supportinitiative supports individual marketing campaignesfor European sales c
  • Films Distribution on board for new Hou Hsiao-Hsien film

    Heading into the autumn festival season, French sales house FilmsDistribution has acquired three new projects at script level.The first is the next film up from Hou Hsiao-Hsien called Le Ballon Rouge.Starring Juliette Binoche,the film is about a mother who can't cope with her child and the nanny shehires from Taiwan. Shootingcommences in Paris in September withthe film set
  • FIPRESCI to give Grand Prix to Almodovar's Volver

    Pedro Almodovar'sVolver willreceive FIPRESCI's Grand Prix for Best Film of theYear during the San Sebastian International Film Festival.The annual award will bepresented to producer Agustin Almodovar on Sept 21,during the opening gala of the festival. The prize from TheInternational Federation of Film Critics is voted on by more than 350 criticsaround the world. Films released between August 2005 and July 2006 were eligible. Volver opened in
  • First And Goal named as first private backer for Cruise/Wagner

    Less than one week afterViacom chief Sumner Redstone banished Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner from theParamount kingdom, the pair has struck a development deal with an investmentfirm headed by Washington Redskins owners Daniel Snyder.The deal with First AndGoal, which is also headed by Dwight Schar, chairman of the homebuildingconglomerate NVR, and Mark Shapiro, president of amusement park giant SixFlags, gives Cruise/Waqner Productions development and overhead costs for twoyears with an o
  • First wave of Blu-ray releases announced in Japan

    Sony, Matsushita and majorhome video companies have announced that consumer-priced Blu-ray disc playersand 75 movie titles will be released in Japan this November.The discs will sell at arange of prices under $42.78 (Y5,000) which is slightly more than standard DVDreleases. The initial releases coincide with Sony's debut of the PlayStation 3on November 11. The multi-faceted game console will support Blu-ray discplayback fu
  • Focus joins One Ton on Wisit's Armful

    Hong Kong's Focus Films is teaming up with Singapore-based OneTon Cinema to co-produce Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng's upcoming film Armful. The Chinese-languagestylised tragicomedy will feature a pan-Asian cast, most likely from Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Thailand
  • Foldes, Meyerink named heads of educational outreach at Breckenridge

    The 26th annual Breckenridge Film Festival, whichtakes place Sept 7 to 10 in Breckenridge, Colorado, has appointed film-makersLawrence David Foldes and Victoria Paige Meyerink directors of the festival's new educational outreachprogramme.As part of the programme, Foldes and Meyerink will presenttwo full-day seminars during the festival entitled 'Independent Filmmaking InToday's Marketplace' and 'Getting Films Seen - When The Shooting Stops,the Real Work Begins'. They will also host a
  • Frears' Queen is royally received

    Regal mania gripped the Lido following this weekend's world premiere of Stephen Frears' The Queen in competition at the Venice Festival. Frears, Helen Mirren and the film's producers received a standing ovation at their press conference.There was a whiff of republicanism as Frears met the British press in the gardens of the Des Bains Hotel on Saturday morning."I think the institution (the Monarchy) is problematic and I imagine that when the Queen dies, there will
  • Fuji TV unveils fourth spin-off in Bayside franchise

    Fuji TV has announcedanother entry in its successful Bayside Shakedownfilm and TV franchise - Bengoshi HaijimaHideki (Hideki Haijima, Esq.) - to bedirected by Daisaku Kobayashi and star actor and TV presenter Norito Yashima.The TV movie will be thefourth spin-off produced since the release of the original feature film in 1998and its sequel in 2003.Yashima played theantagonist in last year's The Suspect,itself a spin-off film, but will be the central c
  • Fur hits Telluride six weeks before 'world premiere' in Rome

    Steven Shainberg's Fur starring Nicole Kidman as the celebratedphotographer Diane Arbus has been lined up as a world premiere at thisweekend's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, some six weeks ahead of its officialworld premiere as the opening night the inaugural Rome Film Festival.The screening of Fur once again raises the issue of Telluride's cloudystatus in the festival calendar. Branding itself as a sneak preview event whichdoesn't announce its programme in advance
  • Gale Force 10 to premiere on eve of Flanders festival

    Gale Force 10, the new Flemish film by Hans Herbots, willhave its world premiere on October 6 on the eve of the Flanders InternationalFilm Festival in Ghent.Gale Force 10 is the official opening film of the Festival Previews section. The festivalwill also host an official competition opening on Oct 11, which will beannounced later. Herbots previously directed features Falling and Weekend,
  • German box office up 8.9% over first half of 2005

    Despite Germany's hosting ofthe World Cup and sweltering temperatures from late May, German cinemas havereported marked increases in box-office takings and admissions for the firsthalf of 2006 over the same period last year, according to figures collated bythe German Federal Film Board (FFA).The FFA reported that box-office takings had increased by 8.9% from 2005's $452.4m(Euros 352.6m) to $492.9m
  • Germany's Schlingensief starts feature about Princess Di

    German"enfant terrible" Christoph Schlingensief has grabbed the headlinesonce again, this time with the announcement that he plans to make a featurefilm about the last hour in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. Speaking toGermany's leading tabloid Bildjust two days before the ninth anniversary of Diana's tragic death in Paris, Schlingensiefrevealed that 12 hours of footage had
  • Gil Rossellini plans two romantic comedies

    Italian film-maker GilRossellini, whose latest film Kill GilII premiered in Venicethis week, is hatching two new feature projects. RaiCinema has already committed to boarding romantic comedy Once Upon A Time In Parma, set in the communitywhere parmesan cheese is produced. Rossellini is co-writing and will alsoproduce. It is yet to be decided whether the film will be shot in Italian orEnglish.Through his produ
  • Goldwyn, Roadside to handle US on Amazing Grace

    Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions will jointlydistribute the Toronto International Film Festival's closing night film AmazingGrace in the US.
  • Granada steps up film commitment after Queen success

    Following its success with The Queen, UK TV company Granada is to step up its commitment to feature film.Granada's controller of Drama and Comedy Andy Harries, speaking in Venice, has given details of a slate of new projects the company is developing. These include films with talent ranging from Paul Abbott to Caroline Aherne. Harries is also hopeful of working with writer Peter Morgan on a third film about Tony Blair, following The Deal and The Queen."The Queen
  • Greenaway to start Nightwatching shoot next week

    Peter Greenaway'sNightwatching,about Rembrandt's most famous painting, will start shooting in location in Poland and Wales from Sept 4. Martin Freeman, known forhis roles in The Office and The Hitchhiker's Guide ToThe Galaxy, will play Rembrandt, and the supporting cast includesEva Birthistle, Jodhi May,Emily Holmes and
  • Haas-directed Iraq thriller has world premiere at Hamptons

    Theworld premiere of Philip Haas' Iraq-set thriller The Situation will open the 14th Annual Hamptons International FilmFestival, which runs from Oct 18-22.
  • HATCHfest names ten student film-makers on shortlist for 2006 festival

    Ten student film-makerfinalists from around the world have been selected for the upcoming HatchAudiovisual Arts Festival, HATCHfest, which will run Oct 3 to 8 in Bozeman,Montana. The festival, whose mission is to provide mentorship, education,inspiration and recognition, honours the young film-makers who are dubbed"Groundbreakers" with various awards for best director, cinematography, editingand score.The Groundbreakers must allbe current film students or graduates of no longer than tw
  • I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (Hei Yanquan)

    Dir: Tsai Ming Liang. Tai-Fr-Aust. 2006. 115mins.Tsai Ming Liang is anacquired taste: either you like what he does or you don't and there are no twoways about it. If you do, then you will not be surprised by I Don't Want to Sleep Alone's static shots, absence of anyvisible narrative, lack of dialogue, apocalyptic visions of a world systematicallyself-destructing and lonely characters desperately yearning for companionshipand love.
  • IFM to handle world DVD and TV sales on 16 vintage Australian titles

    IFMhas signed an exclusive distribution deal with Australian DVD distributorUmbrella Entertainment for a package of 16 Australian pictures from the 1970sand 80s.
  • Infamous

    Dir/scr: Douglas McGrath. US 2006. 117mins.To make another TrumanCapote biopic may be regarded as a misfortune; to make another Truman Capotebiopic about exactly the same period of the writer's life looks likecarelessness. But this classic industry no-no could play out, paradoxically, infavour of Douglas McGrath's nuanced take on the US writer and doyen of Manhattan
  • Invincible remains North American box office champ

    BuenaVista's American football drama Invincible held on to the number one spot with a $15.2m four-day haul over theLabor Day holiday weekend and stayed ahead of new releases Crank in second place and The Wicker Man in third.
  • Korean Screen Quota Action Alliance to hold Venice campaign

    The Korean Screen QuotaAction Alliance has announced it is holding a campaign at the 63rd Venice FilmFestival, which started yesterday, to protest against the screen quotareduction.Director Ryoo Seung-wan,whose The City Of Violence isscreening out-of-competition at the festival, will spearhead the campaign witha solo protest on Sep 1, with other protests to follow until the 4th. Ryoo and his co-star in The City Of Violence, martial artsexpert Ju
  • Korean-US co-production Never Forever wraps in NYC

    New York-based Vox3 Films co-founder Andrew Fierberg and LeeJoon-Dong of Now Films have completed principal photography on Gina Kim'sromance Never Forever.
  • Korea's Mediaplex sets up production outfit

    Korean major investor,distributor and exhibitor Mediaplex is stepping into production with a new unitcalled Motion 101, which will produce four to five films a year while also handlinginvestment and distribution.Mediaplex announced todaythat Motion 101 has been established with investment of $2.6m split 80:20 with computersystems firm Innet. Earlier this month, Innet acquired Cineline II, producer ofhit films Friend and Marathon. An affiliate
  • London To Brighton wins new director's award at Edinburgh

    Paul Andrew Williams won the Skillset New Directors Award for London To Brighton announced at the closing weekend of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Accepting the cash prize of £1,500, writer-director Williams admitted that the film had cost £80,000 and thanked the UK Film Council who had stepped in to fund its completion.The Festival's patron Sir Sean Connery presented the Standard Life Audience Award to Clerks II. The Kevin Smith comedy had received 78% of votes
  • London's Frieze Art Fair comissions five short films

    The annual London-based FriezeArt Fair's Frieze Projects will this year include commissioned films from Dutchartist Manon de Boer, Mexican artist Miguel Calderon,London-based Bonnie Camplin,Glasgow-based Phil Collins and Thai film-maker ApichatpongWeerasethakul. The Artists Cinema,presented in partnership with LUX, willscreen the films as before they tour UK cinemas to
  • Lumina gets sales on Toronto Discovery Glue

    London-based Lumina Filmshas picked up worldwide sales rights to Alexis Dos Santos' Glue, which plays as a Discovery in the forthcomingToronto International Film Festival.Set in Patagonia, the filmis a comedy drama about a 15 year-old and two friends who cope with the trialsof burgeoning adolescence by getting high and getting off, mostly with eachother.Inspired by Dos Santos' ownadolescence in Patagonia in the 80s, the film was shot in the same village ofhis upbringing.
  • Match Factory takes on Half Moon and Takva

    Germansales company The Match Factory will handle international sales onKurdish-Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi'slatest feature Half Moon and Turkishdirector Ozer Kiziltan's Takva - A Man's Fear Of God which are bothhaving their world premieres at the forthcoming Toronto International FilmFestival. Ghobadi's film, which is produced by his own companyMIJ Films with Paris-based Silkroad Production andthe New Crowned Hope Festival in
  • McGrath says Infamous offers distinct Capote portrait

    First,in the early 1960s, there was Richard Brooks' film version of In Cold Blood. Then, last year, therewas Bennett Miller's well-received biopic, Capote,which netted Philip Seymour Hoffman an Oscar for his portrayal of the mercurialAmerican novelist, Truman Capote. Now, in Venice, a third film inspired byCapote's trip to Kansas to investigate theslaying of a Midwestern
  • Montreal's FNC gets shot in the arm from Langlois

    Montreal's Festival duNouveau Cinema has signed a ten-year partnership with software magnate DanielLanglois that will cement the festival's place within Langlois' Ex-Centrismedia centre in the city's downtown. Langlois is also forgivingthe FNC's long-term debt and committing to provide a long-term venue forCanada's oldest film festival. The 35th edition of the FNC runs fromOct 18 to 28.The new arrangement hasthree other mandates: the creation of a new prize, Prix de l'innovation
  • Mulroney joins Shues in Picturehouse drama Gracie

    DermotMulroney has joined Elisabeth Shue, Carly Schroeder and Andrew Shue on the castof Gracie, which begins shooting in NewJersey this week.
  • Nordisk to handle sales for Boe's Offscreen

    Nordisk Film is to handle international sales on Camera D'or WinnerChristoffer Boe's latestfilm Offscreen,it has just been announced in Venice.Offscreen received its internationalpremiere in Venice Days earlier this week. The story of a man obsessed withputting his life on camera, the film was produced by AlphaVillePictures Copenhagen with support from New Danish Screen, the Danish FilmInstitute's agency
  • Norway's Bawke wins top prize at Palm Springs ShortFest

    Hisham Zaman's Norwegian entry Bawke won the 2006 Palm Springs InternationalFestival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest)'s Best of FestivalAward on Aug 29.
  • Oliver Stone and Spike Lee get political in Venice

    It was a day of fiery pressconferences in Venicewith Oliver Stone, Paul Verhoeven and Spike Lee allpresenting new films. A belligerent and upbeat Stone, on the Lido with World Trade Center, surprised onlookersby attacking the "cultural problem" of violence in US movies,chastising films such as Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor for "promotingshock and awe" and "worshipping the machinery of war."Flanked by William Jim
  • Oliver Stone heads to San Sebastian with World Trade Center

    Oliver Stone, Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale andDavid Hasselhoff will be on hand to present theirlatest films in special screenings at the Donostia-SanSebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30).The screenings take place inSan Sebastian's impressive 3,000-seat AnoetaVelodrome theatre, celebrating its 20thanniversary this year.Stone, who inaugurated thevenue in 1986 with his film
  • Oliver Stone recruited for BAFTA's David Lean Lecture

    BAFTAhas announced that Oliver Stone will deliver its David Lean Lecture on Sept 6 atAcademy headquarters in Piccadilly, London.DavidParfitt, chairman of Bafta'sfilm committee, will introduce Stone, who will deliver the lecture and thendiscuss his past work and forthcoming film WorldTrade Center with critic Mark Kermode. 'OliverStone is that rare thing in Hollywood
  • One Eyed Films boards production of new Marins film

    The UK-based company OneEyed Films, which specialises in Latin American films, has come on board as oneof the producers of Embodiment Of Evil, a horror film to be directed by Brazilian cultfigure Jose Mojica Marins,who has made more than 40 films. The other producers are Olhosde Cao, Gullane Filmes and Marins.Dennison Ramalhoco-wrote the script with Marins about the well-knowncharacter, undertaker Coffin Joe, who is released from prison and goes on amessianic crusade in
  • Outfest, UCLA to restore Parting Glances, Word Is Out

    Outfest and the UCLA Film& Television Archive have announced the first two pictures to be restoredas part of their film preservation partnership unveiled last year.The pictures are BillSherwood's 1986 AIDS drama Parting Glances starring Steve Buscemi and Word Is Out: Stories Of Some Of Our Lives, a documentary about gay experiences directed by theThe Mariposa Film Group in 1978."What if we were unableto share these life-altering images with future generations'" Out
  • Pan Europeenne Edition renamed Wild Bunch Distribution

    The distribution arm of French sales and financing outfit Wild Bunch,Pan Europeenne Edition, has been re-baptized Wild BunchDistribution the company announced.Wild Bunch took an interest in Pan Europeenne, adistribution and production house run by Philippe Godeau, in 2004.Executives at the newly christened Wild Bunch Distribution remain inplace with the company headed up by Jean-Philippe Tirel.Wild Bunch Distribution will continue to release about 20 French andforeign fil
  • Peter Jackson, Universal to remake Dambusters

    Peter Jackson and hisWingNut Films have revealed plans to make a new film based on the book TheDam Busters by Paul Brickhill andthe classic 1954 British war film of the same name.Jackson will produce andChristian Rivers, who has worked with Jackson for over 17 years most recentlyas animation director on King Kong,will make his directorial debut on the film, which has been redubbed Dambusters.Universal Pictures andStudioCanal are co-financing the project; Uni
  • Pirates shoots for ninth week at top and $1bn

    Buena Vista International(BVI)'s Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will still be the one to beat as it bears down on$1bn in global ticket sales and attempts a ninth consecutive weekend as theinternational box office champion.The adventure sequel thusfar stands at $976m of which $566.8m was taken at the international box office.There are no openingsplanned for the weekend, but strong holds are expected in all territories andexecutives have revised their earlier fo
  • Pretty Pictures gets French rights to The Old Garden

    Paris-based distributor Pretty Pictures has announced the acquisition ofa new work by Korean director Im Sang-soo along with three titles from Alejandro Jodorowsky.Im's The Old Garden, which will play in competitionin San Sebastian, was acquired from Cineclick andstars Ji Jin-Hee and Yeom Jeong-A. The story is toldfrom the point of view of a woman who is abandoned by her fiance after he isjailed for taking a militant stand against the oppressive dictatorship of the1980s. Pretty
  • Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs)

    Dir: Alain Resnais. Fr-It. 2006. 120mins.Now well into his eighties, Alain Resnaisis firmly established as one of cinema's all-time masters and has no need toprove anything to anyone. It means that with Private Fears In Public Places he can againallow himself the luxury of adapting an Alan Ayckbourncomedy of manners, transposing the plot from Londonto
  • Promising Romanian director killed in road crash

    The Romanian film industry was in shock this weekend on hearing the news that director Cristian Nemescu, one of its most promising young filmmakers, had been killed in a traffic accident in Bucharest early on Friday morning.A graduate of the Romanian National Academy of Drama, 27-year-old Nemescu had directed several short films including Mihai And Cristina - Life Stories , C-Block Story - which was nominated for the Best Short Film at the 2004 European Film Awards - and the 45
  • Robert Carlyle signs on for 28 Weeks Later

    Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne,Catherine McCormack, Jeremy Renner, Imogen Poots, Idris Elba and 12-year-oldnewcomer Mackintosh Muggleton have been cast in 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to DannyBoyle's 28 Days Later, which beganshooting yesterday in London.Spain's Sogecine and KoanFilms and the UK's Figment are
  • Rockets Redglare! documentary film-maker dies

    Film-makerLuis Fernandez de la Reguera, 39, died Aug 14 after amotorcycle accident in New York State.Hedirected the 2003 documentary Rockets Redglare!, which featuredinterviews with actor, comedian and downtown New York icon Redglare himself (aka Michael Morra) as well aswith collaborators including Jim Jarmusch, MattDillon, Steve Buscemi and Willem
  • San Fu Maltha ready to fly with De Bernieres bestseller

    BlackBookproducer San Fu Maltha has optioned bestseller BirdsWithout Wings from Louis De Bernieres, whose Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed in 2001 by WorkingTitle. Thestory is set in 19th Century Turkey, just as the Ottoman empire is beginning tocrumble. Dealingwith life in a small village split by religious and political tension, theproject promises to be on an even bigger scale than Black Book (at $20m,the most expensive feature in Dutch histor
  • San Sebastian reveals line-up for Latin Horizons competition

    The Donostia-SanSebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30) has released the line-up ofits year-in-production Latin Horizons dual showcases of Spanish cinema, Made inSpain, and Latin American films, Horizons Selection.The competitive Horizons sectionhas a best film prize, which comes with a purse of $23,100 (Euros 18,000).Sixteen films have been selected, including 10 alumni of the Films in Progressinitiative.Three films come from Mexico
  • San Sebastian selects projects for funding initiatives

    The Donostia-SanSebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30) has unveiled the filmsselected to participate in its popular completion financing initiatives Filmsin Progress and Cinema In Motion.Now in its 10thedition, the Films in Progress program aims to attach financiers to LatinAmerican and Spanish films currently in post-production. Cinema in Motion,launched last year in collaboration with festivals in Amiens and
  • Sarajevo's CineLink winners include Bosnian Nedzad Begovic

    The Sarajevo Film Festival'sregional co-production market CineLink has awarded funding to three projects. Each will receive $12,812 (Euros 10,000) in cash provided by partners and $3,203 (Euros 2,500) in services provided by Synchro Studio Vienna. The projects are awardedaccording to criteria of artistic potential and feasibility. The Hubert Bals Fund awardwent to Bosnian Nedzad Begovic's The Day When The Winter Began. Romanian Catalin Mitulescu's A HeartS
  • Seung-wan Ryoo stages Korean protest in Venice

    Another festival, another Korean protest. Following in thefootsteps of Park Chan-Wook, who mounted a one-mandemonstration against the new screen quota laws in Korea during the BerlinFestival, fellow director Seung-wan Ryoo is taking to the streets in Venice.Today(Friday) at 4pm Ryoo will holdplacards denouncing the quo
  • Strand takes US rights to Bourdieu's Poison Friends

    Strand Releasing hasacquired all US rights to Emmanuel Bourdieu's Poison Friends from Les Films du Losange.The picture, which will playin official selection at the 44th New York Film Festival, follows a group ofcollege intellectuals who fall prey to a charming pathological liar. It starsDominique Blanc and Natacha Regnier among others.Strand Releasing's JonGerrans negotiated the deal with Les Films du Losange's Daniela Elstner. Thecompany plans a spring 2007 release.
  • Syndromes And A Century (Sang Sattawat)

    Dir/scr: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Thai-Fr-Aust. 2006. 105mins.Unconventional enough toplease fervent admirers of his previous work like Blissfully Yours and TropicalMalady, Apichatpong Weerasethakul'sSyndromes And ACentury is, even more than its precedents, a visual notebook that resistsall temptation to opt for a narrative, instead staying faithful to itsenigmatic title.Divided into almost equalhalves and vaguely based on the di
  • The Banquet (Yeyan)

    Dir: Feng Xiaogang. Chi-HK. 2006. 131mins.Announced as China's opulent version ofShakespeare's Hamlet and originallyexpected to surface at Cannes, Feng Xiaogang's TheBanquet finally emerges three months later as an out of competition screeningat Venice. Though the plot is definitely indebted to the Bard - and to Macbeth as well as Hamlet - the film's l
  • The Black Dahlia

    Lee Marshall in VeniceDir: Brian De Palma. US.2006. 121mins.A stylish, steamy genre exercise with a solid castand a cluttered storyline, The BlackDahlia matches director Brian De Palma with hard-boiled LA crime writerJames Ellroy with entertaining, if not whollysatisfying, results.Working closely withcinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond,set designer Dante Ferretti and composer Mark Isham, De Palma has
  • The Fountain

    Dir: Darren Aronofsky. US. 2006. 96mins.Something of a feature-length New Age doodle, The Fountain will alienate many of thosewho were turned on to indie director Darren Aronfosky by his quirky debut Pi and its follow-up, the drug-fuelled cinematic opera Requiem For A Dream. Threading its epiclove story through three time zones - the years 1500, 2000 and 2500 - hislatest work is a visual and aural tr
  • The Host smashes record for Korea's biggest local film

    Bong Joon-ho's The Host smashed Korea's all-time box office admissions record over theweekend, racing towards the record faster than any previous release.The monster sci-fi filmsurpassed previous record-holder King AndThe Clown's 12.3 million admissions on Saturday afternoon (Sept 2) with12.37 million admissions, and it's estimated that a further 90,000 were addedon Sunday.The Hosthas been leapi
  • The Last King Of Scotland

    Dir: Kevin Macdonald. UK. 2006. 121mins.Kevin Macdonald has proved himself to be an expertdocumentary film-maker with films like OneDay In September and in his last feature Touching The Void he melded documentaryand drama into a heart-stopping narrative. Now, in his first dramatic feature,he tells a fictional story against the real-life backdrop of Idi Amin's barbaric regime inUganda. As based on the novel by Giles Foden, T
  • The Queen

    Dir: Stephen Frears. UK2006. 97mins.The British have been making films about their RoyalFamily almost since cinema began. What is so distinctive about Stephen Frears' brilliant new feature The Queen is that it is unfolds only a few years ago - in 1997 atthe time of Princess Diana's death - and depicts characters still living and inpower. Despite an occasional tendency toward mannerism and caricature in theearly scenes, Frears steers
  • The US Vs John Lennon

    MIME-Version: 1.0Content-Location: file:///C:/1E88C64E/johnlennon.htmContent-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printableContent-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii"Dirs: David Leaf/John Scheinfeld.US. 2006. 99mins.Despite its provocative title, David Leaf and John Sch=einfeld'sdocumentary The US Vs John Lennon isas much a fri
  • The US Vs John Lennon

    Dirs: David Leaf/John Scheinfeld.US. 2006. 99mins.Despite its provocativetitle, David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's documentary The US Vs John Lennon is as much a friendly portrait of the lateBeatle as political activist as an expose of early 1970s White House efforts todeport him for that activism. But it fails to clearly delineate when Lennonaffected his times politically as opposed to when he was just responding tothem. As a result, the feature
  • The Wicker Man

    Dir: Neil La Bute.US. 2006. 97mins.When will they ever learn'Despite the evidence of everything from Psycho(1998) to The Omen (2006), sensiblefilm-makers still cannot resist the foolish temptation of remaking the iconicfilms of their youth. Neil La Bute's version of The Wicker Man is particularlyill-judged, diluting, distorting and demeaning virtually all the qualities thatmade the 1973 British original so haunting.
  • Theatrical revenues surge in Canada in 2005

    Canada's distribution business saw a strong surge in2004/2005 with revenue from theatrical releasing increasing by 16.6 per cent to$401m (C$446.3m).According to data released by Statistics Canada, revenuefrom home video wholesaling remained firm at appoximately $1.62bn, representingroughly 51% of the industry as a whole, while exports of Canadian contentproduction rose marginally to $298m, a 3.4 per cent increase. Overall industry revenues were$3.18 bn, up three per cent from th
  • THINKFilm takes on Kasdan's The TV Set

    THINKFilm has acquired all North American rights to Jake Kasdan'scomedy The TV Set andplans a spring 2007 release.
  • TPS and Canal Plus cleared for merger

    France'sFinance ministry has authorized the merger of rival satellite platforms TPS andCanal Plus, Canal parent company Vivendi said in astatement Thursday morning.The merger between France'sbiggest pay-TV operators will create a new group in which Vivendiwill take an 85% share while TPS owners TF1 and M6 will each get 9.9% and 5.1%respecti
  • Truly Indie to handle US release of 51 Birch Street

    MarkCuban and Todd Wagner's independent label Truly Indie will handle the UStheatrical release of Doug Block's autobiographical documentary 51 BirchStreet.
  • UK Post announces more Conch nominees

    Industrygroup UK Post has announced the remaining shortlists for its inaugural audioawards The Conch. Judges areDavid Brady of Soho Editors, Delissa Needham ofUnicorn, Nick Godwin of WAGtv, Paul Mac of AudioMedia Magazine, Ray Gillan of Warner Bros, John Andrews of InstituteBroadcast Sound, Ben Nemes of Scrub, Jules MacDonald,
  • US football drama Invincible leads domestic box office

    Buena Vista's true life American football drama Invincible trampled the competition at the weekendas it opened top with an estimated $17m in ticket sales.
  • Venice opens with more talk of Rome rivalry

    As the 63rd VeniceFilm Festival opened yesterday with the world premiere of Brian De Palma's TheBlack Dahlia, the rumbling row about what impact the upstart new Rome Festival(due to be held for the first time in October) will have on Venice's long-termfuture showed no sign of dissipating."We are in Venice.Let's talk about Venice.This subject has been talked ab
  • Warner Home Video plans UK HD DVD and Blu-ray releases

    Warner Home Video has announced plans to deliver its firsttitles in the HD DVD and Blu-rayformats in the UK. The first releases in theformat, both recent films and catalogue titles, will be available in late 2006.Titles already announced for UK
  • Warsaw to open with Karwowski's South By Northwest

    The 22nd edition of theWarsaw International Film Festival will open Oct 6 with the world premiere of Lukasz Karwowski's South By Northwest.The programme, which runsuntil Oct 15, will include roughly 140 films from 48 countries. Czech filmmaker Petr Zelenka will chair the jury,which will award the Nescafe Grand Prix and $6,432 (Euros 5,000) to the bestfilm in the New Films New Directors international competition. Among the filmsalready announced for thi
  • Weinsteins buy into independent US TV channel Ovation

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has take it s first step into cable televisionas part of a consortium of private investors that has bought the independentcable channel Ovation, The Arts Network.
  • Williamson to team with Big Beach for Sunshine Cleaning

    Former Focus Features production chief and now independent producerGlenn Williamson (whose latest film Hollywoodland received its world premiere in Venice yesterday) is to partnerwith Big Beach, the outfit behindbox-office hit Little Miss Sunshine,on Sunshine Cleaning.BigBeach is fully financing the project, with a budget of about $7m. Sh