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5 December 2005

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  • ...and beats Aeon Flux at US box office

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire stayed on top of the domestic box officefor a third weekend, with an estimated $20.5m haul that raised the runningtotal to $229.8m.
  • ...but films will need to pass a cultural test

    The UK government has announced details of a new "cultural test" to decide eligibility for its new film tax credit.The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has set out three qualifying categories:* Cultural hubs - where production or filming is UK-based* Cultural practitioners - where the cast, crew or producers come from the European Economic Area* Cultural content - where the film is set in the UK or features British characters.Films will have to score at least
  • Aeon Flux

    Dir: Karyn Kusama. US. 2005. 92mins.A cult animated MTV series from the early 1990s getsa disappointingly dull live-action makeover in sci-fi thriller Aeon Flux, directed by Sundanceaward-winner (for her debut film Girlfight) Karyn Kusama.Teenage fanboysand their slightly older brothers will be the primary audienc
  • BAFTA to consider 246 films for nominations

    Thereare 246 films being considered for BAFTAnominations this year. Ina change in BAFTA policy, films were required to be entered for considerationfor the first time this year. In past years, every film released in UK cinemas wasautomatically considered, which meant that last year about 450 films wereeligible for nominations. Filmswere entered for consideration by distributors, producers or any Academy filmvoting me
  • Balhetchet named chair of UK's WFTV

    UK-based Women in Film and Television has appointed Sophie Balhetchet as its new chair. Balhetchet is a founding member of WFTV and also a producer of TV dramas as well as the co-founder of Cougar Films. At Cougar, she and partner Lynda La Plante have produced the feature Imagine Me and You, to be released by Fox Searchlight in the US. They are also working on a feature film version of La Plante's TV series Widows. "Our aim is to counter gender imbalance in our ind
  • Baltic Event launches its first co-production market

    New filmsby Latvia's Alexander Hahn, Lithuania's Algimantas Puipa, Norway's MariusHolst, and Romania's Cristian Mungiu are among 12 projects being presented atthe first Baltic Event Co-Production Market to be held in Tallinn from December1-2.
  • Bashing scores top prize at Tokyo's FILMeX

    MasahiroKobayashi's drama Bashing has taken the Grand Prize at the Tokyo FILMeXfilm festival, together with a Y1 million ($8,400) cash award . Premiered in thisyear's Cannes competition, the film tells the story of a young woman who, afterbeing taken hostage in a Middle Eastern country, returns to Japan only to findherself a community outcast, scorned for her"selfishly" dangerous behaviour. Based on a true story, the film isKobayashi's sixth feature. Jury chairman A
  • Blossoming takes top award at inaugural AFFF

    Filipino film The Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros,directed by Auraeus Solito, was awarded best feature at the inaugural AsianFestival of First Films (AFFF) in Singapore last night (Nov 30).Producer Raymond Lee was onhand to receive the top award. The film has also been selected to screen at theSundance Film Festival next year, a first for a Filipino feature.
  • Brighton hosts convergence conference

    The Screen East MediaNetwork will host d-media, the Digital Media Conference, on December 1-2 at theGrand Hotel in Brighton. The theme of the conference is "convergence is areality: how to thrive in the 'converged' world."Theconference will discuss the changing role of games, TV, film and animation andemerging distribution platforms. The speakers will includeChris Deering, former president of Sony Europe;
  • Britain's film industry back in 'business' after tax relief proposal

    The long-awaited reform of UK film tax policy revealed yesterday has been widely welcomed by leading industry figures. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown yesterday announced a new net rate of tax relief of 16% for larger-budget films and 20% for lower-budget films. Both rates will apply o
  • Cairo film festival focuses on war drama

    TheCairo International Film Festival entered its 29th year this week witha focus on war dramas like Danielle Arbid's In the Battlefields and Mohamed Amin's Egyptian competition entry The Night Baghdad Fell. The festival runs from November 29 - December 9.
  • Capote takes best feature prize at Gothams

    Capote stole an early march on its awards seasonrivals by winning best feature at IFP's annual Gotham Awards in New York lastnight.Director BennettMiller also scooped the breakthrough director award. His film is released inthe US through Sony Pictures Classics and is regarded as one of the strongcontenders for Academy Awards glory next March.Henry-Alex Rubinand Dana Adam Shapiro's documentary Murderball won best documentary honours and isreleased in North America t
  • Charlotte Rampling to be jury president at Berlinale 2006

    Britishactress Charlotte Rampling will head up the main juryat next year's Berlinale (February 9-19, 2006). Describingher as a "fascinating woman and brilliant artist", festival directorDieter Kosslick noted that, through her work,[Charlotte Rampling] has come to stand for unconventionaland memorable cinema."Theremainder of the international jury, which will preside over Berlin's main Co
  • CineLink announces three award winners

    CineLink, the Sarajevo FilmFestival's co-production market for projects from Albania, Bosnia andHerzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia andMontenegro, had its third edition at this year's, 11th festival (Aug 19-27,2005). CineLink has announced the winners with thetotal prize fund of $58,5000 (50,000 Euros) provided by theSarajevo Film Festival, BHT1, Hubert Bals Fund, Kodakand Austrian film lab Synchro. As part of a year-longworking scheme, ten promisin
  • Clark's Wassup Rockers to open Slamdance on Jan 19

    The Slamdance Film Festival 2006will open on Jan 19 with the US premiere of Larry Clark's Wassup Rockers. The story centres on a groupof Latino skateboarders from the East Los Angeles ghettos who venture out toexplore the rarified environs of Beverly Hills. The picture received itsworld premiere at Toronto; First Look Studios hold North American rights.Slamdance, set to run fromJan 19-27 2006 in Park City, Utah, unveils its competition line-up on Dec 6.For further
  • Constant Gardener wins best film at British indie awards

    The Constant Gardener was the big winner at the eighth-annual British Independent Film Awards in London on Wednesday night. The film won the top prize ofBest British independent film, with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz also claiming the best actor and actress prizes. In a surprise win, NeilMarshall won best director for his horror film The Descent, beating more established nominees including Stephen Frears and Michael Winterbottom.The Douglas Hickox award,gi
  • Doc Exiles wins best new Canadian feature prize at Whistler

    Ilan Sargosti's Exiles InLotus Land won the C$10,000 BorsosAward for Best New Canadian Feature as the 5th annual Whistler FilmFestival closed on Sunday. The National Film Board ofCanada-financed film, which follows Quebecois street youth who have gravitatedto Canada's West Coast, was the lone documentary in the competition of six newfeatures. The dramatic features wereAnita Doron's The End Of Silence,David Ray's Fetching Cody, JohnnyKalangis's Love Is Wor
  • Drouot takes MD role at Flemish Audiovisual Fund

    PierreDrouot has been appointed managing director of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund(VAF), it was announced late last week. Hesucceeds former MD Luckas vander Taelen, who made an abrupt exit from the Fundearlier this month.Drouotalready worked for the Fund in various capacities, for instance as a mentorguiding young filmmakers and as a supervisor of the Fund's workshops.Awell-known producer and director in his own right, his credits as producerinclude. Toto The Hero by J
  • DuBow named executive vp of worldwide sales at First Look

    Kenneth DuBow has joined First Look Studios as executivevice president of worldwide sales.Reportingdirectly to First Look Studios chief executive officer Henry Winterstern andchief operating officer Bill Lischak, DuBow will manage US sales, includingexpansion into syndication, as well as expanding and managing internationalsales.DuBow mostrecently served as president and chief executive officer of ModernEntertainment, the Los Angeles-based licensing subsidiary of Swedish mediaco
  • Exclusive GoldenEye Film Festival set for Dec 7-13 in Jamaica

    The 2nd annual GoldenEyeFilm Festival and Retreat will run from Dec 7-13 at the former home of IanFleming in Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica. Highlights include a mediaconference and retrospectives covering James Bond, the history of Jamaican andHong Kong cinema, martial arts, surf cinema, Westerns and programmers'favourites under the title Guilty Pleasures. "We have put the bestmovies together to inspire people in the most inspiring place and are thankfulto [Palm Pictures chief] Chris
  • Exiles takes top prize at Whistler Film Festival

    Ilan Sargosti's Exiles In Lotus Land won the $8,600 (C$10,000)Borsos Award for Best New Canadian Feature as the 5thannual Whistler Film Festival wrapped on Sunday. The National Film Board ofCanada-financed film, which follows Quebecois street youth who have gravitatedto Canada's West Coast, was the lone documentary in the competition of six newfeatures. The dramatic features were Anita Doron's The
  • Former Miramax exec Steinberg joins Universal as senior vp of production

    Former Miramax senior vice president of production Erica Steinberghas joined Universal Pictures in the same capacity.
  • Foxx to star in Universal's Middle East actioner The Kingdom

    Jamie Foxx will star in The Kingdom for Universal Pictures based on anoriginal idea brought to the studio by Peter Berg and Michael Mann.As previously announced,Berg will direct the thriller based on a screenplay by Matthew MichaelCarnahan. Mann will produce through his company Forward Pass
  • Fuji TV, animation house join forces for digital studio

    TheFuji Television Network and Production IG animation houseplantojointlyunderwrite and launcha new post-productionstudio, Fuji TV has announced. Called FILM LLP (Fuji IG Laboratory for Movies),the new studio will open in January of 2006. Fuji TV will supply 86% andProduction IG the remaining 14% of the $2.4m (Y200m)initialinvestment.
  • German-French co-production finds favour with Filmstiftung NRW

    TwoGerman-French co-productions attracted the bulk of the $7m (6m Euros)production support allocated by Filmstiftung NRW atits last funding session. Thelargest sum of $3m (2.5m Euros) was awarded to Jo Baier'sadaptation of Heinrich Mann's historical novel, Henri Quatre. Berlin-based Ziegler Filmwill be the producer with France's GTV as a three-partmini-series with a costume drama f
  • Germans may hear new finance ideas by Christmas

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's new administration may give an indication of their plans to attract private capital to the local film industry before the Christmasbreak.The issue has been top of the local film agenda after the scrapping of media funds last week and all eyes are now on the new government's ideas for a replacement.Speakingat the European Producers Club conference, Berlin media lawyer Stefan Luetje said: "afirst meeting of the relevant people in charge is being held next we
  • Golden Globes Preview

    Looking at the winners in the musical and comedycategories of the Golden Globe Awards in the last five years, it is not such asurprising selection: most films and actors went on to win Oscar nominations. But look at the nominations and the real surprisesappear. Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality,Robert De Niro in Meet The Parents,Jim Carrey in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Mel Gibson in What Women Want
  • Gondry, Demme, Cassavetes among Sundance premieres

    The Sundance Film Festival hasunveiled its Premieres section, the final major featureprogramme of the upcoming 2006 jamboree with 17 titles featuring a glitteringarray of Hollywood movie stars such as Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston, SharonStone, Winona Ryder, Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Justin Timberlake and JoshHartnett.World premieres of films byMichel Gondry, Terry Zwigoff, Jonathan Demme and Kirby Dick are among theassortment. Nicole Holofcener's ensemble drama Friends With M
  • Grandmother's House goes home with top doc honours

    The18th International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) ended on an upbeatnote at the weekend with the award of the Joris Ivens prize to MyGrandmother's House, from Spanish director AdanAliaga. Anintimate study of the relationship between a grandmother and her grandchild,the film is s
  • Gravehopping (Od Groba Do Groba)

    Dir/scr: Jan Cvitkovic. Slovenia, 2005. 103mins.A darkly comic curio, the second filmfrom Bread And Milk director Jan Cvitkovic has been flying the festival flag for Sloveniaever since its debut at San Sebastian - where it picked up the New Directors Award- and has since won best film prizes at Cottbus andTurin.Revolving around a funeralspeaker, played with
  • Grierson Trust Honours Kahn's My Architect

    The Grierson Trust's British Documentary Awards have announced its 2005 winners. Most of the awards are given to TV documentaries, but the UK Film Council award for best international cinema documentary went to Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect. Other winners were Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi's Sisters in Law for the Bmgzomba award for best documentary on a contemporary issue; Gerald Fox's South Bank Show - Robert Frank for best documentary on the arts; Laurence R
  • Grupo Pi reveals string of deals in the US

    Spanish consortium Grupo Pi hasclosed a string of sales on its slate of local films, including a USpay TV and video deal with HBO for first-time feature director Guillem Morales' thriller The Uninvited Guest.Grupo Pi general directorGeraldine Gonard said: "It is not easy forSpanish-language films to break into the USma
  • Haneke's Hidden takes top honours at EFAs

    MichaelHaneke's Hidden (Cache) was the big winner at last night's European FilmAwards in Berlin, including best film.TheFrench-Austrian-German-Italian co-production's honours included best director forHaneke, best actor for Daniel Auteuil, and best editor for Michael Hudecek andNadine Muse
  • Harry has stunning third weekend in international with $92.6m

    In a stunning third weekenddisplay that underlines the might of the international arena, Harry PotterAnd The Goblet Of Fire added anestimated $92.6m from more than 11,600 prints in 57 markets for a $330.6mrunning total.Combined with the estimated$229m domestic tally the family picture's worldwide gross now stands at morethan $560m.Goblet Of Fire's weekendperformance was powered by 15 openings led by a mighty French launch thatproduced $19.7m from 950 prints
  • Hidden soars at EFA awards

    Michael Haneke'sHidden (Cache) was the big winner atSaturday night's European Film Awards in Berlin,making off with five awards, including best film.
  • High Point invests in thriller The Front Line

    London-based sales company High Point Films has invested "a substantial sales guarantee" against world rights for The Front Line, a feature film being directed by David Gleeson. Nathalie Lichtenthaeler's Wide Eye Films is producing.The thriller is shooting now in and around Dublin and Hamburg. Eriq Ebouaney (Kingdom of Heaven), James Frain (The Count of Monte Cristo) and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda) are starring in the story about a Congolese asylum seeke
  • Holland takes MD role at Acorn

    Acorn Media UK has appointed Paul Holland as managing director. The former director of publishing at Granada Ventures will assume full responsibility for the independent DVD distributor in March.Previous MD Lesley Fromant is returning to her native Australia.
  • Hong Kong's Focus turns to Father And Son

    Hong Kong's Focus Films has picked up international rights toPatrick Tam Ka-ming's Father And Son,starring Aaron Kwok (Divergence) andCharlie Young (Seven Swords), whichstarts shooting this month in Malaysia. The film marks Tam'slong-awaited return to directing after a stint t
  • Iron Island walks away with Goa's Golden Peacock

    Iranian film Iron Island, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof,was awarded the Golden Peacock and a cash prize of $25,000 at the 36thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa (Nov 24 - Dec 4).The film, which screened inthe Directors Fortnight section of this year's Cannes film festival, follows the adventures of a group ofhomeless men who inhabit a sinking oil tanker. The IFFI jury said itappreciated
  • Italian composer Francesco De Masi dies aged 75

    Francesco De Masi, the Italian composer whose credits include LoneWolf McQuade, documentaries and numerous spaghetti Westerns, has died. He was75.
  • KOFIC and Singapore's MDA join forces

    The Korean Film Council of the Republic ofKorea (KOFIC) has inked a co-operation agreement with Singapore'sMedia Development Authority for film production under the Korean-Singapore FreeTrade Agreement (KSFTA).KSFTA, made in August this year, is Korea'sfirst FTA with an Asian country. The new co-operation agreement was signedtoday by MDA chairman Tan Ch
  • Korean box office on course to beat 2004 record

    Korean box office admissionshit a ten-year high in November and are on course to set a new record byyear-end. In a monthly industry analysis report, multiplex chain CJ CGVprojects admissions for the year to total between 138 -141 million, up 3-4%from last year and bucking global trends.Korean box office has beenon the rise since 1997 with the renaissance and growth of the contemporaryindustry, but 2004's record hinged largely upon two all-time box office hits -
  • Korean box office on course to beat 2004 record

    Korean box office admissionshit a ten-year high in November and are on course to set a new record byyear-end. In a monthly industry analysis report, multiplex chain CJ CGVprojects admissions for the year to total between 138 -141 million, up 3-4%from last year and bucking global trends.Korean box office has beenon the rise since 1997 with the renaissance and growth of the contemporaryindustry, but 2004's record hinged largely upon two all-time box office hits -
  • Korean box office on course to beat 2004 record

    Korean box office admissionshit a ten-year high in November and are on course to set a new record byyear-end. In a monthly industry analysis report, multiplex chain CJ CGVprojects admissions for the year to total between 138 -141 million, up 3-4%from last year and bucking global trends.Korean box office has beenon the rise since 1997 with the renaissance and growth of the contemporaryindustry, but 2004's record hinged largely upon two all-time box office hits -
  • Lago weighs in on Lynch's Surveillance

    Jennifer Lynch's long-gestating project Surveillance will go into production with Germany's Lago Film backing the $10m production.Previously announced for a 2004 start date, the filmco-written by Kent Harper tells the story of an FBI agent who is tracking aserial killer with the help of three would-be victims, all of whom have wildlydifferent stories to tell.
  • Little Sky takes top prize at Damascus

    The Golden Award of the 14thDamascus International Film Festival went to Little Sky (El Cielito)by Maria Victoria Menis (Argentina) while the Jury Special Award wentto The Willow Tree by Majid Majidi (Iran). The Golden Award for the bestshort
  • London forum maps out future for European Box Office

    Screen International next week hosts the European Box Office Forum.The event on December8th at the Waldorf Hilton, London. will analyse the most up-to-date European boxoffice figures - and demystify the various measuring tools used to devise those figures.Major industry figures and experts will help correct the many false assumptions concerning international movie-going habits and audienc
  • Mama Jack breaks South African records

    MamaJack has made a record breaking opening weekend for a localfilm in South Africa with a $0.7m (R4.2m) opening
  • Marmion elected chair of European Film Academy

    Frenchproducer Yves Marmion was elected as the new Chairman of the European FilmAcademy (EFA) on the eve of the weekend's European Film Awards ceremony.
  • New Locarno director announces changes

    Locarno's new artistic directorFrederic Maire has announced a series oforganisational and programme changes two months after taking up his post onOctober 1.Speakingat press conferences in Zurich and Bellinzona,Maire revealed that the next edition of the festivalfrom August 2-12, 2006 will no longer stagethe Video Competition and will transform the F
  • New Zealand aims for homegrown benefits to tentpole success

    The NewZealand film industry claims it can build a sustainable business after anotheryear of winning international production business.Both ofthis year's biggests end-of-yeartentpoles, King Kong and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And TheWardrobe were shot in New Zealand, which has been marketing itself as a majorlocation following the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.PeterJackson, shot most of King Kong on soundstages at his own newly-built StoneStree
  • New Zealand aims for homegrown benefits to tentpole success

    The NewZealand film industry claims it can build a sustainable business after anotheryear of winning international production business.Both ofthis year's biggests end-of-yeartentpoles, King Kong and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And TheWardrobe were shot in New Zealand, which has been marketing itself as a majorlocation following the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.PeterJackson, shot most of King Kong on soundstages at his own newly-built StoneStree
  • Nicaragua ready for first production in 16 years

    Germany's Shotgun Pictures will co-produce producer-directorFlorence Jaugey's feature debut La Yuma whichwill be the first feature film to be produced in Nicaragua for 16 years. French-born Jaugey, who took upresidence in Nicaragua set up her production compa
  • Palm launches new US DVD label Arthouse Films

    PalmPictures has launched DVD label Arthouse Films and kicks off with the Feb 142006 releases of William Eggleston In The Real World and new acquisition Henri Cartier-Bresson:The Impassioned Eye.
  • Pang brothers sign to direct The Darkness for Platinum

    LosAngeles-based Platinum Studios and Blue Star Pictures have signed Danny andOxide Pang to direct The Darkness, based on the Top Cow Productions comic book.Platinumwill finance 50% of the production that is at Miramax with a progress toproduction clause through January 2006. The project is currently out towriters.Platinum is als
  • Parasol takes UK video rights to Bollywood and Vine

    Parasol Peccadillo Releasing has licensed UK home video rights to Edward Jordon and Donald Farmer's comedy Bollywood and Vine. Parasol plans a video and DVD release in spring 2006. Skye Aubrey, J.R. Jones and Jamey Schick star in the film, described as a romantic satire of Hollywood films from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.Ariztical Entertainment Group will release in the US and Canada.Florida-based The Film Source is handling worldwide sales. The sales company also a
  • Potter continues reign with France, Korea, Australia openings

    Harry Potter And TheGoblet Of Fire remains the runawaychampion at the international box office and nothing will challenge itssupremacy this weekend. Heading into its thirdweekend the family adventure has already sold more than $236.9m in ticketsoutside North America and opens in several major territories this weekend. Warner Bros PicturesInternational (WBPI) opened the film in France on Nov 30, Australia on Dec 1and South Korea on Dec 2. The current international running
  • Prix Louis Delluc Finalists Announced

    Out of an original field ofsix, five finalists for France's Prix Louis Delluc have been chosen. Philippe Garel'sVenice selection Les Amants Reguliers, Cannes winner Cache by Michael Haneke, c
  • Promising signs for Singapore digital animation

    Singapore is boasting a first in digitalanimation with the release of Zodiac, The Race Begins, the city-state's first 3D animation feature.The $2m animation which is about themythical race of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, is the debut film project ofCubix International, initially a branding consultancy firm in Singapore beforebranching out into digital content. Shaw has picked up the Singapore rights tothe film, which will open on January 26 to capitalise on the Chinese
  • Soda Pictures takes two from Celluloid Dreams

    UK distributor Soda Pictures has picked up rights to Laurent Cantet's HeadingSouth (Vers le Sud) andChristoffer Boe's Allegro. Both deals were struck withsales company Celluloid Dreams. Soda said that it bought Heading South after its London Film Festivalshowing, and that it had cons
  • Sogepaq announces sales for Fernando Leon's latest

    Spain's Sogepaq has announced first sales in Europe and Latin America on Fernando Leon's Sundance World Competition entry, Princesses (Princesas). The film has sold to France and Belgium (ARP), Switzerland (Xenix), Greece & Cyprus (Audiovisual), Portugal (Atalanta Filmes), Mexico (Cine Video y TV), Argentina, Chile, Uruguay & Paraguay (Alfa Films) and Venezuela (Cines Unidos).Several of these distributors also handled Leon's last film, 2002 hit Mondays In The Sun (Los
  • Squid, Brokeback lead Spirit nominations

    Brokeback Mountain, Capote,Good Night, And Good Luck, TheSquid And The Whale and The ThreeBurials Of Melquiades Estrada willvie for best feature honours at Film Independent's 2006 Independent SpiritAwards on Mar 4.Noah Baumbach's TheSquid And The Wha
  • Squid, Brokeback lead Spirit nominations

    Brokeback Mountain, Capote,Good Night, And Good Luck, TheSquid And The Whale and The ThreeBurials Of Melquiades Estrada willvie for best feature honours at Film Independent's 2006 Independent SpiritAwards on March 4.Noah Baumbach's TheSquid And The Whale leads the p
  • Sundance creates new Spectrum section with 24 titles

    Work by Anders ThomasJensen, Bent Hamer, Stewart Copeland, Matthew Barney and Larry Clark will playin the out-of-competition Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnightcategories at Sundance.Encompassing the strandspreviously known as American Spectrum and Special Screenings, the 2006 theSpectrum programme has expanded to include international titles.Its line-up of 24 entriesincludes Jensen's Danish foreign language Oscar submission and Toronto entry Adam'sApples, Hamer'
  • Sundance unveils US and world competition sections for 2006

    The Sundance Film Festivalunleashed a typically challenging American and world cinema competition line-uptoday [Monday] that bore the festival's hallmarks of eclectic,socially-conscious story-telling.The American dramatic andcompetition each feature 16 titles from more than 1,760 submissions, and arematched this year by their world cinema counterpartsSince launching in 2005 thenumber of entries in the world cinema documentary strand has risen from 12 to16 entries. Each of the wo
  • Sympathy wins best picture at Korea's Blue Dragon Awards

    Park Chan-wook's Sympathy For LadyVengeance took best picture at this year's Blue Dragon Awards in Seoul. The Venice competition entry also picked up the best leading actressaward for Lee Young-ae's performance, despite strong competition from Jeon Do-yeonin romantic drama You Are My Sunshine.
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

    Dir: Andrew Adamson. US.2005. 140mins.Hopes are riding high on the back of Aslan, the talking lion, for The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, the first of Disney andWalden Media's mooted adaptation of CS Lewis' seven-book series.Coming after Peter Jackson'sstorming, imaginative rendition of TheLor
  • Troika launches London-based talent agency

    Talent industry veterans Michael Duff, Conor McCaughan and Melanie Rockcliffe have formed a new London-based talent agency, Troika.Troika will represent actors, comedians and presenters for film, TV and theatre work. The company's clients include Paul Bettany, Paddy Considine, Keeley Hawes, David Morrissey, Graham Norton, Matt Lucas and David Walliams."The new agency was borne out of their shared belief that artist representation in the UK can be revitalised to reflect the globa
  • Tusk joins HDNet Films as head of development

    &ManMark Tusk has joined HDNetFilms as head of development and will help company chiefs Jason Kliot and JoanaVicente package the next wave of features. Tusk has worked in the NewYork film scene for close to two decades. He joined Miramax in 1988 as managerof acquisitions, where he recommended such titles as Reservoir Dogs, Clerks,Good Will Hunting, and Kids. In 1996 he moved to New LineCinema as senior vice president of production, serving as executive producer on
  • Unknown White Male

    Dir: Rupert Murray. UK. 2005. 88mins.A bizarre case of amnesia yields philosophical foodfor thought as well as an unorthodox character study in Unknown White Male, a thought-provoking documentary by Britishfilm-maker Rupert Murray.The film's subject is afriend of Murray's - a 35-year-old Englishman named Douglas Bruce who suddenlyand
  • Weinsteins acquires film rights to 80s TV series Equalizer

    The Weinstein Company has acquired feature rights to the hit 1980stelevision series The Equalizer, about a veteran spy who quits his agency and offers his servicesfor hire to the general public.
  • Worried Australian exhibitors form national association

    Concern about falling attendances, piracy, release windows and new classification rules have led to the formation of the firstnational organisation of Australian exhibitors."Forthe first time in what is a notoriously aggressive industry, the issues thatdraw us together are greater than the issues t
  • Yves Marmion named chairman of the European Film Academy

    French producer Yves Marmion was elected as the new Chairman of the EuropeanFilm Academy (EFA) on the eve of the weekend's European Film Awards ceremony.Marmion has taken over from NikPowell who had been serving as EFA's Acting Chairmansince the sudden and unexpected death of the previous Chairman producer Humbert Balsan last February.Marmion, who created the production company UGC YM afterhaving been in charge of production at UGC Images from 1991, has worked
  • Zentropa sign deal with producer Regnar Grasten

    Zentropa has invited a new partner into Filmbyen, Copenhagen. Local producer RegnarGrasten has moved his production facilities from DetDanske Filmstudie where many popular classics were made to Zentropa.Zentropa will produce Grasten'snext three films, one of which is a fourth sequel to the popular

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