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5 December 2008

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  • 2009 Oscars™ Nominees

    Screen brings you the 2009 Oscars™ nominees.
  • 2009 Oscars™ winners

    Screen brings you the 2009 Academy Awards winners.
  • Adelaide film festival unveils jury and local premieres

    Laurence Kardish, a senior film curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), will preside over the jury at the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF), which opens in South Australia on February 19. His fellow jurors are Japanese director Naomi Kawase, festival directors Bill Gosden (New Zealand) and Hannah McGill (Edinburgh), Australian critic David Stratton and the executive producer of the Sydney Theatre Company, Jo Dyer.The 12-film line-up will be announced on Janua
  • Amy Adams to receive Spotlight Award at Palm Springs

    Amy Adams will receive the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's (PSIFF) Spotlight Award for her performance in Doubt.Adams, whose credits include Enchanted and Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day, will collect the honour at the awards gala on January 6.She recently wrapped production on Night At The Museu
  • Arabian Nights - Stars in their eyes

    The embodiment of Diff's mandate to promote Arab film-making on the world stage is the festival's out-of-competition Arabian Nights selection: a line-up of Arab films from the last 12 months. This year's pick includes the kind of powerful documentaries one might expect to come out of the Middle East at this point in history, but also tender love stories and even the odd comedy caper. Antonia Carver, Arab programme consultant, says: 'T
  • At A Glance: The Media Festival

    Screen's sister paper Broadcast gives a video guide to some of the speeches and sessions at the recent Media Festival in Manchester.Click here for more
  • Australia records a boom in numbers of productions

    A record-breaking 41 films went into production in Australia in the 12 months up to June 30, according to statistics released today by Screen Australia. This wasmore productionsthan in any other annual period for at least 20 years.Cameras rolled on five international co-productions, 29 wholly Australianproductionsand seven foreign films.- Five international co-productions With the five-year average at three co-productions a yea
  • Awards Countdown - Best actor/Best supporting actor - Command performances

    BEST ACTOR: THE TOP 10 CONTENDERS1. SEAN PENNMILKThe performance (according to Screen's review): "Penn gives one of the most likeable star turns of his career as Harvey Milk, a performance filled with passion, humanity and humour which should lodge him firmly in contention for best actor awards." (Mike Goodridge)The politics: Penn has won the Academy Award before, but his standing as an actor is legion and his performance as Milk is astonishing, both powerfu
  • Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country wins Amsterdam top prize

    Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country has won the VPRO Joris Ivens Award 2008, the main competition at IDFA (the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam). Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country consists largely of material filmed in secret by a group of reporters during the uprising against the military authorities in Burma in September last year.Jury member Bianca Stigter described Burma VJ - Reporting From a Clos
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. lead Marc-Andre Grondin stars in 5150 Elm's Way

    C.R.A.Z.Y. star Marc-Andre Grondin is before the camera as the lead of Eric Tessier's psychological thriller, 5150 Rues Des Ormes (5150 Elm's Way), for Montreal-based Cirrus Communications. The film is produced by Cirrus principal Pierre Even, who produced the 2005 Quebecois smash - it grossed C$6m and was released in 85 countries.The screenplay was written by Quebecois author Patrick Senecal
  • China's Orange Sky appoints Yu as vice general manager

    Daniel Yu, former COO of Andy Lau's Focus Films, has joined Beijing-based Orange Sky Entertainment as vice general manager of Orange Sky Zhihong Film and TV Productions. Hewill be over-seeing project development in his new role, an area he has been working on for various entitiesfor the past year in China. He will also work with the distribution arm of Orange Sky to expand its output, Yu told ScreenDaily.It is understood Orange Sky, previously known as Cheng
  • Conn appointed CFO of Universal's International Film Groups

    Rowan Conn has been appointed to the newly combined role of chief financial officer for Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) and Universal Pictures International (UPI). He will oversee the financial departments of both the home entertainment and theatrical film businesses outside the US. The position is effective from 1st January 2009.The new role was created as a result of the impending departure of
  • Coppola's Tetro to open Directors' Fortnight

    Following his rejection of an out-of-competition slot, Francis Ford Coppola will unveil Tetro as the opening film of this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes film festival (May 13 - 23).
  • Co-production report reopens debate over UK tax credit

    A report prepared by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the UK Film Council (UKFC) has warned that the tax credit system makes co-productions unattractive to film-makers. The report's completion coincided with an event run by the Festival of German Film earlier this week. The event focussed on strategies and business models for structuring co-productions with Germany. Considering the timing of both events, the irony will not be
  • Direction for Copenhagen Pix 2009 announced

    The focus of the first edition of the Danish film festival Copenhagen Pix will be new industry trends and talents it was announced today. Copenhagen Pix will replace the NATFilm festival and the Copenhagen International Film festival, with its first editionon April 16 - 26 2009.The festival's full programme will be revealed in March 2009 but the Copenhagen Pix highlights already announced include:The 3 D
  • Distribution - Warm embrace in Taiwan

    Something is brewing in Taiwan. In the past 12 months it has become a more active buying market for international films, home to new distributors with deep pockets, while Hong Kong companies, such as Filmko, are launching local production offices to benefit from government subsidies and local talent. At the heart of the new optimism is the success of local film Cape No. 7, the biggest hit in Taiwan since James Cameron's Titanic.The traditional heart of cinema in the capit
  • Dubai Festival announces 12 documentaries up for Muhr Award

    DIFF has announced 12 Muhr Documentaries, which examine subjects such as memory, identity and war. DIFF's Arab Programme Consultant Erfan Rashid said: 'The Muhr Documentaries let viewers feel the pulse of the Arab world. The films offer hard-hitting commentary on pressing issues, like the recent war on Lebanon; histories that might otherwise be forgotten, like Moroccan 'comfort women', and psychological issues like memory and exile that are difficult to put in words, l
  • Expose of the Burmese dictatorship win Amsterdam doc award

    Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country has won the VPRO Joris Ivens Award 2008, the main competition at IDFA (the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam).The film, described by jury member Bianca Stigter, as 'a harrowing reminder of the power and the weakness of images,' was directed by Dane, Anders Østergaard.It consists largely of material filmed in secret by a group of reporters during the uprising against the military authorities in Burma in September
  • Faintheart to be available free in UK cinemas and online for one day

    Faintheart , a feature film made by MySpace users, is to be released simultaneously and free of charge for one day only, in 150 cinemas and on MySpace on January 27 2009. The film, which was the closing gala screening at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, will then be available to buy on DVD from February 2.The film is the result of MyMovieMashUp, an initiative by MySpace, Vertigo Films and Film4.The initiative gave
  • Farrelly, Wessler produce comedy of shorts for Overture, A Bigger Boat

    Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler will produce a comedy comprised of 24 short films for in a deal announced today by Overture Films and A Bigger Boat Films.The untitled project is described as being in the vein of the 1970s comedy hits Kentucky Fried Movie and Groove Tube and Farrelly will direct two of the shorts.Shooting is scheduled to begin in Jan
  • First Australia-Iran film My Tehran For Sale will premiere in Adelaide

    With the participation of Bahman Ghobadi (A Time For Drunken Horses), the first collaboration between Australia and Iran My Tehran For Sale will make its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) in February.The film is also the first feature produced by Julie Ryan since collaborating with director Rolf de Heer on five films including Ten Canoes.Debuting writer/director Granaz Moussavi, 34, shot the film entirely on location i
  • First ever Norway-Spain co-production The Frost completes filming

    Co-produced by Spanish Alta Realitat and Norwegian Frost Media, The Frost, is a mystical drama inspired by Henrik Ibsen's play Little Eyof. The first feature by Spain's, Ferran Audi, The Frost has an international cast with Sweden's Lars Noren as a screen writer (Details), and Spain's David Omedes as the director of photography (
  • Frozen River wins Stockholm's Bronze Horse

    US director Courtney Hunt left Stockholm with 16lb excess luggage, as her feature debut, Frozen River, was awarded the Bronze Horse - the heavy grand prix - of the 19th Stockholm International Film Festival, which ended on Sunday (Nov 30).The jury chaired over by Finnish veteran producer-director Jorn Donnergave the prize to a film that treats 'a socially important subject withunusual sensitivity.'Froz
  • Frozen River, Trouble The Water take top prizes at Gothams

    It was Sundance redux at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, as Park City's grand jury award winners Frozen River and Trouble The Water were named best feature and best documentary, respectively.
  • Gran Torino

    Dir. Clint Eastwood. US. 2008. 116 mins.
  • here! Films acquires North American rights to Sex Positive

    To commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1 here! Films announced it has acquired North American rights to Daryl Wein's documentary Sex Positive.The company plans a March 13 limited theatrical release through sister company Regent Releasing on the film about AIDS activist Richard Berkowitz. Wein and David Oliver Cohen produced.Sex Positive premiered in competition at the 2008 SXSW Film Festi
  • Hilary Swank to star in Antti J. Jokinen's The Resident

    Academy Award winner, Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby), is to star in Antti J. Jokinen's psychological thriller The Resident which will be produced by Hammer. Antti J. Jokinen is directing The Resident from a script he co-wrote with Robert Orr (Savior), re-written by Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Fur).Jokinen is the co-founder of production company, Solar Films and an acclaimed music video director. The Res
  • Hong Sang-soo to take part in Jeonju Digital Project

    Korean auteur director Hong Sang-soo is participating in Jeonju Digital Project 2009, the trifecta omnibus produced by Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF). In an early announcement on the project, JIFF announced Hong's short film Disappointment completed production last month and is now in post-production.The film is set in Jeonju (a city south of Seoul known for its cuisine and traditional houses), and tells the story of four men and women.D
  • ID opens London office, hires Rupert Fowler as vice president

    Well-known UK publicist Rupert Fowler has left London-based agency Public Eye Communications to head up a new London office for US entertainment PR firm ID.Fowler joins ID as vice president after six years at Public Eye where his clients included James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Andrew Garfield, Jamie Parker and others. It is not yet known whether they will be following him to ID.'We are delighted to have Rupert join ID,' said ID CEO Kell
  • In Focus: 3D cinema faces big international challenges

    At the 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles this week, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg again made the case for the enormous potential that 3D cinema offers the industry.Already 2009 is shaping up to be the key year for the technology; a total of 15 3D presentations are scheduled, including James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar and Disney's A Christmas Carol (the latter is the first film slated as part of a five-picture deal with Imax)
  • In Focus: International box office

    Buoyed by a wet summer and the songs of Abba set on a sun-drenched Greek island, UK cinema admissions and ticket sales both rose in the year to October 31 compared to the same period in 2007. Universal Pictures International's Mamma Mia! The Movie also spelt 'money money money' in Australia, helping to increase box office and admissions year-on-year to November 30. The two territories are poised to be the only international mar
  • International - A shot at the title

    Four new releases entered the top 10 in Screen's international chart for the November 28-30 weekend, during which Quantum Of Solace held on to its position at the top of the table with a $20.6m weekend haul.Transporter 3 was the highest new entry at number three, following openings in France, Ukraine and Turkey for a $10.9m three-day gross. The US-UK-France co-production sees Jason Statham return as the eponymous driver-for-hire, who in this instalment must transpo
  • International co-productions benefit from $11.4mGerman support

    New international co-productions by Poland's Agnieszka Holland, Serbia's Oleg Novkovic and Sweden's Björn Runge are among a raft of feature projects supported with a total of over $ 11.4m (Euros 9m) by German public film funders at their latest funding sessions.Holland's German-Canadian-Polish co-production Hidden about the struggle for survival by Jewish refugees over 14 months in Nazi-occupied Lvov received over $ 1m (Euros 800,000) from the German Fede
  • International Screenwriters Festival moves date and venue

    The fourth edition of the International Screenwriters' Festival is to have a new date and venue.The event will shift to October 26-29 at the famous Cheltenham Ladies College school in the Cotswolds town.The event has established itself in recent years as a must-attend event, bringing together writers and the wider international business.The organisers say the move of date and venue will allow for further expansion.Speakers at the event ha
  • Interview: Festival director Masoud Amralla Al Ali

    Festival director Masoud Amralla Al Ali reveals his hopes for this year's festival.What is the blueprint for a good festival'The most important thing is to have an identity and a vision to shape the path the festival takes. As we all know, there are thousands of film festivals around the world. The way to keep yourself relevant is to offer something that other festivals do not offer, and in our case we do that by focusing on Arab film-making. Quali
  • Interview: Morgan Holt, Huge Entertainment

    Morgan Holt, from digital agency, Huge Entertainment, explains his role in shaping onedotzero's digital future. How are you helping onedotzero' We'rehelping onedotzero with a few things, mainly around the area of focus.Focus on the role that will be most effectively commercially. Focus onthe audience they can attract more of. Focus on the opportunities totake and the ones to leave behind.
  • Interview: onedotzero's Shane RJ Walter and Karl Aussia

    Take 12: Interview with onedotzero
  • Japan's Toei to invest $45m in digital film facilities

    Toei Studios has announced details of its plans to construct fully digital film facilities in Tokyo's Nerima ward. Budgeted at $45m (Y4.2bn), construction of the studios will be in the Oizumi district of Tokyo's Nerima ward. They will be located on the same lot that the original Shinko Kinema Tokyo Studios were built on in 1935 before being renamed as the Toei Tokyo Studios when the company was established in 1951.Stage six has already been demolished to make way for the new comple
  • Joel Silver and Studio Babelsberg Group agree five-year alliance

    US producer Joel Silver and the Studio Babelsberg Group have agreed a strategic partnership until 2013.The deal will include the current slate of over 15 films in Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment being distributed by Warner Bros.A central element will be Studio Babelsberg's role as a co-producer in future films produced by Dark Castle. The agreement anticipates that a number of the films from the slate will be produced on the sound stages at S
  • Jonathan Demme options Michel Faber novella The Courage Consort

    Director Jonathan Demme will keep working in both documentary and narrative film-making after the success of his recent return to fiction, Rachel Getting Married. Demme has optioned Michel Faber's The Courage Consort and plans to develop the screenplay in 2009.Demme is a big fan of Faber's work and says 'Robyn Hitchcock turned me on to him.' He and Hitchcock worked together on concert film
  • Justin Chadwick to direct Tenderness Of Wolves for Film4, Target.

    Justin Chadwick will direct a feature adaptation of by Stef Penney's Costa Prize-winning novel The Tenderness Of Wolves.Chadwick is writing the script and will direct the film for Film4 and Target Entertainment Group. Production is set to begin next year on the project, which was developed by Film4's Katherine Butler. Kate McCreery at Target Ente
  • Katyn, Moscow Belgium among winners at Denver Film Festival

    Andrzej Wajda's Polish wartime drama Katyn won the best narrative feature in the Starz People's Choice Awards as the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival came to a close last week.Daniel Junge's They Killed Sister Dorothy was named best documentary and Nicky Phelan's Granny O'Grimms Sleeping Beauty won the best short film prize.The Krzysztof
  • Katzenberg continues rallying cry for 3D cinema growth

    3D represents the biggest economic opportunity to the film industry in three decades, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told delegates at the 3D Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles on Monday [December 1].In a typically passionate sermon Katzenberg, Hollywood's 'high priest' of 3D who announced last year that starting in 2009 all DreamWorks Animation titles would be released in 3D, noted the slow roll-out of digital cinema but said 3D
  • Largo Winch

    Dir: Jerome Salle. France/Belgium. 2008. 109mins.A fun slice of escapism, neatly packaged for international consumption, Large Winch falls just a sliver short of creating a new action-adventure franchise, although a sequel is apparently at script stage. Lanky French stand-up comic Tomer Sisley isn't conventionally movie-hero rugged as the titular protagonist but, playing a rebellious Yugoslav orphan adopted as a baby by a billionaire tycoon, he's appealing enough
  • Lin, Pan share top prize at Taipei projects market

    Lin Yu-hsien's road movie 2menwalking and Pan Baochang's thriller Parkour Boys shared the $15,000 top prize at the fourth edition of the Film & TV Co-Production Meeting (formerly called the Taipei Film & TV Project Promotion) held from December 2-4. Lin's film is about a father and son who embark on a 51-day-long walking trip around the coast of Taiwan, reminiscent of Satoshi Miki's festival hit Adrift in Tokyo. Pan's film, to be produced by China Fil
  • Linda Agran to receive TV Pioneer Award at LA Women's Showcase

    UK TV executive Linda Agran will receive the Television Pioneer Award on Dec 7 at the first ever Women's International Film & Television Showcase in Los Angeles.Agran started her career working in the UK offices of Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros before joing Euston Films, a subsidiary of Thames Television, as director of development. There she steered a string of popular series including The Wimbledon Poisoner, London's Burning
  • Madagascar 2 set to land across western Europe for PPI

    DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa on $78.3m opens in 13 territories through PPI this weekend and will pose the mightiest challenge to Sony Pictures Releasing International's Quantum Of Solace.Madag
  • Mr Bones 2 breaks South African local opening record

    Gray Hofmeyr's comedy Mr Bones 2: Back From The Past has broken all non-holiday opening box office records for South African films, earning over $0.6 million, making it the most successful South African film opening ever.The opening out performed previous record holders Mr. Bones 1, Mama Jack and the 2008 blockbuster releases Quantum Of Solace, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Hancock, Kung Fu Panda, Iron Man, Dark Knight and Mamma Mia
  • New Line's Four Christmases leads Thanksgiving box office parade

    Ticket sales over the Thanksgiving weekend climbed 3.7% on last year as Warner Bros' comedy Four Christmases - a New Line hand-me-down following the merger earlier this year - starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn dethroned Twilight on an estimated $46.7m over five days and $31.7m over three.Buoyed by excellent word of mouth Buena Vista's animated tale Bolt climbed to secon
  • Nick Meyer leaves Paramount Vantage, Guy Stodel stands in

    Paramount Vantage president Nick Meyer is leaving the company and executive vice president of production and acquisitions Guy Stodel will step in as the division shifts its focus to acquisitions and international productions.The shock departure comes as part of sweeping cuts across the Paramount fold announced earlier in the day [December 4] by studio chairman and CEO Brad Grey, spurred by a broader initiative to cut 7% of jobs across parent com
  • Nothing Like The Holidays

    Dir: Alfredo de Villa. US. 2008. 98 mins.A celluloid mirror is held up to many December family gatherings in Nothing Like the Holidays, a lively, well-cast dramedy which captures both the exasperation and joy in being cooped up with blood relatives who remain outside of driving distance for the rest of the year. Set amongst a sociable Puerto Rican-American family in Chicago's Humboldt Park area, the film leans on a strong ensemble cast to easily trump its narrative famili
  • PGA Vanguard Award goes to MySpace co-founders DeWolfe, Anderson

    The Producers Guild Of America's 2009 Vanguard Award will go to MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe and president and co-founder Tom Anderson.The award, which recognises outstanding achievements in new media and technology, will be presented at the 2009 Producers Guild Awards in Hollywood on January 24. DeWolfe and Anderson created the online community and lifestyle portal in 2003 and sold it to News Corporation in 2005.'Just l
  • Preview: Dubai International Film Festival

    'Dubai is a marketing machine. Everybody knows that,' says Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) chairman Abdulhamid Juma. His comment comes at the end of a month that has seen, as if to prove his point, the $2m celebrity-crammed, Kylie Minogue-serenaded opening of Dubai's crunch-defying Atlantis, the Palm mega-hotel.Interview with festival director Masoud Amralla Al Ali
  • Profile: Dubai Film Market and Film Connection

    ‘We want to give people good business opportunities as well as supporting film-makers,’ says Jane Williams, head of the Diff’s industry office, of Dubai Film Connection (DFC), which was established during last year’s festival as the Middle East’s first feature and documentary film co-production market.
  • Profile: Magnolia Pictures' Magnet label

    Tom Quinn has always made it his business - or at least a part of his business - to bring what he describes as 'the A-team of B-films from around the world' to US audiences.One of his first buys when he became head of acquisitions for US theatrical and video distributor Magnolia Pictures six years ago was Ong-bak, the Thai martial-arts thriller that at the time seemed like an odd fit with the company's slate.And last year Quinn helped launch Mag
  • Profile: Sundance Institute Arthouse Project

    Everyone, of course, knows about the festival. And pretty much everyone in the independent-film world is familiar with the other long-standing programmes - from the film-makers labs to the producers conference - that Robert Redford's Sundance Institute runs alongside its annual Park City get-together.The Sundance Institute Arthouse Project is a much younger and less well-known initiative. But by bringing together arthouse cinemas from across the US, it is sti
  • Profile: UK producer Simon Jordan

    A self-made millionaire with investments in restaurants, magazines and property, Simon Jordan now wants to be a British film mogul.Already a minor celebrity in the UK and popular with the tabloids as the young, outspoken owner of Championship football club Crystal Palace, Jordan is taking his first steps in celluloid as the financier and producer of Telstar, the directorial debut of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor Nick Moran.Telstar
  • Punisher: War Zone

    Dir: Lexi Alexander. US. 2008. 103 mins.A blithely depraved shoot-'em-up in which its glum protagonist lays waste to a vast criminal underworld, Punisher: War Zone recalls low-budget action movies of the 1980s in which dialogue was only something to fill three to five minutes between set pieces. Steeped in as much over-the-top brutality and gore as comedy, this artless revenge tale would seem to have a limited fan base and shelf life. Jonathan Hens
  • Rachel, River, Ballast lead Spirit Award nominations with six apiece

    Sony Pictures Classics' (SPC) Frozen River and Rachel Getting Married and Alluvial Film Company's Ballast lead the way in the Film Independent Spirit Awards race with
  • Santa Fe festival stages gala screenings of Doubt, Che, Harvey

    The ninth annual Santa Fe Film Festival (SFFF) will take place from December 3-7 when the programme will include gala screenings of Doubt, Che, Last Chance Harvey and Sunshine Cleaning.The Eye On The World international selection includes this year
  • Screen Obituary: Joe Ross

    Joe Ross Special effects make up artist Joseph Ross died recently at the age of 52. Ross' career in the film and television industry spanned more than thirty years. He was a child actor in the 1960's, appearing in films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He then worked as a theatre prop maker and on scenic construction. Later he moved into the film and television industry and specialised in prosthetics on films such as An American Werewolf In London, The Elephant Man, Krull, Greystoke and Life For
  • Screen opinion: Lessons from music piracy

    The film industry can sometimes operate in a vacuum. In many ways, of course, that is because it is different; though the peculiarities that William Golding summed up as 'no-one knows anything' ought to be a reason for change, not a badge of honour. Still, sitting down with other businesses can offer a fresh perspective and last week's Media Festival in Manchester was a case in point. Representatives from television, music, gaming and
  • Senator Entertainment to reduce number of international titles

    Germany 's financially beleaguered Senator Entertainment has said that it will reduce the number of international titles it acquires for distribution in future. The company is refocusing on its traditional core activity of producing and distributing German language feature films.In addition it has rescinded the contract to acquire a 51% stake in the German film and TV production house Weltruf TV, agreed last February.
  • Shooting of The Sea Change begins in the UK

    The Sea Change has started shooting on a remote Scottish Island. It will star Janet McTeer (As You Like It) and Nathalie Press (Red Road).It is based on Jane Rogers' novel The Island. Brek Taylor adapted the novel and is co-directing with Elizabeth Mitchell. Clare Tinsley is producing. It will be the first feature from Tailormade Productions.The Sea Change is a tale of love and hate between a brother and a sister and tells the story of t
  • Shooting Stars laureates to present European Film Awards 2008

    Eight former laureates of the Berlin film festival's shooting stars award will present the 2008 EFAs in Copenhagen, including Anamaria Marinca, (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days).The Berlin film festival's Shooting Stars award goes to the best rising European talent of the year.The award was initiated by the European Film Promotion (EFP) as part of the Berlin festival and is supported by the EU's MEDIA programmeEight of Europe's best young actors, who hav
  • Showbox Mediaplexpicks up Breathless, The Pot from Pusan line-up

    Korea’s Showbox Mediaplex has picked up for international sales two independent films -Yang Ik-june’s Breathless and Kim Tae Gon’s The Pot - from the recent Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) line-up.
  • Singapore's JCM buys majority share in Japan Digital Contents Trust

    Singapore-based investment firm JCM Singapore Pte Ltd is set to purchase a majority share in Japan Digital Contents Trust (JDC), a backer of several local distributors and films such as Hula Girls and Mushi-shi. JDC will issue 247,729 shares valued at $4.14m (Y384.5m) to be bought by Gorgeous Grace Investment, a corporate investment fund managed by JCM.The deal will give Gorgeous Grace Investment a 51.11% controlling stake while raising
  • Slumdog Millionaire named year's best film by National Board Of Review

    In its centenary year the National Board Of Review has named Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire the 2008 Best Film of the Year and Sergei Bodrov's Mongol best foreign film of the year.James Marsh's Man On Wire
  • Slumdog Millionaire wins best film at BIFAs

    Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at this year's British Independent Film Awards.The film won both best film and best director at the BIFAs, hosted by James Nesbitt at London's Old Billingsgate Market. Slumdog Millionaireactor Dev Patel was also named newcomer of the year.Boyle were presented with the awards by Joe Wright and Eva Green. He dedicated the awards to the people of Mumbai, where the film was made.Another big winner
  • Sony picks up Spanish rights to El Juego Del Ahorcado

    Sony Pictures Spain has picked up Spanish distribution rights to renowned director Manuel Gomez Pereira's romantic drama El Juego Del Ahorcado.Based on the novel by Imma Turbau, El Juego tells the story of a young boy and girl, Sandra (Clara Lago)and David (Alvaro Cervantes), who fall in love with each other, but are torn apart by a terrible secret. Spain's El Amigo De Lenon co-produces alongside Ireland's Subotica Entertainment.Sony will release the fi
  • Spain's Alokatu reveals new film slate

    Spanish production company Alokatu has oulinedits forthcoming projects to ScreenDaily, including Carlos Saura's Spanish civil war drama Monsieur Paco. Producer JoseMaria Lara's Madrid based Spanishproduction outfit's previous productions include Santiago Aguilar and Luis Guridi's comedy drama Justino; Mercedes Alvarez'documentary El Cielo Gira; and Pedro Aguilera's debut feature La Influenc
  • Special feature - Beyond the festival - 'Every new mall has a multiplex'

    The multiplex at Dubai's vast Festival City shopping mall is offering cinema-goers a choice of 14 movies this month. The majority are Hollywood blockbusters such as Ridley Scott's Body Of Lies, and High School Musical 3: Senior Year, screened in English with Arabic subtitles. The city's sizeable Indian community might be drawn to Yuvvraaj, the Bollywood musical staring Anil Kapoor. A single Arabic-language title flashes above the mall's box office: Egyptian drama Banat
  • Special Feature - Competition - The Arabic films in contention for this year's Muhr Awards

    ADHEN-DERNIER MAQUIS (ALG-FR)Dir: Rabah Ameur-ZaimecheAmeur-Zaimeche directs and stars in this drama about the owner of a factory in an industrial area outside Paris, who builds a mosque for his workers. The film premiered at Cannes in Directors' Fortnight before screening at Toronto. It has also been shortlisted for France's Louis Delluc Prize.Int'l sales: Umedia, (33) 6 30 80 31 49Masquerades (Alg-Fr)Dir: Lyes SalemAn Algerian villager pretends he h
  • SPHE and United Entertainment Korea Co strike distribution alliance

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and United Entertainment Korea Co Ltd (UEK) have formed a distribution alliance whereby the South Korean company will distribute SPHE titles on DVD and Bu-ray in the territory.UEK sprung from the closure of SPHE's South Korean office and is headed by SPHE's former managing director of South Korea Peter Woo as well as additional former SPHE Korea employees including former sales
  • SPRI's Quantum stays top in international with $20.1m weekend

    Bond stayed on top of his game as Sony Pictures Releasing International's Quantum Of Solace added a further $20.1m from 8,755 screens in 73 markets to raise the estimated tally to $340.1m.The $482m worldwide running total will cross the half-billion mark by next weekend. The only new overseas release was New Zealand, where 007 launched 15% bigger than Casino Royale on $835,000 from 95 scr
  • St. Pierre named svp of distribution services at Lionsgate

    Danny St Pierre has been named senior vice president of distribution services at Lionsgate and will oversee day-to-day international distribution logistics and roll-out for Mandate International's titles as well as continued servicing of select films from Lionsgate's 12,000-plus library.St Pierre continues to report to executive vice president of post-production and delivery services Bob Wenokur and his promotion follows a strong market for Mandate International at AFM.'D
  • Sundance unveils competition lineup in four sections for 2009

    After a period of sombre meditation on the myriad iterations of post-9/11 angst, the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of the Sundance Film Festival from January 15-25 appears to have trained its sights on romance and stories with high emotional resonance.'This is a festival that's going to make people cry,' festival director Geoff Gilmore said, announcing the 64 competition entries that takes their place among a slightly streamlined roster of
  • Sundance unveils high-profile films in Premieres, Spectrum

    World premieres of Carlos Cuaron's comedy Rudo Y Cursi starring Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal as rival football brothers, David Mackenzie's sex comedy Spread starring Ashton Kutcher and the comedy Adventureland from Superbad director Greg Mottola starring Twilight's Kristen Stewart ar
  • Syria: Postcard from Damascus

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    The Toronto Film Critics Association will this year inaugurate the first Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, a C$10,000 ($8,000) prize to be presented to the year’s best Canadian feature as judged by the group. The prize will presented at the 11th annual TFCA dinner on January 6, 2009.‘The TFCA wants to bring together all sides of the industry to celebrate the best films of the year, including the finest Canadian work,’ said TFCA president Bria
  • Tulpan takes Golden Peacock at IFFI in Goa

    The 39th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) closed on December 2 in Goa with Sergei Dvortsevoy's Kazakhstan film Tulpan picking up the top prize of best film. The Golden Peacock award is accompanied by a cash prize of $80,000 (Rs4m). Dvortsevoy also took the Silver Peacock for Most Promising Directorwhich came with acash prize of $30,000 (Rs1.5m). The citation read 'Tulpan is a cinematic triumph that pulls us into a world where man can live in peace w
  • UK documentary-makers capture landmark Zimbabwe case

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    Dominic Murphy, whose debut feature White Lightnin' will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is to team up again with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment on a slate of projects.The films will be produced by their newly revived MASS Productions label.Commenting on the partnership Murphy said: 'our partnership on White Lightnin' worked out really well, we made an ambitious film with minimal resources and in t
  • Universal extends home entertainment deal with Warner in Russia

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) and Warner Home Video (WHV) are to extend their existing home entertainment distribution partnership.Under the deal, Universal Pictures Russia will continue to distribute DVD and launch Blu-ray releases for Warner Bros and New Line in the Russian home entertainment market for a further three-year term.The deal was announced today by UPIE president Eddie Cunningham and Philippe Ca
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    Director Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir was awarded the grand prize at the conclusion of the 9th edition of Tokyo Filmex (Nov 22-30).The award carried a cash prize of $10,470 (Y1m). The film's animation director Yoni Goodman was on hand to receive the honour.An Israel-France-Germany co-production, Waltz With Bashir is an animated documentary-style film that employs fantastical imagery to depict Folman
  • Warner Bros to release Dark Knight on VOD before DVD in Korea

    Warner Brothers Digital Distribution in Korea will put Dark Knight out on video-on-demand (VOD) Dec 5 - two weeks before the DVD release, making it the first time a major Hollywood studio gives a blockbuster a 'pre-DVD VOD' release.Dark Knight will go on IPTV providers Mega TV - owned by Korea Telecom (KT), and Broad&TV - owned by SK Telecom, as well as digital cable TV provider Home Choice.Warner Bros stated, 'The digital infrastructure is in