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5 May 2005

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  • ... as rival Montreal Festival of New Cinema loses chief

    Claude Chamberlain, thefounder and director of Montreal's Festival of New Cinema (FNC), has resignedabruptly. The festival today issued abrief statement, announcing with "regret" the departure, effective immediately."For more than three decades, Claude Chamberlain hascontributed with success to the recognition of a high quality and uniquecinema. He leaves a distinguished track record in Quebec's cultural scene andhis tremendous legacy will continue inspiring people," said the st
  • ...while Hitchhiker's trounces XXX in US

    Spyglass Entertainment's adaptation of The Hitchhiker's GuideTo The Galaxy opened topof the North American charts through Disney over the weekend on a estimated $21.7m, whileSony/Revolution's XXX: State Of The Union was a crashing disappointment in third place on $13.7m.
  • 60% increase in films at Cannes Short Film Corner

    In its second year, theShort Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival has thus far registered a 60%increase in participating films over 2004.Created lastyear to support young creative talent, the market helps in the promotion ofshort films from around the globe.As of April 26,2005, 617 films were signed up from 50 countries. France, Great Britain and theUS are showing strong interest with 195, 111 and 100 films respectively.The Short FilmCorner is compr
  • Bishop charged with integrating MGM assets into Sony

    David Bishop has been named president of worldwide brandintegration strategy for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), effectiveimmediately.
  • Black Sheep leaps into Icon's arms

    NZ Film has pre-sold six territories including the UK to BlackSheep, a first film from New Zealand aboutkiller sheep, ensuring the film will go into production this year. Icon hasacquired UK, Australian and New Zealand rights to writer/director JonathanKing's debut comedy horror. Jiants has taken rights in Thailand,Singapore and Malaysia.The film is the story of a genetic experiment that goeshorribly wrong. New Zealand's 40 million sheep start turning nasty,frightening th
  • Blackstone Group cleared to take over UGC circuit in UK

    US buyout firm TheBlackstone Group has been cleared to take over UGC Cinemas provided that itsells six of its cinemas.The Office of Fair Trading(OFT) said today that it will not refer the deal to the Competition Commissionif Blackstone sells certain cinemas where there are particular competitionconcerns. Blackstone acquired UGC's UKand Ireland cinema circuit in December 2004, shortly after acquiring Cine-UK inOctober 2004.TheOFT said that Blackstone's acquisition of UGC m
  • Cannes adds Hong's Cinema to competition line-up

    The Cannes Film Festival hasannounced the addition of Hong Sang-soo's A Tale Of The Cinema (Geuk-Jang-Jeon) to its official selection. The film will compete forthe Palme D'Or along with the films originally announced on April 19.The latest film from the South Korean director is the storyof a man who sees his own life portrayed on a cinema screen and, disconcerted,tries to make his own film instead. It stars Kim Sang-kyung, Eom Ji-wo and LeeKi-woo. International sales are
  • Cannes launch for European production initiative

    A new Europeaninitiative - Capital Regions for Cinema (CRC) - is to be launched at nextweek's Cannes Film Festival to promote and support closer cooperation andco-production between European producers.CRC's founding members are Commission du Filmd'Ile de France, Rome's Lazio Film Commission, the Madrid Film Commission andMedienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH. They will be staging a se
  • Cannes unveils competition screening schedule

    TheCannes Film Festival (May 11-22) has unveiled the screening schedule for thefilms playing in its official selection this year.Festival watchers will scrutinise the schedule carefully tosee which films have secured strong screening slots. In recent years, most films that go on to win the Palme d'Or haveplayed in the second week of the festival.Last year's winner, Fahrenhei
  • Carloss moves from MGM to Paramount Home Entertainment

    Alex Carloss has been namedexecutive vice president of worldwide marketing and development at ParamountHome Entertainment.Carloss will oversee marketing and creative efforts on all of the studio'sworldwide home entertainment properties.He most recently served as senior vice president of marketing for MGM HomeEntertainment and prior to that worked at Real Networks, video games publisherElectronic Arts, and Warner Home Video.
  • Celluloid picks up Euro sales on Three Times

    CelluloidDreams will handle European sales for Hou Hsiao-hsien's Cannes competition entryThree Times (pictured), the Paris company said yesterday, after striking a deal with the film's French producers Paradis Films andOrly Films.Making his sixth trip to Cannes, the Taiwanese director returns with a lyricalexploration of love and memory. In this tryptych film, the best moments of three sets of lovers atthree points in time - 1911, 1966 and 2005 - are played out by Shu Qi and Cha
  • Chinese Peacock struts off with Udine prize

    Chinese director Gu Changwei's Peacock was voted the top prizewinner by audiencesat the 7th Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in Udine, Italy.The FEFF, which ranks as a leading European showcaseof popular Asian cinema, also presented runner-up prizes to the stylish teenagedrama Kamikaze Girls byJapanese director Tetsuya Nakashima and comedy Someone Special by Korean di
  • D'Amico, Damon team up on birth of Israel saga

    Beyond Friendship,which focuses on the Arab-Jewish conflict surrounding the birth of Israelimmediately after World War Two, is to be jointly handled for worldwide salesby Myriad Pictures' Kirk D'Amico and Foresight Unlimited's Mark Damon. Their respective Santa Monica and Los-Angeles-basedfinancing and production companies will bring the title to the Cannes marketand have already completed sales to Canal Plus and TF1 in France and Medusa inItaly.ElieChouraqui's sweeping t
  • D'Amico, Damon team up on birth of Israel saga

    Beyond Friendship,which focuses on the Arab-Jewish conflict surrounding the birth of Israelimmediately after World War Two, is to be jointly handled for worldwide salesby Myriad Pictures' Kirk D'Amico and Foresight Unlimited's Mark Damon Their respective Santa Monica and Los-Angeles-basedfinancing and production companies will bring the title to the Cannes marketand have already completed sales to Canal Plus and TF1 in France and Medusa inItaly.
  • Death knell tolls for German media funds

    German media funds look set to be put out of business thisweek because of a proposed tightening up of tax fund legislation by FinanceMinister Hans Eichel.Eichel's plans to curtail tax breaks for media investmentfunds will be hugely painful for US producers. They will also be "acomplete catastrophe for the German film industry," one fund manager told to fund analysts,German media funds raised a staggering Euros 13bn between 1997 and 2004 witharoun
  • Depp, Initial, Heyday team on Hornby adaptation for Warner

    Johnny Depp, Graham King and David Heyman are to produce NickHornby's latest novel A Long Way Down for Warner Bros, the studio announced yesterday [2].
  • EU production levels increase in 2004

    Some 764 feature films were produced in the 25 Member Statesof the European Union in 2004, a slight increase on 2003 according to EuropeanAudiovisual Observatory figures.Thefigures are up 2% compared to 2003 when 750 films were produced in the EU.The EAO concludes that the Spanish production grew in 2004,completing a total of 92 entirely nationally financed films, 24 more than
  • Eurimages doles out Euros 3.8m in funding

    New feature projects by Otar Iosseliani (Jardins enAutomne) and Gianni Amelio (La Stella Che Non C'e) are among 12European co-productions supported with Euros 3.8m by the Council of Europe'sEurimages at its latest funding session. Amelio's La Stella Che Non C'e is an Euros 8mdrama about the dismantlement of an Italian iron plant that is sold to theChinese government.Otar Iosseliani is patron of Critics Week sidebar at nextweek's Cannes Film Festival.
  • Europa starts new pictures from Keshishian, Perez

    Adding to theiralready highly-charged slate - which includes Tommy Lee Jones' competitiontitle The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada and market film Revolver from Guy Ritchie - EuropaCorp. willbegin sales at Cannes next week on the next film from Madonna: Truth Or Dare director Alek Keshishian as well as theEnglish-language directing debut of Vincent PerezLuc Besson andDavid Fincher will produce Keshishian's Euros 15m Love And Other Disasters. The f
  • Fierce People

    Dir.Griffin Dunne. US. 2005. 110mins.Griffin Dunne's fifth feature is by far his most assured,with credits both above the line and below surpassing those of his previousefforts. Set in New York City and New Jersey during the 1980s, Fierce Peopleis darkly comic drama with a decidedly more downbeat third act its only seriousmisstep.Well-actedand directed, and adapted
  • Fierce People

    Dir.Griffin Dunne. US. 2005. 110mins.Griffin Dunne's fifth feature is by far his most assured,with credits both above the line and below surpassing those of his previousefforts. Set in New York City and New Jersey during the 1980s, Fierce Peopleis darkly comic drama with a decidedly more downbeat third act its only seriousmisstep.Well-actedand directed, and adapted
  • Former Wellspring executives form new sales outfit

    Former Wellspring Mediaexecutives Michael Thornton and Sheri Levine will launch their worldwide salesand distribution company Forward Entertainment at Cannes and will be offeringthe documentary Unknown White Maleto international buyers.Rupert Murray's picturepremiered at Sundance and tells the remarkable story of a Briton in New Yorkwho during the course of several hours loses all memory of who he is andremembers nothing of his previous life.Wellspring and Court TV aretea
  • Fortissimo tunes into The Night Listener

    FortissimoFilms is to handle worldwide sales outside of North America forTheNight Listener, the recently wrapped film adaptation of Armistead Maupin'sbestselling drama, directed by Patrick Stettner and starring Robin Williams andToni Collette.FortissimoFilm's co-chairmen, Michael J. Werner and Wouter Barendrecht who receiveco-producercredits,completed the deal with UTA, which represent theproducers Hart Sharp Entertainment, along with Michael Hogan, COO of HartSharp.Maupi
  • George, Duhamel to star in 2929's Turistas

    RisingAustralian actress Melissa George, who stars in the current North Americanremake of The Amityville Horror, has signed on to play the female lead in John Stockwell'sthriller Turistas.2929 Productionsand Stone Village are teaming up on the project, which is due to beginprincipal photography in Brazil on May 25, and are currently in talks with JoshDuhamel to join the cast.Turistas centres on a group of travellers whosevacation turns sour when a bus accide
  • German media funds reel as cabinet agrees tax overhaul

    German Minister of FinanceHans Eichel held out an olive branch to the German film industry on Wednesday(May 4) after the Federal Cabinet agreed on proposed tax legislation which willclose the door to the old-style German media funds (, May 2).Eichel said that a workinggroup convened by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder earlier this year was working onan alternative new funding instrument for German films in consultation with theFinance Ministry. Eichel's plans t
  • Glickman hails anti-camcording law

    MPAAchief Dan Glickman has hailed the passing into law this week of the FamilyEntertainment and Copyright Act, which makes camcording theatrical releases afederal crime punishable by up to three years in prison.George Bush signed the law earlier this week following its recent passage through Cong
  • Goblet Of Fire set for simultaneous Imax release

    Warner Bros' Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire will be released on Imaxscreens simultaneous with the picture's conventional release on November 18,2005. It is the second film in the$2.6bn-grossing franchise to be released day-and-date with the 35mm version; Harry Potter AndThe Prisoner Of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience,released in June 2004, was one of IMAX's highest-grossing digitall
  • Hewitt's Love grips South Korea

    UK film The Truth About Love, starring Jennifer LoveHewitt, has scored a number one opening in South Korea in its worldwide debut. Bought by Ivision and released by Tube Entertainment, thefilm earned $1.04m over a quiet weekend to outpace the launch of internationalhit The Interpreter, which took $890,000. The film tells the story of a happily married woman who sends ananonymous valentine card to her husband as part of a bet. Heconceals the card's arrival from her, settin
  • Hitchhiker's Guide a bestseller in US movie theatres

    Spyglass Entertainment's adaptation of The Hitchhiker's GuideTo The Galaxy opened topof the North American charts through Disney over the weekend on a estimated $21.7m, whileSony/Revolution's XXX: State Of The Union was a crashing disappointment in third place on $13.7m.
  • House Of Wax

    Dir. Jaume-Collet Serra.Aus-US. 2005. 120mins.Nicely balanced between comedy and terror, House Of Waxhas monster written all over it - box office, that is. It puts paid to thenotion that the irony-laden Scream and I Know What You Did LastSummer franchises had clipped the wings of mainstream teen-gore fests.North American numbers will be huge while international prospects will hinge onword-of-mouth.But the big surprise isthe perform
  • House Of Wax

    Dir. Jaume-Collet Serra.Aus-US. 2005. 120mins.Nicely balanced between comedy and terror, House Of Waxhas monster written all over it - box office, that is. It puts paid to thenotion that the irony-laden Scream and I Know What You Did LastSummer franchises had clipped the wings of mainstream teen-gore fests.North American numbers will be huge while international prospects will hinge onword-of-mouth.But the big surprise is theperformance of
  • IFC Films boards Hart Sharp's Listener

    IFC Films hasteamed up with Hart Sharp Entertainment and come aboard as executive producerand domestic distributor on Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener, which has just wrapped production. Itstars Robin Williams and Toni Colette. Fortissimo Films is handling sales at Cannes. A late 2005 festivalpremiere is anticipated on the Armistead Maupin adaptation, which chroniclesthe disturbing relationship that develops between a radio host and a troubledyoungster claiming to be his bi
  • IFP/Los Angeles to rebrand as Film Independent

    IFP/Los Angeleshas broken off from the IFP umbrella group and has relaunched as FilmIndependent [FIND], in a move that executive director Dawn Hudson said wouldallow the group to better serve its booming Southern California membership.FIND willcontinue to produce both the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles FilmFestival, and work with the independent filmmaking community on advocacy issuesand promoting diversity in the industry.While Hudsonstressed that the newly named
  • IFP/New York rebrands itself IFP, adds two chapters

    Not to beoutdone by this week's decision by IFP/Los Angeles to rename itself FilmIndependent [FIND], IFP/New York announced yesterday [4] that it wasimmediately returning to its original name of IFP (Independent FeatureProject).IFP board chairman Ira Deutchman also announced that twonew IFP chapters will launch in Santa Fe and Austin, headed up by Lyra Baron inSanta Fe, and Bret Branon and Krista Keosheyan in Austin.Deutchmanstressed that all five existing ch
  • IMAX signs deal for five systems with US exhibitor AMC

    US-based exhibitor AMC andIMAX Corp. have signed an agreement to install five large-format theatresystems in major markets before the end of 2005. The joint venture, the firstbetween the two companies, will see the first two cinemas open in June 15, intime to accommodate the cross-platform day-and-date release of two Warner, Batman Begins and Charlie And TheChocolate Factory. The three remaining cinemas will open inSeptember, timed for the release of
  • International filmmakers triumph at Tribeca

    International filmmakers and co-productionsdominated the prizes as the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival wrapped onSaturday night. Chinese filmmaker Li Shaoshong's Stolen Life (Sheng Si Jie) won the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature,with Italian Pietro Reggiani receiving a Special Mention for My Brother's Summer. Netherlands-Hungaryco-production
  • Iraqi cinema steals Singapore festival limelight

    Iraqi cinema stole thelimelight at the Silver Screen Awards Gala of this year's SingaporeInternational Film Festival (SIFF) when Oday Rasheed's Underexposure wasdeclared best film. Billed as the first featureshot in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Underexposure lets theaudience witness 'the powerful voice of cinema trying to understand post-warBaghdad', according to the jury presided by Philippine director Lav Diaz,artistic director for the Arab Film Festival in
  • Keaton, Armstrong to reteam on Gold Circle comedy

    Diane Keaton anddirector Gillian Armstrong are attached to team up on Gold Circle Films'romantic comedy Because I Said So, marking the first time the pair will have collaborated on filmsince the 1984 drama Mrs Soffel.Joe Drake'sMandate Pictures will begin selling international rights at Cannes under itssales arrangement with Gold Circle. It is not yet clear whether UniversalPictures will handle the title in the US under its first-look deal with GoldCircle.Based on
  • Kingdom Of Heaven

    Dir: Ridley Scott. US.2005. 143mins.After indulging in whatmust have almost seemed like guerilla film-making with 2003's character drama MatchstickMen, director Ridley Scott wades back into the epic breach with KingdomOf Heaven, a massive-scale historical drama sporting a reported $110mbudget. Though damaged irreparably by a sluggish first hour-plus, it remains alavish production whose scope recommends it for widescreen adventure fans even,if the pull of its dra
  • Lakeshore teams with DreamWorks for Byrnes comedy

    LakeshoreInternational has added Andy Fickman's She's The Man starring Amanda Byrnes to its Cannesslate, alongside Tony Goldwyn's The Last Kiss and Katja von Garnier's Blood AndChocolate.She's The Man is a DreamWorks production and, like TheLast Kiss, will bereleased in the US through DreamWorks with Lakeshore handling international inwhat is the first partnership between the two companies. Sony will release BloodAnd Chocolate in the US,with La
  • Levinson, Golchan team to acquire Peau remake rights

    Barry Levinson and FredericGolchan have acquired the English-language remake rights to Daniel Roby's LaPeau Blanche (White Skin), the winner of the first Canadian feature prize atthe 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.Golchan told Screen Daily thepair are planning to produce the picture and are shopping the project to USstudios. He said Levinson is not likely to direct.Written by Roby and JoelChampetier, based on Champetier's novel, the genre-bending romantic
  • Lightning takes on Mexican hit Matando Cabos

    Santa Monica-based saleshouse Lightning Entertainment has added Alejandro Lozano's hit Mexican comedy MatandoCabos to its slate and will beginselling international rights excluding North America and Mexico at Cannes.In a related development,Televisa Cine USA, the US distribution arm of Mexico's Televisa Cine, willrelease the picture in June following a storming Mexican run last year thatgenerated more than $7m in ticket sales.Matando Cabos centres on a group of tee
  • Linklater to serve up Fast Food Nation for HanWay

    It must be one of thehardest books to adapt into a feature film: a sprawling, non-fiction expose ofthe fast food industry, encompassing exploited immigrants, teenagers skippingschool to work in restaurants and the impact on agriculture and the global environment.But Eric Schlosser'sbestselling Fast Food Nation iscoming together as a Traffic-stylefilm to be directed by Richard Linklater as part of the bustling Cannes slateof UK-based sales company HanWay Films. Linklater,
  • Losique defends Montreal turf with powerhouse jury...

    Chinese auteur Chen Kaigeand Russian director Pavel Lounguine have agreed to participate on the jury ofthe 2005 Montreal World Film Festival, the festival announced yesterday. Kaige's credits include thePalme d'Or-winning Farewell My Concubine, while Lounguine is the director of such films as Taxi Blues and Luna Park.Both will unite with Chileandirector Silvio Caiozzi and Claudio Gubitosi, the founding director of Italy'sGiffoni Film Festival, as part of a j
  • Love rules at Italy's Donatellos

    Second-time director PaoloSorrentino's mafia tale The Consequences of Love has won five David di Donatellos, Italy's Oscars,including best film, best director, best screenplay and best actor, beating outmulti-nominated contenders Sacred Heart and Manuale D'Amore.The Consequences of Love tells the story of a 50-year-old Italianbusiness man who lives on his own in an anonymous Swiss hotel, and talks to noone for eight long years until he meets a young woman. E
  • Malaga savours Spanish Tapas

    Ensemble comedy-drama Tapas was the surprise winner of the best film, best actress and thepublic's prizes at the eighth annual Spanish Film Festival of Malaga(April 22-30), with other top awards split among higher-profile contenders 20Centimeters, Heroine and Ants InThe Mouth.Tapas was also the biggest hit at Malaga's three-dayMarket Screenings, attended this year by 61 buyers from 24 countries.Co-producer and distributor Filmax closed sales on the film, dir
  • Mandeville to produce, Armada to sell Heaven

    David Hobermanand Todd Lieberman's Mandeville Films and Television will produce John Glenn'sthriller The Heaven Project for Wall Street-based film equity fund D H Blair Film CapitalFund.Beverly Hills-based ArmadaPictures International is handling international rights and head of sales YarekDanielak will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.Written anddirected by Glenn, The Heaven Project follows a reformed criminal as he struggles to reunite withhis wife and c
  • Me, You..., Last Days bookend Seattle

    Miranda July'squirky drama Me And You And Everyone We Know and Gus Van Sant's tale of a rock starin despair Last Daysbookend the 31st Annual Seattle International Film Festival, which runs fromMay 19-Jun 12.The 347-strongline-up includes pictures from more than 59 countries and boasts 10 world, 18North American and 10 US premieres, as well as spotlights on Argentina, musicand new pioneers of cinema.Peter Sarsgaardwill collect the Golden Space Needle Award for Outst
  • Menemsha to sell Midnight Movies in Cannes

    Stuart Samuels'documentary Midnight Movies, which screens in official selection in thefestival, is among four market premieres that Neil Friedman's Los Angeles-basedMenemsha Films will offer to buyers at Cannes.Midnight Moviescharts the rise of the late-night film craze that started with AlejandroJodorowsky's El Topo atthe Elgin Theatre in New York in December 1970 and continued with cult classicslike George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead, and Richard O'B
  • Montecito Pictures set to roll with Trailer Park Boys

    Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures isset to commence principal photography this summer on Trailer Park Boys- The Movie, a feature adaptation of theCanadian cult television series about the antics of three 'hosers'- Ricky, Julian and Bubbles - in a Maritime backwater. The production will team series director,head writer and creator Mike Clattenburg with the original cast members, RobbWells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith. The film will shoot in Halifax.Reitman said, '
  • Negotiator (Koshonin Mashita Masayoshi)

    Dir: Katsuyuki Motohiro. Jap. 2005. 127minsKatsuyuki Motohiro's Negotiatoris an action spin-off from his major hits Bayside Shakedown (1998) and BaysideShakedown 2 (2003), the latter of which set a record $162m at home for aJapanese live-action film. But this time, the bumptious detective of before(who faced off against the entire Tokyo police bureaucracy), is replaced bycriminal negotiator Masayoshi Mashita (Yusuke Santa Maria), whose occupation isabout
  • New Line International boasts 10 new films to presell

    New Line International has unveiled a powerful new slate for itsdistribution partners and Cannes buyers which boasts directors as varied as JanDe Bont, Todd Field and Shekhar Kapur and stars ranging from Bruce Willis, JackBlack and Samuel L Jackson to Kate Winslet and John Cusack.
  • NFB adds cash to Cannes short film Palme d'Or

    The National Film Boardof Canada is pumping some prize money into the Cannes' Short Film Palmed'Or. The Canadian filmagency has created the Norman McLaren Prize, under the aegis of the Cannes FilmFestival, a Euros 3000 prize to be presented to director of the winning short. NFB chief JacquesBensimon and Cannes director general Veronique Cayla also announced thefestival will screen restored versions of McLaren's collected works atthe 2006 event. Said Cayla, 'E
  • Nordisk to embark on Johnny pre-sales at Cannes

    Copenhagen based Nordisk Film International Sales isto open pre-sales at Cannes for UK-Irish-Danish co-production Johnny Was. The violent thriller, set in the underworld of London,stars Vinnie Jones and will shoot in London and Ireland. The $4.4m film is produced by Affinity, Borderline,Revolver and Nordisk Film. It is directed by Mark Hammon
  • One man's Madness set to screen at Cannes

    Madness In The FirstDegree is one of the many films thatwill premiere at Cannes this year.However, promises to stand out in a unique way - it has been madeentirely by one man - Geoff Searle. Everything from acting, toediting, to special effects, to production has been completed entirely bySearle.It is currently marketingitself as "the world's first one man movie of its kind".Searle, with an independentlyfinanced budget of £75,000 shot the film on 16mm and DV Cam ov
  • Pale Eyes (Les Yeux Clairs)

    Dir: Jerome Bonnell. Fr.2005. 87mins.At just under anhour-and-a-half, Pale Eyes is exactly the right length for its intimate,austere story. Though sometimes too deliberately paced, this modest filmimpresses as it tries to get inside the head of a lovely but anguished youngwoman, thereby arriving at a sort of minimalist grace. It also captures a pieceof modern, small-town French life as well as the ambiguous searching of itsemotionally-pained individ
  • Parasol Peccadillo moves into wider arthouse market

    UK distributor ParasolPeccadillo has just picked up a string of new films scheduled for theatricalrelease within the next year. New releases scheduled for2005/2006 include Ismael Ferrouki's Le Grand Voyage, Swedish box office hit The Ketchup Effect, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's Cocklesand Muscles and MonAnge starring Vanessa Paradis and
  • Pinewood, Ealing lead London Plus production drive

    Pinewood Shepperton andEaling Studios head a group of UK studio facilities and post productioncompanies that have teamed to launch London Plus, a consortium that aims toboost production activity in London and south east England.The affiliated companies aim for producers to use London Plus asa single entry point for arranging to scout locations, source crew and find astudio space or visual effects company.The partnership includes 3Mills and Elstree studios, regional film agencies
  • Quinta to release Chromophobia in France

    Quinta Distribution will release Cannes closing film Chromophobia in France, Quinta president Tarak Ben Ammarconfirmed last week. The company also has world rights to the film directed byMartha Fiennes; Ammar is also producer on the film. The film stars Martha's brother Ralph Fiennes and his EnglishPatient co-star Kristin Scott-Thomas. Alsoon board are Ben Chaplin, Penelope Cruz, Ian Holm and Rhys Ifans. Chromophobia is adarkly comic look at the dilemmas of
  • Saw 2 starts shooting in Toronto for Twisted, LGE

    Production began in Torontothis week on Saw 2, the follow-upto Twisted Pictures/Lions Gate's 2004 smash that grossed more than $100m at theworldwide box office.Lions Gate FilmsInternational will begin selling international rights at Cannes on the picture,which is being produced by Evolution Entertainment's genre arm Twisted Picturesand Lions Gate Films.Lions Gate plans a Halloween2005 North American release on Saw 2, however the parties are keep
  • Screen Producers Ireland appoints CEO, chairman

    Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) has announced theappointment of a new chief executive and a new chairman following their recentAGM. DavidMcLoughlin will take over as chief executive with effect from 9 May, whileRonan McCabe has succeeded Larry Bass as chairman. SPIrepresents over 225 independent film and television production companies inIr
  • Skoll's Participant finds corporate and community affairs executive

    Former eBaypresident Jeff Skoll's Los Angeles-based production company ParticipantProductions has named Meredith Blake senior vice president of corporate andcommunity affairs.Blake, whopreviously served as chief executive officer of the domestic violence nonprofitorganisation Break The Cycle, will help define the company's social sectoraction campaigns around the company's projects."Integral to ourmandate to make socially relevant, commercially viable feature
  • Soderbergh bursts theatrical Bubble with 2929

    Todd Wagner and Mark Cubanhave taken a step closer to their cross-platform day-and-date releasing visionas it emerged that the 2929 Entertainment founders have signed a mould-breaking six-picturedeal with the ever-adventurous Steven Soderbergh.Soderbergh will directthese low-budget high definition video features for 2929's HDNet Films bannerin a deal finalised at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, with each titleset to launch simultaneously in theatres, on TV and DVD.Soderbe
  • Spyglass seals four year free-TV deal in Italy with RTI

    SpyglassEntertainment has signed a four-year free-TV output deal with RTI, thetelevision arm of Italian communications giant Mediaset, that will include theupcoming Memoirs of A Geisha and The Legend Of Zorro.It's another direct relationship engineered by Spyglass followingthree existing long-term TV output deals in Europe with Canal Plus in France,with Pro Sieben in Germany and with Telecinco in Spain.
  • Star Wars beats the record

    Sony Pictures Parent co: Sony CorpHoward Stringer,chairman-CEO SPE:Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton,chairman-CEO, Sony Pictures EntertainmentAmy Pascal, chairman, SPEMotion Picture GroupJeff Blake, vice chairman,SPE & president, worldwide marketing and distributionYair Landa
  • Star Wars fights battles at US box office

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  • Strand gets US to Tribeca favourite Simon from Fortissimo

    Strand Releasinghas picked up North American rights from Fortissimo Films to Eddy Terstall's Simon, the story of a gay man and a straightman whose lifelong friendship is challenged when one of them faces a terminalillness.The picture,which received its North American premiere at Tribeca last week, was theofficial Dutch entry for the 2005 Academy Awards and won top honours at theDutch Film Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. CeesGeel, who was named best a
  • Studio Babelsberg shares start trading

    Shares in Studio Babelsbergbegan trading on Frankfurt's 'Freiverkehr' exchange on Friday morningat Euros 1.65 after 10% of the company's 15m shares had been floated at anissue price of Euro 1 each. The free flotation of the1.5m shares was open to studio staff as well as friends and partners from thefilm industry. The Studio Babelsberg Groupis aiming for a turnover of over Euros45m for this year with an operating lossof around Euros2.5 m. The studio com
  • Tapas

    Dirs/scr: Jose Corbacho,Juan Cruz. Sp. 2004. 94mins.A crowd-pleasingslice-of-life set in Barcelona, Tapas weaves several stories into acharming, if slight, whole. Opening on May 13 in Spain, it looks good formedium local success, but better for international arthouse with several salesconcluded after its screening at the Malaga Film Festival last week (where itwon, among others, best film, best actress and several audience awards).Like a saccharine ShortC
  • The Ax (Le Couperet)

    Dir. Costa-Gavras.Fr-Bel-Sp. 2005. 122mins.A wickedly black comedytailored in a slick thriller style, The Ax marks a welcome return tocomedy for Greek auteur Costa-Gavras after his 1986 feature Family Business.Powered by an outstanding lead performance from Jose Garcia, the film hasalready proven itself at home in France.Prospects in other Europeanterritories are assured but a US distributor may question the running time andwhat mi
  • The Extra

    Dir:Kevin Carlin. Aust. 2004. 90minsIrish stand-up comedian Jimeoin made waves in his adoptedAustralia during the 1990s, writing and starring in his own self-titledtelevision series. Sweet-natured, with a thick Irish accent and a nice line inbemused wonderment at modern life, his decade was crowned when his small-budgetdebut feature The Craic, though hardly hilarious, opened to strongbusiness and became the top
  • The Joy Of Tax

    ScreenInternational presents its at-a-glance worldwide guide to tax based filmproduction incentives.Click onthe links below for full PDF versions of the guide.Introduction: The Joy Of Tax Tax Incentives: Europe, Australasia andSouth Africa (Part One) Tax Incentives: Europe, Austra
  • The Wolf (El Lobo)

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