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6 August 2006

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  • Alliance Atlantis shores up MDP with Sherry promotion

    Alliance Atlantis' distribution arm Motion PictureDistribution (MPD) has promoted Jim Sherry to the position of executivemanaging director; Sherry was previously president of Canadian theatricaldistribution. The appointment comes in the wake of the sudden departure ofMPD chairman Victor Loewy and president and CEO Patrice Theroux in July. MPD CEO John Bailey made the announcement on Friday (Aug 4). A veteran of US distributors New Line and Miramax beforejoining Alliance A
  • Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

    Dir/scr: Steve Oedekerk. USA. 2006. 87minutes.The secret lives of farm animals get an energetic animatedworkout in writer-director Steve Oedekerk's Barnyard, a colourfulshowcase that sacrifices some of its narrative cogency for frenzied jamborees,pratfalls and musical montage-fed poignancy.With neither abroad TV advertising campaign nor top-shelf star voice talent, Barnyard will face tough going incinemas when it op
  • Barsky named special counsel at MPAA

    Simon Barsky,executive vice president and general counsel to the MPAA and its internationalcounterpart the MPA, is winding down his duties following 28 years of service.Effective Aug 14 Brasky became special counsel to chairman and chief executiveofficer Dan Glickman and president and chief operating officer Bob Pisano, andwill become an independent consultant to the organis
  • Bavaria boards new films by Randau and Thalheim

    Secondfeature films by award-winning filmmakers Felix Randauand Robert Thalheim have been picked up at productionstage for world sales by Bavaria Film International.Randau's tragicomedy Die Anruferin is about a young womanlonging for human warmth and devotion who calls total strangers on the phone.Valerie Koch (from Stefan Krohmer's They've Got Knut)and Esther Schweins star in the lead roles for Randau's follow-up to his debut Northern Star.Thalheim's Am
  • Billionaire Gou plans new Chinese studio

    Taiwan-based billionaire Terry Gou isinvesting $200m to build a film studio in northwest China. Gou announced theproject on a visit to his ancestral hometown of Jinchengin Shanxi province, near to where the new studio isplanned in Zhezhou county. Upto 40% of the investment is expected to come from loca
  • Dead Sheep and War Tapes win at Britdoc

    The first Britdoc festival,presented in association with Nokia, wrapped on Friday night with 37 UsesFor A Dead Sheep winning the Britishcompetition and The War Tapeswinning the international competition.Ben Hopkins' 37 Uses ForA Dead Sheep, about the PamirKirghiz tribe, was described by the British jury as "an outstandingachievement in documentary filmmaking which reinvents the form of theethnographic documentary, dealing with the epic theme of modern migration wit
  • Deauville to open with Burger's The Illusionist

    Neil Burger's The Illusionist, starring EdwardNorton, will open the 32nd Deauville Festival ofAmerican Film, which is slated to run Sept 1-10 in the Normandytown. The official line-up was announced on July 31 andincludes Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smokingstarring Aaron Eckhart, David Slade's Hard Candywhich is set to be released by Metropolitan in France, another Metropolitanfilm Todd Field's L
  • Dragon Tiger Gate earns $3m in Asian opening

    Hong Kong summer blockbuster DragonTiger Gate has earned more than $3m from six territories across Asia in its firstthree days of release.After its July 28opening, the action film scored the biggest three-day opening for a Chinesefilm in Hong Kong this year, raking in $700,000 (HK$5.4m) on 52 screens.Released by Beijing Polybona Film Publishing, Dragon Tiger Gat
  • Eastwood's Iwo Jima film to open Tokyo festival

    The 19th annual Tokyo International FilmFestival has announced that its opening film on Oct 21 will be Clint Eastwood'sFlags Of OurFathers.The film is the first of two that focus on the WWIIbattle for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Flagsdepicts events from the American side, while the forthcoming Red Sun, Black Sand will be told fromthe Japanese perspective. Both films are DreamWorks and Warner Brothersco-productions. Flagsis rel
  • Film London continues festival and training funds

    Film London has continued new rounds of funding for itsFilm-makers' Festival Fund and Events and Training Providers' Fund. The Film-makers' Festival Fund provides travel supportfor individual film-makers to attend key festivals where their film will playin competition. The fund also contributes towards striking a first film print ordigital master. In 2005, the fund supported 20 film-makers. Applicationdeadlines are monthly
  • Fortissimo takes on sales for Hula Girls

    FortissimoFilms has acquired the worldwide rights, excluding Japan and Korea, to Hula Girls, the latest film from director Lee Sang-il.Thefilm, based on real events, is set in northern Japan in 1965, and tells thestory of a poor village's efforts to build the country's f
  • Green signs on to New Line's Golden Compass

    Rising French star Eva Greenhas been cast as Serafina in New Line's adaptation of The Golden Compass, the first instalment of Phillip Pullman's HisDark Materials fantasy trilogy.Green, who plays Bond's love interest Vesper Lynd opposite Daniel Craig in theupcoming Casino Royale, is thelatest addition to the $150m project.Earlier this week it emerged that Nicole Kidman will play the villainous MrsCoulter, while British newcomer 12-year-old Dakota Blue Richa
  • Harrison named corp comms chief at Paradigm

    Bill Harrison hasjoined Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency as head of corporate communications.Harrison will oversee Paradigm's media relations activities as well as thecompany's branding, advertising, special events and philanthropic efforts. Hewill be based in the Beverly Hills headquarters.He most recently served in a senior role at PMK/HBH, where his accountsinc
  • Haynes names final Dylan actor for I'm Not There

    Todd Haynes has named thesixth actor to play Bob Dylan in his outré ensemble portrait I'm Not There, which begins production on Jul 31 in Montreal.So far Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett and BenWhishaw have lined up to play the great singer-songwriter.If the presence of Blanchett points to the radical nature of the project,Haynes maintains the radical tone with the addition to
  • Haynes names final lead in Dylan biopic

    Todd Haynes has named thesixth and final actor to play Bob Dylan in his outre ensemble portrait I'm Not There, which begins production tomorrow (July 31) in Montreal.Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett and BenWhishaw had already lined up to play the iconic singer-songwriter in what has been a long-gestating project for Haynes.They will now be joined by the blackchild actor Marcus Carl Franklin (pictured), whose presence, along with that of Blanche
  • Hilary Bevan Jones takes chairman post at Bafta

    HilaryBevan Jones has taken over as chairman of the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta), succeeding Duncan Kenworthyafter his two-year stint.Bevan Jones will be the first woman to chair the Academyin its 60-year history, after having served as deputy chairman for one year. Kenworthy will now take the role of deputy chairman for ayear.Shesaid: "Under Duncan Kenworthy's leadership Bafta has not only consolidated its values but has movedforwa
  • Hot Docs and DOC create new documentary fellowship

    TheHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the DocumentaryOrganisation of Canada (DOC) have created a new ofthe documentary fellowship programme.During2006-2007, the Quebecor DocumentaryFellowship willwork with 15 mid-level filmmakers from under-represented ethno-cultural communities.Five applicants will receive full fellowships, be mentored by senior producersfrom DOC, and will t
  • Hot Docs to spotlight Central, Eastern Europe

    Central and Eastern European documentary cinema will beshowcased at the 2007 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival aspart of the festival's National Spotlight programme.Films from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary,Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia will be considered forinclusion. In addition, Hot Docs will devote its Made In... sidebar on currentBrazilian production, the first time the festival has spotlighted a SouthAmerican nation.
  • ICA takes UK rights to Eric Steel's The Bridge

    DistributorICA Films has taken UK theatrical and DVD rights to The Bridge,while Channel 4 has obtained the UK TV rights. FortissimoFilms is handling sales for the Eric Steel's documentary, which will screen atthe London Film Festival.
  • John Hurt to lead Edinburgh's Powell jury

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival(EIFF), which holds its 60th event from Aug 14-27, has announced thejury for this year's Michael Powell Award.
  • Just Like The Son

    Dir/scr: Morgan J Freeman. US. 2006. 86minsEssentially a road movie for kids, with the adultssimply straight men and women to a wisecrackingsix-years-old, Morgan J Freeman's Just LikeThe Son joins the plethora of undemanding matinee products targeted at thechildren's crowd.While its plot motor - adultkidnaps boy - hardly sounds ethical, audience sympathy will be aroused by thecircumstances that bedrock the narrative. Buyer
  • Korean film exports down 58% on last year

    Korean filmexports for the first half of 2006 are down 58% year-on-year, according tofigures released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). Total exports came to$17.4m, compared to $41.8m in the first six months of 2005. The main reasonfor the sharp decline in sales is that Japan, Korea's biggest buyer, has pulled t
  • La Sagrada Familia takes top prize at Era New Horizons

    La SagradaFamilia, the first feature film from Chileanwriter/director Sebastian Campos, has won the Grand Prix at the sixth Era NewHorizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.Otherhigh-scoring competition entries included Shinya Tsukamoto's Vital, Paz Encina'sHamaca Paraguaya,Alexander Sokurov's The Sun, the Quay Brothers' ThePiano Tuners Of Earth
  • Levy tapped as chairman for Film Business Academy

    AlainLevy, Chairman and CEO of EMI Music, has been appointed chairman of the Film Business Academy's advisory board at Cass Business School in London.Levypreviously served as president and CEO of PolyGram during it
  • Locarno president talks of 'budgetary worries'

    On the eve of this year'sLocarno International Film Festival, which will open on Wednesday (August 2)with Michael Mann's Miami Vice,the festival's president Marco Solari has spoken out about the financialchallenges facing Locarno for this year and for the future.In an interview with theSwiss daily newspaper Der Bund atthe weekend, Solari explained that the budgetfor the 2006 edition was 1.5% lower than the previous year's because the Canton ofTessin allocated $80,093 (CHF
  • Miami Vice busts Pirates to open top

    Audience focus moved dueNorth from the Caribbean to Florida at the weekend as Universal's Miami Vice displaced the pirates with an estimated $25.2mopening.Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest continued to break records however, while Warner Bros' Lady In TheWater plummeted to seventh place andFox's The Devil Wears Pradaconsolidated its $100m-plus status.Miami Vice stars Colin Farrelland Jamie Foxx as undercover police officers and is ba
  • Mission: Impossible III crosses $250m internationally

    Mission: Impossible III passed the $250m mark at the international boxoffice yesterday (Aug 3). The action blockbuster, which was first out of thegates this summer season, received the boost to reach the mark after receivingits belated opening in Japan on July 8. Traditionally one of starTom Cruise's strongest territories, Japan has delivered $35m in the four weeks since its
  • MonteCristo kicks off japan shoot on Apartment 1303

    New York-based salesand distribution company MonteCristo Entertainment has begun principalphotography in Hamamatsu, Japan, on the horror tale Apartment 1303.Ataru Oikawa is directing the project about the terrifying circumstancessurrounding a rental apartment, which is expected to be ready for delivery byAFM and stars Noriko Nakagoshi.Oikawa adapted the screen
  • Montreal's FNC bags new Trier comedy

    Lars von Trier's The Boss Of It All will makes it North American premiere at Montreal'sFestival du Nouveau Cinema, which runs from October 18 to 28. The film will have its worldpremiere at the Copenhagen International Film Festival in September. The Danish-language comedy, which stars such von Trierregulars as Peter Gantzler and Jean-Marc Barr, tells the story of a techcompany owner who created a ficitious president on whom to blame bad news. But when he wants to s
  • Motovun honours Look Both Ways and We Feed The World

    Festival hit Look BothWays by Australian director SarahWatt took the main Propeller Award at the eighth Motovun Film Festival (July24-28) in Istria, Croatia. Both the Amnesty International Human Rights andFIPRESCI awards went to Erwin Wagenhofer's ambitious documentary We Feed theWorld. Croatian director GoranDukic's Wristcutters won theaudience award and the 'A to A' prize for the best film made in the region fromAlbania to Austria. 'Though the film was made in th
  • New Hong Kong producer Artforce starts Protege

    Through newHong Kong-based production company ArtforceInternational, two top Hong Kong film-makers are teaming together for the first time on Protege, a drugtrafficking drama produced by Peter Chan and directed by Derek Yee.A new jointventure between Yee, Chan and his business partner Andre Morgan, Artforce is co-producing the $4.6m (HK$36m) film with theChina Film Group and Beijing Polybona from China
  • Off Screen leads charge in Cinemavault sales

    Cinemavault ReleasingInternational has notched up a string of sales, headed by Pieter Kuijpers' OffScreen.The Dutch hostagethriller has been picked up for the US by Image Entertainment, with furtherdeals for France (Melimedias), Brazil (California), Greece (Spentzos Film), andthe
  • Pinewood says 007 stage will need rebuilding after fire

    Pinewood Sheppertonsaid there were no casualties involved at the "serious fire" that broke out atthe 007 stage this weekend. Damage was so extensive that the studio expects tohave to demolish and rebuild the famed stage. The roof of the 45,000-square-footstage caved in from fire damage. Pinewood said that there was"no significant collateral damage to any other assets at the Pinewood site."The rest of the studio site will be fully functional by the end of the
  • Pirates adds records, sails past $300m

    Buena Vista International's(BVI) Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest maintained its unstoppable form as it plundered anestimated $55m from 7,698 sites in 40 countries for $305.5m.Powered by a huge German debut, the adventure romp became the seventh BVIrelease to cross $300m and has overtaken the 2003 original's $655m global tallyto become the 25th biggest worldwide release in history on $664m.Furthermore Dead Man's Cheststill has one quarter of the interna
  • Pirates plunders its biggest overseas weekend yet

    Buena Vista International's(BVI) Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest took more in its fifth weekend than any other as theadventure romp stormed towards $400m.Fired up by a huge French debut, the picture added an estimated $57m from 8,500screens in 47 countries for a $392m international tally and now ranks as the22nd biggest overseas release.Combined with the $379.7m domestic total Pirates has amassed $772.7m to become the 20th biggestworldwide release and
  • Pirates sets course for $350m

    Pirates Of The Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest launches in fourterritories this weekend, headed by France on Aug 2.Buena Vista International (BVI) top brass were expecting strong results giventhat The Curse Of The Black Pearltook $7.1m from 646 screens in its first week there in August 2003. The film is off to a very strong start in France, where it had 693,023 on Wednesday's opening day, a new record.The picture also sets sail in Hong Kong on Aug 3, and South Africa
  • Protests expected at Flying Scotsman premiere

    Protesters are threateningto picket the world premiere screening of TheFlying Scotsman, which is scheduled to open the 60th EdinburghInternational Film Festival on August 14.The production companyformed to make The Flying Scotsman,Mel Films Limited, is now in administration. Around 60crew members and extras have yet to be paid for their work on the film and aresaid to be owed a total of $147,563 (£79,000). A protest is planned for theopening night with
  • Rome selects 12 film-makers for production market

    The inaugural Rome Film Festhas announced the 12 participants for its New Cinema Network, a co-productionforum along the lines of Rotterdam'sCineMart.The 12 participants, who allhave made their debut feature film already, are:Santiago Amigorena, FranceDave McKean, UK
  • Rowntree Trust launches new documentary fund

    The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has announced a new fund to supportdocumentaries that highlight contemporary social or political issues in the UK. The fund was launched at the inaugural Britdoc festival (July 26-28). Up to $65,364 (£35,000) isbeing offered by the Reform Trust for films focusing on British issues ofsocial justice, human rights and democracy. Channel 4 British Documentary FilmFoundation
  • San Sebastian's Spanish selections include The Backwoods

    Spain's premiere festival, San Sebastian, has unveiled a raft of new Spanish directorialtalent in its first line-up announcement. Filmax's 1970s-set$5.6m Spanish thriller Backwoods,with Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine and Aitana Sanchey-Gijon, directed byBasque first-timer Koldo Serra,is perhaps the most splashy debut but will play outside competition in the Zabalt
  • Sao Paulo to host new film market Aug 23-25

    Anewly created film market in Sao Paulo has been set up to boost thebusiness of Brazilian audiovisual industry. The numbers are still very modestwhen compared to the largest American and European film markets but the first InternationalFair of the Cinema and Audiovisual Industry (FIICAV) expects its 150 exhibitorsto attract 15,000 visitors over three days.FromAugust 23-25, the film market budgeted at $450,000 (R$1m) will b
  • Sarajevo sets competition films and jury

    The 12th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug18-26) has announced its competition programme andmain jury. Eightcompetition films will compete for the awards of best film, special jury award,best actor and best actress: Das Fraulein, Switzerland/Germany/Bosnia andHerzegovina, dir: Andrea Staka
  • Schloendorff plans Kazakhstan shoot for Ulzhan

    Germandirector Volker Schloendorff will be reunited withactor David Bennent, the child star of his 1979Oscar-winning film The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) as Oskar Matzerath, for his next feature Ulzhan which begins shooting in Kazakhstan from September.TheFrench-Kazakh co-production between Regis Ghezelbash'sFly Times Pictures and the Kazakh Film Studio is based on an originalscreenplay by
  • Serambi

    Dirs: Garin Nugroho, Tonny Trimarsanto, Viva Westi,Lianto Luseno. Ind'sia-Fr. 2006. 75mins.Concentrating on the events after 2004's Asiantsunami disaster, the documentary Serambifunctions best as a companion piece to Garin Nugroho's previous work Of Love And Eggs, itself an ebullient pieceabout an Indonesian marketplace. Presenting through its collage of images thehuman and natural plight after the terrible
  • Shim named managing director of Fox Korea

    Jay Shim has beenappointed managing director of Fox Korea, replacing Jesse Lee who was recentlynamed general manager of Fox Japan.Shim will assume the new role immediately and reports to vice president of theAsia/Pacific region Sunder Kimatrai.Shim most recently served as vice president of Popcorn Film, where he managedthe production of numerous Korean titles includi
  • Six more world premieres in TIFF's Discovery

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added 13 titles toits Discovery line-up, bringing the total to 20, including eight world premieres.Among the anticipated films being unveiled for the first time are OutOf The Blue, Robert Sarkies' account of NewZealand's most infamous massacre in 199; Ed Stone's remake of GriffinAnd Phoenix starring Dermot Mulroney andAmanda Peet; and Sean Ellis' quirky British comedy Cashback based on his award-winning short film about a
  • Sony strikes VOD deal with Arts Alliance

    Sony Pictures TelevisionInternational and Arts Alliance Media have struck a deal to offer Sony filmsfor rentals online. The video-on-demand (VOD) deal gives AAM the right to digitally distribute 180 of SonyPictures' back catalogue titles, including TaxiDriver and Gandhi, as well as newreleases over the next three years such as Spider-Man3. AAM will make the film
  • Sundance names seven Annenberg fellows

    Sundance Institutehas announced the seven recipients of this year's Annenberg awards, which givefilmmakers a $10,000 grant and extended creative and financial support over atwo-year period to assist development.This year's screenplays touch on issues ranging from the struggles of younglove in a post-9/11 New York to the challenges and small victories of immigrantlife in toda
  • Swiss study finds more funding but lack of box-office success

    TheSwiss film industry is likely to have mixed feelings after reading the FederalOffice for Statistics' (BFS) latest study "Filmproduction in Switzerland 1995-2004'.Appearingahead of Locarno Film Festival's first Swiss Day (Aug8), which will showcase national filmmaking, the BFS study notes, on the onehand, that public and private funding for local production has almost tripledin this decade under
  • Talladega Nights roars past the finish line

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of RickyBobby took the chequered flag at theweekend with a superb $47m estimated haul that kept box office ahead of thesame period last year by 17%.Sony executives were surprised by the power of the debut, despite very strongreviews, another star role for the popular Will Ferrell, and Nascar'sunimpeachable credentials as an American sports culture phenomenon.Ferrell stars as an erratic racing driver who tussles for supremacy andself-resp
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

    Dir: Adam McKay. US. 2006. 108mins.Even though TalladegaNights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby intermittentlyspins its wheels, crowd-pleaser runs well enough to reach the finish line.Playing to his strengths, star/co-writer/executive producer Will Ferrell reapsmany good comic moments early on in Adam Mckay'sfeature to compensate for a sluggish second half.Set in the world of NASCARracing, a sport enjoying tremendous popularity growth in the US, thePG-13-rated
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

    Dir: Adam McKay. US. 2006.108mins.Even though TalladegaNights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby intermittentlyspins its wheels, crowd-pleaser runs well enough to reach the finish line.Playing to his strengths, star/co-writer/executive producer Will Ferrell reapsmany good comic moments early on in Adam Mckay'sfeature to compensate for a sluggish second half.Set in the world of NASCARracing, a sport enjoying tre
  • The Bubble (Ha'Bua)

    Dir: Eytan Fox. Is. 2006. 90mins.Film-maker Eytan Foxdisappointingly follows Walk On Water, one of Israel's strongest exports of recenttimes, with The Bubble, asurprisingly feeble drama which picks up on similar themes but frames them indisorganised fashion.Set in Tel Aviv's Shenkin neighbourhood, the Israeli capital's equivalent ofGreenwich Village, the drama addresses the self-styled bubble ass
  • The Host breaks Korean box-office records

    Bong Joon-ho's Cannes hit The Host is breaking box-office recordsin Korea, taking theopening week record with more than 2.6m admissions, and the highestsingle-day admissions with 790,000 on Saturday, July 29.The previous record for opening week was held by Typhoon with 1.8m admissionslast year, opening on 540 screens; the high
  • The Lives Of Others (Das Leben Der Anderen)

    Dir/scr. Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck.Ger. 2006. 137mins.
  • The Lives Of The Saints

    Dirs: Rankin/Chris Cottam.100mins. UK. 2006.The Lives Of TheSaints is a bold but determinedly awkward affair in whichdebut directors Rankin and Chris Cottam ultimatelyrisk overstretching themselves. Individual sequences are strikingly shot andperformed and there is no faulting the film-makers' ambition or imagination - butthere is no disguising either the gauche moments or tendency to
  • Thruline Entertainment announces merger

    William Mercer and his RozonManagement Group have joined Chris Henze, J B Roberts and Ron West's managementfirm Thruline Entertainment.Gilbert Rozon, Mercer's Montreal-based partner and founder of the Just ForLaughs Montreal International Comedy Festival, will not become a Thrulineprincipal, however Thruline and Mercer will form a comedy division with him.The division, which will be named at a later date, will become the USrepresentative of the festival.Mercer's client
  • Toronto launches 'envelope-pushing' Vanguard sidebar

    The Toronto International Film Festival is launching a newprogramme, Vanguard, with four world premieres to back up the sidebar'sambition to showcase films that are "stylistically bold, structurally playfuland appeal to adventurous, risk-taking audiences." The four world premieres are, from Australia, GeoffreyWright's contemporary adaptation of Macbeth;from France, Chacun Sa Nuit byPascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr, an erotically-charged murder mystery; JadeWarrior,
  • UIP takes on UK release for Clerks II

    United InternationalPictures (UIP) will distribute Kevin Smith's Clerks II in the UK. The deal was official confirmed as UIP set thebelated sequel to Smith's 1994 cult hit for a Sept 22 release in the territory.Clerks IIsaw its world premiere out of competition as Cannes in May and will receive its British debut on Aug 18at this year's Edinburgh
  • Valentina Merli joins Pyramide International

    French sales company Pyramide Internationalhas hired Valentina Merlito replace outgoing sales executive Pascale Josse.Josse left the company at the end of July and Merli joined this week as director of foreign sales. Shewill report to managing director Eric Lagesse. Merli has previously worked as head of foreign salesat Gemini Films and in production at Marco Mueller's Downtown Pictures. Mostrecently, she held a sales position at
  • Varda to receive Flanders tribute

    Agnes Varda will receivethe Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 33rdAnnual Flanders International Film Festival, which runs from Oct 11-21.Previous honorees include Mike Leigh, Robert Altman, Richard Attenborough, SydneyPollack and Lili Zanuck.Festival organisers will screen 10 of her films as part of the tribute, and have separately arranged a
  • Walters, Serkis and Mackintosh on board for Sugarhouse Lane

    NewUK-based digital film production and distribution company Slingshot will beginshooting its debut feature Sugarhouse Lane on Aug 21.DirectorGary Love makes his feature film debut, with a script by Dominic Leyton basedon his stage play Collision. MichaelRiley is producing.Sugarhouse Lane will star StevenMackintosh as a middle-class boy who becomes i
  • World Trade Center

    Dir: Oliver Stone. US. 2006.125mins.In Hollywood's first really major movie aboutthe events of September 11, 2001, Oliver Stone mostly steers clear of politics,religion and other potentially controversial issues. Instead, the usuallyprovocative film-maker focuses on the true and more personal story of two copstrapped in the rubble of the Twin Towers while their families wait in agonisinglimbo for news. Showing uncharacteristic restraint beh
  • X Filme launches unit for international co-productions

    Berlinproduction powerhouse X Filme creative pool, whoserecent international production credits include Maria Schrader's Love Life and BilleAugust's Goodbye Bafana,has launched a subsidiary company X FilmeInternational to concentrate on the production of one to two internationalco-productions per year for the global market.
  • Zane, Sizemore sign up for Archetype mayhem

    Billy Zane will starin The Mad and Tom Sizemore hassigned to Bottom Feeder, twoproductions by Peace Arch Entertainment's genre arm Archetype Films.The Mad is scheduled to beginproduction this month in Canada and tells of a doctor and his teenage daughterwho are terrorised by zombies at a truck stop.John Kalangis will direct from a screenplay by K