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6 August 2007

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  • Ahead of Locarno premiere, Sejong takes on Nothing But Ghosts

    South Korea's Sejong has picked up German director Martin Gypken's second feature Nothing But Ghosts (Nichts Als Gespenster) ahead of its world premiere screening on Locarno's Piazza Grande on Monday evening.Beta Cinema's head of sales Andreas Rothbauer confirmed to in Locarno at the weekend that Sejong had acquired theatrical, TV and home video rights to the film adapted from the novel of the same name by Judith Herrmann about
  • Ahead of Locarno premiere, Vexille sells to 75 territories including US

    As the androids in Japanese director Fumihiko Sori's animated sci-fi thriller Vexille invade the Piazza Grande for tonight's opening of the Locarno International Film Festival 2008, the $10m CGI feature has already been sold to 75 countries, including the US. According to vp international sales and licensing Aki Harimoto, of production company, Shochiku, Vexille has been sold for the US to FUNimation, a Navarre Corp subsidiary, which plans a 2008 release. The film has also gone
  • Amitabh Bachchan: Indian summer

    Bollywood idol Amitabh Bachchan tells Chris Evans why his days of singing and dancing are behind him as more challenging roles beckon. 'The Indian economy is opening up and as a result the country's culture, food, dress and industry are suddenly becoming very attractive. Investment is coming from all parts of the world and cinema is riding that wave.'So says Amitabh Bachchan, a man with a commanding presence who stands nearly two metres tall and has enjoyed a 40
  • Anthony Hopkins says bigger festivals are like 'circuses'

    Speaking at the Locarno Film Festival this weekend, Anthony Hopkins revealed that he bypassed several other European festivals, including Rome and Venice, to bring his directorial debut Slipstream to Locarno.'We lost the Rome Festival but we thought it would be better to come here,' Hopkins said. 'It is much more civilized. I have no disrespect to Rome or Cannes or Venice. They tend to be circuses, like Berlin. It's crazy.'
  • Asmik Ace takes on Japanese distribution for Shadow Of The Moon

    Channel 4 International has brokered a deal for Asmik Ace Entertainment to handle the Japanese theatrical release for In The Shadow Of The Moon. Asmik Ace plans a 2008 launch for the Sundance hit documentary, which is being released by ThinkFilm in the US, Vertigo Films in the UK and Madman in Australia. David Sington's film tells the story of the American Apollo space missions in the 1960s and 1970s, including new interviews with many of the astronauts. Ron Howard has re
  • Australian Film Institute Awards shortlists 15 films

    Fifteen films are in the running for the Australian Film Institute Awards, which will be held in Melbourne on December 5 and 6, with Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush hosting. The films that have already been released are Burke & Wills, Clubland, Gone, Irresistible, Like Minds, Lucky Miles, Noise, Razzle Dazzle, Romulus, My Father and West. The Bet, Dr Plonk, The Final Winter, The Home Song Stories and Rogue are yet to find their way into cinemas. Perhaps they
  • Bangkok wraps amid rumours that event may fold

    The 5th Bangkok International Film Festival closed on Sunday night with the world premiere of Thai action drama Muay Thai Chaiya amid widespread rumour that it was the last time the curtain would fall on the event. 'It is not definite that we won't have another one,' says Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)'s director for international public relations. 'But the future hinges on having real partners who can offer financial contributions. TAT will no lon
  • Bergman and Antonioni: through a lens darkly

    Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni both challenged audiences and understood the power of film, saysLen KladyEarlier this week a US television commentator, in marking the passing of Ingmar Bergman, referred to him as the greatest film-maker of all time. He didn't use any qualifiers and his tone evinced not the slightest bit of puffery. It was evident he meant it and in an all too brief eulogy one gleaned that The Seventh Seal had a profound effect on the c
  • Bollywood box-office: for better or for worse

    Why are Bollywood distributors optimistic despite recent local flops' Udita Jhunjhunwala reports.India has seen a slow start to 2007 despite earlier predictions from the Indian film industry of a buoyant first six months. 2006 was the most successful year in a decade for Hindi films in the territory and while Hindi product holds nine of the top 20 film spots between 2000-07, exhibitors and distributors are hoping for still stronger returns towards the end of the year.
  • Bollywood star Dutt sentenced to six years in prison

    The Hindi film industry was reeling on Tuesday afternoon (July 31) following the news of actor Sanjay Dutt's prison sentence on the final day of the on-going Mumbai bomb blasts case. The judge sentenced the popular 48-year-old actor to six years 'rigorous imprisonment' for possessing arms and ammunition (a 9mm pistol and AK-56 rifle) used in the 1993 Mumbai terror attacks. He had already served 18 months in jail. The actor had endeared himself to the public with his hit film about
  • Bourne sets $70.2m August opening record in North America

    Universal's spy thriller The Bourne Ultimatum roared to the top of the North American charts on the back of wildly enthusiastic reviews and set a record estimated $70.2m August launch in the process.The third and supposedly final episode in the saga of the amnesiac covert operative scored the biggest opening in the franchise, following the $27.1m launch of The Bourne Identity in June 200 and $52.5m for The Bou
  • Bourne to run

    The Bourne series was one of the first major productions to put its international financing structure on screen. As Universal gears up for the global roll-out of The Bourne Ultimatum, John Hazelton explores the benefits of such globe-trotting. Even for an international man of mystery, Jason Bourne really gets around. Over the course of three Universal Pictures spy thrillers - 2002's $214m-grossing The Bourne Identity, 2004's $288m-grossing T
  • Britdoc: international incidents

    This year's Britdoc festival underlined why UK documentary film-makers are turning to the international market. Wendy Mitchell reports. Oxford's Britdoc festival hopes to distinguish itself from other UK festivals by setting its sights on the international market for feature documentaries. This year's event (July 25-27), with increased ranks of US and European financiers in attendance, seemed to be hitting that goal.'As an event, Britdoc has a lot of positivity,
  • Canada - Ten years in the making

    On September 14, Jan Miller's baby turns 10. Strategic Partners (SP), the co-production market she founded in 1998 will begin a new decade.Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada as an adjunct of the Atlantic Film Festival, the three-day event has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense destination for producers looking for a firm commitment from a seasoned player.For Miller, time has flown: "Five years ago, if someone had been asked, 'What's the market going to look like in fiv
  • Cannes titles to play at Hawaii International Film Festival

    More than 150 features from global film-makers will screen at the 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival, which runs from Oct 18-28.The 11-day Oahu event includes screenings of Bela Tarr's The Man From London and Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Ploy from this year's Cannes Film Festival.Justin Lin's US mock documentary Finishing The Game an
  • Carice Van Houten joins Damast's Vivaldi

    Black Book star Carice Van Houten has joined the cast of Boris Damast's Vivaldi opposite Joseph Fiennes and Gerard Depardieu.Fiennes will star as the composer. The cast also includes Jaqueline Bisset, Lena Headey, Malcolm McDowell and Elle Fanning. The project will shoot later this year. Future Films is backing the Hand Picked Films and Mechaniks project. Celsius Entertainment is handling in
  • Carlos Saura among Spanish directors invited to San Sebastian

    Iciar Bollain, Gracia Querejeta and Carlos Saura are among the Spanish directors invited to screen films this year at the upcoming 55th annual edition of Spain's Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 20-29).Bollain will screen her new feature Mataharis in the official competition four years after her domestic abuse drama Take My Eyes (Te Doy Mis Ojos) wowed critics and won the Silver Shell awards for best actor and actress at the festival.Mataha
  • China Film decides not to import Rush Hour 3

    While Chinese actors Jackie Chan and Zhang Jingchu make their red carpet appearances at the premiere of Rush Hour 3 in the US, it looks unlikely that the film will receive the same treatment in their home country. According to China 's sole film importer, China Film Import and Export Corporation, and the film's Chinese rights holder, Edko Films, Rush Hour 3 has a very slim chance of being released in mainland China. State-owned China Film Import and Export Corp confi
  • CinDi fest gives top prizes to Lumberjacks, Elephant

    The inaugural Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi), which has a focus on discovering new Asian talent, closed July 27 with both the Directors' and Critics' juries giving the best film award jointly to the same two films - Yu Guangyi's The Last Lumberjacks and Woo Ming Jin's The Elephant And The Sea. Portraying the last year in a hundred years' history of logging in the snow-covered mountains of Heilongjiang, China, Yu shot his documentary alone with one camera, living
  • Cinta takes top best film honours at Malaysian Film Festival

    Khabir Bhatia's Cinta, an omnibus of five love stories set in modern-day Kuala Lumpur, was named best film at the 20th Malaysian Film Festival awards ceremony on Saturday night. It also took best supporting actor (for Haji Rahim Razali), best screenplay and best editor. A total of 29 awards were given out with most of the winning films of the horror and thriller genres. Shuhaimi Baba's mystic thriller Waris Jari Hantu won the most accolades, receiving five major award
  • Comic-Con: geek power

    The desire to tap into Comic-Con's powerful nerd demographic is luring Hollywood to the San Diego event - at the expense of ShoWest. Jeremy Kay reports. The flurry of key studio casting announcements on 2008 tentpoles that emanated from Comic-Con last week will have been closely monitored by industry watchers. In recent years, the annual pop culture gathering has become noteworthy for the way it has accommodated a growing Hollywood presence.Increasingly, the top
  • Coplan hired as vp of production at The Film Department

    Former Warner Independent Pictures (WiP) executive Amanda Coplan (pictured) has been hired as vice president of production at Mark Gill and Neil Sacker's The Film Department.Coplan will be based in the company's West Hollywood offices and will report to president of production Robert Katz.Andrew Klausmeyer, John Meckler, Natalie Borlaug, Christine Otal and Isaac Takeuchi have been appointed creative executives at the company.At WiP, Coplan worked in developmen
  • Crowds flock to Bart exhibition

    The Simpsons Movie raked in the international doh! this weekend as Fox's much-awaited film opened with $82.5m over the three-day period. The Springfield gang amassed a total of $96.8m across 71 territories on 5,527 screens for a whopping $14,925 average. The fifth Harry Potter instalment slipped by 51% to second place, taking $48.9m at the weekend, carrying it over the $450m mark in just three weeks. Transformers was up 32% after an impressive $17.7m opening in the UK, ta
  • Dan Brown's Pierre wins top honours at SWSXclick

    Dan Brown's Pierre won the 4th annual SXSWclick Festival's Grand Jury Prize and Will Elliott's Peterson's Savings And Loan took top honours in the audience award.Pierre won the Animate-It section, Peterson's Savings And Loan won the Old School Shorts, and Ubuntu by David Serota won
  • Desert Dream wins best film at India's Cinefan festival

    Korean-French co-production Desert Dream , directed by Zhang Lu, was awarded best film in the Asian-Arab competition of this year's Cinefan film festival, which wrapped in New Delhi on Sunday night (July 29). The film, which premiered in competition at Berlin this year, follows a mother and son who escape from North Korea, first into China and then Mongolia. Zhang, who is Chinese but also ethnically Korean, picked up Pusan's New Currents Award in 2005 for his previous film
  • Directors in Warp X's Darklight include McKeon and Bhide

    Low-budget studio Warp X has selected the four directors going forward in its Darklight: Women Direct Horror scheme. The directors are Smita Bhide, Miranda Bowen, Corinna Faith and Juliet McKeon. Each will now work with Warp X to develop their individual projects. Bhide's project is about a young Indian woman in a sinister arranged marriage; Bowen's The Men's Room looks at the dark side of a business in The City; Faith's This Little Piggy is about a psychotic farm an
  • Disney serves Ratatouille to France, Spain, Benelux

    Fox International's The Simpsons Movie is expected to soar past $150m in its second weekend following the record-breaking launch that has seen it race to $131m.The comedy opens in four territories this time round and should do something special in Mexico when it opens on Aug 2, given the film's mighty rampage through Latin America last weekend. Elsewhere the film opens in India, Denmark and Poland on Aug 3.
  • Editorial opinion: the gathering storm

    By feeding the studios' hunger to greenlight every half-baked idea they possess, financiers are surely contributing to an even bigger cataclysm, argues Colin Brown.The US film industry is just months away from another talent strike. Unless there's a dramatic breakthrough in the studios' rancorous negotiations with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), there's every chance that 12,000 Hollywood screenwriters will just walk off the job when their employment contract expire
  • Film investment: bursting with cash

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Richard Brass explores why institutions are more willing to embrace risk, and asks banking luminaries whether they are taking on too muchThe dramatic developments in film financing over the last few years have looked a bit like a gold rush. Many of the headlines have created the impression of a speculative frenzy among deal-hungry private-equity firms and hedg
  • Financial challenges for future of Locarno festival

    On the eve of the 60th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival, the future of the event's financial standing is in the headlines. Speaking to the Swiss daily newspaper Tagblatt, Locarno's artistic director Frederic Maire explained: 'We must increase the budget to around $9.1m (11m CHF). We hope that we can reach this with additional sponsors, the new club of patrons, and higher contributions from the government. I don't know whether this will be successful. If th
  • Fox extends theatrical slate financing deal with Dune

    Fox Filmed Entertainment and Dune Entertainment, riding high on the recent successes of Live Free Or Die Hard and Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, have extended their multi-year theatrical slate financing arrangement.Dune Entertainment affiliate Dune Entertainment III has committed to invest more than $500m in Fox films over the next three years. Fox retains all worldwide rights.So
  • FUNimation acquires three live-action Shochiku titles

    US-based FUNimation Entertainment has acquired three live-action titles produced by Japanese major Shochiku. The titles include Yoji Yamada's Love And Honour, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Hana and Haruki Kadokawa-produced Genghis Khan. The deal signals FUNimation's further expansion into live-action Japanese features, as well as contents of a more serious nature. Released in December of last year, samurai drama Love And Honour became a long-running hit, g
  • Gandhi My Father

    Dir: Feroze Abbas Khan. Ind. 2007. 128mins. 'To his nation, he was a father. To his son, he was a father...he never had.' Thus reads the tag line for Feroze Abbas Khan's Gandhi My Father, a film which never seems entirely sure whether it wants to be a sweeping historical epic along the lines of Richard Attenborough's celebrated biopic of the Indian leader or a closely focused family drama. Rather it tells the sad, and very chequered, story of Mahat
  • Gary Tam: touching the sun

    Composer-turned-director Gary Tarn is breaking new ground with his approach to film-making. He talks to Chris Evans about his first film, Black Sun, and the dangers of his next project. 'I had to film in Beirut through the tinted window of a bulletproof car. It was eerie, as all around me were deserted buildings and soldiers on every street corner. Two days later, the place was bombed.'This was UK director Gary Tarn's recent experience when shooting The Proph
  • Goldfinger UK re-release draws $85,561 on one night

    Continuing the strength of the UK box office, Park Circus' re-release of 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger grossed $85,561 (£42,000) on Tuesday, July 31 as a one-night-only special presentation. The film, newly digitally restored by Lowrey Digital, showed digitally in 136 cinemas across the UK. Goldfinger was the opening film in the BBC and UK Film Council's Summer Of British Film series. Nick Varley of Park Circus said: 'This is the first time such a wide release h
  • Goteborg to host posthumous 50-film Bergman retrospective

    As the film world remembers Ingmar Bergman, the Goteborg International Film Festival has reiterated its plans to host a Bergman retrospective during its 31st event, Jan 25-Feb 4, 2008.About 50 of the director's features will be screened during the fifth Bergman week Jan 24-29. Goteborg has a long history with Bergman, who served as the festival's honorary president. The festival is represented in the council of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.Last year, the festival inuagurated a
  • Grierson trusts partners for new awards at Sheffield Doc/Fest

    The Sheffield Doc/Fest has partnered with the UK 's Grierson Trust to launch three new UK documentary awards. The Grierson: Sheffields are in the categories of The Green Award, The Youth Jury Award and The Innovation Award. The partnership kicks off this year at the November festival, with the new awards to be presented on Nov 10. Heather Croall, festival director, said: 'Sheffield Doc/Fest has been looking for some time to introduce awards in the festival, and we are thril
  • HanWay and Celluloid Dreams brands revived as Dreamachine concentrates on library

    Just three months after the splashy merger of HanWay Films and Celluloid Dreams, their joint venture company Dreamachine has now announced that the Celluloid and HanWay brands will be run as separate first-run sales and acquisition businesses in London and Paris, as they traditionally had been. The companies had sold films together under the Dreamachine banner at Cannes but effective immediately will return to separate branding and sales teams for new titles. The Dreamachine joint
  • I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster (J'ai Toujours Reve D'etre Un Gangster)

    Dir/scr: Samuel Benchetrit . Fr. 2007. 110minsCheerful absurdity, hangdog humour and a sober recognition that, when you come down to it, provincial France just isn't the wild frontier of American crime cinema - all this makes Samuel Benchetrit's downbeat farce a distinctively offbeat pleasure. A set of linked crime vignettes, centred around a drab roadside cafeteria, I Always Wanted to Be A Gangster is a knowing spoof on the themes and structure of Pu
  • Imagi appoints Cheung to head Hong Kong animation

    Imagi International Holdings has appointed former DreamWorks CGI animator Tim Cheung as vice president, animation. According to Imagi deputy chairman, co-CEO and chief creative officer Francis Kao, Cheung will oversee the animation for all of Imagi's CGI feature films and will manage company's team of around 400 Hong Kong-based animators. Cheung was previously with DreamWorks for 12 years during which he contributed to the Shrek trilogy, for which he was directing animator,
  • India's Adlabs lines up multi-territory release for Marigold

    Indian studio Adlabs has lined up an Aug 17 day-and-date release in the US, UK and India for Hollywood/Bollywood romantic comedy Marigold. The long-gestating fusion pic, starring Ali Larter and Bollywood star Salman Khan, will be rolled out on 80-100 prints in the US, around 50 in the UK and 300 plus in India. Filmed in English, the $10m production has been dubbed into Hindi for the Indian release, although some English prints will also be dis
  • Industry moves

    MURRELL ELECTED TO HEAD BENEVOLENT FUNDThe UK-based Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (Ctbf) has elected David Murrell as its president. He joined the Ctbf council in 2000 and had been vice-president since last year.WAILES MOVES TO VERTIGO SALESVertigo Films has hired Michael Wailes in its head of sales post. He will take up the new position at the end of August. Wailes has worked in theatrical sales for more than 10 years, most recently at Tartan Films.BABELGUM
  • Ingmar Bergman dies at 89

    Influential director Ingmar Bergman has died.The film-maker behind such works as The Seventh Seal, Cries & Whispers and Wild Strawberries passed away at his home on the island of Faro, Sweden, aged 89, his daughter Eve said.
  • Italian Film Festival UK plans leading ladies retrospective

    The Italian Film Festival UK is planning a retrospective dedicated to the leading ladies of Italian cinema. The Signore & Signore season will run Sept 27 to Nov 29 in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The programme will cover more than four decades of films in a range of styles. The IFF is co-producing the special programme with Cinecitta Holding with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture-General Direction Cinema. The Italian Cultural Insitutes in London and Edinburgh are al
  • Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni dies at 94

    Iconic Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni died at his Rome residence Monday evening, news reports from Rome said today. He was 94 years old. Born on September 29, 1912 in the town of Ferrara in the Eastern Emilia Romagna region, Antonioni was one of Italy's most influential directors. The director of 1966's Blow Up, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar - and of Zabriskie Point, is considered a master of moods and reflections.
  • Japan's box office remains flat in first half of 2007

    Japan's overall box office earnings for the first half of 2007 totalled $778.22m (Y92.52bn), a tiny 0.7% increase over the same period last year, according to data from Japan's top 13 largest distributors. Toho, Japan 's largest distributor, topped the list with earnings of $194.13m (Y23.79bn), but managed only 75% of last year's take in the first six months. Thus far, Toho has released 12 films that have grossed over Y1bn ($8.41m), the industry's standard indicator of a hit, vers
  • Josh Hartnett to star in George Ratliff's End Zone

    George Ratliff, writer-director of psychological thriller Joshua (which debuted at Sundance and is in Locarno's competition this week) has recruited Josh Hartnett to appear in his next feature, End Zone. Hartnett will play a star player at a West Texas College who becomes increasingly obsessed with the threat of nuclear war.The film is adapted from the novel of the same name by Don DeL
  • Kent companies form new Film Syndicate

    The new Kent Film Syndicate will launch with a screening of locally shot Ruby Blue from Medb Films.Producer Elaine Wickham and writer/director Jan Dunn shot the drama Ruby Blue, starring Josiane Balasko and Bob Hoskins, in Ramsgate and surrounding areas.The Syndicate will host the preview screening on Friday in Ramsgate. The Kent Film Syndicate has been set up by Producer, Elaine Wickham and Writer/Director Jan Dunn from Medb (pronounced 'Maeve') films,
  • Kings to get US showcase through Directors Guild

    The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) in association with the Directors Guild of America (DGA), has announced that the winner of this year's Directors Finders Series Award is Kings, directed by Tom Collins. Kings will be showcased on Sept 28 in the DGA Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, to an audience of American distributors with a view to securing a US distribution deal for the film. Kings was selected by an international panel of experts. Th
  • Korean ad agency Hancomm launches content fund

    Korean advertising agency Hancomm, a subsidiary of Korea 's 16th-ranked conglomerate Hanhwa Corp, has announced a $13m fund for cultural content - 70% of which will be used for films. The fund will also invest in television dramas and performances. Among others joining the fund are Hanhwa Venture Capital Corp, Hanhwa affiliate Korean Life Insurance Co, CJ Entertainment, CJ Media and Yellow Entertainment. Hancomm stated it will use its established advertising agency business in con
  • Korean film exports down by 57% in first six months

    Korean film exports in the first half of the year dropped by 57% compared to the same period in 2006, according to figures from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). In total, 148 films were sold to 45 countries for a total of $7.48m in the past six months. The decrease follows a steep decline in last year's total exports, which fell 68% compared to 2005. The continuing downslide brings numbers back to the level of 2002, before export figures started doubling. Sales to the US an
  • Korea's Jang Hyuk joins Dance Of The Dragon cast

    Korean sensation Jang Hyuk and Singapore actress Fann Wong have joined Jason Scott Lee in the cast of Easternlight Films' inaugural project, Dance Of The Dragon, which began shooting today in Singapore. In his first English-speaking role, Jang (last seen in Korean smash hit Windstruck) plays a Korean country boy who travels to Singapore to pursue his dreams of becoming a ballroom dancer. As he struggles with life in the new environment, he falls for his instructor pl
  • LA Critics set annual awards ceremony for Jan 12, 2008

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) will hold its 33rd annual film achievement awards ceremony on Jan 12, 2008.The group, headed by president Lael Loewenstein, will meet to vote on the winners on Dec 9, 2007.The awards ceremony will take place at the InterContinental Los Angeles in Century City.
  • Lebanon hits the road

    It may be at the whim of political and economic upheavals, and have a population of only 3.9 million, but Lebanon's film-makers are punching above their weight. Antonia Carver reports. It used to be possible to count on one hand the Lebanese films that had broken out internationally. But despite the territory's difficulties, Lebanese directors are becoming a fixture on the festival circuit, with a new generation of film-makers exploring fresh themes.Nadine Labak
  • Liberty Kid wins top prize at NY International Latino festival

    Ilya Chaiken's inner city drama Liberty Kid won the 8th New York International Latino Film Festival's (NYILFF) Best Picture Award and a $2,500 prize as the event drew to a close at the weekend [Jul 29].Alexandre Fuchs' debut feature Hijos De La Guerra (Children Of The War) won best documentary for its account of the infamous street gang the Mara Salvatrucha, also
  • Lionsgate UK to release Power's first feature Flood

    UK production company Power has signed a deal with Lionsgate UK to handle the theatrical launch of Power's first feature film, Flood.Lionsgate will release the film at a central London cinema in August and may roll-out from there.The $30m project is directed by Tony Mitchell and stars Robert Carlyle, Jessalyn Gilsig, David Suchet and Joanne Whalley.Justin Bodle and Matthew Cope wrote the screenplay based on Richard Doyle's book fo the same name. The story follows
  • Locarno gets 10% funding increase from Swiss government

    Switzerland's Federal Office of Culture (BAK) will increase its annual support for the Locarno Film Festival by more than 10% from the current $1m (CHF 1.2m) to $1.13m (CHF 1.35m) for the next three years (2008-2010). Speaking exclusively to after the BAK announcement, Locarno's artistic director Frederic Maire commented that the promised support 'is a very nice birthday present for us and also confirmation of the position of Locarno in the Swiss festival la
  • Locarno International Film Festival 2007: line-up

    COMPETITIONTHE REBIRTH (Jap)Dir: Masahiro Kobayashi. World premiere.A gripping account of unspoken pain and survival.Int'l sales: TBCBOYS OF TOMORROW (S Kor)Dir: Noh Dong-seok. International premiere.Two boys on the outskirts of town believe their future lies elsewhere but they have no means to pursue their dreams. Can a gun be the answerInt'l sales: Film Messenger, (82) 2 3661 4429CAPITAINE ACHA
  • Locarno: nurturing the new

    For its 60th anniversary edition, the Locarno International Film Festival (August 1-11) is underlining its strengths as an event of discovery. Geoffrey Macnab reports. Now in its 60th year, the Locarno international film festival is one of the oldest and grandest festivals in the world.Its open-air Piazza Grande screenings are justly celebrated, as are its retrospectives which last year included an exhaustive tribute to Aki Kaurismaki. The challenge Locarno face
  • London Film Festival to open with Cronenberg's Eastern Promises

    After world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises will serve as the opening-night gala at the London Film Festival on Oct 17.The Canada-UK co-production for Kudos and Serendipity Point stars Viggo Mortenson as a London-based Russian mobster who crosses paths with an innocent midwife, played by Naomi Watts.LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron said: 'It's hugely exciting that a director who has consistently th
  • London International Animation Festival to host 200+ films

    The London International Animation Festival will host its fourth event Aug 21-26 at the Curzon Soho, Renoir Cinema, the Horse Hospital and the Rio Cinema.The programme includes more than 200 films over six days, including work from 28 countries. The international competitive programmes include films such as Don Hertzfeldt's Everything Will Be OK, Joanna Quinn's Dreams and Desires - Family Ties, Bill Plympton's Shuteye Hotel, and Luis Cook's The Pearce Siste
  • LoveFilm hires BBC iPlayer expert Ben Lavender

    Ben Lavender will join LoveFilm as group digital and product director. He joins LoveFilm from the BBC, where he was project manager for celebrity stock market Celebdaq and also pioneered the recent launch of the BBC iPlayer. At LoveFilm, he will develop LoveFilm - including leading new features - across all territories including the UK, Nordics and Germany. He will also helm the strategy and execution for LoveFilm's digital service. Previously he was technical director at M
  • Maire, Staka recruited for Sarajevo competition jury

    Locarno artistic director Frederic Maire won't get much of a rest after his own festival, as he will be heading to the Sarajevo Film Festival Aug 17-25 as a member of the competition jury. As previously reported, Sarajevo's jury will be headed by UK actor Jeremy Irons. Other jurors include Turkish actress Ozgu Namal, Swiss/Croatian director Andrea Staka (Das Fraulein), and Meinholf Zurhorst, head of the film department for ZDF/Arte, Germany.
  • Malaysian box-office boom continues as Transformers sets new record

    Transformers has emerged as the biggest film of all-time in Malaysia, raking in a total of $4.9m (RM16.9m) as of July 29. This is the third new box-office record being set in Malaysia within a three-month period, a testament to the country's extraordinary performance in an unprecedented record-breaking year. First, Spider-Man 3 shattered King Kong's record ($3.55m/RM 12.3m) to become the top film of all-time with its takings of $4.85m/RM 16.8m. Pirates of
  • Margery Bone: contenders shift stage to screen

    Margery Bone is using her contacts in theatre to develop new talent and feature projects. Wendy Mitchell reports. Producer Margery Bone knows first-hand how one career can morph into another. She started as an actress in her teens and 20s before moving into producing shorts and features.And now she is keeping that open mind for collaborations with the theatre world. Since 2005, her Bonafide Films banner has been working with renowned Newcastle-based Live Theatre
  • Marketing: The Bourne Ultimatum

    For the latest in the Bourne franchise, Universal is underlining character, story and action in its marketing. John Hazelton reports.The Bourne Ultimatum opens wide in the US on August 3 and then, much like its predecessors, rolls out internationally through August and September. Universal Pictures International (UPI) opens the film in Spain on August 14; Brazil and the UK on August 17; Russia on August 23; Australia on August 30; Germany on September 6; Mexic
  • Mia Bays joins Film London's micro-budget Microwave scheme

    Film London's Microwave low-budget scheme has recruited a new production executive, Mia Bays, who takes over from Sol Gatti-Pascual. Bays recently produced Scott Walker - 30 Century Man and the Oscar-winning short Six Shooter. Microwave, which is producing 10 features with budgets under $202,000 (£100,000), is gearing up to start principal photography on its second feature, Shifty. The first shoot was for horror film Mum and Dad. T
  • Middle East in the Midwest

    As a slew of Iraq-themed films are readied for wide US theatrical release, Patrick Z McGavin talks to two film-makers about the appetite for the subject among financiers and audiences. After the breakout success of his second feature, The Illusionist, director Neil Burger had an enviable freedom when choosing his follow-up work. He opted for directing his original screenplay, The Lucky Ones, a comically inflected road movie about the travails of two men a
  • Miller's Secret to close Montreal World Film Festival

    Claude Miller's Un Secret will have its world premiere as the Closing Night film of Official Competition at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival on September 3, the festival announced today. The director and leading actress Cecile de France will be in attendance.Adapted from the awarded-winning novel by French novelist Philippe Grimbert and produced by Yves Marmion for UGC, the film - Miller's thirteenth feature - features de France, Patrick
  • Montreal to fete Andres Vicente Gomez, Sophie Marceau

    Spanish producer Andres Vicente Gomez and French actress and filmmaker Sophie Marceau will both be the subject of tributes at 31st Montreal World Film Festival. The festival also announced today the ten titles of its Midnight Slam! cult film programme, including world premieres of Jeb Weintrob's Scar, Laurent Courau's Predators and Brett Sullivan's The Chair.
  • Mueller looks at Venice's future tied to new palazzo

    Just after Venice's 64th official line up has been announced, Marco Mueller, in his fourth year as artistic director, says his programme is 'a balanced edition where you can find the seeds of what is coming next in world cinema.' Mueller can be proud that 90 percent of films in this year's official selection are world premieres. While Mueller continues to put a personal and prestigious tag on the event the question on everyone's mind is not if he can do the job but what will happe
  • Narnia producers plan one film a year in franchise from 2008

    The producers of The Chronicles Of Narnia films plan to release a new instalment of C S Lewis' children's fantasy series every May starting with Prince Caspian on May 16 2008.Speaking to attendees at the annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego, Mark Johnson said the aim was to put out a yearly adaptation through Disney/Walden Media.'As long as you keep on embracing these movies as you have
  • OTX expands film tracking service in Russia and China

    The OTX (Online Testing Exchange) International Film Tracking service is expanding to Russia and China, the first such tracking service in each country. Clients of the consumer research and consulting company will be able to use the service to evaluate marketing campaigns up to five weeks before release. OTX's weekly international tracking study surveys a national sample of moviegoers in each territory. In Russia, the new service will track wide-release film titles including both
  • 'Our focus now is much more on the slate facilities' - Anthony Beaudoin on film financing

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Anthony Beaudoin, senior vice-president and manager, film finance, Bank of Ireland, gives Richard Brass his assessment.Until four years ago, the Bank of Ireland had no involvement at all in the film industry, regarding it, like most banks, as a niche business. But in 2003, with the Irish economy roaring and the bank doing well, its managers decided to move int
  • Potosi documentary takes top prize at Era New Horizons

    Four-hour documentary Potosi: The Journey took the top prize at the seventh Era New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. Ron Havilio's documentary is about a couple who journey to a mining town in Bolivia in 1970 and return in 1999 with their children. The 11-day festival wrapped July 29 with record setting ticket sales of 116,000. Era New Horizons hosted 647 screenings of 460 films from 47 countries. The main winner of New Polish Cinema competition named by
  • PPI crosses $1bn gross mark in its first year of operation

    Powered by the overseas success of Shrek The Third and Transformers, Paramount Pictures International (PPI) has crossed $1bn.Shrek The Third has crossed $400m and is already the biggest animated release of all time in Russia ($23m). It registered the biggest opening weekend in history in five territories including Poland and Ireland.The film also scor
  • Ridley Scott to bring new version of Blade Runner to Venice

    The Venice Film Festival has announced the surprise Midnight film will be Ridley Scott's Blade Runner: The Final Cut. Shown as a world premiere in the out of competition Midnight section, the screening will also be in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the classic sci-fi, cyber punk noir's original release of 1982. Three time best director Oscar nominee Ridely Scott has made significant changes and updates to the original for this new version to be revealed on Sept 1
  • 'Right now, there's a perfect storm in film' - Laura Fazio on film financing

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Laura Fazio, formerly managing director and North American group head for corporate finance and origination's media industry practice, Dresdner Kleinwort, gives Richard Brass her assessment of the situationOne name close to the explosion in film financing is that of investment banking giant Dresdner Kleinwort - and in particular, Laura Fazio, who until last we
  • Rise Of The Footsoldier

    Dir: Julian Gilbey. UK. 2007. 120mins tbc Goodfellas comes to Essex in Julian Gilbey's gangster thriller Rise Of The Footsoldier. Luridly violent, full of macho posturing and often mired in cliche, the film nonetheless has an epic sweep and relentless narrative drive that show Gilbey is more than just another lightweight Scorsese imitator. He possesses visual flair of his own as well as an ability to tell a complicated story in a compelling
  • Roma Khanna to leave CHUM for NBC Universal International

    Roma Khanna has been named president, Global Networks and Digital Initiatives, at NBC Universal International, based in London. She takes up the new position on Sept 17 after leaving Canada 's CHUM Television, where she was co-head and senior vice president of content. She will report to Peter Smith, president of NBC Universal International. 'Roma has an incredibly impressive record of experience and achievement in the television industry and we are proud to welcome her to
  • Rush Hour 3

    Dir: Brett Ratner. US. 2007. 91mins.No matter how fast Chris Tucker shoots his mouth or Jackie Chan flashes his fists, they can't recapture the charm of the original Rush Hour in this third installment. Almost 10 years removed from the first pairing of these mismatched cop partners, Rush Hour 3's culture-clash comedy has lost much of its potency, but director Brett Ratner compensates with several well-constructed action sequences that make for a serviceable
  • Sarajevo documentary compeition to include nine world premieres

    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced its documentary competition programme, including nine world premieres. The world premieres from Bosnia and Herzegovina include Nedzad Begovic's A Burdensome Job, about a mortician and a gravedigger; Semsudin Gegic's Ambassadors Learning Languages, about local children evacuated from an orphanage in 1992; Alen Drljevic's Esma, about a woman searching for her missing husband; Aldin Arnautovic's Fantazy, about war veterans
  • Sarajevo to host tribute to Ulrich Seidl

    Austrian director Ulrich Seidl will be honoured with the Sarajevo Film Festival's Tribute this year. The Tribute programme includes features and documentaries Animal Love, Dog Days (Hundstage), Fun Without Limits, Jesus, You Know, Losses To Be Expected, and three Seidl segments from State Of The Nation : Austria In Six Chapters. Shorts are Brothers Let Us Be Merry and One-Forty. His latest film Import/Export is also showing i
  • Schepisi and Sardi on board for adaptation of The Secret River

    Director Fred Schepisi is working with Jan Sardi on the adaptation of Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River. While a script has yet to be written, the Australian producers have announced they have acquired the three-year option. 'It is a landmark book and we just wanted it known how excited we are about bringing it to the screen,' said Stephen Luby, who is producing with Mark Ruse, his partner in Melbourne-based Ruby Entertainment, and Schepisi. Palace Films are supporting the
  • Screen, Hollywood Film Festival re-team for Hollywood World Award

    Screen International is teaming up for the fourth consecutive year with the Hollywood Film Festival and the Hollywood Awards to present the Hollywood World Award, a prize for the best in world cinema which will be presented at the Hollywood Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct 22.The award has become a key predictor of foreign films which are set to receive kudos in the year's awards season. Last year's winner was Pedro Almodovar's
  • Showbox boards Lee Jun-ik's Vietnam War drama

    Major Korean investor and distributor Showbox Mediaplex has signed with hit director Lee Jun-ik to back and distribute his upcoming Nimeun Mon Gotsae (original title), a $7.5m film set during the Vietnam War. In the film, a woman joins a troupe of entertainers sent to build soldiers' morale in Vietnam so she can find her husband who has gone missing in the war. The film takes its title from a popular love song which translates literally as 'My Beloved Is In A Faraway Place.
  • Showroom and Workstation hire team for new Festival Centre

    Showroom and Workstation are moving ahead with plans for a new Festival Centre in Sheffield, UK. London-based architectural studio Carmody Groarke will design the centre. The firm previously worked on a new film studio in Australia, the refurbishment of the Electric Ballroom in London and Antony Gormley's Light Pavilion. The new centre will be home to Sheffield Doc/Fest and Showcomotion and will also have flexible programming capabilities. Facilities will include cinema a
  • Silence Is Golden tops prizes at Rushes Soho Short Festival

    The ninth Rushes Soho Short Film Festival ended its week-long event last night in London, with the Ascent Media Short Film Award going to Chris Shepherd's Silence Is Golden. The runners up in that category were James Larkin's Interior Bedsit Day and Simon Ellis' Soft. The Era Animation Award went to Chris Sadler's Shaun The Sheep - Off The Baa with runners up Over The Hill by Peter Baynton and Exit 2 by Satoshi Tamioka. The Rushes N
  • Simon West starts shoot for $51m Purple Mountain in Nanjing

    Purple Mountain, a feature film about the Nanjing massacre during WWII, started shooting yesterday in Nanjing's Pukou train station with Con Air director Simon West working off a script by Jeffrey Caine, who previously adapted The Constant Gardener. The project is budgeted at $51m (RMB400m), co-produced by Jiangsu Province Cultural Industry Group and Switzerland-based Omega Entertainment with founder Markus Barmettler and Jiangsu's Li Xiangmin as producers.
  • Simpsons and Transformers lead UK to record weekend

    UK cinemas enjoyed record-breaking performance this weekend, raking in $56.8m (£28.11m) at the box office thanks to impressive returns from new releases The Simpsons Movie and Transformers. Fox's much-awaited Simpsons flick grossed $18.6m (£9.2m) over the three-day period from 499 screens. This brings its total of $27.5m (£13.6m) including Thursday previews, catapulting it to the top of the weekend chart. Paramount Pictures International's robot epic Tran
  • Simpsons continue to burn up international box office

    International audiences kept The Simpsons Movie at the top of the overseas market for the second consecutive weekend as Fox International's comedy added an estimated $47.3m from 6,600 screens to raise the tally to $187m.Weekend business was driven by a robust $6.9m number one debut in Mexico on 850 screens and a terrific $1.4m table topping haul in Denmark on 119 screens.The Springfield posse stayed top in the UK on $8.7m from 516
  • Sony takes multiple territories on Frank Miller's The Spirit

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has picked up comic book adaptation The Spirit for France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and Latin America excluding Brazil and Mexico.The deal was brokered through Odd Lot International. Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete's Odd Lot Entertainment is producing the film with Lionsgate, which holds domestic rights and will also release in the UK in 2009.Based on Will Eisner's
  • Sooner Or Later (Fruher Oder Spater)

    Dir/scr: Ulrike von Ribbeck. Ger. 2007. 91mins.Dangerously tottering on the line between parody and ridicule, this debut feature by a short film director whose early efforts got into both Berlin and Cannes is either a send-up of the coming-of-age movie, back in fashion in Germany of late, or an honest coming-of-age attempt that is just not very good. Wrapped up in pink and accompanied by puppy love pop tunes, Sooner Or Later should attract initially
  • Stardust

    Dir: Matthew Vaughn. US-UK. 2007. 125mins.A fairy tale based on Neil Gaiman's four-part DC Comics book from 1997, Stardust is an ambitious high-concept adventure which is one of the few non-sequels, non-toy or non-TV adaptations to arrive in theatres this summer. But although entertaining, ribald and clever, it might fall through the cracks when it comes to capturing a broad blockbuster audience a la Simpsons or Transformers. British d
  • Stones doc Shine A Light to get simultaneous IMAX release

    Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light will be distributed simultaneously on IMAX and conventional cinemas on September 21, it was announced today. The film, produced by the Rolling Stones, Shangri-La Entertainment and Concert Productions International and to be distributed by Paramount in North America, chronicles a series of performances from the rock legends' 'A Bigger Bang' tour. Fortissimo has international rights.
  • Summit Circle (Contre Toute Esperance)

    Dir/scr: Bernard Emond. Can. 2007. 89mins.Having regained faith in God, against all odds, in La Neuvaine, Canadian anthropologist-turned-film-maker Bernard Emond, sets out, in the second part of his trilogy Faith-Hope-Charity, to retrieve hope where there is none. No wonder the original French, and much more suitable, title for Summit Circle is Against All Hope. It is not an easy task, but if Emond does not quite pull through, he can always res
  • Summit hires Friedman, Matosich in senior business affairs positions

    Summit Entertainment has appointed David C Friedman executive vice president and general counsel and named Andrew Matosich executive vice president of business affairs.Friedman most recently served as executive vice president, corporate transactions and deputy general counsel for Paramount Pictures and offers a broad range of experience in film financing, acquisitions, and licensing. He joined as vice president and associate counsel in 1995.Prior to Paramount, Friedman wa
  • SVT pulls out most expensive Nordic feature, $30m Arn

    Swedish public broadcaster SVT has pulled out of Svensk Filmindustri's Arn-The Knight Templar, the two-film adaptation of Swedish writer Jan Guillou's bestselling trilogy of Arn Magnusson, which - with a $30.3m (Euros 22.8m) budget - will become the most expensive feature production in the Nordic countries. 'Unfortunately Svensk Filmindustri cannot deliver the contents we signed for in the original contract. Adding that the material we have seen so far does not live up to the quality w
  • Thai horror Alone finds company in Taiwan

    Thai horror film Alone has scored the biggest opening ever for a Thai film in Taiwan. The Phenomena and Dedicate production from the directors of Shutter opened in Taiwan on July 27 and made $187,000 over the three-day weekend in Taipei. In its first five days on release, it has grossed $243,000 in the capital. The film tells the story of a woman whose conjoined twin died during an operation to separate them as teenagers. Returning to Bangkok from Korea ten years lat
  • The Yellow House (La Maison Jaune)

    Dir/scr: Amor Hakkar. Fr-Alg. 2007. 80mins.Shot in the Aures mountains, one of the more remote and arid regions of Algeria, The Yellow House is a worthy and particularly authentic representative of North African cinema that at the least can expect an extended list of festival. Refraining from any political statements or exploration of deeply human issues, Amor Hakkar's second feature film reads very much like a mournful version of David Lynch's The Straight Stor
  • 'There's only a handful of banks now that are willing to do the smaller deals' - Adrian Ward on film financing

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Adrian Ward, vice-president of the entertainment, sports and media group, Israel Discount Bank, gives Richard Brass his assessment.Not every film financier is abandoning the single-picture deal and piling into multi-picture slate deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In fact, argues Adrian Ward of Israel Discount Bank, the trend for slate financing has
  • Theroux heads new multi-territory distribution outfit in Toronto

    Patrice Theroux, former president of Motion Picture Distribution (MPD), is launching a new Toronto-based distribution outfit, it was announced today. Theroux will lead the filmed entertainment division of Entertainment One, Canada's largest home entertainment wholesaler. Theroux's mandate is to expand Entertainment One's already aggressive move into distribution across several media. On July 5, the company completed its acquisition of UK-based distributor Contender Entertainment Grou
  • Thieves (Ladrones)

    Dir. Jaime Marques Olarreaga. Sp. 2007. 101mins.Sombre mood and stylish visuals lend a mysterious atmosphere to Jaime Marques Olarreaga's feature debut Thieves, a film which attempts to explore more avenues than it is willing to actually venture down, leaving the audience, by the end, with a work that amounts to less than the sum of its parts.Though ostensibly a love story between a certified pickpocket and a girl who just moonlights in the business
  • Toronto to host world premiere of Taymor's Universe

    Julie Taymor's pop music odyssey Across The Universe will have its world premiere as a gala presentation at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced today. Also announced as a gala is Woody Allen's Venice world premiere title Cassandra's Dream.The musical pays homage to 30 'generation-defining' pop songs including several Beatles hits such as 'Hey Jude', 'I Am the Walrus' and t
  • UK financier to set up joint venture with Shanghai Film Group

    Chinese state-owned Shanghai Film Group Corporation (SFGC) is setting up a joint venture with UK-based finance house Nations Trust to invest in film production, post-production and an animation production centre, SFGC president Ren Zhonglun confirmed today. The two sides had quietly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in February to jointly develop film production and distribution, and also renew the existing Chedun Film and TV Shooting Base, according to Ren. Nations Trust
  • UK 's Footprint Films aims to raise initial $22m with new film fund

    Yet another player has entered the UK film financing landscape. Film finance house Footprint Films has worked with The Route Group to launch the Footprint Film Fund, which aims to raise an initial $22m and a further $21m during its first year of operation. Footprint said it would offer a targeted net return on capital of 21% and above per year, with the high rate of return coming from 'rigorous asset managemetn techniques, not hitherto adpoted by other funds active in the film finance ar
  • UKFC P&A Fund backs French hits La Ve En Rose and Tell No One

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund has announced it latest round of supported projects. They are: $307,980 (£151,606) to Icon for Olivier Dahan's La Vie En Rose $225,056 (£110,774) to Revolver Entertainment for Guillaume Canet's Tell No One $203,146 (£100,000) to Pathe for Laurent Tirard's Moliere $10,158 (£5,000) to The Works UK Distribution for Paris Je T'aime $10,158 (£5,000) to Peccadillo for Tony Gatlif'
  • UKFC's new Capital and Access Fund opens applications

    The UK Film Council's new Capital and Access Fund for cinemas will give Lottery Funding of $1m (£500,000) to independent cinemas to update buildings and facilities and better serve impaired audiences. The fund will assist cinemas with essential capitol projects including expansions or improvements such as access for disabled cinema-goers. Funcing applications are now open (through Nov 30) for cinemas in a circuit of fewer than nine cinemas. The Capital and Access Fund will cover u
  • Underdog

    Dir: Frederik Du Chau. US. 2007. 83mins.With one paw in the comic-book action genre and one in the mawkish family arena, Underdog is a lovable mutt that could have benefited from better breeding. This live-action reinvention of the 1960s cartoon works best when lightly spoofing the conventions of superhero cinema, but the film goes to the dogs thanks to a drab story and frequent stabs at heartwarming bromides. Opening in the States on August 3, this
  • UTV strikes co-production pact with Karol Bagh

    Indian media conglomerate UTV today announced a co-production deal for the entire slate of productions to be launched by Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik, under their banner Karol Bagh Film and Entertainment. The deal follows UTV's recent signing of three film contracts with actress Priyanka Chopra, actor Shahid Kapur and director Anurag Basu (excluding Metro).Bollywood actors and directors Kher and Kaushik will each direct one production per year and produce at least two others,
  • UTV taps three portals for online film releases

    Indian motion picture company UTV has tied up with three portals that will premiere two of their forthcoming feature film releases online. UTV Motion Pictures' library of movies will also be available for viewing via these portals. The first two premieres are the Vikram Bhatt helmed Fear (Aug 10) across three portals --, www.bigflicks
  • Van Sant's Paranoid Park and Bernal's Deficit added to TIFF line-up

    Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park and Gael Garcia Bernal's Deficit will have their North American premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. The two films, both screening in the Vanguard programme, were announced today along with the balance of the Real to Reel documentary programme and additional Midnight Madness titles - including Italian horror master Dario Argento's The Mother Of Tears, starring daughter Asia, and Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django
  • Vexille

    Dir: Fumihiko Sori. Jap. 2007. 109mins.Opening Locarno with the world premiere of a new Japanese CG anime feature might have been a shrewd decision in this era of animation popularity. But, technical achievements aside, even a Japanese anime is ultimately judged by what it is attempting to say and how he does it - and in this respect, Fumihiko Sori, who previously directed the live action Ping Pong and produced the anime Appleseed, falls short.
  • Waintrop named new head of Fribourg festival

    Switzerland 's Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) has found a programmer for the 2008 edition, while Austria's Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Cinema will be looking for a new director from 2009. The appointment of French film critic Edouard Waintrop as programmer for the next edition of FIFF (March 1-8, 2008) - which is dedicated to films from the South - was announced during this week's Locarno Film Festival. Waintrop, whose interests include the new Argentine cinema,
  • Young Victoria cast bulks up with Broadbent, Richardson

    Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson and Mark Strong have joined Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend in Graham King and Martin Scorsese's period drama The Young Victoria.Filming is set to begin in the UK this month with Jean Marc Vallee directing from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes about the longest serving British Monarch's early years.Broadbent is currently shooting Indiana Jones 4 and will portra