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7 November 2006

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  • 3DD signs deals with Hidden Treasures and Koch

    3DD Entertainment has signedexclusive distribution deals with Hidden Treasures Productions and KochEntertainment.The deal with HiddenTreasures covers worldwide DVD rights (excluding North America) to two-partdocumentary Secrets Of The Occult,about ancient and modern claims of the occult. The deal with Koch is forall rights, excluding North American DVD rights, to the 1980s fantasy dramaseries Faerie Tale Theatre and TallTales & Legends, both producedby Shell
  • A Dirty Carnival (Biyeolhan Geori)

    Dir/scr: Ha Yu. S Kor. 2006. 141mins.Updating the theory that war is politics pursued byother means, A Dirty Carnival arguesthat the criminal underworld is simply corporate business employing differenttools. Tracing the rise and fall of an ambitious but insufficiently ruthless Seoulthug, Ha Yu's new feature is reminiscent of Friend,Korea's best crime movie of recent years, in its treatment of the friendship
  • Actress/director Adrienne Shelly found dead in New York

    Actress, writer and directorAdrienne Shelly was found dead in her New York City apartment on Wednesday inan apparent suicide. The Medical Examiner has not ruled on the official causeof death.Shelly, 40, was known forher roles in Hal Hartley's 1989 The Unbelievable Truth and 1990 Trust and she recently appeared in Factotum and Revolution #9 (for which she was also an associate producer).She recently completed herthird film as a writer/director, Wait
  • A-Film taps Erik Engelen for Belgium office

    Ambitious Dutch distributionoutfit A-Film is continuing to ramp up. Here in Santa Monica, company CEO PimHermeling has announced that former Paradiso executive Erik Engelen is to runthe company's new Belgian arm from the offices in Antwerp.Hermeling also revealed thatA-Film is looking to set up a production fund. The idea, he said, is to enableproducers 'really to develop the scripts they're working on instead ofgoing into production just to produce.' Full details o
  • AFM Internet problems continue to frustrate sellers

    As Internet outagescontinued to frustrate AFM attendees, market organizers said that no decisionhad been made about compensating exhibitors for their headaches.After Internet outagethroughout the Loews for most of Thursday, there was spotty access on Fridayand another outage on Saturday from 8:30 am until after 3 pm. The Loewscontinued to blame router problems and also the failure of a new wireless T1line that had been installed on Friday. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel managerJohn Tha
  • AFM says it had record attendance levels, 1,573 buyers

    The27th AFM, which has been severely affected by sporadic internet service at theLoews Hotel, has announced record attendance levels.
  • All the buyers love Mandy Lane

    The Weinstein Company has closed multiple territories on Jonathan Levine'shorror title All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, which recently received its world premiere at Toronto.
  • American World Pictures uploads I-See-You.Com

    Los Angeles-based distributor American World Pictures has picked up international rights to the satirical comedy I-See-You.Com starring Beau Bridges and Rosanna Arquette.The story follows the exploits of a dysfunctional family whose lives are broadcast over the internet and also stars Hector Elizondo and Shiri Appleby. Eric Steven Stahl wrote the screenplay and makes his feature directorial debut.
  • AMPAS names shortlist of 16 for animated feature Oscar

    The Academy Of MotionPicture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has announced a list of 16 films which areexpected to compete for the animated feature Oscar this year. Since thecategory allows five nominations if there are 16 eligible films or more, 2006could be the first year since 2002 to have a five-film face-off.The announcement included aproviso that three of the films - Arthur And The Invisibles (the French film originally known as Arthur AndThe Minimoys), Happy Feet an
  • Amritraj's Hyde Park to co-finance Merchant Ivory's City

    Ashok Amritraj's Hyde ParkEntertainment is teaming up with Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP) to co-produceJames Ivory's latest film The City Of Your Final Destination which is set to star Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney,Omar Metwally, Hiro Sanada, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Norma Aleandro, AlexandraMaria Lara and Kate Burton.Hyde Park International ishandling sales here on the film which is set to shoot in the US and Argentinalater this month.The City is based on the novel
  • Andrew Niccol to direct Dali & I for Room 9

    Andrew Niccol is attachedto direct Dali & I: The Surreal Story for David Sacks' Room 9 Entertainment.Room 9 originally acquiredJohn Salvati's speculative screenplay based on Stan Lauryssen's book Daliand I.
  • Applause teams with Ruddy Morgan to launch sales outfit ARM

    Hong Kong productionoutfit Applause Pictures has teamed up with the Ruddy Morgan Organization tocreate an international sales company, ARM Distribution, which is making itsdebut at the AFM. The new outfit is beingassisted by Robbie and Ellen Little's The Little Film Company.
  • Arclight seals two year sales, co-financing deal with Silver's Zinc

    Arclight Films and Joel Silver's Zinc Pictures have signed amulti-picture two-year co-financing and sales agency deal.
  • Arclight takes on Bigas Luna comedy Yo Soy La Juani

    Arclight Films has bulked upits AFM slate by picking up international rights to Bigas Luna's comedy-drama YoSoy La Juani. Arclight did the deal withManga Films and Luna, whose picture has already made a mark on the Spanish boxoffice and grossed more than $1.7m in two weeks. Yo Soy La Juani tells of two young Spanish women who decide to moveto Madrid in search of fame, fortune and fun. Veronica Echegui, Laya Marti andDani Martin star.Luna
  • BAFTA/LA mourns the passing of Peter Henton at the age of 60

    Peter Henton, a former member of the board of directors atBAFTA/LA who served as producer of the Britannia Awards for the past 15 years,has died aged 60.
  • Baseball comedy beats Flags at Japanese box office

    Local baseball comedy Kisarazu Cats Eye: Sayonara Game grabbedthe number one spot at the weekend box office in Japan, out-grossing Clint Eastwood's WWII drama Flags Of Our Fathers. The sequel in the popularsports comedy franchise grossed $2.57m (Y302m) on 244 screens, for a strong $10,532per screen average. Flags Of Our Fathers ranked second with $1.6m (Y190m) from 291 sites,
  • Basinger-starrer sells to Optimum, Manga, Square One

    Voltage Pictures has closed key territories at AFM on the upcomingKim Basinger thriller While She Was Out which has Guillermo del Toro serving as executive producer.
  • Bavaria sells Sweet Mud to Canada, Brazil

    On the eve of the AFM, Bavaria Film International has sold IsraeliOscar entry Sweet Mudto Mongrel Media in Canada and Imovision in Brazil. The deals were concludedduring the Business Street Days of the Rome Film Festival earlier this month
  • Becker acquires international rights to Cobain doc

    London and Sydney-basedBecker International has acquired foreign rights from Sidetrack Films to AJSchnack's documentary Kurt Cobain About A Son.Becker has been introducingthe picture to buyers here at AFM in tandem with its US premiere at AFI FEST.Dendy Films has taken Australian and New Zealand rights.Produced by Brooklyn-basedproduction and financing outfit Sidetrack Films, Kurt Cobain About A Son recently received its world premiere at the TorontoInternational F
  • Beyond on board for Redgrave, Staunton comedy

    Beyond Films has taken onsales for How About You, starringHayley Atwell, Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton and Brenda Fricker.Anthony Byrne will directwith Noel Pearson and Sarah Radclyffe producing. Pearson's Ferndale Filmsretains German and Irish rights, with the latter territory's theatrical and DVDrights going to Buena Vista.The comedy is adapted fromthe Maeve Binchy story about a girl who is left in charge of an elderlyresidential home's four 'har
  • Black Sheep continues sales frenzy

    Hot New Zealand horrorcomedy Black Sheep has stirred upa bidding frenzy in several territories including Germany, where rightshave gone to Ascot Elite. Kathleen Drumm and James Thompson of NZFilm negotiated the deal with Stephan Giger for Ascot Elite.Jonathan King wrote anddirected the story of a reckless genetic experiment that transformsinnocent sheep into a pack of bloodthirsty killers. Nobel Entertainment hasbought Scandinavian rights, Manga for Spain, an
  • Borat make glorious box office benefits for Fox

    Sacha Baron Cohen'soutrageous faux Kazakh journalist Borat had too much chutzpah for the competition at the weekend and opened topthrough Fox on an estimated $26.4m.The result is remarkablegiven that Fox only launched the picture on 837 screens for a stunning $31,511average. Larry Charles directed.Borat's domestic resultovershadowed Buena Vista's comedy sequel The Santa Clause 3: The EscapeClause, which opened in second placeon $20m on a far wider 3,458 scre
  • Borat, Prada give Fox international leadership

    Fox International scored a one-two punch at the weekend as Borat and The Devil Wears Prada ruled the roost.
  • Buyers jump on Venus for The Works

    UK-based sales company TheWorks International has announced a successful run of deals at AFM, with moreto be finalised in coming days.Roger Michell's Venus starring Peter O'Toole has been sold to Icon forAustralia and New Zealand, A-Film for Benelux, Alfa for Argentina, LPR forBrazil, Forum Film for Israel and Golem for Spain. Miramax will release in theUS next month and BVI will handle the UK release in early 2007.Shane Meadows' This IsEngland,
  • BVI, SPRI extend relationship with joint venture in Russia

    BuenaVista International, Inc. (BVI) and Sony Pictures Releasing International(SPRI) have formed a joint venture to distribute their respective films inRussia.
  • Canet's Tell No One has smash opening in France

    Guillaume Canet's Tell No One, which is headlining EuropaCorp's AFM slate, has enjoyed aspectacular opening in France, posting over 205,000 admissions on its openingday.
  • Capitol on board for new Knightley, Lohan film

    London-based sales companyCapitol Films has announced it has taken on financing and worldwide sales forJohn Maybury's The Best Time Of Our Lives and Rigoberto Castaneda's Blackout. The Best Time Of OurLives (working title) stars KeiraKnightley and Lindsay Lohan in the story of an unlikely friendship betweenDylan Thomas' former sweetheart Vera and his wife Caitlin. The role of Thomasis still being cast. Rebekah Gilbertson and SarahRadclyff
  • Casino Royale

    Dir: Martin Campbell. UK. 2006. 147minsBond Is Back. The old promise takes on a freshemphasis in Casino Royale, amuscular, wildly successful attempt to strip the lucrative James Bond franchiseback to basics. Returning to the origins of the series in the first Ian Flemingnovel, Casino Royaledepicts Bond as a rough, reckless diamond before he acquires the polish ofsuave sophistication required of an international man of m
  • Celestial to remake two Shaw Brothers classics

    Hong Kong-based CelestialPictures is introducing remakes of two martial arts classics in its ShawBrothers library - Five Deadly Venoms and The Flying Guillotine - here at the AFM and has attached leadingdirectors to both.Kirk Wong is set to direct FiveDeadly Venoms - to be producedby Celestial's vice president of new film contents, Philip Lee, with Daniel Yuas line producer - while Teddy Chen will direct Flying Guillotine from a script by Su Chao-pin.
  • Celluloid banks on Asian directors, strikes studio deals

    Paris-based sales andproduction outfit Celluloid Dreams is to handle sales on Camera D'Or winnerNaomi Kawase's new feature, provisionally titled Mogari No Mori. The film, in post-production and likely to be vyingfor a place in official selection in Cannes, is about an old man saying goodbyeto his dead widow. This old man copes with his grief by writing letters to hisdead wife. Celluloid Dreams is co-producing the film with Kawase. Mogari No Mori joins another new Asian pr
  • Celluloid Nightmares goes Inside

    Underlining its increasingappetite for genre fare, Celluloid Dreams' is to handle world sales on new French horrorpicture, Inside, through itsgenre arm Celluloid Nightmares. Starring Beatrice Dalle andAlysson Paradis, directed by duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, Inside (A L'interieur)is produced through Frank Ribiere and Verane Frediani's French distribution/production outfit La Fabrique de Films and BRFilms, which will handle the visual effec
  • Chang takes lead in Kim Ki-duk's love story Breath

    Taiwanese actor Chang Chen will star in Kim Ki-duk's upcoming lovestory Breath, markingthe first time that the acclaimed Korean director has worked with a foreignactor.
  • China Vision Group pursues international production plans

    Start-up Chineseproducer-distributor China Vision Group has retained global law firm Melveny& Myers (OMM) as part of its push into international production.Founded by producer Jimmy Wuand former banker Jane Shao, Beijing-based China Vision plans to set upinternational co-productions as well as English language remakes of Chinesefilms.The company has raisedfinance from private equity and venture capital sources in the US and Hong Kongand is currently scouting for suitable project
  • Cinamour goes From Mexico With Love

    Los Angeles-based Cinamour Entertainment arrives at AFM with a fresh slate headed by in-house production From Mexico With Love starring Kuno Becker from Goal! The Dream Begins.Currently shooting in San Antonio, Texas, the story follows a self-destructive illegal alien who crosses into the US to pursue his dream of becoming a boxer and enlists the support of a washed-up trainer. Jimmy Nickerson directed and Bruce McGill also stars.The roster continues with the family title
  • Cinemanila festival gains government support

    The 8th Cinemanila film festival(Nov 3-15), which is the Philippines' only international film festival, has forthe first time gained the support of two national government agencies. Both the Film DevelopmentCouncil and the National Commission for Culture and Arts, along with theIndependent Cinema Association, are major partners of this year's event. The festival continues itscommitment to local cinema through the digital competition which sees eightlocal digital films vying for
  • CMG picks up Legend library and strikes Benelux deal

    Edward Noeltner's CinemaManagement Group (CMG) has picked up international sales on the Legend FilmsLibrary and has already sold the entire library to RCV Entertainment for DVDand TV rights in Benelux.The library encompasses morethan 50 newly restored titles by San Diego-based Legend Films, including GeorgeA Romero's Night Of The Living Deadand Roger Corman's The Little Shop Of Horrors.Also featuring are Ed Wood'sPlan Nine From Outer Space, JohnWayne titles
  • CMG sells Ever Again to Rocky Mountain Pictures in US

    EdNoeltner's Cinema Management Group (CMG) has sold domestic rights to MoriahFilms' anti-semitism documentary Ever Again to Rocky Mountain Pictures.
  • Cruise, Wagner team with MGM to revive United Artists

    In a deal intended to capture the spirit of Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and D W Griffith, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner are reviving the United Artists (UA) label with MGM. Nine weeks after Cruise Wagner parted company with Paramount Pictures, the producing partners have bounced back with a deal that gives them substantial ownership and conditional power to greenlight and set the slate.Wagner becomes chief executive officer of UA and will oversee day-to-day op
  • Danielak's Arsenal picks up Ungodly, Ghosts

    Yarek Danielak's international sales company Arsenal Pictures haspicked up thriller The Ungodly starring Wes Bentley and the documentaryGhosts, both of whichmake their market premieres here.
  • Directors reject review of Euro levy on copying technology

    A group of Europe's leading film directors is demanding that a levy on manufacturers of audiovisual copying equipment to compensate artists remains at the heart of European copyright policies.The signatories - Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Nanni Moretti, Costa Gavras, Mike Leigh, Lars Von Trier and the Dardennes brothers - have addressed an open letter to members of the European Commission, which is currently reviewing the levies operating in 20 European Union (EU) countries.The levy, or "fa
  • Don Letts signs development deal with Fremantle

    UK director Don Letts hassigned a first-look development deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises, toprimarily develop music and pop culture documentaries. Fremantle gets the rightsto develop and exploit Letts' ideas across its TV, home entertainment andancillary businesses. The deal was brokered by Pete Kalhan, the company'ssenior vice president, home entertainment & archive sales. Letts previously worked onthe Clash film Westway To The World and 1995's Punk:Attitude,
  • Donati, Infascelli team for Mikado's La Pistola

    Legendary Italianscreenwriter Sergio Donati, whose credits include Sergio Leone's Once Upon ATime In The West, A Fistful Of Dynamite and For A Few Dollars More,is to partner with maverick director Alex Infascelli (Hate20) on a new $5 million genre project provisionallytitled La Pistola. Principal photography is setfor February 2007 with Sergio Castellito in the lead role. Donati is currentlyat work on the screenplay.The project is beingfinanced and pr
  • Dragon Tiger Gate's Yip, Yen reteam on City With No Mercy

    The team behind Hong Kongaction hit Dragon Tiger Gate- director Wilson Yip and action director Donnie Yen - arereteaming in action adventure City With No Mercy, which Hong Kong's Mandarin Films Distribution islaunching at the AFM. Yen, Louis Koo and CollinChou star in the $8m film which is scheduled to start shooting later this month(Nov) in Hong Kong. Scripted by Kam Yuen-Szeto- who recently co-wrote Johnnie To's Exiled - the film is a contemporary police s
  • Dublin-set tale wins Final Draft's Big Break contest

    TomCosgrove's The Sea Devils beat off3,000 competitors to win Final Draft's seventh annual Big Break InternationalScreenwriting Competition in Hollywood.
  • EFP may face budget cuts from EU's Media Programme

    This year marks the ninthconsecutive year in which European Film Promotion (EFP) has attended theAmerican Film Market, but will EFP be back in Santa Monica next year' In the run-up to this year'sevent, there have been rumours that the promotional organisation will be facedwith budget cuts that may prohibit it from coming to the AFM. EFP receives Media Programmebacking. Its annual budget for all its promotional activities is currentlyaround $2.55 million.
  • Equinoxe takes Canadian rights to I'm Reed Fish

    Following on a US deal withNetflix's Red Envelope, I'm Reed Fish has now gone to Equinoxe Films for Canada.The deal was negotiated byCAA's Roeg Sutherland and Brian Kavanaugh Jones, as well as SubmarineEntertainment's Josh Braun, on behalf of Squared Foot producer Bader Alwazzan.Marie-Claude Poulin negotiated the deal on behalf of Equinoxe Films.ContentFilm International has worldside sales.The Squared Foot Production,a coming-of-age comedy, stars Jay
  • Eva Dahr to direct Gaarder adaptation The Orange Girl

    Norwegiandirector Eva Dahr - currently in post with her new film, Mars andVenus - has been signed to directThe Orange Girl, a $3.8m (Euros 3m) feature from Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder's latest novel.
  • Ewan McGregor on board for HanWay's Franklyn

    Ewan McGregor will star inGerald McMorrow's Franklyn, whichwill shoot on location in the UK in summer 2007. UK stalwart Jeremy Thomas isproducing McMorrow's feature film debut based on his original screenplay. Thestory is about four lost souls in a futuristic London society where there is noseparation between church and state. HanWay Films is handlingsales. "We are delighted to beworking with a visionary young director who promises to deliver an incrediblystylish f
  • Fawcett starts hedge fund to cashflow UK credits

    Simon Fawcett, the formerfinance director for Pathe, is launching a new hedge fund to support Britishfilms. Aramid Entertainment Fund is the latest company stepping forward to cashflow the new UK tax credit and seeks to raise up to £150m.Aramid Capital Partnerscomprises three financiers: London-based Future Capital Partners, LA-basedScreen Capital International and Louisiana-based Stonehenge Capital.Aramid is led by Fawcett aschief executive with Future's Tim
  • Film Sales Company picks up Somebody Like You

    AndrewHerwitz's New York-based Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide rights tothe romantic comedy Somebody Like Youstarring Vanessa Williams.
  • Film4 backs Duane Hopkins' feature debut Better Things

    Film4 hascome on board for Duane Hopkins' Better Things, soon to start shooting in theUK, and Fabrice de Welz's Vinyan, in development.Hopkins,who previously wrote and directed award-winning shorts Field and Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, will make his feature debut withBetter Things,a story about troubled teenagers in the picturesque Cotswolds.Hisshorts collaborator Samm Haillay is producing for Newcastle-based Third Filmswith Film4's Peter Carlto
  • Fintage House renews Hungarian contract for Said Boudarga

    Globalentertainment services company Fintage House has renewed its contract with SaidBoudarga until the end of 2010. Boudarga has been with FIntage since 2000 andwill continue as managing director of the Budapest-based Fintage Magyar,supervising the office and international licensing agreements and royalty collections.'Said is keyexecutive in our Film & Television division and is very well respected byclients and colleagues,' said Robbert Aarts and Niels Teves, co-C
  • First Independent takes slew of territory rights on Green

    GaryRubin's First Independent Pictures is extending its global reach and has pickedup US, Australian/New Zealand and South African rights from ShorelineEntertainment to the comedy Everything's Gone Green.
  • First Sino-Finnish kung fu film makes impact in China

    Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila's Jade Warrior -the first Sino-Finnish co-production, and the first Finnish film to be launched in mainland China - took more than 110,000 admissions in eight days, from its 175-print release in 80 cities by Warner China Film HG Corp.Before the premiere, Annila and Chinese lead actors, Zhang Jingchu, Dang Hao and Cheng Taishen, went on a week's publicity tour, attending gala performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Qingdao. The Oct 24 opening
  • Focus picks up international to Meireilles' thriller Blindness

    Focus Features International has picked up international rights toFernando Meirelles' upcoming thriller Blindness and will commence sales at AFM this week.
  • Fortissimo on board for Hamilton's Mama's Boy

    FortissimoFilms has picked up international rights outside North America to comedy Mama'sBoy from Warner Independent Pictures(WIP).Directedby Tim Hamilton, whose short film Truth In Advertising screened in competition at Cannes in 2001, Mama'sBoy stars Jon Heder who first cameto notice in indie hit Napoleon Dynamite.DianeKeaton
  • France Telecom to open cinema investment arm

    France Telecom is to open a film rights arm with plans to co-produce 10 to 15 French and European films a year.The new division will be operational in the first quarter of 2007 and run by Frederique Dumas. Dumas is an independent producer who formerly consulted on film to the ministry of culture as well as heading development at Polygram audiovisual.While France Telecom has been providing a VOD service since 2003, the company says, "With this commitment, France Telecom shows its desire to
  • Frappier prepares English-language remake of La Grande Seduction

    Roger Frappier'sQuebec-based Max Films, whose The Secret Life Of Happy People is screening in AFI FEST, has announced details of aslate of new English and French-language projects.First off is hisEnglish-language remake of Jean-Francois Pouliot's box-office hit La GrandeSeduction aka Seducing Dr Lewis which is being scripted by Ken Scott.Other English-languageprojects being introduced to buyers are erotic comedy-thriller Out Of Z by Manon Briand and A
  • Fremantle pacts with Verve for Mischief Night

    Fremantle Home Entertainmenthas struck a new joint venture with UK distributor Verve Pictures for therelease of Penny Woolcock's Mischief Night. This marks Fremantle's first foray into theatrical distribution.Both parties get all UKrights including free TV, DVD and digital distribution rights and Fremantlesaid the deal was important as multi-platform releasing grows in popularity.Fremantle noted that its home entertainment business was diversifying andexpandi
  • Future Films opens US office to cash-flow state credits

    London-based film financingand production company Future Films is launching a new US office with the aimof cash flowing the growing number of state-sponsored film productionincentives. Simon Horsman will be CEO of Future Films USA LLC, which will bebased in Los Angeles.Future's US arm will havemore direct contact with projects and partners in Hollywood and the US, hopingto increase the communication between US and European partners. In addition tofinancing the US state tax rebates and
  • Gaga moves into genre production with Ryuhei Kitamura

    Japan's Gaga Communications,which has recently made a push into production with a slate of dramas, is nowmoving into genre filmmaking with cult Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura.Kitamura, who shot tointernational recognition with sword-fighting splatterfest Versus in 2001, is developing three projects for Gaga. Thefirst, entitled Yoroi, is anaction horror title about samurai zombies, which Kitamura is currentlyscripting from his own concept.The film will be made in
  • Garbus Krupa starts action picture Brooklyn To Manhattan in NYC

    James Garbus and RobertKroupa's Garbus Kroupa Entertainment has started production on the actionpicture Brooklyn To Manhattan,which takes place primarily on the New York City subway. The company is nearingcompletion on Save Me, a dramaabout a gay man who quits his wayward l
  • Gheko buys rights to Spanish remake of Saving Grace

    Spain's Gheko Films has bought the rights to remake Saving Grace in the Spanish language - with Carmen Maura attached in the Brenda Blethyn role for a Galicia shoot.This will follow the outfit's upcoming La Mula, to be directed by Il Postino's Michael Radford. La Mula's shoot is set for an April 2007 start in Andalusia for this Civil War set drama based on the book by Juan Eslava Galan about the true-life experiences of his father who fought on both sides during
  • Grand Illusions teams with Steiner for equity, sets initial slate

    Jonathan Sanger, Ed Elbertand Sarah Ryan Black at Los Angeles-based Grand Illusions Entertainment haveannounced they will independently develop, package and fund feature andtelevision projects in the $5m to $30m range.David Steiner, owner ofSteiner Equities Group and Brooklyn-based Steiner Studios is on board asfinancial partner.Projects in the pipelineinclude the Fred Schepisi post-World War II drama Beast of Bataan starring Koji Yakusho and Charlie Hunnam and set toshoo
  • Greenaway wraps shoot for Nightwatching

    Peter Greenawayhas wrapped a seven-week shoot in Poland and Wales for his Rembrandt story Nightwatching, which is timed with the 400thanniversary of the painter's birth.Martin Freemanstars as the Dutch master, with the cast also including Eva Birthistle, JodhiMay, Emily Holmes and Chris Britton.The mystery/dramais set in 1642 follows the events leading up to the creation of the masterpieceThe Night Watch. Kees Kasander is producing in association with
  • GreeneStreet reunites with producer Katz on Adverbs

    GreeneStreet Films (GSF) andproducer Ross Katz are partnering up to adapt Lemony Snicket novelist Daniel Handler's romance Adverbs.Katz, who worked with GSF on InThe Bedroom, approached the New York-basedcompany with the project about a series of characters who come and go in eachother's lives under an atmosphere of impending doom."We fell in love with Adverbs, a wonderful novel with interesting characters andinterwoven storylines, which I found impos
  • GreeneStreet's Veneziano moves to LA office

    GreeneStreet FilmsInternational (GSFI) president Ariel Veneziano has moved to Los Angeles to joinGreeneStreet Films (GSF) partner Tim Williams in the new West Coast office.Veneziano will head up GSFIoperations and oversee its acquisitions activities. He will seek growthopportunities and increase the volume of GSF third-party acquisitions, whilebroadening GSFI's slate by finding new producing and financier partners on selectprojects.GSF partner and head ofproduction Williams will
  • Groening's Into Great Silence takes EFA Prix Arte

    The European Film Academy'sdocumentary Prix Arte will be awarded to Philip Groening's Into GreatSilence (Die Grosse Stille). The jury for the award wascomprised of director/producer Adela Peeva from Bulgaria, director ThomasRiedelsheimer from Germany and producer Dorota Roszkowska from Poland.The jury said: "PhilipGroening's thoughtful film touches on the mystic quality of belief and our needfor stillness and silence in contrast to modern life. It appears that thedirector
  • HanWay takes on Merchant Ivory library

    HanWay Films has beenappointed to represent the worldwide rights to the Merchant Ivory library offilms.HanWay is now selling 21 ofJames Ivory and Ismail Merchant's features including Howards End, Heat AndDust, Maurice, Bombay Talkie, Shakespeare Wallah, The Europeans andThe Mystic Masseur. All titleshave been fully re-mastered by James Ivory and will now be available for thefirst time in many territories. The deal also coversnumerous short films, some unseen
  • HanWay takes on sales for Winterbottom's Genova

    HanWay Films has acquired worldwide rights outsidethe UK for Michael Winterbottom's forthcoming Genova,which now has Colin Firth attached to star.Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton's London-basedproduction company Revolution Films is producing with co-financing from Film4(which holds UK rights). Winterbot
  • High Point takes on sales for Tom Collins' Kings

    High Point Films has takenon international sales for Tom Collins' Kings, the big-screen adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's play TheKings Of The Kilburn High Road.The project stars ColmMeaney in the story of a group of Irish men who emigrated to London but returnto their hometown after 25 years for a friend's funeral. The ensemble cast alsoincludes Donal O'Kelly, Brendan Conroy, Donncha Crowley, Barry Barnes and SeanO Tarpaigh. Kings is unique inthat it combines English-l
  • Hildebrand named MD of Future's UK office

    FutureFilms has tapped Qwerty Films veteran Andrew Hildebrand as managing director ofFuture's UK operations.Hildebrandhad been head of commercial and business affairs at Michael Kuhn's QwertyFilms, working on films including Kinsey and I Heart Huckabees
  • Hong Kong film festival sets new industry direction

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is changing dates next year - to coincide with Hong Kong Filmart - and is undergoing a major repositioning to reflect changes in the international festival scene.Next year's HKIFF will open on March 20 and run for 18 days. The first nine days will focus on international guests, press and industry, while the second half will be geared more towards the local audience in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong's Golden Network sells five to Brazilian distributors

    Hong Kong-based GoldenNetwork Asia has secured a slew of sales to Brazil, which is emerging as one ofthe most acquisitive territories at the AFM.Brazil's Golden Filmes hassnapped up Thai horror titles The Victim, which is currently topping the Thai box office, and Ghost Game directed by Sarawut Wichiensarn.The company has alsopre-bought two Thai productions from Golden Network - Mid Road Gang, a drama about a gang of stray dogs in downtownBangkok, and Mr
  • Huayi Brothers signs on for Blood Brothers

    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers has become the first distributor to sign on for Alexi Tan's Blood Brothers, acquiring all rights for mainland China to the $10m period drama which is produced by John Woo and Terence Chang's Lion Rock Productions.Set in 1930s Shanghai, the film follows three young men who are dragged into the city's seedy underworld of crime and corruption. Daniel Wu and Shu Qi (pictured) star along with Chang Chen, Liu Ye and Tony Yang.Taiwan's CMC Entertainment is co-f
  • IFC Films buys Honore's In Paris from Gemini

    Paris-based Gemini Films has closed a US deal on ChristopherHonore's In Pariswith IFC Films. The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Perlie for Gemini andJonathan Sehring for IFC.
  • IFC strikes US deal for Brisseau's Exterminating Angels

    In the run up to the AFM ithas become clear that the controversy surrounding veteran French filmmakerJean-Claude Brisseau hasn't hurt his appeal in the marketplace. Brisseau'slatest feature The Exterminating Angels, which deals in dramatized form with incidents that later landed thedirector in court, has now been sold to IFC Films in North America.The film is about an ageingfilmmaker preparing a new movie. During casting, this director asks his would-beactres
  • IFFI promises to show Indian diversity to film world

    The theme of the 37th International Film Festival of India Goa 2006 is 'Diversity of Indian cinema' and The Whole World Is One Family.The press conference to unveil the festival plans saw a predominance of Bollywood personalities, including Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose, Ashoke Pandit and Madhur Bhandarkar who all have films featured at IFFI.This year's festival runs from November 23 to December 3 at India's premiere seaside city. The chief guest for the opening ceremony has been confirmed as
  • IFTA says AFM attendance breaks records

    Hailing 'the biggestAFM yet', the Independent Film and Television Alliance top brass welcomeda record 435 exhibitors from 36 countries and projected a best-ever 8,400attendees from 65 countries compared to 8,014 last year.Organisers have scheduled592 screenings rising from 534 last year, and 431 market premieres compared to382. Both are records.Numerous internationaldelegations will be on site this week, including the largest ever visit fromChina, as well as
  • inDplay signs up Allied Artists library

    Licensing services companyinDplay.com has signed a deal with Allied Artists Corporation for its20,000-title library.Allied Artists will providetheir content to film and TV buyers globally by having it available on theinDplay video rights sales, acquisition and management platform. Last week, thefirst 200 titles were listed on the platform for browsing by exhibitors, TVprogrammers, educational institutions, home video and mobile content buyers andInternet/VOD distrib
  • Internet problems frustrate exhibitors at AFM

    AFMattendees were left stranded without Internet access on day two of the marketas the Internet service in the Loews hotel guest rooms went down Thursdaymorning and wasn't planned to be operating fully until after the business dayended.
  • Italian exhibitor pulls Miami Vice in release window row

    Italian Multiplex Association ANEM has removed all copies of Miami Vice from Italian theatres in a row over DVD release windows.The action follows complaints raised yesterday by the country's entertainment trade organisation Agis about the gap between the UIP film's theatrical and DVD releases.President of ANEM Carlo Bernaschi told Screendaily.com they sent a protest letter to UIP's chief in Italy, Richard Borg - responsible for Universal Pictures Home Video releases."We d
  • Japan's Style Jam picks up sales, remake rights to Seven Days

    Japan's Style Jam haspicked up international sales and remake rights to comedy drama, Seven DaysOf Assistant Manager Tsubakiyama,which is scheduled for a wide release in Japan on Nov 18.Produced by Be Wild,the film is about a fat, bald middle manager who passes away, but gets thechance to return to e
  • Jinga closes Netherlands deal on Winstone-starrer Everything

    At its first AFM, recentlyformed UK sales outfit Jinga has closed deals on a raft of titles.The UK-based company, run bydirector-producer-sales agent Julien Richards, Rosana Coutinho and Mike Tims,has now sold BAFTA-nominated Everything, starring Ray Winstone (The Departed) to Indie Films for the Netherlands and is fieldingoffers from the US, Latin-America, Germany and Spain. Robbie Fraser's comedy Gamerz has gone to Terra in the US.
  • Katapult closes AFM deals on Sherrybaby, Hawk

    Katapult Film Sales has closed significant deals on its AFM slate, with the Maggie Gyllenhaal drama Sherrybaby going to Metrodome in the UK, Madman in Australia, and Line Tree in South Korea.The Paul Giamatti-starrer The Hawk Is Dying has sold to Zootrope Films in France, Art Free in Greece, and Bleiberg Entertainment in Israel.
  • Katapult closes AFM deals on Sherrybaby, Hawk

    Katapult Film Sales has closed significant deals on its AFM slate, with the Maggie Gyllenhaal drama Sherrybaby going to Metrodome in the UK, Madman in Australia, and Line Tree in South Korea.The Paul Giamatti-starrer The Hawk Is Dying has sold to Zootrope Films in France, Art Free in Greece, and Bleiberg Entertainment in Israel.
  • Kathy Morgan takes on Mackenzie's Camille

    Kathy Morgan International(KMI) has picked up international rights to the fantasy romance Camille starring Sienna Miller and James Franco.KMI will show buyers a promoreel on the project, which is in post-production and is being produced by AlRuddy and directed by Gregory Mackenzie.Miller plays an idealisticyoung bride who goes on honeymoon to Niagara Falls determined to change hersmall-time crook husband's cyncial views on love. Scott Glen and DavidCar
  • Kimmel sells multiple territories for Death At A Funeral

    Sidney KimmelEntertainment's foreign sales arm Kimmel Internationalhas closedmultiple territories on comedy Death At A Funeral starringMatthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage andEwen Bremner.Rights have gone to Germany(Concorde), Italy (Mikado), Spain (DeaPlaneta), Scandinavia (Scanbox),and South Africa (Nu Metro).Frank Oz directed the project aboutdysfunctional British relativeswho attend the riotous funeral of afamily patriarch. Alan Tudyk andRupert Graves also s
  • Korean star Jun takes the lead in $26m Blood: The Last Vampire

    Korean star Jun Ji-hyun (MySassy Girl, Windstruck) has beencast in the live-action version of Japanese animation house Production IG's Blood:The Last Vampire, which Bill Kong (CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon) is producingwith France's Pathe. Kong reteams with directorRonny Yu after their hit Fearless,starring Jet Li, grossed over $65m worldwide. Kong also just finished producingZhang Yimou's latest film, Curse Of the Golden Flower.Blood ha
  • Kramer's Rive Gauche picks up Cuban Oscar submission El Benny

    Jon Kramer's Rive Gauche Films has acquired worldwide rightsto Cuban smash and foreign-language Oscar submission El Benny and will bring the picture to AFM.Jorge Luis Sanchez's picture recounts the life of Cubanmusic legend Benny More, whose Afro-Cuban jazz big band sound took the nationby storm in the pre-Castro 1950s and endured until More's death in 1963. RennyArozarena stars.ICAIC and Coral Capital Entertainment produced El Benny in associat
  • Lampert and Mazgedian Anna take top roles at Village Roadshow Pictures

    Village Roadshow Pictures has named Jeffrey Lampert executive vice president of worldwide feature production and Melissa Mazgedian Anna senior vice-president of worldwide distribution and marketing.Lampert will report to Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment (VRPE)president of production Dana Goldberg.She will oversee a slate that includes the upcoming Music And Lyrics starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, Ocean's Thirteen, The BraveOne starring Jodie Foster, and I Am
  • Latido sells Your Life In 65 Minutes to Strand in US

    Madrid-based Latido Filmshas snared a US buyer for Maria Ripoll's comedy, Your Life In 65 Minutes. Strand Releasing has taken North American rights tothe film, which is on Latido's AFM slate. "It gives us impetus goinginto the AFM. That's why we wanted to close it as soon as possible," a Latidospokesperson said of the deal, concluded last week. He also reported stronginterest from Germany, Scandinavia and Hungary on the title, aSpanish-Argentinian co-production about three young
  • Lena Headey tapped for next Sean Ellis feature

    UK actress Lena Headey hasbeen cast as the female lead in Sean Ellis' forthcoming spy thriller Broken. Ellis is writing anddirecting with Lene Bausager producing. The London-based shoot starts nextweek. The plot follows a woman who leaves a coffee shop and sees herselfdriving past in a car. Ellis, previously aphotographer, was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film Cashback, which he subsequently developed into a full-lengthfeature st
  • Levant to direct Ex Games for Bauer Martinez

    Bauer Martinez Studios hashired Brian Levant to direct the comedy Ex Games and is introducing the picture to buyers at AFM.The company swooped on WillFetters' screenplay about three men with failed marriages who plot to marry offtheir wives to avoid paying alimony, only for one of them to discover that heis still in love.Philippe Martinez willproduce for Bauer Martinez Studios' Lucky 50 Productions along with UndergroundFilms' Nicholas Osborne and Trev
  • Lightning gets rights to Weitz's college comedy

    LA-based sales agencyLightning Entertainment has picked up international rights to VulcanProductions' college comedy Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas produced by the Weitz Brothers.Bickford marks the directorial and writing debut of Scott Lewand stars Patrick Fugit as a nerd who is forced to venture into the outsideworld after his book of cool ideas is stolen.Olivia Wide, MatthewLillard, Cheryl Hines and John Cho also star. Chris and Paul Weitz producedwith Vulcan's
  • Lindsay Lohan to star in Tennessee Williams project

    Lindsay Lohan will star in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' previously unpublished play The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond.Ellen Burstyn, David Strathairn, Chris Evans and Ann-Margret are also believed to be attached to the project, which has fast become one of the most hotly pursued titles at AFM.Brad Gilbert of Constellation Entertainment is producing the typically steamy 1920s tale set in the Deep South.It is understood Lohan will play Fisher Willow, a wilful debutante
  • Locarno Film Festival adds international shorts competition section

    The Locarno InternationalFilm Festival has a delegation in AFM prepping for next year's 60thanniversary edition which runs Aug 1 to 11, 2007.Artistic director FredericMaire, who took over from Irene Bignardi in Oct 2005, has announced that thefestival is looking to introduce an international shorts competition sectionfor the first time next year to go alongside the Swiss shorts competitionstrand."For 17 years, we have had aSwiss shorts competition section and a focus on a partic
  • London Film Festival honours Arnold's Red Road

    The Times BFI London FilmFestival ended its 50th anniversary edition tonight with a screening ofAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel.While the festival islargely non-competitive, there were four main awards presented at the closingceremony. The Sutherland Trophy for most original and imaginative first featurewent to Andrea Arnold for Red Road,the Fipresci prize went to Javier Rebollo for Lola, the Alfred Dunhill Award (with its £15,000endowment)
  • London Film Festival honours Arnold's Red Road

    The Times BFI London FilmFestival ended its 50th anniversary edition tonight with a screening ofAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel.While the festival islargely non-competitive, there were four main awards presented at the closingceremony. The Sutherland Trophy for most original and imaginative first featurewent to Andrea Arnold for Red Road,the Fipresci prize went to Javier Rebollo for Lola, the Alfred Dunhill Award (with its £15,000endowment)
  • M6 racks up sales on Siri's Intimate Enemies

    Following the success of Rachid Bouchareb's Days Of Glory, another French film dealing with thetrauma of the Algerian experience has been piquing buyers' interest. In therun-up to the AFM, Florent Siri's Intimate Enemies has been racking up deals.
  • Madman buys Court Of Lonely Royals for Australia

    Wendy Reeds' FabricationFilms has sold the dystopian tale Court Of Lonely Royals to Madman Pictures in Australia.First-timer Rohan MichaelHoole's story centres on a future where alienated youngsters are hired to killfor the police has also closed in a number of other territories.Rights have gone to Brazil(Alpha Filmes), the former Yugoslavia (First Production), Greece (HollywoodEntertainment), and Poland (Vitra).'I'm thrilled thatMadman is relea
  • Madrid-LA Forum draws Iacono, Pittleman

    The first ever Madrid-LA Entertainment Media Forum closed on Tuesday, after two days of 250 intensive meetings between 17 Madrid-based film, TV and music companies and 45 of their US counterparts.Sponsored by PromoMadrid, CEIM (Confederacion Empresarial de Madrid) and FAPAE (the Spanish Audiovisual Producers Association), the gathering was attended by, among others: Peter Iacono, senior executive vice president of local language productions at Sony Pictures; Ellen Pittleman, senior vice presi
  • Magnolia seals Dynamite deal on Thai actioner

    In the first domestic deal of the market, Magnolia Pictures has closed on North American rightsto Thai action adventure Dynamite Warrior (Tabunfire), starringThailand's latest action export Dan Chupong.
  • Marmot appointed as Skillset director of film

    Janine Marmot has been named as the new director of film of UK training organisation Skillset.Marmot will oversee the body's five-year strategy for film, A Bigger Future, a joint initiative with the UK Film Council.The plans includes a UK-wide network of Skillset Screen Academies and the mentoring scheme Guiding Lights. Marmot set up Hot Property Films in 1995 where she has produced several features including the critically acclaimed Bodysong.Iain Smith, chair of the Film Ski
  • McAuley joins Paramount Home Entertainment UK

    Charlie McAuley has beenappointed managing director for Paramount Home Entertainment UK and Ireland.Based in London, he will oversee marketing, sales and distribution in thoseterritories and will report to Don Hunton, senior vice president of Paramount HomeEntertainment, Asia Pacific, UK and Ireland.McAuley previously worked atUniversal Pictures International where he served as vice president of LatinAmerica and Asia Pacific. He also worked at Woolworths and Blockbu
  • McFadzean to oversee family films at new Wind Dancer

    Matt Williams has announced that his partner David McFadzean will overseedevelopment of family films for Wind Dancer Films.
  • Media 8 boards George Gallo's Local Colour

    Media 8 Entertainment haspicked up all international rights to George Gallo's drama Local Colour starring Ray Liotta, Armin Mueller-Stahl and TrevorMorgan.Local Colour is based on a true story about a troubled18-year-old art student and his disillusioned Russian mentor who help eachother see life anew. Samantha Mathis, Charles Durning and Diana Scarwid also star.David Permut, Mark Sennet,Julie Lott Gallo, and James W Evangelatos produced and Local Colour wil
  • Media 8 picks up One Night With The King

    Media 8 Entertainment has acquired international rights toGener8Xion Entertainment's Biblical drama One Night With The King.
  • Media Asia assembles buyers for Feng

    Hong Kong-based Media Asiahas boarded Feng Xiaogang's The Assemblyas co-producer and already sold almost all the territories it's handling on the$10m war epic.Media Asia is handling salesin South-East Asia and has sold the film to Thailand's Rose Media and Entertainment, Golden ScreenCinemas in Malaysia and Galaxy Studio in
  • Mischa Barton to star in Malice In Sunderland

    The team behindMichael Radford's Flawless has reteamed with Future Films for Malice InSunderland, set to starMischa Barton.Simon Fellowswill direct the contemporary take on the Lewis Carroll classic, scripted byJayson Rothwell. The UK shoot will start in early 2007.Fellowspreviously directed 7 Seconds with Wesley Snipes and Second In Command and Til Death, both starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.US-basedproducers Michael Pierce and Mark Williams of
  • MK2 starts shoot for Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park

    French outfit MK2 hasannounced the beginning of principal photography on the latest film from GusVan Sant. Filming begins this weekin Portland, Oregon on Paranoid Park, a project adapted from the book of the same name by Blake Nelson,which was released in the US in September.MK2 will produce with NeilKopp and David Cress. Several of Van Sant's films have been released by MK2 inFrance but this film marks the first time the company will also produce andh
  • Momentum buys sci-fi movie Tomo from Becker

    Momentum Pictures has boughtUK rights to Paul Catling's science fiction movie Tomo from Becker International. The film, which has beendeveloped and will be produced by Matthew Justice, is based on the short filmof the same name which won the international short film prize at the 2004Sundance Film Festival.The deal was struck byMomentum's acquisitions manager Robert Walak with Becker's Iain Canning.The film is being designedas a blend of live action and CG animation and is
  • Mortagne and Terryn get new posts at Benelux distributor Paradiso

    Benelux distributor ParadisoFilm Entertainment has named Olivier Mortagne as its new head of international acquisitionsand Patrick Terryn as chief operating officer. The appointments come in thewake of Erich Engelen's departure from the company earlier in the summer. Asannounced earlier this week, Engelen has now joined A-Film.The appointment of Mortagneis seen as "a natural progression for the company." He has been attendingmarkets and festivals for five years with Paradiso and helpin
  • MPD/Arclight joint venture Union Station buys Dark Corners

    UnionStation Media has picked up all domestic rights from Shoreline Entertainment toRay Gower's psychological thriller Dark Corners.
  • Myriad takes on romantic comedy Jack and Jill

    Myriad Pictures has acquiredworldwide rights to romantic comedy Jack And Jill Vs The World starring Freddie Prinze Jr and Taryn Manning.Myriad is introducing buyersto the story of a bored 30-year-old advertising executive called Jack who fallsfor Jill, a free-spirited girl, following a chance rooftop encounter.However after Jack learnsthat Jill hasn't told him about a serious illness he becomes furious and theybreak up. It is only then that he realises
  • Myriad takes on sales for The Trailer Park Boys

    Myriad Pictures has securedworldwide rights excluding Canada to Mike Clattenburg's Canadian smash TrailerPark Boys: The Movie. The raucous comedy arriveson a wave of publicity following screenings at the Toronto International FilmFestival and is based on Clattenburg's long-running Canadian television serieson Showcase Television.Ivan Reitman served asexecutive producer on the feature-length version, which follows the exploits ofthree petty crooks who attempt one last job
  • Netflix's Red Envelope strikes US deal for I'm Reed Fish

    Netflix's Red EnvelopeEntertainment has acquired the U.S. rights for I'm Reed Fish, sold by ContentFilm International.The Squared Foot productionis the first feature from director Zackary Adler. The coming-of-agecomedy/drama set in a small town stars Jay Baruchel, Alexis Bledel, SchuylerFisk, Victor Rasuk and DJ Qualls. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsmanserved as executive producer alongside Kerry Foster and Michael Mihalke.Red Envelope Entertainmentnegotiated the rights
  • New $20m equity fund deals with Regent MB

    The new US equity fundMotion Picture Fund of America has raised its first $20m and signed a 12-film,three-year deal with financier, producer and distributor Regent MB of BeverlyHills and Munich.MPFA head Pete Maggi andco-manager Gino Dileo struck the deal with Regent co-presidents JeanetteBuerling and Maggie Monteith.The companies willco-finance four films a year for three years with budgets up to $15m. Regent MBwill handle worldwide distribution and sales.
  • New Yorker takes on domestic rights to Treatment

    Dan Talbot's New YorkerFilms has acquired US rights from Gotham Sales to Oren Rudavsky's romantic comedy The Treatment. New Yorker plans a spring2007 platform release in New York for the winner of the Tribeca Film Festival'sMade In New York Best Narrative Award.Chris Eigeman, Famke Janssenand Ian Holm star in the story of a lovelorn man who undergoes intense therapyat the hands of a highly eccentric psychotherapist. 'This is aquintessential New
  • NonStop reps Sandrew library

    NonStop Sales is to handle worldwide sales on around 500 films from Scandinavian powerhouse Sandrew Metronome.Under the terms of the exclusive deal, signed on the eve of the AFM, NonStop will sell (outside Scandinavia) many of the best-loved and best-known titles in Scandinavian cinema history.Among them are Ingmar Bergman's Dreams and The Naked Night, Alf Sjöberg's 1951 Cannes winnerMiss Julie, Vilgot Sjöman's groundbreaking I am Curious Yellow, I am Curi
  • NonStop sells Mikkelsen-starrer Exit to Germany

    Underlining Danish actorMads Mikkelsen's increasing profile in the marketplace, NonStop Sales hasclosed a deal for all German-speaking territories on Mikkelsen's new thriller Exit with Galileo Medien AG. The film, screening onNonStop Sales' AFM slate. The deal was concluded by Michael C Werner forNonStop and Martin Irnich for Germany. Mikkelsen is shortly to be seen as thevillain Le Chiffre in the new Bond movie, Casino RoyaleExit, directed by Peter Lindmark
  • Northern Lights sets industry summit attendees

    The Northern Lights Film FestivalIndustry Summit is firming up plans for its Nov 17-18 event in Newcastle uponTyne. The summit will includepanel discussions, case studies, lectures, pitching sessions, speed meetings andnetworking opportunities. The festival will alsoannounce a winner of the Orange North Star Short Film Award 2006, which comeswith a $75,000 (£40,000) prize. The event will host a screening of last year'swinner, Ian Fenton's Black Dog.
  • Odd Lot takes on rights to Cary's Ira & Abby

    Odd Lot International haspicked up foreign rights to Robert Cary's2006 Los Angeles Film Festivalaudience award winner Ira & Abby.The film will screen at AFMand stars Chris Messina and JenniferWestfeldt as a couple that getmarried on a whim and must endure thetumultuous consequences.Westfeldt wrote thescreenplay and Brad Zions produced. Westfeldt,Ilana Levine, and Jorge M Perezserved as executive producers.Odd Lot's Laura Iveynegotiated the deal
  • Others and Volver lead European Film Awards noms

    German hit The Lives Of Others, which was controversially snubbed by both Berlin and Cannes, has won six European Film Award nominations including those for film, director and screenwriter. The only other title with six nods was Pedro Almodovar's widely loved Volver. Both films are considered frontrunners for this year's foreign-language Academy Award.British films dominated the best film category with Ken Loach's Palme D'Or Winner The Wind That Shakes The Barle
  • Palm, Curiously Bright jointly acquire Peter Beard doc

    PalmPictures & Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment have jointlyacquired worldwide rights to the documentary Peter Beard: Scrapbooks FromAfrica & Beyond.
  • Peace Arch picks up thriller Never Forget

    Peace Arch EntertainmentGroup has picked up worldwide rights to the thriller Never Forget starring Lou Diamond Phillips.Phillips portrays a man whofights to clear his name after he awakens to find himself covered in blood andaccused of murder without any recollection of what has happened.Leo Scherman is directingfrom as screenplay by Kevin Hennelly, and filming got underway last month inCanada. Patrick Cameron, Harvey Glazer and Robert Wilson are produ
  • PorchLight picks up international rights to VC Andrews pic Rain

    PorchLight Entertainment has picked up international theatrical,broadcast and DVD rights to Rain starring Faye Dunaway and Robert Loggia.
  • Pretty Pictures acquires Crossing The Line

    France's Pretty Pictures hasacquired documentary Crossing The Line, about the last American defector still living in North Korea, whichrecently received its world premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival. Directed and producedby Daniel Gordon, the film tells the story of Comrade Joe - akaVirginia-born James Joseph Dresnok - a US soldier serving in South Koreawho in 1962 walked across the heavily fortified border into the communist stateof North Korea
  • Pyramide's AFM slate includes hot-selling doc Let's Say

    Pyramide International ishitting the AFM with a hot new documentary project, three new films to screen,the first images from Catherine Breillat's latest and a quirky comedy starringMarianne Faithfull.The documentary, Let'sSay, is directed by Francoise Marieand will be ready for Cannes 2007. The director went to various differentregions in France to interview children and have them spend time playing outthe roles of their parents' occupations; from the childre
  • QED takes on sales for The Girl In The Park

    Bill Block's BeverlyHills-based sales company QED International has added psychological thriller TheGirl In The Park to its AFM slate.Keri Russell, AlessandroNivola and Elias Koteas have joined Sigourney Weaver and Kate Bosworth onthe project, which is set to begin principal photography in New York onNov 13.Sean Furst, Bryan Furst and Chip Rosenblum are producing the story from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner DavidAuburn (Proof, The Lake House), who makes his
  • Red Envelope gets US rights to to Strike from Telepool

    Munich-based Telepool hasclosed a deal with Netflix-owned Red Envelope Entertainment for US rights toVolker Schloendorff's Strike, thestory of a female crane operator who co-founded the Solidarity movement inSoviet-era Poland in the 1980s.The film had its world premiere at the TorontoInternational Film Festival in September.Meanwhile, Telepool has soldits 3-D animated feature The Way To The Stars to Filmax for Spain. The $7.2m feature will be deliveredin time for Christma
  • Red Road dominates Scottish Bafta nominations

    AndreaArnold's Cannes prize-winner Red Roadpredictably dominates the screen nominations for this year's Lloyds TSB BAFTAScotland awards.
  • Reeve, Parkhouse launches tax credit financing group IFF

    UK industry veteran JimReeve, the founder of UK film financier Visionview, has teamed with TomParkhouse to launch a new financing outfit, International Film Finance Ltd(IFF).Just prior to the AFM., IFFannounced it was teaming up with global public sector financier DEPFA Bank PLCto provide upfront cash financing of US and International tax credits.The idea is that film taxcredits, certificate programs and rebates can be monetized by IFF via itsbanking arrangements with DEPFA Bank
  • Regent takes worldwide rights to Orientation

    Regent Releasing has pickedup worldwide rights to the comedy Freshman Orientation starring Sam Huntington, Marla Sokoloff, BryceJohnson, John Goodman and Rachel Dratch. Regent plans a spring 2007release and Regent Worldwide Sales is handling foreign rights at AFM. The Element Films productioncharts the misguided career of a college freshman who invites trouble when hepretends to be gay in order to win the heart of a sorority girl. Former Satu
  • Renegade Worldwide takes on Euro thriller Stone Merchant

    Crystal Sky's genre label Renegade Worldwide has acquired allrights to Renzo Martinelli's European thriller The Stone Merchant starring Harvey Keitel, Jane, March,Jordi Molla, and F Murray Abraham.
  • Revolver signs AFM deals for Zoo and Tell No One

    UK distributor RevolverEntertainment has announced several key acquisitions for its 2007 releaseslate, with two new titles acquired here at AFM: Guillaume Canet's Tell NoOne (Ne Le Dis A Personne) fromEuropaCorp and Robinson Devor's Zoofrom ThinkFilm.Tell No One, based on Harlan Coben's novel, is a French-languagethriller starring Canet with Kristin Scott Thomas and Francois Cluzet in thestory of a man whose murdered wife's image starts to appear on his computerscr
  • Rogue picks up the world on Cameron's 3-D caving thriller

    RoguePictures has picked up worldwide rights to James Cameron's upcoming andas-yet-untitled 3-D cave diving thriller.
  • Rotterdam festival increases international industry reach

    International Film FestivalRotterdam (IFFR) has launched a major initiative to raise its internationalindustry profile. At AFM this week, IFFR's new head of international PR Marnixvan Wijk has been assiduously courting sellers and buyers in a bid to lure themto the Netherlands for next year's event, which takes place Jan 24 to Feb 4.This year, for the firsttime, the festival will introduce special "industry" passes. It will besetting up a special "sales club" in the festival's main bas
  • Rowlands and Deneuve sign on for Persepolis

    Gena Rowlands and CatherineDeneuve have signed on to the voice cast of the English-language adaptation ofIranian author Marjane Satrapi's award-winning autobiographical comic books Persepolis and Persepolis 2.The animated feature iscurrently in production in France and will be released through Sony PicturesClassics in North America. Deneuve will voice the role of Satrapi's mother andRowlands will voice her grandmother in the English-language version.
  • Rowlands and Deneuve sign on for Persepolis

    Gena Rowlands and CatherineDeneuve have signed on to the voice cast of the English-language adaptation ofIranian author Marjane Satrapi's award-winning autobiographical comic books Persepolis and Persepolis 2.The animated feature iscurrently in production in France and will be released through Sony PicturesClassics in North America. Deneuve will voice the role of Satrapi's mother andRowlands will voice her grandmother in the English-language version.
  • Samantha Horley promoted as Lumina expands

    Samantha Horleyhas been promoted to managing director of London-based Lumina Films and willnow take a stake in the company, parent company International Film Collectiveannounced. Horley had been head of sales since September 2004 after previoussales positions at Myriad Pictures, Summit Entertainment and Polygram Films. Also, the companyhas expanded by adding Susan Wrubel to represent the company out of Los Angelesas Lumina's North American representative. Her remit will be to bring inE
  • San Fu Maltha buys slew of films at AFM for new Indonesian operation

    San Fu Maltha, the Dutch producer of Holland's Oscar entry BlackBook, has a dualexistence as joint managing director of new Indonesian distributor andexhibitor, Blitz. Through Queen, the acquisition arm of Blitz, he has picked upa raft of titles in the market.
  • Scorsese signs four-year, first-look deal with Paramount

    Martin Scorsese and Paramount Pictures have signed a four-yearfirst-look deal under which the filmmaker will direct and produce features,made-for-DVD, digital content and television for the studio and specialty labelParamount Vantage.
  • Scorsese's Stones doc goes to Paramount, Fortissimo

    The long-gestating RollingStones documentary, which Martin Scorsese recently joined as director, hasstarted shooting in New York with Paramount Pictures on board as domesticdistributor and Fortissimo Films handling international rights.Scorsese, hot off thebiggest box office hit of his career in The Depa
  • Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

    Dir: Stephen Kijak. UK. 2006. 90mins.A great enigma of modern music sheds a few layers ofopacity in Stephen Kijak's revealing documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man. With a challenging new record recently issued, thereclusive, sporadically active American-born singer is
  • Seville gets pre-sale interest for Global Metal

    Seville International hasmade several pre-sale deals here at the AFM for Global Metal, the follow-up to music documentary Metal: AHeadbangers Journey. The project isnow shooting.Deals have been made withAmuse Soft in Japan, Pretty Pictures in France, Europa Filmes for Brazil,Future Films for Scandinavia and D Productions for Turkey. Mikado has alsopicked up the earlier Metal: A Headbangers Journey for Italy. Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyenare
  • Seville strikes flurry of deals for Bon Cop, Bad Cop

    Seville International hasbooked the first eight foreign deals for Canadian hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop here at the AFM.The film has gone toAlphaville for Brazil, Future Films for Scandinavia, RTL Televizio for Hungary,J-Bics for Thailand, D Productions for Turkey, Tandem for Bulgaria, MG for theformer Yugoslavia and Lizard Trade for Russia. "Seville Internationalis thrilled to be selling the biggest Canadian box-office hit ever and wefirmly believe this initial success will exte
  • Sex And Death 101 tops Arclight AFM lineup

    ArclightFilms has boarded the black comedy Sex And Death 101 starring Simon Baker and Winona Rider and comedy How ToRob A Bank starring Nick Stahl and ErikaChristensen.
  • Shochiku buys Closing The Ring from Content

    Shochiku hastaken Japanese rights to Richard Attenborough's Closing The Ring, in a deal here at the AFM withContentFilm International.ContentFilm also has closed deals on the film with Hopscotch in Australia, TeleMunchen in Germany, Alliance Atlantis/Odeon in Canada, A-Film in The Netherlands, Lusumundo in Portugal, Monolith in Poland, Gussi in Mexico, Paris in Brazil, PCV in Greece, Nu-Metro in South Africa, and Paradise in Russia. The epic lovestory, set in 1991 and Wor
  • Shochiku sells three titles to Houston-based ADV

    Shochiku has closed amulti-picture deal with Houston-based ADV Films which has acquired two features- Ghost Train and Synesthesia - and TV series Le Chevalier D'Eon from the Japanese studio.Under the terms of thedeal, ADV has acquired North American theatrical, video and TV rights to th
  • Silverman's Reveille signs movie deal with Universal

    Reveille,the TV production company behind US remake hits The Office and Ugly Betty, haslaunched Reveille Motion Pictures (RMP) and entered into a first-look deal withUniversal Pictures.
  • Six Sales sells titles to Beverly Hills, Quality in Latin America

    Madrid-based sales outfitSix Sales has sold Latin American rights to Beverly Hills Enterainment for itsnew CGI animated feature Noah's Lark. The film is directed by LA-based Raul Garcia, whose previous creditsinclude Aladdin, through new company Kandor Graphics. Itwill be ready for delivery in 2008.Six Sales is also doing aroaring trade on Emilio Maille's Rosario Tijeras. The Colombian film, which premiered in Berlin, hasnow gone to HBO in the US, MFA in Germany an
  • Song Kang-ho gets batty with Park Chan-wook

    The Host star Song Kang-ho will reteam with Park Chan-wook onhis next film Bat (workingtitle).Park and Song previouslyworked together on JSA (2000) andSympathy for Mr. Vengeance(2002).CJ Entertainment iscurrently selling Park's next film I'm A Cyborg, But It's OK and CJ will also sell Bat, a vampire movie being scripted by Jeong Seo-gyeongwho worked with him on Sympathy For Lady Vengeance and I'm A Cyborg But It's OK.
  • Sony goes for Untraceable starring Diane Lane

    Sony Pictures has made itssecond major buy here with the acquisitionof North American and LatinAmerican rights to Gregory Hoblit's FBIcybercop thriller Untraceable starring Diane Lane.Screen Gems will release theproject in North America and SonyPictures Releasing International willdistribute in Latin America. Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper did the dealwith LakeshoreInternational, which has been introducing the project tobuyers hereall week.Sony
  • Sony goes on aggressive acquisitions spree at Element

    Sony Pictures has swooped on multiple territory rights to twoprojects from John Fremes' Element Films International as it seeks tore-establish a major acquisitions profile on the international circuit.
  • Strand buys two for North America from Fortissimo

    Strand Releasing has pickedup North American rights to two films from Fortissimo Films - ApichatpongWeerasethakul's Syndromes And A Century and Tsai Ming-liang's I Don't Want To Sleep Alone. Both films, which played in competition at theVenice Film Festival and at Toronto, were commissioned as part of the City OfVienna's New Crowned Hope series.The deal was closed here yesterdayby Fortissimo's Wouter Barendrecht with Strand co-presidents Marcus Hu and JonGerrans."W
  • Strand buys US rights to Golden Bear winner Grbavica

    StrandReleasing has acquired all US rights to Jasmila Zbanic's Grbavica: The LandOf My Dreams from Match Factory Films.
  • Swipe takes UK rights to Frankie and Princesses

    London-based Swipe Films picked up UK rights to the Diane Kruger drama Frankie and the Spain's Goya-winning Princesses at the American Film Market. The feature film debut of Fabienne Berthaud, Frankie follows the vicissitudes of a top fashion model, played by Diane Kruger, who co-produced.The film was sold by MK2 and played at Toronto and Edinburgh. Princesses tells the story of a rollercoaster friendship between two prostitutes, and is directed by Fernando L
  • Tazza: The High Rollers (Tajja)

    Dir/scr: Choi Dong-hoon. S Kor. 2006. 139mins.The undisputed homegrown box-office champion of late inSouth Korea - where it took some three million admissions in its first fortnight- Tazza: The High Rollers is a gambling caper thatraces off from the word go and doesn't slow down for the next 139 minutes.Choi Dong-hoon, whose feature The Big Swindle indicated his interestin the genre, shift
  • Telepool picks up Gilles

    Germany's Telepool has acquired German and Austrian rights to Belgian box office hit Gilles from Sola Media. The story, about a 12-year-old boy and his passion for football, scored 230,000 admissions in Belgium. The deal was negotiated by Beatrix Wesle for Sola Media and Marc Gabizon and Silke Wilfinger for Telepool.
  • Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny

    Dir: Liam Lynch. US. 2006.97mins.Jack Black's mock-rock duo Tenacious D may be atongue-in-cheek musical enterprise but it's had enough success to justify above-the-titlebilling on The Pick OfDestiny, a sweetly raunchy slacker comedy purporting to tell the story ofthe band's early struggle for rock 'n' roll legitimacy. While the comedy is tootargeted and uneven to attract broader demographics, college-age fans of '
  • TF1 AFM slate includes Paquet-Brenner double

    Heading into the AmericanFilm Market, French sales outfit TF1 International will be featuring an eclecticslate of new films including a one-two punch in very different styles fromdirector Gilles Paquet-Brenner. The first, a follow up to2003's successful action-comedy Gomez&Tavares, is Payoff 2, directed byPaquet-Brenner and Cyril Se
  • Thai Warrior sells to Japan, Brazil

    Following its sale to Magnolia Pictures at the beginning of themarket, hot Thai action title Dynamite Warrior (Tabunfire) has sold to Japan and Brazil.
  • Thailand's Five Star to start shooting Muay Thai Chaiya this month

    Thailand's Five Star isunveiling its latest project at AFM - Muay Thai Chaiya, a $2m action drama written and to be directed byKongkait Komesiri.Shooting is scheduled tostart in the second week of November for delivery next May.
  • The Core sells two to WPM in Thailand

    Korean sales company TheCore Studio has sold two titles to Thailand's WPM -black comedy actionpicture No Mercy For The Rude andLee Myung-Se's new project M. No Mercy For The Rude, about a killer who abides by his own rules to onlykill rude people, recently premiered at the Vancouver International FilmFestival. Core Studio sold North American rights to The Weinstein Company onthe eve of the AFM and is in talks with several US studios for a remake deal aswell.
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

    Dir: Michael Lembeck. US. 2006. 91mins.Straight-up, wholeheartedly earnest family films thatare not animated nor revolve around some form of animal are few and far between' and of this subset, many are driven only by primary colors and robust sounddesign. But The SantaClause 3: The Escape Clause, the third film in one of the most successful seasonal franchises,seems confident in its purpose and clear and focused in its tone and missi
  • The Waiting Room starts London shoot

    Roger Goldby's debut feature The Waiting Room has begun shooting in South London.The film, whose stars include Anne-Marie Duff and Rupert Graves, has been funded entirely by private investors including Sir Tim Rice with the cast and crew receiving a stake in the final film.The film will shoot for five weeks on location. The Waiting Room tells the story of two groups of friends, partners, colleagues and lovers, living and working alongside each other in Balham and unconnect
  • The Works takes UK rights for Prairie Home Companion

    The Works UKDistribution has acquired all UK rights to Robert Altman's A Prairie HomeCompanion from CapitolFilms.Capitol's head ofsales Eve Schoukroun negotiated the deal with Works UK Distribution managingdirector Mick Southworth and director of marketing Laurence Gornall. Altman's comedystars Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohanand John C Reilly in the backstage story of Garrison Keillor's fictitious radiovariety
  • THINKFilm closes sales on three titles with distributor trio

    THINKFilm is drawing stronginterest on its sales slate at AFM and has closed a number of deals on threetitles.Rights to Ripple Effect have gone to Luxor in Russia, HollywoodEntertainment in Greece, and Front Row in the Middle East.Ripple Effect stars Forrest Whitaker, who is earning rave reviewsfor his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland, and Virginia Madsen and centres on a fashiondesigner in the throes of a spiritual cris
  • THINKFilm International sells Young People Fucking

    THINKFilm International's penchant for risque material continuesapace as the new York-based company arrives at AFM with the comedy YoungPeople Fucking anddocumentary War Dance(working title).
  • Three world premieres among competition entries at Turin

    The line-up for the 24th editionof the Turin Film Festival (November 10-18) includes a feature film competitiondedicated to first and second works with a $26,000 (Euro 20,500) prize.The competition features internationaltitles from Algeria, Lebanon, Italy, USA, Spain, the Philippines, Japan, China,Iran, and Kazakhstan.The titles include world premieres from Italy'sMauro Santini (Flor Da Baixa), Filipino directorBrillante Mendoza (Manoro/The Teacher) and China'sXia
  • Tohokushinsha takes Japan on Scorsese's Stones doc

    Tohokusinsha FilmCorporation has acquired all Japanese rights to Martin Scorsese's documentaryfeature about The Rolling Stones which is one of the hottest titles at the AFM.Portugal's Lusomundo is alsoone of the first distributors to sign on for the film. Sales agent FortissimoFilms has also received multiple offers for territories including Spain, Italy,Aus/NZ, the UK, Benelux, Israel and Scandinavia and expects to close severalmore deals during the AFM. Paramount Pictures hasd
  • Torres to direct Sense & Sensibilidad for Camelot, Odd Lot

    Fina Torres will direct a Latino version of Jane Austen's SenseAnd Sensibility entitledSense And Sensibilidad forCamelot Pictures and Odd Lot Entertainment.
  • Tripper travels for Voltage

    Nicolas Chartier's Voltage Pictures has closed multiple territories on David Arquette's directorial debut The Tripper.Sales on the horror picture have been concluded in France (La Fabrique Du Film), CIS (Central Partnership), Benelux (Belga), Middle East (Gulf Film), Singapore (Golden Village), and Malaysia (Ram Indo).Jamie King, Thomas Jane, Jason Mewes, Lukas Haas, Paul Reubens and Balthazar Getty star in The Tripper, which follows a group of friends as they head to a weeke
  • Trust takes on sales of Kormakur's Jar City

    Danish salesoutfit Trust has taken on international sales of Baltasar Kormakur's JarCity. The film hasalready enjoyed the biggest opening in Icelandic history, racking up admissionsof over 60,000 - representing one in five of the population - since its releasein mid-October.All territoriesare open excluding Germany, where ADR has taken the rights, and Scandinavia,being handled by Scanbox. The film was produced by Nordisk and Bavaria Film.Jar City is adapted from a
  • Tsui Hark signs to direct The Eye 3 with Chan

    Leading Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark will direct The Eye 3 - the next installment in thepopular horror franchise - marking his first collaboration with producerPeter Ho-sun Chan.
  • Turin competition includes Serra's Honor de Cavalleria

    The 24th edition of theTurin Film Festival, Italy's'cutting-edge film event, has unveiled itscomplete line-up. Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers will kick off'thefestival, which runs Nov 10-18.This year's competition offirst and second features includes a mix of international titleshailing'from Algeria, Lebanon, Italy, the US, Spain, the Philippines,Japan,'China, Iran and Kazakhstan.Four world premieres includeFlor da Baixa'by MauroSantini (Italy), The Teacher (Man
  • Turtle Family (Familia Tortuga)

    Dir/scr: Ruben Imaz Castro. Mex. 2006. 130mins.Turtle Family heralds Ruben Imaz Castro as the next voice from theMexican co
  • TWC buys North American rights to Klaus Barbie doc

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has bought North American rights fromWild Bunch to Kevin MacDonald's upcoming Klaus Barbie documentary My Enemy'sEnemy.
  • UK effects house The Mill to open Los Angeles facility

    UKadvertising and visual effects group The Mill is planning to open a majorfacility in Santa Monica, California.
  • UK film Focus sets 2007 dates for June 25-28

    The London UK Film Focus hasset its 2007 dates for June 25-28 and will move to its new home at therenovated BFI Southbank. The fourth LUFF will invite150 buyers to screen about 40 British films. The event has yet toannounce further plans for its new Production Finance Market, a CineMart-styleevent for new UK productions. LUFF plans to continue twostrands introduced this year, Breakthrough, screenings of films seeking salescompanies, and Footage Screeni
  • UK film Focus sets 2007 dates for June 25-28

    The London UK Film Focus hasset its 2007 dates for June 25-28 and will move to its new home at therenovated BFI Southbank. The fourth LUFF will invite150 buyers to screen about 40 British films. The event has yet toannounce further plans for its new Production Finance Market, a CineMart-styleevent for new UK productions. LUFF plans to continue twostrands introduced this year, Breakthrough, screenings of films seeking salescompanies, and Footage Screeni
  • Universal wins remake battle for Korea's The Host

    Universal Pictures has won a hard-fought battle forEnglish-language remake rights to Bong Joon-ho's South Korean horror smash TheHost.
  • Venture capitalist Hoff to finance Vertigo chiller Echo

    Roy Lee and Doug Davison'sprolific LA-based production outfit Vertigo Entertainment has secured thebacking of venture capitalist Robert Hoff and his new company RightOffEntertainment to fully finance The Echo, aremake of 2004 Filipino thriller Sigaw.Hoff, a general partner atCrosspoint Venture
  • Volver, Babel bookend Goa International Film Festival

    Pedro Almodovar's Volver will open the 37th International FilmFestival of India Goa which runs from Nov 23 to Dec 3. Alejandro GonzalezInarritu's Babel is the closingnight film.Films from 40 countries willbe screened in the "Cinema Of The World" section and the festival will featureretrospectives of the work of actor Javier Bardem and director Rolf de Heer.The themes of this year'sfestival are "Diversity Of Indian Cinema" and "The Whole World Is One Family"with Sha
  • Watts and Weaving among Australian Film Institute awards noms

    TheAustralian Film Institute (AFI) has announced the nominees for itsinternational awards categories.T
  • Weinsteins and BBC Films find meerkat love

    The Weinstein Company (TWC)and BBC Films will co-finance African wildlife feature The Meerkats, which is scheduled for a November shoot inthe Kalahari Desert.TWC holds worldwide rightsand international chief Glen Basner and his team will introduce the projectto buyers here at AFM. For the first time BBC Films will collaborate withthe BBC Natural History Unit and jointly produce the picture, which willexplore the lives of a family of African plains meerkats and their dailystruggl
  • Weinsteins and IFC make joint buy of Black Sheep

    The Weinstein Company (TWC)and IFC Entertainment have jointly acquired all North American rights toJonathan King's horror-comedy Black Sheep on the back of its popular world premiere screening at Toronto.IFC will release through itsFirst Take day-and-date distribution label and TWC will release on DVD throughGenius Products. Philippa Campbell produced the saga of a catastrophic genetic experimentthat transforms sheep into blood-thirsty killers. The project wa
  • Welsh student festival Ffresh gets backing from new Film Agency for Wales

    The Ffresh Student MovingImage Festival, held annually in Aberystwyth, Wales, has received backing fromthe newly established Film Agency for Wales.The agency has set up an $85,840(£45,000) funding package for the festival, which will be held Feb 15-16 at AberystwythArts Centre. The event is now in its sixth year, and it supports emerging Welshtalent."Our investment in theFfresh Student Moving Image Festival demonstrates our commitment to nurture newfilm and media talent in Wales
  • Wide finds more buyers for Fissures and Gradiva

    France-based Wide Managementhas booked several new deals at the AFM. Pierre-Yves Borgeaud's Youssou N'Dourdocumentary Return To Goree hasbeen sold to Alcine Terran for Japan, with US and UK deals being negotiated.Alain Robbe-Grillet'serotically charged drama Gradivaand David Tamagi's romantic story Paper Moon Affair were both bought by AT Entertainment for Japan. Gradiva also sold to Overseas Movie for Singapore.Hot seller Fissures(Ecoute le temps)
  • Wide takes on sales for Kavaite's Ecoute Le Temps

    Paris-based Wide Managementhas added Alante Kavaite's Ecoute Le Temps to its line up going into the AFM. The Lithuanian film stars EmilieDequenne, Ludmila Mikael and Mathieu Demy and will be premiered at the AFIFest. US remake rights have been sold to Joe Dante with Edouardo Rodriguezattached to direct. Robert Rodriguez is lending a hand to script duties.Further, Retour A Goree, a music-themed documentary which follows Youssou N'Douras he organizes a c
  • Wild Bunch boards new films from Macdonald, Roeg, Gordon Green

    Ever-aggressive Frenchoutfit Wild Bunch has added new films by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald, veteranBritish auteur Nicolas Roeg, US indie darling David Gordon Green and Frenchmaster Alain Corneau to its AFM slate.Macdonald's new featuredocumentary My Enemy's Enemy,which follows his dramatic debut The Last King Of Scotland, promises to be especially controversial. It willair startling new revelations about Klaus Barbie, the Nazi war criminal knownas "the Butcher Of Lyon."
  • Wild Bunch takes on Maverick's Stanford Prison Experiment

    Paris-based Wild Bunch hasboarded Maverick Films' upcoming The Stanford Prison Experiment.Wild Bunch will handleinternational sales while John Ptak and Philip Elway's Arsenal will representUS rights.The $11m film is to bedirected by Christopher McQuarrie who will produce alongside Mark Morgan andBrent Emery. Guy Oseary and Para Pirria will executive produce.The film is based on thetrue story of an experiment conducted at Stanford University in 1971 wherestudents ro
  • Wong Kar-wai remodels classic Ashes Of Time

    Wong Kar-wai is reworkinghis 1994 martial arts epic Ashes Of Time and the film is being sold at AFM by Fortissimo Films under the title AshesOf Time - Redux.Currently inpost-production, the project is described as the definitive version of thecritically-acclaimed film, which was shot by Christopher Doyle with Sammo Hungas action director.Wong corralled a cast ofAsia's leading stars - including the late Leslie Cheung, Tony LeungChiu-wai and Maggie Cheung - to make t
  • Writer/director Leonard Schrader dies of heart failure

    Oscar-nominated screenwriterand director Leonard Schrader died of heart failure in Los Angeles on Nov 2. In his work, Leonard shared hisyounger brother Paul Schrader's obsession with exploring death and violence.Some of his best-known filmsare those he wrote with his brother, among them The Yakuza and Blue Collar. He also wrote and directed Naked Tango (1991) and received an Oscar nomination for hisscreenplay for Hector Babenco's Kiss Of The

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