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8 July 2004

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  • ...while industry opening records broken in 12 international territories

    Sony's Spider-Man 2 launched its international run with a powerful $43m haul from morethan 28 territories at the weekend, fuelled by a spectacular Asian blitz thatdefied a typhoon and beat all-time records in seven out of eight markets.
  • A Home At The End Of The World

    Dir: Michael Mayer. US.2004. 93mins.Can a movie be too short' Broadway theatre directorMichael Mayer and novelist Michael Cunningham have opted for an ultra-concisemovie treatment of Cunningham's celebrated first novel (1990), which traces thefriendship between two boys over 30 years in just 93 minutes. The effect is afilm which feels like it's been cut down from a miniseries - fleeting episodesin the lives of the characters which don't add up to much more t
  • Artificial Eye snags Moolaade for UK

    ArtificialEye has picked up Moolaade, the winner of best film in Un Certain Regardat Cannes this year.TheUK distributor is opening the film in March next year. Directed by veteran Senegalese filmmakerOusmane Sembene, it deals with the subject of female genital mutilationcircumcision and is dedicated to women struggling to abolish the practice.
  • AUSTRALIA 5 July

    Columbia TriStar secured 441 prints for Spider-Man 2 for its opening weekend, four more than UIP's Shrek 2 was released on two weeksearlier, but the A$7,132,602 gross of the red superhero came nowhere nearneither the first nor the second weekend of the green giant.Five openers besides Spideyhit the chart on the weekend but only Roadshow's New York Minute was released on more than 10 screens. It grossedA$6
  • Bale, Thewlis & Taylor join cast of The New World

    Christian Bale, DavidThewlis, Noah Taylor and Q'orianka Kilcher (pictured) have joined the cast of TerrenceMalick's The New World which NewLine Cinema plans to release in Nov 2005.The new cast members joinColin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, August Schellenberg and Wes Studi in thefilm which is Malick's first film since The Thin Red Line in 1998. Set afterthe founding of the Jamestown settlement in 1607 in America, it tells the lovestory of Captain John Smith (Farrell) and
  • Buddy, Beautiful Country lead Amanda nods

    Two local films have dominated the nominations for the 20thNorwegian film and TV awards, the Amandas, which will be handed out during theHaugesund Film Festival on Aug 27.Hans Petter Moland's international refugee drama BeautifulCountry and Morten Tyldum's romantic comedy Buddy receivednominations for best film and best script, and Buddy's Anders BaasmoChristensen was also tipped as best actor. Lars Göran Pettersson's Bázowas the dark horse and thi
  • Czechs launch new documentary market

    The Czech International Documentary Film Festival inJihlava is to launch the first ever market for Eastern and Central Europeandocumentaries, it was announced during this week's Karlovy Vary Film Festival.Called East Silver, the launch comes as documentaries arereaching new heights of popularity, particularly in the theatrical market.Acollaboration with the Institute for
  • Dan Glickman succeeds Jack Valenti as head of MPAA

    JackValenti formally resigned yesterday from his position as president and CEO ofthe Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) after 38 years in the job, ashis successor Dan Glickman (pictured) was named.
  • Dawn Of The Dead crosses $95m worldwide for Strike, Universal

    Universal/Strike's Dawn Of The Dead crossed $95m at the worldwide box officethis week after adding $400,000 in 13 markets through UIP at the weekend.
  • Day After Tomorrow sweeps past $500m for Fox

    The Day After Tomorrow, 20th Century Fox's eco-disaster epicdirected by Roland Emmerich, has passed the $500m mark at the worldwide boxoffice after six weeks on release.As of Tuesday July 6, thefilm's domestic gross was $177.28 and its international gross was $322.84m,bringing its wordwide total to $500.12m.The film opened with 108number one openings over the May 26 to May 31 holiday weekend and grossed aglobal total of $187m in that six-day period.Its cumulative t
  • Docs join Sarajevo's Human Rights Award competition

    Fernando Perez's melancholy portrait Suite Habana which is the talk of town in Cuba this summer, AndreiNekrasov's investigation into a 1999 apartment bombing in Moscow in Disbelief, and Jehane Noujaim'schronicle of Al Jazeera in Control Roomare among ten documentaries selected for the Panorama Documentary sidebar ofthis year's Sarajevo Film Festival.The full line-up is as follows:Born Into Brothels- Zana Briski, Ross
  • DVD market to peak in 2007-08

    Home entertainment softwarerevenues will peak at $60bn in 2008 before sliding slightly to $57bn in 2010 asthe DVD sector replaces VHS then settles into a pattern associated with amature industry, according to forecasts released yesterday by Informa Media. The figures compare with a total home entertainment market worth $52bn in 2003.The slowing growth figures are sure to provide a key talking point at the forthcoming DVD: Home Cinema Summit conference organised by Screen Inte
  • DVD specialist Anchor Bay goes theatrical

    Anchor Bay UK is to take the plunge into British theatricaldistribution. The DVD company, which has built its reputation on the back ofits restorations of classic and cult pictures, has three titles already slatedfor release in British cinemas later this year.The Manson Family is out on July 23rd in London.Don Coscarelli's comedy-horror picture Bubba Ho-Tep (billed as the"king of rock vs. the king of the dead") and Tobe Hooper's ToolboxMurders, will both receive 25
  • Edukators wins Support at Munich festival

    Hans Weingartner's Cannes competition film The Edukators(Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei) was the big winner at this year's GermanCinema Support Prize which was presented at this week's Munich Film Festival.Prizes in three of the four categories were taken byWeingartner's film: the Euros 40,000 Prize for Best Director, the Euros 10,000Prize for Best Actor to Stipe Erceg (also for his performance in Such MichNicht), and the Prize for Best Screenplay to Weingartner andco-scree
  • Eurimages bankrolls Kahn, Chereau features

    New feature projects by Cedric Kahn, Jan Svankmajer andPatrice Chereau are among 12 European co-productions which have been awarded atotal Euros 4.64m by the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages.The largest single amount - Euro 600,000 - was given to byCedric Kahn's L'Avion, which explores a child's universe and starsIsabelle Carre, Vincent Lindon and Lambert Wilson. The film is set up as aEuros 10m Franco-German co-production between Fidelite and Berlin-based AkkordFilm Pr
  • European box office set for steady mid-term growth

    Box office revenues across the seven major Western Europeanterritories are set to reach $5.5bn by 2008 according to a new report byindustry analysts Dodona Research - a rise of 42% on current levels.Although the seven territories saw a combined admissionsslump of 50 million last year, box office revenues across Austria, France,Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland still hit almost $4bn in 2003,thanks to ticket price increases and the weakness of the dollar against theEuro.
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 heats up France

    Frenchsales house Wild Bunch has announced that Fahrenheit 9/11 landed in 5th place for opening day scores so farthis year when the film debuted on Wednesday in France.MarsDistribution, which is handling the release, sent the film out on 28 prints inParis and noted that the first screening at 2:00pm welcomed 4,372 moviegoers.Michael Moore's Palme d'Or-winningdocumentary, which had its premiere at the currently ongoing Paris Cinemafestival, falls only behind Harry Potte
  • Filmstiftung NRW bankrolls Euro co-productions

    New feature projects byRaoul Ruiz, Michael Caton-Jones and Cedric Kahn are among several Europeanco-productions receiving production support from Filmstiftung NRW in its latestround of funding.A total of Euros 7.1m wasallocated to 36 projects. The largest amount - Euro 1m - was given to CedricKahn's Franco-German co-production L'Avion about a magical aeroplanewhich helps a young boy and his mother to come to terms with the father'sdeath. The co-production between Fidelite and Ak
  • First Run checks out Torremolinos 73 for US

    Spain's Sogepac has sold all US and Canadian rights onits quirky comedy Torremolinos 73 toFirst Run Features.The movie, which swept the boards at the Malaga FilmFestival last year and went on to take Euros 1.8m locally, has been dubbed the"Spanish Boogie Nights".The deal with First Run follows a slew of new sales to theUK (Tartan), Italy (Buskin Film), France (Epicentre), Greece (PCV), Turkey(Barbar Film), former Yugoslavian territories (AG Market), Puerto Rico (Wi
  • Five new Swedish features get state funding

    Five newSwedish feature films have been greenlit after securing support from theSwedish Film Institute.HenryMeyer's drama Four Weeks In June (Fyra Veckor I Juni), about a girl whois fed up with men and love, will be produced by Peter Kropenin of OmegaFilm. The film received $653,000 (SEK5m) in state funding and is set to premiere in August
  • FRANCE 2 July

    Shrek 2 blew thedoors off French theatres this week with a stunning 2.2 million tickets sold inits first 7 days.The film broke records for first day for an animated film inFrance, shoving aside former title holder FindingNemo. The Harry Potter threequel held fast in second position to increaseits cumulative take after 4 weeks to $39.3m.New film Les Fils DuVent, a new outing from the same group of kids who starred in hit actionfilm Yama
  • France told to overhaul film advertising law

    The European Commission hasformally demanded that France revisit its laws regarding advertising for filmsand books.France is one of the rare countriesto have legislation outlawing television adverts for films and books. TheCommission noted that the laws "violate the freedom of those who offer theseservices." Should France not respond favorably to the suggestions within thenext two mon
  • GERMANY 7 July

    The warm summer weather andthe competition from the Euro 2004 Championship final on Sunday evening clearlydidn't stop people going to the cinema as Shrek2's admissions of over 1.2m were over five times higher than Harry Potter's 243,431.Meanwhile, with the Tour deFrance cranking up last weekend, Pepe Danquart's documentary about thegruelling cycle race Hoellentourcontinued to amaze: the number of prints has now
  • Hamburg gives into protests against funding cuts

    Themonth-long wave of protests against the proposals by Hamburg's Culture SenatorKarin von Welck to cut funding for FilmFoerderung Hamburg (FFHH) by 50% has hadthe desired effect.Accordingto German press reports on Wednesday afternoon (July 7), the Senate forEconomics & Labour is to provide at least Euros 2m from its economicfunding budget for Ha
  • Harry Potter flies high in Japan with $11.5m in second weekend

    Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban grossed an estimated $26.2m from morethan 8,460 screens in 50 countries at the weekend, raising its internationalrunning total to $369.4m.
  • High costs hit Irish production business

    The state of the Irish film industry came under thespotlight in the Irish Dail (parliament) last week, where it was claimed thatnot one feature film has started production in the country in the past sixmonths."It is not correct to say the Irish film industry isbeing shunned. Ireland is an extremely attractive location for incoming filmproducers and productions," said Irish arts minister John O'Donoghue,responding in the Dáil to the suggestion that the Republic of Ireland islosing
  • Hollywood Film Festival teams with IDA for documentary showcase

    The HollywoodFilm Festival has teamed up with the International Documentary Association(IDA) for a special focus on documentaries at this year's festival which runsOct 12 to 18 in Los Angeles.The documentaryfocus is comprised of Hollywood Docs Showcase which will screen documentarieswith a special focus on social and humanitarian themes, and the Hollywood DocsAccess Program, a series of roundtables which will provide documentarians withdirect access to agents, distributors and producer
  • Italian film industry lashes out at government cuts

    Italy's nationalassociation of independent directors and producers, API, has released astatement lashing out against the Italian government's decision to reduce statefunds for the local film industry.The Italiangovernment will cut its general fund for entertainment (FUS), (which includesfilm, opera, dance and theatre) by 20% in 2004 and by 25% in 2005, API said,adding that the government 'had already failed to increase the fund inrecent years despite devaluation.'
  • Jackie Chan embarks on Hong Kong adventure

    Production restarted this week at Shanghai Film Studio onJackie Chan's new project which reunites the star with Hong Kong actiondirector Stanley Tong.Produced by Chan's JCE Movies, the US$15-20m actionadventure has the working title The Mythand also stars Tong Leung Ka-fai and hot up-and-coming Indian actress MallikaSherawat.Chan reportedly plays an Indiana Jones style archeologist inthe film which is shooting at several locations in China and India. The filmalso shot for
  • JAPAN Production Listings - July 6 2004

    JAPAN - July 7PRE-PRODUCTIONGODZILLA FINAL WARS(Toho Studio) Backers: Toho. Dist (Jap): Toho. The final installment of thefamous Japanese monster Godzilla series. Set in the near future, this time themutant monsters simultaneously attack New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai.Prod: Shogo Tomiyama. Dir: Ryuhei Kitamura. DoP: Takumi Furuya. Main cast:Masahiro Matsuok
  • Japanese filmmakers turn to the past

    It's not surprising that Japanese producers are making morefilms with the aid of digital technology, from DG cameras to animation paintprograms. Much of it is developed in Japan, even if its products are no longermade there. (The Japanese are almost as eager to outsource manufacturing andtech jobs as the Americans and happen to be a lot closer geographically andculturally to their Asian subcontractors.)But for all their futuristic gear, filmmakers are lookingmore at the past, cinematic
  • Japanese megahit crosses box office milestone

    Isao Yukisada's mega-hitromantic drama Crying Out For Love In The Center Of The World recordedits five millionth admission in Japan on June 30, its 54th day of release,while its box office totalled $62.3m (Y6.73bn).After seven weeks in thetheatres, Crying Out For Love was still ranked number two on the KogyoTsushin nine-major-cities chart.Distributor Toho expects itto definitely pass the Y8.0bn ($74m) mark, with Y10.0bn ($92.6m) notimpossibility.US studios a
  • Karlovy Vary maintains its youth appeal

    With both the wet Czech summer and loss of the nationalfootball team playing in the Euro 2004, the 39th edition of the Karlovy VaryFilm Festival got off to a good start on July 2, as audiences could commit tothe films without distraction.Early fears that Sunday night's Championship final wouldovershadow the local competition film, Champions,were put to rest as the Czechs seemed to ignore the game in protest, makingother guests watch the game at bars around town.As in rece
  • Karlovy Vary withdraws Slovenian film from competition

    Slovenian director Metod Pevec's Beneath Her Window isbeing withdrawn from Karlovy Vary International Film Festival's (July 2 -10)official competition because it was shown at last November's film festival inLjubljana.International producer body FIAPF's director general Bertrand Moullierapproached Karlovy Vary's artistic director Eva Zaoralova at last week'smeeting of European Coordination of Film Festivals in Brussels to inform herthat the film had already been screened at an in
  • Kenworthy named new BAFTA chairman

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts hasannounced that Duncan Kenworthy OBE has become its new chairman, succeedingoutgoing chair Michael Attwell after his two year tenure. Attwell will continue to serve the Academyas deputy chair for a further year.Meanwhile, the elections to decide the British Academy'sCouncil of Management 2004/2005 have now taken place.Council members serve as directors and trustees of BAFTA, aregistered charity, and carry ultimate responsibility
  • King Arthur

    Dir:Antoine Fuqua. US-Ireland/UK. 2004. 115mins.Billedas 'The untold true story that inspired the legend,' producer JerryBruckheimer's big-budget King Arthur ditches the mysticism and most ofthe romance usually associated with Arthurian tales and attempts to replacethem with gritty historical realism - or at least with something that's asclose to gritty realism as a PG-13 summer movie gets. The result, as directedby Antoine Fuqua (Training Day
  • Korea unveils international co-production fund

    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has unveiled its firstsupport fund targeted at international co-productions.For 2004, one co-produced film will be selected by aspecially-appointed jury of film industry representatives, and granted amaximum of $250,000 (WON 300m).The fund applies to feature films (of at least 70 minutes)in the development, pre-production or production stages. At least 20% of the budget must be coveredby the Korean side, and all funds received must be spent within
  • Moolaade

    Dir:Ousmane Sembene. Senegal-Fr. 2004. 123minsBest intentions donot always make best films, and though there is no doubt about the relevance ofan issue as painful as female genital mutilation in Africa, Ousmane Sembene'streatment looks too much like an over-extended politically-correct tract thatwill not go far beyond the strict confines of ethnographic societies.Sembene,the dean of African cinema, lavishly piles up local colour, but
  • Motorcycle Diaries keeps on cranking in Italy

    Amidall the fervour over Michael Moore's documentary sensation Fahrenheit 9/11, there has been another modestly budgetedindependent film quietly showing box office promise in the face of stiffcompetition from the onslaught of big budget Hollywood blockbusters. Only thisparticular sleeper happens to have been made in the Spanish language.WalterSalles' The Motorcycle Diaries,which opened seven weeks ago in Italy, has already topped the box office grossof Lost In Translat
  • Nair launches Sundance Institute of the East

    Film-maker Mira Nair haslaunched a film-maker laboratory dedicated to developing and supportingvisionary screenwriters and directors from East Africa and South Asia. CalledMAISHA, the initiative is based on the Sundance Institute model.The first annual MAISHA labwill focus on screenwriting and is scheduled to take place in Aug 2005 inKampala, Uganda. From Aug 2006, the lab will include select 12 directors andscreenwriters from East Africa, South Asia and their respective diasporacommun
  • New NYC film festival launched for young women film-makers

    A new film festival wasunveiled in New York City yesterday for young, emerging female film-makersbetween the ages of 16 and 25. Entitled Reel Girls Filmmakers On The Verge,the festival will run Nov 4 to 6.Organised by artsorganization Gen Art and teen magazine YM, the event will feature three seriesof short films from between 15 and 25 young film-makers as well as an openingnight celebration hosted by a committee of established female film-makers,actresses and producers, a semina
  • NEW ZEALAND 5 July

    Spider-Man 2grossed NZ$1,156,748 from 75 screens on its opening weekend for ColumbiaTriStar. The result secured it the top position but only just: the filmattracted only about NZ$3,500 more in ticket sales than UIP's Shrek 2, which is in its third weekendin cinemas and is on 10 more screens.The best performer of the three other opening films was New York Minute, which is being h
  • NORTH AMERICA 7 July

    Warner Independent Pictures kicked off business over theweekend with the opening of its first picture Before Sunset, a Castle Rock production starring Ethan Hawke andJulie Delpy reprising their roles from the 1995 two-hander Before Sunrise.Both films were directed by Richard Linklater. The movieopened well for the new studio division run by Mark Gill, taking $311,194 from20 screens for an average of $15,560.With five films set for the rest of 20
  • North American box office basks in Spider-man 2's holiday glory...

    Sony executives have estimatedfour and six-day opening records for Spider-Man 2 in a triumphant Independence Day holiday weekend, tempered only by thefact that the original picture's legendary three-day mark remained unbeaten.
  • Obituary: Fred Turner

    FredTurner, former head of Rank Film Distributors (RFD), has died aged 71.Turnerjoined Rank as a tea boy in 1946. He first worked for Eagle Lion, then Rank'soverseas distribution arm, before working his way up through the company tobecome financial controller and, in 1981, managing director.Heremained at Rank until 1997, when he retired on its sale to CarltonCommunications, which eventually dismantled the company. In all, he worked for50 years at Rank, his only employer apart fr
  • Obituary: Oscar nominee Peter Barnes

    Oscar-nominated British playwright, screenwriter anddirector Peter Barnes died this week.Oscar nominated for his screenplay Enchanted April, Barnes' prolific career included the Oscarnominated The Ruling Class,starring Peter O'Toole, Hard Timesand Olivier Award winner Red Noses.
  • Odeon auction attracts host of bidders

    A massive 15 bids for the UK's Odeon cinemas are understood to havebeen submitted ahead of last Friday's (July 2) auction deadline.Bids for the UK's largest cinema circuit, reported to be inthe region of £370m, were expected from a number of venturecapital-backed firms, including Guy Hands' Terra Firma Capital Partners,Michael Green's Tangent - with backing from JP Morgan Partners and WarburgPincus, and private equity firm HgCapital.Other bidders expected to have made an offer i
  • Our Music (Notre Musique)

    Dir/scr: Jean-Luc Godard. France 2004. 80minsA characteristically encyclopaedic disquisition onwords, images and war, the latest essay-fiction from Jean-Luc Godard is notobviously as visually striking as its predecessor, Eloge De l'Amour, andis considerably more dense verbally. But this three-parter shows Godard to beas perplexing and provocative as ever.
  • Ramallah festival revs up with Motorcycle

    The inaugural Ramallah International Film Festival (RIFF)kicks off today (July 8) with a special screening of Walter Salles' TheMotorcycle Diaries.RIFFis the first ever international film festival to be held in the PalestinianTerritories, and launches with a programme of some 70 films including MarcoBellocchio's Buongiorno, Notte, Michael Winterbottom's In This World
  • Shrek 2 sparkles in UK

    Shrek 2 added $76.7mto its international gross last weekend headed by record-breaking performancesin the UK and Spain.The UK/Ireland launch on July 2 yielded theterritory's biggest ever three-day opening weekend, excluding previews,with $19.4m (£10.6m) taken from 512 locations. This included theterritory's biggest ever Saturday gross taking $8.2m (£4.5m), aheadof Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets'$7.9m (£4.3m).With the previous weekend's two days of previews
  • Sommersturm, Napola spark Munich buzz

    Marco Kreuzpaintner's coming out tale Sommersturm and Dennis Gansel's World War II drama Napola, which received its world premiere in competition atKarlovy Vary on July 4 (Sunday), created a buzz among international buyersattending the Munich Previews during this year's Munich Film Festival.One Scandinavian distributor told ScreenDaily.com that the two films - which are both handled byBavaria Film International - "definitely have a potential in cinemasoutside of Ge
  • South Africa unveils tax breaks to attract foreign shoots

    South Africa plans to offer about $41m (R252m) in taxincentives to local and foreign film companies over the next three years topromote the country as a prime filming location, Trade and Industry MinisterMandisi Mpahlwa said this week.Companies would have to spend at least $4m (R25m) inproduction costs to qualify for a rebate of a maximum $1.6m (R10m).International companies producing films in South Africawould be awarded a 15% rebate of their total expenditure, while local comp
  • SPAIN 7 July

    The latest figures from industry data tracker Nielsen EDIshow that contrary to early figures from UIP Shrek 2 has actually recorded the highest ever three-day opening inSpain.The animated sequel claimed Euros 6.1m, finishing ahead oflast year's The Lord Of The Rings: TheReturn Of The King which set the previous three-day record of Euros 5.99m.Shrek 2 actuallyopened on Wednesday (June 30) in Spain and has taken Euros 8.3m in total overthe
  • Spanish film enjoys upswing in admissions

    Intheir exhaustive annual analysis of the entertainment sector in Spain publishedyesterday, the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) and the FundacionAutor have pinpointed a rise in fortunes for Spanish films in 2003 - to 15.8percent of the market, up from 13 percent in 2002. However, overall, they foundaudience figures for all films are still down despite a rise in screens.T
  • Spider-Man 2 smashes opening day records

    Spider-Man 2 snared arecord $40.5m at the North American box office on Wednesday, beating itspredecessor to claim the biggest opening day ever in movie history.The first-day U.S.-Canadian haul for Spider-Man 2 passed the previous opening-day record of $39.4million set by the original Spider-Man movie in May of 2002 - all the more impressive since the first filmdebuted on a Friday.Fuelled by glowing reviews and a built-in fan base generatedfrom the first S
  • Spider-Man 2 spins multiple box office records

    Sony's Spider-Man 2 leapt into action over the Independence Day holiday weekend,easily ranking top as it spun an estimated $115.8m record gross for Friday toMonday and an all-time high of $180.1m in its first six days.Both marks stem from the sequel's $40.5m record opening day lastWednesday (Jun 30) and studio executives expect the picture to pass $200m byits eighth day this Wednesday (7). Spider-Man passed $200m in an unprecedented ninedays in May 2002.The only no
  • Spider-Man 2 spins multiple box office records

    Sony's Spider-Man 2 leapt into action over the Independence Day holiday weekend,easily ranking top as it spun an estimated $115.8m record gross for Friday toMonday and an all-time high of $180.1m in its first six days.Both marks stem from the sequel's $40.5m record opening day lastWednesday (Jun 30) and studio executives expect the picture to pass $200m byits eighth day this Wednesday (7). Spider-Man passed $200m in an unprecedented ninedays in May 2002.The only no
  • Thirst

    Dir. Tawfik Abu Wael.Israel-Palestine. 110mins.A typical choice for Critics' Week at Cannes this year,Tawfik Abu Wael's first film is slow, elaborate and spare and, while itfunctions perfectly as a metaphor, will have trouble keeping its audience alertonce its symbols have been adequately deciphered.A brave debut for the28-year-old director, an Arab-Israeli from Oum El Fahem (Mother of Coal inArabic), his grim portrayal of the dour patriarchal system res
  • Thumbs up for inaugural UK Film Focus

    Last week's inaugural UK London Film Focus (June 30-July 2)has received a qualified thumbs-up from the filmmakers, buyers and sales agentswho participated. Few deal memos were signed, some distributors questioned theoverall strength of the selection of British movies on display, but there hasbeen widespread praise of the way in which the event was organised.168film buyers attended, am
  • Till named as UK Film Council chairman

    Stewart Till will be thenew chairman of the UK Film Council, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announcedtoday.Till, currently deputychair of the council and chief executive of UIP, takes up the post for fouryears and starts on July 30. He will take over from outgoing chairman AlanParker.
  • Warner Japan launches Spicy Asia DVD label

    Warner Entertainment Japan has announced the launch of a newDVD label specialising in Asian films.Called Spicy Asia, the label will be overseen by the WarnerHome Video division.The first two titles, Kim Sung-su's 2001 period drama MusaThe Warrior and Chung Ji Woo's 1999 romantic drama Happy End, willbe released on August 6.This marks a first for Warner Home Video, which hadpreviously specialised in Warner Brothers releases.In its announcement Warner E

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