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9 February 2007

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  • 120 features, 180 shorts to screen at Mar del Plata

    The 22nd Mar del Plata International Film Festival (March 8-18) has announced its line-up.In his fifth and final year as Argentina's main festival director Miguel Pereira told Screen the event is increasing its focus on Latin America's emerging talents with a new cash award of $50,000 for the best film in a new section reserved for first and second features and documentaries to run parallel to the official competition. Among the tiles selected for the main competition are A
  • 20 features selected for Sundance grants

    The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme has announced its second round of grants for 2006 with 20 feature-length documentaries receiving a total of $600,000. The grants were selected by a committee of human rights experts and film professionals from more than 300 global projects. 'The films funded in this round represent a range of documentary style and innovation combined with issue-based storytelling that promise to be extraordinary,' said Cara Mertes, director of the
  • ACTRA strike at impasse despite mediation

    Canadian performers remain on strike as ACTRA and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) failed to reach a compromise despite two days of talks with a government-appointed mediator. Today, each side blamed the other for the deadlock. The point of contention is new media rights. ACTRA says it wants its members to be paid for new media like any other form of royalty, or else refer the issue to a joint committee for study. Producers argue that there is no revenue to
  • Adirondack slate

    Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens (American Masters/Thirteen/Wnet New York/Adirondack Pictures/Ranoah Productions). A documentary on photographer Annie Leibovitz. Directed by Barbara Leibovitz and featuring interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mick Jagger and Yoko Ono. Int'l sales: Fortissimo.The Night Of The White Pants (Harrison Prods/Adirondack Pictures). Written and directed by Amy Talkington, starring Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl and Selma Blair. A former Dallas powerbroker, su
  • Aku Louhimies back on his feet with She-Wolf

    Finnish director Aku Louhimies is is pushing ahead with his next project, She-Wolf, putting controversy over his last film behind him.Produced by Aleksi Bardy of Helsinki Film, the new film begins shootingin April. Based on a novel by Leena Lander, it is a love story set inthe Finnish civil war. Greek and German co-producers are on board the $2.2m drama which was presented in Rotterdam's CineMart lastyear.Once
  • Analysis: International box-office Weekend February 2-4

    (Last3-dayweek)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr1(2)The Pursuit Of Happyness (US)$16,472,2873,177$72,496,684232(1)Night at the Museum (US)$14,534,7374,291
  • Antena 3 on board for Woody Allen's Spanish project

    Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 has boarded the new Woody Allen film to shoot in Barcelona this summer with star Penelope Cruz.The network announced its participation in the film just days after Allen unveiled that Cruz would have a role.Through its production department Ensueno Films, Antena 3 will co-produce with Mediapro and Letty Aronson's Gravier Productions. The network has also acquired broadcast rights.With no confirmed title or shoot dates beyond summer 2007 in Barcel
  • Avanzit buys out Notro Films

    Spanish distributor and producer Notro Films has been acquired by media company Avanzit. Notro founding partner Jose Maria Irisarri, former CEO and current advisor of TV powerhouses Globo Media and Grupo Arbol, has been named executive president of Avanzit's media filial. Notro - which was launched in September 2004 by Irisarri, film veteran Adolfo Blanco and property developer Marcos Fernandez - is active in film, television and theatrical production and d
  • B2B Belgrade Industry Meetings names 12 pitch projects

    New feature films from Eastern Europe and Central Asia are among 12 projects to be pitched at this year's B2B Belgrade Industry Meetings from March 2-4.They include Branko Schmidt's Metastases (Croatia), Kirill Serebrennikov's Diva(Russia) and Rusudan Chkonia's Keep Smiling! (Georgia).In addition to the public pitchings and one-to-one meetings with po
  • Baker Street on road to US with Lionsgate

    Lionsgate has taken US rights from Relativity Media and Mosaic MediaGroup to the heist thriller Baker Street, also known as The Bank Job.ArclightFilms is handling international rights on the film, which stars JasonStatham and Saffron Burrows and recounts events surrounding an unsolved1971 bank robbery in London. Roger Donaldson is directing. Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais wrote the screenpl
  • Because I Said So

    Dir: Michael Lehmann US. 2007. 100mins. Diane Keaton leads a multi-generational female ensemble in Because I Said So, a mostly frothy and predictable romantic comedy that occasionally gets serious on subjects including mother-daughter relationships and even female sexuality. The cast and viewpoint could be enough to pull in a fairly diverse female audience, but it's doubtful that this Gold Circle Films production will appeal broadly enough to achieve more than a mid-leve
  • Berlin to host first conference of Mediterranean Euromed Programme

    Producers, directors and institutions from the Mediterranean countries will be meeting with representatives from Eurimages, CNC, the World Cinema Fund and Europa Cinemas, among others, at the first regional conference of the Euromed Audiovisual II Programme being staged during the Berlinale from Feb 10-11. The conference will take stock of the first year of the European Commission programme which was launched in March 2006 to develop cooperation between the European Union and 10 Mediterr
  • BFI, Bac sign French deal for Distant Voices Still Lives

    The British Film Institute struck a deal with Bac Films for all Frenchrights to the BFI's restoration of Terence Davies' Distant Voices StillLives. The BFI will re-release the film theatrically in the UK in April followed by a new DVD release. Bac Film's Jean Labadie negotiated the deal with BFI film sales managerJohn Flahive. Before the EFM, BFI also sold Australia and New Zealandrights to Sharmill Films. The BFI's oth
  • Biel steps in for Lohan in A Woman Of No Importance

    Jessica Biel has replaced Lindsay Lohan as the lead in the contemporary version of Oscar Wilde comedy A Woman Of No Importance, which Los Angeles-based Myriad Pictures is selling at the European Film Market in Berlin.Biel, who recently starred opposite Edward Norton in The Illusionist, will play Hester Worsely and joins Annette Bening and Sean Bean in the cast.Bruce Beresford is directing th
  • Bon Cop Canada 's top-grossing film for 2006

    Berlin market title and bilingual buddy cop movie Bon Cop, Bad Cop was named the recipient of the 2007 Golden Reel Award, a token prize presented annually at the Genie Awards to the top-grossing Canadian film from the previous year. Nominated in ten categories including Best Picture, the film broke the long-standing Canadian box office record of 1981 teen comedy Porky's, grossing over $10.3m (C$12.2m) in the qualifying period between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006. I
  • Boyle, Byrne, Thomas, and McCaul first Dublin Festival award winners

    Consolata Boyle, Gabriel Byrne, Jeremy Thomas and Brendan McCaul to receive first four Volta Awards. The inaugural Dublin International Film Festival Volta Awards for excellence in film were launched this evening by actor Stephen Rea. Oscar nominee Consolata Boyle (Costume Design - The Queen) became the first recipient of the award, for career achievement, at a ceremony in Dublin prior to returning to Los Angeles where she has been taking part in the Oscar trail for The Queen
  • Celluloid Dreams acquires Emotional Arithmetic

    Celluloid Dreams has acquired international rights to Emotional Arithmetic, it was announced today (Friday) in Berlin. The movie, produced by Triptych Media and BBR Productions, directed by Paolo Barzman and starring Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Byrne, Roy Dupuis and Max von Sydow is currently in post-production.Acquisitions and sales executive Charlotte Mickie brokered the deal with producer Anna Stratton.
  • Chic gears up to shoot Laffargue's Dakar-set Black

    French production outfit Chic Films has given a green light to a new film from director Pierre Laffargue set in present day Dakar and starring French rapper MC Jean Gab'1, Carole Karemera, Francois Levantal and Anton Yakovlev.The $4.1m (Euros 3.2m) Black is set to start shooting in Paris in late February and will continue in Dakar where MC Jean Gab'1's character, a Parisian gangster, travels to steal a diamond-filled suitcase.Canal Plus and
  • Chinese censors approve Lost In Beijing with major cuts

    Li Yu's Berlin competition title Lost In Beijing was finally passed by China's Film Reviewing Committee this afternoon. However the approved film is 15 minutes shorter than the original version according to the film's producer Fang Li. Zhang Hongsen, deputy director of the Film Bureau under the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), confirmed that the film was approved during this afternoon's meeting and will be allowed to screen as scheduled in competition at
  • Chris Petrikin named corporate comms senior vp at Fox

    Chris Petrikin has left William Morris Agency (WMA) and joined Twentieth Century Fox as senior vice president of corporate communications.Petrikin, a former trade journalist who previously served as WMA's senior vice president of corporate communications, will also oversee the studio's corporate advertising and charitable projects.'Chris is a strategic thinker who brings a unique blend of entertainment business knowledge and journalism experience to the table,' Fox co-pre
  • Cineclick sells rights to two features in Berlin

    Cineclick Asia has closed deals on Berlinale competition film Tuya's Marriage to Italy and Forum title Ad Lib Night to Japan. Italy's Lucky Red president Andrea Occhipinti signed with Cineclick managing director Young-joo Suh after viewing a rough cut tape of Wang Quan-an's Tuya in Rotterdam. 'It was a discovery for us - the film is both funny and tender,' says Occhipinti. 'It's an arthouse film with crossover potential - the word 'marriage' in the title is ve
  • Cinemavault takes international rights to Leeson doc

    Cinemavault Releasing International has acquired international rightsto Lynn Hershman Leeson's documentary Strange Culture, which isplaying in Panorama Dokumente following its world premiere atSundance.The film documents the ongoing legal battle of
  • Constantin extends pay TV rights deal with Premiere

    Constantin Film has extended its output deal with German pay TV channel Premiere for rights to its in-house and co-productions by another two years from January 1, 2007 to the end of 2008.In addition to highlights of the existing contract which was signed in February 2004, such as Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer and Heavyweights, the future deal includes pay rights to Leander Haussmann's new film Warum Maenner Nicht Zuhoeren Und Frauen Schlecht Einparken (which is
  • Contender strikes UK deal for Weirdsville

    Contender Entertainment Group has taken all UK rights from Shoreline Entertainment for Weirdsville. The black comedy recently opened the Slamdance Film Festival. Pump Up The Volume and Empire Records veteran Allan Moyle directed. Nicholas Tabarrok of Darius Films produced and Morris Ruskin of Shoreline executive produced. Weirdsville follows two slackers who assume their friend has had an overdose and try to bury her body; she wakes up during a cult rit
  • ContentFilm on board for William H Macy's directorial debut

    William H Macy will make his directorial debut with Keep Coming Back, to star Salma Hayek, Mos Def, Steve Buscemi and Macy himself. ContentFilm International has international sales rights, with CAA handling North America. Rachel Rothman, Tucker Tooley and Dan Keston are producing. The coming-of-age story, written by Will Aldis, follows an 18-year-old boy who has led a sheltered life due to a serious heart condition. He then meets an alcoholic ex-stripper, played by Hayek,
  • Controversial Black Friday finally cleared for release in India

    After being banned for 20 months, controversial docu-drama Black Friday, based on the 1993 bombings in Mumbai, is being released in India and overseas this Friday. Adlabs Films acquired the worldwide distribution rights and is releasing it on 100 screens in India, 10 in the USA and 3 in South Africa. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the film is based on a book by S. Hussain Zaidi which documents the 1993 bomb blasts that shook Mumbai. Black Friday is a cinematic representation o
  • Criterion commits to Berlin Alexanderplatz

    In what promises to result in its most lavish compendium to date, high-end US DVD distributor The Criterion Collection has bought US DVD rights Reiner Werner Fassbinder's monumental 939-minute Berlin Alexanderplatz: Remastered. The film is screening in its entirety today at the Volksbuhne, starting at 10am and finishing at 3am tomorrow morning. A gala premiere of the first two episodes took place on Saturday night at the Admiralspa
  • Cruz to star in Woody Allen film

    Confirming months of rumours, Penelope Cruz looks set to star in the Woody Allen film scheduled to shoot this summer in Spain.The untitled $18m (Euros 15m) comedy-drama will film all summer in Barcelona with Cruz speaking both Spanish and English in the film, which will be a co-production between Barcelona's Mediapro and Letty Aronson's Gravier Productions expected to star a mixed Spanish-American cast.Far and away Spain's hottest star at the moment, Cruz has been tapped
  • Cry Of The Owl picked up by Myriad

    Myriad Pictures has picked up worldwide sales on the upcoming UK-Canadian Patricia Highsmith adaptation Cry Of The Owl starring Sarah Polley and David Morrissey. Jamie Thraves adapted the screenplay and will begin filming in Canada in June. Julia Sereny of Canada's Sienna Films and MACT Production's Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre will produce, with the BBC's David Thompson serving as executive producer. Polley, whose directorial debut Away From Her screens in Pano
  • Dimension gets Buried Alive with Odd Lot

    Dimension Films has acquired the horror film Buried Alive from Odd Lot Entertainment's genre division Dark Lot.Tobin Bell, who plays the nefarious jigsaw in the Saw franchise, stars alongside Terence Ray and Leah Rachel in the story of a sorority initiation that goes wrong when a college student awakens an ancient spirit.Robert Kurtzman directed and Odd Lot Entertainment partners Deborah Del Prete and Gigi Pritzker served as produc
  • Don Johnson and Jackie Chan plan action comedy Pretty Baby

    Don Johnson and Jackie Chan are set to co-star in action comedy A Bullet For Pretty Baby. Arthur Sarkissian, who worked with Chan on the Rush Hour trilogy, is producing with George Edde. The contemporary San Francisco-set story is about a high-class pimp (Johnson) and small-time crook (Chan) both connected to the same woman, who overcome their differences to fight an Oakland ganglord.The pr
  • Dongsoong sets up production and distribution subsidiary

    Korean arthouse distributor and exhibitor Dongsoong Art Center has set up a subsidiary, JinJin Pictures, to handle production and distribution, with a new additional focus on commercial films.JinJin Pictures chief executive officer Nan-sook Kim is at the EFM shopping for films with Tae-Won Jung from her Business Strategy Plan & Distribution department. 'We buy about eight films a year, so we'll probably pick up a couple at this market as well. It's Berlin, so more likely
  • Dresdner Kleinwort explores European 'fund of funds'

    Having pumped more than $4.6bn into a variety of Hollywood slate deals in the past two years, German bank Dresdner Kleinwort is now looking at Europe to see whether a similar co-financing structure could enable a portfolio of European films from different production sources. The bank's New York-based media and entertainment chief Laura Fazio told Screen International's European Film Finance Summit yesterday that Dresdner is in the embryonic stages of preparing a $100-$130m 'fund o
  • Ealing strikes European deals for Carmen Electra project

    Ealing Studios International, the new sales arm of Ealing Studios, has licensed UK comedy I Want Candy in three key territories prior to the film's market premiere at the EFM. Square One Entertainment took German theatrical rights, while Revolutionary Releasing has taken rights for Eastern Europe excluding the CIS. Buena Vista previously took the UK rights to the comedy starring Carmen Electra, Tom Riley, Tom Burke and Michelle Ryan. The story follows two would-be filmmaker
  • Easternlight opens in Singapore, schedules Dance Of The Dragon

    Easternlight Films has opened a production and distribution arm in Singapore. Easternlight Film Productions' pictures will be sold internationally through partner company Easternlight/Arclight Films. The new outfit states it will be 'a first for Singapore, a one-stop shop for feature films from script development to post-production,' specialising in Asian content aimed at international audiences. Writer/director Max Mannix, Robin Leong, and award-winning director of photography Jo
  • Editorial - Screen says - Window of choice

    In the middle of a debate on the impact of new technologies on cinema in Rotterdam recently, there was a beautiful intervention from the floor.Lia van Leer, founder of the Jerusalem Film Festival, recalled how in the 1950s she had driven a mobile cinema to kibbutzim in the young Israel with a missionary passion for film. It was meant to be a contrast with the new generation of multimedia-savvy film folk who were getting excited about how new media was opening up new ways to reach custo
  • Essential picks up Solomon Kane, Killing Suki Flood

    Fledgling US consultancy, financier and sales agency Essential Entertainment has picked up international rights from producer Samuel Hadida to Solomon Kane and Killing Suki Flood.Solomon Kane is an epic adventure based on the classic comic book by Robert E Howard about a mercenary who strives to redeem himself after selling his soul to the Devil. Michael Bassett will commence filming in Prague in May.Killing Suki Flood is an action thriller based on Rob
  • ETF lines up Holland and Nettelback projects

    Germany's Egoli Tossell Films (ETF) is moving forward fast with new films from Agnieszka Holland and Sandra Nettelback in addition toMichael Hoffman's $20m Tolstoy drama The Last Station to star AnthonyHopkins and Meryl Streep.Holland is directing Peter & Catherine which ETF will co-produce withChris Curling's Zephyr Film. Chloe Sevigny is attached to play thePolish battlefield whore who falls in love with P
  • 'Explosion of creativity' driving global boom, says Universal co-chief

    An 'explosion of creativity' in the international market has transformed the global film economy, according to Universal Studios co-chairman David Linde.'A remarkable creative cross-pollination' had meant studios were now working in a diverse market with vital interests stretching from small local films to blockbusters, he told yesterday's Screen International European Film Finance Summit.Linde said Universal and its subsidiaries were building a business that could work a
  • Eye In The Sky (Gen Zong)

    Former Johnny To writer Yau Nai Hoi makes an astonishing genre film debut with Eye In The Sky. Slick, fast and at times even furious, it introduces a new directorial talent with considerable mastery of film language who should go far, even if his first work bears his master's imprint. A crime story of the type beloved by To (he produced the film), it is told in economic and effective fashion and made with calculated mathematical precision. It also features several To regulars, including Simon Ya
  • F&ME moves into UK distribution with Maiden Voyage

    Prolific UK production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) is entering into the distribution business with a new joint venture with London-based distributor Maiden Voyage Pictures. The companies will back the distribution business 50/50, and will release F&ME co-productions as well as third-party acquisitions, including those with F&ME's network of usual co-producers across Europe. The company plans to acquire all UK rights. The six-to-eight annual theatrical releases, usual
  • Film and TV production output worth $60.4bn in 2005, says MPAA

    Film and television production in 2005 generated more than 1.3m American jobs and $60.4bn in output to the US economy, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) chief Dan Glickman told delegates at a symposium in Washington DC yesterday [Feb 6].Glickman was speaking before the start of 'The Business Of Show Business', a one-day event staged to inform policy-makers about the needs and benefits of the industry.Reading from a report, 'The Economic Impact Of The Motion Pic
  • Financing - Money in the pipeline

    The newest funding source for film-makers is the Sound & Vision Fund, set up in 2005 by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI). Aimed at Irish film, TV and radio projects, it has an annual budget of $11.6m (EUR9m).In its first two rounds it has given sums up to $987,000 (EUR600,000) per project to Robert Quinn's Cre Na Cille, Tom Collins' Kings, Marian Quinn's 32A and Leonard Abrahamson's Garage, all of which will premiere this year. The use of the fun
  • Finishing the Game

    Dir: Justin Lin. US. 2007. 93mins. Following his foray directing the studio assignments Annapolis and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Justin Lin exhibits a warmer, more personal touch with Finishing the Game, a clever though very thin divertissement about filmmaking, Asian cultural stereotypes and the iconic representation of martial arts master Bruce Lee. In 1973, at the height of his international fame with the Hollywood-financed Enter the Drago
  • First Look pushing Untitled Larry Charles Project at EFM

    First Look International (FLI) chief Stuart Ford is lining up meetings with buyers at the European Film Market to discuss Larry Charles' anticipated follow-up to the global smash Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakstan.Charles is currently roaming the world shooting Untitled Larry Charles Project, a documentary in which he investigates the world's institutionalised religions.The project promises to be a controversial confe
  • Fog City, Caviar roll cameras on San Francisco romance

    Principal photography has begun on Around June, a romance being jointly produced by San Francisco-based Fog City Pictures and Los Angeles-based Caviar Films.Samaire Armstrong, Brad William Henke, Jon Gries and Puerto Rican newcomer Oscar Guerrero star in the story of a downtrodden young woman who falls for a penniless immigrant.The film will be shot entirely on hi-definition digital video in the San Francisco area. Fog City Picture
  • Fortissimo scores German hat trick with Kinowelt

    Fortissimo Films has closed a three-picture deal with Kinowelt Filmverleih consisting of Martin Scorsese's untitled Rolling Stones documentary, Christopher Guest's comedy For Your Consideration a
  • Fortissimo to sell LIVE! worldwide

    Fortissimo Films is handling worldwide sales rights excluding North America for Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag's LIVE! which is produced by Mosaic Media Group. A satire on the modern obsession with reality TV, the film follows an ambitious TV network executive played by Eva Mendes (Training Day, Hitch), who wants to produce a highly controversial Russian Roulette game show where contestants play for the highest possible stakes. Creator and executive pr
  • Fox buys UK and Australian rights to Scorsese's Stones documentary

    20th Century Fox International has picked up UK, Australia and New Zealand rights to Martin Scorsese's upcoming Rolling Stones documentary from international sales agent Fortissimo Films. As previously announced, Paramount will roll out the as-yet-untitled documentary in the US in late 2007. The film, which is centred around two New York concerts held last October during the Stones' A Bigger Bang tour, is currently in post-production. Financed by Steve Bing's Shangri-La Ent
  • Frears, Morgan and Sheen reunite for The Damned Utd

    The team behind Oscar-nominated The Queen will reunite for a project based on controversial 1970s English football manager Brian Clough, said producer Christine Langan, who recently joined BBC Films from Granada. Stephen Frears will direct The Damned Utd, while Peter Morgan is currently writing the screenplay adapted from David Peace's novel of the same name. The story follows the tumultuous time in the 1970s when Clough managed Derby County and Leeds United. Michael
  • Friend and Barr cast for Russian gangster movie

    UK actor Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) and Jean-Marc Barr (Dancer In The Dark) are attached as cast for US writer-director Tony Pemberton's $ 4.5m gangster movie Buddha's Little Finger based on the novel of the same name by Victor Pelewin.The film's Berlin-based producer Rohfilm has brought Mikhail Kalatozov's Kalatozov Fund onboard as Russian partner and has
  • Gaumont previews Leclerq sci-fi feature in Berlin

    Gaumont has announced a $12 million first feature from director Julien Leclercq.Chrysalis, is a science-fiction action thriller set in Paris in the year 2020 about two people with nothing in common: an innocent girl looking for her lost memories and a cop forced to pay for his.The cast includes Albert Dupontel and Melanie Thierry with technical assistance from Alain Figlarz, who has coordinated stunt work on such films as The Bourne Identity and Brotherhood Of The
  • Germany - Majestic bow for a former Senator

    When former Senator executive Benjamin Herrmann decided to join forces with film financing expert David Groenewold to launch a new producer-distributor Majestic Film into the German marketplace, he was not worried about an overcrowded landscape."I think if you filter out the completely undercapitalised companies which only release two to three films a year, you can clearly see that there are only about a dozen players in the market," Herrmann says."What we don't want to do is fo
  • Germany's Culture Minister bangs local drum at Berlinale opening

    Germany's State Minister for Culture Bernd Neumann was in a bullish mood at the gala opening ceremony for this year's Berlinale, which opened with La Vie En Rose on Thursday evening. Speaking in front of a select first-night audience including the team of opening film La Vie En Rose, the International Jury headed by screenwriter-director Paul Schrader, honorary guest Arthur Penn, EU commissioner Viviane Reding, Germany's Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, and Berlin's Gover
  • Glue picked up by Picture This!

    Picture This! Entertainment has picked up North American rights from Lumina Films to first-time director Alexis Dos Santos' film Glue: Historia Adolescente En Medio De La Nada (Adolescent Story In The Middle Of Nowhere). The comedy-drama traces the coming-of-age antics of three bored small-town teenagers and stars Nahuel Viale Munoz, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, and Ines Efon. Dos Santos produced with Soledad Gatt-Pascual of production company The Bureau, with financial s
  • Goldstein joins HBO Films as SVP

    Julie Goldstein has joined HBO as senior vice president of HBO Films, where she will assume responsibility for overseeing the development and production of the slate for theatrical release through Picturehouse. Goldstein will remain in New York to boost HBO Films' East Coast presence and will report to HBO Films president Colin Callender.Goldstein served at Miramax Films from 1993 to 2004 and rose to the position of executive vice president of international production and
  • Hannibal Rising

    Dir: Peter Webber. US. 2007. 121mins. Call it audacious, foolhardy or both, but Hannibal Rising, the prequel about Hannibal Lecter's origins dispenses with the stylish suspense of Silence Of The Lambs and Red Dragon/Manhunter and the campiness of Hannibal
  • Happy talk as Museum slips

    Sony happily knocked Fox's Night At The Museum off the top spot this week, as The Pursuit Of Happyness opened in an additional nine territories and took $16.5m at the weekend. While Night At The Museum slipped marginally - largely due to UK exhibitors pulling the film over a DVD release window spat - it still grossed $14.5m at the weekend. Oscar-nominated Dreamgirls shot up 155% to seventh spot, raking in nearly $5m as it opened in an additional five territories in
  • Hexagon launches martial arts label

    New Japanese distributor Hexagon Pictures has announced a production label specialising in action, Japanese Budo Action. 'We're doing something nobody else has done before in Japan. For action, the market is the world - it works everywhere,' says president Yoichi Sakai.The label's films will incorporate traditional Japanese martial arts like karate, judo kendo, and ninjas. Japanese Budo Action's first production is Kuro-obi
  • Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright goes with his gut for next films

    Several weeks before Hot Fuzz's now-successful launch, Edgar Wright seemedremarkably relaxed for someone on the verge of unleashing the much-anticipated follow-up to 2004's Shaun Of The Dead. It is not only fans, but also the industry waiting to see if the new film can match the runaway success of the low-budget British zombie comedy Shaun, which cost only $7.8m (£4m) to make but raked in more than $30m at the worldwide box office. The stakes are higher with cop comedy Hot Fu
  • Hounds (Jagdhunde)

    Dir: Ann-Kristin Reyels. Germany. 2007. 87mins.It's not easy to be cute and bleak at the same time, but Hounds, the debut feature from Ann-Kristin Reyels, pulls it off. An edgily tender coming-of-age story, it lays the acerbic social observation of Mike Leigh over the gritty provincial realism of the brothers Dardenne. It's let down only by its amb
  • Hyphenate highlights: selected John Singleton credits

    Four Brothers (2005): directorHustle & Flow (2005): producer2 Fast 2 Furious (2003): directorShaft (2000): writer-director-producerHigher Learning (1995): writer-director-producerBoyz N The Hood (1991): writer-directorJohn Singleton is best known, of course, as the writer-director of such films as Boyz N The Hood, his powerful 1991 debut about West Coast gang life, and Shaft, his 2000 take on a 1970s blaxploitation classic.Lately, though, th
  • IFC takes domestic rights to Day Night Day Night

    IFC Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Julia Loktev's drama Day Night Day Night and will release through its theatrical and cable day-and-date platform IFC First Take on May 9.The story centres on a young woman who arrives in New York on a mysterious mission of extreme social importance. Newcomer Luisa Williams stars alongside Josh Phillip Weinstein, Gareth Saxe, and Nyambi Nyambi. Melanie Judd and Jessica Levin produced.
  • IFTA Awards - Celebrating Irish cream

    Pierce Brosnan (The Matador), Colin Farrell (Miami Vice), Cillian Murphy (Breakfast On Pluto, and The Wind That Shakes The Barley), and Neil Jordan (Breakfast On Pluto) are a few of the internationally recognised members of the Irish film-making community among the nominees for this year's Irish Film and Television Awards (Iftas).Other internationally renowned Irish names nominated include DOP Seamus McGarvey (World Trade Center) and costume de
  • I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK

    Frustrating, whimsical, baffling and yet utterly original, Park Chan-Wook's new feature seems designed expressly to alienate those who were turned on to the Korean director by his revenge trilogy - Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Old Boy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. This tale of a psychologically fragile girl who thinks she's a cyborg and talks to vending machines is served up in
  • IMAX signs two cinema deals in China

    IMAX Corp and the China Science and Technology Museum have signed an agreement that will see two IMAX cinemas installed at a new museum in Beijing by early 2009. One cinema will feature IMAX wraparound Dome technology and the other its 3D technology. The new facility will be part of the capital's Olympic Park; Bejing is the host city of the 2008 Summer Olympiad. In a statement, IMAX co-chairmen and co-CEOs Rich Gelfond and Brad Wechlser pointed to the precedent of two-cinema installation
  • Independent takes on documentary In Search Of Diego

    London-based sales company Independent has picked up worldwide rights to documentary In Search Of Diego.The feature documentary, currently in post-production, follows five young UK freestyle footballers who travel the world to try to meet their hero Diego Maradona.Brothers Benjamin and Gabe Turner directed, while Leon Pearlman and Ben Winston of Fulwell 73 produced with Rebecca Green of Green Wolf Films.
  • Industry moves

    Chorot steps down as Gaumont CEOGaumont co-CEO Franck Chorot has stepped down from his post. Chorot will continue to work with the French major as an in-house producer as well as working on co-productions. Following a stint as the head of UIP France, Chorot returned to the Gaumont fold in 2000 to replace Pierre-Ange Le Pogam as deputy general manager of worldwide marketing and distribution. In 2004, he was named co-chairman of the studio along with Christophe Riandee.Fox makes k
  • InFrame on board for The Riddle starring Vinnie Jones

    UK and US sales company InFrame, a division of Hollywood Classics, has picked up worldwide rights to the $5m thriller The Riddle and will start sales at Berlin's European Film Market. Brendan Foley wrote and directed the story of a journalist, a police press officer and a tramp who who solve a series of murders inspired by an unpublished Charles Dickens novel. The cast features Vinnie Jones, Derek Jacobi, Julie Cox, Mark Asante, Gareth Hunt and Vanessa Redgrave. The Ridd
  • Iska's Journey, Konyec, Opium win top prizes at Hungarian Film Week

    Opium - Diary Of A Madwoman, from director Janos Szasz, dominated the awards of the 38th Hungarian Film Week. In total the film, which stars Ulrich Thomsen as an opium-addicted psychiatrist in love with mad patient, collected four awards at the festival's closing ceremonies Feb 6. Szasz was named Best Director. Tibor Mathe received the Best Cinematography award. Istvan Sipos, Manuel Laval and Matthias Schwab received the Golden Microphone Award for their sound work on t
  • Israel's The Bubble picked up by Strand

    Strand Releasing has snapped up US rights to Israeli director Eytan Fox's Panorama title, The Bubble, it was confirmed this week. The deal was negotiated between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Pierre Menahem of Scalpel Films. Strand Releasing plans an August opening for the film across the US. The aim now will be to emulate the success Fox's previous feature Walk On Water achieved in North America, where it grossed more than $2.7 million. (The film posted receipts in e
  • Italy soars, Japan and North America sour in global box office

    Six of the nine major territories saw increases in box office takings this week but drops in the North American and Japanese markets accounted for a virtually static year-on-year comparison, according to the Screen International Screen Index. Collective global grosses were boosted by just 0.19% compared to the same week last year despite impressive box office takings from Italy, Germany and the UK. Italy led the increase - the territory was up 52.3% compared to the same week last year
  • Japanese baseball star to head promotions for Bruckheimer movies

    Retired Japanese baseball star Tsuyoshi Shinjo has been tapped to head domestic promotions for three Jerry Bruckheimer productions slated for release in Japan in 2007. Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Buena Vista International (BVI) Japan chose the popular sports figure to lead promotions for three upcoming releases produced by hit-maker Bruckheimer. The three titles are Deja Vu (March 17), Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (May 26) and National Treasure: The Bo
  • Jentsch cast as Girl In The Cafe

    Silver Bear-winning actress Julia Jentsch (Sophie Scholl - The Final Days), who appears in Jiri Menzel's Competition film I Served The King Of England this year, has been cast opposite Jan Josef Liefers (Knocking On Heaven's Door) in the German version of Richard Curtis' The Girl In The Cafe.The Egoli Tossell Film production,
  • Jeonju selects film-makers for digital shorts showcase

    The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced Pedro Costa, Harun Farocki, and Eugène Green have been selected for Jeonju Digital Project 2007, formerly known as Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers. JIFF, which has a focus on independent and digital films, has been sponsoring short film projects annually since 2000 to promote digital cinema. Three film-makers receive about $50,000 to produce a short with a running time of 30 minutes. The films are p
  • Karlovy Vary pick for Min Boung-hun's Grapevine

    Korean director Min Boung-hun's Pruning The Grapevine has made it into the 42nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) as an early selection.Min previously directed Let's Not Cry in 2001, winning multiple awards at the 37th KVIFF and the 43rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and The Flight of the Bee (1998) which also won awards, including Best
  • Katapult scores with Zidane documentary

    Katapult Films Sales has closed deals on several titles here, led byDouglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno's experimental documentary Zidane:A XXI Century Portrait.Rights have gone to Kinowelt in Germany and Circulo in Spain. Salesagent David Jourdan completed a deal for Italian rights with Dolmenbefore the market.M
  • King of California

    Dir/scr: Mike Cahill. US. 2007. 93mins. A bittersweet comic fable, Mike Cahill's debut feature King of California navigates a quixotic emotional register perched between fantasy and delusion that imagines a sweetly anarchic world where adolescent desire for normality and adult hope for grandeur clash by night. It features a lovely, understated performance by the luminous Rachel Evan Wood as a teenager whose wayward father, pl
  • Koch Lorber wins US rights to U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha

    US distributor Koch Lorber Films has picked up all US rights to the 2005 Golden Bear winner U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha.Mark Dornford-May's inventive adaptation transplants Georges Bizet's French opera Carmen, about a femme fatale who leaves a string of devastated men in her wake, to modern-day South Africa.Lorber has set a March 28 platform release in New York's Film Forum, where the film will initially run for two weeks before expanding. The ultimate plan is to screen
  • Korea's Core Studio picks up Singaporean Untold Beauty

    Korean sales agent Core Studio has picked up worldwide sales rights for Singaporean writer-director Roy Lim's horror film Untold Beauty from Rebel Production Pte Ltd. France's Wild Side Films acquired French-speaking territories for the film at last year's Asian Film Market, making it the first ever pre-sale of a Singaporean indie film to a major territory. The horror love story revolves around a young Chinese embalmer who is emotionless in the face of death until he has to
  • Kruger named MC at 60th Cannes

    Diane Kruger will act as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 60th Cannes Film Festival.Kruger, who has made France her adopted home, will oversee the opening and closing ceremonies this coming May. The actress is best known to international audiences for her roles in Troy, National Treasure and 2005's Cannes selection and Oscar nominee Merry Christmas. Cannes runs this year from May 16-27. Previous actors to hold the position include Vincent Ca
  • Kuyper joins Warner Premiere as vp, physical production

    Warner Bros Entertainment's recently formed direct-to-platform unit Warner Premiere has hired Jon Kuyper as vice president of physical production.Kuyper will oversee all aspects of physical production, including locations, construction, transportation, property and crew staffing.He reports directly to division president Diane Nelson and will work closely with other Warner Premiere executives to accommodate their needs in the production schedule.The new arrival
  • La Vie En Rose (La Mome)

    Dir: Olivier Dahan. Fr-UK-Czech Rep. 2006. 140mins.The biopic is a genre that the French film-makers have rarely shown much aptitude for, being the kind of (usually costly) project the British and Americans do better. But producer Alain Goldman and writer-director Olivier Dahan largely succeed with La Vie En Rose, a vigorous and fl
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  • Lights In The Dusk and Frozen City top Finland 's Jussis

    Concluding his losers' trilogy, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's Lights In The Dusk turned up as a winner, cashing in on three out of six nominations for the Jussis - Finland's national film prizes - winning Best Film, Best Cinematography (Timo Salminen) and Best Set Design (Markku Patila). The previous instalments in the series, Drifting Clouds (1996) and The Man Without a Past (2002), both secured two Jussis. All three were Golden Palm contenders at Cannes, where
  • Lionsgate and Twisted team up for REPO!

    Lionsgate and Saw franchise creator Twisted Pictures have announcedtheir next collaboration, teaming up on the horror tale REPO! TheGenetic Opera.Lionsgate president of international sales Stephanie Denton will showbuyers here a 12-minute promo-reel created by director Darren LynnBousman at a special event to be announced.Denton, president of acquisitions and co-productions Peter Block, andexecutive vi
  • Loach's Wind That Shakes The Barley tops Irish Film Awards

    Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto took the top film honours at last night's Irish Film & Television Awards ceremony. Loach's Palme d'Or winning film picked up both the Academy and the public vote for Best Irish Film of the year. Neil Jordan collected statuettes for directing and co-writing Breakfast On Pluto.Guests a
  • Locarno to honour Hou Hsiao-hsien

    Taiwanese film-maker Hou Hsiao-hsien is to receive the Leopard of Honour at the 60th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival (August 1-11, 2007) in recognition of his work as a director and producer.Previous illustrious recipients include Jean-Luc Godard, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Abbas Kiarostami, Wim Wenders and, last year, Alexander Sokurov.Commenting on the choice of Hou Hsiao-hsien, the festival's artistic director Frederic Maire said that 'Locarno a
  • Lordi ready to rock for Finnish horror film

    Finnish monster hard-rock group Lordi, which won last year's Eurovision Song Contest, will star in a $5m horror movie from Finnish producer Markus Selin, of Solar Films, who has for the last four years delivered the number one local top-grossers on the Finnish charts.Selin will be in Berlin to discuss foreign distribution for the film, which will start principal photography on May 9 from a script by Lordi members - Mr Lordi, Amen the unstoppable mummy, Awa the vampire countess, Ox th
  • Lost In Beijing producer awaits final decision from censors

    Fang Li, the producer of Berlin competition title Lost In Beijing, is having a final meeting with Chinese film censors today (Feb 5) in a last-ditch attempt to win approval for the film to participate in the festival. The Film Reviewing Committee under the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) reached a decision last Wednesday to ban the film from going to Berlin. 'We feel really frustrated because after editing the film four times in the past 20 days,
  • Louhimies' Man Exposed pulled from cinemas after script debate

    A High Court in Helsinki has ordered Finnish production house Lasihelmi Filmi to withdraw Finnish director Aku Louhimies' feature, Man Exposed, from public distribution, supporting scriptwriter Veli-Pekka Hanninen's claim that producer Harri Rati violated his rights. Cinemas or others infringing the verdict will be subject to a $129,000 (Euros 100,000) fine. Man Exposed was last week withdrawn from the Nordic Film Market at the Goteborg International Film Festival, and 10,0
  • Lovers, Lies And Thieves resurrected by Girard

    Lovers, Lies And Thieves - a comedy caper whichfell apart five weeks into pre-production in 2001 - is back on themarket courtesy of Arsam International's Illann Girard, producer ofBerlinale competition entry Goodybe Bafana and executive producer ofMarch Of The Penguins. The project is a comic take on the true story ofthe theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 and was written by top Hollywoodscreenwriter Jeremy Leven (The
  • Lucas and Roth steal leads in Six Bullets

    Production has started on Myriad Pictures' heist thriller Six BulletsFrom Now with Josh Lucas, Tim Roth and Dermot Mulroney set to star.Myriad chief Kirk D'Amico is in Berlin pre-selling the project, whichrecounts the 1972 break-in at New York's luxury Pierre Hotel in whichrobbers dressed in dinner jackets made off with $10m in jewels andcash.
  • Market focus - Boom time in Bollywoodland

    Indian box office revenues increased by 40% last year but it is widely expected to be just the start of a period of radical change and rapid growth.The quality of local content in a region where Hollywood has barely made a dent remains a vital factor. But an increasingly important driver for growth is the fast improving infrastructure. Across India, single screen cinemas are being upgraded but, more importantly, there has been a hurried expansion of multiplexes.Multiplex buildin
  • Market watch: Berlin - Hunting ground

    Speak to a range of British independent distributors and it quickly becomes apparent that they have very different feelings about the Berlinale. For some, it is the place, as Swipe's Frank Mannion puts it, for "brave, innovative movies that can be marketed uniquely". Revolver's Justin Marciano agrees that "the European Film Market is becoming more important".But Soda's Edward Fletcher - who acquired five films at last year's Berlinale - strikes a cautious note, explaining that the titl
  • Massis takes worldwide on Czech comedy Close To Heaven

    Alex Massis' The Film Source has made its first acquisition of 2007, taking worldwide rights to Dan Svatek's Czech comedy Close To Heaven.Svatek also wrote and produced the film, which is said to be the first English-language film produced in the Czech Republic.The story centres on a diverse group of residents at the Fellini-esque eponymous hotel and stars Jean Michel Francis Gogo and Tuva Novotny.'We are continuing to
  • Mdc int adds Iszka's Journey, La Antena to Berlinale line-up

    Berlin-based sales company Mdc int has made two last-minute additions to its line-up for this year's market in Berlin.International distribution will be handled on Argentine Esteban Sapir's La Antena which was the opening film of the Tiger Competition in Rotterdam last week and is described as an 'enchanting fairytale about the power of the human voice'.In addition, Mdc has picked up Hungarian filmmaker Csaba Bollok's Iszka's Journey which focuses on the life of a yo
  • Memorial service to be held for Andi Engel

    Renoir Cinema in London 's Brunswick Square will host a memorial service at 12 noon on Wednesday March 7, 2007, to celebrate the life and achievements of Andi Engel, who died aged 68 in Lubeck, Germany on December 26 last year. With his wife Pam, Engel founded Artificial Eye, the UK 's leading distributor of arthouse and foreign-language films, releasing works by arthouse legends including Krzysztof Kiewslowski, Andrei Tarkovsky and Robert Bresson. He was also a film critic and directed
  • Miami Film Festival takes focus on documentaries

    92 documentaries will screen at the upcoming 24th Annual Miami International Film Festival, set to take place in Florida from Mar 2-11.The overall selection comprises 23 non-fiction entries, 21 of which have made it into the world competition category.These include: Carles Bosch's Spanish entry Septembers (Septiembres), about a prison song contest; John Fiege's account of Latin American immigrants living in rural Mississippi in
  • Mon Colonel opens Human Rights festival

    Its 11th year Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in London is to screen 22 films, including three Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominations, The Lives of Others, Water and Days Of Glory. Mon Colonel, the directorial debut of Laurent Herbiet will open the event, split across cinemas in the city. It depicts the struggle of soldiers in the Algerian war of
  • Moviehouse takes on Selim's Sweetland

    London-based Moviehouse Entertainment has taken on sales for Ali Selim's Sweetland Sweetland is a love story in the 1920s US, when a mail-order bride arrives from Norway to start her new life. The ensemble cast features Alan Cumming, John Heard, Alex Kingston, Ned Beatty, Elizabeth Reaser and Tim Guinea. The film won the audience award for best narrative feature at the Hamptons International Fi
  • Music and Lyrics

    Dir: Marc Lawrence US. 2007. 102mins. After dipping his toe in the murky world of satire with last year's American Dreamz, Hugh Grant retreats to conventional romantic comedy with Music And Lyrics, a bland, undemanding reunion with his Two Weeks Notice (2002) director Marc Lawrence. Grant's blithe spirit and eternal charm should prove enough of a draw to compensate for an underwhelming screenplay in which contrivance constantly wins out over credibili
  • MySpace film competition launched

    MySpace launched its Mymoviemashup competition to open doors for new talent with a presentation, panel discussion and Big Lebowski-themed party last night at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes in London. The $1.9 million (£1m) feature film project is a partnership between MySpace, Film4 and Vertigo Films, and has the support of Shooting People, The Times and FutureShorts. The competition kicks off with an invitation for directors to submit short films via the
  • Nanni Moretti and long-time producer part ways

    Film making duo Nanni Moretti and producer Angelo Barbagallo have separated after 20 years of film making together, Italian media reported Wednesday. The pair's prolific collaboration has produced Moretti's best-known work such as Dear Diary (Caro Diario, 1993), April (Aprile, 1998), 2001 Palme d'Or winner The Son's Room (La Stanza del Figlio) and the anti-Silvio Berlusconi themed comedy-drama The Caiman (Il Caimano, 2006) as well a
  • New Danish Screen to get new head at end of 2007

    The Danish Film Institute's New Danish Screen department will see big changes in 2007. Vinca Wiedemann has announced that she will not reapply for her position as head of the division, and will leave when her contract expires on Sept 1, 2007.The department has more new challenges and new initiatives to face in the coming year. After its success with festival hits including Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Soap and Anders Morgenthaler's animate
  • New German incentive backs first four projects for $3.5m

    Four feature projects have been awarded over $3.5m (Euros 2.7m) by the new German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) incentive scheme, which came into effect on January 1 with an annual budget of $78m (Euros 60m) for the next three years. The largest production rebate - over $1.4m (Euros 1.1m) - has been granted to Constantin Film's CGI-animated feature Urmel Im Wunderland, the sequel of the 2006 box-office hit Impy's Island (Urmel Aus Dem Eis), while $1.1m (Euros 824,327) has
  • New Korean buyer Inmoa launches at Berlin

    New Korean importer/distributor Inmoa Entertainment has made its market debut at EFM this week. Thomas Kim, former acquisitions director at major Korean importer I Vision, has teamed up with Isaac Kwon, chief executive officer of IT venture Inmoa Communications, to set up this entertainment division. Kim, whose previous pick-ups include the Mandate remake Grudge 2 and Bruce Willis-starrer 16 Blocks, first met Kwon, who has also invested in talent management, at Hanya
  • Nitschke returns to Senator Film

    Anatol Nitschke, head of distribution at Berlin's X Verleih since 2000, is returning to Senator Film on April 1 to serve as co-managing director of Senator Film Verleih and Senator Home Entertainment along with Peter Heinzemann.Nitschke, who headed Senator Film Verleih between 1999 and 2000, will be responsible for marketing, PR and strategy for the two companies.
  • NonStop Sales picks up rights for Darling

    Just prior to the European Film Market in Berlin, Stockholm-based international distributor, NonStop Sales, has picked up all rights for Darling, Swedish director Johan Kling's feature debut, which won the Nordic competition at Sweden's Göteborg International Film Festival. 'The film will open domestically on Friday (Feb 9) through Svensk Filmindustri,' said NonStop sales and marketing manager Judith Toth. 'In Berlin we will have tr
  • Nordisk invests in Maipo with view to European expansion

    Danish major Nordisk Film has purchased a major stake in Oslo-based production house Maipo Film & TV-Produksjon. Set up in 2000 by Norwegian producer Dag Alveberg, who has produced 15 features, Maipo has backed 10 films and a television series - including the Oscar-nominated Elling, by Petter Næss - to reach an annual turnover of $5.6m (Euros 4.3m). 'The deal with Nordisk will give us the clout to enter into bigger-scale projects with a potential in the Nordic and Euro
  • Occupant starts production on Peep World

    Los Angeles-based Occupant Films, whose horror film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane was picked up by Dimension Films at Toronto, is ramping up production on the comedy Peep World. Peter Himmelstein will direct the film and recently wrapped production for Occupant on thriller The Key Man starring Jack Davenport, Hugo Weaving, Brian Cox, and Judy Greer. Occupant is seeking foreign representation on this film. Peep World, which charts the mayhem caused by a f
  • Odeon and Sky Filmworks strike first deal for UK rights to Kenny

    Odeon and Sky Filmworks, the new joint venture between broadcaster Sky and UK exhibitor Odeon, has announced details of its first acquisition. The company's debut release in UK theatres will be Australian hit comedy Kenny, a mockumentary about an employee in a company that rents toilets for big events. 'It gives us an opportunity to do something a little different to announce ourselves,' commented Filmworks head Tony Miller. The release is likely to be
  • Okonedo to star in Skin

    The Little Film Company is commencing sales here on true-lifeSouth African saga Skin starring Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo.Shooting is set to begin in May on the co-production between the UK'sElysian Films and Bard Entertainments and South Africa's MoonlightingFilms.The project centres on the extraordinary genetic case of Sandra Laing,a black woman born to white parents at the height of apartheid inSou
  • On The Road With Judas

    Dir/scr: JJ Lask. 100mins. US. 2006. In On the Road with Judas, novelist and television-commercial editor JJ Lask shows aptitude for making sense of a complex, multi-character narrative that in less sure hands would be chaotic and incoherent. However his achievement is more technical than emotional as beneath the Charlie Kaufman-like layers of meta-reality is an underwhelming and obvious observation about romance that doesn't
  • One Eyed adds Tony Manero and Others

    UK-based sales and production company One Eyed Films has added to its slate of Latin American offerings. The company is on board for Pablo Larrain's Tony Manero, a Chile/Brazil/Argentina co-production that is still seeking one more partner from Ibero-America. The comedy is about a criminal in 1970s Chile who wants to become a Saturday Night Fever-style disco star.One Eyed is also doing pre-s
  • Optimum buys four including Haggis' In The Valley Of Elah

    Optimum Releasing has acquired UK rights to four new films: Paul Haggis' In The Valley Of Elah, Susan Montford's While She Was Out, Jonathan Hensleigh's Welcome To The Jungle and Xavier Gens' Frontier(s).Paul Haggis' Crash follow-up Elah, sol
  • Optimum picks up Rocket Science

    Optimum has taken UK rights to Jeffrey Blitz's Rocket Science, which won the Directing Award - Dramatic at Sundance 2007.Charles Schreger, president of programming sales for HBO Enterprises, struck the deal for the HBO Films project with Optimum's managing director Will Clarke.Spellbound director Blitz makes his fictional debut with the story of an awkward teenager who tries to win the heart of the high-school debate-team captain.'It's just a film that has a r
  • Orange plans BAFTA red-carpet event hosted by Myleene Klass

    BAFTA title sponsor Orange has announced plans for new red-carpet coverage to be broadcast to the Orange website and Orange mobile TV. Myleene Klass will host the red-carpet coverage starting at 4:30 pm on awards night, Feb 11. The one-hour special will be available at and through Orange 3G mobile phones. In the weeks running up to the awards, Klass will also host video diaries on 'We are always looking at ways of bringing the spir
  • Original version of Lost In Beijing to screen at EFM

    The production and sales companies behind Berlin competition title Lost In Beijing say they plan to screen the original version of the film at the European Film Market, rather than the modified version that was approved yesterday by China 's censors. French sales outfit Films Distribution issued a statement today (Feb 6) claiming that it had reached an agreement with director Li Yu and producer Fang Li of Beijing-based Laurel Films to 'screen the integral uncensored version in the
  • Pan's Labyrinth takes top honours at new UK regional critics awards

    Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth continues its winning streak as it won top honours of Film of the Year from the new UK Regional Critics Film Awards. Del Toro was also honoured as the group's Filmmaker of the Year. ''I'm delighted that Pan's Labyrinth has won Film of the Year and Filmmaker of the Year at this year's inaugural UK Regional Critics Film Awards,' the director/producer/writer said. 'It's such an honour that a foreign language film has been recognised in
  • Police raid pirate film factory, seize over 6000 DVDs

    A 42-year-old man has been arrested following a raid of a private house in Heywood, Greater Manchester. Police seized 40 DVD burners, three computers, printers, over 6000 counterfeit DVDs and £5000 in cash that were found on the premises. The operation was conducted by Greater Manchester Police in conjunction with Rochdale Trading Standard. All evidence has been handed over to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), who will prosecute the case. The man has been granted bail an
  • Production - The view from Ireland

    When The Wind That Shakes The Barley picked up the Palme d'Or at Cannes last May it was the start of an undeniably upbeat year for the Republic of Ireland's film industry. Ken Loach's film, set and shot in and around Cork, showcased Ireland's locations to an international audience and 2006 also saw an upturn in production from Irish film-makers, not to mention an increase in new forms of funding and the emergence of promising talent.Total expenditure in the Republic's film and t
  • Promotional Feature - EFP AT 10 - European Union

    The Berlinale has always been a rallying post for European cinema - but this year's event has more reason to celebrate than usual - 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of European Film Promotion (EFP).The Hamburg-based organisation was set up in 1997 to promote and market European cinema through a variety of events around the world. A decade on, EFP brings together 27 export and promotion organisations from 28 countries. The organisation is mainly backed by the Media Progra
  • Pursuit of Happyness set to blitz international box office

    The Pursuit Of Happyness is well on its way toward $100m following last weekend's dominant performance, and Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) executives will hope to sustain momentum with launches in 22 new markets this weekend. The Will Smith drama had amassed $71.1m as of Feb 5 and, while the slew of new territories are mostly small, they should be enough combined with holdovers to give the film a good chance of retaining its overseas crown. The Pursuit Of H
  • Rai Trade's Caravaggio heads to Japan with Tokyo Theatres

    On the eve of the European Film Market in Berlin, Rai Trade has announced an eyecatching Japanese deal on its new title, Angelo Longoni's Caravaggio. On the basis of the rushes, Tokyo Theatres have picked up all rights to the biopic, which tells the story of the troubled but brilliant Italian artist.Rai's head of cinema and fiction international sales Sesto Cifola also reports strong US interest in the $7.8 biopic, currently in post-production
  • Red Road takes new Bergman prize at Goteborg

    UK director Andrea Arnold's Red Road won the first Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award - which comes with a week's stay at the Bergman Week 2007 at Fårö, an engraved stone from Bergman's own beach, and a DVD set with 30 Bergman films - at the 30th Goteborg International Film Festival, which ends today. Per Bergman, the prize should encourage young filmmakers to deal with really important issues at a time when the film industry 'looks more and more like a butchery an
  • Richard Branson to star in global warming awareness expedition

    Arctic and Antarctic explorer and environmental campaigner Will Steger has begun production on the documentary Baffin Island Expedition '07: The Explorers featuring famed Mount Everest mountaineer Ed Viesturs, Richard Branson and his son Sam. The project marks the launch of the newly established Will Steger Foundation's Global Warming 101 education initiative and will follow a dog team expedition across 1,200 miles of the island. Steger, Viesturs and the Bransons wil
  • Rock Haven finds home with TLA

    TLA Releasing has acquired worldwide rights here from journalist andfirst-time film-maker David Lewis to his drama Rock Haven.The story follows a spiritual man who moves to the coast to live withhis devoutly Christian mother and falls in love with an older man.Newcomer Sean Hoagland stars with Laura Jane Coles and Owen Alabado.'With America more politically polarised than ever, I wanted
  • Russia not yet in from the cold

    For all its explosive box office growth, Russia remains a problematic market where DVD revenues are minimal and an impending law reducing the amount of allowable TV advertising threatens to undercut film pre-sales by broadcast networks.This sobre assessment was provided by a panel discussion on the Russian marketplace at Screen International's European Film Finance Conference.On surface reading, Russia is still the world's fastest-growing film territory. In the last decad
  • Santa Barbara gives top international prize to Beauty In Trouble

    Jan Hrebejk's Czech ensemble drama Beauty In Trouble won the Best International Feature Film Award at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Jan 25-Feb 4). The American Spirit Award went to Michael Schroeder's Man In The Chair starring Christopher Plummer and Michael Angarano. The Gold Vision Award for innovative film-making was presented to two films: Adam Green and Joel David Moore's relationship drama Spiral starring Moore and Amber Tamb
  • Scandal rocks UK box office

    Notes On A Scandal has catapulted to number one at the UK box-office due to an impressive mid-week performance. The Oscar and BAFTA nominated drama - a collaboration between Fox Searchlight and DNA films - generated £1.89m ($3.68m) as of February 8 from 300 sites. The film, starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, opened February 2 and came fourth in the weekend chart, grossing £1.14m ($2.46m). It trailed behind top film Blood Diamond and Arthur And The Invisible
  • Schoukroun leaves Capitol for sister company THINKFilm

    Eve Schoukroun will leave her post as head of sales at Capitol Films to become head of international for sister company THINKFilm International. Los Angeles-based entrepreneur David Bergstein acquired London-based Capitol in January 2006 and New York-based THINKFilm in October 2006, but the two companies have announced that they will continue to operate as separate foreign sales divisions, each with its own slate, staff and mandate. THINKFilm will target edgy films but will be able to ha
  • Screen's Mike Goodridge takes ICG international journalist prize

    Screen International and's US editor Mike Goodridge has been named international journalist of the year at the 44th annual ICG Publicists' awards in Los Angeles. Top film honours went to Fox's publicity team for Borat and TV prize to ABC/Touchstone for Ugly Betty. Other awards were the ICG President's Award to TV host Bob Barker, the Television Showmanship Award to CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, the Les Mason Award to Rogers and Co
  • Senator's first US production Fireflies to star Julia Roberts

    Senator Entertainment will finance and produce its first US production, Fireflies In The Garden, written and to be directed by Dennis Lee.Carrie Anne Moss and Emily Watson star on the project, which is set to begin shooting in March in Austin, Texas. Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds in negotiations to come aboard.Lee's semi-autobiographical story explores the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by a
  • Shoreline bags worldwide rights to Man In The Chair

    Shoreline Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights from Elbow Grease Pictures to Michael Schroeder's drama Man In The Chair, set to play on Saturday [10] in the Generation 14plus programme at the Berlinale.The film stars Christopher Plummer, Michael Angarano, and M Emmet Walsh and tells of an aspiring teenage film-maker who enlists the help of the last surviving crew member from Citizen Kane.The older man in turn procures the assistance of a retired Hollywood scri
  • Shorts and documentaries - Awards countdown - Hard-hitting docs take centre stage

    My Country, My CountryNew York-based director-producer Laura Poitras (Flag Wars) spent eight months working alone in Iraq on her film, produced with Jocelyn Glatzer, about the months leading up to Iraq's first post-Saddam election in 2005. Poitras focuses on a Sunni doctor running for office as difficulties mount in an Iraqi society long used to other methods of resolving issues. The project was motivated, says Poitras, "by a sense of despair about the contradictions of the US o
  • Singapore's Royston Tan to direct musical drama

    Singapore's most celebrated writer-director Royston Tan, whose previous credits include 15 and 4:30, will next turn his hand to a musical drama, 881, which is scheduled to start principal photography on March 1. Major Singapore players are joining forces to back the new $653,000 (S$1m) production, including Tan's long-term producer Eric Khoo's production company Zhao Wei Films, MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, the Media Development Authority, home video distributor Scorp
  • Skarsgaard to star in Scandinavia's most expensive film project

    Swedish Hollywood-actor Stellan Skarsgaard will star in The Knight Templar - Svensk Filmindustri's $30.3m (Euro 22.8m) adaption of Swedish writer Jan Guillou's bestselling trilogy of Arn Magnusson - currently lensing on locations in Morocco.Skarsgaard will perform as Arn's uncle in Scandinavia's so far most expensive film project - two features, directed by Denmark's Peter Flinth, with the first to be launched simultaneously in all Nordic coun
  • Sola Media takes on sales for $3m Turtle's Song

    Germany-based sales company Sola Media has picked up rights to nature documentary The Turtle's Song, from UK producers Film & Music Entertainment and Big Wave Productions. Sola has world rights excluding Austria and Finland to the theatrical feature produced by F&ME's Mike Downey, Sam Taylor and Zorana Piggott and Big Wave's Sarah Cunliffe.The project will be directed by Emmy winner Nick Stringer, who will track the 20-year journey of the giant loggerhead turtle around th
  • Sola Media takes on sales for $3m Turtle's Song

    Germany-based sales company Sola Media has picked up rights to nature documentary The Turtle's Song, from UK producers Film & Music Entertainment and Big Wave Productions. Sola has world rights excluding Austria and Finland to the theatrical feature produced by F&ME's Mike Downey, Sam Taylor and Zorana Piggott and Big Wave's Sarah Cunliffe.The project will be directed by Emmy winner Nick Stringer, who will track the 20-year journey of the giant loggerhead turtle around th
  • Sony closes third co-financing deal with Relativity

    Sony Pictures has been revealed as the beneficiary of the recent co-financing facility structured by Relativity Media.The new independent co-financing package, which is separate from the previously announced Gun Hill 1 and Gun Hill 2 deals, will be a five-year revolving credit facility. The new venture, called Beverly Blvd LLC, will co-invest in the majority of films released by Columbia Pictures during the term of the fund and, in general, allows Sony Pictures Entertainm
  • Stand and Deliver

    Some industry expressions are like adhesive plasters. In that category the one that I find most nettlesome is the one that insists it is a product-driven marketplace. On the surface it implies simply that the films themselves determine the size of the audience; the better the choices, the larger the size of the audience.It appears to be a very simple truism. The problem is that it makes virtually no sense once you begin to dissect it.For starters, it implies a kind of knucklehea
  • Stars announced for Kim Ji-woon, Yim Pil-sung features

    Cineclick Asia has announced top-tier casting locked for two of its pre-sales films, Kim Ji-woon's The Good, the Bad, and the Weird and Yim Pil-sung's Hansel and Gretel, both from new production house Barunson. Cannes director Kim Ji-woon's film has three top-of-the-line stars to play the main heroes in the Sergio Leone-inspired Oriental Western: Song Kang-ho, from blockbuster The Host, Lee Byung-hoon from Kim's previous Cannes entry A Bittersweet Life, and Ju
  • Summit tempts EFM buyers with Lindsay Lohan, Tarsem

    Leading LA production, financing and sales outfit Summit Entertainment arrives in Berlin with a slate of new pictures led by Lindsay Lohan thriller I Know Who Killed Me, Berlin Generation 14Plus entry The Fall, Sundance award winner Once, and the previously announced John Woo epic Red Cliff. 360 Pictures'
  • SXSW announces complete feature line-up

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced its complete lineup of features, for the 14th edition to be held in Austin, Texas on March 9-17, 2007. The newly announced additions to the 'Spotlight Premieres' section of the festival, include: Judd Apatow's Knocked UpKaty Chevigny's Election DayJonathan Levine's A
  • Tartan, Prokino among buyers wooing Chaotic Ana

    Julio Medem''s Chaotic Ana is stirring buyers'' juices. Early in the EFM, Sogepaq has closed deals on a number of major territories. The film has gone to the UK (Tartan), Germany and Austria (Prokino), Benelux (Cineart and A-Film) and Greece and Cyprus (Prooptiki).Starring Manuela Velles and Charlotte Rampling, the $6.5 million drama is the story of Ana over four years of her life, from 18 to 22. Ana''s existence seems to be the co
  • The Cinema Guild signs marketing, promo deal with Eurocinema

    US video-on-demand service Eurocinema has signed an exclusive deal with leading documentary, foreign and independent film distributor The Cinema Guild. New catalogue titles include Frederic Fonteyne's French tale of love and betrayal Gilles' Wife, Per Fly's Danish family drama The Inheritance, and Agust Gudmundsson's Icelandic murder story The Seagull's Laughter. 'Cinema Guild's catalogue is robust with acclaimed foreign language film titles,' Eurocinema Holdi
  • The Counterfeiters (Die Falscher)

    Dir: Stefan Ruzowitzky. Aust-Ger. 2007. 98mins. A serious contender for one of this year's Bears, even a Golden one, Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters retells the Nazi attempt to sink the Allied economy by flooding it with counterfeit money. The film successfully tackles two issues. The first is whether concentr
  • The Escapist starts shoot with Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes

    Rupert Wyatt's debut feature The Escapist has begun filming in Dublin with a sterling cast of British and Irish character actors and stars. The prison escape drama features, among others, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Seu Jorge, Dominic Cooper, Stephen Macintosh and Damian Lewis. Goalpost Films is handling international sales on the project, which already has UK distribution through Vertigo. Cox plays a 'lifer' 13 years into his sentence, who cooks up a plan t
  • The Escapist starts shooting with Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes

  • The Home Song Stories

    Dir. Tony Ayres, Australia, 2007, 103 min.,With immigration dominating the headlines in Australia as well as in Europe and the US, The Home Song Stories is a period film that gives a twist on current news - a lively melodrama about a roll-with-the-punches beauty whose long march through marriages and crises in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney
  • The Hospital launches 2007 Audi Channel Reel Talent Awards

    Original screenplays are now being accepted for the Reel Talent short-film competition, which is the only incentive in the UK to finance and facilitate the production of its finalists' films.In conjunction with London-based creative community and member's club The Hospital, Audi's 24-hour digital television channel is hosting the awards in its second year. Last year's inaugural event produced the BAFTA-nominated Heavy Metal Drummer, about a teenaged Morroccan hard music fan, as we
  • The Messengers

    Dirs: Oxide and Danny Pang. US. 2007. 91mins. The studio debut of the gifted horror specialists Oxide and Danny Pang (The Eye , Bangkok Dangerous), The Messengers is a visually assured though dramatically flat ghost story about an endangered American family unaware their just purchased North Dakota farmhouse harbors a tragic secret. The Pangs are masters of confined space, and they conjure some particu
  • The Queen and King win royal flush at the Baftas

    The Queen's royal progress in this year's awards season was matched at this year's Orange British Academy awards by the grand success of Last King Of Scotland.Stephen Frears' The Queen was named best film at the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House with another best actress winner to the unstoppable Helen Mirren, who now has the chance to complete a coveted Bafta, Globes and Oscar hat-trick.The Last King Of Scotland
  • The Tracey Fragments

    Dir: Bruce McDonald. Canada. 2007. 80mins.Canadian Bruce McDonald has moved in a new direction, forsaking gonzo humour for multi-image experimentation in this first-person portrait of an angry persecuted teenager that lurches between tactile realism and fantasy. McDonald (Road Kill, Highway 61, Hard Core Logo) will move beyond his core of fans and into a younger crowd with
  • The Works books Venus into more territories

    UK-based sales company The Works International has started the EFM with several new sales on Roger Michell's Bafta- and Oscar-nominated Venus starring Leslie Phillips and Peter O'Toole.The latest deals are to Hexagon for Japan, Ecofilmes for Portugal, Ster-Kinekor for South Africa, Cine Video y TV for Mexico, MC Films for Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, Hwa Jaan Films for Taiwan, and J-Bics for Thailand.The company has several other territories in negotiations. The Works' EFM slate als
  • The Year My Parents Went On Vacation (O Ano Em Que Meus Pais Sairam De Ferias)

    DIr: Cao Hamburger. Brazil 2007. 103 mins.
  • Thinking outside the box office - the future of UK independents -

    These are turbulent times for independent distribution in the UK. The British market may be the third most valuable in the world after the US and Japan, but with 450 films released every year, there is a fear the territory is beginning to suffer from over-supply.On top of that, takeover fever has been rife over the past year: in late 2005, Redbus was acquired by Lionsgate; in early May 2006, Optimum Releasing was acquired by French major StudioCanal; less than a fortnight later, Artifi
  • Toronto announces official hub location

    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) organisers have announcedthat the Sutton Place Hotel will become the centralised festival hubstarting this autumn.Festival offices will occupy the first and second floors of the hotel,which will also accommodate delegates at reduced rates.
  • Trust ramps up international sales with Bier, Troell films

    Oscar-nominated Danish director Susanne Bier (After The Wedding) is to make an international drama about a Holocaust survivor. Julius - the project's working title - is about a former prisoner at notorious death camp KZ who moves to Israel. Here, his past eventually catches up with him. The producer of the film will be Sisse Graum for Zentropa. Trust will handle international sales on the project, which is being financed this spring and is likely to go into production in th
  • Tuya's Marriage (Tu Ya De Hun Shi)

    Dir: Wang Quan'an. China. 2007. 92mins.Tuya's Marriage is a clever and witty tale of a practical woman searching for a reliable man in a remote part of China in the throes of growing pains. Director and co-writer Wang Quan'an reminds us in his third feature that this quest is as thankless in Inner Mongolia as it is anywhere else. Funny, tender, and vividl
  • UK pirate DVD sellers given deportation notices

    Six Chinese nationals who were arrested on February 1 in Hackney, East London, on charges of film piracy and breach of copyright have since been identified as being in the UK illegally and served deportation notices.The two men and four women, who all pleaded guilty to charges related to selling counterfeit DVDs, have been remanded in custody until February 9, the date they are scheduled for deportation.Their arrests are the latest in an ongoing operation between Hackney Borough p
  • United 93 named best film by London critics

    United 93 has been named best film and Paul Greengrass best director by the London Film Critics' Circle.But it was The Queen which dominated, winning best British film, best British director for Stephen Frears, best screenwriter for Peter Morgan and best British actress for Dame Helen Mirren. Forest Whitaker won best actor for The Last King of Scotland, while
  • United States - Mountain men

    Paul Hardart had been working in Los Angeles for nine years when he decided to move back to New York and set up Adirondack Pictures with his brother Tom.In Los Angeles, Paul created and co-ran (with Claudia Gray) Universal Focus, the specialty division of Universal Pictures. He also founded Universal's library management initiative, which led to the reissuing of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil.Tom Hardart, meanwhile, was vice-presiden
  • United States - Snake handler

    Black Snake Moan is the latest release in the promising career of John Singleton, producer. John Hazelton spoke to the multi-hyphenate film-maker.
  • US studios set to do battle over Chinese New Year

    Five US films will be slugging it out at the Chinese box office during the upcoming Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) holiday season, a lucrative box office period that until a few years ago was reserved for local productions. The five foreign contenders are Sony's Casino Royale, which opened last week and is expected to play until late Feb; World War II drama Flyboys, which opens on Feb 9; Fox's Night At The Museum (Feb 14) and The Devil Wears Prada (Feb 27)
  • US/Iraq - Her country, their country

    The hoopla that accompanies the Academy Awards could not be further from the experience of making a documentary in today's Iraq. Nominated for best documentary award, Laura Poitras' My Country, My Country has stood out among the recent run of Iraqi-set material, in large part due to the director's determination to "make people feel" the gripping, intimate story of one family coping with the realities of the new Iraq, thereby painting a telling picture of wider despair.Co-produce
  • Vallee to direct Queen Victoria picture for King, Scorsese

    Initial Entertainment Group's Graham King and regular collaborator Martin Scorsese have announced the follow-up to their Oscar nominated crime thriller The Departed, lining up a portrait of the early years of the life of Queen Victoria.The partners will serve as producers on The Young Victoria, with Jean-Marc Vallee of C.R.A.Z.Y. fame set to direct from a screenp
  • Verhoeven opens book on Russian Azazel.

    Paul Verhoeven is ramping up production on his long-gestating tsaristRussian crime romp The Winter Queen, now called Azazel.Shooting is set to begin this summer in St Petersberg and London afterPeter Hoffman's Los Angeles-based Seven Arts Pictures finalisedpay-or-play deals for Verhoeven and Milla Jovovich.Verhoeven's long-time collaborator Gerard Soeteman, who wrote the
  • Wajda film throws spotlight on Polish film fund

    The expected unveiling at this year's Cannes Film Festival of Andrzej Wajda's Post Mortem will also serve as the international launch party of Poland's generous but still largely unknown new film fund. Wajda, whose Man Of Iron won the top prize at Cannes in 1981, will be among the dozens of Palme d'Or winners invited by the festival to the Croisette this year for its 60 th anniversary celebrations. His new film is a deeply personal project about the massacre of 22,000 P
  • Warner Bros to release The Red Baron in Germany

    The German arm of US major Warner Bros has picked up Niki Muellerschoen's $23.3m (Euros 18m) English-language production The Red Baron for release in Germany this autumn. Billed as Germany's most expensive new production in 2006 and one of the most lavish in German history, The Red Baron stars up-and-coming German actor Matthias Schweighoefer in the role of the legendary WWI fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen. The cast also features Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes, Til Schwei
  • Weinstein sells key territories on 1408 ahead of EFM

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) international president Glen Basner has closed a raft of deals on Mikael Hafstrom's horror film 1408 ahead of the European Film Market.Rights have gone to Senator (Germany), Paramount (UK), TFM (France), West Film (Russia), EEAP (Eastern Europe), Imagem (Latin America), Taewon (South Korea), and Village Roadshow (Australia and New Zealand).Deals also closed in CMC (Taiwan), Lusomundo (Portugal), Deltamac (Hong Kong), Major Cinepictures (Thailand)
  • Weiss to head MGM direct-to-video division

    In a move designed to leverage its much coveted library, MGM has hired Jason Weiss to head a new division dedicated to creating direct-to-video content. As vice president of the new group Weiss will oversee an annual slate of 12 or more films. He will report to Charlie Cohen, MGM's senior executive vice president, finance and corporate development. Weiss has worked in feature film development and production for more than 12 years and most
  • When Darkness Falls (Nar Morkret Faller)

    Dir: Anders Nilsson. Swe-Ger. 2006. 135mins.A dark Swedish three-parter, When Darkness Falls makes up in gritty energy and social conscience what it lacks in structural cohesion. It doesn't so much weave together its three stories about how people deal when threatened; it simply runs with each one for 10 minutes before skipping across to the next.
  • Whishaw and Goode take leads in HanWay's Brideshead Revisited

    HanWay Films has announced that Ben Whishaw and Matthew Goode have taken the lead roles as Sebastian and Charles, respectively, in the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Julian Jarrold is directing the project, and Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing through their Ecosse Films. HanWay is handling worldwide sales.Whishaw recently starred in Perfume: The Story of A Murderer and will soon appear in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. He is one of t
  • Whishaw and Goode take leads in HanWay's Brideshead Revisited

    HanWay Films has announced that Ben Whishaw and Matthew Goode have taken the lead roles as Sebastian and Charles, respectively, in the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Julian Jarrold is directing the project, and Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing through their Ecosse Films. HanWay is handling worldwide sales.Whishaw recently starred in Perfume: The Story of A Murderer and will soon appear in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. He is one of t
  • Whishaw and Goode take leads in HanWay's Brideshead Revisited

    HanWay Films has announced that Ben Whishaw and Matthew Goode have taken the lead roles as Sebastian and Charles, respectively, in the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Julian Jarrold is directing the project, and Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing through their Ecosse Films. HanWay is handling worldwide sales.Whishaw recently starred in Perfume: The Story of A
  • Wild Bunch declares war on Dieter Kosslick

    After a slow burn of increasing upset with Berlin festival director Dieter Kosslick, French sales, financing and distribution outfit Wild Bunch has declared that it is boycotting the EFM and declaring a 'period of sanction' on its films in future Berlin competitions.The company has cancelled its market stand and, in its inimitable style, has made its own home - a purpose-built cabana on a piece of land strategically located between Potsdamer Platz and Martin Gropius Bau which will be
  • Wild Bunch takes on sales for new Morgan Spurlock documentary

    While continuing brisk sales on Laurent Tirard's Moliere, which has been acquired by Spain 's Golem, Pathe in the UK, Bim in Italy and Australia 's Hopscotch; Wild Bunch has unveiled its line up for the upcoming Berlin festival with several new projects in the pipeline. First is the new documentary by Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock. The incendiary subject is under strict embargo for the moment but Spurlock will make an appearance in Berlin to talk to buyers about th
  • Wind Dancer to develop two new comedy projects

    US-based production house Wind Dancer Films has hired writers for the first two features unveiled in its recently announced development fund. Bear Aderhold and Tom Sullivan will write Fear Less, a comedy about the most fearful man on earth, who loses all his inhibitions following a freak accident. The writers most recently worked on the pilot Homeland Security for WBTV and NBC and are also the team behind the upcoming Lionsgate comedy Delta Farce, which is sel
  • Women in Film and Television launch Workline

    The organisation Women in Film and Television has launched a free and confidential employment advice website and helpline, Workline. The organisation has been offering support and information to women who are employers, employees and freelancers in the UK industry since 1990. This new service is accessible to all who require such assistance in their careers. The service received the backing of the UK Film Council and Skillset. The advice is provided by a team of staff with strong human r