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9 March 2001

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  • 15 Minutes

    Dir. John Herzfeld. US. 2001. 120 mins.Andy Warhol's prophecy that everyone will one day achieve their own quarter-hour of fame gets yet another Hollywood workout in John Herzfeld's actioner, 15 Minutes - this time with two foreign criminals as media-hungry badasses. Robert De Niro, well-cast as a superstar homicide detective, teams up with Edward Burns as an earnest arson investigator in a frantic search for two deadly immigrants who are determined to achieve cele
  • Advanced Medien shares rise as e-m-s adds to stake

    Reflecting e-m-s new media's role in determining the destiny of the troubled German media company Advanced Medien, the DVD specialist has decided to increase its stake in the producer-distributor to more than 25% thereby giving it a so-called blocking minority holding. Last December, e-m-s had come onboard the Munich-based company with the acquisition of a 24.7% interest and the option to increase this holding by another 13%. The adhoc announcement by e-m-s did not indicate whether thi
  • Advanced Medien to announce changes

    Christophe Montague's days as executive board chairman of the debt-ridden German distributor Advanced Medien could be numbered following the appointment of a new supervisory board which is expected "to make key personnel decisions and initiate organizational measures regarding the future development of the company".Advanced's previous supervisory board had resigned as of December 31 following DVD specialist e-m-s new media's acquisition of a 24.7% stake in December in order to take the
  • Advanced Medien, EM.TV see corporate restructures

    The signs were on the wall, and now management musical chairs have begun with earnest at two of the most troubled companies listed on Germany's Neuer Markt exchange.Advanced Medien had indicated at the weekend that changes were afoot at the debt-ridden outfit when it was declared that it expected its supervisory board "to make key personnel decisions and initiate organizational measures regarding the future development of the company".The supervisory board's inaugural meeting on
  • Amores Perros sweeps Fantasporto

    Mexican sensation Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) took home two top awards of the official fantasy film competition of this year's Oporto International Film Festival (popularly known as "Fantasporto").Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's local box office hit and critical darling took home best film, best director and best screenplay (Guillermo Arriaga) awards in the section. Gonzalez Inarritu shared the best director prize with Belgium's Harry Cleven for Why Get Married The Day The W
  • Astral acquires Family Channel for $82m

    Montreal based broadcaster Astral Media will take 100% control of specialty channel The Family Channel after agreeing to acquire the 50 per cent interest currently held by Corus Entertainment. The (US)$82m cash deal is subject to regulatory approval. The acquisition will also increase to 40% Astral's ownership of the Teletoon animation service held through Family. Meanwhile Corus said it is selling its Viewer's Choice pay-per-view service to cable company Shaw Communications for $35m.
  • Belgian fund boosts World Cinema

    After five years of lobbying, the organisers of the Bruges-based Cinema Novo fest for world cinema have secured commitment from the Belgian state to back the funding of films from the South (Africa, Asia, Latin America). On the back of Bruges' status as 2002 European capital, Cinema Novo will issue two post-production grants of Euros12,000 each for a feature-length film from developing countries. Project co-ordinator Walter Provo, a programming veteran of the Flanders Film Festival, ex
  • Betelnut Beauty

    Screened at Berlin (Competition) Dir: Lin Cheng-sheng. Taiwan-China-France. 2000. 106mins.Young people struggling to find a meaningful life in the urban sprawl of Asian megacities like Taipei and Beijing is not a new premisefor a film, but Lin Cheng-sheng's Betelnut Beauty is a standoutnonetheless. Fully deserving the best director award it received at Berlin, itis the most mainstream and accessible
  • Canal Plus claims bouyant financial health

    The Canal Plus group (which now includes Universal Studios) is expecting a substantial rise in its operating and net earnings as well as its subscription base in 2001. The pay-tv giant -- which will announce its 2000 results, along with Vivendi Universal's, today after the close of the Paris Stock Exchange - is vigorously denying a report and analysis published in French daily Le Figaro. Canal +, the statement stresses, expects to see its global subscriber base grow by 10
  • Canal Plus Group adds Sutman

    Former Universal Studios' Bill Sutman has been appointed executive vice president, finance at the Canal Plus group, becoming the first US executive to cross the Atlantic as part of the reshuffling of the top management of Vivendi Universal's film and television division. Canal Plus Group's chairman and CEO Pierre Lescure stated : "Bill's appointment is an example of how very privileged we are to draw from both companies to create a powerful new leadership team" Sutman's designation fol
  • Columbia TriStar TV goes Globo in Brazil

    Columbia TriStar International Television (CTIT) is currently co-producing the first TV movie to be made in Brazil. Titled Favorite Son, the drama is the first of a 12 TV movie package deal with leading Brazilian broadcaster Globo. The story of an Italian woman who returns to Brazil in search for her ailing adopted son's biological mother stars Ornella Mutti and Lucio Flavio. Rio-based Total Filmes is the main producer of this project. Budgeted at nearly one million dollars, the
  • Costly Costa! campaign pays off

    Costly Costa! campaign pays offCosta!, the Dutch teen comedy by Johan Nijenhuis, has shattered domestic records during its opening run. In the Thursday to Sunday first weekend it notched up over 100,000 spectators in its home market of The Netherlands.On its opening Thursday it attracted 22,000 visitors, a total which puts it on a par with Jurassic Park and Titanic.Distributed by A-Film on 82 screens, the film was given an American-style promotional c
  • Czech oscar nominee sweeps Lion awards

    Czech Oscar nominee Divided We Fall scooped the top awards at the annual Czech Lion Awards - the country's local equivalent of the Academy Awards - and it is hoping to carry its winning streak on to Los Angeles.Divided We Fall won best fim and best director for Jan Hrebejk and as well as best script for Petr Jarchovsky. Anna Siskova and Boleslav Polivka won best actress and best actor respectively for their work in the film.Divided We Fall, a dark comedy set
  • Entertainment, Toho-Towa buy Beacon's Palace Thief

    Beacon Pictures and Universal Pictures International (UPI) has completed key territory sales on Beacon's latest project The Palace Thief at AFM.Entertainment Film Distributors bought the Kevin Kline-starrer for the UK, Toho-Towa took it for Japan, Manga for Spain, Roadshow for Australia, New Zealand and Greece and NuVision for Latin America. Per its US deal with Universal Pictures, Universal will release the film domestically.Deals are pending in France, Italy and Germany
  • Equity adds support to Screen Actors' Guild strike

    UK performers union Equity has pledged to support the threatened strike this summer by the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG).The move, which was expected, means Equity will advise its members not to accept work on runaway productions - that is US productions that are shooting in the United Kingdom after 31 June in an attempt to avoid or undermine the strike."The potential dispute in Hollywood comes at precisely the same time as British Equity is looking for a radical review of our film
  • Escapist collared by UGC International

    UGC International has boarded Gillies Mackinnon's The Escapist as worldwide sales agent.The film, currently in pre-production prior to shooting later this month, tells the story of a man who reinvents himself as a ruthless criminal so that he can get incarcerated in the same prison as the man who killed his wife, in order to seek revenge.Starring Jonny Lee Miller, whose credits include Trainspotting and Plunkett And Macleane, the film is produced by Sky Pict
  • Fernan-Gomez awarded Gold Medal

    Spanish film legend Fernando Fernan-Gomez will add another notch to his belt this year with the receipt of the Spanish Cinema Academy's prestigious Gold Medal lifetime achievement award.The Academy this week unveiled Fernan-Gomez as the newest recipient of an award whose previous honorees include a long list of revered local talent such as actors Paco Rabal, Fernando Rey and Sara Montiel, producer Elias Querejeta, Oscar-winning production designer Gil Parrondo, and directors Carlos Sau
  • Fortissimo announces robust sales

    Dutch-Asian sales agent Fortissimo Film Sales enjoyed a strong AFM ahead of what is expected to be a busy Cannes.During the AFM it sold Thai Cannes hopeful Tears Of The Black Tiger by Wisit Sasanatieng to Bim Distribuzione (Italy), Alta Films (Spain), NFM (Netherlands), Edko (Hong Kong), Cathay (Singapore) and Nikkatsu (Japan).Nonzee Nimibutr's tale of sex guilt and retribution, Jan Dara was sold to Prooptiki (Greece), Blanco & Travieso (Venezuela) and Cathay (Sing
  • Free digital conversion offer for US theatres only

    A joint venture of communications giant Qualcomm and film processors Technicolor this week unveiled an ambitious plan to kick-start the digital conversion of the exhibition industry by installing and maintaining the necessary equipment free of charge in a thousand US theatres. But, despite acknowledging the global dimension of the exhibition business, the partners have not extended the offer overseas .This week's headline-grabbing ShoWest initiative, which is being rolled out through t
  • French films stimulate box office tills

    Cinema attendance jumped 42% in France in February to reach 25 million admissions (compared to 17.5 million in February 2000), the highest level in 20 years. Due to school holidays, February is traditionally a strong month at the box office in France. This year, however, the presence of no less than three French blockbusters: La Verite, Le Placard and Le Pacte Des Lloups in the theatres, combined with the boost provided by the loyalty passes which were launched at the en
  • Future Film Group teams with Renaissance, MBP

    UK finance, post-production and distribution outfit Future Film Group has clinched a multi-picture sale-and-leaseback arrangement with Renaisance Films kicking off with Paul McGuigan's Morality Play. It has also teamed up with German film fund MBP and UK production company Y2K Productions to finance Puckoon, a comedy currently in post-production with Elliott Gould, Richard Attenborough, Sean Hughes, John Lynch and David Kelly. The deal with Renaissance covers Renaissance-
  • Good Machine strikes first-look deal with Miramax

    Good Machine, which previously enjoyed housekeeping arrangements with 20th Century Fox and most recently Universal Pictures, has now has struck an exclusive first-look deal with Miramax Films, the Disney-owned studio that is within walking distance of Good Machine's building in downtown Manhattan.The multi-year deal, which becomes effective this month, means that Miramax will now enjoy an privileged shot at developing and distributing projects that come through Good Machine, a ten-year
  • Hamburg Festival celebrates Spain

    Spain has been selected as the country focus in this year's international Hamburg Short Film Festival, Hamburg/Germany (2-9 June 2001) The fest is a showcase of short films with a running time of no more than 20 minutes (the children's film sidebar allows films of up to 45 minutes in length). Meanwhile, "Neighbours" is the subject for the "Flotter Dreier" competition of films not exceeding three minutes playing time.
  • Hamlet to be made by The Cell's Tarsem Singh

    Indian born filmmaker Tarsem Singh, who made it to Hollywood's A-list with the sellout, The Cell is producing an Indian version of Hamlet. The film, titled Aditya, will be produced by Los Angeles based James Killough and New Delhi based William Gains. Killough had earlier written scripts for Indian films including Muzaffar Ali's Zooni and Pamela Rooks' Miss Beatty's Children. The film will be shot on locations in Jodhpur Fort, with some scenes in Engl
  • Hungary fears Government fund famine

    Plans to restructure government funding for film production has set off a wave of protests from Hungarian filmmakers who claim it will give them fewer sources of cash to green-light new productions. Last year Hungarian filmmakers, who are heavily reliant on government subsidies, produced 27 feature films, the largest annual production in recent years, with government funding amounting to about $3.5m (1 billion forints).With most Hungarian films unable to recover their budgets at
  • IMAX unveils high definition digital projector

    Canadian large-format specialist IMAX Corp has unveiled plans to build a new high definition digital projector, which, says the company, will be able to screen the world’s largest high-quality digital image and give twice the performance of digital projectors.Capable of filling large stadium-style theatres with screens of up to 80ft wide, the Super Digital Cinema (SDC) projector will use technology from Texas Instruments’ Digital Light Processing Cinema subsidiary.In a statement
  • Indian bank to finance films

    The Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) has announced that a scheme to finance commercial films will be available by the end of this month (March 2001).The offer of financial assistance, not exceeding 50 per cent of a film's budget comes with a number of conditions. According to the details available the borrower should be a corporate entity promoted by reputed producers and backed by established directors and other technicians with an established track record.The borrow
  • Intermedia shows excellent form, predicts better

    Intermedia has posted pre-tax earnings of Euros27.5m, 46% above the Euros18.8m forecast when the company floated on Frankfurt's Neuer Markt in May 2000 as Internationalmedia AG.Final net income for last year reached Euros19.7m, 99% above the Euros9.9m that the company projected when it floated. Intermedia's cash reserve was Euros191.3m at year-end, including Euros169m from the company's listing.The only black spot in the results was turnover, which at Euros149.7m was 23 % below
  • Istituto Luce: Apocalypse Nuovo

    Confirming a new, more aggressive attitude at Italy's Istituto Luce, head of distribution Giovanni Tamberi says he is in talks to buy Italian rights to Francis Ford Coppola's expanded version of Apocalypse Now. Should Tamberi succeed in obtaining rights to the film, which will premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival in May, it would mark another major coup for the state distributor after the acquisition and highly-publicized re-release this week of Stanley Kubrick's
  • Italy's Film Exporters lobby for loans

    In a bid to give a major boost to the Italian film industry, Italy's National Film Exporters Union is appealing to the government to give more financial support to projects with significant international appeal.Roberto Di Girolamo, the president of Italy's Film Exporters, will ask the cultural ministry to evaluate screenplays on the basis of their exportability, and to loan 50% of an approved project's budget to the sales company that is handling international rights. The funds
  • JSA - Joint Security Area

    Screened at Berlin (Competition). Dir: Park Chan-Wook. South Korea. 2000. 110mins. If nothing else, Korean director Park Chan-Wook's JSA - Joint Security Area can boast a highly unusual setting for its drama - the border between North and South Korea, the last flashpoint of the defunct Cold War. It is a location that gives an original twist to this political thriller with a winningly compelling human drama at its core. Already a huge hit in Korea, where it attra
  • Kar joins UK's New Cinema Fund

    The UK's Film Council has appointed Himesh Kar senior executive in charge of culturally diverse film-making for the New Cinema Fund. Kar, who was previously development producer at London's World Productions and a junior agent with the William Morris Agency (UK), will work with New Cinema Fund head Paul Trijbits to encourage black and Asian film production in the UK. The New Cinema Fund has an annual budget of £5m to support first-time film-makers and innovative projects.Kar hop
  • Local films have legs, Hannibal has teeth

    Norwegian documentary Heftig Og Begeistret, directed by Knut Erik Jensen, continues to hold strong at the local box office, where the box office share of local films is one of the lowest in Europe (5-7%). It has grossed $1,023,922, achieving admissions of 169,464 to March 4, and after 7 weeks on release still holds second place. The hit opened on just 10 prints but has since expanded onto 31, a rare occurrence in the territory. The film, distributed by Europafilm, follows a male choir
  • Locarno to reveal secrets of American Cinema

    From the "veiled racism" of The Deer Hunter to the more blatant kind evidenced by David Carradine's substitution of martial arts legend Bruce Lee in Kung Fu - the TV series Lee himself conceived - the issues facing Asian American cinema are explored in a major retrospective at August's Locarno International Film Festival.This year's retrospective, provisionally titled Asian Americans - Filmmaking in the Immigrant Community, will focus on movie emigres from China, Hong Kon
  • Metropolitan, Nexo sign New Line mega-deals

    New Line International has made a host of international sales on its latest slate totalling over $40m worth of business, according to NLI president Rolf Mittweg who is also the co-chairman of worldwide marketing for New Line Cinema.The deals, clinched before, during and after the recent American Film Market include another multi-picture package with Samuel Hadida's Metropolitan Filmexport for France encompassing Rush Hour 2, Sam I Am, Simone, Life As A House
  • Monkeybone

    Dir: Henry Selick. US. 2000. 92mins.For all its manic energy and elaborately-designed fantasy elements, Monkeybone, director Henry Selick's live-action follow-up to his acclaimed animated outings The Nightmare Before Christmas and James And The Giant Peach, feels disappointingly flat. The film (based on the graphic novel Dark Town) appears to be aiming for a mix of sweet-natured romance and the kind of dark, twisted humour often conjured up by
  • Ocean Warrior turns into beached whale

    Failure to secure a completion bond has grounded the biggest production in the history of Dutch cinema. With a $60 million budget, Ocean Warrior (a biopic of Greenpeace founder Paul Watson) was to be directed by John Badham, with starring roles for Aidan Quinn and Billy Bob Thornton. When financiers MPC Capital raised only half of the budget through the current Dutch tax scheme, production was postponed three times. Producers Bous de Jong and Pieter Kroonenburg failed to find al
  • Planeta 2010 moves on education and Revelation

    Heralding the frenzied competition for content to feed Spain's expanding TV market, publishing giant Grupo Planeta's media entity Planeta 2010 announced it would invest a whopping $33m (pts6,000m) over the next five years in the production of a single thematic channel: interactive educational channel Beca TV.Beca, which offers traditional cultural and educational content, aims to break new ground by developing interactive services like distance learning, university course information a
  • Plural signs with New York Times TV

    New Spanish production outfit Plural Entertainment, a 100%-backed Grupo Prisa company with headquarters in Madrid and New York, has signed a landmark co-production agreement with the television filial of The New York Times.The accord, the first of its kind for The New York Times TV, will see the two firms co-produce television product for joint distribution worldwide, beginning with an English-language documentary series about Cuba set to shoot this spring. The agreement will encompass
  • Quiero fulfils desire for Paramount Comedy

    Spanish digital terrestrial pay television platform Quiero TV has extended its non-exclusive output agreement with Paramount Pictures to add the thematic channel Paramount Comedy into the platform's package offer. Paramount Comedy is the first new channel Quiero has incorporated since its launch last May. The channel can already be seen in Spain on digital satellite platform Canal Satelite Digital, where it has aired since March 1999, and on cable network Ono. Quiero maintains non-excl
  • Regent buys It Had To Be You with Henstridge

    Regent Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to romantic comedy It Had To Be You starring Natasha Henstridge and Michael Vartan as two strangers who meet in New York while planning their respective weddings.Produced by Neil Kaplan and Steven Feder and directed by Feder, the film was originally distributed internationally by Gene George, president of Regent International, during his tenure as president of NewStar Worldwide. George also negotiated the acquisition of domestic
  • Resident Evil benefits from Constantin's credit

    Paul Anderson's Resident Evil ,the big-screen adaptation of the video game, is the first project to benefit from a $140m revolving credit line granted to Bernd Eichinger's Constantin Film by a bank consortium led by the DG Bank.The agreement between the consortium, comprising the DG Bank, Bayerische Landesbank Girozentrale, BHF BANK AG and Bankhaus Reuschel & Co and Constantin will run until December 31, 2004 and enable the German mini-major to finance its ambitious plans for ex
  • See Spot Run

    Dir: John Whitesell. US. 2001. 94 mins.Aimed squarely at an audience of families with younger children, See Spot Run does not waste much effort on subtleties. The comedy is a mix of basic slapstick and potty humour, while the plot spins a sugary romance around a perky blonde, an orphaned postman, a cute kid and a lovable mutt - with the latter enjoying the most fully-developed characterisation. The dog even gets a supporting cast of rascally - but still lovable - canines.
  • ShoWest 2001

    ShoWest 2001Behind the spectacle of some of Hollywood's hottest stars attending this year's ShoWest, lies the spectre of some of the most established US cinema operators facing bankruptcy.Snatched conversations between the many thousand-strong delegates, will be as much about the latest extravagant distributor showreel/performance as the overbuilding that has caused the exhibition crisis; how other exhibitors have learned from this and are now opting for acquisition and m
  • ShoWest: Boeing offers digital transition scheme

    Hoping to break the deadlock between exhibitors and studios over who should pay for the transition to digital cinema projection, several companies including the world's largest aircraft-maker are using this week's ShoWest convention in Las Vegas to announce independent financing schemes.The Boeing Company, and a joint venture of Technicolor and Qualcomm were both preparing to announce plans to fund digital transmission systems that would then be leased to theatre. Boeing unveile
  • Sonet couples with Trust

    Denmark's Trust Film Sales has struck an output deal with prolific Swedish production and distribution outfit Sonet. The deal hatched on the eve of last month's AFM gives Trust, part of Denmark's Zentropa Entertainment empire, two more titles to add to its Cannes list. First up will be Home Sour Home, (Hem Ijuva Hem), a family drama about a 13 year old boy by Asian director Dan Ying. Billed as Sweden's answer to Once Were Warriors, the film stars Michael Nyqvist and Alexa
  • Spain considers abolishing screen quotas

    The general director of Spain's Cinema Institute (ICAA) and members of the Spanish film community are set to appear before a congressional committee this week to argue the finer points of proposed changes to the country's cinema law, including the controversial dissolution of screen quotas.The new law, submitted by the Ministry of Culture for approval by Congress and subsequently Senate, includes a measure to do away with the country's veteran screen quota system which requires exhibit
  • Spanish fest to host Sundance script lab

    Spanish fest to host Sundance script labThe Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (June 1-9) will play host to the first Sundance Institute Scriptwriters' Lab to be held in Spain in conjunction with national authors and editors rights' organization SGAE.The lab will be held May 21-26, just prior to the fourth edition of the festival. Among the ten projects chosen to participate in the lab are: Mateo Gil's Aguas Muertas, Juanjo Diaz Polo's Oro Rojo, Jose Carlos Ruiz and V
  • Studio Babelsberg mourns death of Schaper

    Less than four months after the death of Helkon Media's Werner Koenig, the German film industry has been dealt another blow with news of the untimely death of Studio Babelsberg CEO and Head of Production Rainer Schaper at the age of 50 from a heart attack last weekend. Schaper, who had studied Architecture, History of Art and Set Design in Hamburg, Berlin and Paris, had worked since 1978 as a production designer and art director on a total 42 feature films, including Uli Edel's Chri
  • Tellux takes Progress in Germany

    The Tellux Group has become the major shareholder in the privatised former East German distributor Progress Film after Drefa Media Holding, a subsidiary of the Leipzig-based public broadcaster MDR, sold its 37.5% stake for an undisclosed six-figure sum.With Drefa's exit, Tellux now has increased its stake from 37.5% to 60%, while Kinowelt Medien has raised its holding from 25% to 40%.As Drefa managing director Juergen Vogel-Jahn told the media journal epd medien, "the sale of th
  • The Mexican goes good, not great, guns with $20.3m

    As expected, DreamWorks SKG's superstar vehicle The Mexican which teams Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts topped the North American box office over the weekend, scoring a mighty $20.3m which is the biggest opening ever for the first weekend in March. The R-rated crime caper opened in 2,951 theatres, averaging $6,879 per theatre, which is a strong if not excellent performance. R-rated hit Hannibal, for example, opened with a theatre-average of nearly $18,000.Reviews were mediocr
  • Tiger Aspect unveils new slate of films

    Tiger Aspect Pictures, the film arm of leading TV comedy producer Tiger Aspect Productions, is readying a fresh slate after the company scored three hits out of three with Billy Elliot, Kevin And Perry Go Large and Bean.Steve Bendelack of surreal comedy show The League of Gentlemen is now attached to direct the darkly funny road movie Driving Big Davie from a script by Colin Bateman. Tiger is also developing Crazy Horse, a family-oriented story being
  • TV-Loonland signs first big deal with BBC

    German children's entertainment specialist TV-Loonland has signed its first programming deal with the UK's BBC following the sale of the animation series Cramp Twins and Clifford.The 26 x 30-minute episodes of Cramp Twins were co-produced by TV-Loonland's US subsidiary Sunbow Entertainment and the Cartoon Network UK, and will be aired this year by the BBC in its "CBBC" children's programming block, while the 40 x 30-minute episodes of Scholastic Entertainment's Cliffor
  • UK audiences show taste for Chocolat

    Despite the best efforts of four new entries, UIP's Hannibal continued its reign at the head of the UK box office for the third week runnin. The film, which took $2,989,577 (£2,026,933) in the three-days March 2-4, has now accumulated a massive total gross of $25,097,574. Although the film dropped 43% from the previous weekend, a lack of challengers opening next weekend (amongst them UK hopeful Born Romantic and inspired mockumentary Best In Show) should ensure the
  • Warner signs free-tv deal with Greece's Star

    Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a multi-year free television deal with Greece's Star Channel. The deal, which extends an existing relationship, includes the free television broadcast rights to feature films from Warner Bros.,HBO's cable mini-series The Sopranos and TV television series such as ER, and The West Wing, as well as animated series, TV movies, mini-series and documentary programming.Star Channel is one of Gree
  • Zentropa: Bodils well at Danish awards

    At the Bodil Awards on March 4 in Copenhagen, the Danish film-journalists and -critics' association gave out their prestigious prizes to last year's best films and acting talents.The award has been around since 1948, making it one of the oldest in Europe, but seldom, if ever, has it seen stronger line-up of nominations. Unsurprisingly, however, it was progressive production outfit Zentropa that had its name on most of the nominations and the awards. Per Fly's realistic drama