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9 October 2005

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  • 3 Needles

    Dir/scr: Thom Fitzgerald.Can. 2005. 123mins.A film with sweeping emotional heft and extensive geographical remit - fromSouth Africa to China and Montreal via three separate AIDS-themed stories -Thom Fitzgerald's 3 Needles ultimately falls victim to its own ambition.While it conveys enormoussympathy to both subject and locations shoots it is likely to be a tough sell,both domestically and overseas. Genuine interest is likely to be dampened bythe sprawl of
  • A Little Trip To Heaven

    Dir:Baltasar Kormakur. Ice. 2005. 98mins.For his latest feature A Little Trip To Heaven,Icelandic film-maker Baltasar Kormakur takes audiences on a modest littleadventure in the other direction as well and the familiar hellish genre of themodern neo-noir. This time however the focus is not on some disaffected,world-weary flatfoot and his cheating, ultra-treacherous woman, but on a humbleinsurance claims inve
  • All The Invisible Children

    Dirs: Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, KatiaLund, Jordan and Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso, John Woo. It. 2005. 131mins.Portmanteau films arelike chocolate assortments: pretty boring once all the coffee creams have gone.The latest multi-director outing to test international audiences' limitedappetite for the genre, All The Invisible Children is a worthy butuneven series of riffs on the plight of children threatened by war andexploitation around th
  • Allegro

    Dir. Christoffer Boe.Den. 2005. 88mins.Christoffer Boe returnsto themes that he explored in his 2003 Camera D'Or winner Reconstructionwith Allegro, a science-fiction feature that focuses on how a person canwipe away their past while still be reliant on trust and faith.A visually enticing picture,its best chances lie at home in Denmark, where it has just opened. Beyond thatit will need to count on festivals and arthouses to find its
  • Arts Alliance acquires Danish DVD rental outfit

    Arts Alliance Media, the owner of the UK's DVD rentalcompany LOVEFiLM, and lScandinavian operator Boxman AB of Sweden, has furtherincreased its European network with the acquisition of Digitarian A/S,Denmark's largest online DVD rental company.Theacquisition was made through Boxman and means the group will now serve over20,000 customers in Scandinavia."Boxman choseDigitarian be
  • Benigni unveils Tiger And The Snow in Rome

    Roberto Benigni has unveiledin Rome his widely anticipated Baghdad-set comedy, The Tiger and The Snow,which opens in Italy on October 14 on a huge 800 screens.The film stars two-timeAcademy Award-winner Benigni as a poet desperately trying to woo back the womanof his dreams. He suddenly finds himself with her in Iraq in midst of the war,and is ready to do anything in and above his power to help her out.The Tiger and The Snow also features Jean Reno as an Iraqi poet
  • Biber to head publicity at Dimension Films

    Liz Biber has been namedsenior vice president of publicity for Dimension Films and began work at TheWeinstein Company on Oct 3.Based in Los Angeles, she will supervise all of Dimension's campaigns.She reports directly to Liza Burnett, the recently appointed executive vicepresident of publicity for The Weinstein Company."Liz has incredible energyand a proven track record in the industry and I am pleased to have attractedsuch talent to o
  • Bond looks outside UK for Casino Royale shoot

    Very little of theforthcoming James Bond feature Casino Royale is to shoot at the 007franchise's traditional home, the UK's Pinewood Studios, according to thefilm's director Martin Campbell.The film's productionlocation has been heavily speculated in recent months, ever since ScreenInternational reported in May that the Czech Republic's Barrandov Studioswas in talks with Bond producers Eon to host the shoot.In an interview with ScreenDaily.comyesterday, Camp
  • Brazilian outfits forge Euro co-production on samba doc

    ThreeBrazilian production outfits - Total Filmes, Buriti Filmes and Boca a Boca -have sealed a co-production deal with Gloria Films of France and Fado Filmes ofPortugal to produce music documentary Os Guardioes Do Samba (Guardians OfSamba).
  • C.R.A.Z.Y.

    Dir: Jean-Marc Vallee.Can. 2005. 127mins.Recently selected asCanada's submission for the best foreign language Oscar, the family saga C.R.A.Z.Y.emerges as both the quintessence of contemporary cinema from Quebec and a talethat seamlessly taps into a universal zeitgeist.The travails, sexualawakening and socio-political turmoil of the 1970s, as seen through the eyes ofthe fourth son of a working-class Montreal family, provides a vivid andex
  • Capital Arts makes Push into international sales

    Mike Elliott and RobKerchner's Los Angeles-based Capital Arts Entertainment has launched aninternational sales arm, Push Worldwide.Founded by Elliott, Kerchnerand Joe Genier, Push will acquire and distribute completed pictures as well asassorted Capital Arts product, and the principals are preparing an aggressiveslate for next month's AFM in Santa Monica.The slate includes RodParmenter's extreme teen sports adventure Kids Who Rip
  • Cartoon penguins get day-and-date IMAX 3D release

    George Miller's animatedmusical Happy Feet, about a tap-dancing Emperor Penguin in theAntarctic, will be released domestically in IMAX 3D day-and-date with itsconventional release through Warner Bros on Nov 17, 2006.The all-star ensemble voicecast includes Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman andBrittany Murphy. Warner Bros holds worldwide rights.Doug Mitchell, Bill Millerand Miller produced, with Gra
  • Chainsaw opens first European post facility in Romania

    California-based film and video production servicescompany Chainsaw has opened its first European post-production facility inBucharest, Romania."Thesuccess of the movie Cold Mountain and other TV and movie projectsraised Romania's profile as an excellent place to make and produce beautifulfilms, commercials and TV for far less money,' Chainsaw founder andpresident Bill DeRonde said.
  • City, Aspirins win top Rio prizes

    Sergio Machado's CidadeBaixa (Lower City) won the best fiction feature prize at the RioIntrernational Film Festival and Marcelo Gomes' Cinema, Aspirinas E Urubus (Cinema, Aspirins And Vultures) took home the festival's second, the special jury prizeat the festival's closing ceremony tonight (Thursday). The awards were handed outthe Odeon BR theatre, where all of 37 local films were screened in competition,as part of the Premiere Brasil section.Cida
  • Crowe to host Australian Film Institute Awards

    One of the biggest names inshow business anywhere in the world, actor Russell Crowe, is to host the 2005Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards in November in Melbourne.In a statement announcing thenews, Crowe said the ceremony will be "irreverent and respectful in equalmeasures". He continued: "Interesting TV, that's the aim. Fast-paced, fun
  • Danish film-makers take aim at Dogme, Trier

    Two high profile Danishfilm-makers have embarked on new projects that appear to be attacks on thecountry's most famous film exports - Lars von Trier and the Dogme movement.Upcoming films from OleBornedal (I Am Dina) and Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples)both indirectly address Trier's position as the local king of art film.The prolific Anders ThomasJensen has written Spraengfarlig Bombe(literally translated as
  • Dinerstein & Vitale exit Paramount Classics

    Paramount Classics co-heads David Dinerstein and Ruth Vitale areleaving the division after they were told this week their contracts will not berenewed in February 2006.
  • Estrada, Indian get galas at AFI FEST

    The US premieresof Tommy Lee Jones' redemption saga The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada and Roger Donaldson's The World'sFastest Indian will beAFI FEST 2005's centerpiece galas on Nov 7 and 8.Specialscreenings include Stephen Frears' period drama Mrs Henderson Presents, Michael Winterbottom's comedy TristramShandy: A Cock And Bull Story, Neil Jordan's transvestite drama Breakfast On Pluto, Roger Spottiswoode's thriller RipleyUnder Ground, a
  • Europa Corp cranks up Harlan Coben adaptation

    French actor Guillaume Canet is in the middle of productionon his latest directorial effort Tell NoOne, based on American writer Harlan Coben'sbestselling thriller.Thefilm is produced by Alain Attal with EuropaCorp., M6 and Les Productions duTresor on a Euros 15m budget. EuropaCorp. will commence sales
  • Focus does roaring trade on The Tiger And The Snow

    Focus Features has pre-soldRoberto Benigni's latest comedy The Tiger And The Snow to a raft of territories ahead of its widelyanticipated Italian release next week on Oct 14.The film has been sold to France (Pathe), Germany (Telemunchen), Benelux (A-Film), Greece (Odeon), Iceland (Sena), Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Switzerland (Ascot Elite),and Turkey (Ozen).AQS has acquired rights for Bulgaria,the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania.Ben
  • Focus unveils raft of Tiger And The Snow sales

    Focus Features has pre-soldRoberto Benigni's latest comedy The Tiger and The Snow to a raft ofterritories ahead of its widely-anticipated Italian release on October 14.The film has been sold toFrance (Pathe), Germany (Telemunchen), Benelux (A-Film), Greece (Odeon),Iceland (Sena), Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Switzerland (AscotElite), Turkey (Ozen).AQS has acquired rights forBulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Benigni's Baghdad
  • Fortissimo adds Hart Sharp collection to library

    Fortissimo Films hasexpanded its library of TV rights by acquiring the five-film catalogue of NewYork-based production company Hart Sharp Entertainment.Titles covered by the dealinclude films such as Dark Harbour, directed by Adam Coleman Howard; Lift,from DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter; and award-winning You Can Count On Meby Kenneth Lonergan.Fortissimo, whichestablished a TV sales division earlier this year headed by Esther Bannenberg,plans to launch the
  • France slows down runaway production trend

    According to a new study by France's National Film Commission, runawayproduction has been largely stemmed in France thanks to new initiatives put inplace by public bodies.The study notes that from 1998 to 2003, the number of shooting weeksspent outside France had practically doubled from 220 to 424. In 2004, however,that figure dropped back down to 288.
  • Golconda Films completes Camille financing

    London-based Golconda Films looks to have completed thefinancing on its twisted honeymoon adventure, Camille, to star SiennaMiller, Nick Stahl and Harvey Keitel.The $4.5m project is being co-financed by new sales outfitVoltage Pictures, headed by international sales veteran Nicolas Chartier, whichwill handle international sales. Odeon Films is set to release the film inCanada and further deals are pending with UK and Scandinavian distributors.Camille marks the feature deb
  • Gromit goes Latin in Spain, Brazil, Mexico

    DreamWorksInternational's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit has stormed off to an early $6.8minternational running total and executives will be looking to build when theanimated picture launches through UIP in Brazil, Mexico and Spain on Oct 7.Paramount'srevenge drama Four Brothers gets a big push this weekend when UIP unleashes it in France onOct 5, followed by Italy and Mexico on Oct 7. It has taken $4.2m to date.MeanwhileUniversal's comedy The 40
  • Habana Blues to kick off LA Latin film festival

    The 9th AnnualLos Angeles Latino International Film Festival will open on Oct 21 with BenitoZambrano's Spanish drama Habana Blues. The picture, which played inUn Certain Regard at Cannes this year, charts the fortunes of two Cubanmusicians given the chance to leave their country in exchange for a recordingcontract. The programmeincludes 52 short films from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Mexico,Peru, Spain and the US that will screen over two days from Oct 22-23
  • Heroes And Villains cranks up in London

    Shooting is underway in London on romantic comedy Heroesand Villains, the directorial debut of Selwyn Roberts, the producer ofBAFTA-winning TV drama Shackleton..Produced by Mark Pegg through One Vision Films, Heroesand Villains is the story of a group of young London lads who come up withthe idea of setting up a company to "test your partners' fidelity." The film is scripted by and stars newcomer David Raymond.Also in the cast are James Corden (The Histor
  • Hildebrand joins Kimmel as creative executive under Horberg

    Former Wonderland Films development executive Jodi Hildebrand hasjoined Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) as a creative executive.
  • India's PVR unveils expansion plans

    Indian multiplex cinema operator PVR is looking to raiseUS$ 33 million via an IPO to finance new cinema projects and expand its filmdistribution business. The company plans to expand its footprint to Mumbai,Chennai, Ludhiana, Aurangabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Gurgaon, Lucknow, and Latur,besides Delhi. PVR, a pioneer of multiplex development in India, is thelargest cinema exhibition player in the country. Beginning commercialoperations in June 1997 with the launch of PVR Anupam in S
  • Italian film industry to strike in protest at funding cuts

    All cinemas in Italy will be closed on Friday October 14as part of a strike by the national film industry to protest against massivenew cuts to government funding.In its 2006budget proposal, the Silvio Berlusconi government has set out a paltry Euros 50mto support film - compared to Euros 84m last year.The cuts to thefilm industry are part of a wider cut in funding to Italy's entertainment fund(FUS), which comprises opera, dance and theatre, as well as film. Under thegovernment
  • Jackson and Walsh add sparkle to Halo

    Peter Jackson and Fran Walshhave signed on as executive producers on the upcoming adaptation of the smashhit video game Halo.The pair will offer creative advice through theirWingNut Films, and Jackson's Weta Digital and Weta Workshop will provide visualeffects, creatures and miniatures for the production.The Universal Pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment and Microsoft project marksthe first time Jackson and Walsh will perform these services on a major studioproject withou
  • Keaton, Mendes, Crash cast to receive HFA honours

    Diane Keaton will receivethe Hollywood Career Achievement Award, Sam Mendes will collect the HollywoodDirector of the Year Award, and the cast of Crash will receive the Hollywood Ensemble Acting of theYear Award at the Hollywood Awards gala on Oct 24.Keaton won the best actress Academy Award in 1978 for Annie Hall and received three further nominations, mostrecently for Something's Gotta Givein 2004.She will next appear in drama The
  • Kindred makes US play for Hoffman's Game 6

    Kindred Media Group hasacquired North American distribution rights to Michael Hoffman's dramaticcomedy Game 6, starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.Exploring the existentialcrisis of a Broadway playwright and baseball fanatic, Game 6 is based onan original screenplay by acclaimed novelist Don DeLillo. It is directed byMichael Hoffman and produced by Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, Leslie Urdang, andChristina Weiss Lurie. Kindred plans to open Game6 in m
  • Kopelevich to spearhead sales for Bleiberg

    EhudBleiberg's ambitious Los Angeles-based finance and production outfit BleibergEntertainment has appointed Roman Kopelevich tospearhead its salesactivities.As vice president of worldwide sales for Bleiberg Entertainment, Kopelevichwill start in earnest at the upcoming American Film Market,where
  • Korean films dominate Asia Pacific Film Festival

    The four-day long Asia Pacific Film Festival wrapped onSaturday night with South Korea taking three major awards, including best film(Tae Guk Gi), best director (Tae Guk Gi's Kang Je-Gyu) and best actor(A Family's Joo Hyun).This year marks the 50th golden jubileecelebration of the event, which was held in Malaysia and organised by theMinistry of Culture, Arts and
  • Korean star power on parade at glitzy Pusan opening

    The 10th edition of Asia's leading film showcase and industry event, the Pusan InternationalFilm Festival (PIFF), kicked off on Thursday with a glitzy opening thathighlighted South Korea's emergence as the new star factory of Asia.With 5,000 spectators seatedin front of a massive outdoor screen, the event featured fireworks, a surpriseperformance by pan-Asian pop phenom BoA and
  • Kovacs, Zsigmond named legends by Hungarian cinematographers

    Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, along with Hungariancinematographers Gyorgy Illes and Janos Toth, will be the first recipients ofThe Legend Award from the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC).
  • Lebel joins Wolf in international sales at Peace Arch

    Former HBO Films London executive Lissa Lebel has joinedToronto-based production and distribution outfit Peace Arch Entertainment Groupas director of international sales.
  • Mullins, Frain, Burton join cast of Quid Pro Quo

    Aimee Mullins, James Frainand Kate Burton have joined the cast of HDNet Films' Quid Pro Quo, partof a slate of seven new titles the company announced in Toronto.Based on the novel by CarlosBrooks, Quid Pro Quo stars Nick Stahl as a wheelchair-bound public radiojournalist who meets a driven, able-bodied woman played by Vera Farmiga whocraves to become paralysed and live life on wheels.The picture is cur
  • NBC UITD names two key European executives

    NBC Universal InternationalTelevision Distribution has appointed two new European sales executives, namingCarolyn Stalins president of liaison for France and Italy, and Sven Nothdirector of liaison for Germany.Stalins, who formerly served as senior vice president of MGM InternationalTelevision Distribution in London, moves to Paris where she will oversee freeand pay television sales in France, Italy and French-speaking Europe.She reports to NBC Universal In
  • New York comedy heads Indian music major's debut slate

    Indian music major Saregamahas unveiled a slate of seven features, headed by Karma Confession &Holy to be directed by New York-based Indian filmmaker Manish Gupta.The comedy, which starsIndian actors Sushmita Sen and Randeep Hooda, begins shooting in New York this month. It follows three sets of characters - Indianswho have migrated to the US, Indians born in the
  • Nexo takes Italian rights to Sorry, Haters

    Italiandistributor Nexo has picked up local distribution rights to Jeff Stanzler's Sorry,Haters, marking the first international deal for the film.Produced byInDigEnt, Sorry, Haters is a psychological thriller set in New Yorkwhich stars Robin Wright Penn. The picture,produced by Stanzler, Jake Abraham, Karen Jaroneski and Gary Winick, had itsworld premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. "We areparticularly proud of being the first territory to acquire the rig
  • Paradise, Guernsey emerge as best Dutch films

    Hani Abu-Assad's Paradise Now and Nanouk Leopold's Guernseydominatedthe Golden Calf awards for the best Dutch films, handed out on Friday night atthe Dutch Film festival.Internationally acclaimed Paradise Now received the Golden Calffor best picture and best editing, Guernsey took best directing(Nanouk Leopold), best actress (Maria Kraakman) and the Prize of the Dutch FilmCritics. Best actor was Thijs Römer for his part as a journalist in 06/05,
  • Participant creates social action campaign website for upcoming films

    JeffSkoll's Los Angeles-based production company Participant Productions islaunched a revamped website last week containing information about film-relatedsocial action campaigns.
  • Pennebaker, Hegedus to get career award from IDA

    DA Pennebaker and ChrisHegedus will receive the International Documentary Association (IDA) 2005Career Achievement Award at the 21st Annual IDA Distinguished DocumentaryAchievement Awards Benefit Gala on Dec 9 in Hollywood.The duo has collaborated onsuch award winning titles as The War Room, for which they jointly received an Oscar nomination in 1994, ElaineStritch At Liberty, Jimi PlaysMonterey, and Startup.com."DA Pennebaker and ChrisHegedus have ma
  • Polish Film Centre chief named

    Poland's Deputy Culture Minister AgnieszkaOdorowicz has been appointed by Culture Minister Waldemar Dabrowski as thedirector of the new Polish Film Centre (PISF).The new body, whichwill bring the activities of the Film Production Agency, Script Support Agencyand Polish Film Promotion together under one roof with an annual budget ofEuros 25m, is due to start operations from January 1, 2006.
  • Relativity secures multi-picture deal with Warner Bros

    Relativity Media hasfinalised a multi-picture co-financing deal with Warner Bros that is expectedto see total production spend reach $528m for the first six features.All titles have been pre-selected and are scheduled to open by February 2007."The deal closed less than 60 days after the signing of the initial termsheet - testimony to both the quality of Warner's product and the wherewithalof the capital provider involved here," Relativity's chief executive officerRyan Kavanaug
  • Rezo strikes deals on Brize's Loved

    Following a strong showing at the recent San Sebastian FilmFestival, Stephane Brize's Not Here To BeLoved has closed a string of distribution deals.France'sRezo Films has sold the film to Spain's Alta, Canada's Seville Pictures,Victory in Benelux, Odeon in Greece, Mokep in Hungary, Columbia's Cinemac andSwitzerland's Xenix. Negotiations are un
  • Rio Festival, FIPRESCI launch Latin American film prize

    Critics organization FIPRESCI is teaming up with the the RioInternational Film Festival aka Festival Do Rio to introduce a new FIPRESCIprize for best Latin American film of the year which will be awarded for thefirst time at the festival next year.
  • Rocket comedy It's A Boy Girl Thing starts production

    Elton John's London-basedRocket Pictures and Toronto-based Prospero Pictures have begun principalphotography in and around Toronto on the Canadian-UK romantic comedy It's ABoy Girl Thing.Production is expected to move to the UK after Nov 20 on the story ofneighbours and sworn enemies who wake up in each other's bodies and set abouttrying to destroy each other's high school reputations.The Icon Entertainment International presentation is being produced in associationwith
  • Rogue Pictures appoints creative pair

    Paul Getto and Alex Heinemanhave been named creative executives at Focus Features' genre label RoguePictures.Based in New York, theexecutives will report to Rogue's production chief Andrew Rona, who joined thecompany in September after serving five years as co-president of DimensionFilms.Getto has spent two years atFocus in the offices of co-heads David Linde and James Schamus, and prior tothat he worked for more than a year with Sam Cohn at ICM's East Coast offices.Heine
  • Roth, Littman to run business and legal affairs at Weinstein Co

    Miramaxexecutives Eric Roth and Barry Littman have joined The Weinstein Company asexecutive vice presidents and co-heads of business and legal affairs. Both executiveswill based in the company's Los Angeles office and report directly to Bob andHarvey Weinstein. Roth and Littmanwill oversee the company's business and legal affairs division and negotiatedeals covering all aspects of The Weinstein Company's feature and televisionbusiness, including development, production, acquisit
  • Schloendorff, Kaurismaki projects win German funding

    New films by Volker Schloendorff, Mika Kaurismaki,Angelina Maccarone, Ute Wieland and Djamshed Usmonov are among projectsreceiving production support from Filmstiftung NRW and MedienboardBerlin-Brandenburg (MBB) at their latest funding sessions.Veteran filmmaker Schloendorff received Euros 120,000from MBB for his historical drama Heldin Wider Willen about AnnaWalentynowicz, the initiator of the Solidarity movement in the Gdanskdockyards. Katharina Thalbach has been cast as the c
  • Service of Thanksgiving for Lord Brabourne to be held in London

    AMemorial Service of Thanksgiving for Lord Brabourne CBE, who died last month,is to be held in London on November 15 at The Guards Chapel at 3:00pm.Lord Brabourne was a much respected film maker, whoproduced and co-produced 16 international feature films, which collectivelyreceived 25 Oscars/ Oscar nominations.Lord Brabourne was also a Director, and Chairman for twoyears, of Thames Television, a Director of Thorn EMI, a founding director ofthe merchandising g
  • Shinobi

    Dir: Ten Shimoyama. Jap.2005.101mins.Already sold to 14foreign territories and with strong remake potential, Ten Shimoyama's Shinobiresembles recent Japanese period epics like Red Shadow, SamuraiResurrection and Azumi in its computer game-like structure andtargets their teen audiences accordingly.But in telling his story oftwo warring ninja clans, Shimoyama also aspires to the epic, mythic quality ofZhang Yimou's H
  • Shutter duo to reteam on Thai-Korean horror

    The two writer-directorsbehind Thai blockbuster Shutter - Parkpoom Wongpoom and BanjongPisanthanakun - are planning a new horror picture, Alone, which willshoot in Thailand and Korea from March next year. The film, which was unveiledat the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea this weekend - will also feature cast from bothcountries. With a budget of $2.5m, the film is the biggest yet from
  • Singapore censors lift ban on gay-themed Lan Yu

    Singapore's film censors have lifted the ban on Stanley Kwan's2001 gay-themed drama Lan Yu, which local distributor Festive Filmsplans to release one week after Kwan's latest film, Everlasting Regret,on October 13. Gay-themed films havetraditionally been banned outright in Singapore. However, Lan Yu has now been rated R21, thanksto the rev
  • Singapore to host festival for new Asian directors

    Singapore is set to host a new film festival for first-timedirectors - the Asian Festival of First Films (AFFF) - which is scheduled torun from November 23-30 with an awards gala on the final night. Organised by Indian productioncompany Teamwork Films with backing from corporate sponsors, the festival aimsto provide a new platform for emerging Asian talent. Eight awards are up forgrabs for films nominated in the competitio
  • Sitges kicks off with Cronenberg's Violence

    QuentinTarantino, Jodie Foster, Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg are among thehigh-profile guests expected at Catalunya's International Film Festival (Oct9-17), which kicks off on Sunday in the coastal resort town of Sitges.The festival'sswitch back from December to its traditional October dates has helped attractthe talents, director Angel Sala told local press.Sitges opens onSunday with Joss Whedon's Serenity and closes with Cronenberg's A His
  • Sloan science prize at Hamptons goes to Cardia

    Su Rynard's Canadian drama Kardia will receive the $25,000 Alfred P Sloan Foundationcash prize at the upcoming Hamptons International Film Festival.The storycentres on a pathologist who discovers she is linked to another personfollowing an experimental heart operation she underwent as a child.The Sloan awardis handed out to work that explores science and technology themes in fresh,innovative ways and depicts scientists and engineers in a realistic andc
  • Sundance launches first commissioning fund backed by Sloan

    The Sundance Institute has created the Sloan Commissioning Fundthrough a grant from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation to support the development,presentation and celebration of science and technology through independentfilm.
  • Sunflower (Xiangrikui)

    Dir: Zhang Yang. Chi-HK.2005. 128mins.With SunflowerZhang Yang (The Shower, Quitting) returns with anotherconfrontational saga between father and son, this time in the shape of alargely autobiographical tale that runs from the eve of the Cultural Revolutionup until the present day.Focusing on a single familywhose history is supposed to reflect on that of the nation, the film deals, asZhang himself admits, with material that
  • Terrence Howard named Rising Star at Palm Springs

    Terrence Howardwill collect the Rising Star Award at the 17th Annual Palm SpringsInternational Film Festival's awards gala on Jan 7, 2006. Howard wonacclaim for his role as a Memphis street hustler who aspires to becoming a rapstar in Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow, which also stars Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning,Ludacris, Taraji Henson, DJ Qualls and Isaac Hayes. Howard began hisacting career on television's The Cosby Show and became a fixture on the small screenci
  • The House Of Sand (Casa De Areia)

    Dir: Andrucha Waddington.Braz. 2005. 103mins.No, this isn't 2003's HouseOf Sand And Fog after the mist has lifted but Brazilian director AndruchaWaddington's first feature since his well-regarded Me You Them (2000),which won the top prize at Karlovy Vary.Set in northern Brazil'sforbidding state of Maranhao, now a conservation zone, it begins in 1910 andends, amazingly, nearly 60 years later. It's gloriously, perhaps a little tooglo
  • The Wild Blue Yonder

    Dir: Werner Herzog.Ger-Fr-UK. 81mins.At times in WernerHerzog's docu-drama The Wild Blue Yonder, as the glittering-eyed BradDourif rants at the camera, audiences could be forgiven for thinking that theyare being buttonholed by an extra-planetary version of Samuel TaylorColeridge's Ancient Mariner.Dourif plays an alien fromAndromeda who has been stranded on Earth for years. A grizzled, febrilepresence, he is in the grand tradition of Herzo
  • THINKFilm, HBO reunite for Favela Rising

    THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films have jointlyacquired Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's Favela Rising, which has been shortlisted for two International DocumentaryAssociation awards.The partners plan a 2006 release on the US-Brazilian co-production about aformer drug trafficker from a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum who turns socialactivist and campaigns against violence through his grassroots Afro-Reggaemovement.Lumina Films recently acquired internatio
  • THINKFilm, HBO reunite for Favela Rising

    THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films have jointlyacquired Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's Favela Rising, which has been shortlisted for two International DocumentaryAssociation awards.The partners plan a 2006 release on the US-Brazilian co-production about aformer drug trafficker from a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum who turns socialactivist and campaigns against violence through his grassroots Afro-Reggaemovement.Lumina Films recently
  • THINKFilm, HBO reunite for Favela Rising

    THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films have jointlyacquired Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's Favela Rising, which has been shortlisted for two International DocumentaryAssociation awards.The partners plan a 2006 release on the US-Brazilian co-production about aformer drug trafficker from a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum who turns socialactivist and campaigns against violence through his grassroots Afro-Reggaemovement.Lumina Films recently
  • THINKFilm, HBO reunite for Favela Rising

    THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films have jointlyacquired Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's Favela Rising, which has been shortlisted for two International DocumentaryAssociation awards.The partners plan a 2006 release on the US-Brazilian co-production about aformer drug trafficker from a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum who turns socialactivist and campaigns against violence through his grassroots Afro-Reggaemovement.Lumina Films recently
  • THINKFilm, HBO team up on Favela Rising

    THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films have jointlyacquired Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's Favela Rising, which has been shortlisted for two International DocumentaryAssociation awards.The partners plan a 2006 release on the US-Brazilian co-production about aformer drug trafficker from a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum who turns socialactivist and campaigns against violence through his grassroots Afro-Reggaemovement.Lumina Films recently
  • THINKFilm, HBO unite for Favela Rising

    THINKFilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films have jointlyacquired Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary's Favela Rising, which has been shortlisted for two International DocumentaryAssociation awards.The partners plan a 2006 release on the US-Brazilian co-production about aformer drug trafficker from a notorious Rio de Janeiro slum who turns socialactivist and campaigns against violence through his grassroots Afro-Reggaemovement.Lumina Films recently
  • Torrente 3 smashes Spanish box office records

    Torrente 3: The Protector, the third instalment inthe hugely successful local comedy franchise, made history on its openingweekend in Spain.Thefilm was released September 30 on a gargantuan 465 copies by UIP, whichreporteda record-making Euros 7.2m grossed off 1.38m admissions.The figuresmark the biggest opening ever for a film ofany nationality in Spain, surpassing prio
  • Trio of local films dominate Argentine box office

    Local films enjoyed one of their best weekends in recent memory at Argentina's box-office,holding all three top spots in the local chart.Local moviestook an impressive 47 percent of total ticket sales over the weekend of Sept 30to Oct 2 and have dominated the market since the beginning of September.
  • Two For The Money

    Dir: DJ Caruso. US. 2005.120minsSavvy gamblers shouldn't bet the house on the new high-stakes drama TwoFor The Money in which Al Pacino plays devilish mentor to MatthewMcConaughey (not too dissimilar to his role with Keanu Reeves in Devil'sAdvocate). A cross between Any Given Sunday (which also starredPacino) and Wall Street's 'greed is good' mantra, it shouldrack up healthiest numbers at home, where it opens this weekend.
  • Two For The Money

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