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Venice 2014

Life in Venice

COMMENT: Venice might have been sans Clooney this year, but there are plenty of reasons why this festival is still vital.

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Hill Of Freedom

Hill Of Freedom

By Dan Fainaru

Dir/scr: Hong Sang-soo. South Korea. 2014. 66mins



Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook's Fingersmith adaptation confirmed

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Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.

Concrete Night

Finland, Croatia, Serbia enter Oscar race

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Three new submissions hope to make the shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars 2015.

I Origins

Raindance unveils 2014 line-up

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Independent film festival to open with I Origins and close with Wolf.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes swings into top spot in China

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CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox International’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes kept local action title The Four 3 off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing a hefty $45.13m over its three-day opening weekend.

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Benicio Del Toro to receive San Seb award

2-Sep-2014 | By Francesca Wilson

Benicio Del Toro to be honoured at San Sebastian; Oscar-winning actor’s Escobar: Paradise Lost to close Pearls section.

Esio Trot behind the scenes

TWC takes Roald Dahl's Esio Trot for US

2-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

The Weinstein Company has picked up the US rights to Roald Dahl adaptation Esio Trot as it continues to pepper its TV slate with UK shows.

Gone Girl

Zurich adds Gone Girl to galas

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other new additions include St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer with Denzel Washington.

Thomas Vinterberg

TrustNordisk taking Vinterberg's Commune to Toronto

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Next project from Danish director of Oscar-nominated The Hunt headed to Toronto.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema going Back to the Future in LA

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser plans to rebuild Hill Valley in the US following a month-long run in London.

Cronenberg's Maps switches to Focus World

1-Sep-2014 | By

eOne and Prospero Pictures appear to have put the kibosh on an awards run for Cannes best actress winner Julianne Moore in a deal that sees David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars switch US distributors from eOne to Focus World.

Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier to make TV series

1-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Lars von Trier is readying an English-language TV series called The House That Jack Built.

Good Company Films

Yellow Bird execs launch new production company

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Good Company Films will combine the producers behind The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Lar von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark; three projects already in development.

Indie Sales to launch Zucchini, new Jolivet at Toronto

1-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: My Life As A Zucchini is written by Tomboy and Girlhood director Céline Sciamma.


Lucy holds UK box office lead

1-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi becomes director Luc Besson’s best-ever UK performer as it records a second straight week at the top of the chart.

Force Majeure

Sweden enters Force Majeure to Oscar race

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure has been chosen to compete for an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.

The Face of an Angel

BFI extends US distribution pilot to Toronto

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to Toronto.


Calinos veterans launch new Turkish distributor

1-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Two former executives from Calinos Films have set up a new distribution company, Fabula Films, acquiring all Turkish rights.

Ritzy Brixton

BECTU takes Living Wage campaign to exhibitors

1-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: BECTU turns to Curzon, other venues, as Ritzy deal nears.

Wild Bunch Benelux renamed September Film Distribution

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Name change follows move into co-production among other developments

Srinivasan Narayanan

Mumbai fest campaign raises $250k

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UPDATED: The social media campaign to save the Mumbai Film Festival, threatened with closure due to a lack of funding, has raised $250,000 in just two days.

Alexander Sokurov

Sokurov, Probst, Bondarchuk back new St. Petersburg event

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Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, EFM president Beki Probst and actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk (Stalingrad) are among the high-profile names backing a new event in St. Petersburg.

The Editor

Park, XYZ team on The Editor

1-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Midnight Madness thriller from Astron 6 stars Udo Kier, Paz de la Huerta.



David Gordon Green in Venice

David Gordon Green, Manglehorn

The director chats about fables, gospel choirs, casting Harmony Korine and Al Pacino’s preparation process.

Andrew Garfield, Ramin Bahrani and Michael Shannon in Venice

Ramin Bahrani: Cinema can't be an obsessive selfie

Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon talk about their detailed research for housing-crisis thriller 99 Homes, which receives its world premiere in Venice tonight (Aug 29)

Black Souls

Francesco Munzi, Black Souls

Francesco Munzi talks about the extensive research behind his Venice competition tilte Black Souls, about the Calabrian mafia.

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman, National Gallery

Boston-based 84-year-old Frederick Wiseman, who will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival tonight (Aug 29) is one of the greatest living documentary makers – and one of the most unobtrusive.


Barbera talks Venice line-up

Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera discusses the strong French and Italian presence in this year’s line-up, how festivals should be places of research and discovery and the ones that got away.



Awards 2014: The prize fighters

As Venice, Telluride and Toronto introduce a slew of prestige titles, Jeremy Kay examines the season’s possible awards contenders


Venice 2014: Competition, Orizzonti, Critics' Week, Venice Days titles

The Competition line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival marks the return of mavericks such as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Fatih Akin, with a wealth of talent represented in the Orizzonti, Critics’ Week and Venice Days sections

La Vita Oscena

Venice Sala Web: The virtual festival

Festival Scope founders Mathilde Henrot and Alessandro Raja tell Wendy Mitchell about the third edition of Venice VoD platform Sala Web

Third Films: Samm Haillay and Ben Young

Samm Haillay and Ben Young tell Wendy Mitchell about Third Films’ unusual approach to characters and production, and the outfit’s two films in Venice



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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes swings into top spot in China

2-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox International’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes kept local action title The Four 3 off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing a hefty $45.13m over its three-day opening weekend.




David Mackenzie, Starred Up

Glasgow-based David Mackenzie’s gritty prison-set drama Starred Up starring UK hot-shot Jack O’Connell and Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn caused a stir as soon as it premiered in Toronto 2013 – but it’s much more than simply a story of violence and incarceration.

Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis, May In The Summer

Following her noted 2010 debut Amreeka, Cherien Dabis swaps small-town USA for Jordan as a New Yorker returns to her native home in the run-up to her wedding.

Robert Englund

Robert Englund reveals Richard Attenborough influence

The horror icon talks to Ian Sandwell about his latest film The Last Showing, which premiered at Film4 FrightFest, and the current state of the genre.