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19 December 2003

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  • $10m more for Love Actually as international gross soars to $87m

    Universal's Love Actually grossed an estimated $10m from 2,800theatres in 28 countries through UIP at the weekend, raising its internationalrunning total to $87m.
  • $57.6m in opening day for the King in 18 territories

    With Friday andthe weekend still to come, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King has already broken a slew ofinternational opening day records as the New Line International title grossedan estimated $23.5m in its first day in 17 territories and $34.1m in the US.All in all thefinal episode of Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy set new records in 15territories, including $5.2m from 1,299 screens in the UK, $5m from 1,337 inGermany and $1.7m from 512 in Spain.Non-record
  • ...as festival honours Man Without A Head

    With Taiwanese film production at a record low, there was some speculation whether this year's Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards would even take place. The success of Hong Kong and Chinese movies at recent Awards has embarrassed the Taiwan government, with tensions further strained over the festival's position on speeches by politicians. After months of uncertainty, funding arrived at the eleventh hour. The 16-day film festival, in its 25th edition, unspooled on 27 November with 98
  • ...while Mystic River gets the nod from Boston critics.

    Mystic River, Lost In Translation and the documentary Capturing TheFriedmans dominate thisyear's Boston Society of Film Critics awards.
  • Acheson to be honoured by US Costume Designers Guild

    James Acheson,who won Academy Awards for The Last Emperor, Dangerous Liaisons and Restoration, will receive the Costume DesignersGuild's Bulgari Achievement for Film Award at the Guild's sixth annual awardson Feb 21 in Los Angeles.In otherhonorary awards, Tzetzi Ganev and Tomas Velasco will collect the President'sAward.Posthumousinductees into the Guild's Hall of Fame are named as Richard Hornung and 1930sdesigners Howard Greer, Robert Kalloch and Bernard Ne
  • AFI top ten list omits Mountain, Grams

    The American Film Institute(AFI) announced its 10 best films of 2003 today (Dec 14), unveiling a heavilydramatic roster of mainstream and independent titles that is also distinguishedby several notable omissions.After deliberating for twodays the 13-person jury comprising academics, critics and trustees named thefollowing titles: American Splendor, Finding Nemo, The Human Stain, InAmerica, The Last Samurai, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, LostIn Translation, Master An
  • Agronomist, Reckoning among first Bermuda Film Festival titles

    The BermudaInternational Film Festival (BIFF) will take place from Mar 19-25 2004, withseveral titles already confirmed including The Agronomist, Jonathan Demme's documentary aboutHaitian civil rights activist Jean Dominique and The Reckoning, Paul McGuigan's morality play that starsPaul Bettany and Willem Dafoe.Festival categories will include competition feature,competition documentary and a Bermuda Shorts competition with the intri
  • Andersson embarks on Second Floor follow-up

    Following the success of his last film, Songs from the Second Floor -winner of the Cannes' Jury Prize three years ago - Swedish writer-director Roy Andersson has started shooting his latest feature after receiving $673,000 (SEK5m) from the Swedish Film Institute this week.Roy Andersson told ScreenDaily.com that he expected to complete the film, which has the Swedish working title Du levande', by 2006."We aim for the Cannes festival in 2006. So far, 8 minute
  • Another Mulisch novel set for feature treatment

    French production company Nord-Ouest has bought the film rights to the novel The Procedure, written by Dutch author Harry Mulisch.Previous books by Mulisch have resulted in features such as The Discovery of Heaven (2000), directed by Jeroen Krabbé, and the Oscar winning The Assault (1984), directed by Fons Rademakers. The Procedure, to be directed by Michel Spinoza, tells the complicated tale of a bio-scientist who discovers the origin of life an
  • Audiovisual/Ster acquires Europlex in Greece

    Greekentertainment media group Audiovisual has acquired the two-site Europlex-GreeceCineplexes chain through its subsidiary, Ster Cinemas.The acquisitionof the two sites - an eight-screen 1,996-seater venue in Patras and aneight-screen 1.764-seater venue in Larissa - positions Ster Cinemas-Greece asthe country's second largest exhibitor with a total of 35 screens and 8,185seats.Ster willshortly announce three additional sites, which it predicts will make it thecountry's largest
  • Aurelio De Laurentiis re-elected president of Italian producers

    Filmauro head Aurelio De Laurentiis has been re-elected president of Italy's union of film producers for a second two-year term.Seven vice-presidents were also elected: these are Filiberto Bandini, Giovanni Bertolucci, (Facing Windows) Tilde Corsi, Filmexport's Roberto Di Girolamo, Rai Cinema's Giancarlo Leone, Medusa's Giampaolo Letta and Cattleya's Riccardo Tozzi."Over the last two years, my mandate has been to reinforce the importance of film companies on the market as well a
  • AUSTRALIA

    BVI's Scary Movie 3 was the hit film at the box office in its opening weekend, taking A$3,011,921 from 305 screens to achieve a screen average of A$9,875. The result fell about A$70,000 short of last weekend's opening performance by 20th Century Fox's Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, which was on about 20 more screens. The Russell Crowe vehicle got pushed down to second spot this time around and Roadshow's Elf held on to third position.Four other ne
  • Australia's John Curran signs on with Endeavor

    Award-winning Australianwriter and director John Curran, whose latest film is the drama We Don'tLive Here Anymore, hassigned for representation with Endeavor.The film starsLaura Dern, Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts and will premiere in competition atSundance in January.Curran's creditsinclude the relationship drama Praise, which won the best director award from the Film CriticsCircle of Australia and garnered an Australian Film Institute nominatio
  • Australia's Southern Star subject of takeover bid

    The Southern Star Group, one of Australia's biggest television production and distribution companies, is the subject of a takeover bid from Southern Cross Broadcasting, which operates television stations in most regional areas of Australia, as well as in Adelaide and the national capital of Canberra. Southern Star's directors, who control more than 50% of the issued capital of the company, unanimously support the offer, will recommend that other shareholders also accept it, and intend
  • Berlinale unveils first Panorama titles

    The Berlinale's Panorama section has unveiled the first films to play in its programme at next year's festival (Feb 5-15).Almost a third of next year's selection has now been confirmed, following screenings in Asia, North and South America, as well as Europe.According to the Panorama organisers, this year's main programme will include 18 films, complemented by 16 Panorama Specials, ten Panorama Dokumente presentations and 20 Panorama Short F
  • Berlinale's Panorama names first German premiere

    Achim von Borries' Love In Thoughts (Was Nuetzt Die Liebe In Gedanken) will have its European premiere in the Berlinale's Panorama Special sidebar on 10 February. "The stylistic assuredness with which Achim von Boerries tells his story is inspiring", Panorama chief Wieland Speck said. "We are pleased to confirm the first German film for the Panorama programme of the Berlinale 2004." Based on true events that led to the biggest social and legal scandal of 1920s Berlin, L
  • Bigas Luna readies female coming-of-age tale for Alquimia

    Spanish producer Alquimia Cinema has unveiled its slate for 2004 including new films from directors Bigas Luna (Golden Balls), Marcelo Pineyro (Kamchatka) and Maria Ripoll (Tortilla Soup).The untitled coming-of-age tale scripted by Luna for an October shoot follows a twenty-something girl as she sets out to discover the world. With a heavy musical component and set to star an unnamed leading young Spanish actress, it may most closely resemble Jamon, Jamon, L
  • Blow for Berlusconi as Italian president rejects media law

    Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been dealt a serious blow after Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi unexpectedly refused to sign his government's controversial new media law. The Gasparri law had already been approved this month by both the Italian Parliament and the Italian Senate, where Berlusconi's centre-right coalition has a comfortable majority.To become law, the bill only needed president Ciampi's seal of approval, which was widely expected to be a matte
  • Bolton launches US online one-stop-shop Really Good Films

    Technology veteran Rick Bolton has launched Really Good Films, anonline one-stop shop that offers US film-goers services, editorial content andproducts and provides the company's commerce partners with a cost-effectivemarketing service.
  • Brennan joins Oz Film Commission as project manager

    Veteran producer Richard Brennan, whose extensive credits across several decades include Cosi, Spotswood, Blood Oath, Grievous Bodily Harm, Starstruck, Stir and Newsfront, has joined the Australian Film Commission (AFC) as a project manager.The AFC is the Australian Government's key development agency for the film industry and Brennan will be working from the Melbourne office from early next year. He and the AFC's other project managers are charged with deciding what proj
  • Broadcast Critics nominations favour Mystic River

    The BroadcastFilm Critics Association has announced its nominees for the ninth annualCritics' Choice Awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Jan 10 inLos Angeles. Mystic River leads the pack with eight nominations, followed by In America on seven and Cold Mountain and Big Fish on five each.The organisation nominates ten films for best picture witha varying number of nominees in each of the other categories. The nominationsare
  • Broken Wings set for breakthrough German release

    Nir Bergman's Broken Wings is to receive a 24 print release across Germany, the widest ever release in the country for an Israeli film.The wide release, through distributor Alamode Films, is largely thanks to a deal between Israeli Film Fund and the NRW Fund in Germany, which sees each side participating in the distribution costs in its own territory for films produced by the co-signatory. Earlier this year, when Whale Rider (which has NRW backing) was released in Israel,
  • Budapest Film nails Hungarian rights to Passion

    Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of Christ will get a Hungarian release one month after its US debut courtesy of the country's premiere art house distributor, Budapest Film which yesterday announced most of its 2004 distribution slate. The company hopes the contentious film will outperform its most successful foreign film of this year Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her which attracted 47,000 admissions. Budapest's 2004 slate also includes recent MIFED signing
  • BVITV strikes deal with Finland's Channel 4

    Finnish broadcaster Channel 4 (Nelonen) has agreed to buy a range of feature films and series from Buena Vista International Television (BVITV), the international TV licensing arm of Walt Disney.The deal gives Nelonen first-run and library titles including The Rock, Pearl Harbor, Enemy Of The State and The Princess Diaries. Other titles include Unbreakable, Ed Wood and Grosse Point Blank.The deal was brokered by Tom Toumazis, senior vice president and
  • BVITV strikes Finnish film deal

    Finnish broadcaster Channel 4 (Nelonen) has agreed to buy a range of feature films and series from Buena Vista International Television (BVITV), the international TV licensing arm of Walt Disney.The deal gives Nelonen first-run and library titles including The Rock, Pearl Harbor, Enemy Of The State and The Princess Diaries. Other titles include Unbreakable, Ed Wood and Grosse Point Blank.The deal was brokered by Tom Toumazis, senior vice president and
  • Canada names its ten best films of the year

    Films by Guy Maddin, DenysArcand and Robert Lepage as well as a Spanish-Canadian coproduction wereamongst the films judged as the ten best Canadian films of 2003 yesterday.Organised by the TorontoInternational Film Festival Group, the top ten list is intended to celebrateexcellence in Canadian film and present a platform for home-grown cinema in ableak distribution environment. The selection was chosen byan independent 10-member national panel of industry professionals, includin
  • Canadian distribution sector posts record revenues in 2001/2

    Big jumps in pay-TV and homevideo drove Canadian film distributors and video wholesales to a record $2.28bn(C$3bn) in revenues in 2001-2002 according to data released Monday by StatisticsCanada. Revenues from pre-recordedvideocassettes and DVDs reached$1.14bn in2001/02, their highestlevel ever, driven by a 23% increase in average household expenditures onsoftware. The overall increase over the previous year was driven, as usual, bysales of US-produced material in the film and TV domain
  • Cannes festival outlines new selection teams

    Thierry Fremaux, artisticdirector of the Cannes festival, has realigned and clarified the selectionsystem for the next edition (12-23 May 2004).The festival will now havetwo Paris-based selection committees which screen and pre-select films, one forFrench films and one for foreign pictures. In a significant shift, bothcommittees are now deemed to be consultative, with the final decision fallingto Fremaux. In previous editions, the artistic director was a member of theFrench committee,
  • Cannes names Residence film-maker candidates

    The Cannes Film Festival's film-maker training programme, Residence, has announced its participants for its next session.The new talents are : Wang Bing from China, Israel's Hadar Friedlich, Switzerland's Celine Macherel, Vladimir Perisic from Serbia and Montenegro, Jaime Rosales from Spain and Belgian Dorothee Van Den Berghe.The Festival Residence is a four-month programme aimed at helping filmmakers prepare a first or second film project. This year's selection jury was oversee
  • CHILE Production Listings - December 15 2003

    CHILE - IN PRE-PRODUCTIONA MAN ON THE SIDEWALK (UN HOMBRE EN LA VEREDA)(Arauco Films/Antuco Pictures) Thriller. An adaptation of A Chilean bestselling novel by Elizabeth Subercaseaux. A Supreme Court judge kills his married lover at a golf course. The sole witness is the married editor of a powerful newspaper but he has witnessed the crime from the balcony of his gay lover. Exec prod: Craig Roth (US). Dir: Carlos Carrera. Scr: Yenny Nun and James Katz.Conta
  • Chilean producers develop a taste for horror

    For full Chilean production listings click HERE Film production in Chile has not only quadrupled from the average annual output of five to a potential 20 releases next year. Judging from the various titles in post production, filmmakers in Chile are also experimenting in styles and genres. They range from simple erotic pieces such as In Bed (En La Cama) by Matias Bize which will have a pair of ac
  • Chouchou emerges as most profitable French film

    Merzak Allouache's comedy Chouchou was the most profitable locally produced film of 2003. With a budget of Euros 7.6m, the film earned Euros 17.6m during its theatrical release - a 230% return on investment.According to a study by French daily Le Figaro, the second most profitable film was the Luc Besson produced Taxi 3 which had a budget of Euros 14.5m and a take of Euros 29.6 million. Despite Taxi 3's success and that of the Jose Garcia starring
  • Cold Mountain partners Mirage, Miramax warm up to new deal

    Miramax Films has signed a three-year-first-look dealwith Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella's Mirage Enterprises, kickingoff with the adaptation of Allison Pearson's comic bestseller IDon't Know How She Does It, the first part of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy fantasy, The Amulet Of Samarkand, and the family drama The MarryingGame.
  • CTFDI takes $8.1m from S.W.A.T., bringing total to $68.1m

    The police action thriller S.W.A.T. raised its cumulative total to $68.1mover the weekend.Released
  • Danish animator looks to crack Greenland market

    Danish animator, Jannik Hastrup, looks set to become the first director ever to have his film dubbed especially for audiences in Greenland.His multiple-award winning The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear (Drengen Der Ville Gore Det Umulige), will be released in the Greenlandic language as Nukappiaraq Nanoorusuttoq and will premiere in the country on Dec 22. The film had its world premiere at Berlin's Kinderfilmfest, where it received a special mention, and is a Eu
  • Danish Film Institute greenlights family films

    The Danish Film Institute has greenlit two animated and one live action film aimed at family audiences.The latter is the third instalment in the popular My Sister's Kids series, based on a string of films from the late 60s. My Sister's Kids In Egypt received $1.2m and as the title indicates, it sees the family go on holiday to Egypt. The Moonlight Film Production from producer team Lars Kolvig and Michael Obel, marks the directing debut of Kasper Barfoed and is bas
  • De Hadeln's Venice future hangs in balance

    A serious question mark is currently hanging over the head of Moritz De Hadlen's position as artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, after the Italian Parliament approved a new statute for the Venice Biennale, the body that manages the event on the Lido.Culture minister Giuliano Urbani, who is known to have a fiery relationship with De Hadeln, refused to confirm the Swiss director's position as head of the Venice Festival when he presented the Biennale's new statute to the Itali
  • DENMARK

    While Finding Nemo continued to be untouchable at the top of the Danish chart, Russell Crowe's Master And Commander was left to face the stern of the all-star Love Actually after three weeks on release, dropping 28%. The new release of Looney Tunes: Back In Action even beat Weir's maritime adventure, but due to its half as many prints grossed less. Like last week, the best screen average was signed by Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, which even managed
  • Details (Detaljer)

    Dir: Kristian Petri. Sweden. 2003. 112mins.Although this theatrical adaptation is very much a minority sport, it did not quite deserve to drop out of sight at the Swedish box office in the two weeks after its October 10 release. Its potential has been confirmed at MIFED, where the film attracted some arthouse distributor attention. A rather arid and mannered modern take on the Swedish marital crisis movie most famously represented by Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From A Marriage
  • Diagonale scrapped for 2004 as festival bosses quit

    Tillmann Fuchs and Miroljub Vuckovic, the management of the "official" Diagonale appointed by Austria's controversial Secretary of State for Arts Franz Morak, have cancelled the 2004 event and stepped down from their posts.Their position has looked increasingly isolated for weeks. Their plans to introduce changes to the Diagonale had met with opposition from high profile Austrian directors and industry figures, and sparked moves to launch a rival "original" Diagonale."Adhering
  • Dutch immigration comedy wins Berlinale Panorama slot

    A Dutch comedy that deals with the contentious issues of immigration and cultural identity has been selected for the Panorama-section of the upcoming 54th Berlinale (Feb 5- 15). Shouf Shouf Habibi, written by first-time director Albert ter Heerdt, tells the story of 20-year old Ap, a Moroccan boy born in the Netherlands who tries to find his place in Dutch society.Ap, played by Mimoun Oaïssa, originally suggested the story line to Ter Heerdt. Most of the other parts
  • FabiLuce Films gets reality movie for US distribution

    New York-based Fire IslandFilms' Games People Play: New Yorkhas been picked up for distribution by the new production and distributionhouse FabiLuce Films and is scheduled for US release in March 2004.Games People Play: NewYork is the first instalment in areality movie franchise conceived, produced, edited and directed by Fire Islandfounder and president James Ronald Whitney.The series follows three menand three women as they take part in an uninhibited acting cont
  • FilmFour options Vernon God Little and Brick Lane

    The UK's new look Film Four has optioned two high profile books, DBC Pierre's Booker Prize winning Vernon God Little for director Pawel Pavlikovsky and Monica Ali's Brick Lane for Ruby Films.The books are among 45 projects currently in development at a slimmed down FilmFour, which is headed by former Channel 4 drama chief Tessa Ross.Ross is also set to board Mission Pictures' film from director Dominic Savage, plus a project billed as 'a fiction and documentary fro
  • FilmFour options Vernon God Little and Brick Lane

    The UK's new look Film Four has optioned two high profile books, DBC Pierre's Booker Prize winning Vernon God Little for director Pawel Pavlikovsky and Monica Ali's Brick Lane for Ruby Films.The books are among 45 projects currently in development at a slimmed down FilmFour, which is headed by former Channel 4 drama chief Tessa Ross.Ross is also set to board Mission Pictures' film from director Dominic Savage, plus a project billed as 'a fiction and documentary fro
  • Frameline & Horizons name four gay and lesbian grant-winners

    San Franciscoorganizations Frameline and Horizons have announced recipients of the 2003Horizons/Frameline Completion Fund, established more than 10 years ago to helplesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media artists with the final stages ofproduction.This year, thefund received more than 80 submissions and awarded $15,000 in completion fundsto the following four projects:Screaming Queens: The Riot At Compton's CafeteriaDirs: VictorSilverman and Susan Stryker
  • France mulls granting US majors access to state funding

    France's National Cinema Centre (CNC) has made a proposal to the government to allow US majors the right to access France's coveted "compte de soutien". The compte is a revolving account set up at the CNC into which a percentage of box-office, video and television sales is placed in order to benefit future production. The proposal follows months of controversy after Jean-Pierre Jeunet announced that his follow up project to Ameile, A Very Long Engagement, would be
  • GERMANY

    Opening at No. 6 over the weekend was Das Sams In Gefahr - directed by the Dutchman Ben Verbong and produced by Collina Film with support from FFF Bayern and BFB Förderung, and distributed by Costantin Verleih.For a fourth week in a row, BVI's Finding Nemo ruled the waves at the German box office and effortlessly passed the 6m admissions mark to clock up over $40m takings and the top screen average of $ 4,157 from its 1,049 screens. Nemo could become Ge
  • Germany's BKN secures London Stock Exchange listing

    BKN, the Cologne-based animation firm, has become the first renegade company from Germany's discredited Neuer Markt to be listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).The Neuer Markt was for three years home to a host of high-flying new technology and media companies. But many of the companies collapsed, were embroiled in scandals or unveiled other nasty surprises. The market was recently closed down by the Deutsche Boerse. Many observers blamed lax listings requirements which allowed imm
  • Global Film Initiative gives grants to films from Uruguay, Turkey, Brazil

    US-based charitable foundation The Global Film Initiative hasnamed the award recipients for its second annual granting programme. Threerecipients selected from 33 submissions representing 19 countries will eachreceive completion funds of between $20,000 and $40,000.
  • Golden Globes: full list of nominations

    Best Motion Picture - DramaCold MountainThe Lord Of the Rings: The Return Of the KingMaster and Commander: The Far Side Of the World Mystic RiverSeabiscuitBest Motion Picture - Musical Or ComedyBend It Like BeckhamBig FishFinding NemoLost In TranslationLove ActuallyActor In A Leading Role - DramaRussell Crowe Master and Commander: The Far Side Of the WorldTom Cruise The Last Samurai
  • Golden Harvest readies China multiplex

    Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Entertainment has signed a deal with developer China Resources Holdings to open a 12-screen cinema in the MIXc shopping mall in Shenzhen, southern China.The first phase of the development, including seven screens and around 1,200 seats, is expected to open by Christmas next year. The second phase should be completed by mid-2005 or 2006. Shenzhen, which has a population of around five million, is immediately across the border from Hong Kong. Golden Harv
  • Hiding And Seeking gets world premiere at NY Jewish Film Festival

    Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky'sdocumentary Hiding and Seeking: Faith And Tolerance After The Holocaust and a restored print of Sidney M Goldin's shortYiddish spoof Cantor On Trialboth receive world premieres at the 13th annual New York Jewish Film Festival,which runs from Jan 14-29. The event includes eight USand 13 New York premieres in a 29-title roster that includes Argentineanfilm-maker Eduardo Milewicz's romantic comedy Samy And I
  • Higuchi to direct WWII Japanese submarine drama

    Shinji Higuchi, a leading SFX director whose work includes the Gamera series, will helm Lorelei, a $11.2m (Y1.2 bn) production set in a Japanese submarine in the closing days of World War II. Veteran Koji Yakusho (Shall We Dance', Doppelganger) will co-star with TV drama sensation Satoshi Tsumaoki. Fuji TV and Toho are among the investors, with Toho set to distribute in 2005.Based on a story by Higuchi and best-selling suspense novelist Harutoshi Fukui, L
  • Hong Kong films expand 2003 market share

    Hong Kong productions reversed their downward slide at the local box office in 2003, grossing $47m (HK$366) as of December 14, up 11.6% from the same period last year, according to industry body, the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA). In addition, Hong Kong-produced films accounted for 46.7% of this year's total box office, up from 40% the previous year. However, the number of Hong Kong films released as of December 14 stood at only 77, compared to 92 in 2002 a
  • Huth steps down from Germany's Senator

    Hanno Huth is to step down from his board position at Senator Entertainment on Dec 31 and plans to set up his own production outfit in the New Year.Huth says he wants to concentrate on hands-on film production again after being immersed in management tasks at Senator since it launched on the stock exchange.Huth has worked for 20 years in various managerial posts at the German producer-distributor. He will be replaced as CEO and chairman of the board by Senator Film Produktion ma
  • Infernal Affairs dominates Golden Horse Awards

    Hong Kong crime epic Infernal Affairs won the major prizes at this year's Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and the People's Choice Award. Local favourite, Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn, took consolation in Best Taiwanese Film. It's cinematographer, Liao Pen-jung, named the Taiwan Film Professional of the Year.The Awards, celebrating its 40th edition, were held in the southern city of Tainan on 13 December. The
  • Ireland's Tribal looks to Bloom with Joyce adaptation

    Tribal Films, the new Irish distribution and sales outfit set up in July, has announced its acquisition of all Irish rights to Sean Walsh's Bloom with plans for an early February theatrical release.Bloom (formerly Bl,.m) is an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses. The film's Dublin premiere will coincide with the anniversary of the author's birthday on February 2 and the beginning of major celebrations to mark the centenary of the day described by Joyce in th
  • Irish minister fires tax abuse broadside

    The Irish Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O'Donoghue, has issued a stern warning to producers about abusing the film industry's Section 481 tax break.Speaking at the launch of the Irish Film Board's Annual Review, O'Donoghue said: "No-one is suggesting that the majority, or anything close to it, of producers have abused the system, but there has clearly been some sharp practice by a small number. To that small number who do not play by the rules I say: - perhaps you should r
  • Italian film producers threaten to shut pay-TV window

    In an ultimate bid to get a reaction out of pay-TV outfit Sky Italia, Italy's national union of independent film producers and directors (API) warned that it could, in future, by-pass the pay-TV window altogether and sell films to free-to-air broadcasters before selling pay-TV rights. Heads of Rai Cinema and Medusa, whose parent companies are free-to-air broadcasters Rai and Mediaset, agreed with the potential shock tactic. API's provocation comes after Sky Italia's failure to r
  • ITALY

    As Italy prepares to unleash its lengthy line-up of Christmas releases on Friday 19th December, the top five films at the Italian box office remained the same for the second consecutive weekend.The real surprise came from Lost In Translation and The Barbarian Invasions, whose takings increased respectively by 46% and 38% on their second weekend on release.Up from ninth to sixth, Lost In Translation grossed a further $233,753 from 57 screens, bringing its run
  • JAPAN

    The biggest battle of the Japanese holiday season is between The Last Samurai and Finding Nemo - and so far it's hard to call a winner. The opening round went to Finding Nemo, which set a new record for opening weekend box office with Y1,116,203,900 ($10,431,812) on 900,447 admissions and 720 screens. This compared with The Last Samurai's Y902,354,300 ($8,433,218) on 622,237 admissions and 550 screens. After week one, however, The Last Samurai surged
  • Kassovitz links with Goldman for Babylon Babies

    Mathieu Kassovitz's sixth feature directing effort, the English language Babylon Babies, will be produced with Alain Goldman's Legende Entreprises. Kassovitz's company MNP Entreprises, founded in 2000 to develop and produce his projects as director, will co-produce and also move into new territory via a recently signed deal with Goldman.Legende Entreprises has taken an undisclosed stake in MNP and signed a first look deal with the company according to its general manager
  • Kinderfilmfest reveals competition five

    The Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest has confirmed five titles for its new 14plus youth film competition, which will open on Feb 7 with the world premiere of Anders Gustafsson's Bagland (Scratch).The Kinderfilmfest has also announced another innovation, a retrospective of works from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem.Commenting on the 14plus films, Kinderfilmfest and 14plus director Thomas Hailer said: "We have been able to draw on a rich range of outstandin
  • King cashes in at European box office

    Early estimates for key European territories on New Line Cinema's The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King show the expected rise against the previous instalment has been borne out.In Germany an estimated $4.3m (Euro 3.5m) from 916 screens was taken on the film's first day, approximately 9.5% up on last year's $3.95m taken by Two Towers first day last year.In the UK early estimated figures suggest the film has taken $5.25m (£3m) from 487 sites, up 20% on Tw
  • Korean conglomerate boosts film investment

    Daesung, the Korean conglomerate that invested $510,000 (W600m) in Park Chan-Wook's hit thriller Old Boy, has decided to set up a media investment fund in partnership with the Korean Film Commission (KOFIC) and a trio of industrial groupsThe new fund will have some $8.2m (Won10bn) at its disposal for investment in films, concerts and computer games, the company said yesterday. The fund will be managed through Daesung's venture investment arm BiNEXT HiTEC . Company spokes
  • Locarno winner makes sales splash

    Pakistani film Silent Waters (Khamosh Pani), which was the surprise winner at Locarno earlier this year, has turned out to be a strong seller for French combine Les Films Du Losange.The film by Sabiha Sumar enjoyed Mifed sales to Filmladen for Austria, Lumiere for Belgium, Filmmuseum for The Netherlands, Karma Films for Spain, Emik/Mikado for Italy and Mongrel Films for Canada. Earlier deals included one with Academy Films for Germany and Frenetic Films for Switzerland. F
  • London Film Critics unveil Awards contenders

    The Magdalene Sisters, Young Adam, In This World, The Hours and The Mother have been shortlisted in the best British film category for the London Film Critics' Awards.The best film category, meanwhile, comprises Master and Commander, The Hours, Far From Heaven, Mystic River and Lord of the Rings.The 24th London Film Critics' Awards will be held at the Dorchester on February 11th, 2004. This event will b
  • Luminaries to spill secrets at Berlinale's Talent Campus

    Legendary production designer Ken Adam, The Lord Of The Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, Indian film critic Aruna Vasudev and Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni are among the film industry luminaries lined up for five discussion events open to the general public at the Berlinale Talent Campus (8-12 Feb).The programme will kick off on Sunday, 8 February, with Filmmaking in the Post-Democratic Society, a discussion between Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, French thinker Alain Ba
  • Malaga to host European Film Commission summit

    Malaga, Spain will play host this week to the first-ever European Encounter on Film Commissions (Dec 18).The day-long meeting, organised by the Spain Film Commission, invites representatives of film commissions from around Europe to debate The European Film Commission Experience and Film Commissions: Instruments of Support for the Audiovisual Industry.As laid out in the previously-drafted Malaga Declaration to be presented at the event, the aim is to promote a coordinated suppo
  • Malin leaves Lions Gate as merger with Artisan complete

    Lions Gate Entertainment completed its merger with ArtisanEntertainment at 1pm today (Dec 15), finalising the creation of the independentgiant that was first made public in October (Screendaily Oct 28).
  • Maria Simon named as Germany's Shooting Star

    Maria Simon, who played Daniel Bruehl's older sister Ariane in Wolfgang Becker's box-office hit Good Bye, Lenin!, has been selected by the Export-Union of German Cinema as the German "Shooting Star" for the 2004 lineup of European acting talent at February's Berlinale.The Shooting Star initiative, which is organised by the Hamburg-based pan-European promotional organisation European Film Promotion (EFP), has presented almost 120 of Europe's most exciting up-and-coming young act
  • Metrowealth makes foreign language foray

    Metrowealth Movies Production, Malaysia's most active Malay-language film producer in 2003, is making a foray into foreign language films targeted at the regional markets. In April next year, cameras will start rolling on an as yet unnamed Thai-language film. Professor Madya A Razak Mohaideen, who has made eight films for Metrowealth since 2002 and will start on his ninth 7 Perhentian this week, will divide up the directorship with a Thai director.The $660,000 (RM2.5m) fi
  • Mexico grants reprieve for endangered film institutions

    Fierce pressure from home and abroad has forced President Vicente Fox's government to back pedal on its plans to sell or shut down Mexico's key film institutions. Local legislators have agreed not to include state-backed national film institute Imcine, film school CCC and studio Churubusco in their budget cutback proposal for 2004. The proposal came as part of a $150 billion austerity package which is currently under debate in the Mexican congress.However, the country's film ind
  • Mickie among latest Alliance Atlantis casualties

    Veteran sales executiveCharlotte Mickie and Salter Street Films, the Halifax-based production companybehind Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine are the latest victims in Alliance Atlantis'cost-cutting measures. Last week the Torontoentertainment company announced plans to cut nearly half of the positionswithin its Entertainment Group, as its production arm is known. The companyalso announced the departure of senior executives Peter Sussman and SeatonMcLean. The company will al
  • Mifed owners unveil strategic overhaul

    As part of its drive to reinvigorate Mifed and save it from the onslaught of AFM, Fiera Milano International (FMI), the body that manages Mifed, has announced that it has officially joined forces with Cinecitta Holding and created a new company named Audiovisual Industry Promotion that will run the event with a newly-inflated budget."We have in fact laid the foundations for a major re-launch of Mifed, which is now rightly recognised as being a strategic asset for the Italian film indu
  • Millimages comes riding to Bac's rescue

    Following weeks of speculation, ailing French distributor Bac Majestic has seen French animation studio Millimages come to its financial rescue. Filen, the company personally owned by Millimages president Roch Lener, will pump Euros 3m into the company and will thus change the shareholding structure of Bac. A meeting of Bac's board today approved the deal.Filen will now hold a 51% stake while founder Labadie will drop his interests down to 25% from the current 56.6%. Bac will be
  • Miramax reaches accord with Spain's Lauren

    Miramax Filmshas reached an agreement with Spain's beleaguered Lauren Films whereby Laurenwill continue to handle the 18 as yet unreleased Miramax titles it had acquiredfor Spain and also exploit the library of Miramax titles it has amassed overthe last decade in business with the US company.Miramax COO RickSands told ScreenDaily on Friday that he is pleased to have reached a resolutionwith Lauren, and that the arbitration that had been filed against the Spanishcompany has been
  • Nemo swims past $330m mark for BVI

    Finding Nemo continued to plough its way throughinternational waters at the weekend, grossing $31.5m to raise its internationalrunning total to a stunning $330.2m.With no new openings BuenaVista International (BVI) executives pointed to strong number one holds inJapan and key European territories as the weekend highlights.In its secondweekend in Japan the film dropped a mere 4% on $8m for a $23.2m running total,while in Italy it dropped 26% on $3.6m for $12.2m.The
  • NETHERLANDS

    After a strong first three quarters of the year for local films (when Dutch films boasted a 13% market share on the way to a projected 14.5%), recent months have seen a series lacklustre performances from local titles such as Grimm and Kees De Jongen.Last weekend did not buck this trend as Maarten Treurniet's drama De Passievrucht, based on the Dutch bestseller which sold over 300,000 copies, achieved only sixth position in the chart with a weak $1,703 screen avera
  • New Linz Film Festival to focus on Euro film

    Former Diagonale co-director Christine Dollhofer has been recruited as the director of a new festival entitled "Crossing Europe - Linz Film Festival" which will be held in the Austrian city of Linz from 4-9 May 2004 and dedicated to contemporary, innovative European cinema.Speaking to ScreenDaily.com, Dollhofer explained that the event would "focus on new European films reflecting a continent undergoing change and addressing social and political issues. The festival will also w
  • New Romanian studio complex to open next year

    Romania's growing attraction as a location for film production could increase still further with the arrival of a new studio complex next year.The project is the brainchild of British property developer Andrew Stear, who has been based in Romanian capital Bucharest for the last seven years. His company BPD Management has received planning permission to convert a derelict building on the IRIDE business park that he operates into a new film hub.The studios will boast two small sou
  • New York Film Critics opt for The Return Of The King as best of 2003

    Peter Jackson's Lord OfThe Rings trilogy finale TheReturn Of The King was named bestpicture of 2003 in the 69th annual New York Film Critics Circle awardsannounced today (Dec 15), taking pride of place among a diverse roster ofmostly independent films. Bill Murray won best actorfor his role as a disconnected former star in the Tokyo-set Lost InTranslation, which also earned SofiaCoppola the best director award. American Splendor, an endearingly irasci
  • NEW ZEALAND

    BVI's Scary Movie 3 was easily the hit film of the weekend, earning NZ$403,565 from 31 screens upon appearing at cinemas for the first time. It's screen average was a quite extraordinary NZ$13,018 - the Kiwi's love their horror films - bettered only by the re-release of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (special edition). Showing strong resilience is UIP's runner-up Love Actually, which held its position with a gross of NZ$235,672 from 51 screens, in its third
  • Newell, Leconte projects win UK development funding

    New projects from directors including Mike Newell, David Mackenzie, Patrice Leconte and Chris Cunningham have received development backing from the UK Film CouncilThe Council's Development Fund is working with Newell (Mona Lisa Smile, Four Weddings And A Funeral) and Laura Bickford (producer of Traffic) at 50 Cannon who are producing The Stand-In, a psychological thriller written by Deborah Moggach. After a struggling English actress catches her big break playing American
  • NORTH AMERICA

    On limited release Sony opened Tim Burton's Big Fish in six sites for a $207,377 weekend and a grand $34,563 per-theatre average. The father-son relationship drama stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Jessica Lange and will add a few sites until it goes wide on Jan 9 2004. It has taken $281,795 since opening in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto last Wednesday (Dec 10).Lions Gate's Girl With A Pearl Earring took $89,472 from seven sites in Los Angeles and New York for a
  • NORWAY

    The top of the Norwegian chart remained unchanged for another weekend, and only saw Once Upon A Time In Mexico and Underworld swap places at fifth and sixth positions. While Matrix Revolutions continues to gross enough for eighth position on the box-office chart due to its 25 prints, the film has now fallen out of the admissions chart and this weekend its admissions per screen average was down to 81. The new release of Gus van Sant's Cannes winner Elephan
  • Not On the Mouth (Pas Sur La Bouche)

    Dir: Alain Resnais. France-Switzerland. 2003 115 mins.Alain Resnais and humour make strange bedfellows and his new film is grounds for divorce: Not On The Mouth is a glossy but charmless adaptation of a comic operetta and the best argument do date for Resnais, the erstwhile icon of solemn art house fare, to give up doing films that are uncongenial to his artistic temperament. Lubitsch he's not ' he's not even the Francois Ozon of 8 Women. Resnais cont
  • Odeon hires banks to evaluate bids

    British cinema chain Odeon has hired investment banks Morgan Stanley and Tricorn Partners to evaluate offers for the business, according to wire and newspaper reports on Wednesday (17 Dec) London's Financial Times and Reuters reported that Odeon, partly owned by German bank WestLB, has received several bid approaches, including one from Iranian property investor Robert Tchenguiz, who is already a shareholder of the firm.London & Regional, a property group, is also
  • Parent & Stuber promoted to production vice chairmen at Universal

    Mary Parent and Scott Stuber have each been appointed to the newpositions of vice chairman of worldwide production for Universal Pictures.
  • Peter Pan

    Dir: PJ Hogan. 2003. US. 104 minutesThis umpteenth revisiting of the familiar children's story, first mounted on the London stage a century ago, is always thoroughly competent, even generally engaging, but rarely soars. Universal, happy to have hijacked the property's profile from Disney, has obviously expended a great deal of time and money on the impressive special effects, and the performances are, for the most part, completely satisfactory. But while the film's target you
  • POLAND

    The Polish box office showed few changed this week with the top five slots remaining the same as the previous week. It also echoed world trends this week with Finding Nemo, distributed by Forum Film topping the box office with a gross to date of $3.4m. Love Actually distributed by UIP straggled far behind with $962,918 in the number two slot and S.W.A.T.also distributed by UIP with $226,728 in the number three spot. There was no Polish film in the top ten for th
  • Revolution controversy hits IDA awards ceremony

    Kim Bartley and DonnachaO'Briain's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised shared top feature honours at the 19th InternationalDocumentary Association (IDA) awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday (Dec13), despite an eleventh hour request by Venezuelan protestors to withhold theaward until the facts of the film had been investigated.Protestors handed outleaflets to attendees prior to the ceremony at the DGA headquarters, claimingthe film's account of a failed coup to oust presiden
  • Rings embarks on global weekend box office assault

    New Line International's fantasy trilogy has begun its final global assault this weekend as The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King opens in 28 territories.The third and final instalment in Peter Jackson's acclaimed J R R Tolkien adaptation went out on a total of 5,475 screens in 17 territories on including the UK., Germany, France and Spain on Dec 17.It was due to open in seven territories including South Korea, New Zealand and Hong Kong on a combined 763 screens o
  • Rings racks up bumper UK advance ticket sales

    Lord Of The Rings - The Return Of The King took over £1m in advance ticket sales before its release today (Dec 17) in the UK.The figure, published by the Cinema Advertising Association, confirms the huge level of anticipation for the third part of Peter Jackson's trilogy that exists around the country.CAA figures, meanwhile, showed that UK cinema admissions in November totalled 13.7m, a 17% decrease on the same month last year. 2002 the highest November on record since 19
  • Rival Diagonale wins Rotterdam, funding support

    The International Rotterdam Film Festival has added its voice to the growing international chorus of support for the "original" Diagonale and has donated Euros 1,000 toward the running of the 2004 edition. The "original" Diagonale is being launched next year with the support of senior figures in the Austrian industry in protest against changes made by the "official" Diagonale management of Tillmann Fuchs and Miroljub Vuckovic (see links to ScreenDaily.com stories below for more
  • Samurai continues to wow in Japan with $4.6m weekend

    Warner Bros International's The Last Samurai continued to slice through thecompetition in its second weekend in Japan, adding an estimated $4.6m (Yen511.9m)from 538 screens.
  • San Francisco critics name Lost In Translation year's best film...

    Sofia Coppola's Lost InTranslation was named best pictureof 2003 by The San Francisco Film Critics Circle today (Dec 15). Best director honours wentto Peter Jackson for his trilogy finale The Return Of The King, while the 20-person group voted Bill Murray bestactor for his role as a disillusioned semi-retired actor in Lost InTranslation and Charlize Theron bestactress for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Patty Jenkins' Monster, which opens in the
  • Sliding Dice wraps after Romanian, Irish shoot

    Production wraps today (19 Dec) on Sliding Dice, a caper movie with a serious subject set in Romania and Ireland.The film is directed by Canadian-born John Ketchum and John Riley of the UK. It describes a real-life immigration scam in which 41 Romanians obtained tourist visas for Ireland purporting to be members of a gypsy orchestra appearing at the Sligo music festival.The English-language script was written by co-directors Ketchum and Riley with Barry Mulligan, the Iris
  • Sobini acquires worldwide rights to Sundance 2003's Quattro Noza

    Mark Amin's Sobini Films hasacquired worldwide rights to Joey Curtis' street racing drama Quattro Noza and will serve as a producing partner and providefinishing funds for post-production. The film recently garneredtwo IFP Independent Spirit Award nominations for best first feature andcinematography and premiered in competition at Sundance this year, where it wonthe excellence in cinematography award. It is expected to be complete by March2004. Curtis' story is a modernte
  • Something's Gotta Give gives Sony ninth number one of the year

    Romance ruled the box office at the weekend as Sony's wellreceived Something's Gotta Give opened number one on an estimated $17m.
  • Spanish producers benefit from Fund increase

    The Spanish government has approved a Euros 27.8m increase to its Cinema Protection Fund, expected to result in immediate payments on outstanding subsidy obligations.The increase almost doubles the Fund's annual budget, 85% of which goes towards paying off automatic box office-linked subsidies, to Euros 61m for the new year. Producers are owed an estimated Euros 32.4m for releases between September 2001 and July 2002, the first to be paid out effective immediately.'This should g
  • Stuck on You

    Dirs: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly. US. 2003. 118 mins. Are the Farrelly brothers, the original kings of gross-out comedy, going soft' It often seems that way in this potentially outrageous comedy that in fact shows off the brothers' sweet side to some effect but delivers little of the bracingly over-the-top humour we've come to expect from the creators of Dumb And Dumber and There's Something About Mary. In the US Stuck On You poses a double challenge
  • StudioCanal bows to audience demands

    Abstracted from this week's Screen International France's StudioCanal has tightened up its production policy, and is putting a fresh accent on popular comedy films.Former concert promoter Frederic Sichler - who replaced Studio Canal chief executive Richard Lenormand in February - has made a number of key changes since taking over.In house producers Alain Sarde and Richard Granpierre have gone independent, while Alain Goldman, whose company Legende Entreprises was p
  • Sundance names 12 scripts in prestigious Screenwriters Lab in Jan

    Projects from Thailand, Tajikistan andPakistan join nine from North America in the Sundance Institute's ScreenwritersLab, which takes place from Jan 9-14 at the Sundance Village in Utah. Thefive-day workshop offers writers the chance to develop their scripts withsupport from established screenwriters. This year's chosen writers willcollaborate with a roster of creative advisors that includes Michael Almereyda,Walter Mosley, Frank Pierson, Susan Shilliday and Audrey Wells. "Thepr
  • SWEDEN

    Nothing changed at the Swedish box-office over this weekend, where Love Actually and Kill Bill maintained the best screen averages in the top ten. Good Bye, Lenin! moved up one place to 11th past another Triangelfilm release, Daybreak (Om Jeg Vander Mig Om). The new release of Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men on just five prints barely made it into the top 20, where re-releases of the two first installments of Lord Of The Rings, The Fellowship Of The
  • Tesela emphasises new talent with 2004 slate

    Spanish production company Tesela is preparing three new films to shoot in 2004 with a continued emphasis on seeking new writing and directing talents.The company, majority owned by Grupo Prisa-backed production house Plural Entertainment, is known for discovering young directing talents such as Achero Manas (Pellet), Alberto Rodriguez (The Suit) or Santi Amodeo (The Pilgrim Factor), whose new film Astronauts was a hit at the recent Spanish Film Screenings o
  • THINKFilm welcomes Bright Young Things

    THINKFilm hasacquired all North American rights from The Works to Stephen Fry's directorialdebut Bright Young Things.The filmpremiered at Toronto and will play in the Premieres section at Sundance inJanuary.THINKFilm headof distribution Mark Urman and Randy Manis negotiated the deal for THINKFilmand The Works chief executive officer Aline Perry, Rebecca Kearey and AndrewOrr negotiated for The Works.Based on Fry'sadapted screenplay from the Evelyn Waugh novel, Br
  • Third Harry Potter to get simultaneous IMAX release next summer

    Harry Potter is heading tothe really big screen. The third installment of Warner Bros' franchise,Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, will be released on Imax screens simultaneous with the conventional theatricalrelease in June 2004.The decision is a vote ofconfidence from Warner Bros, in the wake of successful Imax releases this yearof the second and third films of the studio's Matrix franchise, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix: Revolutions. Revolutions
  • Toronto critics opt for Lost In Translation

    Sofia Coppola's Lost InTranslation won three prizes as theToronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) announced its awards for 2003. Thedramatic comedy won best picture, best male performance for Bill Murray, andbest screenplay for Coppola, who shared the prize in that category withCanadian auteur Denys Arcand for The Barbarian Invasions.Peter Jackson was twicehonoured for The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King: a Special Citation for his overall work on the LOT
  • Two Wellspring executives move over to Koch

    FormerWellspring Media executives Janet Baker and Kathy Gilbert have joined US musicand video distributor Koch Entertainment Distribution, with Baker coming onboard as director of sales - video and Gilbert as regional video sales manager.Effectiveimmediately, Baker will be based in Chicago where she will oversee thecompany's expanding video sales efforts, supervise regional staff and work withkey national accounts. She will report directly to vice president of video DanGurlitz.G
  • UK online DVD rental market expands with Qflicks launch

    The UK online DVD rental market appears to be hotting up still further with the entry of a new player into the market, Qflicks.The move comes three months after the launch of two other entrants into the market, Screenselect.co.uk and Videoisland.com. All three are based on the US service pioneered by Netflix, and allow users to browse and order films over the internet. The DVDs are then dispatched by post and returned in pre-paid first class envelopes.Qflicks offer two services
  • US online ticketer Fandango cuts deal with Canada's Cineplex

    Fandango, one ofthe US' leading online and telephone film ticketing services, is expanding intoCanada through a partnership with Cineplex Galaxy.The company willnow sell tickets online to Cineplex Odeon theatres in the Greater Toronto areaand plans are afoot to roll out into four additional provinces in 2004."Our objective is to makemovie-going as easy and convenient for as many people as possible, and ourexpansion into Canada with Cineplex Galaxy for their Cineplex Odeon cinema
  • Warm day for Cold Mountain with Globe nominations

    Miramax'shomeric American Civil War drama Cold Mountain led the 61st Golden Globe nominationstoday (Dec 18) with eight nods including best drama, actor, actress, directorand screenplay, while Focus Features' dreamy Tokyo romance Lost InTranslation and Warner'smurder drama Mystic River followed on five each. The Globes are voted on by the 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association.In the bestdrama category Cold Mountain goes up against The Lord Of The R
  • Warner co-production Thief Lord wins Hamburg funding

    Richard Claus' adaptation of Cornelia Funke's best-selling children's book The Thief Lord has been awarded Euros 600,000 by German funding body FilmFoerderung Hamburg.The film, which will be produced by Warner Bros. Filmproductions with Dutch-based Comet Films, will star Janet McTeer and Jim Carter.Funke's magical bestsellers have been billed as the Teutonic answer to J.K. Rowling, and have attracted much interest from international producers.Meanwhile, FilmFoerder
  • Warner prosecutes German man with camcorder

    In a move that demonstratesstudio resolve to stamp out piracy, Warner Bros Entertainment has begun legalaction against a cinema-goer for illegally camcording The Matrix Reloaded.A German man wasdetained while copying the film with a personal camcorder at a cinema in Munichafter he was spotted by cinema staff wearing night goggles.The studio has commencedcivil proceedings for damages and is also seeking a contractual by the man notto repeat the behaviou
  • Warner winding down on international Revolutions with $3.5m weekend take

    The Matrix Revolutions raised its international cumulative total to $271.7mover the weekend as the sci-fi trilogy finale grossed an estimated $3.5m and566,305 admissions from 3,047 screens in 57 territories. Several other Warner BrosInternational Pictures titles were in action, including Looney Tunes: BackIn Action, which added $4.7m and980,427 admissions from 3,062 screens in 27 territories for an $11.3m runningtotal. The film opened on $1.3m(Euros 1.1m) in France
  • Warriors Of Heaven And Earth

    Dir: He Ping. China. 2003. 119 mins.He Ping, best known internationally for Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker, is better known in China as the pioneer of the so-called Chinese western like Sun Valley and Swordsman Of Double Flag Town which are set in the vast and unpopulated western territories. Warriors Of Heaven And Earth takes that genre and combines it with the historical epic a la Kurosawa or last year's Hero to create a grand entertainment w
  • Zelary

    Dir: Ondrej Trojan. Czech Republic. 2003. 150mins.Ondrej Trojan, the producer of Czech hits Divided We Fall and Pupendo, returns to directing with Zelary, a sweeping World War II story set in a remote mountain community where a resistance worker takes refuge from the Nazis. One of those lilting, long films which slowly seduces the viewer with its gentle pace and rural rhythms, Zelary is both touching romance and powerful wartime story set against bre

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