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Jan 24 2014

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  • 1: LIfe On The Limit

    Dir: Paul Crowder. UK. 2013. 111mins
  • A Most Wanted Man

    Dir: Anton Corbijn. 2013. Germany-US. 121mins
  • A24 pays $2m for Laggies

    The hip distributor is understood to have shelled out in the region of $2m in the small hours of January 19 for US rights to Lynn Shelton’s coming-of-age story.
  • A24 takes US on Violent Year

    The busy distributor announced from Park City it has picked up US rights to Participant Media’s thriller A Most Violent Year, JC Chandor’s follow-up to All Is Lost.
  • ABC greenlights Russell TV drama

    Oscar nominated director co-wrote the 13-part series with Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant.
  • Adele leads France's Lumière Awards

    Kechiche’s Adele wins best film and best director. Best francophone, foreign film goes to Ayouch’s Horses Of God.
  • AJ Edwards, The Better Angels

    AJ Edwards has worked on four Terrence Malick films and edited To The Wonder. He talks to Jeremy Kay about his feature directorial debut, The Better Angels.
  • Antonio Salas joins eOne

    EXCLUSIVE: Former FFI exec among three to join eOne’s growing London sales team.
  • ASC honour for John Wells

    John Wells will collect the American Society Of Cinematographers’ Board Of Governors award in Los Angeles on February 1.
  • Australian box office down in 2013

    Australia’s box office gross tumbled 2.3% on the previous year.
  • BAFTA-nominated shorts release planned

    British live action and animated shorts to screen in cinemas from 28 February.
  • Balk boards Beyond Clueless

    EXCLUSIVE: Fairuza Balk to narrate essay film about teen movies.
  • BBC greenlights Working Title drama

    EXCLUSIVE: BBC1 has commissioned Working Title Television to produce drama strand The Secrets, which will pair emerging writers with established acting and directing talent.
  • Berlin adds Snowpiercer to line-up

    Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi action thriller helps complete the Forum section of the Berlinale.
  • Berlin completes Panorama Dok line-up

    Selection opens with a documentary about what motivates Somali pirates and includes the European premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, starring Nick Cave, and 10 world premieres.
  • Berlin Independent Film Festival reveals line-up

    Festival runs at the Babylon cinema on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Mitte from Feb 8-18.
  • Berlinale name First Feature jury

    Nancy Buirski [pictured], Valeria Golino and Hernán Musaluppi to decide on the Best First Feature Award; 18 films are in contention.
  • Berlinale Talents programme announced

    Greta Gerwig, Michel Gondry and Neil Jordan among confirmed industry experts at this year’s Berlinale Talents.
  • Big Talk’s Man Up underway

    EXCLUSIVE: Supporting cast joins Simon Pegg, Lake Bell comedy; StudioCanal to sell, distribute.
  • Birds Eye View launches Filmonomics

    Birds Eye View its launching its new training programme Filmonomics at this year’s LOCO London Comedy Film Festival on Jan 26.
  • Books at Berlinale reveals 11 titles

    Film producers given the chance to discover 11 new literary works that could make good movies.
  • Boyhood

    Dir/scr: Richard Linklater. US. 2014. 160mins
  • Calvary

    Dir/scr: John Michael McDonagh. Ireland-UK. 2013. 101mins
  • CAS to honour Edward Zwick

    The veteran filmmaker will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 50th Annual CAS Awards on February 22.
  • Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby

    Costume designer and production designer Catherine Martin talks about upping the ante for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
  • Cinesite VFX expands to Montreal

    London-based firm to employ at least 200 at new Canadian office.
  • Clicking for SLR

    Event in Brighton today is about related themes of privacy and surveillance.
  • CMG boards Ratchet & Clank for EFM

    Cinema Management Group (CMG) will bring the 3D animation to Berlin on behalf of Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment of LA.
  • Concerning Violence

    Dir: Göran Hugo Olsson. Sweden-US-Denmark-Finland. 2014. 85mins
  • Content walks to UK horror Altar

    EXCLUSIVE: Content boards UK feature starring Matthew Modine and Olivia Williams, executive produced by Robert Halmi.
  • Cooties, Skeleton, Calvary sell

    As the industry heads home from Park City, Lionsgate acquired North American rights to Cooties and teamed up with Roadside Attractions for US on The Skeleton Twins while SPWA took international. Fox Searchlight has acquired US and select territories to Calvary.
  • Curzon acquires three for UK

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Toronto hit Fading Gigolo, award winner Ida and Sundance premiere The Green Prince.
  • Daan Gielis joins Smarthouse

    Binger veteran will also continue her own writing.
  • Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart on IPAHOY

    SLAMDANCE: The Toronto husband-and wife team talk about their movie I Put A Hit On You.
  • Daniel Radcliffe to star in Brooklyn Bridge

    Goldcrest Films to take the story of the engineer behind the Brooklyn Bridge to EFM.
  • Dinosaur 13 draws int’l buyers

    Sundance: Dogwoof Global has taken international rights, while Madman has picked up Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and Jaguar Distribution landed international airline rights.
  • Disney shifts Ant-Man

    The Marvel Studios film moves from July 31 2015 to July 17 2015.
  • Dogwoof sells Web Junkie to BBC

    SUNDANCE: Internet addiction documentary, exec produced by Morgan Spurlock, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Dolphin Films to launch sales arm

    The freshly minted Dolphin Films International will launch at the EFM next month and kick off sales on the Mattel property through its new multi-year partnership with IM Global.
  • East Meets West winners named

    Projects from Bulgaria, Belgium and Macedonia have picked up prizes at the When East Meets West (WEMW) international co-production meetings in Trieste.
  • EastWest takes six including Whispers

    Vienna-based sales agent EastWest Distribution has picked up six new titles including Rotterdam premiere Whispers Behind The Wall.
  • EFM director talks 2014 market

    EXCLUSIVE: Beki Probst, market director at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM), talks about the debut of South African filmmakers at the market and how the figures compare to last year’s event.
  • Emile Hirsch joins Ten Thousand Saints

    Hot off the success of Lone Survivor, the actor joins a cast that includes Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke.
  • eOne TV hires US sales head

    Joey Sabella has joined the company and will be based in LA.
  • Film Policy Review panel sets new challenges

    Recommendations include pushing independent and specialised films to improve audience choice across the UK and the formation of a task force to resolve questions around Virtual Print Fees.
  • Films Distribution takes Dark Valley

    Austrian western starring Sam Riley to premiere out of competition at the Berlinale.
  • Fishing Without Nets

    Dir: Cutter Hodierne. Kenya-Somali-US. 2013. 120mins
  • Flame, Origin prep Mother Theresa biopic

    Flame Ventures, Origin Entertainment and The Mother Teresa Center have hired Keir Pearson to I Thirst, the first exclusively authorised biopic of Mother Teresa.
  • Focus takes Zach Braff drama

    SUNDANCE: The new-look Focus Features led by Peter Schlessel has made its first high-profile acquisition in Park City, reportedly paying around $2.8m for North America, Poland and South Africa on Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.
  • Fortitude Int'l heads to EFM

    International sales agent Nadine de Barros, financier-producer Daniel Wagner and veteran producer Robert Ogden Barnum have teamed up to launch the LA-based sales and financing venture.
  • Fox sets Belle UK release date

    Amma Asante’s period drama stars newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
  • Frank

    Dir: Lenny Abrahamson. Ireland/UK. 2013. 95mins
  • French film investment drops 7.2%

    Investment in minority co-productions and big budget local films fell in 2013.
  • Global Eagle promotes Dave Davis

    The executive becomes COO and will continue to serve as CFO.
  • Global Screen unveils EFM line-up

    Frauke Finsterwalder’s tragicomic Finsterworld and a new screen adaptation of the children’s classic Pinocchio are among five market premieres being unveiled by Munich-based Global Screen at next month’s EFM in Berlin.
  • God Help The Girl

    Dir/scr: Stuart Murdoch. UK. 2013. 111mins
  • God’s Pocket

    Dir: John Slattery. US. 2014. 89mins
  • God's Pocket heads to EFM

    Electric Entertainment has acquired international rights and IFC has taken the US on John Slattery’s feature directorial debut. Separately, Kinology has acquired international sales on A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, IFC also acquired Cold In July and SPC picked up Land Ho!.
  • Grace of Monaco to open Cannes

    Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, will be the opening film at the 67th Festival de Cannes
  • Grand Budapest to open Glasgow

    Tenth edition of the Glasgow Film Festival to host a record 60 UK premieres; Under the Skin to receive Scottish premiere as closing film.
  • Greenaway's Eisenstein casts up

    EXCLUSIVE: South African actor Stelio Savante has joined the cast of Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato.
  • High Point looks into Mirror

    EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to handle found-footage horror ripped from the headlines.
  • I Origins

    Dir/scr: Mike Cahill. US. 2014. 117mins
  • IFFR, sales cos go LIVE! to boost European films

    Today, Rotterdam is launching IFFR LIVE!, a collaboration with Fortissimo, TrustNordisk and Doc & Film intended to boost the circulation of European films.
  • Igor Shteyrenberg, Miami Jewish Film Festival

    On the eve of the 17th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF), director Igor Shteyrenberg talks Woody Allen and Ida.
  • IMG signs three-year BAFTA deal

    IMG Media has signed a three-year deal with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to distribute programming of the organisation’s award ceremonies.
  • In Bloom to open Birds Eye View

    Nana Ekvtimishvili’s and Simon Groß’s award-winning feature to receive its UK premiere, as will Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar’s Swim Little Fish Swim as this year’s closing film.
  • In service of The Butler

    Pulling together the financing for an epic about the civil-rights movement was not easy, but Lee Daniels’ box-office hit The Butler has challenged conventional wisdom about audiences for African-American and political stories. John Hazelton reports.
  • Infinitely Polar Bear

    Dir/scr: Maya Forbes. US. 2013. 90mins
  • Intandem Films rebrands, restructures

    London-based international film group to now trade as Intandem Media Group and is adding a new digital marketing division.
  • Int'l French film audience down 65.3%

    Top French export was Luc Besson’s crime caper The Family starring Robert De Niro.
  • Intruders

    Dir/scr: Noh Young-Seok. South Korea. 2013. 99mins
  • James McTeigue's Survivor begins shoot

    Thriller from V For Vendetta director stars Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan and Dylan McDermott.
  • Jewson's MIA gets Japanese launch

    Vicky Jewson’s action thriller Born of War is being released by Nikkatsu in Japan this weekend under the title MIA.
  • John Wells, August: Osage County

    The August: Osage County ensemble is winning multiple nominations during this awards season. Director John Wells talks about cast concerns ahead of the shoot and why he insisted they all live together.
  • Katzenberg in 3D honour

    The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society will present the 2014 Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
  • Ken McReddie relaunches as The Artists Partnership

    Ken McReddie Associates has relaunched as The Artists Partnership after moving into developing original material for film and the stage.
  • Kevin Smith’s Tusk hooks EFM agent

    XYZ Films has partnered with Demarest Films and A24 on the filmmaker’s new horror film and will commence international sales in Berlin.
  • Koch, Independent board Shakespeare comedy

    EXCLUSIVE: February shoot for comedy which Koch will distribute in multiple European markets.
  • Kosslick talks Berlinale challenges

    EXCLUSIVE: The return of the Zoo-Palast cinema to the Berlinale’s roster of screening venues is “the greatest challenge facing us this year,” according to festival director Dieter Kosslick.
  • Laggies

    Dir: Lynn Shelton. US. 2014. 100mins
  • Life Itself

    Dir: Steve James. US. 2014. 112mins
  • Little Accidents

    Dir/scr: Sara Colangelo. US. 2014. 105mins
  • Love Is Strange

    Dir: Ira Sachs. US. 2014. 98mins
  • Mace Neufeld, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Mace Neufeld has produced all five films in the Jack Ryan franchise – The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears and now Jack Ryan: Shadow Recuit. The producer talks to Elbert Wyche.
  • Maiden Voyage lines up Mediterranea

    Jonas Carpignano will direct the feature version of his Venice 2011 award-winning short A Chjana, one of several films backed by new company Maiden Voyage Pictures.
  • Marc Butan joins Sierra/Affinity

    The traditional pre-market shuffle intensified as it emerged that the Panorama co-founder was leaving to become co-president of Sierra/Affinity, signalling a major move into production for Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg’s company.
  • Marmato

    Dir: Mark Grieco. Colombia. 2013. 87mins
  • Monga boards Yash Raj Films’ Titli

    India’s Yash Raj Films has brought on board producer Guneet Monga to advise on the international strategy for Kanu Behl’s Titli, which is currently in post-production.
  • MPI Pictures gets Kink

    Christina Voros’ documentary will open theatrically in late summer following the deal, which concluded in Park City.
  • Myriad to sell You’re Not You

    Kirk D’Amico and his team will commence sales at the EFM next month on the inspirational drama starring Hilary Swank.
  • Netflix eyes Euro expansion

    The streaming and DVD mailing service has reached 44 million subscribers worldwide and expects to grow that number to 48 million by the end of the quarter.
  • New Europe takes Thou Wast Mild

    Warsaw-based company acquires Josephine Decker’s Berlinale Forum selection.
  • Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

    Paul Greengrass was drawn to Captain Phillips not only to work with Tom Hanks, but also to pay tribute to his merchant marine father.
  • Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    For The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of his Hobbit trilogy, Peter Jackson had the tricky task of bringing the story’s raging, intelligent dragon to life. He tells John Hazelton about how the second film brings certain freedoms.
  • Qissa

     Dir: Anup Singh. 2013. Germany-India-Netherlands-France. 109mins
  • Red Crown Productions: The talent pool

    Set up in 2010, US outfit Red Crown Productions has an impressive production pipeline that mixes big names and rising talent.
  • Reunion wins top Swedish award

    Anna Odell’s drama wins best film at the Guldbagge Awards; Per Fly’sWaltz for Monica (Monica Z) wins four.
  • Ride Along sets MLK record

    Universal executives were celebrating as the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy grossed an estimated $41.2m to set a three-day holiday weekend record.
  • Ron Howard, Rush

    Ron Howard talks about the challenges and rewards of returning to independent film-making with Formula 1 character study Rush. He also tells Wendy Mitchell about the adventure of his new film Heart Of The Sea.
  • Rosenberg wins Sundance/NHK Award

    The director of the upcoming film Ad Inexplorata gains creative and strategic support from the Sundance Institute.
  • Rotterdam kicks off with Qissa crew

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) kicked off its 43rd edition in grand style on Wednesday night with a gala screening of Anup Singh’s Qissa.
  • Rotterdam Lab welcomes four new partners

    The 14th edition of the Rotterdam Lab kicks off tomorrow as part of CineMart.
  • Rutger Hauer joins Sights Of Death

    Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Italian development, finance and production company AMBI Pictures has announced key casting on its upcoming action thriller.
  • SAG crowns 20th annual winners

    The Screen Actors Guild named Matthew McConaughey best actor at its Los Angeles ceremony on January 18 while Cate Blanchett took top actress honours.
  • Screen Nation to honour Felix Dexter

    Posthumous award announced as nominations revealed for the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards.
  • Screen Yorkshire gets £7.5m boost

    EXCLUSIVE: ‘71, Death Comes to Pemberley backer aims to invest £1m+ into more productions.
  • Shamer Chronicles set for big screen

    TrustNordisk will kick off presales on the fantasy-adventure film in Berlin.
  • Signature signs five titles for 2014

    Signature Entertainment has secured a raft of new acquisitions to be released over the coming year.
  • Slave, Gravity split PGA vote

    12 Years A Slave and Gravity advance to the Oscars on March 2 as the frontrunners on paper following the PGA awards ceremony on January 19.
  • Sundance / Mahindra winners unveiled

    Sundance Institute and Mahindra have announced the winners of the 2014 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.
  • Sundance Channel takes festival titles

    AMC/Sundance Channel Global has acquired six titles from the Sundance Film Festival for exclusive international premieres this spring.
  • Sundance: Dogwoof Global takes 8

    The distributor has acquired international sales rights from Submarine to Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s documentary The Case Against 8.
  • Sundance: Frank, Love Is Strange sell

    Magnolia Pictures has concluded its North American deal for Frank while SPC has made another acquisition, taking a basket of rights to Love Is Strange.
  • Sundance: Green Prince sales

    The first two deals have closed on the Day One documentary from producers Simon Chinn of Red Box Films, John Battsek of Passion Pictures and director Nadav Schirman of A-List Films.
  • Sundance: I Origins wins Sloan

    Mike Cahill’s story of an eye researcher who uncovers profound truths has won the $20,000 Sundance Institute’s Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize – making it two for two for the filmmaker.
  • Sundance: I Origins, Night sell

    SUNDANCE: Amid a flurry of Park City announcements, Fox Searchlight has paid around $3m for world rights to I Origins. Separately, RADiUS-TWC has picked up The Night Comes For Us and A24 has closed its second deal of the festival.
  • Sundance: RADiUS takes world on Love

    As the 2014 festival heads into the final furlong, RADiUS-TWC announced it had acquired worldwide rights to The One I Love.
  • Sundance: Sepideh sparks int’l sales

    Berit Madsen’s Sundance World Documentary competition entry has sparked a number of key sales outside North America.
  • Sundance: SPC gets Whiplash

    Sony Pictures Classics has paid around $3m for North American, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to Bold Films’ jazz drummer drama. Separately, Pivot and Univision News have acquired Cesar’s Last Fast.
  • Thai filmmakers launch sales company

    Six of Thailand’s leading independent filmmakers have joined forces to launch an international sales and festival distribution company, Mosquito Films Distribution.
  • The Raid 2

    Dir/scr: Gareth Evans. Indonesia. 2013. 148mins
  • The Skeleton Twins

    Dir: Craig Johnson. US. 2013. 90mins
  • The Trip To Italy

    Dir: Michael Winterbottom. UK. 2014. 107mins
  • The Voices

    Dir: Marjane Satrapi. US-Germany. 2013. 103mins
  • Tiger directors: Dick Tuinder, Farewell To The Moon

    The Dutch artist and filmmaker’s second feature is set in 1970s Amsterdam.
  • Tiger directors: Ester Martin Bergsmark, Something Must Break

    The Swedish director talks about his first foray into fiction.
  • Timo Tjahjanto, Killers

    Timo Tjahjanto – one half of the Mo Brothers with (non-sibling) Kimo Stamboel – talks to Jeremy Kay on the eve of the Sundance world premiere of Killers and explains why the filmmakers are going their separate ways.
  • UK panel urges broadcasters to invest

    Lord Chris Smith has again called on British broadcasters to invest in UK film acquisition and production.
  • UTA's Dreyfus joins Ride Along producer

    Ride Along producer Will Packer has hired UTA motion picture literary agent Barbara Dreyfus as head of motion pictures for his new Will Packer Productions.
  • We Are the Best! to close Rotterdam

    Lukas Moodysson’s Swedish film to bring IFFR 2014 to a close.
  • White Bird In A Blizzard

    Dir/scr: Gregg Araki. 2014. US. 91mins
  • Wild Bunch moves on Babadook

    SUNDANCE: In the most high-profile piece of European business thus far at the festival, eOne and Wild Bunch have struck a deal over Jennifer Kent’s buzzy genre film.
  • Wish I Was Here

    Dir: Zach Braff. US. 2014. 113mins
  • Wolf of Wall Street tops UK chart

    Universal’s biopic records Martin Scorsese’s best-ever UK debut to land top of the box office; eOne’s 12 Years a Slave expands to 386 sites and adds $5m (£3.06m) for $11.7m (£7.12m).
  • Wolf rules int'l BO on $27m

    Red Granite’s The Wolf Of Wall Street used a mighty UK debut through Universal to power its way to an estimated $27m weekend that dethroned Frozen at the international box office, according to latest results.
  • Wolf set to retain UK crown

    Martin Scorsese’s biopic tops Way To Blue’s buzz chart.
  • Young Ones

    Dir/scr: Jake Paltrow. US. 2013. 100mins