Swintongets on This Town
Britshactress Tilda Swinton has joined the cast of No One Gets Off In This Town, the latest film from RichardKwietniowski (Love And Death In Long Island). Produced by Jason Newmark,scripted by Colin Bytheway, the project is on Beyond's Cannes slate. It's ablack comedy exposing the seamy side of life in a seaside town. Pre-sales havebeen secured with Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, and the former Yugoslavia.Shooting is due to begin the early autumn.
Celestialsings in France
Hong Kong'sCelestial Pictures has sold French rights for Peter Chan's $10m musical PerhapsLove to Wild SideFilms following pre-sales to Korea's Show East and Nippon Herald in Japan. WildSide also handles Celestial's classic Shaw Brothers library in France.
Thailand'sHan Media has sold thriller The Remaker, produced by Oxide Pang, to a raft of territoriesincluding Germany (EMS), Spain (Isaan Entertainment) and Japan (SPOEntertainment). The company has also sold action horror Sars War to Spain'sIsaan, Japan's SPO, Germany's Adrena Film and Tai Seng Entertainment for theUK. EMS and Isaan also bought Han's The Man Eater.
Tartanpicks up Red Shoes
Koreansales agent Cineclick Asia has sold horror title The Red Shoes to the UK's Tartan Films, Italy'sMedusa and Gogo International for Taiwan. Directed by Kim Yong-gyun (Wannee AndJunah) the film is currently in production in Korea.
GudulaMeinzolt ihas been appointed as Coordinator of Coproduction Meetings at theInternational Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg (taking place in November), theManheim Meetings. 200 producers will present new arthouse projects at theMEDIA-backed event.
Koreastrikes Duelist deals
Followingthe screening of a six-minute promo, Korea Pictures has struck a raft of saleson its big-budget action film Duelist, to the UK's Contender Entertainment Group, Portugal'sCastelloEopes Multimedia, Russia's Beliven Enterprises, Greece's Medial andP.T. Menara Media Sakti for Indonesia. It was also sold to Japan (Comstock) andBenelux (A-Film) before the market.
JohnHannah, Kristin Davis and Tom Green will star in the upcoming British comedy Houseboat, about a man who moves into ahouseboat with other ex-husbands and plots to win back his wife. ParkEntertainment is selling rights at Cannes to Baz Taylor's project, which startsfilming later this year.
BarleyShakes film funding
Ken Loach'sThe Wind That Shakes The Barley has become the first film to qualify for the new RevolvingPre-Production Fund devised by the Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board(BSÉ/IFB). Produced by Rebecca O'Brien in Sixteen Films, and Andrew Loweand Ed Guiney in Element Films, the film is due to begin shooting in Ireland inlate May, with Irish actors Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham and Padraic Delane.
Japanesesatellite channel Cinefil-Imagica has picked up five titles for its premierestrand, Chokuyunyu Eiga, acquisitions exec Mary Davies announced yesterday. Thetitles are Distant, La Fleur Du Mal, The Stone Raft, Peace One Day and Vodka Lemon.
Palm gets Deceitful
ChrisBlackwell's Palm Pictures has picked up North American and Caribbean rights toAsia Argento's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things and plans a late 2005 theatricalrelease.Palm's head of acquisitions and production and negotiated the deal withproducer Lilly Bright of Curiously Bright Entertainment and Chris Hanley ofMuse Productions.
The filmplayed in Quinzaine at last year's festival.