All articles by Silvia Wong – Page 9

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    Bangkok fest unveils ASEAN competition line-up


    The Bangkok International Film Festival (July 19-29) has unveiled the line-up for its ASEAN competition which includes the world premiere of Thai director Santi Taepanich's feature debut Bangkok Time. The picture, starring Thai hot actor Ananda Everingham, will play alongside fellow Thai filmmakers Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom's Alone and ...

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    24 Frames buys remake rights to Thai horror Alone


    Thai producer-distributor GMM Tai Hub (GTH) has struck an English-language remake deal for Alone with US start-up 24 Frames. GTH's Phailin Amnuaiporn and 24 Frames' Ludo Cremers concluded the deal in Cannes following the film's market premiere. The deal also covers US distribution rights to the original film. Cremers was ...

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    Global Film Initiative buys US rights to Bet Collector


    Global Film Initiative has taken all US rights to award-winning Filipino drama The Bet Collector (Kubrador). The deal was negotiated by French sales outfit Wide Management's Matteo Lovadina. After making its world premiere in Moscow last year, the picture has travelled to about 40 film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. ...

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    Thailand - Whirlwind Affair in Bangkok


    After two high-profile international co-productions, Invisible Waves and Last Life In The Universe, Pen-ek Ratanaruang has returned to his Thai roots with the $2m Ploy, a riff on The Seven Year Itch. The film played in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, where critics described it as dark, erotic and funny.Ploy follows ...

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    Cathay Classics signs $1m deal with Malaysia's new Variety View


    Singapore-based Cathay-Keris Films has inked a distribution deal with Variety View, a new distribution start-up in Malaysia, for 230 titles from its Cathay Classics library.Under the terms of the deal, worth close to $1m, the Malaysian company holds worldwide rights for theatrical, pay and free TV, DVD and other distribution ...

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    Directors' Fortnight title Foster Child sold to France


    Ad Vitam has acquired French rights to Filipino director Brillante 'Dante' Mendoza's Foster Child, which will play in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at Cannes. In addition to France, the deal also covers French-speaking territories including Monaco, Andorra and French-speaking Switzerland and Benelux. Gregory Gajos of Ad Vitam and Philippines-based Ferdinand ...

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    Singapore's RGM to finance Point Break sequel


    Singapore-based RGM Entertainment will finance and executive produce Point Break 2, a sequel to the 1991 Hollywood hit, with key Asian actors to be cast in principal roles. 'The movie will be shot entirely in South-East Asia, including Singapore, to bring the flavours of the region to a world audience. ...

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    Singapore's Lighthouse enters sales with Solos


    Following its withdrawal from last month's Singapore International Film Festival after being censored for its gay theme and explicit sex, Singapore drama Solos will make its market debut in Cannes through Lighthouse Pictures. As part of its aim to venture into international sales, the Singapore independent distributor will handle the ...

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    InnoForm snaps up Singapore rights to Chinese trio


    Further positioning itself as a major buyer, InnoForm Media has acquired Singapore rights to three major Chinese titles - Peter Ho-sun Chan's The Warlords from ARM Distribution, Benny Chan's Invisible Target from Universe Films Distribution and John Woo-produced Blood Brothers from CMC Entertainment. InnoForm aims to join the day-and-date pan-Asian ...

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    Opera Jawa triumphs at Singapore's Silver Screen Awards


    Opera Jawa , an Indonesian musical filled with gamelan music and Javanese court dances, won best film at the Silver Screen Awards of the 20th Singapore International Film Festival. Director Garin Nugroho was on hand to receive the top honour. Iraqi Kurdistan-born Shawkat Amin Korki took home best director for ...

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    Fortissimo picks up worldwide rights to Pleasure Factory


    Fortissimo Films has taken on worldwide sales rights to Thai writer-director Ekachai Uekrongtham's Singapore-set drama Pleasure Factory, which has been selected for Un Certain Regard as the only South-East Asian feature in Cannes ' official selection this year. Ekachai, whose directorial debut was the critically-acclaimed Beautiful Boxer, is a Singapore ...

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    Singapore censors allow jury-only screening of Solos


    In an unexpected gesture of goodwill, Singapore 's Board of Film Censors has allowed an uncut, jury-only screening of Solos at the 20th Singapore International Film Festival. Festival organisers had pulled the film from the line-up after the censors demanded three cuts of 'explicit sexual acts', in line with the ...

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    Bangkok film fest outlines new Asia-centric strategy


    The Bangkok International Film Festival has revealed further details of its upcoming fifth edition which will be held July 19-29 following a postponement from January. According to a statement issued today, Asian cinema will take centre stage at the festival this year. More than 100 films from about 30 countries ...

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    Applause Taiwan changes name, unveils release slate


    Following the launch of Hong Kong-based Arm Distribution by producer-director Peter Chan and Andre Morgan of Ruddy Morgan Organization, Applause Entertainment, the Taiwan subsidiary of Chan's Hong Kong-based Applause Pictures, will be renamed Arm Distribution Taiwan. Applause Entertainment was launched in 2004 to handle distribution of Chinese-language films with the ...

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    After This Our Exile scores at Hong Kong Film Awards


    After a 17-year directing hiatus, Hong Kong veteran filmmaker Patrick Tam was named best director for After This Our Exile which also won best film at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night. The Malaysia-set drama was the biggest winner with a total of five major prizes, including ...

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    The smart money is on Singapore


    As the Singapore International Film festival opens, Screen International examines how the territory is aiming to pull in new backers. A key global economic hub, Singapore has set its sights on becoming a media-financing centre for the 21st century and is positioning itself as a meeting point of finance and ...

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    Opening doors: Singapore International Film Festival


    The Singapore International Film Festival (Siff) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, opening with a Sri Lankan film for the first time - Prasanna Jayakody's feature debut Sankara, a Buddhist fable.This is in line with Siff's main function of forging bridges with lesser known cinema regions. When it was the ...

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    Singapore: getting into bed with overseas partners


    Given its tiny market - last year's box office amounted to just $86.5m (s$131m) - co-productions have become a practical necessity for Singapore to access the wider world.Daniel Yun's pioneering MediaCorp Raintree Pictures is leading the way when it comes to overseas partners. Yun has a long-term relationship with Hong ...

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    China - The balance of power


    Inspired by the Chinese classical novel Romance Of The Three Kingdoms, multiple award-winning Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung (The Soong Sisters, An Autumn's Tale) is putting together a project, Red Rose And White Rose, based on the story of two women caught up in male power plays.The first is Princess ...

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    Celestial strikes Malaysian, African deals for Shaw Brothers titles


    Celestial Pictures has signed a home video distribution deal with Movie Master for the DVD release of more than 500 films from Shaw Brothers film library in Malaysia over five years. The titles include Justice, My Foot and Out of the Dark starring Stephen Chow and the Casino Tycoon series ...