Paul Verhoeven's wartimeepic Black Book, recently sold toEureka for Korea, is now in the final part of its marathon shoot.
Verhoeven, producer San FuMaltha, writer Gerard Soeteman and other colleagues invested an extra $382,770(Euros 300,000) of their own money to enable Verhoeven to take the project toIsrael.
He is currently on locationin northern Israel.
The film will open onSeptember 14 in the Netherlands and is a likely candidate for either Toronto orVenice. The only two major territories left unsold are Australia and NorthAmerica.
Meanwhile, producer Maltha,who recently sold his share in Dutch outfit A-Film, is back in distribution,albeit a long way from the Netherlands.
Here in Cannes, Maltha isacquiring titles for new Indonesian outfit, Blitz, a distribution andexhibition venture currently building a 30-screen Indonesian cinema circuit.Maltha is co-financing Blitz and also buying titles. The first Blitz theatreswill open in the autumn.
'We're in the markettrying to acquire films,' Maltha explained. 'Their sites are atpremium places in Jakarta and Bandung. It's time for more (distributors) inIndonesia and I think it (Blitz) will open up the market and increase thevolume, which is good for a country with 70 million inhabitants.'
Maltha has his ownproduction outfit. He is also a shareholder in Australian company, New HollandPictures, shortly to shoot Peter Duncan's thriller, The Unfinished Sky.
Here in Cannes, Maltha isinvolved as producer on five projects in the market: Russian title Figner,When The Road Bends (sold byFortissimo), Black Book (sold byContent), Curse of the Jade Warrior(handled by Rezo) and feature documentary Elements.