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Articles from September 2012

All Eyes on Zurich
Zurich Film Festival co-director Karl Spoerri tells Wendy Mitchell about the event's dramatic audience growth, starry glamour and new German-language film market.It is hard to believe the Zurich Film Festival (September 20-30) is only in its eighth year,...
Boxing Day
Dir/scr: Bernard Rose. UK. 2012. 91minsA nicely nuanced and intriguingly watchable film that is modest in structure but substantial in subtext, Boxing Day is driven by nicely textured performances from Danny Huston and Matthew Jacobs and makes great...
Dark Knight Rises Prevails in Seventh International Session
China returned more than $63m from two Hollywood smashes in a single week.Warner Bros' Batman finale and Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man went week head-to-head there. Italy was the kingmaker as a solid first week enabled The Dark Knight Rises to rule overall.However...
Drawing Heat
From the tipped star of Cate Shortland's Lore to new directors attracting a cult following, Screen profiles Germany's talents to watch.Hanna DooseDirectorA graduate of Berlin's German Film & Television Academy (DFFB), Doose was the centre of attention...
Fill the Void
Dir/scr: Rona Burshtein. Israel. 2012. 90minsThis intimate insider's look into the Jewish Orthodox community, a rarity on movie screens, comes from an unexpected source, given that Rona Bursthein who wrote and directed it is not only an upstanding member...
Follow the Money
Germany's network of film funds has made the territory a key international co-producer. With a total of $434.1m ([euro]350m) available for film and TV projects each year, Germany's film funds have made the territory a major international movie-financing...
Ready for Launch
The hottest German-language projects in the works from celebrated veterans and talented newcomers.Die Andere Heimat [pictured]Dir Edgar ReitzVeteran German director Reitz -- who turns 80 on November 1 -- revisits the fictional village of Schabbach, the...
Superhero Showdown
The summer blockbuster season's hits, sleepers and flops so far, plus the local titles making a big impact in Asia and Europe, are analysed by Ian Sandwell.After Lionsgate's The Hunger Games set a formidable benchmark with a hau lto date of $684.4m ($407.3m...
Swedish Film Institute Backs Bergstrom's Miss Julie, Langseth's Hotel
Other projects backed include Kicki Kjellin's feature debut and co-productions with Spain and the Netherlands.Swedish actress-turned-director Helena Bergström is ready with Miss Julie (Fröken Julie), and Lisa Langseth is back with Hotel (Hotell) - her...
The Possession Rules Last Weekend of Summer 2012
A typically slow end to summer saw Lionsgate's horror film score well with a $18m number one result over the first three days while The Weinstein Company released Cannes entry Lawless in second place.The Posession was formerly known as Dibbuk Box and...
The Right Formula
Generous financing options, ambitious film-makers and world-class facilities are making Germany a vital co-producer. It a time when financing films is tougher than ever, Germany is proving something of a beacon in the storm. With its generous national...
Toronto 2012: Contemporary World Cinema
A look at the CWC world premieres including Baby Blues [pictured] from Polish director Katarzyna Roslaniec.A Werewolf Boy (S Kor)Dir Jo Sung-heeThe story of a girl who tries to civilise a feral boy she discovers in the grounds of a country house. Song...
Toronto 2012: Galas, Special Presentations
Screen profiles the world premieres including Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet [pictured]GalasArgo (US)Dir Ben AffleckAfter earning acclaim for Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Affleck has taken his place among the vanguard of young US directors...
Toronto 2012: Midnight Madness, Discovery, TIFF Docs, Vanguard
More Toronto world premieres including genre anthology The ABCs of Death [pictured].Midnight MadnessThe ABCs Of Death (US-NZ)Dirs variousIn this ambitious anthology film, 25 leading genre directors - including Ben Wheatley, Jorge Michel Grau, Noboru...
To the Wonder
Dir/scr: Terrence Malick. US. 2012. 113minsAfter The Tree Of Life, Terrence Malick continues his slow wade into the mystic swamp in To The Wonder, shedding vain and distracting directorial possessions like character, dialogue, acting and story along...
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