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Articles from January 2013

Amour Continues Winning Streak at French Lumière Awards
Rust and Bone, Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble) also come away with prizes.Michael Haneke's Amour won best film at the Lumière Awards, the French equivalent of the Golden Globes judged by the international press community in Paris, in a ceremony presided...
Ben Affleck's Box Office Takes off with Argo
Ben Affleck's switch to the director's chair has brought steadily increasing gains at the global box office. Ian Sandwell assesses his appeal.A lot can change in a decade - just ask Ben Affleck: 2003 marked the release of arguably the lowest point in...
Berlinale Competition Adds before Midnight, Dark Blood, Prince Avalanche
New films from Richard Linklater, Bille August, David Gordon Green among final competition titles.The Berlinale (Feb 7 -17) has added its final competition titles, including David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche in competition and Richard Linklater's...
BFI Mediatheque to Open in Scotland
The BFI is to extend its Mediatheque facility to Scotland for the first time in February.Housed at Glasgow's Bridgeton Library, the BFI Mediatheque will feature a specially commissioned collection of Scottish film and television, entitled Scottish Reels,...
Broken City
Dir: Allen Hughes. US. 2012. 109minsIn his first directorial effort without his twin brother, Allen Hughes roots down into urban vice and sullied power corridors with Broken City, a muscular but middling thriller of sprawling political corruption whose...
CA Media Acquires Majority Stake in Graphic India
CA Media, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group, has acquired a large majority stake in comic-book and animation company Graphic India.The company is focused on creating mythological and superhero characters, comics and stories for the Indian...
Crystal Fairy
Dir/scr: Sebastian Silva. Chile. 2012. 100minsThe complete title for Sebastian Silva's improvisational lark, Crystal Fairy & The Magic Cactus And 2012 more accurately represents this curious goof of a movie. Slighter than the filmmaker's acclaimed...
Double Negative, Apollo Productions, Pinewood Pact for Production Drive
EXCLUSIVE: VFX specialists teams with Steve Norris and Pinewood to expand film and TV production activities.VFX specialists Double Negative has created Double Negative Films as it aims to become more actively involved in the production process and financing...
French Films Up 88% at International Box Office in 2012
Unifrance study reveals record year on back of international success of Intouchables, Taken 2 and The Artist.International admissions for French films rose 88% to 140 million entries in 2012 for a two-fold increase in box office gross to $1.16b ([euro]875m),...
German Incentive Supports Record 115 Projects in 2012
The German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) incentive scheme supported a record 115 projects, including 40 international co-productions and a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, totalling $78.2m ([euro]58.4m) in 2012.According to DFFF's statistics, 80 fiction...
Jean-Philippe Tirel to Quit Wild Bunch Distribution
French distribution veteran, with eye for US independent fare, to launch acquisition company called Selective Films at Cannes.Jean-Philippe Tirel has announced he will leave his position as head of Wild Bunch Distribution (WBD) in the coming months to...
Kosslick Reveals Plans for Berlinale's Future
Quality international television and VoD are on festival director Dieter Kosslick's agenda for the Berlinale's future.Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily ahead of his 12th edition as director of the Berlinale (Feb 7-17), Kosslick explained that a new...
Life of Pi: Eye of the Tiger
For his adaptation of Life of Pi, Ang Lee opted to work in 3D for the first time and returned to shoot in Taiwan. The film-makers speak to Jeremy Kay about tackling the epic story of a boy and a Bengal tigerAng Lee had serious reservations about adapting...
M-Appeal Picks Up Two Berlinale Titles
Berlin-based m-appeal has taken on international distribtion for two films from Cuba and Greece selected for this year's Berlinale.m-appeal's Anne Wiedlack confirmed exclusively to ScreenDaily that the sales agent has picked up its first Cuban title,...
NFTS to Run BFI Film Academy's Talent Campus
Scheme will offer training course for 54 participants aged 16 to 19.The new BFI Film Academy residential two-week Talent Campus is now set to be delivered by the National Film and Television School (NFTS).The BFI Film Academy has been developed in partnership...
Rotterdam Lab to Welcome 74 Young Film Producers
Participants of CineMart's successful event for emerging producers have been nominated by the 29 Rotterdam Lab partner organisations.The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has unveiled the 74 young film producers taking part in the 13th edition...
Scotland's Stepping Up Skills and Training Scheme Launched
Scheme aims to nurture Scotland's existing creative talent and helping them to 'step-up' to more senior rolesStepping Up, a new skills and training scheme which will create 28 training placements in Scotland's film and TV industries, has been launched.The...
Screen Yorkshire Unveils [Pounds]2m Production Slate
Screen Yorkshire has added five major international film and TV investments to its production slate, including new titles from Ecosse Films, World Productions, Warp Films and Emu Film, with £2m investment from the Yorkshire Content Fund.The slate is...
Sony Unleashes Django in More Than 60 Markets
UPDATED JAN 18: Sony Pictures Releasing International launches Quentin Tarantino's best picture Oscar nominee this weekend in the UK, Germany, Russia and France.Django Unchained is also set to arrive in Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Hong Kong in what should...
Sundance: RADiUS-TWC Buys Twenty Feet from Stardom
UPDATE: In the first on-site deal of the festival the distributor has acquired North American rights in a low seven-figure deal and plans a theatrical release this summer. Separately, Anchor Bay has acquired Leland Orser's drama Morning.Buyers circled...
Vartiainen to Head MEDIA Unit; Commission Launches Pilot Project
Finland's Sari Vartiainen has succeeded Constantin Daskalakis as the new head of the MEDIA unit at Brussel's Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), with responsibility for the operational management of the EU's MEDIA Programme.Vartiainen...
Who Is Dayani Cristal?
Dir: Marc Silver. UK. 2012. 80minsIn this well-crafted documentary about the plight of Latin American migrants, a dead man found in the Arizona desert becomes a potent symbol for the 2,000 missing persons found along this area of the U.S. border in the...
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