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Articles from October 2011

Arte Cinema Gets Budget Boost amid Parent Channel's Revamp
French state contribution to Franco-German broadcaster ARTE to increase by 7.3 percent in 2012 to [euro]270.2million as part of plan to bump-up audience figures and lure in younger viewers.Arte Cinema is set to receive an extra [euro]500,000 a year for...
Asmaa
Dir/scr: Amr Salama. Egypt. 2011. 96 minsAn Egyptian drama which deals in an accessible way with the issue of AIDS in the sexually-secretive societies of the Middle East, Asmaa makes powerful points which should easily play across its home region. But...
Berlinale and European Film Market (EFM) Plan Digital Innovations for 2012
Moving its accreditation procedure online is one of the innovations introduced for the 2012 editions of the Berlinale and European Film Market (EFM) next February.Participants of the 2011 EFM will be able to use their previous log-in to register via...
Black Gold
Dir: Jean-Jacques Annaud. France-Italy. 2011. 129minsOn the surface, Black Gold has everything you'd want a big-budget Arab-themed epic aimed squarely at the international marketplace to contain: ambition, scale, compelling source material packed with...
Doha Kicks off with World Premiere of Black Gold
The third Doha Tribeca Film Festival opened last night with the world premiere of Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black Gold, attended by its stars Freida Pinto, Mark Strong and Tahar Rahim.The $55m epic Arabic adventure follows the rivalry of two emirs set against...
EFP Brings Umbrella Office Back to AFM, with 28 Companies
EFP also backs European films with [euro]81,000 in Film Sales Support.28 companies from 15 different European countries have registered at the European Film Promotion's (EFP) umbrella stand at the American Film Market (AFM) running Nov 2-9.The stand...
Eros Unleashes 'Biggest Ever Bollywood Blockbuster', Announces TV Deals
Eros International's 3D action-sci fi RA One is expected to reach 5,000 screens worldwide.Eros International's big-budget action-sci fi RA One starring Shah Rukh Khan, widely anticipated to be among the biggest Bollywood blockbusters ever, rolls out...
Exclusive to Introduce Ensemble Drama Disconnect at AFM
The latest prestigious addition to the slate is shooting now in New York and weaves together three storylines in the internet age. Jason Bateman, W.E. star Andrea Riseborough (pictured) and Michael Nyqvist are among the cast.Liddell Entertainment's Mickey...
High Court Gives BT 14 Days to Block Access to Fileshare Site Newzbin2
High Court gives BT 14 days from today [25] to block illegal filesharing site in win for studios and creative sector.The UK High Court has handed down a written judgement to internet service provider BT, in which it orders the telecoms giant to block...
Hunky Dory
Dir: Marc Evans. UK. 2011. 107minsThe clarion call "let's put on a show!" has fuelled films all the way from Babes In Arms to High School Musical and Marc Evans is the latest director to succumb to its seduction, working from a screenplay by Laurence...
Jameson Works with Spacey, Trigger Street to Launch Shorts Competition
Winner of Jameson First Shot will receive the opportunity to direct Kevin Spacey and work with his award-winning Trigger Street Productions. A new short film competition, Jameson First Shot, has been launched by Jameson Irish Whiskey and Trigger Street...
Kevin Named LFF Best Film; Sutherland Goes to Las Acacias
Candese Reid wins Best British Newcomer for her role in Junkhearts; Herzog's Into The Abyss wins Grierson doc prize.As the 55th BFI London Film Festival handed out its awards tonight in London, Lynne Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin was crowned best...
Lawrence of Belgravia
Dir: Paul Kelly. UK. 2011. 90minsA five-year labour of love from Paul Kelly - who takes producing, directing, camera, editing and sound credits - Lawrence Of Belgravia is a winning documentary which looks on the page as if it's headed down a depressing...
Lotus Eaters
Dir: Alexandra McGuinness. UK. 2011. 76minsShot in seductive black and white, Alexandra McGuinness's Lotus Eaters tracks a posse of pointless rich kids around London, but the result can come across as even more aimless than the antics on screen. Boosted...
The Pettifogger
Dir: Lewis Klahr. US. 2011. 65minsThe word 'Pettifogger' is an archaic term used to describe a small-scale con-man and is the main character in Lewis Klahr's experimental first (almost, at 65 mins) full-length feature. A highly-regarded artist Klahr...
Thessaloniki to Be Bookended by the Descendants, Martha Marcy
Expected guests include Alexander Payne, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Mohammad Rasoulof, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Sara Driver, Ole Christian Madsen, Ulrich Seidl and Erden Kiral.The 52nd Thessaloniki film festival (Nov 4-13) will be bookended by...
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