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Articles from September 2012

European Audiovisual Rights Association Denounce Spanish Law in San Sebastian
At the 60th San Sebastián Film Festival, European associations have come together to denounce the new compensation system for private copying in Spain.According to Eurocinema, CopyEspaña, IBAU and Eurocopia this new tax has ruptured European unity and...
Farhadi : My Films Don't Represent All of Iran
Iranian director holds filmmaker master-class in Zurich to discuss his working methods, style and his next film.Iranian director Asgar Farhadi was in Zurich Sunday as the subject of a filmmaker master-class.During the wide-ranging session, the festival...
Fill the Void Sweeps Israeli Academy Awards, Goes Forward in Oscar Race
Other winners include God's Neighbours and Ballad Of The Weeping Spring.The Venice-awarded drama Fill the Void, set entirely in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox community, collected no less than seven awards at the annual ceremony of the Israeli Film Academy,...
Focus Features to Handle Sales on Perez's Alone in Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Classics already in place to distribute English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada's bestselling novel.Focus Features is to handle international slaes on Swiss-born, French-speaking actor Vincent Perez's third feature film as director,...
Fortissimo Books More Key Sales for What Maisie Knew
Deals include Artificial Eye acquiring for UK, Pandastorm for Germany and Filmax for Spain.Fortissimo Films has continued more key sales for Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew, which had a well received world premiere at the recent Toronto...
Galloping Horse, Reliance Join Forces to Buy Digital Domain
Beijing-based Galloping Horse and India's Reliance MediaWorks (RMW) have formed a joint venture to buy bankrupt US visual effects studio Digital Domain for $30.2m.The joint venture, between RMW and a US subsidiary of the Chinese media company, outbid...
Germany's DFFF Extended by [Euro]180m to 2015
The European Commission greenlights second extension of Germany's DFFF incentive scheme to 2015, Commissioner to present report on CCIs contribution to growth and jobs.The European Commission (EC) has greenlit the second extension of Germany's incentive...
Hong Kong, Thailand, India Announce Oscar Submissions
Hong Kong, Thailand and India have all unveiled their entries for the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.The Hong Kong Federation of Motion Film Producers selected Johnnie To's Life Without Principle, which premiered at Venice...
In Darkness Wins Manaki Brothers' Golden Camera 300
Vasily Sigarev's Living wins Silver Camera 300 and Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be The Place receives Bronze Camera 300 at the world's oldest festival dedicated to cinematographers in Bitola, Macedonia.The 33rd International Cinematographers' Film Festival...
Intandem Takes on Sales and UK Distribution for Jadoo
Intandem Films has taken on worldwide sales rights for UK comedy Jadoo. The company's new distribution outfit, Intandem Film Distributors (IFD), has also boarded UK distribution rights.Jadoo, which is Hindi for 'magic,' is the story of two estranged...
Lionsgate-Summit Merger Expands IDC Output Deal
Summit and NuVision founder Pedro Rodriguez formed IDC to release films in Latin America and the deal will now cover content from Summit's new owner Lionsgate.Under terms of the deal Lionsgate International Television will handle the sale of television,...
Magnet Media on Board for Dolman's Recklessness
EXCLUSIVE: Company adds Veronica Ferres to cast of Married and Cheating.Production and finance company Magnet Media Group has come on board to produce director Bob Dolman's Recklessness. "It's a very funny action comedy," says Magnet President Jeanette...
Momentum Strikes UK Deal for Toronto Hit Wasteland with Bankside
EXCLUSIVE: Bankside also sells Rowan Athale's debut feature to France, Japan and airlines; Ben Drew's urban drama iLL Manors sells to six new buyers.London-based Bankside Films has sold UK and Ireland rights to Momentum Pictures for Rowan Athale's Toronto...
The Artist and the Model
Dir: Fernando Trueba. Spain. 2012. 104minsFernando Trueba delivers an exquisitely crafted reflection on the "big three" - life, death and art - in The Artist And The Model (El Artista y la modelo), co-scripted by the director and Jean-Claude Carriere...
The Dead Man and Being Happy
Dir. Javier Rebollo. Spain-Argentina-France. 2012. 94minsSpain's Javier Rebollo hits the road out of Buenos Aires in the clunkily-titled The Dead Man And Being Happy (El muerto y ser feliz), a cumulatively charming, whimsical film which will undoubtedly...
The Valley
Dir: Inaki Elizalde. Spain. 2011. 98minsIdeas abound in Inaki Elizalde's debut feature The Valley (Baztan) - which boasts almost as many plot strands as there are cast members. Sprawling, freewheeling, endearingly bonkers at times, there is a fascinating...
Weinsteins Acquire US Rights to the Butler
Lee Daniels' all-star ensemble was an international sell-out in Cannes through IM Global and is already been spoken of as an awards contender for 2014.Forest Whitaker leads a cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Melissa Leo, Jane...
You May Not Kiss the Bride
Dir/scr: Rob Hedden. US. 2012. 100minsThe Hawaiian scenery is the best thing about You May Not Kiss the Bride, a perky and thoroughly silly romantic/action comedy with a cast featuring a handful of recognisable names in throwaway roles.The action-oriented...
Zurich's Finance Forum Sees Growing Opportunities for International Producers
The world of film finance is in good health despite the economic downturn. That was the message at the Third Film Finance Forum @ Zurich Film Festival.Veteran French executive and producer Pierre Ange Le Pogam of Stone Angels said in his keynote: "There...
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