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Articles from May 2012

Antiviral
Dir/scr: Brandon Cronenberg. Canada. 2012. 110minsSet in a future world where the viral infections contracted by celebrities are copy-protected and sold to adoring fans, Brandon Cronenberg's feature debut is a cybermedical sci-fi vampire thriller that...
Back in the Hunt
Some 14 years after Festen, Thomas Vinterberg is back in Competition at Cannes with his latest drama, The Hunt. It's been a long road back, he tells Mike Goodridge.In 1998, Thomas Vinterberg scored the coup of landing in Cannes Competition with his second...
BB King Doc Lands UK Deal; Brewer Readies Nat King Cole, Slash Films
EXCLUSIVE: GFM Films has sold UK rights to G2 Pictures for BB King: The Life of Riley.The deal was signed after a market screening on Friday evening. G2 plans an autumn theatrical release.Jon Brewer, the director and producer of the King feature documentary,...
BFI London Film Festival Revamps Programme Sections
New competition sections to be added, and 'clusters' will be grouped by themes.The BFI London Film Festival has announced programming changes for its 56th edition, under the new leadership of the BFI's new head of exhibition and festival director Clare...
DFI Unveils First Funding Round of 2012
The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has unveiled the 23 features, documentaries and short films that will receive funding as part of its 2012 grants programme.In contrast to previous DFI funding rounds, the 23 grant recipients include accomplished directors...
Film Base Berlin Turns Lens on Cambodia
German production house Film Base Berlin is developing a Cambodia-themed drama Game Park, to be directed by French-Cambodian filmmaker Vanessa Ly.Film Base's Mathias Schwerbrock is aiming to set the film up as a co-production with France. It will be...
Gens Planning Monet Art Heist Caper
EXCLUSIVE: French genre director Xavier Gens is set to direct a comedy crime caper inspired by the real-life robbery of Claude Monet's Impression, Soleil Levant.French genre director Xavier Gens is set to direct a comedy crime caper inspired by the real-life...
Horses of God
Dir: Nabil Ayouch. Morocco-France-Belgium. 2012. 115minsThe seeds of fundamentalist martyrdom are sown in the dirt-poor lives of young men raised in the slums of Morocco in Horses Of God, a thoughtful, compelling adaptation of the Mahi Binebine novel...
Iris and Rezo Prep Rainer Bio-Pic
Luxembourgish Iris Group has unveiled a ten-picture slate of films due to be distributed in France and sold worldwide by its Paris-based partner Rezo.Luxembourgish Iris Group, which announced it had acquired a stake in Rezo Films at Cannes last year,...
La Sirga
Dir/scr: William Vega. Colombia-France-Mexico. 2011. 90minsA slow-burn Andean fable of considerable evocative power, William Vega's first feature is the latest in an impressive string of Colombian arthouse films that includes Los Viajes del Vento and...
Les Films Du Losange Fetes 50 Years
As Haneke's Amour premieres, MD Margaret Ménégoz talks about the company's storied history.There are few independent companies doing business on the Croisette today that can claim a 50-year-history.Les Films du Losange is one of these rare outfits. The...
Love
Dir/scr: Michael Haneke. France-Germany-Austria. 2012. 127minsOld age remains the great taboo of cinema, with only a very few films daring to tackle the topic seriously < among them, some true classics such as Tokyo Story and Make Way For Tomorrow....
Mexico Unveils Revamped Cineteca
Here in Cannes, the Mexican Film Institute unveiled the restoration and redevelopment plans for the Cineteca Nacional, the world's biggest cinematheque. The Mexican government has spent [euro]22m restoring and expanding the country's film archive and...
Rabarts to Head Development for India's NFDC
Marten Rabarts, currently artistic director of Binger Filmlab, will step down at the end of May to take up the role of head of development with India's National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).Rabarts will relocate to Mumbai to take up the newly-created...
Romeo Team Could Work with Swarovski Again
Screenwriter Julian Fellowes and producer Ileen Maisel plan to develop future projects with Swarovski Entertainment, which backed their new Romeo and Juliet.Fellowes told Screen: "Ileen and Nadja [Swarovski] and I want to work together again. We're looking...
Room 237
Dir: Rodney Ascher. US. 2012. 102minsRoom 237 details a series of fascinating - bordering on obsessive - delve into the hidden meaning to be found in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 cult film The Shining. A must for film fans and festival programmers, it may...
Scherfig, August Team for Serious Game
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Lone Scherfig and Swedish actress-director Pernilla August are to collaborate on [euro]5 million costume epic/love storyTwo of the biggest talents in Scandinavian cinema are to join forces as Danish writer-director Lone Scherfig...
Student
Dir/scr: Darezhan Omirbayev. Kazakhstan. 2012. 90minsWith his new film Student, Kazakh director Darezhan Omirbayev puts to rest any notion among the world's intellectuals and literary folk that adaptations of Dostoievski's great Crime and Punishment...
The Hunt
Dir: Thomas Vinterberg. Denmark. 2012. 106minsAn energised Thomas Vinterberg powers into a rural Danish community with devastating effects in The Hunt, a confident return to form - and some familiar themes - for the co-writer-director. Daring to force...
The Invisibles
Dir: Sebastien Lifshitz. France. 2012. 115minsSebastien Lifshitz's leisurely engaging documentary about elderly openly gay and lesbians in France - or 'invisibles' as he calls them, claiming that aging homosexuals withdraw from their social lives as...
uCarmen Team Plans la Boheme Film
EXCLUSIVE: The South Africa theatre project is one of 16 projects on packed slate from UK's F&ME.The team behind Berlinale winner uCarmen eKhayelitsha will make a new film based on Puccini's La Boheme.South African theatre company Isango Ensemble...
Waterstone Eyes Doha Hub in Deal with Qatari Innovation Film
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Kalligheri and Stephen Bowen's Waterstone Entertainment are teaming up with Qatar-based Innovation Films to develop and produce film and television projects in Qatar and will kick off with The Greatest Salesman In The World.The deal is...
Wenders to Stay with 3D for Next Feature Project Starring Sarah Polley
Director Wim Wenders is to stay with the 3D format for his next feature film project Every Thing Will Be Fine.After the international success of the Oscar-nominated dance documentary Pina, director Wim Wenders is to stay with the 3D format for his next...
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