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Articles from September 2011

And the BoB Goes To
Screen took its place on Film London's Best of Borough Awards jury this year with a sense of prideScreen International took its place on the Film London's BoBs jury this year with a sense of pride: the Best of Borough Awards for short films shot across...
Brian Cox to Star as Sir Matt Busby in Theatre of Dreams
He is joined by Natascha McElhone, Anne Reid, Philip Jackson and newcomer Jack Smith in the fictional family feature which is being directed by Manchester born David Scheinmann.Cox will play the former Manchester United boss as he helps 11 year old tearaway...
Content Takes on Nothing to Fear Starring Thomas Haden Church
Content will handle international sales on Nothing To Fear, the first film from Slasher Films.Thomas Haden Church is in negotiations to star.Slasher was recently set up by veteran producers Michael Williams and Rob Eric with rocker Slash.Anthony Leonardi...
Exclusive Revs Up on Ron Howard F1 Drama Rush
Exclusive Media Group (EMG) has come aboard Ron Howard's Formula 1 motor racing drama Rush and will split financing duties with Cross Creek Pictures.Exclusive Films International, run by EMG co-head Guy East, president Alex Walton and co-president Alex...
Film Factory Picks Up Major Spanish Project the End
Spanish outfit Film Factory Entertainment has taken worldwide sales rights to Jorge Torregrossa's hotly anticipated thriller The End (Fin), starring Maribel Verdu.The film, which will be presented to buyers at Toronto, is based on the critically acclaimed...
Finecut's New Deals Include Arirang to Italy, Day He Arrives to France
Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off.In the festival's Real to Reel section, Kim Ki-duk's Cannes Un Certain Regard award-winning documentary Arirang is has sold to Italy (Punto...
Free Men
Dir: Ismael Ferroukhi. France. 2011. 99minsLess familiar tales of the Muslim community's involvement in the French resistance movement are woven into an absorbing, understated wartime drama in Free Men. Writer/director Ismael Ferroukhi's sincere, eye-opener...
French Box Office Surrenders to Declaration of War
Tragicomedy about a young couple battling baby son's brain tumour draws 210, 000 spectators in opening week. Director Valérie Donzelli due to start shooting next feature Main dans la Main in October. Valérie Donzelli's Declaration of War (La Guerre est...
From the Sky Down
Dir: Davis Guggenheim. US. 2011. 88minsWhile the Dublin bred U2 have had enviable success and endurance in contemporary music the band's cinematic excursions have been at best spotty. The latest, From The Sky Down, is a confused hash of history and musical...
From Up on Poppy Hill
Dir: Goro Miyazaki. Japan. 2011. 91minsThe latest animated classic from Studio Ghibli is a tender story of teenage love set in 1963 Yokohama. Originally conceived by Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki from a 1980 manga but now realised by his son Goro (Tales...
K5 Saddles Up for Box-Office Hit Buck
K5 International has taken on international rights to Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary Buck.Carl Clifton and Daniel Baur negotiated the deal for K5 and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.Madman has taken on Australian...
Killer Elite
Dir: Gary McKendry. US-Australia. 2011. 105minsThe heading casting combination of Jason Statham (for the muscles and action-man credentials) and Robert De Niro (for the veteran acting skills and a whiskery beard) works to limited effect in the period...
Life without Principle
Dir: Johnnie To. Hong Kong. 2011. 106minsThere are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To's multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they're swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting...
Moneyball
Dir: Bennett Miller. US. 2010. 126minsBrad Pitt invests Columbia's behind-the-scenes baseball film Moneyball with a quiet sense of dignity and commitment, and while there is a whole lot of subtle drama and elegantly staged moments the film is too one-tone...
Nanking among Slew of Market Buzz Titles
Sales companies head into the first weekend of Toronto hopeful that the independent sector's appetite for commercial fare will continue to fuel business in a burgeoning unofficial marketThe Weinsteins, Fox Searchlight and Sony are believed to be among...
Omar Killed Me
Dir. Roschdy Zem. France. 2011. 85minsOmar Killed Me is a grim 21st century J'Accuse that revisits a true story, the imprisonment of an Arab worker who became the scapegoat for a brutal murder in 1991.Omar Killed Me couldn't be more topical in today's...
Scanbox Gains Strength in Sweden, Finland with Acquisition of PAN Vision
Scanbox Entertainment has struck a deal to acquire PAN Vision's Nordic Film Division.After the acquisition, Scanbox will become the third-largest distributor in the Nordic Market, after SF and Nordisk.Pan Vision, headquartered in Stockholm, is a home...
Sons of Norway
Dir: Jens Lien. Norway. 2011. 88minsThe anarchic ethos of the punk era is championed in Sons Of Norway, a bittersweet coming of age drama based on the " mendacious autobiography" of Nikolaj Frobenius. The story of a 13 year-old boy coping with the death...
The Last Gladiators
Dir: Alex Gibney. US. 2011. 94minsOscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side) returns to the sports arena with this polished portrait of Chris "Knuckles" Nilan, an ice hockey legend whose career peaked in the 1980s.Gibney zeroes in on...
The Love We Make
Dirs; Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan. US. 2011. 94minsPart profile, part history, part concert, The Love We Make centres on Paul McCartney and his involvement with the Concert for New York City that occurred in Oct. 2001 on the heels of the 9/11 tragedy....
This Week's Hot Projects on Screenbase
Gergio Serafini and Joe Wright ready their shoots for The Healer and Anna Karenina, while Michel Gondry is preparing his latest project L'Ecume Des Jours.Next week principal photography will commence on Serafini's The Healer, about teenage twins who...
Tormented 3D
Dir: Takashi Shimizu. Japan. 2011. 83minsIt's difficult to make a guy in a giant furry rabbit suit scary, but almost ten years after the first theatrical instalment of the Ju-on (Grudge) horror film franchise put his name on the genre map, director Takashi...
Toronto 2011: Gary Hustwit
The New York City-based director is in Toronto to present the world premiere of his city design documentary Urbanized, the third film is his design trilogy after Helvetica and Objectified.Two and a half years in the making (with final funding raised...
Toronto 2011: Michael Winterbottom
The prolific English director returns to TIFF (where he has shown many of his films, including 2010's The Trip), with his first India-set film, Trisha.Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed star in the contemporary, relocated retelling of Thomas Hardy's Tess of...
Two Years at Sea
Dir: Ben Rivers. UK 2011. 88minsA solitary but strangely poetic life is given an intimate, impressionistic treatment in Two Years At Sea, a hand-made, beautifully artisanal black-and-white miniature by Ben Rivers. The British artist/film-maker has enjoyed...
Vincent Garenq's Guilty Wins Europa Cinemas Label at Venice
Venice Days drama based on the famous Outreau affair gets distribution supportGuilty (Presume Coupable) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Venice Days section.The films will now get additional promotion and extended playing...
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