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Articles from May 2012

Candida Brady
UK journalist turned film-maker Candida Brady's first feature documentary Trashed follows Jeremy Irons on a world tour as he discovers issues surrounding waste. The film screened out of competition in Cannes.Was it a surprise to be selected for Cannes?I'm...
Cannes Market Reports 8% Hike in Attendance
Asia and Latin American lead the rise in partipicants.The Cannes Market is reporting an 8% hike in attendance this year, with Asia and Latin America leading the rise in participants."We've seen a 15% increase in Asian participants and a 21% rise in professionals...
Children of Sarajevo
Dir/scr: Aida Begic. Bosnia Herzogovina-Germany-France-Turkey. 2012. 90minsAida Begic's Children Of Sarajevo (Djeca) is a passionately stark story of the strength of family, driven by an intense sense of honour and compassion as a young woman who has...
CNC Reveals Details of New World Cinema Fund
The new [euro]6m subsidy is run jointly by the CNC, cultural body the Institut Français, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.France's National Cinema Centre (CNC) has unveiled more details of its new World Cinema...
Competition Commission Reverses Ruling over Sky Movies Dominance
The Competition Commission has reversed its stance that Sky Movies holds an unfair advantage in the pay TV movie space, as a result of the emergence of online players Lovefilm and NetflixThe new position goes against its initial findings, published in...
Crime and Punishment
Andrew Dominik talks about the making of his Cannes competition film Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt.Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt wanted to work together again after The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. The opportunity arose...
DAR Gets Ugly with Kashyap, Phantom
India's DAR Motion Pictures is partnering with Phantom Films to produce Ugly, the next project from Anurag Kashyap, whose Gangs Of Wasseypur is screening in Directors Fortnight.Kashyap is currently scripting the dark psychological thriller, which is...
Endorphine, Augustus Wake Up for Sunrise
EXCLUSIVE: Germany's Endorphine Production and Dutch production company Augustus Film have boarded Indian filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta's Sunrise (Arunoday), alongside India's Independent Movies and the National Film Development Corp (NFDC).Set to star...
Ernest and Célestine
Dirs: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar. France-Belgium-Luxembourg. 2012. 80minsA delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, Ernest And Célestine is a just-about-perfect hand drawn animated feature. The unlikely but eventually...
Film4 Goes Monster Mad with Ben Wheatley
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 is in discussions with potential co-financiers here on Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley's planned cops-and-monsters film Freakshift.The project is likely to shoot in spring 2013."There are a lot of people interested in...
For Love's Sake
Dir: Takashi Miike. Japan. 2012. 134minsAny fears that Takashi Miike might be mellowing with age are roundly dispelled by For Love's Sake (Ai To Makoto). This deliriously daft romantic epic unfolds with a mixture of dynamic gang rumbles, sadistic slapstick...
French Indie Hub Commune Image Makes Market Debut
Production "commune", which supported indie pictures Donoma and La Désintégration, launches partying road movie En Pays Cannibal at Cannes market.Paris-based indie producer hub Commune Image makes its market debut this Cannes with Alexandre Villeret's...
Holy Motors
Dir/scr: Leos Carax. France-Germany. 2012. 115minsAbsent from feature-making since 1999's Pola X, French cinema's mystery man Leos Carax makes up for lost time with the rambling, radically loopy Holy Motors. A metaphysical fugue in which a protean protagonist...
Jiang Wen to Shoot Gone with the Bullets
Leading Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen is likely to reunite with Gong Li in his latest directorial project, Gone With The Bullets, according to Marco Ma, who co-owns Beijing-based Buyilehu Films with the director.According to Ma, the film can be roughly...
Journal De France
Dir/scr: Raymond Depardon, Claudine Nougaret. France. 2012. 101minsRaymond Depardon looks back at the life he captured on camera in Journal de France, assembled by his longtime collaborator (and sound engineer) Claudine Nougaret from, she says, "footage...
Larry Clark Preparing Paris-Set Skateboarding Picture
EXCLUSIVE: Larry Clark is set to shoot a French-language picture taking inspiration from the skateboarding scene around Paris' Trocadero Gardens this summer, the first film for the Kids and Ken Park director shot outside the United States.Entitled The...
Lee Daniels Chooses Minka Kelly for Jackie Kennedy, Talks the Butler
EXCLUSIVE: Lee Daniels talks to Screen about why he connected with The Butler and discloses that he wants Minka Kelly to play Jacqueline Kennedy.Screen sat down with The Paperboy director Lee Daniels in Cannes last night at the film's reception drinks.Daniels...
Madagascar 3 Uses HP Technology
HP is also an official partner at the Cannes Film Festival, showing a multi-touch wall.DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted has used HP technology for the animation team.DreamWorks used HP technology that included HP Converged Infrastructure,...
Match Factory Strikes Groundbreaking Distribution Initiative
[euro]400,000 initiative is backed by the EU's Media Mundus.Germany sales outfit Match Factory has revealed details of its groundbreaking new marketing and distribution initiative, 2.0, on which it is working with five leading independent distributors...
Me and You
Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci. Italy. 2012. 97minsNine years after The Dreamers and following a long bout with back trouble that put him in a wheelchair, Bernardo Bertolucci is once again behind the camera, shooting in Italian and trying to make some sense...
On the Road
Dir: Walter Salles. France-Brazil. 2012. 137minsAfter more than five decades of thwarted adaptations, Jack Kerouac's iconic 1957 Beat generation novel has finally made it to the screen. But while it's well cast, resplendently shot and buoyed up by a...
Our Children
Dir: Joachim Lafosse. Belgium-Luxembourg-France-Switzerland. 2012. 112minsOur Children is called A Perdre La Raison in France, and viewers can quickly make the connection when its opening shots depict four small coffins being raised onto a plane bound...
Pinewood Shepperton Announces 15 Month Results
The studio group reported revenues of £63m over the last 15 months.Pinewood Shepperton has released its results for the fifteen month period ending March 31 2012.The studio group reported revenues of £63m over the last 15 months, as opposed to £43.4m...
Protagonist Books the Sweeney into eOne for US
EXCLUSIVE: eOne continues to ramp its US distribution slate with the acquisition of Protagonist's The Sweeney, which the distributor had previously picked up for UK and Canada; deals flow for Nick Love's crime-drama and Vertigo's Viking epic Hammer of...
Russian Cinema Fund, Kazakhstan Producers Guild Launch LA Initiative
The scheme will give Russian and Kazakhstan film-makers the chance to learn new skills through placements at LA companies as well as actors the chance to study in LA acting schools.The Russian Cinema Fund (RCF) and the producers' guild of the Republic...
Sightseers
Dir: Ben Wheatley. UK. 2012. 90minsSightseers is a blissful bit of dark, funny and at times very bloody entertainment as a pair of caravanning killers head off on a road trip through the beautiful tourist spots of the British Lake District and end up...
The Master, Devil's Knot Ignite Sales for Weinstein Company
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company has reported a huge response to it Cannes slate, selling out most of the world on the likes of Scary Movie 5, The Master and Devil's Knot.Scary Movie 5 has been licensed to the UK (Entertainment), Germany (Constantin),...
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