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Articles from May 2012

A Respectable Family
Dir/scr: Massoud Bakhshi. Iran-France. 2012. 90minsA college professor returns to Iran after 22 years in Massoud Bakhshi's striking feature debut A Respectable Family, which deftly blends suspense and social commentary to deliver an acerbic commentary...
Beyond the Walls
Dir/scr: David Lambert. Belgium-Canada-France. 2012. 98minsCharting the rise and fall of a love affair from giddy beginnings to rueful afterglow, Beyond The Walls (Hors Les Murs) marks an accomplished first feature from writer/ director David Lambert....
British Council Launches Short Support Scheme
It includes a Travel Grant Fund that will support short film-makers from the UK in showing their work at international film festivals.The British Council Film Department has launched the Short Support Scheme, designed to help emerging UK film talent...
Cannes Deals Roundup for Atrix, Hungarian National Fund, Cinema Republic
Hot titles include The Children From Mount Napf and 18 Meals.Atrix peddles ChildrenBeatrix Wesle´s Atrix Film shas closed multiple territories on Swiss feature documentary The Children From Mount Napf. The film which premiered in the market on Wednesday...
Cannes European Rendezvous Talks Creative Europe
New EU initiatives for European cinema such as the Prix MEDIA and the proposed Creative Europe programme are at the focus of the 10th edition of the European Rendezvous in Cannes from May 20-22."The film project put forward by Asghar andMemento Films...
China's Wanda Group Buys AMC Entertainment
China's Wanda Group has signed an agreement with AMC Entertainment Holdings to buy out 100% of the US entertainment group for $2.6bn.Wanda will invest another $500m over time on the operation of AMC, according to Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin.The...
CinemaChile Touts R. Lorena, Hijo De Tranco
Chilean delegation also set to hold tribute to Raul Ruiz today in Cannes.Constanza Arena [pictured], the new executive director of Chilean promotional body CinemaChile, has revealed details of two new projects coming to market.Production house Forastero,...
Confessions of A Child of the Century
Dir: Sylvie Verheyde. France-UK-Germany. 2011. 121minsThe calamitous miscasting of UK indie rock singer Pete Doherty is, to give Mr Doherty credit, not the only flaw in this turgid adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by French nineteenth-century...
Digital Domain to Open Studio in Abu Dhabi
US-based Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG) is collaborating with twofour54 to establish a media school and purpose-built studio in Abu Dhabi, with the aim of driving development of the production industry in the Middle East.DDMG will begin production...
Douglas Gordon Announced as First of Three Special Guest Curators at CPH:DOX 2012
International documentary festival has also announced its line-up for third DOX:LAB.Award-winning contemporary film and video artist Douglas Gordon [pictured] will curate a special films series at this year's CPH:DOX, which runs November 1-11.Gordon...
FilmNation Boards Lava Bear, Porchlight's the Rover
FilmNation has acquired the majority of worldwide sales rights to David Michôd's follow-up to Animal Kingdom, and will jointly represent US sales with UTA.The domestic element marks a departure for FilmNation, which is looking for more opportunities...
French Connection Links with Korean Dream Capture
French Connection is partnering with Korean Dream Capture Studios to develop an English-language adaptation of Peter May's thriller The Killing Room, the third tome in his so-called China thrillers.Other upcoming pictures on French Connection's slate...
God's Neighbours
Dir: Meni Yaesh. Israel-France. 2012. 127minsIsraeli first feature God's Neighbours brings a decidedly punchy touch to its sincere plea for tolerance. Adding a theological dimension to its boisterous take on contemporary Israeli society, Meni Yaesh's...
Iron Sky Director Revives Hitler in 3D
EXCLUSIVE: Adolf Hitler is to be recreated in digital 3D in I Killed Adolf Hitler, the new live action sci-fi feature from the team behind hit Iron Sky.Udo Kier is also in talks to board the project, about two hired guns from London who are sent back...
Kingsley, Payne, Skarsgard Line Up for Beta's Physician
International stars including Ben Kingsley, Tom Payne and Stellan Skarsgård have joined the cast of Beta Cinema's film adaptation of Noah Gordon's bestseller The Physician.Directed by Philipp Stoelzl (North Face), this adventure set in 11th-century England...
Like Someone in Love
Dir/scr: Abbas Kiarostami. France-Japan. 2012. 109minsIt must have bugged Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami that, with Certified Copy, he had strayed perilously close to making a commercial film. If so, he's set the record straight and saved his reputation...
LUFF to Host Premieres from Whitecross, Temple
EXCLUSIVE: The London UK Film Focus (25 to 28 June), the annual screening event that brings the world's top buyers to London, has announced a raft of high profile premieres for this year's event.Among the films being shown to distributors for the first...
Maddened by His Absence
Dir: Sandrine Bonnaire. France-Luxembourg-Belgium. 2012. 99minsA tale of inconsolable grief sensitively told from a bizarre angle, Maddened By His Absence (J'enrage de son absence) is carried beautifully by a downright haunted William Hurt. If ever a...
Resnais' Co-Producer Alamode Film Boards Two German Projects
Munich-based distributor Alamode Film is already lining up its next projects after making its first foray into production by serving as the German co-producer on 89-year-old French director Alain Resnais' latest feature You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (Vous...
Shochiku Plans Global Kinoshita Retrospective
Japanese studio Shochiku is planning a ten-city retrospective to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Keisuke Kinoshita, whose digitally restored The Ballad Of Narayama is screening in Cannes Classics.Starting in June, around 20 Kinoshita films...
Skyfall Teaser Lands
Screen surveys the first teaser of Bond 23.Looking moodily magnificent, this morning saw the arrival of the first teaser of Daniel Craig's third Bond outing Skyfall.Opening with a voiceover of an word association game - Bond wrily responds to "agent"...
South Africa and Ireland to Seal Co-Pro Treaty
Treaty is the eighth co-production treaty that South Africa has signed.The long-awaited co-production treaty between South Africa and Ireland was signed in Cannes."It's something that has been a long time coming. We are all very excited by it," commented...
The Avengers Surges Past $700M International
A further $56m from 54 territories saw Marvel Studios' superhero spectacular hold on to its international crown with ease as the running total climbed to $723.3m.Latest tallies put the UK on $72.3m, China on $69.3m, Mexico on $56.2m, Brazil on $51.9m,...
The Dictator Seizes Control of the UK Box Office
Paramount's comedy prevents The Avengers from going four straight weeks at the top; Momentum's The Raid opens in fifth.Sacha Baron Cohen's latest creation The Dictator reigned supreme on its debut at the UK box office, usurping Marvel/Disney's superhero...
Watershed Launches FilmWorks Networking Scheme
The pilot project aimed at fast tracking emerging filmmaking talent from the UK regions, is being developed with money from Creative England's network fund.Bristol based cinema Watershed is developing a new networking scheme, FilmWorks, aimed at connecting...
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