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58th Edinburgh fest opens with diaries

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58th Festival Announces Cannes Titles Fresh from its acclaimed screening at Cannes, the 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival is proud to announce that its Opening Night film for 2004 will be THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES. This UK premiere looks likely to be held in the presence of star GAEL GARCIA BERNAL and director WALTER SALLES.Cannes audience favourite, DEAR FRANKIE has also been confirmed for the Edinburgh programme. This film is from the screenwriter of Afterlife (EIFF Audience Award winne...

Which Market for European Films?

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“WHICH MARKET FOR EUROPEAN FILMS?”The aim of this research by MEDIA Salles is to provide a detailed description of the distribution of European films in Europe and to make a quantitative analysis of the phenomena lying behind the difficulties that have always been experienced by European films in crossing the threshold of their country of origin.Although the results of the research are rather complex and difficult to classify, some main trends do emerge:1. The considerable variation in admis...

Laws of Attraction will premiere at Newport Beach

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Laws of Attraction (World Premiere) starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. The film chronicles high-powered New York divorce attorneys Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) and Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) has seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios - so how bad could their own chances be? At the top of their respective games, Audrey and Daniel are a classic study in opposites. She practices law strictly by the books; he always manages to win by the seat of his pants. But soon they...

Andy Cole nominated at Film London

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Andy Cole has been appointed as the first Head of Communications and Marketing at Film London, the strategic body for the film and media industry in the capital. He is tasked with establishing a communications strategy for the newly formed organisation, developing a range of sponsorship and business partnerships, and promoting London as an international film-making centre.Cole will join Film London after 3 years as Head of Marketing at the British Film Institute, where he oversaw the promotion o...

BAFTA Awards Reward Lost in Translation and Return of the Kings

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Billy Murray and Scarlet Johansson both picked up best acting awards at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), Return of the Kings, best film and best director to Peter Weir for Master and Commander. Cold Mountain won for Zelleweger and best music.The BAFTA awards were announced on February 15 with Bill Murray and Scarlet Johanson winning the best acting awards and five awards for The Return of the King. Bafta awards 2004:Best filmLord of the Rings: The Return of the KingBest British film(Alex...

Berlinale Special: a new section

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The International Film Festival has created a new series in its Official Programme: the Berlinale Special. In it the latest works of great filmmakers will be screened as well as reshowings of important film works, and productions related to the Festival’s special focuses or to particularly explosive political topics.This year’s series includes three reshowings, the most recent films of master directors Peter Greenaway and Ermanno Olmi, two productions examining the political past, and three ...

Cold Mountain Berlin opener

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Love and war are the eternal themes of the cinema, and they will also usher in the Berlinale on February 5: Cold Mountain – an epos about the American Civil War by Anthony Minghella which is already being treated as a hot contender for the Oscar – is to be the first highlight of the festival. Alongside the director, leading actors Nicole Kidman and Jude Law are expected to stroll up the red carpet for the opening ceremony at the Festival Palast. Fearing for the safety of his beloved Ada, the...

Kinderfilmfest

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The programme of the 27th Kinderfilmfest is now complete, more than two weeks before the festival begins. This year’s Kinderfilmfest competition and the new 14plus competition will include a total of 20 feature films and 19 short film productions from 24 countries. On February 6, 2004 the 27th Kinderfilmfest will be opened by the actor and singer Dominique Horwitz. It will start off with the British film Wondrous Oblivion, whose screening will be attended by its director, Paul Morrison, and it...

Bafta nominations put Cold Mountain on top

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Cold Mountain has received 13 nominations and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has received 12 nominations for the forthcoming Orange British Academy Film Awards. Scarlett Johansson received two nominations in the category Actress in a Leading Role for her roles in Girl With A Pearl Earring and Lost In Translation . Sean Penn has received two nominations in the Actor In A Leading Role category for his roles in 21 Grams and Mystic River . Cold Mountain has been nominated in the categ...

BFI Sutherland trophy shortlists announced

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SUTHERLAND TROPHY SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEDA shortlist of three titles in competition for the British Film Institute (bfi) Sutherland Trophy was announced today (4 November), selected by a jury representing the film and entertainment worlds.The shortlist, chosen from twelve nominated titles, comprises No Rest for the Brave, a dreamlike coming-of-age odyssey from French director Alain Guiraudie; Osama, the first feature from post-Taliban Afghanistan directed by Siddiq Barmak; and Reconstruction, an exp...

AFI day 8

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"I've been winning the Los Angeles Grand Prix," said director Anthony Minghella to a sold-out audience on Thursday night, after arriving fashionably late. Minghella was on hand to discuss his work with film critic Pete Hammond and to present 20 minutes from his latest film, COLD MOUNTAIN. Greeting him on stage were a number of people who have worked with Minghella over the years, including director Sydney Pollack (an executive producer of COLD MOUNTAIN and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY); cinematograph...

Osama gathers another one in London

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The Times BFI 47th London Film Festival has now ended, the closing night brought Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig and screenwriter John Brownlow on Sylvia, and Anthony Minghella on a festival which “celebrated the power of women in film.” ...This year the Festival seems happy with attendance gathered from 22 October to 06 November.The diverse films on offer captured the imagination of the 115,000 people who attended the 350 screenings, 123 of these being sold out. Attendance is 6% higher than l...

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