Busan Festival Honors Abbas Kiarostami, Unveils Project Picks

The late Abbas Kiarostami was this week announced as Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival. The recently departed Iranian director will be represented at the festival’s opening ceremony by his son Ahmad Kiarostami. The festival will also line up nine Kiarostami directing efforts. The festival’s Asian Cinema Fund, which supports… Read more »

Germany Picks ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Its Oscar Candidate

LONDON — German industry insiders did the obvious and chose Marin Ade’s breakout feature “Toni Erdmann” as their country’s entry in the race for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards, it was announced Thursday. The choice, made by an independent jury Wednesday night, seemed a foregone conclusion after the Intl. Federation of Film Critics… Read more »

Film Factory Acquires Jonas Trueba’s ‘The Reconquest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID — In the run-up to September’s Toronto and San Sebastián festivals, Barcelona-based Film Factory has acquired world sales right to “La Reconquista” (The Reconquest), a nostalgia-laced love story marking the fourth feature from Jonas Trueba, one of the leading lights of Spain’s newest generation of filmmakers. Film Factory will introduce “The Reconquest” to buyers… Read more »

ITV Withdraws Proposal To Acquire eOne

Earlier this month, Toronto-based media conglomerate Entertainment One rejected a takeover approach from UK broadcaster ITV. The British company today says it is withdrawing its bid altogether. Its proposal valued the global film and TV indie at about £1B ($1.3B) and eOne at the time said the offer “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” ITV evidently disagrees.
In a statement, the company said today that it “continues to believe in the strategic logic…

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Gaumont Taps Alexis Cassanet, Adeline Falampin to Head International Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

PARIS — French mini-major Gaumont has poached former SND exec Alexis Cassanet to co-head the company’s international sales team alongside Adeline Falampin. Cassanet and Falampin will report to Cécile Gaget, who previously ran international sales and was appointed boss of Gaumont’s international production and distribution in the run-up to Cannes. During his seven-year tenure at… Read more »

Oscars: Germany Picks Cannes Standout ‘Toni Erdmann’ As Foreign Language Entry

A hit with critics and festgoers in competition at Cannes this year, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann has been chosen to represent Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Produced by Komplizen Film, 99 Filmproduktion, knm and Missing Link Films, the bittersweet comedy was scooped up by Sony Pictures Classics on the Croisette in May. The movie did not take home any major Cannes statues, but yesterday was named Best Film of the year by international critics group…

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ITV Withdraws Its Bid to Acquire Entertainment One

LONDON — ITV has withdrawn its bid to acquire Entertainment One, citing disagreement over what it thinks the Canadian-based company is worth. Entertainment One had rejected a $1.3-billion offer from ITV earlier this month, saying that the offer “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” While some expected that ITV would increase its bid, the… Read more »

San Sebastian: Kormakur, Feng, Lee Compete For Fest’s Golden Seashell

MADRID — Baltasar Kormakur’s “The Oath,” Lee Sang-il’s “Rage” and Feng Xiaogang’s “I Am Not Madame Bovary” will compete for the 64th San Sebastian Festival’s Golden Seashell, the Festival announced Thursday. The Spanish festival also confirmed that two more first features, “Playground,” from Poland’s Bartosz M. Kowalski, and Emiliano Torres’ “The Winter,” have also made… Read more »

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore on ‘Outlander,’ ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick’

EDINBURGH, Scotland — “Outlander” showrunner Ronald D. Moore told an audience at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival that in season three the show would start in Scotland, but would then be making a sea voyage in the eighteenth century. “There’s an extended journey across the Atlantic and then the story eventually goes to Jamaica, the… Read more »