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Just Like Me

FilmSharks’ Just Like Me visits Spain

BY SARAHCOOPER Guido Rud’s Argentina-based sales company FilmSharks has sold Diego Kaplan’s hit comedy Just Like Me to Spanish distributor Flins Y Piniculas. FilmSharks is also in talks for a US remake. Produced by Disney-backed

production outfit Patagonik, Just Like Me stars Adrian Suar as a womanising 41-year-old who dis- covers he has a daughter (Floren- cia Bertotti). The film was the third highest-

grossing film at the Latin Ameri- can box office in 2010 after Elite Squad 2 and Our Home. FilmSharks has already done

deals with SBS for Australia and Mawyin Film for the CIS territories. Flins Y Piniculas will release the film in Spain during the summer.

Blue Lake fund to back Celluloid Dreams slate

BY JEREMY KAY Blue Lake Entertainment Fund, the financing entity from Doug Mankoff ’s Echo Lake Entertain- ment and Canadian financier-pro- ducer Blue Ice Entertainment, has teamed up with Celluloid Dreams on a slate of specialty films. The parties said they planned to

back ‘high-end’ films from proven directors with global appeal. Cel- luloid will handle sales and pro- duce certain titles. FilmNation,

but Blue Lake’s first investment is in Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, which FilmNation is sell- ing overseas. “Hengameh Panahi is a vision-

Hengameh Panahi

which has a separate, non-exclu- sive deal with the fund, will play an advisory and supporting role. Celluloid’s Hengameh Panahi said no titles had been confirmed

Argento to bite into Dracula

BY GEOFFREYMACNAB Horror legend Dario Argento is about to take on Dracula in stereo- scopic 3D. He is finally ready to begin shooting his long-gestating $13m adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Budapest in mid-May. Rome-based Fi lmExport

Group is handling international sales. According to FilmExport’s Roberto Di Girolamo, the project will be made in English with an international cast, and will be a collaboration between Multime-

Dario Argento

dia Film Production (Rome), Les Films De L’Astre (Paris) and Enrique Cerezo Producciones Cinematograficas (Madrid). Argento has co-written the

screenplay with Antonio Tentori and Stefano Piani.

ary, and with the right war chest, she will continue her track record of bringing world-class films to the international marketplace,” said Echo Lake’s Doug Mankoff, who will manage the fund along- side Blue Ice’s Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik.

NEWS Crisis talks for

Hungary today With the Hungarian film industry in crisis, industry experts will gather in Berlin today at the Collegium Hungaricum to discuss the current state of affairs. Hungarian-born Hollywood

producer Andy Vajna, who has now taken control of Hungary’s film commission, is expected to be in the hot seat at the meeting with his peers. Last week, Bela Tarr and other film-makers wrote an open letter to the Hungarian government decrying measures there which they say endanger their industry.

Groundswell climbs aboard Lajos Koltai’s Treehouse

BYMARTIN BLANEY US producer Michael London’s Groundswell Production has boarded Lajos Koltai’s next fea- ture film, The Treehouse (aka The Master Of Farnow), which is being produced by Hamburg-based Transcorda Filmproduktion. The coming-of-age story is

set among an aristocratic family on a Pomeranian estate in 1910. Paul Mayersberg adapted Eduard

von Keyserling’s novel Schwüle Tage. Scheduled for release in June

2012, the film is being sold in Berlin by House of Film. Jeremy Irons, Tom Sturridge

and Kim Cattrall have been confirmed as leads for the $7.5m production, which is set to begin shooting at locations in Germany and Poland from May 2.

Zamie kicks off with ‘Uzbek Trainspotting’ Buyers seize on Winter’s Bone

BY JEANNOH Korean producers Ellen YD Kim and EK Heo have set up a new production and acquisitions com- pany, Zamie Pictures. Previously a programmer at the

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) and pro-

ducer at UniKorea and BOM, managing director Kim is also a co-producer on the Berlinale com- petition title Come Rain, Come Shine, directed by Lee Yoon-ki. CEO Heo previously produced

End Of Animal, which was in Van- couver and Rotterdam.

They are currently in post pro-

duction for the Uzbekistan-Korea co-production Hanaan, a previous Paris Project entry. Director Rus- lan Pak tells the story of young ethnic Koreans displaced in Uzbekistan. “It’s a sort of Uzbek Trainspotting,” Kim says.

BY WENDYMITCHELL Fortissimo Films has continued to do strong sales on Sundance 2010 hit and multiple Oscar nominee Winter’s Bone. The latest sales are to Japan

(BMS), Taiwan (Catchplay), Thai- land (M Pictures), central Europe

pay TV (HBO), Vietnam (Megastar), Malaysia (Golden Screens), Singapore (Golden Vil- lage) and Korea (CJ Entertain- ment). Debra Granik’s drama starring

Jennifer Lawrence has now sold to more than 25 countries.


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