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NEWS BERLIN BRIEFS


The Hamiltons sequel rolls Production is underway on vampire sequel The Thompsons from Film Harvest, Snowfort Pictures and The Butcher Brothers. Pierre David’s Imagination Worldwide is selling the follow-up to the 2006 After Dark/Lionsgate release The Hamiltons, which finds the family on the run in the UK.


Little Film boards Men The Little Film Company has boarded sales on thriller The Men by Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon. Gordon and his Re-Animator producer Brian Yuzna are in pre-production on the story of a woman who discovers that Earth is captive to an alien race. The late Dan O’Bannon, whose credits include Total Recall, wrote the screenplay.


No Name wins script prize State minister for culture Bernd Neumann presented this year’s $41,000 (€30,000) German screenplay prize to writer- directors Stefan Sarazin and Peter Keller for their script for the project No Name Restaurant.


Stealth closes Magnificent London and Los Angeles-based Stealth Media Group has closed the financing on The Magnificent Eleven, which will be directed by writer Irvine Welsh. Welsh has co-written with Pete and John Adams. The film is a modern reinvention of classic Western The Magnificent Seven. Lionsgate UK has picked up all UK rights to the picture which starts pre- production in March and will star Sean Bean, Robert Vaughn, Dougray Scott and Paul Barber.


Buyers dance to the tune of Flatley in 3D


BY WENDY MITCHELL UK-based Kaleidoscope Film Dis- tribution has closed initial deals for Michael Flatley: Lord Of The Dance 3D in advance of the fi lm’s market showing at the EFM. Entertainment One will handle


home entertainment rights in the US and Canada. Caroline Stern, director of inter- national sales and acquisitions at Kaleidoscope, also closed deals with Stephan Giger of Ascot Elite


lux, France, Russia, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey. The fi lm was shot in full stereo-


Michael Flatley


Entertainment Group for Ger- many, Austria and Switzerland; and with Bob Jones of IPA Asia Pacifi c for Taiwan.


Other deals are in play in terri- tories including Australia, Bene-


Wavelength profiles Flaherty


BY WENDY MITCHELL UK-based Wavelength Pictures has taken on international sales for A Boatload Of Wild Irishmen, a docu- mentary about Robert Flaherty. Flaherty, who died in 1951, is


known as the father of the docu- mentary for his work on ground- breaking fi lms such as Nanook Of The North and Man Of Aran. Major film festivals are in the running to host the international


Rising star Aylin Tezel, a lead in competition film Almanya by Yasemin Samdereli, stars with Jacob Matschenz in Dietrich Brüggemann’s 3 Zimmer Küche Bad (pictured), which is shooting in Berlin this year. Zorro Film will release in German cinemas.


Martin Blaney


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premiere. A version of the project premiered at the 2010 Galway Film Fleadh. The film is the feature debut of director Macdara O Curraidhin. Backers are the Irish Film Board, TG4, EM Media and the MEDIA Programme. “Wavelength Pictures is proud


to represent a profi le of one of the major fi gures in the history of cin- ema,” said Wavelength managing director John Flahive.


Alex Barder’s Los Angeles-based Strategic Film Partners has secured a US deal through Freestyle Releasing for A Little Help, starring Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell. Freestyle will release in 12 markets in April with the assistance of former New Line marketing head Russell Schwartz.


The Slut goes international


BY GEOFFREY MACNAB French sales outfi t Films Distribu- tion has taken international rights to The Slut by Israeli director Hagar Ben Asher, underlining the company’s continuing appetite for Middle Eastern fare. The Slut is an Israel-Germany


co-production produced by Mark Rosenbaum. Ben Asher is not only directing the fi lm and playing the lead, but also wrote the screen-


play. The fi lm tells the story of a promiscuous mother Tamar, who is unable to stop her sexual adven- turing until she meets veterinar- ian Shai (Ishai Golan). “The script is provocative,


clever and full of insights on human relationships,” said Films Distribution’s Nicolas Brigaud- Robert. “Israel and Palestine are today lands of great creativity and talent.”


Jeremy Kay


scopic 3D during sold-out per- formances in Dublin and London in late 2010. Creator Michael Flat- ley appears in the shows for the fi rst time since 1998. The fi lm is set for a St Patrick’s


Day theatrical release in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and South Africa.


BREAKING NEWS


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Maya sets up Café


with Love Hewitt Maya Entertainment has picked up international rights to the rom-com Café starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy and Alexa Vega. Sales head Elias Axume is


talking to buyers here on writer- director Marc Erlbaum’s debut about a ravishing coffee-shop employee who impacts on the lives of those around her. Café is the first film to emerge


from Nationlight Productions and was produced by J Andrew Greenblatt, Erlbaum, Sean Covel and Chris Doc Wyatt.


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