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Outplay likes Lira’s Drama


Outplay has netted distribution rights for France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg to Matias Lira’s controversial debut feature Drama. The deal was negotiated


with Carlos Hansen of BF Distribution, who is handling international sales. The Chilean director’s first


feature is about three theatre students who experiment with their own lives on the streets of Santiago in order to take their experiences with them onstage. BF Distribution is screening


the films for buyers on Monday in the Cannes market. Lira is developing two further


projects, a feature-length road movie set on the Inca Trail, and a documentary about an employee at Lars von Trier’s production company Zentropa who was exiled during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Lira met him while doing an internship at Zentropa.


Sarah Cooper B Good revisits Suddenly


BY SARAH COOPER UK production outfit B Good Pic- ture Company is developing a new version of the 1954 Frank Sinatra classic Suddenly. James Moran is writing the


script for the remake of the origi- nal, in which Sinatra played a pro- fessional hit-man who poses as an FBI agent. The updated version will still


be set in the US and promises to keep the noir styles of the original, but will have a “fresh, brutal and surprising spin for modern audiences”, says Moran, who


previously wrote the script for Severance (2006). Producer Joe Stephenson, who


runs London-based B Good and is in Cannes looking for financing and sales partners, said he was “looking forward to bringing this great story to screens again in a new way for modern audiences, with outstanding roles for an A-list cast”. Also on the B Good slate is


UK feature comedy Acts Of God starring Robert Sheehan and Ed Hogg, which is set to shoot later this year.


StudioCanal hosted a dinner in honour of Stéphane Rybojad’s Special Forces, starring Diane Kruger (centre). Twenty minutes of footage was shown to buyers.


EUROPA CINEMAS has reported the 760 cinemas in its network last year devoted 60.6% of screenings to European films, up 1.7% on 2009. Non-national European films also showed a slight hike, with a 36.4% share of screenings.


The share for US cinema dropped by 2% to 30.8%, while the rest of the world remained stable with an 8% market share. The figures were announced ahead of a meeting here today, where Europa will present the results.


Malaysia brings Mantera, Chronicles to Cannes


BY LIZ SHACKLETON Malaysia is stepping up its pres- ence at Cannes, unveiling a slate of ambitious projects. The country’s first Cannes


Hong Kong sales agent The Film Library has picked up international rights to Sonthar Gyal’s Tibetan feature The Sun Beaten Path, which received a special mention at the recent Hong Kong International Film Festival.


Liz Shackleton


pavilion, co-organised by Malay- sia’s National Film Development Corp and Global Creative and Media Agency, is hosting compa- nies such as KRU Studios, Flare Studios, Astro Shaw and Lineclear Motion Pictures.


Ambi t ious internat ional


projects being promoted include $3m CGI action adventure Man- tera, $3m-$5m war epic Between Two Skies and $6m action film The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines. Mantera, about a boy with a bike


that turns into robotic armour, is a co-production between Flare Studios, Moscow-based Tanarm and SpaceToon Dubai. The project, starring Malaysian pop star


Tomok, is also being developed as a game and TV series. Lineclear’s Between Two Skies, a


co-production with Australia’s A2K, is about Malaysian and Aus- tralian soldiers in the Second World War. KRU Studios’ Malay Chronicles is being produced through a partnership with US- based Epic Pictures, which is sell- ing internationally and has closed multiple territories.


NEWS


THE HOF SOCCER DREAM TEAM:


1 Atom Egoyan 2 John Sayles 3 Volker Schloendorff 4 Werner Herzog


5 George A. Romero 6 David Lynch 7 Roberto Benigni 8 Monte Hellman


9 David Cronenberg


10 Jim Jarmusch 11 John Carpenter 12 Brian de Palma 13 Tom Tykwer


14 John Waters 15 Wim Wenders 16 Gavin Hood


Coach: Sam Fuller


SUBSTITUTES:


Jack Sholder Christian Petzold Michael Winterbottom Sönke Wortmann Hans-Christian Schmid


Detlev Buck Alex Cox Percy Adlon


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck


international , 2011


45th Hof


film festival October 25th


to 30th


Please contact:


Heinz Badewitz, Director Mobile: ++49 171 61 92 743 FAX: ++49 89 123 68 68 h.badewitz@hofer-filmtage.de


For more information please visit www.hofer-filmtage.com


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