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BFI revives silent Hitchcock nine

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Here in Berlin, the British Film Institute (BFI) has revealed fur- ther details of its major Alfred Hitchcock restoration project, which is being mounted for the London 2012 Festival, part of the Cultural Olympiad to tie in with the Olympic Games. The initiative — ‘Rescue The

Hitchcock 9’ — will restore The Pleasure Garden (1925), The Lodger: A Tale Of The London Fog (1927), The Ring (1927), Downhill (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), The Farmer’s Wife (1928), Champagne

(1928), The Manxman (1929) and Blackmail (1929). All nine will show as part of a

complete retrospective ‘The Gen- ius of Hitchcock’, which will run from June to October. Fresh scores have been com-

missioned for the films, including Nitin Sawhney’s orchestral pres- entation of The Lodger. Work was carried out at the BFI

National Archive, with digital facilities supplied by Deluxe Soho. Backers include The Film Foun- dation and the Hollywood For- eign Press Association.


Riz Ahmed UK (Trishna, Black Gold)

What’s next? I have just wrapped

on Mira Nair’s next feature, an adaptation of one of my favourite

novels of recent years — The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. There was a great cast. Working with Kiefer Sutherland was a real treat in particular, as I’d grown up watching The Lost Boys, Young Guns and 24.

eOne is screening The Secret Disco Revolution today at 11:00 at MGB Kino. Jamie Kastner directs and produces. The ‘true-life faux-history doc’ uses some satire with a revisionist look at the disco era, seen as a liberating revolution. It includes rarely seen footage of stars such as The Village People (pictured), Gloria Gaynor and Kool and the Gang. Wendy Mitchell

Engel, Brugger probe Quatraro

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Having tackled corruption and diamond smuggling in central Africa in their highly controversial feature doc The Ambassador (on TrustNordisk’s EFM slate), pro- ducer and director team Peter Engel and Mads Brügger are turn- ing their attention closer to home. Zentropa’s Engel has confirmed

the pair is now moving ahead with The Quatraro Mystery, which is already three-quarters of the

way through the shoot. This fea- ture explores the strange and sin- ister way in which Italian European Union official Antonio Quatraro died in 1983. Brügger has already spent two

years researching the project. Fur- ther shooting is due to take place in Brussels in May. Engel is also developing a large-

scale 12-episode fiction series based on the same events, to be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.


Brazil opens release subsidy Film-export programme Cinema do Brasil today opens its annual subsidy for the distribution of Brazilian films. The organisation is offering $250,000 in p&a expenses for the distribution of Brazilian films in international cinemas. Ten proposals will be selected, each of which will be granted a total of $25,000. The application deadline is June 3.

Heavy NZ-Denmark project Daniel Joseph Borgman will begin shooting his debut feature, The Weight Of Elephants in Southland, New Zealand, in March. Transmission has Australia and New Zealand rights, and NZ Film is handling sales for the rest of the world. Producers are Leanne Saunders for Severe Features (NZ) and Katja Adomeit for Zentropa (Denmark).

Euforia hops to Thale Norwegian distributor Euforia is to handle the release of Aleksander Nordaas’ Thale, the crime drama set to premiere at SXSW. International distributors are reportedly showing interest.

n 10 Screen International at the Berlinale February 13, 2012

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