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NEWS BERLINBRIEFS


Berlin Today shorts prize reaches Checkpoint At the opening of the 10th edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus last night, the Berlin Today Award went to Israeli film- maker Rafael Balulu’s Batman At The Checkpoint. Five shorts had been nominated, inspired by the theme ‘Every Step You Take’. An honourable mention went to documentary short White Lobster.


Guard captures IFTA prizes The Guard was the big film winner at the ninth annual Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday, taking prizes including best film as well as best script and best director for John Michael McDonagh. Michael Fassbender won best actor for Shame and Saoirse Ronan best actress for Hanna.


Distribution workshop The London Film School and La Fémis, DFFB, ESCAC Barcelona and the Romanian Film and Theatre University today launch a one-week distribution and marketing workshop at the EFM. Industry trainers include Christine Vachon, Ben Gibson, Jan Schuette, Olimpia Pont Chafer and Clare Binns.


Wife heads remake deals


BY WENDY MITCHELL Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Interna- tional continues to do strong business from the remakes divis- ion it launched three years ago. Italian-language remake rights


to A Boyfriend For My Wife (a hit across Latin America for Buena Vista and planned for a US remake with Steve Carell) have gone to Paolo Ansaldi’s Paco Pic- tures, with French and Portuguese deals being negotiated. The plot follows a timid man who wants to get out of his marriage by arrang-


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ing for his wife to fall in love with another man. FilmSharks has taken exclusive


remake rights on Good Life Deliv- ery (Buena Vida Delivery) by Leon- ardo Di Cesare. The original film has been sold by Wild Bunch in


more than 30 territories. US pro- ducers are circling English-lan- guage remake rights on the story of a girl looking for a rich boy- friend to house her whole family. Other titles FilmSharks are


offering for remake are Panama- Colombia title Chance (aka A Ran- som For My Boss), about two maids who kidnap a rich family that has not paid their salaries; Brazilian hit Sex Shop Inc (De Per- nas Pro Ar), about a woman who becomes a sex-toy executive; Spain’s popular Torrente franchise rights, which are now in negotia- tions with a German studio; and Spain’s Unresolved Sexual Tension, set to close for remakes in Brazil and the US.


Buyers flock to sign up for Solution’s Writers


BY WENDY MITCHELL Lisa Wilson’s new Solution Enter- tainment Group has sold Joshua Boone’s bittersweet comedy Writ- ers to Australia (Becker Film Group), Canada (eOne), Germany and German-speaking Switzer- land (Wild Bunch), Spain (DeAPlaneta), the Middle East (Eagle), Turkey (Pinema), Latin


America (California), Greece (Vil- lage Roadshow), Eastern Europe (SPI), Singapore (Shaw), India (PVR) and airlines (CineSky). Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Con-


nelly will star in the story of a divorced couple and their children during a tumultuous year. Filming will start in North Carolina next month. Judy Cairo


of Informant produces. Wilson said: “I have been overwhelmed by the response to the material. The characters are clearly written and you care about them so deeply that you are sorry when you finish the script. The story really reso- nates with the buyers and they recognise the great potential of the film.”


EoF set for 90 partners as Noor, Beast Paradise join slate


BY ANDREAS WISEMAN Wide Management’s distribution collective Eye on Films (EoF) con- tinues to see healthy growth of its slate, distribution activity and number of partners. The label has 11 films after add-


ing Cagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s France-Pakistan co- production Noor and Estelle Lar-


rivaz’s debut Beast Paradise, both of which screened in the market. Deals for EoF titles include


Night #1 for Spain (Aquelarre), Russia (Russian Report) and France (Fondivina); Mourning for France (KMBO) and Hungary (Anjou Lafayette); Fear Of Falling for France (Kanibal); Red Heart for France (Kanibal); First Rasta


to Australia (Curious); Policeman to Australia (Curious); and Mole to France (Fondivina). Media Mundus-backed EoF


comprises 70 festivals and distrib- utors and EoF and Wide expect that number to rise to 90 by the end of the market. “We recently entered into a great partnership with Dailymotion where we


hosted the premiere of Red Heart, which was viewed by more than 5,000 professionals,” said Wide and EoF managing director Loic Magneron. “The film then went on to perform very well at the Vin- cennes Film Festival.” EoF’s first anniversary breakfast


will take place 9am-11am today at the Gropius Mirror Restaurant.


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STS launches on Wild Bill


BY WENDY MITCHELL UK producer Sam Tromans and sales executive Simon Barnes, for- merly of Park Entertainment, have launched sales-production- finance company STS, which is at the EFM selling Wild Bill. Tromans produced Dexter


Fletcher’s directing debut, already a festival hit in San Sebastian and London, which will be launched by Universal in the UK. Other ter- ritories are under negotiation. The biggest project on the STS


slate will be Rammensky (working title), an art-heist tale based on three true stories of the Second World War. The project is likely to shoot in Italy in 2013 with a budget of at least $39m. The London-based company


will also back Andy Serkis to direct one of his passion projects, a period love story described as “The English Patient up a mountain”. “It is a fantastic script with a


great female role,” said Tromans, who is working with Serkis and his partner in Imaginarium, Jonathan Cavendish. Shooting later this year for STS


will be a revenge drama to star mixed martial-artist Alex Reid. Tromans is also talking to a


major partner for Diet Hard, a romantic comedy feature that will be followed by a TV series.


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