Presenting out-of-competish "W.E," her first directorial feature, Madonna took the Venice Festival mass media by storm Thursday.
China's five-year ban preventing edgy helmer Lou Ye from working ends very soon, but it hasn't stopped him making films outside the country.
Fortissimo Films has acquired international distribution rights to Vietnamese director Vu Ngoc Dang's "Lost in Paradise," which world preems in Toronto Film Festival's Discovery Section.
Films Distribution has pre-sold Jean-Marc Vallee's "Cafe de Flore" to Icon for Australia, Cineart for Benelux, Switzerland's Agora Films and Turkey's Bir Film.
As Todd Haynes' HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce" makes its international premiere in Venice, it seems the frontiers between film and minis are blurring.
MADRID -- In the run-up to next week's Venice Film Festival, Berlin-based M-Appeal has nabbed worldwide rights to Chilean helmer Jose Luis Torres Leiva's "Verano."
European heavyweight StudioCanal has snapped up French distribution rights to Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and Derek Cianfrance's "Place Beyond the Pines."
Spain's Adrian Guerra, producer of Rodrigo Cortes' Sundance hit "Buried," has created a new production label, the Barcelona-based Nostromo Pictures.
Brazilian Marcelo Gomes' "Once Upon a Time Veronica" and Chilean Marialy Rivas' "Young and Wild" will unspool in San Sebastian Films in Progress, a films at rough cut showcase.
Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" has added to its Cannes Palme d'Or win this May by taking the Grand Prix for film of the year, awarded by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).
Argentine director-producer Daniel Burman, winner of two 2004 Berlinale Silver Bears for "Lost Embrace," will receive a four-pic retro at late September's Biarritz Latin American Festival.