John Hopewell

Private enterprise


What do "Beyond the Sea," "The Pianist," "Dogville," "Amelie," "The Libertine" and "The Sea Within" have in common? They've all drawn coin from regional -- or at least noncentral -- European film…


Pure TV players profit


Squeezed by regulation, mauled by multichannel competition, lambasted for trash TV, who would want to be a broadcaster these days in Europe? Well, Spain's free-to-air terrestrial webs, Telecinco and…

State of the arts


In 2003, Pedro Perez, prexy of producers association Fapae, began giving members of Spain's establishment a crash course in the strategic importance of film and TV, which they hadn't always…

Landscape makes its mark


You can hear the audience gasp when in Alejandro Amenabar's "The Sea Inside" Ramon, paralyzed from the neck down, suddenly sits up and gets out of bed. He launches himself through his bedroom window…

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