New York model Liya Kebede ("Lord of War") has been cast as the lead in "Desert Flower," the $16 million adaptation of Waris Dirjes' bestselling autobiography, which recounts her rise from a…
Berlin is one of the cheapest capitals in Europe -- unless, of course, you're thinking in dollars. Given the current exchange rate, Berlin can lose its bargain luster.
Since 1989, Eurimages has been one of the central pit stops in the convoluted maze that filmmakers enter when they embark on a European co-production.
Germany's new production fund has sparked a boom in Berlin's film industry, injecting substantial cash and glamour into the bohemian metropolis.
German helmer Marc Rothemund ("Sophie Scholl") delivered the Variety Militants Lecture on Saturday at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht.
Certain names attached to projects make financiers, sales agents and producers feel more at ease than others. In what has become an annual feature in our Global Independents issue, Variety checks in…
The scoop: The Netherlands' film fund has an annual budget of $37 million. Coin is given as a direct grant of up to 35% of the pic's budget with a ceiling of $3.4 million. Productions have to meet…
The scoop: While there are no tax incentives or local subsidies, prices are on par with low-cost leader Romania. Bulgarian stuntpeople are highly skilled, and crews are well trained as they're used…
European cinema is falling apart. In its place, national European film industries are gaining in strength.
With Romanian helmer Christian Mungiu winning the Palme d'Or in Cannes this year and the Serbo-Croatian drama "Grbavica" nabbing the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2006, Eastern European cinema has made…
The gains made by the so-called Neumann fund have lately been overshadowed by one of the films it helped attract: Bryan Singer's "Valkyrie," which stars Tom Cruise as German resistance hero count…
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