Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" opened in France on Wednesday with $2.2 million, then scored an estimated $4.5 million in midnight shows in the U.S.
Over-the-top, violence-laden shocker "Surveillance" should have gone straight to ancillary, where it might have been discovered and feted by a few cult-fare obsessives.
"Yasukuni," a Japanese documentary about the country's attitudes to war criminals, has been acquired for French release by Jupiter Communications. Company plans a theatrical release later this year.
Hafsia Hersi is attached to star in "The Flowers of Kirkuk," a Romeo and Juliet tale that marks a rare co-production between Europe and Iraq.
Sophomore feature 'Tony Manero' by Chilean helmer Pablo Larrain continually intrigues as tone constantly shifts about, in line with unexpected plot twists.
After his impressive helming debut with playful crimer "Green Hat," Mainland scripter-producer Liu Fendou makes a spectacular, slo-mo belly-flop with "Ocean Flame."
Paris-based shingle Wide Management, which acquired Mathieu Kassovitz-co-produced doc "Children of Don Quixote," has sold rights to its arthouse titles to major territories.
The promise and freshness Mainland writer-director Yin Lichuan showed in her debut feature, "The Park," are nowhere to be found in sophomore outing 'Knitting.'
Having been recently canonized by some critics and auds for his May '68-set slacker story "Regular Lovers," helmer Philippe Garrel may now face excommunication by a goodly chunk of his erstwhile…
Games giant Electronic Arts has acquired Hands-On Mobile Korea, a leading Korean mobile developer and publisher that is a subsidiary of San Francisco company Hands-On Mobile.
IFC Films has acquired yet another film in Cannes, Steve McQueen's "Hunger" which opened the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard.