On the Lido with Alex de la Iglesia's "Balada triste," which plays in competition on Monday, France's Backup Films, a pic consultancy-turned-investor, is stepping up to the plate.
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The Japanese film biz is booming -- that is, if you happen to be Toho (by far the biggest distrib) or its TV network partners, who serve as backers and producers of the Toho slate. Eight of the top…
How to succeed in the Japanese film biz means really trying … something different.
Hollywood may be steadily producing 3D films, but in Japan, 2D domestic pics still dominate at the B.O.
Fifteen years after winning the Golden Lion with "Cyclo," Vietnam-born helmer Tran Anh Hung is back on the Lido with "Norwegian Wood," his first literary adaptation.
The legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles plays a big part in Sofia Coppola's father-daughter drama "Somewhere," which world preems on the Lido today.
On the Lido with Julian Schnabel's "Miral," which it co-produced, Tarak Ben Ammar's Quinta Communications is getting set to raise the bar on the distribution of films with Arab storylines in the…
Dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who has been denied permission by authorities to travel to the Venice Film Festival, has not lost all faith in his future as a filmmaker in his country, he…
As Italo shingles have found it increasingly hard to access state funds at home, following Silvio Berlusconi's cutbacks, they have been looking to foreign co-producers to supply the missing coin, and…
An outspoken gatekeeper of arthouse cinema, Eric Lagesse, owner of Paris-based distribution and sales outfit Pyramide Distribution, backs up his tough talk with action.
French pics and co-productions pepper the selection at the Venice Film Festival.