India is on the verge of a fresh influx of more Western-style narrative film.
Venice Film Festival
The 66th Venice Film Festival signaled a bounceback by Lido a.d. Marco Mueller, following an edition in which many thought he'd lost the programming smarts displayed in his first four years (2004-07).
Prizes go to Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam and Iranian helmer Nader Takmil Homayoun.
First-time Italo helmer Giuseppe Capotondi, whose Venice competition entry "The Double Hour" unspooled to warm reaction Thursday, reps a rarity in Italian cinema for a couple reasons.
"Mr. Nobody" is about as big-budget as it gets for a European pic, especially one by an auteur.
Europa Cinemas is expanding into Asia and Latin America.
The moment Jaco Van Dormael started shooting his third feature "Mr Nobody" in the summer of 2007, newspapers in his native Belgium began to predict glory at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
A Greek film festival is tapping into the global economic zeitgeist next month with a retrospective of films from and about the Great Depression.
It took the death of a close friend to prompt German-born director Fatih Akin to make a comedy after establishing himself with deeper, bleaker films about the human condition.
U.K. distrib Metrodome has partnered with Rialto Distribution to acquire Israeli helmer Samuel Maoz's buzz Venice title "Lebanon" for the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.