Based strictly on the strong numbers, a casual observer may be perplexed by the levels of disquiet in so many Gallic cinema circles -- but an industry insider report has created some controversy.
Germany's indie film biz is bustling as major domestic players launch new production and distribution arms, and foreign players move in to take over leading local companies.
In Italy, the first quarter of 2008 saw an unprecedented six local pics in the top 10 despite a 7% box office drop. That means Italian producers are quite happy, while buyers are going to Cannes with…
Afro-Cuban dance music master Cachao, aka Israel Lopez, died in March at age 89, turning this docu's premiere into a memorial as well as a celebration.
As February's Berlin indicated, Spanish indie distributors have returned to the purchasing table, but cautiously. Times remain tough for distribution, hit by rampant piracy and meager TV sales.
Japan is the world's second-largest film market, with a total B.O. in 2007 of $1.98 billion on 163.2 million admissions. Also, the Japanese biz released 407 theatrical titles last year, out of a…
Being Sudanese and a former child soldier, Emmanuel Jal has many tales to tell, each one more horrific than the last.
A bad drug bust further sours a cop's miserable life in "Vice," a genre pic derived from bits and pieces of so many other superior films that it never attains its own identity.
Korean helmer Na Hong-jin's next pic will be "The Murderer."
Latin America offers a mixed bag for indie distribs. Pan-regionals like Buenos Aires-based Sun Distribution Group face the challenges of serving a multicultural territory.