Barcelona-based DeAPlaneta has acquired international distribution rights outside Spain and France to Jose Luis Guerin's Venice competition player "In the City of Sylvia."
Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus will head the jury overseeing the European Film Promotion's Shooting Stars program for tyro talent.
Billy Zane has signed on to star in the World War II era thriller "The Hessen Affair" for Belgium-based Corsan N.V.
Voltage Pictures has acquired the international rights to the family-adventure pic "Sky Kids." Film stars Jesse James ("Jumper"), Reiley McClendon ("Pearl Harbor"), Stephen Baldwin and Tom Sizemore.
Rain Network, Latin America's biggest digital cinema operator, will launch a pilot theatrical-on-demand (TOD) system in Brazil in the first quarter.
Chengtian Entertainment Group, a Chinese talent agent and production outfit backed by Japan's Avex, has confirmed that it will buy Raymond Chow's stake in Hong Kong-based theater chain Golden Harvest.
French sales agent Onoma has picked up worldwide rights to "Kalach" a big-budget crimer starring Gerard Depardieu and Gerard Lanvin.
Slick, superficial and with the slightest touch of saudade, "The Samba Poet" displays a keener sense for biopic melodrama than for music-making.
Human nature's dark side is the menacing midwife to the stillbirth of '60s idealism in the initially challenging and ultimately riveting "United Red Army."
Six graphic artists present their visions of terror in "Fear(s) of The Dark," an omnibus of black-and-white animation with a couple exceptionally clever episodes tied together by an unnecessary…