DAILY NEWS: Report from Berlin, WGA Nominees, and LA Film Fest Cash
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> BERLINALE 2002: 99 Euros Each, or 12 Films for About $1,034.00
(indieWIRE: 02.08.02) — With the charge, “Just do it and be independent,”
twelve young German directors banded together to create five minute short
films, each with a budget no greater than 99 euros. And the movies were
screened in a high-profile slot at the 52nd Berlinale.
Based on the concept of the $99 specials presented at Slamdance, the
collection that debuted here yesterday on the first night of regular
Berlinale screenings was produced by the Oldenburg Film Festival.
An overflow crowd packed CinemaxX 3 yesterday, with many attendees
(including indieWIRE) using the stairs as seats after a snafu in which an
incorrect venue was listed on the tickets. After much chaos in the lobby,
and some entertaining German stand-up commentary by audience members, the
showing began nearly a half-hour late. Undeterred, the young crowd hung in
there and greeted the collection enthusiastically.
Highlights of the program of DV shorts (and highlights of the budgetary
uses) included Max Schlichter‘s “Private” (99 euros used for coffee, a beer
and a bomb), Sebastian Beer‘s [TM] (99 euros for 55 packages of chips, 23
hot pepper & 22 salt and vinegar), Michael Klier‘s “A Man Fights His Way
Through” (99 euros for blood, make-up and burgers), Matthias Glasner‘s “The Suicide of Sara W.” (99 euros for bribe, the extra’s alcohol and for renting
a megaphone), and Nicolette Krebitz‘ “Mon Cherie” (“99 euros were spent in the movie. They became part of the action.”). More info on the program is
available at: www.99euro-films.de.
In other Berlinale news, the official Berlin International Film Festival
Daily (presented by Screen International), reported yesterday that director
Zhang Yimou (“Raise the Red Lantern“, “Ju Dou“) has canceled his
anticipated trip to Berlin with his new film, “Happy Times“. The
publication avoided charges of “political intrigue,” even though Zhang
has previously been forced to pull out of festivals and faced bans by
And to those who care about such things. Yesterday, the Festival took
down the security station that slowed access to the Berlinale Palast
on opening day, and the weather turned colder and greyer. Back to the
Berlinale of old. [Eugene Hernandez in Berlin]
>> 10 Films Vie for WGA Honors; 2 Indie Films Left Out
(indieWIRE: 02.08.02) — A number of familiar favorites and a pair of
glaring omissions mark the lists of films nominated for Writers Guild Awards
this year. The nominations, announced yesterday, recognize scripts in two
categories — original screenplay and adapted screenplay.
In the category of original screenplay, the nominees are: “Moulin Rouge,”
written by director Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce; “Gosford Park,” written
by Julian Fellowes; “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” written by Joel and Ethan
Coen; “Monster’s Ball,” written Milo Addica and Will Rokos; and “The Royal
Tenenbaums,” written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson.
Nominated in the adapted screenplay category this year are: “A Beautiful
Mind,” written by Akiva Goldsman,” “Black Hawk Down,” written by Ken Nolan (based on the book by Ken Nolan); “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” written by Helen
Fielding, Andrew Davies, and Richard Curtis (based on the novel by
Fielding); “Ghost World,” written by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff (based
on the graphic novel by Clowes); and “The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship
of the Ring” (based on the first part of the classic novel by J.R.R.
Left out this year were two independent films that have been on many other
awards lists. “Memento,” written by Christopher Nolan and “In The Bedroom” written by Todd Field and Rob Festinger were overlooked because they were not produced under a Writers’ Guild contract. A total of 187 films were
eligible for the nominations. [Eugene Hernandez in Berlin]
>> Big Cash Destined for LAFF 2002 Winner
(indieWIRE/02.08.02) — The winner of the Best Dramatic Feature during
this summer’s Los Angeles Film Festival will be $50,000 richer. Dawn
Hudson, IFP/West Director announced the new award, known as the Target Filmmaker Award.
The cash prize is part of IFP/West’s transformation of the annual event,
taking place this year June 21 – 29. Formerly known as the Los Angeles
Independent Film Festival, plans for this summer’s LAFF include a slate of
international titles in addition to a host of special events such as
outdoor screenings in parts of the city.
“As a community partner, Target Stores recognizes the importance of
supporting and encouraging the arts within our communities,” commented
John Remington, Vice President of Events Marketing and Communications for
Target Corporation in a prepared statement. “The Target Filmmaker Award was
established so independent artists are able to transfer their vision to the
screen for a wider audience to appreciate.”
Eligible films must have been completed after January 2001. The deadline for
entries for this year’s LAFF is March 22. [Brian Brooks in Berlin]
>> CORRECTION: Dave Poland, Not Dave London
(indieWIRE: 02.08.02) — indieWIRE’s apologizes go out to David Poland for
incorrectly referring to him as David London in our report on the film
festival. And thanks to our readers, and his “Hot Button” fans who reminded
us of the need for a correction. We regret the error.