Film Movement swims to “Troubled Water”
Erik Poppe’s thriller-drama, “Troubled Water” has been picked up by Film Movement, the company announced Tuesday. chilling portrait of crime, punishment and repentance in the modern urban landscape. The Norwegian-language film will be available nationwide via DVD and cable video on demand. Film Movement’s president Adley Gartenstein negotiated the deal with Stefanie Zeitler of Bavaria Film International.
European Film Academy to honor Isabelle Huppert
The European Film Academy will honor actress Isabelle Huppert at the 22nd European Film Awards ceremony on December 12 in Bochum. She has worked in France and abroad with directors such as Andrzej Wajda, the Taviani brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, and Michael Cimino as well as Maurice Pialat, Michel Deville, Mauro Bolognini, Marco Ferreri, Benoit Jacquot and Bertrand Tavernier. Isabelle Huppert has won virtually every award there is, among them a European Film Award for “La Pianiste” by Michael Haneke and for “8 Women” by Francois Ozon, as well as a BAFTA and a David di Donatello for “The Lacemaker” by Claude Goretta, a Cesar and a Venice Film Festival Golden Bear, three awards in Venice and twice the Award for Best Actress in Cannes.
Robert De Niro to receive the “Hollywood Actor Award”
Actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Actor Award” at the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards at a gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, Carlos de Abreum founder and executive director of Hollywood Film Festival announced Tuesday. Currently, Oscar-winner De Niro is filming Universal’s “Little” Folkers,” a Tribeca Production, directed by PaulWeitz. Along with De Niro the cast includes Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, TeriPolo and Jessica Alba.
Bisset named jury president
Jacqueline Bisset has been named jury president of The 45th Chicago International Film Festival. Bisset will join 9 other industry notables in the Windy City in deciding the recipients of the festival’s Hugo Awards. Bisset, best known for her roles in such films as “The Deep, Class,” and “Rich and Famous,” has worked alongside many of the world’s most talented directors including, John Huston, Francois Truffaut, John Hughes and Roman Polanski.
BAFTA/LA to honor Kirk Douglas
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) will honor actor Kirk Douglas for his “contribution to worldwide filmed entertainment at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Thursday, November 5 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Colin Firth will be receiving the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award Presented by Volvo and Academy Award and BAFTA award-winning director Danny Boyle will be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing. BAFTA/LA previously announced Robert De Niro as the honoree for this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film as well as Emily Blunt for the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
Icarus Films to buy Fanlight Productions
Icarus Films will acquire Fanlight Productions and its collection of 350 award-winning health care and mental health films, videos and DVDs, Jonathan Miller, president of Icarus Films, and Ben Achtenberg, president of Fanlight Productions announced Tuesday. “The Fanlight Productions collection is a natural complement to the Icarus Films library of social issue documentaries,” explained Miller in a statement, “and will represent an important expansion of our own collection in these academic and professional disciplines. In fact, the merger of these two collections of critically acclaimed, award-winning films now arguably comprises the preeminent library of documentary films, particularly independently produced documentary films, in North America.”
Filmmaker files copyright lawsuit against Chris Rock, HBO over “Good Hair”
Filmmaker Regina Kimbell filed a $5 million copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Chris Rock, HBO, the domestic and foreign distributor theatrical distributors for soon to be released documentary “Good Hair.” The complaint alleges Kimbell’s movie, “My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage” was copied by Chris Rock after he and his production team viewed the film in June 2007. After hearing the buzz about the film, Rock requested a private screening at Paramount Studios. Unaware that Rock had a deal to produce a black hair documentary for HBO, Kimbell agreed to let him see the film.
BBC: Switzerland denies Polanski bail
Film-maker Roman Polanski has been denied bail ahead of his possible extradition to the US, the Swiss Justice Ministry has said. Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said the government maintained there was a high risk Polanski may flee if released from custody. Full story.
LAT: Is Hollywood really a hotbed of support for Roman Polanski?
There’s no petition going around with the names of the real Hollywood elite — A-list filmmakers and studio chiefs like Steven Spielberg, Alan Horn, James Cameron, Amy Pascal, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Tom Rothman, J.J. Abrams, John Lasseter or Michael Bay — because the real Hollywood elite isn’t supporting Polanski. In fact, they haven’t offered the slightest hint of backing for Polanski. It’s only European and New York-based artists, who clearly see the world in a very different light than the real Hollywood elite. Patrick Goldstein reports.