By Indiewire | Indiewire December 9, 2002 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: "Talk to Her" Honored and "Girl From Paris" Acquired
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> "Talk to Her" Tops European Film Awards
(indieWIRE: 12.09.02) -- "Talk to Her" won a number of top prizes this
weekend at the European Film Awards. At Saturday night's ceremony in the
Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Pedro Almodovar's acclaimed "Hable Con Ella" (Talk to Her) received the prize for best European film, while the
filmmaker won the award for best director and best screenplay. Almodovar
also won the people's choice prize for best director while film star
Javier Camara won the people's choice award for best actor. The
notices come as the film industry begins to consider the top movies and
performances of the year. "Talk to Her" was selected as top
foreign film last week by the National Board of Review.
Sergio Castellitto won the award for best European actor for "Mostly Martha" and "My Mother's Smile," while the award for best European actress went to
the cast of women who starred in "8 Women" (Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux, Ludivine Sagnier, and Firmine Richard). Kate Winslet won the people's choice award for best European actress for "Iris."
The award for best non-European film went to Palestinan filmmaker Elia
Suleiman for "Divine Intervention," while Ken Loach's "Sweet Sixteen" won the European critics award. The prize for best short film went to
Ahmed Imamovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina for "10 Minuta" (10 Minutes).
The European discovery award, the Fassbinder prize, went to Gyorgy Palfi
from Hungary for "Hukkle," while the European doc prize was awarded to
Nicolas Filibert for "Etre et Avoir" (To Be and To Have). Pawel Edelman won the cinematography award for "The Pianist," Victoria Abril was awarded an achievement in world cinema prize, while writer Tonino Guerra was presented the European Film Academy lifetime achievement award.
>> "The Girl from Paris" Arrives in New York in Spring
(indieWIRE: 12.09.02) -- New York-based distributor Films Philos has acquired
American rights to French box office hit "The Girl from Paris" (Une Hirondelle
a Fait Le Printemps) by first-time director Christian Carion, the company has
The film follows a young Parisian woman named Sandrine, played by Mathilde
Seigner, ("Alias Betty," "With a Friend Like Harry") who decides to abandon her job in Paris to pursue her childhood dream of being a farmer. She encounters Adrien, played by Michel Serrault ("Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud," "Birds of a Feather") who sells her his farm. The 70 year-old is struck by the changes she implements, and is convinced she'll fail. Clarion also wrote the film's
"The Girl from Paris" is the second acquisition for Films Philos which released
German filmmaker Fatih Akin's romantic comedy "In July" starring Moritz Bleibtreu. Films Philos is scheduled to release "The Girl from Paris" in New
York in Spring 2003. [Brian Brooks]