DAILY NEWS UPDATE: Zeitgeist's Expands German Film; Regent Names Exec; and Jacobs to Sony Classical. Also, Offline's "Lies"; Edinburgh Winners
by Eugene Hernandez /indieWIRE and Lisa Russell reporting from Edinburgh
>> BRIEFLY: "Aimée & Jaguar" Expand Release
(indieWIRE/ 8.29.00) -- Zeitgeist announced yesteday the expansion of its
theatrical release of Max Färberböck's "Aimée & Jaguar." Having earned more than $188,000 in its 17 day national release, the distributor is adding screens in New York City -- an uptown showing at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on September 1st and a run at BAM in Brooklyn on September 8th.
The film is described in a company announcement as "the incredible true
story of two women's passionate love for each other in the time of World War
II." It is based on a book based on the story as told by one of the women,
Lilly Wust. The movie received a Golden Globe nomination and was Germany's submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar consideration.
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>> BRIEFLY: George Tapped for Top Regent Spot
(indieWIRE/ 8.29.00) -- Regent Entertainment partner Mark R. Harris has
named Gene George the President of Regent International, the company
announced yesterday. He will oversee all international sales and distribution operations for the distributor.
"Our increasing slate of productions and expansion of our global businesses precipitated hiring a person with George's exemplary credentials," commented Harris in a prepared statement. "His knowledge of international territories and his relationships with many of the key distributors and broadcasters will position us with a stronger global
presence." Other partners in the company, which released "Gods and
Monsters," include Paul Colichman, Stephen P. Jarchow, and Peter Dekom. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> BRIEFLY: Jacobs Settles Into Sony
(indieWIRE/ 8.29.00) -- Longtime independent film publicist Susan Jacobs has
been named to a top post at Sony Classical, the music division announced
yesterday. As Vice President of Publicity, she will oversee PR for the
Jacobs was the Co-President of Kahn & Jacobs, a leading PR firm repping
independent and foreign films. Her business partner, Sharon Kahn, joined
Fox Searchlight as Senior VP of Publicity and Promotion after the two closed
their company late last year. Sony Classical was a Kahn & Jacobs client and
Jacobs served as a consultant to the company after closing the PR firm with
Kahn. [Eugene Hernandez]
[EDITORS NOTE: The following two news items were published yesterday on
indieWIRE.com. As we enter the busy Fall festival season, please visit the
indieWIRE site regularly -- we intend to publish updated news and
information daily as necessary.]
>> BRIEFLY: Offline Takes Kessler's "Lies"
(indieWIRE/ 8.28.00) -- Offline Releasing, a new acquisitions and
distribution arm of Henri Kessler's Offline Entertainment Group, has
announced that it will release Jang Sun Woo's "Lies." It will partner with
Cowboy Booking to distribute the movie domestically. The film screened at
last year's Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
"We feel that there still is a great hunger out there for envelope-pushing
fare in the US," commented Offline VP Will Silke, "The sort of pictures that
still resonate with you for years after you've seen them. Films that make a
difference, that say something more than just box office; films with
individualism and integrity."
Other releases include Marc Levin's "Twilight: Los Angeles," and Agnes
Laoui's "Le Gout Des Autres" (The Taste of Others), a release with Artistic
License. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> BRIEFLY: Edinburgh Fest Winners
(indieWIRE/ 8.28.00) -- Winners have been announced at the recently
concluded Edinburgh Film Festival, with Stephen Daldry taking the Audience Award for "Billy Elliot" and Pawel Pawlikowski winning the prize for Best British Newcomer. The New Director's award went to Alejandro González Iñárritu for "Amores Perros."
In other categories, Aidan Gillen won the performance award for Best British
Newcomer in Jamie Thraves' "The Low Down," while the Best British Short Film prize went to Martin Radich's "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and Alnoor Dewshi's "Jomeo & Ruliet." Finally, the New British Animation award went to John William's "Robots - The Animated Docu-Soap." [Eugene Hernandez, with Lisa Russell reporting from Edinburgh]