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DAILY NEWS: Berlinale Today; Sundance Fellowship, and Miramax’ “Proof”

DAILY NEWS: Berlinale Today; Sundance Fellowship, and Miramax' "Proof"

DAILY NEWS: Berlinale Today; Sundance Fellowship, and Miramax' "Proof"

by Eugene Hernandez, Brian Brooks and Jacque Lynn Schiller/indieWIRE

>> Kosslick and Tykwer in the Spotlight as Berlinale Opens Tonight

(indieWIRE/02.06.02) — The 52nd Berlinale opens tonight here in Berlin
with the latest film from an acclaimed native director and with a new
chief at the helm of this class A international film festival.

New Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will kick-off his first year
as head of the event and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (best know for
Run Lola Run“) will unveil his new film: “Heaven,” based on a
script by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Films by Germans will be showcased alongside international premieres
at the event, based in gleaming Potsdamer Platz in the German
capital. Among the 23 notable filmmakers with movies in competition
this year are Costa-Gavras (“Amen”), Amos Kollek (“Bridget”), Francois
(“Eight Women”), Otar Iosseliani (“Monday Morning”), Bernard
(“Safe Conduct”), and Paul Greengrass‘ (“Bloody Sunday”).

U.S. films in competition include a selection of films that have
already washed up on American shores: Wes Anderson‘s “The Royal
,” Marc Foster‘s “Monster’s Ball” and Lasse Hallstrom‘s “The Shipping News.”

Observers are open-armed in Kosslick’s freshman year at the
Berlinale. Writing in today’s English-language edition of the
German daily newspaper, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,”
journalist Michael Allmaier concluded, “A fresh wind is now
blowing at the Berlinale, even if it is not about to knock
anyone’s hat off.” Critics and pundits will certainly weigh-
in as the Festival unspools over the next ten days.
[Eugene Hernandez in Berlin]

indieWIRE will publish daily coverage of Berlinale 52. Get the
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>> Sundance Institute Awards Mark Silverman Fellowship

(indieWIRE/02.06.02) — “Haiku Tunnel” producer Brian Benson has been
named the recipient of the 2002 Mark Silverman Fellowship the, Sundance
has announced. The award was established in honor of “Blood
” and “Raising Arizona” producer Mark Silverman to aid committed independent producers who face difficulty starting production.

In addition to a $5,000 cash grant to be used for pre-production, Benson
will also receive advisory assistance from a committee of professionals
including Ted Hope, Ron Yerxa, John Baldecchi, Scott MaCaulay and Susan Glatzer who will meet with him during the Fellowship year.

Benson’s current project is “The Best Thief in the World” with
fellow “Haiku Tunnel” alum, writer/director Jacob Kornbluth. The
film is described in a Sundance Institute release as the story of
“a troubled but thoughtful boy (who) copes with an unbearable home
life by compulsively breaking into other people’s apartments, not
to steal from them, but to disorient them.”

“Brian first came to our attention as the producer on “Haiku Tunnel,” a
project which had been developed at our Screenwriters Lab,” commented
Michelle Satter, Director of the Feature Film Program in a prepared
statement. “His continuing commitment to independent filmmakers and his
passion for original vision make him an ideal recipient for the
Silverman Fellowship.”

Now in its 20th year, the Sundance Institute organizes a broad
spectrum of resources for the independent film community including
domestic and international labs for filmmakers, screenwriters and
others as well as the annual Sundance Film Festival. As reported
yesterday in indieWIRE, the organization is facing change with the
departure of veteran Nicole Guillemet. Geoff Gilmore has been
named sole Festival Director for the Sundance Film Festival. [Brian Brooks]


>> Miramax to Offer “Proof”

(indieWIRE/02.06.02) — Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein has announced that Miramax Films has acquired the film adaptation rights to David Auburn‘s Pulitzer Prize and 2001 Tony Award winning play, “Proof“. Hart Sharp Entertainment (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “You Can Count on Me“) will produce.

“We are incredibly excited to be bringing this powerful and successful
project to the screen and to be collaborating with the creative team at
Hart Sharp,” commented Meryl Poster, Miramax co-president of production,
in a prepared statement.

“Proof” is the funny, albeit melancholy, story of a father and daughter,
both mathematicians and each dealing with approaching madness, who see
poetry in mathematical proofs and their genius as a blessed curse.

“Building on David’s outstanding adaptation, we are now looking forward
to working with Miramax — who have shown that they are as passionate
and committed as we are to producing a film that is as powerful as the
original play,” said John Hart and Jeff Sharp in a prepared statement.
Poster will oversee the production on behalf of Miramax.
[Jacque Lynn Schiller]

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