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DAILY NEWS: Edinburgh Fest Plans and “Blackboards” Deal

DAILY NEWS: Edinburgh Fest Plans and "Blackboards" Deal

DAILY NEWS: Edinburgh Fest Plans and "Blackboards" Deal

by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Edinburgh Announce Plans for 56th Fest

(indieWIRE: 07.11.02) — Plans for one of the U.K.’s largest film events,
the Edinburgh International Film Festival, have been announced. Scottish
director Lynne Ramsay‘s “Morvern Callar” will open the 12-day event, the
director opened the 2000 EIFF with her debut film “Ratcatcher.”

Festival favorites including Gary Winick‘s award-winning “Tadpole” and
Francois Ozon‘s Berlin screener “8 Women” (8 femmes) are among the
100-plus films screening at the festival from August 14 – 25. The EIFF
will also feature international work including Argentine director Juan
Jose Campanella
‘s “The Son of the Bride,” described by the festival as
a “contemporary comedy, which was nominated for best foreign language
film at this year’s Academy Awards.” Also scheduled is Shunji Iwai‘s
All About Lily Chou-Chou” and French director Catherine Breillat‘s
Sex is Comedy.”

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will attend screening highlights of his
career such as “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham” and “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge.” Closing the festival is Christopher Nolan‘s “Insomnia,” starring Oscar winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hillary Swank. [Brian Brooks]

>> Makhmalbaf’s “Blackboards” Coming to America

(indieWIRE: 07.11.02) — Leisure Time/kimstim has announced that it will
release Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf‘s “Blackboards” this fall. The
company has acquired the movie and will open it at the Quad Cinema in NYC
before taking the movie to other major U.S. cities.

“Blackboards,” a prize winner at Cannes 2000, is Makhmalbaf’s second
feature, her follow-up to “The Apple.” The movie was co-written by her
father Moshen Makhmalbaf, an acclaimed filmmaker from Iran.

The film is described in a prepared statement as the story of “a group of
itinerant teachers who wander the remote Kurdish villages along the
mountainous Iran-Iraq border in search of pupils.”

Other Leisure Time/kimstim releases include “Code Unknown” by Michael
, “The River” by Tsai Ming-liang, and “Skin of Man, Heart of Beast” by Helene Angel. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> TUESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: FilmFour’s Fate and IFP/NY’s Open Palm Nominees

(indieWIRE: 07.10.02) — An announcement by Britain’s Channel 4 yesterday
affirmed trade reports about the fate of FilmFour Ltd., the channel’s stand-
alone film production and distribution subsidiary; And, nominations for the
2002 Open Palm Award, one of the honors presented during the year’s annual
Gotham Awards, were announced last night at Prada Broadway in New York’s


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