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Ivanhoe Commits to China’s Wu Tianming Fund

16 June 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shanghai – Ivanhoe Pictures, the film funding and production offshoot of Canadian mining giant Ivanhoe, has committed to co-financing and co-managing a new fund aimed at supporting young Chinese film-makers.

The Wu Tianming Fund was named after Wu, a long-standing film-director who was frequently regarded as a father figure within the Chinese industry, and godfather to the ‘fifth generation’ of directors such as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige.

The fund was announced Sunday (June 15) at the Shanghai International Film Festival with Wu’s grand-daughter Wu Yanyan, Ivanhoe’s billionaire owner Robert Friedland and former head of Sarft Zhang Pimin as signatories.

No details of its scale or operations were revealed, though it is expected to offer student bursaries and scholarships and back promising individuals.

Other benefactors also included Shanghai Film Group head Ren Zhonglun.

“Our group has been in Asia since 1981 in mining, oil and gas. Now we want to mine not silver and gold, »

- Patrick Frater

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The Fatal Encounter: DVD review

23 May 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Director: Lee, Jae-Kyoo. Review: Chris Sawin In 1777, King Jeong-jo (Hyun Bin) is constantly on edge thanks to the ongoing conflict between the Noron and Soron factions. After witnessing the death of his father at the age of 10, Jeong-jo has been driven by only vengeance. Now that he is king, Jeong-jo is slowly building towards the revenge he rightfully deserves. "The Fatal Encounter" is based on one of many real assassination attempts of the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty and takes place 24 hours before Jeong-jo is put in danger. Despite being comparable to Kaige Chen's "Sacrifice," "The Fatal Encounter" is much more methodical in the technique in which the story is laid out. It's as if the South Korean film is slowly but surely making sure you know each and every character in the film before throwing mayhem into the mix. "The Fatal Encounter" gradually strolls in and out »

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Jane Campion Talks About The 'Inherent Sexism' In Film Industry During Press Conference

13 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

This year’s President of the In Competition Jury, which determines the winner of Cannes’ highest honor, the Palme d’Or, Jane Campion spoke about the presence of sexism in the film industry during the jury press conference on Wednesday, May 14.

Jane Campion On "Inherent Sexism" In Film Industry

Campion secured a place in Cannes Film Festival history when she became the first woman to win the Palme d’Or in 1993 for her film, Piano. It is true, however, that she tied for the honor, sharing the title with Chinese director Kaige Chen. Over twenty years later, Campion remains the only woman ever to receive a Palme d’Or, and it goes without saying that no woman has ever been the sole recipient of the award.

Taking her legacy into account, it comes as no surprise that one of the first questions asked at Wednesday’s press conference was about »

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Producer-distributor Karl ‘Baumi’ Baumgartner Dies

19 March 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner, one of Germany’s leading producers and independent distributors, has died.

A message posted Tuesday on the website of Pandora Film, the company he co-founded, said: “Today Karl ‘Baumi’ Baumgartner left us. We are unspeakable sad and deeply moved. He was our friend, partner and source of inspiration. We say Thank You. – The Pandoras.”

Last month, the Berlin Film Festival presented Baumgartner with its Berlinale Camera award, which is given to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks.

Baumgartner set up Pandora with Reinhard Brundig in 1982. The Frankfurt-based company, whose name was inspired by G.W. Pabst’s “Pandora’s Box,” focused on the distribution of ambitious international arthouse movies, such as Yilmaz Gunay’s “Yol,” Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Nostalgia” and Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.” It made its commercial breakthrough with Jane Campion’s “The Piano. »

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China Film Group’s Han Sanping Confirms Exit

17 March 2014 8:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — Veteran producer Han Sanping has been confirmed as exiting China Film Group, China’s leading state-owned movie conglomerate, where he has been chairman since 2007.

His role is to be taken up by La Peikang, previously with the Film Bureau, and vice chairman Jiao Hongfen.

Han previously had his term at Cfg extended, but now steps aside having reached age 60. He is expected to head a new state-backed film fund that is in the process of being assembled.

The changeover at the top of Cfg comes as the giant slowly moves towards a stock market flotation. An Cfg Ipo has been mooted by Han for several years, but it was delayed by the great financial crisis in 2008-09 and turmoil on world stock markets and by ongoing internal reorganization. No timetable has yet been set, and Chinese stock markets remain unhealthy.

Cfg is a central to many aspects of the Chinese film industry. »

- Patrick Frater

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China-Hollywood Deal Flow Turns Into Flurry

17 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Recent confirmation that Sony Pictures is backing the next pictures by Chinese directors Chen Kaige and Jiang Wen seems like deja vu.

The company was in business with Jiang, Zhang Yimou and Feng Xiaogang some 15 years ago when Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia was set up in 1999 in Hong Kong to make Chinese-language pictures for a waiting global audience.

The unit was quietly shuttered in 2005 when it emerged that the business model was not quite right and the global market was not ready for Hollywood-stoked Chinese fare.

The same fate almost certainly beckons for some of the new Sino-u.S. ventures that have been announced in the past fortnight,  but as of now it is unclear which will succeed.

This time around there are many more companies willing to wager that they can get it right. And the bets are going in both directions.

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Columbia Pictures Takes 'The Monk'

13 March 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a move to expand its local language production presence in China, Columbia Pictures has secured key partnerships with local high-profile filmmakers and entered in to split-rights agreements with Chinese production companies. Included among these, Columbia Pictures announces that principal photography has commenced on the Chinese martial arts action feature "The Monk," directed by Kaige Chen ("Farewell My Concubine"). The film, which is currently shooting on location in Xianghe, in China's Hebei Province, is a Cao Huayi presentation produced by Hong Chen, who produced Kaige Chen's previous two features. "The Monk" will be distributed domestically in China by New Classics Media, and throughout the rest of the world, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, by Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri). &#8232The film is scheduled for Summer 2015 release.

"The Monk" marks Columbia Pictures' second recent production in Mainland China, following the Chinese co-production "Gone With The Bullets" from internationally acclaimed director Jiang Wen, »

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Sony Pictures To Worship "The Monk"

12 March 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In a new effort to expand into China, Sony Pictures has sealed partnership deals with Chinese filmmakers and companies. The first project of this deal with be the martial arts action thriller "The Monk".

The story follows a young monk forced to leave his impoverished monastery and rely on his extraordinary martial arts skills to survive outside.

He discovers a rare book about a lost martial art - a book coveted by a dangerous and ruthless father and son pairing.

Palme d'Or-winning director Chen Kaige will helm the project which is filming on location in Hebei Province. A Summer 2015 release is planned.

Sony and New Classics Media are also teaming for a Chinese remake of the 1997 rom-com "My Best Friend's Wedding" which would begin filming in December.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Columbia Developing Chinese Remake of 'My Best Friend's Wedding'

12 March 2014 4:26 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Columbia Pictures is set to partner on a Chinese language remake of the 1997 romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding, the studio said Wednesday.  Columbia entered into an agreement with Chinese producer and distributor New Classics Media to develop the title -- which originally starred Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney -- with a production start date of December 2014. The remake is only one of several local language productions that the studio has planned. Story: China to Decentralize Censorship Process for Local Films The studio has entered into an agreement with New Classics Media to distribute director Chen Kaige's action title The Monk through

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- Erik Hayden

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Columbia Pictures Beefs Up Local-Language Productions in China

12 March 2014 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Columbia Pictures is beefing up its presence in China striking partnerships with prominent local filmmakers, as well as entering into split-rights agreements with mainland production companies.

Chief among Col’s newly struck filmmaker relationships is with “Farewell My Concubine” director Chen Kaige, who just started production on his martial arts action film “The Monk,” which is set for release summer 2015 via New Classics Media in China and by Sony Pictures Intl. throughout the rest of the world.

Columbia Pictures is reemphasizing our long established commitment to Chinese local language production,” said Col prexy Doug Belgrad. “We are delighted to be collaborating with such world class filmmakers as Chen Kaige and Jiang Wen, as well as partnering with esteemed Chinese production companies like New Classics Media, as we ramp up our activity in China.”

Based on the bestselling novel “Dao Shi Xia Shan” (“A Monk Comes Down the Mountain”), “Monk” stars Wang Baoqiang, »

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Columbia beefs up China co-pros

12 March 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a move to expand its footprint in China, Columbia Pictures has revisited its local production ties and entered into split-rights deals with Chinese production companies. 

Principal photography has commenced in Xianghe, Hebei Province, on Chen Kaige’s (pictured) martial arts feature The Monk.

The film is a Cao Huayi presentation produced by Chen Hong, who produced Kaige’s previous two features.

New Classics Media will distribute in China in summer 2015 while Sony Pictures Releasing International handles the rest of the world including Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The Monk is based on Xu Haofeng’s novel Dao Shi Xia Shan (A Monk Comes Down The Mountain) and marks Columbia Pictures’ second recent production in mainland China following the co-production Gone With The Bullets from director Jiang Wen, currently in post.

Wang Baoqiang stars alongside Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-ling and Fan Wei in the story of a monk on a quest who must defend a supremely important book.

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Columbia Pictures Boards Chinese Martial Arts Feature The Monk

12 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

In a move to expand its local language production presence in China, Columbia Pictures has secured key partnerships with local high-profile filmmakers and entered in to split-rights agreements with Chinese production companies. Included among these, Columbia Pictures announces that principal photography has commenced on the Chinese martial arts action feature The Monk , directed by Chen Kaige ( Farewell My Concubine ). The film, which is currently shooting on location in Xianghe, in China.s Hebei Province, is a Cao Huayi presentation produced by Chen Hong, who produced Chen Kaige.s previous two features. The Monk marks Columbia Pictures. second recent production in Mainland China, following the Chinese co-production Gone With The Bullets from internationally acclaimed »

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Chinese Helmer Wu Tianming Dies at 74

5 March 2014 10:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese director Wu Tianming, who helmed several films that reshaped Chinese cinema, including “Old Well” and “King of Masks,” died of an apparent heart attack on March 4 in his home in Beijing. He was 74.

The filmmaker, known as the “Godfather of the Fifth Generation,” was the former head of Xi’an Film Studios, and the films he directed, also including “Life,” “CEO” and his final film, “Song of the Phoenix,” earned Wu worldwide critical acclaim and garnered him multiple awards.

Wu, a native of China’s Shan Xi Province, developed an early interest in the theater and worked odd jobs at local playhouses in order to observe the actors. He later worked as a stage actor and became a film player with Xi’an Film Studios. By the time he reached his teens, Wu’s interest shifted to motion pictures, and Dovzhenko’s “Poem of the Sea” served as the impetus for his filmmaking career. »

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Jackie Chan, Yao Ming Attend China's Annual Congressional Meeting

4 March 2014 10:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Leading Chinese filmmakers Jackie Chan, Feng Xiaogang and Chen Kaige were among delegates gathered in the Great Hall of the People for China’s annual rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress and its advisory body. Wednesday, March 5 marks the start of the strictly choreographed parliament meeting in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing, which is expected to approve efforts to keep President Xi Jinping’s economic reform plans on track. Photos: China Box Office 2013: The Top 10 Movies The event is actually two political meetings, the ‘liang hui’, which combines the annual sessions of the Chinese People's

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Zhang Yimou reunites with Sony Classics for 'Coming Home'

18 February 2014 7:02 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's a lot going on in the world of Zhang Yimou these days. Only last week, it was announced that he'll be directing his first U.S. feature with Universal -- a rare instance of a Chinese director getting to steer an English-language film with an American studio. The project is an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling thriller, "The Parsifal Mosaic" -- not exactly the first match of director and material that comes to mind, but Zhang has already proven his deftness as a genre stylist, so we'll see. (Just as long as he fares better than his compatriot Chen Kaige did »

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Jane Campion to Lead Jury at Cannes Film Festival

6 January 2014 10:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar winner Jane Campion will lead the jury at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The New Zealand director is the first, and still only, woman to have won Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or. She won in 1993 for The Piano, sharing the prize ex aequo with Kaige Chen's Farewell My Concubine. "Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986, I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides, and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger," Campion said in a statement. "At the Cannes Film Festival they

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Jane Campion to head 2014 Cannes jury

6 January 2014 9:59 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Filmmaker Jane Campion has found herself in the Palme d'Or mix three times at Cannes: for 1989's "Sweetie," 1993's "The Piano" (which one the prize in a tie with Kaige Chen's "Farewell My Concubine") and 2009's "Bright Star." She also won a prize for her short film "An Exercise in Discipline - Peel" in 1982. Suffice it to say, she has a rich history with the fest, and now she adds one more notch on her Croisette belt: she'll be heading up the 2014 edition's jury. "It's a great honor for me to be chosen as the president of the jury," »

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Rotterdam to open with Qissa

3 January 2014 5:17 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) is to open with the European premiere of Indian drama Qissa, celebrating 25 years of the Hubert Bals Fund (Hbf).

Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, is one of more than a thousand film projects supported by the Hbf since its inception in 1989.

The fund contributed to the script development of the film ten years ago and will come full circle when it officially opens the festival on Jan 22. Iffr runs to Feb 2.

The film stars Irrfan Khan, best known outside of India for his roles in Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and The Lunchbox, alongside young Bengali talent Tillotama Shome.

Set amidst the ethnic cleansing and general chaos that accompanied India’s partition in 1947, the drama stars Khan as a Sikh attempting to forge a new life for his family while keeping their true identities a secret from their community.

The Punjabi-language film, which debuted at Toronto in September, is co-produced »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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