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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. »
- Leo Barraclough
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
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.
The March 17 deal between Bruno Wu »
- Patrick Frater
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).
The 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, »
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
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
- Erik Hayden
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, »
- Andrew Stewart
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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 »
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. »
- Andrea Seikaly
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
- Clifford Coonan
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 »
- Guy Lodge
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
- THR Staff
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," »
- Kristopher Tapley
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.
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 »
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