5 items from 2014
★★★☆☆A Parisian romantic comedy sprinkled with more than a touch of whimsy, Agnès Jaoui's Under the Rainbow (2013) reaches for an Allen-like vibe amongst its array of love-starved characters but only partly succeeds in achieving this. Laura (Agathe Bonitzer) has a reoccurring dream where she is living a fairytale existence which ends with a Prince Charming figure waiting for her. That longing to be swept up in a full-blown romance is sated in meeting young composer Sandro (Arthur Dupont). The extent of their whirlwind courtship is revealed to family members on both sides during a soirée at Laura's father's luxurious home, where the story splinters and we meet Laura's aunt Marianne (Jaoui), an actress.
- CineVue UK
Film to be given quasi-simultaneous multi-platform release in Spain.
The film will premiere in Spain on Thursday (June 19) ahead of its theatrical release there on ten screens on June 20. This will be followed by a VOD release, by Spanish platform Filmin, on July 4 and DVD release on July 9 by Cameo.
Streams Day & Date, which is coordinating the release, is one of three groups participating in a second round of digital release strategy experiments backed by the EC as part of its study on film distribution in the digital age.
The group is coordinated by EuroVoD, a network of VOD platforms belonging to 200 European independent rights holders whose objectives are to foster exchanges and foster common projects on a transnational level.
It involves a number of distributors and exhibitors as well as sales »
Co-production funds run by the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and a new day-and-date initiative are among new projects by supported by the European Commission (EC).
A total of €1.3m ($1.8m) has been made available to support five international co-production funds backing European producers for the production and circulation of international film projects annually.
Funding ranging between €70,000 and €300,000 ($95,000 to $407,000) have been allocated to Turins’s Tfl Distribution, the Sarajevo City of Film Fund, Rotterdam’s Hbf+Europe, the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund Europe (Wcf Europe), and Idfa’s Bertha Fund Europe.
According to the EC, the aim of this funding strand is to “increase the European dimension of the funds and their access for companies from all countries participating in the Media sub-programme”.
In the case of the Wcf Europe project, for example, the fund will extend its remit to support not only German, but also European producers wanting to work with producers from the Wcf »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, has died. She was 95. With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive. Duccini died of natural causes in Solari Hospice Care Center in Las Vegas on Thursday. Her death was confirmed by Stephen Cox, author of The Munchkins of Oz. He says he learned of it from Duccini's son. Duccini, born in Rush City, Minn., traveled to California with a troupe little people, and was cast in the MGM fantasy movie starring Judy Garland. »
- Associated Press
With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive.
Duccini died of natural causes in Solari Hospice Care Center in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Her death was confirmed by Stephen Cox, author of "The Munchkins of Oz." He says he learned of it from Duccini's son.
Duccini, born in Rush City, Minn., traveled to California with a troupe little people, and was cast in the MGM fantasy movie starring Judy Garland. Duccini was 4 feet tall.
Cox provided a recent statement made by Duccini about her time on the movie set.
"It was long hours and heavy costumes. We didn't have much time for ourselves. It was all new to me then, and I loved being a »
- The Associated Press
5 items from 2014
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