Carlo Varini dies at 67

Carlo Varini dies at 67
Director worked on more than 80 pictures in prolific career.

Swiss-born cinematographer Carlo Varini, best known for The Chorus, The Big Blue and Subway, has died in a house fire.

The 67-year-old cinematographer, who shot more than 80 pictures throughout his career, started out as a calibrator at the Schwarz-Film laboratory in Berne.

After cinema studies at the Zurich University of Arts he became a news cameraman, moving into fiction as the assistant cameraman of celebrated Italian cinematographer Renato Berta.

He branched out on his own in the early 1980s to work with Luc Besson on his early features The Last Combat, Subway and The Big Blue. He was nominated for a Cesar for the latter two.

More recently, he gained recognition for his work on Christophe Barratier’s The Choir for which he was nominated for Camerimage’s Golden Frog alongside Dominique Gentil.

He was due to work on Canadian director Francesco Lucente’s upcoming feature Starbright.

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Irish actress Sarah Bolger set for lead in U.S. production (IrishCentral)

Sarah Bolger has been cast in the lead role for the new 3D fantasy “Starbright”. The Dublin born actress will star alongside actor James Earl Jones, who played Darth Vader in “Star Wars”. In “Starbright” the 19-year-old plays an orphan called Pamela who escapes into a fantasy world of fairy tales to hide the pain of a tough childhood. Bolger was a recipient of the best actress award at the 2010 Irish Film and Television Awards for her role as Mary Tudor in “The Tudors”. Her other acting credits include “In America” (2002) and “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (2008). She is currently filming Mary Harron's gothic film “The Moth Diaries” in Monreal. The German-us co-production is being produced by Michel Morales’ Munich-based Aviv Pictures, Us based Lucente Filmed Entertainment, and Michel Shane and Anthony Romano’s Hand Picked Films (Us). Directed by Francesco Lucente, filming is expected to begin in early 2011....
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Sarah Bolger Leads 'Starbright'

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Irish actress Sarah Bolger has been cast lead role in Francesco Lucente's 3D fantasy 'Starbright'. Bolger, whose credits include an Ifta winning performance in 'The Tudors' and starring roles in 'Operation Stormbreaker', 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' and Jim Sheridan's 'In America', is currently filming the Irish co-produced film 'The Moth Diaries' in Montreal. The actress is due to begin filming scenes for 'Starbright' also on location in Canada in early 2011. 'Starbright's Canadian writer/director Francesco Lucente's previous credits include the 2007 drama 'Badland'.
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