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Lionsgate Signs French Distribution Deal With Metropolitan Filmexport

Lionsgate added another piece to its  global-distribution map, signing a new output deal with Metropolitan Filmexport giving Metropolitan distribution rights for all Lionsgate titles in France.

The deal was announced by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman and Metropolitan co-founders and owners

Samuel and Victor Hadida. Wachsberger and Michael Meyer, Lionsgate’s executive vp international legal and business affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of the Canadian min-major.

Cameron, China Court Hollywood

The Chinese producers of a 3D docudrama set in Beijing’s Forbidden City — co-produced by James Cameron — are in preliminary discussions with major Hollywood studios about enhanced U.S. participation in the project.

Already having brought Avatar director on board, Pegasus & Taihe Entertainment International now are aiming for more Hollywood backing for Imperial City Beijing, which has received official blessing in the form of China Film Group as a co-producer and the backing of the Chinese cultural ministry, the Beijing Municipal Government and the State Administration for Radio, Film and Televison. 

Michael Haneke (Q&A)

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke’s unsparing depic-tions of violence and obsession – think the Oscar-nominated The White Ribbon or the shocking  — have won him a small but slavishly devoted international fan base. His new drama Amour, which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes and is Austria’s candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar, appears to be a change of pace. The tightly told tale follows Georges and Anne (French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva), an elderly couple whose lifelong love for each other is put to the test when Anne suffers a debilitating stroke. 

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