AFM 2012: Download THR's Day 2 'Daily'
In day two of THR's AFM Daily, Lionsgate signs a distribution deal with France's Metropolitan, James Cameron's latest China project courts Hollywood and Michael Haneke discusses his Palme d'Or winner "Amour."
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.