Digest: Schmidt handles Tiger's 'Meat'

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CANNES -- Rob Schmidt is attached to direct "Bad Meat," a comic horror film from Tiger Aspect Pictures. The gore-filled flick will center on troubled teens who send their parents to boot camp, only to find the tables have turned on them. Greg Brenman of Tiger Aspect ("Billy Elliot") is producing the project, which was written by Paul Gerstenberger and is set to shoot in September. ThinkFilm International is selling rights to the film at Cannes. Schmidt ("Crime and Punishment in Suburbia") is repped by Gersh Agency.

Owen one of 'The Boys'

CANNES -- Clive Owen has signed on to star in Scott Hicks' "The Boys Are Back in Town," a film from U.K. production banner Tiger Aspect and Ozzie outfit Southern Light Films. The movie, which centers on a man who becomes a single parent to two boys after a tragic accident, is also backed by BBC Films and the Film Finance Corp. in Australia. Hicks ("Shine") will direct an Allan Cubitt screenplay adaptation of Simon Carr's personal memoir of the same name. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in January, and sales and finance house Capitol is selling the movie during Cannes. Tiger Aspect's Brenman said the project is "an incredibly deep and powerful project."

Jacobi joins 'Adam Resurrected'

CANNES -- Derek Jacobi will co-star in Paul Schrader's Holocaust survivor drama "Adam Resurrected." The film, financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment and EMS/3L's Werner Wirsing, features an international ensemble cast including Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Moritz Bliebtreu and Hana Laszlo. ICM negotiated the deal on behalf of Jacobi with Bleiberg chairman/CEO Ehud Bleiberg and attorney Rob Nau.

Scorsese on preservation trail

CANNES -- Martin Scorsese and Italy's Bologna-based film archive group Cineteca have jointly created the World Cinema Foundation, a new organization that will help preserve and refurbish what the Cineteca says are "minor but important" films in danger of being forgotten. The initiative will be officially unveiled Tuesday at Cannes by Scorsese, Cineteca director Gian Luca Farinelli and Italian director Ermanno Olmi, whose latest film, "Centochiodi," will screen Out of Competition. As part of the announcement, the new World Cinema Foundation will screen a rare copy of 1981 Moroccan music documentary "Trances" from director Ahmed El Maanouni. Among the films recently refurbished by the organization are Lionel Rogisin's 1960 South African anti-apartheid documentary "Come Back, Africa," Cineteca said.

Ballantyne to make 'Water'

CANNES -- New Zealand director Armagan Ballantyne will make her directorial debut with "The Strength of Water," its backers said Wednesday. Funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, Filmstiftung NRW in Germany, NZ On Air and Perceptual Engineering, "Water" was written by playwright Briar Grace-Smith, who work-shopped it with Ballantyne at the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs. The movie, billed as a poignant story of a young boy who finds his own way of dealing with an unexpected tragedy, is slated to shoot in August in New Zealand. Produced by Fiona Copland of Filmwork, the movie is a New Zealand/Germany co-production with Karl Baumgartner of Pandora Film in Frankfurt a co-producer, along with Raimond Goebel. Executive producer is Richard Fletcher of New Zealand's Liberty Films. Hopscotch has pre-bought Australian and New Zealand rights to the film. International sales are being handled by Kathleen Drumm of NZ Film, the sales arm of the NZFC.

Talent emerges with Wing awards

CANNES -- The inaugural International Emerging Talent Film Festival announced its Wing jury award winners at Monte Carlo's Grimaldi Forum. Andres Bais' "Santanas" won best feature and Tai-Sik-Kim won the best directorial effort (feature) award for "Driving With My Wife's Lover." The latter film also earned a best cinematography award for Sun-Bon Jang. Cathy Curtin took home best actress for "Cricket Head." Damian Alcazar ("Santanas") and Kwang-Jung Park ("Driving With My Wife's Lover") tied for best actor.
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