EmptyMoscow makeS picking winner 'So Simple'
The 30th Moscow International Film Festival wrapped Saturday with twin wins for Reza Mir Karimi's Iranian drama "So Simple." The film, which collected awards for best film from the festival and the Russian Film Critics' Guild, revolves around the tribulations of a middle-class Iranian woman, played by Hengameh Ghaziani. Richard Jenkins won best actor for Tom McCarthy's American indie film "The Visitor" and best actress went to Margherita Buy for her role in Silvio Soldini's "Days and Clouds."
AMPAS suit settled
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has settled a trademark lawsuit originally filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in 2005 against Italian TV broadcaster RAI, which has broadcast several shows like "Oscar del Vino" that involved the unauthorized use of the Academy's Oscar trademark. Other Academy lawsuits against RAI continue in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Kino finds its 'Man'
The latest film to be rescued from the slate of financially troubled ThinkFilm is "Momma's Man," which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Kino International has acquired U.S. rights to Azazel Jacobs' darkly comic drama about a man who visits his parents on a New York business trip and decides to stay and leave his wife and child behind. An Aug. 22 release in New York and a Sept. 5 release in Los Angeles is planned.