Artificial Eye founder Engel dies


LONDON -- Andi Engel, the German-born founder of U.K. indie distribution and exhibition company Artificial Eye, died in Germany on Dec. 26.

Born in Berlin in 1942, Engel and his wife Pam established Artificial Eye in 1976 to distribute and program foreign-language films. The company -- which comprises a library of more than 200 films as well as two first-run cinemas in London, the Chelsea Cinema and the Renoir -- was sold last May to Act Entertainment Group and Knatchbull Communications Group.