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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 the Festival de Cannes. Schmidt ("Crime and Punishment in Suburbia") is repped by Gersh Agency.

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 Australian outfit Southern Light Films. The movie, which centers on a man who becomes a single parent to two boys after a tragic accident, also is 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.

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.

CANNES — Martin Scorsese and Italy's Bologna-based film archive group Cineteca have created the World Cinema Foundation, an 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 here. As part of the announcement, the foundation will screen a rare copy of the 1981 Moroccan music documentary "Trances," from director Ahmed El Maanouni.

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 workshopped 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. The executive producer is Richard Fletcher of New Zealand's Liberty Films. Hopscotch has prebought 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.

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 Kim Tai-Sik won the best directorial effort (feature) award for "Driving With My Wife's Lover." The latter film also earned a cinematography award for Jang Sun-Bon Jang. Cathy Curtin took home best actress for "Cricket Head."
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