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Fox International Reteams With Tony Chan, Wing Shya
FOX INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS is working on its third Chinese-language film with the two Hong Kong directors who generated $33 million with their two previous collaborations with the company.
Tony Chan and Wing Shya are preparing a follow-up to Hot Summer Days (2010) and Love in Space (2011), said Sanford Panitch, president of the Hollywood studio’s foreign-language filmmaking arm. While the pair’s previous two outings were relation- ship dramas, the new project “will not be a romantic comedy,” Panitch told The Hollywood Reporter after his appearance as a panelist at the Asian Film Market’s seminar on international co-productions.
Iranian Director Promotes Tolerance With ‘The Gardener’
THE IDEA OF an Iranian director making a film in Israel is, itself, already very extraordinary. For the filmmaker to once have been a zealous Islamist only makes the prospect more astonishing.
But that’s basically the back-story of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The Gardener: the 55-year-old director was once a fundamentalist rebel during the times of the U.S.-backed Pahlevi dictatorship.
Indonesian Cinema Matures Despite Setbacks
FROM A GLOBAL perspective, 2012 has been a banner year for Indonesian
cinema, with more international box office success and festival circuit exposure than in any year prior. But local insiders and Indonesian filmmakers paint a more mixed picture of their film industry’s prospects.
“It’s safe to say the Indonesian film scene is currently split between two contradicting sentiments: one of gratefulness, due to our recent achievements abroad; but also pessimism, because of decreasing domestic box office figures for local films and a lack of government initiative,” says Adrian Jonathan, a staff researcher for the Indonesian film archive, Konfiden Foundation.
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