Empty'LOSS' IS IN OSCAR HEAT
Lithuania has submitted its first feature for consideration for the best foreign-language Oscar — Maris Martinsons' "Loss," the story of six people whose destinies are intertwined because of a tragic accident. "Loss" has its North American premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival.
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The Capri-Hollywood Film Festival is changing its name to the Honda International Film Festival, making it the first Italian festival to incorporate the name of a major sponsor into its title. Officials also said Val Kilmer will be the guest of honor at this year's 13th edition. The renamed fest runs Dec. 27-Jan. 2.
Rights group Beta Film has set up a joint venture with former Discovery Channel Germany head Patrick Horl. Dubbed Autentic (a play on the German words for "eye" and "authentic"), the company will focus on the sales and acquisition of nonfiction productions and make its market debut at MIPCOM.
Romantic comedy "Love Is All" took home the Golden Calf for best Dutch feature last week as the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht came to a close. Its helmer, Joram Lursen, received the award for best director. "Love," a romantic comedy similar to the U.K.'s "Love, Actually," stars Carice van Houten and, with 1.3 million admissions, is the biggest boxoffice hit in the Netherlands in recent years.
Paul Verhoeven's "Blackbook" will go into the history books as the best-ever Dutch feature — at least according to a new nationwide poll carried out by pubcaster VPRO. The wartime drama is one of three Verhoeven titles in the poll's top five. "Soldier of Orange" occupied the third spot, while "Turkish Delight" took fifth.
The News Broadcasters Assn. — an industry body representing 30 news channels — has established a new self-regulatory body, the News Broadcasting Standards Disputes Redressal Authority. The move is seen as a response to long-running debates over how TV content needs to be independently regulated without government involvement.