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Man of Lettres

LONDON — Jude Law, who recently added producer to his résumé with the remake of "Sleuth," on Thursday received France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the French ambassador's residence at Kensington Palace Gardens. "At the age of 15, I discovered French films. It is a cinema that is always true to itself, like the people of France," the actor said after having the medal pinned to his chest by Ambassador Gerard Errera. The residence also played host to the launch of the "Rendez-vous With French Cinema" showcase, which will bring a selection of French movies to audiences here.

Latest Link

COLOGNE, Germany — Oscar winner Caroline Link ("Nowhere In Africa") is returning to Germany for her new film, "Im Winter ein Jahr" (A Year in Winter), an adaptation of the Scott Campbell novel "Aftermath." The project, to be produced by Constantin Film and Bavaria Filmproduktion, tells the story of a painter who develops a special bond with a young woman whose portrait he is commissioned to paint. Josef Bierbichler, Karoline Herfurth, Corinna Harfouch and Hanns Zischler will star.

Pirate justice

NEW DELHI — A Mumbai court jailed a movie pirate for seven months and fined him 55,000 rupees ($1,250) following a case filed by the Motion Picture Assn., the MPA said Thursday. The court ruling was delivered Feb. 20 and found Sameer Ahmed Qureshi, a Mumbai-based wholesaler of pirated movies, guilty under the Indian Copyright Act. Qureshi was arrested Oct. 27, 2005, by Mumbai police, who seized several thousand pirated DVDs, including such titles as "Fantastic Four," "Troy" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."