Romania’s ‘Child’s Pose’ Tapped For Foreign Language Oscar Spot
Berlin Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose has been selected as the Romanian entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. Călin Peter Netzer’s family drama was chosen unanimously by the national jury, Film News Europe reported. The movie took both Berlin’s top prize and the FIPRESCI award in February and was released in Romania on March 8 to record-breaking box office. It is now the most successful local film in more than a decade and is still screening. Germany’s Beta Cinema has international rights and has almost sold out across the world (there is no U.S. distributor yet). Luminita Gheorghiu stars in the Parada Film production playing a woman trying to save her son from prison. Gheorghiu also starred in two recent Romanian submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar, both directed by Cristian Mungiu. The 2007 drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days was notoriously left off the shortlist while Mungiu’s Beyond The Hills made the shortlist last year. Romania began entering films for the foreign-language prize in 1966 and has never garnered a nomination.
Michelle Ryan To Guest Star On BBC’s ‘Death In Paradise‘
Michelle Ryan, who starred in the ill-fated Bionic Woman reboot, is headed back to the BBC where she first broke out on long-running soap Eastenders. Ryan will guest in Season 3 of BBC One and Red Planet Pictures’ drama Death In Paradise, the BBC said today. Also lining up appearances are Friends’ Helen Baxendale and Law & Order: UK’s Peter Davison. Set in the Caribbean, the crime comedy/drama is shooting this summer on Guadeloupe which stands in for the fictional island of Sainte-Marie. Other guests this season will include Raza Jaffrey (Smash), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey), Hannah Tointon (The Hour) and Clarke Peters (The Wire). The show has had solid ratings in the UK, hitting a peak of 8M viewers earlier this year. It airs in the U.S. on Bay Area PBS station KQED Plus.
‘Captain Phillips’ To Open Tokyo International Film Festival
Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips just booked a gala opening night slot at the New York Film Festival in September. The following month, it will open the Tokyo International Film Festival which runs October 17-25. Tom Hanks stars in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama. Sony releases Stateside on November 29.
LoveFilm Adds Food Network And Travel Channel For UK
LoveFilm, the Amazon-owned streaming service, has pacted with Scripps Networks Interactive to bring Food Network and Travel Channel content to the UK. LoveFilm Instant subscribers will now have access to both British and U.S. lifestyle programming including Barefoot Contessa, Man V. Food Nation, Restaurant: Impossible, House Hunters International and Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern. This is the first deal LoveFilm has made in the cooking and lifestyle genres. In February, Amazon announced a deal to license streaming rights for Scripps Networks shows in the U.S.