Jonathan Demme’s ‘Fear Of Falling’ To Premiere At Rome Fest
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme‘s Fear Of Falling will have its world premiere at the eighth annual Rome Film Festival in November. The film is based on a theater production — performed only a few times to friends — created for the stage by the actor-filmaker André Gregory, based on Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, translated and adapted by actor-playwright Wallace Shawn. Gregory and Shawn also star in the film. Fear of Falling is produced by Rocco Caruso. The Rome fest runs November 8-17.
TrustNordisk Sells ‘We Are The Best!’ In Australia, Italy, Taiwan
TrustNordisk has closed multiple deals on Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best!, which premiered at Venice premiere and screened at Toronto. The Swedish teen punk film has sold to Australia (NewVision Films), Italy (Bim Distribuzione) and Taiwan (Maison Motion), with talks ongoing for other territories. We Are The Best! revolves around three young outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who find unity in music and form a punk band without having any instruments. Lars Jönsson for Memfis Film produced the film, which bows October 11 in Sweden.
Liv Jacobson Dies; General Manager Of UIP’s Norway Office
Liv Jacobsen, a 31-year veteran of Universal Pictures International in Norway, died September 8 after a stroke. She was 66. Jacobsen joined UIP in Norway in 1982 and served as Marketing Manager for several years before becoming General Manager in 1988. She took on the additional responsibility of General Manager in Sweden in 2006 before returning to focus exclusively on Norway last year. “Having been with UIP at its foundation over 30 years ago, Liv was known to so many in our business both at home and far beyond the shores of her native Norway,” UIP International Distribution President Duncan Clark and Paramount Pictures International President Anthony Marcoly said in a statement. “We have lost an outstanding figure who leaves a lasting footprint on our industry.”
Toronto Event Targets Release Of Filmmaker Jailed In Egypt
Directors Alex Gibney, Sarah Polley and Atom Egoyan joined TIFF artistic director Noah Cowan and novelist Michael Ondaatje at a press conference Tuesday in Toronto for the release of a Toronto filmmaker being held in Egypt. John Greyson was working on a documentary with his colleague Tarek Loubani when they were arrested on August 16 after asking for directions at a police station. They have been held since. The panel read an open letter urging the men’s release signed by filmmakers including Ben Affleck, Errol Morris, and Jafar Panahi.