The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will dedicate an homage to Wim Wenders and present him with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. Since his 1970 debut Summer In The City, the Germany native has made about 50 films including Alice In The Cities (1973), Kings of the Road (1976), Paris, Texas (1984) Wings Of Desire (1987), The State Of Things (1982), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) and PINA (2011). Ten films from Wenders’ feature and documentary repertoire will be shown, with titles to be announced in the fall. “In dedicating the homage to Wim Wenders, we honor one of the most noted contemporary auteurs,” said Dieter Kosslick, Director of the Berlinale. “His cross-genre and multifaceted work as a filmmaker, photographer and author has shaped our living memory of cinema, and continues to inspire other filmmakers.” The festival runs February 5-15.
BBC Two has commissioned Stonemouth, based on the novel by Iain Banks. A BBC Scotland/Slate North co-production for both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two, the two-part drama is a rite-of-passage tale set in the fictional Aberdeenshire village of Stonemouth. It focuses on Stewart Gilmour, who returns for his best friend’s funeral. Run out of town a year earlier by his girlfriend’s family, Stewart is forced to face up to his past while uncovering the sinister truth behind his friend’s apparent suicide. Written by David Kane (Prime Suspect) and directed by Charles Martin (Wallander and A&E’s The Returned), casting will be announced at a later date.
BBC Two also has ordered Britain’s first transgender sitcom, Boy Meets Girl. The pilot screened at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase in March. Created by Elliott Kerrigan, who co-wrote with Simon Carlyle, it will be set and filmed in and around Manchester. The story follows Leo, who’s had a bad day. He’s been fired (again) and is being given a hard time by his mom, then his blind date fails to show up. But when he bumps into Judy, he finds himself deeply attracted to this surprising and beguiling woman. They bond over drinks and, unfazed by the fact that there’s a bit of an age gap between them, arrange to meet the following evening. The six-part series is a Tiger Aspect production for BBC Two.
LipSync will provide equity investment and postproduction services for the $30m 13-episode TV series Olympus, which is scheduled to appear in the US on Syfy in early 2015. Set in Ancient Greece, it follows a young and idealistic man named Hero on his journey from the Forest of Trozen to the royal court in Athens. Along the way he encounters a plethora of unique and off-beat characters, including oracles, monsters, sorcerers and seductresses – all of whom either help him along his way, or attempt to stop him from fulfilling his destiny. Olympus is produced by Tremadoc Productions with Reunion Pictures in association with Great Point Media, Content Television and Digital and LipSync Productions.