The Venice Film Festival has added two new documentaries about cinema to its Classics section. One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film by Bill Teck and Mise En Scène With Arthur Penn (A Conversation) by Amir Naderi will screen in the program that kicks off later this month. Coincidentally, Bogdanovich has a feature, She’s Funny That Way, running out of competition at the fest. One Day Since Yesterday reconstructs the grim story of Bogdanovich’s They All Laughed, which was presented in Venice in 1981. The movie went through a series of distribution problems only to be rediscovered and treasured by directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. One Day Since Yesterday is also the story of Bogdanovich’s love for the late actress Dorothy Stratten. The documentary also examines Bogdanovich’s career and his most famous works, from The Last Picture Show to What’s Up, Doc? to Paper Moon. Mise En Scène pays tribute to Penn, the director of such films as The Left Handed Gun (1958), Mickey One (1965), Bonnie And Clyde (1967), Alice’s Restaurant (1969), Little Big Man (1970), Night Moves (1975) and The Missouri Breaks (1976).
In a rare pairing, Japan’s Fuji Television and China’s iQIYI have teamed to co-produce internet-based drama Mysterious Summer. The 15-episode omnibus kicks off in China on Friday. This is the first time a Japanese TV station has worked with a Chinese distributor to co-produce an original drama series. Each half-hour focuses on a different character who strays into a bizarre world with an unpredictable ending. Yuki Furukawa, an extremely popular Japanese actor in China, features in the finale. The internet has become the major way in which the Chinese consume entertainment and the series is expected to be a big draw. It will air in 35 markets via Dramafever which will kick off distribution in North, Central and South America as of Friday.
Cinema Guild has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to The Princess Of France by director Matías Piñeiro. The follow-up to his breakthrough film Viola is having its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival this week and will open domestically in early 2015. The story follows Victor, who returns to Buenos Aires in order to reconquer the life he was forced to abandon. Argentine filmmaker Piñeiro’s credits include 2007’s The Stolen Man, 2009’s They All Lie, 2010’s Rosalinda, and 2012’s Viola which Cinema Guild also handled. He’s currently prepping the fourth installment of his Shakespearean project, Hermia & Helena, which follows on from The Princess Of France and will be his first English-language film.
Prentiss Fraser has joined Fox International Channels in the newly created role of SVP of Global Entertainment Sales. Fraser, who joins from eOne, will be responsible for driving all FIC-owned and controlled entertainment content sales activity across all windows. This includes M Night Shyamalan’s new 10-episode event thriller, Wayward Pines, which FIC controls outside the U.S, and further series, such as the upcoming Robert Kirkman project Outcast. Fraser will be based in London and will join the group just ahead of Mipcom in October.