The Physician‘s Quest For Truth
Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgård are joining the cast of The Physician, directed by Philipp Stoelzl (North Face, Young Goethe in Love), and based on Noah Gordon’s bestseller about a man’s search for truth in the religion-dominated and superstitious 11th century. Payne has the lead role of physician Rob Cole, Kingsley stars as Ibn Sina, the “doctor of all doctors” and Skarsgård portrays Rob’s mentor Barber and Olivier Martinez plays Shah Ala ad-Daula. Scriptwriter Jan Berger adapted. The adventure will be shot in Morocco and Germany beginning in mid-June. Beta Cinema is co-producing and handling the world sales. The project is a production of UFA Cinema in coproduction with ARD Degeto and Beta Cinema.

Skyfall Theatrical Teaser Unveiled
New Bond femme fatale Berenice Marlohe and classic Bond woman Martine Beswick will take to the red carpet tomorrow (May 21) at The Palais where they will introduce the first public screening of the Skyfall teaser trailer. Marlohe plays Severine in Skyfall which opens this fall. Beswick, who played Zora in From Russia With Love and Paula in Thunderball, will introduce a special screening of From Russia With Love at 9:45 PM following the teaser screening at 9:30 PM. Event, said to represent 007’s first-ever presence at the festival, is part of the Cannes Classics Cinema de la Plage outdoor screening series celebrating 50 years of Bond (May 17th-23rd) which is said to be 007’s first-ever presence at the festival. Other films on the schedule include Dr No, Diamonds Are Forever, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Casino Royale.

Mexico’s Nueva Cineteca Nacional
Restoration of Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional, the country’s state-owned archive and cinémathèque dedicated to promoting the country’s cinematic heritage, was unveiled today for the first time to the international film industry at Cannes. The Cineteca Nacional will open in November following a $29M renovation that trhansforms the Cineteca into a world-class venue with the latest and best technology for all formats, expanded restoration and archive facilities and a vision that reflects Mexico’s own cinematographic heritage. Four additional auditoriums will increase overall seating capacity at the venue by 20% to 2,500 seats and 10 screens. The renovation was funded by Mexico’s Federal Government.