Indian Censor Eyes Relaxing Regs
Several movie theaters in northern India reportedly cancelled screenings of action crime drama Shootout At Wadala this week after a religious group objected to what it said was offensive dialogue. The film features John Abraham and 24’s Anil Kapoor and is based on the true story of the first so-called extrajudicial killing by the Mumbai police in 1982. News of the protest comes as India’s censor board is said to be considering a lighter touch when it comes to rubber-stamping films. The board has been known to demand cuts to Indian films for long kissing scenes, nudity, violence and scenes of rebellion against the government. But R. Singh, who oversees the issuance of certificates to Indian movies, recently told AFP: “The rules are old. We have to write them with a modern and honest outlook. The Indian value system has changed hence censor rules must change.” Last month, the Cut-Uncut Festival in New Delhi celebrated scenes from Bollywood movies that had previously been deemed too racy for Indian viewers. It was an attempt by the ministry of information and broadcasting to bolster a new, more open-minded approach to film. Singh added, “This whole business of brutally chopping scenes or forcing the filmmakers to alter the climax will have to end.”
Former Film Finance Exec Wins Filmmaking Prize
Directors Jean-Charles Fitoussi, Yann Le Quellec and Léos Carax have been named winners of France‘s 2013 Jean Vigo prizes, AFP reported. Fitoussi’s coming-of-age tale L’Enclos Du Temps won the feature prize, and Le Quellec took the short film award for Le Quepa Sur La Vilni! which is screening as part of Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Le Quellec is a rarity in the business, having segued from being a film finance exec to a filmmaker. Holy Motors director Carax also was honored with a Jean Vigo prize for his body of work. The awards have gone to filmmakers since 1951.
Euro Filmmakers Continue Call For Cultural Exception
European filmmakers including Michel Hazanavicius and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne met with the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, in Brussels on Monday to discuss ongoing tensions over trade talks with the U.S. The filmmakers believe there is a credible threat to their “cultural exception” because the European Commission has included the audiovisual and film industries in a draft negotiation mandate on the proposed talks. Their inclusion goes against the cultural exception’s raison d’être of treating cultural goods and services differently than others. De Gucht, according to the filmmakers, “tried to explain the benefits of a trade negotiation” and in so doing “only increased filmmakers’ concerns.” The filmmakers say they are “more mobilized than ever to defend the exclusion of audiovisual services” from the negotiation and have called on member states to refuse the mandate. De Gucht has been invited to discuss the matter with filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20.
Chile Goes For ‘The High Dive’
Banijay International has secured a deal with Chilevisión for Stars In Danger: The High Dive. The South American broadcaster will produce a 12×120′ local version in-house for air in primetime within the next few months. The deal was brokered by Sony Pictures Television Latin America, which represents the format in the region that’s become a hot market for international programming.