Global Screen Is ‘Bank Lady’s Partner In Crime Worldwide
Global Screen has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Bank Lady, the true story of Germany’s first female bank robber. Christian Alvert’s film is produced by Syrreal Entertainment. Gisela Werler, a factory worker from Hamburg, became notorious throughout Germany for carrying out 19 armed robberies in the 1960s. Nadeshda Brennicke, Charly Hübner, Ken Duken and Heinz Hoenig star in the film, which StudioCanal will release in Germany in the spring.

‘Madras CaféPulled From Some Theaters After Protests
Bollywood spy thriller Madras Café opened Friday in India but was pulled from some British and Indian cinemas after complaints by Tamil protesters. The movie is set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war and stars John Abraham as an Indian secret agent sent to Sri Lanka during the conflict between the government and separatist Tamil rebels. “Our UK exhibitors, Cineworld, decided to hold back the film after protesters gathered outside their UK offices,” Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ Rudrarup Datta told AFP. “Exhibitors do not want to take a risk and withdrawing screenings of the film is their prerogative.” The film has been released in North America or the United Arab Emirates. Director Shoojit Sircar has said the movie does not take sides. “Since the release, so many Tamil people have tweeted that there is nothing anti-Tamil about the film. People have the right to protest but you cannot stop cinema-lovers from watching a film and deciding for themselves,” Sircar told AFP. The film nevertheless brought in about $3.15M over the weekend, according to Box Office India.

Gerard Depardieu: Passport Flap ‘A Big Misunderstanding’
Gerard Depardieu has called last year’s brouhaha surrounding his move out of France to Belgium and his acquisition of a Russian passport, “a big misunderstanding”. He told French daily Le Figaro: “I never left! I refuse to be shut in by borders; that’s completely different.” He added, “I am a free man. I feel at home everywhere in Europe.” The actor over the weekend hosted a housewarming barbecue for about 200 people in the Belgian town of Nechin, where taxes are more favorable than in France. He says, however, that he is “still French”.

Beijing Indie Film Fest Doused On Opening Night For 2nd Straight Year
The tenth Beijing Independent Film Festival was shut down by local police on its opening night. Authorities arrived over the weekend with an official notice and stayed to make sure there was no illicit viewing, according to Time Out Beijing. Fest director Wang Hongwei later called a meeting to announce that he had agreed to concessions – involving the issuing of DVD for limited home viewing of some films — that would allow the event to go on. Last year, the event was cut short after a “mysterious” power outage during its opening film.