Sunday, April 27, 2008

French director wins "Crossing Europe" award for second time

French director and actress Isild Le Besco has won the European Competition for the second time and receives the CROSSING EUROPE Award European Competition 2008 for her film "Charly. The jury in Linz (Austria) called Le Besco an “original voice in European cinema” and added that “this simple ‘coming-of-age’ story lingered disturbingly in our minds due to its uncompromising style and great acting.”

Greek director Thanos Anastopoulos received a special mention for "Diorthosi/Correction". The Ray Audience Award went to "Ljubav i Drugi Zlocini/Love and Other Crimes" by Stefan Arsenijevic.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pudor takes top prize at Lecce European Film festival

The Spanish film "Pudor" (Modesty) directed by David and Tristan Ulloa (on a script by the latter) walked away with the top prize at the European Film festival in Lecce, Italy. According to the jury, the film won the Golden Olive for “knowing how to command everyday surrealism with original solutions, applied to a subject that is today being discussed again and is in progressive transformation and dissolution – the family”.

The film bills itself as being "about intimacy... desires, obsessions, secrets and fears that we keep hidden, even from those we love most". The producer's site (in Spanish) can be seen here.

The best screenplay award went to Andrei Zvjagingev’s "The Banishment".

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Gazette des Scénaristes: new issue

I have been writing here less as I have been writing more elsewhere. I'll be attending Cannes again with two projects in development: "Protag", a dark contemporary thriller for the YouTube generation, and "Tunerz", probably Europe's first movie about the tuning scene. So I'll be posting less as the deadline approaches and the pitches, treatments and cover letters are reworked.

The only news I have now is that the new issue of France's quarterly Gazette des Scénaristes is out. The Gazette is one of the best scriptwriter magazines. This issue looks at the future of scriptwriters (pretty bleak unless some heads are knocked together), has an open letter to "those who develop, finance and show films without scripts" (a blast at the ultra-auteur syndrome that is strangling European cinema) and a very big question: should we write like Americans?

I haven't read that article, but I already know what most people's answers will most likely be in Europe.

The Gazette can be bought by mail at Dixit.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New French writer's site

For many years, Version Finale was the main hub of contact for France's writing community. It recently changed hands and many of the most active members moved to their own temporary board, called As with many temporary things on the web, it might just end up being definitive.

Check the messageboard (le Forum). The members are toying with the idea of giving an award to the weirdest script (in French) at the Cannes festival, the Prix Zarbi.