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Lust, Caution (2007)




  Two Legged Horse (2007)



27/3 -

Shooting on Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf’s Two Legged Horse is temporarily halted following a bomb explosion – believed to be an attempt on the director’s life – in Sarepol City.  [MORE] [ADD]









13/3 -

Actress Ana Casares dies of undisclosed causes in Buenos Aires at the age of 77.  [MORE] [ADD]









13/3 -

Sylvester Stallone is charged by an Australian court for bringing banned muscle-building substances into the country after customs officials searched his luggage, private jet and hotel room.  [MORE] [ADD]







  The Long Road to Heaven (2007)



3/3 -

Provincial authorities ban Ennison Sinaro’s Long Road to Heaven, a local film depicting the 2002 nightclub bombings.  [MORE] [ADD]







  Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)



2/1 -

Variety reveals Zhang Yimou's Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (Curse of the Golden Flower) became China’s biggest box-office hit in 2006 after just two weekends.  [MORE] [ADD]



2/1 -

On his official website, actor Jackie Chan announces that he has launched a film company in China and intends to produce 10 films.  [MORE] [ADD]



28/3 -

China’s film chief Zhang Hongsen criticises Jia Zhangke’s Golden Lion winner, Still Life, claiming it ‘lacks love and care to working classes.’  [MORE] [ADD]



20/8 -

Han Saping, Chairman of China Film Group, calls for more patriotism in Chinese movies a day after action star Jet Li calls for a relaxation of the country’s censorship rules.  [MORE] [ADD]



31/12 -

The state-run Administration of Radio, Film and Television warns Chinese directors that they face heavy punishment if they include ‘erotic scenes’ in their films.  [MORE] [ADD]






Czech Republic

  Empties (2007)



8/3 -

Jan Sverak’s Empties is released and sets a Czech opening weekend record.    Sverak's father Zdenek Sverak, who wrote the script, stars as a former teacher struggling with retirement.  [MORE] [ADD]









30/3 -

Aku LouhimiesMan Exposed, which was banned because screenwriter Veli-Pekka Hanninen felt his copyright had been violated by changes to the script, is cleared for DVD release after compensation is paid to Hanninen by the film’s distributor, FS-film.  [MORE] [ADD]









11/1 -

Swiss writer/director Dani Levy’s Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler (My Führer - The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler), a parody about the German Fuhrer is released.  [MORE] [ADD]



19/1 -

The Berlin Film Festival announces it will screen a newly-discovered colour print of the 1921 German version of Hamlet starring Asta Nielsen.   [MORE] [ADD]



19/2 -

The Chinese film Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage) wins the Golden Bear award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.  [MORE] [ADD]






Hong Kong

  The Host (2007)



7/3 -

The government announces the provision of $38.5 million for developing new talent in the country’s film industry.  [MORE] [ADD]



20/3 -

Song Kang-ho’s monster movie The Host wins four awards, including best film and actor, at the inaugural Asian Film Awards.   Jia Zhangke wins Best Director for Still Life.  [MORE] [ADD]







  Iska’s Journey (2007)



4/3 -

The country boasts its strongest presence at this years Berlinale for 13 years.   Its five titles are Csaba Bollok’s Iska’s Journey, Arpad Bogdan’s Happy New Life, Karoly EsztergalyosMen in the Nude, Kristina Goda’s Children of Glory and Srdan Golubovic’s The Trap, a Hungarian-Serbian co-production.  [MORE] [ADD]







  Eklavya, The Royal Guard (2007)



1/3 -

A pirate video wholesaler is imprisoned for seven months and fined 55,000 rupees (approx £700) for selling DVDs of Hollywood and Indian films.   The Motion Picture Association estimates that the industry loses $385 million to pirates every year.  [MORE] [ADD]



15/10 -

India’s Oscar selection committee accuse AMPAS of making ‘disparaging’ comments following the authorities questioning of the choice of Eklavya, The Royal Guard as its official entry.  The selection committee’s choice was challenged in the courts by Bhavna Talwar, director of the film Dharm (Religion).    [MORE] [ADD]









21/3 -

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad obliquely criticises Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 in a speech when he accuses Western powers of  ‘trying to tamper with history by making a film and by making Iran's image look savage.’  [MORE] [ADD]







  Beaufort (2007)



8/3 -

Beaufort, Joseph Cedar’s account of the Israeli army’s withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000, is released.   [MORE] [ADD]







  Michelangelo Antonioni



31/7 -

Director Michelangelo Antonioni dies in Rome at the age of 94.   Despite suffering a major stroke in 1983, Antonioni continued to direct for a number of years.  [MORE] [ADD]



10/8 -

The Cinecitta studios suffer a fire on the set of the HBO TV series, Rome.  [MORE] [ADD]



10/9 -

Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution wins the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival.   Todd HaynesI’m Not There and the French film The Secret of the Grain tie for the Special Jury Prize, while the Silver Lion goes to Brian De Palma’s Redacted.  [MORE] [ADD]



18/10 -

Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola’s first film for 10 years, receives mixed reviews at the Rome Film Festival.  [MORE] [ADD]









2/5 -

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 opens with a record-breaking $3.46 million, beating the previous record-holder by $400,000.   The movie also beat opening day records in Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.  [MORE] [ADD]



28/10 -

Eran Kolirin's Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (The Band's Visit), about a group of Egyptian police stranded in Israel, wins the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at the 29th Tokyo Film Festival.  [MORE] [ADD]









3/3 -

The government ban Amir Muhammad’s documentary film Apa khabar orang kampung (Village People Radio Show) because it criticises them for failing to offer Communists an acceptable rehabilitation plan after WWII.  [MORE] [ADD]









23/3 -

Directors Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, all of whom have recently enjoyed considerable success, lobby President Felipe Calderon and senators to regulate domestic exhibition and support the domestic film industry.  [MORE] [ADD]









26/3 -

Culture minister Trond Giske announces that the Norwegian Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Fund and the Norwegian Film Development will merge.  [MORE] [ADD]









19/4 -

At the MTV Russia Movie Awards, director Vladimir Menshov refuses to announce the winner when he discovers it is Alexander Atanesyan’s controversial WWII drama Svolochi (Bastards), declaring, "I'm not going to hand over an award to a film that discredits my country. Let Pamela Anderson do it instead."  [MORE] [ADD]






South Africa



11/5 -

Gustav Kuhn’s Ouma se slim kind (Granny’s Clever Child), the first Afrikaans-language film to be made in a decade, is released.  [MORE] [ADD]







  Fireworks Wednesday (2007)



24/3 -

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s film Fireworks Wednesday wins the best film award at this year’s Las Palmas International Film Festival.  [MORE] [ADD]









13/3 -

Rapper and film actor Snoop Dogg is arrested after a gig in Stockholm on suspicion of using illegal narcotics.   Dogg – real name Calvin Broadus – is held overnight before being released on bail.  [MORE] [ADD]



30/7 -

Acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman dies on Fårö Island at the age of 89.  [MORE] [ADD]









19/4 -

Variety reports that the Bangkok Film Festival, which was eventually postponed following last September's military coup, is set to reemerge on a much smaller scale on 19th July.  [MORE] [ADD]



Apr -

The Free Thai Cinema Movement delivers a petition signed by artists and scholars to the National Legislative Assembly in protest at the country’s censorship laws.  [MORE] [ADD]



19/7 -

Chattan Kunara na Ayudhya, overseer of the Bangkok Film Festival, cancels a screening of the Cannes Jury Award-winner Persepolis at the request of the Iranian embassy.   The animated film is about an Iranian girl growing up during the Islamic revolution in Iran.    [MORE] [ADD]








Other Films of Note










Bra Boys (Sunny Abberton),   [MORE] [ADD]




Razzle Dazzle – A Journey into Dance (Darren Ashton)  [MORE] [ADD]










Sumolah (Let’s Sumo!) (Afdlin Shauki)  [MORE] [ADD]




Apa khabar orang kampong (Village People Radio Show) (Amir Muhammad)  [MORE] [ADD]










Km 31, Las Ninas Mal  [MORE] [ADD]










California Dreamin’ (Nesfarsit) (Cristian Nemescu)  [MORE] [ADD]










Becoming Royston (Nicholas Chee)  [MORE] [ADD]










Ci qing (Spider Lilies) (Zero Chou)  [MORE] [ADD]







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