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International Locations Report 2
15 Jul 1999 :
This week we have the second of our international Production Reports compiled by Hal Levy INDIA UK's Ruby Films/Working Title and DreanWorks will co-produce "The Siege of Krishnapur".

Shooting on the $20 million production starts at year's end with Daniel Kleinmann directing. Alison Owen produces; Shekhar Kapur is executive producer. IRELAND The industry is still waiting for the government's Film Industry Review Group's report. It was due six months ago… If you're planning to film in Ireland, try October to January because there's an extra 10% added to money available to producers. It's the government's attempt to attract more filming in the off-season… Continuing Ireland's entry into the screen commission world, the Kerry Screen Commission has been set up. The Kerry Screen Commission will is will provide comprehensive information about access, accommodation, locations, personnel and facilities.

Kerry was in the film business as far back as 1910 when 70 full-length silent movies were shot there for KLM, a Los Angeles based company. David Lean shot 'Ryan's Daughter' in the Dingle Peninsula and John Boorman's 'Excaliber' was on location here. And Tom Cruise's "Far & Away" was partially shot in Kerry.www.iftn.ie/kerry-screen-com… Saban International has cancelled the next season of "The Mystic Knights of Tir na nOg". While there was talk about disappointment in the Section 35/481 financial incentives, the reason being given is that Saban also was not pleased with the ratings of the first season… "Though the Sky May Fall" is filming in Dublin. Directed by John McKenzie, film stars Joan Allen Barry Levinson is expected to shoot "An Everlasting Piece" in the southern part of the country before the end of the year… Established in 1996, the Ireland Film and Television Net (IFTN) is an information service with comprehensive on-line directories and specialist news and information services for and about the film, television and music industries... (www.iftn.ie)

ISLE OF MAN The Lockhouse company is to start raising money for a new studio that will include sound stage, editing and recording studios. Expected cost is under $2 million, with some government funding expected… In a strange twist of filming locations, "Comfort of the Storm", a story based in Ireland, will be shot here by Pegasus Pictures, an Icelandic company… Scheduled to shoot here and Scotland is "Younger Than Springtime" with Stephen Whitaker directing. Co-producing are The Isle of Man Film Commission, the Glasgow Film Fund and the Scottish Lottery… Portman Entertainment has an early summer start date for "Paranoia". Shooting will continue in London… UK's Projector Productions and Channel Four have set August to for "Cinderella". Shooting will continue in Wales. Projector also has on its schedule "Two Men Went To War" for an October start here. John Henderson will direct…Midsummer Films and The Isle of Man Film Commission will co-produce "Relative Values" starting in July. Eric Styles directs for producer Christopher Milburn and Julie Andrews stars.

ISRAEL Ehud Barak, Israel's newly named prime minister, is reportedly supportive of the arts and expected to increase state support for those establishments that rely on state support including the film industry. He also intends to encourage commercial corporations to support the arts.

ITALY The state will fund fewer pictures in the future, but will up the money available to those it backs. Italian subsidy funds are now available through most banks, with low interest loans covering up to 70% of the budget, payable within five years. Maximum amount is $4.5 million. Priority is given to local productions as well as the 10 countries that have co-production agreements with Italy… "Vipera", a $3.5 million production will star Harvey Keitel and Giancarlo Giannini. Producer is Elide Melli with Sergio Citti directing… Merchant Ivory will shoot "The Golden Bowel" this fall here and in the UK… Starting in Milan this month is "Princesa" an Italian/German/French/UK co-production… Shooting in Trieste is "Nora", a German/Irish co-production. Filming will continue in Germany and Ireland. Pat Murphy directs.

JAPAN Recorded Picture Company and Office Kitano have set a November start date for "Brother". The $10 million feature shoots in Tokyo and Los Angeles.

MALTA Dino De Laurentiis' "U-571" currently shooting in Malta moves to Italy when finished shooting here. Jonathan Mostow directs the $90 million English-language film.

PERU Spain's Andres Santana and Imanol Uribe will produce "Wiracocha" in Peru early next year. Costume film has an $8 million budget.

PHILIPPINES BBC Films' "The Tesseract" is to shoot in Manila. Jane Tranter is executive producer and Stephen Daldry directs.

PUERTO RICO Currently shooting here is "Under Suspicion", a $20 million film co-produced by Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment and France's TF1 International.

SCOTLAND Details of the Scottish Arts Council Film Production Committee low budget film financing program are to be announced at August's Edinburgh Film Festival… Norway's Norsk Film and Scotland's Freeway are co-predicting "Aberdeen" in locations around Glasgow. Hans Petter Moland directs with a budget of $6.5 million… Elemental Films is shooting "One Life Stand" in Glasgow. Karen M. Smyth produces and May Miles Thomas is writer/director... Gillian Anderson (''The X-Files) stars in an adaptation of Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-century novel `"The House of Mirth,'' shooting this summer in Scotland and South France.

SOUTH AFRICA Next spring has been set as start date of "Garden of Eden". The UK/Spanish $12 million production is based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Bob Mahoney directs with additional filming in France and Spain.

SOUTH KOREA Ilshin Investment Company, with funds of some $140 million, will invest in foreign co-productions. Ilshin, in addition to financing Korean production and distribution, backed two films produced by Interlight Pictures… Sambu Finance, a venture capital company, says it will invest $8 million this year in feature production, with a five-year total of $25 million.

SPAIN Earlier this year, the Spanish Congress ordered all television stations to invest 5% of their annual income in European film and television production and acquisition. It is estimated this will put $70 million into industry pockets… The UK's Recorded Picture Company and Spain's Kanzaman SA are shooting "Sexy Beast" in Spain and England. Jonathan Glazer directs… Newly formed Morena Films, headed by Juan Gordon, expects to produce three English-language films annually with budgets up to $10 million each. Also planned are Spanish-language films of up to $4 million… LolaFilms has set up an English subsidiary, LolaFilms UK, as it intends to move aggressively into the English-language market.

SWEDEN The Swedish Film Institute expects their annual budget to be increased to $48 million. The government will put in $25 million and distributors and exhibitors will ante up $12 million each. State and private television together with pay-tv companies will make up the difference.

SWITZERLAND Where else would one shoot Indian musical films? In the last year at least one Indian film each month was shooting in Switzerland using the Alps as background. Wonder what happened to the Himalayas?

TURKEY Bruce Beresford is to direct "Ataturk" next year in Turkey. The $35 million production will be produced by UK's IAC Film.

VENEZUELA There is a new government and changes are slowly taking place in the cultural area. At the Cinematography National Centre (CNAC) Dina Diaz is acting president until a new appointment is made to the office… The French film "The French Son" is shooting in the Venezuelan jungles. Gerard Luzier is directing with French stars in lead roles... "Bolivar, the Liberator", produced by Edgard Meinhart-Iturbe and directed by Alan Bridges, is expected to start production here shortly. Hal Levy Please use halevy@bigfoot.com on all replies



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