Here, Then Wins in Edinburgh, Beasts of the Southern Wild Tops in Specialty Box Office
Also in Monday morning's round up of film news, more winners from the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as fest news from Karlovy Vary and Shanghai.AndSpider-Man opens overseas to some impressive numbers
China's Here, Then Takes Best Pic at Edinburgh Fest
The feature by director Mao Mao won Best Film in the International Feature Competition, while One Mile Away by director Penny Woolcock won Best British Feature. Andrea Riseborough and Brid Brennan jointly won Best Performance in James Marsh's Shadow Dancer. More awards from the Edinburgh International Film Festival can be found here.
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Beasts of the Southern Wild Ferocious; To Rome With Love Strong: Specialty Box Office
After a slew of festival accolades including prizes at Sundance and Cannes, Beasts Of The Southern Wild swarmed the box office. With no stars and a first-time feature filmmaker, the pic nevertheless resonated with specialty audiences in-the-know. In New York and Los Angeles, the Louisiana Bayou-set film averaged an impressive $42,309 in four theaters, Deadline reports.
Spider-Man Opens Overseas with $52.2M
The pic opened in 13 overseas markets in Asia and Europe, out-performing even The Avengers in some countries including India, Deadline reports.
Pulled Film Reinstated at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
The world premiere of director Sara Csehalmi's Dear Betrayed Friends had been taken out of the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary Film Festival's East of the West competition when post production funds ran out. The cancellation sparked a debate in Hungary where film productions have suffered recently, THR reports.
Shanghai Fest Reflects Growing Biz
Local businesses are concerned about growing competition from Hollywood. The Shanghai Film Festival had one of its biggest editions in 15 years. 300 domestic and foreign-produced films screened in 33 cinemas, Variety reports.