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Kim Novak, Guest of Honor At The 66th
Festival de Cannes For The Screening
Of Hitchcock's Fully Restored Vertigo

Kim Novak - Vertigo
As part of its ongoing homage to great cinematographic works and to mark the restoration of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, one of world cinema's masterpieces, the Festival de Cannes has invited the film's heroine, Kim Novak, to attend the screening and grace it with her vivacious presence. Vertigo, filmed in 1958, is a film in the popular Cannes Classics program.
Novak's most memorable roles included the prostitute with a big heart in Kiss Me, Stupid by Billy Wilder, the witch in Richard Quine's Bell Book and Candle, and the adulteress in another Quine film, Strangers When We Meet. But her greatest performance was surely as the disturbing heroine of Vertigo, 1958 - Hitchock's finest film, which he described as "a love story with a strange atmosphere."
Of her role, Kim Novak said, "What was interesting was that the scene reflected what I was going through at the time: it was the story of a woman who was forced to be someone she wasn't." Unwilling to accept the iron rule of the studios, she left Hollywood prematurely in order to devote herself to painting.
Novak, who first attended the Festival in 1959 for the presentation of Middle of the Night by Delbert Mann (Palme d'or 1955 for Marty), will also take part in the closing ceremony for the 66th Festival de Cannes where she will award one of the Prizes on Sunday 26 May 2013.
Blitz Patrollei Opened To A Nationwide Theatrical
Release In South Africa Prior To Cannes

Blitz Patrolle
Kagiso Lediga's new film Blitz Patrollei, which screens at Cannes (17th May 2013 Arcades 2), opened nationwide in South Africa on May10th at selected cinemas. Featuring two of South Africa's leading comedians, Blitz Patrollie stars David Kau as Ace Dikolobe and Joey Rasdien as Rummy Augustine with Kagiso Lediga as Ledwaba.
Blitz Patrollie follows the adventures of two police officers who have had the misfortune of being stationed in a little known depot in the belly of the Johannesburg CBD. Rummy is bogged down with trying to start a family and an overbearing mother-in-law who just won't move out. The overzealous Ace, on the other hand, can think of nothing better to do in the morning than to put on his "lucky" bulletproof vest and head out to kick some badass guy. Whilst in a poor white neighborhood, trying to solve yet another small-time crime, they accidentally stumble upon a massive drug haul. What ensues is a series of mishaps against some of the city's craftiest crooks in a race against time to catch the bad guys.
Produced by Diprente Productions and directed by Andrew Wessels and distributed by the National Film and Video Foundation, Blitz Patrollie has been screened at the various NFVF workshops. The producers attended 65th Cannes to promote and introduce it to the global market. The film's production was made possible by partners: National Film & Video Foundation, Industrial Development Corporation, and the Gauteng Film Commission.

Umedia Appoints Top Duo In The Expansion
Of uFX And Its VFX Division Based In Paris




Christophe Ferrier
CEO Adrian Politowski of Umedia continues to ramp up the company's activities as it expands internationally and opens its Paris operation as part of its expansion in the VFX sector, appointing Christophe Ferrier as its new VFX Director and former Double Negative Dominique Fiore as VFX Supervisor.
Marc Henry de Frahan, COO of uMedia's VFX division uFX says, "Both of these appointments are a welcome expansion to our team as we build our portfolio and take on larger, more VFX intensive projects over the next couple of years."
Previously VFX Supervisor at EuropaCorp, Christophe Ferrier has more than 16 years experience in the VFX field. A respected expert in 2D and 3D formats, he has worked for a number of companies including BUF, Mac Guff where he was CGI Supervisor and Project Manager, Escape Studio, which he founded and co-owned, Digital-District, and Duran Duboi.
Ferrier's credits include McG directed Three Days To Kill, written by Luc Besson, David Marconi's Intersections, Xavier Palud's Blind Man, and Richard E Grant's Wah Wah.
Dominique Fiore's credits include Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Angels And Demons And Hellboy Ii: The Golden Army.
About uMedia
uMedia is an international film group that employs 120 core staff with offices in Brussels, Los Angeles, Paris and London, and has produced 170 films to date, representing $1bn of production expenditure. The company's filmography includes films such as multi-Academy Award R winning The Artist, OscarR nominated OUTSIDE THE LAW and Paul Verhoeven's Blackbook. It has just wrapped production on Nicole Kidman starrer Grace Of Monaco.

Saul Bass Graphic Artist & Film Title
Sequences Creator Extraordinaire



Saul Bass
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Modern technolgy affords a wealth of information and creativity on the internet. On May 8th to celebrate Saul Bass, arguably the formost graphic designer of the 20th centutry, Google saluted Sauls Bass's work and particularly the role he played in working with Alfred Hitchock onVertigo, with their Home page on what would have been his 93rd birhtday. Enjoy this clever tribute to a great man at:


 
 
 
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