Three Added To Cast Of Susanne Bier’s ‘A Second Chance’
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie and Ulrich Thomsen have joined the cast of Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the film, which focuses on how far decent human beings are willing to go when tragedy blurs the line between the just and unjust. Shooting is underway in Denmark. Lie Kaas stars in the current No. 1 film at the Danish box office, The Keeper Of Lost Causes. He’s next up in Child 44. Thomsen, from Cinemax’s Banshee, has previously worked with Bier in Brothers and A Better World. Swedish-Norwegian actress Maria Bonnevie’s recently starred in Belle Du Seigneur with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Marianne Faithful. TrustNordisk kicked off international sales on the Danish-language A Second Chance during the AFM.

Fox Sports Adds Second Network In Italy
Fox Sports is expanding in Italy, adding a second network, Fox Sports 2. The move comes four months after Fox Sports’ initial entry into the market. The programming lineup for Fox Sports 2 will feature the NFL, including Super Bowl XLVIII in February, and Euroleague basketball. The original Fox Sports channel is dedicated to European and international football matches from the BPL, Spanish La Liga. French Ligue, Dutch Eredivisie, MLS and FA Cup alongside the English national team matches.

BFI Study On Women In UK Indie Film Offers Mixed Bag
New research from the British Film Institute has found that a number of the most successful UK indies made between 2010 and 2012 had a female screenwriter and/or director. The study says, however, that women remain under-represented in writing and directing roles. For all UK indies released during the period of the analysis, 11.4% of the directors and 16.1% of the writers were women. Of the top 20 films over the same period 18.2% were directed by women and 37% of the writers were female. For the profitable movies, 30% of the writers were female. The women toiling behind the scenes on those movies include Jane Goldman (The Woman In Black, Kick-Ass), Phyllida Lloyd and Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady), Debbie Isitt (Nativity 2), and Dania Pasquini and Jane English (StreetDance 3D and StreetDance 2 3D). The BFI says that a key feature of the research is the number of successful female writers and directors attached to more than one project over the period, with many also working in TV and theater.

Third Annual Sundance London Festival Set For April 25-27
Sundance Institute and AEG Europe are putting on a third Sundance London film and music festival. The event, which showcases indie films that debut in Park City in January, will take place from April 25-27 at the O2 Arena. The festival will feature an expanded filmmaker development program, including the return of the Sundance London Short Film Competition and a Shorts Workshop. The Short Film Competition is open to UK-based filmmakers. Entries this year will revolve around the theme “Making a Go of It” with stories about moving forward in life, love or loss and the pursuit of inspiration. Submissions will be accepted until March 3 via www.sundance-london.com. Sundance’s short film programmer Mike Plante will host a workshop on April 26.

British Independent Film Awards To Honor Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass will be honored with the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards on December 8. The prize goes to a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. Greengrass’ latest film, Captain Phillips, was released in Britain on October 18 and has taken nearly $24M in box office. The movie opened the London Film Festival last month. The helmer previously won a BIFA as best director for 2002′s Bloody Sunday.

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