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PETITES COUPURES (SMALL CUTS), directed by Pascal Bonitzer, and featuring Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil will premiere in Official Selection – In Competition at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival.

The €6m co-production between France’s Rezo Productions and AX1 Films marks a successful run of Berlin festival recognition for AX1 Films, with three of its films THE BOYS (1998), BENEATH CLOUDS (2002) and PETITES COUPURES (2003) securing Competition slots in the last five years. The film is being sold by France’s Flach Pyramide, and will be released in France in February 2003.

In the UK 'Petites Coupures' has been licensed to Artificial Eye who will open the film initially in London on 29 August 2003.

AX1 today announced the acquisition of all UK rights to the multi- award winning Spanish film, EL BOLA. Directed by Achero Mañas, the film won four Spanish Goya Awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Newcomer. It also won the Fassbinder Award for Best Debut Film at the European Film Awards, and will be released by AX1 theatrically in the spring of 2003.

Describing the film as "an outstanding work of artistry to touch our souls" the 2002 Berlin Film Festival jury awarded the Best Debut Film Award to Australian Director Ivan Sen, and the Best Young Actress Award to newcomer Danielle Hall, who features in BENEATH CLOUDS. Backed by AX1 Films from script stage, and co-produced by the company, AX1’s managing director Douglas Cummins commented:

this is the sort of result and recognition that Ivan (Sen) so richly deserves after many years of developing his craft with successful short films. We, at AX1 are proud to be associated with such an emerging talent in world cinema.

AX1 Films is proud to announce that BENEATH CLOUDS will premiere in Official Selection – International Competition at the Berlin Film Festival. Many Aboriginal film-makers have emerged in Australia in recent years, but some of the highest expectations are focused on writer-director Ivan Sen.

'Beneath Clouds' is the simple story of two teenage hitchhikers who meet and fall in love on the road and has absolutely nailed the nature of contemporary Australian race relations. Lena is the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father, on her way to Sydney to look for her missing father. Vaughn is a Murri boy who has escaped from a detention centre to see his dying mother. The story is told on a small canvas and is restrained, understated and finely nuanced, but the meanings are writ large. Watch too for the laconic and very real performances of the two first-time leads.

France’s Euripide Productions, Germany’s Integral Film, Italy’s Veradia Films and AX1 Films are proud to announce the participation in Official Selection of TOSCA, by French director Benoit Jacquot, in the Venice Film Festival. This acclaimed feature film version of the classic opera features Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu - two of the most bankable singers currently available.