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Articles from February 2015

45 Years
Dir/scr: Andrew Haigh. UK. 2015. 93minsA gently devastating snapshot of a loving yet subtly fractured relationship in its twilight years, Andrew Haigh's wonderfully performed 45 Years is an elegant and restrained film that dwells on how an apparently...
Andrew Haigh, 45 Years
Andrew Haigh's 45 Years is a truthful story about an older couple. He tells Wendy Mitchell about the film's thematic inspirations and working with the dream cast of Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.Andrew Haigh's 45 Years looks at a couple celebrating...
Chinese Box Office: Taken by Storm
Which films will triumph at the box office over Chinese New Year? Liz Shackleton looks at the high-profile releases vying for the top slot.The Greater China box office is always competitive but this year's Chinese New Year holiday, which starts February...
CJ Racks Up Ode to My Father Sales
EXCLUSIVE: JK Youn's blockbuster closes a string of sales across the Asia Pacific region.Korea's CJ Entertainment has closed a string of sales across the Asia Pacific region on JK Youn's blockbuster Ode To My Father, which is screening in Berlin's Panorama...
Cobain: Montage of Heck
Dir: Brett Morgen. US. 2015. 132minsBrilliant, self-destructive rock musician Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide on April 5 1994 aged just 27, has generated reams of newsprint, books and video footage. This first ever 'authorised' documentary of Cobain...
Danish Director Kathrine Windfeld Dies Aged 48
Danish director's final TV series to be premiered later this month by Danish pubcaster DR.Danish director Kathrine Windfeld has died at 48 after a short illness. According to local press, she suffered from a brain tumour.Windfeld, whose latest television...
Euro Execs Launch Co-Production Group
EXCLUSIVE: CTB, A-One Films, former K5 exec launch company at EFM; among first titles is next project from Target [pictured] writer-director Alexander Zeldovich.Daniel Goroshko, Sergey Selyanov, Rodolphe Sanzé and Laurent Fumeron have joined forces to...
Fire
Dir: Juan Schnitman. Argentina. 2015. 95minsThe postponement of a young couple's appointment to sign the contract on a new apartment acts as a catalyst for catastrophe in Argentinian director Juan Schnitman's claustrophobic indie relationship drama....
Frontières Unveils Brussels Line-Up
Second European edition of genre co-production market to feature two extra spotlights in addition to its 17-strong line-up.Frontières International Co-Production Market has unveiled the full line-up for its second European edition, taking place at the...
Glasgow Announces Further Guests
Gemma Jones, Daniel Wolfe and Peter Mullan among guests to attend upcoming 11th Glasgow Film Festival.Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) has announced the next wave of guests set to attend its upcoming 11th edition, taking place Feb 18-March 1.Veteran actors...
Johnnie to Assembles Top Hong Kong Talent
EXCLUSIVE: Projects include an omnibus about Hong Kong's history that brings together eight of the territory's leading directors.Media Asia is unleashing a trio of Johnnie To projects at EFM, including an omnibus about Hong Kong's history that brings...
Khan's Factory Girl in Rare Swedish Release
Arab Cinema in Sweden will release Mohamed Khan's feature on April 24.Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl is set for theatrical release in Sweden through Arab Cinema in Sweden (ACIS), the distribution arm of the Malmo Arab Film Festival.ACIS...
Metrodome Sells Four Warriors to US
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International inks deals on action-adventure.Metrodome International has inked deals on action-adventure The Four Warriors, including a deal with Grindstone Entertainment Group for rights in North America, where Lionsgate Home Entertainment...
Müller Signals Support for German Film Industry
Müller spoke at the opening of this year's Berlinale last night [Feb 5].Berlin's new Governing Mayor Michael Müller has positioned himself as an ally of the German film industry given the increasingly cutthroat competition between international film...
Netherlands Film Fund Supports Six
Whit Stillman's Love and Friendship and Hany Abu-Assad's Arab Idol among six international co-productions supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.Six international co-productions are being backed by the Netherlands Film Fund through its special budget...
Open Road, FilmNation Secure Output Deals
Agreement kicks off with Open Road Sleepless Night to star Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.Open Road Films and FilmNation Entertainment have closed a string of output deals on films that Open Road produces or acquires for the world, pursuant to their...
Prince
Dir/scr: Sam de Jong. Netherlands. 2015. 78minsTeenage traumas in the hood, with gangstas hovering, inaccessible love objects to be won and the odd pair of luxury sneakers - it all adds up to an increasingly familiar format in European urban realism....
Queen of the Desert
Dir/scr: Werner Herzog. US. 2015. 127minsA lush and languid romp through the deserts of the Middle East, Werner Herzog's elegantly mounted and at times deliriously beautiful film is part The English Patient-style drama (for its mesmeric locations and...
SPC Takes Sundance Hit Dark Horse
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics nabs hit Sundance doc about rags to riches racehorse.Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up all North American rights to hit Sundance documentary Dark Horse from Protagonist Pictures.Louise Osmond's crowd-pleaser about...
Stewart Hendler, Max Steel
The director of Dolphin Films' sci-fi action-adventure sci-fi based on the Mattel property stars Ben Witchell and Ana Villafañe and is the subject of a buyer screening at the EFM on February 6.Director Stewart Hendler sat down with Screen last summer...
Taxi
Dir/scr: Jafar Panahi. Iran. 2015. 82minsOn paper, it looks like yet another Jafar Panahi exercise, outsmarting once again the Iranian authorities who have forbidden him from making films for the next 20 years. On screen, however, this is a delightful...
The Story of Judas
Dir/scr: Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche. France. 2014. 99minsReligion is put on hold for a while in this historical pageant and the story of the Crucifixion becomes a political parable about Jesus being sent to the cross not because of his teachings and miracles,...
Timothy Spall to Star in the Special One
EXCLUSIVE: British actor set to star in prison-based comedy-drama.Revered British actor Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) is set to star in new British prison-based comedy-dramaThe Special One, being pre-sold by Odin's Eye at the EFM.Spall will be reunited...
Vertical Entertainment Hunting Indie Gems at EFM
EXCLUSIVE: Co-founder Rich Goldberg in is Berlin looking for global rights as part of a strategic expansion.Top brass from LA-based Vertical Entertainment are scouring Berlin for global rights as part of a strategic expansion to exploit independent gems...
Warp Collaborators Launch Duck Soup
Company will announce its first slate of projects closer to Cannes.Two UK producers who have ties to Warp Films are launching a new production company, Duck Soup.Libby Durdy and Bekki Wray-Rogers will produce for Duck Soup, which will work in both film...
Watershed Unveils New Season
Conversations About Cinema will be run in partnership with Chapter Arts (Cardiff) and QFT (Belfast).Bristol's Watershed has unveiled a new cinema season.Conversations About Cinema is a UK-wide project led by Watershed in partnership with Chapter Arts...
XYZ-GFC to Boost Antipodean Film Profile
EXCLUSIVE: Companies launch venture to promote films from New Zealand and Australia.LA-based XYZ Films and Auckland's General Film Corporation, who partnered on The Dead Lands and the upcoming 6 Days, have launched a venture to promote films from New...
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