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Articles from May 2013

Artificial Eye in Step with Giant
EXCLUSIVE: Artificial Eye nabs UK rights to Quinzaine title The Selfish Giant [pictured].Artificial Eye has picked up UK rights to Clio Barnard's Directors' Fortnight entry The Selfish Giant 2013. Release is set for November 15, 2013.Inspired by Oscar...
A Story of Children and Film
Dir/scr: Mark Cousins. UK. 2013. 101minsAn engaging, heartfelt, thoughtful and occasionally insightful delve into how childhood and children haver influenced and inspired great cinema through the decades, Mark Cousins' accessible and watchable documentary...
A Touch of Sin
Dir/scr: Jia Zhang-ke. China. 2013. 133minsJia Zhang-ke's A Touch Of Sin is clearly fuelled by an anger that mirrors the tone of his very first underground film, Xiao Wu. This time, however, Jia is not shooting under the radar, and he brokes no misunderstanding....
Autobahn Outfit 42 in Fast Lane
Alongside Autobahn, the UK-based production and management outfit is in post on Monsters: The Dark Continent, among others.UK-based production and management outfit 42, the UK's answer to Anonymous Content, are on a fast-track to the heart of the industry.Welcome...
Beta Sells Berlinale Winner Child's Pose
German sales powerhouse Beta has reported a roaring start to the market. Distribution rights for Berlinale-winner Child's Pose [pictured] and German box-office hit Oh Boy are almost sold out. Here at the Marché, the Munich-based company closed a number...
CEG, Thunder Road Sign Financing Deal
Philip Moross' Cutting Edge Group (CEG) has signed a slate financing deal with Basil Iwanyk's ambitious Thunder Road.Under the terms of the agreement, CEG will advance funds to Thunder Road to develop its slate, secured against Thunder Road's upcoming...
Celluloid, uConnect Start with Genesis
EXCLUSIVE: Early in the market, new partners Celluloid Dreams and uConnect have picked up James Napier Robertson's Genesis, currently shooting in New Zealand and starring Cliff Curtis.The film tells the story of Genesis Potini, a Maori and former speed-chess...
Chan's Police Story Books Deals
EXCLUSIVE: J & JJ International has closed a raft of deals on Jackie Chan's upcoming action title, Police Story 2013, which the star produced with China's Wanda Media.The $30m film has gone to Japan (Happinet), India (Indo Overseas), Singapore (Clover...
Dallas Buyers Club Sells for Voltage
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures has closed a slew of deals on the upcoming Matthew McConaughey drama Dallas Buyers Club, which Focus Features is preparing for a US awards season launch later this year.McConaughey stars in the Voltage Pictures and Truth entertainment...
Dammicco Dances Back to Cannes
Veteran producer launches Adler Entertainment.Former Eagle Pictures CEO Stefano Dammicco [pictured] is back in Cannes with a new company and his feature project in six years.The new Italian company, called Adler Entertainment, is a joint venture with...
Elwes, Barnum Launch E2b
Cassian Elwes and Robert Ogden Barnum have launched e2b Capital to offer financing and global distribution services to independent filmmakers.Elwes and Barnum, will serve as co-heads of the LA-based operation backed by a group of financiers and expect...
Entre Chien & Loup Picks Up Betancourt Memoirs
EXCLUSIVE: Former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt is to executive produce a major new film based on her memoir Even Silence Has An End.Ambitious Brussels-based Entre Chien & Loup has picked up the rights to Betancourt's memoirs and are currently packaging...
Film4 Team Talks about Cannes Slate
Tessa Ross [pictured] tells Screen that Film4's Cannes selections -- Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant in Directors' Fortnight, Paul Wright's For Those In Peril in Critics' Week -- are indicative of the kind of author-driven work that Film4 is championing...
FilmNation Buyers Find Solace
EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner and the sales team have closed key territories on the Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell thriller Solace financed by Claudia Bluemhuber's Silver Reel.Production is scheduled to kick off on May 28 on the cat-and-mouse tale of a detective...
Finnish Film Affair Back in September
The FFA will present new Finnish films and works-in-progress for visiting sales agents, buyers and trade press.After a successful launch in 2012, the Helsinki International Film Festival will launch the second edition of the Finnish Film Affair from...
HanWay Takes Rio Siege
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay boards RT Features thriller about 2010 favela siege.HanWay Select has boarded sales on RT Features thriller Rio Siege, which is currently in post-production.Based on true events, the film charts the story of five policemen who are caught...
Hot Projects on Screenbase
Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield re-unite for White Circus and German director Christian Petzold prepares his new film Phoenix.Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski will direct Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield and Andrea Riseborough in White Circus, a dark...
IMG Acquires Strategic Film Partners
Inception Media Group has acquired Alex Barder's Strategic Film Partners through its newly formed subsidiary Inception Film Partners.Barder founded Strategic in 2004 and becomes president of the new company. He will spearhead and manage all aspects of...
Le Démantèlement
Dir/scr: Sebastian Pilote. Canada. 2013. 111minsAn elegantly simple family farming drama, Canadian film Le Démantèlement is a slow-moving pastoral tale about the end of an era, as a taciturn and genial famer has to make the tough decision to sell off...
Marcel Ophuls, Ain't Misbehavin
Andreas Wiseman talks to the great documentarian Marcel Ophuls about his new film Ain't Misbehavin and returning to the Croisette after 20 years."This time it's the Quinzaine so I don't have to wear a tuxedo, which I rather regret because I like being...
Mark Cousins, A Story of Children and Film
Michael Rosser talks to Mark Cousins about his latest documentary, which has its world premiere in Cannes Classics tonight [May 3].After making the epic documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, it will surprise some that Mark Cousins has already made...
Markovics, Serbezija Join the Porcupine
EXCLUSIVE: Srdjan Dragojevic adapts Julian Barnes novel.Karl Markovics [pictured] (The Counterfeiters) and Rade Serbedzija (Eyes Wide Shut) have joined the cast of Srdjan Dragojevic's adaptation of Julian Barnes' novel The Porcupine.Markovics will play...
Peter Greenaway Returning to UK
Director's adaptation of Thomas Mann's Death In Venice to shoot in early 2014.Peter Greenaway [pictured] is set to make his first feature in the UK in more than two decades.Speaking to Screen, Greenaway said his adaptation of Thomas Mann's Death In Venice...
Primeridian Launches with Solzhenitsyn Biopic
Primeridian Entertainment has arrived on the scene and hired The Stoning Of Soraya M. director Cyrus Nowrasteh to write and direct a feature about the life of Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn.Primeridian's Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O'Hair will...
Robot Overlords Sparks New Investment
EXCLUSIVE: UK sci-fi Our Robot Overlords nabs closing finance from Pinewood Films, new financier Umbra Telegraph.Ambitious UK sci-fi Our Robot Overlords, which will star Sir Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson [pictured], Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby)...
Salvo
Dir/sc: Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza. Italy-France. 2013. 109minsThe meeting between a Sicilian mafia hitman and the blind sister of one of his victims is a catalyst for change in Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's feature debut. Like Paolo...
Stop the Pounding Heart
Dir/scr: Roberto Minervini. US-Italy-Belgium. 2013. 101minsTantalisingly balanced between documentary and minimalist fiction, Stop The Pounding Heart sees Italian director Roberto Minervini exploring a curious borderline between cow-punching and Bible-bashing....
Stranger by the Lake
Dir/scr: Alain Guiraudie. France. 2013 97minsAlain Guiraudie's thoughtful and provocative Stranger By The Lake takes place in an environment of natural beauty where men indulge their atavistic desires, whether that be unsafe sex, murder - or unsafe sex...
Suzanne
Dir: Katell Quillevere. France-Belgium. 2013. 91minsThe second feature from Love Like Poison director Katell Quillevere confirms her talent for capturing the precious moments that can define and shape a life. Suzanne offers snapshots of the title character...
The Past
Dir/scr: Asghar Farhadi. France-Italy. 2013. 130minsIranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who lifted a deserved Best Foreign Film Oscar for the remarkable A Separation, delivers another gripping, densely plotted drama of ethics, love and loyalty with The...
The Selfish Giant
Dir/scr: Clio Barnard. UK. 2013. 91minsThe Selfish Giant, the fiction debut of British filmmaker Clio Barnard (whose documentary The Arbor received much acclaim) is a powerful and moving contemporary fable about friendship, greed and exploitation and...
TWC Plots Crouching Tiger Series
Harvey Weinstein plans to make a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon franchise, it emerged during a showreel presentation in Cannes on Friday evening [17]."We are going to do all five books," the co-chairman of The Weinstein Company said, referring to the...
Werner Launches New Sales Company
Veteran Scandinavian sales agent Michael Werner [pictured], formerly at NonStop Sales, has launched a new outfit called Eyewell which is in Cannes with its debut slate.Werner is attending Cannes with his Eyewell partner Stein Markussen.The new company...
Wiley Launches Film Finance Application
London-based former Woody Allen producer Gareth Wiley [pictured] (Match Point, Scoop) is in Cannes this week to launch Screen Advantage, the new online tool for financiers and producers.Wiley is touting Screen Advantage as a "financing planning tool"...
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