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Articles from February 2013

A Fold in My Blanket
Dir/scr: Zaza Rusadze. Georgia. 2013. 70minsOne of those films that you come out of not sure what you've just seen, Georgian director Zaza Rusadze's feature debut is, just possibly, a mix of gay love story, satirical reflection on today's Georgia and...
Amour Fou Readies Hausner Shoot
Shooting starts Monday (Feb 11) in Luxembourg on Jessica Hausner's new feature film Amour Fou, which will be the first project to go into production for the Amour Fou label.The label was created last September after the merger of Vienna's Amour Fou Filmproduktion...
Arclight Eyes Lookalike
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films has acquired crime romance The Lookalike with a cast including John Corbett, Justin Long, Scottie Thompson, Jerry O'Connell and Gina Gershon.The shoot has wrapped in New Orleans."The Lookalike is not your everyday crime-romance,"...
Autlook Sails with Pirate Bay Doc
EXCLUSIVE: TPB-AFK screens in Berlin Panorama and will also be made available free online.Austrian sales outfit Autlook is handling sales on Simon Klose's controversial new documentary TPB - AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From The Keyboard (screening in Berlin's...
Bob Berney's Picturehouse, WestEnd Board the Great Gilly Hopkins
EXCLUSIVE: Bridge to Terabithia writers reunite on young-adult novel; Kathy Bates and Danny Glover among cast; Stephen Herek to direct.Bob Berney's recently re-launched Picturehouse has taken US rights to Katherine Paterson adaptation The Great Gilly...
China Rules 2012
With huge growth in 2012, China finally became the second biggest theatrical market in the world, behind the US. Ian Sandwell charts its rise and explores the five highest-grossing international territories last year.What has long been predicted has...
CJ Announces Slew of Snowpiercer Deals
Korea's CJ Entertainment has announced a slew of pre-sales for Bong Joon-ho'spost-apocalyptic action thriller Snowpiercer, led by deals to Wild Side Films for France and Bitters End and Kadokawa Shoten for Japan.The film also sold to CIS (Volga), Latin...
Focus Reunites with Mike Leigh on Turner Biopic
EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features International (FFI) will handle worldwide sales on the film about the celebrated English landscape painter J M W Turner to star Timothy Spall and will co-finance with BFI and Film4.FFI chief Alison Thompson made the announcement...
Gaumont Boards Larrieu Bros Noir
EXCLUSIVE: Picture starring Mathieu Amalric, Maïwenn, Sara Forestier, Denis Podalydes and Karine Viard due to start shooting on Feb 12 in Alps.Gaumont has picked up international sales on the Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu's upcoming romance noir Love...
Hansel and Gretel & the 4:20 Witch
Dir: Duane Journey. US. 2013. 86minsFairy-tale horror and stoner comedy combine to good effect in Hansel And Gretel & The 4:20 Witch, a smart and entertaining youth-orientated chiller that delivers a goodly amount of gore along with the slacker laughs,...
In the Name Of
Dir: Malgoska Szumowska. Poland. 2013. 101minsAfter an awkwardly glossy French-language venture with her Juliette Binoche starrer Elles, Polish director Malgoska Szumowska returns to home territory, and grittier material, with In the Name Of (W Imie...)...
Kaurismaki Partners with Yellow Affair
EXCLUSIVE: Company is selling Mika Kaurismaki's The Girl King.Mika Kaurismäki's Marianna Films is becoming a partner in new Scandinavia-based sales agency The Yellow Affair.The Yellow Affair, founded in 2010, has production companies Helsinki-filmi and...
King's Speech Producers Grab Autobiography
The true story of how a poor five-year-old Indian boy was separated from his mother, adopted by an Australian family, then found her 25 years later, is to be made into a film by See-Saw Films producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning.Little Boy Lost will...
Match Factory Strikes Deal for Snow in Paradise
EXCLUSIVE: Control editor Andrew Hulme makes his directorial debut.British producer Christine Alderson's Ipso Facto has attached The Match Factory as sales company on Snow in Paradise, the debut feature from Andrew Hulme, editor of Control and The American."We...
Mauritius Launches 30% Film Tax Incentive
EXCLUSIVE: Island nation also plans to sign co-production treaties.In a groundbreaking move aimed at attracting international production and to kick start a local industry, island nation Mauritius has set up its own film tax scheme worth 30% of qualifying...
Myriad Circles Jessica Alba for Weightless
Kirk D'Amico has begun pre-sales at EFM and announced on Friday [8] that Jessica Alba is in final negotiations to star.Weightless centres on a guilt-ridden female Astronaut who survives a crash landing and embarks upon an affair with the brother of a...
Paradise: Hope
Dir: Ulrich Seidl. Austria. 2013. 91minsNow that the Ulrich Seidl trilogy is completed, it turns out Paradise: Lost would have been a better fitting title for the three films. There wasn't much love in Paradise: Love nor was there much real faith in...
The 727 Days without Karamo
Dir/scr: Anja Salomonowitz. Austria. 2013. 80minsAnja Salomonowitz's artistically constructed documentary The 727 Days Without Karamo (Die 727 Tage Ohne Karamo) tackles a difficult and at times moving issue - the tough immigration laws in Austria - with...
The Pirate Bay: Away from Keyboard
Dir: Simon Klose. Sweden. 2012. 85minsThe Internet dates more quickly than almost any other contemporary cultural signifier. This is what gave The Social Network much of its leverage: the fact that it was a period film about things that had happened...
Ulrich Seidl Talks Up Horror Title
EXCLUSIVE: Seidl producing his wife's horror film Ich seh/Ich seh.Ulrich Seidl is to produce the horror film Ich seh/Ich seh co-directed by his wife and long-standing collaborator Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala."It will be a mixture of auteur film/genre...
Wild Bunch Adds Miss Julie
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales powerhouse Wild Bunch has picked up international sales on Liv Ullmann's upcoming $5m battle-of-the-sexes drama Miss Julie starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.The picture is adapted from Swedish playwright...
XYZ Slays Sales for Killers
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese-Indonesian crime-thriller sells to Germany, France, Turkey and Hong Kong.US-based production and sales company XYZ Films has closed several deals for The Mo Brothers' Japan-Indonesia crime thriller Killers ahead of EFM.Since debuting...
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