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Animated Feature 'Fantastic Journey to Oz' Sells to China
EXCLUSIVE: Russian outfit Wizart inks slew of deals on animation.Russian powerhouse Wizart has announced a series of new deals for animated feature Fantastic Journey To Oz, including a sale to China to YL Pictures.The film is set to open in Chinese cinemas...
Animated Feature 'Fantastic Journey to Oz' Sells to China
Russian powerhouse Wizart has announced a series of new deals for animated feature Fantastic Journey To Oz, including a sale to China to YL Pictures.The film is set to open in Chinese cinemas in early summer on more than 7000 screens. YL Pictures has...
Bafta Elevate Unveils 15 Female Directors
Participants revealed for year-long initiative.Bafta has named the 15 female directors taking part in its inaugural career development programme for under-represented groups in film and TV.Launched in February, Elevate will initially focus on helping...
Bafta Elevate Unveils 15 Female Directors
Bafta has named the 15 female directors taking part in its inaugural career development programme for under-represented groups in film and TV.Launched in February, Elevate will initially focus on helping women progress their directing careers in high-end...
'Barbara': Cannes Review
Mathieu Amalric directs his second feature, in which he also plays the director of a film about the iconic French singerDir. Mathieu Amalric. France, 2017. 98minsThis is a loving tribute not only to the late Barbara (1930-97), the inimitable singing...
'Barbara': Cannes Review
Mathieu Amalric directs and also plays the director of a film about the iconic French singerDir. Mathieu Amalric. France, 2017. 98minsThis is a loving tribute not only to the late Barbara (1930-97), the inimitable singing icon of the French chanson,...
Benelux Buyers Swoop on Cannes Titles
Films by Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay and Taylor Sheridan heading to the region.Benelux buyers have already snapped up many of the most eye-catching titles in official selection and in the Marché.Voracious Antwerp-based outfit The Searchers, which was set...
Benelux Buyers Swoop on Cannes Titles
Benelux buyers have already snapped up many of the most eye-catching titles in official selection and in the Marché.Voracious Antwerp-based outfit The Searchers, which was set up in 2015, has pre-bought Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck (pictured) from FilmNation,...
Blade of the Immortal': Cannes Review
Takashi Miike's adaptation of a beloved manga classic is both tasteful and bloodyDir Takashi Miike. Japan, 2017. 140 minsSaid to be prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike's 100th film (but even he has probably lost count), this adaptation of Hiroaki...
'Blade of the Immortal': Cannes Review
Takashi Miike's adaptation of a beloved manga classic is both tasteful and bloodyDir Takashi Miike. Japan, 2017. 140 minsSaid to be prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike's 100th film (but even he has probably lost count), this adaptation of Hiroaki...
'Brigsby Bear': Cannes Review
An isolated man attempts to make his own version of his favourite kids show in this quirky comedyDir: Dave McCary. US. 2017. 97minsThe television shows and movies we absorb as kids can have powerful, even unsettling influences on our development. The...
'Brigsby Bear': Cannes Review
An isolated man attempts to make his own version of his favourite kids show in this quirky comedyDir: Dave McCary. US. 2017. 97minsThe television shows and movies we absorb as kids can have powerful, even unsettling influences on our development. The...
Celluloid Boards Sales on Takeshi Kitano's 'Outrage Coda'
EXCLUSIVE: Third instalment in gangster trilogy will hit Japanese screens in October.Paris-based Celluloid Dreams is joining forces with Takeshi Kitano once again to sell Outrage Coda, the third installment in his high-octane gangster thriller trilogy,...
Cinelytic Partners with Piracy Data Provider TECXIPIO
Data will enhance service for users of analytics platformCinelytic, the data and analytics platform for the film industry based in New York and Los Angeles, on Thursday announced a partnership with leading P2P piracy data provider TECXIPIO.Privately...
Cinelytic Partners with Piracy Data Provider TECXIPIO
Cinelytic, the data and analytics platform for the film industry based in New York and Los Angeles, on Thursday announced a partnership with leading P2P piracy data provider TECXIPIO.Privately backed Cinelytic is run by Transamerica producer and Belladonna...
Daniel Radcliffe to Star in Prison Drama 'Escape from Pretoria'
Project based on real life story of Tim Jenkin; David Barron produces.Daniel Radcliffe will play the lead in Escape From Pretoria, a joint production venture from producer David Barron, Footprint Films and The Works Film & Television Group.The project...
Danish 3D Animation 'Giant Pear' Sells to 20+ Territories
EXCLUSIVE: LevelK inks slew of deals ahead of Cannes events.Ahead of Cannes, LevelK has closed a raft of deals on the upcoming Danish 3D animation The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear.The film has been acquired for more than 20 territories including...
Danish 3D Animation 'Giant Pear' Sells to 20+ Territories
Ahead of Cannes, LevelK has closed a raftof deals on the upcoming Danish 3D animation The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear.The film has been acquired for more than 20 territories including France and Benelux (Ninety-Seven Film Production), Korea (Yejilim...
Four Leading US Sales Agents on Netflix, Amazon and Why Stars Aren't Important
Glen Basner, Nick Meyer, Helen Lee-Kim and Alex Walton spoke to Screen Americas Editor Jeremy Kay.To regard Glen Basner (CEO, Film­Nation, middle left), Nick Meyer (CEO, Sierra/Affinity, far right) Helen Lee-Kim (partner and head of international, Good...
Fox Searchlight Boards ‘Old Man and the Gun'
Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired North American and UK rights to David Lowery's Old Man And The Gun.Endgame Entertainment financed and produced the crime drama that just wrapped production in Cincinnati, Ohio.Old Man And The Gun is based on the...
Fox Searchlight Boards 'Old Man and the Gun'
Film is based on article in The New Yorker magazine.Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired North American and UK rights to David Lowery's Old Man And The Gun.Endgame Entertainment financed and produced the crime drama that just wrapped production in Cincinnati,...
French Sales Agents Discuss the Digital Single Market and France's Strict Media Chronology Laws
Three highly respected figures from France's teeming sales sector discuss the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.Screen International canvassed three highly respected figures in the French film sales scene - industry veteran and Celluloid...
French Sales Agents Discuss the Digital Single Market and France's Strict Media Chronology Laws
Screen International canvassed three highly respected figures in the French film sales scene - industry veteran and Celluloid Dreams founder Hengameh Panahi (top, middle); Gaumont's head of international co-production Cécile Gaget (top, left), who also...
Gerwig, Turturro, Wasikowska Head to Hansen-Love's 'Bergman Island'
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Charles Gillibert launches project at Cannes.Greta Gerwig, Mia Wasikowska and John Turturro have signed for French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love's English-language debut Bergman Island, set on the Swedish island of Faro which was home...
Grace Jones Movie Launches in Cannes
EXCLUSIVE : WestEnd is launching documentary more than five years in the making; first look.WestEnd Films has boarded world sales rights to documentary Grace Jones : Bloodlight And Bami, directed by Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide To Cinema).The...
Grace Jones Movie Launches in Cannes
WestEnd Films has boarded world sales rights to documentary Grace Jones : Bloodlight And Bami, directed by Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide To Cinema).The cinema vérité-style film, more than five years in the making, explores the performance, private...
'Harmonium' Director Plots Next Feature 'The Man from the Sea'
EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu, Commes des Cinemas, Kaninga team on Koji Fukada project.Japan's Nikkatsu Corporation is teaming with France's Commes des Cinemas and Indonesia's Kaninga Pictures to co-produce Koji Fukada's new project The Man From The Sea.Nikkatsu...
'Harmonium' Director Plots Next Feature 'The Man from the Sea'
Japan's Nikkatsu Corporation is teaming with France's Commes des Cinemas and Indonesia's Kaninga Pictures to co-produce Koji Fukada's new project The Man From The Sea.Nikkatsu is also handling international sales on the film, which will be filmed entirely...
Head Gear Films and Sparkhouse Media Team Up
Sparkhouse have sold their first project to Netflix; Head Gear backed Black Mass.Head Gear Films and Sparkhouse Media have agreed a joint venture covering finance and production for films and TV content.Head Gear Films is a UK-based movie and media finance...
Hit Tribeca Horror 'The Endless' Scores Deals
EXCLUSIVE: AMP International boards sales on US sci-fi horror; buyers come flocking.London bases sales outfit AMP International has boarded international rights to US sci-fi horror The Endless, the Tribeca buzz title which was acquired by Well Go USA...
Hit Tribeca Horror 'The Endless' Scores Deals
London bases sales outfit AMP International has boarded international rights to US sci-fihorror The Endless, the Tribeca buzz title which was acquired by Well Go USA for North America after a bidding war.The Endless tells the story of two brothers who...
'Jupiter's Moon': Cannes Review
A Syrian refugee is gunned down at the border but wakes up with mysterious powers in Kornel Mundruczo's follow-up to White GodDir. Kornél Mundruczó. Hungary/Germany. 2017. 126minsAn unwanted Syrian refugee becomes an angel -- maybe -- in Jupiter's Moon,...
'Jupiter's Moon': Cannes Review
A Syrian refugee is gunned down at the border but wakes up with mysterious powers in Kornel Mundruczo's follow-up to White GodDir. Kornél Mundruczó. Hungary/Germany. 2017. 126minsAn unwanted Syrian refugee becomes an angel - maybe - in Jupiter's Moon,...
'Let the Sunshine In': Cannes Review
Claire Denis opens Directors' Fortnight with this elegant, mercurial comedy starring Juliette BinocheDir: Claire Denis. France. 2017. 94 minsFrench writer-director Claire Denis is an expert at surprising her devoted art-house following, switching between...
'Let the Sunshine In': Cannes Review
Claire Denis opens Directors' Fortnight with this elegant, mercurial comedy starring Juliette BinocheDir: Claire Denis. France. 2017. 94 minsFrench writer-director Claire Denis is an expert at surprising her devoted art-house following, switching between...
Lexica Brings Russian Duo to Cannes Market
EXCLUSIVE: US outfit is touting thriller Spacewalk and romance About Love.Lexica Films, the foreign language label that Covert Media launched late last year, will be in Cannes tempting buyers on Russian titles Spacewalk and About Love.Genre master Timur...
Lexica Brings Russian Duo to Cannes Market
Lexica Films, the foreign language label that Covert Media launched late last year, will be in Cannes tempting buyers on Russian titles Spacewalk and About Love.Genre master Timur Bekmambetov produced Spacewalk, Bazelevs' adventure thriller about the...
'Lion King', 'Harry Potter' Animator's Debut Feature Get Sales Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Concourse Film Trade launches sales on Alex Williams-directed animation.Concourse Film Trade, the global sales and financing arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts' [pictured] Concourse Media, has acquired worldwide sales rights to...
'Lion King', 'Harry Potter' Animator's Debut Feature Get Sales Deal
Concourse Film Trade, the global sales and financing arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts' [pictured] Concourse Media, has acquired worldwide sales rights to the feature animation My Haunted House.Animation veteran Alex Williams directs the...
Lionsgate Acquires US on 'Dragged across Concrete'
Bloom handles international sales in Cannes on crime thriller to star Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn.Lionsgate has acquired US rights to Dragged Across Concrete that is set to begin production in Vancouver on July 17.Dragged Across Concrete from writer-director...
Lionsgate Acquires US Rights to ‘Dragged across Concrete’
Lionsgate has acquired US rights to Dragged Across Concrete that is set to begin production in Vancouver on July 17.Dragged Across Concrete from writer-director S. Craig Zahler centres on two detectives who find themselves suspended when a video of their...
Lionsgate Signs Up for Sam Claflin War Movie 'Journey's End'
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate nabs UK rights to Saul Dibb feature.Lionsgate UK has picked up rights to Sam Claflin war drama Journey's End from Metro International.The Hunger Games and Me Before You star Claflin plays the lead role in the adaptation of R.C. Sherriff's...
Loveless': Cannes Review
An unforgiving image of Russia's middle class kicks offCannes 2017 CompetitionDir. Andrey Zvyagintsev. Russia/France/Belgium/Germany 2017. 127minsFaithful to his title, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) deivers a cruel, desolate, unforgiving image of Russia's...
'Loveless': Cannes Review
An unforgiving image of Russia's middle class kicks off Cannes 2017 CompetitionDir. Andrey Zvyagintsev. Russia/France/Belgium/Germany 2017. 127minsFaithful to his title, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) deivers a cruel, desolate, unforgiving image of Russia's...
MAD Solution Acquires Syrian Refugee Picture 'The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul'
EXCLUSIVE: Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak stars and produces timely film about Syrian refugees in Turkey.Cairo-based distributor MAD Solutions has acquired Arab world rights to Turkish director Andac Haznedaroglu's refugee drama The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul...
Media Asia Marches to Chinese Army Project from 'Infernal Affairs' Director
EXCLUSIVE: The Founding Of An Army is the third in a trilogy of historical propaganda films.Hong Kong-based Media Asia Films has picked up international rights to The Founding Of An Army, directed by Andrew Lau (InfernalAffairs) and starring Liu Ye and...
Myriad Boards Supernatural Romance 'Shadow Girl'
Zosia Mamet and Scott Speedman to star.Myriad Pictures has boarded international sales on the romance Shadow Girl to star Zosia Mamet and Scott Speedman.Claudia Myers will direct from her original screenplay about a young woman who has literally become...
Neon, Vice Pre-Buy Harmony Korine's 'Beach Bum'
Matthew McConaughey to star in comedy.Neon and Vice have pre-bought US rights to Harmony Korine's The Beach Bum to star Matthew McConaughey.Production is scheduled to begin in autumn on Korine's follow-up to Spring Breakers in time for a 2018 theatrical...
Neon, Vice Pre-Buy Harmony Korine's 'Beach Bum'
Neon and Vice have pre-bought US rights to Harmony Korine's The Beach Bum to star Matthew McConaughey.Production is scheduled to begin in autumn on Korine's follow-up to Spring Breakers in time for a 2018 theatrical release.Rocket Science handles international...
nWave Ends Long-Standing Studiocanal Pact
Animation outfit to buy back its shares from Studiocanal.Belgian 3D animation specialist nWave Pictures is set to end its longstanding relationship with Studiocanal.The news was confirmed this week by company CEO Ben Stassen. The Son Of Bigfoot (aka...
nWave Ends Long-Standing Studiocanal Pact
Belgian 3D animation specialist nWave Pictures is set to end its longstanding relationship with Studiocanal.The news was confirmed this week by company CEO Ben Stassen. The Son Of Bigfoot (aka Bigfoot Junior) is the final film that nWave is partnering...
Omar Sy Action Comedy 'Belleville Cop' Joins Lionsgate Slate
Rachid Bouchareb directing multi-language project from Larry Gross screenplay.Patrick Wachsberger and his Lionsgate International team have begun talks with buyers on Rachid Bouchareb's multi-language action comedy Belleville Cop starring Omar Sy.Production...
Omar Sy Action Comedy 'Belleville Cop' Joins Lionsgate Slate
Patrick Wachsberger and his Lionsgate International team have begun talks with buyers on Rachid Bouchareb's multi-language action comedy Belleville Cop starring Omar Sy.Production has begun in Paris on the story of Baaba, a police officer who has refused...
Ostlund's 'The Square' Continues to Rack Up Deals
EXCLUSIVE: Cannes Competition title sells to Spain, Argentina, Poland.The Coproduction Office has done a slew of pre-Cannes sales on Ruben Ostlund's Competition title The Square ahead of its world premiere on Saturday.Latest deals include for Spain (Avalon),...
Ostlund's 'The Square' Continues to Rack Up Deals
The Coproduction Office has done a slew of pre-Cannes sales on Ruben Ostlund's Competition title The Square ahead of its world premiere on Saturday.Latest deals include for Spain (Avalon), Argentina (CDI) and Poland (buyer not yet announced).Previous...
Other Angle Boards Patrick Godeau's 'Chouquette'
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy marks directorial debut of veteran producer.Paris-based Other Angle has boarded sales on dramatic comedy Chouquette, the directorial debut of veteran producer Patrick Godeau who is in Cannes this year with Un Certain Regard opener Barbara."I've...
Russian Buyers Express Dismay at Proposed Levy Increase
Proposed change would see levy rise from $62 to $88,000.Independent Russian distributors have reacted with alarm to proposals by the Russian Ministry of Culture that they should pay a $88,000 (5m roubles) levy for release certificates.Every non-Russian...
Russian Buyers Express Dismay at Proposed Levy Increase
Independent Russian distributors have reacted with alarm to proposals by the Russian Ministry of Culture that they should pay a $88,000 (5m roubles) levy for release certificates.Every non-Russian film showing in cinemas would be subject to this levy,...
Screen Media Picks Up Sundance, Slamdance Titles
EXCLUSIVE: Company picks up Lemon and Dave Made A Maze.Screen Media International has boarded Slamdance audience award winner Dave Made A Maze and Sundance selection Lemon [pictured] and is kicking off talks on the Croisette.Janicza Bravo's Lemon follows...
'Sicilian Ghost Story': Cannes Review
This blend of teenage romance, gothic fantasy and Mafia thriller opens Cannes Critics WeekDirs/scr Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza. Italy/France/Switzerland, 2017. 122mins.Revisiting and expanding the themes of their prize-winning debut Salvo, Fabio...
Takashi Miike Talks 'Blade of the Immortal' and Cannes
Japanese director recalls his favourite Cannes memory.Japanese director Takashi Miike is in Cannes this year with his 100th feature credit (including TV features), Blade Of The Immortal, which premieres today (May 18) Out Of Competition.Adapted from...
Takashi Miike Talks 'Blade of the Immortal' and Cannes
Japanese director Takashi Miike is in Cannes this year with his 100th feature credit (including TV features), Blade Of The Immortal, which premieres today (May 18) Out Of Competition.Adapted from the Japanese manga series, which Miike says he is a huge...
'The Lodgers' with Eugene Simon from 'Game of Thrones' Scores Key Deals
EXCLUSIVE: Brian O'Malley directs this ghost story shot in Ireland.Epic Pictures has closed key territory deals heading into Cannes on ghost story The Lodgers starring David Bradley and Eugene Simon from Game Of Thrones.Let Us Prey director Brian O'Malley...
'The Revenant' Director Iñárritu's Cannes VR Project: Report
The big-scale VR project is impressive, but does it represent a step forward for the medium?Screen was among the first press in Cannes to experience four-time Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu's virtual reality installation Carne y Arena (Virtually...
'The Revenant' Director Iñárritu's Cannes VR Project: Report
Screen was among the first press in Cannes to experience four-time Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu's virtual reality installation Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), which is the first VR project to play in the festival's...
Three Top UK Sales Agents Talk Streaming, Release Windows and Brexit
Screen spoke to Alison Thompson, Gabrielle Stewart and Stephen Kelliher.Three leading figures in the UK film sales scene came together for a robust conversation around strategies for the present and future at the Union Club in Soho, London: Alison Thompson,...
Toei, A Really Good Film Company Team for Saint Seiya Feature
EXCLUSIVE: Popular Japanese manga is getting the movie treatment.Japan's Toei Animation is teaming with Hong Kong-based A Really Good Film Company (ARGF) to produce an English-language, live-action film version of hot Toei anime property Saint Seiya:...
Tokyo Festival Announces Four 'Muses' for 30th Anniversary Edition
Sakura Ando, Yu Aoi, Hikari Mitsushima and Aoi Miyazaki to be feted.Tokyo International Film Festival is highlighting the work of four Japanese actresses - Sakura Ando, Yu Aoi, Hikari Mitsushima and Aoi Miyazaki - in this year's Japan Now section.The...
Unfinished Akira Kurosawa Project Goes into Production
Partnership to complete director's unproduced screenplays will kick off with Samurai film Silvering Spear.China's Zhejiang Jinke Entertainment has signed an exclusive partnership with Japan's Kurosawa Production through which it will acquire all of the...
Vanessa Redgrave Q&A: 'I Won’t Direct Again'
Vanessa Redgrave, 80, first came to Cannes in 1966 when she won Best Actress for Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment. 51 years later she returns with her directorial debut, Sea Sorrow, a very personal documentary about the refugee crisis.Her son Carlo...
Vanessa Redgrave Q&A: 'I Won't Direct Again'
The legendary actress tells us about her directorial debut, refugee documentary Sea Sorrow.Vanessa Redgrave, 80, first came to Cannes in 1966 when she won Best Actress for Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment. 51 years later she returns with her directorial...
'Western': Cannes Review
Bulgarian-set realist feature about a German construction team from Valeska GrisebackDir: Valeska Grisebach. Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, 2017. 120 minsJust because a film features horses, guns and the great outdoors doesn't mean that it's a Western; just...
'Western': Cannes Review
Bulgarian-set realist feature about a German construction team from Valeska GrisebackDir: Valeska Grisebach. Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, 2017. 120 minsJust because a film features horses, guns and the great outdoors doesn't mean that it's a Western; just...
'Wonderstruck': Cannes Review
Todd Haynes' follow-up to Carol is an 'idiosyncratic charmer'Dir. Todd Haynes. US. 2017. 117 mins.Todd Haynes' peerless world-building skills are exploited to their full extent with this beguiling semi-silent film adaptation the young adult novel by...
'Wonderstruck': Cannes Review
Todd Haynes' follow-up to Carol is an 'idiosyncratic charmer'Dir. Todd Haynes. US. 2017. 117 mins.Todd Haynes' peerless world-building skills are exploited to their full extent with this beguiling semi-silent film adaptation the young adult novel by...
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