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Articles from May 2017

'A Ciambra': Cannes Review
Jonas Carpignano revisits the life of an Italian teen in his follow-up to MediterraneaDir/scr. Jonas Carpignano. It/US/Fr/Sweden. 2017. 120minsPio Amato, the young scene-stealer of filmmaker Jonas Carpignano's 2015 feature debut Mediterranea, takes centre...
'A Ciambra': Cannes Review
Jonas Carpignano revisits the life of an Italian teen in his follow-up to MediterraneaDir/scr. Jonas Carpignano. It/US/Fr/Sweden. 2017. 120minsPio Amato, the young scene-stealer of filmmaker Jonas Carpignano's 2015 feature debut Mediterranea, takes centre...
'A Man of Integrity': Cannes Review
An Iranian goldfish farmer finds his principles under serious threat in this muted dramaDir/scr: Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran. 2017. 117 mins.A goldfish farmer in the North of Iran finds that his principles cost him dearly when he falls foul of the shady...
'A Man of Integrity': Cannes Review
An Iranian goldfish farmer finds his principles under serious threat in this muted dramaDir/scr: Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran. 2017. 117 mins.A goldfish farmer in the North of Iran finds that his principles cost him dearly when he falls foul of the shady...
Andrew Scott Film 'Handsome Devil' Heading to Australia, Germany
EXCLUSIVE: Irish-set project opened the Glasgow Film Festival and co-stars Fionn O'Shea and Nicholas Galitzine.Radiant Films International has sold key territories on Irish comedy Handsome Devil.President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer and her team have licensed...
Annapurna Swoops on Jacques Audiard's 'The Sisters Brothers'
Megan Ellison's Annapurna will co-produce, co-finance and has US rights.Annapurna has come on board to co-produce and co-finance Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers.The company has also taken domestic distribution rights for the film.Why Not Productions...
'Ava': Cannes Review
Critics Week title is a 'hail of bullets' drama involving a rebellious 13 year-old girl who is going blindDir. Léa Mysius. France. 2017. 105 mins.A thirteen-year-old girl fights back against her impending blindness with guns - literally - blazing in...
'Ava': Cannes Review
Critics Week title is a 'hail of bullets' drama involving a rebellious 13 year-old girl who is going blindDir. Léa Mysius. France. 2017. 105 mins.A thirteen-year-old girl fights back against her impending blindness with guns – literally – blazing in...
'Beauty and the Dogs': Cannes Review
Dir/scr: Kaouther Ben Hania. Tunisia/France/Sweden/Norway/Lebanon/Qatar/Switzerland. 2017. 100mins.An evening which starts with a carefree student party and selfies with friends descends into a Kafkaesque waking nightmare for 21-year-old Mariam (Mariam...
'Beauty and the Dogs': Cannes Review
Dir/scr: Kaouther Ben Hania. Tunisia/France/Sweden/Norway/Lebanon/Qatar/Switzerland. 2017. 100mins.An evening which starts with a carefree student party and selfies with friends descends into a Kafkaesque waking nightmare for 21-year-old Mariam (Mariam...
Belga Pumps Cash into Thomas Vinterberg’s Submarine Drama 'Kursk'
Belga Films Fund, the tax shelter arm of the Belga Films Group, has raised over 5m Euros for Thomas Vinterberg's Kursk.Lea Seydoux (pictured) joined Matthias Schoenaerts and Colin Firth in the cast back in February.The film tells the true story of the...
Belga Pumps Cash into Thomas Vinterberg's Submarine Drama 'Kursk'
The film stars Lea Seydoux, Matthias Schoenaerts and Colin Firth.Belga Films Fund, the tax shelter arm of the Belga Films Group, has raised over 5m Euros for Thomas Vinterberg's Kursk.Lea Seydoux (pictured) joined Matthias Schoenaerts and Colin Firth...
Biopic of Footballer Bert Trautmann Gets Sales Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Film about German goalkeeper picked up by Beta Cinema.Beta Cinema has come on board to handle world sales on Trautmann, the long-gestating biopic of Nazi soldier turned English football hero Bert Trautmann.Trautmann was one of the larger-than-life...
Biopic of Footballer Bert Trautmann Gets Sales Deal
Beta Cinema has come on board to handle world sales on Trautmann, the long-gestating biopic of Nazi soldier turned English football hero Bert Trautmann.Trautmann was one of the larger-than-life personalities of post-war European sport: a former Nazi...
Brexit Anxiety Continues to Percolate in Cannes
UK industry set to debate Brexit fallout at Cannes panel.Almost one year on from the Brexit referendum, the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the possible impact of the UK's departure from EU on the European film industry shows no sign of lifting.There...
Brexit Anxiety Continues to Percolate in Cannes
Almost one year on from the Brexit referendum, the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the possible impact of the UK's departure from EU on the European film industry shows no sign of lifting.There will be yet another panel here in Cannes (May 19 at...
Bridging the Dragon Co-Pro Events Sets Projects
Projects include a new film from Brimstone director Martin Koolhoven.Projects from European and Chinese producers including Taiwan's Patrick Mao Huang, Norway's Kjetil Omberg and the Netherlands' Els Vandevorst will be presented at Bridging The Dragon's...
Bridging the Dragon Co-Pro Events Sets Projects
Projects from European and Chinese producers including Taiwan's Patrick Mao Huang, Norway's Kjetil Omberg and the Netherlands' Els Vandevorst will be presented at Bridging The Dragon's co-production event in Nanjing, China next month.Huang is producing...
Cannes Apologises over 'Okja' Press Screening Glitch
UPDATE: Netflix competition entry from Bong Joon-ho screens in wrong aspect ratio; festival issues apology.Friday morning's press screening of Netflix's Okja at Cannes Film Festival was halted temporarily while organisers raced to fix technical issues...
Cannes Apologises over 'Okja' Press Screening Glitch
Friday morning's press screening of Netflix's Okja at Cannes Film Festival was halted temporarily while organisers raced to fix technical issues and subsequently issued an apology.Critics booed when Bong Joon-ho's South Korean adventure starring Tilda...
Cannes Leads Tributes to Busan Festival Programmer Kim Ji-Seok
Busan film festival deputy director died of a heart attack in Cannes, aged 57.Tributes have been pouring in for Kim Ji-seok, deputy director and executive programmer of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), who died of a heart attack at the Cannes...
Cannes Leads Tributes to Busan Festival Programmer Kim Ji-Seok
Tributes have been pouring in for Kim Ji-seok, deputy director and executive programmer of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), who died of a heart attack at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night.Among the festival chiefs, filmmakers and industry...
Cannes Q&A: Jonas Carpignano Talks Migrant Drama 'A Ciambra'
Italian director discusses his Mediterranea follow up.Italian director Jonas Carpignano is back in Cannes this year with A Ciambra, his follow-up feature to migrant drama Mediterranea, which premiered in Critics' Week in 2015.His second feature is an...
Cannes Q&A: Jonas Carpignano Talks Migrant Drama 'A Ciambra'
Italian director discusses his Mediterranea follow up.Italian director Jonas Carpignano is back in Cannes this year with A Ciambra, his follow-up feature to migrant drama Mediterranea, which premiered in Critics' Week in 2015.His second feature is an...
CONNeXT Confirms First 15 Titles
Racer And The Jailbird, Cargo and Double Face to screen at invitation-only event.Flanders Images's CONNeXT (formerly NeXT) has confirmed the first 15 titles for its second invitation-only event in Ghent (Oct 8-11).Completed Flemish films set to screen...
Creative England Reveal Latest Production Fund Awards
EXCLUSIVE: Trio of projects going into production in 2017.Creative England has announced the latest recipients of its Production Fund, which supports filmmaking in the English regions using lottery funds via the BFI.The three films are:* White Riot (working...
Creative England Reveal Latest Production Fund Awards
Creative England has announced the latest recipients of its Production Fund, which supports filmmaking in the English regions using lottery funds via the BFI.The three films are:* White Riot (working title) - dirs: Rubika Shah and Ed Gibbs* Dawn Of The...
Fabrice Luchini, Leila Bekhti to Co-Star in Stroke Comedy 'Man in A Hurry'
EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont unveils first pre-sales as film goes into productionGaumont has officially kicked off sales on new comedy A Man In A Hurry, starring Fabrice Luchini as a successful and eloquently persuasive businessman who is struck down by a stroke,...
Fabrice Luchini, Leila Bekhti to Co-Star in Stroke Comedy 'Man in A Hurry'
Gaumont has officially kicked offsales on new comedy A Man In A Hurry, starring Fabrice Luchini as a successful and eloquently persuasive businessman who is struck down by a stroke, opposite Leila Bekhti as a speech therapist.Deals tied up in the first...
'Faces Places (Visages Villages)': Cannes Review
Film director Agnes Varda and photographer JR team for a heartwarming road trip through FranceDirs/scr Agnès Varda, JR. France. 2017. 89minsThere may be an age difference of 50 years between Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist JR, but you wouldn't...
'Faces Places (Visages Villages)': Cannes Review
Film director Agnes Varda and photographer JR team for a heartwarming road trip through FranceDirs/scr Agnès Varda, JR. France. 2017. 89minsThere may be an age difference of 50 years between Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist JR, but you wouldn't...
Film Mode Partners with Screen Corp
EXCLUSIVE: Mathilde Epstein joins as Film Mode COO.Clay Epstein's Los Angeles-based Film Mode Entertainment continues to ramp up a year after launch, partnering with James M. Vernon's Screen Corporation on a slate of films and bringing on Mathilde Epstein...
Film Mode Partners with Screen Corp
Clay Epstein's Los Angeles-based Film Mode Entertainment continues to ramp up a year after launch, partnering with James M. Vernon's Screen Corporation on a slate of films and bringing on Mathilde Epstein [pictured] as COO.Epstein kicks offwith worldwide...
'Filmworker': Cannes Review
Leon Vitali shares his stories of a life devoted to Stanley KubrickDir: Tony Zierra. US. 2017. 89minsFor Stanley Kubrick aficionados, Leon Vitali has long been an object of considerable curiosity: a promising young actor who, in the mid-1970s, decided...
'Filmworker': Cannes Review
Leon Vitali shares his stories of a life devoted to Stanley KubrickDir: Tony Zierra. US. 2017. 89minsFor Stanley Kubrick aficionados, Leon Vitali has long been an object of considerable curiosity: a promising young actor who, in the mid-1970s, decided...
Focus Teams with Wim Wenders on Pope Francis Movie
Focus has acquired world rights to documentary; screens first footage of upcoming movies.Focus Features has acquired world rights to Pope Francis - A Man Of His Word, a documentary feature about Pope Francis.Written and directed by Wim Wenders (Buena...
Focus Teams with Wim Wenders on Pope Francis Movie
Focus Features has acquired world rights to Pope Francis - A Man Of His Word, a documentary feature about Pope Francis.Written and directed by Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club), the film is only the second co-production that the Vatican has made...
French Comedy 'Penny Pincher!' Set for Chinese Remake
EXCLUSIVE: Ge You to star in project for Emperor Motion Pictures.Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) has acquired remake rights to TF1 Studio's 2016 box office hit Penny Pincher! (Radin!), which it is setting up as a project for leading Chinese...
French Comedy 'Penny Pincher!' Set for Chinese Remake
Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) has acquired remake rights to TF1 Studio's 2016 box office hit Penny Pincher! (Radin!), which it is setting up as a project for leading Chinese actor Ge You.Produced by Paris-based JericoFilms, the original...
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Crosses $400M International
Marvel Studios' Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 stands at $401.3m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.The film directed by James Gunn, with the returning cast of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper,...
'Guardians Vol. 2' Crosses $400M International
Alien: Covenant on $46.7m heads into big second weekend.Marvel Studios' Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 stands at $401.3m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.The film directed by James Gunn, with the returning cast of Chris Pratt,...
Independent Launches Projects from 'Goob', 'Violators', 'Hemel' Directors in Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit bolsters Cannes slate.UK sales outfit Independent Film Company has added a host of projects to its Cannes slate.Among them is The Secret Of The Universe, the second feature from Guy Myhill, whose debut The Goob premiered in...
Jean Becker's 'Le Collier Rouge' Heads to China
EXCLUSIVE: WW1 drama will be released in China in 2018.France TV Distribution (FTD) has sealed its first sales on French director Jean Becker's First World War drama Le Collier Rouge, starring François Cluzet (pictured, left) and Nicolas Duvauchelle...
Jesse Eisenberg to Play Marcel Marceau in 'Resistance'
Jonathan Jakubowicz to write and direct.Jesse Eisenberg will play the legendary mime Marcel Marceau in Resistance, a feature that will focus on his involvement in the French resistance during the Second World War.The film will be in the vein of Life...
Jesse Eisenberg to Play Marcel Marceau in 'Resistance'
Jesse Eisenberg will play the legendary mime Marcel Marceau in Resistance, a feature that will focus on his involvement in the French resistance during the Second World War.The film will be in the vein of Life Is Beautiful, in which comedy was used as...
Joe Cole on Fighting for His Life in Boxing Film 'A Prayer before Dawn'
UK actor recalls fighting ex-cons during intense film shoot.The year 2017 could be Joe Cole's breakthrough in film.The UK actor has made a name for himself in TV with a role in the long-running BBC series Peaky Blinders, as well as having parts in the...
Joe Cole on Fighting for His Life in Boxing Film 'A Prayer before Dawn'
The year 2017 could be Joe Cole's breakthrough in film.The UK actor has made a name for himself in TV with a role in the long-running BBC series Peaky Blinders, as well as having parts in the Chiwetel Ejiofor-starring crime thriller remake Secret In...
'Los Perros': Cannes Review
Marcela Said's second feature explores privelege and power in Chile's upper classesDir/scr. Marcela Said. Chile/France. 2017. 94mins.The past is an animal that can't be tamed in Los Perros, writer/director Marcela Said's sophomore feature and her second...
'Los Perros': Cannes Review
Marcela Said's second feature explores privelege and power in Chile's upper classesDir/scr. Marcela Said. Chile/France. 2017. 94mins.The past is an animal that can't be tamed in Los Perros, writer/director Marcela Said's sophomore feature and her second...
'Lover for A Day': Cannes Review
Phlippe Garrel stays true to form in this tangle of love and sex starring his daughter, Esther, Eric Caravaca and Louise ChevillotteDir. Philippe Garrel. France. 2017. 75minsA delectable wisp of a film about love versus desire and young love versus mature...
'Lover for A Day': Cannes Review
Phlippe Garrel stays true to form in this tangle of love and sex starring his daughter, Esther, Eric Caravaca and Louise ChevillotteDir. Philippe Garrel. France. 2017. 75minsA delectable wisp of a film about love versus desire and young love versus mature...
Maggie Q Thriller 'Slumber' Scores US Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Vertical Entertainment inks deal with Goldcrest.Vertical Entertainment has acquired all US rights to supernatural thriller Slumber, starring Maggie Q (Divergent).Director Jonathan Hopkins' movie is being lined up for a theatrical release in...
Michel Merkt Boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'
EXCLUSIVE: Film revolves around native American family. Bac Film showing first images in Cannes.Swiss producer Michel Merkt has boarded Babak Jalali's upcoming drama Land about a native American family dealing with the scourge of alcoholism and the death...
Michel Merkt Boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'
Swiss producer Michel Merkt has boarded Babak Jalali's upcoming drama Land about a native American family dealing with the scourge of alcoholism and the death of a loved one serving in Afghanistan.Merkt, whose recent credits include the Oscar-nominated...
Myriad Pictures' Scoundrel Media to Sell 'Iron Sky: The Coming Race'
Sequel to cult hit takes 25 years after events in the original.Myriad Pictures' genre label Scoundrel Media has launched handle international sales excluding Scandinavia and China in Cannes on the sci-fi action comedy Iron Sky: The Coming Race.Udo Kier,...
'Okja': Cannes Review
Bong Joon Ho presents the first Netflix title to compete at CannesDir: Bong Joon Ho. South Korea. 2017. US. 118 minsNo-one can fault South Korean maestro Bong Joon Ho on either versatility or ambition - his work ranging from bleak crime stories like...
'Okja': Cannes Review
Bong Joon Ho presents the first Netflix title to compete at CannesDir: Bong Joon Ho. South Korea. 2017. US. 118 minsNo-one can fault South Korean maestro Bong Joon Ho on either versatility or ambition - his work ranging from bleak crime stories like...
Oscilloscope Picks Up Tribeca Doc 'Bobbi Jene' for US
Elvira Lind's feature follows American dancer Bobbi Jene.Oscilloscope Laboratories has snapped up US rights to Elvira Lind's award-winning documentary, Bobbi Jene.The film had its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won awards for best...
Oscilloscope Picks Up Tribeca Doc 'Bobbi Jene' for US
Oscilloscope Laboratories has snapped up US rights to Elvira Lind's award-winning documentary, Bobbi Jene.The film had its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won awards for best documentary feature, best cinematography in a documentary...
'Our Time Will Come' to Open Shanghai Film Festival
Historical drama is one of eight titles announced for SIFF's Golden Goblets competition.Ann Hui's Our Time Will Come will open this year's Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 17-26), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017.The...
Premiere in Talks with Buyers for Milo Ventimiglia Sci-Fi 'Abduction'
EXCLUSIVE: Project, titled Devil's Gate in the US, premiered at Tribeca last month.Los Angeles-based Premiere Entertainment Group has added the Tribeca sci-fi thriller Abduction to the roster and begun talks with international buyers on the Croisette.Milo...
'Room' Exec Producer Joins Financier Catalyst
EXCLUSIVE: Former IFB executive Keith Potter joins UK outfit.UK film and TV outfit Catalyst Global Media has appointed former Irish Film Board executive Keith Potter as in-house executive producer of feature film projects.Potter will be charged with...
'The Square' Set Visit and Ruben Ostlund Interview
Director and producer Erik Hemmendorff discuss Cannes Competition title The Square.It was the memory of his father's boyhood stories that helped to spark the ideas behind Ruben Ostlund's new film The Square. "When he was six years old, he would be sent...
'The Square' Set Visit and Ruben Ostlund Interview
It was the memory of his father's boyhood stories that helped to spark the ideas behind Ruben Ostlund's new film The Square. "When he was six years old, he would be sent out in the street in Stockholm to play and his mom would put a tag on him with his...
'They': Cannes Review
A mature and moving story of childhood, growth and identity from Iran's Anahita GhazvinizadehDir/scr: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. US/Qatar. 2017. 80minsWith her debut feature, Iranian filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh builds on themes previously explored in...
'They': Cannes Review
A mature and moving story of childhood, growth and identity from Iran's Anahita GhazvinizadehDir/scr: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. US/Qatar. 2017. 80minsWith her debut feature, Iranian filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh builds on themes previously explored in...
UCLA TFT, Cannes Film Festival Launch Storytelling Institute
The programme aims to attract, train and certify French, American and international screenwriting talent.Cannes City Council, Université Côte d'Azur, Vivendi and Canal+ have created the Cannes - Vivendi/Canal+ Storytelling international chair.This chair...
UCLA TFT, Cannes Film Festival Launch Storytelling Institute
Cannes City Council, Université Côte d'Azur, Vivendi and Canal+ have created the Cannes - Vivendi/Canal+ Storytelling international chair.This chair will be financed by Vivendi as part of Cannes' future university complex, with the aim of training screenwriters...
UK Film Centre in Cannes: Full Line-Up of Events
Saturday sees Talent Talks for Sea Sorrow with Vanessa Redgrave and How To Talk to Girls At Parties with John Cameron Mitchell.The line-up for the UK Film Centre at this year's Cannes Film Festival (May 18-27) includes a talent talk with the producers...
WestEnd Boards Camille Cottin-Pathé Comedy 'Saving Mum'
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy co-stars Miou-Miou and Camille Chamoux; first look revealed.WestEnd Films is launching world sales on Saving Mum (working title), a heartwarming comedy which reunites the team behind French comedy Connasse: writer-director Eloïse Lang...
Wild Bunch Reveals 'Prayer before Dawn' Director's Next Project
EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire set to direct Addicted To Violence.Wild Bunch is unleashing sales on French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's Addicted To Violence, an English-language project about a young photojournalist who develops a deadly obsession...
Wild Bunch Reveals 'Prayer before Dawn' Director's Next Project
Wild Bunch is unleashing sales on French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's Addicted To Violence, an English-language project about a young photojournalist who develops a deadly obsession with hardcore situations during an assignment in Central America.It...
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