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Articles from May 2017

80 Top Film-Makers Sound Alarm over EU Copyright Rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.Cannes Palme d'Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright...
AFI Announces 2017 AFI DOCS Forum
The four-day panel will run from June 14-18 in Washington DC.The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the 2017 AFI DOCS Forum, which is open to all AFI DOCS pass-holders and festival filmmakers.The four-day event will present a variety of networking...
Alumni Films Producing Russian Hacking Thriller from 'Predators' Writer
EXCLUSIVE: The project was unveiled at Cannes.Alumni Films, the new film finance, production and development company based in Los Angeles, has come on board to fully finance and produce its first project, an untitled high-concept revenge thriller that...
'A Violent Life': Cannes Review
Ambitious drama tracks the modern Corsican nationalist movementDir: Thierry de Peretti. Fr. 2017. 111minsIf you've ever wondered how a nice student from a good family ends up in a Marxist revolutionary cell bent on asserting Nationalist goals against...
'Bad Genius' to Open New York Asian Film Festival
EXCLUSIVE: "This reflects our high regard for the originality of contemporary Southeast Asian cinema."Thai high-school thriller Bad Genius will open this year's New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF, June 30-July 15), marking the first time that a Southeast...
Barbet Schroeder Talks Cannes Doc 'The Venerable W.'
The projects focuses on 'anti-Islam' Buddhist monk the Venerable Wirathu.It was the 'fascist Buddhist' paradox that inspired Barbet Schroeder's film about the Venerable Wirathu, a respected Buddhist monk who spouts anti-Muslim hate speech."Because I...
BFI, Bac Films Execs Gives Tips for Closing Co-Productions
Experts were talking at panel hosted in the UK film centre at Cannes.Isabel Davis, head of international, BFI, hosted a panel on 'The Practical Guide to Closing Your Film' at The UK Film Centre in Cannes on Sunday May 22.Clare Coulter, business affairs...
Chloe Zhao Talks Cannes Directors' Fortnight Premiere 'The Rider'
Chinese director talks casting non-professional actors in her second feature.Director Chloe Zhao is in Cannes this year for the second time, after her featue debut Songs My Brothers Taugh Me played in Directors' Fortnight in 2015.Her latest film, The...
'Dangal' Now the Highest Grossing Foreign-Language Film Ever in China
Unstoppable Dangal crosses $100m; its dominance expected to continue until Pirates 5 opens.Indian wrestling drama Dangal continued its winning streak as it took the box office gold again in the week of May 15-21. It added $52.76m in its third week, which...
Elle Driver Launches 'Paranza Dei Bambini' from 'Gomorrah' Writer
EXCLUSIVE: Palomar, Elle Driver join forces on adaptation of bestseller.Elle Driver is launching sales on Roberto Saviano's big screen adaptation of his Italian bestseller La Paranza Dei Bambini capturing the ferocious world of budding teenage crime...
Incredible Film Handling Sales for Family Titles
EXCLUSIVE: Dummie The Mummy And The Tomb of Achnetoet lead the slate.Dutch sales company Incredible Film has announced it will handle international sales on PV Pictures family adventure films.Leading the slate are Dummie The Mummy and The Tomb Of Achnetoet...
Indie Sales Boards Boris Khlebnikov's 'Arrhythmia'
EXCLUSIVE: French outfit is collaborating with Russia's CTB on the title.Indie Sales has acquired Russian director Boris Khlebnikov's relationship drama Arrhythmia in a mid-market addition to its Cannes sales slate.It is Khlebnikov's sixth feature after...
Jazzy Group, Pixel Play Board Malaysian Thriller 'One, Two, Jaga'
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian star Bront Palarae is a co-producer.Malaysia's Jazzy Group has boarded local thriller One, Two, Jaga as co-producer alongside Malaysian star Bront Palarae's Pixel Play.Palarae (pictured), who is producing with Rozi Izma, says he...
Kelsey Grammer to Star in Revenge Drama with Parkour Star
EXCLUSIVE: Frasier actor teams up with Sebastian Foucan for Bharal.Fledgling UK production outfit BB88 is in Cannes to talk up a slate of movies including revenge drama drama Bharal, which is due to star former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and parkour...
Lazio Targets International Films with Co-Production Fund
Fund earmarks [Euro]10m in grants.Roma Lazio Film Commission head Luciano Sovena and governor of Lazio region Nicola Zingaretti, have announced the first results of the 2016 Lazio Cinema International Call.Grants of $11.2m ([Euro]10m) divided in two...
'Oh Lucy': Cannes Review
Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett headline this Critic's Week drama set in Tokyo and Los AngelesDir/scr: Atsuko Hirayanagi. Japan/US. 2017. 97minsJapanese filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi explores the transformative power of human connection in Oh Lucy!,...
'Oh Lucy': Cannes Review
Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett headline this Critic's Week drama set in Tokyo and Los AngelesDir/scr: Atsuko Hirayanagi. Japan/US. 2017. 97minsJapanese filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi explores the transformative power of human connection in Oh Lucy!,...
'Out': Cannes Review
An unemployed factory worker travels from Slovakia to the Baltics to catch a big fishDir. György Kristóf. Slovak Republic, Hungary, Czech Republic. 2017. 88 mins.When fifty-something Ágoston (Sándor Terhes) is cut loose from his position in a power plant,...
'Out': Cannes Review
An unemployed factory worker travels from Slovakia to the Baltics to catch a big fishDir. György Kristóf. Slovak Republic, Hungary, Czech Republic. 2017. 88 mins.When fifty-something Ágoston (Sándor Terhes) is cut loose from his position in a power plant,...
Paris Edition of US in Progress Unveils Selection
Works-in-progress event will run June 20-22 in Paris.US indie directors Charlie Birns and Madeline Olnek will present features at the sixth edition of US in Progress in Paris.Due to take place June 20-22, the event is a joint initiative between the American...
Paris Edition of US in Progress Unveils Selection
US indie directors Charlie Birns and Madeline Olnek will present features at the sixth edition of US in Progress in Paris.Due to take place June 20-22, the event is a joint initiative between the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, the Champs-Elysées...
Philippe Lacôte to Shoot 'Zama King' in 2018
EXCLUSIVE: The film follows the Ivorian director's well-received debut Run.Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte will shoot his second feature Zama King about a young Abidjan street bandit called Zama next year.The film follows Lacôte's well-received debut...
'Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge': Review
Disney trys to blow new wind into the sailes of this profitable franchise, with limited successDirs: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg. US. 2017. 129minsAfter 2011's creaky On Stranger Tides, Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise felt in serious...
'Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge': Review
Disney trys to blow new wind into the sailes of this profitable franchise, with limited successDirs: Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg. US. 2017. 129minsAfter 2011's creaky On Stranger Tides, Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise felt in serious...
Production Focus: Rungano Nyoni’s 'I Am Not A Witch'
It's not often that an African chief helps with an international film production. Yet one Zambian leader gave a helping hand behind the scenes of Rungano Nyoni's I Am Not A Witch. The UK-Zambia-France-Germany co-production has its world premiere in Cannes...
Production Focus: Rungano Nyoni's 'I Am Not A Witch'
How an African chief using WhatsApp helped filmmaker Rungano Nyoni find her lead for I Am Not A Witch.It's not often that an African chief helps with an international film production. Yet one Zambian leader gave a helping hand behind the scenes of Rungano...
'Promised Land': Cannes Review
Eugene Jarecki follows Elvis's trail across America for a cultural and political road tripDir/scr. Eugene Jarecki. USA/Germany/France. 2017. 117 minsWith Promised Land using the rise and fall of Elvis to look at the comparable fate of America since his...
'Promised Land': Cannes Review
Eugene Jarecki follows Elvis's trail across America for a cultural and political road tripDir/scr. Eugene Jarecki. USA/Germany/France. 2017. 117 minsWith Promised Land using the rise and fall of Elvis to look at the comparable fate of America since his...
Ryota Nakano, Sharon Bar-Ziv, Mauro Mueller Head to Paris Co-Pro Village
12 international projects to presented at event in Paris this June.Ryota Nakano, Sharon Bar-Ziv and Mauro Mueller will be among the directors presenting projects at the fourth edition of the Paris Co-production Village in June, aimed at connecting international...
Ryota Nakano, Sharon Bar-Ziv, Mauro Mueller Head to Paris Co-Pro Village
Ryota Nakano, Sharon Bar-Ziv and Mauro Mueller will be among the directors presenting projects at the fourth edition of the Paris Co-production Village in June, aimed at connecting international filmmakers with French partners.Organised by the team behind...
Sales Company Trade Body Film Export UK Elects New Board
EXCLUSIVE: Body provides a voice for the UK sales sector during uncertain times.Sales company trade body Film Export UK has elected a new five-person board including two UK sales company heads originally from mainland Europe.They are: Natalie Brenner...
Sean Baker on 'The Florida Project': 'I Didn’t Want to Become the iPhone Guy'
A stalwart of the US indie filmmaker scene, Sean Baker has found himself hitting the mainstream since his LA-set tale of transgender sex workers Tangerine premiered at Sundance 2015 to raves. The Duplass Brothers-produced feature was lauded for its innovative...
Sean Baker on 'The Florida Project': 'I Didn't Want to Become the iPhone Guy'
US indie director talks his Directors' Fortnight premiere.A stalwart of the US indie filmmaker scene, Sean Baker has found himself hitting the mainstream since his LA-set tale of transgender sex workers Tangerine premiered at Sundance 2015 to raves....
'The Day After': Cannes Review
Korea's most prolific director delivers more of the same in his third film - so far - this yearDir. Hong Sangsoo. Korea. 2017. 92 mins.Pretty much the archetypal Hong Sangsoo film, The Day After combines many of the director's prefered themes: mistaken...
'The Day After': Cannes Review
Korea's most prolific director delivers more of the same in his third film - so far - this yearDir. Hong Sangsoo. Korea. 2017. 92 mins.Pretty much the archetypal Hong Sangsoo film, The Day After combines many of the director's prefered themes: mistaken...
'The Florida Project': Cannes Review
Sean Baker follows Tangerine with a study of poverty set on the outskirts of OrlandoDir. Sean Baker. US. 2017. 112minsA remarkable study of poverty, family and personal responsibility, The Florida Project meticulously illustrates how life on the margins...
'The Florida Project': Cannes Review
Sean Baker follows Tangerine with a study of poverty set on the outskirts of OrlandoDir. Sean Baker. US. 2017. 112minsA remarkable study of poverty, family and personal responsibility, The Florida Project meticulously illustrates how life on the margins...
'The Intruder': Cannes Review
A social worker takes on the Italian mob in Leonardo Di Costanzo's social dramaDir. Leonardo Di Costanzo. It/Switz/Fr. 2017. 95 mins.An idealistic children's worker in a run-down Neapolitan neighbourhood struggles to persuade the community that her policy...
'The Intruder': Cannes Review
A social worker takes on the Italian mob in Leonardo Di Costanzo's social dramaDir. Leonardo Di Costanzo. It/Switz/Fr. 2017. 95 mins.An idealistic children's worker in a run-down Neapolitan neighbourhood struggles to persuade the community that her policy...
'The Killing of A Sacred Deer': Cannes Review
Colin Farrel, Nicole Kidman headline the latest from the director of The LobsterDir: Yorgos Lanthimos. Ireland/United Kingdom. 2017. 109 minsThe first shot of The Killing of a Sacred Deer shows a beating heart in mid-operation. It's a startling image...
'The Killing of A Sacred Deer': Cannes Review
Colin Farrel, Nicole Kidman headline the latest from the director of The LobsterDir: Yorgos Lanthimos. Ireland/United Kingdom. 2017. 109 minsThe first shot of The Killing of a Sacred Deer shows a beating heart in mid-operation. It's a startling image...
The Story Behind Cannes Kubrick Doc 'Filmworker'
Director Tony Zierra discusses his portrait of Kubrick's right-hand man, Leon Vitali.On his passport, Leon Vitali describes himself as a "filmworker". The film of the same title, directed by Tony Zierra, premeired in Cannes' Classics strand this week.The...
The Story Behind Cannes Kubrick Doc 'Filmworker'
On his passport, Leon Vitali describes himself as a "filmworker". The film of the same title, directed by Tony Zierra, premeired in Cannes' Classics strand this week.The name Vitali may not be synonymous with the work of Stanley Kubrick, but the UK actor...
'The Villainess': Cannes Review
Kim Ok-vin gives an energetic performance in this visceral action thrillerDir Jung Byung-Gil. South Korea, 2017. 129minsThose of a sensitive disposition will run for the nearest exit within the opening minutes of The Villainess. As our kick-ass heroine...
'The Villainess': Cannes Review
Kim Ok-vin gives an energetic performance in this visceral action thrillerDir Jung Byung-Gil. South Korea, 2017. 129minsThose of a sensitive disposition will run for the nearest exit within the opening minutes of The Villainess. As our kick-ass heroine...
UK Box Office: 'King Arthur' Slices to $3.2M Debut
Fox's Alien: Covenant leads Fri-Sun weekend; Disney's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 tops market on Saturday and Sunday.UK TOP FIVERanking Film/Distributor Weekend gross Running total1 King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (WB) $3.2m (£2.5m) $3.2m (£2.5m)2...
UK Box Office: 'King Arthur' Slices to $3.2M Debut
WARNER BROSThanks to its previews, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword managed to debut top of the UK box office.Warner Bros' reboot sliced to a $3.2m (£2.5m) bow from its 565 sites, including $750,000 (£577,955) in previews. Its Fri-Sun tally of $2.49m...
'Until the Birds Return': Cannes Review
Three interconnected stories tell of life in modern-day Algeria in Karim Moussaoui's feature debutDir Karim Moussaoui. France/Germany/Algeria/Qatar. 2017. 113minsThree interlinked, cross-generational stories aim to channel the emotional, political and...
'Until the Birds Return': Cannes Review
Three interconnected stories tell of life in modern-day Algeria in Karim Moussaoui's feature debutDir Karim Moussaoui. France/Germany/Algeria/Qatar. 2017. 113minsThree interlinked, cross-generational stories aim to channel the emotional, political and...
'War Machine': Review
Brad Pitt stars as an American general attempting to make effective change in Afghanistan in 2009Dir: David Michôd. US. 2017. 121minsWar Machine is a clattering apparatus; inelegant, propulsive and, ultimately, inefficient. Taking aim at US foreign policy...
'War Machine': Review
Brad Pitt stars as an American general attempting to make effective change in Afghanistan in 2009Dir: David Michôd. US. 2017. 121minsWar Machine is a clattering apparatus; inelegant, propulsive and, ultimately, inefficient. Taking aim at US foreign policy...
Weinstein Television Acquires Oliver Stone Series 'Guantanamo'
Weinstein Television plans to take the series to market in the upcoming weeks.Weinstein Television has acquired Guantanamo, a multi-season dramatic series from Oliver Stone.This will mark three-time Academy Award winner Stone's first time directing scripted...
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