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Articles from March 2017

Cannes 2017: Who's in the Running?
With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.Screen's network of correspondents and contributors around the world have...
Cartoon Movie Wraps, Latido to Grow Animation Offering
Madrid-based sales company Latido Films is looking to ramp up its animation offering.Speaking to Screen during last week's Cartoon Movie co-production forum in Bordeaux, Latido's managing director and founding partner Antonio Saura explained: "I felt...
Common to Star in Content's 'Quick Draw'
Common, currently starring alongside Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2 will play the lead in Quick Draw, which is set to begin shooting this summer.Content produces and handles international sales, while CAA represents US rights.Harris Goldberg wrote...
Cristal Pictures Acquires Spec Script 'Twin Blades'
Logan producer Lauren Shuler Donner will produce the buddy action feature based on a screenplay by Ingrid Eskeland-Adetuyi.Twin Blades centres on a tech entrepreneur who relocates her business to China and struggles to coexist with the local female bodyguard...
Damien Chazelle Script 'The Claim' to Begin Production This Year
Scott Clayton's Oceanside Media has optioned the rights to the mystery thriller and will produce alongside Route One Entertainment's Russell Levine and Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital.Clarance's Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the feature...
'Dream Empire' Wins Top Prize at Thessaloniki Doc Festival
Danish project Dream Empire won the top prize at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival, which wrapped yesterday (12 March).Director David Borenstein's film about the inflated economic and real estate boom in China won the Golden Alexander...
Filmart: Chinese Film Industry Panel Calls for Quality Output
Chinese film producers need to improve the quality of their output to entice a mobile-obsessed youth back into cinemas, said speakers at the "What's Next For The Chinese Film Market?" conference at Hong Kong Filmart (March 13).The panel addressed recent...
Filmart: iQiyi Ramps Up In-House Productions
Aggressively expanding online platform iQiyi has moved into fully financing its own productions, starting with Lu Yulai's My Town, which was selected as a Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) project in 2015.Currently in production, the film stars...
'Gemini': SXSW Review
There may be Lynchian elements in this classic low-budget LA noir, but it's Lola Kirke who impresses the mostDir. Aaron Katz. US, 2017, 93 minutesAaron Katz (Land Ho!, Dance Party USA) sets Gemini in cloudy alt-show-biz LA, and takes us into a bond between...
'I Am Another You': SXSW Review
'Hooligan Sparrow' director Nanfu Wang documents a trip across the United States with a Utah-born drifterDir/scr: Nanfu Wang. USA, 2017. 85 mins.A clash of cultures, personalities and realities fuels the new documentary from award-winning Chinese filmmaker...
'Kong: Skull Island' Roars on $85.1M Int'l Debut (Update)
WARNER BROS PICTURES INTERNATIONALUPDATED: Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros' Kong: Skull Island stomped into the international marketplace at number one, grossing $85.1m from 65 markets - considerably higher than weekend estimates.The UK was the...
'La Barracuda': SXSW Review
A thriller involving two half-sisters and their dead muscian father slow-burns in the oppressive Texas heat.Dirs: Julia Halperin, Jason Cortlund. US, 2017. 98 minsIn the oppressive heat of a Texas summer, two half-sisters meet in the shadow of their...
Russell Simmons Lines Up Hip-Hop Documentary
Russell Simmons and Stephen David have struck a partnership with global content investment and rights management company GroupM Entertainment (GME) and production is set to begin this year.The Definitive History Of Hip Hop begins in the early 1970s and...
'Song to Song': SXSW Review
Terrence Malick's Austin music scene drama offers familiar visual splendourDir/scr: Terrence Malick. US. 2015. 129minsThe diminishing returns of prolonged rhapsodic reverie are on full display in Song To Song, the latest from writer-director Terrence...
Sony Sets 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' for 2018
The studio announced the development at the London Book Fair on Monday and has set Fede Alvarez to direct from a screenplay by Steven Knight, Alvarez and Jay Basu.The Girl In The Spider's Web is the fifth book inspired by the late Scandinavian crime...
The 24 Hottest Projects at This Year's Hong Kong Filmart
With very few Hong Kong or mainland Chinese sellers making the journey to this year's European Film Market in Berlin, Filmart offers a chance for buyers to catch up with the Chinese-language titles that will be rolled out in the region for the rest of...
'The Belko Experiment': Review
Work is a killer, literally, in this violent thriller from the director of Wolf CreekDir: Greg McLean. US. 2016. 88minsThe corporate world is murder, quite literally, in The Belko Experiment, a violent thriller with a killer premise but not enough underlying...
'Tormentero': SXSW Review
A disgraced fisherman struggles with ghosts of the past in Mexican director Ruben Imaz's fourth featureDir: Ruben Imaz. Colombia/Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2017. 80minsHypnotic, painterly and resolutely ambiguous, Mexican director Ruben Imaz's fourth...
UK Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Topples 'Logan'
UK TOP FIVE(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today's rates)WARNER BROSKong: Skull Island brought a swiftend to Logan's UK reign as it debuted top of the box office.Warner Bros' King Kong reboot opened to a healthy $7.6m (£6.22m) bow from its 565...
Vertical Entertainment, Netflix among Buyers on '6 Days'
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Toa Fraser's 6 Days and has earmarked an autumn theatrical release.Netflix has picked up international rights as a Netflix Original Films release in France, Germany, Latin America, Japan, Benelux,...
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