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Articles from November 2016

Black Nights Announces Works in Progress Winners
The Industry@Tallin & Baltic Event has announced the winners of its Works in Progress selections.The event (which ran November 20-21) featured 26 Baltic and international films in production or post-production seeking sales agents, co-producers,...
DIFF to Open with 'Miss Sloane', Close with 'Rogue One'
Starring Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane revolves around a ruthless lobbyist in Washington DC. Lucasfilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, opens in UAE theatres on December 15.Celebrating its 13th edition this year, DIFF will...
FFO: India Needs Fundamentals First, Then Incentives
India shouldn't rush into the ultra competitive world of film finance incentives, experts said at a Film Facilitation Office (FFO) workshop yesterday."We're not thinking about incentives right now, you've got to get your ground beneath your feet first,"...
Former Globe Director Dominic Dromgoole Launches Movie Company and Feature Debut
Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of London's Globe theatre, has launched film production company Open Palm Films.The indie outfit has recently wrapped its first production Making Noise Quietly (for which Screen can reveal the first image),...
'India in A Day' Director Mehta Plans Two More Delhi Projects
Feature film A Last Life has Sienna Films (Canada) and Vivek Kajaria's Holy Basil (India) producing, and backing from Telefilm Canada.The original script is about an elite family in Delhi whose heiress daughter becomes involved with the cook's son, who...
International Co-Producers Board Ahluwalia’s 'Boyfriend'
Miss Lovely director Ashim Ahluwalia's next film The Boyfriend has attracted a crop of new co-producers: Mehernaz Lentin at Industry Pictures (Canada), Anand Ramayya at Karma Film (Canada), Laurent Lavolé at Gloria Films (France) and Film Kitchen (The...
Lionsgate, Partners Plot Chinese-Language 'Step Up 6'
Production on Step Up 6 is scheduled to commence on December 9 in Beijing and Los Angeles in time for a 2017 release. It is understood the Chinese-language version will be the only version released.Lionsgate sources said previous entries in the franchise...
Odeon, NFTS Launch Second Edition of Student Short Film Event
Odeon and the National Film and Television School have reteamed for a second edition of their student short films showcase, following the inaugural event last October.This year's selected titles include two from current Screen International Stars of...
Oscar Front-Runner Mahershala Ali on "The Most Impactful Experience" of His Career
Mahershala Ali's parents separated when he was young, and the US actor recalls feeling different when he would return home to his mother and their blue-collar neighbourhood in Hayward, California, after spending part of the summer elsewhere with his...
Sally Wainwright Awarded Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship
BAFTA award-winning writer, producer and director Sally Wainwright, known for TV dramas Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax, has been awarded the 2016 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship in partnership with BFI and Film4.Currently in its fourth year,...
Shabana Azmi: 'Woo Big Actors with the Right Roles'
When first-time directors approach established actors, they need to convince them that they're right for the role and not just bringing finance or kudos to the project, said actress Shabana Azmi speaking at Film Bazaar's Producers Lab yesterday.Azmi...
Short Film Platform Humara Set to Move into Feature-Length Production
Mumbai-based short film platform HumaraMovie is set to move into production of feature-length films starting with drama Reincarnation, written and directed by Gaurav Bakshi [pictured].Based on Bakshi's 2012 short film of the same name, the project tells...
Sonia Braga on 'Aquarius' Oscar Snub: "Maybe US Industry Can Do Justice for Us Now"
The enduring icon of Brazilian sensuality on screen, Sonia Braga has always been a fighter. In her native land, where she has starred in some of the biggest local box-office hits of all time, such as Bruno Barreto's Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands (1976)...
Tallinn: Government Investment Fuels Estonian Industry Growth
The Estonian film industry is expanding, which is resulting in a bigger impact at home and abroad.This year has seen 10 new Estonian features released in cinemas, compared to five in 2015. Admissions for local films are also up, with a tally of over...
Tallinn: 'Leviathan' Producer Alexander Rodnyansky Talks IMAX, Trump and Sentsov
Alexander Rodnyansky is presenting his latest feature The Duelist in IMAX at Black Nights Film Festival.Alexander Rodnyansky [pictured with Tallinn Black Nights director Tiina Lokk] has established himself as one of the biggest names in the Russian film...
Tallinn Q&A: Director Narges Abyar Discusses Iraq-Iran War Drama 'Breath'
Iranian director and novelist Narges Abyar's latest film Breath explores the impact of war on children. It receives its international premiere In Competition at Tallinn Black Nights.Set against the backdrop of the late 1970s, the film (pictured) revolves...
Tallinn: Russian Alien Invasion Movie 'Attraction' Secures International Sales
Art Picture Studio has announced several eye-catching new deals on the action/sci-fisurvival movie, due to be released in Russia early next year, in which aliens descend on Moscow.Capelight has now come on board to take the German rights, while other...
The Story Behind France's Complex Oscar Submission 'Elle'
Isabelle Huppert is "Donald Trump's worst nightmare" commented one journalist after a recent New York press screening of Paul Verhoeven's Elle, according to a tweet by the film's producer Said Ben Said in the aftermath of the recent US election results.While...
Zee Studios Strikes Remake Deals for Romantic Drama 'Sairat'
Fandry director Nagraj Manjule's Marathi feature film Sairat is set for remakes in multiple Indian languages. Producer Zee Studios has partnered with White Hill Productions for a Punjabi remake and with Rockline Venkatesh for remakes in all four South...
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