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Articles from May 2016

Action Comedy 'Full Speed' Races across Europe, Asia
Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has secured fresh sales on Nicolas Benamou's action comedy Full Speed, about a vacation-bound family stuck in a car jammed on top cruise control.In Cannes, the company has sealed deals to Spain (Vertigo), Portugal (Films4U),...
Ansip Offers Digital Single Market Reassurance in Cannes
As uncertainty continues to dog the European film industry about proposals for the Digital Single Market (DSM), EC commissioner Andrus Ansip has sought to reassure the industry.The former Estonian Prime Minsiter, now serving as the EC's vice-president...
Aquarius': Cannes Review
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho. Brazil. 2016. 142minsA magnetic central performance from Sonia Braga is the driving force in a relatively conventional but compelling drama from Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho. This second fiction feature (he...
Cannes: Laura Poitras Talks 'Risk'
Laura Poitras does not necessarily see herself as an activist film-maker. "First and foremost I believe we make cinema. I don't make films as activism, I don't consider my films to be activism."We make movies, that's our number-one job, to make a film...
Cannes: Screen's VOD Panel
Many of the key issues surrounding VoD and the independent film industry were debated at length during Screen International's Sunday panel (May 15) at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, 'VoD Goes Global'.These ranged from the cost - and ingredients - of...
Chile Boosts Development Ties with New Funds
The Chilean contingent at Cannes Film Festival has been staging meetings to forge stronger ties with counterparts in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Belgium and Croatia.While Chile – represented by Pablo Larraín's Competition selection Neruda and Alejandro...
China Box Office: 'Captain America' Holds off 'Finding Mr Right'
Captain America: Civil War retained the top spot at the Chinese box office in the week of May 9-15. The Marvel/Disney superhero sequel added $60.11m, bringing its total to $156.89m after 10 days. It edged out The Jungle Book to become the third highest...
'Fiore': Cannes Review
Dir: Claudio Giovannesi. It-Fr. 2016. 110mins.Italian director Claudio Giovannesi specialises in small, real films that get under the skin of a conflicted character. Some, like the recent Wolf, are documentaries, others - like his 2012 outing Ali Has...
'Hands of Stone': Cannes Review
Dir: Jonathan Jakubowicz. Panama/US. 2016. 116minsChronicling the life of charismatic Panamanian boxing champion Roberto Durán, Hands Of Stone tests how far a film can go solely on heart, and in this case, it turns out to be just enough to overcome biopic...
India to Receive Producers Portal
India's new Film Facilitation Office (FFO) is developing a web portal to provide information about shooting in India and enable producers to handle the entire permits application process online.The portal will offer information about filming in each...
Jeremy Thomas Talks His Cannes Highs and Lows
Few living producers are more synonymous with the world's most revered festival than Jeremy Thomas, Oscar-winning producer of The Last Emperor, who has screened 15 films in Official Selection."I have a magnet pulling me there," beams the Recorded Picture...
Lars Von Trier’s 'The House That Jack Built' Cuts Early Deals
Scandinavian sales agent TrustNordisk has pre-sold Lars Von Trier's next film The House That Jack Built to Latin America (California Filmes), Benelux (September), Poland (Gutek), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Former Yugoslavia (Cinemania), Czech Republic (Aero)...
'Ma'Rosa': Cannes Review
Dir Brillante Mendoza. Philippines. 2016. 110minsBrillante Mendoza is one of the Marmite figures in world cinema; a director whose films are just as likely to be met by cold indifference as they are to receive top prizes at the main festivals. Ma'Rosa...
'Midnight Return': Cannes Review
Dir: Sally Sussman. US-Turkey-UK. 2015. 99minsEven with their penchant for dramatic license, movies based on true stories often prove less fascinating than the actual events. That axiom gets a twist with Midnight Return, a solidly engaging documentary...
Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights to Frank Grillo's 'Wheelman'
In a deal negotiated here in Cannes by CAA and sales outfit The Solution Entertainment Group, streaming giant Netflix has taken world rights - and so will fully effectively fully finance - upcoming thriller Wheelman, which will star Captain America:...
'Okja' Director Bong Joon Ho Talks Cannes Competition, Netflix
Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho follows up his previous Cannes entries The Host and Mother with adventure film Okja, which plays in Competition on Friday (May 19).Netflix's first film in Cannes Competition and its first Korean feature, Okja stars Ahn Seo-hyun...
Scanbox Adds 'Like Crazy', 'Clash', 'I, Daniel Blake'
Scandinavian distributor Scanbox has acquired several new hot Cannes titles: Paolo Virzì's Like Crazy [pictured] from BAC Films, Mohamed Diab's Clash from Pyramide, and Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake from Wild Bunch.At Cannes 2016, Scanbox has set a new...
Scottish Films Revealed for Edinburgh International Film Festival
SCROLL DOWN FOR LIST IN FULLThe Edinburgh International Film Festival has unveiled the Scottish selection for its 70th edition (June 15-26).As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of Tommy's Honour, starring Peter Mullan...
Scottish Film Studio Gets Greenlight
Wardpark Studios, the converted studio site between Glasgow and Edinburgh which has played host to two seasons of Sony-Starz TV series Outlander, has been granted planning permission by the local council for additional studio space.The initial planning...
Southeast Asia Directors Line Up Art-Inspired Omnibus
National Gallery Singapore has announced an unprecedented collaboration with five award-winning Southeast Asian filmmakers - Apichatpong Weerasethakul [pictured] (Thailand), Brilliante Mendoza (Philippines), Eric Khoo (Singapore), Ho Yuhang (Malaysia)...
'Stalingrad' Team Line Up Sci-Fi 'Attraction'
Fedor Bondarchuk [pictured] and Dmitry Rudovsky's Art Pictures Studios, the Russian outfit behind the epic war movie Stalingrad, has announced details of its new slate.Art Pictures' new flagship project is sci-fiepic Attraction, which is in production...
'The Together Project': Cannes Review
Dir: Solveig Anspach. France-Iceland. 2016. 85 minsThe late France-based, Iceland-born writer-director Solveig Anspach pays tribute to her Northern roots, and to her love of swimming, in The Together Project - an affably oddball romcom that won't be...
UK’s GFM Animation, China's Original Force Extend Partnership
UK's GFM Animation, China's Original Force extend partnershipGFM Animation, the UK sales and production label for animated films run by the GFM Films, has extended its partnership with Chinese production outfit Original Force Animation.The companies...
Venice Chief Barbara Talks Festival Additions, Revamped Market
Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) is on a roll having played host to the Best Picture Oscar winner two years in a row while three years ago Gravity went on to score seven Oscars. Ahead of the world's oldest festival, the buzz is palpable once again.The...
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