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Articles from February 15

Amazon Studios Unveils First Output Deals as 'The Aeronauts' Takes off (Exclusive)
The Aeronauts stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.Eddie Redmayne, Felicity JonesAmazon Studios has unveiled its first output deals here in Berlin in a sign that the deep-pocketed titan is looking to expand its global footprint and forge closer ties...
Berlin Chief Dieter Kosslick to Receive Sam Spiegel Award (Exclusive)
Lab also introduces Work In Progress Platform awarding cash prizes to films in postproduction.Dieter KosslickDieter Kosslick will receive the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab’s newly created Force-of-Nature Filmmaking Award.The distinction wishes to...
Berlin Jury Head Tom Tykwer Responds to Festival Letter Row and #MeToo Debate
Cloud Atlas director says there is a “strong quest for a natural change” at the festival.Tom TykwerSpeaking at the press conference launching the 68th Berlin Film Festival, jury president Tom Tykwer addressed the controversial letter signed by 79 German...
Body Horror 'Replace' Gets US Deal (Exclusive)
Jinga also signs deals for Russia, Korea and Japan.UK-based genre specialists Jinga Films has scored a US deal with XLrator Media on its horror title Replace.‘Replace’Directed by Norbert Keil, the film is a body horror about a young woman afflicted with...
Celluloid Dreams Boards 'Death of A Ladies' Man' with Gabriel Byrne (Exclusive)
Title taken from 1977 album by Leonard Cohen, who gave blessing to the project before his death.Gabriel ByrneCelluloid Dreams has acquired world sales rights on Matt Bissonnette’s Death Of A Ladies’ Man starring Irish actor Gabriel Byrne as a hard-drinking,...
Demand Takes English-Speaking Rights to Daniel Hope Documentary (Exclusive)
Nahuel Lopez’s film about the violinist premiered in Zurich last year.‘Daniel Hope: The Sound Of Life’Global cinema event service Demand Film has picked up theatrical rights for all English-speaking territories to the feature documentary Daniel Hope:...
Diane Kruger Joins Julianne Moore in 'After the Wedding' (Exclusive)
Cornerstone Films introducing to buyers at the EFM this week.Diane KrugerDiane Kruger has been cast opposite Julianne Moore in After The Wedding, director Bart Freundlich’s remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated drama.The project is reimagining...
European Cinema Admissions Reached Record Levels in 2017
Figures boosted by huge Russian growth.‘Beauty And The Beast’Cinema admissions in Europe reached record levels last year, according to a report from the European Audiovisual Observatory presented at the Berlin Film Festival.They estimate that including...
Female DoP Collective Illuminatrix Launches Platform for Emerging Talent
illuminatrix rising will provide mentoring and exposure for two female DoPs a month.Simona Susneailluminatrix, a UK-based collective of professional female cinematographers in the UK, has launched a sister platform to promote up and coming talent called...
Film Mode’s 'Rabid' Finds US, UK Homes
Soska sisters prepare for April start on Cronenberg remake.Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska’s remake of David Cronenberg’s horror classic Rabid has sold to Shout! Studios in the US and 101 Films in the UK. Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment launches international...
Films Boutique Adds 'Season of the Devil', 'Pig' (Exclusive)
Lav Diaz title joins films from Markus Imhoof & Katharina Mueckstein.Hasan MajuniBerlin-based sales outfit Films Boutique has added two Berlinale Competition titles to its EFM slate.The company has boarded Season Of The Devil by Filipino master Lav...
First Look: Chiwetel Ejiofor's Directing Debut 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' (Exclusive)
Ejiofor also stars alongside Maxwell Simba.‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’Screen can unveil this exclusive first look at Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.Maxwell Simba stars as William Kamkwamba with Chiwetel Ejiofor...
Flanders Image Confirms 2018 CONNexT Dates
Invitation-only film & TV industry event will run Oct 7-10 in Ghent.CONNexTFlanders Image has confirmed the third edition of its film and TV industry event CONNeXT will run Oct 7-10 in Ghent.The projects, works-in-progress and TV line-up presentations...
F&ME Reunites with 'Dede' Team on 'Nene' (Exclusive)
UK/Irish production outfit also developing adaptation of Arthur Machen’s fantasy masterpiece Hill of Dreams.‘Dede’UK/Irish production company Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME)’s busy slate includes reuniting with award-winning Dede director Mariam...
French Indies Fuse Sales Operations to Create MPM Premium (Exclusive)
Current MPM Film and Premium Films sales executives Ricardo Monastier and Leslie Saussereau will combine forces on the international sales front.‘Fatima’Paris-based auteur-focused MPM Film and shorts specialist Premium Films have joined forces to create...
Gaumont Launches Sales on Film Version of Alexis Michalik's Hit Play 'Edmond' (Exclusive)
Paris-set film is directorial debut from award-winning playwright Alexis Michalik.‘Edmond’Gaumont is launching world sales on director Alexis Michalik’s big screen adaptation of his stage hit Edmond, revolving around the writing of the world famous play...
'Generation Wealth': Berlin Review
A disturbing documentary chronicles society’s obsession with success and excessDir: Laura Greenfield. US. 2018. 106minsIn a photographic and documentary career spanning over 25 years, visual anthropologist Lauren Greenfield has been drawn to the extremes...
Ira Sachs Readies Seventh Feature 'A Family Vacation'
Family drama marks first non-US shoot for veteran filmmaker.Ira Sachs’ seventh feature A Family Vacation starring Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier, and André Wilms will start shooting in Portugal in October.Saïd Ben Said and...
'Isle of Dogs': Berlin Review
Good boys populate Wes Anderson’s stop-motion drama which opens the 2018 Berlin Film FestivalDir. Wes Anderson. US/Germany. 2018. 101 mins.Five abandoned dogs and a 12 year-old boy roam a toxic wasteland in the Japanese archipelago 20 years in the future...
Jeffrey Tambor out of Amazon Studios' 'Transparent'
Star out in wake of sexual harassment allegations.Amazon has confirmed that Jeffrey Tambor will not be returning to the cast of Transparent for the fifth season of the streaming comedy series, for which Tambor has won two Emmys playing a transgender...
Kaleidoscope to Take over the Works Group's Sales Slate (Exclusive)
Kaleidoscope to represent The Works’s title at this week’s EFM.UK outfit Kaleidoscope has struck a deal to take over representation of The Works Film Group’s sales slate.The Last PhotographCommencing at this week’s European Film Market In Berlin, Kaleidoscope...
Kino Lorber Picks Up US Rights to Doc 'Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect' (Exclusive)
Wavelength Pictures seeking further sales in this week’s EFM.‘Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect’Kino Lorber has taken North American distribution rights to Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect, Mark Noonan’s biographical documentary.The feature is a profile...
Korea's CJ Strikes Deals for Noh Dong-Seok's 'Golden Slumber' (Exclusive)
Thriller heading to Taiwan, Hong Kong, India and Australia and New Zealand.‘Golden Slumber’Korean studio CJ Entertainment has sealed a slew of deals on Noh Dong-seok’s Golden Slumber, which opened yesterday (Feb 14) in Korea.The thriller has gone to...
Kuwait's KNCC and Front Row to Launch Three Multiplexes in Saudi Arabia by End of 2018
Joint venture will see 27 screens across the sites in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman.Cinescape CinemasKuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC) and Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment have announced a joint move into Saudi Arabia’s nascent exhibition and...
'Lady Macbeth' Scheme iFeatures Relaunches as Year-Round, UK-Wide Lab (Exclusive)
New iteration, which has now opened for applications, will select 12 projects from first-time filmmakers.‘Lady Macbeth’Creative England’s flagship low-budget film initiative iFeatures is re-launching this year to become a year-round development lab with...
Luxbox Boards 'Museo' Starring Gael García Bernal
Heist film has World Premiere in Competition at Berlinale.Simon Russell Beale, Gael García Bernal, Leonardo OrtizgrisParis-based Luxbox will represent international sales on Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Museum (Museo), a heist drama exploring Mexico’s past starring...
Music Box Acquires US Rights to WW2 Drama 'The Captain' (Exclusive)
Robert Schwentke’s film shows a young German soldier assuming the identity of a Nazi captain.‘The Captain’Music Box Films has acquired all US rights from Alfama Films to Robert Schwentke’s The Captain (Der Hauptmann) starring Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel,...
'My Days of Mercy' with Ellen Page, Kate Mara to Open BFI Flare Festival
Postcards From London to close 32nd edition of London LGBT Film Festival.Kate Mara & Ellen Page in ‘My Days Of Mercy’The 32nd edition of the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival has announced its opening and closing titles ahead of the event in March....
Premiere Boards Asa Butterfield Dramedy 'The House of Tomorrow' (Exclusive)
Coming-of-age tale co-stars Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn, and Nick Offerman.‘House Of Tomorrow’LA-based Premiere Entertainment Group arrives in Berlin with international rights to coming-of-age tale The House Of Tomorrow starring Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff,...
Radiant Films Adds 'Don't Go' with Stephen Dorff to Sales Slate (Exclusive)
First footage will be presented to buyers at EFM.Stephen DorffRadiant Films International has added the psychological thriller Don’t Go starring Stephen Dorff and Melissa George to its sales slate and will introduce to buyers in Berlin this week.David...
Rediance Picks Up Hu Bo's 'An Elephant Sitting Still' (Exclusive)
Bo’s only feature film before his death last year premieres in Berlinale Forum.Peng Yuchang, Zhang YuBeijing-based sales outfit Rediance has picked up international rights to Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still, which is receiving its world premiere here...
Reel Suspects Inks US Deal on Chilean Horror 'Trauma' (Exclusive)
Film delves into Chile’s dark history under Augusto Pinochet.‘Trauma’Paris-based sales company Reel Suspects has secured a US deal on its Chilean horror Trauma with genre label Artsploitation.The Lucio A. Rojas-directed feature has also sold to German-speaking...
?Robert Pattinson to Star in Robert Eggers Fantasy Horror 'The Lighthouse'
Production on The Witch follow-up to commence in spring.Robert Pattinson has joined Willem Dafoe on The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers’ follow-up to The Witch that also reunites RT Features and A24.The project is a fantasy horror story set in the world of...
Sparkle Roll Closes Deals for 'A Better Tomorrow 2018' (Exclusive)
Reboot of John Woo’s 1986 classic will close CinemAsia Film Festival.‘A Better Tomorrow 2018’Hong Kong-based Sparkle Roll Media has closed a raft of additional deals on Ding Sheng’s A Better Tomorrow 2018, including sales to Thailand’s Hollywood Co and...
S?tudiocanal Takes 'Alienist' in France
Series launched in the US last month on Turner Broadcasting System cable channel TNT.Paramount Television’s period thriller series The Alienist has been licensed to Studiocanal in France, with a premiere on Canal Plus’ crime channel Polar+ set for April.The...
'That Summer': Berlin Review
A return to Grey Gardens, comprised of footage shot by Peter Beard and Lee RadziwillDir: Göran Hugo Olsson. Sweden, US, Denmark. 2017. 80 minsBefore Albert and David Maysles gained entry into the weed-choked grounds of Grey Gardens, another film project...
The Match Factory Boards Les Arcs Works in Progress Winner 'Girl' (Exclusive)
Company also scores early French deal with Diaphana.Germany-based sales agent The Match Factory has added Lukas Dhont’s upcoming directing debut Girl to its European Film Market (EFM) slate.‘Girl’The company has also closed its first sale on the title...
Toni Collette Joins Neasa Hardiman's 'Sea Fever' for Epic (Exclusive)
The project is set on a fishing trawler off the Irish West Coast.Toni ColletteToni Collette, red-hot after she enthralled audiences in last month’s Sundance horror sensation Hereditary, has joined the cast of thriller Sea Fever, which Epic Pictures is...
TrustNordisk Closes Key Deals for Sundance Audience Winner 'The Guilty' (Exclusive)
Gustav Moller’s crime thriller also won Rotterdam audience award.‘The Guilty’TrustNordisk has closed a slew of deals on its hot Sundance audience-award winning thriller The Guilty, with more major territories sold including France (ARP); Germany, Austria...
Versatile Boards Ninja Thyberg Porn World Drama 'Jessica' (Exclusive)
Lead producing from Erik Hemmendorff & Ruben Östlund’s Plattform Produktion.Ninja ThybergVersatile has boarded world sales of Swedish director Ninja Thyberg’s debut feature Jessica expanding on her previous award-winning shorts exploring sexuality...
Wide Picks Up Berlin Panorama Title 'Garbage' (Exclusive)
Socio-political drama is the only Indian film in Berlin official selection this year.‘Garbage’Paris-based sales company Wide has picked up worldwide rights to Panorama title Garbage, directed by Q, which is the only Indian feature in Berlinale official...
Wizart Strikes US Deal for Two Russian Animations
Russian animation outfit Wizart’s new projects The Snow Queen: Fire And Ice and Sheep And Wolves have been sold to the US.‘The Snow Queen: Fire And Ice’Russian animation outfit Wizart’s new projects The Snow Queen: Fire And Ice and Sheep And Wolves have...
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