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Articles from February 16

'303': Berlin Review
Generation 14 Plus opens with a lengthy road trip from the director of ’The Edukators’Dir: Hans Weingartner. Germany. 2018. 145minsIn another film, the premise of a single girl picking up a male hitchhiker would lead down an altogether more treacherous...
Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim, Zoe Kazan to Star in Lone Scherfig Drama (Exclusive)
HanWay Films has acquired worldwide sales rights; touting project at EFM.Andrea Riseborough, Tahar Rahim, zoe KazanLone Scherfig’s forthcoming Secrets From The Russian Tea Room has cast up ahead of shooting this spring.Bafta-nominated Andrea Riseborough...
'Black 47': Berlin Review
Ireland’s devastating potato famine is the backdrop for Lance Daly’s revenge westernJames FrechevilleDir. Lance Daly. Ireland, 2018. 96mins‘Black 47’ is a familiar term in Ireland for the worst year of the potato famine, in which a million people died...
Bleecker Street Dates 'Colette', 'Leave No Trace'
Bleecker Street has announced a cluster of 2018 release dates including Sundance hits Colette starring Keira Knightley, and Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace.Bleecker Street has announced a cluster of 2018 release dates including Sundance hits Colette starring...
Blue Fox to Launch EFM Sales on Bella Thorne Thriller 'Ride' (Exclusive)
Thorne stars in technology-themed story from writer/director Jeremy Ungar.Bella Thorne in ‘Ride’Blue Fox Entertainment has come on to handle international sales at the EFM on Unified Pictures’ thriller Ride, starring Bella Thorne of Sundance sensation...
Buyers Flock to Paolo Virzi's 'Notti Magiche' for Bac (Exclusive)
Paris-based company also unveils sales on Ellen Page post-zombie era pic.Paolo VirziParis-based Bac Films International has unveiled a raft of pre-sales on Paolo Virzi’s upcoming Rome-set comedy noir Notti Magiche revolving around the mysterious death...
Content Services Firm Eclair Appoints Dan Clark as UK Commercial Director
Clark joins from Motion Picture Services.Dan ClarkDan Clark has been appointed as Commercial Director in the United Kingdom for leading content services in film and TV firm Eclair.Clark started his career as Feature & Short Film Manager with Kodak...
CPH:DOX Unveils 200-Film Programme and Focuses on Science, Social Experiments
Musicians The xx presents a curated programme; festival hosts world premieres of new films by Andreas Dalsgaard and Iris Zaki.‘Unsettling’CPH:DOX will offer more than 200 films during its 15th event, which runs March 15-25.In its five competitions (full...
Epic Pictures, MovieCloud Partner on Dread Central Presents Slate (Exclusive)
Initial slate of horror titles includes Imitation Girl, #Screamers, The Lodgers.Epic Pictures has closed an output deal with MovieCloud in Taiwan for its new horror label Dread Central Presents.Epic is in advanced discussions for further output deals...
Film Movement Falls under Spell of 'I Am Not A Witch'
Zambia-set satire to go on release later this year.Film Movement has picked up US rights to Rungano Nyoni’s Bafta-nominated satire I Am Not A Witch.The film premiered in Cannes in Director’s Fortnight last year and takes place in Zambia, where eight-year-old...
Finecut Closes Key Sales on Kim Ki-Duk & Hong Sangsoo Titles in Berlin (Exclusive)
Sangsoo back at Berlinale Forum for first time in 21 years, with Grass.Mina Fujii in ‘Human, Space, Time And Human’Seoul-based sales company Finecut has closed several territories on Kim Ki-duk’s Human, Space, Time And Human, which is receiving its world...
First Look: Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson in Trevor Nunn's 'Red Joan' (Exclusive)
Both play the KGB’s longest serving British spy at different stages in her life.Sophie Cookson and Judi DenchScreen International has exclusive first look images at Judi Dench (Skyfall, Shakespeare In Love)and Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service,...
First Look: Lou Ye's Period Drama 'Saturday Fiction' (Exclusive)
Cast includes Gong Li, Mark Chao, Tom Wlaschiha, Pascal Greggory and Joe Odagiri.‘Saturday Fiction’Berlin-based production house Achtung Panda! and Japan’s Uplink have boarded Saturday Fiction, a 1940s-set period drama from controversial Chinese director...
First Trailer for 'Retablo'; Heretic Outreach Launches EFM Sales (Exclusive)
Coming-of-age story won best Peruvian film at Lima Film Festival, screens in Berlinale Generation 14plus.Athens-based Heretic Outreach continues to expand its international portfolio and has kicked off sales at the EFM on Generation 14plus selection...
Gaga Corp Picks Up International Rights to Takahisa Zeze Drama (Exclusive)
Company also shares sales duties on new Hirokazu Kore-eda drama.‘My Friend A”Japan’s Gaga Corp has picked up international rights to Takahisa Zeze’s upcoming drama My Friend ‘A’, based on the novel Yuzai by Gaku Yakumaru.Toma Ikuta, who played a transgender...
'Girls Always Happy': Berlin Review
A mother and daughter bicker endlessly in Yang Mingming’s finely-crafted debutYang Mingming, Nai AnDir/scr. Yang Mingming. China, 2018, 117 mins.Swap Sacramento’s lower middle-class for Beijing’s hutong dwellers, and Girls Always Happy almost resembles...
Global Road Targets $1Bn Production War Chest
Company aiming for 15 annual US releases by 2020.Global Road Entertainment aims to amass a $1bn production war chest over the next three years as it targets 15 annual US releases by 2020, eight or nine of which are anticipated to be developed and produced...
'Grass': Berlin Review
After three films in 2017, Hong Sangsoo’s first feature this year is both short and sweetDir/scr. Hong Sangsoo. Republic of Korea, 2018, 66 mins.Short, bittersweet and unsurprisingly soaked in soju, Hong Sangsoo’s Grass could double as a snapshot of...
Greenwich Entertainment Acquires Doc 'Mountain'
Dogwoof handles international sales at EFM.Greenwich Entertainment has picked up US rights to Mountain, documentarian Jennifer Peedom’s follow-up to Sherpa, which Dogwoof is touting to international buyers in Berlin.Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe narrates...
Heretic Boards Peru's 'Retablo' from Berlinale Generation 14plus Strand (Exclusive)
Magaly Solier of 2009 Golden Bear winner The Milk Of Sorrow to star.Magaly Solier stars in ‘Retablo’Athens-based Heretic Outreach continues to expand its international portfolio and will kick off sales at the EFM on Generations 14plus selection Retablo...
Indie Spirit-Nominated Drama 'Life and Nothing More' Gets US Deal (Exclusive)
Film Constellation handling sales after 2017 festival run.‘Life And Nothing More’Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life And Nothing More, which is up for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, will have a US theatrical release through the California Film Institute’s...
Indies Sales Boards Next Project from 'Party Girl' Director Claire Burger (Exclusive)
Caméra d’Or winner returns with semi-autobiographical tale of teenage daughters.Claire BurgerParis-based Indies Sales has acquired world sales rights to French director Claire Burger’s C’est Ça L’Amour, her first solo feature after co-directed debut...
'Infinite Football': Berlin Review
Slight Romanian documentary about an alternative sporting universe plays in Berlinale’s ForumDir/scr: Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania, 2018, 70 mins.If the intricacies of football’s offside rule are beyond you, then Infinite Football (Fotbal Infinit) could...
Jamie Dornan, Sam Claflin Join IRA Thriller 'Borderland' (Exclusive)
Brian Kirk (Game Of Thrones, Luther) will direct the 1970s London-set feature.Jamie Dornan, Sam ClaflinJamie Dornan, riding high on the $140m global debut of Fifty Shades Freed, will star opposite Sam Clafin in the IRA action thriller Borderland, which...
'Loving Vincent' Producer Launches New Production Company
Existing slate has co-pros with Trademark Films including Judi Dench spy pic Red Joan.‘Loving Vincent’Producer Ivan Mactaggart (Loving Vincent) has launched his film and television production company, Cambridge Picture Company, with private equity backing.The...
Newcastle's Tyneside Cinema to Feature in Doc 'The Dream Palace'
Film includes memories from visitors to the venue including Andrea Riseborough, Ken Loach.The Classic screen at the Tyneside CinemaNewcastle’s independent Tyneside Cinema is the subject of a new feature documentary The Dream Palace, that will premiere...
Paul Verhoeven's 'Blessed Virgin' Shoot Date Announced by SBS, Pathé Films
The film stars Belgian actress Virginie Efira.‘Blessed Virgin’, Paul VerhoevenFrance’s Pathé Films and SBS Productions announced today (Feb 16) that Paul Verhoeven’s highly-anticipated feature Blessed Virgin will start shooting this August.The Dutch...
Pernille Fischer Christensen on Berlinale Title 'Becoming Astrid'
Danish project explores the human side of Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren.‘Becoming Astrid’Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen isn’t afraid to explore the human side of one of Sweden’s great icons, Pippi Longstocking author Astrid...
Protagonist Boards Sundance Hit 'The Kindergarten Teacher' (Exclusive)
Sara Colangelo won best director in Park City for her 2nd feature.’The Kindergarten Teacher’UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has picked up international rights to the Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring The Kindergarten Teacher following the film’s buzzy...
Reason8 Beefs Up EFM Slate, Scores Deals on Thriller 'A Rough Draft' (Exclusive)
London-based agent also picks up Jemaine Clement comedy Humour Me.‘A Rough Draft’London-based sales agent Reason8 has boosted its European Film Market (EFM) slate with two new acquisitions and has also scored its first deals on sci-fi A Rough Draft.The...
'Red Sparrow': Review
Jennifer Lawrence is a reluctant Russian spy in Francis Lawrence’s gaudy espionage thrillerRed SparrowDir: Francis Lawrence. US. 2018. 140minsTrying to split the difference between trashy and classy, Red Sparrow is a sleek, juiced-up espionage thriller...
'River's Edge': Berlin Review
Retro Japanese teen drama opens Berlin’s Panorama sidebarFumi Nikaidou, Ryo YoshizawaDir. Isao Yukisada . Japan. 2018. 118 mins.Teenage angst is one of the dependable universals of modern movie culture, and although Isao Yukisada’s River’s Edge gives...
Rob Brydon-Starring Comedy 'Swimming with Men' Gets UK Deal (Exclusive)
Vertigo Releasing acquires title from HanWay Films.‘Swimming With Men’Oliver Parker’s Rob Brydon-starring comedy Swimming With Men has been picked up for UK distribution by Vertigo Releasing from sales agent HanWay Films.HanWay’s MD Gabrielle Stewart...
Robert Pattinson on Why He's Now 'Cautious' about Appearing in Franchise Films
Actor was talking at the Berlin film festival to promote new film Damsel.‘Damsel’Robert Pattinson said he is now “cautious” of appearing in big-budget films during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival.The actor was promoting Berlinale competition...
Roger Allam, Derek Jacobi, Anna Maxwell-Martin to Star in Black Comedy 'Ilkley' (Exclusive)
Project is second film from Chubby Funny director Harry Michell.Roger Allam, Derek JacobiRoger Allam, Derek Jacobi and Anna Maxwell-Martin will lead the cast of black comedy Ilkley, which Independent is introducing to buyers at this week’s European Film...
Sony Acquires Paraguayan Thriller 'The Gold Seekers' (Exclusive)
Film was Paraguayan foreign-language Oscar submission.‘The Gold Seekers’Sony Pictures Television has acquired all pan-Latin American rights to Paraguayan foreign-language Oscar submission The Gold Seekers (Los Buscadores)in a deal with Buenos Aires-based...
Splendid Picks Up 'Hereditary', 'Au Bout Des Doigts' (Exclusive)
Ari Aster’s controversial horror picture Hereditary was acquired by A24.‘Hereditary’Splendid’s Benelux distribution arm has confirmed two high-profile new acquisitions. The company has picked up Ari Aster’s controversial horror picture Hereditary from...
'Styx': Berlin Review
A German woman takes a life-changing solo yacht tripStyxDir. Wolfgang Fischer. Germany/Austria. 2018. 94minDeath, and the spectre thereof, haunts Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx at nearly every point, as its allusive title might suggest. Premiering in the Panorama...
Sundance Selects Snaps Up 'That Summer' (Exclusive)
Dogwoof selling international rights on feature about long-lost film project.Edith Bouvier Beale, Caroline Lee RadziwillSundance Selects has snapped up US rights to Göran Hugo Olsson’s That Summer ahead of its international premiere in the Berlinale...
Tel Aviv's Cinephil Takes International Rights on Australian Singer Doc 'Gurrumul' (Exclusive)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yununpingu passed away days after approving the film.Geoffrey Gurrumul YunupinguTel Aviv-based sales outfit Cinephil has picked up international rights to Berlin documentary Gurrumul.The film is about indigenous Australian singer and...
'The Bookshop': Berlin Review
Goya-winner from Spain’s Isabel Coixet stars Bill Nighy and Emily MortimerDir. Isabel Coixet. Spain/UK,Germany. 2018. 110 mins.It’s possible to imagine a film having fun with a bookshop setting - contriving a confluence of bookish obsessives, romantics,...
'The Heiresses': Berlin Review
This female-driven debut has much to say about the class system in ParaguayAna Brun, Ana IvanovaDir: Marcelo Martinessi. Paraguay /Uruguay /Germany /Brazil /Norway /France. 2018. 95 minsFiftysomething Chela (Ana Brun) has retreated from the world. Born...
'Toni Erdmann' Producers Partner with Sony Pictures on 'Love Virtually' (Exclusive)
Komplizen Film will work on Vanessa Jopp’s adaptation of Daniel Glattauer novel.Peter Simonischek in ‘Toni Erdmann’Komplizen Film, the producer of Maren Ade’s offbeat comedy Toni Erdmann, is to partner with Sony Pictures on Vanessa Jopp’s forthcoming...
True Colours Adds Valeria Golino's 'Euphoria' Ahead of EFM (Exclusive)
Golino’s second feature shows the difficult relationship between two brothers.‘Euphoria’At the eve of the EFM, Italian world sales company True Colours adds Valeria Golino’s new film Euphoria to its slate.Produced by HT Film and Indigo Film, who are...
TrustNordisk Boards 'Out Stealing Horses' with Stellan Skarsgård
Skarsgård reunites with Hans Petter Moland for adaptation of Per Petterson novel.Stellan SkarsgårdTrustNordisk have acquired sales rights to Out Stealing Horses from writer/director Hans Petter Moland, with Stellan Skarsgård taking the lead role.Bjørn...
Uncorked Strikes US Deal for LevelK's 'The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear' (Exclusive)
Danish box office hit has sold to over 150 countries incl. UK and Ireland.‘The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear’LevelK has struck a North American deal with Uncorked Entertainment for family animation The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear, which opens...
Visit Adds Rubika Shah's 70s Punk Doc 'White Riot' to EFM Slate (Exclusive)
The film is based on Shah’s short White Riot: London that premiered at Sundance 2017.‘White Riot’Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has added writer-director Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot to its EFM slate.The film is based on Shah’s short...
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