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AGC Studios Signs $150M Co-Finance Pact with UK's Ingenious Media (Exclusive)
Ingenious will cover 50 percent of equity investment on each film produced and financed by AGC.‘Missing Link’Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios, in Cannes selling Missing Link and Midway, has signed a $150m co-financing pact with UK-based Ingenious Media as it...
Amazon Confirms Withdrawal from 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'
It is understood the studio pulled out of the beleaguered feature a month ago.‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’Screen has confirmed that Amazon Studios no longer holds US rights to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.It is understood the studio pulled out...
Arclight Films Takes Worldwide Rights to Thrillers 'Replicate' and 'Furie' (Exclusive)
‘Replicate’ is a sci-fi thriller starring Joel Courtney, Andi Matichak and Cam Gigandet.‘Replicate’Arclight Films has picked up worldwide rights to sci-fi thriller Replicate, directed by John Murlowski (Black Cadillac), and Vietnamese action thriller...
Autlook to Screen First 'The Art of Museums' Episodes in Cannes (Exclusive)
The big-budget series presents world-famous museums through their iconic artworks.‘The Art Of Museums’Autlook Filmsales will show the first two episodes of its big-budget series The Art Of Museums by Beetz Brothers Production in the Cannes market. The...
Bac Films Launches Animated Family Film 'Terra Willy' (Exclusive)
Family feature is the latest production from the team behind ’The Jungle Bunch’.‘Terra Willy’Bac Films International is launching sales on family film Terra Willy, the latest animated feature from TAT Productions, the company behind the well-travelled...
'Birds of Passage': Cannes Review
Directors’ Fortnight opens with a gripping story from the team behind ’Embrace Of The Serpent’‘Birds Of Passage’Dirs. Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego. Colombia, Mexico, Denmark, France. 2018. 125minsA gripping saga which traces the birth of the narcotrafficking...
Blockchain VoD Service Acquires Fulwell 73 Cryptocurrency Doc in "Seven-Figure Deal"
Slate buys feature for its service Binge.Slate Entertainment Group has struck a reported seven-figure deal for worldwide distribution rights to Jake Witzenfeld’s cryptocurrency feature documentary Beyond Bitcoin.The film will be released on Slate’s blockchain...
Bravos Pictures Takes Chinese Thriller 'Reborn', Starring Han Geng, Rhydian Vaughan (Exclusive)
Currently in post-production, the $12m film is directed by Li Hai Long.Han Geng, Rhydian VaughanHong Kong-based Bravos Pictures has picked up worldwide rights excluding China to Chinese cyber-hacker thriller Reborn, produced by Andre Morgan.Currently...
Caitlin Moran's 'How to Build A Girl' Adds 'Lady Bird' Star Beanie Feldstein
Beanie Feldsein will play the lead in the project, which is produced by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.Caitlin Moran, Beanie FeldsteinCoky Giedroyc, the director of BBC series The Hour, will direct How To Build A Girl, Caitlin Moran’s adaptation of her...
Cavan Clerkin, Craig Fairbrass to Star in Thriller 'Muscle' (Exclusive)
The film centres on an unhappy office worker whose life is taken over by his personal trainer.Cavan Clerkin, Craig FairbrassCavan Clerkin (The Last Kingdom) and Craig Fairbrass (Cliffhanger) will lead the cast of psychological thriller Muscle for director...
Cinestaan Boards Indian Family Feature 'Aasha the Street Dog' (Exclusive)
The film depicts a plucky, three-legged street dog on the streets of Delhi.Aasha The Street DogCinestaan Film Company is teaming with UK-based Newscope Films to produce India’s first live-action all-animal family feature, Aasha The Street Dog (working...
Dogwoof Inks Deals on 'Studio 54', 'Generation Wealth' (Exclusive)
Deals for ‘Studio 54’ include Scandinavia and Australia and New Zealand.‘Studio 54’UK documentary specialist Dogwoof has locked a series of deals across two of the titles on its Cannes sales slate.Matt Tyrnauer’s Studio 54, about how two young men, Ian...
'Donbass': Cannes Review
The prolific Sergei Loznitsa opens Un Certain Regard with a blast from the titular region of Ukraine‘Donbass’Dir. Sergei Loznitsa. Ukraine/Germany/France/Netherlands/Romania. 2018. 121 mins.Industrious Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa has delved before...
'Don Quixote' Cannes Premiere Free to Go Ahead Following Paris Court Verdict
must reaParis court rejects a request by Portuguese producer Paulo Branco for an injunction.‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’A Paris court rejected a request by Portuguese producer Paulo Branco for an injunction preventing the Cannes Film Festival from...
Eiza Gonzalez, Lucy Fry-Starring 'Highway' Acquired by Carnaby (Exclusive)
Carnaby International will handle international sales, with CAA and Verve Ventures co-repping North American rights.Eiza Gonzalez, Lucy FryHighway, the thriller from Lotus Eaters director Alexandra McGuinness, has been picked up for international sales...
Epic Pictures Racks Up Deals on Swimming Story 'Dolphin Kick' (Exclusive)
The film has completed post-production after a shoot in the Bahamas.Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson’s Epic Pictures has closed a slew of deals on Cannes sales title Dolphin Kick, which has completed post-production after a Bahamas shoot. Epic Pictures...
Felicity Jones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patrick Stewart to Voice 'Dragon Rider'
Timeless Films selling project in Cannes.Felicity Jones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patrick StewartFelicity Jones (Rogue One), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) have boarded the voice cast of feature animation Dragon...
FilmSharks Launches Sales on 'Some Time After' from Goya Winner Cuerda (Exclusive)
eOne will launch the film theatrically in Spain, with Antena3 licensing Spanish free TV rights.José Luis Cuerda, director of ‘Some Time After’Argentina’s FilmSharks has launched worldwide sales on the Croisette on Spanish multi-Goya winner José Luis...
Financier Riverstone Inks Animation Slate Deal with 'Shrek' Producer John Williams
Two initial projects on the slate are Goose Chase and The Silk Road Rally.Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower’s London and LA-based financing outfit Riverstone Pictures has struck an agreement to fund an initial slate of six films from producer John Williams,...
First Board for Arctic Indigenous Film Fund Revealed (Exclusive)
Board members include former prime minister of Greenland,Kuupik V. Kleist and F&ME’s Mike Downey.The Arctic Indigenous Film Fund at the Indigenous Film Conference in March: Pipaluk K. Jørgensen, Valerie Creighton, Sardana Savvina, Anne Lajla Utsi,...
First Look at Jay Pharoah in 'How to Sell A War' (Exclusive)
Rudolph Herzog’s fiction feature debut wrapped shooting this week.‘How To Sell A War’Screen can unveil a first look at Jay Pharoah (Ride Along) in How To Sell A War, the fiction feature debut of documentary director Rudolph Herzog, which wrapped this...
Focus Features Picks Up Cannes Opener 'Everybody Knows'
Focus pounced after Tuesday night’s premiere.‘Everybody Knows’Focus Features has acquired the US, UK and multiple territories to Asghar Farhadi’sCannes opening night film Everybody Knows.Focus pounced after Tuesday night’s premiere and has picked up...
Japan's Kinoshita Group Steps in to Manage Tokyo FILMeX
Previous organiser Office Kitano withdrew from the festival earlier this year.From left to right: Yumiko Takebe, Shozo Ichiyama & Chihiro Wadano from Kinoshita Group, with Dongyu Club president Mizue KunizaneJapanese conglomerate Kinoshita Group...
Kino Lorber Closes US Deal for 'A Paris Education' (Exclusive)
Jean Paul Civeyrac’s black-and-white film will open theatrically in late summer.Andranic Manet, Sophie Verbeeck in ’A Paris Education’Kino Lorber closed a deal for North American rights yesterday (May 8) to Jean Paul Civeyrac’s A Paris Education following...
Lars Von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built' Heading to Spain, New Image Revealed (Exclusive)
Spanish distributor has released previous work from von Trier including ‘Melancholia’ and ‘Dogville’.‘The House That Jack Built’Golem has acquired rights for Spain to Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built from TrustNordisk. The Spanish distributor...
'Lawrence of Arabia' Editor Anne V. Coates Dies at 92
British-born filmmaker worked on Becket, The Elephant Man, In The Line Of Fire.Anne CoatesAnne V. Coates, the Oscar-winning editor of David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia who earned four other Academy Award nominations, has died. She was 92.Coates, who died...
LevelK Boards Thriller 'The Exception' with 'Borgen' Star Sidse Babett Knudsen (Exclusive)
Jesper W Nielsen directs a strong female cast that also includes Danica Curcic, Amanda Collin and Lene Maria Christensen.Sidse Babett Knudsen, Danica Curcic, Amanda Collin, Lene Maria ChristensenLevelK has taken on world sales for The Exception, a new...
Lionsgate Television Group, 3pas Studios Strike Pact
3Pas joins TV talent roster that includes Paul Feig, Ed Zwick, Joel Silver.Instructions Not IncludedLionsgate Television Group has signed Mexican star Eugenio Derbez and his producing partner Benjamin Odell’s 3Pas Studios to a deal covering the production...
Magnolia Pictures Acquires Tribeca Opener 'Love, Gilda'
CNN Films retains North American broadcast rights.Love, GildaMagnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to CNN Films’ Tribeca Film festival opener Love, Gilda.Lisa D’Apolito directed the profile of the late American comedienne Gilda Radner....
M-Appeal Boards Albertina Carri Love Story 'The Daughters of Fire' (Exclusive)
Carri is a key figure in the New Argentinean Cinema movement.‘The Daughters Of Fire’Berlin-based M-Appeal has taken on international sales rights to Argentinian filmmaker Albertina Carri’s The Daughters Of Fire. The film revolves around three women who...
Mark Hamill, 'Stranger Things' Star Noah Schnapp Board Animation 'Hallowaiian: Adventure Hawaii' (Exclusive)
UK sales outfit SC Films is debuting a first teaser in Cannes this week.Mark Hammill, Noah SchnappStar Wars star Mark Hamill and Stranger Things breakout Noah Schnapp have boarded the voice cast of feature animation Hallowaiian: Adventure Hawaii.They...
Miramax to Finance Guy Ritchie’s 'Toff Guys'
Miramax initiated sale with Thorsten Schumacher of Rocket Science.Guy RitciheRecently refinanced Miramax has struck a deal in Cannes to finance Guy Ritchie’s drug crime film Toff Guys.The project will explore the collision between old money European...
M-Line Sells 'Little Forest', Picks Up 'The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale' and 'Feng Shui' (Exclusive)
Based on a Japanese manga, ‘Little Forest’ is directed by Yim Soon-rye and stars Kim Tae-ri.‘Little Forest’South Korean sales company M-Line Distribution has sold Yim Soon-rye’s foodie drama Little Forest to Japan (Klockworx), China (Shangzhou Media),...
Netherlands' Film Production Incentive Boosts Local Industry, Shows Research
Financial contributions worth $55m were made to 256 productions from July 2014 to December 2017.‘Banker To The Resistance’ was supported by the Film Production IncentiveNew research published in the Netherlands this week has revealed the transformative...
Nikkatsu Picks Up Video Game-Based 'Dreadout: Tower of Hell' Co-Produced by CJ (Exclusive)
’Dreadout: Tower Of Hell’ is scheduled to start shooting in July 2018.‘Dreadout: Tower Of Hell’ will be based on the popular video game series, picturedJapanese studio Nikkatsu Corp has reached a deal with Korea’s CJ E&M to handle worldwide sales...
'One Day': Cannes Review
A day in the life of a working mother juggling four children turns out to be an unexpecedly powerful drama‘One Day’Dir: Zsófia Szilágyi. Hungary. 2018.Juggling one child’s busy schedule is a parental headache; with three, life can become a spreadsheet...
Paul Dano on His Directing Debut 'Wildlife' and Writing with Girlfriend Zoe Kazan
Dano opened Cannes Critic’s Week with his directing debut Wildlife, which premiered at Sundance.Paul DanoBafta-nominated actor Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) opened Cannes Critic’s Week with his directing debut Wildlife, which premiered at Sundance....
Picture Tree Adds to Cannes Slate (Exclusive)
New titles include dark comedy ‘Outmastered’ and thriller ‘Playmaker’.‘Outmastered’Berlin-based outfit Picture Tree International has added several projects to its Cannes slate. Among the company’s new titles are Outmastered, a dark comedy from Oskar...
'Rafiki': Cannes Review
Kenya’s first film at Cannes brings a fresh energy to its central lesbian love story‘Rafiki’Dir.Wanuri Kahui . South Africa, Kenya, France, Netherlands, Germany, Norway. 2018. 82minsHailed as a breakthrough for African cinema and subsequently banned...
Renny Harlin Launches China Production Outfit
Director teams with producer Daljit DJ Parmar (Kung Fu Yoga) to launch Beijing and Hong Kong-based production and finance company.Renny Harlin and Daljit DJ ParmarDirector Renny Harlin and producer Daljit DJ Parmar (Kung Fu Yoga) have launched a Beijing...
RT Features, Sikelia Productions Partner on 'Port Authority', 'Murina'
Martin Scorsese to produce both features.RT Features and Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions are in Cannes touting their production and financing partnership on Danielle Lessovitz’s Port Authority and Croatian writer-director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s...
Seattle International Film Festival Unveils 2018 Works-in-Progress Forum (Exclusive)
Arianna Bocco, David Magdael among mentors.ParadiseThe Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced the filmmakers for the 2018 New Works-in-Progress Forum supporting emerging talent, including four feature projects, two documentaries and...
'Sorry Angel': Cannes Review
Christophe Honore returns with a tale of an HIV-positive writer in nineties ParisSorry AngelDir/scr. Christophe Honore. France, 2018, 132 minsCompeting at Cannes for the first time in over a decade, author/playwright/film-maker Christophe Honore delivers...
STX to Co-Produce Zombie Brother with Tencent, Channing Tatum
STX, Tencent Pictures and Tatum’s Free Association team on adaptation of hit digital comic.STX Entertainment is teaming with China’s Tencent Pictures and Channing Tatum’s Free Association to co-produce an adaptation of Tencent digital comic Zombie Brother....
Taipei Film Festival Unveils Competition Line-Up
Festival announces the 12 films that will screen in its International New Talent Competition for first and second features.Dear ExTaipei Film Festival has unveiled the 12 films that will screen in its International New Talent Competition for first and...
'The Eyes of Orson Welles': Cannes Review
Reservations about the need for yet another film on Orson Welles are soon silenced by the latest highly personal documentary.The Eyes Of Orson WellesDir Mark Cousins. UK. 2018. 110minsReservations about the need for yet another film on Orson Welles are...
Tianying Media Announces Suspense Drama 'June' with Aaron Kwok
Wang Yang’s feature debut will start shooting in New York this month.Aaron Kwok and Miao MiaoAaron Kwok and Chinese actress Miao Miao (Youth) will star in Tianying Media’s suspense drama June, which is scheduled to start shooting in New York in mid-May.The...
Tokyo Film Festival Announces Koji Yakusho, Masaaki Yuasa Retrospectives
Japanese actor Yakusho’s work includes 1997 Palme d’Or winner The Eel.Koji Yakusho, Masaaki YuasaThis year’s Tokyo Inte­­­rnational Film Festival (TIFF, October 25-November 3) will be hosting retrospectives of the work of Japanese actor Koji Yakusho...
True Colours Ramps Up Italian Slate, Including Un Certain Regard Title 'Euforia' (Exclusive)
New roll of comedies includes Valerio Attansio’s directorial debut ‘The Handyman’.‘Euphoria’A little over two years after launching, True Colours has grown into one of the most important Italian sales companies.This year, the company headed by former...
UK Film Execs Make Predictions for Brexit Impact
The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.When Munira Mirza, an advisor on arts and philanthropy to the UK government and the former deputy mayor for education and culture of London, was on a panel titled ‘The Creative Industries...
UK Zombie Prison Feature 'Patients of A Saint' Underway
Principal photography on the film will run from April 23-June 9.‘Patients Of A Saint’Principal photography is underway on Patients Of A Saint, a zombie prison genre film directed by Russell Owen.Produced by Golden Crab Films, the film is based on Matthew...
Vision Films Brings Latin American Hit 'The Healer' to Cannes (Exclusive)
Director Paco Arango has donated his earnings on the film to childrens cancer charities.‘The Healer’Vision Films is in Cannes with new sales title The Healer, a former number one release in Colombia that was also a hit in Mexico, Central America and...
Voltage Starts Sales on 'The Haunting of Nicole Brown Simpson' with Mena Suvari (Exclusive)
The feature is the second in an anthology of true-story supernatural films.Mena SuvariVoltage Pictures has commenced worldwide sales on the Croisette on psychological thriller The Haunting Of Nicole Brown Simpson starring Mena Suvari.The feature is the...
Wizart Seals Deals on Two Animated Titles (Exclusive)
The Russian animation outfit have arranged sales for ‘The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands’ and ‘Sheep And Wolves: Pig Deal’.‘The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands’Russian animation outfit Wizart has confirmed new deals on animated features The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands...
WTFilms Scoops World Sales on SXSW Hit 'The Unicorn' (Exclusive)
Robert Schwartzman’s second feature follows a couple searching for a third party to pep up their love life.‘The Unicorn’Paris-based WTFilms has acquired worldwide rights to Robert Schwartzman’s zany romantic comedy The Unicorn, which premiered at SXSW...
'Yomeddine': Cannes Review
An Egyptian leper and an orphan boy embark on a journey of discoveryYomeddineDir/scr: A.B. Shawky. Egypt. 2018. 97minsA simple story told with abundant gentleness, Yomeddine looks at a group of outcasts with such compassion and generosity that it has...
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