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Asif Kapadia's 'Maradona' Amongst Cineart Acquisitions (Exclusive)
The latest acquisitions were confirmed at the Cannes Marché du Film.Cineart has added Asif Kapadia’s ‘Maradona’Benelux’s leading arthouse buyers have confirmed their latest acquisitions at the Cannes Marché du Film. Cineart has added Life Itself (sold...
Atwater Capital Raises $30M Fund
‘The most powerful position in today’s marketplace is being in control of strong underlying material.’Atwater Capital has launched a $30m content investment fund to provide financial backing for creative partners in the acquisition and development of...
Billie Piper to Make Directing Debut with "Anti-Rom-Com" 'Rare Beasts' (Exclusive)
Piper has written the script and will star in the film, which will shoot in London and Spain in September.Billie PiperUK actress Billie Piper is set to make her feature directorial debut with “anti-rom-com” Rare Beasts. Western Edge Pictures (WEP), whose...
'Border (Gräns)': Cannes Review
A lonely customs officer forms a bond with a strange traveller‘Border’Dir Ali Abbasi. Sweden-Denmark. 2018. 101minsDiscovering your true self is fraught with untold difficulties in Border (Gräns). Ali Abbasi’s second feature, following 2016’s Shelley,...
'Breaking In': Review
Gabrielle Union has to fight her way in through a domestic invasionBreaking InDir. James McTeigue. US. 2018. 88 mins.A routine, modestly-budgeted domestic invasion thriller which only screams “home streaming!”, Breaking In functions as a showcase for...
'Cold War': Cannes Review
Pawel Pawlikowski follows up Ida with this story of two lovers in 1950s PolandCold WarDir. Pawel Pawlikowski. Poland/UK/France 2018. 89 minsEven without reading background material, it comes as no surprise that the closing frame of Pawel Pawlikowski’s...
Doha Backs New Projects by Feras Fayyad, Hiam Abbass and Ely Dagher, Opens Up to TV and Web
Qatari institution unveils 34 projects selected for its 2108 spring grants cycle.‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’Oscar-nominated documentarian Feras Fayyad, Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbass and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Ely Dagher are among...
Escape Drama 'Sobibor' Seals Deals (Exclusive)
Konstantin Khabensky’s directorial debut screens at the market on May 10.‘Sobibor’Russian actor Konstantin Khabensky’s directorial debut Sobibor has sealed key territory sales in advance of its screening in the Cannes market. Sobibor is produced by Cinema...
'Film Festival Doctor' Launches Production Outfit, Plots First Feature (Exclusive)
‘Skendleby’ is a horror adapted from Nick Brown’s novel.Rebekah Louisa SmithThe Film Festival Doctor, the festival consultancy business run by Rebekah Louisa Smith, is moving into production with UK horror Skendleby.The project is being adapted from...
Football Doc Sequel 'Streetkids United' in the Works (Exclusive)
Third entry in the series will show the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Moscow.‘Streetkids United II: The Girls From Rio’ depicted the 2014 Street Child World CupThe third entry in the Streetkids documentary franchise, Streetkids United III - The Road...
Former NFTS Head Nik Powell Brings Two Titles to Cannes (Exclusive)
‘Willow’ is from Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, while ‘Rattlesnakes’ is from NFTS grad Julius Amedume.Nik PowellThe Crying Game producer Nik Powell is in Cannes with two new projects.Powell, who stepped down as director of the UK’s National...
France's Doc & Film Acquires Pierre Cardin Doc 'House of Cardin' (Exclusive)
Cardin, 95, has granted exclusive access to his archives for the film.Pierre Cardin has authorised full access for ‘House Of Cardin’Paris-based Doc & Film has acquired worldwide rights to House Of Cardin, the authorised documentary chronicling the...
French Release of 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Confirmed
Film given permission to open in France after bitter legal battle.The simultaneous French theatrical release of Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, coinciding with its premiere as the closing night film of the Cannes Film Festival, will go...
Future Leaders 2018: The Producers Who Are Rising Stars
Screen International selects and profiles the young producers who are already changing the film industry.Scroll down for the full listScreen International’s seventh annual focus on the rising talents in a key sector of the international film industry...
Gaumont Reports Sales on 'Ibiza' Starring Christian Clavier (Exclusive)
Currently in pre-production, the picture has sold to Benelux, Greece and Poland already.Christian ClavierGaumont is reporting a buzzy start to the market for Arnaud Lemort’s comedy Ibiza starring Christian Clavier as a conservative doctor in his sixties...
Gurinder Chadha Talks 'Blinded by the Light', Her "Spiritual Sequel" to 'Bend It like Beckham'
Chadha is currently shooting the 1980s-set drama.Behind the scenes on ‘Blinded By The Light’While the industry travels to the French Riviera for this year’s Cannes, director Gurinder Chadha is back in the UK shooting feature Blinded By The Light, which...
?Haifaa Al-Mansour Returns to Saudi Arabia for Next Film 'The Perfect Candidate'
Director reteams with Wadjda producers Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul of Razor Film Produktion in Berlin.Haifaa Al-MansourGround-breaking Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour will return home to shoot her next film, The Perfect Candidate, about a young...
Incredible Adds Three to Slate, Including Single-Day Drama 'Life Is Wonderful' (Exclusive)
Two further Dutch films are Barbara Bredero’s ‘Speech’ and Cecilia Verheyden’s ‘Behind The Clouds’.‘Life Is Wonderful’Incredible Film has added three new Dutch films to its Cannes 2018 slate. Frans Weisz’s Life Is Wonderful is a film about love and longing...
Kevin Godley to Direct Young Orson Welles Film 'The Gate' (Exclusive)
British rock musician and video director Kevin Godley (10cc, Godley & Creme) is to make his feature debut.Orson WellesBritish rock musician and video director Kevin Godley (10cc, Godley & Creme) is to make his feature debut with The Gate, a film...
Lee Sin Je, Hiroshi Abe, Sylvia Chang to Star in Astro Shaw, HBO Asia’s 'Garden of Evening Mists'
Adaptation of award-winning Malaysian novel ’The Garden Of Evening Mists’ will also star UK actors David Oakes and John Hannah.Lee Sin JeMalaysian actress Lee Sin je, Japan’s Hiroshi Abe and Taiwan’s Sylvia Chang will star in Astro Shaw and HBO Asia’s...
'Leto': Cannes Review
The early 80s Leningrad music scene is the subject of this drama by Kirill Serebrennikov, currently under house arrest in Russia‘Summer’Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov. Russia/France. 2018. 126 mins.The ideal of rock ‘n’ roll rebellion has long been the stalest...
Lightning Entertainment Sells Steve Carr-Directed Pregnancy Road Movie (Exclusive)
‘Untitled Teen Pregnancy Road Movie (With Zombies)’ will be directed by ‘Daddy Day Care’ director Steve CarrSteve CarrLightning Entertainment has kicked off worldwide sales in Cannes on Untitled Teen Pregnancy Road Movie (With Zombies), which Daddy Day...
M-Line Launches Sales on Dexter's VR Films (Exclusive)
Titles include ‘Along With The Gods VR’, ‘Follow The White Rabbit’ and ‘Help Me’.‘Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds’ was a Dexter Studios production.M-Line Distribution has become South Korea’s first company to launch sales on VR films with a slate...
Mm2 Scores Key Deals for 'Zombiepura' (Exclusive)
Zombie-themed action comedy stars Alaric and Benjamin Heng.‘Zombiepura’Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment has sold zombie-themed action comedy Zombiepura to Korea’s Contents Panda and GSC Movies for Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.Directed...
Myriad Boosts Cannes Slate with Cyrano Retelling '#Roxy' (Exclusive)
instead of love letters, the film uses texting, tweets and Skype as communication.‘#Roxy’Myriad Pictures has bolstered its Cannes slate with international rights to Mosaic Entertainment’s #Roxy, a modern-day retelling of the Cyrano de Bergeracplay.The...
New Europe Boards Doc about Controversial Filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk (Exclusive)
Revered in the 1970s he later became better known as a maker of erotic movies.‘Immoral Tales’Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has boarded world sales for the documentary Love Express: The Disappearance Of Walerian Borowczyk, which explores...
'Petra': Cannes Review
Barbara Lennie puts in a powerful performance as a woman searching for her fatherPetraDir: Jaime Rosales. Sp-Fr-Den. 2018. 107minsPetra (Barbara Lennie) is looking for truth, as she announces early on in the film. “You’re in the wrong place,” says Marisa...
Pyramide Boards 'Passion Simple' Starring Vicky Krieps, Danila Kozlovsky (Exclusive)
‘Phantom Thread’ actress Krieps will play an academic who falls in love with a married diplomat.Vicky Krieps, Danila KozlovskyParis-based Pyramide International has boarded sales on Danielle Arbid’s new film Passion Simple, starring Vicky Krieps as a...
Rafaella Acquires Philippines Rights to Basketball Comedy Uncle Drew (Exclusive)
The film stars NBA legends Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal and Reggie Miller.‘Uncle Drew’Manila-based distributor Rafaella Films International has acquired Philippines rights to basketball comedy Uncle Drew from Lionsgate.Directed by Charles Stone III...
'Samouni Road': Cannes Review
Documentary about the normal Palestinian family torn at the heart of the ‘Zeitoun incident’Samouni RoadDir: Stefano Savona. France-Italy. 2018. 132mins“I don’t know how to tell a story”, says teenage girl Amal Samouni at the beginning of this powerful...
'Sextape': Cannes Review
Female-centric story from France about teen consent is fearless and funnySextapeDir: Antoine Desrosières. France. 2018. 98minsThe currency of modern French relationships still rises and falls on who holds the most power. But in 2018, the mathematical...
Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Nadine Labaki's Cannes Competition Title 'Capernaum'
Distributor handled Where Do We Go Now?‘Capharnaum’Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum ahead of its world premiere in Cannes competition next Thursday and plans an awards-qualifying...
South Korea's CJ E&M and Singapore's Mm2 Strike Financing Pact (Exclusive)
mm2 will co-finance six CJ E&M projects over the next three years, including videogame adaptation ’Dreadout: Tower Of Hell’.‘Dreadout: Tower Of Hell’ will be based on the popular video game series, picturedSouth Korea’s CJ E&M has struck a slate...
Spotlight Launches Sales on Bono-Exec Produced Fairytale (Exclusive)
‘Waiting For The Miracle To Come’ will star Willie Nelson, and feature an original song by Bono and Nelson.U2 singer Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson.Los Angeles-based Spotlight Pictures has launched international sales on the modern fairytale Waiting...
The Heiresses, the Land of Seonghye Win Top Prizes at Jeonju
Ko Hee-young’s The Breathing Of Fire and Damien Manivel’s Diary Of A Dancer took top awards in Jeonju Project Market.The HeiressesParaguayan director Marcelo Martinessi’s feature debut The Heiresses won the International Competition’s Grand Prize at...
Toronto Unveils Platform Jurors
Festival to announce line-up on August 7.Margarethe von Trotta, Béla Tarr, and Lee Chang-dongMargarethe von Trotta, Bela Tarr, and Lee Chang-dong will form the 2018 The Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) Platform jury.Now in its fourth year,...
'To the Ends of the World': Cannes Review
Gaspard Ulliel, Gerard Depardieu are stand-outs in this haunting story of revenge in IndochinaTo The Ends Of The WorldDir: Guillaume Nicloux. France. 2017. 103minsLove, longing, cruelty, revenge, grief, and mercy are exquisitely evoked in To The Ends...
UK Paranormal Thriller 'Astral' Gets Sales Deal, Sells to North America (Exclusive)
The film, featuring ’Fear The Walking Dead star Frank Dillane, has been picked up for sales by Film Seekers.‘Astral’Chris Mul’s UK paranormal thriller Astral has scored a deal with Vertical Entertainment for North American distribution and has also been...
'White Riot' Scores French Deal for Visit Films (Exclusive)
Visit concluded the deal with The Jokers Films at the Great 8 Showcase in Cannes.‘White Riot’Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has closed a deal with The Jokers Films in France on Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot.Visit concluded the deal in...
Will Blockchain Become a Game-Changer for the Film Industry?
A number of film industry parties are exploring the use of this decentralised digital ledger.The blockchain, a decentralised digital ledger that offers a way to verify and record transactions over a secure, encrypted platform, will, say early adopters,...
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