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Articles from February 12

Adolf El Assal Lines Up Hi-Jinks Comedy 'Sawah' (Exclusive)
Stars Karim Kassem as Cairo-based DJ Samir.Luxembourgish-Egyptian director Adolf El Assal, a former Berlinale Talents alumnus, has touched down at the EFM this year with his second film Sawah, a hi-jinks comedy combining a storyline and talent from the...
Aretha Franklin Concert Doc 'Amazing Grace' Sells to Studiocanal for UK, Australia (Exclusive)
NEON previously acquired US rights to long-gestating concert film.Studiocanal has acquired Aretha Franklin concert documentary Amazing Grace for the UK, Australia and New Zealand ahead of its European premiere out of competition at the Berlinale on Friday...
Berlin 2019: Screen's Dailies
Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Berlin International Film Festival.Screen Berlin 2019 Day 6Screen Berlin 2019 Day 5Screen Berlin 2019 Day 4Screen Berlin 2019 Day 3Screen Berlin 2019 Day 2Screen Berlin 2019 Day 1*Screen’s Berlin...
Beta Cinema Grabs Thriller 'Hinterland' Starring Vicky Krieps (Exclusive)
Period crime thriller from Oscar-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky co-stars Murathan Muslu.Beta Cinema has picked up international sales on Oscar-winning Stefan Ruzowitzky’s next feature Hinterland to star Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) and Murathan Muslu.Principal...
Denis Coté's 'Ghost Town Anthology' Takes Third Spot on Screen's Berlin Jury Grid
Six titles still to take their places.Denis Coté’s Ghost Town Anthology has landed on Screen’s Berlin Competition jury grid, taking third place with an average of 2.7 with two scores to come.The film achieved a top score four (excellent) from The Morning...
Dutch Upstart Distributor Gusto Bulks Up Slate at EFM (Exclusive)
Titles include Colombian jungle thriller ‘Monos’.Adventurous young Dutch distribution outfit Gusto is adding to its slate and has snapped up rights to Alejandro Landes’ Colombian jungle thriller Monos, fresh from its Sundance and Berlinale screenings.Amsterdam-based...
EFM 2019 Round-Up: Foreign-Language Fare, US Packages Shine
It was a tale of two markets at the EFM this year.It was a tale of two markets at the EFM this year with sellers of blue-chip foreign-language fare and big US packages in an upbeat mood, while outfits handling smaller arthouse pictures toughed it out...
Elle Driver Strikes Deals on Roberto Saviano Adaptation 'Piranhas' (Exclusive)
Has world premiere in Berlin Competition on February 12.Elle Driver has sealed a slew of deals on Italian teenage crime boss drama Piranhas ahead of its world premiere in competition in Berlin this evening (Feb 12).The feature is adapted from Italian...
'Farewell to the Night': Berlin Review
Catherine Deneuve stars in the latest drama from André TéchinéDir. André Téchiné. France. 2019. 103 mins.André Téchiné is one of the more productive, but also more variable directors in French cinema – someone who, at his best, can create complex realist...
Film Community Gathers in Berlin to Say Goodbye to Richard Lormand
Fatih Akin, Dieter Kosslick and Alberto Barbera pay tribute to the renowned film publicist, who passed away in December.The film fraternity gathered at the Gropius Mirror on Saturday to bid a fond and sad farewell to Richard Lormand, publicist extraordinaire...
Filmmakers Slam Move to Cut Four Categories from Oscar Broadcast
Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Jason Reitman among those who have criticised the decision.Filmmakers have criticised plans to present the Oscars for four categories off air, after the Academy revealed which awards would miss out yesterday (February...
'Flesh Out': Berlin Review
In Mauritania, northwest Africa, a woman is forced to gain weight for her future husbandDir Michela Occhipinti. Italy. 2019. 94minsFat is a feminist issue in Flesh Out. The assured, sensitively handled second feature from Michela Occhipinti offers a...
German Co-Producer Signs on to Chilean World Cup Qualifier Drama (Exclusive)
‘El Gol Mas Triste’ is set in 1973.Chilean producer Macarena López has signed a deal with a German co-production partner at EFM on the $1.5m Chilean World Cup football team drama El Gol Más Triste (The Saddest Goal) to star Chile’s Luis Gnecco (Neruda)...
How Dogwoof Hit the Big Time with Bafta Winner 'Free Solo'
From humble beginnings, Dogwoof has quietly built up a thriving documentary production, sales and distribution company, and has just enjoyed its first £1m UK box-office hit.Since its inception in 2003, London-based Dogwoof has always been perceived as...
'I Was at Home, But': Berlin Review
A mother struggles to readjust when her missing son returnsDir/scr: Angela Schanelec. Germany,/Serbia. 2019. 105mins“It’s unbearably bad cinema,” rages a key character in Angela Schanelec’s boldly unconventional but defiantly obtuse picture. And it seems...
Jihan El-Tahri Appointed Director of Arab Documentary Agency DOX BOX
Berlin-based organisation nurtures sustainable documentary scene across the Arab world.The renowned French-Egyptian documentary producer and director Jihan El-Tahri has been appointed director of DOX BOX, the Berlin-based organisation devoted to supporting...
Oscars: Why a Best Actress Nod Is Often as Good as a Female-Driven Film Gets
Screen examines data that reveals how actresses have often been cut adrift from the awards mainstreamIf Glenn Close clinches the best actress Oscar this year for her performance in The Wife, this will be the highly regarded veteran performer’s first...
Pathé Unveils Raft of EFM Sales (Exclusive)
Titles include The Best Is Yet To Come, Sweetheart and Let’s Dance.Pathé International has unveiled a raft of EFM sales, led by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patelliere’s The Best Is Yet To Come starring Fabrice Fabrice Luchini and Patrick Bruel...
'Piranhas': Berlin Review
Young Neapolitan gangsters run roughshod over the cityDir: Claudio Giovannesi. Italy. 2018. 110minsItalian director Claudio Giovannesi’s new film is something of a baby Gommorah, not only in its focus on a gang of Neapolitan gangsters who are barely...
Rachel Weisz on 'The Favourite': "It's Just Great Playing Opposite Women"
The actress tells Screen about loving her female co-stars and being directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.Rachel Weisz couldn’t get away from The Favourite even if she wanted to. Speaking to Screen International from New York one mid-January morning, she has...
'Stupid Young Heart': Berlin Review
A 15-year-old Finnish boy becomes embroiled in the politics of a local right-wing gangDir. Selma Vilhunen. Fin/Neth/Swe. 2018. 102mins.Set in a working-class Finnish neighbourhood with a growing multicultural population, Stupid Young Heart steps into...
The Open Reel Closes Deals on EFM Slate (Exclusive)
Italian sales agent does business in Berlin.Turin-based sales agency The Open Reel has closed deals on a number of titles in its European Film Market slate. SPI International has acquired rights for the US and China on Jelle Stroo’s La Deuxieme and Enrique...
'The Shadow Play': Berlin Review
Lou Ye spins a tangled web of corruption in Guangzhou politics and policingDir: Lou Ye. China. 2019. 126minsIn The Shadow Play, sixth generation director Lou Ye, who first made his mark almost twenty years ago with the magical, mysterious Suzhou River,...
Truenorth Plots First English-Language Film 'The Hidden' (Exclusive)
Thriller set to shoot on Iceland.Iceland’s Truenorthis planning its first English-language film, TheHidden, a thriller that could be ready to shoot in the Icelandic highlands by the end of this year.Truenorth is in talks with US partners on the project....
TrustNordisk Inks EFM Deals on Three Family Titles (Exclusive)
Wildwitch, The Shamer’s Daughter – The Serpent Gift, The Ash Lad – In Search of The Golden Castle sell.TrustNordisk has closed a slew of deals on a trio of its family-oriented films.It has sold Kasper Munk’s Danish family adventure Wildwitch to Germany,...
US Drama 'Rory's Way' Picked Up for UK and Ireland by Parkland Entertainment (Exclusive)
Brian Cox stars in film from Oscar-winning producer Arthur Cohn.New UK distributor Parkland Entertainment, now in its second market following last year’s AFM, has taken UK and Ireland rights to US drama Rory’s Way, starring Brian Cox and Rosanna Arquette.The...
WarnerMedia's New Streaming Service Will Initially Only Be Available in the US
Kevin Reilly said the service must succeed in the US before rolling out internationally.WarnerMedia’s streaming service, set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, will initially be available only in the US, though an international roll out is anticipated...
Wizart Launches Alexander Pushkin Franchise (Exclusive)
First film due for completion in 2021.Russian animation specialist Wizart is launching a franchise based on the epic fairy tales by one of Russia’s most celebrated writers, Alexander Pushkin.The first of the films in what is envisaged as a series will...
Zhang Yimou's 'One Second' Withdrawn from Berlin Competition Line-Up
Film pulled for “technical reasons with the post-production”.Zhang Yimou’s One Second has been withdrawn from the Berlinale Competition line-up, the festival has confirmed.A Berlinale spokesman said this was because of “technical reasons with the post-production”....
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