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Articles from November 7

AFM 2019: The Buzz Titles from Europe
As the 2019 American Film Market kicks off, Screen highlights some of the buzziest projects from Europe being offered by international sales companies.Francemk2 Films is launching sales on Emmanuel Courcol’s comedy The Big Hit, starring Kad Merad as...
Anti-Worlds Acquires UK Rights to Tragicomedy ‘Patrick’ (Exclusive)
The new distribution outfit acquired the title from Beta Films.Anti-Worlds, the new UK distribution company launched earlier this year, has taken British rights to Tim Mielants’ Patrick, which is on Beta Cinema’s AFM slate.The Belgian tragicomedy had...
BFI Revamps Vision Awards, Launches New Training Programme
Awards will see up to £2.5m in lottery funding allocated to 20 UK-based producers or producer teams.The BFI is revamping the Vision Awards, which provide investment to up-and-coming producers, by adjusting the eligibility criteria to producers later...
Blue Finch Buys 'Big Lebowski' Spin-Off ‘the Jesus Rolls’ for the UK (Exclusive)
Cornerstone is selling the film which premiered at Rome Film Festival.At the start of AFM, John Turturro’s Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls has been picked up for the UK and Ireland by new UK distributor Blue Finch Film Releasing.The film, which...
Celluloid Dreams Reveals Bumper Sales on ‘the Painted Bird’, ‘Babyteeth’, ‘the Swallows of Kabul’ (Exclusive)
The venerable sales company changed its strategy before Berlin.Celluloid Dreams has unveiled a slew of deals on its Venice competition titles The Painted Bird and Babyteeth andCannes selection The Swallows Of Kabul, in a sign that the rationalised, targeted...
Epic Pictures Closes Multiple Territories on TIFF Selection ‘Sea Fever’ (Exclusive)
TIFF selection lands at Signature in UK, Icon in Australia/New Zealand, Gussi in Mexico, Colombia, Central AmericaEpic Pictures Group has closed key territories on deals on the sci-fi thriller Sea Fever that premiered in Toronto and stars Hermione Corfield,...
Marrakech Film Festival Unveils 2019 Line-Up
‘Knives Out’ to open 18th edition of the festival.The 18th Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov 29-Dec 7) has revealed its 2019 line-up.The competition line-up features 14 films from first or second-time directors. Five of the films competing for...
My Screen Life: Susan Wendt, Sales Agent
The sales agent supremo talks about an office in the red-light district, her top TV recommendation and what Quentin Tarantino would bring to a biopic of her life.Susan Wendt is managing director at Copen­hagen-based TrustNordisk.She was working at Nordisk...
New Berlinale Team Looking for Solutions to Fill Venue Gap Ahead of 2020 Edition
It is looking at “alternative scenarios” following the loss of the CineStar multiplex.Incoming Berlinale chiefs Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek are dealing with a set of unexpected organisational challenges as they attempt to tie down structural...
New Europe Boards Magnus Von Horn’s ‘Sweat’ (Exclusive)
It’s the director’s second feature after 2015 Cannes title ’The Here After’.At the start of the AFM, Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has taken on world sales rights for Magnus von Horn’s upcoming drama Sweat, one of the...
Nik Powell, Former NFTS Director and Veteran Producer, Dies Aged 69
Powell founded Palace Productions with Stephen Woolley in 1983.Nik Powell, the former director of the UK’s National Film And Television School (NFTS), has died aged 69.Powell had been receiving treatment for cancer. He died this morning (November 7)...
Sci-Fi 'Empathy, Inc.' Sells for Oration Films to UK, Turkey (Exclusive)
Savage twist on 19th century voyeur tourism.Timothy O’Brien’sLos Angeles-based sales companyOration Films has signed all-rights deals on Yedidya Gorsetman’s black and white sci-fi thriller Empathy, Inc for Turkey and the UK. Arrow Films will release...
'The Good Liar': Review
Dir: Bill Condon. US. 2019. 110minsHoping to be a stylish, witty conman thriller, The Good Liar starts out as an amusing lark but fails to stay ahead of its audience, piling on the ludicrousness until it’s impossible to take the proceedings seriously....
Top Fox Buyer Ray Strache Departs Studio after Two Decades (Exclusive)
Veteran of more than 22 years played key role in acquiring close to 50 Searchlight titles.Ray Strache, who most recently served as executive vice-president global acquisitions and co-productions at Fox and Fox Searchlight and enjoyed a broad remit with...
Venice Critics’ Week Chief, ‘the Favourite’ Producer Selected for TorinoFilmLab Juries (Exclusive)
Giona Nazzaro and Ed Guiney among those selected to preside over funding.TorinoFilmLab has named the juries presiding over its various production and co-production grants to be announced later this month.Venice Critics’ Week head Giona Nazzaro, Isabelle...
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