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Articles from February 19

'3 Days in Quiberon': Berlin Review
Dramatisation of actress Romy Schneider’s incendiary 1981 interview with Stern magazineMarie BaümerDir/scr: Emily Atef. Germany, Austria, France. 2018. 116 mins1981, the Breton town of Quiberon. The actress Romy Schneider (Marie Bäumer) checked into...
'7 Days in Entebbe': Berlin Review
Working Title’s version of the 1976 Air France hijacking stars Danuel Brühl and Rosamund PikeRosamund Pike, Daniel BrühlDir: José Padilha. USA, UK. 2018. 107 minsJosé Padilha (Elite Squad, Robocop) brings a typically bruising approach to this fictionalised...
Adriana Chiesa Confirms Deals for 'My Name Is Thomas', 'Water and Sugar'
At the EFM Chiesa also presenting Roberta Torre’s Riccardo Va All’Inferno (Bloody Richard).Terence HillAdriana Chiesa has confirmed a number of deals on her EFM slate led by a pre-sale of road movie My Name Is Thomas by spaghetti western legend Terence...
Arts Pictures Close Major Chinese Deal for 'Ice' (Exclusive)
Screening in EFM, Ice took $8.7m in first week in Russia.‘Ice’Fedor Bondarchuk and Dmitry Rudovsky’s Moscow-based Arts Pictures Studio has closed a major Chinese deal for its new figure skating melodrama Ice, which has stormed to $8.7m in its first week...
Babak Jalali Preparing Fictional Film Based on Grenfell Tower Disaster (Exclusive)
Film provisionally titled A Town On Patagonia will take place in Italy.Babak JalaliLondon-based Iranian filmmaker Babak Jalali, whose latest feature Land screens in Panorama here, is preparing a new fictional film that will be based around last summer’s...
Bafta Explain Barry Norman 'In Memoriam' Omission
Film critic will be considered for TV awards.Barry NormanThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) have explained why critic Barry Norman was omitted from the ’In Memoriam’ segment at last night’s Film Awards ceremony.Norman passed away...
Baftas 2018: The Best Speeches
#TimesUp was praised by many winners, as was the strength of British filmmaking talent.Joanna LumleyThe 71st British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards took place on Sunday 18 February, with the gender equality #TimesUp movement the dominant theme...
Baftas 2018: 'Three Billboards' Triumphs at Ceremony Dominated by #TimesUp Campaign
The night was dominated by messages of solidarity and support for the victims of sexual harassment and bullying.Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriThe 2018 Bafta Film Awards, which saw Three Billboards take five prizes including best film, were...
Belgian Box Office Hit 'Gangsta' Scores Japan, France Deals (Exclusive)
Crime tale generated 333,000 admissions in Dutch-speaking Benelux.‘Gangsta’Belgian box office smash hit Gangsta has been snapped up for Japan by Clockworx and for France by Apollo Films in a pair of deals with Indie Sales.Directed by Adil El Arbi and...
Berlin 2018: Screen's Dailies
Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Berlin International Film Festival here.Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Berlin International Film Festival here.Screen Berlin 2018 Day 6Screen Berlin 2018 Day 5Screen Berlin...
Berlin Competition Title 'In the Aisles' Sells to US
Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski star in film.In The Aisles, which has its premiere on Friday (Feb 23) in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, has been picked up for US distribution by Music Box Films.Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski in ‘In The Aisles’Sales...
'Black Panther' Posts Biggest Ever February Opening at UK Box Office with £17.7M
Disney Marvel feature surpasses entire UK run of Captain America in first six days.‘Black Panther’UK Top FiveRank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week1 Black Panther (Disney) £10.48m £17.7m 12 Fifty Shades Freed (Universal)...
Budget-Focused Development Programme Less Is More Unveils 2018 Crop (Exclusive)
Ten projects selected for Creative Europe-backed scheme.Ten projects have been selected for the second Less Is More (LIM) development programme backed by Creative Europe.The scheme is open to teams producing their first, second or third features, and...
China Box Office: 'Monster Hunt 2' Powers Weekend to Global Record
Six major Chinese-language titles deliver $535m, the biggest three-day weekend in a single market ever.‘Monster Hunt 2’To welcome the Year of the Dog, the Chinese blockbusters lit up the box office like firecrackers this weekend.Friday, the start of...
Cinetic International Licenses Three Title to NonStop (Exclusive)
The films are Abacus: Small Enough To Jail by Steve James, Love Cecil by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, and Ethan Hawke’s Blaze.Cinetic International has licensed three titles at the EFM to Scandinavian distributor NonStop - Abacus: Small Enough To Jail by...
'Daughter of Mine': Berlin Review
A beautifully acted and crafted drama from Laura Bispuri plays in Competition in BerlinSara Casu, Alba Rohrwacher, Valeria GolinoDir. Laura Bispuri. Italy/Germany/Switzerland. 2018. 100 minsTwo mothers, the birth mother and the adoptive one, battle for...
DDI's Sci-Fi 'Genesis' Heading to UK, US and Japan
Genesis marks the third feature to hail from British writer-director duo Bart Ruspoli and Freddie Hutton-Mills.‘Genesis’ posterToronto-based DDI has licensed a raft of deals on sci-fi Genesis led by a US sale to Vertical Entertainment and a UK sale to...
Deal Productions, Film Clinic Team on First Luxembourg-Egyptian Co-Production 'Sawah' (Exclusive)
Adolf El Assal - who grew up between Dubai, London and Luxembourg - co-wrote the screenplay and directs.‘Sawah’Luxembourg producer Alexandra Hoesdroff and Egypt’s top independent producer Mohamed Hefzy are teaming up on Sawah, the first co-production...
DocMode Launches Michael Jackson Feature Doc at EFM
Film follows tribute artists honouring the man in Mirroring Michael Jackson.The King of Pop in ‘Mirroring Michael Jackson’DocMode, the documentary arm of Clay Epstein’s LA-based Film Mode Entertainment, has launched worldwide sales at this week’s European...
Evolutionary Films Seals Deals on John Lennon Doc and Action Title 'Vengeance' (Exclusive)
Company starts to come together with business around the world.‘Looking For Lennon’UK-based finance, production and sales outfit Evolutionary Films has closed a slew of deals on two of the titles on its slate.Music documentary Looking For Lennon has...
Film Movement Scoops Up Celluloid Titles 'The Sower', 'La Familia' (Exclusive)
Gustavo Rondon Córdova’s debut La Familia world premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week last year.‘La Familia’Film Movement has acquired North American rights to French director Marine Francen’s first feature The Sower and Venezuelan filmmaker Gustavo Rondon...
Gus Van Sant on 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot' and Why a Theatrical Release Is Still Crucial
Gus Van Sant talks to Screen about his Amazon-financed project.Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant on the set of Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot’Gus Van Sant could easily be the most anonymous person in the room when Screen International meets the...
'In the Realm of Perfection': Berlin Review
Unusual sporting study seems set for wide serveDir/scr: Julien Faraut. France. 2018. 95minsEver since he exploded onto the tennis scene as a teenage amateur in the late 1970s, American player John McEnroe has been a source of fascination; not only for...
Isabel Coixet's 'The Bookshop' Scores Key Deals at EFM (Exclusive)
Goya-winner heading to Italy, Hungary, Iceland and South America.‘The Bookshop’Isabel Coixet’s Goya-winning The Bookshop that just received its international premiere in Berlinale Special has sparked a raft of deals at the EFM.Celsius Entertainment has...
'Isle of Dogs', 'Dovlatov' Set Early Pace on Screen's Berlin Jury Grid
Both films record strong ratings on the 2018 edition of the grid.Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs, which opened the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, and Alexey German Jr’s Dovlatov are setting the early pace on this year’s Screen Berlin jury grid.Screen’s international...
Ken Loach, Isabel Coixet among Directors to Sign Open Letter for European Film
Other signatories include Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu and Claude Lelouch.Ken Loach, Isabel CoixetKen Loach, Isabel Coixet, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu and Claude Lelouch have joined 160 filmmakers in signing an open...
'L'Animale': Berlin Review
A young tomboy comes to maturity in a small Austrlian town in the second feature from Katharina MuecksteinSophie StockingerDir: Katharina Mueckstein. Austria. 2018. 97 minsGrowing up different in the clannish teen landscape of rural Austria is a struggle....
'Lemonade': Berlin Review
Cristian Mungiu produced this downbeat debut by Romanian director Ioana UricaruMalina Manovici, Milan HurducDir. Director Ioana Uricaru. Romania/Canada/Germany/Sweden 2018. 88 minsLemonade is nothing if not topical. Its depressing tale of a Romanian...
'Operation Red Sea': Review
Dante Lam follows up his 2016 blockbuster ‘Operation Mekong’ with a Chinese rescue mission set in a fictional Arab countryDir: Dante Lam. China. 2018. 138 minsSubtlety is the first casualty of war in Operation Red Sea, which dispatches an elite division...
Russian Box Office Hit 'Three Seconds' Heading to China (Exclusive)
Three Seconds grossed approximately $50m.‘Three Seconds’Central Partnership has confirmed a Chinese deal on Russian basketball film Three Seconds with Beijing AIRMITA Culture Development Co. and licensed Spain to Mediaset amid a boom in sports films...
Sam Keeley Cast in 'Adventures of A Mathematician' (Exclusive)
Screen Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Keeley will play US mathematician Jack Calkin.Sam KeeleyFurther casting and financing has been confirmed on Thor Klein’s Adventures Of A Mathematician, which Mongrel Media represents for international sales at the EFM.Rising...
Sandra Hüller to Reunite with 'Toni Erdmann' Producer on 'Exil' (Exclusive)
Principal photography beginning in autumn, producer Jonas Dornbach revealed to Screen.Sandra HüllerSandra Hüller, the award-winning star of Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, will be reunited with the film’s producer Komplizen Film for the female lead in Kosovo-born...
Spotlight Jumps on 'Juggernaut' with Jack Kesy, Amanda Crew (Exclusive)
Vancouver’s Mad Samurai Productions produces with financing from Telefilm Canada.‘Juggernaut’Los Angeles-based Spotlight Pictures has acquired international sales rights to the thriller Juggernaut starring Jack Kesy, who stars in 12 Strong and the upcoming...
‘The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear’: Berlin Review
Danish animation sets sail for 100 territoriesDirs: Philip Einstein Lipski, Amalie Næsby Fick, Jørgen Lerdam. Denmark. 2017. 79 mins.Bright, bouncy and busy from start to finish, Danish animation The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear lends its buoyant...
True Colours Signs Deals on 'Naples in Veils' Plus More from Slate (Exclusive)
Prokino take Naples in Germany, Aurora Film in Poland.‘Naples In Veils’Italy’s True Colours has announced a streak of deals on thriller Naples In Veils and several other titles on its EFM slate.Ferzan Ozpetek’s Naples In Veils gone to Prokino for Germany...
TrustNordisk Closes Deals on 'Becoming Astrid' (Exclusive)
Film based on Astrid Lindgren, who would later write Pippi Longstocking books.‘Becoming Astrid’TrustNordisk has closed a number of deals on Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Becoming Astrid, ahead of the drama’s world premiere as a Berlinale Special Gala...
'U - July 22': Berlin Review
Eric Poppe’s drama recreates the tragic events on the Norwegian island of UtøyaU - July 22Dir. Eric Poppe. Norway. 2018. 90 minsIt’s unlikely there will be a more harrowing or heart-breaking film at the Berlinale, or any film festival this year, than...
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