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Articles from February 18

Altitude Takes Ari Folman's 'Where Is Anne Frank?' and 'Maria by Callas' for UK (Exclusive)
Folman’s previous work includes Waltz With Bashir.‘Where Is Anne Frank’Altitude Film Distribution has bolstered its UK release slate with two acquisitions at the EFM.The company has picked up UK rights to Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman’s upcoming...
Baftas 2018: Full List of Winners
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won five awards, including best picture.Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the 2018 Baftas, taking home five awards including best film.The ceremony took place on Feb 18 at the Royal...
'Black Panther', Chinese Titans Drive $1Bn Extended Global Weekend
Marvel Studios release drives monster global session.‘Black Panther’Marvel Studios’ Black Panther roared into life over the weekend, grossing an estimated $361m worldwide through Disney as it combined with two Chinese titans for a six-day extended global...
'Black Panther' Pounces on $192M North American Weekend
Marvel Studios tentpole scores fifth biggest three-day opening weekend in history.Marvel Studios’ Black Panther delivered a colossal three-day North American opening weekend on an estimated $192m that ranks as the highest February launch and fifth highest...
China, German Delegations to Discuss Co-Pro Treaty (Exclusive)
Bridging The Dragon initiative also teaming with EFM and Asian Film and Television Promotion for Sino-European Production Seminar.A group of Chinese officials will meet next week with Germany’s Federal Film Board (FFA) and other film industry representatives...
'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...
Demaizière and Teurlai's 'Lourdes' Joins Upside Distribution Slate (Exclusive)
French filmmaker reveals fresh details about his Lourdes doc.‘Lourdes’French filmmaker Thierry Demaizière has revealed fresh details about his joint work Lourdes, exploring the motivations of the millions of sick pilgrims and volunteers who flock to...
Dogwoof Inks Deals on Vivienne Westwood, Yayoi Kusama Docs (Exclusive)
Lorna Tucker’s Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist premiered at Sundance in January.‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’Documentary specialist Dogwoof has secured a flurry of deals on two of its big sales titles at this week’s European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.Lorna...
'Dovlatov' Producer Confirms New English-Language Project (Exclusive)
Artem Vasilyev is putting together new English-language drama Aspiration.Milan Maric in ‘Dovlatov’Artem Vasilyev, producer of Aleksey German-Jr.’s Berlinale competition entry Dovlatov which screened this weekend, has confirmed he is putting together...
First Look: Matteo Rovere's Roman Epic 'The First King' (Exclusive)
The [Euro]8m film is an “emotional reinterpretation” of the founding of Rome by twins Romulus and Remus.An “emotional reinterpretation” of the mythical tale around the founding of Rome by twins Romulus and Remus, The First King is Matteo Rovere’s [Euro]8m...
Galway Film Fleadh Names New Programmer (Exclusive)
William Fitzgerald will line-up for 2018 festival.Will FitzgeraldThe Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland has unveiled its new programmer following the departure of Gar O’Brien, who has stepped down after seven years in the role.William Fitzgerald has taken...
'Genesis': Berlin Review
Evoking comparisons to Iñárritu, Árpád Bogdán splits his Roma-centred story into three equal partsDir/scr. Árpád Bogdán. Hungary. 2018. 120 min.Following up his 2007 festival thoroughbred Happy New Life, director Árpád Bogdán once again stirs the political...
Good Move Media Picks Up Malaysian Heist Drama 'Fly by Night' (Exclusive)
The film is the debut feature of Zahir Omar.‘Fly By Night’Hong Kong-based sales agent Good Move Media has picked up international rights to Malaysian heist drama Fly By Night (working title), starring Sunny Pang, Jack Tan and Fabian Loo.The debut feature...
‘Human, Space, Time and Human’: Berlin Review
Kim Ki-duk’s latest isn’t helped by some overt similarities to ’mother!’Mina FujiiDir/scr. Kim Ki-duk. South Korea, 2018, 122 mins.Part survival-of-the-fittest horror film, part allegory, part twisted take on humanity’s origins, devouring urges and the...
Hungarian National Film Fund Director Praises New Generation of Women Directors (Exclusive)
Success of Oscar-nominated On Body And Soul has also buoyed national industry.‘On Body And Soul’Hungarian National Film Fund director Ágnes Havas has told Screen how a new generation of women directors is fuelling the ongoing revival of the Hungarian...
Industry Leaders Demand Action on Gender Inequality
Are quotas the answer?Anna SernerTop European film professionals called for more action to tackle gender inequality in the industry at a highly-charged Berlinale debate yesterday, with the controversial issue of funding quotas raising its head again.The...
Introducing the 2018 European Shooting Stars
The 10 young European actors selected for this year’s Shooting Stars initiative are in town to meet the global film industry.(Back row, left to right) Irakli Kvirikadze, Luna Wedler, Franz Rogowski, Jonas Smulders, Réka Tenki, Matteo Simoni (Front row,...
'John McEnroe: 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...
'Land': Berlin Review
Iran’s Babak Jalali sets his third film on a Native American reservationDir/scr: Babak Jalali. Italy, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Qatar, 2018, 111minsThe struggles of one stoical, careworn family illustrate the plight of countless Native Americans in...
'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....
LevelK Closes Deals on Danish Relationship Story 'A Horrible Woman' (Exclusive)
Dark comedy passed 167,000 admissions in Denmark & won two Robert Awards.‘A Horrible Woman’LevelK has closed a number of deals on Christian Tafdrup’s buzzy Danish relationship story A Horrible Woman.The film has now sold to China (Lemon Tree), Taiwan...
London Screenings 2018 Fixes Dates (Exclusive)
The 2018 event will take place June 18-21.Film London has revealed the dates for the 15th edition of London Screenings - the UK export market which showcases British films to global buyers.Taking place June 18-21 in 2018, the event will offer attendees...
Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg Thriller 'Terminal' Sells to UK (Exclusive)
Arrow Films takes title, notes for summer release.Margot RobbieArrow Films has picked up UK rights from Highland Film Group to Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal starring Oscar nominee Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and Simon Pegg.Arrow has earmarked a...
'Monster Hunt 2' Drives China Box Office to World Record-Breaking Day
First day of the Chinese New Year holidays breaks record for a single day box office in a single market.‘Monster Hunt 2’China’s total box office on the first day of the Chinese New Year holidays (Feb 16) hit an estimated $205m (RMB1.3bn) powered by Monster...
'Monster Hunt 2': Review
Tony Leung jumps in to the Chinese monsterverse with gusto, and has already helped it break records‘Monster Hunt 2’Dir: Raman Hui. China. 2018. 110 minsWhen a Hollywood sequel needs a boost of star power, the major studios can call on the commercially...
Neue Visionen Acquires Gilles Legrand's 'Best Intentions' (Exclusive)
20th Century Fox also pre-buys the film for 2018 line-up.Gilles LegrandLeading German distribution company Neue Visionen has swooped on French director Gilles Legrand’s comedy drama Best Intentions which is sold internationally by fledgling Paris-based...
Protagonist Inks UK Deal on Sundance Hit 'The Kindergarten Teacher' (Exclusive)
Thunderbird Releasing takes UK rights on Sara Colangelo’s Sundance hit.UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has moved fast to tie up a UK deal on the newest title on its slate, Sara Colangelo’s Sundance hit The Kindergarten Teacher.Thunderbird Releasing...
Sandy Powell and Bennett Miller Named as Masters at Doha's Qumra Event
They join Zvyagintsev, Weerasethakul and Rosi for event, which runs March 9-14.Sandy Powell, Bennett MillerOscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and US director Bennett Miller have been named as the final two masters at the Doha Film Institute’s...
TF1 Studio Seals Deals on 'Memoir of Pain' (Exclusive)
Marguerite Duras-inspired story has taken nearly 250,000 admissions in 3 weeks in France.‘Memoir Of Pain’TF1 Studio has announced a raft of deals on Emmanuel Finkiel’s Memoir Of Pain inspired by French writer Marguerite Duras’s account of her husband’s...
'The Prayer': Berlin Review
A heroin addict goes cold turkey in a remote mountain-top community in Cedric Kahn’s Berlin Competition entryDir. Cedric Kahn. France. 2018. 107 minsAfter a heroin overdose, a 22-year-old young man named Thomas (Anthony Bajon) is deposited at an isolated...
'The Real Estate': Berlin Review
A bracingly grotesque character comedy from Sweden plays out in Berlin’s CompetitionLéonore EkstrandDir: Axel Petersén, Måns Månsson. Sweden/UK. 2018. 88 minsThis bracingly grotesque character study, which explores the Swedish housing crisis from the...
TrustNordisk Closes First Deals on Utoya Film 'U - July 22' (Exclusive)
Erik Poppe’s U - July 22 has its world premiere in Berlinale Competition.Andrea BerntzenTrustNordisk has closed a number of deals on Erik Poppe’s U - July 22 ahead of the film’s world premiere here on Monday in Competition.The film has sold to Latin...
TVCO Bring 'Youtopia' to EFM, Board Sales on Billie August's Versace Project (Exclusive)
YouTopia centres a young woman who makes money through videochat stripping shows.‘YouTopia’Italian sales company TVCO has announced two additions to its line-up: the long-gestating Gianni Versace biopic that Billie August will direct, and Youtopia.August...
UK Women in Film Call for End to Harassment Ahead of Baftas
Several Bafta attendees will bring activists with them to this year’s ceremony.Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Emma WatsonAhead of tonight’s Bafta Film Awards in London, 190 women from the film, theatre and TV industries have co-signed an open letter...
'Virus Tropical': Berlin Review
Intricately animated coming-of-age tale from ColombiaDir: Santiago Caicedo. Colombia. 2017. 97 minsAppealingly intricate animation is the main selling point of this coming-of-age story which captures, perhaps a little too authentically, the self absorption...
'Vita & Virginia' with Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki: Exclusive New Image and Set Report
Screen reports from the Dublin set, where iconic English locations have been brought to life.‘Vita & Virginia’In a quiet corner of suburban Dublin, the Bloomsbury group is bringing art to life. Paintings and drawings are dotted throughout Baldonnell...
Wizart Strikes Sales on 'The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands' (Exclusive)
The company has struck a high-profile deal with Universal Pictures Video France.‘The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands’Russian animation specialist Wizart is racking up more sales on its EFM slate. The company has struck a high-profile deal with Universal Pictures...
‘Xiao Mei’: Berlin Review
A debut from Taiwan is a richly-textured portrait of a mysteriously missing girlChen Yi-WenDir/scr. Maren Hwang. Taiwan, 2018, 95 mins.Xiao Mei is a dialogue-heavy film, staged as interview scenes with the missing titular character’s friends, family...
Zombie Musical 'Anna and the Apocalypse' Sells to UK (Exclusive)
Fantastic Fest premiere in 2017 was followed by prize at Sitges.‘Anna And The Apocalypse’Vertigo Releasing has acquired UK rights to zombie musical Anna And The Apocalypse after sealing a deal with AMP International.The film follows a group of friends...
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