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'10 Years Thailand': Cannes Review
Second in the ‘Ten Years’ series plays out in a future Thailand‘10 Years Thailand’Dirs. Aditya Assarat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Wisit Sasanatieng. Thailand/Hong Kong/Japan. 2018. 95 minsFour Thai filmmakers envisage their country...
'3 Days in Quiberon' Director Emily Atef Lines Up New Project (Exclusive)
“It’s a very hardcore, archaic love story set a year after the Berlin Wall came down,” said Atef.Emily AtefEmily Atef, the award-winning director of 3 Days In Quiberon, is lining up her new project, Some Day We Will Tell Each Other Everything, about...
AMC’s VOD Platform Shudder Takes on Finecut’s 'Monstrum' (Exclusive)
The company has taken rights for North America and the UK and Ireland.‘Monstrum’AMC Networks’ Shudder platform has pounced on South Korean creature feature Monstrum, which Seoul-based sales agent Finecut has also pre-sold to a slew of other territories.AMC...
'Arctic': Cannes Review
Mads Mikkelsen stars as a downed airman struggling to survive in Joe Penna’s gripping tundra-set debut‘Arctic’Dir. Joe Penna. Iceland/US. 2018. 97 mins.One man’s struggle for survival is served straight-up and well-chilled in Brazilian YouTube phenomenon...
'Ash Is Purest White': Cannes Review
Jia Zhangke explores the evolution of China through the experiences of a woman released from jailAsh Is Purest WhiteDir. Jia Zhangke. China. 2018. 141minsJolting, seismic shifts in 21st century Chinese society are viewed through the bittersweet ebb...
Celluloid Dreams Drives Sales for Jafar Panahi's Cannes Competition Title '3 Faces' (Exclusive)
The film has sold to 20 territories.‘3 Faces’Celluloid Dreams has closed a raft of deals on Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s feel-good road movie 3 Faces ahead of its premiere in Competition this weekend.The film has sold to some 20 territories including...
Claes Bang, Jesper Christensen Join Danish #MeToo Project
One hundred Danish actors have contributed to a Danish project presenting everyday people’s #MeToo stories.One hundred Danish actors including Claes Bang (The Square), Danica Curcic (Silent Heart), Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale), Ghita Nørby (Babette’s...
'Dead Souls': Cannes Review
Wang Bing’s excoriating treatment of China’s anti-rightist campaign is a ‘Shoah’ of our time‘Dead Souls’Dir/scr. Wang Bing. France/Switzerland. 2018. 496 mins.Starting in 1957, it took less than five years for thousands of Chinese detainees to slowly...
Debra Granik's 'Nickel and Dimed' Looks for Partners at Cannes (Exclusive)
The project is an adaptation of a book by political activist Barbara Ehrenreich.Debra GranikDebra Granik, who is flying into Cannes for Sunday’s Directors Fortnight screening of her acclaimed drama Leave No Trace, will be on the Croisette to take meetings...
'Diamantino': Cannes Review
Portugese comedy ’Diamantino’ shoots hard but fails to score‘Diamantino’Dirs: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt. Portugal/France/Brazil. 2018. 92 minsGabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt have bitten off more than they could ever hope to chew with their...
Digital Cinema Localisation Firm Eikon to Open 20,000 Sq Ft LA Facility
The building will be ready by the summer at a total cost of £4.5m.The Eikon London headquarters.Digital cinema localisation specialist Eikon Group is creating a new 20,000 sq ft facility in Burbank, Los Angeles at a cost of around £4.5m.The company,...
'El Angel': Cannes Review
Propulsive crime drama from Argentina features a breakthrough performance from newcomer Lorenzo FerroThe AngelDir Luis Ortega. Argentina/Spain. 2018. 118 minsLuis Ortega transforms the story of Argentine killer Carlitos Robledo Puch into a brash, vibrant,...
Frontieres Market at Fantasia Announces First Wave of Projects
Half of features directed by women.Nate Estabrooks’ Aztec Honeymoon from Canada and Robert San Sebastian’s Bedtime from Spain will be among the projects at the 10th Frontieres co-production market when the Fantasia International Film Festival runs in...
Guy Pearce to Star in Action Thriller 'Disturbing the Peace' for Voltage (Exclusive)
Principal photography is scheduled to start in Alabama this summer.Guy PearceGuy Pearce will star as a small-town marshal in the action thriller Disturbing The Peace, which Voltage Pictures is introducing to buyers in Cannes. Principal photography is...
Hugh Jackman Political Drama 'The Front Runner' Lands at Sony
Studio plans autumn release.’The Front Runner’Sony Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to BRON Studios’ The Front Runner directed by Jason Reitman and starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga and J.K. Simmons.The studio plans an autumn release in the awards...
Hungary Greenlights First-Time Features through Incubator Program (Exclusive)
The low-budget initiative’s previous titles include Zsófia Szilágyi’s ‘One Day’, in Critics’ Week at Cannes.Zsófia Szilágyi’s ‘One Day’ is screening in Critics’ Week at Cannes.The Hungarian National Film Fund’s low-budget Incubator Program, aimed at...
'Los Silencios': Cannes Review
A family copes with the fallout of Colombia’s conflict in Beatriz Seigner’s reverie‘Los Silencios’Dir. Beatriz Seigner. Brazil/Colombia/France. 2018. 89 minsA heady, waking-dream sensibility co-exists with a prosaic naturalism in much the same way that...
Lukas Dhont Talks Genderless Casting for His Cannes Transgender Film 'Girl'
Dhont was inspired by a 15 year old who spoke openly about being born in the wrong body.Lukas DhontLukas Dhont was just 18 years old when he got the idea for his first feature film, Girl (he’s now the ripe old age of 26 as the film has its world premiere...
MUBI to Curate Kawashima Homage (Exclusive)
Retrospective will include ‘The Sun In The Last Days Of The Shogunate’.‘The Sun In The Last Days Of The Shogunate’Japanese studio Nikkatsu and curated global VOD platform MUBI are collaborating on a retrospective of the work of Japanese filmmaker Yuzo...
'My Favourite Fabric': Cannes Review
A young woman explores her sexuality as Syria teeters towards warMy Favourite FabricDir: Gaya Jiji. France-Germany-Turkey. 2018. 95minsIn search of freedom in an oppressive society, a defiant young woman exerts her complex personality in a tottering-on-the-brink...
NEON Swoops on Cannes Un Certain Regard Troll Love Story 'Border'
Ali Abbasi directed feature based on short story by author of Let the Right One In.BorderNEON has swooped on North American rights in Cannes to the Swedish troll love story Border following its world premiere in Un Certain Regard on Friday night.Ali...
Pan-Asian Cinema World Picks Up Titles from Italy's Summerside (Exclusive)
They include Austrian drama Chucks, Finnish muscial drama Urban Family, and Canadian thriller Anna.‘Anna’The pan-Asian film channel Cinema World has bought a raft of international titles from Italian sales outfit Summerside International.They include...
Rediance Makes Anthony Chen's 'Wet Season' Its First Investment (Exclusive)
The sales agency has launched a financing arm.Anthony ChenBeijing-based sales agency Rediance has launched a film financing arm and has set Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen’s Wet Season as its first investment.The film is Chen’s long-awaited follow-up...
Rock Band Biffy Clyro Reveal Film Project 'Balance, Not Symmetry' (Exclusive)
Lead singer Simon Neil writes screenplay with director Jamie Adams; band to record new album for film.Biffy ClyroScottish rock band Biffy Clyro are teaming with Welsh writer-director Jamie Adams on Balance, Not Symmetry which is set to shoot in Glasgow...
Satoshi Tsumabuki, Etsushi Toyokawa to Star in Japan-Taiwan Co-Production ‘Paradise Next’
Japanese composer-filmmaker Yoshihiro Hanno is directing the film produced by Taiwan’s Joint Pictures and Japan’s Shimensoka Co.Satoshi Tsumabuki and Etsushi ToyokawaJapanese stars Satoshi Tsumabuki and Etsushi Toyokawa will head the cast of Japan-Taiwan...
Saudi Arabia Launches 35% Cash Rebate for International Productions
Saudi Arabia announces incentives aimed at kick-starting film and TV industry.Saudi Arabia is launching a 35% cash rebate for international productions shooting in the territory to kickstart its drive to build a cinema and TV industry from scratch after...
'Sauvage': Cannes Review
A male prostitute searches for genuine loveSauvageDir: Camille Vidal-Naquet. France. 2018. 99minsThe kindness - and unkindness - of strangers looms large in the life of a feral male prostitute in Sauvage, an incredibly frank and involving immersive portrait...
September Films Branches out into Co-Production and Sales (Exclusive)
Company sets up own international sales agent, Nine Film.September will release LevelK title ‘The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear’Pim Hermeling’s September Films, one of Benelux’s leading art house distributors, is to diversify into international...
? 'Shéhérezade': Cannes Review
It’s a familiar story, but Jean-Bernard Marlin finds new emotion in this drama set in the Marseilles underworld‘Shéhérezade’Dir. Jean-Bernard Marlin. France. 2018. 109 mins.The mythical Scheherezade told a thousand and one stories, while French street...
Shudder Scores Key Territories for 'The Witch in the Window' (Exclusive)
The company has picked up all rights for UK, US, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.‘The Witch In The Window’Shudder, the genre-focused SVoD service, has bought a significant list of territories on writer-director Andy Mitton’s ghost story The...
Stacy Martin, Haley Joel Osment among Stars on Instrum's Slate (Exclusive)
New title Rosy stars Martin, Nat Wolff, Tony Shalhoub and Johnny Knoxville.Stacy Martin, Haley Joel OsmontRyan Keller’s US-based Instrum International is in Cannes with a slate of new sales titles led by psychosexual thriller Rosy starring Nat Wolff,...
Supernatural Horror 'The Hollow Child' Scores US Deal (Exclusive)
Vertical Entertainment is scheduling a day and date release for later this month.‘The Hollow Child’UK genre outfit Devilworks has secured a US distribution deal on its supernatural horror The Hollow Child with Vertical Entertainment.In the film, highly...
Swedish Film Institute's Moving Sweden Changes Focus (Exclusive)
It will back three to seven 60 minute-plus films per year.Moving Sweden has already backed low-budget features such as ‘Jimmie’Moving Sweden, the new formats scheme at the Swedish Film Institute, is shifting its focus to low-budget feature films from...
'The Big Take' Sells to UK, US with Archstone (Exclusive)
The company has also taken rights to Australia and New Zealand on Justin Daly’s feature debut.‘The Big Take’Archstone Distribution has acquired US, UK, and Australia and New Zealand rights to Justin Daly’s directorial debut The Big Take from the US’...
'The Image Book': Cannes Review
An ‘intractably hardcore’ work by Jean-Luc Godard.‘The Image Book’Dir: Jean-Luc Godard. Switzerland/France. 2018. 85 mins.A new work by Jean-Luc Godard is always an event - if not in the outside world, then certainly in the context of Cannes, where it...
'The Princess and the Frog' Screenwriter Boards Animation 'MiBots' (Exclusive)
The UK’s Evolutionary Films are handling the project in Cannes this week.‘The Princess And The Frog’Screenwriter Rob Edwards, whose credits include two Oscar-nominated Disney animations in Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog, will write MiBots...
'Treat Me like Fire (Jouers)': Cannes Review
Marie Monge gambles her debut on the chemistry between Stay Martin and Tahar Ramin‘Treat Me Like Fire’Dir: Marie Monge. France. 2018.106 mins.Like the fleeting highs and crushing lows experienced by gambling addicts, Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) starts...
What Next for Film4?
Film4 is gearing up for major activity in the remainder of 2018 after a brief production hiatus, according to Daniel Battsek.‘Cold War’It has been more than two years since former Film4 chief David Kosse revealed the film arm of UK broadcaster Channel...
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