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Articles from August 2016

Daniel Radcliffe Headed to Zurich Film Festival
Daniel Radcliffe is to attend this year's Zurich Film Festival (Sept 22-Oct 2) to present quirky drama Swiss Army Man and undercover agent thriller Imperium.The 27-year-old Harry Potter star, most recently seen in Now You See Me 2, will also discuss...
Disney to Scale Back Indian Production (Reports)
The Walt Disney Co (India) is scaling back its local-language production activities to focus on distributing its Hollywood slate in India, according to local press reports.According to India's Economic Times and other publications, the US studio will...
Haugesund: 'Perfect Strangers', 'Magnus' Score Top Awards
The audience award at The 44th Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund has gone to Paolo Genovese's Perfect Strangers.The Ray of Sunshine award went to Benjamin Ree's chess champion documentary Magnus, which the jury said "is a film where the...
Haugesund: 'The Wind Blew On' Wins Eurimages Prize
The new prize, worth $56,000 (euro50,000) was given to "the most promising cutting-edge film presented as a work in progress".The jury was comprised of Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer, Dorien van de Pas of the Netherlands Filmfund, and Heidi Zwicker of...
Montreal World Film Festival Head Hits Back over Reports of Staff Resignations
"It has nothing to do with the staffof the festival," Serge Losique, who founded the Montreal World Film Festival in 1976, told Screen International on Friday. "It's slandering [sic] and they will answer to that."The festival president flatly denied...
'Pet': FrightFest Review
Dir Carles Torrens. USA-Spain, 2016. 90minsThe primal myth text of stalker cinema is John Fowles' novel The Collector - filmed by William Wyler in 1965, but oddly never remade - which has proved a template for dozens of dramas in which obsessives (usually...
Raindance: Elliot Grove Picks Festival Top Five
SCROLL DOWN FOR PICKSRaindance founder Elliot Grove has selected his five must-see films of this year's edition (Sept 21 - Oct 2), which was unveiled yesterday.Grove told Screen about this year's selection: "This year, we received a record-breaking number...
Scanbox Chills with 'White Hunger'
Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights for Finnish director Mikko Kuparinen's upcoming drama White Hunger.The film, pitched at Haugesund's co-production market this week, has also added partners in Sweden's GötaFilm (Girls Lost) and Denmark's Beofilm...
See-Saw Hires Universal's Simon Gillis
UK production outfit See-Saw has appointed Simon Gillis as the head of commercial affairs in its film divisionGillis joins from Universal Pictures, where he was vice president of acquisitions and production, business and legal affairs.He has previously...
'The Chamber': FrightFest Review
Dir/scr. Ben Parker. UK, 2016. 88mins.Submarine movies are usually exercises in claustrophobia, but this Welsh-made suspense film - set in North Korean waters - takes things to the sort of extremes usually found only in trapped-in-a-room movies like...
'The Similars': FrightFest Review
Dir/scr. Isaac Ezban. Mexico-USA, 2015. 89minsRod Serling's TV show The Twilight Zone (1959-65) has cast a long shadow on the cinema of science fiction and fantasy, including several revivals and a 1983 feature spin-off. The format of fantastical premises,...
Venice 2016: Critics' Week
ARE WE NOT CATS (US)DIR XANDER ROBINA man with a propensity for devouring hair meets a like-minded woman on the day he loses his job, apartment and girlfriend. Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea Lopez and Michael Godere star in Critics' Week's closing...
Venice 2016: Horizons
BIG BIG WORLD (TUR)DIR REHA ERDEMTurkish film-maker Erdem writes, directs and produces all of his films, including his best known works Times And Winds (2006) and Kosmos (2010). He has won multiple prizes at home in Turkey and his films are well known...
Venice 2016: Out of Competition
A JAMAIS (FR-PORT)DIR BENOIT JACQUOTThe latest film by the prolific French auteur is inspired by a 2001 novella called The Body Artist by Don DeLillo. It is an atmospheric portrait of grief and loss as an actress struggles to come to terms with the sudden...
Venice 2016: Venice Days
GUILTY MEN (COL)DIR IVAN D GAONAGuilty Men marks the debut feature of Colombian writer-director Gaona after a string of award-winning shorts, including Portraits (2012) and Naranjas (2014). The contemporary western revolves around divided loyalties in...
Vivendi Announces $338M Cuts at France Pay-TV Channel Canal+
Paris-based media and entertainment giant Vivendi has launched a $338m (euro300m) cost-cutting programme at Canal+ France, aimed at reining in mounting losses at the premium pay-TV channel."A euro300 million cost-savings plan, which does not impact the...
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