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Articles from February 8

10 Films from Norway to Look out for in 2019
New titles from Espen Sandberg and Andre Øvredal.AmundsenDir. Espen SandbergPal Sverre Hagen stars as the renowned explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, in this completed adventure drama and biopic. The Motion Blur Films’ production...
'A Colony': Berlin Review
Award-winning feature about a young girl growing-up in rural QuebecDir/scr: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles. Canada. 2018. 102minsA 12 year-old girl attempts to navigate the rocky social terrain of her new high-school in French-speaking Quebec in this poised,...
Alpha Violet Takes Sales on Yaron Shani's 'The Love Trilogy'
The second film of The Love Trilogy, Chained, premieres in the Berlinale’s Panorama section.Alpha Violet has taken over sales on Israeli filmmaker Yaron Shani’s The Love Trilogy, the second film of which Chained premieres in Panorama tomorrow (Feb 9)....
Annabel Jankel's 'Tell It to the Bees' Sells to Key Territories for Film Constellation (Exclusive)
Film sells to UK, Australia and New Zealand, and Scandinavia.Annabel Jankel’s Tell It To The Bees, which debuted at Toronto last year, has racked up key territory deals for sales agent Film Constellation.The film, starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger...
Bac Films Launches Animated 'Yakari' Adaptation (Exclusive)
Feature based on the best-selling Belgian-French comic-book series about a young Sioux boy who is able to communicate with animals.Bac Films International is launching sales on Yakari, an animated feature adaptation of the best-selling Belgian-French...
Beta Cinema Teams with Jack Lowden for Thriller 'Corvidae' (Exclusive)
Previously worked together on ‘Calibre’.Following their successful collaboration on Scottish thriller Calibre, German sales powerhouse Beta Cinema and Screen Star of Tomorrow 2014 Jack Lowden are partnering again on new thriller Corvidae. Beta Cinema...
British Actor Albert Finney Dies Aged 82
Finney died after a short illness, according a family spokesman.British actor Albert Finney has died aged 82 after a short illness.In a statement, Finney’s family said that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by...
'Buoyancy': Berlin Review
A young Cambodian boy struggles with life as a slave labourer on a Thai fishing vesselDir/scr. Rodd Rathjen. Australia. 2019. 93minsIn the Cambodian-shot drama Buoyancy, fish are scooped up by trawler nets, flounder on baking decks then descend into...
China’s HGC Picks Up Animated 'Fortune Cat' and 'Loli Pop' (Exclusive)
Will start pre-selling the titles at EFM.China’s HGC Entertainment has picked up international rights to two animated features, Fortune Cat and Loli PopIn Fantasy, which it will start pre-selling at the EFM.Fortune Cat is a fantasy adventure featuring...
'Cleo': Berlin Review
Eric Schmitt’s colourful debut is an enjoyable romp set in BerlinDir: Erick Schmitt. Germany. 2019. 99minsThe colourful streets of modern Berlin play host to a fantastical adventure in this inventive feature debut from Erik Schmitt. As 30-something protagonist...
Concern as New EFM Admission Rules Take Effect
Some European Film Market exhibitors are reporting fewer bookings for scheduled meetings.Certain European Film Market (EFM) exhibitors are reporting fewer bookings for scheduled meetings as new rules governing admissions to the main hubs of the Gropius...
Egyptian Hit 'Hepta: The Last Lecture' Heads to India (Exclusive)
Boney Kapoor’s Bayview Projects has snapped up remake rights on Hadi El Bagoury’s Egyptian romantic comedy.Veteran Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor’s Bayview Projects has snapped up remake rights on Hadi El Bagoury’s Egyptian romantic comedy hit Hepta:...
Finecut Sells Animation 'Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs'
Voice cast includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin and Gina Gershon.South Korean sales agency Finecut has announced a raft of deals for 3D animation Red Shoes And The Seven Dwarfs to Latin America (BF Distribution), Bulgaria (Pro Films), the Czech Republic,...
First Look at Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis in 'Eternal Beauty' from Craig Roberts (Exclusive)
Film is set to be Hawkins’ first lead role since her Oscar nomination for The Shape Of WAterScreen can unveil the first look at Oscar-nominated actress Sally Hawkins in Craig Robert’s upcoming comedy-drama Eternal Beauty.Hawkins plays June who, after...
'Flatland': Berlin Review
A female-led Western set in South AfricaDir Jenna Bass. South Africa/Luxembourg/Germany. 2019. 117 minsDescribed as a ‘western’, the third film from South African writer/director Jenna Bass certainly ticks a fair few genre boxes. Key ingredients include...
Former IM Global COO Chris Bosco Joins Stampede as President (Exclusive)
Entertainment outfit strikes first-look deal with Chinese vid game developer-publisher Snail.Former IM Global COO Chris Bosco has been appointed president of Greg Silverman’s Stampede, the recently launched Los Angeles-based producer-financier that is...
François Ozon Drama 'By the Grace of God' Scores Key Deals (Exclusive)
Film inspired by a sexual abuse scandal in France involving the Catholic Church.French sales company Playtime has sealed a flurry of deals on François Ozon’s drama By The Grace Of God,inspired by a sexual abuse scandal in France involving the Catholic...
Hengameh Panahi Talks New Strategy for Celluloid Dreams (Exclusive)
Sales supremo is looking for “new solutions” for independent cinema.In a sign of the increasingly challenging environment for independent arthouse cinema, sales supremo Hengameh Panahi is rethinking how she operates her historic film company Celluloid...
'Ida' Star Agata Kulesza to Lead Drama 'Parquet' for Aleksandr Mindadze (Exclusive)
Polish actor Andrzej Chyra and Israeli actress Evgenia Dodina also star.Agata Kulesza, who rose to international prominence after her role in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning drama Ida and also appeared in his Cold War, has boarded the cast of Aleksandr...
Japan's Village Inc Launches Sales on 'Fortress of Skulls' Starring Kenichi Matsuyama
Directed by Takanobu Kanazawa, the project also stars Osamu Mukai (Hanamizuki) and Rena Tanaka (Omotenashi).Japan’s Village Inc is launching sales at EFM on the latest Geki Cine production, Fortress Of Skulls, which features one of Japan’s biggest stars,...
Korea's Showbox Scores with 'Hit-and-Run Squad' (Exclusive)
Han Jun-hee’s crime action film heading to Australia and New Zealand.South Korea’s Showbox has sold crime action film Hit-And-Run Squad to a raft of territories led by Australia and New Zealand (JBG Pictures). The other territories are Japan (New Select),...
Les Moonves Launches New Venture (Report)
California registration documents point to ’entertainment services’ company Moonrise Unlimited.Nearly six months after leaving CBS amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Les Moonves appears to have formed a new Los Angeles-based company to work in film...
Mister Smith Inks Deals on Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie Drama 'The Banker' (Exclusive)
Film sold to Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Scandinavia and Spain.Mister Smith Entertainment has secured multiple international territory deals on George Nolfi’s The Banker, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult and Nia...
M-Line Distribution Acquires Crime Thriller 'Beasts Clawing at Straws' (Exclusive)
Debut feature of Kim Yong-hoon.South Korean sales company M-Line Distribution has picked up highly-anticipated crime thriller Beasts Clawing At Straws, featuring Cannes Best Actress award winner Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine) and top Korean star Jung...
New Gender Equality Rebate Launches at Berlinale (Exclusive)
Each company will give a 10% discount on its services for gender-balanced productions.The new 10% For 5050 Campaign will be launched at the Berlinale today. The initiative is a collaboration between post-production powerhouse Chimney, which operates...
Nikkatsu Clinches Deals for Sundance Winner 'We Are Little Zombies' (Exclusive)
Film opens Generation 14Plus in Berlin.Japan’s Nikkatsu has sealed a trio of deals on We Are Little Zombies, which won a special jury award for originality in Sundance and is playing as the opening film of the Generation 14Plus section here in Berlin....
Norway's Film Business Is Booming, but Funding Concerns Remain
Norway is booming creatively with a diverse array of films and TV series that are travelling globally. But producers say more government support is needed.Norway is ready for its close-up. The Nordic country has been chosen as the European Film Market’s...
Norway's Hans Petter Moland on His Berlinale Contender 'Out Stealing Horses'
Moland saw the potential for a homecoming with his fourth film to compete for Berlin’s Golden Bear.Moland had first been approached to adapt Per Petterson’s Norwegian novel in 2004, but he was in an international state of mind having just made Vietnam...
Oscars: Why a Best Actress Nod Is Often as Good as a Female-Driven Film Gets
Screen examines data that reveals how actresses have often been cut adrift from the awards mainstreamIf Glenn Close clinches the best actress Oscar this year for her performance in The Wife, this will be the highly regarded veteran performer’s first...
Other Angle Boards Ruben Alves’ Comedy 'Miss' (Exclusive)
Jean Paul Gautier model Alex Wetter set to star.Other Angle Pictures is launching sales on French-Portuguese actor Ruben Alves’s upcoming comedy Miss, starring androgynous model Alex Wetter as a young man who sets his heart on winning the Miss France...
Richard Dreyfuss, Gina Carano Kidnap EFM Thriller 'Daughter of the Wolf' Hot Seller for VMI Worldwide (Exclusive)
Australia, Spain, South Korea, China amng buyers.Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide has scored a number of key territories on Minds Eye Entertainment’s EFM kidnap thriller Daughter Of The Wolf starring Richard Dreyfuss and Gina Carano.Rights have gone in...
Screen Flanders Invests Almost $1M into Five Film and TV Productions
Supported projects include hybrid animated feature Coppelia and German-Belgian co-production The Walking Man.In its latest funding round announced early during the EFM, Flemish economic fund Screen Flanders is to pump [Euro]850,000 Euros ($963,900) into...
Screen Launches Diversity Scheme
Free subscriptions available for emerging talent, in conjunction with ScreenSkills, Pact and Mama Youth Project.Screen International is partnering with key UK industry bodies to help people from BAME and under-represented backgrounds take their first...
'System Crasher': Berlin Review
A troubled nine year-old girl poses a threat to herself and others in Nora Fingscheidt’s debutDir/scr. Nora Fingscheidt. Germany. 2019. 119mins Problem kids seldom come as problematic as Benni, the nine-year-old hyperactive handful at the centre of German...
'?The Kindness of Strangers': Berlin Review
Lone Sherfig’s first US-set film opens the BerlinaleDir Lone Scherfig. Denmark/Canada/Sweden/Germany/France. 2019. 112 minsSmall acts of generosity gather momentum like snowballs, in a film which follows the ‘pay it forward’ playbook. Lone Scherfig’s...
'The Kindness of Strangers' Starts Screen's Berlin Jury Grid with Middling Scores
Achieves highest score of 2.Screen has launched its jury grid for the 2019 Berlinale 2019 Competition films, with Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness Of Strangers scoring a middling 1.6 average from the eight grid critics.Participating critics on the grid for...
#TimesUp Doc 'This Changes Everything' Gets International Sales Deal (Exclusive)
Film features Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and more.London-based WestEnd Films has boarded international sales on Tom Donahue’s documentary This Changes Everything, which premiered at Toronto last year, where...
'Tremors': Berlin Review
A gay man struggles with the judgement of his religious family in Guatemala CityDir: Jayro Bustamante. Guatemala, France. 2018. 107minsThe pursuit of happiness carries a hefty price in Tremors (Tremboles). The second feature from Ixcanul writer/director...
UK Box Office Preview: 'The Lego Movie 2' Stacks Up against 'Alita: Battle Angel'
Barry Jenkins’ ’If Beale Street Could Talk’ also opening.Warner Bros’ animated sequel The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part opens wide at UK cinemas this weekend.The story is set five years after the events of The LEGO Movie, with the citizens of the Lego...
UK Supernatural Horror 'Demon Eye' Sells to North America (Exclusive)
Vertical Entertainment inks deal with Devilworks.Vertical Entertainment has picked up rights for North America on Demon Eye, the UK supernatural horror, from genre specialist sales agent Devilworks.Starring Darren Day and Ellie Goffe, the film is based...
Woody Allen Files $68M Suit against Amazon
Streamer had not commented to Screendaily at time of writing.Woody Allen has filed a $68m lawsuit against Amazon Studios, claiming the streamer terminated without cause a multi-film deal.Papers filed with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District...
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