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Articles from May 2017

Alien: Covenant Debuts on $36M as Guardians 2 Crosses $300M in North America
Top two releases locked in tight finishRidley Scott sci-fi Alien: Covenant arrived at number one in North America through Fox on an estimated $36m, narrowly edging out Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 on $35.1m.Even if the numbers hold up on Monday, Disney...
'Before We Vanish': Cannes Review
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's alien invasion chiller lacks biteDir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Japan. 2017. 129 minsAlien body snatchers terrify a small Japanese community with in-depth conceptual discourse in this underpowered adaptation of a sci fi stage play. The sparks...
'Before We Vanish': Cannes Review
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's alien invasion chiller lacks biteDir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Japan. 2017. 129 minsAlien body snatchers terrify a small Japanese community with in-depth conceptual discourse in this underpowered adaptation of a sci fistage play. The sparks...
Cannes Contenders 'Amant Double' and 'BPM' Score Key Deals
EXCLUSIVE: Ozon erotic thriller and Campillo romance have sold in multiple markets.Films Distribution is reporting brisk business on Palme d'Or contenders the erotic thriller Amant Double and AIDS activist love story BPM (Beats Per Minute).Amant Double...
Cannes Contenders 'Amant Double' and 'BPM' Score Key Deals
Films Distribution is reporting brisk business on Palme d'Or contenders the erotic thriller Amant Double and AIDS activist love story BPM (Beats Per Minute).Amant Double has sold into dozen territories following market screenings ahead of Friday's competition...
Cannes Marche NEXT Panel Highlights the Future of VR
Monetisation and IP strategies were key topics at the Marche NEXT panel 'Silicon Valley and Beyond: Global Pioneers in VR.'Morgan Bouchet, head of VR and Innovation at telecom giant Orange, discussed the company's new content strand which soft-launched...
Cannes Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius on Godard Film 'Redoubtable'
French director Michel Hazanavicius returns to Cannes Competition today (May 21) with his Jean-Luc Godard tribute Redoubtable, adapted from autobiographical work Une Année Studieuse by the filmmaker's ex-wife Anne Wiazemsky.The film is set around the...
Carmine Street Guitars Doc Instigated by Jim Jarmusch in the Works
EXCLUSIVE: Ron Mann directs film featuring legendary custom guitar maker Rick Kelly.The Match Factory has begun worldwide sales in Cannes on Carmine Street Guitars, a documentary about Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.Toronto-based...
Carmine Street Guitars Doc Instigated by Jim Jarmusch in the Works
The Match Factory has begun worldwide sales in Cannes on Carmine Street Guitars, a documentary about Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.Toronto-based documentarian Ron Mann of Sphinx Productions, who is in acquisitions mode in Cannes...
Christoffer Boe to Direct Final 'Department Q' Feature
Film i Vast launches title at Cannes slate presentation.Christoffer Boe, who won the Cannes' Camera d'Or in 2003 with Reconstruction, will direct Zentropa's fourth and final instalment in the Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q thriller series.The Purity...
Christoffer Boe to Direct Final 'Department Q' Feature
Christoffer Boe, who won the Cannes' Camera d'Or in 2003 with Reconstruction, will direct Zentropa's fourth and final instalment in the Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q thriller series.The Purity Of Vengeance starts shooting in December and will again...
Claire's Camera': Cannes Review
Korean director Hong Sangsoo turns in a characteristically enigmatic drama set during the Cannes film festivalDir/scr: Hong Sangsoo. South Korea. 2017. 69mins.With three films on the festival circuit thus far this year, including two in Cannes, Hong...
'Claire's Camera': Cannes Review
Korean director Hong Sangsoo turns in a characteristically enigmatic drama set during the Cannes film festivalDir/scr: Hong Sangsoo. South Korea. 2017. 69mins.With three films on the festival circuit thus far this year, including two in Cannes, Hong...
Curzon Swoops on Cannes Competition Pair
EXCLUSIVE: Acquisitions take UK distributor's Competition haul to five for this year's Cannes.The UK's Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired François Ozon's erotic thriller Amant Double and Paris-set AIDS activist love story BPM (Beats Per Minute).The acquisitions...
Curzon Swoops on Cannes Competition Pair
The UK's Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired François Ozon's erotic thriller Amant Double and Paris-set AIDS activist love story BPM (Beats Per Minute).The acquisitions take the UK distributor's Cannes Competition haul to five competition titles alongside...
'Dangal' Dominates International Session on $32.7M
'Alien: Covenant' beats 'Guardians 2'; The Boss Baby crosses $300m international mark.ASIA UPDATEIndian hit sports drama Dangal grossed $32.7m over the weekend as the running total reached $116.5m and beat off the Hollywood competition.Dangal is based...
'Dangal' Dominates International Session on $32.7M
ASIA UPDATEIndian hit sports drama Dangal grossed $32.7m over the weekend as the running total reached $116.5m and beat offthe Hollywood competition.Dangal is based on a true story about a father who trains his daughters to become world-class wrestlers.FOX...
'Fortunata': Cannes Review
Jasmine Trinca shines as a put-upon single mother in this Italian melodramaDir. Sergio Castellitto. Italy. 2017. 103minsLuckless characters populate Fortunata, a fervent melodrama in which overblown emotions engulf everything in their path -- including...
'Fortunata': Cannes Review
Jasmine Trinca shines as a put-upon single mother in this Italian melodramaDir. Sergio Castellitto. Italy. 2017. 103minsLuckless characters populate Fortunata, a fervent melodrama in which overblown emotions engulf everything in their path - including...
'Gabriel and the Mountain': Cannes Review
The real-life story of Brazilian backpacker Gabriel Buchmann is the basis for this uplifting dramaDir/scr. Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa. Brazil/France. 2017. 127 mins.Based on the plight of Brazilian backpacker Gabriel Buchmann, Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa's...
'Gabriel and the Mountain': Cannes Review
Dir/scr. Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa. Brazil/France. 2017. 127 mins.Based on the plight of Brazilian backpacker Gabriel Buchmann, Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa's follow up to 2014's Casa Grande turns death into a rumination on the actions and ideas that resound...
'Happy End': Review
Two-time Palme D'Or winner Michael Haneke returns with a close-quarters family dramaDir/scr Michael Haneke. France, Germany, Austria, 2017. 107 mins.Austrian director Michael Haneke's first film since his 2012 Palme d'Or and 2013 Oscar winner Amour,...
'Hitman' Director Xavier Gens Making Stag Do Comedy 'Budapest'
EXCLUSIVE: After The Crucifixion, Cold Skin to delve into world of stag parties.French genre director Xavier Gens, best known for horror pics like Hostile or thriller Hitman, has boarded his first comedy Budapest, based on the true story of two college...
Insurgent Launches 'Puppy Love' in Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Hopper Penn, Paz de la Huerta, and Rosanna Arquette lead comedy.Insurgent Media head of international sales Christian De Gallegos and his team have commenced talks here with worldwide buyers on Puppy Love starring Hopper Penn, Paz de la Huerta,...
Insurgent Launches 'Puppy Love' in Cannes
Insurgent Media head of international sales Christian De Gallegos and his team have commenced talks here with worldwide buyers on Puppy Love starring Hopper Penn, Paz de la Huerta, and Rosanna Arquette.Michael Maxxis' dramatic comedy also stars Donald...
Jane Campion: 'Cannes Needs All-Female Juries'
"I yearn for more imaginative energy going into how women see the world."Jane Campion laughs a lot. She cannot wait to show the full six hours of her new series, Top Of The Lake: China Girl, to Cannes audiences and details with relish what she hopes...
Jane Campion: 'Cannes Needs All-Female Juries'
"I yearn for more imaginative energy going into how women see the world."Jane Campion laughs a lot. She cannot wait to show the full six hours of her new series, Top Of The Lake: China Girl, to Cannes audiences and details with relish what she hopes...
'Jeanette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc': Cannes Review
Bruno Dumont directs this unusual take on the Joan Of Arc story.Dir: Bruno Dumont. France. 2016. 107minsFaced with the sights and sounds of confident musical oddity Jeanette -- twenty years after the director's debut The Life Of Jesus and after P'tit...
'Jeanette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc': Cannes Review
Bruno Dumont directs this unusual take on the Joan Of Arc story.Dir: Bruno Dumont. France. 2016. 107minsFaced with the sights and sounds of confident musical oddity Jeanette - twenty years after the director's debut The Life Of Jesus and after P'tit...
John Cameron Mitchell on 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'
Hedwig director talks about adapting Neil Gaimen's short story in Cannes.Director John Cameron Mitchell discussed making his new film How To Talk To Girlsat Parties, which plays out of Competition at Cannes.He was giving a talent talk at the UK Film...
John Cameron Mitchell on 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'
Director John Cameron Mitchell discussed making his new film How To Talk To Girls at Parties, which plays out of Competition at Cannes.He was giving a talent talk at the UK Film Centre's Cannes Pavilion on Saturday May 20 alongside producer Howard Gertler,...
LevelK, Storyline Reunite for Family Feature 'Sáve'
Project marks first Sami-inspired film for children.LevelK has boarded sales on Storyline Pictures' new family feature Sáve, which will be the first Sami-inspired film for children.Storyline Pictures head of production Khalid Maimouni is currently financing...
LevelK, Storyline Reunite for Family Feature 'Sáve'
LevelK has boarded sales on Storyline Pictures' new family feature Sáve, which will be the first Sami-inspired film for children.Storyline Pictures head of production Khalid Maimouni is currently financing the film for production expected in 2019.Children's...
Match Factory Bolsters Cannes Slate
Midway through this year's Cannes Film Festival market, The Match Factory has acquired two titles - And Breathe Normally by Ísold Uggadóttir and Die, Monster, Die by Alejandro Fadel.Die, Monster, Die, the latest film from the Argentinean director Alejandro...
'Mobile Homes': Cannes Review
British actors Imogen Poots and Callum Turner star in this US-set debut from Vladimir De FontenayDir/scr Vladimir De Fontenay. France/Canada. 2017. 105mins.The journey to a better life is derailed by a succession of wrong turns and bad choices in Mobile...
'Mobile Homes': Cannes Review
British actors Imogen Poots and Callum Turner star in this US-set debut from Vladimir De FontenayDir/scr Vladimir De Fontenay. France/Canada. 2017. 105mins.The journey to a better life is derailed by a succession of wrong turns and bad choices in Mobile...
Mohamed Diab, Tamer El Said Triumph at Arab Critics' Awards in Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian revolution dramas loom large in first edition of awards.Egyptian director Mohamed Diab has won best director and best screenplay for his revolution drama Clash [pictured], which opened Un Certain Regard last year, in the first edition...
Mohamed Diab, Tamer El Said Triumph at Arab Critics' Awards in Cannes
Egyptian director Mohamed Diab has won best director and best screenplay for his revolution drama Clash [pictured], which opened Un Certain Regard last year, in the first edition of the Arab Critics' Awards.The film-maker, who is back in Cannes this...
'Napalm': Cannes Review
Claude Lanzmann returns to North Korea nearly 60 years after his last visitDir: Claude Lanzmann. France. 2017. 100 minsIn authoritative documentaries such as the classic Holocaust statement Shoah, Claude Lanzmann has shown the power of the voice and...
'Napalm': Cannes Review
Claude Lanzmann returns to North Korea nearly 60 years after his last visitDir: Claude Lanzmann. France. 2017. 100 minsIn authoritative documentaries such as the classic Holocaust statement Shoah, Claude Lanzmann has shown the power of the voice and...
Premiere Plays Tribeca Title 'The Last Poker Game' with Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino
EXCLUSIVE: Renowned 72-year-old neurologist Howard L. Weiner makes his feature directorial debut.Premiere Entertainment Group has bolstered its sales slate by taking international rights to Tribeca dramedy The Last Poker Game starring Martin Landau and...
'Raid: Special Unit' Starring Danny Boon Heading to China
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese buyer Apollo are hungry for European movies.Beijing and LA-based distributor Red Apollo Group is lining up a Chinese theatrical release for French action comedy Raid: Special Unit (Raid Dingue), starring Dany Boon, at the end of August,...
'Rams' Team Gears Up for 'The County'
EXCLUSIVE: The film is being set up as an Iceland, Denmark, and France co-production.Grimur Hakonarson, the Icelandic director who won Un Certain Regard in 2015 with Rams, is planning to shoot his next feature The County starting in February 2018.As...
Revamp of Harry Kumel’s Lesbian Vampire Film 'Daughters of Darkness' in the Works
Harry Kümel's cult classic Daughters Of Darkness (1971) was one of the cult lesbian vampire films of the 1970s.Now, more than 40 years later, Kümel is revamping and plotting a sequel.Details of the new feature, Mothers Of Darkness, were revealed by producer...
Revamp of Harry Kumel's Lesbian Vampire Film 'Daughters of Darkness' in the Works
EXCLUSIVE: Director revisiting his 70s cult horror.Harry Kümel's cult classic Daughters Of Darkness (1971) was one of the cult lesbian vampire films of the 1970s.Now, more than 40 years later, Kümel is revamping and plotting a sequel.Details of the new...
Sofia Coppola: 'I Still Think It's Hard to Get a Theatrical Release'
The director discusses her new Cannes title The Beguiled, the Netflix row and acting in The Phantom Menace.Sofia Coppola has been coming to Cannes since she was a child, telling Screen that her favourite festival memory is sitting in dad Francis' lap...
Submarine to Co-Produce Next Film from 'Life, Animated' Director
EXCLUSIVE: New project is a "provocative" look at the US prison system.Submarine, the independent film and transmedia production company set up by Femke Wolting and Bruno Felix in 2000, is to co produce American Jail (working title), the latest film...
'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)': Cannes Review
Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman star in the latest from director Noah BaumbachDir/scr. Noah Baumbach. US. 2017. 111minsWith The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), filmmaker Noah Baumbach writes a new, richly warm variation on a favourite...
'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)': Cannes Review
Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman star in the latest from director Noah BaumbachDir/scr. Noah Baumbach. US. 2017. 111minsWith The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), filmmaker Noah Baumbach writes a new, richly warm variation on a favourite...
UK Film Centre in Cannes: Full Line-Up of Events
On Sunday agents and producers discuss what feature film offers talent in the boom era of high-end TV.The line-up for the UK Film Centre at this year's Cannes Film Festival (May 18-27) includes a talent talk with the producers of Yorgos Lanthimos' The...
UK Film Centre in Cannes: Full Line-Up of Events
The line-up for the UK Film Centre at this year's Cannes Film Festival (May 18-27) includes a talent talk with the producers of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, a discussion about Brexit and a panel on attracting world-class talent (hosted...
UTA Agent David Flynn: 'We Can All Benefit from Netflix'
Canne panel debate rise of digital giants at UK Film Centre.UTA agent David Flynn, whose clients include Michael Winterbottom, Laszlo Nemes and Rupert Wyatt, has claimed that everyone in the film business should be looking to benefit from the rise of...
UTA Agent David Flynn: 'We Can All Benefit from Netflix'
UTA agent David Flynn, whose clients include Michael Winterbottom, Laszlo Nemes and Rupert Wyatt, has claimed that everyone in the film business should be looking to benefit from the rise of digital giants Netflix and Amazon.Speaking in Cannes during...
VR Specialists Samhoud Media Announce China Plans
EXCLUSIVE: Samhoud looking to open VR cinemas all over the world.Amsterdam-based VR specialists Samhoud Media has announced in Cannes it will open its first VR cinema in China next month (on 10th June.) This will be located in Beijing.Samhoud Media is...
VR Specialists Samhoud Media Announce China Plans
Amsterdam-based VR specialists Samhoud Media has announced in Cannes it will open its first VR cinema in China next month (on 10th June.) This will be located in Beijing.Samhoud Media is also launching itself as a distribution company for VR and is a...
'West of the Jordan River': Cannes Review
Amos Gitai returns to the occupied territories, scene of his 1982 documentary Field DiaryDir/scr: Amos Gitai. France/Israel. 2017. 90mThirty-five years after Field Diary, in which he documented life in the occupied territories of the Gaza Strip and the...
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