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Articles from February 9

Arclight Films to Co-Finance Daniel Radcliffe Thriller 'Escape from Pretoria' (Exclusive)
Australian-UK co-production is based on the life of political prisoner Tim Jenkin.Arclight Films has come on board to co-finance the Daniel Radcliffe true-life prison break film Escape From Pretoria along with New York-based Magna Entertainment, and...
'Bait': Berlin Review
For his debut feature, the UK’s Mark Jenkin relates the bourgeois invasion of a coastal Cornish town left defenceless by recession.Dir: Mark Jenkin. UK. 2018, 89 minsWith his first full-length feature, British director Mark Jenkin continues both his...
Berlin-Based Blockchain Platform Cinemarket Seals Deals (Exclusive)
Platform has teamed up with French production outfit Perspective Films.Berlin-based blockchain platform Cinemarket has sealed acquisition deals with French production outfit Perspective Films and two sales agents – Miami-based FIGA Films and Argentina’s...
Berlin Titles 'By the Grace of God', 'ÖNdög', 'System Crasher' Land on Screen's Jury Grid
Wang Quan’an’s existential drama Öndög takes an early lead.Three new titles have filled their spots on Screen’s Berlin Competition jury Grid, with Wang Quan’an’s existential drama Öndög taking an early lead.Its average score of 2.6 is enough to put it...
Buzz Titles from China and Hong Kong at Berlinale and EFM
Includes films from the Berlinale programme and EFM.China is having one of its strongest outings in several years at this edition of the Berlinale, with three films in Competition and six others across Panorama, Forum and Generation.The three Competition...
'By the Grace of God': Berlin Review
Francois Ozon’s dramatised feature tackles child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church in LyonDir. François Ozon. France. 2019. 137 mins.Throughout his career, the prolific, super-versatile François Ozon has veered tantalisingly between stylish playfulness...
Daisy Ridley Reimagined Shakespeare Drama 'Ophelia' Lands at IFC (Exclusive)
Theatrical release to come later in year. Naomi Watts, Clive Owen also star.IFC Films is acquiring US rights from Covert Media to Ophelia, the reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that stars Daisy Ridley from the Star Wars franchise alongside Naomi Watts...
Dutch Companies BosBros and Phanta Form Production Alliance (Exclusive)
The new partners have several films in the pipeline, including [Euro]9m animated feature Miss Moxy,Legendary Dutch producer Burny Bos, founder of BosBros, and Petra Goedings, CEO of Phanta Vision, have revealed details of their new production partnership....
EFM Buzz Titles from Argentina
Round up of the buzz Argentinian titles out to tempt buyers.4x4Dir. Mariano CohnThriller 4x4 was the talk of Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires last December and has already landed distribution deals in France (UGC), South Korea (Cree Pictures) and Argentina,...
EFM Panellists Call for Open-Minded Approach to Content
’We’re not after filmmakers all the time.’Filmmakers need to be smart about navigating the market and adopt a more open-minded approach to content if they are to survive today’s stormy independent waters, an EFM panel heard on Friday.Noting howthe theatrical...
First Look at Theo James in Gavin Rothery's Sci-Fi 'Archive' (Exclusive)
Independent handling sales on title at EFM.Screen can reveal the first look at Theo James in sci-fi Archive, the feature directing debut of Moon concept designer Gavin Rothery.James stars opposite Stacy Martin in the film about a man working in a remote...
Gerard Butler, Ric Roman Waugh to Reunite on EFM Sales Title 'Greenland'
STX International handles sales on repackaged project at EFM.Gerard Butler is in negotiations to play the lead in the disaster thriller Greenland and will reunite with his Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh. STX International represents international...
'Gully Boy': Berlin Review
Ranveer Singh leads this energetic ‘Star Is Born’ story set in the Mumbai rap sceneDir: Zoya Akhtar. India. 2019. 153minsThe Mumbai rap scene gets the widescreen stamp of approval in Zoya Akhtar’s romantic musical Gully Boy, a Star-Is-Born tale of a...
'Hellhole': Berlin Review
Lost souls adrift in BrusselsDir/scr: Bas Devos. Belgium/Netherlands. 2019. 89minsHellhole is essentially a slow, poetic study of lost souls adrift in a European metropolis, its slender dramatic content pared back to the bone. The Donald Trump quotation...
How the Smartphone Boom Has Dramatically Changed India's Film and TV Sector
berMore than 30 streaming platforms have launched in the past three years.Drive around Mumbai at the beginning of 2019 and it seems the entire city is watching web series rather than visiting the city’s multiplexes. Nearly everyone is on a smartphone...
'Knives and Skin': Berlin Review
The disappearance of a teen girl has a bizarre impact on her hometown communityDir: Jennifer Reeder. US. 111minsA woman prowls through a darkened house wielding a very large knife, before knocking on her daughter’s bedroom door. “Still doing your homework,”...
'Light of My Life': Berlin Review
After the world’s women are wiped out by plague, a father must protect his only daughterDir/scr: Casey Affleck. US. 2019. 119minsIn a world where the female population has been wiped out by a plague, one father guards civilisation’s only living girl...
?Maisie Williams to Star in Julius Berg's Thriller 'The Owners'
The project is launching at EFM, with Versatile handling international sales and XYZ overseeing North America.Maisie Williams is set to star in Julius Berg’s 1990s-set thriller The Owners revolving around the burglary of an isolated house by a group...
M-Line Picks Up 'Juror 8', Scores Deals for 'The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale' and 'Fengshui' (Exclusive)
‘Juror 8’ is Hong Seung-wan’s debut feature.South Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold undead comedy The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale and period drama Feng Shui to a slew of territories including Japan (Fine Film and Hark, respectively) and North America...
'My Extraordinary Summer with Tess': Berlin Review
Two Dutch adolescents explore life’s big issues during one hot summerDir. Steven Wouterlood. Neth / Ger. 2019. 82minsA teenage boy meets his first crush and weathers his first existential crisis in My Extraordinary Summer with Tess, a warm-hearted all-ages...
'Out Stealing Horses': Berlin Review
Hans Petter Moland returns to the Berlinale with regular collaborator Stellan SkaarsgardDir Hans Petter Moland. Norway/Sweden/Denmark. 2019. 117 minsA recently widowed Swedish man (Stellan Skarsgard) retreats to the Norwegian wilderness to heal, but...
'Patrick Melrose' Director Edward Berger Reveals Next Projects
Prolific writer-director Edward Berger (Deutschland 83, Patrick Melrose, Jack) is launching a new production company, Gunpowder Films.Prolific writer-director Edward Berger (Deutschland 83, Patrick Melrose, Jack) is launching a new production company,...
Peter Webber's Reggae Doc 'Inna De Yard' Lands UK Deal (Exclusive)
Picturehouse adds to recent buying spree.Picturehouse Entertainment has taken UK rights to Inna De Yard, Peter Webber’s documentary featuring several legendary voices of reggae.Paris-based outfit Charades is handling sales on the title at this week’s...
Producer Uri Singer Setting Up TV Project about Godfather of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Exclusive)
Passage Pictures head also lining up Nikola Tesla project to star Ethan Hawke.Producer Uri Singer of Los Angeles-based Passage Pictures is in Berlin to talk up a potential TV series based on the life story of Carlos Gracie, one of the godfathers of Brazilian...
Rafaella Films Picks Up 'Come Away' with Angelina Jolie for Philippines (Exclusive)
Film co-stars David Oyelowo and Michael Caine.Manila-based distributor Rafaella Films International has acquired Philippines distribution rights to fantasy adventure Come Away from Capstone Media Group. Starring Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo and Michael...
Report: German Film Production Is on a Roll despite Recent Box Office Drop
German films still popular on the festival circuit.German cinema-owners and distributors began 2019 with the sobering news that both box-office receipts and admissions had fallen year-on-year in 2018. There were no big local comedy franchises from the...
Southeast Asia Talent Labs Launch (Exclusive)
First Cut Lab director Matthieu Darras is teaming up with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF).First Cut Lab director Matthieu Darras is teaming up with the Film Development Council...
South Korean Films at Berlinale and EFM 2019
Five South Korean titles in the official selection.Local films held their own at the South Korean box office in 2018 with a 50.9% market share, similar to 2017’s 51.8%. The biggest film of the year was Korean fantasy sequel Along With The Gods: The Last...
'The Ground beneath My Feet': Berlin Revie
Marie Kreutzer’s third feature plays with obsession and psychological disordersDir/scr: Marie Kreutzer. Austria. 2019. 108minsA seemingly conventional family and social-issue drama about an overworked businesswoman with a schizophrenic older sister shades...
'The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea': Berlin Review
A big city cop exiled to a sleepy coastal town struggles to keep her life on trackDir. Syllas Tzoumerkas. Gr/Neth/Ger/Swe. 2019. 121mins.The Atlantic region known as the Sargasso Sea has always been synonymous with mystery and the unfathomable, so it...
'Through the Fire' Records Sales for WTFilms (Exclusive)
Pierre Niney stars as a hero firefighter.Hit French fireman drama Through The Fire, starring Pierre Niney as a hero firefighter who is badly disfigured rescuing colleagues, has secured fresh deals for WTFilms.The Paris-based sales company has sold the...
Timothy Spall Boards 'The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica'; AMP Launches EFM Sales (Exclusive)
UK’s Camelot Films and Serotonin Films producing project.Mr Turner actor Timothy Spall has boarded the cast of writer-director Daniel Graham’s The Obscure Life Of The Grand Duke Of Corsica, which London-based AMP International is launching at this week’s...
WestEnd Films Inks Key Deals on Horror 'The Banishing'; First Look (Exclusive)
Jessica Brown Findlay stars in project from director Christopher Smith.Christopher Smith’s upcoming horror The Banishing has sold to multiple key territories for sales outfit WestEnd Films.The Jokers, who are co-producing the project with WestEnd, has...
Why India Is a Key International Market for Amazon Prime Video
Devices, data, demographics and local-language content are key.When Amazon rolled out its Prime Video service globally at the end of 2016, it focused on India as one of its key markets, quickly establishing its most active Asian production hub, with...
Wild Bunch Scores Strong Sales on Hirokazu Kore-Eda's 'The Truth' (Exclusive)
Stars Catherine Deneuve opposite Juliette Binoche as her daughter.French sales company Wild Bunch is reporting near sell-out sales on Hirokazu Kore-eda’s upcoming French-language debut The Truth, starring Catherine Deneuve as a demanding big-screen diva...
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