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Aalbæk Jensen Plots 'Angelic Avengers' Adaptation
The Angelic Avengers, published in 1946 under the pen name Isak Dinesen, is billed as "a Gothic romance".The film will be directed by Birger Larsen, who directed several episodes of Scandinavian TV noir The Killing as well as British TV movie Murder:...
Cannes 2015 Opens with Standing Tall
The 68th Cannes Film Festival was officially opened last night, preceding Emmanuelle Bercot's social realism drama La Tete Haute (Standing Tall).In addition to the film's cast including Catherine Deneuve, Sara Forestier, Rod Paradot and Benoit Magimel...
Celluloid Dreams Takes Kurosawa's 'The Woman in the Silver Plate'
Celluloid Dreams has picked up sales on Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's upcoming French-language fantasy tale The Women In The Silver Plate starring Olivier Gourmet and Tahar Rahim.Gourmet plays Stephane, a former fashion photographer obsessed with...
Christopher Woodrow Launches Vendian Entertainment
The former CEO of Worldview will continue to raise funds to enable Vendian Entertainment to grow into a global media company capable of mounting six or more star-driven commercial films a year in the $15-65m range.CAA advised on the formation of the...
Content to Sell Worlwide Rights on Noomi Rapace Starrer 'Callas'
Niki Caro is attached to direct the Maria Callas biopic from a screenplay she adapted from Alfonso Signorini's biography Too Proud, Too Fragile.Callas centres on the American-born Greek soprano's relationship in her final years with shipping magnate...
Emmanuelle Bercot, 'Standing Tall (le Tete Haute)'
French actress and director Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall (La Tete Haute) opens the festival today (Elle Driver handles sales). The gritty social drama follows a young delinquent as he makes his way through France's juvenile justice system.What was...
Gaumont Launches 'Odd Job', 'Pattaya' at Cannes
Gaumont has launched sales on Pascal Chaumeil's upcoming Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot), achieving a first early deal to Pathé Switzerland on the eve of the Cannes market.The production unites Chaumeil with Romain Duris, co-star of his 2010 hit Heartbreaker,...
Gillian Anderson, Kodi Smit-McPhee Set to 'Croak'
X-Files star Gillian Anderson is set to star alongside Kodi Smit-McPhee in the first live-action film from director Sam Fell.Smith-McPhee is in final negotiations to star in Croak, which would reunite him with his ParaNorman director. The young actor,...
IM Global Partners on Valor Entertainment Group
Principals Bobadilla and Guzmán will oversee Valor Entertainment Group's literary division and talent division, respectively.The venture will have particular focus on IM Global's Latin business and will work in concert with Mundial, the sales venture...
Nicole Kidman Set to Join See-Saw's 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'
Nicole Kidman is in advanced talks to join John Cameron Mitchell's anticipated comedy-romance How to Talk to Girls at Parties, which is readying for an autumn shoot in the UK.Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland)...
'Our Little Sister': Review
Dir/scr. Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan, 2015. 126 min.Yasujiro Ozu hovers all over Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary), Hirokazu Kore-eda's adaptation of a graphic novel about three sisters who attend their father's funeral, find out they have a younger half-sister...
Richard Armitage, Naomie Harris Get 'Clearance'
The Hobbit star Richard Armitage and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom actress Naomie Harris are to star in action-drama Clearance, from producers Ryan Haidarian (Vehicle 19), Andrew D Corkin (We Are What We Are), Jesse Fryckman (Sauna), and David Murdoch...
Russia's Central Partnership Retuns to Sales
"We are relaunching our sales outfit," evp of international Armen Dishdishyan told ScreenDaily. "Now we are back, I think we have collected the best movie projects in production in Russia."The four film slate slate includes $10 million 3D action adventure...
Screen at Cannes 2015
Screen International is to presenting a series of publications and events at this year's Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Market, which kick offtoday (May 13).Screen's editorial and sales teams will again be based at the Majestic Hotel. Upcoming events...
'Standing Tall': Review
Dir. Emmanuelle Bercot. Fr. 2015, 119minsThe most down-to-earth Cannes opening film in living memory, Standing Tall (La Tete Haute) shows the festival flying the flag for the grand tradition of French social realism. As the title suggests, Emmanuelle...
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