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Articles from February 21

Academy Shows Solidarity with Syrian 'Aleppo' Filmmakers over Visa Block
Syrian producer consider next steps.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has expressed its solidarity with Syrian producer Kareen Abeed of Oscar-nominated Last Men In Aleppo and his team after he was denied a visa to enter the US to attend...
Amazon Takes Iain M Banks Novel Rights
Dennis Kelly to write Consider Phlebas adaptation with Plan B producing.Amazon Studios has acquired global TV rights to Iain M Banks’ Consider Phlebas and set British writer Dennis Kelly to do a series adaptation of the sci-fi novel. Kelly, an International...
'Annihilation': Review
Alex Garland and Natalie Portman unite to deliver thrilling sci-fi, in a film which will screen on Netflix outside the US‘Annihilation’Dir: Alex Garland. US. 2017. 115minsAble to generate dread and awe with equal skill, Annihilation is an absorbing amalgam...
'Becoming Astrid': Berlin Review
Alba August shines as Pippi Longstocking author Astrid LindgrenBecoming AstridDir: Pernille Fischer Christensen. Sweden, Germany, Denmark. 2018. 123 minsThe early life of much-loved children’s writer Astrid Lindgren (best known for Pippi Longstocking)...
BFI Flare Reveals Full 2018 Programme, Includes 'BPM (Beats per Minute)', 'The Happy Prince'
UK doc A Deal With The Universe is festival’s Centrepiece Screening.‘120 BPM’ / ‘The Happy Prince’The BFI Flare: LGBTQ+ London Film Festival has announced its full programme for its 32nd edition.The festival, which runs from Wednesday 21 March to Sunday...
'Boys Cry': Berlin Review
Dirs/scr: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo. Italy. 2018. 96minsAndrea Carpenzano, Matteo OlivettiDirs/scr: Damiano D’Innocenzo, Fabio D’Innocenzo. Italy. 2018. 96minsWhile it may initially seem that this Italian coming-of-age tale is going to tread...
Creative Skillset Names Gareth Ellis-Unwin as Head of Film (Exclusive)
Louise Jury also joins as director of marketing and communications.Gareth Ellis-UnwinCreative Skillset, the UK creative industries’ skills body, has appointed Oscar and Bafta-winning producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin as its new head of film.Ellis-Unwin will...
'Fake Tattoos': Berlin Review
Dir/scr: Pascal Plante. Canada. 2017. 87minFake TattoosDir/scr: Pascal Plante. Canada. 2017. 87minQuebecois up-and-comer Pascal Plante spins an understated and slyly shifting tale of summertime romance with his feature debut Fake Tattoos. What begins...
Feature Doc on Berlin's Zoo Palast Cinema Planned for 2019 (Exclusive)
Film will be part of venue’s 100th anniversary celebrations.The Zoo PalastBerlin’s Zoo Palast cinema is to become the subject of a feature documentary to be released next year as part of the celebrations for the cinema’s 100th anniversary.Speaking exclusively...
Lav Diaz's 'Season of the Devil' Lands on Screen's Berlin Jury Grid
New films from Gus Van Sant, Mani Haghighi also receive scores.Lav Diaz’s 234-minute black-and-white historical drama Season Of The Devil has dropped on the Screen International Berlin Jury Grid, along with Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far...
Lionsgate Keeps Mum on Senior Executive Reports
Patrick Wachsberger, Erik Feig both have about a year remaining on contracts.Lionsgate has remained silent as speculation continues to swirl over the future of co-chair of the motion picture group Patrick Wachsberger and motion picture group co-president...
'My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot': Berlin Review
Philip Gröning returns to test the viewer again with this tale of teenage siblingsJosef Mattes, Julia ZangeDir. Philip Gröning. Germany/France/Switzerland. 2018. 172 mins.It could be construed as a reckless act of audience baiting to make a very slow...
Nancy Cotton Joins Epix as Head of Original Programming
Cotton joins from Heyday TV.Nancy CottonUS premium pay network Epix has named leading scripted series executive Nancy Cotton as its executive vice president of original programming.Cotton joins the MGM-owned network from producer David Heyman’s Heyday...
'Pig': Berlin Review
A bold and challenging film from the Iranian director of ’A Dragon Arrives!’Dir/prod/scr. Mani Haghighi. Iran, 2018, 108 mins.Two years after A Dragon Arrives!, Iranian writer-director Mani Haghighi returns to the Berlinale competition with another bold...
'Profile' Director Timur Bekmambetov Plots Slate of 'Screen Life' Movies after Box Office Success
The first in his inventive series, Unfriended, grossed more than $60m.Timur Bekmambetov, whose Profile premiered in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama strand last week, is preparing a slate of new “Screen Life” movies. ‘Profile’The director-producer...
'Red Cow': Berlinale Review
An assured first feature from Israel charts a forbidden love affair between two teenage girls‘Para Aduma’ (AKA ‘Red Cow’)Dir/scr. Tsivia Barkai Yacov. Israel, 2018, 90 mins.Israel’s orthodox Jewish settlement provides the setting for a teenager’s sexual...
'Strong Island' Director Yance Ford on Making Oscar History and Netflix's 'Economic Levelling'
Ford is the first openly transgender man to be nominated for any Academy Award.Yance FordYance Ford, director of Oscar-nominated documentary Strong Island, hasn’t just been touring festivals with the film since it won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance...
'Unsane': Berlin Review
Claire Foy headlines a tricksy thriller shot by Stephen Soderbergh on an iPhone7Claire FoyDir. Steven Soderbergh. US. 2017. 98 Mins.All is not what it seems in Stephen Soderbergh’s Unsane - which would be fine except that this is the kind of all-is-not-what-it-seems...
'Working with Weinstein' Doc: The Key Revelations
C4 film narrated by Zelda Perkins told the story of Weinstein’s 30-year relationship with the British film industry.A new documentary about Harvey Weinstein, which aired on Channel 4 last night (Feb 20), investigated how the disgraced mogul worked with...
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