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Articles from May 14

Antonio Aakeel Wraps UK Comedy-Drama 'Granada Nights' (Exclusive)
The film is styled for the post-Brexit generation.‘Granada Nights’Production has wrapped in Spain on UK feature Granada Nights.Writer-director Abid Khan makes his feature debut on the project and also produces through his EyeFive Films with Merlin Merton...
'Asako I & II': Cannes Review
The story of one woman and two men who look exactly alike‘Asako I & II’Dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi. Japan/France/Germany/Switzerland. 2018. 119 mins.After making several features, Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi struck gold, reputation-wise, with...
'Birds of Passage' Star Natalia Reyes to Lead 'The Gray Beyond' for Chile's Jirafa (Exclusive)
Jirafa’s Augusto Matte and Bruno Bettati are scouting for partners on the Croisette.Natalia Reyes (right) in ‘Birds Of Passage’Fast-rising Colombian actress Natalia Reyes, riding high on strong reviews for Directors’ Fortnight opener Birds Of Passage...
'BlacKkKlansman': Cannes Review
Spike Lee returns to Cannes with a film of raw anger and sadness‘BlacKkKlansman’Dir: Spike Lee. US. 2018. 128mins.A movie of raw anger and sadness, BlacKkKlansman uses a 1970s case in which a black detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan to shine an ugly...
Blockchain Platform Cinezen Adds New Partners Including Celluloid Dreams (Exclusive)
Other sales agents include Filmexport Group, LOCO Films and Mirovision.Cinezen, the Swedish company behind the upcoming blockchain VOD platform expected to launch later this year, has added Celluloid Dreams and other content suppliers to its network.New...
Blood Window, Sitges Champion 'El Pulpo Negro' Argentina Horror Remake
Argentina-Spain-New Zealand TV co-pro lines up feature and TV versions.(L-R) Ralph Haiek, INCAA president; director-producer Nicolas Onetti, Luis Murillo Arias (screenwriter), Angel Sala, Sitges festival director; Javier Fernandez Cuarto, Blood Window...
Breaking Glass Licenses 3 Titles, Including LGBT Drama 'Hooked' (Exclusive)
The film centres on a teenage hustler whose married partner tries to save his life.‘Hooked’Breaking Glass Pictures has licensed rights to LGBT drama Hooked, religious drama The Revival, and slasher film Rave Party Massacre.Max Emerson’s Hooked has gone...
'Brimstone' Producer Vandevorst to Partner with Daughter Isabella for 'Truly Naked' (Exclusive)
The English-language film will be structured as a UK-Netherlands co-production.‘Brimstone’ starring Dakota Fanning.Brimstone producer Els Vandevorst of Isabella Films and her daughter Isabella Depeweg are joining forces to produce Dutch director Muriel...
'Buy Me A Gun': Cannes Review
A young Mexican girl lives as a boy to avoid the attention of the local drugs cartelBuy Me A GunDir/scr. Julio Hernández Cordón. Mexico-Colombia. 2018. 84 minsSet in Mexico at an undisclosed time, Buy Me a Gun takes place in a world where women are largely...
Cairo Film Festival Bolsters Launches Industry Days for 40th Edition (Exclusive)
The new five-day industry programme will consist of three key strands.The closing ceremony at the 2017 Cairo Film Festival.The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will launch a new industry platform called the Cairo Industry Days, in partnership...
Cannabis Nuns Doc 'Breaking Habits' Heads to US with Genre Label Cranked Up
The label bought the right from Film Constellation during Cannes.‘Breaking Habits’Breaking Habits, the cannabis documentary from Robert Ryan, has secured US distribution through recently launched genre label Cranked Up.The label struck the deal with...
Cannes Doc Day Event to Welcome Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
The event brings together documentary professionals and filmmakers to debate the future of the documentary.Astronaut Thomas Pesquet will give a keynote speech.Exploration(s) is the theme of the third edition of Doc Day which takes place on May 15 in...
Cannes Festival Chiefs to Sign Gender Equality Pledge (Exclusive)
Document was drawn up by France’s 5050x2020 movement as part of its gender equality campaign.Cannes delegate general Thierry Frémaux, Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop and Critics’ Week chief Charles Tesson will become the first...
China Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Scoops Huge $210M from First Three Days
Disney blockbuster takes $210m from first three days.‘Avengers: Infinity War’Last week’s box office (May 7-13) soared significantly by about 28%, thanks to the return of the Avengers, which landed in China two weeks after its North American debut.Disney’s...
'Dear Son': Cannes Review
Mohamed Ben Attia seals his reputation with this finely-drawn portrait of a father and his troubled son‘Dear Son’Dir. Mohamed Ben Attia. Tunisia/Belgium/France/Qatar. 2018. 100 mins.A superbly controlled intimate family drama rooted in contemporary issues,...
'Ederlezi Rising' Scores North American Deal
Film features Sebastian Cavazza and adult star Stoya.‘Ederlezi Rising’Sebastian Cavazza and adult star Stoya feature in the story of a cosmonaut who is accompanied on a mission to explore the Alpha Centauri star system by a female android programmed...
Elle Driver Racks Up Sales on Eva Husson's 'Girls of the Sun' (Exclusive)
The Palme d’Or contender has sold to France, Germany, Latin America and Italy.‘Girls Of The Sun’French sales company Elle Driver has unveiled a raft of sales on Eva Husson’s women’s war movie Girls Of The Sun following its buzzy premiere in Competition...
Film Industry Must Challenge Power Structures, Invest More in Female Voices, Say Experts
”We have to talk about power and money.”Francoise Nyssen, Alice Bah Kuhnke, Anna SernerThe next steps for gender equality in film will have to include challenging traditional power structures and investing more in female voices, the experts said at the...
First Look: Helen Hunt Horror 'I See You' Completes Cast, Shoot Underway (Exclusive)
Adam Randall (‘iBoy’) is directing from a script by Devon Graye.‘I See You’I See You, the horror feature starring Helen Hunt, has rounded out its cast and is now shooting in Cleveland, Ohio.Joining Hunt and Jon Tenney on the project are Judah Lewis,...
Gaze Coin Shows Cannes Blockchain Crowdfunding Platform
Users use cryptocurrency to purchase frames of Dream Channel feature.Dream ChannelGaze Coin CEO Jonny Peters has been attending Cannes for the third time and introducing the industry to the Dream Channel intellectual property funded by cryptocurrency.The...
'Girls of the Sun' Disappoints on Screen's Cannes Jury Grid
Nine of twenty-one Competition films have now received their scores.‘Girls Of The Sun’Jafar Panahi’s 3 Faces and Eva Husson’s Girls Of The Sun are the latest films to take their place on Screen’s Cannes 2018 jury grid, with both titles receiving largely...
Grime Star Biopic 'Wiley' in the Works from Pulse Films, BMG
The film will tell the story of Richard Kylea Cowie, aka Wiley, and the grime movement.WileyPulse Films has announced the production of a new music biopic, Wiley, about the life of the successful London-born grime artist.The feature drama, which will...
Hong Kong's Golden Network Takes Rights to Bei'er Bao Comedy 'Fat Buddies' (Exclusive)
Bao directs the film and stars alongside Johnny Wen.Bei’er BaroHong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to action comedy Fat Buddies, which is the directorial debut of leading comedic actor Bei’er Bao.Bao also stars with...
Johnny Depp Circling Ciro Guerra's 'Waiting for the Barbarians' (Exclusive)
Depp would join Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson in the film, which is being lined up to shoot this year.Johnny DeppJohnny Depp has reached out to Colombian director Ciro Guerra to work with him, possibly on his next film, JM Coetzee adaptation Waiting...
Kino Lorber Takes All North American Rights to Godard's 'The Image Book'
The film scored an average of 3.0 out of 4 on Screen’s jury grid.‘The Image Book’Following its world premiere in Competition at Cannes, Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book will screen in North America after Kino Lorber picked up all rights to the territory.A...
'Little Tickles': Cannes Review
A deeply personal film about coming to terms with the past is also dramatically satisfying‘Little Tickles’Dirs: Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer. France. 2018. 103minsThe haunting shame of sexual abuse is explored with intelligence and sensitivity in Little...
Malaysia's Astro Shaw to Co-Produce Yosep Anggi Noen's 'Science of Fictions' (Exclusive)
They will team with Andolfi Productions and Angka Fortuna Sinema.Yosep Anggi NoenMalaysia’s Astro Shaw is teaming with French production company Andolfi Productions and Indonesia’s Angka Fortuna Sinema to co-produce Indonesian filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen’s...
'Mary Magdalene' Screenwriter Goslett to Adapt 'Himalaya' for Pulse, Film4 (Exclusive)
The project is based on Antonia Deacock’s book ‘No Purdah In Padam’ about three women who organised a 1958 expedition to the mountain range.The HimalayasMary Magdalene screenwriter Philippa Goslett will adapt Himalaya for Pulse Films and Film4, chronicling...
MBC Group, Image Nation Partner on a New Slate of Saudi Films
The collaboration comes amid Saudi Arabia’s drive to build the biggest film and TV industry in the Gulf region.Dubai-based 03 Productions, the TV and film production arm of pan-Arab media company the MBC Group, and entertainment company Image Nation...
Neasa Hardiman's 'Sea Fever' Wins Cannes Frontières Post-Production Award
’Sea Fever’ won the inaugural Avanpost Digital Cube Post-Production prize.Frontieres Cannes eventNeasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever has won the inaugural Avanpost Digital Cube Post-Production Award at the Frontières Platform in the Marché in Cannes. The prize,...
Palestine Presence on the Rise at Cannes Film Festival
Their filmmaking community has the first-ever official pavilion at the event, sponsored by the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.New films from award-winning documentarian Mohamed Jabaly, artist and filmmaker Larissa Sansour and the latest production from...
'Shoplifters': Cannes Review
Hirokazu Kore-eda turns in a masterful ensemble piece about a ‘family’ living on its wits‘Shoplifters’Dir/scr: Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan. 2018. 121 mins.What makes a family a family? That’s the question at the core of prolific auteur Hirozaku Kore-eda’s...
'Sir': Cannes Review
A Mumbai maid falls in love with her employer in this story of forbidden attractionSirDir. Rohena Gera. India/France. 2018. 90 minsWhat happens when two people living parallel but entirely separate lives start to take an interest in each other? Rohena...
'The Harvesters': Cannes Review
A striking debut from South Africa’s Etienne Kallos‘The Harvesters’Dir. Etienne Kallos. South Africa/Greece/France/Poland. 2018. 106 minsSet in the conservative Afrikaner farming country of South Africa’s Free State, ‘The Harvesters’ is a brooding drama...
'The Trouble with You': Cannes Review
A giddy comedy from France’s Pierre Salvadori is the centrepiece of Directors’ Fortnight 50th anniversary celebrations‘The Trouble With You’Dir: Pierre Salvadori. France. 2018. 107mins.Giddy good cheer pervades The Trouble With You (En Liberté!), a romantic...
Timothy Spall, Vanessa Redgrave Drama 'Mrs Lowry & Son' Sells to Australia, Adds Composer (Exclusive)
Bafta-winning Craig Armstrong to score drama.Rialto Distribution has acquired Australia and New Zealand rights to Genesius Pictures’ upcoming Mrs Lowry & Son, starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.’Mrs Lowry & Son’The film depicts the relationship...
Trine Dyrholm Joins Danish Debut 'Teenage Jesus' (Exclusive)
The film will shoot for six weeks on location at Psychiatric Center Sankt Hans, in Roskilde near Copenhagen.‘Teenage Jesus’Trine Dyrholm (In A Better World, The Legacy) has joined the cast of Danish director Marie Grahtø’s debut feature Teenage Jesus,...
UK Outfit Animus Pictures Secures Investment for Genre Movie Slate (Exclusive)
Animus has also announced the hire of Janice Lloyd as its new operations director.‘Kaufman’s Game’ was a title from Animus Pictures.UK producer Animus Pictures (Kaufman’s Game, Furthest Witness) has secured a £100,000 investment from a private investor...
UK Stop-Motion Studio Animortal Wraps Debut Feature 'Chuck Steel' (Exclusive)
The film is a 1980s-inspired, action-horror-comedy filmed entirely in stop-motion.’Chuck Steel: Night Of The TrampiresAnimortal Studio, the Wales-based stop-motion animation production and VFX outfit launched in 2014, has completed its debut feature...
Versatile, XYZ Board Can Evrenol's 'Girl with No Mouth' (Exclusive)
The project was pitched at the proof of concept presentation of the Frontières Platform.Can EvranolParis-based sales company Versatile has acquired world rights on Turkish filmmaker Can Evrenol’s Girl With No Mouth, excluding North America which has...
WellGo USA Acquires iQiyi's 'Unity of Heroes' and 'Legend of Zu' for North America (Exclusive)
iQiyi is also launching sales on two in-house productions - ’Welcome To Beartown’ and ’Spycies’.‘Unity Of Heroes’WellGo USA has acquired North American rights to two titles handled internationally by China’s iQiyi - martial arts action title The Unity...
World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate in Cannes Doc Showcase
Great Green Wall, Youth Unstoppable among supported projects.Representatives from World Bank Group’s global climate communications and partnership programme Connect4Climate are in Cannes supporting the in-production documentary Great Green Wall.Jared...
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