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Articles from May 2015

Andrew Lazar Rides with 'Bronco Belle', 'Rupture'
American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar has boarded Emily Blunt drama Bronco Belle as lead US producer.As revealed by Screen last week, first-time writer-director Khurram Longi is set to direct the 'Rocky-on-a-bull' story about a woman's quest to become...
Andrew Morgan: Fashioning a New Business Model
The filmmaker Andrew Morgan convinced Livia Firth (sustainability pioneer, founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, and wife of Colin Firth) to executive produce the eye-opening documentary The True Cost just by calling her office. "I just called her office...
'An': Review
Dir. Naomi Kawase. Japan, France, Germany, 2015. 113 minShe may divide critical opinion, but Naomi Kawase's fans will great An with open arms, appreciative of her slow pace, contemplative stances and her notion that one of the keys, if quite not to happiness,...
'Battle for Sevastopol' Sold into Asia
Epic Second World War female sniper movie Battle For Sevastopol has gone to several territories in advance of its screening in the Cannes market.Deals now confirmed include New Select (Japan), Sonamu (South Korea), Bulgaria (BNT) and Thailand (Digital...
Grimur Hákonarson, Rams
Icelandic director Grimur Hákonarson first came to Cannes with the charmingly titled short Slavek The Shit in 2005. He's back a decade later with Rams, the story of two estranged brothers, living on farms next to each other, who have to reconcile to...
'In the Shadow of Women': Review
Dir. Philippe Garrel. France/Switzerland. 2015. 73minsIt may be set in contemporary Paris, but In The Shadow of Women (L'Ombre Des Femmes) has the textures and trappings of a nouvelle vague relic from the 1960s. The moody, black-and-white cinematography,...
Mary McGuckian Talks Eileen Gray
Gray, the Irish-Anglo architect who lived much of her life in France, is now the subject of Mary McGuckian's new feature, The Price of Desire, which is being prepared as part of an ambitious eight-strand project devoted to Gray.Gray had already been...
Match Factory, Bellocchio Strike Three-Picture Deal
Indie sales powerhouse The Match Factory has struck a three-film deal with Cannes regular Marco Bellocchio, which includes the acclaimed director's next two films and his directorial debut Fists in the Pocket (I Pugni in Tasca).Alba Rohrwacher, star...
New Dutch Fund Backs 'Code M', 'Playboy Priest'
Two projects have already been supported by the new Limburg Fund, which is currently still at pilot stage.Code M directed by Dennis Bots (Secrets of War, Cool Kids Don't Cry) is the first film to have been supported by the Fund.The feature, also known...
Samuel L. Jackson Joins Simon West's 'The Blob'
Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to play in Simon West's (Con Air) remake of 1958 cult classic The Blob, which is due to shoot this fall with additional casting due to be announced shortly.The sci-fithriller follows the mayhem caused by an alien life...
Sergei Polunin Talks Ballet on the Big Screen
The magnetic 25-year old, widely considered one of the most naturally talented dancers of his generation, has a renewed passion for the crafthe spectacularly walked away from three years ago."Ballet is still on the agenda," laughs the tattooed and tortured...
Sleeping Giant': Review
Dir. Andrew Cividino. Canada. 2015. 90minsThe ceaseless stupidity of men is lamented but also dissected in Sleeping Giant, a thoughtful, well-observed but also familiar coming-of-age drama. First-time feature filmmaker Andrew Cividino captures a palpable...
'Son of Saul': Review
Dir: László Nemes. Hungary 2015. 107 minsIt is stating the obvious to say of any Holocaust film that it shows the concentration camps as an earthly hell. But the observation takes on genuine meaning with Hungarian drama Son of Saul, which not only gives...
'The Anarchists': Review
Dir. Elie Wajeman. France, 2015, 101 minsAn intriguing premise, resonant themes and some winning performances from a cast led by Tahar Rahim and Adele Exarchopoulos still fall short of fulfilling the promise suggested by Elie Wajeman's second feature...
'The Tale of Tales': Review
Dir. Matteo Garrone. It-Fr-UK, 2015, 133 minsBrave to the point of madness, Italian auteur Matteo Garrone's most visually and aurally ravishing film to date gives flesh and blood - and plenty of both - to three Neapolitan fables from a collection by...
Yellow Affair Scores US Deal on Mika Kaurismaki's 'The Girl King'
US distributor Wolfe Releasing has snapped up all rights to Mika Kaurismaki's costume epic The Girl King. A theatrical release is planned for the autumn of 2015 followed by VOD, DVD, and SVOD dates.The film is a co-production between Finland, Canada,...
Yorgos Lanthimos, 'The Lobster'
The Lobster is set in a dystopian near future where single people must find a matching mate in 45 days or are transformed into animals. The film premieres Friday and Protagonist handles sales.How did you come to this idea?Efthyimis [Flilippou, frequent...
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