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Articles from February 2017

'A Prominent Patient': Berlin Review
Stately, handsomely mounted biopic of Czech wartime statesman Jan Masaryk, played by Karel RodenDir. Julius Sevcík. Czech Republic/Slovak Republic, 2017. 114 minsThe son of Czechoslovakia's first president, a diplomat famous for his candour during the...
Argentina Focus: Bold Plans from the First Film Commissioner
In April, Argentina's film commissioner will travel to Los Angeles for the AFCI Locations Show, a significant move that promises an even more portentous development."Reborn after many years," is how Ana Aizenberg put it to Screen International at the...
Argentina Focus: How Patagonik Drove Record Admissions in 2016
Production powerhouse Patagonik played a muscular role in driving admissions to record levels in the first half of 2016 and delivered the biggest local hit of the year in I Married A Dumbass (Me Casé Con Un Boludo).Yet artistic director Juan Vera, a...
Baftas 2017: 'La la Land' Scoops Five as 'Moonlight', 'Nocturnal Animals' Are Shutout
READ: FULL LIST OF WINNERSLa La Land was the big winner at the 70th Bafta Film Awards on Sunday night (Feb 12), scooping five awards from 11 nominations, on a night when voters largely spread the love: no other film picked up more than two prizes.As...
Berlin: Propellor Film Tech Hub Raises 11 Calls to Action
Hosted at the Berlin Film Festival, the second edition of Propellor Film Tech Hub took place on Tuesday (Feb 14), with 11 calls to action drawn up on how the film and technology industries can work together more effectively.Following on from last month's...
EFM 2017: The Big Deals
SCROLL DOWN FOR A SELECTION OF THE BIGGEST DEALSBusiness simmered at the EFM as buyers perused the market with one eye on Cannes and only a handful of marquee titles triggered sales.Besides MGM's splashy pre-market acquisition of worldwide rights to...
'Have A Nice Day': Berlin Review
Liu Jian's stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China's place in the modern worldDir: Liu Jian. People's Republic of China, 2017. 75 minsLiu Jian's animation Have a Nice Day is at once a bloodthirsty genre...
'Insyriated' Wins Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin
Philippe van Leeuw's Insyriated has won the Europa Cinemas Label as the best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.The Syria-set drama stars Hiam Abbas as a woman trapped with her family in their Damacus apartment as the city...
Jonas Arnby, Ulrika Bengts Films Selected for Nordic Genre Boost
Nordisk Film & TV Fond has confirmed the seven genre film projects selected for its popular Nordic Genre Boost scheme.SCROLL DOWN FOR A FULL LIST OF PROJECTSSelections include the second feature from When Animals Dream (pictured) director Jonas Arnby...
Justin Timberlake Talks 'Trolls' and Updates on 'Spinning Gold'
The actor-musician is up against La La Land and Moana for this year's original song Oscar with 'Can't Stop The Feeling' from Trolls.While signs all point to a big night for La La Land at this year's Oscar ceremony on February 26, one person looking to...
Korean Film Industry Exports Up 82% in 2016
South Korean film industry exports increased by 82% to total $101m in 2016, according to an analysis report from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).The government-funded organisation credited Yeon Sang-ho's hit zombie thriller Train To Busan as one of the...
'La la Land' Behind-the-Scenes: The Music
Music lies at the Technicolor heart of Damien Chazelle's dreamy, jazz-infused La La Land. The director worked with composer Justin Hurwitz to draftthe music and melodies alongside the development of the script back in 2010, right after their first collaboration,...
'Logan': Berlin Review
Hugh Jackman saddles up one last time for James Mangold's Western-infused Wolverine epic LoganDir: James Mangold. US. 2017. 136minsThe final Wolverine movie to star Hugh Jackman is a dark, mournful, bloody affair - but that fresh coat of gloomy paint...
Roman Polanski Plans Legal Bid to Return to US
Roman Polanski's lawyer is hopeful of a deal that will allow the director to return to the United States without going to prison.The Pianist director has been on the run from the US since 1978 after pleading guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with...
'Toni Erdmann', 'Elle' Producer Michel Merkt: 'I Need a New Challenge on Every Project'
Producer Michel Merkt is known as "the man in the shadows" in his native Switzerland thanks to the low profile he likes to keep.Not one for grandstanding announcements nor fond of giving many interviews, the Swiss-born Monaco resident lets his films...
Universal Takes Minority Stake in Amblin Partners
The development does not change the prior arrangement whereby Universal handles US distribution and select international markets on Amblin Partners titles.Universal's distribution arrangement dates back to December 2015. The first release was The Girl...
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