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Articles from February 2016

'Barakah Meets Barakah': Berlin Review
Dir. Mahmoud Sabbagh. Saudi-Arabia, 2016, 88 minutesFinding love or companionship is a challenge everywhere, even more so in Saudi Arabia. Barakah Meets Barakah is an odd tale of attraction, a coming of age story that is also the first Saudi romantic...
Berlin: Edge Secures 'The Innocents', 'Suburra' for Scandinavia
Stockholm-based Edge Entertainment has snapped up a brace of acquisitions at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin: The Innocents by Anne Fontaine; and Suburra by the team behind the TV series Gomorrah.The Innocents, originally titled Agnus Dei, received...
Berlin Head Dieter Kosslick Talks Refugees, Future Changes
As the 66th Berlin Film Festival (Feb 11-21) enters its final stretch, festival director Dieter Kosslick believes the two "opposing forces" that drive the festival - red carpets and celebrity attendees versus a "line-up with many wild films" - are working...
Berlin Q&A: Gianfranco Rosi, 'Fire at Sea'
Screen spoke to the director about the unique process of making his documentary about the migrant crisis, and how he didn't emerge from the process unscathed.Italian documentary film-maker Gianfranco Rosi's Fire At Sea has struck a powerful chord at...
BFI Flare Unveils 2016 Line-Up, Expands Industry Programme
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (March 16-27) has revealed the line-up for its 30th anniversary edition.The festival will feature more than 50 features and 100 shorts this year, as well as a series of events and an expanded industry programme.The...
Bold Films Pacts with UK's Icon, Canada's Elevation
LA-based production company Bold Films has secured multi-year output deals with Icon Film Distribution for the UK/Ireland and Elevation Pictures for Canada.The two distributors have had previous success with productions from Bold Films, with Icon bringing...
Busan Mayor Offers to Step Down as BIFF Chairman
The move is the latest in the saga following Busan City's attempt to block the 2014 BIFF screening of controversial ferry disaster documentary The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol. After the fest went on with the screening, City Hall asked Lee to step...
'Kiki': Berlin Review
Dir. Sara Jordeno. US, 2016, 93 mins.New York's Ballroom culture - the bedazzle art of voguing - has been documented in both Paris is Burning (now a quarter of a century old) and the low-budget, entertaining fiction feature Leave It On The Floor (2011)....
'Mad Max', 'Star Wars' Lead Empire Nominations
Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead the nominees at this year's Jameson Empire Awards, securing 10 and nine nominations respectively.The awards, voted for by the public, has also seen The Martian secure six nominations and The Revenant...
Morgan Freeman, John Legend Added to Oscar Presenters
Morgan Freeman and John Legend have been added to the list of presenters at the 88th Academy Awards along with J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Henry Cavill.The additions continue to add diversity to the upcoming ceremony, which has been marred by...
'Race': Review
Dir: Stephen Hopkins. US. 2016. 134minsChronicling the rise of Jesse Owens, one of America's greatest 20th century athletes, Race is only faintly stirring, turning history into a dry re-enactment. Produced in part by The Jesse Owens Foundation, this...
'Risen': Review
Dir: Kevin Reynolds. US. 2016. 108minsHollywood's latest play for the faith-based audience re-tells the biblical story of the resurrection of Jesus with a contemporary feel, classy production values and a solid (and mostly British) cast led by Joseph...
'Transformers 5' Eyes UK Shoot
Shoot locations are being scouted in the UK for Paramount's Transformers 5, the latest instalment in the studio's blockbuster franchise that has collectively made $3.76bn at the box office.The production is understood to be weighing up locations in the...
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