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Articles from May 2015

Ali Mostafa Teams with US Producers for 'The Worthy'
Image Nation Abu Dhabi and US producers Peter Safran and Steven Schneider have boarded Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa's next feature The Worthy.Set in a dystopian future plunged into chaos by a chronic water shortage, the story follows a group of survivors...
Aoyama to Direct Japanese-Malaysian Co-Production
Set in Malaysia, the film tells the story of a Japanese couple who set up home on a plantation and find themselves attacked by supernatural phenomena.The cast will be primarily Japanese with a mixed Japanese-Malaysian crew. Financing will be split evenly...
'A Tale of Love and Darkness': Review
Dir/scr. Natalie Portman. Israel, 2015, 98 minsA minor-key drama about a mother whose poetic soul has a profound effect on her son, A Tale Of Love And Darkness is very much like its matriarch: lovely, mysterious but also a bit insular and ephemeral....
Cannes Marché Launches High-Rolling Investors Club
In a sign of the growing importance of private money in film finance, the Cannes Marché has launched a bespoke investors club aimed at high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) looking to invest in cinema.Under the initiative, the Marché will host a day of workshops...
Celluloid Dreams Sells Cannes Contender 'Dheepan' Worldwide
Celluloid Dreams has closed more than 20 territories for Jacques Audiard's Dheepan ahead of its Competition screening next week.Set against the backdrop of a down-at-heel Paris suburb, the film revolves around a Tamil freedom fighter, called Dheepan,...
Chinese Outfit Boards Sci-Fi 'Neuromancer'
Chinese outfit C2M Media Group has come on board to co-develop and co-finance long-gestating sci-fifeature Neuromancer with UK sales team GFM Films.C2M, a co-production partner of CJ Entertainment, recently backed successful Chinese-Korean productions...
Cristina Gallego Lines Up Next Projects
Gallego - a Screen International Future Leader this year - is producing Sister Of Mine (Demonios Tus Ojos) through her Bogota-based Ciudad Lunar alongside Spain's Carmelita Films and Chapinero Films of Colombia.Pedro Aguilera directs and produces with...
Curzon Artificial Eye Acquires 'Valley of Love', 'Mia Madre', Gaspar Noe's 'Love'
The UK independent distributor has brought Guillaume Nicloux's Valley of Love, starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert and playing in Competition at Cannes Film Festival. The deal was negotiated with sales agent Le Pacte..It has also picked up...
David Kross to Portray Legendary Goalie "Bert" Trautmann
Trautmann will be Bavarian director Marcus 'Rosi' Rosenmüller's first English-language feature film and will be produced by Munich-based Lieblingsfilm with UK producer Alex Boden's Pistachio Pictures.Principal photography is set to begin this autumn,...
Directors' Fortnight Title 'Kung Fury' Gets Distribution
Wacky 30-minute Directors Fortnight entry Kung Fury, which raised more than $600,000 through Kickstarter, will be distributed by VoD distributor Under the Milky Way.Swedish writer-director David Sandberg's kitsch 1980's homage includes Nazis, Norse gods,...
"Healthier" Hubert Bals Fund Unveils Spring Selection
The Fund is geared toward supporting filmmakers from developing countries.HBF will be investing in the script and project development of four titles from first-time feature filmmakers - Alice Furtado, Maya Da-Rin, Hugo Gimenez and Kaouther Ben Hania...
Irrational Man': Review
Dir/sc: Woody Allen. US. 2015. 96minsWoody Allen comes out with all guns blazing on his modestly appointed but fiercely intellectual thriller Irrational Man - though the one-liners mouthed by Joaquin Phoenix's initially nihilistic philosophy professor...
Magnus Von Horn, 'The Here After'
The Sweden-born, Poland-based director talks about his debut feature in Directors Fortnight.Magnus von Horn lefthis native Sweden to attend the Polish National Film School in Lodz, and the Warsaw-based director comes to Directors' Fortnight with his...
Maiwenn, 'Mon Roi'
Actress and director Maïwenn hits the red carpet this Sunday with her Palme d'Or contender Mon Roi, a searing tale of a passionate but dysfunctional relationship co-starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot.It is her second time in Competition after...
'My Golden Days': Review
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin. Fr. 2015. 124minsA Frencher-than-French tale of deeply-anchored yet partially thwarted romance, Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days is touching, involving and very well acted. When anthropologist Paul Dedalus (Mathieu Amalric)...
New 3D Guild Launched at Cannes
The creation of a new 3D Guild was announced today in a panel at the American Pavilion in Cannes. The non-profit organisation is Belgium-based with 11 founding members from the UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.Jacques Verly, President of the 3D...
Rams': Review
Dir/Scr. Grimur Hakonarson. Iceland/Denmark/Norway/Poland. 2015. 93minsThe reconciliation of long-estranged brothers is hard won and tenderly felt in Rams (Hrutar), an accomplished, original work from Summerland (2010) director Grimur Hakonarson. Filled...
Scandinavian Production Outfit Avanti Film Launches
Avanti Film is a collaboration between Anna Anthony, Anna Croneman and Charlotta Denward and Nordisk Film.Based in Stockholm, Avanti aims to produce Swedish features and TV drama based on original stories and aimed at a large audience.The intention is...
Simon Baker Talks Directorial Debut, 'Breath'
Currently in pre-production, the film is based on Australian writer Tim Winton's book of the same name that chronicles the lives of two teenage thrill-seeking boys who form an unlikely bond with reclusive older surfer (Baker) and his mysterious wife.Referring...
StudioCanal, HanWay Board 'Swallows and Amazons'
Studi°Canal has snapped up UK rights to the upcoming feature version of UK classic book series Swallows and Amazons from HanWay Films, which has launched world sales at Cannes.Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has newly joined the Harbour Pictures'...
Ted Sarandos Stirs Up Cannes in NEXT Talk
The chief content officer used some assistance from none other than Harvey Weinstein as the mogul stood up towards the end of Sarandos' NEXT on-stage session to hail Netflix as "visionaries" after a producer expressed anxiety over the streaming giant's...
The Lobster': Review
Dir/scr: Yorgos Lanthimos. Ireland-UK-Fr-Greece-Neth. 2015. 118mins.After Dogtooth and Alps, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos and his regular screenwriter, Efithimis Filippou continue to mine an absurdist seam of black comedy-drama in their first English-language...
The Shameless': Review
Dir/scr: Oh Seung-uk. South Korea. 2015. 118minsSouth Korean director Oh Seung-uk made his debut in 2000 with the well-received but little-seen crime drama Kilimanjaro and, fifteen years later, he returms with a blend of film noir and gritty melodrama...
'The Visitors: Bastille Day' Scores Sales for Gaumont
Gaumont's The Visitors: Bastille Day, a reboot of the popular French 1990s film franchise starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, has been racking up buyers since its launch at the EFM.The film, which is in post-production, has sold to Benelux (Paradiso...
VoD Service MUBI on Cannes Hunt
MUBI has already struck two global online distributions deals and has now secured online distribution for Corneliu Porumboiu's The Second Game. Porumboiu's latest feature The Treasure is premiering in Un Certain Regard this week.Meanwhile, just prior...
World of Locations: Canada
Canada's extensive crew base, varied locations and modern infrastructure all help to lure productions. Most are from the US but many others are set up as dual-nationality projects made under one or another of the country's 50-plus co-production treaties....
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