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Articles from May 2014

9ers Ties Knot with My Bride
EXCLUSIVE: Korean sales agent picks up My Love My Bride remake, The Deal and Cart (working title) [pictured].Korean sales agent 9ers Entertainment has added three new titles to their Cannes slate including a remake of Lee Myung-se's seminal 1990 romantic...
Aquamen Set to Produce $40M Kong
US-based Aquamen Entertainment and Pigmental Studios are teaming with Chinese and Korean partners on $40m 3D animated feature Kong.The project aims to give a sci-fi twist to the Chinese classic Journey To The West. It will go back to the origins of the...
ARP Seléction Picks Up Maidan
EXCLUSIVE: Sergei Loznitsa's documentary world premieres as a special screening in Official Selection.France's ARP Seléction is the first distributor to pick up Sergei Loznitsa's documentary Maidan which is having its world premiere as a special screening...
Bankside Closes Moore, Rourke Deals
EXCLUSIVE: Deals close on Julianne Moore-Ellen Page-Michael Shannon drama, outfit adds Mickey Rourke, Chris Smith films.UK sales outfit Bankside Films has secured international rights to a trio of intriguing market titles including Julianne Moore romance-drama...
Bravos Joins Tony Jaa Action Feature
Soi Cheang's action drama stars Tony Jaa [pictured], Wu Jing and Simon Yam.Start-up Hong Kong sales and distribution outfit Bravos Pictures has picked up Soi Cheang's action drama SPL 2, starring Tony Jaa, Wu Jing and Simon Yam.Currently in production,...
Cannes Competition Blog: The Joy of Painting with Mr. Turner
Follow the reactions to the Cannes 2014 Competition as the films screen day by day.THURSDAY, MAY 15Mr. Turner, Mike LeighMike Leigh's Mr. Turner basked in the warm glow of rapturous reviews - from UK critics in particular, although the lowest score on...
Cannes Readies Chinese Talent Forum
Projects revealed for the second edition of the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum.Eight emerging Chinese film directors and their feature film projects have been invited to attend the Cannes Marche for a series of exclusive pitching sessions.The second...
Celine Sciamma, Girlhood
Céline Sciamma talks to Melanie Goodfellow about her Directors' Fortnight opener Girlhood, about teenage girls in Paris.French director Céline Sciamma hits the Croisette this evening in the company of the four young stars of her latest film Girlhood,which...
Charlotte Mickie Joins Mongrel Int'l
EXCLUSIVE: Former evp of eOne Films International arrives in Cannes as new president of Mongrel International.Beloved sales veteran Charlotte Mickie arrives in Cannes as the new president of freshly minted Mongrel International and will commence talks...
Cinema Do Brasil Returns to Cannes
Promotional body will host networking opportunities throughout the market.Cinema do Brasil returns to Cannes with a screening of co-production El Ardor [pictured] and five sessions dedicated to promoting Brazilian productions to the market.The promotional...
Curzon Takes 45 Years for UK
EXCLUSIVE: New feature from Weekend director Andrew Haigh has just finished shooting.UK distributor Curzon has swooped to acquire 45 Years, the new feature from Andrew Haigh (Weekend, Looking).The film, sold in Cannes by Match Factory and produced by...
Darker Than Midnight
Dir: Sebastiano Riso. Italy 2014. 94minsThere's no doubting the bravery of Davide, the androgynous 14-year-old Sicilian boy whose story forms the centrepiece of Sebastiano Riso's debut. Based on the true early life story of a leading Italian drag queen...
Dogwoof Boards Dior and I
Company also acquires UK rights to Concerning Violence.Dogwoof will handle international sales, outside of North America, for Dior and I [pictured].Frédéric Tcheng's documentary premiered at this year's Tribeca and is a behind-the-scenes look at the...
Faire: L'Amour
Dir/scr: Djinn Carrenard. France. 2014. 168minsBilled as " a film by Djinn and Salome", Faire: L'amour (or FLA) delivers an almost forensic exploration of the flaws and failings in a trio of characters desperately seeking an elusive happiness. Told in...
Finecut Gets Obsessed with Bravos
EXCLUSIVE: Finecut sells romantic drama to Hong Kong distributor.Seoul-based sales company Finecut has sold nostalgic romantic drama Obsessed to start-up Hong Kong distributor Bravos Pictures.Bravos has rights for Hong Kong and Macau to the film, directed...
Frontières Co-Pro Market Unveils Lineup
Fantasia's co-production markets announces projects for its fourth edition, running July 24-27.Frontières International Co-Production Market has unveiled the official lineup of its fourth edition.Returning to Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival...
Girlhood
Dir/scr: Celine Sciamma. France. 2014.113minsContinuing her exploration of adolescent girl support groups and the insidious pressure on young women to conform to type, Celine Sciamma's third film has all the quiet determination and punchy life force...
Huayi Bros, IM Global Ink Deal
IM Global's Anthem division will handle international sales, excluding China, on all Huayi's upcoming Chinese-language productions.Huayi Bros has confirmed its output deal with IM Global, which is presenting an initial slate in Cannes that includes the...
Joffe's Lovers Recaptures Spark
EXCLUSIVE: Roland Joffe's long gestating time travel romance will receive its market premiere in Cannes.Palme D'Or winner Roland Joffe's epic time travel romance The Lovers, formerly known as Singularity, starring Josh Hartnett is finally completed and...
Kasander, Greenaway Unveil Projects
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch producer to resume his long-standing relationship with Peter Greenaway.Dutch producer Kees Kasander is to resume his long-standing relationship with British director Peter Greenaway - and they already have several new projects together...
Marché's NEXT Initiative Presses Play
Philip Knatchbull and Eamonn Bowles among the speakers at the Marché's new NEXT programme.Curzon World CEO Philip Knatchbull and Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles will be among the speakers kicking off the Marché's new NEXT programme, dedicated...
Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner
Mike Leigh returns to the Croisette for a fifth time with his biggest-canvas film to date, a biopic of British Romantic painter JMW Turner, who was known as the 'painter of light'.Returning Leigh regulars include actors Timothy Spall (as Turner) and...
Moviehouse Go on Giant Adventure
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit boards animation, readies production slate.Moviehouse's Cannes slate includes recent animation addition A Giant Adventure, which will feature the voices of John Goodman and Kelsey Grammar.Goodman will play lumberjack Paul Bunyan...
Mr. Turner
Dir: Mike Leigh. UK-France-Germany 2014. 149minsFictionalised art-historical biography has been one of the most fraught sub-genres in cinema. For all their virtues, films such as The Agony And The Ecstasy (Carol Reed on Michelangelo) and Lust For Life...
Nordisk Partners with Miso Film
New distribution and production partnership will initially run for three years.Scandinavian majors Nordisk Film and Miso Film have announced a new distribution and production partnership.Through the collaboration, Nordisk Film will distribute the entire...
SANAD Unveils First 2014 Grants
Abu Dhabi Film Festival's fund supports Ibrahim El Batout's Cat and Ghassan Salhab's The Valley, among others.SANAD has announced the first cycle of grants for 2014.Abu Dhabi Film Festival's fund supports the development and post-production of films...
Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait
Dir/scr: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan. France-Syria. 2014. 92minsSilvered Water is a visual poem of raw pain from exiled Syrian director Ossama Mohammed, a young Kurdish woman under siege in Homs called "Simav" ("Silvered Water"), and 1001 images...
Sola Media Unwraps Santa Project
Australian 3D animation [pictured] is the Stuttgart-based sales outfit's biggest ever project.Stuggart-based family film sales powerhouse Sola Media has arrived in Cannes pre-selling its biggest ever project.Australian 3D animated feature Santa: Lost...
Sundance Native America Turns 20
Sundance Institute is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Native American and Indigenous Programme with a series of events around the country for Native artists and the public.The Institute has also announced the four artists selected for the 2014...
Thomsen Tackles Danish Football Biopic
EXCLUSIVE: Kaspar Barfoed will direct the story of the underdog Danish football team that became Euro 1992 champions.Ulrich Thomsen is set to star as Danish national football team coach Richard Moller Nielsen in Summer of '92.Kris Thykier's London-based...
Timbuktu
Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako. France-Mauritania. 2014. 97minsAt a time when the entire world is shocked by the shocking acts of the Boko Haram cohorts in Nigeria, Abderrahmane Sissako's film quietly, but forcefully, suggests that the new scourge of Africa...
Zero Motivation Sells to US
EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films picks up Tribeca winner.The Match Factory has confirmed a US deal for Talya Lavie's first feature Zero Motivation with Zeitgeist Films.The sale follows on from the film's strong reception at Tribeca, where the film won the...
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