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Articles from May 2014

Bille August Talks New Projects
EXCLUSIVE: Double Palme d'Or winner is to begin production on 55 Steps in October.Double Palme d'Or winner Bille August has given further details of his upcoming projects.August revealed he is to begin production on 55 Steps starring Helena Bonham Carter...
Cannes: Taming and Training Dragons
Highlights of the How To Train Your Dragon 2 press conference.DreamWorks Animation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and Cannes has joined in the celebration by screening How To Train Your Dragon 2. The studio's CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, who...
China's Mili Taps Borden for LA Office
Chinese animation studio Mili Pictures Worldwide has opened an office in Los Angeles, headed by producer Bill Borden.Borden's credits include the High School Musical series, Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, Mission: Impossible 3 and Spike Lee's Get On...
Chinese Co-Pro Panel Talk Challenges
Held at the UK Film Centre, the panel discussed the issues facing films looking for co-production with China.Tapping into the Chinese film market is not easy, was the overriding message at the Chinese co-production panel held today [May 17] at the UK...
David Michod, the Rover
The director talks about the "incredible beauty and incredible menace" of Australia.Red-hot Australian director David Michod garnered universal acclaim for debut Animal Kingdom. The director returns with thriller The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert...
Ezekiel Boards Ziad Doueiri's L'Insulte
EXCLUSIVE: Previous investments include Clouds of Sils Maria and Under the Starry Sky.Ezekiel Film Production, the fledgling film financing body set up by Lebanese financier Antoun Sehnaoui in association with French actress and producer Julie Gayet,...
Golden Network Pulls Strings on Arti
EXCLUSIVE: Currently in post-production, the $10m fantasy adventure is directed by Chris Huang.Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Taiwanese 3D puppet animation The Arti: The Adventure Begins, which Warner Bros will...
Hitchcock-Truffaut Doc Finds Backers
New French-US documentary is based around the interviews conducted by the French film-maker with his British counterpart.Cohen Media Group, Artline Films and Arte are backing the new French-US feature documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut to be directed by...
Indie Sales Takes Bridges of Sarajevo
EXCLUSIVE: World sales company also offers new titles by Jean-Pierre Améris, Xavier Picard, Quentin Dupieux.Indie Sales has picked up the international rights for the Cannes Special Screenings title The Bridges Of Sarajevo.The omnibus feature which marks...
Indonesia Festival and Market to Launch
New film festival and market aims to support burgeoning local film industry.Indonesia is launching a new film festival and market, the Equator Film Expo (EFX), which aims to support the burgeoning local film industry and promote the country as a shooting...
Iron Sky Producer Talks Sequel
EXCLUSIVE: Sequel will be directed by Timo Vuorensola and will see several of the original cast return.Iron Sky producer Tero Kaukomaa has revealed further details of Iron Sky The Coming Race, the $10m sequel to the original Nazis on the moon saga.The...
Jarmusch's Iggy Pop Doc Wins Backing
EXCLUSIVE: Independent, Fernando Sulichin breathe life into Stooges doc, the director's next film.Jim Jarmusch's documentary on The Stooges has found new backing from Fernando Sulichin's New Element Global and a sales home in UK outfit Independent, which...
Morgan Freeman Joins Cargo Project
EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Freeman will star in the true story of showman Dr William Key and his trained horse.Morgan Freeman will star in The Mark Gordon Company and Revelations Entertainment's Beautiful Jim Key, which Cargo Entertainment is shopping to buyers...
Park Ent Takes Petroleum Spirit
EXCLUSIVE: Park Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to the coming-of-age road trip film Petroleum Spirit.The London-based sales and distribution company is now selling the film in Cannes.Written and directed by Rob Sanders, Petroleum...
Red Army
Dir/scr: Gabe Polsky. US-Russia. 2014. 84minsPresented by the dream team of Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub, this feisty documentary about the CSKA Moscow 'Red Army' ice hockey dream team of the 1970s and 1980s, and the Soviet national team that was...
Saint Laurent
Dir: Bertrand Bonello. France. 2014. 150minsA lush, stylish and evocative journey through the life of enigmatic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello's magnificently mounted biopic succeeds as a warts and all (booze, drugs, sex...
Salvation
Dir: Kristian Levring. Denmark-UK-South Africa. 2014. 89minsIt has been more than 20 years since retired sheriff Clint Eastwood took "one last job" and turned The Unforgiven into a rare modern commercial and awards success for the no-frills western....
Scanbox Sets Company Record
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor picks up seven films in Cannes' official selection.Scandinavian distributor Scanbox has set a company record by acquiring seven films in official selection.They are Competition titles The Homesman, Saint Laurent, The Search, The...
Sebastiano Riso, Darker Than Midnight
Italian director Sebastiano Riso's debut feature Darker Than Midnight - about a gay teenager living on the streets of the Sicilian city of Catania to escape a violent father who disapproves of his girlish looks - is premiering in Critics' Week. Rai Trade...
Self Made
Dir/scr: Shira Geffen. Israel. 2014. 89minsA gently hallucinatory fantasy, Shira Geffen's second outing in Cannes after her 2007 Golden Camera award for Jellyfish tackles the Middle East conflict in a whimsical, airy manner that simply refuses to be...
The Rover
Dir: David Michod. Australia-US. 2014. 102minsAustralian writer-director David Michôd proved himself a cool-headed specialist in man's inhumanity to man in his 2010 debut, the gangster story Animal Kingdom. If that film's criminal clan seemed cold-bloodedly...
Welcome Premieres; VOD Hits Nerve
Today's screening could be one of the only times the film plays on a big screen in France.Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York [pictured] will premiere in the market and on Nikki Beach today.Starring Gerard Depardieu in a role inspired by the fall of former...
Wild Tales
Dir/scr: Damian Szifron. Argentina-Spain. 2014, 122minsArgentina's Damian Szifron drives Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) hard across its six separate episodes - his one-man portmanteau of innovative and increasingly scathing social comedy is brilliantly...
Winter Sleep
Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Turkey-Germany-France. 2014. 196minsThe first thought that springs to mind once Nuri Bilge Ceylan's sprawling, multi-layered, richly rewarding Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu) reaches its end, is that one should never see this in a film...
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