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Tony Leung Set as Tokyo Film Festival Jury President - variety.com - Japan - Tokyo - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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17.05.2024 / 03:51

Tony Leung Set as Tokyo Film Festival Jury President

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Leading Hong Kong actor Tony Leung has been set as the president of the jury that will decide the main competition prizes at the Tokyo International Film Festival later this year. “Japan is close to my heart in more ways than one. And to be involved in celebrating film in this way, is a big deal for me.

Mediawan Rights Banks On Agility, Premium Content to Step Up Global Ambitions - variety.com - Britain - Netherlands
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16.05.2024 / 21:23

Mediawan Rights Banks On Agility, Premium Content to Step Up Global Ambitions

Ben Croll Mediawan Rights, the distribution arm of the wider media group, manages scripted, unscripted, format and feature documentary sales, keying European content onto international airwaves. And if initially heritage titles, foreign-language fare and time-tested perennials made up much of the catalogue, the group’s expanding footprint and well-capitalized partnerships promise a new yield of premium fare developed in-house and marked by global ambitions.

‘Don’t Cry Butterfly,’ Hanoi-Set Horror-Comedy, Flies to Korea’s Barunson E&A for Cannes Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Indonesia - Vietnam - Singapore - Philippines
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16.05.2024 / 05:07

‘Don’t Cry Butterfly,’ Hanoi-Set Horror-Comedy, Flies to Korea’s Barunson E&A for Cannes Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korea’s Barunson E&A has picked up world sales rights to Vietnamese horror-comedy “Don’t Cry Butterfly.” Sales will be launched this week at the Cannes Market. Written and directed by Duong Dieu Linh, the Hanoi-set film follows a housewife who uses voodoo to try and get her cheating husband fall back into love with her, but instead invites a mysterious presence into the house.

‘When The Light Breaks’ Review: Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Original And Specific Vision Of Grief – Cannes Film Festival - deadline.com - Iceland - Japan - city Reykjavik
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15.05.2024 / 20:33

‘When The Light Breaks’ Review: Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Original And Specific Vision Of Grief – Cannes Film Festival

In our first encounter with Una (Elín Hall) and Diddi (Baldur Einarsson) in the long dusk of a Reykjavik spring night, they are thinking only of the future. The immediate future: will they be able to sleep overnight together without Diddi’s flatmate noticing? The near future, meaning the next couple of days, when Diddi officially breaks off his longstanding relationship with his high-school sweetheart Klara and starts a new life with Una. And the long term. A trip to Japan. A different life with a wider scope than Iceland can provide. “Should we make babies?” Diddi murmurs into Una’s ear as they lie, wrapped around each other like kittens, in his single-pillowed bed.

From Laser Projection to HDR, Barco Lights Up the Film Business - variety.com - Los Angeles - USA - Belgium
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15.05.2024 / 20:01

From Laser Projection to HDR, Barco Lights Up the Film Business

Ben Croll This past February, an unconventional delegation from Barco made the trek from Ghent to Los Angeles. Clad in bowties and evening gowns, this crew of execs and engineers cut dashing figures on a Hollywood red carpet, striding into an AMPAS Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony that saw the team honored for their pioneering work reshaping the global film business.

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - Britain - India - Japan - Papua New Guinea
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15.05.2024 / 12:51

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin

Naman Ramachandran Indian filmmaker Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran‘s next film “Papa Buka” will commence principal photography in Papua New Guinea in July. The film will follow Indian historians Romila and Anand who go to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to write a book about the Indian soldiers who fought with the British and Australian armies against the Japanese during WWII in the country.

Thai Action Film ‘The 24’ Launched by New Sales Firm Boz Pictures at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Thailand - Japan - Hong Kong - city Bangkok
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15.05.2024 / 07:59

Thai Action Film ‘The 24’ Launched by New Sales Firm Boz Pictures at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Female stunt performer Wiriya Caesar will step up into the lead performer role in upcoming Thai action film “The 24.” The film project is being launched this week in the Cannes Market by new international sales firm Boz Pictures. Wiriya (aka Porntip Wiriya, aka “Fan”) has previously been a stunt double for Mary-Elizabeth Winstead in “Kate” and Golshifteh Farahani in “Extraction,” and has other credits on “Thirteen Lives” and “Hidden Strike.” In “The 24” she will star as an assassin who wakes up with a time bomb strapped to her body. She has clear instructions to kill a hit list of 24 members of the Bangkok underground, with each successful hit buying her more time alive. Caesar is joined in the cast by Japan’s Sakaguchi Tak (“Re:Born,” “One Percenter,” “Versus”), Dan Chupong (“Ong Bak 1 &2,” “Born to Fight”), Sunny Pang (“The Night Comes for Us,” “Headshot” and Gareth Evans’ upcoming “Havoc”) and Simon Kook (“Ip Man 3,” “Mayhem”). The film, which will shoot in the fourth quarter of this year, is written and directed by Lee Thongkham (“The Maid,” “The Lake,” “Kitty the Killer”).

‘The Desperate Chase’ Racks Up Pre-Sales Ahead of Cannes Market Launch by Korea’s Finecut - variety.com - France - Brazil - South Korea - city Seoul - Japan - Vietnam - Israel - Taiwan
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15.05.2024 / 07:59

‘The Desperate Chase’ Racks Up Pre-Sales Ahead of Cannes Market Launch by Korea’s Finecut

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Seoul-based film sales company, Finecut has notched pre-sales for its upcoming action-comedy “The Desperate Chase, which it is launching this week at the Cannes Film Festival‘s Cannes Market,. The film is an action comedy featuring a hot-blooded detective and a swindler who is also a master of disguise who team up to combat an evil mafia. Early rights buyers include Rights Cube for Japan, Apex Success Global for Taiwan and Mockingbird Pictures for Vietnam. Screening as a rough cut in the Cannes Market, the film is the second feature by Kim Jae-hoon, known for his debut with the body-switch action thriller “Devils,” which released in South Korea last year.

Catalan Films Ready to Impress at Cannes 2024 - variety.com - Spain - France - Italy - Chile - Netherlands - Argentina - Berlin - Taiwan
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14.05.2024 / 11:43

Catalan Films Ready to Impress at Cannes 2024

Jamie Lang Catalan films routinely punch above their weight at high-profile international festivals: Think 2022 Berlin Golden Bear winner “Alcarràs.” That trend looks primed to continue in 2024. Catalan auteur Albert Serra will debut “Afternoons of Solitude,” co-produced by Catalan companies Andergraun Films and LaCima, with Ideale Audience and Tardes de Soledad.

Sony Pictures Profits Slip by 10%, Despite Marginal Sales Gain - variety.com - Japan - Peru
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14.05.2024 / 06:37

Sony Pictures Profits Slip by 10%, Despite Marginal Sales Gain

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Sony Group Corporation saw its sales climb by 19% to JPY13.0 trillion in its financial year to March 2024, boosted by a sharp depreciation of the Japanese currency. Net profits for the group were down 3% to JPY971 billion. It was a similar scenario at Sony’s ‘pictures division,’ which comprises theatrical film, TV networks and television content production.

‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Evolving Towards $125M+ Global Debut – International Box Office - deadline.com - Britain - France - China - Mexico - Germany - Netherlands
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11.05.2024 / 17:49

‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Evolving Towards $125M+ Global Debut – International Box Office

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Studios/Disney’s Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is beating its chest towards a $125M global bow this weekend. At the international box office, we understand the Wes Ball-directed installment is at around $31M through Friday. As Anthony has reported, domestic is looking at a $52M-$55M start for the full frame.

Sam Claflin, Rupert Friend To Star In Thunder Road’s WWII Action-Thriller ‘Perdition’ From Writer-Director Henry Dunham; Mister Smith Launching International Sales At Cannes - deadline.com - USA - Belgium - city Asteroid
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10.05.2024 / 15:01

Sam Claflin, Rupert Friend To Star In Thunder Road’s WWII Action-Thriller ‘Perdition’ From Writer-Director Henry Dunham; Mister Smith Launching International Sales At Cannes

Sam Claflin and Rupert Friend will star in Thunder Road Pictures’ World War II action-thriller Perdition. Written and directed by Henry Dunham, principal photography is set for the fall.

Mamoru Oshii To Oversee 4K Remastering Of 1985 Animation ‘Angel’s Egg’ As Gebeka Int’l Lines Up Cannes Sales Launch - deadline.com - Japan
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10.05.2024 / 09:11

Mamoru Oshii To Oversee 4K Remastering Of 1985 Animation ‘Angel’s Egg’ As Gebeka Int’l Lines Up Cannes Sales Launch

EXCLUSIVE: Animation-focused sales company Gebeka International has acquired world sales rights to an upcoming 4K remastered version of Japanese animation director Mamoru Oshii’s 1985 animated feature Angel’s Egg. 

Muneyuki Kii Launches K2 Pictures With Hirokazu Kore-eda & Takashi Miike Projects, Plans Japan Film Fund - deadline.com - Hollywood - Japan
deadline.com
09.05.2024 / 23:39

Muneyuki Kii Launches K2 Pictures With Hirokazu Kore-eda & Takashi Miike Projects, Plans Japan Film Fund

Former Toei producer Muneyuki Kim has launched K2 Pictures, which will work with major directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda and aim to create a new funding ecosystem for Japanese animated and live-action features.

Cate Blanchett, Matteo Garrone, Molly Manning Walker Among 709 New Members of European Film Academy – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Italy - Ireland - India - Ukraine - Germany - Netherlands - Switzerland - Greece - Poland - Czech Republic - Turkey - Finland - Kosovo - Bulgaria - Croatia - Romania - Lithuania - Bosnia And Hzegovina - Estonia
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09.05.2024 / 17:09

Cate Blanchett, Matteo Garrone, Molly Manning Walker Among 709 New Members of European Film Academy – Global Bulletin

Naman Ramachandran The European Film Academy has added a record 709 new members in its 2024 annual intake. New members include Cate Blanchett (Australia/U.K.), Jovan Marjanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Maria Bakalova (Bulgaria), Juraj Lerotić (Croatia), Anna Hints (Estonia), Ariane Toscan du Plantier (France), Stéphan Castang (France), David Thion (France), Marie-Ange Luciani (France), Latifa Saïd (France), Rebecca Houzel (France), Thomas Hakim (France), Sami Mustafa (France/Kosovo), Mohamed Siam (France), Hanna Bergholm (Finland), Hamze Bytyçi (Germany) and Christian M.

‘Noise’ Sales Resonate for Korea’s Finecut – Pre-Cannes Market Deals - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - Italy - Thailand - Austria - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Greece - Czech Republic - Berlin - Cyprus - Slovakia - Taiwan - city Sangsoo
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09.05.2024 / 09:39

‘Noise’ Sales Resonate for Korea’s Finecut – Pre-Cannes Market Deals

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korean sales firm Finecut has inked multiple deals for horror thriller “Noise” and for “A Traveler’s Needs,” the recent Berlin prize-winner directed by Hong Sangsoo.“Noise” is a “multi-sensory and realistic horror” film that intertwines societal motifs of “floor noise” with suspenseful elements. Directed by Kim Soo-jin, the film centers around a woman with a hearing aid haunted by inexplicable sounds linked to her sister’s disappearance in her own apartment and attracting a malevolent presence.

‘Playground’ Director Laura Wandel Sets ‘In Adam’s Interest’ With ‘Anatomy of a Fall,’ Dardenne Brothers Producers, Indie Sales (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Belgium
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08.05.2024 / 11:23

‘Playground’ Director Laura Wandel Sets ‘In Adam’s Interest’ With ‘Anatomy of a Fall,’ Dardenne Brothers Producers, Indie Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Indie Sales is re-teaming with rising Belgian filmmaker Laura Wandel on her sophomore feature “In Adam’s Interest,” having previously sold around the world her critically acclaimed feature debut “Playground” which premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. “In Adam’s Interest” also reunites Wandel with producer Stéphane Lhoest at Belgium’s Dragons Films, and is produced by Delphine Tomson at Les Films du Fleuve, the Dardenne’ brothers banner. Co-producers are Jan de Clercq at Lunanime, who will release the film in Benelux under his distribution company Lumière; and Marie-Ange Luciani‘s Les Films de Pierre, the Oscar-nominated outfit behind “Anatomy of a Fall.” Memento will release “In Adam’s Interest” in French theaters.

‘Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus’ Concert Film Set for China Cinema Release (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - London - New York - China - South Korea - Austria - Germany - Japan - Portugal - Hong Kong - Singapore - Taiwan - Macau
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08.05.2024 / 09:47

‘Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus’ Concert Film Set for China Cinema Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Concert documentary, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus,” directed by Neo Sora, will open in mainland Chinese cinemas on May 31. The film had its world premiere in official selection at the Venice festival last year. That was followed by an acclaimed run at the New York, London and Camerimage festivals. Japanese composer Sakamoto, who was awarded an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy and two Golden Globes, had a four-decade career that stretched from techno-pop to Oscar winning scores on films including “Merry Christmas, Mr.

North.Five.Six To Oversee International Sales For Chloë Grace Moretz Heist Pic ‘Dutch & Razzlekhan,’ Introducing To Buyers at Cannes - deadline.com - Hollywood - county Miller - Netherlands - county Lewis - city Pullman, county Lewis - county Logan
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06.05.2024 / 19:14

North.Five.Six To Oversee International Sales For Chloë Grace Moretz Heist Pic ‘Dutch & Razzlekhan,’ Introducing To Buyers at Cannes

North.Five.Six is set to handle international sales for the true-life heist pic Dutch & Razzlekhan, on which we were first to report. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz (The Peripheral), Lewis Pullman (Lessons in Chemistry) and Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), the film will be introduced to buyers at Cannes later this month, with CAA Media Finance repping domestic rights.

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