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A24 Closing U.S. Rights Deal on Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ - variety.com - Sweden
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19.05.2024 / 21:39

A24 Closing U.S. Rights Deal on Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’

Michaela Zee A24 is closing an eight-figure deal to acquire the U.S. rights to Ruben Östlund’s “The Entertainment System Is Down,” Variety has confirmed.

‘Hamlet’ Starring Riz Ahmed Bought by Focus Features for International Rights (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA
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19.05.2024 / 07:51

‘Hamlet’ Starring Riz Ahmed Bought by Focus Features for International Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Focus Features has bought international rights to “Hamlet,” Aneil Karia’s London-set modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s famed play starring Oscar winner Riz Ahmed. Morfydd Clark (“Saint Maud,” “Rings of Power”) and Joe Alwyn (“Kinds of Kindness”) also star in the film, which wrapped production at the end of last year and was acquired by Focus Features some time ago. CAA is repping North American rights, while WME Independent handled international sales.

Ruben Östlund Teases ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ With Kirsten Dunst & Daniel Brühl At Cannes Presser: “It’s F–ing Hard To Make A Good Airplane Movie” - deadline.com - Sweden
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18.05.2024 / 12:19

Ruben Östlund Teases ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ With Kirsten Dunst & Daniel Brühl At Cannes Presser: “It’s F–ing Hard To Make A Good Airplane Movie”

“It’s f–ing hard to make a good airplane movie,” Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund emphasized multiple times this morning in Cannes as he spoke to international press about his plans for The Entertainment System Is Down, the latest feature he has set to direct starring a buzzy cast led by Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl. 

Wild Bunch Nabs Ron Perlman-Led ‘The Gentleman,’ Plus ‘Undercover’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Mexico
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18.05.2024 / 05:59

Wild Bunch Nabs Ron Perlman-Led ‘The Gentleman,’ Plus ‘Undercover’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent In a deal sealed at Cannes, Spain’s Film Factory has closed France with Wild Bunch on action film “The Gentleman” as well as crime thriller “Undercover.” The directorial debut of seasoned Mexican cinematographer Luis Gabriel Beristáin (“Blade II,” “The Beekeeper”), “The Gentleman” stars Ron Perlman as Theo, an aging former U.S. soldier who pays Olga, a prostitute, to talk with him about who he once was and what he might have been. When Olga is brutally murdered, Theo embarks on bloody revenge.

‘Succession’s’ Nicholas Braun in Talks to Join Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Sweden
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18.05.2024 / 05:59

‘Succession’s’ Nicholas Braun in Talks to Join Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent “Succession” star Nicholas Braun is in talks to star in Ruben Östlund’s “The Entertainment System Is Down.” Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl are already on board the buzzy satire. “The Entertainment System Is Down” is one of the sexiest packages being shopped at the Cannes Film Market, where the Coproduction Office has launched international sales.

Caylee Cowan, Barbara Crampton, Jesse Metcalfe and Lin Shaye to Lead Horror Film ‘The Possession at Gladstone Manor’ - variety.com - Kansas City
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18.05.2024 / 00:27

Caylee Cowan, Barbara Crampton, Jesse Metcalfe and Lin Shaye to Lead Horror Film ‘The Possession at Gladstone Manor’

Jack Dunn Umbrelic Entertainment has unveiled the cast of its upcoming horror film, “The Possession at Gladstone Manor,” which includes Caylee Cowan (“Hypnotic”), Jesse Metcalfe (“John Tucker Must Die”), Charlotte Kirk (“The Reckoning”), Darren Weiss (“Inside Man”), Barbara Crampton (“You’re Next”), William Mapother (“Blackhat”) and Lin Shaye (“Insidious” franchise). Production is currently underway in Kansas City, and AMP’s Anthony Buckner is handling international sales at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. According to an official logline, “The Possession at Gladstone Manor” picks up “when Jamie Black discovers her mother has gone missing [and] resolves to investigate by applying for the same job her mother held at Gladstone Manor.

Whitney Peak Joins Shira Haas & Sarah Paulson For Aisling Walsh’s ‘Ethel’; Bankside Films Scores A Number Of International Pre-Sales For Biopic About Pioneering Conductor — Cannes - deadline.com - Spain - Canada
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17.05.2024 / 16:45

Whitney Peak Joins Shira Haas & Sarah Paulson For Aisling Walsh’s ‘Ethel’; Bankside Films Scores A Number Of International Pre-Sales For Biopic About Pioneering Conductor — Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Whitney Peak (Hocus Pocus 2, Molly’s Game, Gossip Girl) has been cast in Aisling Walsh’s Ethel, alongside the previously announced cast of Shira Haas and Sarah Paulson. Bankside Films first launched the title, which is currently in pre-production, earlier this year and has completed a number of international pre-sales in Cannes. 

Focus Features Acquires ‘Last Breath’ Starring Woody Harrelson, Finn Cole and Simu Liu — Cannes - deadline.com - Australia - France - New Zealand - China - South Korea - Indonesia - Greece - Vietnam - Malaysia
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17.05.2024 / 01:11

Focus Features Acquires ‘Last Breath’ Starring Woody Harrelson, Finn Cole and Simu Liu — Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features has acquired U.S. rights and select international territories on upcoming thriller Last Breath, starring Woody Harrelson, Finn Cole and Simu Liu. Focus will distribute the Alex Parkinson-directed title in the U.S. with Universal Pictures International handling select territories including France, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam. 

Activision Launches Standalone Studio Elsewhere Entertainment to Focus on New ‘Genre-Defining AAA Franchise’ - variety.com - USA - Poland - city Warsaw, Poland - Beyond
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16.05.2024 / 16:41

Activision Launches Standalone Studio Elsewhere Entertainment to Focus on New ‘Genre-Defining AAA Franchise’

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer Microsoft‘s Activision has launched a new internal, standalone studio with one mission: creating a new narrative-based and genre-defining AAA franchise. Titled Elsewhere Entertainment, the studio will be headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, with additional staff in the United States.

Chile’s Quijote Films, Arte+ Unite for ‘The Mysterious Gaze’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Mexico - Germany - Chile - Belgium
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16.05.2024 / 05:25

Chile’s Quijote Films, Arte+ Unite for ‘The Mysterious Gaze’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Chile’s Quijote Films, behind Cannes 2023 Un Certain Regard Fipresci Prize winner “The Settlers,” has tied down a powerful alliance of international partners on “The Mysterious Gaze of the Flamingo,” the first feature of 2018 Cannes Cinéfondation top winner Diego Céspedes. An LGBTQ-themed drama, “The Mysterious Gaze” is set in a mining town where a strange illness is said to be transmitted between men who fall in love with each other.

France’s Les Films du Losange Acquires Raymond Depardon’s Banner Palmeraie et Desert (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
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15.05.2024 / 15:55

France’s Les Films du Losange Acquires Raymond Depardon’s Banner Palmeraie et Desert (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent France’s Les Films du Losange, the iconic distribution company owned by producer Charles Gillibert (“Annette”), has acquired Palmeraie et Desert,” the production company founded by celebrated filmmaker Raymond Depardon. Les Films du Losange, which was bought by Gillibert from longtime manager Margaret Menegoz in 2021, has been dedicated to preserving and promoting cinematic heritage since its inception.

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - New York - Los Angeles - Japan
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14.05.2024 / 15:17

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor As Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the Paris-based international sales company MK2 Films has revealed it has acquired three films and made substantial investments in new restorations, set against the backdrop of a strong presence at Cannes Classics. MK2 Films has entered into a collaboration with the Niki Charitable Art Foundation on the global rights (excluding the U.S.) for two films directed by artist Niki de Saint Phalle: “Un Rêve plus long que la nuit” (1976) and “Daddy” (1973).

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.

Filmax Nabs International Rights to ‘The Virgin of the Quarry Lake’ by Helmer Laura Casabé, from a Benjamín Naishtat Screenplay (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Argentina
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09.05.2024 / 17:09

Filmax Nabs International Rights to ‘The Virgin of the Quarry Lake’ by Helmer Laura Casabé, from a Benjamín Naishtat Screenplay (EXCLUSIVE)

Anna Marie de la Fuente Expanding its lineup for Cannes this year, top Spanish indie studio Filmax has snagged international rights to feature “The Virgin of the Quarry Lake” by Laura Casabé, a notable figure in genre filmmaking who won the best director prize at Sitges in 2019 for “Los que vuelven” (aka “The Returned”). The film has just been announced as one of highest-profile of five titles at a Ventana Sur Goes to Cannes showcase at this year’s Marché du Film.

‘Greenland: Migration’: Lionsgate Boards Gerard Butler Action Thriller From Anton and STX Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Iceland - Greenland
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09.05.2024 / 13:23

‘Greenland: Migration’: Lionsgate Boards Gerard Butler Action Thriller From Anton and STX Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

K.J. Yossman Lionsgate will handle U.S. distribution of eagerly awaited “Greenland” sequel “Greenland: Migration,” Variety can confirm.

‘Death on the Nile’ Star Ali Fazal Joins Cast of Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam’s ‘Thug Life’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - India - Victoria - city Delhi
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08.05.2024 / 18:47

‘Death on the Nile’ Star Ali Fazal Joins Cast of Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam’s ‘Thug Life’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Naman Ramachandran Indian actor Ali Fazal has joined the cast of Mani Ratnam‘s “Thug Life,” starring Kamal Haasan. The cast also includes Trisha Krishnan, Dulquer Salmaan, Jayam Ravi, Silambarasan Rajendar, Joju George, Gautham Kartik and Aishwarya Lekshmi. The film, which hails from the gangster genre, is written by Ratnam and Haasan and produced by Raaj Kamal Films International, Madras Talkies and Red Giant Movies.

‘The Major Tones’ and ‘Time to Be Strong’ Claim Jeonju Film Festival’s top Prizes - variety.com - South Korea - Argentina - North Korea - Berlin
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08.05.2024 / 11:55

‘The Major Tones’ and ‘Time to Be Strong’ Claim Jeonju Film Festival’s top Prizes

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea’s second most important generalist film festival, on Tuesday announced “The Major Tones” and “Time to Be Strong” as the Grand Prix winners of its two competition sections. The festival continues until Friday. Directed by Argentina’s Ingrid Pokropek, “The Major Tones” is a mystery film about a youngster with a metal plate in her arm which begins to receive peculiar messages in Morse Code. It premiered at the Mar del Plata festival and also played in Berlin’s Generation KPlus section.

The Playmaker to Launch International Sales of Creature Horror ‘Paws’ at Cannes Film Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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08.05.2024 / 08:05

The Playmaker to Launch International Sales of Creature Horror ‘Paws’ at Cannes Film Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The Playmaker has signed with Neopol Film to handle international sales for their upcoming creature horror thriller, “Paws.” Featuring polar bear creature animatronics from the renowned studio behind “Star Wars” and “Jurassic World,” the film tells the story of a climate researcher stranded in the Arctic who must forge an unlikely alliance with a polar bear in order to survive. The project will feature a stellar international cast, yet to be announced.

Pulsar Content, Digital District Entertainment Form Strategic Partnership - variety.com - France - India - Belgium
variety.com
07.05.2024 / 10:45

Pulsar Content, Digital District Entertainment Form Strategic Partnership

Pulsar Content has formed a strategic partnership with Digital District Entertainment, a leading post-production, VFX and production facilities company, with offices in France, Belgium and India. The partnership will create “a streamlined and cost-effective production process for international film projects,” according to a statement.

Hassie Harrison, Jai Courtney, Josh Heuston Star in ‘Dangerous Animals’ for ‘Devil’s Candy’s’ Sean Byrne and Mister Smith (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - New Zealand - Smith - Indiana - county Harrison
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06.05.2024 / 15:45

Hassie Harrison, Jai Courtney, Josh Heuston Star in ‘Dangerous Animals’ for ‘Devil’s Candy’s’ Sean Byrne and Mister Smith (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Hassie Harrison (“Yellowstone”), Jai Courtney (“Terminator Genisys”) and “Heartbreak High’s” Josh Heuston, soon to be seen in “Dune: Prophecy,” will star in the horror thriller “Dangerous Animals.” Adding edge to the package, Australia’s genre auteur Sean Byrne (“The Loved Ones,” “The Devil’s Candy”), one of the highest rated horror directors of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, is directing “Dangerous Animals” which will be brought onto the Cannes market by David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment. Starting principal photography on Australia Gold Coast on May 7, “Dangerous Animals” is produced by London and Sydney-based Brouhaha Entertainment, behind Karim Aïnouz’s “Firebrand” and Guy Pearce-led “The Convert,” sold by Mister Smith, in conjunction with LD Entertainment (“Jackie,” “Ben Is Back”), Oddfellows Entertainment and management-production firm Range Media Partners.

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