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Series Mania Forum Unveils Co-Pro Projects, Expands to Japan with ‘A True Novel,’ and Manga-Inspired ‘Issak’ - variety.com - France - Brazil - South Africa - Japan - Argentina - Vatican - Taiwan
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23.02.2024 / 08:47

Series Mania Forum Unveils Co-Pro Projects, Expands to Japan with ‘A True Novel,’ and Manga-Inspired ‘Issak’

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent “A True Novel,” directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, manga-inspired “Issak,” written by Itaru Mizuno (“Double Booking”) and “4 Blocks” Richard Kropf, look like potential highlights at this year’s Co-Pro Pitching Sessions, the centerpiece at Series Mania’s Forum, as its projects expand ever more their geographic compass, here welcoming their first titles co-produced by Japan. They are joined by titles from around the world such as Argentinean Daniel Burman’s “Witness 36,” which won the Series Mania Award at the Berlinale Series Market on Tuesday, and a slice of Vatican noir and which reunites the team of “De Grace,”and The Forum runs March 19-21 during Series Mania, Europe’s biggest dedicated TV festival, which will unspool this year over March 15-22 in Lille, Northern France.

Margherita Vicario’s Musical Comedy ‘Gloria!’ Scores Multiple Sales Ahead of Berlin Competition Bow (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy - Austria - Germany - Netherlands - Belgium - Greece - Berlin - Luxembourg - Bulgaria
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21.02.2024 / 15:51

Margherita Vicario’s Musical Comedy ‘Gloria!’ Scores Multiple Sales Ahead of Berlin Competition Bow (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italian singer-songwriter Margherita Vicario’s directorial debut “Gloria!” has scored a slew international sales ahead of its world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival competition. RAI Cinema International Distribution has sealed deals to nine territories on Vicario’s vibrant musical comedy set in a late 18th century Venetian female orphanage where a young rebel named Teresa leads a group of performers to challenge classical canons and invent a precursor to pop music.

‘I, Daniel Blake’ Producer Rebecca O’Brien Says UK Indie Film Sector Will “Die” Without “Additional Fiscal Support” - deadline.com - Britain - Japan
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21.02.2024 / 13:03

‘I, Daniel Blake’ Producer Rebecca O’Brien Says UK Indie Film Sector Will “Die” Without “Additional Fiscal Support”

“There’s market failure because the streamers came in, high-end TV got higher end, and Hollywood arrived. And they took a lot of our investors away,” Sixteen Films producer Rebecca O’Brien concluded when quizzed on the state of the UK indie film sector during an appearance at the UK’s British Film & High-End TV Inquiry. 

Berlin: Taiwan’s ‘Shambhala,’ ‘Sleep With Your Eyes Open’ Producers Join Forces for Film, TV Venture - variety.com - Brazil - China - Japan - Berlin - Nepal - Taiwan
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20.02.2024 / 17:57

Berlin: Taiwan’s ‘Shambhala,’ ‘Sleep With Your Eyes Open’ Producers Join Forces for Film, TV Venture

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Two Taiwan-based production companies with features in this week’s Berlin Film Festival have joined forces to launch new venture, Long Hu Bao × An Attitude. Taiwan’s Yi Tiao Long Hu Bao International Entertainment, is one of eight co-producers on main competition film “Shambhala,” from Nepal’s Min Bahadur Bham.

Gaumont Germany’s Sabine de Mardt Discusses Timely Series ‘The Interpreter of Silence,’ ‘In Her Car,’ New Projects - variety.com - France - Ukraine - Germany - Berlin
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20.02.2024 / 07:43

Gaumont Germany’s Sabine de Mardt Discusses Timely Series ‘The Interpreter of Silence,’ ‘In Her Car,’ New Projects

Ed Meza @edmezavar Since its establishment in 2018, Gaumont Germany has produced a wide range of series and TV movies, among them such timely shows as the critically acclaimed “Deutsches Haus” (“The Interpreter of Silence”), which was nominated for the Critics Choice Awards, and the Ukrainian series “In Her Car.” A subsidiary of the French entertainment powerhouse, the Cologne and Berlin-based company also created such ambitious shows as Netflix’s historical epic “Barbarians” – the first season of which was one of the streamer’s most successful non-English-language series worldwide – and the award-winning Sky Original comedy “The Wasp,” about a professional dart player seeking to return to his former glory. Discussing the company’s latest productions, Gaumont Germany President Sabine de Mardt says it’s important to combine broader entertainment with relevance, something both “The Interpreter of Silence” and “In Her Car” offer.

Palme d’Or Winner Cristian Mungiu Allies with Poland’s Kijora Films on ‘Tales of the Golden Age – The Warsaw Pact,’ and ‘The Incident’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Ukraine - Poland - Romania - city Warsaw - city Bucharest
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19.02.2024 / 21:07

Palme d’Or Winner Cristian Mungiu Allies with Poland’s Kijora Films on ‘Tales of the Golden Age – The Warsaw Pact,’ and ‘The Incident’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Marta Balaga Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu and his Bucharest-based company Mobra Films will join forces with Poland’s Kijora Films on “Tales of the Golden Age – The Warsaw Pact,” a follow up to his 2009 sketch comedy referencing urban legends from the Ceausescu regime. Expanding to accommodate stories from different ex-communist Eastern European countries, including Poland, it will be written by Mungiu and directed by Ioana Uricaru.

‘The Devil’s Bath,’ Berlinale Competition Thriller From ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Duo, Sells to Key Markets for Playtime (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Italy - Ireland - Ukraine - Russia - Austria - Japan - Berlin
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19.02.2024 / 11:19

‘The Devil’s Bath,’ Berlinale Competition Thriller From ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Duo, Sells to Key Markets for Playtime (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Playtime has had a busy EFM, where it’s locked a raft of major deals on “The Devil’s Bath,” a period psychological thriller in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. “The Devil’s Bath” is directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the Austrian filmmaking duo behind “Goodnight Mommy.” Set in rural Austria in 1750, “The Devil’s Bath” stars Anja Plaschg, the up-and-coming singer and composer known as Soap & Skin. Plaschg plays Agnes, a young married woman who feels oppressed in her husband’s world, which is devoid of emotions and limited to chores and expectations.

Celine Song’s ‘Past Lives’ Follow-Up ‘Materialists’ Sells To Sony For International In Another Big EFM Deal; Dakota Johnson, Pedro Pascal & Chris Evans In Talks To Star - deadline.com - China - Russia - Japan - Virginia - Berlin - county Evans
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18.02.2024 / 16:07

Celine Song’s ‘Past Lives’ Follow-Up ‘Materialists’ Sells To Sony For International In Another Big EFM Deal; Dakota Johnson, Pedro Pascal & Chris Evans In Talks To Star

EXCLUSIVE: After we broke news of the studio acquiring Margot Robbie starrer Big Bold Beautiful Journey, we can reveal that Sony Pictures has boarded another of the European Film Market’s most in-demand projects: Past Lives director Celine Song‘s next movie, Materialists, which A24 is selling.

Korean Remake of Taiwan’s ‘Hear Me’ Hit Romance Sells Strongly in Asia (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - North Korea - Berlin - Hong Kong - Taiwan
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18.02.2024 / 07:45

Korean Remake of Taiwan’s ‘Hear Me’ Hit Romance Sells Strongly in Asia (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Production firm Movierock and rights sales outfit Hive Filmworks are in advanced production on “Hear Me: Our Summer,” a Korean remake of hit 2009 romance film “Hear Me” from Taiwan. The story involves a motorbike delivery man who falls in love with a hearing-impaired younger woman. Comparing themselves with water birds and trees the pair slowly try to break through the barriers in their relationship, pursue their dreams and take things to the next level. The retread stars Hong Kyung, who has a recent string of appearances including Netflix’s “D.P,” “TV’s Revenant” and “Hero,” and the upcoming “Troll Factory.” Co-star Roh Yoon-seo has credits in “Crash Course in Romance” and “Our Blues” and is currently one of the most ubiquitous faces in Korea thanks to her position as the face of the Paris Baguette bakery and café chain. Stylistically, the adaptation aims for the feel of Iwai Shunji’s pan-Asian hit “Love Letter,” and is directed by Jo Seon-ho, who previously made “A Day.” Movierock previously produced a 2018 Korean remake of 2004 Japanese hit “Be With You.” The film is already being pre-sold to multiple territories in Asia.

African Cinema Set to Shine at Berlin Film Festival, but Continent’s Moviemakers Insist ‘There’s Always Room for More’ - variety.com - Hollywood - Senegal - Germany - city Stockholm - Namibia - Kenya - Dominican Republic - Berlin - city Santos - Mali
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18.02.2024 / 07:45

African Cinema Set to Shine at Berlin Film Festival, but Continent’s Moviemakers Insist ‘There’s Always Room for More’

Christopher Vourlias Africa’s growing screen industries are making their mark on the global stage, with three titles in the main competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, but how to unlock the continent’s still-untapped potential was a question on the minds of many at a conference hosted on Saturday by the European Film Market. A partnership between EFM and Prudence Kolong’s Stockholm-based consulting firm Yanibes, AfroBerlin was launched to give a platform to filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora and “to find a place where they can share stories and experiences and be heard,” said Kolong, who also organizes the Cannes Film Festival’s AfroCannes industry showcase.

Beta Film Picks Up ‘Soviet Jeans’ Ahead of Series Mania, Reveals Stills of an ‘Unconventional’ Take on Soviet Latvia – With a Touch of ‘Finding Nemo’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Russia - Soviet Union - Latvia - city Riga
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17.02.2024 / 11:09

Beta Film Picks Up ‘Soviet Jeans’ Ahead of Series Mania, Reveals Stills of an ‘Unconventional’ Take on Soviet Latvia – With a Touch of ‘Finding Nemo’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Marta Balaga Beta Film has picked up international distribution rights to Latvia’s “Soviet Jeans.” Presented at Berlinale Series Market Selects, the show will premiere at Series Mania in March. Set in Riga in the late 1970s and based on multiple true stories, it zooms in onto young rock fan Renars (Karlis Arnolds Avots), sent to a mental asylum for political reasons. Undeterred, he starts illegal production of counterfeit U.S.

FilmSharks Sells Wide ‘Lobo Feroz,’ Ines Paris’ ‘Olvido’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Russia - Germany - Japan - county Jones - Israel - Uruguay - Taiwan
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17.02.2024 / 08:59

FilmSharks Sells Wide ‘Lobo Feroz,’ Ines Paris’ ‘Olvido’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Holly Jones Buenos Aires-based sales outfit FilmSharks has closed major territories on dark comedy “Lobo Feroz,” from director Gustavo Hernández (“La Casa Muda”), and on “The Forgotten Killings,” the latest from Ines Paris (“Miguel and William”). Produced by Uruguay’s Mother Superior and Spains’ Bowfinger Intl. Pictures, “Lobo Feroz” is a remake of Israeli film “Big Bad Wolves” from Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.

K5 Intl. Takes International Sales Rights to Ukraine War Drama ‘Stay Online’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA - Ukraine - Russia
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16.02.2024 / 06:42

K5 Intl. Takes International Sales Rights to Ukraine War Drama ‘Stay Online’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Christopher Vourlias K5 Intl., the international sales arm of K5 Media Group, has acquired world sales rights excluding North America to “Stay Online,” a tense Ukraine war drama that was entirely shot in the Eastern European country after the Russian invasion, the company announced at the European Film Market. The film, which debuted last year at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, recently sold to Dark Star Pictures for North American distribution in a deal brokered by XYZ Films. A U.S.

Seann William Scott, Rob Riggle, Chance Perdomo & Lovi Poe Among Cast For ‘Bad Man’, The Syndicate & UTA Independent Film Group Launching Sales For EFM - deadline.com - USA - county Scott - county Todd - Berlin - county Barry - city Davis
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15.02.2024 / 22:07

Seann William Scott, Rob Riggle, Chance Perdomo & Lovi Poe Among Cast For ‘Bad Man’, The Syndicate & UTA Independent Film Group Launching Sales For EFM

EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on indie feature Bad Man, starring Seann William Scott (American Pie) alongside Johnny Simmons (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street), Chance Perdomo (After We Fell), Andre Hyland (Barry), and Lovi Poe (Chelsea Cowboy).

Megan Fox says her “Ukrainian sex doll” comments weren’t xenophobic - www.nme.com - Hollywood - Ukraine - Japan
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15.02.2024 / 21:02

Megan Fox says her “Ukrainian sex doll” comments weren’t xenophobic

Megan Fox has responded to accusations of “xenophobia” in a caption to a photo of herself on Instagram.The actor posted a photo to her Instagram which featured herself, Machine Gun Kelly, Taylor Swift and NFL player Travis Kelce, seemingly at an after-party following the Super Bowl.In the post’s caption, Fox wrote that she looked “like a Ukrainian blowup doll” and “one of those super expensive real sex dolls you can only get in Japan.”Some Instagram users took to the comments to show their disapproval of the caption. One wrote: “I guess xenophobia towards Eastern Europeans is still a thing in Hollywood”.A post shared by Megan Fox (@meganfox)Many defended Ukrainian women, particularly with regards to the ongoing conflict in the country, with one user writing: “It’s disgraceful to offend any women, but offending Ukrainian women, who now stand as icon of strength and heroism in the brutal war, is absolutely disgusting!!!!”In response to one of the critical comments, Fox wrote: “Dear God.

Beta Cinema Sells Swedish Box Office Hit ‘Hammarskjold – Fight for Peace,’ Starring Mikael Persbrandt, Across Europe (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - New York - Sweden - Italy - Portugal - Indiana - Congo
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15.02.2024 / 06:09

Beta Cinema Sells Swedish Box Office Hit ‘Hammarskjold – Fight for Peace,’ Starring Mikael Persbrandt, Across Europe (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Beta Cinema has sold political thriller “Hammarskjöld — Fight for Peace,” which is a box office hit in its home territory Sweden, to multiple key territories. Sales include Italy (Rai Cinema), France (Swift Prods.), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Portugal (Outsider Films) and former Yugoslavia (Discovery). A U.S.

Kiah Roache-Turner’s WWII Shark Thriller ‘Beast of War’ Sells to U.S., U.K (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Ireland - South Africa - Japan - Portugal - Poland - Turkey - Hungary - Malta - Romania
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13.02.2024 / 14:27

Kiah Roache-Turner’s WWII Shark Thriller ‘Beast of War’ Sells to U.S., U.K (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman “Beast of War,” the upcoming shark thriller from Australian writer-director Kiah Roache-Turner (“Wormwood”) has been snapped up by Signature Entertainment for the U.K. and Ireland, and Well Go for North America.

Vertical Acquires Thriller ‘Firecracker’ Ahead Of Berlin Film Festival - deadline.com - Britain - Ireland - county Woods - Berlin - county Andrew - county Lee - county Sheridan
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13.02.2024 / 00:11

Vertical Acquires Thriller ‘Firecracker’ Ahead Of Berlin Film Festival

Vertical has nabbed U.S., Canadian, and UK/Ireland rights to thriller Firecracker. The action-packed film was directed, co-written and starring NY Film Award Winner, Andrew Lee Potts and produced by Charley McDougall, Jamie McLeod-Ross and Susan E. Clarke. The film will be released in theaters and On Demand in early 2024.

Crunchyroll Dropping Doc Series On Iconic Japanese Animation Firm Studio Bones - deadline.com - France - Japan
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12.02.2024 / 16:36

Crunchyroll Dropping Doc Series On Iconic Japanese Animation Firm Studio Bones

EXCLUSIVE: Anime streamer Crunchyroll is dropping a doc-series on renowned Japanese animation maker Studio Bones.

Beta Cinema Posts First Deals For Joseph Goebbels Biopic ‘Führer And Seducer’; Releases First Images - deadline.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Austria - Germany - Netherlands - Japan - Portugal - Czech Republic
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12.02.2024 / 14:33

Beta Cinema Posts First Deals For Joseph Goebbels Biopic ‘Führer And Seducer’; Releases First Images

EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema has unveiled a raft of key territory pre-sales for Joachim A. Lang’s Joseph Goebbels biopic Führer and Seducer ahead of its market premiere at the EFM this week.

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