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‘Maxton Hall – The World Between Us’: German-Language Romance Drama Set In English Boarding School Has Just Become Prime Video’s Biggest Ever International Original Launch - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - Brazil - Germany - city Ufa
deadline.com
22.05.2024 / 14:27

‘Maxton Hall – The World Between Us’: German-Language Romance Drama Set In English Boarding School Has Just Become Prime Video’s Biggest Ever International Original Launch

Welcome to Global Breakouts, Deadline’s regular strand that shines a light on breakout series and films that are shaking up the international market. In a globalized industry, a hit show can come from anywhere and local success stories can become international sensations.

Conflict, Cuts And Identity Crises: How Film Festivals Are Navigating Choppy Waters - deadline.com - USA - Berlin - city Odessa - city Busan
deadline.com
22.05.2024 / 07:11

Conflict, Cuts And Identity Crises: How Film Festivals Are Navigating Choppy Waters

Rarely in recent decades has the festival circuit been as disrupted as it has in the past 12 months. A confluence of local and global issues — from war to inflation, political unrest to societal shifts — have created a perfect storm for many of these vital cultural platforms, leading to funding shortfalls, staff losses, major PR headaches and in some cases cancellation. Amid shifts in consumer and industry behavior, there are also broader existential questions being asked about the role and potency of festivals.

Ruben Östlund, Karim Aïnouz Among Guests at German Films and Medienboard Reception - variety.com - Sweden - Germany - Berlin
variety.com
21.05.2024 / 12:05

Ruben Östlund, Karim Aïnouz Among Guests at German Films and Medienboard Reception

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Swedish director Ruben Östlund, who won Cannes Film Festival‘s Palme d’Or for “The Square” and “Triangle of Sadness,” was among the guests at the German Films and Medienboard Reception on May 18 in the garden of the Mondrian Hotel in Cannes. Östlund, who is in the Riviera resort to promote his latest production, “The Entertainment System Is Down,” was accompanied by Philippe Bober of Coproduction Office, one of the film’s producers, and Erik Hemmendorf of Plattform Produktion, Östlund’s Swedish producer. (They are pictured above.) German Films, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, was represented at the event by managing director Simone Baumann, and Medienboard, which is a film fund for the Berlin-Brandenburg region, was represented by its CEO Kirsten Niehuus.

Canary Islands Cinema Lifts Off, Primed by Local Talent, Relocation, Governmental Backing - variety.com - Spain - city Santiago - Berlin - county Santa Cruz
variety.com
20.05.2024 / 18:13

Canary Islands Cinema Lifts Off, Primed by Local Talent, Relocation, Governmental Backing

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Boosted by world-class incentives, Spain’s Canary Islands has attracted the shoots of some of the higher-profile movies on earth from “In the Heart of the Sea” to “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Eternals.” Now, however, a homegrown Canary Islands cinema is bursting onto the scene, a Canary Island New Wave cinema lifting off, hitting festivals and making ever more insistent production news. If a date can be attributed to the event, it may be March’s Malaga Film Festival.

Films Boutique Sells Mohammad Rasoulof’s ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ to Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - India - Norway - Austria - Germany - Portugal - Switzerland - Denmark - Greece - Iran - Poland - Berlin - Turkey - Hungary - city Tehran - Taiwan - city Sana
variety.com
19.05.2024 / 07:45

Films Boutique Sells Mohammad Rasoulof’s ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ to Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Berlin-based sales agency Films Boutique has closed the first international sales for Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The Seed of the Sacred Fig,” ahead of its world premiere on Friday in the Competition section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film has been acquired in Italy by BiM Distribuzione and Lucky Red, Benelux by September Film Distribution, Spain by Bteam Pictures, Greece by Ama Films, Hungary by Cirko Film, Norway by Selmer Media, Portugal by Leopardo Filmes, Taiwan by Hooray Films and Turkey by Bir Film.

Latido Takes David Pérez Sañudo’s ‘Sacamantecas’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Italy - Berlin
variety.com
19.05.2024 / 05:41

Latido Takes David Pérez Sañudo’s ‘Sacamantecas’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Spain’s Latido Films has clinched world sales rights to “Sacamantecas,” the third feature by writer-director David Pérez Sañudo, whose Latido-repped debut feature, “Ane,” swept three Spanish Academy Goya Awards in 2021. Latido is already handling Pérez Sañudo’s second feature, “Los últimos románticos,” which it announced at the Berlin Film Festival as the first title in a two-picture deal with Sañudo.

Studiocanal Rolls Out German Trilogy ‘Woodwalkers’; Execs Talk Ambitions For New Franchise – Cannes Market - deadline.com - Germany - Berlin
deadline.com
18.05.2024 / 08:37

Studiocanal Rolls Out German Trilogy ‘Woodwalkers’; Execs Talk Ambitions For New Franchise – Cannes Market

EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal has been rolling out sales on the first instalment of Germany-language film trilogy Woodwalkers in Cannes.

Movistar Plus+ Partners on Alauda Ruíz de Azua’s ‘Los Domingos’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - city Sandra - Berlin
variety.com
18.05.2024 / 07:01

Movistar Plus+ Partners on Alauda Ruíz de Azua’s ‘Los Domingos’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Movistar Plus+, Spain’s most-viewed pay TV operator, is partnering on “Los domingos,” a new film from “Lullaby” director Alauda Ruíz de Azua and the producers of that critically acclaimed film. “Los Domingos” is set in and will shoot in Ruíz de Azúa’s native Basque country, said Nahikari Ipiña at Sayaka Producciones (“Colossal”). Now in development, “Los Domingos” is produced by Movistar Plus+ and Sayaka and Marisa Fernández Armenteros’ Buenapinta Media (“The Mole Agent”), Sandra Hermida at Think Studio and Colosé Producciones (“Society of the Snow”) and Manu Calvo (“Wounded”).

Hot Spots: How Ireland’s Booming Screen Sector Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down And Why It’s “An Overnight Success, Thirty Years In The Making” - deadline.com - Ireland - Guinea - Berlin
deadline.com
17.05.2024 / 15:31

Hot Spots: How Ireland’s Booming Screen Sector Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down And Why It’s “An Overnight Success, Thirty Years In The Making”

Ireland’s screen industry is having a moment. With the Cannes Film Festival well underway, there’s a notable strong Irish presence in this year’s line-up including Element Pictures’ three entrants – Competition title Kinds of Kindness from Yorgos Lanthimos, Rungano Nyoni’s sophomore feature On Becoming A Guinea Fowl and Ariane Labed’s directorial debut September Says (both in Un Certain Regard). There’s also Competition title The Apprentice, which is co-produced with Irish outfit Tailored Films and Lorcan Finnegan’s Nicolas Cage starrer The Surfer premiering in the Midnight Screenings strand. Even Andrea Arnold’s Competition title Bird is rich with Irish talent with star Barry Keoghan and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Robbie Ryan both having worked on the film. 

Carlos Saura’s ‘The Hunt’ Gets Modern-Day ‘Revision’ Which Rolls in July (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Berlin
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 07:13

Carlos Saura’s ‘The Hunt’ Gets Modern-Day ‘Revision’ Which Rolls in July (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent “La Mesías” star Carmen Machi, Almodóvar muse Rossy de Palma and Blanca Portillo, a Cannes best actress co-winner for Almodóvar’s “Volver,” are set to star in “The Prey” (“Dia de Caza”), billed as a contemporary revision of Carlos Saura’s 1965 pic “The Hunt,” quite possibly his crowing achievement. The film is set to shoot in July in Spain’s Extremadura, with theatrical release scheduled for summer 2025. Brutal, kinetic at times and taking no prisoners, Saura’s original won a Berlin Silver Bear.

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton on Breaking Barriers to Build One of Europe’s Biggest Independent Production Groups - variety.com - France - Italy - Germany
variety.com
16.05.2024 / 14:47

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton on Breaking Barriers to Build One of Europe’s Biggest Independent Production Groups

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton into France’s Legion of Honor last October, calling the exec “the ultimate French success story.” In a country rarely known to promote social mobility, Capton-esque career trajectories are scarce. A self-made entrepreneur born into a middle-class Normandy family, Capton began his professional life as a teen with an entry-level internship, eschewing elite universities, making the exec a rare bird among France’s top media execs.

Marcelo Gomes’ Romantic Period Drama ‘Portrait of a Certain Orient’ Gets International Trailer Ahead of Cannes Market Screening (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Brazil - Berlin - Lebanon
variety.com
16.05.2024 / 12:51

Marcelo Gomes’ Romantic Period Drama ‘Portrait of a Certain Orient’ Gets International Trailer Ahead of Cannes Market Screening (EXCLUSIVE)

Jamie Lang Brazil’s O2 Play, the distribution arm of O2 Filmes group, will host a Cannes market screening for director Marcelo Gomes‘ latest feature, “Portrait of a Certain Orient,” on Friday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Lerins 4. Ahead of the screening, O2 has given Variety exclusive access to the romantic period drama’s international trailer.

Silvio Soldini Sets Cast for ‘The Tastemakers,’ About German Women Forced to Sample Hitler’s Food, as Vision Distribution Launches Sales in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Italy - Germany - Rome - Berlin
variety.com
16.05.2024 / 08:21

Silvio Soldini Sets Cast for ‘The Tastemakers,’ About German Women Forced to Sample Hitler’s Food, as Vision Distribution Launches Sales in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent German actors Elisa Schlott (“Das Boot” TV series), Max Riemelt (“Sleeping Dog”) and Alma Hasun (“Corsage”) are set to star in Italian director Silvio Soldini‘s drama “The Tasters,” which reconstructs the untold true story of the women conscripted to be Adolf Hitler’s food tasters. Shooting is set to start on Friday in Italy’s northern Alto Adige region on the Nazi-era drama, which is being pre-sold at the Cannes Marché du Film by Rome-based Vision Distribution, headed by sales agent Catia Rossi.

‘The Captive,’ From ‘The Others’ Director Alejandro Amenábar, Initiates Principal Photography, Drops First-Look Still (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Berlin
variety.com
15.05.2024 / 07:59

‘The Captive,’ From ‘The Others’ Director Alejandro Amenábar, Initiates Principal Photography, Drops First-Look Still (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Principal photography has begun on “The Captive,” a historical epic from “The Others’” Alejandro Amenábar, starring Julio Peña (“Berlin”) as “Don Quixote” author Miguel de Cervantes, a prisoner of Ottoman corsairs, seen in a very first still from the film, alongside Alessandro Borghi (“Suburra”), playing his captor, which has been shared in exclusivity with Variety. Paris and London-based production, finance and sales house Film Constellation handles worldwide sales.

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

Films Boutique Reveals First Sales, First Look Image for Agnieszka Holland’s Franz Kafka Biopic ‘Franz’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Italy - Austria - Germany - Poland - Czech Republic - Berlin - Hungary - city Prague - city Old
variety.com
14.05.2024 / 05:09

Films Boutique Reveals First Sales, First Look Image for Agnieszka Holland’s Franz Kafka Biopic ‘Franz’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Berlin-based sales agency Films Boutique has closed first sales and released the first-look image from Oscar-nominated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland‘s biopic of the Czech novelist Franz Kafka, “Franz.” The project has sold to September Film in Benelux, Filmin in Spain, Vertigo in Hungary, MCF Megacom for the former Yugoslavia and Movies Inspired in Italy. The film was previously acquired for theatrical distribution by Bac Films Distribution in France, X Verleih in Germany and Austria, Bioscop in Czech Republic and TVP in Poland.

Mohammad Rasoulof Flees Iran for Europe After Receiving 8-Year Prison Sentence for Cannes-Bound ‘Seed of the Sacred Fig’ - variety.com - France - Iran - Berlin
variety.com
13.05.2024 / 15:11

Mohammad Rasoulof Flees Iran for Europe After Receiving 8-Year Prison Sentence for Cannes-Bound ‘Seed of the Sacred Fig’

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has left Iran and traveled to Europe clandestinely after being sentenced to eight years in prison by the country’s authorities, who pressured him to pull his latest work “The Seed of the Sacred Fig” from the Cannes Film Festival and harassed the film’s producers and actors. “We are very happy and much relieved that Mohammad has safely arrived in Europe after a dangerous journey,” said Jean-Christophe Simon, CEO of Films Boutique and Parallel45, who are distributing the film.

Berlinale Appoints Sales Vet Tanja Meissner As Director of Berlinale Pro & European Film Market - deadline.com - France - Berlin
deadline.com
10.05.2024 / 11:27

Berlinale Appoints Sales Vet Tanja Meissner As Director of Berlinale Pro & European Film Market

German-French international sales veteran Tanja Meissner has been appointed as the new director of the Berlinale Pro, the department overseeing all of the Berlin Film Festival’s professional activities, in a role that encompasses director of the European Film Market (EFM).

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

Tom Tykwer Becomes Managing Director of ‘Babylon Berlin’ Production Company X Filme Alongside Uwe Schott as Stefan Arndt Steps Down - variety.com - Germany - Berlin - city Babylon
variety.com
08.05.2024 / 11:55

Tom Tykwer Becomes Managing Director of ‘Babylon Berlin’ Production Company X Filme Alongside Uwe Schott as Stefan Arndt Steps Down

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Director and producer Tom Tykwer has become managing director of Berlin-based production company X Filme Creative Pool, best known for “Babylon Berlin,” alongside Uwe Schott. Tykwer succeeds Stefan Arndt, one of Germany’s leading producers.

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