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Son Ye-jin Set as Actor in Focus at Bucheon Film Festival – Global Bulletin - variety.com - North Korea - Malaysia - city Kuala Lumpur
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21.05.2024 / 12:05

Son Ye-jin Set as Actor in Focus at Bucheon Film Festival – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Recently, confirmed to star in Park Chan-wook’s new film “The Ax,” Korea’s Son Ye-jin is set as the subject of the Bucheon International Fantastic Festival (BiFan)’s annual actor focus. Previous honorees include Jeon Do-yeon, Jung Woo-sung, Kim Hye-soo, Seol Kyung-gu, and Choi Min-sik.

Dolly De Leon Sets Serial Killer Series Role as Philippines Producer CreaZion Studios Builds Film Slate - variety.com - Spain - Philippines
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21.05.2024 / 12:05

Dolly De Leon Sets Serial Killer Series Role as Philippines Producer CreaZion Studios Builds Film Slate

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Dolly De Leon, who rocked the Cannes Film Festival two years ago in “Triangle of Sadness,” has joined the cast of “Severino: The First Serial Killer,” an upcoming series from Philippines outfit CreaZion Studios. While “Severino” is the highest profile project, the producer is building a larger slate of feature films. “Severino” De Leon is a large-scale period thriller series, chronicling the tale of Catholic priest Severino Mallari, who killed 57 people during the Spanish colonization era of the country. Producers RJ Agustin and Real Florido have tapped Yam Laranas known for his horror films “The Echo” and “The Road” as series director.

Kongkiat Komesiri’s ‘Delivery Man’ Picked up for Pre-Sales by EST N8 (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Los Angeles - Thailand - North Korea - city Bangkok
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21.05.2024 / 09:07

Kongkiat Komesiri’s ‘Delivery Man’ Picked up for Pre-Sales by EST N8 (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Delivery Man,” the next film project for hit-making Thai director Kongkiat Komesiri has been picked up by Los Angeles- and Bangkok-based EST N8. The company is launching it at the Cannes Market, adjacent to the Cannes Film Festival. Komesiri, known for his hit “Khun Pan” film trilogy, popular BL series “KinnPorsche” and horror films including “Slice” and “Art of the Devil II.” The new film, which he also wrote, is pitched as “a spine-chilling horror experience [..

‘Monkey Man’ Action Specialist Brahim Chab Boards Pedring Lopez’s ‘Blood Passage’ - variety.com - Hong Kong - Philippines
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21.05.2024 / 05:37

‘Monkey Man’ Action Specialist Brahim Chab Boards Pedring Lopez’s ‘Blood Passage’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Action choreographer Brahim Chab, who recently staged the action sequences for Deve Patel’s “Monkey Man,” has joined the crew of “Blood Passage.” To be directed by The Philippines’ Pedring Lopez, who recently completed the prison drama series “Sellblock.” “Blood Passage” is a martial arts vampire action horror feature set in Southeast Asia. It s tory follows a rescue mission gone wrong, that pits a private military unit against relentless supernatural forces. The film is the first to emerge from the alliance between Lopez’s Blackops Studios Asia and Alaric Tay’s Very Tay Media.

Anime ‘Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction’ Launching as Series After Two-Part Movie (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Los Angeles - Japan - Tokyo - county San Diego
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20.05.2024 / 15:43

Anime ‘Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction’ Launching as Series After Two-Part Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Already adapted as a two-part feature film, the acclaimed manga “Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction” is to be made available worldwide as an animated TV series on Crunchyroll later this week. The two-part feature film, distributed by Gaga Corp., has only been released in Japan – part one debuted in Japan in March, while part two will open on May 24. The film content, complemented by new footage not seen in the theatrical features, will be screened as an 18-part TV series. Starting from May 23, episodes will upload every Thursday evening Los Angeles time (or Friday May 24, Japan time). The underlying manga is based on a graphic novel by Asano Inio (“Goodnight Punpun”) and was published by Shogakukan between 2014 and 2022, with over three million copies in circulation.

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin - variety.com - South Korea - Thailand - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore - city Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines - city Busan - Mongolia
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20.05.2024 / 13:17

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The 27-member European Film Agency Directors Association and the Asian Film Alliance Network, which was established this time last year and currently has seven members, have agreed to work together on topics of common interest and to jointly develop a better world film ecosystem. At a meeting this week held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, EFAD and AFAN promised to enhance understanding and collaboration between Asian and European national film agencies. Topics included: dialog on policy and regulations; the development of the film industry in both regions; and addressing new media and challenges ahead. Separately, the founding AFAN members convened for a closed-door roundtable discussion on May 16.

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

‘Dalia and the Red Book’ Gets First English-Language Trailer Ahead of Cannes Market Screenings (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Brazil - USA - Russia - Portugal - Argentina - city Buenos Aires - Colombia - Peru - Singapore - Ecuador - Taiwan
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16.05.2024 / 07:43

‘Dalia and the Red Book’ Gets First English-Language Trailer Ahead of Cannes Market Screenings (EXCLUSIVE)

Jamie Lang Buenos Aires-based production, sales, and distribution outfit FilmSharks is hosting a pair of market screenings for David Bisbano‘s animated feature “Dalia and the Red Book” at this year’s Marché du Film, and Variety has been given exclusive access to the first English-language trailer for the film. “Dalia” will screen twice at this year’s market, on Thursday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. in Palais E and on Friday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m.

‘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.

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”).

Lino Brocka’s Cannes Classic ‘Bona,’ With Philippines’ Female Superstar Nora Aunor, Set for Release in U.S., France (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Canada - Philippines
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14.05.2024 / 07:41

Lino Brocka’s Cannes Classic ‘Bona,’ With Philippines’ Female Superstar Nora Aunor, Set for Release in U.S., France (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Bona,” one of the landmark films of Philippines cinema, is headed for release in France and the U.S. later this year. Directed by Lino Brocka, considered one of the pioneers of Philippines cinema, a restored version of the film returns to Cannes after an absence of more than 40 years.

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Thailand - city Bangkok
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14.05.2024 / 07:41

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Chatchai Chinnasri and Nattawut Sanyabut, two stars from runaway Thai hit film “The Undertaker,” are reunited on upcoming supernatural horror film “Night Shift.” The new film, directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”), centers on an upcountry graveyard worker who finds himself haunted by spirits in an abandoned building in Bangkok. The film is directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”) and is now in advanced pre-production ahead of a June start of production. Delivery is anticipated in March 2025.

British Indie Mad as Birds Unveils Cannes Film Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - county Jones - city Wilson
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14.05.2024 / 05:31

British Indie Mad as Birds Unveils Cannes Film Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Naman Ramachandran U.K. independent production outfit Mad as Birds (“Set Fire to the Stars,” “The Almond and the Seahorse”) has unveiled a slate spanning genres and will commence sales for them at the Cannes Film Festival market.

Indian Fable ‘Return of the Jungle,’ Pelé and Maradona Film ‘G.O.A.T.’ Lead Toonz Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Brazil - Santa - India - Argentina - city Santiago
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14.05.2024 / 05:09

Indian Fable ‘Return of the Jungle,’ Pelé and Maradona Film ‘G.O.A.T.’ Lead Toonz Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Naman Ramachandran Animation studio Toonz Media Group has unveiled an eclectic slate for the Cannes Film Market. Drawing stories from popular Indian ancient fables and retelling them with a contemporary flavor, “Return of the Jungle” is set in present-day India and revolves around a group of classmates from junior school who must outwit the biggest, meanest bully in the school. A cool and loveable grandpa by their side peps the fourth graders with inspiring stories from the jungle.

‘Poltergeist’ Child Star Heather O’Rourke Doc Leads Indiecan Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain
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12.05.2024 / 10:31

‘Poltergeist’ Child Star Heather O’Rourke Doc Leads Indiecan Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Naman Ramachandran Veteran film producer and distribution executive Avi Federgreen’s Toronto-based sales company Indiecan Entertainment International has unveiled its Cannes Film Market slate. Leading the slate is “She Was Here,” a documentary that delves into the life of beloved child actress Heather O’Rourke, famed for her role in the “Poltergeist” and known for the line “They’re here.” O’Rourke’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 12. Director Nick Bailey explores O’Rourke’s untold story, featuring interviews with her “Poltergeist” co-stars Craig T.

Latin Horror Film ‘Eyes of the Abyss’ Pre-Sold to North America, U.K. Ahead of Blood Window Cannes Market Debut (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - New Zealand - USA - Ireland - Argentina - county Atlantic
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10.05.2024 / 14:51

Latin Horror Film ‘Eyes of the Abyss’ Pre-Sold to North America, U.K. Ahead of Blood Window Cannes Market Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Uncork’d Entertainment has pre-bought multi-territory rights to upcoming Argentinian-produced action-horror film “Eyes of the Abyss” ahead of its showcase in Cannes next week. Uncork’d has picked up the film, which is currently in post-production, for North America, the U.K. and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Tarsem Singh’s ‘Dear Jassi’ to Open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Los Angeles - Los Angeles - India - Beverly Hills
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09.05.2024 / 18:27

Tarsem Singh’s ‘Dear Jassi’ to Open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Tarsem Singh’s tale of forbidden romance “Dear Jassi” has been set as the opening title of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The event, which runs June 27-30, will showcase seven feature films, a new industry section and a female-centric collection of South Asian short films.

Cannes Film Festival 2024 Preview: 22 Must-See Films To Watch - theplaylist.net - Canada
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09.05.2024 / 15:37

Cannes Film Festival 2024 Preview: 22 Must-See Films To Watch

If cinema is somehow retracting, contracting, or diminishing, don’t tell the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival and all its many sidebars. Thank god for them because when you look at the Cannes 2024 line-up, cinema seems to be in great health and shape.

‘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.

‘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.

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