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Italian Buzz Titles Include Films by Paolo Sorrentino, Luca Guadagnino - variety.com - Britain - USA - Mexico - Italy
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 05:45

Italian Buzz Titles Include Films by Paolo Sorrentino, Luca Guadagnino

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent The persistent vibrancy of Italian cinema, despite increasing financing difficulties, is undisputable if you look at the range of the country’s current output and what’s percolating in the pipeline. It spans from highly sophisticated new works by maestros such as Paolo Sorrentino and Luca Guadagnino to crassly commercial global megahits like Netflix Italy original “The Tearsmith” and promising fresh fare from Cinema Italiano’s next generation.

Italian Film Business Lashes Out at Political Delay - variety.com - Italy - Rome
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 05:45

Italian Film Business Lashes Out at Political Delay

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italy’s film industry is fighting to stay vibrant amid disruption caused both by politics and market forces.After reaping the rewards of a protracted growth spurt, local producers are facing a forced slowdown as the country’s right-wing government dithers with modifications they plan to make to several key regulations, most significantly to the country’s currently stalled tax incentives for film and TV production. At a packed protest event held in early April at Rome’s Cinema Adriano multiplex, industry figures from all sectors – including producers, writers, actors and big-name directors such as Paolo Sorrentino and Marco Bellocchio – lashed out against having to wait endlessly for the culture ministry to approve new guidelines so production companies can apply for the 40% tax credits that basically drive the business.

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.

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Gets Global Screen Commitment From Imax - variety.com - Spain - France - New York - Italy
variety.com
16.05.2024 / 12:51

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Gets Global Screen Commitment From Imax

Imax has committed screens around the world to show Francis Ford Coppola‘s magnum opus “Megalopolis,” the company’s CEO Richard Gelfond confirmed at a Cannes Film Festival event on Thursday. The film’s trailer, which debuted on Tuesday, said that “Megalopolis” would be coming to Imax theaters this year — but it was not specified that the release would be global. The run-up to the premiere of Francis Ford Coppola’s self-financed epic at Cannes on Friday has been filled with anticipation and controversy, partly because “Megalopolis” has yet to secure a U.S.

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.

From Journalist To Sales Agent, Festival Head To Producer: Mike Goodridge On His Rare Journey & Ramping Up His Good Chaos Slate — Cannes - deadline.com - Britain - France - London - India - Germany
deadline.com
16.05.2024 / 06:37

From Journalist To Sales Agent, Festival Head To Producer: Mike Goodridge On His Rare Journey & Ramping Up His Good Chaos Slate — Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Goodridge has been on a rare journey. Not many in the industry can boast a CV that includes running a trade publication, an international sales company, a film festival and being the producer of multiple Cannes Film Festival movies.

WBD International Chief Hints At Changes To Output Deal With Sky As Max Expands - deadline.com - Britain - New York - Italy - Germany
deadline.com
15.05.2024 / 20:33

WBD International Chief Hints At Changes To Output Deal With Sky As Max Expands

Gerhard Zeiler, president of Warner Bros. Discovery international, said an HBO output deal with Sky overseas will likely not look the same if it’s renewed. Sky has licensed content through the end of 2025 but it comes as no surprise that WBD will look to tweak that as Max expands globally. The streaming service wants a beachhead in the UK, Germany, Italy (and other markets) and needs HBO and Warner Bros. programming.

Lou Ferrigno Plays Cannibalistic Pig Farmer in Horror ‘The Hermit,’ With Scatena & Rosner Selling in Cannes – First Look (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - New York - Los Angeles - Los Angeles - Italy - Jordan
variety.com
15.05.2024 / 12:51

Lou Ferrigno Plays Cannibalistic Pig Farmer in Horror ‘The Hermit,’ With Scatena & Rosner Selling in Cannes – First Look (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Los Angeles-based Scatena & Rosner Films has acquired worldwide rights to horror film “The Hermit,” starring Lou Ferrigno as a cannibalistic pig farmer in his first role playing a creature since CBS TV series “The Incredible Hulk.” They will be launching sales on the chiller, which is now in post, at the Cannes Marché du Film. “The Hermit” is directed by U.S.-based Italian helmer Salvatore Sclafani and produced by Los Angeles- and New York-based Gerry Pass via his Chrome Entertainment shingle in tandem with Sclafani’s First Child Prods.

Pietro Marcello Shooting ‘Duse’ With Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Noémie Merlant, the Match Factory Handling Sales (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Italy
variety.com
15.05.2024 / 09:13

Pietro Marcello Shooting ‘Duse’ With Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Noémie Merlant, the Match Factory Handling Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Pietro Marcello – whose 2019 film “Martin Eden” made a splash on the international art-house scene – is shooting “Duse,” a movie about legendary Italian stage diva Eleonora Duse. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi stars as Duse and Noémie Merlant (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) plays her daughter. The Match Factory has acquired international rights to “Duse” and is kicking off sales on this buzzy biopic in Cannes.

Intramovies Boards Norwegian Dramedy ‘Uncle Jens,’ About Family Ties and Cultural Clash (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Norway - Rome - Romania - city Oslo - county Person - city Bucharest - Kurdistan
variety.com
14.05.2024 / 14:33

Intramovies Boards Norwegian Dramedy ‘Uncle Jens,’ About Family Ties and Cultural Clash (EXCLUSIVE)

Annika Pham Rome-based sales outfit Intramovies has picked up international rights to “Uncle Jens,” the directorial debut of Norwegian helmer of Kurdish origin Brwa Vahabpour, credited for the hit series “Countrymen.” Renée Hansen Mlodyszewski, associate producer on “The Worst Person in the World,” is producing for True Content Production, the Oslo branch of Scandi group True Content Entertainment, headed by Yellow Bird founder Ole Søndberg. Anda Ionescu of Bucharest-based Tangaj Production serves as co-producer.

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.

Bill Murray Joins Crime Comedy ‘Riff Raff’ as Signature Closes Multiple Territory Deals (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - New Zealand - USA - Italy - Canada - county Lewis - Portugal - Greece - Poland - Turkey - city Pullman, county Lewis - Taiwan
variety.com
14.05.2024 / 06:37

Bill Murray Joins Crime Comedy ‘Riff Raff’ as Signature Closes Multiple Territory Deals (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman Bill Murray has joined the cast of “Riff Raff,” the upcoming crime comedy from director Dito Montiel set to feature Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”), Ed Harris (“Love Lies Bleeding”) Gabrielle Union (“The Inspection”), Lewis Pullman (“Top Gun: Maverick”), Emanuela Postacchini (“Robots”), Miles J. Harvey (“American Vandal”) and Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island”).

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.

New Italian Media Company Be Water Announces Prestigious Partners, Takes Paul Schrader’s Cannes-Bound ‘Oh, Canada’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Italy - Canada - Rome
variety.com
13.05.2024 / 08:05

New Italian Media Company Be Water Announces Prestigious Partners, Takes Paul Schrader’s Cannes-Bound ‘Oh, Canada’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent New Italian media company Be Water – which is in Cannes for the first time – has announced its full roster of partners and scope of business activities comprising film, documentary and scripted TV production as well as theatrical film distribution, podcasts and live events. The Rome-based potential powerhouse is operating with what is being described as a holistic approach to content production that is congenial to the digital age, which is certainly a novelty for Italy.

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Sells To Major International Buyers Ahead Of Cannes Premiere - deadline.com - Spain - France - Italy - Austria - Germany - Switzerland - city Sandra - county Eagle
deadline.com
12.05.2024 / 21:23

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Sells To Major International Buyers Ahead Of Cannes Premiere

EXCLUSIVE: Francis Ford Coppola‘s Megalopolis has sold to key independent buyers in Europe’s top five territories, we can reveal.

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - Norway - Germany - Netherlands - Portugal - Switzerland - Greece - Slovenia - Finland - Cyprus - Serbia - Armenia - county Angelina - Croatia - county Alexander - Latvia
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
11.05.2024 / 14:01

Eurovision 2024 party sweepstake kit to download for free

It's nearly that time again for the Eurovision grand finale to appear on our small screens.

Jason Statham Teams With ‘Plane’ Director Jean-Francois Richet & MadRiver For Action-Thriller ‘Mutiny’, Lionsgate Pre-Buys North America Before Veterans Launches Hot Project At Cannes Market - deadline.com - Britain - Spain - France - USA - Italy - Austria - Germany - Japan
deadline.com
10.05.2024 / 19:59

Jason Statham Teams With ‘Plane’ Director Jean-Francois Richet & MadRiver For Action-Thriller ‘Mutiny’, Lionsgate Pre-Buys North America Before Veterans Launches Hot Project At Cannes Market

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the Cannes market, Lionsgate has taken North American rights off the table on one of the bigger-budget new packages that’ll be on sale next week: that’s action-thriller Mutiny, which will star action evergreen Jason Statham (Fast & Furious) and be directed by Jean-François Richet (Plane).

Vuelta Group Buys German Producer Telepool From Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc. - deadline.com - Germany
deadline.com
08.05.2024 / 13:47

Vuelta Group Buys German Producer Telepool From Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc.

European production and sales studio Vuelta Group has bought German producer Telepool from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook.

Kate Winslet To Be Honored At The Munich International Film Festival & ‘Lee’ To Have Its European Premiere - deadline.com - Germany
deadline.com
08.05.2024 / 09:41

Kate Winslet To Be Honored At The Munich International Film Festival & ‘Lee’ To Have Its European Premiere

Kate Winslet will be honored with the Munich International Film Festival’s CineMerit Award. The Oscar winner’s movie Lee will also have its European premiere at the Festival.

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