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RAI Cinema Bolsters New World Sales Unit in Cannes With 4 Titles, Including Toni Servillo-Starrer ‘The Blunder’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Italy - Berlin - Israel
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24.05.2024 / 10:17

RAI Cinema Bolsters New World Sales Unit in Cannes With 4 Titles, Including Toni Servillo-Starrer ‘The Blunder’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italian state broadcaster RAI’s new world sales arm is gaining traction in Cannes — following its soft launch in Berlin — with four new titles on its slate, including veteran auteur Roberto Andò’s historical drama “The Blunder” starring Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”). In “The Blunder,” which is currently shooting in Sicily, Servillo plays a Sicilian colonel at the head of a ragtag unit trying to outsmart the enemy during the 1860 battle led by Giuseppe Garibaldi that resulted in the unification of Italy (see first-look image, above).

‘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
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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.

Karim Aïnouz on Cannes Competition Entry’s ‘Motel Destino,’ Its Joyful Sex and How It Was Made by ‘Almost an Army of Youth’ - variety.com - Brazil - Hollywood - county Stewart
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21.05.2024 / 20:07

Karim Aïnouz on Cannes Competition Entry’s ‘Motel Destino,’ Its Joyful Sex and How It Was Made by ‘Almost an Army of Youth’

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Shot between his directing Alicia Vikander in “Firebrand” and Kristen Stewart in “Rosebushpruning,” “Motel Destino,” which bows in Cannes Competition on May 22, can be seen as a return by Brazil’s now most international director to his Brazilian roots. This axis between international and local, plays out in “Motel Destino” and Aïnouz insists, in now his whole career. An erotic thriller, “Motel Destino” turns on Dayana, the young wife of a roadside sex hotel owner who seduces on-the-run minor mobster Heraldo for great sex.

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

‘IF’ Buddies Up To $59M WW; ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rises To $237.5M – International Box Office - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Mexico - Italy - Norway - Germany - Japan - Greece - Poland - Uae
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19.05.2024 / 18:51

‘IF’ Buddies Up To $59M WW; ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rises To $237.5M – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…:  After starting early offshore release on John Krasinski’s IF last weekend, Paramount expanded the imaginary friends film to another 56 international box office markets this session. The overseas frame was worth $20M, bringing the international running cume to $24M. With domestic’s $35M debut, the worldwide total is now $59M.

‘The Falling Sky’ Directors Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha on How The Amazon’s Yanomami Tribe Can Teach ‘White People’ to Dream Collectively - variety.com - Brazil
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19.05.2024 / 12:17

‘The Falling Sky’ Directors Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha on How The Amazon’s Yanomami Tribe Can Teach ‘White People’ to Dream Collectively

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Brazilian directors Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha’s “The Falling Sky” delves into lives of the Amazonian Yanomami people, who live in the heart of the Amazon rainforest where they are contending with a harsh humanitarian crisis caused by the massive invasion of wildcat miners searching for gold and cassiterite, a mineral used in electronics. This unique doc – which launches in Directors Fortnight – is inspired by the thoughts, expressed in an eponymous book, of Davi Kopenawa, a shaman and spokesman for the Yanomami who performs the reahu ritual, a collective ceremony to hold up the sky and prevent it from falling.

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
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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.

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

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
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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
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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.

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
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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.

Catalonia Ups International Partnerships, a World-Class Genre Tradition - variety.com - Berlin
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14.05.2024 / 11:43

Catalonia Ups International Partnerships, a World-Class Genre Tradition

Jamie Lang Catalonia has a rich filmmaking tradition backed by public investment in local artists and production companies. Four years ago, the region expanded its existing financing structures by launching its Minority Co-Production Fund. It’s now beginning to prove to be a success story.

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

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.

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
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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.

‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Swings to $72 Million at Overseas Box Office, Mighty $129 Million Globally - variety.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Mexico - Germany
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12.05.2024 / 16:11

‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Swings to $72 Million at Overseas Box Office, Mighty $129 Million Globally

Rebecca Rubin Senior Film and Media Reporter Disney and 20th Century’s “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” climbed to $72.5 million at the international box office in its first weekend of release. The newest film in the long-running “Apes” series also notched No. 1 in North America with $56.5 million, bringing its initial global tally to a promising $129 million.

Berlinale Appoints Sales Vet Tanja Meissner As Director of Berlinale Pro & European Film Market - deadline.com - France - Berlin
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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).

Marcelo Caetano’s ‘Baby’ Debuts Trailer Ahead of Cannes Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Brazil - Netherlands - city Holland - Berlin - city Rotterdam
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06.05.2024 / 15:45

Marcelo Caetano’s ‘Baby’ Debuts Trailer Ahead of Cannes Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The trailer (below) has debuted for Marcelo Caetano‘s “Baby,” which has its world premiere in Cannes Critics’ Week. Berlin-based sales agency M-Appeal has acquired world sales rights. The Brazilian film, based on a screenplay by Caetano and Gabriel Domingues, centers on 18-year-old Wellington, who has been released from a juvenile detention center.

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