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Ray Yeung’s LGBT Bereavement Tale ‘All Shall Be Well’ Sells to Several Territories Following Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Switzerland - Berlin - Hong Kong - Israel - county Ray - city Hong Kong
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22.02.2024 / 17:55

Ray Yeung’s LGBT Bereavement Tale ‘All Shall Be Well’ Sells to Several Territories Following Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Hong Kong director Ray Yeung ‘s “All Shall Be Well” has sold in several key markets following its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Represented in international markets by Films Boutique, “All Shall Be Well” is playing in the Panorama section at the Berlinale and is eligible for the Teddy Award.

‘Black Tea,’ Abderrahmane Sissako‘s African-Chinese Romance From Gaumont, Sells Wide Ahead of Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Italy - Norway - Austria - Germany - Portugal - Denmark - Ivory Coast - Indonesia - Berlin - Hungary - Israel - Albania - Cape Verde - Taiwan - Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia
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21.02.2024 / 15:51

‘Black Tea,’ Abderrahmane Sissako‘s African-Chinese Romance From Gaumont, Sells Wide Ahead of Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent “Black Tea,” Abderrahmane Sissako‘s lushly lensed romance drama set in China, has been bought by major distributors in key territories ahead of its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. Gaumont, which co-produced the film, has sold it to Caramel (Spain), Academy two (Italy), Pandora Films (Germany, Austria), Cineart (Benelux), Films4you (Portugal), Provzglyad (CIS), Mozinet (Hungary), Another World Entertainment (Norway), Film Bazar (Denmark), MCF Megacom (Former Yugoslavia, Albania), Filmstop (Latvia, Estonia), MB Taip Toliau (Lithuania), Imovision (Brazil), AV Jet (Taiwan), Falcon (Indonesia), Pathé BC (Sub-Saharan Africa, Maghreb) and New Cinema (Israel).

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.

Latido Films, ‘Ane’ Director David Perez Sanudo Clinch Two-Picture Deal (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Madrid
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20.02.2024 / 07:43

Latido Films, ‘Ane’ Director David Perez Sanudo Clinch Two-Picture Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent In a coup for the Madrid-based sales agency, Latido Films has cliched a two picture deal with David Pérez Sañudo whose debut feature, “Ane,” repped by Latido, swept three Spanish Academy Goya Awards in 2021. Latido will take world sales rights on both titles. The move comes as Spanish sales companies battle to retain top-flight talent, increasingly in the crosshairs of international counterparts.

Jia Zhangke Epic, ‘We Shall Be All’ to Be Sold by France’s MK2 (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - China
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19.02.2024 / 06:11

Jia Zhangke Epic, ‘We Shall Be All’ to Be Sold by France’s MK2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief French shingle MK2 will handle international sales on “We Shall Be All,” a new epic from Jia Zhangke, China’s pre-eminent indie film director.Announced last year, the film has been a labor of love over more than 20 years for Jia. His previous works, including “Platform,” “Unknown Pleasures” and “Still Life,” have chronicled the rapid economic development of China and its impact on people and society.

Olivier Assayas on Fears His Pandemic Movie ‘Suspended Time’ Would ‘Come Off as Bizarre’ and Refusing the ‘Hollywood System’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
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18.02.2024 / 15:29

Olivier Assayas on Fears His Pandemic Movie ‘Suspended Time’ Would ‘Come Off as Bizarre’ and Refusing the ‘Hollywood System’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Olivier Assayas, the celebrated French director of “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Irma Vep,” is making his Berlinale competition debut this year with “Suspended Time,” his most personal film to date. Speaking to Variety ahead of the movie’s premiere at the Berlinale, Assayas says the film retells his experience during the lockdown and is based on his personal diary.

Le Pacte, Film Factory Join Movistar Plus+ Title from ‘Marshland’ Director Alberto Rodríguez (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Berlin - county Buena Vista
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18.02.2024 / 07:45

Le Pacte, Film Factory Join Movistar Plus+ Title from ‘Marshland’ Director Alberto Rodríguez (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte and sales agency Film Factory have joined Spanish pay giant Movistar Plus on the next film from Alberto Rodríguez (“Marshland”), which is shaping up fast with as one of the biggest packages from Spain this year at the Berlinale’s European Film Market. Le Pacte will co-produce the thriller out of France and handle French distribution rights. Film Factory is launching international sales at Berlin.

Catherine Deneuve Movie ‘The President’s Wife’ Acquired for North America by Cohen Media Group (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - USA - Berlin
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17.02.2024 / 18:19

Catherine Deneuve Movie ‘The President’s Wife’ Acquired for North America by Cohen Media Group (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Cohen Media Group, the U.S. distribution company behind Matteo Garrone’s Oscar-nominated “Io Capitano,” has acquired North American rights to “The President’s Wife,” a biting movie starring Catherine Deneuve as the former first lady Bernadette Chirac. The deal closed during the European Film Market currently taking place and running alongside the Berlin Film Festival.

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.

Robert Bresson’s ‘Four Nights of a Dreamer’ to Be Restored by ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Banner MK2 Films (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Paris - Berlin
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16.02.2024 / 11:20

Robert Bresson’s ‘Four Nights of a Dreamer’ to Be Restored by ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Banner MK2 Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Mk2 Films, the Paris-based outfit behind Justine Triet’s Oscar-nominated “Anatomy of a Fall,” is set to restore Robert Bresson’s “Four Nights of a Dreamer,” a romantic drama which competed at the Berlinale in 1971 and disappeared from screens in 1985. MK2 Films, the division of a major arthouse cinema chain in France, will digitize “Four Nights of a Dreamer” in 4K and will bring it to global theatres in 2024. “Four Nights of a Dreamer” is the 10th film directed by Bresson and the only one which wasn’t restored.

FilmSharks Inks ‘The Bus of Life,’ from ‘Robot Dreams’ Producer Arcadia (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Mexico - Italy - Japan
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16.02.2024 / 07:21

FilmSharks Inks ‘The Bus of Life,’ from ‘Robot Dreams’ Producer Arcadia (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent FilmSharks has taken world sales rights outside Spain to “The Bus of Life,” next up from Arcadia Motion Pictures, producer of Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Cesar and Goya winner “The Beasts” and Neon U.S. pick-up “Robot Dreams,” nominated last month for a best animated feature Academy Award.

Dark Star Pictures Buys French Kung Fu Comedy ‘Zenithal’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Paris - USA - Nepal
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

Dark Star Pictures Buys French Kung Fu Comedy ‘Zenithal’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Dark Star Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Zenithal,” a kung fu comedy directed by Jean-Baptiste Saurel, an up-and-coming filmmaker whose previous short, “The Dickslap,” premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week. “Zenithal” is being represented in international markets by Best Friend Forever, which will unveil an exclusive promo reel at the EFM. Currently in post-production, the film will world premiere this year.

Jim Sheridan Inks With Latido on ‘Re-creation,’ Starring Vicky Krieps (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Ireland - Indiana - Berlin
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

Jim Sheridan Inks With Latido on ‘Re-creation,’ Starring Vicky Krieps (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Upscale crossover sales agent Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Re-creation,” directed by legendary Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan, whose “In the Name of the Father” won a Berlin Golden Bear in 1994. Starring Vicky Krieps, a Cannes’ Un Certain Regard winner for “Corsage,” the docu-drama is co-written and co-directed by Irish artist and filmmaker David Merriman (“Rock Against Homelessness”). It will be unveiled to buyers at the European Film Market.

‘Niki’ About French-American Artist Niki de Saint-Phalle, Sells to Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - USA - Italy - Germany - Switzerland - Taiwan
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

‘Niki’ About French-American Artist Niki de Saint-Phalle, Sells to Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Pulsar Content has closed major deals on “Niki,” a biopic of French-American artist Niki de Saint-Phalle. “Niki” marks the feature debut of popular French actor Céline Sallette and stars Charlotte Le Bon (“The Walk” “Saint-Laurent”) as de Saint-Phalle. Pulsar closed deals with Neue Visionen (Germany), Movies Inspired (Italy), Paradiso (Benelux), Praessens (Switzerland), Vercine (Spain), Magic Films (CIS), Best Films (Baltics), Shaw (Singapour), Sky Digi (Taiwan) and Immovision (Brazil).

Fandango Takes World Sales on Carlo Sironi’s Berlin Generation Drama ‘My Summer With Irène’ – Watch Trailer (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy - Berlin
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15.02.2024 / 15:32

Fandango Takes World Sales on Carlo Sironi’s Berlin Generation Drama ‘My Summer With Irène’ – Watch Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italy’s Fandango Sales has taken global distribution rights outside Italy to Carlo Sironi’s coming-of-age drama “My Summer With Irène,” which will premiere in the Berlin Film Festival‘s Generation section. Sironi, whose first feature “Sole” made a splash on the international fest circuit, is back with this relationship drama starring rising French indie star Noée Abita (“Slalom”) and Maria Camilla Barandenburg (“Slam Italia”) playing two 17-year-olds named Clara and Irène who both have health issues.

Simon Moutaïrou on Telling the Story of French Colonial Slaves in ‘No Chains, No Masters: ‘It Was Important to Be as Close to the Truth as Possible’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Mauritius
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15.02.2024 / 13:25

Simon Moutaïrou on Telling the Story of French Colonial Slaves in ‘No Chains, No Masters: ‘It Was Important to Be as Close to the Truth as Possible’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Simon Moutaïrou, the critically acclaimed screenwriter behind the spy thriller hit “Black Box,” has partnered with some of France’s biggest players — leading producer Chi-Fou-Mi (“November,” “All Your Faces”) and Studiocanal — on his ambitious directorial debut, “No Chains, No Masters.” Now in post, “No Chains, No Masters,” is an epic movie inspired by historical accounts of former slaves in West Africa, nicknamed Maroons, who emancipated themselves from French settlements. Set in 1759, in the French colony of Mauritius Island, “No Chains, No Masters” is an epic historical drama following a father, Massamba (Ibrahima Mbaye Thié), and his fierce teenage daughter Mati (Anna Thiandoum) who defy all odds to survive a manhunt across the jungle and emancipate themselves from the hell of a colonial plantation.

Films Boutique Reunites With Agnieszka Holland on Kafka Biopic ‘Franz,’ Closes First Sales (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Germany - Poland - Czech Republic
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15.02.2024 / 09:47

Films Boutique Reunites With Agnieszka Holland on Kafka Biopic ‘Franz,’ Closes First Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Marta Balaga Films Boutique has reunited with “Green Border” director Agnieszka Holland on her Franz Kafka biopic “Franz,” currently in pre-production. Set to begin principal photography in April in the Czech Republic and Germany — during the centenary of the author’s death — the film has already been acquired for theatrical distribution by Bac Films Distribution (France), X Verleih (Germany), Bioskop (Czech Republic) and Kino Świat (Poland).

Melanie Laurent to Star as French Trailblazing Artist Rosa Bonheur in Fabienne Berthaud’s Biopic (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - USA
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15.02.2024 / 06:39

Melanie Laurent to Star as French Trailblazing Artist Rosa Bonheur in Fabienne Berthaud’s Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent The life of Rosa Bonheur, a trailblazing feminist and artist who rose to fame in 19th century France, will be played by Melanie Laurent in a sprawling period movie directed by Fabienne Berthaud. “Rosa Bonheur” is being produced by Carole Scotta, Barbara Letellier and Caroline Benjo at Haut et Court, the company behind “Coco Before Chanel” and “The Night of the 12th,” which won a raft of Cesar Awards last year.

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.

Greenwich Ent. Acquires ‘Copa 71,’ Doc On Groundbreaking Global Women’s Soccer Tournament, Executive Produced By Serena & Venus Williams - deadline.com - France - Mexico - Italy - Denmark - Argentina - county Morgan - city Greenwich - city Mexico
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14.02.2024 / 18:46

Greenwich Ent. Acquires ‘Copa 71,’ Doc On Groundbreaking Global Women’s Soccer Tournament, Executive Produced By Serena & Venus Williams

EXCLUSIVE: Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Copa 71, a documentary about the pioneering “Unofficial Women’s World Cup” that created a sensation in 1971 but has since been virtually erased from history. Rachel Ramsay and James Erskine (Billie) directed the film, which is executive produced by tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams and soccer star Alex Morgan.

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