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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).

Madonna Enjoys Night Out with French Singer Eric Labat at Off-White Party - www.justjared.com - France - USA - New York
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23.05.2024 / 22:51

Madonna Enjoys Night Out with French Singer Eric Labat at Off-White Party

Madonna is enjoying a night out the town alongside French singer Eric Labat.

Cannes Film Festival President Iris Knobloch Says Her Parents, Holocaust Survivors, Taught Her About the ‘Power of Cinema’ - variety.com - France - Los Angeles - Germany
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22.05.2024 / 13:51

Cannes Film Festival President Iris Knobloch Says Her Parents, Holocaust Survivors, Taught Her About the ‘Power of Cinema’

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Cannes Film Festival president Iris Knobloch said she learned about the “power of cinema to carry messages, liberate speech and accomplish a duty of remembrance” from her parents, who are Holocaust survivors. Speaking at the Kering Women in Motion Talks at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, the Munich-born Knobloch said her parents took her to the movie theater several times a week.

Sideshow, Janus Films Buy Payal Kapadia’s Cannes Competition Entry ‘All We Imagine as Light’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - USA - Italy - India - Netherlands - Japan - Poland - Luxembourg
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20.05.2024 / 17:05

Sideshow, Janus Films Buy Payal Kapadia’s Cannes Competition Entry ‘All We Imagine as Light’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Sideshow and Janus films (“Drive My Car”) have acquired all North American rights to Payal Kapadia‘s “All We Imagine as Light,” the first Indian film to screen in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 30 years. The movie will world premiere on Thursday, May 23. It’s also one of only four films in the Competition directed by a woman.

‘Hamlet’ Starring Riz Ahmed Bought by Focus Features for International Rights (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA
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19.05.2024 / 07:51

‘Hamlet’ Starring Riz Ahmed Bought by Focus Features for International Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Focus Features has bought international rights to “Hamlet,” Aneil Karia’s London-set modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s famed play starring Oscar winner Riz Ahmed. Morfydd Clark (“Saint Maud,” “Rings of Power”) and Joe Alwyn (“Kinds of Kindness”) also star in the film, which wrapped production at the end of last year and was acquired by Focus Features some time ago. CAA is repping North American rights, while WME Independent handled international sales.

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.

Exploring Gender Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change, Teen Suicide, Chilean Docs at Cannes Doc Plumb Universal Themes - variety.com - Chile - Argentina - Israel
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18.05.2024 / 12:13

Exploring Gender Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change, Teen Suicide, Chilean Docs at Cannes Doc Plumb Universal Themes

Anna Marie de la Fuente With Maite Alberdi, twice Oscar nominated for her last two docus, “The Eternal Memory” and “The Mole Agent,” and Tana Gilbert whose feature debut “Malqueridas” won the Grand Prize at Venice’s Critics’ Week, Chilean documentaries are having a banner year. Five documentaries participate in the May 20 Chilean Docs-in-Progress Showcase at the Marché du Film’s docu section, Cannes Docs.

Chile’s Quijote Films, Arte+ Unite for ‘The Mysterious Gaze’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Mexico - Germany - Chile - Belgium
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16.05.2024 / 05:25

Chile’s Quijote Films, Arte+ Unite for ‘The Mysterious Gaze’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Chile’s Quijote Films, behind Cannes 2023 Un Certain Regard Fipresci Prize winner “The Settlers,” has tied down a powerful alliance of international partners on “The Mysterious Gaze of the Flamingo,” the first feature of 2018 Cannes Cinéfondation top winner Diego Céspedes. An LGBTQ-themed drama, “The Mysterious Gaze” is set in a mining town where a strange illness is said to be transmitted between men who fall in love with each other.

‘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.

France’s Les Films du Losange Acquires Raymond Depardon’s Banner Palmeraie et Desert (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
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15.05.2024 / 15:55

France’s Les Films du Losange Acquires Raymond Depardon’s Banner Palmeraie et Desert (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent France’s Les Films du Losange, the iconic distribution company owned by producer Charles Gillibert (“Annette”), has acquired Palmeraie et Desert,” the production company founded by celebrated filmmaker Raymond Depardon. Les Films du Losange, which was bought by Gillibert from longtime manager Margaret Menegoz in 2021, has been dedicated to preserving and promoting cinematic heritage since its inception.

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”).

Camille Lou, Vincent Dedienne, Fabrice Luchini Lead Cast of TF1 Studio, Daï Daï Films and Pathé’s ‘Natacha,’ Newen Connect Launches Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
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15.05.2024 / 06:59

Camille Lou, Vincent Dedienne, Fabrice Luchini Lead Cast of TF1 Studio, Daï Daï Films and Pathé’s ‘Natacha,’ Newen Connect Launches Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Naman Ramachandran The film adaptation of popular comic strip “Natacha (Almost) Air Hostess” boasts an all-star cast. The cast includes Camille Lou (“Anthracite”), Vincent Dedienne (“We Can Be Heroes”), Fabrice Luchini (“The Empire”), Didier Bourdon (“Cocorico), Elsa Zylberstein (“Coup de Chance”), Isabelle Adjani (“Wingwomen”) and Baptiste Lecaplain (“Meet the Leroys”). The film is loosely based on the comic strip of the same name created by screenwriter François Walthéry, which was published by Editions Dupuy, and which comprises 23 albums and has sold more than five million copies.

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - New York - Los Angeles - Japan
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14.05.2024 / 15:17

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor As Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the Paris-based international sales company MK2 Films has revealed it has acquired three films and made substantial investments in new restorations, set against the backdrop of a strong presence at Cannes Classics. MK2 Films has entered into a collaboration with the Niki Charitable Art Foundation on the global rights (excluding the U.S.) for two films directed by artist Niki de Saint Phalle: “Un Rêve plus long que la nuit” (1976) and “Daddy” (1973).

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
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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”).

Sundance Drama ‘Exhibiting Forgiveness’ Unveils First Clip, Film Constellation to Screen Film for Buyers in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA
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14.05.2024 / 06:05

Sundance Drama ‘Exhibiting Forgiveness’ Unveils First Clip, Film Constellation to Screen Film for Buyers in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor London- and Paris-based production, finance and international sales outfit Film Constellation has unveiled a first exclusive clip from Titus Kaphar’s well-received drama “Exhibiting Forgiveness.” Film Constellation will screen the film for buyers in Cannes on Tuesday. The film received glowing reviews after its January premiere at Sundance in the U.S.

‘Asterix, The Kingdom of Nubia’ Hits Cannes Market With ‘The Count of Monte-Cristo’ Writers; SND Boarding Sales (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
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14.05.2024 / 05:31

‘Asterix, The Kingdom of Nubia’ Hits Cannes Market With ‘The Count of Monte-Cristo’ Writers; SND Boarding Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent “Asterix,” the popular French comics franchise, is set for a new animated journey. Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere, whose latest film “The Count of Monte-Cristo” is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, have penned “Asterix, the Kingdom of Nubia.” SND, the commercial arm of French network M6, has boarded the film and will kick off international sales at the Cannes Film Market, where they will present a sizzle reel to buyers.

Studiocanal Unveils First Image of Matt Dillon, Anamaria Vartolomei as Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider in Jessica Palud’s Cannes Movie (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Paris
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10.05.2024 / 15:47

Studiocanal Unveils First Image of Matt Dillon, Anamaria Vartolomei as Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider in Jessica Palud’s Cannes Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Studiocanal has unveiled an exclusive first-look still of Matt Dillon and Anamaria Vartolomei (“Happening”) starring as Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in Jessica Palud’s movie “Maria,” which is slated to bow at the Cannes Film Festival. Palud’s film sheds light on the tragic life of Maria Schneider, who starred opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Tango in Paris” at the age of 19 and never recovered from the shoot. The film depicts how Schneider was imposed an un-simulated rape scene on the set of “The Last Tango in Paris” by Bertolucci and Brando.

Roberto Minervini’s Cannes-Bound ‘The Damned’ Debunks Heroism of War, Says Director – Watch Teaser (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA - Texas - New Orleans
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09.05.2024 / 13:23

Roberto Minervini’s Cannes-Bound ‘The Damned’ Debunks Heroism of War, Says Director – Watch Teaser (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italian-born Texas-based director Roberto Minervini is known for a distinguished career making documentaries including his so-called Texas trilogy comprising “The Passage,” “Low Tide” and “Stop the Pounding Heart.” His most recent doc “What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?” about a community of Black people in New Orleans during the summer of 2017, when a string of brutal killings of Black men sent shockwaves throughout the country, launched from the Venice competition in 2018. “The Damned,” which is Minervini’s first feature film, is set during the American Civil War in the winter of 1862.

Vince Vaughn, Adrien Brody to Lead ‘The Bookie & the Bruiser,’ Anton Launching S. Craig Zahler’s Gangster Thriller in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - New York - USA - Ireland - city Lost
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08.05.2024 / 14:13

Vince Vaughn, Adrien Brody to Lead ‘The Bookie & the Bruiser,’ Anton Launching S. Craig Zahler’s Gangster Thriller in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman Writer-director S. Craig Zahler (“Bone Tomahawk”) is set to reunite with his “Dragged Across Concrete” and “Brawl in Cell Block 99” star Vince Vaughn and Oscar winner Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”) for upcoming crime thriller “The Bookie & the Bruiser.” Anton will introduce the film to international distributors at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group and Range Media Partners arranged the financing and will be representing the North American distribution rights.

Cannes Critics’ Week Opener ‘Ghost Trail’ Pays Tribute to the Quest of Syrian War Refugees – Watch Clip (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Syria - Turkey - Morocco - city Istanbul
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08.05.2024 / 14:13

Cannes Critics’ Week Opener ‘Ghost Trail’ Pays Tribute to the Quest of Syrian War Refugees – Watch Clip (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent French director Jonathan Millet riffs on manhunt tropes in “Ghost Trail,” the psychological thriller that will be the Cannes Critics’ Week opener. Variety has been given an exclusive first-look clip from the film, which is inspired by real-life events. “Ghost Trail” is the story of a Syrian man named Hamid who is part of a secret group pursuing fugitive leaders that perpetrated horrors in the name of the Syrian regime during the country’s civil war.

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