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IDFA Unveils First Competition Titles, IDFA Forum Selections, Alongside Lineups for Best of Fests, Signed Sections - variety.com - Ukraine - Russia - Iran - city Amsterdam - Philippines
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05.10.2023

IDFA Unveils First Competition Titles, IDFA Forum Selections, Alongside Lineups for Best of Fests, Signed Sections

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has revealed its lineups for the competitions for short documentary and youth documentary, as well as the rosters for its Best of Fests section and its newly minted Signed section. In total, 100 films have been included in the IDFA program to date. In addition, IDFA Forum, the festival’s co-production and co-financing market, has expanded to a total of 64 projects, including seven by Ukrainian filmmakers.

Ruben Östlund, Karim Aïnouz Among Guests at German Films and Medienboard Reception - variety.com - Sweden - Germany - Berlin
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21.05.2024

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.

How Czech Republic Has Become a Top Filming Destination for International Productions - variety.com - Poland - Czech Republic
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21.05.2024

How Czech Republic Has Become a Top Filming Destination for International Productions

Jamie Lang As part of this year’s Variety Global Conversations at the Cannes Film Festival, representatives from the Czech Republic engaged in a lively discussion about the industry’s state of affairs and celebrated 20 years of involvement at the Marché du Film. Markéta Šantrochová, head of the Czech Film Center at the Czech Film Fund; Pavlína Žipková, head of the Czech Film Commission at the Czech Film Fund; and Petr Tichý, CEO of Barrandov Studio, participated in the talk, moderated by Variety’s Leo Barraclough. According to Zipkova, the Czech delegation wanted to make one key point clear to everyone in attendance: “If there is only one thing you need to remember from this session, it is that the Czech Film Fund production incentives scheme is open.

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

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.

Parallax Studio, Saga Film Studios Form Joint Venture to Distribute Films in the Philippines Starting With Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - USA - Italy - Canada - Netherlands - Philippines - city Manila
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19.05.2024

Parallax Studio, Saga Film Studios Form Joint Venture to Distribute Films in the Philippines Starting With Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Manila-based production outfit Parallax Studio and entertainment company Saga Film Studios have formed a joint venture that will distribute the two-part Western epic “Horizon: An American Saga” in the Philippines. The deal is the first of a number of acquisitions planned by the joint venture. The “Horizon: An American Saga” films are directed by and star Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

Adria Arjona, Edgar Ramirez to Co-Star in Jayro Bustamante’s Dystopian Thriller ‘El Sombreron’ - variety.com - USA - county Story - city Venice, county Day
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18.05.2024

Adria Arjona, Edgar Ramirez to Co-Star in Jayro Bustamante’s Dystopian Thriller ‘El Sombreron’

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Adria Arjona (“Andor,” “Hit Man”) and Edgar Ramirez, the Golden Globe-nominated actor of “American Crime Story” and “Carlos,” have been tapped to star in “El Sombreron,” a dystopian thriller from Jayro Bustamante, the acclaimed director of “La Llorona” (2019) and “Ixcanul” (2015). The feature is to be launched at Cannes by the Match Factory, which will represent worldwide sales outside of North America. CAA Media Finance will represent North American rights.

Tennis Champ Naomi Osaka’s Company Hana Kuma Boards ‘Julie Keeps Quiet,’ Ahead of Cannes World Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Beyond
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17.05.2024

Tennis Champ Naomi Osaka’s Company Hana Kuma Boards ‘Julie Keeps Quiet,’ Ahead of Cannes World Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Tennis champion Naomi Osaka’s company Hana Kuma has boarded Leonardo Van Dijl’s debut feature “Julie Keeps Quiet” ahead of its world premiere on Saturday in Cannes Critics’ Week. The film is being sold by New Europe Film Sales. Osaka and her longtime agent and business partner Stuart Duguid’s Hana Kuma, an Emmy Award-nominated creative house, will serve as executive producers on the film.

AGC Intl. Launches Sales on Matt Tyrnauer’s Documentary Feature ‘Nobu’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Hollywood - New York - Beverly Hills
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17.05.2024

AGC Intl. Launches Sales on Matt Tyrnauer’s Documentary Feature ‘Nobu’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor AGC Intl., the international sales arm of Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios, is launching sales in Cannes on director Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary feature “Nobu,” about world renowned chef and hotelier Nobu Matsuhisa. Nobu’s path to success was strewn with obstacles, adversity and tragedy.

Morgana Studios, ReachStar, ReDefine Originals Partner on Animated Feature ‘Diamante’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Dominican Republic - Dominica
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16.05.2024

Morgana Studios, ReachStar, ReDefine Originals Partner on Animated Feature ‘Diamante’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Morgana Studios, ReachStar and ReDefine Originals are partnering on the animated feature “Diamante,” set on the lush Caribbean Island of the Dominican Republic. The film will be directed by Mathieu Ratthé with the screenplay written by Ratthé and Leticia Tonos Paniagua from an original idea by Claudio Lluberes. Animation will be handled by ReDefine Originals, which is part of DNEG.

‘Us, Our Pets and the War,’ Documentary About Animals in Ukraine, Acquired by Autlook (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Ukraine
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16.05.2024

‘Us, Our Pets and the War,’ Documentary About Animals in Ukraine, Acquired by Autlook (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Leading documentary specialist Autlook Filmsales has secured international sales rights to “Us, Our Pets and the War,” which looks at the impact of the war in Ukraine on animals, and how the conflict led to the biggest pet evacuation in history. The film, which became the highest-grossing theatrically released documentary in Ukraine of all time, is directed by investigative journalist and YouTube vlogger Anton Ptushkin.

German Film Business Eyes Funding Revamp Warily: ‘Time Is Running Out’ - variety.com - Germany
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15.05.2024

German Film Business Eyes Funding Revamp Warily: ‘Time Is Running Out’

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor After four Oscar wins for “All Quiet on the Western Front” last year and the Oscar nomination for “The Teachers’ Lounge” this year, Germany’s film sector seemed to be on the up, but while a government plan to revamp the country’s film funding system is broadly welcomed, its painfully slow progress is also causing some anxiety. The fact that Cannes’ various sections contain not one feature by a German filmmaker may be seen as a cause for concern, but 13 German productions and co-productions have been selected.

France TV Distribution Closes Deals for ‘The Victoria System,’ Starring Damien Bonnard, Jeanne Balibar (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - South Korea - Greece - Turkey
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14.05.2024

France TV Distribution Closes Deals for ‘The Victoria System,’ Starring Damien Bonnard, Jeanne Balibar (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor France TV Distribution has closed several territory deals for Sylvain Desclous’ “The Victoria System,” starring Damien Bonnard and Jeanne Balibar. The film has been acquired by Spentzos in Greece, Divisa Red in Spain, Arna Media in the CIS, NK Content in South Korea, AVJET in Taïwan and Mars in Turkey. The film centers on David Kolski, who is overseeing the construction of the highest tower ever built in France.

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

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).

How ‘Doctor Who’ Exec Producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner Helped Transform South Wales Into a Buzzing Hive of Production - variety.com - Los Angeles
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14.05.2024

How ‘Doctor Who’ Exec Producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner Helped Transform South Wales Into a Buzzing Hive of Production

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The renaissance of “Doctor Who,” which started its latest season this week, is a 20-year journey that is entwined with the establishment of a thriving TV production scene in South Wales, where it shoots, and the meteoritic rise of the production company Bad Wolf. This dates back to 2003 when writer Russell T. Davies was asked by the BBC’s then head of drama, Jane Tranter, to revive the show and to base the production in South Wales, an area hitherto known for coal mining and heavy industry.

First-Look Photo of Pierce Brosnan, Amir El-Masry From Set of Boxing Drama ‘Giant’ Revealed - variety.com - Malta - city Media
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14.05.2024

First-Look Photo of Pierce Brosnan, Amir El-Masry From Set of Boxing Drama ‘Giant’ Revealed

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The first-look photo of Pierce Brosnan and Amir El-Masry on the set of “Giant,” written and directed by Rowan Athale, has been revealed. The sports drama is shooting in Leeds, England.

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

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.

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
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14.05.2024

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.

‘Julie Keeps Quiet’ Debuts Trailer Ahead of Cannes Critics’ Week Premiere, New Europe Reveals First Sales (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy - Poland - state Baltic
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13.05.2024

‘Julie Keeps Quiet’ Debuts Trailer Ahead of Cannes Critics’ Week Premiere, New Europe Reveals First Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The trailer (below) has debuted for Leonardo Van Dijl‘s “Julie Keeps Quiet” ahead of its world premiere in Critics’ Week in Cannes. The film’s world sales agency New Europe Film Sales has revealed the first territory deals. New Europe has sold the film to New Horizons for Poland, Kino Pavasaris for the Baltic states, and I Wonder Pictures for Italy.

Sam Claflin, Rupert Friend to Star in World War II Thriller ‘Perdition’ From ‘John Wick’ Producers - variety.com - USA - Belgium - county Henry - city Asteroid
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10.05.2024

Sam Claflin, Rupert Friend to Star in World War II Thriller ‘Perdition’ From ‘John Wick’ Producers

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Sam Claflin (“Daisy Jones & the Six,” “Peaky Blinders,” the Hunger Games franchise) and Rupert Friend (“Asteroid City,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” “Homeland”) will star in the World War II action thriller “Perdition” from writer-director Henry Dunham (“The Standoff at Sparrow Creek”). Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee will produce for Thunder Road Pictures, whose credits include the John Wick franchise, with Claflin executive producing.

The Playmaker Closes Deals on Heist Comedy ‘Two to One,’ Starring Sandra Hüller (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - France - Germany - city Sandra - Greece - county Republic
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10.05.2024

The Playmaker Closes Deals on Heist Comedy ‘Two to One,’ Starring Sandra Hüller (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Munich-based sales agency The Playmaker has closed several key distribution deals on heist comedy “Two to One,” starring Sandra Hüller, who was Oscar nominated this year for “Anatomy of a Fall.” The Playmaker has sold the film to KMBO in France, A Contracorriente in Spain, Madman in Australia and Rosebud in Greece. The German distributor is X-Verleih.

Tom Tykwer Becomes Managing Director of ‘Babylon Berlin’ Production Company X Filme Alongside Uwe Schott as Stefan Arndt Steps Down - variety.com - Germany - Berlin - city Babylon
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08.05.2024

Tom Tykwer Becomes Managing Director of ‘Babylon Berlin’ Production Company X Filme Alongside Uwe Schott as Stefan Arndt Steps Down

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Director and producer Tom Tykwer has become managing director of Berlin-based production company X Filme Creative Pool, best known for “Babylon Berlin,” alongside Uwe Schott. Tykwer succeeds Stefan Arndt, one of Germany’s leading producers.

The Playmaker to Launch International Sales of Creature Horror ‘Paws’ at Cannes Film Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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08.05.2024

The Playmaker to Launch International Sales of Creature Horror ‘Paws’ at Cannes Film Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The Playmaker has signed with Neopol Film to handle international sales for their upcoming creature horror thriller, “Paws.” Featuring polar bear creature animatronics from the renowned studio behind “Star Wars” and “Jurassic World,” the film tells the story of a climate researcher stranded in the Arctic who must forge an unlikely alliance with a polar bear in order to survive. The project will feature a stellar international cast, yet to be announced.

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

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.

Morgan Freeman to Be Honored at Monte-Carlo Television Festival, ‘The Gray House’ to Premiere - variety.com - Spain - France - New Zealand - Sweden - Germany - Monaco - Indiana - city Monaco - Israel - city Ufa
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06.05.2024

Morgan Freeman to Be Honored at Monte-Carlo Television Festival, ‘The Gray House’ to Premiere

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Morgan Freeman will receive the Crystal Nymph Award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which runs June 14-18 in Monaco. Freeman will receive the award at the opening ceremony from Prince Albert II of Monaco, in recognition of his television career.

Titus Kaphar’s Sundance Drama ‘Exhibiting Forgiveness’ Boarded by Film Constellation for International Sales (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA
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03.05.2024

Titus Kaphar’s Sundance Drama ‘Exhibiting Forgiveness’ Boarded by Film Constellation for International Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor London- and Paris-based production, finance and sales outfit Film Constellation has boarded international sales on Titus Kaphar’s drama “Exhibiting Forgiveness.” The film received strong reviews after its January premiere at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section, and was picked up for North American distribution by Roadside Attractions, with plans for a wide theatrical release in the fall and awards campaign.

David Wnendt to Direct Sci-Fi Crime Film ‘Athos 2643’; Constantin, Seven Elephants on Board (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Germany
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02.05.2024

David Wnendt to Direct Sci-Fi Crime Film ‘Athos 2643’; Constantin, Seven Elephants on Board (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor David Wnendt, the German director behind controversial coming-of-age movie “Wetlands,” Hitler satire “Look Who’s Back” and teen crime drama “Sun and Concrete,” is once again pushing boundaries with his next feature film project. Backed by distributor-producer Constantin Film and with Seven Elephants lead producing, Wnendt has embarked on the feature film adaptation of the award-winning novel “Athos 2643” by Nils Westerboer. Wnendt, who will both write the screenplay and direct the theatrical film, promises an “emotional and spectacular experience that will take the audience into the vastness of outer space,” according to a press statement.

Totem Reveals Production Slate, With Projects by Nastia Korkia, Vytautas Katkus, Ernst de Geer, Anna Roller (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Germany - Berlin - Serbia
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02.05.2024

Totem Reveals Production Slate, With Projects by Nastia Korkia, Vytautas Katkus, Ernst de Geer, Anna Roller (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Paris-based international sales and production company Totem Films has revealed its production slate, with projects by Nastia Korkia, Vytautas Katkus, Ernst de Geer and Anna Roller. Totem brought together the directors and writers of the projects they are developing to take part in a Script Circle in Berlin, led by consultants Françoise von Roy and Franz Rodenkirchen. Totem partners Bérénice Vincent and Laure Parleani said that the production companies they are working with, Garagefilm, TamTam and Kalekone, were “enthusiastic about this collaborative idea, so were the directors and scriptwriters.” They added: “It is very nurturing to have a mix of different personalities, countries and backgrounds.

Picture Tree Intl. Scores Spanish Supernatural Crime Thriller ‘The Osha Rule,’ Starring Mariela Garriga (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Mexico - Berlin
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30.04.2024

Picture Tree Intl. Scores Spanish Supernatural Crime Thriller ‘The Osha Rule,’ Starring Mariela Garriga (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Berlin-based sales agency Picture Tree Intl. has acquired the supernatural crime thriller “The Osha Rule,” and will start seeking distribution partner at the Cannes Film Market. The film will start principal photography in August 2024.

LGBTQ Romantic Comedy ‘Perfect Endings’ Acquired by M-Appeal (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Brazil - Berlin
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29.04.2024

LGBTQ Romantic Comedy ‘Perfect Endings’ Acquired by M-Appeal (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Berlin-based sales agency M-Appeal has acquired worldwide rights to the LGBTQ romantic comedy “Perfect Endings,” directed by Daniel Ribeiro. The Brazilian film is set to make its world premiere later this year. “Perfect Endings” centers on filmmaker João.

British Actress Amy Tara Joins Ben Pauling’s Mystery-Thriller ‘Dream’ - variety.com - Britain - India
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27.04.2024

British Actress Amy Tara Joins Ben Pauling’s Mystery-Thriller ‘Dream’

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor British actress Amy Tara has been cast in a leading role in the U.S. mystery-thriller “Dream.” The film tells the story of a group of friends who are led by a dream to uncover what they believe might be a trafficking industry in their small working-class town.

‘Bridgerton’ Star Simone Ashley to Receive Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s International Golden Nymph Award for Most Promising Talent - variety.com - Britain
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26.04.2024

‘Bridgerton’ Star Simone Ashley to Receive Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s International Golden Nymph Award for Most Promising Talent

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The Monte-Carlo Television Festival will present its International Golden Nymph for Most Promising Talent to British actor Simone Ashley at its opening ceremony on June 14. The award recognizes the “exceptional rising talent of an actor who has elevated the bar of excellence to international acclaim.” Ashley is known for portraying Kate Sharma, the female lead of Season 2 of the Netflix series “Bridgerton.” She reprises her role in Season 3, which premieres next month.

‘Agent of Happiness,’ Doc Following Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Survey, Sold by Cinephil to Key Territories (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - USA - Italy - Ireland - Austria - Germany - Belgium - Portugal - Switzerland - Poland - San Francisco - Hungary - Hong Kong - Israel - Taiwan - city Hong Kong - Bhutan
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25.04.2024

‘Agent of Happiness,’ Doc Following Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Survey, Sold by Cinephil to Key Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Cinephil has sold Arun Bhattarai and Dorottya Zurbó’s feature documentary “Agent of Happiness” to a wide range of key international territories ahead of the film’s Hot Docs debut this weekend. Deals are confirmed in the U.K.

‘Dune 2’ Casting Director Francine Maisler to Be Honored at Karlovy Vary Film Festival - variety.com - county Story
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23.04.2024

‘Dune 2’ Casting Director Francine Maisler to Be Honored at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The Karlovy Vary Film Festival and Variety have teamed up to honor Francine Maisler, one of the world’s most respected casting directors, whose recent credits include “Dune: Part Two,” “The Bikeriders,” “Challengers,” “Civil War” and “Joker: Folie à Deux.” Maisler has worked on more than 70 feature films and is a recipient of 15 Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America, including for “Marriage Story” in 2020 and “Don’t Look Up” in 2021. As well as working with director Denis Villeneuve on “Dune: Part Two,” “Dune,” “Arrival” and “Sicario,” her other films include Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” and “Knight of Cups,” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” and “Birdman.” In 2022, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work on HBO’s “Succession.” As part of its homage, Karlovy Vary will hold a special screening of one of the films which Maisler worked on.

Jenni Toivoniemi’s Daughter-Father Comedy ‘Butterflies’ Acquired by Picture Tree Intl. (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Berlin - Finland
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19.04.2024

Jenni Toivoniemi’s Daughter-Father Comedy ‘Butterflies’ Acquired by Picture Tree Intl. (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Berlin-based Picture Tree Intl. has acquired the international sales rights, excluding the Nordic countries, for the Finnish daughter-father comedy “Butterflies” (Perhoset). “Butterflies” is directed by Jenni Toivoniemi, based on a screenplay by Anna Brotkin.

Pierce Brosnan, Amir El-Masry Join AGC’s Biopic of Boxer Prince Naseem Hamed ‘Giant,’ Sylvester Stallone to Executive Produce - variety.com - Malta - city Media
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15.04.2024

Pierce Brosnan, Amir El-Masry Join AGC’s Biopic of Boxer Prince Naseem Hamed ‘Giant,’ Sylvester Stallone to Executive Produce

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Pierce Brosnan will star with Amir El-Masry in the sports drama “Giant,” based on the true-life story of British-Yemeni boxer Prince Naseem “Naz” Hamed and his rags to riches ascent to a world championship under the tutelage of his Irish-born boxing trainer Brendan Ingle. El-Masry will play Naz and Brosnan is set to portray Ingle. The film will be written and directed by Rowan Athale (“The Rise,” “Gangs of London,” “Strange But True”), and produced by Mark Lane of Tea Shop Productions and Kevin Sampson of White Star Productions.

Global Screen Reveals Further International Sales of Spy Thriller ‘Davos 1917’ at MipTV (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Britain - France - Italy - India - Germany - Switzerland - Poland - city Vienna
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10.04.2024

Global Screen Reveals Further International Sales of Spy Thriller ‘Davos 1917’ at MipTV (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Leading European distributor Global Screen, part of Telepool, has secured further international sales of high-end drama “Davos 1917” at MipTV. New acquisitions of the six-part thriller include SBS Australia, TVP in Poland and Big Tree Entertainment in India and the subcontinent. “Davos 1917,” which launched at the end of last year on SRF in Switzerland and ARD in Germany, has already been bought by a strong lineup of premium international broadcasters and streamers across North America, Europe and Asia.

France’s M6 to Remake Turkish Crime Drama ‘Persona,’ Clementine Celarie to Star, Original Show Returns for Second Season, Beta Selling - variety.com - France - Paris - Canada - Germany - Japan - Turkey
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08.04.2024

France’s M6 to Remake Turkish Crime Drama ‘Persona,’ Clementine Celarie to Star, Original Show Returns for Second Season, Beta Selling

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor French broadcaster M6 has greenlit a French-language adaptation of Turkish crime drama “Persona,” to be titled “Mémoire Vive.” Instead of a male protagonist, as in the Turkish version, it will have a female main character, Esther Lefevre, to be played by Clementine Celarie, whose credits include “Six Women,” “Betty Blue” and “Two Is a Family.” “Mémoire Vive,” which will comprise four hour-long episodes, is being produced by Calt Studio. It is written by Laurent Burtin (“Astrid: Murder in Paris”), Anne-Gaëlle Daval (“Ladies”) and Hélène Lombard (“Call My Agent!”).

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