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Epic Chess Show ‘Rematch,’ Bought by HBO Europe and Disney+, Sets New Milestone for French Banner Unité and Federation Studios (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Paris - Senegal - Iceland - Netherlands - Portugal - Greece
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28.02.2024 / 14:33

Epic Chess Show ‘Rematch,’ Bought by HBO Europe and Disney+, Sets New Milestone for French Banner Unité and Federation Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent A rare flagship indie producer left on the French market, Bruno Nahon‘s Paris-based company Unité is preparing to conquer international audiences with “Rematch,” a period psychological thriller chronicling the historical battle between world chess champion Garry Kasparov (Christian Cooke, “That Dirty Black Bag”), and IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. The sprawling show, directed by Yan England (“The Red Band Society”) and co-created with Nahon and André Gulluni (“Sam”), was commissioned by Arte in France and has already been sold by Federation Studios to major outlets around the world, including HBO Europe for Spain, Portugal, the Nordics, Iceland, Baltics, Central Europe, Greece and the Netherlands.

Final Oscar Voting Closes: A Fun Q&A Guide to Who Could Win and More Anonymous Ballots - variety.com - city Sandoval - Poland - county Davis - county Clayton
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28.02.2024 / 01:25

Final Oscar Voting Closes: A Fun Q&A Guide to Who Could Win and More Anonymous Ballots

Clayton Davis Senior Awards Editor That’s all, Oscar folks! In just 12 days, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will crack open 23 illustrious envelopes to unveil the victors of this year’s 96th Oscars. It’s a night where predictability usually reigns supreme, but hey, there’s always room for a curveball or two. During the past six days of intense voting, Variety has been on the scene, chatting it up with over 50 AMPAS members to get the lowdown on which movies and performances have been getting the thumbs-up on their ballots.

‘Fallen’ Star Sofia Helin on Swapping Clothes With Her Director, Reuniting With Scribe Camilla Ahlgren and Creating a Lighter Noir Than ‘The Bridge’ - variety.com - Britain - France - Sweden - city Stockholm
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27.02.2024 / 12:02

‘Fallen’ Star Sofia Helin on Swapping Clothes With Her Director, Reuniting With Scribe Camilla Ahlgren and Creating a Lighter Noir Than ‘The Bridge’

Annika Pham One of Banijay’s scripted centrepieces at the London TV Screenings, the Swedish crime drama “Fallen” (“Sanningen”), sees the first reunion of star actor Sofia Helin, writer Camilla Ahlgren, and Stockholm-based Filmlance International since the multi-season hit crime show “The Bridge” (2011-2018). Their collaboration has paid off again as “Fallen” has wooed a first batch of global sellers – including MHz Choice for the U.S.

New Zealand Drama ‘My Life Is Murder’ Sees Brand New Season Widely Pre-sold by DCD Rights (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - New Zealand - Canada - Japan - Denmark - Czech Republic - Finland - Hungary - Israel - Singapore - Slovakia
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27.02.2024 / 08:05

New Zealand Drama ‘My Life Is Murder’ Sees Brand New Season Widely Pre-sold by DCD Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

Emiliano De Pablos U.K.-based distributor DCD Rights has pre-sold the fourth season of New Zealand’s mystery drama “My Life Is Murder” to a raft of territories ahead of its Feb. 27 official launch at the London Screenings. Starring Lucy Lawless (“Top of the Lake,” “Spartacus,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”), the series’ brand new season rights have been secured by YLE Finland, TV2 Denmark, Quebecor Content Canada and Yes DBS Israel.

‘The Staircase’ Filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade on Making ‘Samber,’ a Record-Breaking Series About France’s Most Notorious Sexual Predator - variety.com - France
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26.02.2024 / 17:47

‘The Staircase’ Filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade on Making ‘Samber,’ a Record-Breaking Series About France’s Most Notorious Sexual Predator

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind docuseries “The Staircase,” has once again struck a chord with “Samber,” a limited series about a French serial rapist that explores the damages of sexual violence against women and children. “Samber,” a six-part thriller series directed by de Lestrade, charts the true case of Dino Scala, a seemingly ordinary family man who sexually assaulted and raped more than 50 women and minors over three decades in Northeastern France.

Berlinale Competition Titles ‘Dying’ and ‘Architecton’ Score Multiple Deals With the Match Factory - variety.com - Spain - France - Italy - South Korea - Russia - Norway - Austria - Germany - Switzerland - county Aurora - Greece - Poland - Hungary - county Andrews - Taiwan - Romania
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26.02.2024 / 14:07

Berlinale Competition Titles ‘Dying’ and ‘Architecton’ Score Multiple Deals With the Match Factory

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The Match Factory has revealed multiple distribution deals for two Berlinale competition titles: German director Matthias Glasner‘s “Dying,” which won the festival’s Silver Bear for best screenplay, and Russian director Victor Kossakovsky‘s documentary “Architecton.” “Dying,” which stars Lars Eidinger, Lilith Stangenberg and Corinna Harfouch, also picked up the Guild of German Arthouse Cinemas and the Berliner Morgenpost Readers’ Jury Award. Variety‘s review describes the film as “a profoundly affecting exploration of life and loss.” The Match Factory closed deals for the film in France (Bodega Film), Italy (Satine Film), Benelux (September Film Distribution), Norway (Selmer Media), Poland (Aurora), CIS (Provzglyad), Ex-Yugoslavia (MCF MegaCom Film), Hungary (Cirko Films), Greece (Cinobo), Romania (Freealize), Taiwan (Andrews Film) and South Korea (Pancinema).

Berlin Competition Title ‘La Cocina,’ Starring Rooney Mara, Sells Nearly Worldwide for HanWay (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - France - New Zealand - New York - China - USA - Mexico - Italy - Manhattan - Ireland - South Korea - Ukraine - Austria - Germany - Japan - Switzerland - Indonesia - Greece - Poland - Czech Republic - Berlin - Israel - Singapore - Taiwan - Romania
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26.02.2024 / 12:15

Berlin Competition Title ‘La Cocina,’ Starring Rooney Mara, Sells Nearly Worldwide for HanWay (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman “La Cocina,” the Rooney Mara-starring drama that recently bowed in competition at the Berlinale, has been acquired for most international territories. HanWay Films has closed sales for France (Originals Factory), Australia and New Zealand (Vendetta), Spain (Avalon), Italy (Teodora Film), Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Scandinavia (Mis.

The London TV Screenings Hot List: What Buyers Need To Know About The Global Distributors Selling ‘Paris Has Fallen’, Karl Lagerfeld, Clive Owen Shows - deadline.com - Britain - Spain - France - Italy - Germany
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23.02.2024 / 09:21

The London TV Screenings Hot List: What Buyers Need To Know About The Global Distributors Selling ‘Paris Has Fallen’, Karl Lagerfeld, Clive Owen Shows

Welcome to Deadline’s London TV Screenings list, our definitive look at next week’s buzzy event taking Soho by storm. If you’re wondering who’s exhibiting, what’s on offer and want to dive deeper into the distribs’ strategy, we’ve done the hard work for you, presenting profiles from nearly 30 exhibiting sales houses. Below, check out profiles for the companies headed over from the States and other nations around the globe. Read on, and find all our London TV Screenings content throughout the week here.

Series Mania Forum Unveils Co-Pro Projects, Expands to Japan with ‘A True Novel,’ and Manga-Inspired ‘Issak’ - variety.com - France - Brazil - South Africa - Japan - Argentina - Vatican - Taiwan
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23.02.2024 / 08:47

Series Mania Forum Unveils Co-Pro Projects, Expands to Japan with ‘A True Novel,’ and Manga-Inspired ‘Issak’

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent “A True Novel,” directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, manga-inspired “Issak,” written by Itaru Mizuno (“Double Booking”) and “4 Blocks” Richard Kropf, look like potential highlights at this year’s Co-Pro Pitching Sessions, the centerpiece at Series Mania’s Forum, as its projects expand ever more their geographic compass, here welcoming their first titles co-produced by Japan. They are joined by titles from around the world such as Argentinean Daniel Burman’s “Witness 36,” which won the Series Mania Award at the Berlinale Series Market on Tuesday, and a slice of Vatican noir and which reunites the team of “De Grace,”and The Forum runs March 19-21 during Series Mania, Europe’s biggest dedicated TV festival, which will unspool this year over March 15-22 in Lille, Northern France.

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.

Berlin Film Festival Hosts the European Actors Selected for the Shooting Stars Program - variety.com - France - Sweden - Italy - Ireland - Germany - Belgium - Eu - Poland - Berlin - Bulgaria - county Stark - Lithuania
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19.02.2024 / 22:01

Berlin Film Festival Hosts the European Actors Selected for the Shooting Stars Program

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The Berlin Film Festival hosted the 10 young European actors selected for the Shooting Stars program, run by European Film Promotion, at a gala event Monday. The presentation of the Shooting Stars took place prior to the screening of Claire Burger’s “Langue Étrangère,” which plays in competition.

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.

How Novelist Christine Angot Came to Make a Film About Her Family’s Reaction to Revelation That Her Father Repeatedly Raped Her - variety.com - France - Berlin
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18.02.2024 / 07:45

How Novelist Christine Angot Came to Make a Film About Her Family’s Reaction to Revelation That Her Father Repeatedly Raped Her

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor In Christine Angot‘s documentary “A Family,” which premieres Sunday in the Encounters section of the Berlin Film Festival, the French novelist explores how various members of her family reacted to the revelation that she was repeatedly raped by her father from the age of 13. The film starts with a startling confrontation between Angot and her stepmother in Strasbourg, with Angot pushing her way into her stepmother’s apartment with a camera-person and proceeding to question the woman about Angot’s late father’s crimes and the wife’s view on that. Angot says that this incident was not planned at all.

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.

Polish Filmmakers Gear Up for New Political Reality: ‘Recent Years Have Been Very Difficult’ - variety.com - Poland - Czech Republic - Finland - Croatia
variety.com
17.02.2024 / 08:59

Polish Filmmakers Gear Up for New Political Reality: ‘Recent Years Have Been Very Difficult’

Marta Balaga Following the October parliamentary election that saw the defeat of the right-wing Law and Justice party and appointment of leader of the opposition party Donald Tusk as prime minister, Polish filmmakers are cautiously readying for change. “So far, our cinema authorities have not changed. It remains to be seen whether they will change their approach to funding more topical or controversial projects.

Franz Rogowski Starrer ‘Lubo’ Lands U.S. Sale For True Colours (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Brazil - USA - Italy - Portugal - Switzerland - Indiana - Taiwan
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

Franz Rogowski Starrer ‘Lubo’ Lands U.S. Sale For True Colours (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent U.S. specialty distributor Shadow Distribution has taken North American rights to Italian director Giorgio Diritti’s ethnic cleansing drama “Lubo,” toplining Franz Rogowski, from Italy’s True Colours.

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).

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.

Michelle Yeoh to Play Immigrant Who Takes on Boston Crime Ring in Action-Thriller ‘The Mother’ - variety.com - France - Berlin - Boston
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14.02.2024 / 21:26

Michelle Yeoh to Play Immigrant Who Takes on Boston Crime Ring in Action-Thriller ‘The Mother’

Michelle Yeoh is getting back in the action business. The “Everything Everywhere All At Once” star is lead “The Mother,” the latest turn behind the camera from French actor-director Melanie Laurent. The movie is based on the screenplay by P.G.

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