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‘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).

Korean Hit Film ‘12.12: The Day’ Sets North American Digital Release – Global Bulletin - variety.com - USA - South Korea - North Korea - Philippines
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21.02.2024 / 09:51

Korean Hit Film ‘12.12: The Day’ Sets North American Digital Release – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief North American digital distributor Echelon Studios has come on board “12.12: The Day,” the highest grossing film from Korea last year. The film has been on theatrical release in North America, through 815 Pictures since last year and grossed over $1 million.

Remembering ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ and ‘Macario’ Actress Pina Pellicer 60 Years After Her Death - variety.com - USA - Mexico
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19.02.2024 / 22:01

Remembering ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ and ‘Macario’ Actress Pina Pellicer 60 Years After Her Death

Steven Gaydos Executive VP of Content Just as she emerged as one of the brightest lights of Latin American cinema, actor Pina Pellicer died by her own hand 60 years ago. Only 30, she had in a short time co-starred opposite Marlon Brando in his only directing effort, the epic Western “One-Eyed Jacks,” and also appeared in one of the most important films in Mexican cinema’s illustrious history: “Macario,” based upon the classic B.

European Film Market Sees Dealmaking Rebound Post-Strikes for Splashy U.S. Packages and Select International Titles: ‘Everyone Needs Movies Again’ - variety.com - USA - Berlin
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19.02.2024 / 11:19

European Film Market Sees Dealmaking Rebound Post-Strikes for Splashy U.S. Packages and Select International Titles: ‘Everyone Needs Movies Again’

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent As the European Film Market starts to unwind, the verdict is already in: Even if global economics are rocky, buyers are back and on the lookout. This week, dealmaking has been happening on both star-driven packages as well as arthouse and foreign-language movies.

Ted Hope, Bobby Allen, Beki Probst Join New Locarno Film Festival Industry Advisory Board - variety.com - USA - Switzerland
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19.02.2024 / 10:27

Ted Hope, Bobby Allen, Beki Probst Join New Locarno Film Festival Industry Advisory Board

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent The Locarno Film Festival has formed an advisory board for its industry side and recruited a roster of top indie industry figures including former Amazon Studios film executive Ted Hope, Bobby Allen, who is senior VP of content at Mubi, and former European Film Market chief Beki Probst as members. Locarno’s industry advisory board will be headed by Nadia Dresti, the former head of the prominent Swiss indie cinema event’s market side who has been with Locarno intermittently for roughly 30 years with an interlude for a few years as head of marketing for Fox Switzerland.

China Box Office: Four Chinese Films Dominate Global Cinema Revenues as Lunar New Year Haul Tops $1.1 Billion - variety.com - China
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19.02.2024 / 10:27

China Box Office: Four Chinese Films Dominate Global Cinema Revenues as Lunar New Year Haul Tops $1.1 Billion

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Four Chinese films dominated the mainland China and global box office charts over the latest weekend. “YOLO,” a comedy drama about weight loss and self-discovery, was crowned as the top earning film worldwide for a second weekend running. “YOLO” took $86.5 million (RMB614 million) between Friday and Sunday, giving it a 9-day cumulative total of $402 million (RMB2.85 million), according to data from consultancy firm Artisan Gateway. The second film by Jia Ling, who previously directed 2021 Lunar New Year smash hit “Hi, Mom”, “YOLO” released on Saturday, Feb.

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Embraces $80M Global Bow; ‘Madame Web’ Musters $52M WW – International Box Office - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - France - Brazil - London - China - Mexico - Italy - Germany - Japan - Jamaica
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18.02.2024 / 23:57

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Embraces $80M Global Bow; ‘Madame Web’ Musters $52M WW – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love brought folks together around the world in its opening frame, singing up a sweet estimated $80M global bow. After coming on strong in early overseas play this week, and as audiences turned a deaf ear to critics, the international box office portion of that is $29M, landing well ahead of expectations.

‘TransMexico,’ ‘Edge of Everything,’ ‘Andragogy’ Among Santa Barbara Film Festival Winners - variety.com - USA - Indonesia - Santa Barbara - Antarctica
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17.02.2024 / 18:19

‘TransMexico,’ ‘Edge of Everything,’ ‘Andragogy’ Among Santa Barbara Film Festival Winners

Diego Ramos Bechara editor “TransMexico,” “Edge of Everything” and Andragogy” are among the winners of the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The SBIFF, whose mission is to discover and showcase the “best in independent and international cinema,” has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting roughly 100,000 attendees for a packed week slatted with screenings of over 200+ films. A panel of jury members selected the winners, which included Lesley Chilcott, Alex Keledjian, Chris Landon, Lael Loewenstein, Jacqueline Lyanga, David Magdael, Gail Mancuso, Greg Nava, Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Carla Renata, Gil Robertson, Ondi Timoner, Clay Tweel and Ali Wolfe.

Hong Kong’s New European Coproduction Funding Scheme Is Aimed at Industry Revamp: ‘We Want Our Movies to Be More Diversified’ - variety.com - China - Berlin - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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17.02.2024 / 09:44

Hong Kong’s New European Coproduction Funding Scheme Is Aimed at Industry Revamp: ‘We Want Our Movies to Be More Diversified’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The Hong Kong-Europe-Asian Film Collaboration Funding Scheme being launched this week in Berlin is intended as a major component of an exercise in rehabilitating and internationalizing the Hong Kong film industry. In unprecedented fashion, the territory’s Film Development Council is getting ready to start giving cash grants to movie projects that don’t necessarily have to shoot in the city or even use one of its three official languages.

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.

Berlinale-Bound Chinese Title ‘Brief History of a Family’ Sells to International Markets (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - China - Italy
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15.02.2024 / 11:39

Berlinale-Bound Chinese Title ‘Brief History of a Family’ Sells to International Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Films Boutique has closed a raft of deals on the Chinese movie “Brief History of a Family,” which will play at the Berlinale in the Panorama section. Chinese filmmaker Lin Jianjie‘s feature debut, “Brief History of a Family” premiered at Sundance and will be screening for buyers at the EFM as well. Films Boutique has sold the movie to Benelux (September Films), Italy (Movies Inspired) and Spain (Karma Films).

Hong Kong Box Office Stumbles at Lunar New Year - variety.com - China - Japan - Hong Kong - city Hong Kong
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14.02.2024 / 12:23

Hong Kong Box Office Stumbles at Lunar New Year

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Cinema box office in Hong Kong failed to live up to expectations over the Lunar New Year holidays, even as local films led the chart. Movie theatre takings between Feb. 9-13 in Hong Kong weighed in at just HK$48.6 million ($6.23 million), according to data provided by Hong Kong Box Office Limited, a joint venture between Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA) and the Hong Kong Theatres Association.

Paolo Bertolin Set as Artistic Director of New Zealand Film Festival Following Programming Exodus - variety.com - New Zealand - China - city Sandra
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14.02.2024 / 11:01

Paolo Bertolin Set as Artistic Director of New Zealand Film Festival Following Programming Exodus

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The New Zealand International Film Festival has appointed veteran programmer Paolo Bertolin as its new artistic director. The festival, which travels around the country, will return in July and August, but stop in just four places.

‘Deadpool and Wolverine’ First Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Breaks Into the MCU With Plenty of R-Rated Jokes - variety.com - USA
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12.02.2024 / 00:13

‘Deadpool and Wolverine’ First Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Breaks Into the MCU With Plenty of R-Rated Jokes

Valerie Wu Intern After nearly six years, the end of Fox’s “X-Men” movies and an acquisition by Disney, Deadpool is finally back — and he’s arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first trailer for “Deadpool and Wolverine” was shown at the 2024 Super Bowl on Sunday. Not only is Ryan Reynolds‘ Merc With a Mouth back, he’s also bringing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine — who fans last saw die in 2017’s sendoff movie “Logan.” The trailer shows the Time Variance Authority, the multiverse managers last seen in “Loki” Season 2, kidnap Deadpool while he’s celebrating his birthday and bring him into the MCU.

‘YOLO’ Thrives In Chinese New Year Bow; ‘Wonka’ Nears $600M Worldwide – International Box Office - deadline.com - China - Japan
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11.02.2024 / 20:43

‘YOLO’ Thrives In Chinese New Year Bow; ‘Wonka’ Nears $600M Worldwide – International Box Office

The international box office was generally muted this weekend, save for in China which ushered in the Year of the Dragon on Saturday, and with it the lucrative Chinese New Year moviegoing period. According to early figures from Maoyan, the first two days of Spring Festival 2024 amassed RMB 2.44B ($339M), just a touch below the comparable days in 2023. 

‘Talk to Me’ Leads Australian Academy Awards, Including Wins for Best Picture, Director and Actress: Full List - variety.com - Australia - USA
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10.02.2024 / 10:55

‘Talk to Me’ Leads Australian Academy Awards, Including Wins for Best Picture, Director and Actress: Full List

J. Kim Murphy “Talk to Me” was the runaway winner at this year’s main awards from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Sony Pictures Acquires ‘YOLO,’ Chinese Comedy Film From ‘Hi, Mom’ Director Jia Ling, for Global Release (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - China - USA
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10.02.2024 / 01:57

Sony Pictures Acquires ‘YOLO,’ Chinese Comedy Film From ‘Hi, Mom’ Director Jia Ling, for Global Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Sony Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to “YOLO,” a mainland Chinese comedy film that releases in China on Saturday, the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday. The film is written, directed by and stars Jia Ling, China’s top-grossing female filmmaker. She portrays Le Ying, an unemployed woman in her thirties who still lives with her parents until one day, she meets a boxing coach (portrayed by Lei Jiayin), who just may change her life.

Zara Larsson on Finding Creative Freedom With Her New Album ‘Venus’: ‘It’s All Over the Place in the Best Way’ - variety.com - USA - Sweden
variety.com
09.02.2024 / 20:57

Zara Larsson on Finding Creative Freedom With Her New Album ‘Venus’: ‘It’s All Over the Place in the Best Way’

Steven J. Horowitz Senior Music Writer Zara Larsson has been through a lot since releasing her debut album “1” in 2014, which is why she’s relishing her newfound creative space. “This era is the fun, free, lover era,” she explains of “Venus,” her fourth album that released today.

Julio Iglesias is sharing the fascinating story of his life in new series: ‘I have decided to tell the truth’ - us.hola.com - Spain - USA
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09.02.2024 / 19:28

Julio Iglesias is sharing the fascinating story of his life in new series: ‘I have decided to tell the truth’

Julio Iglesias is ready to tell his story. Netflix revealed that they have reached an agreement with the legendary 80 year-old singer to bring his life to the screen.

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