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IFC moves into Lars von Trier's 'House That Jack Built'

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Us outfit strikes Cannes deal for upcoming serial killer feature.

As Cannes Marche winds down, IFC has acquired Us rights for Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built.

TrustNordisk’s director of international sales and marketing Susan Wendt negotiated the deal with Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

The film, set in the 1970s United States, stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer. The cast also includes Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Sofie Grabol.

Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects said: “Lars von Trier is an unparalleled cinematic provocateur and one of the world’s great auteurs. It’s great to be working with old friends and colleagues such as Lars, Peter Aalbaek Jensen and the entire Trust team – we are anticipating audiences will see a Matt Dillon they have never dreamed of before”. 

Wendt added: “IFC did a great job on Antichrist and their »


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Cannes Competition title 'Redoubtable' gets UK deal

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Exclusive: Wild Bunch sells Michel Hazanavicius’s Jean-Luc Godard biopic to UK.

Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable, which premiered In Competition at Cannes Film Festival this week, has been picked up for UK distribution by Thunderbird Releasing.

The deal was negotiated by Kevin Chan, acquisitions manager at Thunderbird Releasing, and Emilie Serres of sales agent Wild Bunch.

The Jean-Luc Godard biopic stars Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin. It tells the story of revered French New Wave director Godard’s relationship with his wife Anne Wiazemsky.

Screen’s Cannes review of the film cited it as a “dazzlingly executed, hugely enjoyable act of stylistic homage” as well as a “poignant story of a dysfunctional marriage and an insightful recreation of a critical and contradiction-ridden period of modern French history”.

Chan commented: “Michel Hazanavicius turns the story of Jean-Luc Godard into a playful and honest film about politics, creativity and love, with extraordinary performances from Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin.

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Universal cancels 'The Mummy' London premiere after Manchester attack

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Studio cancels next week’s event “out of respect to those affected”.

Universal Pictures has cancelled next week’s London premiere of the The Mummy in the wake of Manchester terror attack.

The attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people, took place at Manchester Arena during a pop concert on Monday (May 22).

“All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers,” a statement from the studio read, “Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for The Mummy scheduled to take place next week.”

Yesterday, Warner Bros. cancelled its planned London premiere of Wonder Woman, which was due to take place on May 31.

The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise and was directed by Alex Kurtzman, was scheduled to have its London premiere next Thursday, June 1.

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Cannes Marché du Film sees record attendance

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Asia delegates on the rise at Cannes market.

With a few days still to go of this year’s Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival, the event is reporting record attendance levels.

A total of 12,324 delegates have already participated in the Marché. Of those, the Us is the most represented with 2,113, France is second on 1,801, while the UK sits third on 1,186.

A significant rise has been reported in the number of delegates from Asia.

China attendance is up 21% to a total of 600. Japan is up 13% to 309, Korea is up 9% to 286, and India is up 26% to 204.

The Marché also noted growth from attendees from Canada and Italy this year.

In total, the Marché hosts 118 countries for this 2017 edition. Afghanistan, Honduras, Macau, Mali, Ouzbekistan are new attendees. Kenya also returned after several years of absence.

There are 3,820 films on sales in the market this year. A notable rise is found in the number of documentary films on offer »


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Mark O’Halloran, Studiocanal UK publicity head join Dublin film fest board

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Festival also taps Sarah Sharkey as its new managing director.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (Adiff) has made three new hires.

Irish actor and writer Mark O’Halloran (above, left) and long-standing film publicist and communications professional Suzanne Noble (above, centre), who is head of UK publicity and corporate communications at Studiocanal, will join the fest’s board of directors.

Sarah Sharkey (above, right), who previously served as the Adiff’s sponsorship manager, will bring two decades of experience in senior roles in the film, finance and advertising industries to her new role as Adiff managing director.

“I’m delighted to be welcoming such highly regarded professionals to the festival’s board,” commented Gaby Smyth, chairman of the board of directors of Adiff. “Both Suzanne Noble and Mark O’Halloran bring creative vision and vast experience from the international film industry.

“I’m also thrilled that we were able to find someone of the calibre of Sarah »


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Mark O’Halloran, Studiocanal publicity head join Dublin film fest board

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Festival also taps Sarah Sharkey as its new managing director.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (Adiff) has made three new hires.

Irish actor and writer Mark O’Halloran (above, left) and long-standing film publicist and communications professional Suzanne Noble (above, centre), who is head of UK publicity and corporate communications at Studiocanal, will join the fest’s board of directors.

Sarah Sharkey (above, right), who previously served as the Adiff’s sponsorship manager, will bring two decades of experience in senior roles in the film, finance and advertising industries to her new role as Adiff managing director.

“I’m delighted to be welcoming such highly regarded professionals to the festival’s board,” commented Gaby Smyth, chairman of the board of directors of Adiff. “Both Suzanne Noble and Mark O’Halloran bring creative vision and vast experience from the international film industry.

“I’m also thrilled that we were able to find someone of the calibre of Sarah »


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Salon hires Annabel Wigoder to oversee development and production

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Former Endemol exec will associate produce feature docs McQueen and Breaking Habits.

UK production outfit Salon Pictures (Churchill, My Name Is Lenny) has hired Annabel Wigoder to oversee the development and production side of its business.

Wigoder was previously head of development for Buckland Pictures and worked in production for Endemol Shine.

She has also worked in script development for Headline Pictures, where she was involved with features including Quartet and The Invisible Woman and TV drama The Man In The High Castle.

She has also worked in a freelance capacity for Film4, BBC Writers Room and Focus Features, and was chosen as ‘One to Watch’ by the Edinburgh International TV Festival.

Wigoder now board as associate producer on Salon Pictures’ feature documentary McQueen, about fashion designer Alexander McQueen, and Breaking Habits, a feature documentary project about a convent of nuns in California who grow marijuana.

Salon founder Paul Van Carter commented: “We have been searching for the »


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Screen Time: The VoD debate in Cannes, part 3 (video)

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Watch: Screen caught up with New York Film Festival’s Kent Jones and director Jonas Carpignano in Cannes.

Screen sat down at Cannes Film Festival with Kent Jones (New York Film Festival) and Jonas Carpignano (director of Cannes title Director’s Fortnight A Ciambra) to ask - is the success of VoD platforms good news for the independent film industry?

Mobile users can watch the video on Youtube by clicking here.

The video was supported by Curzon Home Cinema and Under The Milky Way. »


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Screen Time: The VoD debate in Cannes, part 3

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Watch: Screen caught up with Kent Jones and Jonas Carpignano in Cannes.

Screen sat down at Cannes Film Festival with Kent Jones (New York Film Festival) and Jonas Carpignano (director of Cannes title Director’s Fortnight A Ciambra) to ask - is the success of VoD platforms good news for the independent film industry?

Mobile users can watch the video on Youtube by clicking here.

The video was supported by Curzon Home Cinema and Under The Milky Way. »


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True Colours inks deals on Cannes slate, including 'Fortunata'

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Exclusive: Italian sales company scores deals on multiple titles.

Italian sales outfit True Colours has scored a series of deals for titles on its Cannes slate.

Among those are Sergio Castellitto’s Un Certain Regard drama Fortunata [pictured], which stars Jasmie Trinca as a young mother fighting for her dream to open a hair salon.

True Colours inked deals for the film in eight territories: France (Paname Distribution), Latin America (Fenix Distribuidora), former-Yugoslavia (Stars Media), Greece (Seven Films), China (Times Vision), Hungary (Mozinet), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision) and Australia (Palace Films). Negotiations are ongoing for Spain.

The company also signed multiple deals for Simone Godano’s body-swapping comedy Wife & Husband (Moglie e Marito), which stars Pierfrancesco Favino and Kasia Smutniak.

The film has been sold to Swallow Wings (Taiwan), Estin Film (Estonia), Times Vision (China), Film Medya (Turkey) and New People Film Company (Russia) and Palace Films (Australia).

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At this year’s Cannes Marchè, True Colours also kicked »


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Studiocanal, Universal Music Group partner with Terra Mater

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Trio form co-development agreement for feature films.

Vivendi-owned Studiocanal, Universal Music Group and Terra Mater Film Studios have entered into a co-development parternership to produce feature films with a ‘strong European narrative’ for the global market

Red Bull-owned Terra Mater recently produced the Oscar-shortlisted documentary The Ivory Game [pictured] and science-fiction drama Mindgamers.

Projects developed under the deal will be distributed internationally by Studiocanal, with music partnerships being handled by Universal.

“Partnering with such industry forces as StudioCanal and Universal Music Group is a thrilling prospect for us,” commented Terra Mater Film Studios’ Walter Koehler, “We each hold a shared belief in the films we would like to make together and I can’t wait to bring those ideas to fruition through our co-development partnership.” »


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Cannes Doc Day: Transparency is key in post-truth world

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Panelists emphasise importance of diverse voices on Cannes panel.

The non-fiction community isn’t stuck in a “liberal bubble,” said Kathy Im, director journalism & media, The MacArthur Foundation, during a Cannes Doc Day panel of documentary experts discussing the challenges and opportunities of making non-fiction films in the “post-truth” era.

“I don’t think that we should apologise that we care about human rights, we care about health care, we think climate change is real,” Im said. “These things are universal. If we look carefully at some of the documentaries that are being made in the Us, if you look at the body of work supported by liberal foundations or public television, there is quite a bit of diversity.”

Diversity of voices and reaching a diverse audience is important, added Carrie Lozano, director of Ida’s Enterprise Documentary Fund. “I want to urge filmmakers that you can be creative to be more universal. We can tell »


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Doha Film Institute partners on 'Loving Vincent'

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Dfi reveals co-funding partnership on world’s first fully painted feature

The Doha Film Institute has revealed its participation in animated feature Loving Vincent as a co-financier ahead of the film’s premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival next month.

Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, the film tells the life story of painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Each of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting, hand-painted by a team of 125 professional artists from across the world.

The artists worked from footage of live performances by actors including Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending), Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones) and Saorise Ronan (Brookyln) working against green screen, or sets designed to look like Van Gogh’s paintings.

The film is produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films and the UK’s Trademark Films, and co-produced by City of Wroclaw.

The film is also supported by Silver Reel, Rbf Productions »


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Spike Lee honoured in Cannes

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Director honoured alongside collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith.

Spike Lee, along with his long time collaborator actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith, were honoured at a black tie gala in Cannes on May 22.

The event, which is benefitting Planned Parenthood, was held at the American Pavilion.

Lee delivered a special keynote conversation with Smith during the event. 

Lee and Smith’s most recent collaboration is the Netflix original film Rodney King, a history-infused one-man show film that is currently streaming worldwide.

Rodney King producers, and Smith’s partners at his production company Luna Ray Media, Steven Adams and Bob L Johnson were also in attendance along with Spike’s wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, among others.

Smith and Lee previously adapted Smith’s Obie Award-winning solo performance of A Huey P. Newton Story into a Peabody Award-winning made for TV film, directed by Lee.

The pair collaborated on Lee’s School Daze, Do The Right Thing, [link »


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BAFTA announces 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards finalists

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Finalists were chosen from the previously announced 45 shortlisted films.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nine finalists for the 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards. 

This year, select film schools worldwide were invited to submit up to nine films for consideration for four top prizes: the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by Laika, the Student Film Award for Documentary, the Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Animation

Adam directed by Evelyn Jane Ross, Rhode Island School of Design

Once Upon A Line directed by Alicja Jasina, USC

The Wishgranter directed by Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu, Ringling College

Documentary

4.1 Miles directed by Daphne Matziaraki, Uc Berkeley

The Female Voice directed by Julia dos Santos of Goldsmiths, University of London

Living Behind Numbers directed by Martin Read, University »


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Nfts appoints school director

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Dr Jon Wardle succeeds Nik Powell at UK film school.

The National Film and Television School has appointed Dr Jon Wardle as the new director of the school, effective from 1 August 2017. 

Wardle, the current depity director, will succeed Nik Powell who has been director since September 2003.

He will become the fifth director in the school’s 46-year history. 

Commenting on his appointment, Wardle said: ‘I am thrilled to be taking over the running of the National Film and Television School, and will work hard to ensure that it builds on its world-wide reputation as one of the top institutions for learning about film, television and games. 

“I am looking forward to leading the school through its continuing and exciting period of growth and development towards and beyond the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding.”

Patrick McKenna, chair of the National Film and Television School’s board of governors, added: “I am delighted that Jon has accepted »


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Annapurna expands international footprint

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New partnerships to begin with Katheryn Bigelow’s Detroit

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna has entered into three new multi-year international distribution deals with Longride, Mars Distribution, and Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group in select territories.

Longride and Mars will be handling the Japanese and French markets, respectively, with Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group teaming up to handle Italy.

The partnerships will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, set for release in the Us on August 4, 2017. 

Each of the new deals will cover both theatrical and home entertainment for Detroit, as well as all subsequent Annapurna film titles in the respective territories.

The new partnerships build upon Annapurna’s growing international footprint, after the recently announced partnership with eOne covering Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Annapurna’s Kimberly Fox and Don Hardison negotiated the deal. »


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Screen Media Films acquires 'Literally, Right Before Aaron'

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The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights for Ryan Eggold’s Literally, Right Before Aaron and plans a theatrical release later this year. 

Literally, Right Before Aaron centres on Adam who gets a call from his ex-girlfriend Allison telling him she’s getting married, Adam realises he is just not ready to say goodbye.

Against the advice of his best friend Mark, Adam decides to drive back home to San Francisco to attend the wedding in hopes of convincing himself and everyone else, including her fiancé Aaron, that he is truly happy for her.

After a series of embarrassing, hilarious, and humbling situations, Adam discovers the comedy in romance, the tragedy of letting go and the hard truth about growing up.

The film from Rizk Pictures and Is This Reel, stars Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, [link »


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Cirrina Studios announces animation ’The Extincts’

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The recently launched studio plans a 2019 release for their first animated feature.

Cirrina Studios, the recently launched entertainment finance, development and production company has announced its first animated feature film The Extincts.

Based on British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s novel of the same name, The Extincts centres on George Drake, a boy who goes to work on a farm hidden deep in the woods where he discovers a hidden cache of extinct and mythological creatures, one of which escapes and terrorizes the town in which he lives. 

The novel is published by Chicken House/Scholastic in the UK and in the United States by Henry Holt and worldwide in translation.

William “Bill” Joyce is set to direct the film, while David Lipman, president of production at Cirrina Studios, will write the adaptation. 

The film will be the first Cirrina Studios feature to start production at Dwarf Animation Studio in Montpellier, France.

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Rob Reiner’s 'Lbj' gets release date

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Woody Harrelson stars as the 36th Us President.

Electric Entertainment has set the North American theatrical release for Lbj for November 10, 2017.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Stahl-David alongside Harrelson.

Lbj picks up the story as Senate majority Leader Lyndon Johnson loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy, played by Donovan.

Johnson agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. 

That all changes on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency.

As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary and Attorney-General Bobby Kennedy and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell as he »


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