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Berlin Awarded ‘Tess’ Sells to Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based sales agent Picture Tree Intl. has sold Steven Wouterlood’s coming-of-age film “My Extraordinary Summer with Tess,” which received a Special Mention from the jury of Berlin Film Festival’s Generation KPlus section, to distributors in several territories. Among the buyers are Les Films Du Preau in France, Proview Entertainment in Taiwan, Angel Films in Denmark, […]
Tags: News, France, Berlin, Denmark, Berlin Film Festival, Tess, Picture Tree Intl, Picture Tree International, Steven Wouterlood, Les Films Du Preau, Proview Entertainment in Taiwan Angel Films


Berlin Film Festival 2019: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Wins Golden Bear

Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s “Synonyms,” about a young Israeli man in Paris who has turned his back on his native country, won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale on Saturday. The Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to François Ozon’s French drama “By the Grace of God,” a fact-based account of the Catholic Church […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Paris, Catholic Church, Berlin Film Festival, Francois Ozon, Berlinale, Nadav Lapid


Berlin Film Festival 2019 Award Winners: Complete List

The 69th Berlin Film Festival kicked off on Saturday, with 16 films vying for the Golden and Silver Bears, among them such critically acclaimed entries as Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chinese drama “So Long, My Son” and “By the Grace of God” by François Ozon. Juliette Binoche served as Jury President, with other members of the jury […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Wang Xiaoshuai, François Ozon Juliette Binoche


Berlin Film Festival 2019 Award Winners: Complete List (Updating Live)

The 69th Berlin Film Festival kicked off on Saturday, with 16 films vying for the Golden and Silver Bears, among them such critically acclaimed entries as Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chinese drama “So Long, My Son” and “By the Grace of God” by François Ozon. Juliette Binoche served as Jury President, with other members of the jury […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Wang Xiaoshuai, François Ozon Juliette Binoche


Makers of Berlin Competition Title ‘Marighella’ Worry About Distribution at Home

Worried that growing political tension in Brazil may hamper the domestic release of “Marighella,” Wagner Moura’s directorial debut about a leftist revolutionary, the movie’s producers may seek to crowd-fund its distribution independently. “We are going to fight for it,” producer Andrea Barata Ribeiro said ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Berlinale on Friday. […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Brazil, Berlin Film Festival, Wagner Moura, Berlinale, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Marighella


International Cinema Group Urges Festivals to Ban Non-Theatrically Released Films From Competition

With the Berlin Film Festival about to wrap and Cannes fast approaching, the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) is urging programmers at leading festivals to select for competition only films that will receive a full theatrical release. UNIC, which represents exhibitors and cinema associations in 37 countries, mostly in Europe, said in a statement Friday […]
Tags: Europe, News, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Cannes film festival, Roma, Cannes, Unic, International Union of Cinemas UNIC


Berlin Film Festival Review: A Great Filmmaker Says Goodbye, Joyfully, in Varda by Agnès

Varda, 90, was the only woman among all those men—Godard, Truffaut, Rivette and others—to carve out a legacy in the French New Wave
Tags: Movies, News, Uncategorized, Berlin Film Festival, Agnes, Agnes Varda, Varda, French New Wave, Varda by Agnes, Godard Truffaut Rivette


Teutonic Stars Reach Global Audiences With Bigger Budget Shows

German Films, a body that promotes Teutonic talent and content, staged a panel discussion on “breaking boundaries” during the Berlin Film Festival, as part of the fest’s Drama Series Days section. Taking part were three of the participants of German Films’ 2019 Face to Face program – Fahri Yardim, Luise Heyer, and Maria Dragus. For […]
Tags: News, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Maria Dragus, German Films, Fahri Yardım, Luise Heyer, Fahri Yardim Luise Heyer


Berlin: Xinjiang-Set ‘A First Farewell’ Charms Festivals and Buyers

“A First Farewell,” which debuted this week at the Berlin Film Festival, has secured its first sale and looks set to have a promising festival career. The movie is the first in nearly 30 years at the Berlinale to have been shot in Uighur, the language spoken in the vast western Chinese province of Xinjiang. […]
Tags: Asia, News, Berlin, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Xinjiang, A First Farewell, Lina Wang


Berlin: Films Boutique Picks Up Hikari’s Festival Entry ’37 Seconds’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based international sales company Films Boutique has picked up the world rights of “37 Seconds,” the debut film by female Japanese filmmaker Hikari following its Berlin Film Festival premiere in the Panorama section. The film centers on a wheelchair-bound 23-year-old woman, Yuma, who works in a manga studio. Yuma starts out on a journey of […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Yuma, HIKARI, Films Boutique


Berlin: Robert Bosch Foundation Announces Prizes For Arab-German Projects

Lebanese director Lana Daher’s documentary project “Do You Love Me” which will interweave film fragments of the Lebanese civil war and of postwar life with clips of the country’s Bendaly family of pop musicians who were hitmakers during the late 970s and early 1980s, is among winners of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s film prizes for emerging […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Berlin Film Festival, Arab Cinema, Robert Bosch Foundation, Berlinale Talents, Lana Daher, Bendaly


Monos review – Apocalypse Now on shrooms

Chaos intensifies in Alejandro Landes’s deeply mad thriller about a wild cult of teenage bandits who have rituals, guns and a hostage – but no Mr KurtzThis overpoweringly tense and deeply mad thriller from Brazilian film-maker Alejandro Landes is the best thing I have seen at Berlin this year: something between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies and Embrace of the Serpent. It depicts a dysfunctional society and guilt-ridden family in miniature, and demonstrates the shifting power dynamics of a cu...
Tags: Film, Berlin, Americas, World news, Culture, Festivals, Brazil, Berlin Film Festival, Alejandro Landes, Thrillers (film, Berlin film festival 2019


Berlinale Chief Bids Festival Fond Farewell at Variety Award Event

Receiving Variety‘s Achievement in International Film Award, Berlin Film Festival chief Dieter Kosslick bid a fond farewell to the event Monday as the end credits loom after his good humored and productive 18-year epic reign. Speaking at the prize-giving event Monday at the Audi Berlinale Lounge – which overlooks the entrance to the fest’s main […]
Tags: News, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Dieter Kosslick, Audi Berlinale Lounge


Germany’s Sola Media Moves Into Animation Production With ‘Dreambuilders’

Stuttgart-based sales company Sola Media is moving into production with a new animated feature as the company seeks to take a more active role in development. The firm has boarded the CGI animated feature “Dreambuilders,” directed by Kim Hagen Jensen and produced by Nynne Selin Eidnes of Copenhagen-based First Lady Film. Sola Media managing director […]
Tags: News, Germany, Markets & Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Copenhagen, Stuttgart, Sola Media, Sola Media Moves Into Animation, Kim Hagen Jensen, Nynne Selin Eidnes, First Lady Film Sola Media


Variety Presents ‘Europeans to Watch’ at Medienboard Party in Berlin

Variety’s “10 Europeans to Watch” were feted at a party held by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at Berlin’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel Saturday. Kirsten Niehuus and Helge Jürgens, managing directors of Medienboard, the regional film, TV and digital-media funding body, were the co-hosts for the evening, which attracted 2,000 party-goers. Pictured above are Henry Chu, Variety‘s international editor (left), […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Medienboard, Kirsten Niehuus, Medienboard Party, Helge Jürgens, Henry Chu Variety


The Shadow Play review – money worship and gangster capitalism in China

Director Lou Ye’s intriguing but exasperating drama focuses on criminal undertakings with overblown resultsLou Ye is a Chinese director who has courageously challenged the authorities, receiving bans and rebukes from a Beijing establishment nonetheless wary of their troublemaker’s international prominence at film festivals. This is probably most true of his 2006 movie, Summer Palace, that tackled the great taboo: Tiananmen Square. Latterly though, he seems to be drawn to the noir-melodrama mode,...
Tags: Film, China, World news, Culture, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Festivals, World cinema, Roman Polanski, Berlin Film Festival, Chinatown, Guangzhou, Tiananmen Square, Ye, Robert Towne, Lou Ye


Heinrich Breloer on Fusing Documentary and Drama to Tell the Story of ‘Brecht’

When “Brecht” launched at the Berlinale, with a premiere attended by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the president of Germany, it was the fruition of long-gestating project for German director Heinrich Breloer. He had met the associates of the German playwright decades earlier, but only now has used his trademark drama-meets-documentary approach to filmmaking to make a biopic of […]
Tags: News, Germany, Global, Spotlight, Berlin Film Festival, Frank Walter Steinmeier, Brecht, Bavaria Fiction, Heinrich Breloer, Heinrich Breloer He


Banned in Berlin: Why China Said No Go to Zhang Yimou

Chinese executives and international film festival programmers are scratching their heads to understand why Zhang Yimou’s “One Second” was withdrawn from the Berlin Film Festival’s main competition just days before its premiere. The Berlinale echoed the film’s official social media site Monday in saying that the highly anticipated film was being withdrawn for “technical reasons.” […]
Tags: Asia, News, Berlin, Censorship, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Zhang Yimou, One Second


Noe Debré’s Political Satire ‘Parlement’ Ordered by France Televisions’s VOD Service

France.tv, the newly revamped streaming service of French broadcasting group France Televisions, has ordered “Parlement,” a half-hour satirical comedy series about the European Parliament created by Noé Debré. Debré’s credits include Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan.” The series, which is being produced by Fabienne Servan-Schreiber and Thomas Saignes at Paris-based production banner Cineteve, centers […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Paris, Berlin Film Festival, European Parliament, Jacques Audiard, Noe Debre, Fabienne Servan Schreiber, France Télévisions, VOD service, Thomas Saignes, Noé Debré Debré


TrustNordisk Closes Deals on ‘Swoon’ (EXCLUSIVE)

TrustNordisk has closed several deals on “Swoon,” the fantasy-romance pic written and directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, the pair behind hit drama series “The Bridge” and “Midnight Sun” as well as “Underworld Awakening” and “Shelter” with Julianne Moore. “Swoon” unfolds in an imaginary universe and follows the love story between Ninni and John, […]
Tags: News, Julianne Moore, Global, John, Berlin Film Festival, Björn Stein, TrustNordisk, Ninni, Mans Marlind


Berlin’s 2019 Market: Smaller, More Select, Slower

FilmNation Entertainment’s “Reminiscence,” AGC Studios’ “Voyagers” and Rocket Science’s “Trial of the Chicago 7” were buzz titles at a 2019 Berlin market, which, compared to the last two years, proved smaller, more select and slower. Directed by Neil Burger and produced by Basil Iwanyk, who rolled into Berlin to pitch the project to buyers, sci-fi […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Markets & Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Filmnation Entertainment, European Film Market, Neil Burger, Basil Iwanyk, AGC Studios


Ireland’s Brian O’Malley to Co-Direct Spaghetti Western Series ‘That Dirty Black Bag’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Irish director Brian O’Malley, who is known for gothic chillers “Let Us Pray” and “The Lodgers,” is attached to co-direct the English-language steampunk spaghetti Western series “That Dirty Black Bag”with Italy’s Mauro Aragoni. It’s set to start shooting in August. “That Dirty Black Bag” is being produced by Palomar, the Italian shingle behind upcoming “The […]
Tags: News, Global, Ireland, Markets & Festivals, Italy, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Palomar, Brian O'Malley, Mauro Aragoni


Slick Woods, Rihanna’s Muse, on Appearing in ‘Goldie,’ Her Debut as a Movie Actress (EXCLUSIVE)

Slick Woods, Rihanna’s favorite fashion model, makes her feature film debut as the lead actress in Sam de Jong’s “Goldie,” which world premiered Sunday in Berlin’s Generation 14plus section. She found filming 21 days straight “hard work” and a “crazy experience,” but enjoyed it, although she did have to sacrifice her 21st birthday, she tells […]
Tags: News, Rihanna, Berlin, Spotlight, Berlin Film Festival, Slick Woods, Sam de Jong


Berlin Film Festival Review: Fatih Akin Loses His Touch with Brutal, Punishing The Golden Glove

Of all the movies playing in competition here at the 69th Berlin Film Festival—officially known as the Berlinale—Fatih Akin’s The Golden Glove was the one with the most potential to make a splash Stateside. That was until people actually saw it. Akin, born in Germany and of Turkish heritage, is one of the most respected…
Tags: Movies, News, Germany, Uncategorized, Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale, Fatih Akin, The Golden Glove


‘Vice’ Star Christian Bale on How Dick Cheney Was His Wife’s ‘Avatar’

Presenting the Oscar-nominated “Vice” at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday, actor Christian Bale said Dick Cheney’s transformation into one of the most notorious U.S. leaders of the past century had much to do with his wife Lynne, played by Amy Adams in the film. “Lynne really gave him the ambition. In many ways he […]
Tags: News, Christian Bale, Berlin Film Festival, Amy Adams, Dick Cheney, Lynne


Berlin Film Festival Moves After Oscars in 2020

The Berlin Film Festival will move to late February in 2020, landing after the BAFTA and Oscar ceremonies. The dates for Berlin’s 70th anniversary edition were announced Monday with the festival moving to a later Feb. 20-March 1 slot. Traditionally the BAFTA Film Awards have landed on the middle Sunday during Berlin with the Oscars […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Festivals, BAFTA, Oscars, Berlin Film Festival


Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second’ Pulled From Berlin Festival Lineup

Zhang Yimou’s “One Second,” set during China’s 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, has been withdrawn from the Berlin Film Festival, where it was to premiere in competition. A post Monday on the film’s official Weibo social media site announced that the film had been yanked, saying that it was for “technical reasons.” The festival confirmed the information. […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Zhang Yimou, One Second


German Independent Exhibitors Upset Over Netflix Film in Berlin Competition

In an open letter to Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick and German culture and media commissioner Monika Grütters, 160 independent exhibitors are calling for Isabel Coixet’s competition film “Elisa y Marcela” to be shown out of competition. “We, the independent arthouse cinema operators in Germany, do not agree with the fact that ‘Elisa y Marcela,’ by […]
Tags: News, Germany, Berlin, Netflix, Berlin Film Festival, Elisa, Monika Grütters, Marcela, Isabel Coixet, Dieter Kosslick


Berlin: Pang Ho-Cheung to Direct Louis Cha’s ‘Deer and Cauldron’ Mega Franchise

“The Deer and the Cauldron,” one of the best-known martial arts novel series, is to be reborn as a major feature film franchise. Hong Kong’s Pang Ho-cheung (“Love in a Puff” “Isabella”) is to produce and direct. Pang plans to shoot three movies, back to back, each with a budget of $80 million. Shooting begins […]
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, News, Berlin, Global, Markets & Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Isabella, Pang, Louis Cha, Pang Ho-cheung, The Deer and the Cauldron, Ho Cheung


Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman Thriller ‘The Secrets We Keep’ Notches Sales

Yuval Adler’s thriller “The Secrets We Keep” has pre-sold into multiple territories. AGC is financing and selling the title, which stars Noomi Rapace (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and Joel Kinnaman (“Altered Carbon”), and sealed the deals in Berlin. Amazon has taken the rights in France, Universum in Germany, and Cloud Nine in Italy. […]
Tags: News, France, Germany, Global, Italy, Berlin Film Festival, AGC, Universum, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Yuval Adler, the Secrets We Keep, Noomi Rapace Joel Kinnaman, Berlin Amazon



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