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Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe’s The Lighthouse’ Wins Cannes Critics’ Award

Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes. The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of […]
Tags: News, Global, Robert Pattinson, Festivals, Cannes film festival, Elia Suleiman, FIPRESCI, Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

Cannes Market Claims Record Visitor Numbers

The Cannes Market, the Cannes Film Festival’s commercial wing, says that its 2019 edition welcomed a record number of participants. It reported 12,527 attendees. The largest group by nationality was from the U.S. with 2,264 participants, followed by France with 1,943 participants, and the U.K. 1,145. Comparable figures for 2018 were not available. The number […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Cannes film festival, Cannes Market

Women in Animation, Les Femmes s’Animent Announce World Summit Lineup

  CANNES–Women in Animation (WIA) and Les Femmes s’Animent (LFA) have announced the program lineup and initial list of speakers for the third Women in Animation World Summit, which will take place June 10 in conjunction with the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival and Mifa. The summit will feature a day-long symposium of panels and discussions […]
Tags: Festivals, Global, Markets & Festivals, News, Les Femmes s'Animent, Women in Animation

Michael Portillo Making ‘The Trouble With the Tory Party’ For Viacom’s Channel 5

On the day that British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation plans, a prominent former politician has unveiled a two-part documentary about the troubles faced by her Conservative party. Michael Portillo is a former senior Conservative politician and leadership candidate. As the starting gun is sounded on a fresh leadership race, his documentary “Portillo: […]
Tags: Global, News, Channel 5, Theresa May, Viacom

International TV Newswire: Nick News, Apple Adds Starzplay, Globo Keeps Warner Bros.

This week’s International TV Newswire sees Nickelodeon’s influence grow in Mexico, Navratilova host a trans-athlete debate for the BBC, Globo and Warner Bros. extend in Brazil, Apple pick up Starzplay and HBO profile a polemical Spanish soccer legend. Nickelodeon Signs Mexican Influencer Nickelodeon Latin America has signed an exclusive global representation deal with popular Mexican […]
Tags: Global, News, Globo, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution

SF Studios Acquires Nordic Rights to Ruben Östlund’s ‘Triangle of Sadness’

SF Studios has acquired the Nordic distribution rights to Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness,” the Swedish filmmaker’s follow up to the Palme d’Or winning “The Swquare.” A contemporary satire taking place in the world of fashion, “Triangle of Sadness” is set on a luxury yacht and ends up on a deserted island where hierarchies are […]
Tags: Global, News, Ruben Ostlund, SF Studios

Fox’s Hit Spanish Drama ‘Locked Up’ Gets Spinoff, Launching 2020

Fox Network Groups in Spain and Globomedia, the Barcelona-based parent company of production house The Mediapro Studio, have announced a spinoff to Mediapro’s flagship Catalan series “Vis a Vis” (“Locked Up”). Set to air on Fox networks in 2020, “Vis a Vis: El Oasis” will close the circle on narratives from the original series, bringing […]
Tags: Global, News, Globomedia, Vis a Vis

Fox’s Hit Spanish Drama ‘Locked Up’ Gets Spin-Off, Launching 2020

Fox Network Groups in Spain and Globomedia, the Barcelona-based parent company of production house The Mediapro Studio, have announced a spinoff to Mediapro’s flagship Catalan series “Vis a Vis” (“Locked Up”). Set to air on Fox networks in 2020, “Vis a Vis: El Oasis” will close the circle on narratives from the original series, bringing […]
Tags: Global, News, Globomedia, Vis a Vis

‘Peaky Blinders’ Scribe Bringing Special Forces Story ‘SAS: Rogue Heroes’ to TV

Steven Knight is adapting “SAS: Rogue Heroes,” bringing the story of the elite British special forces unit to TV. Knight has enjoyed enormous success with his series “Peaky Blinders,” and also penned “Taboo” and the feature films “Locke” and “Eastern Promises.” His SAS series will be based on Ben Macintyre’s best-selling non-fiction book “SAS: Rogue […]
Tags: Global, News, Endemol Shine, Kudos, Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight

British Prime Minister Theresa May Announces Resignation

British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7. She set the timetable for her resignation, Friday. It paves the way for a contest to decide on a new U.K. Prime Minister. She will remain as Prime Minister until a new leader is in position. The Prime […]
Tags: Global, News, Brexit, Donald Trump, Theresa May

Narendra Modi Wins New Mandate in Indian Election and Divides the Film Industry

India has returned the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance coalition to power for a second term, with a huge mandate. In doing so, it polarized the film industry. The NDA won 351 seats out of a total of 542. The biggest democratic exercise in the world, more than 600 million Indians voted across six weeks. […]
Tags: Asia, Global, News, Karan Johar, Narendra Modi, Ranbir Kapoor, Smriti Irani

‘Riviera’ With Julia Stiles Renewed for Season 3 at Sky

Sky has ordered a third season of “Riviera” with filming starting this fall. Julia Stiles will return as Georgina Clios and the action is set to move from France’s Cote d’Azur to an international stage. Stiles will also exec produce the new season, which was announced soon after season two launched on U.K. pay-TV platform […]
Tags: Global, News, Julia Stiles, Riviera, Sky

Cannes: China’s ‘Summer of Changsha’ Debuts Without Censorship Approval

Chinese crime drama “Summer of Changsha” screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section despite lacking the necessary approvals from China’s censors. It premiered without its director or creative team in attendance, who blamed “technical reasons” for their absence — marking the third time that Chinese censorship appears to have caused […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Changsha, Zu Feng, Summer of Changsha

‘Gentleman Jack’ Renewed for Season 2 at BBC, HBO

“Gentleman Jack” will return to TV screens on both sides of the Atlantic after the BBC and HBO ordered a second season of the period drama. The series is based on a true story and stars Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, a lesbian, and the proprietor of her family’s coal mines. She has to walk […]
Tags: Hbo, News, Global, Bbc, Atlantic, Jack, Suranne Jones, BBC HBO, Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack

Louise Courvoisier’s ‘Mano a Mano’ Wins Cannes Cinefondation Selection Top Prize

CANNES–“Mano a Mano,” by Louise Courvoisier of France’s CinéFabrique, won the first prize Thursday at the 22nd Cinéfondation Selection,the Cannes Film Festival’s top film school shorts awards. The prize was awarded by a jury headed by French director Claire Denis (“Beau Travail”). The jury also included French actress Stacy Martin (“Godard mon amour”); Israeli writer-director Eran […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Cinefondation, Eran, Claire Denis, Stacy Martin, Beau Travail, Louise Courvoisier, Cannes Cinefondation Selection Top Prize, CinéFabrique

‘An Easy Girl’ Wins Cannes Directors’ Fortnight French-language Movie Prize

CANNES  —  One of France’s most highly-regarded young women filmmakers, Rebecca Zlotowski, has won the Directors’ Fortnight prize for best French-language movie for “An Easy Girl,” a sensual coming of age tale set on France’s Cote d’Azur. From reviews published to date, “An Easy Girl” marks a return to form for Zlotowski after the disappointment […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Directors Fortnight, Rebecca Zlotowski, Zlotowski

Cannes: Infotainment China Media Snaps Up “Misanthrope”

Chinese sales and distribution company Infotainment China Media has bought the China rights to “Misanthrope,” the new serial killer thriller starring Shailene Woodley, from FilmNation Entertainment at Cannes. Woodley (“Big Little Lies”, the “Divergent” franchise”) will play a cop recruited by the FBI to hunt down a murderer. Damian Szifron (“Wild Tales”) and Jonathan Wakeham […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Fbi, Shailene Woodley, Armando Iannucci, Filmnation Entertainment, Cannes, Damian Szifron, Infotainment China Media, Cannes Woodley, Jonathan Wakeham

Malcom McLaren’s Son Joe Corré Preps ‘Wake Up Punk’ Feature Doc (EXCLUSIVE)

Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s son Joe Corré has voiced his opposition to a Sex Pistols feature film in the works, and is about to launch his own project, “Wake Up Punk.” The feature documentary will follow events after his decision to burn punk memorabilia worth millions of pounds. John Lydon has already tweeted that […]
Tags: News, Global, Vivienne Westwood, Sex Pistols, Malcom McLaren, Malcolm McLaren, John Lydon, Joe Corre

‘Alice and the Mayor’ Wins Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Biggest Prize

CANNES  —  French political drama“Alice and the Mayor” has won Cannes Directors’ Fortnight biggest prize this year, the Europa Cinemas Label award, given to the best European film in the section. Written and directed by France’s Nicolas Parisier, and his second feature after his debut, political thriller “The Great Game,” marked him out as a […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Festivals, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Alice, Directors Fortnight, Cannes Directors, Nicolas Parisier

BBC Studios Names Anna Cronin Digital Content Director (EXCLUSIVE)

Anna Cronin has been upped to director of digital content at BBC Studios, a new role at the production and distribution arm of the U.K. pubcaster. The position is within BBC Studios’ content partnerships division, which oversees the company’s programming and IP partnerships. Cronin will work with U.K. and international partners, and notably those in […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc Studios, U K, Cronin, Mark Linsey, BBC Studios Names Anna Cronin Digital, Anna Cronin

HBO Europe, The Mediapro Studio, Lacoproductora Team On Comedy Series ‘Whatever’

MADRID — HBO Europe is adding to its growing Spanish slate with “Por H o por B,” a comedy series original produced by Globomedia, part of TV giant The Mediapro Studio and new Madrid-based company Lacoproductora. Written and directed by Manuela Burló Moreno, the 10-episode half-hour takes the characters from her Goya-nominated short film “Pipas,” […]
Tags: News, Global, Madrid, Goya, HBO Europe, Globomedia, The Mediapro Studio, Mediapro Studio, Lacoproductora Written, Manuela Burló Moreno

Zombie Comedy ‘Zomboat!’ Sets Sail for ITV and Hulu

The zombie apocalypse is coming to the U.K. and will be seen on British and U.S. TV after ITV and Hulu greenlit “Zomboat!” The upcoming comedy will star Leah Brotherhead (“White Gold”), Hamza Jeetooa (“Doctor Who”), Ryan McKen (“White Dragon”), and Cara Theobold (“Downton Abbey”). It will bow on the ITV2 channel this fall and […]
Tags: News, Global, Itv, Hulu, U S Tv, Cara Theobold, Zomboat, Leah Brotherhead, Hamza Jeetooa, Ryan McKen

Chelo Loureiro, Emilio Aragón Team on Animated ‘Valentina’ (EXCLUSIVE)

CANNES – Spanish producer-turned director Chelo Loureiro of Galicia’s Ábano Producións has teamed with Spanish multi-hyphenate Emilio Aragón at Caribe Music to produce the upcoming animated feature “Valentina.” Valentina turns on a girl who is tired of having Down syndrome, and believes it to be the reason she’ll never be a trapeze artist. But Valentina’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Spotlight, Galicia, Festivals, Cannes, Valentina, Emilio Aragón, Chelo Loureiro Emilio Aragón Team, Chelo Loureiro, Caribe Music

’Diamantino’s’ Gabriel Abrantes Talks About “The Marvelous Misadventures of The Stone Lady”

Gabriel Abrantes returned to the Croisette this year to attend the screening of his 20-minute fantasy short, Directors’ Fortnight “The Marvelous Misadventures of The Stone Lady.” about a female statue that escapes from the Louvre and ventures into the streets of Paris. The U.S.-born Portuguese director wowed audiences at Cannes last year with his wacky […]
Tags: News, Global, Spotlight, Paris, Festivals, Cannes, Louvre, Croisette, Gabriel Abrantes

Morelia’s Daniela Michel Presents Four Standout Mexican Shorts at Critics’ Week

Since 2005, the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week and Mexico’s Morelia Intl. Film Festival (FICM) have enjoyed a reciprocal relationship. Each year, a selection of short competition films from Morelia is shown in a special selection at Critics’ Week, with the features from the Cannes section screening five months later in Morelia. The short film […]
Tags: News, Mexico, Global, Spotlight, Festivals, Morelia Film Festival, Cannes, Morelia, Daniela Michel

Fedor Bondarchuk Drops Teaser for ‘Attraction 2’ (EXCLUSIVE)

CANNES–Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk and his Art Pictures Studio have released the English-subbed teaser to “Attraction 2,” the sequel to Bondarchuk’s 2017 sci-fi blockbuster, which Variety has acquired exclusively. The director behind record-breaking Russian films such as World War II epic “Stalingrad” was in Cannes this week, where he presented footage from Art Pictures’ slate of upcoming […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Cannes, Bondarchuk, Fedor Bondarchuk

Gkids Takes North American Rights for ‘Weathering With You’

CANNES–Gkids, the U.S. distributor of 11 best animated feature Oscar nominees, has acquired North American rights for “Weathering With You,” the new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura. Gkids has set an awards-qualifying run for 2019 with a theatrical release in early 2020, in both the original Japanese and a new English-language […]
Tags: News, Global, Cannes, Makoto Shinkai, GKids, Genki Kawamura Gkids

“Serial (Bad) Weddings 3′ in the Works With Romain Rojtman, UGC, Orange Studio (EXCLUSIVE)

Rolling off the success of “Serial (Bad) Weddings 2,” Romain Rojtman is reteaming with UGC and Orange Studio on the the third opus of France’s comedy B.O. hit franchise. “Serial (Bad) Weddings 2” was released on Jan. 30 and grossed over 45 million euros from 7 million admissions in France, breaking a four-year record for […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Ugc, Romain Rojtman, Orange Studio, Serial Bad Weddings, UGC Orange Studio

Transilvania Film Fest Launches New SVOD Platform

CANNES–The Transilvania Intl. Film Festival has announced a new SVOD service, TIFF Unlimited, which will launch during the festival’s 18th edition, which bows May 31 in Cluj, Romania. The service will curate titles from current and previous editions of the festival, while also showcasing other hand-picked auteur-driven productions, presented in partnership with local distributors. It […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Cannes, CLUJ Romania, Transilvania Film Festival, Transilvania Intl Film Festival

Locarno Open Doors Platform to Focus on 7 Southeast Asian Countries, Mongolia

The Locarno Festival’s Open Doors platform dedicated to promoting cinema in areas where filmmaking is especially tough, has unveiled the 8 projects, directors, and producers from 7 countries in South-East Asia and Mongolia who will make the trek to Switzerland for networking and training opportunities. The selected projects include “The Thonglor Kids” by Thai director Aditya […]
Tags: News, Global, Spotlight, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Switzerland, Mongolia, South East Asia, Aditya, Locarno Film Festival, Locarno Open Doors, Southeast Asian Countries Mongolia

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