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Oscars Race: Bangladesh Selects Cannes Title ‘Rehana’ as International Feature Candidate (EXCLUSIVE)

The Bangladesh Oscar Committee has selected Abdullah Mohammad Saad’s acclaimed “Rehana” as the country’s entry to the 2022 Oscars’ International Feature Film category, Variety has learned. The film follows Rehana, an assistant professor at a medical college, who struggles to keep the harmony between work and family, as she has to play all the complex […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Bangladesh, Oscars, Pebbles, Bangladesh Oscar Committee, Abdullah Mohammad Saad, Best International Feature Film, Rehana


Netflix Dramas, 30% Tax Credit Lift Lithuania’s Growing Biz

When U.K.-based Camelot Films’ “Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher” was forced to relocate to Lithuania earlier this year, after the film’s Welsh financing fell through, executive producer Kestutis Drazdauskas knew the first challenge facing director Daniel Graham’s period drama would be re-creating 19th century England in 21st century Vilnius. “It was an extensive set […]
Tags: England, News, Global, Netflix, Lithuania, Chernobyl, Locations, Vilnius, Stranger Things, Young Wallander, Daniel Graham, Netflix Dramas, Tax Credit Lift Lithuania, Camelot Films, Kestutis Drazdauskas


‘The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic’ Wins Top Awards at El Gouna Film Festival

Teemu Nikki’s Venice and Antalya winner “The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic” won the Golden star for best film at the 5th El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, which wrapped Friday. The award carries a cash prize of $50,000. The film’s lead Petri Poikolainen won best actor, while Maya Vanderbeque, the […]
Tags: News, Global, Egypt, Venice, Antalya, Playground, Teemu Nikki, El Gouna Film Festival, Costa Brava Lebanon, Petri Poikolainen, Maya Vanderbeque


‘Dune’ Mines Just $6.45 Million Out of China on Opening Day

“Dune” was unable to surpass Chinese propaganda war movie “The Battle at Lake Changjin” to take the top spot on its China opening day Friday, coming in second with just $6.45 million (RMB41.2 million) according to Maoyan data, despite a protracted charm offensive to raise awareness about the film in the increasingly sci-fi hungry country. […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Box Office, Dune, Denis Villeneuve


Bollywood Hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ Goes to Broadway With Top Talent Attached (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s immensely popular 1995 Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” commonly abbreviated to DDLJ, is being adapted as a Broadway stage musical titled “Come… Fall In Love. The DDLJ Musical.” Set between the U.K. and India, the film, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as Raj and Simran, is the story of […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Global, Broadway, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Aditya Chopra, Raj, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Nell Benjamin, Rob Ashford


Spain’s Atera Films Takes Rights to ‘Camila Comes Out Tonight’ & ‘Clara Sola’ (EXCLUSIVE)

San Sebastian-based production-distribution outfit Atera Films has taken Spanish distribution rights to Inés María Barrionuevo’s “Camila Comes out Tonight” –sold by Latido Films – and Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s “Clara Sola,” whose international sales are handled by Luxbox. With the two new titles, Atera underscores its aim of discovering and making available to Spanish audiences young […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Festivals, San Sebastian, Latido Films, Luxbox, Clara Sola, Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, Inés María Barrionuevo


Belarus Documentary ‘Flowers Are Not Silent’ to Open Ji.hlava Film Festival; Oliver Stone to Deliver Masterclass

“Flowers Are Not Silent,” a film about the brutal suppression of demonstrations against last year’s rigged presidential election in Belarus, will open the 25th Ji.hlava Intl. Documentary Film Festival on Tuesday. Oliver Stone will deliver a masterclass at the festival as will Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky. Festival chief Marek Hovorka said that “Flowers Are Not […]
Tags: News, Global, Oliver Stone, Belarus, Marek Hovorka, Vitaly Mansky, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Andrei Kutsila


Filmax Acquires International Rights to Animated Basque Feature ‘Save the Tree’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Filmax has acquired international rights to animated Basque feature “Save the Tree,” a new film from director duo Iker Alvarez and Haizea Pastor following the adventures of forest pixies and their quest to reconnect children with nature. A market premiere at this week’s Spanish Screenings-Málaga de Cine, the film has a central theme of environmental […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Filmax, Filmax Acquires International Rights, Iker Alvarez


European Arthouse Cinema Day to Unspool Across 600 Theaters Worldwide

The European Arthouse Cinema Day, an initiative aimed at promoting European films and moviegoing, will be hosting its sixth edition with ambassadors including Oscar-nominated Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi (“The Story of My Wife”) and Italian actor Valeria Golino (“The Morning Show”). Organized by the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) in partnership with Europa Cinemas, […]
Tags: News, Global, Valeria Golino, Ildiko Enyedi, The European Arthouse Cinema Day


‘The Lost Daughter,’ ‘The Hand of God’ Bookend Venice Film Festival’s London Showcase – Global Bulletin

FESTIVAL The Italian Cultural Institute in London, La Biennale di Venezia and Curzon have teamed for ‘From Venice to London,’ a season where seven films from Venezia 78 will be shown at Curzon cinemas across London from Nov. 18-22. “The Lost Daughter,” directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal will open the season and “The Hand of God,” […]
Tags: Asia, London, News, Global, Venice, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Venice Film Festival, VENEZIA, Curzon, The Lost Daughter, Global Bulletin, Cultural Institute in London La Biennale


Piers Morgan Quits ITV’s ‘Life Stories’ After 12 Years, Teases New Show

Controversial media personality Piers Morgan has quit U.K. broadcaster ITV’s “Life Stories” after 12 years. The show featured interviews with well-known celebrities, “BREAKING NEWS: I’m quitting Life Stories after 12 years and 100 shows. My final one will be with ⁦my fabulous friend @kategarraway and she will then present the remaining 3 planned shows of […]
Tags: News, Global, Piers Morgan, Kate Garraway, Piers Morgan Quits ITV


Spain’s Benito Zambrano Delivers a Second-Chance Drama of Sisterly Love in ‘Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake’

Based on the same-titled Spanish best-selling novel, Benito Zambrano’s ‘Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake’ weighs in as a heartwarming second chance in life tale from the Goya and San Sebastian winning writer-director (“The Sleeping Voice”). Telling the tale of two unfulfilled sisters who create a new life together running a bakery in Majorca, it weighs […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Festivals, Filmax, Majorca, San Sebastian, Goya, Benito Zambrano, Malaga Spanish Screenings


Seven Women Directors Team for ‘7 of Hearts’ Anthology in Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

Spanish director and screenplay writer Mireia Noguera is one of seven female directors teaming up for Barcelona-based production house Corte A Films on the anthology “7 of Hearts.” Corte A Films is in the financing phase of the film, which is the second project by Esteve Rovira and Gerard Quinto, who directed “7 Reasons to […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Barcelona, Festivals, Malaga Spanish Screenings, Corte A Films, Mireia Noguera, Esteve Rovira, Gerard Quinto


Malaga Doc Winner Mo Scarpelli Jumps Into Fiction with Dispàrte on ‘A Song That Slays’ (EXCLUSIVE)

After having won the Silver Biznaga for best documentary director at this June’s Malaga Festival with “El Father Plays Himself,” which screens now at the Spanish Screenings, director-cinematographer Mo Scarpelli is leaping into fiction with her new project, “A Song That Slays.” Following a number of eye-catching doc titles that have always generated festival buzz  whether “El […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Malaga Festival, Mo Scarpelli, Malaga Spanish Screenings, Malaga Doc Winner Mo Scarpelli, Silver Biznaga


Oscars Race: ‘Zero to Hero’ Selected by Hong Kong as International Feature Candidate

Hong Kong has selected “Zero to Hero,” a sports and family drama film as its contender in the Academy Awards’ best international feature category. The decision was announced Friday by the territory’s Motion Picture Industry Association. Directed by Jimmy Wan Chi-man, the film is a biopic of the Paralympic athlete So Wa-wai who was born with […]
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Awards, Global, Oscars, Best International Feature Film, Zero to Hero, International Feature Candidate, Motion Picture Industry Association Directed, Jimmy Wan Chi


Oscars Race: ‘The Stranger’ Selected by Palestine as International Feature Candidate, Intramovies Takes Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Stranger,” a first feature by writer/director Ameer Fakher Eldin about a doctor going through an existential crisis in the occupied Golan Heights, has been selected as Palestine’s official entry in the International Feature Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards. Italy’s Intramovies has announced taking world rights to the pic shot on location which recently […]
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Awards, Global, Italy, Palestine, Oscars, Golan Heights, Intramovies, Best International Feature Film, Ameer Fakher Eldin, Zero to Hero


Bikini Films Boards ‘Karnawal’ Director Juan Pablo Felix’s Next Pic, ‘Ofelia’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Buenos Aires-based Bikini Films, led by Edson Sidonie, has boarded “Ofelia,” the sophomore pic of Juan Pablo Felix whose acclaimed feature debut “Karnawal” won best direction at last year’s Guadalajara fest and best Ibero-American film at the Malaga Film Festival in June. France’s Luz Verde has also come on board as a producer. “Ofelia” has been selected […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Festivals, Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Juan Pablo Félix, Malaga Spanish Screenings, Edson Sidonie, Luz Verde


Minderoo Pictures Launched by Australian Philanthropic Organization

Minderoo Pictures, which pitches itself as “a social impact film enterprise” is being launched by the Minderoo Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the Asia-Pacific. The new company starts life with a commitment of A$10 million ($7.7 million) from the foundation and a mission to develop, produce and assist in the release of […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Louie Psihoyos, Robert Connolly, Minderoo Foundation, Minderoo Pictures, Australian Philanthropic Organization


‘Fifty Meters’ Wins Big at El Gouna Film Festival’s CineGouna Platform

Yomna Khattab’s “Fifty Meters” (Egypt) was the big winner at the CineGouna Platform, the El Gouna Film Festival’s industry arm created to support and empower Egyptian and Arab filmmakers and help them find artistic and financial support. This year, the CineGouna Platform disbursed awards worth $300,000 across 13 projects in development and seven films in […]
Tags: News, Global, Egypt, El Gouna Film Festival, CineGouna Platform, Yomna Khattab


‘Midas Man’: First Look at Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Beatles Manager Brian Epstein, ‘Outlander’s’ Rosie Day to Play Cilla Black

“Midas Man,” the biopic about legendary music manager Brian Epstein, has begun shooting in Liverpool, U.K., giving fans the first look at Jacob Fortune-Lloyd’s transformation into the title role (above left). The actor, who has starred in “Medici” and “The Queen’s Gambit,” will portray the always dapper Epstein in the StudioPOW and Trevor Beattie Films […]
Tags: News, Global, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Epstein, Medici, Brian Epstein, Trevor Beattie, Liverpool U K, Jacob Fortune Lloyd


‘Dune’ Forecast to Earn $35 Million in China After Second Place Opening

“Dune,” Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film of epic proportions, opened solidly in China on Friday and is forecast to attain a gross box office of $35 million (RMB224 million) in the country. The forecast was made by Maoyan, one of China’s leading online ticketing agencies, which also reported that the film had grossed RMB23.8 million ($3.7 […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Box Office, Dune, Legendary Entertainment, Denis Villeneuve, Maoyan


Jodie Comer, ‘It’s A Sin,’ ‘Lupin’ Win Edinburgh TV Awards, BBC One Crowned Channel of the Year

Jodie Comer has won the Variety Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2021 Edinburgh TV awards. The award is in celebration of her work, which includes acclaimed U.K. dramas “Killing” Eve and “Help.” Channel 4’s critically acclaimed hit “It’s A Sin” and Netflix’s global smash “Lupin” were awarded the national and international drama accolades respectively. The […]
Tags: News, Global, Netflix, Edinburgh, Lupin, Jodie Comer, Edinburgh Tv Festival, It's A Sin, Edinburgh TV Awards BBC


Penelope Cruz-Antonio Banderas Starrer ‘Official Competition’ Scooped by IFC Films (EXCLUSIVE)

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Official Competition,” Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s colorful film with Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. Represented in international markets by Protagonist, the film world premiered at Venice in competition and earned unanimous praise. Written by Cohn and Duprat, the movie stars José Luis Gómez as an octogenarian millionaire […]
Tags: News, Global, Ifc, Venice, Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Ifc Films, Cohn, Jose Luis Gomez, Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn, Duprat, Arianna Bocco, Official Competition, Penelope Cruz Antonio Banderas Starrer


‘Year of the Discovery’s’ LaCima Preps ‘Elena Gave Birth to a Beautiful Child,’ Sold by Begin Again (EXCLUSIVE)

LaCima Producciones, the company behind Luis López Carrasco multi-prize winner doc “The Year of the Discovery,” is joining forces with Colombia’s Sandelion on archive film project “Elena Gave Birth to a Beautiful Child.” Madrid-based Begin Again Films handles international sales and has also taken Spanish distribution rights. Co-directed by Chiara Marañón, head of content at streaming […]
Tags: News, Global, Colombia, Madrid, Luis López Carrasco, LaCima Producciones, Elena Gave Birth, Chiara Marañón


Disney Plus Buys ‘The Hardy Boys’ for International (EXCLUSIVE)

Disney Plus has swooped on the international rights for “The Hardy Boys.” The mystery series, which airs on Hulu in the U.S. and YTV and StackTV in Canada, was sold by Corus Entertainment-backed producer-distributor Nelvana to Disney Plus in select international markets. While most Hulu shows generally end up outside the U.S. on Star — […]
Tags: News, Disney, Global, Canada, Hulu, Corus Entertainment, YTV, Nelvana, Hardy Boys, Disney Plus


U.K., Spain Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate on Film and High-End TV Production

The U.K. and Spain have signed a memorandum of understanding in respect of film and high-end TV production as both countries experience a production boom. With projects including “Eternals,” “Wonder Woman: 1984” and “The Crown” shooting across both Spain and the U.K., Film Commissions for both territories have come together to enhance collaboration, for example, […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, British Film Commission, U K Spain Sign Memorandum


‘The Punisher’s’ Amber Rose Revah, ‘Belfast’s’ Victor Alli Join Peacock’s Matthew Fox Vehicle ‘Last Light’

“The Punisher’s” Amber Rose Revah and “Belfast” actor Victor Alli have joined Peacock’s new Matthew Fox series “Last Light.” As Variety revealed, Fox stars in the dystopian series, based on Alex Scarrow’s book of the same name, opposite Joanna Froggatt (“Downtown Abbey”). It is his first return to television since “Lost” finished five years ago. […]
Tags: News, Global, Fox, Belfast, Peacock, Michael Fox, Alex Scarrow, Matthew Fox, Joanna Froggatt, Victor Alli Join Peacock, Victor Alli


‘How to Survive a Plague’ Director David France’s COVID Vaccine Doc Scores Major International Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

A new film about the development, regulation and roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines from “How to Survive a Plague” director David France has scored a raft of international sales. Documentary specialists Dogwoof have sold the film — which will debut on HBO and HBO Max in 2022 — into Sky in the U.K., Germany and Italy; […]
Tags: Hbo, News, Germany, Global, Italy, Dogwoof, David France, How To Survive A Plague, HBO Max


Russell Crowe, Zac Efron Join Peter Farrelly on ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever’ Shoot in Thailand (EXCLUSIVE)

Russell Crowe and Zac Efron have arrived in Thailand for the production of buddy movie “The Greatest Beer Run Ever.” The film is directed by Peter Farrelly whose 2018 film “Green Book” won three Oscars in 2019, including best picture. The film is an adaptation of the book “The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Production, Thailand, Russell Crowe, Zac Efron, Peter Farrelly, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, Russell Crowe Zac Efron Join Peter Farrelly


M-Appeal Acquires Kirill Sokolov’s ‘No Looking Back’ – Tallinn (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based sales outfit M-Appeal has acquired “No Looking Back,” a family drama with a darkly comic edge in which three generations of warring women face-off. The film world premiered at Kinotavr – Open Russian Film Festival in September and makes its international premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Intl. Film Festival in November in the main […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Tallinn, M-appeal, Kirill Sokolov, Tallinn Black Nights Intl Film Festival



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