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Matt Dillon’s San Sebastian World Premiere ‘The Great Fellove’ Releases Two Clips (EXCLUSIVE)

Actor and filmmaker Matt Dillon has released two clips from “The Great Fellove” [“El Gran Fellove”], a long-gestating documentary chronicling the musical career of Cuban scat singer and showman Francisco ‘el Gran’ Fellove and the recording of his last album. The film is world premiering at the San Sebastian Film Festival and is being sold by […]
Tags: News, Global, Matt Dillon, San Sebastian Festival, The Great Fellove, Francisco el Gran Fellove


Boaz Yakin ‘s Dance Drama ‘Aviva’ Sells to Israel, Latin America For Alief Film Company (EXCLUSIVE)

Boaz Yakin ‘s romantic dance drama “Aviva” has been sold by Alief Film Company to several big territories. An exploration of gender identity and self-expression through body language, “Aviva,” shot on location in Paris and New York and revolves around a pair of transatlantic lovers, Aviva and Eden. After a long courtship they meet in […]
Tags: New York, News, Global, Paris, Aviva, Boaz Yakin, Israel Latin America For Alief Film Company, Alief Film Company


China Directors Guild Crowns ‘Wandering Earth,’ Derek Tsang, Wang Xiaoshuai

Chinese sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth” was named film of the year by the China Film Directors Guild at its annual awards ceremony on Saturday night in Beijing, local media reported. The award ceremony, which took place coincided with the further re-opening of cinemas in China as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, also presented director of […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Awards, Global, Beijing, Wang Xiaoshuai, The Wandering Earth, Derek Tsang Wang Xiaoshuai, China Film Directors Guild


‘The Bookshop’ Helmer Isabel Coixet Accepts Spain’s National Cinematography Prize, Advises Young Filmmakers

Barcelona-born filmmaker Isabel Coixet arrived at the San Sebastian Film Festival to receive the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s National Cinematography Prize at a prestigious event hosted at the Tabakalera’s Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea. Coixet, 60, arrived straight from the post-production suite, where last week she finished work on her thirteenth feature film, “It Snows in Benidorm,” starring […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Barcelona, Festivals, Isabel Coixet, San Sebastian Festival, Helmer Isabel Coixet, Tabakalera


‘La Mami’ Producer Gadea Joins Colombia’s Rara Colectivo for Cordelia Alegre’s Debut ‘La Union’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Barcelona’s Gadea Films, co-producer of Laura Herrero Garvin’s Mexico City-set documentary “La Mami,” a hit at IDFA, is reaching across the Atlantic once more, linking to Colombia’s Rara Colectivo Audiovisual on the production of Cordelia Alegre’s “La Unión.” Put through this year’s Screen-Incubator at the Madrid Film School (ECAM), “La Unión” marks yet another feature […]
Tags: News, Global, Barcelona, Colombia, Atlantic, Mexico City, Festivals, Gadea, La Union, Laura Herrero Garvin, Cordelia Alegre, Rara Colectivo, Rara Colectivo Audiovisual, Madrid Film School ECAM


Sato Takuma’s ‘Crybabies’ is a Story of Traditions and Morals

A director whose short films have garnered honors in Japan and abroad, Sato Takuma is celebrating a milestone with the selection of his first theatrical feature, “Any Crybabies Around,” by San Sebastian. Sato set the film in his native Akita Prefecture, at the northern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu. “I wrote a story […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Markets & Festivals, San Sebastian, Honshu, Any Crybabies Around, Sato Takuma, San Sebastian Sato


Sato Takuma’s ‘Crybabies’ is Story of Traditions and Morals

director whose short films have garnered honors in Japan and abroad, Sato Takuma is celebrating a milestone with the selection of his first theatrical feature, “Any Crybabies Around,” by San Sebastian. Sato set the film in his native Akita Prefecture, at the northern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu. “I wrote a story about […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Markets & Festivals, San Sebastian, Honshu, Any Crybabies Around, Sato Takuma, San Sebastian Sato


Cartoon Forum: High Concept Kids Series ‘The Upside Down River’ is ‘Cinema for Television’

A quarter of this year’s Cartoon Forum pitches are derived from existing IP and “The Upside Down River” – a high concept mini-series – is a fine example. Based on the book “La rivière à l’envers” by award-winning French children’s author Jean-Claude Mourlevat, the 10-part fantasy adventure comes from the 10-year-old Paris-based producer-distributor Dandelooo, whose animation […]
Tags: News, Global, Paris, Cartoon Forum, Dandelooo, Jean Claude Mourlevat


Movistar Plus President Discusses Global Expansion

In the run-up to the San Sebastián film festival, where Movistar Plus will world-premiere two of its most ambitious series to date — “Riot Police” and “Tell Me Who I Am” — president Sergio Oslé chatted with Variety about its new phase in production, working with AMC Studios, and the runaway success of a series […]
Tags: Global, San Sebastian, Movistar, Variety, Movistar Plus, AMC Studios, Sergio Oslé, Riot Police


Woody Allen Waxes Lyrical on ‘Rifkin’s Festival’ at Amiable San Sebastian Presser

The hearty applause from European journalists at the end of Woody Allen’s online/on-site press conference for “Rifkin’s Festival,” which world premiered on Friday at the San Sebastian Festival, was probably as much for Allen’s career at large as his latest movie in particular. Opening the festival, and set at the San Sebastian Festival – with […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Woody Allen, Allen, Rifkin, San Sebastian Festival, Rifkin’s Festival, Woody Allen Waxes Lyrical, Amiable San Sebastian Presser


Amal Clooney Quits U.K. Special Envoy Role Over Country’s Plans to Break International Law

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has resigned from her position as the U.K.’s special envoy on media freedom. Clooney’s decision is in protest against the U.K.’s intention to pass the Internal Market Bill that is designed to ensure barrier-free trade between the four U.K. nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland after the Brexit […]
Tags: News, Global, European Union, Northern Ireland, Amal Clooney, Clooney, England Scotland Wales


Global Bulletin: Industry Calls for Immediate Release of Hajooj Kuka

In today’s Global Bulletin, the global film community calls for the release of Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, Jana Bennett is announced as Congress ’20 closing speaker, PBS Masterpiece heads to Amazon in Canada, Leonine gets Oliver Vogel for W&B Television role, the Production Guild of Great Britain opens nominations for 2020 Innovation Awards and The […]
Tags: Amazon, News, Congress, Global, Great Britain, Amazon Prime Video, Hajooj Kuka, PBS Masterpiece, The Story Lab, Leonine, Oliver Vogel, World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, Hajooj Kuka Jana Bennett, Canada Leonine


‘Montalbano’ Star Luca Zingaretti Set for Sky Italian Original ‘The King’

European pay-TV operator Sky has greenlit production of Italian prison drama “The King,” toplining Luca Zingaretti, best known as the titular character in the popular “Inspector Montalbano” series. In “The King” Zingaretti will play Buno Testori, chief of the San Michele penitentiary, where “he applies his own personal idea of justice,” according to a Sky […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Sky, The Apartment, San Michele, Montalbano, Luca Zingaretti, Zingaretti, Buno Testori


Sarah Jones, Giovanni Ribisi, Alexia Landeau Join Cast of Julie Delpy’s ‘On the Verge’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Sarah Jones (“Marriage Story”), Giovanni Ribisi (“Avatar”) and Alexia Landeau (“Day Out of Days”) have joined the cast of Julie Delpy’s upcoming dramedy series “On the Verge,” a co-production between Canal Plus and Netflix. Canal Plus will air the series in France, with Netflix distributing it in the rest of world. “On The Verge” was […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Netflix, Sarah Jones, Julie Delpy, On The Verge, Sarah Jones Giovanni Ribisi Alexia Landeau, Giovanni Ribisi Avatar, Alexia Landeau, Netflix Canal Plus


Jo Malone Slams Her Former Brand Over John Boyega Fiasco

British perfumer Joanne Lesley Malone, better known as Jo Malone, has strongly criticized the brand she created, but is no longer associated with, over the controversy involving “Stars Wars” actor John Boyega. Speaking on U.K. broadcaster ITV’s “Lorraine” show on Friday, Malone said that she felt “humiliated.” “I am so horrified and disgusted about what […]
Tags: Asia, Star Wars, News, Global, John Boyega, Malone, Lorraine, Jo Malone, Liu Haoran, John Boyega Fiasco, Joanne Lesley Malone


Film Production in Korea Drops by a Fifth Due to Coronavirus

The number of feature film production in South Korea dropped in the first eight months, as the coronavirus disrupted travel, commerce and finance. According to data from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the number of films made dropped from 23 between January and August last year, to just 18 in 2020. The country was one […]
Tags: Asia, South Korea, News, Global, Production, Korea, reStart


Lack of COVID-19 Insurance Jeopardizes 214 Canadian Projects, Producers’ Surveys Find

A total of 214 camera-ready Canadian film and TV projects worth C$1,093,479,381 ($830 million) are at risk because of lack of COVID-19 insurance, two separate surveys by Canadian producers’ associations have found. The projects, which would directly generate 19,560 jobs, are at risk unless the government launches an insurance program for productions. Insurers around the […]
Tags: News, Global, Production, Canada, COVID-19, COVID


Thailand Unveils Film, TV Production Protocols for Coronavirus Era

Thailand has become the latest country to unveil protocols for film and TV production following the coronavirus outbreak. Developed by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Public Health and the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, the rules are intended to apply to inbound international productions, the local crews they work with, and to local […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Production, Thailand, reStart, Ministry of Tourism the Ministry of Public Health, Center for COVID


‘Cuties’ Director Maimouna Doucouré Receives Support From French Film Promotion Org UniFrance

UniFrance, the French film promotion organization, released a letter on Friday supporting Maimouna Doucouré, the helmer of Netflix film “Cuties,” which has been the subject of a backlash on social media for allegedly “sexualizing” young girls. UniFrance, which also gave its support for the movie’s producer, Zangro and Paris-based distributor Bac Films, is the latest […]
Tags: News, Global, Netflix, Paris, Unifrance, Cuties, Bac Films, Maïmouna Doucouré, Zangro


10 things you need to know before the opening bell

New York Stock Exchange opens during COVID-19 Reuters Welcome to 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Here's what you need to know before markets open.1.  OPEC+ urges 'full conformity' with production cuts, and Saudi Arabia's energy minister warns market gamblers will be hurt 'like hell'. OPEC+ emphasized on sustaining "full conformity" with oil production cuts at its Thursday meeting, which was held to review compliance targets.2. Ca...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Germany, Global, Trends, Opec, Spain, Dusseldorf, Michigan, Goldman Sachs, New York Stock Exchange, Societe Generale, SoftBank Group Corp, SoftBank Group, Caixabank, Bankia, Big Tech


Queen Elizabeth II Strips Harvey Weinstein of Top U.K. Honor

Queen Elizabeth II has stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of the honorary CBE he was awarded in 2004. “The Queen has directed that the appointment of Harvey Weinstein to be an Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 29 January 2004, shall be cancelled and annulled […]
Tags: News, Global, Harvey Weinstein, Elizabeth Ii, Elizabeth II Strips Harvey Weinstein


‘Nora,’ from ‘An Autumn Without Berlin’ Helmer Lara Izagirre, Scooped by Filmax (EXCLUSIVE)

Spanish producer-distributor and sales agent Filmax will handle international rights on Lara Izagirre’s “Nora,” the film opener at this year’s San Sebastian Zinemira Basque cinema showcase. Selected for San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum in 2018, “Nora” is Izagirre’s second feature, following on ”An Autumn Without Berlin,” a Basque homecoming drama which scored a best […]
Tags: News, Berlin, Global, Festivals, Filmax, Nora, San Sebastian Festival, Lara Izagirre, Izagirre, San Sebastian Zinemira Basque


Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Festival Announces Production Grants Jury

In its first announcement following cancellation of its inaugural edition due to coronavirus, Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival has recruited a high-profile jury that will award two production grants for Arab cinema projects each worth $500,000. The jurors who will pick winners among 12 projects taking part in the inaugural Red Sea Lodge […]
Tags: News, Saudi Arabia, Global, Arab Cinema, Yousry Nasrallah, Red Sea Film Festival, Red Sea Lodge


Van Morrison Set to Release Anti-Lockdown Songs

Musician Van Morrison, best known for songs like “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Domino” and “Wild Night,” and for seminal albums “Moondance” and “Astral Weeks,” is set to release three songs protesting the U.K. lockdown. First up is “Born to Be Free,” out Sept. 25, followed by “As I Walked Out” on Oct. 9, and “No More […]
Tags: News, Global, Van Morrison, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Navarre Ramps Up Film-TV Hub, San Sebastian Presence

Navarre has never had such a prominent presence at the San Sebastian Festival as in this year’s lineup. Five linked-to-Navarre productions – three films, a TV series and a documentary – will screen at the Festival, highlighting its status as a standout hub for the Spanish audiovisual industry. Navarre’s higher-profile at San Sebastian, the biggest […]
Tags: Global, Spotlight, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, Navarre, Navarre Film Commission, Navarre Ramps Up Film TV Hub


‘Game of Thrones’ is Gone, but TV Production Continues to Thrive in Spain’s Navarre Region

Spain’s northern region of Navarre has fortified its position as a hub for the audiovisual industry in recent years and, mirroring trends seen elsewhere in the country, seen particularly strong growth in TV production in the past year, in spite of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Why is another matter. In 2019, Netflix produced more hours […]
Tags: Global, Spain, Amazon Prime Video, Navarre, TVE, Maribel Verdú, Navarre Region


On-Site San Sebastian Confirms Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, Primes TV, Opens with Buzz Titles

Braving COVID-19, Spain’s 68th San Sebastián Film Festival bowed on-site on Sept. 18, launching a somewhat slimmed edition that maintains, however, all its main sections. Following, seven more takes on the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world as it finally kicks off: Depp, Dillon, Gershon Confirm Attendance Stars are rallying round this year’s San […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Festivals, Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, San Sebastian Festival, Johnny Depp Matt Dillon, Depp Dillon Gershon


On-Site San Sebastian Confirms Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, Primes TV, Bows with Buzz Titles

Braving COVID-19, Spain’s 68th San Sebastián Film Festival bowed on-site on Sept. 18, launching a somewhat slimmed edition that maintains, however, all its main sections. Following, seven more takes on the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world as it finally kicks off: Depp, Dillon, Gershon Confirm Attendance Stars are rallying round this year’s San […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Festivals, Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, San Sebastian Festival, Johnny Depp Matt Dillon, Depp Dillon Gershon


Film Factory, Lucky Red Seal Italy on Fernando Trueba’s ‘Forgotten We’ll Be’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Forgotten We’ll Be,” the latest film from  director Fernando Trueba, an Academy Award winner (“Belle Epoque”) and nominee (“Chico and Rita”), has been sold to Italy, the film’s sales agent Film Factory Entertainment striking a deal for Italian distribution with Lucky Red, a classic arthouse and independent film distributor. Details of the deal come just […]
Tags: News, Global, Italy, Chico, Film Factory Entertainment, Fernando Trueba, Forgotten We’ll Be


Memento International Unveils Trailer for ‘Persian Lessons’ Ahead of Theatrical Roll-Out (EXCLUSIVE)

Memento International has unveiled the trailer for “Persian Lessons,” the anticipated WWII drama directed by Vadim Perelman (“House of Sand and Fog”), ahead of its theatrical roll-out in Germany later this month. Alamode Films Distribution will release the film in Germany on Sept. 24 in Germany and will present it on the opening night of […]
Tags: News, Germany, Global, Berlin Film Festival, Memento Films International, Vadim Perelman, Persian Lessons