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Cannes 2015: deals round-up

22 May 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.

Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.

A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.

In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”

North AmericaHOT Projects

Universal Pictures and Focus Features took worldwide rights to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, in a deal reportedly worth $20m. [Story]

Open Road paid »

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Cannes: ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Tops Directors’ Fortnight Awards

22 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — “The Embrace of the Serpent,” Colombian director Ciro Guerra’s visually rich, black-and-white adventure saga about the ravages of colonialism in the Amazon, won the top Art Cinema Award at the 47th Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes on Friday.

A follow-up to Guerra’s 2009 Un Certain Regard entry, “The Wind Journeys,” “Embrace of the Serpent” (which is being sold by Films Boutique) follows the parallel journeys of two different ethnologists, both searching for a rare flower deemed sacred by Colombia’s indigenous population. Along with Thursday’s honors for the Critics’ Week entries “Paulina” (from Argentina’s Santiago Mitre) and “Land and Shade” (from Colombia’s Cesar Acevedo), the victory for Guerra’s film suggests it’s been a particularly strong festival for Latin American cinema, despite initial concerns that the region might be underrepresented, at least in the official selection.

The Fortnight’s Sacd Prize, presented every year to »

- Justin Chang

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'Welcome to Me' gets Borderline Personality Disorder wrong in one irreparable way

21 May 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Come on, not the crazy bitch." -- Dawn Hurley (Joan Cusack) in "Welcome to Me" Shira Piven's "Welcome to Me" has been in limited theaters and on iTunes since the first of the month, and it's racked up praise from a number of critics, including Variety's Justin Chang ("A strange and often startlingly inspired media/mental-illness comedy") and the New York Times' A.O. Scott ("Defies expectations and easy categorization, forgoing obvious laughs and cheap emotional payoffs in favor of something much odder and more interesting"). Given that this is one of the few movies ever to specifically name Borderline Personality Disorder (Bpd) as the cause of its lead character's troubles, I wanted to be on board with it. I really, really wanted to be. I'm no Bpd expert, but I've tried my best to educate myself on what is an extremely complex, destructive, deadly (the suicide rate of patients »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Cannes: Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins Drama ‘A Perfect Day’ Goes to IFC Films

20 May 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to WestEnd Films’ “A Perfect Day,” directed by Spanish filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa. The film, which premiered in Cannes, stars Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan. Set in the Balkans in the mid-’90s, the film follows a group of aid workers as they try to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. León de Aranoa, who co-wrote the script with Diego Farias, also produced under his Reposado banner with Jaume Roures of MediaPro and executive producers Patricia de Muns and Javier Méndez. Also Read: Cannes Report, »

- Matt Donnelly

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IFC picks up Us rights to ‘A Perfect Day’

20 May 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fernando León de Aranoa’s film premiered in Director’s Fortnight this week and stars Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan.

A Perfect Day is based on a screenplay by de Aranoa and Diego Farias about aid workers in a Bosnia.

de Aranoa of Reposado produced with Jaume Roures of MediaPro. Patricia de Muns and Javier Méndez served as executive producers.

IFC negotiated the Us rights deal with WestEnd Films. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cannes: IFC Acquires Fernando León de Aranoa's English Language Debut 'A Perfect Day'

20 May 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Cannes Review: Bosnian Aid Worker Comedy 'A Perfect Day' Starring Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins & Olga Kurylenko IFC Films has announced that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to Fernando León de Aranoa's "A Perfect Day" out of the Cannes Film Festival. The film, directed by León de Aranoa and written by him in collaboration with Diego Farias, stars Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan.  The official synopsis reads: "A group of aid workers tries to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone: Sophie (Thierry) is a newcomer, she wants to help; Mambrú (Del Toro) has seen it all and wants to go home; Katya (Kurylenko) once wanted Mambrú; Damir (Stukan) wants the war to end, and B (Robbins) doesn't know what he wants. Humor, drama, emotion, routine, danger, hope: it all fits in a perfect day. »

- Casey Cipriani

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Cannes: IFC Films Acquires ‘A Perfect Day’ Starring Benicio Del Toro (Exclusive)

20 May 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

IFC Films is in final negotiations to acquire U.S. rights for the war comedy “A Perfect Day,” starring Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins, Variety has learned.

The movie, which premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival, follows a day in the life of a group of overseas aid workers with conflicting opinions about love and war. It was directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (“Princesas”) from a script co-written by him and Diego Farias.

A Perfect Day” was produced by MediaPro’s Jaume Roures and de Aranoa (through his production company Reposado), and exec produced by Patricia de Muns and Javier Mendez.

The deal was negotiated by WestEnd FilmsEve Schoukroun, who worked on behalf of the filmmakers, and Arianna Bocco at IFC Films.

The trailer for “A Perfect Day” is below.

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- Ramin Setoodeh and Leo Barraclough

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Daily | Cannes 2015 | Fernando León de Aranoa’s A Perfect Day

17 May 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Spanish writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa makes a respectable English-language debut with A Perfect Day, about a group of humanitarian aid workers in the Balkans in 1995, as the Bosnian conflict was winding down," begins David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter. "Tipping its hat to antiwar screen comedies that came out of the counterculture movement like Catch-22 and M*A*S*H—with a dash of the mordant absurdism of Emir Kusturica and Goran Paskaljevic fueled by the setting—the good-looking film’s humor is low-key to a fault, and its characters don't always generate the sparks that the script intends." With Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins. We've got more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »

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Spain Puts Forth Best Batch of Box Office Hopefuls

16 May 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whether projects, movies in production, completed film, market screeners or titles that made the Cannes cut, these are titles from Spain be moved at Cannes and that have varying degrees of international market potential:

Breathless Time

Tornasol Latido

Colombia-Spain revenge drama in which a nurse tracks down a paramilitary man who killed her daughter. Samuel Martin Mateos and Andres Luque helm.

The Chosen

Oberon Cinematografica/Alebrije Cine y Video/Ikiru Films Filmax

Extraordinary fact-based espionage thriller turning on Trotsky’s assassination. Monica Lozano co-produces.

The Clan

K&S Films/Matanza Cine/El Deseo/Fox Intl. Productions/Telefonica Studios Film Factory

Major Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero (“Lion’s Den”) helms ’80s-set, noir abduction thriller chronicling the real-life case of Argentina’s Clan Puccio. Big fall fest plans.

The Corpse of Anna Fritz

Corte y Confeccion de Peliculas/Play Time Movies/A Contraluz/ Bnc Produccions/Silendum Film Factory

Tyro Hector Hernandez Vicens »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Perfect Day’

16 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Welcome to Hell,” reads a piece of wall graffiti in an unspecified Balkan territory, though what we see onscreen feels more like a dry, over-tilled stretch of seriocomic purgatory in “A Perfect Day.” Taking stock of a nation’s war wounds through an outsider’s lens, this first English-language effort from Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa casts a nicely jaundiced eye on five aid workers, struggling and mostly failing to do some badly needed clean-up work toward the end of the mid-’90s conflict. But despite the appreciably restrained, low-key approach, the character-driven humor never finds a proper groove in what amounts to a so-so retread of earlier mid-conflict comedies like “Mash” and “The Hunting Party.” Still, the prominent cast names of Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins will ensure additional festival duty and limited arthouse exposure.

Leon de Aranoa has proven no stranger to melding gritty social realism »

- Justin Chang

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Welcome To Me Movie Review

15 May 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Welcome To Me Alchemy Director: Shira Piven Writer: Eliot Laurence Cast: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack Running time: 105 min, Rated R (sexual content, some graphic nudity, language) In Theaters May 1, 2015 Alice Klieg is a woman who’s obsessed with Oprah. She has a wall of videotaped shows that she knows by heart. She has borderline personality disorder, and has no inner censor. She hasn’t turned off her TV in 11 years. She wakes up at about noon-thirty every day and walks down to the corner store to buy a copy of O magazine and a  [ Read More ]

The post Welcome To Me Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- juliana

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Stone (Thrillingly) Assassinates Truth While Investigating Kennedy Assassination

14 May 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »

- Andre Soares

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SFIFF58: Shira Piven on Mental Illness in ‘Welcome to Me’

9 May 2015 4:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Kristen Wiig continues to flex her dramatic chops in her latest starring vehicle Welcome to Me, in which she plays Alice, a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and becomes a multi-millionaire overnight. With the means and opportunity to finally break from her carefully regimented lifestyle, consisting of medication, therapy and endless episodes of Oprah, Alice funnels her winnings into transforming into the next big talk show host.

Photo by Suzanne Hanover, courtesy of the San Francisco Film Society.

The film’s director, Shira Piven, was on hand at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival to discuss the dramedy’s themes and the process of making it. Originally conceived as a pilot by writer Eliot Laurence, the initial script piqued Piven’s interest so much that she implored him to re-work it as a screenplay. The result is a light-hearted film that balances a touchy subject with fine-tuned performances. »

- Misa Shikuma

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Tim Robbins & Benicio Del Toro Have ‘A Perfect Day’ In Balkans – Cannes Clips

9 May 2015 3:32 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s English-language debut A Perfect Day expands the genre definition for political comedy. How so? It’s not often that a Balkans conflict zone is used as a backdrop for comedy. Judging from the trailer and clips, however, Tim Robbins and Benicio Del Toro’s deadpan cadence is quite hysterical. The duo. along with Olga Kurylenko and Melanie Thierry, play foreign aid workers tasked with fishing a corpse out of a water well… »

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Review: Welcome To Me

9 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

In her seven seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig became known for an array of bizarre recurring characters and for taking on difficult and highly memorable impressions (Bjork, Kathie Lee Gifford and Suze Orman spring immediately to mind). She's done her fair share of comedic film work, but in the last few years has really found her niche in indie dramadies. With The Skeleton Twins and Hateship Loveship under her belt, Wiig now appears in her strongest performance to date in Welcome to Me as Alice Klieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder. 

The concept works because it is too absurd to be true. Essentially, it begins with the fact that Alice has a complicated relationship with television. It has comforted, cared and educated her over the years. Despite her mental issues, she's stopped taking her prescribed medications and relies on piles of VHS tapes to calm her nerves. »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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HBO Will Tell Big Little Lies With Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon

8 May 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Though the war for quality programming between HBO and Netflix still rages, the premium cable network can claim victory in this battle. HBO has won a bidding war for David E. Kelley’s limited series Big Little Lies, to star Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

Based on the book by Liane Moriarty, which was published in July of last year, the series will tell the dark, twisted tale of three women, all with children at the same preschool in an Australian suburb, whose lives converge and collide in unexpected ways, with deadly results. Moriary’s book was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and Kidman and Witherspoon have been eyeing the project to star in since August, when their respective Blossom Films and Pacific Standard banners optioned the rights.

Kelley, who was most recently the showrunner on CBS’ Robin Williams comedy The Crazy Ones, will pen »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: Jack Black And Tim Robbins Get Political In HBO Comedy 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With the U.S. elections coming up and providing their own form of comedy, we'll need all the relief we can get, and HBO is stepping up. They've already got the political laffer "Veep," they're adding to their slate with "The Brink," and a new trailer for the first season is here. Read More: Watch Jack Black And Tim Robbins In First Trailer For HBO's 'The Brink' Jack Back and Tim Robbins lead the ensemble of the show which tracks the efforts of a bunch of bumbling suits, soldiers, and agents in the field as they try to avert the next World War. Jay Roach ("Meet The Parents," "The Campaign") directed the pilot and is an executive producer of the show, and as you can see, the results are quite broad, though not necessarily gut busting. Also featuring Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Jack Black And Tim Robbins Get Political In HBO Comedy 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With the U.S. elections coming up and providing their own form of comedy, we'll need all the relief we can get, and HBO is stepping up. They've already got the political laffer "Veep," they're adding to their slate with "The Brink," and a new trailer for the first season is here. Read More: Watch Jack Black And Tim Robbins In First Trailer For HBO's 'The Brink' Jack Back and Tim Robbins lead the ensemble of the show which tracks the efforts of a bunch of bumbling suits, soldiers, and agents in the field as they try to avert the next World War. Jay Roach ("Meet The Parents," "The Campaign") directed the pilot and is an executive producer of the show, and as you can see, the results are quite broad, though not necessarily gut busting. Also featuring Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Jack Black and Tim Robbins Get Ballsy (Or Suicidal) in New Trailer for 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Tim Robbins and Jack Black Try to Prevent Wwiii in HBO's 'The Brink' Teaser HBO's dark new comedy series "The Brink" focuses on a geopolitical crises in Pakistan and the trouble it causes for three very different men. We follow Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), bumbling Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) as they hilariously and desperately scramble to save everyone from World War III.  This political satire, created by Roberto Benabib ("Little City") and Kim Benabib, also stars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson. It was executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach (who also directed the first episode). Episode 2, meanwhile, is directed by Tim Robbins himself. The 10-episode season begins Sunday, June 21 at 10:30pm (after the premiere of "True Detective" Season 2 and series. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Watch: Jack Black and Tim Robbins Get Ballsy (Or Suicidal) in New Trailer for 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Read More: Watch: Tim Robbins and Jack Black Try to Prevent Wwiii in HBO's 'The Brink' Teaser HBO's dark new comedy series "The Brink" focuses on a geopolitical crises in Pakistan and the trouble it causes for three very different men. We follow Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), bumbling Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) as they hilariously and desperately scramble to save everyone from World War III.  This political satire, created by Roberto Benabib ("Little City") and Kim Benabib, also stars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson. It was executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach (who also directed the first episode). Episode 2, meanwhile, is directed by Tim Robbins himself. The 10-episode season begins Sunday, June 21 at 10:30pm (after the premiere of "True Detective" Season 2 and series. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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