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Increasingly international-minded producers in Central and Eastern Europe are scoring more projects than ever with co-productions on the rise, from historic tales to biopics, in territories both with and without incentives.
The Czech Republic’s Stillking, long a forerunner in bringing Western producers to Prague, wrapped season one of “Genius” (pictured above), which focuses on Albert Einstein, in February; the National Geographic Channel project from Ron Howard with Fox 21 Television chronicles exceptional lives.
Film United, another outward-looking Prague-based shingle, is headed by Rick McCallum. It was busy recently with “Britannia,” a 10-part Sky and Amazon series that follows ancient Rome’s conquests of the Celts in the British Isles. As with many such high-end series, Prague’s »
- Will Tizard
Author: Jon Lyus
The action choreography of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s John Wick was much praised, and with good reason. The plot of a retired assassin coming out of said retirement to take on a pile of Russian gangsters isn’t breaking moulds. However the stunning gunplay and stripped down narrative gave the film a great sense of momentum and style. Having Keanu Reeves take his stand alongside Jean Reno, Liam Neeson et al in the Mature Assassin’s Guild was also a fine move.
There’s an excellent new gallery of images from the film which have just been released. They offer a very stylish look at some of the scenes we’re to expect in early February when we turn the page on John Wick Chapter 2.
- Jon Lyus
Taraji P. Henson is moving from checking figures to taking lives, with Variety reporting that the Hidden Figures and Empire star has signed on for the lead role in the new hitman drama Proud Mary. Henson will play a hired killer whose violent life is turned upside-down when a young boy awakens “the maternal instinct she never knew she had.” In other words, it’s pretty much Leon: The Professional, except with a badass Cookie Lyon in the place of loner Jean Reno.
- William Hughes
Paris — Dany Boon’s “R.A.I.D. Special Unit,” Romain Duris-starrer “The Confession,” and Omar Sy’s “Two Is a Family” will screen at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.
The 2017 edition, which runs Jan. 12-16 at Paris’ Intercontinental Hotel, acts as a sales platform for France’s more commercial movies, many of which will hit theaters in the first part of 2017. The Paris Rendez-Vous also features some notable debuts and arthouse standouts, and highlights trends, talents and challenges in Europe’s biggest movie industry-cum-arthouse-crossover export hub.
Here are 10 things you should know about this year’s edition:
1. Boon, Sy, Reno, And Duris
Boon directs the Pathe-sold “R.A.I.D,” where he plays a misogynistic elite police operative paired with a klutzy female recruit (Alice Pol). 2014’s “Superchondriac,” Boon’s latest movie as a director, earned about $36 million in France, »
- John Hopewell
4 items from 2017
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