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12 items from 2016


Fantasia 2016: ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ Review

19 July 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Dark Side of the Moon is an interesting foreign language film that deals with man’s inner-beast. Urs Blank is a high-profile lawyer dealing primarily in pharmaceutical mergers. He’s good at his job and has all of the spoils that one would expect someone in his position to have – a fancy car, expensive apartment and dotting partner. After a merger ends in the suicide of one of the company heads, Urs starts to reassess his life. It is then that he meets Lucille, a carefree and sensual young woman, and Urs finds himself doing things he’s never done before. Along with Lucille he takes some mushrooms, but experiences an unsettling side effect when his personality starts to dramatically change. Suddenly he’s much more impulsive, and aggressive. Was it the mushrooms, or is something darker at work?

Based on a novel by Martin SuterThe Dark Side of the Moon »

- Kat Hughes

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Karlovy Vary: Roberto Ando on Mystery Thriller ‘The Confessions’

6 July 2016 6:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary — Italian director Roberto Ando’s latest film, “Le confessioni” (The Confessions), is a spiritual sequel to his 2013 hit “Viva la liberta” (Long Live Freedom). While his previous film provided a satirical look at Italian politics, “The Confessions” broadens the filmmaker’s canvass to skewer global economic institutions.

The mystery thriller, which is vying for Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Crystal Globe, centers on a simple monk, played by Toni Servillo, who upsets the goings-on at a G8 meeting in a seaside hotel in northern Germany (the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, which actually hosted a G8 meeting in 2007) after a high-ranking official is found dead. The film’s international cast includes Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielsen, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino, Lambert Wilson and Moritz Bleibtreu.

Produced by Angelo Barbagallo, the film has already sold to a number of territories worldwide via Italian sales company True Colours, including major markets in Europe, »

- Ed Meza

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Confessions’

5 July 2016 6:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roberto Andò takes great delight in destabilizing established orders, if only on-screen. In 2013’s euphoriant “Long Live Freedom,” he substituted a worn-out center-left politician with his over-the-top twin brother — a philosopher just released from the psychiatric hospital — who ultimately proved to be a much more popular and visionary candidate. Now, in his quasi-metaphysical thriller “The Confessions,” the Italian director disrupts a G8 summit by slipping in a mysterious and unorthodox monk, casting the same actor (Italian idol Toni Servillo) in the lead. As Andò told audiences before the film’s premiere at the Karlovy Vary film fest, “‘The Confessions’ was born from a feeling of dissatisfaction toward how the power is handled” — and that very contemporary and international concern should offer the Italian film a rich life beyond its own borders.

Somewhere in Germany, in a luxury hotel requisitioned by the G8 organizers and placed under the highest supervision, leaders »

- Pamela Pianezza

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German-Chinese alliance on $20m fantasy-adventure 'Fox Mission'

23 June 2016 2:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Christian Alvart’s Berlin-based Syrreal Entertainment enters agreement with Jiabo Culture.

Producer-director Christian Alvart’s Berlin-based production company Syrreal Entertainment has entered a working partnership with the Chinese production house Jiabo Culture to produce the $20m fantasy adventure film Fox Mission as the first of a slate of joint projects.

Steeped in Chinese mythology, the fantasy fairytale will be directed by Alvart at locations in Beijing and Berlin from this autumn.

Canadian executive producer May He, who will be liaising between the German and Chinese production partners on the project, pointed out that fantasy action films have “great potential“ in China and said that having Alvart on board as director for the Chinese story increased the probability of international success.

The partnership on Fox Mission is the latest of a number of alliances sealed between Germany and China in recent weeks following the announcement in April that Sam Raimi and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck had received backing »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Terrence Malick lines up WWII feature 'Radegund'

22 June 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New Roy Andersson feature About Endlessness also gets backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Terrence Malick is lining up WWII drama Radegund (aka Jägerstätter), about the life of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector during World War II who was executed by the Nazis in 1943 aged 36.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI declared Jägerstätter a martyr and he was beatified by the Catholic Church.

Set to play Jägerstätter is August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds, The Counterfeiters), while Valerie Pachner (Jack) is also due to join.

The project was announced by the German funding body the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which is backing it with €400,000.

The drama is reportedly set to shoot at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany, this summer and marks Malick’s return to the WWII era following acclaimed 1998 title The Thin Red Line.

The title Radegund refers to the Thuringian princess and Frankish queen from the 6th century who found protection under the Church after fleeing her marriage when her husband had her »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Fantasia International Film Festival Celebrates Epic 20th Anniversary with First Wave Film/Guest Announcements

5 June 2016 4:23 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests.  Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts. »

- Jerry Smith

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Fantasia 2016 to Honor Guillermo del Toro, First Wave of Films Include Lights Out and Under The Shadow

26 May 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:

Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.

For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron. »

- Derek Anderson

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German Titles Set For Strong Showing at Cannes 2016

11 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

German films look set to make muscular showing at this year’s Cannes Film Market, with local sales companies offering the gamut from family dramas, cop movies and World War II thrillers to sci-fi and folklore.

Meanwhile, Maren Ade’s competition title “Toni Erdmann,” about a father trying to reconnect with his daughter, marks the first German title to vie for the Palme d’Or in eight years and the first film from a female German director to screen in competition at Cannes. The Match Factory is handling world sales for Komplizen Film and Coop 99 Film’s German-Austrian co-production.

Global Screen has boarded post-war thriller “The Face” from Leipzig-based Departures Film and Berlin’s Films in Motion (Fim); Swiss helmer Markus Imboden (“The Foster Boy”) is set to direct from a script by U.S. scribe J. Frank James. Imboden is also attached to Fim’s “Life Through a Dead Man’s Eyes, »

- Ed Meza

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Efm buyers take 'The Confessions' from True Colours

14 February 2016 4:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama stars The Great Beauty’s Toni Servillo.

Rome-based sales company True Colours has sealed distribution agreements for upcoming political thriller The Confessions.

The film, directed by Roberto Andò (Viva la libertà) has been sold to Spain (Wanda), Latin America including Brazil (Cdi with Mares), South Korea (JinJin Pictures), Benelux (Imagine), Greece (Danaos), Hungary (Cinenuovo), ex-Yugoslavia (Stars-Media), Taiwan (Swallow Wings).

The international cast includes Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty), Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino and Moritz Bleibtreu,

The story revolves around a G8 meeting, held at a luxury hotel on the German coast, where the world’s most powerful economists are gathered to enact important provisions that will deeply influence the world economy.

One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk (Servillo), invited by Daniel Rochè (Auteuil), the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin: Drama ‘The Confessions’ Starring Toni Servillo Closes Global Deals

14 February 2016 5:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

True Colours, the new Italian sales outfit founded by Lucky Red and Indigo Film, has sealed a slew of sales at Efm for Italo helmer Roberto Ando’s political thriller “The Confessions,” toplining Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) and boasting a stellar international cast.

True Colours’ topper Catia Rossi has sold “The Confessions” to Spain (Wanda); Latin America inluding Brazil (Cdi with Mares); South Korea (JinJin Pictures); Benelux (Imagine); Greece (Danaos); Hungary (Cinenuovo);  former Yugoslavia (Stars-Media); and Taiwan (Swallow Wings).

Servillo plays a mysterious monk called to a high-powered G8 meeting by the International Monetary Fund head, played by Daniel Auteuil, to receive his confession. Cast also comprises Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino and Moritz Bleibtreu.

Pic, believed to be a meditation on power and wealth inspired by “The Confessions of St. Augustine,” is an Italian-French co-production with Angelo Barbagallo’s Bibi Film, Gaul’s Barbary Film and Italy’s Rai Cinema. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Berlin: Moritz Bleibtreu Plays the Devil in Picture Tree’s ‘Heart of Stone’

13 February 2016 11:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin-based Picture Tree Intl. has taken world sales rights to dark fairy-tale “Heart of Stone,” which stars Frederick Lau (“Victoria”), Henriette Confurius (“Beloved Sisters”) and Moritz Bleibtreu (“Woman in Gold,” “Run Lola Run”), who plays the devil.

The film, which is helmed by Johannes Naber (“Age of Cannibals”), is based on Wilhelm Hauff’s 1827 love story set in a rigid, rural community in the Black Forest.

It centers on poor charcoal burner Peter (Lau) who needs to become rich in order to marry Lisbeth (Confurius), and makes a pact with the devil (Bleibtreu). Hauff’s tale was conceived of as a criticism of men’s greed for power and the exploitation of nature and people.

The film is the second collaboration between Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv and Studio Babelsberg after

In Darkness,” which was Oscar nominated in 2012. It is a co-production with Swr, Ard Degeto and Mdr. Visual effects are by »

- Leo Barraclough

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Picture Tree readies German distribution push

25 January 2016 4:10 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Elisabeth Scharang’s Jack, Simon Jaquemet’s War (Chrieg) earmarked for local distribution.

German sales company Picture Tree International (Pti) is to expand into local theatrical distribution with two titles from its sales line-up: Swiss director Simon Jaquemet’s drama War (Chrieg) and Elisabeth Scharang’s Locarno debut Jack.

Picture Tree has set an April 28 release for War (Chrieg), which debuted at San Sebastian 2014 and screened at Berlin 2015, while Jack is set for release later in the year.

Speaking to ScreenDaily from Sundance at the weekend, Pti managing director Andreas Rothbauer discussed the push into local distribution.

“We initially want to gather some experience with a few of our sales titles provided they weren’t already licensed to a German distributor,” Rothbauer explained.

“World sales is our core business and, depending on this, we will decide which film might make sense for in-house distribution. However, as the German market is very competitive, I think that »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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