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BBC Unveils New Stephen Poliakoff Drama ‘Close To The Enemy’ With All-Star Cast

31 March 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

BBC 2 has announced Stephen Poliakoff’s new six-part drama Close To The Enemy and revealed a stellar cast for the Cold War drama set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II. Jim Sturgess (One Day) plays an intelligence officer whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, played by August Diehl (Inglorious Basterds), starts working for the British Raf on urgently developing the jet engine. Other cast members… »

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BBC Greenlights Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Close to the Enemy’

31 March 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Director-writer Stephen Poliakoff has started to shoot period drama series “Close to the Enemy,” which has been commissioned by the BBC and will be distributed by All3Media Intl.

Jim Sturgess (“One Day”) heads the cast that includes Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), Charlotte Riley (“Peaky Blinders”), Phoebe Fox (“Woman in Black 2”) and August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”).

The six-part series, which is produced by Little Island Prods. in association with Endor Prods., is mainly set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II.

It follows intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Sturgess), whose last task for the army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (Diehl), starts working for the British air-force on urgently developing the jet engine.

The series is written and directed by Poliakoff, who most recently helmed and wrote “Dancing on the Edge” for the BBC and Starz. It is produced by Helen Flint, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore to star in BBC Two's Close to the Enemy

31 March 2015 3:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jim Sturgess and Freddie Highmore have been cast in new BBC Two drama Close to the Enemy.

The series - written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff - will follow an intelligence officer (Sturgess), who must get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Raf following the end of the Second World War.

Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will star alongside Sturgess and Highmore.

Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Alfred Molina (Love is Strange) have also been cast.

BBC Two controller, Kim Shillinglaw, said: "Stephen Poliakoff is one of the country's foremost writers and directors and I'm delighted he is creating this distinctive new piece for us.

"I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, »

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German distributors score Efm spree

18 February 2015 4:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German distributors Neue Visionen and Salzgeber & Co. Medien each acquired a raft of new titles at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).

Berlin-based Neue Visionen continued the run of French titles in its line-up by securing the rights to Eric Besnard’s comedy The Sense Of Wonder and Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s tragicomedy Once In A Lifetime, currently riding high in the French box office, from TF1 International.

Last year saw Neue Visionen post over 3.5 million admissions at the German box office with the Christian Clavier comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings, and it will release its next French comedy, Jean-Paul Rouve’s Les Souvenirs with Serial star Chantal Lauby, in German cinemas on March 23.

In addition, Neue Visionen picked up Japanese film-maker Naomi Kawase’s CineMart 2014 project An-Sweet Red Bean Paste from German co-producer Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion and Assad Fouladkar’s German-Lebanese comedy Halal Sex from producer Razor Film Produktion.

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Hot projects on Screenbase

18 February 2015 1:49 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote and Jena Malone have signed on to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature.

“After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon,” Winding Refn said.

Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.

Wim WendersLes Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez

This adaptation of the play by Peter Handke was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Wenders is expected to shoot in June.

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Daily | In the Works | Herzog, Wenders, Téchiné

12 February 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

A quick overview of some of the more interesting projects that have been announced during the Berlinale: "Raoul Peck is on board to direct The Young Karl Marx, a period drama chronicling the turbulent youth and friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels," reports Elsa Keslassy for Variety. August Diehl and Alexander Fehling are slated to star. Martin Scorsese will executive produce Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. This June, Wim Wenders will shoot Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez, an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke. Werner Herzog will begin work on his super-volcano movie with Veronica Ferres, Salt and Fire, in April. André Téchiné, Robert Zemeckis, Joe Swanberg and David Lowery also have projects in the works. » - David Hudson »

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Up Next for Raoul Peck: 'The Young Karl Marx' + a James Baldwin Doc Made in Cooperation w/ His Estate

9 February 2015 12:41 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

News from the European Film Market continues to pour in, as I sort through for anything of interest to this blog... like this one. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck is now attached to direct "The Young Karl Marx," a period drama on the shaky friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - the German intellectual titans and fathers of Marxism - charting their completion of the Communist Manifesto.  In what is described as quite an ambitious project, the film will star German actors, August Diehl as Marx, and Alexander Fehling as Engels. Produced by Agat Films and Peck's own Velvet Film, as well as Rohfilm in Germany and Artemis Prods. in Belgium, »

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Films Distribution acquires Young Karl Marx

7 February 2015 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Company to handle international sales on Raoul Peck’s long gestating The Young Karl Marx; key roles cast.

Films Distribution is to handle international sales on Haitian-born Raoul Peck long gestating project, The Young Karl Marx, about the budding friendship between the young Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

The title characters will be played by two former Shooting Stars at the Berlinale: August Diehl, who was selected as Germany’s Shooting Star in 2000, will portray Marx.

Engels has been cast with Alexander Fehling, one of the Shooting Stars line-up in 2011, who is best known to international audiences as staff sergeant Wilhelm in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and was the young Goethe in Goethe!.

The Young Karl Marx is being structured as a French-German-Belgian co-production between agat films & Cie and Peck’s own company Velvet Film, with Berlin/Leipzig-based Rohfilm and Belgian producer Patrick Quinet’s Artemis Film. Principal photography is set to roll this summer.

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Berlin: Raoul Peck Set to Direct August Diehl in ‘Young Karl Marx’ (Exclusive)

7 February 2015 8:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haitian vet helmer Raoul Peck is on board to direct “The Young Karl Marx,” a period drama chronicling the turbulent youth and friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

The ambitious project has lured two German stars: August Diehl (“Night Train to Lisbon,” pictured above) for the role of Marx, and Alexander Fehling (“Inglorious Basterds”) for the role of  Engels.

Pic is being produced by Agat Films and Velvet Film in France, Rohfilm in Germany and Artemis Prods. in Belgium.

Films Distribution, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Francois Yon’s Paris-based arthouse company, has acquired international sales to the film.

Written by Peck and Pascal Bonitzer, “The Young Karl Marx” opens with 26-year old Marx who goes with his wife, Jenny, into exile, and depicts Marx’ encounter with Engels, the son of a textile factory owner, in 1844 Paris.

Set against the backdrop of the 1848 rebellions, which culmintaed in police raids and riots, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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