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Berlin: Market Forces Reshape Indie Biz — Again

9 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2016 European Film Market isn’t without star power. Richard Gere toplines the Protagonist Pictures-sold psychological drama “The Dinner,” from Oren Moverman; Adam Driver (Rylo Ken to “Star Wars” fans) stars in Jim Jarmusch comedy “Paterson” from K5 Intl.; James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander grace Wim Wender’s “Submergence,” from Embankment.

But as indie film execs are getting ready for the market, which runs concurrently with the Berlin Intl. Film Festival from Feb. 11 to 21, nobody expects to see a bonanza of English-language star-laden vehicles for sale.

“There likely won’t be a crop of bigger new movies,” says Im Global’s Stuart Ford. “There will be a few. But I don’t think we’ll see a sudden boom.”

Blame the market forces within the international indie biz. In 2012, multiple sales companies launched as institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals moved into independent film finance — and needed sales agents to match equity with pre-sales. »

- John Hopewell

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #72. Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza’s Sicilian Ghost Story

7 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sicilian Ghost Story

Directors: Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza

Writers: Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza

Directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza won the Grand Prize at 2013 Critics Week for their debut, Salvo. The duo received funding for their sophomore feature, Sicilian Ghost Story in April, 2015, and have remained mostly tight-lipped about the actual narrative, confirming it’s based on a Sicilian fairy tale and will have minimalist supernatural aspects concerning two young people in love. Details surrounding production have been minimal, although casting was supposedly underway in October, 2015.

Cast: Na

Production Co./Producers: Massimo Cristaldi, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima , Jean-Pierre Guérin, Cristaldi Pictures, Indigo Film, Jpg Films

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic/international).

Release Date: Based on the lack of production news, it’s safe to assume Grassadonia and Piazza aren’t near completion on their latest project. Should they complete the feature in early 2016, we’d expect »

- Nicholas Bell

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