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3 items from 2015

Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon Films to Play at Berlin Film Festival

14 January 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Dieter Kosslick, the chief of the Berlin Film Festival, has added to his Competition Section lineup, which will include films by Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog and Bill Condon.

Among the additions are Panahi’s “Taxi,” Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, and Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson.

Panahi’s credits include 1995’s “The White Balloon,” which won the Golden Camera for best debut at Cannes, 2000’s “The Circle,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and 2006’s “Offside,” which won the Silver Bear at Berlin.

Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years. Despite this, he has produced two films since, “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which played at Berlin in 2013, and won the Silver Bear for screenplay.

As a writer, Condon won »

- Leo Barraclough

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Screen Best Pitch winners talk Impaled Rektum

13 January 2015 2:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Screen International  Best Pitch Award at Tallinn’s Baltic Event last December went to Finnish producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg of Making Movies Oy who were pitching  Impaled Rektum with the feature debutants Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio [pictured].

The €1.4m production about a young loser trying to overcome his stage fright and other fears by leading the worst heavy band of Finland, Impaled Rektum, is the second project from  Helsinki-based Making Movies to have won Screen’s Best Pitch Awtalk ard during the Baltic Event co-production event

Aho and Nordberg had previously been selected with Petri Kotwica’s Rat King which then went on to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012.

 The new project has already received two tranches of development support from the Finnish Film Foundation and a € 250,000 commitment from Film Camp Norway.

¨We’d been thinking for a long time that we should do something like a comedy because most of  what »

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

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #50. Alexey German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds

7 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Under Electric Clouds

Director: Alexey German Jr. // Writer: Alexey German Jr.

Son of famed Russian auteur Alexey German (whose final, posthumous film, the decade long project Hard to be a God finally premiered at the Rome Film Fest in 2013) unveils his fourth feature in Berlin, a change of pace since he’s premiered all three first features in Venice, including his most notable title, 2008’s Paper Soldier. His latest, Under Electric Clouds, reunites him with Chulpan Khamatova, who starred in all three previous features (as well as 2003’s Goodbye Lenin) and concerns an architect that is forced to stop work on an ongoing project, meant to be a metaphor for the current generation. While his father’s work is often noted as being not only obscure but difficult to grasp for non-natives (but worthy of seeking out, particularly 1998’s Khrustalyov, My Car!), we hope to see German Jr. command the same indefatigable mise en scene. »

- Nicholas Bell

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