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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
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
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 »
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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
3 items from 2015
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