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Netflix Nears Deal for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s ‘Small Crimes’ Ahead of SXSW Debut (Exclusive)

6 February 2017 9:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix is in final negotiations to buy global streaming rights to the black comedy “Small Crimes,” Variety has learned. The deal is in advance of the film’s premiere next month as SXSW.

Small Crimes” centers on a disgraced former cop, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones” fame, who comes home after finishing a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder. He tries to find redemption, but winds up ensnared in a mess he left behind, caught in the middle of a crooked sheriff, a district attorney out for revenge, and a mafia baron.

Netflix was very active at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, buying “Mudbound,” an acclaimed historical drama, for $12.5 million in the biggest deal of the fest. It nabbed several other projects, including “Icarus,” a buzzy documentary about Russian doping, and “Chasing Coral,” a look at global warming.

Evan Katz — a former music journalist — directs the »

- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy

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‘Dark Night’ Director Tim Sutton on Violence in America and the State of Indie Film

6 February 2017 9:49 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Tim Sutton is a filmmaker with a distinct visual style, which he brings into the heart of the gun control debate with Dark Night, an entrancing, terrifying exploration of the moments before a horrible event. Following multiple characters living in a Florida town, Sutton paints an American portrait that feels doubly relevant following last year’s election and everything that’s come since. The Film Stage had an earnest conversation with the writer/director about the the business of indie film, how politics affect art and how one casts a film so it feels authentic to the story being told.

The Film Stage: When you jump into a project like this, what’s the research process like?

Tim Sutton: So, research-wise I really tried to limit myself. People have asked if I’ve talked to a lot of people in Aurora or in Denver, and I did not. The work is purely fiction, »

- Dan Mecca

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