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Lenny Abrahamson to direct Neverhome adaptation

24 September 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The director of Frank and What Richard Did to adapt Laird Hunt’s novel about a woman who joins the American Civil War.

Dublin-based production company Element Pictures has acquired film and TV rights to Laird Hunt novel Neverhome, with long-time Element collaborator Lenny Abrahamson set to direct and Ed Guiney producing.

The novel, published in the Us earlier this month, tells the story of Ash Thompson who leaves her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the American Civil War and goes on to become a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.

Abrahamson, the director of Frank and What Richard Did, said: “Laird has written a truly amazing novel and created in Ash a character so vivid and original. I could not be more excited about making this film.”

Element Pictures producer Guiney previously worked with Abrahamson on Frank and What Richard Did as well as »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Definitive ‘What the F**k?’ Movies: 30-21

2 September 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

Directed by: Jan Švankmajer

We’ve already seen two films from Jan Švankmajeron the list, but this elaborate movie about a number of separate, but connected people takes the cake. Conspirators of Pleasure follows six people, each with their own incredibly unsettling fetish. A letter carrier ingests dough balls every night before bed. A clerk is obsessed with a new anchor and creates a machine that pleasure him while he watches her. That anchorwoman has an odd obsession with live carp. One customer of the clerk’s practice paper mâché voodoo with a chicken costume and a doll resembling his neighbor. The neighbor has a doll of him that she brutalizes. Finally, the anchormwoman’s husband rubs homemade contraptions to rub all over his body. Conspirators could simply be a character study that, while still strange, would not be nearly as creepy. Švankmajer’s known for his animation and puppetry, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Protagonist Makes Key Hires; Kickstarts U.S. Production/Acquisition Activities

28 August 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and ’71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions’ Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production and acquisitions, U.S., kickstarting its U.S. business. He’ll look to strengthen Protagonist’s Stateside profile and build up its finance and production activities. Vaisman’s credits include producing In A World…, an exec producing Michael Polish’s Big Sur and the upcoming Ad Inexplorata with Mark Strong. He previously worked at Sony-based Avenue Pictures and in 2004 started out at Kathryn Bigelow’s Paramount-based First Light. In another hire, Vanessa Saal will join the company as head of sales. She’s moving over from Studiocanal where she was Svp of international sales. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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We Are The Freaks heads to Germany

28 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

German distributor Lighthouse has acquired rights from 104 Films to Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks for German-speaking territories.

The off-beat comedy, starring 2014 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Jamie Blackley, centres on one eventful night with three teenagers, set against the backdrop of the social and political turmoil of 1990 England. Producer is Alex Usborne.

The film has now clocked up eight territories in direct sales for 104 Films. It was released in the UK in April and has since been released on DVD and for download by UK distributor Metrodome.

In addition to the film’s cult following, Blackley has also seen his star rise. He appears in teen drama If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz, released in the Us last weekend, and will be seen in Yorgos Lanthimos’s upcoming feature The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

Blackley will also star opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams in Woody Allen’s untitled next film »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sarajevo: co-producing with the UK

22 August 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative

Sarajevo’s CineLink Partner Country Initiative has been running for more than a decade, systematically strengthening the working relationship between the Southeast European film industry and its international counterparts.

This year’s Partner Country is the UK, and a delegation of around 20 British producers, sales agents, distributors, agents and festival representatives will be present at CineLink for four intensive days of meeting regional film makers and promoting the possibilities of cooperation with the UK. 

As an introduction for the producers from Southeast Europe attending the festival, Isabel Davis, the head of international film fund at the BFI, held a presentation of its recently established minority co-production fund.

“The UK has had a good, long-standing relationship with this festival and this region, and it felt very timely to come here as a partner country,” Davis said.

“While the UK is very talent-driven and actually getting »

- vladan.petkovic@gmail.com (Vladan Petkovic)

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French Lender Cofiloisirs Expanding its Backing to Foreign Films

22 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As shrinking public funding makes for fewer French films, Cofiloisirs, one of Gaul’s top two lending institutions, is seeking to reach out to filmmakers beyond French borders.

In the past year, the two men behind the money — Herve Digne, who in 2012 was tapped president of Cofiloisirs at the same time that Jean-Baptiste Souchier was appointed managing director — have made a name for themselves in independent film circles, backing such upscale, cast-driven foreign productions as the Julianne Moore-Kristen Stewart starrer “Still Alice,” making its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in a few weeks; and Anton Corbijn’s spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams, which has grossed $10 million Stateside via Roadside Attractions.

Digne and Souchier also have financed such prestige projects as David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars”; Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search”; Canal Plus’ TV series “Versailles,” which is »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Locarno’s ‘Love Island’ Kicks Off Stellar Festival Run for The Match Factory

5 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Cologne-based sales company The Match Factory has a busy two months ahead of it with a stellar fall fest lineup that includes four titles at Locarno film festival, four at Venice, and one announced so far at Toronto.

In Locarno, Michael Weber’s company is representing Jasmila Zbanic’s “Love Island,” Eran Riklis’ “Dancing Arabs,” Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip” and Haile Gerima’s “Teza.”

At Venice, it has Fatih Akin’s “The Cut,” Duane Hopkins’ “Bypass,” Ron Mann’s “Altman” and Sabina Guzzanti’s “La Trattativa.”

Of those Toronto titles announced so far, the company is repping Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix.”

Love Island,” which world premieres as part of Locarno’s Piazza Grande program, is a comedy drama about modern-day relationships. It is set on a beautiful Adriatic island, and centers on a married couple whose relationship is put to the test by a charismatic young woman. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Dutch production scheme backs 34

28 July 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.Scroll down for full list of projects

A total of 34 film projects have received funding totaling €8.5m ($11.4m) from the budget of the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

It is anticipated that these projects will generate €47.9m ($64.6m) in Netherlands-based production expenditure.

Some 21 of the 34 successful applicants were international co-productions of feature films and documentaries, in which a Dutch producer has a majority or minority stake.

Productions include The Night Of A Thousand Hours by screenwriter/director Virgil Widrich, a co-production between Austria (Amour Fou Vienna), Luxembourg (Amour Fou Luxembourg) and The Netherlands (KeyFilm); The Lobster by director/screenwriter Yorgos Lanthimos, a co-production between Ireland (Element Pictures), France (Haut et Court), Greece (Faliro House), UK (Scarlet Films) and The Netherlands (Lemming Film); and »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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71st Venice Film Fest: Oppenheimer, Akin, Bahrani, Andersson & Ferrara Compete for Golden Lion

24 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Whiles the likes of Terrence Malick, Todd Haynes, Alexander Sokurov, Giorgos Lanthimos and J.C. Chandor no where to be found in the fall fest season map (with concerns to Malick — Telluride and Tiff might still have those surprises up their sleeves) the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival is still a lean and mean (American-French-Italian heavy) comp with the now “confirmed” presence of Fatih Akin (the cross continent The Cut - see pic above), Ramin Bahrani (Michael Shannon starrer 99 Homes), Abel Ferrara (a Thin Blue Line truth revealer Pasolini), David Gordon Green (Pacino comeback vehicle Manglehorn), Roy Andersson (the long awaited A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence) and Joshua Oppenheimer (public Indonesian isolation accompaniment film The Look Of Silence). The U.S. presence is equally as heavy in the Out of Comp section with the likes of Peter BogdanovichJoe DanteBarry LevinsonLisa Cholodenko and James Franco making a stop, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Avranas writing Greek-language thriller

14 July 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Writer-director to re-team with Miss Violence actors.

Miss Violence writer-director Alexandros Avranas is to re-team with producer Faliro House Productions and actors Eleni Roussinou and Christos Loulis on his next film.

“I am writing a new Greek-language script which will be ready in the coming months,” the director told Screen at the Jerusalem Film Festival. “I want to shoot next summer.

“It’s about a middle-class Greek couple who want to live an easy life, ‘The American Dream’, but they end up carrying out a murder for money in order to sustain their lifestyle,” he continued. “It’s about moral values.”

The as-yet untitled drama-thriller, based on a true story that took place in London, has already attracted interest from sales companies in the UK, Europe and the Us.

The 36-year-old writer-director, repped by Wme and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, said his next film after the thriller would likely be an English-language film.

Well-received drama Miss Violence »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Alexandros Avranas writing new Greek-language thriller

14 July 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Writer-director to re-team with Miss Violence actors.

Miss Violence writer-director Alexandros Avranas is to re-team with producer Faliro House Productions and actors Eleni Roussinou and Christos Loulis on his next film.

“I am writing a new Greek-language script which will be ready in the coming months,” the director told Screen at the Jerusalem Film Festival. “I want to shoot next summer.

“It’s about a middle-class Greek couple who want to live an easy life, ‘The American Dream’, but they end up carrying out a murder for money in order to sustain their lifestyle,” he continued. “It’s about moral values.”

The as-yet untitled drama-thriller, based on a true story that took place in London, has already attracted interest from sales companies in the UK, Europe and the Us.

The 36-year-old writer-director, repped by Wme and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, said his next film after the thriller would likely be an English-language film.

Well-received drama Miss Violence »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Greek Vampire Must Dance In Yiannis Veslemes' Trippy Norway

2 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Things have been weird in Greek cinema for a while now thanks to the rise of Yorgos Lanthimos and his ilk but they're about to get weird in a whole new way with the arrival of Yiannis Veslemes' Karlovy Vary selected, period set vampire picture Norway.It's 1984 and pleaure-seeking vampire Zano arrives in Athens. The party's in full flow and things look promising but, as the evening wears on, Zano finds himself involved in an elaborate plot and ultimately has to make a tough decision: whether to compromise his ideals or risk his life. Using elements of steampunk in its artistic stylisation, the film could be taken as both a bizarre game or a scathing commentary on the situation in contemporary Greece.Hugely stylized and theatrical...

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We Are The Freaks heads to Benelux

25 June 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Distributor Pink Moon has acquired the Benelux rights from 104 films to Justin Edgar’s feature We Are The Freaks.

The comedy, starring 2014 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Jamie Blackley, follows the eventful night out of three teenagers, set against the backdrop of the social and political turmoil of 1990 England.

Edgar said he’s happy with the success the film has seen thus far, which was released in the UK on April 25.

“We always intended the film as a cult item for a savvy youth audience so I’m really pleased it has connected in that way”, said the director.

In addition to the film’s cult following, Blackley has also seen his star rise. He will appear in the teen drama If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz in August, and recently joined Yorgos Lanthimos’s upcoming feature The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. »

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Refreshed London Screenings launches

23 June 2014 3:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.

This year’s London Screenings (June 23-26) marks the 11th edition of the capital’s biggest film export event and has been given a make-over for 2014.

It has dropped the previous title of the London UK Film Focus (Luff) and will introduce various new strands. But organisers are quick to point out this isn’t a case of reinventing the event - more of “buffing it up” after more than a decade.

“Everyone felt that after doing it for 10 years, maybe it was time for a bit of a facelift,” says Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London, which organises the London Screenings.

The budget of around $330,000 is roughly the same as in previous years. The key difference is that the event, which generates an estimated $8m a year in international business for British films and sales agents, has secured »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Film Review: Borgman

6 June 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

If Michael Haneke hadn’t taken it already, a similarly ironic name that director Alex van Warmerdam could have used for his cleverly haunting new film Borgman could very well have been “Funny Games.” Appropriately enough, van Warmerdam’s film plays out its twisted, fable-like narrative—about a peculiar vagrant who gradually manipulates his way into the otherwise orderly lives of an upper class Dutch family—as if it were a less overt or sadistic Haneke film, one whose trickery stays squarely within the realm of the film itself and doesn’t chide the audience for bearing witness to the dark and strange tale unraveling before them. If name-dropping European auteurs isn’t your thing, then how about this: Borgman’s weirdo realist fairy tale is likely to leave a lot of people scratching their heads, but those who get caught up in the film’s devious schemes are in »

- Sean Hutchinson

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‘Borgman’ Review: A Dementedly Funny Drama and a Sinister Delight

6 June 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor’s note: Our review of Borgman originally ran during last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but we’re re-running it now as the film opens in limited release. Alex van Warmerdam‘s Borgman is the first Dutch film to play In Competition at Cannes in just shy of 40 years, and with its daring, deeply dark yet also rib-ticklingly amusing subject matter it unquestionably proves the country’s cinematic worthiness. Early reviews emerging from the Croisette have already compared the film to both Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth, and the more severe works of Michael Haneke, two touchstones that absolutely hit the mark. Borgman is absolutely a film best approached with only a cursory knowledge of its plot — not that van Warmerdam gives much away himself. The opening images show a disheveled middle-aged man, Borgman (Jan Bijvoet), being disturbed while sleeping in an underground compartment, at which point he flees and knocks on the door of married couple »

- Shaun Munro

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Review: Caustic, Surreal, Creepy, And Blackly Funny 'Borgman'

4 June 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Caustic, surreal, creepy, and blackly funny, Dutch polymath Alex van Warmerdam’s “Borgman” is tonally similar to recent cultish favorites from Yorgos Lanthimos and Ben Wheatley (“Dogtooth” feels like a particularly close and favoured first cousin), and there’s also a little Haneke in its chilly dissection of a perfect bourgeois life. But it’s really its own thing, due to the inspired choice to take recognisable archetypes of evil and mischief-making, and let them loose on a crisply contemporary, contained playground in the form of an aspirational, architect-designed modernist house, its gardens, and the lives of the family that lives there. With pitch-perfect performances across the board, and boasting crisp photography and editing, the film never ceases to twist, turn and surprise, taking wicked joy in constantly switching us back on ourselves and our expectations of the characters. Appropriate, then, that it popped up at us like a jack-in-the-box »

- Jessica Kiang

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Nothing Can Prepare You for Must-See Dutch Brain-Boggler 'Borgman' (Video)

4 June 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman," the 2014 Dutch Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, is a nasty, insane, mind-melting and unpredictable piece of work. Starting with Cannes, it dazzled, and perplexed, the festival circuit heavily last year, and it's now coming to select cities on June 6, i.e. this Friday, courtesy of who-else-but Drafthouse Films. (Trailer below.) A dark suburban fairytale that takes cues from Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") and Michael Haneke ("Funny Games"), while firmly remaining its own strange beast, "Borgman" hovers perilously over a stiff upper-class family whose bearings are unmoored by the appearance of a mysterious vagrant fellow (Jan Bijvoet).  As housewife (and would-be expressionist painter) Marina (played with hinged intensity Hadewych Minis) -- who the stranger claims to know from a past life, or something -- slowly starts losing her shit, plagued by nightmares of murder and domestic mayhem, the dastardly Borgman has his own malevolent tricks. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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10 Movies To See In June

2 June 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Summer 2014 is officially here, and as the kids prepare for three-odd months of freedom, the question of what to do with your free time arises. Temperatures start to soar and the air conditioned movie theater becomes your oasis. There’s quite a bit worth seeking out this month with a spate of big-budget blockbusters and smaller indie fare. Time to get a summer job, if you don’t have one already, to pay for these ten movies worth seeking out in June! “Borgman” Synopsis: A vagrant (Jan Bijvoet) becomes enmeshed in the life of a wealthy family, drawing everyone into his world in order for him to take over theirs. What You Need to Know: One of the weirder entries into this list is Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam’s “Borgman,” the story of a transient and the family whose life he infiltrates and corrupts. When our own Jessica Kiang »

- Kristen Lopez

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10 Movies To See In June

2 June 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Summer 2014 is officially here, and as the kids prepare for three-odd months of freedom, the question of what to do with your free time arises. Temperatures start to soar and the air conditioned movie theater becomes your oasis. There’s quite a bit worth seeking out this month with a spate of big-budget blockbusters and smaller indie fare. Time to get a summer job, if you don’t have one already, to pay for these ten movies worth seeking out in June! “Borgman” Synopsis: A vagrant (Jan Bijvoet) becomes enmeshed in the life of a wealthy family, drawing everyone into his world in order for him to take over theirs. What You Need to Know: One of the weirder entries into this list is Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam’s “Borgman,” the story of a transient and the family whose life he infiltrates and corrupts. When our own Jessica Kiang »

- Kristen Lopez

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