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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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Cannes 2014. Navad Lapid's "The Kindergarten Teacher"

22 May 2014 4:54 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

As confusingy placed in Cannes as Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure is the “Special Screening” of Israeli director Nadav Lapid's The Kindergarten Teacher, his followup to 2011's Jury Prize winner at Locarno, Policeman. Confusing because here too is a strange and provocative film made with refreshing clarity, and yet it languishes aside of an aside of the Festival de Cannes. Regardless, on to the film.

It takes a Sundance/Euro-festival premise and applies what could only be described as sensible direction to it. A kindergarten teacher who is an amateur poet discovers that a 5-year old boy in her class is extemporaneously inspired to utter absolutely beautiful, completely adult poetry. In wonder, she tries to foster his talent in the face of, as she describes it, a world that has no use for poetry. She tries out his poems in an amateur poetry workshop as her own, and attempts »

- Daniel Kasman

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Buzzy Irish Titles at Cannes

13 May 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Canal

Director: Ivan Kavanagh

Production company: Park Films

Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra

Logline: Thriller that relates the sinister history of a home where a murder had taken place at the turn of the century.

Status: Completed. Premiered at Tribeca. Will be selling at Cannes.

Song of the Sea

Director: Tomm Moore

Production company: Cartoon Saloon

Sales agent: WestEnd

Voice cast: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan

Logline: Animated feature from Oscar-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”).

Status: In production. Ready third quarter 2014.

Brooklyn (pictured)

Director: John Crowley

Irish production company: Parallel Films

Sales agent: HanWay Films

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen

Logline: Based on the novel by Colm Toibin.

Status: In production in Ireland and Canada.

Glassland

Director: Gerard Barrett

Production company: Element Pictures

Cast: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

Logline: A Dublin taxi driver gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Ireland Lures More Productions With Bigger Tax Breaks, Better Facilities

13 May 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Last year, Ireland announced that it was upping the ante in the global contest for international film and TV shoots by increasing its tax incentive to 32% beginning next year. But production incentives alone do not a film industry make, as Irish Film Board chief exec James Hickey is quick to point out.

The increase in Ireland’s tax incentive, Section 481, and other changes, such as a broadening of the eligible spend covered by the tax credit to include the fees for Hollywood talent, will give Ireland one of the most generous production environments in the world. Its existing incentive, which stands at 28%, is already pretty attractive to foreign producers. Total production activity reached the highest level on record last year, pumping €168 million ($233 million) into the Irish economy, an increase of 18% on 2012 and 42% on 2011.

High-end TV drama production has seen a huge rise with spending increased from $38.8 million in 2011 to $112 million last year, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cannes Check 2014: Alice Rohrwacher's 'The Wonders'

12 May 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the clear (or not-so-clear) wild cards of the lineup: Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders." The director: Alice Rohrwacher (Italian, 33 years old). Amid the laundry list of usual-usual auteurs returning to the Competition, a few names raised eyebrows when Thierry Fremaux announced the lineup last month, and Rohrwacher's was one of them. After making a strong impression in Directors' Fortnight three years ago with her debut feature, the Catholic Church-themed coming-of-age drama "Corpo Celeste," an Un Certain Regard berth seemed the logical next step for her follow-up, but this was an unexpected promotion for the young Italian, »

- Guy Lodge

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Colin Farrell Films 'The Lobster'

11 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Colin Farrell, sporting a paunch and a mustache, was spotted filming The Lobster in Dublin over the weekend.

Colin Farrell Films 'The Lobster'

Farrell was on set Saturday wearing a gray suit and long thin tie while inhabiting his role in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster. Looking a bit softer than usual, the Irish actor was sporting a mustache, glasses and side part to complete his transformation.

Despite Farrell’s unassuming attire, The Lobster is actually a science-fiction film. In the film’s world, single men and women are given just 45 days to find a partner. If they don’t succeed, they risk being turned into an animal.

“It's one of the most challenging and different roles I've ever taken on,” Farell told Independent Woman Ie.

If Farrell lived in the alternate universe of The Lobster, he’d likely be forced into finding a mate, as the 37-year-old actor is currently unattached. »

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First Look: Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly in The Lobster

10 May 2014 2:07 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Just last month, it was reporter that John C Reilly joined "The Lobster," an unconventional love story that co-stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Olivia Colman on board. And today, we have the first photo. Check it out below. Plot: The dystopian tale follows a desperate man who breaks with the rules of The City where single people are arrested and obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days at The Hotel. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. "The Lobster" is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). A release date has yet to be set. Photo: (click to enlarge) »

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Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw And John C. Reilly Are Anxious And Single In First Photo From The Lobster

9 May 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Do you like your romantic comedies dark and quirky? Are you up for another trip from the director of the incendiary Greek drama Dogtooth? Are Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and John C. Reilly three of the most under-rated actors working today? If you answered yes to any of those questions – and if you did to all three, we will get along fine – here’s a terrific treat to end off your Friday. The first photo of Farrell, Whishaw and Reilly in the upcoming comedy The Lobster is now here to savour.

The film takes place in a dystopian future where single people are arrested, forced to move into a place called “The Hotel” and have only 45 days to find a mate. If they do not find one within the allotted time, they will transform into an animal of his choosing and released into the woods. (This may be the best »

- Jordan Adler

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