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Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

9 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The sixth edition of the Les Arcs European Film Festival turned its focus on Ireland with an aim to celebrate its cinematic beauty and history, and in turn, its filmic opportunities.

While the festival’s co-founders Guillaume Calop and Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin mentioned in an opening statement that this year had seen a persistent crisis within the European Union (EU) and a loss of confidence in its benefits, Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ambassador of Ireland to France) commented that “things were looking up for Ireland, and that the festival had clearly captured the essence of arts and culture that is very important for the EU.”

The festival’s ‘Irish Focus’ programming included 14 films, including older favourites such as John Crowley’s Intermission, Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father and Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins to more recent movies like John Carney’s Once, Alicia Duffy’s [link »

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Enduring Paradise: Yorgos Lanthimos’ "Dogtooth"

8 December 2014 8:13 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Part of our continuing partnership with the online film journal, cléo. Every month, cléo will be presenting a great film to watch on our video on demand platform. In conjunction, we'll be hosting an exclusive article by one of their contributors. This month Julia Cooper writes on Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth, which is available to watch starting today in the Us and Canada.

Dogtooth starts with a game, as many forms of manipulation do. “I say we play a game of endurance,” suggests the youngest of three teenaged siblings. They will each place a finger under the hot water of the tap, and the one who lasts longest wins. Sitting in their underwear in a white tiled bathroom, the teens hear the click of their tape player: the cassette dictating their vocabulary lessons for the day has just finished. As the sisters and their brother iron out the rules of engagement, »

- Julia Cooper

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Les Arcs unveils industry projects

24 November 2014 2:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.Scroll down for full list of projects

The UK’s Johnny Kevorkian and Sophie Fiennes, Israeli Tom Shoval, Norwegian Iram Haq and Russia’s Angelina Nikonova will be among the filmmakers presenting their upcoming projects at the Les Arcs Co-Production Village this year.

The event, running Dec 13-16 within the Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 13-20), will present 25 projects in development and a further 10 Works-in-Progress.

“I thinks it’s a good sign that filmmakers whose projects we presented in development are now coming back to show their films in Work-in-Progress, which is the case for Sparrow and Rams,” said Les Arcs industry head Vanja Kaludjercic.

“Conversely, we’ve got directors who presented in Works-in Progress, such as Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, who came with Paris of the North last year, who is back with his new project The Tree »

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Writers Guild Italia & The Black List Pact; Ed Guiney Set For Efa Honor: Global Showbiz Briefs

17 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Writers Guild Italia and the Black List have formed a new alliance, paving the way for Wgi members to list their scripts in the Black List database. The Black List has similar partnerships with the WGA West and East, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Writers Guild of Canada. However, this is the first time it has partnered with a non-English-speaking guild – a sign that good unproduced ideas come in many forms. An Italian film, The Great Beauty, of course won the Foreign Language Film Oscar last year — returning the statue to the country for the first time in 15 years — and local comedies are consistently hot at the box office. The Black List notes that although most Wgi members write primarily in Italian, many have great facility with the English language. Given the fluid language barriers, plus translation, and the unique point of view, culture, and style »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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10 indie sci-fi films to look out for in 2015

17 November 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...

If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »

- ryanlambie

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Ed Guiney to receive Efa award

17 November 2014 3:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.

Irish producer Ed Guiney, who has recently worked with Lenny Abrahamson and Yorgos Lanthimos, is to receive the European Co-production Award - Prix Eurimages.

The award, which will Guiney will receive at the European Film Awards in Riga on Dec 13, acknowledges the role of co-productions in the European film industry.

Guiney co-founded Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001 and has offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element has been involved in the production and distribution of more than 30 feature films.

Current and upcoming Element productions include Room, an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s award-winning best-selling novel, directed by Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H.Macy; Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, The Lobster starting Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and Ben Wishaw; Gerard Barrett’s Glassland, starring [link=nm »

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

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Irish Producer Ed Guiney to Receive European Co-Production Award

17 November 2014 2:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — The European Co-Production Award — Prix Eurimages, which honors an individual working in the vanguard of European movie co-productions, will go to Irish producer Ed Guiney.

The award will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony in Riga, Latvia on Dec. 13.

Guiney co-founded Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001. Today, Element has offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition.

Element has been involved in the production and distribution of more than 30 feature films. Current and upcoming Element productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language film, “The Lobster,” starting Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whishaw, “Room,” an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H. Macy, Gerard Barrett’s “Glassland,” starring Jack Reynor, Toni Colette and Will Poulter, and Jerzy Skolimowski’s “11 Minutes.”

Recently completed Element productions include Abrahamson’s “Frank, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Shannon, Weisz lead Joshua Marston drama

5 November 2014 2:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon are to star in Maria Full of Grace director Joshua Marston’s first English-language feature, which has come together ahead of the Afm where it is likely to be among the hottest indie packages.

New York production outfit Parts & Labor (Beginners, Love is Strange) will produce the as-yet untitled feature, also written by Marston, with Protagonist handling international sales.

Weisz will play Alice, the intriguing guest introduced at a dinner party hosted by Tom (Shannon) and his wife, celebrating his birthday.

Tom increasingly believes he knows Alice but by a different name and a different biography, and suspects that she’s not there entirely by coincidence.

The evening spins into a highly-charged reunion between a man in need of making a change in his life and a woman who desperately wants to stop changing.

Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy are producing »

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

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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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