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Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Franka Potente films head for Berlin co-pro market

Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Franka Potente films head for Berlin co-pro market
A total of 36 projects will be in Berlin.

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The Berlinale co-production market (February 17 – 21, 2018) will welcome 36 new feature film projects that are looking for co-producers. In addition, five production companies will be introduced in the ‘company matching’ programme.

Projects include new films by Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Aisling Walsh and Franka Potente.

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Hundreds of movies have resulted from the previous fifteen editions of the event. Two films to emerge from recent editions confirmed for this year’s Competition section of the Berlinale are Figlia mia (Daughter of Mine) directed by Laura Bispuri and Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot by Philip Gröning.

For the 2018 market, 21 feature film projects with budgets ranging from €750,000 to €6m, were selected from 326 submissions. The projects, which will be presented by their producers already have either production support from their home countries, or financing of at least 30 percent in place.

Two additional film projects
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Telluride 2017. Lineup

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The RiderThe lineup for the 2017 Telluride Film Festival (September 1st - 4th) has been announced:

Arthur Miller: Writer (Rebecca Miller, U.S.)Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton, U.S.)Darkest Hour (Joe Wright, U.K.)Downsizing (Alexander Payne, U.S.)Eating Animals (Christopher Quinn, U.S.)Faces Places (Agnès Varda & Jr, France)A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/U.S./Germany/Spain)Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan, U.K.)First Reformed (Paul Schrader, U.S.)First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie, U.S./Cambodia)Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, Israel)Hostages (Rezo Gigineishvili, Georgia/Russia/Poland)Hostiles (Scott Cooper, U.S.)Human Flow (Ai Weiwei, U.S./Germany)The Insult (Ziad Doueiri, France-Lebanon)Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, U.S.)Land of the Free (Camilla Magid, Denmark-Finland)Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh, U.K./U.S)Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia/France/Belgium/Germany)Love,
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Telluride 2017 Line-up Includes ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and More

Now in its 44th year, Telluride Film Festival provides the launching pad for many of the fall’s biggest films and, as usual, we don’t know the line-up until right before it kicks off. Beginning this Friday, they’ve now unveiled the full slate, which features much of the expected players — new films from Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Alexander Payne, Joe Wright, and Todd Haynes — as well as the latest work from Paul Schrader, Andrew Haigh, Agnes Varda, Ken Burns, Errol Morris, and more.

Check out the line-up below.

Arthur Miller: Writer (d. Rebecca Miller, U.S., 2017)

Battle Of The Sexes (d. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, U.S., 2017)

Darkest Hour (d. Joe Wright, U.K., 2017)

Downsizing (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2017)

Eating Animals (d. Christopher Quinn, U.S., 2017)

Faces Places (d. Agnes Varda, Jr, France, 2017)

A Fantastic Woman (d. Sebastián Lelio, Chile-u.S.-Germany-Spain, 2017)

Film Stars Don’T Die In Liverpool (d.
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Telluride Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing,’ ‘Shape of Water’

Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” will unspool for audiences at the 44th annual Telluride Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

Also set for debuts at the four-day event, unfolding over the Labor Day weekend, are Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Battle of the Sexes,” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell; and Paul McGuigan’s “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell.

A number of films set for premieres at the Venice Film Festival will also make the journey to the southwest Colorado ski village, including Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”

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Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf ready Jerusalem-set feature 'The Quarters'

Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf ready Jerusalem-set feature 'The Quarters'
Arsinee Khanjian, Anne Muylaert also onboard portmanteau project.

Us director Todd Solondz, Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, actress-screenwriter Arsinee Khanjian and Brazilian director Anne Muylaert have arrived in Jerusalem to begin pre-production on an ambitious portmanteau feature set against the backdrop of the Old City.

Titled The Quarters, the picture will capture the four different districts of the Old City - Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian - through the eyes of an outsider with ethnic or religious ties to the neighbourhood.

Set against the backdrop of the Jewish Quarter, Solondz’s contribution will revolve around a 13-year-old American Jewish boy who reluctantly comes to Israel for the first time to perform his Bar Mitzvah. Makhmalbaf will tackle the Muslim Quarter with a tale of four friends who decide to run away together because they fear the religious divisions around them will eventually drive them apart.

Muyleart’s story revolves around a hairdresser from Rio de Janeiro who makes
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Swipe Films Snags Rolando Colla’s ‘Seven Days’ for U.K. (Exclusive)

Swipe Films Snags Rolando Colla’s ‘Seven Days’ for U.K. (Exclusive)
Swipe Films has acquired U.K. and Ireland rights to Swiss filmmaker Rolando Colla’s “Seven Days” in one of the first deals announced at this year’s London Screenings, the British film market. The movie will get a September release in the U.K.

Film Republic scooped the world sales rights to “Seven Days,” except for Switzerland and Italy, ahead of the Zurich Film Festival last year, where the movie had a gala premiere. The film is a follow-up to Colla’s coming-of-age tale “Summer Games” and co-stars Alessia Barela from that movie. It follows a man in love with the best friend of his brother’s bride.

Frank Mannion of Swipe negotiated the deal with Xavier Henry-Rashid from London-based Film Republic. Mannion said that Swiss movies were finally coming in to their own.

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The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood review – Makhmalbaf's essential early film returns

The great auteur’s controversial 1990 critique of Iranian society is a rich meditation on family life, the legacy of violence and lost love

A survivor now living in exile, Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Gabbeh, Kandahar) is one of Iran’s most important living auteurs, both literally and figuratively the father of a new generation of filmmakers, given he’s also the dad of Samira Makhmalbaf, Hana Makhmalbaf and Maysam Makhmalbaf.

This early feature, about an anthropology lecturer (Manuchehr Esmaili) and his daughter (Mojgan Naderi) living through the last years of the Shah, the revolution and its painful aftermath, was made in 1990 and shown publicly only once. However, the state censors objected to Makhmalbaf’s audacious critique of Iranian society, among other things, so they butchered the negative, cutting out 20 minutes of footage now thought to be lost for ever. In 2016, someone managed to salvage the surviving 63 minutes and smuggle it out of
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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres

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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the festival in Out Of Competition berths are Stanley Tucci-directed Final Portrait and Catherine Deneuve drama Sage Femme.

James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z will have its interntional premiere while documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov will have its world premiere.

Among TV world premieres are Amazon’s Patriot and BBC One’s SS-gb.

In total, 18 of the 24 films selected for Competitionwill be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year
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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres

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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the competition are

18 of the 24 films selected for Competition will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

The Berlinale Special will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries, and extraordinary formats, as well as brand new series from around the world.

Berlinale Special Galas will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast and Zoo Palast. Other Special premieres will take place at the Kino International. Moderated discussions will follow the screenings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year. Audiences
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'A Quiet Dream', 'The Dark Wind' bookend Busan 2016

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Festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

Busan International Film Festival (Biff) on Tuesday unveiled its line-up, set to open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

Running October 6-15, the 21st Biff will screen a total of 301 films from 69 countries with 96 world premieres and 27 international premieres. The festival will close with the international premiere of Iraq-Germany-Qatar co-production The Dark Wind, directed by Hussein Hassan (Narcissus Blossom).

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Busan reveals 2016 lineup

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Festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

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'Banned' Mohsen Makhmalbaf film to open Venice Classics

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'Banned' Mohsen Makhmalbaf film to open Venice Classics
Recovered and restored version of banned film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood to be seen for the first time in more than 25 years.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood, a film that was cut and banned by Iranian censors in 1990, has been resurrected and will open the Venice Classics strand of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10) on Sept 1.

Makhmalbaf, perhaps best known for films such as Palme d’Or nominated Kandahar (2001) and The President (2014), made the feature in Iran in 1990 and it was shown just once at the Fajr Film Festival.

At the time, the Iranian censorship committee decreed that the film betrayed the spirit of the Iranian revolution and cut 37 minutes out of the original negative.

Following its public screening, even the cut version was banned and all public screenings were prohibited. Furthermore, no copies of the film were allowed to be made.

Earlier this year, some parts of
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'Lost' Mohsen Makhmalbaf film to open Venice Classics

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'Lost' Mohsen Makhmalbaf film to open Venice Classics
Recovered and restored version of banned film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood to be seen for the first time in more than 25 years.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood, a film that was cut and banned by Iranian censors in 1990, has been resurrected and will open the Venice Classics strand of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10) on Sept 1.

Makhmalbaf, perhaps best known for films such as Palme d’Or nominated Kandahar (2001) and The President (2014), made the feature in Iran in 1990 and it was shown just once at the Fajr Film Festival.

At the time, the Iranian censorship committee decreed that the film betrayed the spirit of the Iranian revolution and cut 37 minutes out of the original negative.

Following its public screening, even the cut version was banned and all public screenings were prohibited. Furthermore, no copies of the film were allowed to be made.

Earlier this year, some parts of
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Daily | Goings On | Rohmer, Mamoulian, Makhmalbaf

From September 16 through 29, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be screening new restorations of all six films that make up Eric Rohmer's Moral Tales: The Bakery Girl of Monceau, Suzanne’s Career, My Night at Maud's, La collectionneuse, Claire's Knee and Love in the Afternoon. More goings on: Work by Curt McDowell and Tom Rubnitz, Derek Jarman's Will You Dance With Me?, David Miller's Sudden Fear with Joan Crawford in New York; The Monkees and Guillermo del Toro in Los Angeles; Rouben Mamoulian at Harvard; art inspired by Wes Anderson's films in San Francisco; remembering Abbas Kiarostami in Toronto; and a Mohsen Makhmalbaf series in London. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Goings On | Rohmer, Mamoulian, Makhmalbaf

From September 16 through 29, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be screening new restorations of all six films that make up Eric Rohmer's Moral Tales: The Bakery Girl of Monceau, Suzanne’s Career, My Night at Maud's, La collectionneuse, Claire's Knee and Love in the Afternoon. More goings on: Work by Curt McDowell and Tom Rubnitz, Derek Jarman's Will You Dance With Me?, David Miller's Sudden Fear with Joan Crawford in New York; The Monkees and Guillermo del Toro in Los Angeles; Rouben Mamoulian at Harvard; art inspired by Wes Anderson's films in San Francisco; remembering Abbas Kiarostami in Toronto; and a Mohsen Makhmalbaf series in London. » - David Hudson
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The Iranian Master Abbas Kiarostami Turned the Cinema Into a Mesmerizing Meditation
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Abbas Kiarostami Remembered: Why He Was Iran’s Essential Filmmaker — Critic’s Notebook
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