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The King’s Choice Movie Review

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The King’S Choice Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Erik Poppe Written by: Harald Rosenløw-Eeg, Jan Trygve Røyneland Cast: Jesper Christense, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny, Katharine Schüttler Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/24/17 Opens: September 22, 2017 “The King’s Choice” turns out to be a perfectly respectable […]

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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards
Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It
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New Images from The Dark Revealed by Xyz Films

Handling domestic sales for The Dark, Xyz Films has revealed a new set of stills from the horror film about an undead girl with a haunted past.

Press Release: Los Angeles-based Xyz Films has announced that they will handle domestic sales rights to The Dark, the debut arthouse horror film from writer/director Justin P. Lange. The film was lensed and co-directed by cinematographer Klemens Hufnagl, and was inspired by Lange’s Columbia University thesis short film of the same name. The Xyz Films announcement comes right after this year’s ‘Frontières Goes to Cannes’ buyers’ showcase, a part of the Marché du Film where the producers screened 15 minutes of the work-in-progress.

The Dark is produced by Danny Krausz and Kurt Stocker at Vienna-based Dor Film, joined by Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith at Toronto-based First Love Films. Florian Krügel takes an executive producer credit.

The film stars
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Xyz Films boards sales on 'The Dark'

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Exclusive: Footage screened in Cannes buyers showcase.

Los Angeles-based Xyz Films has swooped on Us sales rights to Justin P. Lange’s horror project The Dark after 15 minutes of footage screened at the Cannes Marché last month.

Lange’s feature directorial debut took part in the Frontières Goes To Cannes buyers showcase and tells of a flesh-eating undead girl who haunts a stretch of woods where she was murdered. Years later she befriends a kidnapped blind boy who changes her life.

The Dark (see first-look photo) is based on Lange’s Columbia University thesis short film of the same name and shot in Northern Ontario, Canada, with the support of the Austrian Film Institute, the Orf Film/Television-Agreement and the Nohfc.

Nadia Alexander and Toby Nichols star alongside Austria’s Karl Markovics, the lead in Austria’s 2008 foreign-language Oscar winner The Counterfeiters who also starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Danny Krausz and [link
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Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks up ‘Sweet Virginia,’ Oscilloscope Buys ‘Song of Granite’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

IFC Films has acquired the U.S rights to director Jamie M. Dagg’s thriller “Sweet Virginia,” starring Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt and Odessa Young. The film, which premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, was written by Ben and Paul China from their Black List script, and was produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Automatik, Chris Ferguson for Oddfellows and Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos for Exhibit, who also financed.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Features Picks Up ‘Tully,’ Electric Entertainment Buys ‘Lbj’ and More

Xyz Films is currently handling international sales and will screen the film at the upcoming Marché du Film at Cannes. “Sweet Virginia” is a riveting thriller that
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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires 'The King's Choice'

True-life drama recounts early days of invasion of Norway.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and plans a theatrical release in August.

The King’s Choice is based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway was presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from German armed forces: surrender or die.

The Royal Family fled Oslo to protect their family. However after three days King Haakon refused to capitulate, even if it would cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.

The historical drama stars Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny , Arthur Hakalahti, and Katharina Schüttler.

Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg wrote the screenplay. Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae of Paradox Film 1 As produced.

Nordisk Film Production, Newgrange Pictures, Film Väst and Copenhagen Film Fund og Zentropa International Sweden co-produced The King’s Choice
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Armie Hammer’s ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Joins Berlinale’s Panorama Lineup

Armie Hammer’s ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Joins Berlinale’s Panorama Lineup
The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has completed its lineup with the addition of 24 feature films, including “Call Me by Your Name,” an extremely well-reviewed gay love story featuring actor Armie Hammer.

The full Panorama program includes 36 world, six international and nine European premieres. Thirteen European films have been added. Among those is “Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) from an adaptation, co-written with James Ivory, of a novel by André Aciman.

There are five films from Brazil, including “Como Nossos Pais” (Just Like Our Parents), directed by Lais Bodanzky, who depicts the everyday lives of three generations in Sao Paulo as “a pyrotechnic display of individual passions and existential delusions staged with a sublime naturalness,” according to the festival.

Also in the program are Spanish debut feature “Pieles” (Skins) by Eduardo Casanova, “Rekvijem za gospodju J.” (Requiem for Mrs. J.) by Serbia’s Bojan Vuletić,
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Berlin's Panorama lineup rounds out with UK, Italian, Lebanese titles

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Berlin's Panorama lineup rounds out with UK, Italian, Lebanese titles
Berlin’s Panorama lineup also includes new films from Us, China and Brazil.

Berlin’s Panorama strand is now complete following the addition of 24 additional titles.

A total of 51 works from 43 countries have been chosen for screening in the section, including 21 in Panorama Dokumente and 29 feature films in the main programme and Panorama Special. 36 of these films will be getting their world premieres at the Berlinale.

The German production Tiger Girl by Jakob Lass will open this year’s edition of Panorama Special at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema, along with the previously announced Brazilian production Vazante.

Among newly confirmed films are UK Sundance title God’s Own Country, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, feminist fairy tale The Misandrists by Berlinale regular Bruce Labruce, Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and Belgian-French-Lebanese co-production Insyriated which stars Hiam Abbass as a woman trapped in an apartment during war.[p
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Film Review: ‘The King’s Choice’

Film Review: ‘The King’s Choice’
“The King’s Choice” is a World War II drama, and as soon as you hear that — well, okay, as soon as I heard it — the reaction it inspires may be something along the lines of: Really? Again? Yet the movie, which is Norway’s short-listed Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film (it’s actually a co-production of Norway and Ireland), is nothing if not original. It has a few traumatic and bedazzling scenes of combat, but mostly it’s about the backroom bureaucratic gamesmanship of war. It re-enacts a celebrated moment of national defiance, and the vision it puts forth is at once ennobling and, frankly, a little eccentric. Outside of Norway, where it has already opened, the prospects look limited, though a pinch of Oscar love could always help its chances.

The movie is set over the course of three days in April 1940, and everything that happens during those three days could,
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Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'

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Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'
Erik Poppe’s war drama opens in Norway later this month.

Norway has selected Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice as its contender for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar race.

The war drama stars Jesper Christensen, Kon-Tiki’s Anders Basmo Christiansen and The CounterfeitersKarl Markovics. It opens in Norway on Sept 23.

Based on true events, The King’s Choice is set in 1940 when a fleet of Nazi warships attacked Oslo and King Haakon of Norway (Christensen) is faced with a choice that will change the nation forever, as a race against time between mediation and warfare ensues.

It was selected from a three-strong shortlist that also included Erik Skjoldbjærg’s The Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) and Rune Denstad Langlo’s Welcome To Norway.

Norway have never won in the foreign language Oscar category. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki was the last film to be nominated in the category in 2012.

Beta Cinema handles international
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Cannes Victors ‘Son of Saul,’ ‘High Sun,’ ‘Treasure’ to Compete in Sarajevo

Cannes Victors ‘Son of Saul,’ ‘High Sun,’ ‘Treasure’ to Compete in Sarajevo
London — Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul” is one of several award winners from the Cannes Film Festival that will compete for the Heart of Sarajevo Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

The Holocaust drama, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been selected as Hungary’s entry in the foreign-language film category of the Oscars, is the first feature film by Nemes.

The Sarajevo festival, which is Southeast Europe’s leading film event, selected several other Cannes winners. These include Croatia’s “The High Sun,” an era-spanning triptych of love stories from writer-director Dalibor Matanic, which won the jury prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

Another Cannes title at Sarajevo is Romania’s “The Treasure” from Corneliu Porumboiu, which received Un Certain Regard’s Talent Award. The humor-filled film reflects on the greed and consumerism pervading contemporary society.

Turkey’s “Mustang,” which won the Europa Cinema Award
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Nemes, Tsangari, Tanovic among Sarajevo competition

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Nemes, Tsangari, Tanovic among Sarajevo competition
Debut features dominate this year’s competition lineup; Radu Jude, Radu Muntean among In Focus lineup.Full lineups below

The competition lineup of the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival (August 14 – 22) will include world premieres of two first features and the regional premieres of László Nemes’ Son of Saul and Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier.

Debut features dominate the competition programme this year, with six out of the ten selected films competing for the Heart of Sarajevo Award first films.

Three films are from directors returning to the festival’s competition - Dalibor Matanić from Croatia, Corneliu Porumboiu from Romania, and Karl Markovics from Austria – and the lineup is rounded out with Tsangari from Greece.

Competition Programme – Feature Film 2015

World Premieres

Our Everyday Life / NAŠA Svakodnevna PRIČA

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, 2015, 90 min, dir. Ines Tanović (first feature)

Entanglement / Dolanma

Turkey, 2015, 86 min, dir. Tunç Davut (first feature)

International Premieres

Back Home / ACASĂ La Tata

Romania, 2014, 91 min. dir. Andrei Cohn
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StudioCanal to sell Nazi euthanasia drama 'Fog In August'

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StudioCanal to sell Nazi euthanasia drama 'Fog In August'
Exclusive: StudioCanal to handle world sales on Kai Wessel’s wartime drama.

StudioCanal is to handle international sales on Kai Wessel’s Fog In August (Nebel im August), the first feature film to address the Nazis’ euthanasia programme.

Based on Robert Domes’ 2008 eponymous historical novel, Fog In August centres on the authentic life story of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa who was committed to a mental hospital in Sargau in 1942 because of his origins in a family of travellers.

However, Ernst soon discovered the truth behind the hospital’s facade and sabotaged its euthanasia programme to help his new-found friends. But his actions did not go unnoticed by the institution’s administration.

The role of Ernst is played by the young Berliner Ivo Pietzcker who played the central character in Edward Berger’s Berlinale 2014 competition film Jack, which won a German Film Award last month.

The hospital’s staunch Nazi chief physician Werner Veithausen is played by Sebastian Koch who came
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Cannes: Beta Adds ‘King’s Choice,’ ‘Yesterday’s Flowers’ to Slate (Exclusive)

Cannes: Beta Adds ‘King’s Choice,’ ‘Yesterday’s Flowers’ to Slate (Exclusive)
Beta Cinema has completed its Cannes lineup with the addition of titles by two of Europe’s leading directors: “The King’s Choice” from Norway’s Erik Poppe and “Yesterday’s Flowers” from Germany’s Chris Kraus.

“The King’s Choice,” which has an 8 million euro ($9.13 million) budget, is a World War II drama starring Jesper Christensen (“Spectre”) and Karl Markovics (“The Counterfeiters”).

Based on true events, “The King’s Choice” depicts the German attack on neutral Norway over three decisive days in April 1940. Other cast members include Anders Baasmo Christiansen (“Kon-Tiki”), Tuva Novotny (“Jalla! Jalla!”), Katharina Schuettler (“13 Minutes,” “Generation War”) and Juliane Koehler (“Two Lives,” “Nowhere in Africa”).

The d.p. is John Christian Rosenlund, who lensed Poppe’s pics “1,000 Times Good Night” and “Troubled Water,” as well as Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams” and “O’Horton.” Poppe also unites with his producing partners Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae
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Berlin: Lineup Delivers Auteurs and Alluring Assortment of World Cinema

Berlin: Lineup Delivers Auteurs and Alluring Assortment of World Cinema
Don’t know where to start with the jumbo-sized Berlin festival lineup? Join “The Club,” as the latest film from Oscar-nominated “No’s” director Pablo Larrain is called. The good news is that this year’s program offers plenty of enticing titles, clustered around a few intriguing trends.

A Platform for Hollywood

Last year, Berlin set “The Grand Budapest Hotel” off on the right foot. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of Wes Anderson’s career. Universal has even bigger expectations for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which plans to seduce its first crowds in Berlin. On the more demure side, Disney will unwrap its live-action, Kenneth Branagh-made “Cinderella,” while “Twilight” director Bill Condon offers a low-key, late-life look at suddenly ubiquitous Sherlock with “Mr. Holmes.”

Films We Expected to See in Park City

There are a handful of titles that skipped U.S. fests to premiere in Berlin.
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Berlin 2015: Maddin’s Forbidden Room to open Forum

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Berlin 2015: Maddin’s Forbidden Room to open Forum
Experimental strand to open with Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room

The Berlinale (Feb 5-15) has unveiled the line-up for its 45th Forum strand, comprising 43 films in its main programme, of which 31 are world premieres and 10 international premieres.

The programme includes avant garde, experimental works, essays, long-term observations and political reportage.

Canadian director Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room will open this year’s programme. The film’s numerous plotlines are inspired by real, imaginary and photographic memories of films from the silent era, using a half-damaged nitrate print aesthetic in homage.

Films of the 45th Forum

Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) by Yes! That’s Us,

Uganda / South Africa / Kenya / Germany - Wp

Al-wadi (The Valley) by Ghassan Salhab, Lebanon / France / Germany

Balikbayan #1 (Memories of Overdevelopment Redux) by Kidlat Tahimik, The Philippines - Wp

Beira-Mar (Seashore) by Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon, Brazil - Wp

Ben Zaken by Efrat Corem, Israel - IP[p
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Gff 2014: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is perhaps Wes Anderson’s most ambitious film to date, and one of his best

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Written and directed by Wes Anderson

USA/UK/Germany, 2014

More than perhaps any other director, the work of Ernst Lubitsch has been the most noticeable influence on Wes Anderson’s style. Though the great German-American writer-director, most prolific in the 1930s and 1940s, was never quite so aesthetically bold in the look of his sets, he too was preoccupied with meticulous staging for comedy within his chosen locales, be they the titular Shop Around the Corner or the Parisian hotel of Ninotchka; The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in a fictional European country, the Republic of Zubrowka, another Lubitsch trait from works like The Merry Widow and The Love Parade, though The Shop Around the Corner happens to be set in the city Anderson’s mountaintop lodging house takes its name from. He garnered the descriptor of ‘the Lubitsch touch’ thanks to the moving sincerity that
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Competition: Win the 'Paradise Trilogy' on DVD *closed*

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Three features about three women from one family make up the remarkable Paradise Trilogy, a triptych of award-winning European arthouse dramas from the celebrated (if controversial) Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (Import/Export). To celebrate the DVD release of this critically acclaimed series, we have Three copies of Seidl's beautifully packaged Paradise Trilogy box set to give away to a our world cinema-loving army of readers, courtesy of our friends at esteemed independent UK distributor Soda Pictures. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

The first in the trio, Paradise: Love centres on a middle-aged woman, Teresa (Margarete Tiesel), who travels to Kenya on a sex-tourism journey. Her trip has one goal: carnal satisfaction. Paradise: Faith follows devout Catholic Anna Maria (Maria Hofstätter) and her draconian spiritual journey,
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Stealth boards sales on The Porcupine

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Exclusive: Poland and Ukrainian funds also join the new production from the director of The Parade.

Stealth Media World Sales has boarded Srdjan Dragojevic’s The Porcupine, produced by F&Me and Delirium.

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The Porcupine

Stealth will be discussing the project with buyers in Toronto and at the American Film Market.

The adaptation of Julian Barnes’ 1992 novel will shoot in the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Macedonia in February 2014, with post production and music composition taking place in Poland.

In addition to Stealth coming on board for sales, additional finance has come from the Polish Film Institute via Andrzej Jakimowski’s ZaiR company; and from the Ukrainian State Film Agency via Olga Zhurzhenko’s Ukr Kino.

Karl Markovics and Rade Serbedzija lead the cast and the latest addition is German actress Franziska Petri.

“With the support of the Polish Film Institute (Pisf) and Ukrainian fund, we are now in a position to greenlight the film
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The Geographer wins at Odessa

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Russian director Alexander Velidinsky’s The Geographer Drank His Globe Away was the big winner at the 4th Odessa International Film Festival (Oiff).

The tragi-comedy picked up the Grand Prix Golden Duke, voted for by the festival audience, and the International Jury’s Golden Duke for Best Film

The $4m production, which had screened to an enthusiastic capacity audience of over 1,200 in Odessa’s Festival Palace on Thursday evening, is being handled internationally by fledgling Russian sales outfit Antipode Film Sales & Distribution and will be released theatrically in Russia on 400 prints on November 7.

Last month, Velidinsky’s film won the Grand Prix and three other awards at the Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi.

The prize for Best Acting went to the female leads Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria of Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’s In Bloom, which won the main prize at Voices in Vologda two weeks ago. The Odessa
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