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'Wonderland' producers in Hot Spot with Oscar winner

13 August 2015 5:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producers plan feature debut of Student Academy Award winner Talkhon Hamzavi.

Contrast Film, the producers of Locarno Swiss competition film Wonderland (Heimatand), are planning the feature debut of Iranian-Swiss director Talkhon Hamzavi, Oscar nominated for Best Live Action Short with Parvaneh.

Stefan Eichenberger, one of the partners in Contrast Film with Ivan Madeo and Urs Frey, produced Parvaneh which received the Silver Medal in the Foreign Film category at the Student Academy Awards in 2013 as well as the First Steps Award for Best Short in Berlin in 2013.

“The collaboration with Talkhon went well and a great friendship developed that we were keen to continue working with her,” producer Ivan Madeo told ScreenDaily during this week’s Locarno Film Festival.

Her feature-length debut - entitled Hot Spot - is being written together with Lorenz Suter (The Eternal Tourist) and was awarded a development grant worth $25,000 (Chf 25,000) by the Société Suisse des Auteurs (Ssa) at its annual funding session »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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'Wonderland' producers in Hot Spot with Oscar nominee

13 August 2015 5:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producers plan feature debut of Oscar-nominated Talkhon Hamzavi.

Contrast Film, the producers of Locarno Swiss competition film Wonderland (Heimatand), are planning the feature debut of Iranian-Swiss director Talkhon Hamzavi, Oscar nominated for Best Live Action Short with Parvaneh.

Stefan Eichenberger, one of the partners in Contrast Film with Ivan Madeo and Urs Frey, produced Parvaneh which received the Silver Medal in the Foreign Film category at the Student Academy Awards in 2013 as well as the First Steps Award for Best Short in Berlin in 2013.

“The collaboration with Talkhon went well and a great friendship developed that we were keen to continue working with her,” producer Ivan Madeo told ScreenDaily during this week’s Locarno Film Festival.

Her feature-length debut - entitled Hot Spot - is being written together with Lorenz Suter (The Eternal Tourist) and was awarded a development grant worth $25,000 (Chf 25,000) by the Société Suisse des Auteurs (Ssa) at its annual funding session this week.

“The »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Georgia and Ukraine to join tax rebate club

17 July 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hosts of Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search and Transporter 3 set to add rebates; Ukraine to join Creative Europe framework.

Georgia and Ukraine are set to become the latest countries to introduce tax incentives in order to attract foreign productions to shoot in their locations.

Speaking at this week’s Film Industry Office forum in Odessa, David Vashadze, head of export and distribution at the Georgian National Film Center (Gnfc), revealed that a tax rebate scheme will be launched from next January.

Foreign producers wishing to benefit from the scheme will be required to reach a minimum of spend of $300,000 in Georgia and fulfil a minimum of three days of shooting in the country.

The minimum spend will be reduced to $150,000 for documentary projects.

The rebate would be 20% of the qualifying expenses and an additional 2% could be paid if there are more Georgian elements such as the hiring of local cast or the promotion of Georgian culture »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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'Losers' triumphs in Moscow

26 June 2015 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Veteran Bulgarian actor Ivaylo Hristov’s third feature film as director, the coming-of-age tale Losers, won the Golden St. George Prize for best film on Friday at the 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (Miff), which ran from June 19-26.

Jury president Jean-Jacques Annaud said that Hristov’s film was “a movie we liked in all aspects – the cinematography [by Emil Hristov], the actors and the direction. We came to an agreement very quickly.”

Produced by Profilm, Losers, which had its world premiere in Moscow, centres on four high school friends in a small provincial town whose lives are changed forever by a visiting rock band.

Hristov’s film also won the Russian Film Critics Prize and the award from the jury of the Federation of Russian Film Clubs

Looking back on the week, Annaud said that the jury’s deliberations had been “a very easy conversation” and spoke warmly of “an extraordinarily friendly jury” whose members included »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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'Night Watchman' wins top prize in Shanghai

21 June 2015 8:34 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pierre Jolivet’s France-Belgium co-production The Night Watchman won best feature in the Golden Goblet competition of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21), while Cao Baoping’s The Dead End won best director and actor.

The acting prize for The Dead End was split between Deng Chao, Duan Yihong and Guo Tao. The Jury Grad Prix went to Polish filmmaker Jacek Lusinski’s Carte Blanche, while best actress went to Krista Kosonen in Antti Jokinen’ Finland-Lithuania co-production The Midwife (see full list of winners below)

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev headed the Golden Goblet jury, which also included Chinese director Cai Shangjun, Chinese actress Hao Lei, French filmmaker Philippe Muyl, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi and Us producer Ron Yerxa.

Last Thursday, Iranian filmmaker Hooman Seyedi’s 13 won best film and cinematography at the Asian New Talent Awards. Best director went to Japan’s Momoko Ando for 0.5mm, while best actress »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Actress Marthe Keller Remembers Her First Big Hollywood Film

19 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

U.S. film fans probably know actress Marthe Keller from such ’70s hits as “Marathon Man” and “Black Sunday,” or perhaps Claude Lelouch’s “And Now My Love.” True aficionados are likely to recall her Garbo-esque role in Billy Wilder’s “Fedora” or in Nikita Mikhalkov’s Oscar-nommed “Dark Eyes.” But European audiences have seen her work without a pause since, most recently in Barbet Schroeder’s “Amnesia,” which bowed in Cannes, and earned the Swiss-born actress some of the best notices of her career. Variety first spotted Keller in the Michael Caine spy thriller “Funeral in Berlin” in 1966.

Funeral in Berlin” was a big Hollywood film. How was the experience?

I was so young, I literally didn’t know what I was doing there. I came in one day and saw a beautiful woman getting made up and dressed for my character, so I thought, “This is it. I’ve been fired. »

- Steven Gaydos

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Shanghai Festival Serves Up Something for Everyone

12 June 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival kicks off Saturday (June 13-21) with a wide-ranging and creditable lineup that nevertheless also reflects the imprint of censorship, politics and central control.

Just days before the festival was due to begin, the Ministry of Culture obliged it to withdraw Japanese anime “Attack on Titan,” which the ministry put on a blacklist of titles said to contain violence and pornography.

The Shanghai audience will, however, get to see “Citizenfour,” the acclaimed documentary about Edward Snowden. While whistle-blowing and state-backed espionage are not regular topics for movies made in China, Laura Poitras’ picture paints an especially unflattering portrait of China’s rival, the U.S. And “Sunstroke,” directed by Russian filmmaker and noted Vladimir Putin supporter Nikita Mikhalkov, is given prominence with a shot at the festival’s Golden Goblet Award.

Contacted by Variety, the festival’s chief selector, Kane Yu; the selection committee; and Hu Jinjun, »

- Gloria Cheung

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Steven Seagal to Star in a Us/Russian Co-Prod From Oscar-Winning Director

4 June 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Russian Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov has announced plans for a Us/Russian co-production featuring Steven Seagal. Mikhalkov was quoted by the Russian news agency Tass as saying that he recently discussed the specifics of the project with Seagal in Moscow. "He brought a project, and we discussed collaboration," Miklhalkov said. "He wants to make it with our studio [Trite]." The director, who won an Oscar for the best foreign language film in 1995 for Burned by the Sun, said that the film is to be made as a co-production between Russia and the United States, with

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- Vladimir Kozlov

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Shanghai Festival to Open With Film Industry Tribute ‘I Am Somebody’

4 June 2015 2:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Derek Yee’s tribute to cinema’s nameless extras “I Am Somebody” has been set as the opening movie of the Shanghai International Film Festival. The 18th edition of the event runs June 13-21.

The film festival will wrap with Ballet In The Flames of War,” a Chinese-Russian co-production co-directed by China’s Dong Yachun and Russia’s Nikita Mikhalkov.

Getting its world premiere at Siff, “Somebody” is a comedy about the lives of extras based at the gigantic Hengdian World Studios, near to Shanghai. Hong Kong-based Yee said that everyone in the film industry has big dreams. He will be accompanied on the red carpet by Yu Dong, producer and founder of Bona Film Group, as well as a host of Hengdian extras.

“Ballet” is based on real events and recounts a Russo-Chinese love story that unfolded during World War II. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. »

- Patrick Frater

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'I Am Somebody' to open Shanghai fest

3 June 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff, June 13-21), while China-Russian co-production Ballet In The Flames Of War will close the event.

Directed by China’s Yachun Dong and Russia’s Nikita Mikhalkov, Ballet In The Flames Of War is a romance set during the Second World War and opened the Chinese Film Festival in Mosow last month.

Meanwhile, Mikhalkov’s Sunstroke is one of nine films selected for the Golden Goblet Awards, along with Daniel Barnz’s Cake and Taiwanese director Tung Wang’s Where The Wind Settles (see list below). Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) heads the jury for the awards.

Films nominated for the Asian New Talent Award include Japanese director Momoko Ando’s 0.5mm, Iranian filmmaker Hooman Seyedi’s 13 and Labour Of Love from India’s Aditya Vikram Sengupta.

Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home is also nominated in this section, but for the »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Shanghai Film Festival: Record Number of Entries Unveiled, Strong Asian Focus

28 May 2015 8:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 18th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival has received a record 2,096 entries from 108 countries and regions, organizers said, and this year's event will have a strong Asian focus. Among the films nominated for the Golden Goblet Award are Sunstroke, from Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov, Kang Je-kyu's Salut D'amour, Cake by Daniel Barnz from the U.S. and Taiwan director Wang Tung's Where the Wind Settles. The nominations also include Polish director Jacek Lusiński's Carte Blanche, The Duchess of Warsaw by France's Joseph Morder (France), Jameh Daran by Iran's Hamid Ghotbe, The Midwife by Antti

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- Clifford Coonan

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Russia's Central Partnership retuns to sales

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Leading Russian distributor Central Partnership is returning to sales after several years away and is in Cannes with a slate of big budget genre movies including sci-thrillers and historical action fare.

“We are relaunching our sales outfit,” evp of international Armen Dishdishyan told ScreenDaily. “Now we are back, I think we have collected the best movie projects in production in Russia.”

The four film slate slate includes $10 million 3D action adventure Mafia, currently shooting. Based in a futuristic Moscow, the film is about a popular big money game broadcast on TV. Whoever loses is killed. Central Partnership is screening footage during the Marché.

Also new in the market is CGI driven $20m Flight Crew, which is being shot largely with an Iamx camera. Directed by Nikolay Lebedev, it has high profile producers including Nikita Mikhalkov  It is a remake of 1979 Russian hit Air Crew. Central Partnership will have a few minutes footage of the project, which »

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

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Roskino, Russian Cinema join forces for Cannes

1 May 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Roskino and Russian Cinema are joining forces for the first time to present companies in the Russian Pavilion at the forthcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.

In previous years, the two promotional platforms – Russian Cinema financed by the Russian Cinema Fund (Rcf) and Roskino by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Culture – had operated from separate locations in Cannes.

And at the Berlinale’s European Film Market, Russian Cinema has had a stand in the Martin Gropius Bau, while Roskino was based on the first floor of the Marriott Hotel.

At a press conference in Moscow, Rcf executive director Anton Malyshev spoke about the reasoning behind the decision to organise a united stand and pointed to the “necessity for optimisation of expenditure” and the fact that the available resources were limited this year. Although the financing from the  state had not been formally cut, the weakening of  the Russian rouble vis-a-vis the Us dollar had put the »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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My favourite Cannes winner: Pulp Fiction

13 April 2015 12:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In a new series ahead of this year’s Cannes film festival, our writers choose their favourite Palme d’Or winner. Today: Peter Bradshaw on Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 classic

I — say — God — Damn!

The intravenous jab of callous madness, black comedy and strange unwholesome euphoria in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction hits me as hard now as when I first saw it 20 years ago. I sometimes think this is what it must have been like for record-buyers when Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel was released. It all first broke out at the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Cannes film festival in 1994: Pulp Fiction was in competition, up against world cinema’s heavy-hitters: Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt By the Sun, Nanni Moretti’s Caro Diario, Edward Yang’s Confucian Confusion, and perhaps most prominently Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours Red — widely tipped for the Palme D’Or. The jury president »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Isabella Rossellini Named President of Cannes' Un Certain Regard Jury

10 April 2015 7:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Isabella Rossellini has been announced as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The Un Certain Regard section will include 22 films to be announced, along with the rest of the competition slate, on April 16. Rossellini, the daughter of Italian director Roberto Rossellini and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, began her cinematic career alongside her father as a dresser, before acting for the Taviani Brothers in "The Meadow" in 1979. She continued to play a number of tortured female roles, appearing in Taylor Hackford's "White Nights, "Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance," Nikita Mikhalkov's "Les Yeux noirs" and a number of David Lynch films, including "Blue Velvet" and "Wild at Heart."  In 2008, the actress directed and acted in a miniseries examining the reproduction, seduction techniques and parenting of wild animals. In these films, which were all produced by SundanceTV, »

- Casey Cipriani

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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini named Un Certain Regard president

10 April 2015 3:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.

Isabella Rossellini is to preside over the Un Certain Regard Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Italian-American actress and director will head a jury that will judge 20 films, set to be announced when the full line-up is unveiled on April 16.

At this year’s Cannes, Rossellini will take part in a tribute to her actress mother by attending the screening of Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏, a documentary by Stig Björkman being shown as part of the Cannes Classics. (This year’s Cannes poster features Bergman)

She will also launch her own ‘Ingrid Bergman Tribute’ to celebrate the centenary of her mother’s birth. The show, directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, will be based on both her autobiography and her correspondence with Roberto Rossellini.

With the help of a soon-to-be-announced jury made up of artists, journalists and festival »

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

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Isabella Rossellini To Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard

10 April 2015 3:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Isabella Rossellini is set to preside over the jury of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard during the 68th edition of Cannes Film Festival.

The lineup of Un Certain Regard, which comprises 20 films, will be unveiled at a presser on April 16, along with the rest of the official selection.

It will be stellar festival for Rossellini, as her mother, Ingrid Bergman, will be celebrated with a tribute. Rossellini, whose father is the Italian helmer Roberto Rossellini, will also launch her own “Ingrid Bergman Tribute,” a show directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damianito and based on the iconic thesp’s autobiography and correspondence with Roberto Rossellini. The “Ingrid Bergman Tribute” will go on to play at some at the world’s major theaters.

Lastly, Rossellini will attend the screening of Stig Björkman’s documentary “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏,” which will be shown as part of Cannes Classics.

Rossellini has »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Starmaker Allégret: From Gay Romance with 'Uncle' (and Nobel Winner) Gide to Simon's Movie Mentor

27 February 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marc Allégret: From André Gide lover to Simone Simon mentor (photo: Marc Allégret) (See previous post: "Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale.") Simone Simon became a film star following the international critical and financial success of the 1934 romantic drama Lac aux Dames, directed by her self-appointed mentor – and alleged lover – Marc Allégret.[1] The son of an evangelical missionary, Marc Allégret (born on December 22, 1900, in Basel, Switzerland) was to have become a lawyer. At age 16, his life took a different path as a result of his romantic involvement – and elopement to London – with his mentor and later "adoptive uncle" André Gide (1947 Nobel Prize winner in Literature), more than 30 years his senior and married to Madeleine Rondeaux for more than two decades. In various forms – including a threesome with painter Théo Van Rysselberghe's daughter Elisabeth – the Allégret-Gide relationship remained steady until the late '20s and their trip to »

- Andre Soares

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'Leviathan' Director Andrey Zvyagintsev on Why Russia Backed His Provocative Oscar Nominee

15 January 2015 12:05 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Well, Russia came through. When I recently interviewed "Leviathan" writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev, he was clearly worried that Vladimir Putin buddy Nikita Mikhalkov's Oscar selection committee would not choose festival favorite "Leviathan," which won best screenplay at Cannes and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. But Russia came through, even though this film is a dramatic and disturbing expose of corruption at the deepest levels of Russian culture--and the devastation it wreaks on its citizens. Golden Globe-winning "Leviathan" has now been Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. When Mikhalkov's brother Andrey Konchalovskiy's new film was pushed back to October (after the eligibility deadline), the Oscar nomination was cleared.  "Leviathan" is now in select theaters. Here's our provocative conversation:  Anne Thompson: Were you putting yourself at risk inside the film »

- Anne Thompson

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: (Picks 200-101)

5 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

They didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but here is a list of foreign film titles that are on our radar for 2015. We being with…

200. Remember – Dir. Atom Egoyan

199. Suffragette – Dir. Sarah Gavron

198. Kills on Wheels – Dir. Attila Till

197. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – Dir. Yuen Woo-ping

196. The Go-Between – Dir. Pete Travis

195. Peur de Rien Dir. Danielle Arbid

194. Regular Boy – Dir. Michele Civetta

193. Flaskepost – Dir. Nikolaj Arcel

192. The Lady in the Van – Dir. Nicolas Hytner

191. Zoom – Dir. Pedro Morelli

190. Away from the Sea – Dir. Imanol Uribe

189. Tulip Fever – Dir. Justin Chadwick

188. Ulrike’s Brain – Dir. Bruce La Bruce

187. Tsunami – Dir. Jacques Deschamps

186. And Your Sister? – Dir. Marion Vernoux

185. There Was Las Vegas – Dir. Alexandre Castas

184. Prejudice – Dir. Antoine Cuypers

183. Stepne – Dir. Maryna Vroda

182. Irreplaceable – Dir. Olivier Masset-Depasse

181. Histoire de Judas Iscariot – Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche

180. The First, the Last – Dir. Bouli Lanners

179. Selection Officielle – Dir. Jacques Richard

178. Desierto – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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