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7 items from 2014

Oscars Race: Australia Selects ‘Charlie’s Country’ for Foreign-Language Contention

1 October 2014 12:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Australia has selected director Rolf de Heer’s Aborigine-themed “Charlie’s Country” as its contender for foreign-language Academy Award contention.

“Charlie’s Country” was developed, written, produced and directed by de Heer, and co-developed by lead actor David


It is the third film in de Heer’s unofficial trilogy and longstanding collaboration with Gulpilil, that began with “The Tracker” in 2002 and was followed by “Ten Canoes” in 2006.

The story centres on the character of Charlie who decides to make a stand following the new invasion of his Aboriginal community. He finds he still has a long way to fall.

The film premiered at the Adelaide and Cannes festivals in May and has since travelled to Toronto and London festivals. It will next be seen at the Hawaii and Philadelphia festivals.

In Australia it is distributed by Entertainment One. Internationally it is represented by Visit Films, which recently licensed it »

- Patrick Frater

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Charlie's Country entered for Best Foreign-Language Oscar

1 October 2014 12:03 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country has been selected as the Australian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards®.

The entry is a tribute to the creative team and more broadly for the Australian film industry. If the film is nominated it would be the first official Australian entry to do so.

De Heer said, .David [Gulpilil] and I are delighted that Charlie.s Country is Australia.s nomination. For me, it.s a privilege; for David, it.s the crowning achievement in an extraordinary 44-year acting career..

Charlie.s Country was developed, written, produced and directed by de Heer, and co-developed by Gulpilil. The story centres on the character of Charlie (played by David Gulpilil) who decides to make a stand following the new invasion of his Aboriginal community. and finds he still has a long way to fall.

Following the international premiere at the »

- Staff writer

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F&Me bring four to Cannes

18 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: London-based company have brought the first four features of their ten film $30m slate to Cannes.

Mike Downey and Sam Taylor’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) are in Cannes with the first four completed features of their 2014 slate.

The ten film $30m slate is led by Julien Temple’s Rio 50 Degrees, broadcasts today [May 18] on the BBC, and is sold in Cannes by Metro International Entertainment. Produced by Downey and Taylor, the film will broadcase on Arte after its German theatrical release in June.

Downey commented: “The F&Me team have been working on the picture up until Friday afternoon to fine tune it for the Sunday broadcast, and the workd is a testament to the brilliant editing of Caroline Richards.

“The film has great chances of an international theatrical and festival life prior to settling down into ancillaries prior to the Olympic games.”

F&Me has also just delivered Ben HopkinsWelcome to Karastan to Stealth »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Toby Jones, John C. Reilly Join Matteo Garrone Pic (Exclusive)

14 May 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italo auteur Matteo Garrone (“Gomorra”) has added Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Stacey Martin (“Nymphomaniac”) and Bebe Cave (“Great Expectations”) to previously announced key cast Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel of his English-language fantasy/horror “The Tale of Tales,” which starts shooting in Sicily today.

Based on fairy tale collection “The Tale of Tales” by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile, Garrone’s ambitious English-language debut is also kicking off world sales in Cannes where the pic is being sold by HanWay.

“Tale of Tales” joins recent HanWay acquisitions including “High-Rise” by Ben Wheatley, Julian Jarrold’s “Girls’ Night Out” and Lone Scherfig’s “Posh.”

Garrone co-wrote the story and screenplay with Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti and Massimo Gaudioso. It’s been adapted into English by Dante scholar and translator Virginia Jewiss.

Jeremy Thomas is the artistic producer of Garrone’s gothic “Tales,” which, like “Gomorra,” will interweave »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Visit Films to sell Charlie’s Country

22 April 2014 8:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Visit Films has come on board to handle world sales excluding Australia, New Zealand and Italy on the Un Certain Regard selection.

Charlie’s Country marks the fourth film by Rolf de Heer to premiere in official selection at Cannes after competition contenders The Quiet Room in 1996 and Dance Me To My Song in 1998 and Ucr 2006 special jury prize winner entry Ten Canoes.

de Heer and David Gulpilil co-wrote Charlie’s Country, about an Aboriginal warrior torn between his community’s traditional way of life and his new modern existence.

Gulpilil, whose credits include Australia, Rabbit-Proof Fence and Crocodile Dundee, plays the protagonist who heads into the wild to live life the old way after his gun, spear and best friend’s jeep are confiscated.

Charlie’s Country also stars Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford and Gary Sweet. Nils Erik Nielsen, Djigirr and de Heer produced.

The Vertigo Productions and Bula’Bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation coproduction is presented »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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TWC Closes Deal for U.S. Rights to Italy’s ‘Gomorrah’ Skein

7 April 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — The Weinstein Company has closed a deal with Beta Film to acquire U.S. rights to “Gomorrah,” the hot Italo TV series that depicts the real Neapolitan mob with a degree of authenticity never seen before.

The deal marks the first time an Italian TV skein gets potential access to millions of U.S. TV homes. Though it is not known yet what U.S. outlet will carry the show, Netflix, with which TWC has a multiyear pact, seems like a good fit.

Shot in Naples and its crime-ridden environs, “Gomorrah” is a TV spinoff of the gritty eponymous Matteo Garrone movie that was based on Roberto Saviano’s bestselling investigative tome.

The first series of the skein, consisting of 12 one-hour episodes, is co-produced by Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox with Rome’s Cattleya, Domenico Procacci’s Fandango – which produced the film – Italo free TV La 7 and Germany’s Beta Film. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Mia Madre goes to Films Distribution

9 February 2014 2:34 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Marguerite Buy, John Turturro and Nanni Moretti lead cast in film currently shooting in Rome.

Films Distribution has acquired worldwide rights to Nanni Moretti’s upcoming dramedy Mia Madre about a film director juggling her contrasting public and private lives.

Marguerite Buy, John Turturro and Nanni Moretti lead the cast in the film, which is currently shooting in Rome.

Buy plays a successful film director whose powerful on-set persona is at odds with her private self.

On set, Buy’s character takes command. Back home, she is at the mercy of her ailing mother and taciturn adolescent son.

John Turturro plays an American actor in a film she is shooting. Moretti is also in the cast in the role of the filmmaker’s brother.

“Moretti never under estimates the audience’s intelligence. The characters are as smart as you want them to be, or as they should be,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicolas Brigaud-Robert.

“It’s a dramedy »

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