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California buys world rights for Danish thriller '3 Things'

4 minutes ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen star.

California Filmes have acquired worldwide distribution rights (excluding Scandinavia) for 3 Things from TrustNordisk.

The deal was negotiated between Senior Sales Manager at TrustNordisk, Nicolai Korsgaard and Vice-president at California Filmes, Claiton Fernandes

Jens Dahl makes his feature directorial debut with the stylish thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen).

The contained story is set mostly in a hotel, where police negotiate a witness protection deal with an explosives expert who is a robbery suspect. The man has three demands from the police, including that his former girlfriend is brought to him.

California Filmes is a dear and long-time partner for us and we are happy and confident that they will release the movie with great success - they were keen and excited about 3 Things from the very beginning when we presented the film, and we are sure that they will do a great job with »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Cannes 2017: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review: Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos (2017)

22 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review: Can Yorgos Lanthimos make it a Cannes 1-2 with his first movie since 2015’s highly regarded and highly original The Lobster?

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer review

Following up his 2015 Cannes break-out, the stunning, very original dry comedy The Lobster, a film that we really loved – Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos enters the official competition at Cannes 2017 with this drama of family matters and other dark materials.

We open to a full-on close-up of a beating heart – exposed mid-surgery – closely followed by Colin Farrell’s cardiac surgeon taking off his mask and throwing his blood-stained gloves into a nearby bin. This one obviously hasn’t gone well. Farrell plays Steven Murphy, a devoted family man with a history of drinking. Murphy, married with two children,his alcoholism now firmly in the past, »

- Paul Heath

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Today's 5: Mother... Father... girl in the pit...

22 May 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Five mood boosting assignments culled from showbiz anniversaries today. Try these exercizes at home won't you, and report back? Nobody does but I'm dying to hear stories on how it went!

May 22nd 

2011 The 64th Cannes Film Festival closed with Christopher Honore's sorta musical The Beloved starring Ludivine Sagnier and Catherine Deneuve. Terence Malick's The Tree of Life won the Palme d'Or, Nicolas Winding Refn was Best Director for Drive and Kristen Dunst took Best Actress for Melancholia, and Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for the Artist only to repeat the win at the Oscars several months later.

In The Tree of Life's honor today: perform a very monologue alone in nature about your mother and father. If you don't have nature near you, say it to a plant. 

More after the jump including a curious Nicole Kidman and a Bonded Grace Jones »

- NATHANIEL R

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Scandinavian Filmmakers Grab Global Attention in Cannes and Beyond

21 May 2017 9:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

That Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s anticipated art-world satire “The Square” is in competition this year is just latest indication that the Scandinavian industry is upping its international game, venturing beyond “Scandi noirs” and becoming a hotbed of innovation at the forefront of the pack in Europe.

The Square,” Ostlund’s English-language follow up to “Force Majeure,” which scooped Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in 2014, is the first Swedish film in the Cannes competition in 17 years. It stars Danish actor Claes Bang (“The Bridge”) and Elisabeth Moss, in a mighty mix of Nordic and U.S. talents that sees the already hot auteur “elevating himself into a new sphere,” according to Swedish Film Institute chief exec Anna Serner.

The same can be said for the entire film and TV industry in the Nordics, which comprises five countries: Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.

There is a slew of buzzy »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Is a Ferocious Boxing Movie That Fights Dirty — Cannes 2017 Review

20 May 2017 9:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One giant bulging vein of a movie, “A Prayer Before Dawn” is only nominally about boxing. It’s also only nominally about its main character, and he’s in nearly every shot. Based on the eponymous 2014 memoir by drug addict-turned-convict-turned-champion boxer Billy Moore, the film is less interested in the how’s and why’s of the real figure’s story than it is in orchestrating one of the most unrelentingly intense symphonies of testosterone and rage ever put onscreen.

Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s film is not so much the story of a fighter as it is a story that wants to fight you.

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The film lets you know it’s up to something different right from the start. It opens on a set of very familiar images of a fighter wrapping his hands, »

- Ben Croll

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Iraqi-exile thriller 'Baghdad In My Shadow' begins production

18 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Switzerland-Germany-uk co-pro’s cast includes Zahraa Ghandour [pictured].

Baghdad-born, Swiss-based director Samir’s latest feature Baghdad In My Shadow, a thriller about Iraqi exiles living in north London, starts shooting on June 8.

Written and directed by Samir, the film will shoot over eight weeks in Baghdad, Zurich, London and Cologne, Germany.

The film is produced by Joël Jent, who also produced Samir’s Iraqi Odyssey.

The film is a Switzerland-Germany-uk co-production produced by Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion with Coin Film and Ipso Facto Productions. The latter’s credits include Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising

The cast includes Haytham A. Ali Al Jadah (also a professor at the University of Baghdad), Iraqi newcomer Zahraa Ghandour, Kerry Fox, Meriam Abbas, Daniel Adegboyega and Felix Scott. »

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

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French Trio Launches Digital Cinema Service (Exclusive)

17 May 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Netflix has sparked a heated debate at Cannes with its two competition titles, “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories,” a new French steaming platform, ecinema, is being launched with the ambition to premiere 52 world cinema titles per year, rolling out a new title every Friday.

The platform is being launched by Frederic Houzelle, who runs production company Atlantis; Bruno Barde, the artistic director of several film festivals, notably Deauville, Marrakech and Beaune; and Roland Coutas, a former producer who became an investor in e-business and created the online travel agency Travelprice.

The idea behind ecinema is to showcase a wide range of films, from crime thrillers to fantasy films and dramas, with a strong emphasis on genre — 99% of which will be non-French films. Documentaries and TV series will not be part of the offering.

The service’s acquisitions are being handled by Daniel Preljocaj, who previously headed TF1 Intl. Preljocaj »

- Elsa Keslassy

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17 Brilliant Horror Films That Debuted at Cannes: Stream all of the Screams

17 May 2017 9:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Cannes Film Festival doesn’t get its due as a platform for horror. But as this year’s festival begins, two of the most anticipated titles — Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and David Lynch’s new season of “Twin Peaks” — are artful interpretations of the genre. Several more buzzy entries are expected to be dark and dire, including Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here,” David Robert Mitchell’s “Under the Silver Lake,” and Jane Campion’s series “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”

Cannes’ love of the gothic is nothing new. The festival has long been a melting pot for bold visions, and this includes some of the world’s scariest films. From established risk-takers like Lars von Trier and Nicolas Winding Refn to once-green directors like Gaspar Noé and Sam Raimi, the strength of the talent has left some indelible impressions on the horror scene. »

- William Earl

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Mike Leigh Starts Shooting ‘Peterloo,’ A Fact-Based Amazon-Backed Period Drama

17 May 2017 4:29 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Any Mike Leigh movie is an event. And like many of the world’s most ambitious filmmakers, he’s gone to a streaming service for financing. Amazon Studios has acquired North American distribution rights to his latest, “Peterloo,” about the 1819 massacre, which begins filming today on location in England with a cast of over 100 actors, as yet unannounced. Leigh plans to finish in late August.

Amazon brought films by Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch and Nicolas Winding Refn to Cannes last year, and is set to debut Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” at the festival, which could unveil “Peterloo” in 2018. Amazon Studios, unlike Netflix, shows its films in cinemas.

The Manchester-born filmmaker returns to a big-scale period drama, his fourth, for his follow-up to Cannes entry and Oscar contender “Mr. Turner, »

- Anne Thompson

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Mike Leigh Starts Shooting ‘Peterloo,’ A Fact-Based Amazon-Backed Period Drama

17 May 2017 4:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Any Mike Leigh movie is an event. And like many of the world’s most ambitious filmmakers, he’s gone to a streaming service for financing. Amazon Studios has acquired North American distribution rights to his latest, “Peterloo,” about the 1819 massacre, which begins filming today on location in England with a cast of over 100 actors, as yet unannounced. Leigh plans to finish in late August.

Amazon brought films by Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch and Nicolas Winding Refn to Cannes last year, and is set to debut Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” at the festival, which could unveil “Peterloo” in 2018. Amazon Studios, unlike Netflix, shows its films in cinemas.

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The Manchester-born filmmaker returns to a big-scale period drama, his fourth, for his follow-up to Cannes entry and Oscar contender “Mr. Turner, »

- Anne Thompson

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Robert Pattinson Will Rewrite His Career at Cannes, and 7 More Predictions About This Year’s Fest

16 May 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While the Cannes Film Festival is the showboat film festival to end all festivals, all of that is a springboard for the talking. Talking about the movies, talking about the movie industry, talking about the talking. Last year, the talking points were the persistence of Kristen Stewart, Woody Allen and Ronan Farrow, auteurs like Jim Jarmusch and Nicolas Winding Refn, and women (or the lack thereof). This year, we’ve read the Croisette crystal ball for the conversations likely to dominate the festival in the days to come. This isn’t necessarily about must-see titles (we’ve got those covered here); these are the stories most likely to be heard beyond the Cannes bubble. Here’s a look at the news cycle to come.

Read More: The Potential Oscar Contenders at Cannes 2017: A Rundown

Nicole Kidman Takes Charge

If last year’s Cannes It Girl was brainy “Personal Shopper »

- Anne Thompson and Eric Kohn

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Robert Pattinson Will Rewrite His Career at Cannes, and 7 More Predictions About This Year’s Fest

16 May 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While the Cannes Film Festival is the showboat film festival to end all festivals, all of that is a springboard for the talking. Talking about the movies, talking about the movie industry, talking about the talking. Last year, the talking points were the persistence of Kristen Stewart, Woody Allen and Ronan Farrow, auteurs like Jim Jarmusch and Nicolas Winding Refn, and women (or the lack thereof). This year, we’ve read the Croisette crystal ball for the conversations likely to dominate the festival in the days to come. This isn’t necessarily about must-see titles (we’ve got those covered here); these are the stories most likely to be heard beyond the Cannes bubble. Here’s a look at the news cycle to come.

Read More: The Potential Oscar Contenders at Cannes 2017: A Rundown

Nicole Kidman Takes Charge

If last year’s Cannes It Girl was brainy “Personal Shopper »

- Anne Thompson and Eric Kohn

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Stream Johnny Jewel’s ‘Windswept’ Featuring Music From The New Season Of ‘Twin Peaks’

12 May 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In just over a week, David Lynch will raise the curtain on “Twin Peaks,” and audiences around the world will return to the weird world of the Pacific Northwest. Despite a couple of peeks here and there, things remain firmly under wraps, but another bit of material from the forthcoming series has been unveiled.

Read More: It Is Happening Again In Latest Trailer For New Season Of ‘Twin Peaks

Johnny Jewel, perhaps best known for his contributions to the soundtrack of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s “Drive,” is also providing music for the upcoming show.

Continue reading Stream Johnny Jewel’s ‘Windswept’ Featuring Music From The New Season Of ‘Twin Peaks’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

10 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes' 70 Most Memorable Stunts, Stars, Fights and Iconic Moments

10 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cannes turns 70 this year. The one-of-a-kind carnival of film, fashion, skin and scandal has survived Hitler and the hippies, jewel heists and muggings, fake terror threats and even the horror that was Borat's mankini.

Through the years, the festival has been a place for romance — it's where Prince Rainier wooed Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot flirted with Kirk Douglas and Ryan Gosling bromanced Nicolas Winding Refn.

It's been a place for business: where the majors and the moochers came to shill for their films, with publicity stunts both boffo (tanks! giant flying bees!) and brazen, including »

- THR Staff

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Larry Cohen, a Horror Hero For James Wan and Eli Roth, Reveals Why He Doesn’t Watch Scary Movies and Hates Remakes

4 May 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

New York’s greatest B-movie legend is coming back to the Big Apple. Prolific writer-director-producer Larry Cohen returns to his native New York this weekend to appear at a retrospective of his New York-set films at the newly-renovated Quad Cinema.

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The writer behind 2002’s “Phone Booth” and director of “A Return to Salem’s Lot,” Cohen directed 20 movies and wrote dozens of screenplays for both film and television during his roughly 50 year career. Many of his most well-known films were set in New York.

“It was my favorite place to shoot,” Cohen said. “New York is the world’s greatest backlot.”

The retrospective, entitled “Larry Cohen’s New York,” will include the “Whisper” cut of Cohen’s 1976 horror-thriller “God Told Me To,” a version that has never been screened in New York before. The other films »

- Graham Winfrey

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How Amazon and Ted Hope Are Trying to Bring Back the ’90s Indie Film Boom

2 May 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Today, Amazon Studios announced it has signed an exclusive first-look deal with indie powerhouses Bona Fide Productions (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Le Grisbi Productions (“Birdman”) and Killer Films (“Boys Don’t Cry”). Amazon is already doing business with all three entities – it’s about to unveil “Wonderstruck” (Killer) and “The Only Living Boy in New York” (Bona Fide) at Cannes – and the news is yet another sign that the company will continue to finance high-quality independent filmmaking from some of the most revered American directors out there. But it also signals a key reunion of major figures from an earlier period — the nineties indie film boom.

Read More: 7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

By formally reuniting New York indie film icons – head of motion picture production at Amazon Studios Ted Hope and Killers Films founder Christine Vachon – Amazon is almost singlehandedly using its deep pockets to reignite »

- Chris O'Falt

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Damien Chazelle Heading to Television With Parisian Musical Drama ‘The Eddy’

27 April 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Damien Chazelle isn’t done with musicals just yet. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the “La La Land” Oscar winner is coming to television with a Parisian musical drama that is currently being shopped around to networks.

The project, entitled “The Eddy,” will follow the owner and house band of a Paris music club. Playwright Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) is writing the script.

Read More: ‘La La Land’ Deserves Your Respect: Why Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-Bound Musical Is A Dream Come True

While the series does not have a home yet, expect buyers like Netflix and Amazon to be interested given Chazelle’s involvement. His profile has been raised significantly since he became the youngest filmmaker in history to win the Oscar for Best Director. Before he heads to television, Chazelle is attached to direct Ryan Gosling in Neil Armstrong drama “First Man.”

Chazelle is »

- Zack Sharf

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Lars von Trier Keeps His Nicolas Winding Refn Feud Alive, Calls Him ‘An Opportunist In An Unpleasant Way’

25 April 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Another day, another new development in the feud between Danish auteurs Lars von Trier and Nicolas Winding Refn. The two filmmakers used to be friends, but a wedge was driven between them when von Trier’s controversial “Melancholia” press conference at Cannes led Refn to tell the press that the former was “getting old and his comedy routine is a bit tiresome.” The two have been trading jabs ever since, with Refn even claiming at Cannes last year that von Trier tried to sleep with his wife.

Read More: Nicolas Winding Refn Says Lars Von Trier Tried To Sleep With His Wife

During an interview with Danish magazine Soundvenue, von Trier couldn’t resist making a Refn diss. In between talking about his new film “The House That Jack Built” and his opinion on directors like David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, von Trier makes it known that he finds »

- Zack Sharf

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