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International Newswire: Animation – An Indie Growth Industry?

International Newswire: Animation – An Indie Growth Industry?
In today’s International Newswire, Variety asks if animation could be a growth sector for the independent movie business, as “Paddington 2” outperforms the original in China and France, as the U.K. before them. Also, homegirl-made-good Alicia Vikander bids fair to be a major presence at late January’s Göteborg Festival, Enders Analysis looks at the vertiginously changing world of children’s media, and a snapshot of politician and media-culture activist Xavier Bertrand, as he places Lille and Hauts-de-France on the international film-tv radar.

Animation: An Indie Growth Industry?

Watch animation. As theatrical returns and even openings worldwide on U.S. and foreign independent movies come under ever more pressure from Hollywood and local blockbusters, animation looks like one part of the independent movie industry which can put in a claim to have arresting growth prospects. The explosion of Latin American animation feature titles coming onto the market helped make the 9th Ventana Sur, which wrapped
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Ventana Sur 2017: A 10-Point Wrap

Buenos Aires — The most bullish edition of Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film market, closed Friday after a five days of screenings, a panoply of panels, deals, and unequivocal reminders that, in geo-content terms, Latin America is still on the rise as a film and TV power. 10 Takes on this year’s ninth edition:

1. Standouts: ‘Dry Martina,’ ‘La Camarista,’ ‘Love At Last Sight’

Che Sandoval’s “Dry Martina,” Lila Aviles’ “La Camarista” and Sergio Machado’s “Noah’s Ark” proved three standouts at 2017’s Ventana Sur. “Dry Martina,” from Chile’s Forastero and Argentina’s Rizoma, landed what to date looks like the deal of the market, here from Film Factory, within literally a couple of hours of its market screening in Ventana Sur’s Copia 0. “La Camarista,” Mexican Avilés’ feature debut, landed the biggest prize, the European Vision Award, in a strong Primer Corte pix-in-post edition. Starring Ricardo Darin, one of Latin
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Ventana Sur: Gullane’s ‘Bingo’ Sells to U.S./U.K. as Brazilian Producer Advances on 14-Title Film-tv Slate (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Produced by Gullane, directed by Daniel Rezende and sold by Paris-based Loco Films, Brazil’s foreign-language Academy Award entry “Bingo: The King of the Mornings” has closed U.S. and U.K. rights with Empyrean Pictures.

Headed by Dan Klabin and Ariel Elia, the London and Brazil-based Empyrean, already a co-producer on “Bingo,” will directly distribute in the U.S. A U.K. release is scheduled for Dec. 15, Gullane’s Fabiano Gullane told Variety.

A rollicking tragicomic take on the cost of fame in the Brazilian TV world of the ‘80s which marks the feature debut of Rezende, editor of Terrence Malick’s’s “Tree of Life,” “Bingo” has just seen its international premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Written by Luiz Bolognesi, whose screenwriting credits include 2017 Berlin Panorama hit “Just Like My Parents,” “Bingo” is also Brazil’s candidate for a Spanish Academy best Ibero-American Picture Goya, and has qualified
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Ventana Sur: 10 Things About This Year’s Market

Buenos Aires — Ventana Sur, by far Latin America’s biggest movie-tv market, unspools its ninth edition this week in the Argentine capital over Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Here Variety’s market-eve 10-point update on key films, events.

1.The Big Titles

Are foreign markets, like Hollywood, now suffering from a high-end TV diaspora? As more big-name foreign-language directors and actors are swallowed up by upmarket TV, the number of big high-profile Latin American movies coming to the market looks to be at an increasing premium. A clutch will be talked up or shooting during Ventana Sur, however: Pablo Trapero’s “La Quietud,” a sisters’ drama with Bérénice Bejo and Martina Gusmán; “You Shall Not Sleep,” from “Casa Muda’s” Gustavo Hernández, a Fox pick-up for U.S. and Latin America; Ricardo Darin’s “Love at Last Chance,” a second-chance romance; construction skullduggery thriller “Dark Buildings.” One more big Argentine title may well be added to the mix during Ventana
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Ventana Sur Opens Shop for Latin American Film and TV

Ventana Sur, by far Latin America’s biggest movie-tv market, unspools its ninth edition over Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Here are seven key points about this year’s market for visitors:

The big titles

Are foreign markets, like Hollywood, now suffering from a high-end TV diaspora? As more big-name foreign-language directors and actors are swallowed up by high-end TV, the number of big high-profile Latin American movies coming to the market may not increase. Several will be talked up or shooting during Ventana Sur, however: Pablo Trapero’s “La Quietud,” a sisters’ drama with Bérénice Bejo and Martina Gusmán; “You Shall Not Sleep,” from “Casa Muda’s” Gustavo Hernández, a Fox pick-up for U.S. and Latin America; and Ricardo Darin’s “Love at Last Chance,” a second-chance romance. One more big Argentine title may well be added to the mix before Ventana Sur.

Firing on multiple cylinders

Launched in 2009, Ventana Sur was first a sales market for Latin
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Ventana Sur: ‘Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!

Ventana Sur: ‘Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!
“Escape to India,” produced by Juan José Campanella, “Noah’s Ark,” whose producers include Walter Salles, and Inzomnia Animation’s “Inzomnia” are some of the projects included in the 2nd Animation!, a showcase at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market which is devoted to animated features and TV shows.

Animation! projects total sixteen – eight features and eight TV series. All have been selected in a partnership with Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa), the world biggest film-tv animation mart. A jury will select four projects among TV shows and features to be presented at Mifa 2018.

Set up at Buenos Aires’ studio Mundo Loco and produced by Academy Award winner Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and producer-composer Cris Morena, Latin America’s leading specialist in youth-orientated TV shows (“Rebelde Way”), “Escape to India” follows Azadi, a courageous cow who, destined for the slaughterhouse in Patagonia, escapes and begins an epic journey to India, where her mother
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'Where Has Time Gone?': Film Review

'Where Has Time Gone?': Film Review
Over the past 12 months, Jia Zhangke has been busy making his mark on China's cultural landscape. He's established an arts center in his hometown, opened a thematic restaurant named after his most recent film Mountains May Depart, and launched an international film festival in a Unesco-endorsed heritage site where he shot his 2000 breakthrough, Platform.

And then there's Where Has Time Gone? He produced this five-part portmanteau to mark the start of a five-year plan for co-productions between filmmakers from the world's five major emerging economies, known as Brics nations: Brazil's Walter Salles, Russia's Alexey Fedorchenko (Angels...
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San Sebastián: Gullane Boards Marco Bellocchio’s Mafia Thriller ‘The Traitor’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Brazil’s Gullane has joined Italy’s Ibc Movie, Kavac Film and Rai Cinema, Germany’s The Match Factory Production and France’s Ad Vitam to produce Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor.”

Michael Weber’s The Match Factory will also handle international sales rights. Set to shoot in Italy, Brazil, the U.S. and Germany, “The Traitor” is a biopic of Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking Mafia boss to turn informant on the Cosa Rostra in what Bellocchio regards as a an act of heroic betrayal.

Buscetta’s testimony led to the first big trial against organized crime and the conviction of hundreds of Mafia members.

Buschetta, who had a Brazilian wife, was living in Brazil when two of his sons and brothers were killed by the Corleonesi mob, which encourages him, when extradited to Italy, to collaborate with Italian prosecutors, becoming Cosa Nostra’s first high-ranking informer.

“The
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Inaugural Pingyao Festival in China Makes Last-Minute Date Switch

Inaugural Pingyao Festival in China Makes Last-Minute Date Switch
The Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, a new event pioneered by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and renowned festival programmer Marco Mueller, has shifted the dates of its inaugural edition.

The festival will now be held from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4 in the historic northern Chinese town of Pingyao, where a 1,500-seat open air venue is being constructed. The Pyiff was previously announced as taking place Oct. 19-26. No explanation was offered for the date switch.

Jia said the Pyiff would bring more possibilities to the creative community and be a stimulus for the Chinese film industry. He unveiled a new logo for the festival and announced that Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing would be the festival ambassador.

“Pyiff aims to be an innovative and beneficial balancing act that will introduce international filmmakers and film genres to young Chinese audiences and new Chinese films and filmmakers to the world,” said Mueller, the
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Brazil Choses ‘Bingo – The King of the Mornings’ as its Foreign-Language Academy Award Submission

Brazil has selected “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” one of its most awaited debuts of 2017, as its entry for next year’s foreign-language Academy Award.

Produced by Brazilian production powerhouse Gullane, “Bingo – the King of the Mornings'” candidature also marks a victory for Warner Bros. whose Brazilian office co-produced the title, which will be distributed in Latin america by Warner Latin America.

The submission, voted on by a commission of over 200 film specialists, was announced by the Brazilian Film Academy. It appears to have avoided the polemics of last year’s choice when the publicly declared animosity of one member of the candidature jury towards Cannes competition title “Aquarius” caused three filmmakers to refuse to submit their film for consideration.

Long-anticipated, “Bingo – The King of the Mornings” was chosen from among 22 contenders. It marks the first feature as a director of Daniel Rezende, an award-winning editor on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” José Padilha
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Rep Sheet Roundup: Verve Signs Veteran Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias

Rep Sheet Roundup: Verve Signs Veteran Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Scribe Signs

Novelist and screenwriter Rafael Yglesias has signed with Verve. He most recently served as an executive producer on NBC’s Aquarius. In addition to penning 10 novels, Yglesias also wrote the screenplays for Peter Weir’s Fearless, Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, Billie August’s 1998 version of Les Miserables, Albert and Allen Hughes’ From Hell and Walter SallesDark Water. He continues to be managed by Russell Hollander of Hollander Entertainment.

Posed...
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Rep Sheet Roundup: Verve Signs Veteran Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Scribe Signs

Novelist and screenwriter Rafael Yglesias has signed with Verve. He most recently served as an executive producer on NBC’s Aquarius. In addition to penning 10 novels, Yglesias also wrote the screenplays for Peter Weir’s Fearless, Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden, Billie August’s 1998 version of Les Miserables, Albert and Allen Hughes’ From Hell and Walter SallesDark Water. He continues to be managed by Russell Hollander of Hollander Entertainment.

Posed...
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San Sebastian: ’Underground,’ ‘The Sower’ ‘Killing Jesus,’ ‘Princesita’ Make New Directors Cut

San Sebastian: ’Underground,’ ‘The Sower’ ‘Killing Jesus,’ ‘Princesita’ Make New Directors Cut
Madrid — Daniel Palacio’s “Underground,” Marine Francen’s “The Sower,” Laura Mora’s “Killing Jesus” and Marialy Rivas’ “Princesita” are among 13 first titles announced by Spain’s San Sebastian Festival for its New Directors section, the biggest sidebar at the Spanish-speaking world’s highest-profile film event.

Sponsored by the Basque Country’s Kutxabank, New Directors carries a €50,000 ($57,600) cash prize for the director and Spanish distributor of the winning film. It also serves to highlight some outstanding debuts or second films of the year: Pedro Almodovar, Olivier Assayas, Danny Boyle, Walter Salles, Nicolas Winding Refn and Laurent Cantet have seen early titles in its line-up.

Inevitably, the films also say something also about the zeitgeist, captured often by disaffected directors seeking to make their mark with bold visions of youth and its discontents.

Produced by Cannes Competition regular Brillante Mendoza, for instance, Daniel Palacio’s Philippines-set “Underground” weighs in as a grounded cemetery-set young family drama come grave
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Brics Film Festival Kicks Off in Chengdu, Spotlighting Talent from Emerging Regions

Brics Film Festival Kicks Off in Chengdu, Spotlighting Talent from Emerging Regions
The second annual Brics International Film Festival kicked off Friday in Chengdu, the Chinese capital of Sichuan province.

The festival, which runs June 23 to 27, aims to spotlight emerging talent and established filmmakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

The fest opens with “Where Has the Time Gone,” a multi-national five-part feature from Brazil’s Walter Salles, Aleksey Fedorchenko from Russia; Madhur Bhandarkar from India, Jia Zhangke from China, and Jahmil X.T.Quebka from South Africa.

The festival will showcase 30 films including a competition and selection of classic cinema from each nation, such as the Oscar-nommed “Central Station,” “City of God,” “The Monk and the Devil,” and “Happiness is a Four Letter Word.”

One nation will be highlighted each day of the event, starting with China on Friday and followed by Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa.

After India hosted the first edition in 2016, next year’s event will take place in South Africa.

Related
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Joshua Reviews Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2 [Blu-ray Review]

In those circles traveled by fans and collectors of anything home video, few things are more hallowed than The Criterion Collection’s first volume of their World Cinema Project DVD/Blu-ray series. One of the company’s most lauded and adored releases in recent memory, Volume 1 of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project included six new restorations of six legendary films spanning the history of world cinema. From a foundational work in African cinema to a tale of sexual obsession that changed the history of Korean filmmaking, the first in this series has become one of the most important and exciting releases in recent Criterion Collection memory.

And finally, they’re back for a second round.

Again bringing to light six superlative films from across the world, “No. 2” as it’s billed on their website features a treasure trove of world cinema that in many ways rivals if not exceeds its predecessor.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro,’ The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thumper’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro,’ The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thumper’ 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.

– The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Jordan Ross’s directorial debut “Thumper,” starring “Orange is the New Black’s” Pablo Schreiber. The gritty crime thriller debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was written and directed by Ross. The movie also stars Eliza Taylor, Lena Headey, Ben Feldman, Grant Harvey and Daniel Webber. Set in a town of low-income and fractured families, “Thumper” is centered around a group of teens that are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives into town hiding a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change their lives forever.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise
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Music Box Films acquires ‘Vazante’

Music Box Films acquires ‘Vazante’
The film had its world premiere in the Panorama Special section in Berlin.

Music Box Films has acquired Us rights to Vazante, Daniela Thomas’ first solo-directed feature.

Vazante, set in Brazil in 1821, centres on a slave trader who finds out that his wife died in labour. While forced to live on the farmhouse with numerous African slaves, the trader marries his wife’s niece. A restless soul, he returns to his trading expeditions, leaving his young wife behind alone with the slaves.

Brazilian filmmaker Thomas previously co-directed the Cannes selection Linha De Passe, Midnight, and Foreign Land alongside Walter Salles.

Sara Silveira of Dezenove Som e Imagem and Cisma Produções’ Beto Amaral produced in association with Ukbar Filmes in Portugal.

“We are pleased to be working with Daniela Thomas to bring her eloquent depiction of the often untold history of early 19th century Brazilian mining life to American audiences,” Music Box president William Schopf said.

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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

After four years Martin Scorsese is back with another six filmic gems from all corners of the Earth. Love struggles in the slums of Thailand and the economic boom town of Taipei; underdog heroes undertake troubled missions in Turkey and Kazakhstan, a Malay storyteller plays cinematic games with basic narrative, and a vintage Brazilian art film is pure visual poetry. They’ve all been rescued by the World Cinema Project.

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

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Directed by Lino Brocka, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ermek Shinarbaev, Mário Peixoto, Lütfi Ö. Akad, Edward Yang

I readily confess that in my patchy history of film festival attendance, I gravitated not toward the really obscure foreign films, unless they promise to be as entertaining as things I’m more familiar with. Based on the results, one of
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Match Factory bolsters Cannes slate

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Exclusive: Sales company adds films from Alejandro Fadel, Ísold Uggadóttir.

Midway through this year’s Cannes Film Festival market, The Match Factory has acquired two titles - And Breathe Normally by Ísold Uggadóttir and Die, Monster, Die by Alejandro Fadel.

Die, Monster, Die, the latest film from the Argentinean director Alejandro Fadel, is soon to start shooting in the Argentinean province of Mendoza.

The project was developed at Cannes’ Cinéfondation Résidence and is Fadel’s second feature as a writer and director.

Fadel co-directed Love (First Part) which premiered in Venice’s Critic’s Week. As a writer, he has worked with Pablo Trapero, Damián Szifrón, Walter Salles, Adrian Caetano and Peter Weber, among others.

His first feature The Wild Ones (Los Salvajes) [pictured] premiered in Cannes’ Critic’s Week in 2012.

In Die, Monster, Die, the body of a woman is found brutally beheaded by a remote meadow at the foot of the snowy Andes. In this isolated
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Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Forever-Developing ‘The Man In The Rockefeller Suit’

Hollywood has countless projects that fall into that unholy circle known as Development Hell, where no matter how hard everyone tries, the picture just can’t get in front of cameras. “The Man In The Rockefeller Suit” is one such film, and it has been puttering around for over a half-decade as directors like Scott Cooper, Walter Salles, and Pablo Trapero all came and went.

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