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An uplifting drama, the Alicia Wikander starrer is repped by Paris-based MK2 and is produced by B-Reel, one of Scandinavia’s leading indie shingle. Wikander toplines as a young and thriving interior designer who falls into depression after delivering a severly-ill child. As her perfect life falls apart, the young woman starts attending an unconventional group therapy.
The micro-budgeted “Hotell” world-preemed at Toronto and competed at Marrakech Film Festival where it was also part of the spotlight on Scandinavian cinema. MK2 is currently in negotiations to close the U.K. and the U.S., among other territories. Previous deals have been signed for France (Diaphana), Benelux (Wild Bunch), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), ex-Yugoslavia (Demiug) and Turkey (Calinos).
Patrik Andersson, head of development and producer at B-Reel, said the shingle is now in early development on Langseth’s follow-up “Euforia, »
- Elsa Keslassy
A new study for the BFI finds that UK independent films were more likely to be profitable if they had women in key backstage roles, yet the gender is still under-represented
• Datablog: How well are women represented in the UK independent film industry?
Employing women in writing and directing roles makes business sense, yet is still relatively rare, suggests a new study by the BFI. The report, Succes de plume? Female Screenwriters and Directors of UK Films 2010-2012, indicates 30% of the most successful and profitable independent British films of the period had a female screenwriter and/or director.
The disproportion comes from a comparison of the percentage of female directors (11%) and writers (16%) of all UK indies in that period with the equivalent stats for the top 20 films at the box office. Of these, 18% had a female director and 37% a female writer.
Key figures boosting the stats include Emma Thompson, who »
- Catherine Shoard
New figures from the British Film Institute suggest a "breakthrough" over the past three years for female screenwriters, while the number of women directing UK independent films remains low. How well are women represented in this industry?
• Get the data
Under-representation of women in key creative and production roles in the film industry has been well-documented for many years. The latest figures from the British Film Institute (BFI), looking at female screenwriters and directors of UK independent films, provide a varied set of results.
According to the BFI, there has been something of a "breakthrough" over the past three years with the representation of female screenwriters in the top 20 UK independent films reaching 37%.
The BFI also break this figure down by profitable films, with profitability estimated from an indicator developed by the BFI research and statistics unit. Of the profitable UK independent films over the same period, 30% had a female screenwriter. »
- Ami Sedghi
Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has picked up David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars, starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore and John Cusack, and Tobias Lindholm’s thriller A Hijacking (Kapringen), about a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates.
Mfa+ has also picked up producer/actor Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater, which premiered at this year’s SXSW festival and won the audience award for best feature at Prague’s Fresh Film Festival.
Munich-based Tiberius Film came back from Santa Monica with another three titles in its luggage along with the films it had picked up at the beginning of the market.
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Production on buzz script Brooklyn has come together with a bang at the beginning of the America Film Market.
HanWay has boarded sales on the prestige period-drama, which will see in-demand Atonement and Hanna star Saoirse Ronan lead a top cast featuring Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Sarah Gadon.
The London-based sales outfit has inked deals with Lionsgate UK for distribution in the UK and Ireland and Transmission for rights in Australia and New Zealand.
The film follows Nora (Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a brighter future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her initial homesickness, she falls in »
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Belle director and stars discuss their frustration with women’s portrayal in the media and both new opportunities and ongoing challenges for black actors.
After Belle’s standing ovation at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Screen sat down with director Amma Asante and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Reid to discuss the period-drama’s strong message about female agency.
“Belle is as much about gender as it is about status and class,” acknowledges director Asante.
“These are the subjects that interest me as a filmmaker. There’s still a need to talk about them and throw them out there.”
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Touch star Mbatha-Raw), Asante’s sophomore feature charts the trials and tribulations of the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral in late 18th Century England.
The Toronto premiere, picked up by Fox Searchlight for most of the world, is set against »
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Polish director honoured for 'courageous' tale looking at the legacy of the Holocaust in his homeland
• Review: four stars for Ida
The Observer's former film critic Philip French announced the Best Film award, saying: "The jury greatly admired Ida, the first film made in his native Poland by a director who came to prominence while living in Britain. We were deeply moved by a courageous film that handles, with subtlety and insight, a painfully controversial historical situation – the German occupation and the Holocaust – which continues to resonate."
The Guardian's film critic, Peter Bradshaw, was one of many who welcomed Pawlikowski's new work last week. Coming after the director's acclaimed Last Resort, from 2000, and My Summer of Love, made in 2004, it was, he wrote, "a small gem, tender and bleak, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
It saw off competition from the likes of Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Peter Landesman’s JFK drama Parkland and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson (click here for full list).
The film previously won the Fipresci International Critics’ Award at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and the top prize at Poland’s Gdynia Film Festival.
Ida is a co-production »
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The pic follows a Roman Catholic novice nun in Poland as she tries to find out what happened to her parents during the Nazi occupation.
The award was announced by film critic Philip French, who was prexy of the official competition jury. French said: “The jury greatly admired ‘Ida,’ the first film made in his native Poland by a director who came to prominence while living in Britain. We were deeply moved by a courageous film that handles, with subtlety and insight, a painfully controversial historical situation — the German occupation and the Holocaust — which continues to resonate. Special praise went to his use of immersive visual language to create a lasting emotional impact.”
- Leo Barraclough
Christopher Lee To Receive 2013 BFI Fellowship Sir Christopher Lee will be this year’s recipient of the BFI Fellowship. The organization’s highest honor will be presented October 19during the awards ceremony for the BFI London Film Festival. The Fellowship is in recognition of outstanding contribution to film or television. Last year there was a double recipient in the form of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. Lee, who was knighted in 2009, has more than 250 acting credits — from his feature debut in 1948 with Corridor Of Mirrors to Hammer Films’ Dracula and The Lord Of The Rings‘ trilogy. The BFI will screen several of Lee’s most iconic performances during its upcoming Gothic season. The BFI today also announced juries for the London Film Festival. The nascent competitive section will be judged by film critic and journalist Phillip French, director Lone Scherfig, visual artist Stan Douglas, actress Miranda Richardson, author Deborah Moggach, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
The British Film Institute will award Christopher Lee its highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, it was announced Monday in London. Lee, who was knighted in 2009, has appeared in more than 250 films and TV shows, including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Lee, pictured above with BFI festival director and head of cinemas Clare Stewart, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Lff CEO Amanda Nevill, will be presented with the honor at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 19.
Announcement was made by Mayor Johnson and the BFI team. Stewart also announced the Lff jury.
The Best Film Award will be presented to the winner of the Official Competition;
President of the Best Film Jury is film critic and journalist Philip French; his fellow jurors are Lone Scherfig (“An Education”), Canadian-based visual artist Stan Douglas, actress Miranda Richardson, screenwriter Deborah Moggach and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (“Argo”).
- Carole Horst
Veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee is to be honoured at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival Awards.
The 91-year-old actor will receive a BFI Fellowship - the British Film Institute’s highest honour - at the awards on Oct 19.
Lee, knighted in 2009 for his services to drama and charity, has featured in more than 250 films including memorable performances in Dracula, The Wicker Man, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Man with the Golden Gun, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Star Wars prequels.
The BFI has also announced its jury line-up with critic Phillip French assuming the presidency of the Best Film Jury. His fellow jurors are Lone Scherfig, Stan Douglas, Miranda Richardson, Deborah Moggach and Rodrigo Prieto.
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Christopher Nolan, director of The Prestige, Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy, has worked with Michael Stokes to adapt award-winning author Ruth Rendell’s psychological crime thriller ‘The Keys To The Street‘ into a film of the same name. Set to star Gemma Arterton and Tim Roth, The Keys To The Street is about a woman who escapes from her violent husband and subsequently has an affair that doesn’t quite go as planned. The film will be directed by Julius Seveik and is being produced by Pretty Pictures and Apollo Productions. The project’s producers are Gail Mutrux, president of Pretty Pictures, and Steve Norris, Apollo Productions CEO.
The Keys To The Street is intended to start production in early 2014, with Myriad and CAA responsible for the Us sales rights. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico, the film’s executive producer, said:
‘We think that audiences will love how Christopher Nolan »
- Tom Durbin
Conservative party members link funding of drama about the drunken exploits of young Tories to the decision to cut film industry subsidies
• News on the BFI's takeover from the UK Film Council
Conservative MPs have cried foul over the British Film Institute's decision to fund a new movie portraying the drunken exploits of the notorious Bullingdon Club, which once counted David Cameron and Boris Johnson as members.
The drama, Posh, is based on the Royal Court play of the same name by Laura Wade, which later transferred to the West End. Due out next year and starring Max (son of Jeremy) Irons, Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer and Douglas Booth, it focuses on a group of decadent Oxford University students called The Riot Club that causes chaos at a pub during a swanky dinner. The upper class yobs sneak in a prostitute, wreck »
- Ben Child
Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have confirmed a number of top filmmakers in mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.
This year’s participants are directors Afarin Eghbal, Laura Smith, Andrew Lang, Henry Darke and Carmel Winters, writers Andy Yerlett, Lucy Moore, Martin Wallace and Thomas Martin, and producers Jessica Levick, Rob Watson and Alexa Seligman.
Each mentor is paired with a mentee they work with over nine months. Some mentorships extend beyond this scheme — for instance producer Nicky Bentham was mentored by Eon’s Barbara Broccoli, who is now executive producing Bentham’s The Silent Storm.
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It's been over a year since we heard anything regarding the psychological thriller Mission: Blacklist. Robert Pattinson signed on to play soldier-turned-intelligence agent Eric Maddox, the man who spearheaded the capture of Saddam Hussein. Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) wrote the screenplay based on Maddox's 2008 book, Mission: Black List #1 – The Inside Story Of The Search For Saddam Hussein – As Told By The Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture (as a rule, non-fiction books must have at least 15 words in their title). Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) was attached to direct, but now Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt (Falkenberg Farewell) is on board to make his English-language debut. According to Deadline, filming is set to begin this fall. As for Pattinson, he'll be seen later this year in the futuristic western The Rover. He's also attached to David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, James Marsh's Hold on to Me, and Lone Scherfig's Posh. »
- Matt Goldberg
Budding filmmakers: You have until July 15th to apply for a the Reykjavík International Film Festival's Transatlantic Talent Lab, a wholly unique educational experience taking place over four days this fall in one of the world's most truly spectacular settings. Bringing together hopeful filmmakers from Europe and America who want to meet up with other like-minded individuals, the lab consists of a schedule "stuffed with great films, workshops, events and seminars." Running October 1st-5th, 2013 -- parallel to the Reykjavík International Film Festival (this fall celebrating its 10th year) -- the labs have seen the likes of Dario Argento, Jim Jarmusch, Milos Forman, Béla Tarr, Lone Scherfig, Richie O'Donnell, James Marsh, Arto Halonen, Baltasar Kormákur, João Pedro Rodrigues, Jessica Hausner, Giorgos Lanthimos and Valdis Oskarsdottir, producers Peter Wintonick and Cédomir Kolar, actors Paprika Steen and Ulrich Thomsen, Tiff director Cameron Bailey and Tribeca director »
- Peter Knegt
On Wednesday 19 June 2013 all eyes turned to Scotland as this year’s edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival got underway. Established in 1947, the festival can lay claim to being both the longest running film festival in the world and one of the most successful. The Eiff has acquired a reputation for showcasing an acclaimed mix of international hits and home-grown gems: Oscar-nominated crowd-pleaser Billy Elliot premiered here. This year, from 19-30 June, festival highlights include Glasgow-set romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending, the reimagining of Henry James’ What Maisie Knew and the UK premiere of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
The Eiff’s location, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, has been the setting for many celebrated movies. Edinburgh’s seventeenth-century cobbled streets, wide Georgian boulevards and iconic extinct volcano make it a pretty spectacular setting, yet it’s not the only popular filming location in Scotland. A wide »
- Francesca Street
From the enduring popularity of Mad Men to the upcoming fifty-year anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, the 1960s remains an era firmly planted in our popular consciousness. A decade of immense social change, it saw the rise of the Civil Rights movement and its fight for racial equality, the coming of the sexual revolution, the growth of the fashion industry and the growth of modern popular music.
As a result, the ‘60s remains an alluring decade for film-makers and directors and in the past five years there has been an influx of 60s-set films, but which are worth seeing? Read on to find out as we highlight the top three recent movies set in the 1960s, chosen due to their ability to be both entertaining and thought-provoking:
3. An Education (2009)
- Francesca Street
Indiewire's own Women and Hollywood editor Melissa Silverstein has just published an ebook, "In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing," a collection of more than 40 interviews with feature and documentary women filmmakers from around the world. Interviewees include Sally Potter ("Ginger & Rosa"), Debra Granik ("Winter's Bone"), Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), Callie Khouri ("Mad Money"), Lone Scherfig ("An Education") and Lynn Shelton ("Touchy Feely"). The book, which is also available as a paperback through Amazon, is Silverstein's first, and is intended as part of a growing canon of writings, interviews and events from Women and Hollywood. Silverstein is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Athena Film Festival, an annual fest at New York City's Barnard College highlighting women and leadership. »
- Beth Hanna
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