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Update: The Santa Barbara Film Festival unveiled winners this morning at its traditional gala breakfast, and bestowed Yonatan Nir’s My Hero Brother with the fest’s marquee Audience Choice Award. Nir also picked up the best documentary honor for the pic, which follows a group of young people with Down syndrome embarking on a trek through the Himalayas. The 32nd annual fest wraps its run tonight with the closing-night film, Lone Scherfig’s romantic comedy Their Finest. Also… »
Protagonist Pictures has boarded sales on the project and will launch to buyers at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Set in the 1920s, the film will depict the passionate love affair between English novelist Woolf (Green) and socialite Sackville-West (Arterton), which inspired the former to write her novel Orlando.
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Fresh Ideas for Storytelling and Outreach will feature a conversation with The multi-award winning Danish director Lone Scherfig, Julie Bergeron, Head of Industry Programmes in Cannes and founder of the Rencontres de Coproduction Francophone in Paris and journalist and author Katja Eichinger will hold a conversation about Fresh Ideas for Storytelling and Outreach to Attract Audiences in a Changing Cinema Landscape.
In the face of continually changing viewing habits, sticking to the existing standards of cinema is not enough. We need to challenge the ways stories are told and find new ways for audience engagement. Which new opportunities have arisen in these fields and how can we successfully make use of them?
Embarking with us on this creative journey are multi-award winning director and writer Lone Scherfig (“An Education”, “Italians for Beginners”, “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself”) and Julie Bergeron, Head of Industry Programs in Cannes and founder »
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Other Winners include The War Show, Tom of Finland, Heartstone.
Swedish director Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood won the Dragon award for best nordic feature in Goteborg, worth $114,000 (1m Sek), making it one of the most lucrative prizes at any international film festival.
Kernell’s debut feature is a drama about a teenage Sami girl who resolves to leave behind her identity in racist 1930s society and start a new life in Uppsala. Kernell, who has Sami heritage, was inspired by her grandmother’s own story. At the Goteborg awards gala, Kernell (pictured) thanked “the elders who shared their stories with me”.
Sami Blood premiered in Venice Days and then played at festivals including Toronto, Tokyo and Dubai. LevelK handles sales.
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When Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival – the largest showcase in the Nordic countries – closes its 40th edition today. the 30,000-plus audiences must wait till next year’s programme for another selection of art house movies.
Unless they subscribe to Draken Film. The festival’s VOD service launched in 2014 to show hand-picked films from around the world. So far 3.400 subscribers are paying a monthly $8.60 to watch a repertoire of more than 300 titles from over 80 countries, with new Swedish premieres added every week.
”Six-to-seven years ago we were talking about the huge variety of cinema we would be able to receive through the web, but it did not happen – today the big VOD networks basically offer the same mainstream cinema and television series,” explained the festival’s artistic director, Jonas Holmberg.
He went on: ”So there is a huge need for niche quality streaming services like Draken Film, especially in smaller countries like Sweden, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Goteborg, Sweden The third Nordic country after Iceland and Norway to introduce an incentive programme to attract international film shoots, Finland will shortly award the first projects through the Tekes-Finnish Fund for Innovation, which is in charge of a first $10.6 million budget for 2017.
“When the Finnish production incentive was announced in September 2016, we received the first enquiries. Since we opened for applications on Jan. 1, we have been contacted by almost 20 companies. If all their projects are approved and realised, almost a third of the budget has already been allocated,” said product manager Merja Salonen, of Tekes.
The size of the audiovisual industry in Finland is €2.6 billion ($2.8 bilion) annually, including a €240 million ($259 million) turnover from film and TV productions, she added, saying that “we think that can be doubled in three years, when the effects of the incentive programme have caught on.”
The goal of the Tekes-Finnish Fund – a “consumer-oriented and competitive service, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Goteborg — Swedish helmer-writer Amanda Kernell’s debut feature “Sámi Blood” came away a big winner at the 40th Goteborg Film Festival, scoring the generously endowed (approx. $114,000) Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.
“Sámi Blood” tells the story of a teenage Sámi girl, Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok), who resolves to leave behind her Sámi identity and find a new life in Uppsala during the 1930s. The film, recently acquired for U.S. release by Synergistic Distribution, also claimed the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award for DoP Sophia Olsson.
The Swedish premiere of “Sámi Blood” capped the fest’s special focus on Sámi filmmaking. Kernell, who is herself of Sámi heritage, will soon screen the film for Sámi elders in Lapland. The fest also world-preemed Kernell’s excellent 30-minute short “I Will Always Love You Conny” in a showcase of five new films funded by Moving Sweden’s micro-budget scheme.
The audience »
- Alissa Simon
Goteborg, Sweden — “Lone Scherfig is one of the very best Nordic filmmakers of her generation. Skillfully, with curiosity, she has experimented with different aesthetic expressions, but it is always with wit and sharpness she portrays the complexity, passion and darkness in people’s lives,” said Goteborg Fest artistic director Jonas Holmberg, presenting the 207 Nordic Honorary Dragon Award to the Danish writer-director.
The prize-winner was honored with a three-film howcase of three films: 2000 Danish breakthrough, “Italian for Beginners”; her 2014 U.K. drama-thriller “The Riot Club”; and the Swedish premiere of her latest U.K. romantic dramedy, “Their Finest,” starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, opening this spring.
A film student from Paris’ Sorbonne University and the University of Copenhagen, Scherfig graduated from Copenhagen’s Danish National Film School in 1984; her feature debut was the comedy, “The Birthday Trip” (1990). After several TV series and the children’s film “On Our Own »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Owned by Sweden’s Modern Times Group – a leading international digital entertainment corporation headquartered in Stockholm – Scandinavian Svod service Viaplay Nordic has presented a line-up of 17 new TV films and series at the at 40th Göteborg Film Festival.
The roster came as Viaplay program director Fredrik Ljungberg re-confirmed that Viaplay, though it only moved into original production two years, has the ambition of becoming “the Nordic leader of scripted content.”
“Our strategy is to push hard on original content, primarily Nordic, or with a Nordic connection, without a slide in the quality of the works,” stated Ljungberg, programme director for Viaplay & Viasat Nordic since October 2014.
Just announced for the fall is “The Lawyer”, a Swedish Sf Studios production for Viaplay-TV3, sold in terantionally by Studiocanal, and based on an original concept by Jens Lapidus, “The Bridge” creator Hans Rosenfeldt and Michael Hjorth. Principal production for the 10 part series will begin »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Lone Scherfig's Their Finest is a film that delights in film itself. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, the director's follow-up to 2014's The Riot Club is a WWII comedy, chronicling a British movie crew as they attempt to boost morale through propaganda films. Though the film is based on a novel by Lissa Evans, the Danish filmmaker made sure to immerse herself in the subject… »
An international trailer has arrived online for the upcoming adaptation of Their Finest. Directed by Lone Scherfig, the romantic comedy stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy; watch it below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our review of Their Finest here
1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered with fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), the pair, along with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), reluctantly joins forces on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the Us public.
- Amie Cranswick
On Jan. 27, as Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland” opens the 40th Göteborg Intl. Film Festival at the Swedish city’s Draken cinema, the whole province will participate, not just the 700 filmgoers in the theater.
“To celebrate the anniversary the whole ceremony, including the film, will be shown in 40 cinemas around Göteborg,” says the festival’s artistic director Jonas Holmberg, who is responsible for the program of 450 films from 84 countries that will unspool before the fest’s Feb. 6 wrap.
“What I love about Göteborg is the combination of a large, devoted audience and a high-profile, artistically ambitious program,” Holmberg says. “We will also continue to develop our market platform, the Nordic Film Market.”
Among the world premieres are U.K. director Elizabeth E. Schuch’s “The Book of Birdie,” Swedish director Manuel Concha’s “Blind Alley,” Icelandic director Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen’s “Rift,” and “Eternity,” the new film »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Festival to screen 131 films, of which 36 are directed or co-directed by women.
Richard Gere will kick off festivities with the opening night gala screening of Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer. The festival runs from March 3-12.
Cuba is prominently featured in the programme. Kenny Ortega’s A Change Of Heart gets its world premiere and filmed in Miami and stars Gloria Estefan, Aimee Teegarden, Virginia Madsen, Jim Belushi and William Levy.
Fernando Perez’s Last Days In Havana (Últimos Días En La Habana) will receive its North American premiere. Uruguayan-Argentinian director Adrián Caetano, who competed in Cannes in 2006 with Chronicle Of An Escape, will debut The Lost Brother (El Otro Hermano) starring Leonardo Sbaraglia and Daniel Hendler.
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In her native Denmark, Lone Scherfig began her career directing award-winning commercials and television dramas. Her feature film credits…
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- Laura Berger
The latest films from Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog, Paul Verhoeven, Ben Wheatley, Francois Ozon and Olivier Assayas headline next month’s Glasgow Film Festival, an event whose profile has grown in recent years.
The program boasts 310 events and screenings of more than 180 films from 38 countries, including nine world or international premieres, three European premieres and 65 U.K. premieres.
As previously announced, the festival in Scotland will open with the European premiere of John Butler’s Irish coming-of-age drama “Handsome Devil,” which debuted at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival last September. It will close with the world premiere of locally produced biopic “Mad to Be Normal,” directed by Robert Mullan and starring David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) as renowned Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing. The film also features Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon.
- Robert Mitchell
The Glasgow Film Festival has announced the full line-up for the 13th edition of the festival, which runs between March 15th and March 19th.
This year’s programme includes 9 world and international premieres, 65 UK premieres and 67 Scottish premieres, including the likes of John Butler’s Irish coming-of-age charmer Handsome Devil and Mad To Be Normal starring David Tennant as infamous Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing.
UK Premieres include Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndro, while the festival also features the first Scottish screenings for films such as Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe-winning Elle, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire; Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper, and Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling.
See Also: Horror Channel FrightFest announces 2017 Glasgow Film Festival line-up
“I am thrilled that the 2017 festival is bringing so many UK premieres to Glasgow audiences, »
- Gary Collinson
The complete programme for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival, which kicks off on 15th February has been released. The festival, which runs through until February 26th, will feature over 310 separate events and screenings of films from 38 countries.
Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe-winning Elle, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire; Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest; Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper, and Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling will also play at the festival.
As we announced previously, John Butler’s Irish coming-of-age charmer Handsome Devil will open the festival on the evening of the 15th February, while Mad To Be Normal, starring David Tennant as infamous Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing, will close the festival on the 26th.
The festival »
- Paul Heath
The full programme for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 15-26) has been revealed.
The festival will host 65 UK premieres, 67 Scottish premieres and nine world and international premieres.
Other highlights include UK Premieres of Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey [pictured], Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome and Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope.
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- Indiewire Staff
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its upcoming 32nd edition, including its international gala event and opening and closing films.
Running from Feb. 1-11, the festival will open with the world premiere of the documentary “Charged,” and will close on a period note with Lone Scherfig’s comedy-drama “Their Finest,” which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
This year’s festival will offer a wide array of films from over 50 countries, and will feature 51 world premieres and 64 Us premieres, along with tributes to the year’s top talent, and panel discussions.
The festival will kick off the festival on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a screening of “Charged,” a documentary directed by Phillip Baribeau, which chronicles the journey of chef and outdoorsman, Eduardo Garcia and his recovery after being electrocuted by 2,400 volts of electricity, miles from help in the Montana backcountry. Garcia had his hand amputated, »
- Will Thorne
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