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7 items from 2014


Berlin Film Review: ‘Land of Storms’

20 February 2014 2:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A diffident gay soccer player enters into a stormy relationship with a straight-identified builder in “Land of Storms,” a remarkably confident debut from Adam Csaszi. Boasting exceptional performances and evocative visuals, thanks to well-considered lensing paired with deep tonalities possible only on celluloid, “Land” barely puts a foot wrong. Too bad the last scene has such unfortunate resonances: The script discarded several facts from the case it’s based on, so why retain a finale that harks back to a more moralistic era? Notwithstanding this miscalculation, Csaszi’s trenchant drama of desire and homophobia deserves fest and arthouse attention.

Hungarian Szabolcs, nicknamed Szabi (Andras Suto), is a star player on a German team awash in the usual athletic machismo. Unsure about his direction in life and distressed by a fight with roommate Bernard (Sebastian Urzendowsky, “Goodbye First Love”), Szabi sabotages his favored position in the coach’s esteem and suddenly »

- Jay Weissberg

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Arri sells Little Ghost to Us/Canada

3 February 2014 4:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arri Worldwide secures North American deal ahead of the Efm, where it will showcase two market premieres.

Arri Worldsales has sealed a North American deal ahead of this week’s European Film Market (Efm) with Vertical Entertainment for Alain Gsponer’s family film The Little Ghost.

Santa Monica-based Vertical acquired all Us and Canadian rights for the adaptation of Otfried Preussler’s internationally bestselling children’s classic, which has been sold to 24 countries worldwide to date.

Vertical Entertainment, which was launched last year by industry veterans Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin, has previously released such family films as the animated feature Freedom Force and the Russian 3D animated film The Snow Queen. produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

Market premieres

Frederik Steiner’s award-winning Zurich (Und Morgen Mittag Bin Ich Tot) is one of two market premieres being presented by Arri Worldsales at the Efm in Berlin this week.

The film about a young woman suffering from cystic fibrosis »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Arri sells Little Ghost to Us

3 February 2014 4:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arri Worldwide secures North American deal ahead of the Efm, where it will showcase two market premieres.

Arri Worldsales has sealed a North American deal ahead of this week’s European Film Market (Efm) with Vertical Entertainment for Alain Gsponer’s family film The Little Ghost.

Santa Monica-based Vertical acquired all Us and Canadian rights for the adaptation of Otfried Preussler’s internationally bestselling children’s classic, which has been sold to 24 countries worldwide to date.

Vertical Entertainment, launched last year by industry veterans Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin, had previously acquired Tim Fehlbaum’s apocalyptic thriller Hell from Arri.

Market premieres

Frederik Steiner’s award-winning Zurich (Und Morgen Mittag Bin Ich Tot) is one of two market premieres being presented by Arri Worldsales at the Efm in Berlin this week.

The film about a young woman suffering from cystic fibrosis who travels to Switzerland to end her life received the prize in the Newcomer category at this »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Eighteen Pix Vie for Debut Helmer Prize at Berlin Film Festival

23 January 2014 11:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Eighteen films will compete for the best first feature award at the Berlin Film Festival, which comes with a Euros 50,000 ($68,500) prize, shared by the director and the producer.

Entries of note include hotly tipped competish title “’71,” helmed by Yann Demange, Wes Bentley-starrer “Things People Do,” whose helmer Saar Klein earned Oscar noms as one of the editors on “Almost Famous” and “The Thin Red Line,” and Germany-based American helmer Damian John Harper’s “Los Angeles,” which is about a Mexican villager fighting the local gangsters.

The jury members are Italian actress and director Valeria Golino, U.S. director Nancy Buirski and Argentine producer Hernan Musaluppi.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 15.

Competition

“’71” (U.K.) Dir: Yann Demange. With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer.

“Historia del miedo” (History of Fear) (Argentina/Uruguay/Germany/France) Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. With Jonathan Da Rosa, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlinale name First Feature jury

23 January 2014 7:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nancy Buirski [pictured], Valeria Golino and Hernán Musaluppi to decide on the Best First Feature Award; 18 films are in contention.

Berlinale has unveiled the three-person jury for its Best First Feature Award.

Us director and producer Nancy Buirski, Italian actress and director Valeria Golino and Argentinian producer Hernán Musaluppi will decide the award, with the winner announced at the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb 15.

The award comes with a €50,000 prize, donated by the Gwff, and will be split between the producer and director of the winning film, while the director will also be awarded with a high-quality viewfinder.

A total of 18 directorial debuts have been nominated by the heads of the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

They are:

Competition

´71 - United Kingdom 

By Yann Demange

With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer

Historia del miedo (History of Fear) – Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France

By Benjamin Naishtat

With Jonathan Da Rosa, [link »

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

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Berlin completes Panorama line-up

17 January 2014 5:08 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A total of 24 world premieres are included in the Berlinale’s Panorama selection, which has added a number of Asian productions.

Some 36 films from 29 countries will feature in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16), of which 24 will be world premieres.

Most recently invited are works from Norway, Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Iran, Georgia, Greece, Hungary and Austria – with returning filmmakers Elfi Mikesch and Umut Dağ, who opened Panorama 2012 with Kuma, his directorial debut.

New titles include a number of Asian productions. In Ieji (Homeland) by Japan’s Nao Kubota, a farmer’s son, who first fled to the city, explores his home village in the Fukushima district, an area that is actually still a no-go zone following the disaster at the region’s nuclear power plant.

In the South Korean film Night Flight, LeeSong Hee-il presents a duel between two schoolmates. LeeSong previously showed the films No Regret and White Night in Panorama »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama Section Completes Lineup

17 January 2014 4:49 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section, which is devoted to art-house cinema, with a particular focus on auteur movies, has completed its lineup of fiction pics. It includes 24 world premieres.

The selection has a strong Asian contingent, with several titles from the continent added.

Panorama’s main program will open on Feb. 6 with a Vietnamese sci-fi pic, “2030.” In Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo’s film, the ocean levels have risen and the land of many farmers is now under water. Vegetables are cultivated on floating farms, a catastrophic situation from which global corporations want to profit.

Nao Kubota’s “Homeland” follows a farmer’s son from the Fukushima district of Japan, who has fled to the city. He returns to his home village, which lies in a no-go zone following the nuclear disaster.

In the South Korean film “Night Flight,” LeeSong Hee-il presents a poignantly unsettling duel between two schoolmates »

- Leo Barraclough

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