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Growing Spanish buyer strikes for Berlin winner and Sundance hit 'God's Own Country'

16 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Spanish arthouse distributor Karma inks deals for several titles and broadens its slate.

Spanish distribution outfit Karma Films has picked up rights to Hungarian feature On Body And Soul, the distinctive love story by Ilidko Enyedi that won the Golden Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Karma have also inked deals for the UK’s God’s Own Country, by Francis Lee, Georgian-Russian Hostages, by Rezo Gigineishvili, The Leisure Seaker, by Paolo Virzi, which stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, and Maudie, by Aisling Walsh, with Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins.

The latter two additions are part of a new strategy for Karma Films.

Daniel Bajo, head of acquisitions at the company, told Screen: “We are looking to broaden our offer with bigger productions and titles that can reach a more mainstream audience and multiplex theatres without giving up what has defined us from the start: quality and auteur cinema.”

Karma Films, formed »

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That auteur do it: can big name directors continue to thrive on the small screen?

17 February 2017 4:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Spike Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn and the Coens are set to join the ongoing exodus to TV, yet there are lessons to be learned from those who have gone before

In his 2015 film Youth, Italian film-maker Paolo Sorrentino used Harvey Keitel’s character Mick as a mouthpiece, delivering a diatribe about the war between film and TV through the ageing director’s dialogue. “This is cinema, and that’s just television!” he tells his muse. “Television is shit!” Her ominous response? “Television is the future, Mick.”

Smash cut to the beginning of 2017 and Sorrentino’s unveiling The Young Pope, perhaps his most opulent vision to date – in 10 parts on HBO. He’s just one of the many artists making a mass exodus from the cinema to TV, lured by the promises of handsome budgets, greater creative control, and the wider canvas of extended run times. Danish enfant terrible Nicolas Winding Refn »

- Charles Bramesco

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‘The Young Pope’ Review: Finale Upends Expectations By Delivering What Everyone’s Been Waiting To See

13 February 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the first season of “The Young Pope.”]

Lenny showed his face to his people, and it may have killed him.

When “The Young Pope” premiered, we may have expected Lenny to die — an assassination seemed imminent, given his controversial positions — but it never seemed likely he would bend to peer pressure and give the people what they want: him. Lenny. The pope, in the flesh, unmasked and preaching…happiness?

Paolo Sorrentino’s first five episodes were filled with contradictions: Lenny was a young pope with old attitudes, and his elderly peers had far more progressive minds. Though he knew he was a handsome man (and called attention to it frequently), Lenny refused to let anyone take his photograph. From the astounding contradiction that Lenny was a pope who might not believe in God, to the simple sound of his first name — calling the Pope “Lenny” has a formal discrepancy to it, like saying “Hey Barry” to the »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Young Pope’ Review: Finale Upends Expectations By Delivering What Everyone’s Been Waiting To See

13 February 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the first season of “The Young Pope.”]

Lenny showed his face to his people, and it may have killed him.

When “The Young Pope” premiered, we may have expected Lenny to die — an assassination seemed imminent, given his controversial positions — but it never seemed likely he would bend to peer pressure and give the people what they want: him. Lenny. The pope, in the flesh, unmasked and preaching…happiness?

Paolo Sorrentino’s first five episodes were filled with contradictions: Lenny was a young pope with old attitudes, and his elderly peers had far more progressive minds. Though he knew he was a handsome man (and called attention to it frequently), Lenny refused to let anyone take his photograph. From the astounding contradiction that Lenny was a pope who might not believe in God, to the simple sound of his first name — calling the Pope “Lenny” has a formal discrepancy to it, like saying “Hey Barry” to the »

- Ben Travers

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'The Young Pope' Season Finale Recap: A Face in the Crowd

13 February 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Let's begin at the end. Literally, at "The End," superimposed in all caps over an image of the entire planet just moments after the series' title occupied the same cosmic space. Paolo Sorrentino's daring, dizzying, dazzling show finished its first season by literally emblazoning its name across the Earth. That's a level of ambition that Pope Pius Xiii himself would love.

But it turns out that the man once known as Lenny Belardo loves more than just outsized dreams of power – and more than just himself, too, as he »

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Television Takes on New Meaning in Trump’s America (Column)

9 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the third episode of “The Young Pope,” the insinuations of the first two episodes become uncomfortable reality: The newly anointed Pius Xii (Jude Law) is an unstable egomaniac. Lenny — the pope’s name, before he ascended to “His Holiness” — spends the opening two episodes obsessing over his first homily to the public, in a push-and-pull with Vatican leadership and the protocols of the divine office. When he does finally deliver his speech, at the end of the second hour, it so provocatively breaks with tradition that it is deeply destabilizing, for both the public and the Vatican’s status quo.

Lenny revels in it. “I’ve always been uncomfortable with wisdom,” he tells a confidant, basking in the triumph of his upset — both in unruffling the world with his speech, and in beating the odds of the papal conclave to become the next pope. “I don’t care about loving my neighbor as myself. I »

- Sonia Saraiya

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'The Young Pope' Recap: Out of Africa

6 February 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It was the best of Popes, it was the worst of Popes. Tonight's episode contained both individual shots and lengthy segments that are as successful as anything the HBO show has put on screen so far – but it's also the first installment of the series that feels like a substantial failure. It's oddly appropriate: The storyline, in which Pope Pius Xiii exits his comfort zone by leaves the cozy confines of his papal palaces and travels abroad to meet his public, is the one in which co-writer/director Paolo Sorrentino wanders off course himself. »

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‘Tickled’: HBO Set to Debut Brand New Follow-Up Special Alongside Bizarre Documentary’s Broadcast Premiere

6 February 2017 10:29 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO is pulling out all the stops when it comes to their broadcast debut of David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s fascinating, uncomfortable and fascinatingly uncomfortable “Tickled.” The Sundance documentary will bow on the cable outfit on Monday, February 27, where it will be accompanied by a brand new special entitled “The Tickle King,” which includes 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage.

Read More: ‘Tickled’ Doc Creator Involved In Heated Confrontation With Film’s Subjects At L.A. Premiere — Watch

Tickled” chronicles Farrier’s bizarre interactions with the world of “competitive endurance tickling,” a “sport” he discovered online and one that features young men who are paid to be tied up and tickled for a series of increasingly strange videos. But it’s not the existence of the videos or the sport that drive “Tickled,” it’s Farrier’s wholly unexpected interactions with the people who are behind the phenomenon. When Farrier, a »

- Kate Erbland

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Joan Collins and Pauline Collins star in Trailer and Poster for The Time of Their Lives

1 February 2017 10:23 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

In 2015, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel stuck two fingers up at the film industry with the Paolo Sorrentino directed Youth. It proved to the whole industry just because you’ve reached a certain age doesn’t mean you’ve lost your talent or appeal to the movie going public. In fact over the last few years we have seen actors such as Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro all prove they are all digging their heels in and not going anywhere.

Now it’s time for the ladies to get in on the act with Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins – who we last saw make an appearance in last year’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (The Last Dragon Slayer, Albert Nobbs) and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero (Django, Django Unchained) all starring in the upcoming feel-good comedy, The Time of Their Lives »

- Zehra Phelan

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Grappling with genius by Anne-Katrin Titze

30 January 2017 7:29 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Denis Lavant as Louis-Ferdinand Céline with Bébert

Paolo Sorrentino begins his Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) with a quote about imaginary travel from Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Journey To The End Of The Night. Céline's novels changed French literature forever and influenced writers all over the world since the early 1930s. Is it possible, Emmanuel Bourdieu's probing film asks, to reconcile the literary genius with his anti-Semitic pamphlets and statements?

Céline and Lucette (Géraldine Pailhas) with Milton Hindus (Philip Desmeules)

In the green room at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, the director of Louis-Ferdinand Céline and I discussed the terror of a genius, the score by Grégoire Hetzel, casting Denis Lavant of Léos Carax's Holy Motors fame, creating a tune for a William Blake poem, how Géraldine Pailhas helped with the costumes, bird sounds, and Bébert, the cat. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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'The Young Pope' Recap: Unholy Roman Emperor

29 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Prepare the Sistine Chapel."

Move over, "Release the Kraken" – there's a new godlike command in town, and its word is law. (Jude Law, to be precise.) With this order, Pope Pius Xiii and The Young Pope alike begin their greatest triumph: an address to the Cardinals delivered in full papal regalia, towering tiara and all. The fact that the Holy Father gets his gear on in a full-fledged dress-up montage soundtracked by Lmfao's "Sexy and I Know It" doesn't undercut the totalitarian coming-out party that follows; if anything, it enhances it. »

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Clive Owen Stars as an Enigmatic Bartender in Paolo Sorrentino’s Stylish Short Film ‘Killer in Red’

27 January 2017 11:09 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paolo Sorrentino has been making buzz with his HBO series “The Young Pope,” a provocative yet satisfyingly rich drama like no other. Now, the filmmaker returns behind the camera in the noir short film “Killer in Red.”

Starting Clive Owen, the project is an extended ad for the alcoholic liqueur Campari, written by Sorrentino and based on an original story by J. Walter Thompson.

Killer in Red” begins with a bartender making a cocktail when Owen, who is always late and “looks like a lot of people,” walks into the empty bar looking for a woman. While he waits for her, the man pours him a drink and tells him a story about his old bartender teacher, Floyd (Owen), who used to craft cocktails explicitly for people.

Read More: ‘The Escape’: Clive Owen Returns as The Driver in Neill Blomkamp’s New BMW Short Film — Watch

As Floyd’s story unfolds, »

- Liz Calvario

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Clive Owen Serves Up Campari In New Short Film Directed By Paolo Sorrentino

27 January 2017 8:53 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When directors turn to commercials, the contained parameters of promotional materials means their trademark aesthetics can sometimes be heightened. And certainly for Paolo Sorrentino, his penchant for decadence is very much on display in this short film for Campari.

Clive Owen stars as the world’s sexiest bartender, who serves up drinks and stories to a variety of attractive women, leading to the creation of the titular drink. It’s a nifty premise that’s played out in high style, with plenty of ’80s costuming, a sprawling cast, and visual pizzazz.

Continue reading Clive Owen Serves Up Campari In New Short Film Directed By Paolo Sorrentino at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Podcast: Bingeworthy™ Talks ‘The Young Pope’ & Our Most Anticipated Shows For 2017

25 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For episode 5 of Bingeworthy™, I’m joined by Will Ashton, my fellow contributor at The Playlist. We share our thoughts on HBO‘s latest series, “The Young Pope.” With Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino at the helm, the series has unexpectedly spawned its own meme, making this drama particularly ripe for discussion.

Read More: The Beautiful, Bonkers Blasphemy Of Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’ [Venice Review]

We also share our picks for most anticipated shows coming this year and avoid the temptation to simply make the podcast all FX shows, all the time.

Continue reading Podcast: Bingeworthy™ Talks ‘The Young Pope’ & Our Most Anticipated Shows For 2017 at The Playlist. »

- Kimber Myers

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'The Young Pope' Recap: Sex and the Single Saint

23 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's not TV. It's The Young Pope.

We hope HBO will pardon our repurposing of their famous catchphrase for the sake of celebrating what creator Paolo Sorrentino, star Jude Law and everyone else involved in this extraordinary pulp-prestige TV project have wrought. But hey, if the slogan fits, wear it. Flip the channels or scroll through the streaming services all you want, but you won't find anything like this. Its combination of tightly controlled tone with beautifully bizarre flights of fancy and absolutely colossal camp stands alone. It's Hannibal for lapsed Catholics. »

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‘The Young Pope’: How an HBO Drama Thrived After All Those Memes, and The Funniest Moments Yet

23 January 2017 12:21 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When “The Young Pope” debuted overseas, America kept quiet. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016 and then on Italian TV in late October, Jude Law devotees and Paolo Sorrentino aficionados were aware, but little spirit — holy or otherwise — survived the trip across the pond. Even when HBO announced the premiere date and sent out a trailer in early December, it took another month for the series to catch fire and send white smoke billowing from the internet’s chimney.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino Explains That Stellar Opening Sequence, Kangaroos and More

Yet when the signal sounded, the dopest pope of TV was quickly coronated. Memes, fan art, and more funny commentary spread across the web like prayers during lent — quickly and in droves. We’ve discussed them a few times already, but here are a few choice offerings to set the mood:

i’m »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Young Pope’: How an HBO Drama Thrived After All Those Memes, and The Funniest Moments Yet

23 January 2017 12:21 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When “The Young Pope” debuted overseas, America kept quiet. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016 and then on Italian TV in late October, Jude Law devotees and Paolo Sorrentino aficionados were aware, but little spirit — holy or otherwise — survived the trip across the pond. Even when HBO announced the premiere date and sent out a trailer in early December, it took another month for the series to catch fire and send white smoke billowing from the internet’s chimney.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino Explains That Stellar Opening Sequence, Kangaroos and More

Yet when the signal sounded, the dopest pope of TV was quickly coronated. Memes, fan art, and more funny commentary spread across the web like prayers during lent — quickly and in droves. We’ve discussed them a few times already, but here are a few choice offerings to set the mood:

i’m »

- Ben Travers

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Fact-Checking 'The Young Pope': How Accurate is the HBO Series?

23 January 2017 10:37 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

After premiering at the Venice Film Festival last year, Paolo Sorrentino’s new show The Young Pope starring Jude Law has been causing quite a stir. From breaking ratings records in Italy to inspiring a global meme of papal song lyrics, the critically lauded show, now airing on HBO, had more pre-launch buzz than most established franchises. While some conservative outlets were shocked and offended with the series' portrayal of a young American pope, most Church reviews have been very favorable.

Indeed throughout the first season of the show the production worked with consultants from the Catholic Church. But just how »

- Ariston Anderson

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‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino Explains That Stellar Opening Sequence, Kangaroos and More

22 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Young Pope’s” opening title sequence made its debut Sunday night and, true to form, it was both a confounding and delightful experience to watch. Viewers had to wait until the series’ third episode aired to see the official sequence for creative reasons.

“In the first two episodes we don’t see that because they were longer,” creator and director Paolo Sorrentino told IndieWire. “Rather than sacrifice a scene, I preferred to cut the initial sequence.”

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’ Review: Jude Law Rules With Old Testament Authority in HBO Series That Is Set to Surprise

Rich with subtext, art history, nifty computer graphics and cheeky irreverence, the opening gives viewers a lot to take in and ponder. We see the titular Pope Pius Xiii, aka Lenny Belardo (Jude Law), stride across the screen passing famous works of art depicting religious scenes ranging from the birth of Jesus to the Crusades. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino Explains That Stellar Opening Sequence, Kangaroos and More

22 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Young Pope’s” opening title sequence made its debut Sunday night and, true to form, it was both a confounding and delightful experience to watch. Viewers had to wait until the series’ third episode aired to see the official sequence for creative reasons.

“In the first two episodes we don’t see that because they were longer,” creator and director Paolo Sorrentino told IndieWire. “Rather than sacrifice a scene, I preferred to cut the initial sequence.”

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’ Review: Jude Law Rules With Old Testament Authority in HBO Series That Is Set to Surprise

Rich with subtext, art history, nifty computer graphics and cheeky irreverence, the opening gives viewers a lot to take in and ponder. We see the titular Pope Pius Xiii, aka Lenny Belardo (Jude Law), stride across the screen passing famous works of art depicting religious scenes ranging from the birth of Jesus to the Crusades. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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