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Hof Film Days founder Heinz Badewitz dies at 74

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Hof Film Days founder Heinz Badewitz dies at 74
World’s second longest-serving film festival director died last week while attending Graz film festival.

Filmmakers in Germany and beyond are mourning the passing of Heinz Badewitz, the founder of the Hof Film Days, who died unexpectedly last week at the age of 74 whilst attending last week’s Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film in Graz.

Badewitz was the world’s second longest-serving film festival director after Chicago’s Michael Kutza (who launched his festival in 1964) and was planning Hof’s 50th anniversary in October.

Hailing from Hof in Northern Franconia, Badewitz had moved to Munich in the early 1960s to train as a cameraman and soon became part of the Munich film scene, later working as location manager on such films as Wim WendersKings Of The Road and The American Friend, and assistant director for Bob Fosse’s Cabaret and Norman Jewison’s Rollerball.

In addition, he was involved in the selection of German films for
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German Directors' Guild nominates 'Labyrinth of Lies', 'Summers Downstairs'

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German Directors' Guild nominates 'Labyrinth of Lies', 'Summers Downstairs'
Oscar submission Labyrinth of Lies and comedy drama Summers Downstairs are among films on the shortlist for the Metropolis 2015 directing prize awarded by the German Directors’ Guild.

Giulio Ricciarelli’s Labyrinth of Lies played at Zurich Film Festival 2014 and is Germany’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Feature at the Academy Awards.

Tom Sommerlatte’s Summers Downstairs is nominated for the European Discovery - Prix Fipresci after winning a top prize at Oldenburg International Film Festival.

Both will compete in the New Directing Talent category against Gerd Schneider’s drama The Culpable.

The Best Fiction Feature Direction category will see Oliver Hirschbiegel (13 Minutes) compete against Sönke Wortmann (Frau Müller muss weg), Baran Bo Odar (Who Am I - No System Is Safe) and Markus Sehr (Die Kleinen und die Bösen).

Sebastian Dehnhardt’s basketball portrait Dirk Nowitzki - The Perfect Shot is one of three titles selected for the Best Documentary Direction category.

Other categories
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‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl Bo

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‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl Bo
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.

Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina,
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Fack Ju producer moves to Constantin

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Lena Schömann, producer of box office hit Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer), is switching to Constantin Film after 12 years at the distributor-producer’s subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion.

Schömann’s credits at Rat Pack included The Crocodiles family film franchise and 3D adventure Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods directed by Christian Ditter..

Together with Becker, she produced writer-director Bora Dagtekin’s box-office hits Turkish For Beginners and Suck Me Shakespeer which has seen by over 7m cinema-goers in Germany alone and has taken over € 52 m since its release last November.

Schömann’s first project at Constantin will be the sequel to Suck Me Shakespeer, which will begin shooting this summer and be released by Constantin Film on September 10, 2015.

Suck Me Shakespeer, which won a German Film Award last month as the country’s most successful feature of 2013, is handled internationally by Berlin-based sales outfit Picture Tree International.

Constantin stays at school

School-based stories are clearly
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2010 Holiday Movie Guide - Screenings

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2010 Holiday Movie Guide - Screenings
Although the holiday season means time off work for most other industries in the U.S., it means it's awards season for the film business, which in turn necessitates plenty of tributes and accolades to be presented on the East and West Coasts at your local repertory theater in advance of the Oscars where movie stars can be seen and Q & As are conducted. Yet in New York and Los Angeles, there will be a wealth of other options as neighborhood theaters flood their screens with contemporary cinema from other parts of the world, classic movies in their full bigscreen glory, and certain-to-be-fun nods to the holidays, whether it's Halloween or Christmas. If you live in one of these areas or see fit to travel, these are the events worth the trouble over the next few months.

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Female pope film sparks Vatican row

Pope Joan, which depicts a female pontiff rumoured to have existed in the ninth century, has been criticised by the Roman Catholic Church for its 'extremely limited vision'

Blockbuster Hollywood films such as The Da Vinci Code, and its prequel, Angels and Demons, have often fallen foul of the Vatican in recent years. Now a new movie looks set to spark anger in the Holy See due to its depiction of a female pontiff.

Pope Joan, based on American novelist Donna Woolfolk Cross's book of the same name, stars German actor Johanna Wokalek as the titular character, with Lord of the Rings' David Wenham as the lover who supposedly brought her to Rome, and Us actor John Goodman as Pope Sergius. The film is based on persistent rumours – denied by the Roman Catholic Church and, to be fair, the majority of historians – that a female pope existed in the ninth century.
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European Film Awards 2009: Presenters and Guests

Scheduled presenters at the 2009 European Film Awards, to be held later this evening in Bochum, Germany, are: Actresses Victoria Abril (Spain), Caterina Murino (Italy), Johanna ter Steege (the Netherlands), María Valverde (Spain), and actors Detlev Buck (Germany), Jesper Christensen (Denmark), Ben Kingsley (UK), Maciej Stuhr (Poland), and Anatole Taubman (Switzerland). Also, documentary director Nino Kirtadzé (France/Georgia), actor/director Aksel Hennie (Norway), and director/actor Branko Djuric (Bosnia & Herzegovina). And finally, Gottfried Langenstein, President of Arte, Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information, Society and Media, and Efa President Wim Wenders. Among the expected guests are actresses Hannelore Elsner (Germany), Krystyna Janda (Poland), and Julia Jentsch (Germany), and directors Roland Emmerich and Sönke Wortmann. Plus award winners Peter Liechti (Efa [...]
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"Pope Joan" - 3 more images in!

We have now added a further three images from Constantin Films' "Pope Joan."   This can be first seen in Germany first on Octobert 29th. Areas like Belgium and the Netherlands get it on November 18th and 19th.   Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham, Ian Glen, Anatole Taubman, Oliver Cotton, Branko Tomovic, Claudia Michelsen, Giorgio Lupano and Ian Gelder star. Sönke Wortmann directs as well as adapting the screenplay alongside Heinrich Hadding based on the novel by Donna Wooolfolk Cross.   See all the images here!
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"Pope Joan" - 2 images added! Starring Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham and Ian Glen

We have two images in from Constantin Films' "Pope Joan" which apparently Summit Entertainment is releasing in the U.S. at some point, we don't know when. The film opens in Germany first on Octobert 29th, followed by Belgium and the Netherlands on November 18th and 19th.   Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham, Ian Glen, Anatole Taubman, Oliver Cotton, Branko Tomovic, Claudia Michelsen, Giorgio Lupano and Ian Gelder star. Sönke Wortmann directs as well as adapting the screenplay alongside Heinrich Hadding based on the novel by Donna Wooolfolk Cross.   See all the images here!  
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"Pope Joan" - 3 more images in!

We have now added a further three images from Constantin Films' "Pope Joan." This can be first seen in Germany first on Octobert 29th. Areas like Belgium and the Netherlands get it on November 18th and 19th. Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham, Ian Glen, Anatole Taubman, Oliver Cotton, Branko Tomovic, Claudia Michelsen, Giorgio Lupano and Ian Gelder star. Sönke Wortmann directs as well as adapting the screenplay alongside Heinrich Hadding based on the novel by Donna Wooolfolk Cross.
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"Pope Joan" - 2 images added! Starring Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham and Ian Glen

We have two images in from Constantin Films' "Pope Joan" which apparently Summit Entertainment is releasing in the U.S. at some point, we don't know when. The film opens in Germany first on Octobert 29th, followed by Belgium and the Netherlands on November 18th and 19th. Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham, Ian Glen, Anatole Taubman, Oliver Cotton, Branko Tomovic, Claudia Michelsen, Giorgio Lupano and Ian Gelder star. Sönke Wortmann directs as well as adapting the screenplay alongside Heinrich Hadding based on the novel by Donna Wooolfolk Cross...
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"Pope Joan" - 3 more images in!

We have now added a further three images from Constantin Films' "Pope Joan." This can be first seen in Germany first on Octobert 29th. Areas like Belgium and the Netherlands get it on November 18th and 19th. Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham, Ian Glen, Anatole Taubman, Oliver Cotton, Branko Tomovic, Claudia Michelsen, Giorgio Lupano and Ian Gelder star. Sönke Wortmann directs as well as adapting the screenplay alongside Heinrich Hadding based on the novel by Donna Wooolfolk Cross.
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"Pope Joan" - 2 images added! Starring Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham and Ian Glen

We have two images in from Constantin Films' "Pope Joan" which apparently Summit Entertainment is releasing in the U.S. at some point, we don't know when. The film opens in Germany first on Octobert 29th, followed by Belgium and the Netherlands on November 18th and 19th. Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman, David Wenham, Ian Glen, Anatole Taubman, Oliver Cotton, Branko Tomovic, Claudia Michelsen, Giorgio Lupano and Ian Gelder star. Sönke Wortmann directs as well as adapting the screenplay alongside Heinrich Hadding based on the novel by Donna Wooolfolk Cross...
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Wortmann confirmed in 'Pope' director chair

Wortmann confirmed in 'Pope' director chair
BERLIN -- Constantin Film confirmed Wednesday that director Sonke Wortmann is taking the helm of Pope Joan, replacing Volker Schlondorff, who was fired after criticizing the concept of filming with an eye toward a theatrical release and a TV miniseries version.

Wortmann (Germany: A Summer's Fairytale) reportedly campaigned for the job, beating several high-profile German directors including Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn) and Mennan Yapo (Premonition).

The project has been plagued with a number of problems including extensive rewrites; a lawsuit against actor John Goodman, who pulled out of the project; and a lack of support from film-funding institutions. The film has been presold, however, to several European territories.

Pope Joan centers on a female pope who passes herself off as a man. The dramatic climax sees her giving birth in public.

Actresses from Nicole Kidman to Natalie Portman reportedly were wooed for the role -- but apparently none of them took the bait. German star Franka Potente still is expected to play the lead.

Constantin sure on 'Maybe'

Constantin Film is bringing the 1995 hit German comedy Maybe ... Maybe Not back to the big screen. The company will produce an English-language remake for Screen Gems.

Based on Ralph Konig's comics Der Bewegte Mann and Pretty Baby, the original film was directed by Sonke Wortmann and produced by Bernd Eichinger and was the highest-grossing German film of 1995.

The remake will be produced by Robert Kulzer for Constantin Film.

"I have wanted to make this movie since I saw the original," Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper said. "Now I am finally getting the opportunity to, and it is very gratifying."

The story centers on a womanizer who is kicked out by his longtime girlfriend because of his habitual cheating. The only one who will take him in is an elderly gay man with whom he once worked. The womanizer soon realizes his girlfriend is the love of his life, and he enlists the help of his new roommate and his circle of gay friends to win her back.

Lola handful for 'Head-On'

Lola handful for 'Head-On'
BERLIN -- Fatih Akin's Berlin Golden Bear winner Head-On blasted through the competition at this year's Lolas, winning five statuettes including best picture, best director and acting awards for stars Sibel Kekilli and Birol Unel. Rainer Klausmann nabbed the best cinematography nod to round out the film's haul. "It feels pretty good up here," Akin joked Friday as he accepted his Lola, marking the first time the critically acclaimed helmer has won Germany's top film honor. "I've been nominated a few times, and you always feel sort of lousy when you don't win -- but now that I'm up here, I can tell all of you: It's really not that bad." Soenke Wortmann's soccer drama The Miracle of Bern scored three Lolas, winning a silver runner-up prize and sweeping the public awards -- as voted by German moviegoers -- for best film and best actor, the latter for star Peter Lohmeyer.

'Head-On' tops in noms for German prize

'Head-On' tops in noms for German prize
COLOGNE, Germany -- Fatih Akin's Head-On, the Golden Bear winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, leads the nominations for the German Film Prize, Germany's biggest film awards, with four mentions, including nominations for best picture and best director, as well as best actor noms for stars Birol Unel and Sibel Kekilli. Sonke Wortmann's boxoffice hit The Miracle of Bern, Leander Haussmann's '80s tragicomedy Berlin Blues and Christian Petzold's drama Wolfsberg were close on the heels of Head-On, picking up three nominations each.

Bavaria Film gets off to a fast start at MIFED

Bavaria Film gets off to a fast start at MIFED
MILAN -- In what it hopes will be a sign of things to come at this year's MIFED, leading German sales outfit Bavaria Film International closed a series of deals on the eve of the market including multiple territory sales for Kim Ki-duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring and a six-picture deal with Israel's Orlando Films. Spring, Korea's official Academy Award entry this year, was sold in all-rights deals to Metro Tartan for the United Kingdom and Ireland, Rialto for Australia, Spain's Festival Filves, Audiovisual for Greece, Imovision for Brazil, Portugal's LNK, Septimo Arte for Mexico, Rayson Global for Argentina and SPI International for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Orlando, which has had a local hit with Bavaria's Good bye, Lenin! inked a six-picture deal with the German group, picking up Israeli rights to Soenke Wortmann's soccer drama The Miracle of Bern, Cesc Gay's In the City, Jaime Rosales' The Hours of the Day, Extrano by director Santiago Loza, Martin Rejtman's The Magic Gloves and Hans-Christian Schmid's Distant Lights.

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