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Berlinale: Diego Lerman’s ‘A Sort of Family’ Acquired by Film Factory (Exclusive)

10 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Factory has acquired worldwide rights to “A Sort of Family,” by Cannes regular Diego Lerman, one of the leading lights of the New Argentine Cinema.

Vicente Canales, Film Factory founder, will show a first promo of the film, now in post, to buyers at this year’s European Film Market.

Pic is lead-produced by Lerman and Nicolas Avruj at Campo Cine in a six-way international production, and reps a step-up in ambition for the director. It also shot for seven weeks in Argentina – a luxury very few Argentine films enjoy – and toplines Spain’s Goya-winning actress Barbara Lennie (“Magical Girl”).

Billed by Film Factory as a touching family drama and intense road movie, “A Sort of Family” stars Lennie as a successful doctor, Malena, who’s adopting a child. When the child’s biological parents suddenly demand more money, Malena “sets out on an uncertain journey plagued by moral »

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Berlinale: Elle Fanning Takes Lead in Max Minghella’s ‘Teen Spirit’

10 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elle Fanning is set to star in “Teen Spirit,” the directorial debut of actor Max Minghella, it was announced Friday. Fanning will play a shy teenager, living in a small European town, who dreams of pop stardom as a means of escaping her dismal surroundings and shattered family life. Minghella also wrote the screenplay.

The film, which was first announced at the end of January, is being introduced to buyers by international sales agent Mister Smith Ent. at the European Film Market during the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is arranging financing for the film and will represent North American distribution rights.

“It’s an absolute thrill to be collaborating with Elle on this project. Along with an extraordinary singing voice, she brings an emotional complexity to this character which is invaluable,” said Minghella.

Fanning, currently on screen in Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” and Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night, »

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Berlinale: Hong Kong’s Nansun Shi Receives Festival Honor

10 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi on Friday received the Berlinale Camera, the Berlin festival’s honorary award given to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted.

The award was presented by festival director Dieter Kosslick, Efm director Matthijs Wouter Knol and Efm president Beki Probst at a ceremony in the Martin Gropius Bau. Media Asia executive Fred Tsui gave a speech in her honor.

Shi, who has credits including “A Better Tomorrow” and “Infernal Affairs,” was a member of Berlin’s 2007 main competition jury. She returned to the festival with Kim Tae-Yong’s “Late Autumn,” and with Tsui Hark’s out of competition title “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate.”

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Berlinale: Le Pacte to Sell, Distribute Kidnap Thriller ‘Monos’

8 February 2017 6:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jean Labadie’s Paris-based Le Pacte is handling worldwide sales rights outside producer countries to “Monos,” the second fiction feature from Alejandro Landes (“Porfirio”).

Introducing the drama-thriller at Berlin, Le Pacte will also distribute “Monos” in France. Le Pacte is also one of its six producers, which includes Colombia’s La Franja, Nicolas Avruj and Diego Lerman’s Campo Cine in Argentina,  Uruguay’s Mutante Cine, the Netherlands’ Lemming Film, and Germany’s Pandora, the latter two longtime co-producers of Latin America movies.

Mutante Cine’s veteran Fernando Epstein is producing with Landes.

Shot in Spanish and English, “Monos” stars Julianne Nicholson (“Black Mass,” “Kinsey”), Moisés Arias, Julian Giraldo, and Sofía Buenaventura. “Monos” was written by Landes and Argentina’s Alexis Dos Santos. Pic begins on a Colombian mountaintop, which looks like a hedonistic summer camp. But it actually houses child soldiers who must make sure that Doctora, a kidnapped American woman, »

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