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5 items from 2017


Oscars 2017: The most memorable speeches

27 February 2017 12:27 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

How the winners reacted at this year’s uneventful Oscars.

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Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt (best picture, La La Land), on stage:

Berger: “We lost by the way, but you know.”

Horowitz: “Guys, I’m sorry, no, there’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture.”

Platt: “This is not a joke, I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”

Barry Jenkins (best picture, Moonlight, after La La Land was originally announced as the winner) on stage:

“Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true, but to hell with dreams, I’m done with it because this is true, oh my goodness.

“And I have to say, and it is true it’s not fake, we’ve been on the road with these guys for so long and that »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Asghar Farhadi to Be Represented at Oscars by First Female Space Tourist and Former NASA Scientist

24 February 2017 3:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Two prominent Iranian Americans – engineer Anousheh Ansari, known as the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA – will represent Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi and his film “The Salesman” at the upcoming Oscars ceremony, Farhadi’s publicist said Friday.

Farhadi, whose film is nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar, had announced several weeks ago that he would boycott the Oscars ceremony to protest President Trump’s travel ban, even if exceptions were made to allow him entry to the U.S.

The film’s French producer, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, said in an email two days ago that he had decided not to attend the ceremony in solidarity with the director, and that nobody from the film would attend. He also said Farhadi would not be doing interviews if the film won.

The decision to ask two prominent Iranian Americans with no ties »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

10 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Netflix Scoops Global Rights to Sundance pic ‘My Happy Family’ (Exclusive)

10 February 2017 4:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired global rights to Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ “My Happy Family,” a Georgian drama that premiered at Sundance in the world dramatic section, and is playing at Berlin.

Alexandre Mallet-Guy’s Paris-based Memento Distribution has acquired French rights to the film, which is repped by Memento Films Intl.

Marking Ekvtimishvili and Gross’ follow-up to their critically-acclaimed feature debut “In Bloom,” “My Happy Family” tells the tale of a middle-aged woman who leaves her husband and breaks free from tradition to live on her own.

“We were very touched by this subtle and tender portrait of a 50-year old woman on a quest to freedom who decides to embark on a new life. The film also lets us to discover Georgia, a country that is little known,” Mallet-Guy told Variety. Memento Distribution aims at releasing the film in France before the summer.

The movie is produced Augenschein Filmproduktion. »

- Elsa Keslassy and Leo Barraclough

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Memento Films commits to Bruno Dumont's Joan of Arc film 'Jeannette'

7 February 2017 11:37 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sales company Luxbox unveils first deals on Dumont’s musical film.

Paris-based Luxbox has secured a quartet of pre-sales on Bruno Dumont’s upcoming musical film Jeannette, capturing the early life of French icon Joan of Arc.

France’s Memento Distribution is the latest distributor to come on board, alongside sales to Italy (Movies Inspire), Mexico (Nd Mantarraya) and Portugal (Leopardo). 

The French distributor has a long history with Dumont, most recently releasing his Cannes Palme d’Or contender Slack Bay, which grossed a record €3m for a film by the director over the summer. 

“We’re over the moon that we will  continue our collaboration with Bruno Dumont and 3B Productions after the audience and critical success of Slack Bay, which after competing at Cannes went on to gross €3 million in France and also recently clocked up nine César nominations,” said Memento Distribution chief Alexandre Mallet-Guy.

“Focusing on a icon of French history, the director »

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