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13 items from 2017


Wild Bunch Boss Vincent Maraval Causes Stir With Tweets Aimed at AIDS Drama ‘BPM’

20 September 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wild Bunch boss and co-founder Vincent Maraval has sparked a backlash after firing off tweets perceived as homophobic upon learning that Robin Campillo’s AIDS drama “BPM ( Beats per Minute)” was chosen to represent France in the foreign-language Oscar category. Maraval had backed Michel Hazanavicius’s “Redoutable,” which had been shortlisted by France’s Oscar committee and is being sold by Wild Bunch.

A prominent but divisive figure in the French industry, Maraval has cultivated a reputation for brashness for more than a decade through splashy declarations in the press and personal clashes with French officials and institutions such as UniFrance. Reacting to an article published in “So Film” – a magazine co-owned by Wild Bunch – on the selection of “Bpm” on Tuesday, Maraval tweeted (with several spelling mistakes) that he had “the uncomfortable sensation of being f—–.”

He followed that up with another tweet saying that Campillo’s gay-themed film “turned me over,” an »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming ‘Everybody Knows’ With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain

22 August 2017 4:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” has kicked off principal photography on “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”), his psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin.

Budgeted at 10 million euros ($11.8 million), the Spanish-language film is being produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Films Production and Alvaro Longoria at Spanish outfit Morena Films.

Written by Farhadi, “Everybody Knows” follows the journey of Carolina as she travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her hometown in Spain for a celebration. Meant to be a brief visit, the trip is disturbed by unforeseen events that will completely change the lives of Carolina and her family. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Locarno: São Paulo-Locarno Industry Academy International to Launch in October (Exclusive)

3 August 2017 7:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno, Switzerland — Locarno’s Industry Academy will make a new expansive move this fall, launching an edition at São Paulo’s Mostra, the São Paulo-Locarno Industry Academy International, which takes place Oct. 25-29. The Brazilian event will be organized in partnership with Cinema do Brazil.

The Locarno Industry Academy International already developed a pilot training facility at the 4th Boutique Cinema do Brasil, a work in progress mini-mart staged in 2015 with Cinema do Brasil, the Brazilian export promo org which is based out of São Paulo.

In line with an increase of industry initiatives at festivals in general and Locarno in particular, the Locarno Industry Academy has already set up editions at Mexico’s Morelia and Greece’s Thessaloniki festivals, as well as New York’s Lincoln Center New Directors New Films Festival.

The Industry Academy launched at Switzerland’s A-category Locarno Festival, Europe’s biggest summer film meet, in 2014 with a pilot program under Nadia Dresti »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Italian distributor Lucky Red reveals ambitious production plans

27 June 2017 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Distributor plots move into genre and family movies, beginning with Asghar Farhadi’s upcoming thriller.

Italian distribution company Lucky Red is planning to ramp up its production operation, with a focus on genre and family movies.

At an event held in Rome yesterday (June 26) to mark the company’s 30th anniversary, founder and CEO Andrea Occhipinti said: “Distribution will remain our core business, but we want to become one of the most important production companies in Italy.”

“Production may be a good way not to be too dependent on acquisitions, since it’s becoming harder to get the good movies. Instead a good Italian film can make a big difference at the box office”.

One of the most prestigious projects that Lucky Red is co-producing is Asghar Farhadi’s untitled Spanish-language thriller starring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darin (pictured, top).

As Screen announced during Cannes, the $12-13m project is a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with Lucky Red »

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Lucky Red reveals plans to become 'most important production company in Italy'

27 June 2017 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Distributor plots move into genre and family movies, beginning with Asghar Farhadi’s upcoming thriller.

Italian distribution company Lucky Red is planning to ramp up its production operation, with a focus on genre and family movies.

At an event held in Rome yesterday (June 26) to mark the company’s 30th anniversary, founder and CEO Andrea Occhipinti said: “Distribution will remain our core business, but we want to become one of the most important production companies in Italy.”

“Production may be a good way not to be too dependent on acquisitions, since it’s becoming harder to get the good movies. Instead a good Italian film can make a big difference at the box office”.

One of the most prestigious projects that Lucky Red is co-producing is Asghar Farhadi’s untitled Spanish-language thriller starring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darin (pictured, top).

As Screen announced during Cannes, the $12-13m project is a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with Lucky Red »

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New Details Emerge on Asghar Farhadi’s Next Film as Ricardo Darin Joins Cast

19 May 2017 11:41 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Asghar Farhadi‘s been spending some time on a (still-untitled) Spanish-language debut that’ll feature Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem — so much so that, when he last began production on a feature, it wasn’t entirely clear whether it’d be this or what would become The Salesman. A year after that picture’s debut, things are moving full steam ahead: Screen Daily tells us he’s added Ricardo Darin, a.k.a. the actor in virtually every contemporary Argentinian film, and has a plan to begin shooting in a few months for a proposed Cannes 2018 premiere. He’s also lost Pedro Almodóvar as a producer, but that might be okay.

If nothing else, Farhadi will use the talents of frequent Almodóvar Dp José Luis Alcaine, along with composer Alberto Iglesias. Producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy (of The Salesman and The Past) says this will be the writer-director’s “most commercial film to date, »

- Nick Newman

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Ricardo Darin, Lucky Red, Morena join Asghar Farhadi thriller

16 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Pedro and Agustin Almodovar exit movie set to shoot in August.

Two-time Oscar winner and festival favourite Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman) was due to fly into Cannes last night to take part in tonight’s 70th edition opening ceremony as a special guest and talk to buyers about his upcoming, currently untitled Spanish-language thriller.

Argentine superstar Ricardo Darin has joined Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in the hotly anticipated project, which is due to shoot in Madrid from mid-August.

Darin is set to play Cruz’s husband from Buenos Aires in the family drama and psychological thriller which will explore how the kidnapping of a young girl leads to the unraveling of family secrets.

However, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Spanish outfit El Deseo are no longer on board to produce the movie.

The $12-13m project is now being made as a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with French producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy (producer of Farhadi’s The Past »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The Salesman

25 April 2017 1:27 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This Iranian import made news when its director found himself on the wrong side of the recent travel ban. It’s well worth the bother. Asghar Farhadi’s suspense story can’t be topped for maturity, insight or honest emotions about social stress: after an assault in a new apartment, the strain affects everything that a wife and husband do — driving a wedge through their marriage. Is it all built on a shaky foundation, like the crumbling apartment building they had to evacuate?

The Salesman

Blu-ray

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Forushande / Street Date May 2, 2017 / 34.99

Starring: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Mojtaba Pirzadeh, Maral Bani Adam, Emad Emami, Sam Valipour, Ehteram Boroumand, Mehdi Koushki, Shirin Aghakashi, Sahra Asadollahe.

Cinematography: Hossein Jafarian

Film Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari

Original Music: Sattar Oraki

Produced by Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy

Written and Directed by Asghar Farhadi »

- Glenn Erickson

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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.

Read more:

Oscars 2017: Full list of winners

Oscars best picture gaffe sends Academy into tailspin

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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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