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Venice: Pathe Takes World Sales on New Mario Martone Film ‘Capri – Batterie’

Venice: Pathe Takes World Sales on New Mario Martone Film ‘Capri – Batterie’
Venice, Italy — France’s Pathe Intl. has taken world sales outside Italy on “Capri — Batterie,” the new drama by Italian auteur Mario Martone (“Leopardi”).

Produced by Indigo Film (“The Great Beauty”), “Capri” started shooting in August on the famous isle off the coast of Naples. Set in 1914, it’s a period piece about a commune of North Europeans who experiment there with art and alternative lifestyles on the eve of World War I.

The film is about “an island that is unique: a mountain that crashed into Mediterranean waters and that at the start of the 20th century was a magnet for anyone driven by ideals of freedom and progress,” according to promotional materials.

Pic’s ensemble cast comprises Italy’s Marianna Fontana, Donatella Finocchiaro and Antonio Folletto; France’s Jenna Thiam; Dutch thesp Reinout Scholten van Aschat; Germany’s Maximilian Dirr; and Italy-based Russian actor Rinat Khismatouline (“Gomorrah,” the TV series). 01 Distribution will release “Capri” in
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Europe’s Shooting Stars Program Unveils Jury for 20th Edition

Europe’s Shooting Stars Program Unveils Jury for 20th Edition
Shooting Stars, a program that promotes young European acting talent and whose alumni include Daniel Craig, Maisie Williams and Alicia Vikander, has found its jury for its 20th edition.

European Film Promotion, which organizes the Berlin Film Festival event, has revealed that the jury will be comprised of Hungarian actress Dorka Gryllus (“Demimonde”), British casting director Lucinda Syson (“Batman Begins”), Portuguese producer Pandora da Cunha Telles (“Bridges of Sarajevo”), Swiss film director Xavier Koller (“Journey of Hope”), and Swedish film journalist and critic Jan Lumholdt.

The jury will select the 10 most promising young actors from across Europe for next year’s event, which takes place at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Since its first showcase at the festival in 1998, 283 Shooting Stars have been presented to international industry players, including leading casting directors, and media professionals.

The Shooting Stars for this year’s event were Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), Tihana
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Casting Europe at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival

It is often said that it takes talent and luck to land a role. Today, proactivity and grace are added to this list of skillsets. In contemporary times, recognition seems less of a far-fetched notion than before thanks to the state of the art technology and interconnectivity. However, film festivals of the likes of Berlin play a substantial role as the gridiron for the discovery of new European talent as well as the creation of new roles and new relations, prompted by the ever so popular and widespread practice of co-productions on European turf. Among these relations is the one between actors and casting directors.

European Shooting Stars

Every February, for the past 18 years, European Shooting Stars, a unique pan-European initiative, takes place at the Berlinale, shining a little light on Europe’s most prominent up-and-coming young actors and placing them at the top of the busy film program that unfolds year after year at the festival. These ten emerging acting talents, hailing from across the Old Continent, are selected by a jury of experts who hand-picks them among a long list of potential candidates nominated by the member organizations of the European Film Promotion (Efp).

During the craze of the festival’s first weekend, the Shooting Stars connect and network with casting directors, talent agents, directors and producers with the objective of broadening and strengthening industry alliances. They are involved in a wide range of activities that include presentations to the film industry and the press as well as one-on-one meetings with international casting directors, a reception and an Awards Ceremony at the Berlinale Palast.

The Shooting Stars program kicked off in 1998 during the Berlin International Film Festival. But, why the Berlinale? The project finds unique support in this particular festival. Moreover, its director, Dieter Kosslick is especially enthusiastic about the initiative as well as supporting young talent. According to Karin Dix, the project director of the European Shooting Stars, the Berlin International Film Festival “is an ideal platform for Shooting Stars,” pointing out that the Efp would not receive such exposure anywhere else.

Bridging Cultures Through Actors

Behind the glamour of film festivals, is a world, unknown to audiences, where films are made and discussed by the movers and shakers of the industry. Everyone sees the actors’ and directors’ work during the production of a film. But, very few people are aware that before the shooting even starts, casting directors have already dove deep into the script and spent hours, days and months researching the right people for a specific role. This demands intrinsic skills and gut instincts. The important work is felt behind the scenes, indeed, but when it comes to the public presentation it is often already forgotten.

Therefore, in 2005, the Efp acknowledged that the art, craft and business of casting should not only be incorporated in its activities but also better transmitted to the international industry. That is how and why the International Casting Directors Network (Icdn) was founded during the Berlinale, that year, by fifteen casting directors from seven countries. Today the network counts seventy-four casting directors from twenty-four countries world-wide. They meet annually on occasion of Shooting Stars in Berlin.

These casting directors come to the Berlin International Film Festival to “shop” for new talent, collaborate, and meet their fellows. Some will also meet the Shooting Stars who have already sent them tapes, like for instance María Valverde, for whom the human interaction is an important factor, “I think it’s a nice thing to just be yourself talking to them, not as a character in a certain role”, she remarks. On the other hand, for Londonderry Entertainment’s Sheila Wenzel, who works with top young female stars and holds a strong and well-respected deal-making reputation, “the world has gotten so much larger”. And, in that larger world, she is constantly looking for new talent anywhere.

In that regard, apart from offering support and publicity to these fresh faces of the big screen as they step from national fame into the international spotlight, the endeavor also highlights the vital role new actors can play in the marketing of European films. And, this year’s Shooting Stars are very well aware of that.

For Daphné Patakia, the Greek star of "Interruption" (Yorgos Zois), it is a “great opportunity to open in a European way and meet people from all over Europe,” adding she hopes to find work in different languages. The international cooperation and linguistic dimension of Shooting Stars are something that fellow Dutch Shooting Star Reinout Scholten van Aschat and former Shooting Star and this year’s jury member, Anamaria Marinca, also share, “…everyone is involved in co-productions so there is place for someone from Croatia or France or Spain in an international production spoken in English, or Spanish or another language and because they have these aptitudes and they can act in another language, not only speak it,” the latter observes. Scholten van Aschat, a fan of European film, and in particular the Danish film industry, is especially sensitive to the aforementioned aspects. Not only does he have great respect for casting directors but he also feels the need to improve his language skills (German and English) and believes that the Dutch still have to learn from the Danes, “and the way to do that, of course, is to work together,” he admits.

Impactful and Inimitable

With the recognition as a Shooting Star, the impact is often instantaneous. For Anamaria Marinca, it has given her the opportunity to meet French casting director Nicolas Ronchi who offered her her first French script, which led her to being represented by French talent agent Annabel Karouby, and thereby “facilitated a possible career in France”. Her time in Berlin as a Shooting Star “kind of started these other possible languages [she] could work in.” Former Shooting Stars include such talent as Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan, Daniel Brühl, Mélanie Laurent or this year’s Berlinale International Jury member Alba Rohrwacher.

What’s more, the Shooting Stars initiative is inimitable and unique. Indeed, many have tried to copy the concept but no one has the expertise of the Efp’s member organizations, according to Dix who also concedes that the fact that each country nominates one actor is a guarantee for the high quality of the selected actors and actresses from Europe.

On the European film market where co-productions are common practice today, familiar actors help the audience relate to a particular “foreign” film. As harsh as it sounds, bankability is the key of the film biz. In that, actors are the faces of the films. They move the audiences, create their enthusiasm and need for films and are the personalities that promote them. Casting directors stand right behind them and make it happen. They bridge the gaps between cultures and open new horizons and possibilities. They help actors speak the European language of film. They are its unsung heroes.
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Film Review: ‘Beyond Sleep’

Film Review: ‘Beyond Sleep’
A young Dutch geologist in northern Norway loses his way and his reason in “Beyond Sleep,” an elliptical tale that contrasts its protagonist’s instability with the immutability of Mother Nature. No doubt the novel by celebrated Dutch author Willem Frederik Hermans is one of those books usually mentioned in conjunction with the word “unfilmable,” yet the pic does an impressive job in capturing a sense of unsettled interiority contrasted with the fixed, vast open spaces. Even so, Boudewijn Koole’s follow-up to “Kauwboy” is unapologetic arthouse fare with limited traction except in Holland, where Hermans’ work is required reading.

To get inside the head of his main character, Arthur (Reinout Scholten van Aschat), the helmer-scripter ensures that audiences themselves don’t immediately know how to distinguish between reality and nightmare via a montage of short scenes that destabilize with their sense of minor temporal displacement. Arthur wants to prove
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Rotterdam to open with 'Beyond Sleep'

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Rotterdam to open with 'Beyond Sleep'
English-language adaptation of Dutch bestseller to open Iffr 2016.

Beyond Sleep, the latest feature from Dutch director Boudewijn Koole (Kauwboy), is to open the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) on Jan 27.

The English-language film is based on Willem Frederik Hermans’ bestselling novel, Nooit meer slapen, and will world premiere on the opening night of Iffr.

Reinout Scholten van Aschat takes the lead role of ambitious geologist Alfred Issendorf, who goes in search of meteorites in the swampy north of Norway, hoping that the journey will cement his academic reputation by uncovering a significant scientific proof.

The young geologist is also trying to continue the work of his father, who died during a similar research trip, and he only finds redemption when he has reached the brink of insanity. The cast also includes Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki).

Beyond Sleep is produced by Hanneke Niens and Hans de Wolf (Soof, Nena, Ventoux, Twin Sisters
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Shooting Stars unveils 2016 line-up

Shooting Stars unveils 2016 line-up
The young acting talent will be revealed during the opening weekend of next year’s Berlinale.

The European Film Promotion (Efp) has revealed the ten young actors that it has selected for the 2016 European Shooting Stars.

The list includes María Valverde, who had a role in Ridley Scott’s epic Exodus: Gods And Kings and has been cast in Asif Kapadia’s forthcoming romantic drama Ali And Nino.

Jella Hasse, who starred in Germany box office smash Fack Ju Göhte 2 and Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, who played a part in Rúnar Rúnarsson’s San Sebastian-winning Sparrows are also both on the list.

As is Kacey Mottet Klein, who plays the lead in Guillame Senez’s Keeper, which came away with the joint jury prize and best actress award at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday.

The selected group will be now be presented during the opening weekend of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (February
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2016 Berlin Shooting Stars announced by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-12-15 07:07:19

The 2016 shooting stars. Photo: Top row from left: Filip Van Roe, Ana Mihalic, Eric Guillemain, Janita Sassen, Debora Brune; Bottom row from left: Ruben Vega, Magnús Reynir Jónsson, Emanuele Pasquet, Sarah Robine, Laurine Mottet The European Film Promotion (Efp) has revealed the ten young actors selected as the 2016 European Shooting Stars, who will be presented to the film world during February's Berlin International Film Festival.

This year's stars are: Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), Tihana Lazović (Croatia), Lou de Laâge (France), Jella Haase (Germany), Daphné Patakia (Greece), Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (Iceland), Sara Serraiocco (Italy), Reinout Scholten van Aschat (The Netherlands), María Valverde (Spain), Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland).

Jury member Anamaria Marinca - herself a Shooting Star in 2008 - said: “Being a Shooting Star was exhilarating. Little did I know how problematic it would be as a jury member to try to select just ten participants from the 24 nominees put forward by
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European Film Promotion Reveals European Shooting Stars

European Film Promotion Reveals European Shooting Stars
London — European Film Promotion has revealed the young actors selected as the 2016 European Shooting Stars. The 10 talented thesps, who were selected by a jury of industry experts, will be presented to the movie world during the opening weekend of the 66th Berlin Film Festival.

The Shooting Stars are Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), Tihana Lazovic (Croatia), Lou de Laage (France), Jella Haase (Germany), Daphne Patakia (Greece), Atli Oskar Fjalarsson (Iceland), Sara Serraiocco (Italy), Reinout Scholten van Aschat (The Netherlands), Maria Valverde (Spain), and Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland).

Former Shooting Stars include Daniel Bruhl, Alicia Vikander and Maisie Williams.

The jury was composed of Romanian actor Anamaria Marinca, Italian producer Marta Donzelli, Greek film director Constantine Giannaris, German film editor and critic Tobias Kniebe, and Danish casting director Rie Hedegaard.

At the Berlinale, the 10 selected actresses and actors will take part in a weekend of profile-raising workshops and events alongside members of
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21 Days – The Heineken Kidnapping DVD Review

Director: Maarten Treurniet

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Reinout Scholten van Aschat, Gijs Naber

Running Time: 127 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Trailer

Dutch thriller 21 Days: The Heineken Kidnapping (2011) charts the real-life abduction of lager mogul Freddy Heineken in 1983. Director Maarten Treurniet chooses to tell this story in a semi-fictionalised account, tweaking real-life events and people ever so slightly (probably to avoid a law suit).

Rutger Hauer is a big pull and he doesn’t disappoint. It’s his first Dutch language film in years and he plays millionaire Heineken in an understated and intense way, although the opening half is definitely kidnapper Rem’s story. Rem (Reinout Scholten van Aschat) works in a factory and when he walks in on his brother-in-law and a few of the other lads discussing a plot to kidnap a big name he immediately gets involved, proving himself to the gang with his machinations (it’s his suggestion to
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Heineken Kidnapping

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 28, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Mpi Media Group

Beer turns out to be not so refreshing for Rutger Hauer (Hobo With a Shotgun) in the foreign film The Heineken Kidnapping.

Based on a true story, the thriller movie stars Hauer as Alfred Heineken, who in 1983 was one of the world’s most successful brewers and possibly the most powerful man in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, that also made him a target for kidnappers.

For Rem (Reinout Scholten van Aschat), kidnapping Heineken is more than a profitable affair. He holds a personal grudge against Hauer, who laid off his father after he, ironically, became an alcoholic. When Rem finds out about a gang of hoodlums’ plans to abduct Heineken, he gets himself on the job. Given the assignment of keeping an eye on the beer mogul and his chauffeur, Rem does his best to keep the captors uncomfortable,
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The Heineken Kidnapping is a Real Life Tale of Extortion and Murder

A kidnap thriller titled The Heineken Kidnapping aka De Heineken ontvoering is being set for release in the Netherlans this October. This is a real life story of how Freddy Heineken was kidnapped and ransomed for $16 million Euros. Freddy was eventually freed, but his kidnappers, including Willem Holleeder and Cor Van Hout, had a less than peaceful life thereafter. Hout would end up murderered and Holleeder is still in jail, serving a term for extortion. Rutger Hauer will star as Freddy Heineken. Have a look at more of the biopic film details on The Heineken Kidnapping below.

The synopsis for The Heineken Kidnapping:

"The Heineken Kidnapping is based on the kidnap of beer tycoon Heineken that hit the news in the Netherlands and abroad in the eighties of the last century. The film exceeds the well known story of the kidnap and goes on to tell the story of Alfred Heineken's revenge,
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