'Shark Tale' director readies $10m animation 'Charlotte'

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'Shark Tale' director readies $10m animation 'Charlotte'
Film tells the story of Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon.

French animator and director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale, A Monster In Paris) and his producer Julia Rosenberg are at Jerusalem Film Festival this week to check out the city’s budding animation scene and discuss potential partnerships, as the pair gear up for their ambitious feature animation project about German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon.

Bergeron is also taking part in Jerusalem Film Festival’s animation development event The Hop, Skip & A Jump II today (July 19), where he will deliver a masterclass.

The pair’s $10m production Charlotte, which has been supported in development by Telefilm Canada, is a Canada-France-Belgium co-production between Rosenberg’s January Films, Jérôme Doppfer of Balthazar Productions, Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben of A Monster In Paris production company Walking the Dog, and My Life Of A Zucchini outfit Blue Spirit Animation.

The screenplay has been written by Erik Rutherford and Miriam Toews. François Moret is the
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'Charlotte' producers head to Annecy

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Bibo Bergeron will direct the animated feature and will join producer Julia Rosenberg at the Mifa market at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival to scout for co-production partners.

Production will begin in April 2017 on Charlotte, which charts the life of German-Jewish wartime artist Charlotte Salomon, a painter who came of age during the rise of Nazism.

Rosenberg of January Films will produce, while Miriam Toews and Erik Rutherford are collaborating on the screenplay.

The Euros 10m project is being configured as an official co-production between Canada and a number of animation studios.

Telefilm Canada will finance development and the
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Bibo Bergeron Set to Direct ‘Charlotte Salomon’ Animated Biopic (Exclusive)

Paris — French director Bibo Bergeron, whose credits span DreamWorks’”The Road to El Dorado,””Shark Tale” and Luc-Besson produced “A Monster in Paris,” is set to helm “Charlotte,” a WW2-set animated feature turning on the life of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomo

The 2D feature will be mainly based on Charlotte Salomon’s “Life? Or Theatre?” — an autobiographical series of 769 paintings which the young artist created between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, where she lived before she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 26.

“Staying true to Charlotte’s spirit and body of work, our film will be punctuated with fantasy, dream-like elements and the animation designs will be minimalist, in a similar vein as (Remi Chayé’s) ‘Long Way North.’ We’ll be animating and interpreting her paintings, placing the emphasis on the story which is extraordinarly moving,” said Bergeron, adding that “Charlotte” will play to young adults as well as family audiences, as “Waltz With Bashir.”

Bergeron is attending the Annecy Festival this week to pitch the project to potential partners. “The theme of ‘Charlotte’ is ‘how art can save our lives and help us stay sane;’ and it still resonates today,” noted Bergeron.

Julia Rosenberg at Toronto-based January Films is producing “Charlotte,” which will mark the producer’s first toon pic. Rosenberg has produced feature films and documentaries, notably Alan Zweig’s “15 Reasons to Live” which was nominated at Hot Docs.

A pair of Canadian writers, Erik Rutherford and Miriam Toews, whose best-known novels are “A Complicated Kindness” and “All My Puny Sorrows,” are writing the screenplay.

Bergeron said the project was being supported by the Charlotte Salomon Foundation, the trustee of Charlotte’s work.

Telefilm Canada is financing the development of “Charlotte,” whose budget is in the 10 million Euros range. The production will be carried out of Canada and France.

Charlotte Salomon is also the subject of a prize-winning novel, “Charlotte,” penned by one of France’s top authors, David Foenkinos, and published in January 2015. Salomon’s paintings were exhibited just last month at the Massena Museum in Nice.
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How ‘The Bridge’ rebuilt itself into the best show you’re not watching

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In this Golden Glut of TV drama, it's hard for any new drama to break through and find an audience, because there are so many options out there (not to mention easy access to most of the great dramas of the previous 50 years). It's harder still for a show that has an audience and loses it to get those people back, no matter how good it becomes. Case in point: FX's "The Bridge," the current belt-holder for Best Show You're Not Watching. In season 1, the ratings weren't huge, but they were decent enough for FX to order a second season. The problem is that the original batch of episodes — translating the Scandinavian series "Broen" from the Denmark/Sweden border to the one dividing the U.S. and Mexico, complete with a relatively faithful rendering of that show's serial killer story — wound up turning a lot of viewers off as the season went along.
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The awkward years

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Bow ties and blue dreadlocks, padded bras and bullying: who'd be a teenager? Ten grown-ups, all doing just fine now, remember the agonies of adolescence

Stephen Merchant

I was a teenage geek. I don't mean the 19th-century definition when a geek was "a carnival performer whose act involved biting the heads off helpless creatures". (A sort of Victorian version of Simon Cowell, but with more humanity.) I mean the modern meaning: "An unfashionable or socially inept person."

I wore glasses. I was socially awkward. I collected comic books (even drew my own) and obsessed over certain films and TV shows. For a while, I was so hooked on Jeeves And Wooster, I took to wearing a bow tie to school. Picture that. I'm at a working-class comprehensive in a suburb of Bristol and I'm dressed like a PG Wodehouse character. When the teacher called out the register, everyone else answered
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The Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 26 Films

The Harold Greenberg Fund, a Canadian private cinematographic patronage program, announced the title of the 26 films that got supported by its script development program. Here are the projects:

Story Optioning

The Flying Troutmans

Four Seasons Productions Inc.

Screenwriters: Miriam Toews & Semi Chellas

The Journal of Mortifying Moments

Marcon Pictures Inc., T.L. Boulton Productions Ltd. & Calder Road Films Inc.

Screenwriters: Jill Girling & Lori Mather-Welch

The Outlander

Strada Films Inc. & Triptych Media Inc.

Screenwriter: Esta Spalding

Sailor Girl

Markham Street Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Johanna Schneller

Treatment to First Draft

Flop House

John Hazlett

Screenwriters: Darren Curtis & John Hazlett

Happy Clean, The Last Chinese Laundry

Picture Plant Ltd.

Screenwriter: William D. MacGillivray

Kill Shakespeare

Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery

Screenwriters: Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery

A Royal Day

Conquering Lion Pictures Inc.

Screenwriter: Gerald Wexler

Shanghai Follies

Amf Productions Inc.

Screenwriter: Ann Marie Fleming

First to Second Draft

Cottage Country

Whizbang Films Inc.
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27 Films Get Support from Astral Media

Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund has revealed the list of upcoming films that will get financial support through its Script Development Program and Equity Investment Program.

The list reveals all the 27 films (chosen out of 139 applications), which are either in production or pre-production period, that will get some financial backing.

Story Optioning

The Flying Troutmans

Four Seasons Productions Inc.

Screenwriters: Semi Chellas and Miriam Toews

King Leary

Verite Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Paul Quarrington

The Outlander

Strada Films Inc. and Triptych Media Inc.

Screenwriter: Tbd

First Draft

Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet

Hand Picked Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Richard Bell

The Diary of Laura’s Twin

pUNK Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Laura Phillips

Don’t Talk To Irene

Alyson Richards Productions Inc.

Screenwriter: Pat Mills

King Leary

Verite Films Inc.

Screenwriter: Paul Quarrington

The Lizard Cage

Sienna Films Inc.

Screenwriter: David Vainola

Queen Kristina

Triptych Media Inc.

Screenwriter: Michel Marc Bouchard

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Corus Entertainment Finances 34 Canadian Films

Corus Entertainment announced the identity of its Corus Made with Pay Fund recipients. Of course, the recepients in question are actually 34 upcoming Canadian films.

By reading the press release, we can come to the conclusion that the high-profile upcoming films among the 34 recipients are:

King Leary, the novel from acclaimed screenwriter and author Paul Quarrington and Verite Films Inc., which follows the final adventure of old-timer Percival Leary, a one-time hockey legend, as he heads to Toronto to become the face of a marketing campaign. Quarrington’s previous works include Galveston, which was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Whale Music, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 1989 and King Leary, winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal.Author and screenwriter Miriam Toews’ The Flying Troutmans brings her hilarious and heartwarming novel about a family’s road trip across Canada to life in collaboration with screenwriter Semi Chellas
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DVD Review: ‘Silent Light’ Rewards Those With Patience

Chicago – Proving that its title is at least partially appropriate, “Silent Light” is loaded with torturous durations of quiet. The cinematographer shoots a landscape. A clock ticks and tocks. A family closes their eyes in prayer at the breakfast table. And for the first 10 minutes or so, you twist your face in bewilderment and wonder if writer-director Carlos Reygadas is playing an Andy Kaufman-esque prank on his audience, as if to say, “Go ahead. Stop watching. I dare you.”

DVD Rating: 4.5/5.0 Then a father breaks down in tears, dialogue starts trickling into the story, and it becomes clear that absolutely none of it was a joke. After a good half-hour, we understand that while the film’s characters are doing little and saying even less, their minds are always active to a strenuous degree. They dwell on their very painful problems, and thanks to the movie’s stubborn pacing,
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Don't move. I want to move. Don't move.

When Sydney Pollack was making "Out of Africa" in 1985, he considered the problem of how to film Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in love scenes that were not explicit, yet were erotic. "When I have Streep and Redford together," he told me, "I don't want to see them strip naked and writhe around in bed together. The challenge was to find love scenes that would have emotion and passion and yet not violate a certain place where we want to see them. There are two really sensual love scenes. One of them is the undressing scene. I always like scenes like that. I think they're sexy. I tried to make a sort of passionate dance out of them undressing each other. The second scene consists of three absolutely terrific lines I took out of a screenplay that was written in 1973 when Nicholas Roeg was going to direct this project. It's only three lines,
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Silent Light

Release Date: Jan. 9 (limited)

Writer/Director: Carlos Reygadas

Cinematographer: Alexis Zabe

Starring: Cornelio Wall, Maria Pankratz, Miriam Toews

Studio/Run Time: Film Forum, 108 mins.

Silent Light takes place in a Mexican Mennonite farm, but it’s not a religious movie. Its tale is in many ways the classic one of forbidden love, where dedicated husband Johan (Cornelio Wall) falls in love with another woman, Marianne (Maria Pankratz), which causes complications for both of them. The twist is that due to Johan’s devotion to both his wife Esther (Miriam Toews) and his faith he is also honest with her about the affair. This effectively rips apart the emotions of all three parties, but with Johan unwilling to stop himself there’s no end in sight.
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Opening This Week: Horrorfest, a bridal comedy and the best damn Mexican Mennonite drama ever made

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By Neil Pedley

There's a welcome change of pace this week, with nary a Nazi in sight. Character actors go to work both in front of and behind the camera, there's a white wedding, a black comedy and a bizarre love triangle in Plautdietsch just over the Mexican border.

"8 Films to Die For: After Dark Horrorfest 2009"

For one week only, nasty niche distributor After Dark Films terrorizes 300 screens across the country with their third annual "Horrorfest" showcase featuring a selection of eight indie horror films. This year's selection comprises of: "Autopsy," the Lena Headey-Richard Jenkins' thriller "The Broken," "The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations," "Dying Breed," "Perkins' 14," "Slaughter," the Korean frightfest "Voices," and "From Within," which Alison Willmore noted during its Tribeca premiere wasn't exactly for God-fearing types. Eight films to die for is what they say -- we'll settle for being made to perhaps feel a bit sick afterwards.
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Ariel spotlight falls on 'Luz' with 9 noms

Ariel spotlight falls on 'Luz' with 9 noms
MEXICO CITY -- Carlos Reygadas' Mennonite love story "Luz Silenciosa" (Silent Light) made some noise Wednesday, garnering nine nominations for the 50th annual Ariel Awards, Mexico's top film prize.

Produced by Reygadas' shingle Mantarraya Producciones, "Light" got Ariel nods for best picture, director, original screenplay and actress for newcomer Miriam Toews. It has picked up kudos at various international film festivals, including the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2007.

Also receiving multiple nominations was Paul Leduc's anti-globalization drama "Cobrador: In God We Trust". The film received noms for best picture, director and actor for Lazaro Ramos.

The third and most surprising entry for best picture was Everardo Gonzalez's documentary "Los Ladrones Viejos", which grabbed four nominations, including best director. "Ladrones" features interviews with old-school crooks from Mexico City. Seldom do documentary films here compete for best picture and director.

Thanks to a recent surge in production, members of the Mexican film academy had a considerable number of pictures to choose from this year.

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