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Sundance Film Festival: London 2017 line-up revealed

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The festival will close with A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

The line-up for the 5th Sundance Film Festival: London (June 1-4) has been announced.

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The festival will comprise 14 UK and international feature film premieres from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to new UK shorts.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek.

It will close with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s A Ghost Story [pictured], starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Other highlights from this year’s programme include Bushwick, starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow; true-life crime drama Crown Heights, which won the Us dramatic audience award; jury prize-winning documentary Dina, Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime, starring Jon Hamm and Geena Davis, and Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which Amazon »

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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight adds Portuguese debut 'The Nothing Factory'

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Comedy-drama added to Cannes sidebar.

Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight sidebar has added Portuguese director Pedro Pinho’s feature debut The Nothing Factory to its 2017 selection.

The comedy-drama (with an occasional music number, according to a Cannes release) will play as a special screening. The majority of the Directors’ Fortnight line-up was revealed last week.

The film was produced by João Matos and Jorge Silva Melo for Portuguese outfit Terratreme. Pinho co-wrote the script with Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha and Luisa Homem.

It follows a group of factory workers who go on strike in an attempt to block the relocation of their workplace by its crooked owners.

Vasco Viana was the cinematographer and the film was shot on 16mm. Cláudia Oliveira was the editor and João Gazua handled sound.

According to a statement from Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Édouard Waintrop, the film “dissects and riffs on the subject of de-industrialization, unemployment, and the »

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Karlovy Vary to fete Ken Loach, James Newton Howard

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Kenji Mizoguchi, Jirí Brdecka tributes planned for 52nd edition.

The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 30 - July 8) will present a Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema to British director Ken Loach.

The award will be shared with his long-time screenwriter Paul Laverty. The pair have collaborated on twelve feature films and two shorts, including The Wind That Shakes The Barley and more recently the Palme d’Or and Bafta-winning I, Daniel Blake.

Loach has a long and fruitful relationship with the Karlovy Vary festival. In 1968, his feature debut Poor Cow won a special jury prize and best actress for its star Carol White. A year later, his second film Kes won the festival’s Crystal Globe, and he has been a guest at the festival on numerous occasions since.

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Karlovy Vary will also celebrate the work of composer James Newton Howard, whose credits include Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense, [link »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Annecy unveils 2017 line-up

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Zombillenium announced as opener; China named as guest country, Guillermo del Toro to return.

French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale Zombillenium (pictured) - set against the backdrop of an amusement-terror park were the staff are a motley crew of vampires, zombies and werewolves - will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17 this year. 

It is among nine special event screenings including Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be proceeded by a presentation of footage from Mexico-set, Day of the Dead-inspired drama Coco in the presence of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina; Despicable Me 3 and The Big Bad Fox And Other Animals.

Zombillenium will also compete in the 10-title feature film competition.

Other contenders for Annecy’s Cristal for best feature film include Iranian director Ali Soozandeh’s Tehran Taboo, exploring sexuality »

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Writers in overwhelming strike authorisation vote

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Action will commence on May 2 if no deal in place.

Writers Guild Of America (WGA) membership on Monday voted 96.3% in favour of striking on May 2 should no agreement be in place with studios and networks.

The move came as both sides prepared to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday following a recess and memories of the devastating 2007 strike loomed large.

The current three-year contract with the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (AMPTP) expires on May 1.

The WGA is seeking higher payments and a health plan bailout that would amount to an extra $178m from the AMPTP.

The AMPTP released a statement on Monday that read: “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working.

“The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet. We remain »

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Us writers in overwhelming strike authorisation vote

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Action could commence on May 2 if no deal in place.

Writers Guild Of America (WGA) membership on Monday voted 96.3% in favour of striking — possibly as soon as May 2 — should no agreement be in place with studios and networks.

The move came as both sides prepared to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday following a recess and memories of the devastating 2007 strike loomed large.

The current three-year contract with the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (AMPTP) expires on May 1.

The WGA is seeking higher payments and a health plan bailout that would amount to an extra $178m from the AMPTP.

The AMPTP released a statement on Monday that read: “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working.

“The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends »

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'Soldado', 'Granite Mountain' switch from Lionsgate to Sony in North America

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Differing views over release strategy believed to be cause.

Molly Smith’s Black Label Media has switched North American distributor on its upcoming Soldado and Granite Mountain from Lionsgate to Sony.

It is believed Lionsgate retains the bulk of international sales rights on the projects, which are both in post.

Screen understands the change stems from differing views over release strategy, however neither studio confirmed this.

Soldado is the sequel to crime thriller Sicario (pictured). Stefano Sollima directs the second in a potential trilogy that sees Benicio Del Toro and Brolin reprise their roles.

Joseph Kosinski directs Granite Mountain, which tells the true story of an elite crew of firefighters who battle to save their hometown from a wildfire.

Brolin also stars in this project alongside Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.

Neither film was dated at time of writing. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions executives acquired both titles after Steve Bersch and Michael Helfand negotiated »

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Faye Dunaway describes 'guilt' over Oscars gaffe

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Best picture co-presenter breaks silence in NBC interview.

Faye Dunaway said in a broadcast segment on NBC Nightly News on Monday she felt guilty after reading out the wrong best picture winner at the climax of February’s Oscars telecast.

Speaking in the exclusive interview, Dunaway recalled events in which she declared La La Land the winner moments after PwC managing partner Brian Cullinan gave co-presenter Warren Beatty the wrong card.

Moonlight was announced the winner several minutes later when the mistake became apparent.

“[Beatty] took the card out and he didn’t say anything,” Dunaway told interviewer Lester Holt. “He paused, he looked over me, offstage. He looked around, he… and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’

“I thought he was joking, I mean Warren’s like that – he holds the power and makes people…” she said, adding after Holt prompted her: “A dramatic pause, you got it. But it’s part of his charm… And I read »

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O-Scope acquires Tribeca premiere 'November'

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Estonia-set folk tale will open later in the year.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Rainer Sarnet’s November ahead of its Tribeca Film Festival premiere on Monday night.

The film is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s folk tale Rehepapp, a 19th century story of an Estonian peasant girl who sets out to win the heart of an infatuated young man while supernatural forces converge around the village.

Katrin Kissa of Homeless Bob Production (Estonia) produced with Ellen Havenith of Prpl (The Netherlands), and Łukasz Dzięcioł of Opus Film (Poland).

Oscilloscope acquired rights from the producers and will open the film theatrically later this year.

The distributor’s credits include Embrace Of The Serpent, We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Vanished Elephant, and The Love Witch. »

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Im Global, Boston Diva, Phantom Four developing 'The Black Company'

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Fantasy books adaptation to chronicle exploits of mercenary unit in Tolkien-like world.

Im Global Television is developing The Black Company alongside Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four.

The show is based on Glen Cook’s 10-book action fantasy series, which Boston Diva optioned, along with the book Port Of Shadows to be published by Tor Books in 2018. Port Of Shadows takes place between books one and two of the series. 

Goyer (pictured), whose previous television credits include Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons and ABC’s Flash Forward, will serve as executive producer along with Kevin Turen under Im Global Television’s first-look deal.

Dushku, Ami Lourie and Nate Dushku will served as executive producers via Boston Diva along with Sam Maydew of Silver Lining Entertainment.

Dushku recently joined the CBS series Bull for a three-episode arc with an option to be promoted to series regular for season two. The actress »

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Ernesto Contreras signs with Valor, Paradigm

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Exclusive: Mexican director made waves in Sundance with I Dream In Another Language.

Mexican filmmaker Ernesto Contreras has signed with Valor Entertainment and The Paradigm Agency.

Contreras earned wider international renown with his fourth feature I Dream In Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma), which premiered in Sundance back in January.

The drama – about a linguist who uncovers a unique story when he meets the last speakers of a dying language in a remote Mexican village – received backing some years ago from the ‎Sundance Institute’s Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.

It went on to win this year’s World Cinema Dramatic audience award in Park City and Film Rise acquired North American rights from international sales agent Mundial, the Latino subsidiary of Im Global.

Contreras recently directed half of the new series El Chapo for Univision Communication’s Story House Entertainment and Netflix, based on the life of Mexican cartel head Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. The show premiered »

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Breaking Glass picks up 'La Granja'

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Puerto Rico-set story to open in limited theatrical release.

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to La Granja (The Farm) from first-time Puerto Rican director Angel Manuel Soto.

The film centres on a promising young boxer, a barren midwife, and an overweight child with a bicycle. Their intersecting stories focus on the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse in Puerto Rico.

Breaking Glass plans a limited theatrical release, followed by a VOD and DVD release in June.

La Granja premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 and screened at Tribeca, Raindance and the Miami International Film Festival.

Breaking Glass CEO Wolff and Amanda Rae Simon negotiated the deal with executive producer Tom Davia.

“In a style similar to maestros González Iñárritu and Arriaga, La Granja presents multiple intersecting storylines about the pursuit of individual ​happiness and how often we are inevitably reduced to our most animalistic tendencies by our environment in an attempt »

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Michael Mann, Michael De Luca line up 'Hue 1968' series

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Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal Tet Offensive.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired rights to Mark Bowden’s upcoming book Hue 1968, which they will develop into an eight-to-10-hour miniseries.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, will direct multiple episodes and produce alongside De Luca, the Fifty Shades Darker producer who recently co-produced the Oscar telecast.

Hue 1968 took Bowden, the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down, five years to write and focuses on lives on all sides of the conflict during the pivotal Tet Offensive. Grove Atlantic will publish the book on June 6.

Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mark Bowden’s written a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction,” Mann said. “Bowden »

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Ifp names Screen Forward Labs fellows

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Participants to receive $10,000 in services, and mentorship.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced the 10 projects selected for the third annual Screen Forward Labs running in New York from April 24-28.

The Ifp’s year-long fellowship for content creators with serialised projects provides participants with $10,000 worth of services and a comprehensive mentorship to bring their projects to fruition.

The Screen Forward Labs will culminate with all projects pitching to investors, distributors, tech companies and network executives at Ifp Film Week 2017.

The 2017 Screen Forward Episodic Lab fellows are: Aeris by creator, director and producer Lukas Huffman, co-producer Amy Zhang and executive producer Shin CamposAnamnesis by co-creators, directors, writers, producers and editors Alex Calleros and Michael Tucker, producer Ryan McDuffie and executive producers Jeremy Norris and Patrick NorrisAngry Black Women from creators, writers and executive producers Dahéli Hall and HaJ and director Angie Browne; and Camp Abercorn by creator, director, writer and producer »

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Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding

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Other recipients include Virginia Woolf romance Vita & Virginia and new Hong Khaou, Carmel Winters films.

Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions. 

Projects by Mary McGuckian, Carmel Winters and British/Cambodian filmmaker Hong Khaou are also among those given production funding support, as is a drama about Virgina Woolf’s love affair with the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West

In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.

The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures

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Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy exits

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CEO set to leave Star Wars and James Bond studio after 17 years.

Pinewood Group CEO Ivan Dunleavy is leaving the company after 17 years at the helm.

The UK studio has long played host to blockbusters including the Bond franchise, a string of Marvel titles and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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In an email to all staff today, Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood, said: “Ivan has played a huge role in the success of Pinewood. When we became owners six months ago, we were delighted that he stayed on. Now, having overseen a smooth transition from public company to private ownership and with the business in such great shape, he has suggested the time is right to move on.

“I am pleased to say Ivan will continue to bring us the benefit of his experience as a senior adviser.”

In the same email, Ivan wished Pinewood, its staff and “all contributors to the screen industries »

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Netflix, E4 partner on series with Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther

24 April 2017 3:26 AM, PDT

Comic book adaptation The End Of The F***ing World now filming in the UK.

Netflix and youth-focused Channel Four offshoot E4 are teaming on comic book adaptation series The End Of The F***ing World.

The show has enlisted a trio of 2015 Screen Stars of Tomorrow: Charlie Covell is writing the series, while Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther will both star.

Covell’s writing credits include Chanya Button’s Burn Burn Burn. Lawther has previously acted in The Imitation Game and Black Mirror, while Barden’s credits include The Lobster.

The 8x30 darkly comic drama will follow two teenage outsiders who embark on a road trip to find one of their estranged fathers.

John Hannah’s Clerkenwell Films, the outfit behind Misfits, are producing with Dominic Buchanan Productions. Filming is now underway in the UK and the series will air on E4 and stream globally on Netflix later this year.

Kate Ogborn is producing »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Tencent boards Fox Networks Group Asia miniseries 'The Trading Floor'

24 April 2017 2:49 AM, PDT

Producer Andy Lau hopes five-part drama will have “international appeal”.

Tencent Penguin Pictures has boarded Chinese-language mini-series The Trading Floor, which is being produced by Fox Networks Group Asia and Andy Lau’s Focus Television.

The five-part series, which starts shooting this week, is written and directed by Kk Wong, whose credits include hit Hong Kong TV series The Election. The story follows a team of financial mercenaries in their attempts to conquer the financial market.

Hong Kong actor Francis Ng, Taiwan’s Joseph Chang and Chinese actress Yu Nan head that cast of the series, which also stars Poon Chang Leung, Jacky Cai, Carlos Chan and Jiang Qilin. Patrick Tam makes a special appearance.

Scheduled for release in autumn 2017, The Trading Floor will be broadcast on Fox channel Scm and also made available to viewers in mainland China on Tencent Video on a day-and-date basis.

Andy Lau said: “With its innovation in storytelling and multi-dimensional characters »

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'The Crown', 'The Night Manager' triumph at Bafta TV Craft Awards

24 April 2017 2:37 AM, PDT

Big budget dramas dominate event celebrating behind-the-scenes talent.

The Crown, The Night Manager and National Treasure won two Baftas each at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, held last night (23 April).

Historical drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and created by Peter Morgan, won awards for costume design and special, visual & graphic effects.

John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, with Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, won in editing: fiction and sound: fiction.

Operation Yewtree-inspired drama National Treasure, starring Robbie Coltrane, picked up the director: fiction and original music prizes.

Sally Wainwright won writer: drama for Happy Valley, her third Bafta so far in this category and her fifth overall.

There were also awards for Rillington Place (photography and lighting), Black Mirror (make-up and hair design) and War & Peace (production design).

Director Mahalia Belo won the breakthrough talent category for Ellen.

Industry-renowned prop master Bobby Warans was presented with the Bafta Special Award for his contribution to the »

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Amazon Japan to stream Sion Sono's 'Tokyo Vampire Hotel'

24 April 2017 1:12 AM, PDT

Nine-episode series to star Kaho in first full action role.

Amazon Prime Video Japan is working with maverick Japanese director Sion Sono on original series Tokyo Vampire Hotel, which is scheduled to stream from June 16.

Sion Sono’s first drama based on an original screenplay, the series revolves around a battle to save mankind from a vampire tribe. The cast includes actress Kaho, in her first full-scale action role, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ami Tomite, Yumi Adachi and Megumi Kagurazaka.

The nine-episode series was produced with Nikkatsu Corporation and written by Jun Tsugita and Manabu Ikarimoto. Tomohiro Kubo and Daisuke Matsuo serve as directors and writers of two episodes. Filming took place on three soundstages at Nikkatsu Studios and on location in Transylvania, Romania.

“Our focus is to work with content creators to be innovative and deliver a content experience only available on Amazon. With his unique voice and baroque style, Sono puts his mark on any genre,” said »

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