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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

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Principal photography underway in Savannah, Georgia.

Armory Films has announced that John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and Yelawolf will join the cast of The Peanut Butter Falcon.

The film directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz centres on Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life.

One day he breaks out and takes to the road to try to find his hero, a retired wrestler named The Salt Water Redneck. Along the way Zak experiences adventure and danger, and joins forces with a desperado crab fisherman and a kind nurse. 

The cast also includes newcomer Zachary Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern.

Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole are producing and financing the film, alongside Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, T Bone Burnett, Lije Sarki, and David Thies. Burnett will also »

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James Bond to return in November 2019

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Details on cast and director to follow at later date.

Eon and MGM announced on Monday that Bond 25 will open in the Us on November 8, 2019.

In keeping with tradition, the upcoming instalment will debut earlier in the UK and the rest of the world on dates to be announced.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will write the screenplay, as they did on Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions are producing, and announced the date with MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber.

Additional details regarding cast, director and distribution will be announced at a later date. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Pierce Brosnan narrates family film 'Aldabra: Once Upon An Island'

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Exclusive: Vision Films handles worldwide sales on eco-themed feature.

Pierce Brosnan has wrapped narration duties on the family feature Aldabra: Once Upon An Island, which Vision Films represents for worldwide sales.

Vision Films plans to distribute Aldabra directly in the Us and is plotting a release date. The film is available in 2D and 3D and generated more than $1m in the Czech Republic through Falcon. It just opened in Italy through Twelve Entertainment and launches in Russia through Luxor. Next up is India through Picture House.

Brosnan voices every role in the English-language version and recorded the narration in Kauai, Hawaii.

Characters include a giant tortoise, a coconut crab, a turtle, an old man, and a grouper. The story is set on Aldabra, the world’s little-seen second largest coral atoll that lies within the Seychelles. As the island rises and drops below Indian Ocean, the cycle gives life to new generations of creatures.

Aldabra: Once Upon An Island is a film »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Streaming platform Kocowa launches in Us

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Streaming platform Kocowa has launched in the Us by Kcp Global, a joint venture between major South Korean broadcasters Kbs, Mbc and Sbs.The platform says it will offer South Korean TV programmes translated into English within hours of their local broadcast, including drama, variety shows and K-Pop shows.Kocowa will be available on a range of platforms including PC, mobile and tablets and, later this year, smart TVs. ?Content includes TV dramas such as School 2017

Streaming platform Kocowa has launched in the Us by Kcp Global, a joint venture between major South Korean broadcasters Kbs, Mbc and Sbs.

The platform says it will offer South Korean TV programmes translated into English within hours of their local broadcast, including drama, variety shows and K-Pop shows.

Kocowa will be available on a range of platforms including PC, mobile and tablets and, later this year, smart TVs. 

Content includes TV dramas such as School 2017, Into The World Again (pictured »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Barry Jenkins to give SXSW 2018 keynote

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Festival to run from March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.

Barry Jenkins, director of this year’s best picture Oscar winner Moonlight, was unveiled on Monday as one of the keynote speakers at SXSW Conference 2018.

Jenkins is lining up an October start on his next project, the James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk that marks the first project under the two-year production deal announced earlier this year between Annapurna and his company, Pastel.

The SXSW speaker roster includes psychotherapist and author Esther Perel, technology entrepreneur and a managing director at Goldman Sachs whurley, futurist Bob Richards, Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 chairman and CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt, artist and poet Cleo Wade, and author and founder of the Future Today Institute Amy Webb.

“We are overjoyed to invite Barry Jenkins back to SXSW as a Film Keynote having presented the world premiere of his first feature, Medicine for Melancholy, in 2008,” Janet Pierson »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis join 2017 Venice Film Festival juries

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Festival also launches new Vr strand.

The full jury line-ups for the 2017 Venice Film Festival (August 30-September 9) have been announced.

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, actress Rebecca Hall and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, who won a Berlin Golden Bear this year for On Body and Soul have joined the main competition jury presided over by Annette Bening.

They are joined by Mexican director Michel Franco, French actress Anna Mouglalis, Australian film critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca and Taiwanese director, producer and screenwriter Yonfan.

Director John Landis will head the international jury for a new Venice Virtual Reality (Vr) section. The other Jury members are French screenwriter and director Celine Sciamma and actor/director Ricky Tognazzi.

The Vr jury will award prizes for best Vr film, grand Vr jury prize and best Vr creativity award. A restored version of LandisInto the Night will also be screened at Venice this year.

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UK feature debut 'Pin Cushion' to open Venice Critics' Week

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Independent festival strand unveils 2017 line-up.

The line-up for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival’s independent parallel strand Critics’ Week (Aug 30 – Sept 9) has been revealed.

Organised by the National Union of Italian Film Critics, the selection is curated by the general delegate of the Venice Critics’ Week Giona A. Nazzaro with the selection committee comprised of Luigi Abiusi, Alberto Anile, Beatrice Fiorentino and Massimo Tria.

Following last year, when UK filmmaker Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge opened Venice Critics’ Week, this year’s opener is again a feature debut from a UK female director.

Writer-director Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion will screen out of competition as the strand’s opening film. Starring Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlan, the film is produced by Gavin Humphries with Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Executive producers are Josephine Rose, Chis Reed, and Lizzie Francke for the British Film Institute (BFI).

Pin Cushion is an all-girl gothic fairy tale set »

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

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'Goran', 'Quit Staring At My Plate' win top awards at Kosovo's PriFest

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Prize winners revealed from 9th edition of festival.

Croatian thriller Goran has won the best film award at the 9th edition of Kosovo’s Pristina Film Festival (PriFest, July 13-20).

The film was produced by Danijel Pek and written by Norwegian writer Gjermund Gisvold. Director Nevio Marasevic was also given a special mention in the best director category.

Croatian filmmaker Hana Jusic won the best director award for Croatia-Denmark production Quit Staring at my Plate, while the film’s star Mia Petricevic was presented with the best actress prize.

Best actor went to Caner Cindoruk, who won for his role in Turkish drama Ember (Kor). The film was written and directed by Turkish filmmaker Zeki Demirkubuz, his 11th feature.

The 2017 edition of the event was the largest so far, with more than 80 films screened.

Elsewhere, Crash writer-director Paul Haggis attended this year’s festival to receive an honorary award for his service to word cinema.

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'King of the Belgians' wins at Odesa film festival

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Summer 1993 and My Happy Family also take home prizes from Ukrainian festival.

Peter Brosen and Jessica Woodworth’s fourth feature King Of The Belgians received the Golden Duke Grand Prix - based on voting by festival-goers - at the eighth Odesa International Film Festival (Oiff, July 14 - 22), which came to a close on Saturday evening.

The International Competition jury, headed up by German director Christian Petzold and including actress Sibel Kekilli and Romanian producer-director-festival organiser Tudor Giurgiu, awarded the prize for best international feature film to Catalan director Carla Simón’s autobiographical film Summer 1993.

Handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales, Simón’s film had its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar where it won the international jury’s grand prix and the Gwff best first feature award.

Meanwhile, My Happy Family by the directorial duo Nana & Simon continued its successful international festival career by picking up the jury’s awards for best director »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Vienna International Film Festival chief Hans Hurch dies at 64

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Festival head oversaw 20 editions of the Viennale.

Hans Hurch, director of the Vienna International Film Festival (Viennale), has died at the age of 64, the festival confirmed on Monday (July 24).

He suffered heart failure in Rome, where he had been meeting with filmmaker Abel Ferrara. The festival was informed on Sunday evening (July 23).

Hurch took over the position of head of the Viennale in 1997, he was formerly a film critic working in Vienna. He was born in Schärding, northern Austria, in 1952.

Two years ago – while overseeing his 20th festival - he confirmed that the 2018 edition of the event would be his last in the role.

The 2017 festival, the 55th edition of the event, is scheduled to run October 19 – November 2.

A statement from the Viennale press team read:

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved director Hans Hurch, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, due »

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

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BBC Films makes two key hires

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Exclusve: Geraldine Atlee and Eva Yates join from Film4.

BBC Films has hired Geraldine Atlee as head of business affairs and Eva Yates as commissioning executive.

The duo both join from Film4, where Atlee was head of business affairs, scripted content and acquisitions, and Yates was creative executive. They will work closely with director of BBC Films, Rose Garnett, who joined in February, also from Film4.  

Atlee (pictured top, left) will lead commercial rights and business affairs activities for BBC Films, working with the legal team comprised of Livy Sander, Helen Giles and Ruth Sanders.

She joined Film4 in 2011 to run the business affairs team, and previously worked at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Universal Pictures International, BBC Worldwide and the UK Film Council across film development, production and financing. Atlee returns to BBC Films, having served as legal and business affairs manager from 2003-2008.

Yates (top, right) will be responsible for developing relationships with new British talent including »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Oliver Stone to be honoured at Sarajevo Film Festival

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Platoon director to attend 23rd edition of festival.

This year’s Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 11-18) will pay tribute to Us director Oliver Stone, who will receive the event’s honorary Heart of Sarajevo award.

The three-time Oscar-winning writer, director and producer has more than 20 feature film credits, including Born On The Fourth Of July and Platoon.

His recent work includes Edward Snowden biopic Snowden and The Putin Interviews, a four-part series with Us network Showtime in which he interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin.

As previously reported, John Cleese will also receive an honorary Heart of Sarajevo at this year’s festival.

Sarajevo will also host a tribute to documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (The Look Of Silence). »

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

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'Handle With Care' wins top prize at Japan's Skip City festival

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Other winners include China’s Van Goghs and The Citizen.

Norwegian filmmaker Arild Andresen’s Handle With Care picked up the Grand Prize at this year’s Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (July 15-23) in Japan.

The film, which premiered at Goteborg film festival this year, follows a Norwegian widower who takes his adopted son back to Colombia to look for his biological mother. Hilde Susan Jaegtnes, who co-write the film with Andresen, was on hand to collect the Grand Prize Sony D-Cinema Award from jury president and leading Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Skip City’s best director award went to Chinese filmmakers Yu Haibo and Kiki Tianqi Yu for feature-length documentary China’s Van Goghs. The film follows a man who paints replicas of Van Goghs artworks in Shenzhen and travels to Amsterdam to see the originals.

The special jury prize went to Hungarian filmmaker Roland Vranik’s The Citizen, about an African »

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