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Eurimages to support 27 films including Asghar Farhadi project

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Council of Europe’s cinema fund to award €7,104,430.

Eurimages, the council of Europe’s fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinema, has announced it will support 27 films (including a documentary and an animation) for a combined €7,104,430.

The projects selected by the Eurimages board at its 147th meeting held June 19-23 are:

The Beast in the Jungle (Netherlands, Luxembourg) - Clara Van Gool (Netherland)A Woman At War (France, Iceland) -  Benedikt ErlingssonAsghar Farhadi’s Spanish Project(France, Spain, Italy) - Asghar Farhadi (Iran - France)The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Russia, Estonia, France) - Natalya Merkulova, Alexey ChupovThe Guest (Italy, Switzerland) - Duccio ChiariniIs This What You Were Born For? (Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria) - Radu JudeJade (Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland) - Sacha PolakMotherland (Lithuania, Latvia) - Tomas VengrisThe Magic Quill (Czech Republic, Slovakia) - Marek NajbrtAlice T. (Romania, Sweden) - Radu MunteanHistory of Love (Slovenia, Italy, Norway) - Sonja ProsencDogman (Italy, France) - Matteo »


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Chilean veterans back genre co-production event

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Exclusive: Suspense! Co-Producer Network to launch in July.

Patricio Valladares, the Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods and Downhill, and producer Francisco Inostroza are among a coterie of professionals behind next month’s inaugural Suspense! Co-Producer Network.

The event for aspiring genre filmmakers will take place from July 26-28 in Concepcion, Chile, when filmmakers can pitch industry professionals and participate in one-on-one meetings.

The schedule includes round-table networking for producers without a project, panels addressing new trends in genre cinema, and social events.

Three projects will receive co-production deals at a follow-up event in September when judges will consider 10 finallists selected from July.

Valladares (pictured) is on board as industry director and his launch collaborators include Inostroza, Working Place CEO Ricardo Campos, and Luis Aguirre España, CEO of national agency Concepcion Crea y Produce (Ccp).

Partners include Corfo, Working Place, Ccp, government body Comité de Desarrollo Productivo Regional, and Carriel Sur Pictures.

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Troy Duffy ('Boondock Saints') Returns With 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy makes directing return.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints. »


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Troy Duffy to direct 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: Oceanside Media producing and fully financing project by The Boondock Saints director.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints.

In addition to Blood Spoon, the filmmaker has several projects in development including action feature Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em and comedy Black Ghost, which he is writing in collaboration with Cedrick The Entertainer. 

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'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56

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Swedish star made several high-profile forays into Hollywood.

Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish star who found international fame with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, died on Tuesday (27) following a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

Nyqvist’s Us-based representatives issued a statement on Tuesday that read: “On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer. Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Nyqvist will be most famous to non-Scandinavian audiences for his role as investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 adaptation »


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'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56

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Swedish star made several high-profile forays into Hollywood.

Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish star who found international fame with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, died on Tuesday (27) following a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

Nyqvist’s Us-based representatives issued a statement on Tuesday that read: “On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer. Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Nyqvist will be most famous to non-Scandinavian audiences for his role as investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 adaptation »


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Michael Nyqvist, star of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', dies aged 56

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Swedish star made several high-profile forays into Hollywood.

The Swedish star who found international fame with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

Nyqvist will be most famous to non-Scandinavian audiences for his role as investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 adaptation of the late Stieg Larsson’s smash Millennium book series that also turned Noomi Rapace into a global star.

He reprised his role as Blomkvist in The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Daniel Craig played Blomkvist in the English-language version that Sony distributed in the Us and other territories in 2011.

Nyqvist, who had acted in Sweden for decades before The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, also made a number of high-profile forays into Hollywood, appearing opposite Keanu Reeves in 2014’s John Wick, and alongside »


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Wow! Unlimited Media hires Greg De Winter

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De Winter will oversee the 2D animation division at Rainmaker Studios.

Wow! Unlimited Media Inc., comprised of its core companies Rainmaker and Mainframe Studios, as well as Frederator Networks, has announced the appointment of Greg De Winter as director of production and planning of Rainmaker Studios.

De Winter will oversee the studio’s new 2D animation projects and bring in 2D talent as a part of Rainmaker’s strategic expansion plan. 

He will report directly to Kim Dent Wilder, senior vice-president of production/operations, and will handle production on work-for-hire projects, bid on CG and 2D projects and oversee the production of development materials for original IP projects.  

De Winter joins Rainmaker rom Bardel where he was director of production finance. His credits include the animated series Puss ’N Boots, Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Rick And Morty.

“We are happy to have Greg join us as we continue to develop new programming and expand »


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Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' to play at Galway Film Fleadh

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Irish festival reveals 2017 line-up.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk will have its Irish premiere as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland.

The Second World War drama will play on Galway’s final day, July 16. The festival will open with Pat CollinsSong Of Granite on July 11.

The festival’s 2017 line-up was revealed by director of programming Gar O’Brien at a news conference in Galway on Tuesday evening (July 27).

Having its world premiere in Galway will be the latest feature from Irish director Gerard Barrett, whose credits include Brain On Fire and Glassland. Produced with his regular collaborator Grainne O’Sullivan, Barrett’s new film Limbo chronicles 24 hours in the life of a young Irish mother and child as they battle homelessness. Barrett will also be in attendance.

Also having its world premiere in Galway will be director Frank Berry’s third feature, Michael Inside.

Having their Irish premieres are Sundance hit God’s Own »


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Rome Film Festival to give David Lynch lifetime achievement award

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Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky will have its European premiere in Rome.

The 2017 Rome Film Festival (Oct 26-Nov 5) will honour David Lynch with a lifetime achievement award.

The director of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks and The Elephant Man will also discuss his career onstage, as well as the three Italian directors that had the greatest influence on his career, including Federico Fellini.

The festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda said: “Mr. Lynch has prepared a great analysis of 8½”.

There will also be onstage masterclasses with Lord Of The Rings star Ian McKellen, who will discuss Jacques Tati; Cannes favourite Xavier Dolan (Mommy); Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, who will talk horror films, and actress Vanessa Redgrave.

Monda, in his third year as festival director, said of the line-up: “The formula will be the same… but as these five names demonstrate I would like to slide towards the more popular side of the festival audience”.

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Odeon Cinemas Group hires MD for Spain and Portugal

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Ramon Biarnes joins Europe’s largest exhibitor.

Europe’s largest cinema operator Odeon Cinemas Group has appointed Ramon Biarnes as managing director for Spain and Portugal.

Biarnes will be responsible for the group’s brands in the region, including Cinesa, Spain’s largest cinema chain with 46 cinemas housing 521 screens.

He will also oversee Uci in Portugal, which operates three cinemas.

Biarnes joins from Avid Budget Group, where he was senior vice president, sales international regional (Emea & Asia Pacific). His previous experience includes roles at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Madrid, and Europcar, Spanair and Finnair.

Jan Bernhardsson, chief operating officer of Odeon Cinemas Group, which is owned by Us chain AMC Theatres (which in turn is controlled by Chinese outfit Wanda), commented that the company was plotting heavy investment across the region.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ramon to our team at this exciting time for our Group and for Cinesa/Uci. We have very »

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Italian distributor Lucky Red reveals ambitious production plans

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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'

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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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BFI hires Danny Leigh, Will Massa for archive roles

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BFI National Archive makes key hires for curatorial team.

The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed Will Massa and Danny Leigh to the curatorial team for its BFI National Archive.

Leigh is a journalist with more than 20 years experiences working in print, for the Ft and Guardian, as well as on television where he is co-host of the BBC’s long-running film programme Film 2017.

He joins the BFI as senior curator of fiction film and television and will have a remit including developing and promoting the current collection, as well as building the archive. He took us his position yesterday, June 26.

Massa joins from the British Council’s film department where he was senior programme manager, working on a variety of UK film showcase projects across the Americas and Europe. Prior to that role, he worked in talent development at regional screen agencies Screen Yorkshire and North West Vision+Media.

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Music Box picks up 'Back To Burgundy'

26 June 2017 6:24 PM, PDT

Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil star in family vineyard drama.

Music Box Films has acquired Us rights to Cédric Klapisch’s Back To Burgundy from Studiocanal.

Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, and François Civil star in the story of a man who left his homestead 10 years earlier to embark on a world tour.

When the traveller learns of his father’s imminent death he returns to his childhood home where he must earn back the trust of his brother and sister as they work to save the family vineyard.

Music Box plans a theatrical release in autumn, followed by home entertainment roll-out.

“We are thrilled to bring to the Us Cédric Klapisch’s tender and charming tale of the ties that bind a family to each other and to the land they love,” Music Box Films president William Schopf said.

“The film’s picturesque setting, universal themes, and fascinating peek into the art of French winemaking will hold »


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MGM Worldwide Television expands senior team

26 June 2017 2:56 PM, PDT

Company hires Mina Patel, Todd Parkin; promotes Annie Khostegyan.

MGM said on Monday it had hired Mina Patel as senior vice-president of worldwide television distribution, and Todd Parkin as senior vice-president and general manager of MGM Domestic Networks.

The company has also promoted Annie Khostegyan to senior vice-president of domestic television distribution.

Patel will lead sales administration operations for MGM Worldwide TV Distribution and reports to Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions.

Patel most recently worked as a management consultant for non-profit organisations including Step Up On Second. She also served as senior vice-president of sales strategy and operations at CBS Studios International, overseeing digital global content management and supervising administration and sales operations at regional offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

Prior to CBS Studios, she was a vice-president of sales planning and administration at Paramount International Television. She began her career at MGM Studios in International Television Worldwide Sales.  

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' ending to change

26 June 2017 1:26 PM, PDT

Participant Media confirms move ahead of July 28 release.

Producer and financier Participant Media confirmed on Monday that changes are being made to An Inconvenient Sequel before it launches through Paramount on July 28 in light of the Us withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

Participant sources confirmed the move after directors Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen spoke to press at the Nantucket Film Festival over the weekend, where the film screened as the closing night presentation.

While the film that screened was the same edit as the one presented in Cannes – itself a slight modification from the version that premiered in Sundance to include President Donald Trump’s assumption of office – there will be a new ending to the eco documentary.

Directors Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen said the new version will incorporate a message of hope and address Trump’s shock withdrawal at the start of June from the global agreement on emissions levels.

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Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy join Hulu drama 'Castle Rock'

26 June 2017 11:41 AM, PDT

Actresses join previously announced Andre Holland in 10-part series.

Hulu announced on Monday that Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy have joined the cast of its upcoming original drama series Castle Rock.

The psychological horror series is set in Maine and based on the Stephen King multiverse, combining the mythological scale and characters of the author’s best-loved works.

Spacek will play Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland), a retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock’s unsettling past. 

Spacek is already a staple in the world of Stephen King, having played the titular character in the 1976 horror Carrie, based on King’s novel. She recently starred for three seasons on Netflix’s Bloodline

Levy, most known for her turn in the ABC comedy series Suburgatory, will play Jackie, the death-obsessed, self-appointed historian of Castle Rock. She recently starred in the horror film Don’t Breathe. 

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Kevin Bacon says the 'Tremors' reboot is heading to SyFy channel

26 June 2017 5:14 AM, PDT

Kevin Bacon has revealed that the Tremors reboot which he is developing with Oscar-nominated Whiplash producer Jason Blum is set to be made with broadcaster SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel).

“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told Screen while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.

Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity and Insidious, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.

He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms. »


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Chinese animation 'Have A Nice Day' heads to multiple territories

26 June 2017 4:58 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Mfi announces fresh deals on dark comedy crime caper set in small town China.

Memento Film International (Mfi) has announced a slew of fresh deals on Chinese feature animation Have A Nice Day which premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

The Paris-based sales company has sold the film to Spain (La Aventura), Benelux (Fu Works), Switzerland (Outside the Box), Greece (Seven Films), Turkey (Bir Film), Former Yugoslavia (Megacom), Hungary (Cirko) and airlines (Encore).

News of the deals follows Us distributor Strand Releasing’s announcement last week that it had acquired all Us rights to the feature for an autumn release. 

As previously announced, streaming service Mubi acquired the title for UK and Ireland for a theatrical and VOD release in April.

Mfi is sharing sales on the film with Hong Kong-based sales and distribution outfit Edko Films which handles Asia. Mfi handles all other territories.

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