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Academy Nominated and Berlin Golden Bear Winner (Bal/ Honey), Director Semih Kaplanoğlu’s new feature, Grain (Isa: The Match Factory), starring Cristina Flutur, Jean-Marc Barr and Ermin Bravo will have its world premiere in the competition program at the Sarajevo Film Festival August 11–18.
Watch the trailer here.
Besides the screening of Grain costarring Ermin Bravo, Bravo is also starring in another screening at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Men Don’t Cry, directed by Alen Drljevic. This film won just the Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Sarajevo Film Festival Competition Red CarpetErmin Bravo
Watch the trailer of Men Don’t Cry here.
Cristina Flutur is best-known for playing Alina in the movie Beyond the Hills (2012), directed »
- Sydney Levine
Atlantic International Film Festival co-production market to run in September.
HBO Nordic commissioning editor and vice-president of original programming Hanne Palmquist will deliver the keynote address at the Strategic Partners co-production market in Halifax, Canada.
The upcoming 20th market supported by Fin takes place against the backdrop of the Atlantic International Film Festival and is scheduled to run from September 14-16.
This year’s edition will focus on dramatic features and TV fiction, climaxing in a two-year spotlight on the Nordic region that has brought the likes of Only God Forgives producers Space Rocket Nation and M&M Productions, the company behind 2010 best live-action short film Oscar winner The New Tenants.
Palmquist’s (pictured) speech will span the earliest days of Lars Von Trier’s Danish powerhouse Zentropa to the need to champion emerging talent as she explores how a region establishes itself as a producer of globally renowned content.
“Global partnerships »
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Us outfit strikes Cannes deal for upcoming serial killer feature.
Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects said: “Lars von Trier is an unparalleled cinematic provocateur and one of the world’s great auteurs. It’s great to be working with old friends and colleagues such as Lars, Peter Aalbaek Jensen and the entire Trust team – we are anticipating audiences will see a Matt Dillon they have never dreamed of before”.
Wendt added: “IFC did a great job on Antichrist and their »
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Set in the 1970s, the film centers on a serial killer, Jack, whose psychopathy is explored through five incidents told through his own eyes. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.
“Lars von Trier is an unparalleled cinematic provocateur and one of the world’s great auteurs. It’s great to be working with old friends and colleagues such as Lars, »
- Elsa Keslassy
IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a drama about a serial killer. The film stars Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Siobhan Fallon Hogan.
Set in the U.S. in the 1970s, “The House That Jack Built” follows Jack (Dillon) through a series of murders that define his development as a serial killer. “We experience the story from Jack’s point of view,” IFC said in a statement. “He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.” The film marks von Trier’s first feature since 2013’s “Nymphomaniac.”
“Lars von Trier is an unparalleled cinematic provocateur and one of the world’s great auteurs, »
- Graham Winfrey
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to director Lars Von Trier’s 1970s-set serial killer thriller “The House That Jack Built,” the company announced Thursday. The film stars Matt Dillon as a highly intelligent serial killer named Jack who views each murder as an artwork even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. The film follows five incidents from Jack’s point of view as law enforcement closes in on him. Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Siobhan Fallon Hogan also star. Also Read: Sony Classics Acquires Liam Neeson-Watergate Film 'The Silent Man »
- Thom Geier
That Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s anticipated art-world satire “The Square” is in competition this year is just latest indication that the Scandinavian industry is upping its international game, venturing beyond “Scandi noirs” and becoming a hotbed of innovation at the forefront of the pack in Europe.
“The Square,” Ostlund’s English-language follow up to “Force Majeure,” which scooped Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in 2014, is the first Swedish film in the Cannes competition in 17 years. It stars Danish actor Claes Bang (“The Bridge”) and Elisabeth Moss, in a mighty mix of Nordic and U.S. talents that sees the already hot auteur “elevating himself into a new sphere,” according to Swedish Film Institute chief exec Anna Serner.
The same can be said for the entire film and TV industry in the Nordics, which comprises five countries: Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.
There is a slew of buzzy »
- Nick Vivarelli
Film i Vast launches title at Cannes slate presentation.
Nikolai Arcel, Bo Hr. Hansen and Mikkel Norgaard wrote the script. Nordisk will release theatrically in autumn 2018 and TrustNordisk handles sales.
The previous three films in the series – starting with The Keeper Of Lost Causes [pictured] – have been record-setting hits in Denmark. Producer Louise Vesth of Zentropa said, “there have been 2.2m million tickets sold for these films in Denmark, I hope the fourth one will be an ever greater success.”
The story centres on the discovery of a series of corpses connected to an old women’s institution that carried out medical experiments.
Boe, speaking »
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Oldboy star becomes first Asian actor to appear in a von Trier movie.
Korean actor Yu Ji-tae, known for playing the villain in Oldboy, is featuring in The House That Jack Built – the upcoming film from Lars von Trier, controversial Danish director of films such as Nymphomania and Melancholia.
This will be the first time an Asian actor has featured in a von Trier film, according to Danish sales agent TrustNordisk and Korean distributor Atnine Film.
Atnine, which previously distributed Nymphomania, discussed Yu with TrustNordisk for the as-yet-undisclosed short role. The two companies suggested the actor to the filmmakers, as confirmed by production company Zentropa.
The House That Jack Built takes place in America in the 1970’s and over the course of 12 years charts the evolution of a serial killer called Jack.
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Yu won the role following a joint pitch by producer Zentropa Entertainment and and Korean distributor Atnine Film. Neither company has revealed details of his role, which Yu finished shooting in Sweden in late March.
Known for his role in Park Chan-wook’s 2003 hardboiled thriller “Old Boy,” Yu has expanded his career into directing, producing and film festival organizing. His recent filmography includes crime drama “Split,” which is now in competition at Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival. “House” is set for a 2018 release.
- Sonia Kil
Guadalajara, Mexico — “We are living in an era like the ‘60s,” Brazil’s Rodrigo Teixeira, a producer-financier on Sundance hits “Call Me By Your Name” and “Patti Cake$,” said at Berlin. He added: “You have Trump and Brexit, among others. How do you contest? With art. If I were a writer, it would be the best time of my life to write something.”
Running March 10-17, the 2017 Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival and its Film Market, the latter celebrating its 15th anniversary, form the longest-running and biggest of the big Mexican fest-marts. Attendance reached 110,000 last year, said Guadalajara Fest director Ivan Trujillo. A platform for Mexican and Latin American movies, recent and brand-new, Guadalajara’s selection has a traditional social-issue edge. Earlier this decade, maybe the major challenge in Latin American filmmaking was giving its productions a larger industry heft, in scale and international reach. Given the dramatic events of the last year, »
- John Hopewell
Set report: director and cast discuss Us-set drama The House That Jack Built during Tuesday 7 March press event.
”I chose Matt and I chose Uma because they obviously can’t read,” Lars von Trier says with the hint of a smile.
The Danish director is sitting in a village hall a few kilometres outside the town of Bengtfors in a snow-covered part of Sweden which is standing in for the state of Washington, where his next film, the serial killer-drama The House That Jack Built, is set.
Von Trier is flanked by Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, two of the main actors in the film, and two of his producers, Louise Vesth from Zentropa and Madeleine Ekman, and they are faced by a large group of journalists, mostly from Scandinavia and some from the rest of Europe.
He continues: ”There were so many people we sent the script to, who said they would do anything to work »
Even if you didn’t see Lars von Trier‘s 241-minute (or 325-minute) two-part Nymphomaniac, there’s a strong chance you witnessed at least part of Uma Thurman‘s performance (courtesy of the above still or the below clip) in the film’s most beautifully awkward scene, surrounding a “whoring bed.” She’ll now get her chance to re-enter the world of Lars von Trier as she’s joined his serial killer drama The House That Jack Built.
As reported by Zentropa, Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) will also be re-teaming with von Trier, with both actors playing women who come across the violent path of the lead. Spanning 12 years and following Matt Dillon in the lead role as we see his character’s presumably brutal murders, the film also stars Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, and Sofia Grabol. The film will be split into “five incidents” (aka »
- Jordan Raup
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The actress, who first worked with the Danish director on his last feature, Nymphomaniac, joins Siobhan Fallon Hogan (von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) among the ranks of unfortunate women who encounter serial killer Jack, played by Matt Dillon. Riley Keough, Sofie Grabol and Bruno Ganz also star.
"With these two fantastic actresses, the main cast is now in place, and we are ready to shoot – and kill," said Zentropa producer Louise Vesth. "Uma and Lars first worked together on Nymphomaniac and »
- Alex Ritman
“(Thurman) and Lars first worked together on Nymphomaniac and complimented each other in an exceptional way; I can’t wait to see which character they’ll create together this time, said Louise Vesth, who is producing the film at Zentropa.
Vesth also revealed “Lars had (Hogan) in mind from a very early stage for one of the female parts, and it is an honor »
- Elsa Keslassy
The film will take place in 1970s USA and will follow the murders that define lead character Jack’s development as a serial killer.
Thurman and Fallon Hogan will join the ranks of unfortunate women who encounter serial killer Jack, played by Dillon.
Von Trier recently told The Guardian that the film “celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless, sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus – the rat king”.
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Syria-set drama set to benefit from European exhibition support.
The Syria-set drama stars Hiam Abbas as a woman trapped with her family in their Damacus apartment as the city suffers from the conflict raging outside.
Screen’s review described the film as “tense and nerve-shredding”.
This is the 13th time the label has been awarded. It was voted on by a jury of four exhibitors from the Europa Cinemas network. They were: Alice Black (Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK); Pierre-Alexandre Moreau (Cinémas Studio, France); Monica Naldi (Cinema Beltrade Italy); an Feliks Wagner (Neues Off Kino, Germany).
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Neo Art is headed by Antonia Nava, whose producer credits include Brad Anderson’s “Transsiberian.” Filmax will handle distribution in Spain. Mexico’s Cinema 226, headed by Marco Antonio Salgado, and Belgium’s De Hofleveranciers, in its first cinema venture, are set to co-produce.
“Plague” is directed by Carlos Martín Ferrera (“Zulo,” “Suspicious Minds”). It kicks in when a man is phoned by the ex-girlfriend, still the love of his life, who says that everybody around her has begun to act as if they’d lost their feelings and memory.
Based on Marc Pastor’s Spanish bestseller, “Plague” is “the story of a man »
- Emilio Mayorga
Four years after directing “Nymphomaniac,” Lars von Trier is back with a new serial-killer thriller, “The House That Jack Built.” The Danish filmmaker’s new feature stars Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz and follows the highly intelligent Jack (Dillon) over the course of 12 years, introducing the murders that define his development as a serial killer.
The project, which is in pre-production, will shoot in Trollhättan, Sweden and in Copenhagen and is slated for a 2018 release. Now, Variety has shared the first image from the upcoming film, a black and white photo of a man holding a scythe, an homage to the 1932 horror flick “Vampyr.”
“On the occasion of the shooting of ‘The House That Jack Built,’ I have made an evocative photo with a cinematic reference,” Von Trier told the magazine, commenting on the image from the film.
- Liz Calvario
TrustNordisk is shopping the project at Berlin’s Efm and has pre-sold “The House That Jack Built’s” German and Austrian distribution rights to Tele München, one of Germany’s biggest distributors. The sale to Tele München was made on behalf of Zentropa Køln.
Other new deals were signed with Les Films du Losange for France, Seven Films for Greece, Leopardo Filmes for Portugal, Shani Film for Israel, Falcon Films for the Middle East, Sundream for Hong Kong, Russian World Vision for Russia/Cis, Vertigo Media for Hungary, Euro Films for Bulgaria, and Estin Film for the Baltic States.
- Elsa Keslassy
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