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Berlin: Universal Picks Up U.K. and Oz Rights to ‘ID2: Shadwell Army’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Universal Picks Up U.K. and Oz Rights to ‘ID2: Shadwell Army’ (Exclusive)
Universal has picked up U.K. and Australian rights to “ID2: Shadwell Army,” the sequel to 1995 soccer hooliganism cult movie “I.D.” by Philip Davis. Venezuelan Joel Novoa (“God’s Slave”) helmed the pic from a screenplay by Vincent O’Connell. The drama is co-produced by Sally Hibbin, the long-time producer of Ken Loach, along with Patrick Cassavetti. Moviehouse Entertainment has kicked off rights sales to the rest of the world at the Berlinale’s European Film Market.

The pic tracks a police officer who goes undercover to infiltrate Shadwell’s revitalized hooligan element, and gets caught up in the political turmoil sparked by plans to build a mosque in the East London district.

Parallax East, Screen Yorkshire and Germany’s Post Republic co-produce.

Some cast members of the original pic have joined the cast in the sequel. These include Lee Ross, who played Gumbo, the most famous character from “I.D.
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Jose Ramon Novoa Preps English-language Pics (Exclusive)

Jose Ramon Novoa Preps English-language Pics (Exclusive)
Mar Del Plata — “Sicario” helmer-scribe-producer Jose Ramon Novoa, whose sixth feature “Solo” (Alone) screens at Mar del Plata’s Latin American Panorama sidebar, has a slate of English and Spanish-language films in the pipeline.

Uruguyan-Venezuelan, Novoa has produced pics helmed by his wife Elia Schnieder (“Huelepega,” “Punto y Raya”) and his son Joel Novoa whose feature debut, “God’s Slave, has been a critical and festival hit, and who’s now prepping “ID2” in London with Sally Hibbin and Patrick Cassavetti producing.

Novoa also serves as an advisor to one of his favorite thesps, Laureano Olivarez, who is advancing on his directorial debut. Olivarez starred in “Sicario” at age 14 and has played the lead in Novoa’s “Devil’s Gold,” “El Don” and now “Solo.”

“Laureano is the best actor we have now in Venezuela; he’s adept at playing a wide variety of roles,” said Novoa. “He’s done
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Cannes: Film Movement Acquires ‘God’s Slave’ (Exclusive)

Madrid – Ramping up its slate of films from young, cutting-edge Latin American directors, North American distributor Film Movement has acquired Venezuelan Joel Novoa’s “God’s Slave,” a standout Latin American debut.

Described as “riveting” by Anath White at, “God’s Slave” also won Novoa selection for Variety’s latest Latin America: Up Next, a ten-to-track of Latin America’s rising director and producer stars.

A gripping drama, “God’s Slave” follows an Arab terrorist and Israeli secret agent as they embark on a collision course of clashing religious, political views.

Winning the Nueva Vision Award after its premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this year, it also scooped top kudos at the Palm Beach Festival and and at the Huelva and Lleida fests in Spain.

Film Movement will set a day-and-date theatrical, VOD and digital release in early 2015, and then bow “God’s Slave” in home video.
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Rising Stars: Latin American Talent

Rising Stars: Latin American Talent
Claudia Calvino Producer, Cuba

Despite limited resources in Cuba, Calvino has built up an impressive slate, including local hit “Juan of the Dead” and “Melaza” by her husband, Carlos Lechuga. As a partner in 5th Avenida, Calvino is co-producing Brugues’ bilingual heist pic “The Wrong Place” and Lechuga’s untitled vampire pic, among others.

Edher Campos Producer, Mexico (pictured above, center)

Campos came of age professionally at 2009’s Ventana Sur, selling Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which he produced, to Pyramide Intl. It went on to win Cannes’ Camera d’Or. This year, Campos co-produced Diego Quemada-Diaz’s “La jaula de oro,” a Cannes Un Certain Talent winner. His pic “Sweet Baby Jesus” is in post and “Room” is in pre-prod.

Fernando Coimbra Writer-Director, Brazil

Mundial’s first Brazil pickup was Coimbra’s debut, “ Wolf at the Door.” From Brazil’s go-to production house, Gullane Filmes, “Wolf” melds psychological insight,
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