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French Director Cyril Morin Recreates New York 1984 with Love and Sadness

French Director Cyril Morin Recreates New York 1984 with Love and Sadness
NY84” will have a gala opening and theatrical release this October 14 at the Arena Theater in Hollywood.

A unique venue for a unique film written and directed by Cyril Morin and starring Sam Quartin, Chris Schellenger and Davy J. Marr, “NY84” follows the adventures of three young artists in the downtown New York art scene in the early 1980s. Young and carefree, Kate, Anton, and Keith party, photograph, paint, sing, and play their way through the clubs and lofts of Alphabet City.

The party ends in 1984 when Anton and Keith contract a mysterious illness known as the “gay cancer.” We gain an intimate glimpse into their creative and emotional lives as the three lose their youth and innocence.

Cyril Morin

This is a lyrical poetic paen to those times some of us were lucky enough to have lived through. The sexual revolution and its sexual freedom in effect then for the newly liberated homosexual community, also opened the way for Kate to express herself. And it opened a door for transexuals, women and the whole diversity of humanity to assert itself today.
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Cannes: Chantal Chateauneuf, Georgia Poivre Win Cannes Film Market’s Cinando Best Seller Award

Cannes — Mongrel International’s Chantal Chateauneuf and Georgia Poivre, at Films Distribution, won ex aequo the Cannes Marche du Film’s first-ever plaudit, a Cinando Best Seller Award, presented on Wednesday evening at the Cannes Film Market’s Festivals & Sales Agents Mixer, a networking event.

An early evening earlier, Poivre and Chateauneuf were among 13 young sales agents who had pitched “Codename: Madeleine,” to four jury members, three distributors – Sony Pictures ClassicsDylan Leiner, Norio Hatano at Japan’s Longride, Ira Von Gienanth, from Germany’s Prokino – and producer-sales agent Raphael Berdugo, founder of France’s Cite Films.

It was no easy sell. A real project from Pan Nalin (“Samsara,” “Angry Indian Goddesses”), “Codename: Madeleine” turns on Noor Inayat Khan. Anybody who’s read about WWII espionage may remember photos of a young Indian woman of extraordinary beauty and deep intense eyes, the daughter of a Sufi master, who fled with
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Asian movies awarded at the Toronto International Film Festival

Two Asian films were awarded during the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

The second place for the Audience Award was for “Angry Indian Goddesses” by Pan Nalin, director of the excellent movie “Samsara” (2001).

Freida (Sarah Jane Dias) invites her close group of friends to the city Goa where she tells them that she will marry soon but they are in for a surprise she don’t tell them who is the betrothed. The news shock so much the group that soon everyone starts to play different strategies to find out the truth. Dialogues touches very different topics such as career, sex life, genre issues and sexism. With this movie Nalin shows a snapshot of modern Indian society.

The other film awarded was “The Whispering Star” who got the Netpac Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere.

The movie directed by Sion Sono tells the story of Yoko (Megumi Kagurazaka
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Tiff Interview: Pan Nalin

Director Pan Nalin is ecstatic about the response to his latest film, Angry Indian Goddesses, a female buddy movie that won the first runner up prize at Tiff’s Grolsch People’s Choice Awards. He’s taking in all the sights of Toronto, and has been shooting a music video for the film with his seven goddesses for the week. We caught up with Nalin before his world premiere to chat about feminism, funding the film, and his goddesses.

Was this film something that was gestating with you for a while?

Earlier when I did Samsara, and Valley of the Flowers, I did have strong female characters. I did write a couple of story lines, but it wasn’t fully developed. But very soon I realized that in India that it was very nearly impossible to raise any funds. You couldn’t even speak, because they [producers] would say, “Decades ago
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Watch: Pan Nalin's 'Angry Indian Goddesses' Find Their Powers of Destruction in Exclusive Clip

Watch: Pan Nalin's 'Angry Indian Goddesses' Find Their Powers of Destruction in Exclusive Clip
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Adds New Galas and Special Presentations, Including 'Mr. Right,' 'I Saw the Light,' 'Our Brand is Crisis' and 'Equals' "Angry Indian Goddesses," the freewheeling new feature from Pan Nalin ("Samsara") is already being called "India's first female buddy movie." A celebration of female friendship and freedom, the film promises to confound genre expectations and tackle issues of gender and society in contemporary India.  "Angry Indian Goddesses" follows newly betrothed Frieda (Sarah Jane Dias) as she gathers her six closest friends (including Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Amrit Maghera) for her bachelorette party on the eve of her wedding. Relying heavily upon improvisational dialogue, the film is loaded with humor and pathos as the women embark on a "roller-coaster of girl bonding." But as the night goes on, we begin to see the power of the women's bond, and...
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India to get its first female buddy film!

A bachelorette set to destroy romcoms, India is all set to get its first all-out female buddy film, Angry Indian Goddesses. Helming the project is the internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Pan Nalin, who is best known for his award-winning documentaries and the Indie film Samsara. Angry Indian Goddesses that marks Nalin’s debut in mainstream Bollywood, boasts of an impressive line-up including Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande, Pavleen Gujral and is being produced by Gaurav Dhingra, who has earlier co-produced Peddlers among many other noted films. Jungle Book Entertainment, co founded by Nalin and Gaurav, with a strong slate of international films, is now entering the mainstream Bollywood space with Aig.

Talking about the film, Nalin shares that his upcoming film is one of the first films to put the buddyhood of Indian women at the heart of the story. “My attempt is to make
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Curious unveils further details of slate

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Titles in development include Virginia Heath’s Mystery Ride and Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

Australia/New Zealand production, post production and distribution company Curious is ramping up. Here in Cannes, the company has announced further details of its production slate.

Among the features Curious has in development is Mystery Ride, a UK/New Zealand co-production to be directed by Virginia Heath (From Scotland with Love), with a cast including Frances O’Connor, Peter Mullan and Sam Neill. Producers are Lene Bausager of Ugly Duckling Films, Faction North’s Grant Keir and Matt Noonan. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

Another Curious title, Taika Waititi’s comic adventure Hunt For The Wilderpeople is now in production in New Zealand. The film, which will star Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders) and Julian Dennison, is Waititi’s follow-up tovampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.

Waititi will produce with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and [link
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Cannes: Curious Films Sets Diverse Slate

Cannes: Curious Films Sets Diverse Slate
Pan Nalin’s “Beyond the Known World,” which is now in post-production, heads the production and co-production slate of Australia and New Zealand mini-conglomerate Curious Films.

The film marks a return to the Himalayas for noted stylist Nalin (“Samsara,” “Valley of Flowers”) and stars David Wenham, Sia Trokenheim and Emmanuelle Beart.

Structured as a New Zealand-India co-production, is the story of an estranged couple who travel to India in search of their missing daughter. Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek are set as producers. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

Taika Waititi’s comic adventure “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a follow-up to his festival hit vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” kicked off production May 18. “Wilderpeople” stars Sam Neill (“The Piano”) and Julian Dennison (“Paper Planes”). Waititi is producing with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan. Madman Entertainment has acquired
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Karl Baumgartner, obituary

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Karl Baumgartner, obituary
International co-production and co-production markets around the globe will not be the same now following the news that the internationally respected German producer-distributor Karl Baumgartner has died at the age of 65.

Known affectionately by friends and colleagues alike as ¨Baumi¨, Baumgartner hailed from the South Tyrol, but was ¨ at home¨ in different countries and cultures, working with film-makers on projects located in some of the seemingly most inaccessible or logistically nightmarish parts of the planet.

Hearing him recount the making of Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov’s Luna Papa at one of the countless co-production panels with his tales of the shooting being stopped by floods washing the set away, the outbreak of civil war and being evacuated by the Red Cross floods, one often wondered whether he purposely looked for such challenges.

Not to speak of the challenge of putting such delicate and time-consuming co-production structures together involving tried-and-tested production partners, public funders and broadcasters from across Europe and beyond
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Karl Baumgartner dead at 65

Karl Baumgartner dead at 65
Karl Baumgartner, the German producer and champion of arthouse cinema who only last month received the Berlinale Camera prize, has died.Click here for full obituary

Baumgartner was born in 1949 and after a stint working in Rome from 1967-70 he relocated to Germany where he eventually launched the producer-distributor Pandora Film with Reinhard Brundig in 1982.

Pandora established itself as a beacon for arthouse cinema and championed the likes of Kim Ki-duk, Aki Kaurismaki and Sally Potter.

As a producer he brought a handful of films to the Berlinale including Emir Kusturica’s Super 8 Stories and most recently Pia Marais’ 2013 entry Layla Fourie.

Baumgartner produced Mostly Martha and Samsara, among others, and his co-producer credits include Kaurismaki’s Le Havre. He served as executive producer on Kusturica’s 1995 Palme d’Or winner Underground.

A Tweet from the Locarno Film Festival read, “Very sad for the loss of great producer and Locarno’s friend Karl Baumgartner, Premio Raimondo
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Karl Baumgartner, 1949-2014

Karl Baumgartner, 1949-2014
Karl Baumgartner, the German producer and champion of arthouse cinema who only last month received the Berlinale Camera prize, has died.

Baumgartner was born in 1949 and after a stint working in Rome from 1967-70 he relocated to Germany where he eventually launched the producer-distributor Pandora Film with Reinhard Brundig in 1982.

Pandora established itself as a beacon for arthouse cinema and championed the likes of Kim Ki-duk, Aki Kaurismaki and Sally Potter.

As a producer he brought a handful of films to the Berlinale including Emir Kusturica’s Super 8 Stories and most recently Pia Marais’ 2013 entry Layla Fourie.

Baumgartner produced Mostly Martha and Samsara, among others, and his co-producer credits include Kaurismaki’s Le Havre. He served as executive producer on Kusturica’s 1995 Palme d’Or winner Underground.

A Tweet from the Locarno Film Festival read, “Very sad for the loss of great producer and Locarno’s friend Karl Baumgartner, Premio Raimondo
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Nalin wraps Angry Indian Goddesses

Nalin wraps Angry Indian Goddesses
Paris-based Indian filmmaker Pan Nalin has wrapped principal photography on his debut in mainstream Hindi cinema, coming-of-age drama Angry Indian Goddesses.

The film features a hot ensemble cast of established and up-and-coming actresses, including Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane), Sandhya Mridul (The Great Indian Butterfly), singer Anushka Manchanda, actress Rajashri Deshpande, former Miss India Sarah-Jane Dias, model-turned-actress Amrit Maghera and model Pavleen Gujral.

Set in Goa, the film revolves around seven women from different walks of life who come together on a friend’s invitation. The film is produced by Jungle Book Entertainment, owned by Nalin and Gaurav Dhingra.

“It’s a light-hearted female buddy film. We have tried to deal with contemporary issues related to women without being preachy,” said Nalin. “It’s made with the sensibility of my earlier films and is not-over-the-top. But it’s my most commercial film till date.”

Nalin has previously directed features such as Samsara and Valley Of Flowers. His recent
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Pan Nalin wraps Angry Indian Goddesses

Pan Nalin wraps Angry Indian Goddesses
Paris-based Indian filmmaker Pan Nalin has wrapped principal photography on his debut in mainstream Hindi cinema, coming-of-age drama Angry Indian Goddesses.

The film features a hot ensemble cast of established and up-and-coming actresses, including Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane), Sandhya Mridul (The Great Indian Butterfly), singer Anushka Manchanda, actress Rajashri Deshpande, former Miss India Sarah-Jane Dias, model-turned-actress Amrit Maghera and model Pavleen Gujral.

Set in Goa, the film revolves around seven women from different walks of life who come together on a friend’s invitation. The film is produced by Jungle Book Entertainment, owned by Nalin and Gaurav Dhingra.

“It’s a light-hearted female buddy film. We have tried to deal with contemporary issues related to women without being preachy,” said Nalin. “It’s made with the sensibility of my earlier films and is not-over-the-top. But it’s my most commercial film till date.”

Nalin has previously directed features such as Samsara and Valley Of Flowers. His recent
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Faith Connections sells to Germany

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Faith Connections sells to Germany
Pan Nalin’s documentary Faith Connections has been sold to Germany following its world premiere at Toronto.

Nfp has acquired rights for Germany to the India-French co-production, filmed at India’s Kumbh Mela religious festival. Advanced negotiations are also underway for sales to Canada, the Us, Germany and India.

The film is being sold by Raphael Berdugo’s Cite Films, which also co-produced with Nalin and Gaurav Dhingra’s Jungle Book Entertainment. Berdugo, Dhingra, Nalin and Virginie Lacombe are credited as producers.

Cite Films has already closed deals with Sdd (Sophie Dulac Distribution) for France while the Swiss rights have gone to Filmcoopi

Faith Connections follows the stories of holy men, policemen, pilgrims and a runaway child at India’s biggest religious festival, which is held once every 12 years and attracts around 100 million Hindu pilgrims.

Nalin has previously directed feature documentary Ayurveda: Art Of Being and narrative features Samsara and The Valley Of Flowers.

Christoph Ott, vp of
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Tiff Special Review: Faith Connections (dir. Pan Nalin, 2013)

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“My father told me,” says director Pan Nalin, “I should travel to the ultimate pilgrimage of Hindus, Kumbh Mela, and fetch him a bottle of holy water. He told me that the Kumbh Mela is the biggest gathering on earth, and there I shall feel the force of faith that connects us all.” Nalin decides to bring his father back some stories along with his bottle of water, and the result is the incredible Faith Connections, having its World Premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Nalin brings us the stories of pilgrims and policemen, of sadhus and small children – stories of people like Hatha Yogi Baba and Baby Bajrangi, Mamta Devi and Sonu and their missing son, Sandeep, the sadhus Vivekanandji and Umeshji; and, perhaps most importantly, the story of ten-year old Kishan Tiwari, who has run away from home, and who claims to be an orphan, when he
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The Inner Path Festival on Buddhism from September 6 in New Delhi

The 2nd edition of The Inner Path, a festival on Buddhism, will be held from September 6 – 10 at Iccr, Azad Bhawan, New Delhi.

Organised by Netpac India in association with the Asoka Mission, the festival celebrates Buddhism through films, art and philosophy.

Kim Ki Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring, David Grubin’s The Buddha and Acha Dayal’s Land Of Buddha are some of the films to be screened during the five day festival.

For more information write to innerpath@netpacasia.org or netpacindia@gmail.com

For schedule, click here

Full list of films:

Alms

Director: Edward A. Burger

Angin (An Essence Of Wind)

Director: Winaldo Artaraya Swastia

Buddhism In Europe Part 2

Director: Beomsu Kim

Cave In The Snow

Director: Liz Thompson

Impermanence

Director: Goutam Ghose

Kanzeon

Director: Tim Grabham, Neil Cantwell

Karma

Director: Tsering Rhitar Sherpa

Land Of Buddha

Director: Abha Dayal

Milarepa.

Director: Liliana Cavani

Plum
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Faith sells to France, Switzerland

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Faith sells to France, Switzerland
Exclusive: Pan Nalin’s documentary Faith Connections has been sold to France and Switzerland ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Sdd (Sophie Dulac Distribution) has acquired French rights to the India-French co-production, filmed at India’s Kumbh Mela religious festival, while the Swiss rights went to Filmcoopi. Advanced negotiations are also underway for sales to Canada, the Us, Germany and India.

The film is being sold by Raphael Berdugo’s Cite Films, which also co-produced with Nalin and Gaurav Dhingra’s Jungle Book Entertainment. Berdugo, Dhingra, Nalin and Virginie Lacombe are credited as producers.

Faith Connections follows the stories of holy men, policemen, pilgrims and a runaway child at India’s biggest religious festival, which is held once every 12 years and attracts around 100 million Hindu pilgrims.

Nalin has previously directed feature documentary Ayurveda: Art Of Being and narrative features Samsara and The Valley Of Flowers.

“We decided
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Pan Nalin’s doc on Kumbh Mela to premiere at Toronto

Pan Nalin’s doc on Kumbh Mela to premiere at Toronto
Faith Connections (France/India) directed by Pan Nalin will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013.

In Faith Connections, Nalin travels to Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s most extraordinary religious events. There, he encounters remarkable men of mind and meditation, some facing an inextricable dilemma; to embrace the world or to renounce it. Faith Connections explores such diverse and moving stories as a young runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother desperately looking for her lost son, a yogi who is raising an abandoned baby, and an ascetic who keeps his calm by smoking cannabis — all connected by one faith against the spectacular display of devotion.

The documentary has been produced by Gaurav Dhingra (Peddlers, Haraamkhor), Raphael Berdugo (Eros, Caramel) and Virginie Lacombe (Le fils de l’autre, Soongava – Dance of the Orchid).

Pan Nalin, who hails from Gujarat, earlier made Samsara and Valley of Flowers.
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Aamir Khan to star with Kate Winslet?

Samsara director Pan Nalin has lined up Aamir Khan and Kate Winslet to star in his forthcoming partition film, according to reports. The duo have apparently been offered roles in an international film based on Saadat Hasan Manto's novel 'Tobe Tek Singh'. Khan will reportedly play a character who is institutionalised in a mental asylum in 1947. Nalin plans to cast (more)
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'The Drop' lands subsidy from NRW

COLOGNE, Germany -- The Drop, a World War II action thriller featuring German stars Til Schweiger and Thomas Kretschmann, received a major financial boost Monday when Germany's largest regional film financing board, filmstifftung NRW, backed it with a €1.7 million ($2.1 million) subsidy. The feature, a co-production between Schweiger's production company Mr. Brown Entertainment and the U.K.'s Carnaby Films, is set in Holland during the second world war and tells of a race to find a hidden stash of Nazi gold. U.K. helmer Harry Hook (Aka Albert Walker) will direct. NRW also announced it was giving €1.1 million ($1.4 million) to the Germany/United Kingdom/Canada co-production Prelude to Parsival, a romantic drama set in New York in 1903 and written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Martin Barry. Other projects to receive NRW coin include Valley of Flowers, from Indian writer-director Nalin Pan (Samsara); the Miguel Sapochnik-directed You Can't Come In; and Mama und Papa, a two-part miniseries from German director Dieter Wedel.
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