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Cannes: Mister Smith Opens ‘The Devil’s Doorway’ (Exclusive)

5 May 2016 6:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London-based Mister Smith announced international sales rights on Directors’ Fortnight title “Mean Dreams.” Now word in the run-up to Cannes is that David Garrett’s four-year-old sales-financing company will be unveiling at least one more new title to Cannes, though it isn’t on its website and no trace of the title can be found on the Google: “The Devil’s Doorway.”

The film is described as a compilation of found footage attributed to two Irish priests who were sent by the Vatican to investigate a reported miracle of a weeping statue in a Magdalene laundry.

Opened from the eighteenth century onwards around the world – and portrayed memorably by actor-director Peter Mullen in “The Magdalene Sisters,” a 2002 Venice Golden Lion winner –  the Magdalene Asylums were homes run by religious institutions for “fallen” women: Prostitutes, unwed mothers or women suspected of sexual promiscuity.

The footage of “The Devil’s Doorway” includes »

- John Hopewell

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'Whisky Galore!' world premiere to close Edinburgh

21 April 2016 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Remake of classic Scottish comedy set for world premiere as 2016 Edinburgh closing night gala.

The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival (Eiff) (June 15-26) will close with the world premiere of Scottish comedy remake Whisky Galore!.

A remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s 1949 feature of the same name, the story follows a group of Scottish islanders who enjoy a windfall of whiskey during the Second World War.

The original was based on Sir Compton Mackenzie’s novel of the same name, which was inspired by the shipwreck off the Scottish coast of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alcohol during World War II.

The home-grown production was filmed on location in Scotland and features Scottish actors including Gregor Fisher (Love Actually), James Cosmo (Braveheart), Kevin Guthrie (Sunset Song), Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets), and Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie).

Gillies Mackinnon (Regeneration, Hideous Kinky) directed from Peter McDougall’s screenplay. Iain Maclean »

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