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Dev Patel to Star in ‘The Wedding Guest’ From Michael Winterbottom (Exclusive)

Dev Patel to Star in ‘The Wedding Guest’ From Michael Winterbottom (Exclusive)
British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom has cast Dev Patel as the lead in his next film “The Wedding Guest.”

The film is largely set in India. Winterbottom has met actors in Mumbai and is currently scouting locations, but has not yet revealed plot details.

Variety spoke with Winterbottom at the Kolkata International Film Festival where he is part of a British Council delegation. A retrospective of Winterbottom’s films, including “Welcome to Sarajevo” and “The Road to Guantanamo,” is drawing sellout crowds.

Winterbottom’s Revolution Films will produce alongside London- and Los Angeles-based Riverstone Pictures. Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower founded Riverstone in 2014 with the backing of India’s Reliance Entertainment. The company currently has Raja Gosnell’s “Show Dogs,” and Annabel Jankel’s “Tell It to the Bees” in production.
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IFF Panama: ‘1977, The Treaty: Son of Tiger and Mule’ Explores how Panama Took Over its Canal

IFF Panama: ‘1977, The Treaty: Son of Tiger and Mule’ Explores how Panama Took Over its Canal
Buyers are circling around Annie Canavaggio’s upcoming Panama Canal docudrama “1977, The Treaty: Son of Tiger and Mule,” which will trace Panama’s contentious path towards recovering its sovereign rights to the Canal. Scoring best docu at the December round of Panama’s state fund awards, the docu will focus on the seven-year negotiations leading up the signing of the treaty by General Torrijos and President Carter, and its ratification afterwards.

Taking a page from Michael Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo,” Canavaggio aims to blur fact and fictional re-creation in her docudrama. “I hope to show more nuanced facets of the key players in this major event by combining reenactments with archival material,” said Canavaggio. “I want to show Torrijos as a human being, not just the hero he has been portrayed to be,” she said. “By merging my co-writer Vicente Ferraz’s investigative skills and my narrative flair,
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Jeonju Film Festival reveals line-up

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Jeonju Film Festival reveals line-up
Festival to open with Berlin Golden Bear winner.

Korea’s second largest film festival, the 18th Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff), which focuses on independent and arthouse cinema, is set to open April 27 with Berlinale Golden Bear winner On Body And Soul, directed by Ildiko Enyedi.

The Hungarian director is also set to be on the International Competition jury and hold masterclasses at the fest.

Jiff today announced its line-up of 229 films from 58 countries with 50 world premieres and three international premieres, putting an emphasis on its slogan “Outlet for Cinematic Expression.”

“We have always had the identity of a festival for independent and alternative films, but as you all know, the past year has revealed problems such as the [government] blacklist and various forms of censorship that have not been solved, which is why we have put forth this slogan,” said festival director Lee Choong-jik.

Supporting Korean independents

Executive programmer Kim Young-jin noted a recent slump in Korean
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Watch: Michael Winterbottom’s ‘On the Road’ Mixes Documentary, Fictional Elements

Watch: Michael Winterbottom’s ‘On the Road’ Mixes Documentary, Fictional Elements
“On the Road,” which opens the Berlinale’s youth-film section Generation 14plus on Friday, is a documentary-fiction feature hybrid about a rock band on a tour of Britain. Variety has been given an exclusive clip from the film (below). Director Michael Winterbottom explains why he chose the hybrid format.

Winterbottom had been mulling making a movie based around a rock-tour bus ever since meeting the band Ash at the U.S. premiere of his 2002 film “24 Hour Party People,” and spoke to them about life on the road, but the idea remained dormant for more than a decade.

When he finally resolved to shoot such a movie in 2015, and having chosen North London guitar band Wolf Alice as its subject, he looked for a format that would deliver a fresh perspective on the tour-bus experience.

Winterbottom thought that an orthodox fly-on-the wall approach would only reveal the surface of the story,
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‘City of Tiny Lights’ Trailer: Riz Ahmed Searches For Missing Girl in Pete Travis’ Modern Noir

‘City of Tiny Lights’ Trailer: Riz Ahmed Searches For Missing Girl in Pete Travis’ Modern Noir
Riz Ahmed first made waves in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo,” but his Hollywood claim to fame was in last year’s HBO crime drama “The Night Of,” which earned him a Golden Globe and SAG nomination.

Now, after starring in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Ahmed is returning to theaters in “City of Tiny Lights,” directed by “Dredd” helmer Pete Travis. Set in West London, the story is co-written by Patrick Neate and is based on his novel of the same name. Described as a “unique portrait of contemporary London as a teeming multicultural metropolis where nothing is as it seems,” it follows the actor as Tommy Akhtar, a London detective who goes searching for a missing girl after a high-class prostitute seeks his help.

The modern noir also co-stars “Penny Dreadful” actress Billie Piper as Shelley, Tommy’s long-lost love, as well as Cush Jumbo and Roshan Seth.
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‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed Scales ‘Star Wars’, Owns ‘The Night Of’, Celebrates Stratospheric Decade – Q&A

‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed Scales ‘Star Wars’, Owns ‘The Night Of’, Celebrates Stratospheric Decade – Q&A
Riz Ahmed’s role in Nightcrawler was a breakthrough for the talented actor, who had, up until then, proved himself mostly at home in the UK, with the likes of Four Lions, Shifty and The Road to Guantanamo. With Hollywood unable to deny Ahmed's versatility and fastidiousness, 2016 has been a banner year. Kicking off with Jason Bourne in the summer, Ahmed set the small screen alight in the brilliant HBO series The Night Of (for which he was recently Golden Globe and SAG…
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Riz Ahmed Talks Sci-Fi Reflecting The World Around Us, Diversity On Screen & ‘Rogue One’

From a British Pakistani background, when Riz Ahmed first burst onto the scene in 2006, he was typecast and consigned to roles as Muslims, Arabs and Middle Easterners (“The Road To Guantanamo” was one of his first roles). But things quickly changed for the actor after he earned a nomination for Best Actor at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards for the film “Shifty,” and got recognition across the pond for his turn in the satirical “Four Lions.”

Continually showing he can break out of any preconceived box, the actor has made the most of opportunities that have become eclectic.

Continue reading Riz Ahmed Talks Sci-Fi Reflecting The World Around Us, Diversity On Screen & ‘Rogue One’ at The Playlist.
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Riz Ahmed: ‘We have to be vocal. We’re living in scary times’

He’s the outspoken British Star Wars actor who still gets interrogated at airports. Carole Cadwalladr steps inside the confusing world of Riz Ahmed

One thing about Riz Ahmed: he is not boring. We’re in a central London hotel room as part of the massive media blitz for Rogue One, the latest multimillion dollar incarnation of the Star Wars franchise. And maybe one day he’ll become boring, or learn how to be boring, but even though we’re at the very heart of the Hollywood publicity machine, surrounded by soft furnishings in all shades of beige, Ahmed is not boring. In the decade since Michael Winterbottom cast him in his first film, The Road to Guantanamo, he’s built up a critically acclaimed body of work, including his breakout performance in Chris Morris’s jihadist satire Four Lions. In addition, he has a sideline as a musician,
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Liam Gallagher Says Fans Should Give Up On an Oasis Reunion, But He’s Happy About the Documentary ‘Supersonic’

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Liam Gallagher Says Fans Should Give Up On an Oasis Reunion, But He’s Happy About the Documentary ‘Supersonic’
Twenty years after Oasis became the most popular British band since The Beatles, founding members Liam and Noel Gallagher agreed it was time for a documentary to tell their story. Getting the brothers to agree on literally anything else seems damn near impossible.

Indeed, one of the key takeaways from “Oasis: Supersonic” is that the Gallaghers, while complementing each other nearly perfectly as musicians, have as dysfunctional a relationship as any two people in the history of rock n’ roll. Not even “Supersonic’s” London premiere on October 4 could bring them together, as Noel was a no-show. To this day, director Mat Whitecross (“The Road to Guantanamo”) has never been in the same room with both brothers at the same time.

Read More: Ron Howard’s Hulu Documentary ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Is Drawing Crowds at Theaters Around the World

Produced by “Amy” director Asif Kapadia, “Oasis: Supersonic
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‘Supersonic’ Trailer: Oasis Doc From ‘Amy’ Filmmakers Explores the Turbulent, Iconic Rockers

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‘Supersonic’ Trailer: Oasis Doc From ‘Amy’ Filmmakers Explores the Turbulent, Iconic Rockers
For those who clutch their first-issue copies of “Definitely Maybe” and proudly sing “Don’t Look Back In Anger” during karaoke, there’s a new film just for you. The documentary “Supersonic” presents the story of Oasis, the beloved but famously erratic British pop duo, helmed by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, as they ascend to Rock and Roll royalty and culminate their collaboration in a hostile, much publicized break-up in 2009, when the duo split in the middle of a tour. Watch it below.

Read More: Review: Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse Documentary is Heartbreaking and Extraordinary

The film’s narration was compiled from separate interviews with each Gallagher on their experience going from two unknown “head-cases” with guitars to the music giants we know and love. Their journey includes plenty of debauchery, fan mania, and most of all, a peek into their epic, lasting impact on Britpop, the British
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Watch: Riz Ahmed is On the Case in First Tiff Clip for ‘City of Tiny Lights’

If you didn’t see his break-out role in one of the century’s best comedies, Four Lions, then we imagine Riz Ahmed first landed on your radar as the doomed assistant to Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler. Along with his high-profile performances in The Night Of, Rogue One, and Jason Bourne this year, one of the two Tiff films he has is the starring vehicle City of Tiny Lights, as noted in our fall festival preview.

Directed by Dredd‘s Pete Travis, it follows Ahmed as a London detective who gets entangled in a missing-girl case as a complex web of lies bubble up. We now have the first clip thanks to THR, which shows Ahmed on the case as he visits his ex-girlfriend at a local bar. Check out the clip below for the film also starring Cush Jumbo, James Floyd, Billie Piper, and Roshan Seth.

Tiff Synopsis:

Later this year,
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The Evolution of Riz Ahmed, From ‘The Night Of’ to ‘Rogue One'(Photos)

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The Evolution of Riz Ahmed, From ‘The Night Of’ to ‘Rogue One'(Photos)
For the past several years, Riz Ahmed has made a name for himself as one of the most talented actors on the British indie movie scene. Now, in 2016, he has gained international acclaim for his work in HBO’s “The Night Of,” and will soon be seen worldwide in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie “Rogue One.” If you’re looking for more of Ahmed’s work, here’s what you should check out. Ahmed’s first big role came in 2006 in the film “The Road To Guantanamo,” in which he played one of three British-born Pakistanis who end up in Gitmo after taking.
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'The Night of' Star on Fan Theories: 'You're Wrong'

A bookish, 22-year-old Pakistani-American named Nasir Khan from working-class Queens steals his father's cab to go joyriding in Manhattan and hit up a party. While en route to meet his friend, he unwittingly picks up a mysterious female passenger and ends up at her place. They drink. They snort drugs. They have sex. When Khan wakes up, he finds the woman has been brutally murdered and is arrested for the crime. But what actually happened?

After only two episodes, HBO's new crime drama The Night Of has garnered the type
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Oscar-winner James Gay-Rees: "Oasis brilliant to work with...and completely insane"

Oscar-winner James Gay-Rees:
The Amy producer discussed his upcoming Oasis documentary at an event in London.

Producer James Gay-Rees, who recently picked up an Oscar for Asif Kapadia-directed Amy, has spoken about his upcoming documentary on iconic band Oasis.

“[Liam and Noel Gallagher are] brilliant to work with, both completely insane and hysterically funny,” said Gay-Rees, speaking today at the Base [formerly Bva] Insight Forum in London.

“It’s a really interesting anatomy of how two complete chancers - in their own words - became the biggest band in the world from a standing start in just two years, despite themselves.”

The producer revealed that brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher - whom he admitted “can’t be in the same room as each other” - approached him and Asif Kapadia (who is exec producing) with the idea for the film, which Mat Whitecross (The Road To Guantanamo) will direct.

“Noel got in touch. He asked: ‘Where have all the rock and roll heroes gone? Where’s all the
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Michael Winterbottom’s Revolution Buys Rights to Comedy-Thriller About Tabloid Journalism

Michael Winterbottom’s Revolution Buys Rights to Comedy-Thriller About Tabloid Journalism
Director Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton’s production company, Revolution Films, has bought the film rights to Andrew Croker’s comedy-thriller novel about tabloid journalism, “Three in a Bed,” the company confirmed to Variety Tuesday.

The novel, which is subtitled “The shady world of the tabloids, sex, spies and entrapment,” is set shortly after the real-life 2014 phone-hacking trial of senior staff from Rupert Murdoch’s now shuttered News of the World newspaper, and centers on a tabloid news editor.

“It’s set against the background of real events, particularly the unsavory threesome that involved our politicians, the police and the press,” Croker told the Guardian newspaper.

“It really is the first novel to explore the media world after the Leveson inquiry (into press malpractice). Journalists are so used to seeing their profession being portrayed negatively in TV, films and books. I have so many friends working in journalism and
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Independent picks up 'White Island' for Efm

Exclusive: The sales company will introduce the Ibiza-set crime thriller alongside four other films on its slate.

London-based sales outfit Independent has finalised its slate for the forthcoming Efm (Feb 11-19), including Ben Turner’s White Island [pictured], a comic crime thriller set in the Ibiza dance music scene.

The film, which is in post-production, was previously titled A Bus Could Run You Over and is based on the novel of the same name by British author Colin Butts.

Leo Pearlman (The Class Of 92) is producing the project for Fulwell 73 alongside Danny Potts and Heather Greenwood. The cast includes Lyndon Ogbourne (Emmerdale), Joel Dommett (The Edge Of Love) and Billy Zane (Titanic).

The story follows an ex-dj who is dragged back to Ibiza by his best friend and faces getting entrapped by the seductive danger of the island.

Also on Independent’s Efm slate are two documentaries: I Am Bolt, Ben and [link
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Oasis documentary rolls with buyers

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Oasis documentary rolls with buyers
Independent finalises Afm deals in key markets for music documentary, executive produced by Amy director Asif Kapadia.

London-based sales outfit Independent Film Sales has finalised a number of deals on its untitled Oasis documentary.

Deals have closed in Germany and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Italy (Lucky Red), Australia/Nz (Madman), Canada (D Films), Hong Kong (Edko), South Korea (Cine Lux), Thailand (Move Matters, Documentary Club) and Taiwan (MovieCloud).

A deal in Japan, a popular market for the iconic UK band, is understood to be in the works.

As revealed by Screen on Monday, Lorton Distribution will partner with eOne on the film’s release in the UK.

Lorton, founded by city financier Julian Bird, is set to release the film theatrically with eOne handling all other rights in the UK and Ireland.

Director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) has begun working on the film which is due to feature “unprecedented” access and unseen archive footage.

Mint Pictures
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Oasis Music Documentary Attracts International Buyers

Andrew Orr’s Independent Film Sales has closed multiple distribution deals on the untitled documentary about the British band Oasis, which was introduced to buyers at this month’s American Film Market.

The film will document the band’s journey from 1991, when Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam’s group. Oasis’ first album, “Definitely Maybe,” became the fastest-selling debut album in British history, and the band went on to sell 70 million albums. The filmmakers were given extensive access by the band, and also drew on never-before-seen archive material.

The territory sales that have been completed following negotiations at Afm include Ascot Elite (Germany), Lucky Red (Italy), Madman (Australia and New Zealand), and D Films (Canada).

Other buyers include Edko (Hong Kong), Ascot Elite (Switzerland), Cine Lux (Korea), Movie Matters (Thailand) and MovieCloud (Taiwan). A sale to Japan will be announced shortly.

These are in addition to the U.K. sale to eOne/Lorton Distribution,
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eOne swoops on Oasis documentary

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eOne swoops on Oasis documentary
Exclusive: Fledgling UK film outfit Lorton teams with eOne for release, executive produced by Amy director Asif Kapadia.

Fledgling UK distribution outfit Lorton Entertainment is to partner with Entertainment One (eOne) on the release of the as-yet-untitled Oasis documentary announced earlier this month.

Lorton, founded by city financier Julian Bird, is set to release the film theatrically with eOne handling all other rights in the UK and Ireland.

The deal was negotiated by Lorton Entertainment and eOne’s Joel Kennedy.

“We are thrilled to be working with Lorton Entertainment on what will undoubtedly be a ‘must see’ movie,” said Kennedy.

“It’s an iconic rock and roll story and we can’t wait to see it brought to the big screen by such an incredibly talented team”.

The buzzed-about film, which is due to feature “unprecedented” access to the band and unseen archive footage, will be directed by Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo).

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Independent to Launch Oasis Documentary at Afm

London — Independent is to handle international sales rights on Mat Whitecross’ as-yet-untitled documentary on the band Oasis, which it will introduce to buyers at the American Film Market this week.

The film will document the band’s journey from 1991, when Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam’s group. Oasis’ first album, “Definitely Maybe,” became the fastest-selling debut album in British history, and the band went on to sell 70 million albums. The filmmakers were given extensive access by the band, and also drew on never-before-seen archive material.

Independent’s Andrew Orr commented: “Oasis are without doubt one of the classic British rock bands, defining the sound of a whole era. At its heart are Liam and Noel Gallagher, two of the finest rock ‘n’ roll stars this country has ever produced. Mat’s sensibility and style are going to provide the perfect complement to this tale of the rise of one
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