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'Cold Hell' ('Die holle'): Film Review | FrightFest 2017

'Cold Hell' ('Die holle'): Film Review | FrightFest 2017
A religiously motivated serial killer is targeting Muslim female sex workers and subjecting them to grotesque death by torture in this gripping action thriller from Austrian Oscar-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky. Even if the premise sounds sleazy and exploitative, Cold Hell (Die holle) puts a smart contemporary spin on lurid giallo-style ingredients, minimizing the voyeuristic violence and maximizing the feminist revenge elements. This stylish, fast-moving exercise in hard-boiled pulp noir punches way above its weight.

Ruzowitzky made his name with superior slasher movies before winning an Academy Award for his Holocaust drama The Counterfeiters (2007). After taking a box-office battering with his...
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Xyz Films boards sales on 'The Dark'

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Exclusive: Footage screened in Cannes buyers showcase.

Los Angeles-based Xyz Films has swooped on Us sales rights to Justin P. Lange’s horror project The Dark after 15 minutes of footage screened at the Cannes Marché last month.

Lange’s feature directorial debut took part in the Frontières Goes To Cannes buyers showcase and tells of a flesh-eating undead girl who haunts a stretch of woods where she was murdered. Years later she befriends a kidnapped blind boy who changes her life.

The Dark (see first-look photo) is based on Lange’s Columbia University thesis short film of the same name and shot in Northern Ontario, Canada, with the support of the Austrian Film Institute, the Orf Film/Television-Agreement and the Nohfc.

Nadia Alexander and Toby Nichols star alongside Austria’s Karl Markovics, the lead in Austria’s 2008 foreign-language Oscar winner The Counterfeiters who also starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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‘Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe’

‘Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe’
Opening in L.A. and other cities June 16, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” is a stylishly accomplished and intellectually well thought out character study of a man who was the most popular author in the world in the 1920s and 1930s and who, today, is nearly forgotten. Told through six windows of 20 minutes each, this unique storytelling technique gives the film an immediacy as each part of Stefan Zweig’s life plays out in real time.

Stefan Zweig’s books have been made into 23 movies around the world, including his novel, Letter from an Unknown Woman, which was adapted to the screen in 1948 by Max Ophüls and starred Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdain. His writings have also inspired Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel”.

Having just read his memoir, The World of Yesterday and having been on my own private search for what it means to have to leave your
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Beta scores slate deals in key markets

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Beta scores slate deals in key markets
Exclusive: Adèle Haenel comedy, Stefan Ruzowitzky thriller, Norwegian drama sell to key territories.

Ahead of Efm, German sales outfit Beta Cinema has secured a number of deals for romantic comedy The Bloom Of Yesterday, which pairs German cinema and stage star Lars Eidinger (Clouds of Sils Maria) with French César winner Adèle Haenel (The Unknown Girl) as a German Holocaust researcher and his French intern in preparations for an Auschwitz congress.

Following its berth at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the film has now gone to Kino Films for Japan. DDDream for China and Swallow Wings sfor Taiwan.

Xenix Filmdistribution has become the first European distributor to acquire the German box office success from Beta, taking Swiss rights.

Meanwhile, hard-boiled thriller Cold Hell by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) has sold to Japan (Gaga), South Korea (Sejong Communication), Poland (Hagi Film) and the territories of former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film).

Beta’s Norwegian box office hit The King’s
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Horror Channel FrightFest announces 2017 Glasgow Film Festival line-up

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced its line-up for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival next month, bringing a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres. Check out the full line-up here…

Thurs 23 Feb – Gft Screen 1

21:00 A Cure For Wellness (Special screening)

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie. USA 2017. 18. 126 mins, Thanks to 20th Century Fox.

23:40 Phantasm: Remastered (Scottish Premiere)

Set to introduce a new generation to the deranged charms of the cult classic,
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Frightfest announce Glasgow 2017 line-up of Fourteen films!

Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with record-breaking fourteen titles – including Ten premieres and a screening of the 4K restoration of Phantasm!

FrightFest Passes are £70 and available from noon on Mon January 16th 2016. Passes cover all films on Fri 24 and Sat 25 Feb Only. Tickets for A Cure for Wellness and Phantasm: Remastered. Individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon January 23rd from 10am.

To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 / boxoffice@glasgowfilm.org / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

From the press release:

Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.

Kicking off with a special screening of A Cure For Wellness, an intense psychological ride from Gore Verbinski,
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'The Counterfeiters' Director Stefan Ruzowitzky to Helm Original Series for Sky Deutschland

German pay-tv group Sky Deutschland has commissioned its second major drama series, giving an eight-episode order for the end-of-the-world drama Eight Days.

Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) has signed on to direct the series, which follows a German family living through what they expect will be the last eight days of human existence.

With an asteroid plummeting toward earth and set to crash somewhere in Europe in exactly eight days, the entire continent is desperate to escape destruction and flee to a safe place.

Up-and-coming filmmakers Philipp Leinemann (The King's Surrender) and Michael Krummenacher (Wonderland) will co-direct the series...
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'The Counterfeiters' Director Stefan Ruzowitzky to Helm Original Series for Sky Deutschland

German pay-tv group Sky Deutschland has commissioned its second major drama series, giving an eight-episode order for the end-of-the-world drama Eight Days.

Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) has signed on to direct the series, which follows a German family living through what they expect will be the last eight days of human existence.

With an asteroid plummeting toward earth and set to crash somewhere in Europe in exactly eight days, the entire continent is desperate to escape destruction and flee to a safe place.

Up-and-coming filmmakers Philipp Leinemann (The King's Surrender) and Michael Krummenacher (Wonderland) will co-direct the series...
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The Counterfeiters Director Enters Hell With Trailer For New Serial Killer Thriller

[Updated with full trailer] Austria's Stefan Ruzowitzky took home a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his 2007 effort The Counterfeiters and in a career already notable for taking some dark turns Ruzowitzky appears to be taking his darkest yet with the simply titled Hell (Die Hölle). A dark and brutal crime thriller, Hell follows Özge - a young Turkish woman driving taxi in Vienna who witnesses a murder that may very well be the latest attack by a blossoming serial killer. With the killer knowing he's been seen Özge herself becomes a target, making a bad situation much, much worse. A first teaser has just arrived in the lead up to the film's Austrian release and it is already abundantly clear that Ruzowitzky is...

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Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'

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Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'
Erik Poppe’s war drama opens in Norway later this month.

Norway has selected Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice as its contender for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar race.

The war drama stars Jesper Christensen, Kon-Tiki’s Anders Basmo Christiansen and The CounterfeitersKarl Markovics. It opens in Norway on Sept 23.

Based on true events, The King’s Choice is set in 1940 when a fleet of Nazi warships attacked Oslo and King Haakon of Norway (Christensen) is faced with a choice that will change the nation forever, as a race against time between mediation and warfare ensues.

It was selected from a three-strong shortlist that also included Erik Skjoldbjærg’s The Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) and Rune Denstad Langlo’s Welcome To Norway.

Norway have never won in the foreign language Oscar category. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki was the last film to be nominated in the category in 2012.

Beta Cinema handles international
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Enter The Hell of Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Die Hölle in New Trailer

Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose 2007 wartime drama The Counterfeiters won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, has a new project cooking; and the recently released trailer looks like our kind of poison. Die Hölle (original title: The Hell), which was… Continue Reading →

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The Counterfeiters Director Enters Hell With Trailer For New Serial Killer Thriller

Austria's Stefan Ruzowitzky took home a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his 2007 effort The Counterfeiters and in a career already notable for taking some dark turns Ruzowitzky appears to be taking his darkest yet with the simply titled Hell (Die Hölle). A dark and brutal crime thriller, Hell follows Özge - a young Turkish woman driving taxi in Vienna who witnesses a murder that may very well be the latest attack by a blossoming serial killer. With the killer knowing he's been seen Özge herself becomes a target, making a bad situation much, much worse. A first teaser has just arrived in the lead up to the film's Austrian release and it is already abundantly clear that Ruzowitzky is not holding anything back...

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Terrence Malick lines up WWII feature 'Radegund'

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Terrence Malick lines up WWII feature 'Radegund'
New Roy Andersson feature About Endlessness also gets backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Terrence Malick is lining up WWII drama Radegund (aka Jägerstätter), about the life of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector during World War II who was executed by the Nazis in 1943 aged 36.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI declared Jägerstätter a martyr and he was beatified by the Catholic Church.

Set to play Jägerstätter is August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds, The Counterfeiters), while Valerie Pachner (Jack) is also due to join.

The project was announced by the German funding body the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which is backing it with €400,000.

The drama is reportedly set to shoot at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany, this summer and marks Malick’s return to the WWII era following acclaimed 1998 title The Thin Red Line.

The title Radegund refers to the Thuringian princess and Frankish queen from the 6th century who found protection under the Church after fleeing her marriage when her husband had her
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Malick to direct film about Austrian conscientious objector executed by Nazis

Terrence Malick’s Radegund will tell story of Franz Jägerstätter, who refused conscription in Wehrmacht and was killed at age 36

Reports have emerged that Knight of Cups director Terrence Malick has set up his next project: a study of an Austrian second world war conscientious objector featuring the German actor August Diehl, best known for Inglourious Basterds and The Counterfeiters.

Related: Terrence Malick finally embarks on Voyage of Time – twice

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Terrence Malick Announces Next Film ‘Radegund,’ Based on the Life of Franz Jägerstätter

With Knight of Cups arriving on Blu-ray this week, his Austin-set drama Weightless finally completed, and his long-gestating Voyage of Time set for an IMAX release this October, director Terrence Malick seems to be taking no breaks as he’s already looking towards his next project. Today brings news of what it’ll be, and that it’ll find him heading to Europe.

He’ll next be directing Radegund, which will depict the life of Austria’s Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector during World War II who was put to death at the age of 36 for undermining military actions. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI declared Jägerstätter a martyr, and he was beatified in a ceremony. Set to play Jägerstätter is August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds, The Counterfeiters), while Valerie Pachner will also join.

This was first announced via Medienboard Förderzusagen’s posting that they are giving 400,000 Euros to the project, and a
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Beta launches Ruzowitzky, Holland, Dresen, Netzer films

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Beta launches Ruzowitzky, Holland, Dresen, Netzer films
Exclusive: Titles on Beta’s slate include films from Agnieszka Holland and Stefan Ruzowitzky.

German sales powerhouse Beta Cinema has revealed details of its new Cannes titles, among them the latest features from Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky, Oscer nominee Agnieszka Holland, Un Certain Regard-winner Andreas Dresen and Golden Bear-winner Calin Peter Netzer.

Beta’s auteur-driven slate is headed by hard-boiled genre film Hell (working title, pictured), from Ruzowitzky, who won his Oscar for The Counterfeiters. Hell is a taut thriller about a young woman witnessing a brutal murder by a fanatic Islamist serial killer.

Shot by DoP Benedict Neuenfels (The Counterfeiters, AnonymaA Woman In Berlin) and starring Violetta Schurawkow and Tobias Moretti, Hell is produced by genre experts Allegro Film and Amazing Film Company and is currently in post-production. First footage will be revealed at the Beta Cinema Cannes office.

Beta is also introducing buyers to Agnieszka Holland’s Game Count, a thriller
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Berlin: Stefan Ruzowitzky to Direct ‘Imilla — The Girl Who Avenged Che Guevara’

Berlin: Stefan Ruzowitzky to Direct ‘Imilla — The Girl Who Avenged Che Guevara’
Oscar-winning helmer Stefan Ruzowitzky (“The Counterfeiters”) is set to direct Zieger Film’s “Imilla — The Girl Who Avenged Che Guevara.”

The pic tells the true story of Monika Ertl, a German woman who joined Che Guevara’s guerrilla movement and ultimately assassinated the rebel leader’s killer.

Linda Ferri, who penned Nanni Moretti’s Palme d’Or winner “The Son’s Room,” is writing the script, based on German writer Juergen Schreiber’s book “Sie Starb Wie Che Guevara.”

The daughter of a German mountaineer and cinematographer, Ertl emigrated with her family to Bolivia as a teenager in 1953. Eventually growing angry at her father’s Nazi past and the great injustice she witnesses around her, she joined the National Liberation Army and fell in love with Inti Peredo, who became the leader of the militant organization that formed following Guevara’s death. Known as Imilla — Quechuan for “maiden” — among the guerrillas,
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'The Lives Of Others' team reunite on German-language drama

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'The Lives Of Others' team reunite on German-language drama
German regional fund also backs Austrian Oscar-winner of The Counterfeiters.

German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is to reunite with Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg, the producers of his 2005 Oscar-winning debut The Lives Of Others, for his first film since his second feature The Tourist in 2010.

Munich-based Wiedemann & Berg Film and von Donnersmarck’s own company Pergamon Film have received $550,000 (€500,000) production support from the Bavarian regional film fund Fff Bayern for the German-language drama Werk Ohne Autor which centres on a young artist who transforms his experiences under the Nazi and East German dictatorships when his art served political ideas, into new and extremely personal works of art.

In 2006, von Donnersmarck’s searing debut feature won seven German Film Awards and three European Film Awards, among many prizes, as well as the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007.

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie starred in his first Hollywood production, the romantic
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Cannes: Beta Adds ‘King’s Choice,’ ‘Yesterday’s Flowers’ to Slate (Exclusive)

Cannes: Beta Adds ‘King’s Choice,’ ‘Yesterday’s Flowers’ to Slate (Exclusive)
Beta Cinema has completed its Cannes lineup with the addition of titles by two of Europe’s leading directors: “The King’s Choice” from Norway’s Erik Poppe and “Yesterday’s Flowers” from Germany’s Chris Kraus.

“The King’s Choice,” which has an 8 million euro ($9.13 million) budget, is a World War II drama starring Jesper Christensen (“Spectre”) and Karl Markovics (“The Counterfeiters”).

Based on true events, “The King’s Choice” depicts the German attack on neutral Norway over three decisive days in April 1940. Other cast members include Anders Baasmo Christiansen (“Kon-Tiki”), Tuva Novotny (“Jalla! Jalla!”), Katharina Schuettler (“13 Minutes,” “Generation War”) and Juliane Koehler (“Two Lives,” “Nowhere in Africa”).

The d.p. is John Christian Rosenlund, who lensed Poppe’s pics “1,000 Times Good Night” and “Troubled Water,” as well as Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams” and “O’Horton.” Poppe also unites with his producing partners Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae
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Ruzowitzky to direct Hesse adaptation 'Narcissus and Goldmund'

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Ruzowitzky to direct Hesse adaptation 'Narcissus and Goldmund'
Exclusive: Oscar-winning Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is to direct Hermann Hesse’s 1930 international bestseller and cult novel Narcissus and Goldmund.

Producers Helge Sasse (Tempest Film) and Christoph Müller (Mythos Film) are in Cannes to meet potential partners for the international project which is set to have a double-digit million Euros budget.

Ruzowitzky, who has just completed shooting the Us thriller Patient Zero in London, is also writing the screenplay for the story with a setting in the late Middle Ages.

Principal photography is set to begin in late summer 2016.

Other novels by Hesse such as Siddharta, Steppenwolf and Demian were adapted by filmmakers in the past for the cinema, with German broadcaster Ard tackling his 1909 novella Die Heimkehr in 2011.

Narcissus and Goldmund is one of the first projects being planned by former Senator Entertainment CEO Helge Sasse at his new production outfit Tempest Film which he launched last summer with Solveig Fina.

Christoph Müller’s Berlin-based
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