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New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.
New insight into the links between film and television productions and tourism has been revealed at an international screen tourism conference today by Film London, the lead partner for major European project EuroScreen.
The study demonstrates how social media commentary generated by films and TV shows can help generate millions of pounds worth of free online advertising for the locations and destinations they feature on screen.
The research claimed that Richard Curtis romantic comedy Notting Hill generated the equivalent of £19.5m ($30.7m) in online ad spend for London, while the Harry Potter series netted £10.4m ($16.3m) and TV series Wallander yielded £17.9m ($28.2m) for Ystad in Sweden.
Screen tourism also resulted in other boosts. Game of Thrones, for example, generated £1m ($1.5m) for Malta despite the series being more closely affiliated with its ‘home’ in Northern Ireland, while productions »
The Stockholm Festival’s Rising Star Award nominees have tackled some of the most challenging film roles in Scandinavian cinema. Actors such as Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair”) and Nermina Lukac (“Eat Sleep Die”) have previously been presented the award at Stockholm Film Festival.
Here’s a brief look at the six nominees:
Becker, born in 1998, made a sensational acting debut in Ester Martin Bergsmarks “Something Must Break,” a film that won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam earlier this year, pictured above. Becker was praised by critics for her interpretation of Sebastian/Ellie and his/her search of transgender identity.
After appearances in Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotel,” Fukamachi-Regnfors, born in 1984, plays the unreliable narrator Klas in the adaptation of Klas Ostergren’s “Gentlemen,” directed by Marcimain. Fukamachi-Regnfors was educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Goteborg, and has »
- Jon Asp
Rome – The Rome Film Festival’s Business Street mart is prompting a burst of biz, with several sales and new projects announced, including Italy’s first co-prod with China, and U.S. helmer Joe Dante’s new Rome-set project.
Dante (“Gremlins”) (pictured) and producer Elizabeth Stanley attended Rome’s New Cinema Network to pitch “Ombra Amore,” a love story with Romeo and Juliet overtones between a vampire and a werewolf set in contempo Rome. The werewolf belongs to a ferocious clan of stock market speculators, some of whom bear great responsibility for Italy’s current economic crisis.
“It’s got some [local] political elements,” Dante said . “We are kind of interested in what responses we’ll get to that aspect of the story.” Locations for what aims to be Dante’s first international co-production include the Roman catacombs and the Villa Borghese.
The first Italian co-prod with China, inked at the informal mart, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Scenes From a Marriage: Troell’s Latest an Engrossing Character Study
Swedish auteur Jan Troell, at 81, is thankfully still making films, and his latest, The Last Sentence, is a period piece centered on a somewhat obscure historical figure, more in the vein of Hamsun (1996) than the immigrant or social change narratives that Troell is perhaps most famed for, such as his last effort, a 2008 masterpiece, Everlasting Moments. Beginning his directorial career in the mid 60’s, Troell was not only a contemporary of Ingmar Bergman but has often showcased many of Bergman’s troupe, like Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman (Sydow was purportedly first choice for this latest as well). Here, he assembles a distinct cast and digital black and white cinematography to offset this from his larger body of work, and the pay off his decidedly worthwhile.
Featuring the announcement of Hitler as Germany’s Chancellor in 1932 via newsreel, »
- Nicholas Bell
Sparsely seen on the Us festival circuit, Jan Troell's "The Last Sentence" is finally making its way to stateside theaters after premiering nearly two years ago in Sweden. Music Box Films will bring this WWII-era drama about a crusading journalist to select cities on June 20th. Watch the new trailer below. Troell has been kicking around the arthouse since the 1960s. He famously directed Swedish screen giants Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullman in 1971's "The Emigrants," nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Now, he's most famous for "Everlasting Moments" (2008), a superbly crafted portrait of marriage among the upper-crust bourgeoisie in early 20th-century Europe. Starring seasoned Danish actor Jesper Christensen, "Last Sentence" is Troell's first narrative feature since "Everlasting Moments." It centers on Torgny Segerstedt, a crusading journalist who fought Nazism and his country's policy of appeasement to Hitler. Here's the official synopsis:With Sweden »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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