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‘Loveless,’ ‘The Line,’ ‘Under the Tree’ Picked as Foreign-Language Oscar Candidates

22 September 2017 3:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Iceland, Russia and Slovakia have selected Gunnar Sigurdsson’s “Under the Tree,” Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” and Peter Bebjak’s “The Line,” respectively, for the foreign-language Oscar race.

Loveless” (pictured) world-premiered in competition at Cannes, where it earned critical acclaim and won the jury prize. It’s the third film directed by Zvyagintsev that has been chosen to represent Russia in the foreign-language Oscars race, following “The Return” and “Leviathan.” Co-written by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, “Loveless” centers on a couple going through a vicious divorce when their 12-year-old son disappears.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North and Latin American rights to “Loveless” at Cannes. Spc previously released “Leviathan,” which won best screenplay at Cannes in 2014, best foreign-language film at the Golden Globes, and an Oscar nomination.

“Under the Tree,” which world-premiered at Venice and played at Toronto, is a dark comedy set in a quiet Icelandic suburb. The film follows a man who is forced to move »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Tiff 17 Discovery: Iran’s ‘Disappearance’ directed by Ali Asgari

17 September 2017 9:39 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Marking his leap to feature filmmaking, award-winning director Ali Asgari and his cowriter and life partner Farnoosh Samadi are dealing with an issue which is not discussed in Iran, but occurs often enough to be brought to light in this story about young love and loss of innocence in Iranian society today. Disappearance had its North American premiere in Toronto after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Emerging with teenage temerity out of a dark alleyway, Sara reaches out for help at one of the many Tehran hospitals that she will visit over the course of the night. Doe-eyed and withdrawn, Sara is reluctant to divulge the details of her delicate injury, or any personal information, and this renders the medics unable to help. Even when her boyfriend, Hamed, shows up, posing as her brother, the urgent procedure cannot begin until her parents give their authorization.

So begins »

- Sydney Levine

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SydneysBuzz New Report: 2017 Toronto By Numbers: Women, Lgbtq, African American, Mena, Asian…

28 August 2017 9:44 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

SydneysBuzz New Report: 2017 Toronto By Numbers: Women, Lgbtq, African American, Mena, Asian, African Diaspora and More

Want to get a head start on your competition? The Toronto By Numbers Report gives you an easy organizing tool of all Tiff films, sortable by international sales agents, U.S., Canada and other territorial distributors and by categories such as language, country, female directors, Lgbtq, African and its diaspora, Asia and diaspora, Mena, Jewish, Latino, Indigenous. And all titles are linked to the Toronto online catalog which includes screening times.

After Tiff is over, look for the Rights Roundup which reports on sales made, again showing not only titles and sales agents, but distributors alson with contact information on all of the 252 feature films, a smaller line-up compared to last year but still vaunting some impressive figures, 147 of world premieres, 19 international and 72 North American premieres.

For $99.99 you can download into your own database »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Haugesund: New Europe Film Sales Drives Into Nordic Films

14 August 2017 5:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales has signed international sales rights on the ”The County”, the new feature by Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson whose ”Rams” (”Hrutar”), sold by Nefs, won the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Festival, among another 29 awards, including 11 Eddas –  Iceland’s national film prizes.

Produced by Iceland’s Netop Films, the company behind ”Rams” and  Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s ”Under the Tree,” “The County” follows Inga, a middle aged cow farmer, loses her husband in a car accident, she must stand on her own two feet. She starts a new life on her own terms and in the process, tries to transform the community in which she lives.”

With Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir in the lead, Netop Films producer Grímar Jónsson will produce the project with Denmark’s Profile Pictures and France’s Haut et Court; the film will be ready in January 2019.

“The County” is just the latest Scandinavian movie to »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Polish Days, Wroclaw: industry highlights

11 August 2017 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New projects revealed, including thriller described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”.

New films by internationally feted Polish filmmakers Jan Komasa, Kuba Czekaj and Dorota Kedzierzawska were among 20 projects presented to sales agents, distributors and festival programmers at the sixth edition of the Polish Days (8-10 August) during this week’s New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

Komasa - who made his feature debut with Suicide Room - and his producer Leszek Bodzak of Aurum Film (The Last Family) pitched the contemporary social drama Corpus Christi which is based on screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz’s first screenplay for cinema.

The €1m project is being structured as a Polish-French co-production and will begin principal photography in spring 2018.

Bodzak also presented a second  feature project, Borys Lankosz’s thriller Dark, Almost Night, which he described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”, to begin shooting this autumn with The Last Family’s Dawid Ogrodnik and Aleksandra Konieczna in the cast »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ to World Premiere at Venice Film Festival

7 August 2017 3:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Top Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo’s hotly anticipated thriller “Manhunt” will world premiere out-of-competition at the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival.

The film is about a prosecutor, played by award-winning Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu, who is framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders and sets out on a difficult solo mission to clear his name. Japanese heartthrob actor and singer Masaharu Fukuyama plays the detective chasing Zhang’s character.

The film, which is a remake of a 1976 Japanese classic action movie,  is produced by Hong Kong’s Media Asia.

Manhunt” marks Woo’s return to the the police thriller genre that made him famous in Hong Kong with “The Killer” and “Hardboiled” before he relocated to Hollywood in the 1990s, where he shot studio blockbusters such as “Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off” and “Windtalkers.” Woo recently returned to Asia, directing epics including “Red Cliff” and “The Crossing” and also executive producing a remake of cult hit »

- Nick Vivarelli

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New Europe Picks Up Venice-Bound Iranian Drama ‘Disappearance’ (Exclusive)

28 July 2017 2:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has signed a world sales deal for Ali Asgari’s Iranian drama “Disappearance,” recently selected for the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons competition.

Penned by Asgari together with his writing partner Farnoosh Samadi, “Disappearance” tells the story of “two young lovers, who, in the course of one cold night in Tehran, go from hospital to hospital in search of help. Soon they will have to face the tragic consequences of their youthful naivete,” according to a statement.

Disappearance” is the first feature-length film by Asgari, whose short films competed in Venice and Cannes. The project was developed in the Cannes Cinefondation Residence and received a grant from the Doha Film Institute. It was produced in Iran by Pouria Heidary Oureh, Ali Sadraei of Three Gardens Film.

Samadi and Asgari’s latest short “Gaze” will also compete in Locarno this year.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Lars Mikkelsen drama 'Winter Brothers' gets sales deal

10 July 2017 5:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: House Of Cards and Sherlock actor leads Danish arthouse title.

New Europe Film Sales has taken worldwide rights for Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre), a Danish arthouse drama starring Lars Mikkelsen (House Of Cards, Sherlock).

The film wrapped a six-week shoot in Faxe, Denmark in May 2016. Screen understands it is now set for a healthy festival run across the summer and autumn.

Hlynur Pálmason marks his directorial debut on the project and also wrote the screenplay. His 2014 short film Seven Boats premiered at Tiff.

Winter Brothers is a Danish-Icelandic co-production between Masterplan Pictures and Join Motion Pictures. Julie Waltersdorph Hansen was a producer on the project and Per Damgaard Hansen was an executive producer.

The film stars Mikkelsen alongside Elliott Crosset Hove and Simon Sears in the story of two brothers who enter a violent feud with another family.

New Europe’s recent acquisitions also include Cannes Acid selection Scaffolding, Tribeca title Holy Air and Berlinale title Summer »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Scandies in Cannes

6 June 2017 7:18 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway: Scandinavia has always made a good show of films in all festivals, but this is the first time in 17 years a Swedish film has been in Competition.

The Square” is the first Swedish film in Competition in 17 years! Winner of the Palme D’or and the Vulcain Prize for an artist technician awarded by the C.S.T. Director Ruben Östlund attracted producers from Sweden, Germany, France and Denmark to tell this tale of the successful curator of a modern art museum who lives in the epicenter of the art community and takes his work very seriously. A few days before the opening of the prestigious exhibition The Square he is mugged, which he can neither shake off or let pass unnoticed. He embarks on a hunt for the perpetrator and ends up in situations that turn steadily more amusing, and make him question his own moral compass. »

- Sydney Levine

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Cannes Acid title 'Scaffolding' sells to France

31 May 2017 3:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Israeli drama scores key deal.

Israeli drama Scaffolding, which premiered in Cannes Film Festival’s Acid strand this month, has had its France distribution rights snapped up by Les Acacias.

Sales agent New Europe Film Sales struck the deal on the title, which follows an impulsive troublemaker who forges a special connection with his literature teacher before an unexepected tragedy occurs.

Screen’s review called the film “a sharply drawn study of the father-son dynamic”.

The film is the debut feature from director Matan Yair, who also penned the screenplay. It stars Asher Lax.

Scaffolding was produced by Gal Greenspan and Roi Kurland of Green Productions in co-production with Stanislaw Dziedzic of Film Produkcja and United King.

It was supported by the Israeli Film Fund and the Polish Film Institute. In 2016, the project won the first pitching prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

New Europe is also reporting that further deals and festival selections are in »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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'Rams' team gears up for 'The County'

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The film is being set up as an Iceland, Denmark, and France co-production.

Grimur Hakonarson, the Icelandic director who won Un Certain Regard in 2015 with Rams, is planning to shoot his next feature The County starting in February 2018.

As with Rams, Jan Naszewski’s New Europe will handle sales.

The film is being set up as an Iceland, Denmark, and France co-production.

Grimar Jonsson’s Netop Films in Iceland leads the production, reuniting with Rams co-producer Profile Pictures in Denmark and adding in French partner Haut et Court.

The film has just secured about $1.1m backing from the Icelandic Film Centre.

The story is a drama set in rural Iceland, about Inga, a middle aged cow farmer, who loses her husband in a car accident and must stand on her own two feet.

Returning crew from Rams will include DoP Sturla Brandth Grovlen.

Hakonarson told Screen: “I’ve been working on the script for the last »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Cannes Acid title 'Scaffolding' gets sales deal

21 April 2017 5:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Israeli drama acquired by New Europe.

New Europe Film Sales has picked up Israeli debut Scaffolding, which has been selected for this year’s Cannes Acid selection.

Written and directed by Matan Yair, the film follows a 17-year-old boy who is an impulsive troublemaker at school.

While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, the boy forges a special connection with his literature teacher Rami and begins to see new possibilities for himself, until an unexpected tragedy occurs.

Newcomer Asher Lax stars in the lead role.

Scaffolding was produced by Gal Greenspan and Roi Kurland of Green Productions in coproduction with Stanislaw Dziedzic of Film Produkcja and United King.

The film had support from the Israeli Film Fund and the Polish Film Institute. In 2016, the project won the first pitching prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

New Europe also had Israeli title One Week And A Day on its roster »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Poland's 'The Last Family' wins in Vilnius

7 April 2017 4:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kosovo on track to join Creative Europe; Lgbt road movie scores Us, UK deals.

Polish filmmaker Jan Matuszynski’s The Last Family has continued its successful festival run by being named best film in the New Europe - New Names competition at the Vilnius International Film Festival (23 March - 6 April).

Matuszynski’s feature debut - which is being handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales - had its world premiere at last year’s Locarno Film Festival and received the special jury award at the Sofia International Film Festival as well as four prizes at the national Polish Film Awards last month.

The competition’s international jury of Gothenburg Film Festival’s programmer Freddy Olsson, Russian film critic and programmer Boris Nelep and Fipresci president Alin Tasciyan presented its best director prize to the Bulgarian directorial duo Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valcahnov for their second feature Glory which also picked up the Cicae Art Cinema Award.

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- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Berlin winner 'Summer 1993' heads to France

20 February 2017 4:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New Europe inked deals on the film for France and Turkey at this month’s Efm.

Sales agent New Europe Film Sales has struck deals with France and Turkey on its 2017 Berlin Film Festival award-winner Summer 1993.

Pyramide has taken French rights, while Filmarti will distribute in Turkey. Previous deals were done with Cinemien for Benelux and Hugoeast for China. Madrid-based Avalon co-produced and will also handle distribution in Spain.

The film premiered in Berlin’s Generation K-Plus programme, where it won a Grand Prix, and it also scooped the festival’s overall best first feature prize at the awards ceremony on Saturday.

The Catalan-language drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Carla Simon. It was developed at the Berlinale Script Station and later presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Valérie Delpierre produced for Spanish outfit Inicia Films.

Set in 1993 Catalonia, the story follows six-year-old Frida, who faces her first summer with her new adoptive family after the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Berlin Generations title 'Summer 1993' heads to France

20 February 2017 4:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: New Europe inked deals on the film for France and Turkey at this month’s Efm.

Sales agent New Europe Film Sales has struck deals with France and Turkey on its 2017 Berlin Film Festival premiere Summer 1993.

Pyramide has taken French rights, while Filmarti will distribute in Turkey. Previous deals were done with Cinemien for Benelux and Hugoeast for China. Madrid-based Avalon co-produced and will also handle distribution in Spain.

The Catalan-language drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Carla Simon. It was developed at the Berlinale Script Station and later presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Valérie Delpierre produced for Spanish outfit Inicia Films.

Set in 1993 Catalonia, the story follows six-year-old Frida, who faces her first summer with her new adoptive family after the death of her parents.

The film premiered in Berlin’s Generation KPlus competition. Screen’s review described it as “authentic and memorable”. »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Berlinale: New Europe Film Clinches Deals for China, Benelux to Carla Simón’s Generation Kplus Player ‘Summer 1993’

14 February 2017 10:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales has struck a raft of deals at the Berlinale, among them the licensing to China (Hugoeast) and Benelux (Cinemien) of Carla Simón’s Berlinale Generation Kplus player “Summer 1993,” a title which is sparking good word-of-mouth at the Berlinale.

Spaniard Simón’s feature debut, the co-production between Barcelona’s Inicia Film and Madrid’s Avalon, in Spain, and Les Contes Modernes in France, turns on a six-year old girl who faces the first summer with her new adoptive family in Catalonia, after her parents’ death.

World premiering at Berlin, the film has received strong interest from French companies, according to New Europe CEO Jan Naszewski.

A burgeoning force in independent production and distribution in Spain, Avalon will release “Summer 1993” in Spanish theaters.

The Polish company has also unveiled new sales on Gabe Klinger’s “Porto,” a story about two outsiders set in the Portuguese city of Porto, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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New Europe takes Israeli comedy 'Holy Air' to Efm

10 February 2017 10:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film stars Shady Srour as a man who provides for his family by selling bottled holy air.

New Europe Film Sales has picked up Israeli comedy Holy Air and will be representing the project at this week’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin.

The move follows New Europe’s acquisition of Israeli comedy One Week And A Day, which played at Cannes Film Festival last year in the Critics’ Week strand.

Holy Air is set in the Arab Christian community of Nazareth, it tells the story of a man who, after his wife gets pregnant, decides it is time to make it big and provide for his family by selling bottled holy air to tourists.

It is written and directed by Shady Srour, the Israeli actor known for appearing in Oscar-nominated short Ave Maria. He also stars in the film alongside French actress Laetitia Eido in the main roles.

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- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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New Europe picks up Berlin Generation title 'Summer 1993'

13 January 2017 9:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Carla Simon’s debut feature was developed through the Berlinale Script Station and Berlinale Co-Production Market.

New Europe Film Sales has picked up 2017 Berlinale Generation KPlus competition title Summer 1993.

The Catalan-language drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Carla Simon. It was developed at the Berlinale Script Station and later presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Valérie Delpierre produced for Spanish outfit Inicia Films, Madrid-based Avalon co-produced and will also distribute the film in Spain; Les Contes Modernes will distribute in France.

Set in 1993 Catalonia, the story follows six-year-old Frida, who faces her first summer with her new adoptive family after the death of her parents.

The project was also developed through Poland’s Ekan programme, Sources 2 in Barcelona, the Sgae screenwriting fund and participated in the Low Budget Film Forum in Les Arcs, Premiers Plans Atelier, and won a prize at the Holland Film Meetings in 2015.

Further titles on New Europe’s slate include [link=tt »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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New Europe picks up Berlin Generations title 'Summer 1993'

13 January 2017 9:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Carla Simon’s debut feature was developed through the Berlinale Script Station and Berlinale Co-Production Market.

New Europe Film Sales has picked up 2017 Berlinale Generation KPlus competition title Summer 1993.

The Catalan-language drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Carla Simon. It was developed at the Berlinale Script Station and later presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Valérie Delpierre produced for Spanish outfit Inicia Films. Set in 1993 Catalonia, the story follows six-year-old Frida, who faces her first summer with her new adoptive family after the death of her parents.

The project was also developed through Poland’s Ekan programme, Sources 2 in Barcelona, the Sgae screenwriting fund and participated in the Low Budget Film Forum in Les Arcs, Premiers Plans Atelier, and won a prize at the Holland Film Meetings in 2015.

Further titles on New Europe’s slate include Porto (starring the late Anton Yelchin), Zoology (which won a special jury prize at Karlovy Vary 2016), Quit Staring At My Plate »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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