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2014 | 2010 | 2009

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Olga Kurylenko Boards Benoit Philippon’s ‘Lota’

2 July 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Olga Kurylenko (“To The Wonder”), Gregory Fitoussi (“World War Z”) and Emir Kusturica (“7 Days in Havana”) are set to topline “Lota,” a French Guiana-set dramedy directed by Benoit Philippon (“Lullaby”).

Described by Philippon as a variation on the themes of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” pic will star Kurylenko as a young woman who was abused during her childhood and struggles to build healthy relationships with men.

“As in ‘Magnolia,’ ‘Lota’ follows various characters whose lives intersect,” said Philippon, who also cited “Mud” as a source of inspiration for “Lota”‘s dream-like atmosphere, visual style and the main character’s soul searching.

“Kurylenko’s character is both a princess and a warrior and it’s that ambivalence that makes her so fascinating,” explained Philippon, adding that he’s interested in strong female characters such as the ones portrayed in movies by Quentin Tarantino, John Cassavetes and Tennessee Williams.

Cast is completed by Jean-Pierre Martins, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Kinology’s Ambitious Toon Feature ‘Mune’ Sparks Flurry of Pre-Sales (Exclusive)

10 June 2014 9:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy— Gregoire Melin’s Kinology has closed a raft of territories on “Mune,” one of Europe’s most anticipated toon features slated for 2015.

“Mune,” which was presented by co-director Benoit Philippon and producer Aton Soumache (via Onyx) during a jam-packed work-in-progress session in Annecy, was picked up by Notorious Pictures (Italy), Smile Entertainment (South Korea), Gulf Films (Middle East), Domo Media (China), Zoom Entertainment (India), Volga Films (Cis), Monolith Films (Poland) and Blitz (Former Yugoslavia).

Deals were closed after showing a promo in Cannes. Melin, who is co-producing the movie with Onyx and Orange Studio, is in negotiations in remaining territories. Animation houses Norman Studios and Mikros Image will deliver “Mune” in November, said Melin, who added he and Soumache will debut a road show in early July to present the movie in territories that are still open, such as the U.S. and the U.K..

Based on an original concept by Philippon, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Jesse Owens Biopic Finds Its Leading Man (Exclusive)

24 January 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British actor John Boyega will portray Olympic athlete Jesse Owens in the biopic “Race,” with shooting set to start in May in Berlin and Montreal.

Forecast Pictures’ Jean Charles Levy and ID+’s Luc Dayan made the announcement Friday.

“Race” will be introduced to buyers at next month’s Berlin Film Market, with Mister Smith Entertainment handling international sales. Stephen Hopkins (“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”) will direct from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.

“Race” will focus on how Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Owens’ victories are considered among the greatest atlhetic feats of all time.

Hitler had insisted Jews and Blacks not be allowed to participate in the games, »

- Dave McNary

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