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Women Come to Fore in Indonesian Film Industry

23 June 2017 4:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The role of women in the industry, and the representation of female experience seem unavoidable in the discourse on Southeast Asian cinema. Mouly Surya, whose “Marlina, the Murderer in Four Acts,” will unspool in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, is not a working in a vacuum. In fact, such directors as Nia Dinata, Nan Achnas, Kamila Andini and female producers including Christine Hakim, Shanty Harmayn, Mira Lesmana, Sheila Timothy and in recent years, Meiske Taurisia, all wield their influence in an industry filled with opportunity.

Actress Hakim produced films by Garin Nugroho and Achnas, and helped propel Silat fighter Iko Uwais from total obscurity to fame through “Merantau.” Through her company Miles Films, Lesmana has produced Riri Riza’s entire repertoire, including the runaway hit “Rainbow Troops.” She also nurtured the careers of Edwin (“Postcards From the Zoo”) and Taurisia. The latter, who started as a costume designer on Riza’s “Three Days to Forever,” has »

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Xyz Films boards sales on 'The Dark'

19 June 2017 1:45 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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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‘Apostle’: ‘The Raid’ Director’s Next Film Gets a First Image and an Official Synopsis

4 May 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Director Gareth Evans earned a lifetime of support from me with his impressive martial arts film Merantau and his astounding work on The Raid movies, so it’s safe to say I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he does with his newest film, Apostle. The fact that he’s cast Dan Stevens (Legion) in the lead role and has […]

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‘The Raid’ Redux: Joe Carnahan & Frank Grillo To Reimagine Martial Arts Pic

15 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Joe Carnahan has come aboard to write and direct and Frank Grillo has been set to star in The Raid, a new take on the martial arts film franchise launched by Gareth Evans in 2012. It got a sequel in 2014. The pic will be produced by Carnahan and Grillo’s nascent production outfit WarParty and Xyz Films, the latter of which co-produced the originals with Pt Merantau Films. Evans will executive produce the new take. The Indonesian martial arts movie, which hit U.S. theaters… »

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Martial Arts Epic Adaptation, 212 Warrior, Moves Forward With Fox International And Lifelike Pictures

9 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Following their involvement in Na Hong-jin's The Yellow Sea (2009) and The Wailing (2015), 20th Century Fox's local language film shingle, Fox International Productions, is venturing onto its first Indonesian co-production, 212 Warrior. The film is inspired by author Bastian Tito's longstanding popular novels centered on legendary axe-wielding warrior and martial arts hero, Wiro Sableng. The word is local acclaimed director Angga Dwimas Sasongko has been tapped to direct the film whose local talent has Tito's son, actor Vino G. Bastian starring in the title role along with actress Marsha Timothy and Sherina Munaf, and with none other than Yayan Ruhian of Merantau and Raid fame directing the action sequences. Sheila Timothy is providing the screenplay with Tumpal Tampubolon and Seno Gumira Ajidarma, and is also producing...

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