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'The Cuban Way' music doc acquired by The Works International

Exclusive: Footage from the Cuban music-dance doc will be screened at the Efm in Berlin.

The Works International has acquired worldwide rights to Cuban music and dance documentary The Cuban Way.

Brand new footage from the film will be screened to buyers at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin.

The feature-length project, the directorial debut of Glaswegian filmmaker Eirene Houston, explores the evolution of the Cuban people through their passion for dancing.

The film explores the roots of Cuba’s famous son and salsa dancing, and how traditional dance has been challenged by ‘Reggaeton’.

Houston previously wrote the screenplay for Day Of The Flowers, a comedy drama starring Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Houston worked with writer and director Hugo Rivalta, and cinematographer and documentary maker Roberto Chile on The Cuban Way.

She is also producing, alongside Mick Southworth and Martin McCabe.

Eirene Houston said: “The
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Feature Film Company Relaunches as Production, Finance Company

London — Mick Southworth and Martin McCabe have relaunched the Feature Film Company, which was formerly a distributor in the U.K., as a production, finance and consultancy company.

Omeira Partners, the company’s funding partner, is providing a minimum £10 million ($16.7 million) of production investment in the first year. The Feature Film Company will initially produce up to four low to medium budget, commercially oriented genre movies a year for theatrical release in the U.K. and international sales worldwide.

It is kick-starting its production slate with a movie adaptation of James Bannon’s best-seller “Running with the Firm.” The tome is Bannon’s memoir about his time as an undercover cop in the 1980s, which saw him infiltrate some of English soccer’s toughest hooligan gangs.

Published in August 2013, the book became a Sunday Times best-seller within a week, followed by an Amazon top 10 best-seller and has subsequently been published in worldwide territories including Australia,
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Feature Film Company relaunches

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Former UK distribution firm Feature Film Company has been re-launched as an independent production, finance and consultancy company with an adaptation of football hooligan bestseller Running With the Firm.

Led by Mick Southworth and Martin McCabe, Feature Film Company has announced the start of pre-production for James Bannon’s memoir about his time as an undercover cop in the 1980s, which saw him infiltrate some of English football’s most brutal hooligan gangs.

A joint venture with its new UK funding partner Omeira - which is providing a minimum £10m of production investment in the first year – the Feature Film Company will initially produce up to four low to medium budget, commercially-oriented ‘genre’ movies a year for theatrical release in the UK and international sales worldwide.

Running With The Firm gets close to some of the more notorious figures from football’s most infamous gangs, revealing details of secret police operations that were meant to bring them down
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire still burns brightly above Gravity

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is poised to enter the top 10 biggest sellers of 2013, with The Hobbit: The Desolation posing its greatest end-of-year threat

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The winner

Following its sensational debut the previous weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had no problem hanging on to the top spot, with a gross (£5.53m) more than triple its nearest rival, Gravity, with £1.74m. The drop for Catching Fire – down 46% – will be considered respectable, given the huge anticipation for the film, which saw fans rush to see it on opening weekend. The original Hunger Games fell only 33% in its second frame, but declining revenue curves for sequels are invariably steeper. Last November, the final Twilight dropped 66% in its second session.

After 11 days, Catching Fire has reached an impressive £21.7m in the UK, which is only two million behind the lifetime tally for The Hunger Games
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Leviathan, Saving Mr Banks, Carrie: this week's new films

Leviathan | Saving Mr Banks | Carrie | Jeune & Jolie | Marius, Fanny | Saving Santa | The Best Man Holiday | Free Birds | Day Of The Flowers | Life's A Breeze

Leviathan (12A)

(Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, 2012, Fra/UK/Us) 87 mins

An arthouse fishing-trawler documentary sounds like a practical joke, but this takes us to places we've never before – into the ocean depths and back out on to the decks with the catch. It's a series of dark, semi-abstract tableaux full of flapping fish, clanking machinery and tattooed fishermen doing wet, gory work. It's easy to forget this is real life you're watching.

Saving Mr Banks (PG)

(John Lee Hancock, 2013, Us) Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson. 125 mins

How Walt Disney came to make Mary Poppins was hardly a pressing movie mystery, and one suspects a spoonful of drama has been added, but the leads are eminently watchable.

Carrie (15)

(Kimberly Peirce, 2013, Us) Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore. 100 mins

Brian De Palma
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Day of the Flowers Review

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It’s fair to say that the mixing of Scottish and Cuban cultures is not one particularly well covered in film. Therefore, and despite the mediocrity and melodrama that taints this John Roberts production, Day of the Flowers is a unique and original piece of filmmaking, delving into themes and a clashing of cultures that we’ve yet to see on the big screen before.

When sisters – and complete polar opposites – Rosa (Eva Birthistle) and Ailie (Charity Wakefield) steal their fathers ashes from their widowed step-mother, they set off on a trip to Cuba, to scatter them on the annual celebration, ‘The Day of the Flowers’ – in a place where their parents had experienced many fond memories supporting the revolution. Though Rosa is an activist, always looking for change in what she perceives to be a superficial world – her fashionista sister epitomises everything she’s against. Upon arrival in Cuba,
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Film Review: 'Day of the Flowers'

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★★★☆☆John Roberts' Day of the Flowers (2013), starring Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta, benefits from its central conceit - the clash of Scottish and Cuban culture. It's an original idea, cleverly executed. As different as chalk and cheese, sisters Rosa (Eva Birthistle) and Ailie (Charity Wakefield) rarely see each other. Rosa's an activist who's always tramping the streets of Glasgow for good causes and trying to change the world. Her little sister is more interested in clothes and make-up. They're thrown together at their father's funeral where they learn that their step mum (Phyllis Logan) intends to turn their father's ashes into a golf ornament.
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Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Catching Fire, Computer Chess: this week's new films

Blue Is The Warmest Colour | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Computer Chess : Parkland | The Family | Breakfast With Johnny Wilkinson | Flu | ¡Vivan Las Antipodas! | Vendetta

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (18)

(Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013, Fra/Bel/Sp) Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Laheurte. 180 mins

Beyond making viewers feel lecherous, this Cannes winner's already notorious sexual frankness is just one element in an intense, sensual study of a young woman learning about love, life and, yes, sex. It's storytelling at its finest: simple but detailed, and at times unbearably emotional.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (12A)

(Francis Lawrence, 2013, Us) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson. 146 mins

The only post-Twilight teen franchise left standing brings media manipulation and simmering revolution to its next round of youth combat.

Computer Chess (15)

(Andrew Bujalski, 2013, Us) Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry. 91 mins

The cruddy video quality and geeky insularity of the early computing era are fondly rebooted in this delightful retro farce.
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Exclusive: UK Quad Poster for Day of the Flowers

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BAFTA-winning director John Roberts (Paulie, Say Good-bye) returns behind the camera for his first feature in over a decade with Day of the Flowers, a comedy-drama telling the tale of two strong-willed Scottish sisters.

The film is heading into cinemas at the end of the month on our shores, and we’ve got the new UK quad poster to exclusively share with you before it touches down.

Two young, strong-willed Scottish sisters, one a left-wing activist, the other a born-to-shop fashionista, take their late father’s ashes to Cuba, the site of many intriguing family legends. Arriving in Havana, the two women promptly lose the ashes and go through a series of misadventures – both romantic and dangerous – to try to retrieve them, making some surprising discoveries along the way about the family ties that hold them together. Drenched in sunlight and with a fabulous Cuban soundtrack, Day Of The Flowers
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Imagina road trips with Robert Duvall

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Imagina road trips with Robert Duvall
A Night In Old Mexico is directed by Emilio Aragon.

Imagina International Sales has boarded Emilio Aragón’s English-language A Night in Old Mexico. Imagina will handle Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Robert Duvall stars in the road movie about a grandfather (Duvall) and his estranged grandson who set off on an adventurious road trip.

The cast also features Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Joaquín Cosío and Luis Tosar, among others.

Imagina’s Afm slate also includes Wounded, Who Killed Bambi?, The Cosmonaut, Love’s Not What It Used To Be, I Am Dating You Not, Barefoot In The Kitchen and Day Of The Flowers.
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Spain Reaches Out for Amigos to Partner in Film Production

Spain Reaches Out for Amigos to Partner in Film Production
The Spaniards are coming.

They have little choice. The number of big pics going into production is plunging, so top Spanish movie companies are reaching out abroad for sizable, sell-able movies to co-produce and sell.

For foreign companies, the trend opens up a slew of possibilities, such as Spanish production co-finance and sales agents’ minimum guarantees.

The outreach will allow more foreign companies to tap into a major lure: Selling to one of the world’s fastest-growing big movie markets, Latin America.

“Ten years ago, Latin America was dead and Western Europe very strong. Now it’s pretty well the other way round,” said Geraldine Gonard, at Imagina Intl. Sales.

There have been a flurry of recent Spanish outreach deals. On Friday, Barcelona-based Film Factory announced it had taken international rights to “Relatos salvajes,” a six-part omnibus helmed by one of Argentina’s most talked-about crossover talents, Daniel Szifron (“The Pretender,
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Day Of The Flowers premiere and Q&A

People spilled out of the door at Edinburgh's Cameo Cinema last night both in the ticketed and the stand-by queue, as they waited for the world premiere screening of John Roberts' romantic comedy drama Day Of The Flowers.

The film, which tells the story of two chalk and cheese Glasgwegian sisters, left-wing reactionary Rosa (Eva Birthistle) and fashion victim Ailie (Charity Wakefield). After hearing of their dad's death, Rosa decides to kidnap his ashes and whisky him to Cuba in a bid to reunite him with their mum, who passed away on the island many years before. Ailie may not be completely onboard with the ashes plan but the prospect of a holiday in the sun is too good to miss and before long they are on a dysfunctional road trip that will force them to confront their relationship and that of their parents.

Although the plot becomes rather too convoluted for.
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