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Keshet International has sold Prisoners Of War, the Israeli format upon which Showtime’s Homeland is based, to Televisa in Mexico. The deal will see a Spanish-language version of the show broadcast in Mexico (Televisa) and Colombia. while Univision also will hold rights for the U.S. Hispanic market to air the show on its sister channel, Unimas. A big order for 70 episodes based on Prisoners Of War (original title: Hatufim) Seasons 1 and 2 will be produced and adapted by Productions Rti Colombia. This adds to Keshet format sales of Prisoners Of War in such markets as South Korea, Russia, Turkey and the States. The finished show also has sold to more than 20 territories. Prisoners Of War was created, written and directed by Gideon Raff. The original show follows two soldiers as they attempt to re-adjust to their lives after returning home from 17 years of captivity. In addition to their personal struggles, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Prisoners of War (Hatufim), 2009 to 2012.
Three Israeli soldiers one of whom is in a coffin are part of a prisoner exchange 17 years after being captured in Lebanon.
The opening takes place in a hotel where notes are being exchanged from one room to another. It turns out the negotiation involves the release of prisoners of war which includes Israeli Defence Force reservists Nimrod Klein and Uri Zach as well as a coffin containing Amiel Ben Horin.
Although the captivity and torture may be over, Nimrod and Uri are returning to a homeland that feels like an alien environment. The two soldiers are interviewed by a military psychiatrist who senses that they are not telling the whole story of their ordeal and that one or »
- Trevor Hogg
In reviews, podcasts and tweets, it has become common in recent years for me to lament the influx of British and Australian actors masquerading as Americans, all perpetrating the same flat, generic accents as if Americans all come from the same state, which is no state at all, but rather some nether-region dialect coaches call Mid-Atlantic or something. I take semi-feigned umbrage at this infiltration and I am, indeed, a bit irked that a good 75 percent of the Brits and Aussies are trapped by exhaustively studied, but ultimately affectless accent work that leads them to give robotic performances they'd never tolerate from themselves in their native tongues. Yes, I get my hackles up, but I know it isn't actually important. The rise in work for Aussie and British actors is largely linked to the expanding TV universe, and even if this most recent upfronts season saw an encouraging uptick in »
- Daniel Fienberg
Film Movement Picks Up ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ For U.S. Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to A Thousand Times Good Night, the Erik Poppe-directed drama that stars Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Film Movement will give the movie a theatrical release in the third quarter of the year, followed by home video and digital. The story follows a top war photographer who is struggling to reconcile her job with her family life. Maria Doyle Kennedy, newcomer Lauryn Canny and Larry Mullen Jr also star. The movie was released in Norway in October and has sold more than 100,000 tickets. Global Screen, which is handling worldwide sales, also just inked deals in Canada (Northwest Pictures), Japan (Kadokawa), Australia (Regency), Denmark (Smile), Turkey (Yeni Bir Film), ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery), Bulgaria (Multivision) and Latin America (HBO). South Korea Taking ‘Prisoners Of War’ South Korea will be the first Asian territory »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
4 items from 2014
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