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Big World Pictures Acquires U.S. Rights to Julia Murat’s ‘Pendular’ (Exclusive)

Big World Pictures Acquires U.S. Rights to Julia Murat’s ‘Pendular’ (Exclusive)
New York-based Big World Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Julia Murat’s “Pendular,” the Fipresci Best Film prizewinner at the 2017 Berlinale’s Panorama.

A chronicle of a dancer and sculptor’s attempt to negotiate boundaries and balance between art and love, preserving a sense of creative freedoms, “Pendular” was sold to Big World Pictures by Paris sales agent Still Walking.

Produced by Murat and Bubble’s Project Tatiana Leite, it also marks the second feature from a buzzed-up Brazilian women director whose caught attention with her 2011 debut, “Found Memories.” “Pendular” has played at the Lincoln Center/MoMA’s New Directors/New Films in New York and will screen at November’s Los Angeles AFI Fest, among others. It will also now play U.S. festivals, building up to an early 2018 theatrical release, Big World Pictures announced Thursday.

Written by Murat and Matías Mariani, her real-life partner, “Pendular” kicks off with a young couple taping an
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2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More

2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More
The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has today announces their complete lineup for the 46th annual New Directors/New Films (Nd/Nf), running March 15 – 26. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 29 features and nine short films. This year’s lineup boasts nine North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five continents.

The opening, centerpiece, and closing night selections showcase three exciting new voices in American independent cinema that all recently debuted at Sundance: Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” is the opening night pick, while Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” is the centerpiece selection and Dustin Guy Defa will close the festival with “Person to Person.” Other standouts include “Menashe,” “My Happy Family,” “Quest” and “The Wound.”

Read More: The Sundance Rebel:
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Still Moving broadens slate into Arab cinema

Exclusive: French sales and production company fills out slate with upcoming films by the Alayan brothers and new Egyptian title.

Paris-based sales and production company Still Moving has boarded two upcoming Arabic-language pictures, Palestinian film-makers Muayad and Rami Alayan’s The Reports On Sarah And Saleem and Egyptian director Omar El Zohairy’s Feathers Of A Father.

The Reports On Sarah And Saleem is the second feature by the Alayan brothers, former Berlinale Talents who premiered their first film Love, Theft And Other Entanglements at the festival in 2015.

It revolves around a dangerous love affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman.

Feathers Of A Father is the debut feature of El Zohairy, following a series of award-winning shorts – includingThe Aftermath Of The Inauguration Of The Public Toilet At Kilometer 375.

The director also worked as an assistant director to Ahmad Abdalla on Rags & Tatters and Tamer El Said on In The Last Days Of The City
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Pierre Menahem-Juliette Lepoutre enter sales arena for Efm

Pierre Menahem-Juliette Lepoutre enter sales arena for Efm
Exclusive: Still Moving picks up ‘The Black Frost’ and ‘In The Last Days Of City’.

French sales and co-production company Still Moving has acquired world sales rights to Maximiliano Schonfeld’s The Black Frost [pictured] and Tamer El Said’s In The Last Days Of The City ahead of their premieres at the Berlinale (Feb 11-21).

The two titles are the first world sales acquisitions for the Paris-based company launched by industry veterans Pierre Menahem and Juliette Lepoutre at the last Berlinale with an initial focus on international co-productions

“We spent the first year focussing on co-productions and now we’re expanding into world sales which was always the way we planned it,” said Menahem.

The Black Frost, set to premiere in Panorama, is Argentine film-maker Schonfeld’s second film after his 2012 feature debut Germania in which a family is forced to leave their poultry farm after its birds are infected with a deadly plague-like disease.

His new film
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St. Louis International Film Festival Selects Nominees For Awfj Eda Awards

The St. Louis International Film Festival has announced the films nominated for the Awfj Eda Awards.

Awfj will partner once again with Sliff to recognize the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary. The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 5-15, 2015. Check out the full lineup here.

Here’s a glimpse of the films that have been selected:

Narratives

Fidelio: Alice’S Odyssey – Lucie Borleteau (France)

A rare woman in the man’s world of seafaring, 30-year-old Alice signs on as a replacement engineer on the freighter Fidélio. Although she loves her job and does it well, Alice remains a woman even when wearing greasy blue overalls, and there’s some doubt that the all-male crew will remain totally insensitive to her charms. The situation has further complications: Alice has a fiancé back on shore, but when she discovers that the Fidélio is captained by Gaël,
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Menahem and Lepoutre launch Still Moving

Menahem and Lepoutre launch Still Moving
Exclusive: First titles include Radu Jude’s next film Scarred Hearts.

Film industry veterans Pierre Menahem and Juliette Lepoutre have launched a new Paris-based co-production focused company called Still Moving.

“The aim is to first develop international co-productions, and eventually set up an international sales and distribution department, with a first slate of acquisitions to be announced in the coming months,” explains Menahem.

The pair, who previously collaborated at production and sales outfit Mpm Film in Paris alongside Marie-Pierre Macia, is in Berlin with two features which are currently in pre-production.

They comprise Romanian Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts, which will be the director’s next production after Aferim!, which premieres in competition at the Berlinale this year.

Jude’s long-time producer Ada Solomon of Bucharest-based Hi Film is lead producing the feature.

Set against the backdrop of a Black Sea sanatorium in 1937, the film is inspired by the tragic Jewish Romanian writer Max Blecher, who is sometimes
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Seeking Asian Female, Sister Win Eda Awards At 2012 St. Louis International Film Festival

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After 11 days of glorious and galvanizing cinema-going, the 21st Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) concluded on Sunday evening. At the closing ceremony the International Alliance of Women Film Journalists (Awfj) presented awards to four women filmmakers. Awfj President Jennifer Merin and myself were on hand to announce our winners – chosen by a panel of Awfj members.

Ursula Meier.s Sister received the Eda for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature, while Debbie Lum.s Seeking Asian Female took the Eda for Best Female-Directed Documentary. The narrative feature Found Memories, directed by Julia Marat, and the documentary The World Before Her, directed by Nisha Pahuja, received Special Mentions from their respective juries.

Sliff Executive Director Cliff Froehlich said, .Dating back to the silent era, women have been vital contributors to film art, but they have long been underrepresented and underappreciated in the industry. Thankfully, that situation is changing, and
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Sliff Day Seven – The Olivia Experiment, Headshot, and More

Day seven of the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival already?!? There are still four days and hundreds of great films to go!

Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.

http://cinemastlouis.org/sliff-2012

Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Wednesday, November 14th

Booker’S Place

Booker’S Place plays at 7:15pm at the Tivoli Theatre

Booker Wright was an African-American restaurant owner who also served double-duty as a waiter in a whites-only restaurant in Mississippi in the 1960s. He became an unlikely activist for the civil-rights movement when he appeared on a 1965 network TV
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Sliff 2012 Day Five – Klown, Hipsters, Breathing, and More

Day five of the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival promises a smorgasbord of great films and there are still 6 days to go!

Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.

http://cinemastlouis.org/sliff-2012

Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Monday, November 12th



Doc Shorts – Longevity plays at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre

A quintet of shorts exploring issues of aging and persistence.

Free To Attendees 50 And Older

Bo (Kelly McCoy & Dave Schwep, U.S., 2012, 22 min.): When attorney and Playboy photographer Bo Hitchcock is diagnosed with cancer, he decides to forgo chemo and Western
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Colombia Leads the Latin American Contingent in Cannes

Colombia had three films in the various sections of Cannes this year. And the Colombian producers, Diana Bustamente ♀ and Jorge Forero of Burning Blue, produced two of them along with Thierry Lenouvel’s Cine-Sud. Burning Blue was created by Diana Bustamante, producer of The Wind Journeys (Cannes 2009), and Crab Trap (Berlin 2010), with her friend and artist colleague Jorge Forero. This company is focused on new directors and particulary on the new and artistic proposals which work with the imagen in all its possibilities.

La Sirga

The first and foremost film is the first feature film from Colombian director William Vega, La Sirga, which played in this year's Cannes' Directors Fortnight and was nominated for the Camera d’Or Award, Fipresci Prize. It also won the Cinema in Construction Award & Cine + Award at the Toulouse Film Festival. "Evocative! William Vega’s first feature is the latest in an impressive string of Colombian arthouse films", says Lee Marshall of Screen Daily. It was just picked up for North America by Film Movement. It is their 4th Colombian film.

Film Movement is one of the most successful experiments in alternative modes of distribution which has successfully survived since Larry Meistrich launched it in 2003. He has moved on and it's now run by a great team headed by Adley Gartenstein. Its DVD of the month club for critically acclaimed movies -- both American indies and foreign films -- is the first of its kind. The company also provides films that are screened theatrically at locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities. Recently they have also partnered with YouTube and Hulu to provide online movies, and have received extensive praise from film critics such as Roger Ebert. It will have its New York theatrical opening late 2012, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere.

Film Movement acquired it from one of my favorite international sales agents, Pierre Menahem, now of Mpm (Movie Partners in Motion, founded by Marie-Pierre Macia and Juliette Lepoutre) but formerly (when I met him) at Celluloid Dreams. Pierre Menahem says, "We are thrilled to work again with Film Movement on another beautifully directed first feature film from Latin America. After the 20-times-awarded Found Memories (aka Historias) by Julia Murat, we are very excited to team up again with one of the best arthouse films distributors in North America for such an amazing film...Director William Vega is definitely a talent to watch and we are proud to start his international career with sales in the U.S., to Zootrope for France, Ama for Greece and Cineplex in Colombia right after its Cannes launch a week ago.” There is also strong interest in the U.K., Japan, Scandinavia, Benelux and Switzerland.

La Playa

The second film is La Playa by Juan Andrés Arango, his film debut as well. This Brazil-Colombia-France coproduction premiered at Cannes Ff Un Certain Regard. It was picked up for international sales prior to Cannes by Doc & Film. France's Jour2Fete will distribute La Playa in France.

Rodri

And the third Colombian film is in the Short Film Corner, Rodri by director Franco Lolli, depicting a family dealing with unemployment, will appear in the Short Film Corner. The film was inspired by its two main actors, the director's mother and uncle. Lolli will turn toward directing his first full-length film after the festival.

Colombia also had 10 production companies participating in the Producers Network, an important adjunct to the Cannes Marche.
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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see.
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Previewing San Francisco 2012

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The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (site), opening tomorrow and running through May 3, "will seem comfortingly the same" to many in the Bay Area, writes G Allen Johnson in the Chronicle:

[A] lavish opening-night film and party, a rocking closing-night film and, in the two weeks between, 172 more films from 45 countries and tributes to distinguished celebrities... But behind the scenes, it's been the most challenging year in the festival's history. Two executive directors of the San Francisco Film Society have died — Graham Leggat, who lost a battle to cancer in August at 51; and his replacement, independent film maestro Bingham Ray, who had two strokes and died at 57 while attending the Sundance Film Festival in January. He had been on the job only 10 weeks.

"It sounds like a line, but it's actually true that for me personally it was a relief that I had something I could throw myself into that
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Toronto Deals: Film Movement Acquires Brazilian Film 'Historias'

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Updated 2:25 p.m. Film Movement has acquired “Historias,” a drama from Brazilian filmmaker Julia Murat, the company announced Monday. The Portuguese-language relationship drama is set in a small village that time seems to have passed by. Murat’s debut feature received a standing ovation after its screening in Toronto. It has a theatrical opening in the second quarter of 2012 with a limited national roll-out to follow. It also has a day-and-date video on demand premiere. Film Movement’s president, Adley Gartenstein, and VP of acquisitions and distribution, Rebeca Conget, negotiated the deal with Pierre Menahem and
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