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'Umrika' to close Oldenburg fest

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Light-hearted drama won Sundance audience award.

The Oldenburg Film Festival (Sept 16-20) is to close with Umrika, an Indian drama from writer-director Prashant Nair’s that stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.

The film, first seen at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the audience award, is set in the mid-1980s and centres on a small village in India that is invigorated when one of their own travels to America and details his adventures through letters home.

But when the letters mysteriously stop, his younger brother Rama ( Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of his best friend Lalu (Revolori), Rama retraces his brother’s steps and charts a path of his own.

The Hindi-language film will be jointly released in German cinemas on Nov 19 by Ascot Elite and CaminoFilmverleih.

Highlights at this year’s Oldenburg Film Festival include the world
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'Minions' Takes Down 'Jurassic World' with $115M Box Office Win

'Minions' Takes Down 'Jurassic World' with $115M Box Office Win
Last weekend at the box office, it looked like Jurassic World had secured the top spot for the fourth weekend in a row, with a narrow victory over the animated hit Inside Out. When the actual figures were tallied, the results were flip-flopped, with Inside Out barely beating Jurassic World. This weekend, the race wasn't close at all, with Universal's Minions easily taking the top spot, earning a whopping $115.2 million.

While the critics' reception was mixed on Minions, with a 54% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, that didn't stop audiences from coming out in droves for this animated spinoff of the Despicable Me franchise, which provides an origin story for these delightful yellow characters. The comedy pulled in an impressive $26,784 per-screen average from 4,301 theaters, and its $115.2 million opening weekend is the second highest opening weekend ever for an animated movie, behind 2007's Shrek the Third ($121.6 million). Minions may be the last
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Edinburgh unveils 2015 line-up

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Edinburgh unveils 2015 line-up
Ewan McGregor, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Hong Kong director Johnnie To among the guests set to attend the festival.Scroll down for competition titles

The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.

Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach BoysBrian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.

Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.

Star power

This year’s Eiff will present
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The Orchard picks Montenegro

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The Orchard picks Montenegro
The distributor has acquired all Us and Canadian rights to Meet Me In Montenegro and has earmarked a 2015 theatrical release.

Alex Holdridge directed and stars in the recent Toronto premiere about an La-based filmmaker Anderson and a Norwegian dancer who reunite years after their whirlwind romance was cut short.

Linnea Saasen also stars and there is support from Rupert Friend and Jennifer Ulrich.

The Orchard brokered the deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
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'Montenegro' team plan Berlin TV series

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'Montenegro' team plan Berlin TV series
Exclusive: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.

The project, loosely titled Hour Zero, will be set in the American sector of Berlin. Saasen said: “It’s set at a time when everything is broken and in flux…It’s an interesting moment in time, it’s a city with no rules.”

The series will examine the origins of the CIA and Kgb.

Holdridge, whose previous credits include In Search of a Midnight Kiss, said that “the story will be about crazy characters, based on real people in Berlin at that time…it is such a ragtag way that the CIA was formed.”

He added: “It’s a city that’s alive because it has experienced so much death. 75% of Berlin has been levelled during the war.”

The project is envisioned as an ongoing series and the
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Meet Me In Montenegro team plan Berlin TV series

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Meet Me In Montenegro team plan Berlin TV series
Exclusive: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.

The project, loosely titled Hour Zero, will be set in the American sector of Berlin. Saasen says: “It’s set at a time when everything is broken and in flux…It’s an interesting moment in time, it’s a city with no rules.”

The series will examine the origins of the CIA and Kgb.

Holdridge, whose previous credits include In Search of a Midnight Kiss, adds that “the story will be about crazy characters, based on real people in Berlin at that time…it is such a ragtag way that the CIA was formed.” He added: “It’s a city that’s alive because it has experienced so much death. 75% of Berlin has been levelled during the war.”

The project is envisioned as an ongoing series and the
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Toronto unveils Cwc, City To City

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Toronto unveils Cwc, City To City
Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (Cwc) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.

Cwc features latest work by Jessica Hausner, Rolf de Heer, Christian Zübert and Ryuichi Hiroki, among others.

For the third year, Tiff (Sept 4-14) has partnered with the University of Toronto’s Munk School Of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series, pairing five films in selection with expert scholars.

The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the Tiff Adult Learning department.

Contemporary World Cinema

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

Aire Libre (Argentina), Anahí Berneri IP

Amour Fou (Austria-Luxembourg-Germany), Jessica Hausner Nap

Behavior (Conducta) (Cuba), Ernesto Daranas Cp

Bird People (France), Pascale Ferran Nap

Black Souls (Anime Nere) (Italy), Francesco Munzi IP

Breathe (Respire) (France), Mélanie Laurent Nap

Charlie’s Country (Australia), Rolf de Heer Nap

*John Stackhouse
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions List: An Intro

Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list.
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Recap: 2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions

Over the long weekend, plenty of folks got the news that they’ve had their feature, doc or short films accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. This Wednesday, the festival begins making their line-up official while keeping the short film announcements for the following week. The previous week we’ve made some prognostications as to what should be included in the 2013 edition. Here’s an easy to click recap of some of those predictions. We’ve added those who’ve been mentioned in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, the fortunate ones who’ve had their work run inside the Sundance Labs, those who are working from a Blacklist named screenplay, those who are basing their feature on a short film that was accepted into the festival in a previous edition and finally those who’ve had funding via Kickstarter. * denotes feature directorial debut while ++ denotes that person
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2013 Sundance Film Festival: Alex Holdridge’s Meet Me In Montenegro

The timing might be just right for John Cassavetes Award for The Best Independent Film of 2009 winner Alex Holdridge to break into Sundance. I imagine he tried with his previous three features, Wrong Numbers (2001), Sexless (2003), and the SXSW selected In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008), but his latest, Meet Me In Montenegro appears to be a better fit. Teamed with his dp Robert Murphy, this was filmed in Berlin, Los Angeles and the titular Montenegro and stars Rupert Friend and Deborah Ann Woll (pictured above on set).

Gist: Linnea Saasen’s screenplay sees a failed European dancer who has a chance meeting in Berlin and starts an affair despite the fact that they are moving to opposite ends of the earth. Rupert Friend plays the writer’s best friend who is in a fading relationship and toys with the idea of taking his girlfriend – played by Jennifer Ulrich (The Wave) – to a sex club.
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