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Cinephil takes world on Idfa title 'Snow Monkey'

10 November 2015 3:21 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary from Australian war artist George Gittoes centres on street kids in Afghanistan.

Tel Aviv-based sales company Cinephil has acquired the worldwide right to George GittoesSnow Monkey ahead of its international premiere in competition at Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) (Nov 18-29).

The film is a portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where art activist Gittoes recruited gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local, Pashto-style films - vibrant, colorful and infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis.

Gittoes will return to Idfa, which runs Nov 18-29, having previously screened Miscreants of Taliwood, shot in Peshawar with Taliban-besieged filmmakers, some of which have helped create Snow Monkey.

Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky negotiated the deal with producers Gittoes and Lizzette Atkins of Unicorn Films.

Executive producers are Norway’s Torstein Grude and Bjarte Mørner Tveit for Piraya Film.

Kowarsky said the film “offers an unprecedented understanding of the lives of the people of Jalalabad »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Francofonia review – eerie look at the Louvre's vulnerable freight

4 September 2015 4:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bold and confident film from Aleksandr Sokurov roams the corridors of the Paris museum to reflect on its history from the Renaissance to the present

With this sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing film, Aleksandr Sokurov has had another night at the museum reverie, a cine-prose poem or animated installation tableau, weaving newsreel footage with eerie floating images above the streets of contemporary Paris – presumably filmed with a drone – and dramatised fantasy scenes.

Thirteen years after Russian Ark, that renowned single-take movie journey through the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Sokurov has now alighted on the Louvre in Paris. Francofonia has all sorts of wayward digressions and perambulations around the idea of French and European culture, and the role of the museum in conserving art and promoting the idea of what it means to be human. I suspect, incidentally, that it was Russian Ark back in 2002 that planted a seed for other film-makers’ thoughts on museums, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Haugesund: TrustNordisk Lights Up For Chilly Drama ‘Pyromaniac’ (Exclusive)

18 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway– Scandinavia’s biggest sales company TrustNordisk has come on board to represent Erik Skjoldbjærgs’ anticipated chilly drama “Pyromaniac” (“Pyromanen”) in international markets.

Penned by critically-acclaimed screenwriter Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, who wrote Wim Wenders’ “Every Thing Will Be Fine,” “Pyromaniac” is based on a true story depicted in Gaute Heivoll’s best-selling novel “Before I Burn.”

Unfolding in Finsland, a rural town of Southern Norway in the summer 1978, the film tells the gripping story of a troubled 19-year old man who was working as a fireman and became overwhelmed with an urge to destroy. The teenager started setting properties on fire over the course of one month, causing tremendous damage before getting arrested.

Johannessen said the film, which just started shooting, “is told from the arsonist’s perspective and isn’t a psychological or moralist drama.” “We’re seeing this young man who is both dark and vulnerable fall »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Iff Panama: Celebrating the Work of Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz

9 April 2015 3:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama ­– Iff Panama is celebrating the work of the highly acclaimed Brazilian director and visual artist Karim Aïnouz with a retrospective of his work. The focus sees the screenings of all five of his features: “Praia do Futuro,”  “The Silver Cliff” (“O Abismo Prateado”), “I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You” (“Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque te Amo”), “Love For Sale” (“O Céu de Suely”) and “Madame Satã.”

At the Panama Festival, Aïnouz will also introduce a restored print of “The Color of Pomegranates,” Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 biography of 18th century Armenian poet and musician Sayat Nova.

A first time visitor to Iff Panama, Aïnouz is no stranger to film festivals having used them as a very effective shop window to premier and display his work, and also to enjoy and embrace the work of other filmmakers as a member of festival juries.

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- Christopher Pickard

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Alien doc The Visit scores sales

4 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Madsen documentary sells to Italy and Poland, with further deals close.

The Visit - An Alien Encounter by Michael Madsen - director of documentary Into Eternity: A Film for the Future and an episode of Cathedrals Of Culture - is to recevie its market premiere at Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) (Feb 5-13) following its Sundance screenings.

New sales by Autlook have been secured in Italy (iWonder) and Poland (Against Gravity)prior to the Berlinale, following a deal in the UK (Metrodome), as revealed by ScreenDaily.

Autlook confirmed that negotiations are underway with German and reach buyers. The Us sales rep is Cinetic.

The Visit, shot in 4K, is billed as a hybrid form of documentary “about an an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space”.

In Berlin, docs specialist Autlook is presenting two films in 3D.

One is head banging music documentary Wacken - The Movie »

- (Geoffrey Macnab)

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