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‘Elle,’ ‘The Dancer,’ ‘Frantz,’ ‘Staying Vertical’ Vie for Lumiere Awards

16 December 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” Stéphanie di Giusto
’s “The Dancer,” François Ozon’s “Frantz” and Alain Guiraudie’s “Staying Vertical” are leading nominations at the 22nd edition of the Lumiere Awards, France’s equivalent to the Golden Globes.

Voted on by Paris-based members of the foreign press, the Lumiere Awards are often considered a milestone in France’s awards season which ends with the Cesar Awards in February.

Besides “Elle” and “Staying Vertical” which premiered at Cannes in competition, other best film contenders include Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis Xiv,” Léa Fehner’s “Les ogres,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama” and Stéphane Brizé’s “Une vie.”

Houda Benyamina’s Directors’ Fortnight player “Divines” is vying for best feature debut and its two lead actresses Oulaya Amamra and Déborah Lukumuena are nominated for best female newcomer.

Gaspard Ulliel is nominated for his performance in Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only »

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Rome: 'More public money needed for distribution', say execs

24 October 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Experts on Mia/Europa Distribution panel also discussed the importance of territoriality in European deals and need for diversification to mitigate risk.

With the European film business proving ever risky, diversification can be key to mitigating risk, experts said at the Rome Mia Market panel organized with Europa Distribution entitled “Everything you always wanted to know about distribution but were afraid to ask.”

Andrea Occhipinti, president of Italy’s Lucky Red, said: “What we find healthy is to diversify in all directions, we do a little bit of everything.”

Lucky Red started as an arthouse distributor, eventually also moving into more commercial films, while also working in exhibition, increasingly in production, and now partnering on sales company True Colours.

“It’s an advantage if you have a foot in exhibition. I think also it’s very important to produce more and more, because to acquire good films is very difficult [and very competitive],”  Occhipinti added.

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- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Rome: 'More public money for distribution, sales, exhibition needed', say execs

24 October 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Experts on Mia/Europa Distribution panel also discussed the importance of territoriality in European deals and need for diversification to mitigate risk.

With the European film business proving ever risky, diversification can be key to mitigating risk, experts said at the Rome Mia Market panel organized with Europa Distribution entitled “Everything you always wanted to know about distribution but were afraid to ask.”

Andrea Occhipinti, president of Italy’s Lucky Red, said: “What we find healthy is to diversify in all directions, we do a little bit of everything.”

Lucky Red started as an arthouse distributor, eventually also moving into more commercial films, while also working in exhibition, increasingly in production, and now partnering on sales company True Colours.

“It’s an advantage if you have a foot in exhibition. I think also it’s very important to produce more and more, because to acquire good films is very difficult [and very competitive],”  Occhipinti added.

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- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Karlovy Vary: Future Frames Program Gives Young Talent Helping Hand

9 July 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary — European Film Promotion’s Future Frames program for young talent provided an intense three-day experience for 10 up-and-coming filmmakers during the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The program, which took place July 3-5, helps introduce emerging film professionals to the media and the film industry and presents their work to festival auds.

Belgian helmer Felix van Groeningen, whose anarchic drama “Belgica” unspooled in Karlovy Vary’s Horizon section, served as a mentor for the young filmmakers.

Czech filmmaker Ondrej Hudecek took part in the inaugural Future Frames last year and credits the program for boosting the prospects of his short, “Peacock,” a twisted gay romance set in 19th-century Bohemia.

Hudecek said he was very lucky to be able to have the world premiere of ‘Peacock’ at Karlovy Vary as part of the Future Frames section. “It was the first edition of this program so naturally it got a lot of attention, »

- Ed Meza

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Future Frames Showcases Young Talent at Karlovy Vary

1 July 2016 7:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

European Film Promotion’s second annual Future Frames again showcases 10 up-and-coming filmmakers as part of the two-day event at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

In addition to screening the directors’ latest short films, Future Frames will also include a number of networking and educational events.

Future Frames spotlights promising young European directing talent and by presenting 10 film students and graduates from throughout Europe to the international industry during three days of events and screenings.

Future Frames was created by Efp president Martin Schweighofer and Karlovy Vary Film Festival artistic director Karel Och. The organizations had previously partnered on the fest’s Ten to Watch series. “We all — the festival and the Efp members — felt it was time to try something new,” said Schweighofer. “We discussed many angles and options, and were finally unanimously enthusiastic about the idea to create a project that would focus on the next generation of European filmmakers. »

- Ed Meza

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Oscar‐Nominated Director Felix van Groeningen to Serve as Future Frames Mentor

7 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Belgian director Felix van Groeningen is to serve as a mentor to the young filmmakers taking part in European Film Promotion’s Future Frames program at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Van Groeningen was Oscar‐nominated for “The Broken Circle Breakdown” in 2014, and won best director at the Sundance Film Festival this year for “Belgica,” which played in Sundance’s World Cinema — Dramatic section. “Belgica” will also screen at Karlovy Vary.

Van Groeningen will deliver a masterclass as part of Future Frames’ intensive program, which runs June 3-5. Future Frames will introduce the 10 emerging filmmakers to the media and the film industry at Karlovy Vary, and present their work to the festival audience. A full list of Future Frames participants can be found here.

Future Frames is supported by European Union’s Creative Europe program and Efp’s member organizations, which are Afc Austrian Films, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Flanders Image, »

- Leo Barraclough

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New to Streaming: ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Krampus,’ ‘Belgica,’ ‘Jane Got a Gun,’ and More

15 April 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Belgica (Felix van Groeningen)

Writer/director Felix van Groeningen based Belgica’s script on his father’s experiences running a nightclub in Ghent. How closely the story hews to the real events is anyone’s guess, though the boilerplate “though inspired by true events, all persons depicted are fictitious” title card which opens the film suggests that it might hit too close to home for more than a few real-life people. »

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Dardennes-produced 'Behind The Clouds' gets German distribution

8 April 2016 3:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cecilia Verheyden’s debut feature has been a hit in Belgium.

Pandora Film Verleih has picked up Cecelia Verheyden’s direcotiral debut Behind The Clouds (Achter De Wolken) for theatrical release in Germany this autumn.

The film, which follows two former lovers who reunite after 50 years, has already recorded 115,000 admissions in Belgium. Veteran Belgian actors Chris Lomme and Jo De Meyere star, alongside emerging talent Charlotte De Bruyne.

The romantic drama was produced by Peter Bouckaert for Belgian outfit Eyeworks, and is co-produced by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Les Films du Fleuve and Scio Productions.

Pandora has also provided German distribution for other Belgian hits such as Felix Van Groeningen’s Belgica and Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Bjorn Hoffman, head of film purchases at Pandora Film Verleih, said: “It’s very precisely directed, highly emotional and has a subtle humor, that makes it a real crowd-pleaser for an arthouse audience.” »

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'Broken Circle Breakdown' star Veerle Baetens to direct 'The Melting'

8 April 2016 3:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Award-winning Belgian star to make directorial debut on novel adaptation.

Veerle Baetens, voted European actress of the Year in 2013 for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown, is to make her directorial debut with the big-screen adaptation of Lize Spit’s debut novel The Melting (Het smelt).

The revenge drama reunites Baetens with producer Dirk Impens of Ghent-based Menuet, the company behind Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown and Code 37, which both starred the Belgian actress.

Menuet also recently produced Belgica, Café Derby, Coppers and In Flanders Fields. The Dutch co-producer is Topkapi Films. Baetens is to script the feature but it is yet to be decided whether she will act in it. 

Baetens is also known for films including The White Queen and Berlinale entry News From Planet Mars, and has appeared in TV series The Team and the upcoming Beyond the Walls (Au-delà des murs) and Tabula Rasa, which she co-wrote »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Why Soulwax are writing music for imaginary bands

31 March 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

David and Stephen Dewaele’s new album, the soundtrack to Sundance hit film Belgica, features 16 songs but none of the artists featured actually exist. They’re just the latest in a long tradition of fictional musicians on screen

The soundtrack to Felix van Groeningen’s film Belgica, a Sundance hit, is a hugely entertaining compilation of songs by unfamiliar artists, ranging from synth-pop to psychobilly, hardcore punk to Turkish acid house. What makes it particularly impressive is that none of the artists featured exist. They are all the imaginings of David and Stephen Dewaele, the Belgian brothers who lead the band Soulwax.

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- Dorian Lynskey

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Review: Belgica Surprises, Except When It Doesn't

16 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen managed to make major waves internationally in the art-house circuit with his films The Misfortunates and especially The Broken Circle Breakdown, so I was quite happy when one of the surprise films of the International Film Festival Rotterdam turned out to be Felix' new film Belgica. In that same week, Felix won Sundance's best director award in that festival's World Cinema Dramatic section. In Belgica, we follow Frank and Jo, two Flemish brothers who are on the path of starting a legendary bar-dancing together. Frank is a brutish but good-natured guy who has been on many strange (and unsuccessful) financial adventures already, to the exasperation of his wife. Yet he doesn't hesitate a moment when he spots an opportunity to...

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Istanbul Film Festival reveals 2016 lineup

16 March 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Turkish festival announces films, guests and industry lineups amid challenging security climate.

The Istanbul Film Festival has announced the lineup of its 35th edition, which will take place from April 7-17.

This year the festival, Kerem Ayan’s first as director, will host 221 feature films from 62 countries, as well as panel discussions, concerts and industry pitching session Meetings on the Bridge.

Films participating in the festival’s International Golden Tulip competition include Brady Corbet’s The Childhood Of A Leader (pictured) and recent Berlin favourite United States Of Love.

Actresses Suzan Avci, Perran Kutman and Jeyan Ayral Tozum, director Ulku Erakalin, and producer Seref Gur will receive the festival’s Cinema Honorary Awards, while Belgica director Felix van Groeningen, recent Oscar nominee Ciro Guerra and Golden Bear winner Gianfranco Rosi will also make appearances.

Additionally, the festival will feature new music and ‘Hidden Gems’ sections as well as tributes to director Otto Preminger and American avant garde cinema »

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Netflix Takes Sundance Director Winner ‘Belgica’ for Global (Exclusive)

17 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Svod giant Netflix closed at Berlin on global rights to Felix van Groeningen’s “Belgica,” in negotiations begun at the 2016 Sundance Festival, where the movie won best director, World Cinema Dramatic section.

Netflix has acquired global exclusive Svod rights, excluding Benelux, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, France and former-Yugoslavia, to Van Goeoningen’s fifth feature, sold by The Match Factory, and follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Boasting that same mix of character-driven family drama and music as “Breakdown,” the latter from Belgian band Soulwax, “Belgica” stars Tom Vermeir and Stef Aerts as two ill-matched brothers who launch the hottest nightclub in town – until success is engulfed by excess. Vet Dirk Impens produces for Menuet, in co-production with Netherlanda Topkapi and France’s Pyramide Productions. .

Made on an accessible arthouse movie – and potential more mainstream crowdpleaser in its native Belgian – the Netflix deal looks typical of Netflix »

- John Hopewell

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Topkapi boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'

14 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Dutch outfit signs up for Iffr Tiger Award-winner’s follow-up to Radio Dreams.

Prolific Dutch production outfit Topkapi is on board the latest feature from Iffr Tiger Award winner Babak Jalali.

Last month, the Iranian-born Jalali won the Tiger award for his film Radio Dreams. Now, he is working on Land, which is being sold by Bac Films.

Billed as a “modern western”, the new film deals with alcoholism within a native-American community. It is produced by Asmara Films and is being put together as an Italian-French-Mexican-Dutch coproduction and will shoot in Mexico. Topkapi is the Dutch partner.

Topkapi was also a minority coproduction partner on Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, screening in competition at Berlin. The company also co-produced All Of A Sudden, selected for Berlin Panorama Special. This is the third feature from Turkish director Asil Ozge. September Films is abroad as Dutch distributor. Memento is handling sales.

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Felix Van Groeningen readies Fellini-esque drama

12 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ensor will see the Oscar-nominated director return to Europe, while his Sundance film Belgica has had its poster banned.

Belgica director Felix van Groeningen is working on a new feature that centres on the chaotic collaboration between a theatre company and a circus troupe.

The film, based on a play by the filmmaker’s regular co-writer Arne Sierens, is titled Ensor and is billed as a Fellini-esque drama.

The Belgian filmmaker will again work with producer Dirk Impens, who worked with Van Groeningen on Sundance title Belgica and Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.

It will also see him return to Europe after his first Us project, Beautiful Boy, which he is making for New Regency and Plan B.

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Belgica, about two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene, is being sold at Efm by The Match Factory.

A row has »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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No holds barred by Amber Wilkinson

5 February 2016 4:51 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Van Groeningen: "What inspired me was, why do people go out? What is attractive about nightlife? What sensations do you have, how does music play with people? How does it get people extremely excited and make people want to jump and scream?" Felix van Groeningen's Belgica was one of the Day One films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it competed in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. It recounts the story of two brothers, Jo (Stef Aerts) and Frank (Tom Vermeir) who take on shared ownership of the titular bar. Their success with customers brings with it personal problems, as Frank begins to enjoy the hedonistic lifestyle a bit too much, causing tensions with his wife Isabelle (Charlotte Vandermeersch), while Jo's relationship with his girlfriend Marieke (Helene De Vos) also hits the rocks.

Music played a key part in Van Groenigen's previous film, the Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown, »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Rotterdam director questions role of microbudget talent schemes

1 February 2016 9:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Not all projects should be made or released just because they go through film labs, says Bero Beyer.

The new artistic director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), Bero Beyer, has questioned the role of talent schemes across the industry, saying there is a need to curate “gems” among a glut of “mediocre” features.

Speaking on the second day of CineMart, Iffr’s long-established co-production market, Beyer said: “It seems as if the R&D department of the film industry has moved to funds and festivals, in particular to specialised talent development programs that have grown into alternate financing models for feature films.”

Beyer, previously an independent producer on films such as Paradise Now and Atlantic., said having the weight of a major festival behind a project provided an advantage to features from young filmmakers and was not typical of the indie film process.

“Several schemes have been initiated to create a space for artistic freedom,” he said »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sundance 2016: Screen's coverage round-up

1 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

All the news, reviews and interviews coming out of Park City.News

The Birth of a Nation

What were the buzz titles of 2016?

‘The Birth Of A Nation’, ‘Sonita’ rule Sundance awards

Sundance buyers wait to see if numbers add up

Six major deals signed in Park City

Fox Searchlight in record $17.5m deal for ‘Birth Of A Nation’

The Orchard snaps up ‘Wilderpeople’

Sundance unveils shorts winners

‘Indignation’, ‘Equity’ find Us homes

Amazon strikes $10m deal for ‘Manchester By The Sea’

Sundance director lambasts Chilean film support

Partners unite on ‘Under The Shadow

Spc takes world on Frank Zappa doc

Mongrel International boards ‘Little Men

Brainstorm Media sparks to ‘Resilience’

Buyers circle hot ‘Manchester’

Robert Redford addresses diversity

Curzon Artificial Eye acquires Whit Stillman’s ‘Love & Friendship’

Embrace Of The Serpent’ wins Sloan prize

Netflix acquires ‘Audrie & Daisy’

Magnolia takes ‘Lo And Behold’

Paramount Home Media in talks for ‘The Intervention’

Sundance Channel acquires five festival »

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Sundance: what were the buzz titles of 2016?

31 January 2016 12:37 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance Film Festival marks a fresh start to the film calendar. Just as awards season is winding down, new artistic agendas are kicking off all over Park City.

Sundance is a festival unsullied by headline-sucking studio ‘out-of-competition’ launches, making it purely about the programming line-up, split neatly between docs and dramatic, world and Us, premieres and competitive. In that sense, there was one big winner: Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Us Dramatic section and also walked away with the Audience Award and a record-breaking $17.5m deal from Fox Searchlight.

Netflix had actually offered more for the confrontational, provocative, agenda-changing film which will be pushed for next year’s awards to put a halt to Oscars-being-so-white. In fact, Netflix and Amazon were active throughout Sundance, chasing down quality, prestige English-language projects as opposed to bulk-buying. (This isn’t cable programming; this is taste-making. If a film »

- finn.halligan@screendaily.com (Fionnuala Halligan)

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners revealed

31 January 2016 3:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners 2016 – The Birth Of A Nation

Well, Sundance has finally drawn to a close for another year and last night, the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners were announced in Park City, Utah.

We’ve listed the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners below, including an official synopsis supplied by the organisers, but the clear winner and toast of the festival this year was Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, the film that was picked up for a record-breaking $17.5 million earlier on this week. ‘Birth Of A Nation’ scored The U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

Elsewhere, Asif Kapadia presented the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary to Sonita, a film about an 18-year-old who discovers that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. The film also picked up Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The Audience Award: U.S. »

- Paul Heath

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