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'The Silence Of Others' takes top Sheffield Doc/Fest prize

'The Silence Of Others' takes top Sheffield Doc/Fest prize
The film takes in the struggle of Spanish citizens under Franco’s dictatorship.

The 25th edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest presented its winners on June 12, with The Silence Of Others by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar taking the Grand Jury award.

The film takes in the struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, and their continued search for justice today. It was executive produced by Pedro Almodóvar and his brother Agustín.

Full list of winners below

Screen’s review described it as ‘a moving salute to the small victories of determined individuals’.

Supported by Screen International and sister publication Broadcast,
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Jane Fonda to Receive the 2018 Lumière Prize

Jane Fonda to Receive the 2018 Lumière Prize
Jane Fonda will receive this year’s Lumière Award at the 10th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France.

Describing the Oscar-winning actress, festival director Thierry Fremaux said Fonda is “a feminist, activist, and she remains a star.”

The festival said it was honoring Fonda for an “acting career that has led her from Sidney Pollack to Arthur Penn, from René Clément to Roger Vadim; for her willingness to embody fierce independence from a young age …” It also stressed the actress’ work as “a committed, life-long activist, ahead of her time as a vanguard of ideals,” calling her a “symbol of struggles for freedom, anti-racism and peace” as well as “an international star, an icon spanning several decades of audiences.”

“I am honored to be invited to the Lumière Festival in Lyon,” Fonda said, adding that she was “over the moon” upon hearing the news that she would receive the award.

As part of its tribute,
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Sheffield Doc/Fest Kicks Off With ‘The Insufferable Groo’ & Maya Rudolph-Produced ‘Shirkers’

The Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the largest non-fiction festivals in the world, kicked off this weekend with around 200 films as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. The festival is launching the world premiere of films such as Jack Black-associated The Insufferable Groo, the European premiere of Neon-acquired Three Identical Strangers and UK premieres of Pedro Almodóvar-exec produced The Silence of Others and Maya Rudolph-produced Shirkers. The event, which runs June 7 to…
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John Cameron Mitchell Vowed Never to Work With Harvey Weinstein After Seeing Him Scream at Another Filmmaker

John Cameron Mitchell Vowed Never to Work With Harvey Weinstein After Seeing Him Scream at Another Filmmaker
John Cameron Mitchell occupies a unique place in show business. Described as a “glamrock multi-hyphenate,” he is as charismatic a stage performer as he is a visionary filmmaker. From “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to “Shortbus” to “Rabbit Hole,” his films rarely fit into one succinct genre or tagline, but always reflect his unique point of view. His latest film, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” is a teen romance between a punk and an alien set in 1970s Britain. Based on the short story by Neil Gaiman and featuring an eye-popping ensemble clad in matching latex bodysuits, Mitchell called it “The midnight movie that I grew up with, the one that I wanted to see.”

Never one to compromise, Mitchell often wrestles with the creative dilemma of working in a medium that requires so much outside financial support to come to fruition. ““I’m a money launderer, that’s how I see myself,
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Horror Highlights: The Axiom Trailer, Release Details for Orion Classics’ The Domestics, Billy Boy Comic Books

The trailer for The Axiom is here (after being shown alongside the poster at Cannes Film Festival) and headlines today's Horror Highlights. Also in today's Highlights: the recently relaunched Orion Classics announced a release date for The Domestics and we have news on a Kickstarter campaign for Billy Boy comics.

Watch The Axiom Trailer: Press Release: "May 28, 2018: Genre sales specialists Devilworks has revealed the new trailer and poster for The Axiom, which was launched at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

The shingle is repping world rights on the supernatural thriller, which stars The Hobbit’s William Kircher as well as Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, and Nicole Dambro.

At the risk of her friend’s safety, a young woman travels into a National forest, in search for her missing sister. Once in the wilderness, they discover they have entered a multi-dimensional world full of monsters.

The film was written and directed by Nicholas Woods.
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Orion Classics relaunches as specialty distribution platform

Orion Classics relaunches as specialty distribution platform
Label originally launched in 1983; titles included Pedro Almodóvar’s Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown.

MGM-owned Orion Pictures has revived Orion Classics 35 years after its launch, reconfiguring it as a platform for multi-platform and specialised releases that will also use what the company said would be “innovative alternative distribution strategies worldwide.”

The company plans to release eight to 10 films a year across genres starting with Mike P. Nelson’s thriller The Domestics (pictured) starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin in the Us theatrically on June 28 and on VOD and digital a day later.

Orion Classics was formed
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Orion Classics Re-Launching With Kate Bosworth-Tyler Hoechlin’s ‘Domestics’

Orion Classics is relaunching with the thriller “The Domestics” on June 28 in theaters, followed by a video on demand release the next day.

MGM made the announcement Monday, saying the MGM label will focus on multiplatform and specialized releases as well as acquisitions utilizing “emerging and innovative” alternative distribution strategies worldwide. The label will release between eight and 10 films per year across genres.

Mike P. Nelson directed “The Domestics,” starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin. The story, written by Nelson, is set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by murderous gangs divided into deadly factions as Bosworth and Hoechlin’s characters race desperately across the lawless countryside in search of safety. The film’s world premiere is set for opening night at the Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago on June 21.

The Domestics” also stars Lance Reddick, Sonoya Mizuno, Dana Gourrier, Thomas Francis Murphy, and David Dastmalchian. The movie was produced by
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Jaime Rosales Brings Greek Tragedy To Modern Cinema In Directors’ Fortnight Thriller ‘Petra’ – Cannes Studio

An early hit with festivalgoers who prefer to look outside the Official Selection, Jaime Rosales's Directors’ Fortnight entry Petra proved the Spanish director to be a fluid and unpredictable talent. Arguably most famous—or perhaps infamous—for the almost entirely dialogue-free 2008 Basque terrorist drama Bullet in the Head, Rosales this time presents a very subtle mystery-thriller. Sharing DNA with the work of his compatriot Pedro Almodóvar—not least because it features…
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Benedict Cumberbatch Spy Thriller ‘Ironbark’ Sells Out International Rights (Exclusive)

Benedict Cumberbatch Spy Thriller ‘Ironbark’ Sells Out International Rights (Exclusive)
FilmNation Entertainment has sold out foreign rights on “Ironbark,” the upcoming Cold War dramatic spy thriller with Benedict Cumberbatch that was one of the hottest projects entering the market around the Cannes Film Festival.

Among the territories, Lionsgate has grabbed U.K. rights, Roadshow picked up New Zealand and Australia, Telepool scored German rights, Sun Distribution has Spain and Latin America, and Joyncinema has South Korea and Thailand.

The film is based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), a British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War. The information he gathered helped bring about the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Other territory sales include Snd (France), Eagle (Italy), Elevation (Canada), Vertical (All Ee), Belga Films (Benelux), Sam Films (Iceland), Lev Cinemas (Israel), Italia (Middle East), Spentzos (Greece), Nos Lusomundo (Portugal), Ascot Elite (Switzerland), Scanbox (Scandinavia), Sundream (Hong Kong), PVR (India
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Accion Mutante

A gonzo post-apocalyptic black comedy from the take-no-prisoners Spanish director and comic book artist, Álex de la Iglesia. Set in an undetermined future, the movie pits “the beautiful people” against a fed up lumpenproletariat. De la Iglesia serves up his usual mix of outré violence and looney tunes comedy, an approach that recalls the modus operandi of the movie’s bad boy producer, Pedro Almodóvar.
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Live from Cannes: 2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel – Meet the Jury!

Celebrating our seventh year, for the 71st edition of Cannes, we decided to switch things up for our Cannes Critics’ Panel. First, we expanded our panel to include more of an international critic presence. We also focused on gender parity with almost a divided split between male and female critics. We introduce all twenty folks below with several new names/faces – fitting since this year’s horse race for the Palme d’Or includes several first time comp filmmakers with only Nuri Bilge Ceylan (among the 21 competitors) returning as a former Palme d’Or winner.

In 2011, Pedro Almodóvar was our inaugural…
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Portrait of a lady and a city by Anne-Katrin Titze

Blue Night director ‪Fabien Constant‬ on working with star Sarah Jessica Parker, her producing partners Alison Benson, Andrea Iervolino, Lady Monika Bacardi, and screenwriter Laura Eason: "I loved being the only guy on-board." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At Cafe Cluny in the West Village Fabien Constant, director of the meticulously dashing portrait of Carine Roitfeld in Mademoiselle C, is back in New York this time for the Tribeca Film Festival world première of his début feature film Blue Night starring another style icon Sarah Jessica Parker. Shot beautifully by Javier Aguirresarobe and with a supporting cast including Simon Baker, Jacqueline Bisset, Common, Renée Zellweger, Taylor Kinney, Gus Birney, and Waleed Zuaiter, Blue Night attaches us for 24 hours to the life of a woman who has just learned the news that she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

On Sarah Jessica Parker as Vivienne in Blue Night: "For me it's
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Newport Beach Film Festival Offers Wealth of Premieres, Retrospectives and Seminars

Nbff kicks off opening night with Sundance hit “American Animals.” The British-American true crime drama, written and directed by Bart Layton, starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson, will be followed by a gala reception at the Fashion Island shopping mall.

The fest will end its eight-day run with the West Coast premiere of “All Square,” director John Hyams’ dramedy about a small-time bookie (Michael Kelly) who comes up with a scheme to take bets on Little League games.

Following the screening, the fest, in partnership with Schiefer ChopShop and Via Lido Plaza, will host the closing-night celebration. The outdoor event will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka, Oban Whiskey and Guinness, with culinary tastings from top local restaurants.

In between those bookends, Nbff will host the U.S. premieres of the Italian feature “Wife and Husband,” the Chinese film “End of Summer,” the Japanese award-winning film “3 Ft.
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SXSW Exclusive Interview – Director Sebastian Gutierrez and stars Carla Gugino and Abbey Lee discuss Elizabeth Harvest

Rafael Motamayor chats with writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez, and stars Carla Gugino and Abbey Lee on folktales, directing your partner, fainting in the theater and more…

Where did you get the idea for Elizabeth Harvest?

Sebastian Gutierrez: Well, the film is based on the tale of Bluebeard, which is a French folktale. It is not very well known in the U.S., here they go “is that like the pirate?” but in Europe and Latin-America it is very well known, I new it as Barba Azul. It was always in the back of my mind as a very scary thing, you know. It is kind of like The Shining, with the person you love going crazy and trying to kill you, and that really resonates with me [his partner, Carla, laughs]. I always thought about that character and I was always interested in how it was portrayed sort of a likeable monster, with the
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FilmNation to launch Cannes sales on Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain And Glory' (exclusive)

FilmNation to launch Cannes sales on Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain And Glory' (exclusive)
The partners have collaborated on Julieta, The Skin I Live In, and I’m So Excited!

FilmNation announced on Thursday (April 19) it will launch sales in Cannes on Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain And Glory (Dolor y Gloria) starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.

Production is scheduled to begin in July as FilmNation continues its relationship with Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar’s production company El Deseo.

The partners have collaborated on Julieta, The Skin I Live In, and I’m So Excited!

Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In) and Penelope Cruz, who was part of the ensemble that earned the
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Elle Driver boards Cédric Kahn's Deneuve, Bercot starrer 'Happy Birthday' (exclusive)

Elle Driver boards Cédric Kahn's Deneuve, Bercot starrer 'Happy Birthday' (exclusive)
Paris-based sales company to launch sales on family comedy-drama produced by Sylvie Pialat at Cannes.

Paris-based Elle Driver has boarded world sales on French director Cédric Kahn’s upcoming family comedy-drama Happy Birthday, reuniting Catherine Deneuve and Emmanuelle Bercot for the third time on a feature film production.

Deneuve co-stars as Andréa, a wealthy matriarch celebrating her birthday in her luxury villa in the South of France, surrounded by her close family, opposite Bercot as her estranged daughter Claire, who turns up out of the blue midway through the party after a three-year absence.

As well as directing, Kahn will
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Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz to star in new Pedro Almodóvar film 'Dolor Y Gloria'

Project will start shooting in July, produced by Almodóvar’s company El Deseo.

Pedro Almodóvar is working on his new film, Dolor Y Gloria (which translates as ’Pain And Glory’). Shooting will start in July and two of his favourite actors will be in the cast: Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.

Dolor Y Gloria is about “a film director in the twilight of his career” and his reflections on life and work, said Almodovar via a statement from hs Madrid-based production company El Deseo, which he runs with brother Agustin. “First loves, second loves, his mother, mortality, an actor who
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Penelope Cruz And Antonio Banderas Reunite In New Film From Pedro Almodóvar

Acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has announced plans for his 21st feature film, and unsurprisingly, he’s bringing some frequent collaborators along for the ride.

According to new reports, Almodóvar is set to begin production on his next film, titled “Dolor Y Gloria” (or “Pain and Glory”), in July. The filmmaker has brought on actors Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz to star in the film, which is about a series of meetings, which are described by Almodóvar as “some physical and others remembered after decades, by a film director in his decline.”

Read More: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’ Starring Penelope Cruz And Javier Bardem To Open Cannes Film Festival

“Dolor Y Gloria” will also star Asier Etxeandía and Julieta Serrano.
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Pedro Almodóvar Announces 21st Film: ‘Dolor y Gloria’ to Star Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas

Pedro Almodóvar Announces 21st Film: ‘Dolor y Gloria’ to Star Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas
Pedro Almodóvar is getting the band back together. The Spanish filmmaker will reunite with two of his biggest former stars, Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, for his next feature, “Dolor y Gloria.” The movie is Almodóvar’s first since 2016’s “Julieta” and marks his 21st feature overall. Unlike many of Almodóvar’s most famous works, “Dolor y Gloria” will center around a male protagonist.

The film stars Banderas as a movie director looking back on his iconic career. According to Almodóvar (via Variety), the movie recounts “a series of meetings, some physical, others remembered decades later, of a film director now in his twilight years.” Some of the people the director encounters are his first loves, his mother, and actors with whom he worked with from the 1960s through the 1980s.

The plot details confirmed for “Dolor y Gloria” make it seem like Almodóvar will be making his own version
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Pedro Almodóvar Reunites with Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas for Next Film ‘Dolor y Gloria’

Penélope Cruz is gearing up for a return to Cannes with Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, and it looks like she’ll be back again next year. After his return to form Julieta, Pedro Almodóvar, is embarking on his next feature film this summer and he’s found his two stars in long-time collaborators Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

Titled Dolor y Gloria (aka Pain and Glory), his 21st film follows “a series of meetings, some physical, others remembered decades later, of a film director now in his twilight years.” Set to star Banderas and Asier Etxeandía in the leading role, Cruz and Julieta Serrano are also part of the production.

In what sounds like his take on Fellini’s seminal classic 8 1/2, Almodovar will explore “creation, both cinematographic and theatrical, and the difficulty of separating creation from one’s own life.” As reported by Variety, it will also explore “the first loves,
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