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Kino Lorber Nabs North American Rights to Cannes Jury Prize Winner ‘Bacurau’ (Exclusive)

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Kino Lorber Nabs North American Rights to Cannes Jury Prize Winner ‘Bacurau’ (Exclusive)
Kino Lorber has scooped North American rights to the Cannes Film Festival’s jury prize winner “Bacurau,” a Brazilian western thriller directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles.

Mendonca Filho’s follow up to “Aquarius,” another Cannes competition title, “Bacurau” is set in the near future, in a small imaginary Brazilian village that becomes a target of armed, sinister Americans after the town’s 94-year-old matriarch passes away. A fierce, bloody confrontation takes place when the townspeople band together to protect their community from these white outsiders who have come all the way to hunt them for sport.

The political allegory stars Sônia Braga, the Brazilian actress who also toplined “Aquarius,” as well as Udo Kier and Bárbara Colen.

“‘Bacurau’ has been endowed with such a heady mix of political commentary, science fiction, humanism and Western genre tropes that audiences are sure to be seduced,” said Kino Lorber senior vice president Wendy Lidell.
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American Buyers Are Anxious as Cannes Presents a Confused Film Industry

At Cannes, weather often provides a handy metaphor to assess the state of the market. Two years ago, downpours were an easy visual aid for the gloomy prognosis; this time, the occasional rains never lasted long, but ominous clouds loomed and an eerie chill swept through the air.

That felt about right. Netflix may not have a big presence at the festival after it made a business decision not to attend last year, but streaming platforms became the regular subject of late-night dinner table conversations, with the specter of Disney+, Apple TV+, and many others around the corner.

“The fact is everything is going to change so quickly that in a couple of years we will face a completely different situation in terms of distribution and marketing the films,” said Alberto Barberi, the artistic director of the Venice International Film Festival, from his temporary Cannes office. “It’s very curious.
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2019 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8 – Ira Sachs’ Frankie

The French have a fondness for Americana from the likes of Clint Eastwood, James Gray, Sean Baker and Ira Sachs who for this seventh feature film and first trip to Cannes comfortably moved to his first international shoot (we exclude 2007’s Married Life which was shot in Vancouver). A mainstay at Sundance and Berlin, his films have always been supported by major international film festivals so it’s no wonder that producers Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt joined the formerly titled A Family Vacation, Frankie for a France/Portugal/Belgium/Us co-production and nice brochette of international stars with Isabelle Huppert as Frankie, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Jérémie Renier, Brendan Gleeson and Pascal Greggory.…
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Berlin Golden Bear Winner ‘Synonyms’ Headed To U.S. In Kino Lorber Deal

Berlin Golden Bear Winner ‘Synonyms’ Headed To U.S. In Kino Lorber Deal
For a second year in a row, Kino Lorber has inked a deal for Berlin’s Golden Bear winner. The indie distributor said Thursday it has acquired North American rights to Synonyms, Nadav Lapid’s drama that won Berlin’s top prize after it world premiered there in February. The pic will now get a U.S. theatrical release in the fall before hitting VOD and digital.

Synonyms is loosely based on Lapid’s own experience and stars Tom Mercier as Yoav, a young Israeli expat and ex-soldier who refuses to speak Hebrew and goes to Paris with nothing but his French-Hebrew dictionary and a backpack that eventually gets stolen. He develops a relationship with Emile and Caroline, a young bourgeois couple living below him, who aid him on his search for rebirth and a new identity. Lapid co-wrote the script with Haim Lapid.

Producers are Sbs ProductionsSaïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt.
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Kino Lorber acquires Berlin Golden Bear winner 'Synonyms' (exclusive)

Kino Lorber acquires Berlin Golden Bear winner 'Synonyms' (exclusive)
Company distributed Nadav Lapid’s previous films, Policeman and The Kindergarten Teacher.

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to this year’s Berlin Golden Bear winner Synonyms by Nadav Lapid and will distribute theatrically and on VOD in the winter.

Tom Mercier stars as a young former Israeli soldier who moves to France in a bid to start a new life and put his military life behind him. Refusing to speak Hebrew and armed only with a French-Hebrew dictionary, he befriends a young bourgeois couple in his search for redemption.

Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade served as co-producer on Synonyms,
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Kino Lorber acquires Berlin Golden Bear winner 'Synonyms' (exclusive)

Kino Lorber acquires Berlin Golden Bear winner 'Synonyms' (exclusive)
Company distributed Nadav Lapid’s previous films, Policeman and The Kindergarten Teacher.

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to this year’s Berlin Golden Bear winner Synonyms by Nadav Lapid and will distribute theatrically and on VOD in the winter.

Tom Mercier stars as a young former Israeli soldier who moves to France in a bid to start a new life and put his military life behind him. Refusing to speak Hebrew and armed only with a French-Hebrew dictionary, he befriends a young bourgeois couple in his search for redemption.

Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade served as co-producer on Synonyms,
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Ira Sachs’ ‘Frankie’ Ahead of Cannes

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Sony Pictures Classics announced Tuesday that it has acquired the rights to the film “Frankie” in North America and numerous international territories. The film will premiere in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Ira Sachs directed the project, and co-wrote “Frankie” with Mauricio Zacharias. Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson star.

“Frankie” follows a three-generational family get together in the idyllic town of Sintra, Portugal — before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life.

The film is produced by Saïd Ben Saïd of Sbs Productions and Michel Merkt, co-produced by Luís Urbano, Diana Elbaum and Anne Berger and executive produced by Kateryna Merkt, Kevin Chneiweiss and Lucas Joaquin.

“The experience and sensibilities of the team at Spc makes it a wonderful match for ‘Frankie.’ I am so pleased their passion for this film means it has now the ability to be
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Spc swoops on multiple territories for Cannes selection 'Frankie'

Spc swoops on multiple territories for Cannes selection 'Frankie'
Third collaboration between distributor and Ira Sachs, and producer Saïd Ben Saïd.

Sony Pictures Classics announced today has acquired all rights to Ira Sachs’ Cannes Competition selection Frankie in North America, Eastern Europe (including Cis), Scandinavia, the Middle East, South Africa, Spain, India and worldwide airlines.

Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, and Brendan Gleeson star in the story about three generations of a European family that come together in Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation with the family matriarch.

Over the course of one October day, emotions run high as the fairy tale setting intensifies everybody’s romantic impulses,
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Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Ira Sachs’ Isabelle Huppert-Starring ‘Frankie’ in First Festival Deal

Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Ira Sachs’ Isabelle Huppert-Starring ‘Frankie’ in First Festival Deal
Two weeks before the event’s official kickoff, the first big deal of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is already on the books. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Ira Sachs’ “Frankie” in advance of the film’s world premiere. The film marks the lauded indie filmmaker’s first appearance on the Croisette, and the family drama will premiere in Competition at the May festival.

Per the film’s official synopsis, it follows “three generations of a European family [who] come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy tale setting brings about everyone’s most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.” The film stars Isabelle Huppert in a role already earning awards buzz,
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Cannes Deals Begin: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Croisette-Bound Ira Sachs-Helmed ‘Frankie’

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Exclusive: The Cannes Film Festival is a couple weeks out, but Sony Pictures Classics has gotten on the board with a splashy deal. Spc is acquiring Frankie before the Ira Sachs-directed film makes its world premiere in competition on the Croisette. The deal is for North America, Eastern Europe (including Cis), Scandinavia, the Middle East, South Africa, Spain, India and worldwide airlines.

Frankie stars Isabelle Huppert, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Brendan Gleeson, Jérémie Renier, Andre Wilms, Vinette Robinson, Ariyon Bakare, and Pascal Greggory.

Three generations of a European family come together in the fabled town of Sintra, Portugal, for one last vacation before the family matriarch faces the next, and last, chapter of her life. Over the course of one crisp October day, the fairy-tale setting brings about everyone’s most romantic impulses, revealing both cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.

Sachs wrote the film with Mauricio Zacharias.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #21. Ira Sachs’ Frankie

Frankie

Ira Sachs‘ first production outside North America managed to lasso the likes of Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and Brendan Gleeson for an October shoot in Portugal. Frankie, his seventh feature film, replaces generic titles of Switzerland and A Family Vacation, and could tonally resemble some of his previous dramas starting way back in 1996’s The Delta, 2005’s Forty Shades of Blue, 2012’s Keep the Lights On or 2014’s Love Is Strange. Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt produce.

Gist: Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, this is about three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.…
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Paul Verhoeven's nun drama 'Benedetta' delayed until 2020

Delay gives director time to recuperate from hip surgery.

Pathé Films has confirmed reports that post-production on Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming nun drama Benedetta has been put on hold to give the director time to recuperate from hip surgery.

“Paul is a director hands-on in the editing room and he also supervises all the VFX of the film. That’s why the producers have decided to postpone the release of the film, to 2020, to give Mr. Verhoeven the time to finish the film serenely and in good health,” said Benoit Sauvage, head of international marketing and publicity at Pathé International.
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First Look at Isabelle Huppert in Ira Sachs’ ‘Frankie’

Far and away one of our most-anticipated films of next year is the latest drama from Ira Sachs, whose wonderfully gentle, humane Little Men and Love is Strange were among the best films of their respective years. For his next film, he’s teaming with a titan of international cinema, Isabelle Huppert. Once titled A Family Vacation but now going by Frankie, the first poster has now been unveiled.

Also starring Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier, Ariyon Bakare, and André Wilms, it marks the director’s first time working outside the United States as production just wrapped in Portugal. Backed by Saïd Ben Saïd, it follows “three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal.”

“I am working with some of my favorite actors in the world to tell this delicate story of a family in crisis,
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Ira Sachs Drama ‘A Family Vacation’ Starring Isabelle Huppert Gets New Title, Release Date

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Ira Sachs Drama ‘A Family Vacation’ Starring Isabelle Huppert Gets New Title, Release Date
French producer Saïd Ben Saïd unveiled a new title, poster and release date via Twitter for Ira Sachs’ next movie starring Isabelle Huppert. Previously titled A Family Vacation, Sach’s upcoming pic now goes by the name of Frankie. The pic is set to open in France September 25.

The family drama, written by Sachs and his longtime co-writer Mauricio Zacharias, is about three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

Saïd released the Paul Verhoeven-directed Elle which also starred Huppert, earning her a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination. He is also producing Verhoeven’s upcoming Benedetta.

Frankie also stars Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier, André Wilms, Brendan Gleeson, and Ariyon Bakare. The film marks Sachs’ first time working outside the U.
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Brendan Gleeson, Ariyon Bakare Join ‘A Family Vacation’

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Mr. Mercedes star Brendan Gleeson and Ariyon Bakare have come aboard Ira Sachs’s drama A Family Vacation, joining Isabelle Huppert, Greg Kinnear, and Marisa Tomei. Co-written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, the plot follows three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

Production is underway in Portugal with Saïd Ben Saïd producing along with Michel Merkt via their Paris-based Sbs Productions. Lucas Joaquin is the executive producer.

Gleeson, repped by Principal Entertainment La, can be seen in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, out next month on Netflix. Bakare, who co-stars in two upcoming Amazon limited series, Carnival Row and Good Omens, is with Gersh, Curtis Brown, and GoodManagement.
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First image of Paul Verhoeven's newly titled nun drama 'Benedetta'

Project was previously titled Blessed Virgin.

France’s Pathé Films and Sbs Productions have revealed a first image of Virginie Efira in the starring role of a controversial 17th Century Italian nun in Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming feature Benedetta.

The film, which was originally announced in 2017 with the title of Blessed Virgin, explores the rise and fall of the colourful figure of Benedetta Carlini, an abbess in 17th Century Tuscany.

Carlini rose through the ecclesiastical ranks on the back of her claims that she was seeing visions and had also developed the stigmata – wounds corresponding to those of Jesus Christ
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Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More

Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More
As Harvey Weinstein faces accusations from more than 100 women and a rape trial that could send him to prison for 25 years, directors, writers, and producers jockey for position: Who will be the first to prepare adaptations of his demise? He sparked an episode of “Law & Order: Svu” that aired earlier this year, but that only scratches the surface.

Of course, news headlines spur plenty of quickly announced films that never get made. Revolution Studios touted “Fan Interference” the week Steve Bartman’s foul ball catch kept the Cubs from the 2003 World Series, while Spike Lee pledged to direct a James Brown biopic for Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment just one day after the soul legend’s death in 2006. However, a couple of these Weinstein undertakings are very much in the works, with one only months away.

Here, we assess the prospective Weinstein-inspired projects to date, from most to least likely.
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Brian De Palma Details Harvey Weinstein-Inspired Horror Film

Brian De Palma Details Harvey Weinstein-Inspired Horror Film
Director Brian De Palma is prepping a new horror movie, Predator, inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Deadline reports.

De Palma recently teased the project during a press tour in France for his new book, Are Snakes Necessary? He described the project as "a horror film, with a sexual aggressor," adding it would take place "within the context of sexual harassment in Hollywood." Predator is expected to shoot in Toronto, with the Toronto Film Festival reportedly serving as the backdrop for the action and intrigue.

Following De Palma's comments, producer
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Brian De Palma’s Weinstein-Inspired Horror Pic Gets A Title & ‘Elle’s Producers

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Brian De Palma’s Weinstein-Inspired Horror Pic Gets A Title & ‘Elle’s Producers
Brian De Palma’s horror project that takes inspiration from the Harvey Weinstein scandal now has a title, producers and a planned setting. Saïd Ben Saïd, producer of Paul Verhoeven’s award-winning Elle, tells Deadline the script De Palma is writing is called Predator. Ben Saïd, who produced De Palma’s 2012 Passion starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, will produce Predator with partner Michel Merkt. Separately, De Palma has said he’s using the Toronto Film Festival as a backdrop for the intrigue.

Without revealing the title or his producers’ names, De Palma last week evoked Predator during a French tour for his thriller novel Are Snakes Necessary? which he co-wrote with Susan Lehman. The Carrie, Scarface and Untouchables director told local press he was preparing “a horror film, with a sexual aggressor” at its center. He has since elaborated that the project will take place “within the context of
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Brian De Palma Plans Harvey Weinstein-Inspired Horror Movie

Writer-director Brian De Palma – known best for his direction on the iconic Carrie, Mission: Impossible, and Scarface, but deserves appreciation for the rest of his perhaps overlooked career – will be making his return to the horror genre, and it’s sure to stir up some controversy. In a recent conversation with the French publication Le Parisien, he explained that his newest horror project will be inspired by Harvey Weinstein. This, of course, comes in light of Weinstein’s recently exposed sexual abuse that has created a firestorm of other public revelations throughout the industry and beyond.

“I am writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer. My character will not be called Harvey Weinstein,” he says. “But it will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will happen in the film industry.”

Update: De Palma also tells Le Point that the film,
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