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'Gentle Monster' wins top prize at Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel International Film Lab

Anna Nemes and Laszlo Csuja’s female body building drama won award worth $50,000.

Hungarian writer-directors Anna Nemes and Laszlo Csuja’s female body building drama Gentle Monster has scooped the top prize $50,000 prize at the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel International Film Lab (Jsfl).Gentle Monster[/link]

A total of 12 feature projects hailing from Brazil, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Georgia and Israel participated in the eighth edition of the eight-month lab.

The awards were handed out at the end of a final wrap up session in Jerusalem, running July 4-8, at which participants pitched their projects to a jury of industry professionals.

Gentle Monster revolves around
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Michael Barker Receives Honorary Award at Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Lab

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Michael Barker Receives Honorary Award at Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Lab
Michael Barker, the lauded co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics, was celebrated with an honorary career tribute in Jerusalem as part of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab.

Barker, who made his first trip to Israel to attend the event, received the Force-of-Nature in Filmmaking Award. Founded by Renen Schorr and run by producer Lior Sasson, the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab praised Barker as a “major cinematic master-builder” for the pivotal role he played in distributing Israeli films such as “Waltz With Bashir,” “The Band’s Visit,” “Footnote” and “The Gate Keepers,” and leading them to the Academy Awards.

Barker has also distributed critically acclaimed international films such as “Call Me by Your Name,” “Whiplash,” “Talk to Her” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Aside from the tribute to Barker, the film lab gave the top award of its eighth edition to “Gentle Monster,” a project from the Hungarian
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The Forgotten: Hitler's Naked Opera

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I'm working my way through all the films about Hitler's last days. Downfall seemed set to be the definitive version, but now it's been reduced to a meme. Still, it's a largely accurate, powerful account, with a very strong performance from Bruno Ganz.In Bologna's Cinematheque I watch Pabst's The Last Act which, aided by the scorching summer weather, packed auditorium and inadequate air conditioning, really felt like spending ten days in a bunker under heavy shelling. The film introduces a fictional anti-war general played by Oscar Werner in a bit of "We're not all bad" special pleading but it gets a lot right.Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) is notorious for getting a lot wrong: not facts, which are scrupulously attested to and signed off on right at the start by a historian and an actual witness, but the filmmaking and the casting. I don't know who you ought
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Producer John Heyman Has Died At Age 84

Updated with memorial service details: Longtime producer John Heyman died this morning in New York at age 84. We are trying to get more information, but believe that his wife Nissa was by his side, and he passed away in his sleep. Heyman, who was getting active again in raising funds to finance movies, had been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks. He is remembered as a prolific producer and for a time the agent of Elizabeth Taylor and other stars. He’s also…
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Producer John Heyman Has Died At Age 84

Updated with memorial service details: Longtime producer John Heyman died this morning in New York at age 84. We are trying to get more information, but believe that his wife Nizza was by his side, and he passed away in his sleep. Heyman, who was getting active again in raising funds to finance movies, had been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks. He is remembered as a prolific producer and for a time the agent of Elizabeth Taylor and other stars. He’s also…
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UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood dies aged 82

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UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood dies aged 82
Glinwood worked with Roman Polanski, Jeremy Thomas, Karel Reisz and Terry Jones.

UK industry veteran Terry Glinwood has died aged 82 following complications from surgery for a minor complaint.

Glinwood’s career spanned fifty years as a producer and sales executive during which time he worked closely with some of the European industry’s leading figures.

He entered the business in the 1960s as a production controller working on Roman Polanski films Repulsion and Cul-De-Sac.

In the 1970’s he would work closely with fellow-producers Ned Sherrin and Beryl Vertue and director Bob Kellett on a string of UK comedies including Up Pompeii and The Alf Garnett Saga as well with UK producer John Heyman and Grease and Saturday Night Fever producer Robert Stigwood.

In the same decade Glinwood struck up a fertile collaboration with Rpc boss Jeremy Thomas for whom he would work in a sales and financing capacity on Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor and [link
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Afm Isa of the Day: Lisa Wilson of The Solution Entertainment Group

Coverage of Isa’s (International Sales Agents) has resumed for The American Film Market. This segment follows leaders and innovation in the world of international film sales and distribution.

Lisa Wilson is an accomplished and widely respect Hollywood veteran. She is a Partner and Co-Founder of The Solution Entertainment Group, and has been in international film distribution for nearly forty years. She has handled Academy Award Winner “Crash”, “The Tourist”, “Hugo” and “Arbitrage”. She serves on the board of the Independent Film & Television Alliance and is a current member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Lisa talks about The Solution Entertainment Group, her full service international sales and financing company:

This is our third Afm. Berlin was my first market, almost four years ago. I had been in sales for almost four decades, working for other companies. My partner was a banker, and he was working in film financing. He had various experiences where he had gone to a sales company to sell a film, and then the sales person would leave in the middle of working with him. He was looking to start a company, but he wanted a partner that was in sales so that couldn’t happen to him again. And so we joined forces. We have a third partner – Craig Chapman – and we’re based on the Siren Lot in Hollywood. We’re very branded, and very strategic about what we bring to the market. We’re not looking to do a massive amount of product. We’re looking to do high quality product with real talent attached.

The new one now that we’re selling here is” Oppenheimer Strategy” with Richard Gere and shoots in January. It’s being directed by Israeli director Joseph Cedar, whose last two films were both in Cannes and were both nominated for best foreign film at the Academy Awards. That’s a really good example of what we’re looking to do.

How did you enter the business?

It was an accident. I had a temporary secretarial job with John Heyman, who is David Heyman’s father, which turned into a career in international distribution. I love it. It’s certainly challenging now, far more than it was in the DVD glory days. I still think if you have the right product, you can do well, because there’s an awful lot of wrong product.

What inspires you in your work?

For me it’s the material. We read everything ourselves, and we’re always looking for that ‘something special’. It has to sing to me. For better or for worse, what you see on the slate is my taste. I make no excuses for it. It’s nice to be able to do that.

See The Solution Entertainment Group slate here.

More about The Solution Entertainment Group:

The Solution Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted, full service international sales and financing company which offers filmmakers access to development funding, production funding, production and post-production services as well as international distribution. The Solution was founded in 2012 by international sales veteran, Lisa Wilson, and leading film financier, Myles Nestel, who are both partners.

The Solution’s current slate of titles includes three films which made their market premieres at Afm: How To Make Love Like An Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba, Jenny’S Wedding starring Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson and Linda Emond as well as The Forger with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan, which world premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Solution’s additional titles include the recently announced political thriller Oppenheimer Strategies set to star Richard Gere, psychological thriller Man Down starring Shia Labeouf, Gary Oldman and Kate Mara, currently shooting as well as Bleed For This set to star Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, which will begin principal photography later in the month.

Other titles include three films currently in Us theatrical release: Lynn Shelton’s Laggies with Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, which is being distributed by A24 Films, Roger Donaldson’s November Man with Pierce Brosnan, in theatres through Relativity Media and Felony starring Joel Edgerton via Gravitas Ventures.

Their films in post-production include The Ticket with Dan Stevens and Malin Akerman as well as Ten Thousand Saints starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld, directed by Bob Pulcini and Shani Berman.
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Jeff Bridges to Develop and Star in Adaptation of Ya Novel The Giver

Jeff Bridges has been watching this project for years and now he is sixty-one years old, just enough to see himself in the lead role. Oscar winner for his turn in Crazy Heart and nominated for the Coen brothers’ remake of classic western True Grit has also optioned the rights to Lois Lowry’s 1993 futuristic classic The Giver.

Bridges has been looking at this sci-fi novel since the 1990s, when his daughter read it in high school. Therefore, he said:

I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges; however, at 61 years old, I feel the time is right for me to do it.”

Bridges and his long-time producing partner Nikki Silver (and veteran John Heyman) have finally secured the rights and have plans to move forward with Vadim Perelman, the writer/director behind House of Sand and Fog, to
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Jeff Bridges Is A "Giver", Not A Receiver

Their first attempt failed, now Jeff Bridges and producer Nikki Silver are having another go at a film adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1994 young adult novel "The Giver" reports Variety.

The story follows a 12-year-old who lives in a futuristic utopian society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver and bear his community's vast range of human emotions, which causes him to realize that living a pain-free life comes at a high cost.

Fox and Walden Media were interested in the project back in 2006 but that incarnation fell through, then Warner Bros. Pictures setup the project with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher in 2007. When the rights became available again, Bridges and Silver reacquired them and will now produce through On Screen Entertainment.

Vadim Perelman ("The House of Sand and Fog
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Chinese Version Of ‘The Office’ Is Underway

Exclusive: First, Ricky Gervais blogged earlier this week: “We are about to start work on a Chinese The Office. How cool is that?” Then BBC Worldwide poured cold water on the story, telling AP there was “no deal in place, no broadcaster, no production company”. That's not entirely true. The BBC has now admitted to me that it is indeed developing a Mandarin version of the show with NY-based film financier John Heyman, father of Harry Potter producer David Heyman. So a Hong Kong subsidiary of Heyman’s World Film Group is developing The Office with BBC exec Pierre Cheung in Beijing. There’s no broadcaster on board yet. Auntie has already sold The Office format to the U.S., Chile, France, Germany, Israel, and Quebec. Next week BBC Worldwide is hosting BBC Showcase China, a screening event for over 100 Chinese TV buyers in Beijing including state broadcaster China Central
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Woll looking forward to 'Someday'

Deborah Ann Woll has joined the cast of the drama "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu, Toby Regbo and Stephen Lang have already been cast. The film focuses on an isolated young adult (Regbo) who must deal with his dysfunctional family the summer before he heads to college. Roberto Faenza is directing the film, which is adapted from the novel by Peter Cameron. John Heyman of World Productions and Elda Ferri of Jean Viggo Italia are producing. Shooting begins next month in New York. Woll is best known for her role on HBO's "True Blood." She recently booked "Catch .44," a crime drama with
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True Blood's Woll Feels "The Pain"

Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") has signed on for the ensemble drama "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You" for World Prods. and Jean Viggo Italia says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows an isolated young adult (Toby Regbo) who must contend with his dysfunctional family during his pre-college summer. He's also dating a married professor and writing her memoirs.

Woll plays his sister Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu and Stephen Lang also star. Roberto Faenza is directing and adapted the script from Peter Cameron's novel.

John Heyman and Elda Ferri are producing bad shooting kicks off next month in New York City.
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From “Blood” to “Pain” for Young Actress

Deborah Ann Woll, one of the key players in HBO’s “True Blood,” is joining the ensemble drama “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.” The drama tells the tale of an isolated young adult who must contend with his dysfunctional family the summer before he heads to college. Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu and Stephen Lang are already on board. Woll plays the sister of the young adult (Toby Regbo), who is dating a married professor and writing her memoirs, hoping to cash in on the youthful memoirs craze. Roberto Faenza is directing the pic, which adapts the novel by Peter Cameron and shoots next month in New York. John Heyman of World Prods. and Elda Ferri of Jean Viggo Italia are producing.

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Ellen Burstyn Rounds Out ‘Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You’ Cast

The Italian production starts shooting today in Central Park, New York City. The Oscar-winning actress joins Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Regbo (Harry Potter), Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels), Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) in this coming-of-age story. Italian financiers including Rai Cinema are fully financing this adaptation of the teenage novel by New York-based author Peter Cameron, which was a bestseller in Italy. The novel tells a Holden Caufield-ish tale of a teenager working in his mother’s pretentious Manhattan art gallery, where he finds himself accused of sexual harassment. Roberto Faenza is the director and the producer is Elda Ferri (Life Is Beautiful). It’s a wholly Italian-financed production, partly financed by Rai Cinema. One footnote is that the script is by Dahlia Heyman, step-sister of Harry Potter producer David Heyman. By my reckoning, she’s the fifth member of the Heyman dynasty to enter the business.
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It’s A Busy Summer for Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden is toplining a pair of upcoming indie features — “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” and “Detachment” — with both shooting in New York City this summer. “Pain,” directed by Roberto Faenza, follows a recent high school grad who feels out of step among his affluent peers in upscale Manhattan despite being raised in a privileged albeit broken home by his mother, portrayed by Harden as a woman of wealth and privilege who owns an avant-garde art gallery where her son takes a job. Produced by Elda Ferri and John Heyman, the film will start production Aug. 18. “Detachment,” which recently began production with Tony Kaye directing, explores the modern state of human conditions through the eyes of teachers and students at a failing high school. Harden plays the principal, who’s on the chopping block after the school’s poor state exam performances. “Detachment” also stars William Petersen,
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Godard, Guinness and Christie: Blu-ray Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Jamie Ellis, Christine Russell and Tim Newsome - a set is on its way to each you!

As the hi-def assault gathers momentum, Optimum Home Entertainment are releasing some bona fide classics on Blu-ray via The Studio Canal Collection. Revisiting Studio Canal's back catalogue, the 15th Feb sees a wonderfully eclectic trio released exclusively on Blu-ray for the first time. What's more, Optimum have 3 sets to give away for lucky Twitch readers in the UK.

 

First up is The Go-Between, based on LP Hartley's novel of the same name, starring Julie Christie, Edward Fox and Alan Bates in a magnificently English period drama, of lusty Victorians and adolescent confusion. This was probably the first film that gave me faith in movies being able to interpret novels successfully, having read the book at school and subsequently dug out the film. An in-her-prime Christie probably helped too...

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