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Nordic Talents pitch selects 15

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Nordisk Film & TV Fond has unveiled the list of Nordic graduation students and their projects running for the $30,000 (NOK250,000) pitch prize and $6,000 (Nok 50,000) special mention prize at Nordic Talents (Aug 31-Sept 2).

Petri Kemppinen, Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO, said: “This year we have many projects targeting children and young audiences, and several comedies. The competition to get in was tougher as for the first time we asked applicants to submit a development plan for their project. I think this was helpful for both the students and the selection group. It is also interesting to note the 60/40 female representation in the submissions and selection.”

In addition to the pitching sessions, Nordic Talents will screen the graduation films of all selected film students.

This year’s Nordic Talents jury comprises Norwegian director/writer Sara Johnsen, Danish animation director/comics artist Anders Morgenthaler, Swedish producer Lars Blomgren of Filmlance, Finnish writer/producer Petja Peltomaa of Yellow Film & TV and Kristina
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John Ostrander: Strip Grade

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I’m not keen on moving these days. When I switch my homestead to a new location, I have to find all the spots I was taking for granted – food stores, gas stations, mechanics, restaurants and so on. It usually also means I have to find a new newspaper. Yes, I’ve just proclaimed myself to be a dinosaur and I still read the newspaper every morning over breakfast. Yes, I know they offer electronic editions but I like one I can hold in my hands.

Assuming there is more than one local newspaper (or local-ish), I have to make a choice as to which one I’ll read. I have two primary criterions – where they fall on the political spectrum and what comic strips they have. The latter may be more important to me than the former. I was raised in a Republican household in Chicago so we got
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Germany's One Two Films to co-produce Laura Dern-starrer 'The Tale'

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Berlin-based One Two Films is making its first foray into Stateside production as the co-producer on Jennifer Fox’s fiction feature debut The Tale, which begins shooting at locations in Louisiana today (Oct 20).

The $3.5m investigative thriller is being produced by Blackbird Films and A Luminous Mind Productions, with Lawrence Inglee and Laura Rister as producers and Oren Moverman serving as executive producer.

The autobiographical story has a cast headed up by Laura Dern, with Ellen Burstyn, Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki and Jason Ritter.

One Two FilmsSol Bondy - who was a Screen Future Leader at Cannes 2013 - told ScreenDaily he had been introduced to The Tale as a project when he and Fox took part in the 2013/14 edition of the Transatlantic Film Partners programme.

He subsequently brought public broadcaster Zdf and Arte to the project which is being handled internationally by Mongrel International and is set to wrap principal photography in December.

From Helsinki
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Victoria | Review

Sleepless Night: Schipper’s Audacious, Single Take Heist Thriller

Actor turned director Sebastian Schipper makes major headway with his fourth effort behind the camera, Victoria. Premiering at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival where it snagged an award for cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen (who also lensed Anders Morgenthaler’s The 11th Hour, which starred Schipper, as well as the 2015 Un Certain Regard winner, Rams), this two hour plus blend of romantic drama and heist thriller was filmed in one, single take, shot in the wee morning hours on the streets of Berlin. Technically accomplished and satisfying as a narrative, the film provides lead actress Laia Costa, playing the titular protagonist, with a spectacular role that should see her international career boom a bit like Franka Potente’s following Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run (1998).

Opening in the throes of a dance floor of a packed techno club, Victoria (Costa), makes her way to the exit.
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The 11th Hour | Review

Sweet Child of Mine: Basinger Buoys Bizarre Psycho Drama

Danish director Anders Morgenthaler (Princess, 2006) returns with The 11th Hour, a strange, psychological drama with the kind of art-house sensibilities that could easily be mistaken for Eurotrash. A German-Danish co-production starring American actress Kim Basinger, there’s more bizarre elements on display than the simplistic yet frustratingly equivocal title can rightly handle.

Slight otherworldly elements and one woman’s insane quest for motherhood offer up an uneasy narrative many will either dismiss outright or react unkindly towards, at least as displayed in this consistently repellant universe. And yet, despite some distractions and flaws, Morgenthaler offers a unique portrait of hysterical motherhood. Though its heroine remains woefully superficial, defined completely by her consuming desire, Basinger is arresting in a film that seems oblivious to all elements audiences hold dear in these unnerving psychological studies.

Maria (Basinger), we learn the quiet, childlike whispers
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 12; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 12; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 12. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Jurassic World Director: Colin Trevorrow Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake M. Johnson, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson, Lauren Lapkus, Omar Sy, Bd Wong, Irrfan Khan, Brian Tee, Ty Simpkins, Andy Buckley, Katie McGrath Synopsis: "Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (10 reviews) Limited The 11th Hour Director: Anders Morgenthaler Cast: Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice, Sebastian Schipper, Peter Stormare, Robert Hunger-Buhler, Anouk Wagener, Nina Fog Synopsis: "Successful businesswoman Maria has achieved everything except what she wants the most - a baby of her own. She decides to deal with the matter by herself and embarks...
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Exclusive: Kim Basinger Learns Some Difficult News In Clip From 'The 11th Hour'

We don't see Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger on the big screen too often these days, and that's a shame, but in the upcoming "The 11th Hour" she makes the most of an opportunity to command a lead performance. And the result is something that might just be her most attention-getting work in quite some time, and today we have a little preview. The actress stars in the latest from writer/director Anders Morgenthaler, in a picture produced by Lars von Trier's Zentropa Entertainment, that tells the story of business executive who is eager to have a child. But after suffering another miscarriage, she is devastated to learn she's too old to conceive again, and as you'll see in the exclusive clip below, the news does not go over well. "The 11th Hour" opens in cinemas on June 12th. Watch below.
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New poster and trailer for The 11th Hour starring Kim Basinger

A new poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming thriller The 11th Hour starring Kim Basinger and Peter Stormare. Check them out here…

Maria is a successful business executive, struggling to fulfill her greatest wish of all: to bring a child into the world. After suffering yet another miscarriage, a doctor informs Maria that she’s too old to carry a child—and her whole world comes crashing down. Devastated and unable to accept her fate, Marias sets out on a desperate and perilous quest to realize her dream of motherhood.

Directed by Anders Morgenthaler, The 11th Hour is set for release June 12th in the states and also stars Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper.
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Kim Basinger: "I Am Here"

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Sneak Peek actress Kim Basinger ("Nine 1/2 Weeks") in the official trailer for director Anders Morgenthaler's upcoming dramatic feature "I Am Here":

"...a successful business executive, struggles to fulfill her greatest wish of all: to bring a child to the world. But a doctor informs Maria that she's too old to carry a child and her whole world comes crashing down. 

"Devastated and unable to accept her fate, Maria sets out on a desperate and perilous quest to realize her dream of motherhood..."

Cast also includes Peter Stormare, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "I Am Here"...
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Afm 2014 Acquisitions: Volume Two

Dark Places

A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S rights to Gilles Paquet-Brenner's "Dark Places" based on the novel by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn. Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan and Corey Stoll star.

Theron plays a survivor of the brutal killing of her family as a child who is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving crimes.

Gentlemen

Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to Mikael Marcimain's post-wwii-set "Gentlemen" which stars David Dencik, Sverrir Gudnason and Pernilla August.

Based on Klas Ostergren’s bestselling novels, the story deals with the forbidden love and dark secrets surrounding Sweden’s flamboyant Morgan brothers.

The Mirror

Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Ed Boase's urban myth-inspired horror tale "The Mirror". The story follows friends who buy a supposedly haunted camera on eBay. The
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Afm: Brainstorm Media Picks Up U.S. Rights To ‘I Am Here’ From TrustNordisk

La-based distributor Brainstorm Media has acquired North American rights to Anders Morgenthaler’s drama “I Am Here” starring Kim Basinger.

Deal was negotiated between Susan Wendt, TrustNordisk’s head of sales and Meyer Shwarzstein, Brainstorm Media’s president.

“We feel privileged to have acquired this film. Anders Morgenthaler’s filmmaking is imaginative and Kim Basinger’s performance is enthralling. We are convinced it will be well-received by critics and audiences alike,” said Brainstorm Media prexy Meyer Shwarzstein.

Basinger stars as a successful business exec who struggles to have a child and sets out on a desperate and perilous quest to realize her dream of motherhood.

I Am Here” stars Peter Stormare (“Fargo”), Jordan Prentice (“Mirror, Mirror”) and Sebastian Schipper (“Run Lola Run”).

Pic is produced by Zentropa Entertainments32, co-produced by Zentropa Entertainments Berlin, One Two Films, exec produced by Zentropa, Network Movie/Zdf.
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Kim Basinger's I Am Here sold to Us

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TrustNordisk has sold the North American rights for Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here to La-based distributor Brainstorm Media.

The deal was negotiated between Susan Wendt, head of sales at TrustNordisk and Meyer Shwarzstein, president at Brainstorm Media.

Morgenthaler’s drama premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest in September and stars Kim Basinger as a successful business executive who sets out on a desperate and perilous quest to realize her dream of motherhood.

The film also stars Peter Stormare, Jordan Prentice and Sebastian Schipper.

Producers are Marie Gade Denessen and Julie Lind-Holm for Zentropa Entertainments32. Co-producers are Maria Köpf for Zentropa Entertainments Berlin, Jamila Wenske and Sol Bondy for One Two Films, with executive producers Peter Aalbæk Jensen for Zentropa, Peter Nadermann for Network Movie/Zdf „Das kleine Fernsehspiel“ in collaboration with Arte, and Jessica Ask for Film i Väst, with support from Danish Film Institute, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Dfff and in
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Indie Trailer Sunday: Kim Basinger in Danish Baby Drama 'I Am Here'

"We need to start something new." We haven't seen Basinger that much recently. Zentropa has debuted an early trailer for Anders Morgenthaler's drama/suspense film I Am Here, starring Oscar winner Kim Basinger along with Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street, Bad Milo, Pain & Gain), Jordan Prentice (In Bruges, Mirror Mirror) and Sebastian Schipper (Run Lola Run, Three). The film is about a woman (Basinger) who really wants to have a baby, but can't do so, and sets off on a quest to do something about it only ending up in what seems to be a very messed up situation. While it seems like your standard drama, there's some very interesting quirks to it, like the tiny glowing girl that talks in her ear. Yea I know – what?! Watch the new international trailer for Anders Morgenthaler's I Am Here, found via The Movie Box: Anders Morgenthaler's drama world premiered
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: I Am Here Explores What Happens When A Biological Clock Pops A Spring

The concept of the early middle aged woman's biological clock is well established. It's expected that as childless women reach a certain age their body will begin to tell them that it is time. Now, obviously this is a gross generality, but in my own personal experience, it's a cliche because there is more than a grain of truth to it. Many men and women my age, that is to say early to mid thirties, begin to notice many of their female peers turning from footloose and fancy-free Dinc's (double income no children) or singles, to frothing-at-the-mouth rabid baby-coveters. Director Anders Morgenthaler explores the illogical extreme of this archetype in I Am Here, a sort of biological thriller in which Kim Basinger's Maria takes her...

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Abcs Of Death 2 Trailer Shows Off Zombies, Impalings, Bone-Breaking and Loads of Gore

The original ABCs of Death had some pretty outrageous segments, namely Timo Tjahjanto’s “L is for Libido” and, my personal favorite, Anders Morgenthaler’s “K is for Klutz,” but based on this new extreme red bad trailer for ABCs of Death 2, the sequel should have no trouble keeping up with its predecessor. In less than two minutes of material we see a botched beheading, some flesh eating, quite a few gunshots and an abundance of carnage. Hit the jump to check out the new ABCs of Death 2 trailer, but be warned, it’s very Nsfw. The sequel features segments from directors E.L. Katz, Jerome Sable, Larry Fessenden, Vincenzo Natali and more. The film is scheduled to arrive On Demand and on iTunes on October 2nd, followed by a theatrical release on October 31st. It’s hard enough to cram one feature narrative into a two-minute trailer, so attempting to
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Second Wave of Fantastic Fest 2014 Films + Closing Night Film

We are three weeks away until Fantastic Fest. Kind of amazing to think about. This year, I am blessed to bring Mike Hassler with me. We will be seeing as many films as our eyeballs will see and writing as many reviews as our fingers will allow us. Take a look at the second wave announcement below and don’t forget to look at the first wave and my predictions of what might play at the fest (I didn’t fare well with the Second Wave). As before, I have included the trailers for all the films, if available, announced in this wave.

From the Press Release

Austin, TX – Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of events, special guests and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.
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Fantastic Fest 2014 Second Wave Announcement Includes Purgatory, Redeemer, Necrophobia 3D, Over Your Dead Body, and More; New Stills

Fantastic Fest 2014 kicks off September 18, and the second wave of films has been announced. Purgatory, Redeemer, Whispers Behind the Wall, Necrophobia 3D, Over Your Dead Body, and more are on the menu!

From the Press Release:

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of events, special guests, and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas, at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.

Get ready to be blown away by Lionsgate's latest action-packed thriller, John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, with a red carpet gala screening with Reeves and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski in attendance. John Wick is the story of a former ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre.
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Fantastic Fest 2014: Second Wave of Films, Events

Be sure to check out MovieBS.com for reviews and commentary from the best film festival known to man. Here is the news release of the second wave of films and events.

Austin, TX – Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of events, special guests and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.

Get ready to be blown away by Lionsgate’s latest action-packed thriller, John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, with a red carpet gala screening with Reeves and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski in attendance. John Wick is the story of a former ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.
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Fantastic Fest: Second wave of film lineup announced

The lineup for the second wave of films at 2014′s 10th Annual Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas has arrived, and with it a potential Oscar contender, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. The film, a pulpy crime film about an embedded journalist (Jake Gyllenhaal), will make its U.S. premiere at the festival with Director and Writer Gilroy in attendance.

Fantastic Fest has also released a lineup that includes John Wick, an action/thriller starring Keanu Reeves (Reeves will be in attendance), Takashi Miike’s latest Over Your Dead Body and the Studio Ghibli film The Tale of Princess Kaguya. This announcement comes on the heels of the first wave of films, including Sundance horror film The Babadook.

Fantastic Fest takes place September 18-25 in Austin. View the first lineup of films here. And view the full lineup of films and descriptions from this second wave below via a press release.

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The Absent One

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‘Nightcrawler’ To Close Fantastic Fest 2014; ‘John Wick’ Joins Lineup

‘Nightcrawler’ To Close Fantastic Fest 2014; ‘John Wick’ Joins Lineup
Open Road’s Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Nightcrawler will close the 10th annual Fantastic Fest in its U.S. premiere and Keanu Reeves will drop by for a gala screening of Lionsgate’s John Wick, organizers announced today. The rising genre film fest held September 18-25 in Austin, TX will open with the previously announced Tusk from Kevin Smith.

Also unveiled today along with a second wave of programming is a centerpiece bout in the Fantastic Debates, in which filmmakers, critics, and celebs engage in discourse at a podium before taking it to the boxing ring to determine the ultimate winner. This year, BitTorrent’s Chief Content Officer Matt Mason will take on a challenger to duke it out over whether the file sharing platform is a valuable tool or an enabler of piracy.

Related: Kevin Smith’s Horror-Comedy ‘Tusk’ To Open Fantastic Fest 2014

This year’s festival marks the grand
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