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Tang Media board 'This Crazy Heart' for China (exclusive)

Tang Media board 'This Crazy Heart' for China (exclusive)
Film directed by Marc Rothemund posted over 2 million admissions in Germany.

German sales powerhouse Global Screen, which gave a Toronto market premiere to its new 3D animation adventure Tabaluga this weekend, is continuing to rack up deals on true-life tearjerker This Crazy Heart, about a wealthy thirtysomething forced to care for a 15-year-old heart patient.

An eye-catching deal has been closed with China’s Tang Media Partners for the film, directed by Marc Rothemund and produced by Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz and Oliver Berben. Tang Media Partners have acquired all rights for China and are planning a wide release
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Cannes: 'This Crazy Heart' Getting Remakes in Spain, Mexico, China (Exclusive)

Cannes: 'This Crazy Heart' Getting Remakes in Spain, Mexico, China (Exclusive)
<em>This Crazy Heart</em>, last year's breakout German-language hit from director Marc Rothemund (<em>Sophie Scholl: The Final Days</em>), is going to Spain. And China.

The film is getting local-language remakes in several territories, including China, Spain, Mexico and Turkey. <span style="font-size: 12px;">The </span>dramedy<span style="font-size: 12px;">, in the vein of </span><em style="font-size: 12px;">About a Boy</em><span style="font-size: 12px;">, follows a rich, irresponsible 30-something forced to care for a 15-year-old heart patient. </span>

<span style="font-size: 12px;">Germany's </span>Constantin<span style="font-size: 12px;"> Film, which produced the original, earlier inked a deal for the French adaptation of </span><em style="font-size: 12px;">Crazy Heart</em><span style="font-size: 12px;"> with </span>Dimitri<span style="font-size: 12px;"> </span>Rassam’s<span style="font-size: 12px;"> Paris-based Chapter 2. The original film, which features German superstar </span>Elyas<span style="font-size: 12px;"> </span>M'Barek<span style="font-size: 12px;"> as the spoiled 30-something and Philip Schwarz as the young ...</span>
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German Hitmakers Are Back in Saddle for the Cannes Market

German Hitmakers Are Back in Saddle for the Cannes Market
Historical romance, literary adaptations, arthouse drama, star-studded comedies, children’s pics, animated fare and a high-profile documentary are among the many German films and co-productions on offer at this year’s Cannes Film Market.

Unspooling as part of the festival are Wim Wenders’ “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” repped by Focus Features and bowing in Special Screenings; “In My Room,” Ulrich Koehler’s story of a man who suddenly realizes everyone around him has disappeared, which world premieres in Un Certain Regard; and, in Intl. Critics’ Week sidebar, Anja Kofmel’s Swiss co-production “Chris the Swiss,” a partially animated documentary from Urban Distribution that investigates the mysterious death of a young Swiss journalist during the Yugoslav wars.

On the market side, one historical niche that is proving particularly successful is that of the turn-of-the-century artist.

Picture Tree Intl. is following its 2016 hit “Egon Schiele — Death and the Maiden,
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Global Screen scores sales on market titles 'This Crazy Heart' and 'Don't Get Out'

Global Screen scores sales on market titles 'This Crazy Heart' and 'Don't Get Out'
This Crazy Heart is directed by Marc Rothemund whose 2005 drama Sophie Scholl was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

In advance of the Marché, German sales outfit Global Screen has confirmed multiple sales on two of the titles on its Cannes slate.

This Crazy Heart, directed by Marc Rothemund whose 2005 drama Sophie Scholl was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar, has gone to Spain (Flins y Peniculas), Portugal (Pris), South Korea (Yejilim Entertainment), Cis (Voxell), Taiwan (Encore Film), Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary (Prorom), and Brazil (Globo). Negotiations are underway with distributors for France, Italy, China and Japan,
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German box office hit 'This Crazy Heart' gets sales deal (exclusive)

German box office hit 'This Crazy Heart' gets sales deal (exclusive)
Marc Rothemund’s drama has attracted more than 1.4 million admissions in Germany.

Munich-based Global Screen has picked up international sales rights to Constantin Film’s box-office hit This Crazy Heart (Dieses Bescheuerte Herz), which has been seen by more than 1.4 million German cinema-goers since its release on December 21.

Source: Jürgen Olczyk

This Crazy Heart

Based on the bestseller written by Lars Amend together with Daniel Meyer, who suffers from heart disease, Marc Rothemund’s film follows 30-something rich kid Lenny (played by top German box-office draw Elyas M’Barek) who is given the responsibility of caring for 15-year-old heart patient David (newcomer Philip Noah Schwarz in his big screen acting debut) and breaks all the rules to fulfil his young friend’s every wish.

Produced by Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz and Oliver Berben, this film is the first title from Germany’s leading producer-distributor to be handled by Global Screen and will have its market premiere at the
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Official UK Trailer for German Comedy Film 'My Blind Date with Life'

"Let me prove to you that I can do it." Studiocanal UK has debuted the official UK trailer for a Germany comedy film titled My Blind Date with Life, or originally Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben in German. The film tells the true story of a student who nearly became blind as a teenager. He keeps his limited eye sight a secret and starts working at a hotel in Munich, soon falling in love with a woman. Kostja Ullmann stars as the lead character Saliya Kahawatte, with a cast including Anna Maria Mühe, Nilam Farooq, Sylvana Krappatsch, Ludger Pistor, Johann von Bülow, and Herbert Forthuber. This looks like a very cheesy German romantic comedy, but there's a heartwarming story behind it all. That said, this doesn't seem like it will be good. At least you can get a glimpse at what campy German comedies are like - have fun.
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Berlin 2017: Full international jury announced

The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.

It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).

This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.

Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a
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Studiocanal to co-produce, sell German children's classic

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Studiocanal to co-produce, sell German children's classic
The Little Witch (Die Kleine Hexe) will star German actress Karoline Herfurth and reunite the production team behind local box office hit Heidi.

Studiocanal is to co-produce and handle world sales on the first German live-action film adaptation of Otfried Preussler’s children’s classic The Little Witch (Die Kleine Hexe).

Published in 1957, Preussler’s tale centres on a witch who is a mere one hundred and twenty-seven years old and thus deemed too young to be allowed to dance with the others on the Hill of Witches during Walpurgis Night (30 April).

Before she can prove to the chief witch that she has what it takes to become a good witch, she must hone her magic skills, but she hadn’t reckoned with the mean weather witch Rumpumpel using every means to prevent her reaching her goal.

Studiocanal’s German production arm, Studiocanal Film, will co-produce with Munich-based Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion and Switzerland’s Zodiac Pictures after last
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Beyond the silence by Anne-Katrin Titze

Labyrinth Of Lies director Giulio Ricciarelli Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Giulio Ricciarelli's Oscar shortlisted Best Foreign Language Film candidate, Labyrinth Of Lies, stars Alexander Fehling of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds fame, with Johannes Krisch (Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld and Götz Spielmann's Revanche), André Szymanski, Hansi Jochmann, Friederike Becht (Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt), Johann von Bülow and Mathis Reinhardt, and is dedicated to the late great stage actor, Gert Voss.

"Heimatfilm", Marc Rothemund's Sophie Scholl: The Final Days on the White Rose shot by Martin Langer, Vico Torriani, Caterina Valente and how the costume design of Aenne Plaumann (Goodbye Lenin!), a La Strada poster, design by Manfred Döring and Janina Jaensch were orchestrated by "card players", gender roles in the Fifties, and what's in a title.

Marlene Wondrak (Friederike Becht) with Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling)

Ricciarelli in his debut feature captures a mood of cold-sweat exhilarated revitalisation,
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German fund budget cut by $14m

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German fund budget cut by $14m
Plans by the German government to slash the budget for incentive programme Dfff by €10m ($13.8m) has surprised the film community.

In her first public appearance before representatives of the film industry on the eve of this year’s Berlinale, the new State Minister for Culture and Media Monika Grütters had told the audience at the German Producers Guild conference that she intended to continue the good work achieved by her predecessor in the post Bernd Neumann.

At the time, Grütters pointed out that the budget for the Dfff had been increased from €60m to €70m ($83m to $97m) in 2013 “and we would like to leave it at least at this”.

She had also said that the coalition agreement between the Cdu/Csu and Spd had given a “clear signal” for Germany as a production hub by proposing that the Dfff .

However, less than a month later, finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble submitted a draft budget which envisaged
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Love Steaks wins Berlin slot

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Love Steaks wins Berlin slot
Slamdance winner won the Max Ophüls Prize at the weekend, granting it a slot in the Berlinale.

Jakob Lass’ feature debut Love Steaks, this year’s winner of the Slamdance Trailer Competition Grand Prix, was awarded the prestigious Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken at the weekend.

The film, which is in the Lola nomination long list, will therefore also have a screening slot in the Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino on Feb 16.

Billed by the filmmakers as “the world’s first Fogma film” (with the obligatory manifesto), Love Steaks had its world premiere at Munich Filmfest last June where it won all four prizes of the Young German Cinema Support Awards.

This included for Best Screenplay, despite the film not having had any written dialogue and featuring the staff and guests at a wellness hotel on the Baltic Sea coast playing themselves alongside newcomers Lana Cooper and Franz Rogowski..

Lass’ graduation film from the University of Film
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Germany @ The Oscars

Germany has a long and trivia-crazy history with the Oscars that didn’t just begin with Sandra Bullock speaking German in her Blind Side acceptance speech or Christoph Waltz, an Austrian-German talent winning two Tarantino-Flavored Oscars for multi-lingual performances. We’ll get to more trivia in a minute but first the German shortlist. We await their choice for Oscar’s Foreign Language Film submission with curiousity because they’re always a threat for the eventual shortlist. Germany has received 18 nominations and 3 wins over the years. They’re weighing the quality of nine different pictures before deciding. Which will they send our way?

The finalists are…

My Beautiful Country Michaela Kezele

This one skews international - a romance between a young Serbian widow and an Albanian soldier The German Friend Jeanine Meerapfel

A coproduction with Argentina Free Fall Stephan Lacant

A gay romantic drama about two cops The Girl With Nine
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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Review – Julia Jentsch d: Marc Rothemund

Sophie SchollDie Letzten Tage / Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) Direction: Marc Rothemund Cast: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Gerald Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf, André Hennicke Screenplay: Fred Breinersdorfer Oscar Movies, European Film Award Movies Recommended Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days Directed with clenched fists by Berlin Film Festival winner Marc Rothemund, who seems to have been at least partly inspired by Robert Bresson's minimalist The Trial of Joan of Arc, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is an intense, unsentimental, impeccably produced retelling of the last days of the young female leader of the White Rose, the German resistance movement. Set in 1943, Fred Breinersdorfer's screenplay chronicles the events that followed the arrest of Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch) and her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) after they're accused of distributing "subversive" leaflets at a German university. In the complex title role, Berlin Film Festival, German Academy Award,
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Top 50 Hottest Young Actresses - Top 40

Not only are they capable of lighting up the silver screen, they are also some of today's most talented young actresses, commanding huge fees - in some cases, in the millions. Many have won multiple awards, while others have starred in some of today's biggest box office hits. In short, we're listing down the cream of the crop!

Just like our recent Top 50 hottest young actors, we've narrowed down our list from 88 to 50, and set an age limit. If you miss seeing some of your favorites, so do we - including Maggie Gyllenhaal (31 years old) and Amy Adams (34 years old). Definitely some of the names you'll see on the list are emerging talents - the ones you will see getting the big roles in the near future - and some of them already have, with awards and nominations to boot.

Here's the updated Top 40 list! You'll definitely notice the international flavor!
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

Top 50 Hottest Young Actresses - Top 40

Not only are they capable of lighting up the silver screen, they are also some of today's most talented young actresses, commanding huge fees - in some cases, in the millions. Many have won multiple awards, while others have starred in some of today's biggest box office hits. In short, we're listing down the cream of the crop!

Just like our recent Top 50 hottest young actors, we've narrowed down our list from 88 to 50, and set an age limit. If you miss seeing some of your favorites, so do we - including Maggie Gyllenhaal (31 years old) and Amy Adams (34 years old). Definitely some of the names you'll see on the list are emerging talents - the ones you will see getting the big roles in the near future - and some of them already have, with awards and nominations to boot.

Here's the updated Top 40 list! You'll definitely notice the international flavor!
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

Top 50 Hottest Young Actresses - Top 40

Not only are they capable of lighting up the silver screen, they are also some of today's most talented young actresses, commanding huge fees - in some cases, in the millions. Many have won multiple awards, while others have starred in some of today's biggest box office hits. In short, we're listing down the cream of the crop!

Just like our recent Top 50 hottest young actors, we've narrowed down our list from 88 to 50, and set an age limit. If you miss seeing some of your favorites, so do we - including Maggie Gyllenhaal (31 years old) and Amy Adams (34 years old). Definitely some of the names you'll see on the list are emerging talents - the ones you will see getting the big roles in the near future - and some of them already have, with awards and nominations to boot.

Here's the updated Top 40 list! You'll definitely notice the international flavor!
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

Top 50 of 2006: Picks 40 to 50

  • Out with the old & in with the new… the New Year has finally arrived and the staffers at ioncinema.com are all psyched for the prospects of another eclectic year in film. In our 5-day bonanza, was put together by our panel of 4 (from Canada, the U.S, Europe and Australia). Drum roll please as we give you The Top 50 most anticipated films of 2006! Here are picks 40 thru 50. 40. (tie) Sophie Scholl When: Zeitgeist Films will hope to make a buck with this one - Who: Marc RothemundMarc Rothemund
[/link] What: 1943. The Germans have lost the battle for Stalingrad and, in Munich, members of the White Rose infiltrate the city with a wave upon wave of anti-Hitler activities and slogans. Sophie and Hans Scholl are busy distributing flyers in the main hall of Munich University when they are observed and arrested. Why: A likely candidate for a best foreign picture nom â
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