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Boost Nl launches at Holland Film Meeting

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Iniative kicks off as film festivals continue to asses the merits of co-production markets.

Boost Nl, the new collaborative project between the Holland Film Meeting (Hfm, Sept 22-25) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart, is launching officially this week at the Hfm, which began today at the Nederlands Film Festival in Utrecht

The idea behind the initiative, which will continue at the Iffr’s Cinemart next January, is not just to help Dutch projects but to assist further a number of projects that have already received support from Iffr’s Hubert Bals Fund or have been presented at CineMart.

Speaking to Screen, Hfm chief Vanja Kaludjercic gave further details of the “enhanced coproduction experience” offered to the selected projects.

“Some things cannot be achieved in only three days of the event itself so what we have created is an extended trajectory,” Kaludjercic said of the new Utrecht/Rotterdam axis. The intention
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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun

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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun
The River Run International Film Festival wrapped its 18th edition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with its narrative feature award going to Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits, which was, in the words of the jury, “an audacious debut from a promising American talent.”

Best documentary feature went to Mike Plunkett’s Salero, about one of the last salt gatherers in Bolivia. The jury praised that film “for its astonishing visuals, narrative acuity and ability to showcase characters that go against the grain.”

The Fits, a Venice Biennale College project that also played at Sundance, also won best actress for its impressive young newcomer Royalty Hightower.

Interestingly, there is a link between the two top winners — debutant director Holmer from The Fits also served as a producer on Salero.

The jury’s best ensemble performance went to Jackson Martin, Nick Serino and Reece Moffett in Sleeping Giant, with best director honours for Romania’s Radu Muntean for One
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Berlin Review: From L.A. to the Middle East, 'Soy Nero' Follows a Strange Journey

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Berlin Review: From L.A. to the Middle East, 'Soy Nero' Follows a Strange Journey
Nothing is more universal, it seems, than border trouble. It's the heart and soul, the foreground and backdrop, of Rafi Pitts's "Soy Nero." The Iranian's fifth feature — his first in six years following "The Hunter" — begins in Tijuana, journeys to Los Angeles, and concludes in the anonymous "Na Koja-abad" (no man's land) of a Middle Eastern desert. Co-writing with Romanian screenwriter Razvan Radulescu (who worked on notable award-winners "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" and "Child's Pose"), Pitts drags his figurative approach to storytelling into the muscular realms of urban drama and wartime thriller. As a world-we-live-in dispatch, the film offers plenty of interpretable discussion points. In this righteous, sometimes gripping genre-melding work, geographical boundaries are the root of violent skirmishes, political tensions, racial prejudices, and class war. Laden with meticulously baked...
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Soy Nero’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Soy Nero’
At this stage, America’s war in the Middle East practically has its own dedicated cinematic subgenre, so all credit to Rafi Pitts’ confident, deceptively calm “Soy Nero” for finding in the conflict a surprisingly under-explored angle: the plight of foreign “Green Card soldiers” joining the U.S. Army in the hope of attaining citizenship. Following one such hapless recruit, played with vulnerable impassivity by Johnny Ortiz, as he negotiates the seemingly not-so-different border patrols of Mexico and an unspecified stretch of the Middle East, Pitts’ pristinely composed sixth feature is thoughtfully marked by the Iranian-born filmmaker’s own experience of amorphous national identity. Its ironies, however, are more heavily inscribed than we’ve come to expect from his work — or, indeed, that of his accomplished Romanian co-writer Razvan Radulescu. If that leaves the pic softer in impact at its end than its outset, its formal virtues are more consistently punchy.
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Toronto 2015: 'One Floor Below' review

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★★★☆☆ The subject of guilt is one that cinema often returns to for its potential to be expressed in inventive and thought-provoking ways. In Radu Muntean's pared-down and naturalistic One Floor Below (2015), he and co-screenwriters Alexandru Baciu and Razvan Radulescu choose to take a similar route to Michael Haneke's highly-regarded Hidden (2005) by giving corporeal form to the externalised spectre of remorse. "We need to lose some weight," says Sandu Patrascu (Teodor Corban) to his equally paunch dog Jerry as they jog around a park. His conscience is soon a far greater burden, however, in this absorbing investigation into the culpability of inaction.

Returning home with Jerry, Patrascu happens upon two of his neighbours in a heated argument but carries on up to the apartment he shares with his wife Olga (Oxana Moravec) and son Matei (Ionut Bora). The next day, the young woman from downstairs, Laura, is found dead,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Frenzy’

Venice Film Review: ‘Frenzy’
Paranoia grips the characters and saturates the screen in Emin Alper’s “Frenzy,” a deliberately oppressive parable of a society brought to heel by its fear of terrorism. One of the more topical films of the year, this intense mind-playing psycho-social drama, from the director of “Beyond the Hill,” plunges the viewer into a disturbing state of uncertainty in which two brothers — one a paroled convict secretly recruited to ferret out terrorists, the other hired to kill stray dogs — are sucked into a vortex of state-sponsored distrust. Echoes of the current situation in Turkey and the Middle East come through loud and clear, and while “Frenzy” isn’t an easy sit, it’s certain to see a flurry of fest notices.

With his first feature, Alper made things uncomfortable, but with this, his second, he ups the ante in terms of social critique as well as audience unease. It’s
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Cannes Film Review: ‘One Floor Below’

Cannes Film Review: ‘One Floor Below’
The moral tug-of-war between reporting a homicide and remaining silent lies at the core of Radu Muntean’s lean, absorbing anti-thriller “One Floor Below.” Like a pot set to bubble only every few seconds, the drama is tightly measured to ensure a controlled level of tension that remains discreetly constant, nicely melding with Muntean’s skilled construction of three-dimensional bourgeois life. The helmer’s affinity for young, middle-class relationship stories is expanded here, and the confidence he gives his actors, as always, serves him well. While understated, “One Floor Below” non-judgmentally homes in on a weighty theme and deserves a high place on the fest circuit.

The camera almost never leaves Sandu Patrascu (Teodor Corban), but it’s not quite accurate to say audiences see the action through his eyes — rather, the character’s steady presence forces us to question his motivation without condemning him. He’s a perfectly “normal” guy,
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Euro filmmakers "in shock" over training threat

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Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, Nipkow Programm managing director Petra Weisenburger explained that the Berlin-based training initiative had not been successful in the latest round of funding for the next two years and would explore alternative strategies for a survival plan.

In the current financial year, Creative Europe had provided nearly 46% (€180,400) of Nipkow’s overall budget, with the remaining €215,543 coming from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Mbb) and Germany’s State Minister for Culture and the Media (Bkm).

Weisenburger said that Mbb’s CEO Kirsten Niehuus had already indicated a desire to see the Nipkow Programm continue to exist, but the situation remains unclear about the funding from Bkm for 2015 onwards.

She added that the Nipkow Programm jury of experts will meet during the next Berlinale in February to discuss the initiative’s future
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Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip

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Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip
I am not him wins best film in Turkish competition.

Blind [pictured] by Norway’s Eskil Vogt, the story of a married woman losing her sight and battling with the real and imaginary demons of her condition, won the Golden Tulip at the 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival. The jury — presided over by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and including British producer Lynda Myles from the National Film & TV School, Turkish actress Defne Halman, French director Philippe Leguay and Romanian writer/director Razvan Radulescu — added a special jury prize for Poland’s Papusza, written and directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze.

On the national front, Tayfun Pirselimoglou’s I am not him (Ben O Degilim) lead the field, winning the Best Film Award, also Best Script (also by Pirselimoglou) and best music (by Giorgios Komendakis), an award shared with Ali Tekbas, Serhat Bostanci and A. Imran Erin who wrote the score for Come to My Voice (Were
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‘Child’s Pose’ is a wonder to watch

Child’s Pose

Directed by Calin Peter Netzer

Romania, 2013

Continuing in the tradition of recent dominant cinematic mothers, ranging from Hye-ja Kim in Joon-ho Bong’s Mother to Jacki Weaver in David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, Luminita Gheorghiu casts an impressively controlling maternal shadow in Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose as Cornelia Keneres.

When Cornelia’s son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) strikes and kills a child with his car, Cornelia sees the tragedy as an opportunity to steer her son’s life in the opposite direction of what she believes to be wayward and away from her.

Child’s Pose has several of the trademarks of the films of Netzer’s Romanian peers, making up what many refer to as a Romanian New Wave: long takes, class and bureaucratic commentary, abrupt cuts from scene to scene. It’s Netzer’s anxious camera, constantly panning, tilting, and zooming, that sets it apart.
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‘Child’s Pose’, Romania’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar category, releases a Us trailer

The Romanian cinema industry has seen an upswing in critical acclaim over the past decade, with movies such as The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days pushing them to the forefront of world cinema. The newest feature from the movie to pique the interest of the film community is Child’s Pose, which has been getting critical acclaim on the film festival circuit. The third feature from director Calin Peter Netzer, who shares screenplay duties with veteran writer Razvan Radulescu, Child’s Pose was recently selected by Romania as their official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film consideration. The Us trailer for the film was also released, and can be seen below. Our review of the film itself can be read here.

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

Child's Pose is an astonishing Romanian gem that deserved more of a cinema outing, unlike James Franco's attempt to put the vice back into Cruising

The ever narrowing window between the theatrical and DVD release dates of smaller-scale arthouse films is a bittersweet blessing. Viewers in multiplex-only regions get to access them before the critical conversation has cooled entirely, though the sadder flip-side is that their life in cinemas is increasingly brief. Viewed on any size of screen, however, Calin Peter Netzer's astonishing Child's Pose (Studiocanal, 15) – released theatrically only last month – is among the year's most essential films.

There's been a recent critical tendency to elevate indiscriminately just about any product of the so-called Romanian new wave to masterwork status, no matter how dour or protracted, which is perhaps why even discerning audiences were hesitant to see this diamond-hard domestic thriller – a deserved Golden Bear winner at the Berlin film festival.
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‘Child’s Pose’ Producer Wins Prix Eurimages

‘Child’s Pose’ Producer Wins Prix Eurimages
London — The European Co-Production Award, the Prix Eurimages, which acknowledges the role of co-productions in the European film industry, has gone to Ada Solomon, the producer of Calin Peter Netzer’s “Child’s Pose,” which won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and is the Romanian Oscar entry.

Through her shingle HiFilm, Solomon has produced features by Radu Jude (“The Happiest Girl in the World”), Melissa de Raaf and Razvan Radulescu (“First of All, Felicia”), Paul Negoescu (“A Month in Thailand”), Adrian Sitaru’s “Best Intentions,” winner of two awards at Locarno in 2011, and Jude’s “Everybody in Our Family,” which won the Heart of Sarajevo prize last year.

She is developing Alexandru Solomon’s docu-science-fiction “Tarzan’s Testicles” and Jude’s third feature “Aferim!”

Solomon is also head of distribution at Parada Film and executive director of the NexT Intl. Film Festival in Bucharest. She teaches at
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Child's Pose producer wins co-pro award

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Child's Pose producer wins co-pro award
This year’s European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages will go to Ada Solomon from Romania.

The award, acknowledging the role of co-productions in the European film industry, will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec 7.

Since setting up HiFilm, Solomon has produced award-winning shorts by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena From P7) and Radu Jude (The Tube With A Hat).

She also produced debut features by Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl In The World), Melissa de Raaf, Razvan Radulescu (First Of All, Felicia), Paul Negoescu (A Month In Thailand), and documentaries by Alexandru Solomon (Kapitalism - Our Improved Formula), among others.

She has produced the Eurimages-supported film Best Intentions by Adrian Sitaru, winner of two awards at the Locarno Iff 2011 and of two Romanian Gopos Awards, and Everybody In Our Family by Radu Jude which was also supported by Eurimages and won six Gopos Awards and the ‘Heart of Sarajevo’ 2012.

She is currently developing
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Solomon to receive co-pro award

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Solomon to receive co-pro award
This year’s European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages will go to Ada Solomon from Romania.

The award, acknowledging the role of co-productions in the European film industry, will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec 7.

Since setting up HiFilm, Solomon has produced award-winning shorts by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena From P7) and Radu Jude (The Tube With A Hat).

She also produced debut features by Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl In The World), Melissa de Raaf, Razvan Radulescu (First Of All, Felicia), Paul Negoescu (A Month In Thailand), and documentaries by Alexandru Solomon (Kapitalism - Our Improved Formula), among others.

She has produced the Eurimages-supported film Best Intentions by Adrian Sitaru, winner of two awards at the Locarno Iff 2011 and of two Romanian Gopos Awards, and Everybody In Our Family by Radu Jude which was also supported by Eurimages and won six Gopos Awards and the ‘Heart of Sarajevo’ 2012.

She is currently developing
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European Film Awards' Co-Production Award Goes to Producer of Child's Pose, Tarzan's Testicles

Romanian film producer Ada Solomon: European Film Awards’ Prix Eurimages 2013 The European Film Academy has announced that the 2013 European Co-Production Award — Prix Eurimages will go to Romanian film producer Ada Solomon. The purpose of the European Film Awards’ Prix Eurimages is to acknowledge "the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry." (Photo: Ada Solomon.) According to the European Film Academy’s press release, Ada Solomon has been in the film business for two decades. She is Head of Distribution at Parada Film and Executive Director of the NexT International Film Festival in Bucharest. Additionally, she teaches at the Romanian capital’s National Film School and, along with Tudor Giurgiu, manages three mini-plex movie theaters in that country. Ada Solomon movies Since establishing her production company HiFilm, Ada Solomon productions include documentaries by her husband, filmmaker Alexandru Solomon (Kapitalism — Our Improved Formula); shorts directed by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena
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Child's Pose gets UK deal

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Child's Pose gets UK deal
Beta inks deal with StudioCanal for Berlin Golden Bear winner.

StudioCanal has picked up UK rights from Beta Cinema to Calin Peter Netzer’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose.

The Romanian foreign language Oscar entry is scheduled for a November release after its UK debut at the BFI London Film Festival.

Produced by Netzer’s Parada Film and Ada Solomon, Child’s Pose follows a difficult mother-son relationship amid low-level corruption in contemporary Romania.

Co-written by the director and Razvan Radulescu, the film stars Luminița Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Ilinca Goia and Natasa Raab.

The deal follows a recent Us deal with Zeitgeist and completes sales in all major territories.
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Child’s Pose gets UK deal

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Child’s Pose gets UK deal
Beta inks deal with StudioCanal for Berlin Golden Bear winner.

StudioCanal has picked up UK rights from Beta Cinema to Calin Peter Netzer’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose.

The Romanian foreign language Oscar entry is scheduled for a November release after its UK debut at the London Film Festival.

Produced by Netzer’s Parada Film and Ada Solomon, Child’s Pose follows a difficult mother-son relationship amid low-level corruption in contemporary Romania.

Co-written by the director and Razvan Radulescu, the film stars Luminița Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Ilinca Goia and Natasa Raab.

The deal follows a recent Us deal with Zeitgeist and completes sales in all major territories.
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Berlin Winner ‘Child’s Pose’ Gets U.S. Distribution (Exclusive)

Zeitgeist Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Calin Peter Netzer’s “Child’s Pose,” winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin and the Romanian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

“Child’s Pose” will open at Film Forum on Feb. 19 with a national rollout to follow. The film had its North American debut last month at the Toronto Film Festival.

The film was produced by Parada Film and Hai-Hui Entertainment, with backing from HBO Romania. Netzer and Razvan Radulescu (“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”) wrote the script.

Luminita Gheorghiu, in her first starring role, plays a matriarch who leads a life of privilege, surrounded by friends and wealth in Bucharest. When her son is involved in a car accident and could now face a hefty jail sentence, her maternal instincts kick into overdrive.

The deal was negotiated by Zeitgeist’s Nancy Gerstman and Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter.
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U.S. Buyers Circle Romania’s Oscar Entry

U.S. Buyers Circle Romania’s Oscar Entry
London — Leading world sales house Beta Cinema is in negotiations to close a U.S. distribution deal for “Child’s Pose,” which Romania selected to compete for the Academy Award for best foreign-language film last week.

Calin Peter Netzer’s family drama, which won this year’s Berlinale’s Golden Bear, has been sold to 21 territories.

In Western Europe and North Africa, territories already sold include Germany/Austria/Switzerland (X-Verleih), France/Algeria/Morocco/Tunisia (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Italy (Teodora Film), Benelux (Contact Film), Portugal (Alambique) and Spain (Golem).

Nordic territories sold are Norway (Tour de Force), Denmark (Camera Films) and Iceland (Bio Paradis).

Territories sold in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are Poland (Aurora Films), Hungary (Cirko Film), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Film Europe), Serbia and Montenegro (Discovery Film and Video), and Greece (Seven Group).

In the Middle East and Asia Pacific, territories closed are Israel (Lev Cinemas), South Korea (Entermode Corp.
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