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Les Arcs Film Festival’s Industry Sidebar Turns Spotlight on Hot European Projects

Les Arcs Film Festival’s Industry Sidebar Turns Spotlight on Hot European Projects
Paris — Jonathan Nossiter (“Mondovino”), “Long Way North” helmer Remi Chaye, “Full Contact” director David Verbeek and “Gomorrah” cinematographer Maurizio Braucci are among the up-and-coming and established filmmakers set to present their next feature projects at Les Arcs Film Festival’s Coproduction Village.

Hosted in the French Alps Dec. 10-17, the 8th edition of the film festival will once again this year boast a strong industry program with 21 projects spanning 13 countries, on top of Canada, the country of honor.

Alumni of Les Arcs’ Coproduction Village include Laszlo Nemes (“Son of Saul”), Alice Rohrwacher (“The Wonders”), Grimur Hakonarson (“Rams”), Runar Runarsson (“Sparrows”) and Clément Cogitore (“The Wakhan Font”).

Remi Chaye, who made his feature debut with the animated film “Longway North,” one of the six French toonpics pre-selected for the Academy Awards, will present “A Childhood of Martha Jane Canary,” a colorful retelling of Calamity Jane’s youth, with France’s Sacrebleu
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Les Arcs: Nyoni, Omerzu, Nyholm selected for works-in-progress

Les Arcs unveils 16 projects due to be presented in the work-in-progress selection.

Upcoming films by the UK’s Rungano Nyoni, the Czech Republic’s Olmo Omerzu and Sweden’s Johannes Nyholm are among 16 works-in-progress projects due to be presented at the eighth edition of the Les Arcs Coproduction village (Dec 10-13).

Footage from the films, which are all in post-production, will be shown on Dec 11. The festival’s artistic director Frédéric Boyer made the selection.

British-Zambian director Rungano Nyoni will show first footage from her debut satire I Am Not A Witch [pictured top] about a nine-year-old girl who is a victim of a witch-hunt, which is shot by Embrace Of The Serpent’s DoP David Gallego.

Nyholm will present his second feature Koko-di Koko-da - after The Giant which premiered at Tiff this year - revolving around a couple whose camping trip takes a strange turn when a circus troupe turns up.

Two awards
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An island tale by Anne-Katrin Titze

Novelist/screenwriter, Christian Kracht, gives a Paddington hard stare before his conversation on Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas with Daniel Bowles and Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: David Netto

Douglas Sirk's penultimate film before emigrating from Germany to Hollywood, La Habanera (1937), with Zarah Leander and Ferdinand Marian battling "Puerto Rico fever", fits right in with the mood of Imperium, throwing geography and time frames to the wind. Jan Ole Gerster, the director of A Coffee In Berlin (Oh Boy!) is attached with Tom Schilling (as South Sea savior of a sort, August Engelhardt) to the filming of Christian Kracht's German best-seller.

In 2013, at the Montréal World Film Festival, Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, co-written by Christian Kracht, had its international premiere. The first-rate ensemble cast includes Ronald Zehrfeld and Michael Maertens (both starring in Christian Petzold's latest, Phoenix), Margit Carstensen (of Rainer Werner Fassbinder fame), Sandra Hüller,
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Imperium comes to New York by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-07-13 17:27:34

Imperium author Christian Kracht, Finsterworld director Frauke Finsterwalder with Anne-Katrin Titze

Into my conversations with Uschi Reich, producer of Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters at the New York Film Festival, The Sleepwalker's Mona Fastvold and Brady Corbet, director of the upcoming The Childhood Of A Leader, starring Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Sophie Curtis and Robert Pattinson (who stars with Dane DeHaan and Ben Kingsley in Anton Corbijn's Life), Christian Kracht's novel, Imperium, sailed in.

While reading his South Sea adventure from the age of empire, I envisioned it as a film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the third link to The Master and the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, Inherent Vice.

Christian Kracht's Imperium: A Fiction Of The South Seas (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Jan Ole Gerster, the director of A Coffee In Berlin (Oh Boy!) and its star Tom Schilling (from Philipp Kadelbach's Generation
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Hot projects on Screenbase

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Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.

Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands

Milla Jovovich will star alongside Justin Chatwin in this new feature based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones. The German-Canadian co-production is directed by Constantin Werner.

The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.

Steve Hoban, Oliver Luer and Nico Bruinsma produce. Myriad Pictures chief Kirk D’Amico will serve as an executive producer.

Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time

Malick’s documentary features the voices of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and [link
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Cinema Paradiso, Persepolis directors join Berlin, I Love You

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Cinema Paradiso, Persepolis directors join Berlin, I Love You
Directors of Oh Boy, Persepolis and Cinema Paradiso among those to join omnibus film; Ai Weiwei shooting remotely this weekend from Beijing.

Jan Ole Gerster (Oh Boy), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Pardiso) and Oren Moverman (The Messenger) are among the filmmakers attached to direct episodes for the Berlin I Love You omnibus film.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will shoot his eight-minute segment via distance directing from Beijing this weekend.

Speaking by Skype from his studio in Beijing, the world renowned artist explained that his contribution is “based on the experiences of a newcomer - my son Ai Lao - coming to Berlin [the six-year-old and his mother have been living there for the past six months] and the way we communicate these days through virtual digital reality”.

“I am not using the film to help myself,” he stressed. “It is more about people being apart, a similar condition for so many in the world because of wars, political or economic reasons. But they can still communicate through art, film
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A Coffee in Berlin Movie Review

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A Coffee in Berlin Movie Review
A Coffee In Berlin Music Box Films Home Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Jan Ole Gerster Screenplay: Jan Ole Gerster Cast: Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schuttler, Justus Von Dohnanyi Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/16/14 Opens: DVD on October 7, 2014 When you think of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, its humor does not come necessarily to mind. German humor? An oxymoron. Now forward to the 21st Century and you will discover German movies that are funny to the locals and whose humor travels well across the Atlantic. The New Wave style “A Coffee in Berlin,” formerly [ Read More ]

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Coffee in Berlin

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95

Studio: Music Box

Tom Schilling ponders it all--well, not really--in A Coffee in Berlin.

The popular 2012 comedy A Coffee in Berlin the debut effort from first-time feature filmmaker Jan Ole Gerster.

A Coffee in Berlin is a slacker “dramedy” that paints a day in the life of Niko, a 20-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives an aimless life, oblivious to his growing status as an outsider, until one fateful day—the day that his girlfriend dumps him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a psychiatrist confirms his “emotional imbalance”—when he finally has to engage with life.

The winner of six German Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, A Coffee in Berlin opened to positive reviews in U.S. theaters in June, 2014, following a success theatrical rollout across Europe.

Described by critics as “a love
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Kidnap comedy to open Cambridge

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Festival will also see director Rowan Joffe and novelist Sj Watson present Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

The 34th edition of the Cambridge Film Festival (Aug 28 - Sept 7) is to open with The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq, Guillaume Nicloux’s comedy-drama based in part on true events.

It recounts the disapperance of reclusive French novelist Michel Houellebecq during a book tour in 2011. The rumours of his whereabouts led to endless speculation, including a kidnapping. The film, which stars the novelist as himself, will be presented at the festival by Nicloux.

Special guests at this year’s festival include writer-director Rowan Joffe and novelist Sj Watson who will present Before I Go To Sleep, an amnesiac thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Skip Kite will present his timely tribute to late politican Tony Benn: Will and Testament, while Andrew Sinclair, director of 1972’s
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Capsule Movie Reviews (June 20): 'A Summer's Tale' and four more

A Summer’s Tale

Not Rated, 1 Hr., 54 Mins.

Originally released in 1996 in France (but never before in the U.S.), Eric Rohmer’s sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago. Melvil Poupaud plays Gaspard, a mopey young man who heads to a seaside resort in Brittany looking for a girl…and ends up finding three. Quelle chance! It’s obvious from the start that Amanda Langlet’s pixieish Margot is the One, especially after a series of long platonic walks and soul-searching talks. But Rohmer would rather torture the poor cad for not
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Exclusive Interview With Tom Schilling On A Coffee In Berlin

Tom Schilling is one of Germany’s biggest stars. A former child actor who has seen much success in his adult career, he gave strong turns in Before the Fall – winning an award that garnered him a scholarship to go study at the Strasburg Institute in New York – and 2008’s Oscar-nominated The Baader Meinhof Complex. Quite fluent in English, the actor will soon be seen in North America in the big-screen adaptation of Suite Française, the dramedy Posthumous starring Brit Marling, and the historical drama The Woman in Gold, starring Ryan Reynolds, Tatiana Maslany and Helen Mirren.

Back in his native Germany, however, Schilling received much acclaim for the 2012 film Oh Boy!, winning a German Film Award and a Bambi Award for his portrayal of aimless slacker Niko Fischer. Now, audiences in North America can check out his award-winning performance as well, although the film has a new title: A Coffee in Berlin.
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A Coffee In Berlin Review

Throughout A Coffee in Berlin, the drifting slacker protagonist tries to find a good cup of coffee, while curious events keep getting in the way of collecting the caffeine. Sometimes, the coffee is too pricey. At other times, the place is short supplied. It is a good metaphor to represent the life of a man who could surely use a jolt of caffeine to spur things back into action. However, one can say the same thing for Jan Ole Gerster’s film, both deadpan and depressing, as it searches for the tone and spirit of other classic movie featuring the aimless youth wandering around a big European city. Though it has its moments, A Coffee in Berlin needs a shot of warmth and energy to wake it up.

Shot on-location and in crisp black-and-white, the film follows Niko Fischer (Generation War’s Tom Schilling), a law school dropout getting over
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Film Review: ‘A Coffee in Berlin’

Film Review: ‘A Coffee in Berlin’
Imagine if, instead of “Titanic” taking the day, “Good Will Hunting” had swept the Oscars the year both films were nominated. That’s basically what happened in Germany when Jan Ole Gerster’s low-budget “Oh Boy” beat “Cloud Atlas” at the Lolas last year. Here was a modest, black-and-white debut coming out of nowhere to win six of the country’s top film prizes, and to see the film is to understand why: Renamed “A Coffee in Berlin” for its long-overdue, Music Box-backed U.S. release, this day-in-the-life indie says something profound about an entire generation simply by watching a feckless young man try to figure it out.

Reminiscent of some of the most notable American voices to emerge from Sundance in the decade after “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” Gerster didn’t set out to write a story that would describe the zeitgeist. Rather, the project originated with the creation of a likable,
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Indie Box Office Preview: Will Robert Pattinson Finally Get An Indie Hit With 'The Rover'?

Indie Box Office Preview: Will Robert Pattinson Finally Get An Indie Hit With 'The Rover'?
Outside of the "Twilight" films, Robert Pattinson has been getting some consistent and impressive work from independent filmmakers, from David Cronenberg to Werner Herzog. Yet he's so far been unable to be a box office draw in that context, with his last two indies -- "Cosmopolis" and "Bel  Ami" -- failing to even gross $1 million. Will David Michod's well-reviewed "The Rover" change that this weekend? Here's our prediction for that and four other openers: Read More: Robert Pattinson on Singing Keri Hilson in 'The Rover' and How He Chooses His Projects Post-'Twilight' A Coffee In Berlin (Music Box Films) Director:  Jan Ole Gerster Cast: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders Criticwire Average: 7 critics gave it a B average Where It's Screening: At the Sunshine in New York. It opens in Philadelphia, Chicago and the Bay Area next weekend. Box Office Expectation: This German import about a young
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Review: Delightful 'A Coffee in Berlin’ is Like 'Frances Ha' With a Guy

Review: Delightful 'A Coffee in Berlin’ is Like 'Frances Ha' With a Guy
Writer-director Jan Ole Gerster’s insightful first feature "A Coffee in Berlin" swept the German Film Academy Awards last year, but it’s not your typical lavish awards bait. (It has the alternate title "Oh Boy," which would probably do less business on VOD.) Featuring Tom Schilling as a disillusioned young man wandering through missed opportunities and dead-ends, the black-and-white sketch of a movie never ventures beyond the limited environment of its doleful anti-hero. But there’s wisdom lurking in its light, witty approach, which gradually transforms from a series of silly misadventures into something far more perceptive. A figure of slapstick from the outset, twentysomething Niko (Schilling) surfaces in the opening minutes lighting a cigarette on his toaster, one of many indications that he lives hand-to-mouth to a hilarious degree. The examples keep coming: After ticking off the girlfriend who dumps him in the first scene, he attempts to
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Debut Feature A Coffee in Berlin Is a Sort of German Frances Ha

Debut Feature A Coffee in Berlin Is a Sort of German Frances Ha
Jan Ole Gerster's debut feature, A Coffee in Berlin (originally titled Oh Boy), arrives in the U.S. riding a wave of success, having swept several major categories at the 2013 German Film Awards, where its main competition was Cloud Atlas (co-directed by Gerster's friend Tom Tykwer).

By comparison, Gerster's film is agreeably modest: an 85-minute, black-and-white, jazz-scored film, with a Frances Ha tone, about a day in the life of twentysomething law-school dropout Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling). Niko's life is defined by indecision: He's moved into a new apartment, but hasn't unpacked his boxes yet; he's a smoker, but he doesn't carry a lighter (at home, he uses his toaster).

Gerster and cinematographer Philipp Kirsamer frequently frame Niko...
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The Wolf Of Wall Street, Crystal Fairy, Devil's Due: this week's new films

The Wolf Of Wall Street | Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus | Devil's Due | Tim's Vermeer | Oh Boy | The Night Of The Hunter

The Wolf Of Wall Street (18)

(Martin Scorsese, 2013, Us) Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, John Bernthal, Matthew McConaughey. 180 mins

Perhaps Scorsese has more of a right than anyone to make a banking epic in the mould of a crime epic – and sure enough, this is Gordon Gekko, GoodFellas-style: a sprawling, seriocomic, voiceover-tracked rise-and-fall with a morally dubious hero. Excess is the name of the game here, to the point there's actually an excess of excess; endless choreographed tableaux of cash, drugs, cars, naked women, shouting men and celebrity cameos. These regular shots of energy keep the story buzzing, even as they bloat the running time, but Scorsese is aiming for greatness here, and there's no reining him in.

Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus (18)

(Sebastián Silva, 2013, Chi) Michael Cera,
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Oh Boy – review

A charisma-deficient hipster wanders around Berlin in a mumblecore transplant that lacks spontaneity or edge

Shot without much point or particular style on digital black-and-white, this debut for German writer-director Jan Ole Gerster seemingly aims to transplant a mumblecore aesthetic into Berlin, with all the requisite aimless hipsters, whimsical touches and rambling narrative dips and dives; but someone forgot to add spontaneity or edge. The simultaneously thin and overdetermined plot follows floppy-haired, charisma-deficient Niko (Tom Schilling) as he perambulates about town. It's a day that starts with him splitting up with a girlfriend and losing his driving license and ends with an elderly drunk (played by Michael Gwisdek, one of the movie's few plus points) recounting painful memories of Kristallnacht. A couple of mildly amusing comedy-of-embarrassment moments click, although the running gag about Niko's frustrated search for a simple cup of coffee feels like student film-writing at its worst. This
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Film Review: 'Oh Boy!'

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★★★★☆The crushing social angst found within a generation of despondent, shiftless hipsters has long been a mainstay of micro-budget filmmaking. Whilst Jan Ole Gerster's Oh Boy! (2012) shares many of these traits, this Berlin-set slacker comedy also boasts a heart of gold and an unassuming charm. We follow Niko (Tom Schilling), a young man wandering aimlessly through life. What transpires is a tragically hilarious episode in Niko's life, a man whose self-constructed wall of disillusionment has left him on the outskirts of the real world, peering in wistfully whilst unable to motivate himself to enter into the fray.
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Germany 2013 in Review: Business Booms, Rupert Murdoch Doubles Down on Sports

Germany 2013 in Review: Business Booms, Rupert Murdoch Doubles Down on Sports
As much of Europe suffered through 2013, Germany enjoyed the best of days. The local film, TV, video and music industries posted strong -- for some, even record -- numbers, and a handful of mega-mergers and deals point to a positive 2014. Creatively, things were more barren, with few stand-out films or local series making their mark outside the country. One of the few exceptions was Jan Ole Gerster’s directorial debut, Oh Boy, which won big at Germany’s film academy honors and took best feature at the European Film Awards in Berlin in December. Story: Berlin 2013: Behind the Scenes

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