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Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Leaning Into The Wind'

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Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Leaning Into The Wind'
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Magnolia Pictures has picked up Us rights from Mongrel International to Thomas Riedelsheimer’s Leaning Into The Wind.

Riedelsheimer’s second documentary about British artist Andy Goldsworthy following Rivers And Tides recently received its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Leaning Into The Wind journeys into the hillsides, terrains, and other outdoor spaces where Goldsworthy feels most at home, from urban Edinburgh and Glasgow to the south of France and New England.

Magnolia plans a theatrical release later this year.

“Thomas has crafted another extraordinary film in Leaning Into The Wind,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Not only is it a visual masterpiece, it’s also one of the most fascinating character studies I’ve seen in years.”

“Fifteen years after Rivers And Tides, San Francisco again provided such a warm and enthusiastic welcome,” Riedelsheimer said. “I
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Magnolia Nabs Andy Goldsworthy Documentary ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ (Exclusive)

Magnolia Nabs Andy Goldsworthy Documentary ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ (Exclusive)
Magnolia Pictures has nabbed U.S. rights to “Leaning Into the Wind,” a documentary look at British artist Andy Goldsworthy, Variety has learned.

The deal comes on the held of the film’s world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It marks director Thomas Riedelsheimer’s second film on Goldsworthy. The previous effort, 2001’s “Rivers and Tides,” was a surprise art house hit, grossing $2.2 million, a lordly sum for a non-fiction film, particularly one about fine art.

Perhaps its the ecological tinge to Goldsworthy’s work that allowed the picture to connect with audiences. He is a sculptor and photographer, best known for his land art. His installations have appeared at the National Gallery of Art, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland. He lives and works in Scotland.

According to Magnolia, the film follows
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Mongrel takes Thomas Riedelsheimer’s 'Leaning Into The Wind'

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Mongrel takes Thomas Riedelsheimer’s 'Leaning Into The Wind'
Exclusive: Documentary sees director Riedelsheimer revisiting artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Mongrel International has acquired international sales on Leaning Into The Wind, Thomas Riedelsheimer’s follow-up to his acclaimed documentary Rivers And Tides.

Sixteen years after Riedelsheimer profiled the work of land artist Andy Goldsworthy he revisits the artist.

Leaning Into The Wind will get its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April alongside an anniversary screening of Rivers And Tides.

The new film shot from 2013-16 is described as a more personal investigation into Goldsworthy’s work as he incorporates his own body into his work and collaborates with crews on massive machinery.

Leaning Into The Wind is a Scottish-German co-production produced by Leslie Hills and Stefan Tolz with support from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Robert Hiscox, Roger Evans and Aey Phanachet, Sakurako and William Fisher, Miel de Botton, John Caulkins and Leslie Hills.

Piffl will distribute in Germany and Eurozoom in France
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Tzoumerkas, Csaszi among new Nipkow intake

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Tzoumerkas, Csaszi among new Nipkow intake
Exclusive: Greece’s Syllas Tzoumerkas and Hungary’s Adam Csaszi are among 13 international filmmakers selected to each spend three months in Berlin as part of the Nipkow Programme residency.

An international jury under French producer Christine Camdessus decided on the latest intake of Nipkow fellows from 11 countries out of 86 applicants from 30 countries ranging from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Brazil through Uganda and Ukraine to the Us.

The first batch of filmmakers will arrive in Berlin this month for a three-month period, and others will come over subsequent months.

Tzoumerkas, who presented his last feature A Blast in competition in Locarno last summer, will be in Berlin from August to work on his new project The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, while Csaszi, whose feature debut Land Of Storms premiered in the Berlinale’s Panorama Special in 2014, will be developing the screenplay for a new film High Dive for three months in the same period.

The largest
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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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Edinburgh international film festival names Chris Fujiwara as artistic director

Appointment of writer and lecturer raises hopes for annual Scottish filmfest beset by funding cuts and public criticism

Chris Fujiwara has been appointed the new artistic director of the Edinburgh international film festival (Eiff).

Fujiwara, a film critic, author and lecturer, succeeds James Mullighan, who oversaw this year's festival on a fixed-term contract. Fujiwara was appointed by the Centre for the Moving Image (Cmi), the organisation responsible for Eiff. "We are delighted to have someone of the calibre of Chris Fujiwara joining us," said Cmi chair Leslie Hills. "His extraordinary knowledge of, and passion for, film coupled with a fantastic range of contacts … will no doubt bring unexpected and delightful results."

"I'm especially enthusiastic because Edinburgh is a festival that has been known in the past for taking the lead during periods when film-making and film criticism were going through major transitions," said Fujiwara. "I look forward to working hard
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Edinburgh film festival seeking new artistic director, say reports

James Mullighan, only in the post since January, could be out after critics come down hard on festival's latest edition

The Edinburgh international film festival is to begin recruitment for a new artistic director, it has emerged. After a 65th anniversary edition that has been beset by a funding crisis and a critical mauling, the Centre for the Moving Image (Cmi) – the organisation that controls the festival – is looking to advertise the post for the second time in two years, according to a report in the Herald.

Current festival director James Mullighan has only been in the post since January this year and is expected to reapply. His original appointment was shrouded in confusion when it was originally announced in December 2010 that he had been taken on as the festival's "producer", while "creative advisers" Mark Cousins, Tilda Swinton and Linda Myles would supply artistic direction. However, it emerged that the
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