News

Les Arcs unveils 2019 co-production selection

  • ScreenDaily
Les Arcs unveils 2019 co-production selection
Alpine festival running Dec 14-21 reveals details of all industry events.

Jonas Alexander Arnby, Ágnes Kocsis and Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska will be among the directors presenting new projects at Les Arc Film Festival’s Co-production Village, running Dec 15 to 17.

Hungarian filmmaker Kocsis will attend with romantic drama Iron Song, about the real-life love story between Latvian composer Imants Kalniņš and Us writer Kelly Cherry in the 1960s.

Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska will present her first English-language project Silent Twins, about siblings who communicate using a private language of their own creation after spending 14 years in Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs

Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs
Total of 842 people from 59 countries invited by AMPAS.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 842 people from 59 countries to join its membership.

The strong cohort of international film names includes two producers of Cold War, the directors of Dogman, Stan & Ollie, and I Am Not A Witch, and various executives from different facets of the industry.

International executives invited include Eric Lagesse of French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films, London-based Netflix development and acquisitions executive Funa Maduka, Michele Halberstadt of French distribution and sales outfit Arp Selection, Lebanese producer and distributor Georges Schoucair of Abbout Productions,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

‘Atlantics’: Netflix’s Aggressive Africa Push Continues With Acquisition of Cannes Grand Prix Winner

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s feature debut, the award winning “Atlantics,” which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix.

The film’s Cannes premiere earned Diop, niece of the late, great Senegalese cinema pioneer Djibril Diop Mambéty, a spot in the history books: she became the first woman of African descent with a film in the 72-year-old festival’s Competition section, and has proven to be one of the biggest breakouts at Cannes this year.

Previously titled “Fire Next Time” (although not based on James Baldwin’s famous essay collection of the same name), the film was in rare company. Diop and French-Malian Ladj Ly were the only filmmakers of African descent represented in Competition at the world’s most prestigious film festival this year.

The acquisition represents Netflix’s ongoing aggressive push into the African continent — a
See full article at Indiewire »

British New Wave Rides on Market Changes

  • Variety
The U.K. production scene has been dominated by a phalanx of successful producers for many years. A fresh wave of U.K.-based producers is now also getting international attention. The producers are navigating a business that offers unparalleled opportunity, and facing fundamental challenges. With the key funders putting an emphasis on inclusion and diversity, female producers have risen to the fore and the new faces also reflects modern, multicultural Britain.

“There is a great old guard we can look up to, but also such excitement about debut British filmmakers,” says Julia Nottingham, who produced Lucy Cohen’s “Kingdom of Us” and “Xy Chelsea,” which premiered at Tribeca. “If you look at the BIFAs [British Independent Film Awards] and BAFTA debuts, the films are so exciting, and the good thing is that financiers are up for taking those risks and finding new talent.”

Nottingham set up Julia Street Pictures last year and Great
See full article at Variety »

British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill To Step Down In 2020 After 16 Years In Charge

British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill is stepping down from the UK film funder after sixteen years in charge.

Nevill is set to leave the organization, which supports film development production, distribution, exhibition and international sales to the tune of around £26M a year, in early 2020. She joined as CEO in 2003, the first female in the position.

In 2012, the BFI took on a new expanded remit as the UK’s National Lottery distributor for film. It has invested in films including Ken Loach’s Palm D’Or winning I, Daniel Blake, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch, Sarah Gavron’s Sufragette and Gurinder Chada’s Viceroy’s House.

The BFI Board of Governors has now begun the recruitment process for a new CEO.

Nevill said, “I think the real test of any job is whether at the end you still feel as much excitement and eager energy to
See full article at Deadline »

‘Hyenas’ Trailer: A Lush Satirical Masterpiece From Senegal Is Restored — Exclusive

Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty made his mark on international cinema with his very first feature, “Touki Bouki,” which picked up the International Critics Award at 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Together with “Hyenas” (1992), Mambéty’s oeuvre — which comprises of those two features and five shorts — has come to be recognized as one of the most important in the history of African film.

Both “Touki Bouki” and “Hyenas” were to be completed by a third film, as part of a trilogy on colonization and corruption, but Mambéty died in 1998 without being able to finish the triptych.

Now, “Hyenas,” the long-delayed follow-up to his canonical “Touki Bouki,” will enjoy a revival following a new restoration from the original negative, that is set for a nationwide theatrical run, starting on April 26 at the Metrograph in New York City.

Distributed by Metrograph Pictures, IndieWire has the exclusive new trailer for the film.

A fantastical and
See full article at Indiewire »

'I Am Not A Witch', 'Cold War' among international selections at Iff Panama

Rungano Nyoni’s UK foreign-language Oscar submission I Am Not A Witch, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-nominated Poland-set drama Cold War, and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Japanese Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters will screen in the Panama International Film Festival’s International Portal strand next month.

Rungano Nyoni’s UK foreign-language Oscar submission I Am Not A Witch, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-nominated Poland-set drama Cold War, and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Japanese Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters will screen in the Panama International Film Festival’s International Portal strand next month.

The programme also features Nadine Labaki’s Oscar-nominated Lebanese drama Capernaum,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

The 100 All-Time Greatest Films Directed by Women

  • Indiewire
The 100 All-Time Greatest Films Directed by Women
For as long as there have been movies, there have been women making them. When the Lumière brothers were shocking audiences with their unbelievable depiction of a running train, Alice Guy-Blaché was pioneering her own techniques in the brand-new artform. When D.W. Griffith was pioneering advances in the art, and building his own studio to make his work, Lois Weber was doing, well, the exact same thing. When Hollywood was deep in its Golden Age, Dorothy Arzner, Dorothy Davenport, Tressie Souders, and many more women were right there, making their own films. It’s not even a trend that really abated, because it was never a trend. For so long, women being filmmakers was simply part of the norm.

And yet around the time of the advent of sound cinema, female participation in filmmaking began to drop. And the numbers have dipped immeasurably in recent decades. The latest Celluloid Ceiling
See full article at Indiewire »

Review: Capitalism and Culture Collides in "Birds of Passage"

  • MUBI
Inspired by the travel diaries of Theodor Koch Grunberg (1879–1924) and Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001), who provided two of the earliest accounts of Amazonian cultures, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent (2015) remains one of the most potent works of recent world cinema. A story told through the eyes of a warrior shaman of the search into the heart of the Colombian Amazon for the mythical Yakruna plant, the film bears witness how colonialism, religion and the exploitation of rubber affects indigenous traditions and the environment to which they are inextricably linked. So, the stakes were high for Guerra’s next project. Co-directing with Embrace of the Serpent producer Cristina Gallego, the film doesn’t disappoint.“Told in an intimate, personal way. Our own way,”1 Birds of Passage is another formidable meditation on the corrupting forces of wealth and power, set against the backdrop of the marijuana boom of the 1970s.
See full article at MUBI »

New to Streaming: ‘Widows,’ ‘The Sisters Brothers,’ ‘Blaze,’ ‘The Wife,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Blaze (Ethan Hawke)

Not unlike its main subject, Ethan Hawke’s Blaze is likeable, long-winded and a little all over the place. Starring musician Ben Dickey as the titular Blaze Foley, this indie biopic feels like a natural follow-up to Hawke’s last directorial effort, Seymour: An Introduction. That documentary examined the life of Seymour Bernstein, a piano teacher with wise life lessons as curated by failure and regret. This film concerns Foley, an Arkansas-born but Texas-raised singer-songwriter who was killed at the young age of 39. Both are ultimately optimistic, though Hawke does well in finding the sour with the sweet. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon,
See full article at The Film Stage »

BFI Appoints Former Stx & Film4 Staffer As Network Talent Executive

  • Deadline
Exclusive: The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organization for film, has appointed former Stx and Film4 staffer Amy O’Hara as BFI Talent Executive at Film Hub North. She becomes one of seven nationwide Network talent executives.

O’Hara will work alongside fellow Talent Executive Alice Ramsey to lead the talent development resource in the North of England. She replaces Jessica Loveland, who recently joined the BFI as Head of BFI Network.

O’Hara will be based out of the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, and joins from Stx International where she most recently served as Digital Marketing Manager overseeing digital campaigns. Previously she was at Film4 for three years where she worked in departments including marketing and distribution.

BFI Network supports filmmakers early in their careers with short film funding, early feature development, industry-backed professional development and networking support. They work closely with the BFI Film
See full article at Deadline »

How Les Arcs became a hotspot for nurturing hit European films

How Les Arcs became a hotspot for nurturing hit European films
The festival’s industry strand has hosted Girl, Rams, and Son Of Saul among other titles.

Since it was founded ten years ago, the industry wing of the Les Arcs Film Festival has established itself as an incubator of European film projects that, once completed, premiere at A-list festivals and win major awards.

Films that have graduated through one of Les Arcs’ two main industry strands – the Co-Production Village and the Works in Progress showcase, both housed under the Les Arcs Industry Village banner – include László Nemes’ holocaust drama Son Of Saul, which won the foreign language film Oscar in 2015, Lukas Dhont’s Girl,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Black Cinema’s Rise in 2018: In the Year of ‘Black Panther,’ Has Real Change Happened?

  • Indiewire
Black Cinema’s Rise in 2018: In the Year of ‘Black Panther,’ Has Real Change Happened?
Black Panther” is a game changer. With over $1.3 billion worldwide, it shattered the long-standing, fallacious belief that black films don’t sell overseas. It also should close 2018 as North America’s highest-grossing film — a historic first for a film with a predominantly black cast, black writers, and directed by a black filmmaker.

There’s another way to look at this: Deja vu. Hollywood’s interest in black stories surges, and then the “renaissance” is followed by a fallow period … until the next one. It’s a pattern that strips the consistency and continuity that’s essential for lasting change.

In the late 1960s, following the Civil Rights movement and facing pressure from a socially and politically conscious black audience seeking full representations of their humanity, Hollywood responded with blaxploitation movies. (It didn’t hurt that Hollywood was in economic flux at the time.) This overdue recognition of the power of
See full article at Indiewire »

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni among Women in Film and TV UK 2018 winners

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni among Women in Film and TV UK 2018 winners
Juliet Stevenson receives Lifetime Achievement Award.

Women in Film & TV (UK), the membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, announced its 2018 awards today (Dec 7), with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni and Juliet Stevenson among the winners.

Actress Stevenson received the Lifetime Achievement award, presented by her Truly, Madly, Deeply co-star Michael Maloney. Stevenson’s film work includes Emma, Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile.

Actress, writer and director Phoebe Waller-Bridge was awarded the writing award. Waller-Bridge is best known for creating and starring in sitcoms Crashing and Fleabag, as well as writing and producing BBC drama Killing Eve.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Juliet Stevenson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Jameela Jamil Score Women in Film & Television Awards

  • Deadline
Juliet Stevenson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Jameela Jamil Score Women in Film & Television Awards
Truly, Madly, Deeply star Juliet Stevenson, Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil are among the winners of the Women in Film & Television (UK) Awards.

The trio are among a number of women to be lauded at the awards, which are hosted by Sandi Toksvig and taking place on Friday lunchtime in London.

Stevenson is set to be handed the Eon Productions Lifetime Achievement Award by her Truly, Madly, Deeply co-star Michael Maloney, while Waller-Bridge is being awarded the The Screen Skills Writing Award. The ITV Studios Achievement of the Year Award is being handed to Jamil – a former British TV presenter who has now found success in the U.S. on the NBC comedy and is an active campaigner challenging the assumptions society makes about body size.

The Pinewood Studios Best Performance Award is being given to Nicola Walker, star of BBC drama The Split,
See full article at Deadline »

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni Win Women in Film & TV U.K. Awards

  • Variety
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rungano Nyoni Win Women in Film & TV U.K. Awards
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won the top writing award and Rungano Nyoni the newcomer accolade from influential British industry organization Women in Film & TV. Actress Juliet Stevenson, whose numerous film credits include “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and “Bend it Like Beckham,” will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony Friday.

Waller-Bridge broke out with 2016’s “Fleabag” and this year’s cat-and-mouse drama “Killing Eve.” Nyoni is the director of “I Am Not a Witch,” a freshman feature-length film that is Britain’s submission for next year’s foreign-language Oscar.

Jameela Jamil won Wftv’s award for achievement of the year. The former presenter stars in U.S. sitcom “The Good Place” and has actively campaigned on body-image issues.

American-born documentary filmmaker and producer Norma Percy picked up the award for contribution to the medium for her work on factual projects including “Inside Obama’s White House.” The factual category was won by Deeyah Khan,
See full article at Variety »

Sales Agents Highlight Importance of Marrakech’s Atlas Workshops

  • Variety
Ten leading European sales agents attended the first edition of Marrakech Film Festival’s Atlas Workshops. In interviews with Variety the executives emphasized the importance of this new industry event, which will help leverage the importance of Marrakech as a key industry hub for Arab and African filmmakers.

Films Boutique’s Gabor Greiner said that the workshops provided an excellent opportunity to meet filmmakers and producers from the region, some of whom don’t travel very often to festivals in Europe.

“African cinema has tremendous potential and we’re keen to learn more about cinema from the region. As sales agents we’re on the lookout for something that stands out, and it can be easier to find unusual new voices in a region where cinema production is less common.”

Greiner cited examples of recent films that have raised visibility for Africa-related issues – such as Aalam-Warqe Davidian’s tragic romance “Fig Tree,
See full article at Variety »

Loosening Oscar Rules Releases Strong Pics in Foreign-Language Race

  • Variety
Loosening Oscar Rules Releases Strong Pics in Foreign-Language Race
However you slice the foreign-language film Oscar, it remains bound by rules and regulations that ensure it can never be fully representative of world cinema: in 2018, as global film production grows ever more complex and multinational, the one-film-per-country submission system looks a little quaint, excluding numerous outstanding titles that fall both within and beyond the borders of their ostensible places of origin.

To the Academy’s credit, it hasn’t turned a blind eye to the imperfections of its eligibility requirements — and one relatively recent tweak to the rules, in particular, has dramatically broadened countries’ submission options, dragging the category at least partially into the age of globalization.

Up until 2005, antiquated Academy rules stipulated that a film had to be in the official language of the country submitting it — a snag that kept many strong films from traveling filmmakers out of the running, and reached a head when Michael Haneke
See full article at Variety »

CAA Signs ‘I Am Not a Witch’ Director Rungano Nyoni

  • Variety
Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni has signed with Creative Artists Agency.

Nyoni’s debut film “I Am Not A Witch,” which screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes in 2017, is currently the United Kingdom foreign language contender for the Oscars and Golden Globes. The film is currently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best international film.

Nyoni also wrote the screenplay for “Witch,” the story of 9-year-old named Shula, who is accused of witchcraft after an incident in her village. She is banished to “witch camp,” an actual phenomenon in West African nations like Ghana, where she must navigate her new surroundings and the consequences of her choices.

After premiering at Cannes, the movie went on to play in the official selection at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Over 75 festivals around the world have bestowed more than 20 nominations on the film.

It most recently won the AFI Fest Audience Award,
See full article at Variety »

‘I Am Not A Witch’ Director Rungano Nyoni Awarded UK’s Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship

  • Deadline
I Am Not A Witch director Rungano Nyoni has been awarded the UK’s Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship at an event in London.

The award, given in partnership with the BFI and Film4, is worth $38,000 and is designed to help the recipient explore screenwriting subjects involving science, health and the human condition. The Wellcome Collection, a medical and cultural institution in London, also makes its resources, research and facilities available to the recipient.

The Welsh-Zambian writer and director’s debut feature I Am Not a Witch premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and Nyoni went on to win the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut for a British Writer, Director or Producer. Film4 and BFI were among the film’s backers.

The Fellowship is chaired by script editor Kate Leys; Lizzie Francke, Senior Development and Production Executive at the BFI; Lauren Dark, Commissioning Executive, Film4; Imran Khan, Head of Public Engagement, Wellcome; Iain Dodgeon,
See full article at Deadline »
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With |  External Sites


Recently Viewed