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Netflix Teams With ‘Instinct’ & ‘Girl’ Producer Topkapi For Dutch Comedy ‘Happy Ending’

Netflix Teams With ‘Instinct’ & ‘Girl’ Producer Topkapi For Dutch Comedy ‘Happy Ending’
Exclusive: Filming has quietly begun on Dutch comedy Happy Ending, which is being produced by Amsterdam-based production company Topkapi Films, known for movies including Halina Reijn’s Instinct and Lukas Dhont’s Girl.

Pic is written and directed by Joosje Duk, one of five winners of Netflix’s New Voices contest in 2021, a competition initiated by the streamer to discover new screenwriters in the Netherlands.

Starring are Gaite Jansen, Martijn Lakemeier and Joy Delima. Netflix will release globally in 2023.

In the film, Luna (Gaite Jansen) and Mink (Martijn Lakemeier) are a close couple celebrating their one-year anniversary together. But Mink doesn’t know that Luna has been faking her orgasms since the beginning of their relationship, and Luna has kept this quiet for so long now that she doesn’t dare bring it up with him. When her best friends who know about her problem urge Luna to try new
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HeyUGuys meet 2021’s European Shooting Stars

HeyUGuys meet 2021’s European Shooting Stars
The European Shooting Stars is one of our very favourite events of the year. This year we feared for its existence, unable to foresee quite how the event – which celebrates the best of young European acting talent – would be able to go ahead, away from its usual home at the Berlinale. But the good folks over at European Film Promotion have done a remarkable job, defying the odds and delivering this brilliant initiative virtually. We’re a very proud media partner, and were thrilled to once more have the opportunity to speak to the ten winners, each bringing such a wealth of maturity and talent that should amount in hugely success careers. So here in this big mega-post, make a nice cuppa tea and be sure to watch all of these fascinating interviews.

We speak to Portuguese actress Alba Baptista, Swedish actor Gustav Lindh. Then we have Fionn O’Shea from Ireland,
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European Shooting Stars 2021; Nent Group Chair; German Films U.S. Program; BBC Sounds Joins Sky — Global Briefs

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European Shooting Stars 2021; Nent Group Chair; German Films U.S. Program; BBC Sounds Joins Sky — Global Briefs
European Shooting Stars 2021

This year’s ten European Shooting Star actors are Seidi Haarla (Finland), Nicolas Maury (France), Albrecht Schuch (Germany), Natasa Stork (Hungary), Fionn O’Shea (Ireland), Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė (Lithuania), Martijn Lakemeier (The Netherlands), Sara Klimoska (North Macedonia), Alba Baptista (Portugal) and Gustav Lindh (Sweden). The selection jury included U.S. casting director Cassandra Han, Kosovan director Antoneta Kastrati and Danish producer René Ezra. European Film Promotion’s 24th edition of the program will take place digitally, from 23 to 25 February 2021. Previous Shooting Stars have included Carey Mulligan, Alba Rohrwacher, Alicia Vikander, Maisie Williams and Riz Ahmed.

Nent Group Chair

Nent Group Chair David Chance has decided not to stand for re-election this year. The Nent Group Nomination Committee has proposes the election of Pernille Erenbjerg as the new Chair of the Board. Erenbjerg has served as member of the Nent Group Board since May 2020, and was previously President and CEO of Tdc,
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24th Edition of European Shooting Stars Launched as Awards Ceremony Set for Summer in Berlin

24th Edition of European Shooting Stars Launched as Awards Ceremony Set for Summer in Berlin
European Film Promotion has revealed the 10 actors who will take part in the 24th edition of European Shooting Stars. The program, which launches emerging European thespians onto the world stage, has boosted the careers of actors like Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander, Riz Ahmed and George MacKay.

For the first time, Efp will present the neophyte actors to the film industry, public and international press as part of a three-day online program. Efp’s oldest and most prestigious initiative will take place digitally from Feb. 23-25, one week before the industry events of this year’s 71st Berlinale (March 1-5). The Shooting Stars award ceremony will take place within the framework of the Berlinale screenings in the summer.

“Although this year we sadly cannot meet in person, we invite you to join, discover and celebrate the best in rising European acting talent, while staying safe at home,” Efp’s managing director Sonja Heinen said.
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Xyz Boards Sales On Zombie Thriller ‘Blood Quantum’ — Cannes

Exclusive: Xyz Films will handle worldwide sales (except Canada) on zombie thriller Blood Quantum, which they also executive produced, at the upcoming Cannes Marché.

In Blood Quantum, the dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gMaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie plague. A tribal sheriff must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and other members of the reserve from the hordes of walking white corpses. Above is a first look image from the movie.

Directed and written by Mi’gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, the movie stars Fear The Walking Dead and True Detective actor Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (On the Farm) and Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), and was produced by John Christou for Prospector Films and Rob Vroom. Madrona Drive will also executive produce.

The film recently wrapped shoot in Montreal, Canada and the Kahnawake
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Indonesia shoot begins on Xyz Films’ 'The East' (exclusive)

ICM Partners jointly represents Us rights.

Filming is underway in Java, Indonesia, on wartime drama The East, which Xyz Films represents internationally at the Efm and jointly handles Us rights with ICM Partners.

Jim Taihuttu’s Dutch drama stars Golden Calf winners Marwan Kenzari and Martijn Lakemeier (Winter in Wartime) and takes place during the Indonesian War of Independence in 1946.

Lakemeier (pictured opposite Coen Bril in first look photo) plays a young Dutch soldier among forces dispatched to quell an uprising in the Dutch East Indies colony who falls under the spell of a charismatic and brutal army captain (Kenzari
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Annabelle Wallis, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau join Xyz Films' 'The Silencing' for Efm

Robin Pront ofThe Ardennes directs.

Annabelle Wallis will co-star opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in thriller The Silencing, which Xyz Films is introducing to worldwide buyers at the Efm.

Xyz Films jointly represents Us rights with Endeavor Content on the story of a reformed hunter who gets involved in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse when he and the local sheriff set out to track a killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago.

Robin Pront, who directed the 2016 Belgian Oscar submission The Ardennes, directs from a Nicholl Fellowship-winning screenplay by Micah Ranum. Cybill Lui of Anova Pictures serves as producer, and
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Xyz Boards Nicolas Cage H.P. Lovecraft Horror ‘Color Out Of Space’ For ‘Mandy’ Producer SpectreVision — Efm

Exclusive: Xyz Films has boarded world sales rights to horror-thriller Color Out Of Space, starring Nicolas Cage and based on the H.P. Lovecraft novella. Also starring are Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard and Q’Orianka Kilcher.

Currently in production, the film is being directed by Richard Stanley, his first feature in over 20 years, and is produced by SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood. Executive producers are Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong for Ace Pictures, which is also financing. Stacy Jorgensen will executive produce for SpectreVision. Xyz will be selling at next week’s Efm.

The film marks a reteam for Cage with SpectreVision and Xyz after last year’s revenge thriller Mandy, which originally premiered at Sundance 2018 and went on to Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.

Color Out Of Space tells the story of the Gardners,
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Toni Colette Joins Anna Kendrick In Sci-Fi Thriller Stowaway

Xyz Films and CAA Media Finance announce Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette has joined Anna Kendrick in the cast of the sci-fi thriller Stowaway, which marks the second feature film from Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, the duo behind the Cannes Official Selection Arctic.

Stowaway will be directed by Joe Penna and co-written by Penna & Ryan Morrison. Morrison will also serve as executive producer. Xyz Films will produce alongside augenschein Filmproduktion and Rise Pictures, with Rise Visual Effects Studios providing VFX. Xyz and CAA Media Finance are arranging financing for the film and handling worldwide sales at the coming Efm in Berlin.

On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist.
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Toni Collette Joins Anna Kendrick in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Stowaway’ (Exclusive)

Toni Collette Joins Anna Kendrick in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Stowaway’ (Exclusive)
Toni Collette will star opposite Anna Kendrick in the sci-fi thriller “Stowaway.”

The movie marks the second feature from Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, the duo behind “Arctic,” a survival film that premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. “Stowaway” will be directed by Penna, who will co-write the script with Morrison.

The story revolves around a mission headed to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist.

Morrison will also serve as executive producer. Xyz Films will produce alongside Augenschein Filmproduktion and Rise Pictures. Rise Visual Effects Studios will provide VFX. Xyz and CAA Media Finance are arranging financing for the film and handling worldwide sales at the coming Efm in Berlin.
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Xyz Films hires Tatyana Joffe to lead international sales

Veteran to lead sales efforts in Berlin next month.

In a major coup, Xyz Films has brought on former Im Global evp of international sales Tatyana Joffe as president of international sales and distribution.

Joffe will oversee a number of major territories including Western Europe, Latin America and Australia and New Zealand. She will report to Xyz partner Nick Spicer and will lead the sales team at the Efm at Berlin next month.

The arrival means Xyz partner Nate Bolotin will shift his focus to expanding North American sales operations and bolstering the company’s acquisitions and packaging efforts.

Joffe
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Xyz Films Staffs Up Ahead Of Berlin With Former Im Global Exec Tatyana Joffe Named International Sales Chief

Xyz Films is staffing up ahead of Berlin and has appointed former Im Global exec Tatyana Joffe as President of International Sales and Distribution.

Joffe, who spent eight years at Im Global, most recently as Evp, International Sales, will oversee Xyz’s international sales department as well as handling a number of major territories including Western Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.

She will report to Xyz partner Nick Spicer and will lead the sales team at the upcoming Efm at Berlin, where the firm will be selling titles including Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick, Synchronic starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan, Prisoners of the Ghostland starring Nicolas Cage, and The East starring Marwan Kenzari and Martijn Lakemeier.

Xyz partner Nate Bolotin will shift his focus to expanding North American sales operations and bolstering the company’s film acquisitions and packaging efforts.

At Im Global, Joffe handled sales and distribution
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Xyz, New Amsterdam team for Indonesia war thriller 'The East' (exclusive)

Xyz, New Amsterdam team for Indonesia war thriller 'The East' (exclusive)
Jim Taihuttu writing and directing Toronto market title.

Xyz Films, New Amsterdam and writer-director Jim Taihuttu have reunited after crime drama Wolf on Indonesia-set period war thriller The East, which Xyz has introduced to international buyers in Tiff.

Sander Verdonk and Julius Ponten are producing for New Amsterdam Film Company out of The Netherlands, alongside Benoit Roland for Belgium’s Wrong Men, and Shanty Harmayn of Salto Films in Indonesia.

Xyz Films serve as executive producers, international sales agent, and jointly represent Us rights with ICM Partners. Indonesia holds a special significance for Xyz Films, who were behind The Raid films,
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It’s All So Quiet | Review

I Need a Lover with a Farmhand: Leopold’s Understated Portrait of Desire Deferred

Loneliness and resentment are the dueling, omnipresent emotions on screen in virtually every frame in Nanouk Leopold’s It’s All So Quiet. Premiering back at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, Leopold adapts from the novel The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (who makes a small appearance in the film), and it seems to be aligned with a subject matter the Dutch filmmaker prizes—notions of secret desires. Those first being introduced to either Leopold’s work or that of the rather moving performance of its lead actor, Jeroen Williams, will be saddened to learn that he died suddenly at the end of 2012 at the age of 50, with this film’s dedication honoring his memory. It’s a reality that adds another layer to the film’s already sobering representation of lives caught in stilted familial histories.

With
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Berlinale Announces Dozens of New Titles Including Work From Ken Loach, James Franco, Michael Winterbottom and Jane Campion

Berlinale Announces Dozens of New Titles Including Work From Ken Loach, James Franco, Michael Winterbottom and Jane Campion
The Berlin International Film Festival -- which kicks off February 7th -- has added a slew of new titles to its Panorama and Berlinale Special programs, including new work form Ken Loach, James Franco, Michael Winterbottom, Shane Carruth, Giuseppe Tornatore and Jane Campion. Many of them having their international premieres after debuting at Sundance (a notable exception being Ken Loach's doc about post-war Britain and tracks the birth of a new socialism, a world premiere), the newly announced films helped complete the Panorama's narrative film program, which previously was announced to include new work from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Noah Baumbach and Felix van Groeningen. Here is the list of newly announced titles. The Berlinale runs February 7-17, 2012. Panorama fictional films   Boven is het stil (It's all so Quiet) - Netherlands/Germany By Nanouk Leopold With Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck, Martijn Lakemeier World...
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Winter in Wartime

Winter in Wartime is one of those truly well-crafted motion pictures that rarely get made in today’s dismal movie climate. It is a taut human drama that focuses heavily on the plight of vulnerable and emotional people. Winner of numerous well-deserved awards such as the 2009 Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf award, Winter in Wartime is quite sensational and now yours to own in a special Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

The story revolves around Michiel van Beusekom (Martijn Lakemeier), a 13-year-old boy living in Nazi-occupied Holland circa winter of 1945. He belongs to a typical Dutch family consisting of his parents and an older sister. His father Vader (Raymond Thiry) is a mayor who sucks up to the Nazis to ensure the safety of their village. The mother Moeder (Anneke Blok) is passive and content with her station in life and the sister Erica (Melody Klaver) is also rather blasé about everything that’s going on.
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Theatrical Review: Winter In Wartime

Rating: 3/5

Writers: Martin Koolhoven (screenplay), Paul Jan Nelissen (screenplay)

Director: Martin Koolhoven

Cast: Martijn Lakemeier, Jamie Campbell Bower, Yorick van Wageningen

Talk about a poor weekend to call home.

Amidst names like The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda, and the debut of this little tiny film you may have heard of, Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life, yet another film premiere this long Memorial Day Weekend, the WWII drama, Winter In Wartime. Opening in truly limited release, the film comes to us thanks to Danish director Martin Koolhoven, and is an adaptation of the beloved 1972 novel, penned by Jan Terlouw.

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Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter) | Review

Director: Martin Koolhoven Writers: Mieke de Jong, Martin Koolhoven, Paul Jan Nelissen (screenplay), Jan Terlouw (novel) Starring: Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen, Jamie Campbell Bower Winter in Wartime opens to a snowy scene in Nazi occupied Holland during World War II in 1945. A British fighter plane crashes several hundred yards away from Michiel van Beusekom's second story bedroom window. Moments later the English pilot is spotted by a German scout as he patrols the nearby forest, but the pilot quickly shots the German in the head while dangling from his deployed parachute in the trees above. Michiel and his family are in support of the resistance, but because Michiel's father Vader van Beusekom is the village Mayor, he must stay neutral to the bidding of the Germans in attempt to keep the towns people safe. In contrast to his father, Michiel adores his rebellious Uncle Ben who is active in
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New Release: Winter in Wartime Blu-ray and DVD

Winter in Wartime, the award-winning 2008 Dutch World War II drama directed by Martin Koohoven and based on the book by Jan Terlouw, will be released on June 23 as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It will carry a list price of $45.99.

Martijn Lakemeier experiences the harsh realities of war in Winter in Wartime.

The movie unfolds in Nazi-occupied Holland in 1945, where 13-year-old Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance movement after he helps a British paratrooper. What begins as an adventure quickly turns into a life of desperation and danger as Michiel becomes wary of the adults and townspeople around him, many of whom he’s not sure he can trust. Welcome to childhood innocence slamming into the harsh realities of wartime adulthood!

The winner of the Golden Calf Award at the 2009 Netherlands Film Festival as well as Best Actor (Lakemeier), Best Supporting Actor
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Winter in Wartime Blu-ray Release Date and Details

The Sony Pictures Classics film Winter in Wartime is coming to Blu-ray in a DVD combo pack configuration on July 26.

Winter in Wartime, based on the novel by Jan Terlouw and directed by Martin Koolhoven, is a Dutch film set in Nazi-occupied Holland during 1945. It revoles around a young 13-year old boy (Martijn Lakemeier) drawn into the Resistance against the Nazis when he aids a wounded British paratrooper.

Sony is presenting Winter in Wartime in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio in Dutch and French. English subtitles will also be available, though there is no dubbed English track.

A lone bonus feature is 'The Making of Winter in Wartime.'

I'll check back with Amazon's Winter in Wartime Blu-ray Amazon pre-order link and the official cover art when they're available.
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