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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney
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‘Lost City of Z’ Director James Gray Has Had It Up to Here With Cannes

‘Lost City of Z’ Director James Gray Has Had It Up to Here With Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival won’t be sending director James Gray a nice Edible Arrangement anytime soon. The We Own the Night and Lost City of Z filmmaker has some harsh words for the fest, claiming that the folks running Cannes are stuck in the past, and “protectors of the status quo.” The filmmaker also offered an update […]

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‘Doctor Who’ Season 11 Review: Standalone Episodes Failed the 13th Doctor

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‘Doctor Who’ Season 11 Review: Standalone Episodes Failed the 13th Doctor
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Doctor Who” Season 11, including the season finale, “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.”]

The season finale of “Doctor Who” began the way many episodes of the long-running British series do — the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her faithful companions stepped onto an alien vista after receiving an alert that something strange was afoot. It ended the way many episodes do, as well — the Doctor and her friends returning to the Tardis, ready for another adventure.

And that’s perhaps the biggest disappointment of “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos,” one that represents the flaws of the season as a whole. Billed as a grand conclusion and featuring a heroic moment for the Doctor as she and her friends stop a giant planet-killing beam from destroying the Earth, the episode tied up exactly one loose plot thread — and offered little other catharsis.

This isn’t really the last episode of the season,
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The Morning Watch: ‘Family Guy’ Says Goodbye to Carrie Fisher, The Greatness of ‘Home Alone’ & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Family Guy’ Says Goodbye to Carrie Fisher, The Greatness of ‘Home Alone’ & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, Family Guy gave a fond and funny farewell […]

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Peru's Claudia Llosa to direct 'Distancia De Rescate' for Netflix

Peru's Claudia Llosa to direct 'Distancia De Rescate' for Netflix
The film is being produced by Mark Johnson and Pablo Larrain.

Claudia Llosa, the director of the Oscar-nominated The Milk Of Sorrow, is set to become the first Peruvian filmmaker to direct a Netflix film with the Spanish-language Distancia De Rescate. It is based on the novel ‘Fever Dream’ by Argentinian writer Samantha Schweblin who co-wrote the screenplay with Llosa.

The film is being produced by Mark Johnson and Tom Williams for Gran Via Production, with Juan and Pablo Larrain’s Fabula Productions, which won this year’s foreign-language Oscar for the A Fantastic Woman for Chile.

Production is scheduled
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Juliette Binoche to head 2019 Berlin jury

Juliette Binoche to head 2019 Berlin jury
The English Patient actress to oversee international jury at the 69th edition of the festival.

Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the international jury at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

The Chocolat actress has appeared in more than 70 films. She won both the Berlin Silver Bear, Bafta and an Oscar for her performance in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient.

Her recent credits include Claire Denis’s High Life and Olivier Assayas’s Double Lives.

Last year’s Berlin jury was led by German director Tom Tykwer – they awarded the Golden Bear to Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not.
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Juliette Binoche Named Jury President of 2019 Berlin Film Festival

Juliette Binoche Named Jury President of 2019 Berlin Film Festival
Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche will preside over the main jury at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.

Binoche is known worldwide for her work in such films as “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “Chocolat.” She won an Academy Award and a Silver Bear in Berlin for her role in Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient,” and has a longstanding relationship with the Berlinale, where “The Night Is Young” screened in competition in 1987 and “The Lovers on the Bridge” in the Forum section in 1992.

“I’m very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 international jury,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. “The festival shares a strong connection with her, and I’m very happy that she’ll be returning to the festival in this distinguished position.”

Binoche thanked Kosslick, who is retiring after the 2019 festival, for the “tremendous honor” of presiding over the jury. “It means the world to me! I
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Ventana Sur: Belgium’s Eklektik, Italy’s Alba, Argentina’s Aramos Co-Produce ‘The Veil’ (Exclusive)

Belgian film house Eklektik Productions is teaming with Italy’s Alba Produzioni and Argentina’s Aramos Cine to co-produce Stefano Pasetto’s feature drama project “El velo” (The Veil).

The Veil” was presented at September’s San Sebastian Co-Production Forum and then chosen for pitching at the upcoming Proyecta showcase, a new joint initiative launched by Argentine film-tv market Ventana Sur and the San Sebastian Festival, aimed to foster co-productions with and within Latin America.

Set up at Eklektik, “The Veil” has already been granted development subsidies from Europe’s Media Program and Belgium’s Federation of Wallonie Bruxelles, who’s also supporting the project’s production.

“We will be at a financing stage until next summer; the plan is to start shooting in the fall in Buenos Aires, Uruguay, Italy and Belgium locations,” said Eklektik head of production Tatjana Kozar.

Also written by Pasetto, “The Veil” turns on Silvana Peretto,
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Ventana Sur: Latido Swoops on ‘This Is Not Berlin’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — In the first deal to be announced on a title in Ventana Sur’s three live-action feature competitions, Madrid-based Latido Films, headed by Antonio Saura, has acquired world rights outside Mexico on Hari Sama’s Copia Final contender “This Is Not Berlin.”

Latido’s buy, celebrated with a handshake at Ventana Sur, effectively re-calibrates the film’s commercial status, taking it off there market for other sales agents but giving “This Is Not Berlin” the prestige of a blue-chip sales agent, one of the biggest specialists in Spanish-language titles, before Sama’s new feature screens Tuesday in Copia Final.

Some sort of deal was always on the cards for Sama’s fifth feature. It won two prizes at Impulso Morelia and has been selected for Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition.

The deal also says much about one way the independent market is going – ever more towards accessible but singular titles with entertainment appeal.
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Oscars consider having no host after Kevin Hart quits

Organisers are reportedly struggling to replace the comedian after his sudden decision not to present the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony

The organisers of the Academy Awards are considering dispensing entirely with a host for the ceremony after the abrupt departure of Kevin Hart, it has been reported.

According to Variety, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are struggling to replace Hart after the comedian stepped down from Oscar hosting duties following sustained outrage over his history of homophobic statements.
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Storyboard Media Announce David Albala’s ‘Viento Blanco’ (Exclusive)

Chile’s Storyboard Media has announced an agreement to co-produce, along with Calibre71, Javier Valdés and Benjamin Vicuña, director David Albala’s second feature, “Viento Blanco.” (“White Wind”)

Albala’s debut, “Jailbreak Pact,” turned on a dramatic real-life prison-break which took place in Santiago, Chile in 1990. That film was also produced by Calibre 71, and featured Chilean film-star Benjamin Vicuña, who will star in and executive produce “Viento Blanco.”

Perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of the project – for Chile and Latin America – is a proposed budget of nearly $6 million, which will be funded with a mix of private financing, public funds and the aforementioned co-productions. The figure stands out among Chilean features, and marks a reflection among the country’s top players on what kinds of films, and what scale of ambition can be suitable for theatrical openings around the world.

“Viento Blanco” is scheduled to be released both nationally
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C International Sales Inks Sales Representation Deal with Argentina’s Pablo Solarz (Exclusive)

Argentina’s Pablo Salarz, one of Latin America’s best-known film and TV writer-directors, has entered a non-exclusive financing relationship with C International Sales, the international arm of Cinestaan Film Company. Although non-exclusive, the deal is an early example of international companies moving to court or tie-down key talent in Latin America.

The deal was negotiated by C International director of sales Paul Hudson, Cinestaan head of international operations Deborah Sathe, and Solarz himself. According to a press release, an important part of the negotiations was that the deal be non-exclusive, allowing Solarz to maintain full creative control of his projects from start to finish.

The first-look deal is for any upcoming projects to be written or directed by Solarz, and includes a minimum guarantee component on each. The deal marks Cinestaan’s push further into international production, having earlier this year executive produced this year’s Cannes best director Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,
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Cuba’s Marcos Diaz Sosa Delivers ‘Shock’ to Ventana Sur

A disenchanted young pregnant woman is afraid of getting stuck in the small Cuban town where she lives. But when a tornado whisks her away to a luxury resort – where her competitive shooting skills turn her into a celebrity amongst the island’s Communist elite – she comes to realize, like a Hollywood heroine of a bygone era, that there’s no place like home.

A darkly comic portrait of Cuban society, “Shock Labor” (Obra de Choque) is the feature directorial debut of Cuban writer-director Marcos Diaz Sosa. Produced by Maria Carla del Rio’s Marinca Filmes, with Gema Juarez Allen of Argentina’s Gema Films and Sandino Saravia Vinay of Uruguay’s Producciones de la 5ta Avenida, the project will be presented in Ventana Sur this week during Proyecta, a new collaboration with the San Sebastian Film Festival to foster co-productions with and within Latin America.

The hotly anticipated title
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'Lost Paradise' wins Best Project Award at Macao film festival

Prizes at Iffam Project Market also went to Ajooma, Dogman and Wonderland.

Macao filmmaker Tracy Choi’s Lost Paradise was presented with the Best Project Award at the close of the Iffam Project Market at the International Film Festival & Awards (Iffam) Macao.

The award, which comes with a cash prize of $15,000, is presented to a project with “the most profound qualities across all aspects of the production”.

Set to be Choi’s second feature following her critically-acclaimed Sisterhood (2017), Lost Paradise is the story of two high school girls whose friendship is affected when one of them starts an affair with her much older tutor.
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First Look: Alan Moore’s ‘The Show,’ Starring Tom Burke

First Look: Alan Moore’s ‘The Show,’ Starring Tom Burke
The first look image has been released from British independent movie “The Show,” based on an original story by graphic novel creator Alan Moore, best known for “Watchmen,” “V for Vendetta,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “From Hell.” The cast is led by Tom Burke, whose credits include “War and Peace,” “The Souvenir” and “Only God Forgives.”

Other members of the cast include Siobhan Hewlett (“Show Pieces”), Ellie Bamber, Sheila Atim (“Girl From the North Country”), Richard Dillane and Moore himself.

The movie is directed by Mitch Jenkins from a script by Moore, his first original feature film screenplay to be produced. Production is underway in Northampton, U.K. Moore and Jenkins previously produced “Show Pieces,” a cycle of short films.

The Show” follows Fletcher Dennis (Burke), who has been hired to track down a stolen artefact. This leads him to Northampton, a “haunted town” at “England’s broken
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Rotterdam's co-pro market CineMart unveils 2019 selection

A total of 16 projects selected for Rotterdam industry event.

CineMart, the co-production market held during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), has named the 16 feature projects to be showcased at next year’s edition.

Held January 27-30 during the festival (which runs Jan 23 – Feb 3), the event invites filmmakers to pitch their projects to a host of attending film professionals in tailored one-to-one meetings, as well as presentations that are open to all CineMart guests.

This year’s selection features one returning filmmaker, Nathalie Teirlinck, who previously presented her project Past Imperfect at CineMart in 2015 – that film went on to play
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20th Century Fox appoints Benjamin Bach as MD for Germany, Austria

Bach began his film career with Fox in 2003.

20th Century Fox has apopointed Benjamin Bach as managing director for Germany and Austria.

The move is an expansion of Bach’s role as managing director of 20th Century Fox Austria. He will continue to report to London-based Paul Higginson, executive vice president, Emea.

Bach, who takes over the role from Vincent de la Tour, was appointed MD of Fox Austria in 2012. Prior to that he was sales director, TV distribution for Universal Pictures in London, and previously vice president - international sales, theatrical, home video and TV at Indian Bollywood studio Eros International.
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