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Lucasfilm Vows Not to Recast Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Characters After ‘Solo’ Flop: ‘We Can’t Do That’

Lucasfilm Vows Not to Recast Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Characters After ‘Solo’ Flop: ‘We Can’t Do That’
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Vanity Fair that the company has learned never to recast iconic “Star Wars” characters following the flop that was “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The Ron Howard-directed 2018 movie cast Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of Han Solo, the hot-shot space pilot famously brought to life by Harrison Ford. Many critics and fans felt Ehrenreich just couldn’t capture Ford’s magic.

“There should be moments along the way when you learn things,” Kennedy sad. “Now it does seem so abundantly clear that we can’t do that.”

Ehrenreich, stating: “He is enduringly watchable: He nails Ford’s cocky gait, his roguish eye-twinkle, his puffed-cheeked finger-pointing, and while the performance may initially come across as a highly skilled bit of mimicry, by the film’s end he’s managed to give the role a satisfying new spin. Few would object if Ehrenreich were to
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James Lucas to direct ‘Moss & Freud’, Cornerstone boards worldwide sales

James Lucas to direct ‘Moss & Freud’, Cornerstone boards worldwide sales
The British supermodel will also executive produce the feature.

UK filmmaker James Lucas is set to direct Kate Moss biographical drama feature Moss & Freud, with UK and US-based Cornerstone handling worldwide sales.

Gfc Films produced the film set largely around British artist Lucian Freud Holland Park studio who is behind the well-acclaimed nude portrait of the model that sold for almost £4 million. The story explores Freud’s mysterious past and Moss’s life as a supermodel as well as their intense relationship.

Lucas is best known for directing short film The Phone Call, starring Sally Hawkins, and Jim Broadbent which
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Emily Watson & Paul Mescal Are Uncomfortably Close In ‘God’s Creatures’ [Cannes Review]

Emily Watson & Paul Mescal Are Uncomfortably Close In ‘God’s Creatures’ [Cannes Review]
Cannes – Despite the passage of time, very little has changed over the decades in the small Irish fishing village depicted in “God’s Creatures.” There is work. There is family. Everyone knows each other at the local pub and, as with most small towns, the young people tend to leave and settle in more populous areas as soon as they can. Sometimes though, those adventurers return. And for Aileen O’Hara (Emily Watson), that means a reunion with an adult son, Brian (Paul Mascal), who is simply her everything.

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‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson and Paul Mescal Put Maternal Loyalties to the Test in a Potent Irish Tragedy

‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson and Paul Mescal Put Maternal Loyalties to the Test in a Potent Irish Tragedy
It’s not that we haven’t seen Emily Watson on screen recently — it just feels a long time since any film really made us look at her. Somehow knowing and guileless and haunted at once, her piercing, pale-eyed gaze made an immediate mark in film history with her debut in “Breaking the Waves” a quarter-century ago, but it’s been an underused natural resource of late: TV has been more generous, but the movies have confined her to stock mom-and-wife supporting roles for years. She’s a mom and wife again in “God’s Creatures,” an unexpected pivot of a sophomore feature from American duo Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer. The difference is a film with an acute interest in sidelined mothers, wives and women in general, and the result is Watson’s meatiest, most compelling showcase in an age.

A solemn community tragedy set in an unnamed, unloved Irish fishing village,
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‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson and Paul Mescal Crackle in Chilly Irish Family Drama

‘God’s Creatures’ Review: Emily Watson and Paul Mescal Crackle in Chilly Irish Family Drama
Shared madness — or, at least, shared delusion — punctuated filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer’s striking debut “The Fits,” which followed a group of young dancers in Cincinnati who all fell prey to the same mysterious ailment and saw their bonds shift and change because of it. Holmer created her remarkable first film with editor and writer Saela Davis and they reteam on her second, “God’s Creatures,” with Davis taking a co-directing credit on another ambitious look inside a community defined by fractured, perhaps even crazy bonds.

Unlike “The Fits,” however, “God’s Creatures” is a decidedly chilly affair, both due to its location (a windswept Irish fishing village where people wear cozy sweaters even in May) and its subject matter (a prodigal son returns home and upends everyone’s lives). But And while that may be the point — what outsider could ever fully understand the rules and ways of this community? — the
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God’s Creatures review – Emily Watson and Paul Mescal shine in doom-laden drama

God’s Creatures review – Emily Watson and Paul Mescal shine in doom-laden drama
As her son returns home after years away, Eileen is asked to give him an alibi which sets in motion a terrible series of events

This film, from screenwriter Shane Crowley and co-directors Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer, is a tense cine-ballad of guilt and shame. It is set on a remote coastal village in Ireland where there is a precarious living to be made from fishing and oyster farming and the wind’s howling creates an unearthly and doom-laden atmosphere.

This is a movie which has some dramatic redundancy and is sometimes submerged too deeply in its own sense of tragic destiny. But it is fiercely acted by its excellent cast, including Emily Watson as Eileen, the careworn mum who has been deeply affected by a prodigal-son drama in her life. The oedipal element here may have taken some inspiration from David Siegel and Scott McGehee’s 2001 drama-thriller
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Neon takes Directors’ Fortnight title ‘Enys Men’ for North America

Neon takes Directors’ Fortnight title ‘Enys Men’ for North America
The feature is premiering in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.

Neon has acquired North American rights to Mark Jenkin’s horror Enys Men, ahead of its premiere in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.

UK-based Protagonist Pictures represents worldwide rights.

The title is Jenkin’s follow-up to Bafta winner Bait, and reunites him with Bait stars Mary Woodvine and Edward Rowe. It unravels around a wildlife volunteer living a solitary life on a remote Cornish island, who starts to lose her grip on reality.

It’s produced by Denzil Monk for Bosena. Film4 co-financed the film.

Jenkin won the Bafta for outstanding debut by a British writer,
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Neon Buys Horror Movie ‘Enys Men’ Ahead of Cannes Premiere

Neon Buys Horror Movie ‘Enys Men’ Ahead of Cannes Premiere
Neon has purchased North American distribution rights to Mark Jenkin’s “Enys Men,” ahead of the horror film’s premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.

The film, which sounds very shades of “The Wicker Man,” stars Mary Woodvine and Edward Rowe. Jenkin wore a lot of hats on this one. He wrote and directed the picture, as well as served as its cinematographer, sound designer, and composer. Presumably, manning the catering truck was left to someone else. “Enys Men” was shot on 16mm color negative using a 1970’s clockwork Bolex camera and post sync sound, in order to convey, the press release says, “…the feeling of discovering a reel of never before seen celluloid unspooling in a desolate, haunted movie palace.”

Enys Men” is set in 1973 on an uninhabited island off the British coast. There, a wildlife volunteer descends into a metaphysical journey that challenges
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2022 film festivals and markets: latest dates, postponements and cancellations

2022 film festivals and markets: latest dates, postponements and cancellations
Bookmark this page for all the latest festival date changes.

To help keep track of the changing schedule, Screen is keeping this page updated with the latest film festival and market dates, postponements and cancellations.

Festivals taking place online or as hybrid events due to Covid-19 are noted. If not specified, the festival is currently set as a physical event.

To submit details of a change to your festival dates/status, please contact us here with the name, dates, and website for the event, and if it is running online, physically, or both.

Ongoing

Israel Film Festival, US - May 11-26, hybrid

Cannes Film Festival,
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Kate Moss, Lucian Freud Film Set by Oscar Winner James Lucas

Kate Moss, Lucian Freud Film Set by Oscar Winner James Lucas
“Moss & Freud,” a film about supermodel Kate Moss and famed British artist Lucian Freud will be the next feature film for James Lucas.

Lucas won an Oscar for live action short film “The Phone Call,” starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.

“Moss & Freud” is a dramatized account of supermodel Moss who, at the peak of her fame, made the decision to sit for British artist Freud. It was a decision that deeply impacted and transformed both of their lives. Freud’s nude portrait of Moss sold in 2005 for almost 5 million.

Moss will executive produce with the support of the Lucian Freud Archive. Cornerstone Films will handle worldwide sales and distribution and will commence sales later this year.

“Moss & Freud” is a Gfc Films production, produced by Matthew Metcalfe (“McLaren”).

Moss said: “Sitting for Lucian was an honor and incredible experience. After watching ‘The Phone Call’ I knew that James would
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Tallinn Black Nights Boosts Festival’s Profile With Year-Round Slate of Events

Tallinn Black Nights Boosts Festival’s Profile With Year-Round Slate of Events
The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is already recognized as one of the most influential industry showcases in the Baltic and Nordic regions. But the organizing team of the festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, are keen to point out that the popular event isn’t just a one-off affair. “What our year-round efforts bring is opportunities to cater to more diverse audiences and to ensure cinema audiences grow in the future,” says the festival’s director Tiina Lokk.

Along with its anchor event, which takes place this year from Nov. 11-27, the Tallinn team hosts the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, held in the seaside town of Haapsalu, as well as the PÖFF Love Film Festival, held in the historic town of Tartu (pictured), “bringing in new audiences geographically, but also through offering more audience-friendly lineups of horror/fantasy and love-focused films,” says Lokk.

No less
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Rotterdam reveals restructure and revamp of programming team

Rotterdam reveals restructure and revamp of programming team
IFFR has unveiled a new team after facing “difficult questions” about its future.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has unveiled a new team and structure ahead of its next edition, after facing “difficult questions” about its future.

As IFFR adjusts after two years in which the festival took place online during the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been confirmed that six permanent roles were made redundant but several familiar faces remain.

Inke Van Loocke has been named head of IFFR Pro, which oversees industry activities at the festival, having worked at its co-production market CineMart for close to a decade – the
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Halo Episode 9: A Messy First Season Comes To A Close With A Disappointingly Conventional Finale

Halo Episode 9: A Messy First Season Comes To A Close With A Disappointingly Conventional Finale
Maybe the real war after all had nothing to do with the Unsc and the Covenant, John and Makee, or Dr. Halsey and the Spartans' fight for their very humanity. At the end of the day, "Halo" and its continued struggle to forge its own identity wound up becoming the last, bitter taste left in our mouths as the inaugural season of the buzzy sci-fi adaptation wrapped up last night. Even worse, however, it would seem as if behind-the-scenes turmoil surrounding the production finally reared its ugly head.

Although we've covered the fact that "Halo" has experienced a rotating door...

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Crunchyroll teams with Sony, Wild Bunch on new Makoto Shinkai film (exclusive)

Crunchyroll teams with Sony, Wild Bunch on new Makoto Shinkai film (exclusive)
Shinkai’s previous films include ‘Your Name’ and ‘Weathering With You’.

Anime streaming giant Crunchyroll has acquired global distribution and marketing rights (excluding Asia) for award-winning Japanese director Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming working-titled animated feature Suzume No Tojimari.

The coming-of-age tale marks a sixth animated feature for Shinkai after breakout international hits Your Name (2016) and Weathering With You (2019).

The feature is produced by CoMix Wave Films, the Tokyo animation studio behind many of Shinkai’s works, and Story Inc., which took credits on Weathering with You.

The deal between Crunchyroll and Japanese studio Toho, which handles worldwide rights, was brokered
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Francois Ozon Filming ‘Madeleine’ With Isabelle Huppert, Dany Boon; Playtime Handles Sales (Exclusive)

Francois Ozon Filming ‘Madeleine’ With Isabelle Huppert, Dany Boon; Playtime Handles Sales (Exclusive)
Francois Ozon, whose latest film, “Peter von Kant,” opened the Berlinale, is already shooting his next movie, “Madeleine,” with a flurry of stars including Isabelle Huppert, Dany Boon and Fabrice Luchini.

The project, which is believed to be his most ambitious since “8 Women,” is being introduced to buyers at Cannes by Playtime and has already sparked strong interest. The plot is being kept under wraps, but Playtime is presenting the script to select buyers.

Ozon is one of the few bankable European directors whose films have opened at major festivals and traditionally sell around the world, including in the U.S.

“Madeleine” reteams Ozon with his regular producers, Eric and Nicolas Altmayer at Mandarin Cinema. Gaumont will be distributing the film in France.

The cast also includes Rebecca Marder, the rising French star of Arnaud Desplechin’s “Tromperie” and Sandrine Kiberlain’s “Une jeune fille qui va bien.”

“Madeleine
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India’s R. Madhavan Talks Cannes Market Film ‘Rocketry’: ‘I Feel A Sense of Pride’ (Exclusive)

India’s R. Madhavan Talks Cannes Market Film ‘Rocketry’: ‘I Feel A Sense of Pride’ (Exclusive)
For acclaimed Indian actor R. Madhavan, making his directorial debut, “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” literally required an understanding of rocket science.

In addition to directing, Madhavan plays the role of Indian scientist, Nambi Narayanan, a former Indian Space Research Organization scientist and aerospace engineer known for developing efficient liquid fuel engines and who became embroiled in a spy scandal.

The director attached to the project had to drop out at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts and Madhavan who had a deep understanding of the script having written it himself after conversations with Narayanan had to take up the mantle.

“At that point of time to get somebody to understand rocket science or liquid fuel engine or what rocketry is or what a specific impulse is, or what escape velocity is and how it has to be depicted, a ready director of that caliber in the industry was next to impossible,
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Tom Hopper, Simon Beaufoy, Robert Lantos to Adapt Michael Ondaatje’s ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ Into Film (Exclusive)

Tom Hopper, Simon Beaufoy, Robert Lantos to Adapt Michael Ondaatje’s ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ Into Film (Exclusive)
Robert Lantos, the veteran Canadian producer of David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” is set to produce a film adaptation of novelist Michael Ondaatje’s “In the Skin of a Lion,” with Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) on board to direct. Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning writer of “Slumdog Millionaire,” penned the adaptation.

The movie was co-developed by Lantos’ Toronto-based Serendipity Point Films, and Film4. Amazon Studios has boarded the project. Casting is underway.

Set in Toronto in the 1920s and 1930s, “In the Skin of a Lion” weaves romance, mystery and adventure through the story of Patrick Lewis, who arrives in Toronto and earns a living searching for a vanished millionaire. His life intersects with the orphaned girl Hana and the thief Caravaggio, who reappear in “The English Patient,” Ondaatje’s award-winning novel that was adapted into Anthony Minghella’s Oscar-winning movie with Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes.

“As with ‘Crimes of the Future,
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FilmSharks Swoops on Adrian Suar’s Directorial Debut ’30 Noches con mi Ex’ (Exclusive)

FilmSharks Swoops on Adrian Suar’s Directorial Debut ’30 Noches con mi Ex’ (Exclusive)
Argentina’s most bankable star, Adrian Suar, has wrapped his directorial debut “30 Noches Con Mi Ex” (“30 Nights With My Ex”) to which FilmSharks has snagged worldwide rights. The Buenos Aires-based sales and production outfit has already sold remake rights to Conchita Taboada of Spectrum Films for Mexico and to Italian producer Alessandro Usai of Colorado Films.

Disney’s Star Distribution holds the theatrical distribution rights for Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia, while Cinecolor snapped up rights to Peru, Chile and Colombia. FilmSharks handles theatrical distribution for Mexico, Brazil and all rights for the rest of the world.

Fledgling Disney streaming service Star Plus took all Latin American pay-tv and SVOD rights.

“We are so happy to be working on Adrian’s new film again,” said FilmSharks CEO Guido Rud, adding: “As most people are aware, his films have consistently topped the box office in South America and all his films
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‘Fearless,’ ‘Cold War’ Series in the Works as Bill Kong’s Edko Film Takes First Steps Into Streaming (Exclusive)

‘Fearless,’ ‘Cold War’ Series in the Works as Bill Kong’s Edko Film Takes First Steps Into Streaming (Exclusive)
TV series adaptations of “Fearless” and “Cold War,” two of the highest-profile Hong Kong action movies of the 21st century, are now in development.

The shift into TV represents a major expansion and diversification for Edko Films, the studio headed by legendary producer-financier-executive Bill Kong.

The original 2006 “Fearless” was an iconic portrait of martial arts ace Huo Yianjia that was directed by Ronny Tong and starred Jet Li. It received studio-level distribution in many territories through Buena Vista, Uip and Sony Pictures Releasing.

“Cold War” is a 2012 crime action film involving a mole inside the Hong Kong police. It was written and co-directed by Longman Leung and Sunny Luk and had Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Charlie Young in lead roles. It spawned a sequel movie in 2016 with an even higher profile cast that included Chow Yun-fat and Eddie Peng.

“We have often received inquiries from abroad about buying
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Alex de la Iglesia’s ‘Four’s a Crowd’ Pounced On by Filmax (Exclusive)

Alex de la Iglesia’s ‘Four’s a Crowd’ Pounced On by Filmax (Exclusive)
Alex de la Iglesia’s latest production, feature “Four’s a Crowd,” is being brought onto the Cannes Film Market by Filmax, which has acquired international sales rights.

Described by Filmax as a “wild romantic comedy,” “Four’s a Crowd” turns on Julian, a 50-year-old divorced man who starts to use an app to share his car with strangers and most especially Lorena, a young woman with whom Julian would like to share much more.

He’s about to open up to Lorena when he’s lumbered unexpectedly with a fourth passenger, possibly the most annoying person on the planet, who sparks a radical change in the course of events.

Four’s a Crowd” is “a very personal reflection on human joy and misery, where nothing is as it seems,” Filmax said in a statement.

Written with De La Iglesia’s career-long co-scribe Jorge Guerricaechevarría, “Four’s a Crowd” is produced by Pokeepsie Films,
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