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Fabiano Gullane, Walter Salles’ ‘Noah’s Ark’ Ramps Up Pre-Sales (Exclusive)

Produced by Fabiano Gullane, Walter Salles and Globo Filmes, and unfolding to the strains of Bossa Nova, “Noah’s Ark” has closed brisk pre-sales for Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (Cmg) off a Berlin Festival launch.

Those deals reflect the status of “Noah’s Ark” – directed by Sérgio Machado (“Lower City”) and with songs and lyrics by Bossa Nova legend Vinicius de Moraes – as both one of the biggest-budgeted of current Brazilian movies and a flagship of its vibrant animation sector, which will receive a tribute at June’s Annecy Festival.

Made in what is now the long run-up to Cannes, deals also underscore Cmg’s making full use of Bordeaux’s Cartoon Movie and Hong Kong’s FilmArt to not only pre-sell “Noah’s Ark” in small-to-midsize territories – a traditional strategy – but position “Noah’s Ark” for the Cannes Festival. That tactic is likely to be copied by
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A Galaxy Of Human And Animal Stars Team Up For Night Of Unforgettable Television

For animal lovers and star gazers, it’s television’s biggest night of the year….and it’s coming soon. Following nearly a million votes by the American public, the nation’s most courageous canines of the year will be revealed on the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope Life Foundation, Inc. and broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel October 25 at 8 pm/7 Ct.

The “Oscars for Dogs” features a veritable galaxy of two-legged stars, including hosts James Denton and Beth Stern, Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Vivica A. Fox, Alison Sweeney, Bailee Madison, Danica McKellar, Daisy Fuentes, Carrie Ann Inaba, Barbara Niven, Brandon McMillan, Lacey Chabert, Danielle Fishel, Wells Adams, Josie Bissett, Kellie Martin, Debbie Matenopolous, Mark Steines, Cameron Mathison, Alexa and Carlos Penavega, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Alicia Witt during the annual gala at the Beverly Hilton. Richard Marx provides the lead musical performance.

A VIP panel of
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‘The Journey’ (‘Al Rahal’): Film Review | Tiff 2017

‘The Journey’ (‘Al Rahal’): Film Review | Tiff 2017
The distinguishing feature of The Journey (Al Rahal), like all the films of Iraqi-Dutch writer-director Mohamed Al-Daradji, is its sober moral perspective on the war that devastated Iraq and reduced its people to orphans, madmen and dispossessed refugees. The story of a girl suicide bomber who roams Baghdad Central Station with glassy eyes is part will-she-or-won’t-she thriller and part parade of symbolic characters who represent the country’s wounded population. It’s the kind of local allegory that will find its most appreciative audiences in the Mideast and at festival venues like Toronto and London.

The story is set on the first...
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Journey’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Journey’
Several dramas in recent years have attempted to fathom the mindset of a suicide bomber. Iraqi-Dutch director Mohamed Al-Daradji comes up with a different, emotionally accessible approach in “The Journey” by surrounding his fictive terrorist’s mission within a panoply of train-station humanity, a gambit that at times is strongly reminiscent of vintage neorealist slices of life. Expertly juggling suspense and various narrative strands, never quite succumbing to the sentimentality it sometimes flirts with, this compact microcosmic tale should win over audiences on the festival circuit, and quite possibly beyond.

A young woman who says she’s called Sara (Zahraa Gandour) removes her headscarf before entering Baghdad Central Station in late 2006, when the facility is about to re-open after years of devastation. The place is crawling with military, police and other security. Grim-faced, she does her best to blend into the crowd while examining those unlucky travelers, peddlers and others who are unknowingly about to become part
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Brazil Choses ‘Bingo – The King of the Mornings’ as its Foreign-Language Academy Award Submission

Brazil has selected “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” one of its most awaited debuts of 2017, as its entry for next year’s foreign-language Academy Award.

Produced by Brazilian production powerhouse Gullane, “Bingo – the King of the Mornings'” candidature also marks a victory for Warner Bros. whose Brazilian office co-produced the title, which will be distributed in Latin america by Warner Latin America.

The submission, voted on by a commission of over 200 film specialists, was announced by the Brazilian Film Academy. It appears to have avoided the polemics of last year’s choice when the publicly declared animosity of one member of the candidature jury towards Cannes competition title “Aquarius” caused three filmmakers to refuse to submit their film for consideration.

Long-anticipated, “Bingo – The King of the Mornings” was chosen from among 22 contenders. It marks the first feature as a director of Daniel Rezende, an award-winning editor on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” José Padilha
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Iraqi Helmer Al-Daradji Explores the Mind of a Female Fanatic in Toronto Film ‘Journey’

Iraqi Helmer Al-Daradji Explores the Mind of a Female Fanatic in Toronto Film ‘Journey’
A woman enters Baghdad’s central railway station on a December morning in 2006, with a bomb strapped to her stomach and her finger twitching over the trigger. Whether she leaves the station alive is the question at the heart of “The Journey,” the latest feature by acclaimed Iraqi helmer Mohamed Al-Daradji. The film debuted at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Sept. 13.

Set on the day of Saddam Hussein’s execution, “The Journey” is a tense and harrowing psychological thriller that unspools entirely within the world of the railway station and its environs.

The setting offers Al-Daradji a vivid tableau of Iraqi life writ small. Much like the lives passing through its bustling concourse, and the country as a whole, Baghdad Central Station provides a rich metaphor as Al-Daradji depicts “a smaller Iraq [and] a smaller Middle East” struggling to get back on track.

While the helmer’s acclaimed sophomore feature, “Son of Babylon,” took
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Brics Film Festival Kicks Off in Chengdu, Spotlighting Talent from Emerging Regions

Brics Film Festival Kicks Off in Chengdu, Spotlighting Talent from Emerging Regions
The second annual Brics International Film Festival kicked off Friday in Chengdu, the Chinese capital of Sichuan province.

The festival, which runs June 23 to 27, aims to spotlight emerging talent and established filmmakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

The fest opens with “Where Has the Time Gone,” a multi-national five-part feature from Brazil’s Walter Salles, Aleksey Fedorchenko from Russia; Madhur Bhandarkar from India, Jia Zhangke from China, and Jahmil X.T.Quebka from South Africa.

The festival will showcase 30 films including a competition and selection of classic cinema from each nation, such as the Oscar-nommed “Central Station,” “City of God,” “The Monk and the Devil,” and “Happiness is a Four Letter Word.”

One nation will be highlighted each day of the event, starting with China on Friday and followed by Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa.

After India hosted the first edition in 2016, next year’s event will take place in South Africa.

Related
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Cannes 2017 Memorial to Dan Ranvaud

Our dear friend who died at the Montreal Film Festival September 2016 received hommage and love from his friends in Cannes this year.

Dan Ranvaud who was on the forefront of so many film developments, way before his “Central Station” and “City of God” broke out, was last seen in Montreal furthering the goals of Films4Climate, a global initiative of the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate, growing the network by connecting the creative industries to advance sustainability in films and visual storytelling.

Some friends of Donald included Giulia Camilla Braga of Films4Change, Bruno Chatelan of FilmFestivals.com, Jérôme Paillard of the Marché du Film, Nevina Satta of Sardinia Film Commission, with Pascal Diot of Venice Ff and Le Pole Image de Lieges, Ivan Trujillo of Ficg, Alan Franey of Vancouver Ff, Mimi Plauché of Chicago Ff, Peter Belsito of SydneysBuzz and many others

Warm farewellparty to Donald Ranvaud
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At Least 2 Killed After Truck Crashes Into Stockholm Department Store: ‘It Is an Act of Terror’

At Least 2 Killed After Truck Crashes Into Stockholm Department Store: ‘It Is an Act of Terror’
This story originally appeared on Time.com.

(Stockholm) — A large beer truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack. One person was arrested.

People in the downtown area fled in panic, and Stockholm’s Central Station for trains and the subway, which is a few hundred yards from the scene, was evacuated.

Broadcaster Svt said at least five people were killed in the attack while Swedish radio reported three dead, but police could not immediately confirm those reports.
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Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart

Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart
What a surprising city Rotterdam is and the Festival and Cinemart are full of surprises too.

Being in The Netherlands is like a homecoming for me. My first major job in the film industry was with 20th Century Fox International and City Fox Films in Amsterdam in 1975 which is when I first attended the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, three years after its founding by Huub Bals. It was much smaller then. Iffr’s logo is a tiger, loosely based on the M.G.M. lion as an alternative. From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. It has become one of the most important events in the film world, an integral part of the winter circuit of Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals.

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Shah Rukh Khan gets candid during his train journey: Read on!

Shah Rukh Khan, who boarded August Kranti Rajdhani Express from Mumbai Central Station on January 23 evening, has been receiving warm welcome from his fans at every station, the train takes its halt. During his travel, Srk sat down for a candid conversation where he talks about his old train journeys, favourite actresses and tells us why winning or losing is not important in one's life. Excerpts from the conversation: Read Also: Live Updates: Raees a.k.a Shah Rukh Khan's train journey from Mumbai to Delhi Do you watch your own films coz in an interview u said that you find yourself awkward onscreen? "Not only that. Because I see it more often in the making in bits and parts. I havent really sat through an entire film. I dont remember which was the last film I watched. I don't know if even I saw Chennai express. I havent seen any film I guess.
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Shah Rukh Khan: I am very excited and nervous as I am travelling by train after a very long

Finally, Shah Rukh Khan has commenced his long train journey on January 23, 2017 evening for Delhi along with producer Ritesh Sidhwani and other team members to promote his much-awaited film Raees in the capital. He boarded the August Kranti Rajdhani Express from Mumbai Central Station where his fans gathered to catch a glimpse of the superstar upon his arrival. As Srk completes 25 years in Bollywood this year, the superstar is feeling nostalgic, excited and nervous at the same time since he is travelling by train after a long-long time. He used to travel by train during the initial stages of his struggle in the city of dreams, Mumbai. While leaving from Mannat, Shah Rukh Khan told reporters, "I came to Mumbai for the first time by train. It's a 16-17-hour journey so I am very excited and nervous as I am travelling by train after a very long time. I
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Live Updates: Raees a.k.a Shah Rukh Khan's train journey from Mumbai to Delhi

Dropping off the regular schedule of reaching the airport, boarding the flight and landing in the desired city, Shah Rukh Khan along with his film ‘Raees’ team, has locked the mode of railways to visit the capital to promote his much-awaited release, Raees. Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, director Rahul Dholakia and others will board the August Kranti Rajdhani Express from Bombay Central at evening 5 p.m. and will reach Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi at around 10:55 a.m. in the morning. The stop overs of the train are Andheri, Borivili, Wapi, Walsad, Surat, Baruch, Baroda, Ratlam, Kota, Savai Madhopur and Mathura. As Srk's character in the film Raees is very earthy and rooted, there is a subconscious connect with train as a mode of transport which serves masses. Check out all the live updates here: Jan 23, 23:45pm: Yusuf and Irrfan Pathan come to meet Srk at Vadodara station. Jan 23, 22:50pm:
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Examining the Space Jam website, which is still live, 20 years on

Luke Owen takes you back to the past…

It’s amazing to think that Space Jam, the movie which saw Michael Jordan play basketball with Bugs Bunny, turns twenty years old today. What do you remember the most about it? The barrage of ‘making of’ features than ran on every movie show? The fantastic soundtrack featuring 1996’s hottest artists (and R Kelly)? Or is it the office Space Jam website, where eager kids could go and find more information about the upcoming movie via the magical and mystical information super highway, the world wide web?

Well, that website is still live and active. No, really. Check it out here.

It’s an incredible time capsule of how the Internet used to look twenty years ago. Back then, this would have been incredible to look at and view. And I should know, I was there. I visited this website when I
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‘Little Secret’s’ David Schurmann Preps ‘Dot,’ ‘Blood Rose’ (Exclusive)

‘Little Secret’s’ David Schurmann Preps ‘Dot,’ ‘Blood Rose’ (Exclusive)
Los Cabos, Mexico — David Schurmann, the director of Brazilian foreign-language Oscar candidate “Little Secret,” is developing two features: “Dot,” a thriller inspired by the true-life murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, a courageous social rights activist in the Amazon; and “Blood Rose,” from a screenplay by Andrew McKenzie, who co-wrote 2013 Sundance entry “Sweetwater.”

Pitched Friday at Los Cabos’ inaugural Film Investor Summit to top-of-the class film financiers from U.S., Mexico and Europe – Ag Capital, Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content, Anton Capital begin the roll-call – the projects confirm the ambitions of one of Brazil’s most singular filmmakers thrown into the limelight when his movie, produce by Joao Roni at Ocean Films, was selected as Brazil’s Academy Award submission, beating out Cannes competition entry “Aquarius.”

Schurmann comes from an extraordinary background, forming part, as a kid, of the first Brazilian family to sail round the world, accompanied by parents Vilfredo and Heloisa Schurmann,
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Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’

Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’
Written by Kate Lyra, Director, Latc — Latin American Training CenterAmidst the flurry of controversy surrounding its selection, “Little Secret” (“Pequeno Segredo”) screened for the press in Rio de Janeiro.

“Some people are afraid of the ocean,” says Heloisa, (Julia Lemmertz in a perfect pitch performance). “But I feel safer on the water than on dry land.”

Marcos Bernstein’s masterful narrative, directed by David Schurmann, sets the ocean as symbol and metaphor, weaving it through the interlocking stories of three families — and three mothers — forever joined by a secret and a child.

It is the ocean that both separates and connects places as exotic and unlikely as the Amazon and New Zealand, an ocean that protects and sustains us like amniotic fluid.

“Kiwi” (as New Zealanders are endearingly known) Robert Lockett (Errol Shand) has crossed the ocean to find work as a petrochemical engineer in Manaus, capital city of the
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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy: "We were attacked as if we were the enemy"

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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy:
Brazilian director David Schurmann’s film was selected over Aquarius by one vote, prompting some social media protests.

On the morning after the gala screening of Little Secret at the 18th edition of Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival, the Brazilian director David Schurmann packed his bags to travel to Los Angeles. Schurmann is to meet awards consultant Steven Raphael, who has been hired (via Skype) to help him with his film campaign for the 89th Academy Awards.

Little Secret was chosen last month as the Brazil’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film, after beating its rival, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, by one vote only (the result was five to four). The choice made by Brazil’s Oscar selection committee further fuelled the controversy around Aquarius and led to protests on social media against Little Secret.

“Although at that time no one had seen our movie yet, we were attacked
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Oscars: Brazil chooses 'Little Secret'

Oscars: Brazil chooses 'Little Secret'
Brazilian Ministry of Culture selects family drama over festival favourite Aquarius.

Brazil has selected David Schurmann’s Little Secret as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Shot in Portuguese and English, Little Secret stars Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmertz, Mariana Goular, Maria Flor, Erroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan. It was co-written by Schurmann, Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein (Central Station).

The family drama, in which three interlocking stories are connected by a secret, was inspired by the true story of the director’s adopted sister, Kat.

Little Secret is not just a personal or family project. It’s the dream of a huge, talented, and extremely professional crew. And that dream has been spreading to thousands of people. I’m so grateful to everyone who believes in Little Secret,” Schurmann recently posted on his Facebook page.

Its selection is not without some controversy, however, as some filmmakers
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Amid ‘Aquarius’ Row, Brazil Submits ‘Little Secret’ for Oscar (Exclusive)

Amid ‘Aquarius’ Row, Brazil Submits ‘Little Secret’ for Oscar (Exclusive)
Brazil has selected David Schurmann’s three-part drama “Little Secret” to represent the country at the 89th Academy Awards, defying protests from a slew of filmmakers who withdrew their own films from contention after the appointment of film critic Marcus Petrucelli to Brazil’s foreign Oscar selection committee.

Petrucelli had made remarks on social media denouncing “Aquarius” filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho and his team for protesting against Brazil’s then interim government under Michel Temer while competing for the Palme d’Or in Cannes.

Brazil has been going through a tumultuous time, as you know,” Schurmann said in an interview with Variety. “I absolutely loved ‘Aquarius’ but there was pressure to compare the movie to what is happening in the country … Unfortunately, picking the Oscars in Brazil has fallen into a political trench, which may hurt films like ours, as people are being pushed to choose not the right film to go to the Oscars,
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Walter Salles, Vincent Maraval pay tribute to Don Ranvaud

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Walter Salles, Vincent Maraval pay tribute to Don Ranvaud
Friends of Don Ranvaud remember the recently passed producer-sales agent-academic. “He was guided by ideals in a world where this is becoming rarer,” Salles tells Geoffrey Macnab.

Don Ranvaud was one of the most colourful figures on the international film circuit, a globe-trotting producer-sales agent-journalist-academic whose methods were sometimes chaotic but who inspired enormous affection and loyalty. Following his death last weekend, figures from across the industry have paid tribute to him.

Don was a passionate, inspiring friend, and all of us who had the privilege to collaborate with him in Brazil are shocked and saddened by his disappearance,” director Walter Salles told Screen. “Don’s whole life revolved around cinema, and it is telling that he passed away in a film festival [Ranvaud suffered a hear attack at the Montreal Film Festival on September 5].

“What interested him was the humanity in films, what we could learn from the story and its characters. Don was vital for Central Station coming to life, as well as
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