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Dor, Senator Team on ‘Art of Hearing Heartbeats’ Adaptation (Exclusive)

Sherry Hormann is to direct an adaptation of Jan-Philipp Sendker’s novel “Art of Hearing Heartbeats” with Dor Film producing and Senator Film on board as co-producer. Wild Bunch will release the film in Germany.

The novel, published in 2002, has sold more than one million copies, and has been translated into 25 languages. Sendker will pen the screenplay.

Hormann, who is best known for “Desert Flower” and “3096 Days,” will start to shoot in early 2018. Danny Krausz will produce for Dor and Senator’s Ulf Israel and David Kehrl will co-produce.

The love story, which is set in Burma, spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.

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Kering and the Festival de Cannes Poster 2016 'Women in Motion'

The second edition of the 'Women in Motion' program will take place in Cannes from May 11 to 22, 2016 at the 69th Festival de Cannes.

The year’s official poster is of Frances McDormand whose presentation at last year’s first edition illuminated gender bias practices within the film industry in the most captivating, funny and serious presentation of the several presentations given.

During her Talk on 22 May 2015, the actress addressed the impact gender discrimination had on budget negotiations for female filmmakers, the lack of money being one of the main issues faced within the industry. Frances McDormand made her point hit home:

"We don't need help, we need money. We don't need more initiatives; we need money."

"Women in motion - it's done! We are moving, we just need to catch up."

Read more on SydneysBuzz about the inaugural sessions of Women in Motion, Cannes 2015.

Launched jointly by Kering and the Festival de Cannes in 2015 as part of an official five year partnership, the 'Women in Motion' program celebrates women's talent in cinema. In keeping with the first edition, the 'Women in Motion' program will be comprised of its two founding pillars: the 'Women in Motion' Talks and the 'Women in Motion' Awards.

The Talks will be announced ahead of the Festival, and will highlight the contribution of women and discuss their role in the film industry.

In addition to the Talks, the first 'Women in Motion' Award will reward the exemplary contribution of a laureate to both the film industry and women's causes. The second Award will be attributed to one or several up-and-coming talents in the film industry, chosen from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015.

To watch Frances McDormand's Talk on 22 May 2015 visit Here

"I am proud that ‘Women in Motion’ has once again been given the chance to feature in the program of such a major event as the Festival de Cannes this year. In 2015, ‘Women in Motion’ proved to be a powerful platform for supporting women in cinema.

With ‘Women in Motion’ – and even more so this year, given the real support we are providing to several female directors – we are taking another step towards real awareness and tangible changes, promoting a film industry that is more representative of the richness and diversity of our societies." -François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Kering Group

The ‘Women in Motion’ Talks: discussing the role and importance of women in film

Taking place as morning sessions throughout the entire competition, this year’s ‘Women in Motion’ Talks will welcome guests from outside the film industry to enrich the discussions about the place and contribution of women in cinema and underline solutions which would make the industry more representative.

· During the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks held in 2015, a number of high-profile men and women eagerly joined the debate. Isabella Rossellini, Claire Denis, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Agnès Varda, Thierry Frémaux, Frances McDormand and Deniz Gamze Ergüven all expressed their views on women and cinema during a series of interviews open to journalists and industry professionals.

The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: celebrating talented women

· In addition to the talks, the 69th Cannes International Film Festival will also be marked by the presentation of the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards.

· In 2015, two honorary awards were attributed; the first to actress, producer and committed philanthropist Jane Fonda, who also holds two Oscars for best actress; and the second to independent producer Megan Ellison to celebrate the launch of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme. Both women are emblematic of their cinematic generations.

· In 2016, the first award will be presented to a laureate who has made an exemplary contribution to both the film industry and women’s causes. The first award winner will then be offered the chance to choose the recipient(s) of the second award, intended to support up-and-coming talents in the film industry, from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015. The second award will be accompanied by financial support for an ongoing film project.

· The awards will be presented on 15 May 2016, during the ‘Presidential Dinner’ organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes and hosted by François-Henri Pinault, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux.

A long-term commitment to both Women and Cinema

Kering and cinema

· From financing films and restoring works to producing documentaries and supporting producers and feature films, Kering and its Corporate Foundation have supported a number of films with a strong message: “Desert Flower” by Sherry Hormann (2009), “Home” by Yann-Arthus Bertrand (2009), “Brave Miss World” by Cecilia Peck (2013), and “Ice and Sky” by Luc Jacquet (2015).

· Kering has also been a partner of the Ecole de la Cité film school, part of the Cité du Cinéma complex created by Luc Besson, since its launch in 2012.

· Through its brands, Kering has also supported high-profile film institutions and festivals, such as the Tribeca Film Institute (New York), Britdoc (London), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) and the Lumière Festival (Lyon).

Kering and women

· Kering has been committed to empowering women for many years, primarily through the Kering Foundation, created and chaired by François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, as well as the Chime for Change initiative launched by Gucci, to empower women and girls around the world.

About Kering

A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom, and Cobra. By 'empowering imagination' in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously Ppr) share is listed on Euronext Paris (Fr 0000121485, Ker.Pa, Ker.Fp).
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Cannes chief to speak during first 'Women in Motion' programme

Thierry Fremaux to address women and the film industry as part of a joint venture with new sponsor Kering.

Cannes Film Festival general delegate Thierry Frémaux will tackle the controversial topic of women and film during this year’s edition, as one of the first participants in a new female-focused programme called ‘Women in Motion’.

The programme – a joint initiative between the festival and its new sponsor, the luxury goods group Kering – will feature a series of talks on women and film as well as an award celebrating talented women in the industry.

The talks will discuss a wide-range of topics related to women and film, including women’s status, representation within the profession and on screen, the nature of their narrative points of view and their perspective behind the camera, said the festival and Kering in a joint statement.

Frémaux will be one of the first high-profile guests at the inaugural edition of the talks. The full
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Cannes chief to speak at first 'Women in Motion' event

Thierry Fremaux to address women and the film industry as part of a joint venture with new sponsor Kering.

Cannes Film Festival general delegate Thierry Frémaux will tackle the controversial topic of women and film during this year’s edition, as one of the first participants in a new female-focused programme called ‘Women in Motion’.

The programme – a joint initiative between the festival and its new sponsor, the luxury goods group Kering – will feature a series of talks on women and film as well as an award celebrating talented women in the industry.

The talks will discuss a wide-range of topics related to women and film, including women’s status, representation within the profession and on screen, the nature of their narrative points of view and their perspective behind the camera, said the festival and Kering in a joint statement.

Frémaux will be one of the first high-profile guests at the inaugural edition of the talks. The full
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Cannes Film Fest, Kering Launch Women in Motion

Paris– Entering a new Era, the Cannes Film Festival and its general delegate Thierry Fremaux are joining forces with Kering, François-Henri Pinault’s French luxury powerhouse, to launch Women in Motion.

Conceived by Kering to highlight women’s achievements in film, Women in Motion will host a series of talks with high-profile talent and execs, as well as hand out two awards during the upcoming 68th Cannes film festival, which will mark Pierre Lescure’s inaugural year as president.

The first award will honor a prominent industry figure — regardless of gender — who has significantly contributed to the cause of women. The prizewinner will choose the recipient of the second award, which will go to an up-and-coming female director. Women in Motion will then support one of the projects of this young filmmaker.

Fremaux, who has had to address criticism over the perceived under-representation of women helmers in the official selection,
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Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to Star in Thriller ‘Colonia’

Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to Star in Thriller ‘Colonia’
London — “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”) will topline thriller “Colonia,” which will shoot in Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin and South America until the end of the year.

Pic, which is helmed by Florian Gallenberger (“John Rabe”), tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the south of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.

Gallenberger and Torsten Wenzel penned the script, which is inspired by true events. Benjamin Herrmann is producing through his Majestic banner (“Desert Flower,” “John Rabe,” “Tour De Force”). Nicolas Steil will
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2013 Rwanda Film Festival Unveils Lineup: 'Mama Africa,' 'Elza,' Middle of Nowhere'

The 2013 Rwanda Film Festival has unveiled its impressive shortlist of films we have covered and/or reviewed on its site. We will return to any specific titles that we haven't profiled individually. The festival, which runs July 20-26 in the state-of-the-art multiplex cinema in the city of Kigali, the Festival received a total of 284 films from all over the world. This year's theme “Our Mothers, Our Heroes,” focuses on films "that collectively provided a holistic representation of women." Among the titles selected are Mama Africa, Desert Flower, Virgin Margarida, Le Bonheur D’elza, Ladies’s Turn, Something Necessary, Nairobi Halflife and Middle of Nowhere. See the...
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Trailer, Sales Art for the Psychological Thriller House of Last Things

Double Dutch International announced today that it has acquired the worldwide rights to the psychological thriller House of Last Things.

The film - written, directed and produced by Michael Bartlett - stars Rj Mitte (Breaking Bad), Lindsey Haun (True Blood) and Blake Berris. Cinematographer is Ken Kelsch (Bad Lieutenant, Big Night, Desert Flower).

House of Last Things is a thriller set in Portland, Oregon. A classical music critic leaves on an extended vacation to Italy with his grieving wife, leaving their spacious home in the hands of a young female caretaker (Haun). Joined by her boyfriend (Berris) and younger brother (Mitte), the house-- and a young boy-- begin inspiring strange and unexplained behavior, the limits of reality begin to blur.

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Melissa's Top Ten Movies Of 2011

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Melissa's Top Ten Movies Of 2011
Time sure does fly fast. The year 2011 is practically over and what better way to celebrate it than to look back at the year that was. We were able to swim our way out of the deep waters that were filled with remakes and sequels, which wasn’t entirely bad depending on which ones you enjoyed. Then we have the more independent sector which felt as lively as ever. It’s always a delight to go to the movies, just to be entertained by many on the big screen throughout the year, except for the bad ones, those normally aren’t fun to sit through. I’m looking at you “Desert Flower.” Now...
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Uplifting Kenyan Drama “The First Grader” Will Be Released In USA Theaters This Spring

The First Grader, a Kenyan film we’ve written about a few times already on this site, is getting a theatrical release in the USA.

National Geographic, who also picked up and released Desert Flower here in the USA, will release The First Grader on May 13th, in a limited theatrical release.

The film, directed by Justin Chadwick, and staring Brit Naomie Harris and Oliver Litondo, centers on an old villager, who insists on attending school so he can learn to read, inspiring others around him to realize that it’s never too late to dream.

MsWOO saw it at the London Film Festival last fall, and reviewed it. You can read her lukewarm thoughts Here.

Watch the trailer for the film below:
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Women at the Box Office: April 8-10, 2011

Women Centric Currently Playing Hanna Soul Surfer Potiche Miral Sucker Punch Desert Flower – written and directed by Sherry Hormann Cracks - directed by Jordan Scott Jane Eyre – written by Moira Buffini Red Riding Hood – directed by Catherine Hardwicke I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay Orgasm Inc. - directed by Liz Canner (doc) The Roommate From Prada to Nada True Grit Black Swan Tangled Winter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini Made in Dagenham The Woodmans Women Directed Films Currently Playing Blank City - directed by Celine Danhier
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Women Films at the Theatre This Weekend - April 1, 2011

Women's Films Now Playing Miral - written by Rula Jebreal Potiche Sucker Punch Desert Flower - written and directed by Sherry Hormann Cracks - directed by Jordan Scott, co-written by Caroline Ip I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay Red Riding Hood - directed by Catherine Hardwicke Jane Eyre- written by Moira Buffini The Roommate From Prada to Nada True Grit Bhutto Winter's Bone - directed and co-written by Debra Granik, co-written by Anne Rosellini Women Directed Films Opening In a Better World - directed by Susanne Bier - review here Queen to Play - directed by…
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Women at the Box Office This Weekend - March 25

Women Centric Films Opening Miral - written by Rula Jebreal Potiche: review Sucker Punch: What the Hell is Abbie Cornish Doing in Sucker Punch Women Directed Films Opening My Perestroika - directed by Robin Hessman Women's Films Now Playing Desert Flower - written and directed by Sherry Hormann Cracks - directed by Jordan Scott, co-written by Caroline Ip I Will Follow - written and directed by Ava Duvernay Red Riding Hood - directed by Catherine Hardwicke Jane Eyre- written by Moira Buffini The Roommate From Prada to Nada True Grit Black Swan Tangled Vision Bhutto Winter's Bone - directed and…
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Sound-Off: 'Desert Flower' Film Review

Anyone seeking the courage to survive just about any challenge or calamity should run, not walk to see "Desert Flower," a film chronicling the epic life of supermodel turned human rights activist Waris Dirie. Dirie made her way across the Somali desert alone at age 13 to escape an arranged marriage, and later became one of the first to speak out against female genital mutilation, a barbaric ritual she endured as a very young child and which is still practiced worldwide on an estimated 8,000 girls a day...
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'Jane Eyre' Maintains Momentum

'Jane Eyre' Maintains Momentum
Jane Eyre continues to build its case as a limited release hit: the movie added 24 locations for a total of 26 and improved 155 percent to $466,409. While it's average of $17,939 was way off from last weekend, that's still a very strong figure and indicates that the movie has plenty of room left to grow. Through ten days the Mia Wasikowska-Michael Fassbender drama has already amassed $719,514, and will be playing in at least 78 theaters this coming weekend. While it didn't come close to Jane Eyre's excellent opening last weekend, Win Win still managed to make some noise in its debut frame. The Paul Giamatti-Amy Ryan comedy opened to $150,362 at five locations, which translates to a solid per-theater average of $30,072. That's a big improvement over writer-director Tom McCarthy's first two movies, The Station Agent and The Visitor, which ultimately finished with $5.7 million and $9.4 million, respectively. While official expansion plans aren't currently available,
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Weekend Watch: Not Necessarily a 'Win Win' Weekend

This week gives us few potentially watchable flicks but nothing great. It’s mid-march, which means nothing will be very exciting (to be fair, the noteworthy Greenberg did come out same time last year, but there’s a particularly large amount of mediocrity going on. If you want a decent dramedy that has something for everyone, Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti, is probably your best bet. For stoner and geek crowds, Paul might give you a laugh, and if you’re in New York, definitely check out docs Nostalgia for the Light or Bill Cunningham, New York which opened at the Film Forum on Wednesday. U.S Indie The Music Never Stopped - Jim Kohlberg - Roadside This father son pic based on a case study by Oliver Sacks was the first major film to be acquired at Sundance this past January. We say this will be "a sentimental father-son
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‘Desert Flower’

Reviewed by Amy R. Handler

(March 2011)

Directed/Written by: Sherry Horman

Starring: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Anthony Mackie

When a Cockney shopgirl befriends a beautiful Somali refugee in an upscale dress shop’s loo, neither is prepared for what lies ahead.

The taboo subject of female circumcision (otherwise known as female genital mutilation or cutting) is artfully revealed in “Desert Flower,” written and directed by Sherry Horman (“Guys and Balls”). Fgm is a far-reaching, ancient rite of passage that is believed to protect virginity and elevate very young girls to sainted womanhood. Though this seldom-discussed practice is condemned by the World Health Organization and the United Nations, it continues to this day in certain areas of Asia, Northeastern Africa, Australia and South America.

Horman’s movie is based upon the best-selling autobiography “Desert Flower” written by the now 46-year-old former fashion model and actress Waris Dirie
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‘Desert Flower’

Reviewed by Amy R. Handler

(March 2011)

Directed/Written by: Sherry Horman

Starring: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Anthony Mackie

When a Cockney shopgirl befriends a beautiful Somali refugee in an upscale dress shop’s loo, neither is prepared for what lies ahead.

The taboo subject of female circumcision (otherwise known as female genital mutilation or cutting) is artfully revealed in “Desert Flower,” written and directed by Sherry Horman (“Guys and Balls”). Fgm is a far-reaching, ancient rite of passage that is believed to protect virginity and elevate very young girls to sainted womanhood. Though this seldom-discussed practice is condemned by the World Health Organization and the United Nations, it continues to this day in certain areas of Asia, Northeastern Africa, Australia and South America.

Horman’s movie is based upon the best-selling autobiography “Desert Flower” written by the now 46-year-old former fashion model and actress Waris Dirie
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Guest Post: Desert Flower Review by Melissa Silvestri

Desert Flower is a deeply emotional drama (with light comedic moments) that tells the true story of Waris Dirie, a Somali woman who had undergone female genital mutilation at 3 years old, escaped her rural home village before an arranged marriage at 13, became an indentured servant to the Somali ambassador in London, and then, by chance, was discovered and became a supermodel. But despite her fairy tale rags to riches story, Dirie was still haunted by her past, and all the celebrity brought on by her looks couldn’t deny that what happened to her as a child was an…
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Desert Flower Movie Review

Desert Flower Movie Review
Title: Desert Flower Director: Sherry Horman Starring: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins and Craig Parkinson Chronicling a person’s life story on screen is never an easy task, especially when the person is from a different culture than the intended audience. Sherry Hormann is one such screenwriter-director, as she had the difficult task of adapting African nomad-turned-supermodel Waris Dirie’s autobiography Desert Flower. Instead of going the easy route and focusing on the success Waris found later in life as a model, Hormann made the risky decision to focus on Waris’ fight to end the female genital mutilation (Fgm) she wrongfully had to endure. ‘Desert Flower’ follows the life of Waris (portrayed by Ethiopian model and actress [...]
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