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Annecy: Spain’s Salvador Simó on Buñuel, Turtles, Surrealism, Animation

Annecy, France—Much awaited, “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” is produced by prominent Spanish animation producer Manuel Cristobal, producer of Ignacio Ferreras’ “Wrinkles,” at Sygnatia in co-production with The Glow Animation Studio and Dutch outfit Submarine. Producer and director Salvador Simó will unveil excerpts and diverse material illustrating the process of conception and production of this singular movie at Annecy’s Wip showcase.

“Buñuel” chronicles the days that surrealist Luis Buñuel spent in Spain’s remote mountains of Las Hurdes, shooting documentary “Land Without Bread,” regarded as one of his masterpieces, about the hardships of one of the poorest parts of Europe. The movie is an origins tale: a personal approach on Buñuel the man and artist,as he found his own voice, and social conscience and about his friendship with sculptor Ramón Acín who was able to finance “Land” after winning a lottery prize.

Simó is also developing his second solo feature,
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China Box Office: ‘Doraemon’ Wins Holiday Weekend

China Box Office: ‘Doraemon’ Wins Holiday Weekend
Japanese cartoon, “Doraemon The Movie 2018: Nobita’s Treasure Island” opened on top of the Chinese box office over the weekend. It was helped by the Children’s Day holiday on Friday.

The franchise feature, starring a big blue cat who is well-known from comics and TV series, opened on Friday and earned $24.3 million in three days. More than half of that total came on Friday, when it scored $13.0 million.

By Sunday, “Doraemon” had been edged into second place and overtaken by holdover “How Long Will I Love U.” The Chinese fantasy romance earned $15.9 million over three days for a cumulative of $110 million in 17 days.

Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity Way” took third place with $13.9 million. After 24 days on release, it has earned $354 million.

Chinese animation, “Happy Little Submarine: 20000 Leagues Under The Sea” and “Magic Mirror 2” were local beneficiaries from the Children’s Day weekend. “Submarine” earned $9.11 million in three days for fourth place.
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Warp Films to Produce Film of Hit Musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

Warp Films to Produce Film of Hit Musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’
Warp Films is set to produce a feature adaptation of hit West End musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” the independent British production company has confirmed. It marks the first musical from the Sheffield-based Warp, whose recent productions include Idris Elba’s directorial debut, “Yardie,” which saw its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s horror anthology, “Ghost Stories.”

The musical, which was nominated for five awards at this year’s Olivier Awards, including best new musical, is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, which came to public attention in a BBC documentary, “Jamie: Drag Queen at 16,” in 2011. The coming-of-age tale tells the story of an openly gay teenager, living on a council estate in Sheffield, England, who is nervous about revealing his ambitions to be a drag queen to classmates at school. But with the support of friends and his mother,
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Film News Roundup: Stock-Car Documentary ‘The Last Race’ Gets Distribution

Film News Roundup: Stock-Car Documentary ‘The Last Race’ Gets Distribution
In today’s film news roundup, stock-car documentary “The Last Race” is getting released, Oprah Winfrey’s former publicist Lisa Halliday joins ID, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs is chairing an Italian film festival.

Acquisition

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary “The Last Race,” Michael Dweck’s feature debut about the stock-car racetrack Riverhead Raceway.

Magnolia is targeting a 2018 release for the film, which recently world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Dweck produced with Gregory Kershaw. The co-executive producers are Howard Schultz, Sheri Schultz and Cecilia Luppi.

Forty such race tracks used to exist on Long Island alone. Riverhead is the last stock-car track on the island.

“Michael has crafted an incredibly immersive film about grassroots racing,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “’The Last Race’ is a beautiful tribute to a world that is disappearing before us.”

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Dori Begley and John Von Thaden,
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‘Half the Picture’ Documentary on Female Directors Sells to Gravitas (Exclusive)

‘Half the Picture’ Documentary on Female Directors Sells to Gravitas (Exclusive)
Gravitas Ventures has acquired all U.S. rights to Amy Adrion’s gender-equality documentary “Half the Picture.”

The film explores the hiring of film and television directors in Hollywood. It features interviews with Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”), Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Jill Soloway (“Transparent”) and Rosanna Arquette.

“Half the Picture” will be in theaters in June and will be available on VOD and Digital HD on July 10, 2018.

“Only 3% of this year’s film releases by the six major Hollywood studios are directed by women – the lowest percentage in five years,” said Laura Florence, vice president of marketing and sales at Gravitas Ventures. “Worse yet, three of those major studios have only men directing all of their 2018 releases. This issue is such a relevant and timely topic. Gravitas Ventures is excited to be release ‘Half the Picture’ to continue the conversation and to hopefully enact change in our industry.”
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Netflix picks up Sundance premiere 'Shirkers'

Platform also acquires doc short Zion.

Netflix has boarded worldwide rights to Sandi Tan’s personal quest story Shirkers following its recent world premiere in Sundance.

Singapore-born Los Angeles resident Tan won the directing award in the World Cinema Documentary category last month for the film about her journey to uncover the mystery behind her missing film.

After Tan and friends Jasmine Ng and Sophie Siddique shot a noir film in Singapore in 1992, their American director and mentor Georges Cardona made off with the 16mm footage and was never seen again. Netflix negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of filmmakers.
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Songs for Screens: Until the Ribbon Breaks Premiere New Track ‘Count the Lightning’ (Exclusive)

“Songs for Screens” is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Just a few short years ago, Until the Ribbon Breaks, a Welsh alt-pop duo fronted by singer-songwriter Pete Lawrie-Winfield, were riding all the highs of that come with being an acclaimed band in the mid-2010s — a well-received major-label debut, buzzy collabs with Run The Jewels and sold-out tours supporting acts like Lorde and London Grammar, and multiple synchs for their music, most notably HBO’s “The Leftovers,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and a trailer for Warner Bros.’ “The Nice Guys.”

Unfortunately for Lawrie-Winfield, relocating to America from the UK only intensified his struggles with alcoholism and substance
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Songs for Screens: Until the Ribbon Breaks Premiere New Track ‘Count the Lightning’ (Exclusive)

“Songs for Screens” is a Variety column written by Andrew Hampp, a VP at New York-based music sponsorship and experiential agency Mac Presents and former branding correspondent for Billboard. Each week, the column will highlight noteworthy use of music in advertising and marketing campaigns, as well as new and catalog songs that we deem ripe for synch use.

Just a few short years ago, Until the Ribbon Breaks, a Welsh alt-pop duo fronted by singer-songwriter Pete Lawrie-Winfield, were riding all the highs of that come with being an acclaimed band in the mid-2010s — a well-received major-label debut, buzzy collabs with Run The Jewels and sold-out tours supporting acts like Lorde and London Grammar, and multiple synchs for their music, most notably HBO’s “The Leftovers,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and a trailer for Warner Bros.’ “The Nice Guys.”

Unfortunately for Lawrie-Winfield, relocating to America from the UK only intensified his struggles with alcoholism and substance
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Greenwich Entertainment acquires doc 'Mountain'

Dogwoof handles international sales at Efm.

Greenwich Entertainment has picked up Us rights to Mountain, documentarian Jennifer Peedom’s follow-up to Sherpa, which Dogwoof is touting to international buyers in Berlin.

Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe narrates the montage of imagery and music that spans some of the world’s highest peaks from Tibet to Alaska.

Mountain focuses on the mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, wingsuiters snowboarders and parachuting mountain bikers who make the peaks their playground.

The project reunites Peedom with her Sherpa cinematographer Renan Ozturk (Meru), and features a collaboration with Richard Tognetti, artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and British author Robert McFarlane.

Mountain received its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House with accompaniment by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, prior to the 2017 theatrical launches in Australia and the UK.

“In Mountain, filmmaker Jennifer Peedom has created a soaring, enthralling achievement that melds the visual/aural experiential approach of a movie like Baraka with the grand
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13 modern TV comedies set in the 80s and 90s

Louisa Mellor Feb 16, 2018

To mark the release of Netflix’s 90s-set Everything Sucks!, here are a dozen more recommended nostalgic comedies…

The 90s felt so good that some of us never left. We’re still there, wearing Converse All-Stars, drinking blackcurrant Hooch and listening to Natalie Imbruglia. When we zone out in the monthly budgetary planning meeting, we’re doodling band logos and daydreaming about Alicia Silverstone in that Aerosmith video.

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This Friday welcomes new nineties-set high school comedy Everything Sucks! to Netflix. A sweet comedy set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, it’s the story of two outsider kids Luke and Kate, a would-be filmmaker and the principal’s daughter. It’s piled with retro references that will wrap around nineties kids like a warm blanket (and,
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Dogwoof boards 'The Price Of Everything' from Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn (exclusive)

Dogwoof boards 'The Price Of Everything' from Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn (exclusive)
Feature doc explores the role of contemporary art in consumerist society.

London-based documentary specialists Dogwoof has picked up UK distribution and international sales rights to Nathaniel Kahn’s contemporary art documentary The Price Of Everything.

The film had its world premiere at Sundance, ahead of which HBO Documentary Films acquired Us rights. The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun and David Koh of production outfit Submarine with Anna Godas of Dogwoof

Kahn previously directed the Oscar-nominated featuere My Architect and the Oscar-nominated short Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story. Featuring world-renowned artists including Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter, collectors, dealers, and auctioneers, the film reveals how the contemporary art market works and uncovers the medium’s enduring power.

The Price Of Everything is an expose doc focused on the role of art in consumerist society.

“This highly entertaining and accessible film takes us inside the art world like never before, with incredible access
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Berlinale: Studiocanal Introduces ‘One Nation, One King,’ ‘Mia and the White Lion’ (Exclusive)

Studiocanal, the film-tv production-distribution affiliate of Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, will bring onto the market at Berlin one of France’s biggest plays of the year: “Un peuple, et son roi” (“One Nation, One King”), which Studiocanal will open in France on Sept. 26.

Budgeted at €16.9 million ($20.8 million), “One Nation, One King” is director Pierre Schoeller’s (“The Minister”) attempt to convey the scale of events of the 1789 French Revolution from the point of view of ordinary people, who for the first time were able to power events and develop a national consciousness instead of remaining passive victims.

Those revolutionaries are represented by two of France’s most-awarded young leads: Gaspard Ulliel, who won a best actor Cesar Award for Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World,” and Adèle Haenel, Cesar-nominated four times in the last decade, winning supporting actress for “Suzanne” and actress for “Love at First Fight.” Olivier Gourmet (“[link
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Alice Lowe, David Thewlis join Sally Hawkins in Craig Roberts' 'Eternal Beauty' (exclusive)

Bankside boards sales on UK project.

Alice Lowe (Prevenge) and David Thewlis (The Theory Of Everything) have joined Sally Hawkins in Craig Roberts’ Eternal Beauty ahead of production in Wales this Spring.

UK sales outfit Bankside Films has taken international rights and will introduce to buyers at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin. Endeavour Content and Bankside Films are co-representing Us rights.

The project is the second feature from director Roberts (known for his acting roles in Submarine and TV series Red Oaks) after Just Jim, which premiered at South by Southwest in 2015.

Screen first reported on the project (then titled In My Oils) when Roberts launched London-based production outfit titled Cliff Edge Pictures with producers Pip Broughton and Adrian Bate.

Screen also revealed in December that Hawkins, in the running for this year’s Best Actress Oscar for his role in The Shape Of Water, would lead the cast. She said that Roberts
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Orlando Bloom Jon Hamm among Ddi Berlin sales slate (exclusive)

Nostalgia, Romans head to Efm.

Jason Moring’s Toronto-based Double Dutch International (Ddi) has come on board to handle two new sales titles in Berlin, boarding international rights to Mark Pellington’s Nostalgia and Romans starring Orlando Bloom.

Nostalgia stars Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn and explores the meaning of objects, artifacts and memories that shape our lives.

Pellington co-wrote the screenplay with Alex Ross Perry, who wrote the upcoming Disney release Christopher Robin, and produced the film with Tom Gorai, his collaborator on Arlington Road. Bleecker Street will release Nostalgia theatrically in North America on February 16.

Romans stars Bloom as a sex abuse survivor whose attacker reenters his life after he is hired to demolish the church where the abuse took place. The man realises forgiveness is his only viable course of action.

Cannes Young Director Award winners Ludwig and Paul Shammasian directed Romans from Geoff Thompson’s screenplay. Sheetal Vinod Talwar, Mark Lane, James
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Tribeca 2018 announces opening night selection

Festival set to run in New York City from April 18-29.

The world premiere of Love, Gilda will open the 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, festival brass announced on Tuesday (February 6).

The CNN Films documentary follows the career and impact of Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Gilda Radner and is produced by 3 Faces Films in association with Motto Pictures.

Radner was an original cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL) who famously poked fun at television presenter stereotypes. She was married to Gene Wilder until her death from ovarian cancer in 1989 at the age of 42.

Director Lisa D’Apolito uses audiotapes, home movies, diary entries, and interviews with those who knew Radner, among them SNL alumni Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong. Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer, and Lorne Michaels also feature in the documentary. Submarine handles sales.

“As a festival that has always supported women’s voices and is largely
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Sundance: Neon Buys ‘Three Identical Strangers’

Sundance: Neon Buys ‘Three Identical Strangers’
Neon has landed North American rights to Tim Wardle’s “Three Identical Strangers” following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The newly launched indie studio bought the film from CNN Films, which will retain U.S. broadcast rights. Neon has been quite active at this year’s Sundance. It partnered with Agbo, the Russo Brothers’ production company, to pick up “Assassination Nation” for north of $10 million. That was the biggest deal of the festival. It also purchased “Monsters and Men,” an acclaimed drama about a police shooting, and announced that it had sold a majority stake in itself to 30West.

“Three Identical Strangers” follows a trio of people who make the discovery at age 19 that they are identical triplets separated at birth.

The film is directed by Tim Wardle, of the U.K.-based Raw. Raw’s Becky Read and Grace Hughes-Hallett produced along with CNN Films in association with Channel 4.

The deal announced
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International Newswire: Berlinale Receives Boost From Small-Screen Drama Series

In today’s International Newswire, how the Berlin Film Festival has received a boost from drama series, the Nordic countries seek to encourage more films to travel across the region, Sony creates a free-to-air crime channel in the U.K., and President Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone is to speak at Oxford University.

What recent Berlinale title has proved the most popular with audiences? One candidate: “Babylon Berlin,” presented as a project three years ago. It’s also of course a TV series. The ability of high-end TV drama to deliver sophisticated fiction to millions worldwide is in sharp contrast to most art films. It explains not only directors’ diaspora to the small-screen format but the increasing punch of TV dramas at major festivals worldwide. The Berlinale is no exception. Featuring world or international premieres of first episodes, Berlinale Series opens with one weighty title, Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” starring Nathalie Dormer,
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International Newswire: Berlinale Receives Boost From Small-Screen Drama Series

In today’s International Newswire, how the Berlin Film Festival has received a boost from drama series, the Nordic countries seek to encourage more films to travel across the region, Sony creates a free-to-air crime channel in the U.K., and President Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone is to speak at Oxford University.

What recent Berlinale title has proved the most popular with audiences? One candidate: “Babylon Berlin,” presented as a project three years ago. It’s also of course a TV series. The ability of high-end TV drama to deliver sophisticated fiction to millions worldwide is in sharp contrast to most art films. It explains not only directors’ diaspora to the small-screen format but the increasing punch of TV dramas at major festivals worldwide. The Berlinale is no exception. Featuring world or international premieres of first episodes, Berlinale Series opens with one weighty title, Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” starring Nathalie
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'Colette' sells to Bleecker Street, 30West at Sundance (update)

Slamdance opener Pick Of The Litter sparks interest for Submarine.

January 21 Update: Wash Westmoreland’s Colette starring Keira Knightley has sold to Bleecker Street and 30West in a mid-seven-figure Us deal as the first major on-site deal in Park City closed in the small hours of Sunday following Saturday night’s world premiere.

CAA and Endeavor Content handled negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers and fielded interest from Sony Pictures Classics, Amazon Studios and Fox Searchlight. The Premieres selection from Number 9 Films, Killer Films and Bold Films stars Knightley as the titular French author and had been a hot ticket for buyers.

Colette: Review

Westmoreland directs and shares a writing credit with his late husband and collaborator Richard Glatzer (who died in 2015) and Rebecca Lemkowicz. HanWay Films represents international rights.

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone follow-up Leave No Trace sold to Spwa in an international deal after it delivered a stirring debut on Saturday and plays again
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‘The Oslo Diaries’ Sundance Clip: How To Make A Secret Accord

‘The Oslo Diaries’ Sundance Clip: How To Make A Secret Accord
With the Oslo Peace Accords back in the news amid the fallout of President Donald Trump’s decision last month for the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, the timing is just about perfect for The Oslo Diaries. The new film from Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan will have its world premiere Sunday in the Sundance Film Festival’s World Documentary section. Submarine is handling sales in Park City. The film follows the diaries of the Israelis and Palestinians at…
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