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Rotterdam Film Festival’s CineMart Unveils Lineup

Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage,” Radu Jude’s “Is this What You Were Born For?” and Andrew Hulme’s “The Devil Outside” are among the projects set to be presented at CineMart, the co-production forum hosted as part of Rotterdam Film Festival.

The forum will showcase 25 projects from the Netherlands, Australia, China, Brazil, the U.K., Lebanon, France and the U.S..

Marit van den Elshout, head of industry and CineMart, said the upcoming edition will showcase “great discoveries with high potential (…), five debut feature films, ready for the international market and to be attached to financiers.”

“We are looking forward to another great edition of CineMart, supporting the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of all these great filmmakers, both emerging and established,” added Elshout.

“Birds of Passage” marks Guerra’s follow up to “El abrazo de la serpiente” which won a nod at Directors’ Fortnight in
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Film Review: ‘We Are Young. We Are Strong.’

Film Review: ‘We Are Young. We Are Strong.’
The topicality of “We Are Young. We Are Strong.” is hard to miss, which is a key reason why this worthy but over-obvious fictionalization of xenophobic riots in 1992 Germany will hit a nerve. Burhan Qurbani’s mostly black-and-white sophomore feature (after “Shahada”) is a by-the-book re-creation of the buildup to two nights of violent unrest in the eastern port city of Rostock, when Vietnamese immigrants became the target of disaffected residents unhappy with their own status in a recently unified Germany. Given current tensions with “the other in our midst,” the pic will undoubtedly gain traction at home following a late January opening. Euro screens may also beckon.

Like most areas of the former East Germany, Rostock suffered from a depressed economy and general malaise following the fall of the Berlin Wall, exacerbated by a not-unwarranted sense of alienation from the West. Qurbani’s strong suit is the way he captures the zeitgeist,
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Berlin: Global Screen Inks Deal with Christian Alvart’s Syrreal

London — Munich-based sales company Global Screen has struck a first-look and co-development deal with Christian Alvart’s Berlin-based independent production company Syrreal Entertainment.

The collaboration will start with the English-language sci-fi thriller “SUM1,” directed by Christian Pasquariello. Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones,” “Misfits,” “The Liberator”) will be starring in the lead role as a young soldier, placed on a desolate watchtower high above a forest on a 100-day assignment. His mission is to defend the outpost against eerie, powerful alien creatures in a strange world.

SUM1″ is produced by Alvart (“Antibodies,” “Case 39,” “Pandorum”), Sigi Kamml (“1 1⁄2 Brothers,” “Banklady”) and Susa Kusche (“Run Boy Run,” “Shahada”). Director of photography is Hagen Bogdanski (“The Lives of Others,” “The Young Victoria”).

Principal photography is starting on Feb 9. Global Screen will start selling the title at the European Film Market in Berlin.
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Rome Film Fest Unveils New Concept Lineup Comprising Twenty Four World Preems

Rome Film Fest Unveils New Concept Lineup Comprising Twenty Four World Preems
Rome – The Rome Film Festival, in its enth reconfiguration, has unveiled a decidedly disparate lineup for its ninth edition with a more marked populist accent comprising comedies and genre pics along with promising auteur fare – including 24 world preems – all in artistic director Marco Mueller’s self-described “suitably schizophrenic” signature style.

Contending with impediments dictated by Italian politics and the economy, Mueller in little over three months has assembled an attractive, if less abundant, mix of goods made of 51 pics innovatively divided in five sections: competition, out-of-competition, gala, mondo genre, and Italian perspectives.

The competition sees world bows of Russian auteur Aleksey Fedorchenko’s “Angels Of Revolution,” which had been announced; and also Italo helmer Claudio Noce’s Alps-set thriller “The Ice Forest,” (pictured) marking Emir Kusturica’s first lead thesping role; German helmer Christoph Hochhausler “The Lies of the Victors,” a thriller about the dark underbelly of contempo politics in
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Beta takes German riots drama

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Beta takes German riots drama
Exclusive: Munich based Beta Cinema has arrived in Cannes with new pick-ups that could provoke heated debate.

Beta is launching We Are Young, We Are Strong by young Afghan-German director Burhan Qurbani in the Cannes Marché. The film explores the driving forces of xenophobia during the violent riots of 1992 in freshly reunited Germany

Based on historical facts and currently in post-production, it recounts the violent xenophobic riots in Rostock in 1992 from the perspectives of three different characters: a Vietnamese woman settled in Germany, a young hooligan involved in the night’s riots and his father, a local politician, trapped in the dilemma of advancing his career or standing up for his ideals.

Devid Striesow, Jonas Nay and European Shooting Star Saskia Rosendahl headline the cast of the film, which is a Ufa Fiction production in co-production with cine plus, Zdf and Arte.

It marks the follow up to Qurbani’s Berlinale competition title, Shahada.

Also
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Physician producers open to sequels

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Physician producers open to sequels
Beta sells other territories on the film based on Noah Gordon’s trilogy of books.

The Physician’s producers Wolf Bauer and Nico Hofmann have indicated that they may take on the other two books of Noah Gordon’s trilogy, of which The Physician is the first part: Matters Of Choice and Shaman.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily ahead of the world premiere of The Physician in Berlin on Monday evening, Bauer explained: “We have discussed this with Noah Gordon and would have access [to the properties].”

“But we won’t have this discussion before the film has reached 3m admissions in Germany and Spain,” said Bauer, who is currently reading Shaman for the seventh time.

Moreover, the producers would have freedom in casting since Shaman is set in the 19th century some 800 years after the events in The Physician.

Hofmann revealed that, as part of the film’s financing from broadcaster Ard Degeto, a longer
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Rome Film Review: ‘I’m Not Him’

A desultory dishwasher with a striking resemblance to a colleague’s imprisoned husband assumes his identity in Tayfun Pirselimoglu’s absorbing but overextended “I’m Not Him.” Sticking to the helmer’s resolutely minimal style (“Haze,” “Hair”), which emphasizes the sullen isolation of modern man, the pic features two performances whose strength goes some way toward staunching the effect of Pirselimoglu’s ultra-slow, almost deadening sequences. Viewers already won over to new Turkish cinema’s deliberate pacing will gather around, making “I’m Not Him” a fest item with appeal to a pre-prepared core audience.

With his French bulldog features locked in an eternally impassive scowl, Ercan Kesal (“Mold” and several Nuri Bilge Ceylan pics) is the ideal vessel to portray Nihat, a solitary kitchen hand in a hospital cafeteria. Work buddies get him to join their evening excursion with a roadside prostitute, but it’s Nihat who gets nabbed when the law shows up.
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Russian film to open Pune Intl. Film Fest on Jan 6

Russian film to open Pune Intl. Film Fest on Jan 6
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The Pune International Film Festival 2011 will be held from 6 to 13 January 2011. Silent Souls / Ovsyanki directed by Aleksei Fedorchenko of Russia, a film competing in World Cinema section will be the opening film of the festival.

The Government of Maharashtra will present the “Prabhat” Best International Film award comprising of $20,000 and “Prabhat” Best International Film Director comprising of $10,000.

The other awards in the festival are: Government of Maharashtra’s – “Sant Tukaram” Best International Marathi Film (Rs 5Lac), Akhil Bhartiya Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Director (Rs.25,000), Akhil Bhartiya Chitrapat Maha Mandal – Best Marathi Film Actor( Rs.25,000) and Akhil Bhartiya Chitrapat Maha Mandal – Best screenplay Rs.25,000.

Life Time Achievement Awards will also be presented for outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

For Whistling Woods International, Student Competition, the awards are: Best Film ($ 2000), Best Director ($ 1000) and Best Screen Play (Us $ 1000). There is a special award for student cinematographers
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The Award Winners: 2010 Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The 2010 46th Annual Chicago International Film Festival and Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director, announced the competition award winners at a ceremony at the Pump Room in Chicago on October 16th. The Gold Hugo for Best Film went to “How I Ended the Summer,” from Russia.

Kutza made the announcements, along with Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, and Associate Programmers Joel Hoglund and Penny Bartlett. The Pump Room is the legendary restaurant inside the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago. The Festival’s highest honor is the Gold Hugo, named for the mythical God of Discovery.

International Feature Film Competition

’How I Ended The Summer’

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The Gold Hugo for Best Film: “How I Ended the Summer” (Russia), directed by Aleksei Popogrebsky

The Silver Hugo – Special Jury Award: “A Somewhat Gentle Man” (Norway), directed by Hans Petter Moland

The Silver Hugo – Special Jury Award: “We
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46th Chicago International Film Festival Award Winners

Best Actress award winner Liana Liberato

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival (Ciff 2010) Award Winners Announced

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Russia, Mexico, Norway, Germany and USA win top awards in Chicago …

Chicago, October 16, 2010 – Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the

Chicago International Film Festival, Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, and Associate

Programmers Joel Hoglund and Penny Bartlett proudly announce the winners of the 46th

Chicago International Film Festival competitions. The Festival’s highest honor is the

Gold Hugo, named after the mythological God of Discovery.

International Feature Film Competition

Gold Hugo for Best Film to How I Ended The Summer (Russia) for the brilliantly

acted and dynamically staged exploration of human nature under pressure. Director:

Aleksei Popogrebsky

Special Jury Prize shared by:

Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize to A Somewhat Gentle Man (Norway) for a

hilarious and deeply serious adventure into crime and,
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First Steps nominees announced

Cologne, Germany -- The next generation of German directors likes a bit of rough.

Nominations, announced today, for the First Steps Award for debut films, includes unflinching looks at drug abuse, prison violence and religious unrest.

Philip Koch's "Picco," which debuted in Cannes and is being sold by France's Rezo Films, is a harrowing tale of a juvenile delinquent systematically tortured and killed by his cellmates in a German prison. Oliver Kienle's "Bis aufs Blut" follows two friends and drug dealers who survive the hell of youth prison and emerge ready to make one final deal. And Burhan Qurbani's "Shahada," a competition entry at the Berlin Festival this year, sets the religious ferment of Germany's Muslim community against the background of a hostile, often violent, Berlin.

The other two nominees for First Step's feature length film prize provide some relief: Sebastian Stern's "Die Hummel" (Bumblebee) is
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Memento Films

Among those they have tapped for the fest they have a premium Midnight Screening for Gilles Marchand's Black Heaven and they are closing the festival with Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree. - The Sales/Distribution/Production company continually pluck from a batch of interesting U.S independent film auteurs (they are back on board with So Yong Kim for her to be released in the Fall title, For Ellen), grabbing select Euro titles Natalia Smirnoff's Puzzle (a Berlin) along with French films which we've been talking non-stop for the better half of year. Among those they have tapped for the fest they have a premium Midnight Screening for Gilles Marchand's Black Heaven and they are closing the festival with Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree. (see Charlotte Gainsbourg in pic above). On the sales side of things, they are working with Marchand's partner in crime Dominik Moll
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Memento Films

The Sales/Distribution/Production company continually pluck from a batch of interesting U.S independent film auteurs (they are back on board with So Yong Kim for her to be released in the Fall title, For Ellen), grabbing select Euro titles Natalia Smirnoff's Puzzle (a Berlin) along with French films which we've been talking non-stop for the better half of year. Among those they have tapped for the fest they have a premium Midnight Screening for Gilles Marchand's Black Heaven and they are closing the festival with Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree. (see Charlotte Gainsbourg in pic above). On the sales side of things, they are working with Marchand's partner in crime Dominik Moll's filmed in Spain fantasy pic and are onboard Pawel Pawlikowski's new project – a helmer who's sabbatical has lasted a tad too long. Black Heaven (L'autre Monde) by Gilles Marchand - Completed The Monk
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New films added to Berlin competition

New films added to Berlin competition
Berlin -- The Berlin International Film Festival is going indie for its 60th anniversary with new films from Michael Winterbottom, Noah Baumbach, Thomas Vinterberg and other independent filmmakers among this year's competition lineup.

Baumbach's comedy "Greenberg" starring Ben Stiller as a New Yorker house sitting for his brother in Los Angeles, will have its world premiere in Berlin as will Vinterberg's latest, "Submario," a Danish drama that sees the director of "The Celebration" returning to the treacherous landscape of familial relationships.

Winterbottom's Western thriller "The Killer Inside Me" starring Casey Affleck will head to Berlin after its world premiere in Sundance, one of several titles catching the Park City-Berlin express this year. These include "Howl," a drama from famed documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman centered on poet Allen Ginsberg's 1957 obscenity trial; Nicole Holofcener's comedy "Please Give" starring Catherine Keener and Amanda Peet and Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are Alright.
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