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Van Ewijk: 'They want the same things as we do, but they hardly get the chance to escape poverty and enter Fort Europe' "When shooting the windsurf scenes for Atlantic. almost everybody got seasick once in a while", director Jan-Willem van Ewijk tells me when I meet him shortly before the Dutch premiere of the film - which is on release at cinemas in the UK now. In this brave production that had its first screening in Toronto 2014, a young Moroccan windsurfing fisherman dreams of a future beyond the horizon. On his surfboard he dares to attempt the long and perilous crossing to Europe.

The making of this Dutch production was a big adventure in itself. The the migration theme is presented here in a striking way, combining realism and attention to character details with a poetic touch and impressive images of the wide open ocean. Even before premiering in the Netherlands,
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Holland Film Meeting appoints Vanja Kaludjercic as new head

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Industry exec held roles at Les Arcs European Film Festival and Paris Co-production Village.

Vanja Kaludjercic has been appointed head of the Holland Film Meeting, the international industry arm of the Netherlands Film Festival that has a focus on co-production activity within the Dutch and international production sectors.

Kaludjercic replaces Signe Zeilich-Jensen who stood down at the end of Hfm 2015. The next edition of the Holland Film Meeting will run 22-25 September 2016.

Kaludjercic was previously head of industry at Les Arcs European Film Festival in France and worked with the same team on the new Paris Co-production Village in 2014.

As a programmer, Kaludjercic has worked with Sarajevo film festival since 2008, while in 2015 she joined Paris-based Cinéma du Réel as head of ParisDOC and worked for Cph:dox as head of studies within the production workshop Cph:lab.

Kaludjercic was in charge of acquisitions at Coproduction Office from 2008 to 2010 before going on to manage the Paris Project of the Paris
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Rotterdam director questions role of microbudget talent schemes

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Not all projects should be made or released just because they go through film labs, says Bero Beyer.

The new artistic director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), Bero Beyer, has questioned the role of talent schemes across the industry, saying there is a need to curate “gems” among a glut of “mediocre” features.

Speaking on the second day of CineMart, Iffr’s long-established co-production market, Beyer said: “It seems as if the R&D department of the film industry has moved to funds and festivals, in particular to specialised talent development programs that have grown into alternate financing models for feature films.”

Beyer, previously an independent producer on films such as Paradise Now and Atlantic., said having the weight of a major festival behind a project provided an advantage to features from young filmmakers and was not typical of the indie film process.

“Several schemes have been initiated to create a space for artistic freedom,” he said
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Iffr Live adds The Sky Above Us

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Iffr Live adds The Sky Above Us
Five films to screen at festival and in more than 36 cinemas/VOD platforms as part of new Rotterdam initiative.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has added the world premiere of The Sky Above Us to its new Iffr Live programme.

Marinus Groothof makes his feature directorial debut with the story of three Serbian nationals living in fear during the 1999 Nato bombing of Belgrade. Ctm Pictures produces and Doc & Film handles world sales.

The new Iffr Live programme presents five film premieres during the festival to simultaneously screen in more than 36 cinemas and VOD platforms across Europe. That includes launches in the UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia and the Netherlands (see list of venues below).

For The Sky Above Us, Dutch telecom provider Kpn will stream the film live on interactive TV in The Netherlands timed to its Jan 28 festival launch and offer its subscribers the opportunity to view the film and participate in a live, free
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Marrakech Film Festival Review: Elegiac, Poetic Sea-Faring Adventure 'Atlantic.'

Director Jan-Willem van Ewijk's second feature film, “Atlantic.” (yes there’s a period in the title) is an elegiac, lyrical tribute to yes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the complicated and deep relationship one man has with the sea. Almost an “All Is Lost” on a windsurfing board, “Atlantic.” features his incredible journey on the ocean, motivated by love and loss. Flashing back and forward in time, the film is a dreamlike, salty slice of life on the Moroccan coast, driven forward by the waves, the wind, and the water. Fettah (Fettah Lamara, a real-life Moroccan windsurfer) is on a strange and inexplicable journey. He’s windsurfing up the Moroccan coast, sleeping at night in his sail, subsisting on nuts and water from his backpack. When he arrives on the rocky shore in Casablanca and meets a friendly fisherman, he explains his journey a bit: he’s going much farther north,
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Tiff 2014 Adds James Franco’s The Sound And The Fury, St. Vincent Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete! With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced. James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few. On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more. Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the Tiff lineup. Mavericks Program Mavericks Conversation With… Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua Mavericks Conversation With…
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Tiff 2014: 'St. Vincent', Francos 'Fury', Cannes Palme d'Or Winner and New Ghibli Added to Lineup

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup got a lot stronger this morning by adding several new titles to the Special Presentations, Masters, Documentaries, Vanguard and Contemporary World Cinema selection as well as announcing the Mavericks and Discovery Programme picks. Most notable selections begin with Special Presentations additions of The Weinstein's St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarty and James Franco's The Sound and the Fury. The St. Vincent screening will be a world premiere and suggest Murray will be walking the Tiff red carpet... now that's a get for the fest I'm sure brings a smile to their face. In the Masters selection we have Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya as well as the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep. The Vanguard selection has added The Voice, the lastest film from Persepolis helmer Marjane Satrapi and in the Mavericks selection
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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks
Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.

The Discovery section includes the upcoming world premiere of Stories Of Our Lives, a portmanteau of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex testimonies by anonymous filmmakers from Kenya.

Selections include first-looks of Ross Katz’s Us comedy Adult Beginners, Sarah Leonor’s French Legion drama The Great Man, Isidora Marras’ Chile-Argentinian psychothriller I Am Not Lorena and UK drama X + Y.

Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Tiff artistic director Cameron Bailey. “It’s a great place to spot new talent first.”

Besides St. Vincent, Festival Additions includes concert film cum road movie Roger Waters The Wall, while the world premiere of Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body takes its place among the Masters strand.

Tiff Docs arrivals
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Fortissimo takes Last Summer, Atlantic

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Fortissimo takes Last Summer, Atlantic
Fortissimo Films has added two Last Summer from Italy and Atlantic from the Netherlands to its Cannes slate.

Fortissimo Films is to begin pre-sales at the Cannes market on Italian feature Last Summer and Dutch film Atlantic. Both are currently in post-production and slated for festival launches later this year.

Fortissimo will handle worldwide sales for both outside their respective countries of origin and will introduce the films to buyers during the Marche with exclusive footage.

Last Summer marks the feature debut of London-based Italian commercials and short film director Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli.

Starring Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), the English and Japanese language film also introduces child actor Ken Brady. Produced by Elda Ferri (Jean Vigo Italia), Luigi Musini (Cinemaundici) and Rai Cinema, the film was written by Seragnoli and Igort. Acclaimed Japanese writer Banana Yoshimoto is a contributing writer on the film.

The film is partially set on a luxury yacht anchored off the coast of Apulia
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Binger Filmlab Latest News: Boost! Project Selections for Cinemart 2013

Boost! is a cooperation between the Hubert Bals Fund, Iffr's CineMart, Binger Filmlab and Nfdc of India and supported by Media Mundus. Yearly five projects selected for Hubert Bals Fund Script and Project Development support are offered the opportunity to further develop their project at Binger Filmlab as part of the Binger On Demand programme. At Binger Filmlab, the filmmakers are offered coaching based on the specific needs of the project and filmmaker. Strange but True by Michel Lipkes (Mexico) and Days of Cannibalism by Teboho Edkins (South Africa) are the final two Hbf supported projects that will receive a special coaching trajectory from the Binger Filmlab.

Strange but True tells the love story of two young trash collectors working under the despotic direction of Mr.Clean. Tragedy ensues when they find a corpse of a wealthy man and Mr. Clean takes terrible decisions.

Days of Cannibalism is a three-part feature film in three parts, stylistically a Western, set in contemporary Africa. It is a film about man-eat-man, from the business of globalised trade in China, to a band of smugglers in Lesotho to the violence of a cattle raid deep in the high mountains.

Selected earlier this year were:

Silver Shadow by Pablo Stoll (Uruguay/Argentina)

The Load by Ognjen Glavonic (Serbia)

The Fourth Direction by Gurvinder Singh (India)

Their first coaching sessions already took place in Berlin, Amsterdam and Mumbai. All Boost! projects will be presented at CineMart during the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where they will be offered special pitching and project development sessions prior to taking one-to-one meetings at the co-production market.

Boost!-project taking part in Rotterdam Lab 2013:

- The Fourth Direction / Gurvinder Singh / India

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Additional Binger Filmlab News:

Eurimages is supporting Land. by writer/director Jan-Willem van Ewijk with Eur 230.000! Current Lab participant Meikeminne Clinckspoor has won 7 prices in the Cinekid Festival edition of the 48 hour project with Gewoon Ongewoon. Milo, by Berend and Roel Boorsma, has taken another prize: MovieSquad Best International Children’s Movie at the Cinekid Festival. Miro Bilbrough's Being Venice developed in the 2006 Writers Lab, had it's international premiere at The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Writers and Creative Producers Lab participants Arno Dierickx & Joram Willink have received support from the Netherlands Film Fund for their current lab project The Circle. Raf Reyntjes also received support for Paradise Trips from the Netherlands Film Fund. Parts of a Family by Diego Gutierrez Coppe, developed in the Binger Doc Lab, premiered at the Morelia Iff in Mexico. Niles Atallah and Lucie Kalmar have been granted a Production Award of Eur 70.000 at the Torino Film Lab Meeting Event for Rey.
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