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Mexico City’s Ficunam Launches Catapulta Film Lab (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Ficunam, the international film festival organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has launched new film lab, Catapulta, in a bid to extend more support to indie films in post.

The open call for its First Cut competition runs from Nov. 27 to Jan. 14.

The 9th Ficunam unspools Feb. 28 to March 10.

Founded in 2011, Ficunam has signed on a new administration led by executive director Abril Alzaga and artistic director Michel Lipkes.

Argentine filmmaker-producer Ivan Granovsky, the co-founder of Mar del Plata Iff’s co-production meetings, LoboLab, has been tapped as the general curator of Catapulta.

“Ficunam champions non-traditional and risky cinema,” said Granovsky, adding: “Catapulta is a commitment to protect and promote the fiercest projects out there.”

“Ficunam intends to help catapult these free and courageous films onto the marketplace,” concurred Alzaga who was the executive co-ordinator of Unam’s Ingmar Bergman Chair in Film and Theater where she managed international co-production projects.
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Michael Shannon, Nick Robinson, Britt Robertson and Alex Pettyfer are Echo Boomers

Michael Shannon (Fahrenheit 451), Nick Robinson, Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) and Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) are set to star in the burglary drama Echo Boomers, Variety has revealed.

The film will mark the directorial debut of Seth Savoy, who has also written the script, and tells the true story of a group of disillusioned twentysomethings who burgle the rich. Filming on the project is set to get underway in January.

Michael Shannon recently signed on to star in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, and will also appear in the John le Carre TV adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl. Nick Robinson has Strange But True, Native Son and Weetzie Bat on his slate, while Britt Robertson currently stars in ABC’s legal drama For the People and Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut Back Roads is set for release in December [watch the trailer here].

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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’

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Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson to Star in ‘Echo Boomers’
Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson, and Alex Pettyfer are starring in the burglary drama “Echo Boomers.”

Based on a true story, the film centers around a group of disillusioned twentysomethings, who break into and steal from the homes of the rich.

Seth Savoy will be making his directorial debut on the movie and helm from his own script. Byron Wetzel, Sean Kaplan, Mike Ware, Jeff Waxman, and James Langer are attached to produce.

Fortitude International holds the foreign rights and is launching sales this week at the American Film Market. CAA Media Finance will represent the domestic rights. Production is scheduled to begin in January.

Robinson, who starred in “Love, Simon” and “Everything, Everything,” will next be seen in the thriller “Strange but True.” Shannon starred in “The Shape of Water,” and received Academy Award nominations for his roles in “Revolutionary Road” and “Nocturnal Animals.” He’s toplined all
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Dendy Icon group CEO Sharon Strickland looks for growth

Sharon Strickland.

Finally confirmed as CEO of the Dendy Icon group, Sharon Strickland is keen to continue the company’s growth in exhibition and distribution.

Ticket sales at the 43-screen Dendy circuit are up 26 per cent this year after the opening of the 10-screen Coorparoo cinema in Brisbane last December and the expansion of the Dendy Canberra location from 9 to 15 screens in June 2017.

“We have a very loyal community who value our differentiated movie offering,” says Strickland, formerly the chief operating officer who has been running the company since CEO Greg Hughes departed last December.

The first Dendy Cinema on the Gold Coast will be part of the new Queen Street Village development.

Bruce Davey, Dendy Icon chairman and co-owner with Mel Gibson said: “Sharon has been a tremendous asset to our business over the last eight years and I’m delighted to appoint her to the leadership position to
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Bankside inks deals on 'Strange But True', 'The Hole In The Ground', 'I See You' (exclusive)

UK sales company does strong business on trio of genre titles.

UK sales outfit Bankside Films has sealed a host of deals across three of the titles on its slate.

Rowan Athale’s Strange But True has now sold to Baltic States (Latvian Theatrical Distribution), China (Huanxi Media Group), India (Vista Films), Italy (Notorious Pictures), Latin America (Cdc United Network), Middle East (Front Row Entertainment) and Switzerland (Praesens).

Starring Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner and Brian Cox, the thriller follows a couple who receive a visit from a pregnant woman claiming their son who died
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CBS Films acquires 'Strange But True' starring Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear (exclusive)

Bankside handles international sales in Berlin.

CBS Films has acquired Us rights to the Automatik and First Generation Films mystery-thriller Strange But True starring Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, and Margaret Qualley. Bankside is handing international sales at the Efm.

Rowan Athale directed from Eric Garcia’s adapted screenplay based on the novel by John Searles about a couple who receive a visit from a pregnant woman claiming their son who died five years ago on Prom Night is the father of her child.

Rounding out the key cast are Brian Cox, Blythe Danner, Mena Massoud, and Connor Jessup.

Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik produced with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films.

Deepak Nayer and Laure Vaysee of Motion Picture Capital, Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films, Compton Ross and Phil Hunt of Head Gear Films, and John Penotti, Ross Katz, Tim Williams and Brian Kornreich served as executive producers. Motion Picture Capital
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CBS Films acquires 'Strange But True' (exclusive)

Bankside handles international sales in Berlin.

CBS Films has acquired Us rights to the Automatik and First Generation Films mystery-thriller Strange But True starring Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, and Margaret Qualley.

Rowan Athale directed from Eric Garcia’s adapted screenplay based on the novel by John Searles. Bankside is handing international sales at the Efm in Berlin.

Strange But True follows a couple who receive a visit from a pregnant woman claiming their son who died five years ago on Prom Night is the father of her child.

Rounding out the key cast are Brian Cox, Blythe Danner, Mena Massoud, and Connor Jessup.

Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik produced with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films.

Deepak Nayer and Laure Vaysee of Motion Picture Capital, Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films, Compton Ross and Phil Hunt of Head Gear Films, and John Penotti, Ross Katz, Tim Williams and [link=nm
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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

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She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The Invitation. Rocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are
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Mena Massoud Joins ‘Strange But True’; Jessica Allain Boards ‘Vengeance’; Hassie Harrison In ‘The Iron Orchard’

Mena Massoud Joins ‘Strange But True’; Jessica Allain Boards ‘Vengeance’; Hassie Harrison In ‘The Iron Orchard’
Mena Massoud has come aboard Strange but True, directed by Rowan Athale. He joins Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup in the film about a young woman who suddenly finds herself pregnant five years after the death of her boyfriend. When she confronts his family with the idea that this child could be his, the truth begins to unravel. La La Land producer Fred Berger is producing the film, which was written by Eric Garcia based on the…
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Qed to sell Strange But True

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Exclusive: Qed International arrives at Afm with worldwide rights to the noir thriller Strange But True starring Imogen Poots, Bill Paxton and Melissa Leo.

Alex and David Pastor will direct based on John Searles’ novel about a young woman who discovers she is pregnant with her boyfriend’s child even through her partner died five years earlier in tragic circumstances. Evan Peters also stars.

Principal photography is earmarked for spring 2014. Fred Berger produces alongside Adrian Guerra, Christina Piovesan, Alex Lalonde and Darryn Welch.

The executive producer roster includes Ross Katz, John Penotti, Tim Williams and Brian Kornreich.

Qed’s Afm slate includes Tom Hardy in Takashi Miike’s Yakuza thriller The Outsider, Peter Billingsley’s Term Life with Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld as well as Jason Bateman starring opposite Nicole Kidman in his sophomore directorial outing, The Family Fang.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Pastor brothers and such a strong producing team,” said
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Kroll, Byrne & Cannavale Crash & Burn in Ross Katz’s Brother’s Keeper

A producer with exquisite taste (In the Bedroom and Lost in Translation are among the few items he has produced) with only the direct-to-hbo Taking Chance under his belt, it looks like after a couple of failed attempts to lift the book to film adaptation of The Amateur American, Ross Katz will now take on the reigns for a project that has actor Nick Kroll’s fingers all over it. THR reports that Katz will direct, Kroll and real-life couple Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale will star in Brother’s Keeper, an indie dramedy produced by Burn Later Productions’ Kroll, Sam Slater and Paul Bernon (Drinking Buddies), Through’ Film’s Marcus Cox and Karrie Cox and exec produced by Jared Goldman (upcoming The Skeleton Twins) and a pair of brothers who have their hands in many cookie jars in the Duplass bros. Shooting begins in January in New York.

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