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Mpm, Blonde Sa team on Myriam Gharbi's 'Pirates'

Project is debut feature from the director of award-winning short April 4th 1968.

Paris-based Mpm Films and Greek production company Blonde Sa are teaming on French director Myriam Gharbi’s debut feature Pirates.

The semi-autobiographical tale revolves around a rebellious young woman from a tough outer-city suburb who is given a new lease of life when she hooks up with two anarchical squatters – Z and Manos - after serving time in prison on drug-dealing charges.

It was among nine upcoming productions presented at the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab pitching event on Friday.

Mpm producer Claire Gadéa, who is lead producing out of France, previously produced Philippe Lacôte’s Run, which was also developed at the lab before going on to premiere in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2014.

Gadéa has also already secured development money from France’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc).

Blonde Sa founding chief Fenia Cossovitsa is one of Greece’s best known independent producers
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Reel Suspects inks 'Blind Sun' deal with Shudder

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Exclusive: Reed Suspects also closes further deals on its Efm slate.

Early in the European Film Market (Efm), Matteo Lovadina’s French sales outfit Reel Suspects has clinched an eye-catching deal for its horror movie Blind Sun with gore specialist Shudder, the self-dubbed ‘Netflix of Horror’.

The deal comes as Reel Suspects basks in the success of Sexy Durga, a market premiere at the Efm. The film, directed by Indian director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan has just won the International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger award.

This is the second year in a row that a Reel Suspects title picked up Iffr’s top award, following on from Radio Dreams by Babak Jalali.

At the Efm, Reel Suspects is giving a premiere to controversial Filipino drama Purgatoryo, which touches on grim, necrophiliac happenings in the local funeral home. Also new at the Efm is another horror picture, Black Hollow Cage by Sadrac Gonzalez-Perellon.

Lovadina has confirmed
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Horror Highlights: Blood & Gourd, Havenhurst Q&A, Blind Sun, MST3K Vol. 38 DVD, Arbor Demon, Plaga Zombie: American Invasion

Comic readers who are fans of Blood & Gourd can now download the first two issues of the series on ComiXology. Also in today's Highlights: a Q&A with Havenhurst director Andrew C. Erin, a clip and a trailer for Blind Sun, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 38 DVD release details, Arbor Demon acquisition info, and the trailer for Plaga Zombie: American Invasion.

Blood & Gourd Comixology Digital Download Details: The first two issues of Blood & Gourd are now available as digital downloads on ComiXology! If you prefer to collect your comics in physical form, you can limited print copies at bloodandgourd.com.

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Q&A with Havenhurst Director Andrew C. Erin: From the Press Release: "Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures have announced the February 10th limited theatrical and nationwide Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Andrew C. Erin's Havenhurst. Co-written by Erin (Sam's Lake, Simple Things) and Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening,
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Movie Review – Blind Sun (2015)

Blind Sun, 2015

Written and directed by Joyce A. Nashawati

Starring Zaid Bakri, Mini Denissi, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Yannis Stankoglou, Laurène Brun and Gwendoline Hamon

Synopsis:

Greece. Sometime in the near future. A seaside resort struck by a heavy heat wave. Water is rare and violence is mounting. Ashraf, a solitary immigrant, is looking after a villa while its owners are away. On a dusty road crushed by the sun, he is stopped by a police officer for an identity check.

Blind Sun is, in the truest sense of the term, a slow burn. The film is – supposedly – set within in a near-future where water is scarce and a heatwave is setting in, and immigrant Ashraf Idriss (Zaid Bakri) is looking after a luxurious villa while its owners escape the sun. But strange things are a foot and he is seemingly being followed. Or is it all just a figment of
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Watch an exclusive clip from upcoming horror film Blind Sun

To coincide with its forthcoming release, we have an exclusive clip to share from the upcoming horror film Blind Sun.

Blind Sun screened at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival and is a uniquely eccentric take on the apocalyptic horror: strange, arcane and with a strikingly intense style and atmosphere that recalls films like Who Can Kill A Child and other classic European Horror.

During a scorching Greek summer, a stranded foreigner finds himself in a bureaucratic purgatory as he tries to retrieve his residence permit, while the crushing heat threatens to send him over the edge into paranoia and madness.

Blind Sun will premiere on the online streaming service Shudder from the 9th February. Watch the exclusive clip below.

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‘Blind Sun’ Review (Shudder Exclusive)

Stars: Ziad Bakri, Mimi Denissi, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Yannis Stankoglou, Laurène Brun, Gwendoline Hamon, Yiorgos Gallos, Theodoros Kandiliotis, Andreas Marianos, Sarah Krebs | Written and Directed by Joyce A. Nashawati

In the sun-scorched Greece of the near future, immigrant Ashraf house-sits a fancy villa (plus cat) while its rich owners are away. After a testy greeting from his employers and a rough start with a border cop, the stage is almost certainly set for a showdown of some variety. Well, excessive heat always makes me extra grumpy too.

While there’s no sign of any immediate danger to Ashraf – nor any traditional horror or thriller movie cinematography or audio cues to suggest it might be on the way either – the atmosphere is there from the outset; oppressive, dusty and unforgiving, like a slightly pre-apocalyptic Greek Mad Max. The constant chirruping of desert wildlife is a fine stand in for a horror movie score,
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Watch an exclusive clip from apocalyptic thriller Blind Sun

Ahead of its arrival on Shudder tomorrow, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the acclaimed apocalyptic thriller Blind Sun, the feature debut of writer-director Joyce A. Nashawati. Check it out here or over on our YouTube channel…

During a scorching Greek summer, a stranded foreigner finds himself in a bureaucratic purgatory as he tries to retrieve his residence permit, while the crushing heat threatens to send him over the edge into paranoia and madness.

Blind Sun hits Shudder on February 9th.
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Shudder announce exclusives & new arrivals for February

Offering new premieres and exclusives every month, Shudder has a unique library of hard-to-find international and independent films, something for both casual and hardcore fans of horror. With that in mind, here’s the rundown of the new arrivals and UK exclusives and premieres for February 2017…

Exclusives:

We Go On (Dirs. Andy Mitton & Jesse Holland)

Exclusively on Shudder from 23rd February

From Andy Mitton & Jesse Holland, directors of the award-winning YellowBrickRoad, comes a fresh, smart and ghoulish take on the ghost story. Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom (Clark Freeman) offers reward money to the first person who can show him a supernatural being – anything to prove to him that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates – a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. And along with his protective mother, he embarks on an adventure through Los Angeles that
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More Exclusives Hit Shudder in February

Horror streaming service Shudder continues to grow their collection with classic shockers and a number of fantastic exclusives. From the trippy French mini-series Beyond the Walls (which I loved) to Rob Zombie's killer clown extravoganza, 31, their offerings since coming to Canada have been borth eclectic and top-drawer. The list of exclusives continues to grow in February with two 2016 festival faves: the supernatural thriller We Go On which is the second feature from Andy Mittion and Jesse Holland, award-winning directors of YellowBrickRoad, and Joyce A. Nashawati's intense Greek apocalypse thriller, Blind Sun. Also hitting Shudder is February is ABC's of Death parts 1 & 2, the fifth and final Phantasm installment, Phantasm: Ravager, Nina Forever, zombie film Death in the Time of Heroes starring Billy Zane, and...

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Trieste 2016 Review: Blind Sun, The Slow Burning of Madness

Joyce A. Nashawati's debut feature Blind Sun has been making the rounds of festivals for a year, so I was surprised to discover it had yet to be reviewed on Screen Anarchy. I was also quite pleased, as it was one of my favourite films of last year, and I welcome the opportunity for our readers to discover it. Set in the near future, exploring themes of isolation, immigration, xenophobia, paranoia, and environmental degradation, Blind Sun is an incredible impressive film, a nightmare thriller bordering on surrealism while telling its all-too-possible story through the eyes of a man on the brink of madness.Set in the not-too-distant future, Ashraf (Zias Bakri) is in Greece to housesit for a French family while they briefly return to Paris....

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Ben Attia's 'Hedi' triumphs at Athens Film Festival

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Ben Attia's 'Hedi' triumphs at Athens Film Festival
Hedi won best film, while Matt Johnson won best director for Operation Avalanche.

The Tunisian-French-Belgian co-production Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia has won the best film award, the Golden Athena, at the 22nd Athens International Film Festival (September 22-October 2).

The film was co-produced by Tanit Films, Nomadis Images and the Dardenne brothers production outlet Les Films du Fleuve.

Majd Mastoura stars in the lead role as a young man who tries to break loose from his dominant mother and some of Tunisia’s more conservative social norms.

The film debuted at Berlin Film Festival 2016, winning the best first film award and a best actor prize for Mastoura.

The Aiff awards were decided by a five-member international jury presided over by the BFI programmes curator Nicola Gallani. The jury included German film critic Julia Teichmann (Film Dienst), French producer Sylvia Perel and her compatriot film critic Bernard Nave (Jeune Cinema).

Matt Johnson won the best director trophy for [link
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Tiff 2016: Winners & Review Index

Tiff just ended crowning La La Land with the coveted People's Choice Award (runners up: Lion & Queen of Katwe) and Jackie with their new juried prize. We haven't totally closed up shop - we've left the door ajar because there are a few articles left to come. It takes time processing all of this art that's rushing over us! Films give us so many feelings! The Toronto International Film Festival is my personal favorite film festival in the world: easy to attend, friendly, well organized, less prohibitively expensive than other festivals. I saw and enjoyed 27 movies and would have seen a few more but for getting sick in the rain and rush. But the festival experience is such that even mediocre or bad movies can be remembered with positive associations.

Here are all the reviews and articles (thus far) in one place in case you missed any or would like a handy index.
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Tiff 2016. Lineup

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A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of
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Blair Witch, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire And More Round Out Tiff 2016 Lineup

One month out from festival season getting underway in North America, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have detailed the offerings to be featured in both the Midnight Madness and documentary programs.

Kicking things off on September 8 is Antoine Fuqua’s modern redo of The Magnificent Seven, flanked by such Oscar favorites as Nate Parker’s Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation and Manchester By the Sea.

From there, Deadline has confirmed that the Midnight Madness section will play host to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, welcoming the filmmaker back to Tiff following successful turns with High-Rise and A Field in England. There’s also room for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic drama The Girl With All The Gifts, Paul Schrader’s mob thriller Dog Eat Dog (see today’s all-new trailer), the stealth release of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch sequel, along with the world premiere of André Øvredal
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Tiff Rounds Out Slate With ‘Blair Witch,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Bad Batch’ and Many More

Tiff Rounds Out Slate With ‘Blair Witch,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Bad Batch’ and Many More
The Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its slate announcement this year — expect a few stragglers to be announced in the coming days, but this is about the size of it — rounding out its lineup with today’s announcement of its Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard and Tiff Cinematheque picks. And what a group this is, including plenty of returning favorites and some very exciting new names.

Tiff’s Docs section features a collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Leonardo DiCaprio even pops up for a “rousing call to action on climate change” in “The Turning Point,” made in collaboration with Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and already picked up by National Geographic.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

The beloved Midnight Madness section offers
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Toni Erdmann wins top prize in Brussels

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Toni Erdmann wins top prize in Brussels
Mirjana Karanovic’s A Good Wife wins best first film; audience award goes to Iciar Bollain’s The Olive Tree.

The 14th edition of the Brussels Film Festival closed with the Golden Iris award going to Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, with a prize of €10,000 to distributor September Film. The film also won best screenplay and the Rtbf Vt Prize of best film.

The jury was comprised of Flemish actress Natali Broods, Italian director Emanuele Crialese, Belgian actor Pierre Dherte, Dutch actor Derek De Lint and Croatian director Ivona Juka.

The White Iris award for best first film in competition went to A Good Wife by Mirjana Karanovic.

The jury award went to Callback by Carles Torras; best photography went to Giorgos Arvanitis for Blind Sun; the Cineruopa award went to Pikadero by Ben Sharrock; Ups cinephile award went to Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos.

The audience award went to The Olive Tree by Iciar Bollain, which also won
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Water is Rare & Violence is Mounting in Ballardian Blind Sun

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Greece. Sometime in the near future. A seaside resort struck by a heavy heat wave. Water is rare and violence is mounting. Ashraf, a solitary immigrant, is looking after a villa while its owners are away. On a dusty road crushed by the sun, he is stopped by a police officer for an identity check.

In what looks to be a well shot and meditative, Bllardian thriller, Blind Sun has only played a few festivals last year and continues to expand through the European scene.

The film is the feature debut of Joyce A. Nashawati who has written and directed some shorts prior.

More as it [Continued ...]
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'Rams' wins at Thessaloniki fest

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'Rams' wins at Thessaloniki fest
Icelandic feature Rams and Colombian rural drama Land and Shade take top prizes at Greek festival.Scroll down for full list of winners

Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson’s Rams (Hrutar) has been named best film at the 56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov 6-15) winning the Golden Alexander.

It beat competition from 13 other first and second films screened in this year’s particularly strong international competition section.

The film, awarded the Un Certain Regard top prize earlier this year in Cannes, deals with two brothers, who haven’t spoken to each other for over 40 years though living in neighbouring farms in a remote valley in Iceland raising sheep.

World sales are handled by Polish outfit New Europe Film Sales. It will be released in Greece by Ama Films.

Following a long tradition of Latin American productions sweeping the Thessaloniki awards, features from Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela shared the majority of the other official and side awards
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