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‘In the Fade’ Giveaway: Win a Blu-Ray Copy of Diane Kruger’s Cannes-Winning Performance

‘In the Fade’ Giveaway: Win a Blu-Ray Copy of Diane Kruger’s Cannes-Winning Performance
Diane Kruger took many by surprise at Cannes in 2017, when she won Best Actress for her role at Katja in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade.” But the award was well deserved, Kruger’s raw performance is unforgettable as a grieving woman seeking answers and revenge after her family is murder in an attack by neo-Nazis. Kruger, who received an award at the inaugural IndieWire Honors last year, said the role was one of her most demanding endeavors yet, one that required months of training of both the physical and emotional variety.

In the Fade” is currently available on Digital HD, but to celebrate the film’s Blu-ray release on May 1 we’ve giving away five copies of Fatih Akin’s Cannes-winner to five lucky winners based in the United States. Kruger’s performance is truly unforgettable, and you don’t want to miss a chance to own one of 2017’s best foreign films.
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New to Streaming: ‘Happy End,’ ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower,’ ‘Hostiles,’ ‘The Nothing Factory,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Behemoth (Zhao Liang)

There’s just one thing missing from Zhao Liang’s visually masterful documentary Behemoth: a before image of what this wasteland of coal and rock used to be before God’s beast was unleashed. That creature — as represented by the industrial machine — devours the mountains of Mongolia, exploding large formations into rubble to be separated by the Sichaun people acting as minions. These citizens become the cause and effect,
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Watch Clip for Tribeca-Bound ‘Smuggling Hendrix’ (Exclusive)

German sales company the Match Factory has unveiled the clip for Marios Piperides’ “Smuggling Hendrix” ahead of the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20.

The movie stars Adam Bousdoukos (“In the Fade”) as Yiannis, a fading musician who is planning to leave crisis-ridden Cyprus for a better life abroad. His plans are put on hold when his dog runs away and crosses the Un buffer zone that divides the Greek and Turkish sides of the island. Since animal exchange between the two sides is prohibited, Yiannis reluctantly joins forces with Hasan, a Turkish settler, and a cast of unexpected characters to smuggle his dog back.

The film marks Piperides’ feature debut. “Smuggling Hendrix” is produced by CyprusAmp Filmworks (“Rosemarie”) and Germany’s Pallas Film, with whom Match Factory collaborated before on “Centaur” and “Our Little Differences.”
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Fatih Akin to appear 'In Conversation' at East End Film Festival

Fatih Akin to appear 'In Conversation' at East End Film Festival
Ophelia Lovibond, Dominic Buchanan among names announced for best film jury.

Turkish-German director Fatih Akin will talk at an ‘In Conversation’ event as part of the 17th East End Film Festival (Eeff), held in London from April 11-29.

Akin’s appearance will be his first in the UK since his latest film In The Fade won the Golden Globe for best foreign -language film. It was the German entry for best foreign- language film at the 2018 Oscars, and screens as part of Eeff.

Also appearing for an ‘In Conversation’ event will be Us director Sara Driver (Sleepwalk), whose documentary Boom
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Vijay’s ‘Mersal’ wins international award

KollywoodThe film won the award, which is given based on fan votes, amidst stiff competition from movies from various other countries.Digital NativeThe Vijay starrer Mersal has won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 4th edition of the National Film Awards UK 2018. The award is given based on fan votes, it may be mentioned here. The film had stiff competition in this sector with several films from various countries, such as Happy End (France), Loveless (Russia), In the Fade (Germany/France), The Square (Sweden, Germany, France), A Fantastic Woman (Chile), Vaya (South Africa) and The Insult (Lebanon), in contention for the award. It may be mentioned here that Vijay was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Award for the film. Directed by Atlee, Mersal is an action thriller that has Vijay playing the lead role with Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha as the female leads. The others in the star cast playing supporting roles include Sj Surya, Vadivelu and Sathyaraj. Despite facing some hurdles as it was caught up in a controversy after the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bjp demanded the removal of certain dialogues which criticised the Goods and Services Tax (Gst) and digital India, Mersal was a box office success. The film collected around Rs 251 crore worldwide, coming next only to Baahubali 2. The film performed exceptionally well overseas, especially in North America and even in countries like France and Australia. It has surpassed records held by Vishwaroopam in the Us, Kabali in the UK and is very close to breaking Enthiran’s record in Malaysia. Made on a huge budget of Rs 120 crores, the film was bankrolled by N Ramasamy, Hema Rukmani and H Murali under the banner Thenandal Studio Limited. The film also has a strong technical crew with the Oscar winning music composer Ar Rahman scoring the music, Gk Vishnu cranking the camera and Ruben editing it. Released on October 18 last year on the occasion of Deepavali, the film had a massive pre-release buzz. Mersal went on to score a century at the box office. As the news about Mersal bagging the prestigious international award came out, Vijay’s fans are elated. The star is currently busy playing the lead role in the untitled Ar Murugadoss directorial which is due to hit the silver screens on November 7 to coincide with Deepavali this year. Produced by Sun Picture’s Kalanidhi Maran, the film has Keerthy Suresh playing the female lead. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Facebook Was Vital For Indie Filmmakers. Now Their Followers Are Held Hostage, and the Ransom Keeps Changing

Facebook Was Vital For Indie Filmmakers. Now Their Followers Are Held Hostage, and the Ransom Keeps Changing
When Qasim Basir made his 2010 debut feature, “Mooz-lum,” the story of an American Muslim going to college in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Facebook changed the trajectory of his filmmaking career.

“It was a very difficult movie to get out,” said Basir. “It wasn’t about terrorism, [but] it still received a great amount of opposition and hate.” He turned to Facebook, writing individually to his followers and asking for help in building awareness. Sharing behind-the-scenes footage and telling his personal story, Basir quickly built a community around his “Mooz-lum” Facebook page.

“We went straight to the people and built a community of 100,000 from around the world, who were literally writing, ‘We want to see this movie in our city,'” said Basir. Running contests on the now-defunct Demandit, where followers’ interest dictated where the film screened, Basir worked with AMC Independent to create his own theatrical release in dozens of cities around the world.
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'3 Days In Quiberon' dominates German Film Awards nominations

'3 Days In Quiberon' dominates German Film Awards nominations
Emily Atef’s film about actress Romy Schneider receives 10 nods including best film, best direction.

Emily Atef’s Berlinale Competition film 3 Days in Quiberon has dominated the nominations for this year’s German Film Awards (also known as the Lola Awards).

It scored ten nods, including best feature film, best direction, best lead actress (for Marie Bäumer), best supporting actor, best cinematography and best film score.

The Rohfilm Factory production will compete in the best feature film category with another of this year’s Berlinale competition films, Thomas Stuber’s In The Aisles, the Berlinale Special title The Silent Revolution,
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Biopic About Computer Scientist Grace Hopper in the Works

Hopper: James S. Davis/U.S. Naval Historical Center Online Library Photograph

Another unsung heroine is set to receive some long overdue recognition. Computer scientist and Navy admiral Grace Hopper is getting the biopic treatment. Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin — co-writers behind Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan” — are penning the script for the film. The project is a collaboration between Middleton Media and Google, Deadline reports.

Based on the 2009 book “Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age,” the pic will explore how the American “laid the foundation for the development of our technology-dominated world. Her critical and significant, yet overlooked, achievements include solving The Manhattan Project’s final calculations in WWII, developing the first software compiler, and creating Cobol, the ubiquitous computer language still used in 60 percent of today’s organizations.”

A director hasn’t been announced.

Hopper was born in 1906 and died in 1992. The trailblazing coder was
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'Omotenashi', 'Xiao Mei' to open Hong Kong International Film Festival

Festival to close with premiere of What A Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life from Yoji Yamada.

Two Taiwanese films will open this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff, March 19-April 5) – Jay Chern’s Taiwan-Japan co-production Omotenashi, and Maren Hwang’s Xiao Mei, which recently played in Berlin.

The festival will close with the world premiere of What A Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life from Japanese veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada.

This year’s Filmmaker In Focus is Taiwanese actress Brigitte Lin, who started her career in the 1970s and starred in Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express.
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A Look at the 2018 Oscar-Nominated Foreign Films

Before we dive in to this year’s five foreign film Oscar nominees—“A Fantastic Woman,” “On Body and Soul,” “Loveless, “The Square,” and “The Insult”—we should probably dissect the category itself, one that probably remains an enigma for those who will tune in to watch the 90th Academy Awards March 4. Most know that each year five films are selected from a pool of films entered from countries around the world. But when there are so many acclaimed foreign films—take 2018 Golden Globe winner “In the Fade” and nominee “Bpm”—it may be a little confusing to some as to how we got these five. At first, a committee of Academy voters narrow the nominees down to a shortlist. This shortlist consists of six films chosen by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Committee. But then an additional three are picked out by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee.
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Berlin: German Filmmakers Celebrate the Diversity of Local Cinema at ‘Face To Face’ Event

Leading German directors lauded the diversity of their country’s cinema during a wide-ranging debate on Monday at Berlin’s Soho House, staged by Variety and German Films. Six helmers — Emily Atef, Burhan Qurbani, David Wnendt, Lars Kraume, Anca Miruna Lazarescu and Valeska Grisebach — spoke at the event, which was linked to the “Face To Face With German Films” initiative.

One objective of “Face To Face” is to raise the profile of German cinema internationally, but defining German cinema is troublesome. Atef, who was born in Berlin to French and Iranian parents, and subsequently lived in Paris, L.A. and London, before returned to Berlin to study at the Dffb film school, questioned whether she could be defined as a German filmmaker.

“I don’t feel German, but I learned my craft here,” she said. Her films, including Berlinale competition title “3 Days in Quiberon,” have often been shot outside Germany. “I love shooting
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Watch a 1-Hour Roundtable with Jordan Peele, Aaron Sorkin, Darren Aronofsky & More

The latest THR long-form roundtable has arrived! We've already shared the in-depth discussions with the directors, actors, and actresses roundtables, and now we've got the hour-long chat between some of 2017's most celebrated screenwriters. The latest roundtable Q&A includes Jordan Peele (Get Out), Darren Aronofsky (mother!), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Fatih Akin (In the Fade), and Andrew McCarten (Darkest Hour), and dives into all kinds of subjects related to writing movies. Aronofsky talks knowing that mother! was going to be divisive, the different interpretations of …
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Diane Kruger cast alongside Julianne Moore in After the Wedding

Last week it was reported that Oscar winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice) has been cast in After the Wedding, director Bart Freundlich’s upcoming remake of Susanne Bier’s Academy Award-nominated 2006 Danish drama, and now Screen Daily is reporting that Diane Kruger (In the Fade) has also joined the cast.

The site reveals that Kruger will play Isabel, who runs an orphanage in Calcutta. In desperate need of money to keep the orphanage afloat, she travels to New York to meet a potentially perfect benefactor, Theresa (Moore).

The project reimagines the original movie with two female leads; in Bier’s film, Kruger’s role was portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen, who starred alongside Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld). Filming is slated to get underway this Spring, and the project is being shopped to buyers at the European Film Market this week.

This is the second project that Kruger has added to her slate this week,
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Diane Kruger Joins Bart Freundlich’s ‘After the Wedding’

Diane Kruger Joins Bart Freundlich’s ‘After the Wedding’
Diane Kruger is set to join Julianne Moore in Bart Freudlich’s English-language re-imagining of Susanne Bier’s 2006 film “After the Wedding.” Cornerstone Films, which announced the casting Thursday, is handling international sales on the film and will present it to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

The German actress, who won the best actress prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” will star as the manager of an orphanage in Calcutta, India, who has made it her life’s work to care for her wards. Desperately in need of money to keep the orphanage going, she believes she has found the perfect benefactor in the multi-millionaire founder of a successful media company (Moore). However, in order to receive the money, she must travel to New York to meet the woman behind the wealth. The gender-swapped character was played by Mads Mikkelsen in Bier’s Oscar-nominated original
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Diane Kruger joins Julianne Moore in 'After The Wedding' (exclusive)

Cornerstone Films introducing to buyers at the Efm this week.

Diane Kruger has been cast opposite Julianne Moore in After The Wedding, director Bart Freundlich’s remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated drama.

The project is reimagining the original film with two women in the lead roles. Kruger will play Isabel, who runs an orphanage in the Indian city of Calcutta (the part was played by Mads Mikkelsen in Bier’s original). In desperate need of money to keep the orphanage afloat, she travels to New York to meet a potentially perfect benefactor, Theresa, played by Moore.

UK-based Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and is introducing the project to buyers at this week’s Efm. CAA is handling Us rights.

It will be produced by Joel Michaels and Silvio Muraglia through Paradox Studios, which is also financing. Production will begin in spring.

Kruger’s recent credits include Fatih Akin’s Golden Globe-winning drama In The Fade, for which she
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Berlin: German Film Community Looks to Future of Venerable Festival

Berlin: German Film Community Looks to Future of Venerable Festival
In November, 79 of the most prominent German filmmakers and industryites published an open letter voicing their opinion about the next boss of the Berlin film festival.

Current director Dieter Kosslick has faced criticism — as has every festival director — since he took over the Berlinale’s reins in 2001, with his contract set to end in May 2019. The letter, published on German outlet Spiegel Online, gave the German film community an opportunity to be heard about the future of the country’s most important film festival.

The key takeaway of the letter, which was sent to the German minister of culture, Kosslick’s boss, six months earlier, was this statement: “The goal must be to find an outstanding curatorial personality who is passionate about cinema, well-connected internationally and capable of leading the festival into the future on an equal footing with Cannes and Venice,” the letter read. “We want a transparent procedure and a new start.”

In December
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European Filmmakers Grapple With the Continent’s Far Right

Just as the election of Donald Trump has seemingly validated the xenophobic right wing in the U.S., there is also a resurgence of far-right sentiment sweeping across Europe, where anti-immigrant populist parties are gaining traction, especially in Eastern Europe, but also in Germany and Italy, prompting Euro film directors to grapple with the fascist fallout.

The most recent manifestations of this alarming phenomenon have seen Polish marchers chanting slogans such as “Europe will be white or uninhabited” on Poland’s independence day last November, while a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s new center-right force in Italy, Attilio Fontana, recently called for Italians to defend the country’s “white race” against the massive onslaught of refugees that reach Italy’s shores, mostly from Africa.

Germany, in particular, has been grappling with clashes between immigrants and locals. In a well-covered mid-January incident, a group of right-wingers attacked a group of immigrants, stabbing two and
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Diane Kruger and Eric Bana recruited for spy thriller The Operative

Bethlehem director Yuval Adler has enlisted Diane Kruger and Eric Bana to star in the upcoming spy thriller The Operative.

Based on former Israeli intelligence officer Yiftach Reicher Atir’s bestselling book The English Teacher, the film will tell the story of a woman recruited by Israel’s Mossad to go undercover in Tehran, where she becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler and her subject.

Variety reports that Kruger will portray a rogue Mossad spy, who vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts comes from a cryptic phone call she makes to her handler (Bana).

Kruger was last seen in the crime drama In the Fade and has recently completed filming on the biopic Jt Leroy and Robert ZemeckisThe Women of Marwen, while Bana’s last appeared in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and
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Diane Kruger, Eric Bana in Talks for Spy Thriller ‘The Operative’

Diane Kruger, Eric Bana in Talks for Spy Thriller ‘The Operative’
Diane Kruger and Eric Bana are in negotiations to star in the spy thriller “The Operative” with “Bethlehem” director Yuval Adler attached to helm.

The Operative” is the story of a woman recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran who becomes entangled in a complex triangle with her handler and her subject. The screenplay is written by Adler and adapted from the Israeli best-seller “The English Teacher,” written by former Israeli intelligence officer Yiftach Reicher Atir.

Endeavor Content will handle U.S. sales. Bloom is introducing “The Operative” to foreign buyers next week at the Berlin Film Festival.

Producers are Spiro FilmsEitan Mansuri, Archer Gray’s Anne Carey, and Match Factory Production’s Michael Weber and Viola Fügen. Teddy Schwarzman will executive produce and finance under his Black Bear Pictures banner. Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie is co-producing the film, which is supported by the Israeli Film Fund and Film and Medienstiftung Nrw.[p
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Diane Kruger, Eric Bana Join Espionage Thriller 'The Operative'

Diane Kruger, Eric Bana Join Espionage Thriller 'The Operative'
Diane Kruger and Eric Bana are set to star in the espionage thriller The Operative, to be helmed by Bethlehem director Yuval Adler.

Black Bear Pictures is financing the indie pic, and Bloom is handling international sales, starting next week at the Berlin International Film Festival. Endeavor Content will handle U.S. sales.

The Operative portrays a rogue spy (Kruger) recruited by the Mossad to go undercover in Tehran, only to become entangled in a complex triangle with her handler, played by Bana, and her subject.

Kruger recently starred in In the Fade, and her other credits...
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