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Mubi Buys Berlinale Highlight ‘Dahomey’ by Mati Diop for North America, U.K., Germany and More Territories (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy - Senegal - Ireland - India - Austria - Germany - Switzerland - Turkey - Benin
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23.02.2024 / 12:32

Mubi Buys Berlinale Highlight ‘Dahomey’ by Mati Diop for North America, U.K., Germany and More Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Dahomey,” a highlight of this year’s Berlinale competition and directed by Cannes prizewinner Mati Diop (“Atlantics”), for North America, Latin America, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey and India. The feature film is represented in international markets by Films du Losange, which negotiated the deal with Mubi. “Dahomey” marks the sophomore outing of Diop, a French-Senegalese talent who is considered one of the leading figures in international arthouse cinema and of a new wave in African and diasporic cinema.

Series Mania Picks Political Drama ‘Our People’ About Murder of Journalist Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová: ‘Studying Police Files, We Were Reminded Of ‘Fargo’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Italy - city Fargo - Slovakia
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23.02.2024 / 08:47

Series Mania Picks Political Drama ‘Our People’ About Murder of Journalist Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová: ‘Studying Police Files, We Were Reminded Of ‘Fargo’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Marta Balaga Slovakia’s explosive political drama “Our People” will head to Series Mania’s Forum Co-Pro Pitching Sessions in March. Produced by Jakub Viktorín and Tomáš Hrubý for nutprodukcia and written by Miro Šifra, it will be directed by Tereza Nvotová. The miniseries, inspired by tragic real events, depicts the killing of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová.

Jane Campion and Matteo Garrone Talk Oscar-Nominated Immigration Epic ‘Io Capitano’: ‘It Was a Sort of Odyssey’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Italy - Senegal - Libya - city Dakar
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22.02.2024 / 11:43

Jane Campion and Matteo Garrone Talk Oscar-Nominated Immigration Epic ‘Io Capitano’: ‘It Was a Sort of Odyssey’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Jane Campion is championing Matteo Garrone‘s “Io Capitano,” which is Italy’s Oscar-nominated contender for best international feature film. The movie narrates the Homeric journey of two two Senegalese teenagers, Seydou and Moussa, who decide to leave Dakar to reach Europe in pursuit of a better life. It realistically depicts their plight through the pitfalls of the desert, the horrors of detention centers in Libya and the dangers of the sea.

‘Black Tea,’ Abderrahmane Sissako‘s African-Chinese Romance From Gaumont, Sells Wide Ahead of Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Italy - Norway - Austria - Germany - Portugal - Denmark - Ivory Coast - Indonesia - Berlin - Hungary - Israel - Albania - Cape Verde - Taiwan - Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia
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21.02.2024 / 15:51

‘Black Tea,’ Abderrahmane Sissako‘s African-Chinese Romance From Gaumont, Sells Wide Ahead of Berlinale Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent “Black Tea,” Abderrahmane Sissako‘s lushly lensed romance drama set in China, has been bought by major distributors in key territories ahead of its world premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. Gaumont, which co-produced the film, has sold it to Caramel (Spain), Academy two (Italy), Pandora Films (Germany, Austria), Cineart (Benelux), Films4you (Portugal), Provzglyad (CIS), Mozinet (Hungary), Another World Entertainment (Norway), Film Bazar (Denmark), MCF Megacom (Former Yugoslavia, Albania), Filmstop (Latvia, Estonia), MB Taip Toliau (Lithuania), Imovision (Brazil), AV Jet (Taiwan), Falcon (Indonesia), Pathé BC (Sub-Saharan Africa, Maghreb) and New Cinema (Israel).

Margherita Vicario’s Musical Comedy ‘Gloria!’ Scores Multiple Sales Ahead of Berlin Competition Bow (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy - Austria - Germany - Netherlands - Belgium - Greece - Berlin - Luxembourg - Bulgaria
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21.02.2024 / 15:51

Margherita Vicario’s Musical Comedy ‘Gloria!’ Scores Multiple Sales Ahead of Berlin Competition Bow (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italian singer-songwriter Margherita Vicario’s directorial debut “Gloria!” has scored a slew international sales ahead of its world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival competition. RAI Cinema International Distribution has sealed deals to nine territories on Vicario’s vibrant musical comedy set in a late 18th century Venetian female orphanage where a young rebel named Teresa leads a group of performers to challenge classical canons and invent a precursor to pop music.

Filmax Closes ‘The Teacher Who Promised the Sea’ with Italy’s Officine Ubu (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Italy - India - Berlin - state Oregon - Israel
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19.02.2024 / 20:25

Filmax Closes ‘The Teacher Who Promised the Sea’ with Italy’s Officine Ubu (EXCLUSIVE)

Anna Marie de la Fuente Spanish indie film studio Filmax has sold sleeper hit “The Teacher who Promised the Sea” to Italy’s Officine Ubu following sales to Nachshon Films in Israel, Angel Films Scandinavia, India’s BookMyShow and airline rights to Encore Inflight. “The Teacher…” is based on the real story of Antoni Benaiges, an instructor from Catalonia who, back in 1935, was assigned to teach at a little village school in the province of Burgos.

Saudi Arabia Launches Film Fund For Arab Cinema With Slate Toplined by Biopic of Singer Umm Kulthum Played by Mona Zaki - variety.com - Britain - France - Saudi Arabia - Egypt - Berlin - Tunisia - Lebanon - city Cairo
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19.02.2024 / 15:49

Saudi Arabia Launches Film Fund For Arab Cinema With Slate Toplined by Biopic of Singer Umm Kulthum Played by Mona Zaki

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has launched a new film fund called Big Time Investment to boost production of quality Arabic movies and announced a slate of Egyptian feature films toplined by a biopic of Egyptian icon Umm Kulthum who is considered the Arab world’s greatest singer. Prominent Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, whose epic “Kira and El Gen” about local resistance to British occupation, is recent hit, will direct the film titled “El Set.” Egyptian star Mona Zaki will play Kulthum who from the late 1920s onwards became the first prominent Arab singer to disseminate her work to the masses via the new technologies of the times: radio, the phonograph, cinema and television.

‘The Devil’s Bath,’ Berlinale Competition Thriller From ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Duo, Sells to Key Markets for Playtime (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Italy - Ireland - Ukraine - Russia - Austria - Japan - Berlin
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19.02.2024 / 11:19

‘The Devil’s Bath,’ Berlinale Competition Thriller From ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Duo, Sells to Key Markets for Playtime (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Playtime has had a busy EFM, where it’s locked a raft of major deals on “The Devil’s Bath,” a period psychological thriller in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. “The Devil’s Bath” is directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the Austrian filmmaking duo behind “Goodnight Mommy.” Set in rural Austria in 1750, “The Devil’s Bath” stars Anja Plaschg, the up-and-coming singer and composer known as Soap & Skin. Plaschg plays Agnes, a young married woman who feels oppressed in her husband’s world, which is devoid of emotions and limited to chores and expectations.

Antonia Nava, Liliana Bravo Launch Neo Art International, Bow First Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Italy - Berlin
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19.02.2024 / 06:11

Antonia Nava, Liliana Bravo Launch Neo Art International, Bow First Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Antonia Nava, producer and sales chief on Brad Anderson’s “The Machinist” and “Transsiberian” when she headed up Filmax Intl. for over 10 years, is returning to the sales arena, joining forces with Spain-based sales agent Liliana Bravo to launch Neo Art Intl., a new division of Nava’s Barcelona-based Neo Arte Producciones.

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Embraces $80M Global Bow; ‘Madame Web’ Musters $52M WW – International Box Office - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - France - Brazil - London - China - Mexico - Italy - Germany - Japan - Jamaica
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18.02.2024 / 23:57

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Embraces $80M Global Bow; ‘Madame Web’ Musters $52M WW – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love brought folks together around the world in its opening frame, singing up a sweet estimated $80M global bow. After coming on strong in early overseas play this week, and as audiences turned a deaf ear to critics, the international box office portion of that is $29M, landing well ahead of expectations.

‘Sons of the Clouds’’ Alvaro Longoria Preps ‘The Sleeper’(EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - London - Italy - Madrid - Rome
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17.02.2024 / 17:53

‘Sons of the Clouds’’ Alvaro Longoria Preps ‘The Sleeper’(EXCLUSIVE)

Emiliano De Pablos Spain’s Morena, Mediacrest and Estrategia Audiovisual are joining forces with Italy’s Fandango on “The Sleeper,” a thriller doc following an alleged Caravaggio painting, directed by producer-helmer Álvaro Longoria. Rome-based Fandango also handles international sales rights.

‘Another End’ Star Gael García Bernal and Director Piero Messina Discuss the Central Question Behind the Berlin Drama: ‘What Happens After Death?’ - variety.com - Italy - Berlin - county Person
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17.02.2024 / 14:19

‘Another End’ Star Gael García Bernal and Director Piero Messina Discuss the Central Question Behind the Berlin Drama: ‘What Happens After Death?’

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Gael García Bernal and Renate Reinsve (“The Worst Person in the World”) star as lovers caught in an unusual bind in Italian director Piero Messina’s unconventional sci-fi film “Another End,” which is competing in Berlin. Set in a near-future when a new technology exists that can put the consciousness of a dead person back into a living body in an attempt to ease the grief of separation, the English-language film sees Bernal play Sal, a man who loses his wife. Reinsve plays Zoe, the woman who rents her body for the implantation of Bernal’s wife’s consciousness.

Brad Fuller-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Astronaut’ Starring Kate Mara Sells to U.K., Oz, Germany, Italy and More (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Australia - Spain - New Zealand - Italy - Ireland - South Africa - Germany - Portugal - Greece - Berlin - Israel
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17.02.2024 / 14:19

Brad Fuller-Produced Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Astronaut’ Starring Kate Mara Sells to U.K., Oz, Germany, Italy and More (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Highland Film Group has locked key territory deals for sci-fi thriller “The Astronaut” from “A Quiet Place” producer Brad Fuller Pic stars Kate Mara (“A Teacher”), Laurence Fishburne (“John Wick” films) and Gabriel Luna (“Terminator: Dark Fate”). The film wrapped shooting late last year in Ireland. “The Astronaut” has sold to Signature Entertainment for the U.K., Capelight Pictures for Germany, Blue Swan Entertainment for Italy, Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais for Portugal, DeAPlaneta for Spain, Spentzos Film for Greece, Cinemania Group for former Yugoslavia, Shoval Film Production for Israel, Falcon Films for the Middle East, Filmfinity for South Africa and Roadshow Films for Australia and New Zealand.

Teresa Cavina Appointed Artistic Director of Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival - variety.com - city Abu Dhabi - Italy - Rome - city Venice - Malta - city Valletta - county Bee
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17.02.2024 / 11:09

Teresa Cavina Appointed Artistic Director of Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italy’s Teresa Cavina has been appointed artistic director of Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival the second edition of which will run June 22-30 in Valletta, the island’s capital. Cavina, who has over twenty years of experience in programming and artistic director roles at festivals including Locarno, El-Gouna, Rome, Venice and Abu Dhabi, is structuring the Mediterrane fest’s selection in four programming strands: In Competition, featuring films from across the Mediterranean; Out of Competition, featuring films from the rest of the world; Mare Nostrum – ‘Our Sea’, showcasing narrative and documentary films dedicated to sustainability and the environment; and Future Visions – a selection of experimental VR projects.

Italian Film Business Bounces Back With Production Percolating as Box Office Picks Up - variety.com - Italy - Berlin - county Person
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17.02.2024 / 05:15

Italian Film Business Bounces Back With Production Percolating as Box Office Picks Up

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italy — which is the Country of Focus at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin — is flourishing in terms of production activity just as its box office grosses start to pick up. Yet there’s room for improvement in terms of the number of titles that are able to break out internationally. The Cinema Italiano output currently stands at over 350 movies a year, including co-productions, which is up compared with pre-pandemic levels.

FilmSharks Inks ‘The Bus of Life,’ from ‘Robot Dreams’ Producer Arcadia (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Mexico - Italy - Japan
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16.02.2024 / 07:21

FilmSharks Inks ‘The Bus of Life,’ from ‘Robot Dreams’ Producer Arcadia (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent FilmSharks has taken world sales rights outside Spain to “The Bus of Life,” next up from Arcadia Motion Pictures, producer of Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Cesar and Goya winner “The Beasts” and Neon U.S. pick-up “Robot Dreams,” nominated last month for a best animated feature Academy Award.

Franz Rogowski Starrer ‘Lubo’ Lands U.S. Sale For True Colours (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Brazil - USA - Italy - Portugal - Switzerland - Indiana - Taiwan
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

Franz Rogowski Starrer ‘Lubo’ Lands U.S. Sale For True Colours (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent U.S. specialty distributor Shadow Distribution has taken North American rights to Italian director Giorgio Diritti’s ethnic cleansing drama “Lubo,” toplining Franz Rogowski, from Italy’s True Colours.

‘Niki’ About French-American Artist Niki de Saint-Phalle, Sells to Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Brazil - USA - Italy - Germany - Switzerland - Taiwan
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

‘Niki’ About French-American Artist Niki de Saint-Phalle, Sells to Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Pulsar Content has closed major deals on “Niki,” a biopic of French-American artist Niki de Saint-Phalle. “Niki” marks the feature debut of popular French actor Céline Sallette and stars Charlotte Le Bon (“The Walk” “Saint-Laurent”) as de Saint-Phalle. Pulsar closed deals with Neue Visionen (Germany), Movies Inspired (Italy), Paradiso (Benelux), Praessens (Switzerland), Vercine (Spain), Magic Films (CIS), Best Films (Baltics), Shaw (Singapour), Sky Digi (Taiwan) and Immovision (Brazil).

Pink Parrot Unveils Flurry of Deals on German-Canadian CG Fantasy ‘Elli and Her Monster Team!’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Italy - Canada - Germany - Madrid - Portugal - Poland - Czech Republic - Hungary - Bulgaria - Israel - Slovakia - Romania
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16.02.2024 / 06:29

Pink Parrot Unveils Flurry of Deals on German-Canadian CG Fantasy ‘Elli and Her Monster Team!’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Emiliano De Pablos Pink Parrot Media, the Montreal and Madrid-based international sales house, has revealed a flurry of deals for the German-Canadian CG animated fantasy feature “Elli and Her Monster Team!,” which is making its market premiere at the EFM. Underlining the appetite for toon family features by European distributors, the film has been sold to Just Entertainment in Benelux, Bim Distribuzione in Italy, NOS Lusomundo in Portugal, Flins&Piniculas in Spain and GPI for Baltics. “Elli” has also been acquired by Pro Films in Bulgaria, Rocket Releasing for CIS, Forum (Czech Republic/Slovak), MCF Megacom Film (Former Yugoslavia), Cinetel (Hungary), Forum for Poland, Romania and Israel, and Front Row in the Middle East.

Fandango Takes World Sales on Carlo Sironi’s Berlin Generation Drama ‘My Summer With Irène’ – Watch Trailer (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy - Berlin
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15.02.2024 / 15:32

Fandango Takes World Sales on Carlo Sironi’s Berlin Generation Drama ‘My Summer With Irène’ – Watch Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Italy’s Fandango Sales has taken global distribution rights outside Italy to Carlo Sironi’s coming-of-age drama “My Summer With Irène,” which will premiere in the Berlin Film Festival‘s Generation section. Sironi, whose first feature “Sole” made a splash on the international fest circuit, is back with this relationship drama starring rising French indie star Noée Abita (“Slalom”) and Maria Camilla Barandenburg (“Slam Italia”) playing two 17-year-olds named Clara and Irène who both have health issues.

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