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Kindred Spirit’s Anita Gou Talks Cannes Title ‘Locust’, Reimagining Ang Lee’s Classic ‘The Wedding Banquet’ & Why Company Invested In ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’ Theatre Production With Sarah Snook - deadline.com - France - China - USA - Qatar - Hong Kong - city Copenhagen - Taiwan
deadline.com
22.05.2024 / 19:51

Kindred Spirit’s Anita Gou Talks Cannes Title ‘Locust’, Reimagining Ang Lee’s Classic ‘The Wedding Banquet’ & Why Company Invested In ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’ Theatre Production With Sarah Snook

Anita Gou is no stranger to the festival circuit. Her L.A.-based Kindred Spirit banner saw a raft of its first projects debut at Sundance (think Lulu Wang’s Mandarin-language comedy The Farewell, which made $23M worldwide, Shia LaBeouf-starrer Honey Boy and Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation) but, more recently, her co-production Silent Twins was selected in Un Certain Regard in 2022, while Dominic Savage’s Close To You premiered in Toronto last year. The company’s Mubi-acquired doc The Last Year of Darkness, which explores the lives of alternative Chinese youth, was awarded a Special Mention prize in the Next:Wave section at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival last year.

First picture of man, 73, who died on board plane from UK which hit severe turbulence - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - London - India - Thailand - Singapore - city Singapore
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21.05.2024 / 16:57

First picture of man, 73, who died on board plane from UK which hit severe turbulence

A British man who tragically died following a suspected heart attack on board a plane has been named as Geoffrey Ralph Kitchen.

Kongkiat Komesiri’s ‘Delivery Man’ Picked up for Pre-Sales by EST N8 (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Los Angeles - Thailand - North Korea - city Bangkok
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21.05.2024 / 09:07

Kongkiat Komesiri’s ‘Delivery Man’ Picked up for Pre-Sales by EST N8 (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “Delivery Man,” the next film project for hit-making Thai director Kongkiat Komesiri has been picked up by Los Angeles- and Bangkok-based EST N8. The company is launching it at the Cannes Market, adjacent to the Cannes Film Festival. Komesiri, known for his hit “Khun Pan” film trilogy, popular BL series “KinnPorsche” and horror films including “Slice” and “Art of the Devil II.” The new film, which he also wrote, is pitched as “a spine-chilling horror experience [..

How A VFX Oscar For ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Has Made Japanese Stalwart Toho Group A Monster In The North American Market - deadline.com - USA - Hollywood - Japan
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21.05.2024 / 08:57

How A VFX Oscar For ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Has Made Japanese Stalwart Toho Group A Monster In The North American Market

Established in 1932, Japan’s Toho Group has grown into a film-industry powerhouse, not only at home but globally. Working across production, distribution and exhibition, it has recently been on an expansion spree, reeling in box office around the world and with recognition from major awards bodies. 

‘Monkey Man’ Action Specialist Brahim Chab Boards Pedring Lopez’s ‘Blood Passage’ - variety.com - Hong Kong - Philippines
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21.05.2024 / 05:37

‘Monkey Man’ Action Specialist Brahim Chab Boards Pedring Lopez’s ‘Blood Passage’

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Action choreographer Brahim Chab, who recently staged the action sequences for Deve Patel’s “Monkey Man,” has joined the crew of “Blood Passage.” To be directed by The Philippines’ Pedring Lopez, who recently completed the prison drama series “Sellblock.” “Blood Passage” is a martial arts vampire action horror feature set in Southeast Asia. It s tory follows a rescue mission gone wrong, that pits a private military unit against relentless supernatural forces. The film is the first to emerge from the alliance between Lopez’s Blackops Studios Asia and Alaric Tay’s Very Tay Media.

Sideshow, Janus Films Buy Payal Kapadia’s Cannes Competition Entry ‘All We Imagine as Light’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - USA - Italy - India - Netherlands - Japan - Poland - Luxembourg
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20.05.2024 / 17:05

Sideshow, Janus Films Buy Payal Kapadia’s Cannes Competition Entry ‘All We Imagine as Light’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Sideshow and Janus films (“Drive My Car”) have acquired all North American rights to Payal Kapadia‘s “All We Imagine as Light,” the first Indian film to screen in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 30 years. The movie will world premiere on Thursday, May 23. It’s also one of only four films in the Competition directed by a woman.

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin - variety.com - South Korea - Thailand - Japan - North Korea - Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore - city Singapore - Taiwan - Philippines - city Busan - Mongolia
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20.05.2024 / 13:17

Asian and European Film Associations Seek Common Ground at Cannes – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The 27-member European Film Agency Directors Association and the Asian Film Alliance Network, which was established this time last year and currently has seven members, have agreed to work together on topics of common interest and to jointly develop a better world film ecosystem. At a meeting this week held on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival, EFAD and AFAN promised to enhance understanding and collaboration between Asian and European national film agencies. Topics included: dialog on policy and regulations; the development of the film industry in both regions; and addressing new media and challenges ahead. Separately, the founding AFAN members convened for a closed-door roundtable discussion on May 16.

It’s Time for Wine and Discussion as German Films Celebrates 70th Anniversary at Cannes: ‘We Have to Be Even More Daring’ - variety.com - France - Germany - Japan - city Sandra
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20.05.2024 / 11:17

It’s Time for Wine and Discussion as German Films Celebrates 70th Anniversary at Cannes: ‘We Have to Be Even More Daring’

Marta Balaga German Films celebrated its 70th anniversary at Cannes on Sunday, with its guests looking back but also looking forward. “It has gotten much better,” Managing Director Simone Baumann told Variety at the event. “We’ve had Oscar-winning ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ Oscar-nominated ‘The Teachers’ Lounge’ [for best international feature], films by Wim Wenders and with Sandra Hüller! Sure, Wim showed a Japanese movie and Sandra a French one [‘Perfect Days’ and ‘Anatomy of a Fall’], but it doesn’t matter: It’s more ‘mixed’ these days and I am proud of it, to be honest.” At Cannes, 11 German productions and co-productions have been selected this year, including Match Factory’s main competition offerings “Motel Destino” by Karim Aïnouz – who also attended the bash – and Miguel Gomes’ “Grand Tour.” Run Way Pictures is behind Mohammad Rasoulof’s anticipated “The Seed of the Sacred Fig.” As festivals get “more competitive,” underlines Baumann, international collabs are here to stay.

China Box Office: ‘The Last Frenzy’ Returns to Top Spot as Theatrical Momentum Slows, ‘The Fall Guy’ Flops - variety.com - China - USA - Hong Kong
variety.com
20.05.2024 / 05:51

China Box Office: ‘The Last Frenzy’ Returns to Top Spot as Theatrical Momentum Slows, ‘The Fall Guy’ Flops

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief “The Last Frenzy,” a comedy film about a dying man’s last hurrah, returned to the top spot in mainland Chinese cinemas in its third weekend of release. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” which a week earlier had been the biggest title, slipped to fourth place. In another China disappointment for Hollywood, “The Fall Guy” opened outside the Chinese top ten.

Hoshi Studios, East-West Manga Incubator, Launched by Through the Lens Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Singapore
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18.05.2024 / 05:59

Hoshi Studios, East-West Manga Incubator, Launched by Through the Lens Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Through the Lens Entertainment, the East-West film studio that made a splash at Cannes last year, is expanding into manga. It has launched Hoshi Studios, a manga development and publishing startup with outposts in Singapore and Japan. The outfit will create teams combining western film and TV talent with established Japanese manga artists to create books and other comic-book properties.

Variety Women in Cinema Panel in Cannes to Feature Salma Abu Deif, Kiara Advani, Sarocha Chankimha (Freen), Adhwa Fahad, Aseel Omran, Ramata Toulaye-Sy - variety.com - Senegal - India - Thailand - Saudi Arabia - Egypt
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 11:43

Variety Women in Cinema Panel in Cannes to Feature Salma Abu Deif, Kiara Advani, Sarocha Chankimha (Freen), Adhwa Fahad, Aseel Omran, Ramata Toulaye-Sy

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Variety will present a Women in Cinema Panel at the Cannes Film Festival in tandem with the Red Sea International Film Festival featuring top talents from Egypt, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Senegal. The panel will take place at La Plage Des Palmes on Saturday, May 18, at 12pm CET.

‘The Pig, The Snake and The Pigeon’ Leads Taipei Film Awards Nominations – Global Bulletin - variety.com - South Korea - county Lee - Hong Kong - city Taipei - county Frederick
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 10:51

‘The Pig, The Snake and The Pigeon’ Leads Taipei Film Awards Nominations – Global Bulletin

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Hit crime thriller “The Pig, The Snake and The Pigeon” received 13 nominations for the upcoming Taipei Film Festival’s Taipei Film Awards. These include nominations for best feature, best director, best screenplay, best actor, best supporting actress, and best supporting actor.

AMP International Launches Sales On Sci-Fi Pic ‘Touchdown’ - deadline.com - Australia - China - South Africa - Thailand - Hong Kong - county Liberty - county Clinton
deadline.com
16.05.2024 / 14:31

AMP International Launches Sales On Sci-Fi Pic ‘Touchdown’

EXCLUSIVE: AMP International has taken world sales rights on the sci-fi film Touchdown from Bandit Country.

‘Don’t Cry Butterfly,’ Hanoi-Set Horror-Comedy, Flies to Korea’s Barunson E&A for Cannes Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Japan - Indonesia - Vietnam - Singapore - Philippines
variety.com
16.05.2024 / 05:07

‘Don’t Cry Butterfly,’ Hanoi-Set Horror-Comedy, Flies to Korea’s Barunson E&A for Cannes Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Korea’s Barunson E&A has picked up world sales rights to Vietnamese horror-comedy “Don’t Cry Butterfly.” Sales will be launched this week at the Cannes Market. Written and directed by Duong Dieu Linh, the Hanoi-set film follows a housewife who uses voodoo to try and get her cheating husband fall back into love with her, but instead invites a mysterious presence into the house.

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - Britain - India - Japan - Papua New Guinea
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15.05.2024 / 12:51

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin

Naman Ramachandran Indian filmmaker Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran‘s next film “Papa Buka” will commence principal photography in Papua New Guinea in July. The film will follow Indian historians Romila and Anand who go to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to write a book about the Indian soldiers who fought with the British and Australian armies against the Japanese during WWII in the country.

EST N8 Adds Fantasia-Bound Korean Action Film ‘Mash Ville’ to Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Britain - Los Angeles - North Korea - Philippines - city Bangkok
variety.com
15.05.2024 / 07:59

EST N8 Adds Fantasia-Bound Korean Action Film ‘Mash Ville’ to Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Los Angeles- and Bangkok-based sales firm EST N8 has bulked up its Cannes Market film sales slate with a trio of completed Asian titles. “Mash Ville” stars Jeon Sin-hwan (“The Housemaid,” “Time Renegades”) and Park Jong-hwan (“Concrete Utopia,” “Hell Is Other People”) and weaves together the lives of pseudo-religious believers and eight strangers in a rural area. When their paths cross they must fight for survival.

‘The Desperate Chase’ Racks Up Pre-Sales Ahead of Cannes Market Launch by Korea’s Finecut - variety.com - France - Brazil - South Korea - city Seoul - Japan - Vietnam - Israel - Taiwan
variety.com
15.05.2024 / 07:59

‘The Desperate Chase’ Racks Up Pre-Sales Ahead of Cannes Market Launch by Korea’s Finecut

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Seoul-based film sales company, Finecut has notched pre-sales for its upcoming action-comedy “The Desperate Chase, which it is launching this week at the Cannes Film Festival‘s Cannes Market,. The film is an action comedy featuring a hot-blooded detective and a swindler who is also a master of disguise who team up to combat an evil mafia. Early rights buyers include Rights Cube for Japan, Apex Success Global for Taiwan and Mockingbird Pictures for Vietnam. Screening as a rough cut in the Cannes Market, the film is the second feature by Kim Jae-hoon, known for his debut with the body-switch action thriller “Devils,” which released in South Korea last year.

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - New York - Los Angeles - Japan
variety.com
14.05.2024 / 15:17

MK2 Films Reveals New Acquisitions, Restorations in Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor As Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the Paris-based international sales company MK2 Films has revealed it has acquired three films and made substantial investments in new restorations, set against the backdrop of a strong presence at Cannes Classics. MK2 Films has entered into a collaboration with the Niki Charitable Art Foundation on the global rights (excluding the U.S.) for two films directed by artist Niki de Saint Phalle: “Un Rêve plus long que la nuit” (1976) and “Daddy” (1973).

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Thailand - city Bangkok
variety.com
14.05.2024 / 07:41

‘The Undertaker’ Cast Reunite for Thai Horror Pic ’Night Shift’ Launching at Cannes Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Chatchai Chinnasri and Nattawut Sanyabut, two stars from runaway Thai hit film “The Undertaker,” are reunited on upcoming supernatural horror film “Night Shift.” The new film, directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”), centers on an upcountry graveyard worker who finds himself haunted by spirits in an abandoned building in Bangkok. The film is directed by Chaiwat Sitalasai (“Spirit of Ramayana”) and is now in advanced pre-production ahead of a June start of production. Delivery is anticipated in March 2025.

Jason Statham Teams With ‘Plane’ Director Jean-Francois Richet & MadRiver For Action-Thriller ‘Mutiny’, Lionsgate Pre-Buys North America Before Veterans Launches Hot Project At Cannes Market - deadline.com - Britain - Spain - France - USA - Italy - Austria - Germany - Japan
deadline.com
10.05.2024 / 19:59

Jason Statham Teams With ‘Plane’ Director Jean-Francois Richet & MadRiver For Action-Thriller ‘Mutiny’, Lionsgate Pre-Buys North America Before Veterans Launches Hot Project At Cannes Market

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of the Cannes market, Lionsgate has taken North American rights off the table on one of the bigger-budget new packages that’ll be on sale next week: that’s action-thriller Mutiny, which will star action evergreen Jason Statham (Fast & Furious) and be directed by Jean-François Richet (Plane).

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