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UFO Nabs French Distribution for Directors’ Fortnight Player ‘Gazer’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - USA - New Jersey
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19.05.2024

UFO Nabs French Distribution for Directors’ Fortnight Player ‘Gazer’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jamie Lang French distribution company UFO has secured the rights to American filmmaker Ryan J. Sloan’s New psychological thriller “Gazer,” which will world premiere at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight on May 22. Set in New Jersey and starring Sloan’s partner Ariella Mastroianni, “Gazer” is the story of a young mother with a rare degenerative brain condition called dyschronometria.

Urban Sales Racks Up Deals on Animation ‘Into the Wonderwoods’ Ahead of Cannes World Premiere (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - China - Italy - Germany - Portugal - Switzerland - Poland - Vietnam - Turkey
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19.05.2024

Urban Sales Racks Up Deals on Animation ‘Into the Wonderwoods’ Ahead of Cannes World Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Christopher Vourlias Urban Sales has closed a raft of deals on the upcoming animated feature “Into the Wonderwoods” ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Special Screenings section. The film, which bows with a special screening May 22 at the prestigious French fest, has sold to 45 territories, the Paris-based sales outfit announced during the Cannes Market. Pic has sold to Volga for the CIS territories and the Baltics; Selim Ramia & Co.

Shoppers 'ditch' travel plugs for £16 Amazon gadget that charges everything abroad - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Australia - Britain - city Prague
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19.05.2024

Shoppers 'ditch' travel plugs for £16 Amazon gadget that charges everything abroad

With summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to get your travel essentials in order. Whether you're going on a short mini break to Paris or Prague or have flights booked for further afield, one thing that is a definite necessity in your cabin bag is a travel adaptor.

‘IF’ Buddies Up To $59M WW; ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rises To $237.5M – International Box Office - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - France - Brazil - China - Mexico - Italy - Norway - Germany - Japan - Greece - Poland - Uae
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19.05.2024

‘IF’ Buddies Up To $59M WW; ‘Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rises To $237.5M – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…:  After starting early offshore release on John Krasinski’s IF last weekend, Paramount expanded the imaginary friends film to another 56 international box office markets this session. The overseas frame was worth $20M, bringing the international running cume to $24M. With domestic’s $35M debut, the worldwide total is now $59M.

‘The Falling Sky’ Directors Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha on How The Amazon’s Yanomami Tribe Can Teach ‘White People’ to Dream Collectively - variety.com - Brazil
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19.05.2024

‘The Falling Sky’ Directors Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha on How The Amazon’s Yanomami Tribe Can Teach ‘White People’ to Dream Collectively

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Brazilian directors Eryk Rocha and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha’s “The Falling Sky” delves into lives of the Amazonian Yanomami people, who live in the heart of the Amazon rainforest where they are contending with a harsh humanitarian crisis caused by the massive invasion of wildcat miners searching for gold and cassiterite, a mineral used in electronics. This unique doc – which launches in Directors Fortnight – is inspired by the thoughts, expressed in an eponymous book, of Davi Kopenawa, a shaman and spokesman for the Yanomami who performs the reahu ritual, a collective ceremony to hold up the sky and prevent it from falling.

I signed Harry Maguire before Man Utd move – I was worried about one thing I saw - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Manchester - city Leicester - city Hull
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19.05.2024

I signed Harry Maguire before Man Utd move – I was worried about one thing I saw

Manchester United legend Steve Bruce admitted Harry Maguire's lack of pace worried him when signing him for Hull City.

Strictly star Giovanni Pernice denies being 'abusive' to dance partner and vows to 'clear his name' - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - New Zealand
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19.05.2024

Strictly star Giovanni Pernice denies being 'abusive' to dance partner and vows to 'clear his name'

Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has denied allegations that he was 'threatening or abusive' during training sessions with Amanda Abbington and vowed to 'clear his name'. Sherlock star Amanda took part in last year's series of the BBC show, but withdrew from the dance competition citing 'medical reasons'.

‘Hamlet’ Starring Riz Ahmed Bought by Focus Features for International Rights (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - USA
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19.05.2024

‘Hamlet’ Starring Riz Ahmed Bought by Focus Features for International Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Focus Features has bought international rights to “Hamlet,” Aneil Karia’s London-set modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s famed play starring Oscar winner Riz Ahmed. Morfydd Clark (“Saint Maud,” “Rings of Power”) and Joe Alwyn (“Kinds of Kindness”) also star in the film, which wrapped production at the end of last year and was acquired by Focus Features some time ago. CAA is repping North American rights, while WME Independent handled international sales.

Films Boutique Sells Mohammad Rasoulof’s ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ to Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Sweden - Italy - India - Norway - Austria - Germany - Portugal - Switzerland - Denmark - Greece - Iran - Poland - Berlin - Turkey - Hungary - city Tehran - Taiwan - city Sana
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19.05.2024

Films Boutique Sells Mohammad Rasoulof’s ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ to Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Berlin-based sales agency Films Boutique has closed the first international sales for Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The Seed of the Sacred Fig,” ahead of its world premiere on Friday in the Competition section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film has been acquired in Italy by BiM Distribuzione and Lucky Red, Benelux by September Film Distribution, Spain by Bteam Pictures, Greece by Ama Films, Hungary by Cirko Film, Norway by Selmer Media, Portugal by Leopardo Filmes, Taiwan by Hooray Films and Turkey by Bir Film.

Gullane Unveils Cao Hamburger, Sandra Kogut Films (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Brazil - Portugal - city Sandra
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19.05.2024

Gullane Unveils Cao Hamburger, Sandra Kogut Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Brazilian production powerhouse Gullane, which is behind Netflix’s “Senna” and Cannes competition title “Motel Destino,” has closed international co-production pacts on new projects from Cao Hamburger (”The Year My Parents Went on Vacation”) and Sandra Kogut (“Three Summers”). France’s Playtime and Portugal’s Ukbar Filmes will co-produce Hamburger’s “School Without Walls.” Playtime will also handle international sales on the true and inspiring story of Braz Nogueira, principal of a public school in Heliopolis, one of Brazil’s biggest slums.

Parallax Studio, Saga Film Studios Form Joint Venture to Distribute Films in the Philippines Starting With Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - USA - Italy - Canada - Netherlands - Philippines - city Manila
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19.05.2024

Parallax Studio, Saga Film Studios Form Joint Venture to Distribute Films in the Philippines Starting With Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Manila-based production outfit Parallax Studio and entertainment company Saga Film Studios have formed a joint venture that will distribute the two-part Western epic “Horizon: An American Saga” in the Philippines. The deal is the first of a number of acquisitions planned by the joint venture. The “Horizon: An American Saga” films are directed by and star Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

Latido Takes David Pérez Sañudo’s ‘Sacamantecas’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - Italy - Berlin
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19.05.2024

Latido Takes David Pérez Sañudo’s ‘Sacamantecas’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Spain’s Latido Films has clinched world sales rights to “Sacamantecas,” the third feature by writer-director David Pérez Sañudo, whose Latido-repped debut feature, “Ane,” swept three Spanish Academy Goya Awards in 2021. Latido is already handling Pérez Sañudo’s second feature, “Los últimos románticos,” which it announced at the Berlin Film Festival as the first title in a two-picture deal with Sañudo.

TrustNordisk Boards Marjana Jankovic’s ‘Home’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Denmark - Serbia - city Copenhagen - Montenegro
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19.05.2024

TrustNordisk Boards Marjana Jankovic’s ‘Home’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Annika Pham Copenhagen-based TrustNordisk has picked up international rights to the Danish drama “Home” by actor-turned director Marijana Jankovic (“The House That Jack Built”). For her debut feature, Jancovic has assembled a high-profile cast that includes Claes Bang (“The Square”), Jesper Christensen (“Spectre”, “Casino Royal”), Trine Dyrholm (2024 Cannes competition title “The Girl With the Needle”), Dejan Cukic (“Snabba Cash”), Nada Sargin (“The Mould”), Zlatko Buric (“Triangle of Sadness”).

Cannes’ Animation Day Opens Doors for Artists Looking for Funding, Distribution, Sales Agents and Networking Opportunities - variety.com - Mexico - Colombia
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19.05.2024

Cannes’ Animation Day Opens Doors for Artists Looking for Funding, Distribution, Sales Agents and Networking Opportunities

Karen Idelson May 19 is Animation Day at Cannes, with a full day of programming that includes an animation showcase, a panel discussion and other networking opportunities. The event is held in partnership with the Marché du Film. The highlight of the program is the Annecy Animation Showcase, which spotlights five works-in-progress.

São Paulo Launches Third Cash Rebate Edition - variety.com - Brazil - USA - county Hall
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18.05.2024

São Paulo Launches Third Cash Rebate Edition

Anna Marie de la Fuente Brazil’s Spcine, the city of São Paulo’s film-TV body, is launching the third edition of its cash rebate program, which prioritizes international projects looking to shoot in the vibrant city and state. Municipal support for the program has already been renewed, now totalling US$ 3.8 million, while negotiations with the state of São Paulo are still ongoing, said Luiz Toledo, Spcine director of investments and strategic partnerships.

Best, Beckham and Cantona... Manchester's football scene might just have a new style icon - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Spain - Manchester
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18.05.2024

Best, Beckham and Cantona... Manchester's football scene might just have a new style icon

Another Manchester footballing legend has emerged. They have the feistiness of City's Mike Doyle in his battling heyday and a unique sartorial style to match the once boutique-owning George Best and Mike Summerbee, or the iconic David Beckham and Eric Cantona.

Box Office: ‘IF’ Stumbles on Opening Day With $10.3 Million, ‘The Strangers: Chapter 1’ Unmasking Third Place - variety.com
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18.05.2024

Box Office: ‘IF’ Stumbles on Opening Day With $10.3 Million, ‘The Strangers: Chapter 1’ Unmasking Third Place

J. Kim Murphy Paramount’s family comedy “IF” is leading domestic charts in its opening after earning $10.3 million from more than 4,041 locations across Friday and preview screenings. But the John Krasinski-directed fantasy feature has decidedly fallen behind its projections heading into the weekend, which had originally forecast a debut around $40 million.

Katie Holmes, Toby Kebbell & Al Pacino To Star In Thriller ‘Captivated’, A New Take On The Jean Paul Getty III Kidnapping — Cannes Market - deadline.com - Italy - county Holmes - county Christian
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18.05.2024

Katie Holmes, Toby Kebbell & Al Pacino To Star In Thriller ‘Captivated’, A New Take On The Jean Paul Getty III Kidnapping — Cannes Market

EXCLUSIVE: Katie Holmes (Woman In Gold), Toby Kebbell (War For The Planet Of The Apes) and Oscar winner Al Pacino (The Irishman) have joined thriller Captivated, which International Film Trust is launching for sales in Cannes.

Ruben Östlund Teases ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ With Kirsten Dunst & Daniel Brühl At Cannes Presser: “It’s F–ing Hard To Make A Good Airplane Movie” - deadline.com - Sweden
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18.05.2024

Ruben Östlund Teases ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ With Kirsten Dunst & Daniel Brühl At Cannes Presser: “It’s F–ing Hard To Make A Good Airplane Movie”

“It’s f–ing hard to make a good airplane movie,” Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund emphasized multiple times this morning in Cannes as he spoke to international press about his plans for The Entertainment System Is Down, the latest feature he has set to direct starring a buzzy cast led by Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl. 

Exploring Gender Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change, Teen Suicide, Chilean Docs at Cannes Doc Plumb Universal Themes - variety.com - Chile - Argentina - Israel
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18.05.2024

Exploring Gender Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change, Teen Suicide, Chilean Docs at Cannes Doc Plumb Universal Themes

Anna Marie de la Fuente With Maite Alberdi, twice Oscar nominated for her last two docus, “The Eternal Memory” and “The Mole Agent,” and Tana Gilbert whose feature debut “Malqueridas” won the Grand Prize at Venice’s Critics’ Week, Chilean documentaries are having a banner year. Five documentaries participate in the May 20 Chilean Docs-in-Progress Showcase at the Marché du Film’s docu section, Cannes Docs.

Denmark Punching Above Its Weight To Become A Global Powerhouse In The Documentary World - deadline.com - Britain - Norway - Denmark - Afghanistan - city Aleppo
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18.05.2024

Denmark Punching Above Its Weight To Become A Global Powerhouse In The Documentary World

Denmark was a world power in the Middle Ages, conquering parts of the British Isles and Normandy, and holding sway in Norway into the 19th century. Today, the Nordic country bordering the Baltic and North seas is prosperous if smaller, with a population of fewer than 6 million people. But it has become a world power in a new arena — documentary filmmaking. Denmark’s flourishing doc scene has become the envy of the nonfiction community.

Brazilian Producer Maria Farinha Films Takes Minority Stake in ‘The White Helmets’ Production Company Violet Films (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Brazil - Cuba
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18.05.2024

Brazilian Producer Maria Farinha Films Takes Minority Stake in ‘The White Helmets’ Production Company Violet Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Brazilian social impact entertainment company Maria Farinha Films has taken a minority stake in Joanna Natasegara’s London-based production company Violet Films, which is known for high-profile docs such as “White Helmets,” “Virunga,” “The Edge of Democracy” and Prince Harry’s Netflix series “Invictus.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Barry Jenkins are involved as producer and writer, respectively, in Violet Films’ upcoming feature film adaptation of “Virugna” for Netflix. São Paulo-based Maria Farinha Films is a leading studio in Latin America, known for its hit Globoplay Original “Aruanas” — created by the company’s co-founders Estela Renner and Marcos Nisti — about four women in a São Paulo environmental NGO battling devastation wrought by a mining corporation.

Studiocanal Rolls Out German Trilogy ‘Woodwalkers’; Execs Talk Ambitions For New Franchise – Cannes Market - deadline.com - Germany - Berlin
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18.05.2024

Studiocanal Rolls Out German Trilogy ‘Woodwalkers’; Execs Talk Ambitions For New Franchise – Cannes Market

EXCLUSIVE: Studiocanal has been rolling out sales on the first instalment of Germany-language film trilogy Woodwalkers in Cannes.

‘Goodbye Julia,’ ‘Four Daughters’ Stand Out at Critics Awards for Arab Films Handed Out in Cannes - variety.com - Jordan - Tunisia - Sudan - South Sudan
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18.05.2024

‘Goodbye Julia,’ ‘Four Daughters’ Stand Out at Critics Awards for Arab Films Handed Out in Cannes

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Sudanese first-timer Mohamed Kordofani’s “Goodbye Julia,” a timely morality tale that takes place just before the 2011 secession of South Sudan, has won top awards for both fest feature film and best screenplay at the eighth edition of the Critics Awards for Arab Films that will be handed out today at the Plage des Palmes in Cannes. The first Sudanese film ever to screen in Cannes’ official selection, where it premiered in Un Certain Regard last year, “Goodbye Julia” (pictured) is the story of two women — one from the North, the other from the South — who are brought together by fate in a complex relationship that attempts to reconcile differences between northern and southern Sudanese communities in the war-ravaged country.

Adria Arjona, Edgar Ramirez to Co-Star in Jayro Bustamante’s Dystopian Thriller ‘El Sombreron’ - variety.com - USA - county Story - city Venice, county Day
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18.05.2024

Adria Arjona, Edgar Ramirez to Co-Star in Jayro Bustamante’s Dystopian Thriller ‘El Sombreron’

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor Adria Arjona (“Andor,” “Hit Man”) and Edgar Ramirez, the Golden Globe-nominated actor of “American Crime Story” and “Carlos,” have been tapped to star in “El Sombreron,” a dystopian thriller from Jayro Bustamante, the acclaimed director of “La Llorona” (2019) and “Ixcanul” (2015). The feature is to be launched at Cannes by the Match Factory, which will represent worldwide sales outside of North America. CAA Media Finance will represent North American rights.

Johnny Depp’s ‘Modì’ Gets Italian Distribution Via Be Water and Maestro Distribution (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy
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18.05.2024

Johnny Depp’s ‘Modì’ Gets Italian Distribution Via Be Water and Maestro Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent The Johnny Depp-directed film “Modì,” about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, has secured a distribution deal in Italy, where it will be released by emerging production/distribution player Be Water. Above is a first-look image from the set of the film, which is now in post.

Movistar Plus+ Partners on Alauda Ruíz de Azua’s ‘Los Domingos’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - city Sandra - Berlin
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18.05.2024

Movistar Plus+ Partners on Alauda Ruíz de Azua’s ‘Los Domingos’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent Movistar Plus+, Spain’s most-viewed pay TV operator, is partnering on “Los domingos,” a new film from “Lullaby” director Alauda Ruíz de Azua and the producers of that critically acclaimed film. “Los Domingos” is set in and will shoot in Ruíz de Azúa’s native Basque country, said Nahikari Ipiña at Sayaka Producciones (“Colossal”). Now in development, “Los Domingos” is produced by Movistar Plus+ and Sayaka and Marisa Fernández Armenteros’ Buenapinta Media (“The Mole Agent”), Sandra Hermida at Think Studio and Colosé Producciones (“Society of the Snow”) and Manu Calvo (“Wounded”).

Fundamental Films’ Mark Gao Talks New Strategy For Buying, Producing & Co-Productions: “China Market Is Just Looking For Something New” - deadline.com - France - China - city Shanghai - city Taipei
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18.05.2024

Fundamental Films’ Mark Gao Talks New Strategy For Buying, Producing & Co-Productions: “China Market Is Just Looking For Something New”

Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and his CEO Ivy Hua are in Cannes to reconnect with the international industry as part of the Shanghai-based company’s return to international acquisitions and production. 

Wild Bunch Nabs Ron Perlman-Led ‘The Gentleman,’ Plus ‘Undercover’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain - France - Mexico
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18.05.2024

Wild Bunch Nabs Ron Perlman-Led ‘The Gentleman,’ Plus ‘Undercover’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Hopewell Chief International Correspondent In a deal sealed at Cannes, Spain’s Film Factory has closed France with Wild Bunch on action film “The Gentleman” as well as crime thriller “Undercover.” The directorial debut of seasoned Mexican cinematographer Luis Gabriel Beristáin (“Blade II,” “The Beekeeper”), “The Gentleman” stars Ron Perlman as Theo, an aging former U.S. soldier who pays Olga, a prostitute, to talk with him about who he once was and what he might have been. When Olga is brutally murdered, Theo embarks on bloody revenge.

‘Succession’s’ Nicholas Braun in Talks to Join Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Sweden
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18.05.2024

‘Succession’s’ Nicholas Braun in Talks to Join Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent “Succession” star Nicholas Braun is in talks to star in Ruben Östlund’s “The Entertainment System Is Down.” Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl are already on board the buzzy satire. “The Entertainment System Is Down” is one of the sexiest packages being shopped at the Cannes Film Market, where the Coproduction Office has launched international sales.

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