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Celluloid Dreams woos Ladies’ Man BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Celluloid Dreams has acquired world sales rights on Matt Bissonnette’s Death Of A Ladies’ Man, starring Irish actor Gabriel Byrne as a hard-drinking poetry professor who unexpectedly finds love when he retreats to a shack in Ireland after discovering he has a brain tumour. Bissonnette, whose credits include 2009’s Passenger Side, will direct from his own script. The film is a Canadian-Irish co -production produced by Bissonnette’s long-time collaborator Corey Marr, Canadian producer Marie-Claude Poulin and Ireland’s Martina Niland. The film’s title is taken from Leonard Cohen’s 1977 album, and the script was inspired by the work of the late Canadian musician. Cohen’s music and verse will be woven throughout the film “The script literally sings with its significant messages about the ephemeral but vital nature of life,” said Celluloid Dreams president Hengameh Panahi.
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Amazon Studios has unveiled its first output deals here in Berlin, in a sign that the deep-pocketed titan is looking to expand its global footprint and forge closer ties with international buyers. The development comes as FilmNation, the company’s frequently used international sales agent, said it had struck key pre-sales on Amazon Studios’ hot-air balloon adventure The Aeronauts, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Under the new output deals struck by Amazon Studios, the
Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders) will direct The Aeronauts from a screenplay by Jack Thorne. Harper produces alongside Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who are riding high on the $285m-plus global success of Wonder and 2017 phenomenon Beauty And The Beast. Amazon Studios financed The Aeronauts and will self-distribute in the US. FilmNation has sold international rights on Amazon Studios titles since 2016, handling the likes of The Big Sick and Wonderstruck.
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Buyers answer call for The Guilty TrustNordisk has closed a slew of deals on its hot Sundance audience-award winning thriller The Guilty, with more major territories sold, including France (ARP); Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Elite); UK/Ireland (Signature); Australia/New Zealand (Rialto); Japan (Phantom); Taiwan (Mirror Stage) and China (Xinyue). The other territories sold are Hungary (Vertigo); Lithuania
company’s filmed content will get theatrical distribution t h r o u g h Tr a n s m i s s i o n i n Australia/New Zealand, Scanbox in Scandinavia, Gaga in Japan, and Telefilms in Spain and Latin America. The Aeronauts will go through those output deals and has also landed distribution in a slew of pre-sales struck between distributors and FilmNation on the eve of the market. eOne will distribute the adventure in the UK and Canada, while TMG will release it in Germany.
Screen unveils this exclusive ﬁrst look at Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. Maxwell Simba stars as William Kamkwamba, with Ejiofor as his father Trywell, in a Malawishot story about a boy who dreams of building a windmill to save his village from famine. Cornerstone handles international sales, with Participant handling North America.
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Diane Kruger joins Wedding party BY TOM GRATER
Diane Kruger will star opposite Julianne Moore in After The Wedding, director Bart Freundlich’s remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 drama. The project is a reimagining of the original film with two women in the lead roles. Kruger will play Isabel, who runs an orphanage in the Indian city of Kolkata (the part was played by Mads Mikkelsen in Bier’s version). 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, which yesterday announced that Beta is investing in the company, is handling international sales. CAA is overseeing US rights. It will be produced by Joel Michaels and Silvio Muraglia through Paradox Studios, which is also financing. Production will begin in spring. Cornerstone’s slate also includes new films by Mike Leigh and Christoph Waltz.
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Collette struck by Sea Fever BY JEREMY KAY
Toni Collette, red-hot after Sundance’s Hereditary, has joined the cast of thriller Sea Fever, which Epic Pictures is selling. Neasa Hardiman (Jessica Jones) will direct from her screenplay set on a fishing trawler off the west coast of Ireland. Production starts in July. Epic Pictures serves as executive producer and co-finances. Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Fantastic Films produce.
Match Factory strikes for Girl The Match Factory has added Lukas Dhont’s upcoming feature debut Girl to its EFM slate. The company has also closed its first sale on the title with France’s Diaphana. Girl was a work in progress winner at last year’s Les Arcs European Film Festival, as well as Flanders Image’s CONNeXT. It is expected to be completed by summer. The story is about a 15-yearold girl, born in a boy’s body, who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Newcomer Victor Polster takes the lead role and Arieh Worthalter (The Take) plays her father. Dirk Impens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) produces. Tom Grater
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Gaumont sets stage for Edmond sales BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Gaumont is launching sales on Alexis Michalik’s big-screen adaptation of his stage hit Edmond, revolving around the writing of Cyrano de Bergerac in 1897. Set in Belle Epoque Paris, Thomas Solivérès stars as Edmond Rostand, a young playwright of potential genius, who must hurriedly write a role for a top actor. The ensemble cast also features Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner and Tom Leeb. Ilan Goldman’s Legende is producing the $12m work. “It’s entertaining, funny and romantic,” said Gaumont’s Cécile Gaget. Gaumont has taken French rights for a 2019 release. The company will unveil first footage for Edmond at a promo screening that will also
Auteur-focused MPM Film and shorts specialist Premium Films have collaborated to create a single sales entity, MPM Premium. Under the new structure, current MPM and Premium sales executives Ricardo Monastier and Leslie Saussereau will combine forces on the international sales front. MPM Film founding chief Marie-Pierre Macia and producer Claire Gadéa, and Premium Films founder Jean-Charles Mille, will oversee management of the company.
Buyers wake for CJ’s Slumber film BY LIZ SHACKLETON
Korean studio CJ Entertainment has sealed deals on Noh Dong-seok’s thriller Golden Slumber , including to Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Hong Kong (Megaton), India (MVP), Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (Clover), among others. CJ has also sold two titles to Japan’s Twin: Joko Anwar’s horror film Satan’s Slaves and Jang Joon-hwan’s political thriller 1987: When The Day Comes. Satan’s Slaves has also gone to Latin America (Alebrije), Poland (Mayfly), Taiwan (Encore Films), Philippines (Rafaella), Hong Kong (MM2) and Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos (Suraya). AMC Networks’ Shudder platform has acquired the film for North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and German-speaking territories.
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US deal for Replace UK-based genre specialist Jinga Films has scored a US deal on Replace with XLrator Media. Norbert Keil’s body horror has also now sold to Russia (AKM), Korea (Company L) and Japan (AK Company).
Vertical strikes for Wizart duo Russian animation outfit Wizart’s new projects The Snow Queen 3: Fire And Ice and Sheep And Wolves have both been sold to Vertical Entertainment for the US. They have also sold to Indigenous for South Africa. Edmond
include first images from A Man In A Hurry starring Fabrice Luchini and Leila Bekhti. A Man In A Hurry pre-sales include to Spain (Vertigo), Italy (Bim), Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (JMH), Portugal (Films 4 You), Israel (Shoval), Poland (Kinoswiat) and Canada (AZ).
French indies join forces BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
MPM Film will pursue its production activities as a separate entity and Premium Films will continue to support new talents through its short-film sales and distribution. “The fusion allows us more flexibility and better reactivity thanks to a bigger team… We plan to optimise our investments and be more present on the inter national markets,” Macia, Gadéa and Mille said in a joint statement. The joint slate includes Permanent Green Light, Fatima, Liquid Truth, In The Shadows and Easy.
Radiant on the go with Dorff Radiant Films International has boarded the psychological thriller Don’t Go starring Stephen Dorff and Melissa George. David Gleeson, who wrote the screenplay for upcoming Fox Searchlight drama Tolkien, directs from a screenplay he wrote with Ronan Blaney about a grieving couple who move to a small Irish town, where the husband loses his grip on reality. Radiant CEO and president Mimi Steinbauer will present first footage to buyers in Berlin. Paradigm holds US rights. Wide Eye’s Nathalie Lichtenthaeler produces the feature, which is in post. “Don’t Go is a wholly original psychological thriller,” Steinbauer said. Jeremy Kay
Demand tunes up with Hope Global cinema service Demand Film picked up theatrical rights for all English-speaking territories to Nahuel Lopez’s violinist documentary Daniel Hope: The Sound Of Life from mindjazz pictures international.
Kino Lorber builds with Roche Kino Lorber has taken North American distribution rights to Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect, Mark Noonan’s biographical documentary. Salzgeber & Co will release the film in Germany in March. Producer Wavelength Pictures will be seeking further sales at the EFM.
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Premiere lands Tomorrow at EFM BY JEREMY KAY
LA-based Premiere Entertainment Group arrives in Berlin with international rights to coming-of-age tale The House Of Tomorrow, starring Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Ellen Burstyn and Nick Offerman. Peter Livolsi makes his feature direc torial debut on the dramedy, which Shout! Factory will release in the US in limited theatres on April 20. Butterfield plays a sheltered teenager who lives with his overbearing grandmother and meets another youngster who wants to start a punk band. Premiere president and CEO Elias Axume and vice president of development and acquisitions Carlos Rincon negotiated the deal with the producers. Its EFM slate also includes drama Forever My Girl, crimethriller Juvenile and action sci-fi Incoming.
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Music Box picks up The Captain BY JEREMY KAY
Music Box Films has acquired US rights to Robert Schwentke’s The Captain (Der Hauptmann), starring Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel and Frederick Lau. Paris-based Alfama Films handles international sales on the drama, set in the final days of WWII. The Captain premiered at Toronto 2017 and Music Box plans a theatrical rollout in the second half of the year, followed by a home entertainment release. Schwentke’s credits include The Time Traveler’s Wife and RED. “We are pleased to be working with Robert Schwentke to bring his complex psychological study of power and war to US audiences,” Music Box Films president William Schopf said. Schopf negotiated the deal with Alfama Films’ international sales and distribution manager Baptiste Descotes-Genon.
Films Boutique dances with the Devil and Pig BY GEOFFREY MACNAB
Berlin-based sales outfit Films Boutique has added two Berlinale Co m p e t i t i o n t i t l e s t o i t s EFM slate. The company has boarded The Season Of The Devil by Filipino master Lav Diaz. The love story is set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos
dictatorship. All territories are available excluding the Philippines. Films Boutique has also picked up its first Iranian title, Mani Haghighi’s Pig, starring Leila Hatami (A Separation), Hasan Majuni and Leili Rashid. This dark satirical comedy is about a filmmaker blacklisted by the regime, who is struggling with his
wife and his mother, and being ignored by a serial killer. Company CEO Jean-Christophe Simon has also confirmed that Films Boutique is resuming its relationship with Markus Imhoof (More Than Honey) for his new feature documentary about the refugee crisis, Eldorado (screening out of competition).
Tomorrow shines for Sparkle Roll BY LIZ SHACKLETON
Hong Kong-based Sparkle Roll Media has closed a raft of additional deals on Ding Sheng’s A Better Tomorrow 2018, including sales to Thailand’s Hollywood Co and China Lion Entertainment for Australia and New Zealand.
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The police action film, a reboot of John Woo’s iconic ‘heroic bloodshed’ series, has also been sold to Hong Kong (China 3D Digital Distribution), while Celestial Movie Channel has acquired pan-Asian pay-TV rights and Encore has taken in-flight.
The film, which is receiving its first market screening here at the EFM, was previously sold to South Korea (Kidarient Corp) and Singapore (Clover Films). Released in China on January 18, the film stars Wang Kai, Ray Ma and Talu Wang.
Rediance rides with Elephant BY LIZ SHACKLETON Beijing-based sales outfit Rediance has picked up international rights to Hu Bo’s debut feature An Elephant Sitting Still, in Forum. Hu Bo was tipped as one of Chinese indie cinema’s leading lights, but took his own life in October 2017 after completing the film. It follows three characters struggling with their daily lives who decide to escape to the Chinese city of Manzhouli. Rediance has also boarded Zhang Dalei’s In Winter, set in the ’90s on the Sino-Russian border. It will be delivered in the autumn. Rediance’s slate includes Mosaic Portrait and Rotterdam Tiger winner The Widowed Witch.
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Paris-based Reel Suspects has secured a US deal on its Chilean horror Trauma with genre label Artsploitation. The Lucio A Rojas-directed feature has also sold to German-speaking Europe (Indeed Films) and Japan (New Select).
F&ME reunites Dede team BY WENDY MITCHELL
UK/Irish production company Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME)’s busy slate includes reuniting with award-winning Dede director Mariam Khatchvani on Nene. Khatchvani also produces and co-writes with producer Vladimer Katcharava, and she is developing Nene at Cannes Cinefondation after winning the Asia-Pacific
Screen Awards development grant. Nene also reunites F&ME with Dede partners 20 Steps Productions and JaJa Film Productions. F&ME’s Irish division will pair with Netherlandsbased JaJa on Jacco Groen’s Streetkids United III – The Road To Russia. The company is also collaborating with JaJa on Jamillah van der Hulst’s Fighting For Life, about a Dutch
Versatile boards porn world drama BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Versatile has boarded world sales of Swedish director Ninja Thyberg’s debut feature Jessica. Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Ostlund’s Plattform Produktion is lead producing, with Netherlands-based Lemming Film and Film I Väst on board as co-producers, and
support from the Swedish Film Institute. The film follows 20-yearold Jessica, an uninhibited young woman from a small town in Sweden who heads to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of making it as a professional porn star. Versatile has also joined Louis Wallecan’s street dance doc Lil’ Buck Renaissance.
Spiegel award for Kosslick BY MARTIN BLANEY
Dieter Kosslick is to receive the Sam Spiegel Inter national Film Lab’s newly created Force-of-Nature Filmmaking Award. Film Lab’s founding director Renen Schorr said the award will be presented to the Berlinale’s
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director at the beginning of Film Lab’s international pitching platform ( July 5-8). Kosslick will give a keynote speech. This year’s Lab will also introduce Sam Spiegel’s Work in Progress (WIP) platform, with cash awards of $50,000.
boxing coach working with South African prisoners. Feelsales will handle international rights. F&ME is co-producing Iv a n I Tv e r d o v s k y ’s Jumpman and Ivan Ostrochovsky’s The Disciple. The company is also adapting Arthur Machen’s Hill Of Dreams; Dorothy Baker’s Cassandra At The Wedding; and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well Of Loneliness.
CONNexT 2018 set Flanders Image has confirmed this year’s edition of its invitationonly film and TV industry event CONNeXT will run Oct 7-10 in Ghent, Belgium. The projects, works in progress and TV line-up presentations will be spread over three days instead of two, a change for 2018. There will also be keynotes and panels each day, as well as daily screenings. At last year’s CONNeXT, projects included Gangsta by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who are now in talks to direct Bad Boys 3 and Beverly Hills Cop 4; and WIP prize winner Girl by Lukas Dhont, which also went on to win the WIP award at Les Arcs.
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The Happy Prince Reviewed by Fionnuala Halligan Rupert Everett summons the ghost of the ruined and ruinous Oscar Wilde for his directorial debut, while also starring as the Irish poet, playwright and wit at the end of his tragically short life. Wilde’s struggle with himself, his heavenly talent and earthly lusts, and the meaning of it all, resonates so strongly with the direction and performance that The Happy Prince is elevated past period Victoriana to move and engage in equal parts. Wilde’s heartbreaking children’s story The Happy Prince weaves in and out of the narrative, and actorly indulgences — particularly towards the climax — should be forgiven. After all, Wilde himself would be the last to ruin a deathbed scene by cutting it short. Commercially The Happy Prince will have to carve out its own niche in the small but prestigious area between Death In Venice, Call Me By Your Name and Shadowlands. Everett’s performance marks a career best, though he is subsumed enough to be almost unrecognisable. It is his own tender screenplay, however, and a burnished combination of empathy and realism that makes the film — with its all-Europe settings and lustrous lighting and design — a strongly cinematic statement from an actor whose intelligence, up to now, has always outshone the films in which he has appeared. Everett starred as Wilde in the 2012 revival of the play The Judas Kiss, and the pair are an
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OUT OF COMPETITION Ger-Bel-UK-It. 2017. 105mins Director/screenplay Rupert Everett Production companies Maze Pictures, Entre Chien Et Loup International sales Beta Cinema email@example.com Producers Sébastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze Executive producers Azim Bolkiah, Connie Filipello, Zygi Kamasa, Nick Manzi, Joe Oppenheimer, Andreas Zielke, Markus Zimmer Cinematography John Conroy Main cast Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas
immaculate fit. His clear sympathy for and identification with Wilde seems to come on many levels. Although they play small roles in comparison, Everett has guided his cast to shine. His Another Country co-star Colin Firth as Wilde’s friend Reggie Turner, Colin Morgan as Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas, Emily Watson as Wilde’s wife Constance and Edwin Thomas as his stalwart friend and erstwhile lover Robbie Ross all deliver strong, grounded performances. This is a new treatment of Wilde — no Stephen Fry-style floppy-haired hagiography with Oscar dropping lilies as he mooches towards death. Here, ravaged and dissolute, Wilde tumbles headlong into his downfall, dying destitute in Saint-Germain-des-Prés at the age of 46. The Happy Prince sees Wilde alone and drunk in Paris, cadging money from former friends, almost willing himself to death. His soul is irreparably damaged after two years of hard labour in Reading Gaol for gross indecency and he wants to see his children, yet reunites with Bosie knowing what that will mean. “I am my own Judas,” he says. Everett, for whom this is a long-held passion project carefully patched together through an elaborate network of European finance out of Germany (with assistance from the BBC and Lionsgate in the UK), carefully modulates his performance. Parts tragic, defiant and gleefully self-indulgent, Everett coarsens his features with prosthetics to catalogue the final
years of a wandering, impecunious, drunk and nihilistic Wilde. Everett does not dial down Wilde’s darker side. It is a tough look at the sexual appetites (his “mauve moments” with street boys) and heavy drinking and druggy ways of a voracious man who was dangerous to those who came close. (“Each man kills the things he loves” — or, as his first lover and final love Ross warns, “He’ll eat you.”) With a running theme of ‘The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery’ (a performance Everett relishes), The Happy Prince switches moods at the tip of Wilde’s hat. The score is by Gabriel Yared, while Everett holds a writing credit on the rambunctious ‘Vive Le Trottoir’. The velour wallpaper, drapes and dark Victorian interiors may battle with Everett and Wilde, but they never win. The European light, the efforts Wilde makes with rouge and panstick, and a sequence on a beach, seem to deliberately call to mind Thomas Mann and Visconti, but The Happy Prince has further to travel in its examination of the artist and the choices he made. Quoting De Profundis — Wilde’s testament from prison — Everett tracks the end of the man who was greedy for “the fruit of all the trees in all the world”, and was viciously punished for it. The posthumous pardon for Wilde’s prison sentence, as the credits note, was only delivered last year, giving The Happy Prince an immediate point of relevance, and a poignant one at that.
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Damsel Reviewed by Tim Grierson An amusing doodle of a revisionist Western that slowly accrues unexpected resonance, Damsel finds filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner hitting upon a better balance between the jokey and the poetic than their previous feature, 2014’s Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter. Throwing darts at genre conventions while honouring what is eternally mythic about the milieu, this comedy-drama draws off-kilter performances from Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska that reframe archetypes and consistently set us back on our heels. Premiering at Sundance, Damsel looks to be a more commercial offering than the Zellners’ earlier films, thanks largely to Pattinson and Wasikowska. While the Western trappings may help with accessibility, unsuspecting audiences may be baffled by this oddball film that’s neither parody nor homage. Pattinson stars as Samuel, a well-to-do young man travelling on horseback to reunite with his lover Penelope (Wasikowska), aided by a drunkard (David Zellner) who claims to be a minister who can marry them. But as Samuel nears his destination, new information complicates his romantic rendezvous.
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COMPETITION US. 2018. 113mins Directors/screenplay David Zellner, Nathan Zellner Production companies Damsel Productions, ICM Partners International sales Great Point Media, Imeurin@ greatpointmedia.com Producers Chris Ohlson, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner Cinematography Adam Stone Main cast Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Robert Forster
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter was a quixotic road movie in which the Zellners self-consciously applied a deadpan sense of humour. Here, Damsel has its own share of peculiarities, including a twisty narrative. But let it be said that the writing-directing brothers refuse to let any genre tropes be taken for granted, constantly upending our expectations about who these characters are and what they’re capable of. Initially, the film seems to be little more than a riff on the Western’s high, lonesome solemnity, with cinematographer Adam Stone shooting the Utah locations in beautiful widescreen to emphasise the grandeur of this untamed countryside. This visual majesty is impishly undercut by the characters’ foolish behaviour and the strange problems they encounter that are not known to occur in other Westerns. Guns misfire, no one can tie a proper knot, horses come in different sizes, and supporting characters end up being crucial to the narrative. In recent years, Pattinson has enthusiastically worked with auteurs and independent filmmakers in order to push himself creatively. His performance in Damsel isn’t as striking as in Good Time or Cosmopolis, but he clearly enjoys himself playing a gallant pioneer who may not have the mettle required to thrive in
the Old West. Pattinson is smart playing a not-so-smart guy, never letting his portrayal become flat. But Damsel’s real standout is Wasikowska, who’s steeliness as Penelope becomes one of the film’s driving forces. Her rapport with Pattinson is appealing, but what is especially fun is how both add a contemporary spin to their knowingly clichéd roles. The filmmakers’ long-time musical collaborators The Octopus Project have fashioned a minimalist yet haunting score. Produced on period-specific instruments such as banjos and musical saws — which were then doctored with studio effects — the aural landscape proves to be as quietly disorienting as the film’s increasingly strange and occasionally goofy odyssey. Along the way, the Zellner brothers make cheeky observations about racism, destiny and gender inequality that are so offhand they feel almost subliminal, woven into the fabric of their quirky little concoction. It’s only at the end that Damsel’s casual spell fully takes hold, leaving us as unmoored as the characters.
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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot Reviewed by Tim Grierson Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot pays tribute to John Callahan, a cartoonist, alcoholic and quadriplegic who died in 2010 at the age of 59. What’s most touching about this intimate film is the modesty with which it honours its subject. Resisting the urge to bathe Callahan’s life in superlatives, director-screenwriter Gus Van Sant focuses on the humanness of his struggles, resulting in a film that radiates compassion and sensitively, and addresses addiction, recovery and forgiveness. Joaquin Phoenix’s raw performance as Callahan never strives for greatness, which only makes it all the more affecting. Having premiered at Sundance and set for a May 11 release in the US, Don’t Worry will attract discerning viewers in speciality markets. Powered by a cast that includes Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black, this Amazon Studios production should enjoy sizable visibility, even if general audiences won’t be that familiar with Callahan. Spanning more than a decade, the film fashions a mosaic-like portrait of Callahan who, in the early 1970s, was paralysed from the chest down in a car crash. A shiftless young man mostly interested in his next drink, Callahan is emotionally shattered by the accident, battling both his addiction and his radical new circum-
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COMPETITION US. 2018. 113mins Director/screenplay Gus Van Sant Production companies Iconoclast, Annonymous Content, Amazon Studios US distribution Amazon Studios International sales FilmNation Entertainment Rcarney@filmnation.com Producers Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, Steve Golin, Nicolas Lhermitte Executive producer Brett Cranford Cinematography Christopher Blauvelt Main cast Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black
stances. The mental side of his recovery is overseen by his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor Donnie (Hill), who works to free Callahan of the pain that led him to drinking in the first place. Based on Callahan’s memoir, Don’t Worry has seemingly predictable contours for a biopic, celebrating a flawed man who overcame extreme obstacles to find his artistic voice. While Van Sant spends a little time dramatising how Callahan developed his sardonic side to become a cartoonist post-accident, the film fights to avoid genre conventions, and instead pinpoints the particulars of this man’s road to sobriety. As a result, some patience is required to get comfortable with Van Sant’s technique. Crucial moments occur out of order or off screen entirely, and the narrative sometimes digresses, devoting little time to Callahan’s love affair with Swedish therapist Annu (Mara), as well as his search for his birth mother. The audience receives pieces of the man’s experiences, but Van Sant doesn’t worry about drawing all these disparate threads together. Yet the cumulative effect has its own kind of sneaky power, presenting us with snapshots of a life rather than assuming that a straight forward narrative arc would be more illuminating. As an added bonus, Don’t Worry proves to be a richer ensemble piece than the typical biopic, especially as it develops the friendship between Callahan and Donnie, and creates a crucial
character in the form of the drunk driver (Black) who altered Callahan’s destiny. Phoenix’s skill at portraying oddballs and outcasts is well served in Don’t Worry. Callahan is a joker laid low by crippling alcoholism, and the Oscar-nominated actor gives his character’s addiction a queasy desperation with a mixture of dark humour and pathos that has a welcome lack of pretence. Working with cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt and composer Danny Elfman, Van Sant uses restraint to highlight the difficult, incremental work his protagonist must endure to regain control over his life. There are no grand monologues or big moments, and the excessive sentimentality that can detract from his other films (The Sea Of Trees being an especially irksome recent example) is largely absent. Performances are unfussy and in-themoment. Hill is especially good as Donnie, while Black perhaps overdoes his character’s party-boy behaviour early on. As for Mara, she’s little more than a cipher. A more conventional film would have devoted much of its running time to Callahan and Annu’s romance, but in Don’t Worry it’s only one piece in the puzzle — an afterthought that demonstrates the limitations of Van Sant’s narrative strategy.
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Elba calls the shots Idris Elba makes his directorial debut with Yardie, a crime drama set in 1970s Jamaica and 1980s London. Andreas Wiseman spoke to the first-time director about the latest addition to his repertoire
dris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie is an adaptation of Jamaican-born British writer Victor Headley’s 1992 crime novel. It follows a courier who carries cocaine from Jamaica to London before deciding to go it alone and disappearing into the mean streets of Hackney with a kilo of white powder. The thriller has a cult reputation in the UK, where it proved a publishing hit. Clearly inspired by 1980 cult drama Babylon (screenwriter Martin Stellman worked on both), the film is a suspenseful cat-and-mouse gangster thriller with impressive acting and great music. Yardie’s journey to screen began many years before Elba cast his lead actor Aml Ameen during a 2015 flight from London to Los Angeles. Novelist Headley had already been trying to get a film adaptation off the ground, but the project gained momentum when UK production outfit Warp Films optioned the novel in 2010 and secured backing from Studiocanal. Bronson writer Brock Norman Brock joined soon after, before Elba followed. “I read the book as a teenager,” The Wire star recalls. “It moved me at the time. “There were many touchstones,” Elba expands. “I’ve been vocal about how much Hackney and that part of east London influenced me as a young man, so making a film about someone I can relate to made it easier for me. I could put a lot of myself into it. I could almost imagine the audience who might respond to the film.” Elba’s film, much of which is acted in a lyrical Jamaican patois, has a strong musical element, with reggae and dancehall feeding the narrative. While in London, the film’s main character D (Ameen) hooks up with a soundclash crew. Elba himself has been a DJ from a young age, known on the decks as DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner. “The film’s DJing component felt autobiographical to me,” Elba confirms. “The fascination for sound systems and how sometimes being immersed in sound is like following a football team — you wear your colours with pride — that’s something I can relate to.” While casting Ameen turned out to be a relative cinch, finding the film’s female lead proved more challenging.
“Directing has made me realise that I need to be a much nicer person as an actor. It’s very hard on set when actors are difficult.” Elba has been an outspoken critic of the UK film and TV sector’s lack of diversity. Yardie touches on London’s strained race relations in the 1980s, but Elba intentionally held back from making his first film a polemic about race. “I didn’t want to make a film about race and I didn’t want to make a film that was overly politicised,” he acknowledges. “It was important for me not to send too many messages. Although this story is encased in Jamaican culture, my goal was to make this feel like a universal and relatable story.”
Aml Ameen (left) with Idris Elba during the ﬁlming of Yardie
‘Directing has made me realise I need to be a much nicer person as an actor’ Idris Elba
Yvonne played by Shantol Jackson
Elba initially tried to cast the role out of the UK, but no one was quite right. So he flew to Kingston to find his Yvonne. One of the first actresses he met was Shantol Jackson, who had sent Elba audition tapes. “Shantol was the second or third actress I saw in Jamaica,” Elba recalls. “She won the job in the room. She was amazing.” What would his actors say was his main strength as a director?
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“Probably that I could communicate my ideas articulately and that I welcomed ideas,” he guesses. “I’m highly self-critical, but when someone criticises me or steers me, I can deal with that. I’m pragmatic, I’m a communicator. You could ask me a question and I don’t mind taking 20 minutes to sit down and discuss it.
Riaze Foster (left) and Aml Ameen in Yardie
That said, Elba is also aware how refreshing it is to see a commercially oriented UK film from a black director with a largely black cast being backed by industry pillars such as the BFI, BBC Films and Studiocanal. That combination remains a rarity. “I want there to be more waves in British cinema and more waves in Afro-Caribbean cinema,” he says. Following his experience on Yardie, does Elba have the directing bug? “Definitely,” he says. “I want to do a musical next. I’d like to do a musical with modern music. No orchestra. An ‘all-singing, alldancing’ musical but with dance and electronic music. I’m going to try to provide some of the soundtrack for it, though there’ll be enough talent on the soundtrack already. I’d also act in it. “The idea is complicated. I’ve given myself a development period of around a year and then I’ll be ready. I’ve got a development fund I’m working with but no other s financiers yet.” ■
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China bounces back Chinese productions are roaring back at the country’s box office, building on a strong recovery in 2017. Liz Shackleton reports on the big hitters targeting local audiences and the indie treats here in Berlin
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Monster Hunt 2 Dir Raman Hui The highly anticipated sequel to the 2015 fantasy adventure, which grossed more than $400m in China and overseas, is screening as a Special Gala at the Berlinale at the same time it opens in China as one of the major releases of Chinese New Year. The hybrid live-action/CGI film reunites the stars of the first instalment, Jing Boran and Bai Baihe, while Tony Leung Chiu-wai (The Grandmaster Grandmaster) has also joined the cast. The story follows the baby monster king Wuba as he faces another threat from the dark lord who plots to overthrow the empire. Contact Julian Chiu, Edko Films ContactJulian
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n 2017, Chinese cinema appeared to recover from the malaise of the previous year when the country’s stagnating box-office growth was partly attributed to a weak line-up of local productions. Following the game-changing success of Wolf Warrior 2’s $873m haul over the summer, the hits just kept on coming right until the end of the year. Released in September, Mahua Funage’s bodyswap comedy Never Say Die grossed $350m, while Feng Xiaogang scored his biggest ever hit with coming-of-age drama Youth, co-produced by Feng’s Dongyang Mayla Media and Huayi Brothers, which has grossed $236m since its mid-December release. The success of these films helped the China box office to return to growth last year, following a flat 2016. In local currency terms, the box office increased by 22% to hit $8.6bn ( RMB 55.9bn), an increase of $2bn over the previous year. Chinese productions grossed a combined $4.6bn (RMB30.1bn), accounting for a 54% market share. And the hits have continued into 2018. Huayi Brothers enjoyed another major success with romantic comedy sequel The Ex-Files 3: The Return Of The Exes,
which grossed $320m in January, while Forever Young, a star-laden drama produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Beijing’s Tsinghua University, took $111m later that month. While December usually sees a string of big releases, January is considered a quieter month, so the recent hits were unexpected, especially as they’ve come several weeks before China’s biggest boxoffice period, the Chinese New Year holiday, gets underway from February 15-21. High-proﬁle sequels As the Berlinale kicks off, four bigbudget live-action films, all of them sequels, will be opening at the China box office: Edko Films’ fantasy adventure Monster Hunt 2, which is also receiving a Special Gala premiere in the festival; Wanda’s action comedy Detective Chinatown 2; Bona Film Group’s militarythemed action drama Operation Red Sea; and The Monkey King 3, the latest instalment in Filmko’s hit franchise based on Chinese classic Journey To The West. Animated feature Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink, also part of a successful film series, is likewise joining the fray. While the jury is out on which film will win the biggest audience share over »
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Set over the course of one day, Hu’s debut feature follows a teenage boy who is in trouble after hospitalising the school bully, his classmate who is having an affair with a teacher and an old man estranged from his family. The An Elephant trio decide to escape to the Chinese city of Sitting Still Manzhouli, where they say an elephant simply sits and ignores the world. A Beijing Film Academy graduate and acclaimed novelist, Hu took his own life at the age of 29 shortly after completing the film. Contact Meng Xie, Rediance
Girls Always Happy Dir Yang Mingming Yang’s debut feature revolves around a mother and daughter living together in a traditional house in the Beijing hutongs. Both strive to be writers but are financially dependent on the daughter’s relationship with an elderly divorced man. Described as a humorous psychological portrait of a fragile mother-daughter relationship, the film stars Yang as the daughter, while long-time Lou Ye collaborator Nai An (Suzhou River, Blind Massage) plays the mother. Contact Beijing Trend Cultural Investment firstname.lastname@example.org (Right) Girls Always Happy
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the family-oriented holiday, two major trends have emerged at the China box office over the past year — the popularity of overtly patriotic films, evident since Wolf Warrior 2 stirred national sentiments, and the expanding youth audience in third- and fourth-tier cities. Powered by the disposable income of the ‘xiao zhen qing nian’ (small-town youngsters), The Ex-Files 3 held down Star Wars: The Last Jedi on its opening weekend, perhaps not such a surprising feat, considering most of this audience wasn’t born in the late 1990s when The Phantom Menace was released. Meanwhile, films such as Youth and Forever Young tap into slightly older audiences with nostalgia-drenched stories, which have particular relevance in a country where society is changing at such a rapid pace. While not a new trend — it can be traced back to Vicky Zhao Wei’s college-set drama So Young in 2013 — it seems to be an enduring one. History lessons However, peering further back into the past with big-budget historical dramas, once the bedrock of Chinese cinema, does not seem to be working so well. Chen Kaige’s China-Japan co-production Legend Of The Demon Cat is a visual feast, but with a December gross of around $88m is not considered a major success. Much is now riding on the film’s Japanese release in February. China’s current preoccupation with patriotism, nostalgia and slapstick romantic comedy may not motivate international audiences, but there has also been a surge in the breadth and quality of arthouse filmmaking over the past year. Films such as Vivian Wu’s Angels Wear White, Zhou Ziyang’s Old Beast, Dong Yue’s The Looming Storm and Liu Jian’s Have A Nice Day, which premiered at Berlin last year, have encouragingly all recently managed to secure a Chinese theatrical release. The new wave is also in evidence at the Berlinale and European Film Market (EFM) with films such as Yang Mingming’s debut feature Girls Always Happy, which premieres in Panorama, and Cathy Yan’s recent Sundance winner Dead Pigs, which is being sold by Media Asia at the EFM. Also noteworthy are two titles from start-up Beijing-based sales company Rediance: Cai Chengjie’s The Widowed Witch, which won the Hivos Tiger Award in Rotterdam, and Berlin Forum entry An Elephant Sitting Still, from 29-year-old director and novelist Hu Bo who tragically took his own life in October 2017 after completing the film.
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EUROPEAN FILM MARKET A Better Tomorrow 4 Dir Ding Sheng Jackie Chan’s long-time collaborator Ding has rebooted John Woo’s classic A Better Tomorrow series with this ‘heroic bloodshed’ action title, which was released in China in January. StarRailroad Tigers), Tigers Ray Ma ring Wang Kai (Railroad (Ice Fantasy)) and Talu Wang (Railroad ), the film follows the Tigers, Our Times), conflict between two brothers — one heading a smuggling operation and the other an up-and-coming star in the police department’s narcotics division.
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Bodies At Rest Dir Renny Harlin Nick Cheung, Richie Jen and Yang Zi head the cast of Harlin’s Chinese-language crime thriller, which is currently in production for release in late 2018. Scripted by David Lesser, the film follows a group of masked thugs who break into a morgue demanding access to a body that contains evidence of a crime they recently committed. Wanda Pictures and Media Asia are co-producing, with the latter also handling international sales.
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Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink Dir Leon Ding The latest instalment in the hit Boonie Bears animation franchise is opening on more than 10,000 screens in China over the Chinese New Year holiday period. Produced by China’s Fantawild Animation, the film follows two bear brothers and their nemesis on a quest to restore their size, and also their family, after they are caught in the beam of a shrinking machine. The previous four instalments in the franchise have grossed a combined $212m. Contact Daniel Bort, Fantawild International email@example.com
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Dead Pigs Dir Cathy Yan Produced by Jia Zhangke, Yan’s debut feature is a comedy drama involving a feisty (Left) Dead Pigs
salon owner, a bumbling pig farmer, a busboy, a rich girl and an expat architect whose stories collide as thousands of dead pigs float down the river towards Shanghai. A microcosm of contemporary Chinese society, the film won the jury prize for best ensemble acting when it premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The ensemble cast includes Vivian Wu, Yang Haoyu, Mason Lee and Meng Li. Contact Fred Tsui, Media Asia email@example.com
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BEHOLD MY HEART Writer/Director: Joshua Leonard (Beautiful Losers, The Lie) Cast: Marisa Tomei (Academy Award Winner, My Cousin Vinny, Academy Award Nominee, The Wrestler), Charlie Plummer (All the Money in the World, Lean on Pete), Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Santa Clarita Diet), Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing), Emily Robinson (Transparent)
After the tragic death of his dad, 16-year-old Marcus must look after his self-destructive mother while navigating the difficulties of adolescence.
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Director: Sebastián Hofmann (Halley) Cast: Luis Gerardo Méndez (Club of Crows, The Noble Family), Miguel Rodarte (Saving Private Perez), Andrés Almeida, RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) A young father takes his family to the perfect holiday resort, only to discover that they must share their room with another family due to a clerical error. And the other family is selfish and really annoying. And better at sports. And he’s the only one who doesn’t like them. “Dazzling and disquieting (...) a slow-building nightmare.”
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Director: Rebecca Daly (Mammal) Cast: Lars Brygmann (Stealing Rembrandt, Dicte), Vincent Romeo, Clara Rugaard (Still Star-Crossed), Alexandre Willaume (Tomb Raider), Victoria Mayer (Tour de Force) A remote Christian community experiencing a crisis of faith finds new hope in the arrival of a mysterious young man. “Riveting (...) As bewitching as it is mysterious.” –Moveable Fest
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Following their collaboration on multiple award-winning drama Port Of Call, Hong Kong director Yung is reteaming with star Aaron Kwok on this $34m crime action drama, which also stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Jennifer Du. Currently in post-production, Theory Of Ambitions is based on the true story of a group of corrupt cops in Hong Kong in the 1960s when the city was still under British colonial rule.
The Ex-Files 3: The Return Of The Exes Dir Tian Yusheng The third instalment in the Huayi Brothers romantic comedy series recently grossed a staggering $320m in China. Starring Han Geng and Zheng Kai, the film follows two couples, who are also friends with each other, as they break up and flirt with the idea of getting back together again. The film’s success demonstrates how young audiences in China’s second- and third-tier cities are becoming a driving force in the country’s box-office growth.
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Golden Job Dir Chin Ka-lok Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan and Michael Tse head the cast of this car-chase action picture, directed by veteran action choreographer Chin (Cold War, Firestorm). Produced by Eric Tsang and backed by Beijing Sparkle Roll Media and The Entertainer Production Company, the film follows a modern-day Robin Hood figure who supplies Eastern European refugee camps with stolen medicines and is planning the ultimate heist. Currently in the final stages of post-production following an extensive international shoot, the film is being readied for release in the third quarter of 2018. Contact Clarence Tang, Golden Network Asia email@example.com
Guardians Of The Tomb Dir Kimble Rendall This China-Australia co-production stars Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammer in the story of a group of scientists battling man-eating funnel-web spiders in an ancient labyrinth. Recently released in both China and Australia, director Rendall’s credits include the hit Australia-Singapore co-production Bait 3D. Australian visual-effects house Cutting Edge supplied the deadly arachnids.
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The Knight Of Shadows: Between Yin And Yang Dir Vash Jackie Chan stars as a demon hunter defending humanity from an inhuman invasion in this period action comedy, which also stars Ethan Juan, Elane Zhong and Lin Peng. When an evil force starts kidnapping village girls to feast on their souls, the demon hunter sets out to save them assisted by his lawman protégé and a group of friendly monsters. Produced by Kiefer Liu, executive producer on the blockbuster Monkey King series, The Night Of Shadows is backed by iQiyi Pictures, Beijing Sparkle Roll Media and Golden Shore Films & Television. The film is currently in production for delivery in 2019.
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The Monkey King 3 Dir Soi Cheang The third instalment in Filmko Entertainment’s The Monkey King series again stars Aaron Kwok and Feng Shaofeng,
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Fresh from winning the Hivos Tiger Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year, Cai’s feature debut revolves around a woman, thrice widowed and homeless, who travels around northern China in a motor home pretending to be a shaman who can rid villagers of evil spirits. Produced by Jiao Feng, who also served as cinematographer, the film was praised by the Tiger jury for the “emotional way it depicts the [protagonist’s] complexity, while never becoming sentimental”. Contact Meng Xie, Rediance email@example.com
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Another major Chinese New Year release, this action drama is loosely based on the Chinese Navy’s evacuation of Chinese citizens from Yemen’s southern port of Aden during the civil war in 2015. Produced by Bona Film Group in collaboration with the Chinese Navy, it follows Dante Lam’s similarly militarythemed action film Operation Mekong, which was a big hit in 2016. The cast is headed by Zhang Yi, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing and Du Jiang.
Despite being postponed from its original China release date, this period drama went on to become Feng’s biggest ever hit, grossing $236m since its release in mid-December. Written by Yan Geling, the film revolves around a group of young people in a military dance troupe during the turbulent 1970s and 1980s, an era of drastic change in China. Produced by Huayi Brothers and Feng’s Dongyang Mayla Media, Youth stars Huang Xuan (The Legend Of The Demon Cat), Miao Miao and Zhong Chuxi.
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AMERICAS By Jeremy Kay Lionsgate International checks into Berlin with the launch of sales on John Wick: Chapter 3 starring Keanu Reeves as the celebrated assassin. Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee produce, and Chad Stahelski directs. The slate also includes Participant Media’s Green Book, about a bouncer hired to drive a jazz pianist on a concert tour into the 1960s Deep South. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star. Sierra/Affinity, hot off a stirring response in Sundance to American Animals, introduces espionage thriller Official Secrets. Keira Knightley will star as UK intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun, alongside Matt Smith. eOne and GS Media start production in Yorkshire, England in March. eOne distributes directly in its markets. FilmNation swings into town with Amazon Studios’ The Aeronauts starring Eddie Redmayne and his The Theory Of Everything co-star Felicity Jones. The period adventure centres on scientist James Glaisher and wealthy widow Amelia Wren, who mount an expedition to fly higher in an air balloon than anyone has gone before. Mandeville Films produces. Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders) directs. Bloom will handle international sales on behalf of 30WEST on Sundance breakout Assassination Nation from Bron Studios, Foxtail Entertainment, Phantom
Four and Creative Wealth Media Finance. Sam Levinson’s Midnight selection centres on a small town whose inhabitants go on the rampage after an anonymous data hack. Neon and AGBO stumped up $10m for worldwide rights in the biggest deal of Sundance. Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse and Bella Thorne star. Voltage Pictures launches EFM sales on The Haunting Of Sharon Tate, one of three features in the works concerning the murderous Charles Manson cult. Hilary Duff stars as Roman Polanski’s titular late wife in Skyline Entertainment’s psychological thriller that reimagines her final days. Daniel Farrands directs. Fortitude International is selling Charlie Says, about a graduate student sent to teach three young followers of Charles Manson who have been sentenced to death. Mary Harron (American Psycho) will direct Matt Smith, Hannah Murray, Odessa Young and Suki Waterhouse. Endeavor Content holds worldwide rights to Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile,, based on Anna Erelle’s memoir Jihadist Valene In The Skin Of A Jihadist. Kane and Shazad Latif star in the tale of a journalist who risks her life creating a fake profile in an attempt to lure an Isis recruiter. Cinema Management Group, riding high with
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BUZZ tion Loving Vincent, is in Berlin to talk up Damn Kids from Chilean director Gonzalo Justiniano. The Pinochet-era drama follows a woman’s fight against her country’s fascist rulers. XYZ Films touches down in Berlin with thriller Run Away With Me starring Amber Heard from this year’s upcoming DC/Warner tentpole Aquaman, in the story of star-crossed lovers on the run from criminals in Europe’s modelling industry. Fred Grivois directs. Millennium Media will be talking up Tesla, which is on Ethan Hawke’s long list of projects and centres on the life and love of Nikola Tesla, the electrical engineering pioneer and arch-rival of Thomas Edison. Michael Almereyda will direct. Magnolia International will launch sales on RBG, the acclaimed documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that offers insights into the life and career of one of the US’s brightest legal minds. Magnolia acquired worldwide rights with Participant Media from CNN Films in Sundance. Submarine Entertainment
arrives with worldwide rights to Cuban Food Stories from writer-director Asori Soto. Easy Mondays produced the roadtrip doc in association with Sundial Pictures ((Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Sushi), which
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explores Cuban culture through its culinary history. The Exchange will commence sales on The Stand-In to star Drew Barrymore, about a disillusioned actress who trades places with her stand-in. Flower Films and The Exchange produce and Jamie Babbit will direct. CAA and UTA Independent Film Group handle US rights. Double Dutch International arrives with Mark Pellington’s Nostalgia, five stories about love and loss starring Jon Hamm, Catherine Keener, Lindsey Kraft, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn. Pellington wrote the screenplay with Alex Ross Perry. Bleecker Street opens the drama in North America on February 16. FilmSharks touts horror tale You Shall Not Sleep (No Dorimiras) starring Spanish icon Belen Rueda and produced by Argentina’s Pablo Bossi (Nine Queens). Colombian director Gustavo Hernandez helms the story about a theatre group that experiments with sleep deprivation. Fox distributes in the US, Germanspeaking territories and Latin America. Visit Films has boarded sales on Berlinale Forum entry Madeline’s Madeline, which premiered in Sundance and stars newcomer Helena Howard as a member of a prestigious physical theatre run by a challenging workshop director. Josephine Decker directs the Bow And Arrow Entertainment and Forager Films feature and returns to the Berlinale after »
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Butter On The Latch and Thou Wast Mild And Lovely (both 2014). Red Sea Media arrives with action thriller 22 Chaser from producers Dan Bekerman and Don Carmody. The story centres on a tow-truck driver who risks everything in a quest to become king of the road and provide for his family. Bleiberg Entertainment arrives with Avengement from director Jesse V Johnson. Action stalwart Scott Adkins stars as an escaped convict who sets out to take revenge on those who turned him into a cold-hearted killer. In pre-production. Kathy Bates will star in The Laureate for 13 Films, a drama based on the life of British war poet Robert Graves and his lover, the American poet Laura Riding. Principal photography is set for April and Dianna Agron and Tom Hughes also star. CAA handles US sales. Edward James Olmos directs and stars in Storyboard Media’s The Devil Has A Name, about a psychotic oil matriarch who locks horns with a farmer whose water has been poisoned. David Strathairn co-stars. Storyboard Media handles international rights and, at time of writing, a North American partner was expected to be announced shortly. Cinetic Media brings The Game Changers from The Cove and Racing Extinction director Louie Psihoyos, who interviews elite athletes, soldiers and scientists to uncover how plant-based diets can improve health and performance. James Cameron is among the producers. Seville International is selling worldwide rights to Zoo, a dysfunctional dark comedy about a couple struggling to have children who are holed up in their apartment while a zombie plague rages outside. Swedish director Antonio Tublen makes his English-language debut. Epic Pictures recently boarded sales on We Are The Heat, a slight change of tone for the genre specialists, yet one that CEO Patrick Ewald could not resist when he met the filmmakers on a recent trip to Buenos Aires. The story takes place in the crime-ridden Colombian port city of Buenaventura, where three dispirited youths rediscover their identity in an urban dance contest. Jorge Navas directs. Toronto-based genre specialists Raven Banner bring Snowflake, the story of gang members who encounter bizarre adversaries conjured up by the imagination of a demented dentist screenwriter. PureFlix handles sales on Little Women, a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about four sisters. Lea Thompson and Sarah Davenport are among the cast. Hyde Park International is in town with The Coldest Game featuring William Hurt. The Watchout Studio and K5 Film drama centres on a former US chess
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champion playing in Warsaw who is sucked into the world of espionage. Shoreline Entertainment arrives with Dreamland from Pontypool director Bruce McDonald. Juliette Lewis, Stephen McHattie, Tomas Lemarquis and Henry Rollins star in the comedy horror about a crime boss who demands the finger of a drug-addled jazz legend. The project is in post. MPI Media Group will be talking up What Keeps You Alive, which pits a female couple against one another on their first anniversary. Colin Minihan (Grave Encounters) directs Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac and Joey Klein in the thriller. ICM Partners represent North American rights. AMBI Distribution launches global sales on family title Bernie The Dolphin, about young siblings who attempt to save the ocean and their dolphin friends from a cruel businessman and greedy town mayor. Kirk Harris directs and produces with AMBI’s Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, Marty Poole and Tony Armer. Octane Entertainment will be talking to worldwide buyers on Discarnate, a supernatural thriller starring Thomas Kretschmann, Josh Stewart and Nadine Velazquez about a neuroscientist whose mind-expanding experiments unleash a deadly force on his team. Myriad Pictures begins talks on romcom For Love Or Money, about a young man who plans revenge when he learns his bride-to-be is plotting to steal his money. Robert Kazinsky, Samantha
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Barks, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Ed Speleers star. Blue Fox Entertainment is selling Jo The Medicine Runner, a Hawaii-set romance starring Matt Dillon, Jim Caviezel and Ryan Potter. Public House Films financed the feature, which went through the Hawaii public-private GVS Accelerator. The coming-of-age love story is set against the backdrop of segregated coffee fields. Premiere Entertainment Group
begins talks on The House Of Tomorrow, a coming-of-age comedy led by Asa Butterfield as a sheltered teen who learns about life from a new punk friend. Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman and Ellen Burstyn round out the key cast. Film Mode Entertainment launches sales on Rabid from the Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia. The Canadian horror film is in pre-production and centres on a scarred woman who undergoes stem-cell treatment — which comes at a price. Screen Media arrives with sci-fi drama Curvature from director Diego Hallivis and stars Lyndsy Fonseca, Glenn Morshower and The Terminator’s Linda Hamilton. Screen Media plans a US theatrical release in late February. VMI represents all rights excluding China to The Chinese Widow starring Emile Hirsch and Liu Yifei (aka Crystal Liu), just announced to play Fa Mulan in Disney’s live-action version of Mulan. The Second World War story follows a love affair in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Julianne Moore and Diane Kruger star in Bart Freundlich’s remake of Susanne Bier’s drama After The Wedding, which Cornerstone Films will be introducing to the market in Berlin. The drama is a reimagining of Bier’s original that relocates the story to New York with two women in the lead roles. CAA is handling US rights. Protagonist Pictures will be showing first footage from Chanya Button’s Burn Burn Burn follow-up Vita & Virginia. The romance chronicles the relationship between writers Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton). Sally Hawkins is starring in Eternal Beauty (previously In My Oils) which Bankside Films will be touting at the market. Written and directed by Craig Roberts, his second feature after Just Jim, the film follows a woman who, feeling rejected by life, spirals into a chaotic, schizophrenic world. Embankment Films will be showing first footage for Trevor Nunn’s Red Joan, which stars Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson. Lindsay Shapiro has adapted Jennie Rooney’s novel about a woman who was unmasked at the age of 87 as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Altitude Film Sales is touting Lance Daly’s Irish famine drama Black 47, which is having its world premiere out of competition here in Berlin. Starring Hugo Weaving with James Frecheville and Barry Keoghan, the film follows an Irishman who, after fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to reunite with his family. HanWay Films is in Berlin with Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Monsters And Men, which tackles the dilemma faced by three men after an unlawful police shooting. The film premiered at Sundance, where it won a special jury award for outstanding first feature. Neon has US rights. Rocket Science has Nicole Kidman thriller Destroyer on its slate. Directed by Karyn Kusama, the film stars Kidman as an LAPD detective who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang. She must confront the demons from her past when the leader re-emerges years later. ICM Partners and CAA represent North America. STXinternational will be introducing buyers to Alicia Vikander-starrer The Marsh King’s Daughter. Directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), the project is an adaptation of Karen Dionne’s bestselling novel about a young woman with a dark secret. »
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Film Constellation is introducing espionage thriller Spider In The Web, starring Ben Kingsley, Monica Bellucci and Israeli actor Itay Tiran. The thriller is being directed by Eran Riklis, whose 2008 drama Lemon Tree, starring Hiam Abbass, won the Panorama audience award. Production is set to get underway this spring in Belgium and the Netherlands. Metro International’s roster includes Andorra, which stars Guy Pearce as a charismatic American who arrives in the titular principality and becomes embroiled in the lives of its unconventional residents. When bodies begin to pile up, he is the prime suspect. Also starring Toni Collette, Clive Owen and Vanessa Redgrave, the film’s shoot is scheduled for April 2018. Mister Smith Entertainment will be talking up documentary The Elephant Queen, which is now in post-production and is having its market debut in Berlin. Directed by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone, the feature chronicles an elephant matriarch who leads her family on an epic journey across Africa. The Theo James-starring sci-fi Archive is Independent Film Company’s hot property. The project, which is scheduled to shoot this summer, is the directing debut of Moon concept artist Gavin Rothery. Set in 2049, the story follows a research scientist who is on the verge of a breakthrough with his efforts to create a human-equivalent android. AMP International’s slate includes Blue Iguana, a heist comedy starring Sam Rockwell. Hadi Hajaig wrote and directed the film about a pair of ex-cons who become involved in a jewel robbery. Great Point Media brings David and Nathan Zellner’s Competition title Damsel, following its well-received Sundance premiere. Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska star in the revisionist western, which follows a businessman as he travels to the Old West to visit his fiancée. WestEnd Films is in Berlin with Old Boys, starring Alex Lawther of The Imitation Game fame. Directed by Toby MacDonald — his debut feature after receiving two Bafta nominations for his shorts — the film is a reworking of the Cyrano De Bergerac story set in a secondary school. Documentary specialist Dogwoof is bringing Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., about the UK-born rapper and activist M.I.A., to the market after a buzzy Sundance premiere. Directed by Steve Loveridge, the film is a cache of personal tapes shot by the outspoken artist over 22 years. SC Films has family animation White Fang, which premiered at Sundance. The feature is a reimagining of Jack London’s classic story that follows a wild wolf-
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dog’s journey to domestication in the harsh environment of gold-rush Alaska. Jean Reno-starring action thriller The Last Step is Goldcrest Films’ hot title. Written and directed by Frédéric Petitjean, the story about a legendary hitman has already scored deals in the UK, Germany, France and CIS. GFM Films has action-thriller All The Devil’s Men starring Milo Gibson (son of Mel) alongside Sylvia Hoeks, William Fichtner and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Gibson plays a battle-scarred bounty hunter who is on the trail of a disavowed CIA operative in London. Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will be showing a new teaser for Hurricane. Directed by David Blair and currently in post-production, the project stars Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson and Marcin Dorocinski in the tale of heroic Polish pilots fighting in the Battle of Britain. Evolutionary Films is touting Alex McCall’s Written By Mrs Bach: Broken Silence, an investigative documentary that explores whether some of Johann
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Sebastian Bach’s most famous works might actually have been composed by his wife Anna Magdalena. Moviehouse Entertainment is launching music documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Here, Kriv Stenders’ look at the titular Australian rock group. The film premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2017. Celsius Entertainment has The Artist’s Wife starring Bruce Dern and Lena Olin, which follows a famous painter whose spouse tries to reunite him with his estranged daughter after he is diagnosed with dementia. Tom Dolby is directing and producing. Parkland Pictures is touting Craig Freimond’s canoe-race drama Beyond The River, which premiered at Busan in 2017. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, the film tells the true story of two men determined to win gold in one of the world’s toughest river races. Starline Entertainment
has My Grandfather The Spy currently in producSpy, tion, a Cold War espionage documentary about d i re c to r D av e Eva n s’ attempts to unearth the truth behind his family’s past. Action-horror Black Site will be making its
market premiere at Berlin for Carnaby International. Tom Paton wrote and directed the feature, which follows a young woman who is forced to push past her worst fears to battle an ancient entity. Reason8 will be talking up A Rough Draft. Now in post-production, the Russian-language fantasy thriller from director Sergey Mokritskiy is being distributed by Columbia Pictures in Russia in March. Kew Media Group has dark thriller Perfect Skin, which is making its market debut at the EFM. The film stars Richard Brake in a story of tattooing and body modification. Genre specialists Devilworks is bringing to market Scars Of Xavier, Kai E Bogatzki’s horror-thriller about a man who works at a car wash by day but is a brutal serial killer by night. Film Seekers (formerly Truffle Pictures) will be selling Edie, Simon Hunter’s drama starring Sheila Hancock as a woman who, in an attempt to overcome a lifetime of bitterness, decides to climb a Scottish mountain. The film premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Jinga Films is touting horror Living Space, which follows a couple who, while on a romantic holiday in Germany, discover a seemingly deceased Nazi family in an isolated farmhouse. Film Republic is market screening Pause, the debut feature of Cypriot director Tonia Mishiali. Now in post-production, the drama follows a middle-aged woman who is tormented by a loveless marriage. Repertory cinema specialists Park Circus has Sidney Lumet’s 1964 thriller Fail Safe playing in the Berlinale Classics programme. Set during the Cold War, the film provides an account of an accidentally triggered nuclear crisis. Cinestaan Film Company is looking to seal further deals on comedy-drama Hotel Salvation from director Shubhashish Bhutiani. »
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FRANCE By Melanie Goodfellow Studiocanal brings an eclectic slate
topped by Idris Elba’s Yardie, making its European premiere in Panorama after a buzzy Sundance debut, and Lars Kraume’s The Silent Revolution. It will also launch Pierre Schoeller’s lavish $20m French Revolution drama One Nation, One King with a first promo reel. Wild Bunch commences sales on a slew of titles with Cannes potential including Hirokazu Kore-eda’s drama Shoplifters; Russian filmmaker Yuri Bykov’s thriller The Factory; Swedish director Peter Grönlund’s gritty tale Goliath about the son of a drug dealer; and Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s quirky drama I Feel Good, starring Jean Dujardin as a freeloader forced to stand on his own two feet. The company also brings Louis Garrel’s tale of love and jealousy A Faithful Man, in which the director will star alongside Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp. Documentary specialist Upside Distribution unveils Lourdes, a portrait of the shrine town. It is the latest collaboration between Alban Teurlai and Thierry Demaizier after Reset, about Benjamin Millepied’s ill-fated tenure of the Paris Opera Ballet, and porn star biopic Rocco. Doc & Film International handles a trio of Berlinale titles: Romanian director Adina Pintilie’s Golden Bear contender Touch Me Not; Panorama documentary Game Girls; and Stephen Nomura Schible’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: Async At The Park Avenue Armory, which premieres as a Berlinale Special. Celluloid Dreams launches Matt Bissonnette’s Death Of A Ladies’ Man starring Gabriel Byrne as a bon vivant poetry professor forced to take stock of his life. It is also handling Berlinale Special title The Interpreter by Martin Sulik and will show first footage of Sébastien Marnier’s high-school-set thriller School’s Out. The Bureau Sales will market premiere Steve McLean’s Postcards From London, an eagerly awaited homage to the city’s Soho neighbourhood starring Beach Rats’ Harris Dickinson as a teenager who moves to London where he hooks up with a group of elite escorts. It will also screen a first promo reel for Harry Wootliff ’s childless-couple drama Only You. Elle Driver launches Benoit Jacquot’s Mr Casanova, starring Vincent Lindon as the Venetian adventurer opposite Stacy Martin and Valeria Golino, and Naomi Kawase’s upcoming Japan-set feature Vision starring Juliette Binoche. It will also show first footage of Eva Husson’s Girls Of The Sun, starring Golshifteh Farahani as a Kurdish female fighter.
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mk2 Films launches sales on Rohena Gera’s Mumbai-set Sir, about a starcrossed romance between a young servant and her employer, the son of a good family whose wedding has just been called off. Other buzzy titles include an untitled project from Agnes Varda, in which she will shed light on her filmmaking techniques as she travels from Paris to Los Angeles and Beijing. Playtime (formerly Films Distribution) will show distributors eagerly awaited first images of Laszlo Nemes’ family-secrets period drama Sunset, set in Budapest just before the First World War, as well as for Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s The Summer House, Olivier Assayas’ Non Fiction and Marie Monge’s Treat Me Like Fire, starring Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin. Memento Films International
launches sales on Brazilian filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro’s “erotic gospel film” Overgod; French director Lou Jeunet’s racy drama Curiosa, set against the erotic photography scene of Belle Epoque Paris; and Malgorzata Szumowska’s Competition entry Mug. It is also handling Nicolas Pesce’s S&M comedy Piercing, which had a buzzy debut at Sundance. Other Angle Pictures is handling Julien Leclercq’s action thriller The Bouncer starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a nightclub doorman tasked by the police to infiltrate a gang of counterfeiters, and will show first images for Daniel Auteuil’s The Other Woman, about a happily married man who starts fantasising about restarting his life with a younger woman, which has been picked up by Sony for France. (Right) Red Cow
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Luxbox Films is rebooting sales on Joao Moreira Salles’ In The Intense Now in time for the 50th anniversary of Paris’s May 1968 student and worker revolt. It is also handling Golden Bear contender The Heiresses by Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi, and Karim Aïnouz’s Panorama documentary Central Airport THF, capturing life in Berlin’s defunct Tempelhof Airport, which is now a transit camp for asylum seekers. WTFilms launches sales on its first family film, the Arctic Circle-set Little Caribou by Irish director Barry O’Donoghue, and will show a new promo reel for Quentin Dupieux’s retro 1970s-style whodunit Keep An Eye Out starring Benoit Poelvoorde. It will also market premiere Paris-set zombie picture The Night Eats The World, which Haut et Court is set to release in France in March. Versatile launches Swedish director Ninja Thyberg’s drama Jessica, about a teenager who heads to Los Angeles to enter the world of adult movies. It is produced by Ruben Östlund and Erik Hemmendorff ’s Plattform Produktion. SND shows new promo reels for dance drama Break It All; comedy Sisterhood, about three very different half-sisters who inherit a luxury flat in Paris; and Team Spirit following the adventures of two basketball enthusiasts who feign disabilities to gain a place in France’s Paralympics team. TF1 Studio continues sales on Mohamed Hamidi’s comedy New Biz In The Hood!, star-
ring Gilles Lellouche as an entrepreneur forced to move his office to a tough part of town. It also launches Jean-Paul Rouve’s Ludivine Sagnier-starring sibling comedy-drama Lola And Her Brothers and cross-culture comedy Made In China, about a photographer who returns to Chinatown in Paris to reconnect with his estranged father. Gaumont shows first footage of A Man In A Hurry, starring Fabrice Luchini as a businessman left unable to communicate after a stroke, opposite Leïla Bekhti as his speech therapist. It also market premieres comic-strip adaptation Gaston, the latest film from Serial (Bad) Weddings producer Romain Rojtman. Alma Cinema has acquired Red Cow (Para Aduma) by Israeli director Tsivia Barkai on the eve of its premiere in Generation. It will also screen a first trailer for Guillaume Nicloux’s Indochina War-set drama To The Ends Of The Earth and market premiere thriller A Bluebird In My Heart ahead of its public debut at SXSW. Alma is also launching Cannes hopeful Sheherazade by Jean-Bernard Marlin. Bac Films International will unveil first trailers for two anticipated features: David Oelhoffen’s thriller Close Enemies, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Reda Kateb, and Paolo Virzi’s Rome-set comedy noir Notti Magiche revolving around the mysterious death of a film producer. It will also launch sales on Passed By Censor by Turkish director Serhat Karaaslan, which could also make a Cannes debut. Le Pacte is selling Cédric Kahn’s Competition entry The Prayer. It will also launch Félix Moati’s family drama Fathers And Sons, starring Benoit Poelvoorde as a doctor who has secretly quit his job to focus on writing, and show first images for Catherine Corsini’s unrequited-love drama An Impossible Love starring Virginie Efira. Alfama Films’ slate features Dennis Berry’s drama Wild about two female punk artist lovers and Laurence Ferreira Barbosa’s Let’s Stay Virgins, starring Céline Sallette as a forty-something virgin opposite Nathalie Baye as her mother. Alpha Violet is selling Alexey German Jr’s Golden Bear contender Dovlatov and will also bring promos by a trio of female directors: Bulgarian drama Irina by Nadejda Koseva, Mexican director Lila Aviles’ debut work The Chambermaid Chambermaid, and The Fugue, the second feature from Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczynska. Indie Sales will market premiere Gabriele Muccino’s comedy drama A Casa Tutti Bene, about a chaotic family reunion on the island of Ischia, as well as drug-dealing caper Gangsta, by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, which posted a record opening for a Flemish-language film in Belgium in January. »
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Charades will launch sales on a trio of recent acquisitions: Kirill Serebrennikov’s Summer (Leto), set against the rock scene of 1980s Leningrad; Eirik Svensson’s Oslo-set coming-of-age drama Harajuku; and Gilles Legrand’s comedy Best Intentions about a charity worker who opens a driving school for refugees. EuropaCorp is handling Benoit Jacquot’s Competition title Eva, a sensual thriller starring Gaspard Ulliel as a young writer who becomes obsessed with a mysterious older woman played by Isabelle Huppert. FranceTV Distribution has added Jean-Michel Bertrand’s feature doc La Marche Des Loups, about the dwindling wolf packs living in the French Alps. The company will continue sales on Jean Becker’s First World War drama The Red Collar, which opened Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in January, and Xabi Molia’s Kings For A Day, starring Kad Merad and Kacey Mottet Klein. Futurikon will show fresh images for hybrid bug feature Minuscule — Mandibles From Far Away 3D, which mixes animation with live-action footage. Jour2Fête kicks off sales on Norwegian director Mats Grorud’s ambitious stop-motion work The Tower, following four generations of Palestinians living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Other titles include Greek director Nikos Labot’s social drama Her Job and documentary The Grand Hotel Ballet, going behind the scenes of a renowned hotel school. Kinology will market-screen Pascal Laugier’s horror thriller Incident In A Ghost Land, which swept the awards board at Gérardmer International Fantasy Film Festival. Other buzzy titles include Yann Gonzalez’s Cannes hopeful Knife + Heart starring Vanessa Paradis as a gay-porn producer in late-1970s Paris. Wide House handles Panorama selection Young Solitude and is launching sales on The Waldheim Waltz, about an investigation into former United Nations secretary general Kurt Waldheim’s wartime record, and Fernando Solanas’s A Journey To The Fumigated Towns, exposing Argentina’s deadly farming practices.
Pathé International will marketscreen The Magic Tuche, the third title in the popular franchise in which the ragsto-riches Tuche family take up residence in France’s presidential Élysée Palace. Released in Belgium and France at the end of January, it took $15m in its first five days on release. Newly fused MPM Premium will continue sales on Joao Canijo’s pilgrimage drama Fatima and Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley’s disenfranchised youth tale Permanent Green Light, following their recent premieres at International Film Festival Rotterdam. Pyramide International will hold a private screening of Israeli director Keren Ben Rafael’s coming-of-age tale Virgins, about a teenager living in a small coastal town shaken by reports of a mermaid sighting. The company’s busy slate also features Sergei Loznitsa’s upcoming film Donbass, and Philippe Faucon’s Amin, about a Senegalese man who leaves behind his family to go work in France. Wide Management’s slate is topped by two Generation titles: Turkish filmmaker Banu Sivaci’s coming-of-age film The Pigeon and Danish director Kasper Rune Larsen’s drama Denmark, about a twenty-something slacker whose life takes an abrupt turn after a 16 year old claims she is pregnant with his child. Stray Dogs is handling a pair of Generation titles: animation Virus Tropical by Colombian filmmaker Santiago Ciacedo, and Stéphane Demoustier’s Cléo & Paul, an adventure told through the eyes of three year olds. Urban Distribution International will market screen Indian director Kanwal Sethi’s Mumbai-set fairytale romance Once Again, about the relationship between an ageing movie star and a restaurateur, and show a promo-reel for Duccio Chiarini’s comedy The Guest. Cercamon has acquired Moroccan director Hicham Lasri’s Jahilya, exploring misogyny in his homeland, ahead of its Forum premiere. The company also has Generation title The Seen And The Unseen and The Eremites, which screens in LOLA At Berlinale.
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GERMANY By Geoffrey Macnab Beta Cinema will be a major presence
in Berlin with titles in official selection and the market. These include A Woman At War from Benedikt Erlingsson, whose previous feature Of Horses And Men was well received on the festival and arthouse circuit. Billed as an arthouse thriller with an environmental twist, the film features a woman declaring war on the local aluminium industry as she tries to protect the Icelandic Highlands. Beta is also market screening Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince, which shows as a Berlinale Special following its Sundance premiere; Emily Atef ’s Competition title 3 Days In Quiberon, in which Marie Bäumer stars as legendary film actress Romy Schneider; and Dutch filmmaker Nanouk Leopold’s latest feature, Cobain. Global Screen has a packed EFM slate, headlined by 303 from Hans Weingartner (The Edukators), opening film of Generation 14plus, about the burgeoning love affair between two university students. In addition, Global Screen has a market premiere of German box-office hit This Crazy Heart, directed by Marc Rothemund, and will also screen its second collaboration with Constantin Film, Only God Can Judge Me, starring Moritz Bleibtreu. Other titles new to market include Zagros Zagros, about a young Kurd whose wife is accused of infidelity and has to flee to Belgium with her daughter. The Match Factory
has a mix of titles in the market and offi(Right) A Jar Full Of Life The Red Collar
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cial selection, among them Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo’s debut feature Boys Cry, about youngsters involved in a hit-and-run on the outskirts of Rome. Also on the slate is And Breathe Normally, the debut feature from Iceland’s Isold Uggadottir, who was named World Cinema best director at Sundance; documentary Ferrante Forever, which looks into the world of the mysterious Naples-based crime novelist Elena Ferrante; and Forget About Nick, the latest feature from arthouse veteran Margarethe Von Trotta. Picture Tree International is hosting an invitation-only screening of A Jar Full Of Life. This road movie about a young woman looking for adventure in the wake of a personal tragedy marks the feature debut from Florian Ross. The company is expecting buyer enthusiasm for Fack Ju Goehte 3, the latest instalment in the popular high-school comedy franchise. Also tempting buyers are Hot Dog, the new comedy starring Til Schweiger and Matthias Schweighöfer, and drama Killing Stella, from Austrian writer-director Julian Pölsler. Arri International is continuing to emphasise genre fare and will be presenting Andrew Desmond’s mystery thriller The Sonata, starring Rutger Hauer, as well as Dominik Hartl’s hipster horror picture Cool Kids Never Die. M-Appeal will be introducing buyers to its latest Latin American title, Hard Paint Paint, by Marcio Reolon and Filipe Matzembacher. The company will also be looking to follow up at EFM on the warmly received IFFR and Göteborg screenings of Swedish director Fanni Metelius’s The Heart Heart. Cologne-based Media Luna has Russian auteur Aleksey Fedorchenko’s Anna’s War, War the Holocaust-themed drama about a Jewish girl hiding out from the Nazis. »
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SPAIN By Elisabet Cabeza Film Factory Entertainment comes to
the EFM with a line-up including Panorama title Marilyn, the debut feature of Martin Rodriguez Redondo. The Argentina-Chile co-production focuses on a young boy confronted with prejudice and homophobia in a small town. Argentinian talent is also behind another film on Film Factory’s slate, El Angel, which is in post-production. Luis Ortega’s thriller is the latest co-production between Argentina’s K&S Films and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo (following Wild Tales and The Clan), and is based on the true story of the longest-serving prisoner in the history of Argentina, nicknamed the Angel of Death. The film stars Lorenzo Ferro, Mercedes Moran, Luis Gnecco and Peter Lanzani. Madrid-based Latido Films will be selling Panorama title When Trees Fall, a Ukraine-Poland-Macedonia co-production that marks Marysia Nikitiuk’s feature debut. Set in post-Soviet era Ukraine, the drama is about three generations of women and veers into the fantastic. Latido will also market premiere comedy Champions at EFM. Directed by Javier Fesser (Camino) and starring Goya award-winner Javier Gutierrez (The Author), it is the story of a basketball coach whose life undergoes radical change after a traffic accident lands him in court. Barcelona’s Filmax International
brings to market The Uncovering, a Spain-Argentina crime thriller by Nacho Ruiperez about a young man uncovering dark secrets when he returns to his childhood village. Michel Noher, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Jan Cornet star. Filmax is also handling A March To Remember, currently in post. Set in Spain in 1976, shortly after Franco’s death, Victor Cabaco’s Basquecountry drama portrays the events leading up to the death of five striking workers at the hands of the police.
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Christensen’s Becoming Astrid, starring Alba August as a young Astrid Lindgren, as a world premiere Berlinale Special Gala, and Erik Poppe’s Utoya story U – July 22 , which will have its world premiere in Competition. Other hot titles on the slate include Sundance and Rotterdam audience award-winning thriller The Guilty; Norwegian disaster story The Quake (in post); and Lars von Trier’s serial-killer story The House That Jack Built, starring Matt Dillon, which is in post and potentially ready in time for Cannes. New titles on the TrustNordisk slate include Michael Noer’s 1850s-set A Better Life and Paprika Steen’s That Time Of Year, a Christmas season family dramedy — both in post. SF Studios International has a trio of new projects on its slate, including adventure biopic Amundsen by KonTiki and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Espen Sandberg, set for delivery in 2019; and Tuva Novotny’s Britt-Marie Was Here, currently in pre-production and to star Pernilla August. Now in post is Swedish disaster-thriller The Unthinkable, which will be delivered for summer and a teaser is available. The film is the anticipated feature debut by Swedish collective Crazy Pictures. SF Studios also has a market screening of local hit Solsidan, which has totalled more than a million admissions in Sweden. LevelK has boarded Polish family film Double Trouble, directed by Marta Karwowska. The company will host a market screening of Göteborg Dragon Award winner — and Rotterdam selection — Amateurs by Gabriela Pichler, about a Swedish community trying to lure a German discount supermarket. There are also market screenings for Thea Hvistendahl’s The Monkey And The Mouth, starring Norwegian rappers Karpe Diem, and Naina Sen’s Australian documentary The Song Keepers,
about an Aboriginal women’s choir. LevelK has animation The Incredible Story Of The Giant Pear in Generation; the film has already sold to more than 100 territories. The Yellow Affair has market screenings of Tony Simpson’s family holiday Christmas Inari Niemi’s feature Kiwi Christmas, Finnish drama Wonderland and drama Maya Dardel starring Lena Olin. The company will host private screenings of Simo Halinen’s railway suspense (Left) Double Trouble
drama East Of Sweden and Kerstin Polte’s drama Cloud Whispers. Eyewell has just boarded Finnish period drama The Eternal Road, directed by Antti-Jussi Annila and with a cast including Tommi Korpela (The Other Side Of Hope) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen). The story is about a Finnish man working on a collective farm in Stalin-era Russia. Eyewell is also selling Israeli genre film Children Of The Fall, Norwegian crime story The Regulars from Leon Bashir and Swedish action film Operation Ragnarok. »
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REST OF THE WORLD By Geoffrey Macnab Dutch seller Incredible Film will be screening first footage from Roel Reiné’s action epic Redbad. Currently in post, the film stars Jonathan Banks and Soren Malling. Incredible Film will also roll out several new titles during EFM, including action thriller Control, horror film Prey about an enormous lion escaping from Amsterdam Zoo, comedy No Such Thing As Housewives and high-school yarn Misfit starring Dutch vlogger Djamila as a girl whose life is turned upside down when she moves back to the Netherlands from the US. Dutch Features has picked up four new titles from the Netherlands, which will all be launched in Berlin: drama Lost & Found; Brothers, about a man who goes to join the war in Syria; Get Lost!; and Raspberries With Mustard, a family film currently in development. Brussels-based Be For Films will be presenting family drama Our Struggles (Nos Batailles), directed by Guillaume Senez and starring Romain Duris, Laure Calamy and Lucie Debay. Austrian documentary specialist Autlook will be introducing buyers to What Walaa Wants, about a woman raised in a refugee camp who becomes one of the few female recruits to join the Palestinian National Security Forces. Poland’s New Europe Film Sales will be introducing The County, the latest feature from Icelandic filmmaker Grimur Hakonarson who enjoyed huge arthouse success with 2015’s Rams. The Iceland-set film, which is currently shooting, is billed as a humorous offbeat drama in similar vein to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The company also has animation Gordon & Paddy in Generation, and will hold market screenings of Pity by Greek director Babis Makridis, and Gustavo Pizzi’s Brazil-Uruguay drama Loveling. Both films recently debuted at Sundance. The Hungarian Film Fund’s sales arm HNFF World Sales has several projects screening in the market, among them Eva Gardos’s thriller Budapest Noir; crime drama The Whiskey Bandit from Nimrod Antal (based on the true story of one of Budapest’s most colourful villains); and The Butcher, The Whore And The One-Eyed Villain, directed by rising talent Janos Szasz. Russia will be a prominent presence at this year’s EFM. Titles from the territory include Soyuzmultfilm’s Hoffmaniada directed by Stanislav Sokolov; the Fedor Bondarchuk-produced doppelganger drama Selfie sold by All Media
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Company; Sheep And Wolves: Pig Deal, the latest animation from Wizart, which
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is also selling The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands; and local box-office success Three Seconds, sold by Central Partnership and based on the true story of a dramatic basketball match at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Central Partnership is also presenting Mermaid, Lake Of The Dead, a horror thriller from director of local hit The Bride. There is also likely to be strong buyer interest in Mars Media’s epic war movie T-34, while Licensing Brands will be presenting its new animated feature Magic Arch 3D as well as Big Trip 3D and Princess In Wonderland 3D. From Australia, Odin’s Eye Entertainment brings animated feature Hump, in pre-production but already sold to Beijing-based Vision Film for mainland China before the market began. The company also has high expectations for comedy horror Deadtectives, which has a s market premiere. n See tomorrow’s issue for a selection of key titles brought to market by Italian and Korean sales companies
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the fate and future of the entire prefecture. Competition Press only CinemaxX 3 & 7 11:30
(Austria) Pimienta Films. 93mins. Dir: Ruth Beckermann. The scandal surrounding the Nazi past of former UN General Secretary and Austrian president Kurt Waldheim made worldwide headlines in the 1980s, not least because of his repeated denials. A suspenseful documentary essay of striking topicality.
(South Korea) 66mins. Dir: Hong Sangsoo. Cast: Kim Minhee, Jung Jinyoung, Ki Joobong, Seo Younghwa, Kim Saebyuk, Ahn Jaehong, Gong Minjeung. Different people meet to drink, flirt and argue at a small café where classical music never fails to play. Another cheerfully melancholy story about couplings past, present and future.
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(UK, Germany) France 2 Cinema. 101mins. Dir: Wes Anderson. Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney B Vance, Kunichi Nomura. Atari is the 12-year-old ward of corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When the boy’s dog is exiled to Trash Island, Atari sets off in search of his pet, accompanied by a pack of proud four-legged mongrels. Their journey will decide
(US) 62mins. Dir: Ted Fendt. Cast: Calvin Engime, Evelyn Emile, Sam Ritterman, Christopher Stump, Michael Carwile. The members of a reading group exchange historical and literary references with such eagerness that there’s soon nothing else to say: an attempt to flee the modern world or just their own lives? Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
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(Japan) Atzmor Productions. 118mins. Dir: Isao Yukisada. Cast: Fumi Nikaidou, Ryo Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shuhei Uesugi, Sumire, Shiori Doi. Tokyo, 1994: various Shangguozhixiong Publishing and Audio & Visual Development. 111mins. Dir: Lars Kraume. Cast: Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Isaiah Michalski, Jonas Dassler, Ronald Zehrfeld, Florian Lukas, Jördis Triebel, Michael Gwisdek, Burghart Klaussner. The true story of a GDR high school class in 1956 that stirs up the political system by observing a minute’s silence for the victims of the Hungarian Uprising. Despite pressure from the regime and their families, they commit their own act of resistance. Berlinale Special Gala Press only CinemaxX 3
(Canada) 62mins. Dir: Brian M Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky.
stories are woven into a social portrait of a driven but seemingly lost generation. An unusually edited, restless drama poised between the search for meaning, turmoil, sex and violence. Panorama CinemaxX 7
A traffic interchange on the edge of Montreal, where city becomes suburb: signs, passersby, vehicles of all kinds. Both staged and observed, this documentary collects impressions of an in-between zone in radiant images full of contrast and reflection. Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
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(Ireland, Luxembourg) Iris Productions. 96mins. Dir: Lance Daly. Cast: Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, Sarah Greene, Jim Broadbent. 1847: an Irish soldier who fought in Afghanistan returns home where he experiences famine and British despotism. He becomes the avenger of his dead family, challenging the occupying British right www.screendaily.com
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across Ireland’s social and political hierarchies. Competition (out of competition) Daily press only CinemaxX 7
(Japan, US) 122mins. Dir: Kazuhiro Soda. Ushimado is a fishing village on the Seta Inland Sea whose population is dwindling. Catching and delivering fish, looking after graves and feeding the cats, dreaming of retirement: the captivating, tender blackand-white portrait of an ageing community. Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
18:30 THE BOOKSHOP
(Spain, UK, Germany) Ret-Film. 113mins. Dir: Isabel Coixet. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, James Lance, Honor Kneafsey, Frances Barber, Jorge Suquet, Charlotte Vega, Hunter Tremayne, Reg Wilson. At the end of the 1950s, widow Florence Green realises her dream and opens a bookshop in an English coastal town. But she doesn’t bargain for resistance on the part of the town’s conservative inhabitants and soon faces considerable opposition. Berlinale Special Gala Press only CinemaxX 5 & 9
19:00 THE ANCIENT LAW
(Germany) Carte Blanche. 135mins. Dir: Ewald Andre Dupont. Cast: Ernst Deutsch, Henny Porten, Ruth Weyher, Hermann Vallentin, Abraham Morewski, Grete Berger, Robert Garrison, Fritz Richard. The son of a rabbi defies his father to become a stage actor with a brilliant career in 19th century Vienna. A high point of GermanJewish silent film history. French composer Philippe Schoeller composed new music for this version. Berlinale Classics Press only CinemaxX 8
TOWER. A BRIGHT DAY.
(Germany, Lebanon, Norway) 70mins. Dir: Jumana Manna. The holdings of a seed bank left behind in Aleppo are being reconstructed in Lebanon by way of back-ups from deep in the Norwegian permafrost. ‘Wild Relatives’ loosely weaves together three accounts of human-made catastrophes and the will to defy them.
(Poland) 106mins. Dir: Jagoda Szelc. Cast: Anna Krotoska, Malgorzata Szczerbowska, Rafal Cieluch, Rafal Kwietniewski, Dorota LukasiewiczKwietniewska, Laila Hennessy, Anna Zubrzycki, Ida Kwietniewska, Igor Kwietniewski, Artur Krajewski. Mula’s sister Kaja turns up after six years away to attend the first communion of Mula’s daughter Nina. Kaja is Nina’s biological mother and is viewed with mistrust by Mula. Gradually, more mysterious tones start seeping into the summer idyll.
Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
19:30 ISLE OF DOGS
(UK, Germany) France 2 Cinema. 101mins. Dir: Wes Anderson. Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney B Vance, Kunichi Nomura. Competition Invitation only Berlinale Palast
20:00 WINGS OF DESIRE
(Federal Republic of Germany, France) Escapade Pictures. 129mins. Dir: Wim Wenders. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk, Hans Martin Stier, Elmar Wilms, Sigurd Rachman. Two guardian angels keep watch over Berlin until one of them falls in love and becomes mortal. World premiere of this classic Berlin film in a digitally restored version. Berlinale Classics Press only CineStar 5
20:30 ISLE OF DOGS
(UK, Germany) France 2 Cinema. 101mins. Dir: Wes Anderson. Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney B Vance, Kunichi Nomura. Competition Friedrichstadt-Palast
Forum Press only CinemaxX 6
21:00 RIVER’S EDGE See box, left
21:15 RIVER’S EDGE
(Japan) Atzmor Productions. 118mins. Dir: Isao Yukisada. Cast: Fumi Nikaidou, Ryo Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shuhei Uesugi, Sumire, Shiori Doi. Panorama CinemaxX 5
21:30 RIVER’S EDGE
(Japan) Atzmor Productions. 118mins. Dir: Isao Yukisada. Cast: Fumi Nikaidou, Ryo Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shuhei Uesugi, Sumire, Shiori Doi. Panorama CinemaxX 4
21:45 BLACK 47
(Ireland, Luxembourg) Iris Productions. 96mins. Dir: Lance Daly. Cast: Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, Sarah Greene, Jim Broadbent. Competition (out of competition) Daily press only CinemaxX 8
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09:00 GAUMONT PROMO REELS
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10:10 PLAYTIME PROMO REEL
(France) Playtime, 95mins. Dir: various. A special presentation of teasers and promo reels of new and upcoming titles.
(France) Gaumont, 30mins. Dir: various. Exclusive footage from Gaumont’s Berlin line-up.
(Chile) Cinema Management Group, 96mins. Dir: Gonzalo Justiniano. Cast: Nathalia Aragonese, Daniel Contesse, Elias Collado. 1983: a young woman — living in the poor area of Santiago with her mother and daughter — meets Samuel, a young missionary who arrives to document the locals’ struggle with poverty and government protests.
PROMO BAC FILMS
(France) Bac Films, 60mins. Dir: various. CineStar 5
09:15 JO, THE MEDICINE RUNNER
(US) Blue Fox Entertainment, 115mins. Dir: David L Cunningham. Cast: Matt Dillon, Jim Cavievel, Ryan Potter, Juliet Mills. A timeless tale that takes place against the backdrop of the segregated coffee fields in 1920s Hawaii — a coming of age journey about a young man who transcends the boundaries of race and class in pursuit of a forbidden love. CineStar IMAX
09:20 PROMO REELS ELLE DRIVER
(France) Elle Driver, 85mins. Dir: various. Exclusive, new images from Elle Driver’s titles.
10:15 DAMN KIDS
11:15 THE LEGEND OF MUAY THAI: 9 SATRA
(Thailand) Arclight Films, 98mins. Dir: Pongsa Kornsri, Nat Yoswatananont, Gun Phansuwon. A boy must train and risk everything to fulfil his destiny to protect the prophecy of the 9 Satra by banishing a monster who wants to conquer the lost art of the Muay Thai. Marriott Studio
(US, UK) Covert Media, 115mins. Dir: Claire McCarthy. Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay. Ophelia is taken under the wing of Queen Gertrude and captures the attention of her son, Prince Hamlet. While she learns the ways of power and plotting in court, an undeniable love between Ophelia and the prince secretly blossoms. CineStar IMAX
11:20 THE MAGIC TUCHE
(France) Pathe International, 93mins. Dir: Olivier Baroux. Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Isabelle Nanty. Jeff Tuche tries to contact the French president to make sure the high-speed train stops in his village. With no answer from the Elysee, Jeff sees only one solution to have his voice heard: run for president himself. CineStar 4
the constant political turmoil, Amal searches for her place, identity and sexuality in a patriarchal society. CinemaxX 12
BEHOLD MY HEART
(Canada) Visit Films, 82mins. Dir: Joshua Leonard. Cast: Marisa Tomei, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Olyphant, Mireille Enos. In the aftermath of tragedy, a woman and her teenage son must forge a path into uncharted territory in order to move on with their lives. CinemaxX 5
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, FRIENDS FOR LIFE
(France) Gaumont, 91mins. Dir: Clovis Cornillac. Cast: Felix Bossuet, Clovis Cornillac, Tcheky Karyo. Belle is now a mother of three and Sebastian is 12 years old. They will have to face a new threat: Joseph, who claims to be Belle’s rightful owner. But Sebastian will do all it takes to protect his best friend and her little ones. CinemaxX 10
(Lebanon) Doc & Film International, 83mins. Dir: Mohamed Siam. Amal is a feisty teenager growing up in post-revolution Egypt that is undergoing a tremendous change. Within
CANDELARIA See box, below
(Netherlands, Belgium, Germany) Beta Cinema, 94mins. Dir: Nanouk
09:30 SND PROMO REELS
(France) SND — Groupe M6, 60mins. Dir: various. CineStar 4 09:50 THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CINDERELLA
(France) Pathe International, 89mins. Dir: Lionel Steketee. Cast: Marilou Berry, Josiane Balasko, Arnaud Ducret. A modern, upbeat and comical reworking of the classical fairytale ‘Cinderella’. CineStar 6
10:00 PROMO REELS WILD BUNCH
(France) Wild Bunch, 90mins. Dir: Wild Bunch. CineStar 8 STUDIOCANAL PROMO REELS
(France) Studiocanal, 110mins. Dir: various.
MARKET 11:30 CANDELARIA
(Colombia, Germany, Norway) Beta Cinema, 90mins. Dir: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza. Cast: Veronica Lynn, Alden Knight, Philipp Hochmair, Manuel Viveros.
The 1990s: Cuba is drowning in hunger, cigars and rum. In this grim landscape, the life of Candelaria and Victor Hugo, a couple who stayed together out of inertia, takes a surprising turn the day Candelaria finds a video camera. CinemaxX 14
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Leopold. Cast: Bas Keizer, Naomi Velissariou, Wim Opbrouck, Dana Marineci. The moving story of a teenage boy giving all the love he has to give to try and save his mother. CinemaxX 4
Cast: Rima Zeidan, Yu-Luen Ko, Yuan Huang. In this portrayal of interpersonal relationships in modern-day Taipei, the lives of three strangers cross paths and their solitary emotions begin to unravel.
his buddy Latif already has the next heist planned. But their sure-fire scheme soon turns into a cat-and-mouse game with crooked cop Diana, who wants a share of the loot for herself.
Spanish ghost films and the Japanese horror genre, with complex themes of love, loss, parenting and obsession.
(US) Hannibal Classics, 100mins. Dir: John Luessenhop. Cast: John Travolta, Katheryn Winnick, Kellan Lutz, Jordi Molla. Ben Aronoff, a New Jersey construction developer, reinvents himself as a speedboat builder and racer in Miami, until his shady past catches up with him.
LILLY’S BEWITCHED CHRISTMAS
(Germany) Global Screen, 99mins. Dir: Wolfgang Groos. Cast: Hedda Erlebach, Aleyna Hila Obid, Juergen Vogel, Anja Kling. Lilly conjures Ruprecht (Santa’s little helper) to learn more about Christmas customs. The kind of scary-looking Ruprecht soon runs away to teach the children of today some manners concerning respect and decency. CinemaxX 16
(Taiwan) MandarinVision, 106mins. Dir: Xi Huang.
(Canada) WTFilms, 89mins. Dir: Lee SookYin. Cast: Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette, Raoul Trujillo, Dimitris Kitsos. Escaping her overbearing mother, Tyler enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father, Octavio. A father she never knew…
(UK) Bankside Films, 90mins. Dir: Matthew Holness. Cast: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb. A children’s entertainer with a troubled past returns to his childhood home to destroy Possum, a terrifying puppet he keeps concealed inside a leather bag.
ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME
THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME
(Germany) Global Screen, 101mins. Dir: Ozgur Yildirim. Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Birgit Minichmayr, Edin Hasanovic, Kida Khodr Ramadan. When Ricky gets out of jail,
(Australia) Cinema Management Group, 90mins. Dir: Storm Ashwood. Cast: Megan Drury, William McDonald, Nicholas Hope, Milly Alcock. This pays homage to
(Italy) Indie Sales, 105mins. Dir: Gabriele Muccino. Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Carolina Crescentini, Elena Cucci. A sudden storm blocks a family reunited on a
OCTAVIO IS DEAD!
small island to celebrate the elderly parents. The relatives are forced to live under the same roof for two days. The storm inevitably ends up stirring everyone’s souls. MGB Cinema
12:00 A KID LIKE JAKE
(US) Bankside Films, 90mins. Dir: Silas Howard. Cast: Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra. Alex and Greg Wheeler are forced to navigate the difficult role of parenthood when their son’s gender variant expression becomes a key factor in finding him a scholarship at a private school. CineStar 2
(Portugal/France) MPM Premium, 153mins. Dir: Joao Canijo. A group of 11 women set off on a pilgrimage to Fatima. They walk 400km over 10 days to fulfil their promises. The extreme fatigue leads to moments of rupture that reveal their deeper identities and motivations. CinemaxX 15
SYMPHONY OF NOW
(Germany) Endorphine Production, 65mins. Dir: Johannes Schaff. A hidden perspective of Berlin by night. Different artists unite to declare their love for the city and its time. A vision of two remarkable filmmakers and renowned musicians from the electronic music scene. CinemaxX 19
EMBANKMENT PROMO REEL
(UK) Embankment Films, 90mins. Dir: various. CinemaxX 9 Invitation only
12:45 THE FULL HOUSE
(France) SND — Groupe M6, 105mins.
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Dir: Emmanuel Gillibert. Cast: Arnaud Ducret, Louise Bourgoin. Antoine, a long-time bachelor and womaniser, cannot wait for his new roommate to arrive. Expecting the director of a modelling agency he meets Jeanne instead, a divorced mother of two. They will have to learn to live together.
Mohamed, Brader Musiki. Kurdish shepherd’s wife Havin flees to Belgium with her nine-year-old daughter when she is accused of having an affair. Her husband Zagros believes her and follows her to the West.
(France) Alma Cinema, 90mins. Dir: Jeremie Guez. Cast: Roland Moller, Veerle Baetens, Lola Le Lann, Lubna Azabal. Attempting to lead a quiet, reformed life, an ex-con finds refuge in a motel run by a single mother and her teenage daughter, Clara. The peace and freedom he has found in this safe haven disappears when Clara is assaulted.
14:10 A BLUEBIRD IN MY HEART
13:00 EDERLEZI RISING
(Serbia) Arclight Films, 89mins. Dir: Lazar Bodroza. Cast: Sebastian Cavazza, Stoya. A pioneering space mission is led by the Ederlezi Corporation. Ederlezi recruits Milutin, a cosmonaut trained in the newly reformed futuristic Soviet Union, and Nimani, a female android programmed to fulfil all his desires. Marriott Studio
IT CAME FROM THE DESERT
(Finland) Raven Banner Entertainment, 90mins. Dir: Marko Mäkilaakso. Cast: Mark Arnold, Harry Lister Smith, Vanessa Grasse. Amotocross action film with giant ants. The film is inspired by a cult video game from the 1980s. CinemaxX 12
TO THE TOP
(France) Gaumont, 98mins. Dir: Serge Hazanavicius. Cast: Kev Adams, Vincent Elbaz, Berenice Bejo. Scott, a young gifted snowboarder, has one dream: to be the best. He wants to do what no one has ever done: climb mount Everest and ride the ultimate descent down the Hornbein Couloir. CineStar 4
MARKET 13:10 THE LADYBUG
(Hong Kong, China) Golden Network Asia, 76mins. Dir: Shi Ding. On a quest for insect a pleasant weekend in the countryside for a group of young women turns into a nightmare. CinemaxX 18
13:10 AND BREATHE NORMALLY
(Iceland, Belgium) The Match Factory, 100mins. Dir: Isold Uggadottir. Cast: Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir, Babetida Sadjo Patrik, Nokkvi Petursson. At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect — for a brief moment — while being trapped by unforeseen circumstances. CineStar 6
CHARADES PROMO REELS
(France) Charades, 105mins. Dir: various. CineStar 7
(Chile) Reel Suspects, 106mins. Dir: Lucio A Rojas. Cast: Catalina Martin, Daniel Antivilo, Macarena Carrere, Ximena del Solar. Gruesome and unpunished murders took place in the shadows of the Chilean dictatorship. In the present day, what could have been
(Belgium) Indie Sales, 126mins. Dir: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah. Cast: Matteao Simoni, Nora Gharib, Said Boumazoughe, Junes Lazaar. The lives of four drugdealer friends spin out of control when they steal a shipment of cocaine from
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paradise, a courageous ladybug scales new heights for bug-kind, riding on a jet plane and descaling a giant lizard. CinemaxX 17
Farahani, Lior Ashkenazi. Two women are trapped in a safehouse where nothing is safe and no one can be trusted.
Tommy Caldwell tries to get over a heartbreak by scaling 3000ft of an impossible rock face: the Dawn Wall of El Capitan.
GORDON AND PADDY
(France) Gaumont, 90mins. Dir: PierreFrancois Martin-Laval. Cast: Theo Fernandez, Pierre-Francois MartinLaval, Alison Wheeler. One of the most loved French comic books of all times — ‘Gaston Lagaffe’ — comes to the big screen.
(Sweden) M-Appeal — Raspberry & Cream, 100mins. Dir: Fanni Metelius. Cast: Fanni Metelius, Ahmed Berhan, Daniella Mir, Leona Axelsen. Follows Mika and Tesfay. She is a photographer. He is a musician. Both are up and coming. This is their first love but an invisible conflict, an unnameable shame, stirs between their sheets.
(Sweden) New Europe Film Sales, 65mins. Dir: Linda Hamback. The forest’s police chief Gordon and his new assistant, a clever mouse called Paddy, have to solve Gordon’s last case — the mystery of the squirrels’ missing nuts. Could it be the fox that took them? Gordon and Paddy will soon find out.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE
THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD
(US) Magnolia Pictures, 94mins. Dir: Kate Novack. Andre Leon Talley’s life and career are on full display in this poignant portrait, from the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world becoming editor-at-large at ‘Vogue’ magazine.
(France) WTFilms, 94mins. Dir: Dominique Rocher. Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant. Waking up after a party one morning, Sam realises the living dead have infested the streets of Paris. But is he really the lone survivor?
(US, Canada, Germany) XYZ Films, 90mins. Dir: Anthony Scott Burns. Cast: Thomas Mann, Nicola Peltz. A young genius accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family’s house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones and unleashing things far worse.
the ruthless Colombian cartels. CinemaxX 19
13:40 OUR HOUSE
THE LADYBUG See box, above
(Germany, France) Beta Cinema, 93mins. Dir: Eran Riklis. Cast: Neta Riskin, Golshifteh
THE DAWN WALL
(Austria, US) Red Bull Media House, 101mins. Dir: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer. Legendary free climber
(Belgium, Netherlands) Global Screen, 95mins. Dir: Sahim Omar Kalifa. Cast: Feyyaz Duman, Halim Ilter, Daria Hachem
14:35 DJON AFRICA
(Portugal, Brazil) Still Moving, 99mins. Dir: Filipa Reis, Joao Miller Guerra. A chance meeting sets young rasta Djon Africa back to his roots in Cape Verde. He hopes to finally find his father, whom he has never met. But things never go as planned in life — and particularly in this playful search for identity. CinemaxX 17
MISSION KATHMANDU: THE ADVENTURES OF NELLY AND SIMON
(Canada) Cinema Management Group, 85mins. Dir: Pierre Greco, Nancy Florence Savard. Cast: Sylvie Moreau, Guillaume LemayThivierge, Rachid Badouri. Nelly, a young apprentice detective, together with Simon, a research assistant, embark on a daring quest to discover a legendary species up in the Himalayas. CinemaxX 7
PROMO REELS ELLE DRIVER
(France) Elle Driver, 85mins. Dir: various. CineStar 8
(Brazil) FiGa Films, 123mins. Dir: Eduardo Nunes. Cast: Patricia Pillar, Barbara Luz,
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Zecarlos Machado, Lee Taylor. Maria is sitting on a bench next to her father. The conversation they have leads the narrative of the film: the story in the country cottage, where she lives with her mother, waiting for his return.
Mary Galloway, Nicholas Campbell. A mother grapples to maintain control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson’s disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity in the isolating world of Alberta’s oil fields.
CJ PROMO REEL
(Greece) Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting, 87mins. Dir: Clio Fanouraki. Cast: George Corraface. A love letter to the isle of Crete, this gentle Mediterranean pickme-up posits a backto-the-land solution to Greece’s economic crisis and boasts breathtaking cinematography, haunting original music and mouthwatering food and wine.
(South Korea) CJ Entertainment, 60mins. Dir: various.
14:45 MK2 FILMS PROMO SCREENING
(France) MK2 Films, 59mins. Dir: Mikhael Hers. Cast: Stacy Martin.
CineStar 3 By Invitation only
14:45 PLACE PUBLIQUE
(France) Le Pacte, 98mins. Dir: Agnes Jaoui. Cast: Agnes Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Lea Drucker, Kevin Azais. Castro used to be a famous TV host but his
Ducasse’s quest for culinary excellence.
See box, above
FILMS BOUTIQUE PROMO REEL
(Germany) Films Boutique, 90mins. Dir: various. CinemaxX 14
(Argentina, Chile) Film Factory Entertainment, 80mins. Dir: Martin Rodriguez Redondo. Cast: Walter Rodriguez, Catalina Saavedra, German de Silva, Ignacio Gimenez. In an oppressive climate where he is cornered by the town and by his very own family, Marcos is confronted by the growing impossibility of ever being who he truly wants to be. CinemaxX 12
THE QUEST OF ALAIN DUCASSE
(France) Pathe International, 85mins. Dir: Gilles de Maistre. Famous chef Alain
popularity is in decline. Today he attends the housewarming party of his producer and longtime friend Nathalie. Everyone is there, but under the smooth surface, things are heating up. CineStar 4
Margaux, aged 20, meets Margaux, aged 45. They can’t help but be drawn to each other as they are the exact same person at two different ages.
(US, UK) HanWay Films, 112mins. Dir: Wash Westmoreland. Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh. The fascinating story of the woman behind the candalous Claudine novels that dazzled French society in the first half of the 20th century.
15:00 FAMILY BUSINESS
(France) Gaumont, 90mins. Dir: Anne Le Ny. Cast: Miou-Miou, Alice Belaidi, Julia Piaton, Margot Bancilhon. These three siblings always presumed they would inherit from their rich aunt. Alas, when the old lady dies, they discover that she has left everything to Eloise, an annoying and clinging cousin they have not seen for ages. CinemaxX 1
(US) Dogwoof, 77mins. Dir: Heather Lenz. This is the fascinating story of the queen of polka dots, Yayoi Kusma. The film traces Kusama’s trajectory from a conservative upbringing in Japan to battling sexism and racism in 1960s NYC and her unstoppable rise to fame. CinemaxX 16
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(US) Magnolia Pictures, 97mins. Dir: Julie Cohen, Betsy West. Cast: Nadine Natour, Grace Mendenhall. A look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. CineStar 7
SHIVERSTONE CASTLE 2
(Germany) Beta Cinema, 101mins. Dir: Ralf Huettner. Summer holidays are over and it is time for a reunion between the boys from Shiverstone Castle and the girls from the Rosenfels School. Their rivalry continues when they face off at the annual competition held at Lake Kapell. CinemaxX 18
15:05 LORDS OF CHAOS
(UK) Protagonist Pictures, 110mins. Dir: Jonas Akerlund. The extraordinary story of a dream turned nightmare for a group of teenagers who spiral out of
control in an orgy of excess and ambition. CineStar 1
15:10 FAMILY IS FAMILY (LA CH’TITE FAMILLE)
(France) Pathe International, 107mins. Dir: Dany Boon. Cast: Dany Boon, Laurence Arne, Line Renaud, Valerie Bonneton. When the world of northern country bumpkins collides with the world of Paris high design and luxury, it is definitely bound to be explosive! CinemaxX 2
THE RED COLLAR
(France) francetv distribution, 84mins. Dir: Jean Becker. Cast: Francois Cluzet, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sophie Verbeeck. In the baking summer of 1919, a war hero is held in a deserted barrack. Outside, his mutt barks nonstop. Not far away, a woman is waiting. Then a war-weary judge arrives. These three people and a dog holds the key to the affair. CinemaxX 8
15:25 WHEN MARGAUX MEETS MARGAUX
(France) Indie Sales, 97mins. Dir: Sophie Fillières. Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Agathe Bonitzer, Melvil Poupaud.
15:40 THE DISUNITED STATES OF AMERICA
(US, Italy) FlexyMovies, 87mins. Dir: Luis Prieto. Cast: Kevin Dodson, Daryl Rembowsky, Patricia Cameron. An insight into the lives and minds of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters; a portrait of their fears and beliefs in the months leading up to the unparalleled election in 2016. Parliament Studio
16:20 THIS CRAZY HEART
(Germany) Global Screen, 106mins. Dir: Marc Rothemund. Cast: Elyas M’Barek, Philip Noah Schwarz, Nadine Wrietz, Uwe Preuss. When 30-ish rich kid Lenny has to take care of 15-year-old David, who’s suffering from heart disease, it is the beginning of a wild adventure. Lenny fearlessly breaks all the rules to fulfil his young friend’s every wish. CinemaxX 12
(France, Spain) Jour 2 Fête, 90mins. Dir: Emilio Belmonte. Spanish dancer Rocio Molina became the new shining star of Flamenco, using public improv to create choreographies. She now faces a new challenge: the creation of a show at the Chaillot National Theatre in Paris. CineStar 2
15:45 NEVER STEADY NEVER STILL
(Canada) LevelK, 111mins. Dir: Kathleen Hepburn. Cast: Shirley Henderson, Theodore Pellerin,
16:30 INLAND SEA
(Japan, US) TriCoast Worldwide, 122mins. Dir: Kazuhiro Soda. Ushimado is a fishing village on the Seta Inland Sea whose population is dwindling. Catching and delivering fish, looking after graves and feeding the cats, dreaming of retirement: the captivating, tender portrait of an ageing community. CinemaxX 6
16:40 BLUE IGUANA
(UK) AMP International,
105mins. Dir: Hadi Hajaig. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz, Phoebe Fox. They have a plan but they don’t have a clue. CinemaxX 10
(Italy) Alpha Violet, 93mins. Dir: Silvia Luzi, Luca Bellino. Cast: Sharon Caroccia, Rosario Caroccia. Rosario works as a street seller in the suburbs of Naples. His dream is to escape poverty and he latches onto the musical talent of his daughter, Sharon. Fascinated by the video images of his teenage daugher, he turns into an impresario. CinemaxX 16
SO HELP ME GOD
(France, Belgium) The Bureau Sales, 99mins. Dir: Jean Libon, Yves Hinant. It’s not cinema: it’s worse! CineStar 7
(US) Highland Film Group, 108mins. Dir: Jon Avnet. Cast: Richard Gere, Walton Goggins, Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford. Based on an extraordinary experiment that began in 1959 at Michigan’s Ypsilanti State Hospital. The story of Dr Alan Stone and his three paranoid schizophrenic patients, who each believe they are Jesus Christ. CinemaxX 14
(Argentina) Fandango Sales, 82mins. Dir: Anahi Berneri. Cast: Sofia Gala, Dante Della Paolera, Dana Basso, Silvina Sabate. Alanis is a sex worker. Together with her baby, she lives and works in a “private apartment”. The place closes and she has to find a solution: where will she live with her baby? Does she have the freedom to make her own choices? CinemaxX 13
(US) The Solution Entertainment, 106mins. Dir: Craig MacNeill. Cast: Chloe Sevigny,
Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan, Kim Dickens. Lizzie longed for freedom from claustrophobic family life. She found a kindred spirit in Bridget, a young maid working for the family, but what began as innocent companionship escalated into attraction, love and bloody vengeance CinemaxX 8
16:50 SPEAK UP
(France) MK2 Films, 122mins. Dir: Amandine Gay. Black women converse about what it means to belong to the black community and to be a woman today. Sharing their experiences and aspirations, they speak up and take control again of their own representation on screen. CinemaxX 1
WINDSTORM — AND THE WILD HORSES
(Germany) Attraction Distribution, 110mins. Dir: Katja von Garnier. Cast: Hanna Binke, Lea Van Acken, Amber Bongard, Marvin Linke. Teen girl Mika has now become a reputed “horse whisperer”. With her beloved black stallion Windstorm, they depart for Spain, where Windstorm comes from. Will they find what they look for? CinemaxX 18
17:00 LE BRIO
(France) Pathe International, 95mins. Dir: Yvan Attal. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Camelia Jordana. Neila is a brilliant law student at a university where she takes classes by famous and provocative Pierre Mazard. To redeem himself for some offcolour remarks, Pierre agrees to coach Neila for a prestigious rhetorical competition. CinemaxX 2
GAUMONT PROMO REELS
(France) Gaumont, 30mins. Dir: various. Exclusive footage from Gaumont’s Berlin 2018 line-up. CineStar 3
(Latvia, UK) Canoe Film, 110mins. Dir: Aigars Grauba. Cast: Edvin Endre, James Bloor, Aiste Dirziute. Thirteenth century: on his deathbed, the King of Semigallia bestows power to an unexpected heir who must accept his responsibility and win the confidence of his people in order to defend their freedom against violent crusades.
Indigenous Cinema, 92mins. Dir: Zoe Hopkins. Cast: Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Sonja Bennett, Lorne Cardinal, Jared Ager-Foster. Fourteen-year-old Ella is determined to travel the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak, in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her home.
THE PAGAN KING
17:20 THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614
(US) Film Mode Entertainment, 95mins. Dir: Zach Golden. Cast: Ron Perlman, Martin Starr, Jake McDorman, George Sample III. After being fired by their overbearing sheriff, two well-intentioned but simpleminded sheriff ’s deputies decide to go after an escaped prisoner in hopes of getting their jobs back. CinemaxX 19
LE PACTE — PROMO REELS
(France) Le Pacte, 60mins. Dir: various. CineStar 2
(Canada) Spotlight Pictures, 115mins. Dir: Daniel DiMarco. Cast: Jack Kesy, Amanda Crew. A small-town outlaw returns to his hometown, violently obsessed with the notion that his mother’s death was not a suicide. CinemaxX 11
(France) SND — Groupe M6, 110mins. Dir: Philippe Le Guay. Cast: Francois Cluzet, Toby Jones, Francois-Xavier Demaison. Mêle-sur-Sarthe is a charming village in Normandy. But for years, this rural community has been facing major issues and the mayor, Georges Balbuzard, is doing his best to fight and raise awareness. MGB Cinema
18:10 KAYAK TO KLEMTU
(Canada) NATIVe —
18:15 HOT ASHES
(Japan) Good Move Media, 109mins. Dir: Junji Kojima. Cast: Ando Seiko. Unravelling like a grittier, bleaker and more intimate version of ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ transplanted to contemporary Japan, ‘Hot Ashes’ is a gnawing film that worms under the skin. CinemaxX 13
(Spain, Belgium, Ireland) Filmax International, 108mins. Dir: Jaume Balaguero. Cast: Elliot Cowan, Franka Potente, Ana Ularu, Joanne Whalley. A sophisticated universe of horrors, where a literature professor has to battle against his greatest love: poetry. CinemaxX 12
(Germany) Global Screen, 129mins. Dir: Hans Weingartner. Cast: Mala Emde, Anton Spieker. On the way from Berlin to Portugal in her rusty camper van, young biology student Jule picks up hitchhiker Jan. While having intense conversations about everything and the world, they try not to fall in love. CinemaxX 16
18:25 TIME TRIAL
(UK) Autlook Filmsales, 82mins. Dir: Finlay Pretsell. Takes us into the final races of Tour de France cyclist David Millar. Using pioneering filming techniques, bespoke
vehicles and on-bike cameras, it offers a radical new insight into the world of professional cycling.
(US, France, Luxembourg) SC Films International, 88mins. Dir: Alexandre Espigares. Cast: Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman. The classic tale of a canine’s journey from life in the wild to domestication.
18:30 CHILDREN OF THE FALL
(Israel) Eyewell, 110mins. Dir: Eitan Gafny. Cast: Noa Maiman, Aki Avni, Yafit Shalev, Michael Ironside. Rachel, a gentle young immigrant, arrives in Israel with hopes of serenity. What starts as a touching story, with strong moral conscience and social commentary, turns into a hellish bloodbath filled with action and thrills. CinemaxX 15
(Greece, Poland) New Europe Film Sales, 99mins. Dir: Babis Makridis. Cast: Yannis Drakopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Panagiotis Tassoulis, Kostas Kotoulas. A story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy — a man addicted to sadness, who has such need for pity, he’s willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him. CinemaxX 10
18:45 THE CANNIBAL CLUB
(Brazil) M-Appeal — Raspberry & Cream, 81mins. Dir: Guto Parente. Otavio and Gilda are a very wealthy couple of the Brazilian elite who have the habit of eating their employees. When Gilda accidentally discovers a secret from the Cannibal Club’s leader, their lives are in danger. CinemaxX 18
(Italy) True Colours, 112mins. Dir: Matteo Botrugno, Daniele Coluccini. Cast: Vinicio Marchioni, Anna Foglietta, Maurizxio Tesei. The lives of the tenants of a lower class apartment building on the outskirts of Rome cross each other against a backdrop of crime, urban speculation, confused feelings and
18:50 WHITE FANG
19:15 RAMEN SHOP
(Singapore, Japan, France) MK2 Films, 90mins. Dir: Eric Khoo. Cast: Takumi Saitoh, Mark Lee, Jeanette Aw, Tsuyoshi Ihara. Masato, a young ramen chef, leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find out the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes. CinemaxX 1
19:40 KILLING GOD
(Spain) Eastwest Filmdistribution, 92mins. Dir: Albert Pinto, Caye Casas. Cast: Eduardo Antuña, Itziar Castro, Emilio Gavira. Carlos, his wife Ana, his brother and father spend the holidays in a house, when a strange dwarf crashes the party claiming to be God, and announces that all of humanity will perish at dawn with the exception of two survivors. MGB Cinema
20:30 TOWER. A BRIGHT DAY.
(Poland) 106mins. Dir: Jagoda Szelc. Cast: Anna Krotoska, Malgorzata Szczerbowska, Rafal Cieluch, Rafal Kwietniewski, Dorota LukasiewiczKwietniewska, Laila Hennessy, Anna Zubrzycki. Mula’s sister Kaja turns up after six years away to attend the first communion of Mula’s daughter Nina. Kaja is Nina’s biological mother and viewed with mistrust by Mula. Soon mysterious tones start seeping into the summer idyll. CinemaxX 6
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ISLE OF DOGS (US-Ger) Wes Anderson
Anderson returns to the Berlinale with this stop-motion animated feature about a boy on a mission to rescue his ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ dog from Trash Island. The stellar voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig and Edward Norton.
DAMSEL (US) David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
A revisionist western from the directors of Kumiko, Treasure Hunter starring Pattinson, travels west Film in brief Perepellis dolupta dus nisquias derferrThe umquunt occum, sitenit, veritRobert ea vellesequis mowho doluptiis ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ to reunite with his fiancéeutem (Miaalia Wasikowska), who maiorernatem appears to havenonempe been therrovid victimeatem of a kidnapping. experia voloris sitiassint doluptat volest fuga.
THE HEIRESSES (Par-Ger-Uru-Nor-Bra-Fr) Marcelo Martinessi
Shorts director Martinessi’s feature directorial debut is the story of a 60-year-old woman — used to a comfortable ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ lifestyle — who realises her funds are running out. Ana Brun, Margarita Irun and Ana Ivanova star.
DOVLATOV (Rus-Pol-Ser) Alexey German Jr
After Under Electric Clouds premiered at the Berlinale in 2015, Russian director German Jr returns with this drama ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ charting six days in the life of writer Sergei Dovlatov (Milan Maric), who fell foul of Soviet censors in the 1970s.
Senior editor, online Orlando Parfitt
EVA (Fr-Bel) Benoit Jacquot
This tale of a playwright who encounters a mysterious woman when he takes shelter during a violent snowstorm is ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ adapted from the novel by James Hadley Chase. Gaspard Ulliel and Isabelle Huppert star.
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TRANSIT (Ger-Fr) Christian Petzold
A man fleeing the Nazi invasion of France assumes the identity of a dead author. He then meets a woman seeking ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ her missing husband — the very man he is impersonating. Franz Rogowski and Paula Beer star.
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DAUGHTER OF MINE (It-Ger-Switz) Laura Bispuri
The director of the 2015 Competition title Sworn Virgin follows up with this Italian drama about a woman torn ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ between adoptive and biological mothers. Alba Rohrwacher, Valeria Golino, Sara Casu and Udo Kier head the cast.
THE PRAYER (Fr) Cédric Kahn
Anthony Bajon stars as a young drug addict who struggles to fit in when he joins an isolated mountain retreat ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ formed of fellow addicts trying to cure themselves through prayer. Damien Chapelle and Alex Brendemühl star.
THE REAL ESTATE (Swe-UK) Mans Mansson, Axel Petersen
The filmmakers co-direct for the first time on this dark comedy-thriller, which stars Leonore Ekstrand as a woman ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ who inherits an apartment complex in Stockholm and is pulled into the greedy world of real estate.
3 DAYS IN QUIBERON (Ger-Aust-Fr) Emily Atef
Atef probes what happened during the last interview and photoshoot of enigmatic Austrian film star Romy ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Schneider, which took place at a spa in Brittany in 1981, just a year before her death at the age of 43.
U – JULY 22 (Nor) Erik Poppe
Poppe’s third feature to play the Berlinale looks at the July 22, 2011 attack on a youth summer camp on Utoya ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ island, Norway by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, as told from the youths’ point of view.
SEASON OF THE DEVIL (Phil) Lav Diaz
The former Alfred Bauer prize-winning director’s latest effort — clocking in at 234 minutes — is described as a ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ black and white “anti-musical musical, a rock opera, that delves into mythology”.
DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT (US) Gus Van Sant
Van Sant celebrates the life of John Callahan, who became a renowned cartoonist after he was left quadriplegic by a ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ car crash. Joaquin Phoenix stars alongside Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon.
PIG (Iran) Mani Haghighi
The latest film from Iranian writer/director/actor Haghighi is an absurdist comedy about a dejected film director ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ who wonders why he is not important enough to be targeted by a serial killer. Hasan Majuni and Leila Hatami star.
MY BROTHER’S NAME IS ROBERT AND HE IS AN IDIOT (Ger-Fr-Switz) Philip Gröning
Gröning enjoys his first Berlinale world premiere with this drama that chronicles the unusual relationship between ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ two incestuous siblings. Josef Mattes and Julia Zange head the cast.
MUSEUM (Mex) Alonso Ruizpalacios
The director’s follow-up to 2014’s Berlinale best first feature winner Güeros is a coming-of-age heist movie set in ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 1985. Shot in Mexico City, Palenque and Acapulco, it stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Leonardo Ortizgris and Alfredo Castro.
TOUCH ME NOT (Rom-Ger-Czech-Bul-Fr) Adina Pintilie
The first female Romanian director to be selected for the Berlinale’s Competition, Pintilie’s debut feature and ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ docu-drama hybrid Touch Me Not explores themes of intimacy and humanity’s longing for contact.
IN THE AISLES (Ger) Thomas Stuber
Stuber’s third feature to play at the Berlinale follows a man who begins work as a shelf-stacker in a supermarket. ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Franz Rogowski plays opposite Sandra Hüller and Peter Kurth.
MUG (Pol) Malgorzata Szumowska
Szumowska tied for the directing Silver Bear with Body (2015) and won a Teddy for In The Name Off (2013) with ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, who also stars in Mug as a man who experiences identity issues after a face transplant.
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