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Tough market sees rays of light BY JEREMY KAY & ANDREAS WISEMAN
In an increasingly polarised independent space besieged by a talent exodus to TV and the might of digital platforms and studio acquisitions teams, the consensus was there was no single must-have title at AFM. So it was up to a handful of appealing projects and star appearances to inject life into the market. As Screen International revealed, Sacha Baron Cohen showed up at the Annapurna International offices to talk up his $20m-$30m Danish comedy remake Klown. Viola Davis trumpeted GFM Films’ The Personal History Of Rachel DuPree, Margot Robbie met Sierra/ Affinity buyers for I, Tonya, and Mark Wahlberg took part in a TWC-Dimension presentation with writer-director Damian Szifron for The Six Billion Dollar Man. COO David Glasser expects to begin presales in December on Szifron’s Wild Tales follow-up, and orchestrated a
Winchester fires up sales
packed session that included horror project Polaroid and Robert De Niro comedy War With Grandpa. Tom Hanks’ $50m Second World War submarine thriller Greyhound was a popular title for FilmNation, while Lionsgate International made a splash with Sicario follow-up Soldado, Saw: Legacy and Horse Soldiers, as did Mister Smith for Wish Upon. SND’s Mel Gibsonstarrer Every Other Weekend, FilmNation’s Wildlife, Studiocanal’s animations Early Man and Shaun The Sheep Movie 2 and Sierra/Affinity’s Villain were among those to tempt buyers while eOne stole a march on another hot title when it swooped yesterday on rights to HanWay’s Liam Neeson drama The Trainer (see story, right). Independent sales powerhouses such as these and others around the world have known for years the value in aligning themselves with a capital base and a production capability. Now, everybody who wants
Sacha Baron Cohen
to survive is keen to do the same as the migration of talent to TV and the voracious appetite and intimidating spending power of Netflix and increasingly Amazon Studios has turned the business on its head. The Exchange has closed a revolving line of credit with Pacific Mercantile Bank to further ramp up its financing and production activities and move towards higher prestige content. “The company is growing organically and that’s what makes this sustainable,” said CEO Brian O’Shea, who has enjoyed a strong response to third-party sales
title The Lady And The Panda, which is indicative of the type of product he wants to move towards. “Buyers are being much more selective and we all need to try harder to present the kinds of films that will work in the international marketplace,” said Mimi Steinbauer, president and CEO of Radiant Films International. Steinbauer’s buyers responded well to titles such as Ashes In The Snow with Bel Powley, The Changeover with Timothy Spall and thriller Misfortune from Lucky McKee. China remained high on the agenda with increased attendance from delegates and a strong presence at the AFM industry programming. “There is a continued growth of non-English language films and non-English-language sellers coming into the market,” said AFM managing director Jonathan Wolf. “This split was 70/30, ten years ago. Now it’s 60/40 and at some point will hit an equal balance.”
AFM’s Pitch Conference saw a host of ﬁlm-makers present their projects to a panel of experts that included Virgin Produced’s Tobin Armbrust and (pictured) producer Cassian Elwes and On The Page’s Pilar Alessandra.
Perez joins Muse’s Tranzloco Paris-based sales agent Versatile has acquired international rights to Tranzloco, the directorial debut of Will De Los Santos. Rosie Perez is attached to star alongside Jonny Beauchamp and Alex Meraz in the
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NEWS Marching on Ricardo Darin thriller Captain Koblic chalks up key sales in US and Japan. » Page 4
INTERVIEW Made in Italy Raffaella Leone on the company founded by her father, Sergio » Page 5
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eOne snaps up Liam Neeson’s The Trainer BY ANDREAS WISEMAN
BY JEREMY KAY
Diamond Pictures has sold out spooky thriller Winchester starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, led by a UK deal with Lionsgate and a German sale to Splendid. Danny Diamond has closed deals with Studiocanal for Australia, IDC for Latin America, Eagle for Italy, Svensk for Scandinavia, Pony Canyon for Japan, VVS for Canada and Noori for South Korea. France and Spain are expected to close imminently. Rights have gone for CIS (Volga), Benelux (DFW), Portugal (Lusomundo), Switzerland (Elite), Taiwan (Applause), Thailand (M Pictures), Malaysia (Soraya), Indonesia (Prima Cinema), Philippines (Pioneer), Turkey (Pinema), India (Pictureworks), Greece (Odeon), Israel (Shoval), Singapore (Shaw) and Iceland (Sam). CBS Films holds US. Diamond Pictures and Bullitt Entertainment are financing Winchester, which is set to commence production in Australia on March 6.
story of youths from east Los Angeles who clash with transgender locals. The ensemble also includes Brianna Hildebrand, Eiza Gonzalez, Danny Trejo and Crispin Glover. Chris Hanley is producing under his
Muse Productions banner with David Hillary, Wendy Benge and Jonathan Fong. Bradford L Schlei is executive producing. CAA is packaging the film, currently in development, and will represent the North American distribution rights. Andreas Wiseman
Entertainment One (eOne) has swooped on UK/Ireland and Australia rights to Liam Neeson drama The Trainer, which is being sold here by HanWay Films. The hot market project, set to shoot next year, will reteam Neeson with his Michael Collins director Neil Jordan. Additional casting is underway. The deal is one of the most high profile to take place so far at this year’s AFM. In The Trainer, Neeson will play a racehorse trainer in the west of Ireland who becomes beset by tragedy. When a teenage refugee comes into his life, the two bond over a horse. Script comes from David Donohue, James Villemaire and Todd Komarnicki (Sully). Producers are Komarnicki, Arthur Lappin, Robin Gurland and Gregory O’Connor. “Having eOne come on board the UK and Ireland, the film’s home territory, and also Australia is a ringing endorsement that The Trainer is being recognised as the perfect mix of a first-class film team and a powerful story with wide mainstream appeal,” said Gabrielle Stewart, managing director of HanWay Films.
AFM BRIEFS Franco’s Vault to FilmRise FilmRise has acquired all North American rights from Content Media to the supernatural heist thriller The Vault starring James Franco, Francesca Eastwood and Taryn Manning. Dan Bush directed the film, which FilmRise plans to release theatrically in the US in the second quarter of 2017. Content Media handles world sales.
FFI animated by Bhasin BY JEREMY KAY
Los Angeles-based Fantastic Films International (FFI) has signed a multi-film worldwide distribution and co-production deal with animation and gaming company Bhasin Studios in Bangalore, India. FFI co-founder Fred DeWysocki has begun talks with buyers here on Slick Rick and a sales and
Sharp Teeth Films chews over sales venture UK-based distributor Sharp Teeth Films is launching a sales division. Its first title will be UK horrorthriller Cruel Summer, which had its world premiere at London’s FrightFest in August. Sharp Teeth grew out of the Terracotta Entertainment Group, which primarily promotes Far East films in the UK.
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co-production deal on Alley Of Dreams, about two brothers during the Second World War, which is scheduled for delivery in 2017. The pipeline includes A Mouse’s Tale and The Winter Prince, a coproduction between the parties. Bhasin Studios is in post on Slick Rick, about a romantic tuk-tuk driver who lands in hot water with a criminal gang; Ankur Bha-
sin directed. Bhasin Studios is a division of Bhasinsoft India and part of the Bhasin Group of companies. “We see great opportunity to further develop our multi-level relationship in the years ahead,” said DeWysocki. “Bhasin Studios has shown their commitment to become a leader in creating quality animation.”
DINO-MITE GFM Animation is selling Here Comes The Grump, currently in production for Prime Focus World and Anima Estudios. The feature was scripted by Ice Age: The Meltdown writer Jim Hecht, with designs by Craig Kellman, the lead character designer on Madagascar. Bill Schultz, a former animation producer on The Simpsons, is consulting on the project, which is one of the first on GFM’s dedicated animation label.
Darin pic sells for FilmSharks BY JEREMY KAY
FilmSharks has licensed territories on 1970s-set Ricardo Darin thriller Captain Koblic following its international premiere in Busan. Rights have gone in the US (Somos Distribution), Japan (Only Hearts), Australia and New Zealand (Bonsai), Colombia (Cinecolor) and Turkey (Filmarti). The Buenos Aires-based sales agent is in advanced talks here with buyers for France, Italy and Germany. Captain Koblic (formerly Koblic) previously sold to Disney for Latin America, Paris Filmes for Brazil, DeaPlaneta for Spain and Seven Films for Greece. Sebastian Borensztein directed the film about a Naval officer during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ who refuses to take part in death flights and flees to a coastal city. There, he encounters a thuggish police chief, played by Venice best actor prizewinner Oscar Martinez.
Leone Film Group floats to top Raffaella Leone is riding high on a slate that includes La La Land and Hacksaw Ridge — with Bulgari, Steven Spielberg and stock-market backing to spice up the mix
BY GABRIELE NIOLA
Italy’s historic film company the Leone Film Group — founded by late spaghetti western maestro Sergio Leone and now run by his heirs Andrea and Raffaella — has gone from strength to strength since floating on the Milan stock market at the end of 2013. Under the pair’s management, it has expanded into a high-end distribution and production player in Italy. The company has output deals with Lionsgate, DreamWorks and Summit Entertainment and several high-profile titles on its slate
this year including La La Land, The Girl On The Train and Hacksaw Ridge. It also has growing clout as a local producer through the success of Marco Belardi’s Lotus Production, acquired by the company in July 2104, with films such as Paolo Genovese’s hit comedy Perfect Strangers and Paolo Virzi’s Like Crazy. Internationally, the company has just joined Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara as a co-producer. The recent acquisition of 10% of the company by Maite Bulgari — wife of Paolo Bulgari, chairman of the Italian luxury goods brand — will help fund the company’s expansion into TV. Raffaella Leone sat down with Screen International to discuss her company’s future projects and strategy.
ies with Italian actors distributed worldwide, from China to Peru.
How can Italian productions become more relevant for the market?
La La Land
Where does Leone Film Group’s main focus lie? We want to become a factory covering everything from production to distribution to sales. Our aim is also to get our favourite film-makers to interact with each other. For example, Paolo Genovese is now writing a new movie with Gabriele Muccino. We want to foster these
sorts of relationships in which different cinematic visions come together to create new value.
Is that your mission? No, what I’d like to achieve in the future is that a success like Perfect Strangers isn’t bought for remake but rather for international distribution. I want to see Italian mov-
International players are looking for ideas beyond the American productions. The world is getting smaller and borders seem to matter less. I see curiosity towards Italian productions, and good for us we managed to take advantage of this immediately.
What does the Bulgari deal bring to the table? It will support our move into TV series. We’re about to start production of Colt, an old western idea of my father with Stefano Sollima as show-runner, and Beati Paoli, by Giuseppe Tornatore.
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Divines intervention Camera d’Or winner Divines gets a worldwide release on Netflix in November. Could it be a game-changing move for independent auteur cinema? Melanie Goodfellow reports
rench director Houda Benyamina’s gritty drama Divines goes on worldwide release via streaming giant Netflix this month, just six months after it clinched the prestigious Camera d’Or for best first feature at Cannes. The timely portrait of a teenager desperate to rise above her disadvantaged reality in a tough outerParis neighbourhood was cited by a number of critics as one of the highlights of the festival following its premiere in Directors’ Fortnight. The win puts Benyamina in illustriThe White ous company — Jafar Panahi (The Salaam Bombay!), Balloon), Mira Nair (Salaam Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise)) and Beasts Of The Southern Wild) Wild Benh Zeitlin (Beasts are all previous winners of the Camera d’Or. In an unprecedented move for a picture that had won one of the top prizes at the world’s biggest and most traditional film festival, however, the terms of the Netflix deal exclude a theatrical release anywhere except the production’s home territory of France. Divines is among a dozen or so high-profile independent features — many by firsttime directors — to be picked up by Netflix in the past 12 months. Recent international feature acquisitions include Lebanese Oscar submission Very Big Shot, the first Emirati thriller Rattle The Cage (Zinzana), Kleber Mendonca Filho’s Aquarius, Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 and Chanya Button’s Burn Burn Burn. US features backed by Netflix include David Michod’s War Machine and upcoming thriller Wheelman. Maisie Williams drama iBoy is the first UK film fully financed by the SVoD service, which will spend $6bn on content in 2017. This is part of a drive to improve the image of its cinema offering, which has always looked weak in comparison to its bouquet of Original and acquired TV dramas. Netflix acquisition executive Funa Maduka first scouted Divines at the second edition of Qumra, the annual talent development event of Qatar’s Doha Film Institute. “She saw a 20-minute rough cut and was enthusiastic immediately,” says the film’s producer Marc-Benoit Créancier. “TIFF’s Cameron Bailey loved it, too. On the other hand, the few Europeans who took the time to see it were lukewarm.” The company approached Divines’ sales agent Films Boutique in the early days of Cannes, offering a lucrative deal for SVoD rights. After the Camera d’Or win, it upped
the offer to include all rights and the labelling of Divines as a prestigious Netflix Original. “They made an even bigger and better offer that we could not refuse,” says Créancier. “We decided to play the game and embrace this new adventure in the knowledge that Netflix was going to position it differently as an Original. “It made sense on a number of levels,” he continues. “They believed in the film early on and were the first at the table, with the best offer. Traditional theatrical deals would never have matched the sum that they were offering.” Mixed feelings Speaking to Screen International during October’s BFI London Film Festival, where the film had its first — and, perhaps, last — theatrical screening in the UK, Benyamina admits she initially had mixed feelings about the deal. “I didn’t understand its full implications but when the penny dropped, I’ll admit I was disappointed that the film was destined not to show in cinemas,” she says. But Benyamina has since revised this view following the film’s theatrical run in France, where it has drawn a respectable 400,000 admissions since its release on August 31 through distributor Diaphana Films.
‘Traditional theatrical deals would never have matched the sum that Netflix were offering’ Marc-Benoit Créancier, Divines producer
For Benyamina, that is not enough. She expresses frustration that Divines did not make it into out-of-town cinemas and was pulled quickly if it failed to draw spectators in the first few days. “If the film only ever reaches 400,000 people, I’ll be disappointed but I am someone who always wants more,” she explains. “If you haven’t got the punch of a blockbuster, it can be tough for a film like mine. I’ve got friends whose films have been pulled after a matter days. There’s no time to build word-of-mouth.” Benyamina hopes the Netflix release will help Divines connect with the younger audiences it missed during the theatrical run. Créancier says Netflix is also mulling a Golden Globes and Bafta push. Not all of Netflix’s feature acquisitions receive this special treatment. Off-the-record tales abound of producers and directors left pondering the fate of their film after a deal with the streaming giant. Viewing figures are never revealed and some titles slip onto the platform with little fanfare — and likely very little audience. Divines, meanwhile, goes global on November 18. It is among around 20 Netflix Original titles premiering on the platform in November. It remains to be seen whether Benyamina s and Créancier’s hopes are fulfilled. ■
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AFM EVENT WORLD OF LOCATIONS BREAKFAST
Screen’s Jeremy Kay hosts (from left) Obed Emvula of Namibia Film Commission, Tony Armer of St Petersburg/ Clearwater Film Commission and Maria Antonia Vergara of Panama Film Commission at Shutters on the Beach on Friday
The World series An AFM audience at Screen International’s latest World of Locations breakfast talked incentives and filming opportunities with reps from emerging stars Panama, Namibia and St Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida
ilm commissioners from Panama, Namibia and St Petersburg/Clearwater in Florida told an audience of producers and festival programmers of their desire to boost their industries at Screen International’s World of Locations breakfast and panel here on Friday. “Our industry is growing and we have so many stories to tell,” said Maria Antonia Vergara of Panama Film Commission, which offers a 15% cashback incentive that could rise to 25% within a year once the measure is approved by lawmakers. Narcotics drama Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio del Toro was the first film to apply for the incentive. The France-Belgium-Spain co-production invested $5m into the local economy and qualified for the incentive because it met the requirements of a $3m minimum spend. That threshold could change to make more productions eligible. This will be of use to local film-makers and meets the mandate of the commission, which was set up to attract foreign investment and support the local creative base. The commission allocates an annual $2.2m for local production through its Fondo Cine Award and supports International Film Festival Panama. With a
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talent base on the rise, six local films were selected in this year’s line-up. Yet the territory has demonstrated its ability to host larger shoots. Quantum Of Solace filmed there, as did Contraband, Hands Of Stone and Dwayne Johnson reality show Hero. Coming up is a major Hollywood feature that Vergara was not at liberty to reveal. A young nation Obed Emvula of Namibia Film Commission told attendees the west African country hosted an 11-month shoot for Mad Max: Fury Road after the production left Australia due to heavy rains in the desert. It injected around $38.5m (N$525m) into the local economy. “We want to share with you not just the location but the story of who we are,” said Emvula. “We’re a young nation.” Namibia became a democracy in 1990 and representatives such as Emvula believe it can become one of the most compelling destinations on the planet. Like Panama, there is a strong emphasis on nurturing local talent; in fact, 60% of the commission’s budget goes to meet these aims. “We want to make sure they develop the skills and get exposure around the world.”
‘We take film very seriously. The involvement of local businesses is very important’ Obed Emvula, Namibia Film Commission
The country boasts natural beauty and a strong road infrastructure. The commission is working with the banking sector to better understand the content creation business. “We take film very seriously. Local business involvement is very important,” said Emvula. “We’re working on an incentives programme at the moment to increase the appetite for international producers to film here. We’re working on an additional 17% incentive that’s likely to pass next year.” Local resource While the film-making credentials of Florida need no explanation, St Petersburg/Clearwater film commissioner
Tony Armer has to keep his area competitive against high-profile locales such as Miami and Orlando. Although there is no statewide incentive, the county offers a 10% incentive and combines with the 10% that nearby Tampa offers for a 20% incentive on a shoot. “It’s a cash incentive and it can be done in a short time,” said Armer. “You can have it ready for post-production if you can get the deliverables together in time.” The county hosted feature productions such as Magic Mike, Spring Breakers and two Dolphin Tale films. Each film in the family franchise cost around $37m to produce; in both cases local spend reached $20m and the films qualified for a $5m incentive. A $2m local spend on Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children qualified for a $200,000 incentive. Armer said he expected the state-wide incentive, which applied to Dwayne Johnson TV show Ballers and Dolphin Tale, to be reinstated before long. “It will happen, but in the meantime we’re going to get aggressive with the things we’re pushing.” That means features, TV shows, web series or commercials as Armer works to raise further the s profile of the area. ■
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SCREENINGS Edited by Paul Lindsell
AFM THEATRES AMC SANTA MONICA 1310 3rd Street Promenade, at Arizona Avenue ARCLIGHT SANTA MONICA Downtown Santa Monica, 395 Santa Monica Place #330 BROADWAY CINEPLEX 1441 3rd Street Promenade, just north of Broadway
MARKET 09:00 A BAG OF MARBLES
Drama. 113mins. Dir: Christian Duguay. Scr: Christian Duguay. Cast: Patrick Bruel, Christian Clavier, Kev Adams, Elsa Zylberstein. Gaumont. A true story about two young Jewish brothers in German-occupied France who, with a mind-boggling mix of mischievousness, courage and ingenuity, are forced to fend for themselves to escape Nazi barbarism. ArcLight 3
Thriller, suspense. 132mins. Dir: Keishi Otomo. Scr: Izumi Takahashi, Kiyomi Fujii, Keishi Otomo. Cast: Shun Oguri, Machiko Ono. GAGA Corporation. A body mauled to death by dogs is found and other heinous murders follow. Mysterious notes are left at the crime scenes, hinting the killings were done to punish each victim and the bodies presented in a way as though to be found. The killer only appears on rainy days and is witnessed wearing a frog mask. Police detective Sawamura is on the case and to his surprise he finds out the next target of the Frogman could be his beloved wife and child who
have left him two weeks ago. ArcLight 2
THE KING’S CHOICE
Drama. 130mins. Dir: Erik Poppe. Scr: Jan Trygve Royneland, Harald Rosenlow Eeg. Cast: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tuva Novotny, Karl Markovics, Katharina Schuttler, Juliane Kohler, Arthur Hakalahti. Beta Cinema. On the night of April 9, 1940, a fleet of Nazi warships attack Oslo. The biggest of them all, Hitler’s pride the Blucher, is sunk. When Germany presents an ultimatum for surrender, the Norwegian prime minister hands in his resignation. The country is falling apart but two men stand up for what they believe in, King Haakon of Norway and the German diplomat Curt Brauer. A race against time between mediation and warfare ensues. Monica 2
THE PRIME MINISTER
Thriller, action, adventure. 120mins. Dir: Erik Van Looy. Scr: Erik Van Looy. Cast: Koen de Bouw, Saskia Reeves, Adam Godley. The Works.
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11:00 CARRIE PILBY
Comedy, romance. 98mins. Dir: Susan Johnson. Scr: Kara Holden, Dean Craig. Cast: Bel Powley, Colin O’Donoghue, Gabriel Byrne. Radiant Films International.
Caren Lissner is an extraordinarily intelligent young woman who graduated from Harvard at 18 and strives to find love and happiness in New York with the help of a deceptively simple checklist.
Jacques lives in a small town that has been going downhill ever since the last crisis. When the factory where he works closes down, it is the beginning of the end for him: his girlfriend Cathie leaves him and he finds himself struggling. One day, Andre Gardot, a local bookmaker whom Jacques knows for having participated in a few of his illegal poker games, turns up. Gardot offers him a job: to murder his wife for 20,000 euros. After hesitating briefly, Jacques accepts. ArcLight 6
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On his way to a summit meeting in Brussels, the car of the Belgian prime minister is hijacked, his driver killed and the PM kidnapped. Soon, he learns that his wife and children are being held hostage. They will only survive if the PM kills the woman he will meet at 3pm. Only this woman is the President of the United States. AMC Santa Monica 2
YOU AND ME
Documentary. 140mins. Dir: Barbara Willis Sweete. Scr: Fuchao CAI. Cast: Guanglu Meng, Shaoyun Chen, Mingyan Li, Yihong Shi. China National Centre for the Performing Arts. ArcLight 10
09:30 BEHIND THE COVE
Documentary. 105mins. Dir: Keiko Yagi. Scr: Keiko Yagi. Cast: Keiko Yagi, Louis Psihoyos,
Ric O’Barry. Yagi Film. In 2010, “The Cove”, a documentary about dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan, won an Academy Award. The movie certainly brought attention to the whaling issue as a whole. But was the documentary entirely truthful? Did it portray both sides of the story correctly? Or was it a well-crafted story using sensationalised techniques — including hidden cameras — to tell a one-sided portrayal of the problem? More importantly, why has there not been a film from Japan responding? Well, now there is. Monica 4
Horror. 92mins. Dir: Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie. Scr: Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie. Cast: Aaron Poole, Natalie Brown, Kenneth Welsh, Ellen Wong, Art Hindle. The Salt Company. When a mysterious and violent cult threatens to breach an isolated hospital, a lone police officer and a group of staff band together to fortify themselves within its walls. But as they prepare for the fight of their lives, they will discover the real terror is already inside. AMC Santa Monica 6
11:00 CARRIE PILBY See box, above
Black comedy. 100mins. Dir: Pascal Chaumeil. Scr: Pascal Chaumeil. Cast: Romail Duris, Michel Blanc, Alice Belaidi, Gustave Kervern. Gaumont.
Horror. 80mins. Dir: Rodrigo Gasparini, Dante Vescio Vescio. Scr: Rafael Baliu. Cast: Clara Verdier, Mariana Cortines. Wide Management.
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Ale, Magu and Jorge decide to visit their friend Apolo at his old farmhouse for the weekend. What they didn’t expect was to be stuck in the midst of a war between good and evil. Legends from the past become reality and it’s up to them to prevent evil from taking over the world. Monica 3
LET YOURSELF GO!
Comedy. 107mins. Dir: Francesco Amato. Scr: Francesco Amato. Cast: Toni Servillo, Veronica Echegui. Rai Com. Elia is a Jewish psychoanalyst who lives on the same floor as his ex-wife Giovanna, with whom he is still in love. After a minor illness, his doctor prescribes physical activity to lose a few kilos. This is how he meets Claudia, a personal trainer with the cult of physique but not of mind. Broadway 3
Thriller, true story. 90mins. Dir: Natasha Kermani. Scr: Paul Leach, Nicholas Celozzi. Cast: Ray Wise, Arianne Zucker, Molly Burnett. VMI Worldwide. Kate Stenson dreams of an enviable life as the quintessential Southern Belle. She marries Ken Burnett, the son of the town’s powerful mayor — a controlling father who will do anything to protect his position. Kate has two children with Ken — a biological daughter, and an adopted son, named Logan. But Kate’s seemingly perfect www.screendaily.com
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lifestyle begins to fray at the edges as she discovers Logan suffers from severe mental health issues. Kate’s journey to uncover the true story of Logan’s past reveals a dark secret that can destroy the entire Burnett legacy. Monica 5
Drama, romance. 95mins. Dir: Bill Clark. Scr: Bill Clark. Cast: Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley. Little Film Company. Nicola and Tom’s happy suburban life changes forever when Tom contracts a devastating bacterial infection. ArcLight 1
Thriller, western. 109mins. Dir: Niall Johnson. Scr: Emilie Corcoran. Cast: Alice Eve, Jack Davenport, Richard O’Brien, Stan Walker. 4Square Films. New Zealand, 1869. Charlotte’s dreams of a new life in a new world are shattered when her wealthy husband is murdered and her newborn baby kidnapped. Frightened, lost and alone, she must track him down in a lawless world full of whores, cut-throats and convicts. One man offers her hope, friendship and a new home — but nothing is ever what it seems in this compelling edge-ofthe-seat thriller. ArcLight 9
11:30 BAD GIRL
Thriller. 94mins. Dir: Fin Edquist. Scr: Fin Edquist. Cast: Samara Weaving, Sara West. Arclight Films. Bad girl Amy, 17, is given one last chance by her adoptive parents, who think Amy’s friendship with local girl Chloe is a step in the right direction. But when Amy discovers Chloe’s secret she finds herself fighting for her life and her family. Monica 2
Animation. 90mins. Dir: Eric Summer, Eric Warin. Scr: Carol Noble, Laurent Zeitoun, Eric Summer. Cast: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan. Gaumont. Paris, 1884. An orphan girl arrives in Paris with a passionate dream to become a dancer. AMC Santa Monica 4
CASABLANCAS : THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN
Documentary. 86mins. Dir: Hubert Woroniecki. Scr: Hubert Woroniecki. Films Distribution. John Casablancas created the Elite modeling agency and invented the supermodel. If today names such as Naomi, Cindy, Linda, Kate or Claudia are in the pop culture, it is mostly his doing. He lived a life dreamt by many, surrounded by beauty. ArcLight 10
INTO THE RAINBOW
Children’s, action, adventure. 89mins. Dir: Norman Stone, Gary Wing-Lun Mak. Scr: Ashley Sidaway, Robert Sidaway, Lindsay Edmonds. Cast: Willow Shields, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Lei Wu. Metro International Entertainment. When teenagers Rachel and Grace travel inside a super-powered rainbow to China, they disturb nature’s balance. Using Rachel’s connection to the energy of the rainbow and with help from their new friend Xiao Cheng, they must race against time to save the Earth. AMC Santa Monica 6
Romance, drama. 93mins. Dir: Rob Diamond. Scr: Robert Conder, Rob Diamond, Landon Henneman. Cast: Lucky Blue Smith, Christie Burke, Emily Procter. MonteCristo International Entertainment. Bridger Jenkins, a senior in high school, is an outsider with hidden scars and a dream to see the ocean. When Bridger has a chance encounter on his way to California with a browneyed beauty, sparks fly and an everlasting bond is ignited between two kids. Monica 6
THE QUEEN OF SPAIN
Dir: Fernando Trueba. Scr: Fernando Trueba. Cast: Penelope Cruz, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin. Myriad Pictures. Movie star Macarena Granada flees the glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to her roots in Spain where she has signed to star in an epic film as Queen Isabella of Spain. ArcLight 2
TWO IS A FAMILY
Comedy, drama. 90mins. Dir: Hugo Gelin. Scr: Hugo Gelin, Mathieur Ouillon, Jean Andre Yerles. Cast: Omar Sy, Clemence Poesy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston. SND Groupe M6. Samuel enjoys a carefree life on the French Riviera. That is until Kristin, a former fling, announces he is the father of a newborn, hands him a baby girl and takes off. When Samuel tries to track down Kristin in London, she is nowhere to be found. Samuel settles in London and starts working as a stuntman in a TV show. Over the years, he proves to be a loving yet unconventional dad to adorable Gloria. But the family balance is about to change. Kristin is back. ArcLight 6
Trachte. Scr: Ursula Gruber, Sigrun De Pascalis. Cast: Marta Martin, Laura Roge, Christiane Paul, Stipe Erceg. ARRI Media International. The Vampire Sisters are back. This time they have a new baby brother, Franz, a sweet half-vampire. But he is in danger. The evil vampire queen Antanasia wants him as her heir. When Silvania accidentally hypnotises her parents, putting them out of action, Antanasia kidnaps Franz. AMC Santa Monica 2
Horror. 78mins. Dir: Tony E Valenzuela. Scr: Kevin Abrams, Owen Egerton, Tony E Valenzuela. Cast: Jon Gries, Conchata Ferrell, Sean Whalen, Ava Kolker. Film Mode Entertainment. “Villisca” is a ghost story set in the actual house of the notorious and still unsolved 1912 axe murders. Three outcast teenagers break into the house in search of answers but discover something far beyond their worst fears. Monica 4
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Vicente Romero, Josep Maria Pou, Macarena Gomez. Film Factory Entertainment. A lawyer sees her life turned into a nightmare when her son disappears from school. Hours later, he reappears, claiming that a man tried to kidnap him but that he managed to escape. The police mobilise and after the boy identifies him in a line-up, they find the man seemingly responsible. But the proof is insufficient and the presumed kidnapper is set free. That is when Patricia — scared and fearing for her son — decides to take justice into her own hands. AMC Santa Monica 5
CITY OF TINY LIGHTS
Thriller, drama. 107mins. Dir: Pete Travis. Scr: Patrick Neate. Cast: Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper, Cush Jumbo, James Floyd, Roshan Seth. Protagonist Pictures. Private eye Tommy Akhtar is just recovering from another hangover when his next case walks through the door. African hooker Melody wants him to find her friend Natasha. As the search intensifies, Tommy’s world becomes increasingly sinister as his journey to uncover the truth leads him deeper into the underbelly of modern London, unlocking shocking secrets from his own past. ArcLight 5
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Animation, children’s, family. 50mins. Dir: Vladimir Toropchin. Scr: Alexandr Boyarsky. Cast: Vladimir Toropchin. Wizart. The cunning and wicked Urfin wants to become ruler of Magic Land. With an army of wooden soldiers, he captures the Emerald City. He is all but ready to celebrate victory when his plans are ruined by an ordinary girl named Dorothy, who arrives in Magic Land at just the right time. She must return home, but not before she helps her friends — the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and new-brave Lion — defeat Urfin. And in order to do that, they need to find out who he really is.
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GUARDIANS PROMO REEL
Action, adventure. 100mins. Dir: Sarik Andreasyan. Scr: Andrey Gavrilov. Cast: Sebastian Seesak, Alina Lanina, Sanjar Madiev, Anton Pampushny. Planeta Inform Film Distribution. Guardians are a group of superheroes created in the secret labs during the Cold War who gather to save the world from the villainous maniac August Kuratov and prevent nuclear disaster. ArcLight 3
13:30 ARE WE NOT CATS
Psycho-drama, romance, horror. 78mins. Dir: Xander Robin. Scr: Xander Robin. Cast: Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea Lopez, Michael Godere. TriCoast Worldwide. The strange but tender story of a man who, after losing his job, his girlfriend, and his apartment in a single day, attempts to restart his life, but is sidetracked when he meets a woman who shares his unorthodox habit — a proclivity for eating hair.
David Logan, whose parents believe he has healing hands. Unaware David is using some rather unorthodox methods, Lord and Lady Logan are set on sharing their son’s “gift” with the world. Among a colourful party of fellow guests, Ted sets out to prove the miracles are a hoax. AMC Santa Monica 2
Fantasy. 30mins. Dir: Fedor Bondarchuk. Scr: Oleg Malovichko, Andrei Zolotarev. Cast: Oleg Menshikov. Art Pictures. ArcLight 3
COME AND FIND ME
Thriller. 109mins. Dir: Zach Whedon. Scr: Zach Whedon. Cast: Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis. Goldcrest Films International. The story of David, a man who wakes up one day to discover his girlfriend, Claire, has just disappeared. More alarming, he swiftly establishes that everything she has told him about her life is a lie. Determined to find Claire and out the truth, David doggedly hunts on only to be dragged into an almost fatal web of threats, intrigue, espionage and nerve-shredding plot twists. ArcLight 9
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Horror, thriller. 100mins. Dir: Andrew Getty. Scr: Andrew Getty. Cast: Frederick Koehler, Sean Patrick Flanery, Brianna Brown. Vision Films. The sadistic tale of a mentally handicapped boy whose older brother seemingly abandons him to spend more time with his jealous girlfriend. The lonely boy befriends his much smarter, stronger and more powerful reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature orders him to go on a murderous rampage promising him that his brain will be “fixed” in return. Monica 3
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Drama. 105mins. Dir: Matthias Starte. Scr: Matthias Starte. Cast: Ludwig Trepte, Saskia Rosendahl, Jella Haase. Picture Tree International. A stranger in his own life, 25-year-old Danny reluctantly returns to his childhood home after his father’s sudden passing.
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VINCENT AND THE END OF THE WORLD
Drama, comedy. 121mins. Dir: Christoph Van Rompaey. Scr: JeanClaude Van Rijckeghem. Cast: Alexandra Lamy, Barbara Sarafian, Spencer Bogaert, Geert Van Rampelberg, Frederic Epaud. Beta Cinema. Vincent, 17, wants to commit suicide as a stand against the problems of the world today. His giddy French aunt makes it her mission to save him. Only she’s not without problems herself. Monica 1
Scr: Mathieu Ratthe. Cast: Laurence Dauphinais, Juliette Gosselin, Lori Graham, Kimberly Laferriere, Alex C Nachi, Mathieu Ratthe, Victor Andrew TurgeonTrelles. Film Mode Entertainment. In Gracefield, three couples are spending a long weekend in a luxurious cabin when an uninvited guest in the form of a meteorite crashes the party. Monica 4
Romance. 90mins. Dir: Duane Adler. Scr: Duane Adler. Cast: Dominique ProvostChalkley. Myriad Pictures. The story of a feisty American hip hop dancer who travels to India with her family for a wedding and falls in love.
Comedy. 100mins. Dir: Mark Lamprell. Scr: Dean Craig. Cast: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop. Arclight Films. The honeymoon is over before it even got started, the groom and his three best men are back ut one of them isn’t pulling his own weight.
Action, adventure, family. 90mins. Dir: Imani Shakur. Scr: Imani Shakur. Cast: Darius Marcell, Eden McCoy. Red Sea Media. A group of kids find classified information from NASA and an object from another planet and work to find its rightful owners. Monica 6
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Sci-fi, thriller. 89mins. Dir: Mathieu Ratthe. 14 Screen International at AFM November 6, 2016
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 7 11:00 BEHIND THE WALLS
Horror, thriller. 98mins. Dir: James Kondelik, Jon Kondelik. Scr: James Kondelik, Jon Kondelik. Cast: Vanessa Angel, Hutch Dano, Reggie Lee, Lew Temple, Bailey Spry. Dual Visions. A haunting seen from “Behind The Walls”. We witness a broken family desperately seeking a new beginning, in a new home, but this house lives, watches and wants them to stay — forever. Monica 5
THE CASE FOR CHRIST THE KIDS FROM 62-F
Documentary. 90mins. Dir: Nicholas Schrunk. Scr: Mark Anders. Cast: Rebecca Rusch, Huyen Nguyen. Red Bull Media House. Follows ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 arduous miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the newly discovered crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a US Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.
Action, adventure, comedy. 90mins. Other Angle Pictures.
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Horror. 86mins. Dir: Mark Weistra. Scr: Mark Weistra. Cast: Terence Schreurs, Ronald Top, Paol Cairo. Dutch Features Global Entertainment. It is dark and Kristen is alone cleaning up the local bar. The streets are empty as New Year’s Eve parties have all ended. An unknown person calls, and calls again, asking her to step outside. Kristen’s boyfriend will not answer the phone but the voice is at the door, the voice is everywhere and Kristen is alone with her nightmare. The voice knows all her secrets. Who is this? Why is he tormenting her? All Kristen knows is that he is waiting for her and that he wants her to be with him… forever. His game has only just begun. Monica 2
Drama. 99mins. Dir: Jonathan M Gunn. Scr: Brian Bird. Cast: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster, Frankie Faison. Pure Flix/Quality Flix. When an atheist reporter for the Chicago Tribune learns his wife has become born again, he sets out to prove Christianity is a cult by interviewing leading apologists, only to discover the truth for himself. Monica 1
15:00 IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD
Animation. 125mins. Dir: Sunao Katabuchi. Scr: Sunao Katabuchi. Cast: Non. Genco. Staged in the city of Kure, Hiroshima during the Second World War, this beautiful animation follows young Suzu as she loses everything except her positive attitude and teaches us the value of everyday life. Monica 1
MY COOL DAD/LEONOV PROMOS
Animation, family, comedy. 45mins. Dir: Viktor Glukhushin. Scr: Ksenia Mtchtlidze. Cast: Alexey Kolgan, Timur Rodrigez. Mirsand. Monica 3
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