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David Puttnam calls for strong EU links and Vpf wind-down

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Fda president also calls for a senior indie distributor to be appointed to the BFI board.

As Brexit continues to pose fundamental questions to the industry a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, veteran British producer and Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) president David Puttnam has called for Britain to remain in the EU’s Media programme.

Speaking to Screen after delivering his annual keynote address to the Fda, he expressed his confidence it may now be possible for the country to remain in the EU initiative, which provides funding to support the development and distribution of films.

“A soft Brexit, which becomes more possible because of the election, would incorporate things like university research. If we manage to create an environment in which it was accepted that British universities would engage with the Leonardo Programme and all those university programmes, I can well imagine this (the Media Programme) being bundled in with that »


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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis' 'Let The Sunshine In'

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English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open directors’ fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

The still from Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur), which will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, depicts star Juliette Binoche lying down on a bed.

The movie - formerly known as Dark Glasses - is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point-of-view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight Artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it »


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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis's 'Let The Sunshine In'

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English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open directors’ fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

The still from Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur), which will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, depicts star Juliette Binoche lying down on a bed.

The movie - formerly known as Dark Glasses - is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point-of-view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight Artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it »


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IMAX strikes five theatre agreement with India’s PVR

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion set for release in IMAX on April 28.

Big screen exhibitor IMAX Corporation has signed a five-theatre agreement with Indian cinema chain PVR.

The deal will double PVR’s IMAX footprint to ten screens, which will be built in a combination of new and existing complexes and are expected to all be completed by the end of 2019.

PVR, which operates 126 cinemas in 50 cities, will now be IMAX’s largest partner in India.

IMAX has been busy expanding its India footprint, signing 10 theatre agreements since April 2016. The latest agreement will take the total number of IMAX theatres in the country to 26, with 11 currently open.

Upcoming IMAX releases in India include big budget fantasy sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion [pictured], which is out on April 28.

“India is becoming a very important market for us,” commented IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond, “We’ve been trying to develop the Indian market for 15 years, and now finally »


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M-Line picks up Fox's Korean production 'Warriors Of The Dawn'

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Chung Yoon-chul’s war adventure stars Lee Jung-jae and Yeo Jin-gu.

South Korean sales company M-Line distribution has picked up Fox International Productions’ upcoming Korean production Warriors Of The Dawn (a.k.a. The Proxy Soldiers) (pictured).

Directed by Chung Yoon-chul (Marathon), the period war action adventure stars Lee Jung-jae (Assassination) and Yeo Jin-gu (Hwayi: A Monster Boy).

Back in 1592 when the Japanese were invading Korea - then the kingdom of Joseon, rich families would hire poor men to take the place of their sons in the draft. Tasked with fighting the enemy while supporting their impoverished families back home, the proxy soldiers were known to be superior combatants.

Lee plays a veteran proxy soldier who aids 18-year-old crown prince Gwanghae (played by Yeo), whose father the king fled to safety in China while ordering his young son to take over the country’s defense.

Warriors Of The Dawn is set for local release on May »


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Protagonist boards Chloé Zhao's 'The Rider' ahead of Cannes debut

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Us-set title gets sales deal before Directors’ Fortnight premiere.

London-based sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has boarded Chloé Zhao’s The Rider ahead of the film’s debut in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight next month.

Written and directed by Zhao, whose first feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me played in Directors’ Fortnight in 2015, the Us-set film follows a young cowboy who, once a rodeo star, suffers a tragic riding accident.

Non-professional actors Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau and Lane Scott star alongside Cat Clifford, who appeared in Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

Director Zhao met Brady, who is a professional cowboy, while working on her first feature, eventually writing the new film’s script based on his story.

The Rider

The film was produced by Zhao’s company Highwayman Films, with Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche of Caviar Films, and Mollye Asher. Caviar’s Michael Sagol and Jasper Thomlinson serve as executive producers.

Protagonist will launch »


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'The Orphanage' production outfit to receive CineEurope award

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Telecino Cinema to be given indie producer of the year prize at cinema convention.

Spanish production company Telecino Cinema will be named Independent Producer of the Year at the 2017 edition of exhibitor conference CineEurope (June 19-22).

The company was founded in 1996, and has worked on seven-time Goya-winning horror The Orphanage [pictured] and the Oscar-nominated The Impossible.

Its credits also include Pan’s Lanyrinth, The Spanish Affair, Tad, the Lost Explorer and For Your Own Good.

“For nearly two decades, Telecinco Cinema´s accomplishments have helped it grow into one of the major feature film studios not only in the Spanish market, but in Europe also,” said Andrew Sunshine, vice president of the Film Expo Group.

“We are delighted to honor Telecinco Cinema for all of their international success.”

CineEurope is a European convention and trade show for European and independent cinema professionals.

The 2017 edition will take place June 19-22 at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (Ccib) in Barcelona »


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Yu Ji-tae to feature in Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built'

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Old Boy star becomes first Asian actor to appear in a von Trier movie.

Korean actor Yu Ji-tae, known for playing the villain in Old Boy, is featuring in The House That Jack Built – the upcoming film from Lars von Trier, controversial Danish director of films such as Nymphomania and Melancholia.

This will be the first time an Asian actor has featured in a von Trier film, according to Danish sales agent TrustNordisk and Korean distributor Atnine Film.

Atnine, which previously distributed Nymphomania, discussed Yu with TrustNordisk for the as-yet-undisclosed short role. The two companies suggested the actor to the filmmakers, as confirmed by production company Zentropa.

Lars von Trier, Yu Ji-tae, Manon Rasmussen © Atnine Film Co., Ltd.

The House That Jack Built takes place in America in the 1970’s and over the course of 12 years charts the evolution of a serial killer called Jack.

Matt Dillon stars as Jack, joined by [link »


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Paul Verhoeven plots lesbian nun drama with 'Elle' star Virginie Efira

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Producer Saïd Ben Saïd announces production of Blessed Virgin on twitter.

Paul Verhoeven is gearing-up to shoot his second French-language production Blessed Virgin (Sainte Vierge), an adaption of Judith C. Brown’s academic work Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaissance Italy.

Paris-based producer Said Ben Said, who previously collaborated with Verhoeven on Isabelle Huppert-starrer Elle, confirmed the production via twitter on Tuesday evening.

Sainte Vierge de Paul Verhoeven avec Virginie Efira. En tournage prochainement. pic.twitter.com/kCnSqGYyVc

Saïd Ben Saïd (@saidbensaid66) April 25, 2017

Sbs confirmed the news on Wednesday but had no further details to add. 

Belgian actress Virginie Efira – who played a devout Catholic wife in Verhoeven’s last film Elle – has signed to play the central role of controversial 17th century abbess Benedetta Carlini.

Having entered a convent in the Tuscan town of Pescia as a child, Carlini rose-up the ranks, propelled by her claims of a series of lurid »


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Feature documentary about civil rights activist Michael X in the works

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Exclusive: Film to be introduced at Cannes market; Amy archive producers onboard.

Goalpost Film and Noah Media Group are working on a feature-length documentary about the life of controversial civil rights activist Michael X, who was executed in 1975.

Clint Dyer co-directs with Gabriel Clarke. Clarke previously co-directed Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (with John McKenna), which was in Official Selection at Cannes in 2015. He is also an award-winning sports broadcaster.

Director, writer and actor Dyer directed the Olivier-nominated production The Big Life, and is currently developing a new play on Michael X for Stratford East.

Michael X will be produced by Noah Media’s Victoria Barrell and John McKenna and executive produced by Tristan Whalley and Jessie Mangum of Goalpost Film, who will introduce the project to buyers at Cannes this year. 

Dog & Duck Films, who worked on Amy and Senna, are the archive producers.

Michael X (born Michael de Freitas) emerged as a leader »


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Saboteur Media launches production, sales, finance venture

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Exclusive: Sales and distribution veteran Mark Lindsay to introduce five new titles to Cannes buyers.

New York-based Saboteur Media has launched a production and finance operation with a broader sales remit and hired former Miramax International senior executive Mark Lindsay as president of distribution.

The moves comes as executive director Nick Quested expands the suite of services beyond those of documentary distributor and sales company initially launched under the auspices of Goldcrest Films.

Saboteur now operates as a stand-alone entity that produces, finances and sells narrative and documentary features, with particular emphasis on empowering the New York creative community and an opportunistic eye towards television.

The company has the ability to finance tax credits and invest equity in select projects, which will not rely on pre-sales in order to get greenlight. It serves as co-producer on all five titles headed for Cannes.

Lindsay, whose executive roles have included head of sales and distribution at Kimmel International, Arclight »


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Netflix lines up new Adam Sandler project 'The Week Of'

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Project marks fourth in Sandler’s original deal with streaming giant.

Netflix said on Tuesday Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will star in The Week Of, a Netflix Original set to begin production in Long Island, New York, this summer.

Rock and Sandler last starred together in the Grown Up films (pictured) and will play fathers in the run-up to their children’s marriage.

Saturday Night Live writer-producer Robert Smigel will direct. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the screenplay and Sandler and Allen Covert will produce through Happy Madison Productions. Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. 

The Week Of marks the fourth film in Happy Madison Productions’ original deal with Netflix that was extended recently to include an additional four features.

Netflix claims Sandler’s first three films in the deal – The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and new release Sandy Wexler – are three of the biggest film releases ever to launch on the service »


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Netflix lines up summer shoot on 'The Week Of'

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Project marks fourth in Adam Sandler’s original deal with streaming giant.

Netflix said on Tuesday Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will star in The Week Of, a Netflix Original set to begin production in Long Island, New York, this summer.

Rock and Sandler last starred together in the Grown Up films (pictured) and will play fathers in the run-up to their children’s marriage.

Saturday Night Live writer-producer Robert Smigel will direct. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the screenplay and Sandler and Allen Covert will produce through Happy Madison Productions. Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. 

The Week Of marks the fourth film in Happy Madison Productions’ original deal with Netflix that was extended recently to include an additional four features.

Netflix claims Sandler’s first three films in the deal – The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and new release Sandy Wexler – are three of the biggest film releases ever to launch on the »


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' Titans', 'Young Justice: Outsiders' to air on DC-branded digital service

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Akiva Goldsman among writers and executive producers on Titans.

Warner Bros Digital Networks Group is preparing to launch a DC-branded digital service in 2018.

The direct-to-consumer platform will air exclusively two series in development from Warner Bros Television and DC Entertainment – the all-new Titans and the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders.

Titans is a live-action drama series from executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter

Goldsman, Berlanti and president and DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Johns will write the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Warner Bros Animation’s Young Justice: Outsiders aired its first two seasons on Cartoon Network, before it was cancelled in 2013. The third season of the popular Young Justice series is ramping up for its first mission on the new direct-to-consumer platform next year.

Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be super heroes recruited from every corner »


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Fox Searchlight to release Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs'

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The film is Anderson’s second animated feature after Fantastic Mr Fox.

Fox Searchlight will release Isle Of Dogs on April 20, 2018.

The film marks Wes Anderson’s follow-up to The Grand Budapest Hotel, which Searchlight also distributed worldwide.

Tilda Swinton lends her voice talents to the project alongside Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Live Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum, and Yoko Ono.

Isle Of Dogs also features Kunichi Nomura, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Akira Ito, F Murray Abraham, Yojiro Noda, Frank Wood, Koyo Rankin, and Akira Takayama.

Scott Rudin, Indian Paintbrush founder Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson serve as producers alongside Anderson.

Isle Of Dogs, which has been in production in London, is Anderson’s second animated feature after Fantastic Mr Fox in 2009.

This will be Anderson’s fifth collaboration with Indian Paintbrush and its fourth with Fox Searchlight and 20th Century Fox after The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox »


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Fox Searchlight sets 'Isle Of Dogs' release

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Wes Anderson in production on second animated feature.

Fox Searchlight will release Isle Of Dogs on April 20, 2018.

The film marks Wes Anderson’s follow-up to The Grand Budapest Hotel, which Searchlight also distributed worldwide.

Tilda Swinton lends her voice talents to the project alongside Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Live Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum, and Yoko Ono.

Isle Of Dogs also features Kunichi Nomura, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Akira Ito, F Murray Abraham, Yojiro Noda, Frank Wood, Koyo Rankin, and Akira Takayama.

Scott Rudin, Indian Paintbrush founder Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson serve as producers alongside Anderson.

Isle Of Dogs, which has been in production in London, is Anderson’s second animated feature after Fantastic Mr Fox in 2009.

This will be Anderson’s fifth collaboration with Indian Paintbrush and its fourth with Fox Searchlight and 20th Century Fox after The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox »


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IFC Midnight acquires 'Darkness Rising'

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Distributor sets June 30 theatrical and VOD launch.

IFC Midnight has acquired the North American rights to Austin Reading’s Darkness Rising.

The film written by Vikram Weet centres on Madison, a young woman who decides to visit her childhood home when she finds out it is about to be torn down.

When she was a child, her mother killed her baby sister and Madison narrowly escaped with her life. Now, as she tries to confront the demons that have haunted her ever since, Madison, her boyfriend, and cousin find themselves trapped in the house by the forces that may have driven her mother to commit murder.

Katrina Law, Tara Holt, Bryce Johnson, Heather Mazur, Myk Watford and Ted Raimi star. 

Reading’s debut feature film was produced by Storyboard Entertainment’s Jason Potash and Paul Finkel, in association with Compass Entertainment’s Marcus Fuller and Julie S. Fuller, and Daniel Hyman.

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'Star Wars 9', 'Indiana Jones 5' release dates announced

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Disney moves Indiana Jones moves back one year to July 2020; Frozen 2 to open November 2019.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures executives have set a raft of release dates, led by Tuesday’s announcement that Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) will open on May 24, 2019.

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Untitled Indiana Jones moves back one year from July 19, 2019, to July 10, 2020.

There are big delays for three other films. Gigantic (3D) moves from November 21, 2018, to November 25, 2020, and Untitled Disney Animation (3D) – originally set for November 25, 2020 – moves to November 24, 2021.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (3D) will open on November 11, 2018, and not March 9, 2018, as originally scheduled.

Frozen 2 (3D) is the updated title of Untitled Disney Animation and remains set for November 27, 2019. Untitled Marvel (3D) previously set for July 10, 2020, moves to August 7, 2020, and Untitled Pixar Animation (3D) will open on June 18, 2021.

The live-action Untitled Disney Fairy Tale moves from July 28 this year to August 3, 2018, while A Wrinkle In Time moves »


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'Star Wars: Episode IX' gets May 2019 release

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Disney moves Indiana Jones moves back one year to July 2020; Frozen 2 to open November 2019.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures executives have set a raft of release dates, led by Tuesday’s announcement that Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) will open on May 24, 2019.

Scroll To Bottom For 2017-2021 Release Schedule

Untitled Indiana Jones moves back one year from July 19, 2019, to July 10, 2020.

There are big delays for three other films. Gigantic (3D) moves from November 21, 2018, to November 25, 2020, and Untitled Disney Animation (3D) – originally set for November 25, 2020 – moves to November 24, 2021.

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (3D) will open on November 11, 2018, and not March 9, 2018, as originally scheduled.

Frozen 2 (3D) is the updated title of Untitled Disney Animation and remains set for November 27, 2019. Untitled Marvel (3D) previously set for July 10, 2020, moves to August 7, 2020, and Untitled Pixar Animation (3D) will open on June 18, 2021.

The live-action Untitled Disney Fairy Tale moves from July 28 this year to August 3, 2018, while A Wrinkle In Time moves »


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Seattle festival to honour Anjelica Huston

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June 7 event features on-stage interview, screening of new film, Trouble.

The Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) will honour Anjelica Huston with the Career Achievement In Acting Award at this year’s 43rd edition.

The event will take place on June 7 at the Siff Cinema Egyptian and begin with an on-stage interview with Huston, followed by be the world premiere of her new film Trouble.

Huston reunites with director Theresa Rebeck after they collaborated on the 2012 NBC series Smash.

Trouble also stars Bill Pullman and tells of a feuding brother and sister whose differences entangle the fate of an old friend, played by David Morse. Julia Stiles, Jim Parrack, Brian d’Arcy James, and Victor Williams also star.

Huston serves as executive producer and Rebeck, Rachel Dengiz, Julie Buck, and Jaclyn Bashoff are producers. Wme Global represents North American rights while Gpm handles international rights.

In addition to the tribute event and screening, Siff will present »


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