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Netflix dominates on-demand originals in Spanish summer

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Exclusive: Orange Is The New Black heads digital originals chart; lags behind overall champion Game Of Thrones.

Netflix’s aggressive original content strategy backed by its notorious spending power has led to total domination of the original digital show space in Spain over a portion of the summer.

Information compiled by Los Angeles-based data science specialist Parrot Analytics over the period July 15-August 13 shows the streaming platform accounted for the top 10 most in-demand shows.

However the top show on the list, Orange Is The New Black, ranks eighth in a broader roster of desire for shows originating on any platform, demonstrating that digital originals still have some way to go before they usurp the old order.

According to the company’s Demand Expressions metric, which gauges total audience demand for a show within a particular country, Orange Is The New Black was the most desired show that originated exclusively online.

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'The Sacrifice', 'Faces Places' among Nyff Revivals roster

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Selections from Andrei Tarkovsky, Agnes Varda, Hou Hsiao-hsien.

The Film Society Of Lincoln Centre has announced the line-up for the Revivals section of the New York Film Festival showcasing digitally remastered, restored, and preserved works by celebrated filmmakers.

Two filmmakers from the festival’s Main Slate line-up will also have works in the Revivals section. Agnes Varda, whose Faces Places will screen in this year’s main selection, gets a slot with her feminist musical One Sings, the Other Doesn’t that opened the 15th festival in 1977.

Philippe Garrel’s Lover For A Day will appear in the festival’s Main Slate and he has two films in Revivals: Le Revelateur from 1968 and L’Enfant Secret from 1979.

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Daughter Of The Nile screened at the 26th New York Film Festival 30 years ago and returns in Revivals, alongside Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice (NYFF24, pictured) and Adolfas MekasHallelujah the Hills from the first »

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First-look trailer for Venice, San Sebastian selection 'Hunting Season'

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Exclusive: Argentinian filmmaker Natalia Garagiola makes feature directorial debut on Rei Cine drama.

The first-look international trailer for Rei Cine’s upcoming Venice Critics’ Week and San Sebastin Horizontes Latinos selection Hunting Season (Temporada De Caza) is now live.

Hunting Season

Argentinian filmmaker Natalia Garagiola makes her feature directorial debut on the Argentina-us-Germany-France-Qatar co-production from Rei Cine, Gamechanger Films, Augenschein Filmproduktion, and Les Films de l’Étranger.

Hunting Season marks the first time New York-based Gamechanger Films has co-financed a film outside the Us. Lautaro Bettoni, Germán Palacios, Boy Olmi, and Rita Pauls star in the story about a respected hunting guide whose life with his new family in Patagonia changes when he is forced to take in his estranged teenage son following the death of his first wife.

The man struggles to get along with his son, who displays violent outbursts. Without any sympathy from his new family, the hunter and teenager move towards forgiveness in the »

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MGM Worldwide Television Distribution announces Mipcom slate

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Company headed to Cannes with slate that includes Tomb Raider, Overboard and Get Shorty.

MGM Worldwide Television Distribution announced on Monday the company is headed to this year’s Mipcom with three new films and one new television series.

MGM TV will be selling its event series The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair starring Patrick Dempsey. The 10-part series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name centred on a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for the murder of a young girl.

MGM will present Nasty Women, based on the original 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, and Overboard, a remake of the 1980s comedy starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez. Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, will also be presented in Cannes.  

In addition, MGM is selling three TV series: Get Shorty, a reimagining of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel of the same name starring [link=nm »

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Rooney Mara drama 'Mary Magdalene' held back for next year's awards season

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Biblical biopic will be ready in March 2018; The Current War to debut in November.

The Weinstein Company has set a March 30, 2018, release date for Garth Davis’ upcoming Biblical drama Mary Magdalene, which means it will not be in contention in the upcoming awards season.

See-Saw Films is producing Davis’ follow-up to last season’s awards contender Lion and has collaborated with Harvey Weinstein several times, most famously on the 2010 global smash and best picture Oscar winner The King’s Speech, as well as on Lion and Macbeth.

Announcing the date on Monday, Weinstein said having Davis direct back-to-back films “was always going to be a race against time” to qualify for the upcoming awards race.

See-Saw FilmsIain Canning and Emile Sherman serve as producers alongside Animal Kingdom producer Liz Watts. Mary Magdalene stars Mara in the titular role alongside Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus. The story takes place around Easter and portrays Magdalene’s relationship with Jesus »

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Al Gore, Jason Blum to receive Gotham honours

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Ceremony takes place in New York City on November 27.

Former Us vice-president Al Gore will receive the Humanitarian Tribute and film producer Jason Blum will receive the Industry Tribute at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards. 

The Ifp Gotham Awards ceremony is set for November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of his climate change non-profit The Climate Reality Project. His most recent climate change-focused documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is currently in theatres and has grossed $3.5m worldwide through Paramount. 

Blum founded Blumhouse Productions in 2000. Blumhouse has produced The Purge, Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises which together have grossed more than $1.7bn at the global box office. 

The 10 competitive Gotham Awards for 2017 include Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Audience Award, Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Series – Short Form, and Breakthrough Series – Long Form.

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Berlin reshuffles Panorama team as Wieland Speck takes Official Programme role

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Paz Lázaro will head up new-look Panorama team; Speck moves on after 25 years.

The Berlin Film Festival has reshuffled the team for its sidebar Panorama, with previous head Wieland Speck handing over his position as head after 25 years in the role.

Speck will take on a new role as consultant to the Berlinale’s Official Programme. In his time at Panorama, he curated more than 1,800 fiction, documentary and short films.

Dieter Kosslick revealed that the new-look team will be headed by Paz Lázaro, who has been programme manager of Panorama since 2006.

She will be joined by Michael Stütz, who will shape the section as programme manager and will be responsible for the Teddy Award, and Andreas Struck, who, alongside his current curatorial tasks, will be responsibility for editorial and communications work around the Panorama programme. Both Stütz and Struck were already working in different capacities for Panorama. »

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'Game Of Thrones' star joins Milo Gibson in WWII drama 'Hurricane'

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Exclusive: Kaleidoscope launches movie about Polish fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain.

Game Of Thrones star Iwan Rheon has joined Milo Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Stefanie Martini (Crooked House), Marcin Dorocinski (Anthropoid) and Krystoff Hadek (Under The Skin) in World War Two war drama Hurricane.

Kaleidoscope will launch world sales (excluding Poland) in Toronto on the movie, which is due to begin shoot in the UK next month.

Kino Swiat has pre-bought Polish rights and is expected to mount a significant release.

David Blair, whose credits include movies Away and The Messenger and Bafta-winning TV drama The Street, will direct the feature about the Polish pilots who fought alongside the Raf during The Battle of Britain

Produced by Prospect 3, whose credits include Dead Man’s Cards, I Against I and One Night In Istanbul, delivery is slated for Q2, 2018. 

Rheon, best know for his long-running role as the sadistic Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, will »

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Curzon launches monthly subscription VoD offering

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Exclusive: Curzon12 will stream recent and classic movies; first lineup revealed.

Curzon is beefing up its online offering with the launch of Curzon12, a monthly VoD service built into its membership packages.

The service will host 12 recent and classic movies which will be available to stream when logging in with a Curzon membership.

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Each month’s curated lineup, taken exclusively from Curzon’s library, is selected by the company’s programming team and is designed to complement the films playing across Curzon’s cinemas and its day-and-date service on Curzon Home Cinema that month.

The collection will feature the work of directors such as Yorgos Lanthimos, Charlie Chaplin, Andrea Arnold, Satyajit Ray and Agnes Varda as well as lesser known filmmakers.

The offering will be accompanied by a monthly newsletter that will delve deeper into three headline titles for that month.

The subscription is a benefit for existing and future members at no additional »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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SVoD service Shudder picks up six FrightFest titles

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SXSW premiere Mayhem among acquisitions.

AMC Networks’ horror-focused SVoD service Shudder, which launched in the UK in October 2016, has picked up six titles ahead of their UK premieres at FrightFest this weekend.

The titles are:

Joe Lynch’s Mayhem, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year. The streaming service now has all rights in the UK and Ireland, adding to the Us streaming rights that it picked up in Cannes.

Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out, on which Shudder has taken North America rights.

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Cold Hell, Graham Skipper’s Sequence Break andBrandon Christianson’s Still/Born, on which Shudder has taken North America as well as the UK and Ireland.

Colin Minihan’s It Stains The Sands Red, which Shudder has taken for the UK.

All six films will have UK premieres at FrightFest (Aug 24-28), the London-based horror film festival, and will be available to stream in early 2018.

Shudder VP of global acquisitions »

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'A Taxi Driver' passes 10 million admissions in South Korea

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Jang Hoon’s film stars Song Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann.

A Taxi Driver has crossed 10 million admissions in South Korea, becoming the only film to cross that important milestone so far this year. Directed by Jang Hoon, the film stars Song Kang-ho and Thomas Kretschmann.

Investor/distributor Showbox released the film on August 2 on 1,532 screens. It has grossed $71.8m to date at the local box office making it the highest-grossing film in Korea this year.

A re-imagining based on a true story, the film is about a Seoul taxi driver who helped a German journalist shoot and smuggle out footage of the May 1980 Gwangju Democratization Movement which ended in a massacre of civilians by then-president Chun Doo-hwan’s troops.

The second-ranking film of the year so far is local detective action film Confidential Assignment, which clocked up 7.8 million admissions and $55.9m for Cj Entertainment after its January 18 release. It’s followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming with 7.2 million admissions »

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Oliver Stone to head Busan Film Festival New Currents jury

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Jury also includes Bahman Ghobadi, Agnès Godard, Lav Diaz and Jang Sun-woo.

Award-winning Us filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to head the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (Biff)’s jury for New Currents, the competition section for up-and-coming Asian directors.

The winner of Oscars, Golden Globes and a Berlinale Silver Bear for directing films such as Platoon and Born On The Fourth of July, Stone was recently at the Sarajevo film festival to receive an honorary award and screen a showcase including his latest documentary, The Putin Interviews

Speaking with Screen there, he expressed concerns about the Us stance on North Korea and the possibility of doing a project focused on the hermetic country.

Stone will be joined on the Biff jury by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, whose films include Cannes Camera d’or winner A Time For Drunken Horses and No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize »

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