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€2m awarded to producer nominees in three categories of Germany's Lola awards

€2m awarded to producer nominees in three categories of Germany's Lola awards
The recipients were the producers of films nominated for best film, best doc and best children’s film.

More than €2m ($3.2m) in nomination premiums has been awarded to the producers of the films nominated for best film, best documentary and best children’s film at the 2019 German Film Awards, aka the Lolas, in Berlin today (March 20).

The best film nominees are Andreas Dresen’s Gunderman, Markus Goller’s 25 km/h, Caroline Link’s The Boy Needs Fresh Air, Aron Lehmann’s The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx and Christian Petzold’s Transit. Each of
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Netflix Originals Execs Talk Euro Strategy, Buzz Series & Int’l Growth At Hot-Ticket Event: “It’s Only The Beginning” — Efm

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Netflix’s remarkable international growth will continue apace, a packed industry event heard at the European Film Market in Berlin this morning. It was standing room only at the buzzy session titled ‘From Idea to Screen: Developing European Content for and with Netflix’, which gave industry an insight into the streaming giant’s European commissioning and acquisitions strategy for original drama and film.

Taking part were Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP International Originals Europe/Turkey/Africa; Rachel Eggebeen, Director Content International Originals Germany, Austria & Switzerland; Kai Finke, Director Acquisitions & Co-productions Germany, Austria & Switzerland; Damien Couvreur, Director International Originals France; and Diego Avalos, Director International Originals Spain. The session focused primarily on drama series.

The volume of new content being commissioned by the international team is dizzying. Today the service revealed Norwegian horror series Bloodride and two German dramas: Biohackers, a thriller from show runner-director Christian Ditter; and Unorthodox, from Deutschland 83 show runner Anna Winger.
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“Berlin, I Love You” Lacks A Sense Of Place

Perhaps the smallest scale franchise in the business is the “I Love You” anthology of films. Each installment in what’s called the “Cities of Love” franchise looks at romantic stories centered in one town. Paris, je t’aime started it off, with New York, I Love You and Rio, I Love You coming next in line. Now, this week brings Berlin, I Love You to screens. Unfortunately, while the first two efforts had lots of charm and offered more good segments than bad, the inverse is true here. Too much of the story is easy to dismiss and forgettable. For the first time, you don’t ever get a sense of why this is a place to love, or why someone might fall in love there. This movie is, as mentioned above, the latest installment of the Cities of Love / “I Love You” anthology series. Obviously, it’s centered in Berlin,
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‘Berlin, I Love You’ Trailer: Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren Among Stars In Fourth ‘Cities’ Installment

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‘Berlin, I Love You’ Trailer: Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren Among Stars In Fourth ‘Cities’ Installment
Typical Berlin? “Nothing,” suggests one of the many characters in this new trailer for Berlin, I Love You, is typical in this city.

The fourth in the “Cities of Love” anthology series since the first – New York, I Love You in 2008, followed by Paris (2006) and Rio (2014) installments – Berlin, I Love You features 10 segments of love and romance in the German city.

Twelve directors contribute, including Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron. The film is produced by Claus Clausen and Edda Reiser.

The trailer gives glimpses of the various tales, including one in which Keira Knightley plays a woman trying to help an apparently homeless little boy (Liam Gross). Helen Mirren plays Knightley’s concerned mom. In another, Mickey Rourke puts his odds of a romantic hook-up at 50-50, and seems to beat the house.

Also in the cast: Luke Wilson,
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German Box Office Plunges 16% in 2018

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Germany’s box-office earnings plummeted 16% to €839 million ($965 million) in 2018, in tandem with an alarming 15.5% drop in theater admissions to 95.8 million, according to figures provided Wednesday by Comscore.

The steep fall in what was once the world’s eighth-biggest movie-going territory comes after an uptick of 5.9% at the German in 2017. But that modest rise followed a 17.1% drop in 2016, making the current picture all the more worrisome for distributors and exhibitors.

On the bright side for the local industry, German movies performed relatively strongly, even though none cracked the top 10. They accounted for 22.9% of the market in 2018, equaling their share in 2017. But total 2018 grosses for German movies on home turf were down 17% to €166 million ($191 million).

The leading domestic title in Germany last year was children’s pic “Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver,” directed by Dennis Gansel, which pulled in more than €11.8 million ($13.6 million) via Warner Bros. That was followed by Studiocanal’s “The Little Witch,
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German box office report 2018: why are admissions down in one of Europe's biggest markets?

A lack of strong German films, plus the heatwave and World Cup, impacted the German box office this year.

This year has not been an easy one for German exhibitors or distributors. Indeed, the Association of German Distributors (VdF) was uncharacteristically tight-lipped about making any upbeat forecasts about end-of-year results for overall box-office takings and admissions after its Agm in Berlin in late November.

While recent years have seen distributors confidently looking forward to turnover exceeding the €1bn mark and admissions passing 100 million for the year, film releases between January 1 and November 25 have generated $832m (€729.4m) — compared with $989.2m (€867.5m
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Ethan Hawke Joins RZA's New Orleans Heist Thriller Cut Throat City

Ethan Hawke Joins RZA's New Orleans Heist Thriller Cut Throat City
It was announced today that Four-time Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke has signed on the New Orleans-set heist movie Cut Throat City, directed by RZA (of the Wu Tang Clan). The film also stars Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, Eiza Gonz&#225lez, Kat Graham, Tip "T.I." Harris, Joel David Moore, Isiah Washington, Keean Johnson, Sam Daly, Denzel Whitaker, Rob Morgan, Rich Paul, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and Shameik Moore. Well Go USA preemptively acquired North American rights earlier this year for the picture for a nationwide theatrical release in 2019. Xyz Films is handling international sales.

Cut Throat City is produced by Elliott Michael Smith and Sean Lydiard of Rumble Riot Pictures. Michael Mendelsohn (Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management), William Clevinger, Kyle Tekiela, and RZA, with P.G. Cuscheri writing the original screenplay. Natalie Perrotta Jon Levin, Roger Goff, and Jim Steele are Executive Producing and Jarod Einsohn is co-producing. The
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Homegrown Hits Have German Box Office Humming

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German films have continued to perform strongly at the box office this year despite record high temperatures over the summer, usually a death knell for local cinemas, and not to mention World Cup soccer, which kept many potential moviegoers at home or in sports bars across the country.

Local pics have benefitted from a strong mix of comedy, children’s fare and drama. German productions accounted for some 11.3 million admissions in the first half of the year, compared with 10.6 million in the first six months of 2017, resulting in a 22.4% market share, up from 18.2%.

“German films have been able to increase both their revenue and market share in a difficult market environment, which is already a special achievement,” Peter Dinges, CEO of the German Federal Film Board (Ffa), tells Variety. “And with some high-profile movie launches in the second half of the year, I am extremely confident that this trend will
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Germany’s Amusement Park Hires Red Arrow Alum for TV Push (Exclusive)

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Germany’s Amusement Park Hires Red Arrow Alum for TV Push (Exclusive)
Malte Grunert and Daniel Bruhl’s film production company Amusement Park has brought on seasoned international exec Amelie von Kienlin as it drives more deeply into TV. Former Studio Hamburg film boss Grunert founded Amusement Park in 2009, and “Captain America – Civil War” actor Daniel Brühl joined in 2015 as a partner. They have brought in von Kienlin to build up the TV department, working on projects for the German and international markets.

Grunert said the new recruit “brings with her a unique market insight and creative talent, not to mention having a formidable international network.” He added: “We have high ambitions for the coming years, and we look forward to taking on these challenges with Amelie as a key part of the team.“

Von Kienlin was most recently Svp of scripted acquisition and co-production for Red Arrow Studios International in London. Prior to that, she was head of co-production at Wild Bunch Germany,
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CineEurope Hot Topics: Local-Language Films’ Box Office Influence, Germany Drop

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As studios vie for a chunk of an increasingly globalized business, the importance of local-language films that reflect homegrown audiences has been among key talking points for exhibitors and studios here at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona this week. Local films simply help all boats to rise. It’s notably on folks minds amid a box office downturn in some European majors, particularly Germany where underperforming local titles have contributed to a sizable drop in the first part of the year.

Tim Richards, chief of Vue International which operates in major European markets, including Germany and Italy (as well as Taiwan), tells me a local hit “turns a good year into a great year.”

Fox’s President of International Theatrical Distribution Andrew Cripps confirms the importance of local which “brings an audience to movies that don’t normally go, then they see trailers and marketing materials” which have the effect
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Helen Mirren’s ‘Berlin, I Love You’ Sells to Saban Films

Saban Films is stamping its passport for Germany, as the distributor has acquired “Berlin, I Love You” out of the Cannes Film Festival.

Part of the indie franchise that includes “New York, I Love You” and “Paris, je t’aime,” the film focuses on short romantic vignettes and tapestry of character that populate the city.

Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess are among the ensemble cast. The acquisition price is unknown.

Directors on the 10 shorts include Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron.

Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 5: Salma Hayek Sounds Off, Gaspar Noé Redeemed

The film was produced by Claus Clausen and Edda Reiser with Galleon FilmsAlice de Sousa and Skady Lis as co-producers. Emmanuel Benbihy is executive producer. The film was financed by VX119 Media Capital, on behalf of managing partners Jeff Geoffray and Jeff Konvitz.

Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales together with Disrupting Influence’s Glenn Kendrick Ackermann and Jason Piette. CAA Media Finance co-repping the deal with Highland and Disrupting Influence.

Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated on behalf of Saban Films, who are planning a theatrical release.

Read original story Helen Mirren’s ‘Berlin, I Love You’ Sells to Saban Films At TheWrap
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Saban Films picks up 'Berlin, I Love You'

Highland Film Group handles worldwide sales.

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Berlin, I Love You, its fourth acquisition announced in Cannes after Siberia, Keeper, and Viking Destiny.

Berlin, I Love You is the latest in the Cities Of Love portmanteau series and comprises 10 love stories set in the German capital. The cast includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess.

Saban Films plans a theatrical release. Highland Film Group handles worldwide sales with Disrupting Influence’s Glenn Kendrick Ackermann and Jason Piette, and jointly represents Us rights with CAA Media Finance.

The directors are Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel,
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Saban Picks Up ‘Berlin, I Love You,’ Starring Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren

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Saban Picks Up ‘Berlin, I Love You,’ Starring Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren
Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to “Berlin, I Love You,” whose cast includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess. The movie is an anthology feature containing 10 romantic stories set in the German capital.

The deal marks Saban’s fourth acquisition out of the Cannes Film Festival, after it picked up Matthew Ross’ “Siberia,” starring Keanu Reeves, the Gerard Butler starrer “Keepers,” and David L.G. Hughes’ “Viking Destiny.”

Directors Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron will each helm different segments of “Berlin, I Love You,” with Josef Rusnak directing the transition sequence tying up all the episodes.

The film is produced by Claus Clausen and Edda Reiser of Walk on Water Films; Alice De Sousa of Galleon Films, and Skady Lis of Getaway Pictures are co-producers. Emmanuel Benbihy is executive producing, and the film was financed by VX119 Media Capital.
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Helen Mirren & Keira Knightley’s ‘Berlin, I Love You’ Heads To U.S. After Saban Deal

Helen Mirren & Keira Knightley’s ‘Berlin, I Love You’ Heads To U.S. After Saban Deal
Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley’s Berlin, I Love You is heading to the U.S. after Saban Films has acquired the North American rights.

The anthology feature, which also stars Jim Sturgess, tells ten stories of romance set in the German capital with directors including Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron helming different segments with Josef Rusnak directing the transition sequences.

The film is produced by Claus Clausen and Edda Reiser (Walk on Water Films) alongside Alice De Sousa (Galleon Films) and Skady Lis (Getaway Pictures) as co-producers.

Emmanuel Benbihy is executive producing, and the film was financed by VX119 Media Capital, whose managing partners are Jeff Geoffray and Jeff Konvitz. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales together with Disrupting Influence’s Glenn Kendrick Ackermann and Jason Piette, with CAA Media Finance co-repping the U.S. rights.
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Cannes: Saban Films Takes Keira Knightley Romance Anthology Film 'Berlin, I Love You'

Marking its fourth acquisition of the Cannes market, Saban Films has acquired North American rights to <em>Berlin, I Love You</em>.

Directors Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron each helmed different segments of the film, which is an anthology of 10 romantic stories set in the German capital. Josef Rusnak directed the transition sequence tying up all the episodes. The cast includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess.

<em>Berlin, I Love You</em> marks the latest chapter in the <em>Cities of Love</em> franchise, founded by Emmanuel Benbihy, following <em>Paris Je T'aime</em> in 2006 ...
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German Hitmakers Are Back in Saddle for the Cannes Market

German Hitmakers Are Back in Saddle for the Cannes Market
Historical romance, literary adaptations, arthouse drama, star-studded comedies, children’s pics, animated fare and a high-profile documentary are among the many German films and co-productions on offer at this year’s Cannes Film Market.

Unspooling as part of the festival are Wim Wenders’ “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” repped by Focus Features and bowing in Special Screenings; “In My Room,” Ulrich Koehler’s story of a man who suddenly realizes everyone around him has disappeared, which world premieres in Un Certain Regard; and, in Intl. Critics’ Week sidebar, Anja Kofmel’s Swiss co-production “Chris the Swiss,” a partially animated documentary from Urban Distribution that investigates the mysterious death of a young Swiss journalist during the Yugoslav wars.

On the market side, one historical niche that is proving particularly successful is that of the turn-of-the-century artist.

Picture Tree Intl. is following its 2016 hit “Egon Schiele — Death and the Maiden,
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Sofia Vergara Animation ‘Koati’ Cannes Marché-Bound With Timeless Films

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Exclusive: Timeless Films has boarded world sales rights to animation comedy Koati, which will be voiced and executive-produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara. Rodrigo Pérez Castro, story artist on Ferdinand, Ice Age: Collision Course and Rio 2, will direct the feature, which is created and produced by Anabella Sosa Dovarganes from Upstairs & Los Hijos de Jack Productions. Vergara will executive produce alongside Luis Balaguer, Diego Urbano, Chris Zimmer, Jose Nacif, Melissa Escobar, Upstairs Productions, Latin We and Timeless Films.

The feature will follow three unlikely heroes: a free-spirited coati (a raccoon-like animal found mainly in Central and South America), a fearless monarch butterfly, and a hyperactive glass frog as they embark on an adventure to stop a wicked coral snake (Vergara) from destroying their homeland and friends. Additional casting is underway.

Vergara, who has previously voiced animations The Smurfs and Happy Feet Two, told us, “Koati is an invitation
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Netflix Sets Julian Fellowes-Penned Soccer Drama, German Event Series ‘The Wave’ & More

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Busy Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is joining with Netflix and London- and La-based 42 on a new series about the invention of modern football (soccer). The news emerged at Netflix’s See What’s Next event in Rome on Wednesday morning and was among a host of new projects announced.

Netflix VP of International Originals Erik Barmack said the football project (aka The English Game) will be penned by Fellowes and examine how the game reached across class divides to create the world’s most popular sport.

Also new, German series The Wave will be based on the 2008 box office hit Die Welle. The original film was directed by Dennis Gansel and grossed about $24M locally. It centered on a high school teacher’s experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship that spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit
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Jenna Dewan Tatum to star in Berlin, I Love You

Deadline is reporting that Jenna Dewan Tatum has joined the ensemble cast of the anthology film Berlin, I Love You, the latest instalment in the Cities of Love series after Paris, je t’aime (2006), New York, I Love You (2008) and Rio, I Love You (2014).

The film will feature numerous short romance stories, directed by Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron, with Josef Rusnak helming the transition sequence to tie all of the segments together.

Tatum, who is serving as executive producer on the YouTube Red Series Step Up: High Water with her husband and Step Up co-star Channing Tatum, will feature in the film alongside the previously announced Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, Orlando Bloom, Sophie Turner, Jack Huston, Patrick Dempsey and Renee Zellweger.
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‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ Review

Stars: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo, Toby Eddington, Femi Elufowoju Jr., Anteo Quintavalle, Rhatha Phongam | Written by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher | Directed by Dennis Gansel

Living with a Jason Statham “superfan” (aka my wife) means that his version of The Mechanic – a remake of the Charles Bronson original – has become something of a legend in our household. I have seen the film more times than I care to admit and more times than any other Statham-starring feature. Which means, honestly, that excitement level for this sequel, Mechanic: Resurrection, was at an all time high.

This time round Arthur Bishop, aka ‘the mechanic’, is settling into retirement when a vicious crime boss, Crain, offers him an assignment. After Bishop turns him down, Crain kidnaps Bishop’s new girlfriend Gina and sets him a near-impossible task to get her back: he must kill three
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