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Afghan-German Helmer Burhan Qurbani Tackles ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’

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Afghan-German filmmaker Burhan Qurbani, director of hard-hitting social drama “We Are Young. We Are Strong,” is adapting Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” one of Germany’s most renowned literary works of the past century. It was adapted twice previously, most famously by Rainer Werner Fassbinder as a 1980 miniseries that remains an acclaimed and beloved classic. Departing from the book’s 1920s setting, Qurbani’s story takes place in the African refugee community of present-day Berlin. He spoke to Variety about the challenges of adapting a masterpiece, the refugee crisis and being haunted by Fassbinder.

How did the project come about?

Some four years ago I started working on the idea to adapt the novel. And then the refugee crisis came upon us. Of course there are many, many tragic, terrible, disturbing, wonderful and heart-warming original stories that refugees have to tell and those should be told. I chose a
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Boost Nl launches at Holland Film Meeting

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Iniative kicks off as film festivals continue to asses the merits of co-production markets.

Boost Nl, the new collaborative project between the Holland Film Meeting (Hfm, Sept 22-25) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart, is launching officially this week at the Hfm, which began today at the Nederlands Film Festival in Utrecht

The idea behind the initiative, which will continue at the Iffr’s Cinemart next January, is not just to help Dutch projects but to assist further a number of projects that have already received support from Iffr’s Hubert Bals Fund or have been presented at CineMart.

Speaking to Screen, Hfm chief Vanja Kaludjercic gave further details of the “enhanced coproduction experience” offered to the selected projects.

“Some things cannot be achieved in only three days of the event itself so what we have created is an extended trajectory,” Kaludjercic said of the new Utrecht/Rotterdam axis. The intention
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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun

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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun
The River Run International Film Festival wrapped its 18th edition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with its narrative feature award going to Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits, which was, in the words of the jury, “an audacious debut from a promising American talent.”

Best documentary feature went to Mike Plunkett’s Salero, about one of the last salt gatherers in Bolivia. The jury praised that film “for its astonishing visuals, narrative acuity and ability to showcase characters that go against the grain.”

The Fits, a Venice Biennale College project that also played at Sundance, also won best actress for its impressive young newcomer Royalty Hightower.

Interestingly, there is a link between the two top winners — debutant director Holmer from The Fits also served as a producer on Salero.

The jury’s best ensemble performance went to Jackson Martin, Nick Serino and Reece Moffett in Sleeping Giant, with best director honours for Romania’s Radu Muntean for One
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Berlin Review: From L.A. to the Middle East, 'Soy Nero' Follows a Strange Journey

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Berlin Review: From L.A. to the Middle East, 'Soy Nero' Follows a Strange Journey
Nothing is more universal, it seems, than border trouble. It's the heart and soul, the foreground and backdrop, of Rafi Pitts's "Soy Nero." The Iranian's fifth feature — his first in six years following "The Hunter" — begins in Tijuana, journeys to Los Angeles, and concludes in the anonymous "Na Koja-abad" (no man's land) of a Middle Eastern desert. Co-writing with Romanian screenwriter Razvan Radulescu (who worked on notable award-winners "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" and "Child's Pose"), Pitts drags his figurative approach to storytelling into the muscular realms of urban drama and wartime thriller. As a world-we-live-in dispatch, the film offers plenty of interpretable discussion points. In this righteous, sometimes gripping genre-melding work, geographical boundaries are the root of violent skirmishes, political tensions, racial prejudices, and class war. Laden with meticulously baked...
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Toronto 2015: 'One Floor Below' review

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★★★☆☆ The subject of guilt is one that cinema often returns to for its potential to be expressed in inventive and thought-provoking ways. In Radu Muntean's pared-down and naturalistic One Floor Below (2015), he and co-screenwriters Alexandru Baciu and Razvan Radulescu choose to take a similar route to Michael Haneke's highly-regarded Hidden (2005) by giving corporeal form to the externalised spectre of remorse. "We need to lose some weight," says Sandu Patrascu (Teodor Corban) to his equally paunch dog Jerry as they jog around a park. His conscience is soon a far greater burden, however, in this absorbing investigation into the culpability of inaction.

Returning home with Jerry, Patrascu happens upon two of his neighbours in a heated argument but carries on up to the apartment he shares with his wife Olga (Oxana Moravec) and son Matei (Ionut Bora). The next day, the young woman from downstairs, Laura, is found dead,
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Euro filmmakers "in shock" over training threat

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Euro filmmakers
Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, Nipkow Programm managing director Petra Weisenburger explained that the Berlin-based training initiative had not been successful in the latest round of funding for the next two years and would explore alternative strategies for a survival plan.

In the current financial year, Creative Europe had provided nearly 46% (€180,400) of Nipkow’s overall budget, with the remaining €215,543 coming from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Mbb) and Germany’s State Minister for Culture and the Media (Bkm).

Weisenburger said that Mbb’s CEO Kirsten Niehuus had already indicated a desire to see the Nipkow Programm continue to exist, but the situation remains unclear about the funding from Bkm for 2015 onwards.

She added that the Nipkow Programm jury of experts will meet during the next Berlinale in February to discuss the initiative’s future
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Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip

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Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip
I am not him wins best film in Turkish competition.

Blind [pictured] by Norway’s Eskil Vogt, the story of a married woman losing her sight and battling with the real and imaginary demons of her condition, won the Golden Tulip at the 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival. The jury — presided over by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and including British producer Lynda Myles from the National Film & TV School, Turkish actress Defne Halman, French director Philippe Leguay and Romanian writer/director Razvan Radulescu — added a special jury prize for Poland’s Papusza, written and directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze.

On the national front, Tayfun Pirselimoglou’s I am not him (Ben O Degilim) lead the field, winning the Best Film Award, also Best Script (also by Pirselimoglou) and best music (by Giorgios Komendakis), an award shared with Ali Tekbas, Serhat Bostanci and A. Imran Erin who wrote the score for Come to My Voice (Were
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‘Child’s Pose’ is a wonder to watch

Child’s Pose

Directed by Calin Peter Netzer

Romania, 2013

Continuing in the tradition of recent dominant cinematic mothers, ranging from Hye-ja Kim in Joon-ho Bong’s Mother to Jacki Weaver in David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, Luminita Gheorghiu casts an impressively controlling maternal shadow in Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose as Cornelia Keneres.

When Cornelia’s son Barbu (Bogdan Dumitrache) strikes and kills a child with his car, Cornelia sees the tragedy as an opportunity to steer her son’s life in the opposite direction of what she believes to be wayward and away from her.

Child’s Pose has several of the trademarks of the films of Netzer’s Romanian peers, making up what many refer to as a Romanian New Wave: long takes, class and bureaucratic commentary, abrupt cuts from scene to scene. It’s Netzer’s anxious camera, constantly panning, tilting, and zooming, that sets it apart.
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‘Child’s Pose’, Romania’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar category, releases a Us trailer

The Romanian cinema industry has seen an upswing in critical acclaim over the past decade, with movies such as The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days pushing them to the forefront of world cinema. The newest feature from the movie to pique the interest of the film community is Child’s Pose, which has been getting critical acclaim on the film festival circuit. The third feature from director Calin Peter Netzer, who shares screenplay duties with veteran writer Razvan Radulescu, Child’s Pose was recently selected by Romania as their official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film consideration. The Us trailer for the film was also released, and can be seen below. Our review of the film itself can be read here.

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

Child's Pose is an astonishing Romanian gem that deserved more of a cinema outing, unlike James Franco's attempt to put the vice back into Cruising

The ever narrowing window between the theatrical and DVD release dates of smaller-scale arthouse films is a bittersweet blessing. Viewers in multiplex-only regions get to access them before the critical conversation has cooled entirely, though the sadder flip-side is that their life in cinemas is increasingly brief. Viewed on any size of screen, however, Calin Peter Netzer's astonishing Child's Pose (Studiocanal, 15) – released theatrically only last month – is among the year's most essential films.

There's been a recent critical tendency to elevate indiscriminately just about any product of the so-called Romanian new wave to masterwork status, no matter how dour or protracted, which is perhaps why even discerning audiences were hesitant to see this diamond-hard domestic thriller – a deserved Golden Bear winner at the Berlin film festival.
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Child's Pose producer wins co-pro award

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Child's Pose producer wins co-pro award
This year’s European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages will go to Ada Solomon from Romania.

The award, acknowledging the role of co-productions in the European film industry, will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec 7.

Since setting up HiFilm, Solomon has produced award-winning shorts by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena From P7) and Radu Jude (The Tube With A Hat).

She also produced debut features by Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl In The World), Melissa de Raaf, Razvan Radulescu (First Of All, Felicia), Paul Negoescu (A Month In Thailand), and documentaries by Alexandru Solomon (Kapitalism - Our Improved Formula), among others.

She has produced the Eurimages-supported film Best Intentions by Adrian Sitaru, winner of two awards at the Locarno Iff 2011 and of two Romanian Gopos Awards, and Everybody In Our Family by Radu Jude which was also supported by Eurimages and won six Gopos Awards and the ‘Heart of Sarajevo’ 2012.

She is currently developing
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Solomon to receive co-pro award

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Solomon to receive co-pro award
This year’s European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages will go to Ada Solomon from Romania.

The award, acknowledging the role of co-productions in the European film industry, will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec 7.

Since setting up HiFilm, Solomon has produced award-winning shorts by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena From P7) and Radu Jude (The Tube With A Hat).

She also produced debut features by Radu Jude (The Happiest Girl In The World), Melissa de Raaf, Razvan Radulescu (First Of All, Felicia), Paul Negoescu (A Month In Thailand), and documentaries by Alexandru Solomon (Kapitalism - Our Improved Formula), among others.

She has produced the Eurimages-supported film Best Intentions by Adrian Sitaru, winner of two awards at the Locarno Iff 2011 and of two Romanian Gopos Awards, and Everybody In Our Family by Radu Jude which was also supported by Eurimages and won six Gopos Awards and the ‘Heart of Sarajevo’ 2012.

She is currently developing
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European Film Awards' Co-Production Award Goes to Producer of Child's Pose, Tarzan's Testicles

Romanian film producer Ada Solomon: European Film Awards’ Prix Eurimages 2013 The European Film Academy has announced that the 2013 European Co-Production Award — Prix Eurimages will go to Romanian film producer Ada Solomon. The purpose of the European Film Awards’ Prix Eurimages is to acknowledge "the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry." (Photo: Ada Solomon.) According to the European Film Academy’s press release, Ada Solomon has been in the film business for two decades. She is Head of Distribution at Parada Film and Executive Director of the NexT International Film Festival in Bucharest. Additionally, she teaches at the Romanian capital’s National Film School and, along with Tudor Giurgiu, manages three mini-plex movie theaters in that country. Ada Solomon movies Since establishing her production company HiFilm, Ada Solomon productions include documentaries by her husband, filmmaker Alexandru Solomon (Kapitalism — Our Improved Formula); shorts directed by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena
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Child's Pose gets UK deal

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Child's Pose gets UK deal
Beta inks deal with StudioCanal for Berlin Golden Bear winner.

StudioCanal has picked up UK rights from Beta Cinema to Calin Peter Netzer’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose.

The Romanian foreign language Oscar entry is scheduled for a November release after its UK debut at the BFI London Film Festival.

Produced by Netzer’s Parada Film and Ada Solomon, Child’s Pose follows a difficult mother-son relationship amid low-level corruption in contemporary Romania.

Co-written by the director and Razvan Radulescu, the film stars Luminița Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Ilinca Goia and Natasa Raab.

The deal follows a recent Us deal with Zeitgeist and completes sales in all major territories.
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Child’s Pose gets UK deal

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Child’s Pose gets UK deal
Beta inks deal with StudioCanal for Berlin Golden Bear winner.

StudioCanal has picked up UK rights from Beta Cinema to Calin Peter Netzer’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose.

The Romanian foreign language Oscar entry is scheduled for a November release after its UK debut at the London Film Festival.

Produced by Netzer’s Parada Film and Ada Solomon, Child’s Pose follows a difficult mother-son relationship amid low-level corruption in contemporary Romania.

Co-written by the director and Razvan Radulescu, the film stars Luminița Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Ilinca Goia and Natasa Raab.

The deal follows a recent Us deal with Zeitgeist and completes sales in all major territories.
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Berlinale 2013 Winner: Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’S Pose

Calin Peter Netzer‘s psychological drama Child’s Pose won the Golden Bear at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, and we’re here to congratulate Netzer and his team! Straight from Romania comes this pretty intense story of “quasi-pathological relationship” of a wealthy mother who uses her connections to try and stop her son from going to jail. Head inside to find the trailer and more details about the movie! Calin Peter Netzer directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Razvan Radulescu, which is actually a tale of corruption and guilt in modern Romania. Luminita Gheorghiu stars as the above mentioned mother – rich and...
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Southeast Europe Rules at This Year's Berlinale Awards

This year's Berlinale top winner: Romanian drama Child's Pose The 2013 Berlin Film Festival's top prize, the Golden Bear, was handed out at a ceremony earlier this evening. The winner was Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose / Pozitia copilului, co-written by Netzer and Razvan Radulescu. The Romanian drama depicts the travails of a rich, controlling mother's efforts to buy freedom for her selfish son, who, in a traffic accident, has killed a child from a poor family. Little regard is shown for the victim's family, while local authorities (much like those elsewhere, for that matter) are all too eager to side with the wealthy and powerful. (Pictured above: Los Angeles Film Critics Association 2006 Best Supporting Actress winner Luminita Gheorghiu in the Romanian drama Child's Pose.) In Child's Pose, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu's co-star Luminita Gheorghiu plays the domineering mother, Bogdan Dumitrache is her submissive son, while 4 Months, 3 Weeks and
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First Berlinale Residency announces participants

Berlinale Residency, Berlin International Film Festival’s new international fellowship programme, is inviting six filmmakers with their latest projects to Berlin for four months, beginning in September 2012.

The selected participants can finalize their scripts, and develop production and distribution strategies at the Residency. Mentors will advise participants on developing and revising their scripts. In a “Script to Market” seminar with market experts, the producers and directors will explore the audience potential of their works.

The selected projects will be presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 10-12, 2013) and/or at the Guadalajara Ibero-American Co-production Meeting in March 2013.

Selected projects

Matías Bize, Chile: The Memory of Water

Screenwriters: Matías Bize and Julio Rojas

Producers: Adrian Solar, Ceneca Producciones, Chile, and Nicole Gerhards, NiKo Film, Germany

Born in 1979, this director and screenwriter first attracted international attention in 2003 with his feature film debut, Sábado, una película en tiempo real. In 2005 his drama En la cama,
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Romanian Film Festival: Highlights Include Best From Cannes

Sunday, December 5th concludes the 5th annual Romanian Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. This year hosts The Romanian Cultural Institute and curator Mihai Chirilov added the moniker “A New Beginning,” in appreciation of the recent success of what has been dubbed the “Romanian New Wave.” This year, Cristi Puiu, arguably the one who started it all with his 2006 debut The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, returns with his second feature Aurora. The three-hour long film premiered earlier this year at the New York Film Festival to resoundingly positive reviews. Also returning from Nyff are Radu Montean’s Tuesday, After Christmas (opening May 25 at Film Forum) and Andrei Ujica’s The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, which opened the festival. All three were standouts this past May on the Croisette. Bobby Paunescu, producer of “Aurora” and “Lazarescu”, screens his directorial debut Francesca. Rounding out the “Romanian New Wave” roster of attendees is Razvan Radulescu,
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The Romanians are Coming!

This weekend, December 3-5, Tribeca Cinemas is proud to host the 5th Romanian Film Festival in New York City, featuring a roster of shining stars from past and present. Hosted, as always, by The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, this year's festival is entitled A New Beginning and will feature the best and most recent films from Romania's unique and critically exalted national body of contemporary cinema. These include works from filmmakers at the forefront of the Romanian New Wave, such as Cristi Puiu, Radu Muntean and Razvan Radulescu, as well as debut features from Constantin Popescu and Bobby Paunescu. For its opening night, the festival will present the highly anticipated new work from Andrei Ujica (Videograms of a Revolution), The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu. The festival will conclude with the landmark Romanian film Carnival Scenes by filmmaker Lucian Pintilie, featuring celebrated Romanian stage and screen actor Victor Rebengiuc
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