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‘Gomorrah’ Spinoff: Marco D’Amore To Star In & Direct Ciro Di Marzio Origins Movie

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‘Gomorrah’ Spinoff: Marco D’Amore To Star In & Direct Ciro Di Marzio Origins Movie
Exclusive: Here’s some welcome news for fans of hit mafia crime series Gomorrah: producers of the small-screen drama are lining up an origins story feature film based on cult character Ciro Di Marzio, aka ‘l’Immortale’.

Marco D’Amore, who plays Di Marzio in the series, will star in and direct the Cattleya-produced movie, which currently has a working title of Immortale (Immortal). D’Amore has also recently directed episodes of the fourth season of the show.

Gomorrah writer Leonardo Fasoli (who is also lead writer on Cattleya’s large-canvas series Zero Zero Zero) is currently working on the script for the Italian-language film, which producers are hoping to shoot in the first quarter of 2019. Vision Distribution, the Jv between Sky Italia and a group of leading local producers, is expected to release in Italy. The same company has theatrically released Gomorrah in the territory and Sky Italia carries the series on TV.
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‘Gomorrah’ Star Marco D’Amore, Indiana & Vision Under Way On Comedy ‘Dolcissime’

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‘Gomorrah’ Star Marco D’Amore, Indiana & Vision Under Way On Comedy ‘Dolcissime’
Exclusive: Production is under way in Turin, Italy on comedy feature Dolcissime, produced and written by Marco D’Amore, star of hit Italian crime series Gomorrah.

D’Amore produces under his La Piccola Societa banner with Italian stalwart Indiana Production, producers of Helen Mirren-Donald Sutherland comedy The Leisure Seeker. Sky Italia-backed Vision Distribution will release the feature next year.

Script comes from D’Amore and Francesco Ghiaccio with the latter directing. D’Amore, Ghiaccio and Indiana previously collaborated on the director’s 2015 feature debut Un Posto Sicuro.

Pic, whose title translates literally as ‘the sweetest’, follows three overweight girls who decide to tackle their insecurities by teaming up with a former enemy, the leader of the synchronized swimming team, who will train them to take part in a competition.

Starring are established Italian actors Valeria Solarino (Angel Of Evil) — who also has a starring role in Indiana’s
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Meet Me in Montenegro at the Munich Film Festival

Meet Me in Montenegro is a romantic comedy about two lovers, a Norwegian dancer and an American filmmaker, who meet by chance during a visit to Berlin. The film is based on the real-life romance between co-writers, producers, and editors Linnea Saasen and Alex Holdridge, who both also star in the film as the fictional portrayals of their real-life characters. On the eve of the German premiere in Munich, I sat down with Saasen, her co-producer Ineke Hagedorn, and co-actress Jenny Ulrich. The Orchard has recently released the film in the U.S. and Canada, and it’s also available on digital […]
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Meet Me in Montenegro at the Munich Film Festival

Meet Me in Montenegro is a romantic comedy about two lovers, a Norwegian dancer and an American filmmaker, who meet by chance during a visit to Berlin. The film is based on the real-life romance between co-writers, producers, and editors Linnea Saasen and Alex Holdridge, who both also star in the film as the fictional portrayals of their real-life characters. On the eve of the German premiere in Munich, I sat down with Saasen, her co-producer Ineke Hagedorn, and co-actress Jenny Ulrich. The Orchard has recently released the film in the U.S. and Canada, and it’s also available on digital […]
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The Orchard Buys Love Story ‘Meet Me in Montenegro’ Featuring ‘Homeland's Rupert Friend

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The Orchard Buys Love Story ‘Meet Me in Montenegro’ Featuring ‘Homeland's Rupert Friend
Film and TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to “Meet Me in Montenegro,” which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in theaters next year. Real-life couple Alex Holdridge (“In Search of a Midnight Kiss”) co-directed the love story with Linnea Saasen, and the duo also star alongside Rupert Friend (“Homeland”) and Jennifer Ulrich. Also read: ‘Homeland’ Star Rupert Friend in Talks to Replace Paul Walker in ‘Agent 47' (Exclusive) Art imitates life in “Meet Me in Montenegro,” as it is closely tied to Holdridge and Saasen's real-life relationship. The film centers around L.
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The Orchard picks Montenegro

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The Orchard picks Montenegro
The distributor has acquired all Us and Canadian rights to Meet Me In Montenegro and has earmarked a 2015 theatrical release.

Alex Holdridge directed and stars in the recent Toronto premiere about an La-based filmmaker Anderson and a Norwegian dancer who reunite years after their whirlwind romance was cut short.

Linnea Saasen also stars and there is support from Rupert Friend and Jennifer Ulrich.

The Orchard brokered the deal with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
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'Montenegro' team plan Berlin TV series

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'Montenegro' team plan Berlin TV series
Exclusive: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.

The project, loosely titled Hour Zero, will be set in the American sector of Berlin. Saasen said: “It’s set at a time when everything is broken and in flux…It’s an interesting moment in time, it’s a city with no rules.”

The series will examine the origins of the CIA and Kgb.

Holdridge, whose previous credits include In Search of a Midnight Kiss, said that “the story will be about crazy characters, based on real people in Berlin at that time…it is such a ragtag way that the CIA was formed.”

He added: “It’s a city that’s alive because it has experienced so much death. 75% of Berlin has been levelled during the war.”

The project is envisioned as an ongoing series and the
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Meet Me In Montenegro team plan Berlin TV series

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Meet Me In Montenegro team plan Berlin TV series
Exclusive: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.

The project, loosely titled Hour Zero, will be set in the American sector of Berlin. Saasen says: “It’s set at a time when everything is broken and in flux…It’s an interesting moment in time, it’s a city with no rules.”

The series will examine the origins of the CIA and Kgb.

Holdridge, whose previous credits include In Search of a Midnight Kiss, adds that “the story will be about crazy characters, based on real people in Berlin at that time…it is such a ragtag way that the CIA was formed.” He added: “It’s a city that’s alive because it has experienced so much death. 75% of Berlin has been levelled during the war.”

The project is envisioned as an ongoing series and the
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions List: An Intro

Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list.
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31 Days of Horror: ‘We Are the Night’ Review

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Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer, Max Riemelt | Written by Dennis Gansel, Jan Berger | Directed by Dennis Gansel

Filmed in 2010 and often billed as female version of The Lost Boys, We Are The Night is a German take on the vampire legend that follows Lena, a small time crook who, on the run from the cops, attracts the attention of Louise, a nightclub owner and leader of a trio of sexy female vampires that also includes a party girl, DJ Nora and former 1920s silent film star Charlotte.

When she unknowingly picks the pocket of a man one night on the streets of Berlin, small-time crook Lena attracts the unwanted attention of Inspector Tom Serner, a young police detective involved in ongoing investigations into Lena’s victim, a known Russian mobster. Although she manages to escape Tom’s clutches, Lena’s personal situation becomes even more complicated
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DVD Review - Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood (2012)

Diaz: Don't Clean Up This Blood, 2012.

Directed by Daniele Vicari.

Starring Claudio Santamaria, Jennifer Ulrich, Elio Germano and Davide Iacopini.

Synopsis:

A reenactment of the final days of the 2001 G8 Summit.

Watching Diaz as someone with no understanding - beyond having read a synopsis attached to this DVD - of the historical events on which it’s based fortified both its strengths and weaknesses. It’s an angry, political film with little political context included for the uninitiated. It’s a humanist film but built around a reductive, almost archetypal ‘good vs evil’ conflict.

Of course, speaking as someone ignorant about the real events, this may be an entirely accurate depiction. But the level of its bias towards the fresh-faced young protestors, all pretty and liberal (in the most broadly-drawn sense) and against the thick-set, furrowed-browed, uniformed police and politicians, only serves to make one suspicious about what’s not being shown.
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2013 Sundance Film Festival: Alex Holdridge’s Meet Me In Montenegro

The timing might be just right for John Cassavetes Award for The Best Independent Film of 2009 winner Alex Holdridge to break into Sundance. I imagine he tried with his previous three features, Wrong Numbers (2001), Sexless (2003), and the SXSW selected In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2008), but his latest, Meet Me In Montenegro appears to be a better fit. Teamed with his dp Robert Murphy, this was filmed in Berlin, Los Angeles and the titular Montenegro and stars Rupert Friend and Deborah Ann Woll (pictured above on set).

Gist: Linnea Saasen’s screenplay sees a failed European dancer who has a chance meeting in Berlin and starts an affair despite the fact that they are moving to opposite ends of the earth. Rupert Friend plays the writer’s best friend who is in a fading relationship and toys with the idea of taking his girlfriend – played by Jennifer Ulrich (The Wave) – to a sex club.
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Thn Interviews ‘We Are The Night’ Star Jennifer Ulrich

With We Are The Night set to hit DVD Monday 15th October, Thn was fortunate enough to catch up with Jennifer Ulrich (Charlotte).

You can read our interview below:

Your character shows a very human side: the regret on her face for almost the duration of the film is there for all to see. Do you think this is how you’d be if you were given immortal life with the restrictions vampires have?

That was one of the questions I always asked myself and I came to the conclusion that I would really enjoy being a vampire first but after some time I would get bored and disappointed. I mean, it’s the excitement about the supernatural that we humans are longing for. Once you have it you love it but what’s coming next? There is nothing you can’t do, nothing you are not capable of as a vampire,
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Vamp Tramps Unleashed as We Are the Night Hits UK DVD this October

A suitably saucy threesome of vampiric hotties pop up in German vamp flick 'We Are The Night' (Aka 'Wir sind die Nacht'). And the new Dennis Gansel ('The Wave') helmed horror is set to sink its sexy teeth into the UK DVD market this coming October. The immortal and insatiable trio are featured in their alluring bloodthirsty outfits on the DVD artwork, shown below. It arrives on DVD here in the UK on 15 October. Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer, Max Riemelt, Walera Kanischtscheff, Senta Dorothea Kirschner, Arved Birnbaum and Steffi Kuhnert all star. Head below to check out the new DVD artwork....
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'We Are The Night' Review

By Marcey Papandrea, MoreHorror.com

We Are The Night Movie Review

Is it possible for a vampire film to feel really fresh anymore? I can happily report that yes, yes it can! We Are The Night (Wir sind die Nacht) is a recent vampire genre film out of Germany and despite the familiarity it felt very fresh and it was extremely entertaining.

The film felt like a mixture of The Lost Boys, Near Dark, and American late 90’s vampire films with that distinct European flavour. It ranges in classic genres too; it is part horror, part romance, part drama and part action. Director and co-writer Dennis Gansel successfully blended all these elements, and it was obvious while watching the film that this was a passion project. The film is Gansel’s own take on Camilla the gothic novella that pre-dates Dracula, a subject seen before on film but not quite in this way.
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Alex Holdridge: “I’LL Never Go To Los Angeles Again”

I fell in love with Alex Holdridge’s gorgeous, smart black-and-white La-set romantic comedy In Search of a Midnight Kiss when I saw it on the film festival circuit in 2007, and later interviewed Holdridge for Filmmaker when Kiss was released theatrically in 2008.

In the intervening years, Holdridge and I were in occasional contact, and through Facebook I was aware that he had left L.A. and decamped to Berlin. But little more than that.

When I read earlier this spring that he was in postproduction on his follow-up feature, Meet Me in Montenegro – a film co-written by and co-starring Holdridge himself and the Norwegian newcomer Linnea Saasen – I dropped him a line to find out more about the film and its genesis.

The following conversation is a composite of our back and forth over email and Skype.

Filmmaker: So, tell me about the new film.

Holdridge: It’s inspired by an exodus from Los Angeles,
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'In Search Of A Midnight Kiss' Helmer Alex Holdridge Wraps Sophomore Feature 'Meet Me In Montenegro'

Director Alex Holdridge made a splash back in 2007 with his debut feature, "In Search of a Midnight Kiss." That distinctly indie romantic comedy was both written and directed by Holdridge, won him an Independent Spirit Award and cropped up on a number of top ten lists as well. His sophomore feature is, in some quarters at least, highly anticipated and so it's encouraging to hear that we aren't too far away from seeing it.

After a 6-week shoot in the U.S., Germany and Montenegro, Holdridge has just wrapped his sophomore film "Meet Me In Montenegro." Holdridge himself stars in the comedy as a failed American writer who has a chance encounter with a failed European dancer (newcomer Linnea Saasen, with whom Holdridge also co-wrote the script) and the two start up an affair. Keira Knightley's former beau Rupert Friend ("The Young Victoria") plays the writer's best friend who
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New Release: We Are the Night DVD

Release Date: Sept. 20, 2011

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: Mpi/IFC

Female vampires just want to have fun in We Are the Night.

A stylized vampire horror movie by German director Dennis Gansel (The Wave), 2010’s We Are the Night (or Wir sind die Nacht in its native German) follows a sect of seductive female vampires that hide out in Berlin’s alternative nightclubs, enjoying the luxuries and pleasures their attained immortality provides them. Oh, and when they’re not partying, the vamps are wreaking horror and havoc on a string of unsuspecting victims.

Starring striking German actresses Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich and Anna Fischer as a quartet of blood-sucking babes who make the Sex and the City gals look like fruit bats, We Are the Night played in theaters in Europe last year and then popped up on a couple of screens in the U.S. in May to little fanfare.
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We are the Night

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It takes a lot to make a noticeably different vampire film these days. The genre has been seemingly mined to death through the inanity that is the Twilight series to the more visceral thrills offered in the HBO adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ work in True Blood. Maybe that’s why it fell to a foreigner to offer us something messy but thought-provoking. Director Dennis Gansel conceived of his story, We are the Night back in 1996 and let is gestate in his mind before finding willing financial backers. Apparently, vamps don’t inspire moneymen in Germany so when the film failed to launch in 2006, Gansel went off to direct his acclaimed film, The Wave, and that finally got him his money.

The director says his inspiration came from the 1872 novel Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and it shows. Louise (Nina Hoss) has been seeking the reincarnation of her one true love,
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Exclusive: Dennis Gansel Talks The Wave and We Are the Night

Exclusive: Dennis Gansel Talks The Wave and We Are the Night
German director Dennis Gansel discusses his movies The Wave and We Are The Night, which are now available to American audiences for the first time on VOD

Director Dennis Gansel is a name most American audiences aren't familiar with, although I believe they really should be. The filmmaker made his feature debut with Girls on Top in 2001, which he followed up with the critically acclaimed Before the Fall. His two latest films, The Wave and We Are the Night, are now available in America for the first time through IFC Films' video-on-demand platform, with We Are the Night already available and The Wave hitting VOD on June 8. Both films are truly remarkable and, despite the German language and settings, have undeniable appeal to Americans.

The Wave is based off the infamous 1967 high school experiment by teacher Ron Jones in Palo Alto, California, which started after a student inquired about
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