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Anonymous, Film Constellation team with Euro partners for Arab Spring drama (exclusive)

Anonymous, Film Constellation team with Euro partners for Arab Spring drama (exclusive)
French-Moroccan actor Kamel Labroudi to star as Tunisian street vendor who took his own life as a protest.

German production outfit DETAiLFILM and Paris-based Cinenovo are teaming with Us companies Beachside Films and Anonymous Content on Before The Spring, a drama based on the life of Mohamed Bouazizi.

Bouazizi was a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire in protest of his treatment by officials; the act of defiance was one of the catalysts for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring.

Egyptian-British filmmaker Lotfy Nathan is making his narrative feature debut on the project. Nathan’s documentary 12 O’Clock Boys,
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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Burning Questions About Where the McU Goes From Here (Spoilers)

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Burning Questions About Where the McU Goes From Here (Spoilers)
Note: This article contains major spoilers about the events in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Avengers: Endgame” brought a definitive end to many characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as everyone following these movies knows, every ending is really just a new beginning. Marvel’s slate looks busier than ever, but “Endgame” only goes so far in terms of explaining the next steps. Here, we dig through some of the most pressing questions that viewers may have after watching this weekend’s biggest release and what they might mean for the future.

How will these events impact “Spider-Man: Far From Home”?

Though “Endgame” ends with the resurrection of the youngest Avenger, Tom Holland’s darling Peter Parker seems to be (quite understandably!) taking Tony Stark’s death very hard. The film’s final scenes show a devastated Spidey as he deals with 1) watching Iron Man die, 2) attending his tearjerking funeral, and 3) trying
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After ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ What Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Might We Expect Next?

After ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ What Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Might We Expect Next?
[Editor’s note: Some mild spoilers ahead for “Avengers: Endgame.”]

By the end of Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe was forever altered, at least until this month’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which promises to provide a satisfying conclusion to both the world-changing “snap” that killed off half the known universe and end the franchise’s so-called Infinity Saga. While both Disney and Marvel have remained predictably mum on what’s to come for the McU after the Avengers-centric series presumably concludes, they’ve been unable to avoid setting aside a slew of dates for upcoming features, along with lining up new titles, directors, and casts to kit them out.

Over the coming years, Marvel and Disney have already staked out a number of future release dates for new McU movies, including eight locked-in dates that run from 2020 until 2022 — only one of these, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” is confirmed for one of these dates.
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Cannes: Claire Denis To Head Short Films & Cinéfondation Jury

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Cannes: Claire Denis To Head Short Films & Cinéfondation Jury
Revered French director Claire Denis is to lead the short films and Cinéfondation (student films) jury at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Denis and her jury will award the three prizes of the Cinéfondation selected from 17 film students’ works as well as the Short Film Palme d’Or. Previous jury heads for this section include Abderrahmane Sissako, Naomi Kawase, Cristian Mungiu and Bertrand Bonello.

Last year, the jury chaired by Bonello awarded the Short Film Palme d’Or to All These Creatures, by Charles Williams. Filmmakers to start out in the Cannes short film strand include Lynne Ramsay, Xavier Giannoli, Alice Winocour, Pascale Ferran, João Salaviza, Jim Jarmusch, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Jane Campion (who remains the only director to have received both the Short Film Palme d’Or and the Palme d’Or for a feature).

The 2018 Cinéfondation Prizes were awarded to first works by Diego Céspedes, Igor Poplauhin,
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Sundance’s ‘Greener Grass’ Goes To Kinology For International Sales – Efm

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Sundance’s ‘Greener Grass’ Goes To Kinology For International Sales – Efm
Exclusive: Kinology will handle international sales on the Greener Grass, the comedy from Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe that just premiered in the Midnight section at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film, based on based on the pair’s SXSW award-winning short film, features D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House), Mary Holland, Beck Bennett (SNL) and Neil Casey. DeBoer and Luebbe also star.

Greener Grass premiered Saturday night in Park City. 30West is repping North American rights, with Kinology now set to launch sales at next week at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Produced by Natalie Metzger (Thunder Road) and executive produced by Gulp Splash Productions and Vanishing Angle, Greener Grass is a twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth,
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Tallinn Review: Rubén Mendoza’s ‘Niña Errante’ is a Poignant Portrait of Sisterly Love

A flock of dark, wavy hair covers Ángela’s luminous face as she stares at her father’s casket a few minutes into Rubén Mendoza’s heart-wrenchingly humane Niña Errante (The Wandering Girl). Ángela (preternaturally talented Sofía Paz Jara) is twelve, her mother died at birth, and her dad just passed away in a motorcycle accident. Stranded in Cali, Colombia, with no relatives who can look after her, she attends the funeral with her three estranged and older step-sisters: Carolina (Carolina Ramírez), Paula (Lina Marcela Sánchez), and Gabriela (María Camila Mejía). They have flocked to bid farewell to a father they seldom knew, and have agreed to drive across the country to leave Ángela in the hands of an old aunt, lest she be handed to the government’s child protection agency.

Thus begins a mesmeric journey that blends the candor of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister with the
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‘The First’: Colin Stetson’s Score Will Convince You this is a Show You Should Be Watching — Listen

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‘The First’: Colin Stetson’s Score Will Convince You this is a Show You Should Be Watching — Listen
It doesn’t take very long for Colin Stetson’s score for the latest Hulu drama “The First” to announce itself. The opening credits sequence is short, but on the strength of a striking visual and the musical force of a rocket engine, the series gets off to an impressive start.

The composer behind “Hereditary” (music that’s haunting in a completely different way), Stetson’s work as a saxophonist helps anchor this story of humans and space in something slightly unfamiliar to those who watch these kinds of futuristic stories. Where previous tales of astronauts have leaned on triumphant brass and heavy strings, there’s a spareness to a lot of what Stetson puts forth here.

Stetson’s work on the series isn’t always the kind that draws that kind of attention. In the pivotal fifth episode, the music works as a complement to a river of memories
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Marvel’s Next Big Thing: What You Need to Know About Chloé Zhao and ‘The Eternals’

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When Marvel was eyeing Chloé Zhao to direct Black Widow back in April (among others like Amma Asante and Deniz Gamze Ergüven; the job eventually went to Cate Shortland), the pairing seemed like a long-shot. A unique voice like Zhao’s doesn’t immediately seem like it would gel with the Hollywood studio system. We’ve seen Edgar […]

The post Marvel’s Next Big Thing: What You Need to Know About Chloé Zhao and ‘The Eternals’ appeared first on /Film.
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France selects 'Memoir Of War' for Oscars

TF1 Studio handled international sales, Music Box distributed in Us earlier this year.

Memoir Of War (La Douleur) will represent France in the best foreign language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the country’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc) announced on Friday (September 21).

Emmanuel Finkiel’s drama stars Mélanie Thierry and is inspired by French writer Marguerite Duras’ account of her husband Antelme’s return from the Dachau concentration camp after the Second World War.

Prior to Antelme’s arrest in 1944, Duras had embarked on an affair with Dionys Mascolo, however she continued living with her husband until he recovered his health.
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Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura, Gael García Bernal join 'Wasp Network'

Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura, Gael García Bernal join 'Wasp Network'
Principal photography scheduled to begin in first quarter of 2019.

Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura and Gael García Bernal have joined Edgar Ramirez on Olivier Assayas’ Wasp Network for Rt Features and CG Cinema, which Imr International will continue to sell to buyers in Toronto this week.

Assayas wrote and will direct the film based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers Of The Cold War, about Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s and a terrorist network based in Florida whose sphere of influence extended throughout Central America with the consent of the Us government.

Principal photography is scheduled to
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Film Review: ‘Sibel’

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Film Review: ‘Sibel’
Three years ago, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s handsomely made yet exoticizing “Mustang” reinforced a Western idea of rural Turkish life and was received with general acclaim away from home, proving that a filmmaker’s local origins don’t exclude an internalized brand of orientalism. That’s even truer with “Sibel,” Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s third feature, the first one shot in Zencirci’s country of birth. Weaving together folklore, gender roles and a fitful kind of emancipation in the story of a mute young woman desperate to counter the ostracism of her fellow villagers, the writer-director couple have created an attractive package that doesn’t hold up to close inspection. Even so, thanks to the extensive use of an intriguing whistle language, and given the way it buttresses Western narrative notions of Asia Minor, the film has a good chance of garnering international art-house attention.

The movie’s
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Locarno Review: ‘Sibel’ is a Perceptive, Timely Allegorical Drama

Reception can be pretty unreliable atop the mountains of Turkey’s Black Sea Region, so the women picking tea leaves in Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s timely allegorical drama Sibel have resorted to another method: they whistle. Not just plain one-note chirps, but elaborate and melodic trills-packed conversations that relay anything from a heads-up to some gossip on the village newlyweds. It’s an original escamotage of guaranteed comedic effect, which the directing duo translate via subtitles. But while the community of women farmers treat it as a mere alternative to verbal chats, for one of them, 25-year-old Sibel (a terrific Damla Sönmez) whistling is the only way she can communicate.

Born mute and raised by single father Emin (Emin Gürsoy) with her younger sister Fatma (Elit İşcan), Sibel walks the remote community as a pariah who, in the kind words of fellow women farmers, brings “bad luck.” Just
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Oscars: Cannes Favorite Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Is Turkey’s Foreign Language Entry

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Oscars: Cannes Favorite Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Is Turkey’s Foreign Language Entry
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree, which premiered this year in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, was selected as Turkey’s submission into this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race. It marks the fifth film from Ceylan chosen to rep the country, and the first since 2014’s Winter Sleep which won Cannes’ Palme d’Or.

Local media reports said 12 films were in the running for the slot and Pear Tree was chosen among film professionals and Culture and Tourism Ministry officials. The 91st Oscars are set for February 24, 2019. Cinema Guild has U.S. rights to the film and plans a 2019 release.

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci) center son Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol), an aspiring writer, who returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel, but his ambition is slowed by the gambling past of his father (Murat Cemcir
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Halle Berry and Daniel Craig in Kings Arrives on DVD July 31st

The war for justice that was fought in the streets, Kings, arrives on DVD July 31 from Lionsgate.

The war for justice that was fought in the streets, Kings, arrives on DVD July 31from Lionsgate. Starring Academy Award® winner Halle Berry and James Bond franchise-star Daniel Craig, the film tells the “Powerful” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) tale of a foster mother who looks to her eccentric neighbor to keep her family safe in the wake of the Rodney King riots. Debuting 25 years after the historic but tragic events, and written and directed by award-winning director Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang), Kings will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Los Angeles, 1992. In South Central, Millie (Halle Berry) is the foster mother of a dozen children. Jesse, her eldest, is fighting with newcomer William over a beautiful runaway they meet at school. On television, the Rodney King trial is in
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‘Black Widow’ Director List: Marvel Eyes Cate Shortland, Amma Asante for Scarlett Johansson Standalone Film

Marvel’s long-anticipated “Black Widow” movie is inching closer to production with the reveal of the studio’s shortlist for potential directors. Deadline reports Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland is the frontrunner contender to direct the standalone movie, which will find Scarlett Johansson at the center of her own Marvel film. The report also has indie favorites Amma Asante and Maggie Betts high on the list of contenders.

The “Black Widow” standalone movie first made news at the start of 2018 with the news Jac Schaeffer had been hired to write the screenplay. Schaeffer is an up-and-coming talent who wrote the script for Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway’s female-centric spin on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Rumors circulated in late April that Marvel was looking at directors such as “The Rider’ helmer Chloe Zhao and “Mustang” filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven to direct. The studio is reportedly adamant about landing a female director.

Shortland
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Weekly Update for May 4: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

“Angels Wear White”Films About Women Opening This Week

Angels Wear White — Written and Directed by Vivian Qu (Opens in NY; Opens in La May 18)

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia (Vicky Chen), a teenager who was working at reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen (Meijun Zhou), one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out. (Press materials)

Tully — Written by Diablo Cody

“Tully”

Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes
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'Avengers: Infinity War' romps to record $258.2m North American debut (update)

Marvel films account for six of top 10 opening weekends.

April 30 Update: Avengers: Infinity War delivered the perfect finale for Phase One of Marvel Studios’ plan for global domination as it rewrote the record books with an estimated $258.2m North American debut through Buena Vista, more than $8m higher than initial estimates on Sunday.

The historic opening salvo came as part of a record-breaking $640.9m worldwide debut. In North America, Infinity War scored the second highest opening day (Friday) on $106m, the highest Saturday on $83m, and a record-breaking estimated $69.2m on Sunday. It means Marvel now holds six of the
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'Avengers: Infinity War' romps to record $250m North American debut

Marvel films account for six of top 10 opening weekends.

Avengers: Infinity War delivered the perfect finale for Phase One of Marvel Studios’ plan for global domination as it rewrote the record books with an estimated $250m North American debut through Buena Vista.

The historic opening salvo came as part of a record-breaking $630m worldwide debut. In North America, Infinity War scored the second highest opening day (Friday) on $106m, the highest Saturday on $83m, and an estimated $61m on Sunday. It means Marvel now holds six of the top 10 and Disney nine of the top 10 opening weekends.

Paramount’s horror
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Interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Kings)

We sat with Turkish-French director Deniz Gamze Ergüven after the premiere of her sophomore directorial effort Kings at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. A project Ergüven has been developing for over the past decade, including before her 2015 debut Mustang, the director gets candid about her inspirations and provocative decision to tackle an English language project centered on the 1992 Los Angeles Race Riots. Recruiting Halle Berry and Daniel Craig to lead her South Central recuperation, Ergüven speaks on making a controversial subject into an art-house mood piece, as well as the notion of authorial integrity vs. good intentions.…
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'Kings' Review: Halle Berry, Daniel Craig Deliver Royal L.A.-Is-Burning Dud

What we have in the misbegotten mess called Kings is a film of countless good intentions – one that starts going bad in its first scene, gets worse form there and then dissolves into pure chaos. How does this happen given the talented crew involved? Welcome to #Movies 101 where nobody knows nothin'.

Halle Berry – that's right, the Oscar winner – stars as Millie, a glam-looking single foster mother of eight kids living in the racial hothouse of South Central Los Angeles circa 1992, when the Rodney King trial helped spark the L.A.
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