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Magnolia Pictures takes Cannes Competition selection 'The Whistlers'

Magnolia Pictures takes Cannes Competition selection 'The Whistlers'
Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade among co-producers.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired Cannes Competition selection and Romanian crime thriller The Whistlers from mk2 Films in the latest deal struck on the Croisette.

Corneliu Porumboiu’s film centres on a police inspector who plans a heist and embarks on a trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling code. Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade is among the co-producers.

Magnolia senior vice-president of acquisitions John Von Thaden negotiated the deal with mk2 FilmsFionnuala Jamison and the distributor has earmarked a theatrical release for later this year. mk2 Films represents worldwide rights.
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Romanian Crime-Thriller ‘The Whistlers’ Bought for North America

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Magnolia Pictures has bought North American rights to the Romanian crime thriller “The Whistlers” following its premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, the film stars Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Antonio Buil, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, Julieta Szonyi and George Pisterneanu. Magnolia is eyeing a theatrical release for later this year.

Ivanov plays a corrupt police inspector in Bucharest who has been sent to the island of La Gomera in the Canaries to learn the ancient whistling language to pull off a high-stakes heist.

“‘The Whistlers’ is an incredible gush of pure entertainment,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Corneliu Porumboiu has been making brilliant films for the last few years and he has outdone himself with his most crowd-pleasing work yet.”

Porumboiu’s 2006 feature “12:08 East of Bucharest” won the Caméra d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His 2015 film
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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Romanian Crime Story ‘The Whistlers’

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to “The Whistlers,” a crime movie from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu that premiered in competition at Cannes, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Magnolia intends to release “The Whistlers” later this year.

Porumboiu is one of the members of the Romanian New Wave of cinema and is the director of 2006’s “12:08 East of Bucharest” and 2009’s “Police, Adjective,” which won the Un Certain Regard at Cannes that same year. Porumboiu’s latest follows a crooked police officer who wants to free a businessman from an island in the Canaries but has to learn a bizarre local language involving whistling, hissing and spitting in order to do so. Here’s the official synopsis:

Also Read: 'The Whistlers' Film Review: Romanian Wild Ride Runs on Black Humor

In “The Whistlers,” not everything is as it seems for Cristi,
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‘The Whistlers’: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Inventive Crime Thriller – Cannes

Exclusive: With an eye toward a theatrical release this year, Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to The Whistlers, the inventive crime thriller from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu that just premiered in Competition in Cannes to glowing reviews.

Porumboiu won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2006 with his first feature, 12:08 East of Bucharest. With follow-up films such as the shrewdly written Police, Adjective (an arresting 2009 tale about words, crime, and the letter of the law) and Infinite Football (last year’s soccer-obsessed documentary) Porumboiu has shown a gift for material that digs deep into eccentric pursuit.

In The Whistlers, the quirky element is the melodic skill set mentioned in the title. Here’s the official synopsis: “In The Whistlers, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Whistlers’

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Whistlers’
With all due respect to Lauren Bacall, there’s always been a bit more to whistling than putting your lips together and blowing. Certainly for Cristi (Vlad Ivanov), the corrupt Bucharest policeman embroiled in a comically complex plot to get a local gangster off the hook in Corneliu Porumboiu’s Cannes competition title “The Whistlers,” it is a matter of life and death. It requires practise, training and a bent forefinger, angled between pursed lips, like it’s holding a gun and the bullet will exit the opposite ear.

Cristi has been sent to the island of La Gomera in The Canaries, where he is to learn the ancient whistling language originally, well, whistled by the Guanches, an aboriginal tribe native to the region. This is because, by the slightly lunatic logic of Porumboiu’s screenplay, in these days of easily hackable cellphones and widespread surveillance, whistling has the advantage
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Beta Cinema grabs thriller 'Hinterland' starring Vicky Krieps (exclusive)

Beta Cinema grabs thriller 'Hinterland' starring Vicky Krieps (exclusive)
Period crime thriller from Oscar-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky co-stars Murathan Muslu.

Beta Cinema has picked up international sales on Oscar-winning Stefan Ruzowitzky’s next feature Hinterland to star Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) and Murathan Muslu.

Principal photography is set to take place in autumn on the period crime thriller co-written by Ruzowitzky with Robert Buchschwenter and Hanno Pinter. The story takes place in Vienna at the beginning of the 1920s as a former detective returns home after seven years in a Russian PoW camp and joins forces with a forensic specialist on a murder investigation.

Square One Entertainment has picked up
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New Us Trailer for Neolithic Survival Film 'Iceman' with Jürgen Vogel

"At first, the man was believed to be a hiker. Later, his stone age origins were revealed..." Film Movement has debuted a new official Us trailer for Iceman, a stone age survival thriller set in the snowy Ötztal Alps (located on Austria / Italy border). This premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2017, and we originally posted a trailer for it back then. This could be described as an early Neolithic man version of The Revenant, about one man who angrily seeks revenge but must first survive the brutal Ötztal Alps. Jürgen Vogel stars as Kelab, with the full cast including Susanne Wuest, André Hennicke, Violetta Schurawlow, Sabin Tambrea, Martin Schneider, and an appearance by Franco Nero. The film uses an early version of the Rhaetic language. This actually looks pretty damn good, with some epic footage and plenty of gnarly beards. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ another poster) for Felix Randau's Iceman,
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Sam Keeley cast in 'Adventures Of A Mathematician' (exclusive)

Screen Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Keeley will play Us mathematician Jack Calkin.

Further casting and financing has been confirmed on Thor Klein’s Adventures Of A Mathematician, which Mongrel Media represents for international sales at the Efm.

Rising young Irish actor Sam Keeley, a former Screen International Star Of Tomorrow, has joined the cast and will play Us mathematician Jack Calkin alongside Jakub Gierszal as Polish mathematician Stan Ulam.

Adventures Of A Mathematician chronicles the story of Polish immigrant Ulam and how he helped develop the hydrogen bomb and worked on the first computer while dealing with huge upheaval in his private life.

Young German actor Sabin Tambrea is also on board as German spy Klaus Fuchs. Previously announced Joel Basman plays Hungarian physicist Edward Teller.

Lena Vurma of German outfit Dragonfly Films is the lead producer alongside Mary Young Leckie of Solo Productions and Joanna Szymanska’s of Shipsboy.
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First Trailer for Survival Revenge Film 'Iceman' About a Neolithic Man

"They found a man, but not his story..." A trailer has debuted for a film titled Iceman, which is premiering at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland kicking off this week. This film could be described as an ancient Neolithic man version of The Revenant, about one man who angrily seeks revenge but must first survive the brutal Ötztals Alps. Jürgen Vogel stars as Kelab, with the full cast including Susanne Wuest, André Hennicke, Violetta Schurawlow, Sabin Tambrea, Martin Schneider, and an appearance by Franco Nero. The film uses an early version of the Rhaetic language. This actually looks damn good, with some impressive hair + beards and an intense story set entirely in the wilderness. I'm intrigued enough to watch. Here's the first official trailer (+ German poster) for Felix Randau's Iceman, direct from YouTube: 5000 years ago: A man lives with his woman and their children in the Ötztals Alps.
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First trailer for Locarno premiere 'Iceman'

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First trailer for Locarno premiere 'Iceman'
Exclusive: Watch the first trailer for revenge movie about Neolithic man ‘Ötzi’.

Screen can reveal the first trailer for writer-director Felix Randau’s Locarno world premiere Iceman, which reimagines the last days of Neolithic man ‘Ötzi’.

Watch above or on mobile Here:

The epic survival and revenge story charts the fictional journey of a man who lived more than 5,300 years ago as the leader of a besieged Neolithic clan in the Ötztal Alps.

The enigmatic character has subsequently become the subject of one of the great unsolved historical murder cases.

Beta Cinema handles sales on the movie, starring Juergen Vogel (The Wave), Franco Nero (Django Unchained), André M. Hennicke (Victoria), Sabin Tambrea (Ludwig II) and Susanne Wuest (A Cure For Wellness).

The film was shot in an early version of the Rhaetic language. Dop is Jakub Bejnarowicz (Mercy).

Producers are Port au Prince Film and Kultur Produktion/Jan Krüger (Jack) in co-production with Echo Film, Lucky Bird Pictures
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Cannes: Efp names 20 Producers on the Move

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Denmark’s Katja Adomeit and Germany’s Ingmar Trost among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.Scroll down for full list

European Film Promotion (Efp) has selected 20 emerging young European producers for the 16th edition of its Producers on the Move networking initiative, which will be held during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival from May 15-18.

The 2014 selection includes Danish producer Katja Adomeit, who produced and co-directed the hybrid film Not At Home with the Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat as well as co-producing Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure as a freelancer for the Copenhagen office of Philippe Bober’s The Coproduction Office.

Cologne-based Ingmar Trost of Sutor Kolonko has also been selected. His credits include Ilian Metev’s award-winniıng documentary Sofıa’s Last Ambulance, Latvian director Juris Kursietis’ Modrıs and Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid Lynn, and he has just completed production of his third feature, Isabelle Stever’s The Weather Inside.

Lithuania will be
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Coccinelle flies with Ma Folie

Coccinelle flies with Ma Folie
Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.

Italian sales collective Coccinelle Film Placement has taken on world sales of Austrian director Andrina Mracnikar’s psychological thriller Ma Folie.

The German-language feature stars Alice Dwyer and Sabin Tambrea as lovers Hanna and Yann whose relationship turns sour due to the insecurities of the latter.

Yann’s previously affectionate video love letters take on a menacing tone and Hanna wonders who she can trust, including herself.

It is the debut feature for Mracnikar, a former Berlinale Talent Campus alumni, after producing a number of shorts and documentaries.

Coccinelle will market premiere Ma Folie at the Efm. Austrian distributor Filmladen is due to release the film domestically in March.

Fledgling sales outfit Coccinelle was set up in 2013 by Rome-based industry veteran Francesca Breccia as a hub for freelance sales agents worldwide.

Breccia is at the Efm with Gaetano Maiorino and Jef Nuyts, who joined
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Harmony Lessons tops Seattle awards

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Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons won the 39th Seattle International Film Festival’s Best New Director grand jury prize on Sunday [9] as top brass handed out jury and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

The Siff 2013 Best Documentary grand jury prize went to Penny Lane’s Our Nixon and Lucy Walker earned a special jury prize for The Crash Reel, while Kyle Patrick Alvarez took the Best New American Cinema grand jury prize for C.O.G.

In the audience awards, Henk Pretorius’ Fanie Fourie’s Lobola won the Best Film Golden Space Needle Award and Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet From Stardom took the corresponding documentary prize.

The Best Director Golden Space Needle Award went to Nabil Ayouch for Horses Of God, while best actor was awarded to James Cromwell for Still Mine and best actress to Samantha Morton for Decoding Annie Parker.

The Best Short Film Golden Space Needle Award was presented to [link
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