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'The Pass' Wins Best Series at Austria's Romy Awards

'The Pass' Wins Best Series at Austria's Romy Awards
The Pass, a mystery thriller series from the producers of The Lives of Others, has won the best series prize at this year's Romys, Austria's leading media honors.

The drama, starring Nicholas Ofczarek and Julia Jentsch as police investigators hunting a serial killer (Franz Hartwig) on the German/Austrian border, aired on European pay-tv broadcaster Sky.

Austrian comedy Love Machine from director Andreas Schmied won the best film honor at the 2019 awards, held in Vienna on Friday.

Caroline Link won the feature film directing honor for Der Junge muss an die frische Luft, an adaptation of the bestselling autobiography by German comedian Hape ...
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Taylor Kitsch, Michael C. Hall Join Tandem, Bron, Zdf on Mans Marlind’s ‘Shadowplay’

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Taylor Kitsch, Michael C. Hall Join Tandem, Bron, Zdf on Mans Marlind’s ‘Shadowplay’
Cannes –Taylor Kitsch, Michael C. Hall and Nina Hoss are set to star in period thriller “Shadowplay,” one of the big series – with “War of the Worlds,” “Zero, Zero Zero,” “Years and Years” – on Studiocanal’s upcoming, event-series studded production slate.

Created by Måns Mårlind, co-creator of “The Bridge,” a banner Nordic Noir title, and “Midnight Sun,” one of Studiocanal’s biggest and best-received recent international co-productions, “Shadowplay” is set on a large-scale canvas, the bombed-out 1946 Berlin, one year after World War II, as its former Allies, the U.S, Russia rival for power in the wrecked city, and its survivors dare to hope to rebuild their lives.

Described by lead producers Tandem Productions and Bron Studios as a “gritty dramatic thriller,” and conceived by Mårlind as two “chapters” of eight-episodes, “Shadowplay’s” first chapter will shoot from April 30 in Prague and environs. Kitsch will play Max McLaughlin, an Brooklyn
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Kkr Continues German Buying Spree With ‘Never Look Away’ & ‘The Lives Of Others’ Producer Wiedemann & Berg

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New York-based private equity group Kkr has continued its remarkable German buying spree with the acquisition of leading local film producer Wiedemann & Berg, whose films include 2019 Oscar nominee Never Look Away and Oscar winner The Lives Of Others.

The pact marks the fourth German media company acquisition by Kkr, which recently bought distributors Tele-Munchen Group and Universum as well as TV company i&u TV, and consolidates its position as a potent new player in the local market.

Wiedemann & Berg founders Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg will remain on board as managing directors and join the new media group as head of its feature film production division. The firm’s TV arm, W&B Television, a Jv with EndemolShine, will continue to run in parallel.

Fred Kogel, CEO of the new, as-yet-unnamed media group, said the latest acquisition marks the end of a first wave of consolidation, “Our dream team is complete!
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Kkr Buys ‘Never Look Away’ Producer Wiedemann & Berg Film

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Private equity firm Kkr has bought leading German film production company Wiedemann & Berg Film, which produced Oscar-winning film “The Lives of Others” and Oscar-nominated pic “Never Look Away.” The purchase follows Kkr’s recent acquisitions of three other heavyweight German film and TV companies, Tele München Gruppe, Universum Film and i&u TV.

W&B Film, Tmg, Universum Film and i&u TV will form part of an as yet unnamed German media company, which will encompass production, licensing and distribution. Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg, managing directors of Wiedemann & Berg Film, will be in charge of the feature film production division, while Fred Kogel will serve as the CEO of the new company.

W&B Television, Wiedemann and Berg’s joint venture with EndemolShine, will continue to run as a separate entity. W&B Television produced “Dark,” Netflix’s first German original series, and “Pagan Peak” for Sky Germany.
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Kkr Buys 'Never Look Away' Production Company Wiedemann & Berg Film

Private equity group Kkr has bought its fourth German media company, acquiring Wiedemann & Berg, producers of the Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others and recent Oscar nominee Never Look Away. The deal follows a string of acquisitions as Kkr aims to create a major independent German media company.

Company founders Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg will remain on board as managing directors and join the new media group as head of its feature film production division.

In addition to The Lives of Others and Never Look Away, Wiedemann & Berg have produced a string of German-language hits including Men in the City, Who ...
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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in March 2019

March can be a long month, and that’s especially true for cinephiles. Wedged between the Oscars and the start of the summer movie season (which now begins sometime in April), the tail-end of winter can feel like the deepest of doldrums on the annual movie calendar. Fortunately, Netflix is doing what it can to sustain its subscribers from now until spring.

This month’s new additions to the company’s streaming library offer a little something for everyone, from the soaring acrobatics of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” to the chilled mysteries of Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” and the heartbreaking drama of Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.” March’s Netflix Originals include Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, Lukas Dhont’s controversial “Girl,” and the star-studded beefcake spectacle of “Triple Frontier.” “Music and Lyrics” and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” join the internet’s deepest stable of 21st century rom-coms,
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in March 2019

Netflix has confirmed that 59 new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in March, including Jc Chandor‘s thriller “Triple Frontier,” which he co-wrote with Oscar winner Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”). Ben Affleck and Oscar Issac star as ex-Army officers who reunite with their unit to pull off a heist. Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor pulls triple duty as writer, director and star of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” which tells the true story of a student who saved his Malawi village from a famine.

On the TV side, the long-awaited second half of season 5 of the Emmy-winning comedy series “Arrested Development” starts to stream as does season 3 of the Drew Barrymore/Timothy Olyphant laffer “Santa Clarita Diet.” And among a slew of comedy specials are ones featuring Amy Schumer and British funnyman Jimmy Carr.

Below is the full schedule of everything that is
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Breakdown of the 2019 Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards Nominees

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Breakdown of the 2019 Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards Nominees
Madrid — Finalists in nine categories for the 2nd Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards were announced last week in Madrid’s stunning Casa de América. The awards will be held again this year in the Spanish Canary Islands city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on April 6.

In total, 25 films representing seven countries received recognition on the day in nine distinct categories. Spanish animation bagged 13 nominations, while Brazil scored 7, followed by Colombia (5), Argentina (4), Chile (4), Portugal (3) and Mexico (1).

Having already won best short film at Mexico’s Pixelatl Awards, Carlos Baena’s “La Noria” (The Ferris Wheel) scored the most Quirino nominations with three. Pan-Latin-American series “Paper Port Season 2 – The Lives of Others” and Colombian feature “Tropical Virus” were the only other entries with multiple nominations at two each.

This year’s feature competition looks to be one of the event’s most competitive. Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s “Another Day of Life
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2019 Oscar exclusive interviews: 8 chats with animated, documentary, foreign film nominees for ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and more [Watch]

2019 Oscar exclusive interviews: 8 chats with animated, documentary, foreign film nominees for ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Spider-Man’ and more [Watch]
Gold Derby has conducted exclusive video interviews with 10 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Foreign Language Film. How will they do when the winners are announced on Sunday, February 24? Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.

Brad Bird: After winning this category at the Oscars for “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Ratatouille” (2007) Bird has returned to the race with this sequel to his animated superhero classic. The film also earned Best Animated Feature nominations at the Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA and Critics’ Choice Awards. Bird also received Oscar noms for writing the original “Incredibles” and “Ratatouille,” though not for “Incredibles 2.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)

See Oscars 2019 exclusive interviews: 8 chats with acting nominees Glenn Close, Richard E. Grant, Regina King, and more [Watch]

Jimmy Chin: Chin earned his first Oscar nomination for this documentary about a death-defying mountain climb.
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Movies New to Netflix in March: ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Movies New to Netflix in March: ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘Wet Hot American Summer’
By March 1, the Oscars will be over, and we can finally stop pulling our hair over the fact that Rami Malek’s dentures beat out Ethan Hawke’s bottle of drain cleaner. When that day comes, Netflix will be able to offer an eclectic mix of reliably quality fare to cleanse our palates of what will surely go down in history as one of the oddest Oscar seasons ever. The streaming giant could also very well have earned its first Best Picture statue by then, but its users won’t be able to hear the champagne bottles popping over the hum of their preferred watching device.

Damien Chazelle’s finely crafted Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” may have been snubbed in almost every major category, but audiences looking to revisit the original space tearjerker can countdown with “Apollo 13,” which hits Netflix at the beginning of the month. ’90s babies
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Modern Films Picks Up Oscar-Nominated ‘Never Look Away’ for U.K.

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Modern Films has snagged U.K. and Ireland rights to “Never Look Away,” the German-language Oscar entry from “The Lives of Others” helmer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

The multi-generational story follows a young art student (Tom Schilling), who falls in love with a fellow student (Paula Beer). Her father (Sebastian Koch), a renowned doctor, disapproves of their relationship and vows to destroy it. Set in Germany, it spans three decades of the country’s history from Nazism through to the Cold War. The central character is loosely based on artist Gerhard Richter.

The three-hour picture, which premiered at the Venice Film festival, recently opened via Sony Pictures Classics. Beta Cinema was the sales agent. Distributor Modern Films plans an event-driven release plan similar to what it did with “Manifesto,” starring Cate Blanchett, and with HBO and Rai’s Italian-language miniseries “My Brilliant Friend.”

Thorsten Ritter of Beta Cinema says it
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Oscar-nominated drama 'Never Look Away' picked up by Modern Films for UK (exclusive)

2018 Venice Competition title is nominated for this year’s foreign-language Oscar.

Modern Films has bought UK rights to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away from Beta Cinema.

The German and Russian- language film premiered in Competition at the Venice Film Festival last year. It is nominated for best foreign-language film and best cinematography at this year’s Academy Awards.

Spanning three decades of 20th century German history, Never Look Away stars Tom Schilling as a young art student who falls in love with a fellow student played by Paula Beer. Her father, portrayed by Sebastian Koch, disapproves of
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Three Questions: This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees On The Lessons They Took From Their Oscar Journeys

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Three Questions: This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees On The Lessons They Took From Their Oscar Journeys
The Directors

From left to right:

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma (Mexico) Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckNever Look Away (Germany) Hirokazu Kore-eda – Shoplifters (Japan) Nadine LabakiCapernaum (Lebanon) Pawel PawlikowskiCold War (Poland) The Questions

1. What more could we be doing to give foreign language cinema a bigger platform in the United States?

Cuarón: We definitely need a switch of paradigm. Audiences are definitely hungry for these films, but they just don’t get the promotion. They don’t have the spaces. They’re relegated to these small little theaters. You have Cold War competing with Mega Avengers 5, you know? And by the way, I enjoy tentpole movies. I want to do tentpole movies. But I want all movies to co-exist.

Henckel von Donnersmarck: I think it would have to start at the school level. Perhaps it wouldn’t be the worst idea to have schools take one day off every month
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New Locarno artistic director gives first glimpse of her vision for the festival

Lili Hinstin said she wants to programme more UK films, short films and youth-oriented films.

Lili Hinstin, the new artistic director of the Locarno Festival, is planning a sharper focus on younger audiences, short films and programming titles films from territories such as the UK which have not previously had a strong presence at the festival.

“British cinema has not been considered enough,” she said. “British cinema has some hidden gems we have to launch.”

In her previous job as artistic director of France’s Belfort International Film Festival, France-born Hinstin programmed UK arthouse titles such as Joanna Coates’ debut
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Never Look Away – Review

Oliver Masucci as Professor Antonius van Verten, in Never Look Away. Photo by Caleb Deschanel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Art and history meld in the Oscar-nominated Never Look Away, a German-language epic tale that begins in 1937 Nazi Germany, and follows Kurt, an artistically-gifted young German, from his boyhood under the Nazis, to life in communist East Germany, and finally in the West in the 1960s. The personal story is used to explore life in eastern Germany under two repressive regimes, and those regimes shifting views on modern art under those regimes. Naturally, the drama also touches on Nazi war crimes, the war itself and its aftermath under communism but the lens is this child’s experience in wartime and then as a young artist.

Never Look Away is an Oscar nominee in this year’s Foreign Language category and also in the Cinematography category, for Oscar-winner Caleb Deschanel’s stunningly lush work.
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Movie Review – Never Look Away (2018)

Never Look Away, 2018.

Written and Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Starring Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci, Lars Eidinger, Florian Bartholomäi, Hanno Koffler, Rainer Bock, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Pit Bukowski, Ben Becker, Ina Weisse, Evgeniy Sidikhin, Johanna Gastdorf, Johannes Allmayer, Jörg Schüttauf, Stefan Mehren, Mark Zak, Bastian Trost, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Jeanette Hain, Hinnerk Schönemann, Martin Bruchman, David Schütter, Andreas Nickl, Cai Cohrs, Franz Pätzold, and Jonas Dassler.

Synopsis:

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the Gdr-regime.

Despite the title Never Look Away, the 3+ hour running time of this sprawling and ambitious semi-biographical story of famed German artist Gerhard Richter (renamed here Kurt Barnert) might send inpatient viewers running for the hills. That sentiment even applies for moviegoers that might have a slight passing interest in the general synopsis.
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Oscar Foreign-Language Directors Find Compelling Stories

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Oscar Foreign-Language Directors Find Compelling Stories
Directors of this year’s foreign-language Oscar nominees felt compelled to tell tales of universal themes.

Capernaum Lebanon

The Oscar race has fueled the ongoing protest against the industry’s sidelining of woman directors, serving up no female-helmed films in the best picture or director categories. That leaves Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki as the only distaff director nominated for a narrative feature film this year. “Capernaum,” a sprawling, dirt-on-the-lens labor of love about refugee children surviving on the mean streets of Beirut, is the most emotionally abrasive contender in the category. Centered on a destitute 12-year-old Syrian boy suing his parents for giving him life, it left many hardened critics weeping in the aisles at Cannes, where it duly won the Jury Prize. Variety’s Jay Weissberg was among them, deeming it “a splendid addition to the ranks of great guttersnipe dramas”; an Oscar nomination was widely predicted then and there.
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How Caleb Deschanel Became the Surprise Oscar Nominee for ‘Never Look Away’

How Caleb Deschanel Became the Surprise Oscar Nominee for ‘Never Look Away’
Like everyone else, Caleb Deschanel was taken by surprise with his sixth Oscar nomination for German-language nominee, “Never Look Away,” about the horrors of war and the artistic process. The legendary cinematographer, best known for “The Black Stallion, “The Right Stuff,” and “The Natural,” now becomes the sentimental favorite to win his first Academy Award.

“People kept coming up and raving about ‘Cold War’ and ‘Roma’ and I sheepishly told them that I had a foreign-language film and they said they had the DVD somewhere,” Deschanel said.

Clearly, enough branch members (bolstered by the large international bloc) were swayed by Deschanel’s exquisite cinematography to give him the nod. “Never Look Away,” directed by Oscar winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The Lives of Others”), fictionalizes the life of experimental abstract German painter Gerhard Richter, who finds his artistic voice in the film after falling in love with a fashion student
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Oscar Nominee Caleb Deschanel On Connecting ‘Never Look Away’ With Emotion To Images + Mystery & More

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Oscar Nominee Caleb Deschanel On Connecting ‘Never Look Away’ With Emotion To Images + Mystery & More
Veteran cinematographer Caleb Deschanel last week scored his sixth Oscar nomination, for his work on Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, one of the three Foreign Language nominees that crossed into other key categories this year. Deschanel, a respected Dp who has surprisingly never won the Academy Award, has such varied credits as Being There, The Black Stallion, The Right Stuff, The Natural, National Treasure, Killer Joe and The Passion Of The Christ. I caught up with him recently from London (where he’s working on this year’s The Lion King for Disney) to discuss his approach to Never Look Away, the mystery of creating art and connecting emotionally through images.

Never Look Away is inspired by the life of artist Gerhard Richter and premiered to much acclaim in Venice. It spans three eras of German history, centering on art student Kurt (Tom Schilling) who escapes post-war
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Oscar Nominee ‘Never Look Away’ Solid in Start; ‘Cold War’ Gets Nom Boost: Specialty Box Office

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Oscar Nominee ‘Never Look Away’ Solid in Start; ‘Cold War’ Gets Nom Boost: Specialty Box Office
Updated with more numbers and analysis. Oscar nominated title Never Look Away stood out in another subdued specialty weekend, grossing an estimated three-day total of $26,270, easily topping the small number of newcomers.

Greenwich Entertainment bowed docudrama The Invisibles by Claus Räfle in four locations Friday, grossing $27,000. The results were buoyed in part by weekend Q&As with the filmmaker and Holocaust survivor Hanni Lévy, who is played by Alice Dwyer in the film.

Kino Lorber Films launched Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book, which received an honorary Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, taking in $15,200 in three locations.

Among holdovers, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures sci-fi thriller Replicas with Keanu Reeves crossed $4M in its third weekend, though it grossed a slow $42K in 84 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $500.

Never Look Away edged director Florian Henckel von Donnersmark’s previous Oscar-winner, The Lives of Others,
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