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StudioCanal acquires Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’ for UK; first image revealed (exclusive)

TrustNordisk has also sold the film to Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Poland.

StudioCanal has bought UK and Ireland rights to Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming feature Druk, which has now confirmed its international title as Another Round, from TrustNordisk.

The sales agent has closed a slew of further Europeanl deals on the film including to Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein (Weltkino); Benelux (September); Switzerland (Pathé); Hungary (Vertigo Media), Greece (Seven Films); Former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film & Video); Poland (Best Film); Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia (Estin Film) and Czech Republic (Film Europe).

Another Round is about a group of high school teachers who embark
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Dominik Moll discusses ‘Only The Animals’ after well-received Venice premiere

Dominik Moll discusses ‘Only The Animals’ after well-received Venice premiere
“Maybe it’s age, but I am less and less interested in prizes and competition.”

After twice securing competition slots in Cannes for his earlier films, Dominik Moll unveiled his new film Only The Animals this week in Venice’s Giornate degli Autori (previously known as Venice Days). If he felt being in a parallel section was a comedown, the German-born French director wasn’t showing it.

“Maybe it’s age, but I am getting less interested in prizes and competition. The main competition probably gets more media attention but I think it’s still a great chance to show the film here.
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Dominik Moll talks ‘Only The Animals’ after well-received Venice premiere

Dominik Moll talks ‘Only The Animals’ after well-received Venice premiere
“Maybe it’s age, but I am less and less interested in prizes and competition.”

After twice securing competition slots in Cannes for his earlier films, Dominik Moll unveiled his new film Only The Animals this week in Venice’s Giornate degli Autori (previously known as Venice Days). If he felt being in a parallel section was a comedown, the German-born French director wasn’t showing it.

“Maybe it’s age, but I am less and less interested in prizes and competition. Of course, the main competition gets more media attention and blah blah blah but I think it’s
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Attendees excited by quality of projects at Haugesund’s works in progress event

The Eurimages Lab Award at Haugesund has gone to Norwegian director Guro Bruusgaard for Him.

Norwegian director Guro Bruusgaard has won the Eurimages Lab iAward at Haugesund for Him.

The award—which is only eligible for a select group of work-in-progress projects that are more experimental in form or content – comes with a grant worth $55,500.

Him looks at the roles of contemporary men in society through stories of a boy, a 30-year-old man and a 60-year old man during one day in Oslo. The jury said Him offered a “relevant discussion made in a witty, intelligent and compassionate style”. No sales company is attached yet.
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Haugesund Prizes ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Him,’ ‘Ballon’

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Haugesund Prizes ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ ‘Him,’ ‘Ballon’
Haugesund, Norway — Celine Sciamma’s intellectually dexterous, bittersweet love tale “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” has claimed another heart, taking home The Norwegian Film-Critics’ Prize at the Haugesund Film Festival’s closing night on Thursday.

The festival, which runs over August 17-23, capped its 47th edition with a screening of André Løyning and Kristian Landmark’s documentary

Sciamma’s revisionist romance won the screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will next head to Toronto, where it will screen as a Special Presentation.

“With elegance, sophistication and courage, the film explores how love and vitality can – at least momentarily – throw off the shackles of an oppressive social order. Exquisite acting performances and cinematography, combined with a soupcon of mythological symbolism, add up to a work of serious artistic merit,” noted the jury members in their verdict.

The Eurimages Lab Award went to director Guro Bruusgaard’s “Him.
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Haugesund Unveils New Nordic Films Lineup

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The 25th New Nordic Films, unspooling Aug. 20-23 parallel to the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, will kick off with the critically-lauded “A White, White Day” by Hlynur Pálmason. The Icelandic drama which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, is among 19 films set to screen, of which 13 are world market premieres such as Jesper W. Nielsen’s thriller “The Exception,” Venice Critics Week’s pick “Psychosia,”, Venice Days’ entry “Beware of Children”, Jens Jonsson’s “The Spy” and Jesper Ganslandt’s “438 Days”.

The hot Works in Progress session has 20 titles to be pitched to more than 300 attendees. Gauging this year’s crop, New Nordic Films’ managing director Gyda Velvin Myklebust underlines the large number of local films, genre-driven and reality-based stories, as well as the healthy gender balance -half the films are female directed. “There are many new female talents to watch out for,” says Myklebust, citing the
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TrustNordisk closes first sales on ‘Hope’ starring Stellan Skarsgard (exclusive)

TrustNordisk has sold Maria Sødahl’s forthcoming drama Hope to Adso Films for Spain and Andorra, Cineart for Benelux, Inolmedia for Korea, Ads for Hungary, and Foxx Media Group for Czech Republic and Slovakia.

TrustNordisk has sold Maria Sødahl’s forthcoming drama Hope to Adso Films for Spain and Andorra, Cineart for Benelux, Inolmedia for Korea, Ads for Hungary, and Foxx Media Group for Czech Republic and Slovakia.

TrustNordisk showed a promo of the Norwegian drama to buyers in Cannes.

Sf Studios has Nordic rights and will release the film starting in November 2019.

Stellan Skarsgård stars alongside Andrea Bræin Hovig
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Wallimage backing the new film by Bouli Lanners - Funding – Belgium

The Walloon investment fund will throw its weight behind the Belgian director’s first English-language effort, which is being staged by Versus Production. For its third session of 2019, Wallimage has chosen to support nine new projects: two series, three documentaries and four fiction features, including Wise Blood, the new film by actor-director Bouli Lanners, set to be shot in Scotland, in the English language. Wise Blood tells the story of a forbidden love between a man (Lanners) and a woman (Gina McKee) in a small Presbyterian community in the north of Scotland. The movie will be co-directed by Flemish director Tim Mielants, who made a name for himself thanks to his work on an array of international series and who has just been handed the Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary for his feature debut, Patrick. Wise Blood, produced by Versus Production (Belgium), is...
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Maisie Williams To Lead Sky Original Comedy ‘Two Weeks To Live’ For ‘The Tunnel’ Outfit Kudos

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Maisie Williams To Lead Sky Original Comedy ‘Two Weeks To Live’ For ‘The Tunnel’ Outfit Kudos
Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams is set to lead cast in Sky Original comedy series Two Weeks To Live (W/T).

Written by Gaby Hull (Cheat), the six-part UK series will be produced by The Tunnel and Humans outfit Kudos and revolve around Kim Noakes (Williams), a young misfit who lives a secluded country life. When an unlikely prank goes wrong, she finds herself on the run from a murderous gangster and the police with a massive bag of stolen cash. With the survival techniques she has picked up from her upbringing, however, she might just get through. Additional cast has yet to be revealed.

The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director Content, Sky and Jon Mountague. Josh Cole is the commissioning editor, Sky, and the series will be executive produced by Phil Temple from Kudos and will begin filming later this year. It will be distributed
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‘In Bruges’ Is Getting A Blu-Ray Re-Release, Complete WIth New Bonus Features

We’ve just learned that dark hitman movie with a heart, In Bruges, is to receive a new Limited-Edition Blu-ray release, complete with brand new special features courtesy of Second Sight.

From award-winning director Martin McDonagh (Three Bill Boards Outside Ebbing Missouri), the film was originally released in 2008 and has gone on to earn cult status. It sees Brendan Gleeson (Cold Mountain) and Colin Farrell (The Lobster) in career-defining, critically acclaimed performances, as a pair of hired heavies sent to lie low in the Belgian city after a botched hit.

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) stars as their boss and the line-up also features Elizabeth Berrington (Good Omens), Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel) and Eric Godon (The Missing).

Following a job that’s gone very badly wrong, two hitmen Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Gleeson) are sent to Bruges by their boss Harry (Fiennes) and told to hide out and await instructions.
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The Long Walk Honors Stephen King's Book Beautifully Says Director

The Long Walk Honors Stephen King's Book Beautifully Says Director
A few weeks back we passed along the news that Stephen King's much-beloved novel The Long Walk (which King wrote under his pseudonym Richard Bachman) will be heading to the big screen soon. It's coming our way via New Line Cinema and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and The Autopsy of Jane Doe director Andre Ovredal. The filmmaker will be helming the adaptation from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt. And the filmmaker recently revealed that King evidently loves Vanderbilt's adaptation and that his script honors what King wrote in a beautiful way. Specifically, he says this.

"Vanderbilt wrote the script on spec because he loved the book so much, even though he didn't have the rights to it. When Frank Darabont's rights expired, he and his producing partner Brad Fischer immediately snapped it up. King, from what I gather, already loved his adaptation, and then
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Beta Cinema Acquires Karlovy Vary Competition Title ‘Patrick’ (Exclusive)

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Beta Cinema has acquired the dark, offbeat comedy “Patrick,” the feature debut of Flemish director Tim Mielants (“Peaky Blinders”), which will world premiere in competition next month at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. Variety has the exclusive trailer.

Featuring Kevin Janssens, Jemaine Clement and Bouli Lanners (“Rust and Bone”), “Patrick” is the story of a handyman at his father’s naturist campsite who dedicates his spare time to designing and building furniture. When he loses his trusted hammer, his search to retrieve it takes him to the furthest corner of the campgrounds—a journey that takes on existential meaning when his father passes away. As the life he long took for granted suddenly shifts course, Patrick embarks on a tragicomic quest that might ultimately help him become a new man.

“Patrick” is produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Film. Beta Cinema will handle all international rights outside Benelux.
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Mads Mikkelsen reunites with Thomas Vinterberg for drinking film (exclusive)

Mads Mikkelsen reunites with Thomas Vinterberg for drinking film (exclusive)
The story follows a group of high school teachers inspired by a theory that modest intoxication would open our minds to the world around us.

Thomas Vinterberg is reuniting with several key collaborators from his acclaimed 2012 drama The Hunt for new project Druk (the international title is yet to be confirmed) now shooting in Denmark.

He reteams with scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm as well as actors Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe and Susse Wold.

The other major role in Druk is played by Magnus Millang, who has previously acted in Vinterberg’s Kursk (2018) and The Commune (2016). The cast also
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Megan Riakos showcases female directors in horror anthology

Andrea Demetriades in Dark Whispers- Volume 1.

Filmmaker Megan Riakos has filmed the wrap-around segment for an anthology of horror short films by female directors which she is curating with producer Leonie Marsh.

In the segment shot by Justine Kerrigan, which will top and tail the film and link to each chapter, Andrea Demetriades plays Clara, who is obsessed with her late mother’s cherished The Book of Dark Whispers.

Each weird tale sheds light on a new facet of the twisted human psyche, or not-so-human, from the horror of grief to a share-house living disaster, from existential dread to right-swiping vampires.

Comprising 11 shorts plus the wrap-around, Dark Whispers – Volume 1 showcases films by Angie Black, Briony Kidd, Isabel Peppard, Janine Hewitt, Jub Clerc, Kaitlin Tinker, Marion Pilowsky, Katrina Irawati Graham, Lucy Gouldthorpe, Madeleine Purdy and Riakos.

Each receives a licence fee and a share in a percentage of the film’s profits.
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Griffin Pictures, 'Bait' producers feature on Creative England's regional 'innovators' list

The list recognises 50 innovative companies across film, games and digital media.

Nottingham-based Griffin Pictures and Bristol’s Early Day Films are among 50 selected for Creative England’s 2019 CE50 list, for ’innovative and disruptive’ companies and individuals across film, games and digital media from the regions.

The fifth edition of the annual list includes 19 entries for the film and TV industry.

Griffin Pictures is run by Anna Griffin, a 2018 Screen Star of Tomorrow, and is currently working on Arash Ashtiani’s Calais refugee drama The Tunnel with BFI Network development funding.

Early Day produced Mark Jenkin’s fisherman drama Bait, which
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Buyers still zooming into TrustNordisk's 'The Tunnel' (exclusive)

The film, written by Kjersti Helen Rasmussen, is based a real-life incident about families and tourists trapped in a blazing tunnel by a blizzard.

TrustNordisk has closed further deals on Pål Øie’s Norwegian disaster film The Tunnel.

New deals include for France (Mediawan), Japan (Ipa), Taiwan (Catchplay), Russia (Capella), Poland (Telewizja Puls), and Hong Kong (Sundream).

The film, written by Kjersti Helen Rasmussen, is based a real-life incident about families and tourists trapped in a blazing tunnel by a blizzard.

Budgeted at $3.9m (€3.5m), the film is now in production with a local release planned by Nordisk at Christmas.
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Buyers line up for TrustNordisk disaster drama 'The Tunnel' (exclusive)

The film is based on a real-life tanker collision incident.

TrustNordisk has closed a number of deals on its Norwegian disaster thriller The Tunnel.

The film has now sold to Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland (SquareOne), Mexico and Latin America (Califorinia Filmes), Korea (Activers Entertainment), China (Dd Dream), Malaysia and Philippines (Cm Holdings), and Bulgaria (bTV). TrustNordisk will show first footage of the film in its promo reel screening tomorrow (May 15).

Pål Øie directs based on a script by Kjersti Helen Rasmussen. Based on a real-life incident, the story follows what happens when a tanker truck collides and catches on fire in a tunnel.
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Stephen King's The Talisman Movie Gets Handmaid's Tale Director

Stephen King's The Talisman Movie Gets Handmaid's Tale Director
Stephen King's The Talisman may finally become a movie. It's been revealed that Mike Barker has been tapped to direct the adaptation, making him the latest filmmaker to take a crack at this one, which has been attempted several times in the past. Thanks to the success of It in 2017, it's been a true golden era for King adaptations on both the big and small screen, with virtually every studio doing what they can to get in on the action. Now, Amblin and the Kennedy/Marshall Company are taking their turn.

According to a new report, Mike Barker, best known for his work on TV shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Fargo, has been tapped to helm The Talisman. Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall's the Kennedy/Marshall Company are behind the project. Frank Marshall will produce for their company, while Michael Wright
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Diederick Santer To Step Down As CEO Of ‘Human’s & ‘Utopia’ Producer Kudos

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Diederick Santer is to leave as Kudos CEO after four years at the helm of the Humans and Utopia producer.

Santer took the top job at the Endemol Shine owned drama production business in March 2015 following the departure of Jane Featherstone, having previously run Kudos-backed Lovely Day Productions since 2010.

A big running enthusiast and former EastEnders boss, Santer has overseen titles including AMC and Channel 4 sci-fi co-pro Humans, Kit Harington-fronted Gunpowder, Tim Roth-fronted Tin Star, Man in an Orange Shirt, Apple Tree Yard and The Boy With The Topknot. He leaves the company with forthcoming projects including ITV drama Deep Water, Channel 4 crime thriller Deadwater Fell, Sky One cop comedy Code 404 and Amazon’s U.S. remake of Utopia.

Chief Creative Officer, Karen Wilson and Chief Operating Officer, Martin Haines are to step up as joint Managing Directors, taking over the leadership, creative and strategic direction
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Sky Drama Chief Cameron Roach On Scripted Plans, Development Pipeline & Finding The Next ‘Patrick Melrose’

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Sky Drama Chief Cameron Roach On Scripted Plans, Development Pipeline & Finding The Next ‘Patrick Melrose’
Fresh from the success of drama hits such as Patrick Melrose and A Discovery of Witches, Sky drama chief Cameron Roach is looking to take advantage of a confidence at the Comcast-owned pay-tv giant as it looks to expand its scripted pipeline.

This comes after Roach was promoted to the top drama job, as revealed by Deadline this morning, following the departure of Anne Mensah to Netflix.

Roach, who worked under Mensah for over five years, admits that the next few years at Sky will be more of an “evolution” and a “continuation” of the strategy that the pair built together.

“I don’t think me stepping up means there’s going to be any kind of sea-change. Genuinely, we’re in a very confident place having built this over the last five years and I think now we have a good ecology of returning series and standalone event pieces.
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