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Veteran French producer Francis Boespflug dies aged 70

Boespflug co-founded Pyramide and was managing director of Warner France.

French producer Francis Boespflug, best known as the co-founder of historic Paris-based production and distribution company Pyramide and the former managing director of Warner France, has died aged of 70.

Boespflug first became involved in cinema in his native city of Strasbourg in north-eastern France, working as a student volunteer at a cinema-club aimed at under-privileged, difficult teenagers.

It was through this volunteer work he met his future wife and life-long collaborator, the late producer Fabienne Vonier, who at the time was the manager of Le Club, the arthouse theatre founded
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San Sebastian adds six to competition by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-08-17 12:29:52

Peter Strickland's In Fabric, stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival San Sebastian Film Festival has announced six additions to its competition line-up, including films by Peter Strickland, Louis Garrel and Brillante Mendoza.

Strickland's In Fabric - which has already been bought by Curzon for distribution in the UK - is a ghost story about the life of a cursed dress, starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires and Julian Barratt.

Veteran Filipino director Mendoza will compete for the first time at the festival with Alpha: The Right To Kill, set against the backdrop of the Philippine Government’s crackdown on drugs. Belgian filmmaker Felix van Groeningen also joins the competition for the first time with his English-language debut Beautiful Boy, based on the true story of a father’s struggle to rescue his son from drugs and starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chamalet.

Rounding out the additions
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'Broken Circle Breakdown' producer Dirk Impens to quit film business

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'Broken Circle Breakdown' producer Dirk Impens to quit film business
Exclusive: Felix Van Groeningen collaborator to “move aside”.

In a move that has taken the Belgian industry by surprise, veteran producer Dirk Impens has confirmed that he is closing down his production company Menuet and is planning to quit the film business.

Impens is the highly respected producer behind Oscar nominated films such as Stijn Coninx’s Daens and Felix van Groeningen’s Broken Circle Breakdown.

Contacted by Screen, Impens explained that after three decades in the business it was time to take a break.

“Old man, move aside,” 59-year-old Impens commented.

“What could be worse than becoming a grumpy old man who keeps on telling (people) how things were so much better in the old days? Never ! It’s been a wonderful 30 years, thanks to many super talented people and a very dedicated small staff. 30 years ago I did what I believed was the right thing, sometimes against all odds! And that is
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Think Fest: Tribeca, Sarajevo, Berlin Forum heads debate the rise of Netflix

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Frederic Boyer (Tribeca), Mirsad Purivatra (Sarajevo), Anna Hoffmann (Berlinale Forum) discuss challenges on panel.

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The inaugural edition of Think Fest kicked off with a debate about the rapid emergence of streaming platforms, and what impact they have had on the film festival ecosystem. Pointed reference was made to the activities of Netflix, particularly in 2017, and the company’s disruptive approach to the traditional theatrical model.

At Cannes, Netflix had two films selected to play In Competition – Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories – but the streaming platform’s disinterest in adhering to theatrical windows prompted grumblings from French cinema owners loud enough to force the festival to announce a new policy.

From next year, distributors will have to show theatrical intention to receive Competition slots. While Cannes’ situation may be unique – with France’s requirement for a 36-month window between theatrical
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FilmNation boards Steve Carell, Joaquin Phoenix projects

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios fully finances both titles and will release in Us.

Glen Basner’s FilmNation has come on board to launch international sales on the Croisette to the latest films from Gus Van Sant and Felix van Groeningen.

Van Sant’s dramatic comedy Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black, while van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy stars Steve Carell.

Amazon Studios, with whom FilmNation has collaborated several times, most recently on a headline-grabbing $12m deal on Sundance hit The Big Sick, is fully financing both films and will distribute in the Us.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is in post and is based on Van Sant’s adaptation of the memoir by John Callahan.

Phoenix plays a hell-raiser who is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair following a car wreck.

After a dark spell of alcoholism he sobers
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Iffr: Topkapi, Le Bureau, Heretic pact for 'Pari'

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Exclusive: Athens-set drama has been developed through Torino Film Lab and CineLink.

Dutch production outfit Topkapi Films (The Commune, Belgica) and France’s Le Bureau (Tramontane) have boarded Siamak Etemadi’s debut feature Pari and will co-produce with Greek company Heretic and Bulgaria’s The Chouvkov Brothers.

The Athens-set drama follows the devout Muslim parents of an Iranian student studying in the Greek capital who must search for their son after he goes missing. When the father returns to Iran following a tragic accident, the mother (the titular Pari) must continue the search alone in the darkest corners of the city.

Iran-born and Greek based writer-director Siamak Etemadi will make his feature debut on the project. His previous short films include Cavo d’Oro, which premiered in competition at Locarno Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for best short film at the Greek Academy Awards

Pari has been developed through the Torino Film Lab, Cannes Film Festival
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Rome: 'More public money needed for distribution', say execs

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Experts on Mia/Europa Distribution panel also discussed the importance of territoriality in European deals and need for diversification to mitigate risk.

With the European film business proving ever risky, diversification can be key to mitigating risk, experts said at the Rome Mia Market panel organized with Europa Distribution entitled “Everything you always wanted to know about distribution but were afraid to ask.”

Andrea Occhipinti, president of Italy’s Lucky Red, said: “What we find healthy is to diversify in all directions, we do a little bit of everything.”

Lucky Red started as an arthouse distributor, eventually also moving into more commercial films, while also working in exhibition, increasingly in production, and now partnering on sales company True Colours.

“It’s an advantage if you have a foot in exhibition. I think also it’s very important to produce more and more, because to acquire good films is very difficult [and very competitive],” Occhipinti added.

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Rome: 'More public money for distribution, sales, exhibition needed', say execs

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Experts on Mia/Europa Distribution panel also discussed the importance of territoriality in European deals and need for diversification to mitigate risk.

With the European film business proving ever risky, diversification can be key to mitigating risk, experts said at the Rome Mia Market panel organized with Europa Distribution entitled “Everything you always wanted to know about distribution but were afraid to ask.”

Andrea Occhipinti, president of Italy’s Lucky Red, said: “What we find healthy is to diversify in all directions, we do a little bit of everything.”

Lucky Red started as an arthouse distributor, eventually also moving into more commercial films, while also working in exhibition, increasingly in production, and now partnering on sales company True Colours.

“It’s an advantage if you have a foot in exhibition. I think also it’s very important to produce more and more, because to acquire good films is very difficult [and very competitive],” Occhipinti added.

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New to Streaming: ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Krampus,’ ‘Belgica,’ ‘Jane Got a Gun,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Belgica (Felix van Groeningen)

Writer/director Felix van Groeningen based Belgica’s script on his father’s experiences running a nightclub in Ghent. How closely the story hews to the real events is anyone’s guess, though the boilerplate “though inspired by true events, all persons depicted are fictitious” title card which opens the film suggests that it might hit too close to home for more than a few real-life people.
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Dardennes-produced 'Behind The Clouds' gets German distribution

Dardennes-produced 'Behind The Clouds' gets German distribution
Cecilia Verheyden’s debut feature has been a hit in Belgium.

Pandora Film Verleih has picked up Cecelia Verheyden’s direcotiral debut Behind The Clouds (Achter De Wolken) for theatrical release in Germany this autumn.

The film, which follows two former lovers who reunite after 50 years, has already recorded 115,000 admissions in Belgium. Veteran Belgian actors Chris Lomme and Jo De Meyere star, alongside emerging talent Charlotte De Bruyne.

The romantic drama was produced by Peter Bouckaert for Belgian outfit Eyeworks, and is co-produced by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Les Films du Fleuve and Scio Productions.

Pandora has also provided German distribution for other Belgian hits such as Felix Van Groeningen’s Belgica and Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Bjorn Hoffman, head of film purchases at Pandora Film Verleih, said: “It’s very precisely directed, highly emotional and has a subtle humor, that makes it a real crowd-pleaser for an arthouse audience.”
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'Broken Circle Breakdown' star Veerle Baetens to direct 'The Melting'

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'Broken Circle Breakdown' star Veerle Baetens to direct 'The Melting'
Award-winning Belgian star to make directorial debut on novel adaptation.

Veerle Baetens, voted European actress of the Year in 2013 for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown, is to make her directorial debut with the big-screen adaptation of Lize Spit’s debut novel The Melting (Het smelt).

The revenge drama reunites Baetens with producer Dirk Impens of Ghent-based Menuet, the company behind Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown and Code 37, which both starred the Belgian actress.

Menuet also recently produced Belgica, Café Derby, Coppers and In Flanders Fields. The Dutch co-producer is Topkapi Films. Baetens is to script the feature but it is yet to be decided whether she will act in it.

Baetens is also known for films including The White Queen and Berlinale entry News From Planet Mars, and has appeared in TV series The Team and the upcoming Beyond the Walls (Au-delà des murs) and Tabula Rasa, which she co-wrote
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Why Soulwax are writing music for imaginary bands

David and Stephen Dewaele’s new album, the soundtrack to Sundance hit film Belgica, features 16 songs but none of the artists featured actually exist. They’re just the latest in a long tradition of fictional musicians on screen

The soundtrack to Felix van Groeningen’s film Belgica, a Sundance hit, is a hugely entertaining compilation of songs by unfamiliar artists, ranging from synth-pop to psychobilly, hardcore punk to Turkish acid house. What makes it particularly impressive is that none of the artists featured exist. They are all the imaginings of David and Stephen Dewaele, the Belgian brothers who lead the band Soulwax.

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Review: Belgica Surprises, Except When It Doesn't

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen managed to make major waves internationally in the art-house circuit with his films The Misfortunates and especially The Broken Circle Breakdown, so I was quite happy when one of the surprise films of the International Film Festival Rotterdam turned out to be Felix' new film Belgica. In that same week, Felix won Sundance's best director award in that festival's World Cinema Dramatic section. In Belgica, we follow Frank and Jo, two Flemish brothers who are on the path of starting a legendary bar-dancing together. Frank is a brutish but good-natured guy who has been on many strange (and unsuccessful) financial adventures already, to the exasperation of his wife. Yet he doesn't hesitate a moment when he spots an opportunity to...

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Istanbul Film Festival reveals 2016 lineup

Istanbul Film Festival reveals 2016 lineup
Turkish festival announces films, guests and industry lineups amid challenging security climate.

The Istanbul Film Festival has announced the lineup of its 35th edition, which will take place from April 7-17.

This year the festival, Kerem Ayan’s first as director, will host 221 feature films from 62 countries, as well as panel discussions, concerts and industry pitching session Meetings on the Bridge.

Films participating in the festival’s International Golden Tulip competition include Brady Corbet’s The Childhood Of A Leader (pictured) and recent Berlin favourite United States Of Love.

Actresses Suzan Avci, Perran Kutman and Jeyan Ayral Tozum, director Ulku Erakalin, and producer Seref Gur will receive the festival’s Cinema Honorary Awards, while Belgica director Felix van Groeningen, recent Oscar nominee Ciro Guerra and Golden Bear winner Gianfranco Rosi will also make appearances.

Additionally, the festival will feature new music and ‘Hidden Gems’ sections as well as tributes to director Otto Preminger and American avant garde cinema
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Topkapi boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'

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Topkapi boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'
Exclusive: Dutch outfit signs up for Iffr Tiger Award-winner’s follow-up to Radio Dreams.

Prolific Dutch production outfit Topkapi is on board the latest feature from Iffr Tiger Award winner Babak Jalali.

Last month, the Iranian-born Jalali won the Tiger award for his film Radio Dreams. Now, he is working on Land, which is being sold by Bac Films.

Billed as a “modern western”, the new film deals with alcoholism within a native-American community. It is produced by Asmara Films and is being put together as an Italian-French-Mexican-Dutch coproduction and will shoot in Mexico. Topkapi is the Dutch partner.

Topkapi was also a minority coproduction partner on Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, screening in competition at Berlin. The company also co-produced All Of A Sudden, selected for Berlin Panorama Special. This is the third feature from Turkish director Asil Ozge. September Films is abroad as Dutch distributor. Memento is handling sales.

The company
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Felix Van Groeningen readies Fellini-esque drama

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Felix Van Groeningen readies Fellini-esque drama
Exclusive: Ensor will see the Oscar-nominated director return to Europe, while his Sundance film Belgica has had its poster banned.

Belgica director Felix van Groeningen is working on a new feature that centres on the chaotic collaboration between a theatre company and a circus troupe.

The film, based on a play by the filmmaker’s regular co-writer Arne Sierens, is titled Ensor and is billed as a Fellini-esque drama.

The Belgian filmmaker will again work with producer Dirk Impens, who worked with Van Groeningen on Sundance title Belgica and Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.

It will also see him return to Europe after his first Us project, Beautiful Boy, which he is making for New Regency and Plan B.

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Belgica, about two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene, is being sold at Efm by The Match Factory.

A row has
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No holds barred by Amber Wilkinson

Van Groeningen: "What inspired me was, why do people go out? What is attractive about nightlife? What sensations do you have, how does music play with people? How does it get people extremely excited and make people want to jump and scream?" Felix van Groeningen's Belgica was one of the Day One films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it competed in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. It recounts the story of two brothers, Jo (Stef Aerts) and Frank (Tom Vermeir) who take on shared ownership of the titular bar. Their success with customers brings with it personal problems, as Frank begins to enjoy the hedonistic lifestyle a bit too much, causing tensions with his wife Isabelle (Charlotte Vandermeersch), while Jo's relationship with his girlfriend Marieke (Helene De Vos) also hits the rocks.

Music played a key part in Van Groenigen's previous film, the Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown,
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Rotterdam director questions role of microbudget talent schemes

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Rotterdam director questions role of microbudget talent schemes
Not all projects should be made or released just because they go through film labs, says Bero Beyer.

The new artistic director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), Bero Beyer, has questioned the role of talent schemes across the industry, saying there is a need to curate “gems” among a glut of “mediocre” features.

Speaking on the second day of CineMart, Iffr’s long-established co-production market, Beyer said: “It seems as if the R&D department of the film industry has moved to funds and festivals, in particular to specialised talent development programs that have grown into alternate financing models for feature films.”

Beyer, previously an independent producer on films such as Paradise Now and Atlantic., said having the weight of a major festival behind a project provided an advantage to features from young filmmakers and was not typical of the indie film process.

“Several schemes have been initiated to create a space for artistic freedom,” he said
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Sundance 2016: Screen's coverage round-up

Sundance 2016: Screen's coverage round-up
All the news, reviews and interviews coming out of Park City.News

The Birth of a Nation

What were the buzz titles of 2016?

‘The Birth Of A Nation’, ‘Sonita’ rule Sundance awards

Sundance buyers wait to see if numbers add up

Six major deals signed in Park City

Fox Searchlight in record $17.5m deal for ‘Birth Of A Nation’

The Orchard snaps up ‘Wilderpeople’

Sundance unveils shorts winners

‘Indignation’, ‘Equity’ find Us homes

Amazon strikes $10m deal for ‘Manchester By The Sea’

Sundance director lambasts Chilean film support

Partners unite on ‘Under The Shadow

Spc takes world on Frank Zappa doc

Mongrel International boards ‘Little Men

Brainstorm Media sparks to ‘Resilience’

Buyers circle hot ‘Manchester’

Robert Redford addresses diversity

Curzon Artificial Eye acquires Whit Stillman’s ‘Love & Friendship’

Embrace Of The Serpent’ wins Sloan prize

Netflix acquires ‘Audrie & Daisy’

Magnolia takes ‘Lo And Behold’

Paramount Home Media in talks for ‘The Intervention’

Sundance Channel acquires five festival
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Sundance: what were the buzz titles of 2016?

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Sundance: what were the buzz titles of 2016?
Sundance Film Festival marks a fresh start to the film calendar. Just as awards season is winding down, new artistic agendas are kicking off all over Park City.

Sundance is a festival unsullied by headline-sucking studio ‘out-of-competition’ launches, making it purely about the programming line-up, split neatly between docs and dramatic, world and Us, premieres and competitive. In that sense, there was one big winner: Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Us Dramatic section and also walked away with the Audience Award and a record-breaking $17.5m deal from Fox Searchlight.

Netflix had actually offered more for the confrontational, provocative, agenda-changing film which will be pushed for next year’s awards to put a halt to Oscars-being-so-white. In fact, Netflix and Amazon were active throughout Sundance, chasing down quality, prestige English-language projects as opposed to bulk-buying. (This isn’t cable programming; this is taste-making. If a film
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