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New female-led sales company Totem boards Juho Kuosmanen's 'Compartment No 6' (exclusive)

New female-led sales company Totem boards Juho Kuosmanen's 'Compartment No 6' (exclusive)
Trans-Siberian Railway-set tale is Kuosmanen’s follow-up to The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki.

New Paris-based sales company Totem Films is kicking off its slate with the acquisition of the international rights to Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s upcoming Trans-Siberian Railway-set drama Compartment No 6.

It is Kuosmanen’s second feature following The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki which won the main prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2016.

Totem Films was launched last October by leading sales agents Agathe Valentin and Bérénice Vincent and cinema finance expert Laure Parleani.

Set against the backdrop of 1980s Soviet Union,
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Cannes Cinéfondation Atelier 2019 line-up revealed

15 directors due to present their projects at the co-production market, including Mikko Myllylahti and Soudade Kaadan.

Finnish director and screenwriter Mikko Myllylahti and Syrian filmmaker Soudade Kaadan will be among 15 directors presenting their projects at the Cannes L’Atelier co-production meeting in May.

The event, organised by the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, will run May 16-23.

Myllylahti, who co-wrote Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, will present his debut project The Woodcutter Story.

The project, which took part in the 2018 edition of the TorinoFilmLab, revolves around a man who loses everything when
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'Un Amour d’Aliénor', 'Pax Europa' scoop prizes in Cannes Critics' Week's Next Step programme

Eight filmmakers participate in the fifth edition of initiative fostering development of first features.

French filmmaker Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet and German-Polish director Oliver Adam Kusio have won the residency prizes at the fifth edition of Cannes Critics Week’s first feature development programme Next Step.

Bourgeois-Tacquet will attend a month-long writing residency at the Moulin d’Andé-Céci screenwriting centre in Normandy to work on her debut feature project Un Amour d’Aliénor (which translates as A Love of Eleanor).

The love triangle tale revolves around a young woman called Aliénor who falls for an older man but then becomes obsessed with his partner,
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Northern Banner acquires Canadian rights to 'This Is North Preston' (exclusive)

Northern Banner acquires Canadian rights to 'This Is North Preston' (exclusive)
Distributor’s credits include Embrace Of The Serpent, The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki.

Northern Banner Releasing has picked Canadian rights to the hot-button documentary This Is North Preston ahead of its world premiere at Whistler Film Festival.

The film focuses on North Preston, Canada’s largest black community that started out as a safe haven for escaped slaves and in recent years has been tainted with a reputation for being a hotbed of pimping and human trafficking.

Director Jaren Hayman explores the community’s decline, its violence, economic struggle, and systemic racism, through the eyes of the pimps,
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Top 15 Contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award

Top 15 Contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award
“From Afar”

On Monday, December 12th, the last two films from the 85 qualified submissions in the Best Foreign Language Film race were screen for voters, which means the 9-film shortlist, comprised of six popular choices and three executive votes, will soon be announced. Unlike previous years in which a clear frontrunner had been established early on in the season, this year the competition feels wide open even if there are so unquestionable favorites.

Europe’s dominance continues with films such as the acclaimed “Toni Erdmann,” which is the closest to a frontrunner there is, Almodovar’s “Julieta,” France’s “Elle,” and Denmark’s “Land of Mine.” Latin America put forward a weaker pack of films than in year’s prior while still having a couple marvels in competition. Asia, including the Middle East, and Africa, each have a handful of films that could surprise and shake the Eurocentric category for a change.
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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki”

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This weekend the Toronto International Film Festival will have the North American premiere of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, a film which Mubi will be releasing theatrically in the Us and UK next year. Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year (a prize won in recent years by such gems as Blissfully Yours, The Best of Youth, Moolaadé, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Tulpan, Dogtooth, The Missing Picture, White God and Rams) this beautiful, charming love story set in the world of boxing will be Mubi’s first ever theatrical release.Set in Finland in 1962 (the Finnish title Hymyilevä Mies translates as Smiling Man), The Happiest Day... tells the true story of national featherweight champion Olli Mäki and his world championship fight against American Davey Moore (a tragic figure commemorated in Bob Dylan’s song “Who Killed Davey Moore?”). Director Juho Kuosmanen
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Tiff 2016 Announces Discovery Lineup, ‘In Conversation With…’ Guests, Vr Offerings and Much More

Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its lineup announcements, and each one is more impressive than the last. Today’s Tiff picks feature a number of slate additions for sections as varied as the forward-focused Discovery, their burgeoning Pop Vr section and even a handful of last minute additions to the Tiff Docs list. New titles of note that have just been announced include the Cannes hit “The Red Turtle,” Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye” and the well-regarded “Sand Storm,” all of which will screen as part of Discovery.

Read More: Tiff Lineup: 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2016 Program

Both the Next Wave and Tiff Kids section pull titles from other, previously announced sections to create an appealing lineup for the next generation of cinephiles. Standout titles include “Moonlight,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “The Eagle Huntress.”

Additionally, the festival has
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Cannes 2016 Winners Include ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ ‘Personal Shopper,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

With a jury headed up by George Miller, the 2016 Cannes Film Festival delivered their awards this weekend, giving Ken Loach his second Palme d’Or, this time for I, Daniel Blake. Meanwhile, Xavier Dolan get the runner-up for It’s Only the End of the World and Olivier Assayas tied with Cristian Mungiu for Best Director for Personal Shopper and Graduation, respectively. Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman picked up two awards, for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, while Jaclyn Jose rounded out the top winners for Best Actress in Ma’ Rosa and American Honey grabbed the Jury Prize.

Disappointingly, some of our favorites of the festival (including Toni Erdmann, Elle, Paterson, Staying Vertical, and Sieranevada) went home empty-handed. Ahead of our personal wrap-up arriving shortly, check out the full list of winners below, including reviews where available and a 30-minute talk with the jury regarding their decisions.

Competition

Palme d’or

I,
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Cannes 2016: Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ takes the Palme d’Or

After 12 days of glorious cinema in the South of France (read all of our coverage right here), and 21 films in competition as part of the official selection, tonight head of the Cannes Jury George Miller announced the winners of the festival, including the prestigious Palme d’Or for best in show.

Ken Loach’s superb I, Daniel Blake, which we reviewed here, won the British director his second Plame d’Or – he won back in 2006 for the first time with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

In our review we said that the film’s lead actor, comedian Dave Johns, ‘is near perfect in his portrayal of his character, a humble, grieving, decent man with only help to give and nothing to take from the state unnecessarily. Hayley Squires matches that performance with Katie, a single mother who many will obviously identify with, and her turn in practically flawless. In the film generally,
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Cannes 2016. Lineup

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The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 69th edition of the festival:COMPETITIONOpening Night: Café Society (Woody Allen) [Out of Competition]Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)Julieta (Pedro Almodóvar)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas)La Fille Inconnue (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)Juste La Fin du Monde (Xavier Dolan)Ma Loute (Bruno Dumont)Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)Rester Vertical (Alain Guiraudie)Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)Mal de Pierres (Nicole Garcia)I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach)Ma' Rosa (Brillante Mendoza)Bacalaureat (Cristian Mungiu)Loving (Jeff Nichols)Agassi (Park Chan-Wook)The Last Face (Sean Penn)Sieranevada (Cristi Puiu)Elle (Paul Verhoeven)The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding-Refn)The Salesman (Asgha Farhadi)Un Certain REGARDOpening Film: Clash (Mohamed Diab)Varoonegi (Behnam Behzadi)Apprentice (Boo Junfeng)Voir du Pays (Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin)La Danseuse (Stéphanie Di Giusto)La
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Losange punches with Ucr's 'Olli Maki'

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Losange punches with Ucr's 'Olli Maki'
Exclusive: Cinefondation winner Juho Kuosmanen makes his feature debut with the Finnish-German-Swedish co-production.

Les Films du Losange has come on board for world sales of Juho Kuosmanen’s debut feature The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, which has been confirmed to premiere in Cannes Un Certain Regard.

The Finnish-German-Swedish co-production is produced by Aamu Film Company, One Two Films, Tre Vänner and Film Väst.

Backers include the Finnish Film Foundation, Nordic Film & TV Fund, Yle, and Sr/Arte. The project was developed at the Ateliers d’Angers and the Torino Film Lab.

The story is based on the real life of Olli Maki, the Finnish boxer who competes for the featherweight boxing title in 1962, but is distracted by his first love. Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola and Eero Milonoff lead the cast.

The black-and-white film is shot in 16mm.

Kuosmanen won the Cannes Cinefondation First Prize in 2010 with his short The Painting Sellers.

“Juho is very
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Goteborg Works In Progress find suitors

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Celluloid Dreams handles Valley of Shadows; Media Luna boards Little Wing; Indie Sales represents The Giant.

The old adage of ‘leaving them wanting more’ was certainly on display at the Works In Progress pitches at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market this year (full line-up below).

The most-anticipated pitch of the session was Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut The Giant. The director showed several scenes from the film, but refrained from showing footage of the fantastical Giant as he said the VFX was still being worked on.

Also holding back were the producers of Cold Case Hammarskjold, the latest provocative documentary from Mads Brugger (of The Ambassador and The Red Chapel fame), about the death of Swedish diplomat and author Dag Hammarskjold.

Co-producer Andreas Rocksen said the filmmakers had a new theory about how Hammarskjold’s plane went down in 1961, but he said the theory won’t be revealed until the film is ready.

Several of the
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'1944' producer turns to comedy with 'The Reunion' remake

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The Danish comedy The Reunion (Klassefesten) from 2011 is being given an Estonian remake by 1944’s producer Kristian Taska of Taska Film.

Principal photography has begun in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Klassikokkutulek under the direction of René Vilbre (I Was Here) with a cast including Mait Malmsten, Henry Korvits and Aso Andreson.

The Estonian remake comes in the wake of the successful theatrical release of the Finnish version by Teneli Mustonen for Solar Films earlier this year.

Mustonen’s film - known as Luokkakokous - broke local box-office records when it opened in March, selling more than 150,000 tikets in the first seven days.

Jaana Puskala, Head of Feature Film Promotion at the Finnish Film Foundation, told Screen that the comedy has since been seen by more than half a million, quite a remarkable achievement considering that Finland’s total population is only 5.5m.

Debut for Cinéfondation winner

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Gulf of
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