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Medienboard Fetes Its Five Films in Cannes Film Festival

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Medienboard Fetes Its Five Films in Cannes Film Festival
Pictured: “Little Joe” director Jessica Hausner, Martin Gschlacht, one of the film’s producers, Kirsten Niehuus, with director-producer Cordula Kablitz-Post.

Berlin funding agency Medienboard’s managing director Kirsten Niehuus hosted a cocktail reception on Saturday at Grand Hotel in Cannes to celebrate the five films it funded that feature in the festival program.

The five films are competition titles “A Hidden Life” and “Little Joe”; Un Certain Regard films “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao” and “Liberté”; and Critics’ Week film “The Trap”.

Among the 350 guests were August Diehl, an actor in Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life”; Jessica Hausner, director of “Little Joe”; Albert Serra, director of “Liberté”; Karim Aïnouz, director of “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao”; and Carlo Chatrian, newly assigned artistic director of the Berlinale.

Other guests include Edward Berger, director of “Patrick Melrose,” “Deutschland 83” and “Jack”; Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, producer of Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade
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‘Triangle of Sadness’: Ruben Östlund Reveals Details of ‘The Square’ Follow-Up

‘Triangle of Sadness’: Ruben Östlund Reveals Details of ‘The Square’ Follow-Up
After his Palme d’Or win two years ago, Ruben Östlund has been tasked with following up the most successful film of his career. He’ll do that with “Triangle of Sadness,” a dark comedy about a supermodel power couple that marks the Swedish auteur’s English-language debut. Speaking to Variety in Cannes, the writer-director revealed that the cast is his most high-profile yet and “the goal with the film was to create an ensemble that is like Real Madrid” — though he’s yet to reveal who’s actually part of that ensemble.

“Triangle of Sadness” takes place on an elite cruise that goes awry when the Marxist captain “sets out to punish his spoiled passengers by staging a grand dinner during a violent storm, where a combination of food poisoning and seasickness has extreme effects on their digestion” — an out-there premise to be sure, but one in line with
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Cannes Film Festival: Lukas Dhont, Marina Fois Join Un Certain Regard Jury

Cannes Film Festival: Lukas Dhont, Marina Fois Join Un Certain Regard Jury
Girl director Lukas Dhont and French actress Marina Fois are set to come to Cannes, joining the Un Certain Regard jury of the world's biggest film festival, organizers unveiled Tuesday.

Dhont's film about a transgender teen screened in the Un Certain Regard section last year, taking three prizes, before going on to a Golden Globe nomination.

German producer Nurhan Sekerci-Porst — who was behind In the Fade, for which Diane Kruger earned best actress honors at Cannes and which won the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film last year — and Jauja director Lisandro Alonso will also join the five-person ...
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Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in Berlin Festival Film ‘Sargasso Sea’

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Greek Director Probes Deeper Issues in Berlin Festival Film ‘Sargasso Sea’
After a sudden suicide turns a small eel-farming town upside down, an investigation unearths troubling secrets about the town’s past. Those discoveries will bring together two women trapped in solitary lives, offering each a chance to find salvation.

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the third feature by Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas. Starring frequent Yorgos Lanthimos collaborator Angeliki Papoulia and Youla Boudali (“In the Fade”), the film will world premiere in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.

Taking its name from the mysterious region of the North Atlantic, a swirling gyre of deep-blue water bounded by four ocean currents, “The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea” is the story of two women dreaming of escape.

Their arduous emotional journey echoes a remarkable natural phenomenon, when eels in Europe and North America reaching sexual maturity leave their habitats and swim hundreds of miles to lay their eggs in the Sargasso.
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Director Fatih Akin on His Controversial Film ‘The Golden Glove’ and Jonas Dassler, Berlin’s Biggest Discovery

The graphic depiction of the gross deeds of ‘70s German serial killer Fritz Honka murdering women and dismembering their bodies in Fatih Akin’s movie The Golden Glove left Berlin Festival audiences in shock. What was the celebrated Hamburg-born director of Turkish parents thinking? He’d won the Golden Bear for Head-On in 2004 and had recently attracted worldwide praise for In The Fade, his 2016 film with Diane Kruger who won a best actress Golden Globe after returning to her native German language. It was important to hear what the affable Akin had to say about taking …
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One Two Films on a Roll With Award-Winning ‘Franky’ (Exclusive)

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Jamila Wenske and Sol Bondy’s Berlin-based One Two Films, co-producer of this year’s Efm buzz title “Persian Lessons,” has scored another early winner with comedy-drama “Franky Five Star.”

The project, from writer-director Birgit Möller, won the Junior Entertainment Talent Slate (Jets) pitching competition at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday, securing it industry support from a broad range of international participants.

“Franky Five Star” stars Jella Haase, who shot to fame in the “Fack ju Göhte” franchise, as a young woman dealing with her often meddling multiple personalities as she navigates a blossoming romance.

The Jets initiative, organized by William Peschek’s German-u.K. group Wep Films, unites up-and-coming filmmakers and their feature film projects with producers, sales agents, financing companies and distributors from Germany, Canada, Ireland, Britain, Finland, Norway and the U.S.

This year the 13-member Jets jury, which included Sophie Green of Bankside Films; Antonio Exacoustos of Arri Media Intl.
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‘The Golden Glove’ Review: Dir. Fatih Akin (2019)

The Golden Glove review: Following the brilliant In The Fade, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, filmmaker Fatih Akin is back with a deeply violent, very grizzly feature based on the hideous crimes of Fritz Honka, a notorious German serial killer who killed at least four prostitutes and hid their bodies in his flat in 1970s Hamburg.

Photo: Gordon Timpen / 2018 bombero int./Warner Bros. Ent.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the onslaught of visual violence that is fired your way for the majority of Akin’s vicious new feature. From the opening scene, the acclaimed filmmaker’s unrelenting camera focusses on women being tortured, sexually abused, beaten, killed and cut up – it is horrible.

We join the story in 1970. We’re in Honka’s apartment. He’s sat next to a semi-naked, lifeless woman, and we fear, and indeed are correct in thinking, the worst has happened.
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Berlin Review: ‘The Operative’ Sets Diane Kruger in John Le Carré-Style Potboiler

Where political shenanigans go, spy thrillers often follow. In Yuval Adler’s film, unspooling out of competition at the Berlinale, Iran’s recent nuclear weapons program– as alleged by Israel and the Trump administration, at least–provide a background to a John Le Carré-style potboiler of mysterious identities and industrial espionage that could have been ripped off the front pages.

Diane Kruger anchors the film as the titular Mossad agent, and crucially is very good at creating just the right level of enigma to a character with an mysterious past and murky personal priorities. She plays Rachel–which, it turns out, is not her real name–hired undercover as a language teacher to infiltrate an electronics company in Tehran tied to Iran’s nuclear regime.

Curiously though, Rachel is not in fact Israeli; she’s a Westerner who has lived in half a dozen countries, landing on Mossad’s
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Berlin Review: ‘The Golden Glove’ is a Grotesque, Calamitous Misfire for Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin’s latest movie is a fetid stain on the CV of a good filmmaker. Akin has made the true story of a repulsive, grotesque serial killer into a repulsive, grotesque movie, a calamitous misfire for a critical darling of recent German cinema. This is a film that wallows in the most appalling sexual abuse, that fetishizes facial disfigurement and physical deformity and, most cowardly of all, gives no voice to women who were the victims of horrific historic crimes. Set in the early 1970s, it offers a view into many of the trappings of that era’s misogyny, but gives nothing in the way of ironic retrospection or insight–especially inexcusable in today’s #MeToo era. The House of Jack Built, released to indignant uproar last year, is a profound statement of human condition by comparison.

Based on a non-fiction novel by Heinz Strunk, this is the story
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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Operative’

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Operative’
“Operation ‘Business As Usual'” is the name of the undercover mission assigned to Mossad agent Rachel Currin in Tehran: a knowingly ironic label for a challenging undertaking that gets considerably less orthodox the longer it goes on. Less knowingly, it would also be an appropriate title for “The Operative,” a proficient but unsurprising espionage thriller from Israeli writer-director Yuval Adler that offers another well-fitted showcase for Diane Kruger’s stern resolve as a performer. Rather like Fatih Akin’s recent “In the Fade,” it’s an otherwise fairly impersonal genre piece that hangs on its leading lady’s every word, move and steel-eyed glance. Kruger’s presence will secure international interest in this out-of-competition Berlinale premiere, with multi-platform distribution a likely part of its business plan.

A few episodes of the USA Network series “Shooter” aside, this is Adler’s first work as a director since his 2013 debut “Bethlehem,” a taut,
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‘The Golden Glove’ Review: One of the Most Vile Serial Killer Movies Ever Made — Berlinale

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‘The Golden Glove’ Review: One of the Most Vile Serial Killer Movies Ever Made — Berlinale
A fetid corpse flower of a film — the kind whose wretched stink only blooms into theaters once every few years — Fatih Akin’s “The Golden Glove” is a movie that you can smell just by looking at it. It’s relentlessly pungent; the cinematic equivalent of an overflowing porta potty. The sets reek of shit and decaying flesh, while even the living characters appear to rot before our eyes. Maggots fall through the ceiling and rain into a young girl’s soup. A jar of pickled sausages grows enough white fur to make a winter coat. There’s no reprieve from all this rancidness. It opens with a long, unblinking take of its sociopathic protagonist stripping the body of a bloated old prostitute and (after the help of some liquid courage) sawing her head off with the wild-eyed clumsiness of a chronic drinker. It’s hard to fathom at the time,
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The Golden Glove | 2019 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Review

No Glove No Love: Akin Revels in Garish Grotesqueries with Squalid Period Piece

Turkish-German director Fatih Akin resurrects the obscure German serial killer Fritz Honka in the grotesque 1970s set The Golden Glove, an exercise clearly designed to disgust, assail and repulse. In these terms, it is the director’s most effective exercise to date, a formidable gut punch and a far cry from the topical proselytizing of his homegrown terror drama In the Fade.

Based on a 2016 novel by Heinz Strunk, Akin paints a portrait of a madman whose crimes flourished in the squalid red-light district of 1970s Hamburg, brutally raping and murdering a number of prostitutes over several years before his neglectful disposal of their dismembered bodies finally brought his killing spree to an end.…
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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Golden Glove’

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Golden Glove’
A recurring controversy flared up again at last month’s Sundance festival, this time with the Zac Efron-starring Ted Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” as its lit match: Where is the line drawn between representation and celebration in films about appalling figures, particularly with a swoon-worthy sex symbol in the lead? That’s an issue less likely to be raised with “The Golden Glove,” Fatih Akin’s hyper-grisly true-crime study of another notorious 1970s serial killer, Fritz Honka: No one could accuse the German filmmaker of glamorizing anyone or anything in a film so strenuously dedicated to its own seaminess, you can practically smell the human flesh rotting on screen.

As played by 22-year-old actor Jonas Dassler, aged up and slathered in repulsive prosthetics, the film’s Honka is practically the anti-Efron/Bundy: a freakish charisma void so inhuman that it’s hard to feel
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Berlin: Fatih Akin’s Serial-Killer Pic ‘The Golden Glove’ Sells to Major Buyers (Exclusive)

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“The Golden Glove,” Golden Bear winner Fatih Akin’s film about a real-life serial killer, has been sold to multiple territories, including Japan, Spain and Italy, by German sales agent The Match Factory.

The film is scheduled to world-premiere Saturday in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. Set in the 1970s, the pic tells the story of Fritz Honka, who killed at least four women in Hamburg’s red-light district. Akin’s screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Heinz Strunk.

The film, which will be released by Pathe in France and Warner Bros. in Germany, has now been acquired by Bitters End in Japan, Vertigo in Spain, Bim in Italy, Cineart in Benelux and Rosebud in Greece. Other buyers include Vertigo in Hungary, Independenta Film 97 in Romania, Art Fest in Bulgaria, A-One Films in the Baltic states, McF MegaCom Film in the former Yugoslavia, and Bio Paradis in Iceland.
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10 Must-See Films at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival

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10 Must-See Films at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival
With more than 300 films in its program and 500,000 attendees coming to watch them, the Berlinale is the world’s largest film festival. The 69th edition — the last under the guidance of festival director Dieter Kosslick, who’s overseen the launch of major recent movies like Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” and Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” — is set to kick off this Thursday with the world premiere of Lone Scherfig’s star-studded “The Kindness of Strangers,” and will continue until the following weekend, when Juliette Binoche’s jury awards the prestigious Golden Bear to the film that emerges victorious from the festival’s Competition section.

While the Berlinale has become one of the most eclectic events of its kind, and an unparalleled opportunity to discover fresh and exciting work from all corners of the globe, this year’s program also includes new work
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First Look at Berlin Competition Film ‘The Golden Glove’ (Exclusive)

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First Look at Berlin Competition Film ‘The Golden Glove’ (Exclusive)
Variety has been given exclusive access to first-look footage from Fatih Akin’s horror film “The Golden Glove,” which has its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Akin has previously won the Golden Globe, Berlin’s Golden Bear, Venice’s Special Jury Prize, and Cannes’ screenplay award.

Set in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district in the 1970s, the film tells the true story of serial killer Fritz Honka. Akin’s screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Heinz Strunk.

The action centers on Honka’s favorite bar, the Golden Glove, where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy barflies to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing.

At first glance, Honka – played by Jonas Dassler – is a pitiful loser. The man with the broken face carouses through his nights in the Golden Glove, chasing after lonely women. None of the regulars suspects that
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First Trailer for Fatih Akin’s Berlinale Premiere ‘The Golden Glove’

With his recent Diane Kruger-led terrorism drama In the Fade, Fatih Akin finally returned to the kind of global attention he earned with his break-out films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven. The German director will now, fittingly, return to Berlinale with his next film, Der Goldene Handschuh aka The Golden Glove.

The first trailer has now arrived and while it is currently absent of subtitles it shows the deranged new territory Akin is exploring. The drama, which looks to have some over-the-top comedic tones, follows the true story of a serial killer in 1970s Hamburg who killed four prostitutes. After last year’s The House That Jack Built, we’ll have to see if audiences can stomach a similar story. Starring Jonas Dassler, Margarethe Tiesel, and Hark Bohm, see the trailer and poster below.

The Golden Glove will premiere at Berlinale 2019.
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‘Homeland’ Final Season: Nimrat Kaur & Numan Acar To Reprise Season 4 Roles

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Exclusive: We are getting a major new clue about the upcoming eighth and final season of Showtime’s terrorism drama Homeland. Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar, who had major recurring roles in Season 4, are rejoining the cast for the upcoming eighth and final season.

Kaur and Acar played Tasneem Qureshi, a member of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, and Haissam Haqqani, a Taliban leader, respectively, in Season 4, which was set in Afghanistan and Pakistan. No setting has been announced for the upcoming final chapter of Homeland, which is set to film in Morocco, but there has been speculation that it would be set entirely or partially in Pakistan/Afghanistan. Kaur and Acar’s return certainly support such plot line.

The Alex Gansa-Howard Gordon political thriller, based on an Israeli format, had alternated domestic and international settings, with the action based primarily in New York and Washington D.C. the last two seasons.
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Berlin: The Match Factory Boards Competition Titles From Fatih Akin, Emin Alper (Exclusive)

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Berlin: The Match Factory Boards Competition Titles From Fatih Akin, Emin Alper (Exclusive)
German indie powerhouse The Match Factory will handle world sales on two Berlin Film Festival competition titles: German director Fatih Akin’s serial-killer chiller “The Golden Glove” and Turkish director Emin Alper’s family drama “A Tale of Three Sisters.”

Akin, a Hamburg native whose “Head-On” won the Golden Bear in 2004, is returning to the Berlinale with provocative “Glove,” which is based on a bestselling book. It chronicles the true story of Fritz Honka, a physically and psychologically scarred serial killer who murdered four women in Hamburg’s red-light district between 1970 and 1975. Akin has told Variety that the killer, played by rising German actor Jonas Dassler (“Lomo: The Language of Many Others”), used to live a couple of streets from where he grew up.

Honka picked up his victims at a dive bar called Zum Goldenen Handschuh (The Golden Glove in German), where he was a regular. The chiller’s
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Berlinale 2019 Adds New Films by Fatih Akin, François Ozon, and More

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15 years after taking home the Golden Bear for “Head-On” — and a year after winning a Golden Globe for “In the Fade” — Fatih Akin is returning to the Berlin Film Festival with “The Golden Glove.” The German director, whose most recent offering also netted Best Actress laurels at Cannes for Diane Kruger, is one of six filmmakers announced as part of the 2019 Berlinale lineup. Joining him are Marie Kreutzer, Denis Côté, François Ozon, Angela Schanelec, and Emin Alper.

An adaptation of Heinz Strunk’s novel, “The Golden Glove” is based on the true story of a serial killer active in the red-light district of Hamburg throughout the 1970s. Ozon, meanwhile, returns to the festival with “By the Grace of God,” which follows a man named Alexandre who decides to take action upon learning that the priest who abused him as a child remains involved with children.

The festival also announced three
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