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  • Paolo Virzi's 'Notti Magiche' Lures EFM

    Paolo Virzi's 'Notti Magiche' Lures EFM Buyers (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bac Films has inked more deals for Paolo Virzi’s Rome-set “Notti Magiche” at the European Film Market. The project, which mixes film noir and satirical comedy, was acquired for Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (Caramel), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and the former Yugoslavia countries (MegaCom). Bac is currently negotiating more deals. The film explores the golden age of Italian [...]

  • Berlin: Director Philip Groening Examines Magical

    Berlin: Director Philip Groening Examines Magical Time of Youth in 'Brother'

    In his Berlinale competition title “My Brother’s Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot,” Philip Groening examines the magical time of youth, being on the cusp of adulthood and impending separation for a brother and sister. The acclaimed German filmmaker behind the hit 2005 documentary “Into Great Silence” and 2013’s “The Policeman’s Wife” says his latest [...]

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    Berlin Profile: 'In the Aisles' Director Thomas Stuber Talks About the Movie's Outsiders

    German director Thomas Stuber is making his Berlin competition debut with “In the Aisles,” a romantic drama set in a large wholesale market in Leipzig and starring two of Germany’s most in-demand actors: Franz Rogowski and Sandra Hüller. The film marks Stuber’s return to the big screen following his award-winning 2015 Toronto hit “A Heavy [...]

  • 'The Silent Generation' Review

    Berlin Film Review: 'The Silent Generation'

    A fascinating footnote in mid-20th-century German history gets an expectedly worthy treatment by writer-director Lars Kraume in “The Silent Revolution,” one of those deeply respectful historical fictionalizations where the good people are allowed character development and the bad people largely remain very, very bad. Set in 1956 when a senior classroom of East German high [...]

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    Court Orders LeEco Hong Kong Unit to Close

    The Hong Kong arm of beleaguered Chinese conglomerate LeEco has been ordered to close down. A Hong Kong court Wednesday ordered its winding up after an application last month. Staff in Hong Kong were made redundant in January. The unit had been intended as LeEco’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in 2014, and was to have provided OTT [...]

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    Zentropa Joins Forces With China's WD Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)

    Rikke Ennis, the boss of leading Scandinavian banner TrustNordisk and an executive at Danish powerhouse Zentropa, has joined forces with Beijing WD Pictures, a full-service film company, to co-produce films for Chinese and international audiences. Zentropa China, the banner Ennis created in Dec. 2015, has formed a non-exclusive partnership with Bejing WD Pictures, a fledgling [...]

  • Berlin Globo Series Showcase Underscores Its

    Berlin Globo Series Showcase Underscores Its Upscale Revolution

    BERLIN — A 12-program Globo Series Show at Berlin Tuesday served to underscore the ongoing revolution in artistic ambition, production methods and distribution outlets at Latin America’s biggest broadcaster. Also, hosted by Globo’s Content Development Manager, Gustavo Gontijo, the Feb. 20 Showcase was an explicit calling card for Globo’s desire and production capabilities to become [...]

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