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Cannes Facetime: Director Fatih Akin

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  German filmmaker Fatih Akin returns to the Cannes competition lineup with “In the Fade,” above, a contemporary drama about a woman who takes revenge after her husband and son are murdered by the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground (NSU). Q: Is the NSU still active in Germany? A: We have this very strange case,… Read more »

More Than Half of Doha Film Institute New Grants Go To Women Arab Auteurs

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The Doha Film Institute has announced the new batch of 29 film projects from 16 countries that will receive grants funding, which includes new works by France’s Sonia Kronlund, whose “Nothingwood” is screening in the Cannes Directors Fortnight, Tunisia’s Mohamed Ben Hattia (“Hedi”), Morocco’s Leila Kilani (“On the Edge”), and Palestine’s Annemarie Jacir (“When I… Read more »

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Wonders’ in 3D Sold to China’s Emperor (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Arnold Schwarzenegger-produced “Wonders of the Sea 3D” is set for a theatrical release in China. Directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by Schwarzenegger, the film was picked up by China’s Emperor Films. The deal was sealed between Emperor and producer Bruber Media Partners on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. Deal terms were… Read more »

Polish Filmmakers Look Abroad for Co-Production Partners

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The Polish film industry is embracing international co-production as it seeks to integrate further with the global business, with the encouragement of the Polish Film Institute. France’s Philippe Carcassonne shot Anne Fontaine’s drama “The Innocents” in Poland with a local co-production partner and financial support from the PFI. He praises the professionalism of the local… Read more »

Cannes: Fox Intl. Prods. to Remake Argentina Hits in Brazil (EXCLUSIVE)

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Leading a flurry of film remake deals clinched by Buenos Aires’ sales company FilmSharks Intl. with international players, Fox Intl. Productions has snagged adaptation rights for Brazil to recent Argentine hit comedies “I Married a Dumbass” and “No Kids.”  Redo rights for Ariel Winograd’s “No Kids,” an Argentine-Spanish co-production toplining Maribel Verdú and Diego Peretti, have… Read more »

Poland Grows Filmmakers Catering to Audiences With Mainstream Hits

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Polish Cinema is best known for its auteurs — Agnieszka Holland, Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Andrzej Wajda come to mind — but its industry also produces mainstream box office hits. Last year, five local films were among Poland’s top 10 grossers, including the year’s champ, writer-director Patryk Vega’s “Pitbull: Tough Women,” with… Read more »

Cannes: Eros International Expands Its China-India Co-Production Slate

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Kabir Khan, director of Indian smash hit “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” is to shoot travel-related drama “Zookeeper” in the western Chinese city of Chengdu and in the panda-inhabited mountains in that region. The movie is one of the latest additions to the expanding Chinese-Indian portion of the production slate of Trinity Pictures. Trinity is Indian film giant… Read more »

Cannes: Manuel Cristóbal, Salvador Simó Talk about ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’

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CANNES  — One of Spain’s most prestigious Spanish animation producers, Manuel Cristóbal (“Wrinkles,” “Dragonkeeper”) presents on May 23 at Cannes’ Animation Day the awaited animated feature”Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.” Produced by Spain’s The Glow Animation Studio and Dutch outfit Submarine, the film turns on the days that surrealist Luis Buñuel spent in… Read more »

Film Critics on This Year’s Cannes Trends: Adam Sandler, Virtual Reality and Metal Detectors

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The Cannes Film Festival continues until Sunday, but as film buyers and sellers begin to depart, critics are taking a deep breath at the mid-point to assess the notable people and trends that have marked the festival so far. Adam Sandler Just last month, the straight-to-Netflix release of “Sandy Wexler” seemed to reinforce the idea… Read more »