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Busan Festival Honors Abbas Kiarostami, Unveils Project Picks

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The late Abbas Kiarostami was this week announced as Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival. The recently departed Iranian director will be represented at the festival’s opening ceremony by his son Ahmad Kiarostami. The festival will also line up nine Kiarostami directing efforts. The festival’s Asian Cinema Fund, which supports… Read more »

Film Factory Acquires Jonas Trueba’s ‘The Reconquest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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MADRID — In the run-up to September’s Toronto and San Sebastián festivals, Barcelona-based Film Factory has acquired world sales right to “La Reconquista” (The Reconquest), a nostalgia-laced love story marking the fourth feature from Jonas Trueba, one of the leading lights of Spain’s newest generation of filmmakers. Film Factory will introduce “The Reconquest” to buyers… Read more »

Gaumont Taps Alexis Cassanet, Adeline Falampin to Head International Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

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PARIS — French mini-major Gaumont has poached former SND exec Alexis Cassanet to co-head the company’s international sales team alongside Adeline Falampin. Cassanet and Falampin will report to Cécile Gaget, who previously ran international sales and was appointed boss of Gaumont’s international production and distribution in the run-up to Cannes. During his seven-year tenure at… Read more »

ITV Withdraws Its Bid to Acquire Entertainment One

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LONDON — ITV has withdrawn its bid to acquire Entertainment One, citing disagreement over what it thinks the Canadian-based company is worth. Entertainment One had rejected a $1.3-billion offer from ITV earlier this month, saying that the amount “fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.” While some expected that ITV would increase its bid, the… Read more »

San Sebastian: Kormakur, Feng, Lee Compete for Fest’s Golden Seashell

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MADRID — Baltasar Kormakur’s “The Oath,” Lee Sang-il’s “Rage” and Feng Xiaogang’s “I Am Not Madame Bovary” will compete for the 64th San Sebastian Festival’s Golden Seashell, the Festival announced Thursday. The Spanish festival also confirmed that two more first features, “Playground,” from Poland’s Bartosz M. Kowalski, and Emiliano Torres’ “The Winter,” have also made… Read more »

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore on ‘Outlander,’ ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick’

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EDINBURGH, Scotland — “Outlander” showrunner Ronald D. Moore told an audience at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival that in season three the show would start in Scotland, but would then be making a sea voyage in the eighteenth century. “There’s an extended journey across the Atlantic and then the story eventually goes to Jamaica, the… Read more »

Mick Gochanour

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