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Breaking Glass Takes North American Rights to ‘The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’ (Exclusive)

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Breaking Glass has acquired North American rights to “The Long Night of Francisco Santis,” a Cannes hit that established Argentine first-time directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez as emerging talents. 

Breaking Glass is planning a limited theatrical opening, followed by a VOD and DVD release in the third quarter of 2017.

“A dark journey of the soul” which makes for an “atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut,” according to Variety, “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” was acquired for world sales by Berlin-based Films Boutique, a company which has carved out a reputation for backing notable first movies such as Houda Benyamina’s 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines.”

The Long Night” world-premiered at Buenos Aires’ Bafici Festival, where it won best film, then segued to an appearance in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It has gone on to play a number of festivals – including Busan, Jerusalem and Warsaw – before holding its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival, »


- John Hopewell

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‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to Open NY Indian Film Festival

28 March 2017 6:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hindi indie “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” which has been banned by the Indian film censor board, is continuing its march through film festivals around the country. After opening the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Alankrita Shrivastava’s women-centric movie will launch the New York Indian Film Festival on April 30 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian followed by a fundraising gala.

Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s “An Insignificant Man” will be the centerpiece of the festival on May 3, while Milind Dhaimade’s “You Are My Sunday” will close the fest May 7.

44 docs, features and shorts will unspool at the fest in not only Hindi and English but also Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages. The films come from four South Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangla Desh.

Other highlights of the festival include siblings Deepa and Dilip Mehta presenting »


- Shalini Dore

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‘Dunkirk’: Christopher Nolan Explains Why the WWII Story Is in His ‘DNA’ — CinemaCon 2017

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For filmmaker Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” is much more than a war film. At CinemaCon on Wednesday, the writer-director explained during a Warner Bros. presentation that the film is a survival story that he’s been wanting to tell for a very long time. The movie follows the Allied soldiers in World War II who were trapped on France’s Dunkirk beach in 1940 facing almost certain death, being surrounded by the German Army.

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“They were faced with the choice between surrender and annihilation,” Nolan said. “The fact that this story ends in neither is why I believe Dunkirk to be one of the greatest stories in human history…It’s the ultimate suspense story.”

Before showing footage from the unfinished movie that previously screened before select IMAX screenings during the holidays, Nolan »


- Graham Winfrey

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Focus Features Presents ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ and Its 15th Anniversary

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Focus Features used its CinemaCon appearance to celebrate its 15th anniversary with a celebratory luncheon. Judging by its show reel, it appears that Focus plans to spend the year doing what it knows best: Making movies designed for awards-season releases.

Dame Judi Dench, who earned two of her seven Oscar nominations in Stephen Frears movies, reunites with her “Philomena” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” filmmaker on lush period drama “Victoria and Abdul” (from Oscar factory Working Title), a true story about the elderly Queen Victoria, who, bored being the world’s longest-serving monarch, formed an unlikely friendship with Abdul Karim, who she makes her Indian Secretary (Ali Fasal). It’s written by the Oscar-nominated Lee Hall (“Billy Elliott”).

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Dench introduced the first-look footage via video. Clearly the movie falls inside the same Academy sweet spot as »


- Anne Thompson

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