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European cinemas group Unic backs Cannes Netflix ruling

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Exhibitors’ body releases statement in support of festival’s Competition decision.

The International Union of Cinemas (Unic) has released a statement in support of Cannes Film Festival’s ruling on the Netflix controversy.

Before the festival began, Cannes top brass announced that, from 2018, films will be ineligible for its Competition unless they are guaranteed to receive a theatrical release in France.

This followed the inclusion of two Netflix titles - Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories - in this year’s Cannes Competition.

Since the line-up was released in April, bodies including the National Federation of French Cinema (Fncf) had been pressuring the festival to take action.

Unic, which represents cinema associations and operators across 36 European territories, has backed the festival’s decision.

Following a meeting of Unic’s board of directors in Cannes, the body released a statement which read, “We would like to express our support for the action of French cinema exhibition colleagues in pressing »


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Cannes at 70: The biggest scandals

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The 70-year-old festival has never been far from controversy.

A row over the inclusion of Netflix titles in official competition has cast a shadow over this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with boos for the Netflix logos, clashes between Jury members and a rule changes for next year.

Perhaps it’s appropriate however that a row has been front of centre on Cannes 70th birthday, as the festival is no stranger to a controversy…

1954

Actress Simone Silva’s decision to go topless at a photocall resulted in a scrum which caused several broken bones.

1959

New Minister of Cultural Affairs Andre Malraux formalised Cannes’ burgeoning film market, which has since become integral to the festival and the largest industry event in the global industry. At the time, however, it was a decision not welcomed by all; as a direct reaction to this commercialisation, the French Syndicate of Film Critics (Afcc) was founded.

1960

La Dolce Vita won the »


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Cohen Media Group boards Cannes Competition title ’Redoubtable’

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The film is set for a North American release in early 2018.

Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American distribution rights to Michel HazanaviciusJean-Luc Godard biopic Redoubtable.

John Kochman, executive vice president of Cohen Media Group, negotiated the agreement with Eva Diederix, head of sales for Paris-based Wild Bunch and CAA. 

Hazanavicius also wrote the film starring Louis Garrel as Godard and Stacy Martin as his second wife, Anne Wiazemsky that is currently in competition in Cannes.

A portrait of the artist as an angry middle-aged revolutionary, Redoubtable centres on the drama surrounding the shooting of Godard’s 1967 film, Le Chinoise, which starred his then-wife, Wiazemsky.

The romantic dramedy depicts the moment in Godard’s career when his commitment to revolutionary politics began to affect both his art and his personal life.

Cmg CEO Charles S. Cohen said, “We’re thrilled to work with Michel Hazanavicius and we’re especially excited to give this important film a »


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'The Rider', 'A Ciambra' among Directors’ Fortnight winners

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Sponsor prizes also go to Claire Denis comedy and Philippe Garrel drama.

Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, Jonas Carpignano’s A Ciambra and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In were among Directors’ Fortnight films to pick up awards tonight.

Although the strand is a non-competitive, some sponsors hand out prizes.

The Art Cinema Award for a feature film went to Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, which was recently snapped up by Sony Classics for North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe.

The film tells the story of a cowboy (played by Brady Jandreau) who embarks on a road trip through America after a near death accident.

The Sacd Award for a French-speaking feature was given jointly to Philippe Garrel’s Lover For A Day and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In.

The latter, an unusual change of gear for Denis, is an eccentric relationship comedy of ideas, starring [link=nm »


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Oscilloscope acquires Viktor Jakovleski’s ‘Brimstone & Glory’

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Documentary premiered at this year’s True/False Film Festival.

Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory and plan a theatrical release for later this year. 

Mongrel is selling international rights to the Court 13 and Department of Motion Pictures production funded by Cinereach.

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers that engulfs the town for ten days. 

Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own displays, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. 

More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. 

Jakovleski said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Oscilloscope as a partner. Their passion for cinema as a big screen experience is evident in their »


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Cannes 2017 Cinéfondation winners revealed

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Cristian Mungiu lead the jury at the 70th edition of the festival.

The winners of the 20th Cinéfondation Selection at the Cannes Film Festival have been announced.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 2 600 entries coming from 626 film schools around the world.

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu was president of the Jury that also included Clotilde Hesme, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Barry Jenkins and Eric Khoo.

They handed out the prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films, which were:

First Prize:

Paul Est LÀ (Paul Is Here)

Directed by Valentina Maurel

Insas, Belgium

Second Prize:

Heyvan (AniMal)

Directed by Bahram & Bahman Ark

Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran

Third Prize:

Deux ÉGARÉS Sont Morts (Two Youths Died)

Directed by Tommaso Usberti

La Fémis, France

The Cinéfondation allocates a €15,000 grant for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.

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'Makala' triumphs at Cannes Critics' Week

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The first ever documentary to play in the sidebar’s competition scoops its top prize.

The 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week strand has come to a close, with Emmanuel Gras’ documentary Makala [pictured] scooping the Grand Prize.

The film, which is the first documentary to play in the sidebar’s competition, follows a Congolese peasant who dreams of a better life for his family. Les Films du Losange handle sales.

Screen’s review called it “an intimate, slow-building chronicle”.

The Critics’ Week Visionary Award was presented to Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa’s Gabriel And The Mountain. It also scooped the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution.

Barbosa’s second feature, after 2014’s Casa Grande, follows a young idealist on a journey to Africa who learns more than he bargains for at the top of Malawi’s Mount Mulanje. Films Boutique handles sales.

Screen’s review described the film as an “uplifting drama” with an “inescapably emotional air of »


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Us rights for Aardman's 'Early Man' picked up by Lionsgate

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Studiocanal animation features Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams.

Lionsgate has acquired Us distribution rights to new Aardman animated feature Early Man from Studiocanal.

The film will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, with Lionsgate also handling licensing and merchandising in the territory.

Early Man is directed by Nick Park (Chicken Run, Wallace And Gromit) and will be released in the Us on February 16, 2018 following Studiocanal’s European release.

Studiocanal will distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams and was supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) with National Lottery funding.

Lionsgate and Studiocanal’s last Aardman collaboration was Shaun The Sheep Movie.

Set at the dawn of time, Early Man tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game »


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10 Dolby Cinemas to open in France and the Netherlands

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Dolby partners with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé to expand presence in Europe.

Dolby and Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé have revealed plans to open ten Dolby Cinema sites in France and the Netherlands.

Seven sites will open in France, including in Massy, south of Paris and Nice, and three in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Dolby has not yet announced the other locations, but said that some sites could open in autumn 2017.

Dolby Cinema features the Dolby Vision laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound technologies and is a competitor to IMAX in the premium cinema sector.

In the past two years, more than 325 Dolby Cinema sites have been installed or committed to across the globe. More than 85 titles have been released or announced in the Dolby Cinema format to-date, including Alien: Covenant and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

There are currently five Dolby cinemas in Europe; Vue Hilversum and Vue Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Cinesa La Maquinista »


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Ten Dolby Cinemas to open in France and the Netherlands

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Dolby partners with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé to expand presence in Europe.

Dolby and Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé have revealed plans to open ten Dolby Cinema sites in France and the Netherlands.

Seven sites will open in France, including in Massy, south of Paris and Nice, and three in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Dolby has not yet announced the other locations, but said that some sites could open in autumn 2017.

Dolby Cinema features the Dolby Vision laser projection system and Dolby Atmos sound technologies and is a competitor to IMAX in the premium cinema sector.

In the past two years, more than 325 Dolby Cinema sites have been installed or committed to across the globe. More than 85 titles have been released or announced in the Dolby Cinema format to-date, including Alien: Covenant and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049.

There are currently five Dolby cinemas in Europe; Vue Hilversum and Vue Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Cinesa La Maquinista »


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British Urban Film Festival gets BT backing

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London festival to be held at BT Tower in 2017.

The British Urban Film Festival (Buff) has received backing from telecommunications giant BT.

For its 2017 edition, BT will host the festival’s events at the BT Tower in London. This includes the Buff awards ceremony, which will also be broadcast on BT.com.

The company will also have the opportunity to broadcast films from the festival on its BT TV store platform.

Buff founder and CEO Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe said: “There’s nothing quite like going to the cinema to experience film though we can now safely say that come September there will be nothing quite like going to the BT Tower to experience film.

“The BT British Urban Film Festival will enable BT to showcase the breadth of great creative talent from the leading film festival for diversity in the world.”

Tony Singh, business affairs and business development director, BT TV said: “We are delighted to be working »


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More London premieres cancelled in wake of Manchester bombing

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Netflix screenings cancelled; Sundance London to go ahead with “appropriate security procedures”.

After yesterday’s news that Universal had cancelled its London premiere of The Mummy after the terror attack in Manchester earlier this week – with Warner Bros doing the same with Wonder Woman – further events scheduled to take place in the London have also been cancelled.

Netflix has cancelled its planned screenings of Orange Is The New Black series five and Netflix Original Glow, which were scheduled to take place next Tuesday, May 30 at the Curzon Mayfair in London.

“Following the terrible events in Manchester on Monday night, we have decided to cancel our special screening of Orange is the New Black and Glow on Tuesday 30th May.  Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tragedy,” commented a Netflix spokesperson.

However, next weekend’s Sundance Film Festival will go ahead as planned, including the London premiere of Beatriz At Dinner on June 1, which »


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First Hand boards sales on Finnish doc 'Hobbyhorse Revolution'

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Exclusive: HotDocs title gets international sales deal.

First Hand Films has boarded sales for Selma Vilhunen’s documentary feature Hobbyhorse Revolution.

Hobbyhorse Revolution was released by Tuffi Films in Finnish cinemas in March and will be released in Sweden later this year by Folkets Bio. It won two prizes at Tampere Film Festival in March and also played at HotDocs.

The film delves into the world of Finnish teenage girls who ride and groom toy horses.

“I wanted to showcase that these girls are powerful in their attempt to claim agency in their sport and, though it might seem extra-ordinary, it isn’t so different from fantasy football,” said Vilhunen. “For the girls in this film, hobbyhorsing is a real way to cope with not only the pressure of growing up but some of the bullying that comes along with it.”

Esther van Messel of First Hand Films told Screen, “Hobbyhorse Revolution made us »


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Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built' sells to Italy

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Videa takes Italy rights to serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon.

Lars von Trier’s serial killer drama The House That Jack Built has been picked up for Italian distribution by Videa.

The deal was negotiated between head of distribution at Videa, Angelica Canevari, and senior sales manager at TrustNordisk, Nicolai Korsgaard.

The film, set in the 1970s United States, stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer. The cast also includes Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Sofie Grabol.

Canevari commented on the acquisition: “Videa proudly announce the presence of the new Lars von Trier film, The House That Jack Built, in its lineup. For us it is a privilege and a reason of proud and happiness distributing such an amazing movie.”

Korsgaard added: “From the very beginning, which is now almost three years ago, Videa has shown their utmost interest for this movie. They have been very professional and thorough in this »


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Roger Moore to be feted with charity Bond screenings

26 May 2017 4:40 AM, PDT

MGM, Park Circus and Eon team on UK and international screenings.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), Park Circus and Eon Productions are teaming on a series of screenings in memory of the late Sir Roger Moore.

Venues will include Odeon Cinemas (UK), AMC Theatres (U.S.) and Hoyts (Australia), beginning 31 May 2017. Additional locations are set to be announced soon.

The newly restored 4K versions of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only will be screened with 50 percent of all proceeds going to Unicef. As a Goodwill Ambassador, former Bond Moore had been a supporter of Unicef since 1991.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions said: “In honour of Sir Roger Moore, we are delighted these Bond screenings will benefit Unicef which was the charity closest to his heart.”

Gary Barber, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM commented: “Sir Roger Moore left an indelible imprint on audiences worldwide. There is no better »


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Roger Moore to be feted with Bond screenings

26 May 2017 4:40 AM, PDT

MGM, Park Circus and Eon team on UK and international screenings.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), Park Circus and Eon Productions are teaming on a series of screenings in memory of the late Sir Roger Moore.

Venues will include Odeon Cinemas (UK), AMC Theatres (U.S.) and Hoyts (Australia), beginning 31 May 2017. Additional locations are set to be announced soon.

The newly restored 4K versions of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only will be screened with 50 percent of all proceeds going to Unicef. As a Goodwill Ambassador, former Bond Moore had been a supporter of Unicef since 1991.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions said: “In honour of Sir Roger Moore, we are delighted these Bond screenings will benefit Unicef which was the charity closest to his heart.”

Gary Barber, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM commented: “Sir Roger Moore left an indelible imprint on audiences worldwide. There is no better »


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Roger Moore to be feted with special Bond screenings

26 May 2017 4:40 AM, PDT

MGM, Park Circus and Eon team on UK and international screenings.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), Park Circus and Eon Productions are teaming on a series of screenings in memory of the late Sir Roger Moore.

Venues will include Odeon Cinemas (UK), AMC Theatres (U.S.) and Hoyts (Australia), beginning 31 May 2017. Additional locations are set to be announced soon.

The newly restored 4K versions of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only will be screened with 50 percent of all proceeds going to Unicef. As a Goodwill Ambassador, former Bond Moore had been a supporter of Unicef since 1991.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions said: “In honour of Sir Roger Moore, we are delighted these Bond screenings will benefit Unicef which was the charity closest to his heart.”

Gary Barber, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM commented: “Sir Roger Moore left an indelible imprint on audiences worldwide. There is no better »


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Gaumont, Eclair to restore 100 feature films

26 May 2017 4:34 AM, PDT

Robert Bresson’s Lancelot Du Lac [pictured] included in deal.

French mini-major Gaumont and Eclair, the European cinema technologies specialists and part of Ymagis group, are joining forces to restore more than 100 feature films.

The films will be selected from Gaumont’s catalogue. The deal is an extension of a pre-existing partnership that has already seen Eclair restore a number of the company’s film library using digital technology.

In 2016, Eclair restored 25 Gaumont features, including Louis Malle’s My Dinner With André (1981), Maurice Tourneur’s Samson (1936) and André Barsacq’s Le Rideau Rouge (1952).

Titles selected for 2017 include Julien Duvivier’s Untel Père Et Fils (1945) and L’homme Du Jour (1937) Jacques Doillon’s La Femme Qui Pleure (1979) and Robert Bresson’s Lancelot Du Lac (1974).

Since Eclair launched its restoration division in 2000, more than 750 films have been restored by the company.

Yves Gringuillard heads up the restoration and preservation side of the business, which has a staff »


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Screen Time: The VoD debate in Cannes, part 4 (video)

26 May 2017 4:06 AM, PDT

Watch: Screen caught up with Damien Spandley and directors Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato.

Screen sat down at Cannes Film Festival with Damien Spandley (Curzon Cinemas) and The Desert Bride (Un Certain Regard) directors Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato to ask - is the success of VoD platforms good news for the independent film industry?

Mobile users can watch the video on Youtube by clicking here.

The video was supported by Curzon Home Cinema and Under The Milky Way. »


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Eca to spotlight China at Barcelona showcase

26 May 2017 3:25 AM, PDT

Shanghai-based events cinema outfit Citylights Events to attend.

The Event Cinema Association will host a focus on China for the first time at its annual showcase event in Barcelona.

Taking place on June 21 at the Hotel Sb Diagonal Zero, the day will feature a presentation from David Hancock from marketing research firm Ihs, who will present a report on the China market.

Citylights Events, a new events cinema company financed by Shanghai multiplex operator Bingo Cinemas, will attend the event to reach out to the industry, make contacts and acquire content for release in China.

The company’s founders, Yan Yin and Ryan Hickey, will highlight the opportunities and challenges of releasing content in China.

Yan commented: “Event Cinema is a massive, untapped opportunity in China and we are very happy to be coming to Barcelona and working with the Eca to make new contacts and find distribution and content partners, and we are »


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