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The Hollywood Reporter has released its third Berlin International Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look at streamers’ fest activity, a chat with Sally Potter about The Party and dealmakers‘ reaction to news that China may expand its film quota.
From Disruptor to Darling
At Sundance this year, Netflix nabbed 10 films and Amazon took five. Two days into the Berlin market, Netflix has already sealed its first deal, picking up worldwide rights to the Martin Freeman zombie movie Cargo after seeing a three-minute promo. THR takes a look at how the streaming giants are aggressively reshaping the traditional sales models in Berlin — and why more players are on the way.
“It’s Really Good News”
Mounting indications that China is preparing to loosen its infamous quota on foreign film imports had European studio executives cautiously optimistic on day two of the EFM. Since 2012, China has limited foreign movies to just 34 titles per year on revenue-sharing terms. But a five-year trade pact is set to expire later this month, bringing U.S. and Chinese officials and industry advocates back to the negotiating table to potentially add at least a dozen films, reports THR.
Claustrophobia at The Party
British director Sally Potter has directed The Party, featuring an enviable ensemble cast (Timothy Spaldl, Kristen Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz and Cherry Jones). THR spoke to Potter about about the power of shooting in black and white, her immersive approach to casting and how the Brexit vote loomed large over her Berlin entry.
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